Gokyo Valley & Cho Oyu Base Camp 14 Days

  • Duration: 14 days

  • Trip level: strenuos (info?)

  • Maximum altitude: 5483 m

  • Accommodation: teahouse/lodge

  • Season: March, April, May, October, November

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If you do not want to hike the crowded trail of the famous Everest Base Camp trek, this is a refreshing but great alternative in the Khumbu region with its famous and beautiful mountains. The The Gokyo Lakes are situated in a panoramic mountainous area. You will spend a couple of nights at the lakes to explore the surrounding area with a visit to the remote Cho Oyu base camp, and a climb to Gokyo Ri for stunning views of the Everest mountains.

You start the journey with a travel from Kathmandu to Lukla. A spectacular flight of about fifty minutes that takes you to an airfield amidst the mountains. From Lukla it is a two days walk to the village of Namche Bazaar where you stay an extra day to acclimatize to the altitude. An optional day hike to the famous Everest View hotel is a pleasant walk and at the same time good for acclimatization. Also a visit to the visitor center of the Sagarmatha National Park offers an interesting introduction to the local flora and fauna, and the Sherpa culture. From Namche Bazaar you will leave the Everest Base Camp trail and hike towards the Gokyo valley. The trail follows the stream of the Dudh Kosi river. At the shore of the Gokyo Lakes you will setle yourself a few days to explore the surrounding area. The first day you will hike along the large and impressive Ngozumpa glacier towards the remote and desolated Cho Oyu base camp. The next day you will get up early for your climb to the viewpoint of Gokyo Ri. From the summit you will enjoy a stunning view of the entire Everest region, Mount Makalu and Mount Kangchenjunga. After your exploration of the Gokyo valley you will leave the high Himalayan barren landscape towards Phortse. A village where you can enjoy a view into Khumbu valley. A visit at the Gompa of Pangboche and the monastery of Thyangboche, will give you a good impression of Buddhist monk live in the Khumbu. Both sites are beautiful and it will show the importance of Buddhist live for the local Sherpa’s who live and worship here. Via Namche Bazaar you will descend towards Lukla where a flight back to Kathmandu ends this impressive adventure.

Day 01                  Flight Kathmandu to Lukla (0,5 hrs.) and trek to Phakding (2640 m  – 3 hrs.)
Day 02                  Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 03                  Resting day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. Optional day hike to the Everest View hotel
Day 04                  Trek to Dole (4200m – 6 hrs.)
Day 05                  Trek to Machermo (4470m – 5 hrs.)
Day 06                  Trek to Gokyo Lakes (4800m – 5 hrs.)
Day 07                  Day hike to Cho Oyu base camp/ Fith Lake (5200m) overnight at Gokyo Lakes (6 hrs.)
Day 08                  Day hike to Gokyo Ri (5483m) overnight at Gokyo Lakes (5 hrs.)
Day 09                  Trek to Phortse (3810 – 6 hrs.)
Day 10                  Trek to Pangboche (3930m – 5 hrs.)
Day 11                  Trek to Thyangboche (3867m – 5 hrs.)
Day 12                  Trek to Monjo (2880 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 13                  Trek to Lukla (2830 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 14                  Flight Lukla to Kathmandu (0,5 hrs.)

During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, the cost of the local transfers.

Please inquire about the price.

We have noticed the ways of travelling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.

When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Cost include:
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Return flight Kathmandu to Lukla , and transfer to and from domestic airport
-Certificate of CO2- emission free return flight Kathmandu to Lukla
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide
-Free use of waterproof bag ( only available with porter service)
-Sagarmatha National Park entrance fee, TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu

Cost exclude:
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
-Lodging and food during trek
-Porter service for carrying luggage. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 10 kg. per person
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arises due to a change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide (and porter)