All too often, people only see the Everest Region as the home of Everest Base Camp Trek. That is just not right! If you turn your sights a little away, there are several fantastic trekking destinations as well.
One of them is Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lakes Trekking. As it is pretty clear from the title, and you might also have guessed it already, the trek is about the two beautiful happenings of the Everest Region: Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri.
Firstly, Gokyo Ri, a sublime mountain pass with an altitude of 5,357m, is a summit in the picturesque Gokyo Valley from where you can view four eight-thousanders: Mt Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse and numerous other peaks as well. Indeed, it is a majestic place for mountain lovers.
Likewise, there is something more in this trek that can unmistakably entice lake lovers. We mean the six pristine glacier lakes that come along during the tour, better known as Gokyo Lakes. The bluish-colored lakes have such a power to awe-struck any visitors.
Nevertheless, Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lakes Trekking are not only about the lakes and the pass. An excellent alternative to Everest Base Camp Trek, this trek also bestows insight into Sherpa culture and lifestyle, views of striking landscapes and vast terrains of the Khumbu Region, and more. You can take this journey as a trek to the unseen and less frequented but breathtaking side of the Everest Region.
In total, it is a 14 days long itinerary that starts from Kathmandu and ends up in the same. But what happens in between is something you have never experienced and lived. Without a doubt, Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lakes Trek is a whole lot of adventure.
Now it is time to slow down a little bit. We are already above 3,400m of altitude. And we need to acclimate to the elevations nicely to move any higher in the trek. Namche is a perfect place for that.
Well, a day in Namche Bazaar is not a bad idea at all. There are a lot of things that we can do in Namche Bazaar, from short hikes to nearby villages to the walk to Everest View Hotel. We can also visit the information center of Sagarmatha National Park too. Or you just roam around the alleys of the town. Anything done here is worth some value.
But the best thing to do while in Namche Bazaar is the hike to Khumjung and Khunde, the two traditional Sherpa villages. The visit will provide us some informative exploration of the village and the people. We will choose one of the options to spend the day in Namche. After the visit, We’ll trace back to Namche for the night.