Explore the magical charm of glacial lakes nestled amidst the Himalayas in our Gokyo Valley Trekking.

Gokyo Valley Trekking is an adventurous Himalayan trip that takes you deeper into the Gokyo Valley. You can indulge in the enjoying the magical beauty of the glacial lakes and the surrounding snow-capped mountains. Apart from the serene lakes and the mountains, you will also have an opportunity to look closer into the culture and life of Sherpa people living in the region. 
The trail that leads to Gokyo Valley is quieter with fewer people from Namche Bazar onwards. Secluded settlements along the trail give a perfect example of how people live in the wilderness of the mountains. You will go through the settlements where famous Sherpa climbers were born and keep on living their life there. The ultimate charm of the trip is definitely the glacial lakes and view of the mountains. Early morning hiking trip to Gokyo Ri is another highlight of the trip. Although the hiking adventure is a bit challenging, it brings some spectacular Himalayan view that has no parallel on the planet. 

Highlights

  • To explore the beauty of Gokyo lakes
  • To hike to Gokyo Ri (5,483m)
  • To challenge the adventurer in you in the rough and rugged mountain trail
  • To experience Sherpa culture and life
  • To enjoy breathtaking Himalayan views
  • To breathe fresh air and mountain peace
  • To indulge in the cultural exploration of Kathmandu valley

Itinerary

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Day

You arrive to Kathmandu today. You will be received at the airport and then transferred to hotel. Try to manage your arrival time by the afternoon so that we can meet for an important trip briefing session in the evening. We will leave you with information about the trip briefing timing upon your arrival. Briefing will be at the hotel itself. Until the briefing, take your time to refresh and relax.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Altitude: 1,350m

Before heading to the mountains, you have a full day in Kathmandu to acclimatize for the higher elevation of the mountains. While in Kathmandu, you will be at the elevation of 1,350 meters above sea level. We are taking you for a full day exploration of the Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu valley is a rich place in cultural heritage wonders and we are going to show you around some of them. You will visit four of the heritage sites today - Swoyambhunath, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. These sites are of historical, cultural and spiritual importance that will project the general overview of Kathmandu valley.

Enjoy the day with our expert city tour guide who will be accompanying and showing you around the sites. Learn about these places from our local insider guide.  

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Altitude: 1,350m

This will be the first day in the mountains. Entering into the Everest region and getting into the mountain atmosphere is getting us excited. We drive to the airport for early morning flight to Lukla airstrip. This spectacular, small plane flight takes us to the beautiful Everest region that we will be enjoying for the next few days.

After getting into Lukla and meeting our whole trekking crew, our trekking adventure for the day begins. We embark on the first day of trekking towards Phakding that beautifully lies on the Dudh Koshi River bank. The trail will bring us to several incredible Buddhist prayer walls and prayer wheels along with beautiful view and landscape. The walk for the day will be of about four hours. After checking into the guest house, we can take some time out to explore the surroundings and enjoy the sounds of water in the river. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Altitude: 2,610m

Famous village Namche, also known as Namche Bazar, is our overnight place for today. We embark on the trek towards the destination after breakfast. The walk today involves crossing and re-crossing of River Dudh Koshi several times along the trail. Our walk goes past Jorsalle and Monjo where we can stop for lunch break. We enter Sagarmatha National Park from Monjo onwards and the walk becomes more difficult as the steep ascent to Namche begins here.

The trail, despite its difficulty, brings several wonderful places and views. Crossing of suspension bridges over the river is truly exciting and walking through forested part is a peaceful walking adventure. We eventually emerge at Namche Bazar and the whole village is seen perched on the beautiful mountain slope. This Sherpa capital is also the last place on the trek where you can use your ATM; buy trekking gear you want and enjoy a little bit of happening. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Altitude: 3,440m

Namche Bazar is our first acclimatization stop in the mountains before we go further higher on our trek. Acclimatization is really important at the higher elevation of the mountains so we are taking a day here at Namche for the same. 

We will go for a hiking exploration of the surroundings that will help us adjust with the elevation and also enjoy magnificent views of the mountains. We hike up to the Everest view point from where we can see the first ever glace of Mt. Everest if the weather is clear. Later, we descend back down to Namche bazar and go for an exploration of the place. We enjoy walking the Namche bazar streets; talking to people and enjoying the whole lot of things going on at this beautiful mountain town.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Altitude: 3,440m

From today onwards, we are going to take a detour on the Everest base camp trekking route. We take the trail towards Dole as our destination for the day. As it’s a detour, we will find this route fairly peaceful than the regular base camp trail. We will meet fewer people along the trail as we advance towards Dole to spend our overnight. Dole is a beautiful village and the first stopover towards Gokyo lakes from Namche bazar.

Amazing landscapes unfold their mysterious wonders to us as we traverse the trail towards our destination. Once we reach Dole and check into a guest teahouse, we can wander around to explore the surroundings

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Altitude: 4,084m

Our adventure is getting closer to the Gokyo lakes as we trek to Machhermo to stay overnight today. But we are still a day walk away from the Gokyo lakes from Machhermo. The day will bring us beautiful sights of mountains and wonderful landscapes and surroundings. The walk to Machhermo provides the view of beautiful mountain peaks like Kangtga, Cho Oyu, Thamserku etc. Although a short walk, it feels a little challenging as the effect of increasing elevation.

We settle in a teahouse and explore around the place. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Altitude: 4,410m

We reach Gokyo today. It’s short and steep walking day to the destination. The walk passes through moraine filled trail with the view of Ngozumpa glacier along the trail. We walk past two of the Gokyo lakes along the trail before reaching the third lake to spend our overnight. View of the mountain peaks from along the trail makes our walk even more wonderful.

We are going to stay on the shore of peaceful third lake in Gokyo. We enjoy the serene and magnificent power of the lake that completely enchants us. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Altitude: 4,750m

This is a pretty challenging yet a worth-going-for day. We set off early morning on a hike to Gokyo Ri that takes us at the elevation of 5,483 meters above sea level. From the top of the Ri, we can enjoy the breathtaking vista of Himalayan peaks. The third lake is seen peacefully perched far down below. We hike back down and spend rest of the day at leisure wandering around the lake. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Altitude: 5,483m

After an amazing time in the Gokyo valley, we start returning back towards Lukla from today onwards. We trek to Phortse today. Phortse is a beautiful Sherpa village that is nestled on a rocky mountain slope. The terraced slope of the village is an amazing landscape to explore. Phortse village also provides an amazing view of the mountains. We spend our overnight in such an amazing place today.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Altitude: 3,950m

We continue our trek back to Namche Bazar for overnight stay. We can explore more of the bazar once we reach there. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Altitude: 3,440m

We are going to exit Sagarmatha National park today at Monjo. We have come to the end of trekking part of this trip. Today is the last day that we can enjoy walking through the mountain trail on this trip. The walk along Dudh Koshi River valley via Phakding takes to Lukla to stay overnight.

Our Gokyo Valley trekking adventure has brought us so many amazing wonders – from Sherpa cultural experience to breathtaking views of mountains and lakes. We celebrate the mountain wonders and the trek to Gokyo lakes at Lukla. We thank all the amazing crew members for making it happen. We spend the relaxing night at Lukla.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Altitude: 2,860m

We are flying back to Kathmandu today. Another wonderful flight takes us to Kathmandu. Once we reach Kathmandu, we will have time at leisure. Take some time to wander around the streets of Kathmandu. You can go for some souvenir shopping; find restaurant to dine; take some relaxing trekkers’ massage or just wander around.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Altitude: 1,350m

All the services on the trip conclude today unless extended. If you are departing home or other destinations, we will transfer you to airport.

  • Meals: Breakfast

What to Expect

  • Airport pickup and drop off service on your arrival and departure
  • 3-star level hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis in Kathmandu
  • Simple lodge accommodation on the trekking
  • All breakfasts for the trip; all meals during the trek
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight ticket
  • All necessary permits for trekking
  • A professional trekking guide for the trip
  • Necessary number of porters for the trek
  • First aid kit
  • Guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour

International flight ticket and travel insurance
Nepal visa fees
Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu; any kind of drinks
Gratuities 
All other expenses of personal nature and not mentioned in the “Includes” section

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