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Gokyo Treks

Facts of the trip

Trip Code: BTE-04
Trip Duration: 13 days
Max. Altitude: 5483m
Grade: Strenuous
Program Type: Trekking
Trek Start Point: Lukla
Trek End Point: Lukla
Accommodation: Teahouse / Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch , Dinner with tea/coffee
Mode of Travel: Flight/Land
Transportation: Car / Bus / Flight
Minimum Pax: 2+
Best season: March - June / September-November

Gokyo Treks:-This trek would be ideal for those with less time but seeking high flying adventure into massive and mystical mountains that can be found nowhere else on earth but Nepal. This is a back-door off-route trek that exposes you to some stunning views of the highest peaks in the world. It also includes views of huge glaciers, rugged and highly challenging but beautiful trails. And interacting with the legendary sherpas and experiencing the diverse & mysterious cultures found on these mountains of beauty and mystery. It’s all there.

This trek explores the breathtaking Gokyo valley which is located adjacent to the Khumbu. Gokyo is a land of high altitude lakes and glittering icy glaciers. Here, a hike to the high vantage point of Gokyo Ri (5350-m) will reward you with the views of four of the eight highest mountains on earth – all wonderfully arrayed in one panorama! From here, one can see more of Everest (8848-m) and the three other Himalayan giants – Cho Oyu (8153-m), Lhotse (8501-m) and Makalu (8463-m) and some of the great Glaciers, mainly the Ngozumpa Glacier.The small herding settlement of Gokyo (4750m) lies on the banks of the third lake in a series of small turquoise mountain lakes and on the ridge above Gokyo, the four peaks above 8000m of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu expose themselves. In addition to this you can have a look at the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (7922m), considered one of the most dramatic panoramas in the Khumbu region. There are many options for additional exploration and high altitude walking, including the crossing of Cho La, a 5420m-high pass into Khumbu and a hike to Gokyo Ri.

Your return trek will depart from the standard Gokyo trek as you will take the route back to Namche by crossing the Renjo La pass (5340m) instead of back trekking the Gokyo valley trails. This makes the trek a much more exciting and challenging one.

These mountains are magical – and so are your encounters with the Sherpa people, the famous mountain dwellers of this Himalayan wonderland. As in the classic Everest Base Camp trek, the warmth and hospitality extended by the local inhabitants of this region, the Sherpas, will add a further dimension to your experience of trekking in the highly mountainous state of Nepal.


Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.)

Day 02: Phakding to Namche bazaar (3440m)

Day 03: Rest at Namche Bazaar 

Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m.)

Day 05: Dole to MaCharmo (4150m)

Day 06: Macharmo to Gokyo (4750m) 

Day 07: Rest day at Gokyo 

Day 08: Trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and trek back to Machhermo (4150m.) 

Day 10: Machermo to Namche Bazaar

Day 11: Namche bazaar to Lukla

Day 12: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 13: Final departure

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) which takes about 30 minutes. Trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640m.) which is takes approximately three hours. transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Lukla. Lukla is a small town with an airport. There are few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores found around here. You begin today’s trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank, is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Kosi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at a Ghat teahouse. You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 02: Phakding to Namche bazaar (3440m): – Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about five hours. This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. Then ascend quite steeply to Namche Bazaar and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. You will also visit some of the village monasteries on the way of trekking to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. This is a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached here by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La, a tradition that has continuously occurred for centuries.
Stay overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 03: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and do some excursion around the town.Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops, and also has a magnificent natural outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization at a high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For acclimatization you walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set up by the late Sir Edmund Hillary and you can also hike for an hour up to Tyangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for some outstanding views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m.): – Trek via Khumjung, it takes about six hours. From Namche the route heads up all the way to Khumjung, a picturesque village which also has its own gompa at the top end of town. Here, you can have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak, said to be the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region. The trail descends slightly towards the Sanasa and then trail ascends up to Mongla (4000m.). From here, you can see panoramic views of various mountains. You trek steeply descending the pass through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens. You can enjoy a delicious meal at Phortse Tenga (3650m.). Stay overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 05: Dole to MaCharmo (4150m): – Trek from Dole to Machhermo which takes about five hours. From Dole you climb steadily along the side of the valley, where small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. This is a short day and you will arrive at Machhermo in time for lunch. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 06: Macharmo to Gokyo (4750m) :-Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo which takes about four and half hours. Today you head for the lakes at Gokyo. You follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melted-water Rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. You climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. You soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.), your route to Lobuche and Everest and later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 07: Rest day at Gokyo and we do some excursion in and around Gokyo valley. Gokyo is a trade centre where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day you can make a side trip to the Fifth Lake via the Fourth Lake. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 08: Trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and trek back to Machhermo (4150m.) via.Gokyo village and this takes about four and half hours. Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and you leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As you climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself, is one of the finest to be had in the Everest region – some say it is even better than that from Kala Patthar. After lunch it is a short walk to the village of Machhermo. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 10: Machermo to Namche Bazaar:- Trek from Machhermo (4150m.) to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) which takes about five hours. The trail gently descends to Dole and then starts descending steeply to Photse Tenga (3650m.) passing through rhododendron forests. Then, the path immediately ascends steeply to Mongla Danda (4000m.) and gently descends up to Kyanjoma (3500m.) following small up and down trail to your next destination. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 11: Namche bazaar: to Lukla:- Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) which takes about six hours. The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via. Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for a few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote-Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay. Stay over night at lodge or camp.

Day 12: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes 30 minutes. You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu

Day 13: Final departure on your destination

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Your Program Duration = 13 days Days
All the Prices are in GBP (£) Per Person.

Cost Include

Cost included item

All airport, hotel airport  transfers
• National Park permit & TIMS permit ( Trekking Information Management System)
• Flight fare from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
• Accommodation in the tea house,food,  Tea/coffee during trek
• Guide:- including salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
• Porter:- including salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging
• For guest:-Down jacket, Good sleeping bag (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
• All government and local taxes

Cost Exclude

COST IS NOT INCLUDED Item

• Food in Kathmandu ( Lunch & Dinner)
• Bakery food during the trek
• Nepal Visa fee
• International airfare from your country to Kathmandu and from Kathmandu
• Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
• Travel and rescue insurance if guest get mountain sickness and need to rescue helicopter.
• Personal expenses example (phone calls, laundry service , bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
• Tips for guide and porters

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