Jiri to Gokyo Trek

  • Jiri to Gokyo Trek:
    Trek Fact:

    Trek Name: Jiri Gokyo Trek
    Duration of Trek:21 Nights/22 Days
    Highest Elevation: Gokyo Ri ( 5357m)
    Mode of transport: Plane;
    Mode of Accommodation: Lodge
    Trek Grade: Four
    Best Season: Sep-Nov & March to May
    Group size: 1+

    About Trekking:
    Everest Base camp Trek from Jiri is considered to be best for acclimatization & exploring remote life of Gokyo LakeTrek from Jiri is considered to be best for enjoying country side, wilderness, remote area, culture & best idea for acclimatization. Starting from Jiri, the route passes through the Sherpa villages of the Solu Khumbu, many of them having beautiful Buddhist monasteries.One them are Thupten Monastery in Junbensi which has hundreds of monks staying & studying Budhism. Starting trek from Jiri add one week time in our Everest Trek than starting from Lukla but is provides great opportunity to explore typical Sherpa village, cultures, flora & fauna. The height gain is gradual making it easier to acclimatize. After a rest day in Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital, the trail continues to Dole.
    The Gokyo Lake trekking route is the best alternative route to Everest Base Camp trek that offers magnificent view of the mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier- the largest glacier lake  in the Nepal Himalayas. The Gokyo Lake Trekking offers an amazing and magnificent view of the highest mountain Mt. Everest(8848m Cho oyu (8,153m), Gyachung Kang (7,922m), Lhotse (8,501m) and further way Makalu, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse etc.

    The Gokyo region  is the  land of high altitude glacier lakes. The final destination of Gokyo lake Trekking is Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri Peak. Gokyo Ri is the closest point to observe the Mount Everest. Gokyo Lake Trekking explores around the breathtaking Gokyo valley which is located adjoining of the Khumbu. The Gokyo Lake trek takes us through passionate and panoramic villages of stone houses and walled pastures on the shores of Gokyo Lake. After summit the Gokyo Ri then continue trek back to Lukla. From Lukla we will take morning flight to Kathmandu

     

  • Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
    Our representative welcomes you with your name and assists to transfer in your hotel in KathmanduO/N Hotel

    Day 02: A Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
    After your breakfast to head on for our guided day trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and visit the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding areas. We take you to visit the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, one of the most important shrine of Shiva temples on the subcontinent which is place of thousand of devotees, Saddhus (holy men/Baba), and can be seen the cremating body most of the times in the holy riverbank of Bagmati. Hundreds of monkeys are giggling with you and take a time to exploring surrounding area and visit Bouddhanath stupa an another pilgrimage centre which is most popular and important place for Buddhist. You can explore with rounding prayer wheel and flattering colorful flag with melodious chanting noise.

