Gokyo Valley Trekking -13 Days

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Gokyo Lake Trek
Gokyo Lake Trek
Gokyo Lake Trek
At a Glance
Duration12 Days
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude5357m/17575.459ft
Group Size1 to 10 pax
Travel StyleTrekking
Best TimeSeptember to November and March to May

Gokyo Valley Trekking, also referred to as the Gokyo Lake Trek, is a renowned and captivating mountainous trekking route located in the enchanting Khumbu region of Nepal. This trek offers trekkers a unique and unforgettable opportunity to behold the beauty of the majestic Himalayas, accompanied by numerous snow-capped peaks, with the world's highest summit, Mt. Everest (8,848m), as the focal point. Additionally, trekkers can marvel at exquisite glaciers such as the Ngozumpa Glacier, which happens to be the largest glacier in the entire Himalayan range and the second-largest on Earth. The Gokyo Valley Trek allows adventurers to witness the mesmerizing Himalayan Vista from Gokyo Ri (5357m), which includes breathtaking views of the world's highest peaks, including Mt. Everest (8848.86m), Mt. Makalu (8485m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8188m), and Mt. Lhose (8516m). Moreover, this trek provides opportunities to explore glacier lakes, experience epic scenery, stay in tea houses with the Sherpa people, and immerse oneself in their unique lifestyle and culture.


  • Experience a breathtaking scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Discover the vibrant and bustling Namche Bazar, known as the Sherpa capital
  • Indulge in the delicious local cuisine at the charming tea houses
  •  Marvel at the serene and untouched glacial lakes of Gokyo, surrounded by majestic snowy cliffs
  •  Wander through the lively markets of elegant Namche, a historic trading hub
  •  Explore the peaceful and remote Sherpa villages in the Khumbu region
  • Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of iconic peaks like Mt. Everest (8848.86m), Mt. Makalu (8485m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8188m), Mt. Lhose (8516m), Ama Dablam, etc.
  • Delight in the flavors of Himalayan cuisine, made with locally sourced ingredients
  • Enjoy the vibrant and colorful Rhododendron forests, a treat for nature lovers.

The Gokyo Valley Trek starts with a picturesque half-hour flight to Lukla, which transports you to the extraordinary Khumbu region. From this point forward, the adventure takes you through the Dudh Koshi Valley, teeming with unique biodiversity, traditional Buddhist monasteries, and well-established Sherpa settlements. Ultimately, we reach the epitome of Sherpa civilization, Namche Bazaar. This captivating town offers an irresistible panorama showcasing the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest (8,848m), and other magnificent neighboring peaks such as Ama Dablam (6,812m), Thamserku (6,623m), Lhotse (8,516m), and Nuptse (7,861m) right at your doorstep. Continuing our ascent along the trail, we pass through Phortse Thanga, Machheremo, and finally arrive at Gokyo. Situated at the foot of Gokyo Ri, Gokyo is one of the highest settlements in the world, located on the eastern shore of Dudh Pokhari (the third Gokyo Lake). The view of the turquoise lake with the towering peak of Gokyo as a backdrop is so surreal that onlookers often perceive it as the ultimate creation of Mother Nature. After capturing the sublime vistas with both our cameras and hearts, we eventually trek back to Phortse Thanga, Monjo, and finally Namche Bazaar.

We will descend from Namche Bazaar through Manjo and Phakding to reach Lukla, a delightful Sherpa town that is connected to Kathmandu by air. However, during the peak trekking season, there are no direct flights between Kathmandu and Lukla. As an alternative, you can travel from Kathmandu to Ramechhap by car and then take a plane to Lukla. The same route can be taken for the return journey from Lukla to Kathmandu. If you choose to fly from Ramechhap to Lukla, you will need to catch a jeep from Kathmandu very early in the morning, around 1 a.m. In the mountains, flights are only available in the morning. Our Gokyo Valley trek will conclude in Kathmandu, where we will drop you off at the Kathmandu Airport.

What is the best season for the Gokyo Valley Trek?

