Everest High Passes Trekking

  • Duration 20 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trek Style Trekking and Tour
  • Trip Grade Very Strenuous
  • Transportation Coaches / Car / Flight
  • Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
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Everest high passes trekking is one of the most challenging and strenuous treks in the Everest region. During this trek, you will climb some of the highest and most scenic passes in the region including Renjo La pass (5338m), Chola La pass(5368m), and Kongma La Pass (5535m). Other highlights include Gokyo Ri (5357m), Fifth Lake, Kalapattar (5643m), and Everest Base Camp (5500m). Because this trek is strenuous, for your own comfort you should be physically fit and previous experience of trekking/hiking.

The Three High Passes Trek starts at Lukla (2828m) and follows the Dudh Koshi valley which climbs up to the Sherpa capital of Namche, a bustling bazaar that's a junction for trekkers, the local Sherpa people and climbing expeditions en route to the mighty Mt. Everest. All along this trail, you will have opportunities to observe and engage with friendly Sherpa people, picturesque villages, the variety of culture and traditions of the mountain people, colorful festivals, and monasteries. The flora and fauna are other ornaments of the Sagarmatha National Park.

The three pass trekking is continuously rewarded with dramatic Himalayan scenes, including four of the worlds eight highest peaks; Cho Oyu (8,201m), Makalu (8,463m), Lhotse (8,516 m) and Everest (8,848m) and other mountains. This is a kind of circuit trek. We ascend all the way to Lungden for Renjo La pass (5338m). Renjo La pass provides a lifetime memory of panoramic views of the Everest and others Himalayan range. The Renjo-La Pass route is off the usual beaten track. At the Pass, a great view of the Gokyo lakes on one side, the Rermo Pokhari lakes on the other side, and a numerous of snowy peaks are in the background, which provides an incredible atmosphere. An excursion to the fourth and fifth lakes would be an extra attraction in Gokyo Valley from where the views are great. The Ngozumpa Glacier is the largest in the Nepal Himalayas.
The Gokyo Ri (5330m/17487 feet) is considered as the best view point in the entire Everest Region. After exploring this imaging place, we cross over Chola-La pass (5368m) to make way to Everest Base Camp. We also have a chance to visit Kalapather (5550m, close view of Everest) and Everest base camp (5364m, Khumbu icefall). Kong ma- La pass (5535m) is highest passes in these three passes. The views are excellent from the top of Kongma La Pass. After nice view from the Kongma-La top, the trail descends down via Dingboche and Tengboche. We then trek down by making our way back down to Lukla.
The Everest Three High Passes hike can be done by clock wise or anti-clockwise. We can organize it as your desire and requirement clock wise or anti-clockwise. Rugged Trails Nepal will assist you to this place where the friendly and welcoming people of this area will only make this experience to this region one that will make your return back with their unique sense of tradition and culture.

 

Trip Highlights

  • Trekking in world's longest and challenging Passes.
  • Exploring the world's best view point Gokyo Ri.
  • World Heritage sites visit.
  • Explore on world's best trekking zone, Khumbu Everest.
  • The Himalayas, Tibetan Cultures, Exploring Sherpa's Home.
  • Cultures, lifestyle, food and more...

