Gokyo Valley Trekking - 15 Days

Gokyo Valley Trekking - 15 Days
Trip Information
  • Duration15 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max Altitude5463.00m/17924 ft
  • ActivityTrekking
  • Group Size1+
  • Trip StartKathmandu
  • Trip EndKathmandu
  • Best TimeMarch to May and Sept to Dec
Highlights
  • On the scenic trail to beautiful Gokyo valley and its emerald lakes.
  • Enclosed within high giant peaks of Cho-Oyu and adjoining mountains.
  • Sweeping panorama of world four highest mountains at one glimpse from Gokyo Ri.
  • Views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho-Oyu with Mt. Makalu towards east horizon.
  • Overlooking views of scenic Gokyo valley with Nepal longest Ngozumba glacier.
  • From green woodland to remorseless fields of ice and glaciers at Gokyo valley.

Introduction: Gokyo Valley Trek

Gokyo Valley Trekking is one of the significant treks offered by Holiday Tours Nepal. Gokyo encompasses the views of Everest (8,848m), also known as "the roof of the world," Lhotse(8,511m/27,923ft), Makalu (8,463 m/27,765 ft), and Cho Oyo (8,021 m/26,315 ft). These spectacular mountains and surrounding peaks are visible from Gokyo Ri above Gokyo Lake.

Gokyo Ri (5,357 m/17,575 ft) is one of the high peaks in the Khumbu region located in the Himalayan region of Nepal. This peak is famous for trekkers, climbers, and visitors. As mentioned, it provides an excellent view of the mountains. Individuals compare the picture of Gokyo Ri to the spectacular Kalapatthar, the highest point in the Everest Base Camp trek. Due to this particular reason, Gokyo ri has become a popular alternative destination compared to Kalapatthar.

Similarly, the Gokyo region hosts serene turquoise lakes known as the Gokyo Lakes. There are six leading lakes in this region. The third lake, Gokyo Cho or Dudh Pokhari, is the most noted. Gokyo lakes are low-nutrient lakes situated at an altitude of 4700–5000 m (15,400–16,400 ft) above sea level, which are nature's wonder.

Another main attraction of Gokyo Valley Trekking is an icefall off the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal. The Ngozumpa Glacier offers mountain lake scenery and countless more heart-melting scenarios. One of the most remarkable highlights is the view of the massive ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (2922m) in the Khumbu region. This is a conventional trek that truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that offers the best of this region.

How does the Gokyo Valley trek begin and end?

Gokyo Valley Trekking begins after a thirty-five-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla's tiny airstrip. The adventure then starts following a trail along the bank of the Dudh Koshi River until reaching the gateway of Everest region Namche bazaar.

Namche Bazaar is a major stop in the Solu-Khumbu region. Everest View Hotel, Sherpa Cultural Museum, and Irish Pub are the significant attractions of Namche, with various accommodation options ranging from teahouses to Luxury houses. We will have rest days in the Namche bazaar villages, allowing us to explore the region. Also, at Namche, we interact with the mountain people known as Sherpa, who are famous for mountain climbing, and we acclimate with these beautiful people. We can also stay at local lodges and trek into the heartland of their villages.

Holiday Tours Nepal will organize everything with local Sherpa guides for the Gokyo trek. Along the tour, we will pass Buddhist monasteries with views of Everest and other snow-t towering mountains getting closer by the day, which is very important. After a proper acclimatization day in Namche, the trek moves towards Phortse Tanga. Phortse Tanga is a suitable lunch stop where terrains of agricultural lands can be seen. The primary crop cultivated is Potato. Animals like Yak and Mule start to appear in this section. The beautiful views of Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Kangtega, Kongde ri, and many more can be seen.

Upon visiting Phortse Tanga, the trek moves towards Dole. Dole (4,038m) is a small village in the Khumbu region. There are a few teahouses while the trail moves along the Dudh Koshi River.

After Dole, the next destination is Machhermo. Machhermo is a rescue spot which is situated at 4410m. Sherpas mainly inhabit the bushy-trailed Machhermo in the summer. Move past these bushy trails to reach the significant highlight of the trek, Gokyo. 

