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Gokyo Valley Trekking

Trip code
Package name Gokyo Valley Trekking
Duration 15
Max. elevation 5463.00 m
Level MODERATE
Transportation Private vehicles and domestic flight (KTM-Lukla-KTM)
Accomodation 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Lodge/Guest House during the trekking
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding-Namche Bazaar-Phortse Tanga-Dole-Machermo-Gokyo-Dole-Namche-Lukla-Kathmandu
Cost USD 1,399 per person

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Overview

Trip Introduction: 15 Days Everest Gokyo Valley Trekking 2022,2023-Fascinating, Challenging, Spiritual adventure holiday in Nepal.


‘picturesque Gokyo lakes with super views of world four highest peaks’


Over the years the Everest Gokyo Valley Trekking has been a center of trek adventure. It is a fabulous opportunity to connect with an emerald lake called Gokyo. The Gokyo Lake is the only known lake in the world formed by the sequence of six alpine lakes. This oligotrophic lake glorifies the Everest Gokyo Valley trekking with its sheer presence. Each year thousands of adventure seekers throng in huge numbers to unveil natures best kept secrets. The Everest Gokyo Valley Trek is one of the most beautiful journeys in Nepal. It takes place in the Khumbu region.

What is Everest Gokyo Valley Trek Known for?

The 15 Days Everest Gokyo valley trekking trail is an incredible valley that encompasses the Everest views, lakes, and picturesque landscapes. Gokyo Valley is truly the best that offers splendid views of Mt. Cho-Oyo [8,153m], Mt. Everest [8,848.86m], Mt. Lhotse [8,501m] and Makalu [8,463m]. This trek is a beauty embedded abode that showcases holy temples and peaceful monasteries careful carved landscapes and mountainous backdrops. The Everest Gokyo trek takes you closer into the lives of the local inhabitants and their ancestral cultures and traditions. This is a multi-diverse trekking journey of a kind truly inspirational stimulating and inviting as well.  

What to expect from the Everest Gokyo Valley Trek?

This significant serene valley is no less than a heaven on earth. This trek has a spiritual influence that is ardently divine. Both the Hindu and Buddhist followers revere this valley and the lake divine and holy. In the month of August on the occasion of Janai Purnima festival, devotees take a dip in one of these Gokyo Lakes. They also visit the temple of Lord Vishnu and Shiva situated at the western part of the lake. This is an experience to be availed if you are on a trek journey during this time of the year. This makes Everest Gokyo Valley trek as one of the most preferred destinations for adventure seekers and avid trekker’s devotees as well.

From the very beginning you will be greeted by fantastic awe inspiring views of the Himalayas and its incredible stretch. It all starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla lying at 2810 m. After our touchdown we meet our entire team waiting at the airport and instantly make way towards Phakding. We follow the trail that leads us to the famous Sagarmatha National Park and catch glimpses of diverse Himalayan flora and faunas. Next, we arrive at Namche after overcoming the challenging steep hard climb. The days here are meant for acclimatization and getting to know about the Sherpa way of life the indigenous highlanders who reside here. Gradually we then follow the trail that reaches us to the Gokyo Valley. This place is marked by a pedigree of spirituality, hospitality and thrilling alpine views. Besides that the warmth offered by the ever-smiling people inspires you throughout your journey. Next day an early morning climb of the famous Gokyo ri is on the cards. It offers astounding views of giant mountain peaks that includes the Mt. Everest. We spend some time here admiring the wonders hf the snow fed Himalayan peaks the peculiar lake Gokyo and its aesthetic significance. Later we leave this magnificent vicinity and retract following the same trail via Namche to Lukla. Once here we take a short and scenic flight of 35 minutes to Kathmandu ending our fairy tale journey to the Gokyo Valley trekking. 

Trekking Planner Nepal takes profound care of its clients and prepares everything in detail to make Everest Gokyo Valley Trekking journey as enjoyable as possible. Our fleet of well-organized staff have all the experience to anticipate and assess difficult situations and overcome it without a scratch. Join our Everest Gokyo Valley Trek to enjoy both spirituality and adventure blended in one power packed package suitable for all walks of life.

Which is the best season to be on the Everest Gokyo Valley Trekking?

15 Days Gokyo Valley Trekking can be done all round the year. However there are some peculiar seasons that add to the beauty of this trekking trail. Amongst all the seasons Autumn Sept. to Nov. and spring March to May are the best time for Trekking. The weather is delightful and pleasant during autumn. The mountain views are astonishing.

The hills are adorned with blooming rhododendron during spring. This is the reason why the trekkers find spring as the best time for 15 days Gokyo Lake or Gokyo Valley trekking. This is the time when Mother Nature is at her best engulfed into a flowery colour of red and green. 

The winter months of Dec-Feb is not preferred by most due to its harsh weather. It is extremely cold and has a thick cloudy cover more often than not. As a result the views are unclear and it remains concealed. 

Trekking in Gokyo Valley is possible in summer months of June until Mid-September however the climate is hot and unbearable for some trekkers. Besides that there is every chance of a heavy rainfall making it difficult for commuting up into the mountains and also creating transportation setback. Hence summer months are generally less frequented.

How do I best prepare for trekking in the Everest Gokyo Valley? 

