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Gokyo Valley Trekking

Gokyo Valley Trekking description:

Gokyo valley trekking is a best combination of a adventure trek and walking experience. Gokyo valley trek offers unbelievable scenery of the remote Gokyo Village and its festival of beautiful turquoise lakes, moonscape-like glaciers, and stunning mountain vistas that include Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho-Oyu (4th Tallest mountains) on earth. Gokyo valley trekking gives 360 degree view from Gokyo Ridge is the best in the Khumbu region!
Trek leads you to the main road to Everest Base Camp. On the way, we'll stay two nights in the village of Namche Bazaar for acclimatize. Namche is considered the trading center for the Khumbu region, and people walk from as far away as Tibet every Saturday to sell their wares here. This is also the hub onto which each trail converges, so yaks and people compete for space in this amphitheater style village. Then trail scattered into the several direction. We follow the trail to Mongla Hill offers scenic views of Himalaya. Descend down and walks continue along the Ngozumpa glacier. After 2 days we will be at Gokyo village. 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, which sits at the foot of Gokyo RI a huge black mound of rock and dirt. The next morning, you're invited to take the 3-hour hike to the summit of this black, Rocky Mount to witness the 360-degree Himalayan view offered only from this vantage point. If the Time permits, you might hike to 5th lake, The Himalayas stand like giants guarding the border into Tibet. From 5th lake you'll see much better views of Everest and as well as magnificent views of other 8000m peaks.

 

Highlights of Gokyo Valley Treks

Scenic flight to Lukla, abundant flora and fauna, Explore Museum in Namche Bazaar, Panoramic views from Syangboche Buddhist Monasteries, 5th Lakes, Visit to the Admond Hillary School, past friendly Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries,Past friendly Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries on the way

 

Gokyo Valley Trekking grading:

Gokyo Valley trekking is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require you to be super fit or have any previous trekking/mountaineering experience. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can do this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.

 

Gokyo Valley Trek Place covers:

Kathmandu - Lukla - Mystical Sherpa Inhibitants Namche Bazzar - Thyanbuche - Machhermo - Dole - Gokyo valley

Best season for gokyo trekking

February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and December.

 

Gokyo Valley trekking outline itineary

  • Day 01: Arrival day in Katmandu (1348m), B/B Plan
  • Day 02: A Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, B/B Plan, B/B Plan
  • Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m) and Trek to Phakding (2610m) - 3.5 hours, O/N at Tea House, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440 m) for acclimatization, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m.) via Khumjung- 6 Hours., O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 07: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4150m)- 5 hours, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m)-5 Hours, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 09: Rest day at Gokyo and excursion around Gokyo valley and Lake, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 10: Trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and trek back to Machhermo 6-7 Hours, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 11: Trek from Machhermo (4150m.) to Namche Bazaar (3440m.)- 5 hours, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.)- 6 Hours, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
  • Day 13: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu., B/B Plan
  • Day 14: Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.

Note of the above itinerary

O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.



Important note

Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.


short description mode of packages

In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and Pokhara Tourist Standard hotel level on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows

Gokyo Valley trekking itineary details


Day 01
Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,348m)

Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport we will receive you with private car and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur with breakfast. Our representative will give you information about further programs.

Day 02
A Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

We take you to visit the pilgrimage sites of kathmnadu valley such as Swayambhunath stupa, Kopan Gomba, Boudhanath stupa, Kathamndu royal palace (Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square). Old Markets of Nepal and at evening, transfer back to hotel.

Day 03
:Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m) and Trek to Phakding (2610m) - 3.5 hours:

Early morning drive to Airport for the 35 minutes scenic flight to the small mountain airport Lukla, after reaching at lukla our guide will introduce with the porters, then start today’s trekking following mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi, it is easy trekking and takes about 3 and half hour to reach at Phakding.

Day 04
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) - 6 hrs

The trek leads over Dudh Koshi River and crossing it many times and we enter to the park in Jorsale and we will stop there for lunch and again we continue the trekking, after few hours walking Namche Bazar will appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pines. Pass the plateau where the Saturday bazaar is held and enter the village. Namche Bazar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Duch koshi Koshi. The village is a central hub of the area and food, sundrie and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here.

Day 05
Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440 m) for acclimatization:

Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For the acclimatization we walk up to Khhumjung village through Everest view Hotel in Syangbuche and you will see the beautiful view of the Himalayas including Mt.Everest . Khhumjung is densely populated by Sherpa community and there is an old monastery as well so, we will visit that as well, and then Return to Namche.

Day 06
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m.) via Khumjung- 6 hrs

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.

Day 07
Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4150m)- 5 hours:

After Dole, the trek leads 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 of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku

Day 08
Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m)-5 hrs

After Machhermo, the trek leads over 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 soon arrive at the second lake, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.). The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari will appear and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, we will arrive at Gokyo village.

