THE EVEREST & GOKYO RI TREKS
Gokyo Valley is a beautiful place in Nepal which falls in the Khumbu region of the northern mountains. It is an example of natural beauty. The yak pastures seen during the winter in this area and the various types of lakes here are captivating.
Tourists visiting Everest base Camp spend an additional five days in Gokyo Valley. There are two trekking passes in this valley. A Chola Pass which is used to go to Khumbu Valley and Renzola Pass which connects Thame and Nagpala Pass.
Trip grade: moderate to fairly challenging
Activity: Trekking and Cultural excursion
Start & End Point: Kathmandu
Trek type: (Tea House / Lodge) or Guide & Porter Service with Trekking Permit / TIMS Card
Accommodation: Hotel, lodge (tea house)
Transportation: Flight and car
Maximum altitude: 4750m
Himalayan Sights - Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse
Most Attraction of the trek - Close Mt. View, Sherpa village & Culture
TRAVEL PLAN: Gokyo Lake trek is beginning with the spectacular mountain flight to Lukla rewarded with amazing mountain views. Spend night halt at Namche Bazaar and visit Thame village and Khumjung for the time of acclimatizing to the altitude amidst the Himalayan peaks of Thamserku, Ama Dablam and KangteigaLeave Khumjung village and climb towards Gokyo Lake, passing numerous waterfalls along the way. Gokyo Ri rises above the northern shore of Dudh Pokari, which in the early morning mirrors the golden form of Cho Oyo and from its summit affords unparalleled views including Makalu, Everest, Gyachung Kang, which are particularly impressive at sunset. You can see Mt. Everest and Himalayan range better than Kala Pattar and Everest Base camp trek. Gokyo valley trekking trails have good Teahouse facilities management by local Sherpas families.
Day 01: Arrival kathmandu and Rest of the day free for leisure
Day 02: Full Day City Sightseeing at Kathmandu and Patan
Day 3: Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding. 2610m / 3Hrs:
Fly to Lukla, the trail descends, gradually passing above the large village of Chaunrikaka (2680m) and on through small villages, fields and forests following a wide well constructed path. After Kusum Drargka, a large stream, the trail crosses the Dudh Kosi river at Phakding. The total walking time between Lukla and Phakding is 3 hours. (Our entire trip to Everest area in Sagarmatha National Park has been planned is such a way so as to minimize the risk of ‘High altitude sickness’. Please do not rush and if you feel uneasy about the altitude do not hesitate to tell your trek guide. In the first two days you are likely to feel a little uneasy due to the altitude). Overnight at Phakding.
From Phakding the trail follows the western bank of Dudh Kosi passing through forests of Blue Pine until it reaches the village of Benkar(2700m). From here the trail crosses to the eastern bank of the Dudh Kosi, and climbs gently to the village of Chumoa. Between here and the next village of Monjo (2800m) the trail drops steeply to cross Monjo Khola. From Monjo the trail crosses a small rock saddle and then descends abruptly to re-cross the Dudh Kosi at Jorsale (2804m). Beyond Jorsale the trail undulates up until the confluence with Bhote Kosi is reached. From here the Khumbu region begins. Above the bridge the trail zigzags up 300m of the steep spur between the two rivers through sparse forest. From the top of the spur, Mt. Everest can be seen rising above Nuptse-Lhotse wall. The next section of the trail climbs less steeply, traversing above the Bhote Kosi until Namche Bazaar is reached. Namcha Bazaar is a market town, where every Saturday morning traders from lower altitude sell goods to sherpas. Most of the trading is over by mid-day and the traders return to their villages. The total walking time is 6 to 7 hours. Overnight at Hotel Day 5: Namche Bazar Rest Day for Acclimatization:
Acclimatization is important so today we will spend the day free. We can explore Namche Bazaar. We can also visit the Mendelphu hill from where we can have an excellent view of Sagarmatha. Overnight at Hotel. Day 6: Trek to Tengboche. 3540m. 5Hrs:
From Namche we will start ascending to cross a ridge and climb a flank to reach Phunki. We continue climbing to reach Mon La, from where we descend to reach Dudh Kosi river. We spend overnight on the left side of the river. Overnight at Lodge. Day 7: Trek to Phortse. 3840m. 6Hrs:
Continue climbing along a steep rhododendron forest slope to pass several summer settlements (Kharkas) and onto Tongba. From here the forest end and the gradual gradient of the upper Himalaya is experienced. We pass Gyele and Dole with its meadows. After a short climb, we travel a level path to finally reach Machhermo. Overnight at lodge. Day 8: Trek to Machhermo - 4410m. 6Hrs:
We continue along the trail that climbs along the valley to Machhermo (4410m). We then climb a ridge that opens up as we pass through Pangka. Finally we descend to the riverbank before climbing onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa glacier. We encounter two glacial lakes before we come across Gokyo itself (4750m). The view from here is breathtaking. Overnight at camp. Day 9: Trek to Gokyo - 4750m. 6Hrs:
We can rest today or those feeling energetic can attempt to climb Gokyo peak (5360m) for a panoramic view of some of the world’s highest mountains; Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. Day10: Trek to Gokyo Ri - 4750m. 6Hrs:
After breakfast follow the same route back through Pangka and continue walking to Macchermo (4410m) for night is about 4 hours. Overnight at camp. Day11: Trek to Machhermo - Option to Chola Pass Cross & Kalapathar & Everest Base Camp Treks OR Return same route:
After breakfast follow the same route back through Pangka and continue walking to Macchermo (4410m) for night is about 4 hours. Overnight at camp. Day12: Trek to Phortse:
Walk down to Phortse Khola (3500m) passing through the summer settlements of Luza, Gyele and Dole. Walking time is about 5 hours Day13: Trek to Khumjung:
After breakfast a steep ascent for 2 hours gets us to Mani Danda. A gradual climb after lunch will see us at the village of Khumjung (4790m). walk down to Namche via Shyangboche for night stop. Every Saturday there is a market day at Namche, so if we are lucky to be here on Saturday it would be interesting to tour the market and do some shopping. Overnight at lodge. Day14: Trek to Manjo:
After breakfast start walking along the Dud Kosi river and descend to Phakding via Manjo for night stop traveling. Journey of about 5 hour and Overnight at Lodge. Day15: Trek to Lukla:
After breakfast start for Lukla for our last night under the Majestic Mountains. Last night we shall have great celebration dinner at Lukla of the trek in a bustling town and overnight Day16: Fly to Kathmandu:
Fly out to Kathmandu. Check in at hotel. Free for rest of the day. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17: Free day for individual activities
Day 18: Transfer to the airport for the final departure.
Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private VEHICLE
Hotel in Kathmandu on BB Twin Sharing
Lodge or Teahouse Basis Accommodation on BB Plan or Full Board Meals Plan (As per package)
Guided Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour
Government Licensed holder English speaking Trekking Guides and Porters during the trek
Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, for trekking staff.
Everest Conservation Area Permit.
TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Card for the Everest Region.
All necessary ground surface transportation from and to Kathmandu by private car/van/bus
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