Gokyo Ri Hike – Self guided trekking trip - 11 Days

Trip Facts

  • Plane
  • 5,357 meters
  • Teahouse-Hotel
  • Somewhat Active
  • Lake Hike
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • English/Chinese/Hindi
  • Best season: Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • 7
  • 78
Gokyo Ri hike is renowned as the alternative trail of Everest Base Camp which is situated at an altitude of 5357 meters. It lies in the Everest region of Nepal. Gokyo Ri is a trekking peak where the hikers are allowed to summit the peak without any restriction and climbing permit.

Summiting the Gokyo Ri only needs Sagarmatha National park entry permit and pasang Lhamu municipality entry permit.

Hiking to Gokyo Ri offers the exceptional views of lakes, glaciers and mountains. Mountains over 8000 meters including Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu and many others peaks below 8000 meters are the major attraction of this hike. You can find total of 19 lakes during the hike including the famous Gokyo Lake.

Many hikers insist that summit of Gokyo Ri provides more exceptional views of mountains and the surrounding than of popular Kalapatthar. Kalapatthar is also the best place to view the panoramic views of mountains but in hiker’s eyes, from the top of Gokyo Ri the view is better.

Gokyo Ri hike can also be merged with the famous Everest Base Camp Trek. This hike is considered to be an ideal choice for both the experience and startup/beginner hikers.

Getting in there and return back?

The initiation of Gokyo Ri hike begins from a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.  Lukla is also considered to be one of the most adventure airport around the globe.

The trail from Lukla takes the hikers across the popular Sherpa village of Everest region including Phakding, Namche, Dole and Machhermo.

Following the trail from Machhermo will take the hikers towards to the famous Gokyo lake to view the fresh water lake including many others lakes and summit of Gokyo Ri.

The hikers will be heading back following the same trail and get back to Lukla. From Lukla the hikers will take a flight to Kathmandu.

About Self  Guided Gokyo Ri Hike

This hike is specially constructed for the hikers who want to travel solo but needs the information about the routes and want to hike with pre – booking of accommodation facilities.

Self – Guided Gokyo Ri hike will take you to the top of Gokyo Ri through satellite phone. All the information about the routes and major attraction are notified through the satellite phone by phone guide.

Nepalgram Adventure will arrange your accommodation in teahouse/hotel/ lodges and provides you the phone guide who will provide entire necessary information about the Gokyo Ri hike clearly and communicate well.

Porter during the Gokyo Ri hike is not included.  But, if you think you cannot carry your stuff in high altitude then we can make an arrangement of strong and helpful porter.

NOTE: If you want to choose Guided Trip to Gokyo Ri rather than Self – Guided. Feel free to contact us.

Difficulty and Recommendation for Gokyo Ri Hike?

Gokyo Ri hike falls under moderate hike to do in Nepal where there is no requirement of technical skills. Hikers are recommended to engage in the activities like jogging, swimming and cycling before the Gokyo Ri hike.

This is because walking an average of 5-6 hours a day can be difficult for some of the hikers and engaging in these kinds of activities can make the hikers ease during the hike.

You will be hiking to the elevation of 5357 meters and spending the night over 4000 meters can lead to Acute Mountain Sickness. So, to get away from this kind of problems, hikers are recommended not to rush and walk slowly in the trail.

The trail is moderate where you will be hiking uphill and downhill. The trail to Gokyo Ri is suitable for both the beginner and professional trekkers.

The hikers are recommended to carry the essential equipment’s like the down jacket, waterproof jacket, sleeping bag and gears to avoid the difficulties because the weather is unpredictable.


Day 1
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and hike to Phakding (2640 meters); 25 minutes flight, 3 hours hike

Day 2
Hike from Lukla to Namche (3440 meters), 6/7 hours

Day 3
Acclimatize and Explore around Namche

Day 4
Hike from Namche to Dole (4040 meters); 5 hours

Day 5
Hike from Dole to Machhermo (3820 meters); 5/6 hours

Day 6
Hike from Machhermo to Gokyo valley (4470 meters); 4/5 hours

Day 7
Hike from Gokyo valley to Gokyo Ri and back to Gokyo (5357); 4 hours

Day 8
Hike back to dole; 5 hours

Day 9
Hike from dole to Namche; 5 hours

Day 10
Hike from Namche to Lukla; 7 hours

Day 11
Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu; 25 minutes flight

Cost Details of Gokyo Ri Hike – General inclusion

  • Briefing on phone every morning before the start of the trek.
  • Guide on call duty at any time during the trek
  • Arrangement of accommodation in the tea houses in the places where tea house owner is reachable.
  • Phone guidance for the bus/jeep/car ticketing.

Cost Details of Gokyo Ri Hike – General Exclusion

  • All Food & accommodations during the hike
  • All necessary paper works, Local entry permit & Sagarmatha national park entrance fee.
  • Credit card processing fees for online payment.
  • Satellite Phone - if you want to rent we can help you.
  • Tips for your phone guide and driver (Tipping is never been compulsory though expected).


Major Things to see at Gokyo Ri Hike

  • Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Vice – versa
  • Explore Namche Bazzar
  • Hiking through the trail of Sherpa villages
  • Explore Gokyo lake and surrounding lakes
  • Explore the flora and fauna of Everest region
  • Scenic view of surrounding during the hike
  • Monastery and Gumbas
  • Panoramic views of mountains including the world highest Mount Everest (8848.86 meters)

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Gokyo Ri Hike – Self guided trekking trip
From $110
per person for Guide+B/B Trip

Trip Facts

  • Plane
  • 5,357 meters
  • Teahouse-Hotel
  • Somewhat Active
  • Lake Hike
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • English/Chinese/Hindi
  • Best season: Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • 7
  • 78



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