Gokyo Valley Trekking-15 Days

"Gokyo Valley has gained popularity due to the Gokyo Lake, which is composed of six himalayan lakes."
Good to Know
  • Duration 15 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5463.00m
  • Group Size 1+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Private and Group
  • Activities Trekking, Historical and Cultural Excursion
  • Best Season March-June and Sept-Dec

Highlights

  • A scenic trail leads to beautiful Gokyo Valley and its emerald lakes.
  • Get an exclusive view of the towering peaks of Cho-Oyu and adjoining mountains.
  • The sweeping panorama of the world's four highest mountains at one glance from Gokyo Ri.
  • Views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Cho-Oyu with Mt. Makalu towards the eastern horizon.
  • Enjoy scenic views of the Gokyo Valley and Nepal's longest Ngozumba glacier.
  • From green woodland to remorseless fields of ice and glaciers at Gokyo Valley.
  • Prayer wheels, colorful flags, Mani stones, and high suspension bridges.

Advantage of booking Gokyo Valley Trek with Nepal Trekking Planner.

  • Private vehicles are used for pick-up and drop-off services for passengers at all airports.
  • First-aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner’s down jackets, t-shirts, and caps, if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (you should have insurance for emergency evacuation, which will be paid for by your travel insurance company).
  • We use an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate, and we provide oxygen.
  • Sim cards are provided by our company for travelers, so there won’t be any networking issues.

Trip Introduction: Gokyo Valley Trekking 2024/2025

Over the years the 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 Gokyo Valley with its sheer presence. Each year thousands of adventure seekers throng in huge numbers to unveil nature's best-kept secrets at Gokyo. The Gokyo trekking trail is one of the most beautiful trail in the Khumbu region of Nepal.

Why is Gokyo Valley famous ?

Gokyo is an incredible valley that features the view of mountains, 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 carefully carved landscapes and mountainous backdrops. 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.  

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What to expect during 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 as divine and holy. This is an experience to be availed if you are on a trekking journey during this time of the year. This makes the Everest Gokyo Valley trek one of the most preferred destinations for adventure seekers and avid trekkers’ 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 our way toward Phakding. We follow the trail that leads us to the famous Sagarmatha National Park and catch glimpses of diverse Himalayan flora and fauna. 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 of 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. The next day an early morning climb of the famous Gokyo ri is on the cards. It offers astounding views of giant mountain peaks that include Mt. Everest. We spend some time here admiring the wonders of 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.

Nepal Trekking Planner takes profound care of its clients and prepares everything in detail to make the journey as enjoyable as possible. Our fleet of well-organized staff has all the experience to anticipate and assess difficult situations and overcome them without a scratch. Join our Gokyo Valley Trekking Package to enjoy an adventure blended in one power-packed package suitable for all the trekkers around the world.

NOTE: Gokyo Ri is around 1.5 kilometers to 2 kilometers further away from Gokyo Valley and is situated at an altitude of 5357meters.

Which is the best season or month for trekking to gokyo valley and gokyo ri?

Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Ri can be trekked all around 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 trekking towards Gokyo Lake or Gokyo Valley. 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 are not preferred by most due to their 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 the summer months of June until Mid-September however the climate is hot and unbearable for some trekkers. Besides that, there is every chance of heavy rainfall making it difficult for commuting up into the mountains and also creating transportation setbacks. Hence summer months are generally less frequent.

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How to prepare for Gokyo Valley Trek? Is gokyo valley trek hard?

Be aware that you have to consistently hike up and down on uneven trails with a backpack that involves a walk that ranges between 5-7 hours. Though the Gokyo Valley Trekking is considered to be a moderate one it can sometimes be challenging. Regular exercise, jogging, and short hiking is the key to excelling 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 them.

Important Note

  • Every day of the year, trip departures are available.
  • This trip can be completely customized. Please contact us if you want to customize the trip.
  • This trip is available on a fixed departure basis as well as a private group basis.
  • If you are traveling alone or with your family, you can book this trip privately.
  • Have a large group? We can meet all your requirements.
  • We can work with you to make it affordable.
  • We accept online payments and instant bookings.

