Gokyo Valley Trek

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“Gokyo lake trek is the perfect destination in Everest region for those who detest crowds and expecting for jaw dropping scenery”

Gokyo lake trek is the Second Most popular destination in Everest Region which offers an alternative to the traditional trek to Everest base camp. The view in the Gokyo region is incredible. The trekking trail follows the Everest base camp route till Sanasa, next tea house place from Kangjuma after leaving Namche Bazar. Then the trail continuously goes through the left side of the Dudh Koshi River to its source, couple of lakes and Ngozumpa Glacier. Gokyo village (4750m) is more satisfying destination than Gorak Shep, a proper Sherpa village with huge herd of Yaks. Gokyo ri (5360m) is sometime also called Kala Pattar because it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and mesmerizing three sacred lakes (Dudh Pokhari, Taujung Tso and Longpongma tso).
Most of the trekkers want to include Gokyo Lake in their itineraries whether they are trekking to Everest base camp or doing three pass because of its amazing scenery.

Highlights of the Gokyo Valley Trek
  • Gokyo Ri features the panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Taboche, with the Ngozumpa Glacier.
  • The sacred lake of six languid pools that surround Gokyo.
  • You will see the herd of yak and mountain goat grazing over the hills and mountain.
Day 1: Flight to Lukla (2828m) and trek to Phakding 4 hours
Your trek to Everest base camp start from today and you will be transfer to the airport and will enjoy 40min short scenic fight to the Himalayan foothills. The views from the plane are stunning, providing dramatic sights of terraced hills and the distant giant Himalaya. After landing at Lukla airport, we walk for 3 hours to the town of Phakding with few up and downs along the Dudh Koshi River. Stay overnight at the teahouse in Phakding.
Day 2: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hours  
After breakfast, we continue trekking along the bank of the Dudh Koshi River and crossing this majestic river numerous times on exciting suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, from Larja Dobhan, the trail climbs up steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Everest region.
Overnight at a guest house.
Day 3: Rest day at Namche Bazaar
Today is a rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Namche is a colorful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food  and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. An early hike above town, before the clouds move in,  reward trekkers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, the beautiful Ama Dablam and many more. On the way down, we can visit the Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist.
Overnight at a guest house.
Day 4: Trek to Phortse Tanga (3690m) 4 hours
You will climb the Khumjung hill and descend to the east of the village down the broad valley leading the Dudh Koshi, from where the route turns to the north. There is a chorten on the ridge top at 3973m which descends from Khumbila (5761m). You will visit Mohang, the birthplace of re-incarnation Lama of Rongbuk monastery of Tibet who introduced Buddhism in Khumbu region. The trail descends in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dush Koshi. Stay overnight at a guest house.
Day 5: Trek to Dole (4200m) 4 hours  
You will climb steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests. The trail passes through many Kharkas-the summer settlements used by Sherpas while bringing herds of yaks to graze. The route passes through the settlements of Tongba (3950m), Gyele (3960m).
Overnight at a guest house.
Day 6: Trek to Machermo (4470m) 4 hours  
From Dole the trail climbs steadily along the side of the valley.  Rhododendron forest giving way to scrub Juniper, as altitude increases you will pass through many summer settlements, used when Yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of us are excellent views of Cho Oyu while backing down the valley is peaks of Kantiaga and Thamsherku. This is a short day trek and we will arrive at Macherma (4410m), around lunch time.
Overnight at teahouse.
Day 7: Trek to Gokyo (4790m) 5 hours  
We start our todays trek by climbing a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and up towards Cho-Oyu (8,153m). Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangram at 4,390m. The route descends to the river bank before beginning the climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. Afterwards the trail levels out as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga at 4,690m, where you will find the foot prints of Great Lama. Then you will move up a boulder-strewn path to Gokyo at 4,750m, on the edge of the third lake. Gokyo is ­­a small settlement but slowly growing with about 6-8 lodges at present. Gokyo with its glacial lake and the surrounding high snowcapped mountain certainly makes this place one of the gem of Khumbu region. 
