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Everest High Pass Trek

Everest High Pass Trek is fit for both new trekking enthusiasts and people with a climbing experience who can use this trip as an introductory exercise before embarking on a more challenging route.

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    Trip Duration 20 Days

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    Max, Altitude 5555

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    Type Trekking

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    Best Season Sept - May

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    Meals Included

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    Accommodation Guest House

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    Activity Trekking

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    Difficulty Challenging

Highlights

  • Cross 3 challenging high passes: Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Renjo La Pass.
  • Explore the vibrant Sherpa culture and visit the ancient monasteries.
  • Witness jaw-dropping views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and more.
  • Hike to Everest Base Camp, the iconic launchpad for Everest expeditions.
  • Ascend to Kala Patthar for the best sunrise view of Everest.
  • Discover the tranquil beauty of Gokyo Lakes.
  • Surround yourself in the serene landscapes of the Khumbu Valley.
  • Experience the warmth and hospitality of the Sherpa people.
  • Challenge your physical and mental limits while trekking at high altitudes.

Overview

Everest High Pass Trek is a thrilling experience that offers a stunning 20-day trek. This is a tour for adventurers. Everest High Passes Trek allows you to understand the heart of the Khumbu Valley. It is where you must be prepared to conquer 3 long trails that take you through long mountain trails, serene valleys, ancient monasteries, and picturesque Sherpa villages – Kongma La Pass (5,535m) , Cho La Pass (5,420 m), and Renzo La Pass (5,340m), each offering breathtaking views and challenges that test your physical and mental capabilities.

Name of Everest High Passes

  • Kongma La Pass (5,535/18,159ft),
  • Cho La Pass (5420m/17,782ft), and
  • Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,520ft)

Difficulty of  Everest High Passes Trek 

The Everest High Pass trek is considered challenging. It is suitable for trekkers with a high level of fitness. The Everest High Pass Trek takes in 3 long passes, each over 5,000 meters in elevation, and can be physically as well as mentally challenging. The terrain includes steep ascents and descents, rocky trails, and sometimes icy snow. It is important to adapt to altitude to avoid altitude sickness.

But with proper preparation, including exercise training, recuperation days, and guidance from experienced trekking guides, these trails can be completed safely. We at Himalayan Trekking ensure that you are well prepared and able to work throughout the journey.

The Best Time for Everest High Pass Trek

The best time for the Everest High Pass Trek is in the summer (March to May) and autumn (September to November). Spring brings clear skies, mild temperatures and rhododendron blossoms; autumn brings post-autumn clarity, pleasant temperatures and local celebrations These seasons ensure safe travel, and it was a visual pleasure to capture breathtaking mountain scenery.

Conclusion

The Everest High Pass trek is truly an exhilarating adventure! You will be treated to unbeatable views of the majestic Himalayas. You also get a chance to dive yourself in the rich Sherpa culture in such remote places on earth. This trek promises a life-changing experience.

Detailed Itinerary

On your arrival, you will be picked up by our representative who will drop you off at the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, you will be taken on a guided tour to the most spiritual and popular attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these attractions are even included in the list of World Heritage Sites. Witness the brilliant Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the renowned ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath), and one of the largest Stupas in the world-Bouddhanath. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Your Everest High Pass Trek adventure begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Which is a thrilling experience in itself. From Lukla, begin your trek to Phakding, a charming village along the Dudh Koshi River.

Today, trek to Namche Bazaar. It is the gateway to the Khumbu region. The trail runs through dense forests, crossing long suspension bridges over rushing rivers. Namche Bazaar, the bustling Sherpa town, welcomes you with the perfect combination of lifestyle and shopping.

Spend a day in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. Explore the vibrant markets here.  Visit the Sherpa Museum and enjoy panoramic views of Everest and its neighboring peaks—it looks just perfect! Acclimatization is very important to comfortably adjust to higher altitudes.

Continue your trek to Tengboche. It has Nepal’s most famous monasteries- Tengboche Monastery. The trail offers captivating views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Everest, providing a spiritual and visual feast.

As you trek to Dingboche, the landscape transforms into a rugged terrain with sparse vegetation. You will feel the altitude as you ascend higher, but the stunning scenery and warm hospitality of the locals make it worth the effort.

Take another acclimatization day in Dingboche. A short hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,100m) is recommended.

Proceed to Chhukung, a small village nestled in a stunning valley. Chhukung serves as a base for climbing Island Peak, a popular mountaineering destination.

Today is a challenging day as you cross Kongma La Pass, the first of the 3 high passes. Get ready for steep climbs and descents. It will offer the best of the breathtaking views of the nearby peaks as your reward. Reach Lobuche, your resting place for the night.

Note: Crossing the Kongma La is optional, if you wish to not go through it we can head for Lobuche from Chhukung.

Trek to Gorak Shep, the last settlement before the majestic, “Everest Base Camp”. After a brief rest, begin the hike to the iconic Everest Base Camp. Experience close-up views of the Khumbu Icefall and the glacier.

