Gokyo Valley Trekking with Gokyo Ri 2024-2025

Trip Overview
  • Duration 11 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationEverest Region, Nepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrekking
  • Major AttractionNamche & Gokyo
  • Maximum Altitude4750 Meters
  • Best TimeMarch-April-May, Sep-Oct-Nov

Gokyo Valley Trek is a place that is unspeakable in words. Only some places on the Earth can come quite close to the magnificence of the valley because the valley displays breathtaking landscapes, pristine freshwater blue lakes, some of the world's tallest mountains, vast meadows, natural variety, cultural exhibits, and more. Thus, we are so exhilarated to invite you to do a superb trek in Gokyo Valley with the team of Mountain Rock Treks.

Undoubtedly, Gokyo Valley Trekking is one of the fantastic treks in Nepal.

The trek happens in the picturesque valley in the famous Everest Region, home to Mount Everest, Cho Oyo, Lhotse, and Makalu. The valley lying around 42km from Lukla, Gokyo Valley, is flooded and abundant in beauty. 

As said earlier, the valley owns countless colors; that’s why it's a prime destination for trekking. Yet, the two best shades of exquisite Gokyo Valley Trekking are the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri. 

First, Gokyo Lakes are six freshwater lakes in the valley at around 4,700m-5,000m. The trek runs through five of the pretty Gokyo Lakes lakes out of six. Those glittering lakes enclose mountains in the backdrop, making them even more heavenly. 

Gokyo Ri(5,357m), another shade of Gokyo Valley, is a hilltop in the Khumbu Region above Gokyo Village. It is the highest point of Gokyo Valley Trekking. Various sky-towering mountains, the entire Gokyo Valley, Everest Region, glaciers, and Himalayan lakes are visible from its top.

Besides those two highlights, the hike through Gokyo Valley is full of multiple things, adventures, and experiences. The items can be numerous hanging bridges, iconic houses, inspiring lifestyles of locals, centuries-old gompas & monasteries, mani walls, rushing rivers, peaceful meadows, terrace fields, flora & fauna, and many more. 

So this Gokyo Valley Trek, an exclusive trek, will take you to the Gokyo Lakes and the Gokyo Ri, along with many other scenic and worthwhile stops. Overall, you will have a fantastic travel experience. For that, you will require fourteen days. The trek lasts precisely 14 days, beginning and ending in Kathmandu. 

The journey to Gokyo Valley starts with a flight to Lukla, the entrance to Khumbu Region. Then the walk continues through Phakding and Namche Bazaar, the popular stops of Everest Base Camp Trek. After Namche, the trail separates from Everest Base Camp Trek’s route when you take a road to Dole. 

Resuming the trek, you will enter the Gokyo Valley to explore its sceneries. You will traverse the Gokyo Lakes, climb Gokyo Ri, and visit the villages of Gokyo Valley. It will be a time to enjoy and experience the Gokyo Valley. 

Following the complete exploration of the valley, you will retrace to Luklavia Sherpa territories like Namche Bazar, Jorsale, and Phakding. And with a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla, We will complete the trek within fourteen days.         

Nonetheless, the trek is a little demanding. To enjoy the fruits of the tour, you will have to face several adversities. On average, you have to trek for 5-6 hours daily. The route will be steep, rough, and dramatic. High altitudes can be another problem. Likewise, the weather up in the region is chilly and testing. So these are the significant challenges of the trek.   

You are pretty suitable for Gokyo Valley Trek if you take those challenges. You require an excellent physical endurance level, enough gear & clothing, and a little physical and mental training before the trek. If you are an experienced trekker, that would be a plus point. You can comfortably do the tour.   

The best times to go to Gokyo Valley are Autumn and Spring, the two peak trekking seasons in Nepal. In those two seasons, the weather conditions in Nepal favor beautiful trekking experiences for visitors. Therefore, you shall have a remarkable trek under the attractive weather conditions in the valley.

If you ever feel like choosing this trek, we are always here to guide you across the valley. To reach us, we shall have a fabulous time in Gokyo Valley together.       

Fact Behind Gokyo Lake 

Gokyo Lakes are freshwater oligotrophic lakes in the Khumbu Region of Nepal. The lakes are one of the world’s highest freshwater lake systems. In total, there are six leading lakes in the Gokyo Lake System. Otherwise, the lake system, also a wetland area, has 19 lakes stretched over 485 acres at altitudes between 4,600m to 5,100m.

The excellent lake system resides in Khumjung VDC of Solukhumbu district in north-eastern Nepal. It is from the same region as the eight-thousanders like Mt Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. And the valley that homes those lakes is known as Gokyo Valley.

Thomas Lake is the largest and deepest one of the six leading lakes. And Gokyo Cho or Dudh Pokhari, a lake by Gokyo Village, is the most popular of all the lakes. The other lakes are Gyazumpa Cho, Tanjung Cho and Ngojumba Cho. These lakes’ water sources are Ngozumpa Glacier- the longest glacier in the Himalayas, and various streams from the mountains. The region can be the best place for lake lovers to explore. 

Moreover, Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims take these lakes as sacred ones. In August, thousands of people take holy baths in the lakes. According to the belief, the lakes are famous for connecting to  Hindu deities such as Lord Shiva and Vishnu. So the place is religiously essential as well.   

And Gokyo Valley receives numerous trekkers every year. The Gokyo Lakes have a significant role in attracting them. People across the globe visit the Gokyo Valley to explore these Gokyo Lakes. As it is in the same district as Everest Base Camp Trek, the crowded trail of Nepal, people choose to hike to these lakes for a peaceful trekking experience. 

Fact about Gokyo Ri 

Gokyo Ri(5,367m) is a mountain pass in Nepal's Gokyo Valley of the Everest Region. Located above the Gokyo Village and west of Ngozumpa Glacier, Gokyo Ri is one of the most famous mountain passes in the country. 

The hilltop is best known for its striking mountain views of various mountains of the Mahalangur Range, a mountain range in the Himalayas. You can see peaks such as Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and more. Moreover, the point is the highest point of Gokyo Valley Trekking. It is the major highlight of the treks that run through Gokyo Valley. While doing the Everest Three High Passes Trek, Gokyo Ri can be another popular trek in the region.

Gokyo Ri not only provides mountain views but other things too. You can investigate the whole Gokyo Valley and Khumbu Region from the top. In addition, the Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Village, and Ngozumpa Glacier are equally rewarding. There is even a popular trek that goes by Gokyo Ri Trek. On this trek, the mountaintop is the ultimate point.

Some people believe that the view of Mt Everest from Gokyo Ri is better than that ofKala Patthar, the best viewpoint of Mt Everest. If so, Gokyo Ri is undoubtedly a special place to hike. You can reach the top by walking above Gokyo Village. The hike to Gokyo Ri from Gokyo Village takes only 4 hours. It involves a strenuous hike of several hours. But the view that you get from the top is worth it. You will remain awe-struck by the panorama.

If you are ever in Gokyo Valley, do not forget to hike up to Gokyo Ri. The trek to Gokyo Valley is never complete without summiting the point and viewing the scenic vista.       

Gokyo Valley Trek Highlights  

  • Begin the trip with a scenic flight to Lukla Airport. 
  • Trek along the trail of Everest Base Camp Trek until Namche Bazaar.
  • Enter the loaded greenery of Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Cross the Dudh Koshi River via numerous hanging bridges.
  • Pass through the Sherpa hamlets and witness their way of living. 
  • Spend a full day's rest in Namche Bazaar.
  • Proceed through the off-the-beaten trail to enter Gokyo Valley.
  • Get awestruck by the landscapes and the lakes in Gokyo Region.
  • Explore the turquoise lakes and Gokyo valley.
  • Hike Gokyo Ri for breathtaking visions of peaks such as Mt Everest, Cho Oyo, Lhotse, and more. 
  • Walk via Buddhist monasteries, gompas, shrines, and mani walls.
  • Experience what it is like to wander in the most scenic valley of Nepal, Gokyo Valley.         

Best time to Trek Gokyo Valley

Gokyo Valley Trekking is doable all year round. Therefore, you can participate in the trek any month you like. However, if you mean the most suitable times, they would be Autumn and Spring. This weather is selected because they both are deemed the trekking seasons in Nepal. Therefore, the trekking trails remain flocked with trekkers mainly in those two seasons. On the contrary, you will find adventurers on the tracks of Nepal during Winter and Monsoon, but fewer than the earlier ones. 

Let’s dig into each of the seasons separately. Afterward, you will have complete knowledge about the weather in Nepal. And you can choose the right time for the Gokyo Valley Tour.   

  • Gokyo Lake Trek in Autumn (September, October, November)

Autumn is one of the best times to travel in the Himalayas. It is the second most busy trekking season in Nepal; the first is Spring. Yes, you will find most of the popular trails dotted with trekkers during this season. 

September, October, and November are the three months of Autumn. Also called post-monsoon months,  Autumn starts after the departure of the Monsoon in Nepal. The Monsoon showers remove all the dust, and mountains experience snowfall. As a result, the vistas in the Himalayas of Nepal are all clear and scenic.

The temperature in the higher parts of the Everest Region, like Gokyo Valley, ranges from 10 to 18 degrees in the daytime. And during evening and morning hours, the temperature goes below 0 degrees. 

Similarly, September is a warm month of autumn compared to October and November as we reach the end of Autumn and the start of Winter in Nepal, the temperature drops.

Overall, Autumn is an excellent period for doing Gokyo Valley Trek. You will get clear and sunny days. The mountains also remain visible, all white. There are pretty low chances of dark clouds and rainfall. You will have a picturesque time in the valley in Autumn.       

  • Gokyo Lake Trek in Spring (March, April, May)

Spring is more like Autumn. That is why the trekking trails of Nepal remain busy during this season as well. It is a highly chosen time for adventures in Nepal by tourists.

