he Everest or Khumbu region is the most well-known of all the trekking routes in Nepal. Notably, you will get to witness the world’s highest mountain, Everest (8,848m) and several other mountains over 8000m, like- Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu. This is one of the demanding treks which leads to Gokyo Lake and let you trek over the Cho La pass set at an elevation of 5,430m making a route of Tawoche (6,367m) and Cholatse (6,440m). Moreover, we will notice the small settlement of Gokyo set at the altitude of 4750m on the shore of the third lake among the chain of the turquoise peak lakes.
Over the ridge of Gokyo, we can seize the sights of the four gigantic peaks over 8000m of Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Everest, and Makalu. To begin our days Everest Base Camp, Cho-La Pass and Gokyo Trek, we will take a wonderful flight to Lukla (2827m) from Kathmandu. From Lukla we will begin trekking downward to the Dudh Koshi River.
From here we will cling to the major path to Namche Bazaar. The trail will take us down hill and then we will ascend to pass through the Mon La pass before reaching Phortse Tenga. Also, on the way to Machherma we will notice the beautiful valley where the rhododendron forest and the outstanding vistas of Cho Oyu, Kantega and Thamserku will captivate you. Significantly, you will pass Gokyo RI lying at the altitude of 4750m and also pass through dangerous moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier – the largest glacier in Nepal. We will be delighted by different views of the Gokyo Valley including the series of beautiful Gokyo lake. Moreover, we will also hike to Gokyo Peak which displays enormously great peak views – Everest, Cho Oyo, Lhotse,and Makalu as well as quite a few other peaks like Gyachung Kang, Kangchung, Cholatse, and more. Markedly, we will also trek to Everest Base Camp which lies at the height of 5360m where the Mt Everest,
the tallest mountain on the earth will be facing you. Furthermore, we will hike to Kalapathhar lying at the elevation of 5550m. The wonderful peak views of Pumori (7,145m), Lingtren (6,697m), Khumbutse (6,623m), etc will welcome us.
This 16 days Everest Base Camp, Cho-La Cross and Gokyo Trek arranged by Trekking Guide Team Adventure will let you witness the majestic gigantic peaks, calm monasteries, the elevated mountain settlements occupied by the friendly Sherpa people. Besides, you can have a look at the marvelous ice edge standing between Gyachung (7922m) and Cho Oyu which is the most spectacular part of the trek. And, traversing Cho La, a high pass set 5420m height into Khumbu is just awe-inspiring.
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1365M)
The journey begins with one a flight to Suketar at 2,420 meters. This is where the actual trekking begins. Starting right away, you will have beautiful views of Mt. Kanchanjanga (8,586 m) and Mt. Jannu (7,110 m) in the distance. Trek to the pass of Deurali, take a short break, and ascend along the trail to reach Lali Kharka.
Day 3: TREK FROM PHAKDING TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440M) 5/6H TREK
Begin an early trek along Dudh-Koshi, criss-crossing it several times. Today the destination is Namche Bazaar, the fabled village in the heart of the mountains. The trail is initially lined by views of Mt. Thamserku, and on a really clear day, even Mt. Everest is visible in the distance. As you reach closer to Namche, you will find the trail winding up with approaching views of Everest-Nuptse Wall, Mt. Lhotse and several other peaks. Once at Namche, relax in a hot bath, surf the Internet, enjoy a cup of cappuccino and then call it day.
Day 4: ACCLIMATIZE AT NAMCHE BAZAAR
Take a day off at Namche and enjoy the quiet lifestyle in stark contrast to your regular routine. In the morning, have a hearty breakfast with views of magnificent peaks. Later in the day, take short hikes in and around the town – and savour the beauty that is Namche. This is an important day of rest as it will help you acclimatize at the altitude and help you warm up the muscles for an exciting expedition ahead.
Day 5: TREK FROM NAMCHE TO PHORTSE (3815M) 5/6H TREK
After yesterday’s acclimatization at Namche, the trek today seems spectacular when you start off after breakfast. Trek along the main route with great views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse several other high peaks in the world. It’s not a hard climb though at times you might feel like taking a short break here and there and take some pictures at the same time. Along the route we will have tea break and lunch, cross Mohang and arrive at the busy place of Phortse Tenga where we will stay overnight in a hotel or a lodge.
Day 6: TREK FROM PHORTSE TO MACHHERMO (4450M) 5/6H TREK
It’s a short trekking distance today with around four hours of walking. First we will take a steep trail, ascending which we will arrive at a level ground. Take a brief stop here and enjoy the environment and the blue skies. From here trek to Dole, hike to Lhabarma and on to Luza – all with a couple of breaks in between the lunch and tea. As we come near Machhermo, we will have some fantastic views of the mountains and the surrounding valley. Arriving at Machhermo and according to the preference, we can set up camp, or else we can sleep at a lodge tonight.
Day 7: TREK FROM MACHHERMO TO GOKYO (4790M) 4/5H TREK
After breakfast with superb views at the laps of the giant mountains, we will head towards Gokyo today. The average walking duration is under five hours in a fairly difficult terrain. Frist climb a ridge and arrive at a valley. From there, arrive at a river bank and trek close to Ngozumpa Glacier. At this point, you have arrived inside the area called Gokyo. Gokyo region consists a system of several lakes in the Khumbu Region with their turquoise and emerald waters. It might even seem like the bounty of nature had been tucked away at this very place, and that you have finally found it after all these years.
Day 8: TREK FROM GOKYO TO GOKYO PEAK (5360M) & AND THE FIFTH LAKE 5/6H TREK
As we prepare for an exciting day at Gokyo, we will first hike up to Gokyo-Ri in the morning. It’s just above two hours, so get up early for the wonderful views. The two hour climb is steep and might seem like it was totally wasted; until you arrive at the peak – and suddenly everything changes. You will wonder in awe and ask yourself – could it be this beautiful? The views of the the world’s highest peak seem lined up just for you. Take photographs as much as you like – your battery might drain but your happiness won’t. Guaranteed. Mt. Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and a lot of other peaks from one single point will seem almost surreal. And don’t forget to look down upon the emerald lakes of Gokyo. Period. Later, trek to the Fifth Lake and then down to Gokyo and call it a day.
Day 9: TREK FROM GOKYO TO DOLE (4150M) 5/6H TREK
The trek today is around six hours at a leisurely pace. We will begin by descending along Dudh Koshi River and cross a lake. Take a brief break and enjoy views of Cholatse and Taboche. Trek further with more views of the snowcapped peaks of Cho Oyu and Thamsherku. Past a shorten, the trail descends and then passes through several villages to arrive at Dole. Stay overnight at Dole in a lodge.
Day 10: TREK FROM DOLE TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440M) 6/7H TREK
The trek from Dole to Namche is a beautiful and scenic trek. This downhill trek takes around seven hours at a leisurely pace with plenty of stopovers. The route is lined with dense alpine forests of juniper and rhododendron and a waterfall. We might even come across wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopard, and Himalayan pheasants. Passing through time-worn villages and unspoiled beauty of the mountains, you will arrive at Namche at the end of the day. The peaks visible today are Ama Dablam, Khumbila, Lhotse, Thamsherku, and others. Stay at a lodge in Namche bazaar tonight.
Day 11: TREK FROM NAMCHE TO LUKLA (2840M) 7/8H TREK
As you come towards the end of the program, you will enjoy the scenic trek back to Lukla. A night in Lukla can become more memorable if you spend it with your fellow guides and crew with whom you shared the journey. Stay overnight in a lodge in Lukla.
Day 12: FLY FROM LUKLA TO KATHMANDU
Go to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla in the morning, and catch a flight back to Kathmandu. The scenic flight is around 40 minutes, a whisk that will bring you back to bustling Kathmandu. Once you are in the capital, have a free day enjoying shopping, hot-water bathing, relaxing in a sauna, or simply seeing around town. Stay overnight in a hotel.
Day 13: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
After breakfast, we will take you on a sightseeing tour of some iconic places in the Kathmandu Valley, that will essentially include UNESCO World Heritage sites. In the evening, you are invited to join us for a farewell dinner.
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INCLUDED IN THE COST
- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
- 3 -star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
- Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu.
- All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
- An experienced, English speaking guide, government-license holder.
- Domestic flight (Jomsom – Pokhara – Jomsom)
- Porter service : 2 participants-1 porter.
- Assistant guide: 4 participants- 1 assistant guide.
- Staff costs including their salary, equipment, insurance, food and accommodation.
- Down jacket and sleeping bag : to be returned after your trip completion.
- Multi Adventure duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take.
- Energy Supplies: Dry fruits, Snickers, Mars, Bounty on your Trek.
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits : ACAP and TIMS.
- Medical kit: carried by your trekking assistant guide.
- All government and local taxes
- Personal insurance for Nepalese team for your trekking.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST
- Nepalese visa fee.
- Excess baggage charge.
- International flights.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
- Tips for guide, porter and driver.
- Special permit for Upper Mustang ($500) par person
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure.
- Also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
- Personal expenses laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower.