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The 3 Cols of Everest - The Khumbu at its Best

One of the World's great trekking trips, this expedition sends you over 3 wild cols and through the main 4 valleys of the Khumbu.

Description

The classic Everest Base Camp trip is a justly popular trek but this one is (whisper it quietly) even better. It covers much of the same terrain as the classic route but adds in 3 col crossings and takes you through wilder areas.

The initial section of the route is shared with the Base Camp trek but once you leave the Sherpa capital Namche Bazaar you can expect some solitude. The cols themselves are non-technical but all are exciting and offer scarcely believable views of the World's highest mountains.

The trip takes around 3 weeks and taking so much time off work might seem like a big call, but it is well worth it to complete one of the greatest mountain journeys in the World.

Everest Base Camp Trek: Lukla to Phakding
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Everest Base Camp Trek: Lukla to Phakding

1 - 2 hrs
7.5 km
258 m
478 m
Day 1: A gentle start to a long trip, the day starts amongst the bustle and noise of Lukla and ends at the peaceful village of Phakding on the shore of the Dudh Kosi river.
Moderate
Private
Everest Base Camp Trek: Phakding to Namche Bazaar
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Everest Base Camp Trek: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

3 - 4 hrs
10.5 km
1,130 m
365 m
Day 2: After a day in the foothills yesterday, today's hike takes you into the high mountains and to the Sherpa capital; Namche Bazaar.
Moderate
Private
Namche to Thame
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Namche to Thame

2 - 3 hrs
8.9 km
646 m
250 m
A wonderful day of trekking to a famous and atmospheric village.
Moderate
Private
Thame to Marulung
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Thame to Marulung

1 - 2 hrs
7.4 km
436 m
99 m
A beautiful day of trekking even deeper into the mountain wilderness that is the upper Khumbu.
Moderate
Private
Marulung to Gokyo via the Renjo La Pass
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Marulung to Gokyo via the Renjo La Pass

4 - 5 hrs
13.2 km
1,277 m
663 m
A big day! Adventurous trekking at its best, with huge views across the Everest range, this is one of the highlights of the Khumbu.
Difficult
Private
Gokyo Ri
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Gokyo Ri

3 - 4 hrs
7.3 km
681 m
757 m
It might not be highest summit in these parts but the view from Gokyo Ri is hard to beat!
Difficult
Private
Dragnag to Dzonglha via the Cho La Pass
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Dragnag to Dzonglha via the Cho La Pass

3 - 4 hrs
8.0 km
784 m
642 m
A truly classic Col crossing from the relative peace of the Gokyo region to the epic grandeur of the main Khumbu valley.
Difficult
Private
Dzonghla to Lobuche
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Dzonghla to Lobuche

1 - 2 hrs
6.3 km
261 m
158 m
A short day which provides view after view as you enter the highest mountains in the World.
Moderate
Private
Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep
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Everest Base Camp Trek: Lobuche to Gorak Shep

1 - 2 hrs
4.3 km
299 m
54 m
Day 6: A final push up to the highest overnight stop on the trek.
Moderate
Private
Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar
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Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar

1 - 2 hrs
3.7 km
442 m
442 m
Day 7: Although it is of course possible to descend straight back to Lobuche from Gorak Shep, the ascent of Kala Patthar (a small rocky peak overlooking Everest and the Khumbu Glacier) is highly recommended and is well worth a final bit of uphill effort before the long walk back to Lukla.
Difficult
Private
Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp
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Everest Base Camp Trek: Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp

1 - 2 hrs
4.4 km
215 m
65 m
Day 8: The culmination of a fantastic week of trekking through the biggest mountains on Earth.
Moderate
Private
Lobuche to Dingboche via the Kongma La
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Lobuche to Dingboche via the Kongma La

4 - 5 hrs
13.7 km
710 m
1,283 m
Himalayan trekking at its best over a wild col.
Difficult
Private
Mera and Island Peaks Day 15 - Chukhung to Namche
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Mera and Island Peaks Day 15 - Chukhung to Namche

6 - 7 hrs
24.4 km
832 m
2,132 m
A lovely long hike back into forests, thick air and civilisation.
Moderate
Private