Trip Facts

Grade: Adventure/ Vigorous
Daily Walk Duration: 3 - 7 hours
Altitude: Max. 5545m
Group Size: 1 - 15 Pax
Season: October to May

Description

One of the classic trek in the Sherpa land which goes up to the view point, Kala Pathar (5545m) and Everest Base Camp (5300m).
 
We fly to Tenzing - Hillary Airport of Lukla by small aircraft for about half hour, which is famous for one of the dangerous and amazing airport. It has slanted runway down at 20 degree. Our pilots are recognized as an Expert pilot.  The approach can be attempted only in good weather.  
 
After meeting our local guide and staff, we start smooth trek. Next day we enter the Sagarmatha National Park and popular Namche village which is biggest and most facilitated town in this area. Trekking gradually ascent towards Turquoise colored glacier lake calls Gokyo Lake with many other lakes at 4790m which is one of the highlight of this trek as well. We go up to Gokyo Ri (5181m) to have a breathtaking panorama view of almost all of region’s 8000 meter high peaks including  Mt. Everest, Lhoste, Makalu and Cho Oyu and many other named and unnamed peaks. After, we take an alternative mountaineering route that begins near the southern tip of Ngozumpa Glacier and just south of Taujun Lake. This leads east over the Cho La pass at 5420m to continue route to Gorakshep (5160m) so to have easier trek to Everest Base Camp and steep climb to Kala Pathar (black rock), another close view of Mt. Everest and climbing route for expedition including many other mountain views. We descend with great achievement and smile though cold and hard wind. Experience unique Sherpa villages, monasteries with dramatic views. Descend via normal approaching route of Tengboche monastery with possible side excursion trip to Chukkung valley or further peak climbing to Island peak or many others if time permits.  Return back to Namche and relax with hot shower. Another descending to Lukla to take flight back to busy Kathmandu city...
 
NOTE: All trips can be customized as per your interest, fitness level and schedule.
 
Day 01-02: Fly to Lukla 45 minute flight. Meet with staff and start smooth trek to Phakding by crossing Dudh Khosi river. Next day continue trek, enter in Sagarmatha National Park and steep uphill to Namche Bazaar.
Day 03: Visit to Khumjung village which is at the foot of Sacred mountain, Khumbila, 5761m and to famous Hotel Everest View, Yeti’s skull kept at the monastery and Kunde hospital.
Day 04-05: A steep trek with stunning views of Ama Dablam and small traditional hamlets of Phortse Tenga. Another short day, Dole to Machermo, where Health post exist by IPPG.
Day 06: Excellent view of Khatenga and Cho Oyu, we ascend. After lunch, after Pangka, ascend to Nilibuk’s narrow trail, we see the first view of Gokyo lake at 4750 meter with glaciers flowing down.
Day 07: Early morning excursion to Gokyo peak at 5337m for better view of Cho Oyu, Gyacung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee. Descend back to Gokyo to further to base of Chola pass.
Day 08-09: Cross Chola, 5420 meter high, also called Chugyima la, depending on weather condition route is different than expected. Continue to Dzongla and further next to Dughla (4620m) and to Lobuche (4930m).
Day 10: The trail follows through glacier, moraine with a lot of possible difficulty to due to high altitude. Views of Kala Pathar (5550m) and Mt .Pumori, can be seen. Overnight at Gorakshep.
Day 11: Climb to Kala Pathar (Black rock) to have best view of Mt. Everest of west and south faces. This is certainly the best mountain viewpoints in the world. The climb is hard work, but offers the best.
Day 12-15: Return back to Dughla, Pangboche. Tengboche monastery at 3860 is another highlight of the trip, Namche for hot shower and to endless switch backs to the Dudh Khosi river to Lukla for final night.
Day 16: End of Sherpa village trek in Sherpa land, enjoying Sherpa Culture by giving Sherpa Smile. Flight back to Kathmandu.

If wishing to travel at other times alternative itineraries are available.

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Trek Grading

The Following Is Designed to be a Rough Guide to help you select the trek that suits you best.

Moderate/Reasonable

More remote country, often camping in the wild, the occasional 7 or 8 hour day (camp to camp) but not more than 5 days consecutive walking. Altitude gains of up to 600m. a day.

Adventurous/Vigorous

Up to 9 days consecutive walking including high passes up to 4500m. (With snow covering), but more typically on passes of 3650-4300m. Again, occasionally a 7 or 8 hour day, but usually 5 or 6 hours. A long way from any road!

Challenging / Strenuous

Only one of our treks, "A Himalayan Summit" fully merits this grade. This is purely on account of its altitude, 6000m. Given the time for acclimatization, this is well within the grasp of the fit and healthy.

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