Dec 22 - Jan 1, 2019 | Change

Gokyo Valley trek (11 days)
Everest Region, Nepal

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Highlights: Gokyo and Gokyo Ri

Difficulty: challenging
Gokyo Valley
Starting at $607 usd
For 1 person -Guide & Permits
Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees
$31.03 /day per person for guide
+ $30 per person for guide's insurance
+ $170 per person for guide's transport
+ $65 per person for permits

Teahouse lodging, food, & transportation paid separately.

Sherpana prices are based on group size. We refund you the difference if more people join your trek.
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Included Services
  • Permits Sagarmatha National Park Entry and Local Everest Region Tax
  • Guide Guide's wages, food, lodging, and insurance
  • Guide's Transport
Optional Services (Porter...)
  • Porter Each porter may carry no more than 20 kg (44 lb). One porter is usually enough for 2 people's gear. Government required insurance covers the porter in case of an accident while on the trip.
    $20 per day per porter

    + $30 per porter for porter's insurance

  • Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Booking the flight with the trek insures that the guide will be able to be on the same flight in addition transport to/from the airport from your hotel is included.
    $180 per person

    + $15 per person for service/transport fee

  • Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu Booking the flight with the trek insures that the guide will be able to be on the same flight in addition transport to/from the airport from your hotel is included.
    $180 per person

    + $15 per person for service/transport fee

This trip has optional side trips. Would you like to see the options?

The Gokyo Valley is the most spectacular of the Khumbu valleys. With its series of lakes and jaw dropping views of Everest, Gokyo should be a must visit on any trekkers visit to the Khumbu region. As a standalone trek or linking it to the Everest Bascamp trek via the Cho la is trek is sure to impress. If you can spare some extra time take a day hike from Gokyo to the Fifth Lake and climb Ngozumpa Tse. On a clear day, it boasts for one of the best trekking views in the Khumbu.

Weather Conditions in December

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December is probably the most underrated month to trek, one of the driest months of the year skies are often clear from sunrise to sunset. The trails and teahouses are less crowded than in November. At higher altitudes, temperatures drop as the winter season approaches so it is important to carry warm enough clothing and sleeping bags. When properly prepared December can be a great month to trek

At a glance
On average there are 1 day with precipitation in December. The highest point on the trek is Gokyo Ri at 5360 m. During December, expect high temperatures of around -3.8°C (25°F) and lows down to -19.8°C (-4°F) at Gokyo Ri.

Gokyo Valley Trek
(Elevation Profile)

Available Side Trips

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Sat Dec 22 (day 1)

Kathmandu (1337 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.4°C (69°F) and lows of about 4.4°C (40°F) in December.

Kathmandu

Highlights: Junbesi
Difficulty: challenging
With roads being extended further into the region there are now a few options for those who want to trek in rather than fly. Starting from Dhap allows you to take in the famed views of Pikey Peak on the trek in before joining the main trail at Junbesi. For the traditionalist, with bus service now extending to Bhandar the classic Jiri start can now be reduced by a day. Starting from Bhandar allows you to follow the route of early climbing expeditions into the Khumbu. While not that high by Himalayan standards, the trekking routes into the Khumbu are surprisingly strenuous. Since the path cuts across the valleys that descend from the high Himalayas, there is a lot of up and down climbing as you climb out of one valley and descend down to a river only to climb out the other side. This area sees far fewer trekkers than the trails above Lukla, but still has a pretty good lodge infrastructure.

Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $180.00
Travel time: 30 minutes

Lukla (2860 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.2°C (52°F) and lows of about -4.8°C (23°F) in December.

Lukla

Phakding (2860 m)

About 3 hours from Lukla
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.2°C (52°F) and lows of about -4.8°C (23°F) in December.

Phakding
Sun Dec 23 (day 2)

Namche Bazaar (3440 m)

About 5-6 hours from Phakding
Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.8°C (46°F) and lows of about -8.2°C (17°F) in December.

Namche Bazaar
Mon Dec 24 (day 3)

Namche Bazaar (3440 m)

Tue Dec 25 (day 4)

Phortse Thanga (3650 m)

About 2-3 hours
Expect typical high termperatures of about 6.5°C (44°F) and lows of about -9.5°C (15°F) in December.

