Gokyo Valley Trek
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Overview

Gokyo valley trekking is one of the very well-known and unique adventurous trekking routes of Nepal. It is one of country’s most adventurous and exploratory trek.

Gokyo valley trekking presents to you an extraordinary and once in a lifetime experience to witness the beauty of the world’s tallest and prettiest mountains, exquisite glaciers, including Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the whole Himalayas and second largest in the world. It is possible to trek on the Gokyo valley throughout the year, but the best time to trek are the periods from March to May and September to December.

The beginning of this trek commences with a 30 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This journey takes you through the magnificent valleys of Dudh Koshi, rich in atypical biodiversity, century’s old Buddhist monasteries, and traditional Sherpa villages and finally brings you to the footsteps of the renowned Namche Bazaar, the epitome of Sherpa civilization, and a gateway to classic Everest route. Also, it offers the picturesque and close-up views of Mt. Everest (8,848m) and other equally splendid peaks like Ama Dablam (6,812m), Thamserku (6,623m), Lhotse (8,516m) and Nuptse (7,861m), after passing two nights at Namche.

After exploring and adapting to high altitude at Namche, we move onward to Dole, Machheremo, Luza and Gokyo, our ultimate target. After this, we climb the Gokyo Ri, which stands 5,357 m tall, to witness the spectacular sunrise at the Himalaya. Subsequently, two and half hour walk later, the view from the ridge above the Gokyo peak is incredible. Four peaks which stand taller than 8000m are visible from Gokyo Ri, including glorious Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu, and the beautiful emerald Gokyo lake, along with other smaller mountains. The view of Everest from Gokyo Ri is more stunning than from Kalapathar.The sight of the terrific ice ridge between the Ghyangchung Kang (7925m) and Cho Oyu (8201m) is one the highlight as seen by Khumbu. You can extend the trek by going over the Chola pass to Everest base camp, for more remarkable mountaineering adventures to recall.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit historical Sherpa museum and Saturday market in Namche Bazaar
  • Bird’s eye view from National park headquarter and from the Everest view hotel
  • Live through Sherpa culture and a glimpse of Yeti head in Khumjung village
  • Explore the Gokyo lake
  • View from Renjo pass
  • Explore the Thame monastery hidden valley.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival to Kathmandu (1350m) transfer to Hotel.

Once you land at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), our representatives will kindly receive you and take you to your hotel, in a private car or a high-end tourist bus. After checking in, you can either explore this vibrant and exciting city on your own or take a cozy rest at your hotel.

Day 2
Sightseeing tour in kathmandu.

Your sightseeing of this ancient city begins at around 8:30 am, after breakfast. A specialized tour guide and a comfy private vehicle will be available for your assistance. First we will visit the biggest Hindu temple of Nepal, Pashupatinath, which predates to Lichhavi period. Then, to Boudhanath, and SwayambhuNath shrines of lord Buddha, uniquely built in Stupa style architecture. The evening will be spent at Kathmandu Durbar Square, testimonial of middle age architecture.

Day 3
Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610m)

On the third day, we’ll board a flight to Lukla (2810m), from TIA. You will be able to enjoy the beauty of splendid hills, rivers and mountains during the 30 minutes long flight. On reaching Lukla airport, you’ll be introduced to your porter, and served a wholesome breakfast. After that, we will head north to Phakding (2620m). It is an easy 3 hour hike through the Dudhkoshi valley. We will head north from the airstrip to Chheplung (2700m) and cross the crystal clear Thadokoshi on a locally built suspension bridge. Past the bridge, you can witness KusamKanggru (6367m), which is one of the toughest mountains to conquer. Away from the ThadoKoshi, the trail continues towards the Ghat (2590m) and we will cross a ridge marked with painted Mani stones. We will carry on our mount to reach the beautiful tribal village of Phakding where you will stay overnight.

Day 4
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3445m)

On our second day of trekking, we will head to Namche bazaar, celebrated village of Khumbu region. On our way to Namche, we will cross the winding Dudhkoshi River 5 times on thrilling suspension bridges, covered with colorful Buddhist prayer flags. Then,We will continue your climb, which will bring you to Jorsale. From there, it’s a two and a half hour ascent to Namche, with two major viewpoints on your way. If you’re lucky, on a clear day, you can relish the hypnotic view of Everest. At Jorsale, you will enter Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) where you’ll be required to verify your permits. After 5-6 hours of tough hiking, we’ll reach Namche Bazaar, the economic hub of the region, also, gateway to Everest.

Day 5
Acclimatization day at Namche Bazar.

Adaptation to harsh geography and high altitude is vital before further continuing the ascent to avoid altitude sickness and other unwelcome illness. You’ll be taken for a one day hike through the beautiful villages of Khunde and Khumjung. After getting back at Everest view hotel, you can go to look at the giant skull of a mystical creature “Yeti”, in a monastery in the region. You can also savor at a bakery at world’s highest altitude. On a fairly clear day, you can view breathtaking view of peaks such as Everest, Lhotse, and AmaDablam among others. The view of mountains from the Everest View Hotel, is also commendable. After a nourishing breakfast at the hotel, we will endeavor an hour long climb to the Syangboche airstrip (3790m), from where we will steadily ascend towards Khundu. On your way up, you can see century’s old Chorten (stone Buddhist monuments). From there, we will move eastwards to Khumjung, the largest settlement in the whole Khumbu region, at the lap of the holy peak of Khumbila. After savoring lunch at Khumjung, we will trail a slow climb to Everest View Hotel, from where you can again enjoy the view of Himalayas. The descend to Namche (3540m) is approximately 4/5 hours walk.

