Everest High Passes Trek is also popular as Everest Three Passes Trek among the adventure enthusiasts. It is a high level of adventure trekking to explore and uncover the astonishing mysteries of whole Khumbu region/Everest region. It is a trekking full of adventures and challenges in the sense that you are going to encounter the world highest three mountain passes: Kongmala Pass ((5535m/18159ft), Chola Pass (5420m.17777ft) and Renjola Pass (5360m/17585ft)” and witness fabulous mountain summits higher than 8000m including Mt. Everest, the top of the world.
Also, Everest High Passes Trek offers us a historical opportunity to put our footsteps at Everest Base Camp, the highest mountain base camp of the world, to trek in Sagarmatha National Park, the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the National Park Located at the highest elevation of the world, to explore Himalayan towns, local Sherpa Settlements, pious sites in the lap of Himalayas, witness mighty glaciers, pass through the gorges and the moraines and serene freshwater lakes fed by the mighty Himalayas.
What more? Of course there are a lot of things to experience beside mountains and lakes. The life style of the local people, the local foods, economic activities, environmental/ ecological issues, health and sanitation, facilities like security and accommodation and most importantly, you will realize the power of being in solitude into the innermost wilderness of the massive Himalayas all around you.
Frankly telling, it is a strenuous trek and also known as one of the most thrilling adventures of the world. Do not dare to do Everest High Passes Trek Best Trek without prior trekking experience. Prepare well in professional way and then only go for it because all the three Everest high passes: Chola Pass(5368m /17611ft), Kongmala Pass ((5535m/18159ft) and Renjola Pass (5360m/17585ft) are located above 5000m high.
Also, you must pack up highly reliable trekking equipment in order to triumph over this trek. Therefore, those who are undertaking Everest High Passes Trek Best should physically and mentally sound to confront any kind of wilderness during the trek. Sometimes, if the weather is snowy, then, the trek will be more strenuous. You also have to prepare for this.
Expect to have basic accommodation all round the trek. However, you can enjoy Luxury Accommodation in Phakding, Namche and Dingboche if you really want and the cost, of course, will be higher.
Basically, you will be staying at local teahouses/guesthouses owned by the local Sherpa people. The accommodation will be on the basis of twin sharing. If you trek during autumn (Sept- Nov), you will find these teahouses/guesthouses crowded with trekkers from various countries. But don’t worry; your accommodation will be beautiful with neat and clean bedding. In case of washroom/bathroom/toilet, normally, you won’t find the attached bathrooms; you have to use the common bathroom outside of your room.
Mostly, you will get common food items like noodles, bread items, vegetable curry, lentil soup, dumpling, chicken curry, Nepali Daal Bhat and the like. Yes, some of the restaurants/teahouses/ guesthouses/ hotels have winder range food items in their menus and they even can serve the continental, Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Thai food items. Most importantly, you are supposed to have your dinner and breakfast where you stay overnight and lunch on the way as directed by your guide/leder.
The best time/weather for Everest High Passes Trek Best is the spring ( Mar-May). Since we are going to cross the three highest passes of the world, Chola Pass ((5368m /17611ft), Kongmala Pass ((5535m/18159ft) and Renjola Pass (5360m/17585ft we must avoid the snow during the crossing. Therefore, the spring offers us the most favorable timing with best temperature and no big masses of snow on the apex of Chola Pass, Kongmala Pass ((5535m/18159ft) and Renjola Pass (5360m/17585ft. Optionally, you can also go with Autumn( Sept-Nov) which will also be fine for the trekkers.
Trekkers must obtain two different permits for Everest Base Camp Trek. These are: TIMS Card ( Trekking Information Management Card) and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit. One can obtain these two permits by visiting Nepal Tourism Board Office on his/her own. Or, you can simply ask your travel partner to obtain for you beforehand the trek. TIMS Card costs USD 10 and USD 30 for foreign tourists and USD 15 for SAARC nationals.
One has to provide a copy of passport and 2-4 pieces of recent passport sized photographs to prepare TIMS Card and Permits.
Everest High Passes Trek Best is not for the beginners; it is only for the experienced ones who already owned two/three ordinary/easy treks. More specifically, one must have done at least one trek above 4000m beforehand doing Everest High Passes Trek Best since it is considered to be one of the most adventurous treks in the world. Moreover, one must have consistent stamina of walking 6-7 hours in the high Himalaya with right and reliable trekking gears. Consider it seriously that you are going to cross three highest mountain passes of the world in the same trek and prepare accordingly.
Not all the time altitude sickness will be a problem for the trekkers during Everest High Passes Trek. But, we cannot completely deny that no altitude sicknesses will a problem. Yes, some cases of altitude sickness occur and trekkers have to give up their trek to Everest High Passes Trek. Proper acclimatization, having plenty of hot water and soups, having fresh and hygienic foods, avoiding drinking water for local taps and river and having sound sleep help you in avoiding altitude sickness. In case you have altitude sickness and the problem gets worsened, you will immediately be rescued. For that, you need to have an authentic travel insurance.
