Gokyo valley Trek designed for off beaten path covers the base land of world highest mountain Mount Everest with its scenic view along with covering the range of Makalu (8540m) & Choyou(8230m). Gokyo valley Trek also lets you experience Nepal’s biggest glacier and beautiful lakes that lies in high altitude which is also considered a prime attraction of Nepal’s Sagarmatha National Park.
WHY CHOOSE GOKYO VALLEY TREK?
Gokyo valley trek has many silent features to be revealed along with its major attraction Nepal’s biggest glacier if your choice is an outdoor adventure. The most popular urban Namche bazar along with Khumjung and Machherma where domiciled biggest Sherpa’s community with their own lifestyle and culture are encountered. The trek also partly includes mesmerizing Rhododendron forest and musk deer within which can occasionally be glanced while crossing through small yak-grazing settlements during trek before we rich famous Gokyo lake. These are something best which are hardly found elsewhere.
FASCINATING LAKES AND BREATHTAKING MOUNTAINS
Gokyo valley trek located in Everest region has major two things to offer; it's six different lakes that contains fresh water and the wonderful scenic view of popular Himalayas range Makalu, Choyou and the world’s popular Mount Everest. Besides, Trek also allows trekkers who have a limited time to discover the breathtaking beauties of Nepal that lie at the highest altitude. It is the best option for those who want to have a trek covering the Nepalese most popular Everest region to experience one of the great Himalayas in the world.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1320m/ 4329ft).
Day 2: Flight to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) and hike to Phakding 2-3 hours walk (2655m/ 8708ft).
Day 3: Trek to Namche bazaar 5-6 hours (3440m/11284ft).
Day 4: Acclimatization day in Namche (3440m/11284ft).
Day 5: Trek to Dole 6 hours. (4110m/13584ft).
Day 6: Trek to Mochhermo 4 hours, (4470m/14661ft).
Day 7: Trek Mochhermo to Gokyo valley 4-5 hours, (4470m/14661ft).
Day 8: Early morning hike to Gokyo-ri (5357m/17570ft,) and trek back to Dole 6-7 hours, (4110m/13584ft).
Day 9: Trek to Namche 5 hours, (3340m).
Day 10: Trek to Lukla 4-5 hrs. (2800m/9184ft).
Day 11: Flight back to Kathmandu, free day.
Day 12: Final departure from Nepal.
Landing in Kathmandu – a valley surrounded by mountains and silver shinning Himalayas in the north sets the immediate tone of nature, adventure and thrill. On the way to your hotel, you will witness the lively and thriving way of life of our capital. It’s diverse and mesmerizing for anyone – right from its traffic to the antiques and temples.
We will take a morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft), where our trek will begin and we can meet ours additional crew members. The views of the high mountain peaks are breathtaking on this 40 minute flight. Today, our trek is short, around 3-4hrs, to allow for acclimatization. In route, we can see Rhododendron, Magnolia trees and pine forest. Passing through several small settlement with prayer wheels, flags Mani stones, tea houses and shop we. Overnight in a teahouse.
Soon after we eat our breakfast, we start our trek to Namche Bazaar. Today’s trek will take us through pine forests, over suspension bridges and into Sagarmatha National Park. The trek is a long, steep climb, but we are rewarded with our first view of Everest! Our destination, Namche Bazar, is a gateway to Mt Everest and the main trading center of this region. Overnight in lodge.
In order to allow our bodies to adjust to the altitude, we will take today as an acclimatization day. It is best to keep active, and if we climb higher, it will help us properly acclimatize. We will hike to Everest view pint and beautiful village Khumjung or visit Sagarmatha national park headquarter, visitor center where you can get more information about Khumbu region and Sherpa people. It’s also the perfect place for the panoramic view of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, one of the beautiful mountain Amadablam and so on as well enjoy plenty of time to explore the town of Namche. Overnight in a lodge.
Today we start our journey through the main trail which is shared by both EBC and Gokyo trek, until Kyangjuma. We leave the main trail and climb steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests, which give way to fragrant stands of juniper and large conifers as the elevation increases. We will continue trek to reach MongLa and below us, we see the confluence of Dudh Koshi River and Imja Khola River. Spring is the best time for the flowers lover; it’s the time to blooming rhododendrons. The trail passes many Kharkas, summer settlements used when Sherpas bring herds of yaks to graze in these high pastures. The route passes further north through the settlement of Tongba (3950m) and Gyele (3960m) to Dole where there are few hotels. The views of Khumbila and Tawache (6542m) are incredible throughout the day today. Overnight in a teahouse.
The morning to Luza (4360m), will be quite tough and feel short of breath. After rest to catch a breath and see a panoramic view, we continue our journey along the side of the valley. On the way to Machhermo at (4410m), we can enjoy the view of Mt. Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku and many summer settlements. Overnight in a teahouse.