    After visiting Bouddhanath stupa we’ll drive to Patan Durbar Square. We’ll explore the medieval like squares, courtyards and temples of this vibrant town. After a stop for lunch at restaurant in Patan it’s time to drive back to Kathmandu and meet up with your travel consultant & fellows to prepare for next day and overnight at the hotel. Alternatively, the same group may have option to choose same 3 sightseeing place inside Kathmandu valley instead of these given place. O/N Hotel
    Day 03: Kathmandu to Jiri (2,370m/7,774ft). 8-9 hrs drive
    This morning you'll be transferred to local bus park and we drive by bus via the Araniko highway with a scenic countryside to Lamosangu whilst passing the old Newar towns of Banepa and Dhulikhel you will have an excellent panoramic view of the eastern Himalayas, including Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung and Dorjee Lakpa. The road descends to Panchkhal, then climbs over a ridge behind Dolalghat and follows the Sunkoshi north to Lamasangu. After passing several villages you will reach Charikot which is a district capital of the Dolakha. We further drive and reach at Jiri for the overnight at the Teahouse.
    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 04: Jiri to Bhandar (2,190m/7,183ft).
    Today we start our adventurous trek with a climb to the ridge top at 2,370m, then drops down to Shivalaya at 1,750m. This trails offering beautiful country side scenery from each ridge top and passing through friendly villagers and farm fields, the walk passes through serene forest of oaks and rhododendron trees. From Shivalaya the trail climbs again to Sangbadanda, at Deurali Pass. From Deurali Pass it's all downhill to a small settlement at Bhandar, a small Sherpa village with a huge beautiful Tibetan Buddhist monuments (chorten) situated on the vast meadow and terrace field. You can enjoy the remaining day exploring the local villages.
    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 05: Bhandar to Sete (2,575m/8,446ft).
    Morning walk leads to a downhill at Likhu Khola, after crossing the bridge at 1,490m, the winding path leads to a small nice village at Kinja at 1,570m. After lunch a slow long uphill climb continues passing through numerous farm houses and terrace fields with great excellent views of the surrounding landscapes and distance villages and after few hours of long haul, finally reaching at Sete, a small Sherpa village situated on the ridge in the middle of the rhododendron forest. Sete has couple of lodge near the small monastery area.
    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 06: Sete to Lamjura pass (3,530/11,578) to Junbesi (2,680m/8,790ft).
    Today's' walk leads to a gradual climb on the good path, passing through few small scattered farm houses and teahouses. After few hours of good walk through the beautiful rhododendron forest, reaching at Lamjura Pass (3,530m), which is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar. The trail then descends through fir and rhododendron forest and emerges after one and half hrs at Taktor. Traverse on the north side of the valley round a notch before dropping down to the Sherpa village of Junbesi for an overnight stop.
    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 07: Acclimatization day at Junbesi (2,680m/8,790ft).
    The region around Junbesi is well worth exploring and a day spent here can offer a variety of alternatives. Two hours' walk to the north of Junbesi is the village of Phugmochhe (3,100m), where there is a traditional Sherpa art centre. En-route to Phugmochhe a short diversion will allow a visit to Thubten Chhuling, a huge Tibetan Buddhist monastery about one and half hour's walk from Junbesi or relax whole day exploring around with overnight in the Lodge.
    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 08: Junbesi to Nunthala (2,330m/7,642ft).
    Below Junbesi the trail crosses the Junbesi Khola on a wooden bridge. Just beyond the bridge there is a trail junction. The route to Khumbu follows the left-hand trail that leads uphill. This trail turns north, descending through Salung. From here, Mt. Everest can be seen on a clear day towards north east. Past Salung the walk leads downhill to the stream, after crossing the bridge a short climb brings you at Ringmo and then towards the Tak-Shidno Pass.
    From Takshindo is mostly downhill through the alpine forest of oaks, rhododendron, pines and hemlock trees on the trail, there are a few shepherds' huts, but the route is mostly hidden in dense forest. The trail crosses several picturesque streams on wooden bridges just before reaching Nunthala (Mani dingma) at 2,320m and overnight stay here. Nunthala is a village an ideal spot for the overnight stop.
    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 09: Nunthala to Bupsadanda (2300m/7,544ft).
    From Nunthala our path descent which continues to the Dudhkoshi River in the warmer area at 1,480m, crossing the bridge over the torrent river, after the bridge the trail is well defined, although it sometimes meanders through terraced fields and yards of houses. It then descends steeply through forests to a Chautara (resting place) overlooking the river. Walk continues through forests then climb on the terraces to reach the Rai village of Jubing (1,667m).
    From Jubing the path meanders to a slow climb to the village around a ridge, and continues for the prominent notch in front of you.
    From this notch contour to the village of Khari Khola (2004m) to push on up the steep hill to Bupsadanda.
    Bupsa a small settlement perched on top of the ridge an hour climb from Kharikhola.
    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 10: Bupsadanda to Surkhe (2,290m7, 511ft).
    The trail ascends from Bupsa and head on to Bhumsing, (2,300m) the trail continues to climb through a tributary valley filled with prickly leaned oak and rhododendron forest, where languor monkeys may occasional be seen. Descend (305m) and cross the next tributary after one hour. Continue on the north side of the valley to reach Puiyan (2,796m) a small place in the middle of the trail to Surkhe, an ideal spot for lunch stop. After Puiyan walk leads on the long winding trail with few small ups and downs just before the long downhill Surkhe, one can view the Lukla airstrip and the town at Lukla. An hour descend will brings you at Surkhe for the overnight stop.
    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 11: Surkhe to Phakding (2,610m/8,561ft).
    After Surkhe the trail climbs for about an hour, followed by another ridge. The trail now leaves this tributary valley and heads more directly north towards Chaurikharka, another dispersed village. Before ascending to Chaurikharka (2,713m) the main trail crosses a spectacular deep gorge with a high waterfall (2,408m). Chaurikharka, a large scattered village with monastery and high school and this place is also the bread basket for the Khumbu area as the land is fertile and harvest crops like barley, wheat and enough green vegetables, after this village the trail from Lukla joins towards Phakding, making the path quite busy with more trekkers, porters and pack animals and few hours of good scenic walk brings you at Phakding for the overnight. We check in to the hotel and explore the surrounding area.
    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 12: Trek Namche Bazaar
    Today we make a challenging hike to Namche Bazaar (3 440 m), situated at 6-7 hours walking from Phakding. We climb up along the west bank of the Dudh Kosi to the tiny village of Toktok.  We get our first glimpse of Thamserku peak (6 608 m) and reach Benkar (2 710 m).  The cliffs above the village are decorated with huge paintings of Buddhist deities. We cross the colorful suspension bridge  and enter the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo (2 840 m). After Jorsale we follow the river bank  over gravel, climb through a pine forest and cross the Dudh Kosi by a big suspension bridge. Then we face a continuous zigzag ascent of 2 hours through dense pine forests.  In the early evening we reach the vibrant center of Namche Bazar, the most attractive settlements of Solu-Khumbu district. Overnight Lodge(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 13:
    Rest day Namche Bazaar
    Rest day in Namche. Optional walk to the Sherwi Khangba  Sherpa Culture Museum or dayhike to the Hotel Everest View in Khumjung village (3 700 m) and Khundi Hospital in Khundi Village, the first hospital build in Khumbu Region by Sir Edmund Hillary and Himalayan Trust in 1966.
    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day14:  Namche Bazzar - Phorse Village-[3810 m/ 12,496 ft]: 5-6 hrs
    After breakfast in Namche, we start our trek enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows on the gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great Himalaya. Along the way we can spot wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. We trek gradual up through reach Mongla pass (3975 m) from where we glimpse Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Tawoche and Mt. Khumbila. Sherpas regard Mt. Khumbila as sacred mountain of the patron god of the Khumbu area. Descending to Dudhkosi Khola (3250 m), we cross a bridge and again trek up through the rhododendron forest, a host for Himalayan wild deer and musk deer. Finally, we arrive to the walled fields of Phorse. Phorse is just under the snow dusted peaks of Tawoche and Cholaste. From here it's a short trek to Phorse village where we rest overnight. (B,L,D)