Local Culture and Religion on the trail of Gokyo Valley 

Sherpas are the natives of Everest and other higher Himalayan regions, the word Sherpa comes from the Tibetan language as East for Sher and Pa means people, where Sherpa migrated around high Himalaya of Nepal around the Mid-East and Far Eastern Himalaya range from Eastern parts of Tibet.

Way back of more than 400 years of history, the Sherpa normally are farmers and livestock herding like cows and yaks interwoven with strong Buddhism religion and fascinating cultures that you can witness walking around villages.

In every Sherpa village, one can find a monastery as you walk from one village to another where you will come across many prayer walls and religious monuments of Stupas with rows of spinning prayer wheels.

Sherpa men-folks were the earlier pioneers as mountain and trekking guides and still held the post to the present.

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Climate and Weather during Gokyo Valley Trek

Himalayan climate can be unpredictable sometimes even in good best seasons, where April and May to the first week of June will be the best time during spring times when days are longer with enough sunlight hours.

Morning and night time as well in shade can be cold and much freezing temperatures around higher areas above 3,000 m.

Other months from September to November are another great time for trekking around the Everest and Gokyo Region and other areas of the Himalayas, when days are clear for views and to summit the top of the peak, although much colder months of the autumn season with extremely cold during morning and night time, where sunlight is much shorter.

Altitude Sickness during Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Ri

Altitude Sickness  AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)  might occur in some people at the higher altitudes from 2,000 m for some above 3,000 m high where taking slow and drinking much fluid and water can overcome high altitude sickness or AMS.

Where some can take protective measures using Diamox or Acetazolamide tablets which prevent and reduce symptoms of AMS and can lower headache in high altitude walks and climb.

For people with severe cases and situations of HACE and HAPE where the victim should be brought down to safe and secure places with a medical team or doctors to attend, the fastest means is emergency evacuation by any means of immediate and fast transportation where available.

Around Nepal Himalaya the quickest emergency evacuation by means of Helicopter services to bring the victims back to Kathmandu for further treatment.

For emergency evacuation where trekkers should be well insured with a good Insurance policy that covers all medical side and the use of helicopters or other means of transportation.

Is Travel Insurance Required For Trekking to Gokyo

Yes all travelers to Nepal Himalaya require Travel and Medical Insurance to cover unfortunate accidents and sickness covering Helicopter Service Rescue to safe places and nearest hospitals. Its not mandatory but having Travel insuracne helps for rescues and unexpected accidents.

Outline Itinerary for Gokyo Valley Trekking: 15 Days

  • Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 2:Full day in Kathmandu
  • Day 3:Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding
  • Day 4:Trek to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 5:Rest/acclimatization day at Namche Bazar, Hike to Everest View Hotel
  • Day 6:Trek to Phortse Tanga
  • Day 7:Trek to Dole
  • Day 8:Trek to Machermo
  • Day 9:Trek to Gokyo
  • Day 10:Full day in Gokyo
  • Day 11:Trek to Dole
  • Day 12:Trek to Namche
  • Day 13:Trek to Lukla
  • Day 14:Fly back to Kathmandu
  • Day 15:Final departure

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Gokyo Valley trekking provides with standard Itinerary days where some days walks can be shorter or longer as per your physical fitness, some designated overnight stops can change, due to available rooms and other facilities and etc…….

We will follow the itinerary if its need to be changes in case of weather, landslides and difficulties on walks requiring more days where our leader and lead head guides decides holding full authority for Trekking Planner Treks and Expeditions.

  • AccommodationHotel Moonlight, Hotel Thamel Park, Hotel Lo Mustang
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1350m/4430ft

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

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

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

  • AccommodationHotel Moonlight, Hotel Thamel Park, Hotel Lo Mustang
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude/Time1350m/4430ft

Today you have a full day (5/6 hrs) guided sightseeing tour to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu. The trip starts from Kathmandu Durbar Square; famous for the 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 live 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 with the opportunity to ask any questions about the upcoming trip. Second overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationSee you Lodge/Sherpa Guide
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Tea/Coffee
  • Max. Altitude/Time2780m/9121ft

Today an early morning transfer to the airport for a 35-minute short but scenic flight 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 walked for 3 hours to the town of Phakding with a few ups and downs along the Dudh Koshi River. Stay overnight at the tea house in Phakding.

  • AccommodationMoon Light Lodge and Restaurant
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Tea/Coffee
  • Max. Altitude/Time3440m/11287ft

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.

  • AccommodationMoon Light Lodge and Restaurant
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Tea/Coffee
  • Max. Altitude/Time3440m/11287ft

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, rewards 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 which houses an exhibit on the traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist. Stay overnight at the tea house.

  • AccommodationForche Thangnak Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Tea/Coffee
  • Max. Altitude/Time3690m/12106ft

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.

  • Accommodation4200m/13780ft
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Tea/Coffee
  • Max. Altitude/TimeComfort Inn

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), and Gyele (3960m). Stay overnight at the tea house.

  • AccommodationMachhermmo Inn
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Tea/Coffee
  • Max. Altitude/Time4470m/14665ft

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 are the peaks of Kantiaga and Thamsherku. This is a short day trek and we arrive at Macherma(4410m), around lunch time.

  • AccommodationNamaste Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Tea/Coffee
  • Max. Altitude/Time4790m/15715ft

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

  • AccommodationNamaste Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Tea/Coffee
  • Max. Altitude/Time4790 m/15715 ft

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

  • AccommodationComfort Inn
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Tea/Coffee
  • Max. Altitude/Time4200m/13780ft

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

  • AccommodationMoon Light Lodge and Restaurant
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Tea/Coffee
  • Max. Altitude/Time3440m/11287ft

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

  • AccommodationSonam Lodge/Hikers Inn Lukla
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Tea/Coffee
  • Max. Altitude/Time2828m/9279ft

Today after breakfast you will re-trace back to Lukla with a few ups and downs. Stay overnight at the tea house.

  • AccommodationHotel Moonlight, Hotel Thamel Park, Hotel Lo Mustang
  • MealsBreakfast and farewell dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1350m/4430ft

Today the early morning your guide will take you to the airport for a short but scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel by our airport representative. Stay overnight at the hotel.

    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

    Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

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    Inclusions
    What's Included
    •  All airport Pick up drop drops by private vehicle.
    •  Welcome and farewell dinner in an authentic restaurant.
    •  03-night twin/double shearing accommodation with breakfast at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu.
    •  Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with privet vehicle (entrance fees extra)
    •  Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight with airport departure tax.
    •  National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card).
    •  A high experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport, and insurance.
    •  02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation, and equipment.
    •  We provide assistance to guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport, and insurance walking with the group to support where necessary as per the group size.
    •  Twin/double shearing lodge accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
    •  Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
    •  First aid kid box.
    •  Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
    •  Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
    •  Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during trekking(Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
    •  One-hour complimentary spa/massage in Kathmandu after the trek.
    •  All applicable government and local taxes are as per the itinerary.
    • The sharing bus ride from Kathmandu to Ramechhap for the Lukla flight is included both ways.
    • Fresh fruits after dinner every night as dessert during the trek.
    • Cookies and biscuits during the trek for cookie time after reaching the tea house.
    What's Excluded
    • Your Nepal Visa fees 
    • All the International airfare from and to Kathmandu 
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation.
    • In case of extra night accommodation, lunch, and dinner in the city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of the itinerary.
    • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottled water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc).
    • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive.
    • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions, or any event out of our control.
    • Taking a private jeep towards Ramechhap will cost extra, but it will be worth it.
    Departure Dates
    • Every day of the year, trip departures are available.
    • This trip can be completely customized. PleasPlease get in touch with usou want to customize the trip.
    • This trip is available on a fixed departure and private group basis.
    • If the given date is not appropriate for you, please get in touch with US (Call/email now for a private trip, info@nepaltrekkingplanner.com, Mobile +977 98510 71767 (24 hrs) - WhatsApp and Viber)so that Trekking Planner can happily manage your trip on dates favorable for you.
    • Trekking Planner also organizes various trips in small groups that can suit you. We recommend you reserve a seat by booking with us immediately for a beautiful experience. Hurry up! Adventure is waiting for you.
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    Essential Info

    If you want to customize the trip or custom hand-picked facilities instead of the whole package, we also have those services, for example.

    • Customized tailored itineraries for our client’s Gokyo Valley Trekking needs.
    • Guide and porters-only service for Gokyo Valley Trekking-15 Days.
    • Accommodation-only facilities for the Gokyo Valley Trekking-15 Days if required.
    • Flight tickets for Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
    • Flight service from Ramechhap to Lukla and Lukla to Ramechhap.
    • Private and sharing basis vehicle service from Kathmandu to Ramechhap and Ramechhap to Kathmandu.
    • Hotel facilities of 4-star or 5-star categories or normally affordable hostels as well as per the needs of our clients.
    • Comfortable accommodations in lodges with electric blankets and private attached bathrooms.
    • Helicopter return to Kathmandu or Lukla per the needs of our clients.

    Note that from April 1st, 2024, the flights will take place from Ramechhap, which is around 3/4 hours of drive, depending on whether you are taking a private vehicle or want to join a group to share the cost of a coaster or a bus.

    Driving to Ramechhap for Lukla Flight, don’t forget these things.

    • If you take a private vehicle, you can reach around a 3-hour drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap, and the car will pick you up at the hotel or the place you choose.
    • If you’re taking a shared bus or coaster towards Ramechhap, then you have to go from your place towards the bus, and the bus will have other trekkers joining as well, As soon as everyone arrives, the bus or coaster will then move towards Ramechhap airport.

    Everest Base Camp Trekking Tips for Females.

    • Ladies and women need to keep track of their periods.
    • After tracking the periods, always keep two packs of sanitary pads with you.
    • In the mountains, during the cold, you can feel cramps, and bleeding can be a little more than normal, so feel free to let the guide know about the situation and consume painkillers in case of cramps.

    Suggested Equipment List.

    • Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase (We provide one complimentary Trekking Planner duffel bag that is to be returned after the trip).
    • Day pack.
    • Trekking shoes.
    • Sports shoes or sandals.
    • Sun Hat/cap.
    • Warm woolen cap.
    • Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket.
    • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer.
    • Pullover or warm sweeter.
    • Raincoat.
    • 4/5 pairs of good quality socks.
    • Hand gloves.
    • 2/3 pairs of trekking trousers.
    • 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.
    • 3/4 pairs of underwear (noncotton preferred).
    • Sunglasses.
    • Water bottle.
    • 4-season sleeping bag (Optional/We can provide one if you need it. It is to be returned after the trip).
    • Flash or Torch light.
    • Camera and batteries.

     

    FAQs
    • Most teahouses and lodges offer charging facilities for electronic devices such as cameras and phones. However, charging may come with an extra cost, so it's a good idea to carry spare batteries or power banks as a backup.

    • The Gokyo Valley trek is considered moderately difficult. It involves walking on rugged terrain and includes some steep ascents and descents. Prior trekking experience and a reasonable level of fitness are beneficial, but the trek is achievable for most people with proper preparation.

    • The highest point of the Gokyo Valley trek is Gokyo Ri, which stands at an altitude of 5,357 meters (17,575 feet). Climbing Gokyo Ri is an optional side trip that offers stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest.

    • There are no specific age restrictions for the Gokyo Valley trek. However, it is essential to consider individual fitness levels and consult with a doctor before embarking on the trek, especially for elderly or very young trekkers.

    • The Gokyo Valley trek starts from Lukla. To reach Lukla, you can take a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport (Tenzing-Hillary Airport). Flights are often subject to weather conditions, so it's advisable to keep some buffer days in your itinerary in case of flight delays.

    • Along the Gokyo Valley trek, you'll find teahouses and lodges providing basic accommodation and meals for trekkers. These lodges offer twin-sharing rooms with beds and blankets. The facilities may vary, but you can expect simple and comfortable accommodation.

    • Camping is not very common on the Gokyo Valley trek since teahouses and lodges are readily available along the route. However, if you prefer camping, it can be arranged with the help of a trekking agency.

    • Some essential items to pack for the Gokyo Valley trek include trekking boots, warm clothing (including down jacket and thermal layers), a sleeping bag, trekking poles, a backpack, a first aid kit, and personal toiletries. It's important to pack light but adequately for changing weather conditions.

    • There are no ATMs beyond Lukla Namche and Dingboche  on the trekking route. It's recommended to carry enough Nepalese rupees to cover your expenses during the trek. Some teahouses may accept credit cards, but it's always best to have cash on hand.

    • While hiring a guide is not mandatory, it is recommended, especially for less experienced trekkers. An experienced guide can provide valuable insights into the local culture, ensure your safety, and navigate the trekking route effectively.

    • Yes, some teahouses and lodges along the Gokyo Valley trek offer Wi-Fi services for a fee. However, the internet connection may be slow and unreliable due to the remote location.

    • Teahouses and lodges on the trekking route offer a variety of meals, including traditional Nepali dishes (like dal bhat), pasta, noodles, soups, and some western food options. The food is generally simple but nourishing to keep trekkers energized.

    • It is not safe to drink tap water during the trek. It is recommended to drink boiled or purified water. You can either buy bottled water or use water purification tablets or filters to treat the water from natural sources.

    • The medical facilities are limited along the Gokyo Valley trek route. Some larger villages have basic medical clinics, but for serious medical issues, trekkers are usually evacuated by helicopter to Kathmandu or Lukla for proper treatment.

    • Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), is a concern on the Gokyo Valley trek due to the high altitudes. It's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually to minimize the risk of AMS.

    • Acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. It's recommended to take rest days at specific points during the trek to allow your body to adjust to the higher altitudes. Hydration and avoiding alcohol and strenuous activity can also help with acclimatization.

    • Yes, one of the main side trips during the Gokyo Valley trek is the ascent of Gokyo Ri, which offers breathtaking views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu, among other peaks. Additionally, trekkers can visit the Gokyo Lakes, Thonak Cho and Ngozumpa Cho, which are among the highest freshwater lakes in the world.

    • Compared to the other Everest Base Camp trekking routes  the  15 Days Everest Gokyo Valley Trekking tour is the easiest. Trekking Planner Nepal  has  the best trek itinerary that allows adventurers to enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Everest and other high Himalayan peaks. The only challenging factor on this trek is the number of walking days on uneven terrains for several hours. Besides that the trek is moderately pleasant and comfortable to walk at a gradual pace.

    • Trekkers will need two permits for the Gokyo Valley trek: the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or in Lukla before starting the trek.

    • The best time to do the Gokyo Valley trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and good visibility, making the trekking experience more enjoyable.

    • The Gokyo Valley trek typically takes about 12 to 14 days to complete, depending on the chosen itinerary, trekker's pace, and acclimatization days.

    • Gokyo Valley is located in the Sagarmatha National Park, in the SolKhumbu District of eastern Nepal. The trek starts and ends in Lukla, a small town with an airport that serves as the gateway to the Everest region.

    • The Gokyo Valley trek is a popular trekking route in Nepal that takes you through the stunning Gokyo Valley, offering breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, glacial lakes, and picturesque landscapes. It is an alternative trek to the Everest Base Camp trek and is less crowded, making it a perfect choice for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a more peaceful trekking experience.

    • Trekking Planner has an able  team of trekking leaders and mountain crew who are highly skillful in tackling kind of emergencies if it occurs. First thing If you feel sick with the altitude, let your leader know about it . With his assessment and experience, he can sense the intensity of the seriousness and if need be he will take the necessary steps.

      He will either bring you down to a lower elevation or rescue you using a helicopter. If the helicopter is unable to fly due to any reasons, we will use our local contacts to coordinate and make use of alternative evacuation procedures. It involves carrying you to the nearest health post or a safe helicopter landing area.

    • No crampons are not required for this trek if you are trekking during the  preferred seasons. But if  the trek falls  in the mid-winter or monsoon season then crampons may be required. It is advisable to have crampons handy as you never know what kind of situations it might be.

    • No, oxygen is not required for the trek as we get enough  time for acclimatization. In addition, we provide Diamox, a medication that suppresses altitude sickness symptoms. In extreme cases if you  do get severe altitude sickness, then we do descend to a lower altitude instantly. But we have oxygen for emergency.

    • There is every chance of getting altitude sickness but if a few things are kept in mind aided by the right kind of planning  it can be easily avoided. The key to it is to make a slow ascend with proper rest and acclimatization.  You need to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated, eat a balanced diet, avoid alcohol and cigarettes,  and be mantelly  strong.

