If you have the soul of an adventurer and the desire for a demanding and scenically rewarding hike then the Everest Gokyo trek may be the ideal choice for you. It's the perfect route through the Everest region, with every single day offering up dramatic landscapes and solitary valleys, formidable glaciers, and picturesque villages, yak herders living in peaceful isolation amidst the lakes of Gokyo, the hospitality and pristine culture of the Sherpas, and the near matchless variety of flora and fauna of UNESCO-listed Sagarmatha National Park.
The trip commences with a dramatic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu that provides tantalizing glimpses of the journey's distant pathways through the region. From there the trek proper begins with a short hike to the village of Phakding, after which the trail leads on through rhododendron and conifer forests to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3440m), where the town's famed weekend market might well be on the show if the timing's favorable — the allotted rest day there to help acclimate to the altitude increases the chances. The legendary monastery of Tengboche (3860m) looms up on the following day, with its serene perspective on the distant peaks of the Himalayas and its long association with the mountain-climbing community's travels through the region.
The next destination on the trek is Dingboche (4410m), where another rest day for acclimation purposes allows for a climb to Chhukung Ri and its scenic outlook (5550m). Our final tea house stay is at Gorakshep (5140m), and from there the trail leads to the trek's legendary goal of Everest Base Camp and the roll call of famous climbers who've called it home temporarily, from Hillary and Tenzing Norgay through to the likes of Haston, Messner, and Steck. Kala Patthar (5550m) nearby offers astonishing panoramic views of the entire region, from Everest and Lhotse to Nuptse, AmaDablam, Pumori, and a host of other Himalayan giants piercing the skies.
Cho La (5420m) is the last challenge on the route, offering up its impressive views of the Himalayas before the trail descends to the natural splendor of Gokyo Valley and its string of beautiful high-altitude lakes. The climb to nearby Gokyo Ri (5360m) offers further views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu that are comparable to those from Kala Patthar, with hypnotic sunsets that have to be seen to be believed. The final leg leads down through the villages of Mechharmo, Dole, and Mong Danda back to Namche and on to Lukla for the return flight to Kathmandu.
If you're looking for the memories of a lifetime and the best all-round experience of the Everest region you can't go past the Everest Gokyo Trek, and if you'll allow us Nepal Trekking Experts can open the door to making the journey a reality for you. If you have further queries and prefer to customize the trek to suit your preferences please feel free to contact us to see what we can arrange.