gokyovalleytrekking
gokyovalleytrekking
gokyovalleytrekking
gokyovalleytrekking
gokyovalleytrekking
gokyovalleytrekking
  • Duration:15 Nights 16 Days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Group:1 - 12
  • Activity:Hiking and Trekking
  • Pickup:TIA Airport
  • Max altitude: 5360m

About Gokyo Valley Trekking

Gokyo Valley Trekking offers the most stunning views in the entire Everest Region, even surpassing the spectacular view from Kala Patthar on the Classic Everest Base Camp Trekking. For trekkers who prefer fewer crowds and more adventure, this trek is top choice.

The trek begins with a full day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize and explore nearby Sherpa villages and monasteries before heading off into the Gokyo Valley. West of Everest Base Camp is the clear blue glacial Gokyo Lakes. Standing on the summit of Gokyo Ri, 5360m, you get a thrilling view of world's highest peak, Mt. Everest, 8848m, and the sixth highest peak, Mt. Cho Oyu, 8201m.After the strenuous climb to reach Gokyo Peak, the two day gradual descent down to Namche Bazaar is a pleasant breather.

Annapurna Foothills Treks also recommends an alternative route from Gokyo Valley, for clients who have sufficient stamina to aim for the even finer view point you get from Renjo La pass, 5345m. To reach Renjo La, we can follow the north side of Dudh Pokhari, one of the five Gokyo Lakes, and head westward. At first, the trail leads along a blunt ridge, but to reach the top of the pass there are rocks to clamber over.

From here we get magnificent views: below us, are the Gokyo Lakes on one side, the Ringmo Pokhari Lakes on the other, and surrounding us on every side are a myriad of snowy peaks including Mt. Everest, 8848m, Mt. Lhotse, 5816m, Mt. Makalu, 8463m, Mt. Cho Oyu, 8201m, Nuptse, 7855m, Mt. Pumori, 7145m, Mt. Ama Dablam, 6856m, and Mt. Thamserku, 6723m. One good thing is that since both options take the same amount of time, two days, you can make your decision depending on how you feel at Gokyo Peak. The straightforward descent from Gokyo Peak to Namche takes two days. The more strenuous option also takes two days: one day to make the steep climb up to Renjo La and a steep descent to Lungden, and another day to make the gradual descent to Namche.

Trekking in the Gokyo Valley is possible throughout the year; however the best time to visit is from the beginning of March to mid-May and from the beginning of September to mid-November. The winters are very cold and the summers are rainy. The rhododendron trees and wild flowers burst into bloom April and early May, adding spectacular splashes of color to the Himalayan landscape; whereas, the clearest skies are later in the year, after the summer monsoon rains have settled the dust and everything is lush and green.

Ready to challenge yourself with an interesting climb of a 6000m peak? We organize exciting adventure climbs of Island Peak 6189m and Lobuche East Peak 6119m as an add on climb to any of the Everest region treks. We recommend our guests to do the Everest Base Camp Trek or Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trek or Khumbu Three High Passes Trek before attempting for either Island Peak or Lobuche East Peak.

Highlights of Gokyo Valley Trekking

  • one of the best views in the entire Everest Region (from Gokyo Ri, 5360m and Renjo La pass, 5345m)
  • fewer crowds and more adventure
  • sherpa villages and monasteries
  • clear blue glacial Gokyo Lakes
  • thame village and monastery 

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day, you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped towering peaks. After completing the visa formalities in airport, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives carrying your name on our company’s’ signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. Moving forward, you’ll be taken to your hotel in our vehicle. Once you reach at hotel, you’ll be welcomed by them as well and after that you can relax in your room or go for a walk exploring the city.

  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Private Tourist Vechile

The Managing Director of our company will be there to meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your climbing equipment. In case you need additional trekking equipment, you will have a chance to buy it today. Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley are also an option.

  • Breakfst
  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft

An early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla takes only 35 minutes. On your arrival in Lukla airport, one of our guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakdingma.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4 hrs
  • 2,610 m/8,562 ft
  • Domestic Flight

Namche Bazaar, widely known as the capital of Khumbu and the gateway to Everest, has many good hotels and lodges. This is the biggest village along the entire Everest region. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 3,441 m/11,289 ft

We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinner air. We will visit a museum which displays the traditions and customs of the local Sherpa people. We hike up to the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel where we can see the panorama of Khumbu peaks. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 3,441 m/11,289 ft

Today as we trek, Ama Dablam, 6812m, one of the most beautiful peaks of the world will be showing its glimpse to us in a distance. As we go along, the trail follows the hillside of Khumbila and reaches our first pass, Mon La, from where the trail descends steeply to Phortse Drangka village. We leave the Everest trail and branch off to follow the Gokyo Valley along the tree-line until we reach the small mountain settlement of Dole. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 4,200 m/13,776 ft

