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Everest Two High Passes Trek -16 days

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Everest Two High Passes Trek is a challenging hike in Nepal, we cross two mountain passes-the Cho La and Renjo La pass. The Everest Two Passes trek includes Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake. This is the top best treks in Nepal as the trek route takes in all the highlights in terms of mountain views and local Sherpa rural life. In short, the Everest Two Passes Trek is the ultimate Everest experience. The 16 days Everest two high passes trek gets you through remote valleys and amazing glaciers with the fantastic view of the Himalayas. The Everest 2 High Passes Trek begins from Lukla with a short flight from Kathmandu. We first trek to Everest Base Camp, and then to Gokyo lake crossing Cho La pass. At last we hike to Thame crossing Renjo La pass and finally reach to Lukla to get flight back to Kathmandu.

Everest Two High Passes Trek is top best treks in  Nepal. The majority of  trail traverses beneath the world’s highest peaks, and every day brings gorgeous scenery. 16 days Everest 2 high passes trek  is getting popular, and facing lot of challenge while on trekking.

Everest 2 high passes trek 16 days itinerary is challenging and full  snow-covered surrounding. Getting acute mountain sickness and catching a cold is common among two Pass trekkers. So, you need to take acclimatization to balance fitness level. It intersects with the Everest Base Camp trek for the first few days before veering east toward the first pass.

Aim to trek in the peak months of March to May and September to October is a stable and mild weather. It is also possible trekking during winter. The days will be shorter and there is a lot more snow, thus routes crossing big passes are usually close. Expect temperatures as cold as -30°C at night higher up the route so be sure to bring the correct gear. The trail conditions are not the safest, the trek will  wet and unenjoyable. If you won’t even be able to get any great pictures of the beautiful mountain peaks.

Don’t worry though you will still have the option to visit base camp if you want. After Everest base camp, the trail continues over the second pass to Gokyo. Gokyo may be the most scenic village in the Everest region because of its alpine lakes.We stay for some days to explore the area and hike to viewpoints.

Everest two high passes trek starts and ends in Lukla. Most of the trail is an easy navigate, but it’s a good idea to go with local trekking agency.The Everest 2 high passes trek takes you to the Everest Base Camp over Chola Pass and Renjo Pass.

Why Everest Two High Passes Trek

  • The Everest Base Camp, Khumbu glacier and icefall, Ngozumba glacier.
  • The two passes – the Renjo pass and the Chola pass
  • Climbing the Kala Patthar
  • Unique Sherpa culture
  • Namche Bazaar – the Gateway to the Everest Base Camp

Trip Itinerary


Early morning wake up and drive to airport to get your flight to Lukla. On arrival at Lukla, prepare and be ready to walk to Phakding. It is an easy 3 hour hike through the Dudhkoshi valley. We will head north from the airstrip to Chheplung (2700m) and cross the crystal clear Thadokoshi on a locally built suspension bridge. Past the bridge, you can witness Kusam Kanggru (6367m), which is one of the toughest mountains to conquer. Away from the ThadoKoshi, the trail continues towards the Ghat (2590m) and we will cross a ridge marked with paint Mani stones. We will carry on our mount to reach the beautiful tribal village of Phakding


Breakfast and trek towards to Namche crossing the winding Dudhkoshi River on thrilling suspension bridges, covered with colorful Buddhist prayer flags. Walk on equally up hill and downhil past several small dotted villages before continue long steep uphill trek to Namche. If you’re lucky, on a clear day, you can relish the hypnotic view of Everest.


Day hiking around Namche bazaar to Everest View Hotel and Khumjung village and Hillary school. Free day walking around Namche bazaar in the afternoon.


fter a healthy breakfast at Namche (3,500m) we will hike to Tengboche (3,870m). The estimated distance is 10kms. By now you will be familiar to strong wind and rough terrain. The trail progressively becomes narrower and steep. You will come across numerous monasteries, suspension bridges, waterfalls and rhododendron forests on your way to Tengboche. On reaching Tengboche, you can visit Nepal’s one of the oldest monasteries. Here you can be part of unique and spiritual Buddhist rituals.


Early morning, after breakfast we will move on to Dingboche (4410m). The air starts to become thin significantly from here. It’s approximately a 4 hour long trek to Dingboche. We head towards our ultimate goal, the Everest base camp. We cross the Imja valley and few Sherpa villages. We will spend the night here in Dingboche, and hike next day to Chhukung.


We will start around 8:30 after breakfast. The trek up to Chhukung is quite nice and easy. We get a really nice view of most of the mountains specially Ama Dablam. The view from Chhukung and further up the valley on the moraines towards Island Peak is tremendous. To the south-west, the eastern face of Amadablam provides an unusual view of this picturesque peak. This short trek is one of the highlights of the trek. It is a fast trip back down the valley to Dingboche for the night. While going back to Dingboche we might encounter strong winds.


We start with a climb to the chorten trail that is a gentle climb for about 1 and half hours. Then we get to Thugla at 4600m with a tea house where we will have lunch before climbing the steep part of the day’s trek for about one and a half hours. We start to get close to high mountains like Mt. Pumori and Mt. Nuptse after a while as we proceed towards Lobuche where only basic accommodation and food is provided. Then we trek along a broad valley floor to Thugla, leaving behind the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche at 4240 m. A western volunteer doctor, supported by The Himalayan Rescue Association is stationed here and offers treatment and consultation to trekkers as we continue up the valley gaining altitude. When we come out of the valley, we descend to the yak pastures at Lobuche.


This morning, we will take a 2 hour’s hike up to Gorakshep. First part is nice and easy but one hour later the trail starts to get harder which is compensated by the really nice view of big walls formed by Everest, Nuptse and many other mountains. Once we climb about 150m then trail gets better again. Short after we will get to the moraine. Finally we get to 5160m, the world’s highest settlement at Gorakshep. Once we have lunch, we begin our walk to Everest base camp. We will be walking on side ridge of the Khumbu glacier. After walking on the ridge for about one and half hours, we cross the Glacier and into the Everest base camp area. Today we reach Everest base camp at an altitude of 5360m. We will be able to meet and talk to other mountain climbers at the base camp. We can get a good view of Khumbu glacier and Khumbu Ice fall. From there we can also see the big crevasses in the climbing way. After appreciating our own efforts and photographing the achievements, we start our way back to Gorakshep (6-7 hours).


We will start the 1.5 hour’s hike to Kalapathar early in the morning to get sunrise over the Everest and other mountain. We spend some time enjoying the sunrise on the splendid Himalayan ranges, relishing in a unique view and experience and head back to Gorekshep breakfast then continue trel to Dzolgla. From Gorekshep -Lobuche takes about 2 hours and another 2 hours hike will take us to Dzongla from Lobuche. Total today hiking will be around 7 hours. Dzongla is the only place where we can spend the night before the Chola pass.


Early morning after breakfast, we start our walk from Dzongla to the Cho-la pass. The walk over the glacier is an enjoyable experience if we can make the trip during the best season otherwise excess snow makes it impossible to cross the pass. As the darkness returns we trek down to Tagnag to spend the night there.


It is a short day trek as we reach Gokyo in about 2-3 hours just in time to have lunch. Then we spend the rest of the day exploring the Gokyo valley. We can also visit the glaciers and turquoise lakes of the Gokyo valley while witnessing the spellbinding views of the Himalayan giants like Everest, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse Makalu and others. We spend the night in Gokyo.


Early morning after breakfast, we will climb the Gokyo Ri (5,333m) to enjoy the bewitching view of colossal Ngozumpa glacier, upper Gokyo Valley and the implausible mounts such as Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Cho-Oyu, and Gychung Kang among others. We will now cross the steep Renjo La pass at 5,300m and descent to Lungden (4,350m) where we will spend the night.


We will hike to Thame. Situated at 3800m, we will also visit the historic Thame monastery and experience spiritual Buddhist practices. We can also witness the lovely culture of Sherpa people at Thame. We will spend the night here and enjoy the much needed rest for our downhill trek tomorrow.


We will continue our trek down the Sherpa villages of Khumjung, leaving the mountains in the backdrop. We will walk down to the village of Namche bazaar, epitome of Sherpa culture. We will stay the night at a guest house in Namche.


It is around a 7 hours long walk downhill from Namche to Lukla. On this day, our time at exotic Sagarmatha National Park will come to an end. Following day, we will board a plane to capital. You will bid goodbye to this trek with a memorable walk down to Lukla.


Early morning, we will catch a plane from Lukla to Kathmandu. Don’t forget to pick a seat on the right side, to see the insatiable mountains again. On reaching Kathmandu, it will be time to say goodbye.

What's included?

