Gokyo Treks -15 Days Elevations is 5,357 M/17,575/ft,

Arrival On : Lukla
Max Altitude : 5,357 m/ 1632 ft (Gokyo Ri)
Accommodation Types : Teahouse
Trip Duration : 15 Days
Difficulty : Moderate
Departure From : Lukla

Trip Overview

The Gokyo Valley Trek is the second most popular trek route in the Everest Region, after Everest Base Camp Trek. The Gokyo Valley, in Nepal’s Khumbu region, is one of the most picturesque valleys in the region, offering trekkers an incredible blend of natural, cultural, and spiritual splendor.

This 15-day trek to the Gokyo Valley will take you to the majestic Gokyo Ri Peak (5,357 m/ 17,575 ft), with a maximum elevation gain of 5,340 m offering the view of the magnificent ice edge between Gyachang(2,922 m) and Mt Cho Oyu & Gokyo Lake in the Khumbu region is one of the trek’s most impressive and memorable features.

The Gokyo Lake Trek is an alternative to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek while still providing the trekker with plenty of stunning views of Everest and overnight stays in the iconic town of Namche  Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu Region. The route to the Gokyo Lakes is less busy but still affords the trekker an insight into local village life, impressive views of icy rivers and stony, glacier debris, snow-capped mountains, and of course, the dazzling turquoise waters of Gokyo Lakes themselves.

The Gokyo Lakes are actually made up of six bodies of water, or lakes, located at an altitude of 4700 to 5000m in the Gokyo Valley. Gokyo Valley falls within the Sagarmatha National Park area. The lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system and have been designated as a Ramsar site (wetlands of international importance) and sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. And if you need any more testaments to the beauty and importance of this area, Lonely Planet states, “for our money, the Gokyo Valley is the most spectacular in the Khumbu.”

By spending an extra day in the Gokyo Valley, you can visit the 5th and 6th lakes in a high alpine bowl at the foot of Cho Oyu, the world’s 6th highest mountain. You should expect to walk around 5 hours a day, with one of the highlights being a steep climb up to Gokyo RI (5,357m) to view Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. Also on display is the largest glacier in Nepal, Ngozumpa, and ice ridges. If walking 5 hours a day is not an option for you and you still want to see the pristine beauty of Gokyo lake, consider a helicopter tour.

To acclimatize before setting off for the Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Valley, time spent in Namche Bazaar offers you the opportunity to trek to nearby Khumjung Village to visit the school set up by Sir Edmund Hillary, who, along with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, was the first person to successfully summit Mount Everest.

Since that time, dozens of climbing expeditions and thousands of trekkers have made Namche Bazaar a vibrant, bustling market town where it is possible to swap trekking stories with members of other groups.

Short Itinerary

Day 01:

Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02:

Kathmandu sighting 1,300 m / 4,265 ft

Day 03:

Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding Phakding – 2,651 m / 8,697 ft – 3 hrs

Day 04:

Phakding to Namche Bazaar Namche Bazaar – 3,438 m / 11,279 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Day 05:

Acclimatization day Namche Bazaar – 3,438 m / 11,279 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Day 06:

Namche Bazaar to Dole Dole – 3,680 m / 12,073 ft – 6 hrs

Day 07:

Dole to Machhermo Machhermo – 3,870 m / 12,696 ft – 4 hrs

Day 08:

Machhermo to Gokyo (Afternoon hike to Gokyo RI) Gokyo – 4,800 m / 15,748 ft – 4 hrs

Day 09:

Gokyo to Machhermo (Morning hike to Gokyo 4th Lake) Gokyo Ri – 5,357 m / 17,575 ft – 4 hrs

Day 10:

Machhermo to Namche Bazaar Namche Bazaar – 3,438 m / 11,279 ft- 8 hrs

Day 11:

Namche Bazaar to phagding phagding – 2,651 m / 8697 ft – 4 hrs

Day 12:

phagding to lukla Lukla - 2860 m/ 93,83 ft - 4 hrs

Day 13:

Lukla to Kathmandu by flight 35 minute Kathmandu – 1,300 m / 42,65 ft – 35 minute

Day 14:

Rest day in Kathmandu

Day 15:

Final Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
Overnight: Hotel

On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Your hotel is in the center of the city, in the vibrant and colourful area known as Thamel. With its restaurants, bars, and shops with unique Nepali handcrafted items and trekking gear, this is an interesting place to spend the afternoon.

There will be the opportunity to meet your guide today and ask any questions you may still have about your trip to Everest Base Camp.

Day 02 Sight Sightseeing Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Patan, all day
Overnight: Hotel

Day 03 Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding
Overnight: Tea House

It is an early morning start to fly into Lukla, one of the highest airports in the world. The views are stunning, particularly as you are flying directly into the land of the Sherpas. The clean, fresh air hits you on arrival – even as the views take your breath away.

There is an approximately 3-hour hike from Lukla to Phakding, where we stop for our first night in the mountains. Crossing a suspension bridge, passing a monastery, and seeing perhaps your first mani (prayer) wall are some of the highlights of the day.

Day 04 Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Overnight: Tea House

After breakfast, set off for a day of ups and downs to reach the market town of Namche Bazaar. On the way, you enter Sagarmatha National Park proper, cross a few more suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River, and walk through rhododendron forests.

Excitement is building as you approach Namche, where dozens of trekkers and climbing expeditions have gathered before heading out on their respective adventures.

Day 05 Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar
Overnight: Tea House

Today is a day to let the body acclimatize to the high altitude – and it will get even higher! But we suggest you stay active as that is the best way to acclimate. There are several walks around Namche – you could head for the Everest View Hotel, which has the finest views of Everest. So good, in fact, that some people helicopter in for breakfast. Yes, breakfast with the best view in the world! From the hotel, continue on to Khumjung village.

Day 06 Namche Bazaar to Dole
Overnight: Tea House

Leaving Namche, the route is incredibly scenic as you hike up the Dudh Koshi valley, passing stupas and views of Ama Dablam, Everest, Thamserku, and many more on the way. Descending into pine and rhododendron forests, the trail divides.

The route to Gokyo Lakes is to the left. On the way, we reach Mong village – a very small village but very scenic as well. Sitting on a ridge, the views from here reach Tengboche and beyond. Enjoy waterfalls and rhododendrons on this trail, and perhaps not so much, enjoy the stone stairs you will encounter!

Finally reaching the village of Dole, we stop for the night here, enjoying the surrounding views.

Day 07 Dole to Machhermo
Overnight: Tea House

This beautiful scenic trail is a steep climb taking you through scrub juniper. Leaving Dole, there is an uphill gradient for around half an hour, then a more gentle uphill the rest of the way.

The Dudh Koshi River lies far below. Hiking on towards the tiny teahouse settlement of Machhermo, the trail comes to a ridge above the village with stunning views of Thamserku.

Day 08 Machhermo to Gokyo (Afternoon hike to Gokyo, RI) Trek time: 4 hours
Overnight: Tea House

Leaving Machhermo, the trail heads up to another scenic ridge with views of Kangtega before heading through a narrow valley that leads into a wider valley. Overall the trail today is not too tiring, with only one or two short steep sections. The trail descends to the Dudh Koshi River. It is a steep climb to the Ngozumpa Glacier and the first Gokyo lake.

Day 09 Gokyo to Machhermo (Morning hike to Gokyo 4th Lake)
Overnight: Tea House

This morning hike to the 4th Gokyo Lake is mostly a flat trail and will take approximately 45 minutes to one hour. After viewing the lake for some time, return to Gokyo for breakfast, then to Machhermo.

Day 10 Machhermo to Namche Bazaar
Overnight: Tea House

After an early breakfast, head on towards Namche Bazaar.

Namche feels quite lively and busy after the quiet of smaller villages, and we spend our final night of the trek here.

Day 11 Namche Bazar to Phagding 4 hours

Day 12 Phagding to Lukla
Overnight: Tea House

Follow the Dudh Koshi River, crossing the suspension bridges you crossed at the beginning of your trek, and once again, you are in Lukla, where we overnight, waiting for our flight back to Kathmandu early the next morning.

Day 13 Lukla to Kathmandu flight
Overnight: Hotel

Day 14 Kathmandu rest Day and Laundry serves
Overnight: Hotel

A short flight brings us back to the country’s capital. Your hotel awaits, and there is time to explore a little of the city or do some gift shopping.

Day 15 Departure

We will escort you to the airport for your departure. If you are staying longer in Nepal, we will wish you a great continued stay – and can arrange your next adventure too!

Include

Includes
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Flight ticket for guide Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • Flight ticket for Clients Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • First Aid kit.
  • Three nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have standard Hotel accommodation please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fees.
Exclude
  • Food in Kathmandu(City) lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance and Sightseeing entrance fees in Kathmandu Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get a visa open on your arrival)
  • Any kind of drink. (tea, coffee, hard and soft drinks, Drinking water, etc)
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu (late departure or early arrival from the mountains.
  • Donation Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.

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