Everest High Passes Trek is one of the most thrilling trekking trails in the Everest region,which perfectly satisfies all the adventure enthusiasts who are keen on crossing high passes without any commitment for technical climbing. The trek offers an enduring experience of the exotic natural beauty, geographical magnificence and profound cross cultural exposure. This rewarding trek in Khumbhu region passes through three most scenic high passes; Renjo la pass, Kongma La and Chola Pass, which is further linked with the five major valleys in the Everest region. Along with the famous landmarks of the Everest Region, the trek also provides the opportunity to visit Kala Pathar, Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Ri, Ngozumpa glacier and Khumbu glacier.
Like most of the treks in the Khumbhu region, the High Passes Trek starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla follows the classical trail along Phakding and continue along the Dudh Koshi River. The trails take the trekkers to numerous Sherpa settlements, Holy Monasteries, magnificent glaciers, Lakes and high Passes while accompanied by the most beautiful mountains throughout the trek.
The Everest High Passes trek is quite moderate to challenging trek that requires a higher level of walking fitness, allowing trekkers with a real “mountaineering” experience without any technical climbing involved.This demanding trek makes a complete circuit of the Everest Region at the end catering you an experience of a lifetime adventure. The Trek is a thrilling adventure, providing an extraordinary glimpse of the entire Khumbhu region, which successfully quenches the wanderlust of even the most intrepid adventurers.
Welcome to beautiful country Nepal. Upon the arrival at the Tribhuvan international airport, we will be transferred to a hotel in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur. A pre-trek briefing regarding any outstanding trekking formalities will follow the hotel check in. After the briefing you can spend the leisure time resting in the comfort of your hotel or wandering around to explore the lively surroundings. In the evening, we will be picked up for a wonderful dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant along with a cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu
After a hearty breakfast, we will go for a guided tour to various laces listed in UNESCO World heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley. The Kathmandu Valley is the host to the several shrines, temples and palaces with medieval art and architectures which showcases the exceptional fusion of Hindu and Buddhist influences. After the tour, we will meet our guide for the rest of the trek who will give us a trek briefing helping us for the final preparation of the trek.
We will be transferred to the domestic airport for our early morning flight to Lukla. The 30 to 40 minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is an exciting flight as the stunning views of the eastern Himalayas, welcomes us to the beautiful Everest region. After landing at the famous Lukla Airport, we will meet the porters who will be carrying our equipments for the rest of the trek. After exploring the new mountain atmosphere for sometimes, we start our trek to Phakdinga walking downhill towards the Dudh Koshi river. The broad and well-marked trail meanders around fields and passes through small villages of Chheplung and Ghat, as we pass through many prayer stones with prayer flags to make our way to Phakding. Today we have a short and ease walk to allow the body to adjust to the sudden rise in altitude. (3 hrs)
We continue trekking from Phakding along the banks of the Dudh Koshi, crossing the river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. The trail passes through the rolling terrain, past traditional homes, plowed fields and blue pine and rhododendron forests. At Phakdingma, the snowy peaks of KusumKangaru and Thamserku welcome us with a magnificent View. From Chomoa, the trail climbs to Monjo (2840m.) and enters the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park where our trekking permits will be checked. After short National Park formalities, the trail descends abruptly to re-cross the Dudh Kosi at Jorsale (2804m). Beyond Jorsale the trail undulates up until the confluence of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers is reached. After crossing a suspension bridge over the roaring river, we climb steeply to the village of Namche Bazaar. A Slow and steady walk is recommended to enjoy the today’s trek to the most. We will get plenty of photographic opportunities as the peaks like Everest , Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche come into the view for the first time.(6:30 hrs)
Today we will spend our day in Namche in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air of the mountains. This is a day to explore the vibrant town of Namche. While we are here, we should not miss the opportunity to view the spectacular sunrise and sunset over the beautiful Himalayas from the National Park headquarters. After a hearty breakfast, we can hike to the Everest View Hotel, the ideal place to view some of the outstanding mountains such as Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse and Nuptse. A short trek to the Sherpa museum will help us explore the culture and local lifestyle of Sherpa. A slow and steady pace with sufficient time for acclimatization is key to an enjoyable trek in the higher altitude. We spend our night in Namche.
