To arrive at Gokyo Valley we will follow the Dudh Kosi River from the Sherpa villages of Namche Bazaar and Khumjung. The Gokyo trek is not as frequented as the popular Everest Base Camp trek giving more pristine nature and great trekking trails. This trek is full of highlights but a special one will be the day of hiking up Gokyo Ri at an altitude of 5360m. Gokyo Ri probably provides the best viewpoint, compared with all other treks in Nepal. You will be able to get fantastic views of the vast Ngozumpa Glacier and enjoy a panoramic view of four of the world's highest peaks above 8,000m, namely Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Makalu. You will also be able to get amazing views of Gokyo village itself and its surrounding emerald green lakes.
We will return to Namche Bazaar via the Sherpa villages of Phortse and the great Tyangboche Monastery.
The Gokyo valley trek is considered a typical trek and is suitable for everyone. If you are reasonably fit and have a sense of adventure you will definitely find this trek a good pick.
The itinerary is designed on a way so that we will acclimatise gradually so as to avoid all kinds of altitude sickness. During the trek we will be staying at guesthouses and teahouses for the night.
Our professional mountain guide and porters will take care of you on this great adventure.
You 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, and is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Kosi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at a Ghat teahouse. You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Stay overnight in a tea house lodge.
Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) (5 hours)
This day you trek and cross the rivers via 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. You 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. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. You will also visit some of the village monasteries on the way trekking to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Stay over night at a hotel in Namche
Day 03: 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 Tyangboche.
Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m.) via Khumjung, (6 hours)
From Namche the route heads up all the way to Khumjung, a picturesque village which also has its own gompa at the top end of town. Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak, said to be the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region. The trail descends slightly towards the Sanasa and then ascends up to Mongla (4000m.). From here, you can see panoramic views of various mountains. You trek a steeply descending pass through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. You can enjoy a delicious meal at Phortse Tenga (3650m.). Stay over night in a tea house lodge.
Day 05: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4150m) (5 hours)
From Dole you 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. The view ahead of you presents majestic views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. This is a short day and you will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch. Stay overnight in a tea house lodge.
Day 06: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m) (4.5 hours)
Today you head for the lakes at Gokyo. You follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melted-water Rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. You climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. You soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.), and your route to Lobuche. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Stay over night in a tea house lodge.
Day 07: Rest day at Gokyo when you may go for an excursion in and around Gokyo valley.
Gokyo is a trade center where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to trekkers. It is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day you can also take a trip to the Fifth Lake via the Fourth Lake. Stay over night in a tea house lodge.
Day 08: Trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and then back to Machhermo (4150m.) via. Gokyo village (4.5 hours)
Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and you leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As you 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 over night in a tea house lodge.
Day 09: Trek from Machhermo (4150m.) to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) (5 hours)
The trail gently descends to Dole and then starts descending steeply to Photse Tenga (3650m.) passing through rhododendron forests. Then, the path immediately steeply ascends to Mongla Danda (4000m.) and gently descends to Kyanjoma (3500m.) following some small ups and downs on the trail to your next destination. Stay over night in a tea house lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) (6 hours)
The last day of your 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 you to Lukla for your overnight stay. Stay overnight at lodge in Lukla.
Day 11: Trek Ends - Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (30 minutes)
You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.
- 1 Professional and licensed mountain guide
- Airport pick-up and drop-off services
- All necessary trekking permits
- All meals during the trek - breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Accommodation in tea houses and lodges during the trek
- Necessary equipment such as sleeping bag, down jacket (if you need )
- Insurance, salary, equipment etc for the Nepali staff
- First Aid kit
- Flight ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla and from Lukla back to Kathmandu.
- Well come/farewell Dinner
- Worst case, help with arranging emergency helicopter evacuation (expenses for the actual flight to be covered by your travel insurance).
- International airfares to Nepal
- Nepal visa fee (USD 40 for 30 days)
- Hotels and meals in Kathmandu
- Personal Travel Insurance & personal expenses
- Tips for Guide and Porters