Gokyo Valley Trekking is a traditional trek that offers both the legendary Everest views and the scenic tranquility of mountain lakes. This trek provides you with the soaring views of the most popular mountains in Nepal, at an altitude of 8000m such as Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu which are clearly visible from Gokyo Ri above Gokyo Lake and the Ngozumpa Glacier- the largest in the Nepal Himalayas. One of the most remarkable features is the view of the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (2922m) and many other countless memorable views that offer the best of the Khumbu region.
Our journey begins from Lukla. A 35min short and scenic flight from Kathmandu will take you to Lukla. Following the trail along Dudh Koshi River we trek to Phakding and through Sagarmatha National Park to Namche Bazaar, gateway to Everest. Then we passing over Khumjung hill we trek to Phortse Tanga, Dole, Machhermo and finally to Gokyo. Each stop has its own charmes ranging from the bustling Namche Bazar to the quiet tranquil villages. Your arrival into this high mountain valley called Gokyo is welcomed by a string of cobalt blue lakes that continue for the 3-hour hike to Gokyo Village.
We can have the excellent views of various peaks including Gokyo Peak, Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu which are clearly visible from Gokyo Ri above Gokyo lake. The 360-degree Himalayan view offered only from this vantage point. Not to mention the magnificent view of Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest in the Himalayas. After a wonderful time we retrace back to Dole via Machhermo and then trek back to Lukla from where you can fly back to Lukla. .Besides, Himalayan views, you also can enjoy with different blend of the culture and tradition of Sherpa indigenous community living in the high land. This trek features the unbelievable scenery of the remote Gokyo Valley and its festival of beautiful turquoise lakes, moonscape-like glaciers, and stunning mountain views which makes Gokyo truly one of gems of Khumbu region.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur city
Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) 30 minutes flight and 4 hours walk
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,283ft) 5-6 hours walk
Day 05: Acclimatize at Namche
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m.) via Khumjung- 6 Hours
Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4150m)- 5 hours
Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m)-5 Hours
Day 09: Rest day at Gokyo and excursion around Gokyo valley & Lake
Day 10: Trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and trek back to Machhermo 6-7 Hours
Day 11:Trek from Machhermo (4150m) to Namche Bazaar (3440m)- 5 hours
Day 12: Trek to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft)
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 14:Transfer to the airport for the final departure
Your wonderful journey to the amazing Himalayas starts from your flight to Kathmandu. Onto your arrival our company representatives will greet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport and escort you to the hotel for check-in and stay overnight. You will have a rest at the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
You start a guided tour to four of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath houses a sacred Lingum, or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The Aryaghat alongside Pashupati and on the banks of the Bagmati River is a famous funeral site for the Hindus. The Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu. The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries. Swayambhu meaning the "the self-existent" is popular among the foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey population residing in the area. Bhaktapur Durbar square and Patan Durbar Square are also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Bhakatpur is an irresistible city with an authentic local lifestyle preserved over centuries of isolation from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. While in the city square, you get to admire the Nyata-Pola Temple, the Golden Gate, water spouts and the 55 Window Palace which merge together to provide an ambience of a magical outdoor theater to its visitors. Overnight at hotel.
We drive to Tribhuvan International Airport (in a private vehicle) to board a flight to Lukla (2,800m). After 30-35min scenic flight the plane will land at Lukla. Lukla is known as a gateway destination. A clear day normally offers a great aerial view. At Lukla Airport, you will be introduced to other crew members. Breakfast will be served at the lodge and luggage will also be prepared for the Porters. Then the trek begins towards Phakding. After four hours hike we will reach Phakding. This trail from Lukla to Phakding offers downhill and flat trail experience. Along the trail you can also experience prayer rocks (Mani in local language) and a splendid view of the colorful Lukla village. When we reach Phakding, you can freshen up and then our guides will take you for a short walk to the village or even hike up to the nearby Gompas (monasteries) for the purpose of acclimatization. Then we return to hotel or logde. Overnight at hotel or lodge.
