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Short Gokyo Valley Trek
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Short Gokyo Valley Trek

Trip Overview

Key Information

Group Size

2-12

Meal

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Grade

Moderate to Strenuous

Accomodation

Hotels (twin room)

Transportation

Flights & Private vehicle

Starts/Ends

Kathmandu/Kathmandu

Wi-fi

Everyday

Trip Highlights

  • 25 minutes flight to Lukla Hilary airport and Sherpa settlements  
  • Crossing the several Suspension bridges with views of Dhdh Kosi River running from the mountain
  • The views of Gokyo Lakes smaller to bigger and beautiful scenery of Mount Everest from the bottom
  • Nice and helpful local Sherpa peoples with views of glacier and ice
  • Strong Local Porters who can carry more than 100KG
  • Nice and strong Himalayan yak whose soever carrying the supplies in the mountain  

Trip Overview

Short Gokyo valley Trek is a budget version of Gokyo Lake Trekking in Everest region that offers the low-cost trekking option for budget trekkers. This short Gokyo Lake trekking package is designed by Mountain Magic Treks taking you toward the most popular route in Everest region. It is popular because of the Gokyo lakes and beautiful landscape of the valley with glacier and wonderful views of the Himalayas. This Budget Gokyo Lake Trekking is suitable for everyone as anyone can do who don't have the plan to visit Kathmandu and limited time.

We can offer you Short Gokyo Lake Trek in budget price than other trekking routes in the Everest region that offers great views of the several Lakes, glacier and world highest Peak (Everest) from the bottom. Those who wish to trek in Everest region for Gokyo Lake Trek we suggest to climb Gokyo Ri to see the sunrise or sunset view which makes your dream complete. It is 5,420 meters from where all the peaks can be seen and enjoy the vast landscapes and Himalayan peaks.

Budget Gokyo Trek begins from Lukla. Early morning after the breakfast we take a means of private vehicle to airport for the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. We meet the local Sherpa porter to carry the luggage in Lukla. The guide will be with you from Kathmandu. Mountain Magic Treks will provide you a friendly, knowledgeable, Experienced and Gov. Registered guide with strong and helpful local Sherpa Porter to carry your luggage. The guide will explain you everything about the Himalayas and look after you very well, they have several years of experience in this Gokyo Lake Trek.  In this nine days Budget Gokyo Lake Trek itinerary has one day rest for acclimatization in Namche Bazaar which is on the way up to Gokyo Lake, from Lukla it takes five days trek to reach Gokyo Lake and four days back to conclude. This trekking package includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with Tea and Coffee, (eight eight nights nine days) flights Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu and a private transport in Kathmandu.

Short Gokyo Valley Trek Itinerary

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Day 1 : Fly to Lukla from Kathmandu and Trek to Phakding
Food Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 1300

Early in the morning after the breakfast go to the airport to catch the flight to Lukla in small plane with views of several peaks including Mt. Everest in from of you and short 25 minutes flight to reach Hilary airport, this is above 2,860 meters after reaching Lukla meet your staff (Porter) then trek will continue to Phakding. Even the first day of your trekking you will see the mountains those are very close and monastery, stupas, few bridges walking through Sherpa settlements.

Note: Lukla Flights are departing and returning to Ramechhap instead of Kathmandu due to ongoing upgrades at Kathmandu Airport. It's about a 4-hour drive to Ramechhap from Kathmandu so you will get started for the airport around 2 am. The return drive at the end of the trek is between 4 and 6 hours depending on traffic. 

Day 2 : From Phakding Trek to Namche Bazaar
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 3440

The trek will begin after breakfast, today little long day trek then other days of the trek 800 meters climb and 6-7 hours walk to reach Namche Bazaar. At the beginning walking into the shadow for a few hours, it is an easy walk around Sherpa settlements and nice views of Apples, Pines, many kinds of Vegetables, some mountain (Thamserku). The trail continues with 30 minutes uphill to Monjo where Sagarmatha National Park designed in 1974 the world heritage and highest park. From here walking in the river bed (Between here to Namche Bazaar not any hotel or shop to buy water or anything else to make sure everything as you need for few hours) for few hours and starts climbing through Hilary bridge which is 2,760 meters from the C* level, after one hour of climbing you can see the Mount Everest and some small peaks around Everest, from this viewpoint one more hour gradually way up to reach Namche Bazaar.  

