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Everest Base Camp Trekking Via Renjo_La & Cho_La Pass

20 Days

The Everest base camp via Cho-La, Gokyo, Renjo La Pass Trek stands out as the most adventurous expedition in the Everest region. This trek forms a circuit, seamlessly integrating the Gokyo, Chola Pass, and Renjo La Pass with the renowned Everest Base Camp Trek. Revel in the breathtaking vistas of Himalayan giants such as Mt. Everest (8848m.), Lhotse, Makalu, Amadablam, Kanchenjunga, Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, and more. Explore the enchanting Gokyo valley, home to sacred lakes, and immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Sherpa people. The journey unfolds against a backdrop of impressive glaciers like the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest in Nepal’s Himalayas, lush forests teeming with diverse flora and fauna, and captivating wildlife along the trail. Traverse two high passes, Chola and Renjo La, to witness panoramic views of towering peaks, secluded valleys, and stunning glaciers. Gain insights into the Sherpa people’s culture and lifestyle, renowned for their mountaineering prowess, while enjoying their warm and welcoming demeanor. This trek promises an awe-inspiring experience for all visitors.

Overview

Duration: 20 days Route: Everest Region
Country: Nepal Activitty: Trekking and Hiking
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Short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and trip preparation – 1,300m/4,264 ft.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 3 – 4 hrs

Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft): 5 – 6 hrs

Day 05: Acclimatization Day – Namche Bazaar: 3,440m/11,284ft.

Day 06: Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) – 5 – 6 hrs.

Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 – 6 hrs

Day 08: Dingboche – Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 5-6 hrs.

Day 09: Lobuche – Gorak Shep [5170 m/16,961ft]-Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 ft]-Gorak Shep: 8 – 9 hrs

Day 10: Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar – Dzongla [4280 m/14,070 ft]: 8 – 9 hrs

Day 11: Cross Chola Pass and Trek to Thangnag (4800m.)

Day 12: Tangnag to Gokyo

Day 13: Rest day at Gokyo

Day 14: Cross Renjo La Pass (5400m.) Lunde

Day 15: Lunde to Thame

Day 16: Thame to Namche Bazaar

Day 17: Namche Bazaar-Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6 – 8 hrs

Day 18: Lukla – Kathmandu

Day 19: Leisure day in Kathmandu.

Day 20: Final departure to your home country.

Detail itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and trip preparation – 1,300m/4,264 ft.
When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from BG Travel and Trek will warmly welcome you. After completing necessary customs formalities, including obtaining your visa, you collect your luggage and locate the BG Travel and Trek representative, who will then transfer you to your hotel. In the evening, a welcome dinner hosted by BG Travel and Trek awaits you, featuring delicious Nepalese cuisine that provides a taste of the country’s food culture.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
After breakfast, we embark on a guided tour exploring several historical and spiritual landmarks in Kathmandu. Many of these sites hold World Heritage status, including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the renowned ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath), and the Buddhist shrine BouddhaNath, one of the largest stupas globally. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. BG Travel and Trek provide insights into our upcoming trek and address any questions we may have. The night is spent in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 3 – 4 hrs
Following breakfast, we head to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), the starting point of our trek. The 40-minute scenic flight offers breathtaking views of the green and white mountains. The landing at Lukla’s Tenzing-Hillary Airport is a thrilling experience, set against a backdrop of high mountain peaks. Upon arrival in Lukla, we meet the rest of our crew, make necessary arrangements, and commence our trek through the thriving village of Lukla towards Phakding. To aid acclimatization, today’s hike is short, but for those interested, an optional side trip to a nearby monastery is available. Overnight in Phakding.

Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft): 5 – 6 hrs
The trek continues through a picturesque pine forest, with the trail leading along the Dudh Koshi River and crossing several suspension bridges, including the renowned Hillary Suspension Bridge. The stunning view of Mt. Thamserku (6618 m) unfolds as we progress. Passing through the settlements of Benkar, Chumoa, and Monjo, we arrive at the Sagarmatha National Park check post. The trail ascends through the lush forests and over bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a challenging ascent of about two hours, the first glimpse of Mt. Everest appears over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. At Chautara, we take a moment to admire the view before continuing for another 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt. Everest and the main trading center of the region. Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Acclimatization Day – Namche Bazaar: 3,440m/11,284ft.
On this acclimatization day, we follow the advice of health experts to stay active rather than remaining idle. Various options are available for the day, such as a day hike to Thame, a visit to Khunde, or leisure time exploring Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar serves as the main center of the Everest (Khumbu) region, equipped with government offices, ATMs, internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and a vibrant market on Fridays and Saturdays. A few hundred vertical feet trek during the day aids in acclimatization. Our guides take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the Sagarmatha National Park headquarters, where we learn about the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture, and the region’s flora and fauna. An interesting side trip to Khumjung includes a visit to the famous airstrip at Syangboche, where the Everest View Hotel offers spectacular views of the highest mountains. Khumjung valley, surrounded by snowy peaks like Kongde and Thamserku, houses a well-known monastery with a yeti scalp. A visit to Hillary School and lunch precedes our descent back to Namche Bazaar for an overnight stay.

