Arrive in Kathmandu
and transfer to the hotel upon arrival.
Sightseeing (Boudha, Pashupatinath, and Swambunath)
Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding
This is an hour flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport (2,840m). The trail from Lukla, leads north from the airstrip and drops steeply for a bit, then descends gently to Phakding (2,610m), your first overnight stop. This is a two-hour trek.
Phakding – Namche
From Phakding the trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi Valley. (Kosi means river in Nepali and it comes down from the Everest glacier). All along this part of the trail, there is a magnificent forest of magnolia, rhododendron and giant firs. On the cliffs above the river, it is possible to see musk deer and Himalayan tahr. At Monjo the trek enters the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail follows the river and crosses Dudh Kosi and makes a steep climb to Namche (3,440m). Namche is a very colorful Sherpa village where you will see vendors selling antiques and each Saturday there is an important weekly haat or market.
We stay one more extra day at Namche for acclimatization. This will allow our bodies to become acclimatised to the altitude of 3,440m (11,300ft). We’ll see local sights and visit the village of Khumjung where there is a school built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Himalayan Trust. The views of Amadablam, Thamserku and Tawache are really breathtaking. Khumjung’s elevation is 3,790m.
Namche – Dole
Dole 4,110m is another 6 hour trek from Namche. The trail passes through many Kharkas, summer settlements used when Sherpas bring herds of yaks to graze in these high pastures. The views of Khumbila and Tawachee (6,542m) are tremendous throughout the day.
Dole – Machhermo
From Dole the trail climbs to Lharbama at 4,220m and luza at 4,360m. The trail is steep in most places as it climbs through junipers to Lhabarma. The trail continues to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to Machhermo at 4,410m.
Machhermo – Gokyo 4,750m
Beyond Machhermo the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and up towards Cho Oyu (8,153m). Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail reaches Panka.The trail descends to the river bank before beginning the climb on to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It is a steep climb up the moraine, switch backing alongside the stream to the first lake at 4,650m. The trail now becomes almost level as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga, at 4,690m and finally up a boulder-strewn path to Gokyo at 4,750m.
The views in the Gokyo region are tremendous. For the best view, we climb Gokyo Ri (5,357m). It is a two-hour climb to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyachung kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee.
Gokyo – Machhermo
The views in the Gokyo region are tremendous. For the best view, we climb Gokyo Ri (5,357m). It is a two-hour climb to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee.
Machhermo – Namche
Namche – Lukla
Lukla – Kathmandu
Transfer to hotel upon arrival.