Everest base camp trek with many Passes

The various Everest Trekking routes in the Khumbu, including the immortal Everest Base Camp trek, allow us to appreciate this natural wonder and marvel at the beauty of the region. The friendliness of the Nepalese people make Nepal one of the most exciting mountain nations for trekking, along with the spectacular scenery en-route. So much more than a sight-seeing holiday, taking an Everest Base Camp trek, or one of its alternatives, will provide you with an experience you will not forget in your lifetime.
Famous for its spectacular mountain peaks and the loyalty and friendliness of its inhabitants (the Sherpas), the Everest region (Khumbu) is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Nepal. While many of the routes through the mountains are arduous, there are ample places to rest and enjoy a meal along the way. Furthermore, don’t worry about getting lost. Just ask a local the way to the next village on your route, and they will direct you. Most Sherpas under the age of fifty can at least understand basic English, and many speak it fluently.
While trekking is possible in this area the whole year round, the best times to visit are from the beginning of March to mid May and from the beginning of September to mid November. The winters are very cold and snow may make it difficult to travel higher than Tengboche, and also lodges may be closed above this altitude. Summers, on the other hand, are wet, and the spectacular peaks are often lost in the clouds. April and early May is a good time to see the hedgerows and trees bursting into bloom, with Rhododendrons, in particular, adding a spectacular splash of color to the landscape. However, dust from the plains of India during the spring routinely provide less than ideal conditions for clear mountain views. The views are much better after the summer monsoons have cleared the atmosphere of dust, but the days are shorter and cooler.

TRIP FACTS

Country: Nepal
Sector: Everest region
Route : Everest trek with many passes.
Duration: 25 days
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Maximum Altitude : 5180m
Best Season: March-December
Group Size: 2
Trek Start/End: LUKLA /LUKLA
Trekking Hours: 5-7 per day

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1345meters). Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu and will be displaying with DOLPA ADVENTURE TREKS AND TOURS signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel . Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2 Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley : Optional In the morning of after breakfast at around 8 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your tour in Nepal. After the meeting and a hearty breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at around 9:45am. Sightseeing places will be : Pashupatinath, Boudhnath, Swoyambhunath stupa and Kathmandu durbar square. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. The rest of your time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3 Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) takes about 35 minutes. Trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640 m.) takes approximately three hours. You begin your trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Nupla (5885m) which can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Kosi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at a Ghat teahouse. You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Stay overnight at Phakding.
Day 4 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m. takes approximately five hours. The trail starts along a level path along the right bank. Thamserku looms skyward on the opposite bank. You cross a stream and climb the terraced hill from the Dudh Koshi route, to arrive at Bengar.The trail now climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. You continue along a path with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village of Monjo. Now you descend the path of stone steps and return to the right bank over a wooden bridge.After a short climb you come to Jorsales teahouse and hotel, you also stop at the National Park Service where a park entrance fee is collected. After your departure from Jorsale, you enter a forested mountainside. You follow a short walk along the riverbed of this V-shaped valley where the river forks - the right is the Dudh Koshi and the left is the Bhote Koshi that leads to Nampa La. After a short distance along the Bhote Koshi, you begin the steep ascent to Namche Bazar. As the mountain path zigzags uphill, you will emerge at a ridge top rest area that offers excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.) The climb eases somewhat, and Namche Bazar appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pines. Namche Bazar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Bhote Koshi. Stay overnight at Namche.
Day 5 A day for rest at Namche Bazaar 3440m. for acclimatization. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For acclimatization you walk up to Khhumjung where you can visit a monastery. Khhumjung is densely populated by the Sherpa community. You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, and Kwangde and so on. Or you can take an hour's walk up to Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for an outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. This museum exhibits Sherpa culture. Stay overnight at Namche.
