Everest Khumbu Explore
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Duration: 19 Days
Group size: 2-16 pax
Starting Point: Kathmandu
End Point: Kathmandu
Departure : Upon request
Mode of Travel : Fly in/Out/drive
Max. Altitude : 5535M
Everest Khumbu Explore (3 High Passes)
Everest Khumbu Explore presents itself with the opportunity to explore the much popular Khumbu region of the Everest region. Moreover, the Everest Khumbhu Explore also encompasses three popular passes of the region—most notably the Renjo-La Pass, Cho-La Pass and the Kongma-La Pass. As much popular for the world’s tallest peak Mount Everest, the three high passes in the Khumbhu region are also equally popular among the tourists and the trekkers. Everest Khumbhu Explore is quite exciting and adventurous as the trail takes us to three important passes of the Everest Region—Renjo-La, Cho-La Pass and Kongma-La Pass. It takes us through the less travelled terrain of the Everest region. Everest Khumbhu Explore is one of the popular trekking destinations among the tourists as they seek the opportunity to go through the most famous passes in Nepal and of course the Khumbu or the Everest region.
Exploring three high passes of the Khumbhu region is a relatively long trek as compared to other treks like the Everest Base Camp Trek or the Gokyo Lake Trek. The itinerary has been designed especially for those who have enough time for a longer trek and who want to explore most of the Khumbu region regardless of the duration. Everest Khumbhu Explore certainly provides them with such opportunity as the trekkers also need to have endurance and enough stamina to last close to three weeks of the travel itinerary.
Besides the three high passes, we also come across the Gokyo valley, Gokyo Ri or peak and Gokyo lake, which are equally spectacular and popular. The good aspect of going through Gokyo Valley is that it provides a wonderful chance to savor the natural beauty of the mountains. The magnificent views of Mount Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse—all above 8000 meters of altitude—are possible from Gokyo.
Renjo-La, Cho-La and Kongma-La Pass Trek offer great panoramic views of the mountains while it also provides unmatched adventure and thrill for the trekkers. The opportunity to mingle with the Sherpas and know about their culture, lifestyle is another exciting prospect for the trekkers. As is the case with the other trekking routes of the Everest region, Everest Khumbhu Explore too starts off with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport. The adventurous and thrilling mountain flight to Lukla sets the tone for the adventure that will unfold for the rest of three weeks.
Day 01:Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu (welcome dinner)
Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trek until Phakding (2610m)
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6 hrs
Day 04: Rest day in Namche for acclimatization
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3867m)
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4560m)
Day 07: Trek to Chukung (4730m)
Day 08: Trek to Kongma-La Pass (5535m)
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4940m)
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5360m) and back to Gorak Shep
Day 11: Trek to Kala Patthar and down to Dzongla (4860m)
Day 12: Trek to Cho-La Pass (5380m) trek to Thangnak (4680m)
Day 13: Trek to Gokyo and to Gokyo-Ri (5300m)
Day 14: Trek to Renjo-La Pass (5340m) and to Lunde (4300m)
Day 15: Trek to Thame (3800m)
Day 16: Trek to Namche (3440m)
Day 17: Trek to Lukla
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 19: Departure to TIA, “Farewell!"
(The above itinerary is open to any sort of modification as per your desires)
Day 01:Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
Great Nepal Representative welcomes you at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) and you will be transfer to the Hotel. Great Nepal Representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary upon Airport arrival. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 02:Fly to Lukla and trek until Phakding (2610m)
On the second morning, you will board a flight to the Lukla Airport, also commonly known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. It is a wonderful mountain flight and the flight itself can be no less than an adventure as the airport is enlisted as the most dangerous airport in the world, given the location, altitude and topography. In less than 30 minutes, you will reach Lukla while enjoying the breathtaking views of the mountains during the flight. After landing at Lukla, you will take light breakfast and embark on the trek. In around 3 hours, you will reach Phakding village where you will be staying overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 03:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6 hrs
On the third morning, our trek will follow the trail along the Dudh Kosi River while ascending through Himalayan Pine and Deodar Cedar forests to the ultimate destination, that of popular village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche has remained a historic trading point for Nepalese and Tibetan traders who exchange salt, dried meat and other consumable and textile items. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche.
