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Everest & Gokyo Lakes Circuit tour
Everest Base Camp Kathmandu Everest & Gokyo Lakes Circuit Trip

Everest & Gokyo Lakes Circuit

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
20 days
From: $ 2,749 $ 137 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy a circular trek via the quieter Gokyo Valley
  • Stay beside the azure blue glacial lake at Gokyo
  • Cross the Ngozumpo Glacier and conquer the Cho La Pass
  • Ascend Kala Pattar and Gokyo Ri for views of Everest and other Himalayan giants
  • Trek to Everest Base Camp and stand at the foot of the highest mountain on Earth

Short Description

This circular Everest Base Camp trek explores the heart of the Sherpa homeland, from Namche Bazaar to the Gokyo Valley, crossing the glaciated Cho La Pass and on to the classic route to Everest Base Camp used by the great climbing parties. Allowing ample time for acclimatisation, we are able to explore this high mountain wilderness, the quieter Gokyo Valley as well as the main Everest trails. Our goal is Everest Base Camp on the Khumbu Glacier with the chance to climb iconic Kala Pattar (5545m), which offers fabulous close-up views of Mount Everest.Trek Nepal's classic trail and explore the remote Gokyo Valley

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Kathmandu
End City Kathmandu

Travel Theme

Hiking & Walking

Destinations

Nepal

Cities & Attractions

Everest Base Camp Kathmandu Tibet

Activities

Hiking Trekking

Age Requirement

18

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • All breakfasts
  • Morning bed-tea on trek
  • Welcome drink at each overnight lodge
  • 3 nights hotels and 15 nights teahouses
  • All listed transport and activities
  • Tour leader throughout, plus local staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek)
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Full porterage throughout trek
  • Exodus kitbag 
  • Trekking map (provided locally)
  • Trekking permit and national park fees

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Depart London.

The group flight is an overnight flight departing London this evening. **

Day 2 Arrive Kathmandu.

The group flights are scheduled to arrive into Kathmandu this afternoon. Free airport transfers are available for any flight, provided you have supplied your flight details to Exodus in advance and requested transfers. A representative will meet you at the airport and you will be transferred to the hotel. There are no activities planned today so if making your own travel arrangements, you can arrive at any time. Upon arrival to the hotel please look out for a noticeboard in the reception area with details of where and when to meet for your welcome/trek briefing this evening. There is an Exodus desk in the hotel lobby should you require any assistance. *Hotel Royal Singi (or similar)*

Day 3 Drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport; short but spectacular flight to Lukla (2800m). Head northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi; trek to the small settlement of Phakding.

We will need to depart the hotel at around 2-3am to drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport to catch our flight to Lukla. At this time of day when there is usually light traffic, the drive should take about 4 hours. Roads in Nepal are not of the same standard as in the west, there may be potholed areas and the last section is unsurfaced. We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m), and set off on the first short leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi (or 'Milk River'). We descend from the small plateau down into the forested valley. The trail crosses several tributary streams and we have some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding, where we will spend our first night. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 2650m)*

Day 4 Follow the Dudh Kosi and ascend to Namche Bazaar.

Heading out of Phakding we follow the Dudh Kosi northwards. This day's walk takes us through magnificent forests with glimpses of the mountains ahead. We cross the river several times by bridges as we pass through the villages of Benkar, Monzo and Jorsale. A final bridge brings us to the foot of the steep climb to Namche. Halfway up this ascent we may get our first glimpse, cloud-permitting, of the summit of Everest appearing majestically behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse. A last 300m of climbing brings us to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital and the main town in the area. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre. It has a weekly market on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning but the town bustle all day every day with trekkers, coffee shops, bakeries and stores selling all kinds of trekking and climbing gear as well as Tibetan souvenirs.  *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,440m)*

Day 5 Explore in and around Namche Bazaar; acclimatisation walk in the Thame Valley.

We spend today acclimatising to the altitude. If it’s a clear morning those who want can get up before breakfast and walk up to the National Park Museum for our first good view of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. After breakfast we have an easy acclimatisation walk into the Thame Valley, a quiet side valley on the way to Tibet. The trail climbs steeply out of Namche and then contours around the valley on an easy trail through beautiful forest. We return to Namche for lunch and in the afternoon there is time to explore the Sherpa capital or visit the Everest National Park Museum or the Sherpa Cultural Centre. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,400m)*

Day 6 Acclimatisation walk to Kunde and Khumjung; descend to Kyanjuma.

We climb steeply out of Namche to the Everest View Hotel. This spectacularly situated hotel has wonderful views of Everest and Ama Dablam and is an ideal place for a tea break. Continuing on, we trek to the villages of Kunde and Khumjung set below Khumbila, the rocky peak sacred to all Sherpas. In Kunde we can visit the Edmund Hillary hospital, and in Khumjung we can see the Edmund Hillary School. There should also be time to visit Khumjung monastery, where for a small donation we will be shown the only Yeti skull in the world! Descending to the main trail we spend the night at Kyanjuma. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,600m)*

Day 7 Cross the Mong La into the Gokyo Valley and trek to Dole.

At Kyanjuma we turn off the main trail and begin climbing to the Mong La, marked by a chorten on the top of a ridge at 3,972m. This ridge descends from Khumbila, the abode of the patron god of all Sherpas. From the ridge, the trail descends in a series of steep switchbacks towards the Dudh Kosi. At Phortse Tenga (3,600m) the trail starts to climb steeply out of the valley and we enter the rhododendron forests, which give way to juniper and conifers higher up the valley. We pass through kharkas, summer settlements used by the Sherpas to graze their yaks, before coming to Dole, where we have magnificent views of Kangtaiga and Tramserku. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,040m)*

Day 8 Continue to Machhermo.

A short walk today. From Dole the trail is steep in places as it passes through Lhabarma and Luza along the side of the valley, high above the river through scrub junipers until we cross the sandy spurs to Machhermo (4,410m). It was here in 1974 that a yeti was reported to have attacked a sherpa and killed three yaks! We should get to Machhermo by lunchtime and in the afternoon there is time for an acclimatisation walk up onto the ridge behind the lodge for amazing views of Tramserku. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,410m)*

Day 9 Trek to Gokyo Lake, a small settlement of lodges on the shores of a blue lake. Afternoon, optional walk up the hill behind camp for incredible views of the Ngozumpo Glacier.

We begin today by climbing a ridge for an excellent view down the valley to Kangtaiga and Tramserku and up the valley towards Cho Oyu (8,201m). The valley now widens as the trail passes through Pangkha then descends to the riverbank before beginning the steep climb on a narrow trail onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpo Glacier. We pass the first of the lakes at Gokyo, called Longpongo. We then follow the almost level trail past the second lake and on to the third lake and the walled meadows and lodges of Gokyo at 4,750m. Gokyo is a small settlement of lodges on the shores of a blue lake. Look out for Brahmany Ducks swimming in the lake. We have lunch in Gokyo and in the afternoon we can walk up the hill behind camp for incredible views of the Ngozumpo Glacier. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,750m)*

Day 10 Climb Gokyo Ri (5360m); afternoon trek to Dragnag.

A very early start this morning for the steep ascent of Gokyo Ri (5,360m), a small peak above Gokyo village. As we climb, the views become even more fantastic and from the top we can see four of the seven highest peaks in the Nepalese Himalaya: Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Stretching out for miles below us is the longest glacier in Nepal - the Ngozumpo Glacier, which tumbles down from the slopes of Cho Oyu. One of the best all-round views in Nepal, the climb is well worth the effort. We return to Gokyo for lunch and then set off for Thangnak. The trail starts by climbing to the crest of the moraine overlooking the Ngozumpo Glacier. The route across the glacier is well marked with cairns but we need to take care as the path is narrow and there is ice underfoot in parts. The trail climbs up and down and takes us to the eastern side of the Gokyo Valley. We stay tonight at Tangnak (4,700m) at the foot of the Cho La Pass. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,700m)*

Day 11 Cross the Cho La (5420m) and enter the main Khumbu Valley; trek to Dzongla.

An early start for the very long day across the Cho La (5,420m). We climb up from Tangnak for about 90 minutes to a col. Ahead we can see the Cho La in the distance. We descend to a large boulder field, where we rest before tackling the final part of the climb to the pass. The last two hours are very steep and rocky and involve some scrambling as we zig zag up to the top. The upper part of the route can be covered in snow and ice, particularly after November and in spring. Finally we reach the glaciated top, from where there are excellent views including an unusual aspect of Ama Dablam. We need to take care on the descent as it’s steep and involves the crossing of a small glacier (usually snow covered) which is fairly straightforward. After a scramble down onto the glacier, we follow a trail across the snow and down a rocky gully to the pastures below. The trail becomes more defined as we approach Dzongla, where we stay tonight. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,830m)*

Day 12 Continue the ascent to Lobuje.

An easier day ahead as leaving Dzongla we begin with a continuation of our descent. A short ascent brings us to the foot of Awi Peak, which we contour round on a wonderful high trail with great views of Chalotse and Tawoche across the valley. We finally descend to join the main trail again just below Lobuje. We spend the night at Lobuje (4,930m). The sunset on Nuptse from the ridge across from the lodge is not to be missed. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,930m)*

Day 13 A long day to visit Everest Base Camp. Overnight at Gorak Shep.

