Everest High Passes Trek

Everest High Passes Trek

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TripGrade: Strenuous
Strenuous Trekking Grade is both moderate and difficult. Even in this grade, treks reach around 5000-5500 meters. You will have to walk generally for 6-7 hours each day. Strenuous treks require good physical condition and acclimatization. If some problems seem to appear, you have to walk down and take some hot drinks or soup ( + rest). You may be affected rapidly if you have high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease or complicated medical conditions. Advise is required from your doctor before starting these kinds of treks.

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Duration:

20 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Kala patthar 5545m

Group Size

Any

Trial Access:

Private vehicle, Flight from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu

Best Season:

Oct - Dec & Feb - Apr.

Everest High Passes Trek is a popular trekking route in the Himalayas among adventure lovers who strive to escape into the isolated Everest region.

This 20 days trip takes you to Everest Base Camp through three challenging high passes in the Khumbu region: Kogma La pass (5540 m), Cho La pass (5300 m) and Renjo La pass (4790m). The grandest Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar which adds more challenges to the trek.

The trek starts from Lukla and goes up through Namche Bazar and goes to the base camp; this part is also included in the usual Everest Base Camp trek. However, the difference is made by the main attractions in this unique trek in Nepal--the three passes which are all more than 5000 m high. Stunning views of some of the highest mountains: Mount Everest (8848 m), Mount Ama Dablam (6812 m), Mount Lhotse (8516 m), Mount Nuptse (7861 m), Mount Cholatse (6440 m) and Mount Makalu (8485) and the mesmerizing Khumbu glacier make the trek even more special. After this extreme adventurous trek, the route leads back to Lukla for the scenic short flight back to Kathmandu.

The trek allows travelers to explore the Everest region to the fullest. You get to experience and witness everything the Khumbu region has to offer.

Highlights of Everest High Passes Trek

  • Three high altitude passes of the Khumbu region
  • Reach the Everest Base Camp through a unique path unlike the usual one
  • Visit Buddhist monasteries and interact with local people
  • Learn about Sherpa culture
  • Diverse and rare flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park
  • Stunning mountain views and Khumbu glacier
  • Isolated and other-worldly trekking experience
  • Scenic Flight to/from Lukla
  • Get a glimpse of the entire Khumbu region

Itinerary Summary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu & trek preparation.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding. 30 min flight and 3 hrs hike
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3440m. 5-6 hrs
Day 5: Rest day at Namche Bazaar. 3 hrs hike around.
Day 6: Trek to Thame (3820m). 5-6 hrs
Day 7: Hike to Sundar Peak (5361m) and return back to Thame. 7-8 hrs
Day 8: Trek to Lumde (4368 m). 4-5 hrs
Day 9: Trek to Gokyo (4790m) via Renjola Pass (5360m). 8-9 hrs
Day 10: Morning hike to Gokyo Ri (5360m) & trek to Thangnak (4700m). 6-7 hrs
Day 11: Trek to Dzongla (4830m) via Chola pass (5368m). 6-7 hrs
Day 12: Trek to Loboche (4940m). 3-4 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Gorak shep, Explore to EBC (5355m) & Back to Gorak shep (5130m). 7-8 hrs
Day 14: Hike to Kalapathar (5545m) & trek to Lobuche (4940m). 5-6 hrs
Day 15: Trek to Chhukung (4730m) via Kongma La Pass (5535m). 6-7 hrs
Day 16: Trek to Tengboche (3867m). 6-7 hrs
Day 17: Trek to Monjo (2835m). 5-6 hrs
Day 18: Trek back to starting point; Lukla 5-6 hrs
Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu & transfer to hotel. 30 min flight & private drive to hotel.
Day 20: Final departure.

Starting Price

USD 1799 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu.

Meals included: Welcome Dinner

A representative of Himalayan trekkers will receive you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will be holding a plate with your name on it or the companies name as per your correspondence with us. You will be transferred to the hotel and the trek guide will meet you in the evening for dinner. During the meal, you can discuss your queries (if any). He/she will brief you about some cultural issues and some other necessary things to consider during the trek.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2

Sightseeing in Kathmandu & trek preparation.

