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The best and short trekking destination

The best and short trekking destination

Manaslu, larke Pass trekking

Manaslu, larke Pass trekking

Trekking in Gokyo Valley

Trekking in Gokyo Valley

Bhaktapur Darbar square

Bhaktapur Darbar square

Everest Base Camp from where Expedition starts

Everest Base Camp from where Expedition starts

Birth place of lord Gautam Buddha

Birth place of lord Gautam Buddha

One of the less visited trekking destinations Upper Dolpo

One of the less visited trekking destinations Upper Dolpo

Larke pass trekking

Larke pass trekking

Boudhanath stupa, one of the famous and enlisted world heritage site

Boudhanath stupa, one of the famous and enlisted world heritage site

stunning view from Gokyo Ri

stunning view from Gokyo Ri

Annapurna Base Camp known as Annapurna Sanctuary trekking

Annapurna Base Camp known as Annapurna Sanctuary trekking

Everest Region trekking

Everest Region trekking

Swayambhunath known as monkey Temple

Swayambhunath known as monkey Temple

Gokyo Valley(Gokyo Ri) Trekking

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Lied in ancient trail of Everest, Gokyo Valley trek is a phenomenal adventure rich in diversity and beauty. You will be delighted to view mountains of various altitudes, including the Mount Everest. Even if you have been to Everest Base Camp (EBC), there are some areas that you couldn't have viewed, the largest glacier, diverse vegetation and animals, water lakes, and Himalayas from different angles. This trek leaves you into the wilderness of mighty mountains, seer blue lakes, glaciers, lush green vegetation, and rivers, whose mere remembrance aches you to revisit.
Through the trails less travelled of Machhermo and Dole villages, you reach the long awaited Gokyo valley. From the Ngozumba glacier you will be able to get glimpses of Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu and Mount Everest. You might want to opt for EBC for the view of Everest, but despite the distance, the view from this glacier is more spectacular. Gokyo Ri hill is located at the highest altitude, and further you will also get chance to see the biggest glacier Ngozumba.
Initially, the trails to EBC and Gokyo valley trek remain same until Namche Bazaar, from where the way separates from each other. March through to June and August through to November are considered the best time to this trek. The most beautiful moment of this trek is the Gokyo Ri above the Gokyo Lake; the hills above the blue water under the clouds floating very near is really breathtaking. Actually, this trek is also considered as a substitute to EBC trek headed for getting glimpse of Everest. View of the Everest from Ngozumba and Gokyo Ri is considered way more beautiful than the view from Kalapathar in EBC. And besides Everest, this trips offers you view of other mountains above and below 8000 meter in altitude.
Himalayan Wild Treks offers you the best package for Gokyo valley trek available in Nepal. Our guide, service, and packages will not disappoint you. We offer the most reliable, secure, safe, and fun-filled trekking experience in the country.
Itinerary Outlines
Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2 : At Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 3 : Flyto Lukla (2,800mm/9,184ft), trek to Phakding (2,652m/8700ft):3-4 hours 
Day 4 : Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): 5 - 6 hours
Day 5 : At Namche Bazar: Acclimatization
Day 6 : Hiking to Phortse Tanga (3810 m/ 12,496 ft): 5 - 6 hours
Day 7 : Hiking to Dole (4200m) 4-5 hours 
Day 8 : Hiking to Machermo (4,470 m/ 14,663 ft): 4-5 hours
Day 9 : Arrive at Gokyo (4800 m/15,744 ft): 5 - 6 hours
Day 10 : Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357 m/17,570 ft) and hike to fifth lakes: 5 - 6 hours
Day 11 : Return trek: to Dole 3 - 4 hours
Day 12 : Return trek: to Namche Bazar 4 - 5 hours
Day 13 : Return trek: to Lukla Lukla: 6 - 8 hours
Day 14 : Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 15 : Final Departure

