Among the hardest available treks but still these treks are in reach of most people however one must be fit. These trips go above 5000 meters and for the duration of 15 – 20 days walking up to 6-7 hours in a day.
Travel to the Gokyo Valley in the midst of the Himalayas and set foot on Mount Everest all in one journey. You will also summit the Gokyo Peak which is a formidable Himalayan peak on its own regard.
Gokyo Valley is a Himalayan valley surrounded by mountains over 26,000 feet high from the sea level. Here you will witness Mount Everest, Mount Makalu, Mount Lhotse and Mount Cho Oyu along with other peaks up close and walk on the largest glacier in the Himalayas, the Ngozumpa Glacier. If that does not interest you already, you will also visit the Everest Base Camp, hike up Kala Patthar and summit the Gokyo Peak in this adventure-packed tour.
Ground zero of your big Himalayan trek is Kathmandu at 4,600 feet. Everything will be taken care of as you land into the country. We will pick you up at the airport and drop you off to your hotel where we will have a pre-trip meeting in the evening to prep you on your big journey.
Lukla, which is right inside the Everest region, is just a half-an-hour flight away. We begin our Gokyo Valley trek here from a three-hour downhill walk to Phakding village. The first day of the trip is never easy as you will be quite rusty. So rest well.
We will climb up for six hours through forests and past gorges to reach Namche Bazaar. This small town bustling with tourists is a must-see place on its own and is famous for its night clubs and bars.
We will rest up at Namche for a day for acclimatization purposes. In the middle of the Everest region and at temperature nearing or below 30 °F, you will need it. But you can spend the day leisurely walking around town talking to the local Sherpas or fellow travellers. And if you want to go for a last minute shopping, you will find almost everything at the Bazaar.
It is a long day of trekking as we have to trek uphill for as long as five hours to reach Phortse. Phortse is a model ecotourism village surrounded by exotic trees, birds, and animals. The Sherpas here are always happy to perform cultural shows for tourists.
The terrain starts getting more rugged and barren this high from sea level. It’s only bare mountains and valleys for five hours till we reach Maccherma village. View from up here is amazing as you will see the Dudh Koshi River Valley below and Himalayan peaks above.
We will reach the Gokyo Valley after six hours of trekking. There are mountain streams and lakes to watch as we reach the beautiful valley that is surrounded by the Himalayas. Fatigue starts to creep in this far and this high in your journey but the amazing view of Mount Everest and the Himalayas make the trip worth it.
In the Gokyo Valley, we will walk to the base of Gokyo Ri or the Gokyo Peak (17,575 feet). You can make to the summit in three hours if you wish to. You will be treated with clear views of Mount Everest, Mount Makalu, Mount Lhotse and Mount Cho Oyu from there. The mountain is located just next to the largest glacier in the Himalayas, the Ngozumpa Glacier. After gazing at the Himalayas for a few hours, we will walk back to the Gokyo Valley and rest for the day.
It’s a four-hour trek to Thangna beginning with a tricky section past the Ngozumpa Glacier. After that it is a quite smooth walk to Thangna which is located at the base of the Cho La pass.
This is a tough day of trekking. We have to climb up the snow to reach the top of Cho La pass. The route is tricky and offers a pure mountain climbing experience. After crossing the pass, there is a steep descent down to Dzongla. It all takes about seven hours.
We will hike through snow and reach Lobuche at the foot of Khumbu glacier in not more than four hours. Mount Everest will just be a day away.
A short three-hour trek will take you to Gorakshep, a village sitting on top of a frozen lake bed. After lunch, we will walk for two to three hours to reach the Everest Base Camp. You will get to stand on the foot of the tallest peak in the world. But, however much you might want, you cannot camp here with your trekking permit so we will have to return to Gorakshep before night.
We will hike up to Kala Patthar, which lies on the southern ridge of Mount Pumori (23,494 feet). It’s a two-hour climb after which you will be at the highest point of your journey. Here you will get the best panoramic view of the Everest along with the Khumbu Glacier and other Himalayan peaks. We will descend to Pheriche, a small village full of yaks, and rest for the day.
It is about five and a half hours of trekking today. Downhill treks such as these are relatively easier now. We will have to cross rivers at a few places to get back to Namche Bazaar, the place you were at on the third and the fourth day of your trekking trip. It’s a great place to share your experience with fellow trekkers and recollect the exotic views of the Himalayas from up close.
We will walk all the way down to Lukla, the place where our trekking journey all started. It takes six hours to get here. No more walking after this.
You will back to Kathmandu in no time. The city will be quite a change in scene from the exotic Himalayas you were conquering a few days ago. But every good thing comes to an end, doesn’t it?
This day is for looking around Kathmandu. Like you may have seen in pictures, Kathmandu is a melting pot of tradition and modernity where you will see western-style hangouts nestling among ancient temples and palaces. There are seven World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu so you will encounter culture aplenty. You will be back home the next day so we will host a farewell dinner for you to cap off your Himalayan adventure.
We will see you off at the airport. It will be a happy-sad moment as we know that it is hard to leave this wonderful country but you will be leaving with very rich memories.
In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 320.Also note that single rooms is easily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
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Note: The lists have been prepared by our guides based on experience and are meant as suggestion for an average trekker. Each trekker will have his/her own preferences and necessities and we recommend carrying everything that you think you might need. You will find several options for each equipment and we advise to select the best match for your particular trip. You can purchase almost everything on the lists in Kathmandu and we are happy to help you choose.
We give you the power to choose the departure date that suits your group best. A private trip is a perfect solution if you can’t find a published departure date that you and your companions agree on. You can set up a private departure for most of the trips we offer.
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