Everest High Pass Trek

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  • DURATION22 Days
  • DIFFICULTY-LEVELStrenuous
  • GROUP SIZE1-14
  • MAX ALTITUDE5555

Highlights

  • Pass over the 3 high passes of Everest region.
  • Scenic mountain flight to and from Lukla.
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery.
  • Visit Namche and Khumjung Village.
  • You have unforgettable views of Khumbu Ice fall.
  • View of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku, Khumbu Ice Fall.
  • Pass over the Khumbi- La.
  • Pass over the Cho la.
  • Pass over the Renjo la.
  • View from Gokyo Ri.
  • Visit of Gokyo Lake.

Trip Overview

Everest high pass trek undoubtedly is an adventure trek in Nepal and cross three world’s highest mountain passes which are Kongma La pass (5,535 m), Cho Las Pass (5,345 m) and the Renjo La pass (5,345 m) and make a complete circuit to Lukla from Lukla on the high pass trek.

The Everest high pass trek is lifetime experience to have spectacular mountain vistas, distinct culture, glaciers, and glacier lakes and more, which is unsurpassed any other trekking packages in Nepal or anywhere else in the world.

Everest three high pass trek is a thrilling adventure trek in the Khumbu region and it is undoubtedly an epic journey as it takes you over some of the world’s highest mountain passes, Everest high pass trekking is also popularly known as ‘Everest three-passes trekking’. We have designed the trek package in such a way that you not only see and enjoy with the dramatic views of majestic Himalayas, but also cross the high mountain passes and equally explore the distinct lifestyles and culture of legendry Sherpa and so forth.

The 3 passes trek in Everest trail is winds not only around the high mountain passes but also extended to the Everest base camp, the lap of the world’s highest mountain, and equally takes you all around the Gokyo valley as well as the mountain glacial lake called Gokyo lake, passing through numerous glacier moraines also includes the Lower Khumbu region, where there is settlement of legendry Sherpas indigenous communities on the region who have distinct culture, language, rituals, lifestyles that make you possible to explore their uniqueness, enjoy their local dishes and delicacies.

You also have an opportunity to explore around the ancient Buddhist monasteries, diverse floras and faunas as you pass through jungle where sometimes you also spot some of the wildest and endangered birds and animals, which offer you amazing opportunity for photography.

Everest high pass is considered to be the world’s great trekking trail. you will have obviously the jaw dropping up close sceneries of some of the world’s highest Himalayas including of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), also, Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201 m), Mt. Pumari (7,161 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,855 m), Mt. Amadablam (6,850 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,723 m), Mt. Kantega (6,685 m) and other Himalayas located nearby in the Khumbu region.

We have 22day itinerary to complete the high pass trek with enough rest days that also include arrival and departure days to and from Nepal and a day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. The trekking starts after a short flight to Lukla, after landing at Lukla, you begin your actual trek through Phakding and then enter into Namche Bazaar, where you have a rest for one day for acclimatization.

The trek continue next day to Tyangboche, where there is Nepal’s oldest Buddhist monastery and obviously one of the best view point to have spectacular views of Mt. Everest, alongside of the scenery. The trek continue to Dingboche, where you have another day for acclimatization then trek over the the Kong ma La pass and enter into Lobuche.

Everest High Pass Trek goes continue to base camp via Gokekshep and hike to Kalapattar next morning and retrace back to Zongla and pass over the Chola, subsequently trek down to Thannak, enter into Gokyo valley, where have excursion around the Gokyo lake, the glacial lake and then trek to Renjo la, and enter in to Lunde, Thame and finally get down to Namche Bazaar and then to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu.

Itinerary

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You arrive at Kathmandu airport and met & greeted by our airport representative who will be on standby to pick you up and transfer you to hotel. Your evening is free and after you’ve refreshed, you can go for a stroll down the street to get familiar with the surroundings.

  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu

After having breakfast at hotel, you go for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and the tour is escorted by a professional tour guide.

The Tour include visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath), and Bauddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple and return to hotel and shop trekking gear if you need.

  • Hotel
  • B
  • Kathmandu

You drive to airport early in the morning for the 35 minutes scenic flight to the small mountain airport at Lukla, after reaching at lukla, our guide introduce with the porters, then start today’s trek following mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River, it is easy trekking and takes about 3 and half hour to reach at Phakding.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2600
  • Phakding

After having breakfast at lodge, the trek starts by following the Dudh Koshi River and crossing it few times and enter to the Sagarmatha National park in Jorsale where you stop to have lunch. You continue the trek to reach Namche Bazaar, after few hours walking, Namche Bazar appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pine trees. Pass the plateau where the Saturday bazaar is held and enter the village.

