Ultimate Everest

from Everest to the Gokyo Valley

Overview

Hike stone-paved trails to mystical Tengboche Monastery, head higher still to the base camps of Ama Dablam and Everest, and gaze across the iconic Southwest Face of Mt. Everest from the trekkers’ peak of Kala Patthar (18,365'). An adventurous hike across the snow-covered Cho La Pass brings us into the stunning Gokyo Valley, with its turquoise lakes. In this sublime setting, we head to the top of Gokyo Ri (17,500') for a famous panorama: four of the six highest peaks on Earth—Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu—in one view. This is a superb Himalayan adventure, and all without camping! Family-owned Sherpa lodges and our private cook crew keep us comfy.

Itinerary at a Glance

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 Sherpa lodges offering private rooms, private or shared bathrooms, and a warm personal welcome.

Hotel Shangri-La
Kathmandu, Nepal
Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Days 23 to 24 (2 nights)
Sherpa Lodges, Khumbu
Khumbu, Nepal
Days 3 to 22 (20 nights)
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 through yak pastures with fantastic views of Lhotse.

Sherpa Lodges, Khumbu
Khumbu, Nepal
Days 3 to 22 (20 nights)
Days 14-15
Kala Patar / Everest Base Camp

Hiking up Kala Patar (18,365') rewards you with an awesome view of Everest’s massive 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.

Sherpa Lodges, Khumbu
Khumbu, Nepal
Days 3 to 22 (20 nights)
Days 16-25
Gokyo Valley / Kathmandu

Cross the snowy Cho La (17,780') 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.

Sherpa Lodges, Khumbu
Khumbu, Nepal
Days 3 to 22 (20 nights)
Hotel Shangri-La
Kathmandu, Nepal
Days 23 to 24 (2 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Cross the snow-covered Cho La Pass into the magnificent Gokyo Valley, with its jewel-blue lakes
Hike up to the famous viewpoints of Kala Patthar (18,365') and Gokyo Ri (17,500')
Explore Ama Dablam Base Camp and the spectacular Chukhung Valley
Enjoy comfortable overnights in family-owned Sherpa lodges

Details

Length: 25 days
Cost From: $6695  
Arrive: Kathmandu, Nepal
Depart: Kathmandu, Nepal
Lodging: 4 nights first-class hotels, 20 nights family-owned Sherpa lodges
Meals: All except 3 lunches and 3 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
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