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Gokyo Lakes & Everest BC Trek
( via Cho La Pass )

The breath-taking but little-visited Gokyo valley which is located adajent of the Khumbu valley is where you can see more of Everest (8848-m) and the three other Himalayan giants - Cho Oyu (8153-m), Lhotse (8501-m) and Makalu (8463-m). Here, a hike to the high vantage point of Gokyo Ri (5350-m) will reward us with views of four of the eight highest mountains on earth - all in one wide panorama !

This Gokyo Everest Trek (GET) is a more challenging trek than the standard Everest Base Camp Trek. Besides the highlights of the EBC, specifically Kala Pattar and EBC itself, this trek takes in Gokyo Ri and includes crossing of a high mountain pass - 5420m Cho La - as we trek from the Gokyo to the Khumbu valley. If time and fitness of team members permit, we can take on a second high pass crossing of the Renjo La.  That's at least 4 major high points over 5000m in one single trek, a considerable challenge especially to those unaccustomed to high altitude travel.

As usual, we will have time to visit the ice serac formations at Everest Base Camp (5365-m) in addition to the classic hike up to Kala Patar (5545-m) with its sensational views of Everest’s entire South Face and West Ridge.

These mountains are magical - and so are our encounters with the Sherpa people, the famous mountain dwellers of this Himalayan wonderland. As in the classic Everest Base Camp trek, the warmth and hospitality extended by the local inhabitants of this region, the Sherpas, will add a further dimension to our experience of Nepal.

Highlights

  • Close views of 4 of the world’s highest mountains
  • Hikes to Kala Patar ( 5545-m ), Goyko Ri ( 5350-m ), & Everest Base Camp ( 5365-m )
  • Crossing of the challenging Cho La pass at 5420-m, & Renjo La pass (5340-m)
  • Getting to know the engaging Sherpa people, visiting active monasteries (Tengboche 3870-m) & trailside teahouses, & learning how Tibetan Buddhism influences every aspect of Sherpa life
  • Paced for maximum acclimatization & comfort with extra time for exploration

Included

  • Airport transfers and all local land transport arrangement
  • 2-way internal flight between Kathmandu & Lukla
  • Full accommodation arrangement ( 3* hotels in Thamel, and tea-houses during the trek ) with daily breakfasts
  • All meals during trek
  • National park / conservation area fees
  • English speaking guide together with local porters for carriage of clients' big packs
  • All expenses & insurance for guides and porters.

Bonus Inclusions

  • Special Adventure Quests Nepal Trekking Guide (60-pages) on everything you need to know to prepare for a successful, enjoyable and most importantly, a safe trek
  • Complimentary progressive physical conditioning sessions with AQ trainer where you can pick up plenty of tips on hiking & gear usuage.
  • Super detailed briefing sessions on itinerary, gear, training etc.
  • Special discount of up to 30% for gear purchases at Adventure Gear Post

Excluded

  • 2-way international economy class return airfares between Singapore & Kathmandu & associated airport & other taxes
  • Nepal entry tourist visa
  • Meals (lunches & dinners) in the city (Thamel & Pokhara)
  • Tipping & gratuities to guide & porters
  • Personal travel insurance, pre-trip medical immunizations, and all expenses of a personal nature
  • All others not mentioned above

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Duration:   20 to 22 days

Maximum Altitude
The 5,545-m high Kala Pattar

Grading:

Group Size Land Price (20D)
09 persons & above $ 2300
06 - 08 persons $ 2400
04 - 05 persons $ 2500
03 persons $ 2600
02 persons $ 2700
* based on teahouse trek arrangement



Day 1
Singapore - Kathmandu
Day 2 - 18

We begin our Everest journey with an unforgettable mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m) where the trek begins. Along the way we'll pass through the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar and the beautiful Tengboche monastery.

As in our 17D EBC trek, we first visit Kala Pattar (5545m) & Everest Base Camp (5365m) to see the spectacular view of Everest. Then we detour from the usual Everest trails into the Goyko Valley, a spectacular wilderness of vast glaciers and turquoise lakes, via the Cho La pass (5420-m). At Gokyo, we ascend Gokyo Ri (5,350m), where the views of Everest and other Himalayan giants are equally astounding. We return to Namche via the little known Renjo La (5340m) or hike down the Gokyo valley back to Namche and onwards to Lukla where we will take a short flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 19 Kathmandu
Day 20 Kathmandu - Singapore

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This is a tough trek, no doubt about it.  A minimum of 3 months is recommended for moderately-fit persons to prepare for this trek.  For the average persons, up to 6 months or longer may be required.

If you are looking for a less taxing Everest trek, try the Everest Base Camp ( EBC ) Trek.  If you're a hardcore trekker and interested in exploring all three main valleys of the Everest region, the Ultimate Everest Trek ( GET ) may be the one for you.

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