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If your ambition is to walk amongst the highest, most majestic mountains on earth, then the Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes is the trek for you. The Everest area of Nepal is famous due to the exploits of mountaineers such as Hillary, Tenzing, Bonnington, Messner and Macartney-Snape.
The Sherpa people who inhabit Khumbu, as the area is called, are well-known for their cheerful hospitality. This trek visits their villages and monasteries and provides a wonderful opportunity for cultural interaction. The 5545m ‘hill’ of Kala Pattar, is the highest point of the trek. You’ll stand in awe, inspired by breathtaking beauty. Mt Everest and a host of Himalayan giants will surround you in a 360 degree panorama that you’ll never forget. The following day, we plan to trek to Everest Base Camp. The views from here up the rugged Khumbu Icefall are simply awe-inspiring.
For us at Back Track, trekking is our way of life. We always prepare well and are dedicated to ensuring that our trekkers have the holiday of a lifetime. Our trekking itineraries are arranged so we can meet each day’s objective in a leisurely fashion.
As well, a program for acclimatisation is built into each itinerary so everyone will have the maximum chance to acclimatise to the altitudes in which they are trekking. There is plenty of time to stop and take photographs, rest, or just have a cup of tea with the locals in a village tea house.
Our group size is limited to a maximum of 14 trekkers plus our Back Track trekking crew. Having only small groups ensures all trekkers are given maximum attention and assistance when required. Once booked, you will be issued with comprehensive Pre Departure Information detailing your gear and clothing requirements and everything you need to know to ensure you are professionally prepared. In addition, you have access to a trekking expert at any time by calling us on our ’1300′ Trekkers Assist line.
Sherpa Lodge Style
Our Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes and Everest High Passes treks are conducted in Sherpa Lodge Style.
The Khumbu area of Nepal, home to the Sherpa people, is where these treks take place. The Sherpas have a long association with western trekkers providing guides and climbing crew for mountaineers way back to the early 1920’s. In their homelands they have built an infrastructure of clean, basic and comfortable lodges in all the major villages and trekking locations. Therefore there is no need to camp on these treks. Back Track utilises these lodges for accommodation. Rooms are usually twin share with comfortable beds.
Includes breakfast daily plus all tips for local trek crew.
To save you money, for the duration of the trek a Camp Kit is provided consisting of a warm sleeping bag, suitable for cold Himalayan nights, and a kit bag to hold your belongings on the trek. The kit bag is carried by your porter.
This trek is graded challenging, requiring participants to commit to a dedicated training program prior to departure. Depending on your current level of fitness, if you are not as fit as you would like to be, a minimum 3 month program is required to ensure that you are fit enough to enjoy the trek. Back Track willingly provides advice to all our trekkers on how to obtain the required fitness level. Your pre-departure information guide contains extensive fitness training information.
Meals included as indicated: B – Breakfast, D – Dinner
Day 1You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Free time to explore Kathmandu. This evening we invite you to be our guest for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2This morning you will be taken on a guided walk through the old city of Kathmandu for a glimpse into the lifestyles of the local inhabitants. A pre-trek briefing will be held in our hotel in the early afternoon (B)
Day 3(35 mins flying time, 3 hrs walking) Begin the trek with a spectacular mountain flight to Lukla. After landing, we have two easy, leisurely days on a wide, level trail along the Dudh Kosi Valley. Our lodge is in the large Sherpa village of Phakdingma. (B)
Day 4(3 hrs trekking) A half day walk to assist in essential acclimatisation. We pass many porters and yaks carrying local trade goods and expedition equipment. The pine and rhododendron forests that surround the trail provide cooling shade. After lunch we do an acclimatisation walk from our lodge. (B)
NAMCHE BAZAAR 3440m
Day 5(3 hrs trekking) We reach the fascinating and legendary village of Namche Bazaar, the largest village in the Khumbu area. Our lodge is a short walk from the National Park headquarters and museum. (B)
REST & ACCLIMATISATION IN NAMCHE BAZAAR
Day 6We take a rest day in Namche to acclimatise to the higher altitudes. A number of impressive side treks are available. One favourite is to visit the Everest View Hotel, set high on a ridge, for stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. (B)
PHORTSE TENGA 3680m
Day 7(4 hrs trekking) As part of our gradual acclimatisation, today’s walk is short with minimal altitude gain. From Khumjung monastery (purported to contain a genuine Yeti skull), the trail ascends to our lodge near the Dudh Kosi River that flows from the foot of Mt Everest. (B)
Day 8(3 hrs trekking) Another short day to assist in acclimatisation. The trail climbs through impressive rhododendron forests before reaching yak grazing pastures and the small settlement of Dole in time for lunch. Afternoon free to relax or explore. (B)
Day 9(2.5 hrs trekking) The trail proceeds up the Gokyo Valley with stunning scenery on both sides of the valley. Machhermo Village is reached late in the morning. We have another afternoon acclimatising. (B)
Day 10(4 hrs trekking) The valley widens as we approach the snout of the massive Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal. Our lodge is on the shore of a beautiful lake called Dudh Pokhari. (B)
Day 11(2 hrs trekking) The valley widens as we approach the snout of the massive Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal. Our lodge is on the shore of a beautiful lake called Dudh Pokhari. (B)
DZONGLA 4910m via CHO LA 5420m
Day 12(7 hrs trekking) Depart early for a tough 4 hour climb to the top of Cho La. We pause for a snack and some fantastic photo opportunities. Then it’s a long, slow descent to the group of lodges at Dzongla and the finish to an exciting day. (B) Note: Crossing Cho La will only be attempted if weather and trail conditions are ideal. There is an alternative trail available if necessary.
Day 13(3 hrs trekking) Today’s trail follows a ridge high above the Khumbu valley before descending to the Khumbu Glacier. An easy trail takes us to the lodges at Lobuje. (B)
GORAK SHEP 5170m & EVEREST BASE CAMP 5360m
Day 14(8 hrs trekking) From Lobuche we trek for 2 hours on a rough, rock-strewn trail to Gorak Shep. We’ll have lunch here and a short rest before crossing over the Khumbu Glacier on the 3 hour trek to Everest Base Camp (5360). There are no views of Everest’s summit from here but there are fine views of the Khumbu Ice Fall and the large seracs of ice on the glacier beside base camp. We retrace our steps to our lodge at Gorak Shep. (B)
PHERICHE 4240m via KALA PATTAR 5545m
Day 15(9 hrs trekking) Our goal today is the highest point of the trek, Kala Pattar, 5545 meters. Kala Pattar is the ideal place to view the dark, menacing south face of Everest. Surrounded by mountains and glaciers, the breathtaking scenery will truly make you feel “On Top of the World”. Making it to the top of Kala Pattar is a tremendous accomplishment, and for most, a once in a lifetime experience. We depart Gorak Shep well before dawn, walking by the beam of our headlamps. The return walk, plus rest times from Gorak Shep to the top of Kala Pattar is about 3 hours. After returning to Gorak Shep for breakfast, we then retrace our steps past Lobuje descending to our lodge on the wide plain at Pheriche village. (B)
Day 16(3 hrs trekking) A shorter day after the previous day’s exertions. The views down the trail ahead of the snow peaks arrayed before us are magnificent. We stop for lunch and a night at the pleasant settlement of Deboche. Relax or take an afternoon stroll to visit the impressive Tengboche monastery. (B)
NAMCHE BAZAAR 3440m
Day 17(4 hrs trekking) Today’s walk is always enjoyable. The spectacular mountain views continue as the trail passes through Tengboche before descending via a forested path to cross the Dudh Kosi. We stop for the night at our favourite lodge above Namche Bazaar. (B)
Day 18A spare day is built into all high altitude treks. If the spare day is not utilized earlier in the trek, it will be taken at Namche Bazaar. There are numerous side treks available, plus exploration of this large, interesting village or just relax and rest in our comfortable lodge. (B)
Day 19(6.5 hrs trekking) The going is easier and more relaxed as we enter the lower altitudes. From Namche the trail descends rapidly to the floor of the Dudh Kosi Valley. We stop for lunch at Phakding then continue on an easy trail before a gradual climb to Lukla arriving late afternoon. In the evening there’s a special celebration dinner followed by a ceremony to farewell our Nepali trekking crew. (B)
Day 20(35mins flying time) Flying from Lukla to Kathmandu the mountain views are unequalled anywhere else in the world. Met on arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to our Hotel. (B)
Day 21Free day to explore Kathmandu. This exciting, vibrant city is a favourite destination of travellers from all over the world. Kathmandu is a giant, living museum of Hindu and Buddhist art with more shrines and temples than anywhere else in the world. Our hotel is located a short walk from the narrow, winding streets of the old city. (B)
Day 22You will be transferred to Kathmandu Airport for your onward flight. (B)
- Australian trek leader & trek crew consisting of local guides and porters
- Flights in Nepal
- All accommodation – 4 nights in a comfortable hotel with breakfast daily plus 17 nights in Lodges on the trek
- All breakfasts whilst trekking
- All tips for the trekking crew
- Kathmandu Airport transfers
- First-night welcome dinner (food only) in Kathmandu
- All land and air transport for the trek
- Down sleeping bag & kit bag for use on the trek
- All fees & permits
- International flights
- Visa and any passport costs
- Personal clothing
- Medical expenses
- Meals other than those shown on the itinerary
- Travel insurance (compulsory)
- All items of a personal nature.