The Gokyo Valley trek is most enjoyable during autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). It is recommended to avoid winter (December to February) and the rainy season (June to August) due to potential flight delays between Kathmandu and Lukla caused by unfavorable weather conditions. Winter brings heavy snowfall, poor visibility, and extremely cold temperatures, which may result in trail closures. Similarly, the rainy season makes the trail slippery and wet due to heavy rainfall, impacting visibility because of the cloudy weather, and making the trek an unpleasant experience during the Gokyo Valley Trek. The fall season is widely considered the best season for the Gokyo Valley trek, offering pleasant weather, excellent visibility, and stable temperatures. The spring season is the second most popular, providing stable temperatures, pleasant weather, and the opportunity to see blooming flowers and hear the melodious chirping of birds.

How long is the Gokyo Valley Trek?

We at Himalayan Trekking Path strive to provide comprehensive information about the Gokyo Valley trek. This package is designed to address all your queries regarding suitability, duration, cost, available services, difficulty level, duration, best season, preparation, and more. The Gokyo Valley trek typically lasts for 10 days, covering 120km of walking. Including arrival and departure, the total duration of the trek is 13 days. Our 13-day Gokyo Valley trek itinerary is ideal for those seeking an unforgettable experience in the Everest region. It serves as an excellent alternative to the Everest Base Camp Trek. For those with extra time, combining the Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp treks after crossing the Chola Pass (5420m) is a great option. If you wish to embark on this adventure, consider joining our Gokyo Valley Everest Base Camp trek, which promises to be the ultimate trekking experience in the Everest Region.

How difficult is the Gokyo Valley Trek?

The Gokyo Valley trek offers a moderate level of difficulty in the Everest Region. Each day, you will embark on a rugged 12-kilometer journey, starting from Lukla (2840m) and ascending to the highest point of the trek, Gokyo Ri (5357m). This trek is suitable for first-time trekkers, but it is important to note that physical fitness and good health are necessary. If you are planning to undertake this trek for the first time, it is advisable to prepare by incorporating activities such as jogging, morning walks, and cardio exercises into your routine. The Gokyo Valley Trek is a stunning alternative trail to the Everest Base Camp Trek, offering breathtaking views of the Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyo, and other peaks. Gokyo Ri, standing at 5357m, provides one of the best and clearest viewpoints of Mt. Everest (8848.86m)

The Cost of Gokyo Valley Trekking for 2024-2025

The Gokyo Valley Trek presents a remarkable topography that awaits visitors, offering unparalleled views of Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Lhotse, Nupse, and other peaks from Gokyo Ri. In comparison, this trek provides a better vantage point to admire Everest and other towering peaks than Everest Base Camp and Kalapather. Moreover, the Gokyo Valley Trek is less crowded than the Everest Base Camp route. The cost of the Gokyo Valley trek depends on the company's policy and service level. However, the Himalayan trekking path offers the best package for this adventure. Our Gokyo Valley trekking package includes comprehensive services such as flights, guides, porters, accommodation, meals in the mountains, and more. The cost of the Gokyo Valley trek varies depending on the group size. Please review the cost details and feel free to reach out if you have any further inquiries.

  • Solo trekkers can enjoy the Gokyo Valley Trek for USD 1500.
  • For groups of 2 to 6 people, the cost for the Gokyo Valley Trek is USD 1200 per person.
  • Groups consisting of 7 to 10 people can also experience the Gokyo Valley Trek for USD 1100 per person.

The Gokyo Valley Trek is renowned for its stunning beauty, providing a top-tier trekking adventure in the Everest region. Despite its peaceful atmosphere, it remains unparalleled in comparison to other trekking routes in the area. Our Gokyo Lake trek package includes a captivating itinerary that leads you to Gokyo Ri-5357m, offering breathtaking views of the towering peaks and the serene Gokyo Lake below. With a 13-day itinerary, our Gokyo Valley Trek covers everything from your arrival to your departure.

