SESH 1601

Everest Base Camp Trek

Arrival

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

Briefing

At around 1800 (subject to flight timings) you'll be met by your guide for your pre-climb briefing to discuss tomorrow's trek and go through any questions you may have.

Trek

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu (1,300m) to Dhunche (1,960m) and trek to Chandanbari 

Embark on your Gosaikunda Lake Trek this morning after a delightful breakfast. A standby Jeep awaits to transport you to Dhunche, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beauty of villages and pastures along the route. The journey to Dhunche spans approximately 5 hours, traversing a charming road that winds through woods, terraced farms, streams, and the mighty Trishuli River. Dhunche, the administrative centre of Rasuwa District, awaits for a lunch break before we commence our trek to Chandanbari. This uphill hike lasts about 4 to 5 hours, and you'll spend the night at a lodge.

Day 02: Trek from Chandanbari (3,330m) to Gosaikunda (4,380m)

Today's segment of the Gosainkunda Trek Route presents a notably more demanding challenge than the previous day. Commencing after breakfast in Chandanbari, your trek begins with a gentle ascent that gradually steepens. To reach Gosaikunda, you'll navigate a rocky, narrow path, trekking across desolate hills and encountering chilly breezes as you ascend. After about 1.5 hours, you'll reach Cholangpati, offering breathtaking views of Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri, Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal.

Continuing for another 2.5 hours brings you to Lauribina. Following a two-hour climb, you'll arrive at the Buddha Temple. The sequence of lakes includes Saraswati Kunda, Bhairav Kunda, and the Majestic Lake Gosaikunda, encountered after an additional hour of hiking from the Buddha Temple. You'll spend the night at a tea house, with the day allowing for exploration of surrounding lakes. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Gosaikunda (4,380m) to Dhunche (1,960m)

After a delightful breakfast, the morning will be dedicated to exploring the surroundings of Gosaikunda Lake. Following this, you will retrace your steps back to Dhunche, passing through the charming settlements of Lauribina, Cholangpati, Dhimsa, and Deurali. The Gosaikunda Lake trekking itinerary concludes on this day, making it essential to savour every moment of the journey. As you descend, relish the captivating vistas of mountains, pine forests, and the flavourful Chandandari cheese.

Descending makes the hike a bit easier and more enjoyable. Along the way, you may encounter various protected species, including Wood Snipe, Snow Partridge, and Tibetan Snow Cock. If luck is on your side, you might even catch a glimpse of the endangered Red Panda. The journey concludes with approximately seven hours of downhill trekking, and you will arrive at Dhunche for an overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 04: Drive from Dhunche (1,960m) to Kathmandu (1,300m)

The Langtang Gosaikunda Lake trek concludes today. Following a restful night at one of Dhunche's tea houses, you'll relish a delightful breakfast. Afterward, you'll board a bus to Kathmandu, traversing a scenic road that offers breathtaking views of the Trishuli River, meadows, and charming towns. The journey to Kathmandu spans approximately five to six hours, providing ample time to appreciate the beauty of the landscape. This journey leaves you with cherished memories of the majestic Gosaikunda Lake, its enchanting trails, the culturally rich Tamang people, the Tibetan-influenced way of life, and the delectable Yak's cheese. Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 05: Fly to Lukla (35 min) and trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m)

Ideally, our aim is to reach Lukla between 7 – 9 am, ensuring you have time for breakfast before embarking on a mostly downhill walk to Phakding. Following a restful break in Phakding, we gradually ascend towards the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, the official gateway to the Everest Region located in Monjo. Lunch will be enjoyed in Monjo before descending briefly, levelling out to flat ground on mixed terrain. The trail then follows the river to the final high suspension bridge, marking the commencement of the lengthy 'Namche Hill' leading to Namche Bazaar. Typically, today's trek spans 8 hours with ample breaks and rests along the way. The distance covered from Lukla to Namche is approximately 20 km / 12 miles.

Day 06: Namche to Tengboche (3,860m)

Today's journey involves a hike to Tengboche at an elevation of 3,860m. After ascending from Namche, the initial 2 hours offer a relaxed walk, traversing the left-hand side of the valley high above the valley floor. The trail then descends towards the river for our lunch stop. Following this, it will take 2 – 3 hours to ascend the long hill to the town of Tengboche. This ascent is gradual but spans a considerable distance, and the total hiking time for the day is approximately 5 to 6 hours, covering a distance of 12km / 7.5 miles.

Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,400m)

Heading from Tengboche, our journey takes us to Dingboche at an altitude of 4,400m / 14,436ft. The trail initiates with a downhill stretch and then continues with gentle undulations before crossing the river. Gradually, we move uphill towards Pangboche for lunch, a village that endured significant impact from recent earthquakes, usually taking 2 - 3 hours to reach. From Pangboche, the trail involves a gradual uphill trek towards the Imja Valley, offering views of Island Peak, and an hour later, we reach Dingboche. The total trekking time for the day is expected to be 5 to 6 hours, covering a distance of 12km / 7.5 miles.

