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Gokyo Valley Trekking

Trip code 1002
Package name Gokyo Valley Trekking
Duration 12 days
Max. elevation 5360 m
Level MODERATE
Transportation Private tourist vehicle and domestic flight as per the itinerary.
Accomodation 3-Star hotel in Kathmandu and Best available guest houses during the trek.
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route
Cost USD 1,456 per person

Highlights

Overview

Gokyo Valley trekking is ideal for those who like to walk in the Everest region without the physical stress of reaching the base camp of Everest or crossing high passes in the vicinity. It is instead for travelers who wish to try something new in the Everest region. Being a fairly popular trekking route, the trekkers can enjoy being at a higher altitude and visit the second largest glacier in the World. This trek is a total mountain adventure journey to the mystical land of the Himalayas.

On the way, you can experience the unique Sherpa cultures, traditions, hospitalities, visit ancient monasteries, and learning about the Tibetan baddish culture of Nepal. You will also be amazed by the stunning views of snow-capped mountains while trekking around this trail. We can see four of the eight highest mountains in the world, Mt. Everest(8,848.86m / 29,031) Mt. Lhotse(8,516m / 27,940 ft), Mt. Makalu(8,463m / 27,766 ft), and Cho Oyu(8,188m / 26,864 ft). It also offers excellent and rewarding views of Ama Dablam, Chola Tse, Thamsharku, Taweche, Kongde, Gyanchungkang, Kangtenga, and many more with an excellent view of stunning landscapes and the valleys. The viewpoint of Gokyo Ri, the highest point of the trek and one of the best mountain view spots offers a magnificent 360-degree view. Gokyo Lake and the surroundings are also the major highlights of the trek. 

Gokyo valley trekking adventure began with a 30-minute wondering flight on a small plane to the airstrip at Lukla. You will meet your trekking crew then off for an adventure to the beautiful Gokyo valley. The beginning of this trek is the same as trekking to Everest Base Camp. After spending our first night in the mountain in Phakding we will trek up to Namche Bazaar on our second day where we will be doing acclimatization. After staying 2 nights In Namche, we’ll head up the valley leaving the usual Everest base camp trail and follow the river runoff from the Ngozumpa glacier. After three days of climbing, we will reach Gokyo. Which sits at the foot of Gokyo Ri (5,357m / 17,576ft) a huge black mound of rock and dirt. The next morning, you’re invited to take the 3-hour hike to the summit of this black, rocky mound to witness the 360-degree Himalayan view offered only from this vantage point. The Himalayas stand like giants guarding the border into Tibet. After enjoying the beautiful time in Gokyo we’ll start to trek down. We will reach the beautiful village of Khumjung. Which will offer a stunning view of the Mountains of course, and the actual lifestyle and the tradition of the Sherpa people.  We will trek down to Namche bazaar then to Monjo for the night. Then we will trek down to Lukla to finish our trek of the Gokyo valley. While the Everest base camp trek is more renowned, the Gokyo Lake Trek is a better destination if you are after mountains and alpine scenery.

Outline Itinerary 

Our suggested itinerary starting from Kathmandu and ending at Kathmandu for 12 days offers most of the great things of Gokyo Valley Trek have to offers to the trekkers. If you have enough time and want to explore more of Everest Reason you should look at our Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake. We will be more than happy to know your preference and or the style of traveling. Just let us know how we can help you to customize and make this trek wonderful.

Day
Itinerary
Altitude in Meter & Feet
Trekking / Walking
1Arrive at Kathmandu
1,400 m / 4,600 ft
30m Drive
2Sightseeing Tour of the Kathmandu valley
1,400 m / 4,600 ft
5-6 hr drive
3Fly to Lukla (2,860m / 9,383 ft) and trek to Phakding
2,610 m / 8,562 ft
3-4 hr Trek
4Trek to Namche Bazar
3,441 m / 11,290 ft
5-6 hr Trek
5Acclimatization day- Namche Bazar
3,441 m / 11,290 ft
6Trek to Dole
4200m / 13,780 ft
5-6 hr Trek
7Trek to Machharma
4,470m / 14,666ft
3-4 hr Trek
8Trek to Gokyo
4,800m / 15,749ft
3-4 hr Trek
9Climb Gokyo Ri
5,357m / 17,576ft
4-5 hr Trek
10Trek to Phortse Tangga
3680m / 12073 ft
5-6 hr Trek
11Trek to Khumjung
3790m / 12434 ft
3-4 hr Trek
12Trek to Monjo
2850m / 9350 ft
4-5 hr Trek
13Trek to Lukla
2,860m / 9,383 ft
3-4 hr Trek
14Flight back to Kathmandu
1,400 m / 4,600 ft
30m Flight, 30m Drive
15Departure Day

