Gokyo Valley Trek

Gokyo Valley Trek

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

14 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

5340 m

Group Size

Any

Trial Access:

Private Vehicle, Flight from Ktm-Lukla-Ktm

Best Season:

March - May & Sept - Nov

Gokyo Valley Trek is a wonderful journey on the edge of the beautiful Gokyo Ri Peak (5357m), glittering sapphire lakes and generous sherpas.

A climb to Gokyo Ri at 5340m is the highest point of this trek with spectacular views of Everest, Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Lake, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and the beautiful lush green vegetation accompanied by wildlife and seasonal flora.

This makes it popular with environmental scientists, ecologists, photographers, trekkers along with the pilgrims. Generally, the Gokyo Valley Trek comes with a package sightseeing of the beautiful architecturally rich Kathmandu Valley with the ancient Pagoda Temple and the lively locals that continues with a morning flight to Lukla.

The tour begins with a descent to Phakding and climb to the Namche Bazaar, passing the beautiful pine and rhododendron forest along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River leading to the gate of Everest - Namche Bazaar.

For acclimatization we take a day break there, which is very convenient because you can enjoy the beautiful suburb that enriches you spiritually and collect more information about mountain climbing and climate.

We also explore the market, visit monasteries and take a short tour of the museum and schools. After taking the necessary rest, we will go through Khumjung to Dole and explore the Himalayan lifestyle, people and landscape.

As you climb up to Dole you can see the sudden change in the environment, vegetation and civilization, although some small tea houses keep you company every step of the way. From Dole - we cross the shepherds and follow steep rugged trails, we reach Macchermo which leads us to Gokyo where you will have the chance to explore numerous glacial lakes such as Ngzommpa, Cho La, Dudh Pokhari and Gokyo Lake itself.

Lakes in the Gokyo Valley are known as the freshwater lakes at the highest elevations that have garnered an honor from being registered on the Ramsar site since 2007. It consists of five major lakes, including Thonak Cho (160.8 acres), the largest of which is followed by Gokyo Cho (160 hectares).

These lakes are the source of life for many, including nature, peoples and vegetation, indicating its importance in every way, be it religious, cultural and ecological sanctuary (festival in August) and mode of survival. The lush green vegetation, the pristine sapphire water, the icy glaciers, the gleaming snow-covered mountains, and the warm people - this tour has it all.

Starting Price

1199

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m).

Meals included: BB

Before starting your trek, enjoy the natural beauty and mountains of the region by your flight to Kathmandu. After greetings & welcome, we will drive you to your respective hotel for you to overcome the jet lag or freshen up & relax. Later in the evening, we will be hosting a welcome dinner in a fine Nepali restaurant which serves you delightful Nepali cuisine.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2

Sightseeing Kathmandu

Meals included: Breakfast

Today we will start our trip by visiting four UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu city. Initially, we will be visiting the historical Kathmandu Durbar Square. Next, we will visit Hindu holiest shrine of Nepal - the Pashupatinath temple. After that, we will visit the well known Swayambhunath temple - simply known as monkey temple.

Next, we will be heading to the Boudhanath stupa which is a pilgrimage site of Buddhists. This is also the largest stupa in the world and is a very popular site. Later, probably afternoon - we will gather at our office and discuss the trip and also introduce you to other fellow participants joining you. We will spend our night at Kathmandu.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 3

Fly to Lukla (2800 m), Trek to Phakding (2652 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today early morning - we take a flight to Lukla and during your flight, you will be enjoying the amazing view of the Himalayas including Mount Everest.

Reaching Lukla - we will meet other crew members and begin our trek towards Phakding. We will spend our night at Phakding.

Accommodation: Trek Lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 3 - 4 Hrs

Day 4

Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we will be trekking alongside the Dudh Koshi River and come across abundant villages, chortens, monasteries and even cross the suspension bridge several times. On the way to Benkar village, we will get a picturesque view of the Himalayas including Mount Thamserku. At Monjo, our trekking permits will be checked and then we enter the Sagarmatha National Park.

