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Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek

Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek

Key Information

Trip Duration:

13 Days

Maximum Altitude:

5357m

Difficulty Level:

Medium

Suitable Season:

March /April/May and Sep/Oct/ Nov

Accommodation:

Hotel,/Lodge/ Teahouse

Start/Finish:

Kathmandu

Location:

Everest Region, Nepal

Group Size:

2-30

Fixed Departures

March /April/May and Sep/Oct/ Nov

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Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek Overview

Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek Trip 

Begain on the Gokyo Valley Trek, a breathtaking journey in Nepal's Everest region. Explore the stunning Gokyo Valley, home to Gokyo Lakes and the iconic Gokyo Ri. Ascend through Sherpa villages, lush forests, and yak pastures, reveling in panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.

Discover the mesmerizing Gokyo Lakes, turquoise jewels at 4,700 meters, and conquer the challenging climb to Gokyo Ri at 5,357 meters for awe-inspiring vistas, including Mount Everest. Witness the grandeur of the Ngozumpa Glacier, the Himalayas' largest, and experience the rich flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park.

A trek named after Sir Edmund Hillary's exploration, the Gokyo Valley Trek promises an unforgettable blend of adventure, natural beauty, and Sherpa culture.

Sole Encounters Trekking Pvt. Ltd.

Exploring the Gokyo Valley Trek

Sole Encounters Trekking Pvt. Ltd. is a premier trekking company renowned for offering exceptional trekking experiences in Nepal, particularly in the Gokyo Valley region. This trek is celebrated for its breathtaking landscapes, pristine lakes, and panoramic views of some of the highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest.

Qualified and Experienced Staff

At Sole Encounters Trekking, the emphasis is on providing a superior trekking experience. The company employs a team of highly qualified and experienced staff who are well-versed in the intricacies of the Gokyo Valley trek. Their expertise ensures that trekkers not only enjoy the natural beauty of the region but also gain insightful knowledge about the local culture, geography, and ecology.

Commitment to Health and Safety

Customer and crew health and safety are paramount to Sole Encounters Trekking. The company is dedicated to implementing stringent health and safety measures throughout the trek. This includes regular health checks, proper acclimatization schedules, and ensuring that all safety protocols are meticulously followed. The staff is trained in first aid and emergency response, ensuring that any health concerns are promptly and effectively addressed.

Smooth and Safe Journey

The primary goal of Sole Encounters Trekking is to run trips that are both safe and smooth. From the initial planning stages to the completion of the trek, the company takes care of all logistical aspects, allowing trekkers to focus solely on enjoying their adventure. Detailed itineraries, reliable transportation, and quality accommodations are all part of the seamless experience offered by the company.

Flexible Trekking Dates

Understanding that every trekker has unique scheduling needs, Sole Encounters Trekking provides flexible trekking dates. Whether you're planning your adventure months in advance or seeking a spontaneous getaway, the company accommodates your preferred travel dates. This flexibility ensures that you can embark on your dream trek whenever it suits you best.

The Gokyo Valley Trek Experience

The Gokyo Valley trek is a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the heart of the Himalayas. Trekkers will traverse stunning landscapes, witness the serene beauty of the Gokyo Lakes, and enjoy unparalleled views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. The trek also offers the opportunity to visit the famous Gokyo Ri viewpoint, which provides one of the best panoramic views in the Everest region.

Why Choose Sole Encounters Trekking Pvt. Ltd.?

  1. Expertise: With experienced guides and staff, you are in safe and knowledgeable hands.
  2. Health and Safety: Rigorous health and safety standards ensure a worry-free trekking experience.
  3. Smooth Operations: Seamless logistics and planning for a hassle-free trek.
  4. Flexibility: Trek on your preferred dates with customizable schedules.
  5. Memorable Experience: Enjoy the natural beauty and cultural richness of the Gokyo Valley.

Embark on an unforgettable adventure with Sole Encounters Trekking Pvt. Ltd., where your safety, satisfaction, and the beauty of the Himalayas are the top priorities.

Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek Trip Highlights

  • Panoramic Peaks: Marvel at Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu from various trek vantage points, including the challenging climb to Gokyo Ri.
  • Gokyo Lakes Beauty: Discover the series of six glacial lakes in Gokyo Valley, framed by snow-capped peaks, offering picturesque photo opportunities.
  • Sherpa Culture Dive: Immerse in Sherpa life, traverse traditional villages, and gain insights into their hospitality and traditions.
  • Ngozumpa Glacier: Witness the Himalayas' largest glacier, the awe-inspiring Ngozumpa, stretching over 36 kilometers.
  • Altitude Thrills: Experience high-altitude trekking through diverse landscapes – lush forests, yak pastures, and alpine terrain.
  • Hillary's Trail: Follow Sir Edmund Hillary's 1953 footsteps, exploring the Gokyo Valley during the historic Everest expedition.
  • Wildlife Encounter: Explore Sagarmatha National Park's rich biodiversity, spotting Himalayan Thar, musk deer, snow leopards, and vibrant bird species.
  • Photography Delight: Capture the turquoise Gokyo Lakes, towering mountains, and the expansive Ngozumpa Glacier, creating lasting memories.
  • Gokyo Ri Summit: Conquer the challenging ascent to Gokyo Ri at 5,357 meters for a breathtaking 360-degree view, featuring Mount Everest.
  • Historical Significance: Connect with history as you follow Sir Edmund Hillary's legacy, adding a unique historical dimension to your trek.

Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek Itinerary Expand All Close All

Arrival in Kathmandu with Sole Encounters Trekking Pvt Ltd

Upon arrival in Kathmandu (elevation 1,400 meters), a representative from Sole Encounters Trekking Pvt Ltd will warmly welcome you and assist with your transfer to the hotel. You’ll receive a brief overview of your trek and have time to explore the vibrant streets of Thamel, where you can find money exchange services and ATMs.

Thamel is also the perfect place to buy any last-minute trekking gear you might need. In the evening, attend a pre-trek briefing with your guide to go over the trek itinerary, equipment checks, and safety guidelines, ensuring you are well-prepared for your adventure. After the meeting, enjoy a welcome dinner and get ready for the exciting trip ahead. Sole Encounters Trekking Pvt Ltd ensures a seamless and enriching start to your trekking journey.

Food
Breakfast / Welcome Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

If your flight departs from Ramechhap, you will start your journey early with a 4-5 hour drive (approximately 130 kilometers) from Kathmandu to Ramechhap. From there, you'll take a scenic flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), one of the world's most thrilling airports. Upon landing, you'll meet your trekking crew and begin your trek.

The trek to Phakding covers approximately 8 kilometers and takes around 3-4 hours. The trail descends through the Dudh Koshi River valley, passing through charming Sherpa villages and lush forests. After reaching Phakding (2,610m/8,562ft), you'll stay overnight in a teahouse, resting and preparing for the next day's adventure.