After the breakfast in Namche, we continue along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi with a splendid view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and Thamserku. Our routeto Tengboche sets out an undulating path whichweaves in and out ofthe valleys to the teashops of Kenjoma, and joins the trail from Khumjung. The path eventually reaches Sanasa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp.). We pass through the forests of blue pine, fir and black juniper and cross a bridge decorated with prayer flags over the Dudh Koshi River to reach a small settlement at Phunki Thenga. From Phunki Thenga, We gear up for a slightly tougher climb through the pine forests before we reach a beautiful monastary on top of the hill in Tengboche. Monastry of Tengboche is considered as one of the most spectacular viewpoints on earth with an astonishing panorama of Himalayan giants such as Kwangde (6187m), Tawachee (6542m), Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse (8501m), Ama Dablan, Kantega and Thamserku. We will spend the night in the Tengboche village (5 hrs).
We enjoy the early morning fabled scenic beauty from Tengboche. The mountain panorama includes ranges of Kangtega, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Taboche, Kwangde, Tengboche, Lhotse and Nuptse.. After our breakfast, we start towards Dingboche with a steepdescent from the Tengboche meadow to the river bank of Imja Khola. The walk through forests of birches, conifers and rhododendrons lead us to Dibuche. The trail then passes through intricately carved Mani stones to reach Pangboche.We visit the Pangboche Gompa, the oldest Gompa in the Khumbu region, which is said to have contained relics of the skull and hand of a yeti. Further from Pangboche, the trail traverses a deep forest of birch and rhododendron with magnificent views of Ama Dablam and Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Our uphill trek continues, bringing us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. Dingboche is a beautiful valley on the lap of Amadablam and Kantega. (5 Hrs).
We leave Dingboche enjoying a pleasant walk through stone walled fields and alpine landscape. We walk through the Imja Khola valley to land covered by glacier moraines amidst daunting Himalayan mountains. The hike to the viewpoint of Chhukung Ri and Island Peak Base Camp offers stunning views of Island Peak, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest and many other peaks. Overnight at Chhukung.
We start our walk early from Chhukung as we will ascend to the Kongma La Base Camp. The trek to Kong La Base Camp is a challenging walk through rough and steep trails. The walk starts with a walk in the plain area of Niyang Khola valley, but soon the trail ascends the steep path to the Kongma La Pass. The exotic view of the highest mountains of the region, including Everest Nuptse, Makalu and Amadalblam welcome us to the Base Camp. (4:30 hrs)
Today is a big day as we will conquer the Kongma La pass amid the crags of the outlying ridge from nearby Nuptse. We start early from Kongma La Base Camp as we head straight in grassy rough trails towards the rough rocky trails. The pass has a wonderful mountain views of the world famous mountains in the north. From the top of the pass, we descend through a rough trail of loose black pebbles to reach the grassy meadow. We cross the Khumbhu glacier and then take our final ascent to the village of Lobuche lying west of the great Nuptse. (7 hrs)
After a hearty breakfast at Lobuche, we follow the trail through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The trail takes an easy ascent to the moraines of Changri Nup glaciers and starts on an undulating path on a rocky trail to reach Gorak Shep. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find ourself surrounded by the snow-capped mountains, including the top of the world, Mount Everest. After a lunch , we set off uphill to Kala Pathar to view the extraordinary sunset over the Himalayas. The view from Kala Pathar is one of the best views of the Everest, including Pumori,Nuptse, Chantse,Amadablam, Taweche and Kantega. Alternatively, after the lunch we can explore the Everest Base Camp with an exciting high altitude walk along the Khumbhu glacier. The walk is quite tiring as it goes through rocky dunes, moraine and streams to finally reach the Base Camp of the highest mountain.