Accommodations
We will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. We will stay at Nirvana Hotel in Kathmandu and All accommodations are on double-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Himalayan Wild Treks will arrange rooms with attached bathrooms with 24 hours running cold and hot water however in the case of Kathmandu, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities during the trekking. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu, and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
 

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
This trek being a moderate of sort requires a good health of a person with ability to walk on the trail for at least five to seven hours carrying a light backpack. Walking at higher elevations require more physical stamina than at lower elevations but since this is an average route anyone with good health, willingness to walk and passion for travel can enjoy it. For the warm up, physical orientation needed for this elevation can be gained through various exercises that can be done prior to the commencement of the journey. In addition to the sound condition of heart, lung and entire setting of a body, past hiking experiences will be a plus point. Besides, it is advisable that those with any past health problems have to make sure that are medically able to walk on the trail. It is also advised that you inform Himalayan Wild Treks of any conditions before booking the trek.
 

Meals in Trekking
Typical Nepalese food is the specialty we will relish on our journey in addition to the international cuisine that is Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian and so on. Breakfast and dinner will be provided according to menu that is in the lodge or a guest house. As for the lunch, it will be provided on the way to the next destination. All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner, will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners.
 

Best Time to Travel
As for the propitious seasons to carry out the trekking in the Everest Region, the suggestable time would be September to November and March to May. During these times, the visit will be showered with the arcane beauty of the nature and the outstanding landscape views. To avoid the traffic, you can choose any of the times from December to February. It is also to be informed that during the winter the temperature here goes down low that poses challenges to the travelers. Except for botanists, the trekking in this region in monsoon or summer that is from June to August can be impacted by the rain.

What to Bring ?

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.

  • Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Baselayer Hiking boots Socks
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • shirts
  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Thermal gloves
  • Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
  • Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 L. Antibacterial handwash
  • Small towel Daypack,25/30Litres
  • Trekking poles
  • Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
  • Warm jacket (down)*

 

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
  • Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  •  Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

 

Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it. NOTES Trip cost will vary depending on numbers of travelers, duration/days of trek, standard of hotel in Kathmandu before & after the trip. Please contact us to GET a Custom Quote.

 

Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! Our representative will be at the airport to receive you with our vehicle. For your stay at Kathmandu you will be taken to a hotel. After you take adequate rest and freshen up, we shall take you for late tour of nearby places in Kathmandu. We shall enjoy typical Nepali dishes at a restaurant for dinner. You will spend the first night in Nepal at the hotel.
Altitude: Kathmandu: 1,350 m

Day 2 : At Kathmandu
After breakfast, we shall explore Kathmandu more. We will visit Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, museums, and other important places that weren't visited the previous day. You might want to do some shopping in the late afternoon. We shall be participating in a debrief session concerning the tour. Spend your last night at Kathmandu before we beat up ourselves in the wilderness of Gokyo valley trekking.
Altitude: Kathmandu: 1,350 m

Day 3 : Journey to Lukla/Phakding
Next morning, after a 35 minutes flight, we will arrive at Lukla. Here, we will meet our guide and porters (if required) who will accompany us throughout the trek. Then our trekking starts. Across Dudh Koshi River, crossing suspension bridge, through forest full with rhododendron, raging river, monasteries with hum of chanting and sacred flags flapping in cold year, villagers with cheerful smiles, we will reach Phakding. We will spend our night here, among curious little children. Lodges here offer good accommodation.
Altitude: Lukla: 2,828 m; Phakding: 2,780 m

Day 4 : Trek to Namche Bazar
Early in the morning, after having breakfast, we continue our journey, through waterfall, Gompas, walking along with Dudh Koshi River, through valleys such as Benkar, Monjo until we reach the entry point of Sagarmatha National Park. Crossing over hanging bridges, through Jorsale Village, we penetrate into the Everest area. We have to cross the conflux of Bhote Koshi River and Dudh Koshi River at Larja Dobhan. Then trekking over the ultimate steep trail for approximately an hour, enjoying the view of the Everest, we reach Namche Bazar—the gateway to Mount Everest. Namche Bazar remains busy during Saturdays, as local market is held. Under the roof of Everest we shall spend our night here—at the largest village of Sherpa community.
Altitude: Namche Bazar: 3,440 m

