The Gokyo Valley Trek is one of the finest routes available through Sagarmatha National Park and one that neatly sidesteps the crowded trails to Everest Base Camp while providing an immediacy and views of the iconic peak that are more than enough to sustain a basic interest in the mountain without the need to pay homage at its foothills. The rewards are many, including the superb scenery and wildlife of Sagarmatha National Park, the natural beauty and sublime setting of Gokyo Valley and its crystalline lakes, and the superb and virtually unparalleled panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and a host of other Himalayan giants from the prospect of Gokyo Ri (5360m).
Following the typical flight to Lukla the trek sets out on the same path as the route to Everest Base camp through historic Namche Bazaar, then veers away to follow the turbid waters of the Dudh Koshi river upstream to Ngozumpa Glacier and the natural basin amidst snow-capped peaks that are home to the beautiful Gokyo Valley and its serene series of lakes and villages. Here the Sherpas live out a traditional and largely untouched existence in their fortuitous isolation from the outside world, with large herds of hardy yaks to sustain them and profound Buddhist beliefs guiding their lives and their famed hospitality towards strangers. To wander through the mountain bastion of the Sherpas, taking in its stark beauty and the peaceful culture of its people, is to sit back and wonder if Gokyo Valley wasn't indeed the model for Shangri-La.
As superb as the Gokyo Valley trek is the option exists to extend the magic even further by journeying on over the pass of Cho La (5240m) towards Everest Base Camp, or of heading in the other direction over Renjo La (5360m) for the alternative path back to Namche and Lukla.
The Gokyo Valley Trek represents a wonderful opportunity to visit one of the region's most remote and beautiful valleys, one that allows us to take in the Sherpas living out a tranquil existence that touches something deep within us and calls to simpler and less complex times. Now's the time to see it, so why not let Nepal Trekking Experts arrange your visit to this Himalayan treasure? Our staffs are ready and waiting to arrange all the details for you, or to listen to your own approach to the trek.
Day 01: Welcome at Airport & transfer to your Hotel.
Day 02: Leisure day
Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610m, 4 hrs)
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m, 6 hrs)
Day 05: Acclimatization day
Day 06: Namche to Dole (4200m, 6/7 hrs)
Day 07: Dole to Machhermo (4400m, 4/5 hrs)
Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4790m, 4 hrs)
Day 09: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5360 m) then back to Gokyo Lake for overnight.
Day 10: Gokyo to amazing view point Renjo La Pass 5340m then descends to Lunde for overnight (4300m, 7 hrs)
Day 11: Lunde to Namche Bazaar (3440m, 5/6 hrs)
Day 12: Trek back to Lukla (2800 m, 7 hrs)
Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 14: Departure
Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied please feel free customize it your own and contact us.
Welcome at the airport and transfer to your hotel. An introduction to your trekking program then the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the sights, sounds and culture of Kathmandu.
Free day for final trekking preparation, checking trekking gears, meeting with guide, team brief and joining for welcome dinner.
A magical scenic flight takes us to Lukla in the morning, and from there we begin our trek with a hike to the day's first destination, Phakding.
Our day starts by following the Dudh Koshi River and crossing over the Edmund Hillary suspension bridge, then heading towards Sagarmatha National Park and the checkpoint at Monjo. The path ascends markedly until it eventually leads us into Namche Bazaar, the regional capital for the Sherpa district.
A rest day to allow the body to acclimate to the high altitude conditions. Namche is perfect for the situation, as there's plenty to do in the scenic town including visiting Khunde Hospital, the local medical facility set up through Edmund Hillary's charitable work in the area, taking in the panoramas from Everest View Hotel, calling in on the Sherpa Cultural Museum, or hiking up to Khumjung Valley and its monastery, complete with the display of its famous Yeti scalp.
The trail leads out from Namche Bazaar on a short hike along the main trail to Everest before branching away towards Mung Danda and its impressive hilltop views of the Himalayas. From Mung the trail leads back out through dense woodland and takes us to Dole, our rest stop for the night.