March, April, and May are the months of Spring in Nepal. And they are pre-monsoon months because Monsoon takes over Nepal right from late May. The Spring season is a time of blossoming Rhododendrons and other flowers. It is also a warm time to trek in the Himalayas. The Spring months are more generous than the Autumn months.

The Everest Region and Gokyo Valley temperature remain around 5 to 20 degrees during daylight. And the temperature goes below freezing level in the higher places in the dark and early morning like always. Also, the weather becomes chilly and cold as we gain elevation.

Generally, Spring is the most suitable time for Gokyo Valley Trek or any other trek in the Himalayas. You will get the best views of Mt Everest, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse. Also, you will trek through the colorful forest. And you will have vibrant landscapes to watch during Spring. 

Book the tour right away if you are free during Spring this year. You will love walking on a sunny day in the valley full of scenery.          

  • Gokyo Lake Trek in Winter (December, January, February)

Winter signifies the cold, chilly, and snowy season. That is what happens in Nepal during Winter. This season is the most freezing of all seasons. It is the time of the year when the high areas and mountains receive colossal snowfall. 

Picture-wise, Winter is the best time when the Himalayas get decorated with fresh snow. Otherwise, it is challenging in the mountains due to snowfall all over the terrain.

December, January, and February are the months of winter in Nepal. After the departure of Autumn, Winter comes to take over. Early December is not that bad for trekking. You can trek in early December. Until mid or even late December, we can enjoy the perks of the Autumn season while on the trails. 

But once it is January, the Winter is at its peak in Nepal. The high areas turn into freezing zones, the temperature remains below 0 degrees most of the time, and snowfall occurs. So it continues through January until late February. Then, slowly, winter becomes less active in late February and the Spring season begins to approach. If all is good, you can even trek in the late Winter days of February.

In sum, Winter is not the right time for Gokyo Valley Trekking. The cold and heavy snowfall make trekking difficult. However, you can try your luck during the early or late Winter days. Make sure you check the weather forecast before planning during Winter.    

  • Gokyo Lake Trek in Summer (June, July, August)

Rainfall, dark clouds, and wet trails are the impressions of the Summer season. However, it is the monsoon season, the season of rain. Wettest of all seasons, Summer is an off-season for trekking in Nepal. 

Summer operates through June, July, and August in Nepal. During this period, the whole country receives a maximum amount of rainfall. Therefore, the trails are mostly wet and slippery. In addition, landslides can block highways in Nepal. Thus, it is an infamous time for trekking in the Himalayas. 

However, early June is not as rainy as other months of Monsoon. So you can plan a trek during the first two weeks of June. You will enjoy the last few days of Spring on the trail. 

Summer or Monsoon is a high-humidity season. The temperature can go as high as 40 degrees around the country. In addition, there is frequent rainfall during the day. As a result, the mountains around the Everest Region remain mostly behind clouds. However, the view is breathtaking once the clouds start to open.

In a nutshell, Monsoon is not an appropriate time for Gokyo Valley Trek. But you can trek in the season’s early or late weeks. Just avoid the trails when the Monsoon is at its peak. Also, go through the weather forecasts and plan your trek accordingly. And an experienced guide is a must.                       

Gokyo Valley Trek Altitude Chart and Map

Gokyo Valley Trek begins from Kathmandu(1400m). Then we take a flight to Lukla(2,840m). From Lukla, we continue our trek through Phakding(2,610m), Namche Bazaar(3,400m), Dole(4,200m), and Machhermo(4,470m) to reach Gokyo(4,790m). Then we hike down Gokyo Ri(5,360m), the trek's highest point. 

Now, the altitude gain lowers after Gokyo Ri Hike. We have to return to Lukla, and we will have daily altitude loss while retracing back to Lukla. To return to Lukla(2,610m), we’ll trek via Phortse(3,800m), Tyangboche(3,867m), and Jorsale(2,800m). And finally, we’ll fly back to Kathmandu(1400m) to complete the tour. 

Group joining Gokyo Valley trek

If you want to join a group for Gokyo Valley Trek, we have a fixed group joining departures to Gokyo Valley. The group joining the trek is quite fruitful for solo trekkers. It helps to reduce the overall cost of trekking. You will have trekkers across the globe in your group; you will share experiences. The trekking will also be pretty safe and exciting when in groups. 

Therefore, if you are a solo trekker, the group joining Gokyo Valley Trek is the best option. Check our fixed group entering departure dates for Gokyo Valley Trekking.         

  Note: If you are scared of a regular Lukla flight and have tried to walk the same way down to Lukla, like to see mountain Everest and Everest base camp, these are options for you.

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Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport and have finished all the necessary requirements, a member of our staff will meet you there and bring you to the hotel. The early morning flight from the airport in Kathmandu to Lukla is thirty minutes long and offers beautiful mountain vistas. We go on from the Tenzing-Hillary Airport to meet the rest of the crew, establish plans, and make final preparations. The three-hour journey to Phakding travels via the  Chaurikharka settlement before continuing along the Dudhkoshi River, which is a short hike to aid in acclimatization. The following day's trek begins in pine trees and pastureland, with a number of suspension bridges to cross at various Dudh Koshi River locations. We attain a vista affording the first views of Mount Everest after traveling for almost two hours uphill to the confluence of Dudh  Koshi and Bhote Koshi. We arrive in Namche Bazaar after traveling through Jorsale. The following day is a rest day. Despite the fact that it is a rest day for acclimatization, we proceed on a short hike to a nearby viewpoint (Thame or Khunde) and take a tour of the area, including the  Tourist Visitor Center, where we learn a little about Everest climbers, Sherpa people, their culture,  and the local flora and fauna. The following morning, we set off on our walk early to ensure that we have a clear view of the mountain ranges, which include Everest, Lhotse, AmaDablam, and  Thamserku. After descending, we pass Kayangjuma and arrive at the intersection of the EBC and  Gokyo valley. The sacred Khumbilais are charmingly present as we ascend to Mong La pass from here. We finally arrive in the tiny settlement of Dole after crossing a few bridges and waterfalls. After ascending a ridge, the trail continues through Lhabarma and on to Luza, passing people's summer homes. The five-hour trek comes to an end at Machhermo, where we will spend the night. The next day we will trek towards Gokyo village. The following morning, we depart early for GokyoRi  (5360m), which is located above the hamlet. It takes four hours to complete the arduous trek to the peak. Along the way are the fourth, fifth, and sixth lakes. We then stroll a short distance to  Machhermo. The following day we descended along the busy trail to reach Monjo. After that, the trip back to Lukla will be smooth with only a few little peaks. After a few Bhote Koshi River crossings, the next 45 minutes to Lukla involve a steep ascent. Our adventure comes to a close with this ascent. We stay in a lodge for the night. From Lukla, we'll fly early in the morning to  Kathmandu. The remaining time of the day might be spent exploring, unwinding, or celebrating. 

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Arrival in Kathmandu. Our Airport Representative will meet you at the TribhuwanInternational Airport. We will arrange to drop you at the Hotel by private tourist vehicle. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detailed arrangement of the Trek. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1 hour
  • 1320 Meters

After breakfast, the early flight to Lukla from Kathmandu airport is thirty minutes of breathtaking mountain views. From the Tenzing-Hillary Airport, we move on to meet the rest of the crew and make arrangements and final preparations. The hike to Phakding takes around three hours and passes the Chaurikharka village to follow the Dudhkoshi River, a short one to assist acclimatization. Overnight stay in a lodge. 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 4 Hours
  • 2610 Meters

Today’s walk starts with pine forests and pasture lands with several suspension bridges to cross at various points of the Dudh Koshi River. Upon reaching the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi, with a steeper climb walking for about two hours, we get a viewpoint giving the first sight of Mount Everest.

After passing Jorsale, we reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest and a trading center where we rest for the day. 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 4-5 Hours
  • 3443 Meters

Namche Bazaar, the most significant settlement in the Khumbu region, is well facilitated with ATMs, Internet cafes, restaurants, bakeries, etc. Although it’s a rest day for acclimatization, we go for a short hike to a nearby viewpoint (Thame or Khunde) and take a tour of the place, including the Tourist Visitor Center, where we brief information about Everest climbers, Sherpa people, and their culture and flora and fauna of the region. 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3 Hours
  • 3443 Meters

We start our walk early in the morning to get clear views of mountain ranges, including Everest, Lhotse, AmaDablam, and Thamserku. The trail takes a wavy path along which the luscious vegetation and animals such as musk deer, Himalayan Thar, pheasant, et cetera keep company. Passing Kayangjuma after a downhill, we reach the junction to EBC and Gokyo valley. From here, we climb to Mong La pass, where the sacredKhumbilais have a charming presence. Passing Mong La, Rhododendron forests and wildflowers get abundant animal life. Finally, passing a few waterfalls and bridges, we reach the small village of Dole. Overnight stay. 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 5-6 Hours
  • 4200 Meters

After climbing a ridge, the trail moves through Lhabarma and to Luza, where we pass summer settlements of the locals. Views of Kantega, Cho Oyu, and Thamserku stay with us as we walk along the trail. The scenic hillside walk leads continue with the deep Dudh Koshi valley views. Finally, the five-hour walk ends at Machhermo, our stop for the day. A beautiful stream that originates from KyajoRi and PhariLapche runs through this village, where you can hear stories of the first sighting of Yeti. 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 6 Hours
  • 4470 Meters

From Machhermo, the trail ascends to a Chorten through a ridge where views of Thamserku, Kangtega, and Cho-Oyu and the valleys below are magnificent. The valley slowly widens as the easy trail passes another Chorten and reaches Pangka. Descending to the river bank, we begin our steep climb to the moraine of Ngozamba Glacier. We pass through the mesmerizing natural beauty of the turquoise lakes Longpongo and TabocheTsho and reach a third lake, DudhPokhari, where the Gokyo village is situated. With the backdrop of Cho-Oyo, the beautiful and well-facilitated town and its outstanding periphery are our shelters after this adventurous day. 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 4 - 5 Hours
  • 4790 Meters

