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Trip Summary
 

Trip Duration:

Trek Only: 24 Days

With Mt. Lobuche: 25 Days

With Island Peak: 28 Days

Price: Trek Only: TBA

With Either Climb: TBA

 

2014 Departure Dates:

Trek Only: TBA

With Lobuche: TBA

With Isl. Peak: TBA

 
 
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Gokyo and Mt Everest Trek
Optional Climbs of Lobuche East(6119m) or Island Peak(6189m)

Trip Highlights
  • Explore the ancient city of Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Visit Swayambhunath (the monkey temple), a 2000 year old Stupa
  • Visit the Bodhnath Stupa with its' 130 ft. dome
  • Visit the Pashupatinath Temple
  • Scenic flights to/from Kathmandu and the mountain village of Lukla
  • Hiking through small sherpa villages, across rivers, up mountain valleys
  • A visit to the beautiful glacier lakes of Gokyo
  • Trekking to the northern point of the Ngozumba Glacier
  • Crossing over the Cho-La Pass to reach the Khumbu Valley of Mt Everest
  • See Himalayan giants Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest
  • Hike up Kala Patthar for views of Mt Everest and the Khumbu Glacier
  • Mount Everest Base Camp visit
  • A visit to the Tengboche Monastery
  • All nights during trek spent within the Khumbu stone lodges
  • Optional ascent of Mt Lobuche or Mt Island Peak


The trek through Nepal's Khumbu Region to Mount Everest Base Camp is one of the world’s truly epic journeys. It should be on every adventurer’s “to do” list. Our group will explore the exotic city of Kathmandu before flying into the remote mountain town of Lukla (9,350 feet) to begin our trek into the Khumbu region of the Himalayas.

We follow an ancient route that will take us through tiny villages, across high mountain passes, and through remote valleys. The views of the Himalayas are awe-inspiring as we venture up the Dudh Koshi River to Namche Bazaar — the gateway to the Khumbu region at 11,300 feet.  After a brief journey west to the village of Thame, we continue our trek north to the beautiful glacier lakes region of Gokyo.  We take some amazing day hikes leading us ever closer to the Tibetan border with views of Cho-Oyu, Mount Everest and many other beautiful mountains. 

We then head east up and over the Cho-La Pass to enter the valley which will lead us to Mount Everest.  Gorak Shep provides us with our launch point for a day hike up Kala Patthar (18,192') and our hike to Mount Everest Base Camp. From Mount Everest Base Camp you will gaze with amazement at the shear size of the Khumbu Glacier Ice Falls.  It is through these ice falls that climbers begin their ascent of Mount Everest.

On a clear day the views from Kala Patthar are simply spectacular providing views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam and countless other mountains as you look down the valley.  Throughout our journey we will have a chance to meet the friendly Nepali people and soak up the colors, sights, and sounds of Sherpa village life.  For additional details please see the itinerary summaries below as well as the 'Detail Itinerary' page which includes maps of our trek routes.

Gokyo and Everest Trek Itinerary Summary

Days 1-2  Depart your home country and begin international flight(s) with scheduled layover based upon itinerary. 

Days 3-4  Arrive Kathmandu, Nepal where you will be greeted by a member of our staff and taken to the Yak and Yeti Hotel.  The group enjoys a welcome dinner in the evening.  The following day we complete our gear check and depart for our day of sightseeing.

Day 5  Our group catches an early morning flight departing Kathmandu for the remote mountain village of Lukla.  We begin our exciting first day on the trail by departing Lukla for the small village of Phakding.

Days 6-7  After an energizing breakfast, we continue our trek following the Dudh Koshi River, crossing it several times on wonderful suspension bridges as we make our way through the forest and up a final rise to the village of Namche.  After arriving and settling in to our lodge, we enjoy a rest day to acclimatize and see some of the local sites.

Day 8  After our time in Namche, we are ready once again to continue our journey.  We make our way along a beautiful stretch of trail that affords wonderful views up and down the Bhote Koshi River Valley as we make our way to Thame. 

Day 9  We begin our day with a short hike to the Thame gompa which is situated on the hill overlooking the village of Thame.  After our visit, we say our good-byes to Thame and enjoy another pleasant walk to the village of Khumjung.

Day 10-12  Today we turn north as we begin our journey up the valley toward the glacier lakes area of Gokyo.  We enjoy stops at the villages of Dole and Machhermo before arriving at Gokyo, our northern most stop in this valley.

Days 13  Today we enjoy another acclimatization day with the option of hiking up Gokyo Ri (5463m) or continuing up the valley past several glacier lakes.  Both destinations offer incredible views of the Mount Everest, Mount Cho Oyu and the amazing Ngozumba Glacier. 

Day 14 -15  We enjoy a short day as we depart our lakeside lodge at Gokyo for the small village of Dragnak.  This is our last stop before making our journey up and over the Cho-La pass to the town of Dzonglha. 

Day 16  We depart Dzonglha making our way to the Khumbu Glacier valley and our next stop at the village of Lobuche.  As we continue up the valley we get some wonderful views of Mt. Lobuche East and many other spectacular mountains.

Day 17  Everyone is excited as we get an early start for Gorak Shep and our group's first opportunity to hike up Kala Patthar.  As weather permits there are absolutely spectacular views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and the enormous Khumbu Glacier flowing down the valley. 

