Everest Base Camp&Gokyo Lakes over two passes 17 days
Duration: 17 days
Trip level: strenuous (info?)
Maximum altitude: 5554 m
Season: February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December
This trek to Everest Base Camp is more adventurous than the mail trail which leads straight to Everest Base Camp. For here you will cross the Renjo La pass and the Cho La Pass. These passes are not on the standard Everest trail so you hike secluded from the masses. The passes and the Kala Patar peak offer superb views of Everest and the entire Khumbu mountain range.
The adventure begins with the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Lukla Airport it is a short hike to Phakding. A good start to get used to the high mountainous air. From here you trek to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital. In Namche you will take a resting day for acclimatizing. An optional day hike is possible to the Everest View hotel. From Namche Bazaar you walk the trail into the remote Nangpa Valley towards Thame. The tough climb towards the Renjo La pass is long and steep, but rewarding. The wide panoramic views are stunning. You can see Everest and Cho Oyu, and the entire Khumbu region, and even Makalu. The descent to the idyllic Gokyo Lakes is quit leisurely. At the Gokyo Lakes you can enjoy a resting day, or climb to the high peak of Gokyo Ri (5483 meters) for another stunning view of the mountains. After Gokyo you continue the trek over a glacier and climb towards the Cho La Pass. After the pass you will enter the main trail to the Everest Base Camp. From Gorakshep you will make a day hike to the base camp on the Khumbu Glacier. After this highlight you will immediately will be treated with another one spectacular view. It is an easy climb to Kala Patar peak and from this viewpoint the Khumbu Mountains are very close. You can almost touch Pumori Mountain. After this viewpoint you will descent down to Lukla via Thyangboche with its impressive monastery. A flight back to Kathmandu ends this memorable adventure.
Day 01 Flight Kathmandu to Lukla, and trek to Phakding (2640 m – flight 1 hr. – 3 hrs.)
Day 02 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 03 Resting day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. Optional day hike to the Everest View hotel
Day 04 Trek to Thame (4200 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Lungdhen (4380 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 06 Trek over Renjo La pass (5344 m) to Gokyo Lakes (4800 m – 8 hrs.)
Day 07 Resting day or optional climb to Gokyo Ri (5483 m)
Day 08 Trek to Thangnang (4750 m – 2 hrs.)
Day 09 Trek over Cho La pass (5367 m) to Lobuche (4930 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 10 Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364 m), overnight in Gorakshep (5170 m – 3-5 hrs.)
Day 11 Trek to Kala Patar (5554 m) and overnight in Lobuche (4930 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 12 Trek to Dingboche (4290 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 13 Trek via Thyangboche Monastery to Sangnasa (4250 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 14 Trek to Monjo (2860 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 15 Trek to Lukla (2840 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 16 Flight Lukla to Kathmandu (1 hrs.)
Day 17 Buffer day
During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, the cost of the local transfers.
Please inquire about the price.
We have noticed the ways of travelling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
-Transfer from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Return flight Kathmandu to Lukla, and transfer to and from domestic airport
-Certificate of CO2- emission free return flight Kathmandu to Lukla
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Porter service for carrying luggage. One porter for two persons, max. Luggage 12 kg. per person
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide
-Free use of waterproof bag for your luggage
-Sagarmatha National Park entrance fee, TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
-Lodging and food during trek
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arises due to a change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide and porter(s)