In the periphery of Sagarmatha National Park, Gokyo Lake is one of the highly recommended trekking routes. It is naturally an astonishing spot. Consequently, this is a village that Sir Edmund Hillary has designed which, nurtures the next generation in amazing serenity.
The Gokyo trek provides an opportunity to explore the heart of Sherpa’s homeland. You will trek to the Sherpa capital ‘Namche Bazar’ and then to Tengboche before climbing up to the stunning Gokyo valley to the glacial lakes under the great peak of Cho Oyu (8153 m.). This trekking adventure provides you with the opportunity to look upon Nepal’s biggest glacier and enjoy some of the best views of the Everest range in the region.
There are some short and interesting climbs of Gokyo Ri (5457 m.), Chukkung Ri, and Kalapatthar for the classic views of Ice Falls and glaciers of the Mahalangur Himalayan range which comprises five major 8000+ m. peaks Everest, Cho O Yu, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, and Makalu.
Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
Early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After lunch, we set off to Phakding. heading to the north.
Trek to Namche Bazaar, through the valley of Dudh Koshi and Sagarmatha National Park (Sagarmatha is the Nepali name for Mount Everest).
Acclimatization day in Namche. Get acclimatization to the thin air and reduced levels of oxygen at this altitude before we continue upwards towards the Everest Base Camp. Ascending too quickly can generate symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), which can be fatal, so it is very important that we take a rest today to allow our bodies some extra time to adjust and rest before we continue on our journey upwards.
You can visit local shops, National Park Visitor Center, or take a side trip to Thami or Khumjung. Namche is a great place to hang out with stunning mountain views, observe the trading of visiting Tibetans or listen to the stories of departing mountaineers.
Trek to Dole with amazing views of Mount Everest (8848 m.), Lhotse (8516 m.), Ama Dablam (6812 m.), and Thamserku (6623 m.). The trail brings us down to Kyangjuma before we eventually reach Sanasa, where the trail breaks off for either Gokyo valley or Everest Base Camp.
The trail makes an ascend steeply at some point to bring you to Dole.
Climbing steadily up through a scenic ridge, which provides a good view of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku, we trek to Machhermo.
Trek to Gokyo with extremely pleasing views of Kangtega (6782 m.) and Thamserku (6623 m.) down the Gokyo valley.
The valley widens as our trail reaches Pangka and from here we descend to the river bank before climbing back up to near the Ngozamba Glacier. After crossing an iron bridge the trail levels out and we pass the first lake, known as Longpongo (4690 m), and then come upon Taboche Tsho lake, which emits a bright turquoise reflection sparkling in the sun.
A small distance ahead we reach the third lake, Dudh Pokhari, which is connected with Taboche Tsho by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu mountain (8201 m.) provides a stunning backdrop. After lunch, we explore the area around Dudh Pokhari before spending the night in a guesthouse.
Trek from Gokyo to Lumden via Renjo La Pass.
Trek down to Namche and take a well-earned rest and enjoy a hot shower.
Coming down steeply out of Namche we cross the suspension bridge and get our last views of Everest. After lunch at Phakding, we continue down the path, before turning off the main Jiri route and arriving back in Lukla.
Flight back to Kathmandu.Transfer to the Hotel.