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15 Days Nature tour itinerary for Kathmandu: Trekking In The Gokyo Valley

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Trekking in the Gokyo Valley

Kathmandu-Nepal

A traditional trekking trail in the Everest region, Gokyo Valley is a perfect blend of the natural beauty, adventure and diversity. Enjoy the view of magnificent view of the tallest Everest and scores of other big and small Himalayas, the largest glacier in the Nepalese Himalayas and variety of flora and fauna besides the unique cultured settlements in the region. 

DAY 01

Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft )

  • Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the international airport in Kathmandu and transferred to the hotel by our airport representative. 

  • After refreshments, your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel for a half day sightseeing tour to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square. 

  • Later on this evening, you will be picked up from your hotel for a cultural dinner. 

  • Stay overnight at the hotel. 

DAY 02

Full day in Kathmandu

  • Today you have a full day guided sightseeing tour of the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, probably to Durbar Square, then visit “Swyambhunath” a Holy site of Hinduism and Buddhism also known as “the monkey temple” as a large number of holy monkeys are living in the north-west part of the temple. 

  • Next, you will be taken to “Pashupatinath a sacred Hindu temple situated on the bank of the Bagmati River.

  • You will then be driven to “Boudhanath Stupa” one of the biggest and oldest stupas in the world. 

  • Later in the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide in your hotel. 

  • Our office representative will brief you regarding the trek as well as provide you the opportunity to ask any questions about the upcoming trip. 

  • Second overnight in Kathmandu. 

DAY 03

Fly to Lukla

  • Today an early morning transfer to the airport for 35 min short but scenic fight to the Himalayan foothills where we begin our trek into the Everest region. 

  • The views from the plane are stunning, providing dramatic sights of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. 

  • After landing at Lukla airport, we walk for 3 hours to the town of Phakding with few up and downs along the Dudh Koshi River. 

  • Stay overnight at the tea house in Phakding. 

DAY 04

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11287ft) 5-6 hrs walk

  • Today after breakfast, we continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River, crossing this majestic river numerous times on exciting suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags. 

  • After entering Sagamartha National Park, from Larja Dobhan the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Everest region. 

  • Stay overnight at a tea house In Namche Bazaar.

DAY 05

Rest day at Namche Bazar

  • Today is a rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Namche is a colourful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. 

  • An early hike above town, before the clouds move in, reward trekkers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, the beautiful Ama Dablam and many more. 

  • On the way down, we can visit the Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist. 

  • Stay over night at the tea house. 

DAY 06

Trek to Phortse Tanga (3690m/12106ft) 3-4 hrs walk

  • You will climb the Khumjung hill and descend to the east of the village down the broad valley leading the Dudh Koshi from where the route turns to the north. 

  • There is a chorten on the ridge top at 3973 m which descends from Khumbila (5761m).

  • You will visit Mohang, the birth place of re-incarnate Lama of Rongbuk monastery of Tibet who introduced Buddhism in Khumbu region. 

  • The trail descends in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dush Koshi. 

  • Stay overnight at the tea house. 

DAY 07

Trek to Dole (4200m/13780ft) 3-4 hrs walk

  • You will climb steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests. 

  • The trail passes through many Kharkas-the summer settlements used to by Sherpas while bringing herds of yaks to graze. 

  • The route passes through the settlements of Tongba (3950m), Gyele (3960m). 

  • Stay overnight at the tea house. 

DAY 08

Trek to Machermo (4470m/14665ft) 4-5 hrs walk

  • From Dole the trail climbs steadily along the side of the valley, rhododendron forest giving way to scrub Juniper as altitude increases you will pass through many summer settlements, used when Yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. 

  • Ahead of us are excellent views of Cho Oyu while backing down the valley is peaks of Kantiaga and Thamsherku. 

  • This is a short day trek and we arrive at Macherma(4410m), around lunch time. 

DAY 09

Trek to Gokyo (4790m/15715ft) 4-5 hrs walk

  • Beyond Machhermo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and up towards Cho-Oyu (8,153m). 

  • Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangram at 4,390m. 

  • The route descends to the river bank before beginning the climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine.

  • Afterwards the trail levels out as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga at 4,690m, where you can find the Lama Foot prints then finally up a boulder-strewn path to Gokyo at 4,750m, on edge of the third lake. Gokyo a small settlement but slowly growing with about 6-8 lodges at present. Gokyo with its glacial lake and the surrounding high snow capped mountain certainly makes this place one of the gem of Khumbu region. 

  • Stay overnight at the tea house. 

DAY 10

Full day in Gokyo

  • Today an early morning your guide will take you to the Gokyo Ri (5463m/17923ft) for sunrise view. 

