Gokyo Valley with Lobuche East Peak Climbing - 20 days

Trip Overview

Duration: 20 days Country: Nepal
Max. Altitude: 6,145m/20,160ft. Walking Per Day: 5-6 hrs
Accommodation: N/A grade Grade: Strenuous
Best Season: Autumn and Spring Group Size: 1-10
Mode: Tea-House/Tent-Camp Culture: Sherpa Culture, Tibetan Influenced Culture

Gokyo Valley is also known as the trekker's "other Everest" and Nepal mountain trekkers will struggle to find a region with more challenging and aesthetically stunning routes to traverse. At 5,357m high, Gokyo Ri is the ideal peak for professional as well as less experienced trekkers to tackle; mountaineers can look forward to stunning views of the Ngozumpa glacier as they hike, which is the largest and greatest in Nepal. For those who enjoy a mountaineering challenge, the mammoth Lobuche East Peak is 6119m high and boasts spectacular views of Mount Everest as well as mountainside meadows; Lobuche East is rated PD+ on the Alpine Grading system, so expect this to be a technically demanding trek.


Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft)
    • Meals :Lunch / Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :
      • Kathmandu
      • Tribhuvan International Airport
      • Thamel
    • Highlights :
      • Tribhuvan International Airport
      • Welcoming with Marigold Flower Garland
      • Group Photo
      • Introduction with group members and trekking crew
      • Evening Walk at Thamel

     

  • Day 2 Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Sightseeing
    • Duration :Whole day
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :
      • Kathmandu Durbar Square
      • Boudhanath Stupa
      • Pashupatinath Temple
      • Thamel
    • Highlights :
      • Kathmandu Sightseeing
      • Equipment Checking
      • Briefing about the trek
      • Introduction with Guide

     

  • Day 3 Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft)
    • Duration :35mins Flight and 4hrs walk (9 Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Transportation :Flight
    • Accommodation :Lodge / Hotel
    • Ascend :148m/485ft
    • Location :
      • Thamel
      • Tribhuvan International Airport
      • Ghat
      • Lukla
      • Phakding
    • Highlights :
      • Lukla Airport
      • Mountain View from Flight
      • Adventure and Excitement
      • Suspension Bridges
      • Prayer Flags
      • Tibetan Script on Stones
      • Sceneries
      • Atmosphere
      • Buddhist Culture

     

  • Day 4 Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft)
    • Duration :7-8hrs walk (11-13 Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Ascend :640m/2,100ft
    • Location :
      • Phakding
      • Monjo
      • Jorsale
      • Namche Bazar
    • Highlights :
      • UNESCO World Heritage
      • Sagarmatha National Park
      • High Suspension Bridges
      • Himalayas View
      • Sherpa Culture

     

  • Day 5 Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day
    • Duration :3-4hrs (5Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Ascend :430m/1,410ft
    • Descend :430m/1,410ft
    • Location :
      • Namche Bazar
      • Syanbuchhe
    • Highlights :
      • Best Viewpoint for Everest
      • Sherpa Museum
      • Hatt Bazar
      • Shopping
      • Day Hike to Everest View Hotel

     

  • Day 6 Namche Bazaar to Dole(4,200m/13,780ft)
    • Duration :6-7hrs (11-12Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Ascend :760m/2,493ft
    • Descend :200m/656ft
    • Location :
      • Namche Bazar
      • Kyangjuma Danda
      • Phortse Tenga
      • Dole
    • Highlights :
      • Rhododendron Forest
      • View of Ama Dablam
      • Beautiful Landscape
      • Pine Forest
      • Sagarmatha National Park
      • Flora and Fauna
      • Wildlife and Birds
      • Lhophophorus/Danfe (National Bird of Nepal)

     

  • Day 7 Dole to Machhermo(4,470 m/ 14,663 ft)
    • Duration :5hrs walk (8-9Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Ascend :300m/984ft
    • Location :
      • Dole
      • Kele(Gyle)
      • Luza
      • Machhermo
    • Highlights :
      • Beautiful Landscape
      • Hidden Valley View
      • Tabuche Peak View
      • Cholatse Peak View
      • Mountain Sceneries

     

  • Day 8 Machharmo to Gokyo Lake(4,800 m/15,744 ft)
    • Duration :5hrs walk (8-9Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Ascend :320m/1,049ft
    • Location :
      • Macchermo
      • Phang(Pangla)
      • First Lake
      • Taboche Tsho(Taujung Cho)
      • Gokyo
    • Highlights :
      • Gokyo Lake (5 Lakes)
      • Glacier Walk
      • Mountain Sceneries
      • Prayer Flags
      • Yaks
      • Blissful Nature
      • Chadoten
      • Wetland

