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‘an adventure into high and hidden scenic valley of Gokyo with beautiful scenery and glacial lakes’
“Breathtaking panorama of world four highest peaks from high scenic Gokyo-Ri
Enjoy serene walks on tranquil path to high Gokyo valley a place with emerald colored lakes
Grand views of Ngozumba glacier the longest glacial flow of Nepal Himalayan range
Wonderful walks around high Khumbu visiting nice cultural Sherpa villages of great interest
Scenic trails with constant views of high peaks in the shade of towering Mt. Everest”
Mode of Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu with local nice lodge on treks.
Trekking Grade: Moderate and Adventurous
Highest Spot: On top Gokyo-Ri 5,357 m and 17,570 ft high.
Walking Hours: Minimum 4 hrs with Maximum of 6 hrs
Activities: Guided tour, overland journey and scenic trekking.
Trekking duration: 10 Nights and 11 Days (Lukla to Lukla)
Total Trip: 14 Nights and 15 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Gokyo-Ri Everest Panorama Trekking for all seasons of the months, except on wet monsoon times of June to mid September when days are cloudy that obstructs views of mountains with heavy dark and heavy rain clouds.
But much greener with lush rich vegetations (not recommended during monsoon wet months unless for botanical people and students to study flora and fauna of the region)
Best time from March to May when most days are clear for views and as well for pleasant walks with moderate temperatures and longer sunlight hours, and on this time of season when wild flowers are in full bloom, enjoy bright and beautiful wild flower especially rhododendron of various species from trees to bush of different colored flowers (national flower of Nepal the rhododendron).
March to May in late afternoon can be cloudy with chances of rain and snow around higher altitude.
Mid September to December around autumn /fall and pre winter one of the best times with clear blue sky and sunny days (for short while from morning to mid day) can be cold and freezing during morning and night times above 2,000 m high.
Sunlight hours are short during autumn and winter seasons but most morning till late afternoon are clear for views and pleasant walks.
High Khumbu area populated by Highlanders the Sherpa of Everest, interwoven with Buddhism religion and colorful culture and fascinating heritage life style where you can witness from Lukla onwards, villages festooned with religious symbols and monuments of prayer flags, decorated walls with spinning chiming bells.
Gokyo-Ri Everest Panorama Trekking one of most picturesque adventure within high Khumbu valley and mighty Mt. Everest and range of peaks that shadows the walks throughout the trip, with ever exciting scenery in close harmony of native Sherpa immense cultural villages.
Gokyo-Ri Everest Panorama Trekking, certainly leads you to enjoyable moments all in the comfort of nice local lodges where rooms faces beautiful views of surrounding landscapes and high mountain range, a perfect adventure for all from beginners to expert walkers and as well for travelers with great interest to set foot on Himalaya.
Adventure begins from Kathmandu where short scenic flight takes you to Lukla, a busy town of Sherpa the highlanders of Everest and Solu-Khumbu districts within Nepal Far North Mid-East Himalaya where walk leads you upstream of nice Dudh Kosi River right up to its glacial source at Gokyo valley fed from the glacier of Ngozumba.
Walk leads into forested area protected and conserved by Sagarmatha National Park which is listed in world heritage sites due to its location within highest area of the planet enriched with beautiful exotic flora and fauna, Sagarmatha a name for Everest in Nepal, while it is also known as Chomolungma among Sherpa communities.
Slowly walk leads to higher terrain reaching at famous village in Namche Bazaar, an ideal place for rest days to support acclimatization on this high village which is at the height of 3,440 m a place with many good facilities for locals and as well for trekkers, where once a week colorful and busy Saturday market takes place.
From Namche where our route diverts from main and popular Everest base camp trail heading due north with climb into a river gorge within cool shade of rhododendron, pines and fir trees, as walk progress entering into a wide scenic valley at Gokyo.
Enjoy marvelous moments within Gokyo and its nice beautiful glacial lakes overlooking views of Mt. Cho-Oyu (listed as world 6th highest peaks) with other range of mountains, where few hour of strenuous and exciting hike takes you up at high Gokyo-Ri for excellent Everest Panorama that includes world four highest peaks.
View from Gokyo-Ri includes Mt. Everest world number one, with 4th highest Mt. Lhotse, 5th highest Mt. Makalu towards east direction with 6th high Mt. Cho-Oyu includes array of peaks with grand scenery of Gokyo valley and lakes with longest glacier of Nepal Himalaya the Ngozumba.
After an interesting and fabulous moment head back to Namche with long descend to reach at Lukla for last and final overnight stop around high Khumbu and Everest region, where next early morning scenic flight brings you to hustle and bustle city life in Kathmandu, with great remarkable time and experience on Gokyo-Ri Everest Panorama Trekking.
Day 01: Reach Kathmandu via various countries and airlines.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu preparation for trek with options for tour.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m (30 mins) and trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs.
Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 06: Trek to Dole 4,100 m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Machherma 4,470 m – 04 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo Lake and the valley 4,800 m – 04 hrs.
Day 09 At Gokyo rest day with climb to Gokyo-Ri 5,357 m.
Day 10: Trek to Dole – 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar – 05 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Lukla – 06 hrs.
Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
Day 14: Spare extra day as contingency and for individual.
Day 15: International Departure to respective country.
On arrival at Nepal international airport in Kathmandu, where Professional Trekking Guide staff receives with warm welcome and then transfer to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu.
