The Everest Region is the most sought after trekking destinations in the world. It is not just popular for Mt. Everest but also for the glacial lakes, the airport at Lukla, the Namche Bazaar and a lot more.
You should not miss the trek to Gokyo Valley and the Gokyo Lakes. These are spellbinding and absolutely breathtaking.
Namche Bazaar is a bazaar at the highest altitude in the world. And the Lukla airport is in the list of the world’s most dangerous airports.
Well, Namche Bazaar to Everest Gokyo trek is full of adventure and thrill. No wonder it attracts thousands of trekkers and tourists every year.
The Everest region is also the home of the Sherpas. Above all, the Everest regions beauty and awe-striking views are absolutely jaw-dropping. The nature, the weather, and the beauty of the snow-capped mountain vistas is a complete package.
Highlights of the Trek
- Kalapathar, the viewpoint for the majestic mountains
- Tengboche Monastery, a monastery at such a high altitude and among the oldest in Khumbu region.
- Gokyo Lakes and the Gokyo Ri
- The one of a kind Namche Bazaar area
- The high Passes: Kongma-la, Cho-la & Renjo-la pass
- The biggest Khumbu and longest Ngozumpa glaciers
Namche Bazaar to Everest Gokyo Trek
This remarkable trek starts from Namche Bazaar and you will trek up to the Gokyo Valley and Gokyo lakes. Then you will walk back toward Namche on walking through Kala Patthar and Dingboche. You are usually suggested to acclimatize at Namche.
Namche Bazaar (3445 m)- Dole (4040m)
You will pass through a beautiful stupa to reach up to the Kyanjuma Village. The views of the mystical mountains follow you at all times.
The mountains Everest and Lhotse come closer and nearer every day. These are two spectacular mountains you should get used to peeking around.
From Kyanjuma, you will start to head towards Mong La. A chorten deliberately indicates this place. It is absolutely beautiful and you can witness the influence of Northern Buddhism in this region.
This is on top of a ridge at 3972m. Here on, the trail descends. You will pass through summer settlements of the Sherpas and you then reach Dole.
You will stay overnight in a teahouse at Dole.
Dole (4040m)-Machhermo (4410m)
Now the trail gets steeper and you will pass through Lhabarma and Luza along the valley. It is a short walk and you will spend the rest of the day to acclimatize. You can have amazing views of Thamserku.
You will stay overnight at Machhermo.
Machhermo (4410m)-Gokyo (4750m)
Your day starts towards the valley to Kangtaiga followed by an uphill towards Cho Oyu. The trail then passes through Pangkha from where you will see the gradual widening of the trail.
Before the trail begins to get steeper towards the moraine of Ngozumpo glacier, you will descend for a while. You will pass through the first of the Gokyo lakes. At the foot of Gokyo Ri, located on the eastern shore of the third Gokyo Lake, Dudh Pokhari, resides a beautiful village of Gokyo.
You will stay overnight at a teahouse at Gokyo valley.
Gokyo (4750m)-Thangnak (4700m)
Today you will ascend up to Gokyo-Ri just above the Gokyo Village. The views of the pristine mountains are clearer as you get nearer. You can clearly see the Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Everest, and Makalu mountains.
We will return to Gokyo for lunch and retrace our way to the second lake. Further, you will climb to the moraine overlooking the Ngozumpo glacier. You will further head towards the eastern side of the Gokyo valley.
You will rest for the night at the foot of Cho La Pass, at Tangnak.
Thangnak (4700m)-Dzongla (4830m)
You will take a hike from Thangnak. You will approach a large boulder field beyond which is an ancient moraine. The climb is quite steep.
The pass is a challenging one but it gives spectacular views of the Ama Dablam. You will cross a small glacier as you descent from the pass.
As you reach Dzongla the trail becomes a lot more defined.
You will rest for the night at Dzongla.
Dzongla (4830m)-Lobuche (4910m)
You will begin an early descent from Dzongla and a quick ascent to the foot of Awi Peak.
Views of the mountains and the surrounding add to making today’s trek a soothing one.
After crossing great views of the Chalotse and Tawoche you will reach Lobuche, here you will stay for the night.
Lobuche (4910m)-Gorak Shep (5180m)
Gorgeous mountains Mt. Everest, Khumbutse, Nuptse, Lingtren, and Pumori will surround you. From Lobuche, you will climb by the side of the Khumbu Glacier and you will cross the glacier rubbles.
Finally, you reach Gorak Shep. It is a settlement of the yak-herders. It is at the foothills of Kala Pattar. From here you will head to the Base Camp along the moraine. The views of the Khumbu Glacier is absolutely stunning.
You will trace your way back to Gorak Shep for the night.
Gorak Shep (5180m)-Kalapathar/Dingboche (4410m)
From Gorak Shep, you will head towards Kalapathar for a better view of the Everest in the morning. It is a popular spot for taking pictures of this tall mountain. Nuptse, Everest and Lhotse peaks are clearly visible from here.
You will then head to Dingboche for the night.
Dingboche (4410m)-Tengboche (3810m)
From Dingboche, you will descend through the Imja Valley. You will pass through Somare and Pangboche a culturally rich Sherpa village.
When in Tengboche, you will head towards the Tengboche Monastery. This is a Buddhist monastery and is a blissful place to reach.
The colors and the murals in the monastery complement the beauty of the place.
You will head back to Tengboche and rest in a teahouse for the night.
Tengboche (3810m)-Monju (2780m)
Today you will descend to Monju following the trail on the bank of Dudh Koshi river.
The views of the mountain vistas continue to enchant you and enrich your trek. As you pass through Namche Bazaar the path descends steeply towards the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing the high bridge through Jorsale, you will reach Monju.
Here you will stay for the night.
Monju (2780m)-Lukla (2810m)
Monju is a small village in between Namche and Lukla. After a short walk, you will reach Lukla where you will take a flight back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the beauty of Lukla and the thrilling experience of the flight.
This small airport and the village nearby is an exceptional place to begin or end your trekking experience to the Everest Base Camp.
How to Get to Namche?
Once you are in Kathmandu, it is quite easy to reach Namche.
You will take an early morning flight to Lukla. On a clear day, there are flights to Lukla in every half hour. It will take about 30 minutes from Kathmandu to get to Lukla (2810m).
From Lukla, you will trek to Phakding which will take you about 3 hours to get there. The views of the mountains will greet you from Lukla itself. The views only get better.
It is about 7 hours walk to Namche from Phakding. So, if you start your day early you might get to Namche the same day. But it is best to rest in Pakhding and trek to Namche the next day. This gives you good acclimatization.
Namche is at an altitude of 3445 meters above sea level. This is the starting point of your Namche Bazaar to Everest Gokyo trek.
Getting to the foot of the highest mountain in the world is an experience of a lifetime. But, there are a lot of other aspects of the trek that is often overshadowed by the popularity of Mt. Everest.
The Namche Bazaar to Everest Gokyo Trek is carefully designed to highlight all the striking aspects of this trek.
Namche Bazaar is a small village that bears the capacity to amaze you with its facilities, the crowd, the lifestyle and the locals. The Himalayan range and the nature that surrounds you complement the place in every each way.
The Gokyo lakes and the Gokyo Ri is sure to bind you with its mystical beauty and serenity.
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