We are now surrounded by giant Himalayan peaks; Everest, Nuptse, Lingtren, Khumbutse and Pumori tower above us. Today is long and hard as we visit Everest Base Camp (5,364m). The trail from Lobuje climbs steadily by the side of the Khumbu Glacier, with some steep ups and downs on a rocky trail. It will take us about 3 hours to reach Gorak Shep (5,180m), a collection of lodges situated at the foot of Kala Pattar. After a short break and an early lunch, we fill our water bottles and make sure we have plenty of snacks (there are no lodges from here to Base Camp) and set off for Base Camp. The trail heads along the crest of the moraine at first with plenty of undulations, some of them quite steep. We then drop steeply down onto the Khumbu Glacier itself, where we get magnificent close-up views of the great Khumbu Icefall as it tumbles down from Everest. In the spring season we will see expedition teams as they prepare for an ascent. We retrace our steps to Gorak Shep for the night. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 5,184m)*

Day 14 Climb Kala Pattar (5545m) for classic views of Everest; descend to Pheriche.

Another long day as we ascend the small peak of Kala Pattar ('black rock') at 5,545m. It is a steep two-hour climb to the summit, but the effort is well worth it, as we appreciate the most magnificent view of the Khumbu glacier and above all a close-up sight of the world's highest mountain which the Nepalese call Sagarmatha - Head of the Waters and the Sherpas Chomolungma - Mother of the World. We return to Gorak Shep and descend past Lobuje to Pheriche (4,243m). Please note the exact order in which we trek up Kala Pattar and visit Everest Base Camp will depend on the weather and how the group is acclimatising. Both days are long and hard due to the high altitude. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,243m)*

Day 15 Trek to Thyangboche and visit the famous monastery.

We descend the Pheriche Valley with spectacular views of Ama Dablam. We join the main Imja Khola Valley, which we follow down to Pangboche with superb views looking back to the great ridge of Lhotse-Nuptse. Pangboche, at 3,985m is the highest permanent settlement on the approach to Everest. Dropping down to the rushing Imja Khola we then walk through rhododendron forests to Thyangboche. From here we have a fantastic panorama of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. We stay here for the night and we can visit the famous monastery and if the weather is clear we can enjoy the fantastic sunset and sunrise. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,800m)*

Day 16 Trek back to Monzo via Kyanjuma and Namche.

We descend through the forest to the river at Phunki Tenga. Crossing a bridge we then climb up to Kyanjuma with great views of Ama Dablam. From here an easy trail contours around the hillsides back to Namche Bazaar, from where we descend to the river and retrace our steps to Monzo (2,815m). *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 2,815m)*

Day 17 Return to Lukla.

We retrace our steps southwards with a final climb to the airstrip at Lukla. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 2,800m)*

Day 18 .. Fly to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport and transfer to Kathmandu

We fly back to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport and transfer to our hotel in Kathmandu. At this time of day there can be heavy traffic, especially coming into Kathmandu itself, and the drive is likely to take 5 hours or more.  the rest of the say can be spent at leisure. *Royal Singi Hotel (or similar)*

Day 19 Free day in Kathmandu.

Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu (it is also a spare day to allow for any delays in the flights to or from Lukla). You may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Boudhanath, or the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. We offer a full range of sightseeing tours, which can be booked and paid for locally; please ask your leader for details. Or you can simply hire a taxi from outside of the hotel. The Thamel area is full of shops and restaurants and coffee shops for those who want a more relaxing day. *Royal Singi Hotel (or similar)*

Day 20 Fly to London.

The tour ends after breakfast. The group flight is a day flight scheduled to depart in the morning. Those on the group flights or who have booked a transfer through Exodus will be transferred to the airport.



Land Only

Day 1 Start Kathmandu.

The group flights are scheduled to arrive into Kathmandu this afternoon. Free airport transfers are available for any flight, provided you have supplied your flight details to Exodus in advance and requested a transfer. A representative will meet you at the airport and you will be transferred to the hotel. There are no activities planned today so if making your own travel arrangements, you can arrive at any time. Upon arrival to the hotel please look out for a noticeboard in the reception area with details of where and when to meet for your welcome/trek briefing this evening. There is an Exodus desk in the hotel lobby should you require any assistance. *Royal Singi Hotel (or similar)*

Day 2 Drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport; short but spectacular flight to Lukla (2800m). Head northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi; trek to the small settlement of Phakding.

We will need to depart the hotel at around 2-3am to drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport to catch our flight to Lukla. At this time of day when there is usually light traffic, the drive should take about 4 hours. Roads in Nepal are not of the same standard as in the west, there may be potholed areas and the last section is unsurfaced. We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m), and set off on the first short leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi (or 'Milk River'). We descend from the small plateau down into the forested valley. The trail crosses several tributary streams and we have some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding, where we will spend our first night. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 2650m)*

Day 3 Follow the Dudh Kosi and ascend to Namche Bazaar.

