Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle & Flight
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse or Lodge
  • Group Size: 16
  • Max Elevation: Gokyo Ri (5357m)

Highlights

  • Breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains along the trail including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Kwangde Peak, Kangaru peak, Kusum peak, Tawache, and others
  • Incredible sunrise and sunset views from various points along the trek 
  • Climbing the spectacular Gokyo Ri (5357m)
  • Exploring the unique culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the Sherpa community
  • Observing the serene Gokyo Lakes
  • Spotting rare wildlife including the snow leopards, Himalayan Tahr, and Danphe
  • Tasting the delicious local cuisine
  • Incredible hospitality in the community-run local tea houses
     

Description

Everest Gokyo Ri trek is an incredible alternate trek in the foothills of the highest mountains of the world. The pristine landscapes of the Everest region ensure an excellent trekking adventure. Walking along with the beautiful Himalayan landscapes and exploring the diverse culture of the region are the highlights of this trek. 

The trails of this magical trek also pass through the beautiful Sagarmatha National Park. This UNESCO listed World Heritage Site works in the conservation of various wildlife species, including snow leopard, Himalayan Tahr, Danphe, and others. The incredible flora and fauna of the Khumbu region will enchant you.

Moreover, the Everest Gokyo Ri trek provides you with the greatest views of the snow-capped mountains. You can observe the breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kwangde Peak, Kangaru peak, Kusum peak, Tawache, and others. Besides that, you will also pass through glaciers and rivers originating from the Himalayas. 

Furthermore, you can also explore the unique culture, lifestyle, and heritage of the Sherpa community. You will stay overnight at the local community-run teahouses. Namche Bazaar and Gokyo village will help you acclimatize and tackle altitude sickness with ease. The warm hospitality of the local people will make you fall in love with the place. 

We are offering this spectacular trek at a reasonable cost. Read further for the detailed description of the Everest Gokyo Ri Trek. 

Itinerary

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Trek duration: 3-4 hours

After breakfast, we will take an early morning flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. The adventurous flight lands on the Tenzing-Hillary airport. This airport has one of the smallest airstrips in the world.

You can see the breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains from the flight. Upon your arrival at Lukla airport, we will start our trek to Phakding. The trail leads us to a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River to arrive at Phakding. After arriving at Phakding, we will stay overnight at a local teahouse.

  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Phakding
  • Altitude: 2650m

Trek duration: 6 hours

After an early breakfast, we will start our trek alongside the Dudh Koshi River. We will cross several suspension bridges along the trail and pass through several villages, chortens, and monasteries.

We can observe the breathtaking views of Mt. Thamserku along the trail. We will show our trekking permits at Monjo checking point to enter the Sagarmatha National Park. A gradual walk leads us to Jorsale before we arrive at Namche Bazaar.

We then walk along the river bed and cross the Hillary Suspension Bridge. You will get the breathtaking views of the Kwangde Peak, Mt. Everest, Kangaru peak, Kusum peak, Tawache, Lhotse. We will stay overnight at a teahouse in Namche.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Namche
  • Altitude: 3440m

After breakfast, we will start our acclimatization and exploration of Namche Bazaar. Acclimatization is essential for adapting to the changing high altitude conditions during the trek. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is common among trekkers in this region. Hence, acclimatizing at Namche will help you tackle these difficulties.

We will hike to Khumjung village and also visit the Syangboche viewpoint from where we observe the Himalayan vista. The tour of the quaint streets of Namche Bazaar is also on the cards. We can also observe the Sherpa culture and their expedition achievements in the famous Sherpa museum.

Moreover, you can also visit the Khumjung monastery which has a yeti scalp. We can observe the majestic views of Kongde, Khumbila, and Thamserku from Syangboche. The Everest View Hotel in Syangboche provides an incredible view of Mt. Everest. These various acclimatization hikes will lessen the risk of altitude sickness. You will stay overnight at a lodge in Namche. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Namche
  • Altitude: 3440m

Trek duration: 6-7 hours

After breakfast, we will start our trek from Namche to Dole after a day of acclimatization at Namche. The trail leads us to an altitude above 4000m; hence acclimatization is essential. The hike is long and tiring but exciting as well.

We will pass through the dense forests observing the breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse. You can also explore the Sherpa culture and heritage. We arrive at Dole after a trek of 6-7 hours from Namche and stay overnight at a local teahouse.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Dole
  • Altitude: 4038m

Trek duration: 4-5 hours

After breakfast, we will start our trek from Dole to Machhermo. The trail leads us to some gradual path with pine and oak forests. You will pass through a steep trail with beautiful landscapes. We can observe the magnificent views of the snow-capped mountains, including Thamserku, Cho Oyu, Kantega, and other peaks.

The trail then leads us along the Dudh Koshi River as we pass through the Luza village. After trekking for some hours through gentle slopes, we arrive at Machhermo. We will stay overnight at a teahouse in Machhermo.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Machermo
  • Altitude: 4470m

Trek duration: 4-5 hours

After breakfast, we will start our trek from Machhermo to Gokyo. The trails of this spectacular trek pass through the Sagarmatha National Park. The hike is uphill towards the Gokyo village.

We will pass through some rocky trails to arrive at Gokyo. You can also observe rare wildlife including snow leopard, Himalayan Tahr, Danphe, red Pandas, etc. You can also observe the beautiful Ngozumpa Glacier and the Gokyo Lake along the route.

The pristine turquoise Gokyo lake is incredibly beautiful. There is an ancient Sherpa settlement around the lake of Gokyo. The snow-capped mountains, including at Lhotse, Everest, Cho Oyu, and Makalu, will enchant you. You will stay overnight at a teahouse in Gokyo.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Gokyo
  • Altitude: 4480m

We start our trek to Gokyo Ri (5357m) early in the morning. You will also climb the Gokyo Ri early in the morning to observe the breathtaking sunrise from the summit of Gokyo Ri. The climb is straight and uphill as we pass through various boulders along the way.

