Gokyo Valley TrekGokyo Valley Trek

Gokyo Valley Trek - 14 Days

  • DestinationNepal
  • Duration14 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude5357 meters
  • Starts/EndsLukla/Lukla
  • Trip StyleTrekking
  • Group SizeMin 1 Pax.
  • Best SeasonSpring and Autumn
Highlights
  • Embark on the less crowded trail of Gokyo Valley or Gokyo Lakes.
  • Awe-inspiring views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other mountain peaks from Gokyo Ri.
  • Highest altitude freshwater lake system in the world-Gokyo Lakes.
  • Explore the Khumbu region and engage with the local Sherpa community.

Gokyo Valley Trek in the Everest region is one of the classic treks in Nepal which is less crowded than the famous Everest Base Camp Trek. The trail takes you through the Sagarmatha National Park and to the amazing Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lakes.Gokyo Trek is the best alternative trekking route to the traditional Everest Base Camp Trek.The trek offers serene beauty decorated by holy temples and monasteries, engraved landscapes, and sparkling lakes with the highest peaks on the backdrops. Likewise, the trek encounters the local settlement of the Sherpa community. It allows us to experience the Sherpa culture and traditions closely.

Gokyo Valley Trek also known as Gokyo Ri Trek starts with a scenic flight to Lukla. From Lukla, we follow the same trekking trail of Everest Base Camp Trekor Everest Three High Passes Trekto Namche Bazaar. Then, from Namche, it takes just 2-3 days to reach Gokyo via Machhermo and Dole. Gokyo Trek offers tranquil Sherpa villages, beautiful monasteries, and the occasional sight of Himalayan wildlife like musk deer, Himalayan Thar, and if lucky, snow cocks. Moreover, the views of mountains, glaciers, ice falls and beautiful lakes from Gokyo Ri are surreal.

Why you should do Gokyo Valley Trek?

Imagine the views of turquoise lakes and 8000-meter mountains in the background. Gokyo Valley treks give you an unforgettable experience in the Everest region. Moreover, Gokyo Ri Trek from the valley rewards amazing views of Mt. Everest and Mt. Cho Oyu. Likewise, explore the highest freshwater lake system in the world, Gokyo Lakes at 4700 meters. There are six main bodies of Gokyo Lakes. But we will encounter closely only three of them, Longponga Tso, Taujung Tso, and Gokyo Tso.

Views of Mountains from Gokyo:

Right from the start of your trek to Gokyo, you will witness amazing views of the highest mountains in the world. Some of the major peaks are, Mt. Everest, (8848.86m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Nuptse (7861m), Mt. Lobuche (6119m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6812m), Mt. Thamserku (6623m) and many other ranges.

Gokyo Valley Trek Difficulties

If you don’t have any trekking experience in the Himalayas, then you will find this trek extremely difficult. Walking for 5-6 hours a day through the hazardous trail is risky but rewarding too. Trekkers should be in excellent shape, physically and mentally. The major concern during the trek is altitude sickness. If you can encounter an altitude above 4000 meters, then it is easy to complete this trek. Though you don’t need technical skills to do this trek, walking through rugged and steep terrain is challenging.

How to prepare for the Gokyo Valley Trek?

Always remember that you have to do lots of ascending and descending during the Gokyo Trek. Moreover, you will be carrying your backpack which makes it even more challenging. So, regular hiking with a small backpack or endurance exercise before the trek would be ideal. The more you train, its gives you better confidence in maintaining your strength and endurance for the trek. Moreover, always carry proper personal trekking gear with you before embarking on this trek.

Best Time to do Gokyo Valley Trek

Classic Trek Nepal can organize Gokyo Trek any time in a year upon the availability of our clients. However, we suggest Autumn and Spring seasons are the best times to do the Gokyo Valley Trek or Gokyo Lakes Trek. The mild and stable weather delivers crystal-clear views of mountain peaks, natural beauty, waterfalls, and glacier rivers.

Why choose Classic Trek Nepal for Gokyo Valley Trek?

Classic Trek Nepal organizes this trek will a customized itinerary that is favorable for our clients. We operate this trek with 100% guaranteed departure. Also, our professional and government-licensed guide makes your trek memorable. Our team experts are available 24 hours to respond to your queries related to Gokyo Valley Trek. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information. 

Itinerary

A representative from Classic Trek Nepal will be at the airport to pick you up. He will be in the waiting area displaying the name of the company. After he receives you, he will take you to your hotel in a Private vehicle.

  • Max Altitude:1400 meters
  • Accommodation:Hotel

Today is trek preparation day and we will have a meeting in our office. However, you also can do a Kathmandu sightseeing tour during the day and visit UNESCO world heritage sites like Pashupatinath, Swoyambunath, Boudhanth, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Later in the day, we will introduce you to our guide for your trek to Gokyo and discuss the preparation.

  • Max Altitude:1400 meters
  • Accommodation:Hotel

The 45-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla begins your trip to Gokyo Valley. After reaching Lukla, we will take a small tea break and head to Phakding. The trail follows the bank of the Dudh Koshi River. You will come across suspension bridges, mani walls, and small stupas before reaching Phadking. Overnight stay at Phakding.

