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Everest Gokyo Valley Trek

Grade:grade

Duration: 20 Days

Max Altitude: 5,364m

Accommodation: Hotel  / tea house

Best Season: March to May and Sept to Nov

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Gokyo Valley Trek has two distinct features—witness freshwater lake system and realizes the beauty of Gokyo Ri (peak). The valley is situated in Solukhumbu district. Sagarmatha National Park protects the valley. UNESCO has listed the park in the World Heritage Site.

To realize Khumbu Region from all possible dimensions we suggest Gokyo Valley Trek. It is a rewarding trek which shows you the largest glacier of Himalaya known as Ngozumpa Glacier. Gokyo Peak is located on the west of this glacier.

There are some of the beautiful stone-built houses in Gokyo village. The Gokyo village is regarded as a settlement in highest altitude of the world. The view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Cho Oyu are distinct from Gokyo Ri. All of these peaks are above 8,000m.

Besides, there are 19 lakes found in Gokyo varying from small to medium size. All of these lakes lie in between 4,700 to 5000m.

While on this trek trekker also get the opportunity to acquaint with Sherpa culture. They are the local inhabitants of this area.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu City Tour

Day 03: Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Khumjung

Day 07: Khumjung to Phorste Drengka

Day 08: Phortse Drengka to Dole

Day 09: Trek to Machherma

Day 10: Trek to Gokyo

Day 11: Gokyo

Day 12: Trek to Chola Pass and Dzongla

Day 13: Dzongla to Lobuche

Day 14: Lobuche to Ghorakshep to Kala Pattar

Day 15: Trek to Everest Base Camp

Day 16: Trek down to Pheriche

Day 17: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar

Day 18: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Day 19: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 20: Departure Day - Transfer to the airport for your onward flight

Important Note: If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can customize the itinerary according to your need or requirements.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Namaste! Info Nepal Treks and Expedition heartily welcomes you to the city of temples – Kathmandu. We will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Our office representative will be there holding placard on which either client’s or company's name will be printed just opposite of the arrival and after your reception, we will drive to the hotel. After your arrival at the hotel, we fix the schedule for a short orientation meeting which gives you some general information about the trip and you will settle rest of the due payment at the same time. For this, you have to be with 3 P.P. size photographs, a copy of passport and copy of travel insurance.

Day 02: Sight-seeing around Kathmandu

Today we will show you around the UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites of Bashantapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, and Swoyambhunath.
Kathmandu is a living museum and Bashantapur Durbar Square is the jewel of its crown. This site covers five acres in the heart of Kathmandu and truly portrays the ancient face of Nepal with its rich cultures and traditions. The palace called Hanuman Dhoka is the center of attractions here. Temples include Kumari Ghar, a house where living goddesses reside.

Despite the damage caused by the earthquake of 25th April 2015, this historical site maintains its charm while reconstruction work continues.
After roaming Durbar Square we drive to Pashupatinath Temple. Pashupatinath is a popular site for Hindu worshipers.  Lord Shiva is enshrined here, in the form of Linga known as ‘Shiva Linga’. The temple is built in pagoda style and is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. It is reported that more than one million Hindus visit here at the time of Shiva Ratri – Lord Shiva’s birthday. Cremations are carried out on the banks of the river.

Bouddhanath Stupa is located nearby. It is an octagonal mandala structured stupa where Lord Buddha is believed to have worshipped. This is a holy site for Buddhists. The stupa is the largest in southern Asia and local people and tourists alike flock here to socialize and pray. The atmosphere is colourful and relaxed and you could find yourself visiting here more than once. Bouddhanath is also known as ‘Little Tibet’ because the surrounds resemble Tibet, with Tibetan culture and traditions on display.

Swoyambhunath is another popular Hindu and Buddhist site where more than 100,000 tourists visit every year. Like Bouddhanath, many monks pray here counting beads and rotating prayer wheels. It is located on a hill and offers spectacular views of the Kathmandu valley. Swoyambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and is home to many monkeys. The dome here has a pyramid-shaped metal structure on top. At the base of that metal structure are the eyes of Buddha in all four directions.