We start early today to GokyoRi (5360m), which lies above the village. The steep climb of about four hours to the top is quite strenuous yet rewards with one of the best views of Everest, Makalu, and Lhotse, among others. The fourth, fifth, and sixth lakes also lie along the way. Next, we take a short walk to Machhermo, where we stay for the night in a teahouse. 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 6-7 Hours
  • 4470 Meters

We descended along the busy trail through rhododendron, fir, and juniper forests. After which, the climb is steep for about an hour. The walk further on to mungla is long and winding and passes traditional Sherpa villages of Khumjung. We also give a monastery that preserves the only Yeti Scalp and Khunde Hospital, which Sir Edmund Hillary Trust funds. Finally, we descend further to Monjo and stay overnight in a lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 5-6 Hours
  • 2800 Meters

The trek back to Lukla a pleasant except for some short climbs. After crossing the Bhote Koshi River a couple of times, the last 45 minutes to Lukla is an uphill climb. This climb marks the end of our trek. We spend a night in a lodge. 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 5 to 6 Hours
  • 2850 Meters

An early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. The taking off is a dramatic scene, just like the landing. You can use the rest of the day for sightseeing or relaxation and celebration. 

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 3 Hours
  • 1320Meters

We are pleased to offer the flexibility of tailoring your journey to your desired duration and places, whether extended or shortened, as our proficient team of locals-cum-guides, porters, and accompanying staff have an in-depth understanding of every location traveled.

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Trip Map

Gokyo Valley Trekking with Gokyo Ri 2024-2025 map

Cost Details


  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private vehicle.
  • Two-night Standard accommodation in twin sharing in Kathmandu.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Tea House hotel accommodation during the trek.
  • A highly experienced, helpful, and friendly government license holder. Guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine.
  • Round Trip flight fare Kathmandu - Lukla- Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu & domestic airport taxes for groups and crews in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
  • National Park permits.
  • TIMS (trekkers’ information management System.)
  • All ground transportation.
  • All our government taxes.
  • Official expanse.


  • Your travel insurance. (Compulsory)
  • International airfare.
  • potter is not included.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Items of a personal nature include alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, and laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipment.
  • Tips for guide and potter etc.

Dates & Price

Upcoming Departure

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Essential Info

Accommodation Facilities on Gokyo Valley Trekking with Gokyo Ri 

This is a famous tea house trek; accommodations are available in local lodges. While facilities are basic, the lodges provide essential comforts for trekkers.

The rooms are simple but clean, with 1-2 beds and thick blankets to keep you warm. Most have electric lights, and you’ll often share a common washroom. The dining rooms are usually warm and cosy. Here, you can try authentic Nepali dishes like dal bhat (lentils and rice), pizza, pasta, and other trekker favourites. They generally offer facilities such as the bed, meals, and the minimal amenities. The additional charges are applicable for any services such as showers, wifi, charging stations, and beverages that are beyond the basic needs.

Once you pass Namche Bazaar, the accommodation becomes more basic. However, our trekking team books all accommodations in advance to guarantee you'll have a place to sleep every night, even during the most crowded times. 

As the Everest region is well-developed for trekkers, luxury lodges with private rooms and attached baths are available in major villages like Lukla, Namche Bazaar and Gokyo for those wanting more amenities. With advance notice, tour companies can arrange higher-end lodging choices throughout the trail to Gokyo Ri. 

Meals facility on Gokyo Valley Trekking with Gokyo Ri 

The Gokyo Valley trek provides three daily meals: breakfast, lunch, and supper. 

The standard breakfast menu includes plain pancakes, egg-stuffed pancakes, pancakes made of whole wheat, fresh cornflakes, local bread like Chapatti, porridge, eggs prepared in different ways, toast, cereal with milk, hash browns, etc. Lunch and dinner menus are similar, with hearty soups like tomato, mushroom, garlic, vegetables, and chicken served during dinner.

Hot and cold beverages, such as black, milk, lemon, ginger, mint, and coffee, are also served. On trekking, the traditional Dal Bhat meal of steamed rice, lentil soup, curried vegetables or meat, fried vegetables, pickles, and salad is relished by many for its extremely delicious and health benefits.

At the Namche bazaar's lower elevations, the menu spans momos, noodles, thukpa soup, Tibetan bread, pizza, pasta, burgers, and other dishes. Meanwhile, as the height rises, the menu shrinks, and the charges increase. 

Drinking water is free of charge in most tea houses; therefore, you can refill your bottles without buying plastic bottles, which are expensive and environmentally unsound.

The food menu also includes meat along the routes, but it may not be healthy, so it is preferable to go vegetarian. Also, please avoid milk, other dairy products, alcoholic drinks, and anything caffeinated or sugary at high altitudes. 

