Himalayan Trekking: Thame / Gokyo / Kala Patthar
Mt. Everest, standing mightily at 8848m is the World's highest peak and the ultimate Himalayan dream for many trekkers. Everest trek (with more time for acclimatization) enables you not only to witness Mount Everest but also the 4th & 5th highest peaks - Lhotse at 8516m, Makalu 8467m - as well as numerous other giant peaks. This region is truly the roof of the World. The trek goes through the heartland of the Sherpa - mountain people of Tibetan origin - and passes numerous charming villages, many with picturesque gompas that are spectacularly set amidst its mountainous surroundings. Before reaching Everest Base camp, the trail follows the Khumbu Glacier with huge ice pinnacles soaring to unbelievable heights. We fly to Lukla and follow the Dhuda Koshi valley through beautiful pine and rhododendron trees. The jagged, icy & snow capped peaks of Thamseku (6623m) & Kushum Kanguru (6369m), tower above the trail. A steep climb then leads us to Namche Bazaar (3345m) were we take our first acclimatization stop. On the trail to Tengboche, those with a keen eye will be rewarded with sightings of musk deer, thar (mountain goat), impeyan pheasant.
Tengboche monastery is set in a beautiful location with chortens adorned with player flags and many walls being a constant reminder of the local Buddhist culture. The trail follows to the Khumbu glacier & Kala Pathar (5554m), where the best view of Mt. Everest & a 360-degree panorama of the World's highest peaks are laid out before us. Our return route takes us via Tengboche, Namche Bazaar, Lukla for a traditional farewell.
|Day 1:||Arrival Kathmandu, transfer to hotel|
|Day 2:||Kathmandu sightseeing guided tour|
|Day 3:||Flight Lukla 2800m - trek to Phakding - 4 hours - Tea Lodge|
|Day 4:||Trek to Namche 3440m - 5 hours approx - Tea Lodge|
|Day 5:||Namche - Rest day - Tea Lodge|
|Day 6:||Trek to Thame 3800m - 4. hours approx - Tea Lodge|
|Day 7:||Thame - acclimatization and visit to environmental trail - Tea Lodge|
|Day 8:||Trek to Khumjung - Namche - 5 hours Tea Lodge|
|Day 9:||Trek to Phortse 3810 m - Tea Lodge|
|Day 10:||Trek to Pheriche 4240 m _ Tea Lodge|
|Day 11:||Trek to Lobuche 4910 m - 5 hours approx - Tea Lodge|
|Day 12:||Acclimatization - Tea Lodge|
|Day 13:||Trek to Kala Patthar 5560 m - Lobuche - Dingboche 6-7 hours approx - Tea Lodge|
|Day 14:||Trek to Tengboche -8860m - 4 hours approx - Tea Lodge|
|Day 15:||Trek Tengboche - Namche - 3 hours - Tea Lodge|
|Day 16:||Trek Namche- Lukla 5-6 hours|
|Day 17:||Flight Lukla - Kathmandu - transfer to hotel|
|Day 18:||Free day in Kathmandu|
|Day 19:||Return flight|
|Optional Extension to Gokyo Lakes - 21/22 days|
|Day 10:||Trek Phortse - Gokyo 4800m - 6 hours approx|
|Day 11:||: Trek Gokyo Ri 5357m - Dragnag 4 hours|
|Day 12:||Trek Dragnag - Phortse 4 hours approx|
|...then continues as from day 10 above|
|Important Notes:||You must have a good overall cardiovascular fitness for this climb. We do not recommend gym preparation alone - you must get out on the fields and trails irrespective of weather conditions, months before in your area and do some long distance treks and runs; fell running is particularly good for this. You will definitely reap the benefits from this when you get to the Himalayas.
Altitude mountain sickness (AMS) is always a concern. There is no magic cure for this when coming from the lowlands, however, we try and give you the best acclimatizing possible on our programme, but if you feel you would like some extra time for this, we will happily customize your trip to guarantee you the best success. For more information relating to altitude mountain sickness please visit: http://www.basecampmd.com/ - you can read about Diamox which many people commonly take. A detailed gear list will be forwarded upon your enrolment to the trip. We welcome small groups, who know each other, and for these we provide a discount as we find they work together well as a team. Minimum group size: 4 people.
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