14 days Everest Gokyo Trekking

Name Everest Gokyo Trekking/Gokyo Ri trekking/Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri Trekking
Transportation options Private vehicle in Kathmandu Flight to Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
Maximum Altitude Gokyo Ri (5357m)
Best Season February-May & September-December
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu Breakfast Lunch and Dinner during Trekking
Accommodation Hotels in Kathmandu Tea Houses in Trekking
Trekking hours Approximately 5-6hr a day
Protected Area Sagarmatha National Park
Major Attractions Mount Everest(8848m),Mount Lhotse(8516m), Mount Cho- Oyu(8188m),Mount Nuptse(7861m),Mount Pumori(7161m),Mount Amadablam(6170m) and a lot of peaks more than 6000m and less than 7000m.Sherpa is the dominating ethic community in region.
Everest Gokyo Trekking

The Everest Gokyo trekking itinerary receives the name from the famous valley of the Everest region, Gokyo. Not to mention, Everest Gokyo trekking itinerary is highly popular to catch a clear portrait of the whole Everest trekking region including Mount Everest. Gokyo Ri top (5375m) offers the magnificent view of numerous mountains and peaks of Everest region.

The lower trekking region has a forest of birch, juniper, blue pines, bamboo, and rhododendron mainly around Namche and Sanasha. The sub-alpine forest is shelter to numerous Himalayas mammals and birds. Trekker can see Himalayan Tahr, Musk deer repeatedly during the trek. It is also home to other elusive animal species like snow leopard and Himalayan bear. Himalayan Monal, blood pheasant are some bird species.

The subalpine and alpine climatic zone has small juniper bushes and open meadows, particularly around Dole and Machhermo. The landscape sharply changes upon climbing the ridge of Machhermo with an outstanding view of vast rocky and snowy glacier. Crossing two lakes, trekker spends night in tea house by the bank of third lake. Climbing Gokyo Ri(5375m) next morning is the ultimate thrill of Everest Gokyo Trekking. Exploring fourth and fifth lake deep north by the foot of Cho-Oyu (8188m) one can experience true Himalaya.

Sherpa is the ethnic group around the Everest trekking region that follows Buddhism. Trekker can see day to day life of Sherpa people in lower trekking region of Everest. However, the upper alpine and snowline region has only seasonal tea houses with no permanent settlement.

We can increase trekking days in Everest Gokyo Trekking itinerary by adding Cho-La pass. Needless to say, the itinerary will be demanding physically and mentally for amateur trekkers. Also, trekker can trek to this beautiful valley crossing through Renjo-La pass. This gives trekker an excellent opportunity to trek around isolated and remote Bhot valley of Everest.  Some trekkers claim Everest Gokyo Trekking to be the most beautiful destination. Especially to capture Mount Everest and its surroundings entirely from single spot.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 International Arrival in Kathmandu(1300m)
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu,Permit preparation day, briefing by official executive, handing assignment to guide
Day 3 Fly to Lukla(2845m) and Trek to Phakding(2650m)
Day 4 Trek From Phakding to Namche Bazaar(3440m)
Day 5 Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar(3440m)
Day 6 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole(4200m)
Day 7 Trek from Dole to Machhermo(4450m)
Day 8 Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo(4780m)
Day 9 Trek to Gokyo Ri (5357m) hike to fifth lake in Gokyo
Day 10 Trek from Gokyo to Dole(4200m)
Day 11 Trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar(3440m)
Day 12 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla(2845m)
Day 13 Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu(1300m)
Day 14 International Departure.

Note: This is a standard itinerary proposed for general trekkers which can be modified until then, that do not violate our business ethics and norms. We will always seek verification from our field experts before approving your itinerary.

Detailed Day to Day Itinerary

We will drive you straight to your hotel in private vehicle as soon as you land Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu. We will give you short briefing on our final agreed program. And if you are the first time traveler in Nepal we will give information about restaurant, ATM, money exchanges and other useful information until we meet for next day.

There are various major cultural historical and religious places around Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur for sightseeing. Pashupatinath, Bauddhanath, Swayambhunath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar square are our top lists. Most of them are listed on UNESCO world heritage sites. Later in the evening we will arrange dinner with your trekking guide. Equally important you can know each other and talk about your trekking itineraries.

Flying to Lukla is always a thrill. The 45 mins flight from Kathmandu highly depends upon vulnerable weather. You need a lot of patience to fly to Lukla since most of the time the flights are delayed. As you fly you can see beautiful Himalayan ranges on Northern part. You can take a short tea break in Lukla until your guide finds porters to carry your luggage. You are already in upper temperate region so you can already see some peaks as soon as you land in Lukla. Easy walk for 3hr to reach Phakding.

After crossing suspension bridge we trek by the bank of Dudhkoshi river .The beautiful pine forest dominates the most of the vegetation. The trail is fairly easy with gentle up and down with numerous suspension bridges. Passing by Monjo and entering Jorsalle valley the trek continues by the bank of river fairly straight with short up and down. We reach a suspension bridge from where we climb steep up for about 2 and half hour to reach the biggest permanent sub alpine village of region the Namche Bazaar. You can see a glimpse of Mount Everest for the first time as you trek to Namche.

Acclimatization is necessary to adjust your body and mind with the change of altitude, environment ,humidity and temperature for the success of trekking. You will make a day hike to the ridge of Namche where you can see magnificent views of numerous peaks and high mountains from the top. Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde peak are some notable peaks and mountains. Spending an hour at the top and you will trek to another nearby beautiful village Khumjung. Most of the young men of Khumjung are engaged in tourism while women spend their days in household and seasonal agriculture. You can see lots of contribution made my sir Edmund Hillary on this village .You can see awesome Namche village from top ridge while you trek back down to Namche. A day hike to Thame is another absolute fascinating option to acclimatize yourself.

Instead of following traditional route to Everest Base Camp,we head further North to reach Dole from Namche Bazaar.The trail is fairly easy gentle and flat till we reach Sanasha. From Sanasha the trail is steep climb up for an hour and the trail becomes flat and dusty just before reaching Mongla. Mongla is another beautiful spot to view the massive Everest valley .Passing by sub-alpine forest there is always good chances to spot Musk deer,Himalayan Thar,and numerous alpine pheasants. The road is steep down to Phortse Thanga at the bank of Dudhkoshi river followed by alpine pine forest .The trekking path becomes more pleasant accompanied by rhododendron forest with gradual up to reach Dole from Phortse Thanga.

The trekking hour is less so your body can acclimatize automatically in high altitude. The day is easy and short from Dole to Machhermo with about 3-4 hr walk. The alpine vegetation starts to appear, mainly the dry meadows with small bush of juniper trees. The wide and open terrain let you see the magnificent Cho-Oyu(8188m) just upfront your trekking path. Other peaks are Cholatse, Taboche, Khantega, with numerous black rocky hills all around you. Ascending and descending numerous small gullies will finally take you to hidden settlement of Dole. You may take short and easy walk around the ridges of Machhermo to see the magnificent glacial landscapes after enrolling in your lodge.

You climb the small section of Machhermo ridge as the day starts. A small descend to Pangka gives the beautiful sight of isolated icy and rocky terrain consumed by Ngozumba glacier. The path is easy and flat but the altitude makes the footsteps heavy and time consuming. Climb the last section of the rocky path to reach one of the sixth sacred lakes in Gokyo valley. The path continues to be flat and wind-up just to spot another lake which is much bigger than the first one. You can see Gokyo ri peak as you continue and soon you are in third lake, Dudhpokhari lake .You can see few seasonal trekking tea houses at the bank of the lake where you spend your night.

