Gokyo valley trek is one of the very well-known and adventurous trekking routes of Nepal. Gokyo valley trek presents to you an extraordinary and once in a lifetime experience to witness the beauty of the world’s tallest and prettiest mountains, exquisite glaciers, including Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the whole Himalayan and second largest in the world. It is possible to trek on the Gokyo valley throughout the year, but the best time to trek are the periods from March to May and September to December.
The beginning of this trek commences with a 30 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This journey takes you through the magnificent valleys of Dudh Koshi, rich in atypical biodiversity, century’s old Buddhist monasteries, and traditional Sherpa villages and finally brings you to the footsteps of the renowned Namche Bazaar, the epitome of Sherpa civilization, and a gateway to classic Everest route. Also, it offers the picturesque and close-up views of Mt. Everest (8,848m) and other equally splendid peaks like Ama Dablam (6,812m), Thamserku (6,623m), Lhotse (8,516m) and Nuptse (7,861m), after passing two nights at Namche.
After exploring and adapting to high altitude at Namche, we move onward to Dole, Machheremo, Luza and Gokyo, our ultimate target. After this, we climb the Gokyo Ri, which stands 5,357 m tall, to witness the spectacular sunrise at the Himalaya. Subsequently, two and half hour walk later, the view from the ridge above the Gokyo peak is incredible. Four peaks which stand taller than 8000m are visible from Gokyo Ri, including glorious Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu, and the beautiful emerald Gokyo lake, along with other smaller mountains. The view of Everest from Gokyo Ri is more stunning than from Kalapatthar.The sight of the terrific ice ridge between the Ghyangchung Kang (7925m) and Cho Oyu (8201m) is one the highlight as seen by Khumbu. You can extend the trek by going over the Chola pass to Everest base camp, for more remarkable mountaineering adventures to recall.
As you are picked from Tribhuwan International Airpot, Kathmandu you will be accommodated in a three-star level Hotel with Bed and Breakfast. We accommodate on the basis of twin shared room. A single room can be also accommodated upon your request. Your room will be facilitated with attached restrooms in the Kathmandu. During the Trekking premises, in some places, they only have a shared washroom and restroom. As you reach higher elevation single rooms may be difficult to manage.
During our Trek Authentic Nepali food is available and more common. You will also get international Cuisine such as Continental, Italian, Indian, etc. Breakfast-Dinner will be served as per lodge menu where we stay overnight. Lunch will be served on the trail of Next destination. During Trek, all meals will be provided whereas, only breakfast is served in Kathmandu. Sherpa Himalaya will serve you special last day dinner.
Health Condition & Fitness Requirement
This Trek is a moderate level Trek. You will be walking for 6-7 hour a day on average. We will face the steep hill, cross steep, hilly terrain etc. We will be heading mostly uphill where we will face an average of 4000m altitude change. You will be given acclimatization day in between the trail so that you will not face altitude sickness. If you have strong determination and hope in yourself then Gokyyo Valley Trek will not be that difficult.
If you have done any Trek before it will be your skill but you don’t require pre-experience or any training for this Trek. If you have any health problems it would be better if you consult with a doctor before your visit and give the details to Sherpa Himalaya so that we could customize your trip as per your body requirement.
Best Time to Visit
Weather in Nepal is quite a favorable. For trekking we have two peak season; Spring & Autumn. Autumn season starts from September to November whereas Spring season starts from March to May. Beside this two season, you can visit Nepal in other months too but it is quite cold in January and rainy in the month of July & August.
Your health safety and last destination with high-quality service is our Main priority. Your guide has the authority to bring change in itinerary, stop or cancel any part of your itinerary if it is very necessary due to safety concern. However, these kinds of problem rarely arise. Our effort will be to follow our given itinerary. Weather condition, health problem or any natural disaster and flight cancellation due to bad weather in the mountain may bring change in itinerary.
Frequently Asked Questions
Arrival day in Kathmandu (1300m)
Once you land at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), our representatives will kindly receive you and take you to your hotel, in a private car or a high-end tourist bus. After checking in, you can either explore this vibrant and exciting city on your own or take a cozy rest at your hotel.
Preparation day for Trip
Today we will prepare for our Trek. We will check all the necessary gears and introduction with your Guide. You will be taken to shop If you have forgotten any gear that will be requiring in the Trek.
Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding(2610m)
On the third day, we’ll board a flight to Lukla (2810m), from TIA. You will be able to enjoy the beauty of splendid hills, rivers and mountains during the 30 minutes long flight. On reaching Lukla airport, you’ll be introduced to your porter, and served a wholesome breakfast. After that, we will head north to Phakding (2620m). It is an easy 3 hour Trek through the Dudhkoshi valley. We will head north from the airstrip to Chheplung (2700m) and cross the crystal clear Thadokoshi on a locally built suspension bridge. Past the bridge, you can witness KusamKanggru (6367m), which is one of the toughest mountains to conquer. Away from the ThadoKoshi, the trail continues towards the Ghat (2590m) and we will cross a ridge marked with painted Mani stones. We will carry on our mount to reach the beautiful tribal village of Phakding where you will stay overnight.
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3445m)
On our second day of trekking, we will head to Naamche bazaar, celebrated village of Khumbu region. On our way to Naamche, we will cross the winding Dudhkoshi River 5 times on thrilling suspension bridges, covered with colorful Buddhist prayer flags. Then,
We will continue your climb, which will bring you to Jorsale. From there, it’s a two and a half hour ascent to Naamche, with two major viewpoints on your way. If you’re lucky, on a clear day, you can relish the hypnotic view of Everest. At Jorsale, you will enter Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) where you’ll be required to verify your permits. After 5-6 hours of tough hiking, we’ll reach Naamche Bazaar, the economic hub of the region, also, gateway to Everest.
Acclimatization day at Namche Bazar.
Adaptation to harsh geography and high altitude is vital before further continuing the ascent to avoid altitude sickness and other unwelcomed illness. You’ll be taken for a one day Trej through the beautiful villages of Khunde and Khumjung. After getting back at Everest view hotel, you can go to look at the giant skull of a mystical creature “Yeti”, in a monastery in the region. You can also savor at a bakery at world’s highest altitude. On a fairly clear day, you can view breathtaking view of peaks such as Everest, Lhotse, and AmaDablam among others. The view of mountains from the Everest View Hotel, is also commendable. After a nourishing breakfast at the hotel, we will endeavor an hour long climb to the Syangboche airstrip (3790m), from where we will steadily ascend towards Khundu. On your way up, you can see century’s old Chorten (stone Buddhist monuments). From there, we will move eastwards to Khumjung, the largest settlement in the whole Khumbu region, at the lap of the holy peak of Khumbila. After savoring lunch at Khumjung, we will trail a slow climb to Everest View Hotel, from where you can again enjoy the view of Himalayans. The descend to Namche (3540m) is approximately 4/5 hours walk.
Trek to Dole. (4150m)
Now the trek enters above 4000m. A little climb to the ridge top out of Namche will grant us a glorious view of Everest and Lhotse. From there, we will continue the mainstream trail for some time. All through the trail, you can witness vendors s
Trek to Machhermo (4470m)
The trek begins with a steady climb along the valley. The air is now thin, comparatively. The juniper forests now dominate the woods. As we go up, we can see beautiful summer settlements and grazing land throughout. The sight of tall silver mountains will be a treat, no wonder. Superb views of Cho Oyu, its neighboring peaks Kantega and Thamserku will feast our eyes. By noon, we will have arrived at Machermo (4,410m). We will spend the rest of the day exploring Machermo (4,410m) and spend the night there.
Trek to Gokyo (4790m)
After breakfast, we will continue the trail over the ridge for more exotic views. Majestic Cho Oyu stands tall, right in front of us. Below is the gorgeous view of Khantega gorge, innate. Beyond the edge, the valley extends as the trail goes side by side to Pangram at 4,390m. We descend down to the riverside, before we climb up to the fetal glacial deposit of the Ngozumpa glacier. Now, after a slightly higher ascent, we arrive at Gokyo, for a night stay.
Trek down to Dole (4200m).
Early in the morning, we will conquer 5463m high GokyoRi from where we can view outstanding Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu among others. We will Trek to Fifth Lake from where the view of peaks is even better. We will then descend to Dole to spend the night.
Trek down to Namche (3445m).
We will continue our trek down the Sherpa villages of Khumjung, leaving the mountains in the backdrop. We will walk down to the village of Namche bazaar, the epitome of Sherpa culture. We will stay the night at a guest house in Namche.
Trek down to Lukla (2830m).
It is around a seven hour long walk downhill from Namche to Lukla. On this day, our time at the exotic Sagarmatha National Park will come to an end. Following day, we will board a plane to the capital. You will bid goodbye to this trek with a memorable walk down to Lukla.
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Early morning air trip from Lukla to Kathmandu, back to your hotel. (Day 12) Early morning, we will catch a plane from Lukla to Kathmandu. Don’t forget to pick a seat on the right side, to see the insatiable mountains again. On reaching Kathmandu, you will be escorted back to your hotel.
Final departure from kathmandu.
The day has come to leave this remarkable country. Our representatives will transfer you to the airport from where you’ll board a flight to your next destination. Bid farewell to this country of Himalayans with plans to visit next time. Because, once is never enough!
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