18 Days

This moderate to challenging graded trek takes to you to the foot of Mt. Everest traversing across the high Cho La pass at an elevation of 5420 m. Also included is the opportunity to trek to the summit of both Gokyo Ri [5340m.] and Kala Pattar [5554m.] for magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. A visit to Everest Base Camp will give you the chance to have a closer look at the spectacular Khumbu Icefall.

Itinerary Highlights
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu:
Day 02: Kathmandu – Swoyambhu – Patan city:
Day 03: Flight to Lukla & Trek to Phakding [2656m}
Day 04: Trek to Namche [3450m]
Day 05: Rest day in Namche:
Day 06: Trek to Dole [4084m]
Day 07: Trek to Machermo [4410m]:
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo [4750m]
Day 09: Rest day – Ascent of Gokyo Ri [5483m]
Day 10: Trek to Tragnag [4690m]
Day 11: Trek to Lobuche [4928m]
Day 12: Trek to Gorak Shep [5184m]
Day 13: Trek to Everest Base Camp [5357m] & return to Gorak Shep
Day 14: Trek to Pangboche [3985m]
Day 15: Trek to Namche [3450m]
Day 16: Trek to Lukla [2800m]
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 18: Departure:


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu:

Meet, assist upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, by our representative who will escort you to your hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu – Swoyambhu – Patan city:

(While we will be processing to get the permit for the trek, you will be accomplishing the sightseeing tours.)
AM: Commence on sightseeing tour to Kathmandu city & Swoyambhunath stupa.
PM: Commence on sightseeing tour to Patan city.
Overnight at the Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Flight to Lukla & Trek to Phakding -2656m

Transfer to the domestic airport to connect the flight to Lukla. We fly from Kathmandu to Lukla [2800m], a small airstrip high above the Dudh Kosi valley. After meeting our trekking crew and sorting out our gear, we begin the trek by descending to Chaunrikharka and heading up the Dudh Kosi valley to Phakding.
Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 04: Trek to Namche -3450m

From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. We then ascend up to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market – a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.
Overnight at the lodge.

Day 05: Rest day in Namche:

Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. It has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Gokyo. Options for acclimatization walks include a visit to Khunde Hospital, which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche. From there you can watch the sunset over Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the village.
Overnight at the lodge.

Day 06: Trek to Dole-4084m

Today is a spectacular day in terms of scenery as we follow the main trail north out of Namche. A short climb to a crest reveals a wonderful view towards Everest and Lhotse. We follow this main trail for a while, passing many traders selling Tibetan handicrafts, to a crossroads high above the Dudh Kosi. The trail to Everest drops down the hill but we turn off here and climb to cross the Mon La before reaching Phortse Tenga. From Phortse Tenga, the trail climbs steeply to Dole, through rhododendron and birch forest festooned with hanging mosses and lichens.
Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 07: Trek to Machermo-4410m:

From Dole we climb steadily along the side of the valley, where the rhododendron forests give way to scrub juniper as the altitude increases. The trail passes many summer settlements, which are used when yaks are taken to these pastures to graze in the summer months. Ahead of us are excellent views of Cho Oyu, while at the rear are the peaks of Kantega and Thamserku. Today’s trek is a short one and we will arrive at Machermo in time for lunch.
Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 08: Trek to Gokyo-4750m

We head for the lakes at Gokyo. We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, following one of the rivers which flow down the west side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We soon arrive at the second of the lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La – our route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is breathtaking with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters.
Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 09: Rest day - Ascent of Gokyo Ri -5483m

Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake. Following a steep path up the hillside. As we climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri itself, is one of the finest in the Everest region – some says it is even better than that from Kala Pattar. For those who still have some energy, there are more good views one can get by dropping back down to the main path and following it north to the fourth and fifth of the Gokyo lakes, the latter being about three hours from Gokyo.
Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 10: Trek to Tragnag -4690m

Fit and acclimatized, we leave Gokyo to cross the Ngozumpa Glacier. We descend to the second lake and drop down onto the glacier. The route across the glacier is marked by cairns and is generally quite well defined. We climb off the glacier by a small dwelling known as Tragnag and follow a shallow valley to our camp by a small kharka.
Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 11: Trek to Lobuche-4928m

An early start is necessary today, as we have to cross Cho La pass and make the long descent to Lobuche. Continuing up the valley, we cross a ridge and an old lateral moraine, before beginning the rocky scramble to the pass. From the pass there are excellent views, across to the Rolwaling Valley in the west and Ama Dablam to the south east. The descent from the pass involves the crossing of a small glacier which is fairly straightforward. There are more excellent views of Ama Dablam and the forbidding north face of Cholatse as we descend to the pastures below. The way to Lobuche contours the grassy slopes above a lake, the Tshola Tsho, to join up with the main Everest trail from Pheriche and Thyangboche. The trail flattens out and follows the valley on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche.
Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 12: Trek to Gorak Shep-5184m

To reach our next destinations, Kala Pattar, the trail continues to follow the valley beside the Khumbu Glacier, and offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. Later in the afternoon, when the sun begins to set over the Everest, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Khumbu, Kala Pattar [5549m]. As the light begins to fade we stroll back to Gorak Shep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day.
Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 13: Trek to Everest Base Camp-5357m & return to Gorak Shep

For the trek to Everest Base Camp, a very early start is required. It takes several hours on a trail across the Khumbu Glacier which weaves its way along translucent ice pinnacles and past seemingly bottomless crevasses. At Base Camp, there will hopefully be an expedition ‘in residence’ and there are great views up into the Khumbu Icefall where there is often some climbing activity. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the south Col. We then return to Gorak Shep.
Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 14: Trek to Pangboche-3985m

It is downhill most of the way today, past Lobuche to Duglha and Pheriche. The Himalayan Rescue Association has trekkers’ aid post here which is interesting to visit. After lunch we cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche.
Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 15: Trek to Namche -3450m

We continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb up through birch and rhododendron forest to Thyangboche and its famous monastery. There are magnificent views from here and Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants which can be seen. From Thyangboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki Tenga, where there are water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche.
Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 16: Trek to Lukla -2800m

Our final day’s trekking follows the Dudh Kosi back down to Lukla.
Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu

We pack up early and head for the airstrip to hop in a flight back to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel from the domestic airport in Kathmandu. Remaining day will be at leisure. To browse around or for last moment’s shopping.
Overnight at the Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 18: Departure:

Free until departure later, transfer to the International airport to connect the flight to onward destination.
  • Twin sharing accommodation at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 14 days trek as specified in the itinerary with the accommodations at the Tea Houses on the trail on full board (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • All the surface transfers and the sightseeing tours in the itinerary with private vehicle.
  • Two way airfares for Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu sectors with domestic airport tax.
  • Two way airfares for Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu sectors with domestic airport Tax for Sherpa guide.
  • Equipments, clothings for porter.
  • Prevailing government taxes, Sagarmatha National Park fee, Tims card fee.
  • Any international airfares, Airport tax, Visa fees etc.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages, telephone &  laundry bills, camera fees etc.
  • Insurances of any kind and any extra cost arises during the trip due to the natural calamities, political disorder or due to any reason which is beyond the control of Adventure G. Nepal Pvt. Ltd.
  • Any other services which is not specified in the COST INCLUDES section above.

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