The Ultimate Everest Lodge Trek
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 20 days - from £1,395 (land only) - from €1,675 (land only) - from $2,295 (land only)
- A challenging circuit trek and the best Everest Views
- Trek up the easy viewpoint peaks of Gokyo Ri and Kala Patar
- Trek across the Cho La
- Comfortable lodges - no camping
- Nepal and the Himalaya most famous trek
Home to Everest Base Camp and the famously friendly Sherpas, the Khumbu trekking region boasts some of the most extraordinary high mountain scenery on earth. After flying in to Lukla, our exciting trek to Everest Base camp takes us via the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar to the sacred lakes of the Gokyo Valley. Here, we climb Gokyo Ri which is one of the finest vantage points for Mount Everest (8848m / 29035ft). Crossing into the Khumbu Valley by way of the high and challenging Cho La (5420m / 17780ft), we then climb to the "trekkers summit" of Kala Patar (5600m / 18370ft) which affords more stunning views of Mount Everest and of the astonishing Khumbu Icefall. We have time to walk up to Everest Basecamp, before trekking out by way of the famous and recently restored monastery at Thyangboche. Staying in comfortable Sherpa lodges throughout, this circuit of the Everest National Park provides a comprehensive taste of the Khumbu that is hard to beat within a 3-week adventure holiday.
Is this holiday for you?
Generally, the trekking conditions on this Nepal holiday are relatively easy, following good paths and yak trails throughout. Additionally, as the Khumbu is Nepal's most popular trekking destination, the area is well supplied with tea shops and lodges and the trails between these are well used. Climbing to cross the Cho La, the route offers more difficult trekking conditions, due to the relatively high altitude and the fact that the Cho La is glaciated and often snow-covered. Overall, this trekking itinerary is quite ambitious within a three-week schedule. To ensure that everyone is in good shape to complete the circuit trek, we have acclimatisation days at Namche Bazaar and at Machermo at the start of the trekking. The trekking grade takes into account the ascents of Gokyo Ri and Kala Patar, as well as the crossing of the Cho La. These ascents present no real difficulties and should be within the capabilities of fit and active hill-walkers. However, trekking at altitudes of over 5000 metres is always strenuous. This is a very worthwhile trip - offering outstanding viewpoints and providing interesting objectives for any first time or second time visitor to the Nepal Himalaya.