Heading out of Phakding we follow the Dudh Kosi northwards. This day's walk takes us through magnificent forests with glimpses of the mountains ahead. We cross the river several times by bridges as we pass through the villages of Benkar, Monzo and Jorsale. A final bridge brings us to the foot of the steep climb to Namche. Halfway up this ascent we may get our first glimpse, cloud-permitting, of the summit of Everest appearing majestically behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse. A last 300m of climbing brings us to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital and the main town in the area. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre. It has a weekly market on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning but the town bustle all day every day with trekkers, coffee shops, bakeries and stores selling all kinds of trekking and climbing gear as well as Tibetan souvenirs.  *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,440m)*

Day 4 Explore in and around Namche Bazaar; acclimatisation walk in the Thame Valley.

We spend today acclimatising to the altitude. If it’s a clear morning those who want can get up before breakfast and walk up to the National Park Museum for our first good view of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. After breakfast we have an easy acclimatisation walk into the Thame Valley, a quiet side valley on the way to Tibet. The trail climbs steeply out of Namche and then contours around the valley on an easy trail through beautiful forest. We return to Namche for lunch and in the afternoon there is time to explore the Sherpa capital or visit the Everest National Park Museum or the Sherpa Cultural Centre. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,400m)*

Day 5 Acclimatisation walk to Kunde and Khumjung; descend to Kyanjuma.

We climb steeply out of Namche to the Everest View Hotel. This spectacularly situated hotel has wonderful views of Everest and Ama Dablam and is an ideal place for a tea break. Continuing on, we trek to the villages of Kunde and Khumjung set below Khumbila, the rocky peak sacred to all Sherpas. In Kunde we can visit the Edmund Hillary hospital, and in Khumjung we can see the Edmund Hillary School. There should also be time to visit Khumjung monastery, where for a small donation we will be shown the only Yeti skull in the world! Descending to the main trail we spend the night at Kyanjuma. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,600m)*

Day 6 Cross the Mong La into the Gokyo Valley and trek to Dole.

At Kyanjuma we turn off the main trail and begin climbing to the Mong La, marked by a chorten on the top of a ridge at 3,972m. This ridge descends from Khumbila, the abode of the patron god of all Sherpas. From the ridge, the trail descends in a series of steep switchbacks towards the Dudh Kosi. At Phortse Tenga (3,600m) the trail starts to climb steeply out of the valley and we enter the rhododendron forests, which give way to juniper and conifers higher up the valley. We pass through kharkas, summer settlements used by the Sherpas to graze their yaks, before coming to Dole, where we have magnificent views of Kangtaiga and Tramserku. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,040m)*

Day 7 Continue to Machhermo.

A short walk today. From Dole the trail is steep in places as it passes through Lhabarma and Luza along the side of the valley, high above the river through scrub junipers until we cross the sandy spurs to Machhermo (4,410m). It was here in 1974 that a yeti was reported to have attacked a sherpa and killed three yaks! We should get to Machhermo by lunchtime and in the afternoon there is time for an acclimatisation walk up onto the ridge behind the lodge for amazing views of Tramserku. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,410m)*

Day 8 Trek to Gokyo Lake, a small settlement of lodges on the shores of a blue lake. Afternoon, optional walk up the hill behind camp for incredible views of the Ngozumpo Glacier.

We begin today by climbing a ridge for an excellent view down the valley to Kangtaiga and Tramserku and up the valley towards Cho Oyu (8,201m). The valley now widens as the trail passes through Pangkha then descends to the riverbank before beginning the steep climb on a narrow trail onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpo Glacier. We pass the first of the lakes at Gokyo, called Longpongo. We then follow the almost level trail past the second lake and on to the third lake and the walled meadows and lodges of Gokyo at 4,750m. Gokyo is a small settlement of lodges on the shores of a blue lake. Look out for Brahmany Ducks swimming in the lake. We have lunch in Gokyo and in the afternoon we can walk up the hill behind camp for incredible views of the Ngozumpo Glacier. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,750m)*

Day 9 Climb Gokyo Ri (5360m); afternoon trek to Dragnag.

