Gokyo Valley Trek - 12 Days

Trip Facts

  • Min. 1 pax
  • Moderate
  • 5360 Meter
  • March - May & Sep - Dec
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner During Trek

Gokyo Valley Trek Highlights

  • Hike in the beautiful Everest trail to reach Gokyo Valley.
  • Explore the stunning Gokyo Lakes in the Gokyo Valley.
  • Climb to Gokyo Ri and enjoy the magnificent sunrise views over the Himalayan peaks.
  • Rejoice in the breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and many more peaks.
  • Delve into the sights of Ngozumpa glacier, one of the largest glaciers in the Everest region.
  • Enjoy the diverse flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Get acquainted with the Sherpas of the Everest region.
  • Have a scenic flight to and from Lukla.


Gokyo Valley Trek 12 days takes you to the pristine Gokyo Valley, surrounded by six major lakes, some of the highest freshwater lakes in the world lying at an elevation of 4,700 m – 5,000 m.

Gokyo Valley Trek starts with a scenic flight to Lukla, the gateway of the Everest region. Walking along the Everest trail, passing through quaint Sherpa villages, you’ll hike through lush coniferous forests and ever-changing landscapes.

The journey follows the Everest Base Camp route up to Sanasa, near Kyangjuma, and then turns west towards Mong La Pass to end with distant views of the scenic Gokyo Valley. The endpoint at Gokyo lakes in Gokyo Valley is a paradise of turquoise blue waters in the abode of the Himalayas.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can summit Gokyo Ri (5,483 m), from where you can revel in the breathtaking views of the world’s highest peak above 8,000 m, including the famous Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. Another major attraction is Ngozumpa Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in the Khumbu region.

This spectacular multi-day hike is less crowded than the popular Everest Base Camp Trek, but it’s worthwhile with its extensive mountain views and the most scenic route. What’s more, you’ll enjoy the local dishes and warm hospitality of native Sherpas during your overnight stay at teahouses.

If you’re looking for a little more wilderness and jaw-dropping scenery of the Himalayas, how about trekking to Gokyo Lakes? Come and trek with us; we’ll take care of everything for you.


Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal. Our airport representative will pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to the hotel. Take some rest. In the evening, you can stroll around the busy tourist area Thamel, where you can shop trekking gear, taste Nepali dishes and explore many more things. Enjoy your first day in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel at Kathmandu
Meals: Not included

Day 2
Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m)

Our trek commences with a scenic flight to Lukla, the entry point of the Everest region. You can enjoy the beautiful surrounding views of the Himalayas during the flight. You’ll meet porters at the airport who’ll carry your luggage along the journey.

Starting from Lukla, the first section of the trail continues along the banks of the Dudh Koshi river. As you pass by the village of Chheplung, you’ll behold the sights of Mt. Khumbila, and once you’re at the top of Thado Koshi village, you’ll be greeted with stunning views of Mt. Kusum Kanguru. From there, the route heads to Ghat and continues for half an hour, and you’ll reach Phakding village.

Accommodation: Guesthouse at Phakding
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Note: Kathmandu to Lukla flight has been rerouted to nearby Manthali Airport, Ramechhap in the peak season (March, April, May, October, and November) due to congestion in Kathmandu airport. Manthali can be reached within a 5-6 hour drive from Kathmandu.

Day 3
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m)

The trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar is an established trail, the ancient trading route between Tibet and Nepal, where you can witness yaks and mules carrying goods to the higher region. The terrain is mostly covered with coniferous forests and continuing on, you’ll pass by the villages of Benkar, Chumoa, and Monjo along the route.

Afterward, you’ll spot the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. From there, head to Tok Tok village followed by Jorsale, where you can see the first view of magnificent Mt. Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse. Further, walking for an hour, you’ll arrive at the beautiful Namche town.

Accommodation: Guesthouse at Namche Bazaar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 4
Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar

Namche is our acclimatization spot. This popular trading hub of the Everest region lies in a spectacular location surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Today, we go for a short hike to Hotel Everest View, one of the highest altitude hotels from where you can enjoy the panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kongde Ri, Ama Dablam, and many more peaks.

On the way, we pay a visit to Sagarmatha National Park Museum. There you can get to know the culture and lifestyle of native Sherpa people, history of Everest region, and mountaineering. In the evening, you can stroll around Namche and get acquainted with the locals and fellow travelers.

Accommodation: Guesthouse at Namche Bazaar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 5
Trek to Dole ( 4,050 m)

The trail from Namche is relatively open, and you’ll continue hiking above Dudh Koshi and traveling in the north direction. Upon passing by a memorial Chorten, you’ll be rewarded with the beautiful views of Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse. Continuing on, for an hour, you’ll arrive at Sanasa, near Kyangjoma, where the trail is divided from the main Everest trail that leads to Everest Base Camp.

From there, the route turns west towards Gokyo Valley. We follow the new trail that heads west, then climb along the stone steps before arriving at Mong La. En route, you can enjoy the scenic mountain views and beautiful landscapes overlooking the Gokyo and Kala Patthar Valleys.

Afterward, you make a steep descent through a forest filled with rhododendrons and pines to reach Phortse Tenga. Then, hiking for a few hours on a beautiful trail that leads to Dole, from where you can enjoy the first view of Mt. Choyu.

Accommodation: Guesthouse at Dole
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 6
Trek to Machherma (4,470 m)

Leaving Dole, the trail initially winds its way through Gokyo Valley along the tundra like terrain and homes of naive Sherpa people. On the way, the view of Mt. Choyu bordering Nepal and Tibet is truly breathtaking. Then walking for a few more hours, you’ll see yak herding settlement as you arrive at Luza. Push on along the switchbacking trails for an hour, you’ll arrive at Machherma where we spend a night there.

Accommodation: Guesthouse at Machherma
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 7
Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m)

Another beautiful trekking day to reach Gokyo Lakes. From Machherma, we hike up on the trail and descend slowly towards Nha village. Continuing on, the trail narrows down as you descend and then gradually climbs on stone steps, you’ll arrive at the confluence of two rivers, Dudh Koshi River and a stream coming from Ngozumpa Glacier.

Then, crossing a metal bridge and heading on you’ll arrive at Gokyo Valley with a sight of the first lake, and a second lake after walking for half an hour. Afterward, you soon find yourself at Gokyo lake where you’re greeted with stunning views of surrounding peaks.

Accommodation: Guesthouse at Gokyo
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 8
Hike Gokyo Ri (5,483 m) in the morning and trek down to Machherma

Gokyo Ri is the highest point in our entire trek. It offers stunning panoramic views of the four highest peaks above 8,000 m including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. Getting up early, we hike to Gokyo Ri along the switchbacking trails for 2 hours.

Once you are at the top, be greeted with stunning views of Gokyo Valley, Ngozumpa Glacier, and surrounding Himalayan giants. Enjoy the gorgeous views from the top, and afterward we trek down to Gokyo.

Leaving the tranquil turquoise Gokyo Lakes behind us, we hike through the same familiar trail, past local villages and native forests, before arriving in the village of Machherma.

Accommodation: Guesthouse at Machherma
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 9
Trek to Namche Bazaar

After breakfast, we trek back on the trail enjoying the stunning views of Taboche and Cholatse along the way. Continuing on, you’ll soon come across traditional villages of Luza and Kele before arriving in Dole.

Afterward, a long hour descent leads to Phortse Tenga followed by Mong La and then you come across the crossroads that join the Everest trail at Sanasa. From here, you walk past the native forests and several monasteries en route to reach Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Guesthouse at Namche Bazaar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 10
Trek to Lukla (2,804 m)

After a short descent along the hills, we enter the Jorsale village followed by the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park, which remains home to the diverse flora and fauna in the mountainous region.

Continuing on the trail, we arrive at Monjo and hike through a native forest along the trail before arriving at Phakding. Check out the gorgeous views from suspension bridges over the raging Dudh Koshi river en route.

The trek comes to a close at Lukla, where we spend our free time strolling around this beautiful village and enjoying the surrounding views.

Accommodation: Guesthouse at Lukla
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 11
Fly to Kathmandu

Today, we get back to Kathmandu from Lukla. The take-off flight from Lukla is as thrilling as the initial on the airstrip landing. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you’ll be transferred to the hotel. In the evening, you can stroll around Kathmandu streets and have dinner with teammates. Celebrate your recent accomplishment and enjoy your stay in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel at Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 12
Final departure

The Gokyo Valley Trek 12 days concludes today. Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Our airport representative will transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure. Hope you enjoy traveling with us in the Himalayas. Namaste and have a safe journey.

Meals: Breakfast included.

Trip Includes / Excludes

Cost Includes

  • All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing accommodation during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • First aid medical kit
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Cold drinks Inc. coke, water, fanta, Snacks and other personal expensesetc.
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking staff and drivers (mandotary but expected)

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Gokyo Valley Trek
From $ 1,300
per Adult