Gokyo Valley Trek is one of the most scenic valley treks in Nepal. Gokyo valley lies towards the west of the infamous Khumbu region. The peaceful valley is located in the Khumjung Village Development Committee of Solukhumbu District. It is one of the famous treks in the Everest Region well known for pristine turquoise lakes. There are altogether 19 lakes in the Gokyo Lake System, ranging at the height from 4,700 m–5,000 m covering the area of 485 acres of Ramsar Site. Out of the 19 lakes, six of them are opened for tourists in the Gokyo Valley Trek. The wilderness of nature boasts extensive pastures for yaks to graze during summer, simply breathtaking. The best part about Gokyo Valley Trek is it can be sub-trek of the Everest Base Camp Trek. It is possible to extend the package by adding another five days to the itinerary.
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 trek starts on the third day, as soon as you land in Lukla airport, one of the dangerous airports in the world. A three (3) hour trek to Phakding is a perfect start of the trek after an energizing breakfast in Lukla. Lukla is a small market that has a couple of restaurants, tea-houses, souvenir shops, cloth shops, and hotels. It is the Gateway to the Everest Region. A thirty (30) minute flight from Kathmandu takes you to a completely different world in Nepal. After hiking for almost three hours through the rhododendron and oak forest, we reach Phakding. Most of the tea-houses are closed in December and January. Lukla to Phakding is a downhill trek with few uphill trails, which is a perfect way to start your journey. Phakding is 2600 m above sea level while Lukla is at 2900 m. Phakding is perfect for acclimatizing, as it is the lowest point from Lukla to Namche.
The next day, we trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar, which is almost a seven (7) hour trail. On the way, there is a place named Jorsal where we lunch as it is the last village before Namche Bazar. You need to up your energy levels for the rest of the trail, which is almost four (4) hours. The trail goes side by side with the Dudh Koshi River. The Hillary Bridge, a suspension bridge, marks the start of the difficult part of the trek to Namche. A huge uphill trail to Namche Bazar is one of the strenuous section of the trek.
Namche Bazar at the height of 3440 m is a perfect place for acclimatization as you begin to feel the oxygen depletion in the air. The oxygen level depletes to 64% at Namche. Spending two nights at Namche Bazar provides you an opportunity to explore the Namche area. There are few pool/snooker houses, bars, and a museum where you can spend your day as a component of acclimatization.
After a good breakfast in the morning, Namche to Dole trek starts. The trek offers you incredible views of the world's tallest mountains. There comes a place named Saras, where the trek trail to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley separate. The vast landscapes of the wilderness are just overwhelming, and something never witnessed before. The trek route in the section is sculpted on the slopes of the rocky mountains. Some parts a secured on the side by metal railings. Big forty (40) minute downhill trek to Forgetanga and a strenuous uphill climb will take you to Dole.
The next day we will trek to Machhermo at the height of 4470 m. It is comparatively an easy trek to a day before, but you can feel the depletion in oxygen level. The weather gets chillier as you go higher, so high-quality winter gear and sleeping gear are a must in this region for staying warm and a good night's sleep. The weather is so cold that ice is turned into drinking water in this region. Macchermo is the next acclimatization spot where you will hike 200 m uphill from the tea-house. The view from the higher location at Machhermo is spectacular. Mount Cho Oyu (8210 m) seems just next to your eyes.
Day eight(8) is the final day towards Gokyo Valley, where you will spend 3 to 4 days in Gokyo Village depending upon the package you have selected. Gokyo Village is a small but beautiful place on Earth. The village resides on the lap of Gokyo Ri, Dudh Pokhari, and Mount Cho Oyu. The view of Renjo La Pass is incredibly astonishing. Gokyo Lake 1- Gyazumpa (72 acres) and Gokyo Lake 2- Taujan Pkhari (41.9 acres) comes first on the way to Gokyo Lake 3 (106 acres), where you stay in a tea-house. Gokyo Lake 3, also known as Dudh Pokhari, is the main attraction among the Lakes. Gokyo Lake 4- Tonak Pokhari (160.8 acres) is the largest of all. Gokyo Lake 5- Ngojunpa Cho (35.6 acres) is situated at the base of the Mount Cho Oyu. The Lakes are frozen during the winter, so the best time for Gokyo Valley Trek is during Autumn ( mid-September to end-November ) and Spring (March-May ).
You can choose to climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) if it is a part of your package. Gokyo Ri is just 2-3 hours climb from the place of your stay beside the Gokyo Lake 3. The top of Gokyo Ri is the only spot that offers you a sight of four of the highest mountains in the world. Cho Oyu (8,210 m), Mt. Everest (8,848), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), and Makalu (8,485 m) are the mountains, you can witness from atop of Gokyo Ri. Visiting the Gokyo 5 and 6 will take an extra day at Gokyo Village. Ngozumpa Glacier is covered in rocks and sand, one of the biggest glaciers in the world. This glacier offers a spectacular view of the mountainous landscape.
So, if you are craving for lakes, mountains, forests, altitude, and rural setting all at once, this trek is 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 Autumn( September to December ). Also, Spring Season( 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 are not the perfect time for the trek because of the unpredictable weather 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 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 your guide must understand you clearly. Every guide that we hire is perfect in English Speaking.
Yes, it’s possible to take kids to the trek. 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.
August 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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