THE 17-DAYS GOKYO AND EVEREST KALAPATHAR TREKKING
Everest, the world’s highest mountain, rises in the eastern part of Nepal, in the Solu-Khumbu region, an area inhabited by the famous Sherpa people. The Sherpas started to become well known in the 1950s when the Tibet border closed following the occupation of Tibet. The trade between Nepal and Tibet stopped then, and the Sherpas, in search of a new means of livelihood, began to act as guides for foreign expeditions. Previously the Sherpas had never climbed mountains that are regarded by them as the abode of their gods.
The northern part of the district, the Khumbu, is encompassed in Everest National Park. To the east of Everest National Park is Makalu Barun National Park, a remote and wild stretch of mountain peaks and deep and densely forested valleys. To the west is the Rolwaling valley, a well-protected microcosm of cultures and ecology. The southern part of the district, Solu, is much less frequented by tourists, and consequently has retained much more traditional characteristics. The Peekye trek and the Dudh Kunda trek are two of the most beautiful destinations.
- See the rows of World's highest mountains from your hand reaching distance
- Visit the villages with Sherpa people and experience their culture, religion and life
- Visit the Gokyo, a worldly know valley for its natural beauty.
- Cross the Cho La pass
- See the two largest glacier system of Everest Region and enjoy seeing several beautiful mountain lakes.
- See the Everest from its nearest viewpoint, Kalapathar, in its full majesty
- Experience a life time trekking In the Everest region in the shortest period.
- The total length of the trip: 17 days from arrival to the day of departure
- Number of the night in Kathmandu: 4-nights / visit UNESCO sites
- Road transport mode: Car / Hiace Van
- Trek starting point: Lukla
- Trek ending point: Lukla
- A domestic flight out: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu (Both way flight)
- Highest elevation achievement: 5,545 metres Kalapathar
- Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu, Teahouse (Lodge) on full board basis on the trek, tentedcamp on full board basis while in Chulu West expedition.
- Meals: An open menu for each meal to be chosen by clients on trek and Expedition meals while in Chulu West Expedition.
- Trip Grade: Moderate to strenuous
- Best season to Trek: from the first week of March to end of May and from first week of October to mid of December.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,350M)
DAY 2: KATHMANDU / MANTHALI / LUKLA (2,866M) / PHAKDINGMA (2,652M)
DAY 3: PHAKDINGMA / NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,440M)
DAY 4: NAMCHE / KHUMJUNG (3,790M)
DAY 5: KHUMJUNG / DOLE (4,084M)
DAY 6: DOLE / MACHHERMO (4,465M)
DAY 7: MACHERMO / GOKYO (4,750M)
Day 8: EXCURSION TO GOKYO-RI (5,483M) / TREK TO TRAGNAK (4,690M)
DAY 9: TRAGNAG / CHOLA PASS (5,420M) / DZONGLA (4,596M)
DAY 10: DZONGLA / LOBOCHE (4,930M) / GORAKSHEP (5,200M)
DAY 11: EXCURSION TO KALAPATHAR (5,545M) / LOBOCHE (4,940M) / DINGBOCHE
DAY 12: DINGBOCHE / PANGBOCHE (39,85m.) / TENGBOCHE (3,867m.)
DAY 13: TENGBOCHE (3,867m.) / NAMCHE / JORSALLE
DAY 14: JORSALLE TO LUKLA 2,866m
DAY 15: FLY TO MANTHALI AND DRIVE TO KATHMANDU
DAY 16: A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A CITY TOUR
DAY 17: DEPARTURE
THE 17-DAYS GOKYO AND EVEREST KALAPATHAR TREKKING
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,350M)Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your guide of the circuit will inform you about necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting. • Overnight stay in the hotel.
