Everest - Gokyo Valley Explorer Trek

Duration: 14 Days

 Everest-Gokyo Valley Explorer Trek provides a marvelous alternative to the Everest Region Treks described above.  Either spring or early autumn are the ideal times to visit this area, because the weather is likely to be dry and sunny, drawing most trekkers to the more "classical" route to EBC. 

The region is steeped in spirituality, and so along with the numerous traditional villages you will visit, the trek will also bring you to a number of  gompas (monasteries), such as Tengboche, Pangboche, Namche, Khumjung and Khunde. Scheduules permitting, you may even be able to attend a Buddhist puja (prayer ceremony) at one or more of these gompas.  In the spring, the rhododendrons will be in bloom, and in fall such wildlife as the Himalayan tahr, musk deer, and Himalayan danphe (the brilliant national bird of Nepal) may be encountered.  

There will be no shortage of scenic excitement, however. This trek will also bring you through spectacular landscapes, culminating in the ascent to Gokyo-Ri (5483m).  From this summit we will enjoy a view that many would consider  the finest in the Himalaya, encompassing Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyo, among many others. Thus this two-week trek offers "the best of both worlds": the challenge and thrill of climbing a spectacular peak, along with the exploration of traditional Sherpa villages and Buddhist traditions.

Trip Highlights:

  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla
  • Visiting Gokyo Lake and valley
  • Amazing views of the Himalaya from Gokyo Ri including Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu and Makalu
  • Inspiring  Ngozumpa Glacier

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu.
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for trekking
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding : 40 minutes flight.
  • Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 05: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day, Visit Khumjung valley via Everest view point hotel
  • Day 06: Trek Namche Bazaar to Phorste Thenga
  • Day 07: Trek Phorste Thanga to Machherma.
  • Day 08: Trek Machherma to Gokyo.
  • Day 09: Gokyo valley: Climbing to Gokyo Ri (5,357m) exploration to fifth lakes
  • Day 10: Trek Gokyo valley to Dole.
  • Day 11: Trek Dole to Namche Bazaar via Khumjung village.
  • Day 12: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla.
  • Day 13: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Day 14: Transfer to airport for final departure
  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu.

    Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel

    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft
    • Meal: Welcome Dinner
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for trekking

    The exciting day begins with a cultural tour to various medieval sites in Kathmandu. You will drive to visit the UNESCO listed world heritage sites - Pashupatinath Temple (the biggest Hindu shrine), Boudhanath (largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal), Swayambhunath (a fine Buddhist stupa at the hill top of Kathmandu) and the Kathmandu Durbar Square (an open museum and abode of Kumari). Coming back from the sightseeing, you will take part in a short briefing and trip preparation. Overnight at hotel.

    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding : 40 minutes flight.

    Early morning transfer to the domestic airport for about 40 minutes scenic flight to the tiny airstrip at Lukla (2,800m), a getaway destination from where our trek starts. This is an amazing air routes in the world surrounded by high mountain peaks. After reaching at Lukla we will have time for tea while our guide sort out and divide the load baggage to be carried by porters. We begin our trek through the pretty well-off Sharpa village and crosses several tributary streams and we have some tantalizing views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2650m).We could get warmed up for some acclimatizing with a short hike to a nearby monastery or just stroll around to get a feel of the land.. Overnight at Teahouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 3 -4 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 2652m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar.

    We begin the trek continually uphill from the Dudh Koshi valley to Monjo and make an entry record at the Sagarmatha National Park counter. It is a UNESCO world heritage site in the Everest region. while walking to Namche Bazaar, we have an opportunity to have a glimpse of the world’s tallest peak, Mt. Everest (8848m). It is a steep climb to reach the Sherpa town. It is a famous trade center of the Khumbu region, including food items and trekking/mountaineering equipments. Overnight at Teahouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 5 -6 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 3,440m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 05: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day, Visit Khumjung valley via Everest view point hotel

    Spending an extra day is a great idea to acclimatize and walk around to discover the lively Sherpa culture. Sherpas are world renowned Himalayan leaders and also forward in mountaineering. After the breakfast, we head towards Khumjung and Everest view hotel. Khumjung is also known as the Sherpa capital, which is densely populated and we can explore the monasteries and Mani walls. The superb hike lets us a chance to view the Himalayan wonders, including Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Nupste and Lhotse. Having enough snaps, we return to Namche and rest. Overnight at Teahouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 3-4 Hours
    • Max. Altitude: 3,440m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 06: Trek Namche Bazaar to Phorste Thenga

    After breakfast, we begin the trek to Phortse Tenga. As we walk in the high altitude region, we need to be aware of the altitude sickness. We walk gradually at the underneath of the fabulous peaks as Ama Dablam. Near Chimcho, the trail splits and we take the route that leads us to the Gokyo valley. We can see the monastery at the birthplace of Lama Sange Dorje. Overnight at Teahouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 5 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 3,680m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 07: Trek Phorste Thanga to Machherma.

