Gokyo valley with Everest Base camp trek
The best trek in Everest region which gives opportunity to discover the both biggest valleys in the Khumbu area. This is also the best alternative to Everest base camp as with few extra days of walking there are lots extra to see. The trek also gives exposure to different villages and does not repeat the same way back. Gokyo is the most picturesque valley in Khumbu and located towards the west of traditional Everest Base Camp trail. The valley is famous for extensive pastureland for Yaks and the pristine turquoise blue lake where one can get breathtaking views. Gokyo Lake is also one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world. There are series of lakes in the Gokyo valley which formed a system. Not all of them are of significant size but six of them are quiet big and all of them are of glacial origin. After making the high pass of Cho-la the trail catch the route to Everest Base Camp and go to Everest Base Camp. The trail retraces back to Namche following the valley of Dudhkoshi and head back to Lukla from where one can fly out.
Gokyo Valley with Everest Base Camp trek at a glance
Maximum elevation: 5,550 meter
Number of Days: 14 days of walking which include two days for acclimatization
Difficulty level: Strenuous or demanding, walking in high altitude for significant days
Accommodation: Tea house during the trek and hotel in Kathmandu
Transportation: Private transfer and by flights
Price: $1550 per person
Best time to go: March- May and September-November
Highlights of Gokyo Valley with Everest Base Camp trek
A scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu and landing at the world’s thrilling airport of Lukla,
Namche Bazar, a gateway to Everest and the biggest village from Khumbu area where the park office of Everest National Park is located,
Gokyo lake, one of the beautiful fresh water lake with turquoise blue color and a series of lakes that are formed one above another,
Fascinating view of ice ridge formed in between Cho-yu and Gyachung,
Gokyo-Ri, which is the best view point to observe the whole Everest range, Beautiful Everest range and a unique place to captivate in your mind and camera,
Cho-la pass, one of the highest pass in the area,
Everest Base Camp, the camp at the base of the Everest from where all the expedition to Everest starts and can observe the biggest glacier of the area, Khumbu Glacier,
Kalapathhar, the best view point from where one can get splendid view of Everest with Nuptse and Pumori,
Tyangboche Monastery, the biggest monastery in the area where one can see the life of the monks in high mountains and Tyangboche village is the village from where one can get the best view of Ama Dablam, the most photogenic mountain of whole Everest area,
Sherpa people and their hospitality, the world famous climbers who are the residents in high mountains for ages and works in business as well as dedicated to climb mountains as a guide, porter, supporting staff or run tea houses in the area. Still some of the Sherpa family having their own farmland and own yaks and dedicated in agriculture raising the mountain cow yak and cultivating different types of vegetables, potatoes, wheat and barley there,
Sighting the musk deer, Himalayan Thar and different species of birds including national bird of Nepal Lophophorus
Things to remember before you book the treks
Package tour and trek rates can have different tiers, the trek routes stay the same accommodation and meals will change according to the tier you choose.
Flights to Lukla is totally weather dependent so in case the regular fight get cancelled we will suggest you the alternative itinerary or some time even the regular flight get cancelled but helicopters can go, on that case clients have to pay the difference.
Beware of catchy marketing policies, some body offering too good to be true prices are not at all what they seem like.
Altitude sickness kills people, our itineraries are based on years of experience operating the treks in the Himalayan regions and best cover normal trekkers, don’t shorten your trek due to the lack of budget or time. Pick a shorter trek and make a better out of it.
Do some researches, somebody offering too cheap and too fast might be engaged in different types of scams all resulting in the unsuccessful completion of your trip. Our motto is the successful completion of your trip once you are in our hands.
Don’t worry about trekking gears back home, you can get any trekking gears at knock down price in Kathmandu. Don’t buy new trekking boots in Kathmandu, many of our customers found new trekking boots are extremely uncomfortable, you buy the boots as you book the trip and use them before you start treks those are the winning shoes and boots.
We are flexible on things which you can do on your own please feel free to write to us if you have any confusion.
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