Everest High Passes Trek

Everest High Passes Trek

Region: Nepal’s Himalayan Zone.
Trek Type: Group Trekking Adventure.
Group Size: 1 to 16 People per Group.
Popular Season to Trek: April to June and Sep to December.
Start & Finish Point: Kathmandu.
Trekking Duration: 19 nights / 20 days.
Trek Grade: Medium to Difficult.
Maximum Altitude: 18,519 feet / 5, 645 meters.
Approximate Daily Altitude Gain: 200 to 450 meters.
Accommodation: Local hotels or tea houses on a twin sharing basis.

The magnificent 3 passes with Everest Base Camp is the dream trek for any trek lover across the world. This is a challenging and spectacular trek in our world where you can see the most scenic views in our planet.

 In this trek we cross 3 big mountain passes in Khumbu zone. We cross Renjo La pass(5,417 meters / 17, 772 feet), Cho La pass (5,420 meters / 17,782 feet) and Kongma La pass (5,535 meters / 18, 159 feet). Also we hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357 meters/ 17, 575 feet), Chukhung Ri (5,550 meters / 18,209 feet) and Kala Patthar (5,643 meters / 18, 513 feet) mountains during this trek. Also we cross two mighty glaciers Ngozumpa and Khumbu glaciers during this trek.

The trek start from Lukla and goes through many villages up-to Thame and after Thame the area become tree less and deserted then we cross few villages and cross Renjo La pass and arrive Gokyo. During Gokyo stay we hike Gokyo Ri and visit 5th Gokyo Lakes. After Gokyo we cross Ngozumpa glacier and Cho La pass and go to other side and reach Gorakshep. During Gorakshep stay we visit Everest Base Camp and hike Kala Patthar. After Gorakshep we go towards Chukhung and cross Khumbu glacier and the mighty Kongma La mountain pass. After Kongma La pass we hike to Chukhung Ri and get down to Lukla via Dingboche, Tengboche and Namche.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 meters / 4,593 feet).

Upon arrival at the historic city of Kathmandu, you will be checked into the hotel. Our representative will give you a brief about this trekking expedition. During leisure, you may consider visiting the popular Thamel Street that is home to several fine dining restaurants, pubs and plenty of trekking gears shops.

Day 2: Fly to Lukla(2,800 meters/9,186 feet) and Trek to Phakding(2,651 meters / 8,700 feet) : 3 Hours.

We will check out from the hotel early and head to the Tribhubhan Airport for our flight to Lukla. The flight to Lukla will be a memorable experience. To begin with, it will be a tiny Dornier aircraft that flies in such high altitude sectors. It will be about 40 minutes of flying time to reach Lukla. You will get some jaw dropping views of the Himalayan Ranges. If you are sitting on the left side then you can see a series of snow capped mountains and several mountain top villages as well as dense green forests. Landing at this tiny table top run way is always a thrilling experience, no matter how many times you have come here.

Our guides and porters will meet you outside the airport of Lukla. We will have a quick breakfast and start our trek to Phakding. Lukla to Phakding is a downhill trek and most of the trail goes through villages where you can see beautiful monasteries and many Buddhist stupas. On our way, we will cross the first hanging bridge in this trek and crossing it will be a thrilling experience for all the trekkers.

Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,438 meters / 11,280 feet): 6 - 7 Hours.

We will trek to Namche today and it is likely to take about 6 to 7 hours. Most of the time, today’s trekking trail will go alongside of the Dudh Koshi River and we will be crossing this very river as many as 5 times by hanging bridges. Once we start from Phakding and we cover a few portion of the trail, we will get to see a spectacular view of Thamserku Mountain. Today’s trail will also be passing through several Sherpa villages until we reach a place called Monjo. A village called Jorsale is the last village before we reach Monjo and until Namche there are no more villages. So it important, that we have our lunch at Jorsale. After we pass Monjo, we will enter the protected region of the Sagarmatha National Park which covers the entire region of Everest and Khumbu Glacier. Once we start from Jorsale, we will get a hanging bridge to cross over to the other side of the river. The trail will be very close alongside of the river and in some instance we will pass through the river bed. Once we cover some distance, you can see the iconic twin hanging bridges from the trail. Once we cross these bridges the trail will be completely up-hill trek till we reach Namche Bazaar. This portion of the trek will strenuous and it is better if you walk at a pace that suits you the most. On a clear weather, you can get your first view of Mount Everest from this trail. You will get the first glimpse of Namche Bazaar once you arrive at the Namche Check Post. After Namche Check Post, we take several steps to reach Namche Bazaar.

Day 4: Acclimatization day in Namche.

Today’s day is kept for acclimatization in this high altitude, so we will stay in Namche. However, we will still explore this beautiful place and its surroundings.  We will visit Namche Museum and take a hike to beautiful Syangboche Airport (non operational). We will start a little late by 8:30 AM and first visit the Namche Museum. The museum has a spectacular flat ground and the views from this place are amazing. We can get to see several mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Kongde, Khumbila and many more. This very museum ground also houses a statue of Tenzing Norgay and it is a favorite photography spot for the trekkers. After visiting the Namche Museum, we will hike to the Syangboche Airport. It will be a steep hike, however it will not be strenuous. The non operational tabletop airport will surprise you and you will surely ask yourself, how could there be such a huge flat ground on a top of the mountain? After this, we will come down to Namche Bazaar or visit Khumjung Village, if time permits, we will visit the Hillary High School and the Khumjung Monastery.

Day 5: Trek to Thame (3,800 meters / 12,467 feet): 3-4 Hours.

Today is going to be moderate and easy trek. We will reach Thame, the place where Tenzing Norgey had spent his childhood. Namche Bazaar to Thame is a moderate trek and goes through many villages along side of The Bhutekoshi River. The views of Kongde Mountain will mesmerize you throughout the trek on your right hand side. We will cross the river before Thame and from this iron bridge, you can see the speed of the mighty Bhutekoshi River.

Day 6: Trek to Lumde (4380 meters / 14370 feet): 3- 4 Hours.

It is a moderate trek to reach Lumde village from Thame.  The entire trail goes along side of The Bhutekoshi River. After Thame we will go through some barren landscape, where only Yaks and sheep will be visible. On the way we will cross a beautiful Sherpa village called Taranga, where most of the people are shepherd. After Taranga village we will cross Marlung village. There are very few tea houses available in Marlung. We will cross the Bhutekoshi River and go to the other side of the trail which leads us to Lumde a small village with many tea houses. We will spend the night here in this Sherpa village.

Day 7: Trek to Gokyo (4,800 meters / 15,748 feet) via Renjola Pass (5, 360 meters / 17, 585 feet): 7-8 Hours.

Today’s trek is a tough trek will be crossing The Renjo La Pass. The trail goes up-hill immediately after Lumde and then it goes flat for a little distance. Lumde to Renjo La pass distance is little long and the trail goes up and down in many places. On the way we will cross three lakes. The first two are small lakes and the last lake before Renjo La is a big one and is called Angladumba Tso. After this lake the trail goes up-hill and finally the stone stairs of Renjo La start. These steps are the toughest part of Renjo La pass and you need to climb many steps before reaching the top of the Pass. Once you reach on the Renjo La pass you will be mesmerize by the view from the pass. Everest, Makalu and many other mountains will be clearly visible from the pass. The third Gokyo Lake and the Gokyo settlements are also clearly visible from Renjo La Pass. After spending some time on the pass we will get down to Gokyo and the entire trail is down-hill up to our hotel. The trail goes along side of Dudh Pokhri Lake (the third lake’s local name) and the view is really awesome, especially when you walk along side of the lake.

Day 8: Gokyo and visit 5th Lake.

Today we will visit the 4th and 5th Gokyo Lakes. We will visit the 4th Gokyo lake is situated very close to Gokyo and we will visit it first. After the 4th Gokyo Lake we will visit the 5th Lake and it will take about 1.5 hours from the 4th lake.  We believe you must visit 5th Gokyo lake as the view from this place is the best view in the entire Everest zone. You can see a massive view of Mount Everest from the 5th lake as well as a huge view of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang. You can see The Ngozumpa glacier from its source. The Ngozumpa glacier is the longest glacier of Himalayan zone. After spending enough time at the 5th lake we will come back to Gokyo and have a tea break before proceeding for the 2nd and 1st lake. The 2nd lake is the closest lake to our hotel and takes 10 minutes to reach.  After the 2nd lake we need to trek another 20 minutes to reach the 1st lake and it is a tiniest lake among the entire Gokyo Lakes. After visiting the 1st lake, we will come back to our hotel.

Day 9: Trek to Thangnak (4, 750 meters /15,580 feet) after Gokyo Ri (5,357 meters / 17, 575 feet) hike: 6-7 Hours.

