Gokyo valley trekking is a stunning excursion trip to the attractive Gokyo Ri and Gokyo lakes which offers one of the marvelous views of the mountain peaks including a great view of Mount Everest and other wonderful Himalayas. This trek also provides a closer view of Ngozumpa Glacier- it is the one of the largest Himalayas of Nepal. There are so many popular mountain peaks lies around Valley, that is an 8000m high from the sea level such as Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu which are very clearly observe from Gokyo Ri above Gokyo Lake. The trek also provides you big opportunity to discover ancient and old monasteries, sacred Mani stones, Buddhist culture and traditions, floras and faunas, holy prayer flags and lifestyle of Himalayan’s people while residing in close by run mountain lodges amongst the Sherpa village. It will be a different trip for those visitors who desire to try something really new in the Everest region. Therefore, the trek provides you tranquility for landscaping loving soul and peace and an exciting opportunity to daring souls. The trek will led through the local Sherpa guides and stay at local lodges and then trek into the unique and beautiful village of Sherpa.
The journey of Gokyo valley, we begin with a sightseeing trip to Kathmandu city. Next day after a 35-minute scenic flight to Lukla at the Tenzing/ Hillary airport from Kathmandu and arriving tiny airfield then the real adventure trek begins here. We use the main Everest path through Dudh Koshi Valley till Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar. At Namche Bazaar, we spend two nights for acclimatization purpose and move ahead through Gokyo valley trail to Gokyo. We walk by the lateral moraine of Ngozumpa Glacier and turquoise lakes to get Gokyo Valley. There are, spending acclimatization day and exploring the Gokyo Ri and get a chance to see the panoramic and majestic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu and much more other spectacular mountain ranges. During the trekking, we also explore the serene fourth and fifth Gokyo Lakes. The daring level starts with Cho La pass crossing during the trip. You should follow the guide’s information in Cho La pass throughout the trekking otherwise you might get trouble in the mountain. There are two other encounters, the Kalapatthar (5545m) and Everest Base Camp (5364m), however, are sensible worth strength. After trekking to Gokyo valley, we will return back at a relaxing step to Namche Bazaar and Lukla for our departure to Kathmandu.
NOTE: Please note down some important things about program; if you land at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu after 4 pm you would be informed by our airport representative about tomorrow’s (second day) Kathmandu valley sightseeing programs on the way to hotel and then pre-trip meeting would begin the sightseeing tour next day. However, if you landing very earlier than 3 pm then your pre-trip meeting would start on that same day either at your hotel or our office in Thamel as per your choice. During your pre-trip meeting, we will introduce you to your trek leader/guide. Please get this opportunity to ask questions about your trek, tour and important things. In the meeting, please make sure you bring a passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance paper. During this meeting and please clear the due balance, if some and sign the rightfully required trip procedures as well as the no- problem repudiation. Overnight at hotel.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1345m)
Day 02:Pre- trip meeting and Kathmandu valley sightseeing
Day 03:Fly to Lukla (2810m) and Trek to Phakding (2610m) 3- 4 hour walk
Day 04:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441m) 6 hour walk
Day 05:Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar
Day 06:Trek to Phorste (3680m) 6 hour walk
Day 07:Trek to Machhermo (4470m) 6 hour walk
Day 08:Trek to Gokyo valley (4800m) 6 hour walk
Day 09:Trek to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and back to Gokyo 5 hour walk
Day 10:Trek to Dole (4200m) 6 hour walk
Day 11:Trek to Namche Bazaar via Khumjung village (3780m) 5 hour walk
Day 12:Trek to Lukla (2804m) 6 hour walk
Day 13:Morning flight back to Kathmandu
Day 14:Leisure Day in Kathmandu
Day 15:Final departure
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1345m) After arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will meet our representative who will receive you outside the airport with Nepal Glacier Treks & Expedition’s signboard and transfer to your respective hotel by private vehicle. You will enjoy the evening yourself and then have a pleasant stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02Pre- trip meeting and Kathmandu valley sightseeing After having breakfast in the morning, at 9 AM your Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour will start. You will use a private vehicle and an experience as well as a professional tour guide at your disposal. On this day, you will visit some world heritage site sightseeing including the cultural and historical site of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square and largest legendary Buddhist stupa of Swyambhunath and Bouddhanath, and a very famous Hindu temple of Pashupatinath which are listed in world heritage sites by UNESCO. If we have plenty time, will visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square- it is a city of Devote and back to the hotel then have a pleasant stay at overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03Fly to Lukla (2810m) and Trek to Phakding (2610m) 3- 4 hour walk After breakfast in the morning, we will take a short flight nearly 40 minutes from Kathmandu to Lukla airport from where we start our Gokyo valley trek. During the flight east to west we will see magical views of different Himalayan Mountain peak like as Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Makalu, and also we can get close- up view of Gaurishankar, Langtang and many other beautiful Mountain peaks throughout the flight. After landing we will meet our other crew members and before some packing and starts trek we may take a rest or explore the village, we will begin our trek through the Lukla until Phakding. We will walk along the bank of Dudh Koshi River where we catch the main path to Namche Bazaar, situated just above Chaurikharka (2713m). The hiking is very easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m) and will be heading toward the Phakding village. After Phakding we don’t hike up and have a pleasant stay at a guesthouse in Phakding.
