Gokyo Valley Trek(14-Days)

  • 14 Days
  • 1500 USD
  • 2-100

Trip Overview

  • Country:Nepal
  • Duration : 14 Days
  • Trip Route: Kathmandu- Lukla-Phakding-Namche Bazar-Dole- Machherma-Gokyo-Luza-Khumjung-Phakding-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude:5360 meter
  • Trip Level: Moderate, some vertiginous trail passages.

Trip Highlights

    Trip Information

    Gokyo Valley Trek is an alternative to major routes in the Everest region. Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri (5,357 metres) are the main attractions in this trekking. Gokyo Ri or Gokyo peak offers a magnificent view of Mount Everest (8848m), Mount Lhotse (8414m), Mount Makalu (8463m) and Mount Cho Oyu (8188m) including several other Himalayas. The Gokyo Lakes, which are among the highest freshwater lakes in the world, is comprised of six lakes, of which Thonak is the largest one. Four of the Gokyo lakes situated on the western border of the Ngozumpa, the largest glacier in Nepal. Gokyo Valley trek features mountains and glaciers creating the diverse landscapes and panorama dominated by the high peaks corresponding to deeply-incised valleys.The valley in the Sagarmatha National Park has the world’s highest human settlements, ecologically characteristic flora and fauna. The exploration of the rich Sherpa culture is an ideal opportunity. This fortnight trek has been designed to cover Sagarmatha National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. The Gokyo Valley trek is the best choice for adventurers as well as nature lovers as the trail passes through the diverse landscapes and vegetations.

    Outline Itinerary

    • Day 01: Kathmandu arrival
    • Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing
    • Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2840 metres), 3.5 hours trekking to Phakding
    • Day 04: 6 hours trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440 metres)
    • Day 05: Acclimation in Namche Bazar
    • Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4200m)
    • Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machherma (4470m)
    • Day 08: Trek from Machherma to Gokyo (4970m)
    • Day 09: 7 to 8 hours trekking, Gokyo Ri climb and trek to Luza (4470m)
    • Day 10: Trek from Luza to Khumjung (3780m)
    • Day 11: Trek from Khumjung to Phakding (2610m)
    • Day 12: Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2840m)
    • Day 13: Flight to Kathmandu
    • Day 14: Departure

    Detailed Itinerary

    Trek inside Nepal staff receives you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Our private vehicle brings you to a hotel in Thamel, an important hub for travellers, which is at a distance of about 6.9 kilometres. After you take rest, we hold a meeting to plan your trip over a welcome dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with cultural programme.

    Included Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    After breakfast in the morning, we visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu; Swoyambhunath (monkey temple) Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. We study the whole city in bird’s view from monkey temple. Kathmandu Durbar Square, built during Malla Dynasty displays the finest cuts of wood carvings and arts. We also visit Bouddhanath, which is the biggest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal. You get an opportunity to explore the typical Newari culture and cuisines.

    Included Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    Early in the morning, we make a departure to Lukla from Tribhuvan International Airport. The 40 minutes flight brings us to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. We refresh in a hotel outside the airport, take rest for a while and begin trekking to Gokyo lakes. On this first day of the trekking, we set out on the journey to Phakding (2610 metre), a small village where we stay overnight.

    Included Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    After breakfast, we head along the trail meandering along the Dudhkoshi River and Bhotekoshi River. We enter Sagarmatha National Park through the entrance gate at Manjo. We move and cross a suspension bridge called Hillary Bridge amid pine forest, we make the ascent to the steep trail before we reach Namche Bazar. The Bazar is the biggest market in the region and the most important hub for traders. Here, the travellers may explore the market and purchase Tibetan antique items as well as accessory types of equipment. Here, we stay overnight at a hotel.

    Included Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    The Bazar has decent offices, hotels, internet cafes and many other offices and trading concerns; ATMs, Banks, military base camp, museum. On this day, we hike up to Khumjung via Sangboche. The passage of Sangboche and Khumjung offers a magnificent view of Himalayas; Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and others. Khumjung is also famous as the first climber of Everest Sir Edmond Hillary established a school here. Overnight stay in Namche Bazar.

    Included Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    After breakfast, we begin our journey ascending along the trail until we arrive at Kyangiuma cliff which offers the view of Mount Everest and Mount Nuptse(7,864 metres). As we advance, we come to a junction point where two paths concur. We leave the right path that leads towards Everest Base camp and follows the left one for Gokyo Lakes. We move on picking the panorama of Mount Thamserku, Mount Ama Dablam, Tawoche and Khumbila mountains until we arrive at Fortse Thanga. Further, we cross a forest with rhododendron trees and other herbs where we are likely to spot musk deer and mountain blue sheep and then arrive at Dole, a beautiful village. Overnight stay in the village.

    Included Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    After breakfast in the morning, we follow the trail that allows the vista of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku mountains and Dudhkoshi River. We pass by several villages as we ascend along the sandy trail with rocks. The path above the Dudhkoshi River leads us to Luza village from where the steep ascent starts. On the left, we can view Kyajo glacier below. We continue hiking until we arrive at Machherma village. We visit Himalayan Rescue Hospital where we may consult experts in altitude sickness. We spend the night in Machherma.

