Everest BC Gokyo Lakes trek 2010 - Brochure by Caesura


     Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes
     Supporting Child Haven International, Kathmandu

                2010 Tour Dates
              May 3-25 | Oct.17-Nov 8
Hosted by our Everest Base Camp & Himayalan Specialist
 From our past expeditions                                                        Trip Overview
                                                              What challenges in your every day life? Getting into your car to
Best views of Everest from Kala Pattar peak
                                                              beat the traffic to work? Lose 10 pounds from your excess weight?
                                                              Planning a getaway to the sunny beaches in the Caribbean? How
                                                              about rewarding your life with the challenge of walking in the
                                                              world’s greatest mountain region, the Himalayas for a close
                                                              encounter with the mightiest of them all – the Mt Everest?

                                                              Explorers, travelers and mountaineers of all ages have long been
                                                              seduced by the majesty of Everest and the Khumbu region of
                                                              Nepal, the home of the colourful Sherpa people. While the world's
                                                              greatest peaks open up right before your eyes, this once-in-a-
                                                              lifetime trek offers you the opportunity to explore finest
                  Breathtaking Himalayan mountain scenery     mountain scenery you’ll ever see. Along the way you are showered
                                                              with impressions of an ancient Buddhist culture as we visit and
                                                              learn from our friends living in these inspiring monastic
                                                              communities. You will walk with the world’s finest guides, the
                                                              sherpa people themselves, who knows their region inside and out.

                                                              This is a non-technical trek for the very fit hiking and trekking
                                                              enthusiast of any age; a journey to the sacred Himalaya will offer
                                                              a lifetime of impressions and reflections. Everyday is nothing short
                                                              of breathtaking while we walk amidst the Himalayan giants to the
                                                              sound of yak bells. Each turn reveals new vistas that transport our
                                                              psyche further into the shadow of the daunting peaks.

On the steep trail up to the Base Camp                        Our all-encompassing trek route offers an uncompromising
                                                              experience that follows in the footsteps of Tensing and Hillary and
                                                              other great mountaineers. We provide the combination of
                                                              expertise from the finest mountaineering people, interaction with
                                                              locals by spending most of our time in their homes as guests and
                                                              share their traditions, cuisine, and the knowledge of mountains
                                                              and above all appreciate their responsibility to the environment.

                                                                  Comments from our past trekkers…..
                                                              “A humbling experience, humans touching humans,
           Standing on the edge of infamous Khumbu Ice Fall    living an impression….of love, laughter and living”

                                                                  “A trip that showed us more will than skill….”

                                                                “You had better be prepared to ‘meet yourself’…
                                                                 and there is time to think, to pray, to cry and

                                                               “No would have’s, could have’s. should have’s. An
                                                                 ultimate high, full-filling a life-long dream!”

Group at the Tengboche Monastery

                                                              Ask us about the movie clip on our highly successful
                                                              Everest treks. Also available is a copy of the Outpost
                                                              May/June ‘08 article on trekking to Everest Base Camp
                                                              titled “The Agony and the Ecstasy” a story/photos by
                                                              Dianne Whelan, a member of our trek in 2007. Whelan
                                                              is an award-winning photographer, writer and a
                                                              documentary film-maker.
                                                                        May 12 or Oct 26– Gokyo Lakes area
     Expedition Itinerary in brief                                      Beyond Gokyo a trail leads up the valley to two more lakes and this
                                                                        area offers incredible views of Everest. The wall between Cho Oyu
                 May 3-25 | Oct.17-Nov 8                                and Gyachung Kang is awesome and gives a clear view of Everest,
                                                                        the Geneva Spur, the South Col, the stunning Lhotse face. Also
May 3 or Oct 17 - Kathmandu (1527 metres)                               visible are the north ridge and the infamous first and second steps
Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to Nirvana Garden hotel for 2nights.         where Mallory & Irvine went missing in 1921.                (B,L,D)
                                                                        May 13 or Oct 27– Gokyo Lakes - Na (4390m)
May 4 or Oct 18– Kathmandu                                              Today we climb Gokyo Ri (5496m) for superb views of the entire
Morning sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. Visit the Durbar Square,         mountain chain from the Nangpa La to Makalu including four of the
Swayambunath - the Buddhist temple and Pashupatinath – a sacred         Worlds highest peaks - Cho Oyu (8168m), Everest (8848m), Lhotse
Hindu temple on the banks of the Bagmati River. Lunch at a local        (8526m) and Makalu (8496m), Absorb the magnificent scenery.
restaurant. Visit the Child Haven International Home, to immerse        Descend to the small settlement of Na situated at the foot of the
ourselves with children for an afternoon of compassion. Music and       Ngozumpa Glacier. (5 hours walking).                       (B,L,D)
dance and a donation ceremony. Welcome dinner at Rum Doodle in
the company of Everest summiters.                          (B,L,D)      May 14 or Oct 28 – Na - Phortse (3542m)
                                                                        We descend to Phortse. Descend provides different views of the
May 5 or Oct 19– Kathmandu – Lukla - Phakding (2656 m)                  Khumbu peaks. This also allows our bodies to recover from the
After breakfast, transfer to airport for a spectacular mountain         exertions at Gokyo. This will prove beneficial when we ascend to
flight to Lukla. The flight takes you over the magnificent              Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar. (4 to 5 hours walking.)(B,L,D)
Himalayas to the north, forming the Khumbu region. Entering the
Dudh Kosi valley see the airstrip at Lukla (2880m) below for an         May 15 or Oct 29 Phortse - Dingboche (4336m)
exciting landing. Here we meet our trekking sherpa guides/crew.         From Phortse climb around the Imja Khola valley with excellent
After sorting out our gear and we begin the trek by descending via      views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse and Everest. Enter upper
Dudh Kosi valley to Phakding. (3-4 hrs walking)             (B,L,D)     Pangboche and visit the monastery, the oldest in the Khumbu.
                                                                        From Pangboche walk through alpine meadows to Dingboche, the
May 6 or Oct 20– Phakding–Monjo-Namche Bazaar(3450 m)                   highest permanently inhabited village in Khumbu. We stay 2 nights
Continue north following the Dudh Kosi river and on to the              in Dingboche. (5 hrs walking).                           (B,L,D)
Sagarmatha National Park. Lunch at a sherpa home, followed by a
steep climb to Namche Bazaar, the last outpost in the Khumbu.           May 16 or Oct 30 - Dingboche
Namche is a prosperous Sherpa village and an important trading          A second day of rest at Dingboche for aiding acclimatization. You
centre. Weather permitting we get our first views of Everest and        could walk up the valley towards Chhukung, a small summer
Lhotse. (5 hrs walking). 2 nights at Camp De Base Lodge. (B,L,D)        settlement or ascend Nangkartshang Peak, which towers above
                                                                        Dingboche village. The views are magnificent with more peaks and
May 7 or Oct 21 - Namche Bazaar                                         passes visible. Overnight.                                 (B,L,D)
Our first of acclimatization days. Visit the Sherpa Cultural Centre
and the National Park headquarters. Walk to the airstrip at             May 17 or Oct 31 – Dingboche - Lobuche (4939 metres)
Shyangboche and to the Everest View hotel. Tea party on the             Climb the ridge and cross the flat plain above the Pheriche and
veranda overlooking the Everest. Back at the lodge.           (B,L,D)   pass the village of Duglha. Here we pass a row of stone
                                                                        monuments built in memory of climbers who have perished on
May 8 or Oct 22–Namche Bazaar-Kunde/Khumjung(3840m)                     various expeditions. Climb to Lobuche. (4 hrs walking).     (B,L,D)
A short day for acclimatization. From the ridge above Namche we
follow the trail to a quiet hamlet of Kunde.. Visit the Himalayan       May 18 / Nov 1–Lobuche-Kala Pattar-Gorak Shep (5600m)
Trust hospital and Sir Ed Hilary School. Meet with teachers and         An early ascend to steep valley to Gorak Shep. It is quite rough
children. (3 hours walking). Overnight.                      (B,L,D)    walking before the descend to Gorak Shep. Throughout the day we
                                                                        have tremendous views of Nuptse and then Pumori, Lingtren and
May 9 or Oct 23 – Khumjung - Dole(4000m)                                Khumbutse forming the border with Tibet. After a rest and some
From Kunde/Khumjung the trail climbs up steep, it then continues        refreshments at Gorak Shep we climb Kala Pattar (5600m) for a
more gradually to a ridge at 3978 metres. There are tremendous          classic view of Everest's southwest face. All around are the giants
views from here to the village of Phortse and Tengboche                 of the mountain world, Pumori (7145m), Changtse (7553m), Nuptse
monastery. Lunch in Phortse from here the trail climbs through          (7855m) and Lhotse (8516m). The views are incredible. The
rhododendron forest to Dole. (5 hrs walking). Overnight. (B,L,D)        Khumbu Icefall and even the tents at Everest Base Camp can be
                                                                        seen. (6 hours walking in all). Overnight.                   (B,L,D)
May 10 or Oct 24 Dole - Machermo (4410m)
From Dole climb further higher up to Machermo taking in excellent       May 19 or Nov 2– Everest Base Camp (5400m)
views of Cho Oyu (8168m) and other Himalayan peaks. Another             Today is our final goal, Everest Base Camp, 3 hrs away from Gorak
short day, essential for acclimatization. Lunch. Machermo is a          Shep. A hard day but well worth the effort. An unforgettable