What Can You Expect With Gokyo Valley Trekking with Gokyo Ri Package?

The Gokyo Valley trek takes you through the heart of Sagarmatha National Park to Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri. With an experienced local Sherpa guide, you'll trek through forests and valleys to reach Gokyo village and its stunning turquoise glacial lakes. After acclimatising, our guide will lead you up Gokyo Ri at 5,357m for spectacular views of the ice plateau. Descending, we overnight again in Gokyo before the return trek through the valley and villages to Lukla, completing an incredible Himalayan adventure. Here are more to what you can expect below:

  • Breathtaking views of the high Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and more from Gokyo Ri (5,357m)
  • Trek through the emerald green waters of the Gokyo lakes and Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal.
  • Experience the culture and lifestyle of the Sherpa people in villages like Namche Bazaar
  •  Acclimatize properly to the high altitude with acclimation hike included in Namche Bazaar and Gokyo
  • Challenge yourself by making the ascent to Gokyo Ri for stunning Himalayan vistas
  • Visit ancient monasteries like the Tengboche monastery with views of Ama Dablam
  •  Trek with expert, certified and highly experienced guides for your safety and to teach proper acclimatisation and mountaineering techniques

Is Guide and Porter Service Provided?

At Mountain Rock Treks, we offer a local English-speaking guide on the Gokyo Valley trek, which provides in-depth knowledge of the region’s climates, history, and cultures. The guide will accompany you throughout the trek and keep you informed and entertained. On the other hand, porter services are not included in the basic service package.

At an extra cost we have the option of providing a porter to accompany groups consisting of two trekkers on request. The porters are capable of carrying 20-25 kg of the luggage. Hiring a porter gives you an opportunity to go without heavy luggage so you can immerse yourself into all the sceneries and to be fully enjoying the trekking process. We advise that you take along only the basic, lightweight gear and clothing that the porters do not have to endure more loads than necessary.

A guide is a must-have to make sure the paths are safe for you to traverse and take you to the most beautiful vantage points. Porter services are not obligatory. Let us know if you want us to hire a porter for you, otherwise prepare to carry your backpack with you. 

How Hard Is Gokyo Valley Trekking With Gokyo Ri?

The Gokyo Valley trek along Gokyo Ri is a moderately challenging Himalayan trek. The trek is 98 km long, and its highest point is 5300 metres above sea level. This requires extraordinary fitness levels and acclimatisation to the high altitudes. The trail traverses vast and remote routes and is characterised by different terrains like glacier moraines, boulder fields, and steep scree slopes. This part demands the body to maintain steadiness and endurance to undertake 6-7 hours of walk daily.

Due to the rise in altitude, there is a risk of altitude sickness if one does not adhere to the rules of rest and acclimatisation. The weather conditions can also be hardly stable, with frequent storms or decreased overnight temperatures being other dangers that are added to this. Proper layering of clothing is quite important. We have to make a choice between the basic teahouse facilities or tented Accommodation as you reach higher elevation; there is no greater comfort available beyond the Namche Bazaar. 

Still, the reward at the end of the journey is worth the effort once the trail reaches the peak of Gokyo Ri at 5,357 metres, which affords an unparalleled view of Mount Everest. For adventurous trekkers who wish to test their physical limits and simultaneously be immersed in the natural beauty of Sagarmatha National Park, the Gokyo Valley trek with the ascent of Gokyo Ri is an epic and achievable Himalayan journey. 

Travel Insurance Requirement For the Gokyo Valley With Gokyo Ri Trek (Above 5000 M)

The Gokyo Valley With Gokyo Ri Trek takes you above 5,000 metres, where the risk of altitude sickness, injuries, etcs increases significantly. Therefore, having comprehensive travel insurance is extremely important. Your policy should cover emergency helicopter evacuation up to 6,000 metres and medical expenses. Without this coverage, you risk incurring thousands of dollars in costs should an emergency occur.

As the Gokyo Valley region is remote with limited medical facilities, emergency evacuation may be the only option in severe cases of altitude sickness or any other medical emergency. Quick access to this evacuation type can be the difference between life and death. Additionally, the climate is unpredictable in the high Himalayas. Sudden storms or avalanches, though rare, are possible and may require emergency shelter and transport.

While first aid can treat minor issues, it is impossible to eliminate all risks when trekking at extreme altitudes. You are essentially cut off from the rest of the world. Therefore, having robust insurance coverage provides critical protection and peace of mind.

What Permits Are Required for  Gokyo Valley With Gokyo Ri Trek?

Three different permits are required for Gokyo Valley With Gokyo Ri Trek which as follows: 

1. Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit

All trekkers must obtain an entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park since the Gokyo Valley lies within its boundaries. This UNESCO World Heritage site permit contributes to conservation efforts and trail maintenance. It can be obtained in Kathmandu or at the Monjo Park entrance. Fees differ for foreign nationals (around 3,000 NPR) versus SAARC nationals.

