15 days point-to-point walking with full porterage; altitude maximum 5545m, average 4100m.
4 nights hotels, 15 nights teahouses.
4 breakfasts included.
This trek is a C/D grade with 15 days walking. The maximum altitude we reach is 5545m, with the average being 4100m.
For those confident of their physical fitness this is a challenging walk to the Everest region with a chance to ascend Gokyo Ri and Kala Pattar from where we get superb close up views of the highest mountains in the world.
Most of the walking is at relatively high altitude. We have included a number of acclimatisation days to maximise the chances of achieving success in climbing Gokyo Ri, Kala Pattar and reaching Base Camp.
Although daytime temperatures can be very pleasant, many of the nights will be close to or below freezing, and at Gokyo and around the Base Camp area it can be well below freezing especially on the winter departures. Most of the walking is on well-established trails, but there may be snow and ice at the highest part of the trek on any departure.
The challenging crossing of the Cho La involves a very steep ascent and descent on rocky trails which can be icy. At the top there is always ice and snow.
Normal group size and age
Normally 2 to 16, plus leader and appropriate local staff. Minimum age 18.
EXPEDITION TREKS: 29th March 2013 and 29th March 2014
Experience life with an Everest summit expedition by spending two extra nights with a climbimg team at Base Camp Base at the foot of the Khumbu Ice Fall, a spectcular setting. On this departure (29/03/2013) you will also meet and have dinner with Ang Phurba, the only surviving Nepali from the 1953 Hilary and Tenzing Norgay expedition. Ang Phurba is the father of one of our senior Nepali leaders, Lakpa Lama who will also be leading the trek. Both come from Namche Bazaar.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
In order to provide a more accurate grading system, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or split grade, for example Challenging/Tough. Occasionally, there are optional activities available en route, in this case the optional grade is indicated in brackets, for example Grade Challenging (climb Tough+). Clearly, conditions may differ from region-to-region or month-to-month and as such the information given on these pages is designed to act as a guide only. In all cases you should refer to the respective holiday's Trip Notes for further details.
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