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Everest High Pass Trek -17 days

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Everest High Passes Trek is a challenging hike in Nepal, we cross three high mountain passes-Kongma La, Cho La and Renjo La Pass all over 5000m high just in 17 days. Everest High Pass Trekking offers the mesmerizing view of Cho Oyu, Everest and Makalu from Gokyo Ri and Kalapathar as we trek to Everest Base Camp. This is a short version of Everest Three High Passes Trek. The Everest High Pass Trek is possible to complete in 17 days if you are physically fit and mentally prepare. The 17 days Everest High Pass Trek is a complete adventure trekking experience crossing over three great high passes in the Everest region.

Everest High Pass Trek is a challenges trekking in the Everest region.  No any technical climbing involves on 17 days Everest High Pass Trek. We cross the three high passes Kongma La, Renjo La and Cho La pass. We further explore Gokyo Lake, climb Gokyo Ri Peak, reach Everest Base Camp and hike to Kalapatthar.

Everest High Pass trek traverses the entire Everest region, and the highlights of this trekking is nature and culture with adventure. So, the trek  is a good option to experience simply the best of what the Everest region has to offer.

This is a challenging adventure trek, so be aware with your physical and mental health. The 17 days Everest High Pass Trek is designed for an adventure and experience hikers to face a real challenge. A well  and average level of fitness require as we need to walk 8 to 10 hours in remote and rugged terrain.

Altitudes are generally less than 6000 metres although the high pass crossing is possible. Generally trekkers can expect to carry a day pack of 8 kg.  The terrain will often rugged and some walks be exploratory, venturing far off  the beaten track. Weather conditions may be harsh at some times, and need to be comfortable trekking in adverse weather conditions.

Previous training and previous hiking experience is helpful. We suggest an hour of strenuous exercise each day, spread with a relative demanding bush walk at the weekend. The best exercise for trekking is bush walking involving relatively  steep ascents and descents. A multi day walks are ideal preparation for 17 days Everest High Passes Trek in Nepal.

Why Everest High Pass Trek

  • Experience the best highlights of the Everest region on this challenging trek
  • Cross the Cho La, Renjo La & Kongma La to gain unsurpassed views of Mount Everest, Makalu and Cho Oyu
  • Ascend Kala Pattar & Gokyo Ri to gaze upon the world's highest mountains from brilliant vantage points
  • Experience vibrant Sherpa culture at its capital in Namche Bazaar
  • Visit the stunningly situated monastery village of Thyangboche

Trip Itinerary


As per flight time, our Guide will meet you at your hotel and takes you to the domestic airport to fly in to Lukla. It is scenery flight about 35 minutes, once you get in to the Lukla, breakfast at the lodge and prepare luggage for the Porters then walking starts through the stone paved trails towards Bhaise Kharka. It is few up downs to get in to Phakding passing through plenty of prayer Rocks (Mani in local language). After getting in to the lodge at Phakding, fresh up and short walk to the village or hike up to the Gompa to get acclimatize. Stay overnight at the lodge.


After hot breakfast at your lodge, the trail leads towards the suspension bridge and easy uphill to the Monju from where Sagarmatha National Park begins. After short National Park formalities, drop down to the river, cross another suspension bridge and continue walk to the high Hilary Bridge at the bottom of the hill. After the bridge the trail leads uphill to the Namche Bazaar. On the way you will have great view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Kusum Khangru and more with beautiful valley. Stay overnight at the Lodge.


Today you explore the Museum, visit Khumjung village and Kongde village where you can enjoy the views of Mt. Everest and surroundings peaks with Sherpa culture. You can also visit Thame which is old Sherpa village as an option. Remaining of the day you can explore Namche Bazzar where you can use Internet, visit National Park head office, Museum and monastery as per your interest and time. Stay overnight at Namche.


After breakfast at Namche, the trail leads to the old village called Thamo which is easy walk through the valley. Thamo is a small Sherpa village. After exploring the village, the trail leads continue to Thame. After lunch, rest a little while and explore the Sherpa village and its culture. There is small Hydro power where you can visit. Stay overnight at the Lodge.


After breakfast at the lodge, an easy walks to Marlung through the Bhote Koshi River where you can have short break. Then the trail leads uphill to Lumde through the dry valley. It is an interesting walking with enjoying the views of the snow peaked mountains and the valley. Today you won’t see Sherpa village because Thame is the last village of the valley. Once you get in to the village, hike a bit higher than the place where lodge is located to get acclimatize. Stay overnight at the Lodge.


After breakfast the trail leads uphill for an hour half and then easy walks for a while. At the end, there is hard climb to get to the top of the Renjo La from where you will have an awesome view of Mt. Everest with Mt. Nuptse with surrounding peaks. You will also see Gokyo Lake which breathtaking views. From the top of the Renjo La the trail drops down to the Third Lake (Gokyo Lake) and get in to the lodge. After time to get rest at the lodge at Gokyo, short climb to the ridge from where you will explore the Glacier which is amazing looking with its small glacier lakes. Stay overnight at Gokyo lodge.


The topmost consideration of our Everest 3 High Passes Trek is adapting to the high altitude environment to avoid Altitude sickness at its best. As the trek to Renjo La is tiresome, you are going to love this rest day. But, we can still hike to first, second and third lake in order to rejoice the enchanting views of nature if you are energetic. Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu will be right in front of you and you can view full part of these high mountains. The views of Northern part of Cho-Oyu base camp and Ngazumpa glacier looks cool from here. If you are willing to get more views similar to this, this excursion, Everest three high pass can be extended further and we will walk to fourth and fifth lake that are taken as extra attractions in Gokyo Valley from where you get to rejoice incredible views. Your accommodation would be on a tea house or lodge in full board basis.


This is an easy day but we suggest you to start early because you will have to walk through the Glacier which is the longest glacier of Nepal called Ngozumpa glacier. By the time of crossing this glacier you will hear many sounds of the rock falling in to the small glacier lake. There are many rocks on the way which has ice underneath. During the sunny day ice melts pretty fast so we should cross this glacier before the sun gets strong. Once you get in to the Thaknak, better to climb up to the small hill for acclimatize. Stay overnight at the lodge.


Today is the hardest day of the trip. Start your day just after the breakfast which is steep climbing for a while and the trail drops down to the bottom of the Chola. After that the trail leads you through the rock toward the top which is steep climbing. There are some Buddhist prayer flags on the top of the pass which has great views of the mountains. There is icy part for a while and again the trail drops down through the huge rock and an easy walk at the end to get to the Zungla. Stay overnight at the lodge.


After hot breakfast at the lodge, an easy downhill for a while and few up and down to the Lobuche. After refreshment, look around Everest glacier and over night at the lodge.


Then the trail leads toward Gorekshep through the rocky trail. On the way you will have great views of the Mt. Everest,Mt. Nuptse,Mt. Pumori and more. You will be able to see Khumbu Glacier on the way. After few up downs, you will reach at Gorekshep which is located at the bottom of Kalapatthar. After reaching Gorekshap you can hike to Everest Base camp back to hotel. Stay overnight at the lodge.


Today you will have to start your day without breakfast in the morning which is 2 hour hike up to the Kalapatthar, the greatest view point of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori , Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamerserku, Mera Peak and many more. After taking many photographs, trek down to the lodge at Gorekshep for breakfast and continue your walk down to Lobuche. Stay overnight at the lodge.


After breakfast at the lodge, your day will start walking through Khumbu glacier towards east. After crossing the glacier and river the trail leads up to the pass which is the highest pass of this trip. There will be no tea shop and water resource so that you will have to carry few bottles of water to drink. After hard climb to the top, the trail drops steep down to the Chukung valley where your day ends. Stay overnight at the lodge.


Today is an easy day which is downhill through the valley. The trail continues leads down to the Dingboche then after the walking valley gets change through few Sherpa villages. After Pangboche village the trail drops down to the river and cross the bridge. After that the trail leads up to the Tengboche where the oldest Monastery situated on the top of the hill. Evening visit Monastery, see the Buddhist chanting ceremony and overnight at the lodge.


Today your day starts walking steep downhill through the Rhododendron forest. Once you get at the bottom of the hill, cross the bridge and steep climbing through the pine and Juniper forest to the Khumjung. After explore the village at Khumjung, lunch and continue walk to the Namche Bazzar for overnight.


After Breakfast the trail drops downhill through the pine forest till to the bridge and continue walk to the Monju. Again some formalities had to be done at the check post of the National park at Monju then continue walk to the Phakding at lunch time. After you all way treks back to Lukla.


Morning fly back to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel.

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 equipmenets 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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