Gokyo Valley Trek - 14 Days

Gokyo Valley Trek Heaven Nepal Adventure

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.

Trip Highlights

  • 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

Trip Overview

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.

At Heaven Nepal Adventure, we make sure that our services meet the expectations of our clients. Also, we have skilled guides and porters to assist travelers.

Itinerary

Day 1
On arrival at Kathmandu airport 1,340 m meet our staff and transfer to hotel.

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.

Day 2
At Kathmandu with options for tour with time for trek preparations.

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.

Day 3
Fly to Lukla 2,820 m (30 mins) and trek to Phakding 2,635 m 3- 04 hrs.

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.

Day 4
Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 06 hrs.

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.

Day 5
At Namche Bazaar rest day with a short hike to support acclimatization.

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.

Day 6
TTrek Namche to Dole 4,110 m past Phortse Tenga – 06 hrs.

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.

Day 7
Trek Dole to Machherma 4,470 m – 04 hrs.

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.

Day 8
Trek Machherma to Gokyo Lake 4,800 m- 04 hrs.

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.

Day 9
Rest at Gokyo Lake with the hike to high scenic Gokyo-Ri 5,357 m.

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.

Day 10
Trek back to Dole – 06 hrs.

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.

Day 11
Trek to Namche Bazaar – 06 hrs.

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.

Day 12
Trek Namche to Lukla – 07 hrs afternoon free at leisure.

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.

Day 13
Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel with a free afternoon.

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.

Day 14
The day departure for homeward bound.

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.

You can choose to share your next holiday plans and destination with us. We are looking forward to seeing you again.

Service Included

  • Arrival airport pick-up transfer to the hotel
  • Welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural program
  • 3 Nights at 3-star standard accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing with one tour guide.
  • Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu flight, airport tax, and domestic airport transfer
  • Teahouse/Mountain Lodge accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Tea or Coffee) during the trek /cost of a guide (government certified experienced, fluent English speaker, first aid and eco trained).
  • Porter’s cost (one porter for every two members in a group)
  • Everest trekking permit/Sagarmatha National Park fee and all Local body taxes as applicable
  • Purified drinking water while on a trek
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bags (upon request)/duffle bag and a T-shirt (as a souvenir)
  • 4-night will provide an attached bathroom with the hot shower during the trek
  • Group medical Kit Box (Diamox and other first-aid medicine carried by a guide)
  • An hour trekker's massages upon accomplishing the trek
  • Farewell dinner with official staff(HNA)
  • Adventure certificate (after completion of the trek)
  • Final departure transfer to the airport

Service Not Included

  • International Airfare/Nepal Visa
  • Monument fees sightseeing place in Kathmandu($26 per person)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except for welcome/farewell dinner
  • Deserts (cakes, bakes, and pies)
  • additional hot drinks /bottled drinks/boiled and mineral water
  • Electronic device re-charge/Hot shower/Wi-Fi
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping to driver and trekking crew
  • Anything other not mentioned in 'Service included' section

(Frequently Asked Questions or Queries):

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When is the group departure and do you take individual groups also?

We have made the group departure for all seasons except the monsoon times from June to Mid-September months during wet and rainy seasons, if your date does not suit you we can arrange a private customize trips as well as per your holiday duration in Nepal with us.

When can I book for Everest Gokyo Valley Trekking?

Depending upon your time and duration for the trek you can book this trip at least 2-3
weeks ahead from our departure dates for the trek, with advance payment as per the norms and rules of the company. Make sure that you have checked your medical and physical fitness before signing the trip and as well purchasing medical and travel insurance which is very important for this kind of adventurous treks in Nepal Himalaya.

How many people will be in the group?

From a minimum 3-4 person in the group with a maximum of 10-15 persons in the group, in
some cases we do allow booking for the single person as well, running independently at extra
cost than in groups.

How is the weather in Everest Gokyo Valley Trekking?

As per the season wise, where the best time is from March to May when most of the day is
clear with minimum temperatures of 0° to 20° Celsius depends upon altitude wise and
areas. Where most of the morning till mid-days clears for views and walks, sometimes
afternoon can get overcast with chances of light rains and snow. March to May will be lively with wild-flowers in full bloom especially various species of rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) from trees too short bushes.

How are the lodge and Tea-House on Treks?

Tea-House the word used in early days when there were smaller numbers of lodges on
route trekking, at present each village has more than 10 to 20 good lodges with
pleasant rooms accommodations, serving excellent food menus as per the season wise.
Higher above 3,000 m the lodges are good but due to freezing cold temperatures in
night and morning time where they have toilets on the outside, with some inside as
common bathrooms and restrooms. All rooms and dining with warm heating and cozy facilities to make your stay much pleasant and enjoyable.

Are there electricity and network for cell-phones?

