Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration : 20 Days
  • Start - End : Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Highest Altitude : 5550 m
  • Difficulty : Strenous
  • Season : Mid Mar- May, Sep-Nov
  • Activity : Trekking
  • Trip Grade : 5


Everest High Pass Trek

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This is a long and challenging 'best of the Everest region' epic trek crossing over the 3 great high passes of the himalayas. The charming Sherpa villages, old monasteries and super himalaya views are unforgetable and unbeatable life time experience.

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An spectacular flight from Kathmandu takes us to Lukla in Everest region and follow the classic Everest Base Camp trail through Namche Bazaar and on up to Dingboche. Leaving the main Everest trail we proceed to Kongma La pass. The pass is surrounded by dramatic views of the surrounding 8000m-high mountains, as well as the 'smaller' yet stunning peaks such as Ama Dablam. The descent is back from the Kongma La to the main trail, reaching the Khumbu glacier and ascending Kala Pattar for the famous views of Mt Everest.

You traverse the Cho La pass to Gokyo, where we explore the valley and climb Gokyo Ri to enjoy more excellent mountain views including another angle of Everest, and Cho Oyu on the Tibetan border to the north then bear west to scramble across the Renjo La, dramatically back-dropped by the Everest range, to enter the Bhote Kosi valley, where you walk along grazing pastures and a trading route used by yak trains from Tibet to Namche and from here you re-trace your ealier steps to Lukla.

Day 01 : Kathmandu - Lukla (Approx: 2840M)-Phakding (2600m)
Day 02 : Phakding - Namche (3440m)
Day 03 : Rest day 
Day 04 : Namche -Tengboche (3860m)
Day 05 : Tengboche - Dingboche (4320m)
Day 06 : Rest day
Day 07 : Dingboche - Chhukung (4700m)
Day 08 : Chhukung - Khongma La Pass (5535m) - Lobuche (4900m) 
Day 09 : Lobuche - Gorekshep (5170m), 3hrs
Day 10 : Gorekshep - Kalapathar (Approx: 5550M) - Everest Base Camp (Approx: 5300M) - Gorakshep (Approx:5170M)
Day 11 : Gorekshep - Dzongla (4900m)
Day 12 : Dzongal - Chola pass (5420m) - Dragnak (4700m)
Day 13 : Dragnak - Gokyo (4700m)
Day 14 : Rest day
Day 15 : Gokyo - Arye (4300m) over the renzo pass (5338m)
Day 16 : Arye rest day.
Day 17 : Arye - Thame (3800m)
Day 18 : Thame - Monzo (2800m)
Day 19 : Monzo- Lukla (2800m)
Day 20 : Lukla fly to Kathmandu

Day 01 : Kathmandu - Lukla-Phakding (2600m)
Early in the morning head to the airport for your flight to Lukla. This is an approximately 45 minute's flight with incredible mountain views north to the Himalayan Range. After meeting the crew in Lukla, you head up the Dudh Koshi River Valley on a well-marked trail to Phakding.

Trekking time: approx. 4 hours
Heights: Kathmandu 1350m, Lukla 2840m; Phakding 2600m
Overnight in tea house.

 

Day 02 : Phakding - Namche (3440m) 
This morning you continue north following the Dudh Koshi river and on to Jorsale where you enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From here it is a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the lmja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Kosi) where you cross once more on a suspension bridge. This is followed by a steep climb (for about 2hrs) up to Namche Bazaar, the main town in the Khumbu region. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market.

Trekking time: approx. 6 hours
Heights: Namche Bazaar 3440m
Overnight in tea house.

 

Day 03 : Rest day (Hike to Khumjung village) 
Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. Once named the "Trekkers Mecca of Nepal", Namche now boasts an abundance of lodges and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day, acclimatizing to the new altitude of 3450m before heading off towards Base camp. Options for acclimatization walks include a visit to Khunde Hospital and also to the Everest Hotel above Namche for the view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest.

 

Day 04 : Namche -Tengboche (3860m)
From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the river and, as you go, you get great views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and AmaDablam. After dropping down steeply to the river at Phunki Tenga and having lunch, you have a long steep climb up through beautiful forest to tonight's lodge. Tyangboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu and you will stay near this monastery with Everest, Lhotse and AmaDablam in full view.

Trekking time: approx. 6 hours
Heights: Tyangboche 3860m
Overnight in tea house.

 

Day 05 : Tengboche - Dingboche (4320m)
After breakfast we head up to Dingbuche. On the way, the majestic Amadablam over shadows our day. On the way we meet a little Sherpa village called Pangbuche and continue to Dingboche for overnight.

Trekking time: approx. 6 hours
Heights: Dingboche 4300m
Overnight in tea house.


