Upon arrival at the Kathmandu International Airport, you will be met outside the customs and immigration area for transfer to your hotel.This afternoon, meet with your guide for a trip orientation. Overnight at Hotel.
Short flight to Lukla & 3-4 hour trek to Phakding at 2,652m. Early morning after breakfast you will be transferred from the hotel to the domestic airport, a short drive of 20-30 minutes, and board a small twin otter or similar type of aircraft for the sweeping panoramic flight to Lukla. In Lukla you will have time to wander around, while the Sherpa crew sort and divide the load of camping equipment and baggage on the Ghopkyo (mix breed of Yak & normal cow, as the Yak cannot survive below 3000m). The walk is along a pleasant trail most of the way, with a few steep climbs from Tarhe khola, where you have a superb view of the Kusum-Kangru (6,369m) crossing. Then after a short climb, you reach Ghat village, and another 1½hrs of trekking brings you to Phakding village for the overnight stop near the bank of the Dudh-Kosi River. Overnight at Local Lodge.
Approx distance: 12-14 km, walking time: approx. 5/6hrs. From Phakding after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi River, the walk is pleasant with a few short uphill climbs and then downhill, re-crossing the same river again, with magnificent views of Thermasarkhu (6,608m). From the village of Benkar, you will cross the long suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi River once more, and then continue on this busy trail of trekkers, Ghopkyo and porters, before finally arriving at the small village of Monjo-where you can see an interesting water-mill grinding roasted corns and barley for Tsampa, one of the staple foods of the Sherpas, Tibetans and other mountain people. Monjo is situated below the magnificent peak of Thermasharkhu and near to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. After few minutes walk from Monjo, you will reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, where your trekking permit, and especially the park ticket is checked to keep a record of all trekkers going in and out including the local trekking staff. From here there is a short descent to Jorsalle village, the last village and the only place to shop at until Namche Bazaar. You will continue to trek by the river until the last bridge over the Imjatse River is reached. From here the walk is along a winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with views of Kwangde peak and its other sister peaks to the east, with Kusum kangru behind you as you climb higher. There are also views of the Mt. Everest-Nuptse wall, Lhotse and a closer view of Taweche peak, which can be seen all the way up to Thop Danda0, where there's a resting stone wall for the porters and trekkers. There is still another 1-2 hour walk, which brings you to the famed Namche Bazaar, with its colourful houses situated in an amphitheatre U-shaped bowl. Overnight at Zhamling Guest House.
Approximately 1 to 1:30 minutes trek. Overnight at Local Lodge.
A magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with spectacular views of the surrounding snow-capped giants and the valleys way down below. There is also an interesting museum with all kinds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, its geography, culture, mountaineering history and information on flora and fauna of this region. You can then enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Zhamling Guest House.
Approx distance: 10kms, Approx walking time: 5hrs. The trail leads along a winding path with great views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and a close-up view of Tharmserkhu. You will come to a busy place called Shanasa, and on this area there is a much higher chance of seeing the beautifully coloured Danphe pheasant (Impeyan Pheasant) the national bird of Nepal, and the elusive musk deer, and sometimes even a herd of Himalayan Thar (mountain goat). From Shanasa, the trail descends to the Imjatse River at Phungitenga (3250m), a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small Royal Nepalese Army barracks in the midst of the alpine woods of mostly silver fir blue pines, rhododendron and some magnolia and birch trees. At Phungitenga there's an interesting prayer wheel propelled by water, from the nearby streams. The walk from here is strenuous for an hour on a winding trail through shaded woods until a small religious monument of prayer stones covered with rhododendron leaves and junipers is reached. From here the walk is uphill for another hour, with views of Thermasarkhu and Kangtenga (which from this angle looks more like an icy Sphinx or a big cat). As you reach Thyangboche, you will be assured by a religious Buddhist gate that the walk for the day is almost over. Tyangboche is one of the mostbeautiful places in the Himalayas, and the first thing that you will see is a big Ghompa (monastery), before a large field with campsites and teahouses, lodges beneath the peak of Ama Dablam with Everest looming above, and the Nuptse wall to the North with Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar to the North East and many more peaks all around you. Overnight at Local Lodge.
Approx distance: 12km Approx. trekking time: 5-6hrs. The trail descends through a forest of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron and comes out at a lovely spot at Deboche (3,650m) with further views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt.Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. From Deboche you will walk past the long prayer mani wall, the path is gradual until you reach a small bridge over the narrow gorge of the Imja-Tse River. The walk continues gradually uphill most of the way, as you comes to a large Mani wall gate. A little further from here the route diverts two ways; the upper one going to the upper Pangboche village, where the old Monastery is located, the lower route is the straight forward main trail to Dingboche, Pheriche and beyond. It will be better to go on the upper trail, for the views and to visit the upper Panboche village 3,900m and its Monastery which had a Yeti scalp and a skeleton believed to be a Yeti's hand, it was stolen in the early '90's, and has never been recovered. After a visit to the Monastery there is a gradual walk downhill which brings you back to the main trail, where you will continue with a short climb to Shomare a small settlement with fantastic close-up view of Ama-Dablam-for lunch. From here Kantenga peak looks different from its northern face. After a pleasant break here your journey continues eastwards, after an hour walk, before a small wooden bridge the road splits two ways again; the north going to Pheriche and the second leading east beneath the towering north face of Ama Dablam. The trails climbs slowly, winding above the Imjatse River, until you come to a big mani Stupa. From here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with views of the eastern snow capped mountains including the Island Peak or Imjatse (6,189m), which is a popular trekking peak in Nepal. Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight at Local Lodge.
Today is a very important acclimatisation day. The day is spent visiting the monastery in Dingboche, famous for its Yeti scalp and hand, and then exploring the Imja Khola. There are some breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as we explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. The days walk is usually short with a good chance to relax in the afternoon and either do some washing etc or just laze in the sun. Overnight at Local Lodge.
Approx trekking distance: 8km. Approx trekking time: 5hrs. Our onward journey leads north, and the path heads up for about 40-50mins until you come to a mani-prayer stupa. The trail is gentle looking down to Pheriche village below. Today's walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5,741m), Kongma-tse (5,820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After a walk of 1 ½ to 2 hours the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. You will stop at Dugla, for lunch, before continuing for an hour up a steep hill to the top, where there are views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. This is a good spot for a short break. There is another 1 ½ to 2 hours of trekking up to Loboche, hidden and sheltered from the wind. Overnight at Local Lodge.
After an early breakfast, you will prepare for your final destination at the foot of Everest. You will trek up the valley following the rocky moraine path. You can see the icy-glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep on the flat field below Kalapatthar (5545m) and Mt.Pumori (7,145m). Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp. Overnight at Local Lodge.
Another 1.5/2.5 hours walk to Kalapatthar from Goerkshep, with refreshment, continue towards Kalapatthar. The walk is gradual till you reach the rocky spot after an hour walk. From here another uphill climb for ½ hour brings you to Kalapatthar, 5,288m. From Kalapatthar Top, the views will be beyond your wildest imagination, with Everest seeming within a stones throw distance between the summit of Mt. Nuptse and Lho-La and Lhotse on the back. The panoramic view from this spot is something to cherish and you feel it's worth the hard climb up to here and to feel at the top of the world. With all the higher snow capped giants that dominate all around, it is truly a magnificent spot to be at on a clearer sunny day. After a great moment, an hour descent takes you back to Gorakshep and then all the way back to Pheriche for the night. Overnight at Local Lodge.
We retrace our trail up to Sangnasa, . Overnight at Local Lodge .
Today we walk on an easy high trail before decending to Namche ,from here we retrace our steps back to Phakding. Overnight at Local Lodge.
Today we trek along the Dudh Kosi river through Jorsale and Chourikharka On trail there are up and downs and flat as we ascend to Lukla. Overnight at Local Lodge.
Today you will return back to Kathmandu and you will be transferred to the hotel. Your day will be at leisure. Overnight Hotel.
Private transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for departure flight
Porters can be hired at NPR. 950.00 per porter per day
Food vegetarian/non-veg as per clients choice.
Helicopter emergency rescue can be arranged at additional cost as per the airlines rate.
Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.
…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE
Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.
We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of 'Leave No Trace' & 'Tread Light' policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the 'GIO trekking Manual'. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.
This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the 'GIO Trekking Manual' which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.
Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the 'GIO Trekking Manual' to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details.
We have broadly classified our treks as below:
Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers
Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding
Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.
Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.
Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.
Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.
Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.
16Days | Mid Sep - Mid Nov| Vigorous | Max Alt: 5545mts (Kalapathar)
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal
Day 02: Fly Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
Day 04: Trek to Syangboche
Day 05: Trek back to Namche Bazaar
Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche (3,867m)
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4,358m)
Day 08: Acclimatisation day in Dingboche
Day 09: Trek to Lobuchge (4,928m)
Day 10: Trek to Everest base camp and back to Gorakshep
Day11: Trek to Kalapathar and back to Pheriche
Day 12: Trek to Sangnasa
Day 13: Trek to Phakding
Day 14: Trek to Lukla
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 16: Kathmandu Depart
Nepal is a small country, famous for legendry hiking and trekking, in the Mountains at great altitudes. Stuck between two giants (China and India), filled with mythical crossroads of historical, spice and silk routes which coexist in peace and tolerance, Nepal is a multitude of ethnic groups. Known as the kingdom of hiking and trekking, Nepal provides a diverse experience of flora and fauna and natural beauty, all the way till an altitude of 8848m, at Mount Everest. Nepal is blessed with amazing place for trekking and hiking, and provides best options for all sorts of travelling in the Himalayas. From here it only comes down to making your own choice !
In this trek you will be travelling through the wonders of nature that Himalayas has got to offer you. From all regions of Nepal, the Everest valley is the most spectacular for its vertices. The passage of three passes over 5000m, Gokyo Ri, Kala Pattar and the base camp of Mount Everest, provide unique views and an unreal approach of Himalayan giants. Out of fourteen magnificient peaks, about four are the ones crossing 8000 m scale, which can be seen during this trek, these include, Everest (8850 m), the highest peak in the world, Lhotse (8516 m), the summit Makalu (8463 m), and Cho Oyu (8201 m).
A beating of wings of Tibet, this trekking at higher altitudes leads to the base camp of Everest region, dominated by many overwhelming walls of 8000 m, and the three highest peaks in the world (Mount Everest 8 848m - Lhotse: 8 571m - Cho Yu: 8 153m).
Everest (first climbed on May 29, 1953 by Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgey) , standing at the mouth of a glacial valley, is unquestionably one of the most beautiful treks "mountain" of Nepal can offer .
Any enduring and motivated person can discover many aspects of these great valleys surrounded by beautiful mountains which are also home to the famous Sherpas, the people of the "Roof of the World". This route will take you to their villages and Buddhist monasteries Thamo, Tengboche, Namche , Pangboche.
Once well acclimated, you will go to the conquest of Kala Pattar (5600m) for a fantastic view of Everest, the Kumbhu Ice Fall, Nuptse (7861m), the almost perfect pyramid of Pumori ( 7161m).