Day 6 Namche Trek to Phortse - 3780m We start the day hiking up to the large mani stone that we walked past yesterday, staying right as we walk along the well-used trail heading east. We contouring around several hillsides high above the Dudh Kosi, stopping for views of Everest and Lhotse at the two whitewashed chortens. About two hours later we reach Tashi & Lhakpa's Ama Dablam Lodge in Kyangjuma, perched dramatically on a steep hillside overlooking the peak of the same name. Their pet yak will by in the morning for some grub, and Tashi has the best shopping in the Everest region, so we'll have a short stop here. Continuing along the main trail, we veer left at the intersection to Gokyo and take the steep trail up to the bridge which intersects with the old trail from Khumjung, and climb gradually for another hour of so to Mong La, where we will perhaps lunch (with fantastic views) at the Boudha Lodge, perched spectacularly on this 4000 meter pass. Along the way we are likely to see wildlife such as himalayan tahr and the spectacularly-hued danphe (the Nepali national bird). We'll have a steep descent through pine and rhododendron forests on a switchbacking trail followed by stone steps hugging the cliff side to Phortse Tenga. Just past the lodges and ancient mani wall and stones we cross the river on a steel bridge and start the short but steep climb up to Phortse, one of the first villages of the Khumbu region, at 3800 meters. On the way up, keep your eyes open and cameras out as there are many musk deer, danphe and blood pheasants hiding in the rhododendron forests bordering the trail and the village. The danphe dig for potatoes in the lower fields of the village in the mornings and evenings. We'll bunk down for the night at one of everyone's favorite lodges, the Phortse Lodge, which boasts a wonderful dining room, great views and good electricity for re-charging and perhaps watching a movie. The lodge is run by a lovely Sherpa couple, Ba Nuru and his wife Pasang. Ba Nuru is a many-time Everest climber and one of the main participants in the Phortse Climbing School, founded by Conrad Anchor and his wife. O/N in Phortse.
Day 7 Phortse Trek to Pangboche - 3900m We have a breath-taking hike ahead of us today, leaving Phortse on the northeastern side heading towards Tengboche Gompa across the deep river gorge below. Our trail skirts the high ridges of Taboche Peak, often precipitous but always safe, and offering fantastic views around every corner. Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse dominate the northern skyline, while Ama Dablam is close enough to touch to the east and our old friends Kantega and Thamserku grace the valley below us. After an hour of scenic walking we climb a small pass for a few hundred steep meters (4080m), descend and eventually reach Upper Pangboche, where we'll wander the old alleys and take a peek inside Pangboche Gompa, at approximately 500 years old one of the four oldest gompas (monasteries) in the Khumbu. Contouring above the newer Lower Pangboche, we pass a high mani wall, some memorial chortens and the school before dropping down to our lodge in Lower Pangboche. Pangbohe is a lovely village with views across the river to the trail to Ama Dablam Base Camp and the old airstrip at Mingbo. We stay at the last lodge in the village, Sonam Lodge, owned by Lhakpa's (ex) brother-in-law, Gyurme. Gyurme is one of the many lodge owners that we will meet along the way who has summited Everest many times. From the three-sided windows of the dining room, we will be treated to a sunset over Ama Dablam, Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. O/N in Pangboche.
Day 8 Pangboche (daytrip Ama Dablam Base Camp) We've scheduled an acclimatization day in Pangboche, with a fantastic hike up the Mingbo valley to Ama Dablam Base Camps (4580m & 4535m) where Lhakpa's sister-in-law Nima Lhamo owns the Ama Dablam Support Lodge, popular with Ama Dablam climbers. It takes 2 and 2 1/2 a hours of ridgeline hiking towards the base of Ama Dablam, to reach the lively base camp. We'll visit the higher base camp first, ablaze with colorful tents, before dropping a bit to the lodge for lunch. The views throughout the day are sublime, especially of Pumori and Taboche, and we'll probably also see climbers summiting the steep snowfield at the top of Ama Dablam. O/N in Pangboche.
Day 9 Pangboche Trek to Dingboche - 4300m We have only a short trekking day today since we're gaining altitude, so enjoy the beautiful walk. Leaving Pangboche on the left side of the mani wall, we trek above the Imja Khola along a rocky trail to tiny Somare and then along wide yak trails past the one lodge of Orsho and then past the intersection to Pheriche (home of the the HRA health post). Just past the intersection we descend to the intersecting Chola Khola which we cross on a small, wooden bridge to reach the scree hillside leading to Dingboche. Dingboche is another old Sherpa village, now a primary stop on the Everest Base Camp route, a semi-permanent village whos inhabitants traditionally would stay in nearby kharkas, keeping their livestock away from their precious barley crops. The lower half of Dingboche is a line of trekking lodges interspersed with a few local shops and internet cafes, while the upper half is still local Sherpa dwellings, fields, rock walls and yak enclosures, reminiscent of Sherpa villages of yore. Three whitewashed chortens with Buddha eyes lead up the ridge to the peak called Dolma Ri, topped with prayer flags. Look on top of the peak for the eagle, or 'lak', perched there. Above, nestled in the hillside, is an old Buddhist hermitage called Nangar Dzong, the summer meditation place of Lama Sangwa Dorje. O/N in Dingboche
Day 10 Pangboche Trek to Dingboche - 4300m We have only a short trekking day today since we're gaining altitude, so enjoy the beautiful walk. Leaving Pangboche on the left side of the mani wall, we trek above the Imja Khola along a rocky trail to tiny Somare and then along wide yak trails past the one lodge of Orsho and then past the intersection to Pheriche (home of the the HRA health post). Just past the intersection we descend to the intersecting Chola Khola which we cross on a small, wooden bridge to reach the scree hillside leading to Dingboche. Dingboche is another old Sherpa village, now a primary stop on the Everest Base Camp route, a semi-permanent village whos inhabitants traditionally would stay in nearby kharkas, keeping their livestock away from their precious barley crops. The lower half of Dingboche is a line of trekking lodges interspersed with a few local shops and internet cafes, while the upper half is still local Sherpa dwellings, fields, rock walls and yak enclosures, reminiscent of Sherpa villages of yore. Three whitewashed chortens with Buddha eyes lead up the ridge to the peak called Dolma Ri, topped with prayer flags. Look on top of the peak for the eagle, or 'lak', perched there. Above, nestled in the hillside, is an old Buddhist hermitage called Nangar Dzong, the summer meditation place of Lama Sangwa Dorje. O/N in Dingboche
Day 11 Chhukhung – Day Hike This is one of the least trekked and most spectacular valleys in the Khumbu region, and we'll take advantage of our free day here to climb Chhukhung Ri, a climbing peak with two summits, the higher at 5565m. From the cairn-strewn saddle at 5390 meters, the views of Makalu and Nuptse are awesome, and we peer down the back side of the peak to Cho Oyu and the peaks near the Gokyo Lakes. From the lodge, we'll cross a small and often frozen glacial stream and climb for about 2 hours to reach the saddle; the summit to the north is another half and hour's hike on loose scree, slightly exposed. O/N in Chhukhung.
Day 12 Chhukhung Trek to Lobuche - 4935m We have two options today, descending to Dingboche, traversing to Thugla and then climbing to Lobuche, or crossing the Kongma La and the Khumbu glacier to reach Lobuche. Below is the first (and easier/lower in altitude) option: OPTION 1: After returning back down the valley to Dingboche, we crest the chorten-topped ridge and continue another three hours further, looking down on the trail to the Cho La Pass and Dzongla. Walking along the flat, grassy plateau, we pass the summer 'doksa', or yak-herding settlement, of Dusa before heading down to the stony river coming from the Khumbu Valley, and crossing it on a small bridge. A quick five minutes up the hill and we arrive at Thugla and Tsering Lhakpa's Yak Lodge, probably the most genuine alpine lodge in the Khumbu. And it's worth a trek up to Thugla just to meet Tsering, who often takes out his Tibetan 'damnye' to play some traditional Tibetan songs. We'll have lunch at Thugla before continuing up. From Thugla, it's straight up the steep, yak-trodden trail to the memorials to the many climbers who have died attempting one of the many peaks in the area (including Babu Chiri and Scott Fischer's). The Sherpas call this place Chukpi Lhare, meaning 'wealthy persons' kharka'. Check the mountain views behind you when you reach the memorial crest, they're spectacular. Next, we head up-valley towards Lobuche. The views from the edge of the glacier down valley are superb, almost more so as the clouds move up the valley, so don't miss an afternoon walk up to the ridge with your camera. At Lobuche, almost 5000 meters, it is especially important to take it easy, stay hydrated and get plenty of rest. OPTION 2: The Kongma La pass takes only an hour or so more than the route via Thugla (not including stopping for lunch), and is very do-able if we're strong and have slept two nights at Chhukhung. To reach the Kongma La, we head directly west out of Chhukhung on a small, rocky trail and contour around many hillsides, usually not very steeply, until we reach the Pokalden Base Camp. After a few other hills, more steep, we will reach another Base Camp for Pokalden and a clear blue lake which sits just below the pass. We climb the last half hour on a trail which is good but looks impossibly built into the cliff-side, and about 4 hours later we have reached the Kongma La, our highest pass at 5540 meters. Getting down the pass is straight forward but tiring, with a steep descent on loose scree and rocks, hard on the knees, finally reaching the green valley bottom only to climb back up the eastern lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. Crossing the glacier is an otherworldly experience as we trek past groaning glacial ponds and sliding rocks and scree, again a tough series of climbs and descents on the uneven glacier, the first two-thirds of the glacier always on a new trail. The last third is easier, and we soon crest the top of the western lateral moraine, with an easy descent to Lobuche. O/N in Lobuche.