Day 3 : Rest in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and 
Food Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation Hotel (Twin room)
Elevation 3440

is the easy day, have a late breakfast and climb up to the viewpoint (Panoramic Viewpoint) from here you can see the beautiful views of Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, Lhotse and few Sherpa villages. After enjoying the view visit Museum where you can see old and local traditional things of Sherpa Settlements then back to the Hotel for lunch after the lunch visit the big town Namche Bazaar here every week the market will be running. After this town no any bigger villages and more population so this is men center point for the business, everything is available In Namche Bazaar for supplying to the mountain that’s why Namche Bazaar is the big town in Khumbu region.  

Day 4 : From Namche Bazaar Trek to Dole
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 4000

From Namche Bazaar the trek starts after breakfast, little climb up to the top of the Namche Bazaar then easy plate the path for two hours to reach Kyanjuma village, from here gradually climb starts to Mong with views of Phorche, Tengboche village, and Mt.Amadablam, Thamserku, Imja River Valley. From here descend to the Phorche Thanga village nearby river, then the trail continues gradual way up through pine and Rhododendron forest with a view of wild animals like Musk Deer, Red panda, Himalayan Thar, to Dole.

Day 5 : From Dole Trek to Gokyo
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 4730

Early morning after breakfast climbing the gradual path for one hour then a gentle easy way to Machermo village by lunch and then walk through riverbed to see the glacier and small Gokyo lake. After this small lake, you will be walking in the same altitude but more than few hours because of the long distance and you will be hanging around the lakes (Starts by the small lake and little bigger and huge). The first lake is small, second is little bigger, and third is really big you will be walking through this lake to reach Gokyo village, the village is beside of third Lake you can see the view of the lake from your Hotel or room. From here are so many options to visit around 5th or 6th lake, Nojumpa glacier, Gokyo peak depends upon your interest.

Day 6 : From Gokyo climb up to Gokyo Ri early in the morning and then back to Dole
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 4000

We will start early morning to Gokyo ri for the best views of Mount Everest and other neighboring peaks incliding Makalu, Cho Oyu with Knojumpa glcier and 5 lakes in front of you. The men important thing to go to Gokyo ri is beautiful sunrise views with colourful mountains. After enjoing the views of Everest himalayan peaks be back to Gokyo for warm breakfast. 

Our goals is copletly done, now we return back to Dole vilage same way as we came up..

 

Day 7 : Trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 3440

Get ready foe breakfast on your time then heding back to Namche bazaar by Lunch. Then take a time for Shower and connect with families and friends. In Namche has so many facilities like cyber Cafe, Pubs, Wi-Fi and many more.

Day 8 : From Namche to Lukla
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Hotel (twin room)
Elevation 2860

Today is long day but in the low elavation we can walk even longer than this destance. Early morning walk down to Dudk koshi river and cross the bridge then follw and walk from beside of river all the way to Phakding for Lunch break. After Phakding climb up to Lukla for overnight

Day 9 : Fly Back to kathmandu
Food Breakfast
Elevation 1300

In the morning have breakfast in Lukla then catch a flight back to Kathmandu which is 25 minutes with beautiful scenery of local several villages and hills and transfer to your hotel

Service Includes on Price

Cost Includes

  • Domestic Airport transfers
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees 
  • An experienced English- Speaking Gov. registered Guide and local Sherpa porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guide, Porters Salaries, Insurance, Equipment, Food, and Lodging 
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu  
  • Full meals of your choice (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea & Coffee) during the trek
  • Supplementary snacks (Cookies and energy bar) 
  • Seasonal Fresh fruits every day after dinner 
  • All mountain accommodation (Soft, comfortable, twin room with sharing toilet)
  •  All government and local taxes 
  • Trekking equipment such as down jacket, sleeping bag, and duffel bag
  • Gokyo Lake Trek route Map
  •  A comprehensive medical kit 
  • Flights: Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Bar drinks
  • Boiled water
  • Bottle drinks
  • Hot shower
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Wi-fi
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance and Evacuation insurance
  • Tip 

Additional Information

Trekking Equipment List

 

If it’s too much to carry from your home country some of the necessary equipment can be hired or bought in Kathmandu around Thamel as well.

Most of the equipment in general and standard lists for all seasons while on a trek but may differ as per the season and duration of trekking and areas of your chosen trip.

  • Reading/writing material
  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium, or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Health requirements arranged
  • Money: cash/credit card
  • Down Sleeping bag and Down Jacket provided by Mountain Magic Treks in Kathmandu 
  • Lightweight Towel
  • Day pack (25-30 liter) to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Liter Aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best
  • Warm Hat
  • Sunhat/bandana
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves - wool or fleeced and gore-tex
  • Scarf
  • Bag Liners to waterproof your bags (A duffel bag is provided to each trekker for trekking by Mountain Magic Treks in Kathmandu)
  • Sewing Kit
  • Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such a combination
  • Running shoes or sandals for the evening
  • Wool jumper/sweater/fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months.
  • T-Shirts 2 or 3
  • Shirt - Long Sleeved
  • Pants - lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
  • Thermals upper and lower
  • Extra warm clothing during winter (December to March) layered clothing - thermals.
Some Related Information

Meals

Eating is a big part of the Holiday. Traveling with Mountain Magic Treks, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Italian, Continental, Chinese, and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. Mountain restaurant owner prefers not to order many dishes and waste food as they would like to cater more trekkers with limited food before runoff stuck. It’s a week or more day’s hard works to Porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge, Lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants on route. 

Accommodation 

A Tea House is a combination of a guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. A private room is available in most tea houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The Lodges are fairly basic. The room is spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining hall warmed by the Bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted. There is normally no electric lighting in the room unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually has solar lighting.

Most tea houses now also have electricity for charging small appliances- mobile phones and cameras- and there will be a small charge for this.  

Drinking water

Mountain Magic Treks provides unlimited chlorine/lodine treated water the trek. All tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers upon additional cost. We discourage the purchase of mineral water and bottled water while on the trek as plastic bottles and difficult to dispose of and have become an environmental problem.

 Route Map

Mountain Magic Treks offers you complementary route map T-short and duffel bags

What to take for Trekking

This is a very active trip, it means you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provided one porter for two trekkers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kg per trekker means 30 kg from two trekkers. Unnecessary luggage can be left in Kathmandu Hotel and its free of cost. 

Important to note

Please read the Gear list section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (batter) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in the mountains so layered clothing is recommended all around the year.

Difficulty

Whilst some individuals seek to summit the greatest mountain on earth, it is enough for most mere mortals to simply stand at the base and experience the awesome stature of Everest from below. However, there are no roads into Gokyo Lake Trek and every person seeking to view the incredible mountain up close will need to trek through the Khumbu Valley from Lukla to Gokyo and back again - unless, of course, you can afford a helicopter!. The journey usually takes several weeks and can sometimes seem a little daunting to a novice hiker. But don't panic, it's very achievable!

The first thing to make clear is that the Short Gokyo Lake Trek  requires no technical climbing and is essentially a long hike. We therefore strongly believe that anyone with determination and a basic fitness level can trek the route - and all of our successful clients attest to this!. We have seen overweight, underweight, old and young do this trek and all of them enjoyed it thoroughly.

That being said, there are a number of crucial factors to consider prior to trekking the route such as length, altitude and training that will help you determine whether you think the Short Gokyo Lake Trek route is the right trek for you.

Travel Insurance:

For everyone who will plan to Trek in Nepal, it is highly recommended that you get a travel insurance that covers added expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries or accidents (together with air ambulance, helicopter rescue and other treatment cost). Your insurance policy should cover up your entire activities that you are planning to accomplish throughout your stay in Nepal. In addition to this, the policy should also cover death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (counting hospital charges, cost of the medicine, doctor’s fees) as well as repatriation cost. Also, this trekking trail in Nepal take you of 5,000 m above the altitude, therefore, you also need to ensure that your insurance policy covers treks that go over 5,000 m. In short, its client himself/herself has to take the responsibility regarding unforeseen expenses during this trip.

Nepal Visa

If you are wondering about how to obtain Nepal visa, then the easiest way to obtain it is at the Tribhuwan International Airport upon your arrival in Nepal or else at the immigration entry point if you are entering through the border of India or Tibet. 

Note: There are few countries namely Nigeria, Ghana, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Cameroon, Swaziland, Iraq, Ethiopia, Liberia, Palestine, etc. People from these countries do not get visa from the immigration entry points of Nepal.)

 What do you need to obtain Nepal visa

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Nepal Entry Application Download PDF

If you are thinking of taking visa at the airport or immigration entry point, following are your requirements: A valid passport (The passport should have validity of at least six months) You should fill the application form for visa available at airport or immigration entry points. Two passport size photos

Visa Extension:

If you want to extend visa for 15 days or less, visa extension charge is USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency

 If you want to extend the visa for more than 15 days, USD 2 will be charged per day after 15 days. However, the visa can be extended maximum up to 150 days in a visa year (Visa year refers to year starting January to December).

Transit Visa:

When a foreigner has to get down at Nepalese airport as a result of his/her transit point or due to any force landing for whatever the reason, the foreigner can obtain transit visa for a day after paying USD 5 or any other currency equivalent.

 Best time to visit Nepal:

Spring (March, April & May) and autumn (September, October and November) are the best time of the year to visit Nepal. During this time, the weather is pleasant with efficient sunlight and warmth. The sky is clear which means that you can truly enjoy the remarkable Nepalese landscape complete with the Himalayan vista.

During the monsoon (June-August) although there will be no problem for trekking, the issue could be of less visibility and rain. But for a keen botanist, monsoon is a blessing as the higher valleys, mountains and meadows blossom with flowers and abundant vegetation. You can trek in winter (December, January, February) as well especially in the hilly regions but as you reach higher elevations it is much more colder with snow- fall. If you don’t necessary enjoy crowds, trekking during the monsoon or winter or choosing more solitary trekking destination could be your options. Note that due to global warming there has been a change in the regular climate worldwide and Nepal is no exception. Please be open to unpredictable weather conditions as well

High Altitude:

This is a high altitude journey and elevation starts from low 2810 m to 5,545 m high, where symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) might occur due to dry air and less oxygen, as our adventure starts with flight to Lukla and  overnight stops at Phakding in nice and cozy local lodge, which provides you with acclimatization as well with rest day at Namche Bazaar before heading much higher altitude for Gokyo Clola Pass Trek.In this trip one needs to be in good physical shape with sound health to avoid other medical complication on route the journey, just follow our guide he will advice and suggestion which keeps and makes you feel secure to enjoy this fabulous adventure with us.

Weather & Climate 

The weather depending upon the season of trekking in Everest Himalayan belts, where's Everest Trek can be visited all time of the year, however monsoon months of July to mid September will be wet but much greener with heavy moistures.

The best time will be from March to May when wild flowers are in full bloom around Phakding and Namche Bazaar in 2,000 m to 3,000 m high and then tree lines and vegetation declines for rough arctic terrain, the temperature will be 15 to 20 degree Celsius during the day with sunlight, morning and evening can be much cooler with minimum of -0 to 05 degree Celsius not counting the wind chill factors.

As the trek leads higher above 4,000 m temperature drops in the shade as well in the morning and night time, day will be clear with strong sunlight and UV (due to drop in oxygen and air pressure on high elevation) , where you need strong sun screen to avoid sun burn in direct sunlight.Mid September to December will be the clearest weather but with short days minimum of -05 to -10 degree Celsius in the morning and night time with maximum of 15-20 degree during the day in full sunlight, also depends upon the altitude and areas of trekking.

December to March will be the coldest months with chances of snows with minimum of -10 to -15 degree Celsius with maximum 15-18 degree Celsius without wind chill factor, however most of the day time will be clear with fine blue sky.

Important thing to know before trekking  

Main flow of foreign visitors in Nepal is for trekking from moderate to adventurous or challenging treks, the most important is choosing the right trip as per your duration of holiday and fitness, for Everest Himalayan trekking adventure one needs to be in sound health and physically fit.

On booking with us preparation of fitness required like walking-jogging-Jumba-aerobic at least a month before your departure from home country.

Please send us your dietary list and medical history report so that we can arrange well  in advance respectively. Book the ticket from home for Kathmandu-Nepal to reach at least a day ahead or earlier from trek departure with much space in Kathmandu after the trek, this allows you with more time in Nepal to enjoy the culture and heritage life of Nepalese and also in case of flight delay (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) which can happen sometimes due to freak bad and unfavorable weather.

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