On checking your rooms getting refreshed then join in at hotel foyer / lobby meeting with other members of the trek, where our guide will brief providing information on Gokyo-Ri Everest Panorama trekking.
Evening group welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese environment restaurant with native folk culture programs along with the dinner.
A free day in Kathmandu you can enjoy at leisure as well preparation for the trek, on this day interested people can join in our exciting guided sightseeing tour for half or full day tour at places of great interest around World Heritage Sites.
Morning as time for Lukla flight a short drive to Kathmandu domestic airport for short scenic flight to Lukla on smaller aircraft (Dornier / Twin Otter or similar) after 30 minutes flight lands at Lukla airport, where walk begins to Phakding.
Lukla airport named ‘Tenzing-Hillary’ in respect to first conqueror of Mt. Everest, and from Lukla with refreshing stop, walk starts downhill and then on gradual path heading into nice Sherpa village to reach our first overnight stop at Phakding village near Dudh Kosi River.
Today’s walk starts on pleasant trail within small forest of pines and rhododendron trees facing views of peaks, as walk follows river upstream to cross a long bridge to enter Sagarmatha National Park near Monjo village.
Sagarmatha National Park also a world heritage sites from here walk follows on river gorge and to cross a high bridge where long uphill climb leads to Namche Bazaar, a large village almost the size of a town and the hub of Sherpa as well for visitors.
At Namche Bazaar the only place on route base camp with facilities of ATM, Banks, post office, Cyber Café, Trekking / Climbing stores and shops with café, bakeries and restaurants include views of Kwangde peaks.
Namche Bazaar an ideal place for rest and for acclimatization day at an altitude 3,440 m high, morning having breakfast where short excursion and hike takes you on top of Namche a place with interesting museum provide information of the Khumbu / Everest area of Sherpa religions, culture, history, mountaineering to flora and flora.
High hill of Namche offers stunning views of Amadablam, Tharmarserku, Kantega, Kwangde, Khumbila with Mt. Everest and Lhotse towards North, after an impressive morning head back to lodge for lunch with afternoon free to relax and catch up with the dairy and browse around the street of Namche, where once a week Saturday market / bazaar takes place.
From Namche walk to steep climb high above at Mong Hill, a small place with few Tea-House and Lodge facing views of peaks, from here downhill to Phorse-Tenga near Dudh Kosi within forested area a peaceful spot with nice houses serving as good lodge on route to Gokyo Lake.
After possible lunch stop climb into cool shade of alpine forest within a gorge then walk further to reach a nice place at Dole for overnight stop.
After Dole morning short climb to a ridge and then on winding trail for an hour to Lhabarma Kharka at 4,325 m and Luza at 4,390m; then skirting around ridge with views of Machherma, situated below on a small valley, then descend to Machherma for overnight stop.
Another short day walk as morning leads to Gokyo main Lake following a scenic trail to Pangka 4,545m, and then climb a rocky path within ablation valley, as walk leads past first lake and then second lake to reach third and the main lake of Gokyo, also called as Dudh Pokhari or Gokyo Lake.
Gokyo valley and beautiful lakes located at the height of 4,800 m high, having lunch and rest options for short walk around the lake facing views of Mt. Cho-Oyo world’s 06th highest with peaks of Gyachung Kang that reflects on its Lake.
At Gokyo valley within its beautiful glacial lakes, where morning climb takes you to highest point of the adventure on top Gokyo Ri at 5,357 m, rewards you with stunning panorama of Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Mt. Makalu covering four world highest mountains at one glance with series of smaller peaks.
Enjoying views and grand mountain panorama with massive Ngozumba Glacier and of Gokyo then descend back downhill for lunch with rest of the afternoon at leisure.
After marvelous exciting time at Gokyo valley and its beautiful lakes, morning downhill to reach Dole, as walk leads with wonderful views and then heading backing into tree lines at Dole for overnight stop.
From Dole pleasant walk on downhill to reach Phortse Tenga and then climb to Mong Hill top and back within trees lines, from here walk back to Namche Bazaar for overnight stop before Lukla.
Last day walk although a long to reach back Lukla but rewarding with fabulous views on downhill trail with some short ups with gradual winding path, where last hour climb brings you back at Lukla for last overnight stop around Khumbu and Everest and farewell to our loyal and friendly porters.
Flight starts early morning, transfer to Tenzing and Hillary air terminal at Lukla airport on boarding the plane a sweeping flight of 35 minutes brings you back in Kathmandu and then transfer to respective hotels with rest of the day free at leisure.
In Kathmandu a spare as contingency day just in case of flight delay and cancellation at Lukla or in the beginning of the trek, which occurs quite often even in the best time of the year due where bad and unfavorable weather conditions hamper the flight.
If all goes well as our standard itinerary days, where people with interest can join in for optional tour around Kathmandu around place of great interest or enjoy free individual activities and shopping.
Final and last day in the country of Himalaya wonders with varied interesting cultures, after a memorable time and experience on Gokyo-Ri Everest Panorama trekking, with time for your international flight, where our staff and guide transfer you to the airport for flight back home or to next respective port of call.
As per Nepal Civil Aviation rules and norms where flight to Lukla from Kathmandu does not takes place, since last few months from March 2019 where flight operates from a town of Ramechap which is due east from Kathmandu.
To reach Ramechap takes 4-5 hrs drive on private vehicles and vice versa on the way back from Lukla also.