Gokyo Valley Trekking

gokyo valley trek

Trip Highlights

Everest Gokyo Lake Trekking is said to be an option to the well known Everest Base Camp trek which most backpackers start with when planning trips in the Everest region. The trek is a stage for glorious views of Mt. Everest and other mountain peaks and also one of the largest glaciers of Nepal, Ngozumpa glacier.

Everest Gokyo Trekking is the ultimate trekking option to discover the might of Nepal’s huge mountain peaks, glaciers and the lovely emerald lakes of Everest Region. The loveliness of the landscapes hereabouts never disappoints & keeps you spell-bound throughout your venture. If it’s your first visit to this region you will be amazed by views of the Great Himalayas – better known as the adventure crown of the world. Everest Gokyo trekking is a super alternative for mountain lovers who like the challenges that come with high altitudes. Hike through roughshod trails and experience the chilling cold climate which is evident every day. The routes don’t only offer sublime natural beauty but also customary and ecological splendor.

The Gokyo Valley trek begins with a 40 minutes flight to Lukla in the early morning. Breathtaking views of the snow peaks keep us company during the flight. We move to Phakding which is a short hike from Lukla. The next day, we head to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mount Everest. We spend another day here for acclimatization, and meanwhile, also get an insight into Sherpa culture and lifestyle. Beautiful morning views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Khantenga, Thamserku et cetera await us here to inspire us in our journey ahead. We then move to Dole, a farming village five hours walk from Namche. The next day, we move to Machhermo and pass worlds second largest glacier Ngozumpa. From Machhermo, we move on to Gokyo, where the highlight of the trek, Gokyo village awaits us. We stop here for acclimatization and take a morning stroll to Gokyo Ri to relish on the wonderful views of the Everest Region. We then move up to Machhermo and drop to Phortse that lies just under the peaks of Tawoche and Cholaste. The Tyangboche monastery at Tyangboche an important Buddhist monastery, the largest in Khumbu region. Our journey back to Lukla is through the small village of Jorsale. From Lukla, we take a flight back to Kathmandu to complete the journey.


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TOUR DETAILS
  • Duration 14 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Max-Altitude 5,360m
  • Activity Level Tough
  • Group Size Min. 2Pax
  • Tour Type Private tour
ACCOMODATION

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

After your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in medieval and modernized Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transferred to the hotel. After check in and some refreshments, our senior sherpa guide will come to meet you and give you a brief orientation about our Mini Everest trek program. You can then go for a stroll down the street to get familiar with the neighborhood, have supper and go to bed. This is your first overnight in the valley of temples and cows, probably the most in the world.

The early flight to Lukla from Kathmandu airport after breakfast is thirty minutes of breathtaking mountain views. From the Tenzing-Hillary Airport, we move on to meet the rest of the crew and make arrangements and final preparations. The hike to Phakding takes around three hours and passes the Chaurikharka village to follows the Dudhkoshi River, a short one to assist acclimatization. Overnight stay in a lodge.

Today’s walk starts along pine forests and pasture lands with several suspension bridges to cross at various points of the Dudh Koshi River. Upon reaching the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi, the climb becomes steeper. After walking for about two hours, we reach a viewpoint giving the first sight of Mount Everest. After passing Jorsale, we reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest and a trading center as well where we take rest for the day.

We start our walk early in the morning to get clear views of mountain ranges including Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. The trail takes a wavy path along which the pleasing vegetation and animals such as musk deer, Himalayan Thar, pheasant et cetera keep company. Passing Kayangjuma after a downhill, we reach the junction to EBC and Gokyo valley. From here, we climb to Mong La pass where the sacred Khumbila is a charming presence. Passing Mong La, Rhododendron forests and wildflowers get abundant, and so does animal life. Passing a few waterfalls and bridges, we reach the small village of Dole. Overnight stay.

After climbing a ridge, the trail moves through Lhabarma and to Luza where we 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 hillside walk leads continues with views of the deep Dudh Koshi valley. The five-hour 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.

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 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 are our shelters after this adventurous day.

We start early today to Gokyo Ri (5360m) 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 views of Everest, Makalu, and Lhotse among others. The fourth, fifth and sixth lakes also lie along the way. We further take a short walk to Machhermo, where we stay for the night in a teahouse.

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 Phortse, where we stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Today, we walk along the scenic backdrop of Thamserku, Ama Dablam, and Kangtega as we move ahead from the valley of Phortse. We pass through Pangboche, which houses the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region. Further on, Buddhist Mani and carved stones along the walls can be seen on the way towards Imja Khola. We then pass the small village of Milinggo and ascend further to Deboche, a nunnery. Passing rhododendron forest along the trail, our journey today concludes at the largest monastery in Khumbu – Tengboche.

Descending along the busy trail through forests of rhododendron, fir, and juniper we reach the bridge of Phungitenga after which the climb is steep for about an hour. The walk further on to Namche is long and winding and passes traditional Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Khunde. We also pass a monastery that preserves the only Yeti Scalp, and Khunde Hospital which is funded by Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. We descend further to Monjo and stay overnight in a lodge.

The trek back to Lukla a pleasant on except for some short climbs. After crossing the Bhote Koshi River a couple of times, the last 45 minutes to Lukla is an uphill climb. This marks the end of our trek. We spend a night in a lodge.

An early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. The taking off is a dramatic scene just as the landing. The rest of the day can be used for sightseeing or relaxation and celebration.

Departure from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle. You can also extend your trip by opting for another program.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Airports pick up drop service.
  • All permits such as National park, TIMS Permit.
  • All nights lodge accommodations on the mountain.
  • 3 times meals day such as Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trekking.
  • Trekking gear duffel bag for your trekking stuff.
  • Sleeping Bag, Trekking pole ( Return after trekking)
  • Medical Kit Bag on every trip.
  • First Aid and Eco trained English Speaking professionals guide.
  • Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu flight tickets.
  • Domestic airport Tax.
  • Farewell dinner in a famous Nepali restaurant with Nepali culture dance program.
  • Staffs insurance, well- paid salary, equipment, foods & Hotel Rescue Arrangements off course not the rescue bills!
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • International airfare & Nepal visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal Insurance & personal expenses.
  • Tips for Guide and Porter (it is expected).

FAQs

  • Mesmerizing Gokyo lake, Tengboche Monastery, and Gokyo Ri
  • pass (5,350m).
  • Superb views of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Chholatse peak, Cho Oyu, Khumbila and many other peaks.
  • Observe Sherpa’s Culture.
  • Beautiful Gojumpa Glacier (Largest glacier of Nepal).

The suitable time for this trekking is spring and autumn.

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of a visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just in case there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange an additional activity for your time in Nepal. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get a free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of China, as well as citizens of south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), get the free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind. We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek. Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fiber
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirts ( bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots that been worn in
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Toiletries (toilet papers,  toothpaste, toothbrush, )

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant/ floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binocular

The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters, and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, a tip is an accepted and honored way to say thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget, and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- the trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

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