The Everest region is one of the world’s most popular and spectacular trekking destinations and is famous for its spectacular mountain peaks, including Mt. Everest (8,848m) and several other giants.
The Gokyo lakes region at the head of the Dudh Kosi valley provides a great alternative to the popular Everest Base Camp trek. It is a more peaceful trek through the Sherpa heartland that affords more time for acclimatization with opportunities to savour the mountain panoramas from beautiful alpine campsites. The rich Sherpa culture and their friendly nature are an added extra bonus on this awe-inspiring trip.
The highlights of the trek are our ascent of Gokyo Ri. From the summit we gain superb views of Everest as well as the 8000m peaks of Lhotse, Makalu and Cho-Oyu and the crossing of Cho La pass glacier (5,380m). Gokyo lake – located at an altitude of 4,700m (15,400ft) – is the main lake in this area. It lies in Nepal’s Sagarmatha National Park, a natural heritage site. The park includes Mt. Everest (8,848m) and other high peaks such as Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Kangtega, Gyachung Kang, Thamserku, Kwangde, to name but a few, and is rugged with deep gorges, glaciers with its ice and rock faces.
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and preparation for the trip
Day 02: Flight to Lukla (2,840m) and trek to Phakding (2,610m)
Day 03: Phakding to Namche bazaar (3,440m)
Day 04: Namche Bazar – Acclimatisation day
Day 05: Namche Bazar to Mongla (3,900m)
Day 06: Mongla to Dole (4,050m)
Day 07: Dole to Machhermo (4,470m)
Day 08: Machhermo to Gokyo (4,790m)
Day 09: Trek to Gokyo Ri (5357m) and then to Thangnak (4,700m)
Day 10: Thangnak to Dzongla (4,830m) via Cho La pass (5,420m)
Day 11: Dzongla to Lobuche (4,930m)
Day 12: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,365m) and then down to Gorak Shep (5,140m)
Day 13: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,550m) and down to Dingboche (4,410m)
Day 14: Dingboche to Namche Bazar (3,440m)
Day 15: Namche Bazar to Lukla (2,860m)
Day 16: Flight Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 17: Kathmandu – free day
Day 18: International departure