The Gokyo trek takes us into one of the most spectacular regions of Nepal where the Sherap culture trrives amongst the highest peaks in the world. The Everest massif as seen from Thyangboche and Gokyo is a sight you will never forget and this is the traditional trek to view Everest, following the historic trail and travelling in true expedition’s style. It will appear to those who wish to retrace the steps of history to the base of Everest.
On this trek we see many different things. We visit the beautiful monastery at Tengboche, Pongboche and at Khumjung. On this trip we visit the Everest View Hotel which is the world's highest elevated hotel. On this trip we get the chances to see and learn about the famous people the Sherpas and their cultures. We walk up to 5400 meter high on this trip. We get a lovely view of Everest from Gokyo Peak. We depart from, Kathmandu and fly to Lukla on a small twin water aircraft. Our trek will begin from Lukla.
Day 1 (1300 m). You will arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport. We will pick you up from airport and trandferred to Hotel. You will be given a detail brefing on your arrival about the Kathmandu city and about the trekking.
Day 2 Hlaf day sightseeing (Optional), we may do sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Prepare for next day trek departure. Our guide or one the office staff will brief about next day program and check the trekking gear
Day 3 Fly to Lkla (2800m): Trek to Phakding. We will fly to Lukla by early morning flight. The flight time will be about 35 to 40 minute to Lukla. This airstrip was built by Sir Edmand Hillary and his friends to service the Everst region when he began his work of building schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people. It is a memorable flight, with marvellous views of the Eastern Himalayas. At Lukla we are immediately impressed by the scale of the huge peaks that surrond the village but this is only a foretaste of what is to come. Our assemble and we head down hill towards the Dudh Kosi, a raging river that flows from the highest peaks. . The broad and well-marked trail meanders around fields of potatoes and buck wheat and passes throgh small villages and we pass rows of the tree to make our way to our first overnight stop in in the village of Phakding. We will see first our Mani walls today. These stone structures are a compilation of many stones tablets, each with the inscription "Om mani padme hum" which translates to (hail to the jewel in the lotus" and is a mantra (chant) venerated by Bhuddhists. Bhuddhists will walk to th left ot these Mani walls and chorten but you maynotice that people of the lowlands who have no knowledge of Buddhisim do not follow this practice.
Day 4 To Namche Bazaar (3440m): We have to walk approximately 3-4 hours. This morning we cross the green/ aqua waters of Dudh Kosi and pass through the gates of the Sagarmatha National Park. The establishment of this national park is a significant attempt to stem the use of fire-wood in the area and the few local people who have a permit to cut wood must gain a approval from the authorities on the basis of it being primarily for the personal use. When we are in lodges, only kerosene will be used for cooking and heating washing water, and lodge owner will be well paid for allowing us to utilize their facilities. This puts money into the local economy and by carrying majority of our supplies, we do not tax local resources further.
We follow the river course to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and Bhote Kosi and cross a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche bazaar. The trail continues to climb and meander to Namche, and the sight of this prosperous village spread within a horse- shoe shaped valley opposite the beautiful peak of Kondge Ri is worth every step. After lunch you may wish to peruse the Tibetan trader¡¯s stalls or the Sherpa shops in search of a bargain.
Day 5 Rest Day in Namche. This is a rest day in Namche Bazaar is very important for safe acclimatization. Sagarmartha National Park Headquarters on the hill above the village offers a very interesting display of photographs, memorabilia and information of the park, and is a wonderful vantage point for the spectacular view up the Imga Khola Valley towards Everest. The change from the narrow lowland valleys to the broad glacial ones is immediately obvious. The steep-sided glacial valley before us gradually winds towards the base of Everest, broken only by the moraines left by retreating glaciers. Its more gradual rate of climb is a blessing for those trekking higher. Towering to over 4000 meters above the valley floor, spectacular peaks seem to engulf us. The Sherpa culture Center has an interesting collection of mountaineering items and photographs.
Day6 To Dole (4040m): We have to walk about 6 to 7 hours. The walk to Dole is one of the most pleasant in Nepal. The trail meanders easily around the ridges and Everest can be clearly seen on the horizon ahead before we descend through splendid rhododendron forest for lunch. After lunch we cross the Dudh Kosi and began the ascent to the top of long ridge which flows from the summit of Kantega. Our trail takes us through pine and rhododendron forest and as this is a devout Bhuddhist region, the wildlife is unharmed and not too shy. As a result there is possibility that we may see Hog Deer and other animals in the forest and around our campsite.
Day 7 & 8 To Machermo. (4450) we will trek about 4 to 5 hours to Machermo. Since we left from Namche, we had gain about 1000 meter altitude. Another full day acclimatization day here in Machermo. After breakfast, You can explore half day about 3 to 4 hours hike in the mountain and back to camp.
Day 9 Gokyo Lake (4750m) We will trek about 4 to 5 hours to Gokyo lake.
Day 10. Gokyo Lake: This an optional rest day. If you are not too tired you can climb to Gokyo Peak or have arrest and climb next day.
Day 11 Gokyo Lake: You can climb Gokyo Peak today. If you clime the Gokyo peak on day 10, you may explore the Chou Base camp. This is an optional walk. You will see the great view of Chou Mountain.
Day 12 To Fortse:
Day 13 Trek to Tengboche
Day 14 To Khumjung (3780m): We have to walk about 5 to 6 hours to Khumjung. There are excellent mountain views as we follow the trail as it traverses high above the river and drops to the fields at the village of Portse and then descend to cross the Dudh Kosi at Portse Tenga. A short but steep climbe is taken in our stride as we are now very fit acclimatization is not an issue. We crest the ridge at a chorten draped in prayer flags and traverse towards the villages of Khumjung and Khunde. It is a comfortable day¡¯s walk , with time to explore these quique and more traditional villages. As we near them we pass through terraced fields that are home to a brightly colored pheasant, the Danphe Pheasant, the National bird of Nepal. Khmjung is where Sir Edmund Hillary built his schoolhouses in the clouds. And famed Khunde Hospital is close by. There will be generally be an opportunity for you to visit the hospital and school as well as the monastery at Khumjung where we may see the "Scalp of Yeti"
Day 15 Phakding: We have to walk about 6 hours. This was our first campsite.
Day 16 Lukla: We have to walk about 4 hours. This is our last day hike. We will celebrate our last night with our crew. This is the day that you may hand out your tip to your crew members.
Day 17 We fly to KTM: Transferred to hotel and leisure afternoon
Day 18. Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 19: Trip concludes Kathmandu.
NOTE: The itinerary is a general guide to the trek and my varied. There is sufficient time for a comfortable pace for people of average fitness to acclimatize adequately, and to vary the days in accordance with specific needs. You may add more days if you like to spend more times in the Himalayas. Consulting with your guide you can make some changes in the itinerary.
Hotel in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast
Half Day sightseeing in Kathmandu
The whole trip operations cost & all local transportations and arrival/departure
Sagarmatha National Park fee
Accommodation lodge on the trek or camping in two men tent
Tow men tent, insulated & foam mats, inner liner for sleeping bag, pillow,
All meals while you are on the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, tea, coffee etc.)
A English speaking guide
Guide & Porters’ insurances
KTM-LUK- KTM round trip airfare
Lunch and Dinner is not included while you are in the Kathmandu.
Bar and cold drinks
Entrance Fees in Kathmandu tour (Optional tour)
Your travel insurance
Tip for guide/porter
International air ticket
Note: Chitwan National Park jungle safari, white water rafting and other activities can be added after or before the trip as per required.