Getting to know the Gokyo Valley Trek

Every nature and adventure lover wants to indulge in the beauty of nature be it glorious mountains, pristine blue lakes, amazing landscapes, or the wilderness of the Himalayas. The Gokyo valley trek is the ideal journey for someone who seeks it all. Located towards the western part of the Khumbu Region, Gokyo valley trek is a beautiful journey to the turquoise Gokyo Lakes and one of the amazing peaks of Khumbu region–Gokyo Ri (5357m).

The 13 days Gokyo valley trek gives a chance to travel around Everest Region exploring more than 19 lakes, great views around the valley, massive glacier, rich Sherpa culture, and a stunning view of four 8,000m above mountains. The trekking trail route takes through the dense rhododendron and oak forests, and waterfalls which are frozen most of the time. The trek also provides an opportunity to explore the Sagarmatha National Park that is home to various floras and faunas, which is also listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites for its natural richness.

En route to Gokyo Valley, trekkers also walk past different Sherpa villages while exploring their unique culture and tradition. Along with that, the trekkers can observe the pristine Gokyo lakes, the colorful monasteries, Chortens, Mani walls, and prayers flag, as the trekking trail leads trekkers to the Gokyo valley. Gokyo (4750m), sitting at the base of Gokyo Ri (5257m), is one of the highest settlements in the world and is sparsely populated. From Gokyo Ri, one gets the most spectacular view of Mount Everest (8848 m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8481m), Cho Oyu (8201m) and other stunning Himalayas. Trekkers also get to see the Ngozumpa Glacier which is the largest glacier in Nepal.

Amble Himalaya Treks being one of the finest trekking organizers, ensure to make your trek to Gokyo valley unforgettable and memorable. We have been successful to win the trust of our clients making them happy. Above all, we ensure that the trekkers get every kind of services that is required to make their trek the best.

Trip Fact

Geography Mountain/ Forest/ Village/ Glaciers Level of Difficulty  Moderate
Duration of Trek 13 Days Max Altitude 5,357m
Religions Buddhism Ethnic People Sherpa/Tibetan
Accommodation Hotel/ Guesthouse/ Lodge Transportation Flight/ Tourist Bus/ Private Vehicle
Region  Everest Region Group Size (2-10) Person

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu. (1350m)
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding (2652m). 3 – 4 hrs walk.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m). 5 – 6 hrs walk.
Day 04: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Trek to Dhole (4200m).
Day 06: Trek to Machhermo (4407m).
Day 07: Trek to Gokyo (4800m).
Day 08: Hike up to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and back to Gokyo and rest.
Day 09: Trek down to Dhole (4200m).
Day 10: Trek down to Namche Bazaar.
Day 11: Trek to Lukla.
Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 13: Final Departure.

Included on the Cost:

Domestic and international flights transfer.
3 Star hotel accommodation at Kathmandu on double/twin room sharing with Breakfast.
Guided tour of the city with all entry fees as per Itinerary.
Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu flight.
Accommodation in trekking at best available Teahouse/Lodge.
Daily breakfast.
Lunch and dinner on the trip (on deluxe tour only).
Amble Himalaya Treks provides duffel bag and Sleeping bag to use during the trek.
Experience professional trek guide, accredited by the Nepal government.
Trekking permits and local taxes for the Everest region.
Porters required to carry all personal gear; 1 porter per 2 trekkers (on deluxe tour only).
Group first Aid Kit.
Emergency Travel Evacuation assistance.
Insurance for all our staff.
Trekking map for each trekker.
Amble Himalaya souvenirs on departure.
Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Departure Date

For your final departure, we drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately 3 hrs before scheduled flight.

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Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m)


Pick up at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu for an overnight stay.
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Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding (2652m). 3 - 4 hrs walk


We catch our early morning flight to Lukla, enjoying the marvelous view of Himalayas until we land in the thrilling Tenzing-Hilary Airport. From Lukla, we start our trek to Phakding walking past Cheplung village on our way. Overnight at a lodge in Phakding.
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Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5 - 6 hrs walk


We move alongside the Dudh Koshi River leading us to Sagarmatha National Park. We have to cross few suspension bridges over the river to reach the picturesque town of Namche Bazaar from where we can get the view of beautiful Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), and Thamserku (6623m). Overnight at a hotel in Namche Bazaar.
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Day 04: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar


We take a day off from trekking to acclimatize. We explore Namche Bazaar, also known as the Gateway to Everest, where we can visit the Sherpa Museum and get to learn about Sherpa culture, tradition, and lifestyle. We can also take a short hike to Hotel Everest View (3962m) to relish the stunning view of Everest (8848m). Overnight at a hotel in Namche Bazaar.
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Day 05: Trek to Dhole (4200m)


We climb uphill following Dudh Koshi River upstream. We walk past colorful monasteries, Chortens, and prayers flags before trekking through pine and rhododendron forests with a chance to encounter various animals on our way to Dhole. Overnight at a lodge in Dhole.
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Day 06: Trek to Machhermo (4407m)


We continue our trek to Machhermo through thorny alpine bushes and scrub. The trail also passes through different villages with the view of yaks grazing the fields. Upon reaching, Machhermo, we get the marvelous view of Mount Cho Oyu (8201m), Thamserku (6623m), and Kangtega (6782m). Overnight at a lodge in Machhermo.
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Day 07: Trek to Gokyo (4800m)