Outline Itinerary

  • Day01 Arrive in Kathmandu.
    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods Dinner
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day02 Sightseeing around Kathmandu.
    • Walking Hour 3
    • Foods Breakfast
    • Altitude 1350 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day03 Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding.
    • Walking Hour 4
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 2850 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day04 Phakding - Namche Bazaar.
    • Walking Hour 6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3443 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day05 Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar.
    • Walking Hour 3
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3600 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day06 Namche Bazaar - Phortse Thanga.
    • Walking Hour 6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3680 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day07 Phortse Thanga - Machhermo.
    • Walking Hour 5
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 4470 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day08 Machhermo - Gokyo.
    • Walking Hour 5
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 4800 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day09 Gokyo Valley Acclimatization Day - Hike to Gokyo Ri (viewpoint).
    • Walking Hour 4
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 5555 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day10 Gokyo to Thagnak.
    • Walking Hour 4
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 4750 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day11 Thagnak to Cho La pass (5,367m) to Dzongla (43,80m).
    • Walking Hour 8
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 5367 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day12 Dzongla - Lobuche.
    • Walking Hour 3
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 4940 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day13 Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m) visit Everest Base Camp.
    • Walking Hour 7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 5364 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day14 Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m) to Lobuche.
    • Walking Hour 4
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 5545 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day15 Lobuche - Kongma La Pass - Chhukung Village (4700 M)
    • Walking Hour 9-10
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 5350 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day16 Chhukung - Tengboche.
    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3860 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day17 Tengboche - Jorsalle
    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 2740 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day18 Jorsalle - Lukla.
    • Walking Hour 4-5
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 2850 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day19 Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla.
    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods Breakfast, Dinner
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day20 Final Departure.
    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods Breakfast
    • Altitude N/A
    • Accommodation N/A
  • Day01 Arrive in Kathmandu.

    Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Rugged Trails Nepal who will take to your hotel. Welcome drinks upon arrival at the hotel, free time until 6 pm. Evening welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali Restaurant with authentic Nepali cuisine and cultural program.Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel.
    If you arrive late night then your dinner will be on next day.

    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods Dinner
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day02 Sightseeing around Kathmandu.

    After breakfast proceeds our short guided sightseeing tour at the Swayambhunath Temple. After Swayambhunath temple, we will visit another UNESCO World Heritage sites Patan Durbar Square, and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world.
    After sightseeing drives back to hotel and briefing of our rest of trip plan. At the same time if you have to buy any trekking gears or things for the rest of the days Guide will help take you to the trekking equipment store in Thamel.

    • Walking Hour 3
    • Foods Breakfast
    • Altitude 1350 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day03 Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding.

    Wake Up early morning to take a flight to Lukla, you will receive a packed breakfast. From the Kathmandu domestic airport, we will take 40 - 45 minutes flight to Lukla (9,186ft). Enjoy one of the most beautiful air routes in the world on a hillside surrounded by mountainous peaks. We will meet the rest of our crew members at the Lukla airport, a gateway destination from where our trek begins. A gentle walk to Phakding village through Chaurikharkha village, Mt. Khumbila, and monastery.

    • Walking Hour 4
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 2850 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day04 Phakding - Namche Bazaar.

    This is the day that you hear the most is the trek into Namche Bazaar, walking through a beautiful pine forest Dudh Koshi River and go on passing Chumoa to Monjo, and the entrance to Everest National Park. Then after crossing a suspension bridge, we pass Jorsale village and walk alongside the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. The path to Namche is very well traveled so you'll continually come across locals, other tourists and then continue traffic of Yaks and porter. It is infamous for its long consistent steep inclines uphill brings us to the prime heartland of Sherpa village - Namche Bazaar. At one hour’s distance to reaching Namche Bazaar, we can view the sights of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

    • Walking Hour 6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3443 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day05 Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar.

    There are plenty of things to do around Namche Bazaar, we wake up to another spectacular morning and view from our room and sun rose of the breathtaking mountains. Let us make you clear something up that is a big misunderstanding about the Acclimatization day. Acclimatization day is not a rest day, it is something completely different so don’t think that after the huge climb of getting into Namche Bazaar you’ll spend today lazing around the lodges or shopping in local stores. Our team will take you to explore the real charm of Namche Bazaar. So after breakfast, we will start the gentle hike up to Everest view hotel where we can see the views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. Overnight at Namche.

    • Walking Hour 3
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3600 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day06 Namche Bazaar - Phortse Thanga.

    We climb the trails steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases trekking beautiful in spring. The trail passes through yak Kharkas and the Khumjung hill. We visit Mohang, the birthplace of the re-incarnated Lama of Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet who is believed to have introduced Buddhism in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The views of KhumbiLa and Tawache peak are magnificent throughout the day. Overnight in Phortse Thanga.

