Duration: 14 Days
Departure From: Kathmandu
Price: USD 1,250
Group size: Min 2-7 Max
Namaste & Welcome to Gokyo Ri Valley Trek
Exploring Everest Region has always been a dream project for most of the adventure aspirants across the globe. Gokyo Ri Trek is one of the most popular and guts-proving treks in the Everest region to observe the simplicity of the Himalayan life (mountain life) and catch the views of splendid and alluring snowcapped mountains while enjoying the amazing floral and faunal diversity. Trekking to Gokyo Ri Valley leads you to the elevation of 5345 m (17518 ft) which offers you the jaw-dropping landscapes of the Everest, Gokyo Lake and Ngozumpa glacier including other famous peaks.
The sole purpose of Trekking to Gokyo Ri Valley is to observe the Gokyo Lake (a set of six lakes) and many others at the highest altitude. The view of Ngozumpa glacier (the biggest glacier in the mountain region) and the pristine views of Mount Everest (8848 m), Cho You (8156 m), Mount Makalu (8470 m) and many other mountains, glaciers, and lakes captures your heart when you push yourself through this route.
If you want to imprint magnificent and lively experiences of Himalayan beauty and mountain life, your holidays are worth spending in this Valley. This region is also considered very sacred region since Gokyo Lake is the shrine to worship for many Hindu and Buddhist devotees around the globe. During Janai Purnima, many devotees set out to this place for pilgrimage.
Gokyo Ri Trekking begins from 40 minutes flight in a domestic airline from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla. Then observing the mystic beauties and winding trails, you will climb uphill to Phakding village passing many beautiful Sherpa hamlets on the way. Now, the trail descends to the Dudh Koshi River (Milk River) which is also one of the tributaries of Shapta Koshi River. Walking along the Dudh Koshi valley, you will reach Namche Bazaar which is the heavenly abode of Sherpa inhabitants in the lap of Mount Everest.
It is also the major portal to Everest Region. Acclimatizing yourself with a short hike to and fro around Namche Bazaar for a day, you will move to Gokyo crossing dense rhododendron forest, Kharkas, and Macherma (a lovely Sherpa village) on the way. The next day, you will climb up to Gokyo Ri, (the highest place of this Gokyo Valley) trekking from where you can enjoy the surreal view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang. Then you will be returning back to Lukla and fly to Kathmandu to wrap up the trekking.
Below we list you the day to day route to Gokyo Ri Valley Trekking:
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Day 01 - Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1345 m)
Day 02 - Trip meeting and Sightseeing the Kathmandu Valley.
Day 03 - Fly to Lukla (2804 m) - 35 mins & Trek to Phakding (2610 m) - 3 Hrs
Day 04 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 m) - 5.5 Hrs.
Day 05 - Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day
Day 06 - Trek to Phorste Thanga (3680 m) - 5 Hrs.
Day 07 - Trek to Machherma (4470 m) - 5 Hrs.
Day 08 - Trek to Gokyo (4,790m) - 5.5 hrs.
Day 09 - Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,483m) and back to Gokyo - 5 hrs.
Day 10 - Trek to Dole (4200 m ) - 6 Hrs.
Day 11 - Trek to Namche Bazaar via Khumjung village (3780 m) - 5 Hrs.
Day 12 - Trek to Lukla (2,804m) - 6 hrs.
Day 13 - Morning flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 14 - Transfer for your final flight departure.
Includes and Excludes
- Airport pick up & drop and all ground transports in private vehicle
- 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 2- 3star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
- Twin sharing lodge accommodation during the trek.
- Experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff.
- Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla, and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
- Down Jacket and sleeping bag (if needed)
- Trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
- First aid medical kit
- Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee.
- TIMS Fee (Trekkers Information Management System)
- Farewell dinner
- Government taxes & office service charge
Not Included in the cost
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Nepal entry visa: You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos and cash for the Visa.)
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from the mountain other than the scheduled itinerary)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) other than the scheduled itinerary
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
Accommodation for Gokyo Ri Trek
Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide good food and comfortable accommodation. During your stay in Kathmandu, standard hotels (rated 2-3 stars) will be provided (for 4 nights). However, if you are willing to pay more, we can arrange some luxurious room from 4-5 star hotels.
