One of the most exciting and challenging treks in Khumbu region, the trip explores Everest base camp, Cho La pass, and Renjo-la. Renjo Pass Everest Base Camp Trekking is a long trek for adventure lovers to the base of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world.
The trek is a mixture of adventure, culture, and natural beauty within 3 weeks. It explores Namche, Thame, and Lukla (home to Sherpas) and other places en-route with their own unique cultures. One can experience the lifestyle of different ethnicities with their feasts and festivals in Kathmandu as well.
The trek moves from green fields and yak pastures to the snow-capped Himalayan giants of Khumbu region. You can enjoy the landscape, beautiful flora and the imposing mountain peaks from the trail. The highlights of the trek are the beautiful valleys, passes, and peaks that include
– High passes like Cho-la pass (5368 m) and Renjo la pass (5360 m)
– Peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Makalu and others.
– Gokyo valley with its frozen lakes, glaciers, and passes
– Everest base camp
– Sherpa settlements and monasteries in Tengboche and Dingboche
If you have less time and want to reach to Everest base camp or see its beauty, Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is a perfect fit for you.
|Day 01||Arrival at Kathmandu||1,400 m||-|
|Day 02||Kathmandu- Lukla- Phakding||2,840 m||3-4 hrs|
|Day 03||Phakding- Namche Bazaar||3,445 m||5-6 hrs|
|Day 04||Namche Bazaar (Rest Day)||3,445 m||5-6 hrs|
|Day 05||Namche- Thame||3,800 m||5-6 hrs|
|Day 06||Thame- Langdhen||4,380 m||5-6 hrs|
|Day 07||Langdhen- Gokyo||4,790 m||4-5 hrs|
|Day 08||Gokyo (Rest Day)||4,790 m||5-6 hrs|
|Day 09||Gokyo- Dragnag||4,790 m||4 hrs|
|Day 10||Dragnag- Cho La- Dzongla||5,420 m||9 hrs|
|Day 11||Dzongla- Lobuche||4,910 m||5 hrs|
|Day 12||Lobuche- EBC- Gorak Shep||5,380 m||9 hrs|
|Day 13||Gorak Shep- Kala Patthar- Dingboche||5,545 m||7 hrs|
|Day 14||Dingboche- Chhukung RI- Dingboche||5,600 m||8-9 hrs|
|Day 15||Dingboche- Tengboche||4,410 m||6 hrs|
|Day 16||Tengboche- Namche Bazaar||3,870 m||6 hrs|
|Day 17||Namche Bazaar- Phakding||3,440 m||6 hrs|
|Day 18||Phakding- Lukla||2,610 m||4 hrs|
|Day 19||Lukla- Kathmandu||2,800 m||45 min|
|Day 20||Leisure day and Farewell dinner||-||-|
|Day 21||Departure to Tribhuvan International Airport||-||-|
One of our representatives will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. You will enjoy an authentic Nepali dinner and will stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
Max Altitude: 2,840 m, Lukla
We will take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The 35 minutes long flight is exciting as we fly over tall buildings to fields and the mountains of Khumbu region. We land in Lukla airport, one of the most dangerous and exciting airports in the world.
From here, we walk across Dudh Koshi valley, crossing the river in suspension bridges to reach Ghat. After that we cross a ridge to finally reach Phakding. We stay here overnight.
Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 3,445 m, Namche Bazaar
On this day too, we move along the Dudh Koshi valley the entire day. We cross the river several times on suspension bridges covered with prayer flags. After the last crossing, we make a steep climb before reaching Jorsale.
We pass through pine forests with the splendid peaks in the background to reach Namche. We spend the night here.
Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 3,445 m, Namche Bazaar
We rest in Namche, the last village in the region, to acclimatize to the increasing altitudes. There is a school, a hospital and Syangboche airstrip to visit here. It is a tourist hub with a number of hotels and shops to buy trekking gear. There are a few options to make a day’s hike to the nearby villages.
First, we hike to Khunde and from there move to Khumjung, the largest village in the area. This village at the foot of Khumbila peak is famous for its bakery and museum at the highest altitude in the world.
After enjoying the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and others we return back to Namche.
Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 3,800 m, Thame
From Namche, we take the route to the west that leads to Thame. Travelling on a leveled trail we reach Bhote Koshi Valley. The prayer flags, Mani walls and carved stones in the trail are important to the Tibetan-Buddhists of the area.
From Bhote Koshi, the trail ascends steeply to Thame where we see Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde peaks. Thame Gompa is a famous site here, located above the village overlooking the valley. It is known for the spring celebration of the Mani Rimdu festival.
We stay here overnight.
Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 4,380 m, Machharmo
From Thame, we take trails that are mostly uphill climbs to Langdhen. We pass through walled, Sherpa villages with their unique cultures. If we are lucky we also see some flora and fauna of the region.
As we follow our route, we also meet yak caravans that trek along the trail leading to Langdhen. We spend the night here.
Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
Max Altitude: 4,790m, Gokyo
On this day, we complete a long and difficult trek to Gokyo Lake via Renjo la pass. The trail makes steep ups and downs as we pass through sandy ridges. We walk past streams, rocks, yak pastures and the twin Renjo lakes.
Along the way, we enjoy the magnificent views of Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Mount Everest, and others. After enjoying the great views from the top, we descend and then walk on leveled trail to reach Gokyo Lake. We stay here overnight.
Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 4,790 m, Gokyo
We stay around Gokyo on this day to acclimatize and explore the beautiful area. We make an early morning steep climb up to Gokyo RI at 5357m.
We enjoy the spellbinding views of Ngozumpa glacier, Gokyo valley, and the Himalayan range in Khumbu region.
We can spot Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Makalu, Cholatse, Tobuche, and other peaks in the region. After a tranquil experience, we return back to Gokyo to spend the night.
Walking Hours: 4 hours
Max Altitude: 4,790 m, Gokyo
From Gokyo, we walk past the second lakes and Ngozumpa glacier to finally reach Dragnag. We spend the night here.
Walking Hours: 9 hours
Max Altitude: 5,420 m, Cho-La-Pass
This is a long and difficult day that requires an early start. Cho la pass is a highlight of the trip which is difficult due to the steep, icy trails and glacier traverse in the eastern side. We walk on rocky, steep and vertical trails that can be slippery.
We climb through a ravine and rocky trail to finally reach Phedi. From here, we ascend to greater heights accompanied by enchanting views of the peaks.
After we pass through the side of a frozen lake, we reach the top of Cho la pass decorated with prayer flags. We get clear, spellbinding views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Lobuche, Baruntse, and others from the top.
After passing through some crevasses, we reach Dzongla with views of the peaks along with Pheriche village below. We spend the night here.
Walking Hours: 5 hours
Max Altitude: 4,910 m, Lobuche
The trek from Dzongla is a short, beautiful trail that leads to the beautiful village of Lobuche. We spend the night here and rest for the remainder of the trek.
Walking Hours: 9 hours
Max Altitude: 5,380 m, Everest Base Camp
From Lobuche, we walk through the lateral moraine of Khumbu glacier. After a while, we make an ascent to reach Thangma Riju from where we enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of the Khumbu peaks.
We climb through Changri glacier where we get the first glimpse of Kala Patthar. We reach Gorakshep and enjoy the views of the Himalayan giants including the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest.
After enjoying lunch at such high altitude, we take an excursion to Everest base camp. We take the trail past Gorakshep Lake and through Indian army mountaineer memorials.
We see the trekkers’ tents being set up for Everest expeditions; some of which are cozy enough to give us a sensation of a luxurious Everest Trek. Mount Everest is not visible from here. We return back to Gorakshep for the night.
Walking Hours: 2-3 hours
Max Altitude: 5,545 m, Kala Patthar
From Gorakshep, the trek to Kalapathar mostly constitutes of steep climbs and bends. Kalapathar is a thump in the Khumbu region with its summit at 5545m.
