Total Duration:18 days Days
Meals:Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Transportation:Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
Max. Altitude:5554 M
Group Size :2 to 12 Pax
Trip Start :Kathmandu
Trip End :Kathmandu
Kathmandu to Lukla:By Flight
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A truly amazing adventure in the Himalayas involves some admirable views of pristine lakes, high soaring mountains, impressive glacier, and epic base of the highest mountain in the world and involves high Himalayan pass crossing. An adventure trekking to Everest Base Camp and then to Gokyo Lakes crossing Cho La pass is such a trip that gives you a thrilling adventure of life time.
This epic trip follows the Everest base camp trekking trail and takes you there to enjoy the charm of the base camp of the highest mountain in the world along with the Kalapatthar hiking adventure. Later, the trek goes towards Gokyo lakes crossing the Cho La pass. You can explore Gokyo lakes; hike to Gokyo Ri and enjoy the Ngozumpa glacier and other charms in the region.The trail after the exploration of Gokyo valley comes to meet the Everest base camp trail at Namche Bazar.
You can undergo through this overwhelming trekking experience by adding only 3 extra days on the normal Everest Base Camp trekking days. A total 18 days of trip shows much more than the normal base camp trip. It leaves you practically speechless and in awe.
Day 01:Welcome to Kathmandu – 1,400m
Day 02:Preparation and Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu – B
Day 03:Kathmandu – Lukla 2,860m – Phakding 2,610m – B.L.D
Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazar 3,440m – B.L.D
Day 05:Acclimatization Day – B.L.D
Day 06:Namche – Tengboche 3,860m – B.L.D
Day 07: Tengboche – Dingboche 4,410m – B.L.D
Day 08:Acclimatization Day – B.L.D
Day 09:Dingboche – Lobuche 4,940m – B.L.D
Day 10:Lobuche – Everest Base Camp 5,364m – Gorakshep 5,164m – B.L.D
Day 11:Gorakshep – Kalapatthar 5,545m – Dzongla 4,830m – B.L.D
Day 12:Dzongla – Cho La Pass 5,420m – Thagnak 4,695m - B.L.D
Day 13:Thagnak – Gokyo 4,800m – B.L.D
Day 14:Gokyo Ri (5,357m) Hike – Dole 4,200m - B.L.D
Day 15: Dole – Namche Bazar 3,440m – B.L.D
Day 16: Namche – Lukla 2,860m – B.L.D
Day 17:Lukla – Kathmandu 1,400m – B
Day 18: See You Again – B
Day 01Welcome to Kathmandu – 1,400mIn accordance with your flight schedule, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to extend a warm welcome to you in our beautiful country for the beautiful trip. After exchanging warm welcome greetings at the arrival section, we will lead you to our vehicle to transfer you to our trip hotel. It’s a day at complete leisure on your own to relax the jetlag. But we definitely help you with the information to go around in case you’d like to do so.
Day 02Preparation and Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu – BWe spend a full day in Kathmandu today which will be a necessary acclimatization day as well. Early in the morning after breakfast, we will meet for trip briefing where we will talk about this amazing trip in details and answer your questions should you have any. After the brief meeting is over, we are taking you for an amazing cultural sightseeing tour of heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. The sites we take you for the sightseeing today include Swoyambhunath - the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square – to see the temple of Living Goddess and other medieval architectural wonders, Pashupatinath – to immerse into Hindu death rites on the bank of a holy river, and Boudhanath – a massive Buddhist shrine considered as the biggest in the world.
Day 03Kathmandu – Lukla 2,860m – Phakding 2,610m – B.L.DAs we have already packed our bags the previous night, the thing we do straight in the morning is drive to airport for an early morning flight to Lukla. With the excitement of being in the region of the highest mountain in the world, we board a small, fixed winged aircraft and set off on an adventurous yet worthy aerial journey to Lukla. Soon after an incredible flight experience, we will find ourselves at the amazing mountain town of Lukla, the gateway to Everest. We will meet all our supporting crew members at Lukla before setting off on the first day of trek. Once we sort out our stuffs, we start the trek to Phakding today. After about 4 hours of easy trek on gentle and gradual downhill trail, we reach Phakding on the bank of a beautiful mountain river called Dudh Koshi. The very first day of Everest trail walking will take us past some beautiful cultural and spiritual wonders in the forms of prayer flags, chhortens, mani walls etc.
