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Everest base camp and Gokyo lakes trek - 20 days

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Lukla
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Highlights

Everest base camp and Gokyo lakes trek is one of those challenging and awe inspiring treks in the Everest region .Embued with the scenic beauty of lakes, challenging walks over glacial moraines, dunes, and steep trail, ascents to Gokyo Ri and Kalapatthar; the bystanders  will get to venture  joyous alteriety of all the scenic beauties in the mountain region.

 Another sight for you  to relish is  Kalapatthar. You will get  to pick the sight of the  360 degree panoramic views of Everest and other mountains. Also, climbing the  Gokyo Ri offers you mesmerizing views of mountains, lakes, glacier ;the Ngozumpa Glacier, and valley down below.

You shall also get amazing textures of Sherpa villages along with the delicacies of Sherpa culture.

What are the sights to watch?

 First, you all shall visit lake;Longpongo,  second, it shall be lake Taboche Tsho,  third goes for lake;Dudh Pokhari,  fourth lakeThonak Tsho, and the lastly lake;Ngozumba Tsho during your stay at Gokyo.

Details about the trek:

Range of the trek: 20 days.

Your trek ranges for twenty days starting from the day you land to Kathmandu. After an extra allocated day for sightseeing in Kathmandu, you shall fly to Lukla. Then you will embark to Phakding. You shall spend an additional day  at Namche Bazar for acclimatization and exploration, and head off towards Tengboche. Via Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep, you are all set for Everest Base Camp. After watching the sunrise from Kalapatthar, we will move along the trail that descends down to Pheriche.

From Pheriche you shall head off to Phortse Thanga, and then to Machhermo and finally  to Gokyo. You will have a whole day to explore Gokyo. Then via Dole you shall return back to Namche Bazar, Lukla, and finally to Kathmandu.

Important Note

International flights (available on request), personal travel insurance for helicopter evacuation (available on request), additional accommodation, activities or transport not included in the itinerary or before/after the dates specified (available on request), expenses of a personal nature such as alcohol, bottled drinks including bottled water, snacks, laundry, excess baggage fees, phone calls, tips for guides and crew member or drivers, hot showers during trekking, expenses incurred as a result of flight delays, strikes, weather conditions, illness or other events outside of our control (payable directly and locally if required)

Trip Itinerary

Altitude: Kathmandu: 1,320m

You will see our representative waiting in the airport to pick you up and take you to your hotel. Soon as you reach the hotel you are up for some rest. Then, time to explore the city. In the evening, we are all set for typical Nepalese dishes for the dinner. Such introductory taste shall give you a brief information about what to expect in dinner and lunch in Nepal. You will stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Altitude: Kathmandu: 1,320m

This day you shall delve deeper into the city and go as far as possible. Considering its historical and religious significance, Kathmandu has lot to offer you. Kathmandu have a range of cultural landmarks including the Basantapur Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhhanath, and the Pashupatinath Temple enlisted in the World Heritage list. If you have missed any trekking gear, you can purchase it on this day.  We shall be talking about our plan, preparation, and arrangement, and ensure we got everything we need on our   meeting at the evening. You shall then, stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Altitude: Phakding: 2,651m

This 30-minute flight over the hilly and mountainous landscape takes you to Lukla. Then, you shall start trekking towards Phakding. Passing the Cheplung Village, the trail descends further down to Mt. Khumbila, also known as the virgin mountain. This will be a sight to greet you in the very beginning. Considering its religious significance, no climbing is allowed to this mountain. The trail descends down to Phakding. You will Stay overnight at Phakding.

Altitude: Namche Bazar: 3,438m

Soon as you cross the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi, you will  march through the forests of pines down to  Monjo Village. All your permits will be checked at Sagarmatha National Park, another world heritage site. The trail then descends down to Dudh Koshi River, crossing the Hillary Suspension Bridge. An ascent leads you to Namche Bazaar; the Gateway to Everest and largest settlement of Sherpas in this region. You will stay overnight at Namche Bazar

Altitude: Namche Bazar: 3,438m

There is a range of things to do at Namche Bazar. You can pay a visit to the Sagarmatha National Park and enjoy the spectacular views of several mountains and hilly landscape. You might want to stop over to a Sherpa Museum nearby   to know more about their history.Also get ready to be encumbered with the majestic view of  Mt. Everest, along with the flora and fauna around. A couple of hour hike from Namche Bazar takes you to the Everest View Point. Pay visit to a monastery and the Hillary School. Stay overnight at Namche Bazar.

Altitude: Tengboche: 3,870m

The trail descends down to Phunki Thanka and ascends uphill through forests full with black juniper, fir, and blue pine to the largest monastery in the Khumbu region; the Tengboche Monastery. It offers you magnificent views of Mt. Nuptse, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Everest. If you are lucky to visit during the festive seasons, you can observe the Buddhist ceremony at the monastery. Stay overnight at Tengboche.

Altitude: Dingboche: 4,360m

The forest full with conifers, birch, and rhododendrons greets you with a welcome smile you as you head downhill towards Debuche. Cross the Imja River, and you are at Pangboche. Be the sole witness of the scenic beauty of of Pangboche Monastery and those beautiful mountains. As you pass the Imja Valley, crossing the Lobuche River, you will reach the trail that climbs uphill to Dingboche Village surrounded by Chortens and prayer flags. Stay overnight at Dingboche.