As the daybreak we climb to Gokyo Ri the most awaited moment of the trekking trip. The trail is zigzag up demanding lot of energy to climb. You will get exhausted with few steps but the panoramic view that gradually appears at your back motivates you to continue. After 2 hr of climbing you are at the top from where you can see vistas of Everest region with Cho-yu, Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Twache on horizon with stretched and infinite Ngozumpa glacier. A small ridge separates the Ngozumpa glacier and Gokyo tea houses an amazing landscape worth to stare at. Returning back to Gokyo you will have plenty time to explore around fourth and fifth lakes that lies on the foothill of Cho-yu and in the deep heart of Gokyo valley. Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cholatse ranges has entirely new view than usually you had seen before.

The trekking starts in the morning after breakfast in Gokyo. We retrace the same path we had taken earlier to reach Dole leaving behind the icy and isolated terrains. Small juniper bushes and open meadows start to reappear as we trek down. We can see outstanding Thamserku, Cho-yu , Cholatse, Tawache as we pass by small numerous gullies to reach Dole.

The trekking descends down to Namche Bazaar with much greener forest on our path with much more active eco system.Himalayan Thar, Musk deer, wild pheasants are spotted more often. The path steeply descends to Phortse Thanga with admiring view of Ama Dablam, Tawache, Thamserku, Khangtega. The trekking path is easy and winding up through the corner of hill before reaching Namche Bazaar.

The last day of trekking. We follow down the same trail we took earlier while climbing up. The trail is steep down the forest. After crossing the suspension bridge we trek small ups and downs to reach Lukla. The trekking path has green upper temperate region forests of pine juniper and rhododendron broken by some lower alpine trees.You can enjoy the last trekking dinner with guide and porter as a tribute to their hard work for making your trekking successful.

A final good bye to Everest trekking region. We take a short flight from Lukla to reach Kathmandu. After refreshment and relaxing in your hotel you can walk around the town to buy some souvenirs for your relatives and friends.

Our office representative will be in your hotel 3 hour prior your flight time to drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport.

what's included?

  • All Airport Transfers.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with Bed and Breakfast.
  • Tea House Accommodation during Trekking.
  • 3 Meals in Trekking Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.
  • Air and Road transportation as per the agreement made.
  • All the necessary trekking staffs and porters for the trekking including 1 English speaking guide.
  • All the paper works and documents required for the trekking including all the permits.
  • Sleeping Bag.
  • Salary, wages, food, accommodation and transportation of all the Nepalese staffs during trekking.
  • Insurance of all the Nepalese staffs during trekking.
  • First Aid Kit Bag(specially for Nepali staffs).
  • All local taxes and fares.

What's not included?

  • International Flight Fare.
  • Visa fees.
  • Travel Insurance (mandatory) of all the clients that needs to cover medical and Helicopter evacuation.
  • Expenses of Personal nature (Laundry bill/Telephone bill/Equipment Charging Bill/Bar bill etc).
  • Expenses incurred due to the unexpected situation (Strike/Natural calamities).
  • Tip to trekking staffs.
  • All Expenses not mentioned on Cost Includes section.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Everest Gokyo Trekking

1. What is Everest Gokyo Trekking?
Everest Gokyo trekking recives the name after the Mount Everest 8848m plus Gokyo valley that lies on the west north of Everest Base camp.

2. How can I go to Everest Gokyo trekking?
You take an early morning short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and start your trekking on the same day.

3. What is the landscape features of the Everest Gokyo trekking in general?
You are already on Forested temperate landscape as soon as you land on Lukla then trekking gradually ends on icy isolated and snowline of Gokyo valley.

4. Why Everest Gokyo trekking is popular itinerary?
Although Everest Gokyo trekking itinerary is not as popular as Everest base camp trekking, but this is the most beautiful valley of whole Everest trekking region not to miss. Everest Gokyo Trekking offers much more than Everest Base Camp at least panorama wise. This trekking itinerary is highly recommended to those trekkers who wish to enjoy real mountain panoramas rather than just to conquer Everest Base Camp.

