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Everest High Pass Trekking – 20 Days

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  • DestinationNepal
  • Total Duration20 Days
  • Trek Duration17 Days
  • Best Time Mar-May And Sept-Dec
  • Max ElevationKala Pattar at 5545m
  • Trip GradeChallenging
  • TransportationPrivate Vehicle/Flights
  • Accommodation Double/Twin Sharing in Hotel/Lodge
  • StyleTea House
  • MealsBreakfast Basis in city and full board during Trek
  • Min Group Size2+ pax

Everest High Pass trekking is perhaps the longest and most complete trekking experience in the Everest region. It is a highly adventurous and challenging journey that combines the entire attractions of Everest in one trek.

Everest High Pass trekking involves crossing of all the three above-5000m high passes in Everest region: Renjo La Pass (5430m) Cho La Pass (5338m) and Kongma La Pass (5540m). These passes provide you majestic, heart-stopping views of the world’s highest mountains Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, Nutpse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Kyojo Ri. The trip also includes the exploration of Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Ri (5357m) and walking along glacier moraines of Khumbu Glacier and Ngozumpa Glacier, the latter being the longest glacier in the Himalaya region. A designated RamSar site, Gokyo Lakes is a network of the highest freshwater bodies in the world.

Another major bonus of Everest High Passes trekking is the side trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and Kala Patthar (5545m) that offer spectacular 360 degree views of Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest. The entire trail lies within the Sagarmatha National Park, which means you will be able to experience the rare biodiversity of this world heritage site. You will also visit Sherpa villages such as Namche, Thame, Phakding, Pangboche etc on the trail and experience Tibetan Buddhism firsthand in Tengboche Monastery and Thame Monastery.

Spring and Autumn are the perfect period to go for Everest High Passes trekking. Interested trekkers must be physically and mentally prepared to take on this Himalayan challenge.

Highlights of Everest High Pass Trekking

● Cross Cho La, Renjo La and Kongma La, the three highest passes in Everest region and witness
heart-stopping views of Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse etc

● Hike to Everest and Kalapathar to experience 360 degree views of Himalayan peaks

● Explore Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Ri, Khumbu and Ngozumpa glacier

● Trek through Sagarmatha National Park (world heritage site)

● Learn about Sherpa culture and Tibetan Buddhism

● Enjoy scenic mountain flights to Lukla

Cost Includes

● All airport/hotel transfers.

●Three Night Accommodation in BB at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis.

● All accommodations and meals during the trek.

● An experienced licensed English-Speaking guide and porters.

● Round-trip fare for domestic flights (Kathmandu-Lukla-Lukla-Kathmandu)

● Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

● Private transport for sightseeing at Kathmandu

● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, world heritage sites
entry fee where applicable)

● Farewell dinner

● A comprehensive medical kit.

● All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

● Nepal Visa Fee

● International airfare to and from Kathmandu

● Meals in Kathmandu

● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.

● Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and
early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.

● Travel and rescue insurance.

● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle
or boiled water, shower, etc.)

● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness

● Tips for guide, drivers and porters.

Equipment & Gears

● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase

● Day bag.( Small handbag)

● Trekking shoes

● Sports shoes or sandals.

● Sun Hat/cap

● Warm woolen cap

● Trekking jacket Gore tex/ fleece jacket

● Pullover or warm sweeter

● Raincoat

● 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock

● Hand gloves

● 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers

● 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts

● 3/4 pairs of Underwear

● Eye glass

● Water bottle

● 4 seasons Sleeping bag

● Flash or Torch light

● Camera and batteries.

Before you go

Trekking Group

For lodge and teahouse trekking, we ensure the standard group size, not exceed 16 pax. We believe we can maintain the quality of our services for 16 participants in each group. Please note some restricted trekking areas will require at least two participants to get permits. Individual and solo trekkers are allowed in other trekking regions.

For this trek we provide one licensed professional guide who can communicate or speak in English, one porter for every two participants and one assistant guide for more than 12 pax. A group of 16 participants will have one complimentary group leader. Our trekking guides and porters are well informed about their responsibilities. And the porters can carry up to 20kg of weight. Our field staff will also include one guide who is adept in administering first aid.


