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Gokyo Beyond Trek

The Gokyo valley runs parallel to the main Everest Base Camp trekking route. Far less visited than Base Camp, Gokyo offers you fantastic views of Everest and the opportunity to explore glaciers and mountains that rarely see trekkers. Access to the valley is through pine and birch forest where you may spot Musk Deer and the Himalayan Pheasant. Then we take it easy ascending the valley as we gain altitude. Gokyo is famous for its five lakes and the great views of Everest from Gokyo RI, but we will also take the time to explore the remote region at the head of the valley and camp by the dramatic sixth lake. This is a fantastic trek for those wanting to avoid the crowds of Base Camp and really appreciate the vastness of the high Himalaya.

Gokyo Lakes and Beyond
16 days
Highest Point
Best Season
Lodging trek
Entry Point : Lukla or Jiri
Tour Finish
Group Size : Min-1 Max-14
Go where few have been before - beyond the fifth Gokyo Lake. Moderate trekking and a bit on the wild side!
1 Arrival Kathmandu transfer to Hotel
2 Kathmandu
3 Kathmandu - Lukla – Phakdhing
4 Phakdhing - Namche Bazaar
5 Namche Bazaar
6 Namche - Dole
7 Dole - Machharmo
8 Machharmo – Gokyo
9 Gokyo
10 Cho Oyu Base Camp
11 Cho Oyu Base Camp – Machharmo
12 Machharmo - Namche Bazaar
13 Namche Bazaar - Phakding
14 Phakding – Lukla
15 Lukla - Kathmandu
16 Kathmandu

Note: Above day to day itinerary may be change depending on weather and flight.

The trip cost includes:

1. Guide and porter’s food, accommodation, wages and     insurance

2. Lodging and food during the trek.

3. Airfare: Kathmandu- Lukla and vice versa

4.Necessary Trek permit

5. 3-4 star hotel on BB plan in Kathmandu

6. Airport pick up and drop

The trip cost excludes:

1. International airfar

2. Bar bill, laundry, and tips to the field staff

3. Rescue

4. Visa fee

Day Route Duration Highest Point(m) Grade
01 Arrival in Kathmandu

When the clients arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we, the representative from Pema treks & expedition will welcome you displaying the name of the clients on a board. We then help you with your baggage and car (private). You will be transfer to  hotel and get briefed about the trek.

All day 1300 Easy
02 Kathmandu

Sight seeing around Kathmandu

All day 1300 Easy
03 Kathmandu - Lukla – Phakdhing

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway from where the trek begins. The flight will be around for 40-45 Minutes.  This is one of the most beautiful airstrip routes in Nepal. When we arrives Lukla, we meet our other crew members.After some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the Sherpa village of Lukla till we reach Phakding..

4 Hours 2610 Easy
04 Phakding – Namche Bazar

Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the trail leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through some suspension bridges. Our first greeting will be with Mt. Thamserku (6608).We then pass through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa and come to a check post and entrance to Sagarmathan National Park at Monjo. We will have a check post again at the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs gradually to a place called Top Danda from where we can have the first view of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Upon this junction, we stop at Chautara to enjoy the view. Its now about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region.


6 hours 3450 Easy
05 Namche – Acclimatization

This is the finest place for acclimatization. On the rest day we hike up early in the morning before sun rise to Everest Hotel where we can have tea/coffee with the panoramic view of Mountain including Mt. Everst, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse and many others. We can even see our next day destination,the Tangboche monestry and the valley. Then we descend down to Namche bazaar and visit the Mountain museum. After the visit, we come back to the lodge and have breakfast. After breakfast, we hike up to Khumjung(3780m), the green valley where we can visit the hillary school, hillay memorial park, and many others. We can have the lunch here. We then hike toward Khunde(3840) to visit Khunde hospital, monastery and the richly cultured valley. Now we turned back to Namche bazaar for the overnight stay.


All day 3450 Easy
06 Namche - Dole

The trail remains fairly level for the first hour or so with fabulous views of Ama Dablam across the valley. At the Mong La (4,010m) we descend to the river-side village of Phortse Tenga. Then begins the beautiful walk through pine and birch trees where we may encounter Musk Deer and Dhaphe (Himalayan) Pheasant on the way up to Dole which is above tree line.

7 hours 4040 Moderate
07 Dole - Machharmo

This is a classic alpine meadow walk over small ridges where we may see yaks and alpine highland birds, but always with Cho Oyu (8,153m) views to the North. We halt at the comfortable spot of Machermo to take in the views and aid acclimatization.

4 hours 4420 Easy
08 Machharmo – Gokyo

We enter the Gokyo valley passing a small waterfall emanating from the first lake. We then pass another lake before reaching the hamlet of Gokyo beside the turquoise third lake. Hopefully the moon will be bright enough to illuminate the surrounding mountains.

4 hours 4790 Moderate
09 Gokyo – Acclimatization                                                                                         Wake up early to hike up Gokyo Ri (5,483m), once at the top we can relax and enjoy the panoramic views of Everest and Makalu. The afternoon is spent exploring the surrounding minor peaks and relaxing. All day 5483 Easy
10 Cho Oye Base camp

Trek up past the five lakes to Cho Oyu Base Camp - one of the wildest and most remote areas in the region. Camp by the hidden sixth lake and enjoy the sublime views.

All day 5600 Moderate
11 Cho Oyu Base Camp – Machharmo

A long downhill walk to the rest and comfort of Machharmo.

5 hours 4790 Moderate
12 Machharmo – Namche

Begin to say good-bye to the mountains as we head back towards civilisation and the creature comforts of Namche Bazaar.

6 hours 3450 Moderate
13 Namche – Phakding

A very easy day retracing our steps, enjoy stopping off at tea shops and perhaps do a little shopping for souvenirs along the way.

5 hours 2610 Easy
14 Phakding - Lukla

Take your time and perhaps plan your next trip to the Himalaya on our final day in the mountains. At Lukla we celebrate the end of the trek!

4 hours 2850 Easy
15 Lukla – Kathmandu

Early morning fly to Kathmandu and drive to Hotel

35 mins 1300 Easy
16 Kathmandu

Departure from Nepal and farewell

All day 1300 Easy

Note: Above day to day itinerary may be change depending on weather and flight.