Everest High Passes Trek – 20 days
This trek is one of the most popular adventurous treks in this region. An altitude of 5000m and above will cross in several occasion. This trek consists of Renjo La pass (5,388m), Cho La pass (5,380m) and Kongma La pass (5,535m) which this offers the opportunity to explore overall the Everest region at the best. Camping in tents will be necessary during the pass crossings.
Our trek starts in Lukla after a flight from Kathmandu. Walking slowly and steadily, we follow the classic trail towards Everest, via Namche Bazaar and the beautiful Thyangboche monastery. At Dingboche, we continue west along the Chukhung valley. Rest days are included along the way to ensure that we are properly acclimatized to tackle our first high pass: Khongma La (la means mountain pass) at 5535m will present us with dramatic views of Ama Dablam and Makalu, and a real encounter with the high-altitude environment.
The descent takes us onto the Khumbu Glacier and then to Lobuche in the Khumbu valley. We ascend Kala Patar for breathtaking closeup views of Everest, and an afternoon trip to Everest Base Camp is possible. Back at Lobuche, we head towards our second pass, the Cho La, a traverse with permanent snow leading into the Gokyo valley. There are dazzling turquoise lakes to be explored here, and Gokyo peak to climb for more first-class views of Everest(8848m), its neighbours, and Cho Oyu(8201m) on the Tibetan border.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m)
After you arrive, you will be receive by MSM Tours and Treks staffs and transfer to hotels and in the evening we will have a welcome dinner together.
Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and trekking preparations
In this day, we will talk about the trips and prepares to leave the next morning towards our trek.
Day 3: : Fly to lukla and trek to phakding (2652 m)
Fly to lukla with awesome view of mountain from plane. Within 30 minutes you will be in lukla. Today we have just 3 hours of walk to reach the phakding where we stay. Full board provided.
Day 4: Phakding – nemche bazaar (3440 m)
Walking on the sides of dudh Koshi River on the beautiful pine forests crossing many suspension bridge including famous Hillary suspension bridge we will able to catch the wonderful prospect of the Mt . thamserku (6618 m). Passing the benker, chumoa and monjo onthe way, we will reach the entrance check post of sagarmatha national park where your permits of trekking will be checked. After that we pass jorsale the last before Sherpa capital namche bazzar. The trails climbs up through forests and bridge untill we reach the meeting of the dudh koshi and bhote Koshi River. After ascent about 2 hours we will be able to see the first view of mount everest smiling peering over the Lhotse-nuptse ridge. We will stop for the view in chauteri for few minutes which could be good rest in climbing up as well. After that we still need to hike up about 1.5 hours to reach the Sherpa capital the gate way to Mount everest and main trading center of this region. Stay overnight in hotel nemche or similar hotel on. Full board provided.
Day 5: Namche bazaar – Acclimatization day
this is the scheduled followed by the each and every trekkers as it is the recommend by the health experts to have rest day and necessary to stay active and moving in the rest day instead o sitting idle. In the rest we can hike to the thame or in khunde for relaxing and exploring the villages itself. Namche bazaar is the main center of the Everest khumbu region and has government offices, ATMs, internet café, shops, restaurant, a bakery and colorful markets each Friday evening and Saturday. Our trek guides will take you to tourist visitor’s center near the head quarter of the sagarmatha national park where you can absorb things related to everest ascenders,Sherpa culture and will also learn about various plant and animals. We also take an interesting side up to khumjung village which can be best for acclimatize and we can found airs tap in syangboche. Just few minutes from there we can see the Everest view hotels where lots of foreigners and especially Japanese come to stay during their Everest helicopter tour Along with great view of Everest, kongde, thamserku and khumbila we will visits to Hillary school and come back to namche village after lunch. Take a look to the movie called into thin air or similar everest expeditions movie in the guest house. Stay overnight in hotel nemche with full board provided.
Day 6: Namche bazzar to pangboche (3860 m)
After breakfast, we start our trips towards pangboche enjoying the superb view of mt everest nuptse, Lhotse, amadoblam and close up view of thamserku. Our treks keep go on ups and down overlooking magnificent view of the great hilmalayas. Along the way we can spot wild lives and then the way go ups to kayangjuma. After that we will reach to sansa where the path to gokyo and Trek to everest base camp separated. Then the trails followed the pine forests and we also see prayers flags festooned bridge over dudh Koshi River and passed them. We reach phunki Thenga a small settlement for tea and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having relaxed a bit in phungi tanga we will go to tengboche which is step up to hill. Tengboche is a great place close up views of amadoblam, nuptse and the everest. Here we have a chance to explore the Biggest Buddhist monastery all over in khumbu region. After having lunch the trails leads towards down to the river once again to another airy suspension bridge where pangboche is about 5 minutes away. Stay overnight Everest view lodge or similar in pangboche. Full board provided.
