A small and beautiful valley in the Solukhumbu region, Gokyo Valley Trek is certainly heaven on Earth. Gokyo valley lies at the foot of Gokyo Ri and near to the Gokyo Lake- Dudh Pokhari. It is an isolated village inhabited by Sherpa community. Overall, the Gokyo Valley trek has a lot of surprises throughout the journey.
The first attraction is certainly the lakes. The turquoise blue chain of lakes, staying clam next to the majestic mountains is a sight that will give ultimate peace to your soul. Situated at 4790 m above sea level, Gokyo lakes is one of the highest freshwater lake systems. Gokyo Lakes is a series of 6 lakes: Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari), Thonak Cho (the largest), Gyazumpa Cho, Tanjung Cho, Ngozumpa Cho, and Longbanga Cho. Among them, Gokyo Cho is the second largest lake and the culturally significant one.
Talking about the trek, the journey is as blissful as the lakes. This high altitude trail of the Everest region trek takes you through numerous rivers, bridges, forests, lakes, and glaciers. The beautiful views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Nuptse, and other peaks will follow you throughout the journey. The red, pink and white Rhododendron forests will freshen you up from long tiring walks. The tingling sounds of bells as the yaks and donkeys pass by, will be our music. As we gain more altitude, we will come across frozen waterfalls, snowy path, glaciers, and moraines. You may also climb the Gokyo Ri soaring up to an altitude of 5357 meters.
The trail takes us through many villages including Khumjung, Kunde, Namche, and Gokyo giving us a glimpse of life in the mountains. The lifestyle in these century-old settlements is influenced by the Tibetan Buddhist culture. Thus, we will come across many Gumbas, Chorten, Mani walls, and prayer flags along the way. The foods are also adapted to the crops available and the energy required for thriving living in those cold areas. You should not miss trying the Tibetan Butter Tea- made up of yak butter, salt, milk, and tea leaves.
The most suitable time for Gokyo Valley Trek trek is autumn (September to November) or spring (March to May). So, if you are craving for lakes, mountains, forests, altitude, and rural setting all at once, this trek is certainly the one for you. Adventure White Mountain will take care of all your arrangements so that you can fully enjoy what you came for.
The best time of the year for Gokyo lake trek is September to December. Also, March to May is favorable for the trek. You can get the best landscape of hills, mountain ranges, forest areas during the time. January and February is not the perfect time for the trek because of unpredictable climatic condition. The route shines bright, and the lodges wait for the guest all the time. Overall, get ready for the trek, it’s going to make your dream comes true.
Breakfast, a meal will be provided by Adventure White Mountain. Other items like daily breakfast, snacks will be provided during the trek. The lodges we stay will be standard with all sorts of necessary things well-managed. During the trekking time, we recommend the Local food item of Nepal (Daal, Bhat, Pickles, and Curry).
The hiking time depends upon travelers. We have found that some are totally fit and fine and can walk continuously. Hence, they complete a daily hike on average of 5 hours. For others, it may take 5-7 hours daily.
Of course, the guides are experienced with detailed knowledge of routes, tea houses, mountains, and hills. You can ask and check their English because it’s very important that your guide should understand you clearly. Every guide that we hire is perfect in English Speaking.
Yes, it’s possible to take kids to the trek. In fact, we can arrange a family trek to Gokyo Valley trek.
A representative of Adventure White Mountain will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and will transfer you to the hotel. If you are fresh enough and not tired by journey, you can take short walk over Thamel and enjoy the evening. Overnight in a hotel.
Our tour and trekking plan begins from the second day of your arrival and that is today! You visit Kathmandu—City of Temples—with experienced English speaking guide. Primarily, there are four touring destinations in Kathmandu—Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swoyambhunath stupa (Monkey temple) and Bouddhanath stupa. All of these places are UNESCO listed World Heritage Site.
You can experience night life of Kathmandu. There will be pre- trip discussion with your mountain climbing Sherpa guides for well preparation of the trek.
After breakfast we drive to Tribhuvan Internation Airport in order to catch flight to Lukla. It is a wonderful and ever remembering beautiful scenic flight of your life. After spend around half an hour on board you land at Lukla.
You get view of some beautiful mountains in Lukla. Now we start trekking towards Phakding. Enjoying rhododendron forests and snow-capped peak we head towards Phakding where we will spend night.
Route to Namche Bazzar is really beautiful. We follow the route of Dudh Koshi River. We arrive at Monjo. It is an entrance to Sagarmath National Park. From here we have to walk few more hours and this will bring us at Namche Bazaar.
Namche is largest city of Khumbu Region. People here gather, get socialize and purchase daily needs. Sherpa are the main inhabitants of this area. We will spend night in a hotel here at Namche Bazaar.
We will be enjoying today as a rest day. While on trek rest day is essential. It balances your body temperature with the increasing altitude ands this si known as acclimatization.
Despite being rest day we will be roaming local area of Namche. It is a beautiful city where you get opportunity to acquaint with Sherpa culture and local tradition. People here are friendly. You can visit Sagarmatha National Park. The park inhabits snow leopard, musk deer and it is reported that even Red Panda are sighted here. More than 170 species of birds are found here. We will put off at a hotel in Namche.
After breakfast we start our walking. It is steep climb today. Passing rhododendron forests and many summer settlements (Kharka) we arrive at Tongba. Crossing it (Tongba) and Gyele will introduce you with Dole.
The view of Khumbila and Tawache from here are awe-inspiring. We will spend night at Dole.
After breakfast we start walking and we arrive at Lambara first. Further walk will lead us to Luza. Following uphill climb we arrive here. There are many kharkas that you will see on the way to Machherma. Climbing high above the river will finally bring us at Machherma. Here we will stay overnight.
After some time of walk we arrive at some point and from here you get view of Kantega and Cho Oyu. It is a nice view. We cross Pangka and following descend trail arrive at river bank. A steady climb will bring us at Ngozumpa Glacier. We will walk for few more hours and this will take us to Gokyo. Here we will stay overnight.
We will be enjoying today as a rest day. While on trek rest day is essential. It balances your body temperature with the increasing altitude and this is known as acclimatization.
Despite being rest day we will be roaming local area of Gokyo. Climbing Gokyo Ri/Peak is the best option for today. Entire Gokyo Region appears beautiful from here. The splendid view of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Twache will leave deep impression in you. You can also hike reaching Ngozumpa Lake.
Overnight in Gokyo.
Today, after breakfast, we descend down to Dole. We will trace the same track to get back to Dole where we will spend our night. It is thrill and excitement packed long walk.
Today, we will gear up towards Namche Bazaar following the same route which led us to Dole from Namche. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Crossing Bhote Koshi River and going through Jorsale we reach Monjo in noon. Descend walk further leads to Dudh Koshi River. By the late noon we arrive at Lukla. Here you can enjoy the night.
Today we catch flight for Kathmandu from Lukla. It is a beautiful scenic flight of around half an hour. You can enjoy some time in Kathmandu. Roam around Thamel and enjoy the shoping. Today Adventure White Mountain will offer you farewell dinner.
Here ends your trekking today. A representative of Adventure White Mountain will drop you to the airport three hours before your arranged flight to help you reach your destination.
September 17, 2019
I and my 13 years old son did the Gokyo trek with Dipak. Dipak is very knowledgable, reliable, patient and friendly. He took care of all of the logistics (including a few real-time changes) as well as the guidance, so we could dedicate our attention to the extreme natural experience and physical challenge. I recommend everyone to do this trek with Adventure White Mountain specially with Dipak definitely will be unforgettable trip
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