    Included Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    On this day, we take breakfast and ascend along the trail on a hill. The trail provides the vistas of Dudhkoshi River and Kangtega, Thamserku and Cho-Oyu mountains. Further, we arrive at Phangnga (4,480 metres) from where we descend for a while and again ascend until we arrive at Langponga (4,710 metres). From here we get the glimpse of first lake and glimpse of the second lake as we advance to Taujung Tsho. We continue hiking until we arrive on the ridge of mesmerising cyan Dudh Pokhari, one of the most beautiful Gokyo Lakes. We have a fabulous time around the lakes enjoying the wonders of nature. We stay in Gokyo tonight.

    Included Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    On this special day, we trek to Gokyo Ri (5,357 metres) early in the morning. About 3-hour ascent on Gokyo Ri brings us to a viewpoint. The viewpoint offers the vistas of four of the peaks which are above 8,000 metres; Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu and other mountain ranges surrounding us from all direction. The view of glaciers is mesmerising, especially, Ngozumpa, the world’s largest glacier. We enjoy the view with the sunrise for some time and return to Gokyo Lakes. We take breakfast as we arrive back to the hotel. Further, we descend meandering along the familiar trail which we hiked earlier. The trail runs correspondingly following Dudhkoshi River. We stay overnight at Luza, a small village.

    Included Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    After breakfast in the morning, we descend along the path passing the dole village and crossing a bridge over Dudhkoshi River before we cross Phortse Thanga. The natural trail leads us through the rhododendron forest. We pay homage to the birthplace of famous monk Lama Sange Dorje, a small village. We advance further and ascend a cliff and descend again to reach Khumjung, the largest settlement in the Khumbu region. Here, in the evening, we visit Khumjung Hillary School, exploring the locality. We stay overnight in the village.

    Included Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    After breakfast, we head for speaking via Namche Bazar. We hike along the familiar path that we have already hiked. We glance at Mount Everest and Mount Nuptse as we descend along the path. We cross Namche bazar and descend the steep path through pine forest and cross Hillary Suspension Bridge. We exit the Sagarmatha National Park at Manjo. Further, we hike along the trail following Bhotekoshi and Dudhkoshi River. We continue hiking until we arrive at Phakding. Overnight stay in Phakding.

    Included Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    After breakfast, we hike along a rocky path with a slight ascent. We pass by several villages and farms. The four hours hiking bring us to Lukla from where we kicked off the Gokyo Valley Trek. On this day we explore the markets in Lukla. Overnight stay in Lukla.

    Included Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    The early morning flight of about 40 minutes from Lukla to Kathmandu offers a closer view of the mountains one more time. On our arrival in Kathmandu, we check in hotel, take rest and hanging around the city for the time being. We attend the farewell dinner with Mount Fishtail Adventure team.

    Included Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    Backpackers Adventure Trek Pvt. ltd arranges to send you to the airport three hours before the scheduled flight time.

    Included Meals:Breakfast.

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        Trekking in the Himalayas requires equipment and footwear according to the season and the location. A single trek can start in the warm and humid climate in the lowlands, and bring you to passes above 5,000m. Solid trainers (“sneakers”) are adequate on most trails but bring sturdy boots for crossing passes that may be covered with snow. Climbing expeditions requires special equipment. Sandals and flip-flops are practical for an evening in lodges or camp. You can buy any kind of footwear in Nepal. No, it is not possible to live off the land in Nepal. You cannot just set off into the woods with a little money, a basket and a fishing rod and expect to manage on your own, Not only is the vegetation where there are fruit, wild herbs and other wild edibles limited, private community-owned, but fish is sparse and hunting is forbidden. It can also be difficult to buy food locally due to scarcity and poverty.

        • Sleeping: Tent, Sleeping bag, Sleeping pad and Silk liner.
        • Hiking: Rucksack, Hiking boots, Camp shoes, Wool socks, Lightweight trekking pants, Trekking shorts, T-Shirts and Undergarments.
        • Cold Weather: Long underwear/Wool thermals, Sweater, Thermal Coat, Waterproof jacket and pants, Heavyweight pants for high elevations, Heavy down jacket, Winter hat, and Winter gloves.
        • Accessories: Water purification, Water bottles, Cap/Hat, Hiking poles, Sunglasses, Head Touch Light, Reading materials, Journal and pens, Camera with extra batteries, Daypack, Heavy-duty duffle bag and Gators.
        • Personal Supplies: Sun Lotion, Hand sanitiser, Toiletries, Bar soap, Face/body wipes, Washing liquid, Lip balm and Medications (If necessary).
        • Extras: Duct tape, First aid kit and Extra pp size photo and photocopies of passport.
        • P.S: You can rent the above gears in Kathmandu and Pokhara in Nepal.

        Included / Exlcuded

        Price Includes

        • Pickup and Drop off from Airport by private vehicle.
        • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
        • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trek(Depends on the trails)
        • City Tour guide and trekking guide(Licensed Himalaya Guide)
        • Porters and local staff during the trek
        • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine to the guide and porter along with other staff.
        • All the formalities fee of national park and monuments, parks, temples and monasteries.
        • TIMS permit for trekking.
        • All domestic flights however you have to pay an extra amount for the helicopter.
        • Sun hat and Backpackers t-shirt.
        • Farewell dinner and souvenir.
        • Government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
        • Official expenses.

        Price excludes:

        • Emergency Rescue and Evacuation travel insurance.
        • Airfare and departure tax.
        • On arrival Nepal entry visa which can be easily obtained in International Airport in Kathmandu.
        • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
        • Personal trekking gears.
        • Tipping is expected for guide, porter and local staff.
        • Expenses that are not mentioned in the include section.



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