Everest Gokyo Ri trek - Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350 m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by one of our representatives and will be escorted to the hotel. You will get a whole day to relax and in the evening you will head to an authentic Nepali restaurant for your welcome dinner, where you will be briefed about your trek to Gokyo Ri. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley and Trek preparation.
As Kathmandu Valley has a lot of ancient history to itself as well, we will head towards some of the famous world heritage sites after an early morning breakfast at the hotel. You will be visiting several of the most historical and spiritual sites in Kathmandu and a guide will accompany you throughout for better insights Some of these landmarks are considered world heritage sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of PashupatiNath, the famous monkey temple called Swayambhunath and Buddhists shrine known as Bouddhanath which is one of the largest stupas in the world. In the evening, there will be a small meeting where one of our representatives will brief you about your great trek to Gokyo Ri. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2860 m) | Trek to Phakding (2640 m) | 4 hrs trek.
Early breakfast at hotel and then we will head to the domestic airport to catch an early morning flight to Lukla (2860 m), the gateway destination from where our trek begins. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla takes approximately 35 minutes which is an experience of a lifetime. We will fly over the breathtaking views of green hills and white mountains as we arrive at the Lukla airport in no time. Our representatives and crew members will be waiting for us here and we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. We will have a very relaxed 4 hours climb to Phakding where will stay for the night at a guest house.
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche bazaar (3445 m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
After an early breakfast at the guest house in Phakding, we start our day gently walking a few short uphill and downhill with multiple crossings over Dudh Koshi River passing through magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6660 m) from the Benkar village. The trail crosses over many bridges leading us to the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, where there is a check post for National Park fee and trekking permit cards. A gentle descend and a gradual walk brings us to Jorsale, the last village until we reach the famous trade hub, Namche Bazaar. The walk is pleasant alongside the river bed as we reach Hillary Suspension Bridge. As we climb up towards Namche Bazaar you will catch your first glimpse of Mt. Everest in a far distance along with the stunning views of Kwangde peak, KusumKangaru peak, Tawache and many other breathtaking mountain vistas. Namche is the main trading centre in the Khumbu region and it consists of every facility one requires. Overnight at hotel or guest house in Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar | Hike to Everest View Hotel.
Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around the region. Namche Bazaar is the main hub of the Khumbu region and has banks, ATMs, government office, internet cafes, outdoor gear shops, restaurants and bakery cafes for the tourists. Also, a colorful market is set up every Friday evening and Saturday morning which gives you a chance to grab a few souvenirs to take back home. After a heavy breakfast, we start our day by visiting the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National park where you can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. We also take an interesting side trip up to Khumjung village and walk up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche from where we walk a little further up to the Everest View Hotel. We get to see a mesmerizing view of the highest mountains in the world. We can also visit the Hillary School which is located at the same site. We will stop here to have our lunch here. After a delicious lunch, we descend to Namche Bazaar and spend the night at a hotel or guest house.
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phortse Village (3810 m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
After an early morning breakfast, we start our adventure hike passing through the superb views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close up view of Mt. Thamserku. The trail descends to the west with few ups and downs overlooking the magnificent view of the great Himalaya. The trail broadens down as we descend towards Sansa, the major trail junction to Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp. The path gradually goes up through Mongla pass (3975 m) from where we catch a glimpse of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Tawoche and Mt. Khumbila. Sherpas regard Mt. Khumbila as sacred mountain of the patron god of the Khumbu area. The trail leads us to Dudh Koshi River (3250 m) and as we move further up crossing a bridge we come across beautiful rhododendron forests, a host for Himalayan wild deer and musk deer. Finally, we arrive at the walled fields of Phorse which is just under the snow dusted peaks of Tawoche and Cholaste. From here, a short trek leads to Phortse village where we spend our night at a guest house.
Day 07: Trek from Phortse Village to Machhermo (4450 m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
After a night at Phortse village, we ascend towards Dole, a small yet beautiful place with few teahouses. Furthermore, we climb steadily up through a scenic ridge above Dole and the trail climbs via Lhabarma. Along the trail we come across splendid views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Kantega, and Mt. Thamserku. The trail takes us through many summer settlements and a charming hamlet of Luza (4360 m). While ascending from Luza, we come across the scattered Dudh Koshi valley with a few human settlement. The experience becomes magical as we walk alongside the splashing sound of the Dudh Koshi River along with small hamlets and sandy spurs eventually leading us to Machhermo. Machhermo is the last major settlement on the way up to Gokyo Ri. Overnight at guest house in Machhermo.