Swoyambhunath means ‘Self-Existing’, describing that when the valley was empty, Swoyambhu was already here. Legend says that the civilization of Kathmandu Valley began with Swoyambhunath.

Back at the hotel, we will introduce you to your guide and other supporting staff for your Everest Gokyo Valley Trek. You will also have time to hire or purchase essential things required for trekking.
Overnight in a hotel.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,860m/9383.20 ft), then Trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft)

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport to fly to Lukla. This flight takes about 30 minutes and is an experience in itself, giving you an aerial perspective of the amazing landscape that is typical Nepal.

In Lukla you will meet your porter and the trekking begins. Phakding is our destination today. It is a walk of around four to five hours through rhododendron forests and via spectacular views of snow-capped peaks including Kusum Kangraru.
Overnight in teahouse

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft)

Today we follow the Dudh Kosi (river), ascending through Himalayan pine and Deodar cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar. This is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat and textiles. Besides being a superb place to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu, attracting Himalayan and lowland merchants. Sherpas are the main inhabitants here.

You will arrive in time to look around. Buddhism is the main religion here so there are some monasteries to explore.
Overnight in Namche Bazaar

Day 05: Acclimatization Day

Today is a kind of leisure day with a purpose. It is essential that you prepare your body for the low-oxygen environment that exists at higher altitudes. Altitude sickness can not only impact on your trekking comfort, it can stop you from trekking any further. We want you to succeed on this trek so we include these ‘acclimatization days’ into the itinerary to prepare you for high altitude.

You can visit Sagarmatha National Park today. The park shelters different species of animals and, if lucky enough, you will get a chance to see snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, Himalayan Thars (native mountain goat), musk deer and blue sheep among others. It is reported that more than 170 species of birds are found here including Himalayan pheasant known as Danphe. Danphe is the national bird of Nepal.
Overnight in Namche Bazaar

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Khumjung (3,790m/12434.38 ft)

Today is special. After breakfast we start walking along Dudh Koshi River, passing through a few villages. The trail gives fantastic views of Nupla and Kwangde Himal, the ice walls of Thamserku, followed by the unmatched beauty of Nuptse.

The trail continues until we reach Khumjung Valley. Sherpa is the local inhabitants of Khumjung Valley. You will be tasting Riki Kur here. It is a potato dish that is prepared by using yak cheese.
Overnight in Khumjung

Day 07: Trek from Khumjung to Phorste Drengka (3810m/12,496ft.)

We will be walking downhill today. We will follow Dudh Koshi River northward to Gokyo. A connecting route meets here at Chorten. We follow a descending trail to Phortse Drengka.
Overnight in Phortse Drengka

Day 08: Trek from Phortse Drengka to Dole (4,038m/13248.03 ft)

We start with steep hill walk. We pass through rhododendron forests and kharka (grazing area) to Tongba. We then pass through Tongba and Gyele before reaching Dole. The beautiful view of Khumbila and Tawache from Dole is awesome.
Overnight in Dole

Day 09: Trek from Dole to Machherma (4,470 m/ 14,663 ft)

The trail today takes us to Lambara then uphill to Luza. A few more hours will bring us to Machherma.
Overnight at Machherma

Day 10: Trek from Machherma to Gokyo (4800 m/15,744 ft)

After breakfast, we start walking. Along the trail, we will get stunning views of Kantega and Cho Oyu. We cross Pangka before descending along a river bank to Ngozumpa Glacier. A few more hours of walking will take us to Gokyo.
Overnight in Gokyo

Day 11: Acclimatization day in Gokyo

Although it’s rest day we will spend time exploring the local area. The highlight of the day will be climbing Gokyo Ri and soaking up the unforgettable views of the surrounds. You will get a striking view of Mount Everest from here and if you time your arrival with the full moon, you are in for a special treat. Gokyo Ri is 5,360 meters high.
Overnight in Gokyo village.

