Dec 9 - Dec 29, 2018  confirmed

Three Passes & Everest Base Camp via Ama Dablam Base Camp, Upper Gokyo Valley Day Hike to 5th & 6th Lakes, Thame-Khumjung Alternate Route, and via Chukhung Ri Climb (21 days)
Everest Region, Nepal

Difficulty: strenuous

Private trek | 1 confirmed trekker

Three Passes & Everest Base Camp via Ama Dablam Base Camp, Upper Gokyo Valley Day Hike to 5th & 6th Lakes, Thame-Khumjung Alternate Route, and via Chukhung Ri Climb
$530 usd
For 1 person to join this trek
Guide & Permits Only
Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees:
$16.63 /day per person for guide
+ $15 per person for guide's insurance
+ $85 per person for guide's transport
+ $65 per person for permits
+ $15 for private trek surcharge

Teahouse lodging, food, & transportation paid separately.

Included Services
  • Permits Sagarmatha National Park Entry and Local Everest Region Tax
  • Guide Guide's wages, food, lodging, and insurance
  • 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

  • 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 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 airport from your hotel is included.
    $180 per person

    + $15 per person for service/transport fee

Guide
Ang Tsering
Languages
English, Nepali, Hindi,Tibetan and Sherpa
Ratings
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Chris (United Kingdom)
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I am a 46 year old Firefighter and Technical rescue Instructor (Swift water, Rope and Powerboat Rescue) from Halifax in the UK. I have been to Nepal once before in 2008 and did the Annapurna Sanctuary trek as well as spending 10 days in Tibet and going to Everest Base Camp there. My interests are travel, music (Indie Rock), most sports (Rugby League, football) and reading (Crime fiction)

A grand tour of the Everest Region, this trek explores four valleys of the Khumbu region and climbs over three passes in excess of 5000 m. If you want to feel like you’ve covered the Everest Region, then this trek is for you. If trekking over the passes from east to west, then the Kongma La Pass is the first pass encountered. It 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. 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. After a visit to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar the next pass to the west is the Cho La. The Cho La, is most popular of the three passes in the Khumbu region providing 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 Ri rivals any of the trekking viewpoints in the Khumbu, including a more complete – if a bit further away – view of Mt Everest than any of the other trekking viewpoints. The most western of the three passes is the 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. The ascent to the Renjo La from Gokyo provides jaw dropping views of Mt. Everest with Gokyo Lake below.

Side trip via Chukhung Ri Climb: The climb to the 5550 m (18,209 ft) summit of Chukhung Ri is a tough lung busting struggle, but the reward is a panoramic view of Makalu, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, and the glacial lake of Imja Tsho. This should only be attempted if you feel well acclimatized at Chukhung.

Side trip via Ama Dablam Base Camp: If you itching to get off the trekking highway up to Everest Base Camp a day detour off to the much less visited Ama Dablam Base Camp may be just what your 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.

Side trip Thame-Khumjung Alternate Route: If you’d like to experience a different village on your return you can stay in Khumjung rather than Namche Bazaar. While you won’t find the shopping, bars, restaurants, and other amenities of Namache Bazaar, Khumjung located about two hours above, does have beautiful views of Ama Dablam and a quieter laid back vibe since it is bypassed by most trekkers.

Side trip Upper Gokyo Valley Day Hike to 5th & 6th Lakes: Pack a lunch and head up to the wild remote upper Gokyo Valley for a taste of the Khumbu without trekkers and teahouses.

Weather Conditions in December

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.

Three Passes & Everest Base Camp via Ama Dablam Base Camp, Upper Gokyo Valley Day Hike to 5th & 6th Lakes, Thame-Khumjung Alternate Route, and via Chukhung Ri Climb
(Elevation Profile)

Itinerary
(21 days / 20 nights )
created by Chris (United Kingdom)

Sun Dec 9 (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
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $180.00
Travel time: 30 minutes

Lukla (2860 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.2°C (52°F) and lows of about -4.8°C (23°F) in December.

Lukla

Phakding (2860 m)

About 3 hours from Lukla
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.2°C (52°F) and lows of about -4.8°C (23°F) in December.

Phakding
Mon Dec 10 (day 2)

Monjo (2835 m)

About 2.5 hours from Phakding
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.4°C (53°F) and lows of about -4.6°C (24°F) in December.