Day 08: Acclimatisation day in Dingboche

Today marks another night in Dingboche as part of our acclimatisation strategy. Our objective is to ascend to the altitude of 4,900m / 16,076ft, gaining 500m / 1,640ft in this acclimatisation trek that is expected to take around 3 hours. Upon reaching the high point, we'll take a break of approximately 30 - 45 minutes to soak in the panoramic views before descending for lunch and an afternoon of relaxation. The total distance covered in this trek is 3km / 1.9 miles, involving an ascent and descent of 500m / 1,640ft.

Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4,900m) via Kong Ma La Pass

Our next destination from Dingboche is Lobuche, situated at 4,900m. We commence today's trek early in the morning with the goal of reaching the highest point of the entire journey, the Kongma La Pass. There are two route options: we can either take a trail over a hill to the northwest of Chhukung, traversing the Nuptse Glacier moraines, or opt to walk to Bibre and trek on the trail above the Niyang Khola. Cairns and Buddhist prayer flags mark the top of the pass. The final descent from the pass proves to be the most challenging part of today's journey. After ascending the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through the Khumbu Glacier, guiding us to Lobuche. The total distance covered is 11km / 6.2 miles.

Day 10: Lobuche to Gorakshep - EBC - Gorakshep (5,160m - 5,365m - 5,160m) 

Today's trek leads us from Lobuche to Gorakshep at an elevation of 5,160m. The journey is exceptionally beautiful and distinctive, crossing extensive loose rock and glacier moraine. The trail involves approximately 3 hours of ascending and descending into Gorakshep. After having lunch here, we continue for an additional 3 hours to reach Everest Base Camp, where we will spend some time soaking in the atmosphere of the Base Camp of the world's highest mountain! The return hike to Gorakshep is another 2 hours, concluding this challenging day after a total of 7 or 8 hours of hiking. The distance covered today is 10km / 6.2 miles.

Day 11: Hike to Kala Patthar (5,555m). Trek to Dzongla (4,830m)

After a rejuvenating night's sleep in Gorakshep, those feeling ready and able may embark on an early wake-up call to undertake a challenging 3-hour uphill hike to Kala Patthar, offering a stunning sunrise view over Everest. Despite the strenuous effort, the rewarding panoramic views of Everest in the early morning make the endeavour worthwhile. Upon returning to Gorakshep, a hearty breakfast awaits before we commence our descent to Dzongla.

Starting our descent from Gorakshep, we follow a trail alongside the Khumbu Glacier. The trail diverges, and we opt for the path on our right, passing a stupa and tombstones in the distance. As we ascend, the Chola Tsho Lake becomes visible, and further along, we encounter a smaller lake. Crossing the Chola Khola on a bridge, we finally reach Dzongla for an overnight stay. The distance covered today is 12km / 7.5 miles.

Day 12: Dzongla to Gokyo (4,800m) via Cho La Pass (5,368m)

As we ascend, the majestic Cho La Lake comes into view, with the prominent Ama Dablam presiding over a mountain range to the south and Cholatse soaring on the west. The climb becomes challenging as the incline is steep, exacerbated by boulders, requiring some scrambling. The final ascent to Cho La can be a bit tricky, with the trail curving around a crevasse. The pass's summit is adorned with prayer flags and cairns, offering breathtaking scenery of majestic peaks in all directions. Although the descent to Thangnak is long, the trail is not particularly difficult.

Our path leads us to the edge of the Ngozumpa glacier, Nepal's longest glacier. Crossing to the other side, we encounter the second Gokyo Lake among a series of six lakes. A short distance away, the third Gokyo Lake awaits, with the Gokyo Village standing on its edge where we will spend the night. The distance covered today is 12.5km / 9 miles.

Day 13: Gokyo to Marlung (4,210m) via Renjo La Pass (5,360m)

Commencing our day early in the morning, we embark on a trek with a path running alongside Dudh Pokhari (lake) for a stretch. After approximately two hours of walking, we begin the descent towards the Renjo La Pass, treating ourselves to magnificent views of the Himalayan and Rolwaling ranges along the way. The panoramas from the Renjo La Pass mirror those from Gokyo Ri, featuring the third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village nestled below the Ngozumpa Glacier. The summit of the pass also offers exceptional views of Mt. Everest.

Proceeding from the pass, our trail descends via a stone staircase and traverses loose scree, leading us to the south bank of Angladumba Tsho Lake. The descent may pose a challenge with icy sections. En route, we encounter Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake, navigating through a narrow valley filled with imposing boulders until we reach Lumde, where a support lodge, though often closed, stands. A further hour of walking takes us to Marlung on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi River. The distance covered today is 11km / 7 miles.

