Gokyo – EBC via Cho La & Island Peak
This is a tailor-made exciting trekking, hiking and mountaineering trip in the Everest area of Nepal in a one go.
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Kathmandu arrival (1350 M) by evening as normally the Dragon Air from HK does. Airport pick up and transfer to Hotel. Hotel will be in Thamel centrally located, but a quiet and comfortable of 3 star standard.
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Day in Kathmandu
Free day in Kathmandu. If you would like to go for city tours, that can be arranged. We in the office complete all the permits or anything that are remained to do. Generally everything is completed at beforehand of your arrival in Kathmandu. In the past we even had group/s arrival at the late evening like this via Dragon Air and next morning early fly to Lukla and begin the trek. That was done so because of the limited timetable available. But I can see that you have enough time available.
All the permits (trekking or mountaineering) we do get them ready before your arrival. Incase there remained anything, on this day is completed.
For the city tours we would suggest you: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunath and Boudhnath temples in which you can spend 5-6 hrs. Return to Hotel and rest.
In the evening go for Welcome dinner to one of the finest Nepali typical restaurants where dinner is presented along with some of the best glances of Nepalese folk dances and by the local artists. Return Hotel and good night…
Way to Lukla
Early morning taking the breakfast prepared in a box, we drive to airport. Flight check in and get the boarding pass. Entering in to the waiting room, we take the breakfast with coffee or tea getting from the nearby. There are coffee shops.
Then fly (30 min) to Lukla (2830 M) with Tara Air (most probably). There is another airlines is giving good flight services as well, named Goma Airways with new aircrafts. Upon landing at the airport, we see our porters who help us to bring the luggage to the lodge nearby. It takes some 30 min to assort the loads to porters until which you could have the first cup of tea from the Khumbu region and soon we start the trek. Passing through the busy streets of Lukla bazaar, we reach to a famous gate that signs a leave of Lukla houses a famous mountaineering lady from the Sherpa community – named Mrs. Pasang Lhamu Sherpa. Further from here an easy descending eventually passing thru the sparse forest trail brings you a pleasant village of Chhoplung in less than 45 min. Thado Kosi; the lunch place of today is about an hour away.
The lunch place provides a good peeping view of Kusung Kangaroo peak on the direct north above the river head, it is a good to spend time here until lunch is prepared. After lunch an easy trail that also passed scenic villages like Ghat, Pharakpa etc. arrives to Phakding (2040 M) in an hour and quarter. For the overnight we check in to a lodge called Everest Eco Resort or similar one. (overnight at lodge/full board)
Trek to Namche
Trek to Namche (3440 M/5-6 hrs). O/N at lodge/full board,
Ascending to Syangboche Airstrip Area
After breakfast begin the easy ascending to Syangboche airstrip area having enjoyed the great views in the morning sun. Continuing onto Hotel Everest View we get some of the best glances of the of the Khumbu Himalayas. A short descend to Khumjung village is good place for taking lunch. After lunch a short hike to Mong la and easy descend to Phortsen Tenga (3950m). O/N at lodge/full board,
Trek to Machherma
Trek to Machherma (4470m/4-6hrs). O/N at lodge/full board.
Trek to Gokyo village
Trek to Gokyo village (4790m/2-3hrs). Lodge check in or take rooms and have lunch then ascend to Gokyo Ri (5360M/2-3hrs). O/N at lodge/full board.
A little tough but superbly rewarding trip would be the 5th Lake (4990 M/5-6hrs both ways) if you are still interested for more hiking. It is an exciting walk along the bank of Ngojumpa glacier. On the way is the 4th Lake. The 5th lake itself is not that very amazing, but the views around and on the way do not match with anything. Mt. Cho Oyu (8188 M) starts soaring above just from the lake and seems like sky piercing. Stay at Gokyo. O/N at lodge/full board,
Trek to Thagna
Interested individuals may try again to Gokyo Ri rising up early in the morning as the views in this hour is bit different . Later easy trek to Thagna (4700m). O/N at lodge/full board.
Trek over Cho La
Trek over Cho La (5420M/3-4hrs). Descend to Dzongla village (4830m/2hrs). O/N at lodge/full board.
Trek to Gorakshep
Trek to Gorakshep (4140m/ 3-4hrs) via Lobuche (4910m). Same day visit to Everest Base Camp or Kalapatthar. O/N at lodge/full board.
You are welcome to chose which trip is to be done first in Kalapatthar hike (5623 M/4-5 hrs both ways) or as planned here the EBC. It depends on your interest, the weather condition, your level of fitness etc.
Side Visit from Gorakshep
Do the remaining activity (in EBC or Kalapatthar). Then descend to Dingboche (4350m/6-7 hrs including the side visit from Gorakshep. O/N at lodge/full board.
Trek to Chhukung
Trek to Chhukung (4730m) and prepare the climbing equipment, check with climbing guide, do side excursion. O/N at lodge/full board.
Trek to Island peak Base camp
Trek to Island peak Base camp (4980 M/5-6 hrs). Overnight at tented camp.
Summit the peak
Summit (6189 M/5 hrs) the peak and return to Chhukung (5-6 hrs). O/N at lodge/full board,
A buffer day
A buffer day. O/N at accordingly/full board,
Trek down to Namche
Trek down to Namche. O/N as before/full board,
Trek to Namche
Trek to Namche (6-7 hrs). O/N at lodge/full board
Trek to Lukla
Trek to Lukla (7 – 8 hrs). O/N at lodge/full board
Way to Kathmandu
Fly to Kathmandu. Hotel.
Rest day. Hotel
Way to Home
Fly back home.
- Airport pick up and transfer (as program and all the ground transportation including the sightseeing),
- Hotel in Kathmandu with daily breakfast (twin sharing) 2 nights before the trip and 2-3 nights after at tourist standard hotels),
- Flight ticket to Lukla and return,
- All trek permits, climbing permit,
- An English speaking guides and porters as necessary,
- One climbing guide with necessary porters for the Island peak climbing part,
- Group nature climbing equipment such as camping tents,
- Daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner with hot drinks) and accommodation. Meals also on High Camp stay,
- Garbage deposit for the peak permit and daily wages, work insurance, for the Nepalese guide/s and porters,
- Other regular services of Alpine Exodus & gift items,
- Guide and transportation for the city tours (when any),
- Personal equipment for trek as well as on climbing,
- Meals – other than daily breakfast and welcome dinner,
- Entry fees of the venues on city tours (when any),
- Personal porter if any,
- Extra weight for the flight to Lukla (the allowed weight is 15kg each person),
- Tips if any to your guide/s, porters, driver etc.
- Travel insurance, medical expenses (when any), emergency evacuate, flight delay (domestic) alternative provision because of the weather or any other reason, overweight on flight, cost of meals and accommodation if Valley outskirt trip is planned etc.