Gokyo Trek


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Gokyo Trek



With its enticing side glens, a string of turquoise lakes, Nepal’s biggest glacier and an arc of snow mountains, the Gokyo valley is the most attractive in the Khumbu Region. Our Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri Trek is an alternative to classical treks in Khumbu that has been specially designed for travelers who are eager to experience the magnificence of the Everest range while avoiding too much mental and physical stress. The view from Gokyo is exceptionally beautiful and offers more of the legendary mountain than the views from Kalapattar.


The trail of this trek follows the Everest Base camp route up to Sanasa and then follows Dudh Koshi River to its source, Ngozumpa Glacier. After brief sightseeing in Kathmandu, we fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), from where we will proceed to Phakding. The next and more scenic day will be spent trekking up to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft). The subsequent days we will pass through Phortse Village and Machhermo where the mountains are more spectacular. Passing through these villages, we also get a chance to have a look at the lifestyles of high altitude dwellers. We reach Gokyo enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Ngozumba Glacier, the largest of its kind in the Nepal Himalayas. The small herding settlement of Gokyo (4,750m/15,584ft) lies on the banks of the third lake in a series of small turquoise mountain lakes. On ridge above Gokyo the four peaks above 8,000m (26,246ft), Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu, expose themselves. If that is not enough have a look at the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (7,922m/25,991ft), considered one of the most dramatic panoramas in the Khumbu region. There are many options for additional exploration and high-altitude walking, including the crossing of Cho La, a 5,420m (17,782ft)-high pass into Khumbu and a hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m/19,216ft). The descent is made through Dole to Lukla to resume a fly back to Kathmandu.


Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Rest day / Sightseeing (Boudha, Pashupatinath and Swambunath)

Day 3: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding

Day 4: Phakding – Namche

Day 5: Namche

Day 6: Namche – Dole

Day 7: Dole – Machhermo

Day 8: Machhermo – Gokyo 4,750m

Day 9: Gokyo

Day 10: Gokyo – Machhermo

Day 11: Machhermo – Namche

Day 12: Namche – Lukla

Day 13: Lukla – Kathmandu

Day 14: Rest day

Day 15: Departure

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu

and transfer to the hotel upon arrival.

Day 2
Rest day

Sightseeing (Boudha, Pashupatinath, and Swambunath)

Day 3
Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding

This is an hour flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport (2,840m). The trail from Lukla, leads north from the airstrip and drops steeply for a bit, then descends gently to Phakding (2,610m), your first overnight stop. This is a two-hour trek.

Day 4
Phakding – Namche

From Phakding the trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi Valley. (Kosi means river in Nepali and it comes down from the Everest glacier). All along this part of the trail, there is a magnificent forest of magnolia, rhododendron and giant firs. On the cliffs above the river, it is possible to see musk deer and Himalayan tahr. At Monjo the trek enters the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail follows the river and crosses Dudh Kosi and makes a steep climb to Namche (3,440m). Namche is a very colorful Sherpa village where you will see vendors selling antiques and each Saturday there is an important weekly haat or market.

Day 5

We stay one more extra day at Namche for acclimatization. This will allow our bodies to become acclimatised to the altitude of 3,440m (11,300ft). We’ll see local sights and visit the village of Khumjung where there is a school built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Himalayan Trust. The views of Amadablam, Thamserku and Tawache are really breathtaking. Khumjung’s elevation is 3,790m.

Day 6
Namche – Dole

Dole 4,110m is another 6 hour trek from Namche. The trail passes through many Kharkas, summer settlements used when Sherpas bring herds of yaks to graze in these high pastures. The views of Khumbila and Tawachee (6,542m) are tremendous throughout the day.

Day 7
Dole – Machhermo

From Dole the trail climbs to Lharbama at 4,220m and luza at 4,360m. The trail is steep in most places as it climbs through junipers to Lhabarma. The trail continues to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to Machhermo at 4,410m.

