Everest Hiking - High Passes Trek, Nepaloffered by supplier M20227 (read about supplier)
Tour Duration: 21 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1050 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2100 US Dollar (USD)
During the trekking period we will explore the heart of the Sherpa homeland, visiting Namche Bazaar and Khumjung village before ascending the stunning Gokyo Valley. A string of glacial lakes is set like pearls in a beautiful high-altitude wilderness dominated by the great peaks of Cho Oyu and Gyanchungkang on the borders of Tibet. In the Chola Pass Trek we ascend Gokyo Ri, one of the finest vantage points for Mount Everest, Makalu and Lhotse. Crossing into the Khumbu Valley by way of the high and challenging Chola Pass, we then climb to the trekkers’ summit of Kalapathar, which affords more stunning views of Everest. Then it’s onto the Everest base camp, scene of triumph and tragedy, where close-up views of the Khumbu Glacier can be had.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.
Arrive in Kathmandu meet assist and transfer to hotel and brifing about the trek evening dinner greeting with Nepali culture programmes. O/n at the hotel.
Day 2: Free day. Kathmandu sightseeing.
After breakfast at Hotel start to visit Kathmandu Swayambhunath(monkey temple), and Boudhanath afternoon meeting with guide check the trekking gears. O/n at the hotel.
Day 3: Katmandu - Lukla – Phakding (2,800 m).
Early morning flight by small twin otter to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft). After final preparations, the trekking starts passing Chaurikharka village, and makes a descent towards the Dudhkosi Ghat (2,530 m/8,300 ft). The trail follows the precise bank of the Dudhkosi River until camp at Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft) is reached. This first day is short for acclimatization reasons. O/n at the lodge.
Day 4: Phakding - Namche Bazaar(3,440 m).
The trail cross Dudhkoshi River through a long suspension bridge then trail leads you crossing side by side along the river to Hilary's Suspension Bridge.The trail further climbs from here to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,286 ft). O/n at lodge.
Day 5: Namche Bazaar day for exploration.
This is the first of the two specific “acclimatization” days. You can spend the day taking a day walk hike to Thame, by visiting Khunde or by relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar; the main centre in the Khumbu region and has shops, restaurants, a bakery, hotel with hot showers and electric power. There is a colorful market each Saturday. O/n at lodge.
Day 6: Namche Bazaar - Thami (4-5 hours).
You leave Namche Bazaar and head up the Thami valley .This valley is ‘off route’ for most trekking groups and you are likely to find the paths relatively quiet. The village houses are very spread out and your camp in one of the fields surrounding the house of a Sherpa friend. In the afternoon you can visit the small gompa situated on a rocky promontory above the village. O/n at the lodge.
Day 7: Thame - Marulung (5-6 hours).
You head north into the remote Nangpa Valley. Until 2005 this valley was off limits to trekkers because it was a main access route to the Nangpa La, a high pass linking Nepal with Tibet. For hundreds of years, many Tibetan traders have traveled this route, bringing a variety of Chinese goods on the backs of their yaks to sell in Namche Bazaar. O/n at the lodge.
Days 8-11: Marulung - Renjo pass - Gokyo.
You continue trekking up the remote Nangpa Valley to your camp at the pastures of Chule, situated at the snout of the Nangpai Glacier. At the farthest reaches of the valley lies the superb Nangpai Gosum (7,352 m/24,121 ft) and on the western side of the Nangpa La the spectacular peak of Jobo Lapsang (6,668 m/21,877 ft) rises up. You should be able to reach an altitude of over 5,000 m (16,404 ft) at the collection of sherpherds huts at Lunag (5,090 m/16,699 ft) before returning to our camp. You descend down the Nanga Valley for some distance before beginning the steep climb up to the small lake of Renjo Tsho, effectively the high camp for the crossing of the pass. O/n at the lodge.
A big day over the Renjo La (5,340 m/17,520 ft) you leave your camp following an early breakfast and climb into a wide corrie making for the ridge line ahead of you. The actual pass is only a small notch and the final section involves some very easy scrambling. When you come over the pass you are greeted with a fantastic panorama looking out over the turquoise lakes at Gokyo and across the Everest massif. You descend over rough glacial slabs and moraine to you campsite in a secluded location on the western shore of Gokyo’s main lake, away from the lodges and other trekkers. You can have this trek in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy the beautiful isolated Himalayan scenes by exploring around or climbing Gokyo Ri (5357 m/19,216 ft). O/m at the lodge.
Days 12-13: Gokyo - Thangna - Chola high camp - Dzongkha (6-7 hours).