    • Walking Hour 6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3680 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day07 Phortse Thanga - Machhermo.

    The trail climbs uphill to Machhermo with a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descent to a river and again climbs steeply to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumoz glacier. On the trail alongside a rhododendron forest and pass through a waterfall before reaching Tongba Village. The long mountain valleys here will provide an excellent source of inspiration for our photographer to teach about compositional rules during this day. Overnight in Machhermo.

    • Walking Hour 5
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 4470 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day08 Machhermo - Gokyo.

    We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, to the riverbank before climbing onto the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier on a steep trail. We climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We get a chance to observe llama footprints on a stone. We soon arrive at the second lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La our route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. Taboche Tsho, we become mesmerized by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is breathtaking with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters.

    • Walking Hour 5
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 4800 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day09 Gokyo Valley Acclimatization Day - Hike to Gokyo Ri (viewpoint).

    After the morning yoga session and breakfast, we will climb Gokyo Ri, a popular viewpoint to enjoy stunning views of the mountain vista. From the viewpoint, which is located at the edge of the 5thlake, we get astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu mountains. We will also get a chance to see the biggest glacier of the world- the Ngozumba Glacier. This breathtaking location will be the perfect chance for our Photographer to lead you through his first full photo shoot- an opportunity to observe and absorb photographic skills as he captures human subjects amidst the beauty that will surround us. Overnight at Gokyo Valley.

    • Walking Hour 4
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 5555 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day10 Gokyo to Thagnak.

    Today we will be hiking short through the longest glacier of Nepal called Ngazumpa glacier. The afternoon we will explore nearby the hills on Thagnak and yoga continue. But today it will be almost easy and rest for hiking, which will prepare us for long hiking days and elevation gain to come. There is the icy part for a while and again the trail drops down through the huge rock and an easy walk at the end to get to the Zongla.

    • Walking Hour 4
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 4750 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day11 Thagnak to Cho La pass (5,367m) to Dzongla (43,80m).

    So here we are on the longest and toughest day of the whole trip. “We are not scaring you but it’s exciting part of our trip”. The Cho La pass is not itself difficult, but it is steep and involves a glacier and we need to be careful. The trail from Phedi climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail. While trekking through the side of a frozen lake, we reach the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. There is the icy part for a while and again trail drops down through the huge rock and easy walk at the end of Dzongla. From Dzongla we can see great views of Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche mountains. Overnight at Dzongla.

    • Walking Hour 8
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 5367 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day12 Dzongla - Lobuche.

    This morning let’s not think of the previous day's longest and tiring hike and start a very easy hike to Lobuche. Very short and plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. We will enjoy a conversation on conceptualizing ideas for photos with our Photographer- delving deep into topics of memory, dream, and engaging with our realities.

    • Walking Hour 3
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 4940 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day13 Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m) visit Everest Base Camp.

    After the morning session, the trail leads toward Gorakshep through the rocky and rugged. While walking on the way you will see the amazing views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori and other. After reaching in Gorakshep, we will drop our bags a short tea break and we take the trail to Everest Base Camp. Hike towards to Base camp is strenuous due to the thin air, we follow our lead Sherpa diligently. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine, and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers, we will see lot’s during the springtime. We will take the opportunity of visiting such an iconic location to engage in another conceptual photo-shoot performed by our Photographer, through which he’ll guide us to learn further photographic skills. After exploring Everest base camp we get back to Gorak Shep. Overnight in Gorak Shep.

    • Walking Hour 7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 5364 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day14 Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m) to Lobuche.

    This morning we will wake up early to hike up to our final top highest destination Kala Patthar for sunrise and 360 degrees up-close and formidable view of Mt. Everest. The temperatures will be -10 to -14 C and chilly winds. We had seen many people get tears in their eyes after being on top over here after seeing the world’s tallest mountains. We will hike back to Gorakshep the afternoon is taken to descend down to Lobuche. Next morning we will cross our final pass Kongma La.

    • Walking Hour 4
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 5545 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day15 Lobuche - Kongma La Pass - Chhukung Village (4700 M)

    A very early morning take your breakfast and walk continue to Kongma La Pass (5350m) and all the way down to Chhukung. We will pack our lunch because on the way to Kongma La Pass there are no tea houses. Enjoy the Picturesque view from Kongma La peak of Khumbu Glacier, Island Peak, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku, and many other mountain peaks.

    • Walking Hour 9-10
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 5350 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day16 Chhukung - Tengboche.

    After crossing Kongma La pass it will be an easy hike, Tengboche Monastery is another oldest Monastery in Khumbu Region.

    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3860 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day17 Tengboche - Jorsalle

    Trek back via Namche Bazaar, the similar route to get back Lukla.

    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 2740 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day18 Jorsalle - Lukla.

    The trail becomes more normal once we cross the suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. And finally we will get a chance to stretch our legs, and today is the last night where you can thank, greet and give some tips for our crew who joined from Lukla all the way to Everest High Passes Trek.

    • Walking Hour 4-5
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 2850 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day19 Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla.

    Here we say bye to Khumbu region and fly back to Kathmandu. Check in at hotel and free time for shopping or exploring around Thamel. Evening Farewell dinner will be organized by rugged trails Nepal team. Overnight in Kathmandu.

    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods Breakfast, Dinner
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day20 Final Departure.

    Transferred to the international airport on your flight schedule and if some have extra days in Nepal they can continue with other activities. If any help is needed for further plans feel free to contact rugged trails Nepal team.

    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods Breakfast
    • Altitude N/A
    • Accommodation N/A

Cost Includes:

  • Full Board (breakfast, lunch and Dinner) in Trekking
  • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu tickets
  • Accommodation during trek.
  • Government registered English speaking local expert guide
  • Porters to carry baggages. 
  • Sagarmatha National park fees and TIMS Card.
  • B/B based accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing. (Hotels can be upgraded on request, extra charges)
  • Guided Tour in city.
  • Welcome and farewell dinners.
  • Equipment clothing for porter.
  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
  • Private transportation as per itinerary.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Everest High Pass Trekking Map for each member
  • Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff including porters
  • Duffle bags

Cost Excludes:

  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entrée 30 days - USD 40
  • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason
  • Table drinks, snacks while walking
  • Service other than mentioned above
  • Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest, etc..
  • International airfare and airport taxes
  • Items of a personal nature expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water
  • Entrance fees during the sightseeing in the city.
  • Any extended trips
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    Allison
    United States Published: Thursday, December 11, 2014

    “Would recommend confidently and completely!”

    Rating:

    Nirajan is great! Nepal is a beautiful, amazing place but like anything, the company of those around me was the highlight of my experience. Nirajan made an effort to befriend us, not just provide a service.  

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    Jean Louis
    France Published: Thursday, December 11, 2014

    “Our dream became a reality”

    Rating:

    approaching the highest summits on earth was a dream. It became a reality with Arjun's effective support. He was perfect to lead us on the right places, in the right timing, and with a great sense of friendliness.

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    Francois Bosment
    France Published: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    “Very good trip”

    Rating:

    For our first trekking in Nepal, we have chosen as provider society "rugged trails Nepal "on the advice of friends who had already dealt with them and were very satisfied. I really have only positive throughout the service: the reception in Kathmandu; all the trekking itself with our guide Arjun.

Trip Note

  • Make sure you have previous Hiking experience.
  • Everest 3 High passes trek itinerary can be customized.
  • Everest High Passes trek is challenging but not technical.
  • Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla - Kathmandu might be cancelled on that case we will use helicopter but cost little bit extra.
  • If you are on tight budget for extra cost then option is to wait for good weather. 
  • If you are getting cheaper trek cost the Everest High Passes then think twice and book. Why? email us for bitter truth..

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