The accommodations are chosen based on trekking itinerary, comfort level, budget and interests of trekkers and accessibility in terms of scenery and trail. Most arrangements are made on Bed & Breakfast basis, double/twin sharing in Lodges/Tea houses and Deluxe – Star Hotels in cities. Depending upon your interests, a wide range of hotels are available in city areas such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, etc. and during the trekking trail, there are plenty of lodges, teahouses, guesthouses and sometimes even hotels for accommodation. A Teahouse/Lodge trek is where trekkers stay in lodges and guesthouses along the trail as opposed to tents/camping. Such Teahouses/Lodges are run either by local families or are community-based which offers simple to moderate facilities, with simple beds, solar-powered hot water and a limited set of cuisines/meals.

For this trek we offer two types of accommodation, ‘Deluxe Hotel’ in the city and ‘Teahouse/Lodge’ during the trekking trail. The Hotels and Teahouses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more. All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon seasonality with limited choices available in peak season. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.


Touristic cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, offer some of the finest dining restaurants. Get spoiled with unlimited choices for cuisines, ranging from local Nepali food to international delicacies. In contrast, there might not be as much variety of cuisines available on the trekking trail. Trekking lodges and small eateries along the trail will offer you basic diets such as Nepali Dal Bhat, sandwich, apple pie and pizza and regular beverages. However, you will get to enjoy mostly organic food on trekking trails.

For this trek we offer you full board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) local or best available continental food as per menu on your choice and 3 cups of tea/coffee per day. Please note that full board meals are not included during your transition stay in city areas, guests will have to pay for the meals (dinner and lunch), alcohol, hot & cold beverages and mineral water.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft)

Upon your arrival in Nepal at Tribhuvan International Airport, we will come to receive you and help you transfer
luggage. We will directly drive you to your booked hotel where you can relax and unwind. In the
afternoon/evening, our guide will accompany you to our office where you receive a short briefing about your trip.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Full day exploration in Kathmandu

This is a day allocated for you to spend sightseeing in and around Kathmandu. After breakfast, our tour guide will take you on a drive to see some of the most famous touristic places in Kathmandu. On this day you will visit three world heritage sites namely Swoyambhu or Monkey Temple, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Learn about the history of Buddhism in Nepal, meet red robed monks and make a parikrama of two biggest Buddhist stupas in the world. Kathmandu Durbar Square offers you to relish the most illustrious Newari architecture and artwork that are centuries old. In the evening you can take a stroll through the busy streets of Thamel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2828m/9279ft) 35m and trek to Phakding (2780m/9121ft) 3-4 hrs walk

You will take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This 30 minute flight could not be any more adventurous as you fly over countless hills with views of Himalayan peaks to finally land at Lukla airport, which is one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Once in Lukla, your trekking guide will lead on the first day of trek to Phakding. The trail winds away across the hills of pine and rhododendron forests passing the Sherpa villages of Chheplung and Thado Koshigaon. Sighting of mani walls and prayer flags is an indication you are in a Buddhist land. You will reach Phakding by early afternoon. Stay overnight in Phakding.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11287ft) 5-6 hrs walk

After full breakfast, we follow the trail along Dudh Koshi River. Ahead you crisscross forested hill and witness the first glimpses of Kongde Ri Peak and Thamserku peaks. Cross Benkar village enroute to briefly stop at Monjo, which marks the entry to Sagarmatha National Park. Ahead you will pass by Jorsale village and another 20 minutes walk will reach to confluence of raging Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers. Just over a ridge from here is a perfect point to spot Mt. Everest (8848m) for the first time. The trail climbs gradually until we reach Namche Bazaar, the main center for the Sherpa community. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar

We will use the full day today for acclimatization. Namche is a modern village full of bakery shops, coffee outlets, entertainment centers alongside ancient Buddhist stupas and maniwalls. You can try out Sherpa cuisine and stop by Sherpa cultural museum.
Take a short hike to Khumjung village or Everest hotel to get the feel of the weather and climate as well as to beautiful views of Everest, Thamserku, Lhotse etc. You can also visit Hillary School in Khunde village. Spend the evening in the warmth and hospitality of Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3850m/12632ft) 4-5 hrs walk

You will move ahead leaving Namche behind. The trail is fairly easy and straight as it follows Dudh Koshi River. One of the prominent places you will come across enroute is Phunke Tenga which is the only visible sign of human presence between here and Tyangboche. You will be surrounded by rhododendron forest on your approach to Tyangboche Monastery which sits just opposite the gorgeous Ama Dablam mountain. Everest, Lhotse, Kwangde, Tawache, are other mountains visible from here. The 500 year old Tyanboche Monastery is the largest monastery on this side of the Himalaya. It is headed by a Rimpoche and hosts the popular Mani Rimdu festival. Stay overnight in Tyangboche.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4350m/14272ft) 4-5 hrs walk

The trail ahead of Dingboche is devoid of any settlements. It is an open expanse of land that is only surveyed by wild animals such as Musk Deer and Blue Sheep. Today you will experience Alpine landscape with very scarce vegetation. Explore Pangboche and Somare on the way. The Imja River flows by as you ascend to Pheriche and then Dingboche. The village of Dingboche is a small settlement surrounded by potato fields and offers clear views of Lhotse and Island Peak among others. Stay overnight in Dingboche

Day 08: Trek to Chhukung

After breakfast, we leave Chhukung behind. The trail slowly climbs passing by meadows which are used by yaks for grazing. Enjoy the mountain views while taking in chilled fresh air. Chhukung is a relatively small Sherpa village which is very peaceful stay. You can easily capture views of Everest, ImaTse, AmaDablam among others. Stay overnight at Chhukung.

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche via Kongma La Pass (5,540m)

Prepare yourself this day to experience crossing the first high pass of this trek. The first hour the trail continues on a horizontal path before making a steep climb towards Kongma La Pass. At 5540m, the pass provides splendid views of Everest range. From here you will descend all the way to Lobuche with occasional walks over glaciers. Stay overnight at Lobuche.

Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5180m/16995ft) 3-4 hrs walk and Everest Base Camp (5364m/17600ft) 2-3 hrs walk

Today is a special day for you will be heading to Everest Base Camp, the ultimate prize of this trekking. Wake up early and follow your trekking guide carefully. The trail passes over lateral moraines of the Khumbu Glacier, walks over Lobuche Pass and heads down to Gorakshep. It will take another 2 hrs from here to trek to Everest Base Camp. You will spend some quality time at Everest Base Camp observing Mt. Everest and glaciers nearby. Return and stay overnight in Gorakshep

Day 11: Hike to Kalapattar (5545m) and trek to Dzongla (4710 m) passing Chola Tsho Lake

Prepare yourself for some tough hike today to Kalapathar. Kalapathar stands at an altitude of 5545m. In order to save time and to be able to reach the peak of Kalapathar to see the sunrise, you will rise early, around 4am, and start your trek. Led by your trekking guide, you will determinedly climb Kalapathar. The top of Kalapathar offers undoubtedly the best and perfect view of Mt. Everest and Khumbu Glacier, which you will obtain from nowhere. Enjoy sunrise views on Everest and other mountain peaks such as Mt, Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse and Island Peak. After spending ample time in Kalapathar we will climb down and continue our trail to Dzongla. On the way explore Chola Tsho Lake. Stay overnight in Dzongla.

Day 12: Trek to Thangna via crossing Cho La pass (5370m)

The trek from Dzongla to Thagna takes about 5 hrs and involves crossing of Cho La pass at 5370m. The trail is physically demanding as you make a continuous climb through rocky paths. Cho La pass is a vantage point to see the longest Ngozumpa glacier, Gokyo Valley along with Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Nuptse, Pumori, etc. Then follow the downhill trek to Thangna. Stay overnight in Thagna.