Be aware that you have to consistently hike up and down on an uneven trails with a backpack that involves a walk that ranges between 5-7 hours. Though the 15 days Gokyo Valley Trekking is considered to be a moderate one but it can sometimes be challenging. Regular exercise, jogging and short hiking is the key to excel in the high mountains. The more your train the better it is for your calves’ muscles and also helps build your stamina and makes you trek ready with confidence. Prior trekking experience and technical skills are recommended but not compulsory. These prior skills will be an asset if you possess.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft )

On first arrival in country’s international airport at Kathmandu meet our Trekking Planner staff and guide for short transfer in the hub of Kathmandu city at Thamel area, an interesting location where all needful items found around in the shops and stores in Thamel.

Check into your rooms after a rest then down at meeting place in the hotel lobby or foyer for group briefing where our guide or leader will provide you with information of the treks with other necessary queries to make your stay with us enjoyable.

Evening includes group welcome dinner in a nice authentic Nepalese restaurant to get the taste of local cuisines with local cultural program to entertainment while you enjoy the dinner.

Included accommodation on BB in Kathmandu (Hotel moonlight/Kathmandu Guest House/Apsara Boutique hotel)and standard meals (welcome Dinner)

Day 2 : Full day in Kathmandu

Today you have a full day (5/6 hrs) guided sightseeing tour to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu. The trip start from Kathmandu Durbar Square; famous for living goddess Kumari , then visit "Swyambhunath" a Holy sight of Hinduism and Buddhism also popular known as "the monkey temple" as a large number of holy monkeys are living in the north-west part of the temple. Next, you will be taken to "Pashupatinath a sacred Hindu temple situated on the bank of the Bagmati River. You will then be driven to "Boddhanath Stupa" one of the biggest and oldest stupas in the world. Later in the afternoon there will be a pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide in your hotel. Our office representative will brief you regarding the trek as well as provide you the opportunity to ask any questions of the upcoming trip. Second overnight in Kathmandu.

Included accommodation on BB in Kathmandu (Hotel moonlight/Kathmandu Guest House/Apsara Boutique hotel)and standard meals (Breakfast )

Day 3 : Fly to Lukla (2828m/9279ft) 35min and trek to Phakding (2780m/9121ft) 3-4 hrs walk

Today an early morning transfer to the airport for 35min short but scenic fight to the Himalayan foothills where we begin our trek into the Everest region. The views from the plane are stunning, providing dramatic sights of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. 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 tea house in Phakding.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 4 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11287ft) 5-6 hrs walk

Today after breakfast, we continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River, 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 steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Everest region. Stay overnight at a tea house In Namche Bazaar.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 5 : Rest/acclimatization day at Namche Bazar

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. Stay over night at the tea house.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 6 : Trek to Phortse Tanga (3690m/12106ft) 3-4 hrs walk

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 birth place of re-incarnate 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 over night at the tea house.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 7 : Trek to Dole (4200m/13780ft) 3-4 hrs walk

You will climb steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests. The trail passes through many Kharkas-the summer settlements used to by Sherpas while bringing herds of yaks to graze. The route passes through the settlements of Tongba (3950m), Gyele (3960m). Stay over night at the tea house.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 8 : Trek to Machermo (4470m/14665ft) 4-5 hrs walk

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 arrive at Macherma(4410m),around lunch time.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 9 : Trek to Gokyo (4790m/15715ft) 4-5 hrs walk

Beyond Machhermo the trail climbs 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 can find the Lama Foot prints then finally up a boulder-strewn path to Gokyo at 4,750m, on edge of the third lake. Gokyo a small settlement but slowly growing with about 6-8 lodges at present. Gokyo with its glacial lake and the surrounding high snow capped mountain certainly makes this place one of the gem of Khumbu region. Stay over night at the tea house.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 10 : Full day in Gokyo

Today an early morning your guide will take you to the Gokyo Ri (5463m/17923ft) for sunrise view. From here you will have chance to full part of Mt Everest and Cho-yu and lake in the valley and biggest glacier of the named Na-Jumpa glacier. Back to hotel for breakfast and after breakfast in the afternoon you will have chance explore up to the fifth lake passing another forth lake and enjoy the view. Stay over night at the tea house.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 11 : Trek to Dole (4200m/13780ft) 4-5 hrs walk

After wonderful time in Gokyo valley and Gokyo-Ri , today after breakfast re-trace back to Dole via Machhermo. Stay over night at the tea house.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 12 : Trek to Namche (3440m/11287ft) 4-5 hrs walk

Today after breakfast star same trail with big descend till Phortse Tanga than ascend to the Mongla dada from where trail goes slow down all the way to Namche. Stay over night at the tea house.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 13 : Trek to Lukla (2828m/9279ft)) 5-6 hrs walk

Today after breakfast you will re-trace back to Lukla with few up and down. Stay over night at the tea house.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 14 : Fly back to Kathmandu(1350m/4430ft )

Today an early morning your guide will take you to the airport for short but scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Up on arrival you will be picked up and transfer to the hotel by our airport representative. Stay over night at the hotel.

Included accommodation on BB in Kathmandu (Hotel moonlight/Kathmandu Guest House/Apsara Boutique hotel)and standard meals (Breakfast )

Day 15 : Final departure

After a great and wonderful experience in Nepal with amazing time in high Himalayan mountains on Gokyo Valley Trekking, with your last day in the country of marvelous scenery and adventure our staff and guide transfers you to airport for your flight back home or to next port of call.

Included standard meals (Breakfast ) and Tea/Coffee

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