Gokyo ri trek 15 daysBook
The Gokyo Ri trek offers and alternative to the clasical trek to everest region besides the crowded everest base camp.Gokyo Ri trekking is popular for the mountain valley and Gokyo Lake which is located 4750m high and privide the magnificent views of the Mt. Everest , Mt. Lhotse , Mt. Nuptse , Mt. Cho Oyu , Mt. Makalu , Mt. Amadablam , Mt. Thamserku including other several peaks.This trek in Gokyo features the unbelievable scenery of the remote Gokyo Valley, beautiful turquoise lakes, moonscape-like glaciers, and stunning 360 panoramic vistas of mountains.
Trekking to gokyo Ri follows the usual route to Namche Bazaar crossing the DudhKoshi River with the short stunning mountian flight to Lukla.The following days we will pass through Phortse and Machhermo where the mountains are more spectacular.Passing through these villages we also get a chance to have a glimpse of high altitudes lifestyles. Along the trail to Gokyo we can enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Ngozumba Glacier, the largest of its kind in Himalayas. Gokyo is a land of high altitude lakes and glittering icy glaciers.The small settlement of Gokyo lies on the side of beautiful turquoise lakes and below the ridge ofmighty mountains where they find a way to expose themselves.Following day a hike to the high vantage point of Gokyo Ri (5357m) will reward you with views of four of the eight highest mountains on earth - all wonderfully arrayed in one panorama. From here, one can see more of Everest (8848m) ,Cho Oyu (8153m), Lhotse (8501m) and Makalu (8463m) and tremendous Ngozumpa Glacier.We return back to Namche and Lukla following same track back..
Our Gokyo Ri Trek 14 days itinerary is designed by the team of experts working in himalayan adventure field for more than decade. This trek itinerary carefully offers rest days in Namchee to acclimatise safely against the altitude problems. On the high altitude adventure we never rush a trek and taking a few extra days is good to enjoy the trek of life time.
Day 1 : Pick up in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Welcome greeting at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu by the representative from Wild Stone Adventure. You will then transfer to the Hotel for refreshment where you will be served with welcome drinks. Depending on your interest and condition you can either rest, hang around the street or visit our office for rest of the day. Included: Welcome Drinks
Day 2 : Kathmandu sightseeing, trek briefing and preparation
We will start guided tour to several major historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu Valley. The tour cover UNESCO World Heritage Sites including historical Durbar Square, Sacred Hindu Temple (Pahupati Nath) ,popular monkey Temple (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists Shrine (Buddha Nath). After completion of city tour you will meet with guide and other helping staffs, you will be explained with nature of your trek and your trekking gears will be checked. Included: Breakfast
Day 3 : Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m)
Early morning spectacular mountain flight to Lukla with your trekking team which takes about 30 minutes. We start descent toward the Dudhkoshi passing the Chaurikharka village. The trail follows the edge of Dudhoshi river until we reach Phakding.Today we end up with the Short hike to assist in acclimatization.
Trek Time : 3 hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Activities : Visit nearby Monasteries
Day 4 : Trek Pakding – Namche Bazzar(3440m)
Today cross the high suspension bridge trek through the forest and pasture land. Steep ascent to the Namche offers the first glimpse of mighty Everest along with Thamserku, Konde Ri and Mt. Kusum Kangaru. Namche (3440) the largest Sherpa town is Mecca of Himalaya culture.
Trek Time : 5 hours Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 : Acclimatization and rest day in Namche
A day for rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. Namche serves as an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Phortse Tenga. We recommend you to stay active and have some hike instead of being idle for a day. For acclimatization you walk up to Khumjung where you can visit a monastery. You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, and Kwangde and so on. We may also take an hour's walk up to Syangboche where Everest View Hotel deluxe hotel build by Japanese is situated above Syangboche airstripe for an outstanding view of Everest. Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Activities & Attractions: Visit Sherpa Culture Museum, Sagarmatha National Park Visitor's Center, Tourist Visitor Center, Tibetan Healing Centre , Namche Monastery, Namche Library , Hotel Everest View, Khundi Hospital, Hillary School, Namche Market
Day 6 : Trek Namche Bazzar – Phortse Tenga (3640m)
Today, the trail climbs steeply out of valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases making trekking beautiful in spring. The trail passes through Yak Kharkas and summer settlements. The views of Khumbi La and Tawache are magnificent throughout the day.
