Everest High passes Trek is located in eastern Nepal. Home to the tallest peak in the world, the Solukhumbu district, popularly known as Everest region, has an almost mystical status in the world of trekking. With its towering eight of eight thousand peaks, colossal glaciers, icy emerald lakes, it is the true representation of the snowy wonderland of your dreams.
Perhaps the most famous trekking region in the whole world, Everest region annually welcomes tens of thousands of trekkers flocking the region to have the grandstand views of the Everest and its neighbors: Nuptse and Lhotse. One such trek in the region popular for its enthralling adventure is Everest High Passes Trek.
Hailed as one of the finest treks in the region, Everest High Passes Trek is truly a challenging and famed trekking trail that will take you to the absolute bests of the Everest region. During the 19-day long trek, you will be able to visit landmarks like the famous, Everest base camp and Chola pass to Gokyo valley and its magical lakes, and Gokyo Ri famous for its panoramic view of eastern mountains.
However, the main highlight and the focal point of the journey is crossing three high adrenaline-pumping Everest passes. The Trek itinerary involves crossing three very high passes: Khongma-La Pass (5535m) Chola-La pass (5368m) and Renjo La pass (5338m), which packs in a good chunk of adventure for thrill-seekers.
Everest high passes trekking coupled with the ascents to Kala Patthar and Gokyo region and the exploration of Everest base camp Trek provides the ultimate and most wholesome Everest experience in the Khumbu region. If that’s not enough, the trek will also take you to less-trodden and remote corners like Nangpa La Valley, Sherpa village of Marlung, and the monastery village of Thame, which provide a change from often trekker-packed trails.
We commence our journey with a scenic 35-minutes long flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The trek begins from Phakding and encompasses famous destinations like unofficial Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, ancient Thame Monastery, and less frequented villages of Lungdeng and Marlung.
Since we will also trek through parts of Sagarmatha national park, we will be able to witness rapidly changing vegetation and topography, and the rich flora and fauna species the region houses. All three passes that we will cross during the trek have their own respective points of challenges and gratification which makes the experience rich.
From Renjo La Pass, we can have surreal views of the Gokyo village and its beautiful cobalt blue lakes. From the top of Tsho-La Pass, we can have amazing views of the Ngozumpa Glacier and Everest Base Camp. Finally, from the top of Kongma La Pass reveals the majestic views of the spectacular Mt. AmaDablam, Mt. Thamserku, and Mt. Kongtega among others.
Everest High Passes Trek surroundings are speckled and iconic – the trails and accommodations range from time-worn classic paths of Khumbu to meticulous and less-frequented high passes of Everest. This is the perfect trek choice for you if you are looking for a one-of-a-kind trekking adventure at the highest elevations in the world.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu via respective airlines, our TH staff will receive with courtesy transfer to hotels in the centre of Kathmandu around Thamel area, an interesting to be with many shops, stores and excellent world class restaurants, with time for short walk and to buy necessary items for the trip, in the hotel our guide will inform and brief regarding trekking and other important things.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
An early morning start from the hotel with a short drive to Kathmandu domestic airport for super scenic flight of 35 minutes to Lukla with awesome views of mountains range, and the shortly landing at strange runways with an uphill, on reaching Lukla with time for rest and to refresh with morning tea and coffee and probably breakfast depending upon the time of arrival, from here a slow start passing the market with shops and stores in Lukla and heading downhill for a while, and then with short ups and gradual winding trail passing many farms and villages, Buddhist prayer monuments and views of snow capped peaks of Kusum Kanguru and Kwangde and finally reaching the overnight stop at Phakding by the river Dudh Kosi.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs.
Morning walk of the 2nd day trekking starts with an easy walk with few ups following the river Dudh Kosi most of the way, crossing the same river by suspension bridge reaching at Monjo village a nice village with lodges catering the trekkers for many years, view of Thermasharkhu peak and Khumbi-la mountain the patron god of Khumbu area, Monjo is the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at the park entrance a rest after getting the permits to travel this area requires Park permits with fees and as well TIMS ( Trekking Information Management System) after a brief rest here continue walk crossing the bridge over Dudh Kosi and to Jorsalle village for lunch, this is the only village for 2-3 hours till Namche is reached. From here walking on the river bed for a while and then after crossing the last bridge over Imjatse River (which joins Dudh Kosi) an uphill walk for few hours through beautiful alpine forest lined with rhododendron, pines and fir trees with awesome mountain scenery of Kwangde, Kusum kanguru if the day is clear view of Mt. Everest and Lhotse also, after a hard climb of few hours reaching at famous Namche Bazaar the Sherpa capital of Khumbu region with many houses with lodges, hotels, pubs, restaurant with fresh bakery and cyber café, health post, post office and banks.
Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
An important and necessary to have a rest day or 2 nights at this altitude to safe guard from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) where drinking plenty of fluids helps but not alcoholic drinks which dehydrate you. In Namche optional walks around neighboring area up to Everest View Hotel (believed as world highest hotel at 3,880 meters) a 2-3 hours hike with promising mountain views with Mt. Everest and magnificent Ama Dablam peak, or walk to the top of Namche hill with aerial view of Namche with Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, Tarmasarku, Kwangde and Ama Dablam peaks and visit interesting museum with full of information of this Khumbu area, afternoon at leisure to browse around the bazaar with nice stores, this place is flooded with locals and trekkers on Saturday big market.
Day 05: Trek to Thame 3,880m – 04 hours.
A pleasant morning walk into enchanting forest of rhododendron, oaks and pines trees, passing small farm villages following the Bhote Koshi River upstream and to Thamo village with a small hydro project that supplies hydro electricity power to some village around Khumbu area, from here walk continues reaching a small bridge, with interesting Buddhist wall paintings on the rock wall, from the bridge walking for an hour to reach Thame a nice quaint village least visited by trekkers. This village is the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay (one of the first person to climb over Mt. Everest) and of Apa Sherpa a record holder 20th time summiteers on top of Mt. Everest. Thame village with an old monastery perched higher from the village.
Day 06: Trek to Marlung 4,137 m – 04 hours.
Starting the morning walk but first visit of Thame monastery then heading towards the first pass of this adventure, trek follows on the trail to Marlung village following Bhote Koshi River upstream, on route passing villages of Thyangmoche and Hungmo, and then walking into complete wilderness with few houses, huts and Sheppard’s pasture land, walk leads further with less vegetation towards arctic climatic zone, finally walk reaches at Marlung for overnight stop after passing the village of Taranga, through yak field.
Day 07: Trek to Lungdeng 4,600 m – 04 hours.
Adventure continues to Lungden walking through old and authentic Himalayan villages blending well in this natural surrounding landscape; this was the old salt trade route between Nepal and Tibet in early days before China invaded Tibet, after leaving the route that leads to Tibet, our trail heading north east for few hours to our overnight stop at Lungdeng a small village with fantastic views of surrounding high snow mountains.
Day 08: Trek to Renjo- La 5,465 m descent to Gokyo 4,800 m – 07 hrs.
From Lungden our real adventure starts to cross the first pass of this high altitude trekking, walk follows to a frozen ponds below Renjo La pass, the route to the pass offering magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche, and then cross over Renjo La pass at 5,465 m / 17,929 ft, one of the least difficult section of this adventure, on reaching the top with awesome panorama of Mt. Cho-Oyu and other high surrounding peaks, after enjoying the views, descending towards Gokyo valley for overnight stop in the comfort of nice lodge near the Gokyo glacial lake.
Day 09: At Gokyo for local hike and trek to Thangnag 4,750 m – 04 hrs.
Starting very early morning to catch the sunrise over giant snow capped mountains from Gokyo Ri at 5,357 meters, which is the highest spot of this amazing trip, after a steep hard haul to the top looking around awesome panorama of world’s highest mountains from Mt. Cho Oyo 8,201 m straddling the border with Tibet along with Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest 8,848 m world’s number one, then worlds fourth highest Mt. Lhotse 8,516 m, Cholatse, Taweche and to the east worlds 05th highest Mt. Makalu at 8,463 m. After a great time at the top Gokyo Ri a steep descent to Gokyo and continue walk for few hours after lunch walking along the glacier moraines to reach a small settlement at Thangnag for overnight stop on the base of Thso-la pass and at the edge of Ngozumba glacier.
Day 10: Cross Tshso-la 5,367m / 17,604 f and to Dzongla 4,850 m – 07 hrs.
Today, a great day to cross over high Tsho-la pass ( Chola) starting early with breakfast following the trail leading to a steep slope to cross a glacier on the eastern side. The ridge top of the pass at an altitude of 5,367meters might be quite arduous to cross when in snow conditions, on reaching the top offering wonderful views of high mountains with Cholatse Glacier, after a high moment then descend carefully to a small pond on route to Dzongla for overnight stop after a hard strenuous day.
Day 11: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m – 05 hrs.
From Dzongla walk to Lobuche will be easy after the hard strenuous day crossing Tshola, morning walk follows a path that descents to yak grazing pastures.
