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High Passes to Everest Base Camp tour
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High Passes to Everest Base Camp

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
22 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • The ultimate circuit of the Everest Region including Everest Base Camp
  • Cross three passes: the Kongma La, Cho La and Renzo La with amazing views of Everest and other Himalayan giants 
  • Climb five summits: Nangkartshang, Chhukung Ri, Kala Pattar, Gokyo Ri and Awi Peak
  • Enjoy trekking in the quiet Gokyo and Thame Valleys

Short Description

This is the ultimate trek of the Everest region. Starting from the famous Khumbu Valley, home of the Sherpas, we acclimatise before following the trail taken by many of the great Everest climbers and tackle some of the most incredible passes and summits one can trek in the Himalayas. During this circular trek we are constantly rewarded by amazing views of the highest mountains in the world, glacial lakes and quiet valleys. With most of the walking above 3600m this is not for the novice, but will appeal to those who are fit and have previously trekked at altitude.Cross 3 passes and summit 5 peaks to complete one of Nepal's top treks

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Kathmandu
End City Kathmandu

Destinations

Nepal

Cities & Attractions

Everest Base Camp Kathmandu Tibet

Age Requirement

18

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • All breakfasts included
  • Morning bed-tea on trek
  • Welcome drink at each overnight lodge
  • 4 nights standard hotels and 18 nights teahouses
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout, plus local staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek)
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Full porterage throughout trek
  • Exodus kitbag 
  • Trekking map (provided locally)
  • Trekking permit and national park fees

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Depart London.

The group flight is an overnight flight departing London this evening.

Day 2 Arrive Kathmandu.

The group flights arrive into Kathmandu this afternoon. Those on the group flights will be met on arrival and transferred to our hotel.  There will be a full briefing this evening. *Hotel Ambassador* (or similar)

Day 3 Take the short but spectacular mountain flight to Lukla (2800m); trek to Phakding.

We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m), and head northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi (or 'milk river'). We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail crosses several tributary streams and we have some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,650m), where we will spend our first night. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 2,652m)*

Day 4 Follow the Dudh Kosi and ascend to Namche Bazaar.

Heading out of Phakding we follow the Dudh Kosi northwards. This day's walk takes us through magnificent forests with glimpses of the mountains ahead. We cross the river several times by bridges as we pass through the villages of Benkar, Monzo and Jorsale. A final bridge brings us to the foot of the steep climb to Namche. Halfway up this ascent we may get our first glimpse, cloud-permitting, of the summit of Everest appearing majestically behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse. A last 300m of climbing brings us to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital and the main town in the area. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre. It has a weekly market on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning but the town bustle all day every day with trekkers, coffee shops, bakeries and stores selling all kinds of trekking and climbing gear as well as Tibetan souvenirs.  *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,440m)*

Day 5 Acclimatisation walk to Kunde and Khumjung; descend to Kyanjuma.

We climb steeply out of Namche past the airstrip at Shyangboche, to the Everest View Hotel, the highpoint of our day at 3,880m. Built by the Japanese this spectacularly situated hotel with wonderful views of Everest and Ama Dablam is an ideal place for a tea break. Descending through forest we come to Khumjung, where we have lunch close to the Sir Edmund Hillary School. After lunch, we walk up to Kunde and visit the Edmund Hillary Hospital. The twin villages of Kunde and Khumjung are set below Khumbila, the rocky peak sacred to all Sherpas. For much of the walk, we have great views of Ama Dablam and other Himalayan giants. We walk back down through Khumjumg, to the monastery. Sadly it was damaged in the earthquake but is now being repaired. Inside is a small box and after paying the entry fee (which goes towards the repairs) we will be shown the only Yeti skull in the world! Descending to the main trail we spend the night at Kyanjuma (3,600m). *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,600m)*

Day 6 Trek through the Sherpa heartland to the monastery at Thyangboche (3,870m)

This morning we descend to the river; we cross it at the little settlement of Phunki Thangkha at 3,250m, then climb steeply through the forest to Thyangboche at 3,867m. We will be here by lunchtime and in the afternoon, we will visit the famous monastery. The sunset and sunrise on the fantastic panorama of mountains surrounding us are not to be missed - Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam provide a wonderful backdrop to our teahouse. Look out for Himalayan Tahr in the forest surrounding the monastery. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,867m)*

Day 7 Trek through the Sherpa heartland and Thyangboche Monastery to Dingboche.

