For info on costs and other tips to prepare for your trek, see our Everest Base Camp Itinerary Page. Katmandu After your touchdown in Katmandu, it is wise to limit your time in Thamel. Hopefully you’ve prepared your body (See Physical Preparation) and your gear (See Gear List) for the epic trek to come! Grab …Continue reading "Three Passes / EBC trek from Jiri – Summary / Launch Page"
Why the Everest Base Camp trek? “Because it is there.” – George Mallory, when asked why he wanted to climb Everest. There is only one highest place on the planet Earth, and it is in Nepal at the end of the Everest Base Camp trek. The journey to see Everest from the top …Continue reading "Jiri – Three Passes – Everest Base Camp Itinerary, Tips, Info"
If you’ve held it together this far, the Renjo La won’t seem like much of a big deal. Up and over a pass and a swim into the thicker air of lower altitude. Be sure to look around at the scenery though as it is varied and the trail sweeps through a valley of pastures …Continue reading "Day 18 – Renjo La"
In case you didn’t know, “La” means “Pass.” That’s why I don’t say Cho La Pass as others are apt to do. The hike out of Zonghla and up the Cho La will not be the hardest day, but will be a tough one. By now, you should be well acclimated, and the going will …Continue reading "Day 16 – The Cho La"
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)"
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"