There might not be any such traveler who come Nepal doesn’t want to witness the top of the world. It means, every traveler wishes to witness it from the closest vantage point. One of the popular trekking trails in Everest which offers a breathtaking view of the top of the world, Mt. Everest is Gokyo Ri or Gokyo Valley trek. It is a distinctive trekking trail in Everest region since the trekkers can also be a part of tranquil lake: Gokyo and other lakes and popular Ngozumba glacier. The sole purpose of Gokyo Ri and Everest View trek is to take you to a wonderland surrounded by lakes and mountains which offers you spellbinding snow-fed giants above 8 thousand meters high including the top of the world.
After a short and scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu, the trekking to Gokyo Ri or Gokyo Valley commences. Namche Bazaar is the gateway to Everest Region and also Gokyo Ri or Gokyo Valley trekking where you will have a spare day for acclimatization. It is a beautiful city in the lap of Himalaya. Namche Bazaar and Hotel Everest View at the top of the hill offer you some panoramic view of the mountain located in Everest Region. Trekkers will also have change to experience Himalayan flora and fauna in Sagarmatha National Park.
The trail ascends to final destination, Gokyo Valley, along Khumbu Glacier. Gokyo Valley is an astonishing valley in Everest region alluringly encircled by beautiful lakes and giant peaks. The serenity and tranquility of the lakes, mainly, Gokyo lake offer you all ecstatic bliss into the lap of Himalayas. Gokyo Ri is the main highlight of this trekking. And it is also an amazing vantage point to witness entire magnificent giant peaks in Everest Region including the top of the world, Mt. Everest. Gokyo Ri offers, probably, the most magnificent view of Mount Everest, Lotse , Cho oyu and Makalu. These are all highest peaks in the world above 8 thousand meter. Then you descend down fallowing same trail to Namche and Lukla.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu via respective airlines, our TH staff will receive with courtesy transfer to hotels in the centre of Kathmandu around Thamel area, an interesting to be with many shops, stores and excellent world class restaurants, with time for short walk and to buy necessary items for the trip, in the hotel our guide will inform and brief regarding trekking and other important things.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
An early morning start from the hotel with a short drive to Kathmandu domestic airport for super scenic flight of 35 minutes to Lukla with awesome views of mountains range, and the shortly landing at strange runways with an uphill, on reaching Lukla with time for rest and to refresh with morning tea and coffee and probably breakfast depending upon the time of arrival, from here a slow start passing the market with shops and stores in Lukla and heading downhill for a while, and then with short ups and gradual winding trail passing many farms and villages, Buddhist prayer monuments and views of snow capped peaks of Kusum Kanguru and Kwangde and finally reaching the overnight stop at Phakding by the river Dudh Kosi.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs.
Morning walk of the 2nd day trekking starts with an easy walk with few ups following the river Dudh Kosi most of the way, crossing the same river by suspension bridge reaching at Monjo village a nice village with lodges catering the trekkers for many years, view of Thermasharkhu peak and Khumbi-la mountain the patron god of Khumbu area, Monjo is the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at the park entrance a rest after getting the permits to travel this area requires Park permits with fees and as well TIMS ( Trekking Information Management System) after a brief rest here continue walk crossing the bridge over Dudh Kosi and to Jorsalle village for lunch, this is the only village for 2-3 hours till Namche is reached. From here walking on the river bed for a while and then after crossing the last bridge over Imjatse River (which joins Dudh Kosi) an uphill walk for few hours through beautiful alpine forest lined with rhododendron, pines and fir trees with awesome mountain scenery of Kwangde, Kusum kanguru if the day is clear view of Mt. Everest and Lhotse also, after a hard climb of few hours reaching at famous Namche Bazaar the Sherpa capital of Khumbu region with many houses with lodges, hotels, pubs, restaurant with fresh bakery and cyber café, health post, post office and banks.
Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
An important and necessary to have a rest day or 2 nights at this altitude to safe guard from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) where drinking plenty of fluids helps but not alcoholic drinks which dehydrate you. In Namche optional walks around neighboring area up to Everest View Hotel (believed as world highest hotel at 3,880 meters) a 2-3 hours hike with promising mountain views with Mt. Everest and magnificent Ama Dablam peak, or walk to the top of Namche hill with aerial view of Namche with Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, Tarmasarku, Kwangde and Ama Dablam peaks and visit interesting museum with full of information of this Khumbu area, afternoon at leisure to browse around the bazaar with nice stores, this place is flooded with locals and trekkers on Saturday big market.
flight quite often, from here another hour leads to the sleepy village of Khunde, where there’s a hospital built and managed by Sir Edmund Hillary Trust & Foundation.
Day 05: Trek to Dole 4,200m – 06 hrs.
Morning with a short climb to the ridge above Namche and then on the pleasant walk for the first half of the day with views after views of mountains and surrounding beautiful landscapes and into a nice woodlands
After a pleasant walk from this place route diverts towards Gokyo Lake leaving the main trail towards Gokyo, leading with steep climb to Mong ridge top at 3,973 meters, from here descend to Phortse Thanghka near Dudh Kosi River.