We have set our Everest High Passes Trek Itinerary with proper days for acclimatization because it is one of the most important aspects of designing a particular trekking itinerary. We will have three acclimatization days: one at Namche, the other at Dingboche and the final at Gokyo before we head for High Passes. These three acclimatization days will help you acclimatize your body with new elevation amply and ease you to trek to cross three highs passes in Khumbu region.
You can simply install local Nepali SIM card in your cellphone and take it to the mountain. You can also buy data pack to run internet on the trail. In fact, for some days at higher elevation, it may not work, but, it will help you a lot during the trek. You can buy either NT or NCELL Sim car and install call and internet on your phone. It will take no more than Rs.100 for you to get it.
You can also have the access of internet or Wi Fi on the trail at local lodges/teahouses. They may charge you Rs. 200-500 per password or per device.
You can even talk to your family, relatives and the friends from the Everest Base Camp Trekking Trail very easily and can share your images and the videos instantly.
No. Solo traveler cannot do Everest High Passes Trek. No solo traveler is permitted to do trekking in any trekking area in Nepal by the government. Also, the group has to be accompanied at least a guide during the trek. It means, without hiring an authorized and licensed guide, the group is not allowed to go on Everest Three Passes Trekking trail. It means, one cannot make their independent trekking on their own without a guide or a porter.
You can arrive in Kathmandu via any international flight that people recommend for you. Optionally, you can take a drive if you are using road to enter Nepal. You can use Indian and Chinese border for this. Whatever way you use for arriving in Kathmandu, our representative will receive you and takes you to the hotel. The representative will let you know about the short orientation meeting regarding your Everest-Gokyo Lake Trek. Since we do not have any scheduled activities to do for today, you just rest and relax at the hotel or take a short walk around the city if time favors you.
Today, largely, you will spend your time with astonishing UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Kathmandu. You will go to explore them one by one after your breakfast. The private vehicle will come to receive you along with a professional and experienced city guide at the hotel where your stay and transfer you to the historical and religious sites which includes Swyombhunath Stupa( Monkey Temple), Patan Durbar Square, Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. You end this trip at around between 3-4 pm and prepare for your Everest-Gokyo Lake Trek.
Initially, you will take a short drive to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport with your guide and then will take a spectacular 35 minutes flight to Lukla. As you take off, you head to Langtang Himalayan range and will switch the direction towards Lukla. Slowly the astonishing mountain panoramas begin to loom in your sight and you will them at fullest. But, actually, these moments won’t last for long, only 35 minutes and you land at Lukla airport. From Lukla, you excitedly begin your walk towards Phakding. You begin your trek from 2860m which is Lukla and end at 2610m which is Phakding. You will enjoy this short walk for 3-4 hours today through traditional Sherpa settlements and lush forest. Arrive at Phakding and stay overnight at the lodge.
Today’s trek will delight you tremendously taking you to one of the most incredible towns in Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar. Also, you will begin your walk in Sagarmatha National Park from Monjo which is located at 2835m high above the sea level. One of the most astonishing attractions of today’s walk is the suspension bridges and Sagarmatha National, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy walk along the Dudhkoshi river and ascend up to Namche Bazaar after crossing a suspension bridge with colorful prayers flags. Namche Bazaar is located at 3440m above the seal level. You can go around the town and observe the things if you have time in the evening. Stay overnight at hotel/lodge.
Hiking up to Hotel Everest View will the first priority for us today. We will go to see stunning sunrise and breathtaking mountain views including Mt. Everest from Hotel Everest View point. The Hotel Everest View is located at 3962m high above the sea level. Besides, you will also enjoy the spectacular Tamang and Sherpa settlement of Khumjung Village at the same time. With incredible views of Thamserkhu and Abadablam, we walk down to Namche Bazaar and explore the town in the afternoon. You can observe very busy Tibetan traders selling the goods like warm jackets and hiking boots in the evening. Take rest and relax at hotel and enjoy the dish you like.
Optionally, you can trek to Thame village to explore sacred Thame Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries of Khumbu region.
After your acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, we trek to Tengboche today which is situated at 3860m hight above the sea level. You will enjoy the walk in Sagarmatha National Park with magnificent view of Ama Dablam and other alluring summits.
Walk past through Namche Bazaar and get to the main path to Tengboche. You will also see herd of mules and yaks carrying loads while walking along the flat trail. Leaving the trail to Gokyo, we walk down to the river, cross it and walk up to Tengboche. The very impressive Tengboche Monastery and the serene surrounding of Tengboche town will make our evening blessed and beautiful.
