Everest Gokyo Ri Trek - 12 Days

Trip Overview

This trek features the unbelievable scenery of the remote Gokyo Valley and its festival of beautiful turquoise lakes, moonscape-like glaciers, and stunning mountain vistas that include Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu - four of the eight highest peaks on earth! The 360-degree view from Gokyo Ridge is the best in the Khumbu!

The beginning of this trek is the same as hiking to Everest Base Camp. On the way, we'll stay two nights in the village of Namche Bazaar to acclimatize. Namche is considered the trading center for the Khumbu region, and people walk from as far away as Tibet every Saturday to sell their wares here. This is also the hub onto which each trail converges, so yaks and people compete for space in this amphitheater style city.

After visiting Namche, we’ll head up the valley leaving the usual Everest trail and following the rivers run off from the Ngozumpa glacier. After two days we will stop again in the village of Machhermo for another rest day and the chance to hike up Machhermo RI. Our Next stop will be the Gokyo Valley.

Your arrival into this high mountain valley called Gokyo is welcomed by a string of cobalt blue lakes that continue for the 3-hour hike to Gokyo Village, which sits at the foot of Gokyo Ri (18,300 ft) a huge black mound of rock and dirt. The next morning, you're invited to take the 3-hour hike to the summit of this black, rocky mound to witness the 360-degree Himalayan view offered only from this vantage point. The Himalayas stand like giants guarding the border into Tibet. From Gokyo Ri you'll see much more than Mount Everest -- there are magnificent views of many of the other 8000-meter peaks from here as well.

Trip Facts

  • country Nepal
  • Destination Gokyo RI/ Renjola pass
  • Duration 12 days
  • Activities Cultural tour/Trekking
  • Grade Moderate Learn
  • Best Season February to May & Sep to second week of the December
  • Group Size Min. 2 and Max 15
  • Altitude Min. 2853m/Max. 5380m
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu (Capital of Nepal)
  • Accommodation Two night’s hotel in Kathmandu at 3 to 4 stars level on BB plan, & mountain lodge( Tea-house ) in trekking.
  • Meals included Breakfast and welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu / Full board in Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
  • Transportation Flight from Kathmandu/ Lukla/ Kathmandu and by Car, Van, Hiace and bus in Kathmandu as per group size.

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  1. Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters). There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel on BB plan.
  2. An early morning to Lukla from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding. (2610mtrs/8563ft). Flight 30 minutes and walking 3 hours. O/N at guest house.
  3. Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286ft). walking 5:30 hours. O/N at guest house.
  4. Acclimatization day at Namche Bazzar. walking 5 hours, O/N at guest house.
  5. Trek to Dole (4,040m/13,251ft). Walking 5:30 hours, O/N at guest house.
  6. Trek to Machermo (4,480m/14,246ft) walking 4:30 hours, O/N at guest house.
  7. Trek to Gokyo Lakes (4,750m/15,580ft) walking 5 hours, O/N at guest house.
  8. Hiking upto Gokyo Ri (5483m/1983ft) and trek down to Gokyo lakes. Walking 4:30 hours, O/N at guest house.
  9. Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286ft). walking 6:30 hours. O/N at guest house.
  10. Trek to Lukla(2840m/9317ft). Walking 6:30 hours, O/N at guest house.
  11. An early morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. Flight time 30 minutes. O/N at hotel.
  12. After breakfast, the trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Note: Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. If you would like to stay more than 12 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari etc. Please, let us know, we will follow accordingly. Extend your trip (For the extension options, please click here).

  1. Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters). Hotel There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel on BB plan.
  2. Kathmandu to Lukla by flight and trek to Phakding (2610m/7903ft) - Flight to Lukla 30 minutes and walking 5:30 hours Fly to Lukla, the trail descends, gradually passing above the large village of Chaunrikharaka (2680m) and on through small villages, fields and forests following a wide well constructed path. After Kusum Drargka, a large stream, the trail crosses the Dudh Kosi river at Phakding. Overnight at guest house.
  3. Phakding-Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286ft) - walking 5:30 hours. From Phakding the trail follows the western bank of Dudh Kosi passing through forests of Blue Pine until it reaches the village of Benkar(2700m). From here the trail crosses to the eastern bank of the Dudh Kosi, and climbs gently to the village of Chumoa. Between here and the next village of Monjo (2800m) the trail drops steeply to cross Monjo Khola. From Monjo the trail crosses a small rock saddle and then descends abruptly to re-cross the Dudh Kosi at Jorsale (2804m). Beyond Jorsale the trail undulates up until the confluence with Bhote Kosi is reached. From here the Khumbu region begins. Above the bridge the trail zigzags up 300m of the steep spur between the two rivers through sparse forest. From the top of the spur, Mt. Everest can be seen rising above Nuptse-Lhotse wall. The next section of the trail climbs less steeply, traversing above the Bhote Kosi until Namche Bazaar is reached. Namcha Bazaar is a market town, where every Saturday morning traders from lower altitude sell goods to sherpas. Most of the trading is over by mid-day and the traders return to their villages. Overnight at guest house.
  4. Acclimatization day At Namche Bazzar- walking 5 hours. Known as the ‘Gateway to Everest’ we will spend today here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. A short trek to the museum celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people, as well as about flora & Fauna & its land, more importantly, from here you will get the proper glimpse of Everest and the surrounding mountains. And we hike up the Syanbuche airport, and Everest view hotel and sightseeing at the Khumjung village (3800m/12,466ft), which is the biggest settlement of Sherpa. Khumjung is one of the most beautiful villages in Everest area. It’s symmetrically laid out stone dwellings house the families of many of our Sherpas. Overnight at guest house.
  5. Tengboche to Dole (4,040m/13,251ft) walking 5:30 hours. From Tengboche , trek down to Dhukosi river and the trail gradually ascent to Dole, which lies just above the tree-line. Overnight at guest house.
  6. Machermo (4,480m/14,246ft) Walking 4:30 hours A short day due to the need to maintain a safe rate of ascent. Gokyo appears to be within easy reach but a night at Macherma is essential.
  7. Gokyo Lakes (4,750m/15,580ft). Walking 5 hours Another short climb leads to the lunch spot in the Phanga Valley and then a steady afternoon's plod leads past the first of the Gokyo Lakes to the camping area by the main lake. There are excellent views of Cho Oyu ahead, with Taweche and Cholatse dominating the opposite side of the valley. Time: 4 hours.
  8. Hiking to Gokyo Ri and back to Gokyo. Walking 4:30 hours This day early in the morning we have steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri (5483m/19083ft) ample rewards to one attempts this trip. There are stunning views of the supper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, such as giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m) can be seen. Those who explore the glacier and Gokyo peak are rewarded.
  9. Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286ft). – walking 6:30 hours. We continue our descent to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at guest house.
  10. Namche Bazaar to to Lukla(2840m/9317ft)- walking to 7:30 hours Our final day of trekking returns us to the town of Lukla, where the overnight stay gives you time to explore the town as well as reflect upon the mountains you have recently visited for one last time before heading back to Kathmandu. Overnight at guest house.
  11. Lukla to Kathmandu. - After Breakfast. We will walk about 5 minutes to airport to catch our return flight to Kathmandu. Flight an early morning at 7 am to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
  12. Departure After breakfast, the trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Note: Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. If you would like to stay more than 12 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari etc. Please, let us know, we will follow accordingly. Extend your trip (For the extension options, please click here).

