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), and climb Gokyo Ri

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.

Trip report: 2019 | 2018

They are just numbers, but we like them

Date: 14 – 30 September, 2025

Seventeen days including orientation day, fourteen in the mountains, a buffer day and a departure day

Total 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.

Cost: $2,976. All inclusive, including $250 deposit through your UltraSignup registration (the rest due within 30 days). Register here on UltraSignup!



The Three Passes: Day by Day

Arrival Day

Briefing, gear check, and shopping trip to Thamel, where gear stores abound. Group dinner and early to sleep.

Day 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: Another stunning day getting up into alpine terrain. We will stay in Lumde (4,368m/14,330ft).

Day 5: Acclimatization hikes, climbing high, and sleeping low with another night in Lumde as we continue to acclimatize.

Day 6: Cross Renjo Pass (5,360m) and descend to Gokyo (4,790m).

Day 7: Climb Gokyo Ri (5,360m). Sleep in Gokyo (4,790m).

Day 8: Head east by crossing the wide Ngumba Glacier. Climb and cross Cho La (5,420m/17,782) descend to Zongla (4,830m).

Day 9: Gorak Shep. This is a collection of a few lodges – really the last outpost before Everest Base Camp.

Day 10:  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 11: We will get up really early and cross Kongma La (5,535m) and descend and sleep at Dingboche (4,410m).

Day 12:  Long day dropping down. Monastery visit in Tengboche  (3,860m) and then drop down to Namche (3,440m).

Day 13: Pretty easy walk (except last part is uphill!) to Lukla (2,840m).

Day 14: Flight back to KTM. If all goes well, we will arrive early in the day.

Day 15: Buffer Day/Party in Kathmandu.

 Departure Day