Gokyo Valley Trek - 14 Days

Know before you go
  • Duration 14 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Best Season Mar-Apr and Oct-Nov
  • Trip Area Khumbu Region
  • Maximum Altitude 5357m.|17575.4ft.

Highlights

  • Trek to one of the finest lakes in the world, Gokyo Lakes
  • Beautiful Lukla flight from Kathmandu
  • Spend nights in lovely Sherpa villages
  • Come across numerous Himalayan vegetation while trekking
  • Go on a hike to the Hotel Everest View during acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar
  • Explore river valleys, glaciers, narrow trails, and lush forests
  • Get to see the largest glacier in Nepal, Ngozumpa Glacier
  • Explore ancient monasteries, get to see the daily lifestyle of the locals, and walk past numerous stupas, chorten & prayer wheels along the way
  • Hike to Gokyo Ri to witness a stunning view of Mt. Everest and Mt. Cho Oyu
  • Enjoy jaw-dropping landscapes, unwind & rejuvenate

Gokyo valley is located in the Khumbu region, northeastern Nepal, home of Mt. Everest (8,848.86 m). If we have to choose a trek in the Khumbu region apart from the Everest base camp, then the Gokyo valley trek is another great alternative. Moreover, the Gokyo valley trail is way less crowded & a bit is trodden. Beginners or experienced trekkers both can enjoy trekking to Gokyo Lakes (4,700 m–5,000 m). Also known as the Gokyo Lakes trek or Gokyo Ri trek, this is an adventurous venture in the Himalayas. 

The major highlights of the Gokyo valley trek are the holy Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) viewpoint, Ngozumpa Glacier, and mesmerizing views of Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188 m) & Mt. Everest (8,848.86 m). Likewise, the verdant foothills, lovely villages, and the locals of the Khumbu region make trekking phenomenal. You will be traversing far away from the modern cities amidst tranquil river valleys and giant mountains. The Gokyo valley trekking offers some of the best mountain scenery. 

Gokyo valley trek is a 14 days program. Many trekkers love to extend the trek to Everest base camp or combine Cho La or Renjo La passes in the itinerary. Do know that combining these places in the itinerary will make it much more challenging and demands previous trekking experience. In 14 days of Gokyo valley trek, you explore the wonders of Sagarmatha National Park. The trek begins from Lukla village (2,860 m), and to reach this place, you have to take the famous Kathmandu Lukla flight. 

Views during the Gokyo valley trekking

You get to witness some of the highest mountains in the world during the trek. The trail, first of all, offers diverse landscapes. Every new village will give you a distinct scenery. At the start of the trek, you'll see views of Kongde Ri (6,187 m), Kantega (6,782 m), Thamserku (6,608 m), Chamlang (7,319 m), and Ama Dablam (6,812 m). 

With the progress of the trail, taller mountains like Everest (8,848.86 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Nuptse (7,861 m), Island Peak (6,160 m), Pumori (7,161 m), Cholatse (6,440 m), Makalu (8,481 m), and Cho Oyu (8,188 m) begin to come into sight.

We have two acclimatization days in our Gokyo valley trek itinerary. The acclimatization hikes take you to viewpoints that make the mountain landscapes even more surreal. Likewise, waterfalls, streams, bridges, colorful flowers, stupas, chortens, etc enhance the beauty of the trail furthermore. 

Spend nights in picturesque Sherpa villages and the ancient cultural heritage of the mountain people

During the Gokyo valley trek, we have night stops in some of the finest villages, surrounded by beautiful snow cliffs and green hills. We spend nights in villages like Phakding (2,610 m), Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), Dole (4,040 m), Machhermo(4,470 m), Gokyo (4,750 m), and Pangboche (3,985 m). 
Apart from these, you will walk past numerous villages on the way. The villages are resided by several mountain communities like Sherpas, Lamas, Bhotiyas, Rais, Limbus, etc. 
The 14-day Gokyo valley trek will allow you to see and experience the mountain lifestyle. Interact with the locals and understand their simple life mantras.  

Gokyo Lake: 

Gokyo lakes are the world's highest freshwater lake system, which ranges from 4,700 meters to 5,000 meters (15,400 ft to 16,400 ft). For locals, these lakes hold religious importance. There are a total of 19 Lakes, out of which six of them are considered the main lakes. Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari), Thonak Cho, Gyazumpa Cho, Tanjung Cho, Ngojumba Cho, and Kyajumba Cho. Gokyo village is located at the shore of Dudh Pokhari. During Janai Purnima (in the month of August), pilgrims take a holy bath in the lake. 