Most of the places do have electricity on route trekking run by hydro-power after
Namche and Thyangboche, where much of electric supply are private and individual of
the lodge owners with sun / solar power to activate electric just for the lodge and as
well for customers to charge their computers and cell-phones. Some places do have networks for cell phones and as well for internets like Wi-Fi above Dingboche and some areas due to high peaks and hills, the networks are disturbed in deep areas like around river gorge areas. At present nearly all people in Nepal including remote villages do have an assist to cell- phones with fine network connection only in bad weather the line can be broken, otherwise, it is fine in working order.

What happens if some is sick and have to break the trek?

In this situation where our guides are well equipped with knowledge for emergency and
medical purpose, depending upon the seriousness of the victims if it is much critical
where nearest medical attention needed, we call for immediate evacuation for Helicopter services to reach the victims to nearest medical station and hospital. For light AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), resting and drinking enough fluid leaving an extra guide to take care of sick clients till he/she recovers on route treks or help them to descend to safer areas and taking an advance flight back to Kathmandu.

What to expect on this journey?

Scenic views of the world’s highest mountains with Everest-Lhotse with world 6th highest
Mt. Cho-Oyu and 5th high Mt. Makalu also includes magnificent peaks of Amadablam,
Kangtenga with other lesser mountains, where walk leads you around Buddhist country
interwoven with old traditional life and custom similar to Tibetans. Visiting lovely Sherpa
villages and encountering many prayer walls and spinning bells on walks with a visit of its
interesting colorful painted monasteries.

Who are Sherpa people?

Sherpa a tribe of Himalaya spread out throughout Nepal and in Northern India as well,
where most are concentrated in Solu and Khumbu district of Mid-East Nepal a Tibetan
origin, in Tibetan language Sher means East and pa for people. Meaning East People of Tibet migrated to Nepal more than past 500 years of history, Sherpa men are the pioneer in mountaineering and guiding on treks and mountains, they are born mountaineers, where history shows late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa who first conquered Mt. Everest on May 29th, 1953 with British Expeditions. At present many mountaineering expeditions are fully depended on Sherpa climbers to leads the climb to various mountains summit around Himalaya.

When is the right times to trek when wild-flowers are in season?

March to May would be the best time to witness when wild-flowers are in full blooming seasons when most of the day from morning till mid-afternoon will be clear with the views along with lovely flowers in season, especially rhododendron of types from trees to smaller bushes known as azalea. It is also a national flower of Nepal beside rhododendron you will come across magnolia-violets-euphorbia, primroses and other species of miniature flowers.

Checklist for all season:

  • Travel document: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, voucher, and a passport-sized photo.
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Reading/Writing materials
    Binoculars
  • Travel games, like chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • First-aid kit (containing lip balm, aspirin/ paracetamol, Band-Aid, bandage for sprains, iodine or water purifier, Moleskin for blisters, antiseptic for cuts, anti-bacterial throat lozenge, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for diarrhoea, re-hydration powder, Norfloxacin or
  • Ciprofloxacin, antibiotic  for
  • Giardia, Diamox and any extra
  • prescription drugs you are currently taking)
  • Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruit, candies, and snack foods
    Money-Cash
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Lightweight towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Toiletries (quick-drying towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, multipurpose soap, deodorant, nail clipper, face, and body
  • moisturizer, feminine, hygiene
  • products, small mirror
  • Day pack (with waist straps)
  • Alarm clock and
  • torch/flashlight/headlamp
  • Lighter
  • Insect repellent
  • Earplugs and eye mask
  • Small padlock
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sun hat Sunglasses, Scarf
  • Bag Liner
  • Sewing kit
  • Wind and waterproof shell jacket and trousers (preferably breathable fabric)
  • Running shoes or sandals
  • Comfortable walking shoes
    Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Underwear and shorts
  • T-Shirt 2 Or 3
  • Long sleep shirt
  • (Special Checklist for summer)
  • Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Lightweight long trousers (no jeans)
  • Special Checklist for winter and High Altitude:
  •  34. Layered clothing /Thermals and extra warm clothing during winter (December-March)
  •  1 heavyweight or 2 lightweight wool jumper/sweater/fleece jacket
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional)
  • Down jacket or down vest
  • Fleece Or wool trousers/pants
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens
  • wool or fleece with a waterproof shell outer
  • A four-season sleeping bag/sleep
  • sheet Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Gaiter (optional)
  •  Special Checklist for summer
  •  Lightweight wool
  • jumper/sweater/fleece
  • Umbrella/waterproof jacket and
  • trousers (May—September)
  • Sunscreen lotion with maximum SPF
  • Water bottle

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Trip Facts

  • Domestic Airline
  • Moderate to Adventurous
  • Gokyo-Ri view point 5,357 high.
  • 2+
  • All seasons Except June to mid September, March to May
  • 10 Nights and 11 Days
  • Tea House(On Hotel and lodges)

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