If the weather around the airport is not good, flights can be delayed. In such cases, you may need to wait and see if the weather improves, potentially waiting another day. Alternatively, you can opt for a helicopter to Lukla at an extra cost. If flights are still not possible, you can consider diverting your trek to the Annapurna or Langtang region.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ and Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
2610

Starting from Phakding (2,610m/8,562ft), you will embark on a challenging yet rewarding trek to Namche Bazaar. The trail follows the Dudh Koshi River, crossing several suspension bridges, including the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. You'll pass through dense pine forests and picturesque Sherpa villages like Monjo and Jorsale.

Entering Sagarmatha National Park, you'll begin a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, the bustling gateway to the Everest region. The trek covers approximately 11 kilometers and takes about 6-7 hours. At an elevation of 3,440m (11,286ft), Namche Bazaar offers stunning mountain views and a vibrant local market. You will stay overnight in a teahouse, acclimatizing and preparing for the next leg of your journey.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ and Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
3440

Spend the day in Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft) to acclimatize and explore. Start with a 4-5 hour hike covering approximately 4 kilometers to Everest View Point, which takes you to an elevation of 3,810m (12,500ft). This viewpoint is famous for its stunning panoramic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and other Himalayan peaks, as well as the picturesque village of Khumjung.

Visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and the Everest Photo Gallery to learn about local culture and mountaineering history. Stroll through the vibrant market of Namche Bazaar, where you can shop for souvenirs or enjoy local cuisine. This acclimatization day is crucial for adjusting to the altitude, ensuring you are better prepared for the higher elevations ahead.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ and Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
3810

Departing from Namche Bazaar, the trek to Phortse Village covers approximately 8 kilometers and takes about 5-6 hours. The trail offers scenic views of the Himalayan peaks, including Ama Dablam and Thamserku, as you ascend and descend through lush rhododendron forests and cross suspension bridges.

You'll pass through small villages such as Kyanjuma and Mong La, where you can stop for lunch while enjoying the stunning mountain vistas. As you continue, take it slowly to acclimatize to the altitude.

Phortse Village, located at 3,800m (12,467ft), is a traditional Sherpa settlement known for its rich cultural heritage and beautiful stone houses. The village is home to many Everest summiteers and offers a glimpse into the Sherpa way of life. You'll stay overnight in a local teahouse, experiencing the warm hospitality of the Phortse residents.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
3800

The trek to Machhermo from Phortse Village takes about 6-7 hours, covering a distance of approximately 7 kilometers. The trail ascends gradually through the scenic Dudh Koshi Valley, offering stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Cho Oyu, the s ixth-highest mountain in the world.

You'll pass through picturesque villages like Dole and Luza, where you can stop for lunch and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes. The trail continues with gradual ascents, passing through rhododendron and juniper forests.

Machhermo, located at 4,470m (14,665ft), is known for being a key acclimatization stop in the Gokyo Valley. It has historical significance due to a famous yeti sighting in 1974, adding to the village's allure. Upon arrival, you'll stay in a teahouse, resting and acclimatizing for the next day's trek.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
4470

The trek from Machhermo to Gokyo takes about 5-6 hours, covering a distance of approximately 7 kilometers. The trail gradually ascends, offering breathtaking views of Cho Oyu and other Himalayan peaks. You'll pass through scenic landscapes, including moraines and glacial streams.

Gokyo, located at an elevation of 4,790m (15,715ft), is famous for its stunning turquoise lakes and panoramic views of the Everest region. The Gokyo Valley is historically significant for its high-altitude lakes and the dramatic Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalayas.

In the afternoon, explore the beautiful Gokyo Lakes or take a short hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357m/17,575ft) for a spectacular view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. This area is also known for its rich Sherpa culture and tranquil environment, making it a highlight of the trek.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
4790

Start early for the challenging ascent to Gokyo Ri, taking about 3-4 hours to reach the summit. The steep trail winds through rocky terrain, requiring a steady pace and good acclimatization. Reaching the top at 5,357m (17,575ft), you'll be rewarded with a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.

After taking in the breathtaking vistas and capturing photos, descend carefully back to Gokyo, then continue your trek to Machhermo, covering a total distance of approximately 12-13 kilometers for the entire round trip, including the Gokyo Ri ascent and descent.

The trail back to Machhermo passes through the beautiful Gokyo Valley, with its glacial streams and serene landscapes. Discuss the hike with your guides the night before and prepare by packing essentials like water, snacks, warm clothing, and a camera. Starting early ensures you avoid afternoon clouds and enjoy clear views from Gokyo Ri. This hike is a highlight for its unparalleled Himalayan vistas and the sense of achievement from reaching one of the best viewpoints in the Everest region.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
4470

The trek from Machhermo to Namche Bazaar takes about 6-7 hours, covering a distance of approximately 16 kilometers. The trail primarily descends, starting with a gentle slope through alpine meadows and pastures, transitioning into denser rhododendron and pine forests.

You'll pass through picturesque villages like Dole and Phortse Tenga, encountering suspension bridges over glacial rivers. The trail offers stunning views of Himalayan peaks, including Ama Dablam and Thamserku, along with diverse flora and fauna.

The descent can be steep and rocky in parts, requiring careful footing, but it's generally well-marked and maintained. Upon reaching Namche Bazaar, you can rest and enjoy the amenities of this bustling Sherpa town, reflecting on your journey and preparing for the next stage of your trek.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ and Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
3440

The final leg of your trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla takes about 6-7 hours, covering a distance of approximately 19 kilometers. The trail primarily descends, with some short ascents, through dense rhododendron and pine forests.

You'll pass through charming Sherpa villages like Monjo, Jorsale, and Phakding, crossing suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. The trail offers scenic views of the surrounding landscapes and snow-capped peaks.

The descent can be steep and rocky in parts, requiring careful footing. As you approach Lukla, the trail becomes more gradual, leading you back to the starting point of your trek. Upon reaching Lukla, you can relax and celebrate the completion of your journey with Sole Encounters Trekking Pvt Ltd.

In the evening, enjoy a celebratory dinner and drinks with your trekking crew, sharing stories and reflecting on the incredible experiences and memories made during your trek. It's also a good time to show your appreciation by tipping the crew members, including guides and porters, for their hard work and support throughout the journey.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
2860

Early in the morning, you'll board a flight from Lukla to either Kathmandu (elevation 1,400m/4,593ft) or Ramechhap. If flying to Ramechhap, the flight takes approximately 20 minutes, followed by a 4-5 hour drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, a representative from Sole Encounters Trekking Pvt Ltd will assist with your transfer to your hotel.

In case of flight cancellations or delays, a helicopter option to Kathmandu is available at an extra cost. Once back in Kathmandu, you can rest and unwind after your trek. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring more of Kathmandu, shopping for souvenirs, or simply relaxing.

In the evening, join your trekking team for a farewell dinner, celebrating the successful completion of your journey. Share stories, enjoy local cuisine, and reflect on the unforgettable experiences and stunning landscapes you've encountered. This farewell dinner is a perfect opportunity to express your gratitude to your guides and fellow trekkers before concluding your adventure.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Local Tea house
Elevation
1400

After your trek, enjoy a relaxing leisure day in Kathmandu (elevation 1,400m/4,593ft). This is an opportunity to explore the city at your own pace. Visit cultural and historical sites like Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Pashupatinath Temple. Stroll through the bustling streets of Thamel, where you can shop for souvenirs, enjoy local cuisine, and experience the vibrant atmosphere.

