Overview for Everest Gokyo Valley Trek In Nepal
- Trip Code: CT-10010
- Package: Everest Gokyo Valley Trek In Nepal
- Duration: 13 Day(s)
- Max Alt.: 5,357 M/ 17,570 Ft.
- Trip Level:
ModerateRequires some level of experience in trekking with basic physical ability.
- Group Size: Min. 2- Max. 12
- Start At: Kathmandu
- Ends At: Kathmandu
- Transportation: Domestic Flight | Private Vehicle
- Accommodation: Hotel | Guest House
- Best Season: March- April- May- Aug- Sep- Oct- Nov.
- Trip Route: Lukla- Namche Bazzar- Dole- Machhermo - Gokyo Lake- Goyko Ri- Namche Bazzar- Lukla
- Thrilling and scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu
- Experience unique Sherpa community and their lifestyle
- Some of the world's highest mountain peaks including the highest Mount Everest
- The Gokyo valley and the beautiful and calm Gokyo Lake
- Climb towards Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5483m
- Mesmerizing view of the Ngozumpa glacier
One of the best treks in Nepal, Gokyo Valley Trek offers an amazing trekking experience in Nepal taking us into the Great Himalayas with the view of Mount Everest and other Himalayan ranges from a unique prespective. The Gokyo valley is a nestled valley where lies the Gokyo Lake which is also the source to the Dudh Koshi River situated at an elevation of 4,790m.The views of the mountain ranges of Everest region are truly astounding from the Gokyo Valley and the beauty of the Everest region can be witnessed in its most refined form. This Himalayan trek is also special as travelers can behold four mountain peaks which have height above 8,000 meters. Those mountain peaks of Nepal are Cho Oyu (8188m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8749m), and Mt. Makalu (8485m). Also, one of the most remarkable features of the Gokyo trek is the view of the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung located in the Everest region. The most desirable time for the Gokyo Valley trek in the Everest region of Nepal is at the tail end of the monsoon, when flowers blooming throughout the Nagpala give trekkers the illusion of walking across a textured and colorful carpet. The aroma while walking clears the minds and makes for a sweet slumber sleep during the night.
The Gokyo Valley trek is also famous for its cultural aspect, especially regarding the Sherpa community who are also recognized to be the guardians of the Himalayas. During the trekking to Everest region, travelers will be passing through many of the Sherpa villages that lie on Nepal's Everest region. The unique lifestyle, culture, foods and heritage are something you won't get to see anywhere else on earth. The Himalayan Yak and the Himalayan Thar can be seen along the trails and if you're lucky you might encounter the Himalayan Monal also known as Danfe in its splendor and beauty. It is also the national bird of Nepal and they're truly an exquisite species of bird. The flora and faunas of this region are few but they certainly are quite unique and some are even very rare.
Our trek to Gokyo Valley starts from Kathmandu when we take a short flight to Lukla. Lukla is also known as the gateway to Everest as it is where the treks within the Everest region start from. During our trek, we will be passing through several Sherpa settlements of Phakding, Namche Bazzar, Dole, and many more. The Gokyo-Everest Base Camp trek offers a mesmerizing experience of natural wonders, unique geographical phenomena, beautiful cross-cultural discovery, and the mesmerizing Himalayas wrapping their arms around the calm blue waters of Gokyo Lake.
Trip Itinerary of Everest Gokyo Valley Trek In Nepal
Arrival to Kathmandu
One of the staffs from CoreTreks will pick you up from the airport and take you to a hotel. The hotels are three-star or above based on the preference of the client. We will have a brief session about our trek and a little bit of sightseeing or shopping around the streets of Thamel. Overnight at hotel.
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and hike towards Phakding
This is one of the most dramatic and thrilling short flight experience in the world. The total flight duration of this scenic flight will be around 30 minutes. After landing at Lukla, the trail opens out to reach towards first stop after 3-4 hours of hike, Phakding village. During this hike we will be walking alongside the Dudh Koshi river whose water source is one of our prime destinations, the Gokyo Lake. The walk here is pretty easy and after passing through some small villages, we will reach to Phakding.
Important Note: Lukla flights have been diverted to Ramechhap instead of Kathmandu according to the recent notice from Aviation Authority. The drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap is about 4h to 5h (140km) via B.P.Highway. We will be preparing very early in the morning for the drive to Ramechhap in order to catch early flights. Read more about Lukla flights diversion here.