Explore the region and have a view of Gokyo village. After the hike to Gokyo Ri (5,483m/17,988ft), view the mountains of the Khumbu region, which includes the majestic Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Taboche, Cho Oyu, and many more. 

After having an intimate view of heart-melting mountains, we return leisurely to Namche. Gokyo Valley trekking is the most fantastic route and is a widely used trail that follows closest to the Everest base camp

After descending from Gokyo ri, we move towards Namche; Namche is an alternative route to traditional courses to the Everest base camp. Apart from this, this is equally popular for the hospitality and warmth of the local Sherpa people inhabiting this small mountain town. After a stop at Namche, we move towards Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu.

Each stop in Gokyo Valley Trekking has its charm and beauty. This trek highlights everything Khumbu and Everest have to offer. It is an excellent trip for those seeking a wide range of views, nature, and scenery during their expedition.

Why is the speciality about Gokyo Valley trek?

Gokyo Valley trekking is one of the incredible journeys in the Everest region of Nepal. Along the trekking trail, trekkers pass through holy temples, peaceful monasteries, and beautifully carved mani walls. The Gokyo Valley trekking trail helps the trekkers explore the beautiful views of Mt Cho Oyu, Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu, and many more mountains like Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru, Kongde ri, and many more. An older man once said the best view comes after the most challenging climbing. 

After reaching the top of Gokyo ri, trekkers can witness the magnificent views of the lakes of Gokyo, with the shadow of mountains seen more apparent in the lakes. Gokyo Valley trekking is heaven on earth, which has a strong and holy influence on the Buddhists and the Hindus.

What is the best time or season for Gokyo Valley trek?

Autumn and Spring are the best times and seasons to embark on the Gokyo Valley trek journey. Autumn, which usually lasts from September to November in Nepal, offers clear skies and moderate temperatures. This season is also considered the peak time for the Gokyo Valley trek. The temperature in the Gokyo region is 4-8 degrees Celsius during the day and 2-5 degrees Celsius at night. This gives a chilling yet mesmerizing view of the mountains. The trails are less slippery with arid vegetation. The cool breeze makes up for a comfortable trekking experience. 

Another season for the Gokyo trek is Spring, which lasts from March to May. The average temperature in this season is -5 °C to 10°C. Spring offers a vibrant atmosphere. The lush rhododendron forest comes to full bloom, making up for a lively landscape. 

Additionally, the winter months after December are usually only favorable for trekking at high altitudes if the trekkers are ready for a hardcore adventure and to endure the cold. Winter times are freezing and unbearable sometimes for some trekkers who are not used to the cold environment. 

We at Holiday Planner Nepal do not recommend trekking in the winter months if you are a beginner. Touring in Gokyo Valley during winter requires more logistic preparations and is only suitable for experienced and adrenaline lovers. So be sure to follow the guidelines provided by Holiday Tours Nepal if you are interested in trekking during the winter months.

How to prepare for Gokyo Valley trek?

Gokyo Valley trekking is considered a moderate-level trek. However, before embarking on this adventure, careful preparation is required. There are various ways to prepare before heading for the Gokyo Valley trek. Some of them are jogging, going to the gym, yoga, short hiking, and going to short hikes.

Holiday Tours Nepal recommends using stairs rather than lifts at work and walking for at least 45-60 minutes daily. Try carrying a bag with around 5-6 kilos of weight and go for a nearby hike with a certain amount of elevation.

The more the trekkers and travelers train before the trek, the more for building stamina and pace set up. Sometimes, beginning the tour without preparation can cause gasping, breathing problems, and tiredness. Mental preparation is required and is the key to making the trek successful.

Accommodation facilities available at the trail of Gokyo Valley?

There are several accommodation facilities available along the Gokyo Valley trek. These establishments range from teahouses to luxury houses, summing up every visitor's budget. Some of the usual accommodations in the region are described below:

Tea houses: They are the most common accommodation found in the region. They provide basic amenities and adequate bed and blanket facilities. The bathrooms are mainly shared. However, trekkers can enjoy Dal Bhat (rice with lentil soup), Noodles, soups, and other snacks.

