Everest Base Camp Trek via Kongma La

Everest Base Camp Trek via Kongma La

Overview And Highlights

Trip Facts

Trip Type

Tea House / Camping

Grade

Moderate

Altitude

5,545 m

Transportation

Flight

Group Size

1+

Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Everest Base Camp Trek via Kongma La Pass is truly an amazing experience of Everest region and its fascinating Sherpa people with their unique traditions. Everest is obviously a top trekking destination in Nepal. Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition, a leading trekking and mountaineering company in Nepal has been offering all classics of Everest trek. 

Everest Base Camp Trek via Kongma La Pass provides a unique opportunity to trekkers who want to skip the normal base camp trekking route and follow a slightly more challenging path. Unlike the normal route, trekkers visit ChhukungRi (5550 m) and Kongma La Pass (5535 m) before reaching Everest Base Camp in a 16 days timeframe. Crossing Kongma La in an anti-clockwise direction is a bit challenging due to its difficult terrain. Thus, this trek is more exciting and adventurous. All physically fit people who are ready to face some difficulty but do not want to compromise a possible fascinating view can consider this trek.

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Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2640

You begin your trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Nupla (5885m) which can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3440

Namche Bazaar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Bhote Koshi. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3440

It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For acclimatization you walk up to Khhumjung where you can visit a monastery. You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kwangde and so on. Or you can take an hour's walk up to Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for an outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3867

As you climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view appears. You continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by lamas which marks your entry into Tyangboche (3860m). Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4260

Dingboche is a beautiful village with fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4730

The trail gradually ascends up to Chhukung. On the way, you can see summer huts made especially for keeping livestock in the summer time. From here you are also able to enjoy the beautiful mountain views in and around the valley.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5550

 From Chhukung Ri you can have a view of Mt. Nuptse (7896m.), Mt.Lhotse (8511m.), Baruntse peak (6800m.), Ama Dablam peak (6856m.), Thamserku peak (6608m.), Konde Ri or peak(6187m.), Tawoche peak(6542m.), Cholotse peak (6441m.) and more. Stay overnight at lodge. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4930

You begin your trek to Lobuche via Dingogma (5412m) which offers you panoramic view of the mountains along the way. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5486

Trek up the valley following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial ponds and icebergs down below the Khumbu glacier. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley. Now the trail winds through a rocky path and the Khumbu glacier. The views of Nuptse, Lho-La and Khumbutse appear in front of you. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4243

You accomplish an early morning climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the view of the magnificent sunrise. From Kala Patthar you can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many other peaks. Yaks are normally used as four-legged porters in this area. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3750

The trail descends to Pangboche before turning up and down in every half an hour to Phortse. On the wa, there is an opportunity to see wild life in and around the area like mountain goats, musk deer and many species of Himalayan birds. There are village monasteries in Pangboche and Phortse rich in the cultural heritage of the Sherpa people. Along with this, you can also see an old monastery in Pangboche which is believed to have been established during the 16th century. The Pangboche village is known to have highest permanent settlement throughout the year. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3790

The trail here descends for early twenty minutes and ascends up steeply for almost one hour to Mongla (4000m.). From this spot, you can see the panoramic view of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. Now the trail descends and ascends frequently up to Khumjung. The Khumjung village is said to have the largest settlement of the Khumbu region. There is well-equipped high school built by Edmund Hillary in 1960. Not limited to this, there is an old monastery where the skull of Yeti is believed to have preserved. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3800

Thame is a place where you can visit many ancient monasteries and can experience the real Sherpa culture. Beautiful mountain views are also readily available. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2835

While trekking from Thame to Monjo you come across few Sherpa settlements and you will meet friendly Sherpa people. Trekking this day is little bit easier in comparison to other days. Monjo is a small village and the area is mainly for agriculture. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2800

This day the trail gradually descends and then ascends as well as you cross the Dudh Koshi river over suspension bridges throughout the day. Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla and it takes almost 35 minutes.

What Is Included ?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • Trekking guide
  • One porter for every 2 trekking participants (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
  • Trekking equipments: Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, etc.
  • Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Local government entrance fee
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Insurance and equipments for the guides and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge
  • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenirs (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)

What Is Excluded?

  • Personal nature expenses (Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for involved staffs
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (even in case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking due to any personal reason than the scheduled itinerary)

Everest Base Camp Trek via Kongma La Altitude Profile

Route Map

Route map

Additional Information

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking. 

General Items:

Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)

Clothing Items:

Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff   

Sun-worn Items:

Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm

Gadgets:

Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),  

Liquid/Snacks:

Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks

Medical Essentials:

First Aid Kit 

Optional:

Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc 

Additional items for camping trek:

Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses

Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price. 

Client Reviews

Adam Smith

United Kingdom

29th Jun, 2022

Dream of Adam Smith all the way from UK

Trekking to Everest Base Camp(EBC),Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri has been a dream of mine for many years


Richard, Paul and Andrew Kefford

United Kingdom

29th Jun, 2022

Thank you for all your help

"We wanted to send this message to you to thank you for all your help in making the arrangements for our stay so easy. We achieved our dream of seeing Everest from Kala Pattar.


Periasamy Sappani Pillai

Malaysia

29th Jun, 2022

Environmental trekking had never been the first time for travellers like me.

Environmental trekking had never been the first time for travellers like me. It had been my second time. After my successful attempt on Annapurna B.C. The guide, Shailesh had been a great not only as a guide but a friend too. The Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar trek had been well organized, catered as for my needs.


Tom Davis

United States

20th Feb, 2024

Once in a lifetime experience !

Nava, Thanks to you & Raj kumar, as well as Rajesh, our porter, for a once in a lifetime experience. I have enjoyed my visit to Nepal, a destination I longed viewed as exotic but now see as beautiful. Thanks again.


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