- Enjoy the adventurous Everest Base Camp 3 Passes trek including 3 +5000 meters high passes
- Beautiful Himalayan villages of Khumbu valley
- Amazing views from Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Ri, Kalapatthar and Nagarkhang
- Magnificent views of more than a dozen mountains, including Everest
The Everest High Passes Trek is only for experienced trekkers looking for an adventure like no other in the Khumbu region also known as the Everest region. This trek is actually a circuit trek connecting all the major trekking routes in Khumbu valley. For an adventurer, the Everest High Passes Trek is the best option among all treks offered in the Everest region.
The Everest High Passes Trek is the ultimate option to experience the snowy ups and downs of the Himalayas. Come and join this ultimate experience with spectacular views, centuries old Buddhist monasteries plus a chance to meet the culturally rich and friendly Sherpa people of the Himalayas.
Welcome to country of temples and Himalayas! Our airport representative will pickup you from airport and drive straight to Thamel for overnight stay.
Depending on the flight time and activities you will be joining a cultural dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy cultural shows, singing, dancing and typical Nepali meals before heading back to the hotel.
Enjoy the breathtaking views of Himalayas on your flight to Lukla. It's one of the most adventurous flight rated by top rated websites and travel magazines. The flight takes approximately 30 minutes.
Once we reach Lukla we will transfer you to one of the lodges to enjoy the first breakfast in the Himalayas. Here we will introduce you to the porter if you choose to hire one.
After breakfast, we will start walking to Phakding, Monjo or Jorsalle. We will pass through different villages like Chaurikharka, Chheplung, Ghat, Phakding, Toktok and Banker before we reach Monjo.
Once we reach Phakding and eat our lunch we will start moving to our final destination. The trail is flat until we cross Dudh Koshi River and then we will start gentle climbing. It will take about two and half hours from Phakding to reach Monjo or Jorsalle. We will be trekking about four to five hours in total.
We will have breakfast in the morning and will move on after that. If we stayed in Monjo then we will pass through the national park check post and if we stayed in Jorsalle we will pass through Army passport check post.
Then, we will cross Dudhkoshi River once more and start walking through another side of the river. It is a pleasant walk with beautiful green hills on either side. We will again cross the river before we start climbing uphill.
Until we reach Top Danda the trail is pretty steep! Once we reach Top Danda we will have far distance views of Himalayan peaks including Everest along with Nuptse and Lhotse on a clear day. After taking rest for a we will again start our climb to reach Namche Bazaar. From here the trail is easier and less steep compared to the one before.
You can sleep as much you want on this day. If interested, you can visit Khumjung and Khunde villages. They are considered as twin villages in Khumbu region.
There are few other options available if you want to do something else. You can visit another beautiful village called Thame or you can go to Everest View Hotel to see some views of Everest including some other peaks.
Alternatively, you can just walk up to the army camp area and enjoy the sight of beautiful Himalayas in front of you. You can spend rest of your time exploring Namche Bazaar. Explore the shops, try some bakery items or go for a Nescafe coffee. A full rested day to prepare you for adventure next day!
Enjoy your breakfast in the Himalayas before we start the trek to Tengboche; another magnificent village of this region. The trek starts with short climbing before we reach the army camp. Then the trek is flat until we reach Kenjoma. You can give some rest to your legs in front of magnificent and huge Amadablam mountain.
The trail to Gokyo Lake and the trail to Everest Base Camp separates from here onwards. We follow the trail on the right, which will take us to the Everest Base Camp.
From here the trail steeps down until we reach Phunki Tenga for our lunch. Once we finish our lunch we again cross Dudhkoshi River before ascending to Tengboche.
The trail again goes steep up through beautiful forests with numerous views of villages in the horizon. As the trail ascends up we will also reach Tengboche in about an hour where we will stop for the night.
Tengboche offers close views of Amadablam which is considered as one of the most beautiful peaks in the world. This is a good stop to take some beautiful pictures. You can also visit the Tengboche monastery, which is one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries in this region.
After breakfast, we will descend to Dibuche and then uphill until we cross Imja Khola. From here the climbing becomes steeper until we reach another village called Pangboche.
Pangboche is home to many Nepalese Everest climbers. Amadablam mountain looks immense from here. You can get clearer views of other Himalayan peaks as well from this point. If interested, you can take a tea or a coffee in front of those beautiful Himalayan peaks here.
