This challenging trek into the high Khumbu region of Nepal
This challenging trek into the high Khumbu region of Nepal combines all the major highlights of the ever-popular Everest Base Camp trek, yet allows the experienced trekker to escape from the standard trail and explore a great deal further into this truly magnificent Himalayan mountain nirvana. Combining our classic Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes treks with a stunning crossing of the non‑technical Cho La pass provides an unsurpassed circuit trek of the Everest region.We make climbs of the popular Gokyo Ri and Kala Pattar along the way, which provide magnificent photo opportunities of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, and views as far as Kanchenjunga in the east and the Tibetan 8000m peak Cho Oyu to the north. We will also view Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Cholatse, the beautiful pyramid of Ama Dablam, as well as countless other Himalayan peaks. There is also time to visit the famous Base Camp, and during the months of March, April & May, will view the many expedition camps. Another dimension to this adventure is the famous Sherpa culture providing a truly unforgettable experience. For regular hillwalkers who dream of trekking to Everest but want more, this has to be the definitive Everest trek.
Upon your arrival the Tribhuvan International airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Nepal Wanders who will take you to our hotel. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali cuisine restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic Nepali meal with a brief cultural program. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
A day to explore Kathmandu the capital city of Nepal. We organise a full day of guided sightseeing to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, probably to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, Swayambunath – the Buddhist monkey temple- and Pashupatinath a sacred Hindu temple complex on the banks of the Bagmati River. Three major towns are located in the valley, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, each having a great artistic and architectural tradition. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in the country. Patan, the second largest is separated from Kathmandu by a river. Bhaktapur, the third largest, is towards the eastern end of the valley and its relative isolation is reflected in its slower pace and more distinctly mediaeval atmosphere. In the Kathmandu Valley the landscape is dramatically sculpted by the contours of the paddy fields. The towns and villages are alive with the colours of farm produce, ranging from pyramids of golden grain to the vivid reds of chilli peppers laid out on mats to dry in the sun. In the streets and towns there is a constant bustle of activity, especially in the bazaars and markets where the farmers sell their vegetables and fruit. You will get back to the hotel after your sightseeing tour around mid-afternoon and the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city further and pack bags ready for the start of the trek the following morning. You can leave a bag at the hotel with items you will not need on the trek. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
This is an early day, after your breakfast we will drive you to Kathmandu airport and you will board your flight to Lukla. On arrival, you will meet your guide this is when the trek starts officially. We start hiking through a local village called Chaurikharka and finish the day by spending the night in Phakding at a lower altitude than Lukla for acclimatization purposes.
After breakfast we start to walk and continue uphill along the bank of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river an exciting suspension bridges laden with pray flags and reaching the village of Monju the entrance gate of the Sagarmatha National Park. When entering the National park boundary, gradual downhill walk brings us to the suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi River to Jorsalle village and after Jorsalle we cross the Bhote Kosi. Then the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to finish in Namche Bazaar. We can see Mt. Everest on the way to Namche. Namche is a prosperous trading town and gate way to the Khumbu region. Overnight in Namchhe bazaar.
Namche Bazaar (3440mtrs) is the unofficial capital of the Khumbu region of Nepal, and is acclimatization point for trekkers and climbers heading for Mount Everest base camp. Namche Bazaar is the best point to acclimatize before pushing to go to Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Lake or other destinations for all trekkers. During your full leisure day we can also take an interesting side hike up to Everest View Point Hotel which is 400mtrs up from Namche Bazaar to see wonderful panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and other snow peaks. The hotel provides the services of ATM`s, trekking shops, Internet café, restaurant, bakery and colorful shops with different markets each Friday and Saturday. Also you can visit the Sherpa Museum – a great place to learn Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
After rest day in Namche Bazaar, we follow on the gradual trail with short up and down over-looking magnificent view of the great snow peak from Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam, Thamserku, Kwangde and Tengboche Monastry as well as other peaks. Then our trek ascents the left side from Sanasa to Mongla Dnada and continues down to Phortse Thanga. After having lunch further a few hours walk ascending will reach at small place with a few tea houses. Overnight in Dole.
After having breakfast we climb to the scenic ridge above the Dole and the trek continues to climb to Lhabarma 4330 mtrs and Luzza at 4360mtrs. It was in Machharmo in 1974 that one of the first Yeti sightings was reported in Khumbu. There are a few good hotels and good mountain views from Machharmo. On the side of the valley high above the river, we pass sandy spurs to reach Machharmo. Overnight in Machhermo.
