Gokyo Trek

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1:

Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel.

Day 2: Sightseeing Programme: Boudhnath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square

Boudhanath: The base of the stupa takes the shape of a mandala (symbolizing earth): on this four tiered base sits the dome (symbolizing water): then comes the spire (symbolizing fire): the umbrella (symbolizing air); and the pinnacle (symbolizing ether). The spire is made up of 13 steps, representing the 13 stages on the journey to nirvana. Pashupatinath: The most important Hindu temple in Nepal. It’s one of the most important Shiva temples on the subcontinent and draws numerous devotees from all over India, including many colorful sadhus, those wandering ascetic Hindu holy men. Shiva is the destroyer and creator of the Hindu pantheon and appears in many forms. His ‘temple’ forms are probably best known, particularly his appearances in Nepal as the cruel and destructive Bhairabs, but he also has peaceful incarnation including those of Mahadev and Pashupati, the lord of the beasts. As the shepherd of both animals and humans, Shiva as Pashupati shows his most pleasant and creative side. Kathmandu Durbar Square: Durbar in Nepali ‘palace’ and in Patan and Bhaktapur, as well as Kathmandu, there are Durbar Squares in front of the old palaces. The king no longer lives in the old Royal Palace in Kathmandu: the palace was moved north to Narayanhiti about a century ago. At that time it was on the edge of the city, now it’s close to the popular tourist area of Thamel. Clustered around the central Durbar Square and the old Royal Palace (Hanuman Dhoka), numerous interesting temples, the Kumari Chowk or Kumari Bahal (House of the Living Goddess) and the Kasthamandap (House of Wood). It’s easy to spend hours wandering around Durbar Square and the adjoining Basantapur Square. This is very much the center of old Kathmandu and watching they would go by from the terraced platforms of the towering Maju Deval is a wonderful way to get a feel for the city. Although many of the buildings around the square are very old, a great deal of damage was caused by the great earthquake of 1934 and many were rebuilt, not always in their original form.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding (2650m):

Morning flight to Lukla, where your crew will be waiting to greet you. Equipment sorted out and loads allocated. After lunch, we head north to join the main trail at Choplung and then we descent to the Dudh Koshi valley, pass through Ghat village to our camp Phakding.

Day 4: Benkar to Namche Bazzar (3440m)

After breakfast we follow the bank of the Dudh Koshi river, pass Benkar village & cross the Dodh Koshi river on to Mondzo. We enter the Sagarmatha National Park, then, on crossing a suspension bridge, pass Jorsalle village and walk along the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi confluence. A steep ascent brings us to the principle Sherpa village of Namche Bazar (3440 m). Camp at Namche Bazar.

Day 5: A day rest in Namche for acclimatization

chance to visit the museum housed in the National Park head quarters. There is a very interesting display on Sherpa traditional life and the flora, fauna and birdlife of the park. For the more energetic, there is also time to visit the Everest View Hotel with its views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and other peaks of the area.

Day 6: Namche to Dole (4040m)

Follow the Tengboche trail till Syangnasa then taking the Gokyo trail to the crest of the ridge(13,097ft). descend steeply towards Dudh Koshi. Across the river is Phortse (3840m). Taking the left-hand path wherever the trail forks, we head north through Rhododendron forests which give way to Junipers and large Conifers.

Day 7: Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m)

Continue up the Gokyo valley, passing Yak huts at Lhabarma. The path along the banks of a stream is steep in places as it ascends through scrub juniper.

Day 8:

From the ridge beyond Machhermo there are superb views down the valley to Kangtega and up towards Cho Oyu. There is a relatively level stretch to the huts at Pangka at the foot of the Ngozumpa glacier. A slight descent is followed by a steep climb on to and up the glacier’s terminal moraine to pass the first of several small lakes. Finally, negotiation a boulder strewn path, we reach the cluster of huts known as Gokyo on the shore of Dudh Pokhari.

