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$ 1220

EVEREST BASE CAMP - GOKYO TREK

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Tour details
Destinations: Lukla - Everest Base Camp Trekking Route
Guide language: German, English, French, Italian
Price: min $ 1220 — max $ 1980
Group size: min 1 — max 25
Duration: 17 days
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  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu: 1300m/4265ft (BB)
  • Day 02: Sightseeing of World Heritage sites: (BB)
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding: 2610m/8560ft, 3-4 hours walk: Lunch at Phakding (BB)
  • Day 04: Trek to Namche: 3440m/11283ft, 5-6 hours walk: Lunch at Jorsale (BB)
  • Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche: (BB)
  • Day 06: Trek to Deboche: 3820m/12529ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at Thyangboche (BB))
  • Day 07: Trek to Dingboche: 4410m/14465ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at Somare (BB)
  • Day 08: Trek to Lobuche: 4910m/16105ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at Thugla (BB)
  • Day 09: Trek to Gorakshep – Kalapathar (5550m/18204ft) - Gorakshep: 5140m/16859ft, 7-8 hours walk: Lunch at Gorakshep (BB))
  • Day 10: Trek to EBC (5364m/17594ft) and back to Gorakshep: 5140m/16895ft, 4 hours walk: Lunch is Packed-Lunch (BB))
  • Day 11: Trek to Dingboche: 4410m/14465ft, 5-6 hours walk: Lunch at Thugla (BB)
  • Day 12: Trek to Kyangjuma: 3550m/11644ft, 6-7 hours walk: Lunch at Deboche (BB))
  • Day 13: Trek to Phakding: 2610m/8560ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at Monzo (BB)
  • Day 14: Trek to Lukla: 2840m/9315ft, 3 hours walk: Lunch at Lukla (BB)
  • Day 15: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu: 50 minutes flight: (BB)
  • Day 16: Day at leisure: (BB)
  • Day17: Holiday extension or transfer to airport for final departure:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu: 1300m/4265ft (BB)

Arrival in Kathmandu where you will be met and transferred to Hotel, just walking distance to any styles of good restaurants and shops. Our Representative will give you short briefing on hotel facilities and safety. Tonight we only have a short introduction to the area, just what you need to know before the main briefing tomorrow. O/N at Hotel in Kathmandu (BB)

Day 02: Sightseeing of World Heritage sites: (BB)

After breakfast, trek briefing will take place around 9 am. All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you're fully prepared for the trip, and any last minute questions answered. After lunch we explore this medieval capital. We visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Here, you also will visit various Gompas and offer butter lamps and Khada to High Lamas. After brief visit here in Bouddha you visit Patan Durbar Square. Patan Durbar Square is another example of fine Newari art and culture. Here you also visit the Golden Temple and other various monuments. Krishna Mandir here, is a five storied temple built by a single rock. Evening: welcome dinner hosted by Basanta Adventure. O/N at Hotel in Kathmandu (BB)

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding: 2610m/8560ft, 3-4 hours walk: Lunch at Phakding (BB)

Take the morning flight a thrilling experience to the dramatic airfield at Lukla (2,860m) where we are immediately in amongst the peaks. The sudden change in altitude can leave some of us quite breathless, but we descend to Chaplung (2680m) before lunch to let ourselves adapt more gradually. The afternoon is an easy introduction to the trek up the beautiful Dudh Koshi river valley, passing huge carved mane stones and prayer wheel shrines, to our night lodge at Phakding. The lodges on the first half of the trek are good: twin rooms with comfortable mattresses and nice glazed dining rooms with stoves for cold weather days.  The menus include all sorts of wholesome favorites: pasta, noodle and rice dishes with remarkably fresh vegetables, puddings and every variety of hot drinks. The lodges have the same pattern all the way up, but understandably they become a bit more simple right at the top of the trek - though still remarkably good for the location. We always select the best of the standard lodges in each night stop. O/N at Phakding (BB)

 

Day 04: Trek to Namche: 3440m/11283ft, 5-6 hours walk: Lunch at Jorsale (BB)

