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Gokyo Valley Trek

Destination: Nepal

Region: Everest

Trip Facts

Duration
14 Day
Difficulty
Moderate to Elite
Country
Nepal
Activity
Trekking and Hiking
Max-Altitude
5,357
Accomodation
Hotel and Lodge
Best Season
Meals
Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast

Overview

Are you worried having less number of holidays somehow wants to Explore the Everest Region??? Along with Exploring the highest mountains of the world, you prefer to go for the wonderful Mt. Everest view from the top of Gokyo Ri. Then Gokyo trek is the best platform for you to spend your holidays in Nepal.

Gokyo trek itself is another landmark on its own. You can have an authentic glimpse of sky rocketing and timeless Himalayan culture and Himalayan ranges. The magical sunset and sunrise above the mountain from Gokyo Ri are another magical and wonderful memories worthy to remember for the lifetime. The perfect and stunning view of mountains like Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu and others sky rocketing mountains is seen from Gokyo Ri which adds more beauty during this wonderful trek. Snowcapped mountains, stunning and wonderful landscape and topography, unique and exotic Himalayan culture and tradition along the natural beauty of the beautiful Gokyo Lake are the major point of attraction of this trek.

We are pleased to offer you Gokyo trek details where you can have the most thrilling experience worthy of a lifelong memory. This trek is a dream trek where you can reach to the gateway of the highest mountain of the world which itself is so pleasurable to be there. Along with this, the panoramic view of the Himalayas and the high hills takes you to another dimension. This trek’s highest elevation is Gokyo Ri which is 5357m and you can have an amazing view of Gokyo Lake that makes this trek a lifetime memory with lots of beautiful scenarios.

 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ancient Gokyo Lake
  • Ancient monasteries, Himalayan lifestyle, culture, custom and tradition, Sherpas’ hospitality and glaciers with coniferous forest.
  • Nepal’s longest Ngozumpa glacier and biggest Khumbu glacier
  • Namche Bazaar, the gateway of Mt. Everest and Sagarmatha National Park
  • Aerial view, scenic flight and magnificent Himalayan Panorama
  • Gokyo Ri, the perfect elevation to view the stunning view of highest mountains of the world
  • Impressive Khumbu Icefalls and World’s Largest Glacier, Ngozumpa Glacier.
  • Wonderful Gokyo valley and Gokyo Lake

Itinerary

Day 1

You arrive at International airport of Nepal (TIA) where you will be welcomed and picked up by our staffs escorting you to the luxurious hotel of Kathmandu. During this drive, you can feel the vibes of the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, which is also known as the city of temples. And, you are provided with the brief details of the trek from our staffs. If there is anything inadequate for the trek, you are provided with the possible available convenient way to reach out to it. You are provided with a wonderful city tour in Kathmandu the next day with an amazing cultural and religious heritage sites including the cost of all the permits of important religious sites (Pashupatinath, Syambhunath and other important sites). This also helps you to get over the jetlag or you can start trek the very next day where you set out for a scenic flight to Lukla. A comfortable and luxurious stay in hotel of Kathmandu for this night.

Drive duration: 30 minutes 

Accommodation: Luxurious hotel of Kathmandu

Day 2

One of the explorative days begins with your breakfast between 6 to 9 am in the morning. Meanwhile, our city guide provides you the brief details of the city tour allocated for this day and you are provided with the grounded private transportation for this particular tour. Kathmandu, also known as the ‘ City of Temples’ has lots of ancient monasteries, unique sculptures, important religious and cultural sites, delightful culture, customs and unique lifestyle of people living in the capital city of Nepal. Kathmandu city has become the dwelling place for people from all over the country. Hence, this is the perfect sample for unity in diversity. People of different religion, culture and unique lifestyle have collaborated to unite in this wonderful city. Some of the important tourist destinations of this city are Pashupatinath Temple (one of the most holiest places for Hindus), Syambhunath and Boudha Stupa (two major Buddhist monasteries), Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square (Ancient sculptures and architectures with Pagoda style Temples), Newari culture, customs and cuisine (Indigenous and traditional community of Kathmandu city).

 

Your exploration occupies some space for you to recap all those beautiful memories and understand the lifestyle and history of Kathmandu. After this beautiful journey, you are escorted back to hotel and an overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Note: Depending upon your flight schedule, the trip meeting is held either on the same day you arrived or after the completion of city tour. In this meeting, you meet with our managing director, city guide and other staffs who are participating for the accomplishment of your wonderful journey.

