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Trekking in Three High Passes of Everest

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On this venture, the aim is clear, the climb goes over 5,000m crossing Renjo La, Cho La, Kongma La passes and peaking on the summits of Gokyo Ri and Kala Pattar our hike extends to less frequented valleys of the Khumbu by making a beeline for Renjo La and Chukhung this is a tough trek & the stakes are high but the rewards are unimaginable.

A tough journey that’s challenging but then a trip out in the true wild was never easy, & the awesome beauty to behold stretches beyond the imaginations.

The Everest High Passes Trek cuts across Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar, Gokyo Valley and its placid Lakes, Gokyo Ri for breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. Perhaps more than this, this route introduces trekkers to the isolated and virgin Nangpa La Valley, the Sherpa village of Marulung and the monastery village of Thame. Tantamount to this, adventurers tread on world-famous routes while crossing three high passes Kongma La (5,535/18,159 ft), Cho La (5420m/17,782ft) and Renjo La (5,340m/17,520ft).
The Everest region treks have always been special, but this odyssey is one of a different kind; we go off-the-beaten-track through remote valleys and over high passes with jaw-dropping scenery all the way. Initially, we follow the main Everest trail but it is not long before we leave other trekkers behind as we head towards another world that starts with the Renjo La pass, 5,390m/17,684ft, via the serene attractiveness of the Bhote Kosi Valley. Once across the pass, we trek beside the turquoise Gokyo Lakes before crossing the snow-covered Cho La, 5,400m/17,700ft; our second high pass. This brings us closer to the foot of Everest and we soon begin to enjoy thrilling close-up views from the small peak of Kala Patthar. Our final challenge is to cross the Kongma La, 5,540m/18,176ft, but the vistas provide ample reward for our efforts with a breathtaking panorama of many of the highest peaks in the Himalaya…as we behold nature at its most extravagant, & ever so natural.

This really is the ultimate high altitude Everest trekking route, in the world’s most spectacular mountain terrain. It’s undoubtedly tough – but the scenery provides more than ample rewards. This is one of the finest mountain journeys you are ever likely to undertake in your lifetime.
Trek type: FOT/TH/GAP
Maximum altitude: 5545m

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival 1360m
You arrive in Kathmandu and our representative will be on standby with our office vehicle to transfer you to your hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be scheduled to discuss the trekking program and co-ordinate any last-minute arrangements. Your can refresh your self, go for a walk down the street to get familiar with your surroundings before preparing for a tasty dinner of a local Nepalese cuisine which you will truly enjoy accompanied by a cultural dance performed by the local belles. Your  first overnight in the city of temples, probably the most in the world.

Meals Included: 1 welcome dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu Cultural Sightseeing Tour
In the morning we explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour, visiting Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. Here we may observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the Stupa. In addition we also visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we will see Hindu holymen (or Sadhus), pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The early afternoon is free to relax in the spacious hotel garden or you may wish to visit Thamel, for any last-minute shopping. In the afternoon you will be supplied with your Trek and Climbing Packs and trek departure information.
Meals included: 1 breakfast

Day 03: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding 2652m, 3 hours trekking
In the early morning we take the spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m), flying parallel to the Himalayan giants bordering Nepal and Tibetan China. Flight time is about 40 minutes to the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. After landing we will have time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort and load the trekking equipment. In the afternoon, we begin the trek by descending towards the DudhKosi River, where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m), it is a short distance to Phakding.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner

Day 04: Phakding - Monjo 2835m, 3 hours Trekking
From Phakding we cross the river and head up the Dudhakosi valley following fellow assistants from the south, ferrying supplies to Namche. The trail keeps close to the river valley and is lined with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest that is very spectacular in the spring months when the flowers are in bloom. We cross the DudhKosi at Benkar where there are tantalizing glimpses of the snow peaks KusumKanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m) where we arrive in time for lunch. We spend the night in Monjo with the afternoon free, with the opportunity to do some exploring around the village. The day has been deliberately kept short to aid acclimatization, a very important process.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner

Day 05: Monjo - Namche Bazaar 3446m, 4 hours Trekking
Today the walking is a little tougher and includes the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. From Monjo, it is a short walk to the entrance of the National Park before we cross the DudhKosi, to Jorsale (2805m). The trek continues upstream on generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank, to the confluence of the BhoteKosi and DudhKosi rivers; it is here that we start the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. After crossing a large and stable suspension bridge high above the river we slowly ascend at a steady pace towards Namche. There are some fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, AmaDablam and Taweche (6542m) come into view for the first time. After arriving in Namche, we enjoy lunch and the afternoon is free to bargain in the shops for ''Tibetan'' artefacts, or relax and marvel at the beautiful scenery.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner

Day 06: Namche Bazaar Hike
We remain at Namche for a second night to allow for proper acclimatization to the altitude. Namche is a prosperous village, situated in a large, protected hollow. It gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Today a limited amount of trade exists at Namche, and Tibetans are often seen in the village trading rugs and Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat.
It is recommended that you take the opportunity to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the National Park Headquarters above the village. The view is stunning with a superb panorama of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest. After breakfast, there is a variety of options: perhaps a walk towards Thame (3810m) above the beautiful BhoteKhola river valley or a visit to the National Park Headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. There is also a mountaineering display and details of the park’s flora and fauna. Your guides will be on hand to offer advice and escort you on your walks.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner

Day 07: Namche Bazaar - Phortse 3850m, 4 hours trekkingThe trail contours around Khumbilya's lower slopes, passing through beautiful birch forest and on to treeless, grassy slopes to a stupa-3992m on top of a rocky ridge at Mongla. Once again the views of the mountains are magnificent. Phortse can be seen across the valley, a chocolate box village set in a patchwork of stone-walled fields. From the stupa you descend on a series of switchback trails to the DudhKosi River, 300 meters below, at Phortse Bridge & cross the DudhKosi and ascend to the village of Phortse for overnight under a moonlit night. 

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee

Day 08: Phortse - Dingboche 3900m
From Phortse, we ascend through the high ridge of Imjakhola. Along the way keep an eye open for Blood and Danphe Pheasant, Musk Deer and, high on the steep slopes of the valley, the Himalayan Thar. Gradually ascend & descend to the village of Pangboche where the peak of AmaDablam dominates the skyline. We will take lunch here and perhaps view the beautiful monastery that once housed the legendary Yeti scalp. In the afternoon our route ascends gradually, high above the ImjaKhola, passing the tea houses at Orsho before crossing the ImjaKhola and old glacial moraines to our lodge in the settlement of Dingboche.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee

Day 09: Dingboche 4300m - Chhukung
From Dingboche we head up through the village, following the ImjaKhola valley. The ascent is gradual, crossing small streams, through open alpine pastures with fine views of Island Peak at the head of the valley. We will reach the Chukhung lodge in time for lunch, with the afternoon free to rest and acclimatise. If you feel energetic enough, you can head up the valley towards the old moraines that flow down from Lhotse. The views of the massive Lhotse Wall and AmaDablam are particularly impressive hereabouts. 

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee

Day 10: Chhukung - Kongma La 5535m - Lobuche 4940m, 6 - 7 hrs
An early break fast and early start is necessary today, as not only do we have to cross Kongma la La, but we also have to make the long descent to reach Lobuche. Continuing up the valley, we cross a ridge and an old lateral moraine, before beginning the rocky scramble to the pass. From the pass there are excellent views across to the Rolwaling Valley in the west and AmaDablam to the south east. The descent from the pass involves the crossing of a small glacier, often covered in snow however but is fairly straightforward. There are excellent views of AmaDablam and the forbidding north face of Cholatse as we descend to the pastures below. The way to Lobuche contours the grassy slopes above a lake, TsholaTsho, to join up with the main Everest trail from Pheriche and Thyangboche. The trail flattens out and follows the valley on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.

Day 11: Lobuche-Gorak Shep 5160m – Kalapather in the afternoon
To reach our next stop, Kala Pattar, we follow the Khumbu Glacier. The trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our overnight  place Gorakshep. Later in the afternoon, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5554m]. As the light begins to fade we stroll back to our camp at GorakShep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day. 

