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GOKYO VALLEY TREKKING (GOKYO LAKE & GOKYO RI)

gokyo valley nepal trekking

Gokyo Valley Nepal Trekking

“scenic trek beyond high Khumbu at beautiful Gokyo Lake within scenic valley”

Gokyo Valley Nepal Trekking, a picturesque destination around high Khumbu Valley in the backdrop of Everest and Mt. Cho-Oyu (world 6th highest), at Gokyo valley with its pristine and emerald glacial lakes encircled by world’s highest Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho-Oyu with adjoin range of peaks. Gokyo Valley Nepal Trekking a mesmerizing moderate to adventurous walking grade with ups and downhill trails with ever present views of snow capped peaks on daily trek around this beautiful journey to Gokyo Valley and its glacial lakes.

This wonderful trek to Gokyo Valley Nepal starts with sweeping flight to Lukla with its amazing airstrip and runways, the town filled with nice lodges and restaurants including varieties of shops and stores. Walk leads around beautiful countryside of terraced farm lands and typical Tibetan style villages of Sherpa people, the dominant tribe of High Himalaya and Everest region with rich Buddhist culture and traditions. Our trek slowly advances with high climb to Namche Bazaar where you can find all kinds of modern facilities of ATM-Cyber Café-Banks-Post Office-stores and shops on this high altitude big village of Khumbu. After a good acclimatization heading higher to Gokyo Lake away from the mainstream trail of Everest base camp into tranquil areas of complete wilderness, walking into rhododendron-oaks and pine woodland soon tree lines drops to barren landscapes at Gokyo Valley Nepal with its emerald and calm Lakes.

Enjoying marvelous time at Gokyo valley Nepal with hike at the top of Gokyo Ri of above 5,357m high offering views of Ngozumba glacier with Gokyo Lake, after a fantastic moment at Gokyo Ri, our walk continues joining on the main trekking trails of Everest base camp and Namche at Pangboche village, then walking towards scenic Thyangboche Monastery with grand views of Amadablam and Everest with other range of peaks within green forest surrounding. Finally our wonderful Gokyo Valley Nepal Trekking concludes at Lukla for scenic flight back to Kathmandu.

Gokyo Valley Nepal Trekking

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs.

Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.

Day 05: Trek to Dole 4,200m – 06 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Machherma 4,470 m – 04 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Gokyo Lake 4,790m – 04 hrs.

Day 08: 02 hrs hike to Gokyo Ri at 5,357m and walk to Na 4,450 m or further- 04 hrs.

Day 09: Trek to Phortse 3,800 meters – 04 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m via Pangboche 3,900 m – 06 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Monjo 2,860m – 06 hrs.

Day 12: Trek to Lukla – 04 hrs.

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.

Day 14: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.

Day 15: International departure homeward bound.

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu from respective international flight.

On arrival in Kathmandu received by our guide with short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, where you will join with other members of Gokyo Valley Trekking, our guide will brief with information regarding trekking – hotels-culture with do’s and don’t, includes welcome dinner in a nice and typical Nepali restaurant with culture programs.


Day 02: Fly to Lukla 2,820m and trek to Phakding village 2,640 m - 04 hrs.

Gokyo Valley Trekking starts with sweeping short flight to land at Lukla, during 30 minutes on air view of stunning mountain range with Mt. Everest, as the plane lands at Lukla named as ‘Tenzing-Hillary Airport’ in honor of legendry climbers’ first summiteers of Mt. Everest.

From Lukla our first day walk starts on winding downhill path with short climb passing many traditional Sherpa farm villages with views of peaks, after a pleasant walk reaching at Phakding for overnight stop near the glacier fed Dudh Kosi (river).


Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hrs.

After an overnight stop at Phakding, walk follows Dudh Kosi upstream to cross several bridges to reach past Sagarmatha National Park and Monjo village, and then with last climb of the day leading at famous Namche Bazaar for two over nights where you can find facilities of ATMs, Cyber cafes, stores, shops, restaurants, banks and fresh bakery with a busy colorful Saturday market.


Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.

Namche a perfect place for rest and acclimatization, morning take a short walk up to park museum with information on mountaineering, flora / fauna with Sherpa culture and Buddhist religions, this scenic spot offers grand views of mountains Mt. Everest and stunning Amadablam, for interested people hike uphill to Everest View Hotel for best views of Mt. Everest and other mountains.


Day 05: Trek to Dole 4,110 m - 05 hrs.

After a wonderful rest at Namche, our journey continues on leaving Namche towards higher ridges to join the main trail at near Shanasa village. From this spot our route diverts away from the main Namche-Everest base camp trail towards quiet areas towards Gokyo Lake.The trail leads to a climbs reaching a high ridge at Mong 3,973 meters high with super views of snowcapped peaks, from here on downhill towards Dudh Kosi River reaching at Phortse Thanghka for lunch.

After this nice small settlement, walk continues to Dole as the path leads to a climb out of the valley through a patch of rhododendron forest which gives way to juniper and conifers trees. In the spring time this place will be magic with wild flowers in full bloom. This path passes summer Yak pastures.Walk leads past Tongba and Gyele villages to reach at Dole with super view of Khumbila and Tawache at 6,542 m.


Day 06: Trek to Machherma 4,470 m -04 hrs.

Morning walk from Dole starts with a climb along the side of a valley, where rhododendron forest declines, with only smaller rhododendron and juniper bushes as the walk gains more altitude. Once on a high ridge top walk leads on level path for an hour to Lhabarma Kharka and to Luza at 4,390m; and then skirting a ridge line then descend to Machherma village.
At Machherma for lunch and overnight stop with enough time for short walks or just relax and enjoy the views.


