Gokyo is a small Sherpa village located at the foot of Gokyo Ri and on the banks of Dudh Pokhari (Gokyo Cho). Everest via Gokyo valley accounts for one of the best off-beat treks in the Everest region and offers some peaceful yet great time away from the crowd on the usual trail to the base camp.

It is famous for its highest fresh water lakes, located at the sheer altitude of 4,700 m – 5,000 m. These lakes also serve as the religious site for Hindus and Buddhists alike as well.

The trek begins at Lukla, a small airport town in Khumbu. The trail ascends to Namche Bazaar through Phakding and turns leftwards to Phortse village. You will get to spend almost 3 days exploring the Gokyo village and the surrounding, followed by a short hike to Gokyo Ri. From here, the trail reconnects to the usual trail at Gorakshep and move towards Everest Base Camp. A day tour is enough to see around the base camp and return to Gorakshep to prepare for next hike to the Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar is the only location above 5,000 meters which offers a close glimpse of the Mount Everest. Gokyo village and Sagarmatha National Park are the major highlights of the trek.

Is This Trip for me?
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous

Poses difficulty as the terrain, temperature and altitude may differ along the trail. Max. altitude may reach over 5000 m and the hike requires over 6 hours a day.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport. Star Standard meals at Kathmandu!

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu / Transfer to Hotel
Day 2 Fly to Lukla & Prepare for Trek / Trek to Phakding 2,652 m (8,698 ft) 2-3 hours
Day 3 Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,441 m (11,289 ft) 5.3 hours
Day 4 Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
Day 5 Trek to Phortse 3,680 m (12,073 ft) 5-6 hours
Day 6 Trek to Dole 4,038 m (13,248 ft) 3 hours
Day 7 Trek to Machhermo  4,470 m (14,665) 3 hours
Day 8 Trek to Gokyo 4,790 m (15,715 ft) 4-5 hours
Day 9 Explore Gokyo village and lakes
Day 10 Hike to Gokyo Ri & Trek to Tagnag 5-6 hours
Day 11 Cross Cho La Pass 5,368 m (17,612 ft) & Trek to Dzonga 7-8 hours
Day 12 Trek to Gorakshep 5,180 m (16,995 ft) 7-8 hours
Day 13 Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364 m (17,598 ft) and back to Gorakshep 6-7 hours
Day 14 Hike to Kala Patthar & Trek to Pheriche 4,280 m (14,042 ft) 7-8 hours
Day 15 Trek to Namche 6-7 hours
Day 16 Trek to Lukla 6-7 hours
Day 17 Fly to Kathmandu
Day 18 Depart from Kathmandu
Keep a spare day or two to ensure you catch your flight to and from Lukla. The flights to Lukla are known to have often postponed or delayed because of the sudden changing weather conditions. In such a case, you may have to spend an extra night or two in Kathmandu. (The extra day spent in Kathmandu is to be borne by the Client)

  • Arrival airport pick and drop.
  • Dinner in one of the finest diners in Kathmandu before and after the trek.
  • 2 Nights at ★★★ hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Entire land commute during the trip
  • Domestic flight fare, airport tax and domestic transfer.
  • Standard Tea-house/ Lodge during the trek.
  • (B,L,D) Meals during the trek.
  • 1 Certified Guide (Licensed & First Aid Trained)/1 Porter (For two)
  • TIMS Card/ National Park entry fee/Other Permits
  • All the Gov. and Local taxes as per applicable
  • 1 Duffle Bag and Company T-shirt
  • Trekking Map and Group medical kit box (Diamox and First Aid Medicine)
  • Trip Completion Certificate
  • Arrangement of Rescue/Medical Helicopter service; covered by your Insurance agency.
  • Visa & Processing Fee
  • International flight fares
  • Meals other than during the trek and before/after complimentary dinner
  • Mineral water and refreshments during the trek
  • Travel insurance (Cover Helicopter evacuation and Trip Cancellation charges)
  • Guide/Porter Tipping


Everest trek proved to be a challenge for me. I never had trekked to such great height before, however, the proper acclimatization and sound health helped me reach the base camp at no time.

Thanks to the team of Caravan Outdoors, specially to Hom Rana, for making the trip successful. The tea-houses were clean and standard, likewise the hotel in Kathmandu. Fabulous trip and well organized overall. ~Rob Ellington (NSW, Australia)

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Additional information

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Responsible Tourism

Being a responsible tourism stakeholder, we strive to offer our utmost help to the under-privileged and impoverished community. We work along with the Pioneer Foundation, a non-profit entity based in Kathmandu.

Currently, we help raise fund and donate it to help build schools and shelters at the Earthquake stricken regions of Central Nepal province. You can join the cause help donate or volunteer to teach at the primary level schools. Visit Community Center for more information.