Day 12: Trek from Goyko, over Cho La Pass (5,420m/17782.15 ft), to Dzongla (4,850m/15912.07 ft)

It’s a big day today leaving Goyko after breakfast. Then it’s up and over Cho La pass. In comparison to other passes, this pass is not so difficult but we still need to be careful. Then it’s downhill into Dzongla
Overnight in Dzongla

Day 13: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft)

After breakfast, we start our trek. It is one of the beautiful walks of your life. Walking through glaciers you get a stunning view of Kalapatthar and Pumori. Few more hours of a walk will lead us to Lobuche.
Overnight in Lobuche

Day 14: Trek from Lobuche to Ghorakshep (5170 m/16,961ft) via Kala Pattar (5,545m/18,192ft)

From Lobuche to Gorakshep is not a big walk. We will arrive by noon. After settling into our guesthouse, we’ll hike up Kalapatthar to get spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, including Mount Everest and Mount Pumori.
Overnight in Gorakshep

Day 15: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364 m/17,594 ft)

Today we reach out goal, Everest Base Camp. To do this we walk beside and over the Khumbu Glacier before finally reaching the famous base camp. Outside of the climbing season (April-May), there is nothing here but a marker to show where the camp is located. The camp is actually located on the glacier itself so it’s moving. Each climbing season the base camp has to be rebuilt from scratch.

We’ll spend some time here before going back to Gorakshep.
Overnight in Gorakshep

Day 16: Trek from Gorakshep to Pheriche (4,288m/14,070ft)

After breakfast, we descend through Lobuche down to Pheriche.
Overnight in Pheriche

Day 17: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar

We aim for Namche Bazaar after breakfast. After Orsho we arrive at lower Pangboche before further descending into Deboche. After crossing Phunkitenga and Trashinga we arrive at Shanasa for lunch. A further couple of hours walking will take us to Namche Bazaar.
Overnight in Namche Bazaar

Day 18: Trek from Namche to Lukla

It’s not difficult today. We will walk ‘ukalo’ and ‘oralo’, which means up and down. We cross Bhote Koshi River and arrive at Jorsale, then Monjo by noon. Further descending along Dudh Koshi River gets us to Lukla.
Overnight in Lukla

Day 19: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

After an early breakfast, we either fly to Kathmandu.  If you arrive Kathmandu earlier, you will have plenty of time to explore more of Kathmandu or simply search for gifts and souvenirs.
In the evening, you will enjoy farewell dinner and exchange your experience of the entire trip with us.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 20: Our tour ends

Today we say farewell. If you are flying out today, we will take you to the airport. Or you may choose to explore more of Nepal. If you do choose to do some more exploring here, talk to us. We can help you.

Thank you for choosing Info Nepal Treks and Expedition to travel with and we look forward to seeing you again. Farewell!

Important Note: If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can customize the itinerary according to your need or requirements.

Cost Included

  • Airport pick up and drop in a private vehicle.
  • City sightseeing with a private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu Flight Ticket
  • One night accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • English speaking Government License holder Trekking Guide.
  • Trekking Permit, TIMS, and conservation Area Permit fee.
  • Trekking Porters (2 clients = 1 Porter).
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner with hot drinks during treks.
  • First Aid Kit and Trekking Duffel Bag for Porters.
  • All necessary land transport by tourist vehicles.
  • Nepali staff salary, food, accommodation, Insurance, and equipment charge.
  • Sleeping Bags and Down Jacket (to be returned after trek).
  • Government Taxes and paperwork.
  • Farewell Dinner.

Cost Excluded

  • International airfare and Nepal Visa Fee.
  • Personal expenses:(Laundry,battery charge,phone calls,wifi,shower,extra porters etc.).
  • Beverage.
  • Temple/Monastery entrance fees.
  • Travel Insurance and rescue flights.
  • Late arrival and late departure extra night.
  • Tips to guide and porter.

Route Map:

Assocoated With

  • TAAN
  • NTB
  • NMA
  • GOV

We Accept

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