Day 08: Trek from Machharmo to Gokyo valley (4800 m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
The trail today climbs up through a ridge Chorten which offers a splendid view of both, down the valley of the Mt. Kangtega and Mt. Thamserku, and Cho-Oyu (8153 m) at its north. Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail passes through Chorten and reaches to Pangka (4480m) after some gentle walk. The route descends towards the river bank before a quick steep climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. Upon crossing an iron bridge over a stream, the trail levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo at an altitude of 4690 m. At this juncture, we get the chance to observe the Lama footprints on a stone. The trail is followed by the second lake, TabocheTsho, which leaves us speechless with its mesmerizing view of the shimmering blue-green water beautifully sparkling in the sun. Little ahead of the second lake, we reach the third lake and two of the lakes are linked by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyumountain which stands still in the backdrop setting a spectacular sight. After lunch, we take a gentle walk and explore around the third lake. Overnight at guest house in Gokyo valley.
Day 09: Climb Gokyo Ri (5480 m) and Hike to Fifth lakes | 5 to 6 hrs hike.
Rest day today for acclimatization day but we highly recommend the climbers to not stay idle. If we are fortunate enough and the weather is good, we will take the opportunity to climb up the Gokyo Ri today instead of next day which gives us a chance to enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint of Everest Region. But if thast's not possible, Gokyo Ri is still very popular for it is the host for the six lakes. We will definitely not miss the chance to observe the fourth lake (ThonakTsho) and fifth lake (NgozumaTsho) when we have got the opportunity to visit it. About 3 km north of Gokyo is the fourth lake with its high cliffs and peaks rising above it. The trail continues to the fifth lake as well. If interested, we can climb on a hill at the edge of the Lakes to get astounding views of Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse and Mt. Makulu. The spot is known as Scoundrel's Viewpoint and we can catch a clear view of the abundant mountain vistas. Beyond the fifth Lakes is the Cho Oyu Base Camp and in the northern part of the fifth lake lies the fabulous views of Cho-Oyu Base Camp and the biggest glacier of the world- the Ngazumpa glacier. Intrigued by the charm, we may even try to go to the sixth lake but it entirely depends upon our own interest and time. We then move back to the Gokyo village. Overnight at guest house.
Day 10: Trek back from Gokyo to Dole | 5 to 6 hours trek.
The way back from Gokyo is an easy downhill walk along the Dudh Koshi River that emerges out of the Ngozumpa Glacier. The route passes back by the second and first Gokyo lakes as we come across a small gushing stream over an iron bridge. We see the hamlet of Phangkaaheadof us and Cholatse and Taboche peaks rear up on the right of us. The trail descends below Phangka and across a level terrace on the slope to climb a rib on the far side of the hillside. Upon reaching the Chorten at the edge, we see majestic views of Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Kangtega. We slowly walk down to sprawling village of Machhermo. Embarking upon the same trail we come across the charming hamlet of Luza and Lhafarma as we reach at Dole. Overnight at guest house in Dole.
Day 11: Trek from Dole to Namche | 5 to 6 hours trek.
After an early morning breakfast, we head out from Dole taking the last inspection back to Cho Oyu range, we start the steep descent to PhortseTenga. Our hike today consists mostly downhills which could be a bit strenuous to your legs. The witness the most outstanding feature of the trail filled with an abundance of plant and animal, vegetation including wildflowers and eye-catching rhododendrons. Along with our way, we might also catch a glimpse of faunas like mountain goats, musk deers, pheasants, etc. which makes the climb more exciting. We pass through splashing waterfalls which are the highlight for today. Upon reaching MongLa, we will be greeted by a wonderfully located, perched on the spur of Mt. Khumbila. We take a revised look at Mt. Taboche, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kangtega, and a distant view of Mt. Tengboche. After walking for a few more hours, we reach an intersection where the steep path up from Sanasa meets our trail. The trail to Namche clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. Upon coming to Namche army camp hill, we look back to see Mt. Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Mt. Tengboche for one last time. About a kilometer from here is the famous Namche Bazaar. We take a hot shower and let your body rest and our tired muscles relax at a comfortable lodge in Namche. Overnight at hotel or guest house.
Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla | 6 to 7 hrs trek.
The trail embarks upon the same route that we initially started our journey from. The route can be a little strenuous as it descends steeply downwards. We will carefully and slowly walk down the trail as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the trail becomes more plain and smoother. The light and warm breeze hit us from here and it becomes less chilly. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today as we pass through this charming mountain air. Although we are traveling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We stop at different spots to snap a picture of the perfect blend of the open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages noticing impressive faith in Buddhism, prayer stones, and colorful floating prayers flag. Overnight at hotel in Lukla.
Day 13: Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu | 35 minutes.
We head back to Kathmandu in a dramatic and scenic flight from Lukla. The early morning flight drops us at the international airport of Kathmandu from where you will be transferred back to the hotel. You will have the rest of the day to yourself. You can also roam around the Kathmandu valley and buy some souvenirs for your loved ones. In the evening, we will invite you to join a farewell dinner hosted by one of our team leaders. Celebrate the accomplishment of the Everest Gokyo Ri trek with delicious meals, drinks and live culture show. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Final departure.
After breakfast, we will drop you to international airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe and sound flight. We hope to see you again in the future!
Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors are beyond our control and can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. If a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.