- Be spellbound by the 360-degree mountain views from Gokyo Peak - the perfect vantage point
- Follow a river up to the Ngozumpa glacier, one of the Himalaya's largest glaciers
- Be mesmerized by a string of emerald green lakes for 3 hours until you reach Gokyo village
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.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345 meters)
You will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel on a private tourist vehicle.
Overnight at a hotel with B&B plan.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla by flight and trek to Phakding (2610m/7903ft) - Flight to Lukla 30 minutes and trekking 5-6 hours
Fly to Lukla and then begin your trek. At first the trail descends, gradually passing above the large village of Chaunrikharaka (2680m) and on through small villages, fields and forests following a well-maintained path.
After we reach a large stream called Kusum Drargka, the trail crosses the Dudh Kosi river at Phakding.
Overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 03: Phakding-Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286ft) - walking 5:30 hours
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 the Nuptse-Lhotse wall.
The next section of the trail is less steep, traversing above the Bhote Kosi river until Namche Bazaar is reached. Namche 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.
Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 04: Acclimatization day At Namche Bazaar- walking 5 hours
Known as the ‘Gateway to Everest’ we will spend the day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will go on a short trek to a museum celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We will also learn about flora & fauna & its land, but more importantly, we will get a proper glimpse of Everest and the surrounding mountains.
We hike up Syanbuche and Everest View Hotel and do some sightseeing in Khumjung village (3800m/12,466ft) - which is the biggest settlement of Sherpa in the area. Khumjung is one of the most beautiful villages in Everest region. Its symmetrically laid out stone dwellings house the families of many of our Sherpas.
Overnight at guest house.
Day 05 Namche to Dole (4,040m/13,251ft) - walking 5:30 hours
Day 06 Machermo (4,480m/14,246ft) Walking 4:30 hours
A short day due to the need to maintain a safe rate of ascent for proper acclimatization. Gokyo appears to be within easy reach but a night at Macherma is essential.
Day 07 Gokyo Lakes (4,750m/15,580ft) - walking 5 hours
Another short climb leads to a lunch spot in the Phanga Valley and then a steady afternoon's plod leads past the first of the Gokyo Lakes and to the camping area by the main lake. There are excellent views of Cho Oyu ahead, with Taweche and Cholatse dominating the opposite side of the valley.
Day 08 Hiking to Gokyo Ri and Machhermo - walking 4:30 hours
This day, early in the morning, we go on a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri (5483m/19083ft). There are stunning views of the upper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas. We witness such giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m). Those who explore the glacier and Gokyo peak are rewarded with heart-melting views.
Day 09 Trek down to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters) - walking 5 hours.
Day 10 Trek to Lukla (2840m/9317ft) - walking 6:30 hours
Our final day of trekking returns us to the town of Lukla, where an overnight stay gives you time to explore the town as well as reflect upon the mountains you have recently visited for one last time before heading back to Kathmandu.
Overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 11 Lukla to Kathmandu. - walking 5 minutes and flight to Kathmandu (30 minutes)
After breakfast, we will walk about 5 minutes to airport to catch our return flight to Kathmandu. We will take an early morning flight at 7 am to Kathmandu.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 12 Depart from Nepal
After breakfast, our Airport Representative will drop you off at Kathmandu's International Airport for your final departure from Nepal.