Everest Gokyo Ri Trek / Gokyo Valley Trek - 14 Days including KTM

Everest Gokyo Ri TrekEverest Gokyo Ri trek offers a marvelous scenery of the remote Gokyo valley and its beautiful turquoise lakes, moonscape-like glaciers, and breathtaking mountain views including Mt. Everest , Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu; four of the eight highest peaks in the world! The 360degree view from Gokyo Ri (5480mm) is the best in the Khumbu region!

The trek begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek all the way to Namche Bazaar where we will stop two nights to acclimatize. Namche Bazaar is a popular trading center of the Khumbu region and people walk from as far always as Tibet every Saturday to sell their home products here. The town is also the hub, onto which each trail converges, so exotic trekkers, yaks, mules and Local Sherpa people compete for space in this amphitheater style town. The initial portion of Everest Gokyo Ri trek is the same as trekking to Everest base camp.      

After having two days proper acclimatization in Namche Bazaar, our trek will head up the valley leaving the usual Everest trail and following the rivers run off from the Ngozumpa glacier. After two days walk we will stop again in the village of Machhermo for another rest day and the chance to hike up Machhermo Ri. Our next stop will be the Gokyo Lake.

When we arrive into high mountain valley called Gokyo we are welcomed by a string of cobalt blue lakes that continue for the three day hike to Gokyo village which sits at the foot of Gokyo Ri (5480m) a huge black mound or rock and dirt. The next morning, we are increased to take the three hour hike to the summit of this black, rocky mound to witness the 360-digree Himalayan view offered only from this vantage point.  The Himalayas stand like giants guarding the border into Tibet. From Gokyo Ri we will see much more than Mt. Everest… there are glorious views of many of the other over 8000meter mountains  from here as well. After exploring the Gokyo Ri we descend directly to Machhermo, Namche and Lukla then flight back to Kathmandu.  

Everest trekking attractions:

Sherpa people:
Sherpas: Sherpa means "easterner" because they came from the Kham in eastern Tibet. One of the first persons to come to Khumbu came by way of the Rolwaling valley and Tashi Lhapcha pass. He opened this valley so other people could come to settle. Later many families came from Tibet over the Nangpa La (pass). He came to Khumbu from Kham Salmo-Gang (east of Tibet). His clan was called Thimi. When he came to Tibet, the people asked where he came from – “the cast part of Kham”. That is how the name Sher-pa, meaning east people, came to be.... See more.

For 600 years, people have migrated from Tibet to these mountain valleys in Nepal. There was a time of great unrest in Tibet when many Lamas, their families and followers left their homes looking for new places to live. They settled in the mountain valleys of northern Nepal. These places came to be called Yolmo (Helambu), Langtang, and Khumbu. Now they live in the Solu-Khumbu district, Sagarmatha zone of Nepal. They live in the highest places. In the Khumbu, they number about 9500 with a total of roughly 55,000 living in all of Nepal. The Sherpa language (a dialect of Tibetan), literature, history and Philosophy came from old Tibetan religious books.

Today approximately 55,000 Sherpas live in Nepal and around 9500 of them live in the Khumbu region on the south side of Everest. Since the 1950s, tourism has become the dominant source of employment and income in the area. Many Sherpas, as well as people from other ethnic groups, work as part of the climbing and tourism industry. While the Sherpa people retain their Buddhist religion and many of their traditional practices, this shift in the local economy and way of life has necessarily meant changes in the Sherpa culture. Among these, there has been a shift from regarding climbing the mountain as blasphemous, to regarding it as a source of economic opportunity and pride. Sherpas hold many impressive Everest records, including most times summitted for men and women, quickest ascent, without oxygen ascent, quickest descent, and most time spent on top and youngest climbers to reach the summit.

