For Kala Patthar day, you have two options. The first is to stay in Gorek Shep for another night. The second, and I believe better choice, is to ascend early and then leave for Lobuche or further. Depending on your fitness level, Kala Patthar itself is not a hard climb and can be knocked out …Continue reading "Day 15 – Kala Patthar (Three Passes, EBC trek from Jiri)"
This is the day! A suggested itinerary from Lobuche is a hike to Gorek Shep and then approach Everest Base Camp in the afternoon. It can be a leisurely day depending how far into EBC you wish to go. If the weather is good and you feel fit, you can make a hike up Kala …Continue reading "Day 14 – Everest Base Camp (Three Passes, EBC trek from Jiri)"
There are days that will live with you the rest of your life. If this is your first high mountain pass, this will be one of those days. The Kongma La out of Chukhung is more than a 3,000 foot climb topping out at over 18,000 feet. Once Ama Dablam disappears behind the ridges that …Continue reading "Day 13 – Kongma La (Three Passes, EBC trek from Jiri)"
Chukhung is a good place to take a break, especially if you haven’t taken an acclimation day since Namche. You are now almost 4,000 feet higher than Namche and the body needs to get used to the altitude. Even if you are not experiencing a headache or loss of appetite, all but the fittest person …Continue reading "Day 12 – Chukhung Rest Day"
It’s a two hour hike from Dingboche to Chukhung and the views and terrain will be similar to that of the trek into Dingboche. With plenty of time in the day left, it’s a good opportunity to tackle Chukhung Ri, a popular day hike and one of the highest points of the Three Passes trek, …Continue reading "Day 11 – Dingboche – Chukhung"
From Pangboche, the normal schedule would be a rest day with climb to Ama Dablam base camp. I’d definitely recommend this as it’s beautiful country. This is what you are here for! We decided instead to push on to Dingboche which was a short way further up the valley. By far, the easiest day of …Continue reading "Day 10 – Pangboche – Dingboche"
For the first time out of Jiri, you will be trekking through the giant mountains of the world. Ahead of you will rise the Everest massif with Lotse standing in front of the black peak of Everest herself. Perhaps more magnificent will be the slender cone of Ama Dablam which will dominate most of your …Continue reading "Day 9 – Namche – Pangboche"
Acclimation is key to your enjoyment on the EBC portion of the trek. Though trekking in from Jiri gives you the opportunity to push on the next day, it’s not something you should risk. You are on vacation and your enjoyment will highly depend on how well you feel. Besides, the country around Namche is …Continue reading "Day 8 – Namche Acclimation Day"
Big day today. Prepare to meet with more trekkers of a wide range of fitness levels and goals, and prepare for a long slog uphill on the way to Namche. The trek from Jiri is for real trekkers, travelers who want a real taste of Nepal culture outside the comforts of well-established Inns. And travelers …Continue reading "Day 7 – Khaurikharka – Namche (EBC trek from Jiri)"
The views will be like what you’ve been experiencing so far though you will begin trekking in the canyon that runs to the Khumbu and the industry that supports the Khumbu will be trekking with you. I.e. Mules. This will be the last full day trekking outside the normal Everest Base Camp trek. Look for …Continue reading "Day 6 – Bupsa – Khauikharka"