Tarakeshwar, Kathmandu, Nepal

Gokyo Valley Trek

Gokyo Valley Trek

Trip Overview

Maximum Altitude:
Trip Region:
Best Season:
Sep-Dec, Mar-May
12 Days
Price from
  • 1 Person $1500
  • 2 Person $1280
  • 3 Person $1260
  • 4-7 Person $1200
  • 8-10 Person $1100

Package Price

12 Days

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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy the scenic walk to picturesque Gokyo Lake and its beautiful valley.
  • Follow the quiet trails around least visited region of high Khumbu to Gokyo.
  • From deep exciting gorge to an exposed and wide open scenic Gokyo Valley.
  • Climb on top Gokyo-Ri for stunning sunrise over chain of Himalayan peaks.
  • Explore the traditional villages of the Highlanders Sherpa with rich cultures.


With one of the most amazing vistas to view the majestic Everest and other Himalaya peaks, our Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Ri Trek is a beautiful journey which lets you to intimately experience the Khumbhu region of Nepal. This trek can also be considered as a good alternative for those who want to try something new and different in the Everest region.

Our 14 days Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Ri Trek includes the summit of Gokyo Ri at an elevated height of 5,483m, which can be called as the major highlight of this trek. Once described as the best view point in the Khumbhu region, our climb to the summit of Gokyo Ri shall provide you with spectacular vistas of the Himalayas along with a spectacular panoramic view of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Cho Oyu (8,153m), Makalu (8,475m) and Lhotse (8,501m). The other highlight of our trek is the colossal Ngozumpa Glacier and the Gokyo valley from the summit of Gokyo Ri.

This trek is generally referred to trekkers who don’t want to put too much physical stress to their body and also for trekkers who are looking to avoid the heavy traffic of the classic Everest Base Camp Trek route. With ample amount of time to acclimatize to the high altitudes, you can experience up-close and personal insights of the local Sherpa people in this trek.

What to expect on Gokyo Lake Trek?

The Khumbu areas are mainly inhabited by the Sherpa, the Highlanders of Everest and Eastern Himalayas. The Sherpa follows Tibetan Buddhism known as Mahayana of the Niyama sect, every house adorned with prayer flags. The villages are lined with Buddhist monuments of Stupas and prayer walls, enjoy walks within serene woods of tall rhododendron, pines, and fir trees.

Grand views of giant snow peaks on daily walks from Lukla onwards to beautiful Gokyo Valley with glacial lakes. Exciting climb on top Gokyo-Ri ridge, facing world’s four highest peaks, with stunning sunrise views. Includes views of whole Gokyo valley and the lakes. Gokyo Lake Trekking close within Ngozumpa, the longest glaciers of Nepal and whole Himalayas. As well enjoy short scenic flight both ways from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu overlooking breathtaking views the Himalayan peaks with Mt. Everest.



On arrival at Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport, Himalayan Friendly staff and guide receives you for a short transfer. A drive in the heart of Kathmandu city to your hotel, and then check into the rooms for refreshing rest. Then join for group briefing, the guide and leader will provide useful information regarding trek, local lodge, and foods. After the briefing enjoy a lovely dinner in a typical Nepalese Restaurant.

At Kathmandu free day for optional tour around Kathmandu world heritage sites of few hours. Rest of the day preparation for Gokyo Valley Trek.

As time for flight to Lukla in the morning from 6 to 7 a.m. get transferred to Kathmandu domestic airport. After boarding in a small aircraft enjoy grand views of the Himalayas with Mt. Everest. Then landing at Lukla’s Tenzing Hillary Airport, our guide, staff will organize the porters to carry the bigger baggage. Start the walk heading downhill through several Sherpa villages, adorned with impressive cultures of Buddhism. The short nice walk of few hours reaches you at Phakding for overnight stop, located by the Dudh Koshi River.

After a first overnight in Phakding around Khumbu areas, morning walk follows to famous Namche Bazaar. After a good breakfast, the walk starts on gradual winding path with few ups and downhill. Then cross a long bridge to reach Monjo Village and enter the Sagarmatha National Park. Crossing another bridge over the same river to Jorsalle for lunch, the last village before Namche. Afternoon walk on river bed amidst lovely forest of rhododendrons and pine trees, and then cross the last high bridge. After the bridge few hours uphill on winding path to Namche Bazaar for overnight stops. Enjoy the comfort of a nice lodge accommodation with the best meals for dinner.

The right and perfect place Namche Bazaar to enjoy a rest day for acclimatization, before heading to high Gokyo Valley. Explore Namche Bazaar the hub of Khumbu Villagers, the town lined with shops, stores and banks. Enjoy a short hike to the Park museum, an interesting place to gather information of the Khumbu areas.
From the high ridge close to the museum, enjoy marvelous views of Mt. Everest, Ama-Dablam with an array of snow peaks. The other options for hike on rest day climb up to Everest View Hotel, and to Khumjung and Khunde village located on a glacial valley. Rest of the day enjoy the leisure afternoon at Namche Bazaar before heading higher elevation.