2. TIMS Card

When booking with a registered agency, the Trekkers' Information Management Systems is issued by Nepal Tourism Board offices in Kathmandu or Pokhara. The fee is around 2,000 NPR for foreigners and 1,000 NPR for SAARC nationals.

3. Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit

This local permit from the Everest region is needed for the Gokyo Ri trek, with fees of about 2,000 NPR used by the rural municipality for community projects and trail maintenance.

Additional Information ((Transportation, electricity, ATM, internet, luggage, tipping, personal expenses) 

  1. Transportation :- The Gokyo Lake Trek begins and ends with flights to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region. Roundtrip flights from Kathmandu to Lukla are included, however delays or cancellations are common during peak trekking season from weather or congestion issues. Private transfers from Kathmandu airport to your hotel are arranged upon arrival and departure. As an alternative way into Lukla if flights are unavailable, your itinerary may make use of flights to Ramechhap with transport to trailheads. While trekking between Gokyo Lakes and villages including Namche Bazaar and Lukla, transport is by foot along mountain trails and suspension bridges crossing rivers, taking in spectacular Himalayan views. Porters and yaks carry gear and supplies.
  2. Charging (Electricity) Facility:- The Gokyo Lake Trek offers limited access to electricity for charging devices. Most tea houses and lodges have designated charging stations, usually located in the reception or dining areas. You can request the staff to charge your phone, camera, or other electronics for a small fee. Note that access may be limited during peak times when many trekkers are looking to recharge. Bringing spare batteries or a portable solar charger can help ensure your devices remain powered. Though charging options are minimal, the incredible views of the high Himalayas and turquoise Gokyo lakes will keep your camera busy and justify the need for backup power sources.
  3. Internet Facility :- The Gokyo Lake trek offers internet connectivity up to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the high Himalaya. While WiFi in lodges may be intermittent, most lodges offer the paid service. The Nepali telecom provider Ncell also has surprisingly good network coverage throughout the Khumbu region. For a small fee, our trekking teams can acquire a SIM card with ample data for you to stay connected with loved ones or share pictures of majestic mountain peaks during your journey. Beyond Namche, internet access becomes scarce, allowing you to immerse in the breathtaking natural beauty.
  4. Hot Shower Facility :- As you start the Gokyo Valley trek, hot showers are widely available in lower villages like Lukla and Namche Bazaar. However, as elevation increases along the route, hot water becomes scarcer. Past Machhermo and Gokyo, where villages are more remote, hot showers may not be available or carry an extra charge. Due to limited resources and the effort to heat water, advance requests for hot showers are often required in higher villages. Planning and being flexible with shower arrangements is key for trekkers to maintain comfort and hygiene along the ascent to Gokyo Ri.
  5. ATM Facility:- The Gokyo Lake trek offers ATM access in Namche Bazaar, allowing trekkers to withdraw Nepali rupees using international bank cards. This mountain village is the last reliable place to get cash before heading into more remote areas on the route towards Gokyo Lakes. Ensure to withdraw what you need here, as there are no ATMs beyond Namche. 
  6. Tipping on the Trek:- Local porters and guides who assist you on the Gokyo Valley trek rely on tips as their sole additional source of income. While there is no compulsion or standard amount, it is customary to show your gratitude for their services with a tip at the end of the trek.  The amount can vary depending on your budget, length of the trek, number of people in your group, effort and service levels of the staff. A common standard is 10% to 15% of total trip cost per traveller.

How to Prepare Physically For Gokyo Valley Trekking With Gokyo Ri Trek?

To fully immerse yourself in the stunning vistas and cultural encounters of the Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Ri treks, focus your preparations on personal readiness. Entrust us to handle all trip logistics - permits, lodging, porters - so you can simply focus on each step of this all-inclusive adventure, submit to its flow, and let the grandeur of the Himalayas nourish your spirit. Here are some preparations you can make before the start of your Gokyo Valley with Gokyo Ri Trekking:

  1. Start Training Early :- Begin training at least 2 months in advance to build endurance and strength. Go on practice hikes while carrying a backpack with weight to simulate trek conditions. Start with small hikes and gradually increase distance and weight. Build up to trekking 10+ miles with 25+ lbs regularly.
  2. Increase Cardio :- Boost cardiovascular fitness through running, cycling, swimming etc. This will improve breathing and stamina to handle high-altitude trekking for 5-6 hours daily. Interval training is especially helpful to condition for uphill climbs.
  3. Acclimate Slowly:- Allow several extra days before/during the trek to acclimate to the altitude. Flying into Lukla and hiking slowly to higher elevations at Gokyo Valley prevents altitude sickness. Spend an extra day acclimating if needed when reaching new elevations.
  4. Watch Your Diet :- Eat healthy foods high in nutrients and avoid junk food while training and trekking. This aids physical readiness and health at altitude. Stay hydrated by drinking 3+ litres of fluids daily. Bring snacks like energy bars, nuts, dried fruits etc to eat regularly for energy.
  5. Get Proper Gear:- Invest in quality trekking gear like lightweight boots, wool socks, breathable layers, sun protection etc. Break boots well in advance to avoid blisters. Test gear like your backpack weight and walking sticks on practice hikes first.

