Code EHT • 20 Days •
Embark on a journey in the highlands of the Everest region with the professional guidance of the Himalayan Trekking Team. Many people think that trekking in the Himalayas is reserved only for the skilled mountaineers. The truth is quite different though! Everest High Passes Trek is fit for both new trekking enthusiasts and people with climbing experience who can use this trip as an introductory exercise before embarking on a more challenging route.
During your Everest High Passes Trek you have to pass From Kongma La, Chola passes and the mystical Tengboche monastery, the glacial Gokyo lake, Kalapattar. This trek offers the best views of the Everest and of course the Everest Base Camp, one of the most famous locations on the planet. and the highest point in the World.
For travelers interested in observing the majesty of Everest and embarking on a high altitude journey, the Everest High Passes trek is highly recommended.
DAY 1 – Arrival at Kathmandu
After your trip to Kathmandu, We will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. On the way you could have your first impress about Nepalese culture.
Change of sceneries guaranteed. Sounds, smell, rickshaws, colours, street…
DAY 2 – Fly to Lukla (2,616 m) / 1 hour flight and Trek to Phakding (2,610 meters) / 3 hours
All treks to Everest begin from Luka where we will be flying early in the morning, right after breakfast. The flight will be an interesting one since we will be flying amidst the grand Himalayas in a Twin Otter airplane. We begin our short trek to Phakding immediately after landing. At one hour’s gradual descent, we will be at a Cheplung village from where we have a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila, a sacred mountain that has never been climbed. From Cheplung, we continue descending to Phakding and spend the night.
DAY 3 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) / 5 hours
We begin our trek on uphill and downhill trails with multiple crossings over DudhKoshi River and a magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku from the Benkar village. We cross more bridges and reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, where our trekking permits are checked. We walk furthermore and pass through Jorsale village before reaching Namche Bazaar. From here, we get beautiful views of the Himalayas including Everest, Lhotse, Tawache and others.
DAY 4 – Acclimatization day
This is the first of the three-scheduled rest days, which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude. Since experts believe that it is better to stay active even during rest days for better trekking experience we are going to spend the day enjoying small hikes in and around Namche Bazaar. We hike up to Everest View Hotel to enjoy admirable views of the Himalayan vista. On our way back to Namchewe also tour the Khumjung Monastery (houses a yeti scalp!) and Hillary School. Our guide can also take us to the Tourist Visitor Centre near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life in the Everest region.
DAY 5 – Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3,860 meters) / 5 hours
We begin today’s trek on an easy trail to PhunkiThanga. From here we ascend towards Tengboche village, which is home to the largest monastery in the Everest region. The monastery is located within the Sagarmatha National Park and provides panoramic views of the highest mountains on earth including Everest, AmaDablam, Thamserku, Nuptse and Lhotse. We try to reach the monastery by 3:00 in the afternoon and may even be able to witness a religious Buddhist ceremony.
DAY 6 – Trek to Dingboche (4,350 meters) / 6 hours
We begin today’s trek by walking downhill and pass through lush forests filled with birch, conifers and rhododendron trees. We continue our trek with views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and AmaDablam to keep us company. The picturesque trail dips down to Debuche, crosses the Imja River and takes us to Pangboche. While walking the upper Pangboche trails, we get a more pristine view of the Himalayas and Pangboche Monastery. We move ahead towards the Imja Valley, Lobuche River and ultimately climb up to Dingboche. The village is a beautiful windy settlement overlooked by chortens and prayer flags.
DAY 7 – Trek to Chhukung (4,750 m), Climb ChhukungRi (5,546 m) / 6 – 7 hours
Our trail passes through stonewalled fields and ImjaKhola valley before entering glacier moraines amidst towering Himalayas. The trail continues to Bibre, which is a yak herdsman place. From here, directly across the valley is the fantastic AmaDablam and the AmphuLabsa mountains. Icy streams ahead intersect the trail. We continue our walk for around half an hour and reach Chhukung. After lunch, we begin our trek towards ChhukungRi. The climb to ChhukungRi involves some easy scrambling near the summit. From the top, we can look directly across the valley for a fantastic view of AmaDablam and AmphuLabcha peaks. We descend back to Chhukung to spend the night.
DAY 8 – Cross-to Kongma La pass (5,535 m) and Trek to Lobuche (4,940 m) / 6 – 7 hours
We begin today’s trek very early in the morning to reach the highest part of the entire trip, which is Kongma La pass. We can either take a trail over a hill, which is to the northwest of Chhukung over the Nuptse Glacier moraines, or we can walk back to Bibre and trek on the trail above the NiyangKhola. The top of the pass is marked by cairns and Buddhist prayer flags. The final descent from the pass is the most difficult part of today’s journey. After climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier, which takes us to Lobuche.
Note: Trekking through Kongma La is optional. If we do not want to tackle the strenuous Kongma La pass today and want to go directly to Lobuche from Chhukung, we can do that too.
DAY 9 – Trek to GorakShep (5,170 m) and Visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) / 6 – 7 hours
Our trail moves along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Ahead on the trail we see the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse and other mountains. A small ascent takes us to ThangmaRiju. From here we admire panoramic views of the Himalayan vista. We ascend on a steep trail up to the top of Changri Glacier. As we reach GorakShep, we are surrounded by the Himalayas. After resting for a short while, we continue to Everest Base Camp. We pass through rocky dunes, moraines and streams before reaching the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain, Everest. From here we admire Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains. We trek back to GorakShep and spend the night.
