Everest Base Camp Gokyo Ri Trek
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Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Ri Trek: A Rewarding Trek through the Less-Visited Gokyo Valley

The Everest Base Camp Gokyo Ri Trek is not just an ordinary trek in Nepal; it is a transformative experience that seamlessly blends spirituality, natural beauty, and the thrill of physical exertion. As you traverse the rugged terrain and ascend to higher altitudes, you’ll find that it becomes more than just a series of steps—the Gokyo Ri Trek becomes a profound exploration of self-discovery and inner strength.

Everest Three Passes Trek
View of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Amadablam from the Everest view Point above Namche Bazaar

With the breathtaking combination of the Everest Base Camp and a trek to Gokyo Ri in the pristine Gokyo Valley, this trek takes you through the most scenic area of the Nepal Himalayas.

Exploring Chola Pass and Gokyo Valley

Everest Three Passes Trek
Looking Beyond into Gokyo Valley from Chola Pass

As the trail from Everest Base Camp leads trekkers through the famous Chola Pass into the pristine Gokyo Valley, a world of hidden gems unfolds before your eyes. Once over the Chola Pass, you leave the Khumbu valley behind and enter the Gokyo Valley. The landscapes shift, revealing a tapestry of rugged beauty, and crossing the pass in itself is very tricky with the ascent trail on scree and loose rubble. Lush meadows, towering cliffs, and the tranquil melody of mountain streams create a symphony of natural splendor around the Everest Gokyo Ri Trek that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Conquering Gokyo Ri

Gokyo Lakes Trek
View of the Gokyo Village and the Gokyo Lakes with the Nzogumpa Glacier in the Background from Gokyo Ri

The culmination of the Everest Gokyo Ri Trek is the awe-inspiring ascent of Gokyo Ri, a small peak that offers a breathtaking vantage point above the Gokyo Valley. Many trekkers choose to undertake this ascent in the early hours of the morning, greeted by the ethereal glow of the rising sun casting its golden light upon the surrounding peaks. As life below in the Gokyo valley awakens, trekkers are rewarded with panoramic views that stretch as far as the eye can see, encompassing some of the highest and most iconic summits in the world.

The Enchanting Five Gokyo Lakes.

The Gokyo Valley is a picturesque paradise, adorned with five breathtaking freshwater lakes known as the Gokyo lakes. These stunning bodies of water hold deep significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. Each lake is believed to possess unique spiritual properties and is revered as sacred by the local communities.

According to folklore, the main lake, known as Dudh Pokhari, is said to have the power to wash away the sins of those who bathe in its waters. The fourth Lake, Thonak Tsho, is believed to be the domain of Nagas, mythical serpent-like creatures, adding an air of mystique to the already enchanting surroundings. With its profound spiritual and cultural significance to Hindus and Buddhists, the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Ri Trek seamlessly blends spirituality, natural beauty, and physical exertion.

Such rich cultural and spiritual tapestries woven into the fabric of the Gokyo Valley make it a destination that transcends mere natural beauty, offering a glimpse into the profound heritage of the region.

Highlights of the Trek

The Everest Gokyo Ri Trek, combined with the Everest Base Camp Trek, gives you the best of both worlds. Less trekked Gokyo Valley and the iconic Everest Base Camp. 

If you trek to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley and climb Gokyo Ri, you have done justice to the Everest Base Camp Trek. Especially for someone who is for the first time trekking in Nepal, than it’s really very fulfilling and at the same time rewarding. Trekking amidst the colossal mountains in the world is what makes the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Ri Trek in Nepal very interesting.

How hard and how long is this trek?

Gokyo Valley Trek
The Gokyo Valley surrounded by the Everest Range

The Everest Gokyo Ri Trek is a 16-day strenuous trek that takes you to places more than 5000 m in altitude. In addition to the Chola Pass (5420 m), you climb to more than 5000 m at Gokyo Ri (5360 m), Kalapathar (5550 m), & Everest Base Camp (5364 m). Hiking up to such an altitude is not easy. Moreover, crossing over the Chola Pass and trekking through the Ngozumpa Glacier, where the terrain and trail are a bit tricky, does not make the trek easy either. That being said, this is a difficult trek, and one must be well prepared and trained.

Is this trek dangerous?

Every adventure has it’s own risk to consider, and trekking is an adventure that entails a certain number of risk factors. However, if proper precautions are taken, these risks can be avoided.

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Ri Trek is no exception, but it is not dangerous or risky. Proper acclimatization and having a buffer day to acclimatize will help you overcome the risk factors.

Our itinerary is prepared in such a way that trekkers do not face any problems. In the worst-case scenario, there are helicopter services for evacuation. Moreover, our guides are trained to help you and treat you if you face any problems.

