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Everest High Passes Trek

Overview The Everest High Passes Trek is also an exhilarating and challenging adventure that takes you through the breathtaking landscapes of the Everest region in Nepal. The trek begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a small mountain airstrip nestled in the heart of the Himalayas. From Lukla, you also embark on a trek through picturesque Sherpa villages, lush rhododendron forests, and serene Buddhist monasteries, immersing yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the region. As you ascend higher into the mountains, you'll pass through three iconic high passes: Renjo La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Kongma La…


The Everest High Passes Trek is also an exhilarating and challenging adventure that takes you through the breathtaking landscapes of the Everest region in Nepal.

The trek begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a small mountain airstrip nestled in the heart of the Himalayas. From Lukla, you also embark on a trek through picturesque Sherpa villages, lush rhododendron forests, and serene Buddhist monasteries, immersing yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the region.

As you ascend higher into the mountains, you’ll pass through three iconic high passes: Renjo La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Kongma La Pass. These passes also offer awe-inspiring panoramic views of towering snow-capped peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu. Crossing these high passes requires endurance and determination, as you navigate steep and challenging terrains, but the sense of achievement upon reaching each pass is unparalleled.

Unveiling the Majestic Landscapes: Everest High Passes Trek and the Enchanting Gokyo Valley

Throughout the journey, you’ll also encounter a diverse range of landscapes, from the stark beauty of the Khumbu Glacier to the turquoise waters of the Gokyo Lakes. The Gokyo Valley, with its pristine lakes and surrounding glaciers, provides a tranquil setting for acclimatization and exploration.

Along the way, you’ll also have the opportunity to visit Everest Base Camp, the starting point for climbers attempting to conquer the world’s highest peak. Standing at the base of Mount Everest is an experience that few can fathom, and you’ll gain a deep appreciation for the immense challenges and triumphs associated with mountaineering.

The Everest High Passes Trek is physically demanding and requires a good level of fitness. The altitude can be challenging, so proper acclimatization and gradual ascent are crucial to ensuring your safety and enjoyment. It is recommended to embark on this trek with an experienced guide and support staff who can provide valuable insights, assistance, and help navigate the rugged terrain.

Conclusion and Summary

Overall, the Everest High Passes Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that combines natural beauty, cultural immersion, and personal achievement. It allows you to witness the grandeur of the Himalayas up close, test your physical and mental limits, and create memories that will last a lifetime. It’s an expedition that will leave you with a profound sense of awe and respect for the power and majesty of the world’s highest mountains.

Trip Highlights

  • The most thrilling yet beautiful flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice-a-versa
  • One of the world’s highest airports at Syangboche
  • Sherpa culture and lifestyles
  • World-famous monasteries and museums
  • Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), and Mt. Makalu (8,463m)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site -Sagarmatha National Park
  • High altitude wildlife like musk deer, colorful peasants, snow leopard, and Himalayan tahr
  • Traverse through the highest glacier on Earth – Khumbu Glacier
  • Astounding panoramic view of the Himalayas from Kala Patthar
  • Highest glacier on Earth- Khumbu Glacier (4900 m)
  • Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lakes
  • Stone houses and meadows around Gokyo Valley
  • Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in the world
  • Protected floras and faunas at Sagarmatha National Park
  • Astounding panoramic view from Gokyo Ri
  • Two of the three most famous passes in the Everest region – Renjo La Pass and Cho La Pass

Itinerary Expand All

The journey begins with a flight to Lukla. After reaching Lukla, we start the trek past Chaurikharka village to Phakding, where we halt for our first night in the Khumbu region. The crisp and comforting trek day also helps in acclimatization. In your spare time, you are free to explore places in and around Phakding.

Phakding is the starting point for most Everest treks, and it is full of shops, hotels, pools, and restaurants. Moreover, there are a few famous local monasteries here. Among them, you should not skip visiting Rimishung Monastery.

A full day of trek starts from this day. We continue along the northern bank of the Dudh Koshi River, enjoying majestic views. The suspension bridges, embellished beautifully with prayer flags, add excitement to the hike.

After a few hours of the walk, we reach Monjo village, from where the Sagarmatha National Park begins. A challenging climb inside the dense Sagarmatha National Park forest will provide you with the first glimpses of Mt. Everest. Continuing forward through the woods and stone-paved path, you will finally reach Namche Bazaar. We will stay at Namche for the night.

