Everest Gokyo Valley Trek
Gokyo Ri Trek & Gokyo Lakes Trek, A Rewarding Trek through less visited Gokyo Valley
Everest Gokyo Valley Trek or the Gokyo Ri Trek and Gokyo Lakes Trek is well known and is in the bucket list of every trekker. If you want to do justice to the innumerable days spent on the Everest Base Camp Trek, than Everest Gokyo Valley Trek is the Trek route to follow. Also known as Everest Gokyo Ri Trek, the Everest Gokyo valley trek gives you the best of both the world, the less trekked Gokyo Ri & Gokyo Lakes Trek and Everest Base Camp Trek, the most trodden path in the world. Add a few more days to the regular path and you get to trek on the path that can change your persective about the Himalayas, the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Ri Trek
Everest Gokyo valley trek, is an infinitely rewarding trek. First the views from Gokyo Ri Trek is amazing compared to the views that you get from Kalapathar. From Gokyo Ri, a small peak above the Gokyo valley you get to see the four eight thousand metre peaks in addition to the three that you see from Kalapathar. When you are on the Gokyo Ri Trek you get a bonus of witnessing Cho oyu, the sixth highest mountain, over and above the sight of Everest, Makalu and Lhotse.
While looking down from Gokyo Ri, the sight of the four eight thousandner, the Ngozumpa Glacier and the three emerald colored Gokyo lakes that adorn the valley below seems to engulf the entire Gokyo Valley. Altogether there are five such lakes and you get to visit every one of them, each one better than the other. To sum it all up, the sight of the four tallest mountains in the world, the emerald lakes and the seclusion of the Gokyo valley makes the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Ri Trek, a Trek of a lifetime.
If you do the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Ri Trek than you have done justice to the Everest Base Camp Trek. Especially for someone who is for the first time trekking in Nepal, than it’s really very fulfilling and at the same time rewarding. Trekking in the midst of the tallest mountains in the world is what makes Gokyo Ri trek and Gokyo Lakes Trek in Nepal very interesting.
When trekking in the Everest Region you are literally surrounded on all sides by the likes of Thamserku, Amadablam, Lobuche, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and Everest. Crossing the largest glacier, Ngozumpa and Khumbu Glacier, surrounded on all sides by big mountains filled with landmarks of the legends who have walked on this path, mountain tops filled with memorials of eminent climbers who have lost their lives in an attempt to conquer these mountains gives you a sence of legacy.
How hard and how long is the Everest Gokyo Valley Trek ?
Everest Gokyo Valley Trek is a 19Days Strenuous trek that traverses through three passes more than 5000m each. The Renjo La pass(5360m), Chola-La pass(5420m) & Kongma-La Pass(5535m). In addition to the three passes you climb to more than 5000m at Gokyo Ri – 5360m, Kalapathar-5550m & Everest Base Camp-5364m. Therefore, climbing to such height three times is not easy. Moreover crossing over the Chola Pass and Trekking through the Ngozumpa Glacier where the terrain and the trail is bit tricky does not make the trek easy either. That being said the Everest Gokyo Ri Trek is a difficult trek and one must be well prepared and trained to do this Trek.
Highlights of the Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lakes Trek ?
The Three Passes : 1). Chola Pass (5430m). (2). Kongma La (5535m) (3). Ranjula Pass (5345m). And Everest Base Camp 5364m – Kalapatthar 5545m– Gokyo Ri 5480m
While proceeding on to the Everest Base Camp from Gorakshep while traversing through the Khumbu Glacier you will come to a point from where one can get a birds eye view of the Everest Base Camp with the Expedition Tents pitched at the edge of the Khumbu Icefall. The view of Everest, Nuptse, Makalu and Lhotse from Kalapathar is gorgeous.
But the best views are from Gokyo Ri Trek. From Gokyo Ri you get an additional bonus of viewing Cho Oyu the sixth highest mountain in the world. This is in addition to the other three eight thousand metre peaks that you get to see from Kalapthar. Mt.Everest is not visible from the Everest Base Camp as other peaks in the front obscure the main peak. But Khumbutse, Changtse, Lingtren and Pumori are visible from Everest Base Camp.
Crossing the Chola Pass-5420m
When you cross the chola Pass than you cross over into the Gokyo Valley. The pass crossing in itself is very tricky with the ascent track on scree and loose rubble and descent on remnants of the bygone glacier and big boulders. If you happen to cross the Chola Pass in the month of March than expect the pass to be covered with snow. Every moment that you spend trekking from Chola Pass through the Ngozumpa Glacier to Gokyo valley the track is tricky and you cannot let your attention drift away for a moment. The crossing gives you an adrenaline filled experience.
Is Everest Base Camp Gokyo Valley Trek Risky ?
Every Adventure has it’s own risk to consider and trekking is an adventure that entails certain amount of risk factors and the Everest Gokyo Ri Trek is not an exception. However if proper precautions are taken than these risk can be avoided. Everest Gokyo valley Trek is no exception but not dangerous and risky either. With proper acclimitization and having a buffer day to acclimitize will help you get over the risk factors.
Our Itinerary is prepared in just the way so that trekkers does not face any problems while on the Everest Gokyo Ri Trek. In worst case scenario there are helicopter services for evacuation. Moreover our guides are trained to help you and treat you if you face any problems.
What is the best time to embark on Everest Gokyo Valley Trek ?
March to May and September to November are the best time to proceed on the Everest Gokyo Valley Trek. Though trekking can be done even in December if you can withstand the winter chill of sub zero temperature.
Getting to Know the Sherpa Culture
The Everest Gokyo Valley Trek is a Tea House Trek with accommodation provided in lodges run by local Sherpa families. Each lodge can accommodate about thirty to forty people at a time while some lodges and hotels especially in Lukla and Namche are bigger catering to about hundred people at a time. Local Nepali Food Dal, Rice and Vegetable is the staple diet and is served widely, though other food Items are also available on order. On interreacting with the owners of these lodges, porters and the staff will give you an insight into the Sherpa culture of the Khumbu Region of Nepal.
Participants carry their day pack only with their personal items in them. Main baggage will be carried by the Porters. Baggage of each person should not weigh more than 15Kgs.
Trek Facts :
- Trek starts: Lukla.
- Ending Point: Lukla.
- Trek duration: 19Days.
- Trek Grade: Moderate to strenuous.
- Maximum altitude: Kalapatthar (5550m).
- Maximum Sleeping Altitude: Gorakshep (5164m).
- Minimum group size: 2pax.
- Trek style: Tea House/Lodge Trek.
Everest Three Passes Gokyo Valley Lodge Trek Itinerary
Day 01: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m).
30 Minutes Flight to Lukla from Kathmandu.Trek to Phakding(2652m/8km-3hrs). Overnight Lodge.
Day 02: Trek to Namche Bazaar(3440m/12Km-5hrs). Overnight Lodge.
Day 03: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar for Acclimitization.
Side Trek to Khunde-Khumjung(3780m/4Km-2hrs). Overnight Lodge.
Day 04: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery(3860m/12Km-6hrs). Overnight Lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Dingboche(4410m/11Km-5hrs). Overnight Lodge.
Day 06: Rest and acclimitization day at Dingboche(4410m).
Optional hike around Dingboche. Overnight Lodge.
Day 07: Early Morning Trek to Chukung(4730m/4Km-2Hours). Trek upto Chukung-Ri for views of Everest and other Peaks. Return to Chukung.Overnight Lodge.
Day 08: Chukung to Kongma-La-Pass(5535m) to Lobuche(4910m/9Km-6Hours). Overnight Lodge.
Day 09: Lobuche to Gorakshep(5140m/3.7Km-2Hours). Afternoon Trek up the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp (5364m/11Km). Return to Gorakshep (5140m). Overnight Lodge. Total Time 7-8Hrs.
Day 10: Trek up to Kalapathar (5550m/4.2Km-3Hrs.round trip)for Panaromic views of Mt.Everest, Khumbu Glacier and many other Peaks.Return to Gorakshep. After Breakfast Trek to Dzongla(4830m/12Km-6Hrs). Overnight Lodge.
Day 11: Trek Dzongla – Chola pass(5330m) to Dragnag(4790m/9.5Km-6-7Hrs). Overnight Lodge.
Day 12: Trek Dragnag to Gokyo(4790m/5Km-3Hrs). Overnight Lodge.
Day 13: Morning climb Gokyo-Ri(5360m/6Km-3Hrs.round trip). Return to Gokyo. Visit 5th.Lake. Overnight Lodge.
Day 14: Trek Gokyo-Renjo-la Pass(5345m) to Lungdeng(4300m/13Km-7-8Hrs). Overnight Lodge.
Day 15: Trek Lungdeng to Thame(3820m/8Km-4Hrs). Overnight Lodge.
Day 16: Trek Thame to Namche(3Hrs). Overnight Lodge.
Day 17: Trek Namche to Phakding. Overnight Lodge.
Day 18: Trek Phakding to Lukla. Overnight Lodge.
Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu. End of Everest Gokyo Ri Trek.
- 2 Persons : US$ 1510 per person
- 2-6 Persons : US$1415 per person
- 7-10 Persons : US$ 1320 per person
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu Airfare : US$328 per person
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu Airfare for Indian Nationals : IRs.13,000/Person
- Airfare is Extra as applicable & is subject to change without prior notice.
- Indian Nationals kindly enquire within for quotes in IRupees.
TREK COST INCLUDES:
- Trek guide, porter/s to carry luggage.
- Lodge accommodation(twin share rooms).
- Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner During the entire period of the Trek.
- Trek permit Fees.
- TIMS Fees.
- Sagarmatha National Park Fees.
- Contribution to guide transport.
- Guide/porter insurance costs.
- Domestic flight cost extra as applicable.
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Hotel Stays in Kathmandu.
- Domestic flight cost extra as applicable(Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathamndu).
- Sleeping bag (can be hired in Kathmandu).
- Personal clothing /equipment.
- Meals in Kathmandu.
- Client insurance of any kind.
- Cost of evacuation (if any)in Case of emergency.
- Bottled/alcoholic drinks.
- Tea/coffee – other than at breakfast.
- Airport taxes;
- Expenses of personal nature
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Our trek price includes basic rooms in local trekkers lodges which have simple 2 bedded rooms with common toilets/showers. In some places like Lukla, Namache and Kumjung some newly upgraded lodges have rooms with attached toilets-showers but this will cost extra (about US$ 20-30 per room per night). Some lodges now offer even better rooms but can cost even more.
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- NEPAL TOURIST VISA
- Nepal visa is readily available on arrival at the International Airport in Kathmandu and all other entry points to Nepal.
- 2 passport photos will be required.
- Single Entry visa: US$ 30 per visa (valid for 60 days).
- Multiple Entry visa: US$ 80 per visa (valid for 150 days).
- Nepal Visas are also available in all Nepalese Embassies and Consulates.
- No Visa is required for Indian Citizens to Travel in Nepal
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- Recommendation : The Everest Gokyo Ri Trek is relatively strenuous and demands top physical form. Physical fitness check-up is a must. Even the experienced trekker should prepare for 2-3 months prior to the Trek.
- Note: The above given Everest Base Camp Gokyo Ri Trek itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, physical ability of the participants,etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well being.
(All relevant terms and conditions apply).