Altitude: Dingboche: 4,360m

Climbing Nagarjun Hill is a worthy venture .You will get to enjoy the textures  of the amazing views of mountains such as Mt. Cha Lhotse, Lhotse, Makalu, Tawache, Ama Dablam, etc. There is a spot over the  ridge to offer you the excellent  views of Dingboche Village and Imja Khola Valley. Because it is important to stay persistently active during your acclimatization, you shall find lots of way to be busy. Stay overnight at Dingboche.

 Altitude: Lobuche: 4,940m

The trail goes through glacial moraine and ascends to Duglha. Afterwards it climbs steeply to Chupki Lhara. This very spot is smeared with the memorials of climber Babu Chiri Sherpa and Scott Fishcher— the deceased during their pursuit to Everest. Further through the glacial moraine, witnessing the views of Mt. Mahalangur, Pumori, Lingtren, and Khumbutse, following a valley, you shall reach Lobuche. Stay overnight at Lobuche.

Altitude: Gorakshep: 5,170m; Everest Base Camp: 5,364m

 The trail is rocky and strenuous. Past the glacial moraine picking the views of Mt. Pumori you shall reach to Gorakshep. Further, through moraine, rocky dunes, and difficult trail you shall reach to the Everest Base Camp. The camp offers the views of Mt. Pumori, Nuptse, and Khumbutse. This qualifies one of the major daring qualifiers for   this trek. After spending a while here, you shall descend down towards Gorakshep. Stay overnight at Gorakshep.

Altitude: Kalapatthar: 5,545m; Pheriche: 4,288m

Early in the morning we will set off to Kalapatthar. The trail is rocky and often challenging. Nevertheless, don’t lose your heart to it. As you reach the top you will see the magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Khumbutse, Lingtren, and Changtse— gleaming in the sunrise. After spending sometime at this place, you can descend down to Gorakshep, and head off towards Pheriche. The remaining is mostly downhill through forest and pass several suspension bridges. Stay overnight at Pheriche.

Altitude: Phortse Thanga: 3,810m

If you are real lucky today, you might spot musk deer, mountain goats, mountain birds, and other wildlife. Strolling around. Thamserku and Kangtega, the less travelled trail leads to Phortse Thanga. Once you reach  Phortse Thanga, the rest of the day is yours. Since it is a Sherpa village, you might love a heartfelt encounter with Sherpas and learn about their culture in proximity. Stay overnight at Phortse Thanga.

Altitude: Machhermo: 4,470m

The trail accompanying Dudh Koshi River advances through forest full with rhododendron trees, past waterfalls, all the way to Tongba Village. Today also if you are lucky you might see some of the wild animals in this journey. Past Dole, the trail leaves the villages of Luza and Labarma, reaching Machhermo. This is the last village before reaching the Gokyo Valley. You can pay visit to Himalayan Rescue Hospital located here. Stay overnight at Machhermo.

Altitude: Gokyo: 4,800m

The trail extends from ridge emanating the views of Kangtega, Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and the Dudh Koshi Valley down below. Over the Ngazumpa Glacier and moraines, the trail leads you to a  stream. Past the bridge,  you shall arrive at the first lake of Gokyo ;the Longpongo. You can find the lama footprints engraved on a stone. Further ahead is the second lake; Taboche Tsho. As you move further, you will see the third lake;the Dudh Pokhari. Gokyo valley lies by this third lake. Stay overnight at Gokyo. 

Altitude: Gokyo: 4,800m

There are a range of things to do at Gokyo. You can climb uphill to Gokyo Ri to witness the views of Khumbu region. Also venture about four highest peaks such as Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. Visit the fourth lake; Thonak Tsho, and enjoy the blue sheet of pure vernal water. Don’t miss the fifth lake; the Ngozumba Tsho, if you are still physically and emotionally up for it. Enjoy the views of Ngozumba Glacier down below. Stay overnight at Gokyo.

 Altitude: Dole: 4,038m

The trail leaves the first lake and descends down to Dudh Koshi River, along which you shall walk for a while. Witnessing the views of Taboche and Cholatse, you shall reach a Chhorten to catch views of Thamserku, Kangtega, Cho Oyu, and other mountains. The trail passes Machhermo, Luza, and Labarma, and this day you reach your destination. Stay overnight at Dole.

Altitude: Namche Bazar: 3,438m

Past the rhododendron forest, enchanting waterfalls, along with the glimpses of a few wildlife (if lucky) you shall march towards Namche Bazar. Throughout the trek Mt. Taboche, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, and Kangtega shall be your companion. Past Sanasa, the trail leads you to towards your destination; Namche Bazar. Rest for a while, and if it not too late, you can explore Namche Bazar. Stay overnight at Namche Bazar.

Altitude: Lukla: 2,860m

Through the rocky trail downhill you move past the forest along with  several villages inhabited by Sherpas. You will now cross streams and rivers over suspension bridges, and ascent just before you reach Lukla. Finally, you are just where you had started the trek from. If you have time, you can stroll around Lukla and replay   the memories of your beginning. Stay overnight at Lukla.

Altitude: Kathmandu: 1,320m

 The 30-minute flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is encumbered with the scenic beauty of mountains and hilly landscape down below. Our representatives shall take you to your hotel. After you rest for a while, you can go for shopping for your return journey. We shall be sharing our trekking experiences in the dinner enjoying local delicacies. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Our representative shall take you to the airport following the schedule. They shall then bid a farewell and return back from there. Have a happy journey. Do remember us for your next trek to Nepal.

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Includes

    • Sagarmatha National Park entry fee
    • TIMS Card for Everest Base Camp Trekking
    • All Transport Pick up and drop in private Vehicle
    • Kathmandu Hotel 2night BB / 3 stars
    • Flight to Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu with airport tax

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