Gokyo Valley Cho Oyu Basecamp Trek
Gokyo Valley Cho Oyu Basecamp Trek is considered one of the amazing trek that offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks and Ngozumpa Glacier – the largest glacier in Nepal’s Himalayas. Five marvelous alpine lakes linked with the awe-inspiring the eight thousander Cho Oyu stands right in front of you at Gokyo.
Gokyo Valley Cho Oyu Basecamp Trek Highlights.
Trek to the world’s famous heart of Khumbu valley in less crowded Gokyo Valley.
Side trip to Gokyo forth & fifth Lakes to Cho Oyu Base Camp & Ngozumpa glacier.
Breathtaking views of the 4 of 14 highest peaks from Gokyo Ri view point.
Inspiring views of pristine Alpine Gokyo Lakes with around snowcapped peaks.
Trek across the Sagarmatha national park through Sherpa town Namche Bazaar.
Trekking to Gokyo valley is considered one of the amazing trek that offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks and Ngozumpa Glacier – the largest glacier in Nepal’s Himalayas. Five marvelous alpine lakes linked with the awe-inspiring the eight thousander Cho Oyu stands right in front of you at Gokyo. Gokyo Ri view point is located elevation of 5357 meters just on top of pristine Gokyo Lake. Gokyo Ri view point provided superb views of the 8,000 meters peaks mount Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Another attractive part of the trip is day hikes to Cho Oyu Base Camp following the Ngozumpa glacier remarkable views of the Mount Cho Oyu, alpine glacier fourth and fifth lake among the five lakes. Once arrived at Cho Oyu Base Camp massif mount Cho Oyu is standing just in front nearly can do hug and views of breathtaking Himalayan vista and largest Ngozumpa glacier you will never forget in a life.
Gokyo Valley Cho Oyu Basecamp Trekking Route;
After 30 Minute scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu landing at Tenzing Hillary (Lukla) airstrip, our journey is begins. Along the trek we will pass Sherpa villages, Buddhist monasteries, Mani walls and prayer flags with breathtaking views of the Mount Everest and other snowcapped peaks getting closer each day. Visit Himalaya Treks designed Gokyo Valley Cho Oyu basecamp trek itinerary very carefully adding with acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar elevation of 3400 meters and Machhermo altitude of 4440 meters. Namche Bazaar is known by Sherpa town gate way of top of the world. Having rest day at Namche Bazaar is very important that will allow us to explore around like Sherpa museum located at the top of the Namche Bazaar, Syangboche airport, Everest view Hotel and hidden village of Khunde and Khumjung. Acclimatization day at Machhermo we climb the hill ridge above the Machhermo about 4900 meters where from superb views of Everest can be seen.
Another high light of the trip is we will trek through the Sagarmatha National park country’s first national park established in 1976. Sagarmatha national park is home to birds like Himalayan monal, blood pheasant, red-billed chough, and yellow-billed chough. Similarly home to numbers of rare mammal species, including musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and red panda. Himalayan thars, langur monkeys, martens and Himalayan wolves are also found in the park.
Beside Gokyo Valley Cho Oyu Basecamp Trek is less crowded then popular Everest base camp Trek on the other hand provide stunning views with full of trekking experience. Trek can be done without Camping staying at Tea House / Lodges involving in warm Sherpa hospitality and their rich culture. Best time to trek Gokyo Valley Cho Oyu base is end of September to till mid December in autumn season and March to May is another perfect time to trek in spring season. You don’t need to be a mountain runner to do Himalayan treks in Nepal, normally if you could walk each day 4 to 7 hours including break then you could do it, however if you are experience traveler looking for more challenging trip then Visit Himalaya Treks offer Goko Lake Chola Pass Everest Base Camp trek which is much more demanding one. After summit our goal to reach view point of Gokyo Ri (5357 meters) and Cho Oyu base camp we trek back to following the same trail we climbed earlier via Namche, Lukla and flight back to Kathmandu.
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. (Overnight at Hotel)
- Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing and trip preparation.
After Breakfast sightseeing tour around Kathmandu you will be engrossed at places of interest on this day for 4-5 hours of enjoyable and impressive tour visiting world heritage sites of temples-monasteries-Stupas.
- Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 03 hours.
Morning flight to Lukla with mountain views including Everest, on reaching Lukla with time for rest, then start first day trekking to Phakding village. Walk leads past farm villages with few short ups and down, beautiful views along the walk to Phakding. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hours.
After overnight at Phakding, morning trek leads over Dudh Kosi River and then past interesting villages of Tok-Tok, Bhenkar and Monjo to reach at Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate. From here walk on riverbanks for few hours, on crossing last bridge with climb to Sherpa town Namche Bazaar. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar – 06 hours.
After breakfast hike to Sagarmatha National Park museum just top of the Namche Bazaar. After exploring this historical museum walk to the twin village of Khunde (3840 meters) and Khumjung (3780 meters) through the Syangboche Airport (3720 meters) and Everest View Hotel is considered as one of the interesting days of the trek. With the benefit of gain in altitude, this day trip also offers a chance to visit a hospital and school started by Sir Edmund Hillary himself. Breathtaking views of Mount Everest (8848 meters), Lohtse (8414 meters) and Ama Dablam (6856 meters) are also an added incentive for the day hike. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 06: Trek to Dole 4,110m - 06 hours.
