Gokyo Valley Trekking
Gokyo Valley Trekking is an adventure trek destination located in the Everest region. There are total 19 lakes and all of them are formed with a freshwater system, collectively known as gokyo lakes.
There is a tiny village named Gokyo on the foothills of gokyo ridge along the eastern shore of Gokyo Cho Lake. Furthermore, It is a small village that caters to the tourists which normally closes in winter due to extreme cold and snowfall. Gokyo Ridge is the highest hilltop located at an altitude of 5357m that have the proud height to look straight at Mount Everest.
Not only this but also you can see the tallest mountains such as Mount Makalu, Mount Lhotse, Mount Cho-Oyu and Mount Everest including several other snow-capped mountains in a single line.
Gokyo Valley Trek route is traversing through delightful valleys, crystal clear blue and green pristine lakes, world’s biggest ice glacier called nogazompa glacier dominated by nearest mountains of Everest Himalaya range. Glacial Gokyo Lakes is a holy pilgrimage place for both Hindu and Buddhists. Gokyo lakes trek is inhabited by solitary Tibetan-Buddhist civilization of sherpas with antique establishments of centuries years old.
Gokyo trekking with the fifth lake offers an even better view rather than Gokyo ridge. Trek to Gokyo Valley can be done in any time (except winter) throughout the year.
Gokyo Valley Trekking detail itinerary
It is 13-day itinerary compared to most walks in this region leading up to the gokyo lakes. The particular route is designed for world travelers who wish to hike to the gokyo ridge of the spectacular mountain but are restricted time-wise. For travelers who wish to reach the gokyo valley in a more relaxed manner can try this itinerary however if this plan doesn’t suit you than send us an inquiry for tailor-made itinerary.Day 1 Arrived at Kathmandu valley
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within B/B plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, takes about 35 minutes. Upon arrival at Lukla, you can take a breakfast in hotels and then start our trek to Phakding (2640 m). We trek following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi. We pass several Sherpa villages such as Ghat, Phakding, Tok Tok and Bengkar village.
We continue along the trail with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village Monjo. We then come to Sagarmatha National Park office where a park entrance fee is to pay. We follow a short walk along the riverbed of this valley where the major river meets each other. Crossing over the Hillary bridge, trek begin steep ascent to Namche Bazar. On the way, we have excellent views of Everest (8,848m) and Lhotse (8,516m.). Surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges, Namche Bazar (3,440m) is a central hub of the area for food, trekking gears and other necessary goods.
We start with a steep one-hour climb to the Sengboche airstrip (3,790m), from where we will slowly ascent towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone Buddhist monuments) and hill station. We go to the hill station to have an excellent view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kwangde and many other snow-capped mountains within 360 deg angle. Then we walk further to Khumjung village which is the largest village in Khumbu, at the foothill of the sacred peak Khumbila. We can also visit Khhumjung monastery. It is a small settlement of Sherpa community.
After having a day acclimatization day in Namche, we continue our trekking to Dole by following the same route to basecamp until Sanasa then trail ascends up to Mongla (4000m.). From here, you will 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.
After Dole, the trek leads 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.
After Machhermo, the trek leads over 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. We climb a steep rocky inclined into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second lake, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5,420m.). The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari will appear and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, we will arrive at Gokyo village.
Gokyo is a trade center 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. Today, we will walk around the glacial lakes. An optional trip will be to discover 5th lake on your day trip but if you are only physically ft.
Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and we leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As we 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, return to Gokyo. After lunch, we have short trekking to the village of Machhermo.
The trail gently descends to Dole and then starts descending steeply to Photse Tenga (3,650m.) passing through rhododendron forests. Then the path immediately ascends steeply to Mongla Danda (4,000m.) and gently descends up to Kyanjoma (3,500m.) following small ups and down to Namche Bazaar.
We trek to Lukla with teh same trail like we use on ascend. It is the last day of our trekking. Upon arrival at Lukla, we would get refreshed and take rest.
We board our early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, we would be received by our representatives and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, go for shopping or request us to discover Kathmandu as a guided trip on additional cost. Trip finish !
How much does Gokyo Valley Trekking cost?
This trek is available now on USD 1,225 per person is standard trek price on double occupancy basis. Given the price, we offer you Tourist Standard accommodation at our homestay located near Thamel and of course, the trip price will vary according to group size.
For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and Tourist standard accommodation with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.
- Kathmandu international airport picks up on your arrival in TIA by private vehicles.
- 3 nights Twin sharing home stay / hotel accommodation in Kathmandu valley
- Government license holder – Professional license holder Mountain Trekking Guide
- Domestic flight tickets Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round trip with applicable domestic airport taxes
- All land transfer by Private vehicle according to programs.
- Meals as a full board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) each day during the trek in the mountains
- Guest House accommodation during the trekking
- Required number of porters during the trek.(one porter = two guest basis) because our porter can carry maximum 25 kg of your bag pack.
- All land transfer by Private vehicle according to programs.
- Well paid salary, food, accommodation and insurances of Nepalese staffs.
- Sagarmatha National Park entries permits and TIMS permits and as well as their fees.
- Khumbu Pasang lamu municipality entrance permit fees
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
- A special gift from our company.
