Moderate trekking involves 5 – 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 10 days trekking trip.
This trek explores the breathtaking Gokyo Valley and adjacent Khumbu Valley of the Sagarmatha National Park. The Khumbu Valley is the home of Mount Everest, however the Gokyo region is just as spectacular. Gokyo is a land of massive mountain peaks, beautiful high altitude lakes and shattered icy glaciers. A lung-pumping hike to the 5,350m high vantage point of Gokyo Ri will reward you with views of four of the eight highest mountains on Earth - all in one panorama! From here, one can see more of 8,848m Mount Everest and three other Himalayan giants - Cho Oyu (8,153m), Lhotse (8,501m) and Makalu (8,463m) and some of the great glaciers, particularly the Ngozumpa Glacier.
The small herding settlement of Gokyo (4,750m) lies on the banks of the third lake in a series of small turquoise mountain lakes. Above Gokyo are four peaks over 8,000m - Cho You, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. In addition to this you can see the tremendous ice ridge between Cho You and Gyachung (7,922m), considered one of the most dramatic panoramas in the Khumbu region. There are many opportunities for exploration and high-altitude walking, including the crossing of the high Cho La Pass 5,420m into the Khumbu Valley and a hike to the Gokyo Ri vista point high above the Gokyo Lakes. This itinerary takes you on a circuit loop initially into the Gokyo Valley and then over Cho la Pass into the Khumbu Valley and retun to Namche Bazaar.
The mountains are magical - and so will be your encounters with the Sherpa people, the famous mountain dwellers of this Himalayan region. As in the classic Everest Base Camp Trek, the warmth and hospitality extended by the local inhabitants of this region, the Sherpas, will add a further dimension to your experience of trekking in Nepal.
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The Langtang Ri Trekking & Expedition representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After your refreshment you will be picked up from your hotel lobby and driven to our Thamel office where you will be formally introduced to your trekking guide. We will go through all your trek itinerary and arrangements with you to insurer every detail is in place. We will also ask to bring your passport, extra passport photographs and a copy of your travel insurance so that we can organize permits required for your trek in the Sagarmatha National Park.
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) the tour will give you a taste of our vivid Nepali culture and history. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey Temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Bouddhanath: Bouddhanath is a Buddhist religious complex with a history dating back over 500 years. Located on the eastern edge of Kathmandu it is now a site of great pilgrimage for Buddhist followers who circle its massive stupa, spin its many prayer wheels and visit its beautiful monastery. The main feature of Boudhanath is its huge hemispherical white stupa with central golden tower and the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha. Visitors should circle the stupa in a clockwise direction and spin prayer wheels for good fortune and a good life. Visitors may also enjoy visiting the thangka painting school within the complex to see highly skilled artists at work on religious mandala paintings.
Pashupatinath: This Hindu Temple is a very large complex and focal point for the Hindu religion in Nepal. This old and very revered complex of buildings and shrines is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, one of the main deities of Hinduism. While Lord Shiva has multiple forms he is often seen as the destroyer. This has great significance for the Pashupatinath temple as it is the site of many Hindi ritual cremations each day. Pashupatinath is considered by Hindus to be an auspicious site for passing from one stage of life to the next through the purifying and destroying flames of cremation. However, on a happier note, visitors may also get to see the temple in a buoyant festival mode with one of the many Hindu festivals celebrated here through the year.