30m Drive

Accommodation in Gokyo Valley Trekking


Nowadays in the lower elevation of Everest reason have many different category hotels from normal teahouses to Luxury hotels. they are providing the room with attached bathrooms and hot shower and room service. However, teahouses in some places only have shared toilet and washing facilities. There is nothing like falling asleep after a long day on the trails to a panoramic display of mountains outside your bedroom window. On the inside, the accommodation is simple, yet clean, cozy, and functional. The rooms usually include single-sized beds with comfortable sheets, pillows, and blankets. All the Accommodation for your trek and tour is twin sharing basis. If you wish to get a single supplement it will be available in Kathmandu and lower elevation of the trekking area but it might be difficult to get them in higher elevations in peak seasons.

Food in Gokyo Valley Trekking


During the Gokyo Valley Trek, you can enjoy traditional Nepali food “Daal Bhaat”, which is a platter of boiled rice, curry, Greens, lentil soup, and pickles is available everywhere, as well as many types of International (Indian, Chinese, Italian, Continental, Tibetan, etc) foods.
For breakfast, you can choose items of bread, eggs, porridge, muesli, Corn flakes, pancake, hash browns, fries, Chapati, etc. The lunch and dinner menu is the same, which includes items of some vegetables and meats (limited option), spaghetti, pizza, noodles, sandwich, burgers, Soup, momo, etc are common foods. The fruit is rare and you don’t find any seafood items on the menu.
You can also find simple choices of hot beverages that include different types of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, hot lemon with Ginger and honey, etc. In some places, you can also find a simple dessert menu that includes apple pie, chocolate roll, custard, and pudding. Breakfast and Dinner we will take wherever we stay and the Lunch we will take on the way to our Destinations.

Our Trekking Team for Gokyo Valley Trekking


Your safety is our first priority. To make your dream adventure come true and successful there will be 1 professional trekking leader/guide, 1 assistance trekking guide (1 assistance trekking guide for every 7 trekkers), and support staff / Sherpa porters (1 support staff for every 2 trekkers). These arrangements will make sure that if anybody on the group gets any issue (emergency return, Altitude sickness, physical damage, sickness, etc) in the middle of the trek and can’t continue rest of the group can still go ahead as planned as to the destinations.

Best Time for Gokyo Gokyo Valley Trekking


For the Everest Base Camp Trek, Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) are the best months for High altitude treks in Nepal. The air, freshly washed by the monsoon rain, is crystal clear, stunning mountain scenery, and the weather is still comfortably warm. Although many trekking trips into the lower altitude can be taken during winter and monsoon too, but the cold can be bitter and dangerous at the high altitude, trekking trails above 4000 meters are usually blocked by the heavy snowfall. And the trails can be slippery due to the monsoon rain, Nepal’s famous Juka (leeches) are an un-pleasant feature of the wet season, but with care, trekking can still be possible and there are certainly fewer trekkers on the trail.
For more detail please visit the FAQ section below the package.

Video of Gokyo Valley Trekking


Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m / 4,600 ft)

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative from Namaste Nepal Trekking & Research Hub will pick you up from the airport. He will be displaying a NNTR sideboard outside the airport terminal. Transfer to the selected hotel. In the afternoon pre-trip meeting will be holding at our office. During this meeting we will introduce your trek and or tour leader/guide, so please make sure that you ask all the questions and concerns. For the meeting please make sure you bring passport, 2 copies passport size photos and your travel insurance policy copy (if you haven’t sent by email before).  And sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

Day 2 : Sightseeing Tour of the valley of Kathmandu valley

After breakfast, your sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley will start. You will have a professional tour guide with a private vehicle. Today you will visit the following cultural wonders of Kathmandu valley:

Swambhunath Stupa/Monkey temple:

Is an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, Swayambhunath is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal. The Swayambhunath consists of a stupa and a variety of shrines and temples. A Tibetan monastery, museum, and library are more recent additions. And we can see the 360-degree view of Kathmandu valley. This will be a good way to start your day with

Pashupatinath Temple:

 Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important and significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world. Located on the bank of Holy Bagmati River. The major temple is strictly for Hindus only even though you are not allowed to go inside the main temple you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the other bank of the river.