After a brief stop here walk continues heading to Dole for overnight stop with an uphill through nice woodland of pines, birch and rhododendron trees then the vegetation changes to juniper and conifers bushes as the walk passes Tongba 3,950m and Gyele 3,960 m a small settlements before Dole, the final day walk completes at Dole with an impressive view of Khumbila and Tawache peaks.
Day 06: Trek to Machermo 4,410m – 04 hrs.
From Dole morning walk continues along the valley side to a near level path for an hour to reach at Lhabarma Kharka 4,325 m and Luza at 4,390m; after leaving these small settlement with good contouring the ridge top with views of Mt. Cho-Oyu and of Machermo village below on a glacial valley, from the ridge top descend to Machermo for overnight stop with afternoon free at leisure for acclimatization or for short walk around.
Day 07: Trek to Gokyo 4,790m – 04 hrs.
After this lovely spot at Machermo morning walk continues heading to our highlight of this trip at Gokyo Lake, as the trek slowly gains height moving further to a ridge top with grandeur view of high mountains, then reaching at Pangka a small place with few lodges, from here walk climbs to on a rocky trail into an open valley to reach the first lake, and then heading towards second lake, after passing these two glacial lakes reaching at Gokyo and its third lake which is also called as Dudh Pokhari.
Near the shore of Gokyo lake stands the lodges and guesthouses at 4,790 meters, in the early days it was a summer settlement of cattle and yak herders of Khumbu area before trekking started, on reaching Gokyo in time for lunch and overnight stop, with afternoon free for acclimatization a short walk around helps in this altitude offers fantastic views of world’s 6th highest Mt. Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang reflecting on the emerald Gokyo Lake.
Day 08: At Morning Gokyo Ri and trek back to Dole 4, 200m – 05 hrs.
Starting very early morning to catch the sunrise over giant snow capped mountains from Gokyo Ri at 5,357 meters, which is the highest spot of this amazing trip, after a steep hard haul to the top looking around awesome panorama of world’s highest mountains from Mt. Cho Oyo 8,201 m straddling the border with Tibet along with Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest 8,848 m world’s number one, then worlds fourth highest Mt. Lhotse 8,516 m, Cholatse, Taweche and to the east worlds 05th highest Mt. Makalu at 8,463 m. After a great time at the top Gokyo Ri a steep descent to Gokyo and continue trek down to Dole for overnight ,
Day 09: Trek to Tengboche 3,867m – 05.30 hrs.
morning walk leads downhill on the winding path the opposite side of Dudh Kosi River, with views of snow capped mountains after a good pleasant walk reaching at Phortse village , this is one of the traditional Sherpa village on the less visited area by trekkers.
After a wonderful time in this sleepy quaint village, morning walk leads to a winding trail with views of Kwangde, Thamsarkhu, Kangtenga and Ama Dablam peaks, walking on the less trekked area with few hours of good trekking reaching at Upper Pangboche village at 4,050 meters with an old monastery, after a lunch break here, afternoon walk continues towards famous Thyangboche monastery with an easy descent for an hour to the bridge over Imjatse river, after crossing the bridge back into lush green forest of pines, birch and rhododendron trees, from Deoboche a steep climb for an hour to reach at Thyangboche Monastery for overnight stop, this is an amazing and magnificent spot with grand views of Ama Dablam, Kangtenga, Thamserku, Kwangde and Mt. Everest, this place is also a holy spot as the head lama (Rinpoche) of the monastery resides here. In this monastery, mountaineers take blessing from the high lama priest for better success and safe expedition.
Day 10: Trek to Monjo 2,880 m – 05 hrs.
After a wonderful time at Tengboche Monastery with the sound of Morning Prayer chanting by the monks and lamas and then heading downhill to cross Imjatse River and then a steep climb for an hour and with a gradual walk retracing the journey back to Namche Bazaar and Monjo. After a rest and lunch stop afternoon downhill to Monjo and back to Dudh Kosi valley crossing the same river few times and back at national park entrance / exit gate and then to Monjo for overnight stop.
Day 11: Trek to Lukla – 06 hrs.
Today the last day of trekking, a pleasant walk retracing on the same trail passing villages of Phakding, Benkar, Ghat, Choplung and from here the last climb of this trip for an hour to Lukla, on reaching Lukla by afternoon or lunch time with time for stroll around Lukla bazaar.
Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Morning transfer to Tenzing / Hillary airport at Lukla, as per the flight time board the small plane Dronier or Twin Otter a short scenic flight of 35 minutes brings you at Kathmandu and then transfer to respective hotels, with afternoon free at leisure and souvenir shopping.
Day 13: International departure for home ward bound.
Last day in Nepal, after a most memorable and overwhelming time in the high Himalaya with great service of Team Himalaya guides and staff, transfer to Kathmandu international airport terminal for your flight to respective countries.