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Gokyo Ri, Everest region

Gokyo Ri (17,500’) offers one of the most stunning Himalayan panoramas imaginable, with Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu all in view at once. Our Ultimate Everest trek includes Everest Base Camp, Kala Patar and a crossing of the Cho La Pass.

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Ultimate Everest

Lodge-to-Lodge on the Greatest Mountain Adventure in the World

Ultimate Everest route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $4695  
Length: 25 days
Arrive: Kathmandu, Nepal
Depart: Kathmandu, Nepal
Lodging: 4 nights first-class hotels, 20 nights family-owned Sherpa lodges
Meals: All meals included except 3 lunches and 4 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: 20-day trek on moderate to steep trails, 4-8 hours a day, altitudes between 9,000-18,365 feet
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Highlights

  • Fantastic Exploration Days at Ama Dablam Base Camp and in the Chukhung Valley
  • The trekkers’ peaks of Kala Patar and Gokyo Ri, and a hike to Everest Base Camp
  • Paced for maximum acclimatization and led by the Khumbu’s most experienced guides
  • Overnights in family-owned Sherpa lodges—no camping!
  • 22-day Base Camp only option available


This trip was everything I had hoped it would be and more. Very challenging and very rewarding, it was an adventure I will never forget.Susan L.—Cobham Surrey, England

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

This trek has it all! In the high realm of Everest, trek to mystical Tengboche Monastery, explore the base camps of Ama Dablam and Everest, enjoy stunning views from Kala Patar (18,365’), cross the legendary Cho La to the turquoise lakes of the Gokyo Valley, and trek to the summit of Gokyo Ri for an unforgettable view of four of the six highest peaks on earth—Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. Take our Base Camp only option, or do the whole, “ultimate” trip. It’s arguably the most dramatic trek in the world—and you can do it all without camping!

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-8
Kathmandu / Lukla / Namche / Tengboche

From Lukla, our trek brings you to Namche Bazaar, the villages of Thame, Khunde, and Khumjung, and stunning Tengboche Monastery, where the peaks of Kangtega and Thamserku soar directly above. Overnights throughout the trek are in comfortable Sherpa lodges offering private rooms, private or shared bathrooms, and a warm personal welcome.

Days 9-13
Pangboche / Ama Dablam Base Camp / Chukhung Valley

Our Exploration Days bring you deeper into the Khumbu and away from the main trekking trail. From Pangboche, hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp, and in the Chukhung Valley, options include a hike to the Sherpa settlement of Chukhung, with its fantastic views of Lhotse.

Days 14-15
Kala Patar / Everest Base Camp

Hiking up Kala Patar (18,365’) rewards you with an awesome view of Everest’s Southwest Face, the peak of Pumori, and the enormous faces of Lhotse and Nuptse. Our hike to Everest Base Camp (17,600’) reveals an incredible view of the Khumbu Icefall. On Day 15, Base Camp only hikers begin the return trek, arriving back in Kathmandu on Day 20 and departing on Day 22.

Days 16-25
Gokyo Valley / Kathmandu

Cross the snowy Cho La and descend into the Gokyo Valley, with its stunning glacial lakes. Gokyo Ri (17,500’) features fantastic top-of-the-world views! Descend to Lukla, fly to Kathmandu, and depart on Day 25.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 6, Very Strenuous. A trek to the base of Everest is one of the world’s great adventures, but also very physically demanding. Most hiking is between 10,000 and 16,000 feet, and the maximum elevation reached is 17,000 feet with optional day hikes to 18,365 feet. Trail conditions are often rough, not the well-maintained switchbacks you may be accustomed to, and there is a good bit of up-and-down (often 2,000- to 3,000-foot gain or loss in elevation per day). For the most part, you can hike at your own speed; the group will spread out along the trail during the day to cover a normal maximum of 6 to 10 miles per day (4-8 hours of hiking). There are a number of days on this trek when the walks are shorter, as well as rest days, allowing opportunities for day hikes and exploring the villages, monasteries, and the beautiful surroundings.

There are dangers inherent in any expedition traveling to remote wilderness regions, especially when they involve travel to high altitude. These dangers include everything from rock falls to the possibility of a serious fall, accident, or sickness without access to means of rapid evacuation, availability of medical supplies, or adequate medical attention once provided. Our Trek Leaders and support crew are experienced veterans of the Nepal Himalaya, but it takes cooperation and flexibility from each participant to ensure a successful trek.

Getting in Shape
Every participant must understand that this trek is truly challenging—you should be in excellent physical condition. Even though trip members carry only a daypack (with camera, jacket, rain gear, water bottle, and other small necessities you may need during the day), we recommend you make a special effort to get in top physical shape for the trip by hiking, running, swimming, bicycling, or engaging in other forms of aerobic exercise well beyond your normal routine. Many activities get heart and lungs into shape, but the most effective way of getting fit for hiking is to hike! Walking up and down flights of stairs is also an effective way to train for the steep ascents and descents in the Himalaya. Bending your knees as you go down stairs will help strengthen your quad muscles. At least two months prior to your trek, we urge you to go on weekend day hikes that involve long uphill and downhill walking.

For this trek, we require your doctor sign the Wilderness Travel Medical Form. Once Wilderness Travel has confirmed your place on the trip roster, no refunds beyond our standard fees will be made if your physician refuses to sign the form. It is very important that you and your physician fully agree that you are physically capable of undertaking a strenuous trek, and equally important that you undertake proper conditioning prior to the trek.

The Trek Leader has the right to disqualify any member from the trip at any time if it is medically necessary, to avoid endangering the group, or if the participant in question is physically unfit for the rigors of the trip. Refunds are not given under such circumstances.

Trek Leader
Our lodge-based treks are led by an experienced English-speaking Sirdar (leader) who is ably assisted by a team of assistants and a trail crew. He and his team have a deep connection with the Himalayas and are wonderful trailside companions, hiking with you throughout each day on the trail, providing good company, and making sure that you are comfortable and hiking at a pace that suits you.

Trip Leader
Our lodge-based treks are led by an experienced English-speaking Sirdar (leader) who is ably assisted by a team of assistants and a trail crew. He and his team have a deep connection with the Himalayas and are wonderful trailside companions, hiking with you throughout each day on the trail, providing good company, and making sure that you are comfortable and hiking at a pace that suits you.

Meals on Trek
Our own experienced cook crew is part of the Wilderness Travel trekking staff, and all our meals at the lodges will be prepared by them. Our cooks are professionally trained and offer a good variety of hygienically prepared meals. Our drinking water is always boiled and treated washing water is put out before every meal so you can wash your hands before eating. Meals are a blend of Nepalese and Western dishes. Breakfast is normally a light meal of porridge or granola, with hot milk, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits, or cookies. Lunches may include potatoes, eggs, curried vegetables, cheese, local-style breads, fruit, tea, hot chocolate or a fruit drink. Dinner is typically soup and a main course such as a noodle dish, or meat or vegetable stew, depending on what is available in local villages. Dessert on trek is usually canned or fresh fruit.

A Typical Trekking Day
Hiking distances on trek are normally measured in hours, not miles, since maps aren’t really accurate enough to assess how far we walk up and down winding mountain trails. On a typical trek day, wake-up is around 7:00 am. After packing up our duffels and having breakfast, we set off on the trail. We ask you not to hike ahead of the leader because trails are often not well-marked. We typically walk for three to four hours in the morning, then stop for a leisurely lunch of an hour or more (either in a lodge or picnic-style at a scenic spot on the trail).

After lunch, we walk for another three hours or so until we reach our next night’s lodging, where we can enjoy a cup of tea and a snack on arrival. On our exploration days, we occasionally have more time in the morning or afternoon near the lodge to rest or for further individual exploration. Temperatures drop quickly as the sun falls behind the peaks, and it’s easy to get chilled after exerting yourself for several hours, so have an extra layer of clothing ready.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2014
Oct 5-29, 2014  Full Moon at Namche

Oct 31-Nov 24, 2014  Mani Rimdu Festival
2015
Mar 10-Apr 3, 2015  Saturday Market at Namche
Apr 5-29, 2015
Oct 6-30, 2015  Saturday Market at Namche
Oct 21-Nov 14, 2015  Mani Rimdu Festival
Nov 17-Dec 11, 2015  Saturday Market at Namche

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$4695 (10-12 members)
$5095 (6-9 members)
Single supplement: $760
Forced single supplement: $560
Internal airfare: $375 (subject to change)

Everest Base Camp Only Option

$4295 (10-12 members)
$4595 (6-9 members)
Single supplement: $760
Forced single supplement: $560
Internal airfare: $385 (subject to change)
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Extension Costs
Taj Mahal and Jaipur Extension
   from: $2595
Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge Extension
   from: $630
Scenic Everest Flight
   from: $245
South India Extension: The Malabar Coast
   from: $2155
Kanha National Park Extension
   from: $2095
Varanasi and Khajuraho Extension
   from: $1295
Temples of Angkor Extension
   from: $850
Laos: Luang Prabang Extension
   from: $860
Burma Extension
   from: $2595
Bangkok Extension
   from: $645
Phuket Extension
   from: $795
Chiang Mai Extension
   from: $490
Tharu Lodge Extension
   from: $660