Boudhanath Stupa: 

Another UNESCO World Heritage site; Boudhanath another holiest site of Kathmandu valley. It was built in the 5th century with pairs of eyes on all 4 directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings.

Patan durbar square:

City of Fine Arts Patan; The ancient royal palace of Patan faces on to magnificent Durbar Square. This concentrated mass of temples is perhaps the most visually stunning display of Newari architecture to be seen in Nepal. The historic monument which describes the oldest architecture of Nepal is Patan durbar square, Temple construction in the square went into overdrive during the Malla period (14th to 18th centuries),

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

After finished sightseeing in Patan on the way to your hotel, our driver will drop you at Kathmandu Durbar Square (only if you are staying at Thamel) from where you can walk back to Thamel through the narrow and oldest open street market of Asan. In Kathmandu durbar square you can see the following: 

Day 3 : Fly to Lukla (2,860m / 9,383 ft) and trek to Phakding (2,610 m / 8,562 ft)

Your adventure began here, flight from Kathmandu to Lukla only takes about 40 minutes, and you'll enjoy Nepal's iconic mountain views throughout. This flight is one of the closest mountain flights you can do in Nepal. Touch down on the narrow mountaintop runway, and your Trekking to dream EBC begins.

After your whirlwind arrival, head out on a half-day trek. You'll follow a riverside trail downhill through the Dudh Koshi Valley, passing farms, stone villages, and snow-topped mountains toward your first overnight in Phakding.

Day 4 : Trek to Namche Bazar (3,441 m / 11,290 ft)

From Phakding, the route crisscrosses the pine-flanked Dudh Koshi (Milky River) river on a steel cable suspension bridge. Keep an eye out for yaks and other local wildlife that amble along the same route.

From there, the trekking path leads into Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO-listed nature reserve that is home to snow leopards and red pandas. After passing a checkpoint in Monjo to register your trekking permits, you'll begin a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. If the weather is clear, you may just catch a glimpse of Mount Everest in the distance.

After a strenuous uphill hike, you'll arrive for your overnight stop with time to shop for souvenirs or any extra gear you may need. Namche, the main trading village in the Khumbu region, is the historic meeting point for Hindu traders from the lowlands and Tibetan yak caravans. It remains a global melting-pot (and now even boasts an Irish pub!).

Day 5 : Acclimatization day- Namche Bazar (3,441 m / 11,290 ft)

After yesterday's significant gain in altitude, you'll take today off to relax and acclimatize. 

The tourist Capital and the biggest settlement in the Khumbu region: Namche Bazaar, well facilitated with ATMs, Internet cafes, restaurants, bakeries and lots of branded and local shops selling the daily needs. Although its rest day for acclimatization, we walk up to Khumjung village through Everest view Hotel and see beautiful views of the Himalayas including Mount Everest, Khumjung village is a brimming little town which is beautifully filled by the Sherpa community. Walking through the Sherpa village will be a unique experience to understand the real lifestyle of Sherpa people.

Day 6 : Trek to Dole (4200m / 13,780 ft)

From Namche, the trail follows the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi River. After the acclimatization day up in Namche, you'll be ready to hit the road to Gokyo Valley again. As you leave Namche, you'll catch an outstanding glimpse of the Himalaya, marking the world's highest elevations.

You'll continue along the trail, you can stop for a cup of Nepali chiya with the view of Ama Doblom in Kayangjuma. After the break, we reach the junction to EBC and Gokyo valley. From here, we climb to Mong La for lunch with one of the finest views of Aamadablam. You will trek don through Rhododendron forests to phorsetanga then we climb again by Passing a few waterfalls and bridges, we reach the small village of Dole.

