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April 2018: Trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes

Gokyo Lakes from Kogyo Ri (source: Wang Lama Humla on Wikimedia
Jan 24, 2017

April 2018: Trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes

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Hike to the Roof of the World!

Gokyo Lake (source: Cooper7979 on Wikimedia)

Gokyo Lake (source: Cooper7979 on Wikimedia)

In April 2018 I will be leading a trek to Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal — literally the roof of the world. The trip is with Portland-based Embark, and we will be taking a slightly less-traveled route known as the Gokyo Lakes.

I could not be more excited about this trip. Nepal is hikers’ heaven, as far as I’m concerned, and some of the places we will visit on this 15-day trek are famous the world over:

Lukla, where we fly in from Kathmandu on one of the most famous flights in the world

The airport at Lukla (via Embark Adventures.)

The airport at Lukla (via Embark Adventures.)

Namche Bazaar, a Sherpa village where we spend a day acclimatizing

Namche Bazaar (source: Krish Dulal via Wikimedia

Namche Bazaar (source: Krish Dulal via Wikimedia

Tengboche, home of a large Buddhist monastery

View from Tengboche (source: shicks via Wikimedia

View from Tengboche (source: shicks via Wikimedia)

The Gokyo Lakes, sacred bodies of water 15,000 above sea level

Gokyo Lakes from Kogyo Ri (source: Wang Lama Humla on Wikimedia

Gokyo Lakes from Kogyo Ri (source: Wang Lama Humla on Wikimedia)

Everest Base Camp at the foot of the world’s highest mountain

Panorama from Everest Base Camp (source: Snowman Studios via Wikimedia

Panorama from Everest Base Camp (source: Snowman Studios via Wikimedia)

Kalapathar, an 18,000-foot-high viewpoint above the base camp

View from Kalapatthar (via Embark Adventures.

View from Kalapatthar (via Embark Adventures.)

Before and after the trek, we will have time to explore Kathmandu, with its famous medieval streets and places holy to Buddhists and Hindus alike. It’s a city that should be high on everyone’s “bucket list,” and it certainly is on mine.

Temple in Kathmandu (via Embark Adventures.

Temple in Kathmandu (via Embark Adventures.)

And finally, here is a video with a fly-over of the route — and a terrific Scottish accent.

We are still working on the exact details, but it will be in the second half of April, 2018. If you are interested, get in touch with me today, and I will put you on the list for more updates.

Paul Gerald

I am the author of several books on hiking, camping, eating breakfast and chilling out. I am also a freelance travel writer, publisher, hiker, and inveterate traveler.

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