Our 18 days of Everest base camp trek via Gokyo valley creates a great combination route in comparatively unexplored region of Khumbu. Situated in hidden valley of Khumbu, Gokyo valley is arguable the most dramatic and interesting village of Sherpa. Our trek starts with fascinating flight to Lukla, the starting point of trek. Everest Base Camp Trekking is one of most followed route by the trekkers in Nepal and whole world. We follow Dudh koshi valley to Namche bazaar before heading to Gokyo valley.
We’ll have proper acclimatization and rest day in Namche as well as Gokyo. From Gokyo, we hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m) for viewing all 8000 meter peak of the Khumbu region such as Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho-oyu. We then trek via, Phortse, Dingboche rejoining main route to Everest Base camp. Our overnight plan at Gorkashep provides opportunity to ascend kalapatter 5,545m for more spectacular views of the surrounding 8000m mountains including the black rocky ramparts of Mt. Everest’s (8,848m) in southwest face. We also have a day to visit Everest base camp at the foot of the immensely impressive Khumbu icefall. Mountain such as Ama Dablam 6812m, Kangtega 6779m, Nuptse 7855m, Thamserku 6608m etc are seen frequently while we trek. Likewise, our return journey takes us to Pheriche village before descending to Lukla and fly back to Katmandu the next day.
Important note :
Flight between Kathmandu and Lukla is generally reliable. In case of bad weather, flight are cancelled often and to avoid missing international flights, we recommend 2-3 days extra at end of your trip. Also be prepared to pay some extra money for Helicopter flights. Which may cost $ 150- $ 500 or more depending on persons on the flight. For group, we normally charter helicopter flights. Make sure that you have full-fledged insurance coverage arrangement. In our program there is two night as buffer day in case of unforeseen circumstances.
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! Ramdung Expedition representative will meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You can take a rest or if you are arriving earlier, can visit around the city.
In the evening we will hold a briefing session regarding your trip and get to know your Nepali trekking companion. We’ll be happy to answer any question you may have. O/N Hotel.
Day 02- Fly to Lukla (28040) and trek to Phakding (2610m) 3 hrs.
An early morning start takes us to the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35-minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,804m). On arrival at the airport guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding (2,610m).
After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2,713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2,550m) it is a short walk to Phakding. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 03- Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3441m) 5-6 hrs
We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar (considered the Gateway to Everest) is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries. Namche is the biggest town along the Everest trail. Overnight at a guesthouse. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 04 – Acclimatization day
We spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We also hike up the Syangboche Airport near the Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 05- Namche Bazaar to Dole (4110m). 6 hrs
We climb and take one final look of Namche before following nice and easy trail. We’ll ascend to Mohang hill, the birth place of reincarnated lama of Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet believed to flourish Buddhism in Khumbu region. We will head down to Phortse Thanga take a lunch and walk gentle trail to Dole. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 06 – Dole to Machhermo (4465m). 4-5 hrs
We start climbing over Dole via scenic ridge. We then follow trail along a valley over the river, crossing sandy spurs aiming to reach Machhermo by midday so that to visit Himalayan Rescue Association and rest our body. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 07 – Machhermo to Gokyo (4720m). 5-6 hrs
After morning breakfast fuels us up, we begin climbing to a ridge for excellent view of down valley and Kangtenga and Cho-oyu mountain on above. The valley widens as we walk further to Phangkha then descending to river. Again climb onto moraine of Ngazumpa Glacier and walking for sometime brings us to first lake, Longpongo, second lake Taboche Tsho. We make photos of turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in sun. Gokyo village stands near to the edge of third lake. O/N Teahouse (BLD)
Day 08 – Rest day, Option to Hike
Today we rest and have chance to further acclimatize. If weather is good, we have opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri from where we see panoramic view of mountains like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. Gokyo village is famous for six lakes in it surrounding. We also visit these. O/N lodge (BLD)
Day 09 - Gokyo to Thaknak (4750m) 5 - 6 hrs
