Everest Gokyo Ri Trekking
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Everest Gokyo Ri Trekking

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Trip Facts

  • Max Altitude 5,380 m
  • Grade Moderate
  • Duration 10
  • Group Size 1 - 15

Overview

Gokyo Valley is a far-flung valley in the Everest region that remains hidden from the throng of visitors who mostly make their way to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. Everest Gokyo Ri Trekking takes you to the Gokyo Valley which is famous for its series of crystal blue lakes which are the highest freshwater system of lakes in the world.

Gokyo Valley lies at the foot of the Gokyo Ri (5,387 m) mountain. The valley is surrounded by gigantic Himalayan on all sides. Some of the highest mountains in the world, including the four among the eight highest peaks in the world – Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu – are clearly visible from Gokyo valley.

In this everest hiking trail there are six turquoise blue lakes in the valley with the Tonakh Cho being the largest lake. These lakes are fed from the melt of the Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal. It is worth remembering that the largest and the longest glaciers in Nepal – the Khumbu Glacier and the Ngozumpa Glacier respectively – both lie in the Khumbu (Everest) region. The Khumbu Glacier is located in the heart of Everest and stretches up and down from the Everest Base Camp.

The beautiful Gokyo Village is located at the heart of the Gokyo Valley and on the shores of the picturesque lakes. The other prominent lake in the valley apart from the Tonak Tsho is the Gokyo Tsho lake, which is also known as Dudh Pokhari. This lake has special religious significance among the people of the Khumbu Region.

Everest Gokyo Ri Trekking starts from Kathmandu with a flight to Lukla airport. We will stay in beautiful Sherpa villages like Namche Bazaar, Phakding, and Dole while on our way up to the Gokyo Valley. Namche Bazaar is a relatively large village that is a popular thoroughfare town for trekkers to all parts of the Khumbu region. Dole and Phakding also provide wonderful experiences of the Sherpa lifestyle and heritage. We will conclude our trip by returning back to the Lukla airstrip via Namche Bazaar and taking a flight back to Kathmandu.

Itinerary

Day 01

We will start our trek with a wonderful 30 minutes of mountain flight into the heart of the Everest region from Kathmandu. This flight lands us in the small Himalayan airstrip at Lukla and provides us with a spectacular view of mountains in the central and western parts of Nepal.

After landing at Lukla airstrip and collecting our luggage we will start our trekking to the beautiful village of Phakding, which is a typical Sherpa village located between dense green forests on all sides. The trek from Lukla to Phakding takes about three hours and provides a glimpse into the lifestyle of the predominantly Buddhist people of the region

Day 02

We will head towards Namche Bazaar after spending the night in Phakding. Namche Bazaar is the largest settlement in the Khumbu Region and is a converging point for trekkers from and to all parts of the Everest Region.

We will traverse the first of the two river valleys in the Everest Region today – The Dudh Koshi River Valley. Dudh Koshi is one of the tributaries of the Sapta Koshi river, the largest river in Nepal. The other valley in the Everest Region is the Imja Tse valley, made by the Imja river, which is located much further north of here. We will meet at the checkpoint of the Sagarmatha National Park after walking a short while from Phakding. We will walk along with the beautiful forests of pine, rhododendron, firs, birch, and junipers from here and reach Namche Bazaar.

Day 03

We will stay at Namche Bazaar today and acclimatize for the trek ahead. Namche Bazaar is a colorful and vibrant town that was once a center for salt and gold traders between Nepal and Tibet. Today, the lure of the mountains brings thousands of visitors to the Khumbu Region each year, thus transforming Namche Bazaar into a tourist hotspot.

There are many things to do while staying at Namche Bazaar. There is a Sherpa museum that helps you glimpse into the age-old culture and the tradition of the Sherpa people of the country. You can also take a short lecture on high Himalayan trekking and preparedness delivered by the Mountaineering Rescue Association. The highest altitude hotel in the world, the Everest View Hotel, is also located near Namche Bazaar.

