This 20 day trek is for people who are physically fit and really want to challenge themselves. It goes over three high passes in the Everest area: Kongma La (5535/18159 ft), Cho La (5420m) and Renjo La (5340m) and also visits Everest Base Camp, and the peaks of Kala Pattar and Gyoko Ri, in themselves challenging ascents.
The trek also introduces trekkers to some more remote, less visited Sherpa villages and monasteries. Five eight thousand meter peaks, Sherpa culture and hospitality, monasteries, prayer wheels and prayer flags, as well as three of the world’s highest passes make this trek an experience of a lifetime. If you are looking for challenging trek with extraordinary views of Mount Everest and other iconic mountains then this is the option for your next trip.
We also offer an easier trek with many of the same experiences such as the Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo which is done over 18 days. For those people who have a more limited amount of time but still want to trek to Everest Base Camp Open Trail Treks offer you Everest Base Camp Trek in 14 days. An easier option is the Everest View Trek-9 Days which would suit less experienced trekkers and those who want a less demanding physical challenge.
Accommodation During Trekking
During the trek, we will be staying at local teahouses. These offer accommodation and food served in a dining room which also functions as a social meeting place with other trekkers. All accommodation is on a twin shared basis. A single room is usually available at a little extra cost. The tour guide will arrange the best available accommodation in each village. As we advance to higher and more remote villages it may occasionally be necessary to share a room with more than 2 people. During the treks, most of the bathroom and toilet facilities are shared and toilet can be either a squat or a western toilet.
Meals During Trekking
In Kathmandu we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food such as Thali and Momo at a traditional Nepalese restaurant. For instance the Newari restaurant is a special place serving Newari food (the Newari are the indigenous people of the Kathmandu valley). Newari food is famous and unique. During the trek we will eat traditional Nepalese food as well as more international cuisine (Tibetan, Indian, Italian and continental). Dinner and breakfast will be taken at the teahouse where we spend the night and lunch at one of the trail teahouses.
Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
When you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative from Open Trail will be there holding your group name or leader name. He will taxi you for drop off you at the hotel. After checking in, you are welcome to rest or visit Open Trail’s office in Thamel, which is located in the heart of a major shopping district. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Open Trail Treks, where you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine. This is a great introduction to Nepalese food and culture. (Budget trekking package doesn’t include welcome dinner)
Day 2 – Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
We will begin our second day with breakfast before starting a guided tour to some of the historical and religious sites of Kathmandu, which are listed as World Heritage Sites. We will visit Kathmandu Darbar Square, Buddhist Stupa (Buddha Nath), and Hindus secret temple, Pashupati Nath. We will end our tour by visiting the Monkey temple – Swayambhunath. In the middle of the tour, we will take you to the very special local restaurant for lunch. After we finish the tour we will meet our trekking guide and leader for discussion and preparation for our upcoming days of trekking.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m/9186ft) and Trek to Phakding (2600m/8530ft): 3 hours
Today we start with an early morning 45-minute flight to the busy village of Lukla which sits at an altitude of 2,800 meters. The left-hand side of the plane will offer you an amazing view of the Himalayas. Once we arrive at Lukla a quick traditional breakfast will be prepared for us before an easy three-hour hike, crossing the mountain ranges via high suspension bridges (not for the faint of heart). The trail will take us to our first guesthouse along our journey in a little village called Phakding. We will warm ourselves by the fireplace in the evening which will help your muscles be best prepared for tomorrow’s strenuous trek.
Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440m/11,286ft): 5 hours
Today we will start our trekking with a gasping climb over 600 meters to Namche Bazar. This trail tests the fittest of trekkers. The hike takes us over the DudhKosi River and then we follow the eastern side of the mountain ranges. Although this hike will test your fitness, the trail will continually reward you with magnificent views of mountain ranges we ascend further and further. During this climb to Namche, you will notice the altitude and once reaching the village, tomorrow’s rest day will feel very well deserved.
Day 5: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazar: 4 hours
Namche is the hub of the Khumbu region and many locals gather here in the marketplace for trade. This market gives you a great opportunity to explore the city center and pick up any last supplies you may need for the rest of our trek. There is a famous German Bakery here where you can indulge in freshly brewed coffee and cake. Today is also a good opportunity to walk up to the Everest View Hotel, which will not only provide your first views of Mt. Everest, but will also assist your body in further adjusting to the high altitude.