Then it climbs to a terminal debris of Khumbu Glacier, and carries on with a nice gradual walk all the way to Lobuche for overnight stop, Lobuche a with 8-10 nice lodges tucked in a corner close to Lobuche peak.
Day 12: Trek to Gorak Shep 5,170 m and Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and return to Gorakshep – 06 hrs.
Today this awesome journey leads to our goal and highlight of this great trip, morning walk on the gentle slope for few hours passing near the metrological stations of glass pyramids managed by Nepal and Italian scientific on glacier of this area. From here walk leads over rocky moraine and ice and below Khumbu glacier with views of Everest, Nuptse and of Mt. Pumori and after crossing moraine area reaching at Gorakshep located on route Everest base camp and Kalapathar climb with Mt. Pumori soaring above this flat valley.
After a good rest continue walk for 2-3 hours to Everest Base Camp through glacier and moraine sections, on reaching at Everest Base Camp grand views of Nuptse, Lho-la, Changtse in Tibet and top of Everest with its notorious Khumbu ice falls and glaciers at near distance from the base camp. This desolate but tremendous spot feeling out of this world, in high expedition’s season around April and May this place is flooded with different groups of expeditions.
After an overwhelming moment retrace the walk back to Gorakshep for overnight stop after feeling high and at ease after reaching the goal of this trip.
Day 13: Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Lobuche – 04 hrs.
Yet, another highlights of this trip to be accomplished climb to the top of Kalapathar the highest point of this adventure at 5,545 meters offering stupendous panorama of surrounding mountains with Mt. Pumori high above the rocky top of Kalapathar and view of Mt. Everest at mere distance, the climb leads for two hours on the steep path, on reaching enjoy the glamorous views on the highest spot of this adventure, from here reach Gorakshep for breakfast and continue descend towards Lobuche for another last adventure crossing over Khongma-la the last pass of this trip, afternoon preparation for the crossing and long trek next day.
Day 14: Cross Kongma La 5,535 m and to Dingboche 4, 330m – 08 hrs.
Today the last Big Day! crossing Kongma La, starting very early before the break of dawn, the walk leads to the Khumbu glacier and moraine one has to be careful here on the misleading icy path, from here onwards walking on rocky trail beneath Kongma-la and its peak Kongma or Mehra, after a good rest traverse the Kongma-la pass at 5,535 m / 18,159 ft enclosed between the great Nuptse wall, Mehara and Pokalde peaks, after descending the walk leads on the path to Imjatse wide valley with tremendous scenery of Island peak, Ama Dablam and other surrounding peaks. On reaching at Bibre at Imjatse valley a few hours of pleasant walk brings to Dingboche village with about 20 fine lodges, after a hard day walk retire in one of the fine lodge for overnight at Dingboche.
Day 15 : Trek to Namche bazaar – 06 hrs.
Leaving Dingboche and Imjatse valley with grand views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse wall, Lhotse, Makalu and Island peak then head towards the famed Tyangboche with its beautiful monastery and striking scenery views, morning walk with super views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse wall, Lhotse, then heading on the downhill path and back to lower altitude and tree lines, the walk leads past Pangboche, from this village afternoon walk continues to the famed Thyangboche monastery on the easy downhill path for an hour to the bridge over Imjatse river, after crossing the bridge on the good trail and back into the lush forest of pines, birch and rhododendron trees, from a nice place at Deoboche an uphill climb for 45 minutes brings you at the famous Tengboche and its monastery and then walking uphill into tree lines with thick vegetation to the famed Tengboche Monastery . After Tengboche heading downhill to cross Imjatse River and then a steep climb for an hour and with a gradual walk retracing the journey back to Namche Bazaar .
Day 16: Trek to Lukla – 06 hrs.
Today the last walk of this wonderful adventure back to Dudh Kosi valley crossing the same river few times and to the national park entrance / exit gate and then to Monjo village after hours of walks, retracing on the same trail passing villages of Phakding, Benkar, Ghat, Choplung and from here the last climb of this trip for 45 minutes to Lukla, on reaching Lukla by afternoon or lunch time with time for stroll around Lukla bazaar.
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Morning transfer to Tenzing / Hillary airport at Lukla, as per the flight time board the small plane Dronier or Twin Otter a short scenic flight of 35 minutes brings you at Kathmandu and then transfer to respective hotels, with afternoon free at leisure and souvenir shopping.
Day 18: In Kathmandu full day sightseeing tour.
Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel
Day 19: International departure for home ward bound.
Last day in Nepal, after a most memorable and overwhelming time in the high Himalaya with great service of Team Himalaya guides and staff, transfer to Kathmandu international airport terminal for your flight to respective countries.