Everest the Hard Way Trek
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 22 days - from £1,695 (land only) - from €2,120 (land only) - from $2,970 (land only)
All Meals Included
Meals valued at between £300 and £400 included within our holiday price
- A trek to Everest Base Camp across the high passes of the Khumbu
- A high level circuit trek exploring the homeland of the Sherpas
- Trekking over the Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La
- Climb the viewpoint peaks of Gokyo Ri and Kala Patar
- Lodge trekking with a Nepalese guide and full support crew
This superb lodge-based trekking holiday makes a complete high-level circuit of the Khumbu and crosses 3 major passes to link the valleys of Thame, Gokyo, Khumbu and Imja Khola.
From Namche Bazaar, we follow the course of the Bhote Khosi towards Tibet, before turning eastwards to cross the spectacular Renjo La (5340m). Then, from the holy lakes at Gokyo, where we spend 2 nights and have the option to take it easy for a day, it's up and over the Cho La (5420m) to reach Everest Basecamp and the dramatic viewpoint summit of Kala Patar. Our walk out takes us by way of the Kongma La (5535m) before joining the Everest Trail to walk out via the villages of Dingboche and Pangboche and the monastery of Tengboche. Optional ascents of Gokyo Ri and Chukung Ri add spice to this challenging trip. Running this circuit of the main passes of Khumbu in a clockwise direction means we can build up our acclimatisation on uncrowded trails and in the unspoiled valley of the Bhote Kosi, leaving Everest Basecamp as the climax of the trip and also means we spend a minimum amount of time on the popular Everest Trail. For experienced trekkers who want to visit Everest Basecamp but wish to eschew the crowds and experience authentic Sherpa culture, this holiday really does have it all.
Is this holiday for you?
The majority of the time on this holiday you will be walking on good paths and yak trails, providing straightforward walking conditions. Climbing to cross the three principal passes on the circuit offers more difficult trekking conditions, mainly due to the relatively high altitudes. Crossing these passes will involve negotiating slopes of loose rock and scree. In addition the Cho La pass is glaciated and often snow covered. The optional walk-up peaks and viewpoints and the trek to Everest Basecamp require no technical equipment or experience but each presents a challenging climb at altitude. In order to provide a comprehensive tour of the Khumbu, the trekking programme is necessarily ambitious and the high grade of the holiday reflect this. If the optional walk-up peaks and excursion to basecamp are not included (taken as rest days) this trip will be one or two grade points easier. This holiday should be within the capabilities of fit and active hill-walkers who have put in some extra training leading up to the trek. It should be noted that trekking at altitudes up to and over 5000 metres is always strenuous.