Everest Trek

Visit Gokyo lake, Gokyo peak (5483m) & manastir Tyangboche.

There are only several countries whose landscapes and mountain ranges are rich in diversity, such as those found in Nepal. Mount Everest (8848m), the highest peak in the world, is known to the locals as Sagarmatha (Mother Earth Goddess). It is an unusual and enjoyable experience to meet the wonderful people living in this area, proudly calling themselves the Sherpa people. More than 470 years ago, they came from green pastures in eastern Tibet to these mountainous regions, but they never severed ties with their homeland. Walking along the glacial rivers, through the green valleys and forests of the blossoming Rhododendron, you will be surrounded by the highest peaks in the world, and it will become crystal clear why the local population believes that the Gods live up there. The faces of smiling Sherpas will be an everyday occurrence on this journey, and you will retell their hospitality for months after returning home.

It is impossible to get to know a city of millions like Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, in a few days of staying in it. Still, it’s possible to open the doors of a wonderfully intimate, lively, and despite poverty, unusually vibrant city. On this trip through the Khumbu region, you will see several peaks over 8000m: Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and of course, the highest of them all – Mt. Everest. The climb to Gokyo peak (5483m) will give you a chance to see Mt. Everest in all its glory, from its base camp to its very top. This trek requires good physical condition, but the pleasure you will experience on the Khumbu Glacier is invaluable.

 

Itinerary

Day 1

MEETING IN KATHMANDU

Meeting point in Kathmandu airport, the capital of Nepal. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay.

Day 2

KATHMANDU

We are rising for breakfast. Today, we’ll take a tour of the Thamel tourist district, mostly to buy some pieces of missing trekking equipment but also to get to know the ins and outs of Nepalese culture. Packing equipment for the next day, and obtaining the necessary permits. Overnight stay.

Day 3

KATHMANDU - PHAGDING

Breakfast. Transfer to Kathmandu airport. Air transport from Kathmandu to Lukla (2804m), the place where our adventure begins. From here, we’ll hike to the village of Phagding (2600m), where we’ll rest for the night. Upon arrival, we’ll have lunch and the rest of the afternoon free. The village is located on the river Dudh Koshi, on which a mini power plant has been built that supplies the town with electricity. The silhouette of a Buddhist monastery beautifies the horizon above the village. Dinner. Overnight stay.

Day 4

PHAGDING – NAMCHE BAZAR

After breakfast, we continue on our trekking journey from Phagding (2600m) to Namche Bazaar (3440m). Here, we’ll enter the Sagarmatha National Park. The locals, out of great respect, called this area the Mother Goddess Earth. Accommodation in a hotel. Lunch. Guided village tour. Dinner. Overnight stay.

Day 5

NAMCHE BAZAR

Today, we’ll have an acclimatization day in Namche Bazar – a village located in the heart of the Kumbu region, at an altitude of 3446m. In the center of the unusual village are numerous handicraft shops that sell figures and jewelry made of silver, items made of semi-precious stones. For anyone in love of unique trinkets, this is the perfect place to get them after we’ll take an acclimatization trip to the “Everest view” hotel (4000m). From there, a stunning view of the highest peaks in the world will appear. Return to Namche Bazar. Lunch. In the afternoon, rest. Dinner. Overnight stay.

Day 6

NAMCHE BAZAR - DOLE

Today, we set off for the village of Dole (4110m), which is a 6-hour walk at a comfortable pace. During the trek, we’ll have several breaks to drink tea and observe one of the most beautiful mountains in the Himalayas – Ama Dablam. Slow and steady is the name of the game. We are enjoying nature in every step.

Day 7

DOLE - MACHERMO

Breakfast. Today, we move on to Machermo (4470m), a 4 to 5-hour hike. From there, we approach the famous Gokyo Lakes. To our right are the peaks of Tangboche and Cholatse, and right in front of us rises in the distance the southern rock of Cho Oyu (8201m).

Day 8

MACHERMO - GOKYO

Breakfast. We reach Gokyo (4750m) in no more than 3 hours of walking. After the accommodation in the lodge by the lake we go for a short walk, enjoying the serene sight. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 9

GOKYO – GOKYO 5th LAKE

Today, after breakfast, we set off on a trek to Gokyo 5th lake (5150m) from which we’ll have the best view of Mt. Everest (8848m) in all its glory. Return to Gokyo, for an overnight stay at the lodge. Instead of this trek, if we are well acclimatized, we can take an optional climb to the top of Gokyo peak (5483m).

Day 10

GOKYO – DOLE

We descend and return to the village of Dole. After 3h we arrive at the lodge. Today, we’ll have a well-deserved afternoon rest after a few days of constant ascent. Dinner. Overnight stay.

Day 11

DOLE – PANGBOCHE

Breakfast. We continue our descent across the river Dud Koshi. The road leads us to the village of Portse (3800m), where we’ll take a tea break and enjoy the view. We continue to the village of Pangboche (4000m), where we’ll visit the famous 380-year-old Panngboche Buddhist goku. Accommodation in a lodge. Dinner. Overnight stay.

Day 12

PANGBOCHE – NAMCHE

We descend to the “Valley of Rhododendrons” to reach the largest Buddhist monastery in Nepal – Tyangboche. We’ll take a tour of the monastery, where the monks will tell us the story of its origin and its history. We continue our way to Namche Bazaar. Arrival in Namche Bazar and accommodation in a lodge. Lunch. In the evening, spend time in the cafe restaurants of Namche Bazaar (billiard tournament, good music, and a chance to meet like-minded people from all over the world). Dinner. Overnight stay.

