The Everest High Passes Trek is one of the classic treks in the Everest region. This trip takes you to the Everest base camp through three high passes; Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La.
This trek is designed only for experienced trekkers seeking for adventure in the vast Everest region. It is a circuit trek that connects all major trekking routes in Khumbu valley. The Everest High Passes Trek is the perfect trek among the trek available in the Everest region for an adventure seeker.
It is the ultimate choice to enjoy snowy peaks. Join us on this thrilling experience with gorgeous views, ancient Buddhist monasteries, and learn more about the mountain people's culture and lifestyle.
Conquer the Everest Base Camp including three 5000+ meters high passes
Gorgeous mountain peaks of Khumbu region
Striking views from Everest Base Camp, Gokyo RI, Kalapatthar, and Nagarkhang
Incredible views of Himalayan giants including the Everest
Sightseeing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley
- Airport pick up and drop off
- Accommodation at a comfortable hotel in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu city tours, all entry fees, private transportation, and guide
- Three daily meals during the trek
- Twin sharing lodge during the trek
- Airfare Lukla-Kathmandu
- An experienced Government License holder guide
- Sleeping bag and Down jacket
- Duffle bag
- T-shirt, Trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
- First aid kit
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System
- Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee
- Government taxes & office service charge
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Beverages including water
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
- Nepal entry visa
- Hot showers during the trek
- Snacks and other personal expenses
- Personal trekking equipment
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
Our representative will receive and transfer you to the respective hotel. You will have a trip meeting on the very day at the hotel in the evening. However, our airport representative will provide you brief information about your further trip on your way to the hotel. After checking in your hotel, you can simply relax or roam around the streets of Thamel. In the evening, we will hold a welcome dinner for you where you will enjoy authentic Nepali meal. We will also introduce you to your guide for the trip.
Trek Preparation and Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley
After a delicious breakfast, we will begin your sightseeing trip. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide. Kathmandu is a living history and a collage of various cultures and religions embodied by captivating monuments. We will be visiting Boudhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath, also known as Monkey Temple. Also, we will pay a visit to the largest Hindu temple of Nepal- Pashupatinath, which sits along the sacred Bagmati river. Here, we will see Hindu holy men meditating, pilgrims bathing, and occasionally funeral fires burning on the ghats. Then, we will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, located at Basantapur. After we finish the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, we will move towards Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the place where royals used to live and ruled the Kathmandu Valley. This whole place is such a beauty that UNESCO has selected the whole city as a World Heritage Site. Here, we will see lots of palaces and temples built in the pagoda and shikhara style. Fifty-five window palace is the major attraction of this place is. Other attraction includes the Lion Gate, the Golden gate, art galleries and the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla. Our last stop will be at Lalitpur, where we will learn about Nepalese history. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free so, you can shop or roam around the tourist streets of Thamel.
Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding
We will catch a 35-minute early morning flight to Lukla. On this 35-minute flight, you will enjoy one of the gorgeous views you have ever seen. The trip itself is a top-rated adventurous activity rated by top travel magazines. Upon your arrival at Lukla, we will transfer you to the lodge for breakfast. Here, you will also meet your trekking crew. After breakfast, we will start our trek to Phakding, Monjo, or Jorsale. On our way to Phakding, we will pass through different villages like Chaurikharka, Chheplung, Ghat, etc. The walk to Phakding takes about 3 hours.
Trek to Namche Bazaar(3440m)
Taking our breakfast, we will move from Phakding towards today's' destination- Namche Bazaar. On our way, we will pass through the Sagarmatha National Park check post, where we need to get our permits checked. Then, we will cross DUdhkoshi and continue the trek to the gorgeous green hills. The way until the Top Danda is quite steep. However, once we reach Top Danda, we will get spectacular views of Everest accompanied by Nuptse and Lhotse. Here we will take a short rest. Then, we will carry on our trek to Namche Bazaar. The trail from here is relatively more comfortable than before.
Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
This day is for you to get accustomed to the climate of the environment. We can visit nearby places today. You can simply roam around the Namche Bazaar, or we can visit Thame, go to Everest View Hotel, which is famous for gorgeous mountain views. Or, you can walk to the Syangboche airfield- the highest airport in the world.
Namche to Tengboche Monastery (3860m)
Before walking to Tengboche Monastery, we will have a delicious breakfast at our lodge. The trek commences with a climb to the army camp. Then, the track is relatively flat up to Kenjoma. We will stop for a short rest at Kenjoma, and you can enjoy the stunning view of the giant Ama Dablam from here. Here onwards, the trail to Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp separates. We will take the path to the Everest Base Camp. From here, we will descend until we reach Phunki Tenga for our lunch. After lunch, we will cross the Dudhkoshi river, then climb up to Tengboche. Crossing bewitching forests accompanied by the views of distant villages. From here, we will reach Tengboche within one hour. We will be spending the night at Tengboche. Tengboche monastery is famous as the spot to watch Amadablam- one of the most beautiful peaks in the world. Also, Tengboche Monastery is the oldest and largest monastery in the world.
Trek to Dingboche Village (4410m)
Descending to Dibuche, we will climb up towards the Imja Khola. The trail from here starts getting steeper until we reach a village named Pangboche. From this village, we will also get to enjoy the views of various other mountains of the Everest region. Then, we will continue our trek to Somare, where we will stop for lunch. The trail after Somare is comfortable, and we will be ascending steadily. After a while, we will reach Orsho from where the path to Pheriche and Dingboche separates. From here, we will reach Dingboche within an hour, Dingboche is a gorgeous valley bounded by towering mountain peaks.
Day Eight :
Trek to Chhukung Village
The trail from Dingboche to Chhukung is quite pleasant. We will be walking through alpine terrains beside the stone-walled fields. The trail then follows the Imja Khola. Today, we will be spending the night at Chhukung village. From here, we will get some gorgeous views of Lhotse, Amadablam, and island peak. The peaks are so close that it seems that you can touch them by just raising your hand.
Acclimatization at Chhukung Village
Once more, we need to acclimatize as we need to get accustomed to the 5000m+ altitude environment. As the day is for rest, you can just relax or roam around the Chhukung village. You can also hike to Chhukung RI. From here, we can get spectacular views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Makalu, and Baruntse Himal, among many other peaks. As we will return by evening, you can enjoy sightseeing village after visiting Chhukung RI too.
Cross Kongma La Pass (5528m) and trek to Lobuche (4910m)
This day is one of the most challenging days of our trip. We need to carry the required amount of water and some packed meals as there is no lodges/tea house along the route. We will reach the top of Kongma la Pass with 5-6 hours of walk. It is a small area loaded with Buddhist prayer flags. The descending is almost as tough as ascending. Also, the trail full of ice and snow, which will make the path even strenuous. Eventually, we will reach Lobuche from where we can enjoy gorgeous views of the Pumori and Nuptse.
Trek to Gorakshep (5140m) then to Everest Base Camp (5364m)
Before starting the trek to Gorakshep, we will enjoy a delicious breakfast in Lobuche. We will be walking beside the majestic mountains all along the way to Gorakshep. Even though the trails are not steep, it will be quite a challenging climb, mostly due to the high altitude. Today, we will be walking between 4900 meters to 5300 meters. However, the trail is broad, making the path a bit less complicated. It is a short hike to reach Gorakshep. On our arrival at Gorakshep, we will first go to the lodge and keep our belongings then have lunch. The track to Everest Base Camp consists of many ups and downs. We will walk steadily as the roads can be quite slippery. We will get to enjoy the view of Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse and many more mountain peaks along the way. On bright days, we will also witness Khumbu glacier, one of the most massive glaciers in the world. Once we reach Everest Base Camp, we will have enough time to enjoy the views and take pictures. Enjoying the sight, we will return to Gorakshep the same day.
