Gokyo Valley Trekking is a popular trek amongst the trekkers heading towards Everest Base Camp that offers you mesmerizing views of the mountain peaks and the largest glacier of Nepal, Ngozumpa. Some of the famous mountains of Nepal, such as Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Kanchanjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, etc are beautifully visible from Gokyo Ri above Gokyo Lake. Gokyo Ri, a peak situated at an altitude of 5357 meters, is the point where the trekkers reach to and return from. Gokyo Lake is one of the favorite destinations for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims where they visit during the festival of Janai Purnima for a holy bath in the lake. Trekkers can also experience a magnificent view of ice ridge between Cho You and Cyachung in the Khumbu Region. Apart from these, you can pass through different Sherpa villages during the trekking resulting in you to explore about the local culture and tradition.
Day 01– Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m/4412ft).
Day 02– Sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley.
Day 03– Flight to Lukla (2,804m/9199ft/35 mins) and Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8562ft/3 hrs)
Day 04– Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441m/11289ft/5.5 hrs)
Day 05– Namche Bazaar acclimatization day.
Day 06– Trek to Phorste Thanga (3,680m/12073ft/5 hrs)
Day 07– Trek to Machherma (4,470m/14665ft/5 hrs)
Day 08– Trek to Gokyo (4,790m/15715ft/5-6hrs)
Day 09– Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483m/17988ft) and Return to Gokyo
Day 10– Trek to Dole (4,200m/13779ft/6 hrs)
Day 11– Trek to Namche Bazaar via Khumjung village (3,780m/12401ft/5 hrs)
Day 12– Trek to Lukla (2,804m/9199ft/6 hrs)
Day 13– Morning flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 14– Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
Day 15– Departure.
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Alaya Holidays signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.
A professional guide and vehicle will be provided for sightseeing in and around Kathmandu city. We will visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city along with other interesting cultural monuments that dot the valley. These include Bouddhanath Stupa (the largest Buddhist shrines in the world), Pashupatinath (the holy temple of Hindus), Durbar Squares (Palaces and fortresses of medieval Kings), along with other popular cultural attractions. We get to observe the lifestyle of Nepalese people, holy sadhus and monks, fascinating history as well as awe-inspiring architecture.
An early morning start takes us to the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35-minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,804m). On arrival at the airport guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding (2,610m). After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2,713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2,550m) it is a short walk to Phakding. Overnight at a guesthouse.
We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar (considered the Gateway to Everest) is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries. Namche is the biggest town along the Everest trail. Overnight at a guesthouse.
We spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We also hike up the Syangboche Airport near the Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Overnight at a guesthouse.
The trail climbs steeply out of valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases making the trekking very pristine in springtime. The trail passes through Yak Kharkas and summer settlements. The views of Khumbi La and Tawache are magnificent throughout the day. Overnight at a guesthouse.
We climb a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descend to a river and again climbs steep to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpz glacier. We will reach Machherma by early noon. Overnight at a guesthouse.
The trek today takes us at one of our main destinations, Gokyo (4,790m). We will make this camp our base for 2 nights as we will have couple of sightseeing and hiking trips around Gokyo. Overnight at a guesthouse
Early in the morning we have a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5,483m. There are ample rewards for those who attempt this trip – you get stunning views of the super Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, including the giants Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang. This day we have for acclimatization and after noon back to the camp. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Following the trail we make our descent to Dole. Overnight at a guesthouse.
We continue walking through a typical Sherpa village of Khumjung, leaving the mountains behind us as we descend back to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Finally we return to Lukla where we started our trek, which might seem like a lifetime ago. We’ll spend some time enjoying and reflecting on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. We also have some spare time to explore the town some more. Overnight at a guesthouse.
On your flight back to Kathmandu as you leave Lukla, you can enjoy some last-minute glimpses of the mountains you just recently visited. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our airport representative will transfer you to your hotel from the airport. Overnight at a hotel.
This will be a spare day in Kathmandu after the tiring trekking program. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you.) Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.