5. What kind of weather and temperature can I expect during trekking?
The weather and temperature is highly unpredictable on mountain but generally during March April May (spring) and September October November (autumn) you can expect clear and warm day while evening will be cloudy and cold. The temperature is freezing in morning and evening in upper trekking region while lower region is considerably cold.

6. What equipments do I need to trek to Everest Gokyo?
Good pair of trekking boots, thermal wear, fleece jacket, Down jacket, light weight wind cheater, trekking pants and shorts, long sleeve and short sleeves T-shirts, rug sack or duffle bag, personal day bag, gloves, enough pair of socks, sunglasses, headlight, woolen beanie caps, water bottle, personal toiletries , gadgets and books depending on number of days.

7. I am amateur trekker in Nepal, is this trekking suitable for me?
Yes amateur trekker can trek to Everest Gokyo under our strict guidelines without any difficulties.

8. How flexible is Everest Gokyo trekking itinerary?
There is always possibility to add or reduce 1-2 days on this standard itinerary with exchange of some emails. But we will never compromise with the safety issue of clients neglecting the delicacy of this trekking region.Again don't ask us for 7 days Everest Gokyo trekking itinerary.

9. What if I finish Everest Gokyo trekking before schedule date?
We strongly advise you to follow the agreed final itinerary since we do not refund the trekking money, but somehow if you finish earlier we will always try our best to adjust the reservation of your accommodation and flight but cannot be guaranteed.

10. What permits and documents do I need to trek to Everest Gokyo?
Sagarmatha National Park fee ( Np fee) and Pasang Lahmu VDC local tax is required to trek on this region.

11. What kind of food and Room can I expect during Everest Gokyo trekking?
Generally the food is fresh, tasty and can choose wide range of dishes from menu cooked by moderately professional cooks. You will get comfortable and clean common twin bed room throughout trekking. But Gokyo is extremely busy with countable tea houses so sometime it is really difficult to get good rooms.It is not unusual for trekkers to spend nights on dormitory or dining hall.

12. What about drinking water during trekking?
Plastic water bottle are available in tea houses but it is highly recommended to avoid plastic bottles and use boil water instead. As well you may buy high grade water purification tablets on your home country or in Nepal.

13. What can I expect from Nepali staff?
Guide speaks good English so there will be no any problem for communication while porter might or might not speak English but you can always speak with your guide to know more about the porter. Nepalese trekking guide are friendly and responsible with good sense of humor so you can open up for any conversation you like.

14. Do I need to buy Medical and evacuation Insurance?
Yes this is mandatory. You can purchase the insurance policy on your home country or we can assist you to buy the policy in Nepal.

15. Do I need special vaccination or Medical assessment before starting Everest Gokyo trekking?
Generally any kind of vaccination is not required. But,if you have long term health problem and under regular surveillance of your doctor it is recommended to consult your doctor. Though we provide basic medicines to our Nepalese staff but for you we advise to bring the general medicine from your own country.

16. Is there risk of Acute Mountain sickness (AMS)?
Yes there is high risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) if you choose random trekking itineraries and do not follow the standard itinerary. But we always provide you the best and safe itineraries to avoid this deadly situation.

17. What should I do if I get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
We are always concerned with your safety. We suggest talking with your guide ASAP and descend to safe altitude. And if the situation doesn’t get any better we evacuate you immediately with helicopter. Hence, take you for further medical examination on designated hospitals or clinics.

18. What is the price of Everest Gokyo Trekking?
We have provided you various options on our website homepage to know approximate price regarding the trekking in Nepal; however there is always room to reach final agreement through private emails if there is any. And we assure you there will be no any extra cost once we reach the agreement.

You are always welcome to send us private messages for the information that you could not find in this section regarding Everest Gokyo Trekking. We will always provide the accurate information within 12 hours upon receiving your messages.


Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.