Sherpa Religion and Culture
In Solu-Khumbu the most common sect of Tibetan Buddhism is the Nyingmapa, the oldest tradition. Sherpa and Tibetan lamas taught this religion to the people and organized the communities.  These Sherpa and Tibetan Ngakpa (lay lamas) brought teaching from Tibet to Khumbu that were from Books hidden by the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Rinpoche. Lamas called tertons are incarnations of Guru Rinpoche who rediscovered these hidden teachings. Ter means “spiritual treasure” in Tibetan. A lama named Rigdzin Godem found some of these books, the Chang-ter, hidden in northern Tibet. The other lama, Nyatak – Nyung, found the Lho-ter in southern Tibet. The terton, Terdak Lingpa found the books and wrote the texts used in the Sherpa’s Pujahs, religious rituals.

As more people came to Khumbu, traditions started that helped to unite the villagers and to project the valley. Daily life revolves around each village Gompa/Stupa (temple). Closely tied to Buddhist beliefs are their daily activates of farming, herding and trading. Since the 1950s they have worked for tourists and earned fame on climbing expeditions.  

Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park:
Most of the part of Everest trekking is within the boundary of Sagarmatha( Everest) National Park.  This national park is spread in an area of 1148 square kilometers in Himalayan ecological zone in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The park was established on July 19, 1976 and was inscribed as a Natural World Heritage Site in 1979. The Park includes the upper catchments areas of the Dudhkoshi and Bhotehoshi Rivers and is largely composed of rugged terrain and gorges of the high Himalayas, ranging from 2,860m at Lukla to the top of the world's highest Mountain - Everest at 8,848meters above the sea level. Other peaks above 6,000m are Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Nuptse, Amadablam and Pumori. In this national park barren land above 5,000 m (16,400 ft) comprises 69% of the park while 28% is grazing land and the remaining 3% is forested.

In Everest region you will find varieties of flora and fauna. In the lower forested zone, birch, juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo and rhododendron grow. Above this zone all vegetation are found to be dwarf or shrubs. As the altitude increases, plant life is restricted to lichens and mosses. Plants stop to grow at about 5,750 meters (18,860 ft), because this is the permanent snow line in the Himalayas.

The forests of Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park provide habitat to at least 118 species of birds, including Himalayan Monal, Blood pheasant, Red-billed chough, and yellow-billed chough. This Park is also home to a number of rare mammal species, including musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and red panda. Himalayan thars, langur monkeys, martens and Himalayan wolves are also found in the park.

Tengboche monastery:
Tengboche Monastery is a famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in the Tengboche village in Khumjung. This monastery is also known as Dawa Choling Gompa. Situated at 3,860 meters (12,687 ft), the monastery is also the largest Gompa in this region. The monastery was built in 1916 by Lama Gulu with strong links to its mother monastery known as the Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. However, in 1934, it was destroyed by an earthquake and was subsequently rebuilt. In 1989, it was destroyed for a second time by a fire and then rebuilt with the help of volunteers and international assistance. In the background of this monastery there is good view of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Lhotse and others. In Everest trekking area apart from Tengboche monastery, Thame, Khumjung and Pangboche are some other famous monasteries.

Everest Gokyo Ri trek short itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley and trek preparation.
Day 03:
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m), and trek to Phakding (2640m), 4 hrs trek.
Day 04:
Trek from Phakding to Namche bazaar (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 05:
Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar, also hike to Everest view hotel.
Day 06:
Trek from Namche Bazzar to Phorse Village (3810 m) 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 07:
Trek from Phorse Village to Machhermo(4450m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 08:
Trek from Machharmo to Gokyo valley (4800m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 09:
Climb Gokyo Ri (5480m) and hike to fifth lakes, 5 to 6 hrs hike.
Day 10:
Trek back from Gokyo to Dole, 5 to 6 hours trek.
Day 11:
Trek from Dole to Namche, 5 to 6 hours trek.
Day 12:
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, 6 to 7 hrs trek.
Day 13:
Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes.
Day 14:
Final departure.