  1. Arrival in Kathmandu
    At your arrival in Kathmandu, a member of our team will greet and receive you at the airport. You will be transferred to your hotel. Our representative will brief on your arrival about the trip. The rest of the day is yours. The evening we be spent enjoying complimentary local dinner one of the finest local diner with cultural program.
  2. Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding
    Lukla is the gateway to Everest Base Camp. After a scenic half an houyr flight to Lukla Airport, the journey will begin. The first day of the trek will be more like a warm up. It will take you to Phakding village, just above Lukla. You can spend the rest of the day enjoying the local sceneries.
  3. Trek to Namche Bazaar
    The trek will ascend up to the Dudh Koshi Valley. After a few hours of hike, you will arrive at entrance of Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo. The next and the final stop will be at Namche Bazaar. Namche is the highlight of the trek. The village bustling with people and lodges feels more like a city.
  4. Acclimatization Day
    Higher the altitude, thinner the air! You need to gain altitude slowly and steadily so that we get enough time to acclimatize en route. Today, you hike to Syangboche village, just above Namche and return back to Namche to spend the rest of the day.
  5. Trek to Phortse
    A short climb over to the ridge top out of Namche rewards you with the mesmerizing views of Everest and Lhotse mountains. This trail departs from the usual trail to the base camp. You cross the Mon La Pass and reach Phortse. Phrotse is a typical Sherpa village. You can spend the rest of the day here.
  6. Trek to Dole
    After breakfast, the trek ascends steeply towards the Rhododendron forest. The trail passes through the Tonga and Gyele villages to the Dole. Once you reach Dole, you can take time exploring around the village.
  7. Trek to Machhermo
    The next stop before reaching the Gokyo village is Machhermo. The trail passes through the alpine forest, with junipers dominating the woods. You can get a glimpse of Cho Oyu and the neighboring peaks of Kantega and Thamserku from close. You will reach Machhermo at the noon, and you can consider strolling around the village to keep you warmed up for the next day trek to Gokyo.
  8. Trek to Gokyo Valley
    The trail advances in parallel to the Pangram river.You move towards the river before ascending towards the fatal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. Afterwards the path clears as it follows the valley past the second lake. A bit further up, you arrive at Gokyo valley.
  9. Explore Gokyo valley and lakes
    You can spend the whole day exploring the Gokyo valley and enjoying the natural sceneries. The pristine oligotrophic lake, Dudh Pokhari, dominates the local scenery. It’s a holy lake revered by both the Hindus and Buddhists. The lakes at Gokyo are located above 4,000 meters, making them few of the highest lakes on Earth.
  10. Hike Gokyo Ri and Trek to Tagnag
    You will take the early morning hike of Gokyo Ri peak, a smaller peak located at Khumbu. From here you can trek forward to the Tangnag.
  11. Trek to Dzongla via Cho La Pass
    Cho La Pass is one of the highest passes in the world. Along with two other passes, it makes for the Everest 3 Passes. On the other side of the pass, the village of Dragnak awaits you. After an hour or two of trekking through the frozen lake, you will reach Dzongla village.
  12. Trek to Gorakshep
    From here, you will rejoin the usual route to the Everest Base Camp. Gorakshep is a transit which may take few hours to reach. You can spend the rest of the day enjoying your time and preparing for the next day’s trek to the base camp.
  13. Trek to Everest Base Camp
    Today is the special day. You’re approaching the base camp, therefore, there are many anxieties and surprises. A tough ascent from Gorakshep will take you to Everest Base Camp. The day will be the most challenging. You can spend some time exploring the iconic base camp and the surrounding areas, and return to Gorakshep for the night.
  14. Early Morning hike to Kala Patthar & Back to Pheriche
    Kala Patthar is the landmark of the Everest. You will start especially early. The reason behind leaving early is to reach Kala Patthar before sunrise. It provides the most wonderful sights of the surrounding along with the Mount Everest. It will take a couple of hours to reach Kala Patthar from Gorak Shep and couple more to reach the Pheriche.
  15. Trek to Namche Bazaar
    Today, you will return the same way to Namche. You climb to Tengboche for lunch and steeply down to Phungi Tenga. Our trek leads up to Sansa and arrives to high ridge above the Douh Koshi River.
  16. Trek to Lukla
    Lukla will be the final stop of your trek. A final leg of the trip, you might overcome with mixed feelings. It’s a day to throw a small party. The evening and the night will be marked with celebrations that will include a lot of singing and dancing. You will spend the night at Lukla and fly out early morning.
  17. Fly back to Kathmandu
    You can take the earliest possible flight back to Kathmandu. One of our representative will transfer you to your hotel. Later the evening, we will treat you with a complimentary dinner, a set of exquisite Nepalese cuisines.
  18. Departure from Kathmandu
    You will be transferred to the Airport to catch your flight back home.
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Trip Length 18 days
Trek Length 15 days
Activities Trekking, Sightseeing
Max. Altitude 5,643 meters (18,513 ft)
Trek Style Tea-house (Lodges)
Meal Full board on trek
★★★ Hotel ( Kathmandu)
Standard BB Lodges on Trail
Transportation Private Vehicle, Domestic Flight
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Group Size 2-10 Persons
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