Everest Base Camp Trek (Kalapathar- Gokyo )

Everest Base Camp Trek (Kalapathar- Gokyo )

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Everest Base Camp Trek is part of the classic ‘walk-in’ route taken by most expeditions to Everest since the ’50s. The trek starts from Lukla, from where we walk northeast and ascend the Dudh Kosi valley to Namche Bazaar, the bustling centre of the Sherpa region. We’ll visit the less frequented side valleys of Thame and Chukkhung and as the summit of Everest is not visible from Base Camp, we will climb Kalar Pattar (5545m), where we have unobstructed views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. On our return journey we will spend time exploring the Gokyo Valley with its high altitude lakes and ascend Gokyo Kang (5483m), for further vies of Everest and Cho Oyu.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Fly Katmandu to Lukla. Walk to Phakding

Early morning departure from Katmandu for a 40 minute flight to Lukla. (Adverse weather conditions and other local factors can cause delays and cancellations. Although sets are booked and confirmed well in advance, it may be necessary to adjust the itinerary to ensure the best use of your time). Spectacular Mountain views all the way taking in Gauri Shankar (7415m) and Melungtse (7181m.) We arrive in Lukla and meet our Sherpa crew before descending to the village of Choplung (2697m) to head north long the east bank of the Dudh Kosi to Ghat (2545m). We cross the river at Phakding (2650m) and camp nearby. About 3 hours walk.

Day 2: Phakding to Namche Bazzar

Continuing along the west bank of the Dudh Kosi through pipe and rhododendron forest, we re-cross the river to the east bank and ascend past the gardens of the Japanese Lodge to Chomoa. Later we cross the Dudh Kosi once more to its west bank before starting the steep ascends to Namche Bazaar. During the ascent, we continue through pine forests to reach the horseshoe-shaped village of Namche (3440m). Camp near Namche. About 6 hours walk.

Day 3: Namche to Thame

Spend the morning in Namche taking the local bazaar, which sells everything from toothpicks to ice axes, and perhaps visiting the Sherpa museum in the National Park Headquarters. In the afternoon we follow a less frequented trail northwest through pine forest and along the Bhote Kosi valley to the small settlement of Thame (3503m) where we camp for two nights. This trail is well supplied with prayer flags and Mani stones to help us along our walk. About 3 hours walk.

Day 4: Thame to Khumjung

The village of Thame, beneath the shadow of Kwange Ri (6157m), is on the main trading route from Tibet to Namche. From Thame we climb past Syangboche and the government yak-breeding farm. Views of Ama Dablam and Thamserku, on the trail into Khumjung. There is an opportunity to visit the Hillary school, and the hospital at Khunde. The fields below Khumjung are a favorite feeding ground for the Himalayan Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal. Camp at Khumjung (3790m). About 5 hours walk.

Day 5: Khumjung to Thyangboche:

From Khumjung we continue east and descend through the forest to cross the Dudh Kosi again at Phungki (3259m). We make another ascent on a switchâ??back trail, which is sometimes quite dusty because of yak trains, to reach the spectacularly sited Thyangboche Monastery (3867m). We camp near the monastery from where there are brilliant views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. 6 hours walk.

Day 6: Thyangboche to Dingboche

Thyangboche Monastery was seriously damaged by fire in 1989 but has since been rebuilt and there will be time to visit both the monastery and the museum. We descend through meadows and rhododendron forests past the Buddhist nunnery at Deboche, to the Imja Khola. Then up along the north bank of the river, with spectacular views of Ama Dablam, to a teashop at Orsho. Crossing the confluence of the Khumbu and Imja Kholas we continue to Dingboche (4298m). 7 hours walk.

Day 7: At Dingboche

A day for acclimatization and exploring: you can do a dayâ??s walk up the Imja Khola valley through Bibre at 4570m to the yak huts at Chukhung and on to a small view point above at 4875m. Here are good views of the east face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse- Nuptse wall. About 8 hours walk. Or you can walk north, up along the valley side to the ruined Nangkartshang Gompa. 4 hours walk.

Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche

We are now well above the tree line and our walking today brings us to Dusa from where we descend to a stream at 4580m. Immediately above we reach the teashops of Dughla then continue to a ridge, which has several memorials to Sherpas, killed on expeditions to Everest. Continue along the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, with views of Kalar Pattar and Pumori to reach Lobuche at 4930m. About 5 hours walk.

Day 9: To Kalar Pattar and back to Gorak Shep

It is worthwhile making an early start to have the best chance of good views. At first the trail is fairly level but then starts to ascend and descend across the moraine to reach Gorak Shep at 5182m. From Gorak Shep itâ??s a steep uphill climb, sometimes over rock slabs, to the top of Kalar Pattar at 5545m. The views from the summit are outstanding, with Everest standing directly to the east, together with Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and Taboche all in close range. We return back to Gorak Shep (5182m) it’s a long, but very rewarding walk. 9 hours walk. (Note: The weather condition can not be guaranteed, just incase if the weather is not clear on this day it is better to go to Everest Base Camp first and go to Kalapathar the next day for better views.)

Day 10: Everest Base and Pheriche

An early start to Everest Base Camp, the walk to base camp follows the Khumbu Glacier, sometime on the moraine and sometime on the glacier itself. The walk is especially interesting because of the 15m high seracs of ice, a feature peculiar to Himalayan glaciers. The trip to base camp, while fascinating, is not as spectacular as the ascent of Kalapather because there is no view of Everest itself from base camp. We return to Dughla and re-cross the Khumbu Khola to descend to the yak grazing valley of Pheriche (4250m). About 7 hours walk

Day 11: Pheriche to Phortse

We cross a small pass and follow the Imja Khola valley for a short distance, then ascend to the old village of Pangboche (3985m) where we visit the monastery, which is surrounded by juniper trees and is reputedly 300 years old â?? the oldest monastery in the Khumbu. Then we follow an infrequently used trail, with possible sightings of Himalayan thar and excellent mountain views, to the village of Phortse (3840m) perched atop the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and Imja Khola. 6 hours walk.

Day 12: Phortse to Na

Walking up the Dudh Kosi valley, via the summer yak settlement of Konar. Ascend from the settlement of Thare across a tributary to reach Na (4400m) situated directly beneath the south of the Lungsampo Glacier for night stop at Na (4400m). 6 hours walk.

Day 13: Na to Gokyo

We cross the Dudh Kosi above Na and ascend to the first of the Gokyo lakes at 4710m. Then to the second lake near Longpanga and eventually reach Gokyo (4790m) beside the third lake. 3 hours walk.

Day 14: From Gokyo up to Gokyo Kang and down to Macherma:

Again we make early start to get the best views. Crossing a stream we make a long steep ascend to the small peak called Gokyo Kang to the northwest at 5483m. Excellent views from here of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu. We retrace our steps past the lakes and descend to Macherma (4465m). 8 hours walk.

Day 15: Macherma to near Sanasa

We continue along the Dudh Kosi making several ascents and descents through the summer yak settlements of Luz, Labharma and Dole. We then swing southwest and ascend to Moang Chorten (3973m) from where there are panoramic Khumbu views before descending to a trail junction at Sanasa (3600m). 8 hour walk.

Day 16: Near Sanasa to Mondzo

Return to Namche on a different trail, which mostly contours along a valley wall high above the river walk via Everest View Hotel, the most luxurious hotel of the Khumbu, and have a last view of Everest and descend to Namche. Time to explore Namche Bazar before we descend to Jorsale and leave the Sagarmatha National Park. Spend overnight in Mondzo (2835m). 6 hours walk.

Day 17: Mondzo to Lukla

Retracing our steps along the east bank of the Dudh Kosi, we reach Lukla by mid afternoon. About 6 hours walk.

Day 18: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

Morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.

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