Everest Gokyo Ri Trek
The Everest Gokyo Ri trek, passes through the viewpoint of Gokyo Ri and is an alternative trekking trail designed to reach the Base Camp of the Mt. Everest. The trail offers spectacular views of the mountain peaks of the Khumbu/ Everest region, namely Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Gyachung including the Everest itself. The passage of the trail through the Gokyo valley offers opportunities to mix up with the ethnic populations of the region and also view the spectacular glaciers in the region.
The major attractions of this trek are the viewpoints Gokyo Ri and Scoundrel’s viewpoint. Is the Everest Base Camp safe to visit after the 2015 earthquake? Though major damages had been endured by the base camp, all the damages are quickly being reinstated to their former glory. So it is absolutely safe to marvel upon the beauty of this Himalayan country and embark on an adventurous trek across the Everest region.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu
Day 03: Kathmandu- Lukla- Phakding (1300m-2800m-2652m)
Day 04: Phakding- Namche Bazaar (2652m-3440 m)
Day 05: Namche Bazaar acclimatization
Day 06: Namche- Phorse (3440m-3810m)
Day 07: Phorse- Macchermo (3440m-4470m)
Day 08: Macchermo- Gokyo (4470m-4800m)
Day 09: Gokyo Valley- Gokyo Ri- Fifth Lakes (4800m-5357m)
Day 10: Gokyo-Dole
Day 11: Dole- Namche
Day 12: Namche Bazaar- Lukla
Day 13: Lukla- Kathmandu
Day 14: Departure
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Arrival in the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, is followed by checking in to the hotel. You can relish authentic Nepali cuisine and rest adequately for the upcoming trek.
Sightseeing around Kathmandu
This entire day can be dovted to overlook the marvels and the cultural diversity presented by the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. Kathmandu is home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and the Patan Durbar Squares as well as temples like the Pashupatinath and Guheswori. Monasteries, stupas and the Syambunath, the monkey temple can be visited today. The preparation for the trekking can also be done on this day.
Kathmandu- Lukla- Phakding (1300m-2800m-2652m)
The starting of this day is marked by embarking in one of the most scenic and heart throbbing flights of Nepal. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the gateway destination for the starting of the trek, is amalgamated with flying over the greenery and over the pristine white peaks. To assist in acclimatization, a short hike is conducted today to the prosperous village of Phakding. Trekking preparation can be done and monastery situated in Phakding can be visited. 45 min flight. 2-3 hours trek.
Phakding- Namche Bazaar (2652m-3440 m)
This day, the trail starts with a uphill and downhill trail with multiple Dudh Koshi river crossings. Alongside the magnificent views of the Thamserku mountain, we reach the Benkar village. Another stop is Monjo, which is the entrance of the Sgarmatha National Park. Upon descending downwards, the Jorsale village will be reached. Hrough the river beds and suspension bridges, Chautara is reached. It offers mind boggling views of the pristine white peaks like the Kwangde, Kusum, Kangaru, Everst, Tawache as well as the Lhotse. The final destination is the main gateway of the Khumbu region, the prosperous trading route, Namche Bazaar. 5-6 hours trek.
Namche Bazaar acclimatization
To avoid Altitude Mountain Sickness, acclimatization is absolutely necessary. Short trips and hikes are recommended to acclimatize with the high altitudes that are coming up. The day can be spent by taking a hike to Thame. Another option is to visit the village Khunde. Namche Bazaar, the center hub of the Khumbu region is full of modern internet cafes, ATMs, restaurants as well as colorful markets. The Namche Bazaar itself can be explored in detail. A side trip to Khamjung and the climb to the famous airstrip of Syangboche can be planned as well. There is also the option of visiting the Tourist Visitor Center which consists of an assortment of ideas related to Everest. The Everest View Hotel present above the Syangboche can be visited to observe the magnificent views of the Thamserku, Khumbila and the Kongde peaks. The monastery and the school nearby can be visited as well.
Namche- Phorse (3440m-3810m)
Amalgamated with the exquisite views of Mt. everst, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse among many others, the days trail follows several ups and downs. The pheasant, Himalayan thar or the musk deer can be occasionally spotted along the way. Upon reaching Kayangjuma, the path moves towards Sansa. The trail then moves to the Mogla Pass which is situated at a height of 3975m. this pass offers pristine views of the Ama Dablam, Tawoche, Mt. Khumbila as well as the Thamserku. Mt. Khumbila is considered by the residents, to be the patron of the Khumbu region and it is considered to be a sacred mountain. The trail then descends downwards to the Dudhkoshi Khola and again upwards through rhododendron and walled fields to Phorse. This village, under the peaks of the Tawoche and Cholaste offers even more magnificent looks of the mountain peaks of the Khumbu region. 5-6 hours trek.
Phorse- Macchermo (3440m-4470m)
Upon reaching from the Phorse village back to Phorse, the trail now crosses a bridge on the Dudh Koshi where animals like the musk deer, Chyangra and birds like the pheasants can be observed. Upon trekking through waterfalls, bridges and forests, Dole is reached. The trail now climbs upwards to reach Lhabarma which offers magnificent views of Kantega, Cho Oyu as well as the Thamserku. Luza is the next destination, which is a charming hamlet. Ascending downwards, the Dudh Koshi valley is reached passing along which will bring the village of Macchermo. Macchermo is considered to be the area where the first sighting of the huge beast, the Himalayan Yeti was done on 1974. The Himalayan Rescue Hospital is visited to know details related to Altitude Mountain Sickness.
Macchermo- Gokyo (4470m-4800m)
This day’s trail starts with a climb through a ridge Chorten which offers magnificent views of the Dudh Koshi Valley along with the views of the pristine peaks like the Cho-Oyu, Thamserku as well as Kangtega. The trail widens and finally reaches Pangka through an easy hike. This spot is where the 1995 avalanche killed 40 people. The trail now descends into the river bank and then climbs upwards on to the moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. The Longpongo Lake is eventually reached after crossing a bridge over a stream. The shimmering view of the Taboche Tsho comes next which is followed by the views of a third lake. These mesmerizing views are followed by reaching the Gokyo Village which is situated in the backdrop of the Cho-Oyu Mountain. 5-6 hours trek.
Gokyo Valley- Gokyo Ri- Fifth Lakes (4800m-5357m)
This day is set for acclimatization but will not be spent idly. This day provides an opportunity to climb the viewpoint of Gokyo Ri. This is deemed to be the best viewpoint of the Everest Region and hosts the sixth lake of the region. The fourth and fifth lakes, Thonak Tsho and Ngozuma Tsho can be seen today. The edge of the lakes consist of a hill which can be climbed to observe the views of the mesmerizing oeaks like the Gyachung Kang, Cho-Oyu, Everest, Makalu as well as the Nuptse. This point is refereed to as the Scoundrel’s Viewpoint and beyond the fifth lake is the Cho- Oyu Base Camp. The biggest glacier of the world, The Ngazumpa Glacier, can be viewed from this point too. The night is spent at the Gokyo village. 5-6 hours trek.
A downhill, easy walk brings us to the Dudh Koshi River from Gokyo. We retrace the path back into the second then the first lakes which are followed by an iron bridge. Amalgamated with the views of the Cholatse and the Taboche peaks, we observe the hamlet of Phangka near us. Upon reaching the Chorten, magnificent views of the Kangtega, Cho- Oyu and the Thamserku are observed with awe. Retracing the path back to Luza, we finally reach Dole. 5-6 hours trek.
A steep descend starts the day. The trail reaches Phortse Tenga and through downhill hike we pass through rhododendron forests, wildflowers and animals to MongLa. Amalgamated along the way are views of many waterfalls. MongLa offers spectacular views of the Ama Dablam, Taboche, Kangtega, Thamserku as well as Tengboche. Through here, a steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjum brings Namche army camp hill. Looking back, the tip of Everst, Lhotse and the Tengboche are seen. The day ends upon reaching back to Namche. 4-5 hours trek.
Namche Bazaar- Lukla
A steep descending trail marks the path from Namche Bazaar to Lukla. Through suspension bridges and natural trails, the trail passes through cool mountain air. Through open plains, pine and rhododendron forests and Sherpa villages we reach Lukla. The aching muscles can now be put to rest. 6-8 hours trek.
This day marks the end of the trek and a safe flight back to Kathmandu. The flight, which in itself is scenic, will be a remembrance of the exquisite thrills and events of the past few days. Upon reaching Kathmandu, the remaining must-see places of the valley can be visited. 45 minutes flight.
After an adventure filled trek to the Gokyo Ri, the trek now ends with departure ot respective locations with the promise to come back for more.