Days
19
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$1,670USD

Get set for a SUPER MASSIVE trek to Gokyo, Everest Base Camp and Lukla

This trek covers the trifecta: Everest Base Camp, Kala Patar and Gokyo. BOOM. You’ll also swing by Namche Bazaar, hang out in birch forests and Instagram some jealousy-inducing sunsets before heading back to Lukla for beers and home. 

There's a lot of walking on this trip. Right... that should scare away the lazy sods. The rest of you go and get your thermals because we're off to Everest Base Camp, the top of Gokyo Peak (5360m) and Kala Patar (5545).

TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017:
This trip will be discontinued in 2017. For another great trek in this region please search the Gecko's website for our GIEB Everest Base Camp trip
http://www.geckosadventures.com/nepal/everest-base-camp-95429


Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Country
Nepal
Code
GIEG
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
21 reviews
Ages
Min 18 , Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • This is Everest, the mightiest mountain of them all. A drawcard across the world, surrounded by some of the most jaw-dropping scenery on Earth that has to be seen with your own eyes to be fully understood. Just the most epic of all adventures. Who doesn’t want to casually mention one day that they’ve trekked to Everest Base Camp.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a strenuous 16 day trek that reaches altitudes above 5,500m. Please ensure you understand the fitness requirements for this high altitude trek. You should be in good health and able to trek between 4 and 8 hours a day. Physical preparation before your trek will be a definite advantage.

Itinerary

Namaste! Welcome to Nepal. This Himalayan adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 4pm on Day 1 (make sure you’ve got all your important docs and details on you). Look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, maybe arrive a day early so you're able to attend. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. If you touch down early then there’s heaps of stuff for you to do in Kathmandu, a city of ancient architecture and modern development, whose rich artistic and cultural heritage means it remains the legendary destination it has been for decades. Maybe head out in to the streets of Pashupatinath (home to markets, bazaars, holy men, monks, bicycles, and sacred cows), climb to Kathmandu’s most important Buddhist shrine Swayambhunath or the ‘monkey temple’, or check out the atmosphere in Durbar Square. If you’re super keen and got here a couple of days early, then visit the neighbouring towns of Patan and the ‘City of Devotees’ Bhaktapur.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Shakti or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Early this morning you’ll jump on a plane for a quick journey from Kathmandu to Lukla (approximately 45 minutes). This ain’t no regular flight though – you’ll be flying parallel to the giants of the Himalayas and, if the weather’s good, make sure to grab a seat on the left and stick your face up against the window for amazing views of the mountains bordering Nepal and China. You’ll touch down on an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. Then it’s time to meet your porters and take some time to warm up with an exploration of the village of Lukla. After a quick safety talk, gear up and begin your trek to Phakding. You’ll descend towards the milky white waters of the Dudh Kosi River, where you will join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka. The walk is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat, it’s only a short walk to Phakding.

Notes: Total trekking time approximately 3 hours.
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today you’ll trek around 6 hours to Namche Bazaar, where you’ll spend a couple of days acclimatising to the altitude. You’ll also get your first look at Everest itself – yeah, no big deal then! From Phakding you’ll cross the river and head up the valley, following in the footsteps of the porters loaded with supplies for Namche Bazaar. The trail, lined with blue pine forest, follows the river valley and is especially spectacular in spring when the rhododendron flowers are bright in bloom. Cross the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar, and look way up above 6,000 metres to see the peaks of snow-capped Kusum Kanguru and Thamserku. Press on to Monjo, a good place to break for lunch. From here the walk starts to get a little tougher, with a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. Enter into the national park, cross the river through the village of Jorsale, and then continue upstream. Cross another spectacular suspension bridge and begin the ascent to Namche Bazaar. Get your camera out as now there will be your first glimpse of the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche. Namche will be your last chance to check your equipment and hire any additional gear for the high altitudes from Dingboche onwards. Namche Bazaar is also the last chance for a hot shower, to enjoy the local nightlife or take to the pool hall and video parlours.
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
You’ll stay at Namche Bazaar for another night so that you can properly acclimatise to the altitude. One of the best ways to do this is to take strenuous walk up to a high altitude then come back down to sleep – so there’s an optional walk above the Bhote Khola River Valley towards Thami. Taking a walk to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the national park headquarters above the village is also a great option. This stunning vista includes a super panorama of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest. The national park headquarters are home to interesting displays about Sherpa lifestyle and culture, and the local flora and fauna. Rugs, clothing, salt and dried meat all do a roaring trade in the village centre, so haggle for any extra supplies you might need. Dried goat meat, anyone?
Accommodation
  • Trekking lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
From Namche, you will ascend to the airstrip at Shyanboche, and then to a lunch spot in Khumjung, the largest village in the region. Here you can fill on on dhal bhat, noodles, and more. Towering above Khumjung is the sacred rocky peak of Khumbilya. It’s the home of the guardian goddess of the region, often depicted in religious paintings (or thangkas) as a white-faced figure on a white horse. The trail winds around Khumbilya's lower slopes, passing through beautiful birch forest and then climbing from treeless, grassy slopes to a stupa on top of a rocky ridge. Once again the views of the surrounding mountains are magnificent. Phortse can be seen across the valley – a picturesque village set in a patchwork of stone walled fields. You will stay overnight at the cluster of lodges on the saddle, known as Mongla.

Notes: Total trekking time approximately 4 hours.
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Acclimatisation is a jerk, so be sure to take it easy over the next three days and don't push yourself too hard. From Mongla, descend 300 metres on a series of switchback trails to the Dudh Kosi River at Phortse Bridge. The trail to Gokyo can be deceptive and some can ascend too quickly, but it’s cool, you’ll be taking your time. Leaving Phortse Bridge, you’ll ascend steeply at first and then contour high above the valley, enjoying excellent views (truly, every view is beyond excellent) of Kantega, Thamserku and Ama Dablam. About an hour's walk from Phortse Bridge, you’ll get your first views of the mammoth peak of Cho Oyo (8,153m) at the head of the valley. Trek beyond the tree line and pass some imposing waterfalls en route to the yak herding settlements of Tongba and Gyele. From here it’s a short distance to Dole, where you’ll spend the night. You’ll also explore the upper Dole Valley while you’re here, returning via a high ridge above the lodge to snap some sweet pics of Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang (7,922m) to the north, and Taweche (6,542m) and Cholatse (6,440m) across the valley to the east.

Notes: Total trekking time approximately 4 hours.
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
You might come to appreciate the term ‘short walking day’. Today will be just that, with a climb out of the small Dole Valley before a gradual ascent up the Dudh Kosi Valley, high above the river. Though the walk is pretty easy you’ll definitely start to feel the effects of altitude on even the smallest hill. The barren alpine scenery, with only small clusters of scrub juniper, is a stark contrast to the snowy white peaks and deep blue skies. After a couple of hours you’ll arrive at Luza, then soon enough you’ll reach the lodge at Machhermo – tonight’s accommodation. If you’re still feeling energetic, then after lunch there’s the option to take an excursion across rocky rubble to the base of Kyajo Ri (6,168m) and Machhermo Peak (6,073m). Watch out for a yeti though – it was spotted here in 1974 when three yaks were killed and a Sherpa girl was injured when trying to fight off a hairy, ape-like intruder!

Notes: Total trekking time today approximately 3 hours.
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today you'll need a new word to describe the colour blue after seeing the Gokyo Lakes. A short, steep climb leads from the Machhermo Valley on to the steep grassy slopes of the Dudh Kosi Valley. Keep an eye open for the colourful Tibetan snow cocks, often found in this area. The valley widens as you pass through Pangka and on to the jumbled moraines (basically glacier debris) of Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest in Nepal and the source of the Dudh Kosi River. Climbing steeply over a rocky trail you’ll keep to the western side of the glacier to reach a small lake at the head of a wide valley and then pass a larger lake at Longponga, before following the lateral moraines to the third lake at Gokyo. Gokyo has a number of stone dwellings surrounded by stone walled yak pastures. Today’s lodge is located close to the lake and, if there are no clouds around, the sunroom will be lovely and warm in the afternoon. For those feeling energetic, it’s worth ascending to the ridge at the back of Gokyo for views down to the mighty Ngozumpa Glacier.

Notes: Total trekking time approximately 3.5 hours.
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Get up early for a couple of hours climb up Gokyo Peak, which has one of the best panoramas in the Khumbu region (you can finally use that setting on your phone camera). It’s a straightforward but steep climb, and it can be tiring due to the altitude. View four 8,000 metre-plus peaks – Everest, Cho Oyo, Lhotse and Makalu – and spot countless other towering peaks including Gyachung Kang, Cholatse, Taweche and Kangchung. There’s also a bird's eye view of the Gokyo lakes and the huge creaking Ngozumpa Glacier, now cutting halfway across the world and snaking its way down the valley far beneath. You’ll descend back to Gokyo for a late breakfast and then retrace your steps back to the snout of the glacier and continue down the valley back to Machhermo. You might be surprised easily and quickly you’ll cover the return route – look at you and your acclimatisation!

