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Gokyo Valley Trek

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The Gokyo Valley Trek is an exciting adventure that takes you through the beautiful landscapes of the Everest region. The trek starts from Lukla and follows a trail that passes through picturesque villages, lush forests, and roaring rivers. As you make your way towards Gokyo Valley, you will be rewarded with stunning views of snow-capped peaks, including Mount Everest.

One of the highlights of this trek is reaching the Gokyo Lakes, a series of six glacial lakes nestled in the heart of the valley. The turquoise waters of these lakes are mesmerizing and offer a serene setting for trekkers to rest and rejuvenate. From here, you can also hike up to Gokyo Ri, a peak that offers breathtaking views of Mount Everest and other Himalayan giants.

Along the way, you will have the opportunity to interact with locals and learn about their culture and way of life. The Sherpa people are known for their hospitality and are always eager to share their traditions with visitors.

The best time to embark on this trek is during autumn (September-November) or spring (March-May) when the weather is favorable for trekking. However, even during other seasons, this trek can be a thrilling experience for adventure enthusiasts.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for an exhilarating trekking experience in Nepal’s Everest region, then the Gokyo Valley Trek should definitely be on your list!

Overview

The Gokyo Valley Trek is a popular trekking route in the Everest region of Nepal. The trek offers stunning views of the Himalayan mountain range, including Mount Everest, as well as the opportunity to explore the unique culture and lifestyle of the Sherpa people. The trek starts in Lukla and follows a trail that passes through several Sherpa villages, including Namche Bazaar, before reaching the Gokyo Valley. The valley is home to a series of turquoise glacial lakes and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks. The trek is typically completed over the course of 12-15 days and requires a moderate level of physical fitness.

Highlights

  • Gokyo Lakes: The trek takes you to the beautiful glacial lakes of Gokyo, which are located at an altitude of 4,700-5,000 meters. The turquoise blue water of the lakes is a stunning sight to behold and offers a serene atmosphere.
  • Cho La Pass: The trek also takes you over the challenging Cho La Pass (5,420 m), which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.
  • View of Mount Everest: The trek offers amazing views of Mount Everest, as well as other peaks like Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.
  • Sherpa culture: The trek also offers an opportunity to experience the unique Sherpa culture and visit traditional villages like Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, and Phortse.
  • Adventure activities: In addition to trekking, there are plenty of adventure activities to enjoy in the region, such as helicopter tours, mountain biking, and rock climbing.

Itinerary

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met by a representative from the trekking company who will take you to your hotel. You can spend the rest of the day resting and exploring the city.

You will take a 30-minute flight to Lukla, where your trek will begin. From there, you will trek to Phakding, a small village on the banks of the Dudh Koshi River.

Today’s trek will take you to Namche Bazaar, the largest village in the Khumbu region. You will cross several suspension bridges and climb steep hills to reach Namche.

You will spend a day in Namche to acclimatize to the altitude. You can explore the village, visit the local market, or hike to nearby viewpoints.

Today’s trek will take you through forests and along the river to the small village of Phortse Thanga.

You will climb higher today, passing through small villages and enjoying stunning mountain views. Machhermo is a small village nestled in a valley surrounded by snow-capped peaks.

Today’s trek will take you to Gokyo, a small village on the shores of a glacial lake. You will have stunning views of the surrounding peaks, including Cho Oyu, the world’s 6th highest mountain.

You will spend a day in Gokyo to acclimatize to the altitude. You can explore the village, hike to nearby viewpoints, or visit the Gokyo Lakes.

Today you will hike to Gokyo Ri, one of the highest viewpoints on this trek. The climb is steep, but the views from the top are breathtaking. You will be able to see some of the highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest. After taking in the views, you will return to Gokyo for an overnightstay.

You will retrace your steps back down through Machhermo and Phortse Thanga before arriving in Dole for an overnightstay.

The trail descends steadily today as you make your way back towards Namche Bazaar. You will enjoy stunning views of AmaDablam along the way.

This is your final day of trekking as you make your way back to Lukla. This evening you can celebrate with your trekking crew over a farewell dinner.

In the morning you will take a flight back to Kathmandu where your adventure comes to an end. You can spend the rest of the day exploring Kathmandu or resting before heading home.

Overall, the Gokyo Valley Trek is an unforgettable experience that takes you through some of Nepal’s most stunning landscapes. With its challenging altitude and remote trails, this trek is perfect for adventurous travelers looking for a unique and exciting journey through the Himalayas.

