Everest Base Camp Gokyo Trek combines the famous Everest Base Camp Trek and the Gokyo Valley Trek. This Everest Base Camp Gokyo Trek is created to let you have an adventurous venture with a touch of challenging trails in the Khumbu region. Located at the foot of Gokyo Ri at the eastern shore of the Dudh Pokhari- the third Gokyo Lake, Gokyo village offers stunning landscapes. The trail crosses the Mong La Pass (3,973 m) and Cho La Pass (5,380 m) and descends to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m), the foot of Mt. Everest (8,848 m)- the highest mountain in the world. Everest Base Camp Gokyo Trek further takes you to Kala Patthar (5,545 m), which is a very famous viewpoint situated above Gorak Shep.
Attraction of Everest Base Camp Gokyo Trek
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On Everest Base Camp Gokyo Trek, you will get to spend nights in picturesque villages, where you can observe the daily lifestyle of the locals. Indulge in the cultural richness of the Khumbu region and travel centuries back while listening to the legends from the locals. The people here are amicable and welcoming. Likewise, along the way, you will come across many ancient monasteries, chortens, prayer wheels, and colorful prayer flags. The views of the Himalayan Mountains are incredible.
Read below to know in detail about the attraction of Gokyo Everest Trek.
Take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
Lukla is the starting point of the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Trek 17 Days. To reach there, we have two options - a long drive or a short but thrilling flight. We will fly, enjoying the excellent aerial views of the Himalayas. The thing that hype this 35 minutes flight to Lukla is the landing at the Lukla airport, which has got a short runway to land.
Explore the Namche Bazar
Namche Bazar is the tourist hub of the Khumbu region. Therefore, you will spend acclimatization day here.
There are many cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops, and museums in this village.
You can visit the Everest Photo Gallery and Sherpa Culture Museum. Likewise, you will also go on a short excursion to Everest View Hotel, which is famous for the views of Mt. Everest and other snow-capped mountains from its windows. There are also other places to go on a hike- Syangboche Airstrip, Khumjung village, etc.
Spend a couple of nights in the remote Gokyo village and hike to Gokyo Ri
Gokyo village boasts serene surroundings. It is not as crowded as EBC or other famous towns. Gokyo Valley, located at 4,750 meters, this village offers a beautiful landscape. You will spend a couple of nights here for acclimatization. Then, hike to Gokyo Ri to witness gorgeous sunrise and mountain views.
Visit the Gokyo Lakes
Six different lakes complete the Gokyo Lakes- Thonak Lake, Gokyo Lake, Dudh Pokhari, Gyazumpa Cho, Tanjung Cho, and Ngojumba Cho. All of these lakes have been part of the Ramsar Site since 2007 and have substantial religious importance for Hindus. Moreover, these lakes are the highest freshwater lake system globally and range from 4,700 meters to 5,000 meters. You will be visiting these lakes while staying in Gokyo village and learning the legends behind them.
Cross Cho La Pass
To join the Everest Base Camp Trek, you must cross the Cho La Pass, which stands at 5,380 meters above sea level. Crossing this pass is strenuous and includes technical climbing. You have to be very careful while climbing. Moreover, the strong wind makes climbing even more complicated. Therefore you will begin walking early in the morning. The top of the pass will welcome you with breath-taking views as a reward for your challenging walk.
Reach Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar
Everest Base Camp is situated, at 5,364 meters, which is Mt. Everest, in the northeastern part of Nepal. As Mt. Everest is located in Nepal and Tibet, it has two base camps- the South Base Camp (Nepal side) and the North Base Camp (Tibet side). The south base camp is an easier way to scale Everest than the north one. This Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar are the geographical coordinates of the location of the south base camp- 28°0′26″N 86°51′34″E.
The spectacular beauty and the feeling of standing at the base of the world's highest mountain attract thousands of adventurers from all over the globe. Along with high mountains, you can also see captivating views of the Khumbu Icefall and glaciers. During the peak season for climbing, you will see many groups at the base camp preparing to climb.
Likewise, you will hike to the Kala Patthar Viewpoint, situated at 5,545 meters. It is a very famous viewpoint in the Khumbu region to witness a glorious sunrise and 360-degree views of Mt. Everest. This viewpoint is located just above Gorak Shep, which used to be Everest's base camp during the early climbing period. You have to ascend for around 2 to 3 hours to reach here.
Visit the Pangboche Monastery
Pangboche Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries, built at the end of the 17th century. This monastery is situated at 3,985 meters in the Pangboche village. Legends say Lama Sange Dorjee built the monastery when he flew over the Himalayas and landed on a rock in Pangboche and Thyangboche. There are also footprints on a stone, which is believed to be his. Inside the monastery, you can see ancient statues, craving, paintings, and manuscripts.
Get to see local's daily lifestyle and culture.
The Khumbu region is resided by people from communities like Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, etc. Due to the flow of tourism, few villages like Namche Bazar, Tengboche, etc., have seen significant development. You can get many modern facilities in these villages. However, there are many other villages, which are still the same and remote. You will get to see a very unique and simple way of living. The tradition, cultures, practices, and beliefs of the locals will blow your mind away.
Witness stunning landscapes and Himalayan Mountain
Throughout the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Trek, you will be enjoying the views of Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Kongde Ri (6,187 m), Mt. Pumori (7,161 m), Lobuche Peak (6,119 m), Mt. Baruntse (7,129 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,623 m), and so on. You will also see Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal. The sceneries along the way are also fantastic.
Everest Base Camp Gokyo Trek has more than these beautiful attractions. The experience you will get is unbeatable. You will be trekking in very remote areas that will teach you survival and boost your patience. As you will be traversing in a group, you will learn to work as a team member and leadership. The trek offers solitude and lets you unwind and escape in nature.
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