Gokyo Trekking

Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek is a beautiful journey to the enticing Gokyo lakes and Gokyo Ri which is one of the most amazing viewpoints for great views of Everest and other Himalayas. The 14-day tri

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The Gokyo Trek is a mesmerizing journey through the pristine landscapes of the Everest region in Nepal, offering trekkers an alternative and equally rewarding experience to the classic Everest Base Camp trek. This lesser-known route takes adventurers to the stunning Gokyo Valley, renowned for its turquoise lakes, towering peaks, and majestic glaciers.


Starting from the bustling city of Kathmandu, the trek begins with a scenic flight to Lukla, where the adventure truly begins. From Lukla, trekkers embark on a picturesque trail that meanders through charming Sherpa villages, terraced fields, and rhododendron forests, offering glimpses of traditional mountain life and warm hospitality along the way. As the journey progresses, trekkers are treated to breathtaking views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. The highlight of the trek is undoubtedly the serene Gokyo Valley, home to a series of glacial lakes known as the Gokyo Lakes. These shimmering turquoise lakes are nestled amidst towering mountains, creating a stunning backdrop that is sure to leave trekkers in awe.

One of the most iconic features of the Gokyo Trek is the ascent of Gokyo Ri, a scenic viewpoint that offers panoramic vistas of the surrounding Himalayan giants. Watching the sunrise from Gokyo Ri is a surreal experience, as the first rays of light illuminate the snow-capped peaks in a breathtaking display of color and beauty.

In addition to the natural wonders, the Gokyo Trek also offers cultural insights into the lives of the Sherpa people, who have called this region home for generations. Trekkers have the opportunity to visit monasteries, interact with locals, and learn about the rich Buddhist heritage that permeates the area.

Accommodation along the trail ranges from cozy teahouses to comfortable lodges, providing trekkers with a warm and welcoming place to rest after a day of exploration. Delicious Nepali cuisine, including hearty dal bhat (rice and lentils), momos (dumplings), and Sherpa stew, is served with hospitality that reflects the legendary Sherpa hospitality.

Overall, the Gokyo Trek promises an unforgettable adventure filled with stunning landscapes, cultural immersion, and the warmth of Nepali hospitality. Whether you're a seasoned trekker or a first-time adventurer, the Gokyo Trek offers a unique and rewarding experience that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