From Namche a pleasant walk on winding scenic trail facing views of Everest, Kwangde, Tharmasarku, and Ama Dablam. The leaving the main trail, climb for an hour more to high Mong Hill, scenic spot for views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse with majestic Ama Dablam. From Mong down to Phortse Tenga, located on Dudh Koshi River gorge, possible lunch stops. Afternoon walk with slow climb into lovely cool forest reaching an open area at Dole for overnight stop.

After a pleasant overnight in Dole, a nice place with number of good lodge, having breakfast. Start the morning walk with short steep climb reaching a wide open ridge, above Dudh Koshi River. The walk follows on a gradual path to Luza and then reaching above Machermo with views of Mt. Cho-Oyu. From the top down to a river gorge covered in vegetation and few trees, then climb to Machermo. Reaching for lunch and overnight, check into a nice lodge with time for short excursion around Machermo.

Enjoying overnight in Machermo, a place with serval fine lodges, morning a short steep climb. Then on a pleasant gradual path reaching a small place called Panga, from here with short climb to Gokyo Valley. Reaching the first and second lakes, then finally arriving at the main third lake of Gokyo. Where all good lodges
located above the Gokyo Lake, also known as Dudh Pokhari. Enjoy the afternoon after lunch exploring the beautiful and scenic Gokyo Valley with grand views of Mt. Cho-Oyu.

Rising early morning and having breakfast, start the hike with climb to Gokyo-Ri, the highest point. A steep hike uphill for few hours, reaching on time for sunrise views with grand panorama of world’s highest peaks. Enjoy the views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho-Oyu with an arrays of snow peaks. The view includes of whole Gokyo Valley and the lakes with Nepal longest Ngozumpa glacier. After a refreshing morning tough hike and fabulous views back down to Gokyo, having a good rest and lunch. Afternoon walk on the same scenic route to reach Machermo for overnight stop.

From Machermo, leaving the Gokyo area on the same trail down to Dole for lunch. Afternoon walk down near to Dudh Koshi River to cross a bridge towards Phortse, a quant and sleepy village. Check into a nice simple lodge have time to explore around Phortse village. Where few group of trekkers seldom visits this isolated nice village.

Today walks leads back on the main busy trail to Namche Bazaar unto Monjo Village. From Phortse cross the bridge to Phortse Tenga, and then short winding up to Mong Hilltop. Enjoying the great superb views of giant snow peaks, down to the main trail to Namche Bazaar. At Namche Bazaar for lunch, afternoon walk down to Dudh Koshi River Valley and crossing the bridge. A short steep climb to the national park entry and exit post, then reach Monjo for overnight halt.

Today, the last and shortest walk of the adventure to Lukla, after a good breakfast cross over Dudh Koshi River. Walk through few smaller villages to reach Phakding the walk continues on a pleasant trail. Then a last climb for an hour to Lukla for last overnight halt around the high Khumbu and Everest region. Check into a nice lodge, for lunch and last night dinner, afternoon free at leisure to explore the interesting Lukla town and its market areas.

Early morning breakfast and walk to Lukla Tenzing & Hillary Airport for scenic flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to your hotels with afternoon free at leisure or shopping souvenirs of Nepal’s handicrafts.

Last day in Kathmandu and Nepal, as time for your international flight homeward bound, transfer to the airport. After a wonderful adventure to Gokyo Valley Trekking.



  • All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla / Lukla – Kathmandu, including your guide
  • Three nights' accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Thamel)
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag use while trekking
  • Duffle bag for trekking
  • Three times daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek.
  • Guides and porters coverage -insurance, meals, salary, lodging, transportation, flight, and necessary equipment
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
  • Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees
  • All government, local taxes, and official Expenses
  • Souvenirs - Himalayan Friendly t-shirt & cap
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trek


  • International airfares
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters, etc
  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
  • Youre travel insurance
  • Tips for guide and porters

Useful Info

Accommodation While in Kathmandu:

Himalayan Friendly provides the best accommodation in the comfort of a tourist standard hotels in Kathmandu. On a 3 Star category Hotels (Kathmandu suite home) in the hub of Kathmandu in Thamel. The most active and interesting spot for travelers an easy assist to all types of needful requirement. Likewise, facilities for ATM, Money changing counters, various trekking and mountaineering well stocked shops and stores. Including international standard restaurants, café, bakeries, as well banks, medical pharmacy etc.

