1. Visiting Sagarmatha National Park and spotting endangered animals and birds.
2. Exploring Namche Bazaar and Everest View Point Hotel.
3. Trekking to three high passes in Everest region - Renjo La Pass, Cho La Pass & Kongma La Pass
4. Visiting ancient monasteries, traditional agriculture farms and enjoying the generous hospitality of the Sherpas.
5. View of Khumbu Ice Glacier.
6. 360-degree view of mountain peaks.
Everest High Passes Trek is one of the most difficult and challenging trekking trails in the Everest region. Highlight of the trek includes visit to the Everest Base Camp, Gokyo valley and Kala Patthar. The trek provides a breathtaking view of the Himalayan landscapes. Everest High Passes Trek also provides you an opportunity to visit Kongma-La Pass (5,535 m), Chola-La pass (5,368 m) and Renjo La pass (5,338 m).
The journey starts from Lukla. We will part ways with trekkers to Everest Base Camp and other routes in the Everest region from Namche Bazaar. We will cross Bhotekoshi river and reach Thame valley. Thame is a beautiful village of the Sherpa people. There are ancient Buddhist monasteries in Thame. Thame is also known as the birthplace of mountaineers.
We will head towards Lungden from Thame. The walk takes 4-5 hours. Upon reaching Renjo La Pass, you will see an amazing view of Gokyo village with blue lakes and beautiful glaciers. Mountains like Makalu, Cholatse, Tabuche, Lobuche, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu and Thamserku are on close view.Once we cross this pass, we will have to walk 3-4 hours to reach Gokyo valley (4,750 m / 15,583 ft). There are five beautiful lakes in Gokyo valley. The valley provides stunning panoramic view of peak Gokyo Ri (5,386 m / 17,670 ft). The place is also famous for watching birds.
We will head for Cho La Pass from Gokyo. Cho La Pass provides a marvelous view of snow-capped mountains. Everest Base Camp is two days of trek away from Cho La Pass. After exploring Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar, we will head towards Kongma La Pass. We can enjoy spectacular view of mountain peaks like Mt.Thamserku, Mt. Amadablam and Mt. Kongtega from Kongma La Pass. Beautiful glacial lakes are other highlight of the place.
Trip Summary : Kathmandu-Lukla-Namche Bazzar- Tengboche -Everest Base Camp-Kalapatthar--Namche-Lukla-Kathmandu
Best Month: September to December and March to May.
Day 01: Pickup from the Airport and hotel placement.
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu Kathmandu and preparation for the trek.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla (2,850 m / 9,350 ft) by air, 30 minutes, and walk of 8 km to Phakding (2,650 m / 8,694 ft), 2 - 3 hours.
Day 04: 12 km trek to Namche Bazaar (3, 440 m / 11,286 ft), 6 - 7 hours of walk.
Day 05: Explore Namche Bazaar and acclimatize for further journey.
Day 06: Trek to Thame (3,800 m / 12,467 ft), 5 - 6 hours of walk.
Day 07: Trek to Lungden (4,200 m / 13,779 ft), 6 - 7 hours of walk.
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo Lake (4,750 m / 15,583 ft) via Renjo La Pass (5,300 m / 17,388 ft), 7-8 hours of walk.
Day 09: Short hike to Gokyo Ri (5,400 m / 17,716 ft) and rest in Gokyo.
Day 10: Trek to Thagnak (4,750 m / 15,583 ft), 3 - 4 hours of walk.
Day 11: Trek to Dzongla (4750 m / 15,583 ft) via Chola Pass (5,350 m / 17,552 ft), 8 - 9 hours of walk.
Day 12: Trek to Lobuche (4,900 m / 16,076 ft), 4 - 5 hours of walk.
Day 13: Trek to Gorakshep (5,130 m / 16,830 ft), hike to Everest Base Camp (5,316 m / 17,440 ft) and back to destination. Distance: 15-17 km, Time: 8 - 9 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Kalapatthar (5,545 m / 18,192 ft) and Lobuche (4,900 m / 16,076 ft), estimated walk 8 - 9 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Chukung via Kongma La Pass (5,535 m / 18,159 ft), 7 - 8 hours of walk.
Day 16: Hike to Chukung RI (5,400 m / 17,716 ft), 4-5 hours, and trek to Pangboche, 2 - 3 hours.
Day 17: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m / 11,286 ft), 5 - 6 hours of walk.
Day 18: Trek to Lukla (2,850 m / 9,350 ft), 6 - 7 hours of walk.
Day 19: Morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla
Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu and shopping etc.
Day 21: Departure.