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  • Day 1
    Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m/4264 ft) A Mountain Journey Treks and Expedition representative will pick us up after we land at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Afterwards, we will be dropped off at our hotel where we can take a rest. Later in the evening, we will have a welcome dinner hosted by Mountain Journey Treks and Expedition which will introduce us to Nepalese cuisine. Included meals:Dinner
  • Day 2
    Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation We tour four UNESCO World Heritage Sites today. These include Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and another Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath). These heritage sites hold immense cultural, religious, architectural and historical value for the Nepalese people. Later we gather at Himalayan Glacier to get better acquainted with our travel plans and fellow trekkers. Overnight at Kathmandu. Included meals:Breakfast
  • Day 3
    Fly to Lukla (2,800 m/9,184 ft), trek to Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft): 3 – 4 hours We leave for Lukla on an early morning flight. It will be an adventurous ride as the Tenzing/Hillary airport is a steep airstrip that is actually hanging off the side of a mountain. After reaching Lukla, we meet the rest of our trekking staff and begin trekking to Phakding. Overnight in Phakding. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4
    Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): 5 – 6 hours Our trail moves forward alongside the Dudh Koshi River. During the trek we cross several suspension bridges and pass several villages, monasteries and chortens. We can enjoy a good view of Mt. Thamserku from Benkar village. Our trekking permits will be checked at Monjo as we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. A descent and a gradual walk brings us to Jorsale, the last village until Namche Bazaar. The walk is enjoyable through a river bed and we reach the Hillary Suspension Bridge. As we climb up towards Namche Bazaar, the magnificent sights of Kwangde Peak, Kusum peak, Kangaru peak, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, and many other fabulous mountains greet us. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5
    Namche Bazaar: acclimatization Acclimatization is important for us to adjust to the gradual change in environment. It will also help us to prevent catching Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Today we hike to Khumjung villages, enjoy the Himalayan vista from Syangboche or tour the quaint streets of Namche Bazaar. We can also visit the Tourist Visitor Center where we can see a variety of things related to the first Everest ascenders and Sherpa culture. This visit will also get us acquainted with various plant and animal life of the Everest region. In Khumjung we can even visit a monastery that houses a yeti scalp! We also climb up to the airstrip above Syangboche and enjoy incredible views of Kongde, Thamserku and Khumbila mountains. We walk back to Namche Bazaar to spend the night. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6
    Namche Bazaar to Phorse (3810 m/ 12,496 ft): 5 – 6 hours We leave Namche Bazaar on a trail with gradual ups and downs. On the way we are likely to spot Himalayan pheasants, musk deer and Himalayan Thars. We then begin descending to Kyanjuma. From Sansa, we follow the Gokyo trails and from Mong we get a glimpse of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche and Khumbila mountains. Our trail descends to Dudhkoshi Khola after which it is an uphill climb through rhododendron forests before reaching Phorse. From here we get good views of Tawache and Cholaste mountains. Overnight in Phorse. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7
    Phorse Village to Machhermo-(4,470 m/ 14,663 ft): 5 – 6 hours After crossing a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, we are likely to come face to face with local wildlife like pheasants, mountain goats, and musk deer. Our trail passes through forests, waterfalls and bridges before reaching Dole. We climb on a steady trail through a scenic ridge with views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku mountains. We ascend from Luza village and walk above the Dudh Koshi River. We continue walking through small villages and sandy trails before reaching Machhermo. We can visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital for a lecture regarding altitude sickness, its precaution, and primary treatment. Overnight in Machhermo. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8
    Machharmo to Gokyo (4800 m/15,744 ft): 5 – 6 hours We ascend on a hill and enjoy views of the Dudh Koshi valley and Kangtega, Thamserku and Cho-Oyu mountains. Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through a Chorten and reaches Phangga. We descend to the river bank before climbing up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier on a steep trail. We pass through Longpongo, Raboche Tsho and Dudh Pokhari before reaching Gokyo. On the trail next to the first lake, we see what is believed to be the footprints of a Lama (Buddhist priest). We explore Dudh Pokhari before calling it a night. Overnight in Gokyo. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9
    Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357 m/17,570 ft) and hike to fifth lakes: 5 – 6 hours We spend another day in Gokyo to acclimatize to the high altitude. If the weather is good, we climb Gokyo Ri today. From the top of Gokyo Ri we admire the Himalayan vista and the tranquil Gokyo lakes. We also hike to the fourth and the fifth Gokyo lakes. The 4th lake is only about 3km north of Gokyo. It is marked by high cliffs and Himalayan peaks rising above it. We continue to walking a little further and reach the 5th lake. A climb up a nearby hill will guarantee us remarkable views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. We can see a lot more from here – the spot is called Scoundrel’s Viewpoint. From the northern part of the 5th lake we see the Cho Oyu base camp and Ngazumpa Glacier which is the biggest glacier the world. We walk back to Gokyo to spend the night. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10
    Gokyo to Dole: 3 – 4 hours We descend on a trail along the Dudh Koshi River and pass the first Gokyo lakes. On the way we also enjoy views of the Cholatse and Taboche peaks. Our trail descends before climbing a hill. After reaching the chorten at the edge, we see great views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega mountains. We walk past Machhermo, Luza and Lhafarma villages before reaching Dole. Overnight in Dole. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11
    Dole to Namche Bazaar: 4 – 5 hours We descend on a steep trail to Phortse Thanga admiring rhododendrons, wildflowers and waterfalls. We also come across mountain goats, musk deer, pheasants, etc. From Mong, we can admire a good view of Khumbila peak. On our way to Namche the view of Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kangtega mountains are ours to admire. After walking for a while, we reach an intersection where the trail from Sanasa meets our trail. We walk on a trail that clings to a forested slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. After reaching Namche army camp hill, we look back to see Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche for one last time. About a kilometer from here is Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12
    Namche Bazaar to Phakding 4-5 hrs. We descend on a rocky trail and cross several suspension bridges before walking on a leveled trail. The air is warmer as we walk on the same trail to reach Phakding. Day-13: Phakding to Lukla 3-4 hrs. Our trek in the mountain ends after we reach Lukla. We spend our time reminiscing about our time spent in the mountain. Overnight in Lukla. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13
    Fly to Kathmandu We fly back to Kathmandu on the earliest possible flight. After reaching Kathmandu we have the rest of the day off to rest. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner to enjoy with our trek leader and a few Mountain Journey Treks and Expedition staff to mark the end of our trip in Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included meals:Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 14
    Final departure A Mountain Journey Treks and Expedition representative will pick us up from our hotel and drop us off at the Tribhuwan International Airport three hours before our scheduled flight. Cost included

1. Pick up and Drop.
2. Kathmandu accommodation in twin sharing room with Bed.
3. Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu by flight.
4. Trekking Permit.
5. Sagarmatha National Park Entrance fees.
6. Guide, porter and necessary staffs.
7. Three Meals everyday (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with tea or coffee.
8. Accommodation in Local lodges during the trekking.
9. Governmental taxes and all service charges.

1. Your international flight tickets.
2. Your Nepal visa fee.
3. Your personal insurance.
4. Your personal nature of expenses such as telephone, email internet, bar bills, laundry etc.
5. Any types of donations.
6. Tipping for your Nepali staffs.
7. Medical evacuation in case of emergency.

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