Everest Gokyo Valley TrekEverest Gokyo Valley Trek

Everest Gokyo Valley Trek

  • DestinationNepal
  • Duration16 Days
  • Difficulty Level Challenging
  • Max. Altitude5555 meters
  • Starts/EndsLukla/Lukla
  • Trip StyleTrekking
  • Group SizeMin. 1 pax.
  • Best SeasonSpring and Autumn
Highlights
  • The mixture of less crowded trekking trails and classic EBC Route.
  • Sacred Lakes of Gokyo Valley.
  • Two excellent viewpoints in a single journey, Gokyo Ri, and Kala Patthar.
  • Experience the Himalayan lifestyle of the Sherpa Community.
  • Follow the nostalgic route and footsteps of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hilary.

Everest Gokyo Valley Trek is another alternative way to explore the Khumbu Region. The journey to Everest Base Camp via Gokyo is a specially designed trekking trail in Nepal. Mountain Eco Trails presents a unique trek through the Sagarmatha National Park and Gokyo Lakes to reach our Everest Base Camp. The trekking trail delivers delightful views of soaring Himalayan peaks, landscapes, Turquoise Lakes, Icefalls, Glaciers, and many more. Similarly, hiking to Everest Base Camp rewards you with a lifetime experience getting closer to the highest peak in the world.

The journey to the Gokyo Region starts from Lukla and follows the regular Everest Trekking route. Similarly, the trail sticks up to Namche Bazaar, the meeting point of many climbers and Trekkers. From here, the path to EBC and Gokyo Valley splits. Taking on the left-hand side of the path, the Gokyo Trekking route starts and follows Dole, Macchermo, and Gokyo. An extra day at Gokyo Valley lets you discover the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri. Next, from Gokyo Valley, the trek joins the Everest Base Camp Trekking route crossing the Cho La Pass.

Everest Trekking via Gokyo Valley is an ideal excursion for trekkers who wish to test their limits and explore the off-the-beaten trail of Everest. However, for beginners Hike to Kala Patthar can be a good option. The Gokyo Valley Trekking route is more challenging and physically demanding. Hence, experienced trekkers and adventure seekers add this trek with Three High Passes Trek as well.

Viewpoint during the Everest and Gokyo Trek

This is a perfect trip for travelers who like Photography. The journey to Everest Gokyo Trek Nepal goes through different viewpoints such as Gokyo Ri, Kala Patthar, and Tengboche. Though it offers similar mountain views, photographers can get outstanding views from different angles.  Gokyo Ri Hike delivers insane views of Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu. Similarly, Kala Patthar is a vantage point to witness the magical Mt. Everest, Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse, Khumbutse, and many more. Lastly, Tengboche allows you to see the views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Everest. Hence, if you are a photographer, get ready to take some shots of the highest peaks in the world.

Less Crowded Trekking Trail in Everest

Trekking to Gokyo Valley Nepal is a less crowded high-altitude trail crossing the wonderful Sherpa villages of Khumbu. The trail splits from Namche and heads to Dole. From here, reaching Gokyo Valley takes only 2-3 Days. In comparison to the popular,EBC Trek, only a few trekkers choose this trekking trail. This is moderate walking from Namche to Gokyo. Moreover, the Gokyo Ri hike provides breathtaking views of Everest and other peaks. In addition, enjoy the sparkling views of Gokyo Lakes in front of the mountains.

How hard is Gokyo Trek Nepal?

While Classic Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek, adding Gokyo Valley can be challenging. The trip involves walking 6-7 hours every day with several ascending and descending on rocky trails. Likewise, trekking over 5000 meters and spending nights above 4000 meters is never easy. As a beginner, this trip to Everest Via Gokyo Valley is always demanding. Therefore, maintaining the physical shape before this trek is very important. Cardio exercises with strength training a month before the trek are the best preparation. Likewise, being mentally ready is equally crucial as physical health.

