Everest Base Camp Trek with Chola and Renjo La Passes

  • Duration
    21 days
  • Trip Grade
  • Max Altitude
    5545 Meters
  • Group Size
    Min. 2 Pax
  • Best Time
    March to May and Sept to Nov

Trip Overview

Looking for some bang on adventure in the Everest region? Here we have designed for you this extremely adventurous bash on combination of Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake. This is most suitable plan for those having plenty of three weeks’ time and who wouldn’t want to miss both Everest Base Camp and the serene view of magnificent Gokyo Lake. Nepal welcomes more than 30,000 people every year to trek in the most popular and most desired mountain region of Nepal; Everest. And it has now become common to most of the visitors to just go to the Base Camp and return back. Only few dare to choose less heard and less crowded and more difficult routes like Renjo La pass and Cho La pass. Only few are aware of the fact that in the whole region, Gokyo is the only spot blessed with the privilege of providing the least hindered sight of Everest in its most refined form. Trekkers who have been there say that the ability to be there through all the hardships is even more rewarding than the view from the Base Camp.

This trek that starts from Lukla and enters through Sagarmatha National Park will offer you a bold view of the highest mountain of the world, Mount Everest as you stand proudly in the Everest Base Camp which will be followed by a relatively difficult route to the Gokyo Lake and Gokyo RI passing through the stunning Chola Pass and again return back to Lukla through another astonishing pass Renjo La and Thame. As you walk past the routes, you will cross many Sherpa villages and guides will narrate you their culture and traditions. You will also be able to learn how Sherpa and Tibetan people; both being the followers of Buddhism are alike in terms of language and their lifestyle.

Therefore, as you march around the periphery routes of Tibet, passing through all these in your later days after the Everest Base Camp visit, this trek will also allow you to have some glimpses of Tibet. The most exciting part about this trek is that you will be able to view the diverse natural beauty of diverse location all within half month. You will be amazed to notice distinguished landscapes everyday as you ascend and descend through the trails. Religious spots formed with the Mani stones and the Buddhist player flags, alpine meadows at some point, dry deserted land at some spot, sometimes the rugged steep hills and frozen frosty lakes will all mesmerize you and put you in awe struck silence. We will not take charge of any blames if it makes you jealous of the Sherpa and Tibetan people who are born with the fortune of embracing this beauty every day.

Itinerary Expand all

Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu

Upon your arrival, one of our Airport representatives will welcome you and provide you with more details of the whole program. Since you have no plans on the first day of your arrival, you may check into your hotel, get your bearings and get rid of your jet lag.

Day 02 - Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour and Preparation for the Trek

On this day, you will be given all the necessary guidance and time for the preparation of the trek. Copies of your travel documents, like your insurance copies, will be collected by us. At around 9 in the morning, the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley will start, and we will mainly wander around the cultural heritage sites Kathmandu valley has to offer, all listed under the World Heritage List by UNESCO. The highlight is, of course, The Kathmandu Durbar Square, adorned with old magnificent palaces of Nepal’s wonderful monarchial days, The Kumari Mandir- the temple of The Living Goddess, and much glorious architectural sublimity. Then we will circumambulate two famous Buddhist Stupas; the Swyambhunath Temple and the Bouddhanath Stupa, all majestic with the religious tenor. The Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most religiously reverent temples dedicated to Lord Shiva whereby the cremation ritual of the Hindu people by the bank of the holy river Bagmati can be observed. After the tour, we will head back to the hotel.

Day 03 - Fly to Lukla and Trek To Phakding (2652m/8699ft) Duration: 3 Hours

To begin our trek, on this day we will fly to Lukla with a marvelous scenic 30 minutes flight. We will then walk on a track that slowly moves to Cheplung village. The village gifts a lovely glimpse of Mt. Khumbila, a sacred peak which has not been climbed till date. We will then steadily walk down to Phakding passing across the green landscape and the striking views of Kusum Kangraru will greet you from distance.

Day 04 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 6 Hours

After breakfast at Phakding, we will move ahead to Jorsale Village and Sagarmatha National Park. During the journey, we can view a stunning background of natural beauty along with the old Mani stone walls carved with prayers in the Tibetan language. Passing the flexuous trail through the national park, we will cross numerous suspension bridges and pass through solemn alpine forests of pine and cedar. After the strenuous climb up the elevation, we will reach the capital of the Everest region mostly inhabited by Sherpa people and which was once a trading tryst point for Nepali and Tibetan traders and merchants, Namche Bazaar.

Day 05 - Namche Bazaar- Everest View Hotel- Namche

On this day we shall have rest and enjoy the day exploring the mixture of the picturesque scenery of Namche Bazaar. Spending your time here will give you the opportunity to acclimatize in the high elevation and have a little sightseeing excursion. To some degree, this will help you avoid the feeling of dizziness by adjusting the body to the higher elevations and push off the altitude sickness that might occur in the coming days. While we are here, we will take a trip to Syangboche Airport, the airstrip located at the highest altitude in the world at 3700m. We shall then continue on to Everest View Hotel where the spectacular view of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse among others, will be waiting for our arrival to feast upon their radiance. With the memories of stunning views engraved into our minds, we will then walk back to Namche Bazaar after visiting the Everest Photo Gallery and the Sherpa Culture Museum along our excursion. We shall then bring an end to our day by returning to our accommodation at Namche.

