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Trip Highlight

Natural Beauty Visiting emerald and jade Gokyo lakes Mesmerizing views of the Himalayas from Gokyo-Ri including Mt.Everest, Cho Oyu, and Makalu Typical Sherpa culture Variety of flora and fauna Majestic green valleys Impressive Ngozumpa Glacier and rivers

Overview

Gokyo valley trek is one of the exciting and adventurous trekking routes in the Khumbu region. The trek starts with the rollercoaster flight to Lukla. The main highlights of the trek are three emerald and jade lakes with mount Cho- Oyu looming behind the lakes. Beyond the Ngozumpa glacier (which is reputed to be the largest glacier in the whole Himalayas) climbing Gokyo Ri is another excitement from where we can gawk at the idiosyncratic beauty of  Mt.Everest, Cho-Oyu, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse,  Aamadablum and much more standing tall and mighty.

Gokyo Valley trek is considered one of the finest trekking route in the Everest Region, it is a traditional trekking route. Gokyo valley, lying beside the biggest glacier in the whole Himalayas-Ngozumpa Glacier and the perspicuous and ultramarine lakes make the Gokyo valley tantalizing.

Moreover, from Gokyo valley, you can do Everest Base Camp Trek via Chola pass and also you can do Renjo-La pass and return back via Thame instead of tracing back the same route to Namche. The trail to Gokyo is peaceful with few settlements high above the mountains and the trails are one of the finest with rhododendron, pine, and birch forest and wildlife like musk deer, Himalayan Thar and much more. Moreover, the trail consists of the crossing of many suspension bridges and passing many Mani walls and Chortens. In addition getting closer to witness typical Himalayan lifestyle and culture of few dwellers high in the Himalayas is something to experience.

Since Gokyo valley lies in Sagarmatha National park, you need a permit to trek to Gokyo valley. The permit fees is same all round Everest Region. You can find permits and fees details in Gokyo Valley trek permit and fees section.

Outline Itinerary of Gokyo Valley Trek

 

Day 01:   Arrive at Tribhuvan international airport in Kathmandu

Day 02:   Cultural tour to Bouddhanath Stupa and Hindu Cremation site / and Pre-trip meeting

Day 03:  Early morning flight to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2610m) 2/3 hrs walk overnight at lodge

Day 04:  Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5/6 hrs walk overnight at lodge

Day 05:  Rest day at Namche for acclimatization and Panorama view hike (3880m) 2/3 hrs walk hike overnight at lodge

Day 06:  Trek from Namche to Dole (4100m) 5/6 hrs walking overnight at lodge

Day 07:  Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4470m) 3/4 hrs walking, overnight at lodge

Day 08:  Rest day at Machhrmo for acclimation and excursion

Day 09:  Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4790m) 4/5 hrs walking overnight at lodge

Day 10:  Early morning hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m) and trek back down to Dole (4100m) 6/7 hrs walking overnight at lodge

Day 11:  Trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 4/5 hrs overnight at lodge

Day 12:  Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2840m) 6/7 hrs walking overnight at lodge

Day 13:  Flight back to Kathmandu 35 minutes, and transfer to hotel with Bed & Breakfast plan

Day 14:  Free day in Kathmandu with an optional sightseeing tour

Day 15:  Departure from Kathmandu to your onward destination

Physical fitness

Gokyo valley trekking  is for those who are physically fit and can walk for hours to reach their destination. It is the Strenuous trek that takes you to the fascinating Everest region after some hours of a walk down to the moderate paths. As the region lies in higher altitude, one needs to be physically fit and healthy. Before planning for this trek, you need to check your physical condition by consulting your physician. Similarly, handling the low air pressure, high winds and low temperatures and also practicing to carry the weight can help you through the trip.