Wed Dec 26 (day 5)

Dole (4090 m)

About 1-2 hours from Phortse Thanga
Expect typical high termperatures of about 3.9°C (39°F) and lows of about -12.1°C (10°F) in December.

Dole
Thu Dec 27 (day 6)

Machhermo (4400 m)

About 2-3 hours from Dole
Expect typical high termperatures of about 2.0°C (36°F) and lows of about -14.0°C (7°F) in December.

Machhermo
Fri Dec 28 (day 7)

Gokyo First Lake (4700 m)

About 2 hours from Machhermo
Expect typical high termperatures of about 0.2°C (32°F) and lows of about -15.8°C (4°F) in December.

Gokyo (4750 m)

About 3-4 hours from Machhermo
Expect typical high termperatures of about -0.1°C (32°F) and lows of about -16.1°C (3°F) in December.

Gokyo

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Highlights: Renjo La Pass and Gokyo
Difficulty: strenuous
The path via the Renjo La (5340 m) provides a more strenuous route from Gokyo back to Namche Bazaar via the barren and beautiful Bhote Valley, and the Sherpa Village of Thame. Ascending from Gokyo to the Renjo La provides jaw dropping views of Mt. Everest with Gokyo Lake below. Images from via Renjo La Side Trek

Highlights: Gokyo 5th Lake, Gokyo, and Ngozumpa Tse
Difficulty: strenuous
Gokyo valley’s 5th Lake and the rocky outcropping between the 5th and 6th lakes known as Ngozumpa Tse is a great day hike option for those who want to spend an extra day in Gokyo. The challenging hike leads up into the remote and desolate upper Gokyo Valley. The view from Ngozumpa Tse is jaw-dropping.

Highlights: Cho La Pass, Everest Base Camp, Gokyo, Gokyo Ri, and Kala Patthar
Difficulty: strenuous
Take the scenic route to Everest Base Camp over the 5420 m (17,782 ft ) Cho La. The route over this glacial clad pass is tough but rewarding. Descending with spectacular views a Ama Dablam the route joins with the traditional trail following the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp. In addition to Everest Basecamp, you will climb to the dizzying height of 5643 m (18,513 ft) and view one of the most magnificent panoramas in the Himalayas atop Kala Patthar.

Sat Dec 29 (day 8)

Gokyo Ri (5360 m)

About 1-2 hours to ascent from Gokyo
Expect typical high termperatures of about -3.8°C (25°F) and lows of about -19.8°C (-4°F) in December.

Gokyo Ri

Phortse (3840 m)

About 5-7 hours from Gokyo
Expect typical high termperatures of about 5.4°C (42°F) and lows of about -10.6°C (13°F) in December.

Phortse
Sun Dec 30 (day 9)

Namche Bazaar (3440 m)

About 3-5 hours from Phortse
Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.8°C (46°F) and lows of about -8.2°C (17°F) in December.

Namche Bazaar
Mon Dec 31 (day 10)

Lukla (2860 m)

About 5-7 hours from Namche
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.2°C (52°F) and lows of about -4.8°C (23°F) in December.

Lukla
Tue Jan 1 (day 11)
Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $180.00
Travel time: 30 minutes

Kathmandu (1337 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 19.4°C (67°F) and lows of about 2.4°C (36°F) in January.

Kathmandu
you can add extra rest days after the itinerary is created

by Derek (United Kingdom) on Nov 20, 2018

Gokyo Valley via Cho La & Everest Base Camp led by Pasang Dawa Sherpa

great views of Everest from Goyko Ri glad we saw it there because I was not well enough to climb Kala Patthar

by Rhett (Canada) on May 16, 2018

Everest Base Camp via Cho La and via Renjo La led by Pasang Dawa Sherpa

by Derek (United Kingdom) on Nov 20, 2018

Gokyo Valley via Cho La & Everest Base Camp led by Pasang Dawa Sherpa

Goyko and Cho La were the highlights of the trip more spectacular than EBC, but bring light crampons! its very icy just over the pass!

by Andrew (United Kingdom) on Nov 5, 2018

Three Passes & Everest Base Camp Overland Start led by Nigma Tamang