The trail goes through small yak mountain pastures, waterfalls and small villages namely Khele, Lhabarma and Luza before reaching Machermo. Machermo is a small village looking out on Cholatse, 6440m, Taweche, 6542m and facing the Kyajo glacier. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4-5 hrs
  • 4,470 m/14,665 ft

The trail from Machhermo climbs a ridge from where you will get an excellent view. In front of you, will be the great Gokyo Valley with its streams and lakes, and the Cho-Oyu peak, 8153m and Kantega peak , 6686m and Ama Dablam 6812m on your back. We descend to the river bank below before beginning the steep climb up to a small mountain lake from where the trail levels out and follows along to Longponga Lake, 4690m, then finally up a boulder-strewn path to glorifying Gokyo.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4-5 hrs
  • 4,790 m/14,730 ft

In the morning, we climb for around two hours up to Gokyo Peak (5360m). This is a straight-forward but steep climb and also tiring because of the altitude. However, It will be worth the effort as this is one of the best panoramic views in the Khumbu. From the rocky summit, four peaks over 8000 metres can be seen: Everest, 8848m, Cho Oyo, 8153m, Lhotse, 8511m and Makalu, 8481m along with other awesome peaks.

From here, we follow the lateral moraines and walk for two hours on glacial scree across the Ngozumpa glacier, a series of ups and downs. After crossing the glacier, we reach the yak herders' huts and tea houses of Thagnag. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4 hrs
  • 4,790 m/14,730 ft

Today we will reach the high point of our acclimatization trek, on the Renjo La. We walk around the north side of the Dudh Pokhari travelling westwards towards the pass. The trail follows a blunt ridge at first, before climbing up rocky ground to the top of the pass. The views back towards Everest and of Cho Oyu, Makalu, Nuptse and Ama Dablam are superb. We then descend to Lungden. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 4,360 m/ 14,300 ft

Today, we are descending to Thame village, one of the beautiful Sherpa village situated  at western part of Khumbu and adjoining part of Rolwaling Himalayan ranges. Thame is a popular town for Sherpa Climbers and the beautiful Monastery as well as the best view of Himalayan Ranges. From Thame we turn east, heading back in the direction of Namche Bazar. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 3,441 m/11,289 ft

Retracing our steps, we'll head bact to Phakdingma.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4 hrs
  • 2,610 m/8,560 ft

Boosted by all our new red blood cells, we rush down the footpath toward Sagarmatha National Park gate, in Jorsale. Later, Lukla's footpath leads us back to the first villages we saw two weeks ago: Gumila, Phakdingma, and Choplung. The high peaks disappear behind the hills. In Lukla, this last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with your sherpa guides and porters, and a good chance to sample some chhyang, try Nepali and Sherpa dance and look back on the memorable trekking experiences. The staff will be hoping for some precious and well deserved tips. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4 hrs
  • 2,810 m/9,219 ft

You take an early morning flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu. 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Domestic Flight

After breakfast, there will be free time for souvenir shopping and other independent activities. 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft

We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight. 

  • Breakfast
  • Private Tourist Vechile

What's included

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, four nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 11 nights (With twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • All standard meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill's Tshirt
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Excess baggage charge(s) (Domestic Flights).
  • Round-Trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla (Airport Tax Included)
  • All government and local taxes.

What’s Excluded

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

Availabilities

FromToStatusPrice  
start date24 Oct, 2020end date08 Nov, 2020Available$1300

Departure Note:

Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group. 

Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.

Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join. 

Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates. 

The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.

We have set dates for departure to the Amazing Gokyo Valley Trekking. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin. 

Gokyo Valley Trekking is available and can be done throughout the year. So, if the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date. 

We have listed the price up to 12 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 12 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.

Private Trips to Gokyo Valley Trekking is possible on any date of the year. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones. 

Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the trek. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking. 

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Useful Info

Best Seasons for Gokyo Valley Trekking:

The best seasons for the Gokyo Valley Trekking are from September to November and from March to May. These months are known for sunny and warm weather and outstanding views.

Gokyo Valley Trekking is a Tea House/Lodge Trek:

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!

Meals on the Gokyo Valley Trekking:

Three meals a day are included during your Everest Three High PassesTrek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.

Drinking Water on Gokyo Valley Trekking:

We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.

Fitness/Health:

If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.

Local Customs You Should Know About for Gokyo Valley Trekking:

Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.

Safety:

When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

Travel Insurance for Gokyo Valley Trekking:

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.

Flight Delay/Cancellation:

Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.

If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.

If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.

There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.

It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.

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