Day 07: Trek to Gokyo 4,790m -04 hrs.

From Machherma morning walk continues to reach at Gokyo third Lake, as the route leads on a nice pleasant path to Pangka, a small flat area and then descending and following glacial fed rivers the source of Dudh Kosi, which flows from Ngozumba Glacier and world 6th highest Mt. Cho-Oyu with adjoining peaks.

As the walk progress leading to a climb by the side of a glacier, passing the first lake and second lakes to reach the last third lake of Dudh Pokhari or popularly called Gokyo Lake, which is a yak herders summer settlement offering fabulous views of Mt. Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang reflecting on turquoise colored Gokyo Lake.At Gokyo overnight stop and lunch in a nice cozy lodge above the lake with super views of surrounding landscapes and mountains.


Day 08: Morning hike to Gokyo-Ri and walk to Na or beyond - 04 hrs.

Starting early morning with two hours uphill hike to reach a spectacular viewpoint at Gokyo Ri the highest spot of this trekking at 5,357m, where you can catch grand panorama of four world’s highest peaks of Mt. Cho Oyo, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and far as to Mt. Makalu with other smaller peaks of Gyachung Kang, Cholatse and Taweche.

After a stunning view from Gokyo Ri, then walk downhill to Gokyo for lunch and short rest and continue with short walk of few hours to Na, a small settlement located beneath Ngozumba glacier, as time permits walking further for another hour to our overnight stop.


Day 09: Trek to Phortse village 3, 810 m - 04 hrs.

After a marvelous at Gokyo Lake with grand views from Gokyo Ri, morning walk on downhill beneath Cholatse peak, around peaceful path and on the least traveled trails.

Finally ending our morning walks at Phortse village for lunch and overnight stop with time to explore this sleepy isolated Sherpa village.


Day 10: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 05hrs.

After a wonderful time on the peaceful areas, morning leads to nice winding path into rhododendron and pine tree forest with views of Amadablam, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tharmarserku and Kwangde peak.After few short ups walk descends to Imjatse River at Phunge Tenga, for lunch and then afternoon walk leads to a climb of few hours into pristine forest to reach at Tengboche Monastery.

Thyangboche Monastery located on a small plateau with wonderful views of Amadablam, Kangtenga, Thamserku, Kwangde and Mt. Everest.  A holy spot as the head lama (Rinpoche) resides in this famous monastery, where mountain expedition climbers receives blessing from a high priest (Rinpoche) for successful and safe climb.


Day 11: Trek to Monjo 2,880 m through Namche Bazaar - 06hrs.

Morning walk leads to long descend reaching at Imjatse River in Phunge Tenga, after crossing a bridge with short steep uphill and then on gradual winding trail to Namche Bazaar, after a short break at Namche, continue walk on downhill to Dudh Kosi River valley, and then with short ups and downs to reach at the entrance and exit gate of Sagarmatha National Park, a short walk from brings you at Monjo village for overnight stop.


Day 12: Trek back to Lukla for last overnight in Khumbu area - 04 hrs walks.

After a marvelous and enjoyable time on high Khumbu valley and ridges with super Gokyo-Ri  trek, our last day walks of this adventure leads back on the same trail to Lukla, arriving by lunch time with last overnight stop within Everest region, afternoon free and celebrate dinner with fellow members, staff and guides.


Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Waking early morning to catch the flight back to Kathmandu, transfer to Lukla airport terminal and then board in a small aircraft either twin otter or Dornier, for super scenic flight to reach at Kathmandu, on arrival in Kathmandu airport, transfer to your respective hotels with rest of day free for individual activities and souvenirs shopping.


Day 14: In Kathmandu free and spare day.

In Kathmandu free and spare day. We will join in our interesting tour of Kathmandu – Patan and Bhaktapur, full of world heritage site of historical-culture and religious importance.


Day 15: International departure for home ward bound.

As per your flight time our guide and staff transfer your airport after a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal a country of Himalayan wonders.


What are included ?

  • Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
  • Government  license holder Trekking Guide.
  • Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
  • Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion &  if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned  in itinerary.
  • Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s  and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
  • Government Tax.
  • Airport drop.

What are not included ?

  • Nepal Visa fee & Entrancee fees during kathmandu Tour.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks,  mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.

Important documents and items

  1. Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  2. Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  3. Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  4. Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  5. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).

General

  1. 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be  returned after the trek).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body – Head / Eyes  / Ears

  1. Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover  your ears.
  3. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  4. Glacier glasses, Headlamp
  5. Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric)  shell jacket.
  6. Down vest and/or  jacket*.
  7. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth   if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  2. 1 pair warm gloves
  3. Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
  4. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  1. T-shirts (2).
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  6. Long shirts (2)

Lower Body – Feet

  1. 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  3. 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and  bottom  preferable.
  4. 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  5. 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  6. 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  1. 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
  2. 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  3. 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
  4. 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  5. Cotton socks (optional).
  6. Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  1. Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  2. Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  3. 1 skin-blister repair kit
  4. Anti-diarrhea pills
  5. Anti-headache pills
  6. Cough and/or cold medicine
  7. Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  8. Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  9. Water purification tablets or water filter
  10. 1 set of earplugs
  11. Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

 Miscellaneous

  1. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  2. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  3. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  4. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  5. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  6. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  7. 2 bandanas.

Extras/Luxuries

  1. Reading book
  2. Trail map/guide book
  3. Journal and pen
  4. iPod
  5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  6. 1 modest swim suit
  7. Binoculars (optional)
  8. Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  9. Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  10. Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow