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14 Days Nature tour itinerary for nepal: Trek Up To A Spectacular View Of Everest

Kathmandu, Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Dole, Machhermo, Gokyo

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Trek Up to a Spectacular View of Everest

Gokyo lake


Take a trip to the Gokyo Lakes region at the head of the Dudh Kosi Valley which provides a great alternative to the popular Everest Base Camp trek. It is a more tranquil trek through the Sherpa heartland that affords ample time for acclimatization with opportunities to savour the mountain panoramas from beautiful alpine campsites. The highlight of the trek is our ascent of Gokyo Ri. From the summit, you can enjoy superb views of Everest as well as the 8000m peaks of Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu.

DAY 01

Arrival in kathmandu

  • Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (1350m)

  • Meet the guide and transfer to the hotel.

  • After a short rest, the guide will brief you about the tour.

  • Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 02

In Kathmandu (1350m)

  • In the morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and take a look at the key attractions including UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Hanuman Dhoka Darbar Square.

  • Visit excellent bookshops, extensive markets, novelty and handicraft shops, which contrast with fantastic centers of cultural and spiritual significance. Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world.

  • Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 03

Fly to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding(2610m)

  • Transfer to the airport for a 45-minute flight to the STOL airstrip at Lukla. This airstrip was built by Sir Edmund Hillary and his friends to serve the Everest Region, when he began building schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people. It is a memorable flight, with marvelous views of the Eastern Himalaya. Get impressed by the scale of the huge peaks that surround the villages. But this is only a foretaste of what is to come.

  • From Lukla, head downhill towards the Dudh Kosi, a raging river that flows from the highest peaks. It is nnamed "Dudh"(milk) Kosi (river), because of its color.

  • After a four hour trek, you will reach Phakding village.

DAY 04

Trek To Namche Bazaar (3440m)

  • Cross and re-cross the thundering glacial river with the suspension bridge. 

  • Sections of today's walk are through pine forest and cleared areas to reveal terraced fields and a variety of crops. We pass small groups of donkeys, yaks, and dzopko carrying trading goods and trekking gear, along the trail. A dzopko is a yak-cow crossbreed, while a yak is a full-blood long haired male, more commonly found at higher altitudes.

  • Pass through a variety of small hamlets as we slowly gain altitude. Enjoy the spectacular mountain peaks unfold above us and seem to hover above the tree-line as they rise above the deep river valley.

  • Shortly after leaving camp, we cross the Kusum Khola, a tributary stream to the Dudh Kosi, and the peak of Kusum Kangru (6369 m) can be seen to the East, at the head of the valley.

  • Further along the trail, across the valley to the North-West, Nupla (5885 m) and Kongde Ri (6093 m) rise above the forested ridges.

  • At a turn of the trail, Thamserku (6808 m) rises majestically, seemingly from the river floor. We will also see our first Mani walls today.

  • After lunch at Jorsalle, follow the river to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi and cross a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital of Nepal.

  • It is a tough climb as the trail passes through forests of pine to a vantage point that provides our first view of Mt Everest. The trail continues to climb and meander to Namche and the sight of this prosperous village spread within a horseshoe-shaped valley, opposite the beautiful peak of Kongde Ri, is worth every step.

  • Overnight stay at guesthouse.

DAY 05

Rest Day in Namche Bazaar (3440m)

  • After breakfast, move for Sagarmatha National Park Headquarters - just 30 minutes above the hotel, offering a very interesting display of photographs, memorabilia, and information about the park.

  • The hill above is a wonderful vantage point for a spectacular view of the Imja Khola Valley towards Everest. The change from the narrow lowland valleys to the broad glacial ones is immediately obvious. The steep-sided glacial valley before us gradually winds towards the base of Everest, broken only by the moraines left by retreating glaciers. Its more gradual rate of climb is a blessing for those trekking higher.

  • Towering to over 4000 meters above the sea level, spectacular peaks seem to engulf us. Around us are Taweche (6542 m), Thamserku (6808 m), Kantega (6685 m), Ama Dablam (6856 m), Nuptse (7896 m) and Lhotse (8511 m). The greatest of all, Mt Everest (8848 m), rises at the head of the valley. The Sherpa Cultural Centre next to our hotel has an interesting collection of mountaineering items and photographs.

  • Those who are fit and acclimatizing well may wish to take the optional walk to the Everest View Hotel (2-3hrs), where spectacular views of Everest and Ama Dablam may be seen.

  • For those feeling well acclimatized, there is also the option of a day walk to the pretty village of Khumjung. Khumjung is where Sir Edmund Hillary built his “Schoolhouse In the Clouds” and the famed Khunde hospital is close by.

  • We will also be able to visit the monastery at Khumjung where we may have the opportunity to see the scalp of a Yeti.

  • Overnight at guesthouse.

DAY 06

Trek to Dole (4000m)

  • Heading north-east, we follow the main trail to Thyangboche as it contours around the hills, before we branch off on a short climb on the flanks of the sacred peak of Khumblia (5761 m).

  • We traverse for some time across yak pastures as the trail gradually ascends to Mon La. Below us is the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and Imja Khola and across the valley Thyangboche monastery is framed by Ama Dablam and Kantega.