We will spend one day acclimatizing at Namche Bazaar to adjust to the thinning air. However, we will not just be sitting idle today. You can wander through the alleys of Namche while adjusting to the altitude. There are several things that you can do on this day.

You can hike to Sagarmatha National Park and include a hike to Khumjung (3,790m). On the way to Khumjung, you can visit Hillary School and other old monasteries. People believe that Khumjung Monastery houses a yeti-scalp. You can also hike to Khunde. If you love Everest, you can get to Everest View Hotel to catch the stunning views of Everest. A must-not-miss place is the Syangboche Airport (3,780m), one of the highest airports in the world.

Today’s trek will be short and comforting. After a good day acclimatizing, we hike to Thame, home to many famous Sherpa mountaineers- including Apa Sherpa. We walk past Thamo Gumba before reaching Thame.

The tranquil trek provides exceptional views of the Himalayas. As we walk past the ancient Sherpa villages, we get a chance to savor the beauty of the place. Thame is home to one of the oldest monasteries in the Everest region, known as Thame Dechen Chokhorling Monastery. We can explore Thame enjoying the panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains.

We head north to Lungden, passing through dry lands, rocky peaks, stone houses, and walls. The trail moves along the Bhote Koshi River. You might get to spot occasional yaks grazing on the meadows. The path to Lungden is gentle and comfortable. We move ahead through Marlung – a larger village in Thame Valley – to Lungden. We halt at Lungden a day before attempting the strenuous ascend to Renjo La Pass.

We climb a steep sandy ridge to reach the top of the Renjo La Pass (5,446m). The trail is moderately challenging as we cover a huge elevation. Once we reach the top, the view will compensate for the effort. You will get a fabulous view of peaks above 7000m  and 8000M including Everest, Lhotse, Chalotse, and Taboche. Surrounded by the sparkling mountains and the fresh breeze of the mountain air, you will almost forget your climb. Walking for about 2 to 3 hours, you reach a small yet beautiful place, Gokyo Village, where we will spend our night.

It is time to acclimatize for one more day. We explore the village of Gokyo as we acclimatize. Gokyo village is full of surprises and mysteries. We hike to Gokyo Ri (5,430m) to see excellent panoramic views of various mountains – including Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. The scenery is unquestionably stunning. After lunch, we will take you to beautiful turquoise Gokyo lakes and glaciers. We are sure that you will remember the Gokyo region throughout your life.

After a spectacular day walking around the Gokyo valley and witnessing the turquoise lakes surrounded by a blanket of snow-capped mountains, we move ahead to Thangnak. We walk past a few glaciers and through steep rock trails. Due to the land structure, vegetation is absent. The distinct difference in the landscape will probably surprise you. When you reach Thangnak, you will notice that Thangnak has only a few teahouses, but it serves as a perfect place to spend the night before facing the mighty Cho La Pass.

This day will prove to be one of the most intense days of the entire trek. We hike up a small valley where we witness the beauty of a rocky trail surrounded by spectacular mountains. After walking for a few hours, you get the view of Cho La Pass across a small moraine. Soon you will realize the intense steepness of the trail. The steep path is short, but the elevation makes it difficult to traverse. As you cross the Cho La Pass, you need to take proper care as this pass often gets snowy and icy. After walking for about an hour, you will reach Dzongla, where we will be staying for the night.

The journey from Dzongla to Lobuche offers you more stunning views. With no more glacier crossing and steep uphills, the path should be more pleasant. First, we follow the moraine and then hike down to Chola Lake, bidding farewell to Dongla.

We continue to follow the wave-like trails to Lobuche. As you move ahead, on one side, you can get glimpses of Everest Base Camp, and on the other side, you will see the Khumbu Glacier with the rubble of ice floating. The path gets appealing as we get close to the foothills of Mount Everest. You can also visit some famous bakeries at Lobuche. Lobuche also provides panoramic views of several snow peaks – including Mount Pumori (7,161m), Mount Lingtren (6,749m), and Mount Nuptse (7,861m). However, Everest hides behind Mount Lhotse.

This is the day you will ascend to Everest Base Camp. We will begin our walk to the Everest Base Camp from Lobuche early morning. You will pass through many glaciers, including the famous Khumbu Glacier. Beyond this glacier, you can see Khumbu Icefall (5,486m). Soon, you will be leaving Army Mountaineers Memorial behind and finally reach Gorak Shep. We leave our belongings at Gorak Shep and ascend to Everest Base Camp.

