Gokyo Ri Trek, Nepal

Gokyo Valley is located opposite Mount Everest, and is also home to six high-altitude lakes that are fed by melting glaciers. The trek offers some of the best views in Nepal, as well as a chance to see Gokyo village, one of the highest settlements in the world.

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About the Gokyo Ri trek

The Gokyo Valley trek goes through the Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal, giving you a chance to explore dense woods of oak and birch, ancient villages, icy glaciers, and panoramic views of the Mount Everest. The six glacial melt lakes are a shimmering blue-green colour against the rocky mountain terrain.

Gokyo village is one of the highest settlements in the world at 17,500 feet. It is a small village, with only a few stone tea houses, lodges and homes. You’ll have a priceless opportunity to see what life is like in these harsh conditions, and will come back with the memories of a lifetime.

Best season for Gokyo Ri trek

The post winter months from April-May are the best time to do the Gokyo Ri Trek. The weather is not too harsh and the skies are clear, which means you’ll get excellent views of Mount Everest.

Gokyo Ri trek itinerary

You’ll spend the first two days of the trek in Kathmandu, allowing yourself time to acclimatize. After that, you’ll be flown to Lukla, which is the start point of the Gokyo Ri trek. From Lukla, you’ll proceed to Phakding and Namche Bazaar, where you’ll stop for further acclimatization. After this, your trek route diverges from the Everest route, heading onwards to Dole and Machcherma, and finally arriving at Gokyo village. You’ll spend a day or two exploring Gokyo, before heading back along a different route to Lukla.

Gokyo Ri trek packages

The Gokyo Ri trek is a tea-house trek, which means you’ll be staying at tea houses on the trek. The trek route to Gokyo is the same as the Everest route, up till Namche Bazaar, after which you'll take a diversion in the trail towards Gokyo. The packages differ based on inclusions, so do check your options carefully. It is advisable to opt for meals and transport included in your packages, as even basics can get more and more expensive as you climb to higher altitudes.

What is the difficulty level for the Gokyo Ri trek?

While the Gokyo Ri trek is not a technical one, it requires excellent stamina and good levels of fitness. You will be trekking for 5-7 hours a day, for about 12 days out of the 2-week itinerary, and at high altitudes.

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Climb up to an altitude of over 17,500 ft on a trek to the base of the world's highest mountain, Mt. Everest. Approaching the base camp on a route across the Khumbu Glacier, you'll grab awe-inspiring views of Himalayan peaks such as Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse and several others. You'll stay in guesthouses at small Sherpa villages along the trail and visit popular landmarks such as the Tengboche monastery and the Everest View Hotel. En route, you'll take detours to hike up the Kala Pattar mountain and the Nangkartshang peak.

One of the most challenging yet rewarding adventures of all, this trek to Everest Base Camp is recommended to travellers with experience of at least one high-altitude treks in the Himalayas.

NOTE: Price displayed is per person price for a booking of two travellers.
    Inclusions
  • Travel arrangements in airplane between Kathmandu-Lukla
  • Airport transfers in Kathmandu and Lukla in private vehicle
  • Accommodation in hotel at Kathmandu on twin-sharing basis
  • Accommodation in guesthouses while trekking on twin/multi-sharing basis
  • All meals from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on Day 13, plus breakfast on Day 14
  • All permits and entry fees
  • Services of experienced trek leader and porters
  • Technical and safety gear required during the trek, if any
  • Duffel bag and sun hat
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
  • Rates are inclusive of any international payment transfer fees.
    Exclusions
  • Travel between base city and Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner, during stay in Kathmandu
  • Adventure travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Nepal visa arrangements and costs
  • Baggage in excess of 15 kg onboard domestic flight to Lukla
  • Personal expenses like tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
  • Any additional cost due to fluctuations based on international currency exchange rates at the time of booking
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Only for die-hard adventurers, this trek is a bucket-lister! You'll spend 17 days at the foot of the mighty Everest, where every minute is an unforgettable adventure. With landscapes that are the stuff of legends, this trek is always spectacular. You'll be trekking past Khumbu Glacier, the frozen lake of Gorakshep, and the Pheriche valley.