Then we continue to our lunch spot called Somare. Most travelers / trekkers heading to Dingboche or Pheriche stop here for their lunch. Even after Somare the trail is easy and mostly gentle uphill. After walking for a while we will reach Orsho and from here the trail to Pheriche and Dingboche will separate.
Continuing further for less than an hour we will reach the Dingboche valley. It is a gorgeous valley surrounded by majestic peaks. Dingboche is also the gate for Island Peak Climbing. Island Peak is one of the most popular trekking peaks of Nepal which is climbed by numerous climbers every year.
It is pleasant walk from Dingboche to Chhukung. The trail will take us through high alpine terrains along the stone walled fields. The trail follow near the Imja Khola which comes all the way from the glacier of Island Peak and other peaks nearby.
We stop at Chhukung. Several snow covered Himalayan peaks like Lhotse, Amadablam and Island Peak will be following us all the way. These peaks will be so close that it will seem like we can touch them if we extended our hands.
An acclimatization day in Chhukung is highly recommended before heading towards 5,500 meter pass on the following day. We can wake up late and then have breakfast before we go to climb Chhukung RI. Chhukung RI offers stunning Himalayan views of Lhotse, Amadablam, Island Peak, Makalu and Baruntse Himal including several other towering peaks.
After spending sometime in Chhukung RI we will return down to our lodge where we will enjoy a hot meal. You can walk around the village in the afternoon. Save some energy for tomorrow!
This is our first big day of the trek. This is also one of the toughest days. We will be carrying required amount of water and some packed meals as there are no lodges / tea shops along the route.
Once we climb like 5-6 hours we will reach the top of Kongma La Pass; a small area covered with Buddhist praying flags.
The descending from the top is quite tough even it's descending. Moreover, in case the trail is covered with ice or snow then it will surely be exhausting. Finally, we will reach Lobuche. We can enjoy magnificent views of Pumori and Nuptse from this village.
We will enjoy a hot breakfast in Lobuche before we start hiking to Gorakshep; one of the major places of our adventure. The majestic mountains will be following us all the way till we reach the destination.
The trek does not have any steep climbing though it will be difficult and tiring due to high elevation. We will be walking in between 4,900 meters to 5,300 meters on this day. The trail is quite wide and easy to walk. It is a short hike to reach Gorakshep.
Once we reach Gorakshep we will keep our belongings in the lodge before we have our lunch. After the lunch we will start hiking to Everest Base Camp.
The route from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp includes numerous short ups and downs. The trail condition is not satisfactory everywhere and includes many small rocks along the route. You need to be careful of the slippery rocks. Don't forget to enjoy the breathtaking views of Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse along with several other peaks though.
On a lucky day you will also be able to enjoy some of the avalanches on the another side of Khumbu glacier; one of the biggest glaciers in the world. Once we reach Everest Base Camp we take some pictures.
We will give you some time to enjoy this moment of reaching the base camp of the tallest mountain on Earth. After finishing our activities around the base camp we will return back to Gorakshep through same trail and prepare for another day.
The hike to Kalapatthar is not easy especially because of the altitude. It is an early morning cold walk in the dark, but it's enjoyable and it will be one of the memorable time of your life.
Depending on the sunrise time your guide will give you time to start hiking to reach this beautiful hill top. The hike from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar is about an hour steep climbing. Depending on your walking speed it may take a little more or less.
Kalapatthar gives authentic and magnificent views of Himalayas just in front of you. It's a wonderful view point that only few people have seen. Take some shots of you and peaks, enjoy your photography in this place before we again return back to our lodge, and then to Lobuche.
Once we reach Lobuche we will rest for the day.
Here we come for another short and easy day. The trail is almost flat during the whole walk. Leaving some peaks behind and welcoming others, we will have a pleasant change of scenery.
Words simply fail to describe the views of peaks in front specially Amadablam, Cholatse and Tabuche. Finally we will reach Dzongla and spend a night here before ascending towards the second pass; Chola.
The trail starts with a short gentle walk downhill but once we reach the base of the pass we will have to start climbing. We will have to start early in the morning to avoid strong wind hitting us on the top of the pass.