Notes: Total trekking time approximately 4 hours.
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Now watch who you tell this to – today we’ve got something special to share with you. Not many groups stop in Phortse, a traditional Sherpa village that offers an insight into their life and culture, so let’s keep it our little secret. Here you’ll be almost completely above the tree-line, so the sunsets are pretty Instagram-worthy. A leisurely start to the day will wind you down the valley to Dole, where you’ll enter the forest to continue the descent to Phortse Bridge. Keep an eye open for musk deer, which are often seen on this section of the trail. Here you’ll grab some lunch and then branch off the main trail to Namche, crossing the Dudh Kosi and ascending to the village of Phortse, where few trekkers pass on their Everest trek. The dramatic mountain views, peace and quiet of this village make this one of the highlights of the trek.

Notes: Total trekking approximately 5 hours.
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

This morning's walk will take you across a ridge before descending on an exposed trail to the Imja Khola. Keep an eye open for Himalayan tahr, often seen perched precariously on the crags high above the trail. Join the trail coming from Thyangboche via the suspension bridge, then gradually climb to the village of Pangboche, where the peak of Ama Dablam dominates the skyline. Have lunch here and then take the opportunity to see the beautiful monastery that once housed (what was claimed as) the hand and scalp of a yeti. After lunch, follow the trail high above the Imja Khola, passing the tea houses at Orsho, before again crossing the Imja Khola and old glacial moraines to a lodge Dingboche. Here you’ll find a beautiful patchwork of small fields enclosed by stone walls. These walls protect crops of barley and potatoes from the cold winds. The scenery is once again spectacular and although Everest will be hidden behind the Lhotse-Nuptse Ridge, the huge peaks that tower above the eastern end of the valley are more than worthy. If the weather’s right, then there will be ridiculously gorgeous sunsets illuminating the peaks – Ama Dablam, the south face of Lhotse to the north, and also Island Peak in the centre of the valley.

Notes: Total trekking time approximately 6 hours.
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
From Dingboche, ascend the small ridge behind the village above the Pheriche valley. From the stupa at the top, Taweche and Cholatse (6,440m) make for a pretty striking scene; they seem to lean forwards from across the valley in the west. To the north, Lobuje Peak (6,119m) and the snowfields of the Cho La are the kings of the skyline. The walking will now be fairly flat on wide-open fields, but remember that there’s no rush – take your time and ensure you’re well hydrated. Late in the morning you will cross the Khumbu Khola at Dughla and take a light lunch at the foot of the huge terminal moraines (stuff pushed along by the glacier) of the Khumbu Glacier flowing off Everest. In the afternoon, there will be a solid and quite steep climb on a rocky trail to the top of the moraines. On the crest of the ridge, you’ll pass a line of memorial cairns (stacks of stones), built in memory of the Sherpas and climbers who have died on various Everest expeditions over the last fifty or so years. From here the view is downright spectacular once again, with Pumori (7,145m), Lingtren (6,697m), Khumbutse (6,623m), and across the border in Tibet, Changtse (7,550m), surrounding you. Then follow the valley stream to the lodge at Lobuje, arriving early afternoon. No doubt you’ll be tired today, but remember that the big one is happening tomorrow – Everest Base Camp.

Notes: Total trekking time approximately 6 hours.
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This is it people, the BIG day of Everest Base Camp. First, you’ll trek to Gorak Shep (where you’ll start the round trip to Base Camp). From Lobuje, follow the broad valley that runs parallel to Khumbu Glacier, with a gradual ascent enabling you to build the slow, steady rhythm required when walking at high altitude. When you reach the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier, you will make a series of small ascents and descents over a rocky trail lined with cairns that eventually leads to the surprising glacial sands of Gorak Shep (5,160m) – reached after about three hours of walking. Now’s the time to grab a quick bite, gear up appropriately, and then head off towards Everest Base Camp. The trek to the base camp can be achieved in around three hours, and if trekking in the popular climbing period of March to May, you will almost certainly encounter yaks and porters supplying food and equipment to expeditions here. From Everest Base Camp you will not get views of Mount Everest, but you are able to see glorious glaciers, lakes, caves, and the notorious Everest Ice Fall that flows from the Western Cwm. It's regarded as technically the hardest and most dangerous section of the mountain. Then you’ll return Base Camp to Gorak.

Notes: Trekking time approximately 3 hours to Gorak Shep and approximately 5 hours round trip to Everest Base Camp.
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
You’ll wake really early today for the trek to Kala Patar, where you’ll experience sensational sunrise views from this amazing vantage point. Don’t be surprised if you get a little tear in your eye when you soak up the views of Everest. Embrace that emotion and spend as long as you like here to savour this extra special moment. To get there from the lodge the ascent is quite steep, so start very slowly and try to ascend at a steady rhythmic pace. Kala Patar is the rocky hilltop below Pumori. It’s a tough walk because of the altitude, but the view from the top will surpass your wildest imagination. It will probably take a good hour and a half to reach the summit from Gorak Shep, although lower viewpoints can provide views that are almost as good. Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Everest – they’re all here. About three kilometres away and some 200 metres below, the area of the Everest Base Camp can be seen in a bowl at the bottom of the Khumbu Ice Fall. Then it’s all downhill from here – the descent to Gorak Shep is easy, then you’ll cross the Khumbu Khola and head down the valley below Cholatse to Pheriche, where you will stop for the night.