Day 04 Phakding – Namche Bazar 3,440m – B.L.DWe enjoy our breakfast with the serene sound of flowing Dudh Koshi before starting our second day of the trek to Namche Bazar today. The walk today mostly involves uphill effort with some steep going up. We cross several suspension bridges today on the trail as we proceed towards the destination. We check into the Sagarmatha National Park entrance check point just above the beautiful village of Monjo before continuing up towards Namche bazar. Once we reach Namche bazar, a prosperous mountain trading town in the Everest region, we will be able to observe and experience more of the amazing culture and life style of beautiful and famous Sherpa people. A nicely settled town in the terraced slope, Namche bazar showcases some spectacular views of mountains like Thamserku (6,6232m) and Kongde Ri (6,187m) to its west.
Day 05Acclimatization Day – B.L.DWe spend an extra day here at Namche today for acclimatization as we are already at 3,440 meters above sea level with a large portion of the stretch left to go higher in the days to come. As this is an acclimatizing day, we will go for a hiking trip to Everest View point right above Namche bazar to have the very first glimpse of the Mt. Everest. This spectacular view point brings the wonderful mountain views including Mt. Everest that keeps us motivated to go higher towards the base camp. Once we return back to Namche bazar after the hike, we can explore the town going through one end to the other of the town. We can indulge in some conversation with locals there; surf internet cafes; or simply relax and save the energy for the days to come.
Day 06Namche – Tengboche 3,860m – B.L.DWe start the day early after breakfast and proceed towards Tengboche, a beautiful village in the Khumbu region on a hill in the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Imja River. The uphill walk passes through forest and involves ridge walking. After about 6 hours of uphill walk, we reach Tengboche village. Once we reach Tengboche village, we can enjoy Mountain View of the peaks like Tawache, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam including Everest. Once we settle into our accommodation, we can set out on an exploration of Tengboche Monastery, the biggest Buddhist monastery in the region where Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first man to summit Mt. Everest along with Sir Edmund Hilary, was sent to be a monk once. The galore magnificence of the monastery is simply overwhelming.
Day 07 Tengboche – Dingboche 4,410m – B.L.DDingboche is the destination for today. After we finish our breakfast with view, we set off on the trekking journey for the day. We follow the downhill trail towards Diboche and past it we reach Pangboche village. We will take some time to explore the village and an ancient and beautiful monastery. Pangboche is a beautiful and the biggest Sherpa settlement in the region. After starting ahead from Pangboche village, we head towards Dingboche leaving the route to Pheriche. After spending about six hours on the trail past forest, villages and beautiful sights to see, we reach Dingboche village where a breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks awaits us.
Day 08Acclimatization Day – B.L.DWe are already at the elevation of 4,410 meters above sea level thus a good full day is what we need to adjust with the high altitude climate here and above. This extra day at Dingboche works as an acclimatization and rest day as well that is essential to go further higher. Even when we are calling it a rest day, we are not staying idle. We will go for some hiking to higher elevation and return back to Dingboche for overnight stay. This full day of exploration around Dingboche will expose us to the overwhelming beauty of the place and surrounding mountain peaks.
Day 09Dingboche – Lobuche 4,940m – B.L.DAs we are already above tree line on our trek, we now walk through pastures, glacial moraine, boulder strewn path and like of the terrain all the way to Lobuche. The walk today involves crossing a small pass called Dughla also known as Thukla with several memorial shrines for the brave mountaineers who lost their lives during their climbing expeditions. Although the walk is slow paced on uphill trail, made difficult by the increasing elevation, it brings wonderful views of the mountains to our sight that help us forget the strenuous effort we are taking up in the impressive mountain landscape. A well spent seven hours of the effort in the rugged Everest trekking trail that many other adventurers are treading takes us to the small settlement of Lobuche to spend overnight before striving for one more day to reach the base of the highest mountain in the world.
Day 10Lobuche – Everest Base Camp 5,364m – Gorakshep 5,164m – B.L.DWe are eventually going to make it to the Everest Base Camp today after these many days of trekking in and amidst the wonderful Himalayan peaks. Our determined and sincere effort to be at the base of the highest mountain in the world is going to materialize this afternoon. We are going to stand at the place where many climbers have spent days and nights training, preparing and attempting the summit of the formidable Mt. Everest.
We walk to Gorakshep, a small settlement on the glacial lakebed in the Everest region, where we are going to spend overnight today as the highest overnight stopover for the trip. After relishing our lunch at our tea house, we set off for the Everest Base Camp. A slow paced walk on the moraine and boulder strewn gradual path up to base camp is going to test our excitement and stamina. Anyway we are going to get to the base camp regardless of the difficulty of walking at the elevation. We click countless pictures and enjoy the moment of being at the classic Everest base camp before making a return trip to Gorakshep for overnight stay.Goal reached! Mission accomplished!! Congratulations!!!
Day 11Gorakshep – Kalapatthar 5,545m – Dzongla 4,830m – B.L.DWe get up early, really early, in the morning to hike up to Kalapatthar, the highest elevation on the trip, for a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and other Himalayan panorama up close with spectacular sunrise over those mighty peaks. This never-seen-before view and sunrise on earth is going to blow our mind away alluring us to stay there forever. Alas, we wish we could!
We have to make a return trip back to Gorakshep for breakfast. We start the trek to Dzongla today after breakfast. After Everest base camp and Kalapatthar adventure, we are now on another adventure of crossing Cho La pass and exploring Gokyo valley.
Day 12Dzongla – Cho La Pass 5,420m – Thagnak 4,695m - B.L.DWe are going to cross the famous Cho La pass. An early morning uphill struggle towards the pass challenges us in very beginning of the day. When we reach Cho La pass, a spectacular view of the mountain peaks greet us. After spending few memorable minutes at the pass, we descend to Thagnak to stay overnight.The descent is a bit tricky so we trek down carefully not to slip off.
Day 13Thagnak – Gokyo 4,800m – B.L.DAfter the incredible Cho La pass adventure, we are entering Gokyo valley today. The trek is short but with spectacular views. The walk goes through glacial moraine. We reach Gokyo near the third lake to find our accommodation. After settling into our accommodation and having lunch, we go to explore the fifth lake and enjoy the views of the surroundings.
Day 14Gokyo Ri (5,357m) Hike – Dole 4,200m - B.L.DWe are going to hike the amazing Gokyo Ri early in the morning. Gokyo Ri lies at the elevation of 5,357 meters above sea level and is an impressive vantage point to admire the incredible Himalayan view including Mt Everest, Lhotse Cho Oyu and Makalu. Gokyo Ri, also known as Gokyo peak, provides spectacular view of the lakes and glacier.
We hike back down to Gokyo and trek down to Dole to spend overnight.
Day 15 Dole – Namche Bazar 3,440m – B.L.DToday, we trek back to Namche Bazar to meet the Everest base camp trekking route. We complete a loop on the route when we arrive at Namche Bazar. We are going to experience the serenity and fewer trekkers so less crowd but when we come at Namche bazar, we will be back again to the crowd. It has been an amazing around the mountains and exploring EBC, Cho La and Gokyo valley.
Day 16 Namche – Lukla 2,860m – B.L.DIt’s the last day of trekking when we trek to Lukla today. We walk past Monjo village; cross suspension bridges and walk past Phakding and advance towards Lukla. Once we reach Lukla to bring our trekking part to an end, we duly thank our supporting team members. If it were not for their amazing effort, our journey would be very difficult. We celebrate the joy of making it to the base of the highest peak in the world.
Day 17Lukla – Kathmandu 1,400m – BWe take a morning flight from the Lukla airstrip leaving the mighty mountains behind us. Another exciting flight with adventure takes us back to the city civilization. Once in Kathmandu, we spend leisurely time back in the chaos of the city after so many days of serene mountain air and incredible adventure.
Day 18 See You Again – BAs the last day on this trip, we drive you to airport as per your flight schedule back to home or onward destination.We definitely hope that you enjoyed the EBC Cho La Trek and hope to see you for another adventure soon.