Everest Gokyo Ri Trek Itinerary

everest gokyo ri trek

Everest Gokyo Ri trek is a moderately challenging trekking adventure in the Everest region. The trail of this incredible trek passes through the foothills of the Himalayas. The magical landscapes provide you with an excellent opportunity for trekking. Walking alongside the diverse cultural settlements of the region is another advantage of this trek.

The Sagarmatha National Park is a beautiful conservation area along the trails of this trek. This natural heritage site is home to rare and endangered wildlife species, including Himalayan Tahr, snow leopard, Danphe, etc. The incredible adventure is the once in a lifetime opportunity for avid trekkers all around the world.

Moreover, the awe-inspiring views of snow-capped mountains are another highlight of the trek in Everest Gokyo region. You can get magical views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kwangde Peak, Mt. Ama Dablam, Kusum peak, Kangaru peak, Tawache, etc. Besides that, there are various ice glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, and rivers in the Himalayan region as well.

Furthermore, the culture and lifestyle of the Sherpa community will enchant travelers. You will stay in the teahouses and lodges along the trail. Namche Bazaar and Gokyo are ideal places to acclimatize in this trek. This outstanding trekking package is available at a reasonable cost. Read further for the Everest Gokyo Ri Trek and other related information in detail.

Highlights of the Trek

  • Magical views of sunrise and sunset views from various viewpoints along the trail
  • Awe inspiring views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Kangaru peak, Kwangde Peak, Tawache, Kusum peak, and others
  • Ascending the trekking peak of Gokyo Ri (5357m)
  • The exploration of serene Gokyo Lakes
  • Exploring the culture of the Sherpa community
  • Spotting rare flora and fauna of region including the Himalayan Tahr, snow leopards, and Danphe
  • Tasting the local delicacies of Nepalese people
  • Warm hospitality in the tea houses

The Trekking Route

Our Everest Gokyo Ri Trek will start with a scenic flight from Kathmandu (1350m) to Lukla (2860m). After this incredible flight, we will continue our trek from Lukla to Phakding (2610m) and then trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m). We will tackle altitude sickness with acclimatization at Namche and other regions along the trek.

Moreover, you will then pass through various settlements including Phortse (4038m), Machermo (4470m), and Gokyo (4480m). After acclimatizing, you will also have a chance to climb Gokyo Ri (5357m). The Gokyo Ri trekking peak is also a great viewpoint. From the viewpoint you can observe magical views of the snow-capped mountains of the Everest region.

Furthermore, you will also trek back to Lukla to Namche and Dole. You will also complete this trek in a great adventurous flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. After landing, we will take you to a hotel in Kathmandu, where our tour ends.

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Ideal Time for the Everest Gokyo Ri Trek

Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September- November) are the peak season for the trek. These seasons ensure stable weather conditions and moderate temperatures in the Everest region.

Autumn (September-November)

The Autumn months of September to November are the best time for taking this Everest Gokyo Ri Trek. The ideal temperatures in the Everest region make it suitable for a great adventure.

Moreover, Autumn also has minimal precipitation, and there are clear blue skies. You can also observe the cultural and religious festivals in this season.

Spring (March-May)

The Spring months of March to May are also ideal for travel in the region. You can also observe magical views of snow-capped mountains and other natural diversities. Moreover, There are wildflowers like rhododendrons and wild oaks all over the area. You can also experience moderate temperatures in the region with minimal rainfall.

Moreover, the off-seasons treks in the summer monsoon and the winter season can get quite challenging. The slippery and muddy trails in the wet monsoon season will get quite tricky for all travelers. There are avalanches and landslides that you need to consider as well.

Furthermore, there are heavy snowfall and extreme freezing temperatures in the winter season. Overall, with packing and preparation, you can complete this trek.

How Difficult is the Everest Gokyo Ri Trek?

