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Everest Gokyo Trekking

Trekking around Gokyo valley is considered a traditional trek that offers wonderful views of the mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier- the largest in Nepal's Himalayas. The image of this region is associated with the soaring views of the most popular mountains in Nepal, at an altitude of 8000m such as Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu which are clearly visible from Gokyo Ri above Gokyo Lake. One of the most remarkable features is the views of the wonderful ice point between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (2922m) located in Khumbu region.


After a half an hour flight from Kathmandu to Lukla's airstrip, the adventure really begins.  Everything is prepared in conjunction guides. Along the trek we will pass Buddhist monasteries with the views of Everest and other snow towering mountains getting closer. We will have rest days in the villages of Namche bazaar that will allow us to explore the region and acclimatize, which is very important. After trekking to Gokyo Ri (5483 meters), we return at a leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu.


Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu
Day 02: Early morning flight to Lukla (2840m) and Trek to Phakding (2652m)
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3446m)
Day 04: Rest day in Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Dole (4084m)
Day 06: Dole to Machhermo.(4465m)
Day 07: Machhermo to Gokyo (4791m)
Day 08: Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and back to Gokyo.
Day 09: Gokyo to Dole (4084m)
Day 10: Dole to Namche Bazaar (3446m)
Day 11: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2827m)
Day 12: Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 13: Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination.

Note: If above itinerary couldn’t meet your need, we can design a tailor made itinerary to suit your needs. Please let us know whether you would like to make it shorter or longer.

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu
You will be met by Moonlight Nepal Trekking and Adventure staffs at Airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon at leisure for you to explore, Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. A pre-trek briefing will be given this evening.

Day 02: Early morning flight to Lukla (2840m) and Trek to Phakding (2652m)
We usually rise around 4am to ensure we get the flight to Lukla (2827m). The flight itself is awe-inspiring as we fly parallel to the Himalayan giants bordering Nepal and Tibetan China. Flight time is about 40 minutes to the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid–1960s. After landing we will have time to explore the village. And after a hearty second breakfast, we begin the trek by descending towards the Dudh Koshi River, where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m), it is a short walk to Phakding.

Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3446m)
This morning we pass through the gates of the Sagamartha National Park. We follow the river course to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi, and cross a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa 'capital' of Nepal. It is a tough climb as the trail passes through forest of pine to a vantage point that provides our first view of Mt Everest. The trail continues to climb and meander to Namche, and the sight of this prosperous village spread within a horseshoe shaped valley opposite the beautiful peak of Kongde Ri is worth every step.

Day 04: Rest day in Namche Bazaar.

We remain at Namche for a second night to allow for proper acclimatization to the altitude. Namche is a prosperous village situated in a large, protected hollow. It gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Today a limited amount of trade exists at Namche and Tibetans are often seen in the village trading rugs and Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat.
It is recommended that you take the opportunity to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the national park above the village. After breakfast a number of options exist: trek towards Thame (3,810m) along the beautiful Bhote Khola River valley, or visit the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture, mountaineering in the park, and flora and fauna.

Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Dole (4084m)

The trail leads down through rhododendron scrub forest towards an impregnable looking rock wall on the north side of the valley. A ‘giant’s causeway’ of granite steps forms an incredible route up this face before the trail emerges on high grazing ground. One hour further down the trail is wonderful views across the valley to Ama Dablam, rising above the rooftops of Tengboche. The trail then descends steeply towards the Dudh Kosi, leaving the main route through to Pangboche, and instead turns north towards Gokyo. There is a good lunch spot beneath a canopy of birch and rhododendron just after the turn off. A stiff but attractive climb leads to Dole, which lies just above the tree-line.

Day 06: Dole to Machhermo.(4465m)
From Dole the trail climbs via Lhabarma at 4220m to Luza at 4360m. The path is steep in most places as it climbs through scrub to Lhabarma. The track continues to climb along the side of the valley high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to reach Machermao at 4465m It was in Machermao in 1974 that one of the first Yeti sightings was reported in the Khumbu. There are good mountain views from Machhermo and we rest here for the night.

Day 07: Machhermo to Gokyo (4791m)

Beyond Machhermo, the trail climbs over a ridge for an amazing view. You can see the valley to Kantega if you look downwards and if you look upwards, you will see Cho Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangram at 4390m. We descend towards the riverbank before beginning the steep climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. Afterwards, the trail levels out as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga at 4690m. Then finally up a boulder-strewn path to reach Gokyo at 4,750m

Day 08: Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and back to Gokyo.
It is well worth the effort to make the 3-hour ascent to the summit of Gokyo Ri, a small hill which rises immediately to the north of the lake. The view from the top is stunning with the west ridge and southwest face of Everest beautifully framed by Changtse and Nuptse and Makalu rising further to the east. In the foreground to the north are chaotic moraines of the Ngozumpa Glacier leading to the snowy bastion of Cho Oyu.

Day 09: Gokyo to Dole (4084m)
The trek decends to the valley high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to reach Machharmo at 4410m. It was in Machharmo in 1974 that one of the first Yeti sightings was reported in Khumbu. After lunch, the trail descends steeply to reach Dole on the scenic ridge.

Day 10: Dole to Namche Bazaar (3446m)
The trek descending to Namche Bazaar offers fantastic views of the great snow peaks from Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak. After a pleasant walk of two hours to a small place at Shanasa we will continue on Namche Bazaar.

Day 11:  Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2827m)
A steep descent for 600m leads to the suspension bridge crossing the Dudh Koshi River. We cross the river twice more before a rising traverse up the hillside, past numerous teahouses to Lukla.

Day 12:  Lukla to Kathmandu
This early morning about 8.30 we fly to Kathmandu, a thrilling flight over forests, fields and villages, with the Himalaya in the background. On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 13: Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer you can go for short tours, such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc.

Trip duration: 13 Days

Grade: Moderate to fairly challenging

Maximum altitude: 5483 m

Accommodation: Hotel/ Tented camp

Best Time for Trek: February, March, April, May, September, October and November

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Note: Group leaders travel free for groups of minimum 12 paying or more

The cost includes the following services:

  • Airport transfers - pick up and drop upon arrival and departure,
  • 2 days Accommodation in Katmandu.
  • Entry permits to Sagarmatha National Park, TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) registration
  • Transportation
  • Supporting staffs (trekking guides and porters), as well as their necessary insurance, and accommodation, meal allowance and salary.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner -3 meals per day and overnight accommodation in teahouse lodge along the trail.
  • Domestic airfare and airport tax round trip (Katmandu - Lukla – Katmandu for the Trekkers)
  • An experienced City guide for sightsee in Katmandu valley

The cost includes the following services:

  • International flight ticket and airport tax
  • Lunch and dinner during the Katmandu stay
  • Travel/medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
  • Rescue if needed
  • Personal expenses caused by weather or medical problems, laundry telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks (including cold drinks and mineral/hot water), tips etc.
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