Everest Base Camp Trek
Gorakshep Village, the last village before approaching the Everest Base Camp with Kalapathar and Pumori in the Background

Best Time to Trek in Nepal

March to May and September to November are the best times to proceed on the Everest Gokyo Ri Trek. Though trekking can be done even in December if you can withstand the winter chill of sub-zero temperatures.

Food on the Trek

Meals served during the Everest Gokyo Ri Trek are typically hearty and filling to provide trekkers with the energy they need for their journey. Dal bhat, a traditional Nepali dish consisting of lentil soup, rice, and vegetables, is a staple meal along the trek route.

Other popular dishes include momos (dumplings), noodles, and fried rice. Trekkers can also find Western options, such as pasta and pizza, in most teahouses. It is important to stay hydrated while trekking, so trekkers are encouraged to drink plenty of water and hot tea throughout the day.

Accommodation on the Trek Route

The Everest Base Camp Gokyo Ri Trek is a tea house trek in Nepal, with twin-share accommodation provided in lodges with a common washroom and restroom run by local Sherpa families. 

Lately, some of the lodges have upgraded their rooms with attached washrooms and restrooms, but these will cost extra. If you need such rooms, you can pay the extra cost on the spot.

Participants carry their day pack only with their personal items in it. The main baggage will be carried by the porters. The baggage of each person should not weigh more than 15 kg.

Basic Packing Checklist for a Trekker

  • 50-55-l Back Pack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water Bottle
  • Light Fleece Jacket
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants for Daytime Use
  • Pair of ankle-length trekking boots
  • Gloves
  • Woolen Socks
  • Pair of Sandals
  • Inner Thermal wear
  • Trekking Shirts/T-Shirts
  • Rain Jacket
  • Wind and Water-Proof Jacket
  • Buffs and Woolen Caps
  • Cap/Sun Hat
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Rain Cover for your Back Pack
  • Down Jacket
  • Personal Belongings
  • First Aid Kit

It has been notified by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal that as of March 25, 2023, all Flights to Lukla will be operated from Ramechap Airport and not from Kathmandu. Ramechap is approximately 135 km and a four- to five-hour drive from Kathmandu. Ramechap has very few lodges and existing facilities to cater to tourists.

Trek Facts:

  • Starting Point: Lukla.
  • Ending Point: Lukla.
  • Trek duration: 16 days.
  • Trek Grade: Moderate to strenuous.
  • Maximum altitude: Kalapatthar (5550 m).
  • Maximum Sleeping Altitude: Gorakshep (5164 m).
  • Minimum group size: 2 pax.
  • Trek style: Tea House/Lodge Trek.

Everest Gokyo Ri Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2800 m).
30 Minutes Flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Trek Starts. Trek to Phakding (2652 m/8 km/3 hrs). Overnight Lodge.

Day 02: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/12 Km-5 hrs). Overnight Lodge.

Day 03: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar for Acclimatization.
Side Trek to Khunde-Khumjung (3780 m/4 Km-2 hrs). Overnight Lodge.

Day 04: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery (3860 m/12 Km-6 hrs). Overnight Lodge.

Day 05: Trek to Dingboche (4410 m/11 Km-5 hrs). Overnight Lodge.

Day 06: Rest and acclimatization day at Dingboche (4410 m).
Optional hike around Dingboche. Overnight Lodge.

Day 07: Trek to Lobuche (4910 m/9 km/6 hours). Overnight Lodge.

Day 08: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5140 m/3.7 km/2 hours). Afternoon trek up the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp (5364 m/11 km). Return to Gorakshep (5140 m). Overnight Lodge. Total time: 7-8 hours.

Day 09: Trek up to Kalapathar (5550 m/4.2 km/3 hours . round trip) for panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Khumbu Glacier, and many other peaks. Return to Gorakshep. After breakfast, trek to Dzongla (4830 m/12 km/6 hours). Overnight Lodge.

Day 10: Trek Dzongla-Chola pass (5330 m) to Dragnag (4790 m/14 km/8–9 hours).

Trek over the Cho La pass (5330 m) to the small settlement of Dragnag (4790 m). Overnight Lodge.

Day 11: Trek Dragnag to Gokyo Valley (4790 m/6 km/3 hours). Overnight Lodge.

Trek across Ngumpa Glacier to Gokyo Valley.

Day 12: Morning climb Gokyo-Ri (5360 m/6 Km-3 Hrs. round trip). Return to Gokyo. Visit 5th.Lake. Overnight Lodge.

Day 13: Trek Gokyo Valley to Dole ( 4200 m/12 km/6 hours).

