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I had the most fantastic trek to Everest Base Camp. I enjoyed the whole experience so so much
Jenny Fifield (UK) | Everest Base Camp, Nepal

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  • Approaching Cho La pass
  • Stupa at Tengboche
  • TMC Group at Kalapatar
  • Gorakshep with Kalapatar behind
  • Twin Otter landing at Lukla airstrip

Everest High Passes

Everest Base Camp trek is probably the most famous trek in the world because of its beauty, splendour and history. With our itinerary you get the opportunity to trek to both Ama Dablam Base Camp and Everest Base Camp; walk up to the summits of Kalapatar (5,554) and Gokyo Ri (5,340m) and to cross two high passes (Cho La and Renjo La).

The trek starts with an exciting flight in a Twin Otter plane to the mountain airstrip at Lukla, from here we follow in the footsteps of famous mountaineers for the walk into Everest Base Camp. We are now in Buddhist Sherpa country where you will see colourful prayer flags, mani walls and monasteries along the way. This is a more challenging alternative to the traditional trek to Everest Base Camp with an ascent of Kala Patar and Gokyo Ri as well as crossing the Himalayan mountain passes of Cho La and Renjo La.

After Base Camp we walk out over the Cho La pass into the Gokyo valley rather than retracing the same trail back to Namche as per the standard Everest Base Camp itinerary. In the morning we climb Gokyo Ri for views of the Everest massif and in the afternoon we explore the numerous glacial lakes in the area. After crossing our last pass of the Renjo La we descend into the Thame valley, one of the main trading routes with Tibet, and then walk back to Namche Bazaar and Lukla.

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Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Holiday Type: Walking & Trekking
  • Duration: 23 days from Kathmandu
  • Leadership: Local leader
  • Minimum Group Size: 2 people
  • Cost: 2020 - £2,195 (or US$2,850 or €2,495) 2021 - £2,195 (or US$2,850 or €2,495)
    What does this include?
What does this include

Price includes:

  • Internal flight to/from Lukla and Kathmandu including baggage allowance of 15kg for your main bag checked into the hold and 5kg for day pack carried with you inside the aircraft 
  • All transfers including private airport collections
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle
  • Twin share room at Hotel Tibet or Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu
  • Twin share room with common bathroom while on trek
  • Breakfast only at hotel in Kathmandu, all meals included while on trek. Trek meals include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and biscuits plus two course dinner (soup and main meal) plus up to two cups of hot drinks per meal
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, trekking guide(s) and porter(s). All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, trekking guide(s) and porter(s). We provide one trekking guide for group size of two people and two guides for a group size of three people and three guides for group size of six people plus
  • Bespoke weather forecasts for Everest region from throughout the duration of this trek
  • Thuraya satellite phone to ensure our guides have reliable communications with us for logistics, planning and group safety
  • Complimentary Everest trekking map
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921)
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone and face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send you our comprehensive "Nepal Pre Trip Information" notes 

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu
  • Travel & trekking insurance
  • Nepal visa for 30 days at US$40 (approx £25)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips
  • Other items not listed in "What is included"
Trip Grade Strenuous

Trip Grade Strenuous

Suitability: a good choice for regular long distance hill walkers, very high level of fitness required. These trips may involve mountaineering and glacial travel.

1) Walking times: average 7 to 8 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 12 hours) for up to 28 days with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 5,500m.

3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky conditions possibly with exposed sections. May involve steep ascent and descent over mountain passes that could be snow covered.

4) Remoteness: usually in more remote areas and likely to be a long distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.

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Trip Dates

  • April 11th to May 3rd 2020
  • October 3rd to 25th 2020
  • April 3rd to 25th 2021

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400m) 
  • Day 2Kathmandu sightseeing 
  • Day 3Fly to Lukla (2,840m), trek to Phakding (2,610m) 
  • Day 4Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) 
  • Day 5Acclimatising walks around Namche Bazaar 
  • Day 6Trek to Tengboche (3,860m) 
  • Day 7Trek to Pangboche (3,930m) 
  • Day 8Day walk to Ama Dablam Base Camp (4,576m) 
  • Day 9Trek to Dingboche (4,410m) 
  • Day 10Acclimatisng walk up Nangkartshang Peak (5,080m) 
  • Day 11Trek to Lobuche (4,931m) 
  • Day 12Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,300m) and back to Gorakshep (5,160m) 
  • Day 13Ascend Kala Patar (5,545m) and return to Lobuche 
  • Day 14Trek to Dzongla (4,830m) 
  • Day 15Cross the Cho La (5,420m) and walk to Dragnag (4,700m) 
  • Day 16Trek to Gokyo (4,750m) 
  • Day 17Morning walk up Gokyo Ri (5,357m) and in afternoon explore Gokyo lakes 
  • Day 18Cross Renjo La (5,345m) and trek to Langden in the Thame valley 
  • Day 19Return to Namche Bazaar (3,445m)  
  • Day 20Return to Lukla 
  • Day 21Fly to Kathmandu 
  • Day 22At leisure in Kathmandu 
  • Day 23Fly back home 
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