     

  • Day 9 Acclimatization Day at Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 m/17,570 ft) and Hike to fifth lakes
    • Duration :6-7hrs walk (8-9Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Ascend :665m/2,181ft
    • Descend :500m/1,640ft
    • Location :
      • Gokyo Lake
      • Gokyo Ri
      • Gokyo
      • Fifth Lake
      • Gokyo
    • Highlights :
      • High altitude walk
      • Sunrise View
      • Glacier Walk
      • Panoramic View of 4 Mountains above 8,000m
      • Prayer Flags
      • Fifth Lakes walking
      • Achievement of a lifetime
      • Dream comes true for adventure seekers

     

  • Day 10 Gokyo to Thangnak (4,680m/15,350 ft)
    • Duration :2-3hrs walk (5Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Descend :90m/ 295ft
    • Location :
      • Gokyo Lake
      • Ngoinmba Glacier
      • Thangnak
    • Highlights :
      • Ngoinmba Glacier – One of the longest glacier
      • Geography
      • Landscapes
      • Adventure and Excitement
      • Mountain Sceneries

     

  • Day 11 Thangnak to Dzongla(4,830 m/15,850ft) via Cho La (5,368m/17,611 ft)
    • Duration :8-9hrs walk (13-14Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Ascend :630m/2,066ft
    • Descend :450m/1,476ft
    • Location :
      • Thangnak
      • Cho La Pass
      • Dzongla
    • Highlights :
      • Beautiful Landscape
      • Ice-Glacier Walk
      • Rocky Landscape
      • Prayer Flags
      • Massive Mountain View

     

  • Day 12 Dzongla to Lobuche East High Camp (5,800m/19,028ft)
    • Duration :5hrs walk (7Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Tent-Camp
    • Ascend :970m/3,182ft
    • Location :
      • Dzongla
      • Lobuche East Base Camp
      • Lobuche East High Camp
    • Highlights :
      • Scrolling Rocky Part
      • Equipment Usage Training
      • Safety Guide Briefing
      • Tent-Camp
      • Prayer Flags
      • Experience of a lifetime
      • Adventure and Excitement
      • Overnight at High Altitude

     

  • Day 13 Lobuche East High Camp to Summit (6,145m/20,160ft) and back to High Camp
    • Duration :10-11hrs walk (8Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Tent-Camp
    • Ascend :345m/1,131ft
    • Descend :400m/1,312ft
    • Location :
      • Lobuche East High Camp
      • Summit
      • Lobuche East High Camp
    • Highlights :
      • Start Climbing from Midnight (1 Pm)
      • Mesmerizing Sunrise View
      • Massive Mountain View
      • Achievement of a lifetime
      • Adventure and Excitement
      • Descend through Ice

     

  • Day 14 Contingency Day (Optional – in case of inappropriate weather)

     

  • Day 15 High Camp to Pheriche (4,240 m/ 13,911 ft)
    • Duration :5hrs walk (8-9Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Descend :1,870m/6,135ft
    • Location :
      • Lobuche East High Camp
      • Thokla Pass
      • Thokla
      • Pheriche
    • Highlights :
      • High altitude walk
      • Mt. Ama Dablam View
      • Sherpa Culture and Lifestyle of Local
      • Mountain Sceneries
      • Walk above tree level

     

  • Day 16 Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,280 ft)
    • Duration :7-8hrs walk (14-16Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Descend :800m/2,624ft
    • Ascend :200m/656ft
    • Location :
      • Pheriche
      • Sanasa
      • Pangboche
      • Tengboche
      • Phunki Tenga
      • Namche Bazaar
    • Highlights :
      • Rhododendron Forest
      • View of Ama Dablam
      • Beautiful Landscape
      • Pine Forest
      • Tengboche Monastery
      • Everest View 

     

  • Day 17 Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft)
    • Duration :7-8hrs walk (16-18Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Descend :600m/1,968ft
    • Ascend :210m/688ft
    • Location :
      • Namche Bazar
      • Jorsale
      • Monjo
      • Phakding
      • Lukla
    • Highlights :
      • Rhododendron Forest
      • Various High Suspension Bridges
      • Tashi Lapcha Mountain View
      • Kawande Mountain View
      • Beautiful Landscape
      • Pine Forest
      • Last Everest View
      • Prayer Flags

     

  • Day 18 Lukla - Kathmandu
    • Duration :35mins flight , 30mins Drive(5Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
    • Transportation :Domestic Flight , Private Vehicles
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Note :It is recommended to have a buffer day of one day in here since the weather is unconditional in here.
    • Location :
      • Lukla
      • Kathmandu Domestic Airport
      • Thamel
    • Highlights :
      • Stunning View of Mountains from Flight
      • Geography
      • Landscapes
      • Adventure and Excitement
      • Kathmandu Valley View

