Everest High Passes Trek
Trip duration: 19 Days
Grade: Strenuous Grade Trek
Activity: Trekking and Cultural Tour
Start and End Place: Kathmandu - Kathmandu
Trek type: Tea House
Accommodation: Hotel, lodge (tea house)
Transportation: Flights, private car or tourist bus
Maximum Altitude: 5545m
Minimum Altitude: 2840m
Himalayan sights: Mt. Everest, Mt.Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt.Nuptse, Mt.Pumori, Mt.Amadablam etc.
Everest High Passes Trekking is one of the most adventurous and challenging trek in Nepal lies in Everest Region as it consists of passing high level circuit passes like Kongma La, Cho La and Renjo La, all beyond 5000 m of elevation. This high pass trek is especially designed for the trekker who admires challenges and have some desire to complete adventurous task. If you have the guts to accept the defience of the Himalayas you are mostly welcome for this adventurous task. This audacious trip not only offers the hindrance but it is also capable of offering the authentic display of this beautiful region. The primary attraction of Everest high pass trek is to visit Everest base camp, Kalapathar, Gokyo Valley and its tranquil Lakes. The best view of Everest High Passes Trek can be captured from the Gokyo RI and more especially introduces to the route to remote and untouched Nangpa La Valley, Marlung and monastery village of Thame.
We begin our Journey to Everest High Pass Trek from a sightseeing day in Kathmandu which offers a brief exploration of the temples, shrines, heritage sites, bazaars and restaurants of Kathmandu. We take a stimulating mountain flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport of Lukla and trek to Phakding on the same day. On the next day trek up through the classic route to Sagarmatha National Park following the mighty Dudh Koshi River, colorful landscapes, Gompas and monasteries of this beautiful valley enclosed by the soaring peaks. At first we gain the summit of Kongma La, as we compose our way to Everest Base Camp passing the beautiful Khumbu Icefall. The view point of Kalapatthar is followed by the tough Climb through Cho La that finally takes us to the cobalt-blue lakes at Gokyo. After enjoying awe inspiring views from the lakes and Gokyo Ri, we make our way to the next great pass, the Renjo La . Making a night in Marling we follow a little of the route used for centuries by the Tibetan Traders via Nangpa La to get to Thame. Following the classical route we drop down to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu leaving behind our footprints in the shadow of Everest.
This Everest High Passes trek can be organized for minimum two persons to group up to 16 people. The cost of guide, porters is will share and individual trekker get cheap cost for trekking. So, we highly recommend the best group size of 12 people in a single trekking group.
[Note: Crew members are not counted within the trekking group size. This exclusive group of crews include one leader, assistant leaders and porters. One assistant leader for every 4 trekkers and one porter for every 2 trekkers]
Meals and Accommodation
During the Everest high passes trek, you will stay in the best available guest houses or lodges in the route. The routes has facilities of lodges with Asian, European and American foods. Your bed, breakfast and lunch includes in the package. You can choose your meal from the menu. The bed is on the basis of twin sharing.
This high passes trekking route is most challenging route in Everest. So, you need previous experience of hiking and health condition should be good. As, Everest High Passes Trek is categorized under Challenging Level, one should have the ability to walk for at least 5 – 6 hours a day, and 8 – 9 hours in some of the days. The highest altitude that we climb in this particular trek is 5,554m/18,192ft. Trekking in higher altitudes requires more physical effort. If you have any kind of medical condition, we urge you to receive a counsel from medical experts and formally inform us before applying for this trip.
Previous trekking experience is further admired. Even if you do not possess any, our crew members will always be there to guide for your safety concerns. We believe that you are strengthened with a positive attitude and a strong determination towards this trip.
Taking every aspects in consideration, we have come up with a squad of perfectly skilled crew members who have been recruited especially for their respective fields. You will be guided by fluently English speaking professional experts and team leaders who have gone through all possible circumstances that might occur ruining your trekking experience. Boosted with knowledge of ecology, geography, wild lives, flora and fauna, culture and history, you will be directed with maximum possible efficiency.
We wish you a happy, convenient and safe journey!
The Best Season to go for Everest High Passes Trek is between autumn [September to November] and spring [March to May]. This particular timespan provides you an efficient trekking experience with provisions of remarkable views of the environment around.
