The less-traveled west side of the Everest region has a destination equivalent to Kala Pattar, Gokyo Ri. "Ri" in Sherpa means hill, though it is nearly 18000 feet / 5500 meters tall, like Kala Pattar. Equivalent views of Everest (but from a bit farther away) and wonderful views westward too, plus beautiful alpine lakes.
13 days; from US$ 1249 per person
Sample iinerary in 13 days
Day 1 Morning flight to Lukla. Assemble the crew and trek to Phakding for the first night.
Day 2 Trek to the fabled Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar (12,500').
Day 3 Day trek and return to Namche for a second night, for altitude acclimatization.
Day 4 Trek east out of Namche and then turn north to Phortse.
Day 5 We'll follow the Dudh Koshi river from here north to its origin at the Ngozumba Glacier. Overnight at Dole
Day 6 Today we have a longish day of fairly steady but gradual altitude gain to Machherma
Day 7 Another of steady altitude gain until we reach and then follow along the side of the glacier to Gokyo and the Dudh Pokhari, the largest of many lakes fed off the glacier.
Day 8 Climb Gokyo Ri
Day 9 Trek back to Machherma
Day 10 Trek down further, past Dole and on to Phortse Tenga.
Day 11 Trek down again today through Namche and back to Monjo.
Day 12 Trek back to Lukla
Day 13 Fly to Kathmandu