Includes/Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Domestic flights to and from Lukla
  • Trekking permits and National Park fees
  • Accommodation during the trek in tea houses or lodges
  • All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Experienced English-speaking trekking guide
  • Government-licensed guide and porters (one porter for at least two people)
  • First aid kit
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Visa fees for Nepal
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks, and snacks
  • Tips for guide and porters (recommended 10% of total trek cost)

FAQs

What is the Gokyo Valley Trek?

The Gokyo Valley Trek is a popular trekking route in the Everest region of Nepal. It takes you through stunning landscapes, glacial lakes, and offers panoramic views of the Himalayas.

How long does the trek take?

The trek usually takes 12-14 days, depending on your itinerary and pace.

What is the best time to go for the Gokyo Valley Trek?

The best time to go for the Gokyo Valley Trek is from March to May and September to November. The weather during these months is stable, and the views are clear.

What is the difficulty level of the Gokyo Valley Trek?

The Gokyo Valley Trek is considered a moderate to challenging trek. The trek involves walking on rough terrains, steep ascents and descents, and crossing high-altitude passes.

What permits do I need for the Gokyo Valley Trek?

You need two permits for the Gokyo Valley Trek: the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality permit.

Do I need to hire a guide and porter for the trek?

Hiring a guide and porter is not mandatory but highly recommended. A guide will help you navigate through the trek, and a porter will carry your luggage, making your trekking experience more comfortable.

What kind of accommodation can I expect during the trek?

You can expect basic teahouse accommodation during the trek. The teahouses provide clean rooms with shared washrooms and hot showers (at an additional cost).

What kind of food is available during the trek?

You can expect a variety of food during the trek, including Nepali, Tibetan, and continental dishes. The teahouses also serve hot beverages and snacks.

Is altitude sickness a concern during the trek?

Altitude sickness is a concern during the trek. It is essential to acclimatize properly and stay hydrated to avoid altitude sickness.

What should I pack for the Gokyo Valley Trek?

You should pack warm and comfortable trekking clothes, sturdy trekking shoes, a sleeping bag, a water bottle, a first aid kit, and a camera. It is also recommended to bring a down jacket, gloves, and a hat for the cold weather.

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patrik b
patrik b
2024-05-06
Amazing Annapurnas with Mta trekking Great tour, everything was well organised - great tour guide and porters, very nice ldoges owned by friendly people, good food, very nice transportation, generally very professional approach. Woudl recommend to everyone.
Loni S
Loni S
2024-05-05
Enjoyable and unforgettable trek with the experienced! Thanks MTA and Mardi Himal ❤️ I did 5D4N Mardi Himal trek with a few friends in Apr 2024 with MTA. The four of us from Hong Kong were very well taken care since entering Pokhara. MTA (kudos to Bijay) gave us best advice of anything from equipment, flight to massage. Bijay organised our airport pickup and connecting cars so well so we could be worry-free the whole time. It’s especially important as we sometimes had miscommunications with drivers even using ride-hailing app. Our tour was customised and extended one day vs the regular 4D3N with Bijay’s help so we had more time for ascending and made it easier to reach the highest point at 4200m. Going on Mardi trek with MTA, their guide Kaji and two porters Donbadu and Natium, makes the experience 5-star! 1/ Kaji knew the trek and his guests so well. He never failed to estimate how much time we still needed and we could adjust our expectations. 2/ Kaji had best connections on the mountain (which is tremendously important), everyone doing business on the trek is like his extended family. With that our schedule was more flexible for a change. 3/ MOST IMPORTANTLY, Kaji was very observant and ensured safety of everyone. He made timely decision to save my friend from altitude sickness! My friend started to feel unwell and vomit after we reached 3,300m. Kaji tried to extend our rest time to help her recover, and in the end got Donbadu to go down with her so she could be relieved. We really appreciate that! ❤️ We’re always treated as top priority and served very well on the trek. Food and drinks are never missed, Kaji and his team were very hospitable and always checked in if we felt good for the coming trek. MTA guides all treks you can name - Poon Hill, Mardi Himal, ABC, ACT, EBC and many more lesser known ones. Definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a worry-free, safe trek in Nepal, especially if you’re first timers like us. Thanks for supporting our trekking dream! Annapurna and Mardi Himal look surreal, it’s a good story of a lifetime. <3
René S
René S
2024-05-01
Everything we wanted and more! The company is excellent. This is a newer trekking company but with all the right contacts to make sure things run smoothly. We were 3 in our group. We all felt relaxed because everything was taken care of in an stress-free way. Our questions (which were many) were answered before and during the trek. The vibe is laid back and friendly. The company are also concerned that porters do not carry too much weight and everybody is treated fairly. The trek was tough for us but the guide and our porters were excellent - very patient and helpful - they were very concerned for our needs and thanks to them, we made it to base camp and it was so amazing we cannot thank them enough!
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2024-04-22
Everest Base Camp - Absolute must for your Bucket List. If you're an adventurer at heart, seeking the thrill of reaching great heights and witnessing breath-taking landscapes, or like me have a bucket list then a journey to Everest Base Camp is an absolute must. Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to embark on this unforgettable expedition with a few friends and M.T.A , I'm still buzzing with excitement from the experience. Our journey began in Kathmandu, Nepal, where after landing at the airport we were greeted by Bijay from M.T.A. and taken for a very delicious Nepalese meal. Next we flew to Lukla, a tiny airstrip nestled among the towering peaks of the Himalayas. The hair-raising flight was an adventure in itself, offering jaw-dropping views of the rugged terrain below. Here we meet our main guide Shishir along with porters to assist in carrying our packs. We then embarked on 9 day trek to Everest Base camp. As we trekked through quaint Sherpa villages and lush rhododendron forests, each step brought us closer to our ultimate goal: reaching Everest Base Camp. Along the way, we were treated to awe-inspiring vistas of snow-capped peak, sparkling glaciers and an array of different animals such as Yaks & horses, Shirhir was amazing in his knowledge of the trek, the villages and giving us advice on how best to pace ourselves to enjoy the journey. As we reached higher altitudes he was very conscious of our health and safety to ensure we were in the best possible position to reach base camp watching us closely and monitoring our oxygen levels. Reaching Everest Base Camp was a momentous occasion, even thou we were tired this soon faded as we were filled with a sense of accomplishment and wonder. Surrounded by towering giants like Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse, we couldn't help but be humbled by the sheer magnitude of nature's grandeur. We were blessed with been able to meet with one most experienced sherpa’s who had climbed mount Everest 18 times and enjoyed a cup of Tea with him. Shirhir knowledge of the region, coupled with his warm camaraderie, made the journey all the more enjoyable. We enjoyed the hearty wide range of Sherpa meals that fuelled our bodies and warmed our souls after a long day on the trail. In the evenings after a meal, we reflected on the days excitement and ended the evening most nights with a round of cards and in bed by around 9. As I had limited time I opted to fly out by Helicopter from Gorashep. This was absolutely an amazing flight. What had taken 8 days to walk around 70KM from Lukla to Gorashep took around 8mintues to Helicopter out. I will never forget the amazing scenery on that flight out. In conclusion, my journey to Everest Base Camp was nothing short of extraordinary. It was a test of endurance, a feast for the senses, and a soul-stirring adventure that will stay with me forever. If you're searching for an experience that will challenge you, inspire you, and leave you utterly spellbound, look no further than Everest Base Camp. M.T.A , Bijay and Shirhir make the whole experience so enjoyable I have no hesitation in recommending them. Everest base camp is worth every step of the journey, it is a must to put on your bucket list.
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Peter M
2024-04-17
Wonderful Mardi Himal Trekk My favorite mountain. The people were incredibly helpful I made a few mistakes in bookings, but they were very accommodating.We managed to shorten the trip to meet my schedule by taking me partway by jeep. My guide was very good. He brought me to the best place my strength could handle.
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2024-03-18
Experience you never forget Unforgettable experience to trek the EBC, thank you to Shishir who was always very helpful and kind. We all successfully reached the base camp.
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Ultralight Plane Flight and Sarangkot The ultralight plane flight was amazing. You can see the Himalayas from so close you can almost reach out and touch them. It's a must-do if you visit Pokhara. The guide was very experienced, so I was able to leave it to him with confidence.
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Wonderful Poon Hill Trekking Experience We had wonderful Poon hill trekking experience with Mta trekking. As we had chosen full package, everything was taken care perfectly including accommodations, foods and transportation. Sunrise from Poon hill was the highlight of this trip. We would recommend this trusted and reliable company.
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Wonderful Mardi Himal Trek Experience i had Wonderful Mardi Himal Trek Experience . The Guide was knowledgeable and know the local areas very well. As it offers few numbers of accommodations, my guide made sure that the food was prepared fresh and hygienic. Their service is recommended.

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