Gokyo Peak is located at the end of the Gokyo valley in the Khumbu region of Nepal. A very popular trekking destination, a sort of side trip for those who are in the region to go to Everest Base Camp. Many trip outfitters include a visit to this 17,988 ft. hill. The views from here are spectacular possibly surpassing those from Kala Pattar above Gorak Shep near the Everest Base Camp. Notable peaks to be viewed from this 17,988 ft. vantage point are Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Lhoste, Everest and on a clear day Makalu. The vantage point can be reached in about 2-3 hours if you are acclimitized well, from the summer grazing village of Gokyo (15,720 ft). The point where 99 % of the trekkers go, is not the real summit but a shoulder at 5360 m (17584 ft.) All you will need is a Trekking Permit.
How to get there
To get to Nepal you will have to fly from either India, Thailand or Singapore.
To get to New Delhi India try (there are many others).
Royal Air Nepal
Once you get to Katmandu you will have basically two options:
1 - Fly on Royal Air Nepal’s Twin Otter flights to Lukla. A small air strip about ten days from Everest Base Camp ( eight from Gokyo peak allowing for acclimitization) 1 hour flight approx.
2 - Take a local bus, Mini Bus hired by you or your Sherpa provider to Jiri. This is a small village at the end of the road. From here it is about a 14-16 day trek to the Gokyo region.
If you have the time do the walk. For three reasons:
1 - You will have a chance to walk through one of the most lush and beautiful lowland areas in Nepal. This is an area that a lot of trekkers miss when flying to Lukla. You will also cross over two high passes with excellent views in all directions.
2 - By taking 2 weeks to arrive in the Khumbu are and having already crossed over two high passes you will be better acclimitized once you arrive in the high peaks area. You will enjoy this more as you will be huffing and puffing less.
3 - You will be following the route taken by most of the early expeditions. There is a lot of history along that path, why not soak it up. You will also have the bragging rights that you did the same route as they in years gone by.
Flying is fast and that has its advantages. But if you have ever been at Lukla after several days of no flights after bad weather you will understand this. (Trekkers fighting over seats to make their connecting flights home)
Villages you will pass through
Flying into Lukla 9,350 ft.:
(Note walking times are approximate a lot will depend on how you acclimitize.)
Slowly decend to Phakding 8,700 ft. about 2 hr walk from Lukla, you will probably overnight here .
The next morning after about 2-3 hours you will pass through Jorsale 9,100 ft. . Here is where you will pay a fee and enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Parkand. You will then continue for another 2-3 hours up hill to the main Village of Namche Bazaar 11,300 ft. This is quite an elevation gain especially for those who have flown in. You should rest here one to two days, doing small side trips ect. to acclimitize.
The next day will take you through Shyangboche 11,800 ft. (approx) then onto the village of Khunde 12,600 ft. then onto Khumjung 12,400 ft. then you decend to near the river crossing at 11,950 ft. but keep to the left (do not cross the river to Phortse ) and continue through Tongba 13,175 ft. Gyele 13,400 ft. and Dole 13, 400 ft. to Lunza 14,400 ft. This should take a total of 4-5 hours. You should consider resting here for one day for acclimitization.
When you continue the next villages you will pass through are Maachherma 14,600 ft., Pangka 14,950 then Longpanga and finally the yersa of Goyko 15,720 ft. a trip of about 4-5 hours.
A hike of about 2-3 hours will get you to the top of Gokyo Peak with its fine view.
location data for the peak
Date: Dec 06, 2005 09:44 AM
I have found the following location data for the peak:
GOKY-PEAK N 27 58.17654 E 086 41.04489 5483 M
GOKYO N 27 57.24345 E 086 41.76007 4750 M
Gokyo (NP) 4752 m 86?49 27?57
A geocache on the mountain
Lat: 27 57.695
Long: 086 40.986
Yes. Many camping areas. There may be a small fee from the land owners. There are huts as well as small tea houses where you can sleep with hundreds of other trekkers. A tent here can be usefull as while the company and conversation can be interesting it can continue all night so if you wish fresh air, santuary and sleep... bring a tent. If you are continuing on to Everest Base Camp it is a must anyways.
October to end of November are the most popular because of good visability. The monsoon has cleared the air of dust.
January to end of March is the next most popular as it gets hazy near the end of March due to dust from the plains of India.
You should be prepared for all types of weather. The evenings will be cold for sure but the daytime can be hot even at altitude.
Rain, sleat, snow, heat and leaches
Helping the Sherpa community
There are several organizations dedicated to helping the Sherpa community. Here are just two. Should you wish to contribute to this worthwhile cause contact either of the following organizations though the information below.
The Sir Edmond Hillary Foundation
222 Jarvis Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The American Himalayan Foundation
The American Himalayan Foundation
909 Montgomery Street, suite 400
San Francisco CA 94133
Telephone (415) 288-7245
Fax (415) 434-3130
What to bringPartial Equipment list info:
Here is a brief incomplete list for you. Minus the Climbing gear
Political situationWould welcome comments and updates on how things are on route.
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