Trek Time : 5 Hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7 : Trek Phortse Tenga – Machhermo (4410m)
The trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descend to a river and again climbs steep to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpz glacier. We will reach at Machherma by early noon.
Trek Time : 5 Hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8 : Trek Machhermo – Gokyo (4790m)
Today we head for our destination at Gokyo Lake. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melted-water. Rivers flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m), route to Lobuche and Everest. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo.
Trek Time : 6 Hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9 : Rest and Explore Gokyo Valley
Today a day for rest and acclimatization at Gokyo. We recommend you to stay active and have some hike instead of being idle for a day. Gokyo is a trade center where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day you can make a side trip to numerous lake which it host. We would take a chance to explore the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho).If interested, we climb the Scoundrel's Viewpoint at the edge of the lake for the incredible views of Everest, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and Gyachung Kang.
Day 10 : Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m) and back to Gokyo
Today, early in the morning we have steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri at elevation of 5483 meters, ample rewards to anyone that attempts this trip. There are stunning views of the supper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, such as giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang can be seen. Those who explore the glacier and Gokyo peak are rewarded.
Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11 : Trek Gokyo - Dole (4000m)
Today we follow the same trail to descend gently to Dole along the Dudh Koshi River that emerges out of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It is a easy downhill walk passing by the second and then the first Gokyo Lakes. On the trail descend we see great views of Thamserku , Cho Oyu, and Kangtega that we miss while climbing up.
Trek Time : 4 Hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12 : Trek Dole - Namche Bazzar(3440m)
Today we start trek with the steep descends to Phortse Tenga passing through rhododendron forests. Then, the path immediately ascends steeply to Mongla Danda and descent continues back to the town of Namche Bazaar leaving the mountains behind us.
Trek Time : 5 Hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 13 : Trek Namche Bazaar - Lukla (2800m)
The trail descends steeply for about one and half hours. After that, the path has small ups and downs to Phakding through Monjo. This is the final day Gokyo Ri Trek,in evening you will have a farewell ceremony with your guides and porters where you will be able to taste Chang (a purely brewed local beer) and try some Sherpa cultural dancing.
Trek Time : 4 Hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 14 : Fly Lukla - kathmandu
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu after mountain journey. You will board an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will get transferred to our hotel for the refreshment. You can rest throughout the day or if interested you can explore the nearby market for shopping typical Nepalese gifts for your friends and family. This evening you will have a cultural dinner together with the Wild Stone Adventure staffs.
Fly time : 30 Min. Included:Breakfast and Cultural Dinner
Day 15 : Farewell
Your trip to Nepal has come to an end. Wild Stone Adventure representative will transfer you to International airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. Included:Breakfast
Money Matters so we would like to explain what you are paying for. We are local operator providing world class services to the travelers yearning to be foot on Himalayan trail. We provide you with the minimum price possible for fully inclusive trips .We are proud to guarantee NO HIDDEN COST.
- Airport Pick up and drop.
- Delux accomodation in Kathmandu
- All surface transfer as per the itinerary.
- Kathmandu city tour by English Speaking Guide on Private Vehicle.
- All the standerd meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during trekking.
- Safe and ozonated water throughout the trek.
- Tea House Acomodation during trekking.
- Registered and trained Guide.
- Required number of insured Porter (2 trekkers: 1porter)
- Sagarmatha National Park fees.
- All Surface transfer for your guide, porter and necessary cargo.
- Staff insurances.
- Government taxes and official charges. Visa charge not included here.
- Attractive First Aid Kits.
- Farewell Cultural Dinner in Kathmandu.
This package doesnot cover following cost and should be personally paid by the traveller.
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
- Beverages and other hard drinks cost
- Nepal Entry visa fee and airport taxes.