    Today we walk from Phortse Tenga to Machhermo via Dole (4200m). We walk through the beautiful rhododendron forest. Passing Dole, we walk to Luza and explore the nearby monastery. The views mostly include the glacier and the alpine meadows. Machhermo is today’s destination that we reach with a gradual walk. Overnight at Teahouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 5 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 4,470m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 08: Trek Machherma to Gokyo.

    Heading to the Gokyo Valley from Machhermo, we pass two glacial lakes and the third one lies in the Gokyo valley, which is known as Dudh pokhari. Located at 4800 meters, we can view the stunning surrounding panoramas of the snowy peaks and enticing Lake from Gokyo. It is just awesome night with warm meal. Overnight at Teahouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 5 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 4,800 m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 09: Gokyo valley: Climbing to Gokyo Ri (5,357m) exploration to fifth lakes

    It is a superb day to visit the Gokyo Ri. It helps us to maintain our fitness and also helpful for acclimatization. From the Gokyo Ri, we can view the panoramas of the Everest region, including the Ngozumba glacier, Everest five lakes, Mt. Everest, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu and others. Then we back to Gokyo valley and take a rest. Overnight at Teahouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 4-5 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 5,483 m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 10: Trek Gokyo valley to Dole.

    With a beautiful memory of exploring in the Gokyo Valley and at Gokyo Ri, we begin to trek down steeply to Dole. Of course, we pass the first and second lakes of Gokyo. Though the trek is descending, the rocky path makes it difficult. Overnight at Guesthouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 6 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 4,200m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 11: Trek Dole to Namche Bazaar via Khumjung village.

    From Dole, we trek down to Phortse village (3650m) walking through rhododendron forest. Then the trail leads to up to the Mongla Danda (4000m), which is a wonderful view point and gently trek down to Kyanjoma (3500m). Walking further gradually, we reach to Namche Bazaar.Overnight at Guesthouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 5 hours.
    • Max. Altitude: 3440m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 12: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla.

    The last day of our trekking, we walk down through the steep trail and make an exit from the Sagarmatha National Park and walk pleasantly towards the Dudh Koshi River. Crossing various suspension bridges, we walk gradually to Lukla. This evening is exciting to celebrate the successful trip, sharing with the crew. Overnight at Guesthouse.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 6 -7 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 2,804m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Day 13: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

    We start our 13th day on the EBC trek early in the morning with a hearty breakfast to get to the Lukla airport to board our flight to Kathmandu. Flights depend on weather conditions; so, you might experience some delays. However, in case of any delays or emergencies, your guide will do his best to make situations more favorable to you. Once you land in Kathmandu, we will take you to your hotel where you can rest. Later in the evening our company will treat you to a farewell dinner and receive your feedback. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 14: Transfer to airport for final departure

    Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure.Meeting you and serving you was a wonderful experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.

    • Accommodation: N/A
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: N/A
    • Meal: Breakfast

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in a standard twin shared room at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu on B/B basis
  • 10 nights’ accommodation during the trek in a twin shared lodge (tea house)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Government licensed, English speaking guides trained in wilderness first aid
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu including temples’ / monuments’ entrance fees and private vehicle
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla including airport departure tax
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Staff costs including their salary, food, accommodation, domestic airfare and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff and porters as per state law
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, duffel bag and trekking map
  • Travel and rescue arrangement (helicopter evacuation is available if needed - at an additional cost)
  • All government and local Taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days)
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • Insurance with helicopter evacuation.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • International air fares / flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request).
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks).
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills.
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandator).

Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla

The unpredictability of the weather in mountain areas directly affects the flights to and from Lukla. The Twin Otter planes that are used for transport from and to Lukla are reasonably reliable in good weather conditions. But, the flights may be delayed or canceled due to technical problems and extreme weather conditions.To ensure you stay on your schedule in case the Twin Otter flight cancels or delays too far, we can charter you a helicopter. While the helicopter can fly at the visibility of 15,000m, the Twin Otters require 5,000m visibility, according to Nepal Civil Aviation rules.

You can pay for the helicopter in US cash, credit cards or traveler’ cheques directly to our Kathmandu office. We provide a receipt for the payment which you can present to claim the amount back from your travel insurance company. Helicopter charges range from a minimum of US$500 to a maximum of US$2500. Also, we recommend you land in Kathmandu a day before we start the trek. You have enough time to buy trekking gears and beat off the jet lag. Having a few days extra left after your trek is also an excellent way to ensure you don’t miss your international flight in case of difficulties during the trek which might lengthen your trip. It also gives you a way to beat the flight cancellation to or from Lukla in case of severe weather.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions.

Pre-Trip Meeting

Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.

Fixed Departure Dates and Cost

The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.

Trip Status

  • Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
  • Guaranteed - Trip is Guaranteed to run
  • Limited - Only a few spaces available
Start Date End Date Availability Price
February 24, 2019 March 09, 2019 Available US$ 1239
February 27, 2019 March 12, 2019 Available US$ 1239
PRICE FROM US$ 1239 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 1239

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code ACTE-111
  • Trip Duration 14 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Style Tea House Trek
  • Accomodation Hotel in Kathmandu and lodge, and teahouses during the trek.
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