The temperate forests of the lower regions gradually give way to the harsher lines of the alpine slopes as we spend the morning steadily climbing along the trail. The half day of hiking gives us ample opportunity to relax and explore the area around Machhermo.
The day's hike takes us up by Ngozumpa Glacier and on towards Gokyo and the magical view of Dudh Kunda's turquoise waters set amidst the stunning backdrop of the surrounding peaks — truly one of nature's most spectacular scenes.
We rise early to make the climb up to Gokyo Ri, with even more astonishing panoramas of the nearby Himalayan giants such as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and Cho Oyu.
We Nepal Trekking Experts would like to offer you alternative and scenic route than back to same way. This is our ultimate destination of entire trek crossing over challenging pass Renjo La 5340m and descends to Lunde. It will offer significant views of panoramic Himalaya vistas surroundings. Then steep descends to Lumde for overnight. (Note:- if you do not like to cross Renjo La and prefer to back same way which is also no issue)
Today we will hike a part of ancient slat trading route with Tibet. The trail will continuously descend and encounter some local settlement then finally reaches at Namche Bazaar from where we went to Gokyo.
Our final day on the trail, easing back to Lukla along the Dudhi Koshi and its suspension bridges. Once at Lukla we can finally throw off our backpacks, take a relaxing shower, and sit back to savor the heady accomplishment of making it to the foot of Everest.
After breakfast we take a flight to Kathmandu where you'll have enough time to enjoy the city's treasures one last time before getting together for a farewell dinner with friends before leaving.
Farewell and drop-off at the airport, or the opportunity to join another of our programs.
We've just returned from an absolutely incredible trek towards Gokyo with Nepal Trekking Experts. From top to bottom they were the phenomenal! I can't wait to go back to Nepal and book other treks with them. Rajesh (the owner) was always quick to reply and very attentive to our long lists of questions and concerns. Our guide, Mohan was knowledgeable, fun, caring, curious, diligent, and went out of his way to make the trip one of a lifetime. He was also clearly a big fan of his boss which made us feel good that the company was on the up and up. Our porter Bal was very much part of our group, friendly, very attentive, and always ready with a laugh. Even in December we saw many other guided treks on the trail and each time we were thrilled with our choice. Rajesh clearly takes good care of his employees and clients. Other porters did not have appropriate gear. We got a big dumping of snow and the temperatures went below 0 (F) overnight. We saw other porters soaking wet, wearing jeans and thin leather jackets and generally looking miserable. But Bal had appropriate gear and was really part of our group despite the language barrier. I asked Rajesh ahead of time if he had insurance for employees, but when he said yes, I realized that I had no way to verify it. During the trip it came up and Mohan confirmed that they really did and that, unlike many other trekking companies we were seeing, Rajesh really did take care of his porters. Our guide Mohan was particularly attentive to our specific needs. My husband is afraid of heights and not a huge fan of winter trekking (he really went for me). Mohan knew that and did everything in his power to make the trip comfortable, making sure we had the best room in every lodge, staying barely a step behind him on the bridges, walking next to him on the outside of the trail where there were steep contours, and distracting him with Nepali history and language lessons on steep sections where he needed a distraction. After we got a lot of snow in Dole, Mohan knew that my husband would not be thrilled with the slippery descent so he suggested we turn back so that we could take our time rather than having to do the whole thing in four days. It was a great decision. It was disappointing not to reach Gokyo, but Mohan was clearly right and instead of finishing the trip with four punishingly long and slow days, we had a wonderful last few days taking our time getting back to Lukla and relaxing. The Goyko trek itself is HIGHLY recommended. After Namche we split off from all the groups heading to EBC and had a really serene trail with more yaks and herders to pass than other trekkers. The trail is wonderfully scenic and very well maintained. Great views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam from every turn. I can't say enough good things about Nepal Trekking Experts, Rajesh, or Mohan. Book them for your trek. You won't regret it!