Pangboche Gompa: 

Situated at 3,985 meters, Pangboche monastery is considered the oldest one in the Khumbu region. The monastery was established by Lama Sanga Dorje, the patron saint of Khumbu. The monastery holds relics of the saint. The monastery used to safeguard the Yeti scalp and hand until it got stolen. According to the local's beliefs, the old juniper trees have grown from the hair of the Lama. 

Tengboche Monastery: 

Tengboche monastery is located at 3,867 meters (12,687 ft). It is the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region, first built in 1916 by Lama Gulu. Later on, the monastery was rebuilt twice with the help of volunteers and international assistance. Surrounding the monastery, one can see breathtaking views of mountains like Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Taboche, Lhotse, and Thamserku. 

Mani Rimdu Festival: 

Mani Rimdu is one of the major festivals of the Sherpa people. The festival is celebrated during the tenth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar (in October-November). Because the festival falls in autumn, one of the peak trekking seasons, there is a high chance you can participate in it with locals if you adjust your trekking date. The festival lasts for 19 days and involves different ceremonies & meditation. Locals make a huge mandala with colorful sand, and all the ceremonies are held around it. 16 dance numbers, mask dance, fire rite, etc., are performed during the festival. 

Dumje Festival: 

Dumje festival is another big festival for Sherpas. The festival is celebrated in the month of May/June. The festival marks the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche on the lotus flower. The festival was first started around 360 years ago. It is a four-day celebration, and every year three local families provide food & drink for the entire village until the festival lasts. Dances and rituals are performed by the monks in the Tengboche, Pangboche & Khumjung monasteries. 

Lhosar: 

Lhosar is the Tibetan New Year, celebrated for three days. The festival brings together sacred practices, ceremonies, folk dances, partying, and hanging prayer flags. Sherpa community celebrates it during February/March as per their calendar. Also known as Gyalpo Lhosar, the locals decorate their homes and cook different delicacies.

Why trek with Nepal Nirvana Trails?

We, Nepal Nirvana Trails carry more than a decade-long experience in organizing treks, tours, and expeditions around the Himalayas. You will be trekking with a team of experts who will make the journey hassle-free for you and your loved ones. Likewise, our Gokyo valley trek cost is the best in the market. 

You can expect a well-trained and experienced trekking guide and high-quality service from us. Plus, all of our trips are eco-friendly and highly contribute towards the betterment of the mountain communities. 

Optional trekking packages

If you are intrigued by the alpine lakes, then you should definitely check out these trekking packages- Rara lake trek, Tilicho lake trek, Shey-Phoksundo lake trek, and Gosaikunda lake trek. 

Here are some other famous trekking packages in Nepal; Everest base camp luxury trek, Annapurna base camp trek, Manaslu circuit trek, Langtang valley trek, Tamang heritage trek, etc.

Book Gokyo valley trek 2023/2024

We have opened our booking for the Gokyo valley trek 2023/2024 departure. You can join in either of the trekking seasons- spring or autumn as per your wish. Likewise, if you desire to customize the itinerary, let us know. You can contact us at [email protected] or get in touch with us anytime at +977 9841380469. 

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    Route Map

    Gokyo Valley Trek - 14 Days map

    What's Included

    • Airport transfer services arrival, departure, and local flight schedule
    • Accommodations during the treks twin sharing basis
    • Standard 3 meals while on the treks and a cup of tea or coffee with meals
    • Experienced English-speaking government Licensed trekking guide
    • Guide salary, food, equipment, and insurance 
    • All applicable National park and Local permits
    • Flight tickets from Manthali to Lukla and Lukla to Manthali (Note: If you want via helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla we will book for you as sharing with others it cost extra)
    • Sleeping bag if needed (It’s refundable)
    • Nepal Nirvana Trails Trekking map and Water purifications drop Complimentary/free
    • Farewell Dinner in a fine Restaurant
    • Official expenses and government tax/vat.

    What's Excluded

    • International flight tickets
    • Nepal entry visa
    • Accommodation and food in Kathmandu
    • Travel and health Insurance which cover emergency Rescues and evacuations
    • During trekking time personal expenses, snacks, beer, coke, juice, bottle and hot water, hot shower, WI-FI etc..
    • Porter costs = $200 (optional)
    • Tips for treks guide(it is expected)

    Upcoming Departures

        
    Start DateThursdayFebruary 16, 2023End DateWednesdayMarch 01, 2023PriceAvailableUS $950
    Start DateWednesdayFebruary 22, 2023End DateTuesdayMarch 07, 2023PriceAvailableUS $950

    Useful Info

    How difficult is the Gokyo valley trek?

