Everest Gokyo Ri Trek is one of the best destinations you can choose for trekking. The trekking climax is the lakes in Gokyo valley at the high altitude over 4200m. The trek also includes the wonderful visit of the second largest glacier in the world. It provides the magnificent view of high mountains though the trail is less travelled in comparison to Everest base Camp Trek but not less interesting.
Everest Gokyo Ri Trek trail has wonderfully beautiful sceneries of Gokyo Valley, Mt. Gokyo and beautiful lakes, glaciers the massive mountains including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu - four of the eight highest mountains in the world. The view of Khumbu Glacier from Gokyo ridge is very superb one!
Everest Gokyo Ri Trek trail is through Namche Bazaar. The trek heads up to the valley leaving Everest Base Camp trail and following the rivers run off from the Ngozumpa Glacier to the valley of Gokyo. As arriving in Gokyo valley, deep blue alpine lakes and their panoramic sceneries with pleasant climb to Gokyo village is one of the exploring areas for the visitors. Rocky land with snow scattered land and the beautiful lakes surrounded by gigantic High Himalayas serve the indescribable experience for every nature lover. The mountains stand as if they are guarding the boarder of Tibet. Gokyo Ri is the standpoint from where you can see more than from the summit of Mt. Everest, therefore it is the best trail for viewing the mountains. Everest Gokyo Ri Trek highlights are Gokyo Lake, Gokyo Ri, astonishing Mt. Everest view, Sherpa culture and their lifestyle in highlands, the photographic view of the landscape and vegetation etc.
Everest Gokyo Ri trek is suitable for those trekkers who enjoy little more challenge and have some energetic attitude. It is not necessary to have experience in mountaineering; you need to have desire to experience. The adventure with us will certainly give enough satisfaction in Gokyo Ri Trekking.
Day 01: Pick up from airport and transfer to hotel
You arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) to be greeted by our representative after you complete the formalities in the immigration. Our representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel of your stay. Get your jetlagged body some rest and enjoy the hospitality and Nepali cuisine at the hotel that shall give you an introduction to the rich Nepali food culture. Get prepared for the adventure starting the next day. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding, 2610m
The exciting adventurous trip begins from today. We shall take on the scheduled flight to Lukla on the vicinity of mountains and green hills only to witness spectacular scenery during the flight. Lukla, a town that has hosted the visitors for decades as the gateway to the Khumbu (Everest) region, is the starting point of our expedition. We shall immediately be impressed by the grandeur of lofty Himalayas, though this is the trailer of what is to come next. After meeting our fellow climbers, we start our trek for Phakding. On the way we shall experience the pleasure of navigating through the dense and colorful forests, floral and faunal diversity, pristine rivers and suspension bridges painted with Buddhist faith in the form of fluttering prayer flags. Alongside the torrential Dudh Koshi River, in our well-marked trail, we pass through prosperous villages, Mani walls and prayer wheels and monasteries to reach our destination. Overnight in Phakding.
Day 03: Phakding to Namche, 3440m
Our destination for today shall be the vibrant Sherpa hub of Namche Bazaar. We shall have the opportunity of experience several natural amusements. The Dudh Koshi River (or the Milky white river, named after its color) shall accompany us today as well to be received by the another mighty river of Bhote Koshi on the later part of the day. The convoy of yaks and dzopko (a yak-cow crossbreed), terraced fields, colossal mountains seemingly rising above the treelines along the way, fast-flowing streams, and several suspension bridges shall entertain us all along the way. The view of Kusum Kangru (6369m), Nupla (5885m), Thamserku (6808m), Kongde Ri (6093m) and other sibling peaks are adorable. The Buddhist jewels of Mani walls shall pass on the message of Buddhism to the trekkers. We pass through Monjo, the entry point of Sagarmatha National Park, and through the junction of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers exchanging smiles with the local traders, commuters and other trekkers towards the busy Namche Bazaar. A town that seems to be on a bowl surrounded by mountains, Namche bazaar is the place of stay for tioday. Overnight in Namche.
