The trek to Gokyo offers an alternative to the Classic Everest B C Trek. From Gokyo Ri, more of Everest is visible than from Kala Pattar. The mountain views are more spectacular and the view of the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang is the most dramatic panorama in Khumbu. During the trek, you will probably meet your first yaks, wonderful shaggy beasts that can be seen along the trekking trails. You can catch a glimpse of the major expeditions that are about to take place from Everest Base Camp, and also visit the buddhist monastry at Tengboche.
You will depart on an early flight to the newly paved Lukla Airstrip (9,000′) in Solu Khumbu. Here we will meet our porters or yaks and begin trekking toward Phakding. After landing in Lukla you will find yourselves breathing deeply due to both the spectacular beauty and the rarified air at 9,000ft. Starting from Lukla you proceed up the deep valley of the Dudh Kosi pausing frequently to admire the mani walls, long rows of stones with “Om Mani Padme Om” meticulously carved in Tibetan letters. Prayer flags fly above every house and large wooden or metal prayer wheels sanctify the trail. You cross the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi (literally translated “milky river”.) You camp near the river at Phakding.
(Gradual descend & climbing trail for 4hrs)
Today you enter Everest National Park at Jorsale. In recent years floods have altered the preferred routes up to Namche Bazar, but your guide will know the safest and most scenic route from among the many paths you encounter. You climb out of the pleasant pine forest and through a series of switchbacks. If you are fortunate you may catch your first glimpse of Everest. If it is visible, it is well worth the long pause while your guide helps you distinguish Sagarmatha, the Nepali name for Everest, from the other giants. At another point you reach the site of an epic battle where the Nepalese fought the Tibetans centuries ago. Trees, abundant below Namche Bazar just three decades ago, are now absent due to over cutting. At last you arrive in Namche Bazar (11,300ft.).
( Steep ascending trail for 4hrs)
This is the most important cultural and economic center in the area. It lies in a natural amphitheater protected from the weather and blessed with a major natural spring. Several of your staff is from this area and you will stay with the Sherpa family of your guide in a very spacious, traditional home. This is a convenient place to rest for a day to acclimatize to the 11,300ft. elevation and to explore the town. You can stock up on chocolate bars, barter for Tibetan artifacts, try traditional Sherpa food, visit the National Park visitor center, observe the daily rituals of Sherpa life or wander in search of photographs. But we recommend you to take a day hike to the very famous Japanese hotel ” EverestViewHotel”.
Today you’ll hike through Himalayan pine forest and blooming rhododendron pass several small villages Phurte, Samshing and Thesho. This is an excellent area to look for Musk Deer, Impeyan Pheasant and Himalayan Tahr (Jharal). You will reach Thamo for lunch. You may visit the Austrian Hydroelectric Project office during your lunch break. There is a nunnery monastery above the village of Thamo and you can visit it on the way to Thame after lunch. After Thamo you reach the small village of Samde and cross the Bhote Koshi to climb gradually up to Thame village (13000′). You’ll camp there by a home of a Sherpa friend/family of your guide.
Gradual ascending trail (5hours hiking).
Day hike through Rhododendron and Juniper forest to Thengpo summer (yak) settlement of Thame people. Today you can take a day hike towards the Tashi Lapcha pass up to Thengpo the last yak settlement of the region. You can take a packed lunch and trek along the Thame Khola as far as you want. This a marvelously isolated and beautiful area for contemplation of the high peaks and sanctified solitude. Return to Thame village in the evening. You can also go to Thame Monastery and visit with the Reincarnation Lama (Rimpoche) (Hiking time 7-8hours.)
The road lead from Thame Teng left side of the Bhote Koshi through several small villages such as Chanakpa (13,087) Tarnga (13,202) Marlung (13,500) and Ayre (14,235) All except Chanakpa are only seasonally occupied in the spring and summer. Taranga is famous village among the Sherpas communities for two things. First, it is known as the homeland of the “YETI” (Abominable Snowman) and second, the Tarangas potatoes are reputed to be the best potatoes in the world. You’ll stop here for lunch and your cook will prepare a meal from these most famous potatoes. Camp at Marlung.
(Gradual ascent 6hours).
|Day 07-08:||APPROACHING NANGPA LA
Above Marlung settlements and vegetation become very sparse. You will allow two days to penetrate toward the Nangpa La as your stamina, acclimatization, weather conditions and interests permit. It is unlikely you will reach the top of the Pass, but we should have excellent views of the Nangpa Glacier, Cho-oyu and the surrounding peaks. You may camp at Sumna Phug (cave) at the convergence of the Sumna and Lunag Glaciers before a venture up the valley to Lunag or Kangchung at the base of Nangpai Gotaya, a spur of the 24,500′ Nagpai Gossum Masiff. The pass is usually open at this time of year and we may encounter bunch of loaded yak caravans or traders who are making the Nangpa La crossing toward Khumbu valley.
|Day 08:||NANG PALA – SUMNA PHUG. (14,235) / ARYA [14685 FT.]
You will head back down the valley to Arya or Lungden which ever makes easier to approach for the follow -ing morning to Tso Relmo. From here we pick up the trail that will lead us to the Gokyo Valley via Tso Relmo and Renjo pass.
(Gradual Descending Trail 3hrs]
|Day 10:||SUMNA PHUG – TSO RELMO (MEANS TWIN LAKE) (16,000′)
You will follow the contours of the landscape still higher to camp at Two Relmo or Relmo Lake a high cirque Camp right site of the Lake by the base of Renjo pass.
Steep ascending trail (5-6hours).
|Day 11:||TSO RELMO – GOKYO VIA RENJO PASS. (17,466)
This may be one of your most difficult days of the trip, but you should be well acclimatized by then. Typically the weather is clear at this time of year and the prospects for favorable pass crossing conditions are excellent. The pass will afford excellent views of Cho-oyu, Pumori, Everest, Makalu and many other 8,000m peaks to the east. You descend into the Gokyo Valley, cross the Gokyo Glacier and set camp at Gokyo Lake.
(Steep climb uptill pass for 4hrs, Gradual descend after pass but there is about 1hr steep descending trail before reaching Gokyo for 3 1/2hrs ) (7 1/2 hours).
|Day 12-14:||GOKYO TO NAMCHE VIA THANGBOCHE OR DIRECT ROUTE VIA DOLE, MACHARMA AND PHORTSE TENGA.
Over the next three days we will descend through very interesting terrain. We pass several high lakes that often hold migrating Brahminy ducks and pochards. We will again encounter blooming rhododendron forests occupied by sunbirds. We will almost certainly see the elusive Musk Deer and Himalayan Tahr prior to reaching the sacred forests of Thangboche. We travel some of the most picturesque paths in Khumbhu on these three days. At this point we will have intersected the main expedition route to Everest Base Camp. We will make a brief visit to Khumjung before completing our great circuit trek at Namche.
|Day 15:||NAMCHE TO LUKLA
We depart Namche in midmorning for the trek to Lukhla Airstrip saying our final good buys to the Upper Khumbhu with a last glimpse of Everest and Ama Dablam before leaving the Sagarmatha National Park.
Early morning fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.