Gokyo Valley Trek - 14 Days

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Cost start: US$ 1190 (P/P)
  • Accomodation: Tea house/lodge
  • Trip Style: Trekking/hiking
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About Trip:

The Gokyo Valley Trek is one of the finest routes available through Sagarmatha National Park and one that neatly sidesteps the crowded trails to Everest Base Camp while providing an immediacy and views of the iconic peak that are more than enough to sustain a basic interest in the mountain without the need to pay homage at its foothills. The rewards are many, including the superb scenery and wildlife of Sagarmatha National Park, the natural beauty and sublime setting of Gokyo Valley and its crystalline lakes, and the superb and virtually unparalleled panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and a host of other Himalayan giants from the prospect of Gokyo Ri (5360m).

Following the typical flight to Lukla the trek sets out on the same path as the route to Everest Base camp through historic Namche Bazaar, then veers away to follow the turbid waters of the Dudh Koshi river upstream to Ngozumpa Glacier and the natural basin amidst snow-capped peaks that are home to the beautiful Gokyo Valley and its serene series of lakes and villages. Here the Sherpas live out a traditional and largely untouched existence in their fortuitous isolation from the outside world, with large herds of hardy yaks to sustain them and profound Buddhist beliefs guiding their lives and their famed hospitality towards strangers. To wander through the mountain bastion of the Sherpas, taking in its stark beauty and the peaceful culture of its people, is to sit back and wonder if Gokyo Valley wasn't indeed the model for Shangri-La.

As superb as the Gokyo Valley trek is the option exists to extend the magic even further by journeying on over the pass of Cho La (5240m) towards Everest Base Camp, or of heading in the other direction over Renjo La (5360m) for the alternative path back to Namche and Lukla.

The Gokyo Valley Trek represents a wonderful opportunity to visit one of the region's most remote and beautiful valleys, one that allows us to take in the Sherpas living out a tranquil existence that touches something deep within us and calls to simpler and less complex times. Now's the time to see it, so why not let Nepal Trekking Experts arrange your visit to this Himalayan treasure? Our staffs are ready and waiting to arrange all the details for you, or to listen to your own approach to the trek.

Trip Highlights

  • The multi-faceted wilderness of Sagarmatha National Park
  • Ngozumpa Glacier
  • Khumjung monastery
  • The Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar and historic Tengboche Monastery
  • The glorious panoramic views from Gokyo Ri towards Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu and other peaks
  • The Sherpas of Gokyo Valley, their culture, hospitality, and peaceful Buddhist faith

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome at Airport & transfer to your Hotel.

Day 02: Leisure day

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610m, 4 hrs)

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m, 6 hrs)

Day 05: Acclimatization day

Day 06: Namche to Dole (4200m, 6/7 hrs)

Day 07: Dole to Machhermo (4400m, 4/5 hrs)

Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4790m, 4 hrs)

Day 09: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5360 m) then back to Gokyo Lake for overnight.

Day 10: Gokyo to amazing view point Renjo La Pass 5340m then descends to Lunde for overnight (4300m, 7 hrs)

Day 11: Lunde to Namche Bazaar (3440m, 5/6 hrs)

Day 12: Trek back to Lukla (2800 m, 7 hrs)

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 14: Departure

Trip cost includes/excludes:

  • Complimentary airport pick up and drop off
  • Complimentary welcome dinner
  • Two-night stay on arrival in Kathmandu in a standard hotel with breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • All necessary trekking permits for Sagarmatha National Park, TIMS card, etc.
  • All accommodation during trek
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Fresh fruit each day if and when available
  • Complementary  duffel bag/agency T-shirt
  • Government registered and first-aid trained professional local guide who speaks English
  • First-aid kit
  • Return flight between Kathmandu and Lukla
  • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary
  • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
  • Certificate of achievement
  • International airfare and  Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance, personal expenses, loss of property and theft, etc.
  • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, wifi, etc
  • Tips to staff

Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied please feel free customize it your own and contact us.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Welcome at Airport & transfer to your Hotel.

