Gokyo Valley Trek is one of the most beautiful treks in the entire Khumbu region. It doesn’t just take you through the most amazing villages, and high altitude peaks and passes, but also the Gokyo Lakes complex. It is an area where there are numerous lakes, and the biggest one among them is known as Gokyo Lake. Simply speaking, Gokyo Valley Trek offers the best of Gokyo Valley to the tourists coming to spend their holidays in this amazing region.
A lot of people come to this region with a hope to reach the Base Camp of Everest, but in the process, they miss out on all the other jewels that Khumbu or Sagarmatha National Park has to offer. Gokyo Valley is one of such places. It’s definitely not as popular as Everest Base Camp Trek, but when it comes to attractions, it’s no less by any means.
Highlights of the Trek
Travel Style: Active
Physical Rating: Moderate
Service Level: Basic
Group Size: 1+
Max. Altitude: 5357m
Overview of Gokyo Valley Trek
Gokyo Valley Trek takes you through few of the most beautiful and astonishing villages in the region, which includes Thame, Lumde, Gokyo, Dole and so on, in addition to places like Namche Bazaar, Lukla, Monjo, Phakding and so on. The best thing about these places is the fact that despite their remote location, they’ve modernized, or rather westernized, up to such an extent. And yet, you’ll realize their connection to their roots.
You will also get to experience spectacles of nature like peaks of Mt. Everest, Mt. AmaDablam, Mt. Cho Oyu and so on, up-close, like you, have never experienced before. During your journey, you’ll come across various species of plants, birds, and animals, as Sagarmatha National Park is known for its rich biodiversity, and especially for its huge population of birds – 118 species.
During the trek, you will visit Gokyo Lake complex, and get the opportunity to climb Gokyo-Ri – both the places offer amazing views and scenic landscapes that are sure to excite you. You’ll never feel like returning to the base by leaving these amazing locations. Also, please check the Classical Everest Base Camp Trek package being provided by us.
Many people visit Sagarmatha National Park with a hope to reach the Everest Base Camp. Their objective is to have the up-close view of Mt. Everest and reach as nearest to the peak as possible. But in this madness, they totally forget about other amazing places that Khumbu region has to offer. One such place is Gokyo Valley, with all its beautiful settlements, lakes, peaks and so on.
Few trekkers are smart enough to realize this, and so they quickly extend their trek to cover the Gokyo Valley in their trekking journey. They believe in making the most out of their journeys. So, the next time you’re out here, try and research about Gokyo Valley Trek. Visiting this place is a worthwhile thing to do!
The following is the itinerary for Gokyo Valley Trek. Apart from the major settlements in the Gokyo region, it covers the Gokyo Lake Complex, and a climb on Gokyo Ri. Depending on the comfort and interest of the trekker, modifications could be made to the package, i.e. destination could be added or removed, without compromising with the quality of the journey.
Day 1 – Kathmandu (1400 m) to Lukla (2860 m) to Phakding (2610 m)
Day 2 – Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m)
Day 3 - Rest Day at Namche Bazaar
Day 4 – Namche Bazaar to Thame (3800 m)
Day 5 - Rest Day at Thame
Day 6 - Thame to Lumde (4368 m)
Day 7 - Lumde to Renjo La (5360 m) to Gokyo (4800 m)
Day 8 – Gokyo Lake Exploration
Day 8 - Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5357 m) to Dole (4120 m)
Day 9 – Dole to Namche Bazaar
Day 10 – Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 11 – Lukla to Kathmandu
√ Airport pick up and drop by private vehicles
√ Hotel stay in Kathmandu (2 nights)
√ Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu Airfare
√ Government license holder and the experienced Himalayas guide
√ Porter to carry your baggage (1 porter= 2 hikers )
√ Kathmandu-Lulka-Kathmandu guide Airfare
√ Full board meals during trekking period as mentioned in the itinerary
√ Basis tea house and lodge accommodation during trekking
√ All government and local taxes
√ TIMS (Trekker’s Information Management System) and Permit for Restricted Area
√ Basic First Aid Kit
√ All company service charges and necessary paperwork
√ Rescue arrangement
√ Typical Nepali farewell dinner
√ Company T-shirt
√ Trekking map
√ Certificate of success
× Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
× Travel insurance for trekking
× Nepal entry visa and excess baggage charge
× Tips for Guide and porter (20% of your total spent is normally given as a tip for a guide and porter )
× Wifi, shower, camera and mobile charging cost
× Basic drinks (mineral water, Beer, cane juice, and Hot water )
× Personal shopping
× Things not mentioned in Cost includes a section
Notes:- Cost is prone to change in itinerary. So the cost will be recalculated if anything changes.
Mainly you have to be fit physically and mentally for this trek. I already mentioned above about physical conditions. Normally you have to walk 4-6 hrs per day so you have to prepare your body and mind that you can walk 4-6 hrs per days. Besides this, you have to care what kind of guide and which company you are following because your guide is a doctor in Mountain and company is a hospital.
In my experience, I would like to say you need to have an above average level of fitness, but no means need to be an athlete. It is a completely different world being that high up and everyone’s body reacts to the altitude differently. Simple training before you go.
-Daypack (25–35 liters), Pack cover, Sleeping bag comfortable too – 20 °c (depending upon the season, weather forecast and personal preference) and it is possible to rent it from Kathmandu which cost 2$ per day.
-Waterproof (optional) hiking boots, Camp shoes (down booties or running shoes) LED headlamp with extra battery, trekking poles. Camelback water bladder or sipper (water bottle).
-Chocolates, Energy bar, Dry fruits, ORS. Down jacket cover comfortable too -15 • c which you can hire or buy in Kathmandu and cost will be cheap for you to compare your country and another normal jacket. T-shirt, goggles (UV protected) and 5 pair thermal pants and cap for sun cover, Waterproof gloves, woolen gloves, and socks. Sunscreen, moisturizer, lip balm and sanitizer handy.