Day 5 : At Namche Bazar
The main reason behind our stay at Namche Bazar is to let our body acclimatize. To avoid severe altitude sickness, we will explore Namche Bazar little more, visiting monasteries, satellite villages, etc. You may find Sherpa Museum that contains the history of Sherpa community and their life along with mountains. Mt. Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Everest and other peaks can be viewed from Everest View Hotel; you might like to hike over there.  You might also like to hike to Thame Village, Khumjung and Khunde Village to visit ancient monasteries and witness the villager's culture and lifestyle from very close. We spend another whole day and night here that won't be available until we reach Gokyo.
Altitude: Namche Bazar: 3,440 m

Day 6 : Hiking to Phortse Tanga
Next morning, through rhododendron forest, pine trees, twisting route, we reach at the junction of two trails: one, leading to Everest Base Camp, the other, leading to Gokyo Valley. Parting away with EBC trail, we move through Yak Kharkas, and uneven altitude of trail until we reach Mohang. Overlooking the Tawache Peak and Khumbila Peak, we arrive at Phortse Thanga. Situated at an altitude of 3,680 meters, on the bank of a river, enveloped by mountains and forests, Phortse Tanga is a beautiful village blooming with rhododendron. We stay here for the night.
Altitude: Phortse Tanga: 3,680 m

Day 7 : Hiking to Dole
After breakfast in the very next morning, we advance across various suspension bridges and rhododendron forest. Through pastures for Yaks, Tongba Village, Gyele Village, waterfall, we reach our destination for the day—Dole. Here also, our old friend—the Dudh Koshi River doesn't leave us. Since it is a major stopping point for trekkers, you may discover lots of guesthouses and lodges. We spend our night here at Dole.
Altitude: Dole: 4,200 m

Day 8 : Hiking to Machermo
Through alpine forest, ascending higher and higher beside few valleys, we have to face beautiful ridges. Though it may be easy to manage, it is straight uphill. Then we cross Lhabarmo; which is relatively a small summer settlement. Passing through Yak pastures for summer season, we shall approach Thamserku Peak and Kantega Peak. The view from here will be worth watching. The trek continues until we reach Machhermo. At Machhermo we shall have lunch and reward our trek for the day. We shall spend the night here.
Altitude: Machhermo: 4,470 m

Day 9 : Arrive at Gokyo
Finally the day comes to be at Gokyo! Through alpine forest under mighty mountains, we will take short time to enjoy the view of Cho Oyu and Katenga Valley. The excitement will be burning us as we cross Pangram. We then have a steep climb over the terminal moraine—the Ngozumpa glacier. But before that, we have to descend until we arrive at the bank of a river. Then through Longponga , we come at a trail leading us to Gokyo. Longponga Lake is quite popular for footprints of Lama. It normally takes around 6 hours to arrive at Gokyo from Machermo. Because the trail is quite steep, we will trek taking our own time. Gokyo is surrounded by snow covered mountains, and is a must-visit destination for its beautiful lake. The settlement is small but constantly growing.
Altitude: Gokyo: 4,790 m

Day 10 : At Gokyo
This will be the most rewarding present we could ever get in our entire trek, and perhaps in our entire trekking experience ever. Filling up your lungs with cold Himalayan air, devour the views of Mountains and the freshwater of the lake. In this day, we shall ascend the Gokyo Ri taking enough breathe and time to avoid altitude sickness. Through steep gradual uphill, we are at the top of the peak Gokyo Ri. The top-hill enjoys the sacred flags blowing in the wind. After you reach at the top, you will be amazed by the panoramic view that this peak and entire trek have to offer you. The spectacular view of Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Everest, Cholatse, Lhotse, Thamserku, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, and other mountains, along with beautiful view of glaciers and Gokyo village will arrest your eyes and heart. As you stand and stare from this hill, you shall discover a change in yourself that you would carry along with you at the place you live. After the view, we shall return back to Gokyo valley. We shall spend the night here and lament over our experience till now.
Altitude: Gokyo Ri: 5,463 m

