Everest Gokyo Trek With Helicopter Return

Overview

Everest Gokyo Trek with Helicopter return is undoubtedly one of the mesmerizing trekking options to be considered as this trek takes you to the heart of mountains and Gokyo Valley along with a befitting helicopter flight directly from Gokyo Valley to Kathmandu. It indulges you with the scenic beauty of the mountainous range, along with giving insights into the Himalayan lifestyle. Everest Gokyo Trek is the stirring journey to the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri through sightseeing stunning Himalayan landscapes, local settlements, monasteries, and cascading waterfalls alongside the roaring Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River. This trek is a magical journey that is infused with lively moments along the way.

Traversing through staggering mountainous regions and diverse topography with the scenic beauty of the Himalayan region and its habitat is indeed a wonderful experience. You’ll be stunned by the magical beauty of the pristine Himalayas reflecting through tranquil Gokyo Lakes while a clear day summons a vibrant atmosphere all around. Being a shorter and more accessible trekking site, it invites thousands of people from all around the world to relish the outstanding views of the Himalayas and Gokyo Lake. The six lakes are Thonak Cho (largest), Taujung Cho, Gyazumpa Cho, Ngozumpa Cho (smallest), Longpongo Cho, and Gokyo Cho. Gokyo Cho is the main lake of six of them and is the major attraction site which is also known as Dudhpokhari.

This trek takes you through a series of stopovers and is 9 Days trek in total. You’ll be heading through local villages from Lukla to Phakding and finally acclimatizing at Namche Bazaar, which is a stunning marketplace and beautiful village in the Solukhumbu District. The exhilarating Everest Gokyo Trek takes you to the Gokyo Valley through famous stopovers on the way, like Dole and Machhermo, that present you with the sights of the stunning vistas of mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Gokyo Ri. Moreover, this trek offers you a splendid time with one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world and magnifies your trekking experience by double through a moderately challenging journey.

Highlights of Everest Gokyo Trek with Helicopter Return

  • Rip-roaring adventure to the Gokyo Ri (5483m)
  • Stunning views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu
  • Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lakes
  • The magical sight of Ngozumpa Glacier
  • Majestic snow-capped landscapes, cascading waterfalls, roaring rivers, and elevated hills
  • Distinct Himalayan lifestyle, flora, and fauna
  • Rhododendrons, fir, and pine trees, along with glimpses of Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan monal, Musk deer, Snow leopard, and many more
  • Warm hospitality and vibrant teahouses
  • Clear and unobstructed views of Himalayan vistas
  • Sherpa’s culture and customs
  • Festive atmosphere, delectable cuisines, and local celebrations
  • Namche Bazaar, Mani Walls, and numerous monasteries
  • Suitable, secure, and accessible trek

Itinerary

Your Gokyo Trek with Helicopter return begins after you arrive at Kathmandu. Our team will receive you from the Airport and transfer you to a cozy hotel. Our team will also help in your checking process at your hotel. You’ll wander around local places while trying some delicious foods in Kathmandu on your first day.

You can visit numerous places around along with cultural heritage sites like Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Swoyambunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and many more. Being not able to visit all the places in a single day, you’ll have to pick some of the places. Also, this day marks the preparation day with packing the necessary clothes, gear and equipment for your epic adventure to the lap of mountains.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kathmandu Elevation: 1400m

Lukla Elevation: 2860m

Elevation gain: 1460m

Flight duration: 45 minutes

Trek duration: 3-4 hrs

The rip-roaring adventure to the heart of Gokyo Ri begins today. After your early morning breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be picked up by our team and transferred to the domestic terminal of the Tribhuwan International Airport. Then, you’ll catch a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, which is about 45 minutes. This flight takes you through different monuments, lush green valleys, forests, local settlements, and temples. This flight generates your excitement through aerial views of stunning landscapes covered in lush greenery. The sights are truly awesome as the entangled sea of forests makes an appearance, along with thundering rivers and gushing waterfalls along the way.

Then, the flight takes you closer to the eastern part of Nepal, which offers you magical views of distant mountain ranges. You’ll be catching glimpses of routes and mountain passes that you’ll be trekking situated at a distant location. After that, the excitement reaches its peak during the stirring landing at the Lukla Airport.

