Gokyo & Everest Himalayas Trekking

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Nowhere else are the mountains higher and more impressive than in the area of the Sherpa in the Sagarmatha National Park, which has been declared a world heritage site by the Unesco. Our route takes us through the Gokyo valley in the Khumbu region and is a scenic enjoyment. The lookout mountains Gokyo Ri, Kala Pattar and the Cho La pass offer an unparalleled panorama. The majestic eight-thousanders Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu are surrounded by numerous six- and seven- thousanders. We fly from Kathmandu to Lukla into the heart of the Everest region and are warmly welcomed to the highest mountains of our planet by the Sherpa. Impressive trekking on a little travelled route, passing Buddhist monasteries and climbing up to the world’s highest mountains. This trekking is lead by a Swiss mountain guide and can be combined with a climb of the 6,189 m high Island Peak.

Itinerary

Day 1: Flight to Kathmandu
Charter flight with Qatar or Thai Airways from Zurich is available if desired.

Day 2: Arrival in Kathmandu
Following the immigration formalities, the local travel guide welcomes us and arranges the transfer through the buzzing city to the hotel. In the evening, we have the opportunity of going on a small tour of Kathmandu.

Day 3: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakdingma, 2,600 m
In the morning, we fly to Lukla in the Khumbu region. The head Sherpa welcomes us on the small airfield. The team of porters takes our luggage, we hike leisurely to the village of Phakdingma, which we reach in two or three hours. Soon, we spot our first yaks. Accommodation in a lodge.

Day 4: Phakdingma, 2,600 m – Namche Bazar, 3,500 m
In the early morning, we leave the lodge and arrive at the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park after approx. 2 hours. After hiking for another hour, we cross the Milk-Koshi River (Dudh Koshi) – via an impressive suspension bridge! Next, we start our climb to the village of Namche Bazar. We manage the altitude difference of 600 m in approx. 4 hours. Accommodation in a lodge.

Day 5: Namche Bazar, 3,500 m
Today is an acclimatisation day. We go for small hikes to get used to the altitude. A steep trail leads us via Shyangboche to Kumjung. Here, Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb Mount Everest, founded a school. We visit the Buddhist monastery in Kumjung at an altitude of 3,800 m. In the afternoon, we visit the market in Namche Bazar. The lively barter trade in nearby Tibet is an important source of income for the lamaistic Sherpa. Accommodation in a lodge.

Day 6: Namche Bazar, 3,500 m – Dole, 4,040 m
Perhaps we are lucky today and can spot a few wild animals, for example the beautiful Himalayan pheasant or goats and long-haired chamois having exotic names like Goral and Tahr. The ice giants now tower impressively in front of us, the view of Ama Dablam, 6,856 m, is breath-taking. We hike through the little known Gokyo valley, reaching Dole at an altitude of 4,040 m after 5 to 6 hours. Accommodation in a lodge.

Day 7: Dole, 4,040 m – Machermo, 4,450 m
Today, we leisurely ascend to the Sherpa village of Machermo. The trail takes us through the ice flanks of Arakamtse at 6,500 m high and 6000 m high Machermo Peak. And everything is dwarfed by the enormous 8,153 m high Cho Oyu. Our hike lasts approx. 3 hours. Accommodation in a lodge.

Day 8: Day of rest in Machermo, 4,450 m
In the heart of this beautiful world of the gigantic Himalayan mountains, we enjoy a day of rest today. We acclimatise to the altitude. Accommodation in a lodge.

Day 9: Machermo, 4,450 m – Gokyo, 4,750 m
Initially, the trail ascends steeply. The panorama with the Cho Oyu massif is fantastic! We reach the moraine of the Ngozump glacier, and in the almost flat valley, the trail then takes us past three beautiful lakes. We reach Gokyo after 4 hours. Accommodation in a lodge.

Day 10: Gokyo-Ri, 5,357 m – Dragnak, 4,600 m
Those who feel like it climb the house mountain of Gokyo, the Gokyo Ri, today. The climb is easy and we reach the summit, at an altitude of 5,357 m, after only 2½ hours. An unrivalled panorama unfolds before our eyes – with the famous eight-thousanders Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang! We cross the glacier in the afternoon. After a 2-hour hike, we reach Dragnak at 4,600 m. Accommodation in a lodge.

