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Gokyo Valley Trek – 12 Days

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    12 Days
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    Village Hike
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    $ 1499 / INR 88500
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The Gokyo ri trek is an adventure trek route taking the tourists into the Gokyo valley. Gokyo ridge is the highest point 5,360m located in the Gokyo Lakes (Sagarmatha National Park) in Nepal. There are roughly about 19 magical Gokyo Lakes in the Gokyo valley.

There is a small village named a Gokyo on the foothill of Gokyo ridge along the Gokyo Cho Lakes, that caters the tourists which normally closes at winter due to extreme cold and snowfall.

Gokyo Ridge is a Gokyo ri trek is the highest hill station to watch mount Everest, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. Gokyo ridge hiking is best for travelers to look straight at Mount Everest, Mount Amadablam, and many other tallest mountains in a row. Not only this but also you can see the tallest mountains such as Mount Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, Mount Cho-Oyu, and Mount Everest including several other snow-capped mountains in a single line within 360 deg angle.

Hike to Gokyo valley traversing through the delightful valleys, crystal rivers, pristine lakes, world’s biggest ice glacier called Nogazompa glacier dominated by nearest mountains of Everest Himalaya range. Torquise clour Gokyo Lakes is a holy pilgrimage place for both Hindu and Buddhist people.

Hike to Gokyo ri is inhabited by Tibetan-Buddhist civilization of sherpas with antique establishments of centuries years old. Gokyo valley with the fifth lake offers a better view rather than Gokyo ridge. A Fabulous Gokyo ridgeline trek is possible to do at any time throughout the year.

Why people choose Gokyo ri trek?

Gokyo trek or Gokyo treks is perhaps a dramatic and picturesque scenery in the Nepalese Himalaya. You will have a super view of Mount Everest 8,8,48m / 28,933 feet and Cho Oyu. Majestic Gokyo trek journey goes further walking through forests, hills, Buddhist Monasteries, and tiny villages.

Gokyo lakes hiking routes has many modern lodges with modern facilities. They are very comfortable lodges built by local Sherpas. The trek includes all meals, road-head transport, services of English-speaking local trekking guide and porters to carry the luggage. You will only need to carry a day-pack and you can walk at your own pace.

Gokyo ri trek highlights and Himalayan Sights

Abundant flora and fauna, Sagarmatha national park Museum in Namche Bazaar, Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries, Syangeboche hill station and gokyo ridge offer perhaps the best view of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Majestic Thamserku, and many other snow-capped mountains within 360 deg angle.

Majestic Gokyo ri trek difficulty

The best of Gokyo lakes treks is suitable for all ages trekkers as you don’t need any previous trekking experience. If you are healthy and can walk about 5 hours daily, you can complete this trek. However, daily jogging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Along the routes, you can walk at your own pace, with plenty of stops for water drinking and resting.

Best season to explore Gokyo ri trek

February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December.

Outline Itinerary

Gokyo ri trek outline itinerary

01 Day : Arrival in Kathmandu

02 Day : World heritage sites tour. Trek preparation.

03 Day : Fly to Lukla airport (2886m/9,437 feet). Trek to Bengkar (2698m /8,822 feet.), 5 hours

04 Day : Namche Bazaar hiking (3,440m/11,249 feet.), 6 hours

05 Day : Khumjung village trek (3,789m) via Sengboche hill, 3 hours

06 Day : Dole village trek (4,040m/13,211 feet), 6 hours

07 Day : Machhermo village trek (4,150m/13,571 feet), 4 hours

08 Day : Gokyo lake and Gokyo lakes trek (4,750m/15,533 feet). Ngozumpa glaciers excursion, 5 hours

09 Day : Gokyo ri hikes (5,357m / 17,571 feet). Descend to Machhermo, 6 hrs

10 Day : Namche Bazaar hikes (3,440m.), 5 hours

11 Day : Lukla airport hiking (2,886 m/9,337 feet.), 8 hours

12 Day : Everest mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Retrun home

The most amazing Gokyo ri trek itinerary detail

Our 11 days 10 nights Gokyo trek or Gokyo trek itinerary compared to most walks in this region leading up to the Gokyo lakes. The particular route is designed for world explorers who wish to hike to the Gokyo ridge of the spectacular mountain but are restricted time-wise. For travelers who wish to reach the Gokyo valley in a more relaxed manner can try this itinerary however if this itinerary is not fit you than send us an inquiry for a tailor-made itinerary.

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu valley Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, we will receive you with a private vehicle and transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu with a breakfast plan. Our representative will give you bringing about Gokyo ri trek.

