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GOKYO RI TREK

Group Size

2-15 person

meal

Breakfast, Lunch, DInner

accomodation

Lodge, Hotel

arrival on

Kathmandu

departure from

Kathmandu

trip level

moderate

max. altitude

5,357 m

Best season

Autumn, Spring

trip highlights

  • The highest peaks in the world
  • View of the entire Khumbu chain
  • Accessible trek and magnification Gokyo lake
  • The land of the Sherpas and the Tangboche monastery

trip introduction

A Gokyo Ri trek includes a climb to the top of Gokyo Ri, which is at the same altitude as Everest Base Camp..this route provides a lot of variety: views of the bright turquoise high-altitude lakes and Ngozumpa glacier (the largest glacier in the Himalayas). Then, views across to Everest as well as mountains from the top of Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Ri is one of the most attractive and thrilling hiking trails in the Everest area along with many dazzling views of the Everest region.

This Trek follows the Gokyo Lake, Gokyo Ri, and offers numerous panoramic views alongside the breath-stopping scenes of the snow-protected mountains and glaciers. therefore, Gokyo Ri gives enough opportunity to discover the Everest location very well. however, the trekking trail offers one of the most memorable observations of the landscapes via the Everest region, Gokyo valley, and Dudh Koshi River.

 Ascent of Gokyo height (5480m.) is some other revel in along the path. On the trek in Gokyo, you can enjoy the excellent surroundings of Gokyo valley. A brief climb to Gokyo Ri awards the stunning panoramic perspectives of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Cho Oyo, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Nuptse (7879m.), Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cholaste, and many other peaks.

A particularly attractive trip, allowing a complete discovery of the Khumbu massif and its most prestigious peaks: Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Pumori, Ama Dablam In a very “high mountain” atmosphere. the trail follows the main valleys where, for centuries, the brave Sherpas, whose reputation is second to none, have settled. 14 days of walking. Regular stages of 4 to 6 hours. Two longer days during the ascent of Gokyo Peak and Kala Pattar. Maximum circuit Altitude: 5543 m (Kala Pattar, 15 th day of the trip). A particularly cold area.

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. you are greeted at the airport by our team and then transferred to our hotel. Evening briefing from your guide.

approximately 15 hours of driving to the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals:  dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We reserve this day for sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and to prepare for trekking. After having a warm breakfast, we will leave the hotel in a private vehicle with an experienced tour guide. We will visit several UNESCO-listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and the famous sacred Hindu temple, the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, and Boudhanath stupa. These places are famous to have inherited ancient religious practices, architecture, and culture.

Tour: full-day tour
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: breakfast 
Accommodation: night in the hotel

Very early departure (between 2 am and 4 am) for Ramechapp airport. On your arrival, a breakfast near the airport will be organized before taking your flight to Lukla. On your arrival in Lukla, organization of the loads with the porters and the sherpas then start of the trek. Depending on availability in the lodges, stage in Phakding (2610 m) or Monjo (2835 m), in order to shorten the next long stage to Namche Bazar.

approximately Transfer:  4 to 5 h drive and 15 min flight to Lukla 
Final altitude: approximately 2,960 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We appreciate the softness and greenery of the Dudh Kosi Gorge. At this average altitude, vegetation is still abundant, pine forests cover the steep slopes. At the detours of the trail we discover hamlets nestled in clearings, nestled above the banks of the river or perched on small flats. After the village of Monjo, we enter the Sagarmatha National Park (“goddess mother of heaven” Nepalese name given to Mount Everest). Created in 1976 and listed as a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO, the park extends over the entire watershed of Dudh Kosi, within which our course. By a wide path winding through the pines, we climb 500 meters above the confluence with the Bhote Kosi. Around 3100 meters, a small stop is needed to discover Everest in focus. Namche, the capital of the Sherpa country is staged in a large amphitheater overlooking the gorges, facing the peaks of the Lumding Himal. The village is of importance, nearly 2500 inhabitants live in opulent houses. Markets, traditional shops, and Sherpa shops offer a lively atmosphere. Installation at the lodge for 2 nights.

approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,440 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Today we will make a round trip incursion into the Bhote Khosi valley, nourished by the waters of the Nangpa La glacier. We leave the opposite of the classic route of the Everest trek, on a pleasant Balcony path facing the snowy peaks of Kongde Ri and Lumding Himal (6700 m). In the distance, stands the summit of Tengi Ragi Tau at 6938 m. We cross the villages of Phurte and Thamo, we linger near the chortens and Buddhist frescoes, before reaching the village of Thame, located on a nice quiet and remote plateau, at the entrance of the valley that leads to the pass Tashi Lapsa. Fields and houses are dominated by a wall over 1000 m high and 10 km long, culminating at 6700 m. A meal in the village, before retracing our steps in the light of the afternoon, facing the sharp points of Thamserku (6608 m), Kangtega (6685 m), and Kyachar. Back to Namche Bazar, we linger at the market before heading to the lodge in the evening.

approximately 3-4 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,440 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

