Everest needs no introduction. Chomolungma - the mother goddess - the ultimate mountain flanked by the majestic guardians of Lhotse (8,516m) and Nuptse (7,861m). Everything up here rides in a different league, the horizon is dominated by more mountains over 7,000m than you can shake a stick at.
The turquoise goddess of Cho Oyu (8,188m), the Nepali version of the Matterhorn in Ama Dablam (6,812m) and Mighty Makalu (8,485m) are all on show. It is not only the mountains in this region that make it so spectacular, the Khumbu region has its own highly rich culture in the Sherpa people and the very well-developed teahouses pepper just about every valley. Put simply, trekking the Everest region is unbeatable.
For many, coming to set eyes on Mt Everest (8,848m) and spend time in the Khumbu has become a rite of passage, a lifetime goal ticked off the list. The choice of available routes here is overwhelming and if you are serious about coming to spend time here the hardest decision you will have to make it which route to travel.
Everest Base Camp (EBC)
The Everest Base Camp trek always jumps out of the page and it is easy to see why. Starting in Lukla, the trail weaves its way through forests and high-altitude paths, passing many Himalayan giants along with way, with astonishing views of Mt Everest and seven other mountains over 8,000m. It doesn’t get much better.
Above the Sherpa settlement of Namche Bazaar, you will find yourself rubbing shoulders with Buddhist monks, smelling fresh juniper as it burns from the monasteries and village homes each morning. The air is thin here as you quickly ascend to above 3,800m for most of the journey towards base camp, travelling over the Khumbu glacier to Everest Base Camp itself. The notorious Khumbu ice fall can be clearly seen, with Nuptse being so close you almost feel you can reach out and stand on its summit. An ascent of Kala Patar provides the best seats in the house for without question the finest views of Mt Everest (8,848m).
Makalu to Everest Traverse
The Makalu to Everest Traverse is another extraordinary option worth considering and includes some of the highest and more challenging trails, you will need to be prepared for a combination of cross-country and mountaineering to travel the high passes of the three cols – Sherpani Col, West Col and Amphu Labsta - which take you to almost 6,200m. The route takes you on a traverse of a mountain range between the giants of Makalu and Everest.
Everest Three Passes
For the hardier, the Everest Three Passes route has also become a classic challenge in itself, tackling the Renjo La, Cho La and Chukung La. The trail takes you into the very heart of the Sagarmatha National Park and is exceptionally rewarding for the required effort it takes.
Everest via Gokyo
If you are looking to escape the crowds, consider heading towards Everest Base Camp via Gokyo, with its turquoise lakes, impressive glaciers and great mountain vistas at every turn. Crossing the high pass of Tashi Labsta (5,755m) is the crux of this journey, but you will find much fewer people on the trail here.
Everest Three Peaks
- Setting eyes for the first time on Mt Everest (8,848m) – that takes some beating
- Explore the depths of Everest and the Khumbu, taking in breath taking scenery at every turn
- Spotting Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam as your journey takes your deeper into the region
- Sharing a cup of Masala tea in one the many charming Sherpa villages along the way
- Challenge yourself over the three passes with views that reward the required effort
- Experience your own first-class journey or expedition with full flexibility for the frame work of your trip
SUGGESTED DAY-TO-DAY ITINERARY
Day 01: Arrive at KTM airport, transfer to hotel, Pre-briefing about trip
Day 02: Sightseeing tour, re-check trekking/climbing gear
Day 03: Early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m), start trek to Phakding
Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
Day 05: Acclimatisation day in Namche - hike to Khunde & Khumjung
Day 06: Namche Bazaar - Debouche (3,820m) via Tangboche
Day 07: Deboche - Dingboche (4,350m)
Day 08: Rest day in Dingboche
Day 09: Dingboche - Lobuche (4910m)
Day 10: Lobuche - Kala Patar (5,545m) - Gorak Shep (5,110m)
Day 11: Gorak Shep - Everest Base Camp (5,364m) - Lobuche (4,910m)
Day 12: Lobuche - Pangboche (3,930m)
Day 13: Pangboche - Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
Day 14: Namche Bazaar- Lukla (2,800m)
Day 15: Fly Lukla -Kathmandu, transfer to hotel & celebrate
Day 16: Fly back home
Fully Private Journeys from:
£1,785 per person (Land only / based on two adventurers)
- All internal flights and taxes
- Return airport transfers
- All relevant surface transport
- 4 Star accommodation in Kathmandu
- In-country support
- Permits, Peak permits, National Park Entrance/Conservation Fees, local staff insurance
- Private guiding, vehicle transportation and entrance fees for any sightseeing excursions
- Professional expedition guide, cook, porters, yaks and supporting Sherpa staff on organised treks and professional expedition guide, supporting porter and yaks on lodge treks
- All accommodation (lodge/tented) & all meals while on the trek
- Portable Altitude Chamber and oximeter on high treks (above 4000metres)
- International flights/ travel to and from Kathmandu
- Travel Insurance (obligatory)
- Visas (US$40 per person for 30 days)
- Tips to local guides (discretionary)
- Alcohol & Soft Drinks
- Personal equipment (we can arrange hire if necessary)
- Any costs of a personal nature
- Selected meals in Kathmandu
- Water treatment pills/boiled water/bottled water
- In case of bad weather - Heli cost at $500p/person to share a flight or $3000 charter to carry up to 5 people
White Tiger’s private journeys, expeditions and trail runs are designed to be achieved by anyone who has a good level of fitness and for those who look after themselves through healthy living.
Depending on which region within Everest and Rolwaling you choose will affect how far you will trek each day. The biggest challenge remains being able to deal with long days of trekking (anywhere from 3-8 hours a day).
The provision of tea houses in the Everest region is excellent with a huge variety of choice and quality, however at times particularly if travelling via the traverse, three passes or one of the trekking peaks you will find yourself in remoter areas away from civilisation. The nature of the mountainous terrain is arduous and you will forgo the comforts of teahouses for the most part here in favour more basic guesthouses or adopting more of an expedition camping approach.
If your plan is to tackle the high passes or any of the trekking peaks within Everest then you will also require the use of ice axe and crampons and prior experience of expeditions above 5,000m, as well as scrambling experience is beneficial.
Request one of our Expedition Packs which goes into greater detail as to your suggested journey as a whole. As part of this, all of our clients will also receive a 12-week tailored fitness programme to help you on your way, as well as equipment advice and further general information.