You’ll discover the local villages of Lukla and nearby settlements after you land at Lukla. The journey has just begun, and it has pushed you out of your comfort zone since this day. As you’ll be trekking through trails and routes to reach Phakding, you’ll sightsee local settlements and distinct lifestyles. You’ll be trekking through places like Chheplung, Ghat, and Nurning alongside the roaring Dudh Koshi River. You’ll be taking a short break at one of the teahouses of the famous stopovers known as Ghat, and the place will serve you the beautiful sights of Nupla (5885) and Kusum Kang (6367m) as a welcoming gesture.

You’ll also see Mani walls along the way that are scripted in Buddhist mantras. It holds religious value, and devotional designs of Buddhism are painted on the wall. It is also believed that visiting such places and showing gratitude invites great fortune into your life. Today, Phakding shall welcome you with warm hospitality to have a warm night along with delicious food.

3-4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Phakding Elevation: 2610m

Namche Bazaar Elevation: 3440m

Elevation gain: 830m

Trek duration: 6-7 hrs

The actual trekking journey begins today after you depart from Phakding. The trek takes you through a series of places and local village settlements before reaching one of the major towns in Solukhumbu, Namche Bazaar. This trek begins along the bank of Dudh Koshi River and lush forests of Rhododendron, Fir, and Pine trees. After that, you’ll be blessed with riveting moments of crossing the thundering river over the suspension bridge. Following the trails, you’ll walk through forests and catch magical glimpses of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Konde-Ri, and Kusum Kanguru.

Along the way, you’ll also encounter numerous monasteries, guesthouses and mountain settlements. Then, you’ll reach one of the major stopovers, where you’ll be stunned after beholding the beauty of the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest. After fulfillment of your sightseeing majestic mountain ranges, we’ll push our trek towards Namche Bazaar.

Considering your case of luck, you may also sightsee Himalayan wild species like Himalayan Tahr, Musk deer, and monkeys. We’ll be registering our trekking details at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo. You’ll be crossing the soaring Bhote Koshi River over the suspension bridge and finally arrive at Namche Bazaar. We’ll spend our night at one of the finest lodges of Namche Bazaar.

6-7 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

By our 4th day, we’ve ascended by 3440m in altitude. We’ll face a change in atmospheric pressure and decreased oxygen level at this altitude. Therefore, in order to adapt to the changing environment and have a safe and steady trekking journey, we’ll be acclimatizing at Namche Bazaar. Though it is your rest day, you can still wander around the local villages and explore different settlements. Namche Bazaar is a staging point for Everest Base Camp Trek and Everest Gokyo Trek.

The village includes Tibetan settlements and has a colorful market. You can delve into local practices and cultural artifacts and also prepare yourself for your trekking journey. Along with that, Namche Bazaar has access to trekking gear and equipment that you can look after.

Namche Bazaar is famous for local yak butter and cheese and along with that, you can try numerous delectable cuisines. This village also serves the magical sights of the stunning mountain range. Moreover, you can also explore local Sherpa culture and visit Sherpa museums. Also, you’ll be presented with options to trek to local places like Syangboche and Khumjung and explore the local community.

There is the presence of the Khumjung Monastery, which shall give you insights into Buddhism, along with Hillary School, which was named after the New Zealand mountaineer who reached the Summit of the Everest for the 1st time with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Namche Bazaar Elevation: 3440m

Dole Elevation: 4040m

Elevation gain: 600m

Trek duration: 6-7 hrs

After fully resting and acclimatizing at Namche Bazaar, we begin our trek to Dole through sightseeing staggering peaks like Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kantega. We ascend along the trails of Khumjung and reach the mountain pass of Mongla. We may also encounter distinct Himalayan wild species along with the Himalayan Monal, the national bird of Nepal. We stop for a tea break at Mongla, and this place presents you with stunning views of the mountain range. After relishing the magical beauty of the Himalayas, we continue our trek along the trails of pine and rhododendron forests and descend along the route to Phortse Thanga.

