Trip Facts

  • Total Days: 17
  • Trekking Days: 12
  • Hotel in Kathmandu: 4 Nights
  • Trek Grade: Moderate/strenuous
  • Altitude Maximum: 5360m (Gokyo-Ri)
  • Type of Trek: Lodge
  • Best season: March–May and September-November
  • Walking Time: 4-7 hours each day

It won’t be an overstatement to state that the Gokyo Valley is preternaturally beautiful. Why? Its beauty is ineffable, however, we will try to list a few supposedly major attractions. In short, consider the dainty town Namche Bazar, placid peacock-blue Gokyo lakes, Nepal’s largest glacier the Ngozumpa glacier, and exotic view of the gigantic snow capped Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Makalu from the top of the Gokyo Ri at 5357 m, you will be spellbound your entire life!

You will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, and from there, you will embark on the enticing trek. From Lukla, you will walk the usual the Khumbu Trekking route up until Kyangjuma near Namche Bazar–a shopping hub for tourists with fancy cafes and lodges will be your acclimatization spot.

After acclimatization session, you will follow the trail leading to pleasant Mongla Danda from where you can have fascinating views of Mt. Ama dablam and Imza valley. Thereafter, the trek up until the Gokyo Lake will take you through culturally rich traditional Sherpa villages, like Dole, and Machchermo. Peaceful and pleasant pastoral villages will be quite refreshing.

When you eventually start running into a series of lakes, in fact, 19 different lakes that constitute the Gokyo Lake System, you cannot control your paroxysm of elation—everything there is quite paradisiac, and your feelings will be pretty climactic.

The lakes are appealingly aquamarine. On top of that, the region has a temple of the Hindu gods, Vishnu and Shiva. Also, the snake god Nag Devata is believed to reside there. In addition to this, it is also a sacred site for Buddhists.

Finally, ascending the Gokyo Ri at 5357 m will be your quite an immense achievement. From there, you will have a panoramic view of the peaks, like the Mt. Everest, the Cho Oyu, the Lhotse, and the Makalu par excellence.

The trek will be your lifetime accomplishment—something to smile over, something to be proud of in later life.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath & Patan
Day 03: Flight Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding
Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Day 05: Acclimatization day
Day 06: Trek Namche to Phortse Thanga
Day 07: Trek Phortse Thanga to Machhermo
Day 08: Trek Machhermo to Gokyo
Day 09: Hike to Gokyo-Ri (Exploration Day)
Day 10: Trek Gokyo to Dole
Day 11: Trek Dole to Pangbuche
Day 12: Trek Pangbuche to Tengboche
Day 13: Trek Tengboche to Monjo
Day 14: Trek Monjo to Lukla
Day 15: Flight Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 16: Visit Bhaktapur
Day 17: Departure

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport and you will be transferred to the hotel by one of our representatives. Welcome dinner at one of the  Nepali traditional restaurants in Kathmandu.
Overnight: Hotel
Elevation: 1334m

Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath and Patan: start our tour visiting a magnificent Buddhist stupa Swoyambunath followed by a visit of Patan, a true open air museum with its pagodas, temples, and monasteries.
Overnight: Hotel
Elevation: 1334m

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2650m): A scenic flight to Lukla (2865m) where we start our trek to Phakding which takes about 4 hours. The trail to Phakding has several ups and downs including stone steps. We trek via Cheplung (2700m), Thado Koshi and Ghat (2590m) villages. Phakding is a small charming place with some comfortable lodges.
Overnight: Lodge
Flight Time: 40 minutes
Walking Time: 4 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 1531m

Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m): The busy trail follows Dudh Koshi River and reaches Zamphuti where you can observe the beautiful view of Thamserku Peak then continue to Chomoa. We continue our trek again and climb to Monjo 2850m). Monjo is entry point of Sagarmatha National Park so we should complete our trekking permit and National park entry formalities before we enter the park. The trek again continues to Jorsale where we start our ascent to Namche Bazaar after crossing the large suspension bridge. Along the way you get the first proper glimpse of Mt. Everest and other surrounding peaks. It is a hard and long climb on stone steps for the first part and gets little gradual once you get to the second top but it is a demanding uphill climb throughout the whole day.
Namche bazaar is known as the gateway to Everest and has some modern facilities including  some very good lodges, several monasteries, shops, bakeries, an army camp, Sagarmatha National Park quarter, museum etc.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 7 hours
Difference in Elevation: +790m.

Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche (3440m): Today we hike to nearby Everest View Hotel where you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of Mt. Everest and surrounding mountains. It is about 2 hours steep climb to Everest View hotel and about an hour descend back to Namche. You may also be interested to visit Sherpa Museum which is a great place to learn Sherpa culture and the history of mountaineering in the region.
Overnight: Lodge

Day 06: Trek Namche to Phortse Thanga (3680m): The trek starts with a flat trail to Shanasa for about one and half hour. From here the trail ascends to Mongla hill for about two hours climbing on stone steps on steep uphill. Then the trail continues on steep downhill to Phortse Thanga for about one and half hour where we spend the night. The views of Khumbila, Tawache peak, Mt. Amadablam, Thamserku peaks are highlight of the day.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 5-6 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 240m

Day 07: Trek Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4470m): The trail begins by ascending steeply through rhododendron forests, passing many Kharkas on its way to Tongba (3950m) and Gyele (3960m) and then reaches Dole. From Dole we cross a small River and continue ascending to Lhaparma (4330m), and Luza (4340m) and finally we reach Machermo. It is a demanding uphill trek going through steep steps and slope. The Mountain View from this area is superb.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: +660m

Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4790m): Start our trek on a gradual uphill and trail stays similar all the way to Gokyo. We climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes and soon arrive at the second lake, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking along the edge of the lake the scenery is breathtaking: the summits of Cho- Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflect beautifully in its emerald green water.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 4 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 320m

Day 09: Exploration Day: Early morning hike to Gokyo –Ri (5360m) for the wonderful mountain scenery including Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, Twache and other peaks. This is the highest point of this trek and creates unforgettable lifetime memories for you to enjoy. It is really strenuous trek to Gokyo-Ri due to the altitude and steep slopes, it is worth climbing though. Then we retrace our steps back to Gokyo and explore more of Gokyo valley.
Overnight: Lodge

Day 10: Trek Gokyo to Dole (4200m): as we continue our trek, we leave Gokyo valley behind and descend towards Portse thanga retracing our track back to Dole. It is about five hours trek on gradual downhill.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: -590m

Day 11: Trek Dole to Pangbuche (3930m): continuing our trek, we descend down to Phorte Thanga through steep downhill mostly on stone steps and start climbing to Phortse; climbing to Phortse starts with gentle uphill and gets steeper as we approach to Phortse; a village popular for Everest climbers. After our lunch in Phortse, we continue our trek to Pangbuche enjoying the view of Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Lotse, Lotse sar, Nupte and Imja valley along with most popular climbing peak Island peak. There are some steep climbs on stone steps on the way to Pangbuche; the trail goes through vertical face of Phorste hill. The trail is carved on big rocky face of the hill and tightly goes through the edge of this huge rocky hill for most of the afternoon.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: -270m

Day 12: Trek Pangbuche to Tengboche (3860m): we visit one of the oldest monasteries and surroundings in Pangbuche before we start our trek for the day. Then, we start our trek to Tengbuche gently descending to Imja Khola and easy walk through rhododendron forest followed by short steep ascend to Tengboche. Tengboche is a very renowned tourist destination in Nepal because of its well known Buddhist monastery and superb mountain views. We visit the monastery in the evening.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 2 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 70m

Day 13: Trek Tengboche to Monjo (2840m): We continue our trek from Tengboche descending steeply through a stunning forest of rhododendron, blue pine and silver fir to Phunkithanga a small settlement with couple of tea houses. The trail ascends to Trashinga on a steep slope crossing a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River continuing through juniper and pine forest, on fairly enjoyable trail to Namche Bazaar. After lunch in Namche the trail steeply descends to Dudh koshi going mostly on steps before crossing the suspension bridge and continues to Monjo following Dudh Koshi River.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6-7 hours
Difference in Elevation: -1020m