From here, we can enjoy the sunrise view along with the peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kusum Kanggru, Thamserku and many others. We also explore lakes and icefalls in the area along with the intimidating views of Pumori and Everest right in front of us.
After the excursion, we trace our steps back to Gorakshep and then continue towards Lobuche. After crossing a river, we take the trail on the left leading to Dingboche. It is an easy descent to Dingboche where we spend the night.
Walking Hours: 8-9 hours
Max Altitude: 5,600 m, Chhukung Ri
It is a rest day that we spend exploring the Dingboche area. After visiting the Dingboche monastery, we start out excursion to Chhukung village.
From the village we make a steep climb to the Chhukung RI for the panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. We trace our steps back to Dingboche where we spend the night.
Walking Hours: 6 hours
Max Altitude: 4,410m, Dingboche
From Dingboche, the route mostly makes steep descents crossing through various villages. After some time we reach Tengboche, one of the favorite destinations of this region. It is famous for the Tengboche monastery atop a hill which overlooks the valley.
We get to witness majestic peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and others in the region. We stay here overnight.
Walking Hours: 6 hours
Max Altitude: 3,870 m, Tengboche
From Tengboche, we pass through pine and rhododendron forests as well as waterfalls to finally reach Namche. Namche is a famous hub with lodges and shops where all the people in the route get to socialize with each other. We spend the night here.
Walking Hours: 6 hours
Max Altitude: 3,440 m, Namche Bazaar
From Namche, there is a difficult descent through rocky cliffs to reach Dudh Koshi River. After crossing a suspension bridge, the trails levels and passes through lush green land to finally reach Phakding. We spend the night here.
Walking Hours: 4 hours
Max Altitude: 2,610 m, Phakding
It is a short, easy walk to Lukla as we enjoy the sceneries in the crowded trails. We stay the night here.
Flight Hours: 45 min
Max Altitude: 2,800, Lukla
We take a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport. It is considered to be one of the most dangerous airstrips in the world for the short runway and the presence of a cliff and hill just in front of it.
We fly from over the mountains to the busy city of Kathmandu. We end our journey in Kathmandu.
We have a leisure day for sightseeing around Kathmandu. We can visit the Durbar squares, temples and stupas of the city. We can also buy pashmina, thangka, statues as souvenirs. We finally entertain you with a farewell dinner in the evening.
- All domestic flight, hotel/airport transfer as per itinerary
- All ground transportation by private vehicles
- One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu with car /driver and guide
- All accommodations in teahouse
- meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the treks
- Complimentary farewell dinner in Kathmandu in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant
- All cost for a guide (well trained English Speaking)
- Porter to carry your luggage every 2 trekkers has to share a porter (25 kg for 1 porter)
- major permits and Tims
- All necessary paper works
- Free luggage storage in Kathmandu while you are on trek
- Rescue arrangements
- Medical Kit Bag
- All necessary taxes
- Monuments & Monastery fees/entrance fees for the Kathmandu sightseeing
- all drinks
- personal gear for the trek
- Lunch And dinner while you are in Katmandu and except the farewell dinner
- Accommodation in Kathmandu
- tips for porter and guide
Q1. Is Everest Base Camp Trek difficult or easy?
Generally, the trek is not as hard as it sounds. It is rated as a moderate level hike. To get to Everest Base Camp, the trail traverse through many different Sherpa settlements. Also, the trail traverse through a huge variety of the terrain.
There are easy flat trails and difficult steep climbs but overall it is manageable for someone with little or no trekking experience. Also, the itinerary is designed with enough extra days for acclimatization. If you need, you can even spend extra days.
Q2. How much fit do I need to be to complete the Everest Base Camp trek?
Everest Base Camp trek is a moderate level trek. This trek is less demanding than you think. You will get enough time to acclimatize with the high altitude.
During the trek, you have to walk for 7-8 hours per day. Even slow walkers can manage comfortably, walking at own pace. But for this, a reasonable fitness is required.