Swayambhunath: You will first visit the Swayambhunath temple complex that sits atop a high hill overlooking Kathmandu and the entire Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath is perhaps the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal. It consists of a very large white stupa with the all-seeing-eye of Lord Buddha plus many small stupa and beautifully carved stone shrines. This is a wonderful place to catch your breath and start to understand and appreciate the deep importance of Buddhist belief to the people of Nepal and the Himalaya region. Make sure you ring the many bells to awaken the gods and let them know you are in Nepal. Take the time to enjoy the view over Kathmandu and have your guide point out the many other highlights of the city. In the far distance to the east you may also be able to see the hills of Nagarkot. If you feel energetic you might also like to try some or all of the 350 steps that lead all the way from Kathmandu city up to your Swayambhunath temple vantage point.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: The next stop today is the beautiful Kathmandu Durbar Square, or the royal palace square of the ancient Malla Kings of the Kathmandu Valley. This square and all its architectural treasures are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While some damage to buildings occurred in the 2015 earthquake the site still contains many stunning architectural gems. The original royal palace courtyards are open to visitors and you will marvel at the intricate timber carving and beautifully crafted brickwork of the palace. The open square outside the palace has many beautiful multi-storey pagodas and temples with ornate carving and carpentry artwork that tells some of the story of the ancient kings and their mystical time and beliefs. The square also contains many important Hindu temples and statues such as to Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Durbar Square also contains the unique and intriguing Kumari Chok. This is an ancient and ornate house where resides the Raj Kumari – the Living Goddess. She is a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. If you are in the courtyard of her home at the right time in the afternoon you may see a brief glimpse of the Goddess at her window.
Your early flight to Lukla today will take approximately 30 minutes. Your trek then starts from here with an easy walk to Phakding descending 200m over 3 hours. You will catch a glimpse of some great mountains such as Nupla (5,885m) above Kongde Ridge, Kusum Kang (6,367m) appears on the right a little later. All along you will be following the northern bank of the Dudh Kosi River. It is important to take these first few days slowly to enable your body to acclimatise and to enjoy the passing scenery and culture.
Today begins on level ground, relative to the environment in which you are! You will cross the river on a high suspension bridge and begin to climb up to Monjo (2,800m) and on to the gateway to the Sagamartha National Park which protects the entire Mount Everest region. There is a good rest stop on the way up where you will see people gathered for the first real chance to see Mount Everest in the distance. On the way up today you will be rewarded with views of Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache Peakbefore eventually arriving at Namche after about 5 hours.
The main aim today is to allow your body to acclimatise, it is important to drink lots of water and take some gentle exercise. Namche is a growing town tucked into a neat little valley. You will find plenty of things to cooupy your time today as there is always lots going on in the centre with market days on Friday and Saturday. There are some interesting museums and lots of shops you can visit. There is also Internet and a sauna! You could venture further afield and make a visit to Khumjung and the Edmond Hillary School and nearby Khunde. On the way back to Namche you could visit the Shyangboche Airstrip (3790m) the highest in the world. Also nearby is the Everest View Hotel with stunning views and a great patio for a cup of tea and soaking in the Himalaya atmosphere.
Today we will take a day hike through the village Khumjung and on to Dole. We start with a steep one-hour climb to the Shyangboche Airstrip (3,790m) from here we will slowly ascent towards Khumjung passing numerous chorten or stone Buddhist monuments. From Khumjung we can enjoy views of the Mount Everest summit. Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5,734m peak, said to be the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region. The trail descends slightly towards the Sanasa and then trail ascends up to Mongla (4,000m.). From here you can see panoramic views of many Himalayan mountain summits. The trekking trail descend passing through Phortse Tenga and from here the trail climbs steeply to Dole. Take your time on the ascent as you pass through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens.
From Dole you climb steadily along the side of the valley where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are excellent views of Cho Oyu while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. Todays walk should take about five hours to complete.
Today you climb steadily along the valley of the Dudh Kosi River. As you ascend you will pass above the tree line and notice the vegetation adapting to the altitude with more scrub and low juniper bushes. You will pass through several summer pastures used by yak herders. As you make your way up to Gokyo your views of Cho Oyo ahead improve but the immediate local scenery is very pretty across the valley, looking up you will see evidence of glacial lakes and very colourful valley sides. Behind you are views of Kantega and Thamserku. Passing the dramatic Machermo Valley (4,410m) and on to the small settlement of Panka. Eventually you find yourself walking close to the banks of the river and climbing to the top of a small ridge which then leads you into the first lake. You soon arrive at the larger second lake and not far is the third on the banks of which is Gokyo village. The scenery here is magnificent with the mountain scenery reflected in the emerald green lake water.