But once you set out for Gokyo Valley Trekking, normal lodges or teahouse will be arranged where you get a normal bed and pillow. A few lodges have electric lights but others rely on candle lights or lanterns. Nevertheless, there will be a good provision of food. All the lodges are booked prior to your trekking but in some cases, they cannot be booked in advance. In such a case, you need to show willingness since it is an adventurous trekking and some facilities are limited to the high mountains.
Meals and Drinks on Gokyo Ri Valley Trek
All the meals and breakfast required for you are included in our package. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same lodge where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. If you wish to drink bottled water, they are available in the shop and teahouses. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package.
A Typical Day on Trek
On a usual day, you are required to walk for 4-6 hours every day. After having breakfast, you will set out for the day’s walk for 3-4 hours until midday and stop for lunch. After lunch, you continue to your destination. The after lunch walk is comparatively shorter and can reach the destination within next couple of hours. On some particular days, you will get to reach your destination at lunchtime and after that, you can take rest and enjoy the remaining hours. After reaching your destination of the day, you can relax, stretch your body, take a shower, read some books, roam around or even play cards in a group.
Guide and Porter on Trek
Accent Himalaya provides you a very trained and experienced trekking guide who will handle all the logistics and other issues that may emerge during your trek. We have the best provision of very loyal and honest porters who will carry 20 kg from two tourists (10 kg each). If you are trekking in a bigger group (more than 10 people in a group), we will provide you an additional guide.
Group Size, Guide, and Crew Member
Accent Himalaya organizes Gokyo Ri Trekking from a minimum of a single person to maximum of 16 people in a group at once. However, larger groups trek can be arranged by splitting the groups.One guide is provided for up to 6 trekkers and a couple of them are provided up to 16 trekkers. One porter is provided for 2 trekkers. The guide will be in the same hotel or lodge where you are accommodated but porter might be placed somewhere else during your trip.
Personal Expense on Trek
A personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available at some places) tips to the guide and porters, meals during your stay at Kathmandu (a normal meal costs $ 5-7 in Kathmandu) as well as the entrance fees during your city tour to different places in Kathmandu (approximately $ 25). Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we advise you to give tip and allocate 5-10 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.
Luggage/Backpack for Gokyo Ri Valley Trekking
During your trek, your main luggage will be carried by our porters and you will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently. The clothes and gears that you don’t need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.
Normal weight limit at Nepal’s domestic airline is 15 kg including your hand carry and in case you exceed the limit, you need to pay the extra amount which is not included in our package.
Itinerary and Possible Changes to it
Our normal Itinerary includes a 14-day package for Gokyo Ri Trek which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.
Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it’s necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.
Flight Delay at Kathmandu and Lukla
The Twin Otter Plane is the only mode of transportation to and from Lukla on this tour. Sometimes flights to and from Lukla may be canceled due to sudden changes in mountain weather. So, we have kept an additional day at the end of the tour on our trekking itinerary to use it in case of flight delayed or canceled.
So, if the flights cancel for 2 or more days, we will charter a helicopter to ensure you are on a scheduled flight to your home or other destination and the cost of this extra service is payable directly to our office at Kathmandu. If you have to use this service in US dollars or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only), we will provide you the receipt of the payment with which you can claim the amount from your insurance company. The minimum cost for helicopter charter will be US$ 500 and maximum US$ 3500 depending on the number of people in a flight.
Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are on Gokyo Ri Valley trek (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ensure that you’ve insured yourself before doing the trip. Please visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.
Our Greetings at Airport
We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm your Gokyo Ri Trekking with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and it would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.
Best Season to Travel
The best Seasons for traveling in Nepal are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). Trips can also be arranged during winter upon request. However, the cold environment might not be suitable for all. Because of scorching heat, and monsoon with melting snow, we don’t recommend you for trekking in the months of June, July, and August.
Gears Available at Kathmandu
All the necessary gears required for the trek are available at Kathmandu at a reasonable price or even you can hire them. Hence, you don’t have to spend a large amount of money for your trip preparation in your home country.
Booking and Payment
You are required to make 20% (nonrefundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Gokyo Trek along with your copy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment. We accept Pay Pal.