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Unknown High Passes Everest Trek

Everest The Hard Way

We have shown the itinerary on the basis of a complete holiday purely for illustrative purposes. Naturally as tailor-made Nepal holiday specialists we would be happy to discuss additional options, whether it be other activities, more/less sightseeing, alternative/upgraded accommodation etc dependent upon your interests, preferences and time available. We even tailor-make a suggested 'what to pack' list for you based upon your ultimately chosen Nepal tailor-made holiday too.

Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu

Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere,

Accommodation: KGH Hotel -   Kathmandu

Included Meals: None


Day 2 - Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding

A private transfer to the airport for the 40min spectacular flight to the airstrip at Lukla. Here you'll meet your porter team and then your first day of trekking is actually downhill and relatively short as you descend a trail to the bottom of the river valley below. It's around 3-4hrs of walking to the village of Phakding (2610m) and your overnight halt staying in a typical trekking lodge. The walking distance is around 10km with approx 650m descent and 390m ascent.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Phakding

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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Day 3 - Trek to Namche Bazaar

Todays walk begins in a straightforward manner as you follow the trail alongside the river and through pine forests to Jorsale. You'll cross the river a couple of times by suspension and plank bridge and in around 2hrs you'll hopefully get your first glimpse of Everest's summit poking over the Nuptse ridge in the far distance. It's then a stiff climb of 2-3 hrs as the Everest Base Camp trail winds its way up and up to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. Walking time approx. 5-6hrs to an altitude of 3440m. Altitude gain 800m. The distance today is around 10km with 1150m ascent and 400m descent.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Namche Bazaar

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4 - Acclimatisation Day

Now at 3440m you really have to have an acclimatisation day today and let your body take it easy. Namche is a fascinating place to explore with plenty of souvenir shops, cafes and bars, as well as a particularly good German bakery too! If you like you can take an acclimatisation walk up to the Museum of Sherpa Culture. Near to the museum is an excellent Everest viewpoint and magnificent views of the iconic peak of Ama Dablam.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Namche Bazaar

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5 - Trek to Thame

A stiff climb out of Namche is rewarded by spectacular views. The walk continues to skirt the ridge and then along the Bhote Khosi River through various villages, and perhaps all of a sudden you've realised that the trails have become much quieter too. The lesser number of trekkers is also a good indicator that for the following days the lodges wil be more simple and basic. Crossing a river by means of a suspension bridge the final part of todays trek is the climb up to Thame (3825m). Distance covered today is around 8.5km with 740m ascent and 500m descent and should take around 6hrs walking,

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Thame

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6 - Acclimatisation

An essential acclimatisation day today, but a good walking day nonetheless. In fact it's quite spectacular as you might like to hike up the valley to a yak grazing around at around 4250m and return to Thame.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Thame

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 7 - Trek to Marulung

Not many trekkers head this way as you ascend to Tangmote and then further up to Marulung (4215m). A shorter day of around 4hrs walking covering some 8km but with 490m ascent and 150m descent.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Marulung

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 8 - Acclimatisation Day

Once more an acclimatisation day is essential as tomorrow wil be the crossing of the Renjo La. Taking it slowly today you can walk up to the tiny village of Arye (4400m). It's a lovely walk in itself and the scenery in this rarely visited valley is just beautiful. Perhaps if you're feeling good you can go further and towards the glacier than comes off the Nangpa La.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Marulung

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 9 - The Renjo La to Gokyo

Toughest day so far on the trek as there's over 1100m of ascent required to reach the Renjo La (5340m). A very early start is required for this very long day. The trail that winds its way up to the Renjo La is often stone-stepped, but it's a fair old slog at these high altitudes for sure. Prayer flags indicate the pass itself and from here there are truly gobsmacking views of Everest and the surrounding peaks. The pass and part of the ascent and descent may be snow covered. It's steep at first as you drop down from the pass and onto a well made trail down to Gokyo. Walking distance is 11km, with about 1200m ascent and 820m descent. Walking time is usually around 10hrs.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Gokyo

