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snowcat-photo-logo-square-no-text Final Alternative Everest Trek

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



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

Meals: BLD


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 bridges 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

Meals: BLD


Day 4 - Acclimatisation and rest day in Namche Bazaar

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

Meals: BLD


Day 5 - Trek to Kangjuma

A stiff climb out of Namche is rewarded by spectacular views. You can soak these up (including Everest) from the terrace of the Everest View Hotel and have a rest and a cuppa. From here you lose a bit of height and pass through Khumjung and continue to descend to Kangjuma (3625m). Distance covered today is around 7km with 700m ascent and 550m descent and should take around 6hrs walking,

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Kanjuma

Meals: BLD


Day 6 - Trek to Dole

You now leave the usual EBC trail and climb up to the Mon La to enter the Gokyo Valley. You then descend and lose around 300m to pass through Phortse Tenga. It's then up through rhododenrdon forests to emerge with a nice view of Cho Oyu. A little further and you reach Dole (4060m). Walking distance is around 8.5km with around 1300m ascent and 920m descent. A longer day of around 7hrs walking.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Dole

Meals: BLD


Day 7 - Trek to Machermo

Heading further up the Gokyo Valley things begin today on a reasonably level trail and you'll see your destination for today down below in the valley. Machermo (4460m) is a nice place and invites further exploration, which is just as well as tomorrow is a necessary acclimatisation day. A shorter day of around 4hrs walking covering some 5km but still with 570m ascent and 200m descent.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Machermo

Meals: BLD


Day 8 - Acclimatisation Day

Before overnighting any higher, today is a further acclimatisation day. It's good practice to aim to go a little higher and then to come back down again to allow the body the best chances of acclimatising. An acclimatisation day isn't necessarily a rest day as such. So, today you can walk up to the ridge line above the village and get some excellent views of the surrounding peaks.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Machermo

Meals: BLD


Day 9 - Trek to Gokyo Lakes

The sacred, glittering turquoise lakes of Gokyo await you today. There's a little bit of up and down to begin with as you walk alongside the Ngozumba Glacier. Pretty soon you pass one of the lakes and a little further you'll pass the route which you'll take tomorrow across the glacier and to the Cho La. But, for now you continue steadily up the valley to reach Gokyo (4790m). It's around 7km and a bit to Gokyo and the walking takes between 4-5hrs ascending 575m and descending 200m overall.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Gokyo

Meals: BLD


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 fot 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 ascnet and 520m ascent over 4hrs walking.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Dragnag

Meals: BLD


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

Meals: BLD


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

Meals: BLD


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

Meals: BLD


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

Meals: BLD


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

Meals: BLD


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

Meals: BLD


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

Meals: BLD


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.

Accommodation: KGH Hotel, Kathmandu

Meals: B


Day 19 - Kathmandu

Today is necessary as a contingency day should there have been any delays to the return flight from Lukla. We know that many trekking companies do not incorporate a contingency day. Sure, more often than not Lukla-Kathmandu flights happen on a daily basis, but they are weather dependent flights and no one controls the weather. So, we think a contingency day is necessary as it may have been your flight from Kathmandu that was affected. Either way there is always the potential for losing a day. So what do you do if there is no contingency? Miss EBC or your International flight home? If nothing happened, then you're in Kathmandu with a free day! We can pre-arrange a guided tour of the principle sights of Kathmandu and to medieval Bhaktapur, or other ways to enjoy the Kathmandu Valley.

Accommodation: KGH Hotel, Kathmandu

Meals: B


Day 20 - Depart Nepal

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


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



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