Day 6
Hike to Dole. (4150m)

Now the trek enters above 4000m. A little climb to the ridge top out of Namche will grant us a glorious view of Everest and Lhotse. From there, we will continue the mainstream trail for some time. All through the trail, you can witness vendors selling Tibetan handiworks.After we arrive at the crossroad, which lies considerably high all above the DudhKoshi, the trail is divided. The upward trail, which we will follow stretches to Mon La Pass. The downhill trail leads to Everest base camp. We will now follow the pass to reach Phortse Tanga. We will now trail steeply to rhododendron jungles. After that, we arrive at Dole. From here, we can have a spectacular view of Khumbila and Tawache (6,542m). We will explore around Dole, and stay overnight.

Day 7
Trek to Machhermo (4470m)

The trek begins with a steady climb along the valley. The air is now thin, comparatively. The juniper forests now dominate the woods. As we go up, we can see beautiful summer settlements and grazing land throughout. The sight of tall silver mountains will be a treat, no wonder. Superb views of Cho Oyu, its neighboring peaks Kantega and Thamserku will feast our eyes. By noon, we will have arrived at Machermo (4,410m). We will spend the rest of the day exploring Machermo (4,410m) and spend the night there.

Day 8
Trek to Gokyo (4790m) after lunch, trekking to Fifth Lake and back to Gokyo.

After breakfast, we will continue the trail over the ridge for more exotic views. Majestic Cho Oyu stands tall, right in front of us. Below is the gorgeous view of Khantega gorge, innate. Beyond the edge, the valley extends as the trail goes side by side to Pangram at 4,390m. We descend down to the riverside, before we climb up to the fetal glacial deposit of the Ngozumpa glacier. Now, after a slightly higher ascent, we arrive at Gokyo, for a night stay. After the Lunch We will also visit and relish the sight of magnetic Forth and Fifth Lake for close view of Mt.Everest and many other mountains and take pictures. Trek back to Gokyo village where we spend our night.

Day 9
Trek down to Dole (4200m).

Early in the morning, we will conquer 5463m high GokyoRi from where we can view outstanding Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu among others. We will hike to Fifth Lake from where the view of peaks is even better. We will then descend to Dole to spend the night.

Day 10
Trek down to Namche (3445m).

We will continue our trek down the Sherpa villages of Khumjung, leaving the mountains in the backdrop. We will walk down to the village of Namche bazaar, the epitome of Sherpa culture. We will stay the night at a guest house in Namche.

Day 11
Trek down to Lukla (2830m).

It is around a seven hour long walk downhill from Namche to Lukla. On this day, our time at the exotic Sagarmatha National Park will come to an end. Following day, we will board a plane to the capital. You will bid goodbye to this trek with a memorable walk down to Lukla.

Day 12
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Early morning air trip from Lukla to Kathmandu, back to your hotel. (Day 12) Early morning, we will catch a plane from Lukla to Kathmandu. Don’t forget to pick a seat on the right side, to see the insatiable mountains again. On reaching Kathmandu, you will be escorted back to your hotel.

Day 13
Final departure from kathmandu.

The day has come to leave this remarkable country. Our representatives will transfer you to the airport from where you’ll board a flight to your next destination. Bid farewell to this country of Himalayas with plans to visit next time. Because, once is never enough!

What is Included

  • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
  • Three nights standard twin Sharing Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Trekking lodge accommodations during the trek.
  • Fresh fruit every night after Dinner.
  • All necessary paper works Sagarmatha National park entry permit & TIMS permit.
  • Flight fare (Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu) with airport pickup and drop by car, domestic airport Tax.
  • English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance.
  • A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Use of Sleeping bags, Down Jacket,duffel bag and Walking Pole (if you don’t have your own, To be return after the trip complete).
  • Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt and cap.
  • Government taxes,service charge and official expenses.
  • Guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour with private vehicle.
  • Gokyo valley trekking map.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • Assistant guide group size above 6+ person.

What is Excluded

  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee($25 USD for two weeks visa on arrival)
  • Your Travel and medical insurance(Recommended).
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  • Deserts Sweet things like, chocolate, cake, pie and pudding.
  • Hot shower and battery charging during the trekking.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee(approximate $30USD per person)

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  1. Gokyo Valley Trek
    I was recommended to Nepal Eco tours and Chhatra from a friend who was living in Nepal for 2 years. From the moment we walked into Chhatra’s office until our Departure from Kathmandu we had the most amazing experience and the whole team looked after us so well! We were considering doing the Langtang trek but after speaking to Chhatra we decided to do the trek to Gokyo Ri. It was honestly the best experience of my life , I can’t reccomend others to do this trek enough! From start to finish the scenery was so spectacular along the way and by far the best view in Nepal at the end of the trek at the top of Gokyo Ri! Our guide walked with us at our own pace and always made sure we were healthy enough to keep going right to the end. If you’re only considering doing the EBC trek I would suggest to think about either adding on Gokyo Ri or switching to this trek. The path is less crowded and the views are much more rewarding! Don’t even hestitate to book any tours through Nepal Eco tours , you will have zero regrets and friends for life!!!
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Trip Facts

  • 13 Days Gokyo Valley Trek
  • Moderate
  • Minimum 02 person
  • February-June, September-December
  • 5360m
  • Aeroplane
  • NEA-ET-06

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