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On Top of the World

Trip Length

Trip Code

19 days GIEG

Countries Visited


Start City

End City

Kathmandu Kathmandu
On Top of the World

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.

On Top of the World

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu

Accommodation: Hotel Shakti or similar, Kathmandu

Or2K cafe has zucchini pie, fresh mint lemonade, falafel, free wi-fi...we think this is going to be the start of a beautiful friendship. Pop on some clean socks because you can't wear your shoes inside.

Day 2: Phakding

After a quick flight you'll get to meet your porters. Explore the village and check out the milky white waters of the Dudh Kosi River.

(Walking time: approx 3 hours)

Day 3-4: Namche Bazaar

We’ll stay for here a few days to acclimatise, but you'll also get your first look at Everest - so it's not a bad place to stop. Rugs, clothing, salt and dried meat all do a roaring trade in the village centre. Dried goat meat, anyone?

Day 3

(Walking time: approx 8 hours)

Day 4

Day 5: Mongla

We'll stop at Khumjung for lunch (dhal bhat, noodles etc), with views of birch forests, grassy slopes, rocky ridges and across to the village of Phortse.

(Walking time: approx 4 hours)

Day 6-7: Dole - Machhermo

Acclimatisation is a jerk. Take it easy over the new three days and don't push yourself too hard. Also, a yeti was spotted here in 1974 so be on guard.

Day 6

(Walking time: approx 4 hours)

Day 7

(Walking time: approx 3 hours)

Day 8-9: Gokyo

You'll need a new word to describe the colour blue after seeing the Gokyo Lakes. At Gokyo Peak we'll come face to face with four 8000-metre giants: Everest, Cho Oyo, Lhotse and Makalu.

Day 8

(Walking time: approx 3.5 hours)

Day 9

(Walking time: approx 4 hours)

Day 10-11: Phortse - Dingboche

Not many groups stop in Phortse, a traditional Sherpa village. It’s our little secret. You're almost completely above the tree-line now so the sunsets are pretty Instagram-worthy.

Day 10

(Walking time: approx 5 hours)

Day 11

(Walking time: approx 6 hours)

Day 12-13: Kala Patar – Everest Base Camp

From Kala Patar you can see Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Mt Everest. Don’t be surprised if you get a little tear in your eye (um, we mean a bit of dirt). The trek to Base Camp can be done in about three hours. Not bad for a day's work.

Day 12

(Walking time: approx 6 hours)

Day 13

(Walking time: approx 3 hours to Gorak Shep, 5 hours round trip to Everest Base Camp)

Day 14-15: Pheriche - Namche

It's all downhill from here. Visit Thyangboche Monastery and toast what you've just seen over a cup of steaming hot chiyaa (Nepali tea).

Day 14

(Walking time: approx 8 hours)

Day 15

(Walking time: approx 7 hours)

Day 16-17: Phakding - Lukla

Our last days of trekking. Cross a big, cliched suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River, then celebrate with your team in Lukla.

Day 16

(Walking time: approx 4 hours)

Day 17

Day 18-19: Kathmandu

Accommodation: Hotel Shakti or similar, Kathmandu

You don't need to carbo load anymore. But surely another plate of pasta at Rumdoodle couldn't hurt?

Day 18

Day 19

Your Trip

What to know

A good level of fitness is essential. You will trek on hilly or mountainous terrain at altitudes of up to 5000 metres, up to 7 hours per day.

Nuts and Bolts

Experienced local tour guide, trekking staff and porters, first-aid kit, transportation, twin-share accommodation.

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals



Not Included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, visas, pre or post tour accommodation, all other meals, optional tours sightseeing or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, fully comprehensive travel insurance (obligatory on all trips and must include helicopter evacuation and repatriation), tips, items of a personal nature, laundry, cost of showers on trek (if available) and flights unless specified.

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Important Information

Local Emergency Contacts In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency Geckos Nepal office please contact +977 9862 853 740 during business hours or after hours on +977 9818 287 669

Please note that the optional Single Supplement (if you want your own room) applies ONLY to hotels.  Single rooms are not available while on trek.

Internal flights: EU clients please see our safety page for important information regarding internal flights in Nepal.

Passport Photos: please bring at least two passport size photos with you as national park permit regulations are subject to change at any time. (This is in addition to the passport photo you will require if obtaining your visa on arrival in Nepal.)

A good quality sleeping bag and down jacket are required for this trip.

Lukla flights: Occasionally flights to and from Lukla ('gateway' to the Everest area) are delayed due to bad weather.  To allow for this, or any other delays, an extra day or two (depending on the tour) is built into your trek.

Rarely, flights are cancelled for several days in a row.  It is important to stress that this is very unusual, but many of our trekkers book an extra night in Kathmandu at the end of their adventure to allow for any such eventualities.  There is plenty to do in Kathmandu so if you're not delayed, there are countles excursions to enjoy.

Please see our trekking manual to prepare for your trek. 

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

21 May 2014

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