Gokyo Valley Trek is a fairly popular tourist destination in Everest region in northern- east of Nepal. Gokyo is barely a hamlet at the elevation of 4750m, one of the highest settlements in Nepal and in the world. Near the village is Gokyo Lake, the world’s highest freshwater lake comparing with others lakes and is considered as a holy Lake for both Hindu and Buddhist where, about 500 Hindus take a bath in Janai Purnima festival, falls in August. This trek offers the best views from the top of Gokyo Ri (peak) at the altitude of the 5316m and final destination of the trek. From the Gokyo peak, you can have the best view of the Ngongjumpa glacier, biggest glacier in Nepal, wonderful view of sunrise and sunset, and a magnificent view of the eight thousand such as Mt. Makalu, Lhotse, Everest and Cho Oyo and addition, numerous other peaks.
Gokyo Valley Trek begins from Lukla after 35-minute flights from Kathmandu. The trail leads through Chhoplung, the first sight of holy mount. Khumbila from Choplung village and ascends to Thadokhola, past the beautiful village of Ghat with colourful mani walls, Stupa, prayer flags and prayer wheels to Phakding.The trail takes you to tourist hub Namche Bazaar 3440m along the river through small villages of Sherpa, crossing many times steel bridge over the Dudhkoshi River and enjoying the magnificent mountain view. You can make the acclimatisation day in Namche while, you hike to the Everest view hotel, offers an awesome view of mountains then explore Sherpa culture in the village of Khumjung, khunde. The treks to Mongla pass 2900m, descent to Phortse and ascend through the forest of birch and rhododendron to Dole. The trail leads through the meadow valley, flowering place, past stone huts and small tea shops to Machhermo. Here is Himalayan Rescue Association office where the doctors give a lecture about High altitude sickness that may helpful in higher. Trek continues to Gokyo 4700m along the River enjoying the view of mountains. If the weather is clear, you can ascend anytime to Gokyo Ri 5316m for either sunrise or sunset view and awesome mountain view. The return trek to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu.
Gokyo Valley Trek is a beautiful combination of flora fauna and local Buddhist Sherpa culture. The best season trek to Gokyo valley is spring and autumn. Where many colourful flowers blossom in the spring season that fascinates the flower lovers and autumn is best for the landscapes, wildlife, and mountains. This trek can combine with Everest Base Camp Trek and Renjola Pass Trek as well. Please, check your equipment checklist before starting the trek.
We will meet at the Kathmandu airport and transfer to Hotel. First, you will check into your room then we will talk about the trek. In the evening Himalayan Joy will host welcome dinner in the typical Nepali restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our city guide will take you to various historical places and world heritage listed sites including one of the greatest Hindu temples in Asia, Buddhist stupa, Buddhist stupa and home of the living goddess Kumari. After sightseeing, you will be dropped at your hotel with time to prepare for your trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Early in the morning, your trekking guide picks up from the hotel and drives to domestic flight terminal. You will fly around 35 minutes by enjoying the scenic view of mountains, hills and rural Nepalese countryside to the Tenzing-Hilary airport, Lukla 2800m. The trek starts from Lukla, a gateway of Everest region trek, and ascend to Phakding through Chhoplung, the first view of holy mountain Khumbila, past Ghat village with colourful mani walls, stupa and prayer wheels. Overnight in Phakding.
The trail leads along the Dudhkoshi River through small villages and crossing many times steel suspension bridges and ascend up Top Danda from where, you will have the first view of Mt. Everest and continue one hour ascend to the trekkers' hub Namche Bazaar 3440m, provides all facilities. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Around Namche Bazaar, many places to wonder but your guide takes you up to Everest View hotel for hiking and superb views. Here you can take rest with a fascinating view of Mt. Everest and neighbouring mountains. Then small descend to the village of Khumjung with Hilary school and Monastery where your guide makes familiar you with the famous myths of Yeti… after that, you will visit village of Khunde where a good hospital, then return trip to Namche Bazaar and explore the tourist hub, Namche. Overnight in Namche.
