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« on: March 29, 2008, 02:20:29 PM »
Trekking in Nepal is one of the greatest pleasures of a holiday one can imagine. Amongst the trekking areas one of the most popular regions is the Everest area or the Khumbu Region. One can get to view a few of the 8000m. peaks from the Gokyo valley and the Imja valley.

The enchanting Everest region is the second most popular trekking destination in Nepal. Starting from Lukla (2800m) one can go around the Gokyo valley to the Imja valley crossing over the Cho-la pass(5300m) (la=pass). The highlights of this trek are many; the sensational Ngozumpa glacier, one of the largest in the Nepal Himalayas; The lakes of Gokyo and a magnificient panorama of Khumbu from Gokyori (5350m), including four 8000m. Peaks-Chooyu (8153m), Makalu(8475m), Lhotse(8511m) and of course the mighty Everest (8848m). On the other side of the Gokyo valley is the Imja valley, where again you have great views of Lhotse (8511m), Makalu (8475m), Everest (8848m) and many other lesser and picturesque mountains like Ama Dablam, Kangtaiga, Thamserku.

After a scenic mountain flight to Lukla, one can get organized to start trekking in the Khumbu region. A porter can cost you anything from NRs 200/- to 500/- depending on the time of year and the number of trek-days.

Past the busy little town of Lukla, you get on to the main trail leading towards Phakding(2630m) which is about 2 1/2hrs away. The track seems well defined and except for a few places there should be no confusion getting to Phakding. Going downhill and traversing to arrive at Choplung, you may rest and have a bite/drink as Choplung has a few lodges. As you head towards Thado Kosi you can get a view of Kusum Kang Guru also known as the three-sister peak. In about you may rest and have a bite/drink as Choplung has a few lodges. As you head towards Thado Kosi you can get a view of Kusum Kang Guru also known as the three?sister peak. In about an hour you will reach Phakding where you can spend the night.

Depending on your time of arrival at Lukla. you can plan your day and if you would like to stay at Phakding or carryon towards Monjo(2800m),which is approximately 2 hrs from here. On the way to Monjo you cross the Dudh Kosi for the first time over a suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge and trekking along, you get a great view of Thamserku, Kusum Kang guru as you approach Toc Toc where you may also rest for a while and enjoy the view .You will soon be arriving at Benkar where you may stop for another rest and a cup of tea with Thamserku in the fore ground. You will cross the Dudh Kosi again before your gradual ascent to Monjo through Choumo. Monjo is a small village with a few lodges. which are good and serve good food.

The cost of spending a night here would be approximately as much as in Phakding.

Now you?re almost into the Sagarmatha National Park Area and as you start your trek from here you will need to furnish your Park Entry Permits at the Army Check post. From here you get to see Khumbila the holy mountain of the Khumbu, which you are not allowed to climb and is also a snowless rocky peak. It is approximately about four hours to Namche (3440m) from here and the track goes up and up and up.... There are three bridges to cross today. After checking in at the entry point go down and then cross the first bridge over the Dudh Kosi. You will arrive at Jorsale which is the last village before Namche. Make sure you have your water bottles filled and have some snack in your pack. You can have lunch at Namche as you can reach there in pretty good time for lunch. From the banks of the river where you cross one more time and walk along the banks. You will be getting to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi over which lies the high bridge. Crossing this bridge brings you to the dreaded uphill to Namche. This is also the day when you will be getting to an elevation of over 3000m and not to forget, you will get the first view of the mighty Everest from Tope Danda. Looking back you still get to see Thamserku. Kusum Kang Guru and now you will also be looking at Tawache on your right.

Namche is the Capital of the Khumbu and the most prominent town of the region with almost all kinds of basic facilities. There is a medical clinic in Kunde; a dentist. internetlemail access and lodges of all categories. bakeries. pool bars and shopping outlets. There are some nice walks towards Phurte or to Khumjung which you do on your rest day and is also helpful for getting acclimatized to the thin air, or if you?re not in the mood for a long walk you may just visit the museum at the Army headquarters which is approximately twenty minutes away (up). Remember not to get lured into the bar for a drink as drinking can enhance acute mountain sickness (AMS). It is also the place from where you need to decide which valley you would like to go to, as this is the junction from where the tracks to the different valleys separate.

After a steep climb out of the Namche bowl with Thamserku looking down. you will be trekking on a Nepalese flat for some time before the track diverts towards Mon-Ia. After you have climbed up from Namche, you will for the first time get to see Ama Dablam which is in my opinion the most beautiful mountain in the region. The trek to Mon-Ia is approximately about three hours and today you will be gaining about another bOOm.. which will get you to 4000m. Mon?la has about three lodges and the facilities will not be as good as Namche as you are now getting to places where things are difficult to fetch. Mon-Ia lies high on the top of a hill and Kang Taiga seems to be only a few kilometers away. You are also looking at Khumbila all along the way to your left. From here you get to see Tyangboche. where one of the most famous and important monasteries of the Sherpas is situated. Mon-Ia is the gateway to the Gokyo valley. It would be best to spend a night here or further down at Phortse Tenga where the elevation is lower.There are a few lodges here but they only have dormitories.

