This trek features the unbelievable scenery of the remote Gokyo Valley and its amazing emerald green lakes, moonscape-like glaciers, and stunning mountain vistas including Mt. Everest (8,850 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), and Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m) - four of the eight highest peaks on earth!
While the entire trail and journey will be rewarding, the highlight of this trip is Gokyo Peak at an altitude of 5,321 m. From here, you will get 360-degree views over the Himalayas. It's one of Nepal's best panoramic mountain views.
Getting atop Gokyo peak does not require climbing, just a 3-hour hike starting from Gokyo village.
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/Everest region, and people walk from as far away as Tibet every Saturday to sell their goods and commodities here. This is also the hub from which each trekking trail converges, making it the capital, and more lively than other villages in the region.
After visiting Namche, we leave the usual Everest trail and follow the river up to the Ngozumpa glacier, one of the Himalaya's largest glaciers. After two days of trekking, we will be taking a rest day in the village of Machhermo where you will get a chance to hike to Machhermo Ri.
Our Next stop will be Gokyo Valley. Your arrival into this high mountain valley is welcomed by a string of emerald green 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, and on the edge of the large Ngozumpa glacier.
The next morning, you're invited to take a 3-hour hike to the summit to witness the 360-degree Himalayan view offered from this perfect vantage point. The Himalayas stand like giant guardians on the border of Tibet.