Everest Two Passes Trek -18 Days

Trip Code

NOA-56425

Starts At

Kathmandu, Nepal

Ends At

Kathmandu, Nepal

Trip Grades

Strenuous

Maximum Altitude

5,545m

Country

Nepal

Activities

Everest Region Trek

Duration

18 days

Trip Highlights

  • World’s highest airport in Syangboche
  • Culture and lifestyles of the local Sherpa people
  • The exquisiteness of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest (8,848m)
  • View of other peaks such as Mt. Lhotse(8,516m), Cho Oyu(c8,201m), and Mt.Makalu (8,463m)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Prayer wheels, colorful flags, Mani stones, high suspension bridges
  • The wide range of Flora and Fauna
  • Wildlife like musk deer, colorful pheasants, snow leopard, and Himalayan Thar
  • Highest glacier on Earth- Khumbu Glacier (4900 m)
  • Amazing panoramic view from Kala Patthar (5,555m)
  • Mystic Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lakes
  • Stone houses and meadows around Gokyo Valley
  • Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in the world
  • Protected floras and faunas at Sagarmatha National Park
  • Astounding panoramic view from Gokyo Ri
  • Two of the three most famous passes in the Everest region: Renjola Pass and Cho La Pass
     

Trip Description

The Trek to Everest Base Camp over Renjo Pass and Chola Pass trail is the most thrilling expedition that one can experience in Nepal. It's the circuit trekking route that joins the 2 passes with the Everest Base Camp trek. The journey along the trail will take travelers across the amazing view of Himalayan giants just like Mt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Amadablam, Pumori, Nuptse, and lots of other mountains. Aside from the mountainous terrains, travelers also will get to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the Gokyo valley and a number of sacred lakes. Among all other fascinating experiences, travelers will also get to experience the gorgeous forests with diverse species of flora and fauna, excellent glacial views like that of Ngozumpa Glacier, and also the rich culture of people residing there during the journey. During the trekking trip, travelers will get to cross two high passes—the Renjo pass(5340m) and another is the Chola pass(5330m). It's from these passes that travelers will get to enjoy fantastic views of the remote valleys, the magnificent peaks, and amazing glaciers surrounding the region. The friendly behavior of the local people will make the journey a more pleasant experience

Your journey to Everest Base Camp starts on the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla where you’ll land at Tenzing-Hillary airport. There are not any roads between the 2 towns and therefore the only way in is by plane. Your trek begins from Lukla before heading north along the classic trek to Namche Bazaar. Then, you’ll head towards Khumbu glacier. You’ll be enjoying some amazing views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Cho Oyu, Amadablam, Pumari, Lohtse, Nupse and many other peaks around the Everest two passes trekking route. You’ll cross Renjo La pass on your way to Gokyo lake, Gokyo Ri then again climbs up to Cho la pass. After the second pass, you will be able to explore the intricacies of Everest Base Camp life as well as soaking up some of the amazing views of Everest and the surrounding peaks when you climb the iconic viewpoint of Kala Patthar. Then, trek back descending to Lonuche, Pangboche and Namche Bazaar to Lukla. 

The air at the upper elevations is cool and crisp, lush green forests stretch as far as the eye can see. You’re off on a journey to at least one of the foremost challenging destinations within the world. The gorgeous and serene pathways, the traditional villages and their friendly people, and the amazing view of the mountain makes this trip a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. You’ll have a guide with you each step of the way as you follow the pathways and trails to Everest Base Camp. Bring your camera and plenty of films because you’ll want to record this trip for all of your family and friends. There's much to ascertain along the way like jagged cliffs, sparkling clear pools of water, and a bridge.

You’ll be making your stops at Namche Bazaar, Thame, Murlung, Gokyo, Lobuche, Pangboche, and Gorak Shep on the way to Everest Base Camp. You’ll spend the night in a number of these villages and experience the hospitality of the people of Nepal. It's a 2-day trek to Namche Bazaar, which is the trading hub of the mountain. People come to the villages to shop for and trade their goods. The Sherpa way of life is a tradition that has survived for numerous years. The villages are remote and remain as they have been since the initial phase of the time.