Meals included: Breakfast

Early in the morning, the staff from Himalayan trekkers will meet you to collect your passport copy and photographs (if not sent via email) for the preparation of the Trekking permit and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. After breakfast, you will be taken on a half-day sightseeing trip to the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath temple, also referred to as the Monkey temple. Both are UNESCO world heritage sites. In the afternoon you have some free time. So, you can go around Thamel for some last-minute shopping of the things you might need for the trek.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You will start early morning from the hotel, usually with packed breakfast from the hotel in Kathmandu. It is a 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Upon reaching Lukla you will start the trek towards Phakding. The walk is fairly easy with a view of some mountains. A couple of hours walk takes you to Phakding where we stay for tonight.

Accommodation: Tea house/Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min flight and 3 hrs hike

Day 4

Trek to Namche Bazaar 3440m.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You will cross the Dudh-Kosi River and start the walk of the day. With occasional ups and down, you will reach the village of Monjo in a couple of hours. After completing the formalities at the gate of the Sagarmatha National Park’s office, you will walk ahead to the Jorsalle village. Another 4 hours walk from here and you will be in popular Namche Bazaar. The trail from Jorsalle to Namche has a nice view of the mountains such as Kwande peak; Kusum Kanguru & Mt. Everest. You can also see mountains such as Nuptse, Lhotse, and Taweche peak from some places.

Accommodation: Hotel/Guest house. Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 5

Rest day at Namche Bazaar.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This is a free day so you can rest and acclimatize before you heading towards the higher altitude. Namche Bazar has a lot of things to see. Spending a pleasant day in this town of the Sherpas is not a very difficult thing to do.

You can enjoy a small hike around Namche by consulting with the guide. 

Accommodation: Hotel/Guest house. Estimated Walking Distance: 3 hrs hike around.

Day 6

Trek to Thame (3820m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you will walk along the trail of Bhote Kosi River valley. As the trail goes ahead, you will see plenty of prayer flags and Mani (prayer stones) due to heavy the presence of Tibetan Buddhism in the area. You will walk past the villages such as Gonglha, Drama, and Thomde. Thomde has a monastery worth visiting. From here onwards you will walk on a steep downward path for a while and another steep climb of an hour to the village of Thame. This area gives a very nice view of the Everest region and is also famous for the Thame monastery where the festival called Mani Rimdu takes place.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 7

Hike to Sundar Peak (5361m) and return back to Thame.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The trail passes through Thame Monastery towards Sundar Peak. Although the trail is quite a steep climb, the views are outstanding which make it easier. Today's hike is quite long but all the famous mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu. Mt. Cho Oyu and many snow-capped peaks over 6000 meters help to refill the energy. After a great time at Sundar Peak, we head back to Thame and stay there for the night.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 7-8 hrs

Day 8

Trek to Lumde (4368 m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After the wonderful two nights stay at Thame, we follow the trail that goes along with Bhote Koshi River towards Tibet border of Nangpa-La, from where most of the Tibetans enter Nepal for trade. The trail follows the high barren hills with overlooking great views of snow-capped peaks and the settlements of yak herders till  Murulung via Mingmo. From here, the trail is a steep climb till Lumde, where we stay overnight.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 9

Trek to Gokyo (4790m) via Renjola Pass (5360m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today is a great day. The trail is a steep climb in glacial moraines to reach the top of Renjola Pass from where we can observe the mind-blowing view of Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and other Himalayans as well as Gokyo Lake and Ngozumba glacier. Ngozumba is the longest glacier in the Himalayans. With these stunning views, the trail descends to Gokyo for overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 8-9 hrs

Day 10

Morning hike to Gokyo Ri (5360m) & trek to Thangnak (4700m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, early in the morning, we hike towards Gokyo Ri, one of the highlights of the trek. It takes about two hours to reach the wonderful top from where Mt. Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Taweche and far as to Mt. Makalu towards east can be observed. After a marvelous leisure time, return back to Gokyo where we take lunch. With a short walk of a few hours, we reach to Dragnak, the base of Chugyuma or Cho-la pass, just above the village of Na situated at the foot of the Ngozumba glacier.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 11

