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Trip Highlights

  • World Famous Himalayan High Passes
  • Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes
  • Sherpa Villages and Cultures

Introduction

Everest High Passes Trek is one of the classic treks in Everest Region allowing the trekker to reach Everest Base Camp and the combined adventure of three high passes; Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La are inspiring. High Passes Trek is only for experienced trekkers looking for an adventure like no other in Khumbu region.

This trek is actually a circuit trek connecting all the major trekking routes in Khumbu valley. For an adventurer, Everest high passes trek is the best option among all treks offered in the Everest region.

Everest High Passes Trek is the ultimate option to experience the snowy ups and downs of the Himalayas. Come and join this ultimate adventure of spectacular views, centuries-old Buddhist monasteries plus culturally rich and friendly Sherpa people are some of the many pleasant surprises in store.

1
Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of Himalayas. Himalayan Leisure Inc. will happily welcome you at the only international airport of Nepal; Tribhuvan International Airport. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a placard written Himalayan Leisure Inc. outside the airport terminal. From there you will be transferred to the Hotel by an air-conditioned private vehicle. Depending on the flight time and activities we will be joining for a cultural dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy cultural shows, singing, dancing and typical Nepali meals before heading back to hotel. (No Meals)

Accommodation: Hotels
Altitude: 1310M
2
Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding or Monjo

Enjoy breathtaking views of the 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 Airport we will transfer to one of the lodges to enjoy first breakfast in the Himalayas. Here we will introduce you to the porter. Once we enjoy our breakfast we will start our walking to reach Monjo or Jorsalle. Our trek will pass through different villages like Chaurikharka, Chheplung, Ghat, Phakding, Toktok, and Banker before we reach Monjo. We will enjoy our lunch in Phakding (2,610M) which is also the overnight stop for many trekkers passing this way. The trail from Lukla goes down gently and takes us through pleasant views. 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 will start gentle climbing. It will take about two and half hour from Phakding to reach Monjo or Jorsalle. In total, we will be trekking for about four to five hours in total. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 2610M
3
Trek to Namche Bazaar

Enjoy your breakfast in the Himalayas and get prepared to start one of the most memorable adventures of your life. If we stayed in Monjo then we will pass through national park check post and if we stayed in Jorsalle we will pass through Army passport check post. The trail goes little flat and then we will cross Dudhkoshi River once more than will start walking through another side of the river. It is a pleasant walk with beautiful green hill views. We will again cross Dudh Koshi river before we start steep climbing uphill. Until we reach Top Danda the trail is pretty steep! Once we reach Top Danda we will have some far distance views of Himalayan peaks including Everest along with Nuptse and Lhotse on a clear day. After taking rest for a while, we will again start climbing to reach Namche Bazaar. From here the trail is easier and less steep compared to the one before.

Namche is considered as the gateway of Khumbu / Everest region. It is a pretty big town with numerous activities available. Pool House, Nescafe Cofee, Bakery, Modern Lodges, Internet, Telephone, Laundry, Bank, Money Changer, Equipment shop etc., it got everything. Enjoy your time in this small modern town. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 3440M
4
Rest and acclimatization in Namche Bazaar

You can sleep as much as you want. If interested then you can go to visit Khumjung (3,780M) and Khunde (3,840M) villages, They are considered as twin villages in Khumbu region. There are few other options available if you want something else. You can also go to Thame (3,840M) to visit this beautiful village or you can go to Everest View Hotel (3,700M) to see some views of Everest including some other peaks. Alternatively, you can just walk up to the army camp area (3,500M) and enjoy the beautiful Himalayas in front of you. You can spend rest of your time easily exploring around the Namche Bazaar. Explore the shops, try some bakery items or go for a Nescafe coffee. Enjoy this beautiful town, take some rest and prepare for next day! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 3440M
5
Trek to Tengboche Monastery

Enjoy your breakfast in the Himalayas before we start trekking 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. From here the trail to Gokyo Lake and the trail to Everest Base Camp separates. The trail on the left-hand side takes you to Gokyo Lake where the trail on the right-hand side takes you to Everest Base Camp, so we follow the right trail. From here the trail steeps down until we reach Phunki Tenga for our lunch. This place has very few lodges with basic services available. Once we finish our breakfast we again cross Dudhkoshi River before ascending to reach Tengboche. The trail again goes steeply up through beautiful forests with numerous views of villages on the horizon. As the trail ascends up we will also reach Tengboche in about an hour where we will be stopping for overnight. Tengboche offers close views of Amadablam which is considered as one of the beautiful peaks in the world. If you are keen on photography then this will be a good stop for taking some pictures on the horizon. Tengboche also got one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries in this region where you can also attend daily praying of Buddhist monks. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 3860M
6
Trek to Dingboche

