Gokyo Valley Cho Oyu Basecamp Trek

16
Days

Trip Facts

Highlights of the Treks

  • Trek to the world’s famous heart of Khumbu Valley.
  • Visit Cho Oyu Base Camp and Ngozumpa glacier.
  • Breathtaking views of the 4 of 14 highest peaks.
  • Inspiring views of pristine Alpine Gokyo Lakes.
  • Trek across the Sagarmatha national park.

Gokyo Valley Cho Oyu Basecamp Trek Highlights.
Trek to the world’s famous heart of Khumbu valley in less crowded Gokyo Valley.
Side trip to Gokyo forth & fifth Lakes to Cho Oyu Base Camp & Ngozumpa glacier.
Breathtaking views of the 4 of 14 highest peaks from Gokyo Ri view point.
Inspiring views of pristine Alpine Gokyo Lakes with around snowcapped peaks.
Trek across the Sagarmatha national park through Sherpa town Namche Bazaar.

Trekking to Gokyo valley is considered one of the amazing trek that offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks and Ngozumpa Glacier – the largest glacier in Nepal’s Himalayas. Five marvelous alpine lakes linked with the awe-inspiring the eight thousander Cho Oyu stands right in front of you at Gokyo. Gokyo Ri view point is located elevation of 5357 meters just on top of pristine Gokyo Lake. Gokyo Ri view point provided superb views of the 8,000 meters peaks mount Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Another attractive part of the trip is day hikes to Cho Oyu Base Camp following the Ngozumpa glacier remarkable views of the Mount Cho Oyu, alpine glacier fourth and fifth lake among the five lakes. Once arrived at Cho Oyu Base Camp massif mount Cho Oyu is standing just in front nearly can do hug and views of breathtaking Himalayan visa and largest Ngozumpa glacier you will never forget in a life.

After 30 Minute scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu landing at Tenzing Hillary (Lukla) airstrip, our journey is begins. Along the trek we will pass Sherpa villages, Buddhist monasteries, Mani walls and prayer flags with breathtaking views of the Mount Everest and other snowcapped peaks getting closer each day. Visit Himalaya Treks designed Gokyo Valley Cho Oyu basecamp trek itinerary very carefully adding with acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar elevation of 3400 meters and Machhermo altitude of 4440 meters. Namche Bazaar is known by Sherpa town gate way of top of the world. Having rest day at Namche Bazaar is very important that will allow us to explore around like Sherpa museum located at the top of the Namche Bazaar, Syangboche airport, Everest view Hotel and hidden village of Khunde and Khumjung. Acclimatization day at Machhermo we climb the hill ridge above the Machhermo about 4900 meters where from superb views of Everest can be seen.

Another high light of the trip is we will trek through the Sagarmatha National park country’s first national park established in 1976. Sagarmatha national park is home to birds like Himalayan monal, blood pheasant, red-billed chough, and yellow-billed chough. Similarly home to numbers of rare mammal species, including musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and red panda. Himalayan thars, langur monkeys, martens and Himalayan wolves are also found in the park.

Beside Gokyo Valley Cho Oyu Basecamp Trek is less crowded then popular Everest base camp Trek on the other hand provide stunning views with full of trekking experience. Trek can be done without Camping staying at Tea House / Lodges involving in warm Sherpa hospitality and their rich culture. Best time to trek Gokyo Valley Cho Oyu base is end of September to till mid December in autumn season and March to May is another perfect time to trek in spring season. You don’t need to be a mountain runner to do Himalayan treks in Nepal, normally if you could walk each day 4 to 7 hours including break then you could do it, however if you are experience traveler looking for more challenging trip then Visit Himalaya Treks offer Goko Lake Chola Pass Everest Base Camp trek which is much more demanding one.  After summit our goal to reach view point of Gokyo Ri (5357 meters) and Cho Oyu base camp we trek back to following the same trail we climbed earlier via Namche, Lukla and flight back to Kathmandu.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

    A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. (Overnight at Hotel)

  • Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing and trip preparation.

    After Breakfast sightseeing tour around Kathmandu you will be engrossed at places of interest on this day for 4-5 hours of enjoyable and impressive tour visiting world heritage sites of temples-monasteries-Stupas.

  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 03 hours.