  • Airport transfer - hotel/airport/hotel
  • Twin sharing standard hotel accommodation on BB basis in Kathmandu before and after trek we can book as per your request.
  • Round Trip Flight cost - Lukla/Kathmandu/Lukla of client and guide.
  • Basic twin sharing tea house accommodation during trek.
  • 3 times meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • English Speaking guide and all his expenses during the trek like flight, insurance, salary, meals and accommodation.
  • All Trekking permit - Sagarmatha National Park Fee, Local government tax and TIMS card.
  • All government taxes, vat, company service charge.

What's not included?

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Travel Insurance in case of emergency for rescue and other medication.
  • Nepal visa fee
  • All kind of hot and cold drinks - coke, fanta, beer, whisky, bottle of water, hot water, tea, coffee etc.
  • All personal trekking equipment like down jacket and sleeping bag etc.
  • Porter to carry your backpack/luggage.
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Personal expenses like wifi, hot shower, telephone, battery charge fee
  • Upgraded lodge accommodation like room with private toilet and bathroom.
  • All the cost not mention on above cost includes.

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Everest Base Camp Trek Accommodation

Everest Base Camp Trek accommodation will be basic tea houses for boarding/lodging.This is the most popular style of trekking to Everest Base Camp and simply involves trekking from teahouse to teahouse. Teahouses are essentially small hotels find in local villages that offer both a place to sleep as well as home cooked meals. Rooms are typically shared with 2 trekkers in a room. Bathrooms are shared as well and in the Everest Base Camp Trek, the lodges usually have running cold water and western style toilets. Also the hot shower is also available but it need to pay extra cost for it.

In some of the villages on the trek, it may be possible to have a private room with an extra cost and we will do our best to arrange that. However, during busy times of the year there is a limited amount of lodging available in some of the villages so it's generally impossible to arrange private rooms. This is the case even if you're willing to pay extra since the tea house owners will not give out a private room if it means someone else goes without a room.


Everest Base Camp Trek Meals/Food

Trekkers can choose a meal/food from the menus at the tea houses. Typical meals on EBC trek includes omelets, toast, boiled eggs, noodle soup, fried rice, macaroni, momo, vegetarian curries, pizza or chow mein. The traditional Nepali Dal Bhat which consists of rice, lentils, and a vegetable is all you can eat and always a good choice. Meat on the mountain is not hygienic and we suggest trekkers stick with vegetarian options.

There is not a problem for vegetarian food and in fact we recommend that everyone stick with a vegetarian diet on the trek as the local meat is not refrigerated properly. If you have special dietary requirements just let us know and we will make sure to assist with the proper menu.


Everest Base Camp Trek Weather/Temperature

Weather/Temperature in Summer Everest Base Camp trek in June, July, and August have the hottest temperature.The temperature in the daytime in Everest is between 20 to 25 degree centigrade. The maximum temperature is found in the month of June and July. The nighttime temperatures in Everest during the summer is high too. The lowest that the temperature gets in the night time is -3 degree centigrade and a maximum of 5 degrees. The temperature in the months of June and July are pretty similar.

Weather/Temperature in Autumn in Everest Base Camp Trek lasts from the end of September to the November. This is the part of the year when the cold starts to set in the Everest. The maximum daytime temperature starts to go down from 20 degrees in September and falls to 12 degrees in November. The sun will not be as warm as that in the summers, but that is expected. In September the average nighttime temperature is almost 3 degrees. This starts to fall down and reach in between -7 to - 15 degrees in November.

Weather/Temperature in Winter Everest Base Camp Trek in December, January and February.The coldest of all the months throughout the year, winter at Everest is severely cold and poses challenges to the interested people. The average temperature during the daytime in the Everest winters is 8 degree centigrade. There is not a lot of difference in the temperature in December, January as well as February. All three months are equally cold. Nighttime is when the temperature falls down drastically. The nighttime temperatures around -7 degrees but it can go as low as -15 degrees.

Weather/Temperature in Spring March/April/ May a perfect time to enjoy Everest. The daytime temperature in March is around 12 degrees. This temperature goes up to 15-16 degrees in the month of April and peaks to almost 20 degrees in May. Devoid of biting cold and hot and wet summers, this is a glorious time for all Everest lovers.The nighttime temperatures, although sometimes below zero are not alarmingly low. The lowest that nighttime temperatures get is -8 in March. This increases to -5 degrees in April and -3 in May.