Early in the morning, climb Gokyo Ri (5360) for views of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and many other mountains (6 km round trip, 4 hours). After breakfast, trek down the Gokyo valley past the settlements of Macherrmo and Luza and into Dole. Overnight Lodge.

Day 14: Trek down to Namche Bazaar (3440 m, 14 km, 7 hours). Overnight Lodge.

Day 15: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla. Overnight Lodge.

Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu. End of Everest Base Camp Gokyo Valley Trek.

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  •  Everest Gokyo Valley Trek Cost : US$ 1200 per person
  • Ramechap-Lukla-Ramechap Airfare : US$328 per person
  • Ramechap-Lukla-Ramechap: Airfare for Indian Nationals : Indian Rupee 13,000/Person
  • Airfare is extra, as applicable, & is subject to change without prior notice.
  • Indian nationals should kindly inquire within for quotes in Indian rupees.

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EVEREST BASE CAMP GOKYO RI TREK COSTS:

  •  Cost : US$ 1300 per person
  • Ramechap-Lukla-Ramechap Airfare : US$328 per person
  • Ramechap-Lukla-Ramechap Airfare for Indian Nationals : Indian Rupee 13,000/Person
  • Airfare is extra, as applicable, & is subject to change without prior notice.
  • Indian nationals should kindly inquire within for quotes in Indian rupees.

TREK COST INCLUDES:

  • Trek guide and porters to carry luggage.
  • Lodge accommodation (twin share rooms) with breakfast.
  • Trek permit fees.
  • Khumbu Entry Fees.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fees.
  • Contribution to guide transport.
  • Food and Lodging for the Guide

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Hotel Stays in Kathmandu.
  • Lunches and dinners during the trekking period.
  • Domestic flights cost extra as applicable (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathamndu).
  • Sleeping bag (which can be hired in Kathmandu).
  • Personal clothing and equipment.
  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • Tips.
  • Client insurance of any kind.
  • Cost of evacuation (if any) in case of emergency.
  • Bottled/alcoholic drinks.
  • Snacks/desserts.
  • Tea or coffee, other than at breakfast.
  • Airport taxes;
  • Expenses of personal nature

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Our trek price includes basic rooms in local lodges, which have simple 2 bedded rooms with common toilets. Some places, like Lukla, Namche, Tengboche, and Dingboche, have newly upgraded lodges with attached toilets, but this will cost extra (about US$20–30 per room per night). Some lodges now offer even better rooms, but they can cost even more.

NEPAL TOURIST VISA

  • Nepal visa is readily available on arrival at the International Airport in Kathmandu and at all other entry points to Nepal.
  • Two passport photos will be required.
  • Single-entry visa: US$30 per visa (valid for 60 days).
  • Multiple entry visa: US$ 80 per visa (valid for 150 days).
  • Nepal visa is also available at all Nepalese embassies and consulates.
  • No Visa is required for Indian Citizens to Travel in Nepal

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Recommendation: The trek is relatively strenuous and demands top physical form. A physical fitness check-up is a must. Even the experienced trekker should prepare for 2-3 months prior to the trek.

Note: The above itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors, such as weather, road conditions, the physical abilities of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant’s safety, comfort, and general well-being. This itinerary can be customized as per one’s needs.

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EVEREST BASE CAMP GOKYO RI TREK COSTS:

  •  Cost : US$ 1300 per person
  • Ramechap-Lukla-Ramechap Airfare : US$328 per person
  • Ramechap-Lukla-Ramechap Airfare for Indian Nationals : Indian Rupee 13,000/Person
  • Airfare is extra as applicable & is subject to change without prior notice.
  • Indian nationals kindly inquire within for quotes in Indian rupees.

TREK COST INCLUDES:

  • Trek guide and porters to carry luggage.
  • Lodge accommodation (twin share rooms).
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the entire period of the trek.
  • Trek permit fees.
  • TIMS Fees.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fees.
  • Contribution to guide transport.
  • Guide/porter insurance costs.

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Hotel Stays in Kathmandu.
  • Domestic flights cost extra as applicable (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathamndu).
  • Sleeping bag (which can be hired in Kathmandu).
  • Personal clothing and equipment.
  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • Tips.
  • Client insurance of any kind.
  • Cost of evacuation (if any) in case of emergency.
  • Bottled/alcoholic drinks.
  • Snacks/desserts.
  • Tea or coffee, other than at breakfast.
  • Airport taxes;
  • Expenses of personal nature

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Our trek price includes basic rooms in local trekkers lodges which have simple 2 bedded rooms with common toilets/showers. In some places like Lukla, Namache and Kumjung some newly upgraded lodges have rooms with attached toilets-showers but this will cost extra (about US$ 20-30 per room per night). Some lodges now offer even better rooms but can cost even more.

(All relevant Terms & Conditions apply)

 

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