Challenging and Enchanting Cho La Pass

Cho La Pass (5420m), is one of the three high passes trekking routes in Khumbu region. The pass connects two famous valleys Gokyo and Everest Base Camp. Leaving Gokyo, the trailhead to Dragnag, the nearest village to the Pass. Crossing the pass on the glacier is a little technical. The most difficult side of Cho La Pass is while crossing the Glacier. However, the views from the Pass are mind-blowing. It is one of the major highlights of the Everest Gokyo Valley Trek.

Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Hike

After crossing Gokyo Valley and Cho La Pass, the journey moves ahead to Everest Base Camp. It is an opportunity to stand in front of mighty Mt. Everest. The hike to Everest Base Camp begins from Gorakshep which takes around 2-3 hours. It is an unforgettable journey recalling the moments of the legendary Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hilary. The next day, an exciting trip to Kala Patthar awaits to deliver dazzling mountain views. After admiring the beauty of Kala Patthar, the trail descends to Pheriche.

Why choose Journey through the Gokyo Region of Everest?

Trekking along the Gokyo Region of Everest is a perfect blend of less crowded trails with classic Everest Base Camp Trek. Experience the hidden remoteness of the Gokyo Valley. Similarly, the series of greenish-blue lakes settled in the middle of the mountain landscape. Likewise, the unparalleled views of the towering peaks from Gokyo Ri leave you in wonder. Admiring an off-the-beaten path from Gokyo to Chola Pass, join the regular EBC Trekking route to finishing the unforgettable adventure.

Itinerary

You will meet our staff at the airport, as he will pick you up from there and transfer you to the hotel. After checking in at your hotel, take some time to refresh yourself. After that, we will have a small meeting regarding your next adventure to the Everest Region.

  • Max Altitude:1350 meters
  • Accommodation:Hote

In the Peak Trekking season, you will fly to Lukla from Ramechhap, Manthali Airport. However, in the off-season or pre-season trekking time, there will be a direct flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After landing at Lukla, you will meet your porter and team up for the next destination, Phakding. Trek down to the Dudh Koshi River, and join the trail to Namche Bazaar. Today’s walk is short and easy. Overnight stay at Phakding.

  • Max Altitude:2610 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trek from Phakding continues following the bank of the Dudh Koshi river. Similarly, cross this river over the suspension bridge several times. Enter the Sagarmatha National Park after checking your permit card. Climb the steep trail just before reaching Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at Namche.

  • Max Altitude:3440 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will spend a day in a popular town in the Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar. Hike around the museum or Syangboche Airport and the Everest View Hotel, to keep your body active. It helps in adjusting your body in thin air at high altitudes. The hiking offers beautiful views of Ama Dablam, Everest, and Lhotse. Overnight stay at Namche.

  • Max Altitude:3440 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:4-5 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Namche, the trail starts to provide you with scenic views. Likewise, hike along the Dudh Koshi Valley, and pass by stupas, with views of Everest, Thamserku, and many more peaks. Moving head down to the rhododendron forest, the trail splits. You will move to the left for the Gokyo Lakes Trek. Along the way, encounter some small villages and the view of Tengboche behind. Overnight stay at Dole.

  • Max Altitude:4200 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trail from Dole is a steep climb through the Juniper Trees. Climbing uphill for half an hour takes you to the gentle trail. You can hear the Dudh Koshi River rushing far below the trail. The walk continues till the Macchermo village arrives to stay overnight.

  • Max Altitude:4470 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will leave Macchermo for Gokyo today. The pathway goes through the scenic hill with the views of Kangtega and takes you to the valley. Just crossing 1 or 2 steep trails, the other paths are not too difficult. Dropping down to Dudh Koshi River then climbing up to Ngozumpa Glacier and Gokyo Lake. Next, cross 2d and 3rd Gokyo Lakes to reach the teahouse. Overnight stay at Gokyo.

