Gokyo Ri Trek

Best 13 Days Complete Gokyo Ri Trek

Gokyo Ri Trek is one of the most underrated treks in Nepal. It is located in the Khumbu Valley region, near Sagarmatha National Park. Many trekkers consider it an alternative to the Everest Base Camp Trek. It is one of the moderate treks and is less crowded than other popular treks like Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Gokyo Ri Trek

It is also not as commercialized as other treks in the Everest region, so there are fewer crowds and less publicity. However, don’t get misguided by fewer crowds, which means fewer attractions. Gokyo Ri Trek has many unique attractions that will make your trip worthwhile.

During this trek, you will also head towards the mesmerizing Gokyo Lake Trek and see a fantastic vista of Gokyo Valley. Stunning views of the glaciers and some of the world’s tallest mountains like Mt Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nutse, and Cho-Oyu.

Gokyo Ri Trek Highlights

  • Travel through very underrated and less crowded trails of the Khumbu region.
  • Experience the views from the elevation of over 5357m from the peak of the Gokyo Ri.
  • Get the mesmerizing mountain views from the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
  • Witness the height of mountain views like Mount Everest, Gokyo, and Ama Dablam, which are over 8000m.
  • Hike through Dudh Pokhari, the largest glacier in Nepal, Ngozumba glacier.
  • Stroll around the capital city of Sherpa in Namche Bazaar.
  • Explore the mesmerizing Gokyo Village and relax around the Gokyo Lokyo.
  • Indulge in the Sherpa people and learn about their culture and religion.
  • Visit several ancient temples and monasteries, which are important to local people.
  • Explore small remote villages like Dole, Machhermo, Phakding, etc.

Quick Facts About Gokyo Trekking Route

Trip Duration13 days
Maximum Altitude5,357m (Gokyo Ri)
Trip DifficultyModerate
Walking Duration5-6 hours per day
Best Time to TrekMar-June, September to December
Group Size1+

Starting Point of Gokyo Ri Trek

Gokyo Ri Trek starts with the mesmerizing scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. During this flight, you will see the mountain from a bird’ s-eye view. After 45 minutes of your flight, you’ll land at Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla.

After landing in Lukla, you will start trekking for about three hours till you reach Phakding, where you will stay overnight. There is also an alternative way of starting your Gokyo Valley Trek. Instead of flying to Lukla by plane, you can drive towards Salleri by land, which takes about 8-9 hours.

After reaching Salleri, you will take a quick breather and drive to Thamdada via jeep. The road from Salleri to Thamdada is off-road, so the jeep is the best option for transport. You will stay overnight in Thamdada before heading towards Phakding and then Namche. From here onwards, you’ll begin to climb high altitude.

Ending Point of Gokyo Ri Trek

Your excursion is nearing its end after reaching the peak of the Gokyo Ri Trek at over 5000m. Now, it’s time to return to the lower altitude. You’ll start trekking back to Dole, Khumjung, and then Namche. You’ll then drop back to Phakding and make your way toward Lukla.

From Lukla, you can board a flight to Kathmandu or a helicopter to reach Kathmandu or Pokhara. Helicopter return from Lukla is among the most luxurious experiences in the world.

Why Should You Consider Trekking to Gokyo Ri?

Many attractions can encourage you to trek Gokyo Ri. Some of the reasons that you should consider trekking to Gokyo Ri are:

Ngozumpa Glacier: While trekking to Gokyo Ri, you will come across a majestic view of Ngozumpa Glacier. You can even walk along the side of it or on the top of it. You can click some breathtaking photos of the amazing views.

Gokyo Lakes: Gokyo Lakes are among the best attractions in Gokyo Ri. They are at a high altitudes of 4,700-5,000 meters. They are also amazing places to click photography.

Mountain Views: Gokyo Ri lies at an altitude of over 5300m. During this trek, you’ll be able to see some of the amazing peaks of Nepal.

Outline Itinerary For 13 Days Gokyo Ri Trek

  • Day 1: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport –  1400m
  • Day 2: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding – 2800m – 3 hours trek
  • Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar – 3450 meters – 5 hours Trek
  • Day 4: Acclimatizing Day – 3450 – Trek Duration – N/A
  • Day 5: Trek to Phortse Thanga – 5 Hours Trek – 3650m
  • Day 6: Phortse Thanga to Macherma – 4470m-4 Hours Trek
  • Day 7: Trek to Gokyo Valley – 4750m- 4 Hours Trek
  • Day 8: Gokyo -Ri and back to Dole  – 4038m – 5 Hours Trek
  • Day 9: Dole to Khumjung – 3,790 m – 5 Hours Trek
  • Day 10: Khumjung to Phakding  – 2610m – 5 Hours Trek
  • Day 11: Phakding to Lukla  – 2860m- 3 Hours Trek
  • Day 12: Lukla to Kathmandu  – 1400m- 45 m flight
  • Day 13: Departure
DayOutline Itinerary
Outline Itinerary
Trek Duration
1Arrive at Tribhuvan International AirportNone1400m
2Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding3 hours2800m
3Trek to Namche Bazaar5 hours3450 m
4Acclimatization DayN/A3450 m
5Trek to Phortse Thanga5 Hours3650m
6Phortse Thanga to Macherma4 Hours4470m
7Trek to Gokyo Valley4 Hours4750m
8Gokyo Ri and back to Dole5 Hours4038m
9Dole to Khumjung5 Hours3790 m
10Khumjung to Phakding5 Hours2610m
11Phakding to Lukla3 Hours2860m
12Lukla to Kathmandu45 m flight1400m

Remember that this excursion can be extended to 14 days by adding a few more places to your itinerary. However, if you don’t have two weeks, you can also decrease the itinerary to 11 days. If you reduce your itinerary days, you have to cover longer distances in a day, which will reduce your resting days.

