The highlight of the trek is the half-day return hike up to Gokyo Ri, a peak and viewpoint above the Gokyo teahouse village. It’s a steep climb, but the reward is a view that is almost beyond imagination. Here, at arguably one of the best Himalayan vistas you can possibly get, you’ll be able to see Cho Oyu (the world’s sixth highest peak), Lhotse (the world’s fourth highest peak), Makalu (the world’s fifth highest), the beautiful Ama Dablam, and, of course, the mighty Everest. The best time to tackle Gokyo Ri is in the early morning. If you can handle the cold, a sunrise hike is even better. From Gokyo you have many options. You can either take Cho La pass and join on to Everest Base Camp or take Renjo La pass and head back to Namche, or simply head back through the same valley you came up, taking the trail on the other side via Phortse to vary your return.
Day 1:ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1365M)
The journey begins with one a flight to Suketar at 2,420 meters. This is where the actual trekking begins. Starting right away, you will have beautiful views of Mt. Kanchanjanga (8,586 m) and Mt. Jannu (7,110 m) in the distance. Trek to the pass of Deurali, take a short break, and ascend along the trail to reach Lali Kharka.
Day 2:FLY FROM KATHMANDU TO LUKLA AND TREK TO PAHKDING
Day 3:TREK FROM PHAKDING TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440M) 5/6H TREK
Day 4:ACCLIMATIZE AT NAMCHE BAZAAR
Take a day off at Namche and enjoy the quiet lifestyle in stark contrast to your regular routine. In the morning, have a hearty breakfast with views of magnificent peaks. Later in the day, take short hikes in and around the town – and savour the beauty that is Namche. This is an important day of rest as it will help you acclimatize at the altitude and help you warm up the muscles for an exciting expedition ahead.
Day 5:TREK FROM NAMCHE TO PHORTSE (3815M) 5/6H TREK
After yesterday’s acclimatization at Namche, the trek today seems spectacular when you start off after breakfast. Trek along the main route with great views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse several other high peaks in the world. It’s not a hard climb though at times you might feel like taking a short break here and there and take some pictures at the same time. Along the route we will have tea break and lunch, cross Mohang and arrive at the busy place of Phortse Tenga where we will stay overnight in a hotel or a lodge.
Day 6:TREK FROM PHORTSE TO MACHHERMO (4450M) 5/6H TREK
It’s a short trekking distance today with around four hours of walking. First we will take a steep trail, ascending which we will arrive at a level ground. Take a brief stop here and enjoy the environment and the blue skies. From here trek to Dole, hike to Lhabarma and on to Luza – all with a couple of breaks in between the lunch and tea. As we come near Machhermo, we will have some fantastic views of the mountains and the surrounding valley. Arriving at Machhermo and according to the preference, we can set up camp, or else we can sleep at a lodge tonight.
Day 7:TREK FROM MACHHERMO TO GOKYO (4790M) 4/5H TREK
After breakfast with superb views at the laps of the giant mountains, we will head towards Gokyo today. The average walking duration is under five hours in a fairly difficult terrain. Frist climb a ridge and arrive at a valley. From there, arrive at a river bank and trek close to Ngozumpa Glacier. At this point, you have arrived inside the area called Gokyo. Gokyo region consists a system of several lakes in the Khumbu Region with their turquoise and emerald waters. It might even seem like the bounty of nature had been tucked away at this very place, and that you have finally found it after all these years.
Day 8:TREK FROM GOKYO TO GOKYO PEAK (5360M) & AND THE FIFTH LAKE
As we prepare for an exciting day at Gokyo, we will first hike up to Gokyo-Ri in the morning. It’s just above two hours, so get up early for the wonderful views. The two hour climb is steep and might seem like it was totally wasted; until you arrive at the peak – and suddenly everything changes. You will wonder in awe and ask yourself – could it be this beautiful? The views of the the world’s highest peak seem lined up just for you. Take photographs as much as you like – your battery might drain but your happiness won’t. Guaranteed. Mt. Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and a lot of other peaks from one single point will seem almost surreal. And don’t forget to look down upon the emerald lakes of Gokyo. Period. Later, trek to the Fifth Lake and then down to Gokyo and call it a day.
Day 9:TREK FROM GOKYO TO DOLE (4150M) 5/6H TREK
The trek today is around six hours at a leisurely pace. We will begin by descending along Dudh Koshi River and cross a lake. Take a brief break and enjoy views of Cholatse and Taboche. Trek further with more views of the snowcapped peaks of Cho Oyu and Thamsherku. Past a shorten, the trail descends and then passes through several villages to arrive at Dole. Stay overnight at Dole in a lodge.
Day 10:TREK FROM DOLE TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440M) 6/7H TREK
The trek from Dole to Namche is a beautiful and scenic trek. This downhill trek takes around seven hours at a leisurely pace with plenty of stopovers. The route is lined with dense alpine forests of juniper and rhododendron and a waterfall. We might even come across wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopard, and Himalayan pheasants. Passing through time-worn villages and unspoiled beauty of the mountains, you will arrive at Namche at the end of the day. The peaks visible today are Ama Dablam, Khumbila, Lhotse, Thamsherku, and others. Stay at a lodge in Namche bazaar tonight
Day 11:TREK FROM NAMCHE TO LUKLA (2840M) 7/8H TREK
As you come towards the end of the program, you will enjoy the scenic trek back to Lukla. A night in Lukla can become more memorable if you spend it with your fellow guides and crew with whom you shared the journey. Stay overnight in a lodge in Lukla.
Day 12:FLY FROM LUKLA TO KATHMANDU
Go to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla in the morning, and catch a flight back to Kathmandu. The scenic flight is around 40 minutes, a whisk that will bring you back bus Kathmandu by bus. Once you are in the capital, have a free day enjoying shopping, hot-water bathing, relaxing in a sauna, or simply seeing around town. Stay overnight in a hotel.
Day 13:KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
After breakfast, we will take you on a sightseeing tour of some iconic places in the Kathmandu Valley, that will essentially include UNESCO World Heritage sites. In the evening, you are invited to join us for a farewell dinner.
Day 14:FINAL DEPARTURE
According to your schedule, we will take you to the airport for your flight ahead.