Day 6: Namche Bazar to Tengbuche (3,870m/12,696ft): 6 hours
Once exiting Namche the trail winds along a high mountain range. The first part of today is flat allowing you to take in the remote beauty of the Khumbu region. While walking we will be able to spot Mount Everest nestled in the mountain ranges of Amadabalam, Lohse, and LotseSar. The track will then descend to cross a suspension bridge over the DudhKoshi River allowing you to catch your breath. It is here where we will have lunch before ascending for a hard 2 hour trek to a teahouse in Tengboche. Tengboche holds the largest monastery within this region and if you’re lucky enough to be here in the months of October and November, you will get the opportunity to witness the Mani Rimdu festival where there will be masked dancers and Tibetan Opera, celebrating the recreation of Buddhist events.
Day 7: Tengbuche to Dingbuche (4,350/14,271ft): 5 hours
Today we will begin descending into Dibuche, passing through the famous rhododendron forest. We will then cross over the Imza Khola and begin a steady climb into Pangbuche. It is here you will really begin to feel the strain of being in high altitude and the pace will be slow. Once we reach Dingbuche we will have gained over 450 meters of additional altitude. Here is the highest point you will notice locals growing vegetables.
Day 08: Dingboche – Chhukung [4730m/15,118 ft]: 3 – 4 hours
After breakfast we start our journey following wide imza valley to Chhukung. This approximately four hour journey goes steadily uphill towards the base camp of Island peak. As we reach Chhukung we will enjoy our lunch before heading to Chhukung Ri. The top of Chhukung Ri offers spectacular view of Ama dabalam and Amphu Labcha. We return back to Chhukung for the overnight stay.
Day 09: Rest Day in Chhukung
Day 10: Chhukung – Kongma La [5535m/18,159ft] – Lobuche [4940m/16,210ft]: 6 – 7 hours
Day 11: Labuche (4,930m/16,175ft) to Gorakshep (5,140m/16,864ft) and EBC (5,364m/17,598ft): 7 hours
Today will start early with an alternating up and down trek for 3 hours until we reach Gorakshep. From here we will have a quick lunch before leaving our bags and porters behind to go on a 5 hour round trip to Everest Base Camp. It is today that all your hard trekking will be made worth it as you gaze upon the pure beauty and realization of where you are.
Day 12: Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar [5545 m/18,192 ft] – Lobuche [4940 m/16,207 ft]: 8 – 9 hours
This morning is a great chance to view an early morning sunrise on the top of Kala Patter. This mountain is famous for showcasing the best views of Mount Everest. It will also provide excellent views of the Khumbu Glacier and Everest Base Camp. The round trip takes just under 3 hours. Once we arrive back to Gorakshep we will have breakfast before heading back down the mountain.
Total Trekking Time: 6 hours
Day 13: Lobuche – Dzongla [4830m/15,850 ft]: 3 – 4 hours
Day14: Dzongla – ChoLa [5368m/17,611 ft]] – Gokyo [4800m/15,580 ft]: 7 – 8 hours
Day 15: Rest day in Gokyo – Gokyo Ri [5357m/17,575 ft]: 4 hours
Day 16: Gokyo – Renjo La [5360m/17585 ft] – Marlung [4210m/13,810 ft]: 7 – 8 hours
Day 17: Marlung – Namche Bazzar:[3440 m/11,280 ft]: 5 – 6 hours
Day 18: Namche Bazzar – Lukla:[1300m/4264ft]: 6 hours
Today will be an easy day of trekking as we walk through the valley of Dudhkosi. The trail will lead us through mostly up and downhill terrain with several suspension bridge crossings. We will enjoy the walk through the village and observe the daily lifestyle of the inhabitant Sherpa people. After we get back to Lukla, we can look around the town and celebrate the completion of trekking. We will spend an evening in Lukla basking in our accomplishments. We can even celebrate our last day at an Irish Pub.
Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu
Early in the morning we will head back to the Lukla Airport for our flight to Kathmandu enjoying the 45 minutes of breathtaking views of beautiful mountain scenery. We can spend the rest of our day exploring the old town of Kathmandu and of course some souvenir shopping in and around Thamel if interested. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner hosted by Open Trail Treks.
Day 20: – Final departure
It’s the last day of your adventure and you are welcome to have breakfast with us. After breakfast if you have time before your flight you can do some shopping or go sightseeing. If you want to go sightseeing inform us a day earlier and we will help provide you with a car. When your adventure is comes to a close, a representative from Open Trail Treks will drop you at airport 3 hours before your flight.
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