Day1: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport

Our team will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to your hotel in Kathmandu Valley. This marks the beginning of your Gokyo Ri trek itinerary. They will help you check in at your hotel.

I recommend exploring the city’s beauty if you have some free time during the day. In the evening, you will confidently meet with your trekking guide to discuss your plans for the next few days.

Feel free to ask questions and share your concerns during this meeting, as you are safe. After that, you will have a delicious dinner at your hotel and spend the night in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla Flight and Trek to Phakding

On the second day of your trek, you will embark on an exhilarating flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After enjoying an early breakfast, you will head to TIA to board your flight to Lukla confidently and excitedly.

During the exhilarating 45-minute journey, you’ll be treated to breathtaking mountain views. As soon as you touch down at Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla, you’ll feel the excitement of the adventure that awaits you. The majestic mountain views will be visible from a long distance. Nevertheless, this sets the tone for an unforgettable trekking experience.

After a few minutes break, you’ll begin your Gokyo excursion. The route is similar to the Everest trek. You will trek for about three hours from Lukla to reach Phakding. Head towards the nearest lodge in Phakding for an overnight stay.

Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

You’ll start your day in Phakding with a beautiful sunrise. After breakfast, you’ll trek along the Dudh Koshi River trail. The path will take you through pine and rhododendron forests until you reach Monjo, the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park.

After two hours of trekking, we will reach Namche Bazaar. Namche is called the capital of the Sherpa mainly because the Sherpa are the primary inhabitants. They have protected the culture and values of the region for a long time. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Day 4: Acclimatizing Day

The fourth day of your hike to Gokyo Ri is the day for acclimatization. Acclimatization is best to prevent altitude sickness as you reach a higher elevation. As most of this excursion passes through the EBC trek trail, the trails seem more crowded.

In Namche, you’ll see many local and foreign tourists looking to explore the Everest region. Namche is one of the most beautiful places in Nepal. During your acclimatizing day, you can visit several local places.

One of the most popular places to visit in Namche is Hotel Everest View. You can hike to the hotel for a delicious breakfast and mesmerizing mountain views. It is also ideal for taking beautiful pictures. You’ll return to Namche for sleep, which is the perfect way to acclimate.

Day 5: Trek to Phortse Thanga

The trek from Namche begins early in the morning. Today, you’ll have to cover long distances, as it gets more challenging from here. As you trek for an hour, you will come across stone carved with Buddha. You will ascend some steps for some time and then descend towards the bank of the Dudhkoshi River again.

Once again, you start climbing the steep ascent and reach 3500m. Soon, you will get to the small village of Phortse Thanga, famous for its magnificent view of Mount Thamserku.

Day 6: Phortse Thanga to Macherma

Today will be a very short trek of around 4 hours. The destination is Macherma village at an altitude of over 4410m. Hike from Phortse Thanga to Mahcerma is somewhat challenging. It is essential to trek for a short period at such a high altitude if your itinerary has more days. This procedure helps prevent altitude sickness.

The way to Macherma is very scenic, with amazing views of mountains, green forests, valleys, rivers, etc. After four hours of intense trekking, you will reach the village, where you will spend the night.

Day 7: Trek to Gokyo Valley

A special day of the trek awaits us as we start early from Macherma. The trek takes you to the majestic valley of Gokyo. At the top, you will see several mountains, like Cho-Oyu, and the valleys at the bottom, making your experience stunning. First, you descend for about half an hour and then ascend, this time above the glacial moraine. 

Gokyo Lake is also visible from the snowy terrain and the longest glacier in the Himalayas in Ngozumpa. You will start moving towards Longpongo, the first lake in Gokyo. The second and third lakes are Taboche Tsho and Taujo Lake, located further ahead.

The beautiful Gokyo Valley is on the shore of the third lake at an altitude of 4470m. The cold of the Himalayas is noticeable in the area.

Day 8: Gokyo Ri and back to Dole

Today, you’ll start early in the morning to ascend Gokyo Ri. The trek takes an hour. From the top, at 5357m, you’ll see majestic views of the Khumbu region. Peaks like Nuptse, Everest, Thamserku, Lhotse, Pumori, and Makalu are visible from the top.

We can also enjoy more precise and bird’ s-eye views of Gokyo glaciers, Gokyo Lake, and Gokyo Village. As we start descending, we will get another glimpse of stunning lakes. Furthermore, we will proceed towards another small village in Dole.

Day 9: Dole to Khumjung 

On the ninth day of the trek, we will continue to descend. Today, you’ll reach the largest Sherpa settlement besides Namche in Khumjung, Khumjung village, famous for the Khumjung monastery. After about five hours of trekking, you’ll reach the monastery.

You can also explore the school established by Sir Edmund Hillary, where local children get an education. Overnight stay at Khumjung.

Day 10: Khumjung to Phakding 

Today, you will continue your downward excursion as we reach Namche from Khumjung. After a brief hiatus in Namche, the descent continues. The next stop is Phakding, which we will get after a few hours of trekking from Namche.

Unlike trekking upwards, you will take less time excursing in downward steps, so you will reach Phakding within an hour of a trek from Namche.