We begin the ascent to Gokyo Valley. Along the way, we can enjoy excellent views of Cholatse Mt.Choyu and the small Sherpa settlement. We are now in high alpine area and as we approach the Ngozumba Glacier and we trek onto the moraine and rock that extend down from it. We enjoy excellent views of Kantenga to the south and Cho Oyu to the north. Once we have ascended the muzzle of the glacier, the path flattens. We pass the first of the Gokyo lakes, Longpongo, before reaching the second, Taboche Tsho at 4740 m, a larger one where green Brainy ducks are often seen swimming in the freezing waters. As we walk up the valley our path parallels the Ngozumpa Glacier and separating us from the glacier is the massive lateral moraine. Little ahead of the second lake is the third lake, the two linked by a stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight at this juncture. After lunch, we can take time to explore around the third Gokyo Lake, Dudh Pokhari. Overnight in teahouse
Today we hike up to the Gokyo-ri early in the morning, which is an excellent viewpoint in Everest region. The continuous and grueling ascent of Gokyo Ri will take two or more hours, from where we can see Aesthetic view of Himalayan include Mt. Everest (8848m), Cho Oyu (8153 m), Guangcheng Kang (7922m), Lhotse (8501m), Makalu (8475 m), Cholatse (6440m), Taweche (6542m), Kantega (6685m), Thamserku (6808m), Lobuche (6145m) and Mt. Everest (8848m). Hundreds of other unnamed peaks and the beautiful Gokyo Lakes below. After a breathtaking hike to Gokyo-Ri we will descend down to Dole. Overnight in a teahouse.
Today’s trek is mostly downhills. After a 6 hours trekking, we will reach to the beautiful trade town Namche bazaar. The trail descends to Phunki Thanga and the ascents to ridge Mongla dada. After an hour descent from Mongla, we reach a junction where the steep path up from Sanasa meets our track. Winding through several bends we are almost near Namche. Upon coming to Namche army camp hill, we look back to see Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche for last time. After half an hour’s walk from here, we reach Namche. Overnight in Lodge.
Today our last day of the trek at a lower altitude is more easy and enjoyable. Most of the track today is flat although we will have some descend and brief ascents too. Today, we enjoy the lush green scenery of rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distant background Kwangde peak. As we walk through the Sherpa villages, we notice an impressive display of faith in Buddhism and cultural practices associated with it as prayer stones dot the landscape and prayer flags flap in the wind. We have to cross the 3 suspension bridge over Dhud Koshi River through the prayer flags were strewn suspension bridges and also cross one of its tributaries, Thado Koshi once. The final ascent of about 45 minutes from Chheplung takes us to Lukla, where we stretch our fatigued legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks.This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity to spend some relaxing moments with whole crew as the porters will not accompany us to Kathmandu. Overnight at Lukla.
After a long memorial journey in Mountain, today we fly back to Kathmandu. We can rest and relax at the hotel. In the afternoon you can spend your time for last minute shopping or explore sights you’ve missed. We end our Adventure with a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today the journey along the Nepalese Himalayan comes to an end. We will arrange airport transports that are leaving Nepal. There is nothing special to do but we can share our experience and organize our photos. Please keep contact us to learn about others exciting travel ideas. We will always be glad to help you with our service.
What is Trekking?
Trekking is a thrilling adventure! And this activity requires a multi-day hike and climbs on mountain villages and park trails. The mountain trail usually steep, gradual and likely to encounter with snow at high elevation (that above 3000m/9840ft in winter and 5500m/18040ft in summer).
How Difficult is this Trek?
The difficulty Laval of Gokyo lake trek is moderate (physically demanding). we recommend this trek is for everyone who loves outdoors, physically fit, have a good health condition and patient. As we are hiking on a higher altitude, you better to have some physical training before going for this trek.
Does This Trek Require Previous Experience?
Well, if you have a healthy circulatory ability and good strength to cope with high altitude and lower oxygen density then it doesn’t require early experience. But who have early experience on trekking or hiking they can enjoy their Himalayan adventure maximum!
What is Altitude Sickness? How to Deal with?
Altitude sickness, also known as “mountain sickness” is a symptom that can attack while you hike or climb to the higher elevation. Especially this can be happening after 3000m/9840ft. if you walk too quickly.
There are three types of Altitude sickness
AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness: Very common one. Symptoms: dizziness, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting.
HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema: Can happen when it build up fluid in lungs. This is very dangerous and even life threating.
HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema: this is the most severe form of altitude sickness and it can happen when fluids take a place in the brain. This is life threating, as soon need to seek medical attention.
What should you do
What is the best time for this adventure?
March to end of May and Mid-September to end of November would be the best time for this trek.
Are any permits require for this trek?
Trek to Gokyo valley you need to get Sagarmatha (Everest) National park entry fee $30 and Local Government tax fee $20.
How long must walk every day?
In average, we walk 5 to 6 hours a day. But in higher elevation (over 4400m/14430ft) normally we hike 3 hours a day.
What types of meals we can get in this Trek?
Continentals menus are generally available in this trek. As well you can get traditional Nepali Dal-Bhat and some Sherpa dishes (Sherpa Stew, Tsampa porridge).
What types of accommodation do we utilize?
Most of the area in this place we can get a clean and comfortable guest and lodge. Some luxury hotels also available
Deluxe hotel and teahouse