Phortse Thanga is a small village that is situated on the bank of the river and lies at an altitude of 3680m. This place also serves you majestic glimpses of the mountain range. As your trek advances, you’ll feel the sensation of approaching the mountains. Along with that, you’ll also encounter Himalayan settlements and the remoteness of the region. From Phortse Thanga, we’ll start ascending for a few hours, and we’ll arrive at Dole. Dole is the famous stopping point for trekkers and serves you great views of the Himalayan range. From here, you can enjoy the majestic Mt. Everest, along with surrounding snowy landscapes.

6-7 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Dole Elevation: 4040m

Machhermo Elevation: 4470m

Elevation gain: 430m

Trek duration: 4-5 hrs

We’ll leave for our trekking journey after our early morning breakfast at Dole. Dole serves you a delicious breakfast that keeps you fueled for a few hours until you reach for tea stop by. The trail to Machhermo is full of bushy trails and summer settlements. Being a relatively shorter hike for the day, we’ll maintain a steady pace and move along while enjoying the magical beauty of the Himalayan region.

As we start to approach Machhermo, we’ll catch spectacular views of the mountain range. Stunning views of Cho Oyu and snowy landscapes are clearly visible. Our path then follows alongside the trails of Dudh Koshi River for about 2-3 hours, sightseeing local settlements and distant mountainous peaks. Then we reach Machhermo, where we’ll be resting overnight. Machhermo is a small village that is located in the northern direction of Dole and the southern direction of Gokyo Valley. It is located directly beneath the Ngozumpa glacier’s terminal moraine, which is the longest glacier in the Himalayas.

This place beholds incredible Himalayas views and has facilitated teahouses and lodges. Today, we’ll be enjoying the ambiance of the Macchermo village while also exploring local settlements and preparing for our incredible trek to Gokyo.

4-5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Machhermo Elevation: 4470m

Gokyo Elevation: 4750m

Elevation gain: 280m

Trek duration: 4-5 hrs

This day marks a glorious day as you’ll be trekking to Gokyo Valley to sightsee Gokyo lakes. You’ll follow a scenic path through Sherpa villages, monasteries, and stupas alongside the banks of the Dudh Koshi River before reaching the moraine of Ngozumpa glacier.

On the way, you’ll be treated to the epic scenes of the Khumbu Himalayas. The Gokyo Lakes comprise six lakes and lie in between the glacial moraine and Cho Oyu (the sixth tallest mountain in the world with a height of 8,188m). The largest of the six sizable freshwater lakes in the Gokyo Valley Lakes is Thonak Cho, which is followed by Gokyo Cho. Gokyo Cho is also known as Dudh Pokhari, while the third lake is known as Gyazumpa Cho, which is followed by Tanjung Cho, Longpongo, and Ngojumba Cho.

These lakes have hydrological value and offer wonderful experiences to the trekkers and visitors. Experiencing the tranquil state of these lakes situated in the lap of mountains emerges a sense of peace and calmness within. The Gokyo Lakes is beautiful and as the ripples of the lake soars towards its banks, it reflects clear blue sky and surrounding mountain ranges. Gokyo lakes are sacred as they hold religious significance.

This lake is worshipped by Hindus and Buddhists and it is considered that taking a holy bath in this lake shall bring fortune in one’s life. Numerous people visit Gokyo Lake for its stunning beauty, while more than 500 people emerge themselves in this holy lake for a holy bath during the Janai Purnima Festival of Nepal. We’ll arrive at Gokyo Lakes after relishing the beauty of the region, we head towards one of the local teahouses for our nightstay.

4-5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Gokyo Elevation: 4750m

Gokyo Ri Elevation: 5483m

Elevation gain: 733m

Trek duration: 6-7 hrs

Flight duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

This is the last day of Everest Gokyo Trek with Helicopter return. As our trek is leaning towards an end, we’ll trek to Gokyo Ri to sightsee the stunning mountain range. Gokyo Ri is a gigantic mountain with a height of 5,357m.