Day 11: Dragnak, 4,600 m – Cho La Pass, 5,420 m – Dzongla, 4,700 m
Today will be the most strenuous day of our trekking. The trail leads across the 5,420 m high Cho La Pass – the view of the Everest massif is overwhelming! The descent takes us to Dzongla, a village surrounded by yak pastures. We hike for approx. 8 hours today. Accommodation in a lodge.

Day 12: Dzongla, 4,700 m – Gorak Shep 5,140 m
Trekking along a mountain trail, we reach the valley of the Khumbu glacier – where we meet Everest expeditions. We wish them all of the best! After only 3 hours, we arrive at Lobuje at an altitude of 4,910 m. Next, we cross a large moraine and climb up to Gorak Shep, from where we can already see the Everest base camp and Kala Pattar. Impressive sunset at the Everest, the Western side looks bright red. Accommodation in a lodge.

Day 13: Gorak Shep 5,140 m – Kala Pattar, 5,545 m – Dingboche, 4,400 m
A highlight of our Gokyo Everest trekking! Crossing a moraine, we climb to the peak of the 5,545 m high Kala Pattar. Mount Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse tower in front of us, with the 7,000 m high Pumori behind us.
Gigantic Himalayan panorama! The descent takes us down to Dingboche. Today, we trek for approx. 7 to 8 hours. Accommodation in a lodge.

Day 14: Dingboche, 4,400 m – Chukhung, 4,700 m
We spend the entire morning on the terrace of the tea house. We enjoy breakfast – and the unrivalled view of the Ama Dablam. After lunch, we hike across yak pastures leisurely ascending to Chukhung. Accommodation in a lodge.

Day 15: Chukhung, 4,700 m – Island Peak Base Camp, 5,100 m – Chukhung, 4,700 m
Impressive high mountain section, crossing moraines past the seven- and eight-thousanders of the Himalaya. The 8,393 m high Lhotse Shar is in front of us! After 3 hours, we reachthe Base Camp of Aktivferien. Our base camp is fully equipped and available throughout the season. This permits us to combine our Gokyo Everest trekking with the climb of the Island Peak (for mountain climbers). Our cooks prepare a delicious lunch – at an altitude of 5,100 m! In the afternoon, the group splits. The trekking group descends to Chukhung. The mountain climbers prepare themselves for the night climb of the Island Peak.

Day 16: Island Peak, 6,189 m – Dingboche, 4,400 m
Today, the climbers depart at 1:30 am! We climb through rubble up to an altitude of 5,800 m. After that, we rope up and start our climb of the glacier. During the last ascent, our climbing Sherpa installed fixed ropes. Climbing over an airy, magnificent ridge, we reach the 6,189 m high summit of the Island Peak around 8 am. The panorama is incredible! A sea of six- and seven-thousanders! Behind us is the 8,393 m high Lhotse Shar, the Makalu with a height of 8,463 m in the East, and in the West the 8,201 m high Cho Oyu. After that, we start the long descent down to Dingboche. The trekking group had the opportunity of climbing the lookout mountain of Chukhung, the Chukhung-Ri, at an altitude of 5,550 m. This group also descends to Dingboche. Accommodation in a lodge.

Day 17: Dingboche, 4,400 m – Tengboche – Namche Bazar, 3,500 m
We leave Dingboche, descending below the tree line, and crossing a beautiful mixed forest, we hike to the monastery of Gompa (Tengboche); this is one of the most impressive and largest monasteries in the Khumbu region. A bit wistfully, we leave the world of the eight-thousanders which had fascinated us during the past few days. Hiking through a rhododendron forest, we reach Namche Bazar after 6 to 7 hours. Accommodation in a lodge.

Day 18: Namche Bazar, 3,500 m (reserve day)
We recuperate in Namche Bazar; this day of rest might already be taken during the trekking, because of weather conditions or state of the group.

Day 19: Namche Bazar, 3,500 m – Lukla, 2,850 m
After a refreshing night of sleep in the beautiful lodge, we leave the commercial centre of Namche Bazar and descend to the fertile Lukla. We hike for 6 hours today. Accommodation in a lodge.

Day 20: Lukla – Kathmandu
We leave the trekking area and fly back to Kathmandu; civilisation has us back. We have time to visit the historic town. Accommodation in the hotel.

Day 21: Kathmandu
We spend the day at leisure, strolling through the narrow alleys of Kathmandu and doing our last souvenir shopping. We end our tour with a final dinner together with our Sherpa guides. Accommodation in the hotel.

Day 22: Kathmandu – Fly Home
Transfer to the airport and return flight back home.

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