 City Tour: Entire day

Accommodation: Luxurious hotel in Kathmandu

 

 

Day 3

After having breakfast in Kathmandu, you are picked up from your hotel and you set out for a drive to the domestic section of TIA airport where you take an early morning scenic flight to Lukla. You can have an aerial view of panoramic mountains and birds view of the high hills and mountain ranges.

The thrilling and exciting flight to Lukla is an amazing journey from where you start your fist hike to Phakding. It covers the forest areas, small villages and rivers on the way. Lukla is situated at an altitude of 2840m whereas Phakding is at an altitude of 2640m.

An overnight stay at Phakding.

Drive duration: 30 minutes 

Flight duration: 30 minutes

Hike duration: 3-4 hours

Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge at Phakding

Note: As the flight schedule might change due to current system made by the airline companies. The flight might be from Ramechap, the eastern part of Nepal, around 131 km from Kathmandu. Weather forecast is also another factor for fight delay. If there is delay in the flight, another suitable alternative taken into consideration.

Day 4

After you take breakfast at Phakding, you set out for a hike to Namche Bazaar. This hike is estimated to be around 5 to 7 hours as per your strength and body condition and Namche is located at an altitude of 3440m.

During this hike, you encounter with outstanding mountain ranges and Dudhkoshi river flowing along the side of the Namche Bazaar. You have your lunch before you go ahead than Monji as this place is the last point to get food until you reach to Namche Bazaar.

This hike covers the dense forest with a glimpse of Everest and Lhotse before you reach to Namche Bazaar only in the condition i.e. the weather must be good and the view must be clear and visible. This inclining trial becomes more exciting as you are heading towards the gateway of Mt. Everest and the well-known trading center of Nepal.

An overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Hike duration: 5-7 hours

Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge at Namche Bazaar.

Day 5

This day is allocated for acclimatization in order to adopt with the increasing altitude. Along with this, there are lots of exciting and beautiful spots like coffee shops, bars and restaurants to spend a quality time in a peaceful way.

As this is the trading center so that you can visit around Namche Bazaar and Namche Museum which is 20 minutes hike from Namche eventually hiking to Namche Monastery.

An overnight stay at Namche Bazar.

Hike duration: 2/3hours

Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge at Namche Bazaar.

Day 6

After breakfast at Namche Bazaar, you set out for a hike to Dole (4038m). On the way, you can find steep trial for around 15 minutes and the trial goes on expanding making it to the junction to EBC and Gokyo Valley after couple of hours. You take Gokyo Valley trial to reach Mangla Danda and Phorse Thanga eventually to reach the destination i.e., Dole where you can find the check point of the National Park with a view of various Himalayan Sheep and Kasturi (Musk deer) on the way.

And, overnight stay at Dole.

Hike duration: 6-7 hours

Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge at Dole.

Day 7

After breakfast at Dole, you set out for a hike to Machermo where you reach above the tree lines and you can feel the shortage of cool air and green vegetation. On this day, you can see one of the beautiful mountains i.e, Choyu and other mountains like Cholache, Tawache etc. With this scenic beauty of the mountain ranges, you reach to Machermo passing through Luja Village where you can find the beautiful Yak farm and green pastures.

An overnight stay at Machermo

Hike duration: 3-4 hours

Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge at Machermo

Day 8

After breakfast at Machermo, you set out for a steep upward trial for 15 minutes and then you go through the plain pastures trial for an hour. And, again the steep trial for some time and then you can see the Gokyo Valley where the first Gokyo lake can be seen and on the other of side of the path, you can feel the vibes of Largest Glacier of the world which is Ngozumpa Glacier. Further up, the view of Gokyo region keeps on expanding making your vision clearer and mesmerizing.

Along with this, you reach to second lake eventually reaching to Gokyo.

An overnight stay at Gokyo

Hike duration: 3-4 hours

Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge at Gokyo

 

Day 9

Early morning, you set out for a hike to Gokyo Ri to view the beautiful sunrise through the mountains making it the stunning sunrise ever to witness. The more you move upward the more exciting scenes keep on approaching. As the trial is steep upward, it is considered to be quite challenging trial because this is the trial which takes you above 5000m eventually reaching to Gokyo Ri which 5357m. From the top, you can see the stunning view of Choyu, Mt. Everest, Mt Amadablam, Mt. Makalu etc. You are surrounded by huge Himalayas where you stay at the top looking at the panoramic views of the mountains. After that, you go steep downwards to Gokyo. And, after breakfast, you set out for a hike to Machermo by

An overnight stay at Machermo.