We ascend along the trails and after 2-3 hours of strenuous trekking, we’ll reach our destination. From here, you’ll witness the magical view of the Ngozumpa glacier and surrounding peaks. You’ll be treated to the stunning appearance of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Taboche, and Cholatse. Gokyo Trek offers you spectacular up-close views of Mt. Everest. You may see several smaller, snow-covered 7000-meter mountains from this vantage point. Formerly, Gokyo Ri top was regarded as the best vantage point in the entire Everest region.

The Gokyo trek offers you majestic views of the Himalayas, gives insights into the Himalayan lifestyle, and fulfills your trek with an exhilarating and wonderful experience, rewarding you with a great sense of achievement. After fulfillment of relishing the beauty of the Himalayas, you’ll retrace back to Gokyo Valley.

Normally, you’d have to trek back to Lukla through the same route ascended but through our special package, you’ll catch a direct flight from Gokyo Valley to Kathmandu. This takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes, and until then, you shall enjoy the magical glimpses of the Himalayan range from the window of the chopper. You’ll be reminiscing these marvelous experiences you have collected through the Everest Gokyo Trek with Helicopter return. While you may be missed by the gigantic mountains and Himalayan settlements, you shall relish the nostalgic memories you have accumulated.

6-7 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This marks the end of your Everest Gokyo Trek. With a remarkable journey, you’ve made many memories in the heart of mountains. There is space for exploration of more places, and it’s completely up to you to visit local places or begin another trek. Our team will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the Tribhuwan International Airport as per your flight schedule. You will have a tale to tell your folks and country.

Cost Includes and Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and dop-off.
  • 02 night's Kathmandu hotel with breakfast.
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Best available guest houses accommodation during the trek (mainly in twin sharing).
  • A local government licensed English speaking trekking guide during the trek.
  • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking staffs.
  • All necessary trekking permits and entry fees.
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate.
  • First aid medical kits.
  • Everest Gokyo Lake Trek Map.
  • Flight Cost from Kathmandu to Lukla and Gokyo to Kathmandu.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for trekking staffs.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Packing for Everest Gokyo Trek

Documents

You must bring these documents along with you before heading for the Everest Gokyo Trek

  • Travel Insurance
  • Valid Visa of Nepal
  • Passport size photos, 2-4 copies
  • Passport
  • Covid Vaccination Card

Clothing

The temperature of the Himalayan region ranges from 10-20 degrees Celsius during the day while it may range to -5 to -10 degree Celsius during the night. Therefore, you need to consider the necessary packing to deal with the extreme coldness of the Everest Gokyo Trek along with preparations for overcoming the forthcoming challenges.

Upper body

  • Pairs of thermal T-shirts
  • Thin layer jackets
  • Pairs of Tshirts
  • Pairs of long-sleeve Tshirts
  • Fleece Jackets
  • Waterproof jackets
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Thick gloves
  • Thin layer gloves
  • Sunglasses

Lower body

  • Thermal trousers
  • Trekking pants
  • Trekking boots
  • Sandals
  • Comfortable pants
  • Cotton Socks
  • Underwears
  • Long underwears
  • Gaiters
  • Cotton Vests
  • Half pants for sunny days
  • Thermal socks
  • Sports bra for female

Personal hygiene and Toiletries

It is always important to prioritize good personal hygiene wherever you go. It is imperative that one should never compromise on one’s personal cleanliness. Bring these items along with you for your trekking journey, as the Everest Gokyo Trek may not present you with facilities.

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Shaving cream
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Nail Clippers
  • Lip Balm
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Conditioner
  • Body lotion
  • Body wash
  • Hand wash
  • Bug spray
  • Makeup remover

First-Aid

Taking necessary precautions for the Himalayan trek is very crucial. Packing a first aid box shall help you with minor injuries and any trivial sickness. Also, its important to be knowledgable about the use of First aid tools.

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Paracetamol
  • Diamox for altitude sickness
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Tweezers
  • Antihistamine
  • Bandages
  • Oximeter
  • Anti-diarrheal pills
  • Thermometer
  • Sprain Spray
  • Insect repellant

Note: Those who are under medical checkups or taking medications should consult a doctor before heading for the Everest Gokyo Trek.

Additional Items

Carrying these supplies to Everest Base Camp Trek will improve your trekking experience by aiding you in small situations and allowing you to take pictures of the breathtaking mountains. They come in really handy during your trek and do not take up much space in your backpack.

