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Trip Starting From: Kathmandu
About the Activity:
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
You can either rest or stroll around a famous tourist area in Thamel, Kathmandu.
Briefing about the trek.
Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding.
Board a flight to Lukla early in the morning.
There you will be introduced to your porter.
You will begin your first day’s walk to Phakding. After a good 3 hour walk reach Dudhkosi Valley.
Delight in the surroundings while making your way to Thado Koshi.
Overnight stay at Phakding.
Trek to Namche Bazaar.
Start your second day of trek through the Valley of Dudhkosi River.
Reach Sagarmatha National Park where you will be required to verify your permits.
Reach Namche Bazaar after 5-6 hours of trekking.
Acclimatization at Namche.
Instructions about acclimatization to avoid altitude sickness.
You will be taken for a day’s hike through the villages of Khunde and Khumjung.
Begin climbing to Syangboche airstrip before ascending towards Khunde.
Reach Khumjung, the largest village in Khumbu.
Lunch at Khumjung.
Descend towards Namche.
Namche to Dole (3950m) 4-5 hours
Today’s trek is very small we will reach one of a tiny mountain top village called Mongla from here the view of Thamserku is spectacular.
Dole to Machhermo (4,470m/ 14,663ft): 3-4 hours
From Dole we will cross Labarma and Luza villages before reaching Machhermo. There is a Chhorten
right before the Luza village. Throughout today’s journey we will be walking alongside the Dudh Koshi
River. Overnight in Machhermo.
Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800 m/15,744 ft): 4-5 hours
We begin today by climbing a ridge for an excellent view down the valley to Kangtaiga and also up
towards Cho Oyu (8153 m). We will encounter first lake and second lake, we reach the third lake, the
two linked by a surging stream. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a
backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight here. Overnight in Gokyo.
Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day - Optional Hike to 5th Gokyo Lake: 3 - 4 hours
Today we will visit 5 th Gokyo lakes on the way we will cross 4 th lake.
Gokyo to Thagnak (4750 m/15,580 ft): 4km, 4 - 5 hours
Today we will hike Gokyo Ri for its magnificent view then we will trek to Thangnak. We will cross
Ngozumpa glacier to reach Thangnak.
Thagnak to Cho La pass (5,367m/17,604 ft) to Dzongla (15, 939 ft): 7 - 8 hours
Today is going to be one of the toughest days of the trip. The Cho La pass is not itself difficult, but it is
steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical
and the rocks glazed by ice may cause trouble by making the trail slippery. We need to pass through
some crevasses before we reach Dzongla Village. The village provides great views of Cholatse, Ama
Dablam, Lobuche mountains along with the Pheriche Village far below.
Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 2 - 3 hours
This will be a very short trek so we have a lot time to relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. We
climb down from Dzongla and walk through a grassy trail while enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak.
Overnight in Lobuche.
Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 6-7 hours
We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight
ahead, we come across the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. The path from here can be
misleading; hence, it is important that we follow our lead Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to
thin air in the high altitude. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching the
Everest Base Camp. Overnight in Gorak Shep.
Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) to Pherice (4,288m/14,070ft): 7-8 hours
We prepare for an early morning departure, amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14
C). Plus, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as
Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. But, it is
upon reaching Kala Patthar that we get to see 360 degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest.
We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then return back to Pheriche for a
good night's rest. Overnight in Pheriche.
Pheriche to Namche Bazaar: 6 - 7 hours
We trek down through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the
prayer-flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge
descending rapidly through pine forests. In the forest, we may come across colorful pheasants and
mountain goats. The path eventually reaches Sansa from where we can enjoy views of Ama Dablam,
Thamserku and Nuptse mountains. We also pass winding trails then through a forest before reaching
Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m/9,186ft): 6 - 7 hours
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk cautiously as our shaky legs continuously
battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its
tributaries, the trail becomes more level and natural. After our arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore
legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of days. Overnight in Lukla.
Fly back to Kathmandu.
We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching
Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of
Kathmandu, we may do that today.
Departure from Kathmandu
Board your flight from Tribhuvan International Airport.
Experience ends here.
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