Namche Bazaar (3440 m)

About 2.5 hours from Monjo or 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
Tue Dec 11 (day 3)

Namche Bazaar (3440 m)

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

Wed Dec 12 (day 4)

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
Thu Dec 13 (day 5)

Pangboche (3930 m)

About 2 hours from Tengboche or about 6-7 hours from Namche
Expect typical high termperatures of about 4.8°C (41°F) and lows of about -11.2°C (12°F) in December.

Pangboche
Fri Dec 14 (day 6)

Ama Dablam Base Camp (4600 m)

about 3 hours up from Pangboche
Expect typical high termperatures of about 0.8°C (33°F) and lows of about -15.2°C (5°F) in December.

Ama Dablam Base Camp

Pangboche (3930 m)

About 1-1.5 hours back down from Ama Dablam Base Camp
Expect typical high termperatures of about 4.8°C (41°F) and lows of about -11.2°C (12°F) in December.

Pangboche
Sat Dec 15 (day 7)

Dingboche (4410 m)

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

Dingboche
Sun Dec 16 (day 8)

Dingboche (4410 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 1.9°C (35°F) and lows of about -14.1°C (7°F) in December.

Mon Dec 17 (day 9)

Chukhung (4730 m)

About 3 hours from Dingboche
Expect typical high termperatures of about 0.0°C (32°F) and lows of about -16.0°C (3°F) in December.

Chukhung
Tue Dec 18 (day 10)

Imja Tsho (Lake) (5010 m)

Acclimatization hike to the Glacial lake of Imja Tsho about 3-5 hours round trip from Chukhung other destinations can also be requested tat the desecration of the group and guide. Island Peak Base Camp can be reached on the same day hike adding about 2-3 hours round trip to the hike.
Expect typical high termperatures of about -1.7°C (29°F) and lows of about -17.7°C (0°F) in December.

Imja Tsho (Lake)

Chukhung (4730 m)

While technically it is possible to go to both Chukhung Ri and Imja Tsho in a day with one in the morning and the other in the afternoon it is highly recommended if you wish to go to both to add an extra night between the two day hikes in Chukhung, or to choose to go to one or the other.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 0.0°C (32°F) and lows of about -16.0°C (3°F) in December.

Chukhung
Wed Dec 19 (day 11)

Chukhung Ri (5550 m)

About 3-4 hours up and 1-2 hours back down to Chukhung
Expect typical high termperatures of about -4.9°C (23°F) and lows of about -20.9°C (-6°F) in December.

Chukhung Ri

Chukhung (4730 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 0.0°C (32°F) and lows of about -16.0°C (3°F) in December.

Chukhung
Thu Dec 20 (day 12)

Kongma La Pass (5535 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about -4.8°C (23°F) and lows of about -20.8°C (-5°F) in December.

Kongma La Pass

Lobuche (4940 m)

About 6-9 hours from Chukhung via the Kongma La
Expect typical high termperatures of about -1.2°C (30°F) and lows of about -17.2°C (1°F) in December.

Fri Dec 21 (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 2-3 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
Sat Dec 22 (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

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
Sun Dec 23 (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
Mon Dec 24 (day 16)

Gokyo 5th Lake (5000 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about -1.6°C (29°F) and lows of about -17.6°C (0°F) in December.

Gokyo 5th Lake

Gokyo 6th Lakes (5070 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about -2.0°C (28°F) and lows of about -18.0°C (0°F) in December.

Gokyo 6th Lakes

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
Tue Dec 25 (day 17)

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.

Wed Dec 26 (day 18)

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 via the Renjo La Pass.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 2.1°C (36°F) and lows of about -13.9°C (7°F) in December.

Lungden
Thu Dec 27 (day 19)

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

Khumjung (3790 m)

About 5-6 hours from Thame
Expect typical high termperatures of about 5.7°C (42°F) and lows of about -10.3°C (13°F) in December.

Fri Dec 28 (day 20)

Namche Bazaar (3440 m)

About 1.5-2 hours from Khumjung
Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.8°C (46°F) and lows of about -8.2°C (17°F) in December.

Namche Bazaar

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
Sat Dec 29 (day 21)
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