Hike to Kalapatthar (5545m) and trek to Lobuche
Kalapatthar is the highest point of our trip. We will wake up early and start hiking to Kalapatthar. You will reach Kalapatthar within one hour from Gorakshep. However, the route is very steep. From Kalapatthar, we can get superb views of majestic Himalayas. Also, we will get to see mesmerizing sunrise between the domineering mountains. Adoring the view from Kalapatthar, we will return to our lodge, then move towards Lobuche.
Trek to Dzongla (4830m)
The trek to Dzongla is very comfortable. The whole trail to Dzongla is almost flat. We will notice the change of mountain scenery along the way. The Ama Dablam, Cholates, and Tabuche look stunning along the way. Eventually, we will reach Dzongla, where we will be spending the night.
Cross Chola Pass (5420m) and trek to Gokyo (4760m)
The trail until the base of the Chola pass is easy downhill; however, as we near the pass, we need to start climbing. We will begin trek early as we should avoid strong wind at the top of the pass. We will get to enjoy the view of Thamserku, Kagteng, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Tabuche, and Cho Oyu from the top of the pass. The rock keeps falling as the ice melts, so we should be careful walking. The climb down from Chola is quite tricky as the trail is slippery, and the stones keep falling. Finishing the descend from Chola Pass, we will reach Thaknak, where we will stop for lunch. After we finish lunch, we will start climbing to the Gokyo Lakes. The trail after Thaknak is mostly over glaciers so that we will be spotting beautiful blue ice along the route. Eventually, we will reach the Gokyo valley on the side of the giant glacial lakes with domineering peaks in the front.
Climb to Gokyo RI (5403m)
The famed Gokyo RI is famous for the spectacular views of most of the mountains in the Everest region. We will go forr trek early in the morning so that we can watch the sunrise. The view of sunrise from here is enchanting. Gokyo Ri is sure to give you unforgettable memories. The walk to Gokyo RI takes about four hours from Gokyo Lakes. Once we reach the top, enchanting views will be waiting for us. For interested hikers, we can also trek to the fourth and fifth lakes, which will take a bit longer.
Cross Renjo La Pass (5340m), trek to Lungden (4380m)
The trek to Renjo La Pass is one of the strenuous treks of our journey. The small rocks along the route make crossing Renjo La a bit tough. The initial climb of our trek is easy. However, as we get close to the Renjo La, the rise starts getting strenuous. Renjo La Pass is famous for striking views of Gokyo Valley and the numerous Himalayas. After Renjo La Pass, we will descend to Lungden, where we will spend the night.
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
We will mostly be descending from Lungden. We will pass Marulung village, Thame, and many other small villages along the way. Thame is the most famous among the communities we pass through on the route. The town has hundreds of age-old monasteries.
Trek to Lukla (2840m)
Today, we will be leaving the mountain town, Namche. From Namche Bazaar, the trek descends sharply along the Dudh Koshi River and alpine forest. As the descent to Lukla is quite steep, we will be walking steadily, under control. We will cross the Hilary bridge over the roaring Dudh Koshi river. Comparatively, the view feels different while descending than while you were climbing up the hill. We will move through the open plains, scented rhododendron, and pine forests accompanied by the snow-covered peaks in the distance. We will cross many bridges loaded with prayer flags and mani stone walls along the way. Also, we will visit a few monasteries that we were not able to visit while ascending. There will continuously be prayer flags and stones along the way while we walk through the villages. We will arrive at Lukla within seven to eight hours from Namche. This day is the last day for us in the mountains so you can enjoy shopping or exploring in the Lukla village.
Fly back to Kathmandu
This thirty-minutes' trip will be one of the most beautiful flights you will ever take. You can look at the majestic mountains shrinking from the plane. After landing, we will transfer you to the hotel where you can just relax or engage in other activities of your interest.
Today we will bid you goodbye. Our airport representative will transfer you to the Tribhuwan International Airport before three hours of your scheduled flight.