Day 02: World heritage site of Kathmandu valley sightseeing. After breakfast the day will start to our guided trip to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley; including visits to the pilgrimage sites of Hindus Pashupatinath temple, the world biggest Bouddhanath Stupa, visit Swoyambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with a temple, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess) in central Kathmandu. Evening pre-trip discussion and introduce with our fellow trekking staff for your adventure trip.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla airport (2886m/9,437 feet). Trek to Bengkar (2698m /8,822 feet.), 5 hours We take an early flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, upon arrival at Lukla, we would be refreshed in one of the hotels and then start our trek to Phakding (2640 m). We trek following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi. W walk continues passing several Sherpa villages such as Ghat, Phakding, Tok Tok and finally, we reach Bengkar village.

Day 04: Namche Bazaar Trek (3,440m/11,249 feet.), 6 hours The trail climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. We continue along the trail with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village Monjo. We then come to the Sagarmatha National Park office where a park entrance fee is to pay. We follow a short walk along the riverbed of this valley where the major river meets each other. Crossing over the Hillary bridge, the trek begins the steep ascent to Namche Bazar. On the way, we would have excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.). Surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges, Namche Bazar (3440m) is a central hub of the area for food, trekking gears, and other necessary goods.

Day 05: Khumjung village trek (3,789m/ 12,390 feet) passing Sengboche hill, 3 hours We start with a steep one-hour climb to the Sengboche airstrip (3,790m), from where we will slowly ascent towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone Buddhist monuments) and hill stations. We go to a hill station to have an excellent view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kwangde, and many other snow-capped mountains within 360 deg angle. Then we walk further to Khumjung village which is the largest village in Khumbu, at the foothill of the sacred peak Khumbila. We can also visit the Khumjung monastery. It is a small settlement of Sherpa community.

Day 06: Dole village trek (4,040m/13,211 feet), 6 hours After having a day acclimatization day in Namche, we continue our trekking to Dole by following the same route to Basecamp until Sanasa then ascends up to Mongla (4000m.). From here, you will see panoramic views of various mountains. You trek steeply descend passing through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens.

Day 07: Machhermo village hikes (4,150m/13,571 feet), 4 hours After Dole, the trek leads steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku.

Day 08: Gokyo lakes trek (4,750m/15,585 feet), 4 hours After Machhermo, the trek leads over a very scenic path to Pangka and then descends slightly, following one of the melt-water Rivers which run down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We climb a steep rocky sloping into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second lake, crossing the path which heads across the Ngozumpa glacier to Cho La (5,420m.). The third lake is Dudh Pokhari, which appears and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walk along with the site, you reach Gokyo lodges. Gokyo lakes is a trade center where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers. Typical Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. Today, we walk around the (5th lakes) and other glacial lakes. An optional trip will be to discover 5th lake on your day out but if you are only physically fit.

Day 09: Gokyo Ri trek (5,357m/17,571 feet) for sunrise. Descend to Machhermo lodge, 6 hrs Early morning hike Gokyo Ri for sunrise. Majestic gokyo ridge looms above the village on the northern edge of the gokyo lake and we leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As we climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself, is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region – some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar, return to Gokyo. After lunch, walk just downhill to reach Mchhermo village to stay overnight.

Day 10: Namche Bazaar hikes (3,440m/11,283 feet), 5 hours The trail gently descends to Dole and then starts descending steeply to Photse Tenga (3,650m/11,972 feet.) passing through rhododendron forests. Then the path immediately ascends steeply to Mongla Danda. The Mongla hill station is located at an altitude on 4,000 meters offers an amazing mount Everest panorama including Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Amadablam. Just gently descends up to Kyanjoma (3,500m.) to catch the classical Mount Everest base camp trek downhill to Namche Bazaar.

Day 11: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,886m/9,337 feet.), 8 hours We trek to Lukla with the same trail as we use on ascend. It is the last day of our trekking. Upon arrival at Lukla, we would get refreshed and take rest.

Day 12: Scenic mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Evening transfer back to the airport for further flight. We board our early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, we would be received by our representatives and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, go for shopping or request us to discover Kathmandu as a guided trip on an additional cost. Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish your wonderful journey.

  • Kathmandu international airport picks up on your arrival in TIA by private vehicles.
  • 2 Nights Twin sharing Tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu valley with breakfast plan.
  • Government license holder – Professional license holder Mountain Trekking Guide
  • Domestic flight tickets Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round trip with applicable domestic airport taxes
  • All land transfer by Private vehicle according to programs.
  • 3 meals each day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trekking days
  • Guest House accommodation during the trekking
  • Required number of porters during the trek.(one porter = two guest basis) because our porter can carry maximum 25 kg of your bag pack.
  • Well paid salary, food, accommodation and insurances of Nepalese staffs.
  • Sagarmatha National Park entrance permits and TIMS permits fees.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tip for the crew (Note : Tip is not compulsory but highly expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above We can organize private Gokyo ri trek or Gokyo trek or Gokyo treks starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.


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