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Everest Base Camp via Cho La, via Renjo La, and Overland Start trek (19 days)
Everest Region, Nepal

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Highlights: Junbesi, Tengboche, Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, Cho La Pass, Gokyo, and Renjo La Pass

Difficulty: strenuous
Everest Base Camp
Starting at $965 usd
For 1 person -Guide & Permits
Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees
$31.02 /day per person for guide
+ $30 per person for guide's insurance
+ $170 per person for guide's transport
+ $61.75 per person for vat tax
+ $113 per person for permits

Teahouse lodging, food, & transportation paid separately.

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Included Services
  • Permits Sagarmatha National Park Entry and Local Everest Region Tax
  • Guide Guide's wages, food, lodging, and insurance
  • VAT Tax 13% Nepal Government Tax
  • Guide's Transport
Optional Services (Porter...)
  • Porter Each porter may carry no more than 20 kg (44 lb). One porter is usually enough for 2 people's gear. Government required insurance covers the porter in case of an accident while on the trip.
    $20 per day per porter

    + $30 per porter for porter's insurance
    + $2.21 per day per porter for vat tax (porter)

  • Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Booking the flight with the trek insures that the guide will be able to be on the same flight in addition transport to/from the Kathmandu airport from your hotel is included.
    $180 per person

    + $15 per person for service/transport fee

  • Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu Booking the flight with the trek insures that the guide will be able to be on the same flight in addition transport to/from the Kathmandu airport from your hotel is included.
    $180 per person

    + $15 per person for service/transport fee

This trip has optional side trips. Would you like to see the options?

This is the most popular and iconic trek in the Khumbu. Follow the footsteps of Tenzing Norgay, Edmund Hillary, and those that followed to the base of the highest mountain in the world. En route, you’ll pass the centuries old Buddhist monastery of Tengboche and hike alongside the Khumbu glacier to Gorak Shep, the last permanent encampment before Everest Basecamp. In addition to Everest Basecamp, you will climb to the dizzying height of 5643 m (18,513 ft) and view one of the most magnificent panoramas in the Himalayas atop Kala Patthar. Those with a little more time and a sense of adventure can add side trips via the spectacular Kongma La pass, the Cho La pass, and the Renjo La Pass.

Side trip via Renjo La: The path via the Renjo La (5340 m) provides a more strenuous route from Gokyo back to Namche Bazaar via the barren and beautiful Bhote Valley, and the Sherpa Village of Thame. Ascending from Gokyo to the Renjo La provides jaw dropping views of Mt. Everest with Gokyo Lake below.

Side trip via Cho La: The most popular of the three passes in the Khumbu region, the trail via Cho La (5420 m) provides stunning vistas along the high route between Everest Basecamp and the Gokyo Valley. With its series of lakes, the Gokyo Valley is probably one of the most beautiful valleys in the Khumbu Region, while the view from Gokyo Re rivals any of the trekking viewpoints in the Khumbu, including a more complete – if a bit further away – view of Mt Everest.

Side trip Overland Start: With roads being extended further into the region there are now a few options for those who want to trek in rather than fly. Starting from Dhap allows you to take in the famed views of Pikey Peak on the trek in before joining the main trail at Junbesi. For the traditionalist, with bus service now extending to Bhandar the classic Jiri start can now be reduced by a day. Starting from Bhandar allows you to follow the route of early climbing expeditions into the Khumbu. While not that high by Himalayan standards, the trekking routes into the Khumbu are surprisingly strenuous. Since the path cuts across the valleys that descend from the high Himalayas, there is a lot of up and down climbing as you climb out of one valley and descend down to a river only to climb out the other side. This area sees far fewer trekkers than the trails above Lukla, but still has a pretty good lodge infrastructure.

Weather Conditions in December

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December is probably the most underrated month to trek, one of the driest months of the year skies are often clear from sunrise to sunset. The trails and teahouses are less crowded than in November. At higher altitudes, temperatures drop as the winter season approaches so it is important to carry warm enough clothing and sleeping bags. When properly prepared December can be a great month to trek

At a glance
On average there are 1 day with precipitation in December. The highest point on the trek is Kala Patthar at 5643 m. During December, expect high temperatures of around -5.5°C (22°F) and lows down to -21.5°C (-7°F) at Kala Patthar.

Everest Base Camp via Cho La, via Renjo La, and Overland Start Trek
(Elevation Profile)

Available Side Trips

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Extra rest days and overnights can be added once the itinerary is created. However any side trips must be added in this step before the itinerary is created.

