Everest High Passes Trek

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USD $ 1,799 / per person

Trip Info

  • Duration

    20 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    Kala Patthar (5545 m) m

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Private vehicle, Flight from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu

  • Region/Type

    Everest Khumbu Treks
  • Best Season:

    • Spring (Mar, Apr)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

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 trek is all in one combination of major attractions of the Everest region and is for those adventure seekers wanting to experience trekking to the high Himalayas routing through isolated valleys, communities, terraced landscape.

This 20 days trip has everything one can ask for taking you all the way up to Everest Base Camp through three challenging high passes of the Khumbu region: Kogma La pass (5540 m), Cho La pass (5300 m) and Renjo La pass (4790m).

The grandest of all - Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar adds more challenges as well as excitement to this trek.

Beside hiking to this high rugged landscape of the High passes, you get to explore the culture & traditions of the Sherpas along with visiting several monasteries.

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 in Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 30 mins

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

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.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu & trek preparation

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 3: Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding

🕑 30 min flight & 3 hrs hike

Max Altitude: 2,800 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/Lodges

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,440 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel/Guest house

Day 5: Rest day at Namche Bazaar

🕑 3 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,440 m

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. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel/Guest house

Day 6: Trek to Thame

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,820 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges

Day 7: Hike to Sundar Peak & return to Thame

🕑 7-8 hrs

Max Altitude: 5,361 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges

Day 8: Trek to Lumde

🕑 4-5 hrs

Max Altitude: 4,368 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges

Day 9: Trek to Gokyo via Renjola Pass

🕑 8-9 hrs

Max Altitude: 5,360 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges

Day 10: Morning hike to Gokyo Ri & trek to Thangnak

🕑 6-7 hrs

Max Altitude: 5,360 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges

Day 11: Trek to Dzongla via Tsho-La Pass

🕑 6-7 hrs

Max Altitude: 5,368 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges

Day 12: Trek to Loboche

🕑 3-4 hrs

Max Altitude: 4,940 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ Tented camp

Day 13: Trek to Gorak Shep to EBC & back to Gorak Shep

🕑 7-8 hrs

Max Altitude: 5,364 m

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 toGorakshep for the overnight stop

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges

Day 14: Hike to Kalapathar & trek to Lobuche

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 5,545 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges

Day 15: Trek to Chhukung via Kongma La Pass

🕑 6-7 hrs

Max Altitude: 5,535 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges

Day 16: Trek to Tengboche

🕑 6-7 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,867 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges

Day 17: Trek to Monjo

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,835 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ Tented camp

Day 18: Trek back to starting point; Lukla

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,800 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges

Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu

🕑 30 mins flight

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 20: Final departure

🕑 30 mins

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.

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • 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
  • All taxes and office surcharges

Excludes

  • 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 'Includes' section 

Himalayan Trekkers promise to manage the best, most comfortable, and preferred accommodation.

In general, we arrange a 3* Standard Category Accommodations with all facilities in cities. 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 places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges/homestays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid 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.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organize Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.

Reviews

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.
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