A good day trip today is to head out to the 4th and 5th lakes about two hours away. There are also some great short walks that take you not far from the village or lake but deliver spectacular views and photo opportunities.
Today you trek from Gokyo village around the lake to the stunning vantage point of Gokyo Ri (5,483m) which delivers spectacular views over the Gokyo Lake towards towering Mount Everest and countless other icy Himalayan Summits - make sure your cameria is ready for this stunning location. The trek then descends back down into the valley and southward towards Thangana (4,700m) known as base camp of Cho La Pass. Along the trail you will see the fine views of mountains and natural beauty. It is really wonderful trip from Gokyo Lake to Thangna but in Thangna only basic and limited teahouse facilities are available. Get to bed early and rest up for a big day tomorrow.
Today is going to be one of the tough days of the trek. The Cho Las Pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is steep and the rocks often glazed by ice making the trekking trail slippery. Our trail climbs through a narrow valley and rocky path up from Phedi. As we gain height the view gets more and more stunning. We trek through the side of a frozen lake and then we come to the top of the Cho La Pass (5,420m) decorated with prayer flags. Many famous mountains come into clear view from the top of the pass - Kyajo Ri, Tengkangpoche, Numbur, Kangchung and many others your guide will point out to you. The pyramidal Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south. Cholatse soars on the west and Lobuche to the east and Baruntse rises sharply to our right. Just too many summits to count. After the Cho La Pass the trail descends steeply towards the Dzonglha (4,830 m) passing through some crevasses and pine forests before we reach at Dzongla, another beautiful place with a great view of Mount Cholatse, Mount Ama Dablam with Lobuche and the Pheriche villages far below. Finally you reach Dzongla (4,830m) offering are few basic teahouse facilities.
Today the walking is much easier and the day much shorter. The initial trail descends from Dzongla to Lobuche (4,910m) and offers expanding views of the Khumbu Valley and its many surrounding peaks - Ama Dablam, Nuptse-Lhotse, Everest, Pumori, Lobuche and more. Lobuche is a small village situated nearby the stream and the sunset on Nuptse is a memorable sight.
You will find you walk a little easier and faster with each hour as you descend and gain a little more oxygen with each breath. But take you time, continue to enjoy the mountain scenery and perhaps pay a visit to the Nagkartshang Gompa on the way to Tengboche. Make sure you also visit the renowned Tehgboche Monastery and spin aome prayer wheels for your continued safe journey and ring some bells to tell the mountains and gods you are here.
You head through familiar trails and scenes as you proceed largely down hill for four or five hours of easy walking. There are still a few hills to summit but you will find it easy going today. You will also pass through Khumjung and Khunde where you may like to take a break and visit its little monastery and enjoy a cup of hot tea. Visitors are always welcome.
Today involves a four hour walk as you descend rapidly from Namche Bazaar and head for Phakding. Depending on your group and the weather conditions you may spend the night in Phakding or continue on to Lukla. Since this evening will be the last on your trek it will be time for some celebrations with your guide and fellow trekkers. A few drinks, some music and some Sherpa and Nepali dancing is often on the menu. So please celebrate your achievements and friendships of this trekking experience.
Your flight from Lukla will depart early in the morning and we will soon have you back in your Kathmandu hotel.
We will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport in plenty of time to meet your flight home.
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Recommended equipment list: Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. Some items of equipment are available for hire from us as like Down Jacket
Footwear : Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes.
Clothing : Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton trousers or jeans, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit.
Other equipment: Sleeping bag (5 seasons), lock, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
Other items: Insect repellent, toilet articles, diary, toilet roll, laundry soap, wet ones, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, memory cards, charger and personal medical kit.
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