Important Notes and Safety Concerns
If your flight is cancelled we will attempt to get you on a chartered helicopter but you are responsible for the extra costs which can range from $200-$600 or more depending on the number of people on the flight.
We suggest you to add a couple of extra days at the end (never at the start) of your trip in case of any delays.
Trekking is not just walking. Some of our trips are extremely adventurous. We kindly request you to come well prepared before these extreme treks. Buying proper and reliable insurance coverage with Helicopter Evacuation on emergency is the most important thing before starting the adventures. On serious injuries or sickness Helicopters can be the only means of evacuation.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m/4,265 ft
Our staff will be waiting for you at Tribhuvan International Airport. We will take you to your hotel after arrival. At the end of the day, our manager will brief you about the plan and introduce you to our guide. You will be welcomed with delicious traditional Nepali dinner in the evening.
Day 02: Exploring Kathmandu
We will explore Kathmandu today. You can visit temples, stupas, monuments, palaces etc. The highlight of our sightseeing includes visit to the Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swyambhunath Stupa and the Kathmandu Durbar Square. At the end of the day, your guide will prepare you for the upcoming journey with information about the trek. Take proper rest and make sure you have packed necessary equipment.
Day 03: Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding
Altitude: Lukla (2,850 m/9,350 ft), Phakding (2,650 m/8,694 ft)
Time: Kathmandu-Lukla (30 minutes flight)/Lukla-Phakding (3-4 hours)
We will fly to Lukla in the morning. The flight takes about 30 minutes. After arriving at Lukla, you will meet your guide and porter (only if booked from the beginning). They will welcome you with warm and delicious breakfast.
After having our breakfast, we will start our journey towards Phakding. You will see Dudhkoshi river and Thado Khola on the way. The trek provides an amazing view of typical Sherpa villages and traditional agricultural farms.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Altitude: 3,440 m/ 11,268 ft
Distance: 12 Km/Time: 6-7 hours
We will head towards the beautiful Namche Bazaar from Phakding. Namche Bazaar is known as the gateway to Everest. It is a beautiful and modern village. We will cross the Dudh Koshi river multiple times today.
We will reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park after going past a place called Monjo. Sagarmatha National Park was formed to protect and conserve the flora and fauna of the Himalayan region. Your trekking permits will be checked here.
You will see a clear view of peaks like Kusum Kangaru, Lhotse and Tawache from here. Namche Bazaar will be on sight after trekking for a while from Monjo.
Day 05: Rest in Namche Bazaar
Altitude: 3,440 m/ 11,268 ft
Today is a rest day for acclimatization. You can explore Namche Bazaar. You can also consult with your guide on how to spend the day. You can visit the Everest View Point Hotel. The hotel provides panoramic view of mountain peaks like Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Kusum Kangaru. You can also pay a visit to the Sherpa museum and learn about the life and culture of the Sherpa people.
Day 06: Trek to Thame
Altitude: 3,800 m/12,467 ft
Distance: 10 km/Time: 5-6 hours
We will trek towards Thame along the trails of Bhote Koshi river. We will walk through beautiful forest of pine and rhododendron. You can see an ancient mud plastered stupa at Phurte. We will then go past Tesho and Thamo. There is a monastery in Thamo called Thamo Gompa.
After crossing Thamo, the trail drops steeply towards the Khumbu Hydroelectric Project Plant. It's a short walk to Thame from here. Thame is situated at the end of the Khumbu region. Thame is untouched and unharmed by the effects of modern civilization.
Day 07: Trek to Lungden
Altitude: 4,200 m/13,779 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We will trek to Lungden today. We will first head for Tarngga, which is at a gentle stroll from Thame. We will then cross Marulung (4,200 m) on the east bank of Bhotekoshi. You will reach Lungden after walking through a narrow valley clogged with giant boulders. We will walk slowly because it gets more difficult to gain altitude the higher up we go.
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo Lake via Renjo La Pass
Altitude: Gokyo lake (4,750 m/15,583 ft), Renjo La Pass (5,300 m/17, 388 ft)
Time: 7-8 hours
We will have our breakfast and head for Gokyo lake. We will go past Renjo La Pass on our way. Renjo La Pass is a very beautiful place.
We will encounter three other smaller lakes before reaching Gokyo lake. The first lake is known as Longpongo (4,690 m). We can see the footprints of Lama on a stone at Longpongo.
The second lake is called Taboche Tscho. It’s a beautiful lake shimmering with reflected sunlight. The third lake is called Dudh Pokhari. Dudh Pokhari means pond of milk in Nepali.
