Gokyo Valley Treks
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Gokyo Valley Trekking is one of the world’s great classic treks in the Everest Region of Nepal. It is also known as Gokyo Lake Trek and Gokyo Ri Trek. It offers an unforgettable trekking experience into the most mountainous region of the world. Well, this trek is the best option for all adventure junkies as well as nature lovers as the trail is peaceful and tranquil as compared to classic Everest Base Camp trek. Gokyo Valley Trek leads to tranquil Gokyo Valley with the stunning view of Gokyo Lakes. Hiking to the Gokyo Ri highest point of the trek and get the awe-inspiring view of Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal.
Gokyo Valley is also known as the Valley of Death is located along the bank of the Gokyo Lake. The main attraction of the trek is an exciting flight to Lukla, explore the mountains and valleys around the lofty snow-capped peaks, visit monasteries, and explore the stunning Gokyo valley. Throughout the trek, you will get an opportunity to learn about the culture and traditions of the famous Sherpa people. Moreover, you can also combine Gokyo Valley Trek with the famous classic Everest Base Camp Trek.
Once you reach Gokyo Valley, you can cross the Ngozumpa glacier and then make a steep climb up the pass and connect with the Everest Base Camp trail. Likewise, it can also be combined with the Three Passes Trek. After crossing the second of the three passes, Cho La takes you to Gokyo valley. Lastly, as compared to the famous Everest Base Camp trek route; you will see fewer trekkers. So, if you are seeking a more peaceful trail, this would be infinitely more rewarding. Walk-in quiet trails and enjoy adequate time with nature!
Best Time to Gokyo Valley Trek
Gokyo Valley Trek is doable all year round. But spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) is the best time to visit Gokyo Valley trek. In terms of stable weather and best views, you can choose among these seasons for this trek.
During the spring season, the trekking route, especially in the forest trail, is colorful as rhododendrons are in full bloom. In the autumn season, the weather conditions are stable, and the sky is usually clear and bright. Both these seasons offer you the best mountain views with the clear sky.
Likewise, in the off-season like winter and monsoon, the trek is a bit challenging but not impossible. During monsoon season, the rain and wet trail may spoil the fun of the trekking. So, if you wish to trek in the off-season, then gather the proper information and appropriate packing lists.
Gokyo Valley Trek Difficulty
Gokyo Valley Trek is generally considered as a moderately strenuous trek with this length and altitude. Starting from Lukla at 2,100 meters, the trekking route ascends to Gokyo Ri at around 5,400 meters. So, there is a chance of altitude sickness, but as you will not be spending a night at such high altitude so it might create less problematic situations in terms of weather and AMS.
Moreover, Gokyo Valley Trek requires a good level of fitness and enough acclimatization day to avoid acute mountain sickness. So before embarking your trek, you can improve your fitness level. You can do some physical fitness training like jogging, running, cycling, and swimming starting a month or two before your trek.
- Short and exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
- Climbing Gokyo Ri at an altitude of 5,483 meters
- Exploring Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Impressive view of Ngozumpa Glacier, one of the longest glacier in the Himalayas
- Gokyo Lakes
- Hidden Gokyo valley
- Spectacular view of snow-capped peaks over 8,000 meters including Mt. Everest
- Learn about the indigenous Sherpa culture and traditions
- Enjoy the remarkable hospitality of mountain people
- Explore Namche Bazaar, a beautiful mountain town
- Walking through challenging trail and enjoy the view of the beautiful landscape
- Traversing through mani walls, chortens, and colorful prayer flags
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m)
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Fly to Lukla(2,886m) and Trek to Phakding(2,610m, 4hrs.)
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m, hrs.)
Acclimatization in and around Namche Bazaar
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4,200m, 5mhrs.)
Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4,470m, 3hrs.)
Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4,790m)
Acclimatization in Gokyo; Visit Gokyo lakes and Climb Gokyo Ri (6hrs)
Trek from Gokyo to Machhermo (4,470m, 7hrs.)
Trek from Machhermo to Phorse village (5,400m, 7hrs.)