    • You will get to enjoy 3 hearty meals each day. Generally, you will have your breakfast and dinner at the same lodge you will be staying at. Lunch will be provided at tea houses or small restaurants along the trail.  The meals contain fresh fruits and organic ingredients which  have the right balance to keep you going for the entire trekking  journey.

    • Taking your comfort factor into account, we make sure to book the best lodge with two beds in each room and western toilet facilities wherever available. Normally, the beds are clean and comfortable with an electric blanket  if available and an attached bathroom for most nights.

    • Trekking Planner Nepal  always allows and has a flexible trekking approach when it comes to cancellation  or transfer of your deposit to anyone or any other trip. If you wish to cancel your booked trips, some cancellation charges are applied and you can get it done.

    • It is good to have some  kind of trekking experience though not compulsory.  Besides, many novice trekkers  have successfully managed to do it with ease. The only thing  required is good fitness, self-motivation and strong passion to do the Gokyo Valley trek.

    • Yes! The southwest face of Mount Everest is best seen from here. The sightings of Mount Everest are splendid. You get to see the  best panoramic view of the whole Everest Region from Gokyo Ri.

    • The best season to attempt the Gokyo Valley Trek is in the pre-monsoon season i.e. from March to May and post-monsoon season i.e. from late September to December.   The days will be mostly warm while it gets cold between sunset and sunrise. It is also possible to do this trek in February and early September but the trek is best preferred during the pleasant months.

    Client Reviews
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      Amazing 19 days of EBC+Gokyo trekking, made possible by an experienced guide.

      I had the incredible experience of trekking the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo circuit, a journey made even more memorable by our exceptional guide, Dibash. His philosophy of taking the trek ‘one day at a time’ not only eased the physical and mental pressures often associated with such a challenging climb but also allowed us the luxury of stopping to capture the natural beauty and birdlife through our lenses.

      What particularly stood out was his flexibility. On Day 3, due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to alter our route to head to Everest Base Camp first instead of Gokyo. Dibash adapted to the situation seamlessly, ensuring the revised itinerary was just as rewarding.

      Another commendable aspect was his attention to our comfort. Dibash always went the extra mile to secure accommodations with toilets and showers, a luxury that is often hard to come by in high-altitude treks. Moreover, he introduced us to a detour that led us to experience glaciers up close, making it an unforgettable part of our journey.

      I’d also like to extend my deepest appreciation to our porter, Puri. Carrying 40+ kg bags with remarkable ease, Puri sustained himself on simple dal bhat each day, exemplifying the resilience and spirit that is often associated with the locals of this region.

      All in all, completing the EBC and Gokyo circuit in just 19 days was a feat made possible by the unmatched expertise and support. His passion for trekking and his love for the mountains are evident in the way he guides. Every step with him feels like a step closer to understanding not just the trek, but the rich culture and heritage that Nepal has to offer. Dibash has not just been a guide but also an excellent companion and a great friend during this adventurous journey.

      As for Puri, his incredible stamina and cheerful disposition despite the heavy load were inspiring to say the least. I firmly believe that the success of any trek in the Himalayas is as much about the guide and porter as it is about the trekkers, and in Debash and Puri, we had the best possible team.

      I wholeheartedly endorse them for anyone looking to explore Nepal, whether it’s your first trek or you’re a seasoned trekker. They offer not just their services but also a window into the heart and soul of the Himalayas.

      Thank you, Dibash and Puri, for making our Everest Base Camp and Gokyo trek not just successful, but truly enriching. I wish you both the very best for your future endeavors and hope to trek with you again.

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      Vaideeswaran SUnited Kingdom,Jan 02, 2024
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      It's a journey that demands physical endurance, mental resilience, and an unwavering spirit.

      Dibesh Lamichane served as our exceptional tourist guide during our recent trip, and his expertise truly elevated our experience. His in-depth knowledge of the local culture, historical sites, and hidden gems made every moment unforgettable. Dibesh's enthusiasm, friendliness, and impeccable organizational skills ensured a seamless and enjoyable journey. We wholeheartedly recommend Dibesh as a tourist guide for anyone seeking an insightful and enriching exploration of the destination.

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      Navigate09024682817Brazil,Dec 13, 2023
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