Three high passes, five summit plus Everest Base Camp make this perhaps the best of all the Everest circuits
This ultimate Everest trek. Starting from the famous Khumbu Valley, home of the Sherpas, we acclimatise before following the trail taken by many of the great Everest climbers to Dingboche. Here we ascend our first summit, Nangkartshang Peak. Further up the valley we climb Chukkung Ri for amazing views of some of the biggest mountains in the world. Our first pass is the Kongma La, with amazing close up views of Nuptse, which takes us to Lobuje, from where we have a chance to ascend Kala Pattar for the classic view of the south face of Everest. From here we cross the Cho La pass and enter the quieter Gokyo Valley. Here we are surrounded by incredible glacial lakes and an ascent of Gokyo Ri offers unbeatable panoramic views. Our last pass is the Renzo La which takes us into the Thame Valley and the final leg of this circular trek back to Lukla.
With most of the walking above 3600m this is not for the novice, but will appeal to those who are fit and have previously trekked at altitude
What makes this trip responsible?
We ask that you use environmentally sound practices whilst in Nepal. Please do not buy any mineral water whilst on trek as currently there are no provisions for disposing of the empty plastic bottles. Boiled drinking water is provided throughout the trek and it is advisable to bring water purification tablets (such as Biox Aqua) to treat any non-boiled water. Please bring bio degradable soaps and shampoos and do not pollute the rivers. We recommend bringing a spare plastic bag for rubbish that cannot be burnt. Burnable rubbish can be left in the lodges and non-burnable rubbish should be taken back to Kathmandu. Please take used batteries back to your own country.
Please note that many Nepalis are still traditional in the way they dress. Out of respect for the country we ask you to dress conservatively – no sleeveless tops. Although shorts are acceptable on trek only they should be very modest and reach the knees and for women a skirt or trousers are preferable. Temples and monasteries are places of worship so please be respectful when visiting them and whilst taking photographs.
Click on the title below for more information about our projects in Nepal.
Himalayan Community Support project
Exodus has supported various projects over the years in the Himalaya and all the details can be found on the project page. Your leader will also provide up to date information in Kathmandu.
Esther Benjamin’s Trust helps to improve the lives of Nepal’s most vulnerable children and young people. The Trust provides full time care for 140 children who are at risk of being trafficked or of domestic or sexual abuse - an indispensable safety net.
We are also very proud of our environmental project, where we have installed over 50 solar cookers into the Everest region. In most of the lodges we use, these solar cookers help to continually boil and sterilise the water meaning there is no need to buy plastic water bottles that cannot be easily recycled in Nepal. We also donated 89 smokeless stoves to Thulopatel Village to provide a safer and healthier alternative to cooking, which helps prevent eye and lung problems women used to experience because of the smoky fire.
For full details please visit the Project page.
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Nangkartshang Peak, above Dingboche, Nepal. View up Chukkung Valley to Island Peak