Day 09
Rest day at Gokyo and excursion around Gokyo valley & Lake

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, the biggest glacier of Nepal. Today, we will walk around the lake and we can make the side trip of the fifth lake as well if you are fit.

Day 10
Trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and trek back to Machhermo 6-7 hrs

Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and we leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As we climb, 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 - some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar, return to Gokyo. After lunch we have short trekking to the village of Machhermo

Day 11
Trek from Machhermo (4150m.) to Namche Bazaar (3440m.)- 5 hours:

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.

Day 12
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.)- 6 hrs

Finally we return to Lukla Sherpa village. Enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. Also giving you time to explore the town. Overnight at Guesthouse. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla

Day 13
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

We will take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu, Free time, Shopping- Overnight at hotel

Cost includes

  • Kathmandu international and domestic airport transfer by private car / van / jeep.
  • 2 nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu/Bhaktapur with breakfast.
  • Flights tickets Kathmandu - Lukla - kathamndu round tickets with airport taxes.
  • Guided sightseeing by private vehicles.
  • 3 meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) and guest house accommodation during the trekking.
  • Government license holder mountain trekking guide.
  • All grounded transportation during the program.
  • Required no of porter who will carry your luggage during the trek(1 porter 2 guest basis).
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry fee and TIMS permit for Everest region.
  • English speaking mountain trekking guide and required porters as upon the group size.
  • A special gift Trekking Certificate from our company.

Cost excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu.
  • International airfare and airport departure taxes.
  • Any kinds of batteries charge, telephone calls, loundry services etc..
  • Personal trekking equipments and clothing and as well as donation
  • Alcoholic and beverage bar bills and as well as TIPS for crew
  • Your travel insurance (It is mandatory in case of emergency)
  • Any other things not mentioned.

Acclimatization


We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.


Travel Insurance


To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.


Climate and Weather


The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.


Group Size


We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.


Responsible travel


Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.

Trekking equipments


The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.


Head
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
Upper Body
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
Hands
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Lower Body
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (2)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
Feet
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters (Optional)
Accessories
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Optional items
  • Binoculars
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Compass
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  • Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit

In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.

  • Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Alpine climbing harness
  • 2 x tape slings
  • 2 x screwgate karabiners
  • Descender/abseil device
  • Ascender
  • Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
  • Fleece trousers or silhouette
  • Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Yes sure !! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.

Do I need Experience for Gokyo Valley Trekking?

This trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 5 - 6 hours in a day, with a light weight rucksack. For Gokyo valley adventure trekking - yes, you need to have experience of walking 5- 6 hours a day in high altitude- somehow about 3000M above sea level.

What kind of accommodation can I expect on Gokyo Valley Trekking?

We provide you 3 star category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking there would be normal hotel accomidation which offers basic clean facilities with a mattress and blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is always better idea to own sleeping equipment.

What kind of food can I expect in Gokyo Valley Trek?

All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to next place where you are going.

What opportunities will I have for shower along Gokyo Valley Trekking?

Tea house trekking all the lodges they have shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying and during the camping trekking - we provide you hot water bucket then you will take bucket shower.

How do I get drinking water on Gokyo Valley Trekking?

Normally in the trekking in nepal route there is all places hotel and shop as well in shop you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in camp site/along the way in the camping trekking.

Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

in camping trek there are few places where you can charge the battery paying charge but in tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery we recommend to you bring extra pair for incase .Remember to bring your adapters! And we recommend you to take extra batteries.

Is there any communication facilities on Gokyo Valley Trekking?

In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.

Can I use credit cards in Trekking?

No, for the trekking you need to have cash beacuse credit cards works city area in nepal only.

When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?

Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.

We prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of a trip in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival. For more

Who will carry my luggage on Gokyo Valley Trekking?

We provide porters they will carry your luggage.

Is there any communication while we are on Gokyo Valley Trekking?

There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.

How much distance do I walk each day?

When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however you have to be prepared to walk 5-6 hours each day.

Do I need walking polls for Gokyo Valley Trekking?

we recomend to take that it will be the helpful to you.

How much additional money do I need per day?

You can allocate US$ 08 - 10 for a lunch / dinner in kathamndu and it depends on your spending habits. US$7 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks in trekking.




Responsible trekking

Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.


Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.


Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!


After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.

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Gokyo valley trekking fact

  • Starts Lukla
  • Ends Lukla
  • Duration 14 Days
  • Grade Moderate
  • Highest point 5365m( Gokyo Ri)
  • Culture Encounter Sherpa People
  • Trek type Tea house / camping
  • Himalayan view Everest Himalayan Range inclusive gokyo range
  • Attraction Close Mountain View, Gokyo Lake, and Sherpa Villages
  • Best Season February, March, April, May, September, October, November
  • Meal breakfast, lunch, and Dinner
  • Transportation Fly in Fly out
  • Accommodation tea house accommodation / camping
  • Group size 1-12
  • Per day Walking 5 to 6 hours
  • Itinerary type Fixed / Customized

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