Day 04: Acclimatization day
As needed for a successful expedition we shall be stopping for acclimatization in Namche Bazaar. This buzzing ancient trade centre of the region has a lot for acclimatization. The altitude of Namche (3440m) best fits the altitude needed for acclimatization for the further sections of the expedition. Hiking to the Everest View Hotel for spectacular view of Everest and Ama Dablam and to the nearby Khumjung village, exploration of the culturally rich and vibrant villages, visit to ancient monasteries adorned with the paintings, prayer wheels and prayer flags, Sherpa museum with display of local history and traditions along with the life cycle of Sherpa community and shopping for some trekking materials shall keep the trekkers busy in this town. The view of Everest (8848m) is the star attraction from the city along with the views of Taweche (6542m), Kantega (6685m), Lhotse (8511m), Nuptse (7896m) and Thamserku (6808m) that mesmerizes the visitors to the town. Overnight in Namche.
Day 05: Namche to Dole, 4200m
We move the north-east along the main trail to the Everest Base Camp past the view point of Everest, Ama Dablam, Kang Taiba and part away from this trailas we reach Kyangjuma village. Climbing the steep trail through the rhododendron forests we come across the juniper and conifer trees as we keep moving to higher elevations. Mong la provides the view of junction of the mighty Dudh Koshi and Imja river below our trekking trail. We pass the villages of Tongba and Gyele to reach the village of Dole. On our way to Dole we pass the summer settlements used by the Sherpas as they bring yaks for grazing. Overnight in Dole.
Day 06: Dole to Machhermo, 4470m
We climb further up to the altitudes of Lhabarma and to the rim of Luza with pleasant hamlets. Past this place we ascend along the side of the Dudh Koshi valley through the temporary grazing lands at flat spots in the trail. Our trail leads us to the sandy spurs in Machhermo. A story circulating among the people of this region about the attack by Yeti may be narrated to you wherein a Yeti is said to have killed three yaks and a Sherpa women in 1974. The spectacular views of Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Kantega and other peaks shall watch over the trekkers all the way to Machhermo. Overnight in Machhermo.
Day 07: Machhermo to Gokyo, 4790m
A beautiful day awaits us in today’s section of the adventure. We climb to the beautiful and much heard Gokyo valley. Past the beautiful view of Cholatse at Pangga village we move on over the moraine and rock debris formed due to the Ngozumba Glacier. Further ahead awaits breathtaking lakes of this region. We pass the first lake, Longpongo, before we reach to the second of the Gokyo lakes, the Tanboche Tso, which is larger than the first one. Little ahead is the third lake called by the name of Dudh Pokhari and linked to the second lake by a stream. We reach to the Gokyo valley that stands by the third lake with the amazing view of Cho Ou mountain on the background. Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 08: Exploration day
Today is the second scheduled acclimatization day to make sure the trekkers can better adapt to the higher altitudes in the trail ahead. We shall explore around the Gokyo village today. Among the physical activity we do is the trekking to the fourth and fifth Gokyo lakes, the Thonak Tsho and Ngozuma Tsho respectively. Rocky terrains and the overlooking peaks surround the fourth Gokyo Lake lies about 3 km north of Gokyo village and further along the trail is the fifth lake. This region is a picturesque spot wherein the Scoundrel’s Viewpoint provides enchanting view of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Makalu, Nuptse and the northern part of the fifth lake amuses with the spectacular view of Cho Oyu base camp and Ngozumpa glacier. An optional trek to the Sixth Lake of the Gokyo region offers an upclose view of Himalayas. Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 09: Gokyo Ri hiking-back to Gokyo and trek to Dragnag, 4690m
We have a bit strenuous day in store for today. We start early in the morning with the trekking up to the Gokyo Ri to have better view of the surrounding. The strenuous ascend to the Gokyo Ri should be completed in a slower fashion that makes the adventure within feasible effort of the trekkers. The thrill experienced by the trekkers on reaching the top is unexplainable as has been the experience of past summiteers. The view of the seemingly adjacent peaks including Lobuche (6145m), Cholatse (6440m), Taweche (6542m), Kantega (6685m), Thamserku (6808m), Gyangchung Kang (7922m), Cho Oyu (8153 m), Makalu (8475 m), Lhotse (8501m), and Mt. Everest (8848m). Ngozumpa Glacier, several unnamed peaks further pleases us. We trek back to Gokyo village and further down on the trail past the second lake. Crossing the Ngozumpa Glacier we reach to the Dragnag village. Overnight in Dragnag.
