EVEREST PANORAMA TREK
Lukla to Gokyo Ri
This is an indescribably majestic, challenging, high-altitude, sherpa and guide-assisted trek to one of the most spectacular vantage points on Earth - Gokyo Ri in the Everest Region.
Trekking, Outside Magazine's book on the top 20 treks in the world, describes this as
"the trek you would choose if you could only make one in your life".
After a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, we hike to Namche Bazaar (capital of the Everest region), and then continue our ascent through the Khumbu Valley, with the 8,000 meter Cho Oyu as our beacon. Upon reaching Gokyo Ri (5,357 meters), we are rewarded with a unique, panoramic view of four of the six highest mountains in the world: Lhotse (27,890'), Makalu (27,807'), Cho Oyu (26,750'), and, of course, Everest (29,035').
Duration: 15 days (10 days of trekking)
Trekking Grade: Level 4 / Strenuous
Maximum Altitude: 5,357 meters / 17,575 feet
Size of group: 10-15
Staff: Koshertreks group leader, Nepalese guides, Sherpa team. Dr. Micha Goodman will accompany the group as scholar-in-residence.
We will partake of the high mountain Nepalese specialties - including dhal Food:bhat - vegetarian and all cooked in our kosher pots with our utensils.
Point of departure and return: Katmandu, Nepal.
3 nights at the Kathmandu Guest House (double occupancy)
Full day guide and city tour in Kathmandu Valley
Round-trip flight Kathmandu-Lukla- Kathmandu
All park fees and TIMS card (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
Local head guide and assistant guide; Sherpa team
Kosher food throughout the trek (vegetarian, cooked with new utensils)
Waterproof covers for all of the equipment and duffle bags from the local agency)
Accommodation (double occupancy; hot showers/private bath where available)
Not included: travel costs, medical/rescue insurance, travel insurance, vaccinations, visa, gratuities, tips, laundry
Please note: The registration fee covers only part of the cost of the above services. If you would like to fully cover your costs, please add $1875 to your registration payment.
1 Mon. 15.10
Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m) /transfer to hotel
2 Tues. 16.10
Kathmandu – tour Tevel v’Tzedek
3 Wed. 17.10
45 min. flight to Lukla (2860m)/ hike to Phakding (2610m)
4 Thurs. 18.10
Hike to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
5 Fri. 19.10
Acclimatization day – day hike to monasteries, Everest View Hotel
6 Shabbat 20.10
7 Sun. 21.10
Hike to Dole (4038m)
8 Mon. 22.10
Hike to Machermo (4470m)
9 Tues. 23.10
Hike to Gokyo (4750m)
10 Wed. 24.10
Ascent to Gokyo Ri (5500m) / hike to Machermo
11 Thurs. 25.10
Hike to Namche Bazaar (via Tengboche monastery)
12 Friday 26.10
hike to Lukla
13 Shabbat 27.10
14 Sunday 28.10
Morning return flight Lukla-Kathmandu
Below is a list of required items for the Everest Panorama trek. Although the trek is porter-assisted, we strongly recommend that you try to pack as lightly as possible (i.e. no more than 15 kg on the trek). Some items may be rented; if you’re interested in this option, please inquire.
Hiking boots - comfortable, worn in, waterproof (either Goretex or waxed)
This is your most important piece of equipment!
Small day backpack and duffel bag
You’ll need the duffel bag for your porter-carried equipment, for use on the trek.
Travel clothes can be left in the hotel.
Make sure to pack clothing in waterproof bags.
Walking sticks / ski poles
Sleeping bag – 15-20F rating, lightweight + fleece liner is highly recommended
Underwearand socks – 4-6 changes
Base layer short sleeve shirt - breathable, not cotton!
Base layer long sleeve shirt & pants - thermal
Hiking pants - lightweight, loose fitting ()
Shirt - long sleeve, medium weight fleece (preferably breathable fabric)
Overfleece – warm
Down jacket; (down pants optional)
Rain jacket - windproof, with hood, Gore-tex or similar breathable material
Rain pants - Gore-tex or similar breathable material
Gloves - waterproof, lightweight, warm + a 2nd liner pair
Warm hat - wool or fleece with face- mask!
Baseball hat / sun hat
Slippers / sneakers for evenings
2 water bottles - 1-liter each
Sunglasses – preferably with side-shading
Sunscreen and lip balm/sunscreen – SPF at least 35
Basic toiletries; 2 rolls toilet paper; small, lightweight hiking towel; freshen wipes; Personal medical kit - band-aids for blisters, aspirin, etc.
flashlight - Petzl brand or equivalent + extra batteries
Optional: reading material ; diary & pen; small pen-knife
Yedidya Fraiman – Trek Leader
Since founding Koshertreks in 2001 with his friend Mordy Kehat, Yedidya has organized and led treks to some of the world’s great mountain ranges, including: the Everest and Annapurna regions of Nepal, Kilimanjaro (7 times), the Dolomites (Italy), the Pyrenees, the Kackar Range (Turkey), the trans-Switzerland Alpine Pass Route, the Julian Alps (Slovenia), Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, the Andes (Peru), the Caucasus (Georgia), Iceland, Scotland, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Yosemite.
Yedidya runs and cycles regularly, and has completed over 35 marathons and triathlons, including an Ironman.
Yedidya holds a B.A. from Harvard, and Master’s degrees from Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University. He lives with his wife Susan in Jerusalem. They have five children and five grandchildren.