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Ultimate Everest Trekking

Summary
With 18 days walking, 3 high passes over 5,000 and a glacier traverse, this circuit of the Everest region is undoubtedly the most rewarding Khumbu expedition as we trek and camp at altitude amongst the highest peaks on earth.

Trip description
This outstanding trek takes us through an ever-changing panorama of huge peaks, as we meander through the three valleys, and high passes of the Everest region. Not for the inexperienced trekker, this is a challenging trek which requires good fitness, stamina and some prior altitudinal trekking experience.

We begin our trek with a spectacular flight to the mountain strip of Lukla, from where we head to the capital of the region-Namche Bazaar. Here we acclimatize over a day and a half, enjoying the many creature comforts on offer in this bustling town before heading off into the big mountains.

Over the next two weeks we explore the Everest region, ascending a number of remote high passes and vantage points to claim some of the most incredible mountain vistas imaginable. Our first peak is Chukkung Ri at 5,546m from where we have perfect views of Nuptse. We then head towards Gorak Shep and Kala Pattar (5,545m) for classic views of Everest, and the Khumbu ice-fall. Crossing over another high pass - Cho La (5,420m) - and a glacier, we head for the Gokyo valley where Cho Oyu (8,153m) and Gyanchungkang (7,992m) dominate the skyline on the Tibetan border to the north. During a rest day, we ascend Gokyo Ri (5,360m) for more stunning panoramic views of the entire Khumbu region before heading off south west over our final high pass - Renzo La (5,345m), which looks west towards the Rolwaling Himal.

At each of the 5 vantage peaks (Chukkung Ri, Kongma La, Kala Pattar, Gokyo Ri and Renzo La) we are afforded spectacular views of five of the world's 8000m peaks and countless others. The sensation of 'exposure' is a common feeling for those who have made this trek before; unsurprisingly one where they feel like they are on top of the world!

Our return trip takes us down the thundering Bhote Khosi River valley to Thame, to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi (the 'River of Milk'), where we join the main trail down the valley to the airstrip at Lukla. Catching our return flight to Kathamandu, we have a little time to relax in our comfortable hotel and taste some of the city's cultural delights before catching our return flight to the UK.

Day    Description
Day 01: KTM, culture tour, acclimatisation. Evening dinner together.
Day 02: Flight to Lukla. Commence trek. Stay Phakding.
Day 04-06: Trek to Namche Bazaar, acclimatisation, then onto Tengboche (3,860m)
Day 07-08: Trek to Dingboche, ascend Nangkartshang (5,100m) views of Makalu (8,475m)
Day 09: Trek to and camp at Chukkung (4,730m). Ascend Chukkung Ri (5,546m)
Day 10: Trek to Kongma La pass (5,535m). Descend to Lobuche and camp.
Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep and Kala Pattar (5,545m) - stunning views of Everest.
Day 12: Ascend to camp at foot of Cho La pass (5,330m),
Day 13: Cross Cho La, cross Ngozumpo Glacier, camp in Thangna.
Day 14-15: Ascend to Gokyo (4,750m) and camp. Climb Gokyo Ri (5,483m)
Day 15: Return flight Lukla-Kathmandu
Day 16-18: Ascend to Renzo La pass (5,435m), down Bhote Kosi to Thame.
Day 19-20: Trek to Lukla via Monzo, and catch flight Lukla - Kathmandu
Day 21: At leisure in Kathmandu Day 22: Fly or Other trip combind

Fixed Deparuture Date

Date 2008- 2009
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At a Galance
- Duration: 22 Days / 21 Nights
- Accommodation: Hotel / camping / mountain lodge
- Transport: Return flight Kathmandu - Lukla, minibus
- Activities: Trekking
- Group Sizes: Min 4 / Max 12



Date 2009-2010
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Accommodation
- Camping on trek - 17 nights, tents are twin occupancy. Full porterage
- Kathmandu hotel - 3 nights
Grading: Demanding
Max altitude: 5,600m

Price: US$1,950

Cost Includes:

All internal transfers (air and minibus), food and accommodation on trek, B and B in Kathmandu, park entry fee and trekking permit, Sirdar/guide, medical kit, porters and local staff, guided tour of Kathmandu.



Cost does not includes:
Flights to/from Nepal, entry visa, airport and departure taxes, alcoholic and aerated beverages.