The Everest trek has two base camps - the South Base Camp in Nepal, and the North Base Camp in Tibet. The South Base Camp is the more popular route, and is attempted by many thousands each year. This adventure trip will take you up to the South Base Camp.
    Inclusions
  • Airport transfers in Kathmandu
  • Four nights accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Standard meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee at breakfast
  • All necessary paper work, National park entry permits, TIMS permits
  • Flight fares from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu with domestic airport tax
  • Accommodation in lodges/tea houses during the treks
  • Experienced guide service
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and insurance for guides.
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company
  • All government taxes
  • Porters for carrying common equipment and luggage
  • Rates are inclusive of any international payment transfer fees
    Exclusions
  • Airfare from Mumbai to Kathmandu and back
  • Travel/trekking insurance
  • Nepal entry visa fees for non-Indian travellers
  • Mountain rescue charges or insurance (Will be paid by one’s insurance company in case of any eventuality)
  • Additional food or drink on trek in addition to three standard meals
  • Personal expenses, emergency expenses, road blocks, expenses incurred due to delays caused by weather, cancellations etc.
  • Special region permit and liaison officer fees (where applicable)
  • Tips, hot showers during the trek
  • Lunch in Kathmandu
  • Personal porters (can be arranged for a cost of approx INR 7500 per person, for the whole trip)
  • Any additional cost due to fluctuations based on international currency exchange rates at the time of booking
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The trek to Everest Base Camp is on the wishlist of every high-altitude trekker, and for good reason! You'll be joining the small community of Everest Base Campers, and earn boasting rights for a lifetime. But with this package, you'll also get to take a day trip to the Everest Expedition Camp, where you'll eat lunch with the team that is attempting to summit Everest this year! You'll be able to interact with them, and spend a day at the Expedition Camp, which no other Everest Base Camp trek offers you.

You'll also attempt a climb to Kalapathar (this is an optional activity) in the dark hours of the morning, to catch truly spectacular views of the sun rising over Mount Everest, setting the mountains ablaze.

MPORTANT: While the trek to Everest Base Camp is a non-technical trek and does not require any rock-climbing or rappelling, it is not an easy one. You'll be trekking for over 10 days, in harsh terrain and in extreme weather. To add to that, you'll be climbing to 18,000 feet, which can be difficult to adapt to.

DO NOTE: The cost for this trip includes the domestic flight from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu, but not the flights from your home city to Nepal and back.
    Inclusions
  • Airport pick-up and drop
  • 3 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu - 3 nights - twin sharing basis in bed-and-breakfast plan
  • Flight fare for domestic flight from Kathmandu - Lukla- Kathmandu for traveller
  • Flight fare from Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu for guides
  • Domestic airport departure taxes
  • Full board tea house trekking cost with breakfast, lunch, dinner & accommodation
  • Guide salary
  • Porter salary
  • Trek permit
  • Sagarmatha National Park permit
  • First aid kit
  • Insurance for Nepali staff
    Exclusions
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Beverages and alcoholic drinks
  • Emergency medical evacuation
  • Tips for staff (mandatory)
  • Personal expenses and extra services beyond itinerary

FAQs about the Gokyo Ri trek:

Can beginners do the Gokyo Ri trek?

Gokyo Ri is not a technical trek, but it is difficult because of duration and conditions in which it takes place. The trek takes place at a high altitude, and can be tiring for participants. There are at least 12 days of trekking, and you can expect to be trekking for at least 5-7 days. Due to all these factors, this trek is not recommended for beginners.

What should I carry for the Gokyo Ri trek?

Depending on the season in which you’re going, your operator will provide you with a comprehensive packing list. You should make sure you have rain covers for your backpack and day pack, and have enough warm clothes.

When is the best time to go for the Gokyo Ri trek?

The Gokyo Ri trek usually takes place after the winter, from April-May. During these months, the weather is not too harsh and the skies are clear, offering great views of Mount Everest.