Welcome at the airport and transfer to your hotel. An introduction to your trekking program then the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the sights, sounds and culture of Kathmandu.

Day 02Leisure day

Day 03Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610m, 4 hrs)

Day 04Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m, 6 hrs)

Day 05Acclimatization day

Day 06Namche to Dole (4200m, 6/7 hrs)

Day 07Dole to Machhermo (4400m, 4/5 hrs)

Day 08Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4790m, 4 hrs)

Day 09Hike to Gokyo Ri (5360 m) then back to Gokyo Lake for overnight.

Day 10Gokyo to amazing view point Renjo La Pass 5340m then descends to Lunde for overnight (4300m, 7 hrs)

Day 11Lunde to Namche Bazaar (3440m, 5/6 hrs)

Day 12Trek back to Lukla (2800 m, 7 hrs)

Day 13Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 14Departure

Read Reviews

Rated 5/5 based on 1 reviews

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Phenomenal Gokyo Valley Trek

Rating:  

We've just returned from an absolutely incredible trek towards Gokyo with Nepal Trekking Experts. From top to bottom they were the phenomenal! I can't wait to go back to Nepal and book other treks with them. Rajesh (the owner) was always quick to reply and very attentive to our long lists of questions and concerns. Our guide, Mohan was knowledgeable, fun, caring, curious, diligent, and went out of his way to make the trip one of a lifetime. He was also clearly a big fan of his boss which made us feel good that the company was on the up and up. Our porter Bal was very much part of our group, friendly, very attentive, and always ready with a laugh. Even in December we saw many other guided treks on the trail and each time we were thrilled with our choice. Rajesh clearly takes good care of his employees and clients. Other porters did not have appropriate gear. We got a big dumping of snow and the temperatures went below 0 (F) overnight. We saw other porters soaking wet, wearing jeans and thin leather jackets and generally looking miserable. But Bal had appropriate gear and was really part of our group despite the language barrier. I asked Rajesh ahead of time if he had insurance for employees, but when he said yes, I realized that I had no way to verify it. During the trip it came up and Mohan confirmed that they really did and that, unlike many other trekking companies we were seeing, Rajesh really did take care of his porters. Our guide Mohan was particularly attentive to our specific needs. My husband is afraid of heights and not a huge fan of winter trekking (he really went for me). Mohan knew that and did everything in his power to make the trip comfortable, making sure we had the best room in every lodge, staying barely a step behind him on the bridges, walking next to him on the outside of the trail where there were steep contours, and distracting him with Nepali history and language lessons on steep sections where he needed a distraction. After we got a lot of snow in Dole, Mohan knew that my husband would not be thrilled with the slippery descent so he suggested we turn back so that we could take our time rather than having to do the whole thing in four days. It was a great decision. It was disappointing not to reach Gokyo, but Mohan was clearly right and instead of finishing the trip with four punishingly long and slow days, we had a wonderful last few days taking our time getting back to Lukla and relaxing. The Goyko trek itself is HIGHLY recommended. After Namche we split off from all the groups heading to EBC and had a really serene trail with more yaks and herders to pass than other trekkers. The trail is wonderfully scenic and very well maintained. Great views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam from every turn. I can't say enough good things about Nepal Trekking Experts, Rajesh, or Mohan. Book them for your trek. You won't regret it!

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Useful Info

  • Respect the privacy of local people and kindly ask for permission before photographing them or their children
  • Appreciate and respect the local culture and customs
  • For your own personal safety always stay on the uphill side of a trail when being passed by donkeys.
  • In landslide zones either traverse them quickly or climb over and around if at all feasible
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol at altitudes above 3000 meters is not recommended
  • Drink a minimum of three liters of water per day
  • Remain aware of symptoms related to altitude sickness and be honest about any signs with yourself and your guide
  • Even when not mandated there are always benefits to using the invaluable services of a guide on a trek

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