Everest High Pass Trek - 20 Days

Everest region is very famous trekking region in the world, and Everest High Pass Trek is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the most breathtaking scenery of mighty Himalayas.

The most thrilling part of Everest High Pass trek is the crossing of the three major passes: Renjo La Pass (5,338 m), Cho La Pass (5,368 m), and Kongma La Pass (5,535 m).

This high pass trek offers an unforgettable experience of overwhelming vistas of the Himalayan chain of Khumbu region. This chain of the Himalayas includes five of the world’s highest mountain including Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,153 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,501 m) and Mt. Lhotse Shar (8,393 m).

This Everest High Pass Trek is carefully designed to minimize the risk of altitude sickness by limiting each day’s walk and the gain in altitude. Best time for this adventurous trek is September to December and February to May.

For this strenuous trek in the Himalayas requires a good level of fitness. For all the trekkers seeking a great adventure, Everest High Pass is the most recommended trekking route.

Everest High Pass Trek begins with a scenic 45-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The trek starts from Lukla to Namche Bazaar via Phakding. Namche Bazaar is famous as the gateway to Mt. Everest.

Further, the trek continues through Tengboche, Dingboche, and Chukkung Village. We’ll also cross the Kongma La Pass then we’ll soon trek towards Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar.

Furthermore, crossing Cho La Pass, we’ll enter into Gokyo valley and hike to Gokyo Ri to get a fantastic view of Mt. Everest and other peaks. Likewise, Renjo La pAss also offers a stunning view of the Himalayan range.

Highlights

  • Explore the historical and cultural sights of Kathmandu valley
  • Experience the scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Explore the Sherpa capital- Namche Bazaar
  • Visit the Tengboche Monastery- one of the highest monasteries of Khumbu region
  • Sunrise view over jaw-dropping mountain vista from Kala Patthar
  • Visit Everest Base Camp and stand at the foot of the Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain
  • Stunning views from high passes: Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Renjo La Pass
  • Ascend Gokyo Ri to get the unsurpassed views of the world’s highest mountains including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Cho Oyu.
  • Experience the vibrant Sherpa culture, traditions, and their lifestyle
  • Walk through the glaciers and rocky trails
DaysItineraryAltitudeTime
Day 01Arrival to Kathmandu1,338 m-
Day 02Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation1,338 m-
Day 03Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding2,804 m3 hrs
Day 04Trek to Namche Bazaar3,441 m5.5 hrs
Day 05Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day3,962 m5 hrs
Day 06Trek to Tengboche3,875 m5 hrs
Day 07Trek to Dingboche 4,360 m5 hrs
Day 08Dingboche: Acclimatization Day--
Day 09Trek to Chhukung and climb to Chhukung Ri5,546 m7 hrs
Day 10Cross Kongma La Pass and Trek to Lobuche5,535 m7 hrs
Day 11Trek to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorak Shep5,365 m7-8 hrs
Day 12Early morning hike up to Kala Patthar and trek down to Lobuche5,555 m9 hrs
Day 13Trek to Dzongla4,830 m4 hrs
Day 14Trek to Gokyo via Cho La Pass5,420 m7-8 hrs
Day 15Acclimatization day: Climb Gokyo Ri and explore 4th and 5th Gokyo Lakes5,483 m3-4 hrs
Day 16Trek to Marlung via Cross Renjo La Pass5,360 m7 hrs
Day 17Trek to Namche Bazaar3,441 m4 hrs
Day 18Trek to Lukla2,804 m7 hrs
Day 19Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and farewell dinner in the evening2,804 m45 min flight
Day 20Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure1,338 m-
Day 1
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu

Max Elevation: 1338 m, Kathmandu

You’ll arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, where our representative will receive you and transfer to the hotel. After taking a short rest, you’ll visit our office. Here, you’ll attend a team meeting with your trek guide and fellow trekkers.

In this small meet up, the guide will brief you about the trip. Your guide will also check your trekking equipment. If there is any confusion, you’re free to inquire anything. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner featuring an authentic and cultural dance performance.

Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 2
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After morning breakfast, we begin our sightseeing tour of four UNESCO World Heritage sites. These include the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and architecturally rich Kathmandu Durbar Square.

After completing our tour, you’ll get leisure time to prepare for the trek.

Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Day 3
Day 03: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding

Travel Duration: 45 minutes flight

Trek Duration: 3 hours

Max Elevation: 2804 m, Lukla

You’ll begin your journey towards Everest High Pass Trek via a prosperous village of Lukla following the trail of Dudh Koshi river until you reach Phakding. First, we’ll trek downhill to Thado Koshi river and cross a suspension bridge where we’ll get an impressive view of Mt. Kusum Kanguru.

Further, we’ll pass a small Buddhist village,Ghat and proceed to Phakding. Once we reach Phakding, we can explore the surrounding area and visit local monasteries.

Overnight stay at Phakding.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Trek Duration: 5.5 hours

Max Elevation: 3441 m, Namche Bazaar

After breakfast in Phakding, we’ll head to the northern bank of Dudh Koshi river crossing many suspension bridges including Hillary Suspension bridge. The trail leads us to a small Sherpa village, Monjo.

Then, the trail enters into the forest area and follows the rocky path until we reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. Here local authorities will check our trekking permits. After a long day trek, finally, we reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Everest and a famous Sherpa town. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Day 5
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 3,962 m, Everest View Hotel

Today is the first acclimatization of this high pass trek. We can explore the Sherpa town as there are dozens of cafe, restaurants, pubs, and souvenir shops. Likewise, we can also hike to Khumjung and Khunde village.

Also, we can visit the Everest View Hotel that provides the best view of Mt. Everest. After enjoying the short hike, we’ll return to our teahouse and prepare for the next day’s trek.

Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 3,875 m

After early morning breakfast, we commence our journey to Tengboche village. Today we’ll trek high above Dudh Koshi river. Enroute we’ll get a fantastic view of Everest and surrounding peaks.

Further continuing the trek, we’ll head downward the Dudh Koshi river, and follow the forest trail. And, reach Tengboche monastery. It is one of the most outstanding and the largest monasteries of the entire Khumbu region. This monastery rests on a hill, at the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Imja Khola rivers.

From the monastery premise, we’ll get the astonishing view of the most beautiful peak Mt. Ama Dablam along with Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse.

Overnight stay at Tengboche.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Max Elevation: 4,360 m

Today we’ll trek down to Dingboche village via the rhododendron forest trail. We’ll cross the suspension bridge over Imja Khola and climb to Pangboche village. On the trail, we’ll pass via several mani stones, prayer wheels, and chortens.

Our trek continues to Dingboche with fantastic views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Island Peak.

After 5 hours of walk from Tengboche, we finally reach Dingboche for an overnight stay.

Day 8
Day 08: Dingboche: Acclimatization Day

Our second acclimatization day, we’ll hike to Nagarjuna Hill. This hill offers a spectacular view of the world’s fifth highest mountain Makalu, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Chalotse, and other surrounding peaks.

After a short hike, we’ll trek down to Dingboche village for an overnight stay.

Day 9
Day 09: Trek to Chhukung and Climb to Chhukung Ri

Trek Duration: 7 hours

Max Elevation: 5,546 m

Early morning after breakfast, we’ll head towards seasonal herding village of Chhukung. After a few hours of the trek and enjoying the view of beautiful and soaring peaks including Mt.Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and others we reach Chhukung village.

This beautiful settlement is the base for climbers going for the ascent to the Chhukung Ri and Island Peak. Further, we’ll climb Chhukung Ri to get the marvelous view of the snow-capped peak, especially the giant Makalu peak.

We descend back to Chhukung for an overnight stay.

Day 10
Day 10: Cross Kongma La Pass and Trek to Lobuche

Trek Duration: 7 hours

Max Elevation: 5,535 m, Kongma La Pass

Today we’ll start our trek from Chhukung to cross one of the highest passes on the trip.

Enjoying the remoteness of the area and surrounding nature, we walk back down Bibre valley and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. After a few hours of walk, we get a great view of Island peak-valley and jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha.

Further, we ascend the east side of Niyang Khola valley and turn west and walk via the rocky sloppy trail. Approximately after 5 hours hike, we’ll reach the highest point- Kongma La Pass. At the top, we see tombstone wrapped in prayer flags, and back we look at the landscapes of icy lakes ahead down of which is the Khumbu glacier.

From the top of the pass, we make a final descent. It is the most challenging stage of today’s trek as we’ve to make our way to Lobuche via Khumbu Glacier.

Overnight stay at Lobuche.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp and Back to Gorak Shep

Trek Duration: 7 hours

Max Elevation: 5,365 m

Today we’ll follow the windy and rocky path and head towards the settlement of Gorak Shep. On the way, we’ll have great views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori and other surrounding peaks. After a couple of hours, we’ll reach Gorak Shep and further continue to Everest Base Camp.

There is not much elevation gain, but the effect of altitude can make this trek route exhausting. So, walking slowly for approximately 3 hours we’ll arrive at the base camp of the world’s highest peak. From the base camp, we’ll enjoy the magnificent view of Khumbu glacier once again.

We’ll return to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay.

Day 12
Day 12: Early Morning Hike Up to Kala Patthar and Trek Down to Lobuche

Trek Duration: 9 hours

Max Elevation: 5,555 m

Today we’ll start early in the morning, in fact, before breakfast to see the early morning sunrise view over the mountains. After 2 hours of the hike, we’ll reach the summit of Kala Patthar. Upon reaching the top, the enthralling views of the Everest in the fresh sunlight will mesmerize us.

The 360-degree views from the top are truly breathtaking! As the right moment comes, we’ll get one of the most remarkable moments in our life! It is only the highest point of the planet that offers direct views of soaring peaks including the giant mountains Nuptse, Pumori, Lhotse, and many other surrounding peaks.

Also, we’ll get the stupendous view of Khumbu Icefall (one of the major treacherous while attempting the summit expeditions for climbers). After enjoying the stunning view, we’ll descend back to Gorak Shep and continue our trek back to Lobuche for an overnight stay.

Day 13
Day 13: Trek to Dzongla

Trek Duration: 4 hours

Max Elevation: 4,830 m

After early morning breakfast, we’ll trek downhill alongside the Khumbu Glacier. Enroute, we’ll enjoy the beautiful glimpse of snow-capped mountains.

On the way, we’ll pass via many stupas and reach the Chola Tsho Lake. Passing via stunning scenery, we’ll traverse the Chola Khola and reach our final destination of the day- Dzongla.

Overnight stay at Dzongla.

Day 14
Day 14: Trek to Gokyo via Cho La Pass

Trek Duration: 8 hours

Max Elevation: 5,368 m

Today is another happy day in this trek. In our trekking journey, this is the most challenging yet rewarding day as we’ll hike to Cho La Pass- one of the high passes in the world. As we gain elevation on the trail, the view gets more spectacular.

On the top of the pass, you’ll see prayer flags that flap due to the strong winds. After enjoying the natural scenery, we’ll head towards the Ngozumpa Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in Nepal.

After some time, we’ll reach the other side of the glacier, and we’ll get the view of second Gokyo Lake. Further, after some time we’ll witness the third lake where the beautiful Gokyo Valley stands.

We’ll spend our night at Gokyo village.

Day 15
Day 15: Acclimatization Day: Climb Gokyo Ri and Explore 4th and 5th Gokyo Lakes

Trek Duration: 3-4 hours

Max Elevation: 5,483 m

Today is the third and last acclimatization day in Gokyo valley. To acclimatize in the thin air, we’ll hike to Gokyo Ri and explore the 4th and 5th Gokyo lakes. We’ll get up early in the morning and climb up to Gokyo Ri, another most beautiful vantage point to get the close-up view of Mt. Everest.

