Gokyo Trekking (13 days)Gokyo Trekking (13 days)

Gokyo Valley Trek - 13 Days

  • Duration13 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Moderate to Challenging
  • Max Altitude 5,380m
  • Activity Trekking
  • Group Size 1-20 people
  • Accommodation Comfortable Hotel & Lodges
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner as per own choices
  • Transportation Private Vehicle- Flight
  • Starts From Lukla
  • Ends To Lukla
  • Best Season March-April- May/ September-October- December
Trip Highlights
  • Highly experienced trekking crews
  • Guided Sightseeing tour around the world heritage sites and trekking,
  • Private vehicle to and from Ramechaap, domestic flight to and from Lukla,
  • Following holistic and shepherded path, beautiful Himalayan wildlife,
  • Breathless high alpine pastures landscapes,
  • Gokyo Ri view point 5,380m
  • Astonishing panoramic views of lakes and several peaks,
  • Views of the Mt. Everes 8,848m, Lhotse 8,516m, Lhotse Shar 8,383, Makalu 8,485m, Cho-Oyu 8,201m,
  • Picturesque Sherpa villages, mane walls and bridges,
  • Buddhist culture, traditions, Monastery, Lungdars, stupas and chortens,
  • Enormous scenic glacier, landscape, icefall and moraine,
  • Nice hotels and lodges with delicious food menu,
  • Kneed and clean dining room with yak dung heater,
  • Hot showers and comfort toilets,

The Gokyo  "Holy valley" 

Gokyo Lake

Gokyo Valley is one of the best trekking destinations for those who have  limited holiday time in the Himalayas. Definitely, Gokyo Ri is the best viewpoint in the Khumbu region. Trekkers can have a wonderful panoramic view of Mt. Everest 8,848m, Lhotse 8,516m, Lhotse Shar 8,383m, Makalu 8,485m and Cho Oyu 8,201m and several other mountains such as Mt. Pumori (7161m), Ngozumba, Gyazungkhang, Tawatse, Cholatse, Mt. Changste (7550m), Mt. Lingterin (6679m), Mt. Amadablam (6856m), Bharuntse, Thamserku (6723m), Kantega( 6685m), etc. This trek takes you to the greatest Ngozumba glacier, the holy Gokyo Lake. You may be spellbound from the view of a huge incredible glacier bedding down from the mountains. The massive Ngozumba glacier is 36 KM long, 1 KM wide, and extended from 4700m up to 8000m. The Gokyo area is known as a Holistic valley in the Khumbu region. Earlier Gokyo Lake used to be called Dudh pokhari (milky pool), the famous Dudh Koshi River begins from this lake. The Lake water springs out from the Ngozumba glacier and flows down to the hill, It seems like a milestone (milky) water melting out from the glacier that’s why it used to be called (milky stream) Dudh Koshi. There are several lakes around Gokyo Valley, mostly 3 Lakes are visible during trekking. The fourth and fifth Lake lies nearly on the bottom of High Mountain and takes a day-long excursion from Gokyo Lake. Trekkers must climb Gokyo Ri (5380mtr) very early in the morning for wide and bright views.

The Gokyo Valley trekking needs gradual upward comfortable climbing from the start until Gokyo Ri and slowly descending to the ending point.  We walk via the Everest classic route until Sanasa village and follow the left Valley. Gokyo Valley was a prime pastureland field for Sherpas in ancient times. Sherpa from Khumbjung, Khunde, and Phortse used to pasture their animals in Dole, Luza, Machherma, Fanga, Tangnak, and Gokyo. Animal husbandry has been invaded by tourism ventures and the Mountaineering profession of Sherpas. Potatoes, buckwheat, barley, cabbage, radish, cauliflower, mustard, etc. are major seasonal crops in this region. Gokyo Valley provides a completely Buddhist culture, traditions, and way of life. There are so many stones carved Manis, stupas, chortens, Monastery, and flattering Lungdars on the way around.


Arrival in Kathmandu international airport, greeting with flower garland and transfer to Hotel and evening trip briefing with Welcome dinner.

The flight to Lukla during high touristic season is impossible from kathmandu.  So we must take a private vehicle drive at list 4 hours away from Kathmandu. If you have enough time then you can get drive in the Noon and stop for overnight nearby Manthali otherwise get drive at middle of the night for catching morning flight from Manthali to Lukla. The flight takes 25 minutes to Lukla where your supporting crews are waiting for you, they will come to collect you at the airport counter and take to the lodge for breakfast. By the same time your guide will organize introduction plan then start slowly trekking via Chaurikharkha, Kyangzoma, Ghat to Phakding village (2640m)  for overnight. 3 hours

We commence our trek to Namche Bazaar through the Dudh Koshi River bank. Today we will cross so many suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. The zigzag trail leads us through Banker, Monjo to Jorsalle. Jorsalle is the check post of Sagarmatha national park and trekking permits. Thamserku, Kusumgaru, and Kwongde Mountain are visible all day long today. The Khumbila Peak is just standing over the Namche Bazaar. We follow the uphill trail from the riverbed of this V-shaped valley where the river forks Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi are meeting each other. Now we begin steep ascending to Namche Bazar. We make a quick stoppage just over the shoulder of steep up after one and half hours of walking from there you will have the 1st excellent view of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.)Then it takes approximately 45 minutes to arrive at Namche Bazaar. Bellow the Namche Bazaar there is also a check post for checking your permits.

It is considered an ideal day for altitude acclimatization in this place, after breakfast just get higher around the museum. There is very nice viewpoint including the statue of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and rounding mountains view such as Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku, Kusumkangaru, Kwonge Peak, and Thame Peak. It would be the best morning ever in your travel time then follow the steep climb up to the world’s highest airstrip airport “Syangboche”. Turn right across the Everest View hotel to Khumjung village for a day excursion, visit the monastery which is still preserving a yeti’s head then get back down to Namche by aside the Khumjung school or if you want to go to Khunde village you can continue climbing and take a direct way to Namche bazaar from Khunde.

It is an easy flat trail until Sanasa through birch, pines, and fir trees with fine views of mountains. From Sanasa it climbs for one and a half hours up to Mongla Danda then descends to Phortse Tanga. A well-known and typical ancient Sherpa village phrase is nicely visible along the way.  There is a heavy alpine forest of fir, rhododendron, birch, alpine bamboo, and pines between Phortse Tanga to Dole. The trail is scenic and mostly gradual uphill through the alpine forest. 6 hours

Scale up the way slowly to the ridge from there you will see a giant big mountain wall standing in the forehead is Mt.Cho Oyu 8201m. The trail is not steady up however it is gently ascending through Luza. Today you will see a lot of yak pasture fields. In the former time, people from Khumjung, Kunde, and Phortse used to bring their animals into this valley thus still the land ownership is highly belonged to those people from the same village. Finally, we will arrive by clearing one hill lap to another into a Fish shaped valley in Machhermo village. 6 hours

We have a short walk today. We will arrive at Gokyo by lunchtime. After lunch, we climb up the glacier edge for exploration. On the way, a little settlement called Fanga village appears there was a big avalanche of devastation in 1996. The trail crosses the rocky narrow hill near the glacier and turns around the valley towards the lake. There are many beautiful lakes in Gokyo Valley, behind the lakes there is a big glacier laying, which is spreading from the bottom of Mt.Cho –oyu. After walking slowly around the rocky corner you will reach the third lake there you are staying overnight at 4750m. 3 hours

You should start very early in the morning to climb up Gokyo Peak 5380 Meters. which is known as the best viewpoint in Khumbu region. You can see the panoramic view of Mt. Everest 8,848m, Lhotse 8,516m, Lhotse Shar 8,383m, Makalu 8,485m and Cho Oyu 8,201m and several other mountains such as Mt. Pumori (7161m), Ngozumba, Gyazungkhang, Tawatse, Cholatse, Mt. Changste (7550m), Mt. Lingterin (6679m), Mt. Amadablam (6856m), Bharuntse, Thamserku (6723m), Kantega( 6685m), etc. And a huge Ngozumba glacier and a fine view of local Lakes. Descend to the lodge for breakfast then leave your footprints and take memories back to Machhermo for overnight. 7 hours

Walking down via Luza, Lapharma, and Dole is quite comfortable. Also, it is quite easier for descending, make a day break at Phortse, and pass the Mongla danda then via flat way to Namche bazaar for overnight. 6 hours 

We meet so many trekking today because most of the trekkers follow the same route until Namche bazaar. Descending 600mtr down to Dovan and a long zigzag trail via several Sherpa’s settlements to Lukla. Today we will have a farewell dinner together with every crew.

