Gokyo Valley Trekking
Gokyo Valley is situated in Khumbu region of Nepal. Despite of being in the same region of Khumbu valley, Gokyo Valley Trekking stands apart from Everest Base Camp Trekking in many reasons.
Because of its widespread opportunity to view various scenic and panoramic landscapes and lakes such as Gokyo situated around the height of 16000 ft, the valley offers you unique flavor of the Gokyo Valley Trekking than rest of the trek in this region.
Furthermore, it also allows you to enjoy the shimmering sight of Makalu (8463 meter), Lhotse (8511 meter), Cho Oyu (8021 meter), Nuptse, Ama Dablam and obviously the Everest (8848 meter) along with the 360 degree view of the surrounding from Gokyo Ri which is situated at an altitude of 5483 meter above sea level.
The view of four peaks above eight thousands meter high can be observed from Gokyo Ri sets it apart from Everest Base Camp Trek which excludes this trail. The high altitude six turquoise lakes and breath-taking Ngozumba glacier, the longest glacier of Nepal, are distinct features among many which would compel you to make the trek in the part of the Khumbu region.
In addition to sparkling and glittering peaks, you also will find the presence of some beautiful Himalayans birds and animals in Gokyo Valley Trekking. Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar, Himalayan Monal and Ruddy She dock are but few to name.
Even though mostly barren and covered with snow, the flora and fauna still are the things to entice you and inspire your journey through out the Gokyo Valley Trekking. If you want to enjoy the nature rather than bothering yourself to say hi in every turn and corner then this can even offer you the most compatible trail as it’s less crowded.
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Landing at the Lukla airport, you find yourself find yourself in different climate from Kathmandu. Following the banks of Dudh Koshi, you will pave your way further through the pine and rhododendron forest.
The Tibetan-origin people resides in majority of number in this area which delivers you Himalayan Buddhist culture and social flavor. Even though your trek commences descending downward towards Phakding, you will slowly trail higher and higher.
Your Gokyo Valley Trekking continues to the trade hub of the region called Namche Bazar, the place of rich culture Sherpa community. The monasteries, schools, and buildings made of stone with stunning designs would allure you even when you are challenging yourself with the chill and cold weather.
You will experience its own taste and treatise to share in the form of monasteries, museums and markets to the world which has not experienced the Himalayan culture and tradition.
In addition to the exchange of the ideas about culture and society, you will explore the paradise in the earth with glittering glorious views of the mountains in Gokyo Valley Trekking. Coming to Dole, you experience even exotic environment which will let you enjoy and cope with cold climate.
In spite of having rugged trail and narrow path coming up while following Machhermo, you will feel much excited and curious to see Himalayan heaven in front of you. When you reach to Machhermo, you will not believe yourself for being where you will be as it indulge you completely into the land of magnificence and marvel by serving you the awe-inspiring panorama of the illuminated mountains.
The Gokyo Valley Trekking doesn’t end here! All you need is the gut feeling to follow the trail, the nature is always ready to you offer you some unbelievable stuffs. This time at the top of the world called Nepal you are enjoying incredible time each being close to the Gokyo Valley.
When you come to the place destined for few days may be few months and possible be few years in mind appears in front of you with the glorious view of icy lakes Gokya Lake as well as Thonak Lake.
Indeed, the feel and joy you would experience is way beyond the words expressed here. Let’s make the Gokyo Valley Trekking to write it in your own heart as well as head by your experience.
1st Day to Gokyo Valley trekking
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2828 meter, 30-35 minutes) and trek to Phakding ( 4 hours)
Getting on the plane, you will start your adventure to Himalayan region of Nepal. Seeing the scintillating view of the mountains, you would get enthralled completely. You will be even curious to watch and enjoy more and more.
You would definitely forget to close your mouth either making sound or being speechless. When you are about to dream about the trek and you’ve just finished your tea, here comes the Lukla airport.
The opening of the door of the plane brings more chill and cold air inside which will give you the sense of weather even though you will already feel the cooling temperature in the air. Then you start the trek following the edge of Dhudh Koshi river through the pine and rhododendron forest.
After descending down for four hours you will reach to Phakding the destination for today. Overnight stay will at a guest.
Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440 meter) for 5-6 hours
Early in the morning, the trek gets started after having breakfast walking along the edge of Dudha Koshi River. Time and again the same river will take you over the suspension bridge with colourful and brightening flags.
As soon as you enter into the area of Sagarmatha National Park, you will follow the ascending trek from Larja Dhobam up to the gateway of the Everest called Namche Bazar. Overnight stay will be at a guest house
The Rest Day
With the best hope and excitement, you acclimatize in the town today. Getting up early in the morning to go uphill for spectacular view of the mountains before clouds covers the sky. You would also enjoy the day with the visit the Sherpa museum.
The day would be fruitful to get ideas and interact with the locals for the environment and also for making oneself close to the community. It’s the day which allow you to prepare mentally and physically.
