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Gokyo Trek is another pathway to reach the Everest Base Camp and offers an alternative to the conventional route. This trail encompasses the fantastic views of the Everest and Himalayan ranges along with significant attributes like the Ngozumpa Glacier, Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Gyachung and Makalu.
A flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, one of the most beautiful flights in Nepal, marks the beginning of this trek. Trekkers can then trek into Phadking and visit the various monasteries present in the region. An ascend upwards to Namche Bazzar from Phadking provides crossings over Dudh Koshi River and passage through villages like Benkar, Monjo, Jorsale, Chautara(Top Danda)along with exquisite views of Mt. Thamserku, Kwangde Peak, Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, etc. Acclimatization is absolutely necessary at this point for a day in Namche Bazaar after which a trek is required to reach Phorse village which is under the snow-dusted peaks of Tawoche and Cholaste.
Namche to Phorse incorporates the superb view of mountains, a close-up view of Thamserku, occasional views of animals like the musk deer and the Himalayan Thar, the village of Sansa followed by the Mongla Pass offering glimpses of mountains such as the Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche and Mt. Khumbila and finally the Phortse village.
Trekking through Dole, Labharma and Luza, to reach Macchermo is accompanied by empowering views of the Cho Oyu, Kangtega, Kyaio Ri, Phari Lapche, etc. From Macchermo, trekkers pass through Chortene and Pangka with lakes like Lakes Longpongo and Taboche Tsho. Gokyo village is next to the beautiful Gokyo Lake.
Gokyo Ri is the viewpoint offering excellent views of Everest as well as a series of six lakes in the Everest region and can be reached by a climb via the Gokyo village. Socundrel’s viewpoint is home to mesmerizing views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and Everest after which, an ascend upwards brings the Cho Oyu Base Camp. This base camp offers spectacular views of the largest glacier in the world, the Ngazumpa, and marks the end of the Gokyo Valley Trek.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you’ll be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring the city at your leisure.
After an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, you’ll begin the trek toward Phakding. This trail leads you through beautiful lush forests along the Dudh Koshi River.
Today’s trek takes you to Namche Bazaar, a bustling market town and the gateway to the Everest region. You’ll cross several suspension bridges along the way and climb steeply to reach Namche Bazaar.
On this day, you’ll stay in Namche Bazaar to acclimate to the altitude. You’ll be hiking up to the Everest View Hotel for stunning sunrise views over the mountains. Meanwhile, you can also visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and the Everest Photo Gallery.
You’ll leave Namche Bazaar and trek to Phortse Thanga. This is a small settlement with few lodges available. The trail takes you through dense forests and offers stunning views of the mountains. The total distance between Namche to Phortse Thanga is 3.5 miles or 5.7 kilometers.
Today’s trek takes you to Machhermo, a small village nestled in the valley. The trail offers unparalleled views of Cho Oyu and other Himalayan peaks. This trail is a unique experience in itself as it passes through lush forests, Dudhkoshi Valley, forests, and waterfalls. Travelers also get a chance to witness the wildlife including; pheasants, mountain goats, musk deer and so on.
You’ll trek to Gokyo Lake, a serene and picturesque lake nestled in the mountains. You can enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers. The landscapes changes quickly today as we trek from Machhermo to Gokyo Lake. We will spot the pristine Gokyo lake. We stay in the first teahouse of the trek.
You’ll hike up to Gokyo Ri early in the morning to witness a breathtaking sunrise over the mountains. Afterward, you’ll head back to your hotel for breakfast and start trekking back down to Machhermo.
Today, you’ll trek to Khumjung Village, a charming Sherpa village. The trail offers stunning views of Ama Dablam and other Himalayan peaks. It should take you about 7 hours to reach the Khumjung village.
You’ll trek back to Phakding along a different trail than the one you took on the way up. You’ll pass through several Sherpa villages and enjoy the beautiful scenery. You will reach Phakding after trekking for 6-7 hours.
You’ll trek back to Lukla and enjoy your last night in the mountains. You can reflect on your journey and celebrate your accomplishments.
After a short flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, you’ll be transferred to your hotel.This scenic flight is an adventure in itself. You can spend the rest of the day shopping and exploring around the city.
On the last day of your trip, you’ll be transferred to the international airport for your final departure. You can say goodbye to Nepal and reflect on the unforgettable memories you’ve made on your Gokyo trek.