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Gokyo and Everest Kalapathar Trek 17 days

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Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass Trek offer 2022/2023

This itinerary enables us to enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the Gokyo valley including Everest, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and uncountable peaks. Gokyo itself is the second most preferred destination in the Everest region. From Gokyo, we trek to Everest Basecamp via the Cho-La pass, the shortest and most beautiful crossing between Gokyo and Everest Basecamp valley.

Everest, the World’s highest mountain, rises in the eastern part of Nepal, in the Solu-Khumbu region, an area inhabited by the famousSherpa Sherpa community into the Everest National Park, with an average area of 1,148 square kilometres and elevation ranging from 2,845 to 8,848, the summit of the Mount Everest. The name of the district Solukhumbu comes after Solu, the lower part from Monjo, and Khumbu, the upper part from Monjo. The northern part of Everest, divided from its summit, falls into Tibet and is protected under the Qomolangma National Nature Reserve.

The Everest National Park is bordered by Makalu Barun National Park, a remote and wild stretch of mountain peaks and deep and densely forested valleys to the east, and Gaurishanker National Park to the west, into the Rolwaling valley, a well-protected microcosm of cultures and ecology. The central park area is the ancient settlement area of the Sherpa community and remained undisturbed by outsiders and even by the central government for centuries. Tourists entered here in 1960, and the National Park was established in 1976 and hence became the first national park of Nepal in 1979. Captivated by this national park, there are various established trekking routes, and one can optionally take a scenic walk of less than a week to 3 weeks. The significant passes that cross from one valley to another through some of its panoramas filled hill saddles are Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La, which are also known as the three passes of the Everest Region.

Most of the villages in the Everest National Park are the primitive settlements of the Sherpa people. The history relates far to pre-Buddhist times in China and Tibet. It prospers following the development of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet in the early 8th century. The Sherpas are followers of Mahayana Buddhism and one of the leading followers of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padma Samvaba), the 8th-century Buddhist saint and founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet.

The trail leading to the north of Thame, crossing over the World famous Nangpa-La pass, is the main pass from which the Sherpas migrated in the current domain from their ancestral land at Kham, one of the most prominent regions in Tibet around eight hundred years ago. They discovered Solu Khumbu while seeking refuge to escape war and religious persecution. Since then, they continued to live in the region in peace and harmony. Their living, Buddhist practise, and the beautiful mountains attracted many spiritual travellers, trekkers and mountaineers, and it continues. The famous trans-Himalayan trail via Nangpa-La linked cultural and trans-Himalayan business between Nepal and Tibet for centuries. This is believed to be in use since and far more before the migration of the Sherpas. The Sherpas first settled themselves in the current Junbesi, in the Solu area, and later dispersed in Solu, Khumbu, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Rolwaling, Hyelambu, Sikkim and Bhutan.

The southern part of the district, Solu, is much less frequented by tourists and has retained much more traditional characteristics. The Peekye trek and the Dudh Kunda trek are two of the most beautiful destinations. The Peekye Trek is one of the most beautiful and easily accessible, with options of taking a scenic walk of less than a week to two weeks.

Trekking to Gokyo valley to Everest Kalapathar offers the Everest region’s entire mountain sceneries and visits most villages and monasteries in the Khumbu region.

Trip Highlights

  • See the rows of the 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 known valley for its natural beauty.
  • Cross the Cho La pass, the middle pass amongst the three passes of Everest.
  • See the two most extensive glacier systems of the Everest Region and enjoy several beautiful mountain lakes.
  • See the Everest from its nearest viewpoint, Kalapathar, in its full majesty.
  • Experience a lifetime trekking in the Everest region in the shortest period.

Trip Profile

  • 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
  • Transport mode: Car/Hiace/Van and domestic flights
  • Trek starting point: Lukla
  • Trek ending point: Lukla
  • Highest elevation: 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 choose from by clients.
  • Trip Grade: Moderate to Challenging
  • Best season to Trek: The best months to take this itinerary are from the first week of March to the end of May and from the first week of October to November. But the summer is also lovely with a lot of greenery, carpeted with yellow flowers, beautiful streams and lakes.

Short Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,350M)

DAY 2: KATHMANDU / LUKLA 2,866m. / PHAKDING 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 / JOR SALLE

DAY 14: JORSALLE TO LUKLA 2,866m

DAY 15: FLY TO KATHMANDU

DAY 16: A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A CITY TOUR

DAY 17: DEPARTURE

Detail Itinerary

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 (TIA) to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your circuit guide will update you about the necessary formalities for your proposed trek. Then, depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of either nearby visiting shrines or resting back in your room.
• Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 2: KATHMANDU / LUKLA 2,866m. / PHAKDING 2,652m.

