is officially classified as a group “B” trekking peak by Nepal Mountaineering Association and this peak offers a challenging climb but attainable climbing objective and is an ideal mission for trainee mountaineers. The climber must be proficient in using climbing gears like ice axe and crampons etc.
The acclimatize trek is one that goes deep into the heart of the Himalaya. The mountain views are stunning and the simplicity, the hospitality, of the Sherpa community is heart warming. You will get to take in the awe-inspiring views of Mt.Everest, the tallest of them all, Mt.Lhotse, Mt.Nuptse, Mt.Amadablam, Mt.Thamserku and peaks like Loboche, Kasum-Kangru, and Kwangde. You will also be visiting Sherpa villages and monasteries to gain insight into their culture and lifestyle from up close.
This challenging Everest trek into the Solu-Khumbu region begins with a spectacular mountain flight to Lukla & continually trekking along the Dudh-Kosi ("MilkRiver"). After crossing the Namche Bazar ”Sherpa headquater/capital” we will continue on to Gokyo-Ri (5,360m), with its natural beauty of Himalayas & better introduction of local Sherpa cultures. We will climb Gokyo-Ri which offers views of the whole valley, right up to Mt Cho-Oyu. We sometimes see a family of Kongma (Himalaya Partridges) and picas (a bit like short eared rabbits) on our descent after sunrise. The Cho-La, approached from Dragnag below Gokyo is chance to walk on the glacier with relatively safe for a panoramic view of some of the world's highest mountains including Everest at 8,848m. Although the approaches either side are quite steep, the glacier itself is quite flat and almost crevasse free. It can usually be safety crossed without crampons and gives us access to the upper reaches of the Khumbu valley. Cho-La pass (5,330m) offer a real mountain experience. From Dzongla, we trek to Lobuche East base camp, which takes about 5 hours and spend the night at tent at base camp. Next day we climb to high camp (5,700m) and same day some time at 4am, we will start our summit push and reach on the summit before 10am and then descent to base camp and most probably, trek to Lobuche village for better food and accommodation. And we take our step back trek to Lukla within 3 days and fly to KTM.
Kathmandu Arrival (1300m), Transfer to hotel and briefing
After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will have to go through custom formalities. You will be greeted by our representative who will be anxiously waiting for you with a placard displaying your name in his hand. You will be transferred to the 3-Star category hotel in a private vehicle. Once you get refreshed, you will get briefing regarding the itinerary and you will also be introduced with your crewmembers and other trekkers who are going to join you on the trip. Enjoy welcome dinner in the evening where you can taste authentic Nepali dinner. Stay overnight in a hotel.
Kathmandu Sightseeing, Gears checking and fitting & necessary preparations
In the morning after breakfast, we will organize half day sightseeing tour during which you will be taken on memorable UNESCO Heritage Tour. Tour begins with visit to Nepal’s holiest Pashupatinath Temple Complex and takes us through Nepal’s largest Bouddhanath Stupa and 2500 years old Swoyambhunath Stupa. We will return to hotel in the afternoon and time for shopping of any missing items, packing and getting ready for the trip.
Kathmandu toLukla Flight (45min), Trek to Phakding (2,610m) 3-4hrs
We will drive to domestic terminal of Tribhuvan Airport early in the morning and catch a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. We will follow one of the most scenic air routes in the world with panoramic views of glistening mountains to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. Lukla allows access to Everest Khumbu region. We will assemble the crew and take breakfast before start of Lobuche East Climbing. Following the stone path through Ghat village, we will reach Phakding village. Visit local monastery. Stay overnight in Phakding.
