- Trip Duration : 11 Days
- Start - End : Kathmandu - Kathmandu
- Highest Altitude : 5357 m
- Difficulty : Moderate to Strenous
- Season : Mar-May, Sep-Nov
- Activity : Trekking
- Trip Grade :
Gokyo is one of the most beautiful area in Everest region which includes the largest glacier of Nepal known as Ngozumba Glacier and Gokyo peak offers spectacular mountain view including 4 highest mountain over 8000 meter.
We follow the main trail of Everest base camp passing some of the spectacular Sherpa village including namche upto Sanasa and follow Gokyo valley and Dudh koshi river to Nyozumba glacier, the main source of the river and further to Gokyo village just on the foot hill of Gokyo ri which is one of the highest settlement in the world at the height 4790m. Gokyo ri offer spectacular view over the high Himalaya including Mt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho yu and many more, probably the best view point place in Everest region and we retrace our way by to lukla.
|Day 01 :||Kathmandu (1350m) - Lukla (2840m) - Phakding (2600m)|
|Day 02 :||Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m)|
|Day 03 :||Rest day|
|Day 04 :||Trek to Dole (4200m)|
|Day 05 :||Trek to Macchermo (4470m)|
|Day 06 :||Trek to Gokyo (4750m)|
|Day 07 :||Explore Gokyo Ri (5357m)
|Day 08 :||Trek to Dole (4200m)|
|Day 09 :||Trek to Namche (3440m)|
|Day 10 :||Namche Bazaar - Lukla (2840m)
|Day 11 :||Lukla - Kathmandu (1350m)|
Day 1: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding
Early in the morning you head to the airport for your flight to Lukla. This is an approximately 45 minutes flight with incredible mountain views north to the Himalayan Range. After meeting the crew in Lukla, you head up the Dudh Koshi River Valley on a well-marked trail to Phakding.
Trekking time: approx. 4 hours
Heights: Kathmandu 1350m, Lukla 2840m, Phakding 2600m
Day 2: Phakding - Namche Bazaar
This morning you continue north following the Dudh Koshi river and on to Jorsale where you enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From here it is a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the Imja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Kosi) where you cross once more on a suspension bridge. This is followed by a steep climb (for about 2hrs) up to Namche Bazaar, the main town in the Khumbu region. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market.
Trekking time: approx. 6 hours
Heights: Namche Bazaar 3440m
Day 3: Rest day
Today is for letting your bodies rest and acclimatise. If you are feeling good you could go for an acclimatisation walk, or explore the village. Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. Options for acclimatisation walks include a visit to Khunde Hospital, or the one hour walk up to the Everest Hotel above Namche for the view of AmaDablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest, with many more in the mix as well.
Day 4: Trek to Dole.
After a perfect acclimatization in Namche, we start the day with short uphill walk which is followed by gradual climb until Sanasa. En route we can enjoy seeing Mt. Thamserkhu, Amadablam and Lhotse. From Sansa the trail steeply ascends to Mong La. Then the trail becomes steep down to Phortse Thanka. From here we gradually gain the elevation through rhododendron forest. A final steep climb for one hour allows us to step in Dole.
Trekking Time: 6 hrs
Height: Dole 4200.
Day 5: Trek to Macchermo
We follow a gradual ascend crossing several mountain streams. Meantime we take pleasure of watching Dudhkoshi River valleys. The landscapes don't have any vegetation to offer but we can still see some yak, Ghoral and few local species of birds.
Trekking Time: 3-4 hrs
Height: Macchermo 4470m
Day 6: Trek to Gokyo.
We mount gradually through cliff and cross the river over suspension bridge. We pass by few alpine villages and chortens. Just before reaching Panga we cross avalance (that comes in action mostly during spring). En route we get to see Gokyo 1st and 2nd lake. Upon arriving Gokyo we take a lunch and explore the lake to acclimatize.Gokyo small hamlet with few stone roofed tea houses and one of the highest settlements in the world. If you are interested then you can climb to Gokyo Ri for sun set view.
Trekking Time: 4-5 hrs
Height: Gokyo 4750m
Day 7: Explore Gokyo Ri.
