This incredible Everest High Passes Trek in the Everest Region is not just a thrilling trip but also a picturesque trek. It is one of the classic treks of the world as it trails to Everest Base Camp followed by Cho La (5,380m/17,650ft) and Renjo La (5,388m/17,513ft) passes.
The trek starts from Lukla heading towards Namche Bazaar, while our trek we encounter authentic Sherpa culture in the mountainous villages and the warm hospitality of the families of inborn mountaineers. You will be in Buddhist Sherpa territory where you will see colorful prayer flags, Buddhist chanting in the walls and monasteries.
Note: below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for the general idea only.
- Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)
You will be received and escorted to the hotel by our staff, refresh yourself and take some rest or explore the area around your hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
- Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. Today after breakfast we will explore Kathmandu valley, a guided tour will be conducted to major world heritage sites inside the valley.
As Kathmandu valley is a beautiful combination of Hinduism and Buddhism we will visit historical sites like; Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest stupa in the world. After the tour you will prepare yourself for the trek, will be briefed about the trek; buy all the trekking equipments required and overnight at hotel.
- Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft), –Phakding (2,610m/8,562ft) 4 – 5hrs hike
After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the domestic airport for your 35mins flight to the mountain airstrip at Lukla. After reaching at Lukla your guide will introduce with the porters then start trekking following mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi to the village of Phakding for overnight.
- Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazar (3,445m/11,302ft) 5 – 6hrs hike
Today, we will climb up to the traditional town of Namche Bazar also known as ‘ gateway to Everest ‘, is a town of Sherpa Ethnicity. After having breakfast at the lodge, we continue trekking following the Dudh Koshi River and crossing it many times on the way, however, half-way up the hill we see our first view of Everest and Lhotse. After few hours of walking we reach Namche Bazar crossing path surrounded by pines. Namche is the largest town in Khumbu region, surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Dudh Koshi. This vibrant village is a central hub of the area and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here.
Overnight in lodge.
- Day 05: Acclimatization, rest and explore Namche
Today, we stay back in Namche for our acclimatization; it prevents any unforeseen altitude problems and allows us to the adapt the increase in altitude as we go higher on the trek. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Deboche. For day walk, we walk above the town to get a good view of the Everest and there is also an interesting ‘Sherpa Cultural Museum ‘we will be visiting. We will return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon you can either relax or explore the market. Preparation for next day’s trek and overnight at the same lodge.
- Day 06: Namche – Debuche (3,770m/12,368ft) 5 – 6hrs hike
After having breakfast at the lodge in Namche, we start our trekking with the ridge and flat level mountain path that offers excellent panoramas of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangaru, after walking few hours on flat Zigzags; we then descend to the river and arrive at Phunki Tenga. We climb through Rhododendron forest to the Tengbuche, 15 minutes walk from there we will reach Debuche and rest the night here.
- Day 07: Debuche – Pangboche (3,875m/12,713ft) approx 2 – 3hrs hike
After having breakfast at the lodge, we start our trek and it will be the short trek to the Pangbuche village, the trail drops all the way down suspension bridge on the Imja Khola and climbs to Pangboche village. We will reach there by afternoon having enough time to rest and explore nearby monasteries in Pangboche. Today will also help us the adapting the altitude as tomorrow will be a higher destination and a longer trek.
We rest overnight here at a lodge.
- Day 08: Pangboche – Dingboche (4,350m/12,304ft) 3 – 4hrs hike
Leaving Pangboche we take the high trail, considered to be one of the most beautiful trails with the outstanding view of the enormous mountain and deep valley. Trekking in dry hills along the rock-strewn trails we gradually slide up crossing through the typical Sherpa villages and on the way we might be lucky enough to spot the musk deer, mountain goats and, different birds. Dingboche, situated at the foot of soaring Amadablam Mountain is another attraction, views of countless other neighboring mountains which are hidden from Namche view.
- Day 09: Acclimatization and hike day at Dingboche
Today we have one more acclimatization day. A morning excursion for acclimatization will be conducted after breakfast. Hike to the Nagajun-Hill (5,050m/16,568ft) and Chukung Village are the best options. We will walk towards Island peaks and have lunch at one of the lodges at Chukhung and we will return to Dingboche, you would have spare time for relaxation and further trek preparation. We will be staying overnight here.
- Day 10: Dingboche– Lobuche (4,910m/16,105ft) 5 – 6hrs hike
Today, after the early breakfast, we start our trekking uphill gradually along a plateau of yak herder shelters, which is an amazing trek, beautiful walk where mountains like Cholatse, Lobuche and, Pumari unfolds before us in this contrasting and spectacular landscape. After 2 and half hours gradual walk, we will reach to Dughla, from Dughla the trail goes directly up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier before turning left just past the climber and Sherpa memorial. From here, Away from the tree line area, the trail descends gradually and flows to the western side until we reach to the valley of Lobuche where we will rest overnight.
- Day 11: Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,288m/17,349ft) 3hrs – Everest base camp (5,360m/17,585) 4 – 5hrs hike
This is the most important day of Everest Base Camp Trek as today we reach the Everest Base Camp (EBC). After the breakfast, we prepare ourselves and walk along the rocky terrain alongside the Khumbu glacier to EBC. Leaving Lobuche this trail to Gorak Shep is out of the ordinary through the rocky moraine undulating trail. After a light lunch at Gorak Sep we then walk to Everest base camp, the trail is mainly on rocky moraine before crossing over on to the glacier. There is a dramatic view of the infamous Khumbu icefall from the base camp. After few time in the base camp we then descend back to Gorak Sep for accommodation.
