Three sorts of wonderful
Fly into a high altitude airstrip and then travel quick, fast, and self-supported through three passes near the Everest region.
Cross massive valley systems using three passes (Renjo La, Chola and Kongma La)
Opt for a non-technical climb of Gokyo Ri (5,357m/17,575ft).
And yes, you can walk to Everest Base Camp if the spirit moves you.
Or climb Kala Patar (5550m/18,208ft) for stunning 360 degree panoramas.
They are just numbers, but we like them
Eighteen days including arrival, two nights in Kathmandu, fifteen in the mountains, and departure days.
Total Distance: distance: 131k/82mi, Ascent: 7,584m/24,875ft, Descent 7,561m/24,800ft
Max possible elevation: 5,601m/18,376ft,
Fun on the three passes: Impossible to quantify.
Max Participants: 10.
All-inclusive cost in 2019 is $2,550 USD.
2019 dates: October 13th – 30th
The Three Passes: Day by Day
Day 1: Arrival Day. Saturday, October 13th, 2019
Day 2: Briefing, gear check, and shopping trip to Thamel, where gear stores abound. Group dinner and early to sleep.
Day 3: Early morning flight to Lukla (2,860m/9,383ft). After a quick cup of tea, we will head north to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,286ft) where we will sleep for two nights while we acclimatize.
Day 4: Namche Bazaar. This is an acclimatization day. We will hike high above Namche, come down and eat way too much at the German Bakery.
Day 5: Thame (3819m/12,532ft). This is not too far up the valley from Namche but we want to go slow since we are still acclimatizing and it is a great hike.
Day 6: Another stunning day getting up into alpine terrain. We will stay in Lumde (4,368m/14,330ft).
Day 7: Acclimatization hikes, climbing high, and sleeping low with another night in Lumde as we continue to acclimatize.
Day 8: Cross Renjo Pass (5,360m) and descend to Gokyo (4,790m).
Day 9: Climb Gokyo Ri (5,360m). Sleep in Gokyo (4,790m).
Day 10: Head east by crossing the wide Ngumba Glacier. Climb and cross Cho La (5,420m/17,782) descend to Zongla (4,830m).
Day 11: Gorak Shep. This is a collection of a few lodges – really the last outpost before Everest Base Camp.
Day 12: This is it! Up early and a climb up to Kala Patar (5,550m). Snack, and then walk to EBC (5,364m) and down to Lobuche (4,910m).
Day 13: We will get up really early and cross Kongma La (5,535m) and descend and sleep at Dingboche (4,410m).
Day 14: Long day dropping down. Monastery visit in Tengboche (3,860m) and then drop down to Namche (3,440m).
Day 15: Pretty easy walk (except last part is uphill!) to Lukla (2,840m).
Day 16: Flight back to KTM. If all goes well, we will arrive early in the day.
Day 17 Buffer Day/Party in Kathmandu.
Day 18: Departure Day. Tuesday, October 30th.