The Khumbu glacier is one of the major highlights of the trek. If you’ve never experienced the lives of Sherpas and their culture, this is the opportunity to view them closely. The sweetness of the environment, the peaceful feeling of being in nature far away from chaos and distractions will acquaint you with a mesmerizing way of living. Each of the villages you’ll be visiting has its own culture and belief system. Tibetan Buddhism started here and you can experience it everywhere you look. You’ll see beautiful icons of the Buddhist faith and life within the Himalayas. As a part of the trek, you’ll also get an opportunity to go to a couple of monasteries and gompas in Nepal just like the historic Tengboche Monastery. Each and every stop along the route is an experience in culture and hospitality. The trek to Everest Base Camp is an adventure that you simply must experience once in your life.
 

Outlined Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu

Your journey begins with your arrival in the bustling capital city of Nepal,
Kathmandu. A representative from our team will arrive for your pickup at TIA
who will assist you together with your luggage and transportation to your hotel. There are no planned activities for the day, so you'll check your hotel and luxuriate in the afternoon and evening at your leisure. You may simply want to rest after your long flight, but the lively tourist markets and restaurants of the Thamel are an enticing draw for many visitors.
 

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    1,350m

Day 2 : Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation

Before heading to the Himalayas you must be familiar with quite a few things. Guidance and research for the trek are mandatory for everyone. You will be dealing with a strange experience but finally, with some groundwork, you can deal with it. You should be cautious with your bag pack. Carrying needless equipment will make your journey difficult. We will grasp up on some final shopping if there is free time. You will get the opportunity to explore Boudhanath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Swayambhunath Stupa. They have been scheduled in the UNESCO world heritage sites. These sites display the full range of historic and artistic achievements. Kathmandu Valley is world-famous for such beauty. Overnight stay will be at this city. 

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    1,350m

Day 3 : Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding

We will wake up around 5 to 6 am in morning. Then, our group will be driving for about 30 minutes before the time. The true beginning of your Everest Base Camp Trek will begin on the third day of your trip when you’ll board a scenic flight to Lukla after your early morning breakfast. This brief flight offers you stunning panoramas of the Himalayan range, supplying you with a tantalizing taste of the mountains. From Lukla, you’ll be starting your hike within the direction of Phakding. The small, bucolic settlement of Phakding is situated on the banks of the Dudh Koshi, a high-altitude river that runs all the way from Everest and is named for its milky, opaque water. You’ll enjoy comfortable overnight accommodation at one of Phakding’s guesthouses. You may also take a shared helicopter flight to Lukla. It will cost an extra US$ 250 per person. 
 

  • Walking Hours

    6-7 hours

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    2,800m

Day 4 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Leaving Phakding behind, today you’ll trek north on a path leading to Monjo.
This village is the gateway to Sagarmatha National park, a formally protected area that takes its name from Mt. Everest (called Sagarmatha in Nepali). The park is home to a wide variety of Himalayan flora and fauna, and you're bound to enjoy trekking through sweetly scented evergreen forests consisting of blue pine, deodar, and rhododendron. After crossing a final suspension bridge at the junction of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers, you’ll hike uphill for about two hours before reaching what’s known as the unofficial capital of the Khumbu region: Namche Bazaar. You’ll stay overnight
in one of the town’s many popular guesthouses.
Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
 

  • Walking Hours

    5-6 hours

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    3,438m

Day 5 : Acclimatization Day (Namche Bazzar)

This day is booked for acclimatization. As you ascend to higher altitudes, it’s
important to let your body adapt to the smaller amount of obtainable oxygen in the atmosphere. Fortunately, there’s a lot to see and do in the colorful commercial hub of Namche Bazaar. From where you’ll get to enjoy your first unobstructed view of Everest itself. Many neighboring peaks including Thamserku, Kongde RI, and the distinctive summit of Ama Dablam are also visible from town. You can get to learn Sherpa traditions by paying a visit to the Sherpa Culture Museum. Then you’ll take a short hike to the Syangboche Airport just above the town. From here, you can capture stunning photographs of Namche Bazaar—not to mention the wall of Himalayan peaks surrounding the town. Finally, make sure to visit the Hotel Everest View which is regarded as the highest hotel in the world and offers great views of its namesake mountain from each window. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche Bazaar. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. 

  • Walking Hours

    5-6 hours

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    3,438m

Day 6 : Namche Bazzar to Thame

Today, you will leave the crowded Everest route and follow the amazing Bhote-Koshi valley to the exceptionally sensational village of Thame, the ancient salt trading route between Tibet and Nepal. A moderate 4 and ½ hours walk will get you to the village of Thame which is said to be the home of inherent climbers from Tenzing Norgay Sherpa (first Everest summiteer) to Appa Sherpa (who holds the Guinness book of world record). This exquisite hidden valley is indeed very enchanting. You will also have a visit to the ancient Thame Dechen Chokhorling Monastery during the afternoon time. Overnight at Thame. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. 
 

  • Walking Hours

    6-7 hours

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    3,820m

Day 7 : Thame to Murlung

On this day, you’ll head north towards Murlung passing through dry lands, rocky peaks, stone houses and walls. The trail moves along Bhote Koshi River as you follow your trail. You may also spot occasional yaks grazing on the pasture. All these are the picturesque aspects of the trek. The path to Murlung—a larger village in Thame Valley is gentle and comfortable. Overnight stay at Thame.
Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included.
 

  • Walking Hours

    5-6 hours

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    4,210m

Day 8 : Murlung to Gokyo via Renjo La Pass

You’ll be waking up pretty early this morning for a challenging 5-hour hike to the top of Renjo La—a stunning pass from where you can see 3 mountains having height more than 8,000m including Mt. Everest and its neighboring peaks then descending 3 hours downhill to Gokyo. After the completion, the view of sparkling sacred lakes along with the stunning view of Cho-Oyu is more than enough to spend another day at miraculous Gokyo. Overnight at Gokyo.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included for the day. 
 

  • Walking Hours

    6-7 hours

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    5,340m

Day 9 : Acclimatization: Hike from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri and back to the Gokyo

After enjoying the amazing view of the world-famous pass, you’ll be exploring the village of Gokyo as you acclimatize to get comfortable with the altitude there. Gokyo village is full of surprises and mysteries. So, do your best today to cover all the beauty of this village. You’ll then hike to Gokyo Ri(5,430m) to see the amazing panoramic view along with an astonishing glimpse of Mount Everest. The scenery is unquestionably breathtaking. You’ll witness the Himalayas along with beautiful turquoise lakes and glaciers. After a nutritious lunch, you will further walk around the village to see the lakes. The day will definitely be memorably filled with overwhelming sights of mountains and lakes. Overnight at Gokyo.
Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included for the day. 

  • Walking Hours

    7-8 hours

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    5,300m

Day 10 : Gokyo to Thagnak

After a spectacular day walking around the Gokyo valley, witnessing the turquoise lakes with a blanket of snow-capped mountains, you will move ahead to Thagnak. You’ll walk past a few glaciers and through steep rock scrambles. From here, you’ll be observing a descent decrease in wildlife and vegetation due to the land structure and altitude. The difference in the landscape will make your journey a little difficult. Finally, after few hours of trek, you’ll reach Thangnak where there are only 4-5 tea houses. It is the best place to rest before ascending the Cho La Pass. After here, you’ll trek slow and steady to avoid any difficulties with increasing elevation. Overnight at Thangnak. Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included for the day. 
 

  • Walking Hours

    6-7 hours

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    4,750m

Day 11 : Thagnak to Zungla via Cho La Pass

Another day of waking up early in the morning for a challenging 5-hour climb to the top of Cho la Pass—the exquisite glacial pass. It is an untouched alpine valley with a mysterious landscape setting. Reaching Cho la pass, you have 3 hours of technical descent through a rock face trail to Zungla from where you will enjoy an unbelievable view of Cholatse at the backdrop. Overnight stay. 

  • Walking Hours

    6-7 hours

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    5,330m

Day 12 : Zungla to Gorak Shep

The journey from Dzongla to Lobuche offers us more stunning views. The path will be enjoyable as there will be no more crossing glaciers or climbing steep uphills. We follow the moraine and hike down along the Chola Lake as we bid farewell to Dongla. As we move ahead, we can see a glimpse of Everest Base Camp. We continue to follow the wave-like trails from Dzongla to Lobuche. On the other side, we can see the Khumbu Glacier with the rubble of ice floating. The path is pleasant and appealing as we get close to the foothills of Mount Everest. We can also visit some world-famous bakeries here at Lobuche. From here, we can witness the panoramic view of the stunning mountains. Everest hides behind Mount Lhotse from this place, but we can have a great view of Mount Pumori (7,161m), Mount Lingtre, and many more. 

