22 days – The ultimate Everest trek to the Base Camp & Gokyo
19 days demanding trekking in the high Himalaya (maximum elevation 5,545m / 18,190′)
Spectacular views of five of the world’s ten highest peaks
See Everest from the two famed vantage points of Gokyo and Kala Patthar
Plentiful cultural encounters with the legendary Sherpa inhabitants
Starting at Lukla, we trek up the beautiful Dudh Kosi valley to Namche Bazaar, the administrative and commercial hub of the Khumbu region. After a day acclimatizing, we detour through the less-visited settlements of Thame and Khumjung to Tengboche monastery. Up the Imja Khola valley at Dingboche, we have another day for acclimatization. We then head northward to climb steeply up a terminal moraine the Khumbu glacier to Lobuche; here on the trails on glacial moraines are ill-defined, marked by stone cairns. Based at the hamlet of Gorakshep, we trek to the Everest Base Camp, and take a pre-dawn climb of Kala Patthar – a ridge of the 7,165m / 23,500′ Pumori – for the classic panorama of the highest summits on earth including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. On the return, we turn west at Lobuche trekking past high summer pastures to Dzonglha. Crossing the usually snow-covered pass isn’t particularly difficult, and atop it we are greeted with fresh mountain views. We trek across the Ngozumpa Glacier, at 24km / 15mi the longest in Nepal and descend into the Gokyo valley. Staying by the turquoise blue waters of the lake, we spend a day exploring the surrounding area and climb the Gokyo Ri (5,350m / 17,550′). Many will prefer the view from here to the one from Kala Patthar a few days ago. We then descend along the lateral moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier to lodge near its snout at Dole. Following the Dudh Kosi valley, we trek through alpine meadows past the cliff-side village of Phortse back to Namche Bazaar. Our 3-week adventure ends at Lukla with flight back to Kathmandu.
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Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu. Orientation.
Day 2 Morning flight to Lukla (2,800m / 9,180′). Trek along the banks of the Dudh Kosi to Phakding (3,420m / 11,220′).
Days 3-4 Leave the Dudh Kosi valley to climb to Namche Bazaar (3,420m / 11,220′). Extra day for acclimatization: witness the Saturday Haat bazaar, excursion to Shyangboche (3,790m / 12,430′).
Days 5-7 Trek to Tengboche (3,860m / 12,660′) via Thame (3,750m / 12,300′) and Khumjung (3,780m / 12,400′).
Days 8-9 Trek to Dingboche (4,360m / 14,300′). Extra day for acclimatization: hike
up the Imja Khola valley to Chhukung (4,730m / 15,510′).
Days 10-12 Trek to Lobuche (4,930m / 16,170′) and continue along moraines of the Khumbu Glacier to Gorakshep (5,160m / 16,930′) and Everest Base Camp (5,340m / 17,520′). Early morning climb Kala Patthar (5,545m / 18,190′), backtrack to Lobuche.
Day 13 Trek westward to Dzonglha (4,830m / 15,840′).
Day 14 Trek across the Cho La (5,420m / 17,780′) to Gokyo (4,750m / 15,580′).
Day 15 Day excursion to Gokyo Ri (5,350m / 17,550′).
Days 16-18 Trek south to Dole (4,090m / 13,420′) and meet the main trail at Phortse (3,865m / 12,677′). Retrace our steps to Namche Bazaar.
Days 19-20 Descend to the Dudh Kosi valley to finish trek at Lukla.
Day 21 Morning flight to Kathmandu. Rest of day at leisure.
Day 22 Depart for onward destination.
Dates and Pricing
Oct 19 - Nov 9
Nov 16 - Dec 7
Mar 8 - Mar 29, 2017
Apr 5 - Apr 26
|2 - 5 persons||US$ 1,465|
|6 - 12 persons||US$ 1,368|
|Single room supplement||US$ 145|
|Airfare Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu||US$ 322|
|Kathmandu||Nirvana Garden Hotel|