  • Max Altitude:2610 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:4-5 Hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We continue to follow the route of Dudh Koshi River to reach Jorsale. The views of Thamserku in the distance give us company. Walking through a rugged and steep trail we reach Namche Bazaar, which is the famous town of Khumbu region. You can explore Namche Bazaar in the late afternoon. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

  • Max Altitude:3440 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will have a rest day at Namche Bazaar to adapt our body to the weather and climate. But, we will go hiking to Everest View Hotel or hike to Kumjung Village. The Everest View Hotel offers dazzling views of mountain peaks. Whereas, in Khumjung village, you can visit monasteries and enjoy the views of natural beauties. Overnight stay at Namche.

  • Max Altitude:3440 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:3-4 Hours Hike
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The walk begins with a gentle descent through Sherpa villages witnessing the views of Taboche and Ama Dablam. Moreover, if you are lucky, you can see Himalayan wildlife like Himalayan Thar today. The hike continues through Phortse Thanga to arrive at Dole. The village of Dole offers outstanding views of Thamserku and Kangtega. Overnight stay at Dole.

  • Max Altitude:4040meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We have a short hike to Machhermo leaving Dole behind. You can take your time admiring the views throughout the trail. Just walking for 2-3 hours we reach Macchermo. However, if you feel like walking a bit for today, hike to the ridge just above Machhermo gives you a beautiful glimpse of Mt. Everest. Overnight stay at Macchermo.

  • Max Altitude:4470 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:2-3 Hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today it’s going to be a beautiful and exciting day for your trek to Gokyo. The day begins with hiking through a Sherpa village and passing small Chortens and stupas. Likewise, the trail leads us to Ngozumpa Glacier, from where Gokyo Lakes are founded. We will explore three major Gokyo lakes during our trip. Likewise, Gokyo Valley itself is one of the wonders in the Khumbu region. Gokyo lies at an elevation of 4750 meters. Overnight stay at Gokyo.

  • Max Altitude:4750 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will explore Gokyo Valley. Climbing to Gokyo Ri at 5360 meters is the best way to explore the valley from the top. The hike to Ri is quite challenging and takes around 2-3 Hours. But the views from the Ridge are amazing. You can see Ngozumpa Glacier, beautiful lakes, and surrounding mountain peaks including Mt. Everest. After spending time over there at the ridge, we will descend to the valley through the same route. Rest of the day we will just walk around taking photos and enjoying the atmosphere around us. Overnight stay at Gokyo.

  • Max Altitude:5360 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:3-4 Hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After spending two nights at Gokyo, we descend to Dole. We follow the path of Ngozumpa Glacier and Dudh Koshi River. Likewise, during the trek we are leaving the sight of Mt. Thamserku and Cho Oyu behind. Overnight stay at Dole.

  • Max Altitude:4040 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We return to Namche bazaar retracing the same route we used before. It takes around six hours to reach Namche Bazaar. You will pass through pine and rhododendron forests during the trek to reach Namche. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

  • Max Altitude:3440 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After having last breakfast at Namche, we will return to Lukla. We will cross the suspension bridges for the last time over the Dudh Koshi River. Likewise, leaving all the beautiful sights behind us, we reach Lukla and have a small celebration of our trip to Gokyo Valley. Overnight stay at Lukla.

  • Max Altitude:2860 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our trek ends here today at Lukla. We will catch an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Rest of the day in Kathmandu, you can just roam around the market or take some good rest after your long journey.

  • Max Altitude:1400 meters
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:45 minutes
  • Meals:Breakfast

One of our staff from Classic Trek Nepal will bid farewell to you by dropping you at the airport in a private vehicle. We wish you best wishes for youtr next holidays. 

    The itinerary is subject to change according to the schedule of our clients. Moreover, if there are any flight delays or cancellations, the itinerary can be changed or shifted to another day. So, always give yourself an extra day or two for any kind of trip or trek to the Himalayas. 

    What's Included
    • International airport picks up and drops in a private vehicle.
    • Domestic airport picks up and drops in a private vehicle.
    • Sagarmatha National Park Entry permit fee.
    • Khumbu region municipality entry permit fee.
    • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu domestic flight fare.
    • Professional guide for 11 Days.
    • Guide expenses that include, flight fare, meals, accommodations, and insurance during the trek.
    • Meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
    • Accommodation during the trek
    • All government and local taxes.
    What's not Excluded
    • Personal expenses during the trek.
    • Personal trekking gear.
    • Drinks and beverages like alcohol, cold drinks etc.
    • Porter cost (if needed $20 per day)
    • Travel insurance and emergency evacuation via Helicopter.
    Availability
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    Start DateEnd DatePriceStatus 
    Start DateStarts: TuesdayAug 20, 2024End DateEnds: MondaySep 02, 2024PricePriceUS$1280StatusStatusAvailable
    Start DateStarts: SundayAug 25, 2024End DateEnds: SaturdaySep 07, 2024PricePriceUS$1280StatusStatusAvailable
    Start DateStarts: FridayAug 30, 2024End DateEnds: ThursdaySep 12, 2024PricePriceUS$1280StatusStatusAvailable
    • The date we have set for Gokyo Valley Trek are the fixed deprature date, so please select the time which is convineint for you. 
    • If above dates are not the best time for you, contact us to make your own itinerary and we will give you all the guidance you need. 
    FAQs
    • Gokyo Valley Trek starts from Lukla airport.

    • It takes around 10-15 days to finish Gokyo Valley Trek.

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