Phakding to Namche Bazzar
After breakfast at Phakding the trek begins towards a mountain town of Namche Bazzar. Several small settlements and villages are crossed in route towards Namche Bazzar. The trekking route passes through the Sagarmatha National Park which carries the virtues such as its alpine woods, streams, verdant forests and rhododendron tress. Namche Bazzar is the commercial hub of the Khumbu region because of its location and topography.
Namche Bazzar, Acclimatization Day
Namche Bazar is the perfect place for acclimatization. A short hike towards Syangboche (3720m) is done after breakfast. The panoramic view of the great Himalayan ranges such as Mount Everest (8848m), Mt Lhotse (8749m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and Labuche (6119m) can be seen from here. Further from Namche lies the Everest View Hotel which is a hotel located at the highest altitude on earth.
Namche Bazzar to Dole
The trail climbs steeply out of the nestled valley of Namche through rhododendron forest and large conifers starts to appear as the elevation rises making the trek very pristine especially during the spring time. The trail passes through Yak grazing lands and summer settlements. The views of Khumbi La and Tawache can be seen in its magnificence throughout the day.
Dole to Machherma
After having our breakfast, we climb a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtega and then up towards the Cho Oyu region and descend to a river. From there we climb steep terrain once again to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpza glacier.
Machhermo to Gokyo
This is the day we reach to our prime destination, the Gokyo valley. Gokyo valley is a beautiful nestled valley that is surrounded by mighty Himalayan ranges all around it. The beautiful lake and the mountains on the background makes this place one of the most beautiful places on earth. We will make this valley our base for 2 nights as we will be having a couple of sightseeing and hiking trip around the Gokyo valley.
Gokyo to Gokyo Ri to Gokyo
An early morning hike up to the summit of Gokyo Ri situated at an altitude of 5,357m is the first activity of the day from where the views of the Himalayas are just spectacular. The beauty of the scenery is as good as the view from Kala Patthar if not even better. We can observe 4 of the 14 tallest mountain peaks of the world, namely, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu from a very close range. We then head back towards the valley to our lodge for breakfast. After that we'll be sightseeing around the valley a bit and spend the rest of the day immersing ourselves into the beauty of the Himalayas.
Gokyo to Phorste Thanga
We start heading towards Phorste Thanga on this day as we start making our way back. Following the trail, we make the descent. Upon arrival at the Phorste Thanga village, we will be done for the day.
Phorste Thanga to Namche Bazzar
We will descend towards the village of Namche Bazzar on this day. The trail is much easier as we start going downhill. The decrease in elevation also helps regaining more energy and stamina. We will be reaching to Namche Bazzar after a long walk that will be all for the day as we ponder upon the amazing journey we've traveled and enjoy the night in the town of Namche Bazzar.
Namche to Lukla
The trail from Namche Bazzar to Lukla is the same trail we will be passing through while ascending towards Namche Bazzar. The trail will be much easier as it is going downhill and lesser altitude. As we reach to Lukla, we can relax, laugh about the journey, and celebrate the victory of accomplishment.
Lukla to Kathmandu
The flight usually is held during morning hours. The flight will be 30 minutes long to reach from Lukla to Kathmandu and hence the trekking comes to an end. After landing, travelers are taken back to the hotel where you shall stay overnight. Core treks will host a dinner this night where guests will be able to taste the traditional Nepali cuisine along with some cultural dance at the venue.
The day has come and after bidding our goodbyes a representative from Core Treks will transport you to Tribhuvwan International Airport around 2 hours before your flight departure.
- Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
- Standard twin- sharing accommodation in a three starts hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (2 Nights).
- Twin sharing accommodation during trek. (10 Nights).
- Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla / Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes.
- Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Trekking permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos).
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
- Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
- Personal care & attention.
- Local and government taxes.
- All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
- Travel and Rescue Insurance
- Tipping to crew.
- Personal mountaineering gears
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
- International airfare and airport departure tax
- Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
- Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The Everest Gokyo Valley Trek in Nepal is considered one of the moderately difficult treks. People of all ages and physical capabilities can complete the trek. No mountaineering skills are required to accomplish the trip. However, you must know that the route of the trek is longer comparatively. Feel free to speak to our travel experts to understand the stretch of the trek more efficiently.
Yes, it is. It’s completely safe to trek to the Everest Gokyo Valley in Nepal. Our team will guide you and take every safety precautionary measure in case of an emergency.
You can expect at least 5 hours of daily hiking to reach the famous Gokyo lakes combined by enchanting big glacial lakes. On your trip, you will also get a chance to scope out the Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu.