Lodges: Another good night's rest option can be lodged. They serve as cozy places with attached bathroom facilities. Foods are similar to those at the teahouse; however, one can expect more menu options.

Camping: Camping can be another option while trekking in the Gokyo valley. Camping is an out-of-the-bucket experience that serves a recreational purpose for the visitors. Camping helps people experience the wonders of nature more closely. The fresh air and connection to nature help in stress reduction. However, camping requires more logistic preparation, which Holiday Planner Nepal can handle.

Luxury houses: They are top-notch accommodation locations, which are indeed expensive. They provide premium facilities and good room service. Comfortable rooms, electric blankets, attached bathroom facilities, hot showers, and a heating service are some of the luxury amenities in this option.

Weather and climate during Gokyo Valley trekking?

Climate after 4000-4500 meters is usually unpredictable as the strong wind plays a role in the environment and weather. But the weather during the morning is perfect, which enables the best scenarios and landscapes in the morning.

The best times for the comfortable weather and views are Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). The temperature during autumn can range from 7 to 15 degrees in the daytime, while the night temperature can range from 2 to -14 degrees at night. 

During the Spring, the temperatures can range from 0 to 13. The maximum temperature can be up to 14 degrees. At night, the temperature can drop down from 0 degrees to -7 degrees Celsius. 

Be careful with the strong wind conditions that may disturb the trekkers and travelers during both seasons. Remember your wind layers.

Is travel insurance required for Gokyo Valley trekking?

While travel insurance for trekking in Gokyo Valley is not mandatory, it has perks. Travel insurance for the Gokyo Valley route helps cover any unforeseen circumstances, ensuring peace of mind and enabling complete focus on the trek. Make careful consideration before purchasing travel insurance and understand the following perks.

  • Purchasing travel insurance helps to cover medical costs. Insurance covers emergency medical care and evacuation, which can be expensive without insurance.
  • Theft and robbery in the region are uncommon; however, having insurance may cover stolen gear, equipment, and other kinds of stuff.
  • Travel insurance policy might include coverage for trip cancellation or interruption. Any illness, injury, natural disaster, or unforeseen circumstance that hampers the duration of the trip may be covered.
  • In the case of an emergency, travel insurance can help to provide emergency assistance.

Note: It is crucial to select the proper travel insurance policy which helps cover all unforeseen activities. Likewise, remember that Holiday Tours Nepal doesn't provide travel insurance documents. Anyone wishing to get insurance must purchase it with an insurance company in Nepal.

Can we get altitude sickness during the Gokyo Valley trek?

Anyone can get altitude sickness during high-altitude trekking as it involves walking above 3500 meters. Altitude Sickness, or acute mountain sickness (AMS), is of two types, which are known as HACE and HAPE.
The symptoms of AMS are:

  1. Headache/Nausea
  2. Tiredness and difficulty sleeping
  3. Fluid collection in the lungs and the brain
  4. The problem with breathing/ Gasping while breathing
  5. Pain in the lungs while breathing

How to avoid altitude sickness in Gokyo?

  • Stroll and walk at your own pace. Don't care for others speed
  • drink at least 3 liters of water daily
  • consult with your doctor before going on high-altitude treks
  • try to sleep for at least 8 hours a day
  • dress appropriately for the tour and wear enough layers
  • consume a good number of foods during the tour, especially at night time
  • take rest if the body is not feeling good
  • follow the lead guy's instructions and stay honest with the guide about the physical condition

Are there hot shower washing and toilet facilities at the Gokyo Valley trekking trail?

There are two types of toilet facilities at the Gokyo Valley trek. The first one is Asian squat toilets, and the second one is the Western commode. Most bathrooms are western throughout the trekking trail on the Gokyo Valley Map.

According to the selected accommodation, there are varied options. Luxury houses or well-equipped lodges and guest houses can have private attached bathrooms. Smaller teahouses, other medium-range guest houses, and motels have a shared bathroom on the same floor or sometimes on the upper or lower floor.