The trail from Thyangboche leads downhill through a forest of conifers, birch and rhododendrons. The trail passes the nunnery at Deboche to cross a bridge over the Imja Khola, whose valley we now follow. The trail then enters Pangboche, at 3,900m, the highest permanent settlement in this valley. We are above the tree line now. A short climb brings us to Shomore, where we have lunch. After lunch we continue climbing to Dingboche, at 4,530m. Dingboche is a summer settlement and here the great peaks of Ama Dablam, the ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse, Tawoche and Chalotse surround us. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,350m)*

Day 8 Ascend Nangkartshang Peak (5100m) for views of Makalu.

We spend this day at Dingboche to continue our acclimatisation. Those who are adapting well to the altitude can climb Nangkartshang Peak at 5,100m. From this hill the views are even more spectacular - Chalotse and Tawoche tower above us, Ama Dablam rears up across the valley and in the distance, we can see Makalu. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,350m)*

Day 9 Trek to Chukkung and ascend Chukkung Ri (5546m).

The trail ascends the valley gently towards Island Peak and Chhukung, a small settlement at 4,730m. From Chhukung we will ascend Chhukung Ri (5,546m) and from here we can look directly across the valley to the fantastic snow and ice formations on Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labsa. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,730m)* Trek Profile: 5.5km/3hrs to Chhukung, + 4km/3.5 hrs Chhukung Ri 

Day 10 Cross the Kongma La (5535m) to Lobuje.

An early start for a tough and very long day as we cross our first pass. We turn away from the main valley and head up a side valley towards the Kongma La. As we ascend the scenery becomes increasingly spectacular as the ridge of Nuptse appears above us. We can see the glaciers of Kongmatse ahead and the rocky peak of Pokalde is to our left. Finally, we reach a small lake before the last steep scramble to the top of the pass. From the top (5,535m), we are surrounded by peaks and glaciers in all directions. The descent is long and steep and finally brings us to the Khumbu Glacier, a real sting in the tail as we must cross it at the end of the day to reach Lobuje (4,930m) a tiny yak pasture with a few teahouses in the summer. The sunset on Nuptse towering above us is not to be missed. *Teahouse (sleeping **altitude 4,930m )*

Day 11 Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m); return to Gorak Shep.

Another long day so we start very early, following the Khumbu Glacier northwards to Gorak Shep (5,180m). The trail undulates by the side of the Khumbu Glacier on the rocky moraine. It will take us approx. 3hrs to reach Gorak Shep, where we have a rest and something to eat. We stock up on snacks and water as there are no tea houses from here to Base Camp. Leaving Gorak Shep we trek across the sandy flat at Gorak Shep and climb onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The trail ascends the side of the glacier for a couple of hours before descending onto the rocky glacial moraine itself. The trail winds up and down through fascinating ice seracs to the area known as Everest Base Camp (5,364m), where in spring, we may see some of the expedition teams as they prepare to summit the mountain. From the Base Camp we get fantastic close-up views of the Khumbu Ice Fall. Nuptse towers above us and Pumori rears up behind us. We retrace our steps to Gorak Shep. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 5,180m)*

Day 12 Ascend Kala Pattar (5545m) for classic views of Everest; return to Lobuche.

This morning we climb steeply above Gorak Shep to the small peak of Kala Pattar, 'Black Rock', at 5,545m, from where we can look down over the camps of the various Everest expeditions. This climb affords a most magnificent view of the Khumbu Glacier and above all a close-up view of the world's highest mountain. We return to Gorak Shep and retrace our steps to Lobuje. (Please note that due to bad weather we may change the order in which we do the walks to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar). *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,930m)*

Day 13 Trek to Dzongla; optional trek up Awi Peak (5245m).