Day 11 : Return trek: to Dole
Early next morning our return trek starts. Descending is quite easier than ascending uphill, and takes less time and effort. Through third, second and first Gokyo Lake, following Dudh Koshi River, crossing bridge and Phangka, we keep advancing until we arrive at Dole. After Chorten, we hike over twisting trail and arrive at Machherma. Again, through Lhabarma and Luza, Yak pastures, forests full of rhododendron, we arrive at Dole—the destination of the day. We spend the night over here.
Altitude: Dole: 4,200 m

Day 12 : Return trek:  to Namche Bazar
After having breakfast, the very next day, we head off to Namche Bazar. Descending from Dole, Phortse Thanga, again through rhododendron and pine forest, we arrive at Tongba. We have to ascend Monga Hill and trek until we reach the junction. Again, through Kenjoma, Sanasa, and thick forest we arrive at Namche Bazar. After we reach here, we might be wondering how quick we actually completed the descending trail. We spend the night here at Namche Bazar.
Altitude: Namche Bazar: 3,440 m

Day 13 : Return trek: to Lukla
The next morning, we hike over hilly terrain, after steep descent. Arriving at Larja Bridge, Monjo and Sagarmatha National Park we might lament over our starting of the trek. Through numerous hanging bridges, tributaries of Bhote Koshi River, valleys of Chheplung, Benkar, Phakding, Nurning, we reach to Lukla. The very next day we have our flight back to Kathmandu. We might part with local guide and porters. We will spend the last night so close to mountain here, at Lukla.
Altitude: Lukla: 2,828 m

Day 14 : Return Flight: to Kathmandu
The next day we shall arrive at Kathmandu. Our representative shall take you to your hotel for rest and personal time. After you freshen up, you might make last time visit to various places of Kathmandu, or do some shopping to take memory of the trip. We will enjoy Nepalese cuisine at a famous restaurant and enjoy the farewell dinner. You will spend your last night in Nepal at the hotel. You hometown is waiting for you!
Altitude: Kathmandu: 1,350 m

Day 15 : Departure
This is the day of your departure. Our representative shall drop you at the airport at sufficient time before your flight. We will bade farewell. You will take a different YOU that you discovered here along with you. 

Included in the Cost

Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
Teahouse accommodation during the trek
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
Welcome and farewell dinners
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla-Kathmandu)
Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
An experienced, English-speaking and government licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
Himalayan Wild Treks trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits -(National Park Permit, TIMS)
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
All government and local taxes

 

 

 

 

Not Included in the Cost

Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
International flights
Travel and rescue insurance
Cold Drinks and Alcohol
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver

 

 

What to Bring ?

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.

  • Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Baselayer Hiking boots Socks
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • shirts
  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Thermal gloves
  • Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
  • Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 L. Antibacterial handwash
  • Small towel Daypack,25/30Litres
  • Trekking poles
  • Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
  • Warm jacket (down)*

 

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
  • Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  •  Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

 

Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it. NOTES Trip cost will vary depending on numbers of travelers, duration/days of trek, standard of hotel in Kathmandu before & after the trip. Please contact us to GET a Custom Quote.

 

Trip's Quick Facts

Cost Amount: USD$:1400
Duration: 15 Days
Accomodation: Guest House
Seasons : Spring and Autumn
Type: Moderate
Activities : Hiking/ Trekking/ Sightseeing
No. of Pax : maximum 15 people
Maximum Access : Gokyo Ri
Starts From : Lukla
Ends at : Lukla

Trip Highlights

Tanzing Hilary airport Lukla
Famous Sherpa Village Namche 
One of the popular Khumjung Gompa 
Ngazumba glacier 
spectacular view from Gokyo ri except Everest 

Route Map

Photo Gallery

Client Review


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