The fit walker can get very close to Mt. Everest on this trek, ascending Kala Patthar for the finest views of the whole massif including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Pumori. An ideal trek for those wishing to make the full Everest trek, yet who also have an interest in the local traditions and culture.
This trek offers an alternative to the traditional trek to Everest base camp. Climb past the Sherpa villages of Namche Bazaar and Khumjung to the Gokyo Valley and the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest in the Nepal Himalaya. From Gokyo Ri four 8000-metre peaks (Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu) are visible at once. Cross the Cho La pass to arrive Lobuche for EBC- Kalapathar (if weather seems not good or group decide not to cross Cho la pass then can descend to Phortse, make a high traverse to the village of Pangboche and climb on towards Everest Base Camp & Kalapather). The return route leads through Dingboche and the monastery of Tengpoche before descending the Khumbu Valley to Lukla.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1350m airport, transfer to hotel, pre-briefing about trip
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley’s major places and re-check the gears
Day 03: Morning flight to Lukla 2840m, start trek to Chumao 2810m
Day 04: Chumao to Namche Bazaar 3440m
Day 05: Acclimatization Day in Namche [Hike up to Kunde, Khumjung , Everest view hotel, Monastery & Museum.
Day 06: Namche to Dole 4110m
Day 07: Dole to Machharmo 4470m
Day 08: Machharmo to Gokyo 4790m
Day 09: Gokyo – hike upto Renjo la pass 5360m back to Gokyo
Day 10: Rest day – hike around Fifth Lakes then walk to Dragnag 4700m
Day 11: Dragnag to Lobuche 4910m after Cho La pass 5368m
Day 12: Rest day in Lobuche
Day 13: Lobuche- Kalapather 5545m (Everest View) Ghorekshep 5140m
Day 14: Ghorekshep – Everest base camp 5364m – Back to Lobuche
Day 15: Lobuche – Pangboche 3930m
Day 16: Pangboche – Namche bazar 3440m
Day 17: Namche – Lukla 2840m
Day 18: Lukla -Kathmandu by flight, transfer to hotel
Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 20: Depart Kathmandu.
Duration: 20 Days (KTM-KTM)
Max Altitude: 5545 m (18192 ft.)
When to Go: Mar~May & Sep~Nov
Accommodation: Lodge (Standard/Deluxe)
- Hike to Khunde and Khumjung during acclimatizing in Namche Bazar
- Renjo-La Pass 5360m
- Cho-La Pass 5368
- Everest Base Camp 5357m
- Kalapathar 5545m