Day 04

Our target for today is a small but picturesque village of Dole. The trail from Namche Bazaar to Dole is traced along the mountain ridges that stand up from the gorging Dudh Koshi River valley. You will get to witness the best animal and plant diversity of the Sagarmatha National Park today. The forests are full of animals like the Himalayan Tahr, black bear, Jharal, Red Panda, musk deer, etc.

We will first reach the village of Kyanjuma, which is a small Sherpa village perched in the mountains. We will then cross Monga La Pass, a relatively lesser altitude pass located at the height of 3,792. We will then go past Khumbila and finally reach the village of Dole. The view of the sunset from Dole is stunning.

Day 05

Our destination for today is the village of Machhermo, which is a gateway to the Gokyo Valley. The view of the ravine below from the trail, at the foot of which is the Dudh Koshi river, is wonderful. We will walk along the scenic high Himalayan landscape and reach Labharma., which is a small settlement located like a nest at the top of the mountains.

We will reach Luza after walking for a short time from Labharma. We can get the best view of mount Thamserku from a ridge near Machhermo. This ridge also provides a stunning view of other mountains like Amadamblam, Tabuchi, etc. We will continue our walk from the ridge and reach the village of Machhermo at the end of the day.

Day 06

We will head to the highlight destination of our trek today – the Gokyo Valley. We will walk slowly towards Pangkha first, where we will meet the bank of the Dudh Koshi river. We will get a stunning view of the Kangneta peak just before reaching Pangkha. There are many pastoral lands that are used for Yak herding.

After walking for a short while along the tail of the Ngozumpa glacier, we will reach the mesmerizing Gokyo valley which is home to six crystal blue and otherworldly freshwater lakes. We will walk along the shores of these lakes during the evening and spend our night in a guest house there. The Gokyo village is quite different to other Sherpa villages of the region and has its own unique flavor of culture and lifestyle.

Day 07

We will conquer the highest altitude during our trek today by climbing the top of the Gokyo Ri mountain. The Gokyo Ri mountain projects upwards directly from the base of the Gokyo Valley. It is not very hard to climb to the top of the Gokyo Ri mountain and can be done with light preparation. The climb is steep because we will have to start from the base of the valley and reach the top of a mountain.

The Gokyo Ri hilltop provides one of the best views of the mountains in the Everest Region. We will spend some time at the top of the Gokyo Ri mountain and start a downward trek towards Machhermo once again. The path is full of spectacular waterfalls and streams. The temperature also changes slightly by the time we reach Machhermo.

Day 08

We will come back to Namche Bazaar today after completing a wonderful trek to Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Ri mountain. During our way up to Gokyo, the trek from Namche Bazaar to Machhermo took two days with a stop at Dole in between. However, since we are going downhill now, we can easily complete the trek up to Namche Bazaar from Machhermo in a single day.

We will cross the Monga La Pass again and walk along the ridges on the bank of the Dudh Koshi river and finally reach Namche Bazaar in the latter half of the day. We will rest by the firewood and relieve ourselves of the pain of the hard day walk in the evening.

Day 09

We will trek back to the Lukla airstrip today. The trek takes us along the same path that we took on our way up. We will enjoy the spectacular and verdant surroundings of the lower belt of the Everest region once again.

We will pass by small villages and monasteries on our way. Phakding is the largest village which lies on our way. Once we reach Phakding, the temperature starts to go up slightly. We can buy souvenirs and gifts for our loved ones back home at Lukla. We will rest at a guest house in Lukla for the night.

Day 09

We will trek back to the Lukla airstrip today. The trek takes us along the same path that we took on our way up. We will enjoy the spectacular and verdant surroundings of the lower belt of the Everest region once again.