Day 13

NAMCHE BAZAR - LUKLA

Today, we’ll finish our trek with a hike from Namche Bazar (3440m) to Lukla (2804m). There, we’ll settle in the hostel for lunch. The village of Lukla is considered to be the most developed village in the region, due to the existence of an airport, which is not common in these parts. In addition to the traditional souvenir shopping, in the evening, an unusual outing to a real disco club from the ‘80s. Dinner. Overnight stay in the hostel.

Day 14

LUKLA – KATHMANDU

After breakfast, we pack our bags and depart from our hostel. We go straight to the airport (100m) to catch our flight to Kathmandu. After landing, we’ll transfer to our hotel for the night. Lunch. Free afternoon for individual activities and last-minute gift shopping. Dinner. Overnight stay.

Day 15

LEAVING KATHMANDU

Rising early for breakfast. Today we say our goodbyes, as we transfer to Kathmandu airport, depending on the time of your flight.

Dates & Prices

October 18th, 2020
Spots available: 5 1880 €, Per Person

F.A.Q.

What’s included in the price?
To maximize convenience, we include as much as possible, so you can just relax and think about hiking. Here’s what’s included:

  • Minibus transfers from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the airport
  • Flight tickets & all tax Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in 3 * hotel  in Kathmandu based on BB in 1/2 rooms
  • Accommodation in lodges in the Himalayas based on full board in 1/2 and 1/3  rooms
  • Professional UIAA guide during the trek
  • Services of the local guides and porters according to the program
  • Trekking permits (TIMS)
  • Fee for Sagarmatha National Park
  • Lukla fee
  • Organization costs

What does not included in the price?

  • Flight tickets to/from Kathmandu
  • Nepal visa when entering the country ($ 40)
  • International Health & Rescue Insurance
  • Optional tickets to museums and temples in Kathmandu
  • Taxi service in Kathmandu
  • Individual expenses in Kathmandu and during the trek (tickets, water, drinks, sweets…)
  • Individual costs

You will need to cover flights; insurance and extra spend. You’ll need to book your flights to and from Kathmandu, travel insurance, and cover other personal expenses (etc. drinks, souvenirs,..).

What’s the hike like?
The hike is moderate to strenuous. The first two days of our hike, will last 4 to 6 hours, on an easy pace. You will walk on the mountain trail along Dudh Koshi river and through the pine forest. It is safe and solid. It can be rainy below 3500m above sea level. Above 3500m snow is possible but during late October and November, it is very rear. Temperature is between – 10 degrees Celsius (during night above 4500m) and + 20 degrees Celsius. During our trek, we’ll have rest and acclimatization every third day.

What skills/experience/fitness do I need?

You need a reasonable fitness level, capable of handling uphill walking for continuous periods (4 – 6h on average). The previous hiking experience at altitudes up to 4000 above sea level is desirable. Your guide will give you full instructions and a safety briefing at the start of the tour.

What do I need to bring with me?

  1. Backpack (up to 40l)
  2. Sleeping bag
  3. Trekking pants (twill or similar) x 2
  4. Gore-tex jacket (or something waterproof)
  5. Hiking shoes or deep sneakers (waterproof)
  6. Socks – Thermo + plain x 5
  7. Cotton T-shirts x 5
  8. Active underwear x 2
  9. Woolen hat (or polar)
  10. Hat (sun protection)
  11. Polar sweatshirt
  12. Gloves (polar)
  13. Towel and hygiene accessories
  14. Sunglasses
  15. Headlamp
  16. A thermos of 1l x 2
  17. Trek sticks
  18. Drugs and vitamins
  19. Sunscreen factor 30 and more & lip cream
  20. Transport bag for your belongings

Note: You will carry your small backpack with essentials (water, sweets, upholstery…), and our transporters will carry your transport bag with other, full equipment. You will travel to Kathmandu with your travel bags. You can leave your bags and excess items in the hotel in Kathmandu, that will wait for you when you return from the trek. You can take up to 12kg in a carrier bag on the trek, plus your little backpack on your back and the rest of the stuff stays at a hotel in Kathmandu.

What are the guides like?
All the activities on this trip will be led in English by qualified and licensed UIAA guide.

What’s the food like?
All food is local and is freshly cooked, hearty mountain meals. These include domestic cheese and other local milk products, dry meat specialties, local fruit, and vegetables. We can organize your meal the way you like. Drinks are not included.

Can my dietary requirements be catered to?
Absolutely. Just let us know when you fill in your travel documents.

When can I go on this trip?
Book on to our pre-set dates above. If you are considering alternative dates, the perfect time for this adventure is between March and May, and also between September and November.

What’s the weather like?

Spring and early autumn are the best periods to visit this region. In autumn the average temperature in Kathmandu can be around is 20 degrees Celsius, but on the mountain is colder and the temperature is between 0 and 10 degrees Celsius. Autumn is slightly chillier but still really pleasant and the colors are stunning. Above Lobuche village, there can be some snow parts.

Which flights should I book?
You should book flights to Kathmandu airport (Nepal capital).

How do I meet the transfer?
At your arrival, the transfer will be holding a sign with the name of the tour. We’ll give you all the extra details before traveling.

How big will the group be?
This trip will run with a minimum of 6 people, and a maximum of 15. Please note, if there are not 6 people booked the trip may be rearranged or canceled. Please contact us for confirmation before booking your flights, or book with a credit card.

Can I customize the trip?
Of course! For private groups of six or more the trip can run on any days you wish, be extended, or changed to suit your needs. Enquire now for a private trip.