- Trekking in Nepal
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Gokyo Valley Trek is one of the adventurous mountains trekking which is in Everest region in the north-east Nepal. It allows us to have a grand view of the most popular peaks of Nepal such as Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu and so on. The hallmark of this trek is the view of tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyanchung (2922m) located in Khumbu region.
This route is relatively less crowded than traditional trek routes to Everest Base Camp. Compared to the view from Kalapatthar, Gokyo offers exceptional views of the legendary array of mountains. The route also passes through Buddhist monasteries and villages of Namche Bazar that allows us to discover the region and acclimatize with the conditions.
Gokyo Valley trek is one of the most beautiful trekking routes in Nepal, which offers a dramatic view of Eastern Himalaya and Mount Everest from Gokyo Ri (5483m).
Activities:Trekking in Nepal
We fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.)that takes about 35 minutes. We begin today’s trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank, is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. We descend a mountainside path that merges into our route to Everest, with views to a valley to our right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Kosi approaches as we pass a Mani wall and arrive at a Ghat teahouse. We continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Stay overnight in lodge.
We trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) that takes about five hours. This day we trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set up to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. We then ascend quite steeply to Namche Bazaar and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. We can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. We will also visit some of the village monasteries on the way of trekking to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Stay overnight in lodge.
We take a day rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization at a high altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. For acclimatization we walk up to Khunde Hospital was set up by the late Sir Edmund Hillary and we can also hike for an hour up to Tengboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for some outstanding views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. Stay overnight in lodge.
We trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3800m)which takes about four hours. From Namche the route turns west and the trail is almost level as we head up the Bhote Koshi Valley. After descending to the Bhote Koshi the trail climbs steeply to Thame. From here, there are good views of the peaks of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde and to the north is the Nangpa La, the pass leading to Tibet. Stay overnight in lodge.
We trek from Thame to Khumjung (3790m)which takes about five hours. We retrace our route down the Bhote Koshi Valley towards Namche and branch off to follow a quiet trail to Khumjung. It is a picturesque village which also has its own Gompa at the top end of town. Here we can have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. Stay overnight in lodge.
We trek from Khumjung to Dole (4040m) which takes about five and half hours. Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak. The trail descends slightly towards the Sanasa and then trail ascends up to Mongla (4000m.). From here, we can see panoramic views of various mountains. We 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. Stay overnight in lodge.
We trek from Dole to Machhermo (4150m) which takes about five hours. From Dole we climb steadily along the side of the valley, where small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements. Ahead of we presents majestic views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. This is a short day and we will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch. Stay overnight in lodge.
We trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m) which takes about four and half hours. Today we head for the lakes at Gokyo. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melted-water. Rivers flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.), our route to Lobuche and Everest and later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Stay overnight in lodge.
We take a day rest at Gokyoand may go for excursion in and around Gokyo valley. Gokyo is a trade centre where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day we can also take a trip to the Fifth Lake via the Fourth Lake. Stay overnight in lodge.
We trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and then trek back to Machhermo (4150m.) via. Gokyo village which takes about four and half hours. 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. After lunch it is a short walk to the village of Machhermo. Stay overnight in lodge
We trek from Machhermo (4150m.) to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) which takes about five 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 up and down trail to our next destination. Stay overnight in lodge.
We trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) which takes about six hours. The last day of our trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for a few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote-Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring us to Lukla for our overnight stay. Stay overnight in lodge.
Finally, we fly from Lukla to Kathmandu takes 35 minutes. We take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.
Includes & Excludes
- Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
- Airport pick-up and drop off services
- Airport tax at Kathmandu domestic airport and Lukla airport
- All land transportation (from hotel to airport and from airport to hotel)
- All meals 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
- First Aid kit
- Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu for all articipants including Nepali staff
- Necessary equipment such as sleeping bags, down jackets, etc.
- Necessary insurance for trekking staff
- Porter/s (1 porter can carry two people's luggage up to 30 kilograms)
- Rescue Assistance
- Trekkers' Information Management System(TIMS) card
- Trekking guide
- Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
- Hotel accomodation & meals in Kathmandu
- Nature of personal expenses
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Departure Dates for Gokyo Valley Trek - 13 days
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