  • Walking Hours

    6-7 hours

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    5,140m

Day 13 : Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar, then to Lobuche

Early in the morning, hike uphill to watch a soothing sunrise from the top of Kala Patthar (5550m). From here, experience some breathtaking sight of the valleys as well as the first rays of sun caressing Mt. Everest (8848m). The view of Mt. Pumori (7165m) and other snowy mountains and glaciers is astonishing from the top of Kala Patthar (5545m). After spending some time on the top, you’ll return to Gorak Shep then descend towards your stay for the day, Lobuche.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
 

  • Walking Hours

    6-7 hours

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    5,545m

Day 14 : Lobuche to Pangboche

Today’s trial is much easier as you’ll descend down to the lower altitudes. Following the same track back to the terminal moraines at Dughla and the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, you’ll pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages of Pheriche, Orsho, and Shomare. You might also take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche or take the regular trail to reach Pangboche. Overnight at Pangboche. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for today.
 

  • Walking Hours

    6-7 hours

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    3,930m

Day 15 : Pangboche to Namche

From Pangboche you’ll be retracing your footsteps down to the Imja Khola and up across the forest to Debuche. You can also visit nuns at the Debuche monastery. If you are trekking during the full moon of November or December, you’ll be able to witness the Mani Rimdu festival in the monastery at Tengboche. After having lunch at Tengboche, you’ll be continuing through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. If it's spring, the environment is adored by pink and red rhododendron flowers that look dazzling. The trail then follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending through the pine forests. The path eventually reaches Sansa. Look out for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest by the trail. After passing a Chorten, you’ll reach the army camp of Namche Bazaar. You would definitely want to take a long last look back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche from here. Overnight at Namche. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included for today. 
 

  • Walking Hours

    6-7 hours

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    3,438m

Day 16 : Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Today you’ll be trekking all the way back to Namche Bazaar from Pheriche. While the distance of this route is about 15 kilometers, it will be significantly
easier since you’re descending. Consider stopping for a lunch break within the little town of Phungi Thanga or Kyangjuma before continuing to descend through pleasant woodlands. After walking further for two or three hours on the trail, you’ll find yourself back in Namche Bazaar. You’ll stay overnight at a guesthouse in Namche Bazaar.
Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. 
 

  • Walking Hours

    5-6 hours

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    2,800m

Day 17 : Fly to Kathmandu

On the 17th day, your successful trek comes to an end. Wake up early to bid a farewell to the spectacular scenery of the Khumbu before boarding your morning flight back to Kathmandu. Watching the Himalayas pass beneath your window, you’ll now be able to recognize many of the major peaks. The hustle and bustle of Kathmandu may come as something of a surprise after the solitude of the mountains. You’ll be transported to your hotel to spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Feel free to relax or explore the local markets and eateries. There are plenty of great restaurants and bars in Thamel where you can enjoy dinner before returning to your hotel to spend the night. 
Breakfast is included.
 

  • Walking Hours

    5-6 hours

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

  • Max Altitude

    1,350m

Day 18 : Final departure

The last morning on your trip to Nepal where you’ll be enjoying a pleasant breakfast while reflecting on all of the memories you’ve collected on the Everest Base Camp Trek over the past two weeks. Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be taken to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure. We hope you’ll return to Nepal in the near future to see everything else that it has to offer! 
Today’s breakfast is included.
 

  • Meals

    Nepali Cuisine

Cost Includes

  • Transportation by private Jeep or Bus 
  • All the meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) and accommodation during the trek 
  •  Permit and TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System)card permit.
  • One experienced and qualified English-speaking guide and Trekkers 2:1 porter. 
  • Guide/Porter's: food, lodge, transportation, salary, insurance, equipment, etc.
  • First Aids Kit 
  • 13% Government VAT and official charge
  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances 
  • Personal care & attention
  • Local and government taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and visa fees
  • Hotels and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara- Kathmandu by flight/ Tourist bus/ Private Car
  • All the drinks such as tea, coffee, coke, beer, Drinking water, WIFI, Hot Shower, etc.
  • Your travel insurance should include the emergency rescue. 
  • Your trekking gears. 
  • Tips for your guide and porters etc.

