We fly to Lukla and begin trekking through the land of the legendary Sherpas in to the Sagarmatha (Everest) national park. Since the successful ascent of Everest the Khumbu region has enjoyed the international attention. We will follow the footsteps of Tenzing Norgay, Hillary.. Our first destination is Namche Bazaar, the trading capital and main town of the Khumbu region.
This trek explores around the breathtaking Gokyo valley which is located adjacent of the Khumbu. Gokyo is a land of high altitude lakes. From where you will have a magnificent view of highest peaks, from the west to east are Cho you (8,153m), Gyachung Kang (7,922m), Everest ( 8848m), Lhotse (8,501m) and further way Makalu, On the way to descent you can enjoy, superb view of Gokyo Lake.
Day 01: Kathmandu – Lukla –Monjo
Early morning flight to Lukla from where we start our trek. After breakfast, we trek 2-3 hours to reach the village of Monjo.
Overnight in Monjo.
Day 02: Monjo – Thamo
After breakfast we trek to Thamo via Namche Bazaar. The trek will be around 5 hours with stopover in Namche Bazaar. Thamo is also for acclimatization.
Day 03: Thamo – Thame.
This day is meant for acclimatisation and hence we do not embark on any serious trekking. Instead we go to a slightly lower altitude of Thame, the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay, the first man on Everest. We conduct some sightseeing of the monastery there and generally rest.
Day 04: Thame – Lungden (4300m).
Today we start our serious high altitude trekking. We walk for about 4 hours through a stunning landscape on an old trade route to Tibet to the village of Lungden. This village has only one lodge and very aptly called the Renjo La Support Lodge
Day 05: The High Pass: Lungden – Renjo-La (5390m) – Gokyo (4400m).
The big day starts real early and it is a long day, as we have to walk about 5 hours to reach the pass, going slow because of the high altitude. After a brief stopover to enjoy the stunning beauty of the Everest Range and take photographs, we start on a remarkably difficult downhill journey for about 3 hours to reach the village of Gokyo walk along the stunning and beautiful Dudh Kunda (Milk Lake)
Day 06: Gokyo Ri (5483m) and Return.
Unlike the Kala Pattar hill from Lobuche, the foot of Gokyo Ri lies five minutes away from the stream the feeds the Gokyo Lake.
After two to three hours "huff and puff" you reach the summit not to be disappointed for your effort at all, as the views from here are well worth the effort you put in. Everest (8848m), showing more of it's northern flank than from Kala Pattar, with Makalu (8475m) futher to the east and Cho Oyu (8153m) towards the north make a mesmerizing view to watch.
Return back to Gokyo Ri after spending a wonderful break at the summit.
Day 07: Gokyo – Phortse.
It takes four to five hours of walking to reach the very beautiful village of Phortse, for our second home stay component in Sherpa houses. This village has over 23 Everest summiteers, and you meet a lot of them right there in the village. The village is famous for its tolerance and conservation of wildlife, so sights of deer and pheasants is common here.
Day 08: Phortse – Dingboche (4350 m).
The route passing through the moraine gradually loses altitude before reaching the windswept village of Pheriche. Here, the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) has its Aid Post.
A climb over the ridge past Chortens and Main walls you reach the Chukung valley and the prosperous village of Dingboche. This village with their own irrigation scheme is probably the place at higest altitude to grow crops.
We now start our return from the Everest Region to trek about 3 hours to reach Namche Bazaar through Khumjung, a lovely village with excellent bakeries and restaurants
Day 09. Dingboche- Chukkung (4730m)
The three or four scattered stone and slated huts provide in the summer months the base for good high ground grazing but during the rest of the year this huts are run as tea house for trekkers. The path from Dingboche is ill-defined but follows the main line of the valley ascending gently towards the Ama Dablam to the high ridge leading to the difficult Amphu Labtse Pass (5780m) on the right and the massive flank of the Nuptse (7890m) on the left.
It takes two hours from Dingboche to reach Chukung and an early start would allow plenty of time to get a clear view of the famous south face of Lhotse (8501m) towards the north and the Island Peak (6189m) the most famous peak among the trekkers on the east end of the valley.
Day 10: Chhukung- Lobuche (4931 m).
