Everest High pass trek is an adventurous trek in one of the world’s most popular trekking trail - Everest Base Camp, and crossing over high mountain passes.
Three important passes in the Everest region are on the list during the trek; Kongma La (5535m), Cho La (5420m) and Renjo La (5340m).
The trek further extends to the Everest Base Camp, hike to Kalapather and also visiting the beautiful Gokyo Valley and it’s pristine lakes. Besides trekkers get to explore the remote valley of Nangpa La, the Sherpa village of Marlung, the monastery village of Thame.
The trek circulates one of the world’s highest mountain passes with the trekking trail passing through spectacular remote valleys, serene lakes, raging icy mountain rivers, age-old villages, Buddhist monasteries.
En-route you will get to witness some of the most spectacular views of the world’s highest mountain series including Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Cho oyu (8201m), Mt. Thamserku (6623m), Mt. Nuptse (7816m) etc.
The trekking also provides great insight into the local culture, tradition of the people living in the high Himalayas and witness varied flora and faunas of the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu O/N Hotel
After arriving at the airport in Kathmandu, meet/greet by our representatives then transfer to the hotel and briefing about the next day’s travel plan. Stroll around Kathmandu in free time or stay at the hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation O/N Hotel
After breakfast, Kathmandu sightseeing begins in the morning at historical, cultural and religious UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We first visit Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where many historical & cultural monuments are located. Later on, drive towards Pashupatinath Temple, sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva in the banks of Holy Bagmati River.
After lunch, we visit the Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists). Likewise, Boudhanath Shrine will be covered in the evening. Afterwards, return back to hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla (flight- 40 min) to Phakding (2652m) 3-4 hours O/N Lodge
Early in the morning after breakfast, transfer to the domestic airport to catch the early morning flight to Lukla (2800m), the gateway to the Everest. It is a scenic flight of over 40 minutes passing over the mountains and landing at Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. Upon reaching Lukla, rest of the trekking crew will be awaiting then start the first league of trek towards Phakding.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hours O/N Lodge
The trek begins after breakfast towards Namche Bazaar which includes few ascending and descending with numerous crossings over the Dudh Koshi River. En-route spectacular view of Mt. Thamserku (6608m) can be seen from Benkar Village. After crossing few bridges comes the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. Trekking permits are checked by the park authorities here.
The trail then descends and after a steady walks comes Jorsale then further walking comes Hillary Suspension Bridge. Namche Bazaar can be reached upon climbing uphill enjoying views of Kwangde peak along with it’s neighbors like Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache and other mountains. A short halt at Chautra for a scenic view to take photographs. Finally Namche Bazaar is reached, the main gateway to the Khumbu region.
Day 05: Acclimatization Namche Bazaar, Everest View hotel hike 3-4 hours O/N Lodge
Today is a rest day at Namche for better acclimatizing in the high altitude. A few hours of walk is recommend by health experts so a short hike to the Everest View Hotel is a good option- from the hotel premises panoramic view of the Everest region can be seen.
Other option is to explore Namche Bazaar, the central hub for trekkers, climbers and also a trading junction for the locals and Tibetan traders alike. Every Fridays and Saturdays there is a special market drawing attention of the tourist.
Namche has many restaurants, pubs, hotels, bakery, cafes. A few hours of walk in Namche itself is helpful for acclimatizing. Near the headquarter of Sagarmatha National Park is the Tourist Visitor Center which houses collections of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture & traditions and more about lifestyle of the people living up in the Himalayas. Namche Bazaar is simply a great place to hang around.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) 5-6 hours O/N Lodge
The trek today is toward beautiful Tengboche en-route enjoying spectacular views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam and close-up view of Mt. Thamserku. Also spot some wildlife like musk deer, Himalayan Thar, multi-colored pheasants. The trail via Kayangjuma eventually reaches Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. Then it crosses a beautiful pine forest and prayer flags festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River to reach Phunki Tenga.
Tengboche is reached after climbing through the forest for a few more hours. Tengboche has closer views of Everest, Amadablam & Nuptse. It also has the biggest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region ‘Tengboche Monastery’.
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) 5-6 hours O/N Lodge
Witness the early morning views of the snow-capped mountains from Tengboche then gear up for Dingboche also known as 'summer valley'.
The route first chooses the upper trail passing through several Chortens, Mani Walls & small villages then crosses the Imja Khola and goes through the village of Pangboche (3900m). Spectacular views of Amadablam and other peaks keep the trek energetic. Dingboche is reached after entering the Imja Valley and descending to Lobuche River and some continuous climb. In Dingboche, green fields protected by stone walls can be seen in order to save these pastures from cold, wind and animals.