This incredible trek in the Everest Gokyo region is more challenging than a regular Everest base camp trek. The high altitude region has many challenges, including altitude sickness. The trails take you to a maximum height of 5357m at Gokyo Ri. There is minimal oxygen and temperatures that can get tricky for trekkers.

Moreover, trekkers should acclimatize regularly during the trek to tackle altitude sickness. The rugged region trails move up and down a lot, making it challenging for all travelers. Besides that, the narrow path can be a threat to all skill levels. Therefore, trekkers must have proper fitness and stamina to complete this trek. Travelers should also perform a training regime that includes various activities like physical exercise, cardio vascular exercises, mental exercises, and others.

Furthermore, there are highly unpredictable weather conditions in the higher altitude region. You should check for the forecast of weather before starting on the trek. Overall, with proper training and preparation, you can complete this trek with ease.

Food And Accommodation along the Trek

The facilities of food and accommodation are pretty standard in this trail of the Everest Gokyo Ri Trek. There are tea houses along trails that provide basic facilities, including twin beds, a mattress, a pillow, a warm blanket, and others.

Trekkers need to book all these facilities of food and accommodation in advance. Toilets are outside of the teahouse and in squat style, which can be pretty challenging for some trekkers to use. There are facilities like Wi-Fi, charging, and hot water in these teahouses. However, they might come at an added cost.

Meals in these teahouses are pretty basic, with bread toasts, eggs, and porridge for breakfast. Tea, garlic soup, coffee, and other hot beverages. The typical Nepalese meal of “Dal Bhat” gets served in teahouses. It includes rice, lentils, dal, meat, spinach, pickles, and others.

Some tea houses also offer momo, noodles, chowmein, pizza, burgers, and others. Besides that, you can also diet on various protein bars, dry fruits, granola bars, snacks, and energy drinks during this tour.

Everest Gokyo Ri Trek - Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Maximum altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft

After arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, our local staff will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. In the hotel, you will get greeted and provided with everything you need during your stay.

You can also take a short tour of Kathmandu city and its important cultural heritages. Various landmarks around the city will enchant travelers from all around the world. After exploring around the city, you can return to your hotel and rest for the night.

Day 2
Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu and preparation for trek

Maximum altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft

After the meal, we start our scenic journey with a panoramic vista of the diverse cultural heritage of Kathmandu. There are various cultural settlements, temples, and monasteries in Kathmandu. The UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley are significant attractions of this city.

The diverse cultural heritage and traditions of this Kathmandu valley will enthrall you. Travelers can also consume fusion street foods and the delicious local cuisine of Newar people. In addition, there are various shopping stalls, souvenir shops in and around Kathmandu. You can get ideal souvenirs for your family and friends back home.

Kathmandu heritage includes Malla-era durbar squares in three cities of Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur. Moreover, there are many temples, monuments, and bihars in these durbar squares. You can also observe old settlements of the Newar community and their lifestyle. You can also taste their delicious cuisine in local eateries.

Various museums have ancient monuments that provide travelers with an insight into local history. In addition, there are various religious landmarks in the city, including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and others. After observing around the beautiful region, you will return to your hotel, where you will stay overnight.

Day 3
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and then Trek to Phakding

Flight duration: 3-4 hrs

Hike duration: 1-2 hrs

Maximum Altitude: 2,800m/9,187ft

We will have a meal and then head to Lukla from Kathmandu on a scenic morning flight. Travelers will land at Tenzing/Hillary airport, which is a small and narrow airstrip. There is a runway of just 500m with a deep cliff on the other side.

After arriving at Lukla, we will start our trek to Phakding. The trails of this trek pass through various scenic landscapes of the region. There are incredible natural landmarks in this region that will enchant any traveler. We will stay at Phakding local teahouse.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Maximum Altitude: 3,438m/11,280ft

Our trail starts from Phakding as we trek alongside the Dudh Koshi River. We will cross various suspension bridges and then pass through Buddhist monasteries and chortens of the region. Mt. Thamserku looks incredibly beautiful from this Benkar village. After showing our trekking permits at Monjo, we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park.