Following the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier we head down the valley before turning off above the Chola Tso Lake towards our next pass, the Cho La. Above us are the twin peaks of Tawoche and Chalotse. We stay tonight in the small basic tea house at Dzongla (4,840m). For the energetic there will be a chance en route to ascend Awi Peak (5,245m), a little-known viewpoint but well worth the effort for the views across to Everest Base Camp. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,840m)* Walk profile: 6km/4 hrs to Dzongla, + optional 4km/3-4 hrs Awi Peak

Day 14 Cross the Cho La (5,420m) into the Gokyo Valley.

The ascent of the Cho La is very steep and not easy, especially in heavy snow conditions. At the top of the pass (5,420m) we cross the icy sloping surface of the glacier - a true mountain experience - as snow peaks and glaciers now surround us. Initially the descent is very steep and can be icy as it zig zags down the moraine. The trail then becomes easier as we finally reach the lodges at Dragnag, where we stay tonight. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,700m)*

Day 15 A short walk across the Ngozumpo glacier to Gokyo Lake.

An easy day today after the exertions of the last few days, as we climb onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpo Glacier, which is the largest in the Nepal Himalaya. A magnificent, but quite tough walk, across the glacier brings us to the walled meadows and lodge set next to the azure blue lake at Gokyo (4,750m). There is time this afternoon to rest and take in the views or the energetic may want to explore further up the Gokyo Valley. *Teahouse sleeping altitude 4,750m)*

Day 16 Ascend Gokyo Peak (5360m).

A day to explore the magnificent scenery at Gokyo. There is a chance to ascend Gokyo Ri (5,360m.) which is set above the lake and enjoys probably the most magnificent mountain panorama in the Khumbu. Mountains surround us and include four of the seven highest peaks in the Nepal Himalaya: Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. In the afternoon it is also possible to visit the fourth glacial lake. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,750m)*

Day 17 Cross the Renzo La (5,345m) to Lungden.

Leaving this wonderful desolate mountain arena we climb up the steep barren rocky path to our last pass, the Renzo La (5,345m). From the top the views are truly magnificent. We can still see Everest in all its glory surrounded by Nupste, Lhotse and Makalu. Gokyo Lake is a tiny pinprick way below us and, looking over the pass are the peaks of Rolwaling. We pass Rermo Lake and continue on down to Lungden for the night. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,350m)*

Day 18 Descend through Thame to Namche.

We descend to meet the trail from the Nangpa La, which leads into Tibet, and we may well meet Tibetan traders, with their caravans of yaks laden with carpets, salt and hides. Following the Bhote Kosi Valley we head south to Thame with its spectacular monastery. From Thame we follow the valley down to Namche. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,440m)*

Day 19 A long day back to Lukla

Quite a long day today but mostly downhill. We descend from Namche and retrace our steps down through Jorsale, Monzo and Benkar to Phakding. Crossing the river the trail undulates through Ghat and Tadakosi and then we have a final climb to Lukla. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 2,800m)*

Day 20 Fly to Kathmandu.

We fly back to Kathmandu and spend the rest of the day at leisure. *Hotel Ambassador* (or similar)

Day 21 Free day in Kathmandu.

Today is free in Kathmandu for last minute sightseeing or shopping. *Hotel Ambassador* (or similar)

Day 22 Fly to London.

Those travelling on the group flights will be transferred to the airport this morning to catch your daytime flight to London. **



Land Only

Day 1 Start Kathmandu.

The group flights usually arrive into Kathmandu in the afternoon - those travelling on them will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The rest of the group will join us at the hotel throughout the afternoon. There will be a full briefing this evening. *Hotel Ambassador* (or similar)

Day 2 Take the short but spectacular mountain flight to Lukla (2800m); trek to Phakding.

We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m), and head northwards up the valley of the Dudh Kosi (or 'milk river'). We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail crosses several tributary streams and we have some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,650m), where we will spend our first night. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 2,652m)*

Day 3 Follow the Dudh Kosi and ascend to Namche Bazaar.

Heading out of Phakding we follow the Dudh Kosi northwards. This day's walk takes us through magnificent forests with glimpses of the mountains ahead. We cross the river several times by bridges as we pass through the villages of Benkar, Monzo and Jorsale. A final bridge brings us to the foot of the steep climb to Namche. Halfway up this ascent we may get our first glimpse, cloud-permitting, of the summit of Everest appearing majestically behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse. A last 300m of climbing brings us to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital and the main town in the area. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre. It has a weekly market on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning but the town bustle all day every day with trekkers, coffee shops, bakeries and stores selling all kinds of trekking and climbing gear as well as Tibetan souvenirs.  *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,440m)*

Day 4 Acclimatisation walk to Kunde and Khumjung; descend to Kyanjuma.

We climb steeply out of Namche past the airstrip at Shyangboche, to the Everest View Hotel, the highpoint of our day at 3,880m. Built by the Japanese this spectacularly situated hotel with wonderful views of Everest and Ama Dablam is an ideal place for a tea break. Descending through forest we come to Khumjung, where we have lunch close to the Sir Edmund Hillary School. After lunch, we walk up to Kunde and visit the Edmund Hillary Hospital. The twin villages of Kunde and Khumjung are set below Khumbila, the rocky peak sacred to all Sherpas. For much of the walk, we have great views of Ama Dablam and other Himalayan giants. We walk back down through Khumjumg, to the monastery. Sadly it was damaged in the earthquake but is now being repaired. Inside is a small box and after paying the entry fee (which goes towards the repairs) we will be shown the only Yeti skull in the world! Descending to the main trail we spend the night at Kyanjuma (3,600m). *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,600m)*

Day 5 Trek through the Sherpa heartland to the monastery at Thyangboche (3,870m)

This morning we descend to the river; we cross it at the little settlement of Phunki Thangkha at 3,250m, then climb steeply through the forest to Thyangboche at 3,867m. We will be here by lunchtime and in the afternoon, we will visit the famous monastery. The sunset and sunrise on the fantastic panorama of mountains surrounding us are not to be missed - Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam provide a wonderful backdrop to our teahouse. Look out for Himalayan Tahr in the forest surrounding the monastery. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,867m)*

Day 6 Trek through the Sherpa heartland and Thyangboche Monastery to Dingboche.

The trail from Thyangboche leads downhill through a forest of conifers, birch and rhododendrons. The trail passes the nunnery at Deboche to cross a bridge over the Imja Khola, whose valley we now follow. The trail then enters Pangboche, at 3,900m, the highest permanent settlement in this valley. We are above the tree line now. A short climb brings us to Shomore, where we have lunch. After lunch we continue climbing to Dingboche, at 4,530m. Dingboche is a summer settlement and here the great peaks of Ama Dablam, the ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse, Tawoche and Chalotse surround us. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,350m)*

Day 7 Ascend Nangkartshang Peak (5100m) for views of Makalu.

We spend this day at Dingboche to continue our acclimatisation. Those who are adapting well to the altitude can climb Nangkartshang Peak at 5,100m. From this hill the views are even more spectacular - Chalotse and Tawoche tower above us, Ama Dablam rears up across the valley and in the distance, we can see Makalu. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,350m)*

Day 8 Trek to Chukkung and ascend Chukkung Ri (5546m).

The trail ascends the valley gently towards Island Peak and Chhukung, a small settlement at 4,730m. From Chhukung we will ascend Chhukung Ri (5,546m) and from here we can look directly across the valley to the fantastic snow and ice formations on Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labsa. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,730m)* Trek Profile: 5.5km/3hrs to Chhukung, + 4km/3.5 hrs Chhukung Ri 

Day 9 Cross the Kongma La (5535m) to Lobuje.