If you wish to go on an optional sightseeing tour, let us know, and we can provide you with a guided tour and transportation. Additionally, if you decide to stay extra nights in Kathmandu or need any activities arranged, Sole Encounters Trekking Pvt Ltd is here to help. We can tailor your experience to your preferences, ensuring a memorable end to your journey.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

As your memorable journey in Nepal concludes, today marks your departure day. Reflect on the awe-inspiring landscapes, cultural encounters, and adventure that defined your time in this Himalayan haven. Bid farewell to the enchanting sights and sounds of Nepal as you head back to your home town, carrying with you the cherished memories of your trekking odyssey in the heart of the Himalayas. Safe travels, and until we meet again!

Food
Breakfast

Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek Cost Includes

  • Scenic Flights: Enjoy picturesque flights from Kathmandu to Lukla, unveiling mesmerizing Himalayan vistas.
  • Cozy Accommodations: Rest comfortably in tea houses and lodges, offering snug rooms and warm local hospitality.
  • Nourishing Meals: Savor energy-packed meals throughout the trek, fueling your mountainous journey.
  • Expert Guides and Porters: Rely on experienced guides and porters, enhancing your trekking experience and ensuring safety.
  • Inclusive Permits: All necessary permits and entrance fees are covered, streamlining your trek without administrative hassles.
  • Effortless Transfers: Experience hassle-free airport transfers, ensuring a seamless start and end to your adventure.
  • Provided Equipment: Basic trekking gear like sleeping bags and poles are supplied for your convenience.
  • Immersive Culture: Engage in local culture with guided tours and interactions, enriching your trekking experience.
  • Safety Priority: Your safety is paramount, with included emergency protocols and necessary safety measures.
  • Lasting Memories: Craft enduring memories with a complete package, allowing you to focus on the landscapes and cultural moments.

Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks,electronic device charge,hot shower, hot water,wifi and laundry
  • Extra accommodation and meals in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure
  • Tips for guides, porters, and drivers (tipping is customary in Nepal and highly appreciated) ( $170-200 per client )
  • Any expenses arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight cancelations or delays, natural disasters, or political unrest.

Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek Altitude Profile

Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek Route Map

Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek Fixed Departures

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2024-08-08
13 Days
USD 1499
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2024-08-18
13 Days
USD 1499
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2024-08-25
13 Days
USD 1499
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2024-09-01
13 Days
USD 1499
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2024-09-22
13 Days
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2024-09-29
13 Days
USD 1499
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2024-10-06
13 Days
USD 1499
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2024-10-13
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2024-10-20
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2024-10-27
13 Days
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2024-11-03
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2024-11-17
13 Days
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2024-11-24
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2024-12-01
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2024-12-08
13 Days
USD 1499
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2024-12-15
13 Days
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2024-12-22
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2024-12-28
13 Days
USD 1499
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2025-01-05
13 Days
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FAQs

Can we buy Trekking Gear in Nepal?

Yes, you can buy trekking gear in Nepal. In fact, Nepal is a popular destination for trekkers and climbers, and there are many shops in Kathmandu and other cities that sell trekking gear, including clothing, boots, backpacks, sleeping bags, and other accessories. You can find both international and local brands, and the prices are generally much cheaper than in Western countries.

However, it's important to note that the quality of gear can vary, and some items may not be genuine or may be of lower quality than advertised. It's a good idea to do your research and ask for recommendations from other trekkers or your tour operator. Additionally, if you're on a tight schedule, it's best to bring your own gear to ensure that you have everything you need and that it fits properly.

Will someone come to pick me up at the airport?

If you have booked a trekking package with a trekking company or a travel agency, then they will usually arrange for someone to pick you up at the airport. You should confirm this with your travel provider before your departure.

If you are traveling independently and have not arranged for an airport pickup, you can easily find taxis or private cars at the airport to take you to your accommodation. However, it is important to only use licensed taxis or cars from authorized providers to ensure your safety.

How Fit Do I Need to Be?

Trekking in Nepal can be physically challenging, and you will need to be in good physical condition to complete the trek comfortably. The altitude and terrain can make it difficult to breathe, and you will need to have a good level of fitness to tackle the trekking routes.

It is recommended that you start preparing for the trek at least a few months before your trip. Regular exercise, such as hiking, running, or cycling, can help you build endurance and strengthen your muscles. It is also important to consult with your doctor to ensure that you are physically fit to undertake the trek.

During the trek, it is important to take your time and pace yourself, especially as you ascend to higher altitudes. Acclimatization days are built into the itinerary to help you adjust to the altitude and avoid altitude sickness.

Do we need to carry our own medicines?

Yes, it is recommended to carry your own medicines and a basic first aid kit while trekking in Nepal. It's always better to be prepared for any unforeseen medical emergencies, such as altitude sickness, cold, flu, headaches, and diarrhea. You can consult with your doctor before the trek and ask them to recommend essential medicines to carry with you. Additionally, it is advisable to carry any personal prescription medications you may require. However, you can also find pharmacies in some of the major towns along the trekking route, but it is not guaranteed that they will stock your specific medication.

Can we pay by Credit card and Cash for this trip?

It depends on the policies of the tour company or trekking agency you choose. Some companies may accept credit card payments, while others may only accept cash payments. It's best to check with the company beforehand to confirm their payment methods and policies. Additionally, it's always a good idea to carry some cash with you on the trek for emergencies and incidentals.

What is the booking & payment method for the trek?

The booking and payment method for the Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley trek may vary depending on the trekking agency or tour operator you choose. However, in general, the process involves the following steps:

Contact the trekking agency: You can either contact the trekking agency directly through their website, email or phone, or through a travel agent.

Confirm the trip: Once you have selected the trek and the dates, you need to confirm the trip with the trekking agency. They will send you a booking form which you need to fill and sign.

Pay the deposit: After you have confirmed the trip, you will be required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the trek. The deposit amount may vary depending on the trekking agency.

Final payment: The remaining balance of the trek fee must be paid before the start of the trek. You can pay the final amount either in cash or by credit card.

The payment method for the trek can vary depending on the trekking agency. Some trekking agencies may require you to pay the deposit and final payment by wire transfer, while others may accept credit card payments or cash payments.

It is important to read the terms and conditions of the trekking agency carefully before making any payments to understand their cancellation policies and refund procedures.

Can I store my luggage in Kathmandu?

Yes, you can store your luggage in Kathmandu. Many hotels and trekking agencies provide luggage storage facilities. You can also find several specialized luggage storage services in the city. Some trekking agencies offer complimentary luggage storage for their clients. If you're staying at a hotel, you can also ask them if they provide such a service. Make sure to inquire about the charges, safety measures, and insurance policies before storing your luggage.

is there option to charge electronic device / hot shower / wifi on trek ?

Charging services are provided in teahouses at an additional cost; however, it's recommended to bring a power bank and extra batteries. Access to Wi-Fi and hot showers is available for an extra fee. Please note that charging points are not available in every room; instead, they are situated in the dining hall. This arrangement is established by the Himalayan lodges, not by us

Are There Atm and money exchange Available in Kathmandu Nepal and along the Trek?