    Morning flight to Lukla with mountain views including Everest, on reaching Lukla with time for rest, then start first day trekking to Phakding village. Walk leads past farm villages with few short ups and down, beautiful views along the walk to Phakding. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hours.

    After overnight at Phakding, morning trek leads over Dudh Kosi River and then past interesting villages of Tok-Tok, Bhenkar and Monjo to reach at Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate. From here walk on riverbanks for few hours, on crossing last bridge with climb to Sherpa town Namche Bazaar. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar – 06 hours.

    After breakfast hike to Sagarmatha National Park museum just top of the Namche Bazaar. After exploring this historical museum walk to the twin village of Khunde (3840 meters) and Khumjung (3780 meters) through the Syangboche Airport (3720 meters) and Everest View Hotel is considered as one of the interesting days of the trek. With the benefit of gain in altitude, this day trip also offers a chance to visit a hospital and school started by Sir Edmund Hillary himself. Breathtaking views of Mount Everest (8848 meters), Lohtse (8414 meters) and Ama Dablam (6856 meters) are also an added incentive for the day hike. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 06: Trek to Dole 4,110m - 06 hours.

    The trek continues on a well maintained path in the morning with towering mountains on almost every direction. After passing a couple of teahouses at Kyangjuma, the path climbs to a different valley leaving the traditional Everest Trail and crosses Mong La and drops down to Phortse Tenga. With the disappearing views of Taboche (6367 meters) and Chola Tse (6335 meters), the path leads into rhododendron forest; slowly climbs and reaches Dole. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 07: Trek to Machhermo. (4440 meters) – 04 hours.

    Leaving the tree line behind, a brief climb starts the day and a gradual climb follows for the rest of day. The trail passes through a couple of tea shops at Luza and finally reaches Machhermo with Cho Oyu (8201 meters) appearing to the north. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 08: Acclimatization day at Machhermo.

    A climb to the ridge above Machhermo rewards with view of Cho Oyu & Everest and the trail into the valley for the next few days. Lecture on altitude at the nearby health post is an option for the afternoon. According to legends, Machhermo was the last place of sightings of the mythical creature of the Himalayas, the Yeti. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 09: Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters) – 4 hours.

    The trail moves up into the valley on an easy terrain and starts getting steeper near the first lake of the Gokyo Valley. After passing two smaller lakes, the trail leads to the third lake commonly known as the Gokyo Lake with Mount Cho Oyo towering in the background. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 10: Day Hike to Fifth Lake Cho Oyu Base Camp (5419 meters) – 6 hours.

    A walk further into the valley on an easier terrain leads to the fourth and fifth lakes of the valley. These lakes are considered to be sacred and holy to the people of the Khumbu region. Walking shape of the biggest glacier Ngozumpa glacier toward to Cho Oyu Oyu base camp. Reaching at Cho Oyu base camp provided inspiring views of the mount Cho Oyu, Everest and Gyachung Kang and fifteen highest peaks in the world and back to following the same trail just walked before. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 11: Early morning hike to Goko Ri (5357meters) – about 3 hours and back to Gokyo. After lunch trek back to Machhermo – 6 hours.

    Today we begin early. Hiking up for about 3 hrs we arrive to Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Ri caters 360 degree panorama of four 8000ers of the Himalayas that include Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu. We slide down back to the hotel, which is pretty easy walk about 1 hour downhill. Have a breakfast/ Lunch and begin to trek along the retracing trail back towards Machhermo. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 12: Trek back to Namche. 6-7 hours.

    Treading along the retracing trail the trek today arrives at the bustling Khumbu Town Namche. Treading along the knwon trail in Everest at time allows an opportunity to spot something we have really liked on the way upwards. So the walking is always fun, even on the retracing trails during treks in Everest Region. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 13: Trek back to Lukla. 6-7 hours.

    After the breakfast, we hike down a trail steeply descends to the Suspension Bridge and then continue walking over several local villages and most of walking is through Dudh Koshi River valley and surroundings toward to Lukla. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

  • Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu.

    A 30 minutes flight to Kathmandu and a whole day to explore the capital. After thrilling trek to Gokyo Lake Cho Oyu base camp you will have free relaxing day at Kathmandu (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)

  • Day 15 - Leisure day in Kathmandu.

    This will be a spare day in Kathmandu. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure etc. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

  • Day 16: Departure.

    A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)

  • NOTE: ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUESTS ACCORDING TO YOUR CONVENIENCE.

    Bad weather has been a recurring problem at Lukla in the last few years and caused a lot of trouble with flight cancellations. We would like to strongly suggest you to have some spare days at the end of the trek and also a travel insurance that partially or fully covers the sum of emergency evacuation to catch up the international flights. The problems of bad weather at Lukla and people missing their international flights have been well documented in the last few years.

Includes

  • Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu (Boudhanath and Pasupatinath) with city guide and necessary transport.
  • 4 nights accommodation (2 persons per room) in Kathmandu in a 3* standard Hotel with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu airfare including airport taxes.
  • Accommodation and all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while on trek in normal teahouses.
  • Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
  • 2 in sharing porter to carry your luggage on treks (Per person 15 kilogram luggage).
  • National Park entry fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
  • First Aid Kit. Service charge and Government taxes.

Excludes

  • Nepal entry Visa Fee.
  • Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
  • Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, and soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.

Gear List

Visit Himalaya Treks has always been keen about safety on the journey. We have prepared Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Nepal. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG. You must bring the following items:

Hiking boots, Trekking Socks
Trekking trousers
Waterproof (trousers / jacket)
Base layer shirts
Fleece jacket
Sunhat and Woolen hat
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips)
Sunglasses
Gloves
Head torch (spare bulb and batteries)
Water bottles 1 Litres
Antibacterial hand wash
Small towel
Daypack (25-30 Liters)
Trekking poles
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season (up to – 20ºC)
Down Jacket
Personal First Aid Kit

Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag etc are available on hire in Kathmandu. We will provide you complete equipment list details with include/ excludes in confirmation of the Trekking route and the season you are trekking in Nepal. Trekking equipment list will not vary much but need some additional precaution to stay safe, healthy and enjoy the trekking holiday.