Lodging and food

We will be greeting you at International airport and make your stay possible at one of the 3-star hotels in the town. While you are on the Trek to the base camp, you will be staying at the Teahouses. The stay may be twin sharing or single(depends on what you want and it is difficult to find a separate bedroom at high above). Likewise, Access the Asia will take you to the best possible place where you can enjoy the hygienic Nepali as well as International food. Accommodation with breakfast, lunch and dinner at different areas during trekking and in camping as per the holiday plan will be provided. For the Lunch and Dinner, while staying at Kathmandu, you are responsible for the payment. There will be the farewell dinner with every guest after they return form their Trek.

Best Time to travel

February to Mid June, September – Mid December is the best for climbing up the Base Camp. Dec & January are cold which can be snowy, July and August are rainy time, trekking can be done, but visibility can be weak due to rain.

Lukla flights

Lukla airport is also known as Tenzing Hillary airport which lies in Everest region where Mount Everest is also situated. The airport falls among the most dangerous airport in the world. It is the popular airport because it is the starting point for climbing the EBC. Due to the changing visibility and weather sometimes the flight gets delayed or canceled. You can only take 15kg of your stuff from the Lukla airport or to the Lukla airport (1 or 2 kg more can be taken with extra charge). If the flights get delayed or canceled then you can charter a helicopter which can be a bit costly or else if you go for sharing basis in the helicopter than the cost can be lowered compared to single charter.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu- Transfer to Hotel

Upon arrival in Kathmandu our representative from Access the Asia will pick us from Tribhuvan International Airport and take us to our hotel with Bed and Breakfast plan.

Day 2: Sightseeing Kathmandu and pre – trek meeting and planning

On this day, cultural city guide will meet you at hotel and he/she will guide you around the Kathmandu valley and you will visit to world heritage sites Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and other cultural and traditional areas after completion of city tour we will return back to office and meet the team and other participant members and discuss over the trip and we will give you a briefing about tour and we will make sure your all the equipments are ready and in fine condition.

Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2860m) and trek to Phakding (2610m) 30minutes of flight and 2/3hrs of walking

This is the day where all the treks to Everest begin. Your guide will meet you at hotel and you will be escorted to the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International airport and take early morning flight to Lukla which is about 30 minutes from Kathmandu. In Lukla we will meet other staffs there we will set luggage for porters to carry. After that we will have a walk through the stone trails and forest observing the local villages and reach Phakding and stay overnight. Note: All the flights to Lukla are scheduled early in the morning however sometimes due to weather problem flight may be delay at those situations we would like you to have patience.

Day 4: Trek from Phakding (2610m) to Namche (3440m) 5/6 hrs of walking

On this day we will take breakfast at nearly 7:30 am and without out any further delay we set out for another 5-6 hours walk to Namche bazaar. On the trail we will pass through various suspension bridges and cross the Dudh Koshi River. We will encounter villages like Toktok, banker and Monjo; Monjo is the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park our guide will complete all the necessary formalities to enter to the Sagarmatha National Park. After 15 minutes walk we will arrive at Jorsale and will take lunch there after that we walk alongside the Trail of Dudh Koshi River and Bhote Koshi River and steep trails of hills. Overnight at Namche bazaar

Day 5: Rest day/Acclimatization

Although this is a rest day but actually after breakfast we will hike to Everest view point so as to keep ourselves active and adapt to climate moreover from Everest view point we will be able to view the scenic beauty of Amadablam, Everest, Lotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Kongde and so on then we will return back to Namche Bazaar and have lunch then if you are interested you can take a short tour of Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the biggest and colorful bazaar of Everest or Khumbu region; it is the hub for all the travelers and local people. There are cafes, cyber, pub, ATM’s and other local businesses. Overnight at Namche

