Gokyo Valley Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Everest region. On this trek, you walk to the home of the highest hill of the world Gokyo Ri and several Himalayan lakes known as Gokyo Lakes. The trek features mountains (above 8000 m.) and various Himalayan glacial lakes.
Gokyo Valley trek is a trek through the most stunning trekking route. The trek passes through the magical Gokyo valley that rests in the pristine surrounding on the lap of different mountains.
The scenic natural beauty along the trek route is beyond your imagination. You will catch sight of peaks like Mt. Everest (8848 m), Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), etc. Stunning panorama of the snow-covered vistas and the deeply-incised valleys are glorious.
While trekking, you will feel blessed with the delightful valleys and crystal clear magnificent lakes especially in the sunrise and sunsets. As the sunbeam falls over the lake water the whole lake and the valleys start to dance in the sunbeams. The world’s highest peak Mt.Everest never goes off your sight. You will also see the largest glacier of Himalaya (The Ngozumpa Glacier).
Beautiful Sherpa villages and their hospitality are heartwarming. Different monasteries and the Buddhist practices there allures you and give spiritual relaxation. In the region, you may see antique establishments for centuries of years old culture and traditions.
In this Gokyo Valley trek, you walk through the novice route and explore the enticing nature, antique trans-Himalayan culture, and the amazing hospitality.
To trek in the Gokyo Valley, autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons.
During autumn, the bright radiance of the Sun makes the days pleasant. The weather is dry and clear. The clear mountain visibility and glittery skies are wonderful.
Autumn starts as monsoon ends. So, the green grasslands and woodlands become alive with cheerfulness. Also, autumn is the season of festivals in Nepal. So, you’ll experience a homely and delightful environment while trekking.
As the spring season arrives, the cold weather makes a run. Days are warmer and suitable to trek. But, at higher altitudes, you might see frequent storms and considerable snowfalls.
Spring is the season when nature exhibits its best. Chirps of Birds and alluring fragrance of flowers! Colors of Rhododendrons fill the hills. You will enjoy the sights of vegetation’s in the lower region during the spring season.
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This is a moderate trek in the Everest region where you will normally walk for 5-6 hours a day. So, if you are able to walk for such hours in a day, you can definitely make it to the Gokyo valley. Himalayan Joy Adventure suggests the trekking enthusiasts like you do some minor physical training before venturing on this trek.
The valley has a tundra climate so the temperature is low usually in this region. So, you will experience much cold even in the warmest climate. So, you must be careful while packing your clothes for this trek.
This novice trek is usually peaceful and you may get lost in the passes and routes. So, we suggest you hire a licensed guide. Allow us, our teams form Himalayan Joy Adventures is happy to arrange guide, porter, and permits for your trek.
Maximum altitude: 1400 meters
As you land, we will see you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We will transfer you to the Hotel. First, you will check into your room and rest till afternoon. In the afternoon, we will invite you to our office for a briefing on the trek including each day plan. Himalayan Joy will host a welcome dinner in the typical Nepali restaurant. An overnight in Kathmandu in a star hotel.
Day two is all about sightseeing of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley. Some of them are Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Maximum altitude: 2610 meters, Phakding
Flight duration: 45 minutes
Trek duration: 4 hours
Total distance: 6.2 km
Enjoy the most scenic 30 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The short and beautiful flight to Lukla airport is breathtaking. Lukla airport is among one of the most dangerous airports in the world.
As you reach Lukla (2,795m), we follow the trails of Everest View Trek to Phakding (2,610m) via Chaurikharka and Chilung. Overnight at Phakding.
Overnight stay at hotels/ lodges/ teahouses.
Maximum altitude: 3440 meters, Namche Bazaar
Trek duration: 6 hours
Total distance: 10 km
We will start early in the morning with a nice breakfast. We will then trek to the Namche Bazaar (3435m), a Sherpa capital from Jorasalle. The trail goes uphill up to Namche. After hiking for about four hours we will reach Namche. From Namche, you can see the first glance of Mt. Everest (the highest peak in the world).
Overnight at a hotel in Namche. There are enough hotels, tea houses so you will have plenty of options for accommodation. NO worries, our representative from Himalayan Joy Adventures will take care of all your preparations and accommodation.
Maximum altitude: 3962 meters, Everest View Hotel
Hike duration: 3-4 hours
Environmental conditions like altitude, climate, etc in the Himalayas are different. So, this day is about adjusting to the changes in the environmental conditions.
You may explore the Namche Bazar. Enjoy the beautiful vistas while the colorful holy flags dance in the wind. On your acclimatization, you will hike to the Everest View Hotel and enjoy a succulent lunch with warm hospitality.
Maximum altitude: 4110 meters, Dolle
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours
Trek Distance: 10 km
We will leave Namche Bazaar after a day of acclimatization.
Following the nice flat trail high up above the Dudh Kosi, we will walk into the village of Dole. (4040m) Dole is a cluster of trekking lodges. Here you will walk past the locals enjoying their typical Sherpa lifestyles.
Overnight stay at a teahouse in Dole after a sweaty hike is relaxing.
Maximum altitude: Machhermo, 4470 meters
Trek Duration: 3-4 hours
Total distance: 6.5 km
After a good night of sleep at Dole, we will start up early in the morning to Maccermo. Machhermo is a small village that lies in the Dudh Kosi River valley north of Dole.
The Dole to Machhermo trek route is straightforward. It is usually a half day of walking.
In the evening at Machhermo, you can wander around to enjoy the soothing mountain vistas.
Maximum altitude: 4790 meters, Gokyo Valley
Trek duration: 5 hours
Total distance: 7 km
Starting after a breakfast at Machhermo, we will continue our journey up to Gokyo. On walking, you will gain 320 meters in altitude. A strenuous walk along a little steep path will take you to a magical place, Gokyo.
Overnight at a lodge.
Maximum altitude: 5357 meters, Gokyo Ri
Trek duration: 6 hours
Total distance: 8 km
On this day, you will go in early morning hike to Gokyo Ri to enjoy the phenomenal view of the sunrise from beyond Mount Everest. What a glamorous sight to behold!!
Besides exploring the Gokyo valley and lakes, we trek to Phortse Thanga. It is a small village situated on the bank of Dudh Koshi river. Forests and mountains surround most of the trails. The beautiful Rhododendron forest along the way is enchanting.
We will stay overnight at a hotel.
Least altitude: 3440 meters, Namche Bazaar
Trek duration: 5 hours
Total distance: 6 km
Walking across the Sherpa villages, we head towards Namche Bazar. The trail from Phortse village to Namche Bazaar is not a tough one. And, after 9 days trek, you will definitely feel tired, so you may feel difficulty while descending. But walk slowly, enjoy the route..you will enjoy the descent.
Overnight stay at a hotel.
Least altitude: 2840 meters, Lukla
Trek duration: 6 hours
Total distance:13.5 km
From Namche, we ascend down the trail to Lukla. We walk through the Rhododendron and Pine forests to reach Jorasalle. And continue the mountainside pathways until we reach our destination of the day- Lukla. We walk along Phakding, Ghats Khola, Chaurikharka, Chheplung and arrive in Lukla.
Overnight at a Guesthouse.
Early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is joyful.
After a long journey in the Khumbu region, you will have a day to rest in your Hotel. In the evening, our team of Himalayan Joy Adventure will host you a farewell dinner at a Nepalese restaurant.
It’s time to fly back to your own land with beautiful memories of the Gokyo Valley Trek. You will depart from the Tribhuvan International airport.
We had an amazing travel and trekking experience with Himalayan Joy Adventure. Cholendra is an extraordinary organizer and everything from the pick up at the airport, organizing of flights to Lukla and back, clean loges to sleep fresh and delicious food on the 12 days trek. Our guide Tika was a terrific part of the experience as he shared his vast knowledge of the mountains, and culture with us and was always patient, smiling and caring.
We had an unforgettable trekking experience with Himalayan Joy Adventure in the Everest region. Our guide was Tika Rai, very experienced, quiet and humble that made everything to ensure that our journey will be smooth. Cholendra on the logistics side was very generous and service oriented and the whole organization from landing in Kathmandu to departure was well taken care of. We have left Nepal with great memories of this amazing trip.
It is our second trek with Hymalaya Joy company and it was as perfect as the first one. We have been walking for 10 days from Lukla up to to Gokio lake and Renjo La pass , than back via Thame, Namche Bazar to Lukla. Everything was perfectly arranged, since the day of our arrival to Kathmandu and until our safe return home.. All the accommodations on the route and in Kathmandu were excellent. Our guide, Tika was extremely knowledgable and experienced. Most important : we felt very safe. We highly recommend this company to any one who is interested in trekking the Himalaya mountains or any other place in Nepal. Visited October 2015
My girlfriend and I had a wonderful trek in the Everest region with Cholendra in October 09. Besides from being an excellent guide, Cho is a great companion. Always in good spirit, fit like a Yak, and in control of every situation that may occur while you are trekking to “the Top of the World”. I would recommend trekking with Cholendra anytime, everywhere in Nepal. Bonus info: Cho led us to meet Apa Sherpa (Guiness World Record holder for being on top of Everest 20 times). A fantastic last memory, to end an unforgettable trek. All my best and hopefully seeing you again Mads
Jurgen and me walked to the top of Gokyo Ri (5483m/1983ft) 18/10/2009 – 11/11/2009 I especially had a lot of support during the trekking with Cholendra and I wil miss him a lot. He became a good friend ! didi Anja
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