Notes: Total trekking time approximately 8 hours.
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
From Pheriche, cross the Khumbu Khola River and ascend a short steep trail to the top of a small ridge for great views of Imja Valley, Ama Dablam and Kantega. Descend through the small settlements at Orsho and Shomare before passing through Lower Pangboche. Here you’ll reach the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola River, then ascend back to Thyangboche to visit the monastery. According to legend, Lama Sange Dorjee, who came from Tibet’s Rongphu Monastery, founded Thyangboche Monastery in the 17th century. Thyangboche was destroyed by an earthquake in 1933, rebuilt and again badly damaged by a fire in 1989. Construction of the present monastery was completed in 1992. Spend a bit of time visiting the monastery and the nearby museum. In the afternoon, descend steeply through beautiful forest of juniper, rhododendron and fir to Phunkitenga. After a welcome break and perhaps a cup of tea, you will cross the Dudh Kosi River and ascend to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the valley through Shanasa and on to Namche Bazaar, where you’ll spend the night.

Notes: Total trekking time approximately 7 hours.
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take some time to enjoy your final opportunity to visit the shops in Namche Bazaar, before descending steeply down to the large suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. You’ll follow the trail through Jorsale and back to Monjo. In the afternoon it’s only a short walk via Benkar through blue pine and rhododendron forest, with great views of Kusum Kangaru, back to the lodge in Phakding.

Notes: Total trekking time approximately 4 hours.
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
You’ve done it, your last day of trekking! It’s only a short walk in the valley before making the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla, where you’ll say goodbye to your Sherpa crew. When you’re back in Lukla, celebrate with a hot shower, a sleep, or with a few drinks with your group. You earned it – you conquered Epic Everest!

Notes: Total trekking time approximately 3.5 hours.
Accommodation
  • Trekking Lodge/Tea House (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take the short flight from Lukla to Kathmandu this morning (approximately 45 minutes). Return to your accommodation and then enjoy some free time during the afternoon for further sightseeing or shopping. This evening it’s time to celebrate with a tongba (hot millet beer) and a plate of ziva (pastry fingers filled with cheese), while you relax your weary but incredibly toned legs. You don't need to carbo load anymore. But surely another plate of pasta at Rumdoodle couldn't hurt?
Accommodation
  • Hotel Shakti or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
The trip ends this morning, but there's plenty more to see in Kathmandu for those who wish to stay on. At the end of your tour please consider donating to the KEEP Porters Clothing Bank. As you will have come to realise on your tour, porters play a vital role in the tourism industry enabling tourists to visit Nepal’s most picturesque and difficult terrain. The majority are subsistence farmers who travel from lower areas of Nepal to the higher elevated trekking routes to find employment. Contrary to the belief that porters are well-adjusted to the cold and altitude of the Himalayas, every year many porters suffer from a variety of illnesses such as altitude sickness, snow blindness, hypothermia and frostbite and some even die as a result. The Clothing Bank was set up in 2009 to provide ill-prepared porters with better clothing suitable for trekking in a mountain environment and reduce the number of unnecessary illnesses and fatalities which occur each year. Usually donations of used jackets and trousers/pants from Westerners do not fit Nepali porters who tend to be smaller. However donations of other clothing items such as socks, boots, sunglasses, warm gloves and sleeping bags are always welcome. Your leader can ensure that your donation is passed on. If you would like to make a financial contribution to KEEP please do so through the Intrepid Foundation and we will match your donation dollar for dollar.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Bus, Plane

Accommodation

Hotels/guesthouses (2 nts), Trekking Lodge/Tea Houses (16 nts)

Reviews

Our Epic Everest trips score an average of 4.95 out of 5 based on 21 reviews in the last year.

On Top of the World, September 2015

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Epic Everest, May 2016

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Important notes

1. Please note that the start meeting for this trip has now moved to 4pm. This allows you extra time to shop for gear that you may need for your trek
2. Due to the demands of travelling at high altitudes (up to 5000m) a Passenger Self Assessment Form is required for this trip.
3. A sleeping bag is required for this trip. Please bring your own or hire one in Kathmandu.
4. Single Supplement is for hotel nights only - does not include Trekking Lodges.

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