Certainly, ATMs and money exchanges are accessible in Kathmandu and Pokhara. However, it's important to note that ATM services along the trek route are limited. Hence, it is recommended to carry sufficient cash in Nepalese Rupees. While money exchanges may offer rates slightly less favorable than government rates, it's advisable to use local currency for payments in towns. Paying by card in town may incur an additional bank service charge of around 4-5%. In Lukla and Namche Bazaar, ATMs and money exchange services are available, though rates may not be as favorable as in Kathmandu. When staying in teahouses and making payments for food, drinks, or shopping, it is preferable to use Nepalese Rupees in cash. Therefore, we suggest ensuring you have enough cash with you before embarking on your trip

Can we get arrival visa in Nepal- On Arrival Visa?

As of my last knowledge update in January 2022, Nepal typically offers visa on arrival for many nationalities at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. However, please note that immigration policies can change, and it's advisable to check for the latest information from official sources.

If the policy is still in place, here are details on obtaining a visa on arrival in Kathmandu:

Eligibility: Travelers from various countries are eligible for a visa on arrival. The list of eligible countries can be checked on the official website of the Department of Immigration of Nepal or the Nepalese embassy/consulate in your home country.

Duration of Stay: The visa on arrival is typically available for various durations, such as 15, 30, or 90 days.

Required Documents:

A valid passport with at least six months validity from the date of arrival.
Passport-sized photos (usually two).
Completed visa application form, which is often available at the airport.
Visa Fees: The visa fee varies based on the duration of stay. Payment is usually accepted in major currencies, and it's recommended to carry the amount in cash.

Payment Method: Cash is commonly accepted. Some ATMs are available at the airport if you need to withdraw local currency.

Additional Requirements: In certain cases, you might be asked for proof of onward travel, hotel reservation, or details about your itinerary.

Process at the Airport: Upon arrival, you will fill out the visa application form, present the required documents, pay the visa fee, and undergo a brief immigration process.

Visa Extension: If you plan to stay longer than the initially granted period, visa extensions can be requested at the Immigration Office in Kathmandu or other major cities.

Please note that immigration policies are subject to change, and it's crucial to verify the current requirements and procedures closer to your travel date from the official sources, such as the Department of Immigration of Nepal or the Nepalese embassy/consulate in your country.

Do We need Travel Insurance to trek in Everest Region Trek?

Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended for trekking in the Everest region. The trek involves high altitude, unpredictable weather conditions, and remote locations, which can be challenging for even the fittest trekkers. A good travel insurance policy can cover unexpected medical emergencies, flight cancellations, evacuation, and other travel-related issues. Make sure that your policy covers high altitude trekking, as some policies may exclude this activity. It's always better to be prepared for any unforeseen circumstances that can arise during the trek.

first trek; I have never Done any trekking before Can we Do it ?

Yes, you can make it to Everest Base Camp even if you have never hiked before. As long as you are reasonably fit, can walk for 5-7 hours a day, and handle some uphill trekking, the team at Sole Encounters Trekking will provide full support to help you achieve your dream of reaching Everest Base Camp. They are dedicated to assisting trekkers of varying experience levels and fitness, ensuring a memorable and successful trekking experience

Do We need any permits for our Trekking to Everest Region?

Yes, you will need permits to trek in the Everest region. The following permits are required:

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit: This permit is required for all trekkers entering the Sagarmatha National Park. The permit costs NPR 3,000 (approximately USD 27) per person for foreigners and NPR 1,500 (approximately USD 13) per person for SAARC nationals.

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entry Permit: This permit is required for all trekkers entering the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality. The permit costs NPR 2,000 (approximately USD 18) per person.

Both of these permits can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board office or the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu or at the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo.

In addition to these permits, if you plan to trek beyond Namche Bazaar to places such as Gokyo, you will need a Gokyo Lakes Permit, which costs NPR 2,000 (approximately USD 18) per person. This permit can be obtained at the Sagarmatha National Park entrance in Monjo or at the Gokyo checkpoint in Machhermo.

How long do we need to walk per day on our trek ?

The duration of walking per day during the Everest region trek varies depending on the itinerary and the specific trek you choose. However, on average, you can expect to walk for 5-7 hours per day, covering a distance of 10-15 kilometers. The pace of the trek is generally slow and steady, allowing you to acclimatize to the altitude and enjoy the scenery along the way. There will be breaks throughout the day for snacks, lunch, and rest. It's important to remember that the trek involves long and sometimes steep climbs, so it's recommended that you engage in regular exercise and training before embarking on the trek.

Can we choose own departure Dates for this trekking?

Yes, most trekking companies offer flexible departure dates for their clients. You can check with your preferred trekking company and choose a departure date that suits your schedule. However, it's recommended to choose the best season to trek to the Everest region, which is from Febto 15th June and September to Decmber.

what are the major altitudes symtoms in Himalays ?

Altitude Sickness Symptoms:

Normal Symptoms:

Headache: A common symptom, usually mild, that may develop within a few hours of ascending to higher altitudes.
Fatigue: Feeling more tired than usual, even with minimal physical exertion.
Dizziness or Lightheadedness: Occasional feelings of instability or faintness.
Shortness of Breath: Difficulty breathing, especially during physical activity.
Serious Symptoms (Seek Medical Attention):

Severe Headache: Persistent and severe headaches that do not respond to over-the-counter medications.
Vomiting or Nausea: Persistent nausea or vomiting.
Loss of Coordination: Difficulty walking or maintaining balance.
Chest Tightness or Congestion: Severe chest discomfort or persistent coughing.
Confusion or Irrational Behavior: Mental confusion or irrational behavior.
In serious cases, altitude sickness can progress to more severe conditions like High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) or High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE). These conditions can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of HAPE include severe shortness of breath, persistent cough with pink or frothy sputum, and chest tightness. HACE symptoms include confusion, hallucinations, loss of consciousness, and impaired coordination.

It's crucial to be aware of these symptoms and to descend to lower altitudes if any signs of altitude sickness appear. Seeking prompt medical attention for severe symptoms is imperative to ensure the safety of individuals at high altitudes, always follow guide rules 

When traveling to high altitudes, it's essential to pay attention to what we drink and consider medications for prevention. Here are details on both aspects:

Drinks to Avoid:

Alcohol:

Reason: Alcohol can contribute to dehydration, which is already a concern at high altitudes. It may also exacerbate the effects of altitude sickness.
Recommendation: Minimize or avoid alcohol consumption during the acclimatization process.
Caffeinated Beverages:

Reason: Caffeine can contribute to dehydration by increasing urine production.
Recommendation: Limit the intake of caffeinated drinks such as coffee and energy drinks. Ensure adequate hydration with water.
Medications for Prevention:

Acetazolamide (Diamox):

Use: Helps prevent and alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness.
How it Works: Promotes increased ventilation, assisting the body in adjusting to reduced oxygen levels.
Dosage: Typically taken 24 hours before ascent and continued for the first 48 hours at high altitudes.
Note: Consult with a healthcare professional before using and be aware of potential side effects.
Ibuprofen or Aspirin:

Use: Helps alleviate mild symptoms such as headaches and body aches.
How it Works: Reduces inflammation and eases discomfort.
Dosage: Follow recommended guidelines, and consult with a healthcare professional if you have any existing medical conditions or are taking other medications.
Anti-Nausea Medications:

Use: Can be considered if experiencing nausea due to altitude sickness.
How it Works: Helps alleviate symptoms of nausea and vomiting.
Dosage: Follow recommended guidelines, and consult with a healthcare professional if needed.
Dexamethasone:

Use: May be prescribed in severe cases of altitude sickness.
How it Works: Reduces inflammation and swelling in the brain or lungs.
Dosage: Only to be used under medical supervision due to potential side effects.
General Recommendations:

Hydration: Drink plenty of water to combat dehydration at high altitudes.
Gradual Ascent: Ascend slowly to allow for proper acclimatization.
Adequate Rest: Ensure adequate rest and sleep during the acclimatization process.
Avoid Overexertion: Limit strenuous physical activity until acclimatized.
Before taking any medications, it's crucial to consult with a healthcare professional to ensure they are suitable for your individual health profile and potential interactions with other medications. Additionally, staying well-hydrated and being mindful of your body's signals are key aspects of preventing altitude sickness

What are the measure altitude sickness symptoms?

Ensuring the safety of trekkers is a top priority, and several measures are in place to address potential risks during the trek:

Experienced Guides: Knowledgeable and experienced guides accompany trekkers, providing guidance on the trail and navigating potential challenges.

Acclimatization Days: The trek itinerary incorporates acclimatization days to help participants adjust gradually to higher altitudes, reducing the risk of altitude-related issues.

Communication: Guides are equipped with communication devices to maintain contact with support teams and authorities if needed.

Weather Monitoring: Constant monitoring of weather conditions helps anticipate and mitigate potential weather-related challenges.

First Aid Kits: Guides carry comprehensive first aid kits to address minor injuries and health concerns.

Emergency Evacuation Plans: Well-defined emergency evacuation plans are in place, and guides are trained to coordinate evacuations if necessary.

Local Assistance: Utilization of local resources and assistance is readily available, and communication with nearby villages or settlements is established.

Insurance Recommendations: Trekkers are strongly advised to have comprehensive travel insurance covering emergency medical evacuations and related expenses.

In the event of an emergency, various rescue services are accessible:

Helicopter Evacuations: Helicopter services are available for emergency evacuations if immediate medical attention is required.

Local Support Teams: Local support teams are well-trained to assist in emergencies and coordinate necessary actions.

.It's crucial for trekkers to follow safety guidelines, communicate any health concerns promptly, and adhere to the guidance provided by experienced guides to ensure a secure and enjoyable trekking experience.

Are there toilet facilities at the tea houses? What opportunities will I have for shower during trekking?

Yes, there are usually toilet facilities at the tea houses along the Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek. However, you should be prepared for basic facilities, such as squat toilets and no toilet paper. It's a good idea to bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

As for showers, most tea houses offer hot showers for a fee, but the availability and quality may vary. In some cases, you may need to take a bucket shower with hot water. It's a good idea to ask your trekking guide for recommendations on where to find the best shower facilities along the route. You should also be prepared to take a "baby wipe bath" on days when there are no shower facilities available.

Do I need to bring any personal equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, Trekking poles etc?

Yes, you will need to bring some personal equipment for the Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek. Here is a list of some essential items you should consider bringing:

  • Sleeping bag: You will need a warm sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures. The tea houses provide blankets, but it's still a good idea to bring your own sleeping bag.

  • Down jacket: You will need a warm down jacket to keep you warm during the colder parts of the day. Make sure it's lightweight and easily packable.

  • Trekking poles: Trekking poles can be very helpful on this trek, especially on the steep ascents and descents. They can help reduce the impact on your knees and make the trek more comfortable.

  • Hiking boots: Good quality, sturdy hiking boots with ankle support are a must for this trek.

  • Warm clothing: Bring warm layers such as thermal underwear, fleece jackets, and woolen hats and gloves.

  • Sun protection: The sun can be very strong at high altitudes, so bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

  • Water bottle: Bring a reusable water bottle, as there are many places to refill your water bottle along the trek.

It's also a good idea to bring a small backpack to carry your personal items during the trek. It's important to pack lightly, as you will be carrying your own backpack. You may also want to consider bringing a small first aid kit, a headlamp, and a camera to capture the stunning views along the trek.

Do I need insurance for Gokyo Valley trekking?

Yes, it is highly recommended to have travel insurance that covers trekking and high altitude activities for the Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek. Trekking at high altitudes can be physically demanding, and accidents or illnesses can happen unexpectedly. Adequate travel insurance can provide coverage for emergency medical expenses, evacuation, and trip cancellation or interruption.

When selecting a travel insurance policy, make sure to read the policy details carefully to ensure that trekking and high altitude activities are covered. Some insurance policies may have altitude restrictions or may not cover certain activities, so it's important to check the policy details before purchasing.

Additionally, make sure to carry a copy of your travel insurance policy with you during the trek and provide a copy to your trekking guide as well.

Do I need to tip my porter and guide?

Yes, it is customary to tip your porter and guide on the Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek. Tipping is not mandatory, but it is a way to show appreciation for their hard work and dedication throughout the trek.

The amount of tip is entirely up to you and should be based on your satisfaction with the services provided. As a general guideline, it is recommended to tip about 10-15% of the total trekking cost for your guide and about 5-10% for your porter. However, this can vary depending on the length of the trek, the difficulty of the terrain, and the level of service provided.

It's important to note that tipping is a personal decision, and you should never feel obligated to tip if you are not satisfied with the services provided. If you do choose to tip, it's best to give the tip directly to the person rather than through a third party.

What is the luggage limit for porter and flight to Lukla?

The luggage limit for porter on the Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek is typically around 20-25 kilograms (44-55 pounds). However, it's important to note that this weight includes both your personal gear and the porter's own gear, so it's best to pack as light as possible.

As for the flight to Lukla, the baggage limit is usually around 15 kilograms (33 pounds) for checked baggage and 5 kilograms (11 pounds) for carry-on baggage. Any excess baggage may be subject to additional fees.

It's important to check with your trekking company or airline for specific baggage limits and restrictions, as they may vary depending on the company and time of year. Packing lightly and efficiently can help ensure that you meet the baggage limits and make your trekking experience more comfortable.

What if my flight to and from Lukla is cancelled or delayed?

Flights to and from Lukla are sometimes cancelled or delayed due to weather conditions, especially during the peak trekking season. If your flight is cancelled or delayed, the first thing to do is to stay in contact with your trekking company or travel agency to get updates on the flight status.

In case of flight cancellation, your trekking company or travel agency will usually make alternate arrangements for your transportation, such as rescheduling your flight or arranging a helicopter evacuation. If your flight is delayed, you may need to adjust your trekking itinerary to accommodate the delay.

It's important to note that flight cancellations and delays can cause changes in the trekking itinerary, and it's important to be flexible and adaptable to these changes. It's also a good idea to factor in some extra days in your itinerary to account for potential flight delays or cancellations.

Travel insurance can also be helpful in case of flight cancellations or delays, as it can provide coverage for additional expenses or losses incurred due to the delay or cancellation. It's important to check your travel insurance policy for specific coverage details related to flight delays or cancellations.

How safe is Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trekking?

The Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek is generally considered safe, but it's important to take proper precautions and follow safety guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

One of the main safety concerns on this trek is altitude sickness, which can occur when ascending to high altitudes too quickly. It's important to acclimatize properly by gradually ascending to higher altitudes and allowing your body to adjust to the lower oxygen levels. It's also important to stay hydrated and to listen to your body if you experience any symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches, nausea, or shortness of breath.

Another safety concern is weather conditions, as the weather can be unpredictable and change quickly at high altitudes. It's important to check weather forecasts and to be prepared for cold temperatures, strong winds, and potential snow or rain.

Other safety concerns on the trek can include slippery or uneven terrain, steep ascents and descents, and potential hazards such as rockfalls or avalanches. It's important to stay aware of your surroundings and to follow the guidance of your trekking guide.

Overall, the Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek can be a safe and rewarding trekking experience as long as proper safety precautions are taken and guidelines are followed. It's important to choose a reputable trekking company or guide and to be well-prepared with proper gear, equipment, and travel insurance.

How long do I need to walk per day during my trek to Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley?

The duration of walking per day on the Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek can vary depending on the itinerary and trekking pace. On average, trekkers typically walk for around 4-6 hours per day, covering a distance of 8-12 kilometers (5-7.5 miles).

The actual duration of walking per day can also depend on the terrain and altitude, as some sections of the trail can be steep and challenging. It's important to acclimatize properly and to take rest days as needed to avoid altitude sickness and fatigue.

The trek is usually completed over the course of 12-15 days, depending on the specific itinerary and trekking pace. It's important to choose an itinerary that is appropriate for your fitness level and trekking experience, and to allow for extra rest days as needed to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

It's also important to note that the trekking pace and duration of walking per day can be adjusted according to your preferences and physical abilities. Your trekking guide will be able to provide guidance and recommendations on the best pace and itinerary for your trek.

Traveller Useful Information

Embarking on the Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek requires a solid fitness foundation as the trail presents a challenging terrain with steep ascents and descents at high altitude. Proper acclimatization is vital to combat altitude sickness. The trek involves long daily hikes of 4 to 8 hours, occasionally navigating difficult stretches with unpredictable weather conditions, including snow and ice.

Despite its challenges, adequate preparation through regular exercise and endurance training makes the trek accessible. Maintaining a deliberate pace, taking breaks, and staying hydrated are crucial. Hiring experienced guides and porters enhances the trek's manageability, ensuring a rewarding and unforgettable experience amidst the awe-inspiring Himalayan landscape.

Optimal trekking conditions prevail during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These periods offer clear skies, stable weather, and mild temperatures, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek experience.

Tea houses and lodges along the Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek provide comfortable accommodations. These establishments offer basic amenities, cozy rooms, and local hospitality, contributing to an authentic and enriching trekking experience.

Managing your passport and visa is an important part of preparing for your trip to Nepal. Here are some important things to keep in mind:

Passport: Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your expected departure date from Nepal. Make sure to bring your passport with you on your trip, and keep it in a safe place.

Visa: Most visitors to Nepal require a visa. You can obtain a tourist visa upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, or at any land border crossing. The cost of the visa varies depending on the length of your stay, but is generally around $30-$50 for a 30-day visa. You can also apply for a visa in advance at a Nepalese embassy or consulate in your home country.

Visa application requirements: To apply for a visa, you will need a valid passport, a passport-sized photo, and a completed visa application form. You may also need to provide evidence of your travel itinerary and proof of sufficient funds for your stay in Nepal.

Visa extension: If you wish to stay in Nepal longer than the duration of your initial visa, you can apply for a visa extension at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu. You must apply before your current visa expires. The cost of a visa extension is $2 per day for up to 15 days, and $5 per day thereafter.

Travel documents: It is a good idea to make copies of your passport and visa, and keep them in a separate place from your actual travel documents. You can also email yourself a copy of these documents, in case you lose your physical copies while traveling.

Safety: It is important to take precautions to keep your passport and visa safe while traveling in Nepal. Keep them in a secure place, such as a money belt or hotel safe. Be aware of pickpockets and other scams that target tourists.

Other documents: Depending on your travel plans, you may also need other documents such as travel insurance, flight tickets, and trekking permits. Make sure to research the specific requirements for your trip, and carry all necessary documents with you.

Here is a packing list for the Gokyo Valley Trek:

  1. Clothing:
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Insulated jacket or vest
  • Quick-drying hiking pants
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • T-shirts
  • Hiking socks
  • Underwear
  1. Footwear:
  • Hiking boots
  • Sandals or flip-flops (for wearing around the lodges)
  1. Gear and equipment:
  • Backpack (30-40 liters)
  • Sleeping bag (rated for at least -10°C)
  • Trekking poles
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Warm hat or beanie
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Water bottles or hydration system
  • Water purification tablets or filter
  • Personal first aid kit with essential medications
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, hand sanitizer, wet wipes)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Insect repellent
  • Small towel or bandana
  • Camera with extra batteries or power bank
  • Trekking map and guidebook
  1. Optional items:
  • Down jacket (for extra warmth in the evenings)
  • Thermos (for hot drinks)
  • Portable charger for electronic devices
  • Snacks and energy bars
  • Books or games for entertainment

Remember to pack light and only bring essentials to avoid carrying unnecessary weight. Also, consider the weather and temperature changes throughout the trek and pack accordingly.

During the Gokyo Valley Trek, transportation is mainly done on foot. There are no roads or vehicles available in the region, so the only mode of transportation is walking. However, in some cases, helicopters may be used for emergency evacuation or to shorten the trek.

To get to the starting point of the trek, which is usually Lukla, you will need to take a flight from Kathmandu. The flight takes about 35 minutes, and it's an adventurous one as the plane has to navigate through the mountain terrain.

Once you reach Lukla, you will start your trek, and for the next few days, you will be walking to your destinations. Along the way, you will cross suspension bridges over rivers and streams, walk through dense forests, and climb up and down the hills.

At the end of the trek, you will have to retrace your steps and walk back to Lukla to catch a flight back to Kathmandu.

The booking and payment process for the Gokyo Valley Trek can vary depending on the trekking company or tour operator you choose to book with. However, in general, the process can be broken down into the following steps:

  1. Research and select a reputable trekking company or tour operator that offers the Gokyo Valley Trek.

  2. Contact the company to check availability and receive a quote for the trek.

  3. Once you have confirmed your trekking dates and itinerary with the company, they will typically require a deposit to secure your booking. This deposit amount can vary, but it is usually around 20-30% of the total trek cost.

  4. The remaining balance of your trek cost will typically be due upon your arrival in Nepal, and you can pay in cash or by credit card (depending on the company).

  5. Before departing for your trek, make sure to confirm all the details of your itinerary, including transportation, accommodation, meals, and any other services included in your trek package.

It's important to note that some trekking companies may have slightly different booking and payment processes, so it's always a good idea to check with your chosen operator for their specific requirements. Additionally, it's important to read reviews and do your research to ensure that you are booking with a reputable and reliable company.

Last-minute bookings for the Gokyo Valley Trek can be made, but it's recommended to make reservations in advance to secure a spot on the trek. You can contact a local trekking agency in Nepal or directly contact the hotel or guesthouse where you plan to stay during the trek. Payment for last-minute bookings is usually required in cash or through bank transfer, and it's important to confirm availability and all details of the trek before making any payment. Keep in mind that last-minute bookings may have limited availability for accommodations and flights to Lukla, so it's best to plan ahead to avoid any potential issues.

Ensuring safety and satisfaction is a top priority in any adventure or trekking activity, especially in a challenging and remote region like Everest. Here are some measures that can help ensure safety and satisfaction during the Gokyo Valley Trek:

  1. Choose a reliable and experienced trekking company: Make sure to research and choose a trekking company with a good reputation and experienced guides who have extensive knowledge of the region and can provide necessary safety measures.

  2. Proper acclimatization: Altitude sickness can be a serious issue during the trek, so it is essential to have proper acclimatization days to avoid any health hazards. The itinerary should have enough rest days to adjust to the altitude.

  3. Trekking gear and equipment: Proper gear and equipment are essential for safety and comfort during the trek. Make sure to have adequate clothing, trekking shoes, headlamps, sunscreen, and a first-aid kit.

  4. Hydration and nutrition: Staying hydrated and having proper nutrition is essential during the trek to ensure safety and prevent health issues.

  5. Weather updates: The weather in the region can be unpredictable, so make sure to check the weather forecast regularly and prepare accordingly.

  6. Respect local culture: The Gokyo Valley is a culturally significant region, so it is essential to respect local customs and traditions.

By following these measures and taking necessary precautions, trekkers can have a safe and satisfying experience during the Gokyo Valley Trek.

When trekking in the Everest Region, it is recommended to have an emergency fund in case of unforeseen circumstances. The amount of money needed for an emergency fund can vary depending on the individual's preferences and circumstances.

It is generally recommended to have at least $500-$1000 USD set aside for emergencies such as unexpected medical expenses, evacuation costs, or additional accommodation costs due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays or cancellations.

It is important to note that credit cards and ATMs are not widely available in the remote areas of the Everest Region, so it is recommended to carry enough cash to cover expenses for the duration of the trek. Additionally, it is advisable to inform someone of your emergency fund and keep it in a secure place.

Proper equipment is essential for a safe and enjoyable trek on the Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek. Here are some essential items you should consider packing:

  1. Trekking boots: sturdy, comfortable and worn-in trekking boots with good ankle support are important for navigating the rocky and uneven terrain.

  2. Clothing: layering is key for fluctuating temperatures, so pack clothing that is lightweight and breathable, yet warm enough for cold weather. Be sure to bring a waterproof jacket and pants, as well as warm gloves, hat, and thermal underwear.

  3. Daypack: a small daypack to carry water, snacks, camera, and other essentials.

  4. Sleeping bag: a good quality sleeping bag rated for at least -10°C (14°F) is recommended, as tea houses can get cold at night.

  5. Trekking poles: adjustable trekking poles can help with balance and reduce strain on the knees during steep ascents and descents.

  6. Headlamp or flashlight: for navigating in the dark or during power outages.

  7. Sun protection: sunglasses, sun hat, and high SPF sunscreen to protect against strong UV rays at high altitude.

  8. Water purification: water bottles or hydration bladder, and a water filter or purifying tablets to avoid drinking unclean water.

  9. First aid kit: including blister plasters, pain relief medication, antiseptic cream, and any prescription medication.

  10. Miscellaneous: camera with extra batteries, power bank, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and a small towel.

It's also important to pack light and efficiently, as porters typically have weight limits. You can hire a porter to carry your backpack, but it's still recommended to keep it light and bring only essential items. It's also a good idea to consult with your trekking company or guide for specific equipment recommendations and requirements.

The Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek is a popular and rewarding trekking route in the Everest region of Nepal. Here are some key features of the trek:

  1. Stunning mountain scenery: The trek offers breathtaking views of some of the highest peaks in the world, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Cho Oyu.

  2. Gokyo Lakes: The trek takes you to the beautiful and serene Gokyo Lakes, a series of turquoise-colored lakes surrounded by majestic snow-capped peaks.

  3. High altitude trekking: The trek takes you to an altitude of over 5,000 meters (16,400 feet), offering a challenging but rewarding experience for adventurous trekkers.

  4. Cultural immersion: The trek passes through several traditional Sherpa villages, offering an opportunity to learn about the local culture, lifestyle, and customs of the people living in the region.

  5. Adventure activities: The trek offers several opportunities for adventure activities, including crossing high mountain passes, exploring glaciers, and climbing Gokyo Ri for panoramic views of the mountains and valleys.

  6. Tea house trekking: The trek offers comfortable and affordable tea house accommodations along the way, providing a chance to experience the local hospitality and cuisine of the region.

  7. Scenic flight to Lukla: The trek begins with a thrilling flight to Lukla, offering stunning views of the Himalayan peaks and landscapes.

Overall, the Gokyo Ri with Gokyo Valley Trek offers a unique and unforgettable trekking experience, combining high-altitude trekking, cultural immersion, and stunning mountain scenery.

Client Reviews

Becandco

Australia

Amazing professional caring staff

18th March, 2021

Staff from Sole Encounters Nepal are amazing!! Very professional, knowledgeable and share their experience and culture with their guests. Thankyou

Simonculley

United Kingdom

The Truly Awe Inspiring Gokyo Ri

25th November, 2021

Genuinely an amazing life changing experience. Led by a caring professional team who not only go above and beyond to make your trek fantastic, they are also such good genuine people who love to show others their amazing country and culture. One of the best experiences I’ve ever had.

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Angi

United Kingdom

Glorious Gokyo

14th November, 2022

I trekked up to Gokyo with Prem and his team this September.
The whole trip was amazing!

Prem is fun, professional and knowledgeable. We enjoyed a few days in Kathmandu sightseeing then off up to Lukla to begin our trek.
Every element of the trip was taken care of and we enjoyed fabulous hospitality in all the Tea houses we stayed in.

The Gokyo lakes are stunning and a must see.

I’m looking forward to visiting Manaslu with Prem in 2024 !!

Sue Smart

Sue Smart

United Kingdom

Excellent gokyo valley trek

14th February, 2022

Thank you for the suggestion to explore Gokyo Valley for the best Golden Mountain view in the morning and evening. Gokyo is indeed a beautiful valley located in the Everest region of Nepal, and the view from Gokyo Ri is breathtaking. Enjoy the world's highest mountain view from there!