Tour PlanExpand All

Welcome to the trekkers paradise known around the world as the sovereign nation of Nepal, outlandish land majestic mountaintops, elegant hills, cascading waterfalls, gushing rivers, classic heritages, vivid cultures and of course, good-natured people. Upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, you will be cordially greeted then escorted to your hotel. Here, you can take your time to repose after such a fatiguing flight. It is highly recommended to try out the vividness of exuberant Thamel market that sprung into life with the close of the day.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.134ftMeal: DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

We wake-up before the daybreak and board a 30-minute flight to Lukla. As we fly in the limitless blue sky, we initially come by the picturesque landscapes comprising lush greenery and terraced hilltops, then eventually pass over the snowscape, where we can catch sight of the formidable Himalayan Range. Once at Lukla, we initiate our trekking journey and make our way through the trail that progresses throughout the length of the sparkling Dudh Koshi River to the settlement of Chheplung (2,700m). Accompanied by the eye-catching sight of Kusum Kanguru (6,369m), and the Kwongde Mountain Range, we advance past the village of Ghat (2,590m) and it’s beautifully painted Mani walls and get to Phakding (2,610m).


Note: Please be advised that during the busy autumn (October and November) and spring (March to May) seasons, the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla may not be direct due to air traffic. If you plan to travel during these months, it is recommended to depart from Kathmandu at midnight in order to reach Manthali Airport and catch a flight to Lukla. Alternatively, if you prefer not to travel early in the morning, you have the option to travel a day prior and spend a night in Ramechhap, near the airport.

Max. Altitude: 2840m/9317.585ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

To the north of the Dudh Koshi Valley, we pursue the windy trail that proceeds by thriving pine woodlands across the suspension bridges covered with prayer flags to Monjo where we are needed to verify our permits at the checkpoints. We’ll now enter the territory of Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO world heritage site since 1979 A.D.).  After a short climb, we’ll reach the village of Jhorsalle, the last human settlement before Namche Bazaar. Leaving behind the cascading waterfalls and villages bestrewn with the woodlands of Magnolia, fir, and rhododendron; we march forward further on the trail and catch the sight of lofty mountains. Following a tough uphill trek, we arrive in Namche Bazaar (3,340m), the paramount Sherpa village in Khumbu region. Largely benefitted with the boom in the mountain tourism, Namche Bazaar is a commercial hub in the region and celebrated around the globe as the ‘gateway to the Mt. Everest’.

Max. Altitude: 3340m/11286.09 ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

With the increase in the elevation, the atmosphere tends to get thinner. As a result, the levels of oxygen drastically fall down. Due to low levels of live-saving oxygen, trekkers and climbers find difficulty in breathing and often become the victim of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) time and again prove to be fatal. In order to avoid these circumstances, we must get accommodate according to the surroundings. This process is known as acclimatization. Today, we acclimatize in Namche Bazaar. To speed up the process, we may hike to nearby villages of Khunde and Khumjung that extends wonderful mountain vistas along with the opportunity to witness beautiful monastery and time-honoured chortens. Moreover, you may also hike to Hotel Everest View, the hotel positioned in the highest elevation around the world. Here, you can have a lovely breakfast while enjoying a 360 o view of majestic Mt. Everest and other neighbouring peaks. When done with these hikes, you can explore Namche Bazaar at the end of the day and gaze the splendour of this Sherpa capital.

Max. Altitude: 3,880 m/12,730 ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

This morning, we forge ahead on the trail that navigates out of the Namche Bazaar and progress to the Khumjung Village, the largest settlement in the whole Khumbu region; observing the sublime outlook of Everest and Lhotse. Afterward, we push forward to the settlement of Sanasa and then move up to Mangola (3,980m). The village of Mangola put forth a dreamy spectacle embracing an overview of Phortse Thanga village alongside snow-clad peaks of Ama Dablam (6,856m), Tabuche (6,367m), Thamserku (6,608m), and Kangtega (6,685m). After watching this view, we make a decent and cross a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River then continue beyond the rhododendron woodland. Finally, we make it to Dole (4200 m).

Max. Altitude: 4200m/13779.53 ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

Resuming our trek, we again follow the abrupt trail through the woodland of rhododendron. Inhabited chiefly by wildlife such as musk deer and pheasants; the woodland features lichens and mosses suspended in air. Beyond many grasslands and temporary settlements, the trail now makes it’s headway to Luza Village (4,360m) accompanied by the beautiful vistas of Cho Oyu (8,201m), Kantega (6,685m), and Thamserku (6,608m). Subsequently, we advance down the rock-strewn trail to Machhermo (4,470m).

Max. Altitude: 4470m/14665.35ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

This very day, the trail proceeds all the to a hilltop that bestows the sublime outlooks of splendid mountain peak Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth highest mountain soaring at 8,201m asl. Descending down the hilltop; the trail now moves forward past a Chorten to Pangka (4,480m). On the other side of a spurting stream, the trekking trail reaches Longpongo, the first lake. Further, getting to the second lake, the exquisite Taboche Tsho; the trail eventually progresses to Dudh Pokhari, the third lake. Situated beside the third lake is the village of Gokyo (4,800m) in the lap of Gokyo Ri (5,375m). Once we reach the Gokyo village, we can gaze at the vista of the turquoise Dudh Pokhari complemented by 3600 views of surrounding snow-covered peaks encompassing Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, Tawache, Cholatse, and Gyachung Kang.

Max. Altitude: 4800m/15748.03ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

The eighth day of our escapade is exclusive for exploration of the alluring Gokyo region. Considered by some as heaven on earth; the Gokyo region, along with its sublime lakes and magnificent viewpoints rewards trekkers with awe-inspiring vistas. Obviously, we cannot afford to miss the opportunity to explore the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and the fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). After setting foot here, we can speculate the panorama including lofty mountains covered in white snow such as Everest (8,848m), Makalu (8,481m), Lhotse (8,501m), Cho you (8,201m), Gyachung Kang (7,922m), etc. Subsequent to our return to Gokyo Village, we’ll have a stroll around the enchantress Dudh Pokhari. Then, we’ll go for the nearby viewpoints. Adorned with prayer flags, the vertex of these elevated grounds extends the remarkable view of Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal; together with outlooks of adjacent mountains. If time is on our side, then we’ll also reach the top of Gokyo Ri which showcases phenomenal landscapes and stupendous mountain views in close proximity.

Max. Altitude: 5357m/ 17575.46ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

Bidding our farewells to the ‘way-out-of-this-world’ Gokyo region; we trek past Machhermo village via the same trekking trail by which we first entered the Gokyo region. From here, we’ll continue across the village of Luza and lush rhododendron woodland to Dole (4200 m) at the very end of the day.

Max. Altitude: 4200 m/13779.53ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

It’s day ten of our adventure and we’ll continue to descend downhill. We’ll follow the trail that pushes forward beyond the settlements of Mangola (3,980m), Sanasa, and Khumjung (3,970m); all the way to Namche Bazaar (3,340m). Here, we’ll take a break and have some tea and light snacks. today’s endpoint, Namche.

Max. Altitude: 3440m/11286.09 ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

The descent from Namche to Lukla is our final trek in the Khumbu region. Trekking down the flourishing woodlands of rhododendron, we’ll come by the village of Phakding (2,610m). Keeping on with the descent, we’ll arrive at Chheplung (2,700m). Moving down on the mountainside on the banks of the Dudh Koshi River; ultimately, we set our foot in Lukla. From here, we’ll take 30 mins of delightful flight over the soaring Himalayas to Kathmandu. Rest of the day in Kathmandu, you can perform some last-minute sightseeing or souvenir shopping or simply you can relax in your hotel room and prepare your body for the return flight to your homeland.

Max. Altitude: 2840m/9317.585 ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

In this day we will either fly out from Lukla to Kathmandu or from Ramechhap, then drop you off at your hotel in Kathmandu. The next day, we will drop you off at the airport for your final departure. 

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.134ftMeal: Breakfast and LunchAccommodation: Hotel

