Advanced Everest Base Camp Trek with 3 High Passes
Duration: 18 days Advanced Best Advanced Everest Trek
Why we love this tour
Visit the Everest Base Camp by taking a unique circuit trek through Sagarmatha national park. Get away from the crowds and explore the unparallel alpine beauty of the grandest mountain scenery on the world.
- Amazing views of Mount Everest and Sagarmatha national park
- Loop trek with no tracking back
- Scenic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back
- Views of iconic peaks such as Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse or Ama Dablam
- Cross 3 high passes: Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La
- Stunning views over Gokyo lakes
- Sherpa villages and Monasteries of Khumjung and Tengboche
- Beautiful Everest Base Camp with 5 364 m (17,600 ft)
- Visit the Kala Pathar Monastery in 5 545 m (18,200 ft)
- Visit the legendary Namche bazaar
Everest Base Camp trek became an icon for hikers around the world. With the legendary peaks such as Makalu, Nuptse or Ama Dablam on the way, and Mount Everest itself, it is a must do for any nature lover.
Unlike other treks in the region including the classic Everest BC rout for casual hikers, the advanced Everest Base Camp trek makes a loop with no tracking back. Being for experienced hikers only, it takes you to places away from the crowds, leading you through three high passes with unbeatable scenery: Renjo La pass, Cho La pass and the Kongma La pass.
With the highlights of Mount Everest, Kala Pathar, colourful sherpa villages or views over the stunning Gokyo lakes with several 8,000m peaks in front of your eyes, you will know that memories for this trip will last forever.
You don't need to be a hardcore climber to do the trek. Any fit person with good trekking experience can make the trip. Here is the trip itinerary:
Day 1: Lukla / Phakding (2656m)
There's no other way of putting it: the flight to Lukla is hair-raising indeed, but as you step down from the plane, you'll be taking your first monumental step on the path to Everest Base Camp. After reaching Lukla, we will hike towards the village of Phakding where we will spend the night. Overnight at teahouse.
Day 2: Trek to Namche (3450m)
This morning right after breakfast, our trek truly begins. On the path from Phakding, we will cross rivers by suspension bridges. The villages along the way will set the pace and before you know it we will have reached the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. The trail continues rising sharply to reach Namche bazaar. Overnight stay at teahouse.
Day 3: Acclimatization
Acclimatizing is the key to a successful trek. And today we will acclimatize, while walking in the legendary Namche bazaar, with its restaurants, coffee shops, and pubs. We can visit Khunde Hospital, which was established by Sir Edmund Hillary. Or we can stroll up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche, where we can see the sunset over Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest. Overnight stay at teahouse.
Day 4: Trek to Tengboche (3870m)
The day begins with an easy walk to Phulki and onwards to Tengboche village, famous for its monastery; probably the largest in the Everest region. It is located within the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here we can see panoramic views that take in the whole range of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Mt.Nuptse, Mt.Lhotse, Mt.Ama Dablam and Mt.Thamserku. We will stay overnight in Tengboche.
Day 5: Trek to Dingboche (4410m)
Descending the trail, we will wend our way through lush forests of birch, conifer and rhododendron trees. We will reach Pangboche by this downhill path to Debuche crossing the Imja River on the way. Continuing through the Imja Valley and crossing the Lobuche River you'll finally ascend to Dingboche. A bucolic scene awaits you here in this picturesque village with beautiful barley, potato and buckwheat field complete with grazing animals. Overnight stay at teahouse.
Day 6: Acclimatization
Another essential day is spent acclimatizing in Dingboche in preparation for high altitude with its thin air. This day is best spent exploring the village, where we will be able to climb a ridge located behind the village to see six of the world’s tallest peaks including Mt.Lhotse, Mt.Makalu and Mt.Cho Oyu. We will need our rest for the penultimate day of ascent tomorrow. Overnight stay at teahouse.
Day 7: Dingboche to Chukung (4750 m/15,580 ft), climb Chukung Ri (5,546m)
We will trek for 3/4 hours gently ascending to Chhukung. We will have a good view of Lhotse, the fourth highest peak in the world, Ama Dablam, Island Peak and Thamserku. Overnight at a teahouse in Chhukung.
Day 8: Cross to Kongma La Pass (5535m/18,159 ft), Trek to Lobuche (4940 m / 16,210 ft)
The trail will gradually be more challenging, due to the higher altitude. We ascend to the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We begin today’s trek very early in the morning to reach the highest part of the entire trip which is Kongma La pass. We can either take a trail over a hill which is to the northwest of Chhukung over the Nuptse Glacier moraines or we can walk back to Bibre and trek on the trail above the Niyang Khola. The next part of our venture brings over craggy mountain terrain to Lobuche, a small settlement with spectacular views of Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Pumari and the Nuptse. Note: Trekking through Kongma-La is optional. If we do not want to tackle the strenuous Kongma La pass this day and want to go directly to Lobuche from Chhukung, we can do that too.
