GOKYO VALLEY TREK

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destination Everest
duration 13 Days
grade High Advance
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Everest
max altitude 5,420m
group size 2-15
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 Hrs
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
season Autumn/Spring

GOKYO VALLEY TREK

Gokyo lake trek is the perfect destination in the 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 to the 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, a couple of lakes and Ngozumpa GlacierGokyo village (4750m) is a more satisfying destination than Gorak Shep, a proper Sherpa village with a huge herd of Yaks. Gokyo Ri (5360m) is sometimes also called Kala Pattar because it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and mesmerizing three sacred lakes (Dudh Pokhari, Tanjung Tso and Longpongma so).

Most of the trekkers want to include Gokyo Lake in their itineraries whether they are trekking to Everest base camp or doing Everest Three Passes because of its amazing scenery.

Key Features of 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. 

Alert: There will be a slight change in the itinerary, especially the days when you take the domestic flights. In April & May and October & November of 2019, the government shifted the operation base for flights to and from Lukla (This is the actual starting point of the trek) from Kathmandu to Manthali, a town 4 to 5 hours drive away from Kathmandu. As a result, anyone who signed up for any Everest trek or climb had to go to Manthali to catch their flight. They moved the base because of renovation and high air traffic for Kathmandu's airport which is also the only international airport in Nepal. This change in the airport will continue in 2020 as well. Though right now there have been direct flights, we expect from March the airport will be shifted.

ITINERARY

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one day.
3-star hotel.

Sherpa Expedition and Trekking members will welcome to you at the Airport and you will be arriving at the Hotel. A company representative will explain about the trekking itinerary Overnight stay at the hotel. Breakfast Included.

5 to 6 hours.
Guest House.

Today, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will star we have to program for sightseeing middle and cultural pilgrim’s valley. So that's before a healthy breakfast. You will have a private car and an expert city guide at your service. Today we will visit some heritage sites:

4 to 5 hours.
Guest House.

Early in the morning, we will board a flight to Lukla Airport, also known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. It is an amazing mountain flight and the flight itself can be no less than an adventure as the airport is denoted as the most dangerous airport in the world. In less than 35 minutes, you will reach Lukla while enjoying the breathtaking views of the mountains during the flight. Upon reaching Lukla, we take light breakfast and embark on our trek. In around 3 hours of trek, we reach Phakding village where we will be staying. overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

5 to 6 hours.
Guest House.

We commence our trek following the trail along the Dudh Kosi River while ascending through Himalayan Pine and Deodar Cedar forests to the ultimate destination, that of the popular village of Namche Bazaar. The biggest sherpa village has remained a historic trading point for the Nepalese and Tibetan traders who exchange salt, dried meat and other consumable and textile items. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche Bazar. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

One day.
Guest House.

Every trekker should plan to take a rest day in Namche in order to acclimatize. Acclimatization is very important while trekking in the higher elevation as it helps to acquaint you with the high and the changing altitude and conditions. On this day, you can also hike to the twin villages of Khumjung and Khude where you will have lunch for the day. You can find lots of good bakery shops in Khumjung. Around 5 hours of side trek to Everest View Hotel offers you the stunning views of mountains including Everest. Back to Namche. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

4 to 5 hours.
Guest House.

After a pleasant morning at Namche, we resume our trek to Dole (4190m). The trail is easy initially as we cross valleys along the rhododendron, juniper, and large coniferous forests. The forest is great to see during the spring season as rhododendrons bloom and the fragrance lingers on your nose for many days. We can also see local people bringing their herds of Yaks for grazing on the green pastures. After almost five hours of trek, we reach our destination, Dole. Overnight stay at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

4 to 5 hours.
Guest House.

The trail now steadily becomes difficult as the trekkers will have to pass through the dense forest, the increasing altitude and the lack of settlement areas. The trail continues to climb up along the side of the valley until it reaches Machhermo, a small and beautiful village in the Khumbu region. Sherpas believe that the region of Machhermo is the home for Yeti, mythical snowman. Overnight stay at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

4 to 5 hours.
Guest House.

On this day, we climb just around 300 meters and reach Gokyo Valley, the main destination of our trek. Gokyo is a small settlement area on the base of Gokyo peak. Ngozumpa glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalayas, lies in Gokyo. From Gokyo, mountain peaks more than 8000 meters of altitude—Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse—are visible. Overnight stay at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

7 to 8 hours.
Guest House.