The food is generally our traditional Nepali lunch which is Dal (Lentil Soup), Bhat (Boiled Rice), Tarkari (Veggies), and Achar (Pickle). For the accommodation there are specially Hotels & Lodges, Tea houses, and Camping facilities. However, due easy accessibility of hotels & lodges throughout the trial, camping is usually avoided during the Everest Gokyo Valley trek.
To book the Everest Gokyo Valley trek in Nepal, CoreTreks offers you a number of booking options including:
- Online booking
- Wire transfer OR,
- Cash on arrival.
We recommend you to go through our booking policy (link it) before you head to the payment procedure. In case you need our assistance, please feel free to contact us.
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Here are some links to useful information to help you plan your trip better:
- Travel Insurance
- Trek Packing List
- Responsible Tourism
- Free Travel Guide (New)
CoreTreks is always striving for customer satisfaction and quality services. At the same time, we do not compromise on our responsibilities. We discourage any activities that harm the surroundings as well as the people. Nepal is a country of respect, hence we encourage travelers to greet people and show respect to the culture and traditions.
Symptoms of Altitude Sickness may start once you reach 1500-2000 meters and upwards. If you gain altitude rapidly without letting your body adapt to the thin oxygen at higher altitudes, you are most likely to suffer from Altitude Sickness. But if you plan for acclimatization days to your itinerary, you are good to go.
The itinerary includes acclimatization days to avoid Altitude Sickness. The sickness is common at high altitudes. Please note that sickness is a topic to be taken very seriously. Here are some few extra preventions:
- Avoid climbing rapidly, give your body some time to adjust
- Drink more water, not less than 5 liters a day
- Eat more, eat often, and eat healthily
- Listen to your body, do not ignore symptoms
- Do not skip acclimatization days
- Be prepared in case of an emergency
Safety and Security
A comprehensive Travel Insurance is mandatory while trekking with CoreTreks. However, there are a few measures that you can implement to ensure safety:
- Secure your belongings
- Do not flash cash or jewelry
- Have an emergency plan
- Do not trek alone
- Only choose authorized trekking agencies
CoreTreks will provide you with the essentials such as a Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, a duffle bag, a t-shirt, a trekking map, a self-sufficient medical first aid kit, and more. These are to be returned after completion of the trek.
Personal mountaineering gears are not included but we will provide you with a list of equipment necessary for your trek.
On average, walking time per day is 5-6 hours below 3,000m. For altitudes higher than 3,000m the average walking time is 3-5 hours per day. The walking hours may vary according to conditions but do not exceeds 6 hours mark per day.
Hiring a Porter/Guide
An experienced guide will be provided for a group of 1-5. A group consisting of 6-12 individuals will be provided with 2 professional guides. The package also includes a porter for every 2 individuals.
All our guides are licensed and well-experienced. They have been guiding with CoreTreks for almost a decade. Guides come in handy whenever you need some quick information, and to enhance overall trekking experience.
Best destination on earth to travel
On: 12 Sep, 2019
I am a traveler and have been to many places in my lifetime. Nepal is the best destination for me by far. I have heard of the Himalayas before but actually experiencing the landscape and the lifestyle changed my whole perspective in Nepal.
This was a memorable trip as I got to experience the wilderness and the Himalayas from up close. Thanks to the team at CoreTreks for helping me choose the best package and on providing me the guidance and information that helped a lot too.
Best trip of my life
From: Virgin Islands (U.S.) | On: 11 Nov, 2018
If I’m being honest, this was hands down the best trip of my life. I love travelling and I have been to places but this trip was extraordinary.
Recommended to anyone travelling to Nepal. The team at CoreTreks are the best. They are friendly, polite and most importantly they do not hesitate to communicate at all.
Exceeded my expectations
From: Canada | On: 09 Oct, 2017
Absolutely exceeded my expectations. I never thought I could get this kind of amazing hospitality in Nepal. Plus the people are so cheerful and friendly.
This trip is definitely going to my memories album. Thanks to the CoreTreks team for the valuable information and being honest about their services. They did not give me a chance to complain and took care of me and my belongings. Love it!
A different experience
From: Australia | On: 05 Feb, 2015
I enjoyed the trekking. As an online professional, I need to be connected to internet literally all the time.
While the guiding team were brilliant and dedicated in their services, the connection was very poor during my trek. I missed some important work mails.
Besides that I recommend CoreTreks for their pricing and services. I would suggest one thing if you are looking to travel in local residence of Nepal, beware of the cellular connection.