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

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 Departures 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.

Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
Guaranteed - Trip is Guaranteed to run
Limited - Only a few spaces available

Trip Dates Availability Person Left Price
December 12, 2018
December 25, 2018
Available US$ 1239
December 15, 2018
December 28, 2018
Available US$ 1239
December 18, 2018
December 31, 2018
Available US$ 1239
December 23, 2018
January 05, 2019
Available US$ 1239
December 27, 2018
January 09, 2019
Available US$ 1239
December 30, 2018
January 12, 2019
Available US$ 1239
PRICE FROM US$ 1239 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 1239
  • 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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