Everest Gokyo Ri Trek and Gokyo Lakes, is undoubtedly one of the best and most unique ways to experience trekking in Nepal – and is specifically recommended for those who want to experience Everest trekking, but want an alternative to the Everest Base Camp.
This 13-days Gokyo Ri Trek leads you to the delightful Gokyo Valley, considered one of the highest settlements in Nepal, and allows you to really experience authentic Nepali life: first exploring the Sherpa settlement in Namche Bazaar, and later passing through the villages of Dhole, Luza, and Machhermo.
One of the most unique things about this Everest Gokyo trek, however, is the opportunity you get to experience such diverse landscapes within two weeks. From the lush green forests of the lower Khumbu region, the dry and rocky terrain of the Gokyo region, the icy moraines of the Ngozumpa glacier, and ultimately the Gokyo Lakes themselves: comprised of the six crystalline lakes that make up the highest freshwater system in the world.
It all begins as you land in the bustling Capital City, Kathmandu. As soon as you arrive you will be greeted by our team representative at Tribhuvan International Airport, who will take you to your centrally located hotel. Here you are free to rest after your journey or spend the day exploring the Capital before enjoying dinner. Then the next day its back to the airport, but to board a very different type of flight. Heading to Lukla, known as ‘The Gateway to Everest’, for 40 minutes you will be thrilled by one of the Worlds most scenic flights before the adventure really begins, Strap on your trekking boots because as soon as you land you will begin a 3 hour trek to Phakding – your destination for the night.
From Phakding you will move ahead towards Namche Bazaar, alongside the beautiful Dudh Koshi River. On our way, we will walk past Chumao and Monjo, from where we can enter the Sagarmatha National Park. Perfect for all nature lovers, the park is packed with the type of flora and fauna found nowhere else in the World. We will then follow a steep trail to one of the biggest Sherpa towns, Namche Bazaar. With a bustling market, it’s a great place to spend the next day exploring, as day 4 will see us take a break from trekking, as you will require an acclimatization day to adapt to the changing climate. To make the most of this time you will hike up to Syangboche airport for an astonishing view of Everest (8848m) and the surrounding peaks of the Khumbu region. We will then return to Namche Bazaar and visit the Sherpa Museum for a glimpse of Sherpa heritage.
Re-energised from our day of rest, on day 5 we will set off from Namche. You will first descend towards Dudh Koshi River, before then ascending towards Dhole. The trail is mostly stone steps amid rhododendron forests that take you past ‘Mani walls’ encrypted with Buddhist prayers. Upon arrival in Dhole, you can take a well-deserved rest and experience the simple and humble lifestyle of the Sherpa people. The following day we will move towards Machhermo – following the trails of the Dudh Koshi River. The trail takes us on a steep ascent to witness a panoramic view of Cho Oyu (8201m), Taboche (6542m), and Thamserku (6623m). In Machhermo you will again get the chance to enjoy the warm hospitality of the locals.
Day 7 begins with a walk through Phang Kha that leads to a descent down to the riverbank, before climbing up to the terminal moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier – the largest glacier in the Nepal Himalaya. Today is one of the highlights of the trip as we have reached the first 3 of the Gokyo Lakes. With so much to explore we will spend most of our time experiencing their tranquil turquoise waters, before reaching and relaxing by the remaining 2 tomorrow. Day 8 will also include a hike to Gokyo-Ri from where can view Mt. Everest (8848m), Cho-yu (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), and Makalu (8481m), the huge Ngozumpa glacier from Gokyo-Ri, and panoramic view of all 6 Gokyo lakes.
Saying goodbye to the stunning lakes, we descend from Gokyo straight down towards the village of Dhole. Moving down alongside the Dudh Koshi River, you will walk through pastures and mesmerising flora and fauna, enjoying the vista of the Khumbu Himalayas throughout the journey. Then on day 10, we will leave Dhole and head back to Namche Bazaar. After exploring the area one last time, we will set off the next day for our final day of trekking and walk through pine and cedar forests to Lulka, for one final night in the mountains. Today, as throughout the trek, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and accommodation are all included and organised or you – so relax and enjoy your final moments with the Himalayas.
On day 12 we once again board the famed flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, this time enjoying panoramic views of the cities multitude of UNESCO World Heritage sights. You can then spend your last day exploring the capital before spending one final night enjoying Nepal.
Ony our last day you will be taken to the airport for your flight home. With peaks and lakes, glaciers and forests, flora and fauna, monasteries and memories – this truly is a wonderful alternative to the EBC Trek.