The walk today is all though serene lush forest of birch, juniper and rhododendron of Sagarmatha National Park. On the way, you will also witness some panorama of mountain. Relatively, today’s walk is going to be mild and moderate because you will trek along the flat trail till you get to Dingboche village Arrive at Dingboche and explore the town in the evening.
This is the second day- acclimatization at Dingboche after Namche before heading towards Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar. We use this acclimatization day by walking/hiking up to the Nagartang Hills. We begin this hiking after breakfast. The hill is located just above Dingboche town. On reaching the top of the Nagartang Hill, we can view Kangtega, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Taboche and many other alluring mountain peaks in Khumbu region with their full charm and beauty.
Enjoy a beautiful breakfast at Dingboche and begin your walk for Chukkung Valley. On the way, you will pass through tundra vegetations witnessing some magnificent mountain panorama. As you are approaching to Chukkung Valley, it you witness Island Peak visibly. Enjoy local accommodation and food at Chukkung valley.
It gonna be truly an adventurous day for us because we are going to cross the mountain pass above 5000m. Have a good breakfast and carry enough water and some light snacks for you so that you won’t go starved on the crossing. Ascend up to Kongmala Pass and you can capture breathtaking mountain panorama including Mt. Everest. Next, you descend to Lobuche village.
Today will be very important day for us because we are going to achieve our final goal of stepping at the Base Camp of world highest mountain, Everest. First, we trek to Gorekhshep which is located at 5160m above the sea level, where we keep our bigger luggage for we are returning there for overnight stay. As we head closer to Gorekhshep, we capture more breathtaking views of Mt. Nupse and alluring Pumori. We also encounter moraines, experience Khumbu Glacier and some huge crevasses on the way to Gorekhshep from Lobuche. Next, we trek to Everest Base Camp which is located at an elevation of 5364m. above the sea level, make the moments memorable by making photographs, rejoice every second and minute and walk back to Gorekhshep, finally.
You need to be at the top of Kalapatthar before the sun rises because we are going to capture the most fabulous sunrise and mountain views in our life. Climbing up to the top of Kalapatthar (5644m)takes around 40 minutes . We get our cameras ready for capturing the blissful moments of sunrise and the dazzling mountain panoramas. We can capture entire mountain range include Mt. Everest , Lhotse, Nupse, Pumori, Nupse and many other numerous towering peaks.
Then, we walk down to Gorekhshep, have breakfast and trek down to the place called Dzongla and prepare for the next adventure to cross Chola Pass. Stay overnight there at Dzongla.
Today’s trek will be very important for us because you are going to cross Chola Pass (5368m), one of the highest mountain passes of the world. Initially, you begin to ascend until you get to the apex of Chola Pass and then walk down to the place called Thangak. The decent is a bit slippery. Be careful while doing the descent. Importantly, you will view entire mountain peaks of Khumbu region including Mt. Everest from Chola Pass today. Walk down to the village called Thangnak and stay overnight.
You will spend larger portion day passing via numerous moraines. You head to Gokyo Village and Gokyo Lake beating the flat trail through the moraines. Finally, you will be astonished to see a massive freshwater lake with beautiful settlements at the edge.
Rise early in the morning and walk up to Gokyo ri. It takes around 2 hours to ascend up to the apex of Gokyo ri. You are doing it before the sun rises. As the sun rises, you will make your camera and the eyes to capture marvelous sunrise and the mountain summits including Everest from Gokyo ri. After you celebrate the beautiful moments, you descend down to Gokyo village and have your breakfast. After breakfast can either go round the lake and the village for exploration or you can simply take rest at the teahouse and enjoy the dishes you like.
Put your footsteps forward from Gokyo for Renjola Pass ((5360m/17585ft) after your breakfast. You will have an ascent all the way until you getto the apex of Renjola Pass. The top of the Renjola Pass will offer you fabulous mountain summits including the top of the world, Mt. Everest. Capture the blissful moments at the top and walk all the way down to the place called Marlung.
Now, you will again continue to follow the descent till you get to a traditional Sherpa village with the oldest monastery of the Khumbu region, Thamo or Thame. If the time permits, you visit and explore the monastery in the evening.
Mostly, you follow Dudhkoshi River after you leave Thamo. The walk today is still in Sagarmatha National Park till you get to Monjo. Before you get to Monjo, you pass Jorsalle. Arrive at Monjo and stay overnight there.
Day 19: Monjo to Lukla (2840m./9320ft) 4-5hrs walk
Walk past Phakding, ascend up to Lukla town and wait for the flight to Kathmandu next morning.
Today, you say good bye to the mountains and take another short and spectacular flight to Kathmandu with astonishing views of mountains and the landscapes. No sooner you arrive at Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to the hotel and we will have a cultural farewell dinner together in the evening.
Today, you will leave Kathmandu for your home or for other trips that you are going to undertake. For this, we receive you from the hotel and drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport and we bid farewell and you will depart. Have a wonderful time ahead
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