Gokyo Valley is directly west of the classic Everest trekking route encompassed by the Khumbu region, with Gokyo Ri (5,357m) on the west side of Ngozumpa, reputed to be the largest glacier in the Himalayas. Trekking in Gokyo weaves and wanders through a number of glaciers, glaciated lakes, high mountain passes, the oldest and most superb of ancient Buddhist architecture and one of the highest hamlets in the world, which is composed of a few stone houses at the base of Gokyo Ri. The supreme 8000m plus peaks will be our constant companions through the valley and beyond, never more than heads turn away. Some trekkers even believe that the views here surpass that of Gorak Shep, the uppermost village perch high upon the path to Everest.
The Gokyo valley winds through a number of small mountain villages, beautiful pastures of grazing yaks and crystalline turquoise lakes whose colors captivate the imagination and inspire the artist. After a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla we will be trekking to the tea houses of Kenjoma, where the trail from Khumjung joins the main trail. The next step is to make our way to Mong La pass with a steep drop down onto the banks of the Dudh Kashi River. Great oak forests and steep waterfalls abound in this area. The cascading waters are often frozen and after a few hours along this trail you may feel as if time itself is standing still. The final stretch before Climbing Gokyo Ri take us past the tea houses at Pangkha and acends through Ngozumpa opening into the first of the glacial lakes of which Gokyo is so renowned.
There are multiple high passes zigzagging out of Gokyo valley, the most popular being Cho La which connects to the Khumbu Valley near to Lobuche; the path less travelled is the high pass of Renjo La, joining the trails of Thame and Nangpa La pass. The Gokyo valley trek is a wonderful trek in its own right or as an extension of the Everest base camp trek.
Day 01 :Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).
Day 02 :Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley
Day 03 :Fly to Lukla (2804 meters) trek to Phakding (2610 meters) 3 hours.
Day 04 :Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 5.30 hours.
Day 05 :Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day.
Day 06 : Trek to Phorste Thanga (3680meters) 5 hours.
Day 07 :Trek to Machherma (4470 meters). 5 hours.
Day 08 :Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters) 5.30 hours
Day 09 : Trek to Gokyo Ri (5483 meters) and then Back to Gokyo. 5 hours.
Day 10 : Trek to Dole (4200meters) 6 hours.
Day 11 :Trek to Namche Bazaar via Khumjung village (3780meters) 5 hours.
Day 12 :Trek to Lukla (2804 meters.) 6 hours
Day 13 : Morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla
Day 14 : Leisure day in Kathmandu.
Day 15 :Transfer for your final flight departure.
It is important to consider that internal flights to/from Lukla can be subject to disruption. Due to bad weather, flights can sometimes be delayed or even cancelled. Although such disruption is rare, we should be prepared for every eventuality, any time of the year, even in the peak trekking season. In case of flight cancellation it is therefore advised to bring extra money to cover costs of additional nights in Kathmandu, as this expense will not be included in your package. If you have to stay in Kathmandu longer than planned, you can of course enjoy other activities like cultural tours, rafting or shopping as you wish, and we can help to arrange this for you. For those travellers on a schedule that cannot be compromised, in case of flight disruption which is very rare, we can arrange an alternative trek to suit personal needs and time constraints.
Duration: 15 Day(s)
Trip Grade: Moderate
Trip Cost: On request
Best time: Autumn & Spring
Maximum Altitude : 5483m Gokyo Ri
Group Size: Min 1 person, Maximum 14
Type of Trek : Tea house