- Expences of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks etc
- Rescue and emergency cost/ Insurance cost but we will help to carry of the procedure.
- Personal trekking equipments
Your safety is our paramount concern while trekking with Wild Stone Adventure. Your Leader has full authority to amend any part of the itinenary due to safety reason. Every effort will be made to keep up with the above itinerary however it is the adventure in remote himalayan zone we cannot guarantee it! Wether condition, physical condition of trekkers and unexpected natural disasters can force to alter the itinerary.Your Leader will forward you with the alternatives so please be prepared to be flexible.
Upon your arrive at Tribhuban International Airport (TIA), Wild Stone Adventures' representative will greet you and transport you to your Hotel. The rest of the day depends on your interest and condition, you can either take a rest or visit our office.The next day you will be formally introduced to your Guide, brief about the trek and enjoy sightseeing tour of the city's most influential cultural and historical landmarks.
Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with private facilities which are of Western style.
Whilst trekking accommodation is in lodges and teahouses and is of a basic standard. Rooms may be twin or multi share with basic shared toilet facilities. Hot showers and Laundry facilities are available in some places for a small charge.
Wild Stone Adventure use high quality private transportation to get in and off the trekking put in point and put out point.On longer routes, we use private or tourist buses, which provide a slightly higher degree of comfort and safety.For air transportation Wild Stone uses modern, comfortable and most - reliable airline operator.In trekking region, transportation mean is hiking and in some cases Yaks / horses / mules / donkeys are used for baggage carriage. In this trekking route, hiking is the major mean of transportation while your baggage will be carried by porters and/or animals.
We provide quality food in sufficient quantities during your trip period.Gokyo Ri Trek cost include breakfast in Kathmandu and three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses menu while on trek. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
For Gokyo Ri Trek, there will be one leader (5 trekkers:1 leader)and the required number of sherpa porter(2 trekkers:1 porter).As you will be travelling in the group you will be exposed to all the pleasure of travelling in group. We can runGokyo Ri trek for any group size but generally we have maximum of ten people, we we found this to be best group size for the optimal success.
Group Leader and Support Staffs
All our trips are accompanied out by one of our local group Leaders. The aim of the group leader is make your Gokyo Ri Trek successsful, enjoyable, memorable and hassle free. Our leader will provide informationa on the culture, geography, ecosystem, flora and fauna of the place your are travelling. They will also offer suggestions for the optional activities and thing to do, recommend great places and introduce you to the local people. Our leader will also assist you to learn the local language.
All our outdoor guides are licensed from the Government of Nepal. Beside the license they have numbers of certificates including Wilderness First Aid, certificate from Kathmandu Education Projects, certificate from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, and Eco friendly guiding certificates.
Our Gokyo Ri Trek 14 days is a moderate trek suitable for passionate hiker. Walking in the higher altitude with a day pack is physically demanding than in a lower elevation, however if you are physically fit, self confidence and have stronger determination, you can accomplish this trek successfully.
For the Gokyo Ri Trek the general rule is you need to be very fit and the more preparation you have done for it, the more you will enjoy it. You will be walking at very high altitudes with your day pack, with the possibility of extreme variations in temperature. We recommend you to undertake regular aerobic exercise in the weeks before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to boost your fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trip to its fullest.
Autumn (September - December) and Spring (March-May) are the best seasons for the Gokyo Ri Trekking. The weather is excellent and offers tantalizing mountain views, but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec - Feb) is also good trek, only issue is cold and might be problem due to snow. Monsoon (June -August) can be the perfect time for botanist and photo enthusiastic to capture the beauty of flowers and lush vegetation in higher valleys. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy the best of nature.
Weather and Climate
The Himalaya makes its own weather, which varies significantly over a few kilometers. There can be sudden storms and high winds and usually clouds in the afternoon. Gokyo Ri is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cold, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 20 degree C to -15 degree C.