Day 11: Phakding to Lukla

We will continue the trek downhill from Phakding towards Lukla, a significant town that is the gateway to many majestic mountains, including Everest. We didn’t have much time to explore during our initial visit, but now you can stroll around as much as you want.

Once you arrive at Lukla, you will spend the night in one of the lodges. This will allow you to relax and rest after your trek or celebrate its success.

Day 12: Lukla to Kathmandu

Today, we will return to Kathmandu by plane. After breakfast, you’ll head to Lukla airport to board the flight; just like before, it takes about 45 minutes to reach Kathmandu from Lukla.

When you arrive at the airport, our team will help you check in at your hotel. They’ll ensure everything goes smoothly and offer a complimentary dinner in Kathmandu.

Day 13: Departure

Today is the day of final departure. You will head towards Tribhuvan International Airport, concluding your Gokyo Ri Trek. We hope you had a fantastic time and return for another amazing adventure.

Outline Itinerary For Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Ri 

We hope you visit the famous Gokyo Ri Trek during your trip to Nepal. You can combine this trek with a highly commercial Everest Base Camp Trek. Here is the brief outline of the itinerary for your EBC trek with Gokyo Ri.

Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu

The first day of the trek begins with your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, our representative will promptly pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu in a comfortable private vehicle.

You can relax in your hotel or stroll around Kathmandu Valley to learn more about Nepal. During the evening, you will meet with your crew and guide and briefly discuss the trekking days ahead.

Day 2: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding: 40 minutes Flight/ 3 Hours Trek – ( 2610m)

You will board a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu early in the morning. After 40 minutes of the flight, you will land in Lukla. You will rest or have lunch there and then start trekking to Phakding, which will take 3 hours. After reaching Phakding, you can meet local individuals, stroll through the village, and stay overnight in the lodge.

Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar: 5-6 hours trek (3410m)

The third day of your Everest Base Camp Trek to Gokyo Ri takes you to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the principal town in the Khumbu region, which lies at 3410m. After reaching Namche, you will visit your lodge. You can also meet with the local Sherpa people to learn about their cultures and traditions. Rest at the lodge at Namche Bazaar.

Day 4: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

Today is the day of acclimatization at Namche Bazaar. This is the ideal place for acclimatization, as there are many facilities in the capital of Sherpa. Acclimatization is essential whenever you have time and is the best way to prevent altitude sickness. You can visit local museums, monasteries, and even Hotel Everest View during your acclimatization in Namche.

Day 5: Trek to Tengboche: 5-6 hours Trek – (3,860m)

On the fifth day, you will move from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche. You’ll start trekking early in the morning as your trails move forward from the side of the Dudhkoshi River. You’ll encounter other small villages like Kyangjuma and Sanasa as you progress. You’ll pass through a steep ascent and a deep jungle until you reach Tengboche, famous for its ancient, unique monasteries. Overnight stay in one of the lodges.

Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche: 5-6 hours trek- (4,410m)

Your excursion in the Everest region continues today. The destination is Dingboche, located at an elevation of 4410m. The day begins with prayer at Tengboche monastery and breakfast. After moving forward from Tengboche, you will reach Imja Khola. After crossing several suspension bridges and green yak pastures, you will reach Pangboche. From Pangboche, you will climb steep, snowy terrain to reach Dingboche.

Day 7: Acclimatization Day at Dingboche

Today is another day for acclimatization. Since you have reached over 4410 m, it is wise to take it slow. However, the day won’t be dull as you trek toward the Chhukung Valley (4,730m). The trek to Chhukung Valley is very underrated in the Everest region. You’ll have to climb steeply throughout the entire trek. After spending a few hours in the valley, return to Dingboche for an overnight stay.

Day 8: Trek to Lobuche: 5-6 hours trek – (4,940m)

The eighth day of the trek takes you to Lobuche, which is near 5000m. The ascent continues from Dingboche as you leave the village and trek past the valley.

You’ll reach another valley in Dughla, where you start climbing Thukla Pass. The pass also possesses memorials to remember the climbers who have lost their lives in the Everest region. Now that you have passed from the Thukla Pass, you will reach the surroundings from Khumbu Glacier. From here, the mountain views are crystal clear.

Day 9: Trek from Lobuche to EBC Trek (5,364m) and back to Gorakstep – 6-7 hours trek

Today is the big day of your itinerary as you reach your destination in the Everest Base Camp Trek. But first, you’ll trek to the Gorakh Step, a small remote area with few lodges and tea houses. Since you must return to Gorakstep, you’ll leave your overnight stuff here and continue trekking towards EBC. 

The trek to EBC is somewhat challenging, as you have to climb upwards in snowy terrain that is rough and harder to scale. However, you will get a stunning view of the Khumbu glacier and some climbing climbers climbing Mount Everest. After 3 hours of trekking, you’ll reach EBC. Soak in the surroundings at the foot of the world’s tallest mountain and click some beautiful pictures. After spending some hours in the base camp, you’ll return to Gorakstep. Overnight stay in Gorakhstep.

Day 10: In the Morning, Trek to Kala Patthar (5,545m), then trek to Dzonglha—6-7 hours

Early morning, you’ll trek to Kala Patthar to view one of the most beautiful sunrises. Kala Patthar is a slight peak from which you can get the best view of Mount Everest from the base to its top. You can also take beautiful pictures from here.

