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Gokyo Short Trek 13 Days

Sagarmatha National Park

Gokyo Short Trek 13 Days

Duration :   13 Days 12 Nights
The Price :   $1,298.00
Start Location:   Kathmandu
Age Range :   14-75

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Gokyo Short Trek is a 13 Days highly challenging trip into the Himalayas of Nepal. Additionally, it is also known as Gokyo Lake Trek. Gokyo is a group of lakes located in Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality of Solukhumbu District in north-eastern Nepal. The lakes are located in Sagarmatha National Park at an altitude of 4700–5000 m (15400–16400 ft) above sea level. Lakes and resorts were named after Gokyo Ri peak. The lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system of which Thonak Lake is the largest.


Despite the shorter trip, you will be experiencing many of the world’s highest suspension bridges while passing via Namche Bazaar, Dole, Macchermo and many other settlements.


Flight to Lukla

The 13 days journey begins with a thrilling 30 minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Despite being constructed in 1964 and paved in 2001, Lukla is still considered to be one of the most challenging airports in the world. Here you will meet with your supportive staff and begin your trek towards Phakding.


The trip begins with the spectacular view of the Himalayas and a historic insight into the Sherpa Culture. Here you will also have a chance to unveil the ever mysterious existence of Yeti, the abominable snowman. The Yeti is believed to be an ape-like creature purported to inhabit the Himalayan mountain range in Asia. Many dubious articles have been offered in an attempt to prove the existence of the Yeti. It includes anecdotal visual sightings, disputed video recordings, photographs, and plaster casts of large footprints. Of course some of these are speculated or known to be hoaxes.


Namche Bazaar

The next halt for your trek will be at Namche Bazaar. It is the main trading center and hub for the Khumbu region. Namche Bazaar is also popular among trekkers for altitude acclimatization. The town has a number of lodgings and stores catering to the needs of visitors. It also has a number of internet cafés. Additionally, there are German bakeries, little cafes and many restaurants in the town as well. Moreover, there is also an Irish pub, said to be the highest and most remote Irish pub in the world. A popular local meal is yak steak. On Saturday mornings, a weekly market is held in the center of the village.


Gokyo Lake

Gokyo Lakes are oligotrophic lakes in Nepal’s Sagarmatha National Park. It is located at an altitude of 4700 m to 5000 m (15400–16400 ft) above sea level. Lakes and resorts were named after Gokyo Ri peak. These lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system comprising six main lakes, of which Thonak Lake is the largest.


Moreover, the lakes are located in Khumjung Village Development Committee of Solukhumbu District in Sagarmatha Zone in north-eastern Nepal. Gokyo Cho, also called Dudh Pokhari, is the main lake with an area of 42.9 ha (106 acres). Moreover, the village of Gokyo lies on its eastern shore. Thonak Cho is the largest lake with an area of 65.07 ha (160.8 acres). Also, Gyazumpa Cho is 29 ha (72 acres) in size, followed by Tanjung Cho with an area of 16.95 ha (41.9 acres). Ngojumba Cho has an area of 14.39 ha (35.6 acres).


Furthermore, as sources of permanent freshwater they have high hydrological value. They feed on waters from various sources, such as seepage from the Ngozumpa glacier, a stream coming from the Renjo La pass from north-west and another stream originating from the Ngozumpa glacier in the east. These are glacier-fed freshwater wetlands and discharge water to the Dudh Kosi headway via the Taujon Lake and the Longabanga Lake.


These lakes however, are deeper than previously assumed by the researchers. Fourth Lake (Thonak Cho) is the deepest lake (62.4 m) followed by the Gokyo Lake which is 43 m. A direct connection between the Gokyo Lake and the upper Thonak Cho and the Ngozumpa Cho has not been observed, but these lakes may be connected via underground seepage water.


Gokyo Ri

Gokyo Peak is a 5357 m (17575 ft)-high peak in the Khumbu region of Nepal. It is located on the west side of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the largest glacier in Nepal. Additionally, it is also reputed to be the largest in the whole Himalayas as well. Gokyo (4750 m / 15583 ft above sea level), at the base of Gokyo Ri, is a small hamlet of a few stone houses and one of the highest settlements in the world. From the summit of Gokyo Ri it is possible to see four 8000 m peaks. They are Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu.


The Gokyo Valley Trek is a fairly popular trekking route. The route itself ends at Gokyo Ri, and trekkers typically turn around at this point and retrace their steps back to the trailhead. There is an alternative mountaineering route that begins near the southern tip of Ngozumpa Glacier. This alternative route leads east over the Cho La, a pass at 5420 m, where it meets with the main Everest Base Camp Trek.


It is usually visited during the circuit trek of Everest Base Camp with Three Passes Trek. It is slightly off route while visiting the Everest Base Camp but many backpackers still visit it for the beauty of Gokyo Lakes.


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Trip Video


Additional Information on Gokyo Short Trek:


Booking Your Gokyo Short Trek:

We are offering maximum flexibility for our guests’ convenience to book their trips into the Everest region for 2024 and 2025. You may thus choose a date that best suits your schedule. Regarding your booking, please select one of the two available options. You may either pay USD 100 per person as a deposit amount to confirm your trip or pay the full amount of USD 1298 per person upfront. If you opt for the deposit, the remaining is payable via Online / Card Swipe / Cash. We accept USD, AUD, CAD, EURO, GBP, SGD, etc. when you arrive in Kathmandu.


Booking Your International Flight:

For your 13 Days Gokyo EBC Trek, you should plan to arrive in Kathmandu on Day 1 and depart on Day 13. However, the Lukla flights can be canceled due to adverse weather, so having some extra one or two buffer days can prevent any issues with your return tickets.


Packing for the Gokyo Trek:

Please click here for a complete checklist of your Gokyo Trek. Be sure to read it carefully and pack accordingly as per your personal preferences.


Arrival Information:

Once you’ve booked your flight ticket, please share the details with us. Our airport representatives will then be waiting for you at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, holding our official name ‘Cordial Trek’ and your nameplate as you exit the airport terminal. Additionally, if you’re arriving earlier, we can arrange accommodation for extra nights and add-on tours as well for additional cost and provide complimentary airport pickup.


Flight to Lukla and Return:

During the peak season, typically from mid-March to mid-May in spring and late September to late November in autumn, flights to Lukla and back operate from Ramechhap airport. At other times of the year, they depart from Kathmandu. We will however arrange the approximately 4-hour drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap Airport at no additional cost. Optionally you may as well book a direct helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport with additional costs (USD 400).


Trek Starting and Ending Days:

The actual trekking days are from Day 2 to Day 11. You’ll fly to Lukla on Day 2 to commence the trek and return back to Lukla on Day 11. On Day 12, you’ll fly back to Kathmandu and be transferred to your hotel. Expect to spend 10 nights and 10 days completing the Gokyo Short trek. You’ll begin your trek from Lukla to Gokyo with overnight stays in villages like Phakding, Namche, Dole, Machhermo, Gokyo and Lukla. Each day’s trek will begin around 07:30 AM and conclude in the late afternoon, with frequent breaks to catch your breath. You’ll have numerous photo opportunities along the way and enjoy breakfast and dinner at the same place, while lunch is en route.


Additionally, your guide will provide you with regular briefings about timing and stops every morning before the trek begins.


Accommodation in Kathmandu:

In Kathmandu, you’ll stay in a 3 Star Category Hotel with twin / double sharing beds.


Accommodation in the Mountains:

During the trek, your accommodation options are teahouses. Although basic, these Gokyo teahouses are clean and provide a comfortable place for a good night’s rest.


Food during the trip:

In Kathmandu, your package includes breakfast only, typically served buffet-style except on the day of your Lukla flight, when you’ll receive a packed breakfast. During the trek, you will be provided with full board meals and may choose from a menu offering local and international cuisines.


Note: It is highly advisable to stick to vegetarian food from your arrival in Kathmandu until the end of your trek, as proper toilet facilities are not available everywhere along the trail.


Baggage and Weight Limit:

On your flight to Lukla, the total baggage weight allowance is 15 kgs, combining both checked and carry-on baggage. Ensure you pack approximately 10/11 kilos in your checked bag and 5/4 kilos in your carry-on to stay within the 15-kilo limit. If you have items you don’t need on the trek, you can leave them at the Kathmandu hotel for storage at no cost. Remember to take a photo of your bag-tag and keep it for easy identification in case the original tag is lost.


Drinking Water on the Trek:

Bottled water is available along the trail, but we encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottles and treat tap water to reduce single-use plastic bottle waste. Be sure to bring water treatment pills and flavorings to enhance the taste. Staying hydrated is essential, so aim to drink more than 4 liters of water every day while trekking.


Electricity, Charging and Wi-Fi:

Please keep in mind that you’re embarking on a trek to the Everest region, not exploring urban areas. While some facilities like charging and Wi-Fi are available at an extra cost, they are not guaranteed. We also recommend against planning to work or conduct online meetings during the trek, allowing you to fully enjoy the mountain experience.


Cash for Extras and Tipping:

You should have Nepali rupees for expenses such as tea, coffee, bottled drinks and Wi-Fi. Plan to carry about USD 200 to 300 equivalent Nepali rupees. Additionally, set aside 150-200 USD for tipping your guide and porter. The amount can vary based on the level of service provided by the field staff members.


Availability of Guide & Porter:

Every two travelers will be provided with a single porter and an experienced guide. The baggage however must be divided between 12.5 kgs each as every porter carries a maximum of 25 kgs. Both guide and porter will be insured and well equipped with necessary items and first aid kit.


Highlights of Gokyo Short Trek:


1. Trek to Gokyo Ri Peak (5357 m)
2. Explore Gokyo Lakes
3. A thrilling flight to and from Lukla Airport
4. Trek inside Sagarmatha National Park
5. Explore Namche Bazar
6. Experience Sherpa culture and traditions
7. Chance to unravel the mysteries of abominable Yeti

Places You’ll See :

Travel Itinerary:

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (Max Altitude: 1350 m / 4429 ft)

On the first day of your trip, you will be arriving in Kathmandu via Tribhuvan International Airport. A Cordial Trek representative will greet and pick you up from the airport. You will then check into a hotel and be briefed about your upcoming trek and get introduced to your guide. In the evening, you will be enjoying a ‘Cultural Program’ with ‘Nepali Dinner’.


Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel


Meals: Dinner

Day 2 : Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (Max Altitude: 2800 m / 9187 ft)

On the second day of your trek you will be taking a 30 min flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary airstrip at Lukla, one of the most challenging airports in the world. Here you will meet with your support staff (porter). You will then trek down to Phakding for about 3-4 hours. Phakding is a small town that lies on the banks of river Dudhkoshi. You might as well have a small detour to the monasteries and explore the town of Phakding in the afternoon. A guest house in Phakding will be your halt for the night.


Approximate Trek Distance: 7 km / 4.3 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 : Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (Max Altitude: 3438 m / 11280 ft)

On the third day of your trek you will be hiking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar that takes an approximate 6 hours with a max altitude of 3438 m / 11280 ft. Here you will be exploring the Manjo village, the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. On your way, you will cross over the river Dudh Koshi to Thaple Danda via Hillary Bridge, one of the highest suspension bridges in Nepal. Here you will also be getting your first glance at Mount Everest. Namche Bazaar, the home of Sherpas and gateway to Everest Base Camp (EBC) will be your halt for the night.


Approximate Trek Distance: 8 km / 4.9 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 : Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar (Max Altitude: 3438 m / 11280 ft)

The day is to explore Namche Bazaar and get acclimatized to the altitude of 3438 meters. Acclimatization must be considered as an essential part of your journey to Everest Base Camp. Here you will be guided to Everest View Hotel, the highest altitude (3800 m) placed luxury hotel in the world that gives you a spectacular view of a wide range of peaks including Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Tabuche, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Everest itself. A guest house in Namche Bazaar will be your halt for the night.


Approximate Trek Distance: 3 km / 1.8 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 : Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (Max Altitude: 3680 m / 12073 ft)

On day five you will be trekking from Namche Bazaar to Dole, a small village in the Khumbu region. The trek spans over approximately 6 hours and passes via Mong La Pass through the dense forest of Rhododendrons and pine trees. A guest house in Dole will be your halt for the night. 


