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 Nepals best panoramic mountain views. Getting atop Gokyo peak does not imply any climbing but a 3 hours 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 are leaving the usual Everest trail and follow the river up to the Ngozumpa glacier, one of the Himalaya's larges glaciers. After two days of trekking we are taking a rest day at the village of Machhermo where you will get a chance to hike Machhermo RI. Our Next stop will be Gokyo Valley.
Your arrival into this high mountain valley called Gokyo 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 the 3-hour hike to the summit Gokyo peak to witness the 360-degree Himalayan view offered from this perfect vantage point. The Himalayas stand like giant guardians to the border of Tibet.
If you are able to walk up to 7 hours a day (including a couple of rest days also) you can do this trek. If in doubt, we recommend that you add a porter upon check-out. 1 porter can carry up to 30 kgs and can thus be shared between 2 people. Accommodation during the trek will be in guesthouses.
There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel on BB plan.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla by flight and trek to Phakding (2610m/7903ft) - Flight to Lukla 30 minutes and walking 5:30 hours
Fly to Lukla, the trail descends, gradually passing above the large village of Chaunrikharaka (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. Overnight at guest house.
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 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. Overnight at guest house.
Day 04: Acclimatization day At Namche Bazzar- walking 5 hours.
Known as the ‘Gateway to Everest’ we will spend today here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. A short trek to the museum celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people, as well as about flora & Fauna & its land, more importantly, from here you will get the proper glimpse of Everest and the surrounding mountains. And we hike up the Syanbuche airport, and Everest view hotel and sightseeing at the Khumjung village (3800m/12,466ft), which is the biggest settlement of Sherpa. Khumjung is one of the most beautiful villages in Everest area. It’s 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. 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 the lunch spot in the Phanga Valley and then a steady afternoon's plod leads past the first of the Gokyo Lakes 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. Time: 4 hours.
Day 08 Hiking to Gokyo Ri and Machhermo. Walking 4:30 hours
This day early in the morning we have steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri (5483m/19083ft) ample rewards to one attempts this trip. There are stunning views of the supper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, such as giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m) can be seen. Those who explore the glacier and Gokyo peak are rewarded.
Day 09 Trek down to Namche Bazzar (3440 meters) Walking 5 hours.
Day 10 Trek to Lukla(2840m/9317ft)- walking to 6:30 hours
Our final day of trekking returns us to the town of Lukla, where the 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 at guest house.
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. Flight an early morning at 7 am to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 12 After breakfast, the trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you off at Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal. Alternatively, you can stay longer in Nepal if you are up for more adventures.
- 1 Professional English-speaking mountain guide.
- Airport pick up/drop-off by private vehicle.
- Welcome dinner in Kathmandu.
- Two nights hotel in Kathmandu at 3 to 4 star hotel on a Bed and breakfast plan.
- Accommodation on a twin-sharing basis in Guesthouses during the trek.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
- Transport to trek. Flight tickets to/from Lukla, starting from Kathmandu.
- Local fresh fruits during the trek.
- Trekking Map.
- First aid kit
- Four season sleeping bag, down jackets to use for trekking.
- All necessary trekking permits and paper work.
- Travel & Rescue arrangement, in case of emergency (actual helicopter travel to be covered by your travel insurance)
- All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges etc
- Meals whilst in Kathmandu, allow US$ 15 - US$ 20 per day.
- Personal trekking equipment.
- Nepal Visa fee (visa charge USD 40 for 30 days)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
- Travel Insurance.
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, excess baggage charges
- Drinks and beverages
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is recommended).
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.