  • An initial short climb gets us onto the trail for the steady climb towards Gokyo. Since leaving the main trail we will see progressively fewer trekkers and locals and the relative isolation of the trail is a pleasure. Sections of red birch, fir and dwarf rhododendron forest are interspersed with areas of yak pasture as we gradually gain altitude.

  • Pass pleasant waterfalls and sit to gaze at the glaciers that flow from Taweche and Cholatse on the opposite side of the valley. Behind us, spectacular ridges lead to the peak of Khumblia and the numerous unnamed peaks that reach almost 6,000 meters.

  • The camp will be at Dole, in a field beside a pleasant stream. In the distance, Kantega and Thamserku rise above the foothills.

  • Overnight at a guesthouse.

DAY 07

Trek Machhermo (4410m)

  • Continuing a steady but constant climb, reach the village of Machhermo for lunch. Like the few small villages in this valley, Machhermo has only a few buildings and these are empty, most of the year. The villagers in Khumjung and Khunde generally own land here high up the valley, where they graze yaks in the summer months. This is a valuable acclimatization day as we prepare for the higher altitudes and our ascent of Gokyo Ri (5483m).

  • In afternoon, relax or stretch your legs and take a walk up the ridge behind Luza for a view of the Gokyo Valley. Take a short walk from camp is the Machhermo Porter Shelter and Rescue Post which is well worth a visit and learn more about altitude and the work of IPPG (International Porter Protection Group).

  • Overnight at a guesthouse.

DAY 08

Trek To Gokyo valley (4760m)

  • Following the valley high above the river, we commence the ascent to Gokyo village. There are excellent views of Cholatse at the village of Panga and we stop to enjoy them.

  • You are now in the high alpine country and as we approach the Ngozumpa Glacier, we trek onto the moraine and rock that extends down from it.

  • Enjoy excellent views of Kantega to the south and Cho Oyu to the north. Each mountain has it's individual character and presence and you can understand why the Nepalese give them such religious significance.

  • Once you have ascended the snout of the glacier, the path levels. Pass the first of the lakes, Longpongo, before reaching the second, Troche Lake, a larger body of water and a place where ducks are often seen swimming in the freezing waters.

  • As we walk up the valley, our path parallels the Ngozumpa Glacier and separating us from the glacier is the massive lateral moraine.

  • Overnight at a guesthouse.

DAY 09

Hike To Gokyo Ri(5482m)

  • An early start is the best for the opportunity that the early morning views offer. The steady and unrelenting ascent of Gokyo Ri will take two to three hours, depending on your level of fitness and acclimatization. It is not a race and times of up to six hours are cherished by those who thought they would not make it at all. If you find the climb hard, do not hesitate to ask one of the guides to carry your day pack. You will be elated when you reach the summit with its spectacular view. It is probably the most comprehensive view of 8,000-meter peaks in Nepal - many people consider it to be Nepal’s best.

  • Surrounding us are Cho Oyu (8153 m) - a mountain that defeated a British Expedition of climbers, including Hillary, in their lead-up to their successful assault of Everest, Guangcheng Kang (7922m), Lhotse (8501m), Makalu (8475 m), Cholatse (6440m), Taweche (6542m), Kantega (6685m), Thamserku (6808m), Lobuche (6145m) and Mt Everest (8848m). Hundreds of other unnamed peaks fill the scene, whilst below us, the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest in Nepal, stretches through the valley. The striking color of the lakes below completes the picture.

  • The only way to get a better view of the entire Everest region would be to climb a 7,000-metre peak. Although further from Everest than Kala Pattar, the traditional viewing point, here we see more of the mountain and enjoy a more relaxed environment.

  • Overnight at guesthouse.

DAY 10

Trek back to Dole (4000m)

  • Trek back to Dole. The views during the return have a different point. The trail meanders around the constantly changing obstacles and affords great views of Cho Oyu and Cholatse.

  • We cross our camp at Machhermo and reach our camp at Dole. We see the slopes of Cholatse and Taweche.

  • Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

DAY 11

Trek back to namche bazaar (3440m)

  • Descend to the Namche bazaar. 

  • Overnight at guesthouse.

DAY 12

Trek back to Lukla (2804m)

  • Trek down to Lukla. It is the biggest city on this trek, where you can enjoy a drink at the bars.

  • It is the last day of our trek, so we will have dinner together in Lukla. 

DAY 13

Fly back to Kathmandu

  • Fly to Kathmandu in the morning. It is a thrilling flight over forests, fields, and villages, with the Himalaya in the background.

  • On arrival, we transfer to the hotel.

  • The rest of the day is at leisure, a good time for last minute shopping or sightseeing.

  • In evening, a farewell dinner in a Nepali cultural restaurant.

  • Overnight at hotel.

DAY 14

Depature your home

  • The guide will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.

  • Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel.

  • 1435 USD Per Adult
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.

  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (3 nights)

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.

  • All your standard meals during the trek (breakfasts, lunches, and dinners).

  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.

  • Local licensed English speaking guide.

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all trekking staff.

  • Everest Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.

  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by the company (which need to be returned after the trek).

  • Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu flight ticket

  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.

  • All our government taxes, vat and service charges

  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu.

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation

  • International Airfare

  • Nepal entry visa fee

  • Alcoholic, hot, cold drinks, any bottled drink.

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.

  • Personal trekking/tour equipment.

  • Tips for the tour, trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).

  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned.

  • During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Kathmandu, Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Dole, Machhermo, Gokyo

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