The Gokyo Valley trek has reached its conclusion today. If you wish, you have the opportunity to explore either the Pokhara or Chitwan Safari tour, both of which we offer at the most competitive prices. In the event that you are returning home or traveling to another country, kindly inform us of your departure time, and we will provide you with private car transportation to the airport for your convenience.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.134ftMeal: Breakfast
Cost Details
  • Our services include transportation to and from the airport in a private vehicle, following the Gokyo Valley Trekking itinerary and package.
  • You will have two nights of accommodation in Kathmandu before starting the Gokyo Valley trek, as well as one night after the trek. The accommodation in the city includes breakfast.
  • If you are flying to Lukla from Ramechhap, we will arrange a shared Jeep or minibus for your transportation between Kathmandu and Ramechhap.
  • The cost of a round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla.
  • During the trek, you will stay in mountain lodges as per the itinerary.
  • All your meals during the trek, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, will be provided.
  • A professional local guide who is licensed by the government, well-trained, and fluent in English will accompany you.
  • We will provide a porter service, with 2 trekkers assigned to 1 porter. The maximum weight for a porter is 20kg.
  • All expenses for our staff, including their food, insurance, accommodation, equipment, and a fair salary, are covered.
  • A daily provision of fresh seasonal fruit, along with 3 cups of tea or coffee, accompanied by cookies, nuts, and a chocolate bar.
  • Trekking poles, a company-branded T-shirt, a duffel bag, and a map.
  • All necessary permits, including the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System), National Park Permit, and Pasang Lhamu rural municipality entry fees.
  • A government tax of 13% and company service fees.
  • Experience and appreciation certificate
  • A well-equipped first-aid box.
  • Rescue service is available solely for emergencies.
  • The visa fees for Nepal are USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50 for 30 days, and USD 125 for 90 days per person.
  • International airfare is not included in the travel package and needs to be arranged separately.
  • Visitors are advised to have travel and medical insurance for their safety.
  • In cases of unexpected bad weather conditions, extra days may be required and should be planned accordingly.
  • Some amenities, such as hot showers, drinking water, WIFI, laundry, and batteries, may come at an additional cost.
  • Personal expenses, extra drinks, and lost items are not included in the travel package.
  • It is customary to give tips to your driver, porter, and guide.
  • All kinds of trekking gear
Dates & Availability
Starts:May 21, 2024Ends:Jun 01, 2024
Starts:May 23, 2024Ends:Jun 03, 2024
Starts:May 25, 2024Ends:Jun 05, 2024
Starts:May 26, 2024Ends:Jun 06, 2024
Starts:May 27, 2024Ends:Jun 07, 2024
Starts:May 29, 2024Ends:Jun 09, 2024
Starts:May 30, 2024Ends:Jun 10, 2024
Starts:May 31, 2024Ends:Jun 11, 2024

We have organized a fixed departure date for the Gokyo Valley trek, providing you with convenience and the opportunity to meet new friends and travel together at an affordable price. Our Gokyo Valley trek package offers a comprehensive experience without compromising on quality. We highly recommend this trek over the Everest Base Camp Trek due to its stunning variety of landscapes, including mountains, glaciers, and lakes.

Additional Info

How do I book the Gokyo Valley Trek with the Himalayan Trekking Path?

The Himalayan Trekking Path is here to assist you, and we are grateful that you have selected us for the Gokyo Valley Trek. To make a booking, simply click on the "Book Now" button. If you wish to check availability, select from the available options. For customization, click on "Send queries." To confirm your booking, a deposit of 10 to 20%, along with your passport details and flight itinerary, is required for necessary preparations. You can reach us via WhatsApp, email, or phone call at any time. We are at your service 24/7.

How can I clear an outstanding bill?

We offer various payment options for settling the outstanding balance for the Gokyo Valley trek. You can pay in cash using Nepali rupees, US dollars, Australian dollars, Canadian dollars, Swiss francs, euros, and others accepted by Nepalese banks. Please check with us to confirm if your currency is accepted. In addition to cash, you can also make payments using cards, online platforms, Western Union, or bank transfers. Please remember that all payments must be made in full upon arrival. Also, please note a 4% bank transfer fee for card payments.Trip

Is there a trip cancellation policy available?

We acknowledge that plans can occasionally change unexpectedly, which is why we provide complimentary cancellations for bookings made up to 30 days prior to the trip. However, please be aware that your deposit is non-refundable, even if you decide to cancel at any time after the booking confirmation. It is important to note that cancellations made after this specified period are also non-refundable. Trekking entails the coordination of various components, including accommodations, transportation, flights, guides, porters, mountain lodgings, and permits. We suggest exploring our packages and services, and if they do not meet your requirements, customization is always an option. Once your booking is confirmed, we kindly request that you refrain from canceling, as we initiate preparations for a seamless experience shortly after. Our company values its reputation, and canceling may have an impact on our relationship with local stakeholders and the quality of our services in the future. In order to uphold our reputation in the tourism industry, we kindly ask that you refrain from canceling once the booking is confirmed. However, we can accommodate date changes if necessary.