We take breakfast and hike to Gokyo Ri. Trail is steep up until the top. From the top we are able to enjoy superb view of Cho Yu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, a beautiful blue shape of Gokyo Lake and Ngozumba Glacier. We descend back to camp take lunch and rest.
Hiking Time: 6-7 hrs
Height: Gokyo Ri 5357m
Day 8: Trek to Dole.
We retrace back to Dole following the following some steep up/down and frequent gradual downhill.
Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs
Day 9: Trek to Namche
From Dole you descend to the bridge over the DudhKosi and from there you will steeply ascend to Mongla, after the descend and gradual walk we are back to Namche.
Trekking Time: 5 hrs
Day 10: Namche Bazaar - Lukla
From Namche Bazaar you will be amazed at how easy that steep trail is to go down (as opposed to the hard slog you had as you came up) as you descend back down to the village of Jorsale. Passing the villages of Phakding and Choplung, you arrive at lukla.
Trekking time: approx. 7 hours
Heights: Lukla 2840m
Day 11: Lukla - Kathmandu
This morning you get up early to catch the morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla.
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
Visa for Nepal
All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal which could be obtain from Embassies abroad or on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu.
You need to have one passport Photo and following fees in US dollars to obtain the visa on arrival.
1. USD 25 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days.
2. USD 40 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days.
3. USD 100 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days.
4. USD 2 per day for visa extensions.
Please Note: The visa regulations and fees for visa changes frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate.
Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on the earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to Arctic cold. In the main trekking seasons in the spring and autumn, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. You are heading into the worlds highest mountain range. Be prepared for changes of temperature and weather!
Where ever you choose to trek in the Himalayas there are always uphill and downhill walk as a part of journey to greet you. Forget all the hard work which need to be done; just imagine what nature will offer you up in the high Himalayas.
What to bring:
As you are going into the high Himalayas and the weather is subjected to change anytime so warm cloths are recommended all year round. You could leave all the unnecessary items at your hotel or contact us to be storage. Just pack all your trekking gears in one bag which will be carried by our carrier and make a small day bag for yourself to carry the things which you might need during the day and for your valuable belongings.
Please check the checklist carefully for details of what you need to bring on the trek:
- Loose comfortable T-Shirts
- Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
- A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
- A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
- Water and wind proof jacket
- Water and wind proof trousers
- Woolen or thermal gloves
- Sun hat and sun glasses
- Woolen or fleece hat
- Warm woolen socks
- Comfortable and warm trekking boots
- Gaiters ( if snows)
- A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
- Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
- Sun block and lip balm
- Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
- Camera, music and books
- Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
- An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
- Sleeping Bag, Down jackets
- Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
- WATER BOTTLES - please be able to carry 2 liters of water and have bottles that can handle ` boiling/hot water
- HEAD TORCH!
- Batteries for camera, torch etc..
- A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
- Walking sticks (if needed)
Note: These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask us if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!
All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.
Trekking trails vary from wide, rode-like avenues to narrow, slippery paths built out over enormous drops. In many places, a fall from the trail would be fatal. One must pay attention at all times to where you are placing your feet. Be especially careful not to move while looking through the view finder of your camera!
ALTITUDE AND PREVENTING ALTITUDE SICKNESS
Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.
Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).
Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. Data indicates that drinking 3-4 liters of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process. Never try to attempt to go higher up if you have altitude sickness, stay either in the same elevation or if got worse trek to the lower elevation.
The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice.
You will be given a comprehensive briefing about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.
TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS
Do not forget to bring some Nepalese rupees for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes now! The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice.
Tipping is now common in Nepal but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.
CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT
While trekking you have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment, people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.
There are many ways you can help to conserve the environment of the area in which you trek. Here are some simple tips:
- Pick up any litter along the trail
- Burn all your toilet paper and bury your faeces when not in camp, make sure you go at least 50m away from any water Source
- In camp, when using a toilet tent, you may deposit paper in the hole, but ensure the hole is at least 30cm deep and make sure it is at least 50m away from any water source
- Do not make campfire, nor consume food cooked on wood fires; your crew uses kerosene stoves to help conserve the local forests
- Drink boiled/treated water instead of mineral water as the plastic is not recycled
- Stick to the trails to prevent erosion and damage to fragile alpine flora
- Ensure all rubbish is packed out (or burnt/buried if appropriate)