Everest High Passes Trek

It’s a long and one of the most adventurous treks that includes the very famous Everest Base Camp Trek, for the excellent panorama from Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp, hard and less attempted Cho La and Renjo La Passes along with sparkling Gokyo Lakes and beautiful Gokyo Valley and less explored but beautiful Thame Valley. This trek starts from the normal and the crowded route to Everest Base Camp. From Everest Base Camp, instead of following the same way back, take another route via the Cho La Pass, Gokyo Valley, Renjo La Pass and Thame Valley, finally meeting the genuine route at Namche Bazaar.

Trek Profile:

Grade : Moderate Hard
Average walking per day : 5 hrs
Maximum altitude : 5,545 m
Best seasons : Feb-May, Sep-Dec
Type of Trek : Teahouse/Camping
Starting Point : Lukla
Ending Point : Lukla

Standard Itinerary:

Day1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, meet our airport representative who will be displaying our company’s placard just outside the airport terminal. Then, get transferred to the respective hotel in a private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day2

Day 02: Pre-trip Meeting; Kathmandu Valley sightseeing
After breakfast, at around 07:30 AM, pre-trip meeting is hosted in your hotel in Kathmandu in order to introduce the trek leader/guide. It is recommended to seek this opportunity to ask any question relevant to the trek. Please remember to bring the passport, 3 copies of passport-size photos, and a copy of the travel insurance policy. In any case that you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the meeting, please inform in advance.

After that, get ready for the sightseeing tour that will start at around 09:30 AM. A private vehicle and professional tour guide is provided to guide you through the Kathmandu Valley including Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. A full-day sightseeing takes no more than 8 hrs to complete including the lunch time and rest of the time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day3

Fly to Lukla (2,810 m) & trek to Phakding (2,610 m)

From Kathmandu, take an early flight to Lukla. It’s a 40 minute flight with excellent views of Langtang, Rolwaling and Everest mountain regions in the north and beautiful green valleys in the south. Upon arrival to Lukla, get briefed by your guide and get introduced with the porters before walking towards Phakding following the Dudh Koshi River. On the way, pass through several beautiful villages and cross a few suspension bridges. Overnight at lodge, Phakding

Day4

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,450 m)

After breakfast, continue the trek along the banks of the Dudh Koshi, crossing this river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagarmatha National Park, where the permits are checked, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest, is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchanges, cyber cafes and bakeries. This is one of the largest villages along the whole Everest trail. Overnight at lodge, Namche Bazaar

Day5

Rest day for acclimatization

A necessary day to spend here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air; a short trek exploring the beautiful town as well as going for an easy acclimatization walk up Syangboche or Khumjung. After breakfast, hike to the Everest View Point Hotel, an ideal place to overview some outstanding mountains such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku etc. The hike can be extended to Khumjung Village or Khunde Village to explore more about the Sherpa people and their lifestyle. Also it is worthwhile to visit the hospital in Khunde and Hillary School in Khumjung. Overnight at lodge, Namche Bazaar

Day6

Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m)

After breakfast, continue along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi River with glorious views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and other mountains. On reaching Tengboche, the local monastery will be seen inside which there are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20 ft sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. Tengboche, itself, is a beautiful place with beautiful scenery of green valley and Mt. Kang Taiga towering right above it. Overnight at lodge, Tengboche

Day7

Trek to Dingboche (4,360 m)

After breakfast, walk through the green forest for 1 hr and then cross the Imja Khola, and start climbing again for approximately 1 hr leads you to another beautiful Sherpa village, Pangboche. From Pangboche, it’s another 3 hrs ups and downs via Shomare and Orsho, and finally arrive to Dingboche. A spectacular view of Mt. Ama Dablam standing right in front, as well as Mt. Lhotse, Shartse, Island Peak etc. makes the village really impressive. Overnight at lodge, Dingboche

Day8

Rest day for acclimatization

Another rest day here is very important regarding acclimatization as we are already at 4,400 m on our 5 days walk and we still have to go a long way up. Along with the walk around the village, a side trip to a small col on the north of the village (from where one can see Mt. Makalu) or a side trip to Chhukung Valley (A great view as big snow mountains including Mt. Lhotse are very close) is advised. Overnight at lodge, Dingboche

Day9

Trek to Lobuche (4,930 m)

After breakfast, start climbing a small col on the north of the village. It’s approximately 1 hr climb, and then it’s a relatively flat trail up to Duglah. From Duglah, it’s a very hard climb (especially because of the thin air) for 1 hr to Lobuche. Some breathing problem may arise today due to the altitude. Overnight at lodge, Lobuche

Day10

Trek to Gorak Shep (5,180 m)

After breakfast, a 2 hrs walk going up and down on the side of the Khumbu Glacier, as well crossing the shore of Chang-Ri Glacier, reach Gorak Shep. From Gorak Shep, only the tip of Mt. Everest can be seen, but the pinpointed Nuptse looks splendid. Overnight at lodge, Gorak Shep

Day11

Hike to Everest Base Camp (5,300 m)

After breakfast, walk on the trail that is relatively flat but the thin air makes it a big effort; 2 hrs walk on a very rough trail and 1 hr walk through Khumbu Glacier leads to Everest Base Camp, right on the foot of Mt. Khumbutse and Khumbu Ice Fall (which has taken the lives of many climbers). Mt. Everest can not be seen from here, but the ice blocks falling frequently from the Khumbu Ice Fall can be seen and heard. One can spend a long time here, especially in springs (April-May), when there are a lot of climbers with the dream to conquer the ‘Top Of The World’. In the end of the day, return all the way back to Gorak Shep for the night. Overnight at lodge, Gorak Shep

Day12

Hike up to Kala Patthar (5,545 m); Trek to Lobuche

Kala Patthar, an excellent viewpoint which appears as a small grassy hill from Gorak Shep, is there to be climbed for the spectacular view of Mt. Everest. This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. It is better to reach at the top of the Kala Patthar before around 09:00 AM. It can be climbed in the afternoon too, but the weather in the mountains is generally clear in the morning. Starting to climb early in the morning (say, around 06.00 AM) the grassy slope, the ‘Top Of The World’ starts to appear little by little; though the thin air makes the climbing really hard, with every step of your climbing, you can see a little bit more of Everest. It takes 1.30 hrs to 3 hrs to arrive at the summit of the Kala Patthar which is right below Mt. Pumori. From here, one can see the ‘Top Of The World’ resting on its southwest shoulder, the wall of big white mountains (Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Lingtren, and Mt. Pumori) bordering Tibet along with Mt. Changtse, which is in Tibet, also pinpointed Nuptse is standing tall in the east, as well Mt. Chang-Ri and Chang-Ri Glacier on the west, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Kang Taiga, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Taboche, Mt. Cholatse and Mt. Lobuche make the circle complete; One can also have a look at Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Ice Fall and huge Khumbu Glaciers. Afterwards, make a quick descent to Gorak Shep and continue downwards to Lobuche. Overnight at lodge, Lobuche

Day13

Trek to Dzongla (4,830 m)

After breakfast, walk for approximately 3.30 hrs on a dry and grassy trail to reach Dzongla above which an excellent pass (Cho La) is waiting. This remote village has a magnificent view with Mt. Cholatse towering on southwest and Mt. Lobuche on the north. Overnight at lodge, Dzongla

Day14

Trek to Gokyo (4,750 m) via Cho La Pass (5,420 m)

It’s a long and hard day, an early start is needed. At first, it is 45 minutes walk on a flat and grassy trail before a steep climb through rocks for 2 hrs and finally another 30 minutes walk on a relatively flat trail, but above 5,000 m. The breathtaking view from the pass compensates the hard work done to get there. From the pass, it’s another 1 hr steep walk, which is a real test for normal trekkers, and another 45 minutes uphill and finally 1 hr down to reach the first settlement after the pass (Thangnak). Afterwards, it’s another 2 hrs walk to reach Gokyo. Gokyo situated right below Gokyo Ri (5,387 m), placed in between Ngozomba Glacier and the Third Lake. The Renjo La Pass can be seen right behind the Third Lake. Overnight at lodge, Gokyo

Day15

Day 15: Rest day for acclimatization

In the morning, one can have a walk around Gokyo Lake. For a splendid panoramic view climbing Gokyo Ri is a must. It’s better to climb in the afternoon as most of the mountains are on the eastern side. From Gokyo, one can see the Everest, but a bit far. One can see 4 out of world’s 6 highest mountains (Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho Oyu) from a single point. Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Ghyachung Kang appear as a big ice wall bordering Tibet. The massive Ngozomba Glacier is right below. One can take a walk to the lakes following the Gokyo Valley further towards the north. From the Fifth Lake, a magnificent view of Mt. Everest can be seen. Overnight at lodge, Gokyo

Day16

Trek to Lunde (4,300 m) via Renjo La Pass (5,340 m)

After breakfast, walk for approximately 3 hrs to arrive at Renjo La on the other side of the Third Lake form Gokyo, where you will have a breathtaking view as the reward for your hard work. Afterwards, it’s 2.30 hrs walk down to Lunde. This beautiful alpine valley is a trade route for Tibetan yak caravans heading to Namche Bazaar. Rocky spires and glaciers loom beautifully above, often with wispy fast-moving clouds against a blue-blue sky. Overnight at lodge, Lunde

Day17

Trek to Thame (3,800 m)

After breakfast, trek down to Thame, viewing more amazing snow peaks. Internationally recognized as the home of world famous Mountaineers such as renowned Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, Ang Rita Sherpa and Apa Sherpa, Thame is an absolute gem. It also features a magnificent 16th century Nyingmapa Monastery. Overnight at lodge, Thame

Day18

Trek to Namche Bazaar

After breakfast, walk up and down, passing through a few Sherpa villages and finally arrive to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at lodge, Namche Bazaar

Day19

Trek to Lukla

After breakfast, trek back to Lukla, the starting point of the trek, enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part and also giving time to explore the town. Overnight at lodge, Lukla

Day20

Fly back to Kathmandu

After early breakfast, fly back to Kathmandu enjoying the last glimpse of the mountains that have been recently visited for one last time on the 30 minute scenic flight. On arrival in Kathmandu, get transferred to the respective hotel. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day21

Free day in Kathmandu

After breakfast, relax and enjoy the day on your own. It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day22

Departure

After breakfast, free till check out time; get transferred to Kathmandu International Airport for your final departure.