Trek to Dzongla (4830m) via Chola pass (5368m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The path climbs steadily towards Cho-la pass for few hours, then descends towards the small hidden valley at Dzong-la for the overnight stop. If there is snow, this route can be quite difficult. It will be up to the guide to decide whether it’s possible to proceed or retrace in another safe way.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 12

Trek to Loboche (4940m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After Dzong-la, the path diverts towards the northeast. The trek is gradual on the hard ground looking down at Pheriche village. It offers a beautiful view of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and Pokalde 5,741m, Kongma-Tse 5,820m and the great wall of Nuptse all to the north. Then reaching at the junction where the path from Pheriche joins above Thugla ridge with great views of Mt.Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, after the great scenic walk, close on this place you can see a number of memorial of the unfortunate climbers, who died in expeditions around the mountain of high Khumbu region, An hour with gradual walk raches to Lobuche, situated in the corner well hidden and sheltered from the wind. Lobuche has about 6-8 Lodges.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs

Day 13

Trek to Gorak shep, Explore to EBC (5355m) & Back to Gorak shep (5130m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today to the final destination at the foot of Mt. Everest, the first-hour walk is gradual up the valley at the end of the grassy field.  A short downhill reaches to Gorakshep located on the flat field below Kalapatthar 5,545m and Mt.Pumori 7,145m. Gorakshep has three teahouses.  Everest Base Camp is lively during the high expedition season. On reaching the foot of the world’s highest peak, after an enjoyable time walk back to Gorakshep for the overnight stop

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 7-8 hrs

Day 14

Hike to Kalapathar (5545m) & trek to Lobuche (4940m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

In the morning climb to Kalapatthar. On reaching the top ridge of Kalapatthar, a small rocky peak from the southwest ridge of Mt.Pumori, incredible views Mt. Everest between the peak of Nuptse and Lho-la and Lhotse with surrounding high snow-capped giants can be seen. After a good walk you reach Lobuche for the overnight stop.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 15

Trek to Chhukung (4730m) via Kongma La Pass (5535m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a great walk through two scenic high passes, the path leads to another place away from the main trekking area. The trek follows the upper moraine and towards the Khumbu glacier. The path zig-zags so has to be carefully trekked upon due to the dangers of fallen rocks sliding. Then, climbing steeply till Kogma-la Pass, the highest pass of this trip, the walk leads higher up followed by descending towards the glacial pond. The walk on the mostly rocks and moraine path leads to Chhukhung for the night.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 16

Trek to Tengboche (3867m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You will make a late start and head towards Pangboche village which is around 3 hours walking from Dingboche. After lunch here, you will move towards Thyangboche. Stroll around the monastery and observe the monks practicing Buddhism.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 17

Trek to Monjo (2835m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you will get down through a descending trail to the river and then climb up for an hour to reach Namche Bazaar. Another couple of hours of going down from Namche, you will reach the village of Monjo. You will have lunch here and explore the area. You can spend more time around Namche, have lunch there and then continue to Monjo for an overnight stay as well. Consult with your guide regarding your preference.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 18

Trek back to starting point; Lukla

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The last day of this great adventure is a nice walk to Lukla, enjoying the lush green scenery around. Apart from a few short uphills, the only long climb will be right before reaching Lukla which takes about an hour from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, you can prepare for the last day dinner and party with Sherpa staff, porters and trekking members.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 19

Fly back to Kathmandu & transfer to hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast

The flight from Lukla may be delayed sometimes because of the weather. It is a short panoramic flight of 30 minutes. During the peak season, the weather is usually clear and the flight is on schedule.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min flight & private drive to hotel.

Day 20

Final departure.

The trek has come to an end and we hope you enjoyed it. You can extend your trip to some other destinations within Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan. You will be transferred to the airport on time by a Himalayan Trekkers representative.

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation. 

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu, Namche Bazar, and Lukla we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place. 

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available.