Day 13: Trek to Gokyo Lakes (Avg 5000m)

The trail ahead of Thagna is on average 4500m. The chilly wind and moraines adjacent to Ngozumpa glacier is a delightful experience for trekkers. You will be amazed by the beautiful magical turquoise Gokyo lakes as you enter the Gokyo valley. Gokyo has few settlements made of rock. Stay overnight in Gokyo.

Day 14: Hike to Gokyo Ri and back to Gokyo Lake

Enjoy your breakfast. We gradually ascended from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri. Standing at an elevation of 5,483 m, Gokyo Ri is a small peak that offers magnificent views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Cho Oyu and Gychung Kang along with an impressive panorama of Gokyo valley and Ngozumpa glacier. After spending some hours here, climb down to Gokyo. Stay overnight at Gokyo.

Day 15: Trek to Lungden via crossing Renjo La pass.

Another adventure morning awaits you as we make our way towards Renjo La pass, the primary goal of this trek. Renjo-La Pass at 5340m is the highest point of this trek and reaching its peak is both challenging and exciting. The peak rewards you with an impressive panorama of Mt Everest, Cholatse and Taboche peaks. Descend to Lunden is an easy affair. Stay overnight at Lungden.

Day 16: Trek to Thame (3800m) – 4 hours.

Today begins our return journey back to Lukla. The trail from Lunden to Thame slowly descends. The views of snow peaks continue to greet you every step on the trail. Thame is a great spot to enjoy a quiet evening and also hosts Thame Monastery which buzzes with monk activity throughout the year. Record holder Sherpa mountaineer Appa Sherpa was born in Thamel. Stay overnight at Thame.

Day 17: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 4 hours.

Follow a descending trail to Namche. You will enjoy this pleasant walk with a Himalayan backdrop. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 18: Trek to Lukla (2,804 m) – 6 hours

We retrace our steps back to Lukla in a leisurely place. You will experience a relatively warmer climate. Stay overnight in Lukla.

Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft)

Take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport. The flight lasts for about 30 minutes and offers scenic views of rolling green hills and crisp Himalayan peaks. Once in Kathmandu, our staff will receive you and take you to your hotel. In the evening we will organize a farewell dinner for you. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 20: Final departure

Depending on the timing of your international flight, our staff will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We hope to see you again in Nepal.

Route Map of Everest High Pass Trekking


1. Is Everest High Pass Trekking?

Everest High Passes Trekking is one of the most adventurous and challenging treks in Nepal. Everest region is well connected to the rest of the country through air network. The trail itself is equipped with plenty of modern hotels and lodges and the area also have strong communication facility including mobile phone and internet. So Everest High Passes trekking is relatively safe for trekkers.

2. How difficult is Everest High Pass Trekking?

Everest High Passes trekking is one of the most challenging treks in Everest region. Trekkers will cross three high passes all above 5000m and hike up to Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp. This is a strenuous trek and extremely technical.

3. How fit do I have to be for this trek?

It is highly advised that trekkers be extremely fit both physically and mentally to do this trek. We also recommend you to do regular physical workout and endurance training at least 2 months prior to trekking. Those with previous experience of trekking in the HImalaya will have better chance of adapting to the high mountain challenges.

4. Is this cost of the trek comparative & reasonable?

The program cost we offer to you is both comparative and reasonable. Since we practice sustainable tourism, we attempt to give the best experience to our tourists while ensuring equal economic dividends to locals of host destination and our staffs. We do not overprice and we discourage unhealthy practice of undercutting. We believe in providing quality service to our guests at a sustainable competitive price.

5. Could we customize the itinerary?

Yes, you can always customize the itinerary according to your requirements. We are quite flexible in re-designing the itinerary by taking into consideration your time availability and needs.

6. Could we combine this trek with other trekking packages?

Yes, you can always customize the itinerary according to your requirements. We are quite flexible in re-designing the itinerary by taking into consideration your time availability and needs.

7. What if I cancel the trip, do I get my refund?

You can cancel the trip if you have personal reasons to do so. Please read our Terms & Conditions for refund details.