Bird’s eye views, pristine emerald green lakes, Everest Base Camp & visit Gokyo, one of the highest villages in the world! 14 days of unforgettable beauty in one package.
Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Helicopter Trek offer a unique experience of the Sherpa culture and traditions, including visits to sacred Buddhist monasteries, Sagarmatha National Park in the Khumbu region. This trek is also referred to like the Cho La Pass trek – but without the helicopter of course! This is one of the longer treks in the region at 105 km, giving you sufficient time and places to lose yourself among some of the world’s highest peaks.
The journey begins with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Tenzing-Hillary Airport (2837m) – an exhilarating experience on its own as you maneuver between peaks to land. From Lukla, we hit the trail and take a 3-hour trek to Phakding. On the following day, we follow the trail to the famous town of Namche Bazaar (3440m), rich in culture and Buddhist tradition. This magnificent town is home to the Sherpa people, a rugged hardy people that make trekking in this region possible. Their ability to carry heavy loads at high elevations is unparalleled anywhere in the world.
We leave Namche Bazaar, and technology behind, and head on to Tengboche and visit the Tengboche Monastery (Dawa Choling Gompa) and a room dedicated to the 8th century Buddhist Guru Rinpoche – the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. At 3 pm each day it is prayer time (puja) a sight that will soothe your soul before heading to higher altitudes. The following day we trek to Pheriche and then on to Everest Base Camp (EBC). After EBC we follow the trail to Kala Patthar (known as Black Rock). On day 13 we climb Gokyo (5420m) and then head down and back to Kala Patthar (5643m) before taking the helicopter flight to Kathmandu.
This Everest Base camp (5364m) and Gokyo Heli Trek/Cho La Pass (5420m) is a demanding trek at these altitudes but the rewards are great. This trek offers you spectacular views of enormous snow-clad peaks, amazing valleys, living in Sherpa villages and a multitude of opportunities to click away with your camera. The remote Gokyo Valley, it's emerald green lakes and towering snow-covered peaks will leave your spellbound!
Alert: There will be a slight change in the itinerary, especially the days when you take the domestic flights. In April & May and October & November of 2019, the government shifted the operation base for flights to and from Lukla (This is the actual starting point of the trek) from Kathmandu to Manthali, a town 4 to 5 hours drive away from Kathmandu. As a result, anyone who signed up for any Everest trek or climb had to go to Manthali to catch their flight. They moved the base because of renovation and high air traffic for Kathmandu's airport which is also the only international airport in Nepal. This change in the airport will continue in 2020 as well. Though right now there have been direct flights, we expect from March the airport will be shifted.
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom - until Namche which is a thriving town seeing many more tourists and a greater range of accommodation. It should be noted that at higher elevations the quality of accommodation may not be as good, with more basic rooms with the bare necessities.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Khumbu region is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. Sherpas started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We do not have to use public transportation or local buses during the trek. Our only flights are from Kathmandu to Lukla and return.
EBC is a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You don’t need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus!. We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
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