We further trek to Gokyo Ri or the Gokyo Peak on this day. Gokyo Ri is a mountain peak in the Khumbu region of Everest standing on the altitude of 5357 meters. Gokyo Ri is mostly popular for the breathtaking views of several mountain summits in the Khumbhu region including the Mount Everest. After observing the fascinating view, we descend back to Machhermo. Overnight stay a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

5 to 6 hours.
Guest House.

Journey back to the largest Sherpa village. Trek from Machhermo can be long but the trail is quite easy and comfortable as it traverses through several Sherpa settlement areas and villages. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche Bazar. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

6 to 7 hours.
Guest House.

The trek continues further downhill to Lukla after almost seven hours of trek, back to place where we begin our trek. You will be staying in Lukla for the rest of the day and can explore the areas nearby. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

35 minutes.
3-star hotel.

We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu so we can have a rest day to explore around Kathmandu or can just relax. Our guides can assist you with some shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu. Breakfast and Dinner included

25 minutes.
3-star hotel.

Your beautiful journey comes to an end today! A representative from Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight. Breakfast included

SERVICES

What is Included:

  • Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off by private car / van / bus.
  •  Accommodation in Kathmandu as mentioned in the itinerary. 
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Local licensed English and other language speaking guides. (We have guides for different language including Russian, etc.)
  •  Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back to Kathmandu.
  •  Local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Down jackets-sleeping bags and comprehensive medical kits.
  •  Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
  •  Inclusive of government tax. 
  • Official expenses.
  •  Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) 
  •  Sagarmatha National Park permits fee.

 What is Excluded:

  •  All meals (lunch and dinner) in City or the Capital.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory)
  • International airfares and airport departure tax.
  •  Visa fees.
  • Alcoholic, cold and hot drinks, chocolate and laundry.
  • Wifi and battery charge.
  •  Personal trekking types of equipment.
  • Certain sightseeing/monument entrance fees.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the above section.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Note: Tipping is expected)

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek as the bag pack for the hiking in Nepal and the gear play a vital role for the successful trip and we suggest you to have all the necessary gear for the trip and not to have unnecessary equipment/things that you will not be using for the trip and list of the gear you need for the trek are:

General

  • Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
  •  Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes

  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hand

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Center Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal Tops
  • wool Jackets or pullover
  • Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body 

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trouser
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Feet

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Socks liner
  • Light shoes and sneaker

First Aid Kits and Medicines

  • Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment
  • Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
  • Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and a wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to  bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous, but must useable

  • 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, et

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Best energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power Bank and music players 
  • Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodations:

 You will be accommodating in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be using lodge/ teahouses. You may find comfortable and well- developed teahouses having attached bathroom until Namche as it is the most happening place where thousands of tourists love to spend their holiday. However, not all grade accommodation are available in higher elevation, normally rooms are basic with just a bed and blankets.

Meals during the trek:

 You will be served BB plan in Kathmandu whereas all meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of Khumbu region is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, Tibetan bread it is known that Sherpas’ started farming potato when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. That is why we have limited choices of food in higher elevation except the dishes made from potatoes.

Best season to travel:

 Gokyo Valley Trek is usually done in autumn (Sept. to November) and spring (March to May) seasons, you are much more likely to get to see the clear view of mountains and can also enjoy lush vegetation on the lower regions of the trail particularly during the spring season.

Transportation:

 ​​​​​​We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop. We don’t have to use public transportation or local bus during the trek. Only the flight takes place from Kathmandu to Lukla and back to Kathmandu.

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No. Of People Price Per Person
1 Pax USD 1,199
2 Pax USD 1,099
3 Pax USD 1,080
4 - 6 Pax USD 1,020
7 - 12 Pax USD 999
13 - 18 Pax USD 970
19 - 24 Pax USD 940
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Simply fantastic. The views were awesome, decent teahouses with really good food made some fantastic friends & would use this same company again. The owner, Devilal Kandel was great & my guide, Ram Barakoti was the best guide anyone could ask for.

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Gokyo Lakes is beautiful scenery on the way up to the summit of Gokyo Ri. I can recommend Gokyo Resort as a Lodge there, attached bathroom available, very friendly staff, good food, attached bakery with excellent cake and Highly recommended Sherpa Expedition.

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I was there Gokyo in December 2019 and had a beautiful view of the world's highest mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho-yu. Gokyo is quieter then Everest Base camp trek and doesn't have to worry about the accommodation either. I totally recommend who loves the bit of adventure.

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