very picturesque base and the afternoon is free to relax or             experience to see the life at this desolate and yet much revered
explore. (3 hours walking). Overnight at the lodge.         (B,L,D)     place by mountaineering world. A chance to meet Everest
                                                                        Climbing Expeditions. Camp at the Everest Base Camp.        (B,L,D)
May 11 or Oct 25– Machermo – Gokyo Lakes (4794m)
Today we climb the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It         May 20 or Nov 3 – EBC- Gorak Shep - Devoche (3770m)
is a steep climb up to the first of three lakes where a sudden          Early wake up to witness a ‘pooja’ ceremony at the base camp
change of scenery is met. We arrive at Gokyo and stay 2 nights by       altar if scheduled. Descend to Pheriche. The Himalayan Rescue
the shores of the third lake. Afternoon leisure hike to the ridge for   Association has a trekker’s aid post. Chat with the doctors running
superb views of Cholatse, Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang. (4 hrs             the post. From Pheriche we follow the Imja Khola to the village of
walking).                                                    (B,L,D)    Pangboche and on to Devoche for the night. The views up the
                                                                        valley to the Nuptse-Lhotse wall with Everest behind are fantastic.
                                                                        (6 hours walking). Overnight.                              (B,L,D)
              Expedition Itinerary                                                Pricing & Trip Inclusions
May 21/Nov 4 Devoche-Tengboche - Namche Bazaar
(3450m)                                                                    CA $3215/ US $2680 per person sharing
We climb through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche                        (Based on minimum 8 trekkers per departure)
monastery. Visit the monastery before descending and contour to
Sanasa and on to Namche Bazaar. A lovely days walk, the descent           Price Includes:
is easy and relaxed with the hard work behind us. Continue to                     Domestic flights Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu
Namche.(7 hrs walking). A night at Camp De Base lodge. (B,L,D)                    Local transportation in Kathmandu by mini coach with
May 22 or Nov 5 – Namche Bazaar – Monjo - Lukla (2832m)                           Centrally located 3 star accommodation in Kathmandu on
Continue to descend and ascend gently and contour around the                      double or twin sharing basis
hillside to Lukla. (4- 6 hours walking). Overnight in Lukla. Dinner               Eco-Lodges &Tea house accommodation (Local sherpa
                                                                                  managed guest houses) on the Everest trail
party at lodge with sherpa guides/porters.                   (B,L,D)
                                                                                  Two person sharing tents at the Everest Base camp
                                                                                  Meals as indicated – B – breakfast; L – lunch- D – dinner
May 23 or Nov 6 – Lukla - Kathmandu                                               including some packed picnic lunches and high altitude
Bid farewell to our sherpa team & fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to                   cooked meals.
hotel for 2 nights and welcome hot showers! Dinner and overnight –                Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park trekking permit
Nirvana Garden or similar                                  (B,D)                  English speaking mountain guides ( 1 guide, 2 assistant
                                                                                  guides for minimum of 8 persons)
May 24 or Nov 7 – Kathmandu – Free day                                            Yaks and porter services for group luggage transportation
Want another look at Everest and the peaks up close? Book an                      throughout the expedition
optional 1-hour Everest Flight seeing air tour aboard a light aircraft            Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
for a bird eye view of the stunning Himalayas only two nautical                   Kathmandu sightseeing with local guide
miles away! A celebratory farewell dinner and cultural show at                    Visit to Child Haven International home, tour of the
Kathmandu Kitchen restaurant.                                  (B,D)              facility and entertainment.
                                                                                  The services of a Canadian expedition leader throughout
May 25 or Nov 8 – Kathmandu                                                       the trip.
Breakfast, Transfer to the airport for flight home.                 (B)
                                                                          Not Included: International airfare to/from Nepal, mandatory
                                                                          medical/emergency/cancellation insurance; meals other than
       Child Haven International                                          specified; Sleeping bag and your personal mountain equipment
                                                                          (boots/trekking poles/backpacks/personal clothing/nutritional
                                                                          food); Beverages, wine, mineral water at restaurants during
Child Haven is a Canadian charity run by Bonnie and Fred
                                                                          meals; Personal expenses, tips for guides, porters, yak herders,
Cappuccino, both recipients of the Order of Canada, who have
                                                                          drivers and hotel/restaurant staff and Nepal visa fee payable on
dedicated their lives for the children in Asia for over 20 years.
                                                                          arrival in USD cash ($40 with one photo)
Everyday hundreds of children are abandoned in Nepal penniless,
hungry and alone. Some sleep on the street, others suffer under
wretched living conditions. The younger, are left destitute,              Deposit for bookings: C$500 per person
abandoned by parents, or a single mother herself probably an              Balance payment due: 45 Days prior to departure date
orphan, too destitute to provide. These children are without basic
needs - food, housing, education, health and medical care, without        Contact us for our general tour terms and conditions,
somewhere to belong and without grown-ups they can trust and              special travel insurance package and the booking forms.
rely on; deprived of love and hope. Currently 300+ kids grow up at
the Child Haven Kathmandu home and successfully “graduate” to
stand on their own and lead meaningful lives. Cappuccino’s
dedicate their lives to Child Haven and personally oversee the
homes, the progress and the well being of children.

We donate $150 per person in the name of trip participants and              Need Flights to Nepal? We can help…
this is a significant portion of Tourcan’s profits. The money will go
                                                                          Our Air specialists can arrange special discounted airfares
directly towards meeting the needs of the Child Haven home. One
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the Kathmandu home and have a fun afternoon and learn how                 and rest of the world. Contact us for flight schedules and
Child Haven’s work change the lives of these children.                    prices.

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