We will descend to Dibuche and the trail takes us through gentle uphill until we cross Imja Khola. From here the climbing becomes little steeper until we reach another village called Pangboche (3,930M). Pangboche is home of many Everest climbers. The views of Amadablam mountain from this village becomes immense. The views of other Himalayan peaks will look prettier as well from this point. If interested you can take a tea or a coffee in front of those beautiful Himalayan peaks else continue to our lunch spot called Somare. Somare is a tiny town with basic lodges and numerous tea houses available for lunch. Most travelers/trekkers heading to Dingboche or Pheriche stop here for their lunch. Even after Somare the trail is pretty easy and mostly gentle uphill. After walking for awhile 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 Dingboche valley. It's 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 4410M
7
Trek to Chhukung

It is a pleasant walk from Dingboche to Chhukung. The trail will take us through high alpine terrains along the stone-walled fields. The trail follows near the Imja Khola which comes all the way from the glacier of Island Peak and other peaks nearby. Along with the towering Himalayas right next to us it's memorable and beautiful walk in the Himalayan countryside. The walk from Dingboche to Chhukung is reached for lunch; means it's not long. Numerous snowy Himalayan peaks like Lhotse, Amadablam and Island Peak will be following us all the way. These peaks are awesome and feel as close as touching. The views of these Himalayas are as clear as crystal on a clear day. We will reach Chhukung in about 3-4 hours. This place is surrounded by high Himalayan glaciers and stunning peaks.

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 4750M
8
Rest and Acclimatization day in Chhukung

An acclimatization day in Chhukung is highly recommended before heading towards the 5,500-meter pass on the following day. We can wake up late and then have breakfast before we go climbing Chhukung RI. Chhukung RI offers stunning Himalayan views of Lhotse, Amadablam, Island Peak, Makalu and Baruntse Himal including several other towering peaks. After spending some time in Chhukung RI we will return down to our lodge where we will enjoy the hot meal. You can walk around the village in the afternoon. Save some energy as we have a tough day coming. Stay overnight Chhukung!

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 4750M
9
Cross Kongma La (5535M), trek to Lobuche

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. Lobuche has few houses and all of them are only for commercial purposes i.e. guest houses, lodges, small tea shops etc. Once we climb like 5-6 hours we will reach the top of Kongma La Pass; a small area covered with Buddhist praying flags. We know it feels good to be here. It is a difficult day and shouldn't underestimate even by professional trekkers. 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 a small place with few lodges; Lobuche. We will enjoy magnificent views of Pumori and Nuptse from this village.

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 4910M
10
Trek to Gorakshep, hike to EBC, return to Gorakshep

We will enjoy 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. Peaks become closer and fantastic. 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. Once we get our lunch we will start our hiking to Everest Base Camp before it's too late. The hike is about 5/6 hours in total. It is one of the longest, hardest and important days in our adventure. 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. Be careful while walking so the rocks won't slip you and make fall down. Enjoy breathtaking views of Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse along with several other peaks. On a lucky day, you will also be able to enjoy some of the avalanches on another side of Khumbu glacier; one of the biggest glaciers in the world. Once we reach Everest Base Camp we will enjoy taking some pictures. Give some time to enjoy and play with nature because you won't find Everest Base Camp anywhere else in the world. After finishing our activities around the base camp we will return back to Gorakshep through the same trail and prepare for another day. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 5364M
11
Hike to Kalapatthar, trek to Dzongla

Honestly, the hike to Kalapatthar is not easy. It is early morning cold walking and in the dark but trust us it's enjoyable and it will be one of the memorable time of your life. Don't get slipped in the icy trail. Depending on the sunrise time your guide will give you time to start hiking to reach this beautiful hilltop. Wake up on time and prepare clothes that won't let you be cold. 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 is the same place where world's highest cabinet meeting was held by Nepal Government to aware world global warming and about the speedily melting Himalayas. Kalapatthar gives authentic and magnificent views of Himalayas just in front of you. It's wonderful to the viewpoint that only a few people have seen it. Congratulations to witness this heavenly place with Himalayan Leisure, Inc. Take some shots of you and peaks, enjoy your photography in this place before we will again return back to our lodge to start walking down to Lobuche. We will follow the same route that we used while going up. It's quite short walking. We will need to save some effort as another pass is coming in few days.