Approximate Trek Distance: 11 km / 6.8 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 : Trek from Dole to Machhermo (Max Altitude: 3870 m / 12696 ft)

On day six you will be trekking from Dole to Machhermo over a span of approximately 4-5 hours. On your way you will be passing through Gokyo Valley that begins to unveil you with views of mighty Himalayas. A guest house in Machhermo will be your halt for the night. 


Approximate Trek Distance: 6 km / 3.7 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 : Trek to Gokyo Lakes (Max Altitude: 4750 m / 15583 ft)

On day seven you will be trekking from Machhermo to Gokyo Lakes over a span of approximately 3-4 hours. You will then explore the Gokyo Valley in the afternoon. Gokyo is a small hamlet of a few stone houses and one of the highest settlements in the world. A guest house in Gokyo will be your halt for the night. 


Approximate Trek Distance: 6 km / 3.7 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 : Trek to Gokyo Ri (Max Altitude: 5357 m / 17575 ft)

On day eight you will be taking an early morning hike (3-4 hours) from Gokyo Lakes to Gokyo Ri (return trip) for a spectacular view of the sunrise. From the summit of Gokyo Ri it is possible to see four 8,000-meter peaks: Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho Oyu.


After your return trip and lunch in the afternoon, you will be exploring the Gokyo fourth and Gokyo fifth lake. A guest house in Gokyo will then be your halt for the night.


Approximate Trek Distance: 3 km / 1.9 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 : Trek to Dole (Min Altitude: 3680 m / 12073 ft)

On day nine you will be trekking from Gokyo to Dole. The trek spans over approximately 6-7 hours and passes via Machhermo. A guest house in Dole will be your halt for the night. 


Approximate Trek Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (Min Altitude: 3438 m / 11280 ft)

On day ten you will be trekking from Dole to Namche Bazaar. The trek spans over approximately 6-7 hours and passes via Mong La. A guest house in Namche Bazaar will be your halt for the night. 


Approximate Trek Distance: 11 km / 6.8 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 : Trek back to Lukla (Min Altitude: 2800 m / 9187 ft)

On day eleven of your trip you will be trekking back to Lukla via Phakding over a span of 7-8 hours. You will then be enjoying the local bazaar at Lukla and stay overnight for the halt. In the evening you will also be celebrating the successful completion of your trek journey with your guide and supportive staff.


Approximate Trek Distance: 15 km / 9.3 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House  


Meals Available: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12 : Fly back to Kathmandu (Min Altitude: 1350 m / 4429 ft)

On day twelve you will be bidding a final farewell to the supportive staff of the crew in Lukla and board a flight back to Kathmandu. You will then check into your hotel room and get your free time in the evening.


Accommodation:'3 Star' Category Hotel  


Meals Available: Breakfast

Day 13 : Final Departure

On day thirteen you will be awarded with a ‘Trip Certificate’ and be bidded a final farewell. We will then drop you back to the airport three hours before your final departure.


Optional: You might also book any other new trips with us.


Meals Available: Breakfast


How can I get my ‘On Arrival’ Nepal Visa ?

Any international traveler arriving by air can get an ‘On Arrival Visa’ at ‘Tribhuvan International Airport’ in Kathmandu. ‘Overland Travelers‘ may acquire an ‘On Arrival Visa’ at the entry points of Nepal-China / Nepal-India border at following locations:


Kakarbhitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)

Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)

Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)

Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)

Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)

Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)

Gadda Chauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)


Optional: You may also get a Visa prior to your arrival in Nepal from ‘Nepalese Diplomatic Missions‘ from your respective nations.


Note: You must carry your valid passport and two passport size photographs (35 x 45 mm / 3.5 x 4.5 cm) along with you upon your arrival in Nepal for a Visa. Travelers from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia, Syria and Zimbabwe however require to submit a pre-application at Nepal Consular Services in their respective nations for a Nepal Visa.

Will I be ‘Received’ upon my arrival in the Airport ?

Yes, you will be received by a Cordial Trek Airport Representative with your ‘Name Sign’ on our organizational placard upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

What is the weight limit for luggage during my trekking days ?

