- Witness stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas
- Trek by beautiful blue lakes and majestic landscapes
- Feel free to explore on this less touristy trekking route
- Visit an ancient monastery at Thame Village
This trek features the unbelievable scenery of the remote Gokyo Valley and its festival of beautiful turquoise lakes, moonscape-like glaciers, and stunning mountain vistas that include Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu – four of the eight highest peaks on earth! The 360-degree view from Gokyo Ridge is the best in the Khumbu!
The beginning of this trek is the same as hiking to Everest Base Camp. On the way, we’ll stay two nights in the village of Namche Bazaar to acclimatize. Namche is considered the trading center for the Khumbu region, and people walk from as far away as Tibet every Saturday to sell their wares here. This is also the hub onto which each trail converges, so yaks and people compete for space in this amphitheater style city.
After visiting Namche, we’ll head up the valley leaving the usual Everest trail and following the rivers run off from the Ngozumpa glacier. After two days we will stop again in the village of Machhermo for another rest day and the chance to hike up Machhermo RI. Our Next stop will be the Gokyo Valley.
Your arrival into this high mountain valley called Gokyo is welcomed by a string of cobalt blue lakes that continue for the 3-hour hike to Gokyo Village, which sits at the foot of Gokyo Ri (18,300 ft) a huge black mound of rock and dirt. The next morning, you’re invited to take the 3-hour hike to the summit of this black, rocky mound to witness the 360-degree Himalayan view offered only from this vantage point. The Himalayas stand like giants guarding the border into Tibet. From Gokyo Ri you’ll see much more than Mount Everest — there are magnificent views of many of the other 8000-meter peaks from here as well.
Day 1:Katmandu (1310m/4298ft)
Our airport representative will be received you at the airport and transfer to Hotel. It is 7km and takes about 10 minutes. Overnight at hotel, B.B plan
Day 2:Kathmandu Valley Sight Seeing & Permit making process
After breakfast beautiful “Kathmandu Valley” sight seeing. This day we visit Shwoyambhunath Stupa, Baudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Patan Durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Overnight at hotel, B.B plan
Day 3:Kathmandu – Lukla (2850m) – Phakding (2600m)
In the morning we take the flight from Kathmandu for Lukla, about 50 minutes with the wonderful views of the Himalaya (on a clear day). After arrival at Lukla there will be sometime taken by the guides to arrange all the porters and necessary requirement. After Organizing with porters and Sherpas the trek starts immediately to Phakding (2600m). Short stage (3h) and down. The short walk will stop at Phakding for the day.
Day 4:Phakding – Namche Bazar (3440m)
We follow the Dudh Koshi River, right and left side alternately. The track cut through the rocks, edged with crops suddenly goes up till Namche Bazar, capital of the Sherpa area: several small shops, Tibetan souvenirs, market on Saturday. As Namche being the hub for every trek in Everest region, it offers plenty of Lodges around. We choose one and stop for the night. 6 hours walk.
Day 5:Namche Bazar – Kumjung (3790m)-Namche
Short but important day to go to Khumjung & back to Namche, not rushing for acclimatization. Visit of the Everest National Park’ Museum (first viewpoints of Khumjung village. Wonderful view of the prince of the place: the Ama Dablam (that means:the mother who rises). In the afternoon, visit of the Kunde experimental “hospital”. 3h walk.
Day 6:Namche- Phortse Tenga (3675m)
Today’s walk will be not long and it is easy with level trail and some gentler descending. The views of Thamserku and some more of the mountains will make you relax enjoyable for the day. This short walk is done keeping in mind to avoid high altitude risk later. Our stop will be at Phortse Tenga today.Lodge. 3.30 hours walk
Day 7:Phortse Tenga – Dole (4040m)
We start walking through the hillside and later catch the trail off into the trail to Gokyo valley while going up into a rhododendrons forest embellished with nice waterfalls. Our overnight stay will be at Dole, small high mountain pasture village. 4h30 hours walk.
Day 8:Dole – Machermo (4440m)
The trail passes from one village to another, and we progressively discover new mountains, especially Cho Oyu (8143m) making border with Tibet. Camp in a high mountain pasture village: Over night at Machermo. 3 hours’ walk. To avoid high altitude risk short walk is precautious.
Day 9:Machermo – Gokyo (4750m)
Our destiny today is to reach up to Gokyo lakes then we will understand that Cho Oyo means “Turquoise lake”. We witness 3rd lake on our trail and stop for the night at Gokyo, center of mountains cirque which is considered by some as aesthetically better than Everest one… 4 hours walk.
Day 10:Gokyo Peak (5280m)
Easy way on the south hillside so slowly our acclimatization is going well. It’s about 5 hours walk in total. The view from Gokyo Ri is only one of the many reasons for visiting Gokyo. Relaxing on the lodge, picturesque lake is worth seeing, and for many more.
Day 11 & 12:Explore around Gokyo to Knobby Views, Fifth Lake and Nameless fangs.
Nameless Fangs (5800 m): It’s well worth scrambling up to have a close look at these tooth-like towers and the views are fantastic. But one should be cautious to make the climb due to high elevation risk, you have to be fit enough and properly acclimatized. The views of Cho Oyo and Gyanchung is breath taking form this distance, also, extensive view of Everest you’ll get anywhere in the Khumbu region.
Ngozumpa (the fifth lake/ 4490 m): it takes 3.30 hours from Gokyo climbing the moraine, the views of Everest from here is more extensive than from Gokyo Ri or Kala Patthar. OR you can choose to go to Knobby View (5553m): Another stunning viewpoint better even than Nameless fangs. To summit is more satisfying. It is most probably the best viewpoint in whole Khumbu. The only route that can be recommended is the spur that begins close to the fifth lake. Initially the ridge is steep but later it soon eases off. There are so called two summits here, one what looked the summit from below is a surprise, the real one is couple of knobs away. Even though, the false summit is also satisfying for most of the trekkers. From the real summit the lakes, glacier, snow and ice everywhere is an alpine scene without climbing any major peaks. Our expert guide will be very supportive to take you to the summit and carefully to take you down as descending is also not easy and it is tricky.
Day 13:Namche Bazar – Phakding
Day 14:Phakding to Lukla
Day 15:Flight Lukla – Kathmandu
Flight which again takes about 50 minutes. The transfer will be arranged to take you to the hotel at Kathmandu. Free day.
Rest day at kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, B.B Plan.
Rest day at Kathmandu. Surprise dinner party. Overnight at hotel. B.B Plan.
Day 18:Departure to Airport
Departure to airport for the onward destination.