Gokyo Valley Trekking
The Gokyo Lake trek is second popular destination in the Everest area. This is actually a trek to glacial lakes, beginning at Lukla, which takes you into the heart of the mountains and the culture of Sherpa people in the Everest region. We fly to Lukla airstrip and start to trek with an easy walk to Phakding. From here the trail goes up crossing Dudh Koshi River few times then a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar actually is a bustling Sherpa village providing shops, bakery, banks, internate and long distant call as well. Before heading up, a day is spent here for acclimatization and just soaking up the atmosphere. The trail goes quickly to the to of the village with beautiful view of mt. Ama Dablam to the right and gradually the Tengboche hill with an old monastery and other mountains. The Gokyo trail leaves Everest Base Camp trail from Khumjung and passes through the interesting Sherpa settlements with tremendous scenery, as we climb towards Gokyo we have superb views down the valley to Kongtega and up towards Cho Oyu. The view from Gokyo-Ri is spectacular with the best being obtained after a short climb above the lake. There are more lakes further to visit but need a full day with packed food and drink. Finally retrace down normally following the valley’s eastern side to Forest village or same trail and descend to Namche then to Lukla from and fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Flight to Katmandu (1310m/4298ft) and overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: An early morning to Lukla from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding. (2610mtrs/8563ft). Flight 30 minutes and walking 3 hours.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286ft).
Day 04: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazzar.
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche(3860m/12664ft). In the evening visit world famous Buddhist monastery.
Day 06: Trek to Dole (4,040m/13,251ft). Walking 5:30 hours
Day 07: Trek to Machermo (4,480m/14,246ft) walking 4:30 hours
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo Lakes (4,750m/15,580ft)
Day 09: Hiking upto Gokyo Ri (5483m/1983ft) and trek down to Gokyo lakes.
Day 10: Gokyo Trek to Phortse (3800m)
Day 11:Â Phortse Trek to Tengboche (3860m)
Day 12: Tengboche Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 13: Namche Bazaar Trek to Phakding (2610 m.)
Day 14: Phakding Trek to Lukla (2840 m.)
Day 15: Lukla Fly back to Katmandu.
Day 16: Departure from Katmandu.
- Airport pick up and Drop by private car/van/bus.
- Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with private car/van/bus.
- Three nights standard accommodation in Kathmandu (Bed & Breakfast).
- Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking.
- All necessary paper works and national park entry permits.
- Domestic airport pick up and drop by private car/van/ Flight ticket (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu).
- All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
- Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS).
- An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters.
- Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service.
- Outfitter Nepal’s sleeping bag, down jackets, and walking stick, if necessary.
- Medical supplies.
- All government taxes.
- Nepal entry visa fee. You will require 2 passport size photos.
- Your Travel insurance.
- Food while you are in Kathmandu.
- Entrance fees while sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley.
- Your personal expenses.
- All the alcoholic and non alcoholic Drinks.
- Sweet things like chocolate.
- Hot Shower during the Trek.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Tips for the guide and porter.
Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes I described in this site. Depending on the area and season, I will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Many of the items on the list are available in Nepal. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal Himalayas.
- Lightweight walking boots.
- If new one is being bought, “walk them in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
- A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when your boots are wet.
- Warm jacket. Fiber fill or down should be adequate. This is especially essential during winter, from December to February.
- A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
- Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential.
- Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu.
- A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu.
- Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night.
- Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.
- Thermal underwear. Which is excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months.
- A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent.
- 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/skirts.
- 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
- A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
- A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
- A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best.
- 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
- 2 pairs of thin and 2 pair of thick woolen socks.
- “Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.
Equipment & Accessories
- Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking.
- Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a book etc.
- Water bottle.
- Snow glasses and sunglasses.
- 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
- 6-10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
- Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
- Toiletries with large and small towels.
- Toilet paper can be by in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
- Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
- Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
- An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
- Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional) – an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photographs.
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