Everest the Hard Way Trek
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 22 days - from £1,695 (land only) - from €2,375 (land only) - from $2,740 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: We usually have an early start for the dramatic flight through the mountains to Lukla. After lunch, we have a short trek to our first night's lodge accommodation at Phakding (2610m). Walk distance 10 km, with 619 metres of ascent and 779 metres of descent. 3-4 hours.
Day 3: Following the Dudh Kosi Valley upstream, we cross and re-cross the river before making a final steep climb to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3440m). Walk distance 9.13 km, with 1304 metres of ascent and 540 metres of descent. 6 hours.
Day 4: A rest day at Namche for acclimatisation. There is the option of a day hike to the Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Kunde for views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam.
Day 5: We follow the Bhote Khosi river on a high trail passing the villages of Phurte and Thamo to a junction with the Thame Khola and our lodge in the Sherpa settlement of Thame (3820m). Walk distance 8.13 km, with 730 metres of ascent and 504 metres of descent. 5-6 hours.
Day 6: A day for acclimatisation. After a visit to the Gompa above the village we follow a trail high on the valley side above the Thame Khola to reach summer Yak pastures at 4250 metres. Return to the lodge in Thame.
Day 7: We move up the main valley of the Bhote Khosi (following the ancient trade route with Tibet via the Nangpa La) to a lodge in the village of Marulung (4210m). Walk distance 8 km, with 480 metres of ascent and 145 metres of descent. 4 hours.
Day 8: In line with our need to acclimatise, we propose to spend 2 nights at the lodge in Marulung and will take the opportunity of an acclimatisation hike up towards Arye (4400m). We return to spend a second night at our lodge in Marulung. Acclimatisation walk distance approx. 6 km, with 400 metres of ascent and descent. 4 hours.
Day 9: Today is a long one, as we leave the Bhote Khosi Valley and hike up via Renjo Lake to the Renjo La (5340m), with its special views of Everest. We then descend to our lodge in the lakeside settlement of Gokyo (4790m). Walk distance 10.68 km, with approx. 1200 metres of ascent and 800 metres of descent. 10 hours.
Day 10: We have chosen to sepend a second night at our Gokyo lodge and this gives us the opportunity to explore up-valley as far as the 'Fifth Lake'. After a leisurely breakfast, our day hike allows us to enjoy the fantastic mountain scenery of the Gokyo Valley. Walk distance 10 km, with 262 metres of ascent and descent. 5-6 hours.
Day 11: This morning there is the option to hike to the top of Gokyo Ri for more classic Everest views. We then cross the Ngozumpa Glacier to reach Dragang (4700m). Walk distance 6 km, with 500 metres of ascent and 410 metres of descent. 4 hours.
Day 12: Crossing the Cho La (5420m) we have excellent views of nearby Lobuche Peak East and of Ama Dablam. We descend to the Yak grazing area of Dzongla (4830m) and overnight at a lodge. Walk distance 9.28 km, with 800 metres of ascent and 875 metres of descent. 8 hours.
Day 13: We descend to join the main Everest Basecamp track at Lobuche Village. From here we ascend the ablation valley of the Khumbu glacier to reach our lodge accommodation at Gorak Shep (5140m). Walk distance 10.36 km, with 642 metres of ascent and 214 metres of descent. 6 hours.
Day 14: Today we have the option to reach Everest Basecamp in a round trip from Gorak Shep. We return to spend a second night at our lodge at Gorak Shep. Walk distance 7.17 km, with 266 metres of ascent and descent. 5-6 hours.
Day 15: Option of an early morning ascent of Kala Patar (5500m). Afterwards we descend as far as Lobuche (4930m) where we check in at a lodge. Walk distance (without the ascent of Kala Patar) 5 km, with 200 metres of ascent and 430 metres of descent. 3-4 hours.
Day 16: Today, we cross the Khumbu Glacier and then climb up to the Kongma La (5400m). There are more spectacular views including an unusual perspective on Ama Dablam as we descend to our lodge in Dingboche (4360m). Walk distance 11.5 km, with 700 metres of ascent and 1200 metres of descent. 7-8 hours.
Day 17: We begin our walk out through the Sherpa villages of the Khumbu, today passing through Pangboche which boasts the oldest gompa in the valley. We descend as far as Deboche (3700m), a small settlement nestled in the woods below Tyangboche Monastery. Walk distance 10 km, with 450 metres of ascent and 1150 metres of descent. 5-6 hours.
Day 18: We have now joined the main Everest trail which we follow past the famous monastery of Tyangboche and back to Namche. We will continue for a further 2 hours to reach our lodge in Monjo. Walk distance 15 km, with 450 metres of ascent and 1325 metres of descent. 7-8 hours.
Day 19: Our final day of trekking, following the Dudh Khosi mostly downhill but with a last climb up to Lukla. We say goodbye to our support crew in traditional style. We stay overnight in a basic lodge. Walk distance 12.66 km, with approx. 600 metres of ascent and descent. 6 hours.
Day 20: Taking a morning flight to Kathmandu, we will have plenty of time after lunch for further sightseeing or shopping. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 21: A free day in Kathmandu with an optional half-day city tour included. We spend a second night at our Kathmandu hotel.
Day 22: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.
GPS Trip Data
Click on the link below to view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude.