20 Day Mt. Everest Circuit Trek
Gokyo and Everest Base Camp trek explores one of the most famous regions of the world – the Everest region of Nepal and takes you to Gokyo Ri, the most favorable viewpoint in the world to see 8000m peaks. Mount Everest is the crown jewel of a range of numerous 8000+ meter (26,000+ feet) snow-covered peaks. The area is a paradise for the mountaineer, the trekker, the photographer, the adventurer and any lover of raw, powerful nature.
Being the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest has a mystique and reputation that sets it apart from any other mountain. Everest was first climbed in 1953 by the young New Zealand beekeeper and mountaineer Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide/companion, Tenzing Norgay. Everest still represents the ultimate challenge for many of the world’s finest mountaineers and since Hillary’s first ascent, there have been more than 3000 attempts to reach the summit. Less than 29% of climbers who set out were successful; over 225 climbers have died trying.
Participants on this trek will get to enjoy many of the awe-inspiring views that Hillary and other mountaineers have seen without being subjected to the physical traumas and dangers that they endured. Fully supported by experienced Sherpa guides and porters, participants will follow Hillary’s footsteps to the base of the famous mountain. Along the way, they will trek past remote monasteries and isolated villages that have changed little over the centuries. The local residents – mostly Sherpas – are curious and welcoming.
Your adventure starts in the colorful, chaotic, magical and utterly fascinating city of Kathmandu. Accompanied by a local guide, you will explore various temples, and wander through bazaars that are likely different from anything you have ever experienced. As you wander through narrow streets and alleys, you will sample the local cuisine and have the opportunity to bargain with merchants and artisans who are keen to sell their exotic items.
The following day, you join other trekkers and mountaineers as you embark on a 45-minute mountain flight to the small airstrip outside of “The Gateway to Everest” – the 230-inhabitant village of Lukla. Final provisions are packed and equipment is checked before commencing your trek. As exciting and exotic as it has been to this point, it only gets better and better. Following the valley of the Dudh Kosi River, the winding dirt path carries you sweeps you upward to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar and its 1600 residents. Shortly afterwards, you will get your first glimpse of Mount Everest as it peeks above the Lhotse-Nupstse Ridge. The base of the mountain is still many days away, but its pull on you is already strong.
Slowly ascending as you move ever-deeper into the region, your body becomes acclimatized to the high altitude. Slowly ascending in order to acclimatize to the high attitude, you pass through small villages on the way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Sagarmatha National Park and the Tengboche Monastery. Tenzing Norgay grew up in this village and the connection with Hillary’s Foundation remains strong. Ascending further, one comes to Kala Pattar, a rocky outcrop west of Everest. This vantage point offers fantastic views of Everest’s Ice Fall and the South Col. A stunning view of the southwest face of Everest – first climbed in 1975 – will forever remain in your mind. The journey continues, climbing gradually yet inexorably until you reach the base camp of the most famous mountain in the world. Few people in the world will be able to ever say they have experienced and accomplished what you have – to be at the base of “a larger than life legend” — Mount Everest.
Trip Highlights: Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla - visit to the world heritage sites in Kathmandu- Amazing views of Mount Everest - the Largest Glacier of the Himalayas- visit to Gokyo Ri, one of the best vantage points in the World to see the most stunning view of 8000m Peaks- Crossing world famous pass Cho-La Pass(5420meters) Hike to Everest Base Camp – hike to Kalapattar for Sunrise – Visit to Mt. Everest Base Camp - visit to the Largest Sherpa Village Namche Bazaar - visit to the Spiritual centre of Everest region Tengboche Monastery.
Day 1Arrival at Tribhuban International Airport, pick up by our private vehicle, and transfer to the hotel. O/N Hotel.
Day 2Kathmandu sightseeing, including the Buddhist stupa of Boudhnath, Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple), and Patan Durbar Square, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. O/N Hotel
Day 3Fly to Lukla (2,795 m) and trek to Phakding (2,610m). O/N Lodge.
Day 4Trek to Namche (3440m) O/N Lodge.
Day 5Namche Rest and Acclimatization day – Visit Khumjung, Khunde and the Khumjung School built by Sir Edmund Hillary. O/N Lodge.
Day 6Trek to Dole (4110m) O/N Lodge.
Day 7Trek to Machhermo (4470m) O/N Lodge.
Day 8Trek to Gokyo (4790m) O/N Lodge.
Day 9Early morning visit Gokyo Ri and afternoon visit 5th Lake. O/N Lodge.
Day 10Trek to Dragnag (4700m) O/N Lodge.
Day 11Cross Chola pass and trek to Dzongla (4830m) O/N Lodge.
Day 12Trek to Lobuje (4910m) O/N Lodge.
Day 13Trek to Gorakshep and visit Everest Base Camp O/N Lodge.
Day 14Early morning hike to Kalapattar (5550m) and trek to Pheriche (4270m) O/N Lodge.
Day 15Trek to Tengboche (3860m) – visit the famous Tengboche Monastery (the spiritual centre of the Khumnu region). O/N Lodge.
Day 16Trek to Monjo (2840m) via Namche. O/N Lodge.
Day 17Trek to Lukla (2,795 m) O/N Lodge.
Day 18Flight to Kathmandu (1,300m). Transfer to hotel. O/N Hotel.
Day 19Kathmandu – Time on your own - sightseeing can be arranged. O/N Hotel.
Day 20Last day of trip – transfer to international airport for departure after breakfast.
|***No specific previous experience is required to complete this trek but good health and able to walk min. 4 to max 7hrs at a normal pace are necessary (with breaks in between) | ***this trip can be arranged at any date |
Prices & Fixed Departure Dates
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Included and Additional Expences
- Airport/Hotel/Airport transfers.
- 4 Nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin share basis
- Sightseeing tour with English speaking city guide and all monument fees
- Basic comfortable Mountain lodge on trek.
- Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu flight.
- Domestic airport tax.
- 1 porter for each 2 members to carry their baggage (includes their food, accommodation and daily wages).
- 1 Sherpa English speaking guide for entire trek days (includes their food, accommodation and daily wages).
- Guide and porter insurance.
- Trekking Permit.
- TIMS Permit.
- Down Jacket, Sleeping bags (which needs to be returned after the trek.)
- Duffel/kit bag (to put your trekking gear during the trek) can take after the trek as a souvenir.
- All taxes and 13 Govt Vat
- Meals (During the trek meals are easily available in the lodges that you are staying).
- Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and mineral water.
- Your travel insurance (mandatory).
- International airfare.
- Nepal entry visa (Can be obtained upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, requires 2 passport size photos and US$ 40 or equivalent in any other currency)