- Day 12: Gorak Sep – Kalapathar (5,545m/18,192ft) 3hrs hike – Lobuche (4,910m/16,105ft) 3hrs hike
Kala means ‘black’ and pathar ‘rock’, together being Kalapathar or ‘Black rock’. Today we climb this black rock located just above Gorak Sep, after breakfast, we begin our trek. Today’s trek can be tough and freezing cold as the place is very windy, the epic climb to Kalapathar is not easy. However, the view from the top surpasses the wildest imaginations, views of Mt. Everest (8848m/29000ft) including the full spread of Khumbu Himalayas; truly an unobstructed view of the highest mountain in the world. Alongside, Mt. Pumori looks great close up. As the sunset, the views are more colorful. Kalapattar is one of the prime highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek. After our successful the climb we then descend to Gorak Sep for our lunch and further down to Lobuche as we rest our night there.
- Day 13: Lobuche – Dzongla (4,830m/15,846ft) 3 – 4hrs hike
Today’s destination is the village of Dzongla (also spelled Dzonglha, Zongla, or Zonglha), which is actually at a lower elevation than Lobuche. From Lobuche, we head west towards the Cho La Pass. From Lobuche peak the path takes an obvious, gently ascending line, but is very narrow and in snowy conditions can be slippery. Very shortly we will reach the village of Dzongla. We rest our night here.
- Day 14: Dzongla – Cho La (5,400m/17716ft) – Thangnak (4,620m/15,157ft) 6 – 7hrs hike
Today will be an early start for our trek, the view in today’s trail will be magnificent as we enter that of Cho Oyu, the sixth highest peak in the world. The crossing the pass is a challenging task as the trail includes a steep scramble up rock boulders then, a walk across the gentle ascending and finally, a snow-covered glacier that caps the pass. However, we descend steep boulder strewn slopes to the Gokyo valley below. This is a valley of turquoise lakes and great glaciers.
For the first (and steepest) part of the descent there are discernible paths that zigzag down the mountainside – slippery in snow! The ground then levels out and the path all but disappears as we hop across a field of boulders. Finally, we climb a gentle slope to the top, from where it’s all downhill, following a narrow river valley all the way to its base where we overnight at Thangnag, a small Sherpa settlement nestled beneath great rock walls, just a stone’s throw from the Ngozumba Glacier.
- Day 15: Thangang – Gokyo (4,800m/15,748ft) 3hrs hike
Today is a short trek; we cross the glacier and ascend the lateral moraine valley past beautiful lakes to the village of Gokyo. We will reach there for lunch and after lunch, we have the option either to climb Gokyo Ri or rest for now and climb Gokyo Ri tomorrow. However, we will be spending the night here at Gokyo.
- Day 16: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,350m/17,552ft) 2hrs hike
An early start is the best opportunity to get the best view so we wake up early in the morning to hike to Gokyo Ri for panoramic Himalayan views such as Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,028ft), MtLhotse(8,516m/27,939ft), Mt. Makalu( 8,463m/27765ft), Mt.Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,906ft), Mt. Kangchung(6,063m/19,881ft), Mt. Amadablam( 6,856m/22,493ft), Mt. Thamserku( 6,723m/22,057ft), Mt. Kantega (6,685m/21,932ft), Mt.Kusum Khagaru (6,367m20,889ft), Mt.Kongde (6,011m19,721ft), Mt.Twache peak (6,367m20,889ft), Mt. Cholaste( 6,335m/20,784ft). We will trek through Gokyo Lake and descend back to Gokyo for overnight.
- Day 17: Gokyo – Renjo La(5,092m/16,706ft) – Thame valley (3,867m/12,687ft) 7 – 8hrs hike
Today’s trek will be long and the challenging one. However, the crossing of Renjo La will be exciting descend into the remote northern valley where access is restricted and the landscape is progressively that of Tibetan valleys beyond. After a long trek, we will reach Lungden in the valley of Thame for overnight.
- Day 18: Lungden – Namche bazaar (3,445m/11,302ft) 5hrs hike
We turn south and down-valley on return to the end of our trip. We pass by Thame village and back to Namche for overnight. Get some rest and prepare ourselves for tomorrows trek to Lukla.
- Day 19: Namche Bazar – Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft) 7 – 8hrs hike
With an early breakfast, we start our trek by descending downhill to Lukla. We will trek along the Dudhkoshi River, pine forests, hamlets and crop field with the views of the mountain like Kusum Kangru, Khumbila, Tawoche and, Thamserku etc. When we reach Lukla, you will be the extremely exhausted so we will get some rest and stay the night at Lukla.
- Day 20: Lukla – Kathmandu (1,302m/4,270ft) 35mins flight
We will have an early breakfast at the lodge and walk to Lukla airport and take flight back to Kathmandu, you will then be accompanied to your hotel and you have free time for yourself and overnight at hotel.
- Day 21: Leisure day in Kathmandu
It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla if we could not fly on scheduled date and time, or we can organize you a guided day tour in or around Kathmandu, you can refresh yourself and explore the valley on your own. Accommodate Overnight at hotel.
- Day 22: Fly Back Home
You will be assisted by our staff in a vehicle and transferred to TIA airport in Kathmandu from where you will take your flight back home.
- Airport transfers,
- Four nights Hotel*** in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Internal flight Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu, airport taxes,
- National park fee, trek permit,
- Accommodation in lodges along the trek on full board,
- Staff wages and insurance.
- Trek guide and porters.
- Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with entrance fee
- Nepal Sanctuary Treks trekking bag/duffel bag
Cost: US$ 1,825 per person (min 2 pax)
US$ 100 for single room supplement (available in Kathmandu hotel only)
What's not Included
- Additional tours and meals that are not mentioned,
- Excess baggage charge beyond 15 Kg each (including day pack)
- Personal equipment,
- Personal bills,
- Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or