The stage is short in order to start our acclimatization to altitude. We will contemplate Everest while climbing on a panoramic ridge at the foot of Namche Bazar. The twin walls of Thamserku and Kangtega, the slender tower of Ama Dablam (6856 m, nicknamed the Himalayan Matterhorn), the Great Wall of South Lhotse (8501m), and the Pyramid of Everest (8848 m) stand behind the silhouettes of majestic Himalayan pines. We tour the traditional villages of Khunde and Khumjung which extend on a welcoming plateau, nestled against the slopes of Khumbu Yul Lah (5761 m).

approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,790 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

The morning begins with a magnificent crossing on a balcony path perched 500 meters above the river. The vegetation is clear, nothing hinders the view of the Khumbu valley that opens in front of us: there is clearly the Tengboche monastery, perched on a shoulder, behind which rises the slender prism of the Ama Dablam. Further, the horizon is closed by the large south wall of Lhotse. This is where we will arrive in a few days, but for now, we are heading to the nearby valley to the west, which descends from Cho Oyu. After passing the spur of Mong La (3973 m), we descend to the village of Phortse to the torrent where we find the cover of the Himalayan pines. A rise on the flank, in a sparse forest, leads to the plateau of Dole.

approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 4,100 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We take advantage of a short and easy step to perfect our adaptation to the altitude. To walk slowly, to take the time, to concentrate on his step and his breath are the sesames of the high mountain. The path rises quietly in the pastures, on the sunny side of the valley, facing the glacier wall of Cho Oyu (8153 m), the border with Tibet. We cross several hamlets of summer pastures, fields and enclosures encircled with stones, before we stop at that of Machhermo, nestled between the two moraines of a glacier which formerly descended from the elegant Kyajo Ri, 6186 m, erected to the straight up from the lodge.

approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 4,470 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

From the moment of awakening, the light reflected by the glaciers and the persistent snowfields brings this singular clarity that makes the charm and the magic of the altitude. At the exit of the Comb of Marchhermo, we already see the moraine front of the glacier Ngozumpa, a thickness of 300 m. We reach the small valley which borders on the left the great river of ice and continue to the lakes of Gokyo, huddled against the natural dam of the moraine. In the background are the slender peaks of Lobuche, Cholatse, and Taboche. We settle in the village of Gokyo, on the banks of the largest of the two lakes, in the heart of an enchanting mountain setting.

approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 4,750 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

In the morning, we cross the bar of 5000 meters climbing directly above the lake, towards Gokyo Peak. From its summit, after 2h30 to 3h of ascent, the Himalaya unfolds no less than four giants of the planet: Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. The south face of Cho Oyu, very close, drips seracs that collapse on the Ngozumpa glacier. The latter, 17 km long, fills the entire valley. Back in Gokyo, we enjoy a break for lunch, before heading back to Dragnak, a hamlet on the other side of the glacier. We descend to the marked passage of cairns which allows crossing without risk chaos of stones wide of 1.5 km. Well deserved rest at the lodge.

approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 4,690 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

The climb to Cho La takes place in two old glacial valleys now bare, separated by a morainic cordon. The pass, a small passage wedged between the sharp peaks of Lobuche and Cholatse, is defended by 300 meters of the abrupt screen, fortunately, marked by a good path. We emerge from the shadows of the west side to come out in full light in a world of high mountains. A glacier occupies the east side of the pass, we cross it easily, cross a few polished slabs, before reaching the top of the valley of Chola Khola. The view opens on the fantastic pyramid of Ama Dablam which will remain in focus during the entire descent to the mountain pastures of Dzongla. The lodge is beautifully situated on a panoramic plateau overlooking the valley.

approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 4,830 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We reach today the high Khumbu Valley, passing near the lake of Tshola and following a pretty trail on the mountainside which leads us to the hamlet of Lobuche. By a gentle climb on the edge of the glacier moraine that descends from Everest, we reach the Gorak Shep lodge where we will spend the night. The high mountain environment in which we live is more and more extraordinary. The walls of Nuptse (7861m), 2300 m high, are chiseled ice flutes and seracs barred. The Pumori (7165 m) is a gigantic, sugar-laden sugar loaf overhanging the 2000 m lodge. The Khumbu glacier fills the valley and the north walls of Taboche and Ama Dablam close the scene. The imposing black triangle of Everest points behind the ridges of Nuptse.

approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 5,165 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We climb the slopes of Kala Pattar while the sun rises on the summit pyramid of Everest. The belvedere is a shoulder at 5543 m, located at the bottom of the south spur of Pumori. From this unique point of view in the heart of Khumbu, we share a moment of tranquility, magic, facing the giants of the earth. The lights reveal tapered ridges, ice lace, and gigantic steep snow slopes that gradually change from orange-red to sparkling white. The spirit fills with these wonders, we approach our journey back. The descent is tasty, a hot drink in Gorak Shep, a break in the sun in the pastures of Lobuche, the look on the north faces of Ama Dablam, Taboche, and Thamserku. We reach the village of Pheriche, one of the highest permanent settlements in the region.

approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 4,200 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We are losing altitude and are finding more populated land. The descent takes place on the sunny side of the valley, facing Ama Dablam and Thamserku duo and Kangtega. Manis and chortens come again to punctuate the path. We cross the village of Pangboche, nestled among pines and junipers, where a monastery is home to a curiosity: the scalp of a Yeti … We continue our descent to the bottom of the valley, carpeted with pines and rhododendrons, a haven of a small ungulate Himalayan, musk deer, before going back to the village of Deboche, huddled under the Ama Dablam.

approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,780 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Morning warm-up with a regular ascent to Tengboche Monastery. Founded in 1919, it is perched on a spur, perfect lookout on the Ama Dablam and the Great Wall of Nuptse and Lhotse. Visit to the monastery. Continue along a winding path that plunges through the rhododendrons to the Dudh Kosi Gorge, before going up again under the Khumjung Plateau where that sometimes gallops between large boulders scattered on the slopes. A pleasant crossing on the balcony leads us to the Namche Bazar. We will find the animation of the capital of the country sherpa!

approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,440m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We soon taste the gentle warmth of the low valleys descending the forested gorges of the Dudh Khosi, crossing the villages of Monjo and Phakding, before going back to Lukla where we thank the team of porters. We will spend our last evening in the heart of Khumbu.

approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 2,80 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Flight to Ramechapp airport then transfer to Kathmandu. The flight is subject to weather conditions, a delay in the day of rotation is possible. This is why we always plan a reserve day in Kathmandu before resuming the international flight. Transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu and a free afternoon.

approximately Transfer: 15 min flight and 4 to 5 h drive.
Final altitude: approximately 2,960 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you at the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.

approximately 20 minutes  of driving to the airport 
Final altitude: approximately 13,50m
Meals: breakfast 

inclusion

what's included

  • Pick up from the airport and Final drop to the airport by private vehicle
  • Domestic flights described in the program.
  • Accommodation as described in the paragraph “On-site organization”.
  • Meals as indicated in the “Day to day” program.
  • Dinner on the last evening in Kathmandu (except for drinks).
  • Supervision by an English-speaking Nepalese guide throughout the trip.
  • The assistance of a local team during the trekking (sirdar, porters, cooks).
  • The special permit for this region of Nepal.
  • All Government tax

what's not included

The price does not include

  • Cancellation/interruption of stay/loss of luggage insurance and assistance.
  • All that is not indicated in the section “The price includes”.

Your expenses on site

  • Visa fees on arrival.
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Nepalganj
  • Any additional luggage on domestic flights.
  • The drinks.

TIPS

Tips are an integral part of the country’s culture. This gesture of thanks, which varies according to the itinerary and the duration, has become an obligation. A prize pool is created, given at the end of the trip to the members of the team.

However, it is important that the tip remains a gratuity, as our teams are also very well paid. We invite you to distribute tips only if the service has met your expectations and to reduce this sum if the services were not sufficient, explaining why in order to consolidate our educational work.

 

 

Accomodation & meal

ACCOMMODATION

In a standard category hotel (base: double room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara, during the rest of the trip in a tent (3-person tents for 2 people) or in a lodge depending on the trip. The lodges in Nepal are very comfortable random. In general, conditions are quite good around the Annapurnas and the Everest region. On the other hand, in Mustang, in the Manaslu,  Tsum valley, and in the region of Kangchanjung or Makalu, they can be very rudimentary to the point of being a dormitory sometimes even a kitchen. lodges can look like a refuge or sometimes a bed and breakfast from home. Most of the time it is a family house with double, triple, or dormitory rooms. Toilets and showers are always separate. It is essential to check that the water is not heated with wood, as this contributes to deforestation. Most of the time, the water is heated with solar energy

MEAL

In the cities, many restaurants allow us to discover the typical local cuisine. Meat is scarce in the high mountain, the Nepalese are generally vegetarians. The basic ingredients are rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, vegetables. Snacks are included during the trek (cereal bars, dried fruits, etc.).

For camping trek accommodation: during the trek, breakfasts and evening meals are prepared by the kitchen team. They are taken under the mess tent. Depending on the profile of the stages (length of the day’s walk and/or presence of water), midday snacks will be served hot or cold in the form of picnics.

For tea house trek accommodation: meals are prepared by the cooks of the lodge and are taken in the dining room. Here is a typical one-day menu:

  • breakfast: eggs, toast or chapati, or Tibetan bread or pancakes, or pancakes, butter/jam, tea or coffee
  • lunch: the main course, tea or coffee.
  • dinner: soup, main course, fruit (fresh or canned), tea or coffee

NB: Hindus and Buddhists are most often vegetarians. We, therefore, eat very little meat or fish. The dishes are pasta, rice, potatoes, lentils, etc.

DRINKS: during the trek, tea is served with meals (two cups of tea per meal). Additional cups of tea and other beverages, including mineral water, are the responsibility of the participants. You can fill your gourds with water in the lodges, but it is essential to treat them with purifying tablets. Avoid buying plastic bottles.

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