Salpa-Arun, Khumbu and Solu, Nepal

On the way at Mount Everest and Makalu area with ascent of Gokyo Peak, 5483 m

Magnificent nature, mysterious cultures and fantastic views of Makalu, Cho Oyu and Mount Everest and the beautiful Ama Dablam.


Let’s see where it is:

On tour:

October to December 2000 with Kirsten Steimel

Getting there:

Fly into Kathmandu, then continue with a domestic flight to Tumlingtar. The way back to Kathmandu is possible by plane from Phaplu or Lukla, alternatively by bus from Jiri.

Best time of the year:

The weather is usually stable from September to December. It will be noticeably colder towards the end of the year, in December the temperatures at night can drop down to –30°C in regions above 4000 m.

Starting point:

Tumlingtar in the district Bhojpur


From Tumlingtar (457 m) you follow the rivers of Arun, Irkhu Khola, Lidung Khola up to Bung (2000 m) and further on to Kharte (where you reach the main track). Further directions: Lukla (2800 m) – Namche Bazar (3440 m) – Gokyo (4790 m) – Gokyo Peak (5483 m) – Cho La (5420 m) – Dzonglha (4830 m) – Pheriche (4240 m) – Tengboche (3860 m). From Kharikhola (2040 m) you are passing Ringmo to Phaplu (2470 m).


Lodges for overnight stay are always reachable within a day’s distance.


The area between Tumlingtar and Kharte is less frequented. In this area you have to cross several valleys (large height differences). The Cho La Pass is very steep and feasible without ice equipment only in excellent conditions. The walk duration and daily distances vary very much in the higher area of Gokyo depending on your own the acclimatization.

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