GOKYO RI - EVEREST BASE CAMP & KALAPATHAR


The Gokyo Ri is one of the most spectacular treks on offer in the Everest Region. Once described as “the best view point in the Everest Region,” the summit of Gokyo Ri (5483m) is the highlight of this trek and offers such a panorama of the Everest region and the Gokyo lake system that easily, it is the perfect alternative to the classic Everest Base Camp trek for those who are looking to avoid the heavy traffic of that route and want to feel the highest Himalayan giants closely. On a clear day, beside the four highest mountains Cho Oyu (8153 m), Lhotse (8501m), Makalu (8475 m) and Everest (8850m) many other named and unnamed mountains contributes to the view from the summit.
The trail we follow is much more isolated than the EBC route and passes through rich section of Himalayan flora and fauna and gives ample time for acclimatization and chance to witness the gorgeous Himalayan landscapes in its raw forms.
It is not only the Gokyo Ri, its lakes and its views of the highest giants that makes this trek unique but also the largest glacier of Nepal that is the heart of this trek and the Dudh Kosi which runs along almost throughout clearly becomes the soul of the trek.

PRICE PER PERSON

MIN 4 PAX

USD2,200

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  • DAY 1 : Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m)

    Flight to Tribuvan Airport, Kathmandu. Upon arrival, transfer to Hotel in Thamel area.

  • DAY 2 : Kathmandu

    Gear check, packing, and sightseeing in Thamel, Kathmandu.

  • DAY 3 : Kathmandu-Lukla (2,800m)-Phakding (2,652m)

    Fly to Lukla (2,886m), about 35 minutes, and then start trekking for 3 hours to Phakding (2,640m). We will walk at the side of Dudh Koshi River with a view of Mount Kusum Kangguru (6,367m) and passing some villages, Domdza, Chepping, Tadhokoshi Gaon, and Nurning. On the way, we can see porters with a very heavy load. Each porter sometimes could carry even heavier than his own weight. There’s also an animal carrier like Yak or Zopkio, the endemic animal of Himalaya region. Zopkio is a mix between Yak and cow, they usually used at lower part of this mountains (below 4,000m). We will be passing a lot of ‘Mani Stone’ along the way. It’s a pile of stone that have a writings on it. The writings is a prayer meant to bring good luck and safety along the way. And for that, anyone should pass the left side of the stone. At Phakding, we will stay overnight in one of the lodge there.

  • DAY 4 : Phakding-Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

    After breakfast and packing, we continue our journey to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) for about 5 hours. Today, the route will pass Benkar Village, Mondjo, Jorsale, and Larja Dobhan. First, we will cross Dudh Koshi River at Phakding and then walk on the left side of the river until Bekhar. Before Bekhar is Toktok Waterfall. Arriving at Mondjo, we can rest while waiting for permit check because we’re already entering The Sagarmatha National Park. After that, the trek continues to Larja Dobhan and Namche Bazaar. The last part to Namche is quite challenging. The route is going uphill with a quite steep route and a gain elevation of 600 m. Namche was a place where Nepalese people and Tibetan people meet and do some trading. We can still see it now but only in some particular day. Besides that, there’s a lot of store here in Namche. From grocery and merchandise store to outdoors equipment store, book store, money changer, and even bakery and bar. A renowned outdoors equipment brand like Mountain Hardware also make a store here and said to be the highest official store in the world. After we put our packs in the lodge, we can walk around and feel the atmosphere of Namche Bazaar.

  • DAY 5 : Namche Bazaar

    For acclimatization, we will go uphill to Shyangboche (3,720m) with a magnificent view of the Himalayan Range and also a complete view of Namche Bazaar. Namche is a village hanging on a valley. The house here was made following the contour of the land. At Shyangboche, we will rest for a while. Remember that we still need acclimatization, so relax and walk slowly is a good way. There’s an airstrip at Shyangboche and was the highest airstrip in Sagarmatha region. The airstrip only used for a chartered flight. After that, we go back to Namche for lunch and rest.