Today, we are on the trail to Thaknak. Thaknak is also sometimes pronounced as Dragnag. We climb out of the Gokyo village to a ridge. Then, we take the route through the Ngozumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side. Continuing further and traversing along the edge of that mountain, we descend down to Thaknak. On the trek, we enjoy the magnifiscent views of Cho Oyu, Gokyo Ri, and other high Himalayas. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 10 - Thaknak to Cho La (5420m) to Dzongla (4830m) 7 - 8 hrs
Today, we trek to the Cho La Pass. ChoLa pass is also another show up of this trip. Today is going to be one of the toughest days. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful because trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble to the trekkers making the trail slippery. Our trail climbs through a narrow gorge and a rocky trail. So, we climb up continuously up from Phedi. We trek through the side of a frozen lake while we come to the top of the pass which is decorated by prayer flags. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla, another beautiful place with a complete view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and the Pheriche village far below. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 11 - Dzongla to Lobuche (4940m) 4 - 5 hrs
Today, we head for our next destination Lobuche. We climb down from Dzongla and pon crossing a bridge, we transverse through grassy trail. Enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak we stretch up eventually through a ridge. The mountains of Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku Taboche are seen looming prominently. Curving round through the wide gravelly river bed, we reach Lobuche. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 12 - Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170m). Excursion to Everest Base Camp (5364m). 7hrs
The big day on our overall trek arrives today. We start with easy trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep. The succeeding trail to Everest base camp is harder and involves walking to rocky dunes, moraines and glacial debris. We will also approach famous khumbu Glacier and icefall. When reaching Everest base camp in spring, we see lots of tents of climbers attempting Mt. Everest to climb. We’ll spent some time there to see unbelievable views of mountains and take some pictures then head back to Gorekshep after the busy day. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 13 - Morning climb to Kalapathar (5545m) to Pheriche (4288m). 7-8 hrs
We wake up early in the morning and start to walk to Kalapattar meaning “black rock”. Kalapattar is epic climb, the point to view sensational Himalayan vistas of a life time. The climb is tough but a chance to cherish your dream of viewing highest mountain at one place. We then trek back to Pheriche village with easy walking. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 14 – Pheriche to Namche Bazaar. 5-6 Hrs
We walk downhill most of the time but some hours require scaling a hill. We’ll pass through Tengboche monastery and reach Namche late in the afternoon. O/N lodge (BLD)
Day 15 - Namche Bazzar to Phakding to Lukla: 6 - 7 hrs
We trace back the same route we started passing through Hillary suspension bridge and through the Sherpa villages. The last day of trek is traditionally completed by party with your trekking crew. All are in happy and celebration mood for accomplishing the great Everest base camp trek. This will also be last day of yours in the mountain. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 16 - Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes about 35 minutes. We will take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to Hotel. You can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel. O/N Hotel (B)
Day 17 – Contingency and rest day Kathmandu
You can spend time resting/buying souvenirs back to home. In the evening, we will host farewell dinner in traditional restaurant with cultural dance performances in celebration of your amazing trip. O/N Hotel (BD)
Day 18 – Trip ends, Farewell and Departure
The journey in the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today ! At last approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Ramdung Expedition will drop you to the airport. (B)
Normally, we use following 3 star standard hotels in Kathmandu depending on availability in our trekking package.
Hotel Manang. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.hotelmanang.com
Hotel Utse. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.utsehotel.com
Hotel Manaslu. Located in Lazimpat near to Thamel area. www.hotelmanaslu.com
While on trek, the lodges are fairly basic but perfectly adequate for the mountain type service. Two people will be accommodated in each room mostly in twin beds with foam mattresses. If you prefer private accommodation, you can choose “single supplement” option. It is important to consider that some places in the trek do not have sufficient lodges and rooms; in this case you’ll have to share room. Some lodges now have showers (charged at $3-$5).
FLIGHT DELAYS IN KATHMANDU-LUKLA
Flight between Kathmandu and Lukla is generally reliable. Being Short Take-Off & Landing (STOL) mountain airstrips, flight is dependent on the weather. Delays often happen if there is poor visibility or high winds. In case of bad weather, flight is cancelled often and to avoid missing international flights, we recommend 2-3 days extra at end of your trip.
