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Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley Trek is one of the most popular trekking regions in Nepal. Apart from the spectacular scenery this region also has the viewing of the tallest peak in the world, Mt. Everest from a close angle. The Everest trek starts in Nepali-speaking Hindu lowlands and ends in the Tibetan Buddhist highlands renowned for famous Sherpa inhabitants.
The Everest Region is located in the northeast Nepal. The most visited part of this region is Solukhumbu district, home of the legendary Sherpas and the highest peak of the world, the Mt. Everest that stands at 8848 meters. To the north of Solukhumbu is Everest National Park; while at the east is Makalu Barun National Park. The major ethnic groups living in the Everest region are Sherpas, Rais, Tamangs, Brahmins and Chhettris. Diverse range of wildlife and vegetation are seen in the region. Animals to be sighted are mountain goat, musk deer and barking deer in the forests along with implying pheasants
Highlights of Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley Trek-19 Days
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu (1,300m). After time to get refreshed, evening you will meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and after meal briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.
Today, morning we will ready after your breakfast to head on for our relaxing guided day trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and visit the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding areas. We take you to visit the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, one of the most important shrine of Shiva temples on the subcontinent which is place of thousand of devotees, Saddhus (holy men/Baba), and can be seen the cremating body most of the times in the holy riverbank of Bagmati. Hundreds of monkeys are giggling with you and take a time to exploring surrounding area and visit Bouddhanath stupa an another pilgrimage centre which is most popular and important place for Buddhist. You can explore with rounding prayer wheel and flattering colorful flag with melodious chanting noise. After your lunch at Bouddha visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple covering wide range of area with highest point of Kathmandu valley and enjoy the 360 degrees of valley view. After exploring the surrounding areas visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is old royal palace of Kathmandu and can be seen lot of temple, architectures and Kumari (living goddess) and walk in a freak street and late afternoon back to hotel and evening briefing about your trip, what is your responsibility, what to do and does not in the trek? Introduce with our fellow trekking staff and chances to ask remaining question and simply relax at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Early morning fly to Lukla (2800m). Trek to Phakding around 3 hrs easy walk. Overnight at Tea house lodge.
Early wake-up today because this is an exciting day. First part is pretty easy. It is a high altitude way so slow and steady walking will work best. You can see Mount Everest (Chomolungma) from the new style bridge crossing at Dudh Koshi . Keep walking up to Nauje (Namche Bazaar). We will have nice hot snacks in Nauje which has many Sherpa shops, lodges, and restaurants. Nauje (Sherpa name for Namche Bazaar) is a fun place for both Sherpas and trekkers to enjoy. Overnight at Tea house lodge.
Acclimatization day which gives us time for a sightseeing tour or an excursion towards the village of Thame or Khumjung, which has fantastic view of Mt. Thamserku (6608 m), Ama-Dablam (6856 m), Mt. Lhotse (8510m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Nuptse (7861m), Island Peak (6189m), Mt. Tobuche (6367m), Mt. Kongde (6187 m) and Mt. Kusum Kanguru (6367 m).. Overnight at tea house lodge.
This day consists of walking about 5 hrs starting with sunshine great views of the Everest, Lhoste, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. There is a steep descent towards a bridge over the Dudh Kosi at (3250m), which is deepest valley after Namche and before Base Camp. Then we will be climbing up a zigzagging path through rhododendron bushes. Some superb mountain view towards Tengboche, famous for its legendary largest monastery in Khumbu. Overnight at tea house lodge.
Walking around 5 hrs with an easy descent through woods towards a suspension bridge over the Imja Khola river, then a steady climb up to Pheriche via Pangboche (3930m) that houses the most ancient monastery in the region and continue to Dingboche. Overnight at tea house lodge.
Explore to the Chhukung Village (4756m), great views of Lhotse, Island Peak, Kali Himal. Overnight at tea house lodge.
