GOKYO Trek

Gokyo
Gokyo
Gokyo
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Region: Khumbu (Everest Region)
  • Max Altitude: 5,360 meters / 17,586 feets
  • Group Size: 4 to 6 People
  • Arrival On: Kathmandu
  • Departure From: Kathmandu
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Meals: Dinners in Kathmandu, All meals in the Trek
  • Accommodations: 4* Boutique Hotel, Lodges in the Trek
  • Prime Activity: Trekking
  • Minor Activity: Cultural Sightseeing
Trip Price:
USD 3,890 per person
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Highlights of Trip

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS propose the Gokyo trek via Rinjo-pass in the heart of the Everest region

  • Introduction of Nepal, its culture and traditions
  • Sightseeing of the UNESCO world Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Breathtaking domestic flight to Lukla, and back to Kathmandu
  • Trekking through the world's famous Everest area: the Khumbu, the land of the Sherpas
  • Cultures, Monasteries, Vegetations of the Sherpa people.
  • Once in a life experience of High Altitude 
  • Crossing of one pass above 5000 meters and hike to Gokyo Ri at 5360 meters for stunning panoramic views on the Himalayan range
  • Fascinating glimpse of the beautiful turquoises lakes of Gokyo at 4750 meters
  • Discovery of the ancient Himalayan settlements
  • Extraordinary views on some giants of the Himalaya: Everest, Ama Dablam "the Swiss Matterhorn of Nepal", Lhotse (the fifth highest peak), etc.
  • The importance placed on high-quality organisation, staff, equipment, and services to a small team of trekkers.

Trip Overview

Turquoise lake with Everest panorama

The popularity of the Everest region has not ceased to grow since the first conquest of the Top of the World in May 1953. Mt Everest, known as Sagarmatha to the Nepalese and Chomolungma to the local Sherpas has become Nepal’s first trekking destination. The region is popular for good reason; some of the most spectacular and beautiful mountain scenery in the world combines with the famous friendliness and hospitality of the Sherpa people.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes its route, which offers the very best of the Khumbu valley. This Trip begins with the cultural sightseeing of the UNESCO heritage sites in Kathmandu, before enjoying an unforgettable breathtaking domestic flight to Tenzing-Hillary Lukla Airstrip from where our trekking starts. After reaching the heart of Khumbu “Namche Bazar”. Our way continues further up to the beautiful turquoises glacial lakes of the Gokyo valley and to the highest point of our trekking: Gokyo Ri, 5360 meters from where you get surrounded by a stunning panorama of some Himalayan giants (Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and much more). We then climb a beautiful path up to the Rinjo La pass at 5360 meters. The impressive view of the Himalaya ranges with as central point the Goddess Everest and the feeling of touching the clouds make you forget the efforts in the high altitude of the last days. The descent to Bote Koshi, which is an ancient route to Tibet, brings us then to the staging post of the typical Sherpa village Thame with its yak herds and Himalayan flora.

Trekking in the outdoors especially in the Himalaya provide some health benefits ranging from physical to mental to spiritual. It is also the best place where we have enough time to discover oneself and rejuvenate our life. Beside personal benefits, it contributes to helping the local economy by visiting the areas that were mercilessly affected by the April 2015 earthquake.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS team is privileged to welcome you in the Himalaya. We committed to organizing small groups with high-quality services that are essential for flexibility, contentment, good ambiance and precious exchanges of cultures and traditions with our team and local guides.

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Gokyo trek

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m)

  • Day 2 : Kathmandu sightseeing day

  • Day 3 : Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610m), 4 hours / Lodge

  • Day 4 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m), 6 hours / Lodge

  • Day 5 : Rest day at Namche Bazaar / Lodge

  • Day 6 : Namche Bazaar to Dole (4100m), 6 hours / Lodge

  • Day 7 : Dole to Machharmo (4400m), 5 hours / Lodge

  • Day 8 : Machharmo to Gokyo Lake (4750m), 5 hours / Lodge

  • Day 9 : Rest day or hike to Gokyo Ri (5360m), 4-5 hours / Lodge

  • Day 10 : Gokyo Lake to Lumde (4370m) via Rinjo Pass (5350m), 6-7 hours / Lodge

  • Day 11 : Lumde to Thame (3800m), 3 hours / Lodge

  • Day 12 : Thame to Namche, 4 -5 hours / Lodge

  • Day 13 : Namche to Lukla, 5 hours / Lodge

  • Day 14 : Flight to Kathmandu, 35 minutes

  • Day 15 : Extra day / reserve or shopping day

  • Day 16 : International flight (we suggest at evening)

Date & Price

Please be advised that we are at your disposal for a customised Gokyo Trip.

Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price Voyage Status Book Now
01 Oct, 2017 16 Oct, 2017 USD 3,890 SPACE AVAILABLE Book Now

Price Includes

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ philosophy is: as much as possible is included in the quoted price so that customers know the total costs of their adventure trip in advance!

  • All airport/hotel transfers in Nepal
  • Flight Kathmandu-Lukla and back (by airplane), in cl. The local taxes
  • Accommodation in 4-Star Boutique Hotels in Kathmandu on a sharing basis, including breakfasts and dinners (4 nights). Additional charges occur for single room (upon request)
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All entry fees to the world Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in lodges during the trekking, on a sharing basis
  • Attached room at Namche, Gokyo, and Lukla
  • All main meals during trekking
  • A well-experienced and trained Team: Guide, assistant guide (depending on the number of participants), porters, including their salary, insurance, transportation, food, clothes,  and lodging
  • All necessary trekking and climbing permits
  • The technical material to secure the mountain and passes if needed
  • Travel and rescue arrangement
  • Communication means in case of emergency
  • Oxygen, mask, and regulator in case of emergency
  • Medical first aid kit
  • WYE postcards
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Lastly a big Smiley from WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Team.

Price Excludes

  • International flight 
  • Excess baggage charges for the domestic flight (except see "included")
  • Nepal entry Visa fee
  • Extra night(s) accommodation in Kathmandu or on the way to/from trekking due to early arrival, late departure, early return from the trekking due to any reason which is not related to WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunches in Kathmandu
  • Travel cancellation and rescue insurance
  • Personal trekking equipment and climbing equipment
  • Individual beverages and personal expenses (phone calls, satellite communications, Internet, laundry, battery recharge and shower in the lodges, extra porters, and all other personal items)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing, if extended
  • Tips (Guide, Sherpa(s), Porters/yak men, driver, City guide, etc.)
  • Any other expense that is not included in the quoted price.

We stay at your disposal for the booking of your international flight.

Logistics

ACCOMMODATION AND MEAL

Kathmandu: We stay at 4-Star Boutique Hotels on a sharing basis, including breakfasts. Depending on availability, single rooms can be booked upon request at an additional cost. All dinners served in excellent restaurants in town where you can enjoy various types of cuisine, from the typical Nepali, Thai, and even steaks and Italian meals. Each restaurant has been screen by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS representatives to ensure that it is of suitable quality for our guests.

During Trekking: We stay in the lodges (small traditional mountain guesthouses) that are recommended by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS as per defined itinerary destination. Please be aware that single rooms are not available. Though there are blankets available at the lodges, we recommend bringing your sleeping bag, as the sleeping rooms are not heated, but the dining hall will be heated in most of the lodge every evening. Showers are available at the majority of lodges at an extra cost. Please note that majority of the lodges the toilets are common, except in few of them where we provide you with attached rooms on available especially on resting days or acclimatization day in NamcheGokyo Lake, and Lukla to enjoy a shower.

Many lodges serve a variety of cuisines such as continental, Indian, Tibetan and local cooking. Please note that the beverages are on each participant's charge, except coffee and the selection of teas that served for breakfast and in the afternoons upon your arrival, as well as some special snacks provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. Lunch package will serve the day we cross the Pass.

Transportation: In Kathmandu, all the transportations will be conducted by a private vehicle and flight to Lukla and back is by a small two engines, Otter Aircraft.

SAFETY FEATURES

Your safety is of supreme concern while traveling with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. In a case of emergency, the group has a four (4)-litre oxygen bottle with a mask and regulator, along with a first aid kit and a 24-hour medical assistance by a high altitude medical team of doctors.

The Guide equipped with communication means, only to used in emergencies. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS also works with the national rescue helicopter airlines

To minimize risks, in particular during the crossing of the higher passes, weather forecasts are provided to the Guide on a regular basis.

Depending on the difficulty of some itineraries, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will secure the route using the necessary technical gear, if needed.

Please note that the above-mentioned itinerary information is purely indicative and can likely modify during the trekking by your Guide, who has the authority to make such changes if it is deemed necessary (due to safety concerns, etc.). Every effort will be made to keep to the scheduled itinerary. However, as this is an adventure travel in remote mountain regions and at high altitude, we are not able to fully guarantee it as it is necessary to take into consideration each situation as it occurs and consequently to adapt the program in its best way. Elements such as weather conditions, health conditions of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, among others, can all contribute to changes in the scheduled itinerary.