Hot showers are available throughout the accommodation options in the Gokyo Valley Trek roadmap, ranging from guest houses to lodges. Similarly, there are three types of showers during the trek: bucket, gas geyser, and solar water. Bucket showers are a problematic choice. Gas geysers are limited, while solar showers are unlimited. The cost of all these showers is similar. The only difference is that hot showers are not a popular amenity, and if provided, they tend to come at an extra cost. However, luxury in the high-altitude region is defined by such slight differences.

Basins are placed on every floor outside the dining hall area for washing facilities. However, sanitizers and toilet paper may not be available, so trekkers must carry them personally.

Internet and electricity facilities at the trail of Gokyo?

Internet and electricity facilities are available throughout the Gokyo Valley region trekking trail. Internet facilities are available throughout the tea houses and lodges in the Everest region. 

There might be some difficulty in communication during ascending the high altitude. A proper network might not be available, which is the same for data or the internet. Be sure to carry a strong battery backup phone and local SIM conveniently. Trekkers can also rent satellite phones, providing better coverage in isolated locations.

Only when Namche is standard Wi-Fi is available; however, buying a Wi-Fi card after Namche is essential. There are two types of cards: one is the air link, and the other one is known as the Everest link. Airlink is the best among these two, which will cost Nepali 700rs and works for 24 hours.

What is the suggested equipment list for the Gokyo Valley trek?

The following is the list of materials required for the Gokyo Valley trek provided by Holiday Planner Nepal, with a brief description.

Clothing:

  1. Thermal base layers: tops and bottoms
  2. Insulating layers: a fleece jacket and a down jacket
  3. Weatherproof jacket: a windproof and waterproof jacket to protect from the wind and rain
  4. Trekking pants and shorts: lightweight and quick-drying, one trouser with fur and two regular trousers and one trousers for the nighttime at the tea house
  5. Undergarments and socks: Moisture-wicking and comfortable, at least 3–4 pairs of socks for the walk and two teams for the nighttime
  6. Warm hat and gloves: thermal or fleece to protect the ears and make the head friendly, and windproof gloves
  7. Sun hat: wide-brimmed for sun protection during the day walk
  8. Buff or scarf: multipurpose for warmth or dust protection for neck protection
  9. Gaiters: for snow or mud protection
  10. Footwear: A good pair of feet; wear slippers for the nighttime.
  11. Hiking boots: sturdy and comfortable with good ankle support
  12. Camp shoes: sandals or lightweight shoes for rest and nighttime

Gear:

  1. Backpack: comfortable and spacious (30–40 liters). Don't forget the rain cover.

  2. Sleeping bag: suitable for low temperatures (-10°C/14°F)

  3. Trekking poles: For support and stability, two trekking bars are recommended.

  4. Headlamp/Flashlight: With extra batteries for the trekking trail and for going to washrooms at night.

  5. Water bottles or hydration system: Trekkers must carry equipment that can bear at least 2 liters capacity of water.

  6. Sunglasses: UV protection, polarized

  7. Trekking towel: quick-drying and compact

  8. Personal first aid kit: Must include essentials like bandages, antiseptic cream, medications, etc.

  9. Toiletries: Carry travel-sized and biodegradable, as there is no toilet paper in the washrooms.

  10. Duct tape or repair kit: For gear fixes

Miscellaneous:

  1. Camera: To capture the stunning landscapes
  2. Portable charger: for electronics
  3. Power bank: a power bank of at least 20,000 mah to charge phones and other electronic devices
  4. Trekking map: provided by holiday tours in Nepal
  5. Snacks: trail mix, energy bars, etc.
  6. Sunscreen and lip balm: SPF protection 40+
  7. Hand sanitizer and wet wipes: hygiene essentials

Optional:

  1. Portable water purifier/filter: useful for refilling water from natural sources
  2. Binoculars: To observe wildlife and scenic views

Remember, the weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, so having adequate layers and waterproof gear is crucial. It's also advisable to check the requirements with holiday tour Nepal officials, and we will guide you in acquiring the necessary equipment. A holiday planner in Nepal can arrange equipment if you prefer to avoid carrying everything from home. Additionally, check the specific requirements and conditions with local guides or trekking agencies before embarking on your journey.