The trail leads first easy flat to Kyangjuma, a small place with some tea house but offers excellent views where can make tea break and continues ascending to the mong-La pass 2900m for lunch. The trail descends to Porsche and again ascends to Dole 4110m through the forest of birch, rhododendron and juniper. Overnight in Dole
At first, you will climb up about one hour then easy flat to Luja. You will have the magnificent view of Choyu, Machhermo peak and on the backwards Thamserku and Khangtega. From Luja just 45 minutes walk to Machhormo. Machhermo is a small valley with a good teahouse. After taking lunch and check into the room hike up for acclimatisation and back to down. Overnight at Machhermo
After breakfast, you will ascend slightly up and flat to Paanga and an ascent on rock cliff along the Dudhkoshi River. However, anthropogenic leafs give a good smell which makes your journey wonderful. Then you can see the first lake, great view of Mt.Cho Oyu and Gokyo Ri. The trail continues to ascend to the second lake and finally gets At Gokyo. Overnight in Gokyo.
Early in the morning, you will steep ascend up to Gokyo Peak (Ri) 5316m for sunrise view. While the trail is covered by snow then slippery and muddy and walking would be difficult. After photographed and enjoyed the view back down to lodge for breakfast. Trek continues down following the footprints and reminding the view to Phortse Thanga. Overnight in Phortse Thanga
At first climbs to Mong-la then descends to Sanasa and easy walk to Namche. You can visit Namche bazaar and buy some Himalayan souvenirs then you have good rest in bakery or coffee shop. Overnight in Namche.
At first, the trail descends rapidly down until the high suspension bridge at Dovan where morning time, traffic is busy of Yaks and mules caravan. Here, it is necessary to stop in safe place and let to go them first. The trail leads along the Dudhkoshi River, past Jorsale, permit check out and continue to Phakding and finally, your Everest view trek ends at Lukla. Overnight in Lukla
Early in the morning, you will fly out from Tenzing-Hilary airport with ten days long trekking memories leaving just footprints around 35 minutes flight to Kathmandu airport and then you will be dropped at the hotel. You have free day rest of the time till six o’clock then HJA takes to you for dinner in typical Nepali restaurant. After dinner, you will be dropped at the hotel. Overnight in Hotel
A Himalayan Joy Adventure staff will drop you at the Tribhuwan International Airport terminal with sufficient time to check in for your flight. We hope that you had an incredible time in Nepal and encourage you to share your experiences with us on Trip Advisor or email. We welcome all feedback and hope that you had an experience of a lifetime with us! Have a safe flight!
ECO-FRIENDLY: Every day the world is facing a big issue of environmental pollution and in Nepal as well. Our field staffs are quite conscious about environmental pollution at any time and we encourage to all. We would suggest to our guest to use boiled water or water purification pills than buying a bottle of water, it helps to avoid plastic bottles which can take a long time to disappear. During the trek, if possible you can order same items food in a group which minimises the fuel used and to make a campfire is almost forbidden. We would encourage being a responsible traveller so, just leaving a footprint on the trail and bring out all non-biodegradable which you had.
FLIGHT DELAY IN LUKLA: Sometimes the flight may be cancelled due to the unpredictable weather in Luka so Himalayan Joy Adventure has created an itinerary for this trek with one day free/extra day at the end of the trek. In case your flight has been cancelled more than two days, we will charter a helicopter to and from Luka to ensure your flight on scheduled towards homeland or further destination. This extra service cost will be minimum $500 to maximum $4000 USD dollars which you can claim from your insurance.
MEDICAL FACILITY IN THE EVEREST REGION TREKKING ROUTE
Lukla - Government Health Post and Hospital (Pasang Lhamu Nicole Niquille Hospital)
Namche - Dental Clinic and Health post
Khunde - Hospital (Hillary Trust)
Pheriche - HRA Aid – Post Doctor