  • DAY 6 : Namche Bazaar-Dole (4,200m)

    Today we will trekking to 4,000m more, to Dole (4,200m) around 5-6 hours trekking. After we crossing Syangboche and Kumjung, the trek a little bit steep to Kyangjuma then crossing Mong La Pass. We will see Thamserku, Katengga, and Ama Dablam all the way. A waterfall and some of bridge we will cross before Dole. Stay overnight at Dole.

  • DAY 7 : Dole-Machherma (4,470m)

    First, we trek on the ridge to Lhabarma (4,220m) and Luza (4,360m). We will see Mount Cho Oyu (8,188m) on the north, the 6th eight thousand meter mountain. Followed Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche river, on 1974 in this area people saw a Yeti. We will stay in Machherma. Today around 4-5 hours trekking.

  • DAY 8 : Machherma-Gokyo (4,800m)

    Just 3-4 hours walking to Gokyo Village, followed the Ngozumpa Glacier. We will cross three lakes before the village. Lunch and rest at the lodge before climbing tomorrow to Gokyo Ri on the morning.

  • DAY 9 : Gokyo-Gokyo ri–Thanknak (4,850m)

    At 5 am, we will start climbing to Gokyo Ri (5,545m), 3-4 hours to the summit. Beautiful panorama from the summit, we could see Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. It is first time we meet more than 5,000m. We will back to the lodge for breakfast, and then continue short trekking to Thaknak. Stay overnight at lodge.

  • DAY 10 : Thangnak–Dzongla (4,830m)

    Today, one of the second hardest route after Gokyo Ri. In the morning, we will climb to Cho La Pass 5,338m, steep route on 3-4 hours walking. After Cho La Pass the trek is flat and a little bit going down to Dzongla around 3-4 hour. Stay overnight at lodge.

  • DAY 11 : Dzongla-Gorakshep (5,180m)

    After breakfast, we will trekking to Lobuche village around 2-3 hours. The route is on the valley between Mount Lobuche and Mount Cholatshe.  We will stop for lunch at Lobuche. Then continued trekking on the glacier to Gorakshep. We will stay for two night at Gorakshep. Stay overnight at lodge.

  • DAY 12 : Gorakshep–Everest Base Camp (5,364m)–Gorakshep

    Today, we will trek to Everest basecamp, around 2-3 hours walking. At base camp, we will go to glaciers, take some pictures with snow or pinnacle background. Enjoy the time reaching there. After that, go back to Gorakshep and overnight.

  • DAY 13 : Gorakshep-Kalapathar (5,550m)-Gorakshep-Lobuche (4,250m)

    In the morning after light breakfast, we will climb to Kalapathar. 4-5 hours round trip from Gorakshep includes rest and relax on the trek. Lunch at Gorakshep then continued trekking to Lobuche village.

  • DAY 14 : Lobuche–Pangboche (3,990m)

    6-7 hours trekking to Pangboche, stop at Periche for a lunch.

  • DAY 15 : Pangboche-Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

    Continue trekking to Namche Bazaar via Tyangboche. Today is around 6-7 hours walking include rest and lunch on Phungki Tengga valley after Tyangboche.

  • DAY 16 : Namche Bazaar–Lukla (2,800m)

    Today is the last trekking day. Just 7-8 hours to Lukla. Stay overnight at lodge closed to the airport.

  • DAY 17 : Lukla-Kathmandu (1,300m)

    Flight to Kathmandu in the morning, then check in to Hotel and you can take a rest or sightseeing in Thamel. Celebration dinner at restaurant.

  • DAY 18 : Sightseeing di Kathmandu

    Extra day, or sightseeing to Boudhanath, Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath by vehicle.

  • DAY 19 : Fly back home

    Departure from Kathmandu. End of trip.

INCLUDE
  • Indonesia Expeditions Guide
  • Sherpa or Local guides
  • Nepal Visa
  • 3 nights sharing room hotel in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation on trekking
  • Airport transfer
  • Meals on the trek
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Insurance for Nepali Staff
  • Porters
  • Trekking Permit
  • Trekking Information Management System (TIMS)
  • Sleeping bag and Down Jacket (rent)
  • Merchandise
EXCLUDE
  • International flight to Kathmandu round trip
  • Personal equipment
  • Personal expenses (telephone, laundry, etc)
  • Personal insurance
  • Gratuities