(T-shirt maps, duffel bags for the porter, sleeping bags, and down jackets are provided by Holiday Tours Nepal and are to be returned after the trek.)

Itinerary
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Upon arrival you will be picked up at the international airport in Kathmandu and transferred to the hotel by our airport representative. After refreshments your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel for a half day sightseeing tour to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square. Later on this evening you will be picked up from your hotel for a cultural dinner. Stay overnight at the hotel.

    Today you have a full day guided sightseeing tour to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, probably to Durbar Square, then visit “Swyambhunath” a Holy sight of Hinduism and Buddhism also known as “the monkey temple” as a large number of holy monkeys are living in the north-west part of the temple. Next, you will be taken to “Pashupatinath a sacred Hindu temple situated on the bank of the Bagmati River. You will then be driven to “Boddhanath Stupa” one of the biggest and oldest stupas in the world. Later in the afternoon there will be a pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide in your hotel. Our office representative will brief you regarding the trek as well as provide you the opportunity to ask any questions of the upcoming trip. Second overnight in Kathmandu.

      Today an early morning transfer to the airport for 35min short but scenic fight to the Himalayan foothills where we begin our trek into the Everest region. The views from the plane are stunning, providing dramatic sights of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. After landing at Lukla airport, we walk for 3 hours to the town of Phakding with few up and downs along the Dudh Koshi River. Stay overnight at the tea house in Phakding.

        Today after breakfast, we continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River, crossing this majestic river numerous times on exciting suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, from Larja Dobhan the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Everest region. Stay overnight at a tea house In Namche Bazaar.

          Today is a rest and acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar. Namche is a colourful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. An early hike above town, before the clouds move in, reward trekkers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, the beautiful Ama Dablam and many more. On the way down, we can visit the Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist. Stay over night at the tea house.

            You will climb the Khumjung hill and descend to the east of the village down the broad valley leading the Dudh Koshi from where the route turns to the north. There is a chorten on the ridge top at 3973m which descends from Khumbila (5761m).You will visit Mohang, the birth place of re-incarnate Lama of Rongbuk monastery of Tibet who introduced Buddhism in Khumbu region. The trail descends in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dush Koshi. Stay over night at the tea house.

              You will climb steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests. The trail passes through many Kharkas-the summer settlements used to by Sherpas while bringing herds of yaks to graze. The route passes through the settlements of Tongba (3950m), Gyele (3960m). Stay over night at the tea house.

                From Dole the trail climbs steadily along the side of the valley, rhododendron forest giving way to scrub Juniper as altitude increases you will pass through many summer settlements, used when Yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of us are excellent views of Cho Oyu while backing down the valley is peaks of Kantiaga and Thamsherku. This is a short day trek and we arrive at Macherma(4410m),around lunch time.

                  Beyond Machhermo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and up towards Cho-Oyu (8,153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangram at 4,390m. The route descends to the river bank before beginning the climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. Afterwards the trail levels out as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga at 4,690m, where you can find the Lama Foot prints then finally up a boulder-strewn path to Gokyo at 4,750m, on edge of the third lake. Gokyo a small settlement but slowly growing with about 6-8 lodges at present. Gokyo with its glacial lake and the surrounding high snow capped mountain certainly makes this place one of the gem of Khumbu region. Stay over night at the tea house.

                    Today an early morning your guide will take you to the Gokyo Ri (5463m) for sunrise view. From here you will have chance to full part of Mt Everest and Cho-yu and lake in the valley and biggest glacier of the named Na-Jumpa glacier. Back to hotel for breakfast and after breakfast in the afternoon you will have chance explore up to the fifth lake passing another forth lake and enjoy the view. Stay over night at the tea house.

                      After wonderful time you re-trace back to Dole via Machhermo. Stay over night at the tea house.

                        breakfast, star same trail with big descend till Phortse Tanga than ascend to the Mongla dada from where trail goes slow down all the way to Namche. Stay over night at the tea house.

                          Today after breakfast you will re-trace back to Lukla with few up and down. Stay over night at the tea house.

                            Today an early morning your guide will take you to the airport for short but scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Up on arrival you will be picked up and transfer to the hotel by our airport representative. Stay over night at the hotel.

