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Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Trekking

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Everest base camp trek one of the typical trekking destination’s is an admired destination for trekkers in Nepal since the decade of the 1950s. The Everest Base Camp trekking starts from Lukla and follows the Dudh Kosi valley and climbs up to the gateway of Namche Bazar (3440m) a Sherpa region. The trail passes along blooming forests of rhododendron, magnolia, giant firs, across high mountain passes, remote valleys, villages, and monasteries.

The trail goes by a high traverse path to achieve the Thyangboche monastery stands at the elevation of 3867m. The monastery is structurally located on a ridge crest with superior views of the mighty Everest. The vista in the morning from the courtyard of Thyangboche is enormously mesmerizing and eye-catching. After, the path goes ahead to the Imja Khola and enters into the villages of Pangboche and Pheriche before forthcoming to the Khumbu Glacier. The route goes behind the glacier, to Lobuche, a vantage point for impressive surveillance of the Ama Dablam, Taweche, Lhotse and other peaks. Trekkers too have an opportunity to soar Kala Pattar (5550m) where an awesome image of the Himalayan giants precisely makes your minds with wheezing speculate. Alternatively, the comeback route can be arranged through the Chola Pass, Gokyo, Renjo Pass, and Thame trail offer the pleasure adventurous psyche with more magnificent mountain views, verdant forested valleys, and possibilities to reading the Nepalese tradition and culture.

Gokyo trekking one of the trekking option in the Khumbu Himalayan range. Trekking over the Chola la passes and long moraine walk to the Gokyo valley is magnificent views and challenging terrain in the Himalayan in Nepal.  Views from the Gokyo Ri of the Mt. Everest and range is much better than from Kala Pattar and Everest Base Cam itself. You can trek either from Gokyo valley to cross Chola La Passes or another side the trip is worth to extend 2-3 days in your itinerary.

 

  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Max Elevation:5,364 m
  • Total Duration:20 Days
  • Best Time:March - June, Sept - Dec ,

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Sightseeing and preparation
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding.
  • Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 5: Namche Bazaar: Rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.
  • Day 6: Trek Namche to Tengboche; Elevation3860meters/12664feet Distance 8KM/ 5mile
  • Day 7: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche, Elevation: 4410meters/14469feet Distance: 8KM/5mile
  • Day 8 Rest Day at The Dingboche.
  • Day 9 Trek Dingboche to Lobuche elevation 4910meters/16109feet Distance: 8KM/5Mile
  • Day 10 Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep Elevation: 5182meters/17000feet (Trek to EBC Ele.17575feet and Kala Pattar ele.18175feet)
  • Day 11: Trek Gorak Shep to EBC and back to the Lobuche. Elevation of EBC: 5357meters/17575feet.
  • Day 12: Trek Lobuche to D-zongla Elevation: 4860meters/15945feet
  • Day 13: Trek D-zongla to Thangnak and stay. Elevation: 4700meters/15420feet
  • Day 14: Trek Thangnak to Gokyo Elevation: 4750meters/15584feet
  • Day 15: Explore Gokyo Ri and trek to Machhermo
  • Day 16: Trek Machhermo to Namche Elevation: 3440meters/11286feet
  • Day 17: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla and stay at Lukla
  • Day 18: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu 35 minutes and transfer to the hotel.
  • Day 19: Rest day in Kathmandu.
  • Day 20: Fly to home.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Elevation: 4554feet/1380meters

Navigate Outdoor’s guide/staff meets you at the airport and transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu, we accommodate to moderate hotel on BB plan closer to the city center, where you can get the variety of restaurant and food, shopping center etc.

Day 02: Sightseeing and preparation

We wrap up our last minute paperwork while you are enjoying a city tour with our guide in Kathmandu including, Durbar Square, Hindu Temple/Pashupatinath and shrines, Bouddhanath Stupas, or you just relax or pick up few items you need for your trekking. A favorite destination is the Monkey Temple, Boudhanath stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding.

Elevation: 2610meters/8563feet.

We fly on a twin-engine otter airplane to the Himalayan foothills where we begin our trek into the Khumbu region. The scenery from the plane are amazing, provide dramatic view of terraced hills and the distant giants Himalayan views. After landing at Lukla airport we meet rest of our staff/porters and trek to Phakding and 2-3hours.

Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Elevation: 3440meters/11286feet

Trek to Namche Bazaar elevation 3440meters/ 11286feet, Distance: 7.2km/ 4.5mile

We follow the banks of the Dudh Kosi River; crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags. Soon after entering Sagarmatha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu Region and stay.

Day 5: Namche Bazaar: Rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.

Namche Bazaar is a beautiful village many wonderful and interesting handicrafts shops and venders, testy food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains, spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lotse and the beautiful Ama Dablam. We can visit Sherpa museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and fabulous photography display  by a local Nepalese naturalist.

Day 6: Trek Namche to Tengboche; Elevation3860meters/12664feet Distance 8KM/ 5mile

The trek continues along the rushing glacier river of the Dudh Kosi river with magnificent views of the mountains. We visit some of the amazing monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu region. Inside the monastery are incredibly decorative wall hangings, a 20-feet sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. Almost all the Mt.Everest Climber they spent night there for group luck and Lama perform a ceremony and hear the mystical chanting and music.

Day 7: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche, Elevation: 4410meters/14469feet Distance: 8KM/5mile

From Tengboche the trail drop to deDoche cross another suspension bridge on Imja Khola and climb to Pangboche among thousands of mani stones. Our journey continues, taking us to the traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquistite views of Lotse Island Peak and Ama Dablam.

Day 8 Rest Day at The Dingboche.

Optional day hike gain elevation and back to the guesthouse for night hold

Day 9 Trek Dingboche to Lobuche elevation 4910meters/16109feet Distance: 8KM/5Mile

Today our journey get little bit challenging because of height/elevation and continue along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for the climbers who have perished on nearby summit

Day 10 Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep Elevation: 5182meters/17000feet (Trek to EBC Ele.17575feet and Kala Pattar ele.18175feet)

After an early morning start, we ascend Kala Pattar (black stone) 18175feet and enjoy famous views of Himalayas, without having to climb Mt. Everest we stay at Gorekshep at the local teahouse.

Day 11: Trek Gorak Shep to EBC and back to the Lobuche. Elevation of EBC: 5357meters/17575feet.

If we experience bad weather we have the opportunity for a second chance to climb Kala Pattar. Today we will also continue our trek to Everest Base Camp, located at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall and back to the Lobuche and stay overnight.

Day 12: Trek Lobuche to D-zongla Elevation: 4860meters/15945feet

Today we are trekking towards the Chola pass/Gokyo valley; our trail divide right around the Lobuche and our stop will be at Dzongla.

 

Day 13: Trek D-zongla to Thangnak and stay. Elevation: 4700meters/15420feet

Today we hike through some pine forests on our way to Cho La Pass. From the top, you can enjoy panoramic views of the surroundings mountains of Lotse, Ama dablam, Thamuserku, and Mt. Everest, right after the pass a steep descent takes us into Thangnak for the evening hold.

Day 14: Trek Thangnak to Gokyo Elevation: 4750meters/15584feet

The day trek takes us to the magnificent Gokyo Lakes 5 absolutely brilliant lakes dot the landscape. We will able to take short hike to visit the various lakes. And night stay at Gokyo village.

Day 15: Explore Gokyo Ri and trek to Machhermo

Early morning, we depart for our hike up to Gokyo Ri (elevation 5357meters), a highlight of the trip that rivals Everest Base Camp. The climb up to the top of the Gokyo Ri is strenuous and takes about 3-4 hours to reach at the top. Once on the summit, the view of the Gokyo village, lakes, Cholatse and Norgzumpa Glacier are un real. You are surrounded by the Himalayan 8000 meter peaks, 100% an unforgettable sight. We hike down to Gokyo have lunch and hike to Machhermo altitude 4470meters. On the way we cross Dudh Koshi River and steep river valley. This is the region where the Khumbu people had their first Yeti sighting in 1974!

Day 16: Trek Machhermo to Namche Elevation: 3440meters/11286feet

Today we trek back to the Namche Bazaar. Shortly before reaching Namche, the treks takes us through a pine forest, where musk deer often graze/seen in early in the morning. Arriving in the town, we may see lowland porters, highland Sherpa, and Tibetan people trading food and supplies during Namche market time. We stay at the Namche.

Day 17: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla and stay at Lukla

We spend night at the Lukle before we fly to Kathmandu.

Day 18: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu 35 minutes and transfer to the hotel.

At the evening get together for farewell dinner and share experiences.

Day 19: Rest day in Kathmandu.
Day 20: Fly to home.

Cost Includes

 

  • Experienced guide (4:1 ratio), local porter (2:1ratio).
  • Domestic flights Ktm – Lukla - Ktm.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu full day.
  • Airport picks up and drops.
  • Hotel 4nights in Kathmandu twin sharing room with breakfast.
  • Essential group First aid.
  • Trekking permit and TIMS (Tourism Information Management System)
  • Our staff’s guides and Porter's salary, food, accommodation, and their insurance.
  • Food during the trekking, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast and hot drinks tea & Coffee.
  • Accommodation at local tea-house twin sharing room during the trekking 

 

Cost Excludes

What is not including?

  • Travel/ trekking, accidental/ health insurance (mandatory)
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. snacks, coke, Mineral water, chocolate during the day etc)
  • Mineral Water and Alcohol and all bottled beverages.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, accept sightseeing and other activities.
  • International airfare and airport tax, Visa fee
  • Guides/ Porter’s tip.
  • Emergency evacuation.

Cost and Dates

Trip Start DateTrip End DatePriceAvailabilityBook
14th May, 201928th May, 2019US$$1790.00 PP Book Now
16th September, 201929th September, 2019US$$1650.00 PP Book Now
1st October, 201914th October, 2019US$$1790.00 PP Book Now
16th October, 201929th October, 2019US$$1790.00 PP Book Now
24th October, 20196th November, 2019US$$1790.00 PP Book Now
4th November, 201920th November, 2019US$$1790.00 PP Book Now

What you need to bring

  • Personal belongings (i.e. camera, water bottle, extra money, sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhat, hiking shorts/ synthetic T-shirt etc.)
  • Hiking boots, sports shoe/ trainers, 3/4 woolen socks 2 pairs liners socks, 1 pairs gloves, warm hat,
  • 1 Day backpack and a duffel bag for your clothing.
  • Warm layers, down or synthetic jackets, fleece, hiking pants, thermals.

Note: We customize your trip according to your interest, duration, and budget. This is a brief itinerary gives you some idea and broader pictures of the trip while you are thinking to do so. Please do not hesitate to contact us for details and additional information about the area.

We will provide a comprehensive gear list on booking, and most of these items you can buy or rent in Kathmandu.

Karnali River Experience.

They say that the journey is better than the destination. That all the experiences along the way are like an accumulation of rocks along a riverbed. This story is another stone in a river.

I have known Mani Aryal for several years, meeting him in the United States, in the state of Utah. Mani and I were both on a work contract to take a group of students down Desolation & Grey Canyon on the Green River. After spending three weeks with Mani I knew that I made a paddling adventure buddy and that he would be a person that I actively stay in contact with. The years have a way of floating by with adventure and intentions. Every time I spoke to Mani he persistently invited me to Kathmandu to see his home and to float the rivers. Three years after saying “no”, I finally could say “maybe”.

Kathmandu is large in legend and small in structure. The shuttle ride from the airport is an example of whitewater: dodging potholes, must-make moves, and pure adrenaline. It’s best not to watch.

There are two options to get to the river when signing up for a Karnali River Expedition trip: 1) take the plane or 2) ride with the guides and gear on public transport. I was on a tight budget, so option #2 was the only way to go. Putting together a multiday river trip is always difficult, especially when you start combining buses, shuttles, and rendezvous. The first leg of the journey was via public transportation to Koholpur. The guides and I, hanging out at the main bus depot, loading all of the gear we would need for the next 12 days was a new experience indeed.

You see a lot of different people and livestock on the long distance buses. Chickens and goats are not uncommon. If a woman is standing with a baby, it’s a norm to hand a baby to you, a seated passenger, to hold the child in order to give her a break.

The second half of the shuttle was a private bus to the put-in, the small village of Dungeshor that is located straight down a canyon. The route our bus driver picked was shorter to save fuel but longer because of road conditions. Our bus rocked, creaked and moaned down the road for 8 hours only to cover 85km. “Singletrack” may be a better description than “road” as there were only inches to spare between rock walls and open air.

 Sideswiping other buses, scouting rock gardens and pushing our transport were common occurrences that quickly become norms. We reached Dungeshor after 10 pm to hastily inhale some food and beer from a generous restaurant owner who opened his doors after hours. Afterward, we set up our tents on the riverbank to welcome a solid, unwavering piece of ground to usher in some sleep.

The next morning, the guides were in their prime, having already started getting breakfast ready for everyone. Mani was no exception, greeting me with a great, white smile and a coffee to help orient my mind back to my body. The biggest surprise was all of the children hanging about camp. We were all warned not to leave our gear unattended. Later that day, I realized a carabineer walked off to hang out with the children. The guides seemed to include me that much more by laughing and sharing stories of gear gone lost.

Throughout the six days, Mani and his guides were exceptional hosts. It seemed as if they never stopped moving. Always quick to put a coffee in your hand, help you set up your campsite or to offer a meal. Every morning they would barter with local fisherman to add extra flair to the menu. On the water, I felt safe and involved in the risk management. All ideas were heard until a plan formed to be implemented with everyone on board. The standard followed by Mani was professional.

Six months after this trip, the strongest memories I have are of traveling to and from the river. Once I had oars in my hand and a blue sky above me I knew who I was and how I got there.

The total trip duration from Kathmandu to Kathmandu was 10 days included bus journey.

Thank you, Mani. I look forward to our next adventure.

Daniel Ives

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