Trek to Namche Bazar (3,340m) 5-6hrs
Leaving Phakding, we will walk along Dudhkoshi River and enter the dense pine forest. We will cross suspension bridges and walk through dispersed houses of Zapute, Benkar and Chumoa to reach Monjo. Monjo allows an entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We need to go through required national park formalities before we can enter the park. The park is rich in Himalayan herbs, plants, mammals and birds. We will descend to Hillary Bridge existing at the base of hill. After crossing the bridge, we will follow the escalating path towards Namche Bazaar. The path rewards us with views of Thamserku Mountain, Everest, Lhotse and other mountains and peaks. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day hikes to Everest view Hotel, Khumjung (3,800m) & Kunde Villages
Namche Bazaar acts as the major trade centre to conduct trade in between locals and neighbouring Tibetans. Namche is also popular as the capital of Sherpa land. It is wise to take rest at Namche on this day. For proper acclimatization with the changing altitude, we can arrange day hike to small Khumjung and Khunde villages. Visit the local monastery and observe the local lifestyle. Head office of National Park, Museum and monasteries are interesting places near Namche. We can also arrange for a short visit to Everest View Hotel which is one of the highest placed hotel in the world. The hotel offers close-up look of Mount Everest. We can get most of the modern facilities including hospital and post office at Namche. Stay overnight in Namche.
Trek to Phortse (3,680m)5hrs
Being properly acclimatized, we will follow the scenic path with close-up views of mountains at the backdrop to reach pretty village of Sanasa. We will enjoy the views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku and other peaks and mountains. Following the steep path, we will cross rhododendron forest to reach the view point of Mongla. After capturing the panoramic views of mountains from the view point, we will lower down to PhortseThanga. Stay overnight in Phortse.
Trek to Machermo (4,470m) 5hrs
The trail escalates uphill from PhortseThanga to Dole. Following the steep narrow trail upward, we will reach to the top of ridge. We will walk past Lhabarma (4220m) and reach Luza (4360m). Passing through scrub, we will climb along the side of valley to reach Machhermo (4410m). This area is known as the native land of mythical ape-man Yeti. Locals believe Yeti was seen for the first time in Machhermo in 1974. Few teahouses are available in Machhermo for accommodation. Stay overnight in Machhermo.
Acclimatization day in Machermo (4,470m)
This is a rest day. We will climb to the nearby ridge for the views of Cho Oyu, Kantega, Thamserku and other peaks and mountains. Visit Himalayan Rescue Association in the afternoon. Stay overnight in Machhermo. This is the last settlement that we will find before Gokyo.
Trek to Gokyo (4,790m) 4hrs
Leaving Machhermo, we will walk through DudhKoshi Valley to Gokyo village. The trail leads us to Pangka village (4480m) that greets us with spectacular views of Everest, Thamserku, Nuptse and other peaks and mountains. We will walk through Nepal’s largest Ngozumpa Glacier rejoicing the pleasant views of Kantega Peak and Cho Oyu (8153m). Making our way through moraine and rock, we will get first view of three Gokyo Lakes including Longponga Lake, TabocheTsho Lake and DudhPokhari La. We will descend to the Gokyo village for overnight stay.
Climb Gokyo-Ri (5,360m) to Thangnak (4,700m) 6-7hrs
Located at 5360m altitude, GokyoRi is one of the best view points in Everest which allows spectacular views of Everest and three other mountains that are over 8000m feet including Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu. Capture the amazing image of Gokyo Village at the edge of third lake and move further through Nepal’s largest Ngozumpa glacier to Dragnag/ Thaknak. Stay overnight at Dragnag.
Climb over Cho-La (5,330), Trek to Dzongla (4,830m) 7hrs
Cho La is one of the famous three high passes in Everest. Climbing Cho La pass is a challenging task where one needs to cross the steep and narrow slope. The difficulty is added by the steep glaciated path. Heading east, we will reach Phedi and walk along frozen lake to the top of the pass which is marked with cairns and prayer flags. We will enjoy the close-up views of Amadablam Mountain to the south and Cholatse peak to the west while we can also get soaring views of Lobuche East and Baruntse. Walking through crevasses, we will reach Dzongla village which greets us with views of Cholatse, Lobuche and other peaks and mountains. Stay overnight in Dzong La.
Trek to Lobuche (4,910m) 6hrs
From Dzongla, we will begin our trek towards Lobuche, its moderate day trek, the path is relatively easy for first couple of hours before it begins to escalate uphill through steep rocks. Walking through the Lobuche glacier, we will enjoy the spectacular views of Ama Dablam Mountain, Cholatse Peak, Pokalde Peak, Thamserku Peak, Kantega Peak and other surrounding peaks and mountains. Once we reach to the Lobuche, we will check in a teahouse and stay there for the night before heading to the Lobuche High Camp. The climbing guide will share Lobuche Peak Climbing technique while you will also be taught how to use climbing equipments like crampons, ascender and ice axe.
Climb to Lobuche Lower High camp (5,400m) 5-6hrs
We start from the Lobuche early morning to the High Camp, once we reach at Base Camp of Lobuche Peak and follow the levelled path for brief period before the trail begins to contour up through steep boulders. Walking along the Lobuche glacier, we will enjoy the spectacular views of Amadablam Mountain, Cholatse Peak, Pokalde Peak, Thamserku Mountain, Kantega Peak and other peaks and mountains. The journey continues through moraine to High Camp. We need to walk through ice section and crevasses. So, we may need to use fixed rope as well as man rope. Stay overnight at Lobuche Lower High Camp.
Lobuche Summit, Return to High Camp (5400m) 8-10hrs
This is the day that all of us had been waiting for. We will wake up much early at around 1am and prepare for climbing Lobuche. This is because our aim is to reach to the summit before noon. So, after taking light breakfast, we will follow the south East Ridge to reach the summit. We will proceed through snow and ice with help of fixedrope that will be placed earlier by our Sherpas. After taking gradual climb of plateau at around of 6000m, we will walk through the exposed ridge summit slopes from where we will reach to the summit. Views from Lobuche East Summit include Khumbu Valley, Mount Everest, Lhotse Mountain, Nuptse Mountain, Ama Dablam Mountain, Cholatse Peak, Pumori Mountain, Cho Oyu Mountain and other peaks and many more. The day, climb up to the summit and down to High Camp will be the hardest and physically tough, about 10 hours over 5,500m altitude therefore you need to be physically super fit and mentally well prepared. Spending some time on the summit, we will take pictures and then lower down to High Camp before for the overnight stay.
Spare day for summit attempt
Including a reserve day in our itinerary makes sure that our trip goes according to plan even if we get delayed by unforeseen circumstances like bad weather and other factors.
Lobuche to Pangboche (3,930m)7hrs
From Lobuche, we will lower down to Pheriche where we will take lunch and then follow the descendingtrail to small Pangbochevillage. Pangbochehas the largest Sherpa settlement in the region. We may also visit ancient Pangboche Monastery located at the top of nearby hill. Stay overnight in Pangboche.
Pangboche to Namche (3,440m) 4-5hrs
This is going to be an easy day to trek. We will descend to the valley and walk along river before continuing our walk through subtropical forest to Tyangboche Hill. From Tyangboche, we will lower down to river valley and follow the river before taking climb uphill towardsKyanjuma. Brief walk from Kyanjuma will take us to Namche where we will stay overnight.
Namche to Lukla (2,700m) 6hrs
From Namche, we will lower down to rhododendron forest and walk along Dudhkoshi River to Phakding. Walking past the walled road of Ghat, we will reach Lukla. Stay overnight in Lukla.
Fly back to KTM 45min
We will catch an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. This is rest day. Spend the day as you like. You can go for shopping in Thamel where you can buy souvenir items. We can also arrange for guided sightseeing tour. Alternatively, you can arrange your photo albums and jot down memories in your journal. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.
Extra day in KTM, shopping or reserve day for Lukla - KTM flight
Due to the climate condition, delay of flight in Lukla is a common experience. Also, we might lag behind schedule due to unforeseen circumstances. Under such condition, we will catch flight from Lukla to Kathmandu on this day. Returning to Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. Spend the day as you like. Farewell dinner will be served in the evening.
Departure, Int’l flight to home
You will be transferred to the Airport three hours before your scheduled flight. Safe journey. We hope to see you soon.