Day 18  Today is the day many people fulfill their quest as we depart for Mount Everest Base Camp and the amazing Khumbu Ice Falls.  For those that may prefer, they may elect to take advance of a second opportunity to climb Kala Patthar instead.  Everyone meets back at Gorak Shep for another night.

Days 19-20  Today we leave the northern regions of the Khumbu behind and begin our journey back down the valley.  The climbers break away from the group to pursue their summits.  Everyone feels their strength return as we return to the lower altitudes.  We enjoy a night in Pangboche before making our way back to Namche.

Day 21  Today we make our way back to Lukla for our last night on the trail.  We enjoy a nice dinner and say our thank you's to our amazing support staff.  This is also a wonderful opportunity for us to lighten our loads home by donating any gear we're unlikely to use again or can part with.  The extremely hard working Sherpas and Porters will make very good use of any donations.

Day 22  We catch our short early morning flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu.  After everyone settles back into the Yak & Yeti Hotel, the afternoon is free for folks to look around Kathmandu, do some last minute shopping, or just rest and relax until dinner.  Everyone will get back together one last time for a wonderful farewell dinner to celebrate our amazing journey.

Days 23-24  Having come to the end of our time in Nepal, everyone is brought back to the airport for their international flights home.

Climbing Option 1

A sharp ridge of quite a distance seperates Mt. Lobuche East (6119m) from its' sister peak of Mt. Lobuche West (6145m).  Although there may have been other previous successful summits of Mt. Lobuche East, the recorded history gives the honor to Laurence Nielson and Sherpa Ang Gyalzen on April 25, 1984.  Mount Lobuche East rises as a giant chunk of rock and snow dwarfing several smaller mountains around it.  Considered one of the more difficult of the trekking class mountains, this climb offer amazing views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lohtse, Ama Dablam and others.

Day 19  We depart Gorak Shep making our way to high base camp.  After a good dinner we turn in early in preparation for our early start in the morning.

Day 20  Having fully acclimatized during our trek, we make our way to the summit, celebrate our success and enjoy the amazing views.  After a brief stay on the summit we make our way back down to base camp.  We pack up our camp and make our way to Pheriche for a good nights sleep.

Day 21  Today we leave the northern regions of the Khumbu behind and make our way back down the valley to Namche.

Day 22  In the morning we make our way back to Lukla for our last night on the trail.  We enjoy a nice dinner and say our thank you's to our amazing support staff.  This is also a wonderful opportunity for us to lighten our loads home by donating any gear we're unlikely to use again or can part with.  The extremely hard working Sherpas and Porters will make very good use of any donations.

Day 23  We catch our short early morning flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu.  After everyone settles back into the Yak & Yeti Hotel, the afternoon is free for folks to look around Kathmandu, do some last minute shopping, or just rest and relax until dinner.  Everyone will get back together one last time for a wonderful farewell dinner to celebrate our amazing journey.

Days 24-25  Having come to the end of our time in Nepal, everyone is brought back to the airport for their international flights home.

Climbing Option 2

In 1952 Eric Shipton followed the Imja River en-route to the remote Barun gorge between Baruntse & Makalu. During that journey he described a mountain "resembling an island in a see of ice." Ever since, the name Island Peak has stuck, although it was renamed Imja Tse by the Nepal Mountaineering Association it remains the most popular trekking peak.

Surrounded by the massive walls of Lhotse, Baruntse and Ama Dablam, its floats between the Imja & Lhotse Glaciers, its south face rears as a rocky triangle; the end of a truncated ridge falling from Lhotse Shar. Charles Evans, Charles Wylie, Alf Gregory & Tenzing Norgay climbed Island Peak in 1953 with a group of seven sherpas, in preparation for their climb of Mt. Everest. Their climb up the southeast flank and the south ridge from a camp at Pareshaya Gyab remains the normal route of ascent.

Days 19-20  We leave Gorak Shep making our way back down the valley to Dingboche where we spend the night before moving on to Chukhung for our last stop before base camp.

Day 21  Today we depart for Island Peak base camp where we set up camp, have a good dinner and turn in early to be well rested for our climb to the summit.

Day 22  Having fully acclimatized during our trek, we make our way to the summit, celebrate our success and enjoy the amazing views.  After a brief stay on the summit we return to base camp.  Once there, we pack up our camp and make our way back to Chukhung for a well deserved nights sleep.

Days 23-24  The refreshing air and warmer temperatures greet us as we continue back down the valley with stops at Tengboche and Namche.

Day 25  Today we make our way back to Lukla for our last night on the trail.  We enjoy a nice dinner and say our thank you's to our amazing support staff.  This is also a wonderful opportunity for us to lighten our loads home by donating any gear we're unlikely to use again or can part with.  The extremely hard working Sherpas and Porters will make very good use of any donations.

Day 26  We catch our short early morning flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu.  After everyone settles back into the Yak & Yeti Hotel, the afternoon is free for folks to look around Kathmandu, do some last minute shopping, or just rest and relax until dinner.  Everyone will get back together one last time for a wonderful farewell dinner to celebrate our amazing journey.

Days 27-28  Having come to the end of our time in Nepal, everyone is brought back to the airport for their international flights home.

See 'DETAILED ITINERARY' page under the 'TRIP DETAILS' menu on the right side of this page for additional itinerary details and a map of our trekking routes.