After a gradual trek, we will continue our journey to Jorsale. The trail passes through a river bed which we cross through the Hillary Suspension Bridge. As we climb through various small sections, we will arrive at Namche Bazaar, the region’s commercial hub. The magical views of snow-capped mountains include Mt. Everest, Kusum peak, Kwangde Peak, Kangaru peak, Tawache, Lhotse, etc. We will stay in Namche Bazaar teahouse.

Day 5
Day 05: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

Maximum Altitude: 3,438m/11,280ft

Acclimatization is essential when it comes to high-altitude trekking in the Everest region. There are great sightseeing points in the area, including various cultural and natural landmarks. It is essential to help you tackle Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or altitude sickness along the region.

We can hike to the beautiful Khumjung village and observe magical views of snow-capped mountains from Syangboche or tour the cultural heritage of Namche Bazaar settlements. There is also a Tourist Visitor Center in Namche where you can see various Sherpa culture monuments and heritage of Everest ascenders.

There are also various flora and fauna of the region that you can observe along the trail. Khumjung monastery also houses a yeti scalp which is quite an attraction. There is also an airstrip above Syangboche and from where you can observe and enjoy magnificent views of Thamserku, Kongde, and Khumbila mountains. We will rest at Namche Bazaar teahouse and spend the night.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phortse

Trek duration: 5-6 hrs

Maximum Altitude: 3,810m/12,501ft

We will have an early morning breakfast and leave Namche Bazaar to Phortse on a gradual trail. We can also spot various rare and endangered wildlife of the region, including musk deer, Himalayan pheasants, and Himalayan Thars. We will then descend back to Kyanjuma and then to Sansa.

From Sansa, we will continue our trail to Gokyo, observing majestic views of snow-capped mountains, including Mt. Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Khumbila, Tawoche. Our descending path leads you to Dudhkoshi Khola, from where we will then take an uphill trail. We will then pass through various rhododendron forests before finally arriving at Phortse.

The Tawache and Cholaste mountains look incredibly beautiful from this viewpoint in the region. A teahouse is our resting place on the Phortse.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek from Phortse Village to Machhermo

Trek duration: 5-6 hrs

Maximum Altitude: 4,470m/14,666ft

We will start our trek by crossing the Koshi River on a suspension bridge. We will observe various rare and endangered wildlife of the region, including mountain goats, pheasants, and musk deer. Our trail then passes through diverse green forests, serene waterfalls, and suspension bridges as you reach Dole.

We will take an uphill scenic trail while observing majestic views of snow-capped mountains, including Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Kantega. We will then ascend Luza village and pass through the Dudh Koshi River across various suspension bridges. We will then pass through small villages and sandy trails before arriving at Machhermo. We will also visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital, where we know more about altitude sickness, precaution, and primary treatment. We will stay in Machhermo teahouse for the evening.

Day 8
Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo

Trek duration: 5-6 hrs

Maximum Altitude: 4,800m/15,749ft

We will ascend the hills and cross Dudh Koshi valley while observing majestic views of snow-capped mountains, including Kangtega, Cho-Oyu, Thamserku. The trail then takes you alongside the ridge, and the valley widens. You will then pass through this chorten before finally arriving at Phanga.

We will first descend to the river bank and climb up to the Ngozumpa Glacier terminal moraine on a steep trail. We will pass through various regional settlements, including Dudh Pokhari, Raboche Tsho, before finally arriving at Gokyo. You will arrive at the first Gokyo lake, where we can observe a Lama (Buddhist priest) footprints. We will explore the Dudh Pokhari area and rest overnight at a teahouse in Gokyo.

Day 9
Day 09: Gokyo Valley exploration, Climb Gokyo Ri and hike to fifth lakes

Trek duration: 5-6 hrs

Maximum Altitude: 5,357m/17,576ft

We will explore Gokyo valley and then acclimatize and adapt to the changing high altitude region. We will also climb the trekking peak of Gokyo Ri in case of stable weather conditions. We can observe majestic views of snow-capped mountains and the tranquil Gokyo lakes from the Gokyo Ri summit. We can also hike to the fourth and the fifth Gokyo lakes.

The 4th lake is around 3km north of Gokyo. We will continue our journey to arrive at the 5th lake. A sightseeing spot on a hill providing views of Everest, Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Lhotse, Makulu, and Nuptse. This viewpoint is also known as Scoundrel’s Viewpoint. From the 5th lake, we can observe the Cho Oyu base camp and Ngozumpa Glacier, the highest glacier in the world. We will hike back to Gokyo and spend the night at a teahouse.

Day 10
Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Dole

Trek duration: 3-4 hrs

Maximum Altitude: 4,038m/13,249ft

We will start our trail back to the Dudh Koshi River and arrive at Gokyo lakes. The magical views of Himalayan vista including Cholatse and Taboche peaks. Our path then leads us through a hill that we descend gradually. After arriving at the edge, we can observe Thamserku, Kangtega, and Cho Oyu mountains. We will pass through Machhermo, and other settlements before Dole. We will stay in the Dole teahouse.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar

Trek duration: 4-5 hrs

Maximum Altitude: 3,438m/11,280ft

We will first descend along a steep trail to Phortse Thanga, while observing wildflowers like rhododendrons and waterfalls. We can also watch musk deer, mountain goats, pheasants, etc. From there, we can keep the Khumbila peak. The view of the Himalayan vista, including Ama Dablam, Taboche, Thamserku, and Kangtega, will enchant you along the trail.

After trekking for a few hours, we will arrive at an intersection where we meet a trail from Sanasa. We will continue our journey to a Kyangjuma forested slope, passing through several bends. After arriving at Namche, we can observe Lhotse, Everest, and Tengboche from a viewpoint. Namche Bazaar has many teahouses and lodges where you will stay overnight.

Day 12
Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Trek duration: 4-5 hrs

Maximum Altitude: 3,438m/11,280ft

We will descend from Namche along a rocky trail and pass through several suspension bridges. The course gets easier as you move along the path and provide you with incredible views of snow capped mountains. After arriving at Lukla, you will rest at a Lukla teahouse.

Day 13
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu

Maximum altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft

After having a sumptuous breakfast, we will take an early morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla. We will arrive at this destination after around 35-40 minutes of flight. Moreover, you can observe majestic views of snow-capped mountains, including Mt Everest. We will then take you to a hotel where you can rest for the evening.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop-off by private car / van.
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • 2 Night Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • 11 Night guest houses accommodation during the trek (mainly in twin sharing).
  • A local government licensed English speaking trekking guide during the trek.
  • The required number of porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking guide and porter.
  • All necessary trekking permits, National Park permits and entry fees.
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag by Base Camp Adventure.
  • First aid medical kits.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate.
  • Gokyo Vallley and EBC trek route map.
  • Domestic airfare and airport tax.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staffs.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Everest Gokyo Ri Trek – Packing List

Clothing

  • Trekking shirts
  • Trekking boots
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Fleece jackets
  • Woolen gloves
  • Down jacket
  • Thermal wears
  • Trekking pants
  • Windproof jacket
  • Warm woolen cap
  • Woolen trekking socks
  • Raincoat

First Aid

  • Anti-nauseant medication
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Rehydration salts
  • Mosquito and insect repellent

Toiletries

  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Sanitizer

Others

  • Phone
  • Power Banks
  • Solar Charges
  • Extra Batteries
  • Local SIM card
  • Camera
  • Reusable water bottles

Important documents

  • Passport
  • Travel Permits
  • Travel insurance

Things You Should Know

Why Everest Gokyo Ri Trek?

Adventurous trails

A trekking adventure among a large number of crowds is another advantage of this trek. The Everest region boasts various wildflowers, including rhododendron, oak, juniper, and others, providing a beautiful atmosphere. A solo trek will also provide you with an experience of group trekking. This incredible once-in-a-lifetime adventure will enchant any traveler.

Magical mountain vista

The Mahalangur Himalayan range looks incredibly beautiful along the trails of this trek. Mt. Everest and other snow-capped mountains of the region will enchant all travelers. Moreover, there are clear blue skies and other vistas of snow-capped mountains. The mystical gorgeous sunrise and sunsets are another highlight of this trail.

Exploring flora and fauna

The wildlife of the region, including snow leopards, Himalayan Tahrs, danfe, and others are highlights in this trek. The rare and endangered wildlife get preserved in Sagarmatha National Park. The region’s natural habitat has many diversities in terms of landscapes as well. This includes the snow-capped Himalayas, green hills, valleys, meadows, and others.

Cultural exploration

Everest region is also known for its cultural heritage. The Sherpa Tibetan community will enchant any traveler as there is a unique lifestyle and heritage. You can also explore the local settlements of the region.

Besides that, there are various cultural explorations through monuments, chortens, and main walls. Buddhism heritage across the region is quite significant. Temples and monasteries across the region are significant as you can observe monks and devotees offering these prayers.

Things to Consider for Everest Gokyo Ri Trek

Acute Mountain sickness

Altitude sickness is one of the challenging aspects of the trek. This altitude sickness is quite tricky as there are high altitude trails, and therefore, you should perform acclimatization and hydration.

Himalayan Rescue Mission in this region provides required medical treatment and consultation to trekkers in Pheriche. The necessary preparation is essential to tackle altitude sickness along the trail.

Professional Guide

Everest region trails have rugged and remote landscapes. These professional guides will help you explore the culture, lifestyle, and tradition of local people. Moreover, a porter will carry all your luggage during your trek. Porter guides also work as both porters as well as guides.

Physical Fitness

Fitness and stamina are essential when it comes to trekking in the Everest Gokyo region. Thus, training routines in this trek require cardiovascular activities like cycling, swimming, hiking, and others. Acclimatization will also help you tackle altitude sickness and gain both physical and mental fitness.

Trek Permits

Travel permits are essential for this Everest Gokyo Ri Trek in Nepal. Trekkers require Pasang Lhamu rural municipality’s area permit, local area permit, and others. You can either get these permits in Lukla or Monjo. The trekkers can also get them from the Nepal tourism board in Kathmandu.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is another essential aspect of this trek. Accidents, medical emergencies are pretty common on this trek. Moreover, the travel insurance also provides you with a helicopter evacuation that can cost anywhere between $5000 to $10000. Therefore, the right travel insurance is essential to cover all your necessities.

Essentials Tips For Everest Gokyo Ri Trek

  • Acclimatize and hydrate regularly
  • Get a proper training regime before starting on this trek
  • Start your trek early during this trek
  • Meal and accommodation need to get booked in advance
  • Carry tablets for water purifying along with a water bottle
  • Pack only those items that are necessary
  • Get a power bank, solar charger, and extra batteries
  • Carry protein bars, snickers, granola bars, chocolate bars to munch on during your trek

Final Say

The Everest Gokyo Ri Trek is an outstanding adventure in the beautiful landscape of the region. The atmosphere of this trekking adventure will enchant you along the trail. There are moderate temperatures in the Everest region. The magical Himalayan vista of the area will delight any traveler.

The Gokyo Ri trails will provide you with an ideal trekking climate. A scenic adventure of this region includes unobstructed views of the snow-capped mountains. Mount Everest, Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and others are some of the significant mountains that you can observe on this trek.

Moreover, food and meal facilities are pretty standard in this trail as you will stay in local tea houses and lodges. We hope you learned about Everest Gokyo Ri Trek in detail. Contact us for more information on the itinerary and book your trip now.

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