  • Pen and notebook
  • Camera
  • Extra Batteries
  • Novels
  • Adjustable Trekking Poles
  • Powerbank
  • Topographical Map
  • Compass
  • Energy boosters
  • Water Bottles
  • Snacks

Best time for Everest Gokyo Trek

When it comes to enjoying the majestic beauty of the Gokyo Ri, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Gokyo Lakes through Everest Gokyo Trek, planning your trek during a suitable time is crucial. The best time for the Everest Gokyo Trek is during Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). During this time you shall enjoy the magical beauty of the Himalayas with less forthcoming challenges on the way. You shall experience a stable climate and have a secure and enjoyable experience in the Himalayan region. It reduces the risks of rainfall, snowfall, and windstorms along with minimizing the consequences like slippery tracks or snowy trails. Being an easy trek, planning your journey during Spring or Autumn lets you immerse into the beauty of the Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lakes with warm and dry weather.

Furthermore, this presents you with a transparent view of the snowy peaks, and clear visibility smoothes your trek with the minimization of forthcoming obstacles. Spring and Autumn summons clear weather, and you shall enjoy the breathtaking sunrise glancing upon the Himalayas peaks. The peaceful environment and majestic sights of the mountainous range and Gokyo Lakes present in its lap shall invite tranquility within.

Overall, Everest Gokyo Trek is a fusion of magical sightseeing and Himalayan exploration, and planning your trek during a suitable time shall add beauty to this region while you also get insights into the Himalayan lifestyle, distinct culture, and festive atmosphere. Moreover, Everest Gokyo Trek with Helicopter Return serves you with excellent experience and comfy traveling service directly from Gokyo Valley to Kathmandu.

Why Everest Gokyo Trek?

Mesmerising views

Everest Gokyo trek offers you the scenic beauty of the Himalayas, Gokyo Lakes, and surrounding landscapes. From the beginning of your journey from flight to Lukla, you’ll be treated to stunning sights of mountainous vistas and Himalayan landscapes. The journey is stirring, from the dramatic landing at the Lukla airport to trekking through trails and forests alongside the river to the high Himalayan region. You’ll be presented with magical sights of the Himalayan range that shall magnify your trekking journey to the fullest. This trek serves you with the magical sights of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Gokyo Ri. What’s more, is that this trek presents you with clear and unobstructed views of the Himalayan vistas compared to Everest Base Camp with a delightful experience.

There are numerous stopovers along the way to Gokyo Ri from where you’ll observe the outstanding gigantic Himalayas peaks. This trek takes you to the Gokyo Valley through numerous village settlements and monasteries where you shall get insights into the local culture and high Himalayan settlements. A clear and warm day summons naked picturesque views of mountainous vistas dancing in the vibrant atmosphere of the stunning sunrise. Moreover, the pristine mountain twirling in the reflection with the swaying waves of the Gokyo Lake shall leave you stunned. The tranquil state of the Gokyo Lakes, the whipping cold breeze of the Himalayas, and the Himalayan culture shall give you insight into the Himalayan region, marking an expression of reaching heaven.

While the destination is truly awesome, the journey itself is mesmerizing and stirring. Everest Gokyo Trek takes you through a series of rugged trails and challenging terrain that boosts your trekking experience thrice. Furthermore, it presents numerous Mani walls, Buddhist practices, and Monasteries that shall give you insights into the local traditions and enlighten spirituality. Along with that, you shall be treated to the stunning appearance of Cascading waterfalls and Ngozumpa Glacier. You’ll enjoy the unspoiled grandeur of beautiful alpine landscapes and majestic peaks with a stable atmosphere and crystalline skies.

Rip-roaring journey

Trekking is really fun when you’ll have to surpass the forthcoming challenges and pave your way securely and safely to the heart of the mountains. You’ll be ascending in altitude during the Everest Gokyo Trek through acclimatizing and maintaining a steady pace. The Everest Gokyo trek with Helicopter return is undeniably a wonderful journey to the lap of Gokyo Ri in a short period of time. While it serves you excellent views of the stunning Himalayan Vistas and snowy landscapes, the journey itself is full of action-packed moments. You’ll be thrilled by the epic landing at Lukla Airport, and passing through challenging terrain, bushes, and lush forests prolongs your excitement.