The trek continues on a well maintained path in the morning with towering mountains on almost every direction. After passing a couple of teahouses at Kyangjuma, the path climbs to a different valley leaving the traditional Everest Trail and crosses Mong La and drops down to Phortse Tenga. With the disappearing views of Taboche (6367 meters) and Chola Tse (6335 meters), the path leads into rhododendron forest; slowly climbs and reaches Dole. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 07: Trek to Machhermo. (4440 meters) – 04 hours.
Leaving the tree line behind, a brief climb starts the day and a gradual climb follows for the rest of day. The trail passes through a couple of tea shops at Luza and finally reaches Machhermo with Cho Oyu (8201 meters) appearing to the north. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 08: Acclimatization day at Machhermo.
A climb to the ridge above Machhermo rewards with view of Cho Oyu & Everest and the trail into the valley for the next few days. Lecture on altitude at the nearby health post is an option for the afternoon. According to legends, Machhermo was the last place of sightings of the mythical creature of the Himalayas, the Yeti. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 09: Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters) – 4 hours.
The trail moves up into the valley on an easy terrain and starts getting steeper near the first lake of the Gokyo Valley. After passing two smaller lakes, the trail leads to the third lake commonly known as the Gokyo Lake with Mount Cho Oyo towering in the background. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 10: Day Hike to Fifth Lake Cho Oyu Base Camp (5419 meters) – 6 hours.
A walk further into the valley on an easier terrain leads to the fourth and fifth lakes of the valley. These lakes are considered to be sacred and holy to the people of the Khumbu region. Walking shape of the biggest glacier Ngozumpa glacier toward to Cho Oyu Oyu base camp. Reaching at Cho Oyu base camp provided inspiring views of the mount Cho Oyu, Everest and Gyachung Kang and fifteen highest peaks in the world and back to following the same trail just walked before. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 11: Early morning hike to Goko Ri (5357meters) – about 3 hours and back to Gokyo. After lunch trek back to Machhermo – 6 hours.
Today we begin early. Hiking up for about 3 hrs we arrive to Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Ri caters 360 degree panorama of four 8000ers of the Himalayas that include Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu. We slide down back to the hotel, which is pretty easy walk about 1 hour downhill. Have a breakfast/ Lunch and begin to trek along the retracing trail back towards Machhermo. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 12: Trek back to Namche. 6-7 hours.
Treading along the retracing trail the trek today arrives at the bustling Khumbu Town Namche. Treading along the knwon trail in Everest at time allows an opportunity to spot something we have really liked on the way upwards. So the walking is always fun, even on the retracing trails during treks in Everest Region. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 13: Trek back to Lukla. 6-7 hours.
After the breakfast, we hike down a trail steeply descends to the Suspension Bridge and then continue walking over several local villages and most of walking is through Dudh Koshi River valley and surroundings toward to Lukla. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu.
A 30 minutes flight to Kathmandu and a whole day to explore the capital. After thrilling trek to Gokyo Lake Cho Oyu base camp you will have free relaxing day at Kathmandu (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 15 - Leisure day in Kathmandu.
This will be a spare day in Kathmandu. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure etc. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.
- Day 16: Departure.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)
- NOTE: ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUESTS ACCORDING TO YOUR CONVENIENCE.
Bad weather has been a recurring problem at Lukla in the last few years and caused a lot of trouble with flight cancellations. We would like to strongly suggest you to have some spare days at the end of the trek and also a travel insurance that partially or fully covers the sum of emergency evacuation to catch up the international flights. The problems of bad weather at Lukla and people missing their international flights have been well documented in the last few years.
- Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu (Boudhanath and Pasupatinath) with city guide and necessary transport.
- 4 nights accommodation (2 persons per room) in Kathmandu in a 3* standard Hotel with breakfast.
- Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu airfare including airport taxes.
- Accommodation and all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while on trek in normal teahouses.
- Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
- 2 in sharing porter to carry your luggage on treks (Per person 15 kilogram luggage).
- National Park entry fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
- First Aid Kit. Service charge and Government taxes.
- Nepal entry Visa Fee.
- Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
- Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, and soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.
Visit Himalaya Treks has always been keen about safety on the journey. We have prepared Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Nepal. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG. You must bring the following items:
Hiking boots, Trekking Socks
Waterproof (trousers / jacket)
Base layer shirts
Sunhat and Woolen hat
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips)
Head torch (spare bulb and batteries)
Water bottles 1 Litres
Antibacterial hand wash
Daypack (25-30 Liters)
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season (up to – 20ºC)
Personal First Aid Kit
Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag etc are available on hire in Kathmandu. We will provide you complete equipment list details with include/ excludes in confirmation of the Trekking route and the season you are trekking in Nepal. Trekking equipment list will not vary much but need some additional precaution to stay safe, healthy and enjoy the trekking holiday.
Trip cost will vary depending on numbers of travelers, standard of hotel in Kathmandu before & after the trip. Please contact us to GET a Custom Quote.