Day 04: Rest day in Namche for acclimatization
The fourth day of the trek will be spent in Namche itself for acclimatization purpose. As the altitude will now increase significantly, a day for acclimatization is paramount and strictly advisable for prospective trekkers. One can spend the day in Lukla visiting the local Bazaar of Namche or visiting the nearby Sherpa villages. If you are not much tired and are ready for a few hours of trek, then you can go to Everest Hotel for great panoramic views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse and others. Located at an altitude of 3900m, Everest Hotel is the hotel that is situated at the highest altitude in the world. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3867m) 5hrs
After a day of acclimatization in Namche, your trek climb further uphill. The trek now gets difficult with increasing altitude and the trekkers are advised to go about the trek in a slow and mild manner. Plenty of hotels are found along the way and the tourists will have the opportunity to take a short break if they want. After almost five hours of trek you reach Tengboche. It is a village in the Khumbu region of Everest and is located at 3,867 metres. Tengboche is mostly popular for the auspicious Buddhist monastery, Tengboche Monastery, which happens to be the largest gompa in the entire Khumbu region. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4530m) 6hrs
After having tea on the sixth day morning, you will resume your journey towards Dingboche. Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse and other Himalayas will play hide and seek as you climb along the trail. At some point the mountains seems quite close, while at some other points they will appear farther away. Finally, after more than six hours of trek, we reach Dingboche, a small village in the Khumbu region that falls in Chukhung Valley. Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers who are headed to the Everest or who are returning from Everest. As there are plenty of hotels and guesthouses, the entire village rests heavily on tourism. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 07: Trek to Chukung (4730m) 4 hrs
It is a short trek on day seven as you take morning breakfast at Dingboche and start your journey towards Chukung, situated at an altitude of 4730 meters. Chukung is a small village located on the Khumbhu region. It is normally considered as a resting destination on the Everest high pass trekking before one starts journey to the fascinating passes of the Khumbhu region. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 08: Trek to Kongma-La Pass (5535m) 6hrs
The destination for day eight is Kongma-La Pass, which happens to be one of the most popular passes in the Everest region. Trekking until Kongma-La Pass can be quite difficult as the trail is steep and uphill. Kongma-La Pass allows magnificent views of the mountains in the Khumbhu region including the Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and others. Overnight stay at a camp as there are no guesthouses in Kongma-La Pass.
Day 09:Trek to Lobuche (4910m) 4 hrs
You will be crossing Kongma-La Pass on the ninth day and head to Lobuche, another wonderful village in the Everest region. The trek takes around 4-5 hours depending ofcourse on the trekkers. After reaching Lobuche, you will be resting for a while and interact with the local villagers and stay overnight there in a guesthouse.
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5360m) and back to Gorak Shep 5hrs
You will reach the culmination of the trek on the tenth day when you trek to Everest Base Camp from Lobuche. Undoubtedly, Everest Base Camp is the best place to view the entire phase of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks from close distance. Everest Base Camp is also the starting point for all those mountaineers who aim to scale the world’s tallest peak. After spending some time in EBC, you head to Gorak Shep. A couple of hours hike will bring you to Gorak Shep. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Gorak Shep.
Day 11: Trek to Kala Patthar and down to Dzongla (4860m) 6hrs
Kala Patthar is quite near from Everest Base Camp and you will be heading towards popular Kala Patthar on day eleven. View of Mount Everest along with Mount Lhotse and Mount Nuptse is even more clear and incredible from Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar also got recognised when the Nepali Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal sometime in 2009 held a cabinet meeting in Kala Patthar to attract global attention of the world towards the climate change and its affect on the Himalayas. From Kala Patthar you will climb down till Dzongla. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 12: Trek to Cho-La Pass (5380m) trek to Thangnak (4680m) 5 hrs
Upon having a quick breakfast, you will start your trek to Cho-La Pass early in the morning as it is very important to reach the Pass before 10 AM in the morning as the weather quickly deteriorates in the afternoon. Deteriorating weather could prove detrimental to your trek and hence you make sure you reach the Pass before 10 AM in the morning. Upon reaching popular Cho-La Pass, you can observe mountain views from there and climb downhill. When you reach Thangnak on day 12, where you will be staying in a guesthouse for the night.