Day 7 : Trek to Machharma (4,470m / 14,666 ft)

After climbing a ridge, the trail moves through Lhabarma and to Luza where you pass summer settlements of the locals. Views of Kantega, Cho Oyu and Thamserku stay with us as we walk along the trail. Passing small villages on the way, the scenic high hillside trek leads continues with views of the deep Dudh Koshi valley. The four hours walk ends at Machhermo, our stop for the day. A beautiful stream that originates from Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche runs through this village where you can hear stories on the first sighting of Yeti.

Day 8 : Trek to Gokyo (4,800m / 15,749ft)

From Machhermo, the trail ascends to a Chorten through a ridge where views of Thamserku, Kangtega and Cho-Oyu along with the valleys below are magnificent. The valley slowly widens as the easy trail passes another Chorten and reaches Pangka. Descending to the river bank, we then begin our steep climb to the moraine of Ngozamba Glacier. We pass through the mesmerizing natural beauty of the turquoise lakes Longpongo and Taboche Tsho and reach a third lake, Dudh Pokhari, where the Gokyo village is situated. With the backdrop of Cho-Oyo, the beautiful and well-facilitated village and its outstanding periphery is our shelter after this adventurous day.

Day 9 : Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,357m / 17,576 ft)

We start early today to Gokyo Ri (5,357m / 17,576ft) which lies above the village. The steep climb of about four hours to the top is quite strenuous, yet rewards with one of the best Mountain View spot in the Everest region. We can observe 4 of the 14 tallest mountain peaks of the world: Mt. Everest(8,848.86m / 29,031) Mt. Lhotse(8,516m / 27,940 ft), Mt. Makalu(8,463m / 27,766 ft), and Cho Oyu(8,188m / 26,864 ft) with a face-to-face distance. We then head back towards the valley to our lodge for breakfast. After that, we'll be sightseeing around the valley a bit and spend the rest of the day immersing ourselves in the beauty of the Himalayas. And enjoy the highest bakery of the planet with the coffee shot. 

Day 10 : Trek to Phortse Tangga (3680m / 12073 ft)

The trail leads to Ngozumpa Glacier from where we take a steep descent towards the river. We climb to a ridge where exotic views of Cho Oyu and the valley of Kentega below on clear days. Descending down the ridge, we reach PhortseThanga.

Day 11 : Trek to Khumjung (3790m / 12434 ft)

We began our day by climbing to Mongla viewpoint. from here it is just about an hour of easy trek to reach the village of Khumjung.

This village is one of the most beautiful in Khumbu. The first school in Khumbhu Reason was billed by The Himalayan Trust was here, as well as a medical post (for locals and trekkers) in nearby Khunde. The monastery of Khumjung village is another attraction to look around. Surrounding around the village will be an experience to understand the real-life of Sherpa people. 

Day 12 : To Monjo (2850m / 9350 ft)

Passing back along the familiar ground, you'll head to the tourist capital of Namche bazaar for a cup of tea.

From there, you'll descend to the bridge over the Dudh Koshi, finally crossing back over it. Pass through birch and rhododendron forests to Jorshalle and Monjo.

Day 13 : Trek to Lukla (2,860m / 9,383 ft)

Today marks your final day of trekking. The route follows the Dudhi Koshi River all the way back down to Lukla, where you'll spend your last night in the mountains. It's time for a farewell party: sample some regional chang (home-brewed rice beer) and learn some Sherpa dance steps. You have a successful trek to celebrate.

Day 14 : Fly to Kathmandu (1,400 m / 4,600 ft)

On your last morning in the mountains, you'll wake up early to catch a morning flight back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is at your disposal. If you didn't get a chance to see the city's main sights, you'll have a chance to now. You also might want to unwind with a massage or spa treatment in Thamel. Otherwise, you have the entire capital at your fingertips for sightseeing before you depart tomorrow.

Day 15 : Final departure

Your adventure to Nepal comes to the end today! It’s time to say goodbye to Nepal until the Next Time! Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu, a city stroll, and-or souvenir shopping. NNTR representative will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the airport for your return flight home. On the way to your home, you have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful land of the mystic Himalayas.

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