Imagine your adventure in the Himalayas travelling to the base of the world’s highest mountain via some of the high mountain passes in the world. Why limit your adventurer inside just to the world of imagination? Let it out set on the dream adventure to the Everest Base Camp via Renjo La pass, Gokyo and Cho La pass which brings some of the best and most spectacular Himalayan views.
This adventure goes half of the way through the regular Everest base camp trekking trail but misses out some of it from Namche bazar as it heads towards Thame which is an ethnic Sherpa village to the west of Namche bazar. Passing through this beautiful village of legendary mountaineers, the trek goes to Renjo La pass and to Gokyo village. After spending a full day in Gokyo to explore the surrounding the trek goes towards Everest Base Camp crossing Cho La pass. After the successful walk to the base of the world’s highest mountain and to Kalapatthar, the trek descends on the same trail as regular base camp trekkers do. After the Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp thrill, the trek descends towards Pheriche, Khumjung, Namche, Monjo and eventually to Lukla to catch another adventurous flight back to Kathmandu only to find yourself in the chaos of urban life again. Although you are in hustle and bustle of the city, the impression of serene mountain atmosphere and stunning Himalayan views is so deeply imprinted in your mind and heart that the city chaos seems like non-existent to you.
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Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival – 1400 m
Today is your arrival day in Kathmandu. Once you finish the custom and visa process and come outside at the airport in Kathmandu, you will find a person waiting for you with our company sign board. Follow him to the car and you will be driven to your hotel. Check in, relax and spend some leisurely time.
Day 02: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding
Take an early morning flight to Lukla, the gateway town to the Everest trek. Flying for about 45 minutes enjoying spectacularly beautiful view of the middle hills and mountains of Nepal, we land at the airstrip of Lukla. We, then, meet our complete trekking crew at Lukla and proceed on our trek for the day towards Phakding. After a four hours’ trek on a gradual downhill trail, we reach the small village of Phakding on the bank of beautiful Dudh Koshi River.
Stay overnight at a teahouse.
Day 03: Phakding – Namche 3440m
The trek for the day today that starts after breakfast at the teahouse goes mostly uphill to Namche. We come across several suspension bridges that allow us to connect from one mountain to the other across rivers and gorges. The effort of the trek is rewarded by the spectacular beauty of Namche bazar and the view of the Himalayan peaks from here. The stunning mountain peaks seen from this homeland of the famous Sherpas are… This homeland of famous climbing tribe Sherpa, who have the roots centuries back into Tibet, has become the ethnic Sherpa town for ages now when they migrated to the Everest region crossing the Himalayas.
Development of tourism activities in the Everest region has brought a significant change in the social and economic lives of Sherpa community as they have been the most preferred climbing assistants and trekking guides. All local Sherpa households of Namche bazar have been benefitted from the tourism industry as they have been able to run hotels at their own hometown.
Stay overnight at Namche Bazar.
Day 04: Acclimatization Day
We spend an extra night here at Namche Bazar as part of the acclimatization to the high altitude climate. We will take a day hiking trip to one of the hiking destinations in the area. We come back to Namche bazar for the overnight stay.
Day 05: Namche – Thame 3800 m
Our trek for the day starts after breakfast and heads towards Thame to the west from Namche. The walk along the river valley to the famous Sherpa village of Thame is astoundingly beautiful. This small village of Sherpa community has brought many legendary mountaineers to the world. The childhood home of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first man to summit the Everest along with Sir Edmund Hillary, is also the birthplace of record holder Everest summiteer Appa Sherpa who has 21 successful Everest Summits on his bag. Thame was also a year round village on the salt trading route that stretched from Tibet to India via Nepal. We are going to stay overnight in such a beautiful village of legendary mountaineers and historic importance.
Day 06: Thame – Lunghden 4380m
About six hours long walk today takes us to Lunghden on a gradual elevation gain during the walk. The walk today brings us face to face with the landscape above tree lines. So we will be walking mostly on the barren land without any trees and is a different experience of the walk than what we have covered so far on the trek. We will also have views of the Himalayas in distance. Once we reach Lunghden which is an easy base to do the Renjo La pass tomorrow, we stay overnight at a lodge.
Day 07: Lunghden – Renjo La 5360m – Gokyo 5357m
The trek today brings some of the most spectacular views to make the day one of the most wonderful ones. The trek today goes past Renjo La pass at the elevation of 5360 meters above sea level to reach Gokyo. Once we are at the pass, we are rewarded with stunning views of snow-capped mountain peaks on Rolwaling and Mahalangur Himalayan range. After enjoying the incredible Himalayan peaks from the pass, we descend down towards Gokyo village.
