Gokyo Valley Trek - 13 Days

View from Gokyo Ri

The Gokyo Lake Trek, also known as the Five Lakes Trek, is one of the best trekking routes beyond the Everest region and an alternative – uncrowded and more serene – route to get to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo. On the way to Gokyo Lake while walking 6 – 7 hours every day, you will see magnificent views of icy rivers and stony glacier debris, snow-capped mountains, and of course the dazzling turquoise waters of the Gokyo Lakes itself. Located at an altitude of 4,700 – 5,000 m (15,400 – 16, 400 ft) in the Gokyo Valley, the Gokyo Lakes are actually made up of six bodies of water, of which Thonak Lake is the largest, and are considered holy by both Hindus and Buddhists.

Upon leaving Kathmandu and landing in the Lukla airport, the brisk mountain air will caress your skin and fill you with anticipation. Your Gokyo Trek guide will start off leading you through Sagarmatha National Park. In order to acclimatize before setting off for Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Valley, time spent in Namche Bazaar offers trekkers a trip to the National Park Museum where you can learn about the local Sherpa culture, geology, and history of the Everest region. From here, you can see the first breathtaking glimpse of Lhostse and Everest (8848 m / 29,029 ft). Then you will hike to the Everest Viewpoint Hotel and Khumjung Village to visit the school set up by Sir Edmund Hillary, who, along with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, was the first person to successfully summit Mount Everest in 1953.

After Namche Bazaar, you will continue trekking a couple more days until you reach the Gokyo Valley area. Upon entering the valley, you will see a spectacular view of Cho Oyu, one of the border peaks between Tibet and Nepal. As well as a beautiful view of a Sherpa village. By far, the highlight of the trek is a steep climb up Gokyo Ri (5,357 m / 17,575 ft), the highest point of the trek and one of the best viewpoint destinations in the Everest region. From there, watching the sun rise over Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu, and the way it glints off the ice ridges of Ngozumpa, the largest glacier in Nepal, will have you questioning whether you’ve simply climbed your way to heaven.

Gokyo Ri viewpoint, the highest point on the trek, is one of the best viewpoint destinations in the Everest region.

Day 1
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

You may arrive any time during the day. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by one of our airport representatives who will help you get transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. There are no planned activities for the day, so you may check into your hotel for the evening and relax.

Day 2
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour and prepare for the trek

Your guide will take you to some of the major sights like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Buddhanath, Pashupati Nath, and Bhaktapur. After the city tour, you will meet with your trekking guide for instructions about your adventure trip.

Day 3
Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,652 m) Walking distance: 8 km | Duration: 3 hours

From Kathmandu you will take Early flight to Lukla. The landscape changes from green hills to snow-capped mountains as you enjoy the view of your 40-minute flight. Upon landing in Lukla, the trek starts as you head towards Phakding.

Day 4
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) Walking distance: 10 – 12 km | Duration: 6 hours

Your journey leads you to the Khumbu, Namche Bazaar, which is also known as the gateway to Everest. The trail walks mostly alongside Dudh Koshi River and goes through rhododendron and magnolia forest leading to the checkpoint of Sagarmatha National Park at Mojo. Then, crossing Dudh Koshi River several times on suspension bridges, you arrive in the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar.

Day 5
Day to acclimate Walking distance: 3 – 4 km | Duration: 3 – 4 hours

Rest day in Namche for acclimatization purpose. However, you can hike up to Hotel Everest View (3962m), the highest operating hotel, for a stunning panorama of Mt. Everest (8848m) along with other peaks of Khumbu. Later, you can explore the market of Namche and visit the Sherpa Museum to get to understand the culture and life of the Sherpa in the Himalayas.Namche Bazaar is known as the little thamel during the season time.

Day 6
Namche Bazar - Dhole (4040m) 5-6 Hours.

Leaving Namche, you follow the trails of Dudh Koshi River upstream and ascent on a trail filed with Mani walls and prayer flags. The peaks of Everest (8848m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Lhotse (8414m), Taboche (6367m), and so on can be seen glimmering on the skyline.

Day 7
Dhole - Machhermo (4150m) 5-6 Hours

Today is the day you reach your ultimate destination, Gokyo Valley. As you ascend on the banks of Dudh Koshi River with the views of the Khumbu Himalayas, you pass a few monasteries and chortens before arriving at the first Gokyo Lake. Then, walking on the moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier, you arrive at the second lake, and finally at the third lake, behind which the ancient Sherpa village of Gokyo resides. Overnight in Gokyo.

Day 8
Excursion Day in Gokyo, day hike to Gokyo Peak (5483m).

In your spare day in this beautiful valley you wanna take as much as Advantage of the view. which start with your early morning hike up to the Gokyo Ri(5360m) for the most breathtaking view of Gokyo valley and the sunrise And the mind blowing views of Cho Oyu (8188m), Everest (8848m), and the Mahalangur Himalayan Range. You will also be able to see the whole Gokyo Valley and the Gokyo lakes along with Ngozumpa Glacier from the top of Gokyo Ri (5360m). Hike back to Gokyo village and listen to the stories of the locals. Overnight in Gokyo.

Day 9
Trek back from Gokyo -Dhole (4040m) 6-7 Hours

Some times you dont wanna leave the heaven of the Earth and the great view of the Gokyo valley. But After your breakfast You leave the third, second, and first Gokyo Lakes respectively and walk past the settlements of Phanga, Machhermo, Luza, and Kele to arrive in Dhole. Throughout the trek, you will be accompanied by the views of Cholatse (6335m) and Taboche (6367m). Overnight in Dhole.

Day 10
Dhole - Namche Bazaar (3440m.) 5-6 Hours

Leaving Dhole behind, you head back to the vibrant town of Namche Bazaar. You trek downhill to Sanasa via Phortse Thanga and Mong to join the bustling Everest Base Camp trail. You then descend through the alpine forest and past small monasteries to reach Namche Bazaar. Feel free to explore the pubs and eateries in Namche. Overnight in Namche.

Day 11
Namche Bazaar - Lukla (2886 m.) 7-8 Hours

You will retrace your way from Namche Bazaar to Lukla following the trails of Dudh Koshi River. As you trek through the rhododendron forest, you will pass many Sherpa villages, age-old monasteries, painted Mani walls, and prayer wheels before you arrive in Lukla. Later, you can explore the small town of Lukla and also interact with the locals. Overnight in Lukla.

Day 12
Fly from Lukla- Kathmandu

Once back in Kathmandu, you will have free time to explore the city and rest.

Day 13
Farewell and departure from Tribhuvan International Airport

A representative from our office will take you to the airport in time for your departure.

We look forward to your next adventure with us!

Price Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop-off by private car / van.
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • 2 Night Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • 11 Night guest houses accommodation during the trek (mainly in twin sharing).
  • A local government licensed English speaking trekking guide during the trek.
  • The required number of porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking guide and porter.
  • All necessary trekking permits, National Park permits and entry fees.
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag by Base Camp Adventure.
  • First aid medical kits.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate.
  • Gokyo Vallley and EBC trek route map.
  • Domestic airfare and airport tax.

Cost exclude

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staffs.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

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Gokyo Valley Trek