- Trek to Gokyo Ri and see the grand views of the Everest Massif
- Experience the warm hospitality of the Sherpa people
- Visit the highest lakes in the world, the Gokyo Lakes
- Trek on uncrowded trails
The Gokyo Valley 12 day trek starts and ends in Kathmandu, and begins with a scenic 40 minute flight from Kathmandu that will take you to Lukla airport, the beginning of your trek. From Lukla we lace up our boots and follow the trail to Phakding passing Mani stones inscribed with Buddhist mantras. Namche Bazaar is our next destination, a thriving town that looks down over the valley and up to the surrounding snow-covered Himalayan peaks. The Gokyo trail follows the same route of those who are heading to Everest Base Camp and then ascends to Kenjoma, Dudh Koshi River whose source is at Gokyo Lake and glacier. We will trek up to Gokyo Ri (5,483m) and then return to Namche Bazaar and to Lukla for our return flight to Kathmandu.
On this trek you can expect to see some, or all, of the following wildlife: musk deer, Himalayan Thar, the colorful pheasant (Nepal’s national bird) and even the very elusive snow leopard. This is also believed to be home to the legendary Yeti who is said to be somewhere in the Khumbu Valley!
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m) transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2,804m) and Trek to Phakding (2,620m)
Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
Day 4: Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440m) for acclimatization.
Day 5: Trek from Namche to Dole (4,200m)
Day 6: Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4,470m)
Day 7: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4790m)
Day 8: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357m) and trek back to Machhermo
Day 9: Trek from Machhermo to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
Day 10: Trek from Namche to Lukla (2,804m)
Day 11: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 12: Transfer to the International Airport.
- 2 nights’ standard accommodation in 3-star hotel in Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis including breakfasts
- Guesthouse/Teahouse accommodation during the trek
- All domestic flights (from Kathmandu - Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu) including airport departure tax and transfers.
- An experienced, helpful, and friendly government-license holder trekking guide
- 3 standard meals a day during the trek (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
- Sagarmatha National Park permits fee
- Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card.
- All government taxes
- Airport and hotel pick up and drop off with our private vehicle.
- Your travel insurance (compulsory)
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- International airport fees
- Alcoholic beverage and telephone calls
- Hot drinks, Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water
- Nepal Visa Fee
- Emergency rescue evacuation if needed
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.Other Practical InformationThe following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek. General: all season sleeping bag and down jacket (we can provide if you need it, but has to be returned after the trek), duffle bag (we provide duffle bag during the trek but has to be returned after the trek), a wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (a musthave for morning and evenings above 3,000m), daypack Head / ears / eyewear: a pair of half gloves, a warmer hat that covers the ears, sunglasses, neckwarmer, sunscreen, headlamp and an extra set of batteries Hands: pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer), warmer shell gloves and liner Upper body: long sleeve tshirts, thermal tops, wool jacket or pullover, sports bras for women and girls, water and windproof shell jacket Lower body: thermal underwear (especially trousers), windproof and waterproof trousers, warmer trousers, comfortable trekking pants, extra casual sport pants Footwear: a pair of good waterproof trekking boots, pair of sandals, 45 pairs of woolen socks, sock liners, light shoes and sneakers First aid kits and medicines, assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred), blister treatment cream or similar, insect / antiitch ointment, ibuprofen or other painrelief medication, diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness), warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage, water purifying pills. Please note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal firstaid kit as well. Miscellaneous: 4 passport size photos with original passport, water bottle & filter, flight details, bathroom kit (should include toilet paper, plastic bags, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.) Extra things: comfortable trekking poles, quality energy dry foods (up to you), power bank and music players, camera (memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)
Is a visa on arrival available?
Typically, yes. However, in response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. It may be necessary to obtain a tourist visa in your own country before travel. For updated information on visas, please check the Nepal Tourism Board and the Government of Nepal Immigration websites.
How much will a trip to Nepal cost?
How much you spend in Nepal is largely decided by things you want to do in the country. A 5-day trekking trip in Nepal can start from as little at USD 400 per person. A weekend-long safari in Chitwan National Park is available at less than USD 200.
On average, seven days in Nepal with accommodation and some or all meals included costs anywhere between USD 700 to USD 1500 per person. Good rooms at hotels in Nepal range from USD 25 to over USD 150 per person, per night, while around USD 1.5 a day can buy you three meals in decent restaurants.
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How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
Is Asia open for tourists?
Despite the initial fears of the Covid-19 pandemic, most Asian countries have managed to mitigate its effects. As such, many popular destinations throughout the continent are currently open for travelers with precautionary measures like mandatory vaccinations. A few countries, however, require newly arrived travelers to spend a couple of days in quarantine.
As of February 2022, countries like Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia are officially open for vaccinated tourists without the need for quarantine. Meanwhile, India and Indonesia are two of the countries that may require you to quarantine for up to a week on arrival. However, Japan, Vietnam, and Myanmar are yet to open their doors to visitors.