  • Max Altitude:4790 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:4-5 Hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On this day, you will Hike to Gokyo Ri, a perfect viewpoint to see the panoramic views of Everest, Makalau, and other peaks. Hiking up for 3 hours takes you to this viewpoint. If you are a photographer, then it can’t be a better spot than this. The Greenish-blue Gokyo Lakes, Glaciers, landscapes, and mountains are mind-blowing. Moreover, if the weather is clear, sunset is a major highlight of this hike. Overnight stay at Gokyo.

  • Max Altitude:5300 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:4-5 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will leave this amazing Gokyo Valley today. Walk through some rocky moraine and terrain today throughout the day. En route, enjoy a glimpse of Cho Oyu and other peaks. Likewise, at the end of the trail, cross a glacier and drop down into the valley of Thangnak. It is a small settlement just below the Cho La Pass. Overnight stay at Thangnak.

  • Max Altitude:4700 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving Thangnak, you will cross the Chola Pass today, other major highlights of this journey. Climb the summit of the ridge and descend into a valley. Arriving at the Chola Pass Base Camp, the walk continues dropping down to the Pass. Admire the views from the Chola Pass as the trek continues. The views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Lobuche, and Baruntse can be seen from the top of the pass. Come across the crevasses to reach Dzongla.

  • Max Altitude:4855 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:6-7 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue the trek walking through the glacial moraine. Get to see the views of Pumori and Kala Patthar along the route. You will now enter the Khumbu Valley and cross the western side enjoying the views of Nuptse. Join the regular Everest Base Camp Trek trail to reach Lobuche for an overnight stay

  • Max Altitude:4910 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:4-5 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kick off the day to Hike to Everest Base Camp today. At the beginning, cross a river below the Lobuche and walk on the left-hand side of the valley. As the trek continues the valley wide opens. Reaching Gorakshep, take a short break and you will hike to EBC. Hiking for 2-3 hours through the rocky terrain takes you to EBC. Capture some of the moments of your life standing in front of the tallest peak in the world. Moreover, witness the views of Nuptse, Pumor, and Khumbutse from the Base Camp. Back to Gorakshep for an overnight stay.

  • Max Altitude:5364 Meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:7-8 Hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another historical day for you after hiking EBC. Today you will leave for Kala Patthar, the highest altitude of this trek. The trail to Kala Patthar is a rocky path. From the top of the Kala Patthar, the views of the mountains are mouthwatering. Return to Gorakshep to have your meals and trek down to Pheriche

  • Max Altitude:4250 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:7-8 Hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trek becomes easier day by day while going down. Pass through different Sherpa villages and Khumbu Valley along the path. You come across the Pangboche, Debuche, and Tengboche villages to reach Namche.

  • Max Altitude:3440 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:6-7 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Namche, follow the same path you walked during the start of the trek. Cross the Suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River several times and reach Lukla

  • Max Altitude:2850 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea house
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bid a farewell to the Khumbu Region and fly back to Kathmandu today. Flying to Ramechhap or directly back to Kathmandu depends on the time of the flight. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu

  • Max Altitude:1350 meters
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:4-5 hours or 45 minutes
  • Meals:Breakfast

We have set the itinerary based on our trekking guides and experts. Please let us know if you need a customized itinerary that suits your time. 

What's Included
  • International Airport Pick up and drop off in a private vehicle.
  • Domestic flight fare from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu or Ramecchap-Lukla-Ramechhap.
  • Kathmandu-Ramechhap-Kathmandu sharing vehicle cost.
  • 2-night accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
  • Full Board Meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek.
  • Best available teahouse lodges accommodation on a sharing basis during the trek.
  • Government license holder English Speaking Guide.
  • Salary, meals, accommodation, transportation, and insurance of the Guide.
  • Local Porter to carry the baggage during the trek and his expenses like salary, meals, accommodation, and insurance.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entrance Permit Card.
  • Khumbu Region Municipality Permit Card.
  • Farewell Dinner after completing the trek.
  • All government, airport, and local taxes.
What's not Excluded
  • Meals in Kathmandu-Lunch and Dinner (except farewell dinner)
  • Travel insurance, rescue facilities, and medical bills.
  • All alcoholic beverages and hot drinks along the trek like tea, coffee, hot chocolate, mineral waters, etc. during snacks or dinners.
  • Hot shower, Battery charges, Wi-Fi, and other personal expenses.
  • Additional charge if the baggage weight is more than 10kg for the Lukla flight.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival from trek because of sickness or any other problems.
  • Cost of accommodations and meals if there are any weather delays, flight cancellations, or any unforeseen circumstances.
  • Tips to guide and porter
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Start DateStarts: TuesdayJul 23, 2024End DateEnds: WednesdayAug 07, 2024PricePriceUS$1799StatusStatusAvailable
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Good to Know

