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Gokyo Valley Trekking – 14 Days

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  • DestinationNepal
  • Total Duration14 Days
  • Trek Duration11 Days
  • Best TimeMarch-May And Sept-Dec
  • Max ElevationGokyo Ri at 5,483 m
  • Trip GradeEasy To Moderate
  • TransportationPrivate Vehicle/Flights
  • AccommodationDouble/Twin Sharing in Hotel/Lodge
  • StyleTea House
  • MealsBreakfast Basis in city and full board during Trek
  • Min Group Size2+ pax
Overview

Gokyo Valley is a remarkable gift of nature, often referred to as the real Shangri La. It lies to the west of Everest region, in the shadow of Mt. Everest and Mt. Cho Oyu, the highest and sixth highest peaks on the planet.

Gokyo Valley hosts a network of around 19 lakes, which are the world’s highest freshwater body, distinctly recognizable by its turquoise colour. Among them, five stand out: Gokyo Cho, Thonak Cho, Gyazumpa Cho, Tanjung Cho and Ngozumpa Cho. The lakes have been designated a Ramsar site. This freshwater system is directly linked with Ngozumpa Glacier which is the longest Himalayan glacier. Another attraction of the valley is its access to Gokyo Ri which is at an altitude of 5483 m. You can climb to the top of Gokyo to see the magical Gokyo Valley as well as a spectacular panorama of Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, unclimbed Kyojo Ri among others.

The trekking route to Gokyo Valley traverses through beautiful Sherpa villages such as Namche, Phakding, Dhole and Macchermo. The trek is categorized as moderately difficult and is best for Spring and Autumn seasons.

Highlights of Gokyo Valley Trekking

● Explore the pristine and heavenly Gokyo Valley

● Enjoy heart-stopping view of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Kyojo Ri from Gokyo Ri (5360m)

● Be enthralled by magical Ngozumpa glacier- longest Himalayan glacier

● Relish the beauty of five turquoise colored Gokyo Lakes- designated Ramsar site

● Visit Namche, Dhole, Phakding and Macchermo villages to know about Sherpa culture, cuisine and hospitality

● Learn about Himalayan Buddhism

Cost Includes

● All airport/hotel transfers.

● Three Night Accommodation at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis.

● All accommodations and meals during the trek.

● An experienced licensed English-Speaking guide and porters.

● Round-trip fare for domestic flights (Kathmandu-Lukla-Lukla-Kathmandu)

● Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

● Private transport for sightseeing at Kathmandu.

● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)

● Farewell dinner

● A comprehensive medical kit.

● All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

● Nepal Visa Fee

● International airfare to and from Kathmandu

● Meals in Kathmandu

● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.

● Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.

● Travel and rescue insurance.

● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)

● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness

● Tips for guide, drivers and porters.

Equipment & Gears

● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase

● Day bag.( Small handbag)

● Trekking shoes

● Sports shoes or sandals.

● Sun Hat/cap

● Warm woolen cap

● Trekking jacket Gore tex/ fleece jacket

● Pullover or warm sweeter

● Raincoat

● 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock

● Hand gloves

● 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers

● 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts

● 3/4 pairs of Underwear

● Eye glass

● Water bottle

● 4 seasons Sleeping bag

● Flash or Torch light

● Camera and batteries.

Before you go

Trekking Group

For lodge and teahouse trekking, we ensure the standard group size, not exceed 16 pax. We believe we can maintain the quality of our services for 16 participants in each group. Please note some restricted trekking areas will require at least two participants to get permits. Individual and solo trekkers are allowed in other trekking regions.

For this trek we provide one licensed professional guide who can communicate or speak in English, one porter for every two participants and one assistant guide for more than 12 pax. A group of 16 participants will have one complimentary group leader. Our trekking guides and porters are well informed about their responsibilities. And the porters can carry up to 20kg of weight. Our field staff will also include one guide who is adept in administering first aid.

Accommodations

The accommodations are chosen based on trekking itinerary, comfort level, budget and interests of trekkers and accessibility in terms of scenery and trail. Most arrangements are made on Bed & Breakfast basis, double/twin sharing in Lodges/Tea houses and Deluxe – Star Hotels in cities. Depending upon your interests, a wide range of hotels are available in city areas such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, etc. and during the trekking trail, there are plenty of lodges, teahouses, guesthouses and sometimes even hotels for accommodation. A Teahouse/Lodge trek is where trekkers stay in lodges and guesthouses along the trail as opposed to tents/camping. Such Teahouses/Lodges are run either by local families or are community-based which offers simple to moderate facilities, with simple beds, solar-powered hot water and a limited set of cuisines/meals.

For this trek we offer two types of accommodation, ‘Deluxe Hotel’ in the city and ‘Teahouse/Lodge’ during the trekking trail. The Hotels and Teahouses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more. All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon seasonality with limited choices available in peak season. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.

Meals

Touristic cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, offer some of the finest dining restaurants. Get spoiled with unlimited choices for cuisines, ranging from local Nepali food to international delicacies. In contrast, there might not be as much variety of cuisines available on the trekking trail. Trekking lodges and small eateries along the trail will offer you basic diets such as Nepali Dal Bhat, sandwich, apple pie and pizza and regular beverages. However, you will get to enjoy mostly organic food on trekking trails.

For this trek we offer you full board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) local or best available continental food as per menu on your choice and 3 cups of tea/coffee per day. Please note that full board meals are not included during your transition stay in city areas, guests will have to pay for the meals (dinner and lunch), alcohol, hot & cold beverages and mineral water.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft)

Upon your arrival in Nepal at Tribhuvan International Airport, we will come to receive you and help you transfer luggage. We will directly drive you to your booked hotel where you can relax and unwind. In the afternoon/evening, our guide will accompany you to our office where you receive a short briefing about your trip. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Full day exploration in Kathmandu

This is a day allocated for you to spend sightseeing in and around Kathmandu. After morning breakfast, our tour guide will take you on a drive to see some of the most famous touristic places in Kathmandu. On this day you will visit three world heritage sites namely Swoyambhu or Monkey Temple, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Learn about the history of Buddhism in Nepal, meet red robed monks and make a parikrama of two biggest Buddhist stupas in the world. Kathmandu Durbar Square offers you to relish the most illustrious Newari architecture and artwork that are centuries old. In the evening you can take a stroll through the busy streets of Thamel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03 - Fly to Lukla (2804 m) from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 3 to 4 Hours

You will take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This 30 minute flight could not be any more adventurous as you fly over countless hills with views of Himalayan peaks to finally land at Lukla airport, which is one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Once in Lukla, your trekking guide will lead on the first day of trek to Phakding. The trail winds away across the hills passing the Sherpa villages of Chheplung and Thado Koshigaon. Sighting of mani walls and prayer flags is an indication you are in a Buddhist land. You will reach Phakding by early afternoon. Stay overnight in Phakding.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11287ft) 5-6 hrs walk

After full breakfast, we follow the trail along Dudh Koshi River. Ahead you crisscross forested hill and witness the first glimpses of Kongde Ri Peak and Thamserku peaks. Cross Benkar village enroute to briefly stop at Monjo, which marks the entry to Sagarmatha National Park. Ahead you will pass by Jorsale village and another 20 minutes walk will reach to confluence of raging Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers. Just over a ridge from here is a perfect point to spot Mt. Everest (8848m) for the first time. The trail climbs gradually until we reach Namche Bazaar, the main center for the Sherpa community. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar

We will use the full day today for acclimatization. Namche is a modern village full of bakery shops, coffee outlets, entertainment centers alongside ancient Buddhist stupas and maniwalls. You can try out Sherpa cuisine and stop by Sherpa cultural museum.

Take a short hike to Khumjung village or Everest hotel to get the feel of the weather and climate as well as to beautiful views of Everest, Thamserku, Lhotse etc. You can also visit Hillary School in Khunde village. Spend the evening in the warmth and hospitality of Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 06 - Trek to Dole (4,200 m) – 6 hours.

We begin our trek after breakfast along more or less horizontal paths. The trail begins to ascend once we cross the Sanasa village. Take pauses to take in the beauty of the Himalayan peaks on the horizon. In another hour or so you will reach Mongla village where we can rest a bit before continuing our path through rhododendron forests this time. Between here Dole, our destination for today, we will pass by only a village called Phortse. Stay overnight in Dole.

Day 07 - Trek to Machherma (4,470 m) – 5 hours

The path ahead is barren and all you see is a valley spreading in front. The absence of vegetation except for scrub juniper and the occasional sighting of makeshift yak shelter signify that you are in alpine climate. Stay overnight in Maccherma.

Day 08 - Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m) -5 hours

This is the day when you will reach the intended destination of this trek. Along the trek you will encounter beautiful, pristine wetlands namely Longponga (4,650m), Tajuntso (4,710m) before coming on to main Gokyo Lake. The surrounding is completely natural except for pastures and sheds enclosed by stone walls. The Gokyo Lakes are a collection of several high altitude freshwater lakes. Stay overnight in Gokyo.

Day 09 - Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483 m) and return to Gokyo – 5 hours.

Enjoy your breakfast. We gradually ascend from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri. Standing at an elevation of 5,483 m, Gokyo Ri is a small peak that offers magnificent views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Cho Oyu and Gychung Kang along with an impressive panorama of Gokyo valley and Ngozumpa glacier. After spending some hours here, climb down to Gokyo. Stay overnight at Gokyo.

Day 10: Trek to Dhole (4040m) 6-7 Hours

Today we will come out of the Gokyo Valley on our return path. Once again relish the beauty of Gokyo Lakes as you pass through a moraine-filled path alongside Ngozumpa glacier. The trail will slowly descend toward lower elevation. The peaks of Cholatse and Taboche figure prominently here. En route we will pass by several small Sherpa settlements until we come to Dhole. Stay overnight in Dhole.

Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3450m.) 5-6 Hours

Today we retrace our steps back to Namche Bazaar. The walk is pretty easy and leisurely. You will stop over villages of Phortse and Monjo before passing through rhododendron and oak forests. By afternoon we will have arrived at Namche. Stay overnight in Namche.

Day 12: Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) – 6 hours.

We retrace our steps back to Lukla in a leisurely place. You will experience a relatively warmer climate. Stay overnight in Lukla.

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft)

Take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport. The flight lasts for about 30 minutes and offers scenic views of rolling green hills and crisp Himalayan peaks. Once in Kathmandu, our staff will receive you and take you to your hotel. In the evening we will organize a farewell dinner for you. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 14: Final departure

Depending on the timing of your international flight, our staff will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We hope to see you again in Nepal.

Route Map of Gokyo Valley Trek

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FAQs

1. Is Gokyo Valley Trekking Safe?

Gokyo Valley trekking is one of the safest and popular treks in the Himalaya. There are multiple trail that could lead you to Gokyo Valley. Accomodation and communication facilities are easily available at all point of the trek.

2. How difficult is Gokyo Valley Trekking?

This two-week long Gokyo Valley trekking takes you to high mountain terrain. You will faced rugged trail and experience walking in glaciers and crossing multiple high passes. Also visit Everest Base Camp at 5364m altitude. The trail is graded as moderate to strenuous.

3. How fit do I have to be for this trek?

Physical fitness is prerequisite if you want to trek into Gokyo Valley. Your body should be able to withstand long hours of walk and high altitude weather. Trekkers are advised to follow routine workout and endurance training as part of preparation.

4. Is this cost of the trek comparative & reasonable?

The program cost we offer to you is both comparative and reasonable. Since we practice sustainable tourism, we attempt to give the best experience to our tourists while ensuring equal economic dividends to locals of host destination and our staffs. We do not overprice and we discourage unhealthy practice of undercutting. We believe in providing quality service to our guests at a sustainable competitive price.

5. Could we customize the itinerary?

Yes, you can always customize the itinerary according to your requirements. We are quite flexible in re-designing the itinerary by taking into consideration your time availability and needs.

6. Could we combine this trek with other trekking packages?

We are flexible in designing programs that suit your interests and needs. Feel free to let us know what you prefer and what your choices are. You can combine two or three trek programs in one go or even more. Alternatively you can go for tour and trek programs combinedly. We are open to any set of combination you want to pursue.

What if I cancel the trip, do I get my refund?

You can cancel the trip if you have personal reasons to do so. Please read our Terms & Conditions for refund details.