We will pass by small villages and monasteries on our way. Phakding is the largest village which lies on our way. Once we reach Phakding, the temperature starts to go up slightly. We can buy souvenirs and gifts for our loved ones back home at Lukla. We will rest at a guest house in Lukla for the night.

Day 10

We will trek back to Kathmandu today after completing a wonderful trek in high himalayas of the Everest Region. We will once again board on a mountain flight from Lukla and come back to Kathmandu. We will bid farewell to the mountains from up above and land at the international airport in Kathmandu.

You will be transferred back to your hotel in Kathmandu and our trip officially ends from here.

Group Pricing

The trip cost will vary depending on the group size, please find Everest Gokyo Ri Trekking rates below.

Group Size
(PAX)
1 2-3 4-5 6-7 8-9 10 +
Price (USD)
per person
1275 1075 975 925 875 855

Service Includes and Excludes

Service Included in this Trip

  • All the ground transportation by tourist vehicles. 
  • Hotel in Kathmandu, inclusive breakfast at 3 stars level (1 night- Before trekking and 1 night after trekking).
  • Meals 3 times a day( Breakfast, lunch and dinner) in trekking for you.  
  • Seasonable Local fresh fruits after dinner.  
  • Twin sharing private comfortable room in trekking.
  • Everest trekking Map. 
  • Both ways domestic flight tickets from KTM/Lukla/KTM, inclusive taxes.
  • First aid medical kit, Ox meter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
  • Trip achievement certificate.  
  •  An experienced, knowledgeable, helpful and English-speaking trekking  guide.
  • Strong and friendly mountain porter to carry your trekking baggage. 
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.  
  • Four season sleeping bag and down jackets to use for trekking, if necessary. 
  • All necessary paper works and Everest national park entry permits. 
  • Pasang Lamu rural municipality entry permit. 
  • Emergency helicopter rescue arrangement which will be paid by your insurance company. 
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System). 
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  •  All our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.

Service Excluded in this Trip

  • Extra accommodation and meals in Kathmandu (Except Farewell Dinner)
  • All kinds of drinks (Hot/cold & alcoholic) in trekking.
  • Personal equipment.
  •  Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges).
  • Tips for trekking staffs and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

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Grade A: Easy *

Trekking is essentially day hiking and doesn’t require any special training. However, good physical condition, a love of walking, and a desire to enjoying the spectacular views of the mountains and encounter village life are essential. We offer a diverse range of easy treks. Categorizing a trek as easy means that no difficult climbing or ascents to high altitudes is involved. They take usually no more than a week and are suitable for anyone. Be assured that a loss of altitude in no way means a loss of interesting things to see and experience. While our more challenging treks get you closer to a small number of mountain ranges, lower altitude treks often provide better viewpoints from which to enjoy the colorful horizons of a whole series of ranges. The duration of a trek can be from 4 to 9 days with an average of 4 to 5 hours walking per day. The elevation of the trail will be between 800m/2624ft and 2800m/ 9240ft above sea level.

Grade B: Moderate **

These treks are suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. They are a combination of some longer and shorter walks and hill-walking experience is desirable. The duration is usually from 10 to 15 days. Following the up and down terrain of Nepal and walking to higher elevations contrasts these treks to those in the easy classification. However, you will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular close-up views of glaciers and of the high Himalayas. Although the terrain is not difficult, some vigorous hiking experience is useful. There may be up to 6 hours a day on the trail and the elevation rises and falls from 800m/ 2624ft to 4000m/13210ft above sea level.

Grade C: Fairly Strenuous ***

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should except to trek above 5416m/17872ft.

Grade D: Strenuous ****

These real adventure treks are both technical and highly strenuous. Excellent physical condition is essential and mountaineering experience is preferable. Following rough terrain, they involve steep ascents to high altitudes with the possibility of some rope climbing. Stamina is needed to complete one of these treks, as it can take from 20 to 28 days to reach the heart of the wildernesses that they transverse. Participants should except to trek above 5600m/18480ft