Day 9: Gokyo to Gokyo Khang to Gokyo

The view from Gokyo Khang are stunning, especially from a top the ridge of the north-west. Some trekkers consider the panorama from Gokyo Khang (5360m) is better than from Kalapather. Those well acclimatized can make this summit in two or three hours and will be rewarded by a stunning view from Cho Oyu via Gyachung Kang, Kangchung, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Jobo Lhaptshan, to Taboche.

Day 10: Gokyo to Chhugyma Summer Pasture (4900m)

Descend to Tsonshung. Climbing the north-eastern slopes to the Nyimagawa basin, we continue to Dragnug and the to the Chhugyma summer pasture (4800m).

Day 11: Chhugyma Summer Pasture to Dzongla (4843m)

After a stretch of glacial debris, the trail ascends steeply over hard snow to the Nyimagawa (5210m), also know as the Chola. The descent on the eastern side is initially steep a alongside a glacier (4843m), then via a small valley over loose rock and moraine to Dzonglha. Situated on a shelf on land beneath the north face Jobo Lhaptshan, Dzonglha, is a fine viewpoint.

Day 12: Dzongla to Dingboche (4343m)

Follow the path down to the Yak herder’s huts at Tshola Tso and then traverse eastwards across the slopes above the Tsholo Tsho lake before heading to Dingboche from this point is a memorable sight.

Day 13: Dingbohce to Lobuche (4910m)

We are now well above the treeline and our walking today brings us to Dusa from where we descend to a stream at 4580m. Immediately above we reach the tea shops of Dughla then continue to a ridge which has several memorials to Sherpas killed on expeditions to Everest. Continue along the moraine of the Khunbu Glacier, with views of Kala Pattar and Pumori to reach Lobuche at 4930m.

Day 14: Laboche to Kalapathar to Gorakshep (5140m)

It is a 6 a.m. start for those who wish to ascend Kalapather (5545m). Gentle walk initially then ascend after bout an hour and cross the moraine then descend to the sandy expanse of Gorak Shep (5160m). A two hours steep ascent brings you to the top of Kalapather and increasingly good views of Everest and the neighboring summits. We descend to Gorakshep. Stay overnight at a tea shop

Day 15: Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp to Lobuche

We make an excursion in the direction of Everest Base Camp(5380m) and meet Nepalese & western climbers. This trip is not as spectacular as the ascent of Kalapather and there is no view of Everest. The descent toLobuche is easy, but seems endless because of the many uphill climbs. Over night at a Lodge.

Day 16: Luboche to Dingboche to Chukhung

Retrace steps to Dingboche from Lobuche. Lunch at Dingboche and after lunch continue to Chukkung..Chukhung is small settlement of Yak herdsmen’s huts lying in the upper Imja valley east of Dingboche at the foot of the Lhotse and Duptse glacier systems. It is closed under the south side of the gigantic Nuptse-Lhotse wall and provides vantage points for good views of north east flanks of Ama Dablam (6812m).

Day 17:

Chukkung- Base Camp (5150m).

Day 18: Base Camp to High Camp (5400m)

 We establish a high camp. After lunch rest & make preparation for next day summit.

Day 19:

Extra day for acclimatization or in case of bad weather .

Day 20:

Ascent of Imja Tse (Island Peak 6160m).

Day 21:

We descent to Dingboche (4343m) & relax.

Day 22: Dingboche to Tengboche (3867m)

Walk down the Imja valley to Tengboche. The view from this monastery is justly famous. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Kangtega creates a breathtaking mountain panorama.

Day 23: Tengboche to Mondzo (2836m)

A steep descent through rhododendron and pine forest to Phunki Tenga, cross the river and a steep ascent brings us to Tashingma. Himalayan Thar (wild blue sheep) can be seen on the way to Namche. We pass Namche and descend to Mondzo.

Day 24: Mondzo to Lukla (2800m)

We follow the Dudh Koshi downstream until after Ghat we start our last ascent to Lukla.

Day 25:

Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to Himalaya Hotel. Evening Farewell dinner.

Day 26:

Free day in Kathmandu.

Day 27:

Transfer to airport for onward flight.

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