Overnight at teahouse.
Day 8: Exploring full day in Gokyo
Today at early morning your guide will take you to the Gokyo Ri (5463m/17923ft) for sunrise view. From here you will have a chance to get a view of the full face of Mt Everest (8850m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m).You can also see a lake in the valley and a big glacier which is named NaJumpa glacier. Back to hotel for breakfast and in the afternoon you will have chance to explore up to the fifth lake to enjoy the view. 
Overnight at guest house.
Day 9: Trek to Dole (4200m) 5 hours  
After spending wonderful time in Gokyo we will re-trace back to Dole via Machhermo.
Overnight at a guest house.
Day 10: Trek to Namche (3440m) 5 hours 
Today after breakfast, we'll follow the same trail with big descend till Phortse Tanga than ascend to the Mongla Danda from where trail goes slow down all the way to Namche.
Overnight at a guest house.
Day 11: Trek to Lukla (2828m) 6 hours  
Today after breakfast you will re-trace back to Lukla with few ups and downs.
Stay overnight at a guest house.
Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu(1350m) 5 hours 
In the morning your guide will take you to the airport and you will have a scenic flight back to Kathmandu. After landing at Kathmandu, you will be transfer to the hotel and rest of the time you can enjoy exploring the evening ambience of Thamel or Boudha.
Overnight at the hotel.
  • All airport pick-up & drop by private vehicle (international and domestic)
  • Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight including airport tax
  • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS card)
  • English speaking, government licensed guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance
  • Twin/double sharing accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek
  • First aid kit
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
  • trekking route maps
  • All necessary government taxes and service charges
  • Porter (For two person)
  • Your Nepal visa fees and 2 passport size photos
  • All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu
  • All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Food and accommodations in case of early arrivals from the trek or late departures from airport
  • Your extra personal expenses during trek such as (laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter etc)
  • Tips for the trekking crew
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
  1. 1-2 long sleeve T-shirts
  2. 4-5pairs of Socks
  3. A down Jacket
  4. A wind and waterproof thin layer jacket.
  5. 2 windproof/waterproof trousers
  6. A Thermal wears (specially a trouser)
  7. A pair of good trekking boot
  8. pair of sandal
  9. Trekking Stick/s
  10. Winter hat
  11. A pair of half gloves for walking stick (if you prefer)
  12. Sunscreen (35 to 60spf)
  13. Sleeping bag
  14. Head light
  15. Water bottle and a water purifying pills 
  16. And a medicines which are necessary for you.
Doing treks in Himalayas of Nepal is the distinct culture and environment. Trekkers need to consider on following do’s and don’ts.
  • Do smile and greet the local people with saying “Namaste” and “Tashidelek” to show respect.
  • Do walk in a group or keep a distance that you could see your front and behind fellow.
  • Do consult with your trekking guide before trying anything new during the trek.
  • Do ask question to the guide for the next day trekking necessity, so that you could pack in your small backpack because rest baggage will carry by porter and will get only in the evening.
  • Do give donation to the monastery in the trekking area where they don’t collect tickets from the visitors but there is a donation box.
  • Do inform your trekking guide if you are not comfortable with your health while approaching higher altitude.
  • Don’t under estimate the local culture and belief even if you find uncomfortable with it.
  • Don’t take a picture of the people without their permission during the trek because some individual don’t like that.
  • Don’t be strange if local people stare at you because they are surprise to see you, not with a bad intention.
  • Don’t expect too many facilities in the trekking areas, most places provide you only the basic facilities.
  • Don’t harm wild animals, birds and plants during the trek and take a global responsibility to save the environment.
  • Don’t give money to the children and the beggars; it encourages them to beg from the visitors.
Note regarding itineraries.
Although, we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan; their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Himalayan Wander Walkers has led till now. Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is successful.
Price: $1255
12 Days 11 Nights
Khumbu, Nepal
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