Day 9: Gokyo
Route: Luza (4245 meters) ➔ Gokyo (4693 meters)
Distance: 8.63 km
Total Distance: 43.68 km
Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Today we finally made the much anticipated Gokyo village. We trekked about the same distance as yesterday but with more incline. First the trail took us through Phanga, then the day’s toughest 1.5 hours over a small summit. Up the hill we found many shale steps and a roaring river to our right.
Past that we entered an extremely boulder strewn flat expanse. The river calmed down and swelled into a succession of lakes of the most striking turquoise blue. A heavy mist settled down and before long we reached the village of Gokyo at 4693 meters above sea level.
A quick search revealed the groups we expected to be here were not, but perhaps we arrived before them. Steve and I picked out a teahouse to stay the night, wandered around town, and otherwise played chess by the fire.
Our Tea House’s Lodge
Mountain View from Gokyo
Note 1: In the polaroid picture above you can see Gokyo village on the edge of one the five lakes in the area. Above the village you can see the Ngozumpa Glacier, which happens to be the largest in Nepal.
Note 2: Route times, elevations, and distances covered above are as measured by my GPS. Some measurements are estimated, that is I didn’t use the GPS that day, and will be noted as such.