Early in the morning, at 07:30, we drive to Tribhuvan International Airport to board a flight to Lukla. It is an exhilarating mountain flight of 40 minutes. We can enjoy exceptional views of the Himalayas and most villages and valleys during the journey. Upon arrival at Lukla, you'll meet the porters and Sherpa staff to help you with your gears and escort you ahead. After a short tour of Lukla village, you'll set out on a trek of about 3 hours to Phakdingma, where you'll lodge for the night.

A pleasant walk of the first day passes through several villages of Sherpa people with the view of Kongde Peak and Dudh Koshi River valley. Phakdingma is a lovely place for an overnight stop set on the bank of the Dudh Kunda river.
• Estimated phase duration is 40-minutes flight and 3h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in the Lodge.

DAY 3: PHAKDINGMA / NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,440M)

Today's trek goes through the villages of Toktok and Jor Salle and on to Namche. The entire route is picturesque and full of nature. The surrounding are dense forests and beyond them are mountaintops capped with snow. After a lunch stop in Jor Salle, you continue to Namche Bazaar. Along the trail, reach a resting point called Topdanda, near Namche Bazaar. From there, if weather permits, you can have a glimpse of Mt. Everest and the Tengboche valley and its famed monastery. Half an hour later your further trek, you will reach Namche Bazaar, the "capital of the Khumbu valley".

Namche Bazaar, surrounded by beautiful mountains from all directions, is the commercial centre of the Khumbu region. If you arrive on Friday, you can view the weekly bazaar the next day, when local people converge together 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 buying.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 4: NAMCHE / KHUMJUNG (3,790M)

Today, your guide will escort you to the monastery in Namche, Sagarmatha National Park Museum and the Sherpa House Museum.

Instead of staying all day in Namche, you can take a walk to the village of Khumjung. After lunch, you take a scenic trek from Namche to Khumjung. The trail leads through the nose-ridge above Namche to Syangboche, a short landing field for Pilatus porter plane. The higher we ascend, 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 you from all directions.

Travelling further to Khumjung, you come across several trails. Still, you travel 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., possibly 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 ever seen. At this hotel, you will surely make a stop for a cup of tea/coffee and enjoy the most magnificent panoramic view that the property location offers.

You will then descend to the village of the Khumjung, where you can optionally visit the Khumjung monastery and its villages.
• 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 Ama Dablam 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 teahouses 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. The trail then descends to Phortse Tenga, where you will meet the river from Gokyo valley, a paradise valley to marvel at up to Gokyo. A gentle climb from Phortse Tenga offers a stunning 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 village, is a beautiful place with an enchanting view of Mt. Ama Dablam.
• 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)

Today's trek passes along a cliff and crosses a rushing glacial river. Finally, you 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 is a most impressive place of blue lakes, dazzling views of giant mountains and a breathtaking 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)

This morning, your guide escorts you to Gokyo Peak, a beautiful lookout above Gokyo lake. The foot of Gokyo Ri/Peak lies five minutes away from the stream that feeds Gokyo Lake. After an hour of steady and panoramic going up, you will reach 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 indispensable photographs, return to Gokyo for a hearty breakfast.

Then you will 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, originally used to shelter livestock in the summer, is located under a huge cliff converted to 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)

This day’s trek starts early in the morning since you'll have to cross Cho La at 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 sections, there are possibilities of falling small stones, so the climbing helmet is the must. The pass affords a stunning view of Everest in the east and Gokyo valley in the west. After crossing the solder, the trail descends slowly to Dzongla for the overnight rest. The going down is very beautiful with the views of Dzongla Meadow, Lobuche Peak, Amadablma, Pheriche valley and finally, an imposing view of Cho-Lhatse towering above the Dzongla. Dzongla itself is another beautiful place with great views in all directions.
• Estimated phase duration is 7h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 10: DZONGLA / LOBOCHE (4,930M) / GORAKSHEP (5,200M)

Today you will trek to Lobuche and then to Gorakshep. The trail to Lobuche is easy and offers fine panoramas of the Amadablam and Cholatse mountains and Pheriche valleys. Lobuche, situated at the rim of the Khumbu glacier with several lodges, is the base for most trekkers hiking to Kalapathar View Point and Everest Basecamp.

From Lobuche, you'll trek to Gorakshep along the rim of the Khumbu glacier catching views of Nuptse, Pumori, Changtse, Lobuje, and many more peaks. Gorakshep is a pleasant place towered by beautiful Mt. Pumori. From here, a 2-hour trek approaches you to Everest Base Camp (5,350m), and in one hour on top of Kalapathar (5,545m), one of the most famed viewpoints to vista Mount Everest from its nearest location.
Arrive at Gorakshep and check into a lodge. You may take a sunset hike to the Kalopathar lookout in the evening. From the Kalopathar lookout, both sunrise and sunset are breathtaking, so you can take a short sunset hike to the Kalopathar, which is about a 45-minute walk. The view from here is indescribable, seeing Mount Everest from a distance of your hand reach. Then return for a hearty dinner and night rest at Gorakshep.
• Estimated phase duration is 5h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 11: EXCURSION TO KALAPATHAR (5,545M) / LOBOCHE (4,940M) / DINGBOCHE

This morning you will require to wake up early in the morning to reach on top of the world-famed viewpoint of 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, forming a magnificent panorama of 360º., perhaps the most incredible spectacle that enjoyed on Earth from such a nearest distance. After an indispensable photographing and admirations of achievement, your guide will escort you back to Gorakshep, to our Lodge, for a hearty breakfast and continue down to Lobuche and then to Dingboche.

From Gorakshep, you retrace the same trail till Lobuche and further continuing, the trail drops to Thugla, the point where the Khumbu glacier ends and flows a glacial stream. From Thugla there is an excellent view of Pheriche valley, Ama Dablam and Kangthega, Tawoche and Tso Lhatse, the village of Pheriche and Dingboche and the Chhukung valley.

A beautiful descent brings you to Dingboche, the last largest village in the Chhukung Valley. It is a small but beautiful town with a view of Ama Dablam and Chhukung. If time permits, it is advisable to hike up the village to better view the village and its 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, Ama Dablam and Chhukung valley are awe-inspiring, sheer and wide. At Pangboche, you'll disburse a visit to the village and 400 years old monastery, the oldest in the region. After 30 minutes down from Pangboche, you cross the river and traverse to Dibuche, a convent surrounded by a primitive forest. Then it is on to Tengboche, a beautiful place with a monastery with a 360-degree panorama including Everest and imposing Ama Dablam, Tawoche, Khumbila, Kwangde, Kangthega.

From the meadow at Tengboche, there are beautiful views of Nuptse-Lhotse, the tip of Everest and the giant Mt. Ama Dablam. 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 the generous contributions from the local community, trekkers and the Himalayan Trust. Here, every October/November, according to the Buddhist lunar calendar, is celebrated as one of the most spectacular and important religious festivals, the Mani Rimdu. • Estimated phase duration is 5h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 13: TENGBOCHE (3,867m.) / NAMCHE / JOR SALLE

From 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. Finally, after two hours of gentle climbing, you arrive at Sanasa, below the Khumjung village, where you will make your lunch stop, or one may continue further thirty-five minutes to Namche.

From Namche, the trail directly drops to the Dudh Koshi River. You are getting back again to "European" altitudes as we descend towards the entrance to Everest National Park at Jor Salle, a pleasant place to spend a night after several days in the higher altitudes.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 14: JORSALLE TO LUKLA 2,866m

From Jor Salle, the trail mostly follows the river retracing through some small Sherpa villages and arriving at Lukla. At Lukla, you spend your 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 one-long-day trek and one-day Jeep ride to Kathmandu or stay at Lukla to continue another trekking back to Everest Base Camp!
• Estimated phase duration is a 6h trek.
• Full board.
• Overnight stay in Lodge.

DAY 15: FLY TO KATHMANDU

Early morning, after breakfast, we walk to the airport for check-in formalities and fly back to Kathmandu. Finally, arrive at Kathmandu airport, where a vehicle will be waiting for our arrival and get transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to rest and relax or if you wish, you could stroll around the high street of Kathmandu or spend time doing things of your choice, or you can also go shopping for your friends and family as a souvenir from Nepal.
• Breakfast
• Overnight stay in the Hotel.

DAY 16: A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A CITY TOUR

A free day or optionally take a guided city tour. The trip is over. In the evening we enjoy farewell dinner in one of the best local restaurant of Kathmandu.
• Breakfast
• Overnight stay in the Hotel.

DAY 17: DEPARTURE

Have breakfast and have some relaxing free time for yourself. Our office representative and vehicle will arrive at your hotel to escort you to the airport at the indicated time. Drive to Kathmandu international airport (TIA), see off formalities, you will go through the immigration and departure.
• Breakfast.

What is included

  • Airport pick up and departure service as per itinerary
  • 4-night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Category selectable)
  • Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu 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 duffel bag to each member (if required)
  • A Trekking Map in the group.
  • A good sleeping bag to each member (if required)
  • A pair of trekking poles to each member
  • A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency.
  • A medial kit box for first aid medical purpose.
  • Everest National Park and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu entry permits

What is not included

  • Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation, medical and trip cancellation/interruption eventualities as well)
  • International air tickets
  • Nepal entry visa and visa fee (One can apply on arrival to Kathmandu airport)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverages during the trek
  • Other charges such as usage of internet, telephone, laundry services.
  • Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those not mentioned in the above price include section.

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