Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur Kathmandu, Nepal
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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.
Morning flight to Lukla. Assemble the crew and trek to Phakding for the first night.
Trek to the fabled Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar (12,500').
Day trek and return to Namche for a second night, for altitude acclimatization.
Trek east out of Namche and then turn north to Phortse.
We'll follow the Dudh Koshi river from here north to its origin at the Ngozumba Glacier. Overnight at Dole
Today we have a longish day of fairly steady but gradual altitude gain to Machherma
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.
Climb Gokyo Ri
Trek back to Machherma
Trek down further, past Dole and on to Phortse Tenga.
Trek down again today through Namche and back to Monjo.
Trek back to Lukla
Fly back to Kathmandu