     

  • Day 19 Relax shopping and whatever you wish to do along with the farewell dinner in the evening (excluding alcoholic and soft drinks)

     

  • Day 20 Final Departure
    • Meals :Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Location :
      • Thamel
      • Tribhuvan International Airport
    • Highlights :
      • Souvenir Shopping
      • Airport Drop with Khata/Khatag as a Symbol of Wishing Safe Journey
      • Group Photo

     

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Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up and drop
  • 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Green Horizon or similar standard)
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • All foods during the trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; any items on the menu as much as you wish to consume.
    • We provide hygienic and safe meals to re-energize you.
    • We request you not to waste your meals for it is difficult to transport food in the rural area.
    • You are not allowed to share your meals with anyone else from another group.
  • Domestic Flight
  • All require camping equipment
  • An experienced and professional English-speaking trekking guide, porters to carry luggage ( required porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
  • Well experienced ice climbing guide (Climbing service charge, insurance, food, personal equipment)
  • Group Climbing gear fixed rope, main rope, ice axe, zoomer, harness, figure of eight, carabineer
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags, down jacket, Nepal Mountain Trekkers duffer bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (Note: down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Peak Permit Royalty, Sagarmatha National Parks fee
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • 13% VAT and 10% service charges
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Airport Pick up and drop
  • 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Green Horizon or similar standard)
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • Breakfast during the trek
  • Domestic Flight
  • All require camping equipment
  • An experienced and professional English-speaking trekking guide, porters to carry luggage ( required porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
  • Well experienced ice climbing guide (Climbing service charge, insurance, food, personal equipment)
  • Group Climbing gear fixed rope, main rope, ice axe, zoomer, harness, figure of eight, carabineer
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags, down jacket, Nepal Mountain Trekkers duffer bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (Note: down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Peak Permit Royalty, Sagarmatha National Parks fee
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • 13% VAT and 10% service charges

Cost Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee (Visa Information)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation(s)
  • Travel Insurance and Rescue Cost
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Personal trekking and climbing gears
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Nepalese visa fee (Visa Information)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Lunch and evening meals during the trek
  • Extra night accommodation(s)
  • Travel Insurance and Rescue Cost
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Personal trekking and climbing gears
  • Tips for guides and porters

Route Map

map of Gokyo Valley with Lobuche East Peak Climbing

Equipment Checklist

Equipment lists for 20 days Gokyo Valley with Lobuche East Peak Climbing

HEAD

Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses
Head Torch
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms

UPPER BODY

Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Fleece jacket
Waterproof jacket
Down jacket

LOWER BODY

Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Waterproof pants
Inner thermals

FEET

Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Shower sandals

HANDS

Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Creams
Sanitizer

ACCESSORIES

Sleeping bag rated to (-20F/-30C recommended)
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
Duffel bag
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits 

Personal Regular Medicines
Knee Caps
Bandages
Ointments
Blister Tape

MISCELLANEOUS

Medicines: We recommend you to bring your regular medicines; we will provide first aid kit from our side.
Light-weighted Towel
Swiss Knife
Passport and extra passport photos
Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer
Day Pack (35-45 L)
Crocs (evenings & washing)
Gloves (lighter & heavier for passes)
Camp Towel
Trekking Poles (optional, recommended)
Down Booties (optional, recommended)
Bladder (optional, recommended)
Extra Batteries
Battery Chargers
Yak Trax (for treks with icy passes)
Camp Washing Bowl (optional, collapsible for clothes)
Laundry Detergent (Kathmandu) or Bio-degradable Clothes Soap
Small Solar Panel (optional, recommended for iPods, iPhones, camera batteries, Kindles)
Zip-Lock | Plastic Bags
Rehydration | Electrolytes
Snacks!
Personal Medical Supplies
Micro Spikes
Medical Supplies


We strongly suggest bringing Western meds with you as there are a lot of Indian fakes on the market!


Suggested: Diamox, Azithromycin, Ciprofloxacin, Tinidazole or Flagyl & Augmentin. Bring COMPEED for covering blisters & good tasting electrolytes &/or rehydration salts (Emergen-C is a good American brand). The local versions aren’t very appealing.

We also recommend bringing strong knee & ankle supports & braces, ACE bandages for sprains & strains, Tegaderm &/or other would coverings. Duct tape is always useful. We’re happy to take excess medical supplies off your hands when you leave if you won’t need them and pass them on to others. We use lots of the large amount we have with us to treat locals we meet when trekking.

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