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EBC and Three Passes

Trips/Everest Base Camp

20 days

The Everest Base Camp and Three Passes trek sees you hike deep into the Himalayas to visit Everest Base Camp, while also summiting three mountain passes: Kongma, Cho and Renjo. From these passes you enjoy views of Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse, Ngozumpa and Khumbu glaciers, and Gokyo Lakes. This is an exhilarating trek into some of the wildest and quietest corners of Sagarmatha National Park.

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Detailed Itinerary

EBC Three Passes Trek Map

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Today is meet-up day. We fetch you from the airport and take you to the hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu. Arrive early enough and there'll be time to purchase any last-minute items and explore the town a bit. We enjoy dinner together as a group and chat about what to expect in the upcoming days.

Kathmandu large stupa prayer flags Nepal

Day 2: Travel to Ramechhap

Today we drive southeast from Kathmandu to reach the pretty mountain valley town of Ramechhap. There will be time to explore the area on foot in the afternoon. We head here so we can catch a flight tomorrow from Mathali Airport to Lukla, where the EBC trek starts!

Monkey on stupa in Kathmandu

Day 3: Trek to Phakding (3 hr)

We take a short flight to the mountainside town of Lukla (2,860 m). Then we get walking! We head into in a pretty forested valley and tackle a relatively easy first-day hike. The trail stays close to the river and passes by picturesque Sherpa settlements. We overnight in the riverside village of Phakding (2,610 m).

Lukla airport and plane

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (6 hr)

Today's trek is harder as we climb greatly in altitude to reach the town of Namche Bazaar (3,440 m). Namche sits high above a steep valley and overlooks the confluence of two rivers. For many, this is where the change in altitude can really be felt, and so rest is paramount.

Pur. Namche at night, Nepal, EBC

Day 5: Acclimatisation and hike (3 hr)

It's important to give your body time to adjust to the higher altitude, so we spend another night in Namche. That said, there's lots you can choose to do locally, like visit the Sherpa Museum or local monastery, or do a beautiful hike to Hotel Everest View for a drink and snack.

Aerial view of Namche Bazaar EBC Nepal

Day 6: Trek to Tengboche (5 hr)

Today we head further up the Dudh Kosi valley to reach Tengboche (3,870 m). The views on today's hike of Lhotse, Everest and Ama Dablam are unforgettable! Tengboche Monastery is the largest gompa (Tibetan Buddhist fortification) in the Khumbu region and definitely worth a visit.

View of Ama Dablam from Nangkartshang viewpoint, Dingboche, EBC, Nepal

Day 7: Trek to Dingboche (6 hr)

We walk today through woods, and enjoy increasingly spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks towering around us. Ama Dablam and Island Peak in particular are breathtaking. We also pass by Panboche, whose monastery is the oldest in the region. We overnight in Dingboche (4,360 m).

Two Trekkers Walking to Dingboche Village, EBC Trek Nepal

Day 8: Trek to Chhukung (3-4 hr)

Today we head east up Chhukung Valley to Chhukung (4,730 m). The area used to be used as a yak pasture, but has developed into a cluster of lodges that serve trekkers. The village sits alongside the icy Imja Khola and is nestled at the base of Chukhung Ri, a rocky peak.

Pur. Man on EBC route Nepal

Day 9: Acclimatisation and explore

Today we stay put in Chhukung to acclimatise. We can either climb Chhukung Ri (5,550 m) or visit Island Peak Base Camp. Island Peak (6,189 m), or Imja Tse, got its name from a British Everest expedition because they thought it looks from Dingboche like an island in a sea of ice.

Yaks on EBC, Nepal

Day 10: Summit Kongma La (9-10 hr)

Today we tackle our first pass! Kongma La (5,550 m) is a challenging mountain pass that's actually higher than EBC! It's also the easternmost and highest of the three passes on our trek. Excitingly, we also cross Khumbu Glacier today. We overnight in Lobuche (4,940 m).

