Experience the grandeur of a beautiful journey to one of the most amazing viewpoints for great views of Everest and the other Himalayas, Gokyo Ri. The Gokyo Ri valley trek is an alternative to classic treks in Everest region.
The 14-day trip begins from the ancient city, Kathmandu where we visit several heritage sites and heads towards the major starting hub of any treks in the Everest region, Lukla. Next, the trek takes us to the turquoise Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri providing exceptional views of Everest and the Himalayas alongside several glaciers including the massive Ngozumpa Glacier.
This trek passing through Everest region of Nepal flaunting breathtaking sceneries of Mount Everest and many more is absolutely physical strain-free. One doesn’t have to worry about reaching the base camp of Everest or crossing high passes in the vicinity. Instead, it is perfect for travellers who wish to try something new in the Everest region without having to reach the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain or conquer high mountain passes in the Everest region.
Thus, if you wish for an easy trek in Everest region without compromising with the scenery and the landscapes, this trip is definitely for you. Experience comfortable trekking in the Everest region of Nepal with Gokyo Ri valley trek!
2 - 14
5357 m/ 17575.5ft
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.
•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.
Upon arrival, our representative will be at the Tribhuvan International airport to greet you and escort you to the hotel. In the evening, we will brief about the itinerary over dinner. Overnight stay at hotel;
Today our Kathmandu tour begins. Kathmandu valley is an ancient city with diverse cultures and traditions. Home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it has been chosen as a cultural and historical site of study and excursions throughout the history. We will observe some of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu throughout the day. Overnight stay at hotel;
Early in the morning, a drive to Tribhuvan International airport (in a private car) for a flight to Lukla will be arranged. It takes 30-35 minutes to reach Tenzing Hillary airport/ Lukla airport. After reaching Lukla, the ultimate Gokyo Ri valley trek begins with a hike up through the beautiful town of Lukla to the PasangLhamu Memorial Gate. From the gate, the trail leading us out of Lukla, drops down to the village of Phakding, Overnight at Phakding;
After breakfast, we start our trek towards the modern town of Namche Bazaar. Crossing the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi river and walking six hours from, Phakding we reach the entrance gate of Sagarmatha National Park. From the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park, continuing on a trail which steeply drops down to the bridge. Crossing the bridge, and following the lower river bank trail, we climb into the forest over gravel and boulders and continue to Larja bridge, past LarjaDobhan. Crossing the Larja Bridge, enjoying the first view of Mt. Everest and hiking up the steep hill through the pine forest on a rocky trail to Mislung, the forest ends and the trail levels out from Mislung. From Mislung, the even and plain trail leads us to Namche. Overnight at Namche;
To prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), further up the trail, a day stop at Namche for acclimatization is a must. Staying active boosts, the process of acclimatization rather than simply resting. Therefore, we will go for an acclimatization hike – a full-day circuit through Khunde, Khumjung and back to Namche. Overnight at Namche;
After breakfast, we leave Namche and head towards Dole. Ascending uphill and following the main trail to Everest base camp for a while before trudging through a gradual winding track to Kyangima near Shanasa. If lucky we might get to see some wildlife as this area if full of colourful Danphe pheasant (Impeyan Pheasant) National bird of Nepal and elusive musk deer, Himalayan Thar (mountain goat).After a sometime we leave the main trail behind and continue our trek towards Gokyo with steep climb to Mong ridge top at 3,973 meters. Walking downhill to Phortse Thanghka near DudhKosi River we head to Dole for the overnight stop. After a climb leading to small woods of rhododendron trees passing through several small settlements like Tongba 3,950m and Gyele 3,960 m, we reach Dole. Overnight at Dole;
After breakfast, without any wasting time, we move towards the next destination Machhermo. A short walk from the Dole, takes us to Machhermo from where we can view the amazing mountains and peaks. Overnight at Machhermo;
On this day, we walk towards the Gokyo Lake, which stands on the elevation of 4750m above sea level. Ascending on a hill and enjoying views of the DudhKoshi valley and Kangtega, Thamserku and Cho-Oyu mountains, we pass through through Longpongo, RabocheTsho and Dudh Pokhari before reaching Gokyo. On this day, we will explore the local villages and rest there. Overnight at Gokyo Lake;
We spend another day in Gokyo in order to acclimatize to the high altitude. We hike up to Gokyo Ri which flaunts splendid Himalayan vistas and tranquil Gokyo lakes. We further hike up to the 4th and the 5thGokyo lakes which is about 3km notrth of Gokyo. A climb up the hill nearby opens up to the remarkable views of the majestic mountains like Mt Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Nuptse etc.We return to Gokyo to spend the night. Overnight at Gokyo Lake;
After breakfast after observing the glorious sunrise from Gokyo, we move towards the village of Phortse. Passing through the different flora and fauna forest we will reach Phortse. Overnight at Phortse;
On this day, we will descend down to Tengboche. Tengboche is known for one of the best spots in the Himalayas to visit the local monasteries and Stupas. Tengboche Monastery is probably the biggest Monastery of the Everest Region. From the monastery, we can see the panoramic views of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Thamserku. Overnight at Tengboche;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.