Nomadic and adventurous at heart, guest contributors Navit Zuckerman and Gary Wilson have backpacked, cooked and danced everywhere from Israel to India. Here, they share their tale of their Gokyo Ri trek in Nepal.
It’s not every day you get to experience a 360-degree view from the ceiling of the world.
We did – on our Gokyo trek.
But let’s back up to the beginning.
Gokyo Ri trek
We started this phase of our journey in India, where we were fortunate enough to take in the Sant Narankari Samagam.
This spiritually-based event in Delhi fills the hearts and bellies of hundreds of thousands of people with compassion – and lots of chappatis!
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Day 3 of Nirankari Sant Samagam mission trip. Today we toured the grounds of the event. This is what it looks like to make bread (chapati) for 150,000 people. There are three shifts like this, feeding over half a million people daily. Chapati anyone? #evolvlove #mysticaladventures #servicetrip #giveloveserve #chiropractic #delhi #india #chapati
From India, we continued on to Nepal.
Trekking in Nepal
Travel to Nepal and you can explore eight of the ten highest mountains in the world – Mount Everest being the most famous.
Thousands of people do, in fact, trek to Everest Base Camp each year.
We embarked upon our own 21-day, self-guided trek through the Himalayan mountain range of north-eastern Nepal, which left us breathless – not only from the elevation gain but even more so from the incredible views.
Every corner we turned presented a unique jaw-dropping panorama, from lush green valleys and terraced farmland to epic snow-covered Himalayan peaks.
Most people who trek in the Khumbu valley of Nepal are on their way to Everest Base Camp to sleep in the shadow of the tallest mountain in the world.
Being the adventurers that we are, we decided, however, to take a road less traveled – the Gokyo Ri trek – the “other Everest” route for trekkers.
Gokyo Lakes trek
We made our way up to the small village of Gokyo at 4,570 meters (15,580 feet).
Gokyo is one of the highest settlements in the world, and the surrounding terrain is barren and wind-blown but majestically beautiful.
It’s nestled right between a sparkling turquoise lake – the third of six sacred Gokyo Lakes in the Gokyo Valley – and the Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas at 36 kilometers (22 miles).
We spent three days in this isolated little village exploring the landscape while trying our best to keep warm.
On one of these magical days in Gokyo, we climbed the local peak of Gokyo Ri which reaches 5,357 meters (17,575 feet).
This climb is not, by any means, for the faint of heart – it shoots almost completely vertically up the steep rocky mountainside. The air became increasingly thin as we climbed higher.
But every time we stopped to catch our breath, we were gifted with a view that dazzled our senses.
Peak of Gokyo Ri, Nepal
Tibetans believe that mountaintops are sacred places.
On our Gokyo Ri trek, many mountain peaks and passes were adorned with strings of prayer flags – releasing the prayers written upon them every time the wind blew the flags away from stillness.
On top of Gokyo Ri, it seemed as though we’d reached one of the holiest places in the world.
Countless prayers were being released into the wind, while we took in the surrounding view of the tallest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest in her entirety.
Photo credits: Navit Zuckerman and Gary Wilson (except #3 and #5)