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Khumbu Glacier on the 3 hour trek to Everest Base Camp (5360). There are no views of Everest’s summit from here but there are fine views of the Khumbu Ice Fall and the large seracs of ice on the glacier beside base camp. We retrace our steps to our lodge at Gorak Shep. (BLD). DAY 12: DZONGLA 4850M (4hrs) Our goal today is the highest point of the trek, Kala Pattar, 5554 meters. Kala Pattar is the ideal place to view the dark, menacing South Face of Everest. Surrounded by mountains and glaciers, the breathtaking scenery will truly make you feel “On Top of the World”. Making it to the top of Kala Pattar is a tremendous accomplishment, and for most, a once in a lifetime experience. We depart Gorak Shep well before dawn, walking by the beam of our headlamps. The return walk, plus rest times from Gorak Shep to the top of Kala Pattar is about 3 hours. After returning to Gorak Shep for breakfast, we then retrace our steps past Lobuje before ascending a ridge on the west side of the Khumbu Valley. We reach a high valley at the foot of the magnificent, sheer wall of the north face of Cholatse (6440m). The trail crosses a small stream before ascending gradually to our lodge at Dzongla. (BLD) DAY 13: GOKYO 4750M via CHO LA 5420M (7hrs) Today we prepare to cross Cho La (pass). Depart early for a tough 4 hour climb to the top of Cho La. We pause for a snack and some fantastic photo opportunities. Then it’s a long, slow descent to reach the cluster of hotels at Tagnag (4700m). The trail crosses the lower section of the Ngozumba Glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal, to reach the lodges at Gokyo. (BLD) Note: Crossing Cho La will only be attempted if weather and trail conditions are ideal. There is an alternative trail available if necessary. DAY 14: REST DAY IN GOKYO We take an optional pre-breakfast trek up to Gokyo Ri (5360m), a small peak. The views from here rank with any that trekkers may encounter in Nepal. We get memorable views of four 8,000m peaks—Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Makalu plus the 3 sacred lakes to the south. We return to our lodge for breakfast. Later in the day, there’s an option to trek further up the Gokyo Valley and enjoy magnificent high altitude lakes and enthralling mountain views. (BLD). DAY 15: MARULUNG 4200M via RENJO LA 5417M (7.5hrs) We’ll make another early start due to the long day ahead. The trail skirts the northern edge of Dudh Pokhari then ascends steeply over gullies and past rock cairns. It will take about 3 hours to reach Rejo La. The glorious views from the pass include Mt Everest. Descend on stone steps to a lake before coming to a wide trail that heads south down the Bhote Kosi Valley. Pass yak grazing areas and small settlements to reach our lodge at Marulung. (BLD) DAY 16: THAME 3800M (2.5hrs) After the previous days exertions we have planned a short, easy day. The trail continues to descend the Bhote Kosi Valley. After spending the previous 8 days at altitudes exceeding 4000m, we’ll appreciate the warmer conditions and increased oxygen. After reaching Thame lodge for lunch, we can relax in the afternoon or visit the nearby Buddhist Monastery.(BLD) DAY 17: NAMCHE BAZAAR 3440M (3hrs) Another short day on the trail. Pass through small Sherpa settlements on a well-used trail. Reach Namche by lunch time and spend the afternoon exploring Namche. There are numerous things to do here - shopping,

Everest High Passes | Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes 2014

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Everest High Passes visiting the bakery for delicious cakes and pastries, visiting the Sherpa Museum and National Park HQ, watching a movie or playing pool.(BLD) DAY 18: SPARE DAY. A spare day is always in our Everest itineraries in case of delays. If the trek goes according plan we take a rest day in Namche. If you have the energy, a side trek to the Sherpa Villages of Kunde and Khumjung is highly recommended. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the famous Kunde Hospital, built and funded by the Himalayan Trust, founded by Sir Edmund Hillary. (BLD) DAY 19: PHAKDING 2640 (4hrs) The going is easier and more relaxed as we enter the lower altitudes. From Namche the trail descends rapidly to the floor of the Dudh Kosi Valley and our lodge at Phakding. (BLD) DAY 20: LUKLA (2.5hrs) Our last trekking day and it’s quite easy. The trail is mostly along the floor of the valley before a gradual climb to Lukla arriving mid morning. In the evening there’s a special celebration dinner followed by a ceremony to farewell our Nepali trekking crew. (BLD) DAY 21: KATHMANDU (35mins flying time) Flying from Lukla to Kathmandu the mountain views are unequalled anywhere else in the world. Met on arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to our Hotel. (BLD) DAY 22: KATHMANDU Free day to explore Kathmandu. This exciting, vibrant city is a favourite destination of travellers from all over the world. Kathmandu is a giant, living museum of Hindu and Buddhist art with more shrines and temples than anywhere else in the world. Our hotel is located a short walk from the narrow, winding streets of the old city. (B) DAY 23 You will be transferred to Kathmandu Airport for your onward flight. (B)

Meals included as indicated: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

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Trek Nepal 2014 Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes and Everest High Passes

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