Project Description

19 DAYS – 18 NIGHTS

5,550 METERS
  • Destination

    Nepal

  • Activity

    Trekking & Adventures

  • Accomodation

    Hotel / lodge

  • Region

    Everest Region

  • Trip Starts

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends

    Kathmandu

Essential Trip Information
Equipment Check List

Trip Images

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Ama Dablam

  • Visit ancient monasteries and learn Buddhist traditions

  • Visit World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu

  • Explore Khumbu Valley and the splenda of the Khumbu icefall

  • Visit sacred lakes of the Gokyo valley

Rich in costume and culture, the villages we pass through on our way to Namche Bazaar allow us peeks into this famous Sherpa lifestyle and culture. Buddhist prayer flags, the hallmark of all Sherpa and Buddhist communities are found in every village. Mani stone walls and prayer flag poles that line our trails should all be passed on the left, in a clockwise fashion, as it is believed that this generates good karma for the journey ahead. The colorful Saturday market in Namche Bazaar shows off the busiest commercial center of the Khumbu region.

At Sonasa, the Gorko valley separates from the main Khumbu valley and now, instead of the view being dominated by Everest, it is dominated by another 8000m peak, Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth highest mountain and one of the less technical 8,000m peaks to climb. Early ascents were made from the Nepal side; now the usual way to the summit is via the north side in Tibet.

Once in the upper Gokyo valley, the trail passes the Gokyo lakes. Their vivid turquoise-blue color gives a spectacular foreground to the sharply pointed mountains to the north. An ascent of Gokyo Ri provides breath-taking views of the mountains straddling the Nepal – Tibet border. The great British explorer Bill Tilman referred to this area as, ‘The grandest 30 miles of the Himalaya’.

To reach the main Everest valley we now cross the Cho La 5,420m (17,782 ft), which connects the village of Dzongla (4830 m) to the east with the village of Thagnak (4700 m) to the west.. a truly memorable experience. From the Gokyo valley side the pass looks to be an impossible barrier. Here the trail winds its way through glacial debris, climbing steeply toward the summit that suddenly appears festooned in prayer flags. The trekker gets a real feeling of being amongst the great Himalayan peaks before dropping down to the Everest valley.

Once on the Khumbu side of the ridge, the trail winds through barren the landscape for another two days before reaching Gorak Shep, the site of the 1952 Everest Base Camp. With the retreat of the glacier, today’s base camp is another short day’s walk to the foot of the Western Rim and the Ice Fall. However, the best view of Everest from this valley is from the top of Kala Pattar. The climb looks easy but the altitude makes it quite an undertaking; however, the summit views make the effort very worthwhile. This trek is considered an experience of a lifetime from adventurous as well as the spiritual perspective. There will be ample opportunity to spend time to offer your prayers to sacred peak of Mount Everest, “Kaushiki” in Hinduism and “Quomolongma” in local Sherpa language. Touching or sprinkling water of Gokyo lakes is considered as holy act, which helps to cleanse sins of a lifetime.

TREK FEATURES

Total duration: Kathmandu-to-Kathmandu: 19 days

On the trek: 15 days

Max. Elevation: 5,550m

Trek difficulty: Strenuous and physically challenging

Trek style: Tea house trek

Group size: Max. 12 plus a local trek leader

Min. 1 plus a local trek leader

Best months: September to December & March to June

Accommodation: Twin sharing hotels in Kathmandu and local lodges during the trek (Based on B & B in hotels and full board in lodges)

Trip starts/Ends: In Kathmandu, Nepal

Trek leader: TBA

ARRIVAL DATES DEPARTURE DATES PRICE STATUS
Sunday 10 March, 2019 Thursday 28 March, 2019 USD 1699 AVAILABLE
Sunday 17 March, 2019 Thursday 4 April, 2019 USD 1699 AVAILABLE
Sunday 7 April, 2019 Thursday 25 April, 2019 USD 1699 AVAILABLE
Sunday 14 April, 2019 Thursday 2 May, 2019 USD 1699 AVAILABLE
Sunday 6 October, 2019 Thursday 24 October, 2019 USD 1699 AVAILABLE
Sunday 20 October, 2019 Thursday 7 November, 2019 USD 1699 AVAILABLE
Sunday 3 November, 2019 Thursday 21 November, 2019 USD 1699 AVAILABLE
Sunday 10 November, 2019 Thursday 28 November, 2019 USD 1699 AVAILABLE

DAY 1: Arrive at the Kathmandu Airport and transfer to the hotel.

DAY 2: A detailed briefing for the trek and guided sightseeing to explore Buddhist monasteries, Hindu temples & medieval Durbar Squares.

