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Gokyo Valley Trek

Outfitter Nepal - 10 days

  • Gokyo Valley Trek
  • 10 days / 9 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Itinerary
Included
Accommodation
Safety
Training
Packing List
Outfitter Nepal
FAQ
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Overview

> Explore Gokyo Ri
> Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lake
> Dudh Kosi valley
> Views for days

Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lake trek offers views of the amazing mountain scenery and insights into Sherpa lifestyle and culture as well as the mesmerizing panoramas of Everest and surrounding peaks, Gokyo Ri will be the highest point of the trek with unforgettable views of the Himalayas, with Everest at its best and below it all are the gleaming Gokyo lakes alongside Nepal’s largest glacier.

You will be treated to tremendous Himalayan scenery with majestic peaks including Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nupste, Pumori, Thamserku, Kangde, and many more on our Gokyo valley trek and this Himalayan landscape is populated by the famous high mountain people named the Sherpa following a customary way of life, the trek will offer a chance to witness the land of the Sherpa and visit stately Buddhist monasteries, occasional sightings of rare wildlife include the musk deer, Himalayan thar, snow leopard, pheasants and snow cocks, and some people even claim that the legendary yeti is somewhere in the Khumbu. Let’s go find him!

Itinerary

What's the plan?

Day 01 – Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding – 4 hours

We take a 45 minutes scenic flight to the small mountain airport of Lukla. Upon arrival, our guide will introduce you to the porters, then start today’s trekking following mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi river. Today will be easy trekking for about 4 hours until we reach Phakding.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 02 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) – 5 hours

After breakfast we start our trek and we continue our trekking following the Dudh Koshi River and crossing it many times on the way, we enter the park in Jorsale where we will stop for lunch as we rest our weary bones. Once we continue our trek; we after a few hours reach the bustling Namche Bazaar which appears ahead as we travel along a path surrounded by pines. We pass the plateau where the Saturday bazaar is held and enter the village. Namche Bazaar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Dudh Koshi. This vibrant village is a central hub of the area and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 03 – Acclimatisation at Namche Bazaar

Today we rest in Namche. This is good for our acclimatisation as it prevents any unforeseen altitude sickness ahead on the trail as we go to higher altitudes on the trek. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook as the lights come on in the evening. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Gokyo Valley. For acclimatization, we walk up to Khumjung village through Everest view Hotel in Syangboche and see beautiful views of the Himalayas including Mount Everest. Khumjung village is a brimming little town which is densely populated by the Sherpa community. At this village is an old monastery which we will visit as well.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 04 – Trek to Dole – 6 hours

Today we start trekking to Dole by following the same route to Base Camp until Sanasa then our trail ascends up to Mongla (4000m.) From here you will see panoramic views of various mountains, trek steeply descend passing through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest decorated with hanging mosses and lichens.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 05 – Trek to Macchermo – 5 hours

We start our trek after breakfast and from Dole you will climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases, the trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down in the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku.
Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 06 – Trek to Gokyo – 5 hours

Today we head for the lakes at Gokyo. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melt-water Rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We climb a steep rock inclined into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes, we soon arrive at the second lake, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m). The third lake, known as Dudh Pokhari, will appear and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo, trekking on the side of the lake, we will arrive at Gokyo.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 07 – Trek to Gokyo Ri and back to Machhermo – 7 hours

Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and we leave just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As we climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself, is one of the finest to be in the Everest region – some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar. After having admired the view, we will turn back to Gokyo. After lunch we have short trekking to the village of Machhermo.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 08 – Trek to Namche Bazaar – 5 hours

After having breakfast at our teahouse, we start our trek and the trail gently descends to Dole and then starts descending steeply to Photse Tenga passing through rhododendron forests, then the path immediately ascends steeply to Mongla Danda and gently descends up to Kyanjoma following small ups and down to Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 09: Trek to Lukla (4700m)

After having breakfast at our teahouse in Namche, we start our trek. Today is the last day of our Gokyo trekking. Expect a pleasant, mostly descending route with a few short uphills. We will cross the Bhote-Koshi River crossing three times and the last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you back to Lukla.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10: Flight Lukla – Kathmandu

After an early breakfast, we will catch a flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, we can transfer you to your hotel and say our goodbyes.

Food: Breakfast

Included

Included:

√ Pick up and transfer to and from airport
Your trekking company is able to pick you up from your hotel and return you after the trekking. If you need a transfer to and from the airport of Kathmandu, then this can also be organized.

Return flights Kathmandu – Lukla
The trekking begins and ends with an exciting flight. The cost of flights to and from Lukla is included in the price and will be booked by your trekking company.

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Staying in Teahouses during the trek
During the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. These are simple in nature, but fully equipped. Do not expect a luxury.

√  English speaking guide and a porter
One porter per two walkers. This way you don’t have to carry your complete equipment yourself. The guide speaks English.

√  Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for guide and porter
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.

√  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared during the trek. The meals are basic, but will give you enough energy for your appetite. Fruit is also available after each meal.

√  Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea are also organized by the trekking company. Every morning fresh coffee and tea are made. There are scheduled breaks to enjoy this.

√  Permit and TIMS
The total amount includes costs for the permit. This also applies to the TIMS Card, to the Trekkers Information Management System.

√  Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags
In order to trek in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. These are provided by your trekking company.

√ Altitude Sickness & First Aid Kit
The guides carry an altitude sickness kit to monitor your pulse rate, oxygen saturation, and heart rate twice a day (very useful for monitoring the symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS) at altitude).

√  Helicopter Service in Emergencies
Check whether this is reimbursed by your travel insurance and otherwise take out a supplementary travel insurance package for this.

Excluded:

× Visa for Nepal
Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.

× Flights to and from Nepal
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.

× Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning to go trekking in Nepal.

× Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi
Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower, hot running water, bottles of mineral water and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas. The water we encounter along the way is drinkable and is heated or boiled by us.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. The teahouses are basic of nature. Some of them have a squatter toilet, while others provide a western style alternative . Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water. Some teahouses have access to the internet, but always at an extra charge. Please read our blog about the teahouses in Nepal. 

 

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Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize.

While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built in. In some cases, it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is, therefore, best to plan a number of extra days in Nepal for possible unforeseen circumstances. Read all about altitude sickness here.

Training

Training

Do you make it to your destinations as planned? Often this depends on the unpredictable weather in the mountains. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.

Do you like walking, have you done trekking at altitude more often and do you sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas.

Is this the first time that you are trekking at altitude? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s walk twice a week. Read this blog post and get fit for trekking in Nepal.

Packing List

Packing List

Trekking in Nepal requires decent gear. Especially the basics like an 80-90l backpack and quality trekking socks. Read an extensive blog here about what to bring with you.

Documents
– Passport
– Travel insurance
– Boarding passes for flights
– 2 passport photos
– Driving License
– Dollars in cash
– Credit card (make sure you have $500 available on your card in case evacuation by helicopter is required)

Sleep
– Sleeping bag
– Extra sleeping bag lining

Footwear
– Mountain shoes: 3 or 4 season lightweight
– Slippers or sandals for the city
– Aircraft shoes (optional)

Clothing
– Make sure you have non-cotton clothing for during the trek
– 2 t-shirts with underlayer (e.g. running t-shirts)
– Fleece / softshell jacket
– Waterproof jacket
– Down jacket for warmth
– Travel and citywear
– Underwear
– Trousers for underlayer (optional)
– Waterproof pants
– Trekking pants
– Trekking shorts (optional)
– 2 thick trekking socks
– Lightweight and breathable trekking socks
– Gloves and woolen hat

Accessories
– One backpack: 35 liters
– A duffel bag or backpack with straps to go over your back (Max 8kg weight for the porters to carry)
– Drybag or waterproof cover for your backpack
– Water bottle/thermos: at least 2 litres.
– Sunglasses
– Sunscreen
– Personal medication
– Inhaler, blister plasters, etc.
– General toiletries, contact lenses, spectacles (if necessary)
– Towel
– Electronics
– Headlight, travel adapter, phone & charger
– Lip balm
– Book
– MP3/Music and headphones
– Hand disinfectant, biodegradable wet wipes

Outfitter Nepal

Outfitter Nepal

Outfitter Nepal is a local based trekking, tour, travel and outdoor company with over a decade of extensive experience in Nepal’s tourism industry. The company, fully owned and operated by Nepalese professionals has led tourist visitors on adventure holidays through some of the most rugged and remote mountainous regions of the Himalayan country of Nepal; Tibet, India and Bhutan.


Outfitter Nepal is affiliated to the NPL, NTB, TAAN, NMA and is also a member of the Himalayan Rescue Association. One their values is to strictly adhere to the norms of the International Porters Protection Group.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Season
If you have read our blog post about the best time for trekking in Nepal, you will know that every season in Nepal is suitable for trekking. However, in certain times of the year the one area of Nepal is more favorable than the other. Most people who go trekking in the Everest region and Gokyo Valley do so from March till the beginning of June and from September till the end of December. The Annapurna Region is best enjoyed in March to May and from October all the way to December. Just like Everest, you can trek in Annapurna all year round. The same seasons are most popular when talking the Manaslu Circuit and the Langtang Valley. The Upper Mustang is your choice during the Monsoon season when the rest of the country gets more rainfall. The Upper Dolpo is perfect most of the year, especially from March all the way to November.

Porters
Bookatrekking.com strives to only work with providers who treat porters in a fair manner. Without porters, there is no trekking in Nepal. They are the heart and soul of your adventure and they every day carry part of your gear. Bookatrekking.com always tries to find a balance between an affordable trekking adventure and the fair treatment of porters.

Tipping
Porters are partly dependent on tipping. The cheaper your trekking, the more likely it is that the salary for porters is low. In any case, this must be compensated with tipping. It is an unwritten law in the Himalayas. On your way, you will notice that the amount of tipping is a hot topic. At the end of the trek, there is an opportunity to give tips. The rule of thumb is to count 10 to 15% of the total amount of the trek. This can be divided into 60-40. The 60% of the amount goes to the guide and 40% is for the porter(s).

Currency and Payment Methods
We recommend you to bring US dollars or euros to pay for your visa, further travel and other costs. It is easiest to travel in Nepal with US dollars. Nepal has reasonable banking facilities with branches of a number of international local commercial banks. Credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. ATMs can be found everywhere in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are ATMs in larger cities during the hikes. However, it is a good idea to bring enough money from Kathmandu or Pokhara as in Nepal you never know if the ATMs will work.

Visa Nepal
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you can get a tourist visa. USD 25 for 15 days from the date of issue, USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for 90 days tourist visa. You need two passport photos. You can apply for an online visa here.

Vaccinations
No immunizations are required visiting Nepal, but it’s always worth checking which vaccinations are recommended and check you are up-to-date with all your boosters.

Although you can get vaccinations in Kathmandu, it’s generally better (and often cheaper) to get them before your trip. Either way, it’s always worth consulting with your local doctor or nurse for up-to-date travel and inoculation advice at least 6 weeks before your planned departure date.

The main recommended vaccinations for Nepal are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. Boosters are also recommended for Tetanus, Polio, Mumps, and Measles. Depending on your travel plans, you may also consider inoculations against Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, and Rabies. This is especially important if you have young children, plan to stay for an extended period of time, working in healthcare, or visiting rural areas and the lowlands of the Terai Region.

How To Book

How does it work?

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After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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