If you chose the Gokyo as your ultimate destination rather than Everest then the Everest trail is followed until the teahouses at Kenjoma (where the trail from Khumjung joins the main trail). From here the Gokyo trail goes up the hillside towards a pass called Mong La before descending down to the banks of Dudhkoshi River. The next two hours of your trekking will pass through beech, rhododendron and oak forest as well as almost frozen waterfalls and ultimately through pine forest before arriving to the fine sections of the trail in this area. Just above the tree lines there are some teahouses at Dole, a convenient night stay for the first night.
The following day, you must not take long distance journey and make it as short as possible just to avoid high altitude sickness. It only takes about four hours to reach Machherma which should be travelled and completed on the same day. The valley that leads to west above Machherma is well worth an afternoon visit. It is the place where the elusive yeti was said to be sighted. A yeti sighting is unlikely but the valley is stunning none the less. The rocky bulk of Kyajo Ri, an unclimbed and impressive peak, dominates the top of the valley.
The final push up to Gokyo takes you to pass the teahouses at Pangkha and up the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier which is the largest glacier in Nepal. Just above the moraine you can have the first sight of the glacial lakes for which Gokyo is renowned. If it isn’t frozen, you can enjoy the play of migrated ducks in the lake. The trail passes via two more lakes before reaching the teahouses of Gokyo which is about four to five hours from Machherma.
The Gokyo valley is dominated by the massive size of Cho Oyu (8153m), the eighth highest peak on earth. Many trekking options are available in the upper Gokyo Valley. The most common destination is the Rocky Hill above the third lake known as Gokyo Kala Pattar. This hill, which takes at least two hours to climb, provides an even better panorama than the one seen from the famous Kala Pattar at Gorak Shep. To get the best out of a climb of Gokyo Ri, you have to leave the teahouses at least two hours before dawn in order to have a stunning sunrise view in the Himalayas. Trekkers may choose other options to trek additional one day further up the valley passing the fourth and fifth lakes to Cho Oyu base camp. It must be remembered that there are no facilities beyond Gokyo and all trekkers must be self-sufficient.
There are two high passes leading out of the Gokyo Valley. The most travelled is Cho La pass which connects the Khumbu valley near Lobuche and the other is the Renjo La pass that joins the trail between Thame and Nangpa La. Both of these are serious undertakings that may require some basic mountaineering skills and equipment