                              Transfer to the international airport for next destination flight.

                                Route Map

                                Gokyo Valley Trekking - 15 Days map
                                Cost Details
                                What's Included
                                • All airport Pick up drop drops by private vehicle.
                                • Welcome and farewell dinner in an authentic restaurant.
                                • 03-night twin/double shearing accommodation with breakfast at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu.
                                • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with privet vehicle (entrance fees extra)
                                • Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight with airport departure tax.
                                • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card).
                                • A high experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport, and insurance.
                                • 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation, and equipment.
                                • We provide assistance to guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport, and insurance walking with the group to support where necessary as per the group size.
                                • Twin/double shearing lodge accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
                                • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
                                • First aid kid box.
                                • Holiday Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
                                • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
                                • Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during trekking(Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
                                • One-hour complimentary spa/massage in Kathmandu after the trek.
                                • All applicable government and local taxes are as per the itinerary.
                                • Fresh fruits after dinner every night as dessert during the trek.
                                • Cookies and biscuits during the trek for cookie time after reaching the tea house.
                                What's not Included
                                • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
                                • All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
                                • Lunch and Dinner  in Kathmandu
                                • Personal  travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
                                • In case of extra more nights accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary
                                • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
                                • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
                                • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
                                • Anything not included in service includes column
                                Availability
                                • The trip departs everyday of the year
                                • The trip and trek are fully customizable we can customize the trip according to the need and necessity of our clients

                                • The trip is available for solo travelers group travelers and private travelers

                                • We organize the trip for a large group and can provide service for a group of 100+ members as well

                                • If the given date are not appropriate for the travellers and trekkers, the trip can be conducted on the customary date provided by our clients

                                • Holiday tours Nepal advises all our clients to book at least 7 days prior so all the arrangements can be done in time, especially sometimes in the mountains where the accommodation are booked prior so prior booking helps a lot

                                Contact us at [email protected] or send us a text at +977-9816710843 or +977-9818178630 we are available 24/7 on WhatsAppviber WeChat for additional informations.

                                Useful Information

                                Equipment and Gear List

                                GeneralGeneral

                                • Four-season (-20 degree) sleeping bag (We provide rental sleeping bags available for an additional USD 35)
                                • Puffy down jacket (We provide rental jackets for an additional USD 35)
                                • Daypack (25-30 liters recommended) with rain cover

                                CatUpper Body

                                • Sun hat or cap (We'll provide you with a trekking cap.)
                                • warm woolen hat
                                • Scarf/Neck Buff (highly recommended to get saved from wind and cold)
                                • Headlamp or mobile torch light for nighttime
                                • Polarized sunglasses

                                TorsoTorso

                                • Technical fabric base layer thermals are light for warmer months, heavy for colder months
                                • Technical fabric t-shirts and sleeve sweaters or high-necks
                                • Waterproof rain jacket
                                • windproof jacket for the walk as it gets windy
                                • Fleece jacket or down jacket

                                LowerLower Body

                                • thermals inner
                                • Hiking pants at least 3
                                • Comfortable pants for teahouses
                                • Waterproof, windproof shell
                                • Hiking shorts

                                glovesHands

                                • Woolen gloves for the tea house
                                • Hard-shell windproof outer gloves for the walk

                                feetFeet

                                • Marino Wool or comfortable, warm socks
                                • Hiking socks
                                • Liner socks
                                • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
                                • Crampons (For passes)
                                • Casual shoes or sandals that are comfortable for the time in the tea house
                                • Gaiters (lightweight for rain and snow)

                                undergarmentUndergarments and Inner Wears

                                • Technical fabric/quick drying (can be washed during the trek)
                                • Sports bras (women)
                                • sleeping clothes as per the comfortability

                                FirstaidFirst Aid Kits and Medications

                                Note: Our guides carry medications, oxygen cans, and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are recommended.) 

                                • Sunscreen SPF- 50+
                                • Lip balm or Vaseline
                                • ointment cream
                                • Cough Syrup and strepsils (recommended for Khumbu Cough)
                                • Creams and medicines (for any allergies or diseases)

                                Optional Other Essentials

                                • Passport
                                • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
                                • Reusable water bottle
                                • Toilet paper, small soap, and shampoo
                                • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
                                • water bladder for the day bag
                                • small towel for personal use
                                • Pillowcase in case of allergies to new pillows
                                • High-protein snacks (such as mountain bars or nuts)
                                • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying essential documents, stuff, frequently used items, and money
                                • Power bank or extra batteries
                                • Cameras and mobile phone
                                • Cards/book
                                • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
                                • Trekking poles
                                • Whistle in case your voice is not loud enough to stop or start
                                • Thermos for hot water during the night
                                • We give you a free duffel bag, trekking cap, maps, and t-shirt during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
                                • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The porter will carry the duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs., throughout the walk.
                                • Daypack bag for daily used stuff like cash, documents, papers, a water bottle or bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, clothing, etc. (with a waterproof cover).
                                • You can store your luggage (on-trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu, and we can assist and help.
                                • Total luggage for the Kathmandu-Lukla flight is (15 kg (33 lbs.), including duffel (10 Kg/22 lbs.) and backpack (5 kg/11 lbs.)
                                • A down jacket with a hood (cap) to be warm in altitudes above 3,000m.
                                • We can provide a down jacket for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, you need to pay back the cost of USD 200 per item.
                                • We can provide a sleeping bag for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, USD 200 per item must be paid.

                                Note: Supplies and gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu. Once you are in Nepal, you can buy supplies and gear for hiking if you have spare time. Trekking Planner Nepal representatives will assist you in purchasing the equipment. Thamel a tourist hub, offers a wide range of trekking equipment at affordable prices. Don't wear short clothes inside the monasteries and religious places.

                                Gokyo Valley Trekking - 15 Days FAQs

                                • Yes, trekkers can witness Everest, Cho Yu, Lhotse, Makalu, and other surrounding and neighboring peaks with a 360-degree panoramic view of the mountains from Gokyo and the top of Gokyo-Ri.

                                • The major attractions of the Gokyo Valley Trek are the Ngozumba Glacier, views of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Yu, Makalu, the European lakes of Gokyo, the valley civilization, and the lifestyle itself.

                                • Yes, permits are required to visit the Gokyo Valley or before the Gokyo Valley trek begins. Trekkers must have Khumbu metropolitan permits and Sagarmatha National Park permits before starting this trek.

                                • The elevation of Gokyo ri is 5357m, which is 17575 feet above sea level.

                                • The Gokyo Valley trek takes a minimum of 13 to a maximum of 15 days, and the Everest base camp and Gokyo Valley combined can take up to 19 days. Keeping a contingency day can be very helpful in case things go sideways.

                                • The best time to visit Gokyo is during Nepal's spring and autumn seasons. At this time, nature, views, and landscapes are beautiful, and tea houses and shops are often used.

                                • The Gokyo Valley trek is moderate and involves walking for at least 5-6 hours per day at altitudes above 4,500 and 5,000 meters.

                                • It costs around 1499$ to 1599$ to do the Gokyo Valley trek at a minimal cost for an entire board trip; however, the price may vary according to the services that ARE included and excluded according to the plan and inventory.

                                • Gokyo Ri is a peak located above an elevation of 5000 meters. The summit is 5357m/17575 feet above sea level. Trekking at high altitudes can be tiring as it requires more energy due to the elevation; otherwise, it's easy.

                                • The accommodation facilities available at Gokyo are basic, average tea houses and lodges. We can get a room with an attached bathroom at some places, but it must be booked before the trek.

                                • The Gokyo trek can be completed in 15 days, including a stay in Kathmandu, a departure and arrival time of a day in Kathmandu, and ten days in the mountains.

                                • Gokyo ri is situated at an altitude of (5,357m/17,575ft) from sea level.

                                • Climbing Gokyo Ri takes around 2 hours on an average pace. So, going up and down and spending some time up there can take up to 4 hours max, but it still depends upon the pace and the time spent at the top of Gokyo Ri.