If you have to wait in Kathmandu at beginning of the trip due to flight delays, the cost for your overnight accommodation in Kathmandu is not included so you will have to pay extra for this.
Also be prepared to pay some extra money for Helicopter flights. Which may cost $ 150- $ 500 or more depending on persons on the flight. For group, we normally charter helicopter flights. Make sure that you have full-fledged insurance coverage arrangement. In our program there is two night as buffer day in case of unforeseen circumstances.
it is mandatory to have travel insurance for the trekking and please submit us photocopy before departure to mountain. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure it covers up to 6000m.
You are expect to trek about 5-7 hours covering distance of 10-15 kilometer daily depending on trial conditions and state of the weather. You’ll be traveling through wilderness, remote countryside and high elevations. Trekking with a guide is not only safer but also for more enjoyable experience. Our guides and porters are expert in Himalayan treks and have more than one decades of experience in average. It is recommended that you prepare for trek with suitable training such as climbing hills/stairs, jogging, exercise and gym to improve your stamina few months prior to trek. The trek will be more enjoyable if you are fit.
MEALS AND DRINKS
There are plenty of excellent restaurants to serve food and drinks in Kathmandu such as Rum doodles, Fire & ice, La Dolce Vita, Ktoo Steak House, Everest Steak, New Orleans, Gaia etc. Breakfast is provided at your hotel every morning. It will cost $ 3-7 per meal depending on meals item chosen and restaurant. While on trek, the lodges or teahouse provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. Meals whilst on trek are included in the package which is breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks. You can choose your meal from hotel menus. Meals in lodges are varied ranging from traditional Nepalese daal bhaat to pizza, apple pie, steak, pasta and so on. It is safer to drink bottled, boiled and filtered water. A reasonable variety of both hard and soft drinks are available in cities and while on trek. You can purify your own water if you carry a canteen or water bottle and iodine drops or tablets.
Spring starts from March until May where temperature fluctuated between 20°c to 30°c. From June to August is summer season which is also time of monsoon with occasional thunderstorms and hot temperatures. From late September to end November is autumn and is best for trekking activities. Winter is from late November to February. The trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the elevation and time of the particular day. In the mountains between 1000m-3500m, the night generally will be cool around 5°C and during the day temperatures every so often rise to 20°c. At the higher altitudes, temperatures range from 15° to -15°c.
Tips is not mandatory but generally after hard work something extra is expected. We recommend a tip for guide and porter as at least $70 (more will be appreciated).
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST
The following are what we recommend to bring as clothing and equipment needed for the trek. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper price; we can assist you with necessary arrangement. Except for your day pack, your luggage will be carried by porters. You’ll have strong and hospitable porter for two people. The weight limit for trek is 10-13kg per person. One porter can carry 20-25kg weight. Before the trek, you can store all your excess baggage in Kathmandu at hotel or at our office and take only which is required for the trek.
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sun Hat or scarf
Cotton tees or thermals
Gloves for hand
Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Thin inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable Trekking boots
Sleeping bag rated to -20
Trekking bag or duffel bag
Large plastic bags (keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (recommended, optional)
Water bottle Toiletries
Lonely Planet Nepal: A guide book of Nepal.
Annapurna: A book by Reinhold Messner about his expedition experience in the dead zone of Annapurna.
Trekking in Nepal: Written by Stephen Bezruchka is an nice book for all treks with and bibliography of additional books.
Trekking and climbing in Nepal: Written by Steve Razzetti, this book gives comprehensive knowledge of major trekking trails and climbing peaks.
Nepal Handbook: By Kerry Morgan. Recommended specially for Kathmandu Valley sightseeing’s.
Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya: By Stan Armungton. This book has detailed trek descriptions including restricted areas of Mustang, Manaslu, Dolpo and kailash.
Into Thin Air: By Jon Krakaur. A personal account of the Mount Everest disaster.
Travelers Tales: Edited by Rajendra Khadka, Traveler’s Tales, and San Francisco.
Mustang: A lost kingdom by Michel Peissel.