Arrive Kathmandu 1300m
Namaste and welcome to Nepal! On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the Hotel where we will give you a brief orientation of the particulars of the hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
A day guided sightseeing tour
In the morning today you will be taken out on a tour to important places of interests including Boudhanath Stupa, the biggest dome shape Buddhist stupa, holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath situated on the bank of holy Bagmati river, Swoyambhunath Stupa, a sacred place for both Hindu and Buddhist religions, that provides a good view of Kathmandu valley to the eastern side. Finally we will pay visit to central Kathmandu Durbar Square with the living goddess Kumari. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding 2600m 3-4 hrs
The flight to Lukla is a swift 30 minutes (2,800m). A 9-10km (2 1/2 -3hr) walk will continue the journey to Phakding at 2,652m. Early, after breakfast, you will be transferred from the hotel to domestic Airport a short drive of 20-30 minutes. At the airport we will go through all of the necessary security formalities (keep your pen-knife-lighter-matches and other sharp cutting items including scissors and other knife in the bigger baggage not in hand bags), and board a twin otter or similar plane for the flight to Lukla. On arrival, you will be received by our trekking guides. In Lukla you will have time to wander around, while the Sherpa crew sort and divide the load and baggage to be carried by porters.
Lunch hour depends upon the time of arrival at Lukla. It can be either in Lukla or few steps further down on route Phakding. The walk is gradual most of the way, with few ups from Tarhe Khola, where you can have a superb view of Kusum-Kangru (6,369m). We cross a short suspension bridge, and after a short climb you will arrive into Ghat village. Continuing for another hour of gradual walking brings you to Phakding village for the overnight stop near the bank of the Dudh-Koshi River.
Namche Bazaar 3440m approx. 5-6 hrs.
From Phakding after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Koshi, the walk is pleasant with few short ups and downs, until we re-crossing the same river again, with magnificent view of Thermasarkhu (6,608m), from the village of Benkar. We then cross the long suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi River, to reach Monjo situated below the magnificent peak of Thermasherkhu and near the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. A few minutes walk from Monjo, comes to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, where your trekking permit (especially the park ticket) is checked and as they keeps record of all trekkers to the area.
From here a short descent and a gradual walk brings you again to another suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi River. After which a bridge to Jorsalle village is reached, the last village and the only place to shop till Namche Bazaar. From here the walk is pleasant on the river bed till the last bridge over the Imjatse River is reached. From here the walk is along a winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with magnificent view of Kwangde peak and its other sister peaks towards East, with Kusum Kangru at your back as you climb higher, view of Mt. Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse and the closer view of Taweche peak can be seen all the way up to Thop Danda, where there's a resting stone wall for the porters and trekkers. From here another 1-2 hour walk takes you to the destination of the day: the famed Namche Bazaar, where the colorful houses are situated in an amphitheater type style.
Rest Day at Namche Bazaar.
Suggested activities include a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar, with breathtaking view of the surrounding snow capped giants and the valleys way down, complete with an interesting museum filled with various information regarding the history of the Himalayas, the geographic information of the area, culture practices and history, mountaineering history and a plethora of information on flora and fauna of this region. Afternoon time is at leisure.
Namche - Phortse Tenga-Dole 4200m 5-6 hrs
The journey today continues towards the Gokyo region; crossing through the chortens and grand scenery of Mt. Everest and Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kangtenga, Kusum Kangru, Taweche and even more peaks around the area. You can see the 360 degree view of snow capped mountains from this route, which takes you to Kyanjuma. This is also most popular places for Himalayan wildlife such as Musk deer, Pheasant (Danfe), blood pheasants, Himalayan goats etc (Side note worth mention: BBC Planet Earth filmed here in Apr 005 with the support of Gurkha Encounters). The trek ascends to the left side of Monga hill, and continues down to Phortse Thanga for lunch. After lunch the path winds up through the beautiful countryside and through the gorge to Dole for your overnight stop.