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



Day 10 - Gokyo Ri and trek to Dragnag

The mountain known as Gokyo Ri (5360m) is a classic Everest view point and other than the extra hard effort and additional determination due to the high altitude to ascend is not technical at all. You'll need to leave just after dawn and it's a steep trail that zig zags it's way up the mountain side to the view point. There's around 600m of ascent and descent for Gokyo Ri. But, it is most definitely worth it. Back to the lodge for brekkie and then down to one of the lakes to take the trail you saw yesterday across the Ngozumba Glacier. The route itself is well marked with cairns and takes under an hour. A little way up from the glacier and you reach Dragnag (4700m). The lodges for the next few days become increasingly simple and basic. Walking distance today (excluding the Gokyo Ri climb) is around 6km with 430m ascent and 520m ascent over 4hrs walking.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Dragnag

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 11 - The Cho La crossing to Dzongla

The Cho La is a glaciated mountain pass that reaches 5425m. The route involves crossing a boulder field and old moraine. At times it is very steep and a bit of straightforward scrambling is required  as there are bits of loose scree. You may be amazed as to how well your laden porters manage this whilst you're huffing and puffing you're way up. The pass itself is often snow covered and we do recommend you have a walking ice axe and in-step crampons with you for this. NB: in-step crampons are not mountaineering crampons. Do ask us if you are unfamiliar with these. After enjoying the great views from the pass you head down a usually glaciated section to pasture lands below and onto Dzongla (4830m). It's a tough day of around 9hrs walking the 9km distance and involves around 930m ascent and 840m descent.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Dzongla

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 12 - Trek to Gorak Shep

You continue descending and drop down to join the main EBC trail at Lobuche. From here you walk steadily uphill alongside the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and onto Gorak Shep (5140m). It's around 12km walking distance today. Quite a long day though of 7-8hrs walking and with around 870m ascent and 550m descent.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Gorak Shep

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 13- Everest Base Camp

Today you will walk up to EBC and then back to Gorak Shep. The round trip sounds easy....just under 7km with under 200m ascent and descent. But, it generally takes a good 6 hours to get to EBC and back at this high altitude. Still, you should have a good hour or so to appreciate EBC itself. The summit of Everest cannot be seen from EBC, but there are some pretty impressive views of the tumbling Khumbu Icefall and the west shoulder of Everest. During the trekking season there is little in the way of activity at EBC (other than curious trekkers) and whilst it is from Kala Patar that the best views of Everest can be had on the Everest Base Camp trek, you so 'sorta kinda' have to come to EBC to say you've been there.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Gorak Shep

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 14 - Kala Patar and to Pheriche

We firmly believe that the 'jewel in the crown' of this trek is the view from the top of Kala Patar and not EBC itself. Hoping for the often clear morning weather it takes around 2 hours to follow the now well worn trail to Kala Patar (5500m) and for the classic view of Everest. Returning to Gorak Shep you walk back down to Lobuche and then onto Pheriche (4270m), where there is also a permanent clinic staffed by western doctors during the main trekking season. Todays walk of just over 16km takes around 7-8hrs with around 500m ascent and 1400m descent.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Pheriche

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 15 - Trek to Phortse

You're essentially heading down today & the walk to Phortse takes around 6-7 hrs to complete the 14km distance with around 450m ascent and 1300m descent.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Phortse

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 16 - Trek to Monjo

A long descent down to the river and then up a zig zagging trail to the Mon La. A slight deviation off the main EBC trail, which you now rejoin and descend to Namche and a couple of hours of mostly downhill and you're in Monjo. Distance is around 14km with 650m ascent and 1350m descent and takes around 6-7hrs walking.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Monjo

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 17 - Back up to Lukla

At first you continue to head down the valley, passing through Phakding and then to climb back up to Lukla. The distance is around 13.5km with about 670m ascent and 580m descent and takes about 5hrs of walking.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Lukla

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 18 - Fly to Kathmandu

An adrenalin filled take off from Lukla for the short flight out of the Himalayas and back to Kathmandu. A private transfer will take you from the airport back to the KGH Hotel. However, you may wish to consider some additional contingency for this trek, whether it be for any delays/cancellations that can and do occur for flights both to and from Lukla, or any difficulties that may arise on the trek.

Accommodation: KGH Hotel, Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast


Day 19 - Depart Nepal

A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast


Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made.

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