This part is analytically the most important of all. It is a must to gain knowledge about equipment required for a well-planned trekking tour. These gears not only adds convenience to your trip but, also, is totally responsible for its completion. We have formulated a clean list of equipment required for trekking in Nepal.
We, personally, do not sell any kind of insurances to our clients. We are, however, concerned about your safety as much as you do. Therefore, we advise you to plan a travel insurance policy before going for any of our trips. Unfortunate events such as sickness, medical issues, injuries or any kinds of accidents are possible measures that can ruin your trip or can even add threats to your life.
We can suggest some of the reputed insurance companies that can come in handy to you. You better be careful while you choose a company and select insurance plans that includes emergency air ambulance rescue service, medical expenses and compensation for trip cancellation, as we do not provide any kind of refunds. Please, formally, provide us a copy of your insurance plans before going for the trip
[Note: We won’t be liable for any kind of the mentioned life-threatening accidents under any circumstances]
Permits and Fees
No special fees or permits is required for trekking in this region as trekkers do not need to climb any of the peaks. Only an entrance fee is charged to gain access to Everest National Park [US $ 33 per person]. For trekking to the east of the main Everest region, an additional permit is required to enter the Makalu – Barun National Park [US $ 28 per person]. These fees can be paid at the National Park desk in Thamel or directly at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu [Tel: 00977-1-4222453, 00977-1-4223590]
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m / 4264 ft) Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu, you are welcomed by hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to hotel. Our airport representative will explain briefly the program and preparation for trek.
Day 02: Kathmandu half day Sightseeing tour and trek preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu - Lukla (2840 m/9320)- Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft):40 minutes flight, 3-4 hrs trek(Trekking times only)
Day 04: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft): 5-6 hrs treks
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day
Day 06: Namche Bazaar - Tengboche (3860 m/12,660 ft):5-6 hrs
Day 07: Tengboche - Dingboche(4360m/14, 300 ft):5-6 hrs
Day 08: Dingboche - Chhukung (4750m/ 15, 580 ft): 3-4 hrs
Day 09: Rest Day in Chhukung: Trekking experts strongly recommend acclimatization in Chhukung before doing the Kongma La pass. However, we are not supposed to stay inactive. The view from Chhukung and further up the valley on the moraines towards Island Peak (6189 m) is tremendous. We grasp this opportunity to climb the Chhukung Ri or climb to the base camp of Island Peak. The great south face of Lhotse towers above to the north and the immense fluted ice walls that flank it dominate the horizon to the south. To the southwest, the eastern face of Ama Dablam provides an unusual view of this picturesque peak.
Day 10: Chhukung - Kongma La (5535m/18,159 ft) -Lobuche (4940 m/16,210 ft): 6-7 hrs
Day 11: Lobuche - Gorakshep (5170 m/16, 60 ft)-Everest Base Camp (5300m/ 17,400 ft)-GorakShep 7-8 hrs
Day 12: Lobuche - Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar (5545 m/18,192 ft) -Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 7-8 hrs
Day 13: Lobuche - Dzongla (4830m/15,850 ft):3-4 hrs
Day 14: Dzongla - ChoLa (5368m/17,611 ft)-Thangnak (4680m/15,350 ft)-Gokyo (4800m/15,580 ft):7-8 hrs
Day 15: Rest day in Gokyo - Gokyo Ri (5357m/17,575 ft) 3-4 hours
Day 16: Gokyo - Renjo La (5360m/17585 ft) -Marlung (4210m/13,810 ft) 7-8 hrs
Day 17: Marlung - Namche Bazzar: 5-6 hours
Day 18: Namche Bazzar - Lukla: 6-8 hours
Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu – Shopping/ Leisure
We will have a return flight back to Kathmandu for an hour. After return in to the hotel you will have a leisure time to spend after your long trekking journey. Get all your journey recalls with the rest. At the evening you can be involved into the shopping. Or you can also take a wander over the streets of local areas.
Day 20: Our representative will drop you to the International Airport (TIA) to assist you for your final departure to your destination or alternatively the next destination.
The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.
- All airport/hotel transfers
- 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan
- All accommodation and meals during the trek
- A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide
- Domestic flights KTM - Lukla - KTM and airport departure taxes
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader or guide and Sherpa porters to carry including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- All necessary paper work TIMS card and permits
- Sleeping bags and duffel bags for trekking
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal Visa fee (bring small denomination USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu valley sightseeing entrance fees
- Rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
- Tips for guides and porters