                                • The Gokyo Lake trek is moderately arduous and favorable for everyone. On average, it involves walking for 5-6 hours per day, but acclamation is crucial, and trekkers must have some acclamation day.

                                • It costs around $1499 to $1599 for Gokyo Lake, including the stay and breakfast in Kathmandu, a full-board package in the mountains, flight tickets, guides, and a porter. The trip is 15 days in total, including Kathmandu.

                                • Gokyo Lake is a moderately challenging trek requiring planning and exercise before hiking. It's easy, but combining it with Cho La Pass can be difficult on the pass day. This trek is favorable for everyone, but trekkers must have an acclamation day.

                                • Gokyo Lake treks take a minimum of 11-13 days, including the stay in Kathmandu, but combining them with an Everest base camp will take a minimum of 15 days. Having a contingency day is always better when traveling to Everest.

                                • Trekkers can book a trek to Gokyo Valley by going to the Nepal trekking planner website and selecting the Gokyo Valley trek from the destination category of the Everest region. They are required to pay 10 percent of the amount, and the rest of the amount can be paid back in Kathmandu.

                                • The Gokyo Valley trek can be done without a guide, but it's not recommended. Not having a guide can be dangerous in high altitudes, and during the peak season, everything is packed, so having a guide can make things easy. The guide can act as a mediator, and in case things go sideways, he is the first person to react, so having a guide is beneficial.

                                • The Gokyo Valley trek requires proper planning. Some of the most needed items are at least three pairs of trousers, five pairs of socks, hiking boots, three pairs of T-shirts, thermals, trekking poles, crampons, a fleece jacket, a down jacket, a hoodie, and a turtleneck. Check our suggested equipment list for complete details.

                                • To acclimatize properly, trekkers must go slow, drink much water, and consume many calories. They also need to know that an extra day is required at Namche and Gokyo to increase their chances of success.

                                • There are various risks of altitude sickness on the Gokyo Valley trek. Trekkers can experience nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, running out of breath, and chest pain while breathing. However, they can prevent altitude sickness by drinking water, consuming good food, dressing appropriately, resting, and following the lead guy's instructions.

                                • The daily walking distance ranges from 10-12 kilometers on average. Some days might be longer, and some shorter, but it's 10-12 kilometers on average.

                                • Cultural and religious sites are found in every significant village during the Gokyo Valley trek. Even during the trail, trekkers pass manes, chortens, stupas, and inscribed stones.

                                • The Gokyo Valley trek costs from $1499 to $1599 and can increase according to the client's needs and the inclusions and add-ons to the trip.

                                • Yes, electronic devices can be charged during the Gokyo Valley Trek. Participants can leave their phones at the reception area to charge. However, it is recommended that they carry a power bank and charge it at the reception, but charging will cost extra.

                                • Various types of food are available, such as dal bhat, momo, spring rolls, spaghetti, Tibetan bread, noodles, pizza, burgers, and multiple meals. Various tea houses have different types of menus.

                                • The starting point for the Gokyo Valley trek is Lukla. Trekkers can drive towards Kharikhola and hike towards Lukla, take a direct flight from Kathmandu or Manthali, or take a helicopter ride to Lukla from Kathmandu or Manthali.

                                • Travel insurance is not mandatory but recommended before trekking towards Gokyo. This trek involves walking at high altitudes above 500 meters, and in the Himalayas, sometimes things can go wrong in an instant, so it's better to have travel insurance.

                                • Yes, the Gokyo Valley trek can be combined with the Everest Base Camp trek and completed in 19-21 days. However, keep a contingency day for the flights if the weather worsens.

                                • Trekkers have a good chance of encountering Himalayan tahr, Himalayan monal, Danphe, crows with black peaks, yellow peaks, red peaks, wolves, yak, mules, and horses. Himalayan beer and snow leopards can be rarely sighted.

                                • Keeping the environment clean can be a concern. Avoiding trampling, sticking to the trail, not destroying the habitat and small vegetation, bringing back the waste, and properly storing the garbage and waste are some of the environmental practices to be concerned about.

                                • Two types of toilets are available: a Western-style commode toilet and a regular Asian squat toilet. For an additional price, trekkers can select rooms with attached restrooms.

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