This, the Gokyo valley trek, the high-altitude alpine trek explores the heart of the Sherpa homeland, visiting Namche Bazaar and Tengboche before ascending the stunning Gokyo Valley to the glacial lakes under the great peak of Cho Oyu (8153m). In this trek Gokyo valley, you can enjoy the marvelous view of Everest and the rest of this high mountain
• Spectacular alpine glacier lake “Gokyo”
• Stunning mountain views (Everest and Cho Oyo, Ama Dablam etc.)
• Sherpa cultural experience
• Yak and Yeti
• Beautiful rivers and valley
Sagarmatha National Park is located in a remote area in eastern Nepal. As well as Mount Everest, there are several majestic peaks here, such as Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Pumori and many more.
Trekking days are normally about 6-9 hours long, and can be strenuous, not least due to the altitude. You begin trekking after a hearty breakfast, stop for lunch in the middle of the day and arrive at the lodge in the afternoon.
Why trek to Gokyo valley?
The Gokyo valley is probably more dramatic than Everest Base Camp due to the lakes, the longest glaciers and moraines. The Everest is also seen well from here and the whole panoramic and wide view of mountains above the glaciers and moraines are just amazing sights. This is also the area with less tourist than other side.
Level of grade – Strenuous Adventure
Nepal is a mountainous country that means climbing up and down through many hills, valleys, forests, pastures and ridges, which offers challenge for everyone. This trek is no exception, except that there is maybe a bit more up and down, along long and high trails. Days may involve a long duration of walking (6-9 hours) and can be physically demanding with the altitude exceeding 5,000m. Anyone with positive frame of mind can do this, but people are recommended to prepare themselves accordingly.
Food and accommodation
Lodges along the way provide good accommodation and offer a good choice of well-prepared meals. Whilst bedding is available, it is advisable to bring your own sleeping bag, as especially during the height of season, bedding can be in short supply.
Safety is our foremost priority. Our staff is constantly alert to assessing the situation to make sure that you are safe and enjoy the trip.
Altitude problems or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) can be life threatening if you ignore it. This is a high altitude trek going over a series of passes that are over 5,000m. Most people will feel the effects of the altitude when going over 4,000m, though some people might feel it at lower elevations too. Our trip itinerary has been designed in a way that allows you to have ample time to help acclimatizes at high altitude. Our guides are experienced to act accordingly to the gravity of the mountain sickness people might fall victim to. The best remedy for AMS is to go down, as whatever the drugs we use will only buy time only. So never ignore the symptoms and please talk to your guide or tour leader if you have headaches, feel sick or feel off your food. Kunde and Pheriche have good hospitals in case of any emergencies.
Best time to trek
This entirely depends on what you are looking for! Nepal is pleasant throughout the year in different ways. Spring and summer are great months (March and April, May) with lots of flowers in bloom, especially rhododendrons in the mountain and hills that look wonderful, even though the sky might not be as crystal clear as during the autumn months. This is the second busiest season to visit mountain for trekking and mountaineering.
June, July and August are wet but the mountains and hills are covered with lush, verdant forest and vegetation. Though this season might be not so good for the mountain views, it is an ideal time for studying and exploring the variety of plants. Very few people travel during this season, so it is a perfect time for anyone who has an interest in exploring the quieter paths, when nature is at its best. During this period, trekking is good, with no severe weather, although sometimes getting a flight to Lukla can be a challenging task.
October and November are the best months in terms of settled weather and crystal clear skies which enables clear views of the mountains. This means however, that the popular trails are almost saturated with the trekkers, which sometimes creates a problem to find a place to stay and eat, especially if one is traveling in a small group.
The winter months of December to February are also good for this trek, provided one is ready to put up with cold weather and snowfall. The mountain views are good and less people trek during this time.
Trip COST of Gokyo Valley trek
Minimum: 2 persons, maximum 12 persons.
COST Gokyo Valley trek includes:
• An experienced, English speaking guide/tour leader, porter service, support staffs for above 4 person
• Trek permit and national park fees, airport transpiration, guides flight charge, staffs food, wages, accommodation and insurance, 3 meals a day and accommodation in local tea houses/lodge along the trail.
COST does NOT include
• Meals in Kathmandu apart from breakfast in house, your travel insurance, your cost of personal nature and cost incur due to any unforeseen events, emergency evacuation and rerouting and tipping at the end.
Gokyo valley trek DEPARTURES
Spring and Summer 2012 and 2013
27 Feb- 13 March, 05 March – 19 Mar, 12 Mar – 26 Mar, 19 March – 02 April, 26 March – 09 April, 02 April – 16 April,09 April – 23 April, 16 April – 30 April, 23 April – 07 May, 05 May – 19 May, 12 May – 26 May, 19 May – 03 May
17 Sept – 01 Oct, 24 Sept – 07 Oct, 01 Oct – 15 Oct, 08 Oct – 23 Oct, 22 Oct – 05 Nov, 29 Oct – 12 Nov,
13 Nov – 27 Nov, 19 Nov – 03Dec and 26 Nov – 10 Dec