Hike duration: 7-8 hours

Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge at Machermo

Day 10

This day is allocated to return back form Machermo to Namche Bazaar as you return back the same way, you can flow with the left memories from the Gokyo Ri, the best platform to view the highest mountain of the world. Along with this, the trial from Machermo to Namche Bazaar is amazing as you go steep downward with an outstanding scenario of the Everest Region. This 8-hour hike is going to be your memorable period to share with your loved ones in future. With this, you reach to Namche Bazaar, the Gateway to Mt. Everest.

An overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Hike duration: 7-8 hours

Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge at Namche Bazaar

Day 11

After an early morning breakfast, you set out for a hike to Lukla for an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. During descending down to Lukla, you cross the Hillary Suspension Bridge and the route of the Dudh Koshi River Valley. This is the final day of your trek and after this day, your trekking is over and you can have the best memories to share with your loved ones in the future. With all the memories from this trek you ultimately aim to reach Lukla, the final destination of this trek.

An overnight stay at Lukla.

Hike duration: Around 6-7 hours

Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge at Lukla.

Day 12

After early morning breakfast at Lukla, you set out for a flight to Kathmandu. During this flight, you can have the bird view of the sky rocketing mountains and hills. The 40 minutes fight duration will be your best time ever spent as you can all those memories circling in your mind and view the amazing landscapes out of the window making this trip the most memorable one. After landing on International Airport of Kathmandu, you are escorted back to the Hotel.

An overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Flight duration: 30 minutes

Drive Duration: 30 minutes 

Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge at Lukla.

 

Day 13

After you arrive in Kathmandu with all the beautiful memories captured in your inner soul, you are set to recap all those memories and relax in Kathmandu on this day. Visit around Kathmandu city, shopping, relaxing and spending quality time in Kathmandu will be the pleasure of another dimension after this wonderful trek.

Accommodation: Kathmandu (Luxurious Hotel)

 

Day 14

You have to check out at your regular time before 3 hours of your flight schedule. You are dropped off to the airport after successfully accomplishing the exciting and thrilling trekking trial in Nepal.

Drive duration: 30 minutes 

Route Map

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What's Included

  • Transportation includes both grounded and aerial transportation including domestic airport transfers
  • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast in a luxurious hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tour, including all entry fees, tour guide, and private transportation
  • Domestic airport transfers for Lukla
  • Full board meals breakfast, lunch, and dinner with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek (optional)
  • Sightseeing tours in the areas covered by the trek.
  • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide and an assistant guide. Porters (1 porter for two people) and their insurance, food, accommodation, salary, and equipment.
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu-Lukla and Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Sleeping Bag, Down jacket and Duffle bag for porters
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee
  • Khumbu Region entry permit
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System
  • All government taxes and office service charge

What's Excluded

  • Meals not specified in the inclusions
  • Hot shower and extra hot water
  • Personal equipment
  • Cold drinks and sweets like cholate bar and other snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for staffs
  • Battery charging above 3820m
  • No extra expenses from the company if there is an emergency or bad weather

Equipments

What to Bring?

The Everest region is one of the most stunning but also challenging trekking destinations in the world. It’s essential to have the right equipment to ensure your safety, comfort, and enjoyment during your trek. Here are some of the essential items you should bring when trekking in the Everest region:

  1. Trekking boots: Good quality trekking boots with ankle support and a sturdy sole are essential to protect your feet and prevent injuries on the rugged terrain.
  2. Backpack: A good quality backpack that is comfortable to wear and has enough space to carry all your essentials, including water, snacks, camera, and extra clothing.
  3. Clothing: Layers are key to staying warm and comfortable in the Everest region. Bring warm thermal underwear, fleece jacket, down jacket, waterproof shell, and trekking pants. Also, bring a hat, gloves, and a scarf for cold weather.
  4. Sleeping bag: A good quality sleeping bag rated for sub-zero temperatures is essential for staying warm and comfortable at night.
  5. Trekking poles: Trekking poles provide support and help reduce the impact on your knees and ankles when walking on steep and rocky terrain.
  6. Headlamp: A headlamp is essential for early morning starts, late-night hikes, and for navigating through dark lodges and paths.
  7. Sunglasses: Good quality sunglasses with UV protection are essential for protecting your eyes from the strong sunlight and snow glare in the mountains.
  8. Water bottle and purification tablets: Bring a reusable water bottle and water purification tablets to ensure you have access to clean drinking water throughout your trek.
  9. First aid kit: A basic first aid kit that includes bandages, antiseptic cream, painkillers, and altitude sickness medication is essential in case of emergencies.

