Gokyo trek provides some tremendous high altitude trekking and a visit to the second largest glacier in the World. From the top of Gokyo Ri, there are some spectacular mountain views including Mt Everest. Gokyo Lake trekking gives an alternative to the traditional Everest base camp trekking. Gokyo trekking is to be considered as an alternative trek to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek that offers the magnificent view of the mountain peaks.
Note: Below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for the general idea only.
- Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)
You will be received and escorted to the hotel by our staff, refresh yourself and take some rest or explore the area around your hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. Today after breakfast we will explore Kathmandu valley, a guided tour will be conducted to major world heritage sites inside the valley. As Kathmandu valley is a beautiful combination of Hinduism and Buddhism we will visit historical sites like; Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest stupa in the world. After the tour you will prepare yourself for the trek, will be briefed about the trek; buy all the trekking equipments required and overnight at hotel.
- Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft), –Phakding (2,610m/8,562ft) 4 – 5hrs hike
After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the domestic airport for your 35mins flight to the mountain airstrip at Lukla. After reaching in Lukla our guide will introduce with the guides and porters then start trek kind following mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi to the village of Phakding where we will be resting the night.
- Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazar (3,445m/11,302ft) 5 – 6hrs hike
Today we will climb up to the traditional town of Namche Bazar also known as ‘ gateway to Everest ‘ , is a town of Sherpa Ethnicity . After having breakfast at lodge, we continue trekking following the Dudh Koshi River and crossing it many times on the way, however half way up the hill we see our first view of Everest and Lhotse. After few hours of walking we reach Namche Bazar crossing path surrounded by pines. Namche is the largest town in Khumbu region, surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Dudh Koshi. This vibrant village is a central hub of the area and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here. We will stay the night here in a Teahouse lodge.
- Day 05: Acclimatization, rest and explore Namche
Today we stay back in Namche for our acclimatization; it prevents any unforeseen altitude problems and allows us to adapt the increase in altitude as we go higher on the trek. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Deboche. For day walk, we walk above the town to get a good view of the Everest and there is also an interesting ‘Sherpa Cultural Museum ‘we will be visiting. We will return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon you can either relax or explore the market. Preparation for next day’s trek and overnight at the same lodge.
- Day 06: Namche Bazar – Phortse Thanga (3,601m/11,814ft)- 6 – 7 hrs hike
Today, after an early breakfast we climb the hill to Khumjung and descend to the east of the village down the broad valley. You start climbing up to the airstrip at Syangboche and from there you walk down a little further, turn left to climb stairs and within no time walking through the forest of Birch and Junipers you will reach the beautiful village of Phortse Thanga. A small village with few teashops and an excellent camping spot near the river (thanga means ‘riverside’). It is an isolated village with only about 60 houses. We will spend the night here.
- Day 07: Phortse Thanga – Dole (4,040m/13,256ft) 5 – 6hrs hike
Today’s trail climbs steeply out of the valley though rhododendron forests which give way to fragrant stands of juniper and large conifers as the elevation increases. This trek is especially beautiful in spring when the rhododendrons are blooming. The rout passes through the settlement of Tongba and Gyele to Dole. From a ridge behind Dole an even border view up and down the valley can be seen. We will rest the night here.
- Day 08: Dole – Machhermo (4,465m/14,649ft) 5 – 6hrs hike
The trail today is steep in most the places as it climbs, it continues to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river. It was reported that a yeti killed 3 yaks and attacked a woman so be careful if you encounter any. By the lunch time, we would arrive at Machhermo . Rest of the time we explore around the valley and stay overnight at Machhermo.
- Day 09: Machhermo – Gokyo (4,750m/15,584) 3 – 4hrs hike
Today is the main day of our trek and as the distance is less today we will have breakfast, prepare for the climb and leave. The trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to kantega and up towards Cho Oyu. The trail descends to the river before beginning the climb onto the terminal moraine and from there it is a steep climb. We will reach Gokyo for lunch and spend overnight in Gokyo
- Day 10: Trek to Gokyo Ri Peak (5,357m/19,216ft)
After breakfast, we will trek around Gokyo, the views in the Gokyo region are tremendous. For the best view, we will climb to Gokyo Ri, the small peak above the lake. This peaks of 5318m/17477ft, it’s a 2 hours climb to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and, Twachee. After this, those with more energy can trek to other further lakes as there’re several small peaks in this region that offer vantage points for the surrounding peaks. We will return to Gokyo for overnight and prepare to leave to next destination the other day.
- Day 11: Gokyo – Phortse Village (3,796m/12,453ft) 7 – 8hrs hike
After an early breakfast, we will start to trek as we can descend to Phortse in a single long day. The route to Phortse retraces the upward journey back to Pangka, the trail making few ups and downs the trail brings us all the way to the famous village in Khumbu, Phortse. Overnight in Phortse.
- Day 12: Phortse village – Monjo (2,850m/9,351ft) 6 – 7hrs hike
Leaving Phortse with an early start we descend steeply through birch and rhododendron forest to the Dudh Koshi, the trail is slippery to the bridge at Phortse Thanga. After crossing the river there is a steady walk up to the Mong La pass from where we descend to the main Base Camp trail again. We will reach Namche within few hours and descend further to Monjo Village.
- Day 13: Monjo – Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft)-6hrs hike
After having breakfast at the lodge, we start our trek and today is the last day of our trek. Today’s trek is pleasant; the return trek to Lukla follows a isolated different trail so as to avoid trekking the same trail through Phakding again. Keeping to a trail high above, on the other side of the Dudh Kosi, we visit the old Gumila monastery before descending down to the main trail. Taking a meal break at Thada Kosi we again continue descending and within 2 hours we will be inbounding Lukla for overnight.
- Day 14: Lukla – Kathmandu (1,302m/4,270ft) 35mins flight
We will have an early breakfast at the lodge and walk to Lukla airport and take flight back to Kathmandu, you will then be accompanied to your hotel and you have free time for yourself and overnight at hotel.
- Day 15: Leisure day in Kathmandu
It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla if we could not fly on scheduled date and time, or we can organize you a guided day tour in or around Kathmandu, you can refresh yourself and explore the valley on your own. Accommodate Overnight at hotel.
- Day 16: Fly Back Home
You will be assisted by our staff in a vehicle and transferred to TIA airport in Kathmandu from where you will take your flight back home.
- Airport transfers,
- Four nights Hotel*** in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Internal flight Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu, airport taxes,
- National park fee, trek permit,
- Accommodation in lodges along the trek on full board,
- Staff wages and insurance.
- Trek guide and porters.
- Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with entrance fee
- Nepal Sanctuary Treks trekking bag/duffel bag
Cost : US$ 1,465 per person (min 2 pax)
US$ 100 for single room supplement (available in Kathmandu hotel only)
What's not Included
- Additional tours and meals that are not mentioned,
- Excess baggage charge beyond 15 Kg each (including day pack)
- Personal equipment,
- Personal bills,
- Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or