Gokyo & Everest Base Camp Trek
Trip Overview of Gokyo & Everest Base Camp Trek
Having eight out of ten world highest mountains, Nepal is enriched with a stunning panorama of Himalayan range with exciting mountains. The reason behind the popularity of Everest trek is not only due to the propinquity of the world’s highest mountain, Mt Everest (8848m) but also for the friendly Sherpa inhabitants of the region, picturesque villages, tolerance, and variety in culture and religion, colorful festive occasions and monasteries. Numerous varieties of flora and fauna are the other appealing ornaments of the Sagarmatha National Park enjoyed during the trek. The story of Yeti is still a mystery in the world from the Khumbu region.
Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangka at 4390m then descends to the riverbank before the beginning of climb on to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It’s a steep climb up the moraine, switch backing alongside the stream to the first small lake at 4650m, where families of green Braminy ducks reside. The trail now becomes almost at a level of 4690m and finally to Gokyo at 4750m
Detail itinerary of Gokyo & Everest Base Camp Trek
DAY 01: ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU
When you arrive in Kathmandu, you'll be taken to your hotel. While in Kathmandu you will have time fascinating Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions are highlighted on our guided tour. There's time to explore the city's many charms on your own too. In the evening delicious traditional Nepali well come dinner await for you. O/N in Kathmandu. (Welcome-Dinner)
KATHMANDU CITY TOUR
After breakfast, we'll visit Swoyambhunath temple, and said to be 2000 years stupa on a hillock offers a breath-taking view of Kathmandu City. We will then processed to Visit Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath. After lunch, we'll visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan (Lalitpur) - which is the oldest of the three major cities in Kathmandu Valley - famous for its Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples, and you can catch the traditional artisans working with wood, stones, and metals. O/N in Kathmandu. (B/L/D)
KATHMANDU / LUKLA / PHAKDING
This morning we will be transferred from your hotel to Kathmandu airport for our domestic flight to Lukla. The flight itself is awe-inspiring as we fly parallel to the Himalayan giants bordering Nepal and Tibetan China. Flying time to Lukla is approximately 40 minutes. Upon arrival in Lukla, our local guides and porters will meet us. There will be time to explore the village whilst the Sherpa crew sort and load equipment. Lukla lies at an altitude of 2850m ("luk la" = place of sheep). From Lukla we descend on a wide trail northwest to the village of Choblung in the Dudh Kosi Valley. The valley radiates energy through beautiful pine and rhododendron forest. The walking is easy and we follow the river's course, passing through the village of Ghat. Our destination is the small village of Phakding. O/N in Phakding at Teahouse Lodge or Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
PHAKDING / NAMCHE BAZAAR
From Phakding we head up valley on a busy trail: porters from the lower Solu district in the south ferrying supplies to Namche, Sherpas with their Zopkio (half yak, half cow) taking trekking or climbing expedition equipment to the higher valleys. Continue along beside the Dudh Kosi amongst beautiful alpine scenery, through the fragrant blue pine and fir forest, glimpsing spectacular views of Kusum Kangru (6369m) and Thanserku (6608m) along the way. We again cross the Dudh Kosi, to the western bank at Jorsale prior to trekking through the entrance to the Sagamartha National Park. Continuing upstream along the banks to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi, it is here we begin our first sustained ascent to Namche Bazaar after crossing the large suspension bridge. Walking at a slow pace, we have fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8511m), Nuptse (7879m), Ama Dablam (6856m) and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time. Climbing again, the path takes us through pine trees to reach the distinctive horseshoe shaped bowl containing the village of Namche Bazaar. Stay in the heart of the village. O/N in Namche Bazaar at Teahouse Lodge or Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
ACCLIMATISE DAY IN NAMCHE BAZAAR
