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Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes – Nepal

  • Price: £2325
  • Flights: £650 appx
  • Expedition Dates: TBC
  • Duration: 19 days

Trek to Everest base camp and Gokyo Lakes in the heart of Nepal and experience a magical blend of fascinating culture, jaw- dropping scenery and a glimpse of the world’s highest mountain. For many adventurers, it’s the ultimate trekking itinerary which doesn’t require any technical skills.

We start our trekking journey by heading into the GokyoValley,astunningareaclosetothe Everest region but hidden away and separated by a snowy pass. The Gokyo area offers quiet contemplation and reflection, especially if you visit the serenity and beauty of the Five Lakes. Make it to the Fifth Lake and you are rewarded with magical views of Cho Oyu, the ‘Turquoise Goddess’ feeling as though it is within touching distance across the border into Tibet. The majesty of Everest still graces this area and the journey to the

top of Gokyo Ri offers a more western view of Everest, something which few others get to see and exemplifies the changing faces of the mountain.

We visit the basecamp of Mount Everest and enter the the real stillness of the Khumbu Icefall andgetthefamouseagleeyeviewof the Himalayas from the top of Kala Pattar.

We descend following an ancient trade route through vibrant Sherpa settlements, dense rhododendron forest with magnificent views of the Khumbu Valley.

Our route allows for gentle acclimatisation with plenty of rest stops, giving you the chance to comfortably explore and savour every nook and cranny of the magnificent region.

ITINERARY

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes | Nepal | 5,550m

DAY 1 : Depart UK – if flights booked through SBA

We most likely meet our guide for our trek at the airport. Depart London Heathrow in the evening.

DAY 2 : Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu mid-afternoon and transfer to hotel before soaking up some local colour . We’ll regroup in the evening for a full SBA brief and kit check from our guide.

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DAY 3 : Lukla (2,800m) – Phakding (2,610m)

An early morning flight into Lukla, from where we begin our trek into the Khumbu region. The views from the plane are amazing, providing dramatic scenes of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. After landing we meet our ground crew and begin a 3-4 hour trek to Phakding (2,610m), our night’s resting place.

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DAY 4 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) 

Walking through a beautiful pine forest, we follow the trail north up the valley of Benkar.We trek along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, cross roaring rivers on exciting suspension bridges. As we enter the Sagamartha National Park, we begin to climb with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu region. After a full days trekking we rest for the night in Namche Bazaar.

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DAY 5 : Acclimatization Day – Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

Today we rest and acclimatise in Namche Bazaar. Namche is the Sherpa capital and a bustling village crammed with markets and traditional Sherpa houses. We take an early morning hike to the Sherpa museum where we see views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world) and the beautiful Ama Dablam. The Sherpa Museum houses an exhibit of traditional Sherpa lifestyles and a fabulous photography display. The rest of the day is for private exploration of this enchanting place.

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DAY 6 : Namche Bazaar to Phortse Thanga (3,680m)

We climb the Khumjung hill and descend to the east of the village down the broad valley leading to the Dudh Koshi from where the route turns north. We visit Mohang, the birthplace of the re-incarnated Lama of Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet who is believed to have introduced Buddhism in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The trail descends in a series of steep switchbacks down a sandy slope to the Dush Koshi. We stay overnight in Phortse Thanga, near the river.

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DAY 7 : Phortse Thanga to Machhermo (4,470m)

From Phortse Thanga it is an uphill climb to Machhermo. We walk on a trail alongside a rhododendron forest and pass through a waterfall before reaching Tongba Village. We continue our uphill trek and pass through Dhole, Labarma and Luza villages before reaching Machhermo. There is a Chorten right before the Luza village. Throughout today’s journey we will be walking alongside the Dudh Koshi River. Overnight in Machhermo.

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DAY 8 : Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800 m)

We begin today by climbing a ridge for an excellent view down the valley to Kangtaiga and also up towards Cho Oyu (8153 m). The valley now widens and we descend to the riverbank before climbing onto the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier on a steep trail. Upon crossing an iron bridge over a stream, the trail levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo, at 4690 m. At the sight of the second lake, Taboche Tsho, we become mesmerized by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. the third lake is linked by a surging strem. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular view. After lunch, we explore around the third lake, Dudh Pokhari. Overnight in Gokyo.