Day 7: Pangboche to Dingboche (4360 m)
We start our trip early in the morning after breakfast. Passing many Mani walls, chortens and small villages on the way our trek begins towards the Dingbochea. On the way towards dingbochea you can have a wonderful view of the Amadoblam Mountains which is very nice mountains and look like the thumb shape of your hand. You will have your lunch in the dingboche where you stay and can go to hike in the afternoon around the villages. Overnight stay in Sherpa land and full board provided.
Day 8: Dingbochea to chhulung
The walk is pleasant as we leave dingbochea through stone walled fields and alpine landscapes. We take the trail from dingbochea through stone walled fields and alpine landscapes. we take the trail from dingbochea through imja khola valley to land raven by glaciers morians amidst towering formidable mountains. Today we will walk 4 hours. While we walk we will have lhotse on left and amadablam on the right hand side. After walking 3 km we will reach at yak herdmans place called Bibre. We can see the most popular trekking peak island peak (imja tse) in the front. we will reach chhukung in about half an hour from bibre. There are glaciers and massive snowy mountains all around the places. we might choose to hike to the knoll of chhukung Ri which offers stunning views of Lhotse, island peak, amadablam, Makalu and several others including baruntse. Stay Over-night in chhukung. Full board provided
Day 9: Rest day in chhukung
Trekking experts recommend acclimatizing in chhukung before doing the kongma la pass. However, rest means not staying ideal. The view of chhukung and further up the valley on the moraines towards island peak (6189 m) is tremendous. We grasp this opportunity to climb the chhukung Ri or climb the base camp of island peak. Overnight in chhukung full board provided.
Day 10: chhukung- knogma la (5535m/18159ft)-labuche(4940m/16210ft)
This morning we start at first light from chhukung as we have to conquest highest pass of the trip today. We carry plenty of water and some snacks and a packed lunch as there is no tea shops on the way. We will really enjoy the remoteness of the area and absolute nature!! we can select to go via any of the possible trails-either taking a climb over the hill northwest of chhukung over the moraine of the nuptse glaciersor we might walk back down the valley of bibra and follow a high trail above the niyan khola. Ascending along the east side of niyang khola valley, we turn west and walk through the sloppy stony trail. We enter a wide basin dotted with small frozen lakes.the trail rises over loose fter about five hourswe leave chhukung. Upon reaching the top, we encounter with cairn wrapped in prayer flags, marks of the pass. Behind us is the landscape of icy lakes ahead down of which is khambu glacier. the final descentsis the most stage of the trek today. Upon climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through khambu glaciers which takes us to lobouche. Overnight stay and full board provided.
Note: if you this you cannot make kongma la pass we have next options to go lobuche from chhukung directly.
Day 11: labauche – Gorek shap (5170 M) Everest base camp (5364 m)-Gorek shap (5170 m)
The trail to gorekshap goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the khumbu glacier. We pass through the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail we see crest of north roidge of everest along with mt .pumari, mahalangur, lingtem, khumbutse, nuptse etc. a small ascent would take us to thangma riju from where we perceive 360 degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of changri glacier, we watch our first glimpse of kala patthar, a gray-green knoll beneath the Mt. pumori. As we reach Gorek shap, we will be surrounded by snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world Mount Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest base camp through the once past gorekshap lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineer memorials. As we reach Everest base camp we cannot stop ourselves from appreciating the Everest climbers those take hazardous route through the khambu icefall in the spring we can see mountaineers tents stand out in bright colors against all the dull gray surrounding around. Nuptse, khunbuste and pumari are the mountains we can view from base camp Actually Everest cannot be seen from the base camp properly, for that we need to wait the next day morning to up the kala patthar hill or those who interest to go kala patthar in same day can go with our guide or Sherpa. Overnight stay in local guest house at Gorekshap and full board provide.