Stay overnight at Gokyo.
Day 08: Gokyo Exploration Day
We take our day to explore the majestic beauty of Gokyo village and surrounding wonders. We take an early morning hike up to Gokyo Ri at the elevation of 5483 meters above sea level to enjoy a spectacular view of Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu. We walk back down to Gokyo and make an afternoon walk to the Fifth Lake and later explore Nagjumba Glacier.
After spending an incredible day in and around Gokyo, we spend overnight here at Gokyo itself.
Day 09: Gokyo – Dragnag 4700m
Comparatively a short walk today, we trek towards Dragnag via the third lake. The walk takes us past glacial moraine and shortly to Dragnag thereafter. After the beautiful short walk of the day, we reach Dragnag and explore the place for the rest of the day or simply take a leisurely time to rest.
Stay overnight at Dragnag.
Day 10: Dragnag – Cho La 5330m – Dzonghla 4830m
It’s a long day today which takes us to Dzonghla for overnight stay. The walk goes past a high Himalayan pass called Cho La at the elevation of 5420 meters above sea level. Today is not only a long day of trek but also a difficult walking day. The day starts early to trek up towards Cho La pass passing through huge boulders. We walk on narrow and icy path through the pass thus have to be extra careful not to slip. After crossing the pass, we descend down towards Dzonghla where we spend overnight today.
Day 11: Dzonghla – Lobuche 4940m
Today we are going to meet the regular Everest base camp trekking trail when we reach Lobuche for our overnight stay. We are heading closer to the base camp of Everest as we walk further ahead towards Lobuche along the Khumbu valley. Once we reach Lobuche, we will meet trekkers making their way to the Everest base camp along the regular trekking trail to the base of the world’s highest mountain.
Day 12: Lobuche – Gorakshep – Everest Base Camp
We walk to Gorakshep from Lobuche today. The trail traverses up and down on the mountains and glacial moraine. Once we reach Gorakshep, we take lunch at the tea house we are staying tonight and proceed towards Everest Base Camp in the afternoon. We walk to the epic base of the highest mountain in the world. We walk to the new base camp of the Everest which is different than the old one where Hillary and Tenzing had camped before starting on their adventure journey towards the summit of the highest peak in the world.
After spending some quality time at the base camp, from where we can inhale fresh air from stunning mountains of Pumori, Khumbutse and Nuptse, we start our way back to Gorakshep for the stay overnight.
Day 13: Gorakshep – Kalapatthar 5643m – Pheriche 4288m
We go for an early morning hike up to the stunning view point of Kalapatthar at the elevation of 5545 meters above, which is also the highest elevation gain on this trek, for an excellent panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks right in front of us. Later we descend to Gorakshep and have our breakfast. We proceed on the trek for the day down to Pheriche to stay our overnight there.
Day 14: Pheriche – Namche 3,440m
The walk for the day on the trail leading us to lower elevation comes at stop when we reach Namche Bazar. The walk takes us through rhododendron and juniper forest. We can have some stunning views of Ama Dablam, Nuptseand Thamserku mountains from some points on the trail.
Stay overnight at Namche.
Day 15: Namche – Lukla 2860m
Today we map the Everest trail all the way back down to Lukla. We take the same trail we took to go up and come across several suspension bridges and walk past several local villages. Dudh Koshi River flow adds more beauty on the trail and makes the walk more enjoyable. And we eventually reach the town of Lukla where our trek to the Everest Base Camp comes to end.
We bid farewell to our supporting crew members expressing our thankfulness for everything they did to take us to the base camp of the world’s highest peak and bring us back safely. We stay overnight at Lukla today waiting for the flight back to Kathmandu tomorrow.
Day 16: Lukla – Kathmandu
We take another adventurous flight back to Kathmandu. Before boarding the plane, we will have a look on the Everest region and be grateful for offering us such incredible days which will stay in memory forever. The flight takes us back to the chaotic charm of Kathmandu. We reach hotel; check in and spend the day at leisure or find some massage, yoga etc. to rejuvenate our somewhat tired body.
Day 17: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
We will take you for a historical and cultural sightseeing tour of Kathmandu after breakfast today. The tour will take you to some of the cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. Those sites are Pashupatinath to see the Hindu cremation rituals on the bank of a holy river, Boudhanath which is the largest Buddhist stupa in the world, Swoyambhunath famously known as monkey temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square which is a medieval palace square where you visit the temple of living goddess, Kumari.
Day 18: Departure Day
Get ready at the hotel lobby 3 hours prior to your flight time and we will transfer you to airport for your departure flight.