We have decade long of experience in operating at high-altitude. Our Gokyo Ri trek 14 days gradually ascent at the higher altitude with the shorter walking hours with the time to acclimatize in the afternoon. Our every Everest trek package is sensibly planned with the acclimatization days to prepare your body adapt the less air environment at higher altitude. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on hiring basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness, and our leaders are trained to administer them and to know the symptoms. We strongly advise you to consult a doctor if you are suffering with heart and lungs diseases prior to your trip departure.
The official currency of Nepal is Nepalese Rupee (NRs)
It is best to bring a mixture of cash and travelers checks in major currencies - USD, CAD, EUR, AUD - and ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations. Money may easily be exchanged at Kathmandu airport on arrival and banks and licensed moneychangers in cities. Credit card cash advances and ATM withdrawals are in NPR only.
Before departing on your trek, make sure you have enough Nepalese currency in small denominations as change is hard to find in the villages ( 100 rupee are easy to trade )
Extra Pocket Money
While trekking with Wild Stone Adventure, all meals are included in your trip cost. You will need very little local currency for meals in Kathmandu and extra snacks, soft drinks or souvenirs along the trail.
Extra money dependa upon your spending habit. Please consider your own spending habits when you count for extra pocket money.
Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 as an emergency fund, to be used when circumstances beyond our control ( natural disaster, extreme weather, nepal strikes) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
Adequate and valid travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers. Your travel insurance must cover accidents, injury, illness and death medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter rescue and air ambulance where applicable) and personal liability.
When visiting and entering temples and Nepalis house you must remove your shoes. In some temples, it is forbidden to wear any leather goods. Other temples, such as those in Pashupatinath, do not allow foreigner besides hindu to enter. These are normally marked with a sign in English, and we urge you to respect such practices.
Always ask permission before taking photos inside any temples, and before photographing any local people. When permission is granted, always be sensitive when photographing people, and non-intrusive when shooting inside temples when prayers are in progress. Generally, photography is allowed outside Buddhist and Hindu temples and at religious ceremonies and festivals.
You are guest in Nepal and it is appriciated if you behave like Nepali (Local):
- Dress Respectfully (no short shorts or revealing clothes)
- Do not show affection in public.
- Do not buy antiques.
- Do not point your feet (unclean) to people and point with full hand not with one finger.
- Do not step over persons.
- Do not touch or step over offerings (red powder, flowers/rice)
- Do not use your left hand (dirty)
- Receive and give with two hands.
- Ask permission before taking people's photographs.
- Discourage begging, pay fair price
- Take off your shoes before entering a monastery or Nepali house.
- Go clockwise roung the stupas, temples etc
- Avoid touching monks / lamas.
Dress respectfully with an awareness of local standards. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool during hiking. In many rural areas women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unaccepted. While visiting temples,monasteriesand other religious sites men need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt.
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels and tea houses for a small charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring biodegradable soap.
While packing for “Gokyo Ri Trek” it essential to considered weather condition and time of year you are travelling.
Please Click here for the complete packing list for this trip.
Tipping is expected but not compulsory and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your trip.
Being a responsible trek operator is at the heart of what Wild Stone Adventures is all about. The beautiful environment of the Himalaya is also an extremely fragile one. At Wild Stone Adventure , we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize the detrimental impact as much as possible.We are committed to responsible tourism and it is implemented in every trip through the following means.
- Leave no Trace
- Discourage deforestation
- Keep Water Source Clean
- Plant Saplings
- Plants Left in Their Natural Environment
- Alternative Source of Energy for Fuel
- Employ local leaders and supporting staffs
- Use local tea house and home stay
- Consume local food
- Reduce, Reuse and Recyle
Suggested reading for the Gokyo Ri trek.
- Trekking in Everest -Jamie Mc Guinness
- Everest, A Trekkers' Guide- Arlene Blum
- Nepal Travel Guide – Lonely Planet
- Into the Thin Air -Jon Krakauer
- Trekking in Nepal –Antoine d’ Abbundo
- Rough guide to Nepal – David Reed
- Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya – Stan Armington
- Nepal Himalayas -Shirahata Shiro
- Mountain sickness -Peter Hackett
- Pocket first Aid and Wilderness Medicine -Dr. Jim Duff & Dr. Peter Gormly