Gokyo Valley Trek - 14 Days

  • Trip duration 14 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate
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  • Trip cost US$ 1299

Trip Information

Gokyo Valley Trek is an alternative to major routes in the Everest region. Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri (5,357 metres or 17,576 feet) are the main attractions in this trekking. Gokyo Ri or Gokyo peak offers magnificent view of Mount Everest (8,848 metres or 29,029 feet), Mount Lhotse (8,414 metres or 27,605 feet), Mount Makalu (8,463 metres or 27,766 feet) and Mount Cho Oyu (8,188 metres or 26,864 feet) including several other Himalayas.

The Gokyo Lakes, which are among the highest freshwater lakes in the world, are comprised of six lakes, of which Thonak is the largest one. Four of the Gokyo lakes situate on the western border of the Ngozumpa, the largest glacier in Nepal.

Gokyo Valley trek features mountains and glaciers creating the diverse landscapes and panorama dominated by the high peaks corresponding deeply-incised valleys. The valley in the Sagarmatha National Park has the world’s highest human settlements, ecologically characteristic flora and fauna. The exploration of the rich Sherpa culture is an ideal opportunity.This 12-day trek has been designed by Mount Fishtail Adventure to cover Sagarmatha National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.

The Gokyo Valley trek is the best choice for the adventurers as well as nature lovers as the trail passes through the diverse landscapes and vegetations.

Hotel / Accommodations

Three-night accommodation in a star hotel in Kathmandu, eight-night in the standard teahouse lodge in mountains during the trek. You may have to share a bed with a companion during the mountainous trip. But if you need, $ 150 can fetch you single supplement for the whole trip in the mountains.


You will be served with breakfast during your stay in Kathmandu. All other meals will be provided to you by Mount Fishtail Adventure Pvt Ltd which includes welcome dinner. We provide you with breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the journey. When you are on the mountain, you will be served with local food stuff such as Dal Bhat (gram soup and rice), noodles, Tibetan bread made of buckwheat, apple pie, spaghettis, soup, salad, hot drinks.

Best time to travel

The best time to travel in Gokyo Valley is either autumn season (September. to November) or spring season (March to May). One can enjoy the sights of vegetations in the lower region during Spring season.

Points to consider

The mountain flight to and from Kathmandu-Lukla may delay depending on the weather conditions. It is very likely to delay the flights from one to two hours to next day. In case if you miss the scheduled flight due to the weather conditions, you will have to wait or you may pay $600 for emergency helicopter lift.

So, it would be better if you keep a few days more in reserve to cope with such condition.

Depending on the time and situation concerning your safety and security your team leader may change the itinerary item.

We are liable to rescue you by lifting you on the helicopter. We charge you extra $600 per person for such emergency lift. Mount Fishtail Adventure provides you the bill that covers the rescue expenses. Later you may present the bill to claim the amount at your insurance company.

As the trek is along the gentle path, a person with an average fitness can do this trek. You are likely to walk 5 to 6 hours a day. Besides that, you will require getting medical advice from a doctor if you have any health defect. You will have to inform us beforehand.

Although you do not require any technical and physical training for this trek, we suggest you do basic physical training or keep up walking as a preparation since walking in the high elevation may be a bit difficult.

Trip Highlights

  • Mount Everest (8,848 metres), Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri (5,357 metres or 17,576 feet)
  • Scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • The World’s highest human settlements, rich Sherpa culture

Outline itinerary

Day 01:Kathmandu arrival

Day 02:Kathmandu sight-seeing

Day 03:Flight to Lukla (2,840 metres or 9,318 feet), 3.5 hours trekking to Phakding

Day 04:Phakding to Namche Bazar, 6 hours (3,440 metres or 11,286 feet)

Day 05:Acclimation in Namche Bazar

Day 06:Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4,200 metres or 13,780 feet)

Day 07:Trek from Dole to Machherma (4,470 metres or 14,665 feet)

Day 08:Trek from Machherma to Gokyo (4,970 metres or 16,306 feet)

Day 09:7 to 8 hours trekking, Gokyo Ri climb and trek to Luza (4,470 metres 14,665 feet)

Day 10:Trek from Luza to Khumjung (3,780 metres or 12,402 feet)