Every traveler is allowed up to 15 kilograms / 33 pounds of luggage during all of their domestic flights over mountainous regions in Nepal. A traveler is however allowed to carry a total of 30 kilograms / 66 pounds of luggage during their domestic flights elsewhere in Nepal. All porters available at your service (one porter for every two travelers) can carry a maximum of 25 kilograms / 55 pounds each. You are therefore allowed to load a maximum of 12.5 kilograms / 27 pounds of luggage to your porter during your trekking days.

What about the communication services available during the trekking days ?

All hotels and guest houses in the city area are available with free WiFi hotspots. Also, all travelers with a valid passport and a photograph are allowed to purchase a SIM Card upon their arrival in Nepal. The traveler must however additionally purchase data / voice packages as per their need and stay in Nepal. There are 2G3G and 4G services available with major carriers all over Nepal. You may optionally also purchase a WiFi service in the mountains where available.

What are the permits required for this trip?

You need not worry about any permits required. We will make preparations for all the documents and travel permits (including TIMS and National Park Permit) required for your Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek.

Can I book this package as a solo traveler ?

Yes, we do book a solo traveler. However a single traveler surcharge may be applied (an additional USD 250).

What about the foods / meals during my trekking days ?

You will be provided with a full board meal / breakfast / complimentary dinner as per mentioned in the respective Trek / Tour package. You may however choose to purchase your additional meals / beverages where available.


Full board meal mentioned above includes breakfast with an omelet / boiled egg, toasts / local bread and one porridge with fried potatoes.


During your lunch you will be provided with Dal-Bhat-Tarkari, the most famous Nepalese food that contains rice and pulse / lentil with curries (vegetables / chicken) and pickle. Optionally you may choose your lunch for fried noodles with eggs / chicken / vegetables as well.


For your dinner you will have an option to choose between Dal-Bhat-Tarkari / Pizza / MoMo / Spaghetti.

How hard is Gokyo Valley Trek?

Gokyo Valley Trek is a comparatively challenging trek as it includes high altitude hikes. However many successful attempts have been made by children less than 12 years of age and elders above 75 years of age. The difficulty mostly relies upon your will power and physical fitness. The extremities you must expect here include a 6-7 hours hike with tea breaks in between.


Additionally, Cordial Trek also provides you with an experienced trek guide capable of first aid services and other assistance.

Are there any chances for a scheduled flight to get canceled?

Yes, there is a maximum chance for a scheduled flight (KTM-Lukla-KTM) to get canceled due extreme and unpredictable weather conditions. However we may assist you to book (with additional cost) a Helicopter ride to and from KTM-Lukla or Lukla-KTM the same day as well.


The helicopter ride (one way) will cost you an additional of USD 500 per person (a pax of five required). The extra cost incurred may however be claimed from your travel insurance (compulsory). We will provide you with any necessary documents.


Note: Any extremely unfavorable weather conditions may result in cancellation of all flight schedules.

What items should I bring (or buy in Kathmandu) for this trip?

You may bring (or buy in Kathmandu) following items for this trip:


1.  Warm clothes including a down jacket / puffer jacket, inner wears, hats, a beanie, gloves, neck gaiter, hiking boots, warm socks, a towel and a pair of hiking pants as well.


2.  A Daypack (25-30 liters)


3.  Backpack (A duffle bag will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)


4.  Sleeping bag (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)


5.  Trekking Poles (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)


6.  A Camelbak or a water bottle


7.  A sunscreen 


8.  A sunglass


9.  A headlamp for night use


10.  Your toiletries

What's Included

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Airport Transfers
  • Company T-shirt
  • Cultural Program
  • Domestic Flights
  • First Aid
  • Full Board Meals (Trekking Days)
  • Guide and Porter
  • Mountain Guest House
  • Necessary Equipment
  • Private Vehicle
  • Travel Permits
  • Trekking Map
  • Welcome Dinner

What's Excluded

  • Beverages
  • Gratitude for Guide and Porter
  • Insurance
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa


  • Hiking
  • Snow and Ice
  • Sunrise
  • Trekking

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