DAY 2: KATHMANDU / MANTHALI / LUKLA (2,866M) / PHAKDINGMA (2,652M)Early in the morning, at 03:00 a.m., we take a drive of 132 kilometres in 4-hours to Manthali Airport, to the east of Kathmandu, to board the domestic flight to Lukla. The Airport, at an altitude of 474m, is located in the Tamakoshi River Valley and is the district headquarters of Ramechhap district. From where it is a 15-minute short flight to Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla, you'll meet the porters and Sherpa staff. After a short tour of Lukla village, we'll set out on a trek of about 3 hours to Phakdingma, where we'll lodge for the night. • Estimated phase duration is 40-minutes flight and 3h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 3: PHAKDINGMA / NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,440M)Today's trek goes through the villages of Toktok and Jorsalle and on to Namche. The entire route is scenic and full of nature. The surrounding hills covered with dense forest and beyond them are mountaintops capped with snow. After a lunch stop in Jorsalle, we continue to Namche Bazaar. Along the way, we climb to a vantage point called Topdanda, near Namche Bazaar. From there, weather permitting, one can see Mt. Everest and the Tengboche valley and its famed monastery. Half an hour later and you are at Namche Bazaar, the "capital of the Khumbu valley". Namche Bazaar, surrounded by beautiful mountains from all direction, is the commercial centre of the Khumbu region. If you arrive on a Friday, you can view the weekly bazaar the next day, when local people converge from the surrounding area. In the Khumbu Valley, it is forbidden to kill any animals so people from lower valleys come on Saturdays to sell meat and everyday supplies and the local people and hotel/lodge operator from around to buy. • Estimated phase duration is 5h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 4: NAMCHE / KHUMJUNG (3,790M)Today, your guide will take you to visit the monastery in Namche, Sagarmatha National Park Museum and the Sherpa House Museum. Instead of staying all day in Namche, we move to the village of Khumjung. After lunch, we make a scenic Namche to Khumjung trek. The trail leads through the nose-ridge above Namche to Syangboche, a short landing field for Pilatus porter plane. The higher we go, the scenarios are more open. The Dudhkoshi Valley, Kongde Himal, Khumbila, Tawoche, Everest, Amadablam, Kangthega, Thamserku and Kusum Kangru are some of the great masses of mountains in the world surrounding us from all directions. Going to Khumjung, there are several trails. Still, we take the going through the Everest View Hotel, the only five-star hotel situated at the highest place in the world, at an elevation of 3880 meters above sea level. The hotel has a spectacular view of Mount Everest, 8,848m., from every room. The hotel offers a panoramic view of Everest and many other high peaks, including the most imposing Amadablam (6,812m.), described by many as the most beautiful mountain they have ever seen. At this hotel will surely make a stop for a cup of tea/coffee and enjoy the most magnificent panorama that the place offers. Then we descend to the village of Khumjung where we can optionally visit Khumjung monastery and its village. • Estimated phase duration is 2h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 5: KHUMJUNG / DOLE (4,084M)The trek starts with magnificent views of Amadablam and Thamserku. The trail exits east and then begin a direct climb, till Mongla, through a narrow gully on the cliff, which brings us above a barren hill with fantastic panoramas toward Tengboche and Everest. A hilltop called Mongla with some house is a small resting place on a hill ridge with exceptional views of Phortse village, Tengboche monastery and lower valley, and the summits of the Khantega and Thamserku. Then the trail descends to Phortse Tenga, where we will meet the river that follows from Gokyo valley, a paradise valley to marvel at up to Gokyo. A gentle climb from Phortse Tenga offers a startling view of the tip of Mt. Cho-Oyu, which rests like a smiling baby. The path then enters summer pastureland. Huge mountains surround the entire valley. Our destination, Dole, is a beautiful place with an enchanting view of Mt. Amadablam. • Estimated phase duration is 5h. trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 6: DOLE / MACHHERMO (4,465M)The trail leads up a gentle incline and along an open ridge. It offers stunning views of the mountains including Kang Thega, Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Tawu Che, Cho Lhatse and Macchermo Che. Machhermo lies watching over a small valley, which looks out east onto a fine panorama. • Estimated phase duration is 3h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 7: MACHERMO / GOKYO (4,750M)The trail first passes along a cliff and crosses a rushing glacial river. Finally, we reach the first lake of Gokyo; one can often see colourful mountain ducks paddling on it and enjoying the harmony of the serene valley. Then it's on to the second and third lakes of Gokyo. Gokyo itself is a most impressive place of blue lakes, dazzling views of giant mountains and a breath-taking glacier. • Estimated phase duration is 2h 30m trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