Day 9: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961 ft), Visit Everest Basce Camp (5364 m/17,594 ft), 13 km, 6-7 hrs
We are one step closer to our destination that starts from relatively easy trek from Lobuche to Gorak shep. The subsequent, straight trail to Everest Base Camp is harder. On the way, we will ascend and descend mostly on a glacier path. The Everest Base Camp is stunningly beautiful; Break out your cameras to capture gorgeous views of breathtaking beauty. After the wonderful visit to the nature’s beauty, we head back to Gorak Shep to end the tiresome day. Overnight at Gorak shep.
Day 10: TREK TO DZONGLA (4,830 m)/ KALAPATTHAR (5545 m)
Kala Patthar is definitely the highlight of this amazing trek. People can’t stop praising the unbelievable beauty of Kala Patthar. This is the side trek that adds the attraction o the trek. Kala Patthar literally means Black Stone. The trek to Kala Patthar begins early morning to catch glorious sunrise over Mt. Everest. The day’s first light will illuminate our spectacular view of Nuptse Nup, Changtse and Lhotse. This moment is your most opportune time to snap exquisite pictures of Everest and its neighbouring peaks. From Kala Patthar we head to Dzongla for overnight stay.
Day 11: Trek to Thagnag (4,700 m, 5 hrs)
We trek over Cho La Pass (5,330 m) and continue walk to Thagnag. The trail is steep up to Cho La’s summit; this is also often snow-covered. A steep descent is made towards Thagnag along a moraine and rock trail to a boulder field and then on down to the small hamlet (Thagnag) where we will stay for the night.
Day 12: Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m, 2 hrs)
We trek along the moraine and Nagjumba glacier for 2/3 hours to Gokyo Lake where Gokyo village, a small settlement, lies on its shores. We stay overnight here.
Day 13: Gokyo exploration day
We will explore 5th Lake and climb Gokyo Ri (5,360 m). The views on the way up are fantastic but in no way prepares you for the 360 º view at the summit. In front of you are Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu, four of the fourteen eight-thousanders on earth, dominating the myriad of ‘smaller’ peaks. We trek back to Gokyo village for overnight.
Day 14: Trek to Lungden (4,560 m, 6 hrs)
We trek over Renjo La Pass (5,345m) and trek to Lungden. Trekking onwards to complete the final and last pass; Renjo La at 5,345m of Everest circuit trekking. Trek on gentle grassy slope and steep incline challenging surface with rock and scree to Renjo La Pass. The views are Everest, Gyachung Kang, Lhotse, Makalu and the Gokyo lakes to the east, while the west offers Tengi Ragi Tau, Rolwaling Himal and the small Rermo Pokhari Lake, which we pass on our descent to Lungden. We stay overnight at Lungden;
Day 15: Trek to Thame (3,820 m, 5 hrs)
The hiking on this day is much easier than previous day’s trekking. We trek on along an old Tibetan Himalayan trade route following the Bhote Koshi and ending at the village of Thame, the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, who summated Mt. Everest for the first time along with Sir Edmund Hillary. Overnight at Thame.
Day 16: Trek to Monjo (2,848 m, 6 hrs)
We trek down the descending trail in the first and then continue walk on the relatively flat and green path to Namche bazaar. We stop at Namche for lunch and then continue our trek to Monjo which takes about 2 hours from Namche. Overnight at Monjo.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2700 m)
Straight after breakfast, we will trek back to Lukla via Phakding. We will revisit all the spectacular views of mountains, monasteries, and villages. This will be our last night on the mountains until the next time. Overnight stay at teahouse in Lukla.
Day 18: Kathmandu
After being in all those beautiful and peaceful places for all those days, we will fly back in the hustle and bustle of the city. This will be a free day.
Need to know before you go
Please note that extra buffer day is needed between Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu in case of bad weather or unforeseen circumstances or changes, therefore we request you to have extra day in Kathmandu before your international departure.Medical and helicopter emergency rescue should be covered by your insurance and it should be shown to the operator before the trip departure. The insurance should cover the altitude up to 5500m.
This trek is for advanced hikers, however, it has no technical climbing difficulty. For the leisurely hike, we recommend the classical Everest base camp trek.
Unlike other treks in the region, it forms a loop, so that you don't need to track back and you will often be away from the classical route frequented by more visitors.
We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit.
Accommodation ratings/price applies only for the hotel/s in the cities, not in trekking regions. The level of accomodation is 3 stars.
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