We will reach Gokyo village after a long walk through the valley. Gokyo lake lies alongside the village. You can capture the panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, and Tawache peak from Gokyo.
Day 09: Short hike to Gokyo Ri and rest in Gokyo
Altitude: 5,400 m/17,716 ft
We will enjoy a short hike to Gokyo Ri (5,400 m) today. The hike takes about 30 minutes. On the way, you will see traditional prayer flags of the Sherpas. You will see the biggest glacier of Nepal - Ngozumpa glacier - from the top of Gokyo Ri.
You will also see a stunning view of Thonak Tsho and Ngozuma Tsho lake from here. You will also encounter the breathtaking view of peaks like Cho Oyu (8,153 m), Gyachung Kang (7,922 m), Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,501 m) and Makalu.
Day 10: Trek to Thagnak
Altitude: 4,750 m/ 15,583 ft
Time: 3-4 hours
After spending the night at Gokyo Lake, we will trek towards Thangnak. The journey is short, requiring only 3-4 hours of walk. This will help us preserve energy for the next day's trek, which is long and tiring. The trail provides beautiful view of Gokyo lake. We will then cross the Gokyo glacier. We will reach Thangnak after a downhill walk from Gokyo glacier.
Day 11: Trek to Dzongla via Cho La Pass
Altitude: Dzongla (4,750 m/15,583 ft), Cho La Pass (5,350 m/17,552 ft)
Time: 8-9 hours
This path is longer in comparison to previous days. If weather condition is good, then you can walk past Cho La pass in simple warm clothes. The path is mostly level and requires no special equipment at the time of good weather. We will get wonderful view of mountains like Amadablam, Cholatse, Lobuche East and Baruntse from Cho La Pass. We will spend our night at Dzongla after a tiring journey.
Day 12: Trek to Lobuche
Altitude: 4,900 m/ 16,076 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
The path from Dzongla to Lobuche follows a narrow trail between snowy peaks, which are almost in touching distance. There are many mountain streams on your way. The trail provides you a clear view of Cholatse and Amadablam peak. You will encounter Dughla lake on your way. It takes almost 4-5 hours of walk to reach Lobuche. You can enjoy the spectacular view of Taboche and Nuptse peak from Lobuche.
Day 13: Gorakshep - Everest Base Camp - Gorakshep
Altitude: Gorakshep (5,130 m/16,830 ft), EBC (5,316 m/ 17,440 ft)
Distance: 15-17 km/Time: 8-9 hours
We will start our journey after breakfast. The first part of the journey follows a narrow gap between a glacial moraine and mountain walls. The path starts to become dangerous from here as the air starts to become thin due to high altitude. Walking on a glacier is dangerous. We need to take careful steps. We will enjoy the spectacular view of Mt. Pumori and Mt. Nuptse. We will reach Gorakshep at the end of the day. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp.
We will have our lunch in Gorakshep and resume our trek towards Everest Base Camp. There are rocky dunes, moraines and mountain streams on our way. Upon reaching the Everest Base camp, we will enjoy and explore the surroundings for a few moment and then head back to Gorakshep.
Day 14: Trek to Kalapatthar and Lobuche
Altitude: Kalapatthar (5,545 m/ 18,192 ft)/ Lobuche (4,900 m/16,076 ft)
The best time to visit Kalapatthar is in the morning. The early hours provide clear view of the mountains. Kalaptthar provide stunning panoramic view of mountain peaks like Mt Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Thamserku. We will head towards Lobuche after spending some time in Kalapatthar.
Day 15: Trek to Chukung via Kongma La Pass
Altitude: Kongma La Pass (5,535 m/ 18,159 ft)
The path is flatter compared to previous days. We will enter a wide-basin where you can see many frozen lakes. Then the trail moves towards Kongma La Pass. There are many traditional Sherpa prayer flags in the area.
The path goes downhill from here until we reach Niyang Khola valley. The view of Island Peak and Ampu Lapcha (5,845 m) are stunning. We will reach Chukung in the evening.
Day 16: Hike to Chukung Ri and trek to Pangboche
Altitude: Chukung Ri (5,400 m/17,716 ft)
Time: 7-8 hours
We will follow the trails of Imja Khola (stream) and trek through Dingboche. You will encounter the alpine pastures in the Kharkas of Tsura, Orsho and Shomare. The village of Pangboche, the highest year round settlement in the valley, is a beautiful resting spot. You will get a wonderful view of mountain peaks like Mt. Amadablam (6,856 m), Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m) and Mt. Lhotse (8,501 m) from the top of the valley. We will then visit ancient Buddhist monasteries in Khumbu region.