Cost Exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize private trek to Gokyo Valley Trekking starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Nov 25, 2018 – Dec 06, 2018
Nov 30, 2018 – Dec 11, 2018
Dec 01, 2018 – Dec 12, 2018
Dec 05, 2018 – Dec 17, 2018
Dec 10, 2018 – Dec 22, 2018
Dec 20, 2018 – Jan 01, 2019
Sept 10, 2019 – Sept 22, 2019
Sept 15, 2019 – Sept 27, 2019
Sept 20, 2019 – Oct 01, 2019
Sept 30, 2019 – Oct 11, 2019
Oct 05, 2019 – Oct 17, 2019
Oct 10, 2019 – Oct 22, 2019
Oct 15, 2019 – Oct 27, 2019
Oct 17, 2019 – Oct 29, 2019
Oct 20, 2019 – Nov 01, 2019
Oct 25, 2019 – Nov 06, 2019
Oct 30, 2019 – Nov 11, 2019
Nov 05, 2019 – Nov 17, 2019
Nov 10, 2019 – Nov 22, 2019
Nov 15, 2019 – Nov 27, 2019
Nov 20, 2019 – Dec 01, 2019
Guaranteed – Trip is Guaranteed to run.
Available – Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
Limited – Only few space available
Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need experience for Gokyo Valley Trekking?
Answer: It is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a light weight day pack. For this trekking – yes, you need to have experience in high altitude – somehow about 3000 meter above sea level.Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Gokyo Valley Trek combine with fifth lake ?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. The rooms along the routes are clean with cozy bed with nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.Question: What kind of food can I expect in express Gokyo Valley Trekking?
Answer: All the guest houses along teh trek routes they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to next place where you are going.
Answer: Guest house trekking all the lodges they have shower which you can get it on pay.Question: How do I get drinking water on gokyo valley trekking?
Answer: During the Gokyo Valley Trek route there are all places hotel and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in camp site/along the way in the camping trekking.Question: What should my insurance policy cover during Gokyo Valley Trekking?
Answer: Travel insurance is mandatory before joining any trips with us, and you need to get your travel insurance policy before joining your trips to Nepal. Your travel insurance must cover the helicopter rescue up to 6000m altitude. It comes handy during medical emergencies and contingency situations. It is recommended to get it from your home country. In case you haven’t bought travel insurance after arriving at Kathmandu; we can help you get one.Question: How to prevent altitude sickness during Gokyo Valley Trekking?
Answer: You should never walk too quickly too high ignoring your body symptoms. Proper altitude acclimatization is the best way to prevent the high-altitude sickness. Listen to your body, trek gradually enjoying the best of culture and nature while giving enough time for your body to adapt the changing atmosphere. Drink a lot of fluid & keep your body hydrated. If symptoms like headache, difficulty in breathing and other occurs then descend to lower altitude and taken to hospital. If condition worsened you will be airlifted to hospital in Kathmandu.Question: What will happen if my scheduled flight in Ktm-Lukla-Ktm route gets delayed or cancelled?
Answer: Weather at Himalayas is uncertain which we cannot predict. Therefore, rate of fight delay and cancellation is high at Lukla. If this happens then you will be boarded on the flight tomorrow and you have to spend extra night at Lukla (if you are returning Ktm) at Ktm (if you are going Lukla). Helicopter rescue can also be used, that depends upon situation. So, we recommend you to allocate couple of extra days after your Gokyo Valley Trek, so that you will not miss your international flight back.Question: What are alternates to flight from Kathmandu to Lukla?
Answer: The best recommended way to go for any Everest trek is to board a Kathmandu-Lukla 33 minutes scenic mountain flight. Another available option is to drive from Kathmandu to Phaplu (12 hours’ drive) and trek for a 2 days to reach Lukla. In present day, theer are also regular jeep service from Kathmandu to Salleri.Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the Tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend to you bring extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your adapters! And we recommend you to take extra batteries along with you.Question: Is there any communication facilities on express Gokyo Valley Trekking?
Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.Question: Can I use credit cards in Gokyo Valley Trek?
Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards works only in the bigger city tours / city areas.Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of mis understanding. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of the trip in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Kathmandu.
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, our each porter carry maximum 25 kilo of your backpack which means 2 guest (12.5 kg luggage of each guest) : 1 porter basis.Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.Question: Do I need walking polls for Gokyo Valley Trekking?
Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch / dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks while you are on trek.
Gokyo Valley Trekking Highlights
- Discover the best Himalayan view in 360 deg angle from Syangeboche & from gokyo ridge.
- Amazing view of view of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku and many other mountains
- Sherpa Buddhism, tallest monastery, Local sherpa and their life styles.
Gokyo Valley Trekking Notice !
As the information stated above is just a guide and standard template what we provide you, however, the trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary during on trip.
It is, however, very incredible that the itinerary would be extensively altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
“What makes Gokyo Valley Trekking special ?”
Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in the quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained and licensed local guides who knows the destination much better than others. Not only this but also we give benefts the local communities and helps to conserve natural resources which reduced in costs and consumption.
Gokyo ridge / gokyo valley trekking including 5th lake trek review
Last April, we have done our trip to gokyo valley including 5th lake trekking in Nepal.
It has long journey for us, and its really worthy…. to see spectacular view of all the way. 5th lake excursion offers even better Himalayan scenery as well as glacial landscapes. As we not professional hikers, we were thinking whether we could complete this trip or not but together with gokyo trek and expedition’s professional team, we prepare our journey and completed it in reality – Erin Mayer, Innsbruck, Austria.
Trip Price : USD 1,225 Per Person
- Duration of trek: 11 Days
- Max Altitude: 5,360m / 17,527 ft
- Trekking Hour: 6 Hrs
- Group-Size: 2-40 People
- Best Time: Oct -May
- Trip Mode: Guest House
- Meal on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Transportation: Car/Plane/bus
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