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Ultimate Everest Trek
Country: Nepal | Destination: Everest | Activity: Lodge Trek | Grade: 5 - Challenging

Trekking through Sherpa villages and over two high passes, the Ultimate Everest Trek is a strenuous circuit trek offering spectacular views of the highest mountains on earth. No technical climbing skills are required for this trek. But it is the perfect adventure if you are looking for a challenge.

The trek begins after a flight to the airstrip at Lukla. You will follow the classic route to the Everest Base Camp and climb Kalapathar for an up-close view of the south face of Everest.  Return is via an alternate route crossing the Cho La (pass) to the Gokyo valley near the Ngozumpa Glacier.  At Gokyo, you will hike to the summit of Gokyo Ri - a vantage point to view four mountains over 8,000 meters: Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu.  From Gokyo, cross the Renjo La pass to reach Thame, home of several famous Sherpa mountaineers.  Finally, descend to Lukla via Khumjung.

This is a comprehensive Everest region trek that allows you to see more of everything in the Khumbu: spectacular mountain vistas, Sherpa culture, high passes, and rustic villages.


Day 01 - Kathmandu (1,350m/4,450ft)
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.  In the early evening, we will gather for a trip briefing where we will also get to know each other.  Welcome dinner is a 15-minute walk-away in the tourist hub of Thamel.

Hotel Tibet or similar. (Dinner).

Day 02 - Kathmandu

Bodhnath StupaFull day exploration of the sights, sounds and pleasant chaos that is Kathmandu.  You will be accompanied by our in-house city guide. Visit Bodhnath - the Stupa of a Million Dewdrops.  Bodhnath is a sacred destination for Buddhists from all over the world.  You will find devotees circumambulating this sacred monument during any time of the day.  Step in with the devotees, spin the prayer wheels along the stupa walls, and immerse yourself in the experience of Bodhnath.

Visit Pashupatinath, Nepal's most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, the God of Destruction.  The main temple has a two-tiered golden roof and an ornate silver door.  However, visitors cannot enter the main temple sanctum and must view it from across the sacred Bagmati River.

Then drive to Patan for lunch in the garden of the Patan Museum.  After lunch, visit the well-maintained Patan Museum which houses ancient Nepali artifacts, followed by a tour of Patan Durbar (Palace) Square.  Patan is also known as Lalitpur, the City of Arts. Patan boasts of the most craftsmen in Nepal, and there are numerous stores selling metal artwork in the city.  The medieval architecture of Patan is the finest amongst the ancient kingdoms in Kathmandu Valley with stunning architectural designs of palaces and temples including the Krishna Mandir. Return to hotel.  Free evening to prepare for your trek.

Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 03 - Kathmandu - Lukla to Phakding (2,800m/8,700ft)

Please note that flights to Lukla could be delayed or cancelled for a number of reasons.  In such an event, return to the hotel and resume program the following day.

Your day will start very early today as most flights to Lukla are scheduled for the early morning hours.  You must arrive at the airMules on the Everest Trekport one hour before your scheduled departure time.  Be ready for a wait at the airport if your flight is delayed due to weather at either Kathmandu or Lukla.  The flight to Lukla (2,800m/8,700ft) is approximately 30 minutes and a bit bumpy, but you will make a dramatic landing at Lukla Airport.  Lukla Airport is a STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) airport that was originally built to ferry goods for Sir Edmund Hillary's school project with The Himalayan Trust.  It is now one of the busiest mountain airports in Nepal with up to 50 flights per day during peak tourist season.

At Lukla, meet your trek staff – porters and assistants.  While you eat breakfast, your porters will tie your bags and prepare their loads.  Begin trekking after breakfast.  Today's three/four hour trek to Phakding is on fairly level terrain along the Dudh Koshi ('koshi' means river in Nepali).

Past Lukla, descend to Chaurikharka and continue on a fairly level trail to Choplung (2,700m/8,910ft). Here, the trail from Jiri joins the main Everest trail.  Continue on a trail that descends to Tharo Koshi, a settlement named after the stream flowing through it. Once past the bridge over the Thado Koshi, the trail climbs a bit then contours around a ridge to Ghat (2,590m/8,500ft).  There is a monastery, numerous prayer wheels, mani stones and a chhorten at Ghat. Whenever possible, please remember to turn all prayer wheels in a clock-wise direction and to walk on the left side of shrines and manis (i.e. keeping these objects to your right). From Ghat, it is approximately 20 minutes to Phakding, a fairly large settlement dominated by lodges.

Lodge. (All meals)

Day 04 - Phakding to Namche (3,400m/11,270ft)

The day’s trail follows the Dudh Koshi past several villages until you begin your ascent to Namche.  Before reaching Monju (2,840m/9,350 ft.) is the village of Chumoa where in the 1970s, an eccentric but creative Mr Hagayuki lived without a visa for almost 10 years - farming and running the Hatago Lodge – before being deported. The lodge is now falling apart, but his fruit trees still bear flowers and fruits in the spring and summer. Just beyond Monju is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park where your park permit will be checked.  Visit the Information Center thNamcheere while your permit is processed by Park staff.  Depending on the time you reach this point, lunch will be either at Monju or Jorsalle (2,830m/9,300ft) inside the park.

