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GOKYO VALLEY TREKKING

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Khumbu Valley, Nepal

Lukla - Everest Base Camp Trekking Route

Gokyo

Namche, Eastern Region 56000

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The Gokyo Lakes region at the head of the Dudh Kosi Valley provides a great alternative to the popular Everest Base Camp trek. It is a more tranquil trek through the Sherpa heartland that affords ample time for acclimatisation with opportunities to savour the mountain panoramas from beautiful alpine campsites. The highlight of the trek is our ascent of Gokyo Ri. From the summit we gain superb views of Everest as well as the 8000m peaks of Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu.

Massif Holidays is a local organizer of Gokyo valley trekking. We are specialized for arranging various trekking, tours, adventures sports and customize holidays package for Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Please feel free to contact us for the customize itinerary to address your specific requirements if the above presented itinerary is not suitable for you. We do operate the customize trip as per your requirements.

Trip fact:-

Required Group Size:- 01-15 People

Trip Route: - Kathmandu-Lukla-Namche –Dole-Gokyo-Lukla- Kathmandu.

Fitness Level:- Moderate Fitness

Max Altitude:- 5482m

Arrival on:- Kathmandu, Nepal

Trip Departure from: - Kathmandu, Nepal

Meals:- Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meal in trekking

Accomodation:- Hotel accomodation in Kathmandu, and teahouses during the trekking

Best season:- March to May / September to December

Activities:- Sightseeing and Trekking

Trip Highlight:-

  • City tour in Kathmandu
  • Sunrise and sunset with excellent mountain from Gokyo Ri
  • Explore Sherpa culture in Khumjung village
  • Walking through dudhkoshi river
  • Modorate trekking in Khumbu Himalayas
  • Explore In Gokyo valley
  • Scenic flight from Kathmandy-Lukla-Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary:-

Day 01: Arrival in kathmandu Kathmandu

Arrive Tribhuban international airport(1350m) where you can meet our representive and transfer to the hotel.After short refresh we will brif about next day program.overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: In Kathmandu (1350m)

After breakfast at we will leave for sightseeing around the UNESCO world heritage site Swyambhunath,Buddhanath and Pashupatinath.The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. Overnight hotel.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding(2610m)

We transfer to the airport for the 45 minute flight to the STOL airstrip at Lukla. This was the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and his friends to service the Everest Region when he began his work of building schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people. It is a memorable flight, with marvellous views of the Eastern Himalaya. At Lukla we are immediately impressed by the scale of the huge peaks that surround the village, but this is only a foretaste of what is to come. Our crew assembles and we head downhill towards the Dudh Kosi, a raging river that flows from the highest peaks, named "Dudh" (milk) Kosi (river) because of it's colour.After around four hour trek we geach Phakding village.

Day 04: Trek To Namche Bazaar.(3440m)

Today we cross and re-cross the thundering glacial river with suspention bridge.Sections of today's walk are through pine forest and cleared areas reveal terraced fields and a variety of crops. We pass small groups of donkeys, yaks and dzopko carrying trading goods and trek - gear along the trail. A dzopko is a yak-cow crossbreed while a yak is a full-blood long haired male, more commonly found at higher altitudes. We pass through a variety of small hamlets as we slowly gain altitude. Spectacular mountain peaks unfold above us and seem to hover above the tree-line as they rise above the deep river valley. Shortly after leaving camp we cross the Kusum Khola, a tributary stream to the Dudh Kosi, and the peak of Kusum Kangru (6369 m) can be seen to the East, at the head of the valley. Further along the trail, across the valley to the North-West, Nupla (5885 m) and Kongde Ri (6093 m) rise above the forested ridges. At a turn of the trail, Thamserku (6808 m) rises majestically, seemingly from the river floor. We will see our first Mani walls today. After the lunch at Jorsalle we follow the river course to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi and cross a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa "capital" of Nepal. It is a tough climb as the trail passes through forest of pine to a vantage point that provides our first view of Mt Everest. The trail continues to climb and meander to Namche and the sight of this prosperous village spread within a horse-shoe shaped valley opposite the beautiful peak of Kongde Ri is worth every step.Overnight atay at gueathouse.

Day 05 Rest Day in Namche Bazaar(3440m)

After breakfast we will move for Sagarmartha National Park Headquarters just 30 minute above our hotel offers a very interesting display of photographs, memorabilia and information of the park, and the hill above is a wonderful vantage point for the spectacular view up the Imja Khola Valley towards Everest. The change from the narrow lowland valleys to the broad glacial ones is immediately obvious. The steep-sided glacial valley before us gradually winds towards the base of Everest, broken only by the moraines left by retreating glaciers. Its more gradual rate of climb is a blessing for those trekking higher. Towering to over 4000 metres above the sea level, spectacular peaks seem to engulf us. Around us are Taweche (6542 m), Thamserku (6808 m), Kantega (6685 m), Ama Dablam (6856 m), Nuptse (7896 m) and Lhotse (8511 m). The greatest of all, Mt Everest (8848 m), rises at the head of the valley. The Sherpa Cultural Centre next to our hotel has an interesting collection of mountaineering items and photographs. Those who are fit and acclimatising well may wish to take the optional walk to the Everest View Hotel (2-3hrs) where spectacular views of Everest and Ama Dablam may be seen. For those feeling well acclimatised there is also the option of a day walk to the pretty village of Khumjung. Khumjung is where Sir Edmund Hillary built his “Schoolhouse In the Clouds” and the famed Khunde hospital is close by. We will also be able to visit the monastery at Khumjung where we may have the opportunity to see the “scalp of a yeti”. Overnight at guesthiuse.

Day 06 Trek to Dole(4000m)

Heading North-East we follow the main trail to Thyangboche as it contours around the hills, before we branch off on a short climb on the flanks of the sacred peak of Khumblia (5761 m). We traverse for some time across yak pastures as the trail gradually ascends to Mon La. Below us is the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and Imja Khola and across the valley Thyangboche monastery is framed by Ama Dablam and Kantega. An initial short climb gets us onto the trail for the steady climb towards Gokyo. Since leaving the main trail we have seen progressively fewer trekkers and locals and the relative isolation of the trail is a pleasure. Sections of red birch, fir and dwarf rhododendron forest are interspersed with areas of yak pasture as we gradually gain altitude. We pass pleasant waterfalls and sit to gaze at the glaciers that flow from Taweche and Cholatse on the opposite side of the valley. Behind us, spectacular ridges lead to the peak of Khumblia and the numerous unnamed peaks that reach almost 6,000 metres. Camp will be at Dole, in a field beside a pleasant stream. In the distance Kantega and Thamserku rise above the foothills. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 07:Trek Machhermo (4410m)

Continuing a steady but constant climb, we reach the "village" of Machhermo for lunch. Like the few small villages in this valley, Machhermo has only a few buildings and these are empty much of the year. Villagers in Khumjung and Khunde generally own land here high up the valley, where they graze yaks in the summer months. This is a valuable acclimatisation day as we prepare for the higher altitudes and our ascent of Gokyo Ri (5483m). This afternoon can be spent relaxing or you may wish to stretch your legs and take a walk up the ridge behind Luza for a view of the Gokyo Valley. Just a short walk from camps is the Machhermo Porter Shelter and Rescue Post which is well worth a visit, here you can learn more about altitude and the work of IPPG (International Porter Protection Group). Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 08: Trek To Gokyo valley (4760m)

Following the valley high above the river, we commence the ascent to Gokyo village. There are excellent views of Cholatse at the village of Panga and we stop to enjoy them. We are now in high alpine country and as we approach the Ngozumpa Glacier we trek onto the moraine and rock that extends down from it. We enjoy excellent views of Kantega to the south and Cho Oyu to the north. Each mountain has it's individual character and presence and you can understand why the Nepalese give them such religious significance. Once we have ascended the snout of the glacier the path levels. We pass the first of the lakes, Longpongo, before reaching the second, Taoche Lake, a larger body of water and a place where ducks are often seen swimming in the freezing waters. As we walk up the valley our path parallels the Ngozumpa Glacier and separating us from the glacier is the massive lateral moraine. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 09:Hike To Gokyo Ri(5482m)

An early start is best for the opportunities that the early morning views offer. The steady and unrelenting ascent of Gokyo Ri will take two to three hours, depending on your level of fitness and acclimatisation. It is not a race and times of up to six hours are cherished by those who thought they would not make it at all. If you find the climb hard work don't hesitate to ask one of the guides to carry your day pack. You will be elated when you reach the summit with it's spectacular view. Probably the most comprehensive view of 8,000 metre peaks in Nepal, many people consider it to be Nepal’s best. Surrounding us are Cho Oyu (8153 m), (a mountain that defeated a British Expedition of climbers, including Hillary, in their lead-up to their successful assault of Everest), Gyangchung Kang (7922m), Lhotse (8501m), Makalu (8475 m), Cholatse (6440m), Taweche (6542m), Kantega (6685m), Thamserku (6808m), Lobuche (6145m) and Mt Everest (8848m). Hundreds of other unnamed peaks fill the scene, whilst below us the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest in Nepal, stretches through the valley. The striking colour of the lakes below completes the picture. The only way to get a better view of the entire Everest region would be to climb a 7,000 metre peak! Although further from Everest than Kala Pattar, the traditional viewing point, here we see more of the mountain and enjoy a more relaxed environment. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 10 :Trek back to Dole (4000m)

Trek back to Dole. The views during the return have a different point. The trail meanders around the constantly changing obstacles and affords great views of Cho Oyu and Cholatse. We cross our camp at Machhermo and reach our camp at Dole. We see the slopes of Cholatse and Taweche. Overnight atay at guesthouse.

Day 11:Trek back to namche bazaar (3440m)

Its about six hour desend to the namche bazaar where you can feel very comfortable after few days.Its almost same view what you seen before so you can check in day 06.Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 12:Trek back to Lukla (2804m)

Around seven hour trek down to the Lukla.Lukla is biggest city of this trek where you can enjoy with irish pub and other bar. Lukla is the last day of our trek so we will have dinner together in lukla.If you need more information you can see day 3 and day 4.

Day 13:Fly back to Kathmandu

This morning we fly to Kathmandu, a thrilling flight over forests, fields and villages, with the Himalaya in the background. On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure, a good time for last minute shopping or sightseeing. Evening we will provide you farewell dinner in Nepali cultural restaurants.Overnight hotel.

Day 14:Depature

A representative from Massif Holidays will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. We will provide the transport anytime for your departure.

Fix Departure and Cost:-

The trip can be operated any time as per the request of the client throughout the year. lease contact us for packege price and departure date.

Includes & Excludes:-

The cost includes the following services during the trip:-

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

Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (3 nights)

Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.

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

Teahouse accommodation during the trek.

Local 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 trekking staff.

Everest Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.

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

Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu flight ticket

Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.

All our government taxes, vat and service charges

The cost doesn’t include during the trip:-

Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.

Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation

International Airfare

Nepal entry visa fee

Alcoholic, hot, cold drinks, any bottle drink.

Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.

Personal trekking / tour equipments.

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

Any others expenses which are not mentioned on “cost Includes” section.

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Lukla - Everest Base Camp Trekking Route

Gokyo

Namche, Eastern Region 56000

Nepal

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