Trail supports the same way and crossing the Ngojumba glacier where we will reach Thangna of few teahouses. You will continue to Chola Base camp (4,920m/16,142ft) for overnight. Next day follows with continue walking across the moraine, the trail makes a steep ascent to the top of the snow covered Chola la (5,420 m/17,782 ft). From the top, you can enjoy excellent panoramic views of the surrounding mountains of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Mt. Everest. After the pass, the trail descends steeply towards the Dzongkha (4,850 m/15,912 ft) passing through pine forests. O/n at the lodge.
Day 14: Dzongkha - Lubuche (5-6 hours).
From Dzongkha, the trail levels and then makes a gradual climb up and down to the small Sherpa settlement of Lubuche (4,930). This is a small village situated nearby the stream. The sunset on Nuptse is a memorable sight. Overnight in Lobuje (4,930 m/16,175 ft). O/n at the lodge.
Day 15: Lubuche - Gorak Shep (2-4 hours).
The trail continues climb to Gorak Shep. It takes a couple of hours walking up to Kala Pattar (Black Rock) 5,545m/18,192ft; this small peak offers the best views of Mt. Everest, Pumori and Ama Dablam without climbing. Overnight in Gorak Shep (5,160 m/16,929 ft).O/n at Lodge.
Day 16: Gorak Shep - Everest Base Camp - Gorek Shep.
This day leads you to the Base Camp of Everest walking through rocky and glacial trails where climbers gather for summiting Everest. You have a free afternoon at Everest Base Camp. This will provide an opportunity to trek to the foot of the Khumbu icefall or perhaps chat with some of the climbing teams here. O/n at the lodge.
Day 17: Gorak Shep - Pheriche (6-7 hours).
After an early breakfast you head back down to Pheriche. From Everest Base Camp you retrace you route and continue descending to the small collection of buildings at Dugla (4,620 m/15,158 ft). You continue down the broad valley to Pheriche. Overnight in Pheriche (4,240 m/13,911 ft). O/n at the lodge.
Day 18: Pheriche - Tengboche (5-6 hours).
The trail makes a gradual descent through scrub junipers and around Mani stones as it follows the hillside. The trail passes many Mani walls in deep rhododendron forests where crossing after the Imja khola, the trail climbs many carved Mani stones to Pangboche. Pangboche Gompa is the oldest in Khumbu; a visit will be well worth. Walk down to the valley from where the trail is shallower through alpine meadows. Followed by climb gradually up to Tengboche (3,870 m/12,697 ft) where the biggest monastery lies in the whole of Khumbu. O/n at lodge.
Day 19: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (5-6 hours).
Walk down from the rear of monastery and continue down until you reach Phunki Tenga. Climb up gradually through a forest. Once you are out of the forest, you will be walking along a ridge from where you can see down on your left some of the deepest gorges of Nepal. In spring, the rhododendrons will look superb making the valley even more beautiful. Reach Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,286 ft), for overnight. O/n at lodge.
Day 20: Namche Bazaar - Lukla (6-7 hours).
Trek back to Lukla along the same trail, although it always looks different coming from the opposite direction on arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of your trek. You can have a good time with two local alcoholic beverages 'Chang' or "Rakshi". Feel free to dance with your crew members in the Sherpa way. O/n at the lodge.
Day 21: Lukla - Kathmandu.
Early morning fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel; the day at leisure to rest, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu and evening celebration dinner together. O/n at the hotel.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- Private arrival and departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share bed/single and breakfast basis as per the itinerary.
- Full board meals while trekking (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
- Freshly cooked full board meals prepared by our cook while climbing.
- Tea and coffee while on trek.
- Welcome/fare - well dinner as listed in the itinerary.
- The sightseeing city tour with world heritage entrance fees as listed in itinerary.
- All domestic flights and airport tax as listed in the itinerary.
- Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
- Peak climbing permit Royalty and other government tax.
- Climbing clinic course at island peak base camp.
- All required personal and group climbing gear: plastic climbing boot, crampons, climbing rope, ice axe, zoomer, harness, figure of eight, carabineer etc. .
- All camping equipment: 2-person tent, dinning tent, kitchen tent, staff and porter tent, toilet tent with commode, dining table with backrest chair etc. .
- Gear: sleeping bag, duffel bag etc. for the use during the trip, Plastic garbage bags.
- Professional local experienced trek leader/guide trained in wilderness first aid.
- Comprehensive first aid kit.
- Respective region (Everest) trekking map, TIMS Card.
- Warm clothing and trekking gear for staff including porters: Gortex jacket and trousers, fleece jacket and pant, trekking shoes/boots, woolen hat, gloves, shocks, sunglasses etc. .
- Nepal entry Visa fees, Your travel insurance of any kinds.
- International airfare and airport tax.
- Lunch and Dinner except mentioned on email.
- All drinks and main meals in cities.
- Tips and items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, beverage drinks etc. .
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