Day 8
Machhermo – Gokyo 4,750m

Beyond Machhermo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and up towards Cho Oyu (8,153m). Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail reaches Panka.The trail descends to the river bank before beginning the climb on to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It is a steep climb up the moraine, switch backing alongside the stream to the first lake at 4,650m. The trail now becomes almost level as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga, at 4,690m and finally up a boulder-strewn path to Gokyo at 4,750m.

Day 9

The views in the Gokyo region are tremendous. For the best view, we climb Gokyo Ri (5,357m). It is a two-hour climb to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyachung kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee.

Day 10
Gokyo – Machhermo

The views in the Gokyo region are tremendous. For the best view, we climb Gokyo Ri (5,357m). It is a two-hour climb to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee.

Day 11
Machhermo – Namche

Day 12
Namche – Lukla

Day 13
Lukla – Kathmandu

Transfer to hotel upon arrival.

Day 14
Rest day

Day 15

US$ 1400 Per Person

Services Includes:

    • Flights Kathmandu|Lukla|Kathmandu,
    • Airport|hotel transfers,
    • Airport tax,
    • Domestic baggage 15kg,
    • All meals and accommodations in tea houses during the trek,
    • Guide|Trek leader,
    • Porters for the trek,
    • Insurance for guide and porters,
    • Sagarmatha National Park fees,
    • Climbing permit for Island peak,
    • Trekking permit (TIMS),
    • Climb High duffle bag,
    • Rescue arrangements,
    • First-aid kit,
    • Hotel in Kathmandu – 4 nights,
    • VAT

Services Excludes:

    • Insurance and it should cover helicopter evacuation in case of an emergency and from Lukla if normal scheduled flights can’t fly due to weather disturbance,
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu,
    • Meals in Kathmandu,
    • Bottled mineral water,
    • hard and soft drinks,
    • Personal trekking gear,
    • Tips for guides and porters,
      any other expenses in case of any natural disaster.

Private trek or group option

We can organize this trek on a private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Depending on your previous trekking experience, you may want a Climb High leader or have no ‘leader’ but sill use the help of one of our guides and/or porters. Costs for this option are available on demand but are often not a huge amount greater than joining one of our ‘fixed departures’. Please contact us with your preferred dates and itinerary and we’ll give you a quote.

Additional Information

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the trek or your suitability for it, please contact us by telephone:

00 (977) 1-470-1398

Alternatively, you can contact us by email at: info@climbhighhimalaya.com


To book a place on this trek, please complete the booking enquiry on our ‘Reservations’ page.

As we are a Nepali company, you will need to send your deposit by bank transfer to our bank account in Kathmandu. This is a completely safe process and may be done at any UK, European, Aus/NZ or US bank in a few minutes. Some banking websites even allow this to be done online.

Details will be sent to you once you have decided to proceed with your booking.


Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. It is recommended that you use tried and tested kit on the trip rather than relying on brand new kit you’re not sure of.

A complete kit list is to be found on this website.

Porter Protection

Climb High is a local Nepali company and as such we treat our own people with the respect and good conditions you would expect. Many team members are from our own families and you can be assured that the treatment they receive is second to none. All insurances and porter conditions are met, and more.

Why use Climb High?

Our acclimatization schedule and trip organization is designed to give everyone in the team the best chance of reaching base camp in great condition and feeling healthy.
This trek is accommodated in lodges with traditional Nepali hospitality.
Treks are led by highly experienced leaders plus Sherpas and porters.
Porter’s welfare is paramount to us – we are a local company and want to ensure that we take care of our own staff.
We are a premium Nepali trekking operator, with impeccable local contacts – any changes in plan can be dealt with far more effectively using our experience and network of local contacts.
We have our own modern offices in central Kathmandu in Mandala Street – Thamel’s premium street

IMPORTANT NOTE: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, please take the itinerary as a statement of intent rather than an absolute. Travel in Nepal can be dangerous, delayed and highly changeable. Weather conditions, availability of porters and the health of team members can all contribute to changes. The guides and their Sherpa assistants will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.

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