Gokyo Valley Hiking
14 Days 13 Nights

Gokyo Valley Trekking is a high altitude trek( max. altitude-5,360 m) that goes through the laps of Himalayas, glacial valleys and glacial trail in the region. It is an iconic trip with breadth taking view of Popular white peaks including Mt. Everest from Gokyo RI lying above Gokyo lake. The Gokyo Lakes region is the one of the highest altitude wetlands and freshwater lake system.

The Gokyo Valley Trek starts with 30 minutes flight to Lukla. Our trek stats on the same day to the Phakding. We reach to Namche bazaar, optional hike to view gorgeous Himalayas during acclimatization day. We reach to Gokyo valley via. Portse Drengka, Dhole and Machherma visiting the Buddhist monasteries and Chorten. From the Gokyo RI lying above Gokyo lake, you can observe the vast Ngozumpa Glacier(Largest in Nepal’s Himalayas with extreme view of huge ice range located between Cho Oyu and Gyachung) and it is also the best viewpoints of Four Eight thousand moutains which are Mount Everest (8840 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), Mt. Makalu (8481 m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8201 m). We trek back via. Dole, Namche Bazaar, Phakding and Lukla for a flight to Kathmandu.

The Gokyo valley trek(16 day trek) is considered a typical trek and is suitable for everyone. If you are fairly fit and have a sense of adventure, you will enjoy the Gokyo Valley trek organized by us with the best service you can get and show you the close up view of the colors of Himalayas.

Day 1: Arrival day

Our Everest Buddha Treks p. Ltd. representative will pick you up from Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer you to 3 Star hotel. Our office guide will explain the detailed procedure of our trip. You will then rest and stay overnight.

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek Preparation

On this day, we visit UNESCO listed world heritage sites including holy Pashupatinath Temple which is biggest pilgrimage site for hindus, Boudhanath Stupa & Swayambhunath which are pilgrimage site for Buddhist and Kathmandu Durbar Square which is full of arts and culture with wood carving on it. We move back to hotel for rest and overnight.

Day 3: Fly to Lukla, 30 minutes and trek to Phakding, 3-4 hours trek.

Take an early flight to Lukla to begin the journey. After the short 35 minues flight, we start on the lovely trail to Phakding. The route passes Sherpa villages and everything that comes with that – including their fields of crops and Tibetan Buddhist monuments. As we reach Phakding, KusumKanguru and other mountains make their presence known. Overnight at the guest house.

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) - 5-5 hours

We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar (considered the Gateway to Everest) is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries. Namche is the biggest town along the Everest trail.

Day 5: Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft)

We will spent the day in and around Namche. We will make a hike up to Sherpa museum and Everest view point at 3,600m/ 11,811 feet. This will be vital in giving you the best acclimatization for moving further up into the Everest region and help you safely reach the higher altitudes up the trail. We will spend the afternoon resting and relaxing and enjoy a nice chicken sizzler at the lodge. You must keep well hydrated drinking 4 to 5 liters of water per day. 1 hour of trekking today. In the afternoon you can relax around Namche and enjoy cafe Danfe or one of the Namche bakeries. 1 hour of trekking today.

Day 6: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3,680m/12,073ft): 6km, 5-6 hours

We climb the Khumjung hill and descend to the east of the village down the broad valley leading to the Dudh Koshi from where the route turns north. There are two trails and our guide will choose the best option for us to follow. There is a chorten on the ridge top at 3973 m which descends from Mt. Khumbila (5761 m). We visit Mohang, the birthplace of the re-incarnated Lama of Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet who is believed to have introduced Buddhism in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The trail descends in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dush Koshi. We stay overnight in Phortse Tanga, near the river.

Day 7: Trek to Machhermo

A fairly steep day of trekking will take you up 500m in altitude towards Machhermo. Keep your eyes peeled to see some of the yaks during the summer months. Once again, you will be treated with some of the best views of Cho Oyu and the surrounding peaks as you trek. Try to keep your head up to take in some of the beauty. Overnight at Machhermo.

Day 8: Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800 m/15,744 ft): 7km, 4-5 hours

Early on today’s trail we will see fabulous views of both down the valley and of the Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and northern part to the Cho-Oyu. The valley widens as he trail reaches Pangka. We descend to the river bank before beginning to climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier.After crossing an iron bridge over an stream the trial levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo where we observe the Lama footprints on a stone. At the sight of the second lake, Taboche Tsho we become enchanted by the sparkling turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. Little ahead of the second lake, we reach the third lake, the two linked by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight at this junction. After lunch, we explore around the third Lakes, Dudh Pokhari. Overnight at tea house.

Day 9: Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day - Optional Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357 m/17,570 ft): 2km, 3 - 4 hours

We will hike to Gokyo Ri, a small peak above Gokyo village, in the morning and savor the fantastic views of the entire Khumbu region. As we ascend, the views become even more fantastic and we can see four of the seven highest peaks of Nepal, Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Reaching the fourth lake, Thonak Tsho we take pleasure in the lake’s serene beauty after which we trek back along the retracing trail to the third lake. We may take an additional hike up to the fifth lake, Ngozumba Tsho. From here, the view of Ngozumba glacier, the longest glacier of the Himalayas, is so fascinating. Overnight in Gokyo.

Day 10: Trek from Gokyo valley to Dole

We descend on a trail along the Dudh Koshi River and pass the first Gokyo lakes. On the way we also enjoy views of the Cholatse and Taboche peaks. Our trail descends before climbing a hill. After reaching the chorten at the edge, we see great views of Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Kangtega mountains. We walk past Machhermo, Luza and Lhafarma villages before reaching Dole. Overnight in Dole.

Day 11: Trek from Dole to Namche

Crossing non-forestry area, we trek back to the forest again with our familiar trail and climb to Mong danda. Descending from Mong Danda, we arrive on the beautiful trail back again and trek to Namche Bazaar with the beautiful view. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Namche to Lukla

The trail steeply goes down through Rhododendron and Pine forest to Jorasalle it will take about two hour and another 5 hour walk to Lukla via Monju, banker, Phakding, Ghats Khola, Chaurikharka, Chheplung and arrival in Lukla and overnight at Guest house.

Day 13: Morning flight back to Kathmandu

On your flight back to Kathmandu as you leave Lukla, you can enjoy some last-minute glimpses of the mountains you just recently visited. Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport, our office representative will transfer you to your hotel from the airport. Evening Farewell dinner will be organized by Everest Buddha Treks team. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 14: Departure day

After breakfast, Relaxing/shopping with own activities. Our representative will drop you to Tribhuvan International Airport for onward journey or if you have time to stay in Nepal, we will arrange any other trip such as pilgrimage tour, safari tour , white water rafting, adventures etc.

- Airport Pick Up / Drop service
- All ground transportation service by private vehicle
- Star Hotel accommodation service
- Tea house accommodation during trek
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during trek
- Sightseeing Kathmandu by Licensed English speaking Tour guide
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
- Porter service (2 trekkers= 1 porter)
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare and food and accommodation
- Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
- All government and local taxes

- International airfare and Nepal entry visa fee
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses and gear
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return than scheduled itinerary
- Tips and gratitudes
- Others not mentioned in "What's Included"

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