Day 17: Trek to Namche Bazaar
We will return back to Namche Bazaar today. We will meet the intersection of three roads at Kyanjuma - road to Gokyo valley, road to Khumjung village and road to Namche Bazaar.
We will reach Namche Bazaar in the evening. We will explore around if we have enough time.
Day 18: Trek to Lukla
The trek to Lukla can be troublesome because the path is mostly downhill. The downward steps can create a pain on your knees. Once you cross the Dudh Koshi river, the path will start to become flat and easy. We walk through rhododendron and pine forest up to Phakding. Once we reach Lukla, you can explore the magnificent surroundings and enjoy your night with typical Nepalese dinner and local cultural show.
Day 19: Flight to Kathmandu
You will say goodbye to your porters and local guides. After that, we will catch our flight to Kathmandu. You can shop souvenirs for your loved ones at Lukla. Once we reach Kathmandu, you will be transported to your respective hotels.
Day 20: Explore Kathmandu/Rest
Today is a free day in Kathmandu. You will have enough time to explore Kathmandu City and do some shopping. Since you've already visited the main locations in Kathmandu upon arrival, you can visit major places in Bhaktapur and Lalitpur - two other cities in the Kathmandu Valley. They include the Durbar Squares in two cities and many temples and monasteries around these squares.
Day 21: Departure
You will be dropped off by our representative at Tribhuvan International Airport following a traditional Nepali farewell ceremony.
US$ 1499/ per person (price valid for minimum 2 person)
- Pickup and drop service for Airport Arrival by private car and driver.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu with complementary breakfast include
- Two way flight between Kathmandu and Lukla.
- All domestic airfare taxes.
- Trek permit TIMS ( Trekkers Security) include
- Sagarmatha National park entry permit during trekking
- Full Board Meals ( 3 meals during your trekking per day)
- Seasonal fruits following supper.
- Trekking accommodation (in lodge and tea houses).
- English speaking, first aid trained and highly experienced guides with their salary, accommodation, meal, transportation and insurance paid for.
- Assistant guide we provide above 6 people group and his expense
- One porter for every two trekkers with every cost of the porter covered by the company.
- Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag after trekking return to company
- Free Ambition Himalaya T-Shirts
- Comprehensive First Aid kit with guide
- 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
- International airfare and visa processing fees.
- Cost of travel not mentioned in itinerary, emergency evacuation and insurance.
- Personal nature expenses (bars and beverage bills, dessert, hot shower, drinking water, telephone, internet, laundry, titbits etc.)
- Wi-Fi and cost of other device charging.
- 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)
- Tips or gratitude for guide and porter
Equipment you need to bring
- Pair of trek boot, sleeping bag, down jacket, pullovers, neck scarf for evening/night/morning.
- Sun hat and casual warm clothes for day.
- Some pairs of good quality socks, slippers, suntan lotions, personal medications etc.
List of recommended gears for trekking in Nepal. These gear list can be different depending on route, season etc. Some items are only recommended for high altitude treks.
Sun hat, scarf, light balaclava or warm fleece hat. Sunglasses (real ones, with true UV protection).
Undergarments, comfortable hiking shorts, lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, fleece or wool pants (seasonal), Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
Thin and lightweight inner socks, thick and warm wool hiking socks, hiking boots with spare laces, sandals (flip-flops for use after trekking and to go to the bathroom & washroom), gaiters (For high altitude trekking and crossing passes).
T-shirts, light and expedition weight thermal tops, fleece jacket or pullover, gloves, fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest and/or jacket.
One microfiber towel (most guesthouses on the trek do not give towels; quick-dry), sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade, DSLR / digital camera with spare batteries, Headlamp [e.g. Petzl Zoom] with spare bulbs and batteries, trekking bag with rain cover / duffel bag, comfortable day pack, trekking poles, water bottle, ear plug (rooms are divided by thin woods so better to avoid noise from other rooms).
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable), deodorants, nail clippers, sun block / face and body moisturizer, Tooth brush / toothpaste (preferably biodegradable), feminine hygiene products, small mirror.
Wet wipes (baby wipes), tissue / toilet rolls, anti-bacterial hands wash, water purifier (Better than using mineral water to keep the mountains clean).
Extras / Luxuries:
Adapters (Nepal - two prong, 220 volt plug; or an international, universal adapter), multi tool (Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman tool), personal snacks (candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara or at every guesthouse), sewing kit (sometime it’s very useful), superglue, books for reading on free time, cell / mobile phone, trail map / guide book, Ipod / walkman / Mp3 player / Mp4 player, pens / pencils and small notebooks, games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards etc.