Through blue pine and Rhododendron forests we continue gradually upriver to reach Monzo at the entrance to the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. Just beyond, after crossing the river on one of the excellent new pedestrian suspension bridges, we take lunch at one of the tea houses that line the banks at Jorsale (2775m). So far our gain in height has been barely perceptible, but the afternoon sets us a fairly tough challenge, exaggerated by the early stage of our acclimatization. Rising first to cross a marvelous bridge high above the Imja Khola, we then gradually ascend the ridge opposite. And halfway up, we should be able to look out for our first view of Everest ahead. We must also look out for pack-yaks which we will see from now on; generally good natured, we should still keep up-side of these huge beasts - avoiding a playful nudge! We arrive at Namche Bazaar, the Khumbu district capital, built within a natural amphitheatre setting surrounded by peaks, and now a thriving lodge town. O/N at Namche (BB)

 

Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche: (BB)

The first of our carefully planned days to allow us to adapt naturally to gain in altitude. There is plenty to do and explore around Namche, including the Sherpa museum above the village, hike up to Thyangboche etc. O/N at  Namche (BB)


 

Day 06: Trek to Deboche: 3820m/12529ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at Thyangboche (BB))

A lovely morning making our way down through the forested hillside to the Imja Khola (3245m), with Thamserku peak straight across the valley and the beautiful form of Ama Dablam ahead. It is worth taking a good break at the tea houses of Phungitanga over the bridge, as it is a continuous climb up from here to lunch. There is some wonderful water driven prayer-wheels here. On the winding way up through the rich forest we are very likely to encounter groups of Himalayan Tahr grazing on inaccessible slopes above our heads. We reach the famous monastery of Thyangboche (3930m) for lunch. As well as giving us our next view of the summit of Everest above Nuptse ridge, this is the most important Gompa in the Sherpa region, and its second rebuilding this century is now nearly complete, after burning down in 1989. There is an increasing importance to comfortably integrate its religious role with the demands of western visitors, so that the sanctity of this wonderful site is maintained. Some lodges have been built here, under some pressure, fine to eat in and base our afternoon visit to the monastery itself, but they can get uncomfortably crowded at night. So, after plenty of time to absorb the tranquility and atmosphere of the whole setting, we head on a bit, a 20 minute gentle descent to our peaceful, comfortable lodge at Deboche in a garden set amongst these beautiful forests. O/N at  Deboche (BB)

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche: 4410m/14465ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at Somare (BB)

This is a short easy morning, first continuing down to re cross the Imja Khola at a dramatic bridged gorge, before continuing the short way to Pangboche (3900m), where there is plenty of time before lunch to climb to the Gompa above the village. This dates from the original settlement of the area by the Sherpas from their origins in Tibet, and is a more private and intimate Gompa than Thyangboche; respect should be shown to not be obtrusive with cameras or dress. After lunch we continue up through beautiful mossy forests as the landscape starts to feel distinctly more elevated. The dramatic towers of Ama Dablam dominate overhead as the valley splits, the Imja to the right and the Khumbu to the left. We will be heading up the Khumbu to Everest, but now we have reached the right altitude to take another acclimatization day. Of the two villages that head the valleys, Dingboche on the Imja Khola is far the nicer, out of the wind down from the north that can make Pheriche, where the Himalayan Rescue Association post is located. O/N at Dingboche (BB)

 

Day 08: Trek to Lobuche: 4910m/16105ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at Thugla (BB)

Today we start our final approach to the base camp area. It’s easy enough to start with, as we round the ridge above Dingboche by a single chorten, and contours along wide grassy slopes all the way to Thugla (4595m) our lunch stop. Then we climb steeply up the terminal moraine at the snout of the Khumbu glacier, until we come out alongside it at a ridge lined by hundreds of cairns dedicated to the many Sherpas who have lost their lives in attempts on Everest and other peaks. We continue alongside the glacier finally crossing what is now no more than a stream to Lobuche our lodge stop. There are limited individual rooms available here and in peak season we sometimes have to fall back on sleeping in the still very comfortable dormitory of the best lodge. O/N at Lobuche (BB)


 

Day 09: Trek to Gorakshep – Kalapathar (5550m/18204ft) - Gorakshep: 5140m/16859ft, 7-8 hours walk: Lunch at Gorakshep (BB))