Thu Dec 2 (day 1)

Kathmandu (1337 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.4°C (69°F) and lows of about 4.4°C (40°F) in December.

Kathmandu
Shared vehicle from Kathmandu to Bhandar (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $15.00
Travel time: about 10 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Bhandar (2190 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.3°C (60°F) and lows of about -0.7°C (31°F) in December.

Fri Dec 3 (day 2)

Chaulakharka (1460 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 19.6°C (67°F) and lows of about 3.6°C (38°F) in December.

Kinja (1630 m)

About 2.5-3 hours from Bhandar
Expect typical high termperatures of about 18.6°C (65°F) and lows of about 2.6°C (37°F) in December.

Sete (2600 m)

About 2-2.5 hours from Kinja or about 5-6 hours from Bhandar
Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.8°C (55°F) and lows of about -3.2°C (26°F) in December.

Sat Dec 4 (day 3)

Dakchu (2985 m)

About 1 hour from Sete
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.5°C (51°F) and lows of about -5.5°C (22°F) in December.

Goyam (3220 m)

About an 1 hour from Dakchu or 2 hours from Sete.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.1°C (48°F) and lows of about -6.9°C (20°F) in December.

Goyam

Lamjura La (3530 m)

About 1 hour from Goyam or 3-3.5 hours from Sete
Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.2°C (45°F) and lows of about -8.8°C (16°F) in December.

Junbesi (2700 m)

About 6 to 7 hours from Sete
Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.2°C (54°F) and lows of about -3.8°C (25°F) in December.

Junbesi
Sun Dec 5 (day 4)

Salung (2953 m)

About 2 hours from Junbesi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.7°C (51°F) and lows of about -5.3°C (22°F) in December.

Ringmu (2805 m)

About 1.5-2 hours from Salung or about 3.5-4 hours from Junbesi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.6°C (53°F) and lows of about -4.4°C (24°F) in December.

Ringmu

Taksindu La (3071 m)

About 1 hour from Ringmu or about 4.5-5 hours from Junbesi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.0°C (50°F) and lows of about -6.0°C (21°F) in December.

Taksindu (2930 m)

About 15-20 min from the Taksindu La or about 5-5.5 hours form Junbesi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.8°C (51°F) and lows of about -5.2°C (23°F) in December.

Nunthala (Manidingma) (2194 m)

About 1-1.5 hours from Taksindu or about 6-7 hours from Junbesi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.2°C (59°F) and lows of about -0.8°C (31°F) in December.

Mon Dec 6 (day 5)

Jubing (1676 m)

About 2-3 hours from Nunthala
Expect typical high termperatures of about 18.3°C (65°F) and lows of about 2.3°C (36°F) in December.

Kharikola (2072 m)

About 2 hours from Jubing or about 4-4.5 hours from Nunthala
Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.0°C (61°F) and lows of about -0.0°C (32°F) in December.

Bupsa (2350 m)

About 1-1.5 hours from Kharikola
Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.3°C (58°F) and lows of about -1.7°C (29°F) in December.

Bupsa
Tue Dec 7 (day 6)

Chaurikharka (2600 m)

About 7 hours from Bupsa or about 8 hours from Kharikola
Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.8°C (55°F) and lows of about -3.2°C (26°F) in December.

Cheplung (2660 m)

About 30 min from Chaurikarka
Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.4°C (54°F) and lows of about -3.6°C (26°F) in December.

Phakding (2860 m)

About 1.5-2 hours from Cheplung
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.2°C (52°F) and lows of about -4.8°C (23°F) in December.

Phakding
Wed Dec 8 (day 7)

Namche Bazaar (3440 m)

About 5 hours from Phakding
Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.8°C (46°F) and lows of about -8.2°C (17°F) in December.

Namche Bazaar
Thu Dec 9 (day 8)

Namche Bazaar (3440 m)

Fri Dec 10 (day 9)

Tengboche (3870 m)

About 5 hours from Namche
Expect typical high termperatures of about 5.2°C (41°F) and lows of about -10.8°C (13°F) in December.

