The Gokyo Valley Trek offers unrivalled views of Mt. Everest as well as its neighbouring peaks, glaciers and glacial lakes. At the highest viewpoint at Gokyo Ri (5340m), we get sunrise views of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,481m), Cho Oyu (8,201m) and others. The Ngozumba glacier that can be seen is the longest glacier in Nepal.
The trek also allows us to enjoy the Tibetan-influenced Buddhist culture of the Sherpa people as we stay in their traditional villages. After a short, scenic flight from Kathmandu, the trek begins from the airport town of Lukla. The next day we reach Namche Bazaar, a bustling market town that is the Sherpa capital, where we spend a full day and extra night for acclimatization. Several days later, we reach the high Goyko valley, which is the base for our best Everest mountain, lake, and glacier views.
This trek can be extended by combining it with Everest Base Camp, or even further by adding various mountain passes. See our full list of Everest Region trekking options. For all treks involving the Everest region, we recommend that you add an extra day or two into your schedule to account for common flight delays and cancellations out of Lukla Airport, which can occur even for cloud cover.
To organize the Gokyo Valley Trek, or other treks in the Everest region, feel free to contact us.
Day 01:Kathmandu arrival (1350m)
Day 02:City tour or free day to explore and shop on your own.
Day 03:Fly to Lukla (2,869m) and trek to Phakding (2,652m).
Day 04:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m).
Day 05:Namche Bazaar, Rest and Acclimatization (3,440m).
Day 06:Namche Bazaar to Phortse Tenga (3,640m).
Day 07:Phortse Tenga to Machhermo (4,410m).
Day 08:Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4,750m).
Day 09:Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,350m), return to Goyko Lake.
Day 10:Gokyo to Dole(4,410m).
Day 11:Dole to Jorsale (2,740m).
Day 12:Jorsale to Lukla (2,869m).
Day 13:Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 01Kathmandu arrival (1350m)Namaste and welcome to Nepal! We meet you on arrival and transport you to your hotel. Bed and breakfast plan (BB).
Day 02City tour or free day to explore and shop on your own.The tour includes the Kathmandu valley, Pashupatinath temple, Kathmandup Durbar Square and Boudhanath. We offer an expert tour guide for this day excursion. BB.
Day 03Fly to Lukla (2,869m) and trek to Phakding (2,652m).After an early breakfast, we take you to the domestic airport for the short, scenic flight to Lukla. We begin the trek above the Dudh Koshi River and walk to Phakding. Breakfast, lunch and dinner (BLD) included.
Day 04Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m). We begin our steep uphill walk after check-in at the Sagarmatha National Park counter. As we approach Namche Bazaar, we can see the stunning Himalayas, including Mt. Everest. Namche Bazaar, a bustling market town, is considered the Sherpa capital. BLD.
Day 05Namche Bazaar, Rest and Acclimatization (3,440m).During our acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar, we take short trips to explore the shrines, markets and natural surroundings. We can opt to walk around villages such as Khunde, Khumjung and others, experiencing the colorful monasteries and Chhortens. BLD
Day 06Namche Bazaar to Phortse Tenga (3,640m).We start our walk on a gentle trail, cross a stream and enjoy forest and mountain views. BLD
Day 07Phortse Tenga to Machhermo (4,410m). As we draw nearer to the high mountains, our pace slows as the elevation passes 4,000 meters. Reaching Machhermo, we enjoy the panoramic surroundings, bordered by the snow-covered peaks. BLD
Day 08Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4,750m). It's a spectacular day for us. With excellent views of Kangtega and Cho-Oyu (8,201m), along with some of the hidden valleys, we walk further from Machhermo to Gokyo Lake/Gokyo valley. The trek passes through Pangka and descends to the river bank. Before reaching the Gokyo valley, we pass through Longpongo and Taujung. BLD
Day 09Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,350m), return to Goyko Lake. We get up early for the short climb of Goyko Ri and the wonderful sunrise views of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,481m), Cho Oyu (8,201m) and others. The Ngozumba glacier that can be seen is the longest glacier in Nepal. After this amazing excursion, we return to Gokyo Lake. BLD
Day 10Gokyo to Dole(4,410m). Today we begin our descent by the same route that we climbed, enjoying the beautiful snowy mountain views from a different vantage point. BLD.