Trip cost: Please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Everest Gokyo Ri trek - itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you we be greeted by one of our team leaders and transfer to hotel. Rest of the time will be on your own. In the evening, join our welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant having a great conversation about Everest Gokyo Ri Trek enjoying the typical Nepali meal. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley and trek preparation.
Breakfast at hotel, we begins a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual sites in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered world heritage sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous monkey temple ( Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. In the evening, there will be a small meeting and briefing about your great trek to Gokyo Ri. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m), and trek to Phakding (2640m), 4 hrs trek.
Early breakfast at hotel, we will be transfer to the domestic airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2860m), a gateway destination from where our trek begins. After a scenic 35 minute flight above the breathtaking views of green hills and White Mountains, we reach at Lukla airport. Upon arrival at Lukla, we meet our other supporting crew members and start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. Today is more likely a comfortable day. We walk about 4 hrs and stay overnight at Phading at guest house.

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche bazaar (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Breakfast at guest house, we start our pleasant trek. The walk today will be delightful with few short uphill and downhill with multiple crossings over Dudh Koshi River and magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6660m) from the Benkar village. We cross more bridges and enter to Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, where there is a check post for National park fee and tims cards. A descend and a gradual walk brings us to Jorsale, the last village until Namche Bazaar. The walk is pleasant through the river bed and we reach Hillary suspension Bridge. As we climb up towards Namche Bazaar, Stunning views of Kwangde peak, Kusum Kangaru peak, Tawache and many other wonderful mountains reward us. Our destination is Namche and finally we reach the colorful village of Namche, the Sherpa land, the main gateway of Everest region. Overnight at hotel or guest house in Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar, also hike to Everest view hotel.
Here we will sleep two days to have a proper acclimatization. Namche Bazaar is the main hub of the Khumbu region and has banks, ATMs, government office, internet cafes, outdoor gear shops, restaurants, bakery and a colorful market every Friday evening and Saturday morning. After breakfast, we start the day visiting tourist visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National park where can observe as assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. We also take an interesting side trio up to Khumjhng and also climb up to famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip is the Everest view hotel from where we can watch the great views of the highest mountains in the world. Visit to Hillary School which is located at the site will be highlights of the trip. We can have lunch over here.  After lunch, descend to Namche Bazaar, overnight at hotel or guest house.

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazzar to Phorse Village (3810 m) 5 to 6 hrs trek.
After breakfast, we start our adventure hike enjoying superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. The trek follows on the gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great Himalaya. Along the way, we may have a chance to see wild lives such as pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. We trek gradual goes up through Mongla pass (3975 m) from where we glimpse Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche and Mt. Khumbila. Sherpas regard Mt. Khumbila as sacred mountain of the patron god of the Khumbu area. Descending to Dudhkosi Khola (3250 m), we cross a bridge and again trek up through the rhododendron forest, a host for Himalayan wild deer and musk deer. Finally, we arrive to the walled fields of Phorse. Phorse is just under the snow dusted peaks of Tawoche and Cholaste. From here, a short trek leads to Phorse village where we spend our overnight at guest house.

Day 07: Trek from Phorse Village to Machhermo(4450m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
After breakfast, we start our pleasant hike to Dole, a small place with few teahouses. Further, we climb steadily up through a scenic ridge above Dole and the trail climbs via Lhabarma. Offering us good views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku the trail takes us through many summer settlements and a charming hamlet of Luza (4360 m). While ascending from Luza, we will be at the Dudh Koshi valley. Walking along the hill side above thundering Dudkoshi, passing through some small hamlets and through sandy spurs, we reach Machhermo. Machhermo is the last major settlement on the way up to Gokyo Ri. Overnight at guest house in Machhermo.