The final ascent to Everest Base Camp(5,364m) might be challenging due to the increasing altitude involving rocky dunes and moraine and accumulated glacial debris. As you find yourself surrounded by snow-capped mountains and Mount Everest standing right ahead, you might feel overwhelmed by its sparkling beauty. Reaching the Everest Base Camp is a dream come true for many. It is the closest you will get to Everest unless you want to climb it. After immersing ourselves fully in the beauty of the base camp, we walk back to Gorak Shep (5,185m), where we will be spending the night.

Our journey is not complete without a hike to Kala Patthar(5,555m). Mount Everest hides behind Mount Lhotse, so climb to Kala Patthar to enjoy stunning views of Everest. We start early morning from Gorak Shep to reach Kala Patthar to view the sunrise on Everest and other high peaks. The views from Kala Patthar are other-worldly, providing a 360-degree view of the Himalayan giants. It is also the highest altitude of your trek.

After enjoying the views from Kala Patthar, we return to Gorak Shep and then further descend to Pheriche (4,250m). The trail to Pheriche should be enjoyable, with forest and meadows by the side.

Through the rhododendron forest, we hike from Pheriche to the hilltop village of Tengboche. The trail is relatively relaxed, with a steady downhill followed by a gentle uphill. We cross the beautiful bridge over Imja Khola on the way.

As you head into the juniper forests, you might spot high-altitude animals. With the views of vibrantly colored prayer flags and elegant stupas, the tip of Mount Everest, and the backside of Mount Lhotse, you will enjoy the whole experience on the way back to Namche.

Today will be your last day on the trail. First, we leave Namche for Phakding, through mostly downhill trails. You will be passing several small villages, narrow forests, and thrilling suspension bridges. You will pass a small village called Benkar before reaching Phakding. From Phakding, you will continue your trek to Toktok and then to Lukla, where you will be spending your last night in the trek region. You are free to enjoy the niceties Lukla offers.

If everything goes according to the schedule today, we will be flying back to Kathmandu in the early morning after breakfast. The 40-minute flight back to Kathmandu will be a relaxing one. You might be overwhelmed with memories that you created during the trek. Your trek ends in Kathmandu. If you wish, we can arrange a Kathmandu city tour for you.

What's Included

  • Pick up & drop off from airport to hotel and vice versa in a private vehicle.
  • 3 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu). Tickets and airport taxes
  • Total 14 nights. Five nights at Lukla, Phakding, and Namche (3N), room with private attached bathroom, Nine nights standard room at Thame, Lungden, Gokyo (2N), Dzongla, Lobuche (2N), Gorak shep, Pheriche (twin sharing)
  • All standard meals (15 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, and 14 Dinners) during the trek
  • Nepal Government licensed, experienced English Speaking Nepal Challenge trek lead. For a group of 12 or more, we add an assistant guide. One porter for every two trekkers. Per trekker luggage weight limit is 9 kg.
  • Guide and porter costs, their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight, and other necessary equipment costs
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees.
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Rescue operations arrangement in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir – a company’s T-shirt & cap
  • Nepal Challenge trek appreciation after the successful trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trek

What's Excluded

  • International flight airfare
  • On-arrival Nepal entry visa fees at Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Excess luggage charges (per trekker luggage weight limit is 9kg)
  • All accommodations and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure or early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge, extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance, which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation in addition to medical treatment (compulsory)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs caused by circumstances outside our control – including landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modification for safety, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
  • All the costs and expenses not listed in “What is included in Everest High Passes Trek Package?” are counted as excludes.

Trip Information

The trek usually starts from Lukla and goes through the famous villages of Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Gokyo. Along the way, trekkers will have the opportunity to witness stunning views of the Himalayan ranges, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Cho Oyu. The trek also takes you through beautiful landscapes, including lush forests, alpine meadows, glacial lakes, and remote valleys.

The trek can take anywhere from 18 to 21 days, depending on the route and itinerary. It is recommended for experienced trekkers who have prior experience trekking at high altitudes. Trekkers are also advised to take proper precautions and prepare themselves physically and mentally for the challenging terrain and weather conditions.

Overall, the Everest High Passes Trek is a challenging and rewarding experience for those who are looking for a true adventure in the Himalayas.

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Trip Facts

Duration 15 Day(s)
Activities Trekking
Group Size 2 to 20
Best Season March to May, September to November
Start/End Point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Difficulty Level Hard
Max Altitude 5000M

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