Gokyo valley lies towards the west of the Khumbu region. In this serene valley, there are abundant pastures for yaks to graze during summer and the pristine turquoise lakes are breathtaking. Gokyo can be visited after trekking up to Everest Base Camp by adding another five days to the itinerary.
If Gokyo is the main destination, then the trek goes up the Everest trail only as far as the teahouses at Kenjoma (where the trail from Khumjung joins the main trail). From this point, the trail leads up towards Mong La pass before dropping steeply back down to the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. The trail then leads past rhododendron and oak forests and waterfalls which are often frozen. A couple of hours on this enchanting trail and Dole is reached, where you spend the night in a teahouse.
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival
Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla-Phakding
Day 3: Phakding to Namchebazar
Day 4: Acclimatization
Day 5: Namche Bazaar – Dole : 5 – 6 hrs
Day 6: Dole – Machhermo-(4,470 m): 5 – 6 hrs.
Day 7: Machharmo – Gokyo (4800 m): 5 – 6 hours
Day 8: Gokyo to Dole: 3 – 4 hrs
Day 9: Dole – Namche Bazaar: 4 – 5 hrs
Day 10: Namche Bazaar – Lukla: 6 – 8 hrs
Day 11 Lukla to Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 12: Departure
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