Namche Bazar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Duch Koshi. The village is a central hub of the area and food, sundrie and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 3440
  • Namche Bazaar

Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche.

For the acclimatization, you walk up to Khumjung village through Everest view Hotel in Syangbuche and you see the beautiful view of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest and many other giants. Khumjung is densely populated by Sherpa community and there is an old monastery and Hillary’s schools as well, you visit them and return to Namche.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 3440
  • Namche Bazaar

After having breakfast at lodge, the trek starts with the ridge and level mountain path that offers excellent panoramas of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangaru, after walking few hours on flat Zigzags, you descend to the river and arrive at Phunki Tenga where you have lunch.

You then climb through Rhododendron forest to the Tengbuche, A view to see the Himalayas including Mt. Everest and many other beautiful mountain and you have chance to visit the Tengbuche Monastery in the evening.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 3867
  • Tyangbuche

The trek today starts with descending through Rhododendron forest to the Imja Khola and cross exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola and walk passing by a long Mani stone wall to enter the village of Pangboche. The route continues through summer pastures to Dingboche.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 6
  • Dingbuche

Today is the remarkable acclimatization day in Dingbuche. There are some breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse. You have options to walk and climb some small hills surrounding for the acclimatization.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 4260
  • Dingbuche

The trek today is is pleasant walking just for 3 hours to Chhukum and you can walk around the Chhukum valley then be prepared for the first pass of our trek, the Kongma la.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • Chhukum

After having early breakfast at lodge and packing some packed lunch for the day, the trek starts quite early in the morning as you have quite long and tiring day, you head directly west out of Chukhung on a small, rocky trail and contour around many hillsides, usually not very steeply, until you reach the Pokalden Base Camp.

After a few other hills, more steeps, you reach another Base Camp for Pokalden and a clear blue lake which sits just below the pass. You climb the last half an hour on a trail which is good but looks impossibly built into the cliff-side and head to the Lobuche.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • Lobuche

The trek starts by following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep. You stop for lunch and checked into the lodge and leave all our stuff there at lodge as this is the last place where there are lodge available.

Then, you start the Himalayan journey to the Everest Base camp for another 3 hours to reach EVEREST BASE CAMP- WOW!!! Congratulation!!! Your Dream come true now, after visiting sometime in the Base Camp, return to Gorekshep.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • Gorekshep

Early morning, you climb the Kala Patthar (5545m.) and enjoy the view of sunrise in the Himalayas including Everest. You 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 more from the Kalapattar then return to Kalapattar to have breakfast.

You then trek to Zongla via Lobuche for about 4 hours.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 5545
  • Zongla

After having early breakfast at lodge, the trek starts early morning as you are going to cross the Cho La pass (5370m) today, a steep and somewhat difficult ascent of a rocky ridge for few hours.

You start by crossing a small glacial stream, then start climbing up the pass. From the top, you are treated to views of Ama Dablam, Kantaiega, Thamserku, Taboche, Cholatse and Baruntse, and to Nangpai Gosain, Pasang Lhamo, Numbur and on the Gokyo side.

Once up on top of the glaciated pass, you trek across the snow, with Lobuche, West looming above you, to the summit and hang some Buddhist prayer flags to send prayers out across the Himalayas, it's a scramble back down the pass, a rocky, hilly trail across the valley, and a descent to the yak kharka of Tangnak.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • Thangnak

The trek starts today by crossing the Ngozumpa Glacier on a sandy, shifting trail, the frozen lakes creaking below and beside you as you turn the way to the other side. Once back on the main trail to Gokyo, you have an hour's hike past the second lake to the lodge at Gokyo.

In the Gokyo valley, the character of the trekking changes abruptly. The opaque powder-blue lakes are often on the verge of freezing over, and sometimes perform a Himalayan symphony of expanding and retracting ice.

You have entered the grassy ablation valley running beside the Ngozumpa Glacier, and have the first sight of Gokyo, a seasonal village and grazing area built beside the third and biggest lake. Gokyo has become something of a Himalayan resort without the crowd – at least in terms of the comfortable lodges with sun rooms, unbeatable views, excellent food and warm stoves.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • Gokyo

You climb the Gokyo Ri in the early morning to see the sunrise view and return to Gokyo and walk and excursion around the valley and the lake.

