Gokyo Valley Trekking is also known as the best alternative trekking route rather than the classical Everest Base Camp of Everest region, lying within the Sagarmatha zone and near about Sagarmatha National Park. It is situated in worlds highest site. It offers the unobstructed views of Mt.Everest (8848m), Cho Oyu(8201m), Lhotse(8501m), Pumori(7145m) and makalu etc as well as Ngozumpa Glacier, Prime glacier all over the himalayan country Nepal. It is also the primary origin of Dudhkoshi river.The trip is also become a chance to sight the gorgeous landscape, rich biodiversity,1000s years old vibrant monastries.
The religiously famous Gokyo valley, which has been considered scared by both hindu and buddhist, is a part of khumbu region. One can get a chance to acquaintance with friendly sherpa and experiment with their tradition during trekking.
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu our Guide welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
After breakfast the day will start to our guided trip to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley; the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, the world biggest Bouddhanath stupa and visit Swoyambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple. After exploring the surrounding areas visit historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with temple, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess). Evening pre-trip discussion and introduce with our fellow trekking Guide for your adventure trip.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) & trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), 3-4 hrs walk
Early morning we fly from Kathmandu to the tiny airstrip at Lukla for about 40 minutes scenic flight; you will have time to stroll around, while the guide sort and divide the load baggage to be carried by porters. Guide will manage the lunch place depending upon the time of arrival at Lukla. We then take an easy walk to Phakding village for the overnight stop and rest of the time stroll around the village for local knowledge.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft), 5-6 hrs walk
After breakfast we will continue up the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo the entrance gate of the Sagarmatha National Park. When enter the National park boundary we descend and a gradual walk brings us to the suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi river to Jorsalle village, the last village till Namche Bazaar. Namche is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu Region.
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
We will spend a day in Namche Bazaar resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the altitude of (3,440m/11,283ft). You have full day leisure or visit Everest View Point hotel for wonderful panoramic view or stroll around the market, if Saturday can be seen many people in Saturday market for shopping to fulfill their daily needs and only one shopping market in the surrounding areas. Also you can visit Sherpa Museum as well a great place to learn Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering and stroll back to hotel for overnight.
Day 06: Trek to Dole (4200m/13,776ft), 5-6 hrs walk
After stroll around the Namche area, we follow on the gradual trail with few short up and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great giant snow peaks at Shanasa. Our trek ascents the left side to Mongla hill and continue down to Phortse Thanga. After lunch further few hours walk ascending will reach at Dole for overnight. A small place with few teahouses and enjoy your night at Dole.
Day 07: Trek to Machharmo (4470m/ 14,663ft), 4-5 hrs walk
After breakfast we climb to the scenic ridge above the Dole and the trail continues to climb along the side of the valley high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to reach Machharmo. Afternoon after reaches and refreshed visit Himalayan rescue association and overnight at he hotel.
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo (4800m/15,744ft), 3-4 hrs walk
Today, we climb up to the ridge and can be seen excellent view both down the valley to Khangtega and northern part to the Cho-Oyu (8153m/26741ft). Our route descends to the river bank before beginning the climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa glacier. Afterwards the trail levels out as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga at 4690m/15383ft. Enjoy the lake view and after an hour walk will reaches at Gokyo village on the edge of third lake.
Day 09: Rest day at Gokyo
This may have full day rest at Gokyo or have chance to explore up to the fifth lake passing another forth lake and enjoy the view. This is great place and an opportunity to view full part of Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu. You can see the Northern part of Cho-Oyu base camp and biggest glacier of the world Ngazumpa glacier; and stroll back to hotel for overnight.
Day 10: Hike to Gokyo RI (5,330m/17,483ft), and trek to Dole, 6-7 hrs walk
Early in this morning we hike up to Gokyo Ri for the breathtaking view of splash a sunrise top of the mountain including Mt. Everest view and many more Himalayan scenery. This will be unforgettable life time memories and enjoy around the top. We have a great memories and stroll back an hours to Gokyo for breakfast. We trek down to Dole for the overnight stop.
Day 11: Dole to Tyangboche (3,867m/12684ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Today, we re-track back to the Phortse Thanga walking pleasantly and climb up to the Phortse village where we'll have our lunch and relax at the village. After exploring the area and viewing splendid Himalayan scenery will start for little flat but narrow trail and getting down to the river. From here an hour steeply climbs up to the Tyangboche and en-route will have chances to see Pheasants and musk deer. This is fantastic scenic view of many mountains including Mt. Everest. After reaching at Tyangboche you have chance to visit the Monastery which is biggest Monastery of the area. This evening enjoy the view and rest at the hotel.
Day 12: Trek to Monjo (2680M/8791ft), 5-6 hrs walk
After breakfast treks down to Phunkethanga a small settlement with couple of teahouses. From here the trail leads downhill through the forested path with great memories and after crossing the local wooden bridge over the Dudh Koshi river trek onwards to steep climb to Sanasa to Namche bazzar and trek further down to Monjo for overnight stay.
Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), 6-7 hrs walk
After breakfast we trek back with enjoying the lush green scenery around and passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village. And finally today the trail leads you back to Lukla. After your arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of your trek.
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
After an early morning flight to Kathmandu our guide transfer you to your hotel. You may have time to relax after long journey and take back your breath and rest at your hotel with ending your Himalayan trip with us.
Day 15: Leisure at Kathmandu
It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla. This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure at your own or can be extends your extra trip with us on additional cost or time to explore the Thamel for last day shopping and evening company will meet you for the farewell dinner.
Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the Kathmandu Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.
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Trip Cost Includes
All airport/hotel transfers
4 nights hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
11 nights in standard lodges/teahouses in mountain
Welcome and farewell dinner
All accommodation and meals during the trek
Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
An experienced English-speaking trekking guide, and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Ask The Nepal Adventure duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
A comprehensive medical kit
All government and local taxes
Trip Cost Does Not Include
Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
International airfare to and from Kathmandu
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
Tips for guides and porters