Now, it’s time to head back toward Gorakhstep and treks toward Dzonglha. First, you will return to Lobuche and head toward the fantastic village of Dzonglha. It is a small, secluded area located at an altitude of (4,830m) with few lodges and hotels.

Day 11: Trek through Cho La Pass to Thagnak

Today is the day to cross Cho La Pass, which is best done in the morning. So, head towards the trails from the beginning of the day, which can be challenging depending on the season. Hence, we quickly crossed the pass and headed towards Thagnak.

Descending from Cho La Pass to Thagnak can be difficult, particularly in snowy or icy conditions. The trail is rocky, and hikers must cross a small glacier. Thagnak is another unique but small village located at a high altitude. The majestic Ngozumpa Glacier is a welcome sight in Thangak. You will spend the night in one of Thagnak’s tea houses.

Day 12: Trek to Gokyo, visit Fifth Lake, and return to Gokyo

Another memorable day awaits as you visit Gokyo Lake, Valley, and the surrounding villages today. The day starts with the trek towards Gokyo Valley from Cho La Pass. Despite being at a high altitude, the trek is relatively more straightforward. As you move closer to the Gokyo Valley, you will start seeing the beauty of several Gokyo Lakes. The three lakes are easily visible from the Gokyo Valley.

After some rest, you will visit the fourth and fifth lakes. It will take a few hours to reach the fifth lake, where the visual is quite spectacular. You’ll have time to soak in the views and surroundings of the fifth lake, after which you’ll return to Gokyo.

Day 13: Climb to Gokyo Ri (5,357m) and trek down to Dole

Today, we climb Gokyo Ri, which lies at an altitude of over 5357m. You can also trek around Gokyo Village and Fourth Lake today. You can also visit the Scoundrel’s Viewpoint, where you can see different beautiful mountains: Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho-Oyu, and Makulu. Now, you start retracing your steps as you climb down the altitude. You will reach Dole after 4-5 hours of trekking.

Day 14: Trek down to Namche

We continue to trek down to today’s destination, Namche. You will start descending from Dole towards the Sherpa villages. Muza, Lhabarma, and Machhermo. You will pass by the Dudh Koshi River and reach Namche within 8 hours. Overnight stay at Namche.

Day 15: Namche to Lukla

Today, we moved from Namche to other small villages in Monzo and Phakding. As you approach the end of your trek to Lukla, you will encounter some uphill and downhill sections, highlighting the undulating nature of the trek. Upon nearing Lukla, you will hear the bustling sounds of the town and see the airstrip, which signals that your journey is almost over.

You will reach Lukla around the evening. Stroll around the place and explore Lukla, which you didn’t do while visiting for the first time. Overnight stay at Lukla.

Day 16: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Wake up early in the morning and have breakfast. Then, you will board the 45-minute flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Land at Tribhuwan International Airport and board your hotel.

Day 17: Departure

Today is the final day of the trek. You will board your flight and conclude the fantastic itinerary. We hope you enjoyed your stay and will return for the next trek.

Outline Itinerary For Renjo La Pass with Gokyo Ri

Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu (1400m)

Our team will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to your hotel in the Kathmandu Valley. This marks the start of your Gokyo Ri trek itinerary. They will help you check in at your hotel.

Today, you will explore the beautiful Kathmandu Valley. Later in the evening, you will meet your trekking guide to discuss your plans for the next few days. Your safety is guaranteed during this meeting so that you can ask questions and share concerns. After the meeting, you can enjoy a delicious dinner at the hotel and stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

Today, you will explore the beautiful Kathmandu Valley. Later in the evening, you will meet your trekking guide to discuss your plans for the next few days. Your safety is guaranteed during this meeting so that you can ask questions and share concerns. After the meeting, you can enjoy a delicious dinner at the hotel and stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & Trek to Phakding (2610m) / 3 to 4 hours Trek

It would be best to catch an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla to start your journey. The flight will take about 40 minutes and will land in Lukla. Once you arrive, you can rest or have lunch before you begin your 3-hour trek to Phakding. When you get to Phakding, you’ll have the opportunity to meet locals, explore the village, and stay overnight in a lodge.

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3445m) / 5 to 6 hours Trek

On the third day of your trek to Gokyo Ri in Everest Base Camp, you’ll arrive at Namche Bazaar. This is the main town in the Khumbu region, located at an altitude of 3410m. Once you reach Namche, you can check in to your lodge and take some time to rest. 

Day 5: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar

Today is a day to adjust to the high altitude at Namche Bazaar, the capital of Sherpa. It’s a great place to do it because there are a lot of facilities available. Adjusting to the altitude is essential to prevent altitude sickness, and it is recommended that you do it whenever you have time. While in Namche, you can visit local museums, monasteries, and even Hotel Everest View.

Day 6: Trek to Dole (4150m) / 6 to 7 hours Trek

After breakfast, you’ll trek to Dole via Sanasa and Mongla (4000m) for panoramic mountain views. We descend steeply through Phortse Tenga and climb again to Dole, passing through rhododendron and birch forests with hanging mosses and lichens.

Day 7: Trek to Machhermo (4470m) / 3 to 4 hours Trek

After breakfast at the lodge, you will start trekking. The climb will be steady along the side of the valley, with small and thorny bushes giving way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. Along the way, we will pass many remote settlements where yaks occasionally graze. We will have excellent views of Cho Oyu ahead of us, while down the valley, we can see the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku.

Day 8: Trek to Gokyo (4750m), Hike to Fifth Lake and back to Gokyo / 6 to 8 hours Trek

Today’s trek takes you to Gokyo. The trail is challenging as you climb steep ascents and slippery snow-capped hills. You’ll move past the iconic Ngazumpa glacier and continue your trek toward the rocky terrains. We will come across three holy lakes on our journey. The second lake lies on the path that leads to Cho La. The third lake, Dudh Pokhari, is where we will find the settlement of Gokyo. Finally, we will reach Gokyo by following the path along the lake.

Day 9: Gokyo Ri Peak Hike (5360m) / 6-7 hours Trek

Today, we’ll climb Gokyo Ri at 5357m altitude, trek around Gokyo Village, visit Scoundrel’s Viewpoint for stunning mountain views, and then retrace our steps back to Dole, taking 4-5 hours.

Day 10: Cross the Renjo La pass & Trek to Lungden (4350m) / 5-6 hours Trek

The day to climb Renjo La Pass has come upon us. After breakfast, we will start our trek early in the morning. From there, it takes up to 3 hours to reach Renjo La Pass. The trails around here increase the difficulty level of the Gokyo Ri Trek. After spending a few hours in Renjo Pass, you’ll start descending and reach Lunden after three hours of trek.

Day 11: Trek to Thame (3850m) / 5 to 6 hours Trek

We continue to decrease our altitude as we reach Thame today. You’ll reduce the altitude by over 1000m as we again get to the trail of the Ngazumba glacier.  You’ll pass by Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake before reaching Lumde, where a support lodge might be closed. After lunch, we continue our trek to Thame.

Day 12: Thame to Namche Trek (3440m) /  8 hours Trek

The trek continues downwards as you reach the Namche Bazaar. You’ll climb several suspension bridges, forests, and rhododendron forests as you reach small villages like Dingboche, Tangboche, and Kimjung. Finally, after an eight-hour trek, you’ll reach Namche Bazaar.

Day 13: Namche to Lukla (2860m) / 8 to 9 hours Trek

You will be trekking from Namche to Lukla, descending all the way. The journey begins early in the day, and you will pass through Phakding and a few other settlements before reaching your destination. The trek is generally easy, with minor uphill climbs and short descents. You will cross the Bhote-Koshi River thrice, and the final uphill climb, which lasts 45 minutes, will bring you to Lukla.

Day 14: Lukla Flight to Kathmandu (1400m) / 45-minute Flight

Start your day early and have breakfast. Then, you’ll catch a 45-minute flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. After landing at Tribhuwan International Airport, make your way to your hotel.

Day 15: Final Departure

Early morning, you will head toward the airport to board your flight for final departure. We hope you enjoyed your extraordinary Renjo La Pass with Gokyo Ri and return for a different adventure.

Day ItineraryElevation (m)Trek Duration
Arrival in Kathmandu1400
Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour1400
Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding26103-4 hours
Trek to Namche Bazaar34455-6 hours
Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar3445
Trek to Dole41506-7 hours
Trek to Machhermo44703-4 hours
Trek to Gokyo & Hike to Fifth Lake47506-8 hours
Gokyo Ri Peak Hike & Explore Gokyo Village53606-7 hours
Cross Renjo La Pass & Trek to Lungden43505-6 hours
Trek to Thame38505-6 hours
Thame to Namche Bazaar Trek34408 hours
Namche to Lukla Trek28608-9 hours
Fly Lukla to Kathmandu140045 minutes
Final Departure1400

Outline Itinerary For Jiri to Gokyo Ri Trek

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, look for our company board outside the main gate to meet our airport representative. You will be transferred to your hotel by private vehicle. Our representative will assist with check-in and provide a brief on the trip at our office or hotel. Please pay the due balance for the journey and enjoy your overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Today, you’ll explore the stunning Kathmandu Valley. Later, you’ll meet with your trekking guide to discuss your plans. Your safety is guaranteed during this meeting, so feel free to ask questions or share concerns. After the meeting, you can enjoy a tasty dinner and spend the night in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Kathmandu drive the bus to Bhandar (2,190 m)

The treks move from Kathmandu today as you drive towards Bhandar. You’ll have to get to the old bus park to catch the public bus. You can either carry a public bus or a private bus. If you take a private bus, they will pick you up in front of your hotel, or if you go by public bus, you have to reach the old bus park.

Day 4: Bhandar trek to Sete (2,520 m)

The fourth day of your trek takes you from Bhandar as you start trekking off the beaten path. You will pass through small remote villages like Bharanda and Doharpa before reaching a beautiful river in Tharo Khola. Another settlement awaits us in Kenja as we make our way through habitats made by Gurungs and Newars. 

You will leave Kenja and head steeply towards Chimbu (2,170 m). From there, you’ll continue your trek towards Sete (2,520 m) and stay overnight at a teahouse.

Day 5: Sete trek to Junbesi (2,580 m)

Today’s hike starts in a Sherpa area and rises to the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar, Lamjura Bhanjyang, at 3530 meters. The path goes through beautiful rhododendrons, magnolia, maple, and birch forests. It’s a great opportunity to watch birds. At Lamjura Bhanjyang, you’ll see prayer flags. After that, the trail descends steeply on the eastern side, passing through Tragdobuk village before arriving at the charming Sherpa village of Junbesi. You’ll spend the night in a teahouse.