We walk up a slope admiring great views of Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse mountains. Kala Patthar is a famous landmark in the region, it literally means black rock. Some would say, Kala Patthar is the highlight of the whole trip. Since the mountains surrounding EBC are so massive, you can’t actually see Mount Everest. It is on top of Kala Patthar, where one can see the best view of Mount Everest. Hikers walk early in the morning to Kala Patthar to witness the sunrise from Kala Pattar. After spending some time at Kala Pathhar, we head back to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.

We leave Lobuche as we head downhill alongside the Khumbu Glacier. Soon the trail splits, we take the one on the right. We admire awesome views of the Awi Peak on this trail and pass through a stupa. Soon, the trail becomes sloppy and we get a beautiful of the CholaTsho Lake nearby. Further down the trail we pass another lake then cross a bridge over the Chola Khola to reach Dzongla. Overnight in Dzongla.

Today, the trek is going to be demanding but worth every sweat and tears because the views are extraordinary. We go uphill and soon get views of the Cho La Lake, the AmaDablam and Cholatse mountains. The climb is challenging and made more difficult by boulders we must make our way through. Just before reaching the top, our trail curves round a crevasse making the climb even more challenging.
Once the final climb is done, we reach the top filled with prayer flags and cairns. After admiring the jaw-dropping view from the top we start for a long but easy descent to Thangnak. As we descent, we find ourselves at the edge of the longest glacier of Nepal, the Ngozumpa glacier. Soon, the second Gokyo Lake on the series of six lakes appears and no sooner the third Gokyo Lake, too. We head for Gokyo Village. Overnight in Gokyo Village.

This is going to be an exciting day- there’s going to be loads of hiking, mouthwatering views, and a sense of complete satisfaction. We make some climbs to reach the fourth and fifth lakes of Gokyo, we head towards a viewpoint called the Scoundrel’s Viewpoint and also climb the Gokyo Ri, the views of the Gokyo lakes and the surrounding mountains is breathtaking from the top at Gokyo Ri. Expect marvelous views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makulu, and Ngazumpa Glacier- the largest glacier is the world. Overnight in Gokyo.

We set off early walking alongside the Dudh Pokhari for a while and then descend towards the Renjo La pass. The views remain extraordinary en route, the views from the Renjo La pass are as beautiful as from Gokyo Ri with the third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the Ngozumpa Glacier. The top of the pass offers magical views of Mt. Everest as well. We soon descend towards the south side of AngladumbaTsho Lake. The descent can be tricky as the trail might be covered with ice. We also see nice views of RelamaTsho and Renjo Lake on the descent. We soon make our way through a narrow valley littered with giant boulders to reach Lumde. A brief walk from Lumde we reach Marlung. Overnight at Marlung.

We head down from Marlung on a historical trade route followed by traders for hundreds of years to reach Thame.  We cross a few brides en route to Thame. From Thame, we go further downhill passing through some villages to finally reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

It’s again all downhill from here. Enjoy the views and reflect upon what you just achieved in these last two weeks. It is a wonderful time to fully look back on the entire journey. After passing some rocky path, it is just a quick descent, crossing several suspensions bridges on the way until we reach our destination. We will also be passing by many monasteries, too. And finally, we make it back to Lukla. This will be the last day in the mountains! Time to rest, reflect and relax! Overnight in Lukla.

We will catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu, where we can do some last-minute souvenir shopping and some celebration! You can also check out some other places in Kathmandu, we will be assisting you with that as well. A farewell dinner is arranged to celebrate your success. Overnight in Kathmandu.

This is it, your last day in Nepal. It’s time to say goodbye, but we hope we’ll meet again! Our representative will escort you to the airport three hours before the scheduled flight.

Note Price Info

The prices may vary depending upon date of travel, Category of hotels, Group size, Surge Pricing and seasonal rush. So you are kindly mention detail in inquiry form so our team will work out for the best possible price.

Price includes
  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • 3  nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu  with breakfast
  • 16 nights in standard lodges/tea houses during the trek
  • 3 Courses Meal ( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
  • A cup of tea or coffee in each meal during the trek
  • All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
  • An experienced English speaking guide and  his daily wage, meal, accommodation, and Insurance
  • One porter for 2 persons each of the group (Note- We do not provide porter for a single person, We will provide porter-guide who will carry your backpack and guide you throughout  the journey)
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
  • Farewell Dinner after the trek
  • All government and local taxes
Price Excludes
  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate 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 (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters
Have any Questions? Check out FAQ'S

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The highest point on this trek is Kongma La Pass, standing at 5,535 meters (18,159 feet) above sea level.

Yes, there are teahouses and lodges available along the trekking route, providing comfortable accommodation and meals in Everest High Pass Trek.

Yes, altitude sickness is a concern due to the high altitudes reached during the Everest High Pass Trek. Proper acclimatization and following your trekking guide’s advice are important to preventing altitude-related issues.

Previous trekking experience, especially at high altitudes, is highly recommended. You need to be physically fit and prepared for the challenging terrain and conditions for Everest High Pass Trek.

To prepare for Everest High Pass Trek, engage in a fitness regimen that includes cardiovascular and strength training, as well as hiking at higher altitudes if possible. Consult with a healthcare professional before undertaking the trek to ensure you are in good health

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