Day 08: Trek from Machharmo to Gokyo valley (4800m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Today, we climb through a ridge Chorten from where we can see splendid view of both down the valley and of the Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and northern part to the Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through a Chorten and reaches Pangka (4480m) after some gentle walk. We descend to the river bank before beginning to climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. Upon crossing an iron bridge over a stream, the trial levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo at 4690m. At this juncture, we get chance to observe the Lama footprints on a stone. At the sight of the second lake, Taboche Tsho we become mesmerized by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. Little ahead of the second lake, we reach the third lake, the two linked by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight here. After lunch, we explore around the third Lakes. Overnight at guest house in Gokyo valley.

Day 09: Climb Gokyo Ri (5480m) and hike to fifth lakes, 5 to 6 hrs hike.
Today is an acclimatization day but we know we should not stay idle. If the weather is good, we grasp the opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri today instead of next day to enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint of Everest Region. Or, as we know Gokyo is not only popular for its grand view but also for the six lakes which it hosts. Definitely we would not miss the chance to observe the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). About 3 km north of Gokyo is the fourth lake with its high cliffs and peaks rising above it. The trail continues to fifth lake. If interested, we climb on a hill at the edge of the Lakes to get astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. We can see a lot more from here - the spot is called Scoundrel's Viewpoint. Beyond the fifth Lakes is the Cho Oyu Base Camp. Northern part of the fifth lake provides fabulous views of Cho-Oyu Base Camp and biggest glacier of the world- the Ngazumpa glacier. Moved by the charm, we may even try to go sixth lake too but depends upon our own interest and time. Back to Gokyo village. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10: Trek back from Gokyo to Dole, 5 to 6 hours trek.
The way back from Gokyo is an easy downhill walk along the Dudh Koshi River that emerges out of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Passing by the second and then the first Gokyo Lakes, we come to a small gushing stream over an iron bridge. We see the hamlet of Phangka ahead. Cholatse and Taboche peaks rear up on the right of us. The trail descends below Phangka, and across a level terrace on the slope to climb a rib on the far side of the hill side. Upon reaching the Chorten at the edge, we see great views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega. We slowly walk down to sprawling village of Machhermo. Again, through the charming hamlet of Luza and Lhafarma we reach Dole. Overnight at guest house in Dole.

Day 11: Trek from Dole to Namche, 5 to 6 hours trek.
Taking last inspection back to Cho Oyu range, we start steep descent to Phortse Tenga. Our hike today is mostly down hills. The most outstanding feature of the trail is the abundance of plant and animal vegetation including wildflowers and Rhododendrons. We might spot faunas like mountain goats, musk deers, pheasants, etc. Waterfalls are also today`s attraction. Upon reaching MongLa, we will be greeted by a very wonderfully located lovely place perched on the spur of Mt. Khumbila. We take revised look at Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, and a distant view of Tengboche. After a bit of long distance walk, we reach an intersection where the steep path up from Sanasa meets our trail, now, the trail to Namche clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. Upon coming to Namche army camp hill, we look back to see Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche for one last time. About a kilometer from here is Namche Bazaar. We take hot shower and let rest our tired muscles at a comfortable lodge in Namche. Overnight at hotel or guest house. 

Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, 6 to 7 hrs trek.
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. By today, we start to get warmed up by the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today as we pass through this charming mountain air. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages' noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag. Overnight at hotel in Lukla.

Day 13: Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes.
The scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, finally we are in the city. The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping. In the evening we invited you to join a fare well dinner host by one of our team leaders. Celebrate the Everest Gokyo Ri trek with delicious meals, drinks and live culture show. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Final departure.
After breakfast, we will drop you to international airport for your flight back to home. We wish you have a safe and sound flight. See you again in the future.

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Everest Gokyo Ri trek Facts:

Activities: Trekking

Start/End: Kathmandu

Destination: Gokyo Ri , Gokyo valley

Trip Duration: 14 days

Max. Altitude: 5480 meters

Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.12

Best Season: Mid February to June and September to early December

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Accommodation: Teahouse/guest house

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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