Day 13 Lobuche Trek to Gorak Shep - 5180m (Kala Pattar) We leave Lobuche early, trekking up a rocky yak trail on the right side of the Khumbu Glacier towards Gorak Shep, a walk of about three hours. The walk isn't difficult, but there are a few hills to crest, more memorials along the way, and you should feel the altitude. The last stretch of the trail snakes up and down glacial scree, and just before Gorak Shep we get a view of Everest. Gorak Shep, with Kala Pattar just to the left, is a welcome sight; the Himalayan Lodge has expanded, the rooms are lovely, the toilets are inside and the dining room is always lively and warm. The food is even good, quite a feat at 5180 meters, many days walk from the markets! To the east of Gorak Shep, Nuptse looms magnificently above us, now a triangular rock face which turns pink with the evening light. We have a chance to climb the 5645-meter Kala Pattar later in the morning, a steep, 2-hour climb from the lodge. From the rocky, prayer-flag strewn summit which is actually a spur from Pumori we are rewared with in-your-face views the 6, 7 & 8000 meter peaks as Everest, Lhotse (the tip), Nuptse, Amadablam & Kangtega to the south and Lhola Peak, Changtse, Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori & Chumbu. Changtse is fully in Tibet, and the others for the most part form the border of Nepal and Tibet. O/N in Gorakshep.
Day 14 Gorakshep: Trek to Lobuche - 4935m (daytrip to Everest Base Camp) We have the morning hike to Everest Base Camp at 5365 meters, a 5-hour round-trip walk along the glacial ridge leading to the Khumbu icefall, descending right onto the glacier. At 'Korean Base Camp' there is a rock strung with 5-colored prayer flags which looks out at the Khumbu Ice Fall, a perfect spot for a group photo. If we have time, we can venture into the ice pinacles just a few minutes from the prayer flags, a sign of the melting glaciers and global warming ... If you didn't do it yesterday you can climb the 5645- meter Kala Pattar in the morning. O/N in Lobuche.
Day 15 Lobuche Trek to Dzongla - 4830m We can sleep in a bit this morning as we have a short day to Dzongla today, a small 'kharka' of 3 lodges which sit a few hours below the Cho La pass. Once past Lobuche, we fork off to the right (east), cross a small floodplains river on rocks and climb gradually, contouring as we head south. At the confluence of the Chola stream and the stream coming from the Khumbu glacier we are treated to magnificent views in all directions, the featured peaks being Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Pumori. We turn to the right and head up the Dzongla valley, past the opaque, turquoise Cho La Lake on our left, followed by Lobuche East base camp in the green valley to our right. Another steep switchbacking climb and we see the small lodges of Dzongla, which requires a descent, another small stream crossing and one last ascent to reach. O/N in Dzongla.
Day 16 Dzongla Trek to Tangnak - 4690m (over the Cho La Pass) It's going to be an early start for our crossing of the Cho La pass (5370m), a steep and somewhat difficult ascent of a rocky ridge and glacier a few hours walk from Dzongla. We start by crossing a small glacial stream, and then start climbing up the pass along a ridge with Lobuche West looming above us. From the iron-stained rock at the top of the ridge we climb a rock staircase to reach the bottom of the melting Chola glacier, often icy and requiring Yak Traxs or micro-spikes. The ascent of the Chola glacier is exciting and stunningly beautiful as we trek across the snow, and we soon reach the gaping and usually frozen crevasse just below the pass. At the pass we'll hang Buddhist prayer flags and send prayers out across the Himalaya. From the top of Cho La pass we'll have views of Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku, Tarboche, Cholatse and Baruntse on the Khumbu side, and of Nangpai Gosain, Pasang Lhamo, Numbur and on the Gokyo side. After a snack, it's a scramble back down the pass, again often icy. At the bottom of this first stretch we still have to negotiate a rocky, hilly trail across the valley followed by a long descent to the kharka of Tangnak. O/N in Tangnak.
Day 17 Tangnak Trek to Gokyo - 4790m We start the morning by hiking gently on the east side of the the Ngozumpa Glacier; after about half an hour we hike up the lateral moraine and descend into the glacier. After hiking further north on a slightly exposed trail just inside the moraine, we cross the glacier on a sandy, boulder-strewn trail, the frozen lakes creaking as we snake our way to the other side. Climbing up the opposite lateral moraine, we just have to cross a small hill before looking down to the ever-expanding seasonal 'trekking village' (once just a kharka) of Gokyo, built beside the third, and biggest lake. In this grassy ablation valley running beside the Ngozumpa Glacier, the character of the trekking changes abruptly. The opaque powder-blue lakes are often on the verge of freezing over, and sometimes perform a Himalayan symphony of expanding and retracting ice. O/N in Gokyo.