Day 6: Trek to Dole (4100m) 5/6 hrs of walking

On this day after breakfast we set for another 5/6 hours walk to Dole from Namche. On the trail we can explore various flora and fauna and also experience the amazing view of mountains. In between we encounter Kangjuma village which is the junction and it divides the trail to Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp. We follow the trail to Gokyo from Kangjuma throughout the trail we can see the view of Themserku, Amadablum and Everest but the view is very pleasant and amazing from Mongla village. Crossing Mongla the view of Mt.Everest diminishes slowly and cannot be seen until we reach Gokyo-Ri after crossing Mongla we hike downhill passing rhododendron forest and reach Porsehetanga where we take lunch. After lunch we hike to Dole. The trail is steep and consist of lushly, damp forest and there are many waterfalls and if we get lucky we may see musk deer, Himalayan Thar and other wildlife too. Overnight in Dole

Day 7: Trek to Machchhermo (4470m) 4/5 hrs of walking

Today’s hike is a bit easy. The trail is mostly plain and passes meadows and pastures. Walking gets pleasant and joyful along with the view of Cho-oyu, Taboche and Cholatse. We cross many chortens, small streams and yak farm depending upon the season (In winter season the yaks are brought down the hill and in summer they are migrated back to mountains).

Day 8: Rest Day/Acclimatization

Machchhermo is pleasant and warm valley. After late breakfast we hike for about 2 hours to keep ourselves active. We get pretty good time for acclimatization. After lunch we take rest and explore around the valley.

Day 9: Trek to Gokyo(4790m) 4/5 hrs of walking

We ascend up above the valley along the ridge. The path to Phangga becomes easy as we pass the flat pastureland and meadows, from Phangga we take the uphill and narrow trail and we are never far from the Dudh Koshi River as we can hear the enchanting roar of Dudh Koshi. As we reach the moraine terminal of Ngozumpa glacier we take a steep trail and reach first lake of Gokyo crossing the first lake we take a zigzag path and hike to second lake where we can take some rest and take pictures passing second lake we hike to third lake which lies along the side of Gokyo. Reaching Gokyo we take lunch and enjoy the view of lake.

Day 10: Hike to Gokyo Ri(5357m) and trek back to Dole(4790m)

We climb the Gokyo-Ri today. From the top of the Gokyo-Ri we can admire and gawk at the idiosyncratic beauty of Himalayan vista and emerald and jade Gokyo Lakes. We can see the amazing and mesmerizing view of Mountains above 8000m high like Mt.Everest, Cho-oyu, Makalu, Lotse, Nuptse, Amadablum and many more standing tall and mighty. Returning to Gokyo we take breakfast and hike down to Dole.

Day 11: Trek to Namche (3440m) 5/6 hrs of walking

On this day we take breakfast and buckle up to reach Namche. It will take 6 to 7 hours to reach Namche. On the way we will pass the forest and if we are lucky then we can see musk deer, Damphe and other rare mountainous flora and fauna. Then we ascend ourselves up to reach at Mongla. Then we will descend from Mongla and reach to Kanjuma which is the place that we left before on the way to Gokyo. After that we will gear up ourselves to Namche bazaar. Overnight at Namche bazaar

Day 12: Trek to Lukla (2860m) 6/7 hrs of walking

After breakfast we are set for the last hike to Lukla. We hike mostly down the hill crossing multiple suspension bridge following the trail of Dudh Koshi river and enjoying the surrounding environment and local villages. We take lunch at Phakding after that we hike to Lukla with a comfortable pace. Overnight at Lukla

Day 13: Fly from Lukla (2860m) to Kathmandu (1400m)30 minutes

We take early breakfast and are ready to fly back to Kathmandu. Arriving Kathmandu you will be escorted to hotel from our vehicle.

Day 14: Spare day in Kathmandu

On this day we can take tour around Thamel and do shopping. In evening there will be a farewell dinner with Access The Asia team members to mark the successful trek to Gokyo and the end of the trip.

Day 15: Fly back to onward destination

Access The Asia representative will pick us from the hotel and transport to Tribhuvan International Airport for our onward destination as per the schedule.

Date & Price

Date & Price All Trekking in Nepal,Himalaya Trek,Peak Climbing-Access The Asia Treks adventure travel trips are small group departures and therefore places can fill quickly. To avoid disappointment, we suggest you book your trip as soon as possible.

