Gokyo Ri -An Alternative View Of Mount Everest
So far, Everest Base Camp remains free of a super-highway and a MacDonald's. Still, every year, tens of thousands of hikers trample along the traditional Everest Trail with the aim of claiming that famous feather in their cap. Adventure travellers who prefer a less-explored and just as spectacular alternative, are turning to Gokyo.
At 5360 metres, Gokyo Ri stands at exactly the same elevation as Everest Base Camp. Except it feels more rewarding to reach because at the end of all the walking, you're at the top looking out at an endless mountain vista. Nepal is home to eight of the world's ten highest peaks and from Gokyo Ri, you can see five of them: Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lohtse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.
The Journey to Gokyo Ri
The journey starts with a flight from Kathmandu. We fly into Hillary Tenzing Airport at Lukla, where most people start their trek to the Khumbu - Everest Base Camp, or Gokyo. Pilots must throw their propellers into hard reverse in time to touch down. Then everyone is quickly hustled out of the aircraft as return passengers board. Bags are thrown onto the tarmac, the pilot guns the engines and they're gone. In peak Everest season, over 50 flights a day operate out of Lukla. Only the most experienced pilots in Nepal are cleared to land here.
Our first acclimatization days are spent at the village of Namche Bazaar, home of the legendary Sherpa people. This colourful village was once the main trading route between Tibet and Nepal and offers a unique insight into the traditional Nepali and Tibetan way of life. The famous Buddhist Monastery at Thyanboche, which has been restored after being destroyed by fire in 1989 is worth the visit. Thyangboche is surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountainous scenery in the world and majestically towering above is Ama Dablam.
The Everest area is justifiably famous, not only for being home to the world's highest mountain but also for its friendly Sherpa people.
Gokyo is part of the Sagarmatha National Park. We spend eight days trekking through villages, each with their own cultures and traditions, festivals and ancient monasteries. Some of it is steep and challenging, over rock, snow and ice. But the view just gets better and better the higher we climb. Some trekkers choose to rest in Gokyo Village. The keen amongst us take the day and hike to the summit of Gokyo.
This trip will end with two fabulous days in the capital of Kathmandu visiting Bhaktapur the City of Devotees. Bhaktapur is the home of medieval art and architecture. Lying 14km/9 miles east of Kathmandu City, Bhaktapur was founded in the 9th century and is shaped like a conch shell. One of the many highlights of the city is the Nyatapola Temple which was built by King Bhupatindra Malla and is the best example of Pagoda style architecture.
Anyone who lives an active life and is in good health will enjoy this trek.
Did you know that the Himalayas are still forming, rising into the skies of the subcontinent at a rate of a few millimetres per year!
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