Day 08: Dingboche to Chhukung (4750m) 3-4 hours O/N Lodge
A pleasant walk following the trail via Imja river valley with great mountains view en-route. The walk is relaxing - just 3-4 hours. The towering peak of Lhotse can be observed towards left and Amadablam to the right. Walking further ‘Bibre-yak herdman place’ is reached. Taking further steps Island Peak, one of the most popular trekking peaks, can be noticed. Chhukung can be reached upon crossing some icy streams en-route for 30 minutes. From Chhukung, witness scenic views of glaciers and massive mountains all around. In Chhukung, take a rest or hike to rocky knoll of Chhukung-Ri commanding stunning views of Lhotse, Island peak, Amadablam, Makalu and others.
Day 09: Acclimatization, Explore Chhukung and its vicinity O/N Lodge
Today is for acclimatizing and experts strongly recommend acclimatizing at Chhukung before heading for Kongma-La Pass. The day is spent on exploring around Chhukung.
The views from Chhukung and above on the moraines towards the Island peak is simply breathtaking. Take the opportunity to climb Chhukung-Ri or climb the base camp of Island Peak.
Day 10: Chhukung to Kongma La (5535m) to Lobuche (4940m) 6-7 hours O/N Lodge
This day is ascending the highest pass of the expedition, Kongma-La Pass. Start the trek early in the morning after breakfast and make sure plenty of water, snacks & packed lunch are taken as no tea shops are on this route.
The trail is absolutely exquisite where you can enjoy the natural beauty of the Khumbu region. The trail offers two options whether you wish to climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung over the moraine of the Nuptse Glacier or walk back to Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. Discover the beauty of Island peak viler and ridge of Amohu Lapcha after few hours of walking. The trail then ascends through Niyang Khola Valley then turns west and after continuous walking through a stony trail reaches a wide basin filled with small frozen lakes.
The trail then further leads us to Kongma La. The marks of the pass: cairn wrapped in prayer flags can be seen from the top of Kongma-La. Khumbu glacier is yet another attraction of this region. The trek continues turning north through Khumbu Glacier towards Lobuche.
Day 11: Lobuche to Gorekshep(5170m)-Everest Base Camp (5364m) 8-9 hours O/N Lodge
Morning begins with breakfast then trek to Gorekshep via the moraine of Khumbu Glacier and it’s a long walk today enjoying the magnificent panorama of the Khumbu region. The trial passes through the pyramid sign post, and trekking further comes the view of the crest of the north ridge of Mt. Everest including Pumori, Mahalungur, Lingtem, Khumbutse, Nuptse and other peaks. Climbing further reaches Thangma Riju offering 360 degree panoramic view of snowy mountains. And climbing through the stream of Changri Glacier, the first sight of Kalapather can be observed. Reaching Gorekshep, which is surrounded by snowy peaks including Mt. Everest continue straight ahead through Indian Army Mountaineers’ memorials towards the Everest Base Camp. Everest Base Camp commands views of Nuptse, Khumbutse, Pumori but Mt. Everest might stay hidden.
Day 12: Gorekshep to Kalapather (5545m) to Lobuche (4940m) 8-9 hours O/N Lodge
Today is yet another exciting and adventurous hike to Kalapather. In the early morning, catch the spectacular view of Mt. Everest and other peaks from Kalapather. Gear up with some fine warm cloths as the cold wind is quite common in this region. En-route to Kalapather, witness scenic mountain views like Lingtren, Changtse, Khumbutse etc from a distance. Mt. Everest slowly reveals itself as the trek progresses. Kalapather can be reached after several hours. The natural surroundings of mountains and the Himalayan ranges is the best from this point. Afterwards, trek back to Gorekshep and finally climb down to Lobuche.
Day 13: Lobuche to Dzongla (4830m) 4 hours O/N Lodge
The trek today is short and more relaxed towards Dzongla. Leaving Lobuche behind, the trail crosses a stream and ridges then leads to Dzongla. Good views of Amadablam and Thamserku can be noticed en-route and also Mt. Taboche peering at a distance.
The village of Pheriche looms in a distance offering a great view. Then the route passes through Chola Lake below Cholatse and later climbs up a spur then further descends steeply to a wide basin. Dzongla can be reached upon a steady walk from the basin and crossing a shaky bridge.