Passing through the ridge Chorten from where we can see fantastic views both down the valley of Kangtega 6685mtrs,Thamserku 6608mtrs and the northern part of Cho-Oyu 8201mtrs. Our route descends to the river bank before beginning the climb up to the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa glacier. After that the trail levels out as it follows the valley past a second lake, known as Longponga at 4690mtrs. Enjoy the lake view and after an hour walk we will reach Gokyo village on the edge of third lake. Here the backdrop of Cho-Oyu Mountains sets an amazing spectacular sight at this junction. Overnight in Gokyo.
Hike 90 degree angle to Gokyo-Ri 5545mtrs early in the morning for the awesome sunrise view including Mt.Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Pumari, Amadaplam,Thamserku, Kangteka, Kusum Kangkaru, Kongde, Tawache, Cholaste as well as the Northern part of Cho-Oyu base camp and the biggest glacier of the world Ngzumpa glacier. We come back to the lodge for lunch and rest to save energy to push up Chola Pass, Overnight in Gokyo.
After breakfast trek down an hour and cross the Ngozumba Glacier then reach Drangnag and have a delicious lunch then rest and enjoy looking at the glacier as well as save enough energy for Chola-Pass 5368mtrs. Overnight in Dragnag.
This is quite a long and tuff day as well as Chola Pass day. So, we have to start our trek early in the morning to cross the Chola-Pass 5368 meters heigh. This day we should carry enough water and pack lunch for 6-7 hours but there is nothing before our camp. The pass is not easy and involves a glacier as well as walking along a rocky path all the way to Dzongla 4830 meters. Before Chola Pass we should walk up hill to the pass, after the pass all the way down to the camp. Overnight at Dzongla.
This day the walk will be a bit shorter. Thus, we would get more time to observe and relax. We climb down from Dzongla and cross a bridge and then transverse through a grassy trail. Enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak we stretch up eventually through a ridge and we will join the way from Pheriche and Dingboche with many tourists. Amadablam 6812mtrs, Kangtega 6685mtrs, Thamserku 6608mtrs, Taboche 6367mtrs are seen looming prominently. Curving round through the wide gravelly river bed, we will be at Lobuche to overnight at lodge.
After breakfast we start our trek to Gorakshep and along the windy and rocky trail gradually walk uphill to Gorakshep after 3-4 hours. This area offers the fantastic view of Mt Pumari 7161mtrs, Mt Nuptse 7855mtrs, other peaks, Everest base camp 5364mtrs, Kalapathar 5550mtrs and beneath the Gorakshep Valley including the top of the world Mount Everest 8848mtrs. After check in at lodge and lunch, our adventure continues towards Everest Base Camp 5364mtrs crossing through Khumbu glacier, a rocky path. After 2- 3 hours reach to Everest Base Camp, during the spring season (March, April and May) there will be many groups of mountaineering colorful tents and many people will be there. We can enjoy some hours in Everest Base Camp, the Khumbu glacier with Carapaces and back to Gorakshep for overnight at lodge.
Early in the morning hike to Kala Pathar 5550mtrs for best sunrise view of the Mt. Everest 8848mtrs as well as many others like Nuptse, Pumari and Ama Dablam along with the entire mountain view of Khumbu Himalayas range. After 2 hours walking we reach the highest view point with fresh morning air from Mt. Everest. Enjoying some hours on the top of Kala Pathar taking a nice photo with Mount Everest then back to Gorakshep, have breakfast and trek down to Pheriche over night at lodge.
Today we trek down through the yak grazing area of Somare and pass through the Sherpa village Pangboche and along the Dudh Kosi River through a magnificent rhododendron forest to reach Tengboche. After that down to the Phungi Tanga then cross the wooden bridge and climb up Tosansa, Kyang Juma then following Nepali flat and down to Namche Bazaar to over night at lodge.
The trek all the way down to Dudh Kosi crossing the suspension bridge and passing through impressive faith places of Budhist culture,prayer chorines and prayer flags as we walk through the Sherpa villages of Jorsalle, the exit gate of Sagarmatha National Park, Monju, and Phakding. Overnight in Lukla.
Fly back to Kathmandu in the morning and take time to rest and buy some things for your family or friends from Himalayas Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our representative will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to international airport for onward journey.
4×4 Safari Vehicle,
Kathmandu (3 nights),
Tea house (no facilities) (5 night)