This breathtaking Everest High Passes (Three Passes) Trek is for adventure seekers and includes the crossing of three high mountain passes. Along the way, you could say that this challenging journey combines all the highlights of the natural paradise of the Everest Region. This adventure is for fit people feeling fine and looking for a thrilling experience in the Himalaya. The Everest High Passes Trekking includes some of the best mountain scenery imaginable with many majestic peaks competing for your attention along the way including Everest, the highest on the planet.
The Everest High Passes Trek passes through the homeland of the famed Sherpa ethnicity. The Sherpa are especially renowned for their mountain skills. This Everest High Passes (3 Passes) Trekking gives us a chance to observe the Sherpa lifestyle with wondrous Buddhist monasteries. Wildlife in this area includes exotic alpine animals including the elusive snow leopard and some people even think the yeti lives in the Himalaya here.
Our Everest High Passes trekking starts after a short, scenic flight over terraced farmland to the mountain airport of Lukla. We then take our time as we allow adequate time to adjust to the high elevation. We trek north up the Dudh Kosi Valley to the destination known as Namche Bazaar, a town at the gateway to the higher Himalaya. After visiting the famous Sherpa villages of Kunde and Khumjung we continue to the famous setting of Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery in the region. From here the trail becomes more desolate as we move higher and closer to the peaks in the Imja Tse River Valley.
Everest High Passes Trekking route leads up to remote Chhukung, an unforgettable setting surrounded by peaks. The first high pass is called the Kong ma La (5535 m, 18,159 ft) and it is the highest. We then head up the Khumbu River valley to Everest Base Camp. The base of the world’s highest peak is the very nearest to the summit that trekkers can reach without being a mountain climber on an expedition. From Everest Base Camp, we will have up-close views of the challenging Khumbu Icefall and the desolate surroundings. After visiting the celebrated viewpoint of Kala Patthar (5545 m, 18,192 ft), with up-close panoramas of Everest and surrounding mountains we then make our way over the second of the Everest High Passes, the challenging Cho La Pass (5420 m / 17,783 feet)!
After crossing the Cho La pass, we then traverse Ngozumpa Glacier, Nepal’s largest glacier as we make our way to a collection of lodges at Gokyo set near a mesmerizing lake with the peaks towering above. A highlight of this journey is a ridge top known as Gokyo Ri (5340 m, 17,519 ft). This viewpoint has a staggering panorama of Everest and surrounding mountain peaks as well as the beautiful lakes below alongside Ngozomba Glacier.
From Gokyo we make our way up to the third and final pass of the Everest High Passes Trekking, the Renjo La (5375m, 17,634 feet). From here we descend into the serene Thame River Valley and eventually pass through several Sherpa settlements on a pleasant return to Namche Bazaar. We then make our way back down the valley to the mountain airport at Lukla and flight back to Kathmandu.
Recommended: Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. Air travel between Kathmandu and Lukla is frequently delayed due to weather conditions and poor visibility. Flights often get behind schedule and delays can even last for days. Under these situations, High Camp Adventure will do its best to re-schedule flights to and from Lukla at first availability. However, the possibility of postponements of flights and even cancellations is a real possibility. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra two days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In the event of prolonged delays, one option is to arrange a helicopter evacuation at your request. The additional cost of a helicopter flight would be between 500 to 1000 USD per traveler, exact cost dependent on demand and capacity. That said, we would also like to mention that it is also likely that there will be no delays whatsoever. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.
Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02Fly to Lukla (2804 mt.), trek to Phakding (2610 mt.). Walking 3 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 03Phakding to Namche Bazar (3441 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 04Acclimatization day in Namche Bazar. Overnight at guest house.
Day 05Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3860 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 06Tengboche to Dingboche (4410 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 07Acclimatization day at Dingboche. Explore around the valley. Overnight at guest house.
Day 08Dingboche to Chhukung (4,700 mt.). Walking 3 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 09Chhukung to Lobuche via Kongma -La Pass (5200 mt.). Walking 7/8 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 10Lobuche to Gorakshep (5153 mt.) to EBC and back to Gorakshep. Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 11Hike up to Kalapatthar (5545 mt.) in the morning and trek to Zhongla (5130 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 12Dzongla to Gokyo (4790 mt.) via Chola pass (5330 mt.). Walking 8 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 13Early morning hike up to Gokyo peak (5483 mt.) Excursion around Gokyo. Overnight at guest house.
Day 14Gokyo to Lungden (4500 mt.) via Renjo La Pass (5360 mt.) Walking 7-8 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 15Lungden to Namche . Walking 7-8 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 16Namche to Lukla. Walking 7-8 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 17Early morning fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 18Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.
Please take a look at our fixed departure dates for this trek. If they do not fit with your schedule, then please let us arrange an itinerary that is more suitable to you and your requirements.
All the accommodation as per the itinerary is included in the package cost. We have chosen a 2/3 star hotel in the cities for your comfort and safety. The hotels can be upgraded to more deluxe ones upon your request. While trekking in the Mountain, our guides will choose the best available lodge of the village from their past experience. As some villages have limited number of lodges, in a peak season like in Spring and Autumn, you may have to share a room with some stranger trekker as well. Comfortable two men tent with mattress and four seasons sleeping bag will be provided for the camping trek. Our crew will try to set the camp in a scenic place. All the hotel and camping accommodations are as per twin sharing basis unless you are of different gender.
Nepal is such an easy place to get several vegetarian options so no worries if you are a vegetarian or vegan. You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental, Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Freshly cooked and hygienic dinner and breakfast are served at the camp and lunch will be served on the way to the next destination which will be prepared by our own chef. Only breakfast is served in Kathmandu whilst farewell dinner on the eve of your international departure is served from our side. All the meals (B/L/D) are on full board basis during the trek.
An experienced and licensed Guide and necessary porters will assist you during the trek. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guides will be provided for the betterment in service. In a teahouse trek, generally, one porter is provided for every two clients who carry between 15 to 20 kg. However, on a camping journey, more porters are required. All the camping types of equipment such as kitchen, dining, dome and toilet tents, kitchen equipment, fuel, and all consumable goods have to be carried from Kathmandu which needs more manpower. All of our guides and porters are fully insured so you don't' have to worry about them in case of emergency. Our team believes that our customer care is the first priority.
Everest High Passes Trek is a strenuous trek which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours of walking uphill` and downhill in a day carrying a personal day pack. Some days are longer with 7- 8 hours of walking as well. Everest High Passes Trek is high altitude trek which demands more physical, however having strong determination, positive vibe and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Some time mental aspects also play a vital roll in an altitude. Doing some physical exercise a few weeks prior to the trip is better but technical skill is not required for this trek. If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to High Camp Adventure.
This is a real adventure in high altitude so obtaining a travel insurance is always a good idea for your safety and is highly recommended too. Your travel insurance policy should cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses in an emergency. There is not any Nepalese insurance company to sell travel insurance policy so you better buy a good one from home. There are some insurance policies which covers only in low altitude below 4000 mt. and some only in high altitude above 4000 mt. So before you purchase it, please double check the policy what it covers and where are you going.
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Everest High Passes Trek. Where normally days are sunny, the temperature is perfect, the sky is clear and Mountain remains crystal. This trek can be done in Monsoon (June to August ) but you should not expect the great weather and Mountain view. It is not recommended to do this trek in Winter (December to February) as there could be a heavy snowfall at any time.
Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. Air travel between Lukla to Kathmandu is frequently delayed due to weather conditions and poor visibility. Flights often get behind schedule and delays can even last for days. Under these situations, High Camp Adventure will do its best to re-schedule flights to and from Lukla at first availability. However, the possibility of postponements of flights and even cancellations is a real possibility. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra two days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.