Today will start early morning and take a hike to Gokyo Ri. The morning time is perfect to get some clear and amazing views of the high peaks from Gokyo Ri. You will get some stunning views of the Gokyo Lakes from here. The several Himalayan high peaks which are placed on single line can be clearly visible from Gokyo Ri. We will return to Gokyo from Gokyo Ri and proceed further to Thangnak. It is likely to take 3 to 4 hours of trekking time to from Gokyo to reach Thangnak, which is located at other side of Ngozamba Glacier. The trekking trail to reach Ngozamba Glacier goes above the third Gokyo Lake and descents to the glacier with a lot of ups and downs in the moraines of the glacier. After the glacier the trail is mostly flat up to Thangnak.

Day 10: Zongla/Dzongla (4, 858 meters / 15, 939 feet) via Chola Pass (5, 420 meters / 17, 782 feet): 7 to 8 Hours.

Today will be the toughest day of our trek, as are going to cross one of the high mountain pass in the Khumbu zone. We will start early in the morning after our breakfast and start towards Chola Pass. The trail goes up-hill immediately after Thangnak and the trail goes along side of a stream. The Initial part of the trail is moderate.

Once you get a prayer flag pole on top of a hill. You need to get down from this point. The views from here are spectacular. You will see a breathtaking glacier on your left, as well as get a view of Chola Pass.

 From this point, the trail goes on boulders and finally the trail goes steep up-hill to Chola Pass. The final part of the Chola Pass is tough. There are several loose scree on this trail that can create problem, so be really cautious while crossing on these scree. It may seem and endless hike to reach on top of Chola Pass, but once you reach here; you will forget the strenuous trek that you did to reach here. The view from Chola pass is extraordinary.  Atop the Chola Pass, you can see beautiful view of Lhotse, Baruntse, and several other mountains. The glacier below the Chola Pass makes everything appear spectacular from here. The pass is full of prayer flags and makes itself a photographic heaven. After spending sometime on the top, we will get down to other side and cross the glacier. Please be careful while crossing this glacier as this is not covered by moraines and may be slippery. Since it is a very small part, you need not worry much. After crossing the glacier the trail goes downhill to Zongla.

Day 11: Trek to Lobuche (4, 940 meters /16,207 feet): 2 - 3 Hours.

Today’s trek is the easiest trek and will take 2 to 3 hours to reach Lobuche. While descending from Zongla, you can see Chola Tso Lake, which looks similar to Gokyo lakes. You can see Thokla pass memorials from the trail which is at the opposite side of our trail. After that we will get down to the river bed and the trail finally merges to the main trail which comes from Pheriche and Thukla. We will reach at Lobuche and take rest in our hotel.

Day 12: Trek to Gorakshep (5,170 meters / 16,961 feet) and visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters / 17598 feet): 6-7 Hours.

Initial part of today’s trek is flat up-to the Lobuche pass, which is very small. After Lobuche pass, the trail goes through a lot of up and down on the moraines of Khumbu glacier to reach Gorakshep. From the trail you can see Khumbu glacier below and spectacular views of Pumori & Nuptse Mountains. After reaching Gorakshep, we will keep our bags in the hotel and take a tea break before starting for The Everest Base Camp. The trail to the base camp is much similar to what we crossed today before Gorakshep and the view is dominated by Pumori and Nuptse. You can only see a small part of Everest. Finally you need to get down to Khumbu glacier to reach Everest Base Camp. Everest base camp is situated on the glacier and covered by prayer flags. The base camp keeps shifting over a period of time as the glacier keeps moving. After spending some unforgettable time at the Everest base camp we will return to Gorakshep.

You can also visit Kala Patthar on the same day and see the sunset falling on Everest which is a spectacular view. However, the visibility of sunset over Everest is dependent on a clear weather.

Day 13: Lobuche after Kala Patthar (5,645 meters / 18,519 feet) Hike: 6-7 Hours.

Today we will start early in the morning and hike to Kala Patthar. It will take 3 hours to reach on the top of it. The views of Mount Everest can be seen from the trail. Once you go high the view of Everest becomes bigger. Once you reach at the top of Kala Patthar you see a magnificent view of Mount Everest especially during sunrise. We need to start our trek really early to see the sunrise on the mountain and the temperature will vary depending on the season. At times it can drop to minus 18. After spending our most unforgettable time on Kala Patthar, we will descend to Lobuche which is really an easy trek.

Day 14: Chukhung (4,730 meters / 15,518 feet) via Kongmala Pass (5, 528 meters / 18, 136 feet): 7-8 Hours.

We will start early morning today as today we will cross our last and the toughest mountain pass. Konglamala pass is visible from Lobuche and looks easy to hike but when we start it will seem endless to reach there. First we need to hike the Khumbu glacier wall and cross the glacier. While crossing The Khumbu glacier we will have to hike on many up and downs rocky and moraine trails. After crossing the glacier there is a small flat ground and after that it is fully up-hill trek to the top.

