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Trip code : GIEG
Trip length : 19
Trip starts in : Kathmandu
Trip ends in : Kathmandu
Maximum group size : maximum 15

highlights

  • Bodhnath Stupa of Kathmandu - one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world
  • Everest Base Camp and the notorious Everest Ice Fall
  • Kala Patar (5643m) - the best vantage point to see Mount Everest
  • Kathmandu’s hidden old town
  • Namche Bazaar – the gateway to the High Himalaya
  • Aint' no mountain high enough
  • Having a (eye)ball in Nepal

This trek covers the trifecta: Everest Base Camp, Kala Patar and Gokyo. BOOM. You’ll also swing by Namche Bazaar, hang out in birch forests and Instagram some jealousy-inducing sunsets before heading back to Lukla for beers and home. There's a lot of walking on this trip. Right... that should scare away the lazy sods. The rest of you go and get your thermals because we're off to Everest Base Camp, the top of Gokyo Peak (5360m) and Kala Patar.

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Day
1

Kathmandu

Or2K cafe has zucchini pie, fresh mint lemonade, falafel, free wi-fi...we think this is going to be the start of a beautiful friendship. Pop on some clean socks because you can't wear your shoes inside.Pre-departure meeting at the hotel and an optional group dinner in the evening

Day
2

Phakding

After a quick flight you'll get to meet your porters. Explore the village and check out the milky white waters of the Dudh Kosi River.Fly parallel to the Himalayan giants en route to LuklaLand on an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid 1960sExplore the village of LuklaBegin the trek and descend to the Dudh Kosi River, en route to a lodge in Phakding(Walking time: approx 3 hours)

Day
3-4

Namche Bazaar

We’ll stay for here a few days to acclimatise, but you'll also get your first look at Everest - so it's not a bad place to stop. Rugs, clothing, salt and dried meat all do a roaring trade in the village centre. Dried goat meat, anyone?Day 3Set off on an 8 hour trekAwesome views of Kusum Kanguru and Thamserku peaksCross a suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River See the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and TawecheStay in a village lodge in NamcheHaggle for Tibetan artifacts in local shops(Walking time: approx 8 hours)Day 4Stay at Namche to allow for acclimatisation Perhaps view the sunset and sunrise, and fantastic panoramas of Everest from the national park headquarters above the villageOptional walk up the Bhote Khola River Valley to ThamiSee displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture

Day
5

Mongla

We'll stop at Khumjung for lunch (dhal bhat, noodles etc), with views of birch forests, grassy slopes, rocky ridges and across to the village of Phortse.Ascend to the airstrip at ShyanbochePass through beautiful birch forestEnjoy magnificent mountain viewsSpot Phortse across the valleyOvernight at the cluster of lodges on the saddle, known as Mongla(Walking time: approx 4 hours)

Day
6-7

Dole - Machhermo

Acclimatisation is a jerk. Take it easy over the new three days and don't push yourself too hard. Also, a yeti was spotted here in 1974 so be on guard.Day 6Descend to the Dudh Kosi RiverEnjoy excellent views of Kantega, Thamserku and Ama DablamExperience first sightings of Cho OyoPass imposing waterfallsExplore the upper Dole ValleySpend the night in Dole(Walking time: approx 4 hours)Day 7Ascend gradually to the Dudh Kosi ValleyReach the lodge at MachhermoKeep an eye out for the yeti - it killed 3 yaks and injured a Sherpa girl in 1974(Walking time: approx 3 hours)

Day
8-9

Gokyo

You'll need a new word to describe the colour blue after seeing the Gokyo Lakes. At Gokyo Peak we'll come face to face with four 8000-metre giants: Everest, Cho Oyo, Lhotse and Makalu.Day 8Climb from the Machhermo Valley on to the steep grassy slopes of the Dudh Kosi ValleyKeep an eye open for Tibetan snow cocksPass through Pangka and on to the jumbled, terminal moraines of Ngozumpa Glacier - the largest glacier in NepalFollow the lateral moraines to the third lake at GokyoReach the lodge, located close to the lake(Walking time: approx 3.5 hours)Day 9Early ascent of Gokyo Peak, boasting the best panoramas in the KhumbuView four 8000-metre peaks - Everest, Cho Oyo, Lhotse and MakaluSpot countless other towering peaks including Gyachung Kang, Cholatse, Taweche and Kangchung.Bird's eye view of the Gokyo lakes and the huge creaking Ngozumpa GlacierDescend back to Gokyo for a late breakfast(Walking time: approx 4 hours)