We ascend uphill through a ridge passing the first of the Gokyo lakes followed by the second lake. We continue our trek which takes us to the third lake known as Gokyo Tsho, where an annual fair is organized in the month of July. We then enter the valley of pristine lakes, Gokyo valley. Overnight at Gokyo.
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Day 08: Hike up to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and back to Gokyo and rest


We take a short hike to Gokyo Ri, the highestviewpoint where we can view the eye-catching panorama of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8201m), and the longest glacier of the Himalayas–Ngozumpa Glacier. We spend rest of the day exploring the outskirts of Gokyo village. Overnight at a lodge in Gokyo.
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Day 09: Trek down to Dhole (4200m)


We retrace our trail to Dhole gently descending downhill relishing the panoramic view of various mountains and passing through several villages. We walk through the forest to finally reach Dhole for an overnight stay.
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Day 10: Trek down to Namche Bazaar


We start our trek to Namche Bazaar walking past Phortse Thanga and Mong. We continue walking on stone steps through Mani walls as we pass through several Sherpa settlements and rhododendron forests to arrive in Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.
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Day 11: Trek to Lukla


For our final day of the trek, we hike back towards Lukla with unforgettable memories of the mountains and lakes, following the Dudh Koshi River downstream, and crossing some suspension bridges. Overnight at a lodge in Lukla.
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Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu


We leave Khumbu behind as we take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu relishing the beauty of nature throughout the flight. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
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Day 13: Final Departure


For your final departure, we drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately 3 hrs before scheduled flight.

Included:

Domestic and international flights transfer.
3 Star hotel accommodation at Kathmandu on double/twin room sharing with Breakfast.
Guided tour of the city with all entry fees as per Itinerary.
Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu flight.
Accommodation in trekking at best available Teahouse/Lodge.
Daily breakfast.
Lunch and dinner on the trip (on deluxe tour only).
Amble Himalaya Treks provides duffel bag and Sleeping bag to use during the trek.
Experience professional trek guide, accredited by the Nepal government.
Trekking permits and local taxes for the Everest region.
Porters required to carry all personal gear; 1 porter per 2 trekkers (on deluxe tour only).
Group first Aid Kit.
Emergency Travel Evacuation assistance.
Insurance for all our staff.
Trekking map for each trekker.
Amble Himalaya souvenirs on departure.
Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Excluded

Lunch and dinner on the trip (on budget and guide service).
Personal travel and medical evacuation insurance.
Nepal entry visa fee US$60 for one month, US$ 30 for 15 days.
Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water.
Tips for trekking guide & porters which is expected.
International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges.
Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest, etc.

The Trekking Group

For Gokyo Valley Trek we will have 2-9 people on each group and there will be one Guide, and assistance guide per 4 trekkers and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) only on the Deluxe trek package. On budget trek package and Guide service includes trek guide only, if you need porter can request separately.

Accommodations 

Amble Himalaya use Woodapple Hotel and Spa or similar hotels in Kathmandu for your accommodation. During the trek we will be using the best available trekking lodges and teahouse with attached bathroom where available and common bathroom at higher villages. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 340.

Meals

Depending in your chosen package, Deluxe Trek package includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner where you can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Budget trek package only include Breakfast and Guide Service package includes no meals. Breakfast and dinner will be served at same lodge you will stay and hot lunch will be served along the way. Farewell dinner will be provided to all packages at Kathmandu on your return from Trek.

For your final departure, we drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately 3 hrs before scheduled flight.



Well, it depends on fitness level. We recommend you to trek with an experienced guide if you’re trekking for the first time. Also, you must do regular exercise in daily life and take your time before attempting this trek. We also advise you to trek during peak season rather than in the off-peak seasons.

If you’re fully fit, you don’t need any specific training. If you are completely deskbound, then some cardiac training is recommended before trekking. You can try stair climbing or hill walking. You’ll be trekking uphill and downhill on rough paths for 8-12 days and 5 to 7 hours per day. Altitude may also make things much harder for you. So, you can enjoy your trek if you have a good level of fitness.
Q: What’s the difficulty level for Gokyo Valley Trek?
Gokyo Valley Trek is a moderate trek. In terms of topography, no ropes and no ice picks are needed. You don’t have to climb any vertical climbing. However, the ground is not paved. So, it is going to be a rough, rocky, and gravel-strewn path. The trek involves long trails that go up and then down repeatedly. You should take caution if you have weak ankles. There can also be snow and ice in the trails depending upon the seasons. Hence, you should use caution or seek the expertise of a guide for a safe trek.

You must acquire permits such as Sagarmatha National Park Fee & TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card. You don’t have to worry about them. Your documents will be arranged from the official Nepal Tourism Board offices. You need to send us two passport-sized photos and scanned passport copies for the permits.

Well, it depends on your current travel insurance provider. Some insurance may not include mountainous trekking or mountain climbing. You should check with them to confirm that trekking if your policy covers the Gokyo Valley Trek.

Some insurance may not cover you above certain altitudes as well. So, you need to confirm this with your insurance provider too. It’s our duty to let you know that a typical rescue costs $5,000 just for the helicopter alone. So, we recommend you to get your insurance coverage.

Gokyo Valley Trek