From the summit of Ri, we get the spectacular view of Gokyo Valley, Ngozumpa Glacier, and all the highest peak including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Gyachung Kang.

Gokyo valley is not only famous for the fabulous mountain view of the Everest region, but it is also famous for the astonishing view of a series of six lakes. We’ll hike to the 4th lake (Thonak Tsho Lake) and 5th lake (Ngozuma Tsho Lake).

The fourth lake is about 3 km north, and from the hill, we’ll get amazing views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Makalu. As we reach the fifth lake, we’ll see the base camp of Mt. Cho Oyu. From the fifth lake, we’ll also get the close view of the biggest glacier in the world- the Ngozumpa Glacier.

After exploring these beautiful series of the lake, we’ll head back to the hotel in Gokyo village for an overnight stay.

Day 16
Day 16: Trek to Marlung via Cross Renjo La Pass

Trek Duration: 7 hours

Max Elevation: 5,340 m

After spending one full day in Gokyo, today we’ll trek to Marlung via Renjo La Pass. As we leave Gokyo Valley, we’ll head towards Renjo La trail. After a 5-hours of the walk, we’ll reach Renjo La where we can see the highest peak in the world including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cholaste, and Mt. Tabuche.

Although, we have a similar view here in Renjo La as we had from Gokyo Ri, the feeling is entirely different. Continuing our trek, we’ll head down via a stone staircase and reach narrow valley Lumde. During our walk, we can see Relma Tsho and Renjo Lake. After an hour’s walk on the east of the Bhote Koshi, we reach Marlung for an overnight stay.

Day 17
Day 17: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Trek Duration: 4 hours

Max Elevation: 3,441 m

Today we’ll descend to Namche Bazaar. We’ll start our journey in the early morning from Marlung. The trail leads us to the beautiful village Thame via the valley of Lagnache Khola. Moreover, en route we’ll enjoy the mesmerizing view of Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kusum Kangaru, and Mt. Katenga.

Likewise, we’ll again descend from Thame village. On the way, we’ll pass via several Buddhist monasteries, colorful prayer flags, and mani stones. Finally, after several hours of walk, we’ll reach Namche Bazaar for an overnight stay.

Day 18
Day 18: Trek to Lukla

Trek Duration: 7 hours

Max Elevation: 2,804 m

After early morning breakfast, we’ll set out for Lukla, the starting part of this adventurous trek. With the feeling of great joy and wonderful memories, we’ll trek down to Lukla. Passing via the rhododendron forests with the eye-catching view of snow-capped peaks we’ll continue our trek to Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla, we can celebrate our victory. Overnights stay at Lukla.

Day 19
Day 19: Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner in the Evening

Travel Duration: 45 minutes flight

Max Elevation: 2804 m, Lukla

Early in the morning, we’ll catch a flight back to Kathmandu. Enjoying the last glimpse of the snow-capped mountains, we’ll arrive at the domestic terminal of Kathmandu International Airport. Our representative will transfer you to the hotel.

After refreshment, you can go shopping and buy some souvenirs for your family and friends. In the evening, you’ll join the farewell dinner with our team member and your fellow trekkers.

Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Day 20
Day 22: Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure

With a final goodbye, our representative will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight back home.

Further, if you want to extend your vacations, we offer various travel and tour packages. If you’re interested, please feel free to contact us.

Cost Included

  • Airport pick up and drop off service by a private tourists vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in tea houses during the days in a trek
  • All Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu half day sightseeing
  • During sightseeing tours guide
  • Airfare from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry and TIMS card fee
  • A professional English speaking guide
  • All government taxes, VAT and service charges
  • First aid kit box

Cost Excluded

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Airfare
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal gear for trekking
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Personal Expenses (Soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks, laundry, telephone bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Gratitudes to the guide and porter

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Everest High Pass Trek

Trip Facts

  • Everest Region
  • 5,555 m, Kala Patthar
  • 19 Days
  • 14 Days
  • 2 to 10 persons
  • Strenuous
  • 6-7 hours
  • Spring and Autumn Season
  • Kathmandu
  • Lukla

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