Gokyo Exploratory

Into the Sacred valley

India

Trip Intro –(Why this trip)

  • The lesser travelled route in the Everest region and  some of the best views of two iconic 8000’ers – Mt. Cho Oyu & Mount Everest.
  • High adventure experience – climb Gokyo Ri and also explore the region that lies in the deepest part of the Gokyo Valley alongside Ngozumpa Glacier.
  • Attempt to summit  Ngozumpa Tse at 5500mts – a rarely undertaken trekking climb.
  • A physically intense yet immesely rewarding trek.

Is this Trek right for you?

This itinerary requires a head for heights, the physical work capacity to keep moving in altitude for long hours  and a familiarity in dealing with the effects of Altitude. We spend most of our days over 4000 mts and long hours trekking on steep surfaces and possibly snow

Our route branches of from the classic Everest Base Camp trail towards Gokyo lakes. The village near the 3rd lake @ 4700 mts forms the base for our exploratory as we trek up the Gokyo Ri (5300 mts) and follow the trail that runs paralell to the Ngozumpa Glacier towards lake 6.

Several of these days involve 8-10 hours on the trail, consecutively. We follow the Wildferness Medical societites guidelines on acclimatisation and also require  participants to very seriously consider their medical suitability.

Things To Know before you go?

While we plan the logistics and help participants prepare for the Exploratory,  like any adventure, this one too is subject to the forces of nature and requires a keen sense of adventure and a mindset to embracing the  uncertainties that come with remote exploration. The ability to integrate in a group and work as a team member towards a shared goal are of paramount importance. This means team members must be able to adapt to the dynamics of diversity and support each other. We are also mindful about the environment and do the best that we can to reduce our footprint ie avoid wasting food and water and reducing ‘our trash impact’ whereever possible. Our stay is in simple teahouses with very basic facilities  and wi-fi and electricity are available but can also be down at times.

Itinerary Details

Day 1
2:00 am Drive to Ramechap Airport & Fly t to Lukla     Trek to Phakding (2610) Gradual Trail; 3 hours
2:00 am Drive to Ramechap Airport & Fly t to Lukla Trek to Phakding (2610) Gradual Trail; 3 hours
Day 2
Phakding to Namche (3440 mts) Few Short Climbs and one steep Hike; 7 Hours
Phakding to Namche (3440 mts) Few Short Climbs and one steep Hike; 7 Hours
Day 3
Namche – Accl Hike(4000 mts) (Hillary Memorial Point) 2 steep ascents.
Namche – Accl Hike(4000 mts) (Hillary Memorial Point) 2 steep ascents.
Day 4
Namche to Dole (4038 mts)
Namche to Dole (4038 mts)
Day 5
Dole to Machermo (4470 mts)
Dole to Machermo (4470 mts)
Day 6
Machermo to Gokyo (4750 mts)
Machermo to Gokyo (4750 mts)
Day 7
Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5357 mts)
Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5357 mts)
Day 8
Gokyo to Ngozumpa Tse ((5500 mts)
Gokyo to Ngozumpa Tse ((5500 mts)
Day 9
Gokyo to Dole (4038)
Gokyo to Dole (4038)
Day 10
Dole to Namche (3440 mts)
Dole to Namche (3440 mts)
Day 11
Namche to Lukla (2860 mts)
Namche to Lukla (2860 mts)
Day 12
Lukla to Ramechap & Drive to Kathmandu
Lukla to Ramechap & Drive to Kathmandu

Why First Light

Small group travel that is local, reponsible and takes everyone along. Our itineraries are put together to authentically offer a unique experience for our co-travellers. This almost always involves a different way of going on a popular adventure or very simply taking the lesser travelled road. Our guides, porters are friends whom we have travelled with over the years and we value them as fellow adventurers without whom our adventures are genuinely incomplete.

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