Day 6: Junbesi trek to Nunthala (2,200 m)

Early in the morning, you will start trekking from Junbesi. You’ll cross Junbesi Khola and start trekking upward until you reach the ridge. You’ll get stunning views of many mountains, including Everest, Kusum Kanguru, Khantega, Thamserku, and Mera Peak. We will then reach the Ringomo Khola River and pass through Ringmo Village. You’ll also pass the Tharkshindu La Pass and visit the Tharkshindu monastery. After about half an hour, you’ll reach the small village of Nunthala, where you will stay overnight.

Day 07: Nunthala trek to Bupsa (2360 m)

The trek continues from Nunthala as we continue heading downwards of DudhKoshi River. You’ll cross one of the longest suspension bridges, approximately 109m. You’ll then pass through some fields where you can see naturally produced corn, barley, and wheat. Ahead you will reach Rai village, from where you will start climbing steeply until you reach Sherpa village in Buspa. Overnight stay in the teahouse.

Day 8: Bupsa trek to Chablung/Chheplung (2,700 m)

Today the trek begins with the early ascent up Gokyo Ri. You will reach the small Kharte village and then pass through dense forests. In this forest you will see several monkeys so be careful with your handbag, sunglasses, and mobile phone. We will then reach Puiyan Khola, where we will cross a bridge. You’ll continue climbing the trails up and down till you reach another small village in Chablung or Chheplung. Overnight stay at one of the teahouses.

Day 9: Chablung trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)

Today, we will make significant strides towards our destination as we reach Namche Bazaar. Crossing a suspension bridge, we will start trailing down Thado Khosi Gaon. The atmosphere is charming, and you will also glimpse Mt. Kusum Kanguru.

After a short trek, you’ll reach Phakding. From there, we are only three hours away from the Namche Bazaar. Namche is the capital of Sherpa, where you can stay overnight.

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)

Another day of the trek is a rest day or acclimatization day. You will reach an altitude of over 3440m, which means the risk of altitude sickness increases. You can rest the entire day or visit the local surroundings like Hotel Everest View, Sherpa Museum, and Sherpa Culture Museum. After a hard day of trek, you’ll return back to the Namche to sleep.

Day 11: Namche Bazaar trek to Dole (4,090 m)

After breakfast, you will trek to Dole via Sanasa and Mongla (4000m) for panoramic mountain views. We descend steeply through Phortse Tenga and climb again to Dole, passing through rhododendron and birch forests with hanging mosses and bushes.

Day 12: Dole trek to Machhermo (4,410 m)

You’ll start your trek after having breakfast at the lodge. The ascent will be gradual, and you’ll walk along the valley’s side. As you climb higher, you’ll see small, prickly bushes gradually replaced by juniper scrub. During the journey, we’ll pass by several remote settlements where yaks might be grazing. You’ll have a magnificent view of Cho Oyu ahead of you, and down the valley, you’ll see the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku.

Day 13: Machhermo trek to Gokyo (4,750 m)

Today’s trek is complicated as we must go from Macchermo to Gokyo. The trails are covered with rugged rocky paths and snowy glaciers, and we can see two amazing mountains, Kangtega and Cho Oyu. To reach Longponga, a small lake at an altitude of 4,650m, one must climb up the moraine and switch back alongside the stream. Then, you will head towards the second lake, Taujung, and reach the Gokyo Village.

Day 14: Day Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357 m)

The fateful day is upon us as we climb the majestic Gokyo Ri, over 5,300 m. You will witness stunning views of Naguzmpa Glacier, Gokyo Valley, and several mountains, including Ganesh, Makalu, and Nuptse. Climbing the peak of Gokyo takes almost 2 hours. Soak in the surroundings and atmosphere and then return to the valley overnight.

Day 15: Gokyo trek to Dole (4,090 m)

From today, our retracing begins as we trek downward towards Dole. You’ll pass by the Dudhkoshi River and Ngozumpa Glacier and go to other small villages. Villages like Pangka and Chorten remind you of the anticipation of climbing the Gokyo Ri, but after the successful trek, you’ll move ahead. After about eight to nine hours of trek, you’ll reach Dole, the destination for an overnight stay.

Day 16: Dole trek to Namche (3,440 m)

We continue dropping to a lower altitude and return back to the place where we started our trek. Today we will reach Namche Bazaar after trekking for about seven hours. You’ll cross several villages like Dingboche and Tengboche to reach Namche. Overnight stay at one of the lodges in Namche Bazaar.

Day 17: Namche Bazaar trek to Lukla (2,840 m)

We will have a tasty breakfast in Namche early in the morning and start trekking down again. Since there is not much rush, you can take all the time to enjoy your trail and click photos during your excursion. You’ll pass by Phakding and then reach Lukla. You can enjoy your successful trek with your trekking crew at a bonfire or just rest in one of the lodges in Lukla.

Day 18: Lukla flight to Kathmandu (1,350 m)

After breakfast early in Lukla, you’ll head towards the airport to board a flight to Kathmandu. This 45-minute flight will be amazing as you can view all the mountains from the top that you saw during your trek. You’ll land at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Check into your hotel and rest as much as you can.

Day 19: Reserve Day in Kathmandu

Sometimes, your flight from Lukla can be canceled due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Hence, if your flight was canceled the previous day, you can fly to Kathmandu from Lukla today. If there are no flight delays, you can spend the entire day in Kathmandu. Visit local attractions like Pashupatinath, Swyabmhunath, and Dubar Squares, or go shopping in places like Thamel, Jamal, or Durbarmarg. You’ll return to your hotel for a night’s dinner and overnight stay.