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 4910M
12
Trek to Dzongla

The trail is almost flat during the whole walk. Leaving peaks in behind and welcome new peaks in front we will have pleasant want around here. Once we walk about 1.5 hours from Lobuche we will come to a point from where people going down to Pheriche - Dingboche and people going to Dzongla - Chola Pass trek separates. The views of peaks in front of specially Amadablam, Cholatse and Tabuche are excellent during the whole day, words simply fail to describe them properly. Finally, we will reach Dzongla and spend a night here before ascending towards the second pass; Chola.

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 4730M
13
Cross Chola Pass (5360M), trek to Gokyo Lakes

The trail starts with short gentle walk 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. This is another toughest day that we have conquer in this trip. The views are still excellent here, several high Himalayan snowy peaks will be around us all the time which includes Thamserku, Kangteng, Amadablam, Cholatse, Tabuche and Cho Oyu. Though it's tough day, we will be blending our tiredness with Himalayas and with unforgettable memories. We may need to be careful all the time as rocks might be falling down once the ice melts. The final climbing can be little tricky as it curves on the last. Here we come to a small space with some praying flags. This is how Chola looks like.

We are coming to another difficult part. Going down from Chola is difficult, slippery and often dangerous once sun comes out. 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 may have some lunch here before we start climbing gentle uphill to Gokyo Lakes. The trail after Thaknak is mostly over glaciers. Some blue ices are 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 panorama. It's an excellent place for spending an overnight.

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 4780M
14
Climb Gokyo RI (5360M), Exploration day in Gokyo Valley

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 are heading 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 a lifetime. It is one of the most spectacular or indescribable places of our adventure. The walk is about 3/4 hours from Gokyo Lakes. Count as many as peaks you like but you will never finish counting. 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.

Once we get down we will take a while for our lunch. If interested and have the extra strength then we will also head to explore other lakes around the valley. This is optional and if we are tired we can simply skip it.

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 4780M
15
Cross Renjo La Pass (5360M), trek to Marlung

Today is one of the hardest days of our adventure. Crossing Renjo La is quite hard because of small rocks along the route. The trail from Gokyo starts will gentle climbing and comes with steeping climbing before we reach the top of Renjo La. Renjo La pass offers some excellent views of Gokyo valley and an 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.

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 4350M
16
Trek to Namche Bazaar

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 got hundreds of years old monastery. This is a beautiful Sherpa village hosting world famous mountaineers situated on the west of Khumbu region. From here we may have some good views of Rolwaling Himalayan peaks. Continuing our trek further we will reach Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 3440M
17
Trek to Lukla, last of the trekking

We are coming to conclude our memorable trekking. 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 villages of villages on the horizon. We will also have sights of flights coming to Lukla and flights taking off from Lukla. They look awesome when we are close to Lukla. Once we reach Lukla we can enjoy some beers or cocktails. Lukla is one of the major towns in this area. Your Sherpa helper will no longer be with you from tomorrow so it's time to give them some gratitude [tips] if you are happy with their services. It will be expected from your staffs and we also recommend you to tip them according to your satisfaction and ability.

Accommodation: GuestHouse
Altitude: 2840M
18
Fly to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel

We take the earliest possible flight back to Kathmandu. Enjoy another breathtaking flight to Kathmandu. The flight is about 30 minutes and will give you some thrilling experience for sure. You can relax and stay in a hotel or explore the town for some shopping with your friends and family members. Once your guide will drop you at the hotel he may leave you. You can also give him some gratitude if you are happy with his services. Some trekkers / our customers also invite guides for a dinner together in Kathmandu. This can be the last day that you will meet your guide. Enjoy your last days around the valley. If you are willing about other activities like Jungle Safari or Rafting or Paragliding then we will assist you accordingly.

Accommodation: Hotels
Altitude: 1310M
19
Rest and buffer day in Kathmandu

Lukla gets occasional flight delays during the 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. In case we have a timely flight on DAY 14 then we can use this day as rest and exploring day in Kathmandu. We can shop around local markets and walk around the city. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Accommodation: Hotels
Altitude: 1310M
20
Drive to Airport, end of our services

We will drop you at the airport in our private vehicle according to your airport time. Nepal airport often has hassles for travelers so it is good if you reach the airport at least two hours prior to departure. Till we see you again "Farewell Friend!" (Breakfast)

Altitude: 1310M

What is included?

