Gokyo to Everest Base Camp Trekking one of most fascinating and adventurous journey that leads you into far north corners of high and scenic Khumbu valley at beautiful Gokyo lakes.
Walking from main route from Lukla after reaching with sweeping flight from Kathmandu in a small aircraft of 30 minutes on air, Lukla a popular Sherpa town with a unique airstrip and airport named after famous mountaineers Tenzing and Hillary.
From Lukla where walks leads you through many nice farm villages adorned with nice Buddhist religion symbols and monuments of spinning bells with prayer walls where route leads to enter Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo village.
Located in a gorge with grand views of Thamersarkhu and Kongde peaks after Sagarmatha (name for Everest in Nepali) National Park, walk takes you within beautiful forest of tall rhododendron and pine trees.
As walk progress on crossing few long suspension bridges with winding uphill facing tremendous views of high snow capped peaks and then reaching at famous Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar located at the height of 3,440 m high facing views of Everest, Lhotse and Amadablam with range of peaks from its high hill near the park museum that offers necessary information of the Khumbu and Everest area.
At Namche Bazaar a large village near the size of a town, the main hub of Khumbu Sherpa as well for outside visitors to have rest days to support acclimatization before heading higher country.
Namche an enjoyable village where trekkers can find all types of necessary facilities from banks, ATM, good restaurants and lodges with good shops and well stocked stores selling all kinds of products useful for trekkers and locals.
Namche bazaar where once a week busy and colorful Saturday Market is held, interesting place to observe the native of Khumbu with impressive cultures and traditions and as well for short hike to its scenic view points.
From Namche Bazaar after walking for few hours, where route to Gokyo splits heading away from main trails of Namche to Everest base camp, where walk leads you towards hidden areas of Khumbu to reach at beautiful Gokyo valley and its emerald colored glacial lakes.
Walking to high Mong Hill within magnificent backdrop of mighty peaks of Everest, Lhotse with Amadablam includes array of peaks where trek leads into narrow gorge of Dudh Kosi River to reach Dole at 4,110 m high.
From Dole onwards green vegetation and tree lines disappears for short alpine bushes of juniper, dwarf rhododendron known as azalea and prickly Burberry shrubs.
Walk then enters at scenic and most fabulous area at Gokyo valley and its simmering lakes after walking past Luza, Machhermo to reach at beautiful Gokyo in the shade of giant mountain range of Cho-Oyu and Gyachung Khang. Gokyo lake and around the valley offers good lodge with excellent food menu where rooms facing grand views of snow capped peaks, actually Gokyo area in early days before commercial trekking came, the valley was a summer pasture for Yaks to graze.
Which you can witness on this walk to Gokyo valley, while in Gokyo where morning takes you to high steep climb for few hours to reach at high Gokyo Ri a great view point for glorious panorama of world four highest peaks.
From Gokyo Ri along with striking sunrise enjoy views of Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu with series of high peaks that surrounds this scenic spot includes views of Gokyo valley and the lakes with long stretch of Ngozumba glacier from Gokyo-Ri at the height of 5,483 m and 19,083 ft high.
Enjoying gorgeous panorama of world highest mountains with incredible views where next adventure takes you to cross high pass over Cho-la where the right spelling is Tsho-La, as means a pond, which you can icy small ponds on route Cho-la pass.
Cho-la pass located at the height of 5,357 m high facing grand views of near peaks of Taboche, Cholatse, Nirekha with Lobuche peaks the pass marked with rocks cairn and Buddhist colorful prayer flags. From the pass steep descend to the base of the pass at Dzongla within the other main side of Khumbu within Everest base camp area, where walk leads to join the main trail coming from Pheriche and Dingboche to reach at Lobuche place.
Lobuche situated beneath the peaks of Lobuche West and East a small settlement with many good lodges for overnight stop, from here heading higher towards Gorakshep walking past moraine and above Khumbu glacier.
Gorakshep, at one time was an early and original Everest base camp then it moved further to its present location as ice and glacier receded year after year for many decades.
At base camp stand beneath world highest Mt. Everest that towers above Nuptse, Lo-La and adjoining peaks with closest views of massive Khumbu Ice-Fall and glaciers.
Enjoying well worth visit to base camp where return journey takes you on mains scenic routes facing daily views of high peaks past Pheriche valley and Pangboche villages to reach scenic and beautiful area at Tengboche a place with colorful and interesting monastery.
Tengboche surrounded by array of mountain range with views of Everest with majestic Amadablam a nice charming spot within green vegetation and lovely forest of rhododendron, oaks, pines and fir tree lines.
At Tengboche where you can visit the monastery interior of great interest where once a year as per Buddhist Luna Calendar in the months of October or November a famous religious festival called Mani-Rimdu takes place.
After Tengboche back on the scenic road to Namche Bazaar and at Lukla for sweeping scenic flight to Kathmandu on completing a lifetime experience and adventure on Gokyo to Everest Base Camp Trekking. Best Seasons for Gokyo and Everest Base Camp Trekking:
Nearly all months of the year except wet time of monsoon from June to mid September, although a rainy times but much greener with enough moisture on dry and arid country, March to May is the best season during spring season when most of the days are clear for views and walks.
Especially morning till mid day is fine and clear, where late afternoon might get overcast, much cooler morning and night times as well in shade chance of snow during walks on higher area sometimes during spring time.
Spring time when wild-flowers are season with various species of rhododendron from trees to bushes in bloom makes the walk more exciting and interesting.
Another best months from October to December when most of the days are clear for views and walks, but much colder with freezing temperatures above 3,000 m high and chances of snow also.