Day 11Dole to Jorsale (2,740m). Our descent continues as we go by Namche Bazaar to Jorsale, the entrance and exit of the Sagarmatha National Park. BLD
Day 12Jorsale to Lukla (2,869m).This is the last day of our trek and we celebrate our adventure in the airport town of Lukla, where we began the trek. BLD.
Day 13Fly back to Kathmandu.Early in the morning, we go to the airport to fly back to Kathmandu. From the Kathmandu airport, we transfer you to your hotel, where you will no doubt enjoy a long hot shower! We invite you to a farewell dinner to celebrate your successful trek. BB
Day 14Departure. After a memorable experience, we take you to the airport for your flight home. Thank you for your journey with us!
December 14, 2016
Hari is an excellent guide and wonderful person that we highly recommend. We had such a great time with him and his crew on the first Annapurna trek, that our family and friends have now done three treks with him.
He does a very good job tailoring the trip to each person’s personality and things they wish to experience. With a passion for language, he was kind enough to be my personal tutor in Nepali as I looked at animals & objects, built a dialogue, and attempted to learn the script. It was a joy as he and his fellow guides invited me to watch hindi movies with them. On our second trip he helped me hunt down the delicious Seabuckthorn juice.
He is always on the lookout for how we are feeling, acclimatizing us slowly and was a blessing as he helped us get some much needed medication on our second trip. He is also very flexible, reaching out to his contacts to secure us a heli to Lukla when all flights were cancelled for a few days, and adjusting our itinerary in route when needed. He has a servant’s heart and would always offer to filter water when he found me at the pump.
Hari’s personality is engaging, gregarious, and he always has a smile on his face. On our last trip, I carried a small classical guitar, and on the last day we pulled a few people together for some jolly music making – he went to music school earlier in his life and can sing you some songs. He is also a philanthropist and entrepreneur, often giving out clothes or shoes to people, and always looking out for ways to help his fellow countrymen by matching to travelers wishing to support various causes. Yet he has an eye for business, and has created both an internet café and goat farm.
I am happy to call Hari a close personal friend, and look forward to another trip with him some day.
June 20, 2016
My son and I trekked the Annapurna Loop (21 day) with Hari in Nov 2011. Absolutely outstanding trip in every respect with great trail over Thorong La Pass and back down past Muktinath, Jomosom and Poon Hill. Followed by a few days in Kathmandu as tourists. My son, his wife and I joined Hari again in Sep 2014 for a trek in the Khumbu region to Gokyo-Ri (12 day). Another outstanding trek all the way. And I am scheduled to join Hari again in Nov 2016 for the three passes trek (25 days) just south of Everest. I keep going back to Hari because of my confidence in his ability as a trek organizer, guide, and friend...and the fact that he is local and his prices are very reasonable.
I have backpacked in the Sierras for over 50 years and find a trek in the Himalayas easier in every respect except for the altitude. You have a porter and guide, you stay in a lodging every night, you order off a menu, showers are frequently available. All these details are arranged by Hari so all you need to do is haul your day pack with camera and wet weather gear. Standard advice for any trek: go as light as you can (you may not be carrying it, but someone else is), well-worn foot wear (I use low quarter Montrail boots), walking poles, watch what you eat...stick with the menu food and you'll probably be fine. Altitude - there are rest days built in to the treks to allow for adequate acclimatization. Altitude effects people different ways, I have had no problems up to 18,000 but may use Acetazolamide Tabs for the next trip since I just turned 69. If you fly from the US, try to get an overnight stay during your flight to Kathmandu (Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, etc). It will be a needed rest and help with the time zone changes. You'll arrive in Nepal feeling much better.
Biggest issue is that I have confidence in Hari!
February 02, 2016
Hari guided me and my husband on our honeymoon trek to Gokyo Lakes in the fall of 2010. We were very impressed with his technical AND tactical knowledge of the trail. When other guides were rushing out to climb Gokyo Ri, and the Mt. Everest view point above Namche Bazaar, Hari was watching the clouds and waiting for the right moment - and we were rewarded with perfect timing! Hari is also very mindful of his client's physical abilities: we tend to hike very fast, which could have put us in trouble at those altitudes. Instead, Hari paced us with good rest spots and tea-time breaks. At permit checkpoints, Hari took care of the communication and were allowed to breeze past other trekkers struggling to secure their premissions. Overall, we believe that Hari is already an excellent guide who is on the path to being a forefront leader with age and experience.
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Liz Leier Errickson