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Everest Base Camp &

Gokyo Lakes .. Full Itinerary

20 day trip / 15 days trekking

DAY 1

Depart from UK

We will meet our group and Action Challenge staff at the airport and check in together before boarding our flight to Kathmandu.

 

Meals: L,D*   Accom: Flight / Hotel

DAY 2

Kathmandu - Manthali

On arrival in Kathmandu, we are met at the airport and transfer to our hotel just outside of Manthali, where our local flight departs from the following day. We will stop off for a food break en route to Manthali, and upon arrival, we will have our briefing from our Action Challenge leader and local head guide who will be leading us on the challenge. In the evening we enjoy a welcome meal together and relax before our early departure in the morning.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 3

Monjo - 2,850 m, 14km / 5 hours trekking

We leave our hotel early and transfer to the airport for our exhilarating flight to Lukla. Clear skies permitting, views of the Himalayan giants like Ama Dablam, Everest, and Nuptse will take our breath away and give us a taste of what is to come. On arrival in the famous town of Lukla we start our acclimatisation walk to Monjo 2850m.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 4

Namche Bazaar - 3,449m, 6km / 4 hours trekking

For our first full trekking day we cross the mighty Dudh Kosi and continue through forested valleys to enter the Saga Martha National Park, where we find rock walls and huge boulders ornately carved with Buddhist prayers. We arrive for the night at the famous village of Namche Bazaar.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 5

Acclimatisation Day - 3,600m, 6km / 4-5 hours trekking

Today we rise early to climb to the ridge above Namche for a stunning dawn and sunrise over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks. We then trek along the beautiful river valley and return for a more leisurely afternoon in Namche. We remain at Namche Bazaar for a second night to allow for further acclimatization. 

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 6

Deboche - 3,820m, 9.5km / 7-8 hours trekking

From Namche, the trail follows the contours of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. From here we will see incredible views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal stop-over for lunch. Here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche, famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. From here, it's a short trek through rhodendron-shaded trails to reach Deboche.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 7

Dingboche - 4,343m, 10km / 9-10 hours trekking

The trail winds through rhododendron forest, crosses the Imja Khola river and has fine vantage points of Ama Dablam. It then climbs gradually past beautifully carved mani stones to reach the village of Pangboche where we continue along the confluence of the Khumbu and Imja Kholas, turning east into the Imja Valley. A path lined with stone walls leads us through fields to our accommodation in Dingboche village.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 8

Acclimatisation Day - 4,410m, 4--7km / 4-5 hours trekking

Today is a good chance to take your body a bit higher during the day and sleep back down at Dingboche in the evening. Some great hikes include exploring upper Dingboche, which has a more traditional feel than the lower part of town, taken up with the trekking lodges that we rely on up here. We can also head up onto the ridgeline to a peak called Dolma Ri, topped with prayer flags and said to be the home of eagles. For a smaller excursion there is the chance to visit an old Buddhist hermitage called Nangar Dzong. However, if you are tired, just take it easy and rest – listen to your body!

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 9

Lobuche - 4,910m, 8km / 4-6 hours trekking

We head up the Chola Khola valley towards the village of Dughla and descend to follow the valley to Lobuche. This is a cold place but has an awesome view of Nuptse particularly when under starlight or lit by a full moon.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 10

Everest Base Camp - 5,364m, 10km / 8-10 hours trekking

Today has a real expedition feel to it and sees us leaving Lobuche at dawn. The sun soon reaches the summits of the Himalayan peaks and slowly lights up the valley bottom. We traverse the Khumbu Glacier, climbing towards Gorak Shep, whose name means ‘Graveyard of Crows’, the site for a couple of very basic lodges set amongst breathtaking mountain scenery. We continue at a slow but steady pace on our bid to reach Base Camp along the Khumbu Glacier, on a long and tiring day at altitude. After a little time to take photos and relax, we make our way back down to Gorak Shep where we stay the night.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 11

Kala Patthar & Dzong La - 5,550m, 13km / 8-9 hours trekking

Today, for those that are in good shape it is a slow steady climb to Kala Pattar, a tough trek but a real achievement that is rewarded with spectacular views of the Khumbu Glacier below and the highest mountain in the world. We then descend to Dzong La to complete a long but unforgettable day. Where a trek to Kala Pattar is not possible we descend directly to Dzong La.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 12

Cho La Pass & Gokyo - 5,370m, 14km / 8-10 hours trekking

Today our trail goes up high to the Cho La at 5370m. It will take us about 3-4 hours to the asce where we are rewarded with sensational views! We start out from Dzong La by climbing up to a plateau and crossing a mountain stream. It’s a fun, but steep and rocky ascent, often with ice on the trail. There will be time to take in the incredible landscape. Once up at the glaciated pass, we trek across the snow and ice to the summit and take in the views of Ama Dablam, Kantega, Thamserku, Tawache, Cholatse and Baruntse to the east, and to Nangpai Gosain, Pasang Lhamo, Numbur and on the Gokyo side of the pass. From the pass we descend steeply into Dragnak where our trail heads out through the big Nzogomba Glacier with creaking glacial lakes below us and stunning landscape all around us. We make our way across the glacier and trek past the second lake into the Gokyo Valley – so different from where we have come from, this is a green valley dotted with gorgeous, turquoise glacial lakes. We now have a beautiful walk into Gokyo, a seasonal grazing village built beside the third and largest lake and with our first views up to Cho Oyo (8201m).

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 13

Rest Day

After a few very big days we take a full day to rest today before our final pass on this challenge tomorrow.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 14

Lungden - 4,375m, 10km / 6-8 hours trekking

Back on the trails again, we have another stunning but long day, so it’s good to get out early. Our trail heads out around the side of the lake, then follows switch-backs up a ridge until we reach an often frozen stream. Here we begin the steep ascent to the Renjo La, finally reaching the famous pass after skirting a dramatic rock face before the top. The morning's climb will take us about 4 hours and we stop to enjoy our picnic lunch and yet more memorable views. After the pass we have a steep descent for an hour or so to a lake where the terrain levels out for a bit in yak kharkas. We pass the twin Renjo Lakes and then we have a last steep descent into the Thame Valley. We stay the night in the small hamlet of Lungden, again with spectacular views and located in one of the lesser visited areas of the Khumbu region, allowing us to experience the traditional life of Sherpa families.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea house

DAY 15

Thame - 3,805m, 10km / 4-5 hours trekking

Today our trail follows the Bhote Koshi river for about 3-4 hours down into Thame. Our walk will feel like a step back in time as we pass by many old, walled Sherpa villages, seasonal settlements of the Thame and Thamo villagers. We will probably also share the trail with Tibetan yak caravans, Khampas, trading en route to and from Namche and Tibet with the villagers. Thame is a beautiful old village with snaking rock walls, yak paddocks and the gorgeous, traditional slate-roofed Sherpa houses. Thame Gompa, perched up to the north of the village, is one of the oldest in the Khumbu, so it’s well worth while to take the afternoon to climb to the Gompa and wander around this old, walled village.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 16

Namche Bazaar - 3,449m, 9km / 4 hours trekking

Today we head back down the trail into familiar Namche, perhaps seeing some of our Tibetan friends from the trail at the local market and coming back to the amazing luxuries of this bustling, mountain bazaar. On our way down we have the option for a side-trip to Lawudo Gompa (3790m). Nestled in the mountainside above Thamo and Mende villages and affiliated with the famous Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu, this Gompa was built at the site where Guru Rimpoche meditated in a small cave en route to Tibet. The cave has been turned into a tiny cave chapel, and there is a fascinating library which we may be permitted to see. It’s a beautiful and serene place, with Khumbila, the sacred Sherpa peak from which the Khumbu region takes its name, soaring overhead and the Gompa prayer flags framing the perfect Himalayan foreground.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 17

Descend to Lukla - 20km / 8-9 hours trekking

Today, we complete the last leg of our challenge together back down to the town of Lukla.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tea House

DAY 18

Return to Kathmandu

This morning, we take a local flight back to Manthalli airport, and from there, transfer back to Kathmandu. Here we enjoy a decent shower and sit down for our last meal together; a celebration of our great achievement and a toast to our new found friends!

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 19

Departure Day

This morning, we will have the opportunity to take in the ancient Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage site, crammed full of brightly-coloured stalls laden with Buddhist and Tibetan souvenirs and surrounded by palaces and temples. We can also visit Swayambhu, a large Stupa with stunning views of the city, plenty of monkeys and a great place to eat Momos (a delicious local specialty!). Those who want to take it easy can spend the afternoon wandering around backpacker haven Thamel, or kick back with a book in the beautiful “Garden of Dreams.” This evening we transfer to the airport for our return flight.

 

Meals: B

DAY 20

Arrive in London

2019 Divider 699

What's included in the package

Inclusions

  • Fully supported 20 day group challenge
  • UK qualified medic
  • Full support team, including local guides
  • International flights and air travel taxes
  • Action Challenge trek leader
  • All accommodation, twin share - hotels / tea house
  • All meals with the group; including breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Day in Kathmandu ended with a celebratory dinner
  • Pre event support including discounted training weekends

Not included

  • Airline fuel surcharge 
  • Single supplement for tent / hotel
  • Nepal visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Tips for local crew
  • Optional extensions
  • Optional training weekends
  • Kit hire