Month Tour Start Tour End
September 03 Sep 14 Sep
September 06 Sep 17 Sep
September 13 Sep 25 Sep
September 20 Sep 01 Oct
September 27 Sep 08 Oct
October 02 Oct 13 Oct
October 08 Oct 19 Oct
October 15 Oct 26 Oct
October 22 Oct 02 Nov
October 29 Oct 09 Nov
November 01 Nov 12 Nov
November 08 Nov 19 Nov
November 15 Nov 26 Nov
November 26 Nov 07 Dec
December 03 Dec 14 Dec
December 10 Dec 21 Dec
December 17 Dec 28 Dec
December 25 Dec 05 Jan
Month Tour Start Tour End
February 06 Feb 17 Feb
February 09 Feb 20 Mar
February 15 Feb 26 Mar
February 22 Feb 04 Mar
March 01 Mar 12 Mar
March 06 Mar 17 Mar
March 14 Mar 25 Mar
March 19 Mar 30 Apr
March 22 Mar 02 Apr
March 28 Mar 08 Apr
April 02 Apr 13 Apr
April 05 Apr 16 Apr
April 12 Apr 23 Apr
April 19 Apr 30 May
April 26 Apr 07 May
April 30 Apr 11 May
May 03 May 14 May
May 10 May 21 May
May 17 May 28 May
May 24 May 04 Jun
June 04 Jun 15 Jun
June 08 Jun 19 Jun
June 14 Jun 25 Jun
June 21 Jun 02 Jul
July 03 Jul 14 Jul
July 09 Jul 20 Jul
September 03 Sept 14 Sept
September 06 Sept 17 Sept
September 13 Sept 24 Sept
September 20 Sept 01 Oct
September 27 Sept 08 Oct
October 02 Oct 13 Oct
October 08 Oct 19 Oct
October 15 Oct 26 Oct
October 22 Oct 02 Nov
October 29 Oct 09 Nov
November 01 Nov 12 Nov
November 08 Nov 19 Nov
November 15 Nov 26 Nov
November 26 Nov 07 Dec
December 03 Dec 14 Dec
December 10 Dec 21 Dec
December 17 Dec 28 Dec
December 25 Dec 04 Dec
Trekking Boot One Pairs
Thick Socks 4 Pairs
Light Socks 3 Pairs
Camp Shoes 1 Pair
Sandals 1 Pair
Sleeping Bag(4seasons) 1
Down Jacket 1
Daypack 1
Water Bottle 1
Sun Cream  
Sunglasses  
Flashlight Witd Spare Bulbs, Batteries, Lip Salve, Gaiters.  
Down Or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket And Trousers 1
Fleece Jacket Or Pullover 1
Warm Cotton Trousers 2 Pairs
Shirts And T-Shirts 4 Pieces
Lightweight Cotton Long Pants 3 Pairs
Long Under Wear 2 Pieces
Short Under Wear 4 Pieces
Sun Hat Or Scarf 1
Woolen Hat 1
Sunglasses 1
Lightweight Gloves 1
Rain Coat 1
Heavyweight Gloves Or Mittens Witd A Waterproof 1
Insect Repellent
Toilet Articles
Note Book & Pen
Toilet Roll
Laundry Soap
Pocket Knife
Towel
Sewing Kit
Plasters
Binoculars
Camera
Film
Cards And Personal Medical Kit
Short description Mode of the packages: What are included in the packages?

Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu, Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast at 3 stars level, Meals3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking, Twin sharing comfortable and clean private room in trekking, both ways domestic flight tickets from KTM/Lukla/KTM, necessary permits, all the ground transportation by tourist vehicles, an experienced guide and porter and all the necessary permits, please find in details what is included and excluded in the cost as follows:

Service Includes in the Cost in Details:
  • All the ground transportation by tourist vehicles.
  • Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu as per your desire.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast at 3 stars level ( for two nights).
  • Meals3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking for you.
  • Twin sharing comfortable and clean private room in trekking( for 9 nights).
  • Trip Map.
  • Both ways domestic flight tickets from KTM/Lukla/KTM with airport tax.
  • An experienced, knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and English-speaking trekking guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek (2 trekkers:1 porter).
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Four season sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag( bag pack) and walking stick to use for trekking, if necessary.
  • Duffel/kit bag( Gift from our company).
  • All necessary paper works and Everest national park entry permits.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • All our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.
Service Excludes in the cost in details:
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (costs roughly USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day)- (Except welcome dinner).
  • All kinds of drinks in the mountain (hot, cold and alcoholic).
  • Entry fee while sightseeing in Kathmandu (USD 20 per person).
  • Personal equipment.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.
For the most up to date latest pricing, please contact us

Note: Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. If you would like to stay more than 14 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari etc. Please, let us know, we will follow accordingly. Extend your trip (For the extension options, please click here).

Budget package available:

The cost for the budget package is USD 775, per person, including ground transportation as per itinerary, two nights hotel in Kathmandu at 3 stats level inclusive breakfast, your domestic flight tickets Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu, permits, guide and porter.

what our clients say about us?

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Hello Babu,
Nice to hear from you again. Hope everything is going well in Nepal. We had a great time during our trek in the Everest Region. Everything was well organized and we were very happy with our guide Raj and our two porters, who were a lot of fun to hang out with and made the trip an unforgettable experience. Attached I am sending you a group-photo that was taken at Gokyo Ri. Ines Best regards from Austria.
Ines
Austria
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Hi Babu,
We had a fanastic time trekking to Everest Base Camp with Unique Path. Everything was so easy to organise in advance, with Babu replying promptly and efficiently to our emails. Our guide Sanu was excellent, he took care of our every need and was really well organised, and very well informed always providing us with interesting information about the local area and people. He spoke excellent English and was good company. The amazing scenery of the Himalaylas was matched by the quality of service that we received from Unique Path, thank you for making our trip special. Ryan & Kate, Edinburgh Please pass on our thanks to Sanu, Kind regards
Kate & Ryan
Ireland
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