After that, we will descend down and then trek for awhile & reach Jorsale and then to Namche Bazaar. We will enjoy walking via the river bed and cross the Hillary suspension bridge and then ascend to Namche Bazaar.

We will relish the breathtaking views of Kusum peak, Kwangde peak, Lhotse, Kangaru peak, Tawache and highest mountain Everest. We will spend our night at Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Trek Lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 5 - 6 Hrs

Day 5

Namche Bazaar + Acclimatization

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today is the day for acclimatizing the altitude or to properly adapt the altitude to get rid of altitude sickness. Instead of staying idle - we will be hiking towards Khumjung village and enjoy the amazing view of the Himalayas.

We can also wander around Namche Bazaar to explore Sherpa culture and their traditions. In Khumjung, you will be visiting the Khumjung monastery where Yeti scalp are kept in this monastery. We will then ascend to Syangboche and from here we will enjoy the mind-blowing views of Thamserku, Khumbila, and Kongde peaks.

We will then hike back to Namche Bazaar. We will spend our night at Namche Bazaar. 

Accommodation: Tea house/Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 6

Namche Bazaar to Phorse (3810 m):

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we will leave Namche Bazaar on a path with steady up and down and on the way - we will spot several animals like musk deer, pheasants, Himalayan Thar and more. From here - we will descend down to Kyanjuma.

After that, we will follow the trails of Gokyo and on the way to Mong, we will get a slight view of Ama Dablam, Tawache, Khumbila and Thamserku mountains.

After that, we will be descending down towards Dudh Koshi River and then climb via rhododendron forests to reach Phorse. We get great views of Cholatse and Tawache peaks. We will spend our night at Phorse.

Accommodation: Trek Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5 - 6 Hrs

Day 7

Phorse Village to Machhermo (4470 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we start our day crossing the Dudh Koshi River and on the way, we might also come across wildlife such as the Himalayan Pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats and more. We will be trekking via forests, cascading waterfall and bridge to reach Dole.

We will climb on a steady trail with a scenic view of Kantega, Thamserku, and Cho Oyu mountains. After that, we will climb towards Luza village and walk for a while over Dudh Koshi River. We will continue our trek through the tiny village and sandy path to reach Machhermo.

After reaching here, we will be visiting the Himalayan Rescue Hospital and attend altitude sickness class where you will be briefed about the precautions of altitude sickness. We will spend our night at Machhermo.

Accommodation: Trek Lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 5 - 6 Hrs

Day 8

Machharmo to Gokyo (4800 m )

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we will be ascending to the high hill and relish the view of Kangtega and Dudh Koshi River including the Cho Oyu and Thamserku mountains. From here - our valley widens and then our trail passes via chortens and then we reach Phangga. Before descending down to river bank - we will ascend to the moraine of Ngozamba glacier.

Before reaching Gokyo - we will be passing Longpongo, Dudh Pokhari, and Raboche Tscho. We will spend our night at Gokyo.

Accommodation: Trek Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 Hrs

Day 9

Gokyo Valley; Climb Gokyo Ri (5357 m) & Hike to Fifth lake

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today once again - we will be acclimatizing the altitude at Gokyo if the weather supports us - we will climb towards Gokyo Ri. Reaching the top of the Gokyo Ri - we can admire the amazing view of Himalayas as well as tranquil Gokyo Lakes.

We will also be hiking to Gokyo Lakes. We will then ascend close to the hill rewarded with the stunning views of Mount Cho Oyu, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Gyachung Kang and Makalu. After that, we will retrace back to Gokyo. We will spend our night at Gokyo.

Accommodation: Trek Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5 - 6 Hrs

Day 10

Gokyo to Dole

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will descend down on the trail alongside the Dudh Koshi River and then be passing the Gokyo lakes and on the way, we will be enjoying the great views of Taboche and Cholatse peaks. We will then climb up the hill and then descend down gradually.