Today is a full day at rest to acclimatize. As the name suggests, Namche is famous for its local market or bazaar. Each week, Sherpas from the surrounding villages come to buy food and to socialize. Any food not grown locally, such as rice, corn, and some vegetables is brought in from the lowland village, which can be up to a 6-10 day walk from Namche Bazaar. Rising early, those who climb to the ridge above Namche will be rewarded with the stunning dawn and sunrise over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks. Spend the morning exploring this colorful and lovely spectacle. Perhaps walk along the Thami Valley in the afternoon or visit the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture, mountaineering in the park, flora and fauna. O/N in Namche Bazaar at Teahouse Lodge or Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
NAMCHE BAZAAR / KHUMJUNG
From Namche, we trek out of the village bowl and follow a small trail high above the Dudh Kosi River, where the views are incredible; behind to the west, the ridge of Nupla and Kwangde Himal (6194m); across the valley to the south, the towering ice-fluted walls of Thamserku (6623m), and to the east at the head of the valley, the Lhotse and Nuptse wall, towering a full three and a half thousand meters above the valley at Dingboche. Everest looms above the ridge, a black, triangular rock; Sagarmatha, "Goddess Mother of Earth", is a truly magnificent sight. On a small ridge across the valley, the monastery of Thyangboche can be seen, a small speck against the gigantic mountain background. We descend to Khumjung, and after staying in the more westernized town of Namche Bazaar, these villages make a welcome change. Here tourism has hardly changed the life of the Sherpas. It is possible to take the opportunity to sample the Sherpa specialty, Riki Kur - a type of potato fritter enriched with yak butter. The afternoon has been left free to assist with further acclimatization. O/N in Khunjung at Teahouse Lodge or Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
KHUMJUNG / PHORTSE THANGHKA
After breakfast, we descend to the west of the village down the broad valley leading to the Dudh Kosi River. The Gokyo route turns north, climbing above the more frequented route to Tengboche and Everest Base Camp. Here's the 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 boulder, the two trails soon join and continue towards a large Chorten on the top of the ridge at 3973 meters. This ridge descends from Khumbila 5716m), abode the patron god of the Khumbu. From the ridge, the trails descend in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dudh Koshi and we'll be spending Overnight in Phortse Thanghka. O/N in Phortse Thanghka at Teahouse Lodge or Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
PHORTSE THANGHKA / DOLE
Breakfast approx 7:00 am in the morning. After breakfast we start our journey to Dole. The trails climb 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 rhododendron is 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) and Gyele (3960m) to Dole where there're few Hotels. 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 at Teahouse Lodge or Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
DOLE / 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 at Teahouse Lodge or Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
MACHHERMO / 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 riverbank before beginning of climb on to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It's a steep climb up the moraine, switch backing 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 at Teahouse Lodge or Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
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 energy 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 at Teahouse Lodge or Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
GOKYO / CHHUGYUMA / DZOGLA / LOBUCHE
The trail descending from Gokyo, the route passes the second lake. About halfway between the first and second lakes a trail leads of across the moraine of the east. We've to pass Cho La (or Chhugyuma) 5420 meters. The pass is not difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier crossing on the eastern side. Allow three day from Gokyo to Lobuche on this high altitude route. An ice axe, crampons, and a rope are often necessary for negotiating the small icefall at the foot of glacier on the other side of the pass, although in ideal condition there're no technical problems and there is a trail of sorts in the rocks beside the icefall. The western approach to the pass varies in difficulty depending on the amount of snow. The pass is not possible for yaks and usually not suitable for heavily laden porters. We've to spend a night at CHHUGYUMA OR DZONGLA on other side. Continue along the moraine of the glacier, with views of Kalar Pattar and Pumori to reach Lobuche at 4930m for your evening stay. This will be your last stop before your climb to the base camp tomorrow. Take time to rest and acclimatize for this unforgettable day. O/N in Dzogla and Lobuche at Teahouse Lodge or Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
