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Mt. Everest base camp and Gokyo valley trek (23 Days)

This is one of the most popular trekking regions in Nepal. The region has not only attraction include spectacular scenery but also where Mt. Everest, its attendant lesser peaks and rich culture heritage. The Everest trek starts in Nepali-speaking Hindu lowlands and ends in the Tibetan Buddhist highlands where Sherpa peoples are renowned.

The Everest Region is located in the northeast of Nepal. The most visited part of this region is Solukhumbu district, home of the legendary Sherpas and the highest peak of the world, the Mt. Everest at 8848 meters. To the north of solokhumbu is Everest National Park; while to the east is the Makalu Barun National Park. The major ethnic groups that live in the Everest region are Sherpas, Rais, Tamangs, Brahmins and Chhettris. Diverse range of wildlife and vegetation are seen in the region. Animals to be sighted are mountain goat, musk deer and barking deer in the forests. Birds included Implying Pheasant (Danfe), ravens, crows, coughs and snow pigeons. The best time to visit is spring and autumn

Trip facts

Everest Base Camp Charity Trek
Trekking Days: 16 days
Total days in Nepal: 19 days
Trekking grade: 04
Maximum altitude: 5550m
Best time:   Spring: March to May
Autumn: September to November
Trekking type: Teahouse  
Walking per day: approximately 5-6 hrs



Itinerary

Day 01 Kathmandu (1400m)
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu (1,300m). After time to get refreshed, evening you will meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and after meal briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valely
Today, morning we will ready after your breakfast to head on for our relaxing guided day trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and visit the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding areas. We take you to visit the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, one of the most important shrine of Shiva temples on the subcontinent which is place of thousand of devotees, Saddhus (holy men/Baba), and can be seen the cremating body most of the times in the holy riverbank of Bagmati. Hundreds of monkeys are giggling with you and take a time to exploring surrounding area and visit Bouddhanath stupa an another pilgrimage centre which is most popular and important place for Buddhist. You can explore with rounding prayer wheel and flattering colorful flag with melodious chanting noise. After your lunch at Bouddha visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple covering wide range of area with highest point of Kathmandu valley and enjoy the 360 degrees of valley view. After exploring the surrounding areas visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is old royal palace of Kathmandu and can be seen lot of temple, architectures and Kumari (living goddess) and walk in a freak street and late afternoon back to hotel and evening briefing about your trip, what is your responsibility, what to do and does not in the trek? Introduce with our fellow trekking staff and chances to ask remaining question and simply relax at the hotel.

Day 03    Meshipa.
Takes approximately 4  hours drive and 1.5 hours walk to Meshipa, where we building health post. We will stay in local place. Overnight at local house.

Day 04    Meshipa
Visit Health Post and School. Overnight at local house.

Day 05    Kathmandu
Drive back to Kathmandu, prepare for trek. overnight at hotel.

Day 06    Kathmandu to Phakding (2600m)
Early morning flies to Lukla (2800m). Trek to Phakding around 3 hrs easy walk. Overnight at Teahouse lodge.

Day 07    Fakding to Namche (3440m)
Early wake-up today because this is a big push.  First part is pretty easy.  Today is a higher altitude day so slow and steady will work best.  You can see Mount Everest (Chomo-lungma) from the new style bridge crossing at Dudh Koshi .Keep walking up to Nauje (Namche Bazaar).  We will have nice hot snacks in Nauje which has many Sherpa shops, lodges, and restaurants.  Nauje (Sherpa name for Namche Bazaar) is a fun place for both Sherpas and trekkers to enjoy / camp.

Day 08    Namche Bazaar (3450m)
Acclimatization day which gives us time for a sightseeing tour or an excursion towards the village of Thame or Khumjung, which has fantastic views of Mt. Thamserku (6608 m), Ama-Dablam (6856 m), Mt. Lhotse (8510m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Nuptse (7861m), Island Peak (6189m), Tobuche (6367m) and many mountains. Overnight at lodge.

Day 09    Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3870m)
Walking about 5 hrs. Our journey starts to walk with sunshine great views of the Everest, Lhoste, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Steep descent towards a bridge over the Dudh Kosi at (3250m), which is deepest valley after Namche and Before Base Camp and then climb up a zigzagging path through rhododendron bushes. Some superb mountain sceneries towards Tengpoche, famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in Khumbu. Overnight at lodge.

Day 10    Tengboche to Dingboche (4389m)
Walking around 5 hrs. An easy descent through woods towards a suspension bridge over the Imja Khola river, then a steady climb up to Pheriche via Pangboche (3930m) that houses the most ancient monastery in the region and continue to Dingboche. Overnight at lodge.

Day 11    Acclimatization day
Explore to the Chhukung Village (4756m), great views of Lhotse, Island Peak, Kali himal. Overnight at lodge.

Day 12    Trek to Lobuche (4910m)
Walking about 5 hrs. The trail starts from the easy walk but is little bit difficult walk cause of high altitude. After 3 hrs walking distance, the trail starts to climb up to the Memorial Camp and continue to Lobuche. Visit to Italian Research Camp, views of many mountains including Nuptse, Pumori (7165m), Khumbu Ice Fall etc. Overnight at lodge / camp.

Day 13    Lobuche € EBC- Ghorakshep  (5190m)
Walking in the Khumbu valley alongside of Khumbu Glacier and after Ghorakshep walking along the glacier or some time on glacier too. Hard catching breathes and spends some time at EBC than back to Ghorakshep. Overnight at teahouse lodge / camp.

Day 14    Gharak Shep € Kalaptthar (5550m) € Dzonglha (4830m)
Wake up early morning and walk up to Kalapatter for Sun rise Views of Everest, Nupse, Lohtse, Pumori just above and Khumbutse and beautiful views of Khumbu Glaciar and back down to Lodge and walk down to Dzonglha via Lobuche. Overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 15    Dzonglha € Chola Pass € Thangnak (4700m)
Walking about 7-8 hours. This is quite long walk, we start early morning with pack lunch along the up hill and turn east with boulders and steep climbing up to pass. Pass always with ice, some time deep snow and than walk down to Thangnak. Overnight at tea house lodge.

Day 16     Thangnak € Gokyo (4790m)
Just 2 hrs walking distance over the glacier take you to the Gokyo and explre around Gokyo Valley. Overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 17     Gokyo € Gokyo Ri - Machhermo (4410m)
Walking about 6 hours. This is the day for explore round the areas. Wake up early morning to hike up Gokyo ri (5483m) for 360 views including Everest and Makalu. Late morning back to Gokyo and trek down to Machhermo. Overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 18    Machhermo € Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Walking about 6 hours. After breakfast we descend down to the Phortse Thengnak through the beautiful Gokyo Valley, now we have to climb about 1 hour to the Mong-La, where we can see spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and other mountains and easy walk to Namche Bazaar.. Overnight at teahouse lodge

Day 19    Namche € Phakding (2600 m)
Now trek back to Phakding. Overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 20    Phakding € Lukla (2800 m),
About 3 hours walk will finishied our great journey to the highest mountain. Overnight at tea house lodge.

Day 21     Kathmandu:
Fly back to Kathmandu. Free day for shopping. Overnight at hotel.

Day 22    Kathmandu. Free day. Overnight at hotel.

Day 23     Departure:
Transfer to airport for final departure to onward destination.

Services

Cost:   EUR1686/ per person

KATHMANDU   
    Pick up and drop to international airport as per itinerary.
    2 night's accommodation in tourist basic hotel in Kathmandu (according to itinerary)
    1 English speaking professional guide and 2 helper during trek.
    Guide and porter salary, insurance, food, accommodation
    Sagarmatha National Park entry fees
    Trekking Permit (TIMS permit)
    Necessary permit and paper for trek.
    Food (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea and Coffee during trek / 16 days)
    Teahouse lodge basis Accommodation during trek / 21 days.
    Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu domestic flight ticket (US$236 round trip per person) and airport tax
    Government tax

COST DOES NOT INCLUDES   
    Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    Beverage (Cold drinks, mineral water and other drinks)
    Expenses for personal nature
    Travel insurance
    Personal equipment







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