Getting from Mon-Ia to Dole (4200m) is about four hours but do not rush to Dole without a night at Mon-Ia or Phortse tenga as you will be gaining altitude too fast and you may get AMS. After a steep drop to the Dudh Kosi and a little further up on your way to Dole you will get to see Cho-Oyu and Gyazung Kang straight ahead and Tawache . Cholatse. Kang Taiga and Thamserku on the right. There is an Army Post on the way to Dole and the trek is a traverse across the hills. which may look quite deceiving. You may again reach Dole well in time for lunch and there are some good hikes up ridges to help your acclimatization. Spending a night here will be a bit more expensive compared to Namche.

After climbing out of Dole once again you have fantastic views of Cho-Oyu, Gyazung Kang.Tawache .Cholatse .Khumbila and other peaks .You will now be approaching Labarma where you may take a rest and have a cup of tea. It is mostly a traverse towards Machermo (441 Om) through Luza a small settlement and hills of juniper and sandy spurs. The trail is mostly gentle with a few climbs, but let me remind you again not to rush ahead as you may think that the day was quite short and might as well carryon. AMS can be deceiving. This is again another short day and you will be arriving at Machermo for lunch.

Climbing over the ridge from Machermo you again have great views down the valley and ahead. By this day you should be able to tell which mountain is which and you will begin to enjoy the magnificence of these mountains even more as you get closer. The trail passes through Phanka and goes towards the river. Now you are on the terminal moraines of the Ngozungpa Glacier. After a steep climb up the moraine along the stream you reach the first lake at 46S0mThe trail now is more level as you trek along the river fed by the lakes. You will soon reach the second lake called the Longponga (4690m).You are now approaching one of the most beautiful places in the region?Gokyo (47S0m) where the third and the biggest lake is beside the settlement. There are about seven lodges here and all have rooms as well as dormitories.

You will arrive at Gokyo in time for lunch and you may spend the rest of the day exploring or just going up the ridge to look at the great Ngozungpa glacier, which extends down the valley. From the ridge you will again be looking at the majestic mountains, which you should be able to identify by now .It is always best to spend an extra day at Gokyo. The next morning you must take a walk up the Gokyo?ri(5300m), about two hours, from where you have one of the most beautiful and breathtaking panoramic views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, Gyazung Kang,Tawache, Cholatse and other lesser peaks.

To get to the Imja valley a lot of people with a bit of mountaineering experience go over the Cho-la (5420m).Trekking out of Gokyo and before reaching the second lake, a diversion takes you towards the Ngozumgpa Glacier. You will need to get across the glacier before you get on to a not so well defined trail towards Thagnac the only small settlement on this side of the valley. There are two lodges here and they only have dormitories, so if you do not have a tent then you will have to spend the night here and go over the pass the next day. You will have to make a very early start from Tagnac as it is best to start early and get over the pass before the ice starts to melt.After a steep climb of approximately two hours you will get to the base of the pass. The climb towards the pass over the scree can be risky so you need to be careful not to step on loose rocks or to cling on to them. You could be starting a rock fall!!! Once you?re on the glacier you have views of mountains on the other side of the Gokyo valley.

After getting across the snow you will be approaching Dzongla where you may spend the night. Dzongla has two lodges and one of them has two rooms and the rest are dormitories. From Dzongla to Lobuje (4930m) may take just about three hours and you will be traversing towards Thugla. You are now on the banks of the river that flows down along side the trail. You will be looking at Ama Dablam from a different perspective and you still are looking at a lot of the mountains you had seen earlier. You are now almost in Lobuje, a small settlement with a few lodges and the famous Italian 8000 Inn at upper Lobuje and you should be there for lunch. Lobuje also happens to be on the way to the Everest Base camp and is the second last camp.

One may opt to go to Kalapathar, which lies on the ridge of Pumori. It is a climb and a must for all who would like to have a good view of Everest, and the south Col. from close quarters. The other option if you have time and the energy, is to go up to Base Camp and have a look around and get A FEEL OF BEING ATTHE BASE CAMP. From Kalapathar you will once again have a great panoramic view of the mountains like, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Pumori,Tawache, Cholatse, KangTaiga,Thamserku, Kusum Kang Guru and more peaks with lesser definition. People have different opinions on the views from Gokyo?ri and Kalapathar and I?m not quite sure of which would be better because I think they?re both great. Getting to Kala pathar from Lobuje can be quite strenuous and tiring so some might take the option of staying at Gorakshep, which is at an altitude of (5300m). From here, getting to the top of Kalapathar would only take about two hours and you might want to get to the base camp after the climb. Lobuje happens to be a bit more expensive than other places.

Lukla on the way back may be new to you because on the day you started your trek, you were too excited to notice the town.You have time now to look into the cafes, bars and bakeries in town.

You may even want to try the local , brew ?chang?, a millet beer. It is also the time to check with the airlines and find out about your flight back to Kathmandu. It is now time to fly back to Kathmandu and reminisce about your days in the Khumbu.


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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2008, 03:18:51 PM »
Soooo nice soo nice info hai bro

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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2011, 04:02:30 PM »
Everest Base Camp trekking course is most representative of the Nepal Himalaya.It follows the main route through the Khumbu region from the Sherpa town of Namche Bazar, allowing the trekker to view close at hand some of the world’s highest and most famous peaks from Everest on down. :go go:


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