Moderate paced with extensive outdoor adventure; camping; strenuous activity. Requires excellent fitness and stamina.
Spend almost a month in the Himalayas visiting all the major Sherpa villages and viewing all the major peaks in the Everest region.
You will begin your trekking at an altitude of around 6,000 feet but with each day you will go higher and the journey become tougher. There are beautiful Himalayan villages all along the way to give you something beyond just pain and fatigue. You will trek in and out of the Gokyo Valley and then make it to the base camp of Mount Everest to be at all the best vantage points for looking at the Himalayas.
We will be there to receive you at the airport as you land into Kathmandu (4,600 feet) and take you to your hotel.
We begin our trip with visiting different heritage sites in Kathmandu and stopping at some of the popular tourist hangouts. Kathmandu is rich in culture and the ancient parts of the city have not changed for hundreds of years. Your journey starts the next day so we will run you through the itinerary.
We head east toward Jiri in a public bus. It is an eight hour trip through serpentine roads carved into the hills with stops for lunch and snacks in villages along the way. Jiri is a small and beautiful town and used to be the starting point of the original trail to Mount Everest used by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary.
We will start our long trek ahead by a hiking up to Bhandar. It takes about six hours to get here and we have to pass through several villages and make steep climbs. At Bhandar, you can visit local monasteries to take your mind off all the exhaustion from the first day of the expedition.
It again takes around six hours to trek to Sete village. First, we make our way downhill from Bhandar which is relatively easy but then comes a steep climb towards the end. You will surely be in a lot of pain after this day but the view of the Himalayas in the distance will be there to comfort you.
The Himalayas will accompany you (from a distance) throughout the way to Junbesi as we pass through forests and by some monasteries. The first part of the trek is a half a mile ascent of a steep hill and then a short descent till we reach the valley. It takes six hours to get here.
The day begins with a relatively flat trek past the village of Junbesi. You will be slowly gaining elevation till there comes a point where you have to make a sharp downhill journey which will be the most difficult so far in the trip. The whole ordeal takes about five hours but you will be walking past forests and monasteries to keep your mind off the pain.
You will have to trek downhill for five hours this day. We make our way through forests towards the Dudh Koshi River after which comes the ascent to Kharikhola. The beautiful Sherpa village is perfect if you like taking leisurely walks in the evenings.
The way trek to Puiyan is very difficult because you will have to climb uphill in rugged terrain and rocky trail. You have to hike up to the Khari La Pass before arriving at Puiyan. The entire trek takes six hours.
It is a day of walking five hours downhill to Phakding. The village is deep inside the Everest region and we will move towards the Gokyo Valley from here.
We will climb up for six hours through forests and past gorges to reach Namche Bazaar. This small town bustling with tourists is a must-see place on its own and is famous for its night clubs and bars.
We will rest up at Namche for a day for acclimatization purposes. In the middle of the Everest region and at temperature nearing or below 30 °F, you will need it. But you can spend the day leisurely walking around town talking to the local Sherpas or fellow travellers. And if you want to go for a last minute shopping, you will find almost everything at the Bazaar.
It is a long day of trekking as we have to trek uphill for as long as five hours to reach Phortse. Phortse is a model ecotourism village surrounded by exotic trees, birds, and animals. The Sherpas here are always happy to perform cultural shows for tourists.
The terrain starts getting more rugged and barren this high from sea level. It’s only bare mountains and valleys for five hours till we reach Maccherma village. View from up here is amazing as you will see the Dudh Koshi River Valley below and Himalayan peaks above.
We will reach the Gokyo Valley after six hours of trekking. There are mountain streams and lakes to watch as we reach the beautiful valley that is surrounded by the Himalayas. Fatigue starts to creep in this far and this high in your journey but the amazing view of Mount Everest and the Himalayas make the trip worth it.
In the Gokyo Valley, we will walk to the base of Gokyo Ri or the Gokyo Peak (17,575 feet). You can make to the summit in three hours if you wish to. You will be treated with clear views of Mount Everest, Mount Makalu, Mount Lhotse and Mount Cho Oyu from there. The mountain is located just next to the largest glacier in the Himalayas, the Ngozumpa Glacier. After gazing at the Himalayas for a few hours, we will walk back to the Gokyo Valley and rest for the day.
It’s a four-hour trek to Thangna beginning with a tricky section past the Ngozumpa Glacier. After that it is a quite smooth walk to Thangna which is located at the base of the Cho La pass.
This is a tough day of trekking. We have to climb up the snow to reach the top of Cho La pass. The route is tricky and offers a pure mountain climbing experience. After crossing the pass, there is a steep descent down to Dzongla. It all takes about seven hours.
We will hike through snow and reach Lobuche at the foot of Khumbu glacier in not more than four hours. Mount Everest will just be a day away.
A short three-hour trek will take you to Gorakshep, a village sitting on top of a frozen lake bed. After lunch, we will walk for two to three hours to reach the Everest Base Camp. You will get to stand on the foot of the tallest peak in the world. But, however much you might want, you cannot camp here with your trekking permit so we will have to return to Gorakshep before night.
We will hike up to Kala Patthar, which lies on the southern ridge of Mount Pumori (23,494 feet). It’s a two-hour climb after which you will be at the highest point of your journey. Here you will get the best panoramic view of the Everest along with the Khumbu Glacier and other Himalayan peaks. We will descend to Pheriche, a small village full of yaks, and rest for the day.
It is about five and a half hours of trekking today. Downhill treks such as these are relatively easier now. We will have to cross rivers at a few places to get back to Namche Bazaar. It’s a great place to share your experience with fellow trekkers and recollect the exotic views of the Himalayas from up close.
We will walk all the way down to Lukla. It takes six hours to get here. No more walking after this.
You will back to Kathmandu in no time. The city will be quite a change in scene from the exotic Himalayas you were conquering a few days ago. But every good thing comes to an end, doesn’t it?
Spend the day as you like it. You can rest up after your tiring expedition or travel around Kathmandu. Like you may have seen in pictures, Kathmandu is a melting pot of tradition and modernity where you will see western-style hangouts nestling among ancient temples and palaces. There are seven World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu so you will encounter culture aplenty. You will be back home the next day so we will host a farewell dinner for you to cap off your Himalayan adventure.
We will see you off at the airport. It will be a happy-sad moment as we know that it is hard to leave this wonderful country but you will be leaving with very rich memories.
In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 50.Also note that single rooms is easily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
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Note: The lists have been prepared by our guides based on experience and are meant as suggestion for an average trekker. Each trekker will have his/her own preferences and necessities and we recommend carrying everything that you think you might need. You will find several options for each equipment and we advise to select the best match for your particular trip. You can purchase almost everything on the lists in Kathmandu and we are happy to help you choose.
As one of the core guiding principles for Mountain Kick, we always give back to the mountain community in any way we can as a means of gratitude. The people who live in the Himalayas and share their homes with us deserve to have all their little problems fixed which seem very basic for outsiders but are commonplace in rural Nepal. The people lack proper access to healthcare, sanitation and education but a little effort from travellers goes on a long way to solve these issues. Mountain Kick has made it its corporate social responsibility to help improve the living standards of the local community. We make donations to their cause, organize social campaigns and programs and also have a few trips designed to mix a little volunteer work in your holiday.READ MORE ABOUT CSR