Day 06: Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) – 5 – 6 hrs.
After breakfast in Namche, your trek towards Tengboche begins, offering superb views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and the close-up view of Thamserku. The trail follows a gradual path with a few ups and downs, providing breathtaking views of the great Himalayas. Along the way, you may spot wildlife like pheasants, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trek continues on a gradual descent up to Kayangjuma. As you proceed, you’ll reach Sansa, a major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The path leads through pine forests, and after crossing a bridge adorned with prayer flags over the Dudh Koshi River, you’ll arrive at Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with teahouses and a small army post in the alpine woods. Following a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga, a challenging climb steeply ascends through the pine forests until you reach Tengboche. Tengboche is an excellent vantage point for close-up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest. It is home to the largest Buddhist Monastery in the Khumbu region. You’ll visit the monastery around 3 p.m. to witness the ceremony. Overnight stay at a lodge in Tengboche.

Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5 – 6 hrs

With the mountains as a stunning backdrop, the Tengboche Monastery looks even more spectacular in the morning. Capture the monastery and the surrounding scenery through photographs before embarking on the day’s journey. Opting for the upper trail for better views, you’ll head towards Pangboche village, passing Chortens, Mani walls, and small villages along the way. During lunch, enjoy not only delicious food but also a fantastic close-up view of Mt. Ama Dablam.

In the afternoon, the journey continues north to Pheriche or takes the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Mt. Ama Dablam. The walk is relatively moderate as you enter the Imja Valley. As you approach the confluence of the Lobuche River, the valley gradually unfolds. Descending into the river, you begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. Upon reaching Dingboche, you’ll encounter a beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls, protecting barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight stay at Dingboche.

Day 08: Dingboche – Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 5-6 hrs.

After breakfast, the trek resumes with a climb to Duglha through the Khumbu Khola valley. The journey along the arid terrace rewards with breathtaking views of mountains on all sides. Upon reaching a yak herder’s place called Dusa, the valley starts to narrow, continuing through Phulung Karpo, the campsite of the first successful Everest Expedition in 1953. Above Phulung Karpo lies Chola Lake. The majestic sight of Mt. Pumori (7138 m/23418 ft) becomes prominent as you proceed.

Descending and curving, Mt. Pumori disappears from view, and a roaring stream comes into sight. After crossing a small wooden bridge, the trail ascends to Duglha, offering views of Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Thamserku, and other magnificent peaks. Lunch is enjoyed in Dugla, followed by a climb up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Passing through boulder-strewn slopes, you ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountain views. At the ridge’s summit, memorial stones with prayer flags commemorate Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepali mountain guide), who perished on an Everest expedition. As the trail descends to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, several great peaks come into view – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori, and Mahalangur Himal. Despite being in the vicinity of Everest, the great mountain remains elusive. Mt. Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier. Passing a murmuring stream, you start to feel the effects of high altitude. Overnight stay at Lobuche.

Day 09: Lobuche – GorakShep [5170 m/16,961ft]-Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 ft]-GorakShep: 8 – 9 hrs

The trail to Gorak Shep progresses through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, passing the pyramid sign post. Along the way, you encounter the crest of the north ridge of Everest, with stunning views of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, and Mt. Nuptse. A small ascent leads to Thangma Riju, offering a 360-degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the Changri Glacier torrent, the first glimpse of Kala Patthar appears, a grey-green knoll beneath Mt. Pumori.

Upon reaching GorakShep, snow-capped mountains surround you, including the majestic Mt. Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, the trail to Everest Base Camp is taken, passing the once vast GorakShep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, you come across the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. Upon reaching Everest Base Camp, you gain a true appreciation for Everest climbers who navigate the hazardous Khumbu icefall. Brightly colored mountaineer’s tents stand out against the gray surroundings (especially in Spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori are visible from the base camp, though Everest itself is not.

While the sunrise view is popular, the sunset view from KalaPatthar is considered more admirable. It is suggested to visit KalaPatthar for the sunset view on this day. As the setting sun’s rays illuminate the snow-capped mountains, the scenery is indescribable. For trekkers wishing to continue to KalaPatthar, guides and Sherpas coordinate a hike to witness the amazing sunset view. Overnight stay in GorakShep at a local lodge.

Day 10: GorakShep – KalaPatthar – Dzongla [4280 m/14,070 ft]: 8 – 9 hrs

Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to witness the dramatic views from KalaPatthar, capturing the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. However, we need to be prepared for an early morning departure in the dark and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C), and there is always the potential for chilly winds.

Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower to the east, while Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to KalaPatthar, we pause at several outstanding viewpoints to catch our breath and take pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach KalaPatthar. From this point, we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags.

At the top, we sit on KalaPatthar, where our eyes roam across the unbelievable Himalayan panorama, from one mighty massif to another. We capture as many pictures as possible and absorb the view with our mind’s eye to last a lifetime. Upon returning to GorakShep, we have breakfast and wait for other participants to return.

For those participants visiting Everest Base Camp today, an early breakfast is provided to start the longer hike (4-5 hrs) than the KalaPatthar hike. Upon returning to GorakShep, the group has lunch together, and in the afternoon, we walk to Dzongla.

Day 11: Cross Chola Pass and Trek to Thangnag (4800m.)
This day we cross Chola pass. The trek involves walking on a steep path over rock boulders. The climbing is challenging, offering breathtaking views of the route ahead and the glacier itself. From the pass, we can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains. After crossing the pass, we descend on the other side and trek to Thangnag for an overnight stay.

Day 12: Tangnag to Gokyo
We walk along the glacier route until we reach the first Lake of Gokyo. The trek becomes easier on a flat path following the Dudh Koshi River up to Gokyo. Gokyo is situated near the third lake, and in this windy valley, you will be stunned by the natural beauty of Dudh Pokhari Lake.

Day 13: Rest day at Gokyo

This day is for rest in Gokyo, allowing you to explore the Gokyo valley and its surroundings. Gokyo serves as a trade center, and the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to trekkers in the area. Situated by the side of the Ngozumpa glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal, Gokyo offers breathtaking views.

You have two options for excursions:

  1. Make a side trip to the Fifth Lake via the Fourth Lake.
  2. Hike to Gokyo Ri, which takes about four and a half hours. Gokyo Ri is situated above the village on the northern edge of the lake. Begin the hike just after first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As you ascend, the summits of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu slowly come into view. The view from the summit of Gokyo Ri is considered one of the finest in the Everest region, with some even suggesting it’s better than the view from KalaPatthar. Overnight at your lodge in Gokyo.

Day 14: Cross Renjo La Pass (5400m.) Lunde
On this day, you embark on an early morning journey to cross the Renjo La pass. As you reach the pass, you’re treated to breathtaking views of Everest, Lhotse, and the surrounding mountain panorama. The scenic beauty of Gokyo Lake and the village below the Ngozumpa glacier unfolds before your eyes. After relishing the views from the pass, you descend down a stone staircase to reach Lunde, where you’ll stay overnight.

Day 15: Lunde to Thame
Today’s trek takes you down to Thame, a sprawling village nestled in the picturesque landscape. As you descend, the stunning views of mountains such as Thamserku, Kantenga, Kusum Kangguru, and others will accompany you. Thame offers a chance to explore the village and visit a monastery that has stood for around 300 years, enriching your trekking experience.

Day 16: Thame to Namche Bazaar
Today’s trek starts with a flat trail followed by a descent to Thamo. In Thamo, you have the opportunity to visit Khari Gompa, a place where nuns and monks reside. After exploring Thamo, the journey continues to Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar, allowing you to relish the vibrant atmosphere of this bustling mountain town.

Day 17: Namche Bazaar-Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6 – 8 hrs
The trail descends steeply, requiring a slow and controlled pace as you navigate the rocky terrain. Crossing suspension bridges over the fast-flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries, the path gradually levels out. The descent provides different views, with a mix of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and distant snow-covered peaks. Passing through Sherpa villages, you observe their deep faith in Buddhism and the cultural presence of prayer stones and flags. Arriving in Lukla, you can stretch your legs, reflect on the experiences of the past weeks, and celebrate the successful trek. Overnight stay in Lukla.

Day 18: Lukla – Kathmandu
Today, we take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu, concluding our mountain journey. The rest of the day in Kathmandu is free for relaxation or personal exploration. If you wish to purchase souvenirs or gifts, you can visit nearby shops or explore Thamel for typical Nepalese goods. BG Travel and Trek’s guides can assist you in this short excursion, or you can choose to explore independently. In the evening, a farewell dinner is organized to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 19: Leisure day in Kathmandu.
The itinerary includes a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla, allowing flexibility in case of flight delays or cancellations. This spare day ensures that any unforeseen challenges related to weather conditions can be accommodated without disrupting the overall schedule of the trek.

Day 20: Final departure to your home country.

The final day of the journey within the mountains of Nepal concludes with a reflection on the experiences shared with travel companions and the organization of photos. If time permits, there may be an opportunity for shopping or additional sightseeing. Approximately three hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from BG Travel and Trek will accompany you to the airport. As you head home, there will be ample time to contemplate and plan your next adventure in the beautiful country of Nepal.

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