We can observe the entire Himalayan mountain range and the pristine Gokyo lakes from the top of Gokyo Ri. We will explore around and acclimatize at the high altitude region. You can also observe the fourth and fifth Gokyo lakes, which is around 3km north of Gokyo.

The majestic views of the Everest, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Gyachung Kang and Makulu from the Scoundrel's Viewpoint overwhelms us. We can also observe the Ngozumpa Glacier, the biggest glacier in the world. You will return to Machermo from Gokyo and stay overnight at a teahouse.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Machermo
  • Altitude: 4470m

Trek duration: 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we start the trek from Machermo to Namche. We trek along the Dudh Koshi River and pass through the Gokyo enjoying the majestic views of the Cholatse and Taboche peaks.

We will climb a hill from where we can observe the magnificent views of Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Khumbila peak, and Kangtega mountains. We pass through the Phortse Thanga and observe the waterfalls and wildflowers including rhododendrons. We can also spot rare animals like musk deer, mountain goats, pheasants, etc.

Moreover, the trail then leads us to a path on a forested slope beyond Kyung Juma before arriving at Namche Bazaar. We can observe Lhotse and the summit of Everest from Namche army camp hill. We will stay overnight at a lodge in Namche.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Namche
  • Altitude: 3440m

Trek duration: 6-7 hours

After breakfast, we will start our trek to Lukla from Namche. The trail leads you on a rocky trail and then crosses several suspension bridges as the path flattens out.

We then trek the same route that we took earlier to arrive at Lukla. Our Everest Gokyo Ri Trek ends at Lukla, and we celebrate the completion of the tour in the evening. We will stay overnight at a hotel in Lukla.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Lukla
  • Altitude: 2860m

Flight duration: 35 minutes

After breakfast, we will take a scenic flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. Our representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1320m

What to Expect

  • Airport Pickup and Drop (Domestic & International)
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek 
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Round Trip Domestic Flight (Kathmandu and Lukla)
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide with Food & Accommodation, Insurance, and Transportation
  • All Trekking Permits (Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee, TIMS Card, and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Fee)
  • Daily seasonal fresh fruits after dinner 
  • A first aid kit carried by the guide (Oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse in high altitude) 
  • All Government and Local taxes
  • International Flight Ticket and Nepalese Visa Fee
  • Hotel & Meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra Baggage Charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (WiFi, Phone calls, Laundry, Bar bills, Battery Recharge, Water, Shower, and Tea / Coffee)
  • Other costs not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section 
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tips for Guides, Porters, and Drivers

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
27 Nov, 2020 - 06 Dec, 2020AvailableUS$1000

Useful Information

About Trekking Route

Our journey starts with an adventurous flight from Kathmandu (1350m) to Lukla (2860m). After arriving at Lukla, you will start your trek to Phakding (2610m) and Namche Bazaar (3440m) the following days. Acclimatization at Namche is essential to adapt to the high altitude conditions. 

Moreover, you will then hike to Dole (4038m), Machermo (4470m), and Gokyo (4480m) in the subsequent days. After acclimatizing at Gokyo village, you will climb the stunning Gokyo Ri (5357m). The gorgeous sunshine overlooking the snow-capped mountains from the top of Gokyo Ri is overwhelming. 

Furthermore, you will then return to Lukla via Namche and Machermo. You will take the same route as earlier to complete this section of the trek. The adventurous flight then takes you back to Kathmandu from Lukla as our trek comes to an end.

When is the Best Time for the Everest Gokyo Ri Trek?

Autumn and Spring are the ideal time for the Everest Gokyo Ri Trek. These seasons provide perfect trekking conditions due to stable weather and moderate temperatures.

Autumn (September- November)

The months of September to November in the Autumn season is the best time for trekking in Nepal. The scenic atmosphere and the ideal temperatures make this trek in the Everest region a great adventure. 

Moreover, you will have fewer chances of rainfall in Autumn. You will also get to observe the various cultural festivals celebrated by the local community. 

Spring (March-May)

The months of March to May is the next best time to trek in the region. You can observe the wildflowers blooming all over the hills providing a beautiful trekking environment. The Rhododendron flowers paint the hills red and pink all along the trail. You will also get moderate temperatures and minimal rainfall.  

Moreover, the different off-season treks in the summer(monsoon) and the winter season are quite challenging but possible. The trails get slippery and leech-infested during the wet monsoon season. Besides that, there are avalanches and landslides in the region as well. 

Furthermore, you will also get heavy snowfall and frigid temperatures during the winter season which makes the trek challenging. Overall, with proper preparation, this spectacular trek in the Everest Gokyo region is possible all around the year.  

How Difficult is the Everest Gokyo Ri Trek?

Everest Gokyo Ri Trek is moderately challenging. Altitude is the primary difficulty factor of the trek. The high altitude of the trek reaches the maximum height of 5357m at Gokyo Ri. Minimal oxygen levels and temperatures during the trek pose a threat among trekkers. 

Moreover, altitude sickness is quite common in the region. You should acclimatize and hydrate regularly during the trek to tackle the altitude sickness. The rugged trails have a lot of ups and downs along the way. Besides that, the stone steps along the narrow path can pose a threat to all skill levels. 

Furthermore, the weather conditions are highly unpredictable in the higher altitude region, which is another difficulty during the trek. You should check the weather forecast and carry proper rain gear during the trek. Overall, the Everest Gokyo Ri trek is moderately challenging, but with proper training and preparation, it is doable with ease.