Day 06 : Rest day
Today is for letting your bodies rest and acclimatize. If you are feeling good you could go for an acclimatization walk up the valley for a wider variety of photos of the valley and mountains of the Khumbu region.

 

Day 07 : Dingboche - Chhukung (4700m)
Today you have a great, short walk up the valley to Chhukung. After arriving in chhukung you could take a trip to island peak base camp or to chherkuri (5550m) for even more amazing mountain views.

Trekking time: approx 3 hours
Heights: Chhukung 4700m
Overnight in tea house

 

Day 08 : Chhukung - Khongma La Pass (5535m) - Lobuche (4900m) 
Today is a long day so you make an early start. You head out steeply up for about 5 hours to reach the pass and then you make the journey down to the Khumbhu Glacier. You are tired when you get there so crossing the glacier requires full attention, but you are rewarded once you reach the lodge and can simply crash. Drink lots to rehydrate and reminisce about the stunning views you had during the day.

Trekking time: approx 8 – 9 hours
Heights: Khongma La 5535m, Lobuche 4930m
Overnight in tea house


Day 09 : Lobuche - Gorekshep (5170m) 
Today you have a short walk so no need to rush your body as it is busy acclimatizing. You continue along the Khumbu Glacier to Gorak Shep and spend rest of the day for acclimatization and getting ready for tomorrow's big day.

Trekking time: approx. 3 hours
Heights: Gorak Shep 5170m
Overnight in tea house.

 

Day 10 : Gorekshep - Kalapathar - Everest Base Camp - Gorakshep,
This morning you get up early to start the climb up to one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5550m]. Enjoying the sunrise over the mountains and the amazing views of Everest and the surrounding mountains you trek back to Gorak Shep. After breakfast you turn your feet towards Everest Base Camp (5300m). The walk to base camp and back would requires about 5-6 hours, following the Khumbu glacier, sometimes on moraine and sometimes on the glacier itself. On reaching the base camp, please respect the space of the expeditions based there, but enjoy the moment, before returning down the long trail back to Gorak Shep.

Trekking time: approx. 8 hour day
Heights: Kala Pattar 5550m; Everest Base Camp 5300m; Gorak Shep 5170m
Overnight in tea house.


Day 11 : Gorekshep - Dzongla (4900m)
Today we start coming down to Dzong La very nice and enjoyable walk camp at Dzong La. Dzong La is also base camp of Cho La pass.

Trekking time: approx 5 hours
Heights: Dzong La 4900m
Overnight in tea house

 

Day 12 : Dzongal - Chola pass (5420m) - Dragnak (4700m)
Today your trail goes up high to the Cho La at 5420m. It will take you about 3 hours to the pass from where, as you'd expect, you have sensational views! From the pass you descend steeply for 1.30 hours and then the descent become more gradual and you walk into the welcome haven of Dragnak.

Trekking time: approx 7 hours
Heights: Cho La 5420m, Dragnak 4700m
Overnight in tea house


Day 13 : Dragnak - Gokyo (4700m)
From Dragnak your trail heads through the big Nzogomba Glacier, marvel at this landscape. You then have a stunning walk into Gokyo, with its gorgeous glacial lakes and with your first views up to Cho Oyo (8201m). As it's been an easy morning's hike, after lunch if you feel like it, there's a nice 3-4 hour round trip to the fifth lake for a good view of Mt Everest from an alternate perspective.

Trekking time: approx 3 hours
Heights: Gokyo 4700m
Overnight in tea house


Day 14 : Rest day
Today can be used as a rest day, or you can get out and explore Gokyo. If you feel good, then get up early and head out up Gokyo Ri, 5400m. This peak offer yet more amazing views, in fact considered one of the best for the four highest mountains; Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu.

 

Day 15 : Gokyo - Arye (4300m) over the renzo pass (5338m)
Another stunning but long day, so it's good to get out early. The trail begins around the side of the lake until you reach a stream then you began the steep ascent to the Renjo La, stopping to eat your picnic lunch on the way. Having reached the pass you have incredible views around and up to Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and of course many more of the Himalayan giants. After the pass you have a steep descent for an hour or so to a lake where the terrain levels out for a bit before you face the last steep decent into Arye. This is a very small place you find yourself in, it is a newly opened valley for trekkers and tomorrow we will do some exploring.

Trekking time: approx 7-8 hours
Heights: Renjo La 5338m, Arye 4300m
Overnight in tea house


Day 16 : Arye rest day.
This day is a great chance to explore in an area where not too many trekkers get to. You can walk up toward Tibet along a very nice valley and you may meet Tibetan people with their yak caravans coming down into Nepal for trade. While this is kind of mind blowing for most foreigners that this still actually happens, they bring Tibetan goods down to Namche to sell in the big market there. This is the ancient trade route to Tibet and is still functioning today, despite the border challenges these days.