    The Gokyo valley trekking route involves remote and rugged terrains. The trail is offbeat and has avalanche-prone sections, along with glacial paths & sloppy ascends. The trek demands strong endurance and stamina to walk 6 to 7 hours a day on a rough trail. Likewise, the weather condition, remoteness of the region, and elevation make the venture furthermore challenging. You will be dealing with high exposure to sun and cold air (in the mornings/nights). 

    Every day, you will cover around 10 km on foot, which means you have to be in good health and fitness. The services along the trail are good but limited. The sacrifice of modern facilities is needed. Any individual with sound health, determination, and a fit body can join the Gokyo valley trekking. Previous trekking or hiking experience will be advantageous. 

    Altitude Sickness

    The change in elevation from Kathmandu (1,400 m) to Lukla (2,860 m) and all the way up to Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) are huge. To acclimatize our bodies, we descend to Phakding village (2,610 m) to spend the night on the day we fly to Lukla from Kathmandu. Then we have an acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) that involves a hike to Hotel Everest View (3,962 m). We will spend a couple of nights in Gokyo village (4,750 m) and hike to Gokyo Ri.

    Similarly, our Gokyo valley trek itinerary maintains a limit of 500 meters ascending per day. The guide will monitor the health of all the members of the group and give first aid if needed. We cannot eliminate the risk of altitude sickness completely, but we can avoid it, and our itinerary & team will help you do so. You can trek freely with us. 

    Training for the Gokyo valley trekking

    To prepare for Gokyo valley trekking, you can go on day hikes or short treks. Do activities that will help you build your stamina and endurance. Sports like swimming, cycling, running, jogging, etc are good options. Go on regular long walks. Strength training is also a great way to prepare your body for the trek. Teach your mind the limitations of the Himalayas, keep your hopes low when it comes to facilities, and get your trekking boots on time to get used to it. 

    Gokyo valley trek Solo/Private/Group

    We have regular departures for the Gokyo valley trek 2023 spring & autumn. You can join our group and trek with like-minded individuals from all around the world. Our groups are small and guided by expert mountain guides. Solo travelers can also do a private Gokyo valley trek with us. 

    Likewise, you can trek with us in a big group. If the number of participants exceeds 8, we also provide an assistant guide. For more information, get in touch with us. We promise you to give the best Gokyo valley trek cost. 

    Gokyo valley trek best time

    The best trekking experience is in spring and autumn. These seasons are the peak time to travel in the Himalayas. The pleasant climatic conditions and stable weather is excellent to go on trekking. The visibility is clear, and the mountain landscapes are phenomenal. You will not have to face any nuisance of rain or snowfall. The trail gets lively, and the energy is magnificent. 

    In spring, from March to April, the temperature ranges between 15°C to 5°C. The temperature may fall below -5°C. Likewise, in autumn, from October to November, the temperature ranges between 18°C to 2°C. Because these seasons are transitional periods, they are short and welcome numerous seasonal vegetation. 

    Accommodation 

    Lodges will be the main accommodation for trekkers during the Gokyo valley trekking. Operated by the locals along the villages, the lodges offer basic accommodation with limited services. The cost only covers bed, breakfast, lunch, and dinner so any other facility, like hot shower, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, WiFi, charging, etc., will cost you additional money (not covered in the package cost). 

    The lodges above Namche Bazaar are more basic & expensive than the villages at lower elevations. Our team will book all the accommodation for you in advance, so you do not have to worry about not getting a space to spend the night in the peak trekking season. 

    The rooms will be small in size and have a shared washroom. Most of the rooms are twin shared. Single rooms are only available if you inform us at the time of booking. 

    Food 

    Dal Bhat is the best meal during the trek. It is the staple food of Nepalese, very delicious and nutritious. The food combines steamed rice, lentil soup, curry (veg/non-veg) of your choice, fried veggies, pickle, salad, and other side dishes as per price and place. Up to Namche Bazaar, the food menu is pretty good. You will get a variety of options, such as momo, noodles, thukpa, thenduk, steak, pizza, pasta, burger, soup, porridge, Tibetan bread, etc. 

