Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes

Starts in Kathmandu Oct/Nov  2019

21 Nights / 22 Days

(dates will be released soon from the Lama of Tengboche Monastary for the Mani Rimdu festival.   Please be patient as our departure dates need to coincide with this most auspicious festival - Namaste.)

Includes Kathmandu Valley Historical Sites & Sherpa Mountain Festival and sightseeing of the cities of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur

from R36,800.00 pp sharing 

 Single rooms are only available in Kathmandu Hotels - all rooms on the trek are shared.  Please inquire for the single rate price.

 If originating from outside of South Africa your welcome to join up in Kathmandu email for the itinerary and pricing in USD$. 

Arrival Day 1 & 2  - Your adventure begins the moment you touch down at Tribhuvan International airport and pass through customs where our friendly Nepali representative and your tour escort, Jo -  will welcome you to Nepal and whisk you away through a bustling city to arrive at your hotel and settle you in. 

The bustling sights and sounds of Thamel can be quite overwhelming at first but as you settle in and slow down your pace, find your rhythm amidst this vibrant hub of Kathmandu you start to unwind to enjoy rest of the evening.   Time to sample delicious local cuisine of your choice at a nearby restaurant or wander the streets full of fascinating people selling their wares of every conceivable nature - from teas to hand spun clothing to Kumari dolls and Khukuri knives.  Welcome to the thriving area of Thamel! An exciting part of the Kathmandu Valley.

Exquisite silks and sari's - beautiful gifts for family and friends
Bouddhanath Stupa

Tomorrow brings a full day of sightseeing to some of Kathmandu's most historical and/or cultural UNESCO World heritage sights.  Swayambunath (Monkey Temple) 2000 year old Buddhist temple where offerings to the Gods are a daily ritual.  Pashupatinath (one of the most holiest Hindu sites in the world) where we find the holy Sadhu men and the site of cremations ongoing upon the ghats placed along the Bagmati river. We'll visit the City of Arts - Patan Durbar Square-founded in the 3rd century A.D. and home to some of the finest crafts with monuments from the medevil Malla period of the 16th-18th century and my favourite Boudhanath where the people observe their faith by perambulating clockwise around this magnificent stupa - the largest in Nepal.  Marooned coloured robes of monks sitting chanting mantras and spinning prayer wheels or reciting precious sanskrit scriptures abound here - its a fascinating sight where people watching is a great past time.

Saddhu (Holymen) at Pashupatinath
Swayambunath 2000 year old Buddhist Stupa
Ancient Temples Patan Durbar Square

Day 3 Having had our trek briefing the previous evening  we are on our way with an early spectacular 40 minute flight over the Himalayas to Lukla (2827m) and a trek through to Pakding.  Every evening for the next 15 nights we'll be staying in local tea houses - here we can share stories with other trekkers in the communal dining areas, sample delicious mountain cuisine from the local momo's (dumplings), traditional dhal bhat (lentils and rice) and noodles done 10 different ways. I love a hot Lemon Honey Ginger tea and omelette or a Yak butter pancake to start (or end) my day. Maybe your game enough to sample the local Raksi or Chhang beer brewed by the locals.

Day 4 & 5 Namche Bazaar - trekking through rhododendron and blue pine forest, we'll cross the Dudh Koshi with snow-topped scenes of Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku etc. with a challenging climb up to Namche Bazaar - our reward is the sight of gigantic peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Taweche.  We'll take a day here for acclimatisation and take in the enormity of our location and the majestic views of these Khumbu region giants.

Day 6-8 Tengboche and Mani Rimdu Festival  Taking our time here to ensure a proper acclimatisation we will be passing through mountain villages we'll move on through the forests of fir, black juniper, pine and rhododendron we'll make our way to Tengboche (3860m).  Here the surrounded by the gigantic peaks of Ama Dablam, Kantega, Everest etc., for the next 3 days we'll immerse into a world unlike any other.  This sacred festival of Mani Rimdu opens with Wong - the Blessing and Empowerment Day.  Cham - a masked dance and the making of offerings to the different deity's in this Tibetan Buddhist practice.  Jinsak - The Fire Puja and offerings to Agni the fire god and afterwards the dismantling of the great sand mandala and offered to the serpent gods or Nagas.  Surrounding by music of horns and cymbals its a spectacle to behold and witnessing a ceremony such as this - a extraordinary memory.

Day 9 – Trek to Phortse Thanga (3600m) via Khumjung Overnight at Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 10: Hiking up to Machhermo 5hr (alt 4410m). Overnight at Tea House. (B/L/D)

To reach Machhermo lying at the height of 4470m, we trek through beautiful rhododendron woods through which we will be mesmerized by marvelous vistas of Cho Oyu, Kantega and Thamserku. Overnight we will stay at Tea house where the tale of the ‘yeti’ killing three yaks and wounding a Sherpa girl in 1974 is often told around the warmth of a pot belly stove and local Chhaang Beer.

Day 11: Hiking up to Gokyo (4750m) (B/L/D) 5hr  

One of the most significant days of the trek as we steadily make our way to the village of Gokyo. We will go by Gokyo Ri at the elevation of 4750m. Making our way we will walk on the rocky moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier – the major glacier in Nepal in anticipation of the magnificent greenish-blue Gokyo Lake coming into view. The varied scenery of this enchanting Gokyo Valley flanked by Tibet and Cho Oyu can be enjoyed.  Overnight at teahouse. 