At Access the Asia Treks, we provide a detailed packing list to our clients, along with equipment rental options and advice on the best gear for your trekking needs. We want to ensure that our clients have all the necessary equipment and are fully prepared to undertake their Everest region trek safely and comfortably.

FAQ

The Gokyo Valley Trek is a popular and stunningly scenic trekking route in Nepal’s Everest region. It leads hikers through the beautiful Gokyo Valley, with breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks such as Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. The walk begins in Lukla and winds past scenic Sherpa settlements, tranquil blue lakes, lush woods, and glacier formations. The trek’s climax is reaching Gokyo Ri, a vantage point with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and the magnificent Gokyo Lakes. It is a difficult but rewarding adventure that highlights the natural magnificence of the Everest region.

The Gokyo Valley Trek normally takes 12 to 14 days to complete, including both the ascent and descent. Access the Asia Treks provide you the 14 days of Gokyo Valley Trek package. However, the precise time will vary based on your fitness level, acclimatization requirements, and selected itinerary. A picturesque flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is frequently followed by many days of trekking through diverse villages and scenery.

The Gokyo Valley Trek is most enjoyable during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (fall) season from September to November. These times of year provide the best weather conditions for hiking, with clear skies and moderate temperatures. The temperature gradually warms up in the spring, and the rhododendron woods blossom, producing a vivid and lovely environment. The weather throughout the autumn season is often dry and stable, with excellent visibility for taking in the panoramic mountain vistas. It is crucial to note, however, that weather conditions might change, so it is best to check the current weather forecast before organizing your walk.

The Gokyo Valley Trek is rated as a bit challenging. Trekkers must be physically fit with endurance to walk for several hours each day across different terrain, including uphill and downhill stretches. The ascent to Gokyo Ri, which reaches an altitude of 5,357 meters (17,575 feet), is the trek’s highest point. The altitude can be difficult, therefore it’s critical to allow for proper acclimatization by taking rest days and gradually increasing. However, Access the Asia Treks provides you the excellent environment for you to cope up with the surrounding. Our experienced team members can make this difficult trek accomplish with an ease. Treks in the Himalayas are always adventurous. However, trekking with us adds more pleasure with the help of experienced team members serving more than 10+ years in this field.

The Gokyo Valley Trek requires permits. Trekkers must get two permits: the Sagarmatha National Park Permit and the Khumbu Rural Municipality Entry Permit (commonly known as the TIMS card). The Nepal Tourism Board issues the Sagarmatha National Park Permit, which is necessary to enter the Sagarmatha National Park, which includes the Everest region. The Khumbu Rural Municipality admission Permit, which allows enrollment into the Khumbu region, including Gokyo Valley. These licenses aim to preserve the area’s natural and cultural assets while also supporting local communities. Access the Asia Treks manages every official document required and the necessary permits prior to the trekking date.

Yes, altitude sickness is a possibility during the Gokyo Valley Trek. The walk ascends to great altitudes, with Gokyo Ri reaching a height of 5,357 meters (17,575 ft). Altitude sickness, commonly known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), occurs when the body does not have enough time to acclimate to higher elevations. Headaches, nausea, dizziness, exhaustion, and shortness of breath are some of the symptoms of altitude sickness. It is critical to take precautions such as allowing for proper acclimatization, taking rest days, staying hydrated, and gradually rising. If altitude sickness symptoms appear, it is critical to descend to a lower height and seek medical assistance if necessary. However, our team members are well experienced to mitigate the minor issues. In case of emergency, our company provides the best feasible way to prevent the AMS issues. Thus, long term diseases, medication and health condition should be discussed with the team leader prior to the trekking date.

Gokyo Lakes: The amazing reflections of the surrounding mountains are provided by the pure and stunningly gorgeous Gokyo Lakes, including the famed Gokyo Lake.

Gokyo Ri (5,357 meters) provides panoramic views of the Everest region, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.

The walk leads you close to the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalayas, giving a one-of-a-kind and awe-inspiring natural spectacle.

Sherpa Culture: Interact with the friendly Sherpa people in the communities along the hiking path to enjoy their warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage.

Sagarmatha National Park: Explore the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at its unique flora and animals, as well as its breathtaking scenery.

Review

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