Day 20: Depart Kathmandu

Today is your last day in Kathmandu. After having breakfast, you’ll head to the airport to board your scheduled flight concluding the majestic Jiri to Gokyo Ri Trek. We hope you enjoy your trek and will return to some other amazing adventure.

DayTrekElevation (m)Trek Duration
1Arrive in Kathmandu1,335N/A
2Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trek Preparation1,335N/A
3Kathmandu to Bhandar (bus)2,1907-8 hours drive
4Bhandar to Sete2,5205-6 hours trek
5Sete to Junbesi2,5806-7 hours trek
6Junbesi to Nunthala2,2005-6 hours trek
7Nunthala to Bupsa2,3605-6 hours trek
8Bupsa to Chablung/Chheplung2,7005-6 hours trek
9Chablung to Namche Bazaar3,4405-6 hours trek
10Acclimatization Day (Namche Bazaar)3,440N/A
11Namche Bazaar to Dole4,0905-6 hours trek
12Dole to Machhermo4,4104 hours trek
13Machhermo to Gokyo4,7504 hours trek
14Day Hike: Gokyo Ri5,3573 hours trek
15Gokyo to Dole4,0905-6 hours trek
16Dole to Namche Bazaar3,4406-7 hours trek
17Namche Bazaar to Lukla2,8406 hours trek
18Lukla to Kathmandu (flight)1,35040-minute flight
19Reserve Day in Kathmandu1,350N/A
20Depart Kathmandu1,335N/A

Is Solo Trekking to Gokyo Ri Restricted?

Yes, Solo Trekking to Gokyo Ri is restricted. Solo trekking has been restricted in every region of Nepal since April 1, 2023. You must take at least one guide who acts as a trek leader. Remember that the Gokyo trek does not fall into a restricted area.

Hence, you don’t need two trekkers to trek the Gokyo region. But you must have at least one guide if you plan to trek in the Gokyo Ri trek.

When is a convenient time to Trek to Gokyo Ri?

Trek Gokyo Ri’s best season is either Spring or Autumn. In the Spring season, the months from March to May fall. Spring season starts after the end of the cold winter season, so the early part of March is still cold and chilly, especially in the higher altitudes. The weather and temperature are ideal for trekking in spring.  Days are longer with bright sunlight as it will reach up to 25 degrees, but at night, the temperature falls and will reach up to 10 degrees, so pack necessary clothing.

Spring season is also popular for blooming flowering trails, pine trees, and rhododendron forests. Remember that the trek, lodges, and tea houses are overcrowded due to all these facilities and extremely ideal weather and temperature.

Another best season to trek Gokyo Ri is Autumn, which falls in September, October, and November. As the monsoon season ends, the autumn season begins, but early Autumn still gets decent rainfall, especially in the lower areas. The rainfall stops as you start climbing up, but snowfall is possible.

After October, the temperature and weather start getting ideal. The trek becomes cooler and ideal for trekking. The clear views of the Himalayas are another major attraction for trekking in the autumn season. Brown leaves an amber atmosphere, making the sunny days even more beautiful with the breathtaking views of the mountains.

Average Temperature During Your Trek to Gokyo Ri Trek

LocationElevation (m)Min Temp (°C)Max Temp (°C)Rainfall (mm)
Namche Bazaar3,440-8735
Gokyo Valley4,750-14-155

Remember that these data are recorded on average, and the temperature at higher altitudes is dynamic. Furthermore, the season also affects the temperature. Naturally, if you trek in winter, the temperature is quite low compared to other seasons.

Gokyo Ri Trek Difficulty

Many factors determine the difficulty of any trek in the region. Depending on these factors, some treks are easy, and others are challenging. So, let’s look at some of these factors determining trek difficulty.

Weather and Climate

Weather and Climate are the major factors that determine trek difficulty. The temperature, terrain, trails, etc., depend on the weather and climate. If the weather and climate are harsh, your trek may be ruined. Trekking in the monsoon season will create huge difficulty due to slippery and wet trails and the chances of natural disasters like floods and landslides.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude Sickness is another major factor in determining trek difficulty. During your trek, you’ll be trekking over an altitude of over 3000m, which increases the chances of altitude sickness. As you walk through the cold Khumbu climate, you might face symptoms like Khumbu cough, headache, fever, vomiting, difficulty breathing, and walking. These are the symptoms of altitude sickness. To prevent altitude sickness, you must gradually ascend, descend to an altitude, and acclimate as much as possible.


The distance from Lukla to Gokyo Valley is over 92 to 100 km. Hence, you have to cover a lot of distance during the day. For example, trek 6-7km daily in difficult terrain. Each day’s long distance will tire you for the rest of the trek. So before heading out for such a challenge, upgrade your physical fitness and stamina.


The duration of the trek also determines its difficulty. Generally, the Gokyo Ri Trek takes 12 to 15 days to complete. However, a short trek duration is more difficult to complete as you have to trek long distances each day and have fewer days for rest. Hence, rushing at higher altitudes also raises the risk of altitude sickness.

Rugged Terrains

Another factor that creates difficulty for trekkers is the rugged terrain. The trails or terrains in Gokyo Trek are very rugged, rocky, and hard to scale. Sometimes, you must climb stony, slippery steps, while other times, you must pass through narrow spaces in the snowy hills. The chance of falling and injuring yourself is quite high during these treks. So make sure to trek carefully and steadily in these environments.

What are Permits Required to Trek Gokyo Ri?