  • From here you will have chance to full part of Mt Everest and Cho-yu and lake in the valley and biggest glacier of the named Na-Jumpa glacier. 

  • Back to hotel for breakfast and after breakfast in the afternoon you will have chance explore up to the fifth lake passing another forth lake and enjoy the view. 

  • Stay overnight at the tea house. 

DAY 11

Trek to Dole (4200m/13780ft) 4-5 hrs walk

  • After wonderful time you re-trace back to Dole via Machhermo. 

  • Stay overnight at the tea house.

DAY 12

Trek to Namche (3440m/11287ft) 4-5 hrs walk

  • Today after breakfast star same trail with big descend till Phortse Tanga than ascend to the Mongla dada from where the trail goes slow down all the way to Namche. 

  • Stay overnight at the tea house. 

DAY 13

Trek to Lukla (2828m/9279ft)) 5-6 hrs walk

  • Today after breakfast you will re-trace back to Lukla with few up and down. 

  • Stay overnight at the tea house.

DAY 14

Fly back to Kathmandu(1350m/4430ft )

  • Today an early morning your guide will take you to the airport for short but scenic flight back to Kathmandu. 

  • Upon arrival you will be picked up and transfer to the hotel by our airport representative. 

  • Stay overnight at the hotel.

DAY 15

Final departure

  • Transfer to the international airport for next destination flight.

  • 1248 USD Per Adult (* Comment!)

Cost Includes:

  • All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle

  • Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant

  • 03-night twin/double shearing accommodation on BB in Kathmandu

  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with privet vehicle.

  • Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight with airport departure tax

  • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)

  • A high experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance

  • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking

  • Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.

  • Safe drinking water and first add kid box

  • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.

Equipment List which you need to Carry:

  • Trekking Bag pack.

  • Trekking day bag.( Small handbag)

  • Trekking shoes.

  • Sports shoes or sandal.

  • Trekking stick.

  • Sun Hat, cap

  • Warm woolen cap.

  • Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket.

  • Pullover or warm sweeter.

  • Raincoat.

  • 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock.

  • Hand gloves.

  • 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers

  • 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.

  • 3/4 pairs of Underwear

  • Eye glass

  • Water bottle.

  • Sleeping bag.

  • Flash or Torch light.

  • Camera and batteries.

  • Sun cream.

Difficulties rating of Gokyo Trekking

A trekker or walker who is able to hike normally 5-6 hours per day carrying a light weight backpack will be fit enough to do this trekking. There are stone steps up and downs which are uneven and due to some long descents your legs may feel shaky so we recommend the use of walking poles. The maximum altitude of the trek is 5545m, so you need to be careful about your health and the altitude related risks. To properly acclimatize one needs to walk slowly and drink more water.

Safe drinking water on Gokyo Trek 

Generally, you can find bottled water at lower altitude places but it gets harder to find it in higher elevation places and it gets more expensive. In those higher altitudes we recommend you drink previously boiled water which tea houses sell for a small fee. You can also bring chlorine tablets to purify your water if you wish. Due to lack of regulation on the discard of plastic bottles it is probably better to use boiled water, very helpful for the protection of our environment.

Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items on Gokyo Trek

Hydro electricity or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, phone etc. Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hour for charging facilities. We recommend buying adaptors before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Extra Advice for Gokyo Trek

In your trekking you might come across some beautiful and sweet children and you may want to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and pens as many trekkers have felt same. But it is best not to do so because it encourages them to beg. In the trekking, keep your valuables safe. Do not leave valuables behind. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything outside at night.

Garbage Disposal

Use dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbage in the way where dustbin facilities are not available and conserve the environment.

Spending Money per Day

It mainly depends upon spending habits, normally you should allocate US$ 9-12 per meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On trekking, US$ 10-15 a day is good enough to buy drinks and chocolates.

Travel Insurance for Gokyo Trek

You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

Washing and Toilet facilities for Gokyo Trekking

All the guest houses offer hot showers, which can be in the bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. Please note that at high altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. If the water froze then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water. Toilets are mainly Asian squat style.  Toilets are outside your room and it varies in how clean they are. You should not through toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.

Tea Houses

On this trekking route local people have built tea house lodges with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. While staying in the tea houses you will have the opportunity to interact with the charming local people and experience their hospitality.

How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?

Trekking planner is the government licensed trekking company in Nepal as we can see photos of legal documents in about us section. Under following terms and condition, we accept your booking: We require a non-fundable deposit of 15% as down payment in advance in order to book flight tickets, hotel booking and Tims Cards, as well as permits. Booking must be done 5 days earlier and the amount can be either, a Bank Transfer, Western Union, Money Gram, or a Credit Card with the balance payable upon your arrival in Nepal.

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This tour is offered throughout the year on the following days of the week.

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