Gokyo to Everest Base Camp /Kalapattar trek

 

Duration: 18 Days                    Maximum Elevation: 5545m

Grade: Medium/Hard                Season: Mid September to November and March to mid May

 

This trek is a combination of Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp. A visit to Gokyo Ri (5488m) and Kalapattar (5550m) offers magnificent view of Cho Oyu, Everest Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam. Cross over the Cho La (5420M) pass and visit the Everest Base Camp. This trek offers a walk through the most dramatic landscape and magnificent views of the Mountain range in the Khumbu region.

 

Nepal's famous mountain panoramas begin as soon as we lift off from Kathmandu airport and don't stop until we return. The first section to Namche passes through the spectacular and forbidding Dudh Kosi gorge. In the midst of the Himalaya we explore Sagarmatha National Park, staying in the Sherpa villages and summer settlements nestled in the valleys. Namche is juxtaposed between old and new with traders intimate with the various Tibetan tsampas (barley flours) and the different makes of titanium ice screws. Towering above is a galaxy of breath-taking peaks; Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Kangtaiga... Then there's the 8000 metre giants: Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Chomolungma (the traditional name for Mt Everest) who command respect for their absolute height and bulk, and have been the focus of countless expeditions. At Gokyo we acclimatise in the most beautiful of the high altitude valleys by climbing and exploring Everest view points. This prepares us for the crossing the 5420m Cho La, the first of our challenges. Once at Gorak Shep we have the chance to visit Everest Base Camp and climb the 5545m Kalapattar for an unforgettable Everest view. Returning, we visit Tengboche Monastery to round off the experience. Trekking in the Khumbu is a grand and hugely rewarding experience.

 

Outline itinerary:

 

Day 1: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding

Day 2: Phakding   to Namche Bazaar

Day 3: Namche Bazaar

Day 4: Namche Bazaar to Khumjung

DAY 05: Khumjung to Phortse Thanghka

DAY 06: Phortse Thanghka to Dole

DAY 07: Dole to Machhermo

DAY 08: Machhermo to Gokyo

DAY 09: Gokyo to Gokyo Ri - Gokyo rest day

Day 10 & 11:  Gokyo - Chola high camp Dzonglha
Day 12: Dzonglha to Lubuche
Day 13: Lobuje to Gorak shep

Day 14: Gorak Shep to Kalapattar to Lobuje

Day 15: Lubuche to Pangboche
Day 16 Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
Day 17 Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Day 18 Lukla Kathmandu flight, transfer to hotel and trip conclude