Gokyo Kalapathar Trekking

Gokyo and Kalapatthar Trekking

  • 19 Days
  • 5.645 meters
  • 2 - 12 person
  • Sherpa/Gurung
  • 4-7 hours
  • Teahouse Trek
  • March to June & Sep to Dec

Price: $1475.00

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Gokyo and Kalapatthar Trekking journey is a dramatic climb and a fine alternative to Everest Base Camp Trekking. Filled with glaciers, turquoise lakes and savage mountain scenery, the Gokyo valley north of Khumjung is not only exciting but poses with an enigmatic trekking saga of distinct nature. The huge massifs of Cho Oyu (8153m) and Gyachung Kang (7922m) dominate the head of this rugged canyon. Countless other summits loom to either side projecting a marvelous spectacle of nature in its backyard. A complete trekking destination for enduring trekkers looking to explore the intriguing Khumbu regions while on this trekking circuit.

Gokyo and Kalapatthar Trekking journey begins with a scenic mountain flight to Lukla. Once here we descend following the trail to the river at Phakding and reach as far as the Sagarmatha National Park. The next day we make an ideal ascent towards the important landmark settlement of Namche Bazaar a prosperous and busy town in the khumbu region. Also known as the Sherpa capital is home to the indigenous tribes, following the ancient cultures traditions and lifestyles till today. The entire trekking route passes through the serene beauty of the Gokyo Valley with sparkling lakes contrasted by mighty snowcapped snow peaks. Furthermore, it is highlighted by many significant achievements: the ascent of Gokyo Ri for a panoramic view of some of the top ten majestic mountains: Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu; the crossing of Cho La pass (5420m), a challenging pass in the high Himalayas rarely attempted by trekkers. Finally, we return down to Lukla via the famous Buddhist monastery at Tengboche. This is the very place where our trekking journey culminates and we head back towards Lukla to board a connected flight to Kathmandu.

Mountain Tiger Nepal has tailor made itineraries with a view of providing ideal time for acclimatization as here the altitudes are enduring and challenging. Conquer this enigmatic trekking circuit with safety and quality.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu

Our representative will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport, after introductory meeting transport you to hotel in Kathmandu. Our guide will explain about the program in briefly along the way to hotel. Rest of the day varies upon your arrival time; we can organize some activities if you arrived by midday or early afternoon but late afternoon and evening arrivals have a free day for individual activities

Day 2 Day 02: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding. Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

Early morning flight to Lukla, the most renowned mountain airstrip in the world. Originally conceived by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust as an emergency evacuation runway for casualties brought to the Trust’s hospital at nearby Kunde, Lukla is now one of the busiest runways in Nepal. On the flight we watch the rugged foothills give way to the snowline of the Himalaya; many of the world’s highest mountains, including Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu (the world’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th highest respectively) may sometimes be seen from the window of the plane. On arrival, we meet our Sherpas and after a cup of tea we pick up the trail out of Lukla. Surprisingly, this high-altitude trek begins by descending to the river at Phakding.

Day 3 Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar(3440m). Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

After breakfast we start walk to Namche Bazaar first thing in the morning. At about half-way up the hill, a gap in the trees allow us to spy Everest for the first time. If the weather is clear the top of the South-West Face will be just visible behind the long Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. A plume can often be seen stretching away from the very summit.

Namche is the most prosperous and the largest town in the Khumbu. A bazaar is held here every Saturday. The wares on display include meat, grains and vegetables, tennis shoes and trinkets as well as hand woven aprons and Tibetan boots. The Sherpas play host to trader from the foothills, as well as Tibetans from over the border. Thamserku (6648m), Kwangde Ri (6187m) and Khumbila (5707m) surround the natural bowl that Namche sits in.

Day 4 Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

We take the day off to allow our bodies to adjust to the rarefied atmosphere before ascending to higher altitudes. The secret of safe acclimatization is to ‘climb high, sleep low’ so it is safe for the more energetic amongst us to hike up the hill behind Namche to the airstrip at Syangboche, or stroll across to the museum behind the police post. Others may prefer to ‘chill out’ and visit one of the lodges for a freshly-baked cinnamon roll. Namche is a busy and bustling trading place and there is always plenty going on.

Day 5 Day 05: Trek to Phortse Tanga (3950m). Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

After a full day rest at Namche we head on to our next trek Point Phortse Thanga after a hot breakfast in the morning. Today the trek trail climbs steeply out of valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases making the trekking beautiful in spring. Throughout the trail you can enjoy the marvelous view of Twwache and Khubu la. The trek trail today also passes through Yak Kharkas and summer settlements. Night stay at Phortse Thanga for today and we head toward our next trek point tomorrow.