 Day 12:  Early in the morning Hiking up to Gokyo peak 3hr alt(5360m)

 Excellent view of Mt: Everest & Makalu. & back to down Gokyo, trek to Thangna 6hr alt(4700m) over Night at tea house From the Gokyo Ri incredible picturesque views of four 8000-metre great peaks – Everest, Cho Oyo, Lhotse, and Makalu as well as quite a few other peaks like Gyachung Kang, Kangchung, Cholatse, and more. Overnight at Tea house. 

Jo at Everest Base Camp on the Tibetan side - 2015

Day 13: Early in the morning climbing up to Cho- La pass alt(5330m) trek to down Dzongla 8hr alt(4830m) over Night at tea house.From Thangnak, we will move on early in the morning as we need to hike for approximately 8 hours on this day. We will traverse Cho La Pass lying at an elevation 5330m and we will move down to Dzongla (4830m) Moving through the valley after the pass we will witness splendid views of Ama Dablam standing to the south east. Overnight at Tea house.

 Day 14: Dzongla to Lobuche (4910m) A day of relatively easy trekking alongside Chola Lake . In the distance a small village can be seen dwarfed by the mighty Ama Dablam.  The famous Khumbu Glacier looms on our right side. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 15:  Gorakshep 3hr (5140m) and trek to Everest base (alt 5380m) see the Khumbu Glacier. Overnight at Tea House. (B/L/D)

Today is the most demanding and significant day of the entire trek. We will walk along the Khumbu Glacier to reach Everest Base Camp (5360m) which is the nearest place you can get to observe Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. We adopt a steady firm pace, essential when trekking in high altitude.  When we reach the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier, we make a chain of small up and down trekking over a shaky track lined with cairns that takes us to the unpredictable glacial sands of Gorak Shep (5160m). And, we head off to the Everest Base Camp where a fabulous vista of the Khumbu Icefall awaits. After spending worthy time here, we then return back to Gorak Shep. Overnight at Tea House. 

Day 16: Early in the morning hiking up to Kalapatthar (5550m) with excellent view point of the Everest region. From there we will see Mt: Everest & Pumo- Ri. Trek down Pheriche 6hr ( 4240m). Overnight at Tea House. (B/L/D)
An early start we will walk up to Kalapattar, the highest point of our trek. Here we can admire the peaks of Pumori (7,145m), Khumbutse (6,623m), Lingtren (6,697m) and more which divides Nepal from Tibet and just above the Lho La pass we can see the huge face of Changtse (7,750m). returning back we head to Pheriche. Overnight at Tea House.

 Day 17:  Trek to Namche Overnight at Tea House. (B/L/D)

The unpredictable Yaks being lead up the mountain

Day 18: Trek to Lukla 5hr alt (2840m). Overnight at Tea House. (B/L/D)

We arrive in the early afternoon. Lukla is famous for celebrating the end of the trek. Overnight at Tea House.

 Day 19: Early in the Morning fly to Kathmandu. (B)

We will wake up early in the morning and get ready for our flight back to Kathmandu.

Transfer back to your hotel. (B & B Twin Basis)

Day 20:  Flexible - O/N Hotel (B&B)  The next few days we need to be flexible in case of inclement weather and flights out of Lukla are delayed (sometimes by a day or more). If we are fortunate and our departure is straight forward, we can enjoy the following.

 Arrive in Kathmandu from Lukla – transfer to our hotel the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 21 – Full day tour to Bhaktapur & Changu Narayan

Pick up from our hotel after breakfast and take a leisurely 30-45 min journey to the beautiful City of Devotees – Bhaktapur. Listed in the World Heritage Sites in 1979 it is a Living Heritage, filled with vibrant depth of Newari culture. Here we view the 55 Windows Palace, The Golden Gate of 1754 A.D.  Beautiful wood carvings and the famous Peacock Window as well as the Bhimsen Temple (said to have been made from the wood of a single tree) are all found in the oldest part of the city Dattatraya Square.

 Moving on we’ll take a further drive to one of Kathmandu’s most important monuments and most ancient pilgrimage site.  Worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists Changu Narayan dates to the 3 rd century AD. Surrounded by historical pillars, stone statues and sculptures. We can also visit with a Master Thangka Painter here too.

This evening we will take in a farewell dinner along with a cooking class included in your package. Overnight at hotel. (B&B)

 Day 22 – Morning is at your wish for last minute gifts and trinkets until your transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your International onward flight. 

 Note from Jo:  I sincerely hope you decide to come with me to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes in the upcoming season.  I'll be there to assist you every step of the way and provide you with the very best guides and porters, hotels and tea houses, most meals and permits and transportation required.  Please send me an email through the contact form below to receive all the wonderful things I have been able to include in your package for a very fair price.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.  Namaste, Jo

Exquisite Peacock WindowPeacock Window Intricately Carved in Teak
A must visit to Potters Square

Exquisite handpainted Mandalas and Thangkas - This one is the Kalachakra Meditation Mandala

Garden of Dreams over Tihar Festival

Namaste and I'll see you again, because Nepal - Once is not enough!



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