Gokyo valley lies towards the west of the Khumbu region. In this serene valley, there are abundant pastures for “Yaks” to graze during summer and the pristine turquoise lakes are breathtaking. It is also much more scenic, slightly easier and less crowded alternative route to EBC (Everest Base Camp) Trek. It includes dramatic views of the northwest face of Mount Everest set amongst other giant mountains.
- Serene Lake around the Valley
- Solitude alternative enroute to Everest Base
- Passing through friendly Sherpa village
Our Airport representatives will receive you at the airport. We will then transfer you to your respective hotels. You will have the rest of the day free to explore Kathmandu as you please. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
In the morning after having breakfast, we will be going for the sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu Valley. The Kathmandu Valley is known or its rich art, architecture and culture. The valley has a large number of UNESCO world heritage sites. We will be visiting some of the beautiful Buddhist sites like Boudhanath Stupa and Swoyambhunath Stupa. A visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square and walk on its stone alleys will make you feel like you have travelled centuries back in time. The diverse culture and rich art of the Kathmandu Valley will amaze you in every way. Later in the afternoon, we will begin our preparation for our trekking. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, we will be transferred to the Domestic Airport for the Trans Himalayan flight landing on the hillside at Lukla which is also a gateway to the Everest region. Greeted by our local porters, we will walk downhill to the Sherpa settlement of Cheplung. The trail then follows the side of the Dudh Koshi Valley before ascending to Ghat (2530m). Another gentle hour will eventually lead up to Phakding. Overnight stay in Phakding.
The trail rambles through pine forest passing along Dudh Koshi River, crossing many suspension bridges via the Sherpa villages of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo and Jorsale: entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park and permit checkpoint, with tranquil views of glistening Thamserku (6,618m). The trail continues along the riverbed to the confluence of the Bhote and Dudh Koshi Rivers. It then climbs steadily, crossing the high Tenzing-Hilary suspension bridge with inspiring glimpses of Everest and the Nuptse-Lhotse ridge. A final three hour ascent through pine forest leads to the prosperous trading and administrative town of Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at lodge in Namche Bazaar.
This is a scheduled acclimatization day on the trek. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and health experts recommend a stop for at least one extra night. Be active and roam rather than laze around: climb high and sleep low is the acclimatization advice.
Namche Bazaar has ATMs, cyber cafes, delicious restaurant food and bakeries with vibrant and colourful market each Friday evening and Saturday morning. Visit the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park Visitor’s Centre on the hillock: with informative displays on Sherpa culture, local flora and fauna. Take an entertaining side trip to the large traditional Sherpa village of Khumjung (3,780m): with fine views of Thamserku, Kangtega, Ama Dablam and Everest. Return back to lodge for the night.
The trail climbs up from the town and then surface around the hillside, offering great views including Everest and Khumjung. It then ascends along the lower slopes of Khumbila, branching northwest of the Everest trail and continuing up the Dudh Koshi Valley. It climbs steeply to the tiny village of Mong La (built around an ancient chorten or saint tomb), then drops to Phortse Thenga before climbing through a pine and rhododendron forest and on up to Dole where one can see marvellous views of snow-capped peaks. Look out for spotted deer, Himalayan Tahrs and birds including the colourful (male) Danphe pheasant (Nepal’s national bird) around the region. Overnight stay at lodge in Dole.
Today calls for a slow walk along this high trail. It climbs through thorny alpine scrub to scenic ridges above the river. Breathtaking views of Cho-Oyo, Thamserku and Kangtega are countered by charming views into the valley below where we pass summer-grazing hamlets such as Luza that lead up to Machhermo. The Machhermo Khola flows through the village of Kyajo Ri and Pharilapche before draining into the Dudh Koshi. This is the last settlement before Gokyo and has a HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) aid post for victims of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Overnight stay at lodge in Machhermo.
The trail rises gently from the village to a ridge that offers the first views of the north face of Cho-Oyo (8,210m) and more views of Kangtega and Thamserku. Ahead in the valley is the snout of the Ngozumpa Glacier where the trail drops back towards the river. At the small settlement of Pangka, it meets an alternative route from the south before climbing onto the side of the glacier ridges. A metal bridge crosses the edge of the frozen Longponga Tsho (4,690m) which is the first of the Dudh Koshi’s six sacred lakes. Before Taboche Tsho, a path leads up onto the glacier and the Cho La. A strenuous half hour’s walk beyond the lake is the summer village of Gokyo set on the side of the moraine and overlooking the blue-green Dudh Pokhari which nestles in a semi-circle of high peaks at the foot of Gokyo-Ri. Cho-Oyo and the ice ridge to Ghyachung Kang, from which the Ngozumpa glacier flows, are clearly visible behind ridges. Overnight stay at lodge in Gokyo.
Another scheduled rest day is suggested to guard against AMS. Gokyo offers two major viewpoints. The first is Gokyo Ri (5,360m) which begins on the northern side of the lake (and we can visit if the weather favours us), opposite the village where its panorama invites an early start and involves a two hour climb to the summit. It overlooks the broad, rubble-covered and Nepal’s longest Ngozumpa Glacier which is gouged out beneath a wall of towering peaks on its south-eastern flank. From the flag bedecked summit is the unforgettable vista of the Himalayan chain that includes Cho-Oyu and Ghyachung Kang, the north face of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cholatse, Taboche, Thamserku, Kangtega, Kusum Kangru (all over 6,300m) and many more, some even unnamed.
The second attraction explores the fourth to sixth lakes north of the village. These lakes together with melt water from the glacier are the source of the Dudh Koshi, followed from Lukla. A trail rises gently, for three kilometres, north of the village to Thonak Tsho (4870m), the Ngozumpa Tsho (4,980m) and Scoundrel’s viewpoint (5,000m). From here, there are tremendous close-up views of Cho-Oyu, Ghyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu. Approximately two hours is needed for the 200m descent back to Gokyo. If there would be time we will continue north along the path to the Cho-Oyo Base Camp at the northern end of the sixth lake; the Gyazumba Tsho. Return back to Gokyo for the night.
Rather than retrace the upward route, we will follow the eastern side of the valley to gain different views of Khumbila. This path also offers warmer weather as the sun stays on these slopes longer in the late afternoon. Overnight stay at lodge in Phortse.
A slippery trail descends from Phortse to the bridge at Phortse Thenga and then rejoins the original route from Khumjung. It is easy to reach Namche Bazaar and then descend to the Dudh Koshi for a lower final night. Overnight stay at lodge in Monjo.
After breakfast, we retrace our steps back to Phakding crossing the suspension bridge at Thado Koshi and walk on to Cheplung. After that we round off the adventure with the final 700m which is around 40 minutes ascent to Lukla. Overnight stay at lodge in Lukla.
After an early breakfast, we take the return flight back to Kathmandu where we will be transferred to our hotel. For the rest of day we are free to roam around the valley. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
At about 3 hours prior to your flight time, we will transfer you to the airport to fly your onward destination.
- Accommodation under Full Board Meal Plan
- All Tour and Trekking related transportation
- Kathmandu Valley sightseeing with atleast three World Heritage sites
- Trekking Guide Assistance
- All required necessary permits
- Travel Insurance
- International Airfare
- Visa Processing
- All kind of meal plan not mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal Expenses