After breakfast, we set out from our lodge in Phakding and move towards Monju which is also known as the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park. In between Phakding and Sagarmatha National Park you will get to experience the thrill offered by many suspension bridges, and the small settlements like Zapute, Toktok, Benkar, Chumoa and Monju. Here, you can also see small tea houses and shops while your leader takes care of the necessary national park formalities at the entrance to the park. On entering the national park the trail drops steeply down to the river, crosses another suspension bridge and continues towards the high Hillary Bridge at the bottom of the hill. After the bridge the trail leads you uphill to the Namche Bazaar offering you the first great view of Mt. Everest, hidden behind Lhotse-Nuptse along with the view of Mt. Kusum Khangru. Overnight at Lodge in Namche bazzar.
Namche Bazaar, a gateway to the high Himalayas, is the main trading center in the Khumbu region. This place is very popular for altitude acclimatization. For adaptation you should acclimitimaze to the weather for further days to spend at the trek. Therefore, we organize a short hike to Thame, which is an old Sherpa village or visiting Khumjung/Khunde/Khongde is also considered a very good option to enhance acclimatization.Namche Bazaar offers many ways to spend a day. You will have you enough time to visit the National Park Head office, Museum, and other monasteries. You can also have your own quality time at cafes, shops, bakeries or restaurants. The place also features other essential services like post office, hospital, government health post, 24 hour electricity and water supply and high speed internet access. You can also contact your family before heading towards the base of Everest Base Camp. This is night is also spent in a lodge in Namche Bazaar.
After having a day acclimatization day in Namche, we continue our trekking to Dole by following the same route to Base camp until Sanasa then trail ascends up to Mongla (4000m). From here, you will see panoramic views of various mountains. You trek steeply descend passing through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. Overnight at Guesthouse.
From Dole we will climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead you will have mesmerizing views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Today, we head for the lakes at Gokyo. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melt-water rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier.we climb a steep rocky inclined into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We will soon arrive at the second lake, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.). We'll see the third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari. Walking by the side of the lake, we will arrive at Gokyo. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Gokyo is a trade centre where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier a biggest glacier of Nepal. Today we will walk around the lake and we can make the side trip of the fifth lake if you are in a best condition. Overnight at guest house
Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake. After having breakfast we will leave camp, following a steep path up the hillside. As we ascend, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself, is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region. After lunch we have short trekking to the village of Machhermo. Overnight at guest house.
The trail gently descends to Dole and then starts descending steeply to Photse Tenga (3650m) passing through rhododendron forests. Then the path immediately ascends steeply to Mongla Danda (4000m) and gently descends up to Kyanjoma (3500m) following small ups and down to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at guest house.
After the breakfast, we continue our walk downhill from Namche toward the second bridge across the Dudh Koshi River near the meeting point of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers. Then we walk towards Monjo where on fulfilling the formalities at the check post of the National Park at Monjo, we continue our walk towards Phakding. We stop at Phakding for lunch and soon after the lunch we continue the trail that leads us to Lukla. Along this flat trail you can enjoy prayer stones, rhododendron and pine forest, prayer flags, Sherpa village as well as open plains. This is the last day of the trek. On reaching Lukla you can either spend your time with the rest of the crew members or look for some alone time to summon up the wonderful memories made during the past few days. Overnight at Lukla.
The trek ends hence we fly to Kathmandu from Lukla. We give a farewell dinner to the clients for the trek completion and discussion onto your arrival for next time.
Nearly 2 hours before your scheduled flight, our company representative will take you to the airport. We are sure; you will back to your home taking amazing experience of Nepal. We hope you enjoyed trekking and want to be somewhere in the Himalayas again.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 14 Days
Price : USD 1200
Difficulty Level : Moderate
Minimum Altitude : 1300m
Maximum Altitude : 5300m
Group Size : 2-20 People
Permits : sagarmatha national park permit, Tims card
Activities : Trekking, Hiking & Sightseeing
Transportation : Flight, Car & Jeep
Best Season : March, April, may, September, October & November
Accommodation : 3-4 star hotel in kathmandu, Normal hotel in Trekking