Day 10: Dragnag to Zong La, 4830 via Cho La Pass, 5420m
A big and challenging day as we cross the difficult Cho La Pass (5420m) in this section of our adventure. We cross the Cho La Pass through steep climb on the glacial traverse on the eastern side and further through the rocky trail ahead. The prayer flags decorate the top of the pass from where the view of Ama Dablam, Baruntse and Cholatse makes the climber forget all the effort up to the summit. Due to the snow-greased path and chances of being mislead on the trail, climbers are advised to take help of the experienced guides. The use of crampons depends on necessity. Past some crevasses lies Zong La, our destination for today.
Day 11: Trek to Lobuche, 4910m
We pass through the high ridge on the edge of Awi Peak and continue past the Cholatse Lake. We trail to the highs of Lobuche after joining the bustling section from Tengboche to Lobuche. Past the village of Zong La, we have the breathtaking view of the majestic Nuptse (7745m) that rises above the Khumbu Glacier. As we move along the path we feel of being closer to the mighty Everest, however the tallest peak is still a far destination. Be active around the Lobuche and witness the setting sun from this section of the Himalayan region that surely shall make you go amused. Be prepared for more excitements the next day. Overnight in Lobuche.
Day 12: Lobuche to Gorakshep-Everest Base Camp, 5340m and back to Gorakshep, 5140m
Some exhausting climb and marvelous views shall complete today’s adventure. We shall have an experience of being on the top of the world as we march to the courtyard of the World’s tallest mountain. We pass through the leisurely yet majestic Khumbu Glacier that accompanies us along the trail and reach to the spot of Gorakshep. Further along the trail we move on to set our foot on the Everest Base Camp along the new moraine route having the Pumori base camp to the left of the trail. The view of five of the world’s tallest mountain greets us from the base camp. Though the Everest isn’t properly visible from here, we can witness beautiful ice fall in our vicinity. We trail back to the Gorakshep and call it a day. Overnight in Gorakshep.
Day 13: Gorakshep-Kalapathar, 5550m-Gorakshep
We shall use the scenic spot of Gorakshep as the hub for exploring the region around. After overnight stay in Gorakshep, today we shall have the most amazing view of the mightiest Mount Everest. What seems a big brown bump below the majestic Pumo Ri Mountain is the viewpoint of Kalapathar that provides splendid view of the Everest preferably the earliest part of the day. For this we shall start early in the morning from the place of our overnight stay. Slow ascend to the Kalapathar may require some breaks in between and after reaching there we shall go further to the rocky projection near to the summit to get the desired view. After having enough memories of this ascend we shall return back to Gorakshep. Overnight in Gorakshep.
Day 14: Hike to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and then back to Pheriche, 6/7 hours walk
This day in the morning we hike to Kala Pattar to view panorama of the Mt. Everest. Kala Pattar is the perfect vantage point of the Everest region for Mountain View. From there we observe the panoramic view of the Mt. Everest and other mountains of the Everest region like Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Thamserku etc. Then we return back to Gorekshep. There we take a lunch and then return back to Pheriche via same route.
Day 15: Pheriche to Namche bazaar, 5/6 hours walk
This day we return to Namche bazaar via Tengboche. We walk up hill and downhill through the forest of Rhododendron to Tengboche where we take lunch. From Tengboche we again descend down to Punki Thanga and then climb to Namche bazaar.
Day 16: Namche to Lukla, 5/6 hour walk
This day we descend down to Lukla from Namche bazaar following the Bank of the Dudh Koshi River. This is the last day of our trek; so we share our experience and enjoy singing and dancing in the evening.
Day 17: Lukla to Kathmandu, 40/45 minute flight
This early in the morning we flight back to Kathmandu. Rest of the day is free for you to do your own activity
All required land transportation as mentioned itinerary
Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
Domestic flight Lukla-KTM
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley
Foods and accommodation in trekking
well equipped English speaking guide, necessary supporting Sherpa or Porters.
All allowances for supporting crews including their insurance
Trekkers Information Management System TIMS (Trekking permit), National Park permit or Conservation permit
Emergency evacuation service if in case needed
All Official taxes and service charge.
Your personal gears and expenses
Foods in Kathmandu
Tip to Nepalese support crews
Emergency rescue fee if in case
Sleeping Bag, Dawn Jacket,Trekking boots,Trekking Polls,Hand gloves,Sun-glasses,Sun+Cold Cream,Daily using warm clothes,Torch light,Day packs.
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