The trail starts from the easy walk but is little bit difficult walk cause of high altitude. After 3 hrs walking distance, the trail starts to climb up to the Memorial Camp and we will continue to Lobuche and then visit the Italian Research Camp while viewing of many mountains including Nuptse, Pumori (7165m), Khumbu Ice Fall etc. Overnight at tea house lodge.
Walking in the Khumbu valley alongside of Khumbu Glacier and after Ghorakshep walking either along or on the glacier. It is difficult to breathe here due to high altitude and we spend some time at EBC than back to Ghorakshep. Overnight at tea house lodge.
Wake up early in the morning and walk up to Kalapatthar for sunrise view of Everest, Nupse, Lohtse, Pumori just above and Khumbutse and beautiful views of Khumbu glacier and back down to lodge and walk down to Dzonglha via Lobuche. Overnight at tea house lodge.
This is quite long walk about 8 hours where we start early morning with packed lunch and trek uphill and turn east with boulders and steep climbing upto pass. Pass is always with ice, sometimes with deep snow and then walk down to Thangnak. Overnight at tea house lodge.
ust 2 hours walking distance over the glacier will take us to Gokyo and we can explore around Gokyo Valley. Overnight at tea house lodge.
Walking about 6 hours to explore around. Wake up early morning to hike up Gokyo ri (5483m) for 360 degrees view that includes Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu. Late morning we will be back to Gokyo and trek down to Machhermo. Overnight at tea house lodge.
Walking about 6 hours. After breakfast we descend down to the Phortse Thengnak through the beautiful Gokyo Valley. Then we have to climb about 1 hour to the Mong-La, where we can see spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and other mountains and walk easily to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at tea house lodge
Trek back to Lukla. We will finish our great journey at about 6 hours from the highest mountain. Overnight at tea house lodge.
Early morning fly back to Kathmandu. Free day for shopping. Overnight at hotel.
Transfer to airport for final departure to onward destination.
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We will be staying at 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu, and in tea-houses during the trek. All rooms are on twin-shared basis. Single bedroom will be arranged on request and will cost additional. Utmost Adventure will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, tea-houses at some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and in trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher altitude.
All meals will be provided during trekking (On demand, we can arrange only breakfast during the trek and trekkers can order lunch and dinner individually from the tea-house menu). In Kathmandu, breakfast will be available. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners taking place for guests. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges where we spend the night and lunch on our way to next destination. Authentic Nepalese, Tibetan, continental meals and Indian cuisine are common choices in the menu.
Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley Trek is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 5-6 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will consider this trip fulfilling and enjoyable. It is a good idea to prepare for the trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least for a month prior to the start. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp should be relatively easy for those who have experience in walking/trekking in high altitudes. Determination, good physical health, positive attitude and average physical fitness are good preconditions for a successful accomplishment of the trek. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Utmost Adventure before booking the trek.
The best time for trekking to Everest Base Camp – Chola pass trek is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). The temperature is moderate and guarantees amazing views throughout the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Utmost Adventure has compiled a list of necessary equipment, personal medical supplies and symptoms of medical condition likely to face during trekking / peak climbing. Also, please do understand that items listed below should be considered as an essential summary.
We highly recommend you to be familiar with all of your equipment and basic understanding of medical Conditions related to high elevation.
Your document to travel to Nepal:
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport)
Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Small wash towel
Personal Clothing items
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection
Weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Personal hygiene supplies;
Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get a sunburn
One toothpaste/brush set;
One hand sanitizer gel
1 (fast drying) synthetic towel
Personal prescription medications; Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb.
Small personal first-aid kit; (Simple and Light): first-aid tape, plasters (Band-Aids),alcohol-free wipes for cuts, personal medications, etc. (The leaders will have more extensive first-aid kits)
One skin blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) (one regular package)
Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen) (one regular package)
One small bottle cough and/or cold medicine.
One course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One small bottle anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide), available locally, for more about this medication, please contact us or your doctor
One small bottle of water purification tablets (needs to contain silver-ions AND chlorine) or a water filter or UV sterilizer.
Extra prescription glasses/contact lens. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.