Gokyo Valley Trek is a scenic adventure to beautiful Gokyo valley and its emerald glacial lakes within high mountains.
Gokyo Valley and its beautiful lakes are one of the less-visited locations in the Everest region. Situated to the eastern parts of the Khumbu Valley, the trek ensures glorious vistas of the Everest ranges. Thus, the Gokyo Valley Trek is one that garners ethnic Sherpa culture in the laps of the Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m). With the natural riches of Sagarmatha National Park, the trek also offer plenty of sightings of Mt. Everest (8488m). All in all, the Gokyo valley trek is ideal for those with limited time to explore the Everest region.
- Enjoy the view of Mt. Everest (8848m) along with other mountains in Everest ranges
- Explore the Sagarmatha National Park and enjoy its biodiversity
- Visit the Gokyo lakes and hike Gokyo Ri (5360m)
- Relish the Sherpa culture and traditions
Firstly, you will arrive in Nepal and land at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Here, you will visit some of the world heritage sites enlisted by UNESCO. Also, you can prepare for the trek while exploring the city. Then, a short flight will take you to Lukla as you enter the Everest region.
Following the Dudh Koshi River, you will ascend to Phakding. Further, you enter the Sagarmatha National Park and walk with the company of the Kongde ranges. Trekking past Monjo, you reach Namche Bazaar where you can acclimatize to cope with the altitude. From here, the trail deviates from the EBC trail and heads to Dhole via Phortse Tenga.
The next destination on the trek is Machhermo from where the trail ascends to Gokyo. You can explore Longponga Tsho and Taujung Tsho on the way to Gokyo. Finally, you will reach Gokyo village situated to the north of Gokyo Lake. Then, you hike to the nearby peak called Gokyo Ri (5360m). From here, you can relish the vista of mountains like Cho Oyu, Nuptse (7861m), and Mt. Everest (8848m).
After the hike, you descend back to Gokyo and begin the return trek. After you retrace your steps to Dhole, you will trek south towards Namche. Following the Dudh Koshi River further south, the trail exits the national park and reaches Lukla. Finally, a flight back to Kathmandu brings the trip to a close.
It is a moderately difficult trek and trekkers should be in good physical condition. Also, the autumn and spring seasons are the best times to do the Gokyo Valley trek.
Gokyo Valley Trek Itinerary
Day 01: On arrival at Kathmandu airport 1,340 m meet our staff and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: At Kathmandu with options for a tour with time for trek preparations.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m (30 mins) and trek to Phakding 2,635 m – 04 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 06 hrs.
Day 05: At Namche Bazaar rest day with a short hike to support acclimatization.
Day 06: Trek Namche to Dole 4,110 m past Phortse Tenga – 06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek Dole to Machherma 4,470 m – 04 hrs.
Day 08: Trek Machherma to Gokyo Lake 4,800 m- 04 hrs.
Day 09: Rest at Gokyo Lake with the hike to high scenic Gokyo-Ri 5,357 m.
Day 10: Trek back to Dole – 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek Namche to Lukla – 07 hrs afternoon free at leisure.
Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel with a free afternoon.
Day 14: The day departure for homeward bound.
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Upon your arrival, you will meet one of our representatives at the airport. He will welcome and take you safely to your hotel. Along the way, you can catch the busy scene of the bustling Kathmandu city. At the hotel, you will meet your tour operator who’ll brief you about the Gokyo Valley Trek in detail. As nothing is planned for today, you can choose to relax at the hotel.
The second day marks an interesting tour of the Kathmandu city. The day will begin with a delicious breakfast followed by a guided tour of some of the most popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites inside the city. You will leave to enjoy the tour and be back in time to prepare for the upcoming trek. Some of the popular places you will get to visit are Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
All these places are bustling with tourists, locals, and pilgrims. It will be a fantastic sight to see if you have never visited Nepal before. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After early breakfast, you will drive to the airport with your trek guide. The flight to Lukla is generally scheduled early morning to avoid bad weather conditions. Once in the air, you’ll get to witness the pristine sight of lush green forests and scenic mountains. The flight may last about 30 minutes. Lukla is a mountainous town that serves as the gateway to the Everest region. You will preserve your energy and embark on the slower first day of the trek. The destination for today has Phakding located 11 km from Lukla.
Phakding is a Sherpa town that serves as the transit between Namche and Lukla. Start trekking along Dudh Koshi River and head towards Monjo Village. At Monjo, you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park. The park was designated as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1979. After obtaining the national park permit, you’ll continue trekking through the narrow cliffs, ridges, and bridges to reach the largest village in the region, Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche.
Namche Bazaar is a wondrous village. It consists of many teahouses for incoming tourists. The roads are generally filled with coffee shops to shops that sell souvenirs. Today, you’ll spend the day preparing for the upcoming trek. Along with your trek guide, you’ll embark on a short hike to the nearby villages of Khumjung and Kunde. Khumjung Monastery remains popular for preserving the Yeti scalp inside a glass box. After visiting Khumjung village, you’ll head towards Kunde village to explore the Edmund Hillary School, the largest school in the entire region. You can choose not to go for the hike and instead rest at Namche Bazaar.
Today, you’ll begin climbing the uphill trail from Dudh Koshi valley. The trail begins with a straight climb of stairs and heads towards the forested path to Phortse village. Through the uneven terrains, you’ll continue heading west towards Gokyo valley. You may witness a few exotic Himalayan wildlife including Himalayan pheasants (Danphe), musk deer, and Himalayan Thar along the trail. The trail will then begin to descend towards Kyanjuma and continue to Sansa village. The final section of the trail crosses into Gokyo Valley. You can catch glimpses of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawache and Khumbila mountains. The trail drops for a while towards Dudhkoshi Khola and continues towards Phortse village.
The trail is filled with beautiful rhododendron forests. You will encounter wild rhododendron bushes and numerous waterfalls along the trail. A short trek will bring you to Dole. You’ll begin climbing the hill while enjoying the majestic sights of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku mountains. The trail ascends towards Luza village and continues along the Dudh Koshi River to arrive at Machherma.
From Machherma, it’s only a short distance to reach Gokyo Lakes. The morning view will offer a beautiful sight of Kangtega, Thamserku and Cho-Oyu peaks. As you continue to trek, the valley widens at Phangga village. A difficult terrain will follow here on. A short descent will bring you to a riverbank from where the trail starts climbing towards Ngozuma glacier, the largest glacier in the Everest Region. Along the trail, you’ll pass through Longpongo and Raboche Tsho to arrive at Gokyo Lake also called Dudh Pokhari.
An early morning hike from Gokyo village will take you to the peak of Gokyo Ri. Also known as the Gokyo peak, it lies on the western front of Ngozumpa glacier just above Gokyo village. From the top of the peak, you can witness the beautiful panorama of some of the highest mountains in the region such as Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. You’ll begin descending towards Gokyo village and explore the nearby Gokyo lakes.
After witnessing the beautiful view of the mountains up-close, followed by a scenic tour to the revered Dudh Pokhari, you’ll begin heading back to Dole village. Dudh Pokhari is an oligotrophic lake located just beside Gokyo village. Leaving this beautiful village, you’ll continue trekking through Machherma, Luza, and Lhabarma village to finally arrive at Dole. It may take almost 6 hours to cross the moderate terrain en route.
Today’s trek will bring you to the usual route leading to the Everest Base Camp. Instead of taking a route up north, you’ll continue towards Phortse Thanga and walk through the beautiful rhododendron forest to reach Mong. The trail starts getting close to Namche Bazaar. Cross the Namche Army camp hill to arrive at Namche Bazaar. From the Army camp hill, you can view the beautiful Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Everest, as well as Tengboche village. Enjoy the evening at Namche before retiring for the night.
Our last walking day of the adventure, where walk downhill path towards Dudh Kosi River and then a short climb towards Monjo village, past Jorsalle and Sagarmatha entrance and exit point. From Monjo continue to walk all the way to Phakding village and towards Ghat to reach Tade-Kosi small areas with the last climb to reach the main gate of Lukla. After a final climb of the journey rest of the walk is easy going through Lukla town and its markets place to our overnight stop in a nice lodge at Lukla, with time in the afternoon for short walks.
Bidding farewell to the beautiful Everest region will be difficult. However, you’ll bid adieu to the high mountains and take a flight back to Kathmandu. Catch the beautiful aerial view of Eastern Nepal on your way towards Kathmandu city. It will take around 35-40 minutes to reach Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
It marks the last day of the trip. You’ll bid farewell to your guide and take a short drive towards the airport to catch your flight back home.
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