Gokyo Valley


Encompassing both the legendary Everest views and the scenic tranquility offered by the distinctive mountain lake scenery, the Gokyo valley trek is truly the best of the region. This less conventional off the beaten path trek offers upclose views of Mount Everest, the ice fall off the largest glacier in Nepal and countless memorable views that offer the best of the Khumbu Region.

The View from Gokyo peak offers views of intimidating peaks such as Mt. Cho-Oyo (8153m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8501m), Makalu (8463m) in a breathtaking panorama. This trek combines highlights of the Everest trek including remote monasteries offering insight into local Tibetan and Nepalese cultures while you clear your head and soak in the natural peace of the Himalayas.The journey beings in Kathmandu, Next day early morning you will board your flight and begin the trek.The morning flight to lukla is a breathtaking experience as you are shuffled into a small plane seating at most 12 people. Make sure to stay awake to catch breathtaking views of the Kathmandu Valley and the surrounding mountain scenery. Upon arrival in Lukla the journey truly begins as you begin your trip.

From here on you will spend your days hiking and getting accustomed to the hospitality and warmth offered by the indigenous people inhabiting the small mountain towns. Each stop has its own charmes ranging from the bustling Namche Bazar to the quiet tranquil villages where you feel like living in a tiny bubble surrounded by the beauty that is the Everest Region. Here you will have a chance to speak with Sherpa whose families have guided the trails for generations and experience first hand their wisdom about one of the worlds most popular trekking destinations. Couple this with home cooked meals of Daal Bhat and other authentic Nepali cuisines to truly give you a taste of Nepal. The detailed itinerary is shown below and most days will offer a roughly 5 hours of trekking with breaks allotted for refreshing local tea, meals and regional insight from our helpful guides. The trek gradually builds up to the Gokyo peak at 5360 meters at which point you will begin your hard earned descent back down the mountain and work your way back to lukla for a flight to Kathmandu.

The Gokyo lake trek truly highlights everything Khumbu and Everest have to offer and is an excellent trip for those seeking a wide range of views, nature and scenery during their voyage.

Trip Overview

Trip Duration: 
14 - 16 days

Destination:

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Trip Type:

Max altitude: 
5357 m

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft] 

 Your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), you will be greeted by a representative from the Mountain Experience team holding a sign with your name in the parking lot. After a brief introduction, you will be escorted to your hotel. After check in, and welcome drinks you will be free to explore around the backpacker haven of Thamel. Afterwards, you will meet with your trek leader for a briefing and a short question and answer section about your trip. You will also have time to shop for any additional trekking equipment with staff assistance if

Day 02: Kathmandu - Lukla [2,800 m/9,184 ft]- Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft): 3-4 hrs 

After an early morning  will fly to Lukla. After an exciting 40-minute flight above breathtaking green and white mountains, we will arrive at Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful flights in the world culminating with scenic and memorable landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. After arrival we will meet your  guide and porter at the airport and take you Namaste Lodge and have a some breakfast and drinks before start your  trek to Phakding. As a precaution to promote proper climate acclimation, we only have a short hike today.

Day 03: Phakding -Namche Bazaar [3,440 m/11,283 ft]: -5-6 hrs

Following breakfast we embark on a pleasant slightly uphill journey with multiple crossings over the Dudh Koshi River and magnificent views of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m/21,675ft) from the Benkar village. We will continue toward the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, where our trekking to register as official visitors to the region. Following a peaceful and serene descend and a gradual walk we will arrive in Lorsale. The enjoyable walk through the riverbed lead to the Hillary Suspension Bridge. As we continue our climb l towards Namche Bazzar, views of Kwangde Peak, its sister peaks, Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, are available and we will take a break at Chautara here to admire the view. Finally, we reach the bustling village of Namche Bazzar, the main gateway of the Khumbu region.

Day 04: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day

This is first scheduled 'acclimatization' day for this trek. It is advisable to stay active and keep moving during the acclimation period to familiarize your lungs with the thing air. We either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or carry out relaxed exploration of Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazzar is the main center of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday Saturday evening. We will travel to the Tourist Visitor Center near Sagarmatha National to learn about the first climbers in Everest, Sherpa culture and the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. We also take an interesting side trip up to Khumjung to climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche offering timeless views of the highest mountains on Earth. The Khumjung valley is surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila which hosts a well-known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We will stay overnight in Namche Bazaar. 

Day 05: Namche Bazzar – Dole -[4110 m/ 13,378 ft]: 5-6 hrs

After breakfast in Namche, we start our trek enjoying superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. We will travel along a trail with several ups and downs overlooking magnificent views of the Himalayas. This area is home to many animals including the pheasant, musk deer, and Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa before heading to the Mongla pass (3975 m) offering glimpses of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche and Mt. Khumbila. Sherpas regard Mt. Khumbila as sacred mountain of the patron god of the Khumbu region. Descending to Dudhkosi Khola (3250 m), we continue trek uphill  pass through  forest ,waterfalls,  a serene rhododendron forest hosting Himalayan wild deer and musk deer. Finally, we arrive to the summer village of Dole.

