Overview of the Gokyo Valley Trek

The Everest region is one of the world’s most popular and spectacular trekking destinations and is famous for its spectacular mountain peaks, including Mt. Everest (8,848m) and several other giants.

The Gokyo lakes region at the head of the Dudh Kosi valley provides a great alternative to the popular Everest Base Camp trek. It is a more peaceful trek through the Sherpa heartland that affords more time for acclimatization with opportunities to savour the mountain panoramas from beautiful alpine campsites. The rich Sherpa culture and their friendly nature are an added extra bonus on this awe-inspiring trip.

Highlights of the Gokyo Valley Trek

The highlights of the trek are our ascent of Gokyo Ri. From the summit we gain superb views of Everest as well as the 8000m peaks of Lhotse, Makalu and Cho-Oyu and the crossing of Cho La pass glacier (5,380m). Gokyo lake – located at an altitude of 4,700m – is the main lake in this area. It lies in Nepal’s Sagarmatha National Park, a natural heritage site. The park includes Mt. Everest (8,848m) and other high peaks such as Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Kangtega, Gyachung Kang, Thamserku, Kwangde, to name but a few, and is rugged with deep gorges, glaciers with its ice and rock faces.

What can you do before or after your Gokyo Valley Trek

We at Himalayan Treks allow full customisation for our customers, which is why we also have add-ons and trip extensions which can be perused by interested trekkers. Some popular trip extension availed by our clients include a day or more exploring the historic sites of KathmanduBhaktapur or why not pay a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Chitwan National Park. If you look for a different experience, though, we can recommend the Annapurna Circuit trek, the Gokyo Valley trek (Everest region), the Langtang Valley trek or the Tamang Heritage Trail (Langtang area).


Arrival in Kathmandu and preparation for the trek

Flight to Lukla (2,840m) and hike to Monjo (2,835m)

Monjo to Namche bazaar (3,440m)

Namche Bazar – Acclimatisation day

Namche Bazar to Kunde (3,860m)

Kunde to Dhole (4,000m)

Dhole to Machhermo (4,410m)

Machhermo – Acclimatisation day

Machhermo to Gokyo (4,794m)

Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,480m) and back to Dhole

Dhole to Khumjung

Khumjung  to Phakding

Trek to Lukla and flight Lukla to Kathmandu

Kathmandu – free day

International departure

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