However, if you train your body before the trek, it’ll help to build endurance level. The more fit you are, the trekking will be more enjoyable. You can go for a day hike in your home country. You can do daily exercise like jogging, running, and cycling.
But if you have heart and lungs problem you should consult with your doctor. Be aware, that the medical facilities on the trail are very hard to find and if you find by chance it’s very basic.
Also, due to the steep ascents and descents, rocky paths, and some moraine walking, Everest Base Camp trek is hostile to anyone with knee problems.
Q3. Am I prone to altitude sickness?
During the Everest Base Camp trek, there is a high risk of altitude sickness. It is often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). No matter how fit you are altitude sickness can hit you. Careful! it can be fatal.
The effect of altitude is likely to come once you’re above 3,000 meters. The initial symptoms of altitude sickness are as follows:
- Nausea, vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- A persistent headache
- Weakness, fatigue, heavy legs
- Slight swelling of hands and face
- Shortness of breath upon exertion
The above symptoms of AMS need to be taken seriously. The only cure for altitude sickness is to descend to the lower elevation immediately. Although there is no way to train your body against altitudes, there are some ways you can prevent it :
- Ascend slowly and gradually as you reach higher
- Drink plenty of water
- Take plenty of rest
- Do not smoke, drink alcoholic and high caffeinated drinks
- Eat high-calorie food
Q4. How long does the Everest Base Camp Trek take?
This depends upon the route you take and the number of days you spend in acclimatization.
Normally, Everest Base Camp trek can be done in 12-16 days. You can also extend the itinerary from 19-22 days and opt Three Passes Trek and Gokyo Valley Trek. If you want to explore more of the Everest region then these places are worth to visit !
Q5. What kind of accommodation is available along the trekking route?
During the trek, you’ll spend most of the nights in tea houses. Tea houses is a synonym of guest houses. The rooms are very simple but comfortable to sleep. In some places, you might have to use the squatting toilets. On the Everest trekking route till Namche Bazaar, there are many luxurious lodges and hotels. Here you’ll find a luxurious room with attached bathroom and hot shower. As you move to higher altitudes “don’t expect luxurious accommodation”!.
Q6. What kind of food is available?
There are a variety of foods in Nepal you can try. During the trekking period, you’ll spend a lot of time in tea houses. Almost all the tea houses have the same food menu.
For breakfast, you’ll get boiled or cooked eggs, bread-butter-jam, pancakes, boiled potatoes, cereals and many more.
For meals, the most preferred dish is Nepalese traditional food “Dal-Bhat”. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentil, chutney, salad, and meat (optional) cooked in Nepalese style.
Q7. Is drinking water easily available?
Yes, throughout the trail you’ll get mineral, boiled or tap water. Mineral water is safe but it is costly especially at higher elevation. The cost of mineral water per liter ranges from USD 1-3.5 from start to the end of the trek.
Another alternative is to carry a spare water bottle and get them filled in teahouses. The tea houses will sell boiled water at a relatively cheaper rate.
Although, you can save money by using reusable water bottle and water purification tablets. It’s cheaper,also controls environment pollution. On the trail, there are enough water taps, you can use purifying tablets and drink.
Q8. Do I need travel insurance for Everest Base Camp?
Yes, you need to purchase travel insurance and make sure it covers altitude upto 6,000 meters. Everest Base Camp trek goes above 5,000 m above sea level. Most of the travel insurance policies will not cover you over 3,000 m. This is fine for Ghorepani Poon Hill trek as it doesn’t go above 3,500 m.
Medical treatment at high altitude can be expensive as it often involves a helicopter airlift rescue. So, a general insurance is not enough for this trek. Before purchasing the packages you must read terms and condition very carefully.
Besides altitude, you may fall sick in the new surrounding, make sure to have all necessary vaccinations prior to going abroad.
Similarly, while traveling your luggage might get lost or stolen or damaged. You may have to loose expensive trekking equipment. Thus, make sure your travel insurance covers for lost, stolen and damaged luggage.