Day 11:Trek from Khumjung to Phakding (2,610 metres or 8,563 feet)

Day 12:Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2,840 metres or 9,318 feet)

Day 13:Flight to Kathmandu

Day 14:Departure

Cost Includes

    • All Airport – Hotel – Airport transfer
    • 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast
    • Guided full day Kathmandu Sightseeing by private vehicle
    • Full Board Meals Breakfast Lunch and Dinner during the trekking
    • Welcome and farewell dinner
    • Best suited teahouse accommodation during the trek
    • An experienced Government License holder Guide, Assistant Guide (5 trekkers : A.G) and porter to carry luggage (For two person) during the trek
    • All salary, insurance, equipments, transportation, meals and accommodation for the Nepalese crew members
    • All Government Paper works and Permits for the trekking (TIMS Card/ National Park)
    • Heritage entrance fees for sightseeing 
    • All grounded transportation and airfare during the trek
    • Comprehensive Medical Kit while trekking
    • All Government and Local Taxes

Cost Excludes

    • Nepal entry visa fee
    • Meals Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
    • International airfare and airport taxes
    • Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, mineral waters, cold drinks, laundry bills, cigarettes, phone calls etc
    • Extra cost on shower, battery charge, extra porters during the trek
    • Personal travel and rescue insurance
    • Rescue charge if needed (we can arrange), any kind of unforeseen expenses etc
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • Gratitude/Tips for the Crew


The tour package price for an individual is fixed. However, The Mount Fishtail Adventure offer discounts for a group of 10 or more people. The large group is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip for one person. If you have more than 10 persons, please contact us info@mountfishtailadventure.com to learn more. You are free to call us at 00977-9851137429 (Viber or WhatsApp). Apart from the regular departure for the journey, there is also an option for the private groups to choose own dates best suited.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1Kathmandu arrival Mount Fishtail Adventure staff receives you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Our private vehicle brings you to a hotel in Thamel, an important hub for travellers, which is at the distance of about 6.9 kilometres. After you take rest, we hold a meeting to plan your trip over a welcome dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with cultural programme.

