Everest High Passes Trek is perfect for trekkers or mountaineers who love to have thrilling adventures and want to cover almost all the Khumbu region in one trek. Everest High Passes Trek is also known as Everest Circuit Trek which incorporates Lower Khumbu, the three highest passes of Khumbu region namely Renjo La (5,360m), Cho La (5,420m) and Kongma La (5,535 m) and the Everest Base Camp. This trek provides stunning views of snow-capped mountains and incredible landscapes.
Everest High Pass trek includes the sightseeing some of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu namely Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple. The flight to Lukla, one of the most exciting airports in the world gives a sense of anticipation as you approach the beginning of the Himalayan Mountains. This trek presents the ultimate beauty of nature and offers an opportunity to experience and observe the lifestyle, culture, and tradition of the legendary Sherpas. There is lots of quality time that can be spent in Namche Bazar (3,440 m) and Khumjung Village (3,790 m) interacting with the local people, tasting the local food, visiting cafes, restaurants, bookstores, along with observing the local’s lifestyle and culture. Another attraction of the trek is the serene environment of Thame Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries of Khumbu region.
The trails through Renjo La Pass (5,360m) towards beautiful Gokyo Valley unveils the radiant glacial lakes laid like pearls in a string, throughout the peaks of Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188m) and Gyanchungkang on the border of Tibet. The best views of Mt. Everest (8,848 m) and Mt. Makalu (8,481 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,856m) can be seen from Gokyo Ri. Further, into the Khumbu Valley, the high passes trail of Cho La Pass (5,420m) is difficult to cross but will reward you with unrivaled views. The joy of reaching the Everest Bas Camp and the base of the tallest mountain in the world is a great achievement for trekkers. The trek to Kala Patthar (5,643 m), gives an awesome view of mighty Mt. Everest from up close. Afterward, the trek descends to Lukla via another high pass in the Khumbu region, Kongma La (5,535m) then descends to pass beautiful villages like Pheriche, Dingboche, and Tengboche, where lies a very famous Buddhist monastery amidst the Sagarmatha National Park. From Lukla, flying back to Kathmandu allows long farewells to this incredible region.
This is an ideal trek for you if you want to get connected with locals, nature, and wildlife at the same time. Be a part of this amazing adventure with us, and we will make sure that this journey will become one of the most memorable time of your life.
One of our team delegates will be at the airport to pick you up, and escort you by private transportation to your pre-arranged hotel. There will be time for you to settle and rest after your long journey, then in the evening you will meet your guide and be briefed about the itinerary.
After having a delicious breakfast, you will visit the popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will visit scared Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Stupa, and after prepare for the trek and last minutes shopping
You will take a short 40-minute flight to Lukla. The flight is full of amazing views of hills and snow covered mountains. After reaching landing in Lukla, we will organize our gear, meet the rest of the team, and please remember to put all the items you want to have access to in your daypack, as your luggage will go ahead with the porters. Then the trek begins and your first village will be Phakding by way of Chheplung Village. Upon reaching Cheplung Village, you will get to see Mt. Khumbila (5,761 m) and a further descent will take you to Phakding
After having breakfast, you will start your trek passing through the beautiful pine forest and reach Monjo. At Monjo, you will cross the Dudh Koshi River and enter in the Sagarmatha National Park region. Then a suspension bridge decorated with colorful prayer flags will lead you to Jorsale village. The Bhote Koshi River and Dudh Koshi River will keep you company as you ascend steeply to reach Namche Bazaar
We will not ascend to the next village today so that you may get acclimatized to the increasing altitude. Namche Bazaar is one of the main villages of this region, and you will experience true Sherpa culture and traditions. It is important to stay a little active on acclimatization day and we will take this opportunity for hiking to Everest View Hotel (3926m) and enjoy gorgeous views of Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,856 m) and Mt. Everest (8,848 m). Then walk towards Khumjung Village and visit Khumjung Gompa then return back to Namche Bazaar.
You will begin your trek along the Bhote Koshi to reach Thame. The trail passes through rhododendron and pine forests and a mud-coated Stupa at Phurte following the route towards Thamo. You will descend steeply to Khumbu hydroelectric project plant and then move towards Thame. We can take some time to visit the famous Thame Monastery.
Today, you will begin your trek by ascending towards Taranga and cross Marulung which is on the east bank of Bhote Koshi. Further, you will descent to Lumde following a narrow valley filled with huge boulders. The trail will present you beautiful views of biodiversity along with unique Sherpa culture.
You will begin to descend towards Renjo La Pass where you will see heartwarming views of Mt. Everest (8848m), Makalu (8463m) and Rolwaling Ranges. After that, you will reach Gokyo Tsho, which is with turquoise blue water shimmering in the sun. Then you will arrive at Gokyo valley nestled against the Ngozumpa Glacier.
You will trek to Gokyo Lake and explore the nearby areas including amazing viewpoints. You will get to see the Ngozumpa Glacier up close, which is the longest glacier in Nepal. You will also see Thonak Tsho (Tsho Means Lake in Tibetan) and Ngozumpa Tsho. You will see panoramic views of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,414 m) and return back to Gokyo.
Today, you will begin trekking early in astounding views of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188 m), Mt. Makalu (8,481 m) and Khumbu icefall layout before you. Then, you will return back to Gokyo and continue walking towards Dragnag, where you will stay overnight.
You will begin your trek today with a descent to reach Thangnak Village. Once there, a short break with tea or coffee and snacks will be welcomed. From here, the trek will lead you to the Cho La Pass. The trail may be slippery so care should be taken as we ascend to the pass. Beautiful view of Mt. Ama Dablam (6856m) and Cholatse (6335m) are seen. The, you have to walk descend down to reach Dzongla Village.
After having breakfast, you will walk towards Chola and witness the beautiful Chola Tsho Lake. Then you will walk through a small settlement and reach Lobuche Kharka. Afterward, we will have beautiful views of Avi Peak (5245m) in the background towards Lobuche. From Lobuche, you will have a truly stunning view of the Khumbu glacier.
Though the day will be long, the alpine terrain will reward you with its stark beauty. After reaching Gorakshep, you will have an opportunity to take a nice break, have some snacks and tea, then proceed towards Everest Base Camp. After reaching Everest Base Camp, you will spend some quality time with close views of Mt. Everest (8848m), Pumo Ri (7165m), Lingtren (6749m) with other peaks and return back to Gorakshep.
You will begin your trek early in the morning to the Kalapatthar and enjoy the gorgeous sunrise with panoramic views of the Himalayas. After clicking some pictures, you will descend back to Gorakshep. As you walk, enjoy views of the Lobuche Glacier and Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche where you will stay overnight
After having a delicious breakfast, you will begin your trek to Dingboche. The trail will lead you to the Khumbu Glacier to cross Kongma-La Pass which is the highest pass of Khumbu Region. You will then descend to Dingboche, which is a beautiful Sherpa Village. You will stay in the lodge.
You will begin your trek to Tengboche through small villages, bridges, old Buddhists monasteries, rhododendron forest and a few waterfalls. After reaching Tengboche, you will visit the largest monastery of this region, Tengboche Monastery. This is one of the main monasteries for people living in the Himalayan Region.
You will go through dense pine forest and rhododendron forest and reach Phunke Tenga. You will ascend on the uphill crossing small villages with the beautiful view of Mt. Ama Dablam (6856m), Thamserku (6608m) and Kangtega (6685m) in the background. Then you will arrive at Jorsalle and after some rest, you can visit small monasteries and stupas here.
Walking down the pine and rhododendron forest, you will reach Monjo. Further crossing Bengkar, Phakding, Nurning and Chheplung, you will reach Lukla. There will be time for exploration of the markets and stores in Lukla. This is the last day of the trek and you can celebrate a grand adventure with your team.
After breakfast, you will fly back to Kathmandu with the last views of snow-capped mountains and hills. After reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. You will have a farewell dinner in the evening for celebrating the completion of the trek.
Today, you will be taken to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for your flight back to your home.
Well, it depends on fitness level. We recommend you to trek with an experienced guide if you’re trekking for the first time. Also, you must do regular exercise in daily life and take your time before attempting this trek. We also advise you to trek during peak season rather than in the off-peak seasons.
If you’re fully fit, you don’t need any specific training. If you are completely deskbound, then some cardiac training is recommended before trekking. You can try stair climbing or hill walking. You'll be trekking uphill and downhill on rough paths for 8-12 days and 5 to 7 hours per day. Altitude may also make things much harder for you. So, you can enjoy your trek if you have a good level of fitness.
In terms of topography, no ropes and no ice picks are needed. You don’t have to climb any vertical climbing. However, the ground is not paved. So, it is going to be a rough, rocky, and gravel-strewn path. The trek involves long trails that go up and then down repeatedly. You should take caution if you have weak ankles. There can also be snow and ice in the trails depending upon the seasons. Hence, you should use caution or seek the expertise of a guide for a safe trek.
Well, it depends on your current travel insurance provider. Some insurance may not include mountainous trekking or mountain climbing. You should check with them to confirm that trekking if your policy covers the Everest High Pass Trek.
Some insurance may not cover you above certain altitudes as well. So, you need to confirm this with your insurance provider too. It’s our duty to let you know that a typical rescue costs $5,000 just for the helicopter alone. So, we recommend you to get your insurance coverage.
ATM and credit card facilities can be used in Kathmandu. During the trek itself, you need to have some cash with you as ATM services are not available in the remote villages, and payment is only acceptable in cash.
You should carry Nepalese Rupees on the trek as teahouses will never accept foreign currencies. You’ll be only spending for hot showers, charging batteries, additional drinks and snacks, and the purchase of curios. Please note that it is illegal to purchase antiques in Nepal.
Sure. You can stay as long as you want. We feel a holiday should not be concluded until you feel content. As per your request, we can add some days to your trip with additional costs to cover guides, hotel, transportation, and other expenses.
Anthony J June 9th, 2016
Hun Kok Loo October 20th, 2015