Hiking or TrekkingTours in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan
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Sightseeing or FestivalTours in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan
|Poon Hill Gorepani Trek|
|Tamang Heritage Trek|
|Annapurna Circuit Trek|
|Annapurna Base Camp Trek|
|Everest Base Camp Trek Nepal|
|Everest Base and Island Peak|
|Everest Trek via Renjo La|
|Everest Trek via Gokyo Lakes Cho La|
|Island Peak Climb|
|Mera Peak Trek|
|Mera Peak Trek via Mingo La|
|Mera Peak Trek via Amphu Lapcha|
|Nepal Mountain Bike Tour|
|Annapurna Tilicho Lakes Biking|
|Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan Jungle|
This is one of the most spectacular treks in the Himalayas, along routes lined and carved out by beautiful, multi-hued prayer flags, prayer wheels and intricately carved Mani stones. It is the same route along which Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary headed to the summit of Everest in 1953. It is one of the more popular of the Himalayan treks.
Not only is Everest Base exceptionally close the world's highest mountain (8,848m) but it is also home to the wonderful friendly Sherpa people, picturesque villages, and variety of cultures, traditions, colourful festivals and monasteries. With eight of the world's ten highest peaks, Nepal is loaded with spectacular mountains vistas.
Compared to the standard Everest Base Trek, this route is far more challenging as the trek includes Gokyo Ri, Renjo La, Kala Patthar and a high mountain pass, the Cho La at 5420m. That's 4 major high points over 5000m in one single trek, a considerable challenge especially to those unaccustomed to high altitude travel. However, walking up the long valley towards Goyko and the lakes nearby is one of the outstanding treks in the Khumbu region. You'll go past Yak pastures, gigantic glaciers, and the most magical and enchanting scenery in the Khumbu.
Note that this trek takes you up a peak called Kala Pathar, as it is from here that you get incredible views of Mt Everest, which unfortunately cannot be seen from base camp. If you also with to trek to base camp itself, it is advisable to add on an extra day to avoid having to chase your companions heels on the descent.
Day-2: Full day guided sightseeing around of the Kathmandu valley.
Day-3 Flight: Kathmandu (1,310m) - Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m). (2-3 hours). Our early morning trek begins with a flight into Lukla - is a lifetime experience, in itself. The airfield is on a slope and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about 60 meters! We start the everest base camp trek for a few hours along the Dudh Kosi River to the village of Phakding 2,610m
Day-4 Phakding (2,610m) Namche bazaar (3,440m). (5 hours) The trek today takes us through a magnificent forest of rhododendron, magnolia trees and giant firs, as we head up toward Namche. After a steep descent and another steep climb through the forest to Namche.
Day-5 Namche bazaar (Acclimatization Day-3,440 m). We will spend a day to help acclimatization.
Day-6 Namche (3,440m) Thame (3,800m). (4 hours). Today's walks is moderately easy and very pretty, as we head to the Sherpa village of Thame 3800m.
Day-7: Trek to Maruling, Camp. Today you will pass through Chanakpa, Taranga, Marlung and Lungden. All except Chanaka are only seasonally occupied. Taranga is famous among the Sherpas for two things. First, it is known as the homeland of the Yeti and second, the Tarangas potatoes are reputed to be the best potatoes in the world. Continue to Marlung for overnight camp.Day-8: Trek to Sumna Phug, Camp. As you leave Marlung, both settlements and vegetation become very sparse. We will allow two days to penetrate toward the Nangpa La as our stamina, acclimatization, weather conditions and interests permit. It is unlikely we will reach the top of the Pass, but we should have excellent views of the Nangpa Glacier and the surrounding peaks. We may camp at Sumna Phug at the convergence of the Sumna and Lunag Glaciers
Day-9: Trek to Lunag, Camp.Today we will trek up towards Lunag where we may encounter yak caravans or traders who are making the Nangpa La crossing.
Day-10: Return to Sumna Phung. Today, we will return down from the high passes to Sumna Phug and camp overnight.
Day-11: Trek to Tsorelmo, Camp. We will head back down the valley to Lungden and then pick up the trail that will lead us to the Gokyo Valley. We follow the contours of the landscape still higher to camp at Relmo Lake.
Day-12: Trek to Gokyo via Renjo Pass (7 hrs). Camp. This will probably be our most challenging day but we should be well acclimatised by now. Typically if the weather is clear we may have a favourable pass crossing. The pass at 5700m will afford excellent views of Everest and other Himalayan peaks to the east. We descend into the Gokyo Valley, cross the Gokyo Glacier and set camp at Gokyo Lake.
Day-13: Explore the surrounding of Gokyo lake (4,750m). Today will be a more relaxing day as we explore the surrounds of the beautiful Goyko Lakes area.Day-14: Continue to Base Camp of Cho La (5,420m) (8 hrs). Today we will head on a long and steady ascent of about 800m, as we head up towards Cho La Base camp at 5420m. While the terrain is not difficult, it can take up to 8 hours to reach.
Day-15 Cross Cho La (5,420m). Trek to Dzongla (4,730m) A steep and challenging climb awaits us, as we head over rock, snow and perhaps ice with superb views of the glacial valleys of Cho Oyu and Everest. Camp will be at Dzongla 4730m.
Day-16 Trek to Lobuche (4,930m) After a morning of rest, we will hike above Tsholo Lake and join the main Everest trail near the end of the Khumbu Glacier.
Day-17 Lobuche (4,930m) Gorkshep (5,140m) The trail from Lobuche follows the lateral moraine. This section of the trek provides good views of the Everest group and Pumori from Gorek Shep and Kala Pattar. (5 hours)
Day-18: Gorkshep (5,140m) - Kala Patthar (5,545m)- Lobuche (4,930m) We will take an early morning hike up to Kala Patthar for stunning views of mount Everest and those feeling strong, an optional hike to Base Camp of Everest (5,200m). We will overnight at Gorakshep or Lobuche.
Day-19: Lobuche (4,930m)- Tengboche (3,860m). (6 hours) Trekking to Tengboche we head down the valley to lower altitudes and into the valley to Tengboche, home to the famous Tengboche Monastery. We will get amazing views of Mt. Amadablam, meaning Mother's Charm Box.
Day-20: Tengboche (3,860m) Namche (3,440m). (5 hours). We head off on a long descent down the right flank of the Dudh Kosi valley to Namche. Lodge Overnight.
Day 21: Trek Namche to Phakding (2,610m). (3-4 hours). We head down along the gorge of the Dudh Kosi to the small village of Phakding.
Day-22: Phakding to Lukla (2,840m) (3 hrs). Today, we head to the little airstrip of Lukla.
Day-23: Lukla (2,840m)- Kathmandu (1,310m). Fly to Kathmandu, with remainder of the day free.
Day 24: Final Departure.
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The trek to Everest Base Camp trek via Cho La is best trekked in Spring from the beginning of March to around May. It is around this time that many of the trees come into bloom such as the Rhododendrons. The downside to this period, is that the mountain views can often be obscured.
The second best time is from September to mid November, and although the days are colder with more chance of snow, the mountain views are much clear, being post monsoon season. However, trekking through the Cho La pass in heavy snow can be difficult and cause delays and so too late in November it is not always possible.
June to September is quite wet given the monsoon season, and as a result, again, less tourists.
Your guide will always seek out a lodge which offers comfortable rooms. Note that while some lodges have private bathroom facilities, others only offer shared facilities. Some offer attached bathrooms which you can pay extra for. Some lodges have hot shower facilities at an extra charge.