During your trek in Nepal, you will be required to obtain permits to visit certain regions. If you plan to visit Gokyo Ri in Nepal’s Gokyo Valley of the Everest region, you must be aware of certain permits and regulations.


Sagarmatha National Park Permits

You’ll need the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit to visit Everest or the Gokyo Valley. You can get it from the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu or Monjo’s Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate. The permit costs NPR 3,000 for foreign visitors and NPR 1,500 for visitors from SAARC countries.

Khumbu Municipality Permit

Any trekkers who want to trek in the Khumbu region must issue a Khumbu Municipality Permit. This permit is required since Gokyo Ri is also in the Khumbu region. The Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Monjo checkpoint for NPR 2,000 per person.

Insurance is Required Before Hiring any Trekking Agency

Travel insurance is very important for trekkers planning to travel to Nepal. Although it is not compulsory, it is important to be secure and safe during all the adventures you partake in during your trek. 

However, you need travel insurance if you go on other extreme adventures, such as peak climbing, mountain climbing, trekking, or a helicopter tour above 3000m. Your travel insurance must cover altitude sickness, helicopter rescue, another sickness, stolen or damaged goods, and accidents.

Remember that helicopter rescue alone costs around $4,000 to $5,000. Also, if you have not submitted your travel insurance paper to your trekking agency or paid cash beforehand, the rescue service will not come to search you. So, it is wise to be prepared and secure by issuing travel insurance before heading out for your trek.

Must Hire and Guide and Porter

Guides and Porter are important factors in making your trek easy and accessible. Hiring guides and porters during your Gokyo Ri Trek has many pros and cons. 

Pros of Hiring Guide and Porter

  • Navigation: The guides and Porters are experienced in navigation, which is a blessing, especially in tough terrain.
  • Safety: They are trained and experienced in first aid and spotting any symptoms of altitude sickness, which is essential for your safety.
  • Local Knowledge: Local guides and porters are knowledgeable about the region’s culture, history, and hidden gems. They can share insights that enhance your experience.


  • The cost of the trek increases if you hire guides and porters.
  • You will stuck on the fixed scheduling when you hire a guide and porter.
  • There is no flexibility in your trek if you hire guides and porters.

Accommodation Available Throughout the Trek

Food Options Throughout the Trek

During your Gokyo Ri Trek, you will have the option of eating hygienic foods. You will also have three types of meals: three-course meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For breakfast, you’ll get various delicacies like Toast items, bread, toast with honey, jam and butter, eggs, hot potatoes, porridge, pancakes, soup, stews, and others.

After breakfast, you will trek and then head out for lunch. There are many menus for lunch, such as Boiled rice, lentils, vegetable curry, Pickles, Spinach, Meat Items, Dumplings, Pasta, Pizzas, and Burgers.

The last meal of the day is dinner. During dinner, you will have several dishes, including Sherpa stew, Rice, Lentils, Vegetable Curry, and other items from lunch like bread, toast, eggs, Meat Items, Dumplings, Pizzas, and Burgers.

We hope you will find our little list helpful. If you want to hike or trek in Nepal, Vacation Trekking is here to help. For booking or any inquiries, you can contact us.

What Happens if We Get Altitude Sickness?

When you get altitude sickness, your body starts becoming weak. You start feeling more symptoms like nausea, fever, shortness of breath, fatigue, and dizziness. After suffering from altitude sickness, you will be immediately attended by guides.

They will then help you with first aid and medication and help you to lower your altitude by 200 to 500m. If you start feeling good, you can continue your trek, but if you can’t, the guide can help you with helicopter rescue.

They will contact your travel agency, which will then contact the corresponding helicopter operator, who will come to take you and land you at the lowest possible altitude.


Are there any Lukla or Namche Bazaar gear shops where I can purchase or rent equipment?

Yes, you can buy or rent hiking gear at Namche Bazaar. Many shops sell hiking boots, trekking poles, and sleeping bags. However, buying gear is more expensive than renting it. Before making a final rental decision, ensure the conditions or quality of the gear.

Do tea houses provide blankets and sleeping bags, or should I bring my own?

Tea houses provide blankets and pillows, but not all houses provide sleeping bags. Hence, we recommend you bring your own.

Are there hot showers available along the trekking route?

Yes, every tea house or lodge on your trekking route has hot shower services. However, you might have to pay an additional amount for this service.

Are there charging facilities for electronic devices in tea houses?

Many teahouses offer charging outlets in the dining room. You can use these outlets to charge your electronic devices or access the internet, but there is usually a fee. The fee ranges from $2 to $5 for an hour of charging your device. Additionally, Wi-Fi usage has an hourly fee of up to $1-$2.

Is Wi-Fi available in tea houses or lodges along the route?

On the Majority of treks in Nepal, tea houses provide Wi-Fi for a fee.

How well-marked is the trail, and is it easy to navigate without a guide?

The trail is not marked and is difficult to navigate without a guide. Guides have years of experience trekking the region’s remote trails, so we recommend you hire at least one guide to make your excursion easy.

What is the typical weather like during the trekking season?

Typical weather during the trekking season, like Spring and Autumn, is sunny and mild. These seasons are ideal for trekking the region. However, at night it gets cold, so be prepared when packing.

How cold does it get at night, and should I bring extra layers for warmth?

Yes, it does get cold, especially in Autumn and Winter. Temperatures can reach up to -5 degrees in autumn and decrease to -20 degrees in winter, so pack your woolen clothes, fluffy sleeping bags, blankets, and more.

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