One can upgrade the accommodation for 4 or 5 star deluxe standard hotels, on request. When booking with Himalaya Friendly. Which will be at extra cost.

The hotel in Kathmandu is booked according to our standard itinerary days, in Kathmandu normally will be for 3 overnights. Please remember while in Kathmandu it will be on Bed and Breakfast basis. Includes welcome or farewell dinner only.

Food and Accommodation in Gokyo Valley

Beside other Treks Gokyo Valey Trek is one of the widespread treks in Nepal. Usually, meals are also served three times a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner). Breakfast and Dinner is served in guest house/ Lodges and lunch is in treks. In Comparison of other Treks you will found the quality food in Gokyo Trekking. The common food found in Everest region are noodles, soups, handmade breads, rice items, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes. You will have full possibilities or choice to choice your favored stuffs from a minor menu provided by the lodge.

Lodges in Everest region is standard associating the ones in Annapurna and Langtang areas. Like other trekking region, in this area also you will found 2 single beds in one room but room will be clean than others region. These lodges provide you rooms with blankets included in main places though we endorsed you to carry own sleeping bag as well.

Bathrooms are shared, and hot showers are few and far between – and where they are available you will usually have to pay for the pleasure. Your guide will help you to arrange a place to stay when you arrive in each place.

WI-FI Available On Everest Base Camp Trek:

In the modern days of Hi-Tec world, where all wide-world travelers are connected with the world of social media. The most important on everyday use of internets, cell phones and Wi-Fi gadgets, which makes traveling fun and easier.

In Nepal around big cities, towns and large villages do have all the modem facilities of Internets and Wi-Fi. But on trekking depends upon the region and overnights stops as itinerary days. For Everest Base Camp Trekking and other region of high Khumbu areas, most places offers these facilities.

At Namche Bazaar and Lukla the Internet services is called Air link, trekkers can purchase the internet so called packages. At the cost of NRS 700 or US$ 6-7 for 24 hours service. Which cots more of NRS 1,200 or US$ 9-12) for 48 hours services.

The internets and Wi-Fi services are available in most lodges till Gorakshep, some do charge extra. Some lodges offers free services of Wi-Fi, nevertheless one can enjoy the modern facilities along with the grand views. But remember the internets, Wi-Fi and telecommunications does not run smoothly, can be disturbing and slow. Due to the nature of landscapes terrains in deep gorges or on a hidden valley, as well as weather conditions.

For best reliable services is to buy Everest Link or 3G to 4 G SIM Card is good for the daily use. As the weather and the areas of walking permits, on treks your guide will suggest you to buy either in Lukla or Kathmandu.

Weight Allowance and Restrictions:

Another things to take care about flying to Lukla for various treks andadventure around Khumbu and Everest region. The weight allowance allowedon flights to Lukla or other mountainous zone in Nepal. All flight around the high hills of Nepal Himalayas only STOL aircraft can land and take off.

Smaller aircraft like Twin Otter, Dornier or similar models can carry limited passenger of maximum 15 to 18 persons. The weight allowance for each passengers is 15 kg maximum including the handbags.

To make the baggage little lighter is to wear your heavy trekking boots, and gears. Like Down or Duvet Jackets and empty your water bottles, on flights not allowed to carry sharp items, matches or lighters. It should go in the main baggage until you reach Lukla or back then can claim your belongings.

Trekking Permits and Sagarmatha National Park Trekking Permits
for 2024/2025.

Including Gokyo valley and various adventures. Trekking Permits is issued by the Khumbu village community known as Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Municipality Permit. The permit is obtained on arrival in Lukla, the guide will instruct you show your passport and required PP photos.

The cost which comes of NRS 2,000 per person, approx. US$15 as per the current exchange rate. The permit will cover for 4 weeks, for more days than declared the cost will be NRS 2,500 per person. The other permits included is Sagarmatha National Park entrance permit.

Sagarmatha is name for Everest in Nepal, the native Sherpa call as Chomolungma of Tibetan origin. In both languages it means a great Mother as huge as an ocean. The permit is issued in the park entrance near Monjo village on the second day walk from Lukla, and Phakding.

The cost is NRS 3,000 per person which is about US $ 22.5. For SAARC (South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation). The members are Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Sri-Lanka and Maldives, Nepal with Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The cost for SAARC is NRS 1,500 per person and for domestic Nepali trekkers is NRS 100 per person.

Packing List 

Himalaya Friendly has always been keen on safety on the journey. We have prepared a Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Nepal. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.


  • Insulated Jacket
  • Down Jacket
  • Windproof and waterproof jacket and pant
  • Thermal inner dress
  • Trekking pants and trousers
  • Trekking shirts
  • Breathable underwears

Head and Hand

  • Scarf or cap
  • Warm hat
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses ( recommend a UV protection)
  • Lightweight gloves( recommend a thermal gloves)
  • Windproof and waterproof gloves


  • Slippers
  • Trekking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Warm woolen socks
  • Gaiter

Personal items

  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Soap
  • Sanitaizer
  • 1 to 2 towel
  • Body moisturizer
  • Sunscreen cream
  • Toiletries
  • Wet wipes
  • Small mirror
  • Lip balm

Other gears

  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking poles
  • Water purification tablets
  • First Aid kits
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Prescribed medicines
  • Lighter or matchbox
  • Plastic bags
  • Binoculars



1 .) Why choose Himalayan friendly?

Himalayan Friendly is a small company operated by an experienced trekking guide (Mr. Ram Ghale). Ram has been trekking for 10 years. The staff in Himalayan friendly are well prepared to deal with any possible problem and make the trip beautiful.

2 .) What is the walking pace during trek?

The average pace of walking is 2 miles per hour. But It can be increased or decreased according to your comfort.

3 .) Can I buy trekking gear from Kathmandu?

Yes, you can buy trekking gear from Kathmandu. Thamel is the best place to buy trekking gear.

4 .) Can I or Can I not leave my luggage in Kathmandu whilst on the trek?

Yes. You absolutely can.

Trekking in Kathmandu? No worries! Leave your luggage at the hotel and enjoy a hassle-free adventure. The friendly hotel staff will keep your belongings safe and sound for free. So, say goodbye to heavy loads and hello to carefree trekking!

5 .) What is the limitation of weight for the Lukla flight?

Ready for the Lukla flight? Remember, there’s a weight limit. You can bring up to 15 kg of baggage, including your hand-carry and trekking gear. So pack light and smart for an epic adventure!

6 .) What are some of the booking & payment methods for the trek?

Booking and paying for your trek is a piece of cake! Here’s the scoop: No need to stress about advance payments. You can pay the full amount when you arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal.

We’ve got you covered with flexible options like online payment, bank transfer, or good ol’ cash upon arrival!!

Just reach out to us, secure your reservation, and we’ll guide you through the simple payment process. It’s like booking a thrilling adventure with no upfront commitments. So pack your bags, get ready to rock, and let the trekking fun begin!

(For further information, do visit our privacy policy which also includes payment policies and all of the payment options that we accept)

7 .) Is someone going to pick me up at the airport?

When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, our Himalayan Friendly crew will be there to greet you with open arms. They’ll make sure your transition from the airport to your hotel is super smooth. We’re all about starting your journey on a positive note, so you can count on our dedicated team to assist you at every step.

8 .) How much cash should you bring for the awesome trek? Can I use credit cards along the trail?

To have an incredible time on the trek, make sure you have enough cash. You’ll need it for things like hot showers, drinking water, snacks, staying connected, and charging your devices.


We suggest bringing around 2500 Rupees per day as a rough estimate. But remember, it can vary based on how much you usually spend.


Just a heads up, only a few shops on the trail accept credit cards. So, it’s best to have plenty of cash with you before you start your journey!

9 .) Can I upgrade to a helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla? How much does it cost?

Yes, you can.


You have the incredible opportunity to upgrade to a helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Lukla. By booking in advance, you can secure your spot for this thrilling adventure. The cost for this unforgettable experience is USD 450 per person for a one-way flight. Also don’t forget that you’re merely a passenger rather than a charter so there will be other people in the flight with a maximum of 5 people.


Opting for a helicopter ride not only adds excitement to your travel plans but also ensures the quickest and most reliable transportation through the majestic Himalayas. So, get ready to say goodbye to long drives and hello to breathtaking aerial views!

10 .) Which hotel will I stay at in Kathmandu? Can I extend my stay or upgrade?

First off, you will be staying at a wonderfully pristine hotel of a three star status here in Kathmandu or Pokhara or any other central place depending on your itinerary. These three star hotels are known for their excellent service and beautifully clean rooms. They are located in very beautiful areas with easy accessibility to markets and restaurants all to make your stay convenient and enjoyable. We’ll make sure that you’ll have a comfortable room with a private bathroom, and a tasty breakfast will also be included.


If you’d like to extend your stay, we can help you make the arrangements. Please note that rates may vary depending on the hotel, that is if you decide to extend your stay.


Additionally, if you’re looking for a more luxurious experience, we can assist you with an upgrade to an even better hotel experience. Kathmandu offers a range of beautiful 4 to 5-star hotels to choose from that offer a whole bunch of luxury with it.


Let us know your preferences, and we’ll ensure you have a fantastic stay. You’ll customise your trip just the way you’d want us to.

Price from
  • 1 Person $1500
  • 2 Person $1280
  • 3 Person $1260
  • 4-7 Person $1200
  • 8-10 Person $1100

Package Price

12 Days

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