Dates & Prices

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If our fixed departure dates are not convenient for you or your group, we can also arrange private departures on all of our small group tours. Private group departures will follow the same itineraries as our usual small group tours, or itineraries may be tailormade to suit your own convenient tour date/budgets.

Itineraries may be tailor-made to suit your dates. So if you can’t find a date to suit you or if you want to have your very own tour just with your friends or family then we can help you.

Customised Private Groups:

For most of our usual tours, or itineraries, where there is a group numbering 2 or more, we can customise and organise private group trip(s) where we design the itinerary and activities exclusively for you, according to your requirements and budgets, such as Honeymoon, Anniversary, Family, Scouts, School, College, Fundraising or Charity trips. Find out more about our private group tours.

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  • Trekking pole
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Cotton T-shirts
  • Down jacket
  • Hiking boots
  • Gloves
  • Duffel bag
  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
  • Balaclava
  • Head torch
  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Sleeping bag rated to – 20°C

Cost includes

  • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
  • 3 star hotel in Kathmandu (4 nights or 3 nights as per holiday plan), welcome dinner
  • Sightseeing at Kathmandu with city guide (Cultural and Traditional heritage sites)
  • Duffle bag, Sleeping bag, Down jacket (Sleeping Bag and Down jacket must be returned after the trek is completed)
  • Experienced Government license holder Trekking Guide, Porter (We provide 1 porter for two trekkers), climbing guide, assistant guide and other staffs as per the holiday plan.
  • Entrance fee for various conservation areas, Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) fee
  • Flight or Bus fare as per the holiday plan
  • Accommodation with breakfast, lunch and dinner at different places during trekking and in camping as per the holiday plan
  • Farewell dinner
  • Accommodation in star rated hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All government taxes

Cost excludes

  • Visa Charge to Nepal and International flight fare.
  • Lunch and Dinner while staying at Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Hot and cold drinks, alcoholic drinks
  • Climbing gear (As per your request we can hire it for you)
  • Additional charges for service added included in holiday plan.

FAQ

It is full of adventures and is completely different from the one that is in your country. Its trekking trails are rugged and rough and take you to minimum altitude of 3000 m and maximum to 5000 m plus.

If you are physically fit, who can walk minimum of 4 hours then it is definitely for you. The minimum trekking altitude ranges from 2000 m plus and can go up to the maximum altitude of 5000 m plus.

Yes, you will, because you will be trekking in the remotest himalayan region of the world, where you are not familar with its trail, villages, people, and their culture. There, the local people do not speak English much, so you need a trekking guide, who can speak their language and Nepali.

Is there any age limits for trekking?

They are because Access the Asia gives the topmost priority to their safety.

Climbing peak or trekking peak is an easy peak whose summit can be reached within 1 or 2 days. Its height ranges 6000 m plus. Some trekking peaks are Island Peak, Yala Peak, and Mera Peak.

It must include the terms and conditions that you need while trekking in the Himalayan Region in an altitude of 4000 m to 6000 m. Your travel insurance company must provide you Helicopter Evacuation Service. Normally, it will cost you up to US $5000 in Nepal. If you are coming to Nepal for climbing then you must do climbing insurance in your country as well. Carefully check the terms and conditions of your insurance company, especially what they cover during trekking and climbing.

US $ 20 a day is enough to buy a bottle of mineral water, tea, coffee and so on in the remote Himalayan Region.

Yes, you should. There is no fixed rates for tipping. Its up to you. But how much you tip should be reasonable.

The trekking guides of Access the Asia are well - trained in the first aid; they also carry the first aid box and do the necessary treatment for you.

You will be flown to Kathmandu in a helicopter for medical attention.

Lodge or guest house accommodation.

Lodge, where, you will have meal, provides you drinking water. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation costs US$ 1, but at higher elevation, it can cost up to US $4.

Lodges and guest houses.

No. But it will always be its responsibility to finish your trip on time and to follow the itinerary.

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