Alternatively, we can visit Kala Patthar today instead of the next day, as many believe that the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more stunning than the sunrise view.
DAY 10 – Hike up to Kalapatthar (5,555 m) and Trek to Lobuche (4,940 m) / 8 – 9 hours
We start our trek to Kala Patthar early in the morning in order to catch remarkable views of the first light of the sun shining on Mt. Everest. However, we need to be prepared for trekking in the dark and cold temperature (the temperature varies according to the season). Furthermore, there is always a chance for chilly winds, which are quite common. As we continue our trek, familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, Everest and Nuptse tower above us. After several hours of ascent, we will be on the top of Kala Patthar. The close-up view of Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks from Kalapathar is amazing. We enjoy the stunning Himalayan vista and descend to Lobuche where we stay the night.
DAY 11 – Trek to Dzongla (4,830 m) / 3 – 4 hours
From Lobuche we trek downhill on a trail alongside the Khumbu Glacier. Our trail splits into two and we choose the trail on our right. On the way we can better admire the view of the looming Awi Peak. We pass through a stupa and tombstones in the distance. After walking for a while we begin to ascend. During the ascent, we see CholaTsho Lake nearby. We continue further and pass another lake, which is lot smaller than the CholaTsho Lake. We cross the CholaKhola on a bridge before reaching Dzongla.
DAY 12 – Trek to toGokyo (4,800 m) via Cho La pass (5,368 m) / 7 – 8 hours
As we gain height, the Cho La Lake begins to appear and the AmaDablam presides over a range of mountains on the south and 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. The final climb to the Cho La can be a little tricky as the trail curves round a crevasse. The top of the pass is marked by prayer flags and cairns. Scenery of majestic peaks on all directions is breathtaking. Although long, the path leading down to Thangnak is not difficult. Our trail brings us to the edge of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the longest glacier in Nepal. Reaching the other side of the glacier, we see the second Gokyo Lake on the series of six lakes. A short distance away is the third Gokyo Lake. On the edge of this lake stands the Gokyo Village where we spend the night.
DAY 13 – Climb day GokyoRi (5,357m) / 3 – 4 hours
We climb GokyoRi today and enjoy views of the incredible mountain vista. We can also tour the fourth Gokyo Lake today, which is only 3km north of the Gokyo Village. Next, continue trekking to the 5th lake. The view from ‘Scoundrel’s Viewpoint’, located at the edge of the 5th lake, is astonishing. Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu mountains and the huge Ngozumba Glacier are ours to admir.
DAY 14 – Trek to Lungdeng (4,210 m) via Renjo La Pass (5,360m) / 7 – 8 hours
We start the day early in the morning to complete the long day’s trek ahead. Our trail moves alongside DudhPokhari (lake) for a while. We walk for around two hours before descending towards the Renjo La pass. On the way we are rewarded with extravagant views of the Himalayan and Rolwaling ranges and others. Views from the Renjo La pass are much like that from GokyoRi with the third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the gray smear of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We also get outstanding views of Mt. Everest from the top of the pass. Continuing on from the pass, our trail winds down a stone staircase and then moves over a loose scree to reach the south bank of AngladumbaTsho Lake. The prescence of ice on the trail while descending down can make our descent a bit hazardous. Along the way we see RelamaTsho and Renjo Lake before reaching Lungdeng.
Day 15 – Trek to Thame (3,800 m) / 5 – 6 hours
The descent to Thame follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. We cross the BhoteKoshi River and descend to Taranga. The trail continues to descend and we cross two bridges before reaching Thame. Overlooking Thame is its famous Gompa situated on a hill to the west.
Day 16 – Trek to Manjo (2,800 m) / 5 – 6 hours
It will be a down hill walk edge to the DudhKoshi River and we will pass through the Capital of Sherpa (Namche Bazar), which lead us to Manjo.
Day 17 – Trek to Lukla / 6 – 7 hours
We begin our trek with a descent. As we continue our trek, we cross several bridges over the fast flowing DudhKoshi River and its tributaries. Now the trail has become more level and natural. On our trek we enjoy walking on open plains, through rhododendron and pine forests and enjoy distant views of the snow covered peaks. We walk through Sherpa villages noticing their impressive faith in Buddhism and the culture of prayer stones and prayer flags. After reaching Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Our long trek to the mountain and its high passes ends today.
DAY 18 – Fly to Kathmandu / 35 min flight
The flights to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for morning for safety purposes. After reaching the capital city, we have the rest of the day off to past the time as we please. We could take a rest in our hotel room or shop for souvenirs for our loved ones.
DAY 19 – Kathmandu
It is important to add a day in your itinerary, in case of the weather conditions for our fly back. We will organize for you a day tour of four amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These include the architecturally rich Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of PashupatiNath, the interesting ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and BauddhaNathStupa which is one of the largest stupas in the world. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of your journey to the mountains.
DAY 20 – Fly back home
Our amazing journey in the Everest region including that to the base camp of Mt. Everest and crossing high passes comes to an end today. A company representative will pick you up from you hotel and drop you off at the airport 3 hours before our scheduled flight.
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