Gokyo Ri Valley Trek

Standing at the altitude 5,357m, Gokyo Ri is one of the popular and amazing trekking routes in the Khumbu region, located on the west side of the Ngozumpa glacier (Largest ice glacier in Nepal and reputed to be the largest in the whole Himalayan). It is considered as the best viewpoint for Everest and other peaks. Flight to Lukla starts our trek. Passing through the popular destination of the Everest Region (Namche) and other villages like; Dole, Machhermo, we will reach the Gokyo valley.

Gokyo valley is the main destination of this trip as from here we can view different mountains including Mount Makalu, Mount Lhotse, Mount Cho Oyu, and Mount Everest. The valley contains 19 Gokyo Lakes which makes the view even more breathtaking. Observing the Gokyo valley we come back to the Lukla and from there a flight to Kathmandu end our trip. Inhabited by the Solitary Tibetan-Buddhist civilization of Sherpa, Gokyo valley is the best option to visit in the Everest Region.
Trip Code: GRVT62
Starts: Lukla
Finishes: Lukla
Duration: 16 Days
Difficulty: Moderate
Group Size: 1 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Mar-May,Sep-Nov
Elevation: 5357m/ 17575.5ft
Trip Views: 600
Activities: Trekking
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Breakfast: 15
Lunch: 12
Dinner: 12
Car
Jeep
Flight
Hotel: 4 Night(s)
Teahouse: 7 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 4 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • The best season to travel in September/October and March/April.
  • You can observe the vast Ngozumpa Glacier and enjoy the panoramic views of four of the world's highest peaks above 8,000m - Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu.
  • It is the traditional route to Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp.
  • There are total 19 Gokyo Lakes in the Gokyo valley and all of them are Ramsar sites.
  •  The Gokyo region is inhabited by solitary Tibetan-Buddhist civilization of Sherpas.

Why this Trip

  • Gokyo Ri is an alternative trek in the Everest region for the people who don’t want to visit the Everest base camp and high passes but want to visit and view the amazing mountains of the Everest region.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit.

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL
    With gratitude we will receive you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. You can freshen up and in the evening we will do the fine dining together and discuss about the details of the trip.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pick Up
    • Welcome dinner
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    Waking up in the city of temples you will feel at peace. As this day will be for the sightseeing, we will take you to visit some of the famous UNESCO listed heritage sites according to your preference. We will leave the unvisited sites for some other time; this is also an excuse to visit the architectural city again as once is not enough.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Sightseeing
    • Food and wine tour(optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : FLIGHT TO LUKLA AT AND TREK TO PHAKDING
    Starting our trek, today we will take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After reaching Lukla you’ll hike towards the village (Phakding) where you’ll spend the night. On the way to Lukla, the guide and porters will provide you all the necessary briefing about trek.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Flight to Lukla
    • Airport drop
  • placeDAY 4 : PHAKDING TO NAMCHE BAZAR
    After breakfast today we will start our trek towards the Namche Bazaar. Crossing the suspension bridges and walking six hours from the Phakding we will reach our entrance gate of Sagarmatha National Park. From there the trails ascend to steep way to reach Namche Bazaar. In Namche Bazaar we can see the well facilitated hotels and surroundings.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Entrance to Sagarmatha National Park
  • placeDAY 5 : REST AT NAMCHE
    Acclimatization is required to prevent altitude sickness and for a successful trek so today we will explore Namche Bazaar where we can find restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and other shops. We can also walk about an hour to the Everest Hotel above Namche from where we can view the mountain peaks and beautiful scenic beauty.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Guided tour of Namche Bazar
  • placeDAY 6 : NAMCHE TO DOLE
    Today on the way to Dole, we will encounter pine forest filled with rhododendron and also the religious monastery and temples, we will be walking for 5-6 hours to reach Dole.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : DOLE TO MACHHERMO
    After breakfast without any wasting time we move towards the next destination Machhermo. Short walk from the Dole we will reach Machhermo from where we can view the amazing mountains and peaks.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : MACHHERMO TO GOKYO
    On this day, we walk towards the Gokyo which stands on the elevation of 5420m above sea level. We can see the Gokyo village on the bank of the lake. Today we will explore the local villages and rest there.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : GOKYO RI
    Today we will take a rest on Gokyo to view amazing lakes and majestic mountains like Mt Everest, Cho Oyu and other glaciers and spend night there. We will be on elevation of 5357m.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 10 : GOKYO TO PHORTSE
    After Breakfast and morning sunrise view from the Gokyo Ri we move towards the Phortse. Passing through the different flora and fauna forest we will reach Phortse.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 11 : PHORTSE TO TENGBOCHE
    Today we will descend down to Tengboche. Tengboche is known for one of the best spots in the Himalayas where we can visit the local monasteries and Stupas. Tengboche Monastry is probably the biggest Monastry of the Everest Region. From the monastery, we can see the panoramic views of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 12 : TENGBOCHE TO JORSALE/MONJO
    This day we will be trailing down steeply to reach Monjo. We will stay overnight on Monjo/Jorsale after completing the trek for today.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 13 : MONJO/JORSALE TO LUKLA
    We will be heading towards Lukla via Namche bazaar where the guest can buy souvenirs and other requirements while getting back to Lukla and enjoy the landscapes with Himalayas.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 14 : LUKLA TO KATHMANDU
    We will be heading back to Kathmandu on flight which might take 35 minutes and free day on Kathmandu on respective hotels.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Flight to Kathmandu
    • Airport pick up
  • placeDAY 15 : FREE DAY AT KATHMANDU
    Flying back to Kathmandu, after checking in at the hotel, we can either join the evening prayer at Pashupatinath or for those who are not willing to go can have their own time to do the necessary shopping and herbal massage as well.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Sightseeing
    • Shopping
    • Herbal massage
    • yoga retreat(optional)
  • placeDAY 16 : DEPARTURE
    According to your flight status, on this day we will meet for a farewell coffee or lunch and share the memories made all those days. We will depart for the airport after a while.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accomodation:

    Activities:

    • Farewell coffee/lunch
    • Airport drop
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast and dinner
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu along with entrance fees and a professional guide
    • Accommodation during trek (or camping in case of need)
    • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner with soup) during the trek
    • Authorized English speaking guide along with Porters for the trek
    • Two way Kathmandu- Lukla airfare with domestic airport departure tax
    • Equipment clothing for porters including their insurance
    • All applicable government tax
    • All expenses for all staff –meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation
    • All necessary paperwork and Trekkers' Information Management System fees (TIMS)
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)

     

  • Complimentary
    • Arrangement of tea, coffee during the trek
    • Mountain biking ride around Kathmandu valley (applicable only in case of groups/ optional)
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek
    • Trekking Massage (at the end of the trek)
    • Certificate of achievement
    • Souvenir from Nepal
    • Photos and videoes of the trip
    • Certificate of appreciation
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee
    • Excess baggage charge(s) for the domestic flight
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure or early return from mountain due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their will so we try to keep group as small as group of 14 but it can be increased with the special request of the clients.
  • 5. Is Travelling in Gokyo Ri valley safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can boast as the one of the safest country in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful towards foreigners especially towards women. Gokyo Ri valley is one of the most visited areas so the service providers are professional and local people are respectful with welcoming hospitality towards the trekkers.
  • 6. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
  • 8. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    Gokyo Ri valley is world famous trekking region among the trekkers hence this region provides wide range of delicious western meals like Pasta, noodles, pizzas, bread, soup etc. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek. As you trek higher you should avoid meat for health purpose as it is not good to eat meat in higher altitude and also the meat is not very fresh.
  • 8. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 9. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private car/jeep/van depending on the size of the group for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and transfer to Lukla on domestic flight
  • 10. What is the best season for the trekking in Gokyo Ri valley ?
    February, March, April, May, October, November, December are the best time to do this trek.
  • 11. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are covered by insurance for about 5500 meters. In case of emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical condition ask your tour leader to contact us ASAP so that we can manage helicopter for the rescue. You then will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
  • 12. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear t to escape severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village try to wear modest clothes to quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation.
  • 13. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek, consult the guide.
  • 14. Are we sure to get room while trekking ?
    We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination on advance and book the rooms for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
  • 15. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our Guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
  • 16. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    While trekking in higher lands, you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
  • 17.Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    While trekking in Everest region, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly.
  • 18. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you will need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide's schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it is true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 19. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
  • 20. How far do I trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 6-8 hours a day. But it should not be taken as certain thing. Because number of hours of walk really depend on client's speed. So it is really relative.
  • 21. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 22. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines. Remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.

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