Dole to Machhermo 4470m 4-5 hrs
From Dole, the trail climbs via Lhabarma (4220m) to Luza at (4360m). The path is steep in most places as it climbs through scrub to Lhabarma. The trail continues to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river, crossing sandy spurs to reach Machermo (4410m). It was in Machermo that in 1974 one of the first Yeti sightings was reported in Khumbu. There are three hotels and good mountain views in Machhermo. Visit Himalayan rescue association and overnight at hotel.
Machhermo to Gokyo: 4790m 4-5 hrs
Beyond Machhermo, the trail climbs a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kangtenga and up towards Cho-Oyu (8,153m). Beyond the ridge, the valley widens as the trail passes through Pangram at 4,390m. The route descends to the river bank before beginning the climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumba glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. Afterwards the trail levels out as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga (4,690m), where you can view the Lama Foot Prints then finally up a boulder-strewn path to Gokyo (4,750m) on edge of the third lake. Gokyo a small settlement, but is slowly experiencing growth with about 6-8 lodges at present. Gokyo has a glacial lake, and the surrounding high snow capped mountains certainly makes this place one of the gems of Khumbu region.
Rest day at Gokyo
After breakfast in Gokyo, you may have the opportunity to explore up to the "fifth lake", passing "fourth lake" and enjoy the view. This is great an opportunity to see full part of Mt. Everest and Cho-yu with a lake in the backdrop, it is an impressive view of Himalayas. To the North, you can see the Cho-yu base camp and biggest glacier of the world named Na-jumpa glacier. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of water, some snacks and packed food, hat, gloves and sunglass for this day trek. Tonight, it is back to hotel.
Gokyo – Ri – Thagnak
Early morning hike to Gokyo Ri for a sunrise view, and for the breathtaking image of Mt. Everest, amongst many others in the Himalayan scenery, including Mt. Cho Oyu the world’s 6th highest peak and Mt. Makalu which is the world’s 5th highest peak, you can view this great giants all at one time. This will be your one of the most unforgettable memories, to leave its impression forever in your mind. After words, it is an hour back to Gokyo for breakfast. Trek down to Thagnak passing the lakes and crossing the glacier towards Thanknak for the overnight stop.
Thanknak - Chola Pass-Dzongla 5420m 6-7 hrs
After breakfast guide will lead you to the Tsho-La pass also known as Chhugyuma at (5,420m). The pass is not difficult, except in heavy snow conditions, but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side.
After crossing the Tshola (Cho-la) Pass, the downhill path takes you to Dzongla for an overnight stop. The Lodge here has basic facilities, with very simple dormitory room but with cozy dining.
Dzongla to Lobuche 4910m 4-5 hrs
From here the trail is quite gradual, on the winding side of the hills and screes; the walk follows along the moraine of the glacier, with views of Kalapathar and Pumori, before reaching Lobuche at (4,910m) for your evening stay. This is the last stop before the climb to the base camp the next day. It is important to take the time to rest and acclimatize for the unforgettable day planned for tomorrow. You can see the best view of Mt. Nuptse from the lodge at Loboche.
Lobuche to Everest Base camp to Gorekshep (5,180 m)
Today wake up early, and after tea continue with the trek to Gorekshep, crossing through the huge boulders and glacier areas. The walk is pleasant except for the high altitude gain and the trail is gentle for an hour with few short steep parts before reaching the moraine and glacier portion of today. It offers great views of the Khumbu glacier down below with striking scenery of the high snow capped mountains right before your eyes. After going through the moraine section, there is a short descent which brings you to Gorakshep. We will have a break here, and then continue towards Everest Base Camp. For another two hours, the path is quite rough in some sections. Base Camp is very lively in the high climbing season! After being here, at the foot of Number One, we will retrace the journey back to Gorekshep.
Note: On the day to EBC packed lunch or some snacks will be arranged by our guides to take with you for EBC.