Day 13: Trek to Gokyo and to Gokyo-Ri (5300m) 6hrs
From Thangnak, you trek for about 4 hours uphill and reach Gokyo Valley. You come across several glacier lakes on your way before reaching the amazing Gokyo Valley. Gokyo is a sparsely populated settlement area in the Khumbu region, predominantly inhabited by the Sherpas. Gokyo Lake is also quite prominent and popular in the region. If you have enough energy left in you, then you can also climb until the mountain peak of Gokyo called the Gokyo-Ri which offers some great views of the Mount Everest and other mountain peaks. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 14: Trek to Renjo-La Pass (5340m) and to Lunde (4300m) 6hrs
The next day, you will attempt to cross one more pass, this time the Renjo-La Pass, the last Pass of the trekking itinerary. This day too you start our trek early in the morning after having some breakfast. Like the Cho-La Pass, Renjo-La Pass, too, is beautiful and offers some great views of the mountains. After you reach the pass in the afternoon and after spending some time there, you will come across the Renjo-Las Pass. Your destination for the day is Lunde as you make our descent from Renjo-La Pass. Lunde is a beautiful small village in Khumbu. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 15: Trek to Thame (3800m) 5 hrs
Upon taking breakfast in the morning, your trek down to Thame with further mild trekking down the slope. You might as well meet Tibetan traders on your way. Thame is also known for the Buddhist monastery it has, also called as Thame Gompa. Many Sherpas from the Khumbu region visit this monastery for religious purpose. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 16: Trek to Namche 4 hrs
Journery back to Namche is quite easy and comfortable as it traverses through several Sherpa settlement areas and villages. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche Bazzar.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla 7 hrs
The trek continues further downhill as you reach Lukla after almost seven hours of trek. You will be staying in Lukla for the rest of the day and prepare yourself to board a flight back to Kathmandu the next day.
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu
On the penultimate day of the tour package, you will board a flight back to Kathmandu while enjoining the 30-minutes of exhilarating mountain flight. The rest of the time in Kathmandu, you will be shopping and buying souvenirs to your loved ones. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 19: Departure to TIA, “Farewell!"
The cozy morning will sadly wake up you. Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Our representative will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way to home, you have plenty of time to plan for your next adventure tour in the wonderful Himalayan country. There will be a heart touching relationship between you and our company during this journey. We will be missing you and praying for your safe departure to home.
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- All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with ( A/C or non A/C Vehicles) as per itinerary.
- Assistance at the International airport by Great Nepal's representative while arriving and departing.
- 2 Nights accommodations hotels in Kathmandu on B/B plan basis with twin sharing.
- Local English-speaking Tour Guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu (if any).
- Necessary staffs including experienced guides and porters during the trekking.
- All trekking and camping equipments like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, etc.
- 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) along with available accommodation at Hotel/ Lodge/ Guest Houses or tents for members and staffs during trek and climbing in twin sharing basis.
- Per person 20kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak and 20kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mountain.
- Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee)and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).
- Nepalese Government Royalty;
- One Experienced, Trained, Government Licensed, Guide (Sherpa) per client.
- All wages, equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs in trekking and expedition.
- First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
- Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication also available for members
- Appropriate food for high altitude and all trekking crew at base camp and above as required.
- Required fixed and dynamic rope during trekking period.
- Emergency Oxygen mask and regulator provided on requirement of guest with appropriate charge
- We provide Sherpa's tents, food for climbing, and insurance
- High altitude food for member and sherpa including drinks and cooking crew
- Free assistance service for Cargo clearance and Duties.
- Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
- Complete per-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
- Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure
- Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner)
- Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars or any other food consumed beyond the prescribed breakfast, lunch and dinner, etc.
- Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips.
- Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkies-talkies or satellite phone And Internet expenses
- Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Camera/Video Fees or Trekking Gears
- Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc that is beyond our control.
- Transportation is not on disposal basis. It is strictly as per the itinerary. Any extra distance traveled will be charged extra.
- Any additional staff other than specified.
- Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
- Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
- Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
- Wallie-talkies & Filming permit (if special camera).
- Personal climbing gears;
- Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
- Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
- Any other item not included in cost includes section
- Airfare of international flights.
- Nepal entry visa fee
- Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary
A Typical Day On The Trail...
At dawn, Sherpa wakes us up and offers a cup of warm tea with a smile. After freshening and finishing up our tea, we will have healthy breakfast before setting off. At the right moment, we pack our bags and assemble in the dining hall before setting off on the day's trek. After approximately 2-3 hours of trekking we take a break for lunch somewhere in the trail. After a relaxing lunch, we typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more sometimes on the trail before reaching our stopping point. Throughout the day, we will take frequent rest beaks and take time to admire the fascinating mountains views. We further take plenty of pictures of ourselves with incredibly panoramic mountains, rivers, landscapes, prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, and monasteries. Once we arrive at our tea house, we take a brief rest, shower, and have a light snack with tea or coffee. If we are so inclined, we may take a short walk through the village and surrounding neighborhoods. After checking into our room we have time to read or chat with fellow trekkers or with our crew members. Following a warm dinner in a cozy dining hall our trek leader briefs us on the next day's itinerary. We giver breakfast order which allows our guide to have everything ready for us for the next morning. Extra time can be spent on reading, enjoying some drinks or playing cards. Our crew members love to teach various Nepali card games as well as learning new Western games. Finally, it is off to bed for a well earned night's rest before starting all over again the next day.
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