An early start for a tough and very long day as we cross our first pass. We turn away from the main valley and head up a side valley towards the Kongma La. As we ascend the scenery becomes increasingly spectacular as the ridge of Nuptse appears above us. We can see the glaciers of Kongmatse ahead and the rocky peak of Pokalde is to our left. Finally, we reach a small lake before the last steep scramble to the top of the pass. From the top (5,535m), we are surrounded by peaks and glaciers in all directions. The descent is long and steep and finally brings us to the Khumbu Glacier, a real sting in the tail as we must cross it at the end of the day to reach Lobuje (4,930m) a tiny yak pasture with a few teahouses in the summer. The sunset on Nuptse towering above us is not to be missed. *Teahouse (sleeping **altitude 4,930m )*

Day 10 Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m); return to Gorak Shep.

Another long day so we start very early, following the Khumbu Glacier northwards to Gorak Shep (5,180m). The trail undulates by the side of the Khumbu Glacier on the rocky moraine. It will take us approx. 3hrs to reach Gorak Shep, where we have a rest and something to eat. We stock up on snacks and water as there are no tea houses from here to Base Camp. Leaving Gorak Shep we trek across the sandy flat at Gorak Shep and climb onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The trail ascends the side of the glacier for a couple of hours before descending onto the rocky glacial moraine itself. The trail winds up and down through fascinating ice seracs to the area known as Everest Base Camp (5,364m), where in spring, we may see some of the expedition teams as they prepare to summit the mountain. From the Base Camp we get fantastic close-up views of the Khumbu Ice Fall. Nuptse towers above us and Pumori rears up behind us. We retrace our steps to Gorak Shep. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 5,180m)*

Day 11 Ascend Kala Pattar (5545m) for classic views of Everest; return to Lobuche.

This morning we climb steeply above Gorak Shep to the small peak of Kala Pattar, 'Black Rock', at 5,545m, from where we can look down over the camps of the various Everest expeditions. This climb affords a most magnificent view of the Khumbu Glacier and above all a close-up view of the world's highest mountain. We return to Gorak Shep and retrace our steps to Lobuje. (Please note that due to bad weather we may change the order in which we do the walks to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar). *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,930m)*

Day 12 Trek to Dzongla; optional trek up Awi Peak (5245m).

Following the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier we head down the valley before turning off above the Chola Tso Lake towards our next pass, the Cho La. Above us are the twin peaks of Tawoche and Chalotse. We stay tonight in the small basic tea house at Dzongla (4,840m). For the energetic there will be a chance en route to ascend Awi Peak (5,245m), a little-known viewpoint but well worth the effort for the views across to Everest Base Camp. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,840m)* Walk profile: 6km/4 hrs to Dzongla, + optional 4km/3-4 hrs Awi Peak

Day 13 Cross the Cho La (5,420m) into the Gokyo Valley.

The ascent of the Cho La is very steep and not easy, especially in heavy snow conditions. At the top of the pass (5,420m) we cross the icy sloping surface of the glacier - a true mountain experience - as snow peaks and glaciers now surround us. Initially the descent is very steep and can be icy as it zig zags down the moraine. The trail then becomes easier as we finally reach the lodges at Dragnag, where we stay tonight. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,700m)*

Day 14 A short walk across the Ngozumpo glacier to Gokyo Lake.

An easy day today after the exertions of the last few days, as we climb onto the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpo Glacier, which is the largest in the Nepal Himalaya. A magnificent, but quite tough walk, across the glacier brings us to the walled meadows and lodge set next to the azure blue lake at Gokyo (4,750m). There is time this afternoon to rest and take in the views or the energetic may want to explore further up the Gokyo Valley. *Teahouse sleeping altitude 4,750m)*

Day 15 Ascend Gokyo Peak (5360m).

A day to explore the magnificent scenery at Gokyo. There is a chance to ascend Gokyo Ri (5,360m.) which is set above the lake and enjoys probably the most magnificent mountain panorama in the Khumbu. Mountains surround us and include four of the seven highest peaks in the Nepal Himalaya: Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. In the afternoon it is also possible to visit the fourth glacial lake. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,750m)*

Day 16 Cross the Renzo La (5,345m) to Lungden.

Leaving this wonderful desolate mountain arena we climb up the steep barren rocky path to our last pass, the Renzo La (5,345m). From the top the views are truly magnificent. We can still see Everest in all its glory surrounded by Nupste, Lhotse and Makalu. Gokyo Lake is a tiny pinprick way below us and, looking over the pass are the peaks of Rolwaling. We pass Rermo Lake and continue on down to Lungden for the night. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 4,350m)*

Day 17 Descend through Thame to Namche.

We descend to meet the trail from the Nangpa La, which leads into Tibet, and we may well meet Tibetan traders, with their caravans of yaks laden with carpets, salt and hides. Following the Bhote Kosi Valley we head south to Thame with its spectacular monastery. From Thame we follow the valley down to Namche. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 3,440m)*

Day 18 A long day back to Lukla

Quite a long day today but mostly downhill. We descend from Namche and retrace our steps down through Jorsale, Monzo and Benkar to Phakding. Crossing the river the trail undulates through Ghat and Tadakosi and then we have a final climb to Lukla. *Teahouse (sleeping altitude 2,800m)*

Day 19 Fly to Kathmandu.

We fly back to Kathmandu and spend the rest of the day at leisure. *Hotel Ambassador* (or similar)

Day 20 Free day in Kathmandu.

Today is free in Kathmandu for last minute sightseeing or shopping. *Hotel Ambassador* (or similar)

Day 21 End Kathmandu.

The trip ends after breakfast. **

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High Passes to Everest Base Camp

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Nepal Trekking

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Ground service was excellent. The guides were professional, well organized
and efficient. The distance hiked each day was well planned and made sense.

Administrative support was marginal - office forgot to get me at airport.
The trip notes have misleading information
Completing the trek


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Be in good shape before you attempt this trek.
Double check with the home office to insure someone will meet you at the
airport.
Do your own computation of elevation gain - do not rely on the trip notes.


Put the calendar date on each day of the trip notes and resend the revised
trip notes with the joining instructions.


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Everest Base Camp

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Fantastic trip with incredible scenery in a beautiful country. Getting into
the real scenery with an authentic experience and a great trekking challenge.
Loved it!
Reaching Base camp. Whilst not the highest or hardest trek I’ve done it
was tough and seeing our group of varied age and ability persevere to reach
the target was amazing. Kala Pattar trek and watching the sunrise hit the
mountain tops on a crystal clear morning.


Brilliant! Helpful, friendly, knowledgable. Bikash got to know each of us
and any issues or challenges we had to support us on the trek. He was good
company and a great guide.


Prepare well, follow the trip notes advice, it’s very accurate. Be
prepared to hire helicopters to get to lukla if your flight is delayed as
once it starts to back up it’s chaos.


Wonderful, highly recommend it, it’s nit for you if you want luxury but it
is if you want amazing scenery and a real adventure in a beautiful country!


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High Passes to Everest Base Camp

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I have always had love on mountains and visiting Himalaya to see some of the
highest and greatest mountains in the world had always been on my list to do
and High Passes to Everest Base camp was a wonderful trip to do. We were so
lucky with weather the whole trip giving us amazing scenery and view every
day and despite a little struggle for me with altitude at some point during
the trip I loved every minute of it.
There were so many inspirational moment along the trip. The beauty of the
mountains with a new scenery every day. All the passes and peaks we attend.
The Prayer Service at the monastery in Thyangboche. All the amazing people I
met along this journey, my fellow travelers, leader and assistant guides. I
also found it a proud moment for the whole group to finish the trip together
despite some struggle along the way. Every day was special with it’s own
adventure.