Day 17 : Arye - Thame (3800m)
From the amazing little hamlet of Arye, your trail follows the Bhote Koshi river all the way down to Thame. Here you can have the chance to visit the Thame Monastery, which is one of the oldest in this area. In Thame you can also see the Advanced Mountaineering Training School and their hydro power station.

Trekking time: approx 4 hours
Heights: Thame 3800m
Overnight in tea house

 

Day 18 : Thame - Monzo (2800m)
From Thame you trek on down into Namche (perhaps seeing some of your Tibetan friends at the market if you get the right day) for lunch and continue back down the main trail to Monjo.

Trekking time: approx 5 hours
Heights: Monjo 2800m
Overnight in tea house


Day 19 : Monzo- Lukla (2800m)
Today you trek your last trails in the Khumbu as you make your way back down along the Dudh Koshi and into Lukla. Tonight you will no doubt have a party with your crew as you will have to bid farewell to most of them here in Lukla – celebrate a truly epic journey in the Khumbu and enjoy the memories!

Trekking time: approx 5 hours
Heights: Lukla 2840m
Overnight in tea house

 

Day 20 : Lukla - Kathmandu, This day we take flight back to Kathmandu.
This morning you get up early to catch the morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla.

 

Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travelers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!

Visa for Nepal

All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal which could be obtain from Embassies abroad or on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu.

You need to have one passport Photo and following fees in US dollars to obtain the visa on arrival.

1. USD 25 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days.

2. USD 40 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days.

3. USD 100 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days.

4. USD 2 per day for visa extensions.


Please Note:
The visa regulations and fees for visa changes frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate. 

Introduction: 

Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on the earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to Arctic cold. In the main trekking seasons in the spring and autumn, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. You are heading into the worlds highest mountain range. Be prepared for changes of temperature and weather!

Where ever you choose to trek in the Himalayas there are always uphill and downhill walk as a part of journey to greet you.  Forget all the hard work which need to be done; just imagine what nature will offer you up in the high Himalayas.

What to bring:

As you are going into the high Himalayas and the weather is subjected to change anytime so warm cloths are recommended all year round.  You could leave all the unnecessary items at your hotel or contact us to be storage. Just pack all your trekking gears in one bag which will be carried by our carrier and make a small day bag for yourself to carry the things which you might need during the day and for your valuable belongings.

Please check the checklist carefully for details of what you need to bring on the trek:

Check list:

BODY WEAR

  • Loose comfortable T-Shirts
  • Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
  • Trousers
  • A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
  • A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
  • Water and wind proof jacket
  • Water and wind proof trousers
  • Woolen or thermal gloves
  • Sun hat and sun glasses
  • Woolen or fleece hat
  • Scarf     

 FOOT WEAR

  •  Warm woolen socks
  • Comfortable and warm trekking boots
  • Gaiters ( if snows)

 

ACCESSORIES

  • A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
  • Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
  • Sun block and lip balm
  • Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
  • Camera, music and books
  • Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
  • An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
  • Sleeping Bag, Down jackets
  • Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
  • WATER BOTTLES - please be able to carry 2 liters of water and have bottles that can handle `      boiling/hot water
  • HEAD TORCH!
  • Batteries for camera, torch etc..
  • A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
  • Walking sticks (if needed)

 

Note: These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask us if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!

INSURANCE

All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.

THE TRAILS

Trekking trails vary from wide, rode-like avenues to narrow, slippery paths built out over enormous drops. In many places, a fall from the trail would be fatal. One must pay attention at all times to where you are placing your feet. Be especially careful not to move while looking through the view finder of your camera!

ALTITUDE AND PREVENTING ALTITUDE SICKNESS

Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.

Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).

Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. Data indicates that drinking 3-4 liters of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process. Never try to attempt to go higher up if you have altitude sickness, stay either in the same elevation or if got worse trek to the lower elevation.

The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice.

You will be given a comprehensive briefing about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.

TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS

Do not forget to bring some Nepalese rupees for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes now! The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice.

Tipping is now common in Nepal but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.

CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT

While trekking you have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment, people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.

There are many ways you can help to conserve the environment of the area in which you trek. Here are some simple tips:

-Pick up any litter along the trail

-Burn all your toilet paper and bury your faeces when not in camp, make sure you go at least 50m away from any water source

-In camp, when using a toilet tent, you may deposit paper in the hole, but ensure the hole is at least 30cm deep and make sure it is at least 50m away from any water source

-Do not make campfire, nor consume food cooked on wood fires; your crew uses kerosene stoves to help conserve the local forests

-Drink boiled/treated water instead of mineral water as the plastic is not recycled

-Stick to the trails to prevent erosion and damage to fragile alpine flora

-Ensure all rubbish is packed out (or burnt/buried if appropriate)