We will then pass chorten and at the edge of this chorten, we will get the captivating views of Cho Oyu, Kangtega, and Thaserku mountains. We will then trek towards Machhermo, Lhafarma and Luza village and then reach Dole. We will spend our night at Dole.

Accommodation: Trek Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 3 - 4 Hrs

Day 11

Dole to Namche Bazaar

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will descend down on the steep path towards Phortse Thanga through rhododendron and cascading waterfall. On the way, we might also come across Himalayan pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats and more. On the way to Mong, we will again get the amazing views of Mount Khumbila.

We will then head on the trail to Namche and can spot the amazing views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kantega and Taboche peaks. With a few hours of trekking - we reach Namche army camp and enjoy the last views of the mountains. After trekking for a while - we finally reach Namche Bazaar. We will spend our night at Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Trek Lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 4 - 5 Hrs

Day 12

Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Before trekking on a level trail - we will first descend on the rocky path and then be crossing the suspension bridge several times to reach Lukla. Today our trek finally comes to an end. We will spend our night at Lukla. 

Accommodation: Trek Lodge Estimated Walking Distance: 6 - 8 Hrs

Day 13

Fly Back to Kathmandu

Meals included: BB

Our day will start with an early breakfast and will be on the Lukla airstrip. Finally, board our flight to Kathmandu. Kathmandu will be your stop for the night. You will be free to explore the city and interact with the locals before you board your final flight back home.

 

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min flight and private drive

Day 14

Final Departure

Meals included: Breakfast

This is the departure day where you are transferred to the airport from the hotel. The day where you have to say Bye-bye to Nepal...I hope you have a great time with Himalayan Trekkers. Have a safe journey.

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • All ground transfers in a private vehicle.
  • 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • All meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
  • All accommodation during the trek on a twin-shared basis.
  • English speaking certified tour guide.
  • One porter for every two guests.
  • Everest National Park permits and Trekkers' Information Management System fee
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airports.
  • Welcome or Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural program.
  • All Government taxes, VAT, tourist service charges.

Whats Not Included

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal equipment
  • Tips
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Includes section.


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

FAQ's

What is the best season for the trek?

March to April and September to November are considered ideal for the trek.

Can I shorten or extend the trek?

Yes, you can improvise the itinerary if possible by consulting with us.

Is there a chance of getting altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is highly unlikely because the trek is undertaken gradually, taking all the precautions in order to avoid problems like altitude sickness.

Do I need to have previous trekking or climbing experience?

The trekking does not necessarily require any special techniques and skills but it would certainly be better if you do have those. You need to be physically fit with high stamina and strong heart.

How much cash do I need to carry?

Personal expenses excluding the quoted price are all up to you. You might need cash for meals in the city, snacks, souvenirs, hot showers during the trek, drinks, tipping, and so on. There are ample ATMs and money exchange services if you happen to need more cash.

What if there is an emergency situation?

In case of accidents, mishaps, or natural disasters (all barely occur), you will be immediately evacuated to a safe place with medical assistance if you need it. All the expenses incurred during such events are your liability so please make sure your insurance package covers high altitude evacuation/rescue expenses.

Is Nepal safe after the earthquake?

Yes, Nepal is quite safe from earthquakes. Most of the places destroyed by the earthquake of 2015 have been restored and are very safe to dwell in.  

Is the water safe for drinking?

Tap water in Nepal is not safe for drinking. But you will find bottled water and filtered water in even the smallest shops and restaurants. We also suggest you carry purifying tabs or filter equipped bottles.

Is it suitable for solo travelers?

Yes, we arrange treks for an individual traveling alone as well as in groups. Even if you are a solo traveler, you will not be alone because a guide and a porter will accompany you

Does language barrier pose difficulty?

Our guides will lead the trek in fluent English. If you prefer any other language, we can arrange for that too but you would have to pay a little extra for that.

What vaccinations do I need to take?

For vaccination requirements and other medical requirements, please consult your personal doctor

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