Trek from Phorse village to Namche Bazaar (1.5hrs)
Trek to Phakding (4hrs)
Trek from Phakding to Lukla (4hrs)
Fly back to Kathmandu
- Hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan
- Arrival and departure transfers
- KTM – LUKLA – KTM Airfare
- All meals during trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- TIMS and Sagarmatha National Park Entrance fees
- English speaking guide and necessary number of porters
- Trekking crew salary, food and insurance
- All accommodation during trekking (best available lodge)
- Sleeping bag and down jacket if required
- Company branded T-shirt
- Nepali SIM Card during your Nepal trip
What altitudes do we reach while on the Gokyo Valley Trek?
The highest point of the trek is 5357 meters. The Gokyo RI is the highest point on this trek. Some people like to go to Renjo la pass top instead of Gokyo RI. The Renjo la top is 5360 meters.
How long do we need to hike everyday while trekking in the Gokyo Valley?
On a Normal day, we will walk around 5 to 6 hours but there is some longer day in the itinerary. During the long day, we will walk for 7 to 8 hours also. Some trekkers like to trek straight all the way from Gokyo to Namche which is not a regular plan but possible. It will take a longer time.
Is it possible to swim in the Gokyo Lake?
Swimming in Gokyo Lake is forbidden but even we can see few people doing the swim at their own risk. The water is very cold and people can get sick too.
Can children be a part of the Gokyo Valley Trek?
Yes, Due to low sleeping elevations, this is suitable for all walks of life including the children. The people who avoid Everest base camp trek due to high elevation can do this. It is suitable for kids, children as well as old people.
Is acclimatization necessary for Gokyo Valley Trek?
Yes, you will have to stay one night in Namche Bazar before making it through to the Gokyo Valley. Here you will have to trek as high as 5380 meters and sleep at 4800 meters high. Hence you need to acclimatize during your hike, as it is all about ascents and tiring climbs. To be on safer side, acclimatization provides you with the right balance which is good for your body and mind.
What is the best season to trek in the Everest Gokyo Valley?
The best season to visit Everest Gokyo Valley is in the months of September, to December and March to May in. During these seasons, the sky is mostly clear, days are mostly sunny and the possibility of snowstorm and rainfall is very low.
How cold will it be in the Everest Gokyo Valley trek?
The days will be mostly warm while it gets cold between sunset and sunrise. On clear days of autumn, it gets as warm as 20 degree Celsius and the coldest nights in December can go as low as -23 degree Celsius. You will be inside the tea house in the evenings, nights and every morning when the room temperatures will not be less than 5 degree Celsius.
Can I see Mount Everest from the Gokyo Valley trek?
Yes! The southwest face of Mount Everest is best seen from Gokyo Ri (5,357 m/17,575 ft). The view of Mount Everest is more extended and trekkers here voted to view Everest seen from Gokyo Ri as the best panorama view of the whole Everest Region Trek.
Is it required to have trekking experience to trek Everest Gokyo Valley trek?
It is preferred to have some trekking experience beforehand. However many first timers have done this trek successfully. All you need is good fitness, self-motivation and a strong passion to succeed the Gokyo Valley trek.
How do I book the Gokyo Valley Trek in Nepal?
To book the Gokyo Valley Trekking in Nepal, Mission Nepal Holidays offers you a number of booking options including:
Wire transfer OR,
Cash on arrival
What happens if an emergency evacuation is needed while trekking in the Gokyo Valley?
In case of an emergency evacuation, while trekking you can directly contact us on the number provided instantly. Upon receipt of your detailed information we react as quickly as possible to rescue you out of danger situations safely.
What about medical treatment on the Gokyo Valley trek?
A simple medical kit can be lifesaving without taking much space in your baggage. You never know what could go wrong. Prevention is better than cure, as always.
Is it possible to communicate to my family while trekking in the Gokyo Valley?
You can have easy access to communication but in remote areas we use satellite phones. So communication won’t be an issue.
Is there tipping compulsory for guides and porters?
Tipping is not necessary although tipping for guide and staff is good practice, porter and guide expect tip, your tip helps their family.
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