Also, if you’re doing side trips to Island Peak, then it’s best to get the travel insurance that covers helicopter evacuation up to 6,000 m.
Q9. When is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp?
The best time for Everest Base Camp trek is Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). October is the most popular time for this trek. The views are good and the weather conditions is moderate.
During March and April, expect warm and sunny days. There will be very little or no rainfall. The skies are clear with an amazing view of snow-capped Himalayan ranges.
Since May is the expedition month, you’ll see Base Camp full of colorful tents and climbers. Especially in the month of April and May, you’ll walk through the blossoming Rhododendron forests.
Besides, if you love solitude, then the monsoon (June to August) and winter (December to February) are the great time to do it. But it solely depends on how well you cope with the extreme weather conditions.
Also, while trekking during this time, you need to prepare yourself for flight delays and cancellations. Be aware the trail conditions can be difficult. Compared to the winter season, the visibility can be poor during monsoon.
So, if you go trek in winter you need to be prepared with the right clothing for challenging temperatures. Winter trek can be rewarding though. It could be an exciting way to celebrate Christmas and New Years.
Although the best time for the Everest Base Camp trek is Spring and Autumn, the trail is overcrowded. During this time, the tea houses are often packed by trekkers. You have to pre-book for accommodation and flight.
Q10. Do I need a guide/a porter/ a porter-guide?
Although hiring a guide or porter while trekking in Everest region is not mandatory, trekking with a guide or a porter is more safe and enjoyable. A guide is a person who will look after all aspects of your trek. They’ll arrange flight tickets, rooms, meals and camping gears. They’ll also brief you about the history of the village, monastery, the local culture, and traditions.
A porter is someone who’ll carry your baggage for you. Hiring a porter will help you enjoy long walks comfortably. But at the same time, they may not know the trekking route well and may not speak English.
A poter-guide will speak some English, carry loads and do some basic guiding. They’ll help you to get the room, communicate with the locals, show the way, and explain the local culture and traditions.
Besides, if you want to enjoy the solitude, you can do a solo trek. The trekking route is well-marked and busy, so you may not need a guide to find the way.
Q11. Can I charge my electronic devices?
Along the route most of the tea houses have electricity powered by solar. Charging your electronic devices will cost you some money especially at the higher elevation.
During the trek, to save some money, you can carry spare batteries for your camera, iPod.
Also, during the peak trekking season, teahouses are packed with trekkers. So, you may not get free space for charging your devices. In that case, you can charge your devices after paying few dollars to the lodge owners.
Q12. Is trekking permit required for Everest Base Camp trek?
Yes, TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Permit and Sagarmatha National Park Permit are needed.
For TIMS card, you can apply in Nepal Tourism Board office in Thamel. There are three different types of TIMS card. Each card is different in color and cost.
The first one is organized TIMS card is blue in color cost USD 10. The second one is freelance individual trekkers card is green in color cost USD 20. The third one is SAARC Country TIMS card is red in color cost USD 3.
Note: You do not need TIMS card to trek to EBC. A local permit costing USD20 works for this trek
Sagarmatha National Park Permit can be issued either in Kathmandu or directly in Monjo. The cost of this permit is USD 30 + 13% Govt. Tax. The cost is same for individual trekker and organized trekkers.
While trekking from Jiri to Everest Base Camp you need Gaurishankar National Park entry permits. The cost of permits is USD 20 and it’s same for both individual and organized trekkers.
Q13. Is tipping the guide or porter mandatory?
No, tipping the guide or porter is not mandatory while trekking in Nepal. But it’s always appreciated. At the end of the trek, if you’re really satisfied with their job you can show your appreciation through a small gratitude.
Q14. Do I need to bring camping gear?
No, you don’t have to bring unless you want to camp. Everest Base Camp trek is a teahouse trek. There are a lot of tea houses along the entire trekking route.
Q15. Is there are any alternative way to see a close-up view of Mt. Everest without walking for longer days?
If you don’t have an ample of time for the Everest Base Camp trek, you can take a day’s Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour around the Everest region to get a close-up view of the Himalayan ranges.
Contact us for more information.
Q16. Do I need to bring all the necessary gears or can I get in Nepal?
This is totally optional. There are plenty of shops in Kathmandu that sell trekking gears. You’ll find few other shops in some places along the trek route too.
Apart from high quality and popular branded stores, you’ll also find many other shops selling a high-quality copy of these brands but at a relatively cheap price.
Apart from this, you can also rent most of the trekking gears and equipments from Kathmandu. The rental cost is quite cheap, it doesn’t exceed more than $3-4 per day.
Right trekking gear can make or break your entire journey. So, it is not advisable to compromise on the quality especially when it comes to down jacket, sleeping bags, and hiking boots.
Q17. Is there any chance of a flight delay or cancellation either in Kathmandu and Lukla?
Since the weather in the mountainous region is quite unpredictable there may be a chance of flight cancellations or delays. But that does not mean it is frequent.
The heavy rainfall, strong winds, and blinding fog may cause such inconveniences in your flight.
However, during the best trekking seasons (spring and autumn) the chances of flight cancellation and delay are comparatively lesser than in off seasons (monsoon and winter).
In case of flight delays or cancellation, you have two options: either charter a helicopter or travel by road to Salleri (approximately 11 hours by private jeep).
If you opt for the first option then we’ll arrange the charter flight. Where you have to fly with six people and the price per person will be approximately USD 350 per person.
Another option is by extending a trip for two days and travel from Kathmandu to Salleri by private jeep. Normally, the jeep carries 6 passengers and costs NPR 25,000 per private jeep.
Likewise, if a delay occurs at the beginning of the trip, then you can either wait for few more days or opt for an alternative trek like Annapurna Base Camp.
Lastly, flight delays or cancellations may happen any time in mountain flights so we request you to add extra days on your itinerary and have patience.
Further, in case of flight cancellation, your costs of flight will be refunded.
During the Everest Base Camp trek, weather changes drastically as you ascend from low to high altitude. You’ll notice huge temperature difference between day and night time.
Thus, while trekking in higher altitudes clothing in layers is the best option. If you dress in layers, with the changing weather you can adjust your body temperature by taking off or putting on extra clothes.
The weight limit for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights is 15 kg or 33 pounds. This is a combined weight of both duffel bag and the daypack. If your luggage exceeds this weight boundary, you’ll have to pay an additional charges.
You can purchase or rent trekking equipments in stores of Kathmandu at reasonable prices.
The checklist of gear and equipment below is a general guideline, use this list as a reference.
- 4-season Sleeping Bag (You can rent for $35 per piece, after trek it must be returned)
- Duffel Bag
- Down Jacket (It’s compulsory for mornings, evenings, and nights and for high altitude above 4,000 m)
- Full and half sleeve T-shirts
- Lightweight expedition thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Wind / Waterproof shell jacket
- Synthetic sports bras (for women)
- Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
- Hiking shorts
- Trekking pants
- Windproof trousers
- Casual Pants
- Sun Hat
- Wool or Synthetic hat that covers the ears
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Neck Warmer
- Scarf / Balaclava
- Fleece / woolen gloves
- Waterproof gloves
- Waterproof Hiking Boots
- Camp Sandals / Sneakers
- Heavyweight socks
- Light hiking socks
- Gaiters (Optional: Monsoon and Winter)
- Sock liners
- Water Bottle / Bladder
- Water Purification Iodine Tablets
- Toiletry Kit ( face towel, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant etc)
- Trekking Poles
- Feminine Hygiene Products (for women)
- Lip balm (SPF 20)
- Sunscreen (SPF 40)
- Pee Funnel
Other Travel Accessories
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Personal Medication
- Diamox for altitude sickness
- Baby wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Insect repellent
- Camera, memory card, and spare batteries
Besides, you can use your personal judgement to choose what to take with yourself.
Pack light, Pack Smart!