Filled with glaciers, turquoise lakes and savage mountain scenery, the Gokyo Valley, north of Khumjung, offers an exciting alternative to the traditional Everest base camp approach. The huge massifs of Cho Oyu (8,153m) and Gyachung Kang (7,922m) dominate the head of this rugged canyon. Countless other summits loom to either side. This trek is perfect for the committed trekker who wants to see every aspect of the Khumbu region.
In addition to an ascent of the (5,400m) Gokyo Ri peak we take in the Cho La pass which links Gokyo to the main Everest trek at Loboche, the summit of Kala Patthar, for close-up views of Everest’s south west face and a traverse to the pretty Imja Tse valley and the imposing wall of the Lhotse face. Finally, we return down to Lukla via the famous Buddhist monastery at Tengboche.
Please note that the narrow Gokyo Valley rises quickly in altitude and therefore some of our trekking days are very short. This is vital if everyone is to be properly acclimatised before tackling Gokyo Ri and the Cho La Pass (5,420m).
For those who wish to extend their stay in Nepal we can arrange a raft trip with our sister company, Himalayan River Exploration, or a visit to the renowned Tiger Tops properties in the Royal Chitwan and Royal Bardia National Parks.