The Gokyo Lakes and Valley trek explores the heart of the Sherpa homeland and the Everest Region.
You will visit Namche Bazaar and Tengboche before ascending the stunning Gokyo Valley to the glacial lakes under the great peak of Cho Oyu (8153m). There we can also summit Goyko Ri (5457m).
This adventure provides you with the opportunity to look upon Nepal’s biggest glacier and enjoy some of the best views of the Everest range in the region.
The route follows the classic Everest Base Camp trail up until Sanasa before following the Dudh Kosi river to its source. The small settlement of Gokyo lies on the banks of one of the Gokyo lakes and provides a stunning backdrop to four 8000m peaks, Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu.
While not traditionally as popular as other routes in the Everest region, the views from Gokyo are exceptionally beautiful and actually offer more of the legendary mountains than the views from Kalapattar along the Everest Base Camp trek.
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Dress CodeCasual, comfortable athletic clothing, hat and light jacket.
March to May is one of the best times to trek with lots of flowers in bloom, especially rhododendrons in the mountains. While the sky may not be crystal clear as during the autumn months, it is the second busiest season for trekking and mountaineering.
June to August are wet but the mountains and hills are covered with lush, full green forests and vegetation. The daily cloud coverage means that mountain views are not guaranteed but as very few people travel during this time it can present the perfect opportunity for people to explore the trails and nature in quiet.
September to November are the busiest trekking months due to predictable weather and mostly clear skies. The mountain views are spectacular but the most popular trails can become quite busy.
The winter months of December to February are good to trek due to the clean skies and the reduced number of trekkers. However, you should be prepared for cold temperatures.
Our guides are trained in First Aid and have significant experience in trekking this and many other routes throughout Nepal. Safety is our foremost priority and our staff will be available for any issues, and alert to any symptoms of illness,v that may come up.
Altitude problems, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), can be life threatening and can occur at any point above 3000m. Our trip itinerary has been designed specifically to allow you to have enough time to acclimatise to the altitude as our height increases. Our guides are very experienced and will act in accordance with the seriousness of any mountain sickness suffered. The easiest and best remedy for AMS is to descend quickly, so never ignore the symptoms and please talk to your guide or leader if you feel unwell. They are trained to manage the logistics and assess the situation continually to make sure that you have a safe trip and enjoy yourself.
It is strongly advised that you arrive in Nepal at least 1 full day before the intended start date of your trek. This will give you the opportunity to allow for any jetlag and to obtain any additional items you may require in the numerous trekking and climbing supply shops in Kathmandu.
An airport pick up and hotel on arrival can be arranged easily for you if you wish and we will be on hand to assist you in picking up any items you need or want and to arrange tours of Kathmandu’s numerous cultural sites.
Guest Lodges, sometimes called Teahouses, along the way provide good accommodation and a considerable choice of well-prepared meals. However, it is advisable to bring your own sleeping bag, as during the high season, bedding can be in short supply and it can get very cold at the higher altitudes.
With a peak altitude of 5457m, this trek is demanding. Days may involve walking for between 4 and 9 hours and can become more strenuous as we gain elevation, especially over 4000m. While most people can manage this trek, some regular walking and hiking exercise beforehand defiantly helps. Anybody with some reasonable level of physical fitness and a positive frame of mind can enjoy this trek.
The most common way to travel to the Sagarmatha (Everest) National park is via the 45-minute domestic plane ride from Kathmandu to Tenzing Hilary airport at Lukla. The airport’s landing strip is famously short and at an altitude of 2800m, flying in and out of this airport provides some of the most memorable experiences for anyone who undertakes a trek or climb in the Everest region.
Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park is located in the remote area of Solukhumbu in eastern Nepal and encompasses the world’s highest mountain, Everest (8848m) or Sagarmatha (the Nepali name for Everest) and many other Himalayan giants, such as Lhotse (8516m), Cho-yo Ama Dablam (8201m) and Pumori (7161m). This vast region contains multiple routes and offers a good standard of amenities for visiting trekkers.
Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, trek to Phakding – 2800m
Day 2: Phakding to Namche Bazaar – 3440m
Day 3: Acclimatisation day in Namche – 3440m
Day 4: Namche to Dole – 3780m
Day 5: Dole to Machhermo – 4470m
Day 6: Machhermo to Gokyo – 4800m
Day 7: Gokyo valley: Climb Gokyo Ri (5457m) – 4800m
Day 8: Gokyo to Dole – 3780m
Day 9: Dole to Namche – 3440m
Day 10: Namche – Lukla – 2800m
Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu – 1300m
Umbrella Trekking NepalUmbrella Trekking Nepal is a social enterprise initiative by Nature Treks Himalaya, established to support The Umbrella Foundation, a registered children’s charity in Nepal.
We offer a wide range of stunning treks and adventure activities throughout the country where you can have the time of your life while knowing that you are helping give underprivileged children of Nepal a brighter future.
The treks, operated by Nature Treks Himalaya, provide internship opportunities to disadvantaged youths so that they can learn more about the industry as assistant guides, and all profits go towards the work of The Umbrella Foundation charity.
Their Social FocusThe treks provide internship opportunities to disadvantaged youths so that they can learn more about the industry as assistant guides, and all profits go towards the work of The Umbrella Foundation charity.