Two trekkers on EBC Nepal

Day 11: Visit Everest Base Camp (9 hr)

Today is THE DAY! We head straight for Everest Base Camp. During climbing season, it's a humming base camp; at other times it's deserted, with just wind-ripped prayer flags to mark the spot. Having spent time soaking it in and gazing upon Khumbu Glacier, we travel to Gorakshep (5,164 m).

Ours. Everest Base Camp EBC Nepal trekkers flags fun

Day 12: Climb Kala Patthar (8-10 hr)

We take on Kala Patthar (5,643 m), a tough climb with a massive reward: an unobstructed view of Mt Everest! We then head south along the classic EBC trek route, but where the path meets the head of the Imja Khola river, we veer west away and head to Dzongla (4,830 m).

View of mountains in the morning from Kala Patthar EBC Nepal

Day 13: Summit Cho La (9-10 hr)

We climb Cho La (5,420 m) today! The going is steep and challenging. This is a remote and gorgeous section of Sagarmatha National Park that many don't get to see. We then descend to the village of Gokyo (4,750 m) and the beautiful, icy blue Gokyo Lakes.

Cho Pass, EBC trek, Nepal

Day 14: Gokyo Ri day hike

Today is a rest day of sorts. We don't move on to another location, but those who wish can climb up to Gokyo Ri, a 5,357 m-high peak that offers an incredible view of Ngozumpa glacier, the Gokyo Lakes, and Mounts Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu!

Marco sitting at Gokyo Lake, EBC trek, Nepal

Day 15: Summit Renjo La (8-9 hr)

Today we tackle the third and final of the passes on our trek route: Renjo La (5,360 m). We walk along the north shore of Gokyo Lake to reach the base of the pass. It's a tough climb, but it's not as high as the other two passes, and you might even see some locals with their yaks using the path. We overnight in Marlung.

Pur. Sunset view of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu from Renjo Pass, EBC, Nepal

Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazaar (7-8 hr)

We now head to Namche Bazaar. The scenery is beautiful, as we walk a contour path along the northern bank of the Bhote Khosi, a tributary of the Dudh Khosi. We pass by the pretty village of Thame and Thame Monastery. Anyone lucky enough to be in Namche on a Saturday can visit its market.

EBC trek lush green valley

Day 17: Trek to Lukla (7-8 hr)

This is our last day of our trekking! We now follow the same path that we took on the outward journey. We hike the final miles through forested valley and to the sound of rushing water to reach Lukla, where we spend the night.

Lukla airport building, Nepal

Day 18: Fly to Ramechhap

This morning we catch a short, 15-minute flight from Lukla to Ramechhap. The scenery during the flight is magnificent. Arriving in Ramechhap, we have all afternoon and evening to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the town!

Monkey eating banana, Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu

This morning we drive to Kathmandu. We then have the whole afternoon and evening to explore and enjoy the city. There's so much to do, from visiting historical temples to trying tasty foods – it's up to you how to spend and make the most of your last full day in Nepal!

Kathmandu Nepal cuisine food

Day 20: Depart Nepal

It's time to say goodbye after the adventure of a lifetime! We drive you to the airport to catch your flight.

portrait old man seated stone street art Kathmandu Nepal

Inclusions

Domestic flights

Airport transfers

Some meals before and after trek

All meals on trek

Experienced, English-speaking trek guide

Porter

All taxes and permits

Group medical supplies

Group route map

International airfares

Nepali visa

Traveller's insurance

Trek guide and porter tips

Snacks, mineral water, cool drinks and alcohol

Wi-Fi on the trek

Charging of tech items on the trek

Any luggage in excess of 15 kg on domestic flights

Gallery

Ours. EBC trek trekkers
Nepal restaurant EBC trek
EBC trek Nepal suspension bridge
Ours. Tengboche Monastery, EBC trek, Nepal
Ours. Dez and Bren group shot Hilary Bridge EBC trek Nepal

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