These itineraries include treks in the less visited areas supported by own dedicated staff and backed up by our hall-mark of quality service and support. Camping would be a requirement of these treks although there would be the occasional option to stay in a lodge, you would encounter other trekkers, but, in lesser numbers and with a more committed attitude to the mountains and the 'Himalayan Adventure' experience.
For this section we have included the Everest Peaks and Passes itinerary with images.
Duration: 25 days | Max Elevation: 5550m | Style of Trek: Camping | Trek Grade:Streneous/hard
This is the trek for those who wish to experience the wild and less visited areas of the Khumbu while taking in Namache Bazar, Tengboche and Everest base Camp. The route is longer and more challenging than the standard Base Camp trek and includes crossing three passes above 5300m and ascending three peaks over 5400m. The Passes are the Renjo La (5,388m), Cho La (5,380m) and the Kongma La (5,535m). Crossing these passes are accompanied by ascending three walking peaks, Gokyo Ri (5,483m), Kala Pattar (5,545m) and Chukkung Ri (5,550m) all offering uniquely different views of the Everest massif. This is a superb adventurous trek and provides many opportunities for those interested in photographing several of the world’s highest peaks.
Our Nepal Himalayan Adventure ‘Everest Peaks and Passes’ trek begins in Lukla, trekking to Namche Bazar, the Sherpa capital before heading west to Thame and the remote Nangpa La , a frequently used crossing point for traders traveling between Tibet and Nepal. The first of your three passes is the Renjo La. Once across this you descend into the Gokyo Valley for a rest day by the third Gokyo Lake. From here you will climb Gokyo Ri, the first of the three peaks. Many agree it is from here that you get the best views of Everest. Your trek then continues crossing the Ngozumpa Glacier before reaching the start of the next high pass, the Cho La. The crossing of the Cho La involves a steep ascent to the actual La, which is frequently icy, before crossing the small glacier and permanent ice field and descending down into the Khumbu valley.
Once on the Khumbu side of the Cho La you continue onto Lobuche and Gorak Shep. Kala Pattar is your second peak, this will be followed by a visit to Everest Base Camp. From base camp, you retrace your footsteps to Lobuche before heading east over the Kongma La to Chukkung. From Chukkung you will climb Chukkung Ri (5,550m) tucked under the mighty Nuptse - Lhotse wall. From this side of Everest you will get fantastic views of the North Ridge of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu.
The trekking circuit is completed by descending the main Everest trail visiting the monastery at Tengbouche before passing through Namche Bazar on the way to Lukla.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
You will be met outside the terminal building by one of Off the Wall Trekking staff and helped with your transfer to your hotel where you will have time to discuss final details with Ian and Sarita.
Day 02: Kathmandu
After the breakfast there will be the opportunity for some sight-seeing and to deal with last minute issues and shopping requirements before the final packing for the flight to Lukla tomorrow.
Day 03: Transfer to Lukla and trek to Phakding
After an early breakfast and settling all hotel expenses you will be transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Lukla. After the 30 minute flight you will prepare for your first day on the trail, while the trekking staff sort out their loads that contain your trek equipment.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazar
Day 05: Namche Bazar acclimatization and rest day.
Day 06: Trek to Thame, this is a lesser trodden route and leads into the remote Thame Valley.
Day 07: Trek to Lungden
Day 08: Acclimatization rest day with a chance to explore and experience the real wilderness fo the Khumbu region.
Day 09: Trek to Gokyo via Renjo pass passing the small lakes on the ascent. Once at the La the views are spectacular with some of the finest views of Everest and Makalu.
Day 10: Climb Gokyo Ri in the early morning to witness the sunrise over Everest, then enjoy the rest of the day relaxing.
Day 11: Trek across the moraines of the Ngozumpa Glacier to Thangna.
Day 12: Today you will cross the challenging Cho La pass
Initially climbing the steep trail to the La and the prayer flags before crossing the permanent snow field and glacier and descending down into the Khumbu valley to Dzongla
Day 13: Today you will be in the really Himalayan landscape and close to the big mountains to reach Lobuche.
Day 14: Trek to Gorak Shep, once in a previous era Everest Base Camp
Now the last outpost of a permanent settlement during the season. Crossing the glacier that is hidden under tons of debris and following the trails through giant boulders left behind by the retreating ice of many thousands of years ago. After a short rest for lunch trek to Everest Base Camp, but please be mindful of the expeditions that might be in residence and waiting their attempt on the world’s highest mountain.
Day 15: An early start to climb Kalla Pattar and then to return to pack up your equipment and to descend to Lobuche.
Day 16: Crossing the Khumbu Glacier your trek leads you onto the Kongma La and down to Chhuklung, a long day but with fantastic views of the Everest massif.
Day 17: Today is the final rest day
Day 18: An early start to ascend Chhuklung returning to Chhuklung.
Day 19: Trek to Pangbouche.
Day 20: Trek to Namche Bazar.
Day 21: Trek to Phakding.
Day 22: Trek to Lukla.
Day 23: Flight to Kathmandu
The rest of the day will be free for sight-seeing or last minute shopping.
Day 24: A contingency day in case of flight delays
Day 25: International Departure Or prepare for your extension trip.