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • All Arrival/Departure transfer as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • All accommodation, meals, tea/coffee, and snacks during trek
  • Guided heritage sightseeing in Kathmandu with all entrance fees.
  • All Domestic flights and departure taxes as per itinerary.
  • An experienced mountain guide and required number of Sherpa porters.
  • All wages, allowances, insurance, medical and equipment for the support crew.
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • All Government taxes
  • All land transfer as per itinerary
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner with a cultural show as per itinerary

Whats Not Included

  • Nepalese Visa fee
  • International airfare and departure taxes.
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Any charges incurred because of change in the itinerary( Early arrival from the trek, late departure, cancellation of the trek in the middle, etc)
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • Portable Altitudes Chamber (PAC).
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, Tips, etc.
  • Any extra cost arising from bad weather, unfavorable circumstances( road blockage, landslide, flight delay, etc)
  • Rescue and evacuations
  • Any expenses not included in the 'Include' section 


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

Trip Notes

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Trip FAQ's

FAQ's

How difficult is the trek?

This trekking is somewhat moderate stimulating trek which necessitates an advanced level of physical and mental fitness.  

Which time of the year is ideal for the trek?

This trekking can be carried out in spring from the month of March to May and in autumn from the month of September to December. However, if these months do not fit your vacation schedule or you would like to carry on some other month, we will definitely arrange and customize the itinerary according to your schedule.

How do I handle my luggage on the trek?

During your trek, your main luggage will be carried by our porters and you will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently. The clothes and gears that you don’t need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.

How much cash do I need to carry?

A personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. You will only be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available at some places) tips to the guide and porters, meals during your stay at Kathmandu (A normal meal costs $ 5-7 in Kathmandu) and so on.

Can I use any other currency except Nepalese Rupees?

People only accept Nepalese currency for cash transactions (some might accept Indian Rupees). You can find ATMs and money exchange services which can be used to get the Nepalese currency by paying a certain service charge.

Can I make changes to the itinerary?

You might be able to extend or shorten your trek if you feel it’s necessary by consulting our guide. Similarly, you can extend your overall trip to other places in Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet by consulting with our team.

Is there a chance of getting altitude sickness?

Getting altitude sickness is highly unlikely because the trek is undertaken gradually, taking all the precautions, and making sure you acclimatize. 

Are there facilities of hot shower during the trek?

Yes. There might be proper showers in most of the places. But in more remote areas, there might only be a bucket of hot water and a secluded area for a bath which you can by paying a little extra at your lodging.

Do I need insurance?

Yes. All of our travelers are required to have a proper insurance package. Also, please make sure that your insurance package covers evacuation/rescue expenses in high altitude.

What facilities do the Tea Houses provide?

Tea Houses are established to accommodate trekkers with all the basic facilities like toilets, proper meals, twin-shared bedrooms, hot water and so on. 

Reviews

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02 Nov 2016

Dobrinka

Czech Republic

Amazing experience on Everest Three Passes Trekking via Jiri!

My boyfriend and me decided an year ago to make a trip in South -East Asia and start by Nepal. Your goal was to feel closer to the great mountain but without be part of exhausting expeditions or tight scheduled program. Finally for better flexibility we were kindly assisted and took the advises from Raj and Adventure Mission Nepal to start from Shivalaya, follow the trek to Three Passes, and come back via Salleri. This helped us to get acclimatised smoothly immersing into Nepali culture in villages like Kharikhola and Taksindu. Our first high altitude challenge before Kongma La was climbing Chuckung Ri summit 5550m at sunset. It was splendid, especially observing Makalu getting on fire. On EBC going beyond the usual path by exploring the shapes of Khumbu glacier was exciting. View on Everest from Kala Pathar is majestic and memorable. Local people were friendly, creating warm atmosphere by their hospitality and nice meals around the fire. Doing the trek from mid November was an advantage as out season, there are less tourists (and the few we met became easily mates), we felt entirely the vibrations of the mountain. We definitely recommend doing this trek, which, by the way, took us 23 days.

Dong Kim

Korea

사장님 겁나 친절하시고 루클라(에베레스트 트레킹 시작도시) 가는 비행기랑 인도가는 버스랑 다 해주셨어요.
일하는 친구들도 진짜 착하고 제 부탁 다 들어줬네요.
전직 포터셔가지고 산에 대한 정보는 꿰고 있으셔요.
네팔여행하는데 후회는 없으실거에요.

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