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Mt. Everest Base Camp via Renjo La, Gokyo, and Cho La

Kathmandu - Lukla - Namche - Thame - Gokyo - Kalapathar - Mt. Everest Base Camp - Namche - Lukla - Kathmandu

This classic trek is a longer and more adventurous version of our standard Mt. Everest Base Camp trek.  After Namche Bazaar, you'll cross over Renjo La pass to Gokyo, hike up Gokyo Ri, then cross over the Cho La pass--all three of which are over 5,340 meters (17,500 feet) high and pass through spectacular mountain scenery. So you'll be better acclimatized for the hike up Kalapathar at 5,545 meters (18,195 feet) and the visit to Mt. Everest Base Camp.

Small Group

Small groups provide a more intimate atmosphere allowing you to get to know your Sherpa guides better and to develop lifelong friendships.  And, because this trek spends more time at higher altitudes with fewer people, there is less chance for problems. Therefore, the maximum group size for this trek is 10 people. The minimum is 1 person, but a supplement will apply.

Tea House Lodge Trek
All accommodations during the trek are in family-run tea house lodges, which helps support the local economy and gives you an insight into the Himalaya culture. Morning and evening meals will be at these lodge and you'll have choices of both western and local dishes.

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Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu tours including Durbar Square, Swayambunath Stupa, Pashupatinath, and the Monkey Temple
  • Crossing the two remote mountain passes of Renjo La and Cho La
  • Visiting Mt. Everest Base Camp during the peak of the climbing season
  • A visit to the Khumbu Climbing Center in Phortse
  • Views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Pumori and other spectacular peaks


Guaranteed Group Departure for 2017: April 16th to May 6th

To Book: Download and Send In the reservation form



Day 1 – Arrive Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel.  Overnight in Kathmandu.  

Day 2 - Tour Kathmandu
Today your guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to begin your tour of Kathmandu. First visit the Swayambunath (Monkey) Temple. Then continue on to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you'll see some of structures being rebuilt after the earthquake. You might even have a chance to get a glimpse of the living goddess, Kumari. Continue to visit the Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. Tour the inside of one of the several monasteries neighboring the stupa as well as a thanka painting school. Next visit Pashupatinath, a Hindu pilgrimage site, and possibly view cremation ceremonies along the banks of the Bagmati River.  Overnight in Kathmandu. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 3 – Kathmandu to Lukla (2,810 m); Trek to Phakding (3 hrs.)
Take an unforgettable scenic flight in the early morning to Lukla with views of Himalayan peaks including Gauri-Shankar and Melungtse. Upon arrival, meet your sirdar and the rest of the crew. Enjoy lunch, while your crew finishes final preparations for the trek. In the afternoon, trek 3 hours along the Dudh Kosi river to the village of Phakding. Overnight at Lodge. (All meals)
Flight: Kathmandu to Lukla

Day 4 – Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440 m / 6 hrs)
After breakfast, begin today’s trek, and enter Sagarmatha National Park.  Cross the Bhote Kosi River and begin the ascent to Namche Bazaar, the center of the Sagarmatha National Park and the hub of Sherpa society. Keep an eye out for glimpses of Mt. Everest along today’s route.  Overnight at Lodge. (All meals)

Day 5 – Acclimatization Day
Today is an important acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.  It is recommended that you stay active today.  You can take a day hike to Thame or Khunde, or just explore Namche Bazaar.  If this day falls on a weekend, you can enjoy the Saturday Market.  Overnight at local lodge.  (All meals)
Day 6 – Namche Bazaar to Thame (3820 m / 4-5 hrs.)
Traverse westward with view of Kwangde (6343 m) and the waterfall cascading off its flanks. Follow Bhote Kosi as the side hills high on its bank through the red and yellow rhododendron forest (in full blossom in May). Cross the river and look down the valley for views of Thamserk   (6648 m) and Kusum Kanguru (6370 m). Climb up to Thame village through the forest. It is a secluded village and the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay the first Sherpa to climb the Mount Everest. Overnight at local lodge.  (All meals)
Day 7 - Thame to Lungden (4380m / 4-5 hrs.)
Today we start our serious high altitude trekking. We walk for about 4 hours through a stunning landscape on an old trade route to Tibet to the village of Lungden. This village has only one lodge and very aptly called the Renjo La Support Lodge.  Overnight at local lodge. (All meals)

Day 8 - Acclimatization Day
Another acclimatization day to prepare you for crossing Renjo La tomorrow. Feel free to explore the local area. Overnight at local lodge. (All meals)
Day 9 – Lungden to Gokyo (4750 m) via Renjo la pass (5320 m / 8-9 hrs.)
The big day starts real early and it is a long day, as we have to walk about 6 hours to reach the pass, going slow because of the high altitude. After a brief stopover to enjoy the stunning beauty of the Everest Range and photographs, we start on a remarkably difficult downhill journey for about 3 hours to reach the village of Gokyo walk along the stunning and beautiful Dudh Kunda.  Overnight in Gokyo at local lodge. (All meals)

Day 10 - Climb Gokyo Ri Peak, Trek to Thangnak

Today is an opportunity to visit Gokyo Ri (Gokyo Peak) for the best viewpoint of the Everest Region.  The hike to Gokyo Ri is quite steep and takes about 3 hours to reach the top.  From the top you'll see an incredible panoram of mountains, including four of the seven highest peaks in the world: Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Everest.  

After the ascending Gokyo Ri, then trek to Thangnak to position yourself for the next day's trek over Cho La pass.  Overnight at local lodge.  (All meals)

Day 11 - Thangnak to Dzonglha (4,830 m / 6-7 hrs.), crossing Cho La Pass (5,330 m)
Today’s trek is another challenging day as you cross Cho La Pass.  The pass itself is steep and involves traversing a glacier on the eastern side.  The train climbs through a ravine and steeply up from the village of Phedi.  Gaining elevation, the views become increasingly spectacular.  Follow the side of a frozen lake to the top of the pass, where you will find hundreds of prayer flags left from pilgrims that came before.  The decent leads to Dzonglha.  Overnight at local lodge.  (All meals)

Day 12 – Dzonglha to Lobuche (4,910 m / 3-4 hrs)
Today continue the descent from Dzonglha through grassy trails to Lobuche.  Enjoy the views of Lobuche Peak along the way.  Overnight at local lodge. (All meals)
Day 13 – Trek to Gorekshep (5,180 m / 3-4 hrs)  and Kala Patthar (5,550 m / 2 hrs)
After breakfast, continue on the trail to Gorekshep. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp, with the new camp being further up the valley. After lunch and a rest, hike about 2 hours up to Kala Patthar for spectacular sunset views of Pumori, Nuptse, and the Mt. Everest massif.   Overnight at local lodge. (All meals)
Day 14 – Trek to Base Camp (5,370 m / 2-3 hrs) then Lobuche (4,910 m / 4 hrs)
After breakfast, trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp where you’ll have a chance to visit see of the expeditions as they prepare for their summit attempts. Return to Gorakshep, then trek to Lobuche. Overnight at local lodge. (All meals)

Day 15 - Lobuche to Pheriche (4,370 m / 4-5 hrs)
Today is an easy trek to Pheriche via the Thukla pass where you'll see many shrines to climbers who died on Mt. Everest. Overnight at local lodge. (All meals)

Day 16 – Pheriche to Phortse (3,800 m / 6-7 hours)
Today pass through Upper Pangboche, where you can visit the Pangboche Monastery and ask to see the Yeti Skull and hand. Continue on to Phortse, a quint village and home to the most number of Everest summiters anywhere. You'll also have a chance to visit the newly constructed Khumbu Climbing School. Overnight at local lodge. (All meals)

Day 17 – Phortse to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m / 6-7 hrs.)   
The walk from Phortse is downhill to the Dudh Koshi River, then steeply up to Mong. Continue along the scenic winding path to the traditional villages of Khumjung and Kunde and on to Namche. Overnight at local lodge. (All meals)

Day 18 - Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800 m / 5-6 hrs.)
The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar to Lukla. Walk along the Bhote-Koshi River on the way back to Lukla. Overnight at local lodge. (All meals)

Day 19 – Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Fly to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of day is free for unpacking, doing laundry, writing emails, or souvenir shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu. (Breakfast)

Flight: Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 20 – Kathmandu
After breakfast, enjoy a day of sightseeing. First drive outside of Kathmandu to the ancient city of Bhaktapur with its 55-window palace and the famous five-storey temple. Continue on to Patan Durbar Square and visit the excellent museum. Overnight in Kathmandu.  (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 21 – Departure
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight home.  (Breakfast)

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What's Included

Rates Include

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu
  • All meals during the trek and meals in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary
  • 2 days of guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • 16 day trek with lodging, meals, guide, and porters
  • 2 showers during the trek
  • Sagarmatha National Park fee
  • Airfare: Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu

Rates Do Not Include

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal visa
  • Personal trekking gear such as a sleeping bag and clothing
  • Extras during the trek such as drinks, snacks, wifi, charging of devices, and laundry
  • Travel insurance with emergency medical and evacuation coverage (required for overnight treks-please ask us for a quote)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Expenses of a personal nature

To Book this Trek

2017 Guaranteed Departure: $3,700
April 16 to May 6

To Book: Download and Send In the reservation form


For a private departure of any size group from 1 to 10 people:

Please call us toll free at 1-206-568-0710 and let us know that you would like to book this tour. Then follow these instructions:

  1. Download, print, and fill out the Reservation Form for each person.
  2. Fax the form to us at 206-529-4803, or mail it to:

    Red Lantern Journeys
    4000 Aurora Ave N. , Suite 114
    Seattle, WA 98103

  3. Pay a non-refundable $500 per person deposit and we will initiate your reservations.
  4. Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure.

If your reservation is made less than 75 days prior to departure, the non-refundable deposit will allow us to initiate reservations. Full payment will be due immediately upon confirmation of all hotels and transportation services. If the services quoted cannot be confirmed, alternate accommodation or transportation will be arranged and the price will be adjusted accordingly.

Payments can be made by personal check, bank wire transfer, or credit card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will initiate your reservations and send you a statement showing your payment. Approximately 4 weeks prior to your departure, we will send you a final confirmation package containing your itinerary and detailed information on the logistics of your trip.
Forms to Download (pdf file)
Reservation Form with Complete Terms and Conditions

Cancellation/Refund Policies for Private Treks

  • Cancel more than 60 days prior to departure - forfeit your deposit.
  • Cancel between 30 and 60 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of the tour cost.
  • Cancel less than 30 days prior to departure - NO REFUND of tour cost.
  • Cancellations must be made in writing and sent via mail, fax, or email to Red Lantern Journeys.
  • Refunds will be processed within 30 days of receipt of your written request.
  • No refunds are available for unused services or tours during your trip.

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