Day 06 - Namche to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) Duration: 5 Hours

We shall then head through an easy trail leading us to the Dudh Koshi Valley at Phungki Thanka, the jaunt calling with a simply glittering view of Mt. Everest. We will then proceed to make our way to the right coast of Dudh Koshi Valley to get to Tengboche Monastery located at the height of 3860m. The monastery is a settlement where our sense of serenity shall be regained surrounded by the aesthetics of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, and numerous fascinations.

Day 07 - Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) Duration: 5 Hours

We voyage across the bridge suspended over the Imja Khola on the 7th day, and then we shall move down to Debouche from Tengboche and then ascend to a place called Pangboche, lying between abundant Mani stones. Then, we will climb up to a heavenly little Sherpa settlement called Dingboche, a popular “Summer Valley” that encompasses the graceful views of the Lhotse, the Ama Dablam, and the Island Peak.

Day 08 - Dingboche - Nagerjun (5100m/16728ft) and Return to Dingboche, 6 Hours

At Dingboche, we will have another acclimatization day. Hiking to Nagerjun located at the height of 5100m would be a good choice rather than exploring lazily around Dingboche. Nagerjun lying just above Dingboche is set on a hill on the edges of the Chhukung valley. While hiking, we will notice the trail turning steeper making the walk quite strenuous. Walking for approximately 5 hours, we will reach Nagerjun which showers a panoramic sight of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Kangtega (6685m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), and Ama Dablam (6856m). If you happen to see the stunning sight of Makalu, the world’s fifth tallest peak, you should consider yourself lucky. The view of Pheriche Valley too is a pleasurable experience. Capturing memorable highlights, we will walk back to Dingboche. After finishing our lunch, we can just enjoy the sunbath and relax.  

Day 09 - Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft) Duration: 5 Hours

Making our way to Dhungla from Dingboche, we will come ascending from the small trail behind the village above Pheriche valley after which the Chupki Lhara is reached. It is a rock-strewn oblique from where the sight of magisterial mountains can be seen. The path follows further down to the highest glacier in the world; Khumbu Glacier moraine from there. The views of mountain peaks like Khumbutse, the Mahalangur Himal, Lingtren and the Pumori from the moraine are amazing. Mount Nuptse also looms up ahead once the glacier pass is crossed. On the way, you’ll also be able to notice a line of stone memorials, built in commemoration of the Sherpa and climbers who lost their lives on their Everest expeditions in the past 5 decades or plus. We shall then check into our guesthouse at Lobuche for the night after approximately 5 hours of climb through the glacier terminals.

Day 10 - Lobuche - Everest Base Camp (5364m/17594ft) - Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft) Duration: 8 Hours

This is an anticipated day of the trekking trip and we will begin by walking slowly to avoid altitude sickness, the sight of the world’s highest glacier, the Khumbu Glacier complementing us to our right. Walking for about 2-3 hours from Lobuche, we will get to Gorekshep, a tranquil location dotted with some lodges and proceed to hike all the way to the top of the edge, finally arriving at the Everest Base Camp, where all the pious prayer flags and small pyramidal stacking of stones will greet us. Here, The Khumbu icefall is an utterly charismatic sight, looking like the world’s glittering white confetti in a considerably colossal vastness of space, with the materialization of Khumbutse and Lingtren mountains looking down on us like the Titans eternally petrified in a state of outstanding fittings. We shall immerse in all these natural marvels, eternally flattered we will be for being able to experience this halfway across the globe away from our habitat in an entirely strange soil; and cherish all the sights that we see, one that we would not be able to experience anywhere else. After our endeavors at the Everest Base Camp, we shall return to Gorakshep.

Day 11 - Hiking To Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft) - Gorekshep and Trek to Dzongla (4830m/15840ft) Duration: 7 Hrs

The day starts early at dawn with a hike up to one of the finest viewpoints, Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft) because the sight of the rising sun seen from there is totally incredible and witnessing Mt. Everest and the spectacular Himalayan ranges change the color of from silver to gold is truly a bliss. Then we will trek back to Gorekshep for hot breakfast and then descend to Dzongla.

Day 12 - Trek to Dragnak/Thangna (4700m/15415ft) Via Crossing Cho La Pass (5420m/17780ft) Duration: 7 Hrs

We begin the day by climbing to Cho-la crossing over and descending once more to Thangna. Cho La pass is considered one of the risky and thus most adventurous spots in the Everest region that once the trekkers are supposed to pass through, few even turn their way back with the thought of giving up. But heading tactfully listening to the instruction of the guide carefully, you will have no problem doing so.

Day 13 - Trek To Gokyo Lakes (4790m/15710ft) Duration: 2-3 Hrs

This day is a special one when your spirit of taking risk is going to reward you with the feeling no words in the dictionary can explain. We trek to Gokyo Lake crossing over Ngozumpa Glacier (the large glacier in the Himalayan 36 Kilometers in Length). Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight at this juncture. After lunch, you may explore around the Lake, Dudh Pokhari and click pictures as a memory to show it to your close ones.

Day 14 - Hike To Gokyo RI (5360m/17880ft) Duration: 4-5 Hours

You will wake up early and climb up to the Gokyo-RI for an interesting panoramic view of the Mahalangur Himalayan range. It takes approximately 2 hours climb to the top of the peak that will provide a panoramic view of Cho-Oyu, the Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and the Tawache. This day will also supply you the great view of Ngozumpa glacier- the largest glacier in Nepal.

Day 15 - Trek to Lunden (4300m/14104 Ft) Via Crossing Renjo La Pass (5340m/17843 Ft) Duration: 6-7 Hours

The crossing of the Renjo La Pass will be equally exciting and challenging as that of Cho La pass we made on the 12th day. We descend into remote northern Valley where access is restricted, and the landscape gradually resembles that of the Tibetan Valleys beyond the border. You might also meet Tibetan Traders descending from the Nangpa La pass that leads through the Himalayas from Tibet with their caravans of woolly yaks laden with goods.

Day 16 - Trek To Thame (3800m/13464ft), Duration: 4-5 Hours

After taking breakfast, we will trek down to Thame to observe more amazing snow peaks. On this day too, there are chances of meeting Tibetan trader encampments along the way for pictures of a rare lifestyle. About 150 meters above Thame, there is a Thame Monastery, a picturesque monastery set among the many homes of monks and Lay people. It is perched on the side of a hill overlooking the valley. This is the site for the spring celebration of the Mani Rimdu festival, held about the middle of May each year.

Day 17 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 4-5 Hours

We will continue our trek, following the flat and descending to first resting place Thamo after heading towards Namche Bazaar. The trek back is very beautiful and the pride of having about to complete this long daring trek will just fill your with immense joy.

Day 18 - Trek Back to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) Duration: 6-7 Hours

The trek continues along the Dudh Koshi River to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla, where you will catch your return flight to Kathmandu.

Day 19 - Fly Back To Kathmandu

Engraving and embracing all the moments you spent in the mountains you will say goodbye to them with a 30-minutes amazing scenic flight back to Kathmandu then transfer to hotel, take a good rest, scroll through all the moments you captured in the camera and smile at all them.


Day 20 - Reserve Day in Kathmand

Reserve day in Kathmandu in case of Lukla flight delay/cancel. If you have spare time you can just wander around the nearby areas and do some shopping for gifting your loved ones in your circle.

Day 21 - Farewell

The airport representative from Nepal Hiking Team will transport you to Kathmandu International Airport around 3 hours before your scheduled flight from where you will depart.

Cost Includes

  • All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers. 
  • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu city tours, including all entry fees, tour guide, and private transportation.
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek. Private bathrooms with hot showers are provided at Phakding, Namche and Lukla.
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide and porter (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment.
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla / Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag use while trekking.
  • Duffle bag for trekking.
  • Nepal Hiking Team T-shirt, trekking map, and trip achievement certificate.
  • First aid medicine kit with oximeter to monitor oxygen level while on the trek. 
  • All require trek permits 
  • Government taxes & office service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
  • Personal Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
  • Soft drinks Including water
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot showers during the trek except when in Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • WiFi internet during the trek.
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Cost & Dates

Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Daniel Engelmann , Germany

I have always wanted to visit Nepal. It is a beautiful country and the Himalayas have always called out to my yearning heart. Recently, I finally had the chance to visit it. I went with Nepal Hiking Team as they seemed the most trust-worthy. As I first interacted with Balaram, the office head, I knew that I would be in good hands. During the initial correspondence, my queries were answered with ample information. It left me satisfied and in a good mindset for the trekking that I was about to do.

Then, when it was time to finally board my flight to Nepal, I was ecstatic! As I landed, as told, my guide- Hari Sharan, was there, standing with a placard of my name and the agency’s name. A warm greeting ensued, where I was welcomed with a flower garland. It was a good first impression, and throughout the journey, Hari would make sure that I was enjoying my time.

Visiting Lukla after Kathmandu’s bustling vibrancy was a nice relief. I was escorted from my hotel to the airport with Hari in an efficient way, no delays or troubles. From Lukla, the trek finally began! Hari arranged for a porter for me. With him, my trekking journey began with a comfortably-paced hike through the villages. He was my friend for the journey, as well as my guide. With Hari, everything was a breeze. All I had to do was enjoy my trek as everything else was taken care of. He arranged my guesthouses and the food. If I needed anything, Hari would arrange for it. I was also in constant contact with the office in Kathmandu as well; they asked me frequently if I was having a good time and offered their immediate services in case anything happened. That was immensely reassuring to know that I had my back with my agency.

Nepal Hiking team definitely deserves all of the best praises that it gets. Not only is it an extremely well-maintained customer service oriented company, it they genuinely do deliver in their promise of a good trekking experience. If I ever return to Nepal again, they are my number choice.