We rise early to hike to the Kala Pathar to view the morning sunlight touching the magnificent Himalayan giants. The view from Kala Pathar (5545m) fills the heart with joy and a sense of self-satisfaction which is beyond imagination. We retrace our way back to Gorak Shep and continue to descend following Lobuche River to trek downstream toward the Dzong La . (7hrs)
We start off early from Dzongla following a rough and rocky trail towards Dragnag. We start with an ascent towards the west of Dzongla to reach Chola Pass at the height of 5428 meters. The Chola pass gives an amazing photographic opportunity of beautiful snow covered Himalayas and colorful prayer flags. We follow a steep descent from the top of the Pass to the base of Chugima La (another name of Chola Pass). The trail then weaves down to the basin of Cholatse before descending through the gorge to Dragnag.(7hrs)
We continue our trail from Dragnag by crossing Ngozumba glacier and ascending through the lateral moraine valley with beautiful lakes to the village of Gokyo. Today we have a relaxing short walk to enjoy the beautiful lakeside views of the beautiful mountains.
The view around the Gokyo Valley is extremely beautiful. Rest day in Gokyo Valley is an exceptional opportunity to explore this beautiful land. This acclimatization day is grasped as an opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri to enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint of the Everest region.We hike to Gokyo Ri to enjoy the panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyanchung Kang, Everest, Lotse, Makalu Cholatse and Tawachee.After enjoying the splendid view, we retrace our way back to Gokyo village to spend our night.(4 hrs)
After the breakfast, we begin our trek to Renjo La (5338m) on the south of the Gokyo Lake. The trail heads up the edges of the HolyLake and keeps ascending to get to the top of Renjo la Pass. We get mesmerized by the astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Tawoche and other peaks. As we continue from the pass, the trail winds down a stone staircase and then scramble over loose scree to reach Lungden. This beautiful alpine valley is a trade route for Tibetan yak caravans heading to Namche Bazaar. Rocky spires and glaciers loom beautifully above the valley, often with wispy fast-moving clouds against a blue-blue sky.(6 hrs)
After the breakfast, we trek down to Thame with an amazing view of peaks like Numbhur, Tashi Leptcha and Kwangde. We follow a traditional trading route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders.Thame is a small village with a few lodges and stunning mountains like Thamserku, Katenga, Kusum Kanguru, etc. Overlooking the village of Thame is its famous Thame Gompa situated some the fields, on a hill to the west. The picturesque monastery sits among any homes of lamas and local Sherpas. We spend the night in Thame(4hrs)
The trail from Thame descends to Namche Bazaar before heading up to the magnificent Syangboche airstrip. The trail descends steeply fromthe capital of the Everest region to Jorsale Bridge over the roaring Dudh Koshi river to Monjo after the final ascent to Sagarmatha National Park Entry Check point.(6 hrs)
We have a easy light walk as we retrace our steps back to Lukla. We head forward from Monjo and take a final ascent to reach Lukla. Upon arrival in Lukla, we stretch our sore muscles and recall the brilliant experiences of the last couple of weeks. We celebrate the end of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smile on faces! Overnight at Lukla. (4:30 hours)
We rise early to catch our thrilling flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. We bid farewell to the beautiful Everest region as we savor the beauty of the astounding views of the Himalayas for the last time. We are received from the airport to be transported to our comfortable hotel in the Kathmandu. This is an ideal day to relax our fatigued muscles with a nice massage or spa in the Kathmandu. We can also celebrate the success of the trek with night party at some happening places in Kathmandu.
Leisure in Kathmandu is an ideal opportunity to visit the cultural and spiritual sites in the Valley which we had missed earlier. Kathmandu valley has the renowned spiritual sites such as Swayambhu, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath etc. We can go for souvenir shopping around the vibrant Kathmandu City. Extra drive and drop facility in the Kathmandu Valley from Himalayan Eco Treks and Tour makes exploring the mystical city of Kathmandu very convenient.
It is indeed the time to say goodbye to this beautiful land. Tour Officer will meet us in our hotel for a drive to the International Airport. As we fly to our next destination, we play the wonderful memories of our wonderful adventure. Himalayan Eco Treks and Tour Nepal is always happy to welcome you for your next Himalayan adventure in Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan.