Gokyo & Everest Base Camp Trekking
With eight of the world’s ten highest peaks, Nepal is loaded with spectacular mountains vistas. Everest trek in justifiably famous, not only for its proximity to the world's highest mountain (8848m) but also for its friendly Sherpa people, picturesque villages great variety of cultures and traditions, colorful festivals and monasteries. The flora and fauna are other ornaments of the Sagarmatha National Park. The story of the yeti is still a mystery to the world from the Kahumbu region.
This trek is a combination of Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp, climb to Gokyo Ri (5488m) and KalaPattar (5550m) offers magnificent view of Cho-Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam. Cross over the Cho La (5420M) pass and hike to the Everest Base Camp. This trek offers a walk through the most dramatic landscape and magnificent views of the Mountain range in the Khumbu region.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu:15 -20 Minute drive. AIT representative will greet you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transport you to your Kathmandu hotel. After having formal introduction, you are being served with welcome drink at the hotel. They will give you helpful tips for your time in Kathmandu. O/N HotelDay 02:Kathmandu sight seeing tour & Trip preparation: Today after breakfast we will start a guided tour to several major historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. After completed city tour In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Adventure International Trekking briefs you regarding your trek as well as provides you opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding your upcoming trekking.Day 03
Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding: Early morning transfer you to Tribhuvan Airport for a Twin Otter flight to Lukla that takes about 35 to 40 minutes. Our trekking crew at Lukla will receive you. After final preparations, the trekking starts passing Chaurikharka village, and makes a descent towards the Dudhkosi Ghat (2,530 meters). The trail follows the precise bank of the Dudhkosi River until camp at Phakding is reached. This first day is short for acclimatization reasons. Lunch will be served in Lukla or on the way. Walking distance is approximately 4 hours.Day 04:Phakding to Namche Bazzar: Follow the Bhote Koshi through forest and pasture land, along a valley dotted with small Sherpa settlements. Cross the Bhote Koshi and climb steeply along switch-backing trail to large Sherpa village, views of Everest (8848m) and Lhoste (8511m) come into sight. This prosperous town is the largest Khumbu. A traditional trading center, the Bazaar is held every Saturday. The goods on display are available. Thamserku ( 6648m) and Kwangde RI (6224m) become visible to the east and west, and the sacred mountain Khumbila (5707m) dominates the skyline to the north behind the village. 6 hours. Night stay at Namche Bazzar (3440 m)Day 05
Namche Bazzar Acclimatise: Rest and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar. A pleasant day can be spent exploring the village, talking to the Sherpas and marveling at the incredible scenery. A hike to the Everest view hotel for excellent lunch with Everest view. The rest day is intended for acclimatization purpose.Day 06:Namche Bazzar to Khumjung. Only a few hours walk away is the picturesque village of Khumjung (3850m), a place less visited. After having lunch visit viewpoint for a panoramic view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku, Taweche, Kongma Tse. Have lunch on top of this panoramic view. After lunch visit the Khumjung Monastery with the Yeti scalp and walk back through the village to your lodge. Sunsets over Himalaya can be unforgettable.Day 07
Khumjung to Monla: After breakfast, we descend to the west of the village down the broad valley leading to the Dudh Kosi River. The Gokyo route is turn north, climbing above the more frequented route to Tengboche and Everest Base Camp. Here's choice of routes in the beginning: the yak trails which climbs gently or the steep staircase-like trail made of rocks embedded in a narrow cleft in a large bounder, the two trails soon join and continue towards a large Chorten on the top of the ridge at 3973 metres. This ridge descends from Khumbila (5716m), overnight in Mon la.
Day 08: Mon-La to Dole: After breakfast we start our journey to Dole. Begin of the day is steeply down & The trails climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests which give way to fragrant stands of juniper and large conifers as the elevation increases. This trek is especially beautiful in spring when the rhododendrons are blooming. The trails pass many kharkas, summer settlements used when sherpas bring herds of yaks to graze in these high pastures. The route passes through the settlement s of Tongba (3950m) to Dole. The views of Khumbila and Twachee (6542m) are tremendous throughout the day, and it is possible to climb a ridge behind Dole for an even broader view up and down the valley. O/N in Dole.
Day 09: Dole to Machhermo: From Dole the trail climbs to Lambara at 4220m and Luza at 4360m. The tails is steep in most places as it climbs through scrub junipers. There're kharkas whenever there is a flat spot and the slightest hint of water. People from Khumjung own all the kharkas on this side of valley. The trails continue to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to Machhermo at 4410 meters. It was in Machhermo in 1974 that YETI killed three yaks and attached a Sherpa woman. This is the most credit yeti incident ever reported, so be watchful as you visit this reason. O/N in Machermo
Day 10: Machhermo to Gokyo: The trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kantega and up towards Cho Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangka at 4390m then descends to the river bank before beginning of climb on to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier.It's a steep climb up the moraine, switchbacking alongside the stream to the first small lake at 4650m, where a family of green Braminy ducks resides. The trail now becomes almost level at 4690m and finally Gokyo at 4750m. O/N in Gokyo.
Day 11: Gokyo - Gokyo Ri - Gokyo rest day: After breakfast, trek around Gokyo Ri, the views in the Gokyo region are tremendous. For the best view, climb to Gokyo Ri, the small peak above the lake. This peaks of 5318m, it's a 2 hours climb to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Twachee. Those with more time and engery can make a trip up the valley to another lake marked with the name Ngozumpa on the maps or even beyond to a fifth lake. There're several small peaks in this region that offer vantage points for the surrounding peaks. O/N in Gokyo.
Day 12: Gokyo–-Thang Na: After breakfast this short trek supports the same way and crossing the Ngojumba glacier where we will reach Thagna of few teahouses. O/N Thang na.
Day 13:Thang na to Dzonglha: Trek continues to chola Base camp (4920m) for overnight. Day follows with continue walking across the moraine, the trail makes a steep ascent to the top of the snow covered Chola Pass (5,420 meters). Walking takes approximately 3 to 4 hours to reach the top. From the top, you can enjoy excellent panoramic views of the surrounding mountains of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Mt. Everest. From the pass, the trail descends steeply towards the Dzonglha (4,850 m) passing through pine forests. It takes about 7 hours to walk.
Day 14: Dzonglha to Lobuche: From Dzonglha, the trail levels and then makes a gradual climb up and down to the small Sherpa settlement of Lobuche (4,930). This is a small village situated nearby the stream. The sunset on Nuptse is a memorable sight. O/N At Lobuche.
Day 15:Lobuche to Gorakshep: After breakfasts start your normal day hiking on the way you will cross several side moraines to Gorakshep (5190 m), Short but high altitude walk. After your lunch, you will climb to Kapapatter to see beautiful sunset view over Everest from kalapatter and get down to Gorekshep for O/N.
Day 16: Gorakshep – EBC - Lobuche: Early start is essential. Travel along the Khumbu glacier through jumbled moraine and shattered rock. Reach Everest Base Camp and trek down to Lobuche for Over night
Day 17:Lobuche to Pangboche: From Lobuche we retrace our route for an hour and continue descending to the small collection of buildings at Dugla (4600m). We continue down the broad valley to Pheriche (4240m). This sprawling village is home to the Himalayan Rescue Association and there is a small medical post here staffed by western volunteers. We cross the Dudh Kosi by a small wooden bridge and continue on a delightful path high above the river to the village of Pangboche. There are superb views of Ama Dablam (6856m) from all along the trail, offering varied perspectives on this famous peak. Pangboche is a sizeable Sherpa community with a large Gompa situated high above the village. It is here that they used to claim to have a yeti skull, but this questionable artifact was recently stolen.Day 18: Pangboche to Namche Bazzar: Our final day in the high mountains takes us back to Namche Bazaar. Although we are leaving the Khumbu now, this is one of the best days walking on the entire trek. The path initially descends to the river below Pangboche and crosses via a rickety suspension bridge spanning a narrow chasm. We then climb up through pretty forest to the famous Gompa at Tengboche. Here we can gaze back north at the fantastic panorama which includes Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam, whilst to the east we can see Kang Tega and Thamserku. We will also be able to visit the Gompa which has been newly built since the old one was destroyed by fire in 1989. We then begin the long descent down a seemingly endless series of switch-backs to the Dudh Kosi at Punki Tenga. We stop here for lunch in a very pleasant and sunny location. Finally we begin our last big hill which climbs up to the lodges at Sanasa. From here the path contours around the hillside in a superb high-level position until we reach Namche and our comfortable lodge.Day 19
Namche Bazzar to Lukla: After breakfast we depart Monjo and continue our descent along the Dudh Kosi, before making a final ascent to reach the Lukla plateau by mid afternoon. We trek back to Lukla along the same trail, although it always looks different coming from the opposite direction on arrival in Lukla we will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of our trek. Trek concludes.
Day 20: Lukla to Kathmandu: We fly out of Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning about 35- 40 minute, and taking off is just as exciting as flying in. Transfer into your hotel. O/N Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 21:Departure: You could catch up on some last minute shopping, Internet to your friends and family before departure to Airport or onwards to your next destination.
What is Included in the Cost
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up/drop by private car/van
- 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
- Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour with Tour guide, and transport by private car / van.
- Full board meals during the trekking (meals are choices from Menu) Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
- Twin sharing Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trekking
- Seasonal fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc
- An Experienced & Professional Government license holder Trekking guide trained in wilderness first aid.
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Trekking porters carry all personal gear and group equipment (1 porter for 2 person basis)
- Staffs Food, accommodation, salary, equipments, proper Insurance for all trekking staff including porter
- All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes
- Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
- Welcome/Fare well Nepali Culture Dinner in Kathmandu
- All local transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as per discribe an itineraries
What is Excluded in the Cost
- Meals in Kathmandu Aprox US $ 10- US$ 12 per day
- Nepal entry Visa Fee (You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal's Airport in Kathmandu)
- International/Domestic Airfare and Airport Tax, sightseeing entry fee
- Any kind of Alcoholic and cold drinks, hot water
- Dessert, chocolates, personal shopping, laundry, phone call, internet, Camera battery charging.
- Personal trekking Equipment, travel and medical insurance helicopter rescue, personal expenses.
- Tips and Gratitude (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section
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