Gokyo Ri Trek

Introduction

Gokyo Ri Trek | Outdoor Himalayan Treks, Nepal

Gokyo Ri Trek takes you to the top of Gokyo mountain and Gokyo, one of the world's highest altitude settlements consisting of a few stone houses. At the foot of the world's highest mountain, Gokyo is an excellent place to view five of the world's tallest mountains: Mt Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Cho Oyu. Sometimes the views from some places in Gokyo and Gokyo Peak are better than that from Kalapathar. Therefore Gokyo Trek has emerged as an alternate to the classical Everest treks that typically feature Kalapathar as the central vantage point.

During your Gokyo Ri Trek, the other major attraction you will find in this area is the concentration of glacial lakes. Gokyo is on the west side of Khumbu glacier, locally known as Ngozumpa glacier. This is the biggest glacier in the Himalayas of Nepal. There are several glacial lakes formed by the melt of this glacier. The Gokyo lakes are filled with crystal clear water. From the lakes at the ground to the sky piercing peaks, the views are simply sublime. When you climb Gokyo Ri (5357m), you will have more adventure and fun, and more of the sublime views.

Gokyo Ri Trek is one of the less strenuous treks in the Everest region, starting with a flight to Lukla. From there the first day of trekking reaches you to Phakding and the second day to Namche, where you can visit the Sherpa museum to experience the Sherpa culture. After spending a day at Namche, we move on to Dole, then to Machhermo and finally to Gokyo. The return takes normally two days unlike the approach that takes three days. For the maximum of Himalayan sights and adventure experience, spend a day at Gokyo and try climbing Gokyo Peak. You can certainly have a heavenly feel from the top of this peak. This is why trekking in Nepal is one of the most sought after outdoor adventure activities.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 12 nights and 13 days

Total Duration: 10 nights and 11 days

Trip Grade: Moderately strenuous

Minimum Altitude: 1300 m, Kathmandu

Maximum Altitude: 5357 m, Gokyo Ri

Itinerary Outline

Day 1: Arrival/Transfer: Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2610 m)

Day 3: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3446 m)

Day 4: Namche Bazar (Acclimatization)

Day 5: Namche Bazaar - Dole (4200 m)

Day 6: Dole - Machchhermo (4470 m)

Day 7: Machchhermo - Gokyo (4790 m)

Day 8: Excursion around Gokyo; Lake climb Gokyo Ri (5357 m)

Day 9: Gokyo - Dole (4200 m)

Day 10: Dole - Namche Bazaar (3446 m)

Day 11: Namche Bazar - Lukla

Day 12: Lukla to Kathmandu (Flight)

Day 13: Departure

Itinerary Details

Day 1: Arrival/Transfer: Kathmandu
Our staff will receive you from Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Should there be enough time, you can explore some places in the city. Make sure you give him the photos required for your trekking permits.

Day 2: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2610 m)
Our guide will pick you up at 5:30 am and drive to the airport. You will board the early morning flight at 6:30 AM and fly to Lukla (2750m) in about 45 minutes. After breakfast in Lukla, we will walk for about 4 hours to Phakding (2610 m), a fairly plain terrain inhabited by Sherpas. Afterwards, we will follow upstream Dudhkoshi River and spend the night in a lodge.

Day 3: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3446 m)
We will trek for nearly 7 hours to reach Namche Bazar (3440 m), the famous town in Solukhumbu. The last 3 hours of this trek will be tougher, but the beautiful sceneries on the way will make you will forget your tiredness. The night will be spent in a local teahouse.

Day 4: Namche Bazar (Acclimatization)
To help your body adjust with the high altitude conditions, we will spend the day for acclimatization. You can do some daytime hiking and explore Khumjung village and return to the teahouse at Namchebazar for the night stay.

Day 5: Namche Bazaar - Dole (4200 m)
Resume the trek, covering a walking distance of nearly 7 hours. Splendid views of Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Thamserku can be seen on the way. You will also walk through a few villages inhabited by Sherpas.

Day 6: Dole - Machchhermo (4470 m)
Today you will walk for nearly 6 hours, going uphill most of the time and enjoying a nice view of Khumbu plus beautiful glaciers on the way.

Day 7: Machchhermo - Gokyo (4790 m)
It will take 5-6 hours for you to get to Gokyo. Gokyo Lake is a very beautiful lake situated high up in the mountains and the best part of the entire trip.

Day 8: Excursion around Gokyo; Lake climb Gokyo Ri (5357 m)
Start walking towards the base of Gokyo Ri after breakfast. Climb to the top of Gokyo Ri (5483m), the only trekking peak in Khumbu region. You will not need any special climbing gears to do so. You are likely to be overwhelmed by the superb views of Mt. Everest, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and the whole of Khumbu Himalayan Range including Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nutse, Mt. Makalu (8481m), Mt. Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Mt. Gychung Kang (7922m). If there is enough time, you can take a walk around Gokyo Lake returning to your accommodation in Gokyo.

Day 9: Gokyo - Dole (4200 m)
From today you will begin to trek in the opposite direction, and the first stopover will be made at Dole.

Day 10: Dole - Namche Bazaar (3446 m)
After walking for about 6 hours, you will arrive at Namche Bazar.

Day 11: Namche Bazar - Lukla
Today is the last day of the trek and you need to walk for nearly 5-6 hours before getting to Namche Bazar. You may collect some souvenirs from the local curio shops. Go to bed early as you need to wake up quite early next morning.

Day 12: Lukla to Kathmandu (Flight)
Fly back to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to your hotel in a car or taxi. If you are leaving Kathmandu today, we will be happy to provide a departure transfer as well.

Guidelines

Fitness Level:
This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Skills:
Familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous trekking experience.

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipments/Gears:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Full fingers gloves
  • Socks
  • Thermal cap
  • Fleece
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • You can choose to bring these equipments yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  • TIMS Card
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit
  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance

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