Trek to Gokyo Ri, Everest Part 1-Episode 41 sd

Seth & I start our trek from Lukla, Nepal to reach the tiny village of Gokyo. Our objective is to summit Gokyo Ri at 17,600ft (5,360m) in order to get a bird's eye view of Mt Everest... For more videos, visit and for more details, maps & facts visit To Get involved Trek to Gokyo Ri Video Details In this episode Seth & I depart Kathmandu by air for the village of Lukla, from where we plan to trek to the summit of Gokyo Ri and see Mt Everest. We left Kathmandu June 2, 2007 by local commuter for Lukla Airport and village. Village Lukla, at 2846m, boasts a short and scary runway. The flight to Lukla saved us 10 days of trekking. We spent that first night in the village in order to acclimatize and to find a porter. We set out the following day. Our Day 1 officially. We took our time that first day as we followed the Kashi river up steam to Mojo. Day 2 started from Monzu, at 2835m. Once we entered the Everest National Park the going got much harder. At the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park we presented our trekking and conservation permits. Air tours are common in the area for the rich and lazy but foot traffic is also quite high. Our objective that day was the village of Namche Bazar, at 3440m. We reached it late in the day. Namche is the last market town in the region. We spent the night there and lost our porter once we paid him for the past two days. Seems he wasn’t that interested in trekking. Outside Namche, on day 3, we passed the 50 year anniversary monument commemorating Hilary’s summit of Everest. Lunch was at Mong, 3975m. At this stage we left the main trail to Everest and headed up a parallel valley to the west. This was the trail to Gokyo. Our objective that day was the village of Phortse Tenga, at 3950m. Day 4 found Seth sluggish and feeling the effects of altitude. We rested often and enjoyed the mountain sights, such as Kangtega (6685 m) and Thamserku (6608 m). We ended the day at the Majermo Village camp. That night we negotiated the use of a porter for the next day. On day 5 we set out at 8:15 am. We reached our first glacial lake at 4410 m and the use of a porter was worth the $8 expense. The next lake was Taboche Tsho at 4740 m. We spent the day trekking higher & passing more glacier fed lakes. In the distance we spotted a local trader using the old fashion way of moving goods (Yaks or Zoe). Gokyo village at 15,700 ft (at last) From the glacier above Gokyo Village, at 4790 m or 15,700 ft, we looked down on buildings and a nice warm bed. In Gokyo we paid off our porter (who immediately set off for the return to Majermo Village) and then settled down for the night. Day 6, Early Start Our objective on day 6 was the lookout on the top of Gokyo Ri at 5360 m or 17,600ft. From the top we spied Gokyo & Ngozumpa glaciers and Mt Everest. The view at the top was spectacular. It has taken us six days to see the mother of all mountains. Mt Everest, 8850 m or 29,029 ft.