Day 04Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441m) 6 hour walk On this day, after hot breakfast, we begin the walk along the Dudh Koshi. We cross Dhudh Koshi by Hillary suspension bridge, Beautiful pine forests, river sounds, and might see some of the wild animals too. We toward Namche Bazaar via forests of blooming rhododendron and reach the top of the ridge that offers beautiful views of Mt. Everest (8848 meters), Nuptse (7879 meters), Thamserku (6623 meters), and Kusum Kanggru (6369 meters) mountains. Finally, we reach the Namche Bazaar, which is known as rich of Buddhist Sherpa culture as well as the home of Sherpa people, where some shop and traders are selling Tibetan Jewelry and handicrafts from Tibet and also their own local product like Potato, wheat, maize, millet etc. There are so many facilities such as shopping, money exchange service, bakeries, cafes and the internet and much more. We will check in to a local guesthouse and have a pleasant stay at a guesthouse in Namche Bazaar.
Day 05Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar Today, we take a rest in Namche Bazaar. This is a very important to spend a day because altitude sickness can be quite serious and risk for trekkers. After breakfast, we will explore the Namche Bazaar and their traditional cultural, old Sherpa village, and as well as Khumjung, Khude or Thame villages. We visit Sagarmatha National Park’s headquarters, Sagarmatha is traditional Nepali Name for Everest, which is located in the hill top from where we can explore spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Kwangde, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kusum Kanggaru and green views of National Park from the hill top. The National Park office displays to learn more about Sherpa people, traditional culture, and their custom. We hike up slowly to Syangbuche airstrip, one of the highest airstrips in the world which is located in 4200 meters and it is the best view point. Another popular area is Khumjung village it’s a Museum, Hillary’s school, and hospital. We will return to Namche Bazaar after exploring this delightful Sherpa village and beautiful mountains and have a pleasant stay at a guesthouse in Namche Bazaar.
Day 06Trek to Phorste (3680m) 6 hour walk Today, we leave Namche Bazaar in the morning on a trail with steady up and down. Besides the trail, we can see rhododendron forest, juniper forest, Himalayan pheasants, Thars and musk deer. We start moving downhill to Kyanjuma. And then from Sansa, we catch the Gokyo trek trails and at Mong, we get a beautiful glimpse of Tawoche, Ama Dablam, Khumbila and Thamserku mountain peaks. From Mong, our trail goes down to Dudhkoshi River after which it is a tough ascent through blooming rhododendron forest before reaching Phorste. From there we get superb vistas of Cholaste and Tawache mountain peaks. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 07Trek to Machhermo (4470m) 6 hour walk Today, we will cross a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, throughout the walking can observe the wildlife facts that musk deer, Pheasants, mountain goats and many other floras and faunas. We need to go ahead through the forests, bridges, and waterfalls before getting Dole. From the Dole, we hike up on a steady trail through a scenery edge with vistas of Thamserku, Kantega and Cho Oyu mountain peaks. We walk up from the village of Luza and ascend above the Dudh Koshi River and then continue hiking through the sandy trails and small villages before getting Machhermo. After reaching our end point, we will visit some significant areas like Himalayan rescue hospital, where will get some information about high altitude sickness, its protection, and primary management. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 08Trek to Gokyo valley (4800m) 6 hour walk We climb on a hilltop and one can enjoy with wonderful views of the Dudh Koshi valley and stunning mountains such as Cho Oyu, Kangtega and Thamserku peak. Beyond the edge, the valley expands as the trail moves through some Chorten and gets Phangnga. From there, our trails go down to the river bank before ascending up to the life-threatening moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier on a sharp trail. We walk continue through Longpongo, Raboche Tsho and Dudh Pokhari (pond) before getting Gokyo. On the way next to the first lake, where can see what is held to be the footsteps of a Buddhist priest. Will explore Dudh Pokhari before getting a night. Overnight at a guesthouse
Day 09Trek to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and back to Gokyo 5 hour walk Early in the morning, we need a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri at an altitude of 5483m. From the top of Gokyo Ri, we get huge opportunity to explore tranquil Gokyo lakes and the great Himalayan views. This day, we also climb to the fourth Gokyo Lake, it is located only around 3km north of Gokyo and the fifth Gokyo Lake is a little bit far from the fourth lake. A hike up a near hill will get spectacular views of the beautiful Gokyo valley, the enormous Ngozumpa Glacier and unbelievable panoramic vistas of all Khumbu Himalayas with the world’s highest Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Gychung Kang. On this day, we take for acclimatization and spending some hour there, afternoon return to the Gokyo. Overnight at a guesthouse
Day 10Trek to Dole (4200m) 6 hour walk We go down on a path along the Dudh Koshi River and cross the first Gokyo Lake. During the trek we also enjoy can see views of the Taboche and Cholatse mountain peaks. Our trails go down before hiking up a hill. After getting the Chorten at the edge, from there will get see wonderful views of Cho Oyu, Kangtega, and Thamserku mountain peaks. We walk continue previous Machhermo, Luza, Panama and Lhafarma villages before arriving Dole. Overnight at a guesthouse
Day 11Trek to Namche Bazaar via Khumjung village (3780m) 5 hour walk We continue to trek down through a typical Sherpa village of Khumjung, leaving the attractive mountains behinds us we hike back down to Namche Bazaar. On this day, we pass the rhododendron forest, waterfalls as well as wildlife animals such as musk deer, mountain goats, pheasants and many other. On the way at Mong, can observe the excellent view of Khumbila peak and from Namche Bazaar also can see beautiful mountain vistas of Kangtega, Taboche, Thamserku and Ama Dablam. After ups and downs, we reach Namche army camp from there, we observe back to Everest, Lhotse, and Tengboche for one last time. Around an hour walking, we reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a guesthouse
Day 12Trek to Lukla (2804m) 6 hour walk Our trek will go down through a rocky trail and passes several suspension bridges over the streams. The atmosphere is warmer as we hike on the similar trail to reach Lukla. Our wonderful mountain trip will end after reaching Lukla. There will enjoy and reflect on the trip as a group and the individual achievement of all those who participated. We also have some extra time to visit the urban a little more. Overnight at a guesthouse
Day 13Morning flight back to Kathmandu As soon as possible in the early morning, we fly back to Kathmandu. Sometimes flights can be cancel due to mountain weather situation and technical problems. After arriving Kathmandu we take a relax in the hotel. In the evening time, there you can visit around Thamel area, shopping, rickshaw ride and other activities. Overnight at a hotel
Day 14Leisure Day in Kathmandu This will be an extra day in Kathmandu after the tiring trekking program. Another part is sometimes flights, from and to Kathmandu and Lukla may be delay or canceled due to technical problems and mountain weather conditions. Therefore, this extra day will be more important for trekkers. You have the opportunity to make longer your trip to continue onto wildlife safari tour, scenery Everest flight, rafting, Kathmandu Valley shopping tour and other activities. In the evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with typical culture and dance program. Overnight at a hotel
Day 15Final departure This is the last day of your package. You will be assisted with your last moment preparation and dropped at TIA, Kathmandu from where you will board the flight to your next destination.
NOTE: During the trip, weather, transport, local politics situation, strikes and numerous of other issues that are outside our control could result in change of itinerary. It is, but, very unlikely that the itinerary would be significantly different; if different itinerary are necessary the trek/ tour leader will resolve what is the best others. We discuss and observing the best interest of whole group. We can do everything to minimize its results, but we could not be responsible for the effects of delay and changes.
You are suggested to make sure that your travel insurance, three copies of passport size photos and passport is valid for at least six months before leaving your hometown. We request you, please book your trip as early as possible because if you gives us enough preparation time for your trip. It means your trip will be managed well and you will get full satisfaction from our services. And please ensure that you have got confirmation receipt from our company about your booking. If you need any special services and facilities that are not included in the listed itinerary, ensure that you have informed us about it at the time of booking. Would you want to book any other programs which are not listed in this website as tailor made package let us know by email; we will design it as per your travel need. Not really satisfied from this itinerary, you can make own and we will help you to make itinerary as per your travel need in Nepal.
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