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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 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.
Bursting with culture, wildlife and vegetation, there is so much to explore during your expedition. The natural landscape in the region is vast and the mountainous peaks are home to a vast array of exotic vegetation, including the exotic rhododendrons flower. More than just a region for hiking and climbing, visitors get to explore the unique Sherpa culture as they pass through their villages. The Sherpas of Nepal are tranquil people who lead a simple life and a lot can be learned from them about peace and mindfulness.
This national park is an area of natural beauty that is popular among tourists in the region for its many trekking trails. Cho La Pass is a great trail in Sagarmatha National Park but is ideal for experienced climbers as you will have to traverse slippery and sometimes unstable glaciers; make sure you have the appropriate climbing gear such as crampons and ice tools. For nature lovers looking for a slightly easier route, the trail between Phortse Thanga to Machhermo is unmissable. Panoramic scenes are at every turn and trekkers will find themselves walking through diverse species of flora; a yak or two might even cross your path.
Acclimatisation is key when it comes to tackling the mountains in the Khumbu region and failure to do so can leave you feeling sick; luckily there are so many adventure activities to take part in during your days of acclimatisation. Go for a gentle hike through the mountain's forests or take a trip to Gokyo Lakes which are considered one of the top 7 natural wonders in Asia; the turquoise waters and cascading waterfalls truly are a sight to behold for trekkers hoping to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature. For those looking for some downtime from peak climbing, find yourself a premium spot on the mountainside and watch the sunrise and sunset from Gokyo Ri peak.
The landscape and natural views may be stunning, but Nepal mountain trekkers should be aware of the difficulty associated with Gokyo Valley and Lobuche East Peak as the routes are graded moderate to very difficult depending on which paths you decide to take. It's important to have some prior experience in climbing and go into the expedition with a relatively good level of fitness. It's also important to remember to get your climbing permit before embarking on your mountaineering adventure.
Gokyo Valley and Lobuche East Peak are often overlooked by serious mountaineers, but the offbeat routes are filled with unparalleled views and adventure that can't be found in another region in Nepal. If you're hoping to embark on your trekking adventure in the region, the best time to go is between February and May as the skies are clear and trekkers get to immerse themselves in both the lush green vegetation as well the snowy mountainous peaks. To find out more and arrange your expedition, get in touch with us at Nepal Mountain Trekkers.
Nepal Mountain Trekkers is a travel agency formed with the involvement of highly experienced and professional trekkers with an experience of more than two decades in trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, we do have staffs from all the special parts of the country to provide you with the proper and adequate information and make you enjoy the best of your trip. In our years of experience, none of our clients had any complaint or dissatisfaction from our company and till now all our previous clients highly recommend our team to their friends and family which is the reason behind our dedication and diligence. Once you trek with our team, you will surely think of visiting Nepal time and again with us as our other clients.
Well, the tip for guide and other trekking staffs like porters and drivers is not mandatory but since they contribute their time apart from family to make you enjoy the best of your trip ensuring your safety and satisfaction, we recommend you to contribute some amount of tip for them. In Nepal, it is practised that 10% of the total amount you pay for your trek and tour is contributed as a tip.
Yes, in most of the lodges and tea-houses, the telephone and internet facilities are available during your trek. But in some places, they might charge some amount for the service as well as you can also use mobile data during your trek for Internet and communication.
Yes, you will need a special permit for Gokyo Valley with Lobuche East Peak Climbing because you will trek thru Sagarmatha National Park, you would need to have Sagarmatha National Park Special Permit, Peak Climbing Permit and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
Yes, it is possible to get showers during Gokyo Valley with Lobuche East Peak Climbing on the lodges you would be staying overnight or during acclimatization.
Day Pack (35-45 L)
Sleeping Bag (-20F/-30C recommended)
Crocs (evenings & washing)
Trekking Pants (2-3)
Long-sleeve Trekking Shirts (2-3)
Gortex (or similar) Jacket & Pants
Fleece or Thermal Top (evenings)
Fleece or Thermal Bottoms (evenings)
Lightweight Long Underwear (to sleep in or layer under clothes)
Gloves (lighter & heavier for passes)
Baseball Cap or Wide-brimmed Hat
Trekking Poles (optional, recommended)
Down Booties (optional, recommended)
Water Bottles | Nalgenes (2-3)
Bladder (optional, recommended)
Toiletries, Sunscreen with SPF, Lip Balm with SPF
Watch (with alarm)
Head Lamp ?(2)
Yak Trax (for treks with icy passes)
Water Purifying Tablets, Small Water Filter or Steripen
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
Soft Toilet Paper | Tissues (we supply toilet paper but you will want something softer for blowing your nose)
Baby-Wipes | Wet-Wipes (for personal cleaning)
Handi-Wipes, J-Cloth or Chux (optional: easy for a quick daytime clean, fast drying)
Rehydration | Electrolytes
Personal Medical Supplies
ALL trekking gear (Sherpa Gear, Mountain Hardwear, Tsetang’s Gear Shop all have real gear), real & knock-offs.
We strongly suggest bringing Western meds with you as there are a lot of Indian fakes on the market!
Well, it is not compulsory to be insured but as we already know “Prevention is better than cure”. If you are insured then you can have a relaxed trip without worries and enjoy with a free mind.
Generally, Gokyo Valley with Lobuche East Peak Climbing is 18-22 days long but you can customize/personalize the trekking days and the itinerary according to your requirement with Nepal Mountain Trekkers.
Gokyo Valley with Lobuche East Peak Climbing is one of the physically demanding and arduous trekking experience with difficult trails and high passes included in the trek.
It is necessary to take a highly experienced and licensed guide to instruct you and help you explore the best of this trek as well as to take care of you during the trek. If you go trekking without a guide then you won't get to know the things you ought to explore as well as there might arise several problems on the trail. On the other hand, to enhance the comfort of trekking, you might need porters to carry your loads.
The trek could be extremely adventurous and exciting for solo trekkers and since you will be walking through off-the-beaten paths, it is somehow risky for the solo trekker and solo female trekkers. You need to be aware and capable of handling several situations in order to prevent from obligations and challenges during the trek. So, at least a highly experienced and certified trekking guide is needed for this trek even for solo trekkers.
The earthquake of 2015 had an adverse effect on the trekking trails and the local inhabitants back then but now after the patience and positive attitude of the people along with their effort and collaboration from several donors, the trails are totally recovered and fine for trekking again. Though the lifestyle of people is somehow still lagged behind in some reasons because of trekkers and their contributions, they’ve got a light of hope that they will rise again.
Yes, of course, with Nepal Mountain Trekkers you can customize/personalize the trek itinerary and services to be provided according to your requirements.
The foods provided during the trek are mostly the typical Nepalese food i.e. Dal Bhat and the accommodation are basic tea-houses and even tent-camps. Except for trekking, you can choose the food and accommodation according to your requirement during your stay in major cities like Kathmandu.
In the case of emergency, our highly experienced and determined trekking staffs and guides who are the inhabitants of this region and are professional in these fields would guide you with the best instruction according to the situation. They are well aware of every kind of risks and the solutions and they would be in touch with the company along with your trekking session, so there is no reason to worry about, just enjoy the trek. On the other hand, we also provide helicopter rescue service if required.
Since the trail of this trekking is mostly rural, the drinking water available during this trek would be tap water, well water or hand pumps and should be purified prior to drinking them. Hence, you should buy bottled waters or should have water purifying pills or any other equipment to ensure drinking safe water.
While you are on Gokyo Valley with Lobuche East Peak Climbing, you can get access to electricity or solar energy for charging your electronic devices at lodges and tea-houses but you might only get access to the two-pin adapter so you should bring conversion plug or another converter if your device charger is not suitable with two-pin plug. And while you stay overnight in tent-camps, it is recommended to have your own power supply if possible.
The best time to go for Gokyo Valley with Lobuche East Peak Climbing would be autumn or spring because the weather would be clear and the sceneries are vivid under the clear blue sky and lush greenery everywhere. Moreover, the blooming of rhododendron forest and other herbs and vegetations would be the major attraction of being there during autumn and spring as well it will reduce the risk of natural calamities and blockades from snowfalls.
You can use ATM and Credit Cards to withdraw money during Gokyo Valley with Lobuche East Peak Climbing only at specific and major places like Kathmandu, Lukla and Namche Bazaar.
There is a maximum possibility of getting altitude sickness during Gokyo Valley with Lobuche East Peak Climbing since you would be climbing to the higher altitudes, but with proper acclimatization and health care as well as the guidance from trekking staffs, you shouldn’t face the trouble of altitude sickness.
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