Day 14: Dzongla to Cho La (5368m) to Thangnak (4680m) - Gokyo 7-8 hours O/N Lodge
Another high passes of Everest, Chola Pass, is crossed today. Set-off early in the morning after breakfast and today is probably the toughest day of the expedition. First the trail descends to a basin across the icy streams via which the basin top can be reached. The trail then becomes rough then ascends revealing the beauty of Chola Lake. As the route gains height, witness soaring Amadablam on the south and Cholatse towards west. At this point we need to be very careful while scrambling through the rocky trail. The rocks can be glazed by ice so being alert is very important. Climbing Cho La is really a tough job but worth the climb. The Chola summit has prayer flags flapping in the strong wind with breath-taking views. The rocky trail leading down to Thangnak can easily made out from the pass but cautiousness is required as rocks are glazed by ice. Thangnak can be reached after few hours of walk. Leaving Thangnak, a short walk will lead to Ngozumpa Glacier (the longest glacier in Nepal) and walking further will reach the village of Gokyo.
Day 15: Acclimatization- Trek to Gokyo Ri (5357m) 3-4 hours O/N Lodge
Yet another day for acclimatization in Gokyo. Explore Gokyo and climb Gokyo-Ri, the best viewpoint in the Everest region. The hike to Gokyo-Ri takes a couple of hours and the summit commands panoramic spectacular views of Mt. Cho-Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, Everest plus Cho-Oyu Base Camp and the biggest glacier in the world ‘Ngazumpa Glacier’. Afterwards, descend down and return to Gokyo.
Day 16: Gokyo to Renjo La (5360m) to Marlung (4210m) 7-8 hours O/N Lodge
Gear up today for Rinjo-La & Marlung, and the trek begins early in the morning leaving the main trail and taking trail to Renjo-La via Dudh Pokhari. Rinjo-La can be reached after a couple hours of walk from where alluring Himalayan views can be enjoyed. These include Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse etc shining in the first rays of the sun. Enjoy this spectacular panorama then descend down the icy trail to reach Lumde. En-route is Relama Tsho & Renjo Lake. Further walking from Lumde to reach Marlung situated on the east bank of Bhote Khosi River.
Day 17: Marlung to Namche Bazaar 5-6 hours O/N Lodge
Closer to the trek end, we set-off back to Namche today. The trail first crosses the Bhote Khosi River and descends down to Taranga to reach the valley of Langmuche Khola. After few hours of walk comes Thame. The ancient Gompa (Monastery) is yet another must see monument of Thame. The Gompa has three big images of Avalokiteswara, Guru Rimpoche and Buddha Shakyamuni. The famous Mani Rimdu festival is held in this Gompa in May which features colorful mask dances with other traditions. Afterwards, Samde is reached upon climbing down and crossing a bridge. Further ascend down to Thame Village to pay a visit to Khari Gompa, home to Buddhist monks & nuns.
The trek continues passing check-post and hydro-electricity power station to reach a small village of Phurte. Lawudo Monastery is situated at Phurte popular among westerners for Buddhist study and meditation. Namche Bazaar is eventually reached upon passing through some gompas, mani stones, chortens.
Day 18: Namche Bazaar to Lukla 6-8 hours O/N Lodge
Wrapping up the expedition today and leaving Namche Bazaar towards Lukla. The trail descends down the rocky path crossing suspension bridge over Dudh Khosi River. It then becomes smoother and easy - passing through beautiful forest filled with Rhododendron, pine trees and other vegetations.Ultimately arrive at Lukla and have a relaxing time with the trek crew and other group members.
Day 19: Lukla to Kathmandu (flight) 40 minutes O/N Hotel
We fly to Kathmandu this morning with a scenic view of the mountains. The 40 minutes flight will also give us a bird’s eye view of glorious Kathmandu city by the time it prepares to land. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will meet you and transfer to the hotel. PM: Free/At leisure.
Day 20: Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination
Last day of the trip and transfer from hotel to the international airport in Kathmandu by our representatives. It is advisable to arrive at the airport three hours before your flight schedule. After exchanging goodbyes, fly back home with all the unforgettable memories of the amazing Everest High Passes Trek.
When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Everest High passes Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Everest High passes Trekking, only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.
Meals and Accommodation:
During the Everest High passes Trekking, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.
Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 20 days Everest High passes Trekking is moderate to strenuous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 20 days Everest High passes Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.
The Trekking Group:
For the Everest High passes Trekking, there will be one Guide and/or porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). We can run the Everest High passes Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than sixteen people together, we can arrange this too.
Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Everest High passes Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
• Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
• Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
• Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
• English Language - KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
• Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
• Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association
Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.
Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.
Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.