Day 06: Dole  - Machhermo-[4,470 m/ 14,663 ft]: 5-6 hours

After breakfast we climb steadily up through a scenic ridge above Dole and the trail climbs via Lhabarma while offering panoramic views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku. The trail takes us through many summer settlements and a charming hamlet of Luza (4360 m). While we ascend from Luza we will see the Dudh Koshi valley, which is a deep canyon with ridged sides. Walking along the path above Dudkoshi while passing through some small hamlets, we reach Machhermo. Machhermo is the last major settlement on the way up to Gokyo. The beautiful stream flowing down from the Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche mountains runs through the middle of village before draining into the Dudh Koshi. The town is famous as the site where the Khumbu people spotted a Yeti in 1974. We will have the chance to visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital here for a lecture regarding the altitude sickness, its precautions, and primary treatment.
 

Day 07: Machharmo - Gokyo [4800 m/15,744 ft]: 5-6 hours

Today, we climb through the Chorten ride offering views both down the valley and of Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, as well as northern part of Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through Chorten and reaches Pangka (4480 m) after a gentle walk. Phangka is the site of a famous avalanche that tragically killed 40 people in 1995. We will descend along the riverbank before beginning to climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. After a steep climb along the moraine, we cross an iron bridge over an stream that leads to the first lake, known as Longpongo at 4690m, where we get chance to observe ancient the Lama footprints timelessly captured in stone. At the sight of the second lake, Taboche Tsho you become mesmerized by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. We will arrive at the third lake following surging stream before arriving at Gokyo village next to Gokyo lake. Cho-Oyu Mountain serves as an excellent backdrop offering spectacular sights combining the lakes with untouched mountains. After lunch, we will explore around Dudh Pokhari Lake before returning to Gokyo for the night. 

Day 08: Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri [5357 m/17,570 ft] and hike to fifth lakes: 5-6 hrs

Today is full day rest or an acclimatization. If the weather is good, we may take the opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri today instead of tomorrow to enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint of Everest Region. This view is a famous vantage point offering views of a series of six lakes in the region. The then trail continues along another lake before reaching Scoundrel’s Viewpoint that offers astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. We will continue until we reach Cho Oyu Base Camp and its breathtaking scenery surrounded by Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang. The Northern part of the lake provides fabulous views of Cho-Oyu Base Camp and bNgazumpa, the largest glacier in the world. We will then return back to Gokyo village for the night. 

Day 09: Gokyo to Phortse village - [3810m/12,496 ft]: 5-6 hours 3-4 hrs

The trip back from Gokyo is an easy downhill walk along the Dudh Koshi River that emerges out of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Passing by the second and then the first Gokyo Lakes, we come to a small gushing stream over an iron bridge providing sights of the hamlet of Phangka ahead as the Cholatse and Taboche peaks rear up on the right of us. The trail descends below Phangka  crossing Dudhkosi  river before Nah slowly walking through Thore and decending to Phortse village where there are many tea house.

Day 10: Phortse – Tengboche Monastery : 4-5 hrs

After taking one last look at the Kangtega, Thamserku and Kongde , we start our steep descent to Imja Khola cross the river and from here uphill to Tengboche Monastery walk through forest. After lunch we can visit the Monastery
 

Day 11: Tengboche – Namche : 4-5 hrs

The trail descends to Phungi Thenga then crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and  trail uphill to Kyangchuma then becomes more level walk to Namche.

Day 12:  Namche - Lukla : 5-6 hrs

The rail descends steeply downwards so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously rocky terrain. After crossing the one of the most high suspension bridges then trail becomes more leval walk. Although we are travelling the same route down, you will see completely different views offering looks at a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests surrounded by snow covered peaks. We pass through the Sherpa villages' noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and flags along the way. On arrival in Lukla, we will relax before culminating our trek on a happy note with a small overnight. 

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu 

Flights to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for morning due to potential complications with afternoon wind patters. We fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey where you can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel or continue to familiarize yourself with Kathmandu. This is a great time to venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods and souvenirs with staff assistance if desired. Take time to shop and explore before the celebration dinner in Kathmandu. 

Day 14: Farewell Friend

Depending on your flight time you may be able to see a few more attractions in Kathmandu before departing approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight time. You will be escorted to the airport with a representative from Mountain Experience   staff.

Chitwan National Park | Landmark forest Park

Chitwan + Tharu Villages Wildlife Safari

If request for:
Kathmandu World Heritage Sightseeing Tour | Pashupatinath, Boudhanath + Swayambunath
Kathmandu Durbar Square Walking Tour | Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Heritage Sightseeing Tour
Patan Heritage Sightseeing Tour
Everest Sightseeing Flight 

It will be extra cost if you request us.

We recommend leaving an extra day in Kathmandu in case of flight cancellations out of Lukla.

Please make sure you have good travel   medical insurance!

NOTE: We STRONGLY recommend scheduling an extra day in Kathmandu in case of flight delays or cancellations out of  Lukla

What's Included?

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3- star hotel  accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Tea house accommodation during the Everest Base camp trek
  • All meals ( breakfast, Lunch and dinner during the trek
  • Domestic flights Kathmandu- Lukla – Kathmandu)
  • Sagarmatha National park entrance fee
  • An experienced  English speaking and government – licensed guide
  • Porter service ( 2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guide and porter salary, insurance, domestic airfare , food and accommodation
  • Trekking TIMS card
  • First aid kit

Trip Excludes

  • Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal insurance
  • Price rises beyond our control (e.g.; increase in permit fees, airfares)
  • Charges for unexpected expenses
  • Personal expenses such as gratuities, laundry etc.
  • Personal clothing anInternational flightsTipping & other items of a personal natured equipment
  • Domestic & international departure airport tax
  • Visa fees
  • International airfare

Dates & Prices

April /May & October / November   2017/ 18

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