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GOKYO VALLEY WITH EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

19 Nights/20 Days

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Overview

This trek is a combination of the Gokyo Lake and the Everest Base Camp. A visit to Gokyo Ri offers magnificent view of Cho Oyu , Everest, Lhotse , Nuptse and Amadablam. We then cross over the Cho Lo pass and visit the Everest Base Camp. This trek also offers a walk through th emost dramatic landscape and magnificent views of the mountain range in the region.

Everest Base Camp trek has everything: the incredible mountain views from Chukung, Kala Pattar and Gokyo Ri . Popularly known as “The Ultimate Trek,” it includes all that the Khumbu has to offer including the fascinating villages and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and the culture and hospitality of the Sherpa people, who will surely win your heart. After starting with a flight to Lukla (2,805m/9,200ft) we trek up to Kala Pattar view point (5,550m/18,200ft) trek up the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base camp set under the awesome Khumbu Icefall. Then we veer off the main trail to cross the Cho La pass (5,422m/17,783ft) into the Gokyo Valley. To top off this unique trek we climb Gokyo Ri (5,488m/18,000ft) for a panoramic view of the greatest mountain scenery in the world – including five 8000+m/26,000+ft giants and myriad other peaks of the Khumbu Himal.

Fact File
Country Nepal
Activities Trekking
Trip Length 20 Days
Trip areas Everest Region
Trip Starting Kathmandu (Trekking from Lukla)
Trip Ending Kathmandu (Trekking to Lukla)
Meal Plan Full board on trekking
Places to see Kathmandu, Lukla, Everest region
Main attractions Mountain, animals, Culture, Local peoples, alpine areas, green forest, monasteries, Gurung culture, Sherpa culture, above 5000 m highest everest ranges
Trekking Type Difficulty
Highest Point 5550 meters
Accommodation Tea House
Mode of Transportation Flight/Trek/Transportation
Group Size Minimum: 2, Maximum: above 2
Season March -Middle of Jun & Sep-Dec

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Meet with our representativeat the airport. Drive to hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu.
Half day visit of Kathmandu city and Swayambhunath. In the evening: Free time, preparation for the trekking.

Day 03: Kathmandu fly to Lukla trek to Phakding
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) which takes approximately 30 minutes and trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640m.) which takes three hours. You will be taken to the domestic airport for your flight to Lukla. It is a small town with an airport. There are few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores. You begin the day's trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi. Nupla (5885m) which can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Kosi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding.

Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about four and half hours.This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. You can also visit some of the village monasteries on the way of trekking to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.). Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. Set there, is a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached there by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La.

Day 05: A day to acclimatize In Namche
Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440m.) for acclimatization and excursion around the places. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For the acclimatization you walk upto Khhumjung where you can visit monastery. Khhumjung is densely populated by Sherpa community. You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam (6812m.), Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kwangde and so on. Or you can have an hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. .Good views can also be seen from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. This museum exhibits Sherpa culture.

Day 06: Namche Bazaar trek to 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 metres 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 Bazar, these villages bring 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 Khumjung

DAY 07: Khumjung - Phortse Thangka
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 choice of routes in the beginning: the yak trails which climb 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), abode the patron god of the Khumbu. From the ridge, the trail descends in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dudh Koshi and we'll be spending the night in Phortse Thanghka.

DAY 08: Phortse - Thanghka trek to Dole
Breakfast approx 7:00 a.m. in the morning. After breakfast we start our journey to Dole. The trail climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests which give way to fragrant strands of juniper and large conifers as the elevation increases. This trek is especially beautiful in spring when the rhododendrons are blooming. The trail passes many kharkas, summer settlements used when sherpas bring herds of yaks to graze in these high pastures. The route passes through the settlements 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.

DAY 09: Dole trek to Machhermo
From Dole the trail climbs to Lambara at 4220m and Luza at 4360m. The trail is steep in most places as it climbs through scrub junipers. There're kharkas whereever 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 credited yeti incident ever reported, so be watchful as you visit this region. O/N in Machermo.

DAY 10: Machhermo trek 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, switch- backing alongside the stream to the first small lake at 4650m, where a family of green Braminy duck resides. The trail now becomes almost level at 4690m and then finally reaches Gokyo at 4750m. O/N in Gokyo.

DAY 11: Gokyo
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. The peak is 5318m high, 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.

DAY 12-13: Gokyo Chhugyuma - Dzogla - Lobuche
With the trail descending from Gokyo, the route passes the second lake. About halfway between the first and second lake, a trail leads 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 days from Fokyo 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 is no technical problem 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 Lobuche.

DAY 14-15: Lobuche - Gorkshep - Kalapatter - Everest BC - Gorkshep - 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 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. 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 Pumori'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. 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 Lobuche.

DAY 16: Lobuche - Thyangboche / Tengboche
After our tiring ascent to Kala patar, today is an easier walk to the lower altitudes. 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 tea houses. 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. Thyangboche is set in a beautiful meadow, high on a ridge surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks. A peaceful, tranquil position, surely one of the wonders of the world and the Thyangboche Monastery is spectacularly situated. The monastery dominated by the gompa with its prayer flags and mani stones was founded in 1916 as a meditation center. O/N in Thyangboche.

DAY 17: Tengboche - Monjo
Following 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 your way back to Namche Bazar. 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

DAY 18: Monjo - Lukla
This morning you will depart from 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.

DAY 19: Lukla - Kathmandu
This morning you will be taken to Lukla Airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be meeting our representative at the airport and be taken to the Hotel.

Day 20: Departure

Inclusions / Exclusions

PRICE INCLUSIONS:
ACCOMMODATION:
3 Nights hotel in Kathmandu
16 Nights in Tea house(normal guest house)

TRANSPORTATION:
2 Airports pick up (private vehicle)
2 Airports drop (private vehicle)
1 half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
Kathmandu fly to Lukla ( Clients and Nepali staff)
Lukla fly to Kathmandu (Clients and Nepali Staff)
All airport taxes for clients and Nepali staff

SIGHTSEEING TOUR:
1 half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

TREKKING:
All meals (Breakfast/ lunch/dinner with teacoffee),
Accommodation in teahouses,
Sleeping bag,
Down jackets,
Sagarmatha National Parks entry fees,
TIMS ( Travelers Information manual system)
English speaking guide,
Porter (2 person need 1 porter) porter will start trekking from Lukla
All necessaries for Nepali staff (all meals, accommodation in tea houses, equipments, salary, insurance etc)

MEAL:
19 BREAKFAST, 16 LUNCH, 16 DINNER

PRICE EXCLSION:
Any bar bills (Mineral water, coke, beer etc),
personal clothing's,
personal expenses,
Emergency rescue charge,
Any unforeseen expenses
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