Tengboche

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Highlights: Ama Dablam Base Camp and Tengboche
Difficulty: challenging
If you are itching to get off the trekking highway to Everest Base Camp, a day detour off to the much less visited Ama Dablam Base Camp may be just what you're looking for. This off the beaten path side trip take you right up to the base of one of the Khumbu regions most beautiful mountains. Along the way, you’ll get views of Everest as you pass by yak shelters and walls constructed by Sherpa herdsmen. Images from via Ama Dablam Base Camp Side Trek

Sat Dec 11 (day 10)

Pangboche (3930 m)

About 2 hours from Tengboche
Expect typical high termperatures of about 4.8°C (41°F) and lows of about -11.2°C (12°F) in December.

Pangboche

Dingboche (4410 m)

About 5 hours from Tengboche or 3 hours from Pangboche (also possible to stay in Pheriche)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 1.9°C (35°F) and lows of about -14.1°C (7°F) in December.

Dingboche

Highlights: Imja Tsho (Lake) and Kongma La Pass
Difficulty: strenuous
Probably the least traversed of the classic three passes in the Khumbu region, the path to the Kongma La (5535 m) offers a spectacular but strenuous route between Chukhung and Lobuche. This pass offers unparalleled views of what many regard as one of the most beautiful mountains in Khumbu, the pointed spired of Ama Dablam. While in Chukhung, you may wish to spend an additional day and climb Chukhung Ri for a panorama of the Chukhung Valley, or hike to the alpine lake of Imja Tsho. Images from via Kongma La Side Trek

Sun Dec 12 (day 11)

Dingboche (4410 m)

Mon Dec 13 (day 12)

Lobuche (4940 m)

About 4-5 hours from Dingboche (or Pheriche)
Expect typical high termperatures of about -1.2°C (30°F) and lows of about -17.2°C (1°F) in December.

Tue Dec 14 (day 13)

Gorak Shep (5164 m)

About 2-3 hours from Lobuche
Expect typical high termperatures of about -2.6°C (27°F) and lows of about -18.6°C (-1°F) in December.

Gorak Shep

Everest Base Camp (5380 m)

About 3 hours from Gorak Shep
Expect typical high termperatures of about -3.9°C (25°F) and lows of about -19.9°C (-4°F) in December.

Everest Base Camp

Gorak Shep (5164 m)

About 3 hours from Everest Base Camp
Expect typical high termperatures of about -2.6°C (27°F) and lows of about -18.6°C (-1°F) in December.

Gorak Shep
Wed Dec 15 (day 14)

Kala Patthar (5643 m)

About 1-2 hours to climb Kala Patthar from Gorak Shep
Expect typical high termperatures of about -5.5°C (22°F) and lows of about -21.5°C (-7°F) in December.

Kala Patthar

Lobuche (4940 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about -1.2°C (30°F) and lows of about -17.2°C (1°F) in December.

Dzongla (4800 m)

About 5-6 hours from Gorak Shep
Expect typical high termperatures of about -0.4°C (31°F) and lows of about -16.4°C (2°F) in December.

Dzongla
Thu Dec 16 (day 15)

Cho La Pass (5420 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about -4.1°C (25°F) and lows of about -20.1°C (-4°F) in December.

Cho La Pass

Dragnag (4800 m)

About 5-6 hours from Dzongla via the Cho La
Expect typical high termperatures of about -0.4°C (31°F) and lows of about -16.4°C (2°F) in December.

Dragnag

Gokyo (4750 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about -0.1°C (32°F) and lows of about -16.1°C (3°F) in December.

Gokyo
Fri Dec 17 (day 16)

Renjo La Pass (5340 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about -3.6°C (26°F) and lows of about -19.6°C (-3°F) in December.

Renjo La Pass

Lungden (4380 m)

About 6-8 hours from Gokyo
Expect typical high termperatures of about 2.1°C (36°F) and lows of about -13.9°C (7°F) in December.

Lungden
Sat Dec 18 (day 17)

Thame (3820 m)

About 3 hours from Lungdhen
Expect typical high termperatures of about 5.5°C (42°F) and lows of about -10.5°C (13°F) in December.

Thame

Namche Bazaar (3440 m)

About 2-3 hours from Thame
Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.8°C (46°F) and lows of about -8.2°C (17°F) in December.

Namche Bazaar
Sun Dec 19 (day 18)

Lukla (2860 m)

About 5-7 hours from Namche
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.2°C (52°F) and lows of about -4.8°C (23°F) in December.

Lukla
Mon Dec 20 (day 19)
Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $180.00
Travel time: 30 minutes

Kathmandu (1337 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.4°C (69°F) and lows of about 4.4°C (40°F) in December.

Kathmandu
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