The Gokyo is a trade centre where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • Gokyo

The trek starts with climbing Renjo la pass. This is a really nice high pass in Everest region and being more popular in these days. In last few years, this area is only possible in Camping/tented basis trek, which is now possible with lodge trek too.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 5345
  • Lunde

After having breakfast at lodge, you start the trek and it is easy trekking down to Thame for few hours and overnight at Thame and visit thame village.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • Thame

The trek starts in the morning to reach Namche following the flat and descending to first resting place Thamo and heading towards to Namche bazaar.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • Namche Bazaar

Today is the last day of the adventure high passes trek and the trekking is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote - Koshi River crossing it few times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes bring you to Lukla.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • Lukla

You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu, Free time/shopping/relax.

  • Hotel
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  • Kathmandu

It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla and you could not fly on scheduled date and time, or we can organize you a day tour in or around Kathmandu, shopping tour etc if you want.

We can also remove this extra day from the tour itinerary if you do not want it so, contact us and consult about options available for the day. And we will offer farewell dinner in the evening.

  • Hotel
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  • Kathmandu

You will be transferred to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home. 

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What's Included

  • Airport transfers (domestic and international).
  • 4 nights’ hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Sagarmatha national park entry permits, TIMS permit and rural municipality fees.
  • Flight fare (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) with domestic airport tax.
  • 17 nights accommodation in lodges/tea houses during the trek on twin sharing basis (dormitory style sometimes).
  • A Trekking guide and porters (1 porter for each 2 trekkers and a porter will carry from 20-25 KG).
  • Salary, meals, accommodation, transportation and Insurance for the guide and porters.
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffle bag – if Necessary (retuned after the trek).

What's Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu).
  • Travel insurance (compulsory) that covers emergencies and evacuations.
  • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu.
  • Your personal expenses/shopping.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
  • Hot shower, telephone, internet, battery charges fees.
  • International airfare to and from Nepal.
  • Tips for the guide and staffs.

Check Available Dates

  • We have set date to departure the Everest High passes trek. So, select your date and book the trek.
  • If preferred date is not listed then contact us for the further process to book the trek on your own date as the trek is available on any date of the year.
  • We have listed the price for up to 14 people only so, if you are more than 14 people then please contact us for the group price and further process to book the trek.
  • Private trek is available on any date of the year, contact us for the booking.
  • The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityPrice 
Start Date06 Sep, 2020End Date27 Sep, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$1800
Start Date24 Sep, 2020End Date15 Oct, 2020AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$1800

Useful Information

Passport, Visa and permits for Everest High Passes Trek

You need to have valid passport (at least 6 month) to travel Nepal and do the Everest High Passes Trek in Nepal and need to have Nepal tourist visa as well. You can obtain Nepal tourist visa on arrival at Kathmandu Airport/border entry point or you can apply online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) as well. It cost US $50.00 for one month tourist visa to Nepal.

You also required having some permits to do Everest High Pass Trek. You are required to have Sagarmatha National park entry permits, TIMS (Trekkers information management system) permit and another entry permits from Khumbu-Pasang Lhamu rural Municipality. We apply and get all these permits for you once you book the Everest High Pass Trek with us.

Best Time to do Everest High Pass Trek

The best seasons (time) to do Everest High Pass Trek are autumn (from mid-September till mid-December) and spring (from the beginning of March until end of May).

The temperatures drop considerably as the trek goes higher on High Pass Trek. The nights are chilly & cold (between -20 C to 5C) but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C).

The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon & disappearing at night.

Accommodation on Everest High Pass Trek

You have a good 3 star hotel accommodations for 4 nights in Kathmandu and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for rest of the 17 nights on Everest High Pass Trek. The rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets on trek lodge/guest house.

We accommodate you/group in local lodge/guest house available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required number rooms for you/group (rooms cannot be booked in advance in all places). Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary.

  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Moon light or similar : 4 nights
  • Hotel on Trek Routes: Simple Mountain lodge : 17 nights

Accommodation will be on double/twin share mostly on trekking lodge and single room available in Kathmandu at extra cost.

Note: Hotel upgrade in Kathmandu is available. There are luxury 4 and 5 star hotels available in Kathmandu so, let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu.

Extra nights in Kathmandu

If you arrive Nepal earlier and stay in Nepal later than the scheduled dates then the extra night cost 75.00 USD per night including breakfast and airport transfer and it does not include any extra tours/activities.

Contact us if you need any extra nights for pre or post the Everest High Pass Trek and want to plan any extra tours and activities for your extra days.

Domestic and International flights on Everest High Pass Trek

The International flight to and from Nepal are not included in our itinerary and price of Everest High Pass Trek. You need to book the international flights yourself.

The Domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu are included and we book these flights for you once you book the Everest High Pass Trek with us.

Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla on Everest High Pass Trek

The Twin Otter airplanes are the only form of transport to and from Lukla when you do the Everest High Pass Trek. Occasionally, flights to and from Lukla may be cancelled due to unpredictable mountain weather conditions.

We have kept one extra free day at the end of the trek to use in the case of a flight delay or cancellation.

If the flights are cancelled for 2 or more days, we charter a helicopter flight to ensure that you are on scheduled flight to your home or other destination. The cost of this extra service is payable directly to our office in Kathmandu in US cash, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only).

A receipt of payment will be provided from which you can claim from your insurance. The minimum cost will be US$500 and maximum US$3500 depending on the number of people.

Electricity and Battery Charge

There is electricity available in Kathmandu and in most of the villages of Everest High Passes Trek, where you are able to Re - charges your camera/mobile batteries however, we also suggest you to have spare batteries.

Meals and Drinks on Everest High Pass Trek

The meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) total of 55 meals on Everest High Pass Trek is included in our price. The meals are taken in lodges, you have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where you stay overnights and lunch at the lodge available along the trail.

You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food on Everest High Passes Trail and drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer) as well. The drinks are not included in the cost so you can buy them yourself on the available lodge/guest house.

You can bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Everest High Pass Trek since you have normal water for free or you can simply buy bottled water or boiled/safe water to drink.

Luggage on Everest High Pass Trek

Your main luggage on Everest High Pass Trek is carried by porters; you simply carry a day bag pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. on trek as a small load that allows full enjoyment of the Everest High Pass Trek.

A trek bag or duffle bag is ideal for the main luggage for Everest High Pass Trek, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge.

Guide and Crew for Everest High Pass Trek

You have professional tour guide for a day tour in Kathmandu on day 02 of the itinerary (The tour guide for this day may different from the trek guide from next morning) and trained trekking/certified trekking guide for the whole trek (handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trek).

There will be a Sherpa (assistant guide) when there are 8 or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage and there is 1 porter for each 2 members and a porter carry about 20 - 22kg which means 10- 11 KG from each trekker.

Child Policy for Everest High Pass Trek

Children of 10 or more years can take part on Everest High Pass Trek and must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old. No discount for 10 or more years and full price are applicable.

If you are planning to do Everest High Pass Trek with children less than 10 year, please contact us for the price and booking process.

Gratuities/Tips for Everest High Pass Trek Staff

Tips are not included in price for services of tour guide, trekking guide, porter and driver. The recommended tip is US$ 5 from each member (of group) for tour guide (day 2) and US $ 3 from each member for driver (day 2).

The Total of US 150.00 from each member for the trek part to divide to guide and porters (it depends on the size of the group you traveling so, our trek guide will give you clearer idea when the trek come to end).

Note: Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.

Personal expenses on Everest High Pass Trek

Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately the Everest High Pass Trek is currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those have less mobility.

Please note that a Strong level of fitness is mandatory with daily trekking from between 3 hours to 8 hours for Everest High Pass Trek.

You will be entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before departure to Everest High Pass Trek.

Suggested Equipment List for Everest High Pass Trek

General

  • Four seasons Sleeping bag (Optional) [One can be provided if required, to be returned after the trek]
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all the gear and this will be carried by the porters.
  • Daypack for yourself to carry on Trek.
  • A down Jacket (alternatively these can be hired and returned at the end of the trek free of charge)
  • Shade hat
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • A pair of light-weight warm gloves
  • T-shirts 2-3 pieces
  • Light weight thermal tops
  • -Fleece jacket
  • Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • A pair of quick-drying nylon hiking shorts
  • Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
  • Four pairs of liner warm socks
  • A pair of light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots
  • A pair light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
  • A pair of sandals (optional)
  • A water bottle
  • Head/torch Light
  • A medium size towel
  • Walking poles (optional)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • We recommend consulting your local Medical GP regarding any medication suggestions to take for these regions.

Miscellaneous but Important

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies) - these extra passport photos are necessary to obtain the trekking permits.
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm at least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  • Sun cream with SPF 40 is recommended.
  • Pocket knife.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets.
  • Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

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