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of an experienced Trek Leader
  • Services of trail staff 
  • Private cooking staff on trek
  • All meals included except 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and liners for use at the lodges
  • Accommodations in a first-class hotel in Kathmandu and Sherpa lodges on trek
  • Land transportation, airport transfers for passengers as noted

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare; airport departure taxes; any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure; optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff; any additional hotel nights that may be needed due to your international travel schedule; pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations (if any), visa fees, travel insurance; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.). In the event of non-availability of Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights, our Wilderness Travel representative will try to arrange alternative transport (at extra cost to you).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Hotel Shangri-La

Hotel Shangri-La

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights),
Days 23 to 24 (2 nights), Kathmandu, Nepal

This well-regarded hotel is renowned for its friendly staff and also has two excellent restaurants. The Shangri-La  is located just a 15- to ...
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Sherpa Lodges, Khumbu

Sherpa Lodges, Khumbu

Days 3 to 22 (20 nights), Khumbu, Nepal

Rustic but comfortable lodges owned and operated by Sherpa families have been built throughout the Khumbu region. The lodges we have selected for ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Mingma Temba Sherpa

Mingma Temba Sherpa was born in Chhukung (15,551'), a spectacular valley above the ancient Sherpa village of Khumjung on the trekking route to Mt. Everest. He attended the Sir Edmund Hillary School in Khumjung. Mingma has done extensive guiding in the entire Everest region and also in the Mardi Himal in the Annapurna region. When not guiding groups, Mingma Temba works as a Medical Assistant at the Khunde Hospital, set up by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Himalayan Trust. It is the only medical facility that operates on a year-round basis in the Khumbu area for the 5,000 to 8,000 residents living in the Solu-Khumbu community. Guiding in the Himalaya is in Mingma’s family blood (Pasang Temba, one of our other Trek Leaders, is his younger brother). With his frequent interactions with English speakers, he speaks excellent English. He lives in the village of Khunde with his wife and three children and in his spare time loves going hiking (a “busman’s holiday” for a Trek Leader!).

Upcoming Trips:

Ultimate Everest, October 5-29, 2014

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

Burma

Burma Extension

Yangon and Bagan

Cultural Adventures
6 days  -  Level 2

Cambodia

angkor wat cambodia temples

Temples of Angkor Extension

Exploring the Glories of a Bygone Khmer Civilization

Cultural Adventures
4 days  -  Level 2

India

Kanha National Park Extension

Gameviewing in one of India’s Great Wildlife Reserves

Wildlife & Natural History
5 days  -  Level 2

South India Extension: The Malabar Coast

Cochin and a Cruise Along the Backwaters of Kerala

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 1+

taj mahal agra india cultural tour

Taj Mahal and Jaipur Extension

Romantic Rajasthan, Land of Princes

Cultural Adventures
4 days  -  Level 1

Varanasi and Khajuraho Extension

Holy City Along the Ganges, Magnificent World-Famous Temples

Cultural Adventures
4 days  -  Level 1

Laos

Laos: Luang Prabang Extension

Gilded Temples and Traditional Buddhist Culture of Laos

Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 2

Myanmar

Burma Extension

Yangon and Bagan

Cultural Adventures
6 days  -  Level 2

Nepal

everest flying views himalaya

Scenic Everest Flight

Admire the Giants of the Himalaya from a Close Perspective!


Level 1

Tharu Lodge Extension

Cultural Encounters, Jungle Walks, Elephant Rides

Cultural Adventures, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History, Photography
3 days  -  Level 1

tiger mountain pokhara lodge

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge Extension

Spectacular Scenery and Enchanting Villages of the Annapurna Foothills

Cultural Adventures, Hiking / Trekking, Walking
3 days  -  Level 3

Thailand

wat arun bangkok thailand

Bangkok Extension

Discover the Beautiful Cultural Monuments of Bangkok

Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

Chiang Mai Extension

Explore the Wonders of Northern Thailand

Cultural Adventures, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
3 days  -  Level 2

Phuket Extension

Explore a Jewel Set in the Andaman Sea

Cultural Adventures, Sea Kayaking
4 days  -  Level 2

Client Comments

This trip was everything I had hoped it would be and more. Very challenging and very rewarding, it was an adventure I will never forget. Susan L., Cobham Surrey, England This is a great trip. I have the tremendous satisfaction of having completed a difficult physical trek as well as experiencing beautiful scenery and an interesting culture. Grady H., Jacinto City, TX
The Trip Leader had great knowledge of the Everest region and strong relationships with the Sherpa people. This was a life-changing trip of a lifetime! The all-time best trip ever! Sandy S., Denver, CO It was the trip of a lifetime. I trained hard all summer and it paid off. I enjoyed the trip tremendously. Jim Z., Danville, CA