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With one of the most amazing vistas to view the majestic Everest and other Himalaya peaks, our Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Ri Trek is a beautiful journey which lets you to intimately experience the Khumbhu region of Nepal. This trek can also be considered as a good alternative for those who want to try something new and different in the Everest region.
Our 14 days Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Ri Trek includes the summit of Gokyo Ri at an elevated height of 5,483m, which can be called as the major highlight of this trek. Once described as the best view point in the Khumbhu region, our climb to the summit of Gokyo Ri shall provide you with spectacular vistas of the Himalayas along with a spectacular panoramic view of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Cho Oyu (8,153m), Makalu (8,475m) and Lhotse (8,501m). The other highlight of our trek is the colossal Ngozumpa Glacier and the Gokyo valley from the summit of Gokyo Ri. This trek is generally referred to trekkers who don’t want to put too much physical stress to their body and also for trekkers who are looking to avoid the heavy traffic of the classic Everest Base Camp Trek route. With ample amount of time to acclimatize to the high altitudes, you can experience up-close and personal insights of the local Sherpa people in this trek.
As your flight lands at the airport of Kathmandu (TIA), go through the airport formalities. One of our representatives will meet you at the exit point of the airport and greet you with a warm smile, a fresh garland (the traditional custom of welcoming), and a humble Namaste. For the day, we don’t have any specific plans, but exploring the alley bazaars and Newari food vendors are the best options to do.
Kathmandu Sightseeing is best in the early morning hours and the late afternoons. So, we have to leave our hotel early in the morning. In the day, explore 4 of the 7 UNESCO listed Cultural Heritage Sites in Kathmandu- Patan Durbar Square (12th century palace); Pashupatinath Temple complex (originally built in the 5th century with over 400 temples); Boudhanath Stupa (14th century monastery with massive mandala); and Swayambhunath Temple (13th century stupa on top of the hill). Visiting all of the 7 sites in 1 day is impossible, but the above-mentioned places are enough to introduce Kathmandu as the classic gem of the world.
Begin your adventure by catching a short flight (25-45 minutes) to Lukla early in the morning. It takes you over the incredible setting of lush hills, serrated ridges and mountain panorama which are thrilling enough to leave you in shock at least for a few seconds. Once you land in the airport of Lukla, head towards the next station of Phakding. The trail is fenced by the colorful farm fields on both side of the trail and introduces several quaint settlements in front of you. The astounding peak of the Kusum Kanguru is the reminiscing view of the journey. A couple of distance away, you will make an appearance at the Phakding.
Today’s walk is going to be a challenge because the altitude begins to show its effect. Therefore, going slow and easy is the best option, you have, to remain immune to the altitude-related complications. From Phakding, cross a suspension bridge across the Dudh Koshi to be on the west side of the river. About an hour away, a beautiful waterfall welcomes you to the village of Toctoc. It feels very gratifying. Within a short while, you will come across a similar waterfall at Bengkar, another surprise. Then, the trail heads up directly to the Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO listed natural heritage site), a home of extensively diverse wild birds and animals. Once across the forest, a beautiful Kani Gate introduces the grant bustle of Namche.
After climbing so high (over 3000 m), acclimatization becomes necessary, and Namche is a perfect fit for that. Namche receives most of the sunlight during the day than other parts of the Everest Region, creating a warm and welcoming setting. Plus, many side-trips dissociate from Namche contributing this place to be an ideal acclimatization spot.
Namche itself is an ancient trading hub, so there are several historical places to visit and learn about the classic mountain culture of Himalayan people. Beyond Namche, the inviting hamlets of Khumjung and Khunde are amazing places to visit. Particularly, the monastery of Khumjung and historical Hillary hospital at Khunde is a must-visit place. Later, we will descend back to the Namche for the overnight stay.
Early in the morning, we will leave Namche towards the Khumjung along the same route that we have been earlier (but we will not stop by at any places). From Khumjung, the trail to Phortse Thanga goes to the left via a traditional settlement of Mong La. The pathways are graced by the beautiful Chortens and Mani walls. There are several wonderful monasteries and little Buddhist shrines around to dive in the spiritual ambiance. While on the way, the tantalizing peaks of the Ama Dablam and several icy glaciers show up. Phortse Thanga can be reached within a short while from Mong La.
For about 30-40 minutes, the trail descends continuously, and then, it turns left towards the village of Dole, a classic Sherpa settlement. The cultural authenticity of Dole has remained unblemished, despite receiving millions of foreign visits. After Dole, there are several steep bluffs to challenge your soul. But be careful about the altitude. If you hasten to climb then, the altitude demon might get angry at you. So, walk slow and easy throughout the trek. As you move, you will encounter some of the fascinating mountains and serene valleys down to the exposed trail. It is a very gratifying outlook.
Machhermo to Gokyo is probably the most rewarding days of the overall trekking to the Gokyo valley. The trail leads off to Pangar and Na and continues through several moraines and rocky boulders. Then, it runs over the Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier of Nepal, just to introduce itself into the valley of Gokyo. Within a radar of a few Kilometers, you can explore the overall Gokyo Lakes system, the highest freshwater lake system in the world. At a glance, these lakes appear to be a bowl of soup in a Chinese bowl because the middle lakes are surrounded by splendid snowy cliffs all around. But, at the deepest level, these lakes are very much inspiring. After exploring the lakeside, return to Gokyo valley for the overnight stay.
Gokyo Ri is the Kalapatthar of the Gokyo region. Early in the morning, head up towards the Gokyo Ri along the narrow track above the ridges. Once you reach there, the views are simply stupendous. The glistening southern face of the Everest, incredible Cho La pass, Mt. Ama Dablam, and many other similar peaks rise above the horizon to create an unparalleled scene of nature. Meanwhile, the glaciers and icy buttresses add variety in the icy architectures. For sure, comparing Gokyo Ri to heaven wouldn’t be an exaggeration. Finally, descend back to the Gokyo valley and explore the remaining lakes in the Gokyo valley Lake system.
From Gokyo, retrace your steps back to the Dole via the same trail that you have been earlier. It is still a pleasant journey via the wonderful Machhermo.
The trail descriptions are already mentioned above.
From Namche Bazaar, descend back to the Lukla via the same trail that we have been earlier. The trail descriptions are already mentioned above.
From Lukla, catch the earliest possible flight to Kathmandu and shop for souvenirs and handicraft items around.
Finally, the day has come to return home. But, if you felt like staying more then, we can guide you through the visa extension formalities and plan for your future trips.
During busy trekking seasons (March, April, May, October, and November), there is increased air traffic at Kathmandu airport. To address this, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal made a change for all flights to Lukla. Now, instead of flying from Kathmandu, you need to travel by road to Manthali airport in Ramechhap district, which takes about 4 to 5 hours. From there, you can catch a flight to Lukla. Please note that any new updates will be shared with you promptly. This change may affect your planned schedule. There are several reasons why Lukla flights can be delayed or cancelled, such as bad weather, traffic congestion at Kathmandu airport, runway management issues, and challenging terrain. If you’re planning to trek in the Everest region, it’s highly recommended to add an extra one or two days to your itinerary. This buffer time will be helpful in case of flight delays or cancellations, ensuring you can catch your international flight as planned.
Himalayan Friendly is a small company operated by an experienced trekking guide (Mr. Ram Ghale). Ram has been trekking for 10 years. The staff in Himalayan friendly are well prepared to deal with any possible problem and make the trip beautiful.
The average pace of walking is 2 miles per hour. But It can be increased or decreased according to your comfort.
Yes, you can buy trekking gear from Kathmandu. Thamel is the best place to buy trekking gear.
Yes. You absolutely can.
Trekking in Kathmandu? No worries! Leave your luggage at the hotel and enjoy a hassle-free adventure. The friendly hotel staff will keep your belongings safe and sound for free. So, say goodbye to heavy loads and hello to carefree trekking!
Ready for the Lukla flight? Remember, there’s a weight limit. You can bring up to 15 kg of baggage, including your hand-carry and trekking gear. So pack light and smart for an epic adventure!
Booking and paying for your trek is a piece of cake! Here’s the scoop: No need to stress about advance payments. You can pay the full amount when you arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal.
We’ve got you covered with flexible options like online payment, bank transfer, or good ol’ cash upon arrival!!
Just reach out to us, secure your reservation, and we’ll guide you through the simple payment process. It’s like booking a thrilling adventure with no upfront commitments. So pack your bags, get ready to rock, and let the trekking fun begin!
When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, our Himalayan Friendly crew will be there to greet you with open arms. They’ll make sure your transition from the airport to your hotel is super smooth. We’re all about starting your journey on a positive note, so you can count on our dedicated team to assist you at every step.
To have an incredible time on the trek, make sure you have enough cash. You’ll need it for things like hot showers, drinking water, snacks, staying connected, and charging your devices.
We suggest bringing around 2500 Rupees per day as a rough estimate. But remember, it can vary based on how much you usually spend.
Just a heads up, only a few shops on the trail accept credit cards. So, it’s best to have plenty of cash with you before you start your journey!
Yes, you can.
You have the incredible opportunity to upgrade to a helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Lukla. By booking in advance, you can secure your spot for this thrilling adventure. The cost for this unforgettable experience is USD 450 per person for a one-way flight. Also don’t forget that you’re merely a passenger rather than a charter so there will be other people in the flight with a maximum of 5 people.
Opting for a helicopter ride not only adds excitement to your travel plans but also ensures the quickest and most reliable transportation through the majestic Himalayas. So, get ready to say goodbye to long drives and hello to breathtaking aerial views!
First off, you will be staying at a wonderfully pristine hotel of a three star status here in Kathmandu or Pokhara or any other central place depending on your itinerary. These three star hotels are known for their excellent service and beautifully clean rooms. They are located in very beautiful areas with easy accessibility to markets and restaurants all to make your stay convenient and enjoyable. We’ll make sure that you’ll have a comfortable room with a private bathroom, and a tasty breakfast will also be included.
If you’d like to extend your stay, we can help you make the arrangements. Please note that rates may vary depending on the hotel, that is if you decide to extend your stay.
Additionally, if you’re looking for a more luxurious experience, we can assist you with an upgrade to an even better hotel experience. Kathmandu offers a range of beautiful 4 to 5-star hotels to choose from that offer a whole bunch of luxury with it.
Let us know your preferences, and we’ll ensure you have a fantastic stay. You’ll customise your trip just the way you’d want us to.