The views are still excellent here, we will be surrounded by several high Himalayan snowy peaks including Thamserku, Kangteng, Amadablam, Cholatse, Tabuche and Cho Oyu.
We may need to be careful all the time as rocks might be falling down once the ice melts. The final climbing to Chola can be a little tricky as it curves on the last.
Going down from Chola is difficult, slippery and often dangerous once sun comes out. We have to be careful walking around and be cautious as stones can be falling down from the cliffs. Once we finish descending we will reach small place called Thaknak. We will have our lunch here before we start climbing gentle uphill to Gokyo Lakes.
The trail after Thaknak is mostly over glaciers. Blue ice may be spotted along the route. Finally, we will reach Gokyo valley on the side of blue glacial lakes and majestic peaks in the front. Gokyo Lakes are known for several fabulous high altitude lakes in the region. These lakes are also the origin of Dudh Koshi river. Here, we will be surrounded by 360 degree Himalayan panoramic view. It's an excellent place to spend the night.
Gokyo Ri [5,403M / 17,726FT] is known for its amazing views of most mountains in Everest region. This is simply an amazing viewpoint. Hiking to this viewpoint for sunrise or sunset is undoubtedly magnificent. We will be heading out for sunrise early in the morning.
The guide will let you know the time that we will be starting to hike. We will wake up, prepare our things and start climbing to this small peak. Gokyo Ri will no doubt give us unforgettable memories for lifetime. The walk is about 3/4 hours from Gokyo Lakes.
Once we reach the top we will take enough time to take shots for our memories before we will descend down to Gokyo Lakes again. For interested hikers, we also have an option to trek to 4th and 5th lakes, which will take a few more hours.
Today is one of the hardest day of our adventure. Crossing Renjo La is quite hard because of small rocks along the route. The trail from Gokyo starts with gentle climbing and comes with steep climbing before we reach the top of Renjo La.
Renjo La pass offers some excellent views of Gokyo valley and uncountable number of close Himalayan peaks. The trail from Renjo La pass descends down to Lungden. Lungden is the only village that we will meet after Gokyo and Renjo La pass. This is a small village with few basic lodges for the facilities of trekkers.
The trail from Lungden to Namche is mostly downhill. We will walk via Marulung village [4,210M / 13,812FT] before reaching Thame [3,820M / 12,532FT]. Thame is one of the popular villages of this region.
This village also has hundreds of years old monastery. This is a beautiful Sherpa village hosting world famous mountaineers situated on the west of Khumbu region. Continuing our trek further we will reach Namche Bazaar.
This is the last day and our final night in the Himalayas. Like the previous day there is no rush to reach Lukla. We can sleep till late morning and start the trek before noon.
The trail from Phakding to Lukla is mostly gentle uphill. On the way we can enjoy stunning vilages of villages in the horizon. We will also have sights of flights coming to Lukla and flights taking off from Lukla.
Once we reach Lukla we can enjoy some beers or cocktails. Your Sherpa helper will no longer be with you from tomorrow so you can tip them if you are happy with their services according to your satisfaction and ability.
We take the earliest possible flight back to Kathmandu. The flight is about 30 minutes. You can relax and stay in hotel or explore around the town for some shopping.
The guide may leave after dropping you off at the hotel. You may also invite your guide for a dinner together if you wish.
Lukla gets occasional flight delays during main season. This may cause missing your international flights as well so we recommend you to prepare accordingly.
Lukla suffers from quick weather changes and that may affect inbound and outbound flights. We reserved this day for possible flight delays. (Breakfast available)
We will drop you at the airport by our private vehicle according to your airport time. Nepal airport is often chaotic for travelers so it is good if you reach airport at least two hours prior to departure.
- Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle before and after the trek
- Accommodation in Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
- Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu domestic airline tickets including for the guide
- Domestic airport taxes where applicable
- All meals [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with 3 cups of hot drinks] during the trek
- Accommodation on cozy tea houses as per the itinerary
- Everest National Park Entry Permit
- Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
- Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide
- Necessary paperwork, all government and local taxes
- Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]
- International airfare, Nepal visa fees (two passport photographs), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
- Personal expenses (bars and beverage bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, tidbits etc.)
- Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control (Costs are not refundable or transferable at any means if you leave the trek voluntarily)
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary)
- Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section (Please ask us if you are confused about any services)
- Porters are excluded and available as extra addons