The journey to the lap of mountains and Gokyo lakes is indeed beautiful, but the route following it is rip-roaring. You’ll have to deal with rugged terrain, steep ridges, and numerous forthcoming challenges like steep ascents and descents. Furthermore, your trek shall be filled with stirring moments when you overpass the climatic challenges like light rainfall and snowfall. This journey allows you to disconnect from the world for a while and purely relish the beauty of the Himalayan region. Besides challenging terrain, rocky trails, and steep ridges, this journey invites extreme coldness and gushing windstorms that make this journey challenging and interesting.

On the way, you’ll encounter high Himalayan settlements and local culture that provides you with a variation of Human lifestyle. You’ll be trekking through steep ascents and descents while dividing your attention to the trails and mountainous vistas alongside the roaring Dudh Koshi River and Bhote Koshi River. Crossing these thundering rivers over sweeping Suspension bridges, passing through rollercoaster terrains, and meeting new heights shall add depth to the marvelous experience of the rip-roaring journey to the heart of Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lakes

Himalayan culture and lifestyle

The fascinating Himalayan culture and lifestyle introduce you to the traditional Sherpa villages that are rich in customs and traditions. On the way to Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Valley, you’ll witness the lifestyle of the Himalayan region, their agriculture, animal husbandry, and farming. This lets you delve into the lifestyle of Himalayan people and get insights into the nature-dependent lifestyle. You shall be welcomed by the local villagers with warm hospitality, and it is also the best opportunity to learn about their traditions and way of living. They share the same Himalayan breeze and live under the same roof of a mountainous range while their way of living resembles the ancient way of living. Besides breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains, you shall be infused with ethnic diversity and different customs of the high Himalayan region.

Moreover, you shall get the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich festivals of the region. Festivals in Nepal arrive one after another, leaving the beautiful ambiance of the cultural atmosphere. The village will be decorated with medium light following local customs, while people shall be garnished with traditional costumes. The Himalayan people are kind and warm-hearted and engage in each other’s culture happily. Unity is their strength, and they celebrate each festival enthusiastically. The people of this region mainly celebrate Mani Rimdu and Lhosar by performing traditional dances to their local music. Being rich in cultural and festive atmosphere, Everest Gokyo Trek lets you relish the beauty of the stunning mountainous peaks while blending in the Himalayan culture and lifestyle.

Sagarmatha National Park

Everest Gokyo Trek is rich in biodiversity as the region is home to Sagarmatha National Park. Sagarmatha National Park is a world heritage site that is spread over an area of 1,148 sq km in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal and encircles gigantic mountains, glaciers, and deep valleys. You’ll experience its ecological value from the start of your trek while you’ll be witnessing distinct flora and fauna after you enter the entrance of Sagarmantha National Park from Monjo.

You’ll be passing through lush green valleys and dense forests of rhododendron and pine trees which shall let you immerse in the beauty of the region. This park encompasses gigantic mountains, gushing waterfalls, and soaring rivers. This region includes the world’s tallest mountain, Mt. Everest, along with many sibling mountains, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Cho Oyu, Amadablam, and Pumori. It is comprised mainly of Buddhist settlements and has many monasteries. Places like Tengboche, Khumjung, Thame, and Pangboche are home to the celebration of different festivals, including Mani Rimdu.

Moreover, you’ll encounter glimpses of Himalayan wildlife species like Himalayan Tahr, Musk deer, Red Panda, and Snow Leopard that invite thrills within. Sagarmatha National Park is home to more than 118 species of birds, such as the Impeyan pheasant, blood pheasant, and Snow cock, including the Himalayan Monal, the national bird of Nepal. It is rich in ecology and contributes to the overall biodiversity and climatic conditions of the region. Being home to ecological value, it invites trekkers and visitors from all parts of the world. It has majestic sights and wonderful experiences to offer while delving into the Himalayan atmosphere.