Gorekshep to Kalapatthar 5545m to Pangboche 3900m
In the early morning, trek up to the Kalapathar. On the trail, there is a great view of the beautiful Mt. Pumori. This section of the trek also provides good views of the Mt. Everest. It is approximately two hours climb to the top which offers-of course- magnificent views. After the wonderful and memorable experience you will head back to Gorekshep for breakfast and trek back to Pangboche. Overnight Lodge at Pangboche.
Pangboche to Namche Bazar
The trail from Pangboche descends towards Imja Khola, after crossing the bridge. Following the gradual trail to Debouche for an hour, from Debouche forty minutes climb to Tengboche. From Tengboche the route steeply descends to Phunki Thangka through the pine and Rhododendron forest then ascends the ridge towards passing some small villages and join at Sanasa and Kyanjuma. Further two hours walk path reaches you at Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Hotel.
Namche Bazaar- Lukla
It’s a long down hill walk with short climbs to Phakding, while crossing over several suspension bridges, after 3-4 hrs you will reach into Phakding for lunch. The trail follows on the gradual path with few ups and downs, and just before Lukla, you will go through Choplung. 45 minuets to an hour climb farther, and you will be at your final destination for the day: Lukla. We will take time for a refreshing moment in Lukla, and in the late afternoon confirm your flight for Kathmandu for the next morning. Tonight, you will stay in Lukla with time for a last night dinner and party with your fellow staff and porters. Enjoy yourself! You deserve it after your accomplishment!
Lukla to Kathmandu
Early morning, after breakfast, check in at the airport and fly back to Kathmandu. 30-40 minutes of flight reaches you at Kathmandu. Guide will transfer to the hotel and trekking service is over for this time.
This has been an adventure of a lifetime, filled with great accomplishments and fond memories to take back home.
Free day at leisure.
A free day in Kathmandu please let our staff know if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or if you need to extend your stay for few days, and join in on an extension trip
White Water Rafting, Jungle Safari, Paragliding or Bungee Jump.
Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, departure tax (in local currency) and your passport handy. Our Tour Officer will take you to the airport for your final departure from our amazing country, Nepal.
GOKYO CHO LA PASS – EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK
“On a towering picturesque valley amongst the rich highland culture with the view of the 4 world’s highest peaks”
This trek to Gokyo offers a great alternative to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek. From Gokyo four 8000m peaks, (Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu) are clearly visible. There are several options for additional side trips and high altitude walks before traversing the high Tsho-la pass and reaching the foot of number one at Everest Base Camp. We will also have the opportunity to be at the highest spot of this trip at Kalapathar, which offers panoramic views of the towering giant snow capped peaks including Mt. Everest at stone throw distance.
This is an outstanding trek visiting the high lush valleys of the Khumbu, with time to explore villages and monasteries, and time to sample the incredible hospitality of the Sherpa people. Adventure begins with a beautiful, scenic flight to Lukla. This is a popular destination, which provides a fascinating contrast to the high Mountain views as we approach near. We trek slowly to Phakding our first day the next day we trek ahead to the Sherpa capital at Namche Bazaar.
We have time to acclimatize ourselves, before following the quiet trail to Gokyo high in the valley and visiting the ancient Buddhist monastery at Thyangboche. Descending to Namche, we are treated to incredible view of Khangtiaga, Thamserku, and the Nuptsse – Lhotse wall with the Mt. Everest towering from above. The views along the trail throughout provide tremendous sights, with a radiant panorama of snow capped chain of mountain ranges to all sides and many more exciting fun and enjoyment on the way.
The Everest region is understandably one of the most popular and spectacular destinations for trekkers, and it offers some of the most fascinating and enjoyable trekking, with beautiful views of the highest snow capped peaks of the world. This trek in particular reaches it’s the highest spot at Gokyo Ri at 5,357 meters which provides outstanding, breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and it their glaciers including Mt. Everest, which seems to be at a stone’s throw distance.