Past Jorsalle, the trail follows the Dudh Koshi and crosses it, twice before the base of the hill which climbs up to Namche.  This climb is long and steep. Walk slowly on this hill to avoid altitude sickness. The switchback trail is well-worn and wide through a pleasant pine forest.  Weather permitting, you will get your first view of Mt Everest at the beginning of the switchback trail.  At the end of the long switchback trail, you enter the open panorama of Namche which is built in a natural amphitheater.

Lodge. (All meals)

Day 05 - Namche acclimatization day

Acclimatization day. There are numerous things to do in Namche.  Hike up to the Park Headquarters at Mendalphu, which is an excellent view point for Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Amadablam. Visit the information center there.  Then climb up the hill to Syangboche (3,790m/12,450ft), and perhaps further up to the Everest View Hotel from where you can also get excellent views of Everest. Another option is to hike towards Thame and get as far as you can before you backtrack the same way to Namche. En route, you can visit Namche Gomba and Thamo Gomba.

Also remember that you can get online at Namche or make a telephone call (although both internet and calls can be fairly expensive).

Lodge. (All meals)

Day 06 - Namche to Tengboche (3,870m/12,900ft)

Tengboche MonasteryClimb to the top of Namche Bazaar, then walk on a fairly level trail to Kenjuma and Sanasa (3,600m/11,830ft).  Here, there are extensive displays of souvenirs to tempt you. Bargaining is very much in order! The trail now descends to the Dudh Koshi, which is crossed to reach Phungi Tenga (3,250m/10,700ft). There is a now-deserted army post here.  Past this point, the trail ascends to Tengboche through conifer and rhododendron forests.  It is a grueling three/four hours of uphill climbing.

Visit Tengboche monastery in the evening, or watch the setting sun cast its last rays over Everest if the skies are clear.  There is also an eco-center with historical and cultural exhibits in the monastery compound. If monks are performing prayer ceremonies when you visit, please do not take flash photos or otherwise disturb the ceremonies. Lodge. (All meals)

Day 07 - Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360m/13,950ft)

The trail descends steeply to the small village of Debuche. Here, quietly tucked away in the trees is a Buddhist nunnery.  Well past Debuche, cross the Imja Khola and climb to the village of Pangboche (3,880m/12,800ft).  The Pangboche Monastery is the oldest in Khumbu and once contained relics that were said to be the skull and hand of a yeti. These items were stolen in 1991.

After lunch at Pangboche, hike to well past the village where the trail climbs to Shomare and then to Orsho on a shelf above the river. Beyond Orsho, the trail divides, the left leads to Pheriche and the right to Dingboche. We will take the right trail to Dingboche. Dingboche is a pleasant village with outstanding mountain views.

Lodge. (All meals)

Day 08 - Dingboche acclimatization day

Acclimatization Day. You can spend this day resting, walking around the restful village, or climbing up to the chhorten on the top of the ridge above the village.

Lodge. (All meals)

Day 09 - Dingboche to Dughla (4,620m/15,100ft)

Climb gradually to the top of the moraine above Pheriche Valley and continue across a few yak pastures. Then make a short but steep ascent to Dughla where you will arrive for lunch.

Lodge. (All meals)

Day 10 - Dughla to Lobuche (4,930m/16,200ft) 

Climb directly up a trail on the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier into an area dedicated to climbers who have perished on Khumbu’s mountains. Past this point, it is a very gradual incline to Lobuche.Rinji at Kalapathar

Lodge. (All meals)

Day 11 - Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,160m/17,100ft)

Begin the climb today by ascending gently through meadows in the Khumbu valley.  Then cross several steep moraines while also walking on an 'active' glacier. Gorakshep is situated on a sandy and flat section that served as base camp for the 1952 Swiss Everest Expedition.

After lunch, if you feel up to it, hike to Everest Base Camp and return to your lodge at Gorakshep.  The round trip hike from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp can take around four or five hours.

Lodge. (All meals)

Day 12 - Gorakshep to Dzongla (4,830m/15,900ft)

Hike up Kalapathar (5,545m/18,195ft) for views of Everest and surrounding peaks.  This 335m/1,100ft steep ascent is challenging.  Previous clients' hiking times for this climb have ranged from two to five hours – one way.  But there is no doubt that, weather permitting, the summit of Kalapathar serves as one of the best unobstructed view-point for the southern massif of Mt Everest.

Enjoy a well-deserved lunch either at Gorakshep or Lobuche, and then continue to Dzongla.

Lodge. (All meals)

Day 13 - Dzongla to Thangnak (4,700m/15,450ft)

Start early from Dzongla, walking through a pasture before beginning a steep ascent to the Cho La ('la' means pass in the local Sherpa language) at 5,420m/17,850ft.  Some scrambling on all fours might be necessary as you navigate through the rocky trail.  You will then reach a glacier from where it is a gradual ascent to the pass.  The trail on the descent from the pass is steep and can be icy.  After crossing this section, you will again hike on a moraine until you reach Thangnak.

Lodge. (All meals)

Day 14 - Thangnak to Gokyo (4,750m/15,500ft)

Climb to the Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in Sagarmatha National Park and the origin of the Dudh Koshi.  Cross the glacier and then ascend gradually, passing a few lakes, until you reach Gokyo.  Situated at the head of the Dudh Koshi Valley and along the bank of the Ngozumpa Glacier, Gokyo used to be a small yak herding settlement.  It has now become a popular tourist destination.  Gokyo Lake is a sacred lake revered by both Buddhists and Hindus.

Lodge. (All meals)

Day 15 - Gokyo

Gokyo RiExploration or Rest Day. The hike to Gokyo Ri (5,483m/17,990ft) is similar to the hike to Kala Pathar, but a little shorter and easier.  From here, you will be able to view Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu, all rising majestically above 8,000 meters.

Lodge. (All meals)

Day 16 - Gokyo to Lungden (4,350m/14,350ft)

Another early start today.  Climb steeply to Renjo La (5,375m/17,700ft) from where you will again experience awe-inspiring views of Everest and other mountains.  From the pass, descend steeply to reach Lungden, a village that has still not been influenced much by tourism.  The hike today can take over eight hours.

Lodge. (All meals)

Day 17 - Lungden to Thame (3,750m/12,500ft)

The hike to Thame is a short descent along the Bhote Koshi, a river that originates in Tibet.  The quiet village of Thame is home to many famous Everest summiteers: Tenzing Norgay, who with Sir Edmund Hillary, made the first summit of Everest in 1953; Ang Rita Sherpa, also known as the 'snow leopard', has successfully climbed Everest ten times without the use of supplemental oxygen; and Appa Sherpa who is attempted his record-breaking 20th summit of Everest in 2010.

At Thame, visit the Thame Monastery, one of the three oldest monasteries in the Khumbu.

Lodge. (All meals)

Day 18 - Thame to Khumjung (3,870m/12,900ft)

Trek on fairly level trail today.  Approaching Namche, take a diversion and climb past the Syangboche airstrip to the picturesque valley of Khumjung.  The village is famous for the 'Hillary School' where the first school built by Hillary, with all its parts brought in from New Zealand, still stands.  The adjoining village of Khunde above Khumjung is home to Khunde Hospital which you can opt to visit.

Lodge. (All meals)

Day 19 - Khumjung to Monjo (2,840m/9,100ft) 

Descend to Namche, and then retrace your steps down to Jorsalle. Return to Monjo.

Lodge. (All meals)

Day 20 - Lukla (2,800m/8,700ft)

Return to Lukla.  This is your last day of trekking.

Lodge. (All meals)

Day 21 - Lukla to Kathmandu
Fly Lukla to Kathmandu.  Transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free in Kathmandu.

Hotel Tibet or similar.  (Breakfast)

Day 22 - Kathmandu

This is a contingency day in case of flight delays from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Another day of sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Visit Swayambunath, better known as the Monkey Temple.  It is situated on a small hill overlooking Kathmandu City.  Be prepared to climb almost 300 steps to reach the stupa at the top of the hill.

Drive to Bhaktapur, the City of Devotees for lunch and a tour of the royal palace square. Bhaktapur is a medieval city in the Kathmandu valley and is least disturbed by modern life. Here, you can absorb the architectural splendor of the five-storied Nyatapola temple, or the sculptural delight of the Peacock Window.

A final farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Hotel Tibet or similar.  (All meals)

Day 23 - Final departure

Transfer to airport for final departure. (Breakfast)

Total Package Cost Per Person: USD 2,450

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Per person price (valid until December 31, 2017)

1 persons: $2,850 per person (includes single supplement)
2 - 3 persons: $2,650 per person
4 or more persons: $2,450 per person

Single supplement: $250

(CONTACT US FOR QUOTES IN AUSD, GBP and EURO)

 

Price includes:

  • Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information
  • Motivated, well-cared-for staff
  • All airport transfers
  • Two full days sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments.
  • 4 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Tibet (3 star) in Kathmandu.
  • Round trip airfare: Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Lodge trekking as indicated in the itinerary 
    • Three meals a day
    • Boiled water for your bottles twice a day
    • Guide and staff wages, equipment and meals
    • Guide and staff insurance
    • Use of Steripen for water sterilization
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee
  • Gamow Bag (High altitude pressure chamber)

 

Price does not include:

  • Your international airfare
  • Nepal Visa
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you)
  • Travel insurance (Required)
  • Other expenses of a personal nature

Available Dates
Status

02 October , 2017 To 24 October , 2017

16 October , 2017 To 07 November , 2017

06 November , 2017 To 28 November , 2017

09 April , 2018 To 01 May , 2018

23 April , 2018 To 15 May , 2018

14 May , 2018 To 05 June , 2018

01 October , 2018 To 23 October , 2018

15 October , 2018 To 06 November , 2018

05 November , 2018 To 27 November , 2018

Book this trip now as spaces are available.

This trip has the minimum sign ups required and is guaranteed to run.

Limited spaces are available so please contact us to inquire about the departure status.

This date is unavailable. please contact us to inquire about other trip departure dates or booking this trip as part of a Custom Itinerary.



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