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Gokyo Valley Trek

Duration 14 days
Average Walking Hour Per Day 5 hrs
Transportation Car/Flight
Grade Strenuous
Accommodation 3 star category hotel in kathmandu and Teahouse/Lodge during Trek
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu and Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner during the trek
Best Season Feb - May, Sept - Nov
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Group Size Any

Gokyo Valley is one of most famous trekking destination in Everest Region  Trek, Gokyo Valley Trek offers fabulous Himalayan perspectives of more than 8000m height of four mountain including the tallest mountain of the world Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Makalu (8463m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201) including 27 blanketed caped piles of Everest Himalayan range. This trek also provides an opportunity to visit the wonderful Gokyo valley, Gokyo lake, rich valley and Tibetan Sherpa culture. Gokyo Lake is one of the wonderful lakes in Everest trekking trail lies at 4750m height and Gokyo Ri (5360m) is the major attraction of this trek.

Gokyo Valley Trek lies in the Khumbu region towards west. The Gokyo Valley Trek represents a wonderful opportunity to visit one of the region’s most remote and beautiful valleys, one that allows us to take in the Sherpas living out a tranquil existence. You’ll complete a long trek from Lukla to Gokyo lake in 5 days. The unexpected excellent views of mountains and lakes will make you feel relaxed. Once you’re there, you will be surround with the warm love of mountains and the culture of people there. Whispering water, grazing yaks and singing forests will arrest your heart. You’ll get a chance to analyze Nepal’s internal beauty in this trip with lots of unforgettable memory in your mind for the rest of your life.

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival and Transfer Hotel(3,440m/11,284ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing

Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla & Trek to Phadking (2650m)

Day 04: Trek from Phadking to Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Day 05: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization (3,440m/11,284ft).

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phortse Tenga(3680 m)

Day 07: Trek from Phortse Tenga  to Machhermo(4470 m):

Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo Lakes (4750 m):

Day 09: Explore the Gokyo Lake.

Day 10: Trek from Gokyo valley to Dole (4200m)

Day 11: Trek from Dole to Namche (3534m)

Day 12: Trek from Namche to Lukla (2850m)

Day 13: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 14: Departure for your onward flight.

Day 01: Kathmandu  Arrival (1,350m/4,428ft)
Representative from Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure will be waiting  you outside the international arrival terminal gate than  You will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu  Vally Sightseeing( 4 – 6hr)
The Kathmandu valley comprises the three ancient Royal cities of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu having their own palaces and ornate palace squares each listed as World Heritage sites. There are cobbled lanes of the palace squares with a fascinating maze of temples, shrines, market places and the life revolving around it. After breakfast in the morning you will be Proceed for Sightseeing place as given below.

  1. Boudhanath Stupa, Lies about 6 kms to the east of downtown Kathmandu and is the largest stupa in the valley. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design. Buddhanath is also known as Khasti, or dew drops, after an account that builders had to use dew to mix the mortar as Kathmandu was suffering from a severe drought during the construction of Bouddhanath.
  2. Pasupatinath Temple,  Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world and lies 5 kms east of the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple
  3. Patan Darbar Square,  Patan Durbar Square is an enchanting combination of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone
  4.  Swayambhunath Stupa, The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site) Watches over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises

Included Meal : Breakfast

Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding(2,651m/8,700ft): 40 minutes flight, 3 – 4 hours trek
We take an early morning flight to Lukla  and meet our rest of the crew members in Lukla and start our trek. The trail then leads to Phakding via   Cheplung village from where we get a magnificent view of Mt. Khumbila, a sacred mountain which has never been summited.Overnight at Phakding
Included meals: Breakfast ,Lunch,Dinner

Day 04: Phakding – Namche  (3,438m/11,280 ft): 5  hours
We continue our walk on the trail that goes north up the Benkar valley. We cross Dudh Koshi River and pass Chumoa and Monjo villages leading  the entrance to  the Everest National Park. Then we pass Jorsale village crossing a suspension bridge and walk alongside of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. We continue our trek  ascending  on a steep trail and reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Included meals: Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Acclimatization Day – Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,284ft)
We explore Namche Bazaar and  hike-up to Sagarmatha National Park and enjoy the sunrise over the Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. If we are interested in a day hike, we can trek to Khumjung village.Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch ,Dinner

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Phortse Tenga(3680 m) 
Today after breakfast with our bag ready we will start our hike towards Portsea tanga. On the way, we will be able to see the good panorama view of the mountains like Everest, Amadablam and Thamserku in front of us. Passing a few Chorten and village we will reach Phortse Tenga.
Included meals : Breakfast,Lunch ,Dinner

Day 07: Phortse Tenga to Machhermo(4470 m):
Today we will climb 810 m up to Machhermo from Portsea Tenga. We will pass a few places like Dola, Kele and Luza to reach there. During our walk, we will be able to view Tabauche and Choletsea. Attend altitude talk in Machhermo hospital at 3 o clock and stay overnight at Machhermo.

Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner

Day 08: Trek from Lung den to Gokyo Lakes (4750 m).
After having strong breakfast in Lung den. Trail slightly leads to Renjola pass and renjola pass is one of the easiest pass in the Khumbu Himalaya compare to others pass Chola and Congmala. Whole trail is zigzag with sandy ridges and arrive in Gokyo lakes.
Included meals: Breakfast,Lunch ,Dinner

Day 09 : Explore the Gokyo Lake.
You can trek to Gokyo Peak which start early in the morning. The summit offers the extravagant vista of Cho You, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. While climbing down you can enjoy the view of Gokyo Lake.
Included meals: Breakfast,Lunch ,Dinner

Day 10: Trek from Gokyo valley to Dole(4200m)
After morning breakfast in Gokyo lakes, trail leads back to you Sherpa village of Dole via  Village of Pangla,machhermo,Luza and Lhabarma.
Included meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 11: Trek from Dole to Namche (3534m)

Morning breakfast in Dole say good bye to Gokyo valley and trail directly drops to Khumjung village to Namche via Sherpa settlement village of Sanasa
Included meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 12: Trek from Namche to Lukla (2850m)
The trail steeply goes down through Rhododendron and Pine forest to Jorasalle it will take about two hour and another 5 hour walk to Lukla via  Monju, banker, Phakding, Ghats Khola, Chaurikharka, Chheplung and arrival in Lukla .
Included meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 13: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
Early morning joyful flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer your Hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast,Dinner

Day 14: Departure Day.
you will be picked up  from your hotel and drive you to the TIA a couple of hours before the departure. With some exciting stories and wonderful memories from the Himalayas, the Gokyo Valley Trek with Himalaya Sanctuary will remain with you forever.

What’s Included

  • Airport pick ups and drops
  • 3 Star Catagory hotel in Kathmandu including Breakfast
  • Teahouse Accommodation including Breakfast, lunch and Dinner during the trek
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trip
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu)
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu world heritage site
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking guide.
  • Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure Duffel Bag
  • Porter service (1 porter will be provided for 2 Trekkers )
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

 What’s Excluded

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Tour Guide and entrance Fees for Sightseeing
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry,Tea, Coffee, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

The following gives you only a general idea of the personal items that we suggest you to bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas. you can also shop or hire  at a reasonable price at stores in Thamel, Kathmandu.

01 . Good wind/rain jacket

02 . Warm fleece jacket or jersey

03 . Good boots, either light-weight trekking boots or light full leather boots

04 . Good -20 Sleeping bag (which can be rented or buy in Kathmandu)

05 . A comfortable day pack, preferably with a waistband.

06 . Fleece jacket or pullover or Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket

07 . Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

08 . Down vest and/or jacket (optional)

09 . Lightweight gloves 10 . Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

11 . Sun hat or scarf

12 . Light balaclava or warm fleece hat

13 . Sunglasses with UV protection

14 . T-shirts , Underwear , Hiking shorts , Lightweight cotton long pants ,Fleece or wool pants , Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants , Thin, lightweight inner socks

15 . Thick, warm wool hiking socks , Hiking boots with spare laces, Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

16, Other necessary equipment ,

  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries , Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag ,
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag ,
  • Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) ,
  • Water bottles (2 bottles recommended),
  • Toiletries ,
  • Small wash towel.

1. Will somebody come to pick me up ?
Our representative from Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure will pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

2. What sort of accommodation can I expect in trekking?
Normal teahouses/lodges will be provided along the trekking routes in the mountains. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms. At times when possible, dining will be around a bonfire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen which you should not enter without permission. most of the place you will have to use a common toilet and bathroom. (depend on Season)

3. Is it possible to swap my accommodation from mountain guesthouse to hotels in Kathmandu?
Substituting the accommodation or swapping from the mountain guest house to Kathmandu is not possible. We only provide 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu included in the package. In case of flight cancellation or early arrival to Kathmandu due to any sickness in the mountain or any of your own personal reason or due to bad weather and you are unable to continue the trek, you will need an extra night accommodation/s in Kathmandu. We can make these arrangements for a supplemental charge.

4. Is it possible to reserve a trip now and pay a deposit later or do I Have to pay a deposit at booking/reservation?
Yes! The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and a 30% deposit payment. You can pay the balance of the money when you arrive in Kathmandu.

5. Is there a possibility of getting separate rooms for the trip? 
During the trek, we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled room instead of a single room.


6. Is this a guaranteed departure even if I am alone stating in the request trip?

Yes, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants, we can arrange the trip for one person as well.


7. When I pay the remainder of the money on arrival in Kathmandu, how do you take that money? US cash or credit card?
You can clear the remainder of the money upon your arrival in Kathmandu or even before you arrive in Kathmandu. You can use USD, Euro, Pound, Canadian Dollar, Swiss franc in cash, Master or Visa cards for the payment options. There will be 4% bank levy when paying by credit card.


8. What sort of food can I expect in trekking?
Most teahouses (lodges) in Everest Base Camp trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal Bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many larger villages, you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. 

9. Is the food in the mountain prepared to international standard in terms of safety?
YES, the food is very safe during the trekking but we recommend you to eat vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.

10. Is water provided and is there still water available at higher altitudes? Is it filtered/boiled? Readily available?
Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and tea houses. You can buy bottled water at the cost of USD $ 2 at lower elevations to USD $4 to higher elevation per littler. You can also drink the normal tap or spring water if you bring the purifying aid with you.  
 
11. What is the alternative option if my flight to and from Lukla is canceled or delayed?
Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be canceled due to mountain weather conditions or technical issues. In such a case, Himalaya Sanctuary Adventure can help you charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your trek or international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m, while the twin otter and Dornier can fly if the visibility is 5000m, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. If the weather is extreme and the visibility is lesser than 1,500m helicopters are also not operated for the flights. In such cases, we will reschedule your flight for the next day or provides you alternative trek options.  
 
12. How much should I pay for the Heli charter?
The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance. The extra charges incurred are approximately $2,500 to $3,000 USD per helicopter (minimum USD 500 to maximum USD 3,000 per person) would be applicable to you for the helicopter charter. Usually, the helicopter takes only 3 to 5 passengers at a time. Therefore whatever the cost of a helicopter is, the price is divided among the group members. Any card payment requires a 4% bank fee while doing the transaction, which is taken by the bank itself. (Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure doesn’t own any of those 4% amounts)  
 
13. What is the best season for this trekking?
Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By the end of September through to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, November, December is the best time to do Everest trek  
 
14. What sort of weather condition and temperature will be in Trekking?
If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns, and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C, only to dip down as low as -20 degrees C in less than 24 hours.  Spring – March / April / May / June Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Everest region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. During springtime, the average temperature is 17 degrees C with a maximum of 25 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters. July / August Through Mid-September is Monsoon Season This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it rains sometimes and although it is also sometimes dry, very few people travel during this season.  The maximum temperature during the monsoon season averages 25 degrees C during sunny days with a minimum -15 degrees C in the morning and night at areas above 4000 meters. The average temperature tends to hover around a comfortable 18 degrees C. Autumn – End of September / October / November Similar to springtime, autumn in the Everest region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle. The average temperature during the fall is 15 degrees C with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -10 degrees C in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude. Regardless of the time of year, trekkers should always plan accordingly and bring clothing for both cooler and warmer temps. Layering is always recommended, as are pants that can double as shorts.   
 
15. Can I obtain a visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?
YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.  
 
16. What if I am very sick in the mountain?
Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek. They are trained to use the first aid kit and have the knowledge to use Oxy meter. They are very much aware that higher the altitude the oxygen level gets lesser so to get updated on the oxygen level of our client and to know whether they are fit enough or needs extra precautions to continue. During the time of emergency, our guides are alert and keep updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when the client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed to be hospitalized.  
 
17. What immunizations will I need?
No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio, and tetanus. We also recommend: · A dental check-up prior to traveling. · That you know your blood group in case of emergency.
 
18. What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellation notice is required, a minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the trip shall then be termed as canceled and the cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid. If you do not cancel your trip prior to 20 days due to whatsoever reasons, you must be aware that the trip you’ve already bought is completely non-refundable as per our terms and conditions.  If your trip is cut short due to weather/illness/personal reasons, there is no refund for accommodations unused.
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