A very early start this morning for the steep ascent of Gokyo Ri (5,360m), a small peak above Gokyo village. As we climb, the views become even more fantastic and from the top we can see four of the seven highest peaks in the Nepalese Himalaya: Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Stretching out for miles below us is the longest glacier in Nepal - the Ngozumpo Glacier, which tumbles down from the slopes of Cho Oyu. One of the best all-round views in Nepal, the climb is well worth the effort. We return to Gokyo for lunch and then set off for Thangnak. The trail starts by climbing to the crest of the moraine overlooking the Ngozumpo Glacier. The route across the glacier is well marked with cairns but we need to take care as the path is narrow and there is ice underfoot in parts. The trail climbs up and down and takes us to the eastern side of the Gokyo Valley. We stay tonight at Tangnak (4,700m) at the foot of the Cho La Pass. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,700m)*

Day 10 Cross the Cho La (5420m) and enter the main Khumbu Valley; trek to Dzongla.

An early start for the very long day across the Cho La (5,420m). We climb up from Tangnak for about 90 minutes to a col. Ahead we can see the Cho La in the distance. We descend to a large boulder field, where we rest before tackling the final part of the climb to the pass. The last two hours are very steep and rocky and involve some scrambling as we zig zag up to the top. The upper part of the route can be covered in snow and ice, particularly after November and in spring. Finally we reach the glaciated top, from where there are excellent views including an unusual aspect of Ama Dablam. We need to take care on the descent as it’s steep and involves the crossing of a small glacier (usually snow covered) which is fairly straightforward. After a scramble down onto the glacier, we follow a trail across the snow and down a rocky gully to the pastures below. The trail becomes more defined as we approach Dzongla, where we stay tonight. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,830m)*

Day 11 Continue the ascent to Lobuje.

An easier day ahead as leaving Dzongla we begin with a continuation of our descent. A short ascent brings us to the foot of Awi Peak, which we contour round on a wonderful high trail with great views of Chalotse and Tawoche across the valley. We finally descend to join the main trail again just below Lobuje. We spend the night at Lobuje (4,930m). The sunset on Nuptse from the ridge across from the lodge is not to be missed. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,930m)*

Day 12 A long day to visit Everest Base Camp. Overnight at Gorak Shep.

We are now surrounded by giant Himalayan peaks; Everest, Nuptse, Lingtren, Khumbutse and Pumori tower above us. Today is long and hard as we visit Everest Base Camp (5,364m). The trail from Lobuje climbs steadily by the side of the Khumbu Glacier, with some steep ups and downs on a rocky trail. It will take us about 3 hours to reach Gorak Shep (5,180m), a collection of lodges situated at the foot of Kala Pattar. After a short break and an early lunch, we fill our water bottles and make sure we have plenty of snacks (there are no lodges from here to Base Camp) and set off for Base Camp. The trail heads along the crest of the moraine at first with plenty of undulations, some of them quite steep. We then drop steeply down onto the Khumbu Glacier itself, where we get magnificent close-up views of the great Khumbu Icefall as it tumbles down from Everest. In the spring season we will see expedition teams as they prepare for an ascent. We retrace our steps to Gorak Shep for the night. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 5,184m)*

Day 13 Climb Kala Pattar (5545m) for classic views of Everest; descend to Pheriche.

Another long day as we ascend the small peak of Kala Pattar ('black rock') at 5,545m. It is a steep two-hour climb to the summit, but the effort is well worth it, as we appreciate the most magnificent view of the Khumbu glacier and above all a close-up sight of the world's highest mountain which the Nepalese call Sagarmatha - Head of the Waters and the Sherpas Chomolungma - Mother of the World. We return to Gorak Shep and descend past Lobuje to Pheriche (4,243m). Please note the exact order in which we trek up Kala Pattar and visit Everest Base Camp will depend on the weather and how the group is acclimatising. Both days are long and hard due to the high altitude. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,243m)*

Day 14 Trek to Thyangboche and visit the famous monastery.

We descend the Pheriche Valley with spectacular views of Ama Dablam. We join the main Imja Khola Valley, which we follow down to Pangboche with superb views looking back to the great ridge of Lhotse-Nuptse. Pangboche, at 3,985m is the highest permanent settlement on the approach to Everest. Dropping down to the rushing Imja Khola we then walk through rhododendron forests to Thyangboche. From here we have a fantastic panorama of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. We stay here for the night and we can visit the famous monastery and if the weather is clear we can enjoy the fantastic sunset and sunrise. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,800m)*

Day 15 Trek back to Monzo via Kyanjuma and Namche.

We descend through the forest to the river at Phunki Tenga. Crossing a bridge we then climb up to Kyanjuma with great views of Ama Dablam. From here an easy trail contours around the hillsides back to Namche Bazaar, from where we descend to the river and retrace our steps to Monzo (2,815m). *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 2,815m)*

Day 16 Return to Lukla.

We retrace our steps southwards with a final climb to the airstrip at Lukla. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 2,800m)*

Day 17 .. Fly to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport and transfer to Kathmandu

We fly back to Manthali (Ramechhap) airport and transfer to our hotel in Kathmandu. At this time of day there can be heavy traffic, especially coming into Kathmandu itself, and the drive is likely to take 5 hours or more.  the rest of the say can be spent at leisure. *Royal Singi Hotel (or similar)*

Day 18 Free day in Kathmandu.

Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu (it is also a spare day to allow for any delays in the flights to or from Lukla). You may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Boudhanath, or the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. We offer a full range of sightseeing tours, which can be booked and paid for locally; please ask your leader for details. Or you can simply hire a taxi from outside of the hotel. The Thamel area is full of shops and restaurants and coffee shops for those who want a more relaxing day. *Royal Singi Hotel (or similar)*

Day 19 End Kathmandu.

The tour ends after breakfast. The group flight is a day flight scheduled to depart in the morning. Those on the group flights or who have booked a transfer through Exodus will be transferred to the airport.

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Everest & Gokyo Lakes Circuit

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Gokyo lakes and Everest base camp

5.0
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Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Having arrived in Katmandu via Delhi we were met by our tour guide Shailesh
Tamang who for the next 19 days would be our go to advisor for all things
Nepalese. The first night was spent in a Katmandu restaurant getting to know
the rest of our group as well as sampling some of the local food. The next
morning saw us all gathered for a pre dawn return to the airport in
preparation for the flight to the mountain airstrip at Lukla in a small 16
seat aircraft. The views of the mountains and valleys during the flight gave
us a sample of the sights we would experience during our trek. On arrival at
Lukla and our baggage given over to the porters, who with seemingly
superhuman strength carried 2 or 3 bags each, and we were off on our first
day of trekking in Nepal. The first day of trekking was fairly short to ease
us into what would progressively become tougher days of knee jolting foot
pounding trekking. Our days took on a familiar routine of 7am breakfast, trek
for a couple of hours then stop for refreshments at a teahouse then move on
until lunch was taken at another teahouse and then onwards again until mid
afternoon to our accomodation for the night. The teahouses are clean and very
basic but do provide everything needed for this type of trip. Throughout the
days of trekking there are a constant stream of porters, mules and yaks
moving up and down the trail with supplies which adds to the whole experience
of trekking in this mountain wilderness. The scenery is constantly changing
as new valleys and mountains come into view at every turn of the trail,
remember to look behind you as this view is as stunning as what lies ahead.
During our trek we experienced weather that allowed walking in shirt sleeves
as well as hand numbing bitter cold, so a good set of warm clothing is
essential. There were a couple of extra early starts to climb Gokyo Ri and
Kala Pattar to view sunrise over Everest which was well worth the extra
effort. Our trek up and over Cho la pass was particularly tough as we had to
walk through snow and when we started our descent more snow fell upon us,
which for me just added to the whole experience. All in all this trip has
left us with some amazing memories and a yearning to return one day.
There were many moments during this trip that will leave a lasting memory.
Ascending Gokyo Ri and Kala Pattar pre dawn for views of Everest, making it
up and over Cho la pass despite the adverse weather conditions and reaching
Everest base camp.


Our group leader Shailesh Tamang was always available to answer any questions
and give help where necessary. His years of experience of leading in the
mountains was quite evident as he successfully got 12 trekkers of varying
experience safely from start to finish achieving all the goals set out in the
itinery.


Listen to the advice of your tour leader and guides, this is their back yard
after all. Don't underestinate the effects of AMS or how cold it can feel at
night. Make sure you prepare yourself physically for the rigours of this trip
to ensure maximum enjoyment.


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Everest & Gokyo Lakes Circuit

4.0
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Value4.0
Guide4.0
Activities4.0
Lodging4.0
Transportation4.0
Meals4.0
Had a great time. Was very hard trekking but the sense of achievement is
worth it.
Saw lots of fantastic scenery and experienced lots of weather conditions.
Making it to Everest Base Camp and the top of Kala Patthar.


Shailesh Tamang was a good leader and looked after all members of the group.
He knows his country and imparts his knowledge well.


Make sure you are fit enough for this trip.
Make sure you have micro-spikes or equivalent and know how to use them.


I believe the rating on this trip needs to be increased as some parts of the
trek are hard work.


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Amazing adventure

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Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
A great trip to take you on a journey through the Himalayas seeing some
breath taking sights.
The two highlights for me were summiting Gokyo Ri and crossing the cho la
pass. Also I got engaged on an acclimatisation walk over looking macherno
peak which was very beautiful.


The group leader was brilliant could not have asked for better. He is very
approachable and knowledgeable. He took great care of the group and his
advise was priceless, he was very encouraging on the tough days and always
had a smile on his face.


I would advise to take Diamox for altitude and also ciprofloxacin in case of
stomach upset, better to have it and not need it. I took a small hot water
bottle for the night time which was brilliant and the water is still nice and
warm to wash your face with the following morning. Snacks are a good idea,
you can buy them in the tea houses but they are expensive the further up you
go. We had a solar charge which folds up when not us use has about 3 panels
on it this was really good you can just attach it to your day pack through
the day. Steri pen for the water as it gets to cost a lot if you buy mineral.


This trip seemed a good all round trip. If anyone is thinking of doing a trip
I would defiantly advise this one. The classic base camp trek is fairly busy,
so this was a nice alternative and you still do base camp. Base camp seems to
be the thing to do however I must say I found Gokyo much more stunning and
the views from the top of Gokyo RI breath taking.


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Everest and Gokyo Lakes

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Guide5.0
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Lodging5.0
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Meals5.0
A fantastic first experience of Nepal ... and hopefully not my last
The emotions that came out at Base Camp showed how much the trek meant to
some people and I'm happy to have shared that experience with them.


Shailesh was very informative about what each day would involve ensuring that
we were well prepared. He looked after the group well and was careful to
check for any health/altitude issues which was reassuring.


Eat plenty apple pie!! :-)


Getting off the main Everest Trail for a few days was lovely, much quieter
and a welcome escape into the beautiful goyko area. I would recommend this
route.


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Excellent trip of a life time

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Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
A trip of a life time! One I'll never forget. I am very pleased that I went
early in the year because it was as a lot quieter on the routes than I've
heard it can be in September/ October. The weather was very cold though, but
the mountains and scenery looked stunning in the snow.

A stunning part of the world.
Reaching Everest Basecamp was very special, and a life long dream. However
for me climbing to the summit of Kala Patther whilst the sun was coming up
over Everest was even more special.


Our group leader Tenzi and his team were incredible. They thought of our
every need before we did. Nothing was too much trouble for them. They did
everything with a smile and were very attentive to making sure we were all
ok. Incredible people - thank you!


Take lots of warm clothes if you are going early in the season. Also some
gaiters. A number of good base layers is handy. A portable battery charger is
really handy too. Favtor 50 sunscreen is a must!


An incredibly beautiful and challenging trip. I'd highly recommend it. I
loved the longer trip with the additional Gokyo Ri and Kala Patther summits.
Basecamp was great, but doing all 3 made it even more special.


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Worth the extra few days!

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Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
If you want to see Everest Base Camp and climb Kala Pattar but don't just
want to go up the valley and back down again, this is the trip to choose
assuming you can spare the extra few days. This longer circuit, taking in
both Gokyo Ri and one of the High Passes (Cho La), is well worth it: it's
quieter, has stunning views in its own right and will allow you more
acclimatisation time prior to the regular Everest bits. I can safely say it
was the most varied, wonderful and fulfilling 15 days' walking I've ever
done, and I'd recommend it to anyone with two feet and a head for heights.
Having a long-awaited glass of wine at the Everest View Hotel on a perfectly
clear morning (trek day 14) - that was pretty special. The views from Gokyo
Ri, Cho La, EBC and Kala Pattar were more staggering than I'd ever have
believed, and the routes in between these high places were beautiful as well.
But the biggest inspiration was seeing how the local Nepalese people have
bounced back from disaster and continue to make their way in the world.
Tourism is the lifeline of that region and it felt good to contribute to
their ongoing recovery.


I'd had a great leader on my previous Exodus trip (Hamid on the Peaks and
Valleys of the High Atlas) so I'd booked this specific trip because I'd heard
good things about Valerie Parkinson. I wasn't disappointed: she *is* Exodus
in Nepal and made a great trip into a glorious one. Everything went like
clockwork without any fuss or bother; she lives and breathes her job; and
she's happy to share her seemingly limitless knowledge. Full marks, and then
some!


In no particular order... There's a lot of climbing but the distances aren't
too far. I wasn't able to do much in the way of appropriate preparation
walking but I cycle regularly, and this helped build the thighs up for the
ascents - definitely worth considering if you can't get some prep walks in
before you go. I took a Steripen with me to save having to buy "mineral
water" which is effectively only UV-filtered anyway - this helps reduce
plastic bottle waste and also pays for itself over the course of this one
holiday. A water bladder for the backpack is better for ensuring you take on
enough liquid whilst walking, though a bottle is also vital in case the tube
freezes in the early mornings (happened to me once). I also invested in a
16,000 mA power pack from RavPower, which, although heavy, was enough to
recharge my Steripen 4 times, my camera 4 times, my phone once, plus someone
else's phone and camera, and still have 20% or so left over - much better
than trying to charge your devices at the lodges, trust me. There's plenty of
snacking material for purchase in lodges (bars, Pringles, chocolates and the
like) so there's no real need to bring stuff out with you unless you have
specific requirements/tastes - this also helps you keep below the 10+5kg
weight limit on the plane. I managed the whole trek without taking diamox
(though a couple of Ibuprofen were needed one night to suppress the altitude
headaches) or using trekking poles (that may just be a personal thing - most
people used them). Mobile and Internet access is available in most places but
is sketchy above Namche Bazaar so I didn't bother, and it was liberating.
Bring a pair of comfortable earplugs if you have difficulty sleeping - there
can be a lot of snoring at altitude and the lodge walls are mostly plywood so
don't exactly cut out the noise from neighbouring rooms. I managed with a
good 3-season sleeping bag since all lodges have blankets/quilts to provide
extra layers (travelling in March/April). There are more Western-style
toilets than you might have feared but you will need to use squat toilets
before the end of the trip, promise... And when you're back in Kathmandu make
sure you go to Fire & Ice for a pizza/dessert - what a treat!


This was my second Exodus trip and my second 5-star review. If I could have
given this 6 stars I would have because I enjoyed every minute - yes, even
the 04:30 wake-ups. This is a special trip in a special country, and if you
get the weather and a bit of luck like we did, you too could have a trip of a
lifetime to the roof of the world.


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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accomodations

15 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
Between 6 and 9 hours walking per day
Altitude maximum 5545m, average 4100m
Staff carry oxygen, PAC bag, first aid kit and CDMA phone on trek
Group normally 4 to 16 plus leader and local staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek). Min. age 18 yrs

Age Notes

Min. Age: 18

Additional Information:

  • 3 nights standard hotels and 15 nights teahouses
  • 15 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus tour leader and local staff. Min. age  18 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 5545m, average 4100m
  • Travel by private minibus and 2 domestic flights
  • Staff carry oxygen and a first aid kit on trek

Trip ID#:

exodus-TNE

Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available from GB£80 - Kathmandu only)
  • Visas and vaccinations

Meals Included:

Dinner: Breakfast is included throughout the trip. In the teahouses breakfast will comprise of a choice of bread (a slice of toast, chapatti or Tibetan bread), a choice of egg (boiled, fried or omelette), and a choice between either muesli or porridge each day. Hot tea/coffee will also be served. On specific days, there will not be a choice for breakfast and either a trekkers breakfast (egg, hash brown, baked beans and toast) or a pancake with jam/honey will be served - these options are not available in all teahouses and so we have only included them in locations where they can be guaranteed. Lunch will be taken at a teahouse en route - sometimes one of your guides will go ahead with the group's order to make it more expedient. Dinner will be in the same teahouse that you sleep at (this is custom in Nepal as teahouses base their room rate on it). Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat to pizza and apple pie. Dhal bhat is the staple diet in Nepal and comes in many different forms but generally comprises some curried lentil dhal and meat or vegetables, some rice, and a pickle/chutney. Another popular snack is momos; a type of Nepalese dumpling, fried or steamed, filled with meat or vegetables. Although meat is available in the teahouses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.   If you have a gluten free diet, then we strongly recommend you bring some extra food and snacks with you to supplement the food on trek as there will be little variety available for you, particularly for breakfast. Even many of the soups are powdered and contain gluten. Gluten free breakfast options will be limited to vegetable fried rice and a choice of egg, and on specific days only, a trekkers breakfast (without the toast / with an extra egg) will be served. Breakfast options for vegans will be limited to a choice of muesli/porridge with water each day, and on specific days only, a trekkers breakfast (without the egg), or vegetable fried rice will be served. If you are lactose intolerant as opposed to vegan then the same will apply although you will also have a choice of egg each day.  If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount. [1] *Drinking Water* Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day. We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal. The teahouses sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle. Alternatively, all teahouses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with you and use an effective form of water treatment. There are a wide range of products available these days which are more effective than the traditional purification tablets - we recommend talking to an outdoor retailer for the latest advice as technologies are improving all the time: make sure to check the product’s performance in cold/freezing conditions and consider battery life (lithium batteries are best in cold conditions). Handheld UV filters such as a ‘SteriPEN’ are very effective, can treat 1 litre of water in a couple of minutes and the water is ready immediately – look for lightweight lithium battery models and remember that you will need to bring a wide-mouthed bottle (e.g. Nalgene) for use with these devices. There are also an array of water filter and purifier bottles on the market, such as ‘The Grayl’ or ‘Water-to-Go’ but please note that these tend to have a small capacity and the filter systems will be less effective if they freeze. [1] https://www.exodus.co.uk///G:/Users/Bin/Zoe%20-%20Nepal/Vals%20Trip%20Notes/TNE_2020%20TNs%20done.docx#_msocom_1

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