Everest hard way trek is that one ideal trek in the Everest region that is for all those ambitious trekkers who want to face the terror of the high passes without any technical climbing. This completely rewarding trek makes a high level circuit of Khumbu and goes through the three major passes that link the valleys of Thame, Gokyo, Khumbu and Imja. The trek gives a self-enriching experience of natural exquisiteness, topographical splendor and intense cross-cultural discovery and takes you to Everest Base Camp escaping all the crowds.
The trek begins with a short airstrip over the Himalayas from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Lukla, following Dudh Koshi River we will trek to Namche. Namche is largest Sherpa settlement is whole Khumbu region where you will find Illy coffee and brownie are available and ideal place for getting acclimatized. In Namche you can treat yourself with the magical view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and many others. From Namche following Bhote Koshi we will head east to cross the thrilling Renjo La (5340m. from here we will make our way to holy Gokyo where we will get acclimatized and cross the Cho La (5420m) and make our way to Everest Base Camp. from Base Camp we will hike to Kala Pathhar to witness the majestic view of the Highest Himalaya on the Earth. After this we will return back the same way to Labuche and cross Kongma La (5535m) and we reach Chhukung valley. Then we return back to Lukla via Dingboche, Pangboche, Tengboche and Namche.
Throughout this whole trek we will walking mostly through the well maintained paths and Yak trail which offers an straightforward walking circumstances. As the trek comprises of three major passes which can be quite difficult due to relative rise of altitudes. Among these three passes Cho La pass is quite glaciated and often covered by snow. Though the climb does not require any technical equipment or experience, it requires a high level of guts and courage as the climb become more challenging with the raising altitude. The trek is within the capabilities of fit and active hill-walkers who have some prior trekking experience.
Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is high\low. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.
Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.
Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.
Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
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In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)”
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival
As soon as you land on the Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will pick you and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding
Early in the morning we will drive to airport and board a flight to Lukla. After landing in Lukla we will start a downhill walk and make our way through Chaurikharka village and we further descend to Ghat(2530m). Following the bank of Dudhkoshi River we finally arrive to Phakding for overnight stay.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3430m); 5-6hours
Following the banks of Dudh Koshi River the trail takes us to Tok Tok. From here one can view the excellent vista of Thamserku peak. Further continuing the trail climbs to Monjoo(2840m) and then enters to Sagarmatha National Park. Walking some distance uphill you will arrive to Jhorsalle(2830m) and after this we will cross a bridge and witnessing the magical panorama of Everest and Nuptse we will ultimately arrive to Namche Bazaar.
Day 04: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar
After having breakfast we will do some sightseeing around Namche and then hike to Everest View Hotel for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Khongde and Khumbi yu La. later we will make our way to Khumjung valley where you can see Hillary school, ancient monastery with Yeti skull and Khunde hospital. After this we will retrace our path back to Namche bazaar for overnight stay.
Day 05: Trek to Thame(3800m);5-6hours
Leaving Namche behind us we continue the trek following Bhote Koshi River passing many chortens and Stupa. Making our way through the village of Thamo and Phurte to a junction with Thame Khola we will arrive to a Sherpa Settlement of Thame. Stay overnight in Camp.
Day 06: Acclimatization at Thame
Following an impressive path on a high valley side we will visit a Gompa which is just situated above the village. After this we will hike above the Thame Khola which takes us to summer Yak Pastures (4250m). Return back to Thame overnight in camp.
Day 07: Trek to Marulung(4210m); 4-5hours
After having breakfast we will climb over the moraine up to the main valley of Bhote Koshi following an ancient trade route with Tibet via Nangpa La which ultimately takes us to the village of Marlung for overnight stay.
Day 08: Trek to Airie(4400m);2-3hours
Today is a very short day trek to our next camp at Airie. After having our lunch here we will further explore the valley towards the Nangpa La.
Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka(4672m);3-4hours
Starting our high altitude trek through a stunning landscape we make our way out of Bhote Koshi Valley and make our way towards the Renjo Lake. Following the right hand trail we ascent through stone staircase which ultimately takes us to Yak Kharka. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 10: Trek to Gokyo(4790m)via Renjo La(5360m); 7-8hours
Starting very early in the morning the trail continuously goes up until Renjo La which offers an stunning vista of Gokyo, Ngozummpa Glacier and peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Chotatse and Tawache. From here we will descend down to Gokyo. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 11: Trek to Dragang(4700m) via Gokyo Ri(5360m); 3-4hours
Early in the morning we will climb to Gokyo Ri for the magical view of sunrise over the snow capped Himalayas. Gokyo Ri is another view point after Kala Pathar offer unobstructed view of Himalayas. After this we will hike down to our camp have breakfast and continue the trek passing Ngozumpa glacier until we reach Dragang. Stay overnight in tented camp.
Day 12: Trek to Dzongla(4380m) via Cho La pass(5368m); 6-7hours
Starting very early in the morning we will make a very steep climb to Cho La pass which offers an excellent view of Lobuche Peak in the east and Ama Dablam. From here the path descends to the alpine meadow of Dzongla. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 13: Trek to Gorakshep(5140m); 6-7hours
We will descend down to the village of Lobuche. This is the major joining point of classic trek to Everest Base Camp trek. From here the trek goes up through the left bank of Khumbu glacier and steep climb till Changri glacier, again the trail descends shortly for Gorakshep. Stay overnight in tented camp.
Day 14: Trek to Everest Base Camp(5364m) and retrace the path back to Gorakshep
Following the Khumbu glacier the trek continues. The path here can be confusing, so it is better to follow the Sherpa. Each year the trail changes due to the movement of glaciers. The walk is quite tiring as it goes through rocky dunes, moraine and streams till you reach the Base Camp. Due to high altitude and thin air you too may face some breathing problem. After having a grand time here we will retrace our path back to Gorakshep for overnight stay.
Day 15: Trek to Kalapathar(5545m) and descend down to Lobuche(4910m);8-9 hours
Early in the morning we will hike to Kalapathar to witness a 360degree panorama of regal mountain peaks. This rocky peak with the altitude of 5545m gives the joy and sense of self-satisfaction which is beyond imagination. From here the Everest looks amazing and the panoramic view of Khumbu glacier seen in the south sweeps you up. After having our breakfast in Gorakshep we will continue the trek passing Changri glacier until reaching Lobuche.
Day 16: Trek to Dingboche(4360m)
Again starting a high altitude trek in a rocky trail we will reach Kongma La pass which takes around 2hours. The pass offers the spectacular view of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Island Peak, Lhotse and many others. From here the trail descends through the village of Chhukung and passing Yak pasture land we will arrive to Dingboche. Stay overnight in tented camp.
Day 17: Trek to Deboche(3700m)
Early in the morning after having breakfast we will begin the walk through the Sherpa villages of Khumbu and dense forest of Rhododendron and Birch to Deboche which is a small settlement situated just below the Tengboche monastery. Stay overnight in tented camp.
Day 18: Trek to Jhorsalle
Joining the main Everest trail we pass the famous monastery of Tenboche make our way downhill till Dudh Koshi River. From here the trail again goes up to Kyangjuma and to Namche. From Namche the trail again descends through pine trees and crossing the high suspension bridge over Dudhkoshi River we will ultimately arrive to Jhorsalle.
Day 19: Trek to Lukla(2840m)
The trek continues to Phakding. Following the Dudh Koshi River we will cross several bridges and trek to Lukla. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu
Early in the morning we will catch a scenic flight back to Kathmandu over the Himalayas. After having lunch we will have plenty of time for sightseeing and shopping.
Day 21: Free day in Kathmandu
Today we can enjoy either shopping or sightseeing or simply have rest.
Day 22: Farewell
You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey