An ideal trek for those with less time but seeking adventure into wildest mountains which are quite rare on earth but found in Nepal.This is the course which led you into the magical landscape of massive and pristine glaciers, rugged and highly overwhelming but beautiful trails and face the world of the legendary Sherpas with the diverse & mysterious cultures found on these mountains. This trek explores the outstanding Gokyo valley which is located adjacent to the Khumbu. Gokyo is a land of high altitude lakes and glittering icy glaciers. Here, a hike to the high culminating point of Gokyo Ri (5350-m) will enlighten you with the views of four of the eight highest mountains on earth - all wonderfully arrayed in one panorama! This is a trek of a lifetime for those who are keen to indulge themselves in the world of adventure.
Day 1 Kathmandu-Phakding
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m). This takes about 30 minutes. You start your trek from Lukla following a gentle uphill walk to the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. The Dudh Kosi seems apparent as you pass a Mani wall and reach at a Ghat teahouse. You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Here you can stay overnight at lodge.
Day 2 Namche Bazar
The trek begins along a level path to the right bank. You cross a stream and climb the terraced hill from the Dudh Koshi route, to arrive at Bengar. Now you descend the path of stone steps and return to the right bank over a wooden bridge. After a short climb you reach to Jorsale’s teahouse and hotel, you also stop at the National Park Service where a park entrance fee is collected. You follow a short walk along the riverbed of this V-shaped valley where the river forks - the right is the Dudh Koshi and the left is the Bhote Koshi that leads to Nampa La. After a short distance along the Bhote Koshi, you start the steep ascent to Namche Bazar. As the mountain path zigzags uphill, you will emerge at a ridge top rest area that gives great views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.) The climb ends somewhat, and Namche Bazar appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pines. Namche Bazar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Bhote Koshi. You can stay overnight at a lodge in Namche Bazar(3440).
Day 3 Namche Bazar
Namche Bazaar (3440m) is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. Here you can also walk up to Khhumjung where you can visit a monastery. You can also enjoy the fascinating views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, and Kwangde and so on. Or you can take an hour's walk up to Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for an outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also splendid views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. This museum exhibits Sherpa culture.
Day 4 Tyangboche
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m.) which takes about five hours. Leaving the village you climb to the top of a ridge and level mountain path that offers an excellent panorama of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangrib. After a gentle descent the mountain path ends; you will come to the fork leading to Gokyo. You descend past two tea houses through the village of Trashinga. It is a long climb to Tyangboche; the first half is especially steep. As you trek through the forested zone, the incline eases and a panaromic view appears. You continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you reach to the stone gate built by lamas which marks your entry into Tyangboche (3860m). You spend the night at the lodge.
Day 5 Dingboche
Now you leave Tyangboche and the Khumbu mountains as a backdrop-and descend a rhododendron covered area to come at a pleasant level area. Ascend the mountain path while looking up at Ama Dablam and Kantega (6779m) as they appear on the opposite bank. Climb the chorten-lined route, come to a fork, the upper path passes Pangboche and a monastery, take the lower route to Pangboche Olin and its stone wall-enclosed potato field. Go through the village and cross a stream to a path skirting a rocky area to terraced hills along the riverbank. The trails climb gently winding above the Imjatse River, to a big Mani Stupa. From here, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with views of the eastern snow capped mountains including the Island Peak or Imjatse (6,189m). Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. .
Day 6 Dingboche
You rest at Dingboche (4260 m.) for acclimatization. There are some outstanding views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as you explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. From here you can enjoy the breathtaking view of Island peak, Ama Dablaml, Makalu, Tawoche peak and others.
Day 7 Lobuche
The trek follows a downward path to Pheriche village. Today's walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After two hours walk, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. After a short break, continue trekking up to Lobuche, hidden and sheltered from the wind.
Day 8 Everest Base Camp
Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5486m.) via Gorakshep (5180m.) which takes about seven hours. Climb up the valley following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial ponds and icebergs down below of the Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep, the flat field below Kala Patthar (5545m) and Mt. Pumori (7145m.) Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley. Now the trail winds through a rocky path and the Khumbu glacier. After some moments, you retrace your steps back passing through the Khumbu glacier with panoramic views of Lobuche, Cholatse, Mt. Pumori and Tabuche.
Day 9 Kala Patthar
You take an early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the breathtaking view of sunrise. From Kala Patthar you can have a glimpse of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more peaks. Also here is the Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post and foreign volunteer doctors are available here most time of the year to provide medical treatment to trekkers as well as the local people.
Day 10 Tyangboche
Trek from Pheriche to Tyangboche (3867 m.) which takes approximately four hours. Then, trek back to Tyangboche, an easier descent passing through rhododendron forest and continue walking to Tyangboche. It is a small village with a famous monastery offering you excellent views of Ama Dablam, massive green hills and river views.
Day 11 Namche
The walk from Tyangboche is mostly downhill on the main busy trail with a few steep climbs for an hour from the bridge at Phungitenga, near to Shanasha. The walk to Namche is very beautiful on a long winding path. On the way you will visit traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde. From Khumjung village another 30 minutes walk brings you to the village of Khunde, where you can visit the Khunde Hospital funded by Sir Edmund Hillary Trust. After Khunde, a scenic and pleasant walk brings you to Namche for an overnight stay.
Day 12 Phakding
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2640m.) which takes about four hours. The trails descend steeply for about one and half hours. En route u can have great views of mountains and picturesque scenery.
Day 13 Lukla
Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2886m) which takes about three hours. Your final day's trekking follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the best opportunity to organize a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, taste chhang (a purely brewed local beer very popular on the mountains of Nepal) and do a jig to a Sherpa dance.
Day 14 Kathmandu-Departure
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes 30 minutes on returning after the breathtaking experience.