The trail to Lobuche starts with an ascent to a ridge and then continues to contour along the ridge until it joins the main trail coming up from Periche and the trail from Cho la pass on to the left. On the way you can watch the beautiful view of the Mt. Cholatese (6442m) back on the Westside of the route and Mt. Amadablam to the rear. After arrival at the ridge, descend, for about ten minutes, cross a bridge and arrive at Thugla for lunch. After a quick lunch, there is a very steep ascent for about one hour to the ridge where there is a Sherpa memorial in remembrance to those brave mountaineers who died during expeditions. The memorial chortens dots the skyline facing the mountains and overlooking the valley below. Further on the trail leads to the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier with views of Pumori or Widow’s Peak in the foreground. The stark and the rugged beauty create almost a moonscape. Lobuche is reached after another hour of steady trekking through the moraine and is suitated in a wind swept valley with the enchanting views of the Tawatse (6501m) and Nuptse (7855m).
Dinner and Overnight at Lobuche.
Day11:Lubuche-Gorak Shep (5160m).
From Lobuche, a short climb brings one to another valley. Travel along the Khumbu Glacier through the jumbled moraines and scattered rocks. The trail continues to slowly contour on the open landscape through an ablation and after about an hour, there is a steep ascent for about 20 minutes. Climb slowly to a ridge and then continue on a trail of rocks caused by rockslides. On a clear day Mt. Everest can be seen looming behind Nuptse. Arrive at the ridge above Gorakshep and then descend to Gorakshep. This was the base camp for the 1952 Swiss Everest expedition. In 1953 the British Everest expedition called this “lake camp’. Gork Shep or "graveyard of the crows", has a small lake that is usually frozen and several monuments to climbers who have died during various Everest expedition.
Lunch at Gorakshep.
After lunch, take the left-hand side trail and head straight up the hill to Kala Pattar (5545m) for views of Mt. Everest. The trek up to the top is an arduous one and takes about an hour to reach it. The late afternoon is the best time to view Mt. Everest from this vantage point as the sun is behind the observer and directly on the mountains in front. The climb to the Kala Pattar though tough, is well worth it as the views from here are breathtaking. The giants of the earth are all around Pumori (7145m), Everest (8848m), China's peak Changtse (7553m), Nuptse (7855m), Lhotse(8516m), Ama Dablam and many others. Later return to Gorakshep. 3 – Hrs.
Dinner and overnight at Gorakshep.
Day 12: GorakShep- Periche (4220 m./14,052 ft.) - 5 hrs.
After breakfast set out backtracking on scattered rocks and jumbled moraines to return to Lobuche which takes about 2 ½ hours. Cross the stream and then head towards the Sherpa Memorial for an hour before descending to to Thugla. The going is more easier as we lose altitude. After lunch, cross the Thugla bridge and climb the ridge before descending on a level trail in an open landscape to Periche which is reached in about an hour.
Dinner and Overnight at Periche.
Day 13: Periche-Thyangboche
After breakfast, set out through the village, cross the river on a wooden bridge and ascend to a ridge. Descend along the flanks of the hills to join the main trail coming from Dingboche. The route then passes through the village of Pangboche (3985m), an ideal place for a lunch break. Continue to backtrack and then descend to the spectacular little bridge over the Dudh Kosi river and head through the fir and rhododendron forest for a lovely afternoon's walk to the meadows of Devouche. From here it is a steep 45 minute ascent to Thyangboche. 6 hrs.
Day 14: Tyangboche-Monjo
The decent to the Imja Khola and the small village of Phunki (3250m) with its water powered Prayer Wheels takes about one and half hour. The original bridge built by Sir Edmund Hillary was washed away when a flood caused by the land side from the Ama Dablam caused a flooding in this region. Cross the river over the smaller bridge and start the climb towards Khumjung. As the gradient lessens there are many beautiful lunch spots. After lunch start the trek towards Namche by following the path round the eastern flanks of the hills. At the rear is the beautiful west face of the Thamserku (6608m) and Kang Taiga (6685m). Continue through the edge of the Namche Village and then descend steeply for about 1 hour through the forest trail, cross the river on suspension bridge and then climb upto the Police Checkpost, then descend to Monjo for overnight stay. 7 hours
Day 15: Monjo-Lukla
From Monjo, it is interesting to watch others starting enthusiastically on the trek ahead as we head down to Phakding which is reached in about 1 ½ hours.
From Phakding, it is a surprising hard uphill climb to Lukla, which should take about 3 hours. It is a delightful ending to the trip as one enters into this busy village of Lukla.
Day 16: Lukla-Katmandu
Early morning, fly from Lukla to Katmandu on a twin Otter. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the Hotel.
**End of Arrangement**
1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. 4 Nights Accommodation in the 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
5. All accommodation during the trek.
6. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
7. Transportation to and from trail head.
8. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
9. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Equipment such as tents And Mattresses, Cooking Equipment, Camp site charges, Insurance, and
equipment for the staffs.
10. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
11. Trekking staffs wages etc.
12. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.
Services and Cost Does not Included in Price:
1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu.
10. Domestic Ticket