Day 14: Trek Monjo to Lukla (2865m): On our final days’ trek to reach Lukla we cross Phakding, Ghat, Thado Koshi, and Cheplung taking about 4-5 hours to complete. We retrace our trek back to Lukla walking on well marked trial going through several up and down hills.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 4-5 hours
Difference in Elevation: +25m

Day 15: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1334m): Early morning scenic flight back to Kathmandu. The flight usually leaves early from Lukla and takes about 40 minutes to Kathmandu.
Overnight: Hotel
Flight Time: 40 minutes
Difference in Elevation: - 1531m

Day 16: Visit Bhaktapur: We drive for about an hour to visit an ancient city, Bhaktapur. It is one of the oldest cities of Kathmandu valley and used to be the capital city of the valley.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 17: Transfer to the airport and departure.

Cost Includes

  • Transfers airport/hotel/airport
  • Hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis
  • Transport, guided visits and entry of the monuments in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight tickets Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu
  • Domestic airport taxes
  • Trekking permits - TIMS, and National park entry fee
  • A professional English speaking tour/ trekking guide and porter
  • Meals Full board during trek
  • Drinks (Tea and Coffee only)
  • Accommodation in Lodge during the trek
  • Your international flight re-confirmation
  • All necessary documents and government tax
  • Insurance for all staff (including guide, porter)


cost Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory and we strongly advise you to take out to cover accident/repatriation helicopter/medical care)
  • Alternative / additional transportation (flights / vehicles), Accommodation in case of flood, landslide, heavy rain (bad weather), strike, road blockade etc.
  • Personal expenses such as cold drinks, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, telephone, Hot shower etc
  • Emergency evacuation rescue charge, if needed
  • Tips for tour/trekking staff

Special Note: This Itinerary can be customized according to the duration of your holiday. The Trek can be operated with Lodge/tea house and/or camping accommodation, based on your preference. We have many options for shorter visits based on your interests and budget.

NOTE: The price of the tour will be adjusted according to the group size.

Trekking Gear:

Srl.

Description

Qty.

Remarks

01 Day back-pack

1

02 Gore-Tex Jacket

1

03 Down Jacket

1

04 Fleece Jacket

1

05 Micro Fleece

1

06 Trekking pants(Trousers)

2

07 Hiking shoes (Boots)

1

08 Runners (sport shoes)

1

09 Trekking Socks

3

10 Rain poncho

1

11 Sun-glasses

1

12 Water bottles

2

13 Thermal underwear(long)

1-2

14 T- shirts

2-3

15 Sunscreen/lotion

1

16 Flip flop (sandal)

1

17 Towel

1

18 Hat(Baseball cap)

1

19 Pristine drops (Water purifier)

1

20 Head light/flash light

1

21 Sleeping Bag

1

22 Gloves

1

23 Wind Proof Trouser (s)

1

24 Personal medical kid

1

25 Toiletries

1

Weather Report

Nepal Climate

Climate:
From the eternal snow of the high peaks to the extensive tropical lowlands, Nepal has a wide variety of climates.

Spring: March to late May: In this season, Kathmandu is in full bloom, lots of different types of flowers can be seen at this time of the year. Temperature is mild, end of the cold winter and approaching warm and hot summer. Temperatures vary between 10 ° C to 28 ° C but can rise up to 30 ° C. Between 2000 and 3000m, temperature rarely drop below 0 ° C. However, few frosts or snowfalls are possible in March above 4000 m.

The summer/monsoon period: It interrupts the majority of trekking from late June to late August. Some of the trekking regions "trans-Himalayan", Dolpo and Mustang, however, remain protected from monsoon prevailing rest of the country. They are the only channels available in Nepal in the summer.

Autumn: mid September – mid December - Perfect temperature and weather for trekking. Brings cooler days, but clear skies. Above 3000 m altitude, temperatures can drop to -10 ° C at night.

In winter: mid-December - mid-February - Nights are generally cold, dry climate, Above 3000m, temperature drop down to 0 ° C to - 15 ° C at night, the days are often sunny.

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