Everest Explore

Everest Explore

16 days (ktm-ktm) Days from

The ultimate challenge with Everest Explore Program is the trek across Cho La Pass (5,420m), which takes 18-21 days and covers both the Gokyo Lake area and the Everest Base Camp. There are some short and interesting \"climbs\" of Gokyo Ri, Chukkung Ri and Kalapatthar for the classic views icefalls and glaciers of Mahalangur Himalayan range which comprises of five major 8000+ m. peaks - Everest, Choyu, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar and Makalu.

Max. Elevation :  5545m Grade :  Strenuous
Best season :  Oct-Dec&Feb-May Type of trek :  Tea house/Lodging
Duration :  16 Days Starting point :  Lukla
Ending point :  Kathmandu Highlights :  Nature
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Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu International Airport- T I A (1300m) and transfer to hotel.

 Day 02: After breakfast we set out for an extensive guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley’s cultural, historical, religious and world heritage sites. During the course, we visit the famous Pashupatinath temple of Lord Shiva situated at the holy bank of River Bagmati where we will also observe the Hindu cremation ritual. We then proceed to the Boudhanath stupa, a major pilgrimage centre for the Buddhist faith which also is the largest of its kind in the world. We then have a short break for lunch followed by a visit to Swoyambhunath stupa also known as the Monkey Temple from where we can have a bird’s eye view of whole of Kathmandu valley. Following this we then proceed for a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, the oldest royal palace of Kathmandu and a UNESCO world heritage site.  The whole are of Kathmandu Durbar Square is dotted with numerous fascinating Nepalese architect dating back many centuries. The site is also the home to Nepal’s living Goddess – Kumari, where we will also have the opportunity to experience firsthand this unique Nepali tradition.  In the evening we will attend the welcome dinner hosted by Makalu Adventure with live Nepalese culture shows.


Day 03: Kathmandu ( 1310m) - Lukla (2827m) - Phakding (2652m) 5 hours

After a very early start, and an early take off from Kathmandu Domestic Airport, a 45 minute flight is all it takes to propel us into the Everest region of Nepal. The landing at Lukla (2800m) is spectacular and on arrival we are greeted by our sirdar and trekking crew who organise the luggage and hustle us off for tea. After a leisurely lunch we start the trek in earnest, setting off for a gentle walk to Phakding (2800m), a further 3 hours to the north. The trail leads through Lukla, past hotels, shops and airline offices to the edge of the Lukla plateauwhere the trail drops to meet the intersection of the Jiri trail at Chablung. From here the trail follows the Dudh Kosi north through the village of Ghat and then finally to Phakding where we spend the night.


Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazar (3440m) 7 hours

From Phakding we cross the river and head up to the valley. The trail keeps close to the river valley and is lined with beautiful blue pine and rhododedron forest atht is very spectacular in the spring months when the flowers are in bloom. We cross the Dudh Kosi at Benkar where there are tantalizing glimpses of the snow peaks Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m) where we arrive in time for lunch and where the trail officially enters the Sagarmatha National Park boundry. There is an entrance station just beyond the village where trekking permits are checked and National Park fees collected. After lunch at Monjo, we continue along the trail, crossing the Bhote Kosi River to begin the steep climb up to Namche Bazaar 3500m., the administrative center of the Sagarmatha National Park and the hub of Sherpa society. Remember to look out for glimpses of Mt. Everest from the trail on the way to Everest! Overnight at the Camp or Lodge.


Day 05: Namche: Rest and acclimatization:

Acclimatization is important before trekking higher, and allowing us to gradually become used to the effects of altitude - the lower pressure and the thinner air. Namche is a prosperous village, situated in a large, protected hollow. It gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Today a limited amount of trade exists at Namche and Tibetans are often seen in the village trading rugs and Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat.

We can spend the day by visiting the National Park Visitor Centre on the hill above Namche or by simply resting and browsing in the shops in the town. Namche is a fascinating place simply to “hang out” and take in the culture of the mountains, from the trading of visiting Tibetans to the stories of departing mountaineers. Overnight at lodge


Day 06:  Namche –Thyangboche (3860m) 6 hours

We climb the ridge above Namche and descend to the Dudh Koshi Riover before climbing again to Tengboche Monastery (12664 feet).


Day 07: Trek Thyangboche to Pheriche(4,252 m) 6 hours, Max ascent: ~470m:

A short day’s journey towards Pheriche consists of a trek through forests filled with of a variety of lush trees – birch, conifers and rhododendron. This picturesque trail dips down to Devuche, crossing the Imja River before climbing up to Pheriche where there is an HRA Trekkers’ aid post offering medical assistance to the trekkers if required. Today’s walk is much more a level walk for the most part. From Thyangboche, the first 20 mins or so is a steep descent down to Deboche while the next few hours walk is a very slow ascent across some plains area. Since we will get to over 4000m, today, there is very limited foliage, but tons of mosses on the rocks all around the trail. Scattered throughout the valley are tons of small granite boulders as we keep walking amidst the snowcaps of Ama Dablam.


Day 08: Pheriche - Lobuche (4,930m)

Continuation of ascent, climbing up to the terminal debris of Khumbu Glacier – crossing the row of stone monuments: established in the memory of six Sherpas who perished as the result of an avalanche at Lobuche.


Day 09:  Lobuche-Kalapathar (5,545 m)-Lobuche

While enduring a climb of approximately two (2) hours and arriving at Gorak Shep, we are treated to yet another beautiful view of Mt. Everest and Pumori – reaching Kala Patthar (within two hours of trekking). Once observing one of the most up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar, we then return back to Lobuche for an overnight stay.

Day 10: Lobuche – Dingboche (4110m)

Day 11: Dingboche -Thyangboche

Day 12: Thyangboche - Jorsale

Day 13: Jorsale -Lukla

Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 15: Free day in Kathmandu

Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu

Trip Cost Includes
  • All airport/hotel transfers.
  • All accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trek.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • All domestic flight (as and wherever stated)
  • Trek leader, assistant trek leader) Sherpa porters- including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket, sleeping bags, Trekking kit bag/duffel bag, trekking map and trekking Poles
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit or entrance fees etc)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
Trip Cost Excludes
  • Nepal visa fee.
  • Airport departure tax.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, showers etc).
  • Tips for guides and porters.

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