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Gokyo Valley Trek – 15 Days

Trekking around Gokyo Valley is considered a traditional trek that offers magnificent views of the mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier- the largest in Nepal's Himalayas.

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking
Trip Duration: 15 Days
Max Altitude: 5,483 m/17,841 ft
Trip Starts From: Kathmandu
Trip Ends At: Kathmandu
Trip Region: Nepal
Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
Trip Level: Strenuous
Ventures at this grade are 'Tough Treks' and must be fully supported. The altitude attained is between 3,500 to 5,000m. These treks also involve several nights stay above 4,000m. These are genuine expeditions where preparation and a willingness to 'rough it' are necessary. You must have be physically fit for this trek.
Trip Route: Kathmandu - Lukla - Namche Bazaar - Phorste Thanga - Gokyo Ri - Dole - Khumjung Valley - Namche - Lukla - Kathmandu

Trip Information

Trekking around Gokyo valley is considered a traditional trek that offers magnificent views of the mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier- the largest in Nepal’s Himalayas. The view of this region is associated with the soaring views of the most popular mountains in Nepal, at an altitude of 8,000 m such as Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu which are clearly visible from Gokyo Ri above Gokyo Lake. One of the most remarkable features is the views of the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (2,922 m) located in Khumbu region.

After a 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu landing at Lukla’s tiny airstrip, the adventure really begins. We spend the next few days trekking and interacting amongst the mountain people also known as Sherpa’s, we stay at local lodges and trek into the heartland of their villages. Everything is organized in conjunction with local Sherpa guides. Along the trek, we will pass Buddhist monasteries with the views of Everest and other snow towering mountains getting closer by the day. We will have rest days in the villages of Namche bazaar that will allow us to explore the region and acclimatize, which is very important. After trekking to Gokyo Ri (5,483 m), we return at a leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu.


    ITINERARY

  • Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 02 Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 03 Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 3 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 04 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 5.5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • Day 05 Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 06 Trek to Phorste Thanga (3,680 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 07 Trek to Machherma (4,470 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 08 Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m) – 5.5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 09 Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483 m) and Back to Gokyo – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 10 Trek to Dole (4,200 m ) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 11 Trek to Namche Bazaar via Khumjung village (3,780 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 12 Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 13 Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 14 Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 15 Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Flight Departure.


    TRIP DETAILS

  • Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,345 m).

    Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Aarohi Holiday signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

    Note: If you arrive after 4:00 pm, you would be briefed by our airport representative/guide about tomorrow’s (Day 02) sightseeing activities on the way to hotel and then the pre-trip meeting would be held after the sightseeing tour next day. But if you arrive earlier than 4:00 pm you pre-trip meeting would be done on that very day either at our office or at your hotel as per your requirement. During your meeting, we will introduce you to your leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance if any and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

    Overnight at Hotel. No meals included

  • Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

    After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:

    Pashupatinath: Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River.Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River.It is a square two tiered pagoda temple built on a single tier pinth which is famous all over the world.

    Boudhanath: Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu.It was built in 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings.You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

    Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

    The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near your hotel.

    Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included

  • Day 03 - Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) - 35 mins. Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) - 3 hrs

    An early morning start takes us to the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35-minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,804 m). On arrival at the airport guide will brief you and introduce your porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding.

    After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2,713 m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2,550 m) it is a short walk to Phakding.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 04 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) - 5.5 hrs

    We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar (considered the Gateway to Everest) is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries. Namche is the biggest town along the Everest trail.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 05 - Namche Bazaar acclimatization day

    We spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We also hike up the Syangboche Airport near the Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 06 - Trek to Phorste Thanga (3,680 m) - 5 hrs

    The trail climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases making the trekking very pristine in springtime. The trail passes through Yak Kharkas and summer settlements. The views of Khumbi La and Tawache are magnificent throughout the day.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 07 - Trek to Machherma (4,470 m) - 5 hrs

    We climb a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descend to a river and again climbs steep to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpz glacier. We will reach Machherma by early noon.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 08 - Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m) - 5.5 hrs

    The trek today takes us at one of our main destinations, Gokyo (4,790m). We will make this camp our base for 2 nights as we will have couple of sightseeing and hiking trips around Gokyo.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 09 - Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483 m) and back to Gokyo - 5 hrs

    Early in the morning, we have a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5,483m. There are ample rewards for those who attempt this trip – you get stunning views of the super Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, including the giants Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 10 - Trek to Dole (4,200 m ) - 6 hrs

    Following the trail, we make our descent to Dole.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 11- Trek to Namche Bazaar via Khumjung village (3,780 m) - 5 hrs

    We continue walking through a typical Sherpa village of Khumjung, leaving the mountains behind us as we descend back to Namche Bazaar.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 12 - Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) - 6 hrs

    Finally, we return to Lukla where we started our trek, which might seem like a lifetime ago. We’ll spend some time enjoying and reflecting on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. We also have some spare time to explore the town some more.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 13 - Morning flight back to Kathmandu

    On your flight back to Kathmandu as you leave Lukla, you can enjoy some last-minute glimpses of the mountains you just recently visited. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our airport representative will transfer you to your hotel from the airport.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included

  • Day 14 - Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu

    This will be a spare day in Kathmandu after the tiring trekking program. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you).

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner Included

  • Day 15 - Transfer for your final flight departure

    The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

    Breakfast Included


    COST INCLUDES

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.

  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.

  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).

  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (On twin sharing basis and occasionally dormitory style).

  • Local Aarohi Holiday licensed English speaking guide.

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.

  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.

  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Aarohi Holiday (which need to be returned after the trek).

  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.

  • Free Aarohi Holiday duffel/kit bag, sun hat and T-shirt (yours to keep).

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.

  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show.

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.

  • Official expenses.


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)

  • International airfare and airport departure tax. (See the international flights page)

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.(Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.

  • Personal trekking Equipment (Click the trekking equipment tab).

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).

  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.


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