The Guide will try to ensure that the trekking runs according to the foreseen plan to the benefit of all the participants, but we thank you for being prepared to some flexibility and comprehension if so required.

Please check the degrees of difficulty while choosing a trekking trip with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. The majority of the itineraries proposed in our trekking programs are in remote areas of the Himalaya and at high altitude, mostly higher than the Alps. A good physical condition is necessary to appreciate the whole richness of this adventure.

OUR TEAM

Trekking Guide and his role: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' Trekking Guide is a professional government-trained guide with experience in directing and trekking around the Himalaya, including first aid training and in-depth knowledge of the local flora, fauna and general environment preservation. Our Guide leads you all the way through the trekking and across the passes while giving you interesting information about the mountains, culture, traditions and landscapes. He will help as an interpreter with the local populations. He is ensuring your safety and is checking your needs throughout the trail, and to the top of the pass, monitoring symptoms of high altitude sickness. The Guide plays a vital role in taking care of our members' needs, supervising the team and porters, and assuring the safety requirements. He also makes sure that the rubbish managed, and the trail/campsite is kept clean throughout the whole trekking trip. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will frequently be informed about the group during the entire trekking experience.

Assistant guide: Our assistant guide also has a government license but must work as an assistant guide during some time to become a company approved Guide. He assists the Guide with all the essential duties, ensuring the safety and checking that the performance of the group runs smoothly. He is equipped with an emergency first aid kit and walks along with the members to monitor the group.

Porters: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS has it own reliable porters. It is their responsibility to carry your luggage during the trekking with proper handling standards.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is very concerned about the porters. We support and respect the porters' rights and have high standards to make sure that they treated well. We pay them a fair salary, including a bonus and providing them with good food allowances, clothes, shoes, sunglasses and medical insurances.

TYPICAL TREKKING DAY

Everest Gokyo paths are broad and well maintained as compared to other parts of Himalayan trekking trails. While we are in trekking, our day starts with a warm wake up tea/coffee. After refreshing ourselves, we pack our luggage and proceed for the breakfast. As day sets off, considering the altitude and acclimatization, we walk slowly towards our next destination making frequent rest breaks to take photographs, treasure the landscape, confront the culture and admire the fascinating mountains sceneries. Our trained guide will accompany the group. A1 to 2 hours relaxing lunch break taken except when crossing the pass. After the lunch break, we will at least spend 2 to 3 hours more on the trail before reaching the next lodge where we will welcome by some warm hot tea/coffee and cookies/biscuits. Before the dinner, we might enjoy a short walk through the village, photographing or chat with other group members or exceptional staff. After the dinner, you will be briefed on the next day program.

Grade

Pre-Training before Trek

Trekking is good for everyone! A daily walk in a beautiful landscape with a consumption of significant volumes of water, chatting with local people and understanding the culture, observing your body limits, all combine to make many healthier your body and mind than they ever have been before.

Before your embark for your Everest-Gokyo trekking, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS recommends a regular aerobic exercise including some stretching exercises for a couple of hours per week. Ideally, you should concentrate on cardiovascular fitness, building an excellent stamina and undertake a bit of strength training to be more efficient in the mountains. It is worth to go for at least once a week for a 3 to 4-hour hike, which familiarizes already your body to sustain the long-time effort in the Himalaya. The fitter you are, the faster and more easily you will get the trail, acclimatize and enjoy the trekking days.

TREKKING GRADES

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes a simple grading system that gives you a first idea of the difficulties of the Trekking for which you might apply and enables you to determine which is the best for you. 

 GOKYO Trek: Moderate

A moderate trekking grade takes into account the following factors: 

  • An altitude up to 5500 m above sea level 

  • An average trail inclination of about 30%-45%; some sections may consist of loose, sandy, gravel ground and 
boulders 

  • An average of 400 to 800 elevation ascent a day (especially when crossing passes) 

  • The capacity to walk comfortably on glacier moraines 

  • A trail, which may be rough paved, loose dirt, slippery, in landslide area, icy or snowy (in some parts you might be assisted by the guides) 

  • The aptitude for walking at least 4-7 hours per day (longer days when crossing the passes 8-9 hrs.)

It requires the following skills from each participant: 

  • A good stamina, to be able to walk for several hours at a sustained walking pace in a high altitude environment during several subsequent days 

  • You are familiar with assessing obstacles and hazards along the trail, walk confident (depending on the trail conditions, you may need some help in certain sections, especially while crossing the passes) 

  • You can carry a small personal backpack (4/5 kg)

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