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DAY 9 : Gokyo Valley: Acclimatization Day – Optional Hike to 5th Lake: 6-7 hours

We can spend this day taking a rest in the Gokyo Valley or hike to some additional lakes – Thonak Tsho and Ngozumba Tsho.

If we want to, we can climb a hill, also called the Scoundrel’s Viewpoint, which is located at the edge of Ngozumba Tsho. From here we get astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu mountains. From here, we also see the Cho Oyu base camp. Another treat for us is the view of the biggest glacier of the world- the Ngozumba Glacier.

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DAY 10 : Gokyo to Thagnak (4750 m)

Today we can climb Gokyo Ri. Climbing to the top is fairly demanding (3-4 hours), but the scenery of Gokyo village, on the edge of third lake overlooked by Cholatse and the broad Nogzumpa Glacier, is magnificent. We are surrounded by panoramic mountains like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. The sight of sunrays kissing Everest which towers over all the surrounding peaks is astounding. We trek through the Ngazumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side. Next, traverse along the edge of that mountain and then meander into Thagnak. It will be a short hike today with an afternoon of rest which will prepare us for long hiking days and elevation gain to come.

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DAY 11 : Thagnak to Cho La Pass (5,367m)

Today is going to be one of the toughest days of the trip. The Cho La pass is not itself difficult, but the terrain is steep and includes a glacier traverse on the eastern side.

We are rewarded at the top of the pass with an array of prayer flags and spectacular views – the pyramidal Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Lobuche East and Baruntse.

We need to pass through some broken terrain before we reach Dzongla Village. The village provides great views of these mountains along with the Pheriche Village far below.

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DAY 12 : Dzongla to Lobuche (4940 m)

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. The trail curves through the wide river bed before reaching Lobuche. We can spend the rest of day taking a rest which will help us prepare for the next day’s long trek. Overnight in Lobuche.

DAY 13 : Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m)

We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. 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 and a sea of tents.

Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. We get back to Gorak Shep for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Gorak Shep.

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DAY 14 : Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) to Pherice (4,288m)

From Gorak Shep we ascend the non-technical Kala Patthar (5,550m) and are rewarded for our efforts by unbeatable views. From this lofty perch we can clearly see the summit of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. This is simply an amazing panorama and we’ll allow ample time to savour the rewards of your efforts. Well worth the early morning start!

After returning to Gorak Shep for lunch, the afternoon is taken to descend down to Pheriche for a good night’s rest.

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DAY 15 : Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3400m)

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. Luxuries such as the internet and coffee houses await. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

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DAY 16 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m)

Today brings us back to Lukla which will seem like a thriving metropolis after our time in the mountains. Time to celebrate our efforts.

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DAY 17 : Fly to Kathmandu

Return to Kathmandu on the earliest flight. Spend the day recovering and getting some fascinating souvenirs before an amazing 3-course celebration meal at the Roadhouse.

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DAY 18 : Kathmandu
City tour and day in Kathmandu.

We visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world.

Possible night flight departing around 21:00 arriving back in the UK on Day 19.

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DAY 19 : Arrive UK

Possible day flight to UK (previous night’s accommodation included) or arrive after overnight flight.

INCLUDED:

  • International & Domestic flights plus taxes
  • Local guides and a SBA Guide
  • Porters
  • Sagmartha National Park Fees
  • equipment and clothing for porters and local crew
  • Accommodation in Tea Houses/Lodges during trek
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu sharing doubles or twin with breakfast
  • Airport transfers
  • All food whilst on trek and breakfast when city based
  • 3 Course celebration meal at the Roadhouse

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Personal equipment
  • Staff/Guide gratuities
  • Trip Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature; phone calls, laundry, room service, alcoholic beverages
  • Unscheduled hotels and restaurant meals
  • Visas
  • Airport Transfers when not booking on with flights
  • Any additional costs associated with leaving the expedition early including any airline surcharges as a result of changing return airline tickets