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Gokyo Valley Trek

Overview

This incredible trek in the Gokyo valley can be consider as an alternative to the Everest base camp trek. At 5316 m, and located at the corner of the Gokyo valley, Gokyo Ri offers a superb viewpoint of the region’s impressive peaks and the beautiful Gokyo Lake.

Gokyo Valley trek offers a vast array of different trekking terrain. Beginning at Lukla, after a scenic flight from Kathmandu, the route makes a steady ascent through lush and fertile barley and potato growing land. After working it’s way up through the Sherpa villages, with their world famous hospitality and charm, we spend a rest day at the Sherpa settlement of Namche Bazzar to help with acclimatization. We spend some of this day with a gentler walk to a hotel for lunch. From here we have the first view of the mighty Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks of Nuptse, Amadablang, Themserku and Cholatse. We return from here via Kumjung, with it’s famous temple and school, one of the first in the area to be built by Edmund Hillary after his newly found fame, along with Tenzing Sherpa, as conqueror of mount Everest in 1953. Continuing on from Namche the trail then encounters the more dramatic landscapes of the higher Khumbu valley. Passing five separate high altitude lakes, the trek then offers its highlight of the stunning lake at Gokyo 4870m.

Much of the route is falls within the Sagarmatha National Park. The rare wild life in this region is an additional draw for many, including the chance to spot Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep, the endangered Snow Leopard and just maybe, the elusive and fabled ‘Yeti’!

Gokyo valley trek is recommended for people with average to good fitness who are looking for moderate to challenging trekking. It can also serve as a suitable practice trek for anyone thinking of attempting more challenging high altitude treks in the future.

As with all our treks, we can be flexible with the itinerary and can adjust many details according to your time, availability and special interests.

At a Glance

Itinerary

Day 1   Arrival at Tribhuvan International airport Kathmandu. Pick up by Sherpa Brothers treks representative, transfer to hotel check in and welcome drink from receptionist. Rest and briefing about trip, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast

Day 2   Half day sightseeing around world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and preparation for the trip. In the evening welcome dinner offer from Sherpa Brothers treks at typical Nepalese cultural restaurant, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast

Day 3   Morning scenic flight to Lukla (2,840m / 9,318ft) and trek start to Phakding (2,652m / 8,701ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 3 hrs

Day 4   Trek to Sherpa capital Namche Bazaar (3,446m / 11,306ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hours

Day 5   Rest day, hike to the world highest point hotel, Everest view hotel (3,860m / 12, 666ft) for acclimitazation, O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hours

Day 6   Trek to Dhole (4,410m / 13,485ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 6 hours

Day 7   Trek to Machhermo (4,470m / 14,666ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 3 hours.

Day 8   Rest day at Machhermo hike up to 4,600 m for acclimitazation, O/N in tea house

Day 9   Trek to Gokyo (4,790m / 15,716ft), O/N in tea house (4,790m / 15,716ft) : Approx 4 hours.

Day 10   Hike to top of Gokyo Ri (5,363m / 17,598) for stunning sun rise and Mt Panorama of Mt Everest, Choyu and Makalu back to Gokyo and trek to Machhermo, O/N in tea house : Approx 5.5 hours

Day 11   Trek to Kyangjuma (3,500m / 11,484ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 6 hours

Day 12   Trek to Manjo(3500m / 9302ft), O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hours

Day 13   Trek to Lukla (2,800m / 91,87), O/N in tea house : Approx 5.5 hours

Day 14   After having early morning break fast, flight to Kathmandu. Rest, free time and last minutes shopping in Kathmandu, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast

Day 15   As per flight time, pick up from hotel and drop 3 hour earlier to international airport for home departure

Services Includes

    • Accommodation and food during 11 days Gokyo trekking period
    • Professinal and experience License holder trekking guide salary and insurance
    • Porter salary, equipments and insurance
    • Airfare to Lukla and back to Kathmandu with guide
    • Standard 3 star category hotel with delux bb in
    • Kathmandu for 4 nights or Extra 2 days for weather contingency
    • Sagarmathan National park and TIMS permit
    • Private transport for airport receive and departure
    • Trip route map
    • Duffel bag for packing daily trek gear.
    • Warm sleeping bag
    • Half day word heritage sites sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu

Services Excludes

    • Personal nature expense
    • Bar and beverage bills
    • Personal insurance
    • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu
    • Unforeseen accidental rescue
    • Days beyond the itinerary
    • Gratitude to staff

Map

Additional Information

Accommodation and food

All accommodation during the trip is on twin sharing basis in mountain lodge. The mountain lodges are clean and well looked after to stay in but you can’t expect as a well facilitated as the cities hotel. Accommodation in Kathmandu is three star category hotels with deluxe room on BB basis.
The Battery charging facility is frequently available till Namche bazaar, after Namche mostly Solar power and charging facility is not frequently available.

Travel insurance
Sherpa Brothers Treks Expedition Pvt. Ltd. take every care to make our treks safe and enjoyable. All our routes are scouted to ensure the trails are safe and the facilities along route are of an acceptable standard. In addition, we have vast experience of trekking at altitude and are trained to deal with Acute Altitude Sickness. However, due to terrain, weather and altitude, risk is not always predictable in the Himalaya. To ensure you have a worry free time with us, personal travel insurance is essential to cover the cost of unforeseen accident, illness or rescue. The costs involved can be large and personally overwhelming in the unlikely event of accident or injury.
All Nepalese staff, guides and porters employed by Sherpa Brothers Pvt. Ltd. are covered locally but we regret that we cannot offer insurance for our clients.
Sherpa Brothers Treks and Expedition Pvt.Ltd. is not liable should anything go wrong due to unforeseen circumstances.
When choosing an insurance policy be sure to confirm with your insurer that your policy covers adventure holidays and trekking at high altitude. Some insurers makes special exception for these types of trip so please read the small print and contact your insurer if you are unsure.

Required gears check list

Hiking gears

Day bag – 1
Dry Bag – 1
Walking pole – 1
Water bottle – 1
Head light – 1
Knife / Multi tools – 1

Cloth and body wear

Down jacket – 1
Sleeping bag – 1
Light warm hiking trouser – 2
Warm liner – 2
Towel – 2
Warm and sun hats – 1/1
Fleece / jacket and pants – 1
Windproof jacket – 1
Long and half sleeve hiking shirt – 3
Buff for (neck and head) – 1
Walking boot – 1
Gloves / mittens – 2
Warm hiking socks (wool / synthetic) – 4
Gaiter – 1
Flip flap/ Sandal – 1

Sun protection, health hygiene and water

Sun cream – 1
Sun glass – 2
Sun hat – 1
Lip guard – 1
Tooth brush – 1
Face wash soap – 1
Sanitizer – 2
Prescription medicine
Water bottle / Camel bag – 1
Water purifier tablet / lightweight filter
Toilet paper
Menstrual product

Personal belonging items

Passport
cash
Visa / credit card
Cell phone Power bank backup and charger
Camera / Gopro

Tour Cost & Schedule

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Trip Facts

  • Trip Grade :  
  • Trip Durations :  12 Day From Kathmandu
  • Highest Point :  5,365m / 17,602ft
  • Best Season :  Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec - March to June
  • Meal Plan : Breakfast in Kathmandu and Full board on Trek

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