Day 14: Marlung to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

The descent from Marulung to Thame traces a historical route that has been utilised for centuries by Tibetan traders. Crossing the Bhote Koshi River, we descend to Taranga. The trail continues its descent, crossing two bridges en route to Thame. Dominating the Thame landscape is its renowned Gompa perched on a hill to the west. Proceeding from here, we gradually descend along a trail that traverses several small villages before reaching Namche Bazaar, likely the largest town in the Everest region. The distance covered today is 15km / 9 miles.

Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,652m)

This challenging day might be among the most demanding, given the fatigue from the preceding trek. The journey begins with the descent down Namche Hill, followed by an extended stretch back to Lukla. Passing through Phakding, the final uphill stretch into Lukla awaits, where we will spend one more night. Expect today's trek to consume 7 to 8 hours, covering a distance of 21km / 13 miles.

Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,300m). 35 min flight.

Today, your legs enjoy a respite as the trek involves only a stroll to Lukla Airport before taking a short 10-minute flight back to Kathmandu. 

In the evening, we will savour dinner at one of the authentic Nepali restaurants.

Departure

A driver will collect you from your hotel around 3 hours before your departing flight and transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), ensuring that you arrive there at least 2 hours before your flight departs. Please let us know if you'd like to be collected earlier.

Maps

The following is a map of the acclimatisation trek to Gosainkunda lake, reaching an altitude of 4,380 metres.

The following map is from Lukla to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake descending via another route. 

Prices per person



No. in group πŸ‘‰ Solo 2 🧍
Trek $3,120 $2,920
Private helicopter from Gokyo Lake to Kathmandu $6,240 $3,120
Private helicopter from Gokyo Lake to Lukla $1,950
Shared helicopter from Lukla to Kathmandu $1,300 $1,300
Shared helicopter from Gorekshep to Lukla $1,040 $1,040

Mobiles: scroll right for larger groups πŸ‘‰

During peak seasons, there are typically numerous climbers available to share the expenses of the "shared helicopter" service. However, if we are unable to find additional climbers to split the costs, the individual cost may increase.

What's included in the costs?

Note that conversely with many other operations, our prices do indeed cover meals in tea houses along the route, and return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla. You will need cash for additional beverages, and tips.

  • Return airport transfers from Kathmandu Airport (KTM) to your hotel in Kathmandu
    • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin-share, bed and breakfast basis - one night before and one night after the trek
      • Transfers by private vehicle from Kathmandu to Dhunche and return
        • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
          • All meals breakfast, lunch and dinner on the trek with a tea or coffee with each meals
            • Domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and return
              • An experienced, English speaking and government- licensed trek guide and necessary porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek
                • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
                  • A Duffle bag, warm/down jacket and sleeping bag
                    • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
                      • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
                        • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant
                          • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge

                            Additional cost considerations

                            • Nepal tourist visa fee (please bring exact amount in USD and two passport sized photographs)
                              • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
                                • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
                                  • Excess baggage charges (the baggage weight limit of the Lukla flight is 15kgs per person in total)
                                    • Additional nights required to be spent in Kathmandu if arriving earlier or departing later than as per the above schedule
                                      • Travel and rescue insurance
                                        • Costs associated with personal spending choices while in Kathmandu or on the trek, such as phone calls, use of paid WiFi, laundry, alcoholic beverages
                                          • Tips for guides and porters
                                            MOEV 801
                                            April 2024

                                            On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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                                            SESH 1501
                                            March 2024

                                            Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

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                                            March 2024

                                            On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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                                            SESH 1601
                                            February 2024

                                            On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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                                            February 2024

                                            On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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                                            IRPR 1401
                                            December 2023

                                            On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy in Kathmandu for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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                                            JORE 1401
                                            December 2023

                                            Day 1: On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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                                            On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Kathmandu Marriott Hotel for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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                                            At high altitudes, it is common to experience acute mountain sickness (AMS). Approximately three-quarters of individuals at elevations above 3,000 metres can expect to encounter mild symptoms. The occurrence of altitude sickness depends on various factors, including elevation, rate of ascent, and individual susceptibility. During the normal process of acclimatisation, many people may experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness. It is important to understand that the mild discomfort accompanying this adaptation is considered normal and acceptable.

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                                            Once you have cleared Immigration and collected your baggage upon arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, please keep an eye out for a Team Mount Everest driver holding a sign with your name. The driver will transport you to Hotel Buddy in Kathmandu, where you will spend the night on a bed and breakfast basis.

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                                            Assuming climbers are able to obtain competitive flight fares all the way into Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) this is almost always the best means of reaching us and getting into position to begin your climb or safari. During the process of booking with us we will request your flight details and will sENd one of our drivers to meet your flight. Our driver will usually be wearing a black Team Mount Everest T-Shirt and carrying a placard with the name of the main correspondent representing your climb group.

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