Following these training strategies diligently over 8+ weeks ensures you'll be physically and mentally prepared to complete the iconic Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Ri trek safely. 


  • Q1. Are there charging and Wifi services on the trek?

    Yes, you will get charging facilities in most teahouses along the trek. However, wifi may not be available in all places. The network is also relatively poor and slow. 

  • It depends. Gokyo Valley Trek is a high elevation trek that goes above 4,500m. Whenever you are above 3,500m, the risk of altitude sickness is always there. 

    However, Gokyo Valley Trek has acclimatization days for proper acclimatization to the altitudes. That will help you to avoid sickness. But still, you need to take other precautions to remain secure, like hydrating your body, trekking slowly, avoiding alcohol, not rushing on the trail, etc.    

  • You can expect food menus from various Indian, Chinese, Nepali, and Continental cuisines. There are teahouses, restaurants, cafes, and bakeries along the trail. You can also quickly get drinking water throughout the trek.  

  • Teahouses on Gokyo Valley Trek provide lodging facilities. Teahouses are the basic lodges offering food and lodging services to the trekkers. 

    The locals of the region own and run these lodges. You will get basic rooms for rest on a twin-sharing basis. Bedsheets, pillows, blankets, and extra blankets are available in the rooms. Some tea houses have attached bathrooms and hot water facilities. Also, the services will become more fundamental as we go to higher areas.    

  • Yes, you can do a solo trek in the valley. The region is entirely open for solo trekkers. However, solo trekking in the Himalayas has added problems. You have to do everything on your own. Like you have to find lodging and dining places, and you will trek all alone through the isolated parts. We recommend you to join a group joining trekking in Gokyo Valley or hire a licensed guide or porter. Solo Trekking can arouse various problems.  

  • You will require one permit, Sagarmatha National Park Permit. As Gokyo Valley Trekking operates through the park, you must hold the license to enter the site. The permit cost is US$30 for foreigners. IF you are from a SAARC nation, you can get the permit for US$15.  

  • If you have no prior trekking experience, physical training is a must for you. The physical training program helps you build your physical endurance level, which is quite helpful during the trek. You can do running, mountain hikes, day hikes, jogging, swimming, cycling, and cardio exercises.

    If you have already done similar treks, you need not train physically. Your prior experience will take you through the walk.    

  • Gokyo valley Trek is a moderate trek. It is a comparatively easier trek in the region. However, you have to trek for about 5-7 hours daily. The maximum altitude of the walk is 5,367m(Gokyo Ri). You will have numerous uphills and downhills. Also, the trail is rough sometimes. And the crisp weather of the region can be another challenge. If you are a newbie, the trek can be slightly challenging. So make sure you do a physical training program before the outing if this is the first trek in the Himalayas. But for experienced trekkers, it is not so tough.      

  • Gokyo Ri stands at an altitude of 5,357 metres (17,575 feet). The ascent typically takes around 2 to 3 hours from the village of Gokyo, depending on individual fitness levels and acclimatisation.

  • The trek itinerary usually includes at least two days for acclimatisation. This allows trekkers to adjust to the high altitude and reduces the risk of altitude-related illnesses such as AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)

Client Reviews

  • Uncover the Magic of Gokyo Ri With Mountain Rock Treks

    As a gay traveller, I can honestly say that the Gokyo Valley Trek with Mountain Rock Treks was an absolute highlight of my trip to Nepal. The scenery was breathtaking, with stunning views of the Himalayas and the turquoise Gokyo Lakes, and the cultural experiences we had along the way were truly unforgettable.

    One of the best parts of the trek was the opportunity to visit the Buddhist monasteries in the region. Our guides were incredibly knowledgeable about the local culture and traditions. They provided insights and information about the part that enhanced our understanding of the area.

    Overall, I would highly recommend the Gokyo Valley Trek with Mountain Rock Treks to any gay traveller looking for a unique and rewarding adventure in Nepal. The guides were friendly, professional, and incredibly passionate about what they did, and the whole experience was truly unforgettable. 

    Aruna HanJapanJanuary 01, 2023
  • Breathtaking Views Await on a Gokyo Valley Trekking Adventure

    The Gokyo Valley Trekking with Gokyo Ri was an incredible journey I will never forget. I had the pleasure of going with Mountain Rock Treks; they were an excellent tour company. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly and ensured we were comfortable and safe. The trek was challenging, but the views from the top of Gokyo Ri were worth it. The panoramic views of the Himalayas were breathtaking, and it was an unforgettable experience. I highly recommend this trek to anyone looking for a challenging and rewarding adventure in the beautiful Himalayas. The Gokyo Valley Trekking with Gokyo Ri is a must-do for any avid trekker or nature lover.

    GeruadFranceDecember 20, 2022
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