Everest 3 Passes - KONGMALA - CHOLA - RENJOLA - 21 Nights 22 Days

Trip Code : CAN - 13
Accomodation : Hotel
Duration : 22  Days
Grading : Difficult
Max Altitude : 5535
Activity : Cultural Wonders & Hikes
Starts at : Kathmandu
End at : Kathmandu

Overview

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu


Meeting at airport on arrival by our staff and transfer to the hotel. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, lies in a broad valley at the edge of the Himalayan Range. Its art and architecture are an interesting blend of Hindu and Buddhist influences.

Day 2: In Kathmandu


Explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu, with its temples and markets, or take an optional excursion into the Kathmandu Valley.

Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2840m) & Trek to Phakding (2600 m / 4 hours)


Morning the spectacular mountain flight to the tiny airstrip at Lukla. Here we will meet with our porters and commence the trek with a short walk to Phakding.

Day 4: Phakding / Namche Bazaar (3440 m / 5 hours)


A flat walk along the Dudh Kosi river and we climb steeply climb to Namche Bazaar (3,440m).  The most important Sherpa town and a former trading center with Tibet.

Day 5: Namche Bazaar acclimatisation day


Today is an acclimatization day. Namche Bazaar is well worth exploring, with its Buddhist monastery and distant views of Everest. For better acclimatization it is recommended that you walk to the Syangboche or to one of the nearby villages such as Khunde, or Thamo.

Day 6: Namche Bazaar / Tengboche (3880 m / 6 hours)


After rest day we set off trekking again. Within an hour the towering summit of Ama Dablam appears to the east, while glimpses of Everest lure us onwards. The gentle trail crosses the Dudh Kosi river at Phuki Tenga where we start the long climb up to Tengboche.

Day 7: Tengboche / Dingboche (4260 m / 5 hours)


We descend to the Dudh Kosi river through rhododendron forests. If you are trekking in the spring you may see the rhododendron forests in bloom. We continue to Pangboche village where the monastery once held a possible yeti scalp, apparently stolen a few years back. You soon find yourself above the tree line you will pass a few tea shops and yak herders before you reach Dingboche a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls.

Day 8: Dingboche / Chhukung (4730 m / 4 hours)


The trail gradually ascends up to the Chhukung. On the way, you can see summer huts made especially for keeping the lives stocks in summer time. Along this, you enjoy the beautiful mountain views in and around the valley.

Day 9: Chhukung / Kongma La BC (5000 m)


The trail ascends the valley gently towards, we can look directly across the valley to the fantastic snow and ice formations on Ama Dablam and the Amphu Lapcha. We turn away from the main valley and head off up a side valley towards the Kongma La BC. 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.

Day 10: Cross Kongma La Pass (5535 m) - Trek to Lobuche (4940 m)


We have to carry plenty of water and some snacks and a packed lunch as there is no Lodges on the way. We will enjoy the remoteness of the area and absolute nature. We can select to go via any of the possible trails – either taking a climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung over the moraine of the Nuptse Glacier or we might walk back down the valley to Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. Just after some walk there are great views of Island peak valley and jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha. Ascending along the east side of Niyang Khola valley, we turn west and walk through the sloppy stony trial. We enter a wide basin dotted with small frozen lakes. Upon reaching the top, we see cairn wrapped in prayer flags, marks of the pass. Behind us is the landscape of icy lakes ahead down of which is the Khumbu Glacier. The final descent is the most difficult stage of the trek today, upon climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche.

Day 11: Lobuche / Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep (5160 m)


You will ascend gently to begin with today through lovely pasture lands; then follow the rocky moraine path with views of the Khumbu Glacier.  Gorakshep is on a flat field below Kala Pattar (5545m) and Mt. Pumori (7145m).  Continue 2 - 3 hours walk, to the Everest Base Camp & back to Gorakshep for overnight.

Day 12: Gorakshep / Kala Pattar (5545 m) - Dzongla (4710 m)


Sunrise from the top of Kala Pattar is quite spectacular, it is a hard climb of one or two hours but you can see the West face of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and more. Then trek back to Gorakshep for hot breakfast and then descend to Dzongla.

Day 13: Dzongla / Chola Pass (5428 m) - Dragnag (4500 m)


We begin the day by climbing to Chola-la crossing over and descending once more to Thanga.

Day 14: Dragnag / Gokyo (4790 m)


Today takes the trek to our final destination, Gokyo.

Day 15: Hike to Gokyo ri (5420m) / Stay Gokyo


Early in the morning we have steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri. There are stunning views of the supper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, such as giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m) can be seen.

Day 16: Gokyo / Renjo La Pass (5338m) – Lungden


After early breakfast we prepare with well equipment as down jacket, gloves, boot, hat, sunglass, gaiter and crampons with stick. Start our trek with crews and ascending to Renjo La passes on rocky and snow covered trail with long glacier walk. It is steep uphill up to Renjo la, where from we can see the best view of Himalayan scenery including Mt. Everest and Gokyo valley. Descend few hours to Lunden Village. It has a small settlement and specially Yak farming places and here we have a few basic teahouses where we can have a basic sharing room and basic Nepalese typical food.

Day 17: Lungden / Thame


Today we head towards the northern part following the Dudh Koshi River up to Thame valley. During the trek can be seen most scenic view of surrounding mountain and Himalayan wildlife.

Day 18: Thame / Monzo


We will visit the Laudo monastery 15 minutes above Mende. The main temple is only 40 years old and was used until recently as a meditation school for western buddhist students. It has a remarkable meditation room built beneath a huge rock, where people go on retreat for 3 years / 3 months / 3days. The friendly caretaker will be more than happy to serve butter tea and explain a little about the monastery. Retrace along the same route to Phurte and from here take the lower trail to Namche. After three hours of easy walking we arrive at Namche Bazar for lunch. The rest of the descent to Monjo will be along the same route as on the way up.

Day 19: Monzo / Lukla


The return trek to Lukla follows a slightly different route so as to avoid walking through Phakding again. Keeping to a trail high above, on the other side of the Dudh Kosi, we visit the old Gumila monastery before descending down to the main trail. After a short lunch break at Thada Kosi, at the base of the Kusum Kangru Himal we continue for a further two hours or so before we reach Lukla.

Day 20: Fly Lukla / Kathmandu


Fly to Kathmandu Weather-permitting, we fly from the tiny mountain airstrip back to Kathmandu, with a last chance to glimpse the mighty snowcapped Himalaya in the distance.

Day 21: In Kathmandu


Free in Kathmandu A chance to do some shopping, explore at leisure or merely relax by the hotel.

Day 22: Depart Kathmandu


Transfer to airport to board the flight for onward journey.

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