Everest Gokyo Ri Treks
Nepal is known for Everest – however, it has so much more to offer. So we have created the ‘Everest Gokyo Ri Trek and Gokyo Lakes’ trek – perfect for anyone wanting an alternative to the traditional Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek.
Lasting 13 days, this trek starts by taking you to one of the highest settlements in Nepal, where you can begin your journey by truly experiencing authentic Nepali life. Here you can enjoy a colorful local market and stock up on supplies for the rest of your trek, whilst exploring the infamous Sherpa settlement and enjoying the brilliant vista of Everest. However, this is just the first of many opportunities you will get to experience the culture of Nepal, with visits to Dhole, Luza, and Machhermo being some more memorable stops to come.
From local settlements, you will soon be thrown into wildly different landscapes – a feature that makes this trip in particular especially unique. From lush green forests in the lower Khumbu region, the dry and rocky terrain of the Gokyo region, and the icy moraines of the Ngozumpa glacier, every day of this journey brings you something new. And no landscape is more exciting than the Gokyo Lakes. Comprised of the six crystalline lakes that make up the highest freshwater system in the world, each lake is equally as unique and break-taking as the last.
As well as culture and varying landscapes, of course, the adventure includes many memorizing sights of some of the world’s tallest peaks, including Cho Oyu (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8481m), Amadablam (6812m), and the mighty Everest (8848m). As you reach the Everest viewpoint you can relax as you take in the unparalleled panoramic views that surround you.
Hike to Everest is a trusted name in the tourism business for Nepal trekking. We offer various Everest trekking and tour services around Nepal with experienced guides and support staff that will ensure you have a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable trip. To enjoy the Gokyo trek package with our team to the fullest, we recommend that you do this trip between March and May or between September and mid-December. It is rated as having moderate difficulty and so will include full support and rest stops throughout.
Don’t forget that here at Hike to Everest, all our trips are fully customizable. So, for any more queries regarding the Gokyo trek cost, Gokyo RI trek difficulty, your itinerary (including Flight to Lukla), or anything else, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Or if you would like to read about what it is like to experience this adventure, then please see our Gokyo Ri trek Blog below.
Day 01: Kathmandu – Lukla [2,800 m/9,184 ft] – Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft): 3 – 4 hrs
After breakfast, we will be escorted to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway destination from where our trek begins. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we will reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world, culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Upon arrival at Lukla, we meet our other crew members and after some packing and planning, we will start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla, until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight at Phakding. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation.
Day 02: Phakding – Namche Bazaar [3,440 m/11,283 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
Upon breakfast, we will start a pleasant trek. The walk today will have a few short uphill and downhill routes, with multiple crossings over the Dudh Koshi River, and a magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m/21,675ft) when we reach Benkar village. We will then cross more bridges before reaching the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, where our trekking permits are checked in order to keep a record of trekkers. A descent and gradual walk will then bring us to Jorsale, the last village before Namche Bazaar. The walk is enjoyable as we pass along the river bed and reach the Hillary Suspension Bridge. As we climb up towards Namche Bazaar, we will be treated to a magnificent sight of Kwangde Peak, Kusum peak, Kangaru peak, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, along with many other fabulous mountains. We will break at the Chautara to admire the view before finally reaching the colorful village of Namche Bazzar: the main gateway to the Khumbu region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 03: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day
This is the first of the two days set aside for “acclimatization”. Health experts recommend staying active and moving during the rest day so we can either spend the day taking a hike to Thame, visiting Khunde, or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazzar is the main center of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery, and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize so our guides will take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park, where we can observe an assortment of things treats to the first Everest ascenders and Sherpa culture, and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. We can also take an interesting side trip up to Khumjung and climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel, a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. The Khumjung valley is surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku, and the sacred peak Khumbila, and hosts a well-known monastery. We will also pay a visit to ‘Hillary School’ which is located at the same site. After having lunch and spending some time in Khumjung, we walk back down to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 04: Namche Bazzar – Dhole -[4110 m/ 13,480 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
After breakfast in Namche, we will start our trek, enjoying superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and a close-up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows the gradual trail, with a few ups and downs overlooking the magnificent view of the great Himalaya. Along the way, we can spot wildlife such as pheasant, musk deer, and Himalayan Thar. The trail then gradually descends before climbing up to Kayangjuma, and eventually reaches Sansa – the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. We will then trek gradually up through the Mongla pass (3975 m) from where we can glimpse Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche, and Mt. Khumbila. Sherpas regard Mt. Khumbila as the sacred mountain of the patron God of the Khumbu area. Descending to Dudhkosi Khola (3250 m), we will cross a bridge and again trek up through a rhododendron forest full of Musk and Himalayan wild deer Finally, we’ll arrive at the walled fields of Phorse, just under the snow-dusted peaks of Tawoche and Cholaste. From here, a short trek leads to Phorse village where we can rest overnight. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 05: Dhole – Machhermo-[4,470 m/ 14,663 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
We will return back from the previous day’s trail up to Phorse. Upon crossing the bridge on the Dudh Koshi River, we will spot wildlife including pheasants, mountain goats, and the elusive musk deer. Through forests and waterfalls, we reach Dole; a small place with a handful of teahouses. Further on, we will climb steadily up through a scenic ridge above Dole as the trail climbs via Lhabarma. Offering us good views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku, the trail takes us through many summer settlements and the charming hamlet of Luza (4360 m). While ascending from Luza, we will reach the Dudh Koshi valley before walking along the hillside above the thundering Dudkoshi, passing through some small hamlets and sandy spurs until we reach Machhermo. Machhermo is the last major settlement on the way up to Gokyo. The beautiful stream flowing down from the Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche mountains runs through the middle of the village before draining into the Dudh Koshi. It is the place where the Khumbu people got their first sighting of a yeti in 1974. We will then visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital for an informative lecture regarding altitude sickness. Overnight in Machhermo. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 06: Machharmo – Gokyo [4800 m/15,744 ft]: 5 – 6 hours
Today, we climb through a ridge Chorten from where we can see fabulous views both down the valley and of Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and the northern part of the Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail passes through a Chorten and reaches Pangka (4480m). We’ll then descend to the river bank before beginning to climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine and upon crossing an iron bridge over a stream, the trail levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo (4690m). At the sight of the second lake, Taboche Tsho we will be mesmerized by the shimmering blue water sparkling in the sun. A little ahead of the second lake, we reach the third lake, the two linked by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain acts as a spectacular backdrop. After lunch, we explore the area around the third Lake, Dudh Pokhari, and spend the night in a teahouse with comfortable bedrooms. Overnight at Gokyo. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 07: Explore Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri [5357 m/17,570 ft] and hike to the fifth lake: 5 – 6 hrs
Today is an acclimatization day. If the weather is good, we will grasp the opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri and enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint in the Everest Region. Or, as we know Gokyo is not only popular for its grand view but also for the six lakes which it hosts, so we can also take this chance to observe the fourth (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). About 3 km north of Gokyo is the fourth lake, with high cliffs and peaks rising above it. The trail continues on to the fifth lake and if interested, we can climb up a hill on the edge of the Lakes to achieve astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu – at ‘The Scoundrel’s Viewpoint’. Beyond the fifth Lake is the Cho Oyu Base Camp. The Northern part of the fifth lake provides fabulous views of Cho-Oyu Base Camp and the biggest glacier in the world- the Ngazumpa glacier. Depending on the time and energy of the group, we also have the option to go to the sixth lake before returning back to Gokyo village. Overnight at Gokyo. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 08: Gokyo – Dole: 5 – 6 hrs
The way back from Gokyo is an easy downhill walk along the Dudh Koshi River, that emerges out of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Passing by the second and then the first Gokyo Lakes, we come to a small gushing stream over an iron bridge and the hamlet of Phangka ahead. Cholatse and Taboche peaks rear up on the right of us as the trail descends below Phangka, and across a level terrace on the slope leading us to climb a rib on the far side of the hill. Upon reaching the Chorten at the edge, we will see great views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega before slowly walking down to the sprawling village of Machhermo. Again, through the charming hamlet of Luza and Lhafarm, we reach Dole. Overnight at Dole. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and, Accommodation
Day 09: Dole – Namche: 4 – 5 hrs
Taking a last look back to the Cho Oyu range, we will start our steep descent to Phortse Tenga. Our hike today will be mostly downhill and through an abundance of plant and animal vegetation, including wildflowers and Rhododendrons. We might spot mountain goats, musk deers, and pheasants, as well as many waterfalls. Upon reaching MongLa, we will be greeted by a wonderfully located place, perched on the spur of Mt. Khumbila. We will take a revised look at Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, and a distant view of Tengboche, before a short long-distance walk to reach an intersection where the steep path up from Sanasa meets our trail. Next, the trail to Namche will cling to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, wind through several bends, and come to Namche army camp hill. About a kilometer from here is Namche where we can take a hot shower and rest our tired muscles at a comfortable lodge. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and, Accommodation
Day 10: Namche Bazaar – Lukla: 6 – 8 hrs
The trail descends steeply downward so we will need to walk slowly as we battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. Although we are traveling the same route down, we will experience completely different views, including a mixture of open plains and rhododendron and pine forests. We will walk through the Sherpa villages’ noticing the Buddhist culture of prayer stones and flags. On arrival in Lukla, we will recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Overnight in Lukla. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 11: Fly back to Kathmandu
We will fly back to Kathmandu after a long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some exploring. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included: Breakfast, Dinner
- Airport/hotel pick up and drop off by private car
- Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) in the whole trekking
- Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu or Ramechhap -Lukla- Ramechhap By Flight
- Trekking map
- An experienced Government license holder guide
- Trekking porter/Sherpa who will carry your bags during the trekking
- Insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, local tax for guide and porter
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
- All necessary paper works and national park entry permits
- Travel and rescue arrangement
- TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
- All government taxes and tourist service charge
What's not included
- Meals in Kathmandu before and after trekking,
- Your travel insurance ( Rescue )
- Nepal entry visa fee.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver
- Drinks (hot, cold, and alcoholic)
- Personal shopping and laundry etc
- Personal trekking equipment
Before embarking on any trip you should always make sure you are completely prepared. So, to make sure you have everything you need to make your trek a real success, we have a full checklist for you – including everything you should pack before embarking on the ‘Everest Base Camp Trek’*!
- A warm fleece hat
- A sun hat or scarf that can be worn to protect you from the sun
- Gloves: both lightweight and heavyweight
- Thin and lightweight inner socks
- Thick and warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots
- Camp shoes
- Gaiters to hike during the winter season
- Breathable sports underwear
- A number of t-shirts
- Long lightweight cotton trousers
- Wool or fleece trousers
- Waterproof shell trousers
- A fleece jumper or jacket
- A fleece ‘wind-stopper’ jacket
- Breathable and waterproof shell jacket
*Remember to double up on the warmer items if you choose to join us in the colder months or contact a member of the team to check which items you will need in the different seasons.
- Good quality, lightweight sleeping bags, rated ‘zero degrees Fahrenheit’
- Headlamps with powerful batteries and spare bulbs
- Trekking bags
- Basic first aid box/kit
- Large plastic bags
- Trekking Poles
- Toiletries including Personal hygiene items (such as tissues or toilet roll, wet or baby wipes, anti-bacterial hand wash, etc.)
- Water bottles
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