We make an early start, about 6.30-7.00am, to cover the few hours alongside the Khumbu glacier up to Gorakshep (5180m) at the base of Kalapathar. Crossing open unexpected sand flat we start to climb on a good well-trodden path. Its pretty breathless walking, but we adopt a deliberately slow, steady rhythm taking plenty of short breaks to watch the view gradually unfold as we go up. The final slopes become rocky as we approach the top (5555m), decked in colored prayer flags. A stunning 360 degree panorama awaits us. The dramatic free-standing form of Pumori directly in front of us, Changtse in Tibet, and across the wide space of the Khumbu glacier, the vast black pyramid of Everest itself, down as far as the South Col which joins it to Lhotse. This is the ideal time to be here, early enough to be most sure of clear views, but late enough to allow the sun to swing southward and light the peaks directly - too early and all you see is a silhouette! The dramatic end of the Nuptse ridge dominates the foreground, and so many lesser peaks spread away southward. We look down on base camp on the edge of the glacier. It is obvious why so many people go to this effort to stand here. Taking as long as we want at the top, we descend to Gorakshep for lunch. We stay here tonight, so we can take it easy this afternoon. Clear sunsets in the Himalaya are rarer than clear dawns, but if there is even a hint of one, we should take our chance and go up Kalapathar again. Sunset on Everest from here is pure magic, gold to pink catching the tips of the peaks, subtly fading with the light - worth every effort. It turns very cold after losing the sun - wrap up in everything you brought, down jacket and all. Don't forget your head-torch for the descent. O/N at Gorakshep (BB)

Day 10: Trek to EBC (5364m/17594ft) and back to Gorakshep: 5140m/16895ft, 4 hours walk: Lunch is Packed-Lunch (BB))

Today we continue hike to Everest Base Camp. The trails over here can be misleading, follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the momentum of the glacier, the walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and less oxygen. The walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the Base Camp. It is a base camp for the climbers to set up their camps & acclimatize before heading for Summit of Mt Everest. If you get here at the time of climbing season you can explore with lively expedition groups. Later come back to Gorakshep. O/N at Gorakshep (BB)


 

Day 11: Trek to Dingboche: 4410m/14465ft, 5-6 hours walk: Lunch at Thugla (BB)

After breakfast trek down to Thugla then go straight up the hill from the bridge to reach an upper trail. Staying high above the valley floor, we pass the yak pasture at Dusa to a chorten at the head of the Imja valley. Dingboche is the only place in Khumbu where barley is grown, enjoy the scenery. O/N Dingboche (BB)


 

Day 12: Trek to Kyangjuma: 3550m/11644ft, 6-7 hours walk: Lunch at Deboche (BB))

The walk today will be easy heading downhill to a lower elevation from Dingboche the walk is pleasant all the way to Kyangjuma. After the bridge our route descends following the stream towards Pangboche village, and further down to Kyangjuma is one of the most beautiful places in the Himalaya. O/N at Kyangjuma(BB)

 


 

Day 13: Trek to Phakding: 2610m/8560ft, 6 hours walk: Lunch at Monzo (BB)

Trek down to Phungitanga a small settlement with couple of teahouses. The trail leads downhill through the forested path of silver fir, blue Pines, Rhododendron and some few Magnolia and Birch trees. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, trek onwards to the Sanasa and trek further down to Phakding. O/N at Phakding (BB)

 

 

 

Day 14: Trek to Lukla: 2840m/9315ft, 3 hours walk: Lunch at Lukla (BB)

We trek back enjoying the lush green scenery around and passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village. Arrival in Lukla and you'll have time to stroll around the areas and Guide will re-confirm your flight ticket. This will be your last night with your trekking crew except trekking Guide. Trekking crew will organize a farewell ceremony, Nepali song and dance, staff members will be allowed to drink to join the party. You may want to try local drink called “Rakshi”, please be aware; it does not taste good and is very strong. O/N at Lukla (BB)

Day 15: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu: 50 minutes flight: (BB)

The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our command. Anyway we will fly back to Kathmandu. You will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, any hire gears will be collected and your international flight tickets will be distributed. O/N at Hotel in Kathmandu (BB)

 



 

Day 16: Day at leisure: (BB)

This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure and either relax at hotel or explore Kathmandu city, shopping etc. Kathmandu offers varieties of Restaurants and Fast-Foods for food lovers. O/N at Hotel in Kathmandu (BB)

Day17: Holiday extension or transfer to airport for final departure:

Today either you’ll have your holiday extension for another tour or we will transfer you to airport for final departure flight. Tour concludes.

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Basanta Adventure Treks & Expeditions
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