Lukla Flight Information

If you are trekking in the peak trekking season in Nepal, the flight to Lukla departs from Ramechhap. However, to get to Ramechhap, you must drive for 4-5 hours in a sharing vehicle or private car. Whereas, in the off-season like winter and monsoon, there is a direct flight from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu. Always remember, if the weather goes bad, there can be flight delays and cancellations. Hence, we suggest our clients have 2-3 extra days on their trip to Everest Gokyo Region.

Tea House Accommodation

During the Everest Gokyo Trek, you will stay at basic tea houses from the start to the end of the trek. Until Namche Bazaar, you can find the teahouse with an attached bathroom. However, it is rare to find teahouses with attached bathrooms in high altitudes. Yet, we try our best to keep you in the best available hotels. In addition, rooms are shared with twin beds, having a blanket, mattress, and pillow. Hence, better to carry a quality sleeping bag with you.

Note: 2-night accommodation in Kathmandu will be in a 3-star hotel which is included in the price.

Meals and Drinks in the Everest Gokyo

In Kathmandu, the package includes breakfast while staying at the Hotel. However, during the trek, you will get 3-time meals i.e. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. The popular breakfast during the trek is an omelet, Tibetan Bread, Potatoes Dish, Chapati, Muesli, Porridge, etc. Likewise, for lunch and dinner, Noodles, Daal Bhat, Spaghetti, Pasta, Soups, Macaroni, Potatoes, Momos, Chow Mein, etc.  You can choose items from the menu whenever it is time for a particular meal.

Drinks are most important to keep yourself hydrated during the trek. Mineral waters are easily available in teahouses. However, if you have a purification tablet, you can use it. In addition, hot drinks like black tea, milk tea, hot lemons, coffee, etc. are available.

Electricity and Internet Connection

Almost all the teahouses along the Everest Gokyo Valley Trek have electricity. However, some may charge extra costs for charging the devices. Similarly, the same with internet connections. Some teahouses offer free Wi-Fi whereas some charge extra costs like $1-2.

Trip Extension after the Trek

Our service goes beyond the mountain trekking. After completing the trek, if you want to extend the other trip with us like Chitwan Jungle Safari, Helicopter Tours, City Tours, Bungee Jumping, etc. We are always on standby to assist you in making your holiday memorable.

FAQs
  • If you are a beginner with excellent physical shape, this trek is doable. Train yourself to walk for 5-6 hours a day.

  • Due to snowy conditions and a slippery trail, it is not recommended to do Cho La Pass. However, with proper trekking gear and equipment, the Gokyo Valley Trek can be done.

  • Along the trail in Gokyo, a hot shower facility is available but in Bucket. Some basic teahouses have bucket showers whereas some have regular showers. It can cost around $5-10 per shower and increases as you go in high elevations.

  • You must get medical and evacuation insurance while traveling to Nepal. Make sure, you are careful while choosing the policy and get it before arriving here in Nepal.

  • From Kathmandu, it takes around 6-7 days to reach Gokyo Valley.

  • Guide and Porter are the biggest companions on your trip to Gokyo Valley and Everest. They help you guide, carry your stuff, and helping in difficult situations. Hence, at the end of the trek, you can give them tips as a kind gesture. The tips for the guide and porter for 15-20 Days of trekking range from 150-200 USD (recommended) respectively.

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