Day
10-11

Phortse - Dingboche

Not many groups stop in Phortse, a traditional Sherpa village. It’s our little secret. You're almost completely above the tree-line now so the sunsets are pretty Instagram-worthy.Day 10Continue the descent to Phortse BridgeKeep an eye open for musk deerAscend to the peaceful village of Phortse, with dramatic mountain views(Walking time: approx 5 hours)Day 11Set off on an exposed trail to the Imja KholaKeep eyes peeled for Himalayan tahrEnjoy lunch in PangbochePerhaps see the monastery that once housed a legendary yeti scalpPass the Orsho tea housesCross the Imja Khola and old glacial moraines to a lodge in DingbocheView huge peaks towering above the eastern end of the valley(Walking time: approx 6 hours)

Day
12-13

Kala Patar – Everest Base Camp

From Kala Patar you can see Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Mt Everest. Don’t be surprised if you get a little tear in your eye (um, we mean a bit of dirt). The trek to Base Camp can be done in about three hours. Not bad for a day's work.Day 12From Dingboche, ascend the small ridge behind the village above Pheriche ValleyView the peaks of Taweche and Cholatse in the west and Lobuje in the northReach a line of memorial cairns, built in memory of Sherpas and other climbers who have died on various Everest expeditionsArrive at the lodge on Lobuje(Walking time: approx 6 hours)Day 13Head off towards Everest Base CampEncounter yaks and porters supplying food and equipment to expeditions here (March - May)See the notorious Everest Ice Fall(Walking time: approx 3 hours to Gorak Shep, 5 hours round trip to Everest Base Camp)

Day
14-15

Pheriche - Namche

It's all downhill from here. Visit Thyangboche Monastery and toast what you've just seen over a cup of steaming hot chiyaa (Nepali tea).Day 14Hike surrounded by the mountains - Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Everest - they're all hereExperience sunrise views from Kala Patar - easily one of the most emotional moments of the trip(Walking time: approx 8 hours)Day 15Great views of the Imja Valley, Ama Dablam and KantegaCross the suspension bridge over the Imja Khola RiverVisit the Thyangboche MonasterySpend the night in Namche Bazaar(Walking time: approx 7 hours)

Day
16-17

Phakding - Lukla

Our last days of trekking. Cross a big, cliched suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River, then celebrate with your team in Lukla.Day 16Final chance to visit the shops in Namche BazaarExperience Great views of Kusum Kangaru(Walking time: approx 4 hours)Day 17Arrive in Lukla and enjoy free time to celebrate with the group

Day
18-19

Kathmandu

You don't need to carbo load anymore. But surely another plate of pasta at Rumdoodle couldn't hurt?Day 18Flight back to KathmanduDay 19The trip ends this morning, but there's plenty more to see in Kathmandu for those who wish to stay on

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While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.

trip-grade

RAW

Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.

Style Facts

  • The freedom to explore without breaking the bank
  • Time to do your own thing – or join in optional group activities
  • YOU choose where YOU want to eat
  • Basic accommodation
  • A variety of public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

Basic

Our Basic tours offer superb value and are ideal for those who are happy to forgo some creature comforts in favour of an authentic and fun experience. Under the leadership of a fully trained tour leader, you will enjoy all the highlights and freedom of independent travel with the convenience, security and companionship of a small group.

Style Facts

  • Plenty of free time to explore independently
  • Optional activities to suit your budget
  • Freedom to choose your own meals
  • Simple famliy run hotels
  • Mostly public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

Active

Explore the world on two feet - or two wheels! Our active trips range from classic treks & trips where walking forms an integral part of the itinerary to cycling tours offering a totally new perspective on a destination.

Some of our active adventure tours include the classic treks such as the Inca Trail, Kilimanjaro or Everest Base Camp as well as shorter one day or overnight hikes. Our cycling tours allow you to access hidden corners of a destination, discover remote villages and meet the locals – either en route or even by cycling alongside them. All our active trips are fully supported – with either porters and mules or by a support vehicle.

This tour is operated by our partners Geckos Adventures

included

Experienced local tour guide, trekking staff and porters, first-aid kit, transportation, twin-share accommodation.

not-included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, visas, pre or post tour accommodation, all other meals, optional tours sightseeing or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, fully comprehensive travel insurance (obligatory on all trips and must include helicopter evacuation and repatriation), tips, items of a personal nature, laundry, cost of showers on trek (if available) and flights unless specified.

single-room-sup

Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don't worry if that doesn't appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and 'me' time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.

local-payment

The local payment is the final part of your overall tour cost. It MUST be paid in cash, in the currency indicated, to your tour leader at the start of your trip. Having a local payment helps us to pass cost savings on to you. Please note that the Local Payment is non-refundable.

fitness

A good level of fitness is essential. You will trek on hilly or mountainous terrain at altitudes of up to 5000 metres, up to 7 hours per day.

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