LOBUCHE / KALAPATTER / GORKSHEP / EBC / LOBUCHE
Early this morning you begin your trek, which will prove to be both mentally and physically demanding. Above Lobuche, we follow the path running through a trough alongside the Khumbu Glacier. Continuing on over rough ground we reach Gorak Shep, where a short break is offered to replenish fluids. A walk for a further hour and a half reaches Kala Pattar, a small, rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Pumori - a slow, steady pace, once again being the best attack. Avoid rushing. Stop and turn around: the scenery is fantastic. It is a hard climb, but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. Huge creaking glaciers surround us and classic views of Everest are available. The views from the summit of Kala Pattar (5630m) are truly outstanding. Here you are directly below Pumo Ri's light granite and slanted snow channel. The surroundings have an awesome and unnatural brilliance. To the south, the Khumbu Glacier sweeps below you; northwards rise several border peaks including the vertical Lho La, reached from the Tibetan side in 1921, the first time foreigners had seen the Khumbu Glacier. Mt Everest rises above them all. Known as "Chomolungma" (Lady Goddess of the Wind) by the Nepalese, the mountain was initially called Peak XV. In 1852 it was recognized as the highest peak on earth and four years later was given the name Everest in honor of Sir George Everest, the early surveyor general. After some time out to contemplate this view, we return to Lobuche. O/N in Gorkshep and Lobuche at Teahouse Lodge or Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
LOBOCHE / TENGBUCHE
After our tiring ascent to Kala Pattar, today is an easier walk to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back to the terminal moraines at Dughla, we then take a different return trail. We follow the wide alpine valley covered in scrub juniper through the temporary settlement of Phulung Karpo (4343m), then on to Pheriche. A small settlement, Pheriche has a number of welcome teahouses that often have "left over" for sale from various climbing expeditions. It may be possible to find imported chocolate, tinned prawns or smoked oysters: even Vegemite! The town consists of several low stone buildings and is considered a "years" - summer settlement. Continue down to Orsho, then on through Lower Pangboche and down to Deboche, reaching our lodge at Thyangboche in the afternoon. O/N in Thyangboche at Teahouse Lodge or Tented Camp. (B/L/D).
TENGBOCHE / MONJO
Follow a similar trail through a forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga, you continue on to cross the Dudh Kosi for a steep descent to Trashinga. After lunch at Shanasa you make you way back to Namche Bazaar. Following a steep descent passing the Bhote Kosil, crossing the river, follow the bank to Jorsale, then to Monjo for overnight. O/N in Monjo at Teahouse Lodge or Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
MONJO / LUKLA
This morning you will depart Monjo and continue your descent along the Dudh Kosi, before making a final ascent to reach the Lukla plateau by mid afternoon. On arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of your trek. O/N in Lukla at Teahouse Lodge or Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
LUKLA / KATHMANDU
This morning you will be transferred to Lukla Airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met and conveyed to hotel. The remainder of the day has been left free. O/N in Kathmandu. (B/L/D)
FREE DAY IN KATHMANDU
After breakfast, you are free in Kathmandu as your own for shopping and pick-up some last minute souvenirs. O/N in Kathmandu. (B/L/D)
After breakfast free for you until time to leave the international airport for your final departure.
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- Accommodation in different standard hotels as per our different category package with all meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).Sightseeing tour as per itinerary with English speaking guide.
- All necessary transportation from airport to airport as applicable
- All inclusive treks with food, sleeping tent, dining tent, toilet tent, chairs, tables, sleeping bag and mattress.
- Services of English speaking trekking guide, cook, sherpa and porters during the trek.
- All trekking permit and national park fees.
- Travel insurance.
- Nepal entry visa fee US$ 40 (for 30 days Multiple).
- Personal nature expenses.
- Soft and hard drinks such as alcohol, hot water, mineral water, cold drinks etc.
- Laundry, phone call, tips and internet.
- Meal other then breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike road blocked etc.
- Emergency flight by helicopter
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