DAY 3: Fly to Lukla and trek to Monjo (2,835m) or Phakding (2,640m)

DAY 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar, the administrative capital and Bazaar of Sherpa people of the Khumbu Region (3,440m).

DAY 5: A day in Namche Bazaar for rest and exploration with an optional acclimation walk to Everest View Hotel and Khumjung Monastery for the Yeti Skull.

DAY 6: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3,800m) with time to listen to the monks at prayer.

DAY 7: Trek to Dingboche (4,420m).

DAY 8: Rest day with a side trip to Chhukung Valley for acclimatization.

DAY 9: Trek to Lobuche (4,920m).

DAY 10: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,180m) and hike to Everest Basecamp (5,365m)

DAY 11: Hike to Kala Pattar (5,550m) and trek to Dzonglha (4,830m).

DAY 12: Cross over the Chola Pass (5,370m) and trek to Gokyo Lake (4,770m).

DAY 13: A day in Gokyo Lake with an optional walk to 5th Lake.

DAY 14: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,370m) and trek to Dole (4,200m).

DAY 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m).

DAY 16: Trek to Lukla (2,840m).

DAY 17: Fly to Kathmandu Airport and drive to the hotel.

DAY 18: A contingency day just for incase.

DAY 19: Transfer to the Kathmandu Airport for the flight to home.

Trekking in Nepal Trips:

Trekking in Nepal designs its itineraries to cater for all the needs and requirements of its clients with safety being the main consideration.

Our Price Policy:

Our quoted price is competitive and reasonable, and based on minimum two participants and twin sharing basis. Thus, additional single supplementary charge may apply for the solo trekker. Likewise, we do have provision of special discount for any group having more than 6 participants.

Joining Arrangements and Transfers:

Trekking in Nepal covers all airport transfers including airport pickup on arrival day and transfer on departing day. Trekking in Nepal’s representative will meet you at the airport and assist in your transfer to your hotel.

Group Size and Trip Status:

All trips are guaranteed to run once the minimum numbers of participants are signed-up. There is a minimum number of participant requirements of two for restricted areas where Special Restricted Area Permit is required but for all other areas one is the minimum number required for a trek to run.

Accommodation:

In Kathmandu, Pokhara and Nepalgunj Trekking in Nepal provide 3 Star hotel accommodations.  Whilst on the trip, accommodation will either be provided in local lodges or in comfortable spacious tents. In the cities rooms are generally provided on a twin sharing basis unless you have requested single room occupancy in which case there will be an additional cost supplement. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with someone of the same sex and age. On the trip you may be asked to use multi-bedded rooms.

Meal Plan:

The city hotel arrangements will be based on B & B only e, g. in Kathmandu and Pokhara, but once on the trip, all meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be included.

Food & Water:

On the Lodge based treks the group will take meals in the lodge, in the case of a camping trek food will be served in the designated dining place by the Trekking in Nepal kitchen crew. A wide variety of Nepalese, Chinese, Continental and Indian cuisines are provided during the trip.

It is not advised to drink untreated water since water-borne diseases can cause stomach upset and diarrhea in the worst case. Bottled and boiled water is available at the lodge to purchase at an additional cost.  If anyone has special dietary requirements, please let Trekking in Nepal know in advance. With a focus on environmentally friendly trekking ‘Trekking in Nepal’ would request that a reusable drinking bottle system is used by clients to prevent the build-up of a plastic waste mountain in the rural areas

Trip Team Leader & Support Staffs:

The trip will be led by highly experienced, qualified and professional Nepalese team leader and supported by helpful, friendly and experienced support staffs.

Domestic Flights:

Trekking in Nepal uses only reliable and safe domestic carriers. STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) flights are weather dependable. In the extremely unlikely event of bad weather, fixed wing flights might be cancelled, but chartered helicopters can still fly. Trekking in Nepal, in consultation with clients, will consider the use of chartered helicopters, at the time but additional cost may be incur.

Baggage Allowance:

Trekking in Nepal recommends that clients take only one duffel bag and one day bag. The duffel bag will be carried by a porter or pack animals and should not weigh more than 10 kg, the day bag maxi 5 kg. Maximum baggage allowance for all domestic flights of mountain sector is only 15 kg. This weight allowance is strictly enforced and excess baggage will be charged.

Altitude:

Some of Trekking in Nepal’s treks involve walking and spending nights above 5,000meters. The human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important to allow enough time to get acclimatized. Trekking in Nepal’s holidays are well crafted taking altitude acclimatization factors into the greater consideration. However, you are advised to consult your personal doctor before signing the holiday agreement form that involves walking at high altitudes is suitable for your physiology.