Namche Bazar to Phortse Tanga (3690 meter) for 4 hours of walk
The trail ascends to Khumjung hill. After climbing the hill, you will keep walking until you come to Mohang.
Mohang is reputed place for its recognition as the birth place of a reincarnation of a Lama of Longbuk monastery of Tibet who spread the Buddhism in Khumbu region. Overnight stay will be at a guest house.
5th Day of Gokyo valley trekking
Phortse Tanga to Dole (4200 meter) 4 hours of walk.
You will trail upwards through the rhododendron forest. After a while you will come to see the kharkas which are green pasture field used in summer by the Sherpa for taking the herds of Yak and sheep for grazing.
This would look such a scenic place to trail further along the pasture. The villages called Tongba and Gyele located at the height of 3950 and 3960 meter will be crossed along the way. After four hour of trek, the last station for today appears in your sight. Overnight stay will at a guest house.
Dole to Machhermo (4470 meter) 4 hours of walk.
Walking along the corner of the valley, you come to see the rhododendron forest as well as the juniper forest. Further comes the scintillating views of green pastures where summer settlements is arranged for Yak and sheep grazing.
The trial further offers you a magnificent panorama of Cho Oyu Mountain, Kantiaga and Thamsharku. By the lunch time the trek brings you at Machhermo.
Machhermo to Gokyo (4790 meter) 5 hours of walk.
The trail takes you to point from where you can see the breath-taking view downwards and the wonderful view upwards of Cho Oyu Mountain. You will pave further to cross Pangram Lake of 4390 meter high.
Trek descends downward to bank of the river before you take upwards to see the Ngozumpa glacier. Ascending upwards in the glacier, you come to the point where the Longponga Lake of 4690 meter appears.
You will keep trailing upwards until Gokyo valley comes where Gokyo Lake at the height of 4750 meter is situated.
8th Day to Gokyo trekking
The day of Exploration
You will climb to the Gokyo Ri to capture the spectacular and unforgettable scene of the mountains in your heart and camera. The view of four mountains above eight thousand meter high can be observed from this point in addition to few others snow-capped mountains.
The glittering glow of the snowy mountains ranging from the Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu to Nuptse and Ama Dablam can be collected in your memory. Indeed, you would definitely love the 360 degree view from this peak itself.
The exploration has not ended yet. The view of glaciers and the visit to the fifth lake of the region is yet to come which is targeted after having lunch.
Gokyo to Dole (4200 meter) 5 hours of walk
The returning trek follows the same path to come to Dole going past Machhermo from Gokyo. Overnight stay at the guest house.
Day 10 of Gokyo trekking
Dole to Namche Bazar (3440 meter) 5 hours of walk
You will retrace the path further through the same path as you’d trekked upwards till Phortse Gumpa. You ultimately come to Namche Bazar where your walk of the days ends. You will stay at a houseguest at night.
Namche Bazar to Lukla (2828 meter)
With ups and downs you eventually arrive at Lukla today after paving the path by your legs for six hours. The night will be spent at Lukla at a guest house.
Last Day of Gokyo valley trekking
Lukla to Kathmandu via plane
The 35 minutes flight lands you in the airport of capital Kathmandu taking your adventures and excitement as an experience in the box of your precious memory.
Things included in the package
- We provide you the accommodation which will be shared by two people. However, you can book for the single room with extra charge.
- We will also bear the cost of domestic flight that will be travelled for the trip.
- The overland transport will be held on tourist coach as per the itinerary and size of the group.
- The applicable fee for the Trekking, National Park and Conservation center will be covered.
- Three meals in a day includes breakfast, lunch and dinner which will be provided.
- We offer you a welcome group dinner in an authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural show
- The wages, meals, insurance and transport allowance of all trekking staff and porters will be arranged.
- We also can arrange the planning for the place of interest in the city accompanied by the city guide.
- We also have included the comprehensive medical kit and service of guide and porters.
- We also help you to reconfirm your international flight.
Things Excluded in the package
- pick-up/Drop from/to airport.
- The visa fee you would have to pay for travel, medical insurance and airport tax.
- The meals of your personal interest will not be offered in our expense.
- We would also not provide the personal sleeping bags and bags.
- The charge applied in case of emergency evacuation by any means of transport would not be included.
- The charge for accommodation in Kathamndu in you early arrival before the trip will not be included and also the late departure. Moreover, the early departure from trek will also not included in our expense.
- We also don’t include the cost of international flights.
- The trip doesn’t offer the travel and rescue insurance.
- We also don’t include the phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra poter etc.
- We also don’t offer tips for guides and porters.
Trek start dates
1st Group: 1st of every Month
2nd Group: 15th of every month
Gokyo Valley TrekkingTrip Cost
- Destination: Gokyo Valley Trekking
- Duration: 12 days
- Min-pax: 1-15
- Max altitude: 4790m
- Accommodation: 2 or 3 star level