You could tell that Pasang Bomjan had love and respect for the mountains and
everywhere we stopped along the way, if it was for a tea break or
accommodation for the night, you could also tell that he was loved and
respected. He also had real love for his culture and religion which he also
shared with his group and I am just thankful for getting a little insight to
this beautiful and peaceful religion I knew so little about. With his eyes on
everything he also went above and beyond for his group and if it wasn't for
him I don't think the whole group would ever had managed to finish the trip.
Given a group of people with so many different personality, fitness level and
ability and getting them through eighteen days at that high altitude where so
many things can put you off demands an incredible lot of skills and insight
for a group leader to have and Pasang measured up to all of them. Guarding
the group safety and health nothing went pass him and he was always there if
you needed him. Caring for people when feeling sick, giving encouragement if
you needed motivation or support or just a warm hug and beside this all just
a nice and pleasant person to be around. Some people you are just happy and
grateful you met and for me Pasang Bomjan is one of them.


This is a wonderful trip to do but because of long endurance and toughness
(grated 7) it requires some fitness level, so make sure you read the trips
notes through. About half of the trekking time you are also sleeping above
4500 m so be prepared you might feel it at some point. Sleeping at this
altitude you also need good sleeping bag because nights get quite cold and
down jacket will also be very useful. For water I prefer to use SteriPEN and
for backup water purification tablets (if SteriPEN runs out of battery or
breaks), but you can also buy bottle water or boiled water. Sun screen is
very necessary (for me and my white skin SPF 50), lip balm with protection
and hand gel (hand sanitiser). I totally underestimated amount of toilet
paper I used but it is easy to buy on the way and also snacks which you can
buy everywhere along the trek. If you have some outdoor gear or clothing you
are going to replace for new, the local crew will be happy to give your old
things second life. It is both appreciated and needed. If you like taking
photos, take good camera with you on this trek. The scenery is just
breathtaking.


If you love mountains you will love Nepal. But Nepal is also so much more
than just the mountains with beautiful and peaceful culture and religion and
friendly people. Just go there with your heart and mind open, embrace it´s
beautiful culture and religion and leave behind you a nice footprints
wherever you travel. From Himalaya I take with me beautiful memory I will
keep in my heart.


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Trekking to Everest Base camp

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Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
If you want an adventure this is the trip for you. Beautiful mountains,
rivers, forests, bridges and great guides that look after you and show you
the wonderful mountains and tradition of the Sherpa traditions. Everything
is catered for and your day is planned you are encouraged with every step you
make our guide was exceptional and help me to achieve Base camp .
Reaching base camp


Our group leader was exceptional he was your Freind mother father doctor and
mentor all at the same time especially when the high altitude begins to keep
in without him I don't think I would have made my goal of Base camp it was
his encouragement and advice that got me there a true credit to him


Just listen to your guide and enjoy the whole experience


I would do it all over again with our group leader and exhodus


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High Passes to Everest Base camp - Awesome!!

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Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
This is a trip for the physically fit person, who has a strong mental
attitude, if you are both of these then its one of the best trips you can do.
The views and scenery are the best in the Himalayas. The flight to Lukla is
not for the feint hearted but is an experience you will never forget!
18 days walking, with 9-10 days around 5000m+ is hard work, but with
preparation and the right equipment then its definitely do-able. Out of a
group of 14, 100% completed the 3 passes and made it round, which was a great
effort. However only 2 did all 5 peaks plus the 3 passes.
I would recommend this trip to people who have walked at altitude before and
are fit and mentally tough.
All 5 peaks and 3 passes are incredible, not to be missed if you are feeling
strong and healthy. My personal favourite views were Gokyo Peak, Chukkung Ri,
Awi Peak (as its so quiet and has great views) and the Renjo La pass. Also
the flight to and from Lukla is something everyone should experience.


Pasang and his team (including Sujit, Kami and Giradie) were faultless, great
local knowledge, inspirational leadership, very helpful and reassuring about
health issues, altitude and generally supporting the team through the many
ups and downs we all experienced (there were so many more ups by the way).


