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gokyo lake

Overview

The Gokyo valley lies in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal. Gokyo Valley comprises of the Gokyo Ri and Gokyo lake. The Gokyo village is situated in the foot of Gokyo Ri. Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu and few other peaks are visible from Gokyo valley. The Gokyo valley trekking is widely popular among trekkers heading towards the Everest Base Camp.

The Gokyo Ri is a peak with height of 5357meters in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The largest glacier of Nepal, Ngozumpa, also lies near to the Gokyo Peak. Trekkers reach up to Gokyo Ri and turn from the point. Climbing the Gokyo Prak is a prime part of visiting Gokyo Valley.

The Gokyo Lake of this region is widely popular among the followers of Hinduism and Buddhism. During the festival Janai Purnima, huge numbers of devotees come to this lake for a holy bath. The lake is also worshipped as the residing place of ‘Nag Devata’.

Apart from Gokyo valley, Namche Bazar and Lukla are also important spots during the trek.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines
Day 02: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m and walk to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs walks.
Day 04: Rest day at Namche for acclimatization and local hike.
Day 05: Trek to Dole 4,200m – 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Machherma 4,470 m – 04 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Gokyo Lake 4,790m – 04 hrs.
Day 08: At Gokyo hike to Gokyo Ri 5,357m afternoon free to relax and enjoy the views.
Day 09: Morning at leisure and walk to Nha 4,750m – 04 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Phortse village 3,810 m – 04 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery 3,867 m via Pangboche – 05 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Monjo 2,880 m – 06 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Lukla – 04 hrs.
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
Day 15: Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.

Detail Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.

    On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information regarding Gokyo Valley trekking and while you are under our care. The evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.

  2. Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,820 m) and walk to Phakding (2,640 m), 4 hrs.

    Morning depart from the hotel for fabulous Gokyo Valley trekking around high Khumbu within Everest, taking a short scenic flight of 30 mins with sweeping panorama of high peaks including Mt. Everest, as the small aircraft lands at Lukla of above 2,820 m high, from here walk towards Phakding on gradual downhill trail with short ups with views of Kwangde and Kusum-Kanguru peaks as the walk leads through Choplung and Ghat Sherpa villages to reach our overnight stop at Phakding. Phakding village, located above Dudh Kosi River here with time for a short hike around this lovely village to witness Sherpa cultures with an overnight halt in a nice cozy lodge.

  3. Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), 5 hrs walks.

    After a pleasant night stop with the sound of river, morning walk leads following the Dudh Kosi River upstream and crossing suspension bridges to reach at Monjo village with grand views of Kwangde and Thamserku peaks, from here into Sagarmatha National park (Sagarmatha Nepalese name for Mt. Everest, while Sherpa calls Chomolungma in both languages means 'Great Mother'). Walk proceed towards Jorsalle village and into river valley covered within rhododendron-pines-oaks and fir trees as the route leads uphill for few hours to reach famous Namche Bazaar, where colorful and busy Saturday market is held weekly.

  4. Day 04: Rest day at Namche for acclimatization and local hike.

    An important rest day for proper acclimatization before heading higher elevation, at Namche one can take a short walk to Everest View Hotel of few hours walk uphill or visit the park museum located on top of Namche Bazaar offers grand views of Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Amadablam and other series of snowcapped peaks. Visit its interesting museum full of information regarding Sherpa people, culture with flora/fauna and as well of mountaineering history, rest of the afternoon free at leisure with views of mountains.

  5. Day 05: Trek to Dole (4,200 m), 6 hrs.

    With marvelous overnight stop and rest day at Namche Bazaar, morning a short steep climb and then on a pleasant winding trail into alpine wood land with super views of Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Nuptse-Amadablam with other smaller peaks, as the walk continues heading uphill to Mong danda, a small place on a ridge top facing magnificent views of peaks. From here downhill to Dudh Kosi River near Phunki Thanka for lunch within the shade of tall alpine woodland, and the continue walk for another few hours with a climb into serene alpine forest filled with rhododendron-oaks-magnolia-pines-juniper and fir tree lines with constant view of peaks, finally walk ends on a small place at Dole for overnight stop.

  6. Day 06: Trek to Machherma (4,470 m), 4 hrs.

    From Dole morning walk starts with a climb as the rhododendron forest declines for smaller rhododendron and juniper bushes, where walk proceeds to higher altitude, as the route leads on a high ridge and then on level path for an hour reaching at Lhabarma Kharka and Luza at (4,390 m), as the walk continues skirting a ridge line with super views of Cho-Oyu world 6th highest peak at (8,201 m) high, from here descend to Machherma a small settlement with few good lodges, at Machherma for lunch and overnight stop with ample time for short walks or just relax and enjoy the views.

  7. Day 07: Trek to Gokyo Lake (4,790 m), 4 hrs.

    After Machherma with touch of altitude, today another short walk to reach Gokyo Lake as our morning walk leads on nice gradual path to Pangka, a small flat area and then descend to follow a glacial river one of the tributaries of Dudh Koshi, the source flows from Ngozumba Glacier with Mt. Cho-Oyu and adjoining peaks. Our morning walk leads to a climb encountering Gokyo first lake and then past second lakes to reach towards the third lake known as Dudh Pokhari, popularly known as Gokyo Lake, around Gokyo in early days was a yak herders summer settlement in the shade of Mt. Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang reflecting on its emerald colored Gokyo Lake. On reaching Gokyo, transfer into a nice and cozy lodge for an overnight stop with lunch above the lake overlooking superb views of surrounding landscapes and mountains.