Money Matters:

Approximately USD 500 or equivalent in Euro, GBP etc. should be sufficient for miscellaneous expenses including lunch and dinners in the cities (Kathmandu and Pokhara), trip crew tips, small souvenirs, soft drinks and snacks etc. Using debit or credit cards during the trip will not be accepted, thus it is recommended to carry cash in Nepalese Rupees. However, debit or credit cards are accepted in major restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara. It is also possible to withdraw money from ATMs in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Equipment Check List:

Proper equipment is required to make your trip all the more enjoyable and memorable. Thus, Trekking in Nepal recommends you to click on the Equipment Check List link and view it as a guideline. While purchasing holiday equipment, please consider buying lightweight, warm and quick drying items in order to keep weight as minimal as possible.  However, you may store your extra luggage in your Kathmandu hotel free of cost.

Passport and Visas:

All foreigners need a valid passport and valid visa to travel in Nepal. Validity of passport should be at least six month from the entry date in Nepal. For further information, please follow this link: – http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa

Trekking in Nepal requests you to send our office your passport details once you confirm the trip. Your passport details are needed to book hotels, reserve flights and prepare necessary trekking permits. Trekking in Nepal’s representative will collect your passport for the trips in the Restricted Area where Special Restricted Area Permit is required once you arrive in Nepal. Your passport will be returned to you either in the same evening or in the following morning.

Health & Inoculations:

A healthy body, physical fitness and a positive frame of mind are key for a successful and enjoyable trip. Thus, Trekking in Nepal recommends you to consult your personal doctor for the appropriate check-ups regarding health and inoculations.

Power Supply and Plug:

Regular power supply is available in the major cities and popular trekking destinations of Nepal. When power is available in the villages or lodges on trek it will be solar. In some areas power is not available so it is recommended that you carry a backup power bank with the right kind of adaptor for your electrical devices and maybe spare camera batteries.  Please open this link for further information if you need an adaptor for your electrical devices.

https://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

Preparing for your Trip:

It is always recommended to come on the trip with a healthy body and an adequate level of physical fitness to ensure a more enjoyable experience. Before confirming the trip, get a check-up with your personal doctor and follow his advice. Spending more hours running in the hilly country, swimming, cycling and practicing breathing exercise are good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Develop a habit of increasing fluid intake as this practice helps to get acclimatized easily. Reading books about history, geography and culture of Nepal helps you to have better understanding of Nepal, its customs and festivals.

Best Holiday Seasons:

Generally, there are four seasons in Nepal: – Spring (March to May), Summer/Monsoon (June-August), Autumn (September-November) and Winter (December-February). Spring and autumn seasons are popular trekking seasons in Nepal because the weather remains clear and the mountains are stunningly visible. During the summer monsoon period there are frequent rain showers and it will get cold during winter season, but it is less crowded than peak trekking season (Autumn).

Guidance in Tipping:

Tipping is the best way of saying thanks to your trip team leader and support staffs. Your trip team leader will advise the group on an appropriate level of tipping. It is always nice for a member of the client group to hand out tips personally. To save any embarrassment it is a good idea to place the tip money in an envelope, so collect sufficient envelopes before your trek starts. Remember some of the staff might not complete the whole trek with you.

The cost includes

  • All ground transports including Kathmandu airport transfers
  • Domestic flights (except Everest mountain flight) and all airport transfers
  • Meal: – Only breakfast in the cities (Kathmandu and Pokhara) are included and all three meals during the trip are included
  • Service of professional and qualified Nepalese tour leader and support staffs
  • Trek permits, national park tickets, conservation fees and restricted area permits
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with all applicable entry fees unless mentioned otherwise
  • Free duffel bag, down jacket and sleeping bag are available for the holiday on request
  • Comprehensive First Aid Medical Kit

The cost does not include

  • Nepalese Visa fees
  • International flight fares (from/to your home country)
  • Travel, medical and emergency evacuation insurances (if needed)
  • Pure personal nature expenses, e. g. bar bills, mineral water, laundry, telephone etc
  • Personal trekking equipment of any kind
  • Extra nights hotels in Kathmandu in the event of late departure and early arrival due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Lunch and dinners in the cities, e. g. in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Any other costs not specified in the cost include section, but maybe incur due to unforeseen circumstances including rescues
  • Tips for guide and support staffs

Recommended Books:

  • Lonely Planet Guide to Nepal. Lonely Planet
  • Rough Guide to Nepal. Rough Guides
  • Trekking and Climbing in Nepal. Steve Razzetti
  • Everest: A Trekkers Guide. Kev Reynolds. Cicerone
  • Into Thin Air. Jon Krakauer
  • A History of Nepal. John Whelpton
  • Birds of Nepal. Richard Grimmett, Carol and Tim Inskipp
  • Wild Mammals of Nepal. Hem Sagar Baral and Karan Bahadur Shah

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