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.

Day 12: Everest Base Camp Hike
A very early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to either GorakShep.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.

Day 13: GorakShep - Dzongla 4830m3 - 7 hrs
As we retrace our steps to Lobuche and towards to Dzongla 4830m. Our hikes today will be pretty cool in comparison to other days. The path to Dzongla branches off from the main trail some distance from Lobuche. After crossing a stream we come through a fork and later curving round to the wide gravelly river bed of the stream. As it flows southwestward, the trail runs across it and climbs the ridge ahead. From the grassy ridge ahead, as the trail runs across to southeast from where we can see soaring heights of AmaDablam and Kangtega-Thamserku while Taboche looms prominently ahead. Pheriche village is visible down in the distance. We will also have visibility of mound in ChukpiLhara and its memorials and the lodges of Dugla. As the ridge veers northward, the vast Chola Lake spreads below Mt. Cholatse. The lake stays with us over a long stretch until we descend to a wide basin. The trail climbs up a spur and descends steeply to another broad basin. After an hour walk transverse from the basin and shortly after crossing a wobbly bridge, we reach Dzongla. We spend the night in one of the local lodges at Dzongla (the lodges available at Dzongla are more or less basic)

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.

Day 14: Dzongla - ChoLa 5368m -Thagnak 4680m 7 - 8 hrsEarly morning as we move out of our lodge, we will be greeted by the thrilling sight of Cholatse looming tall over us. Today is going to be one of the toughest days of our trip. The walk begins as we transverse through a spur extending westward from Dzongla. The path descends to a basin across which meanders a murmuring stream crusted with ice at places. In about an hour, we reach the top of the basin readying for the triumph on ChoLa. As we gain height, the view back gets increasingly more captivating; the Chola Lake begins to appear and the AmaDablam in its pyramidal incarnation presides over a range of mountains on the south as Cholatse soars on the west. Climbing the incline is not easy; it is steep, but made worse by boulders over some of which we will have to scramble. We need to be alert as rocks can be glazed by ice. The final climb to the ChoLa can be a little tricky as the trail curves round the bergschrund. Upon reaching the top, we see prayer flags strung across cairns, flapping in the strong wind. Scenery of majestic peaks in all directions is breathtaking. Although long, the path leading down to Thagnak can be easily made out from the pass because it looks ok but can be hazardous if rocks are glazed by ice, a bit of cautiousness is needed. We reach Thagnak, a rather more considerable hamlet with a small village. Stepping out of the settlement, we are greeted by fabulous mountain views. The trail brings us to the Ngozumpa glacier edge after short walk, which is longest glacier in Nepal. Reaching the other side of the glacier, we get view of the second of the Gokyo lakes on the series of six lakes. A short distance away is the third Gokyo Lake. Overnight at Thagnak.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.

Day 15: Thangnak - Gokyo 4790m
We cross the glacier and ascend the lateral moraine valley past beautiful lakes with Siberian ducks swimming across the mirror-calm surface to the village of Gokyo. Today is an easy day and for those with the energy levels a sunset walk to the summit of GokyoRi (5400m) may be in order, for those not so inclined we will make the climb early the next morning. Overnight lodge Gokyo.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.

Day 16: Gokyo - Rest & and exploration
An early start is best for the opportunities that the early morning views offer. The steady and unrelenting ascent of GokyoRi will take around two hours. You will be elated when you reach the summit with it’s spectacular view. Probably the most comprehensive view of 8,000 metre peaks inNepal, many people consider it to be Nepal’s best. Surrounding us are Cho Oyu (8153 m), (a mountain that defeated a British Expedition of climbers, including Hillary, in their lead-up to their successful assault of Everest), Gyangchung Kang (7922 m), Lhotse (8501 m), Makalu (8475 m), Cholatse (6440 m), Taweche (6542 m), Kantega (6685 m), Thamserku (6808 m), Lobuche (6145 m) and Mt Everest (8848 m). Hundreds of other unnamed peaks fill the scene, whilst below us the Ngozumba Glacier, the largest in Nepal, stretches through the valley. The striking color of the lakes below completes the picture. The only way to get a better view of the entire Everest region would be to climb an 8,000 metre peak! 

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.

Day 17: Gokyo - Renjo La (5345m) and trek to Langden in the Thame valley- 7 hours walking
Today you walk up the Renjo La from where we can see Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Makalu and then on the other side of the pass the Rolwaling peaks. The trail comes down past lakes and yak pastures to join the Thame valley, one of the main trading routes with Tibet over the Nangpa La. Overnight at teahouse lodge in Langden.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.

Day 18: Gokyo - Thame 3805m
We descend to meet the trail from the Nangpa La, which leads into Tibet, and we may well meet Tibetan.traders, with their caravans of yaks laden with carpets, salt and hides. Following the BhoteKosi Valley we head south to Thame with its spectacular monastery.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.

Day 19: Thame 3805m – Namche - Manjo
A side-trip to Lawudo Gompa (3790m), affiliated with the renowned Kopan Gompa in Kathmandu, tucked away above Thamo and Mende villages. After a steep descent to the Bhote Kosi, which we cross on a high bridge over a narrow canyon, we take an alternative (and rarely used by trekkers) trail which climb steeply to the small gompa where Guru Rimpoche meditated in a small cave en route to Tibet. The monk or ani (nun) staying this magical retreat will inevitably treat us to tea while we take in the spectacular views from the gompa steps. Khumbila, the sacred Sherpa peak, looms overhead, prayer flags from the gompa providing the perfect Himalayan foreground. The local monk, NawangChhuldim, assured Kim that this was one of the most beautiful spots in the Khumbu when she first happened upon this isolated gompa, far from the main trail. The cave the famous Rimpoche used has been turned into a tiny cave chapel, and there is a eclectic in-house library. Kim has a book on the gompa, so ask for a look if you want some more history .
We'll have lunch with Lhakpa's mother and sister in Mende, picnic style. Potato pancakes will be on the menu for sure, a Sherpa specialty. From Mende, we drop steeply to the trail and trek for an hour and a half, contouring high above the river, to Namche for Lunch. From Namche the trail descends rapidly to the floor of the DudhKosi Valley and our lodge at Manjo.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.

Day 20: Manjo - Phakding - Lukla2640 4hrs
Our last trekking day and it’s quite easy. The trail is mostly along the floor of the valley before a gradual climb to Lukla arriving mid morning. In the evening there’s a special celebration dinner followed by a ceremony to farewell our Nepali trekking crew.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.

Day 21: Lukla to Kathmandu 35mins flying time
Flying from Lukla to Kathmandu the mountain views are unequalled anywhere else in the world. Met on arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to our Hotel.
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner with tea/coffee.

Day 22: Final Departure to home.
Transfer to Kathmandu airport for the flight back home. Amazing journey in the Khumbu region including that to the base camp of Everest and crossing over high passes comes to an end today.
Meals included: 1 breakfast

What's included

  • 3 night's accommodations in Kathmandu on BB plan
  • All meals as specified for trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Arrival pick up and departure drop off
  • All internal local transport as per the itinerary
  • Internal flights from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu for client and Trek Leader
  • Trekking permits
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Accommodation in twin sharing local basis lodges or best available places for accommodations
  • Trek leader and porters-salary
  • Insurance
  • Trek bag
  • Basic first aid kit carried by your leader

What's not included

  • Kathmandu food - lunch and dinner
  • International flights from your home to home
  • Airport Taxes
  • Car, taxi
  • Visa fees
  • Medical examination (if required) and vaccination costs
  • Personal expenditure
  • All bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, hot shower in the mountain, mineral water, sweet deserts
  • Tipping for trek crew (driver, Trek leader and porter-tipping is not mandatory but expected)
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional trips
  •  Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control.
  • Anything not specified in the Included section

Important information

The itinerary is a guideline pattern which we offer, trekking tour of this type - mountain weather, local politics, transportation etc, beyond control can be resulted in a change of trip. It is very unlikely to have such circumstances occurs but our effort is to minimize its effect, however we not responsible for the result of delays or changes.

Recommend to bringing water purifier and neutralizer tabulates to reduce your cost of traveling and to become responsible traveler.

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