Day 8: EXCURSION TO GOKYO-RI (5,483M) / TREK TO TRAGNAK (4,690M)The foot of Gokyo Ri lies five minutes away from the stream that feeds the Gokyo Lake. After an hour steady and panoramic going up, one reaches the summit of Gokyo Peak. Your effort to achieve this summit will be rewarded with Everest (8848m), showing more of its northern flank than from Kalapatthar, Makalu (8475m) further to the east and Cho Oyu (8153m), just in hand reaching distance. After spending a wonderful break at the summit, taking the essential photograph or whatever one wishes, return to Gokyo for a hearty breakfast. Then we continue a short trek to Tragnak. This day provides the opportunity to walk over the glacial drift of Gokyo - an unbelievable experience. The small campsite, used to shelter livestock in the summer, is located under a huge cliff with some teahouses. • Estimated phase duration is 2h for Gokyo Peak + 1h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 9: TRAGNAG / CHOLA PASS (5,420M) / DZONGLA (4,596M)We start trekking early in the morning since we'll have to cross Cho La (5,420m). The first phase of the walk climbs through a narrow gorge towered over by the Tragnak cliff. After half an hour, a small hidden valley slowly opens up and reveals a beautiful mountain meadow. From it up to Cho-La does not take long. The middle phase of the climbing to Cho-La require a traverse, and in some section, there are possibilities of falling small stones, so the climbing helmet is the must. The pass affords a stunning view of the Everest in the east and Gokyo valley in the west. We descend slowly to Dzongla for the night. The going down is very beautiful with the views of Dzongla Meadow, Lobuche Peak, Amadablma, Pheriche valley and finally imposing a view of Cho-Lhatse towering the Dzongla. Dzongla itself is another beautiful place with great views in all direction. • Estimated phase duration is 7h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 10: DZONGLA / LOBOCHE (4,930M) / GORAKSHEP (5,200M)Today we trek to Lobuche and then to Gorakshep. The trail to Laboche is easy and offers fine panoramas of the Amadablam and Cholatse mountains and Pheriche valleys. Laroche is situated at the rim of Khumbu glacier and contains some lodges. From Laboche we'll trek to Gorakshep along the rim of the Khumbu glacier catching views of Nuptse, Pumori, Changse, Cho Lhatse and many more peaks. Gorakshep is a pleasant place towered by beautiful Mt. Pumori. From here a further 3-hour walk brings us to Everest Base Camp (5,350m), and in one hour on top of Kalapathar (5,545m), one of the most famed viewpoints to sight the mount Everest from its nearest location. Arrive to Gorakshep and check into a lodge. In the evening we maybe take a sunset hike to Kalopathar lookout. The view from there is indescribable, seeing the Mount Everest from a distance of your hand reach. Then return for a hearty dinner and overnight at Gorakshep. • Estimated phase duration is 5h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 11: EXCURSION TO KALAPATHAR (5,545M) / LOBOCHE (4,940M) / DINGBOCHEEarly in the morning, we start 40 minutes' excursion to reach the famed viewpoint or the Kalopathar peak ("black rock" in the Nepali language). The views from there are indescribable, with Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, Changtse, Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier and many more all forming a magnificent panorama of 360º., perhaps the greatest spectacle that enjoyed on Earth from such a nearest distance. After an essential photographing and admirations of achievement, we return to Gorakshep, to our Lodge, for a hearty breakfast and continue down to Lobuche and then to Dingboche. From Gorakshep, the trail goes down to Dingboche. There is an excellent view of Pheriche valley, Amadablam and Kangthega, Tawoche and Tso Lhatse, the village of Pheriche and Dingboche and the Chhukung valley. Dingboche is the last largest village in the Chhukung Valley. It is a small but beautiful town with a view of Amadablam and Chhukung. If time permits, it is advisable to climb up the village for a better view of the village and surroundings. • Estimated phase duration is 5h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 12: DINGBOCHE / PANGBOCHE (39,85m.) / TENGBOCHE (3,867m.)The trail gradually traverses to Pangboche, an ancient village with a monastery. The views toward Everest, Amadablam and Chhukung valley are awe-inspiring, sheer and wide. After 20 minutes down to from Pangboche, we cross the river and traverse to Diboche, a convent surrounded by a primitive forest. Then it is on to Tengboche, a beautiful place with a monastery with 360-degree panorama including Everest and imposing Amadablam, Tawoche, Khumbila, Kwangde, Kangthega. Tengboche is one of the religious centres of the Khumbu Valley. The monastery burned down in 1989 was rebuilt to its original shape thanks to generous contributions from the local community, trekkers and the Himalayan Trust. Here, every year in October/November, according to the Buddhist lunar calendar, is celebrated one of the region's most spectacular and essential festivals, the Mani Rimdu.
DAY 13: TENGBOCHE (3,867m.) / NAMCHE / JORSALLEFrom Tengboche, the trail goes down to Pungi Tenga, which lies at the confluence of the Dudh Koshi River and the river that flows from Gokyo. After two hours of gentle climbing, we arrive at Sanasa, below the Khumjung village, where we will make our lunch stop or one may continue further thirty-five minutes to Namche. From Namche, the trail directly drops to the Dudh Koshi River. We are getting back again to "European" altitudes as we descend towards the entrance to Everest National Park at Jorsalle, a pleasant place to spend a night after several days in altitude. • Estimated phase duration is 5hrs trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 14: JORSALLE TO LUKLA 2,866mFrom Jorsalle the trail mostly follows the river. We retrace through some small Sherpa villages and arrive at Lukla. In Lukla, we spend our last night in the Khumbu Valley. This evening is the occasion to enjoy a farewell party with your Sherpa friends who have accompanied you. They depart separately on a two days' trek and one-day bus ride to Kathmandu or stay at Lukla to continue another trek back to Everest Base Camp! • Estimated phase duration is a 5-6h trek. • Full board. • Overnight stay in Lodge.
DAY 15: FLY TO MANTHALI AND DRIVE TO KATHMANDUWe'll board an early morning flight to Manthali and take a 4 hours' drive to Kathmandu. We will arrive at Kathmandu at around 14:00 hour. The rest of the day is free. • Breakfast • Overnight stay in the Hotel.
DAY 16: A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A CITY TOUR
DAY 17: DEPARTUREBreakfast and free time till the time limit. In the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle arrive at your Hotel to serve you till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport see off formalities and departure. • Breakfast.
|COSTS PER PERSON|
|NUMBER IN GROUP||3-Star Hotels||4-Star Hotels|
|2 - 3 Persons||1609$||1699$|
|4 - 5 Persons||1528$||1619$|
|6 - 7 Persons||1494$||1584$|
|8- 10 Persons||1469$||1559$|
|Single room supplement||155$||235$|
What is included
- Airport pick up and departure service as per itinerary
- 4-night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Category selectable)
- Kathmandu / Manthali / Kathmandu transportation by a private vehicle
- Manthali to Lukla and Manthali Airfare (Tax included)
- Trekking period on full board basis (tea house lodge accommodation on twin sharing basis)
- 1 Guide in the group and one porter, between every two members, for the entire trek
- Insurance and all expenses of local staff / A Trekking Map in group / A good sleeping bag to each member / A pair of a trekking pole to each member
- A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency (Personal usage available with 4$ per minute call)
- A small Medial kit box for first add medical purpose
- Everest National Park and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu entry permits
What is not included
- Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well)
- International air tickets
- Nepal entry visa and visa fee (One can apply on arrival to Kathmandu airport)
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
- Personal expenses
- Alcoholic and mineral beverages during the trek
- Other charges such as usage of internet, telephone, laundry services.
- Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those, not mentioned in above price include section.
Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November
The best time is from mid-September to the end of January or from mid-February to the end of May. July and August are rainy months for Nepal, but each season has its richness. During rainy month the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops.
During these month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.
During rainy months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach to around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands. During winter months the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.).
End of February to mid-May is the best time for fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.
January February are winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 degrees (after sunset and before sunrise). During day time will be around 5 to 11 degree and more if sunny. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even full winter, is much better than some European country and in America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.
The best months to take this itinerary is from the end of August to mid-November and from mid-April to the end of June.
Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay in comfortable 3-star hotels with private en-suite bathrooms. While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathroom, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.
What Equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots. A complete equipment list gets supplied when you sign up. Many of the necessary items can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu so don’t worry if you can’t buy everything where you live. The guides will check your equipment and clothing before departing from Kathmandu, so if anything is missing, there will be time to obtain anything necessary.
Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange a program of activities either before or perhaps after the trek, there are a range of options to choose from including the jungle safari at Chitwan national park, or perhaps white water rafting on one of Nepal’s spectacular rivers such as the Sun Kosi. The Kathmandu has several not to miss UNESCO World heritage sites and to visit all of them with time require at least 3-5 days.
Can I have a single room?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.
What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the trek that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for trekking to altitudes above 4000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.
Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.
How fit do I need to be?
Anyone who is in reasonable shape and good health can accomplish this trek. Some days will be harder than others, but none require much more than 5 or 6 hours of walking each day, with a leisurely lunch stop to break up the day. There is no rush or need to ‘keep up’, and you are free to walk at your own pace. We would recommend that you undertake some form of simple training in advance of the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the start of the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is also ideal.
Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks and a warm or waterproof jacket. Everything else needs to pack into a large duffle bag which will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.
Will I be affected by altitude?
Most of the trek takes place at lower altitudes where you are unlikely to notice anything other than mild shortness of breath at the beginning of the trek. As the days go by, you will gain acclimatisation and feel more adjusted to the higher altitudes. At a height above 4300 metres, one may experience a headache caused by the thin air and lack of oxygen, but these symptoms usually pass quickly. If you experience symptoms of altitude that does not go away, you will be accompanied by one of our Sherpas to a lower elevation, where you should quickly recover.
Do I need vaccinations to travel Nepal?
No vaccination are required to travel Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get vaccination in Kathmandu/Pokhara but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.
How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $200 or as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:
Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT
2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.
Booking Payment Conditions
Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice for a confirmation deposit as per following.
(A) 200$ per person for trekking and tours
(B) 400$ per person for trekking peak climbing and trekking in restricted areas
(C) 600$ per person for mountaineering expeditions ranging 6,600m to below 8000 metres
(D) 3,000$ per person for all mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m. meter into Nepal
(E) 4,000$ per person for mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m mountain into Tibet.
1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.
- To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged:Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
- Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
- Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
- Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
- Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.