Day 6 Day 06: Trek to Dole (4038m). Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

From Phortse Tanga to Dole. Today after an early breakfast we follow the route which climbs steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forests. This part of the trek is very beautiful in spring season when the rhododendrons are blooming. The trail also passes through many yak pastures and summer settlements. You can enjoy the views of the Khumbila and other range throughout the day. Overnight at Dole

Day 7 Day 07: Trek to Machhermo (4470m). Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

After a long night rest and early morning breakfast we head toward Machhermo today. From Dole the trail climbs to Lhabarma and Luza. The trail climbs steeply through clean junipers to Lhabarma. The trail continues to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river to Machhermo. Throughout the trail you can view the great Himalaya range and many peaks. Overnight at Machhermo.

Day 8 Day 08: Trek to Gokyo (4790m) & climb Gokyo Ri. Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

Today we head toward the trail to Gokyo- The valley opens up with marvelous views of Thamserku, Mt Kangtega, Cho Oyo as well. We mostly walk up a ridge-with-a-view to Pangka, looking at the north face of the Cho Oyu. There are some steep climbing up to the terminal moranine of Ngozamba Glacier today. Also while we reach the Gokyo Region we spot the beautiful lakes here. If the weather condition is good today, you can hike to Gokyo Ri today for the view of Everest Region. Gokyo Ri is the best viewpoint of Everest Region. Overnight at Gokyo

Day 9 Day 09: Trek to Thangna. Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

After Breakfast we head towards our next trek point, Thanga also known as foot of the Cho-La pass. Today is easy walk for about 4 and half hour to our destination Thangna. Overnight at Thagna

Day 10 Day 10: Cross Cho La pass (5300 meters) trek to Dzongla (4710 meters) house. Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

Today we start our trek early in the morning before the sunrise. We have to cross Cho-La Pass before it is too windy in the area. We cross over at an altitude of 5300 m where we could be exposed to strong winds so we have to start our trek early in order to the smooth completion of today’s trek. After crossing the Cho La Pass we start to climb steeply which is regularly used and which is also very easy to follow. You can enjoy the magnificent views from here and later we descend to our trek point Dzongla.

Day 11 Day 11: Trek to Lobuche (4910m). Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

After Breakfast we move ahead to our today’s destination, Lobuche. The trek today is considered easier and shorter trekking route. It only takes us about 4 hours to reach Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche.

Day 12 Day 12: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) then back to Gorak Shep . Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

This is difficult day trek along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp which is the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. You can have a magnificent view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp. After spending short time at Base Camp then we return back to Gorak shep. Night halt at Gorak Shep.

Day 13 Day 13: Trek to Periche (4,350m) via Kalapathar (5,645m). Overnight at Periche

After Breakfast we head toward our next trek point. The morning time today is mostly spent climbing the Kalapathar which is a small peak at the altitude of 5555 m. This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. After enjoying magnificent view from here then we descent to Gorak shep and then trek down to Percihe. Overnight at Periche.

Day 14 Day 14: Trek to Tengboche (3867m). Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

After breakfast early in the morning we begin our trek starting with the Crossing of villages, Buddhists monasteries, bridges and some waterfall. Today we head all the way to Tengboche. Overnight at Tea house

Day 15 Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazzar (3440m). Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

Today we trek up to Namche Bazzar. The first part of the trail on which we are going to descend directly goes through Rhododendron forest and pine forest. The trail slightly goes uphill to Namche via Trashinga and Sanasa village. You can see the marvelous breath taking views of the Khumbu Himalaya. Overnight at Namche

Day 16 Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2860m). Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

Most people head towards Lukla with a heavy heart. There is something very special about the setting, the villages and the people of the high Khumbu hills and valleys and our memories help us up the deceptively long, final climb into Lukla. Our campsite and house are well located and offer a good final resting spot.

Day 17 Day 17: Trek to Lukla. Overnight at Tea House/Lodge

Most people head towards Lukla with a heavy heart. There is something very special about the setting, the villages and the people of the high Khumbu hills and valleys and our memories help us up the deceptively long, final climb into Lukla. Our campsite and house are well located and offer a good final resting spot.

Day 18 Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu

Another chance to enjoy this great flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Please note that flights into Lukla are sometimes delayed due to un-flyable conditions either in fog-bound Kathmandu or windy Lukla; be reassured that our staff in Lukla and in Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimize the inconvenience caused if this happens. Your patience in the trying circumstances which can occur will be greatly appreciated.

Day 19 Day 19: Final Departure

Our office representative will come to hotel to pick you up at hotel and then transfer to the Kathmandu international airport for final departure.

Price Includes

  • All Airport and hotel transfer.
  • Two nights’ accommodation in a star category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • One highly experienced male guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff.
  • Sleeping bag with liner, trekking map and other essential equipments (Sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion).
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please avail us with 2 passport size photos required for your permit).
  • National Park entry fee.
  • All forms of Government taxes.

Price Excludes

  • All personal nature expenses, bar bills, Laundry, Tips, Lunch and dinner at Kathmandu.

The airfare to travel from Kathmandu to Lukla and to Kathmandu is USD 322 per person which is subject to change without the prior notice by the airlines

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