Faqs

How do I know that your company is a legit company?
On the home page of our website, under the section, company profile, all the legal documents are present.
What happens if I have to cancel or postpone my booked trip?
On cancellation, depending on time duration before the cancellation of the trip, cancellation charge will be charged. A trip can be postponed up to a year.
How far in advance can I book?
A trip can be booked as far as one year in advance. We do not book more than one year ahead because of possibility of huge fluctuations in the international exchange rate.
Can I customize trips to make them suite me?
We always try to be flexible with our trips for our client’s convenience. We are open to changes on the trips as long as the proposed itinerary does not harm your own chances of acclimatization on the trips.
Before a trek: What do I need to bring for the trek?
On confirmation of a trek, full lists of required gears would be sent to you or please view our Gear List section on website.
What kind of insurances do I need?
Proper travel insurance is necessary before confirming a trek. At times of emergency cases like evacuation, it will cover your expenses. Make sure to consult with your insurance company about the coverage of the insurance that you have bought.
How do I prepare myself for the physical requirement of the trek?
An average physical fitness should be maintained on prior of booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you a maximum time to acclimatize and pace setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience.
How long will be an average day on the trek?
On average, a day on a trek would be 5-6 hours long. The longest day can be up to 10 hours and 3 hours is the shortest day. It all depends on the region that your are trekking.
How safe are the treks?
Our main objective is your safety. Safety is never compromised and all our guides are properly trained and equipped to take care clients’ safety in even the wildest region of the country.
What is the weather and Temperature like in trekking?
Weather in the mountains is infamously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are generally warm. Winter (Mid December to mid February) will be colder but the days can be quite warm if the sun is out. There will be some snow during the month of December, January, and February. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 15 deg C to -20 deg C low.
Is there any arrangement made for emergency while on trekking Tour?
In case of severe sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred for the use of such emergency services, please make sure that your travel insurance covers you for both- medical as well as emergency evacuation costs.
On a trek: How are the food and the logistics on the trek?
All the lodges used on the treks are frequently used and trusted by our company. We take our clients review very seriously and never repeat any lodges with complaints on their food on lodge/ tea house trek. During climbing period our cook will provide food cooked in our own camp.
I m a Vegetarian, is that a Problem?
It is not a problem at all because in a mountain tea house / lodges serve vegetarian food as well and our guide well take care at the time and on a camping trek our cook will care well for the vegetarian food.
How is the standard of the lodges that we use on treks?
Most of the lodges in the mountains are quite basic. On few major towns or settlements, when possible we provide the best lodges possible. There are luxury lodges but it’s not included on the standard treks.
What is the stander of gears use on camping trek?
We use stander quality of (Camping Gears) like tents, dining tents, mattress, etc on a camping trek, Also we provide proper warm jacket, trouser, shoes for the porters too.
Will I be able to charge my mobile and camera during the trek?
Lately, most of the teahouses on the trekking routes have electricity. So, charging your gadgets is not a problem at all. However, on some teahouses which run on solar power, you would have to pay additional fee (US$ 1 to 3 approx.), in order to get your gadgets charged.
Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
Now a day’s most of the major village cell phone is work however such a remote place cell phone does not work but land line phone is available. You can use land line Local phone to call to your relatives.
Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking?
You can’t use credit card on a trekking unless in a certain luxuries hotel.
Can I use foreign currency in the place I visit in trekking?
Well! You may use foreign currency during the trekking but exchange rate may not meet correct rate as city so we recommended you to take enough Nepali currency from Kathmandu where you can exchange.
What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek?
Most of the place they have shower heated by gas and some places headed by solar so you can have shower paying extra cost.
What safety measures are in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry with them on trek to deal with sickness/accidents?
In every trekking our guide carries first aid kit with basic requirement tools and some medicine for preventing out in an emergency condition.
Is Visit Himalaya's staff insured?
All our staffs are fully covered by Insurance and high altitude evacuation if necessary.
Do I get refund if trek finished earlier then the schedule?
After conformation your trip we manage our field staff giving them a full wages of the trip duration so you won’t get refunds. If any case you drop from the trip by illness or any case there will be not any refundable.
Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?
We provide 2 in sharing porter for carry your gears in Tea house trek (Lodge Trek) and such a demanding camping trek we use Yak, Mules, for carry the loads. Our porter carry 20 to 25 kilograms so we suggest each person‘s good weight 10 to 12 Kilograms. You need to carry your own day pack with your valuable items.
Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?
Yes either you can store same hotel as you stayed or we can store your goods with us safely in our office free of cost.
Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon on arrival at the airport?
Yes you can obtain your Nepal Visa upon arrival in Kathmandu Nepal. More details of Nepal visa please follow the link given. Nepal Visa Information.
How much luggage is allowed on treks?
The luggage must not exceed up to 20 kilos. A trekking helper (porter) carries a baggage of less than 15 kilos. This bag can be received at the end of each day’s trek and you should carry the rest of the weight as a day bag with all your money and valuables inside it.
Do I need to tip my Trekking staffs?
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 25 to USD 900 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs.
What is the best time to Visit Nepal? October to November:-
October to November also referred as the autumn season, this is the time of the year with the clear blue skies and green and lush valleys, easily making it the best time in the year to visit Nepal. Adding to the weather is also the festive season that falls in these months, Tihar, the festival of lights (also known as the festival of the brothers and sisters) being the highlight of the many festivals. The temperature can be hot in the days with clear sky with no rains and can be very pleasant for the views of the mountains.
December to February :-
December to February it is winter in Nepal in these 3 months in Nepal. High altitude trekking can be unbearable because of the freezing cold, with many treks with high passes being close at this time of the year. This could be easily the best time to visit and do some moderate treks like Annapurna Base Camp, Everest Base Camp Trek, Langtang Trek etc if a quiet, peaceful and less people on trails is your priority. The weather remains calm, rainfall is rare during these months and trekking is still very much possible and enjoyable as well.
March to May:-
March to May The spring season falls during this time and is easily the busiest time of the year in some parts, Everest Trekking trail in particular being the busiest region. The days can get really hot, at times temperature crossing 30 degrees Celsius mark but the jungles with blossoming colourful Rhododendrons and other flowers with towering snow capped pinnacles at the background are an absolute delight to watch. March to May, along with October to November are the best months to trek in Nepal.
June to September :-
June to September The worst time to trek in Nepal as heavy rains, floods and landslides are common until mid September. However, places like the Upper Dolpo and upper parts of Mustang are the places to be at this time of the year because of the least rainfall in these areas. Apart from these areas, all other areas are a nuisance to trek during these times because of the rains and the problems like leeches, muddy trails, cancelled flights.

Notes

Trip cost will vary depending on numbers of travelers, standard of hotel in Kathmandu before & after the trip. Please contact us to GET a Custom Quote.

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