Everest Base Camp Trek Equipment

Proper preparation and equipment will give you a great trekking experience. It is also possible to buy/rent trekking gear at affordable price in Kathmandu and Pokhara Nepal. Below is the recommended trekking equipment list for comfortable everest base camp trek.
Day trek pack
Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
Sunscreen
Lip Balm with Sunscreen
Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
Water Bottles or Camel Back
Sunglasses
Headlamp with extra batteries
Favorite Snacks
Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
Toilet Paper
Trekking Poles (optional)
Thermos (optional for hot beverages)
Head/Hands
Wide brimmed hat
Wool hat (Should cover ears)/Balaclava
Lightweight Gloves
Insulated Wool/Down Mittens
Gaiters (optional)
Body/Leg/Bag
Moisture wicking long sleeve T-shirts (2)
Moisture wicking T-shirts (1)
Long underwear pants (2)
Underwear (5 to 7)
Heavy Fleece/Down Jacket
Long sleeve shirts (2)
Sweatshirt (optional)
Fleece Pants
Trekking Pants (2)
Shorts (optional)
Gore Tex Waterproof Jacket with hood
Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
Waterproof Pants
FootWear
Hiking boots with ankle support
Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
Hiking socks (10)
Sock Liners (optional)
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping bag rated to -20° degree centigrade
Sleeping bag liner (optional)
Sleeping bag stuff sack
Rucksack(Duffel Bag)/Daypacks
Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
Waterproof cover for daypack
Dry Bags in several sizes
Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes
First Aid Kit/Toiletries
Advil or Ibuprofen
Diamox (for altitude sickness)
Personal Prescriptions
Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
Wet wipes
Panty Liners and Tampons
Sun/Face lotion
Hair brush
Hair ties
Hand warmers
Ear plugs for sleeping
Money/Paperwork
Passport (needed at entry gate for registration)
Spending Money
One Passport Size Photo (Needed for trekking permit
Other Items
Portable Solar Charger
Journal, pen and paper

FAQs


The rooms/accommodation on Everest Base Camp Trek are all very basic. The room has single/twin beds with mattress and a pillow. No heating and electricity in the room, there will be a small/dim solar light powered not very well. The rooms are small built/partitioned by plywood.The rooms/accommodation in the lower parts of the trek are much better than the higher elevation


Yes and you can trek as long as you are reasonably fit, can walk for 6 to 7 hours a day and are able to endure a few uphill climbs of 2 to 3 hours. No doubt and should not have any issue as long as you go slow to adjust with the altitude.No matter who you are and what your background is a bit of training may be necessary but even that is not 100% essenstial for most.


You will have the packing limit of 10 kg per person of checked luggage and 5 Kg per person in hand luggage.


Yes, there are electricity/power in most tea houses at the lower part of the trekking. But no heating in the room. In the higher part of the trekking, there will power only on around from 6pm to 8:30pm by solar panel. The charging is only possible in the main dining room at expensive rates. The battery charging cost range from RS 250 to 450 rupess per hour for cameras and laptop computers even more expensive.


Yes, Insurance is almost needed 100% trekking to Everest Base Camp. Injury and altitude sickness are far too common on EBC trek. So it is best to pick up insurance World.


The best time to trek to Everest Base Camp is from mid September to May. October-November is the most popular time for EBC trek since the views are great and the temperature are not too extreme.

Number of trekkers on the trail are lower, and the views are crystal clear if trekking Everest Base Camp in January/February. Also you need to be prepared with the right clothing for a very low temperatures like good quality down jackets, sleeping bags and fleece sleeping bag liners to keep you cosy warm.

Trek Everest Base Camp in March-April, the temperatures are warmer. In April it may be a little more hazy for the views. The closer you get to the rainy season, the more cloud you get. The peaks are clear in the morning, but there might get cloud in the afternoon. In April-May you can see much activity at Everest Base Camp as the big expeditions get ready to summit.


If someone get sick in the group, a fellow trekker in the group has to descend, then a porter/assistant guide would go with them. So the person descending would be well looked after and it would not impact on the rest of the group's experience. Emergencies are dealt with by the guide and depending on the severity. In a serious case evacuation would be by helicopter.


There is no specify training method to recommend that applies to each individual. The training you should do to prepre for Everest Base Camp trek depends on your current level of fitness and any medical conditions. We advise you exercise a minimum of 5 times per week for one hour each time doing activities like hill walking, cycling, running and strength work.


There are between 2 to 12 fellow travellers in the group. The Everest Base Camp trek is a popular trip so most of our groups are fully booked. The groups typically are a mix of individuals, couples or friends travelling together. The ages differ and trekkers can be in their 20's to 60's. The group comprises of people from all nationalities.


There are no nights at Everest Base Camp on EBC trek. We will stay at Gorak shep from where we walk to Everest Base Camp. To spend night at Everest Base Camp requires special permits which are very expensive. There is no tea houses at Base Camp. So it is better to stay at Gorakshep and trek to Everest Base Camp for a day trip


The most difficult and underestimated aspect of the EBC trek is the altitude. The trek steadily climbs as the path winds it way upto Base Camp. The key to high altitude trekking is go slow. The EBC trek would be very basic indeed if it was not for the altitude in fact. Please seek and research altitude sickness to make yourself fully aware of the symptoms and treatments available. There is no correlation between altitude sickness and fitness levels gender or age. Everyone is potentially at risk.

This is a wilderness trek. The trail has no paved sections ascends and descends often and you will need to make sure you rest often enough to prevent over-tiredness. 15 km trek a day is often rocky, steep and fairly slow going depending on when you trek, the trails can also be covered in snow trekking EBc in Dec-Jan-Feb.


Everest Base Camp trek is not dangerous at all because trekkers are not going into the danger zones where real climbing is required, and they stay below the most dangerous altitudes - there's little risk involved though on Everest Base Camp Trek.


Weather/Temperature in Summer Everest Base Camp trek in June, July, and August have the hottest temperature.The temperature in the daytime in Everest is between 20 to 25 degree centigrade. The maximum temperature is found in the month of June and July. The nighttime temperatures in Everest during the summer is high too. The lowest that the temperature gets in the night time is -3 degree centigrade and a maximum of 5 degrees. The temperature in the months of June and July are pretty similar.

Weather/Temperature in Autumn in Everest Base Camp Trek lasts from the end of September to the November. This is the part of the year when the cold starts to set in the Everest. The maximum daytime temperature starts to go down from 20 degrees in September and falls to 12 degrees in November. The sun will not be as warm as that in the summers, but that is expected. In September the average nighttime temperature is almost 3 degrees. This starts to fall down and reach in between -7 to - 15 degrees in November

Weather/Temperature in Winter Everest Base Camp Trek in December, January and February. The coldest of all the months throughout the year, winter at Everest is severely cold and poses challenges to the interested people. The average temperature during the daytime in the Everest winters is 8 degree centigrade. There is not a lot of difference in the temperature in December, January as well as February. All three months are equally cold. Nighttime is when the temperature falls down drastically. The nighttime temperatures around -7 degrees but it can go as low as -15 degrees.

Weather/Temperature in Spring March/April/ May a perfect time to enjoy Everest. The daytime temperature in March is around 12 degrees. This temperature goes up to 15-16 degrees in the month of April and peaks to almost 20 degrees in May. Devoid of biting cold and hot and wet summers, this is a glorious time for all Everest lovers.

The nighttime temperatures, although sometimes below zero are not alarmingly low. The lowest that nighttime temperatures get is -8 in March. This increases to -5 degrees in April and -3 in May.


Yes, there is a good mobile phone reception on the Everest Base Camp Trek.There is good internet coverage in all small villages and stations in Everest/Khumbu Valley though it is expensive (but faster than connections at many places in Kathmandu) as it is owned by a private company by the name EverestLink. From them you have to buy volume not time and after activation it is only good for not more than a day.

There are a number of internet cafes along the route. There is one in Lukla and several in Namche Bazaar. After that there are several dotted along the route, including a good one in Gorak Shep. Be warned though, these internet cafes are not always reliable and signal is often poor/lost. Most tea houses will offer wifi, however, this will come at a cost that is usually more expensive than an internet cafe.


At the lower altitude like Lukla, Phakding, Namche the guesthouses provide the facilities of hot shower. And in rest of the places (at higher elevation), warm water in the bucket will be provided for shower. For all the showers, it costs you extra about USD 3-4 per shower. The higher you go the hot shower is expensive.


Cash transaction is highly recommended during EBC trek. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you trek to everest base camp. The ATM machine is available only in Namche and relying on it is not a better idea as you never know when things stops working. Also if you try to exchange your foreign currency there you would be getting very less exchange rates. So changing money from Kathmandu and taking Nepalese cash is a good idea that is recommended.


The hotel in Kathmandu provides the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel or you can leave in our office too.


This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.


These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the super markets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it


Yes, most of our departures sell out during the peak seasons but during the off season we generally have smaller groups. We guarantee all departures so once you make the deposit you can be assured we will run the trek for you even if you would be alone there at the same group cost.


It is not really necessary. We get a lot of first time trekkers in our groups so even if you don't have experience you will be in good company. Your fitness level should be such that your comfortable walking all day. Previous, hiking or trekking experience is always a plus.

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