Sunday, 10 February 2008

Everest Trek Itinerary

Summits of Kala Pattar 5,600m and Gokyo Ri 5,360m
Everest Base Camp 5,310m.
Day 1
It is a short trek to the first night’s stay at Phakding -2,610m / 8,561ft.

Day 2
Following the Dudh Kosi Valley the river is crossed twice as height is gained and making a final steep climb to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar where you stop for the night -3,440m / 11283ft. First views of Everest are seen.

Day 3
Here it is acclimatisation around Namche Bazaar for the day.

Day 4
The trek continues via the Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Khunde to Kangjuma at 3,620m / 11,874ft.

Day 5
Crossing the Mon La 3,900m /12,792ft you enter the Gokyo Valley which is the main drainage for the glaciers of Cho Oyo 8,201m /26,900ft. It is a camp at Dole 4,050m /13,284ft.

Day 6
The trail climbs steadily up the valley to Machermo at 4,465m /14,645ft.

Day 7
Acclimatisation day in Machermo. A climb to a nearby ridge will provide magnificent views of Everest and Makalu.

Day 8
Gokyo’s first and second lakes are passed and the camp will be on the shores of the third and biggest of the five holy lakes at an altitude of 4,791m / 15,715ft. This is beneath Cho Oyo, the world’s 6th highest mountain.

Day 9
An early start (first light) for the short ascent of Gokyo Ri 5,360m / 17,581ft. Here stunning views of Everest are seen; some say an even finer view than from Kala Pattar. It is then a decent before crossing the Ngozumba Glacier to Dragnag at 4,700m / 15,416ft. Depending on weather conditions etc a further one and a half hour walk will take us to a higher camp at 5,100m / 16,728ft.
A big day crossing the Cho La pass at 5,420m / 17,778ft. Approaching the pass we cross a large boulder field. The decent from the pass, often snow covered, involves the crossing of a small glacier. and descending further to the yak grazing area of Dzongla 4,830m / 15,842ft.

Day 11
The main Everest Basecamp trail is joined at Lobuche Village 4,910m / 16,105ft. From here it is an ascent the ablation valley of the Khumbu Glacier to reach Gorak Shep 5,140m /16859ft. Camp is set up here after a longish day of around 8 hours.

Day 12
At first light it is a trek to reach Everest Base Camp, 5,310m /17,700ft. Firstly on the moraine crest, then on the Khumbu Glazier itself through shattered rock and jumbled moraine. In 3 to 4 hours Basecamp is reached which is below the stupendous Khumbu Icefall. The route is then retraced back to the same camp site as day 11.

Day 13
It is an early morning ascent to Kala Pattar 5,600m /18,368ft the highest point of the trek. It is then a decent to Pheriche 4,350m / 14,268ft.

Day 14
The trek follows the main Everest Trail via Pangboche to Thyangboche where a visit to the monastery is paid. It is then a decent to the Imja Khola before a final steep climb to Kangjuma.

Day 15
From Kangjuma it is on to Namche and a steep decent and final short climb to Monjo for an overnight halt.

Day 16
It is mostly downhill following the fall of the Dudh Kosi River but there is a final short climb to Lukla and the final night in a tent.

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