Included meals: Dinner

Day 2Kathmandu sight-seeing After breakfast in the morning, we visit UNESCO Wold Heritage Sites in Kathmandu; Swoyambhunath (monkey temple) Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. We study the whole city in bird’s view from monkey temple. Kathmandu Durbar Square, built during Malla Dynasty displays the finest cuts of wood carvings and arts. We also visit Bouddhanath, which is the biggest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal. You get an opportunity to explore the typical Newari culture and cuisines.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3Flight to Lukla (2,840 metres or 9,318 feet), 3.5 hours trekking to Phakding Early in the morning, we make departure to Lukla from Tribhuvan International Airport. The 40 minutes flight brings us to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. We refresh in a hotel outside airport, take rest for a while and begin trekking to Gokyo lakes. On this first day of the trekking, we set out on the journey to Phakding (2610 metre), a small village where we stay overnight.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 4Phakding to Namche Bazar, 6 hours (3,440 metres or 11,286 feet) After breakfast, we head along the trail meandering along the Dudhkoshi River and Bhotekoshi River. We enter Sagarmatha National Park through the entrance gate at Manjo. We move and cross a suspension bridge called Hillary Bridge amid pine forest, we make ascent to the steep trail before we reach Namche Bazar. The Bazar is the biggest market in the region and the most important hub for traders. Here, the travellers may explore the market and purchase Tibetan antique items as well as accessory equipments. Here, we stay overnight at hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 5Acclimation in Namche Bazar The Bazar has decent offices, hotels, internet cafes and many other offices and trading concerns; ATMs, Banks, military base camp, museum. On this day, we hike up to Khumjung via Sangboche. The passage of Sangboche and Khumjung offers magnificent view of Himalayas; Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and others. Khumjung is also famous as the first climber of Everest Sir Edmond Hillary established a school here. Overnight stay in Namche Bazar.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 6Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4,200 metres or 13,780 feet) After breakfast, we begin our journey ascending along the trail until we arrive at Kyangiuma cliff which offers the view of Mount Everest and Mount Nuptse(7,864 metres). As we advance, we come to a junction point where two paths concur. We leave the right path that leads towards Everest Base camp and follow the left one for Gokyo Lakes. We move on picking the panorama of Mount Thamserku, Mount Ama Dablam, Tawoche and Khumbila mountains until we arrive at Fortse Thanga. Further, we cross a forest with rhododendron trees and other herbs where we are likely to spot musk deer and mountain blue sheep, and then arrive at Dole, a beautiful village. Overnight stay in the village.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 7Trek from Dole to Machherma (4,470 metres or 14,665 feet) After breakfast in the morning, we follow the trail that allows the vista of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku mountains and Dudhkoshi River. We pass by several villages as we ascend along the sandy trail with rocks. The path above the Dudhkoshi River leads us to Luza village from where the steep ascent starts. On the left we can view Kyajo glacier below. We continue hiking until we arrive at Machherma village. We visit Himalayan Rescue Hospital where we may consult experts in altitude sickness. We spend night in Machherma.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 8Trek from Machherma to Gokyo (4,970 metres or 16,306 feet) On this day, we take breakfast and ascend along the trail on a hill. The trail provides the vistas of Dudhkoshi River and Kangtega, Thamserku and Cho-Oyu mountains. Further we arrive at Phangga (4,480 metres) from where we descend for a while and again ascend unitil we arrive at Langponga (4,710 metres). From here we get the glimpse of first lake and glimpse of second lake as we advance to Taujung Tsho. We continue hiking until we arrive on the ridge of mesmerising cyan Dudh Pokhari, one of the most beautiful Gokyo Lakes. We have a fabulous time around the lakes enjoying the wonders of the nature. We stay in Gokyo tonight.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 97 to 8 hours trekking, Gokyo Ri climb and trek to Luza (4,470 metres 14,665 feet) On this special day, we trek to Gokyo Ri (5,357 metres) early in the morning. About 3-hour ascent on Gokyo Ri brings us to a view point. The view point offers the vistas of four of the peaks which are above 8,000 metres; Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu and other mountain ranges surrounding us from all direction. The view of glaciers are mesmerising, especially, Ngozumpa, the world’s largest glacier. We enjoy the view with sunrise for some time and return to Gokyo Lakes. We take breakfast as we arrive back to the hotel. Further, we descend meandering along the familiar trail which we hiked earlier. The trail runs correspondingly following Dudhkoshi River. We stay overnight at Luza, a small village.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 10Trek from Luza to Khumjung (3,780 metres or 12,402 feet) After breakfast in the morning, we descend along the path passing the dole village and crossing a bridge over Dudhkoshi River before we cross Phortse Thanga. The natural trail leads us through the rhododendron forest. We pay homage to the birth place of famous monk Lama Sange Dorje, a small village. We advance further and ascend a cliff and descend again to reach Khumjung, the largest settlement in the Khumbu region. Here, in the evening, we visit Khumjung Hillary School, exploring the locality. We stay overnight in the village.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 11Trek from Khumjung to Phakding (2,610 metres or 8,563 feet) After breakfast, we head for phakding via Namche Bazar. We hike along the familiar path that we have already hiked. We glance at Mount Everest and Mount Nuptse as we descend along the path. We cross Namche bazar and descend the steep path through pine forest and cross Hillary Suspension Bridge. We exit the Sagarmatha National Park at Manjo. Further, we hike along the trail following Bhotekoshi and Dudhkoshi River. We continue hiking until we arrive at Phakding. Overnight stay in Phakding.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 12Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2,840 metres or 9,318 feet) After breakfast, we hike along rocky path with slight ascent. We pass by several villages and farms. The four hours hiking bring us to Lukla from where we kicked off the Gokyo Valley Trek. On this day we explore the markets in Lukla. Overnight stay in Lukla.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 13Flight to Kathmandu The early morning flight of about 40 minutes from Lukla to Kathmandu offers closer view of the mountains one more time. On our arrival in Kathmandu, we check in hotel, take rest and hanging around the city for the time being. We attend the farewell dinner with Mount Fishtail Adventure team.

Included meal: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14Departure Mount Fishtail Adventure arranges to send you to the airport three hours prior to the scheduled flight time.

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