Take a morning domestic flight to Ramechhap and drive with a private vehicle back to Kathmandu and free Noon time. 3 hours

Route Map
Gokyo Valley Trek - 13 Days map
Useful Info

Notice for domestic flights to and from Lukla:

The Tribhuwan International Airport and the domestic Airport are partially the same in Kathmandu. So it used to be a heavy air trafficking during international flights. That is affecting tremendously for the smooth flight operation to Lukla which is mostly departing early in the morning. Most of the tourists come to Nepal for Everest region trekking and the main gateway to enter into this legendary region is by flight to Lukla. The airport in Lukla is only suitable for small aircraft so there would be uncountable flights in a day. Thus, aviation had decided to operate regular flights not from Kathmandu but from the nearest airport of Kathmandu during the main tourist season. At the moment, the nearest airport is in Manthali Ramechhap, which is approximately 4 hours drive away.

The flights are effective from the beginning of October to the End of November in autumn and March to mid-May in spring.

Most tourists get to drive in the middle of the night from Kathmandu to Manthali for the next day’s morning flight. But we recommend moving a day earlier from Kathmandu to nearby Manthali. That will provide the perfect views of the countryside of Nepal and also would not make the rush and uncomfortable drive.

Altitude sickness:

Altitude sickness (acute mountain sickness) is difficulty of sleeping, dizziness, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, rapid pulse, nausea, vomiting, etc. It affects mountain climbers, hikers, and skiers because of lower air pressure and lower oxygen levels. It occurs as the result of failure to adapt at a higher altitude. It happens most often in the brains or the longs after the fluid begins to leak from the blood vessels.

When the fluid collects in the brain, you initially get headaches, loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, want to lie down and feel powerless, physically moving is unwilling, and a decrease of consciousness, and the problem with balance coordination is called high–altitude cerebral edema (HACE). If the fluid is collected in the lungs, you become breathless and dry, and it makes regular irritative cough, sometimes coughing up blood too, discoloration of the skin, and chest tightness is called high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE).


To prevent acute mountain sickness; we have to follow fundamental gravity habits such as patience, consistency, and discipline in the mountain. The mountains have their own rule and regulations. We cannot turn them into our nature except by following and respecting them. Cloth on properly according to the altitude, avoid rapid altitude gain, drink enough water or fluid, take enough acclimatization time to adjust the body at a higher altitude, avoid alcoholic items, control smoking, eat regular meals, get higher & sleep at lower altitudes. Avoid high altitudes if you have heart and lung disease. If the symptoms occur then stop climbing mountains and descend to a lower altitude. In case the person is seriously sick, or cannot bring him/her to a lower altitude by walking and carrying then she/he should be rescued by quick Helicopter evacuation.

Clothing Equipment:

  • Lightweight walking boots, a pair of track shoes, and slippers to wear in the evening or when the boot is wet.
  • Warm jacket (Fibers fill or down should be adequate.)
  • A Rainproof jacket with a hood or poncho.
  • Warm clothes or fleece jackets.
  • Thin and thick trousers.
  • Warm trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. (Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary during treks going above 3000mtr)
  • Thermal underwear (These are excellent for sleeping at night)
  • A pair of loose-fitting long shorts and 1 lightweight long-sleeved –shirt are particularly suitable for avoiding sunburn.
  • A woolen or warm hat to wear in the morning and at night. Sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
  • A pair of gloves (warm and normal ones)
  • 2 pairs of thin and 2 pairs of thick warm socks.
  • Underwear, buff, and hankies as you need.


Duffle bag or kit bag to carry your gear while trekking, sleeping bag. Small rucksack to carry personal requirements for the day e.g. toilet paper, towel, soap, etc. Water bottle. Snow glasses and sunglasses, 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones. Headlamp with spare batteries, sun cream, personal medicine, lip guard, toothbrush, towel, Reading materials, game items (optional), notebook, rubber band, pen and pencil, a diary, a pocket knife, trekking map, passport, and copies.

Drinking Water:

Travelers should be very aware of drinking water in Nepal. They are not completely adapted to digest direct normal spring water due to bacteria. So, we recommend you drink mineral water or boiled water. Also, you can use some purifier tablets such as chlorine tablets for purifying water on the trekking. We strongly recommend mineral water in the city area and purified or boiled water in the trekking.


We provide accommodation according to your demand and accessibility either normal standards or comfortable luxury hotels in the City. We provide very neat, clean, and comfortable hotels, lodges, friendly homestays, or locally what is available for the most suitable.

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