Once you started to hike, you can see Lobuche from the trail as well as Chola pass glacier. The last part of the Kongmala pass is really tough and many places you will get loose scree. It is better to be careful while hiking on these screes. After reaching on the top you will be astonished by the view from this place. The view of Lhotse, Makalu, Island peak, Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and few other peaks makes this journey special one and especially the gigantic view of Mount Lhotse. There’s a lake just below the pass and looks really beautiful from the top. While getting down from the Kongmala Pass you need to be careful as it is extremely steep but for a short distance. After you get down from the Kongmala pass it’s a long downhill trek up-to Chukhung and the entire trail is dominated by the sights of Lhotse and Ama Dablam.

Day 15: Dingboche (4,530 meters / 14, 862 feet) after Chukhung Ri (5,550 meters / 18,209 ft): 6 - 7 Hours.

Today we will hike Chukhung Ri, which is just above the Chukhung village. Chukhung Ri provides the finest view of Lhotse, Ama Dablam and other mountains. Especially the Lhotse wall looks stunning from the Chukhung Ri. After Chukhung Ri, we will get back to Chukhung and take a tea break before proceeding to Dingboche. Chukhung village to Dingboche will take about 1.5 hours trek and most of the trail is flat.

Day 16: Dingboche to Tengboche(3,867 meters / 12, 687): 4-5 Hours.

Today will be a moderate to easy level of trekking. We will cross few villages like Shomare, Pangboche, Debuche before reaching Tengboche. We need to climb few steps after Debuche village to reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a small and beautiful place in Khumbu and is home to the biggest monastery in entire Khumbu region. You can visit the monastery and even join the prayer.

Day 17: Tengboche to Monjo(2, 800 meters / 9, 186 feet): 6-7 Hours.

Today we will trek to Monjo and the trail is of moderate to easy difficulty level. It’s a downhill trek from Tengboche to Phungi Thanga. After Phungi Thanga it goes up-hill for a few distances and then the trail becomes easy up-to Namche Bazaar. We will have our lunch in Namche and again take a downhill trek to Monjo. Before reaching Monjo we need to climb few stone steps.

Day 18: Monjo to Lukla (2, 800 meters / 9, 186 feet): 5-6 Hours.

Today is the last trek of our trek and the entire trail is of moderate to easy level of difficulty. We will cross many villages on the way including Phakding before we reach Lukla. The last part before Lukla is a little tough as we need to climb many steps to reach Lukla.

Day 19: Lukla to Kathmandu.

We will fly back to Kathmandu on the same flight that we took while coming. Most of the flights are in the morning and we can reach in Kathmandu before 10 AM. Spend the day at leisure and explore the historic city.

Day 20: Departure

Check out by 12 PM and we will drop you at the airport after giving you a trek completion certificate.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

Airport pick up for international terminal.
Domestic airport transfers.
Accommodation in Kathmandu (2 nights).
Accommodation during the trekking period (17 nights).
Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS).
Certified guide.
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
All government and local taxes.
Please Note: For single trekker we provide porter cum guide.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

Travel expenses to reach and return from Kathmandu.
Food and drinking water throughout the trip.
Soft-drinks / Beverages / Alcohols / Snacks / Chocolates Etc.
Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, flight cancellation, health or any other reason..
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.
Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.
Nepalese visa fee.
Tips for guide(s), porter(s).

ITEMS TO BRING WITH YOU

Trekking Bag
UV Protected Sun Glasses
Best Quality Hiking Shoes (Preferably Water Proof).
Trekking Poles
Crocs Shoes/sandal
Water disinfection Drops / Tablets
Knapsack / Backpack / Rucksack
Good jacket to protect from cold
Sleeping Bag
Windcheater
Thermals – Top and Bottom
Poncho (for rain)
Knee Cap 1 Pair.
Moisturizer
1 quick drying towel
Sun blocks (SPF 50 and above) and Lip Salve with Sun blocks
Toilet Paper
Wet-Tissue Papers/ Baby wipes
Headlamp, Torch with spare batteries
Gloves
Trekking Socks
Gaiters for hiking in winter
Basic First Aid Kit
2-3 light weight trekking pants.
3-4 light weight trekking T-Shirt
4-5 pairs trekking socks
Dry Fruits and Chocolates.

INR. 46, 500*

(For Indian National Only)

USD. 900

(for Non Indian and Non Nepali Citizens)

*4.5% Service Tax will be applicable

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