Costs & Dates

Extra Information

1. Best Time To Travel 
Spring from March to May and autumn from mid-September to November are considered to be the best seasons to trek. The weather is dry and clear during these times making it ideal for trekking and enjoying majestic views of mountains. The days are mild while the nights are chilly. On the downside, however, these are peak seasons and the trails get crowded and busy.
You can also go for a monsoon or winter trek if you want to avoid the crowds when you can even enjoy some off-season discounts at teahouses which remain mostly empty during these times. But you should be aware of some discomforts (rain, snow, and extreme cold) if you take to the trail at these times.

To get the permits, you will need to provide the listed documents and information:

  • Copy of your passport
  • 2 Passport-sized photos
  • Dates when your trek starts and ends
  • Itinerary/route
  • Entry and exit points
  • Emergency Contact Information (local and home country’s)
  • Travel Insurance Details

2. Altitude Sickness
Symptoms of Altitude Sickness may begin once you reach 1500-2000 meters and upwards. If you gain a sudden height rapidly without letting your body adapt to the thin oxygen at higher altitudes, you are most likely to suffer from Altitude Sickness. But if you plan for acclimatization days to your itinerary, you are good to go. 
Acclimatization days are included in your trip to avoid Altitude Sickness. The sickness is common at high altitudes. Please remember that altitude sickness is a topic to be taken very seriously. Here are a few extra prevention tips: 

  • Avoid climbing rapidly, give your body some time to adjust to the environment 
  • Drink more water, not less than 5 liters per day 
  • Eat more, eat often, and eat healthier 
  • Listen to your body, do not ignore symptoms 
  • Do not skip acclimatization days 
  • Be prepared in case of an emergency 

3. Safety and security 
You can have Travel Insurance while trekking which is the safest measure. However, there are some measures following which you can implement to ensure safety: 

  • Secure your belongings 
  • Do not flash cash or jewelry 
  • Have an emergency plan 
  • Do not trek alone 
  • Only choose authorized trekking agencies 

4. Trekking essentials 
People, often you don’t need a lot of complicated gear and equipment.  Here’s a basic checklist of the most essential items that you should not forget to take. 

  • A sturdy pair of trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Rucksack or daypack (30 liters) with a waterproof cover
  • Trekking pants and waterproof trousers
  • T-shirts or shirts
  • Down jacket
  • Wind/ waterproof light jacket
  • Fleece jumper or jacket
  • Inner Thermal (top and trouser)
  • Socks and inner wears
  • Sunglasses, sun hat, woolen cap, or balaclava
  • Inner and outer gloves
  • Headlamp, power bank, and extra batteries
  • Sun protection cream, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer
  • Towel, flip-flop or rubber sandal, toiletries
  • Water bottle and water purification tablets

5. Walking hours
On average, walking hours per day is 5-6 hours below 3,000m. For altitudes higher than 3,000m, the average walking time is 3-5 hours per day. The walking hours may vary according to conditions but do not exceeds 6 hours mark per day. 

6. Hiring a Guide
Do good research before hiring a guide. However, if you plan your trip via a travel agency, an experienced guide will be provided for a group of 1-5. A group consisting of 6-12 individuals will be provided with 2 professional guides. Moreover, the package might also include a porter for every 2 individuals. 

Reviews

Frequently Asked Questions

The weather in Nepal varies by season. November to January usually have sunny days, clear skies, and usually no rain. However, on Everest Base Camp, the temperatures will mostly be cold, specifically at night. February to May and September to October is the most favorable time to travel to EBC, with fairly dry and stable weather, although there could be the occasional shower. June to August is the monsoon in Nepal, however, once you pass 3,000 meters altitude there is very little chance of rain. 

Your personal budget will totally depend on your spending habits and things that are included in your trip. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, it is suggested to bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes might cost you extra. You might also like to but some crafts/souvenirs along the trekking route for which you have to bring extra cash.  

The decision to rent a porter is up to you and typically decided by your level of fitness and/or budget. However, one porter can be shared between two people and may carry up to 25 kg. Many trekkers prefer to hire a porter to possess a more comfortable trek.  

To do the Everest Base Camp Trek, you need a legitimate passport, a tourist Visa, two passport-size photographs for trekking permits and travel insurance which is very essential. 

Usually, your guide advises you to go to the toilet in the tea houses before leaving to prevent the need to go during the trial. However, you may come across a few houses along the trail that will let you use their toilet. But in case of an emergency, you will have to go in the wild if there are no houses nearby. 

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