The Gokyo Lakes region at the head of the Dudh Kosi Valley provides a great alternative to the popular Everest Base Camp trek. It is a more tranquil trek through the Sherpa heartland that affords ample time for acclimatization with opportunities to savor the mountain panoramas from beautiful alpine campsites. The highlights of the trek are our ascent of Gokyo Ri. From the summit we gain superb views of Everest as well as the 8000m peaks of Lhotse, Makalu and Cho-Oyu. And crossing chola pass glacier (5,380m) is a real fun adventure which gives you an opportunity to set your foot at the highest point of your life. Gokyo Tso (Lake), also called Dudh Pokhari, is the main lake with an area of 42.9 ha (106 acres), and the village of Gokyo lies on its eastern shore. Gokyo Lake in Nepal’s Sagarmatha National Park, located at an altitude of 4,700m (15,400ft) above sea level. Unique among natural heritage sites world-wide is the Sagarmatha National Park, which includes Mt. Everest (8,848 m) and other high peaks such as Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Kangtega, Gyachung Kang, Thamserku, Kwangde, and many more. Located North-east of Kathmandu, Sagarmatha National Park is 1,148 sq km in area and consists of the upper catchment areas of the Dudh Koshi, Bhote Koshi and the Imja Khola (rivers). Much of the park lies above 3,000m. Sagarmatha is rugged with deep gorges, glaciers and nonnegotiable ice and rock faces. Locally known as the ‘Khumbu’, it is the home of the famous Sherpa people.
The Sherpas make a living by farming barley and potatoes, and graze their yaks in high altitude pastures. Young Sherpas have also made their name in mountaineering and the trekking industry has of late become the community’s economic mainstay. In 1979 the park was declared a World Heritage Site.
Famous for its spectacular mountain peaks and the loyalty and friendliness of its inhabitants (the Sherpas), the Everest region (Khumbu) is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Nepal.
While trekking is possible in this area the whole year round, the best times to visit are from the beginning of March to mid May and from the beginning of September to mid November. The winters are very cold and snow may make it difficult to travel higher than Tengboche, and also lodges may be closed above this altitude. Summers, on the other hand, are wet, and the spectacular peaks are often lost in the clouds. April and early May is a good time to see the hedgerows and trees bursting into bloom, with Rhododendrons, in particular, adding a spectacular splash of colour to the landscape. However, dust from the plains of India during the spring routinely provides less than ideal conditions for clear mountain views. The views are much better after the summer monsoons have cleared the atmosphere of dust, but the days are shorter and cooler.
Wildlife most likely to be seen in Sagarmatha is the Himalaya Tahr, Ghoral, Musk deer, Pikka (mouse hare) weasel and occasionally jackal. Other rarely seen animals are Himalayan black bear, wolf, lynx and snow leopard. Birds commonly seen are Impeyan pheasant, blood pheasant, snow cock, snow pigeon, red billed and yellow billed chough, Himalayan griffin vulture and lammergeyers. Sagarmatha National Park is also known as Khumbu region and sometimes, Everest region.
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2 City sightseeing tour of…
Day 3 Fly Kathmandu to Lukla & commence trek to Phanking
Day 4 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,400m/11,155ft)
Day 5 Acclimatization and leisure day in Namche Bazaar
Day 6 Trek to Mongla (3900m) – 4 hrs.
Day 7 Trek to Dole (4050m) – 3 hours
Day 8 Trek to Machermo (4,470m) – 3 hrs
Day 9 Trek to Gokyo (4,790m) – 3½ hrs
Day 10 Ascent of Gokyo Ri (5,357m) and move onto Dargnak
Day 11 Cross Cho La (5,380m) to Dzongla
Day 12 Dzongla to Lobuche
Day 13 Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) then back to Gorakshep (7/8 hrs)
Day 14 Hike up to Kala Pathar (5,555m) and trek down to Periche (4,200m) – 6 hrs
Day 15 Trek to Kyangjuma (3,550m/11,545ft)
Day 16 Trek to Monjo (2,835m/9,300ft)
Day 17 Trek to Lukla
Day 18 Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 19 At Leisure in Kathmandu
Day 20 Farewell departure to your home country
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