    DAY15:  Phorse Village - Machhermo-[4,470 m/ 14,663 ft]: 5-6 hours
    We return back the last days trail up to Phorse and after crossing the bridge on the Dudh Koshi River. Spotting wild lives like pheasants, mountain goats, and the elusive musk deer while on the way is not unusual. Through forests, some waterfalls and bridges, we reach Dole; a small place with few teahouses. We climb steadily up through a scenic ridge above Dole and the trail climbs via Lhabarma. Offering us good views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, and Thamserku the trail takes us through many summer settlements and a charming hamlet of Luza (4360 m). While we ascend from Luza, the Dudh Koshi valley is deep like a canyon with its sheer sides. Walking along the hill side above thundering Dudkoshi passing through some small hamlets and through sandy spurs, we reach Machhermo. Machhermo is the last major settlement on the way up to Gokyo. The beautiful stream flowing down from the Kyajo Ri and Phari Lapche mountains runs through the middle of village before draining into the Dudh Koshi. It is the place where Khumbu people got first sighting of Yeti in 1974. We visit the Himalayan Rescue Hospital here for a lecture regarding the altitude sickness, its precaution, and primary treatment. Precaution regarding altitude sickness is vital while trekking in the high altitude region, however our guides are quite knowledgeable about this. Overnight in Machhermo. (B,L,D).

    Day08:  We will have one more day for acclimatization to prevent from Altitude sickness. O/N Lodge

    Day16:
    Machharmo - Gokyo [4800 m/15,744 ft]: 5-6 hours
    Today, we climb through a ridge Chorten from where we can see fabulous view of both down the valley and of the Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and northern part to the Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through a Chorten and reaches Pangka (4480 m) after some gentle walk. Phangka is the palace where an avalanche in 1995 killed 40 people. We descend to the river bank before beginning to climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozamba Glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. After crossing an iron bridge over an stream the trial levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo at 4690m, where we get chance to observe the Lama footprints on a stone. At the sight of the second lake, Taboche Tsho we become mesmerized by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. Little ahead of the second lake, we reach the third lake, the two linked by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight here. After lunch, we explore around the third Lakes, Dudh Pokhari. We spend night in a teahouse with comfortable bedrooms. Overnight in Gokyo. (B,L,D).
    Day 17:  Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri [5357 m/17,570 ft] and hike to fifth lakes: 5-6 hrs
    Today is full day rest or an acclimatization day but we know we should not stay idle. If the weather is good, we grasp the opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri today instead of next day to enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint of Everest Region. Or, as we know Gokyo is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Peak but also for the six lakes which it hosts. Definitely we would not miss the chance to observe the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). About 3 km north of Gokyo is the fourth lake with its high cliffs and peaks rising above it. The trail continues to fifth lake. If interested, we climb on a hill at the edge of the Lakes to get astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. We can see a lot more from here - the spot is called Scoundrel's Viewpoint. Beyond the fifth Lakes is the Cho Oyu Base Camp. Scenery here is breathtaking with Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang seeming just a stone's throw away. Northern part of the fifth lake provides fabulous views of Cho-Oyu Base Camp and biggest glacier of the world- the Ngazumpa glacier. Moved by the charm, we may even try to go sixth lake too but depends upon our own interest and time. Back to Gokyo village. Overnight at Gokyo. (B,L,D)
    DAY 18:  Gokyo to Dole: 3-4 hrs
    The way back from Gokyo is an easy downhill walk along the Dudh Koshi River that emerges out of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Passing by the second and then the first Gokyo Lakes, we come to a small gushing stream over an iron bridge. We see the hamlet of Phangka ahead. Cholatse and Taboche peaks rear up on the right of us. The trail descends below Phangka, and across a level terrace on the slope to climb a rib on the far side of the hill side. Upon reaching the Chorten at the edge, we see great views of Thamserku , Cho Oyu, and Kangtega . We slowly walk down to sprawling village of Machhermo. Again, through the charming hamlet of Luza and Lhafarma we reach Dole, an overnight stop for most of the trekkers going towards Gokyo Valley. Overnight in Dole. (B,L,D)

    Day19:
      Dole- Namche: 4-5 hrs
    Taking last inspection back to Cho Oyu range, we start steep descent to Phortse Tenga. Our hike today is mostly down hills. The most outstanding feature of the trail today is the abundance of plant and animal vegetation including wildflowers and Rhododendrons. We might spot faunas like mountain goats, musk deers, pheasants, etc. Waterfalls are also today`s attraction. Upon reaching MongLa, a very wonderfully located lovely place perched on the spur of Mt. Khumbila. We take revised look at Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, and a distant view of Tengboche. After a bit of long distance walk, we reach an intersection where the steep path up from Sanasa meets our trail. Now, trail to Namche clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. Upon coming to Namche army camp hill, we look back to see Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche for one last time. About a kilometer from here is Namche.. (B,L,D)

    Day20:  Namche Bazaar-Lukla: 6-8 hrs
    The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. By today we start to get warmed up by the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today as we pass through this charming mountain air. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages' noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. On arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks.Overnight in Lukla.(B,L,D)
    Day 21:  Fly back to Kathmandu
    Flights to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for morning because wind can create problem to fly the aircraft in the afternoon but sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason that are beyond our command. We fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us at Kathmandu. You can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel. If get interested to take some gifts home from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guides or you can do it yourself too.Overnight in Kathmandu. (B,D)
    Day 22: Free from program or departure.
     

  •  Running shoes: These are great for travel and easy walking.

     

    Hiking boots: Leather with a sturdy mid-sole and Vibram sole. ½ or ¾ shank, boots should be warm and fit well over light and heavy sock combinations. Fit is much more important than brand. Take the time to select a pair that fits your foot, and break them in well. (Asolo, Merrill, Scarpa, La Sportiva)

     

    Gaiters: Short, simple gaiters are best, such as Outdoor Research's Rocky Mountain Low Gaiters.. Gore-Tex gaiters are not necessary.

     

    Sport sandals: They are excellent in camp during evenings when worn over wool socks and perfect for living in tea shops, Sherpa lodges and for visiting monasteries.  (Teva, Chaco)

     

    Booties: Down or synthetic. An optional luxury, any brand with thick foam soles is recommended.

     

    Lightweight socks: Three pairs of synthetic/wool blend (Bridgedale, Patagonia , Wigwam, Fox River)

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  •  Running shoes: These are great for travel and easy walking.

     

    Hiking boots: Leather with a sturdy mid-sole and Vibram sole. ½ or ¾ shank, boots should be warm and fit well over light and heavy sock combinations. Fit is much more important than brand. Take the time to select a pair that fits your foot, and break them in well. (Asolo, Merrill, Scarpa, La Sportiva)

     

    Gaiters: Short, simple gaiters are best, such as Outdoor Research's Rocky Mountain Low Gaiters.. Gore-Tex gaiters are not necessary.

     

    Sport sandals: They are excellent in camp during evenings when worn over wool socks and perfect for living in tea shops, Sherpa lodges and for visiting monasteries.  (Teva, Chaco)

     

    Booties: Down or synthetic. An optional luxury, any brand with thick foam soles is recommended.

     

    Lightweight socks: Three pairs of synthetic/wool blend (Bridgedale, Patagonia , Wigwam, Fox River)

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