Day 18 Gokyo Free day. A free day in Gokyo, with lots to do! If you didn't get up Gokyo Ri yesterday you'll have another chance to get to the top and enjoy the views today. Another option is a beautiful day hike up the Gokyo valley, past two or three more glacial lakes, heading towards the massive, white massif of Cho Oyu. There are several trails that snake up this valley, one emerging on the ridge overlooking the creaking glacier, another passing the eerily deserted fourth lake with it’s white, stony beach, and all with views of Everest and the Himalayan range. The unobstructed view of Everest from Scoundrel's Point (4995m) is a great reward for the walk. A third option is an hour's hike around Cho La Lake, passing the beach and Buddhist and Hindu 'temples' on the opposite side. O/N in Gokyo
Day 19 Gokyo Trek to Lungden - 4375m Another early Himalayan start as we head west of Gokyo lake (taking the upper trail) towards the Renjo La pass (5415m). The trail switchbacks very steeply up a sandy ridge, crosses an often-frozen stream, and continues along finally skirting the dramatic rock face below the pass to the top, a climb of about four hours with Makalu looming ever larger on the horizon. The trail has recently been improved to accommodate yaks, and the views from the top are some of the best in all of the Himalayas, with a long and impressive panorama of 7000 and 8000 meter peaks all around, and as usual, colorful prayer flags to mark the pass. After a snack and photos on top of the Renjo La, we begin the even steeper descent (trekking poles recommended) down large stone slab steps, often icy, to the lake below. Continuing past several small yak kharkas, the twin Renjo Lakes and an old lake bed with intertwined streams sparkling in the sun, we finally descend steeply to the Thame valley. O/N in Lungden
Day 20 Lungden Trek to Thame - 3805m Today's four hour walk is a step back in time as we pass by many old, walled Sherpa villages, seasonal settlements of the Thame and Thamo villagers. We will probably also share the trail with Tibetan yak caravans, Khampas trading en route to and from Namche and Tibet with the villagers. We cross an icy stream, jumping from stone to stone, and follow the Bhote Kosi past Marulung (4210m) and then Tarnga village, where Sherpa folklore tells of a yeti massacre, and past the pointed, snow-covered Langmuche Ri (6344m). When we reach Thame Thang we hike right through the old village. We'll make a short detour to the small Nyimgmapa Kerok Gompa (Kyarong Sang-Naag Choling Gompa, 3870 m), with an intimate courtyard and a new museum, Sherpa in style. Back down from the gompa, we have a small ridge to climb before looking down on Thame. O/N in Thame.
Day 21 Thame Trek to Namche (via Lawudo Gompa) Back to Namche, the Tibetan market, the Moonlight lodge, hot showers, good food and cold beers! But first a side-trip to Lawudo Gompa (3900m), affiliated with the renowned Kopan Gompa in Kathmandu, tucked away above Thamo and Mende villages. We take an alternative (and rarely used by trekkers) trail which climb steeply to the small gompa where Guru Rimpoche meditated in a small cave en route to Tibet. The monk or ani (nun) staying this magical retreat will inevitably treat us to tea while we take in the spectacular views from the gompa steps. Khumbila, the sacred Sherpa peak, looms overhead, prayer flags from the gompa providing the perfect Himalayan foreground. The local monk, Nawang Chhuldim, assured Kim that this was one of the most beautiful spots in the Khumbu when she first happened upon this isolated gompa, far from the main trail; see if you agree! The cave the famous Rimpoche used has been turned into a tiny cave chapel, and there is a eclectic in-house library. Kim has a book on the gompa, so ask for a look if you want some more history ... We'll have lunch with Lhakpa's mother and sister in Mende, picnic style. Potato pancakes will be on the menu for sure, a Sherpa specialty. From Mende, we drop steeply to the trail and trek for an hour and a half, contouring high above the river, to Namche. O/N in Namche.
Day 22 Namche Trek to Lukla - 2850m Up early as it's quite a long day back to Lukla. The descent of that long hill that we plodded up less then a fortnight ago seems amazingly short and easy on the way down to Lukla, O/N in Lukla
Day 23 Flight back to Kathmandu. On the scenic thirty-five minute flight back to Kathmandu, you’ll enjoy a last glimpse of the mountains you have recently climbed. O/N in Kathmandu
Day 24 Free day in Kathmandu. Today, Pax have their own free time in Kathmandu for their final shopping and packing. O/N in Kathmandu
Day 25 Departure to final destination. Morning time is free in Kathmandu and afternoon will transfer to airport for the final destination.
Note: The above itinerary can be customized according to your duration of holiday at your request to accommodate of specific requirements.

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