Duration :20 days Grade : Hard Season: Feb-May, Sept- Dec
A proposal prepared by Equator Expeditions
Fly - Lukla trek Phakding
Early morning you will be picked up by your guide to go to the Kathmandu airport, from where we will take the airplane to Lukla, which will take us about 30 minutes of flight time. At Lukla we will be meet our porters and will head north from the airstrip to Chablung (2700m). Here we will cross the Tharo Kosi river on a local-style suspension bridge. Just past the bridge we can see the peak of Kusum Kangru (6367m), which is the most difficult of the so-called “trekking peaks”. Beyond the Tharo Kosi the trail climbs a bit towards Ghat (2590m), we will cross a ridge marked with painted mani stones and climb to Phakding where we will stay overnight (4 hrs).
PHAKDING- NAMCHE BAZAAR
From Phakding we follow the valley of the Dudh Kosi river, staying on the west bank of the river. We climb steeply over a rocky ridge towards Benkar (2710m). From here the trail continues alongside the river. All along this part of the trail, villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs. In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it a beautiful walk. We cross the Kyashar Khola river and climb out of the valley to Monjo (2840m). Just beyond Monjo the trek enters the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, which was established in 1976 to protect a 1148 sq km area surrounding Mt Everest. Beyond the national park entrance station, the trail makes a steep rocky descent and crosses the Dhud Kosi river on a 120m-long suspension bridge towards Jorsale (2830m). After crossing this river a few times while climbing our way up the valley we will reach Namche Bazaar (3420m). Namche Bazaar is the main trading centre in this region and features numerous shops, hotels and restaurants (6 hrs).
Acclimatization is important before proceeding higher. Today we will take a day hike through the villages of Khunde and Khumjung. We start with a steep one-hour climb to the Shyangboche airstrip (3790m), from where we will slowly ascent towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone Buddhist monuments). From Khunde we follow the trail eastwards to Khumjung, the largest village in Khumbu, at the foot of the sacred peak Khumbila. After enjoying lunch here we will follow a steep switchbacking trail descending to Chhorkung (3540m). From here it is a quick descent back to Namche Bazaar (5 hrs).
Our route of today to Tengboche weaves in and out of side valleys, making small ups and downs, to the teashops of Kenjoma, and joins the trail from Khumjung just before a collection of mani stones. The views of Everest and Ama Dablam are excellent from this part of the trek. We pass the small settlement of Sanasa from where the trail drops towards Phunki Thanga (3250m). From here the trail climbs steeply through forests and around mani stones as it follows the side of a hill to the saddle on whichh the monestary of Tengboche sits at 3870m. The view from here is rightly deemed to be one of the worlds most magnificent. Kwangde (6187m), Tawachee (6542m), Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse (8501m), Ama Dablan, Kantega and Thamserku provide an inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants. We will spend the night in Tengboche village (5 hrs).
From tengboche, for really better Acclimatization purpose, we will trek towards Dingboche which is trail that follow the climbing route of Island peak, Phokalde peak etc. Dingboche is nice village and offer best Lodges and Views is nice( 4/5 hrs).
After Breakfast, for Acclimatization you will hike up to Ama dablam base Camp.Again we will back to Dingboche and stay overnight.
Trek to chhukung. This is last point for Island peak and Pokhalde peak climbers. This is just 2 -3 hours short Acclimatization trek.
DINGBOCHE- KHANGMALA BASE CAMP
It is about 4-5 hours trek to Khangma la Base camp. Among 3 high passes, you are doing first pass for this trek. You will camp at base camp today. In day acclimatization.
KHANGMALA BASE CAMP- KHANGMALA PASS- LOBUCHE
We will trek over Khangma la pass and trek to Lobuche.
LOBUCHE- EVEREST BASE CAMP- GORAK SHEP
For Lobuche, we will trek up to Gorak shep (this is last lodges available point). Our sherpa crews will make Camp at Gorakshep. We will trek to Everest base camp and return to Gorakshep. Because of High altitude, this is about 7-9 hours hike and return from Lobuche to EBC and Return to Gorakshep.
GORAKSHEP- KALAPATTAR- DZONGLA
This is also a hard day. Early morning trek to Kalapattar (Black Rock) for Amazing views of Pumori, Everest, Nuptse and other peaks. We will back to Gorakshep again, this is about 5-6 hours for Round Trip trek from Gorak shep and then we trek to Dzongla. Dzongla is point from where you have to pass famous Chola pass and trek to Gokyo.
Early morning trek over Cho la pass (5420m) to Dragnak. It is about 7-8 hours quite hard trek if there is snow at top of Chola pass.
It is easy trek to Gokyo from Dragnak. Just 3 hour trek to Gokyo and free day for self exploration in Gokyo ri.
GOKYO- GOKYO PEAK- GOKYO
After breakfast, hike to Gokyo peak. It is 2 hours hike and return 2 hours. You can see the best views of four 8000m above peaks.
GOKYO- RENJO LA PASS- ARYE
Most of pass trek are not easy. The trails ascend straight to Renjo la and trek to Arye. This route is not popular. Only the adventurous trekkers do this trek and need fully camping trek, no lodges are possible, only very normal yak pastures during trek.
This is easy trek after long passes and other high treks.
Thame is a nice Sherpa village in Khumbu region with Sherpa Monastery. This is also route for climbing Kwongde peak and other peaks.
This is easy day and short day. All the way descend via Namche bazaar. You can spend time and take lunch at Namche and slow trek down to Manju (4/5 hrs).
Trek back to lukla Airport and Overnight stay (5 hrs)
After breakfast, fly to Kathmandu (this is scenic flight of 35 min). Drive to Hotel and easy day at Kathmandu city for rest day or shopping.
Backpack / Duffel Bag
Trekking Boots/ shoes
Socks x 4
Sleeping Bag (4 season this can be rented in Kathmandu)
Shorts x 2
Fleece Pant / Jacket
Shirt/T-shirt x 2
Thermal Underwear Top 2 / Bottoms 2
Trekking polls (optional)
Sun Hat / Visor Gloves
Sunglasses (UV protected- imperative to have quality eye wear)