Catherine J

Andorra

Luisa Gomez

30th June, 2023

They demonstrated excellent skill in setting a pace that balanced reaching our destination in a timely manner, allowing us to relax in teahouses, while also providing enough rest time along the way for rest, photography, and enjoyment. Although my partner and I were slightly slower than the rest of the group, never falling more than a few minutes behind, one of the guides always accompanied us without any pressure to hurry. The perceived pace, whether fast or slow, largely depends on your fitness level compared to the group. In my case, it felt just right, providing a bit of a challenge during ascents but comfortable on flatter sections.

The guides effortlessly struck a perfect balance between engaging with us and giving us space. We learned a great deal about the local culture and geography by asking them questions during the walks. During meals, they often served as our waiters, ensuring we enjoyed the all-you-can-eat veggie dal bhat. They skillfully managed all the logistics with the teahouses, creating a relaxed, fun, and joyful atmosphere throughout the trek.

We extend special thanks to them for rushing ahead on a couple of occasions to secure a table for lunch at the next teahouse. Additionally, Bhim Tamang's card shuffling skills left us incredibly impressed!

Due to the altitude, the trek naturally presents challenges. However, we felt incredibly safe under the guides' watchful care. They conducted thorough daily check-ups, reassured us that we could wake them up in the middle of the night for any problems, and provided clear guidance on mild and severe altitude sickness symptoms. Fortunately, no major altitude sickness issues arose within our group, but we all experienced mild symptoms. Personally, I struggled a bit during the day we ascended to EBC, feeling lightheaded, but I recovered the following day. We all experienced mild and short-lived headaches at various points. Throughout this period, I felt secure, and the guides frequently checked on me during the 1-2 days when I wasn't feeling great.

Overall, the trip was exceptionally smooth, thanks to the guides' insightful tips for optimizing our experience. From practical advice like keeping windows slightly open at night for maximum oxygen to recommending suitable food choices at higher altitudes, they provided valuable guidance.

Apart from the physical challenge due to lack of oxygen, the other difficulties revolved around sleeping, eating, and breathing. Sleeping can be more challenging, appetite may decrease (I experienced this for a couple of days), and breathing at night can be uncomfortable due to cold and dry air (wearing a buff would have helped). Fortunately, I didn't experience any gastrointestinal issues, only occasional discomfort. Coughing in response to the dry, cold, and dusty air is common, and in retrospect, I should have worn a buff throughout the day to minimize it. The acclimatization days were highly effective (participating in the "optional" hikes is strongly recommended), and it's fascinating to observe a significant drop in resting heart rate after spending a day at a specific altitude.

We are already planning to return to Nepal in the future, perhaps for one of the other treks or to explore the city and cultural aspects. A heartfelt thank you to Nurbu Ngima and the entire support staff—we already miss them dearly

James plugsey

Chile

Trip to Everest Circuit

30th June, 2023

What an absolutely incredible journey it was! Every aspect surpassed my wildest imagination! The teams at Sole Encounters Trekking Pvt Ltd were truly outstanding, showcasing their exceptional skills and going above and beyond to ensure our experience was unforgettable. The assistant guides and support staff were all phenomenal, always ready to assist with any request.

The scenery throughout the hike was simply breathtaking, offering a captivating variety of landscapes that delighted the senses. Each step revealed new and awe-inspiring views. I am already eagerly looking forward to booking my next trip to Nepal with Sole Encounters Trekking Pvt Ltd. Their expertise and dedication guarantee an extraordinary adventure every time!

Jennifer

Denmark

Mind blowing scenery with hospitality to match

30th June, 2023

The trek can be physically demanding at times, but the stunning mountain vistas quickly make you forget about the more challenging moments. Thankfully, altitude did not pose significant issues for our group, but I would recommend bringing along some Diamox just in case. The acclimatization days were incredibly helpful in mitigating the effects of altitude, and they included visits to beautiful viewpoints, climbing documentaries with popcorn in pubs, and indulging in Baileys hot chocolate at 4500m our guide is very skillfully for mediciene ( strong suggested , which we really apreacited with their helps 

As you ascend to higher elevations, the accommodations, facilities, and food become more basic but still comfortable enough. While hot showers may be scarce above Namche Bazaar, this small sacrifice is well worth the incredible views of the awe-inspiring mountain landscapes that surround you.

In the future, I am eager to return to Nepal for another trek in this magnificent region. The allure of this beautiful country and its stunning landscapes is irresistible!

Grace

United Kingdom

Extraordinary adventure in Nepal.

1st July, 2023

Nepal, a captivating mountainous country, offered us an unforgettable experience during our Everest Base Camp trek in October 2018. Accompanied by my friends and my mom, we were fortunate to have Nirmal Rai as our guide. Nirmal's friendly nature and extensive knowledge of the mountains made us feel like a part of his own family. He demonstrated exceptional expertise in high-altitude conditions, providing valuable prevention tips that ensured our success on the trek.

Our porter, Mayesh, deserves special appreciation for his hard work. He not only carried our baggage but also surprised us with fresh fruits in the evenings, always wearing a smile on his face.

Sole Encounters, we are sincerely grateful for your support and the exceptional 5-star service you provided us. The porters, the local people we encountered, and the food were all lovely. The teahouses along the way offered a welcoming respite, and even amidst the traffic, Kathmandu city's beauty shone through.

Such was the impact of our experience that we have already decided to return to Nepal in 2024, once again with Sole Encounters. This time, we have set our sights on the enchanting Gokyo Lake Trek. We highly recommend this trekking company to anyone seeking an extraordinary adventure in Nepal.

Jessica Parton

Australia

The best tour company in Nepal.

16th July, 2023

 

We had a fantastic Gokyo Valley trek with magnificent panoramic views from Gokyo Ri. Upon arriving in KTM, our tour company provided hassle-free pickup and gave us a warm welcome. Our guide was exceptional, knowledgeable about history and local cultures, making our trip even more awesome. The porter did an excellent job, always carrying our bags and ensuring they were waiting for us at the teahouses. The itinerary and trip planning by the company were perfect. We highly recommend them to other travelers as the best tour company in Nepal.

Isabelle Morgan

Australia

We had a wonderful time

16th July, 2023

When we were planning our trip to Nepal for trekking, we wanted to experience the high altitude. After researching, we chose to trek to Gokyo Valley with Sole Encounters Trekking Pvt Ltd. It turned out to be a perfect choice as the company provided excellent services with a knowledgeable guide and porter. We had many conversations with the staff at Sole Encounters, and their responses were honest and prompt, reaffirming that we made the right decision in selecting this company.

The days we spent trekking were perfect, and the scenic beauty of the Himalayas was truly mesmerizing. We had a wonderful time throughout the trip, and we sincerely thank Sole Encounters for organizing everything so well. We hope to have the opportunity to see you again in the future.

Andrew Seok

Australia

Such a fantastic trip for us!

30th July, 2023

Our trek was absolutely incredible, and visiting Gokyo was a dream come true for us. Witnessing the glacier and the stunning views from Gokyo Ri was an unforgettable experience. Throughout the trek, our guide and porter were excellent, making the journey smooth and enjoyable. The flight to Lukla was great, and the views from the Gokyo Valley were breathtaking. Interacting with the Sherpa villages and experiencing their lifestyle was truly enriching. Thank you for organizing such a fantastic trip for us!

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