Read the trip notes, its a great trip, but not for everyone, 18 days in a row
is very tough but also very rewarding. The following items I found to be
really helpful:
Sawyer water filtration system, cold/flu meds, throat/cough sweets (everyone
got a cough at somepoint), down jacket and sleeping bag, diamox, hand gel,
walking pole, good head torch, dry bags/stuff sacks, toilet roll/tissues,
solar battery recharger, buff or face scarf for dust/sun protection.
Things i should have taken: lip balm/sun protection for lips, olbas oil/vix
(sinuses get blocked easily due to dust).


A great trip, really friendly group of people to travel with. I recommend it,
but its really suitable for those people who are experienced, have previously
been to altitude and are fit and mentally tough. If you are these things, you
will enjoy it so much more than if you are not.


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Everest High Passes

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Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
What an amazing trip something I'll never forget.
Reaching the passes and peaks and I loved getting to Everest Base Camp


Our leader was Gele, he's inspiring and knowledgable of the area. We felt
completely safe in his care. His English was excellent and he genuinely cares
about our success. He is a credit to exodus.


Take a steripen to sterilise your water it will save you a lot of money.
Be fit as this trip is not for the faint hearted and to be fit means you will
enjoy the experience all the better.


This trip for me was simply wonderful, Nepal is an amazing country and the
beauty of the Himalayas will stay with me forever. The organisation of the
trek from tea house to tea house was flawless and it meant we never had to
worry about anything.
Loved every minute of it.


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Details

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accomodations

4 nights standard hotels, 18 nights teahouses
18 days walking with full porterage
Trekking at altitude in remote areas
Altitude maximum 5546m, average 3900m

Age Notes

Min. Age: 18

Additional Information:

  • 3 nights standard hotels and 17 nights teahouses
  • 17 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Group normally 4 to 16 plus tour leader and local staff. Min. age 18 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 5546m, average 3900m
  • Travel by private minibus and 2 internal flights 
  • Trekking experience at altitude required
  • Staff carry oxygen and a first aid kit on trek

Trip ID#:

exodus-TNG

Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request from GBP100 - Kathmandu only)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Meals Included:

Dinner: Breakfast is included throughout the trip. On trek the breakfast will be a fixed set menu usually consisting of porridge or muesli, with either toast, chapatti or pancake, plus an egg or omelette and a cup of tea/coffee. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner on trek allowing you to choose what you want to eat. Lunch will be taken at a teahouse en route - sometimes one of your guides will go ahead with the group’s order to make it more expedient. Dinner will be in the same teahouse that you sleep at (this is custom in Nepal as teahouses base their room rate on it). The menus in the lodges are almost identical to one another but offer a varied choice, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat to pizza and apple pie. Dhal bhat is the staple diet in Nepal and comes in many different forms but generally comprises some curried lentil dhal and meat or vegetables, some rice, and a pickle/chutney. Another popular snack is momos; a type of Nepalese dumpling, fried or steamed, filled with meat or vegetables. Although meat is available in the teahouses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser. If you have a gluten free diet, then we strongly recommend you bring some extra food and snacks with you to supplement the food on trek as there will be little variety available for you, particularly for breakfast. Even many of the soups are from powder/packets and contain gluten. If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the Trip Notes suggest. *Drinking Water* Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day. We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas. The teahouses sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.  Alternatively, all teahouses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle (or two) and use an effective form of water treatment. There are a wide range of products available these days which are more effective than traditional purification tablets - we recommend talking to an outdoor retailer for the latest advice as technologies are improving all the time: make sure to check the product’s performance in cold/freezing conditions and consider battery life (lithium batteries are best in cold conditions). Handheld UV filters such as a ‘SteriPEN’ are widely available to purchase from online retailers such as Amazon and Ebay – they’re very effective, can treat 1 litre of water in a couple of minutes and the water is ready immediately – look for lightweight lithium battery models and remember that you will need to bring a wide-mouthed bottle (e.g. Nalgene) for use with these devices. There is also an array of water filter and purifier bottles on the market, such as ‘The Grayl’ or ‘Water-to-Go’ but please note that these tend to have a small capacity and the filter systems will be less effective if they freeze so are less practical for high altitude treks such as this.

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