  8. Day 08: At Gokyo hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357 m), afternoon free to relax and enjoy the views.

    Early morning hike up to Gokyo Ri to catch the stunning sunrise views over chain of world highest mountains, as the route climbs steeply offering grand views finally after two hours of hard walk reaching the top of Gokyo Ri at (5,357 m) high commanding glorious panorama from Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Makalu with Mt. Cho-Oyu includes series of peaks and of Gokyo lake with Ngozumba Glacier down below. After grand marvelous time and worth the tough climb, descend back to Gokyo for breakfast and lunch with an afternoon free to relax. (For interested and energetic people can take a day hike up Gokyo 5th Lake near Cho-Oyu base camp taking more than 6 hours both ways).

  9. Day 09: Morning at leisure and walk to Nha (4,750 m), 4 hrs.

    For those who missed the hike to Gokyo Ri previous morning, with the opportunity to climb up to the viewpoint, morning at leisure and after breakfast and lunch walk to Nha a small settlement with just a few simple lodges beneath Ngozumba Glacier on route Phortse village.

  10. Day 10: Trek to Phortse village (3,810 m), 4 hrs.

    Starting with easy and pleasant morning as the walk descends on gradual winding path above Dudh Koshi River opposite from Machherma area, walk leads with marvelous views, finally reaching a quaint Sherpa village a peaceful spot at Phortse village where few trekkers pass this route.

  11. Day 11: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery (3,867 m) via Pangboche, 5 hrs.

    Morning overlooking superb views of high snowcapped peaks with Amadablam North Face, as our adventure begins heading uphill for an hour to a ridge and then on gradual up with stunning views as the walk leads above the river, where Khumbu glacier melts into a raging icy river. After a pleasant stop at Pangboche village near its old monastery walk brings you leads downhill to a bridge over Imjatse River, where an hour steeps up into a cool lovely alpine forest brings you at beautiful Thyangboche Monastery with the sweeping panorama of Mt. Everest and Amadablam with other adjoining peaks. Here with enough time to visit its interesting monasteries where you can observe monks and priest on prayer. This place is also famous for the Mani Rimdu festival which takes place in the month of October months.

  12. Day 12: Trek to Monjo (2,880 m), 6 hrs.

    From here onward long descend to Phunki Tenga on crossing a wooden bridge climb uphill to Lobesa and Sanasa small villages with gradual winding path to Kyanjinma, a nice place with few lodges facing Everest-Amadablam and Thamserku peaks, here chance of spotting some wildlife like Thar, Musk deer and the colorful Danphe (Impeyan pheasant and national bird of Nepal). After a wonderful time at this scenic quiet spot within serene alpine woodland walk descends towards with pleasant and scenic walk towards Namche Bazaar, here having a short rest and then continue to walk downhill towards Monjo for the overnight stop.

  13. Day 13: Trek to Lukla, 4 hrs.

    Our marvelous Gokyo Valley treks concludes with a walk back to Lukla, as the trail leads on the same route following gentle path past Phakding and Ghat villages with a climb to reach Lukla, where you can enjoy the afternoon relaxing and celebrate with staff-guides-porters and fellow member on this last night around high Khumbu within Everest areas.

  14. Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.

    Early morning transfer to Lukla airport known as Tenzing & Hillary airport with its unique airstrip, sometimes the flight can delay due to bad weather, as the flight arrives from Kathmandu board on the smaller Twin-Otter or Dornier airplane where a scenic flight brings you at hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city life.

  15. Day 15: Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.

    Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to the airport for your flight homeward bound or to the respective destination with a wonderful experience on Gokyo Valley Trekking.

What's included !

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three or four star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek
  • Licensed English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping bag during the trek (should be returned to us)
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

What's not included !

  • Nepal visa fee 40 USD for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained at your country in Nepalese consulate office before arrival in Nepal or you can get Nepal visa after arrival in Kathmandu airport.
  • International Airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (Due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (And also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Travel, Trekking and Helicopter Rescue insurance.
  • Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipments, gears, cloths etc.
  • Personal expenses (Phone Calls, Laundry, bar bills during the trekking, Battery recharge of camera or mobile, extra porters if you wish to take, mineral water, Shower etc).
  • Tips for Guides and Porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal since long though this is not obligation if your trip is not satisfied with our staffs.

FAQs

The Basics

  1. What is trekking ?

    Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.

  2. Is trekking good for me ?

    In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.

  3. Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?

    You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.

  4. How difficult is trekking and climbing ?

    Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.

  5. Is travel insurance necessary ?

    Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.

  6. What types of permit are required for trekking ?

    It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.

  7. How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?

    During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.

  8. What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?

    Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.

  9. Will I have to carry my own luggage ?

    Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.

  10. Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?

    Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.

  11. What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?

    There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.

  12. Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?

    It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.

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