Day 12: Gorek shep-kala patthar-lobuche (4940 m)
Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from kalapather witnessing the first light of the day shining on mount Everest However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 c) departure beforehand. We can see familiar peak like lingtren, khumbutse,changtse tower to the east even as begins reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and nuptse. When climbing the kala patther we can pause to catch our breath at several places from where we can have an outstanding view points to snap pictures of the highest mountain. After two hours of walking we will be in the best view point of world called kala patther where we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by caims and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we will sit on the kala patther rocks and our eyes taking in the unbelievable Himalayan panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. As we can take pictures how much we can take and also take the inner view with our minds and eye to last life time. On being back to gorek shap, we have breakfast and waits for those who have gone to Everest base camp after they arrived back to the hotel take a decends back to the lobuche. Overnight stay and full boar provide.
Day 13: lobuche to Dzongla(4830m/15850 ft)
Today trek is very short compared to previous or next day’s walk. The path to dzongla branches off from the main trail some distance from lobuche. After crossing a stream we can come through a fork and later curving round to wide gravelly river bed on the stream. Today with great Mountain View we will reach in dzongla and stay overnight and full board provide.
Day 14: Dzongla-chola( 5368m/17611 ft)-thangnak (4680m /15350ft) Gokyo(4800m/15580 ft)
Today is one of the tough days of the trips. We will walk with the pack lunch and walk around 9 hours. We will start in early morning, today paths descends to a basin across which meanders a murmuring stream crusted with ice at places. In about an hour, we will reach top of basin. as we gain high the view back gets increasingly more activating. The final climb to chola can be a little tricky as the trail curves round the bergschrund. Upon reaching the top, we see prayer flags, strung across cairns, flapping in the strong wind. We will reach in thangnak a small village. After walking about couple of hours we will reach gokyo where we stay overnight. Full board provided.
Day 15: Rest day in gokyo_gokyo Ri (5357m/17575 ft)
After having a long day yesterday you will have a rest day in gokyo. In the rest day you will explore around the villages and lakes around gokyo. If you like to do some things you can hike to the Gokyo Ri to have a a panoramic view of Everest Himalayan range. Stay overnight and full board provided.
Day 16: Gokyo to renjo la pass (5360 m/17585 ft)-marlung (4210m/13810 ft).
Today we will pass the renjo la pass and have to go marlung. There is no place between marling and gokyo so we have to start early to reach marlung. After three hours we will reach renjo. Everest itself and other mountains can be seen shining in sun. Nowadays the trekking path is made and it is easy to do renjo la pass. After walking 6 -7 hours we will reach marlung stay overnight and full board provided.
Day 17: Marlung to nemcha bazaar
Today we will go to the Sherpa capitals of everest called nemcha bazaar wher we wll stay overnight. After walking 6 hours we will reach to nemcha and can chance to hav hot shower after long time. During a walk from marlund we can see thamserku, thema peak and many more on the way. Full board provided.
Day 18: Namche bazzar to lukla (2800 m)
The trails descend steeply downward by controlling the body. Having With good view of local’s villages and many flowers we will have lunch in phakding. Being climbing down on same way also makes you feel different and good. After a two weeks you will be in lukla and overnight stay over there and full board provided.
Day 19: Lukla to Kathmandu
In the early morning after breakfast take a flight in the morning to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel and take rest. After some hours if you like you can go for the walk around the city. Or can take rest in hotel. You may also visit the local markets and buy the Nepalese items gifts for your friends and family.If someone has flight in that day he will be transfers to the airport for departure.
Day 20: Farewell friend
MSM Tours and Treks will have a get together lunch and transfer to airport for international departure.
- Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer)
- Government license holder Trekking Guide.
- Trekking porter /Sherpa who will carry your bag pack during the trekking.
- Three time meal during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
- Trekker’s Information Management system (TIMS)
- Everest Conservation area fee
- Kathmandu- Lukla – Kathmandu Round Trip Flight Ticket .
- Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned in itinerary
- Trekking guide and porters accommodation, fare, meal, equipments and salary & Insurance
- All program as mentioned in itinerary.
- Government Tax and office service charge.
- Welcome Dinner
- Airport drop
- Nepal Visa fee
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
- Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, Soft drinks such as cola, , shower & any Purely personal nature expenses etc)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Tips for guides and porters
- Emergency rescue evacuation if needed
- City Tour entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara while entering Temple and Monastery