Secure, accessible, and short trek

Everest Gokyo Trek serves you magical sights of the Himalayan peaks along with the local Himalayan lifestyle. Breathing in the breeze of the Himalayan region deprived of pollution is a wonderful experience but the secure route of the Everest Gokyo Trek enhances the trekking journey by two or three. It is an easy and short trek and is accessible to a wide range of people. While it also demands sheer determination and physical strength, this trek is moderate level with no difficulties like Everest Base Camp Trek and Langtang Valley Trek.

Your journey passes through the safe route where few adventurer souls travel. This lets you have a quality and peaceful time with the Himalayas while deepening your connection with nature. There won’t be any competition in acquiring accommodation and a less crowded atmosphere lets you delve into the local traditions and customs. This opens your room for more exploration of the local areas of the Himalayan region, and you can relish the beauty of the pristine Himalayas while wandering around.

Everest Gokyo Trek Challenges

Though Everest Gokyo Trek is a safe trek, trekking to the high Himalayan region imposes numerous challenges along the way, which need to be considered. You’ll be passing through elevated and rugged surfaces along the way, and ascending in altitude results in changes in atmospheric pressure and decreased oxygen level, which can impose altitude sickness. Altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness is caused if your body can’t adapt to the changing environment and decreased oxygen level. It can cause mild headaches, nausea, and appetite loss during your journey. Therefore, it is important to maintain a steady pace and acclimatize properly during your trekking journey.

Moreover, you should be mindful of the weather conditions of the Himalayan region. Even if you plan your trek during a suitable time when the chances of fluctuations in weather are low. You should take necessary precautions for any sudden changes and prepare accordingly. The Himalayan region’s weather can’t be trusted, and it may bring challenges like rainfall, snowfall, and windstorms. Therefore, being mindful of these conditions and packing your backpack with warm clothes is essential. Along with that, you must pack trekking poles and trekking boots that shall help you during your journey and ensure you a safe and amusing trekking experience.

Furthermore, the foggy weather may reduce visibility during your trekking. You should monitor weather forecasts on a regular basis to know the weather conditions of the region. While the Everest Gokyo Trek with Helicopter Return is a moderate-level trek, you should still practice some lightweight exercises and stretching to reduce the risks of injuries and back pain. Steep ridges and trekking through ascents and descents shall impose leg pain and joint pain as well, which is why squats, pushups, pullups, running, walking, and swimming shall aid in the development of your endurance and physical strength. Also, stretching shall enhance flexibility and prepare you for the rip-roaring journey.

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Some helpful tips to overcome Everest Gokyo Trek Difficulties

Here are some helpful tips that play a vital role in minimizing the Gokyo Trek challenges. Even though the Everest Gokyo Trek with Helicopter return won’t indulge you descending through the same route you ascended, it is important to be mindful of circumstances. Take your time researching properly before heading for the Everest Gokyo Trek.

  • Stay hydrated and maintain a steady pace during your trekking journey.
  • Eat a healthy diet, rest enough, and take necessary acclimatization during your trek.
  • Consider trekking to Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Ri during a suitable time when there is less chance of fluctuation in weather, i.e., Spring and Autumn
  • Pack your bags with winter and summer clothes, being mindful of the climatic conditions of the Himalayan region
  • Bring along pairs of adjustable trekking poles, trekking boots, gaiters, and necessary gear for your trekking journey
  • Hire an experienced guide and porters that will ensure safety
  • Purchase your packages through reputed and licensed trekking agents
  • Practice physical exercises like squats, pullups, pushups, chin-ups, and crunches and cardiovascular exercises like running, jogging, trekking, cycling, and others 3-4 weeks before your trekking journey
  • Carry along the first aid box with oral rehydration solution and Diamox
  • Walk in groups and don’t go anywhere alone
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol during your trekking days
  • Check weather forecasts from time to time and stay attentive
  • Bring along nutrient snacks and energy drinks
  • Get insights into the trekking routes and terrain before your trekking journey
  • Follow the given instructions by villagers and guide
  • Carry a map and compass along with you, be attentive, and look after landslide-prone areas
  • Be mindful of the wildlife species and approach alone
  • Ascend steadily through challenging and rocky terrains
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