Gokyo Valley Trek

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Gokyo Valley Trek

  • Trip Duration: 14 days
  • Trip Grading: Moderate
  • Max Altitude: 5357m
  • Best Time: Mar- May & Oct - Nov
  • Trip Mode: Teahouse/Lodge
  • Group Size: 2-10 Pax


Gokyo Valley Trek: Best Trekking Package in Nepal

Gokyo Valley Trek: A famous French author once said, “On earth, there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.” The Gokyo valley is undoubtedly one of those pieces and reaching Gokyo Ri viewpoint and getting lost in the beauty and wonders Mother Nature created, is undoubtedly a euphoric moment. This once-in-a-lifetime journey offers you outstanding views of Everest and other peaks, massive Ngozumpa glacier, beautiful Gokyo valley with its turquoise lakes and much more. If you want to catch a breathtaking close-up view of Everest without climbing to the crowded base camp than this will offer you an alternative on a less crowded trail. This trekking is considered the most spectacular trekking in the Khumbu region by many trekkers. This trek can be completed successfully within 14 days.

Detailed EBC Trekking From Kathmandu to Lukla

Our starting point in Lukla will be reached by a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla directly. We continue to Namche Bazaar via Phakding, crossing few suspension bridges and passing several villages, monasteries, and shortens on our way. Namche Bazaar is a popular market in the Khumbu region and a gateway to high Himalaya with quite a lot of hotels, lodges, internet cafes, and stores. You can witness an amazing view of mountains from here either. During our acclimatization day in Namche, we will hike to several nearby villages. Then we will continue our EBC trek and go to Phorse. On our trail to Phorse, we may spot various flora and fauna and we pass through rhododendron forest. Leaving Phorse, we continue to Gokyo via Machhermo enjoying the spectacular view of Dudh Koshi valley and Dudh Pokhari as well as mountainous views.

For Himalayan Friendly Adventure; Physical Fitness is Very Essential.

Gokyo Valley Trek is one of the most beautiful valleys in the world and it is popular for its lakes. There are six main lakes in Gokyo and they have religious significance. Spending a day in Gokyo, we climb to Gokyo Ri and hike to the fifth lake. We can also view Cho Oyu base camp and Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas from the northern part of the fifth lake. From Gokyo valley, we trek back to Namche and Lukla via Dole. If you are physically fit, mentally prepared and can walk 6 hours a day on average, then there won’t be any problem for you to complete this trekking.


    You will be warm welcome by our airport representative and escort to your hotel. Stay Overnight at hotel Kathmandu.

    Full day Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour and Trek Preparation After breakfast you will have a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City: Kathmandu Durbar Square: Situated at the heart of the city, Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the most popular places to visit. The old king’s palace, museum, Kal Bhairav’s biggest statue, the temple of living goddess Kumari are the major attractions to visit within Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is also one of the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site and popular historical sites with traditional architecture. Kathmandu Durbar Square is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. The square is known to be the social, religious and urban focal point of the Capital City. Swayambhunath Stupa: Swayambhunath Stupa is an ancient religious and cultural complex perched atop a hill on the western edge of Kathmandu Valley. It is the ancient holy shrine consisting of Chaityas, temples, painted images of deities and religious places. It is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are large tribes of moving monkeys. On the Stupa there is a big pair of eyes on each of the 4 sides which represent wisdom and compassion. The name Swayambhu, mean Self-Created or Self-Existent and come from an old history from Swayambhu Purana. An important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists, swayambhunath Stupa is UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Patan City: Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu in Kathmandu Valley, Patan is one of the three cities in the Kathmandu Valley. The city of an old tradition, arts, and handicrafts is the most popular sightseeing destination around Kathmandu. Also known as Lalitpur city, Krishna Temple, Mahaboudha, Kumbheswor, Jagat Narayan Temple, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar and the Ashokan stupas are the main attractions to visit within the city. Stay Overnight at hotel Kathmandu.

    Kathmandu fly to Lukla then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 3 to 4 hours trek A thrilling scenic flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the supporting crew, we head up the Dudh Kosi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding. Stay Overnight at Local Guest Houses.

    Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 5 to 6 hrs trek Today, the trail moves along the Dudh Koshi once more. While hiking up, you will be amazed at the Himalayan Pine, Cedar, and Deodar forests. Go through the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park at the Monjo Village and start an uphill climb to the Namche Bazaar. The Bazaar is the major tourist hub of the Khumbu Region. Along the way, you will get the first glimpses of Mt. Everest, Kusum Kanguru, and Thamserku peaks. If you are an art lover, you should visit Benkar Village. The village is famous for its Thangkas of Buddhist deities. Also, explore the Granite stones carved with Tibetan chanting along Jorsalle. Stay Overnight at Local Guest Houses.

    Namche Bazaar: Rest day Namche is a great place to acclimatize. The sights around Namche are spectacular and beautiful. After breakfast, you can visit the Syangboche Airstrip that lies on a hill above the town. From here, you can get a panoramic view of Namche and can see amazing sights of the Himalayas as well. Further from Namche lies the Everest View Hotel. The hotel is the highest located hotel in the world and provides a view of Mount Everest and many other Himalayan peaks from all of its windows. Back at Namche, you can visit the Everest Photo Gallery and the Sherpa Culture Museum as well. Stay Overnight at Local Guest Houses.

    Namche to Dole (4038m/13247ft.) We are now approaching 4500m, so we will stay at Machermo for an extra day. Today is a spectacular day in terms of scenery as we follow the main trail north out of Namche. A short climb to a crest reveals a wonderful view towards Everest and Lhotse. We follow this main trail for a while longer, passing many traders selling Tibetan handicrafts, to a crossroads high above the Dudh Kosi. The trail to Everest drops down the hill but we turn off here and climb to cross the Mon La before reaching Phortse Tenga. From Phortse Tenga, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. Stay Overnight at Local Guest Houses.

    Dole to Machermo (4400m/15416ft.) From Dole, you climb steadily along the side of the valley, where small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements. Ahead of you presents majestic views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. This is a short day and you will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch. Stay Overnight at Local Guest Houses.

    Machermo to Gokyo (4700m/15416ft.) Our day is fairly easy today with a gradual climb to Gokyo. The landscape here becomes quite barren and the valley narrows through a boulder field as it climbs up the terminal moraine where we reach the first lake. The second lake follows soon after and is larger with turquoise water sparkling in the sun. On reaching the third lake we are also at the small hamlet of Gokyo located beside the lake. Stay Overnight at Local Guest Houses.

    Hike to Gokyo Ri and get back to Gokyo Early in the morning, we have a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5,483m. There are ample rewards for those who attempt this trip – you get stunning views of the supper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, including the giants Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang. Stay Overnight at Local Guest Houses.

    Gokyo to Dole (4200m/13776ft.) Retrace the trail back to Dole. Stay Overnight at Local Guest Houses.

    Dole to Namche (3440m/11280ft. Retrace the trail back to Namche. Stay Overnight at Local Guest Houses.

    Trek to Lukla [2,840m/9,315ft]: 6 to 7 hrs trek Retrace trail back to Lukla. Stay Overnight at Local Guest Houses.

    Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. A 30-minute flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla ends the trekking part of the journey. You can revel in the changing sights of the landscapes one last time while on the flight. After landing at Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to the Hotel. Stay Overnight at hotel Kathmandu.

    Farewell Friend Early morning after breakfast, you will transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your Final departure towards your country.

Included & Exclude

Cost Included

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at Kathamandu Guest House in Thamel
  • Kathmandu city tours, including all entry fees, tour guide, and private transportation
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide.
  • Strong and experienced porter
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla / Lukla – Kathmandu including a guide
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag use while trekking
  • Duffel bag use while trekking
  • First aid medicine kit
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu

Cost not Include

  • Meals in Kathmandu
  •  Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, and drinking water.
  •  Your travel insurance
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • WiFi/internet
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  •  Nepal entry visa cost.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like( natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances)
  •  Any other items not mentioned the above Include Section.


Airport Pick/ Drop

Himalayan Friendly offers assistance with airport pick and drop. Our concierge will be happy to arrange suitable transportation (Private Car) for you(Guests) around the clock.

Accommodation in Kathmandu 

We use the Kathmandu Guest House or the same category to prepare and relax before and after your trek in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu guest house, It was established in 1967 and Nepal’s legendary hotel chains with 8 eco-friendly hotels under its flagship. It offers affordable accommodation conveniently with good facilities. Kathmandu Guest House prides itself on being affordable to all budgets, from those looking to treat themselves to total comfort in elegantly modern suites, to volunteers and scholars who take the famous no-frills rooms.

Meals and Accommodation on Trek

Besides other Treks, Everest Trek is one of the widespread treks in Nepal. Usually, meals are also served three times a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner). Breakfast and Dinner are served in guest house/ Lodges and lunch is in treks. In Comparison to other Treks, you will found the quality food in Everest Trekking. The common food found in the Everest region are noodles, soups, handmade bread, rice items, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes. You will have full possibilities or choices to choose your favored stuff from a minor menu provided by the lodge.

Lodges in the Everest region are standard associating the ones in Annapurna and Langtang areas. Like another trekking region, in this area also you will found 2 single beds in one room but the room will be cleaner than another region. Himalayan Friendly will provide rooms with blankets included in main places though we endorsed you to carry your own sleeping bag as well. Bathrooms are shared, and hot showers are few and far between.

Drinking-Water On Trek

Himalayan Friendly will not supply filtered water; however, bottled water can be purchased at most tea houses and shops along the route. Because of the altitude, it is recommended you drink in the region of 3-4 liters per day, although this can include, tea and soup. During EBC trek It will be better to have one spare of an empty bottle while refilling the water. You can also bring water purifying tablets for safe drinking water which helps to save the cost.

But if you are Trekking in the Everest region then in some places you will found the Bottle mineral water but it is a little expensive than the City area. For example, at the starting point of the Everest Base

Camp Trek – Lukla (2,860 m), a liter of water costs Rs 100, but at Gorak Shep (5,200 m) the price of water is already Rs 400. To save money, many trekkers take a thermos with them and ask trekking lodge landlords for hot water. It’s true that this will have been taken from some local stream and boiled. If you want to save your money, there is some option. You have to carry purify Tablets from Kathmandu for the water.  If you carry Tablets then you should not have to pay any extra money for purifying the water while trekking period.

Equipment List

Himalaya Friendly has always been keen about safety on the journey. We have prepared Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Nepal. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum


Trekking boots, trekking socks, and sandals.


Down jacket, waterproof jacket, and trousers, trekking trousers, long sleeve shirts, microfleece, mid to heavyweight fleece, sleeveless or body warmer type fleece, thermals or base layer for top & bottom (merino wool or synthetic), fleece pants,


fleece gloves warm mittens and/or gloves.


Sun hat, wool or fleece hat, scarf, head torch and extra batteries for incase, and sunglasses.

Personal Equipment:

Day backpack large enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing, stuff sacks for keeping your gear dry and organized, two water bottles (Nalgene wide-mouth bottles are the best), sunscreen and lip salve with a high SPF, insect repellent, water purification tablets (Pristine, Box Aqua or Aqua Mira), iPod and cards etc., trekking poles, camera with spare batteries and memory cards, insurance certificate.

Personal first aid kit:

Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light), Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (Band-Aids), 1 skin-blister repair kit Anti-diarrhea pills, Anti-headache pills, Cough and/or cold medicine, Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide, Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant, Water purification tablets or water filter, 1 set of earplugs, Extra pair of prescription glasses and contact lens supplies.

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