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Everest Gokyo trek

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Introduction: 

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.

Itinerary: 

Day 1 Kathmandu to Phakding
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) takes about 30 minutes. Trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640 m.) which takes approximately three hours.
Lukla is a small town with an airpor,.  tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores. You begin today’s trek from Lukla following a gentle ascend up to the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi river. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank, which is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You climb down to a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Kosi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding.

Day 2 Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) takes about five hours. This day you walk and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then climb quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. You can also visit some of the village monasteries on the way of trekking to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. There is  a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La.

Day 3 Namche Bazar
You can rest at Namche Bazar for acclimatization and excursion around the places. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amongst  the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as an outstanding views. It is a suitable  place to spend a rest day for acclimatization at the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. Here  you can also walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or an hour walk up to the Tyangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the overwhelming view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum which is just above the town.

Day 4 Namche Bazaar to Dole 
Trek from Namche Bazaar to DoleTrek from Namche Bazaar to Dole (4040m.) via Khumjung  takes about six hours. From Namche this course lead the walktomjug, a picturesque village which also has its own gompa at the top end of town. Here you can have great views ofThamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam.

Soon after leaving Khumjung the trail climbs to a large chorten on top of a ridge. This ridge descends from Khumbila, a 5734m peak, said to be the abode of the patron God of the Khumbu region. The trail descends slightly towards the Sanasa and then trail ascends up to Mongla (4000m.). From here, you can  see magnificent views of mountains. This trek steeply descend passing through Phortse Tenga and from there, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens

Day 5 Dole to Machhermo
Trek from Dole to Machhermo (4150m) and it takes about five hours. From Dole you climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the small and thorny bushes give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these places to graze in the summer months. Ahead of you are magnificent views of Cho Oyu, while back down the valley are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku.

Day 6 Machhermo to Gokyo
Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4750m) which takes about four and half hours. Today you head for the lakes at Gokyo. You take a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the melt-water rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. You climb a steep rocky inclined into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. You soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La (5420m.), your route to Lobuche and Everest and later in the trek. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is magnificent with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters.

Day  7 Gokyo
Rest day at Gokyo and excursion in and around Gokyo valley. Gokyo is one of the trade centres  where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day you can make a side trip to Fifth Lake via Forth Lake.

Day  8 Gokyo to Machhermo
Trek from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5483m) and trek back to Machhermo (4150m.) via Gokyo village and it takes about four and half hours.
Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and you leave camp just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. After lunch it is a short walk to the village of Machhermo.

Day  9 Machhermo to Namche Bazaar
Trail  from Machhermo (4150m.) to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) takes about five hours. The trail gently descends to Dole and then starts descending steeply to Photse Tenga (3650m.) passing through rhododendron forests. Then the path immediately escalates steeply to Mongla Danda (4000m.) and gently descends up to Kyanjoma (3500m.) following small ups and down to the destination.

Day  10 Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) and it takes about six hours. The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is quite enduring with few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu takes 30 minutes after the whole trip is over.