Gokyo Trek - 11 Days

Gokyo is a beautiful valley popular for trekking in the Everest area to the east of Namche. There is a small peak called Gokyo Ri, just above 5000 m from sea level, in Gokyo. There is a trekking trail to Gokyo from Lukla via Namche. Trekkers return the same path after they reach the valley. There is an alternative trail, in which trekkers can go towards Everest Base Camp from Gokyo. Some trekkers also climb the Gokyo peak, while others return after a trek to the valley. This trek is popular for the breathtaking view of the mountain summits that can be observed from here. Five summits above 8,000 m - Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Kangchenjunga, and Cho Oyu can be seen from here.

Outline Itinerary : Lukla – Gokyo -Lukla

Day 01 : Kathmandu - Lukla (2886m.) - Phakding
Day 02 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.)
Day 03 : Rest at Namche Bazar for acclimatization
Day 04 : Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m.) via Khumjung]
Day 05 : Dole to Gokyo [4750m]
Day 06 : Rest day at Gokyo and excursion
Day 07 : Gokyo to Gokyo Ri [5483m] & Trek back to Machhermo (4150m.)
Day 08 : Machhermo (4150m.) to Namche Bazaar (3440m.)
Day 09 : Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2652m.)
Day 10 : Phakding - Lukla [2886m] - Kathmandu
Day 11 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
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Day 01 : Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.)
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) which takes approximately 30 minutes and trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640m.) which takes three hours. You transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Lukla. It is a small town with an airport. There are few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores. You begin today’s trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank, is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Kosi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding.

Day 02 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.)
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about five hours. This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. You can also visit some of the village monasteries on the way of trekking to Namche Bazaar(3440 m.). Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. There is set a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La.

Day 03 : Rest at Namche Bazar for acclimatization
Rest at Namche Bazar for acclimatization and excursion around the places. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization at the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For the acclimatization you walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or an hour walk up to the Tyangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.

Day 04 : Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m.) via Khumjung
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m.) via Khumjung] and it takes about six hours. From Namche the route heads up all the way to Kumjung, a picturesque village which also has its own gompa at the top end of town. Here you can have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak, said to be the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region. The trail descends slightly towards the Sanasa and then trail ascends up to Mongla (4000m.). From here, you can see panoramic views of various mountains. You trek steeply descend passing through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. You can enjoy delicious meal at Phortse Tenga (3650m.).

Day 05 : Dole to Gokyo [4750m]
Trek from Dole to Gokyo [4750m] and
it takes about six hours. From Dole you climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. This is a short day and you will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch. Today you head for the lakes at Gokyo. You follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melt-water rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. You climb a steep rocky inclined into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. You soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.) -your route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters.

Day 06 : Rest day at Gokyo and excursion
Rest day at Gokyo and excursion in and around Gokyo valley Gokyo is a trade centre where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day you can make a side trip to Fifth Lake via Forth Lake.

Day 07 : Gokyo to Gokyo Ri [5483m] & Trek back to Machhermo (4150m.)
Trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri [5483m] & Trek back to Machhermo (4150m.) via Gokyo village and it takes about four and half hours. Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and you leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As you climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself, is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region - some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar. After lunch it is a short walk to the village of Machhermo.

Day 08 : Machhermo (4150m.) to Namche Bazaar (3440m.)
Trek from Machhermo (4150m.) to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) which takes about five hours. The trail gently descends to Dole and then starts descending steeply to Photse Tenga (3650m.) passing through rhododendron forests. Then the path immediately ascends steeply to Mongla Danda (4000m.) and gently descends up to Kyanjoma (3500m.) following small ups and down to the destination.

Day 09 : Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2652m.)
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2652m.) and it takes about four hours. The trails descend steeply for early one and half hours. After that, the path has small ups and down to Phakding through Monjo.

Day 10 : Phakding to Lukla [2886m]
Trek from Phakding to Lukla [2886m] and it takes about three hours. Your final day's trekking follows the Dudh Kosi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the sherpa guides and porters, where you can sample some chhang, try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience.

Day 11: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu.
Costs included during the trip:
  • All land transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu according to the itinerary package of related treks
  • Kathmandu sightseeing tour including all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • One skilled, professional and friendly guide including his food, accommodation, salary, equipment and accidental insurance
  • Costs of food, accommodation, salary, equipment and accidental insurance of porters (One porter will be provided for 2 people during the trek)
  • Round Trip flight :Kathmandu- Lukla and Lukla- Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Duffle bag for trekking
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Sagarmatha National Park permits fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System ( please bring 2passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes and office service charge
Costs excluded during the trip:
  • Meals not included in costs included section
  • Travel insurance
  • International Airfare
  • Optional tours and activities during leisure
  • Nepal Entry Visa: One can easily obtain the Nepal entry visa after arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Remember to bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)
  • Drinks (hot and cold), snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips for trekking staffs and driver ( tips though appreciated not mandatory)
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USD 999 Per Person

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