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle including before and after the trek
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast included
  • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu domestic airline tickets including all airline taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner / main course] during the trek
  • Accommodation in tea houses / lodges along the trek as per the itinerary
  • Everest National Park Entry Permit for all members
  • 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)
  • Daily seasonal fresh fruits as per the availability
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide
  • American Medical Association approved Oximeter to measure your Oxygen and Pulse in high altitude (Imported from USA). Oximeter can be very helpful to measure body conditions in high altitude
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]
  • Pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before the trek
  • Worst case rescue and medical evacuation arrangements

What is excluded?

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees (two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation)
  • Personal nature expenses (bars and beverage bills, dessert, hot shower, drinking water, telephone, internet, laundry, titbits etc.)
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control (Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek)
  • Meals in Kathmandu (also in the case of early returns and late departures)
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section (Please ask us if you are confused about any services)
  • Porter is available at an extra cost

Supporting Information

Experience Required

Everest High Passes Trek is one of the most adventurous treks in Nepal so it's only recommended for physically fit and experienced hikers. The trek consists several days high altitude trekking above 5000 meters which is not going to be easy for trekkers with no previous experiences.

Meals on the Trek

Basic meals like rice, spaghetti, pasta, potatoes, handmade bread, soups, eggs, vegetables, different curries, noodles etc. are available throughout the trek. The trek has developed lots in some places and basic lodges in some places.

Accommodation

In Kathmandu, we will accommodate you at 3 star category hotels however on the trek basic lodges will be provided in twin sharing basis.

Best Season

The trek can be done almost throughout the year except in January and February, however, October - November, and March-May are considered as the best time to visit this route. June - September is monsoon season and expect some rains.

Trip Highlights

Everest High Passes Trek is one of the most stunning adventurous trekking routes in Nepal offering majestic Himalayan views and breathtaking scenery.

Reviews

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Ty Sauerbrey
Jun 18, 2018

Excellent

Excellent

Charlotte Horekens-Alderson
Apr 20, 2018

Highly Recommend!!

Beautiful trek with stunning views! All 3 passes offer great views, nice to be a little off the main EBC track. Go before the crowds!!

Annonymous
Mar 21, 2018

High Passes in March 2018

Me and my friend did the Everest High Passes Trek in March 2018 with Himalayan Leisure, Inc. The company provided an excellent service. The guide was highly experienced and a strong porter was companying us throughout the trek. Thank you for the great experience Himalayan Leisure team.

Gary Newman
Dec 01, 2017

Worth Doing

We recently completed Everest 3 passes trek with Himalayan Leisure, Inc. and we only have good words about them. We initially had flight problems to Lukla due to bad weather and Upendra gave us an option to fly there on a chopper which worked just fine. Secondly, our guide Nima was an amazing and hard working guy showing us all the way and helping us to have the best time. The views were incredible all the way and there are no complains at all. The trek is hard but definitely, it's worth doing. Thank you!

Taryn Turner
Nov 12, 2017

Excellent

We booked a full package trip to Three Passes Trek and everything went great. The route was amazing, we did Renjo pass and Chola pass but Kongmala was full of snow so we decided to drop it. Gokyo Peak, Kalapathar, and Base Camp were all done successfully. Thank you for organizing everything.

Libor Taglicht
Nov 11, 2017

Himalayan Dreams in 20 Days

Excellent trek for everybody who has a good condition and who can play cards very well. If not, don't play cards with a excellent guide - Lok :) Lok "unlocked" our Himalayan eyes and views. Thanks and we hope - see you soon again !

Matthew Leszczynski
Nov 09, 2017

The Ultimate Mountain Trip

The company was professional and efficient. Our guide Ramesh and porter Pasang Sherpa were amazingly friendly and knowledgeable. We added the Gokyo lakes, which we highly recommend. It is difficult, but incredibly beautiful. There were no shortage of moments that I stopped and the view took my breath away!

Beryl Beauregard
Oct 25, 2017

Three Passes Trek in October

The trek was very difficult but it was worth. We had an amazing time in Nepal. The trek itself, our guide and porter were amazing. Foods and accommodation were fine but it wouldn't have been possible without guide's help to get the accommodation on our own. The trek was very busy on the Everest Base Camp side but was very light on Chola and Renjo La Pass Trek. Thank you for Everything!

Sam Staniland
Oct 23, 2017

Very Good

Very good.

David Sisovic
Sep 18, 2017

First Time in High Altitude

Me and my girlfriend did this trek in August - September, 2017. This trek was not a easy choice but we survived. Everything went great, loved the trip!