Everest Chikhung Ri

Duration
17 Days
Grade
Moderate (3)
Altitude
5550m / 18208ft
Service Level
Standard
Rating

Overview

Everest Base Camp Trek is an incredible experience introducing you to an amazing view of the highest mountains in the Himalaya. It starts in Lukla and follows the Dudh Kosi valley which climbs up to the Sherpa village of Namche, a bustling bazaar not only for trekkers. All along the trail, villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of rhododendron, magnolia and giant firs etc. In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it the kind of walk you will remember for a long, long time. From Namche, we trek along a high traversing path where we have our first good view of Everest and then head towards Tangboche Monastery. The early morning view is absolutely mesmerizing and stunning and is rightly deemed to be one of the most magnificent in the world. We then descend to the Imja Khola and continue to the villages of Pangboche and Pheriche before finally approaching the Khumbu Glacier. We then follow the glacier, first to Lobuche, a vantage point for some views of the Ama Dablam and then hike to Gorak She. We ascend Kala Pattar from where we can get some awesome views of the Himalayan giants. We then trek down to Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu icefall before finally making our way back down to Lukla.

Trip Itinerary

01 Day Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m) and transfer to your hotel.

After arrival at Kathmandu International Airport an ‘Region Treks’s representative will take you to your hotel in town. You will be briefed about your trek and there will be time to walk around in the vicinity of the hotel. Evening meal. There will also be a chat regarding accommodation and meals during the trip.

02 Day Sightseeing in and around Kathmandu.

After breakfast we offer a guide for a tour of the Kathmandu valley with visits to the Pashupatinath Temples, Durbar Square and the Boudhanath Stupa. If preferred you can have a free day.

03 Day Flight to Lukla (2850m) & walk to Chaurikharka (2650m); approx. 1-2 hours.

After breakfast transfer to Kathmandu Airport for the half hour flight to Lukla: one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in the dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by giant peaks. After a brief rest we start the walk through Lukla with its many shops to the nearby village of Chaurikharka visiting a school and monastery on the way. Meeting staff and porters, evening meal and overnight stay in Buddha Lodge.

04 Day Trek from Chaurikharka to Monjo (2860m), approx. 5-6 hours.

After early breakfast we trek along the undulating trail up the marvelous Dudh Kosi valley with a break in Phakding. Onwards mainly uphill through various small settlements, across bridges and past tea houses to Monjo.

05 Day Monjo to Namche Bazar (3460m); approx. 4 hours.

Soon after breakfast we enter the Everest National Park (access formalities will be completed by your guide). The trail follows the Dudh Kosi crossing it several times to the Hillary Bridge festooned in prayer flags. There the steep and relentless climb to Namche begins; usually a rest is taken at the spot where Everest can be seen for the first time. Namche Bazar with its many shops, tea houses and hostels is the true heart of the Khumbu district.

06 Day Acclimatisation Day in Namche Bazar.

You have a choice to rest, stroll through the village or take part in an easy walk to Chor Camp and its museum with views to Everest and many other remarkable peaks.

07 Day Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche 4410m/5-6 hours,

In the morning, we start our trek like as before days and the trail continues to straight until reaching Kyanjuma village and takes about 1 & half hour walk and then the trail climbs down to the Dudh Kosi River and cross by suspension bridge. We can see a series of picturesque water driven prayer wheel. Then we will have lunch in Phungi Thangna. The steep ascent brings us to Tengboche village. We can visit ancient Buddhist Monastery in evening time to take a meditation with many monks and nuns. The views of the mountains are spectacular in the morning and evening. Overnight at Lodge.

08 Day Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche 4410m/5-6 hours,

Today, our trail continues through the Rhododendrons forests until reaching the suspension bridge near the Pangboche village which takes about 2 hours. Then we cross the bridge and we climb up gently steep trail until reaching the Pangboche village. The trail continues a little steeper up till to reach Pangboche monastery. We can visit the monastery and continue our trek till Somare village, which will take about 1 hour. We will have lunch break there. After lunch the trail continues in the isolated pastures and fields till Orsho, left trail goes to Pheriche and right trail continues to Dingboche. Then we continue our trek to following the upstream of Imja Khola. Finally we arrive in Dingboche which takes about 2 hours. Now we have a good view of Amadablam, Island Peak, Lhotse, Tawache, Tsolache, Lobuche and other peaks. Overnight in Lodge.

09 Day Acclimatization day, Hike to Chhukung-Ri 5550m (7 hours side trip)

Today we have a day off to acclimatize. So, our trail continues in the Yak grazing land until reaching Chhukung village, which takes about 2 hours. Then we continue our steep ascent trail till Chhukung-Ri, which takes about 2 and half hour. Now we have a close view of Lhotse, Makalu, Island peak and Baruntse himal as well. Then you descend till Chhukung and will have lunch break. It takes about 1 hour. After lunch we come back same way until reaching Dingboche village. Overnight at Lodge.

10 Day Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche 4910m/5-6 hours,

In the morning, after breakfast, the short climb brings us to the ridge above Dingboche and past the small Chhorten and descends to the broad terrace above the Khumbu Khola valley. We continue our trail passing the terrace until reaching Thukla which takes about 2 and half hour. We can see a short glimpse of the majestic peak of Pumori, Nuptse, Lobuche, Cholatse, Tawache, Amadablam and other small peaks. We will have lunch break there before climb the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier. After lunch, the trail steeply ascends until reaching at the top of the ridge, is an array of cairn memorials and large heaps of stones with prayer flags, remembering mountaineers who perished on missions to climb Everest. We have a dramatic mountain views like Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbutse, Lingtren, Lobuche, Tawache and Amadablam etc. then your trail continues until reaching Lobuche ,which takes about 2 and half hour. In the evening time we go to look Khumbu Glacier. Overnight at Lodge.

11 Day Trek from Lobuche to Gorak-Shep 5140m/3 hours and hike to Everest Base Camp 5364m.

In the morning after breakfast, we continue our trek in the left bank of Khumbu glacier and steep climb up till Changri glacier, and then short descend to reach Gorak shep. It takes about 2 and half hour. We will have lunch break there. After lunch, we can enjoy great view of Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, Nuptse. Today’s journey after lunch is a round trip to Mount Everest Base Camp. First we pass by the glacier lake. Then, we go through the side of moraine and go down to the central part of Khumbhu glacier. We follow the small ups and downs through the glacier until reaching Everest Base Camp which looks desolate surrounding ice, snow and rock faces. We can see from here South Col and the icefalls of the Western Cwn as well as Pumori. Then, we return back to our Lodge which takes about 6 hours for round trip. Overnight in Lodge.

12 Day Hike to Kala Pathar and trek from Gorak-Shep to Pheriche 4240m (5/6 hours)

Early in the morning, we will hike to Kala Pathar 5550m. The trail steeply ascends until reaching Kala Pathar viewpoint which takes about 2 hours. Kala Pathar means Black rocks. Now we have an excellent view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Khumbutse, Pumori, Lingtren, Changtse (Chinese mountain), Amadablam, Thamserku, Lobuche peak and other peaks all around. There is also unobstructed view of sunrise and sunset. Then we climb down till our hotel and it takes about 1 hour. We will have our breakfast. After breakfast we continue our trek passing the Changri glacier until reaching Lobuche which takes about 2 hour. Then we continue again until reaching Thukla which takes about 1 hour. We will have lunch there. After lunch, the trail continues gently descent till reaching Pheriche. It takes about 2 hour. Overnight in Lodge.

13 Day Trek from Pheriche to Phortse 3810m/5-6 hours,

This day after breakfast, Firstly our trail continues passing the pastures land and cross a small stream, then gradually descends to Pangboche Village. We make lunch break there. For the bit of variety on the way downhill to Namche, consider taking a detour through Phortse, a sprawling Sherpa village on a flat-topped ridge overlooking the confluence of Imja Khola and Dudh Koshi. To reach Phortse, climb to upper Pangboche, then head south out of the village along the high trail. This is a leisurely trek through a rocky landscape dotted with scrub junipers, offering eagle-eye views over the Imja Khola valley towards Tengboche Monastery. The trail skirts around the ridge and eventually drops down to Phortse. At the top of the village, Phorrtse Gompa was built in 1996 using traditional techniques and materials. Overnight in Lodge.

14 Day Trek from Phortse to Namche Bazzar 3440m/4-5 hours

In the morning after breakfast, we leave the village and descend a shady trail through the forest to the bridge at Phortse Thenga and rejoins the original route from Namche to Gokyo Lake. Then the trail climbs up steeply on the switchbacks through pine forests for 1 and half hour to the ridge of Mong-La. We stop for lunch break here. After lunch, trail drops downhill to the village name is called Kyangjuma. Now we walk the level trail the mountain flank until reaching the large settlement of Namche Bazzar, which takes about 2 hours. Overnight in Lodge.

15 Day Namche Bazar to Lukla (2860m),approx. 6-7 hours.

Initially steeply down - a last view to Everest – and across the Hillary Bridge to gentler downhill trekking all the way to Lukla with some uphill stretches. It may be possible to stay overnight in ‘Buddha Lodge’. It is customary to tip porters & guides.

16 Day Flight Lukla to Kathmandu.

After breakfast to Lukla Airport for the flight back and transfer to accommodation in town. The rest of the day is free: you either take a break or enjoy the town with its many shops and sights. In the evening we celebrate our successful trek with a farewell dinner.

17 Day Final Departure to your port of Destination

After breakfast we will take you to Kathmandu International Airport about three hours before your scheduled return flight.

Included in Our Price

  • Airport pickups and drop and from and to the airport by private or tourist vehicle according to program deal.
  • 2 or 4 Nights accommodation with breakfast at a 2 - 3 -5 star hotel in Kathmandu according to program deal.
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff.
  • Twin sharing lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu - Lukla, and Lukla - Kathmandu including departure taxes.
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Medical first aid kid.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee.
  • TIMS Fee (Trekkers Information Management System).
  • Farewell dinner.
  • Government taxes & office service charge.

Excluded from Our Price

  • International flight airfare and departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple entry tourist visa, good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Multiple Entry Tourist Visa for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos and cash for the Visa.).
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain other than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) other than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Travel Insurance required for rescue and evacuation.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
  • Tips for guides, porters (staff) and driver (tipping is expected).

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