While the entire Khumbu area is spectacular, the Gokyo Valley has always been considered as one of the most beautiful valleys. An itinerary to enjoy quietly and with no hurry, starting among forests in the early stages to move to alpine landscapes and ending among beautiful mountains and lakes beside the moraine of the glacier and climbing to Gokyo-Ri from where we can see the pyramid of Everest.
16 days / 15 nights full trip in Nepal (minimum recommended)
13 days’ trek
Medium. With no technical difficulties
Highest altitude 5360m
Highest altitude overnight 4750m
Local mountain guide English speaking
Meals and overnight in lodges during the trek
Accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu
Transfers in private vehicle, shuttle and Lukla flights
The Gokyo trek is one of the most beautiful treks among the splendid ones that can be done in the Khumbu valleys, the area of Nepal where Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu are located. Perhaps it is the presence of the lakes of placid and crystalline waters at the end that gives it a special atmosphere. Besides, it is a good option to avoid the crowds of hikers in high season, and make the route through these mountains in a much quieter and closer to nature.
Although it is possible to avoid it by starting the route from Jiri, it is normal that we start our itinerary by flying to the small and curious Lukla airport with its sloping runway and with the first two stages common to all treks to reach Namche Bazar, or simply Namche, the small amphitheatre-shaped village that stands as the commercial and administrative centre of the area, dominated by the Sherpa community. Sherpas moved into these valleys about 500 years ago in search of kinder lands to live in compared to the frozen steppes from which they came from Tibet. The stages are not too long, since it is not possible to exceed the difference in altitude between overnight stays to have a good and safe acclimatization to the altitude, but this allows you to freely explore adjacent valleys and discover new landscapes and hidden places.
Although here we present only the exclusive route of Gokyo, returning from the other side of the valley and extending it a little towards Pangboche so as not to repeat the same ascent route, from Gokyo you can tackle two great routes that will make this trek even more exceptional. On the one hand, crossing the less frequented of the three Khumbu passes, the Renjo-La of 5360m towards Thame and Namche. And on the other hand, crossing the Cho-La of 5420m to connect with the route to the Everest Base Camp, making it an excellent option to do this trek circularly.
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