    At the upper trail, the menu is limited and expensive. Drinking water is available in all the lodges. You can refill your water bottle free of cost. Buying plastic water bottles will cost you a lot of money and is not good for the environment. The water provided in the lodges is boiled, so you can use water purification tablets if you wish. 

    Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is necessary to join a trek like this in the Himalayas. Because of no good health care facility in the region and road access, you will be in a completely remote area during the trek. The Gokyo valley trek has underlying risks of altitude sickness, unseen natural occurrences, unstable weather, etc, that may lead to emergency air evacuation.

    Things like this rarely happen, and first-aid usually treats any medical issues. Still, we recommend our guests get travel insurance that at least covers emergency evacuation up to 6,000 meters for the Gokyo valley trek. 

    If you insist on trekking to Gokyo valley without travel insurance, then we'll not be accountable if we couldn't get you an air evacuation on time (in case of need). 

    Travel Tips (electricity, internet, ATM, luggage, tipping, personal expenses)

    Charging- Lodges have charging areas in reception or dining. You can ask the staff members to let you charge your device. They may ask you for a few extra bucks for the service. You can carry spare batteries or a solar charger. 

    Internet- WiFi is available up to Namche Bazaar. The connection may not be stable all the time, but you'll get ample opportunities to connect with the outer world. WiFi is a paid service in the lodge. Another great alternative is the cellular network. Ncell, a Nepali telecommunication provider, has pretty good network coverage in the Khumbu region. Our team will help you get one with adequate data. Additional charge applies.  

    ATM- There are ATMs everywhere in Kathmandu. You can withdraw money using your international card at any ATM. On the trail, only Namche Bazaar has ATMs. Your last chance to withdraw Nepali money to use during the trek is in Namche Bazaar.

    Tip- Tipping is part of the travel culture in Nepal. Our guides and porters expect a tip at the end of the journey, so they may approach you for it. Do not feel awkward or hesitate to tip them as you wish. 

    Luggage- Duffel bags are used during the trek in case of porter only. Each trekker gets a 10 kg weight limit. The duffel bags are carried by porters, and the trekkers carry a day pack for essentials. Store additional suitcases in your hotel's locker room free of cost at the time of trekking. 

    FAQs

    • Gokyo village is located in the Everest region, on the shore of the third Gokyo lake called Dudh Pokhari. The whole area is inside the Sagarmatha National Park. 

    • Yes, you can see the view of Mt. Everest from Gokyo Ri. Moreover, Gokyo Ri offers one of the best perspectives of Everest and Cho Oyu. Many other snow-capped mountains and glaciers are seen from Gokyo Ri. 

    • To reach Gokyo, first, you have to reach Lukla from Kathmandu. You can take a short flight or drive to Jiri/Phaplu and walk up to Lukla. From Lukla, it is a five-day walk to Gokyo village. You also have the option to take a helicopter flight to Gokyo from Kathmandu if your budget allows it. 

    • Yes, the Gokyo lake trek is worth doing. It is a very adventurous trek with an immersive experience and immaculate landscapes. Spending almost 11 days in the mountains will detox your body, mind, and soul. You will learn a lot about simple life and push your limits during the trek. 

    • Our Gokyo valley trek itinerary is 14 days long. You can edit the itinerary as you wish. You can make the trek short or long. Most trekkers prefer to combine the Everest base camp trail in the itinerary.

    • The Gokyo lakes have 19 lakes, ranging from 4,700 m to 5,000 m (15,400–16,400 ft). Among them, six are the main lakes- Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari), Thonak Cho, Gyazumpa Cho, Tanjung Cho, Ngojumba Cho, and Kyajumba Cho.

    • A guide will help you a lot during the Gokyo valley trek. He will show you the best route, help you mingle with the villagers, inform you about the region, and the cultural heritage of the locals, will make sure you are safe, and help you with everything. 

    • Yes, you will need a sleeping bag for the Gokyo valley trek. A sleeping bag will keep you warm. The lodge/tea house provides a blanket, but it might not be warm enough. 

    • Yes, you can do the Gokyo valley trek without a guide if you know the Himalayan trail and resources you can use in case of any emergency. As a beginner trekker, we highly recommend you get a guide for a much better trekking experience and safety.

    • If you stay extra nights in Kathmandu, you have to bear the hotel and meal charges. 

    • Yes, you will get your money back if you cancel the trek with us. There will be a small cancellation charge that you have to bear as per the cancellation date. Usually, trekkers lose some percent or the whole 25% deposit as a cancellation charge. You can also postpone the trek.

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