Description

Everest High Passes Trek is an adventure in the Himalayas of Nepal that includes trekking on populair Everest trails while you also will discover unique gems of the Khumbu region. During this trek you will get a chance to know more about the remote villages Naghpa La, a Sherpa village of Narlung, and the monastery village of Theme. You will be moved by the hospitality of Sherpa people and be glad to taste the famous Sherpa food and get familiar with their enigmatic culture and tradition. The views of Mount Everest, the rhododendron forest, the cool air and breathtaking views will make you feel energetic and fresh.

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and trek preparation

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing

Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Rest and acclimatization

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche

Day 08: Dingboche to Chhukung, climb Chhukung Ri

Day 09: Cross to Kongma La pass and trek to Lobuche

Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep, visit Everest Base Camp

Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar, then to Lobuche

Day 12: Lobuche to Dzongla

Day 13: Trek to Gokyo via Cho La pass

Day 14: Rest day in Gokyo: Climb Gokyo Ri

Day 15: Gokyo to Marlung via Renjo La Pass

Day 16: Marlung to Namche Bazaar

Day 17: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Day 18: Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 19: Final Departure

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m), transfer to hotel, trek preparation

A representative from Himal Reisen welcomes you at arrival gate of Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. You will be taken to your hotel where you can relax and recover from your journey. Today we will also brief you also more detailed about the trek to make absolutely sure that you are well prepared.

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing

Second day, you will visit different historical and cultural sites of the Kathmandu valley with one of our guides. In the morning after having breakfast you will go and visit the Buddhist and Hindu temples Boudhanath and Pashupatinath, which reflect the culture and tradition of the Nepalese society. After having visited these temples you will go to Kathmandu Durbar square in Basantapur, later in the afternoon we will pay a visit to Swayambhunath, the famous monkey temple and in the evening you will return to your hotel.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,652m)

In the morning you will fly from Kathmandu in about 30 - 35 minutes to Lukla (2800m.). With clear weather you will be able to see the snowcapped mountains and green fields below. From Lukla we start our walk and head to Phakding passing through a forest and then we will follow the riverbank of the Dudhkoshi River. In Phakding you can climb to the Gumpa to see the first glimpses of the high peaks. We will spend the night in Phakding. 

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3,440m)

From Phakding the trail follows the Dudhkoshi River and eventually we reach Zamphuti. From there we can see excellent views of the Thamserku peak. Then the trail climbs to Chomoa, the site of an agricultural project, an interesting place to have a look around and gain an insight into the farming way of life of the local people. From Chomoa, the trail climbs to Monjo (2840m.) and we will enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park (1148sq km, established in 1976). From there we will walk some distance to Jorsale, from where we will climb while we enjoy views of Mount Everest peeking over the ridge of Nuptse (7879m.). Finally the trail will reach the street of Namche Bazaar, here we will stay overnight at a guest house.

Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Day rest

Today will be a resting day, for proper acclimatization. We will combine this with an excursion. We will hike to Everest View Hotel, the ideal place to see some of the highest mountain tops such as Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse and a few other mountain tops. You can walk around the Khumjung valley, Hillary School and Khunde Hospital and then return to Namche. In Namche Bazaar you can spend some time interacting with the local Sherpa and Rai people.

Day 06: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3,870m)

We will leave Namche Bazaar and walk for some time along the ridge and then descend to Dudhkoshi River at Phunkithanka. Then after crossing the bridge we will hike up a steep path to Tengboche. When you reach Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Tengboche has the largest Monastery of the Khumbu region, we will stay there overnight at a tea house.

Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360m)

An early morning hike will give an opportunity for great pictures of the Tengboche monastery. We will take the upper trail, which has great views as well. We will be able to see Mani walls on the way to Pangboche village. Our lunch place will offer a nice viewof Mount Ama Dablam. The second part of the trek will be more moderate as we enter Imja Valley. Towards the end of our hike of today there will be a steep path that will take us up to Dingboche village (4,360m).

Day 08: Dingboche to Chhukung (4750m), climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m)

Our trail passes through stonewalled fields and the Imja Khola Valley before entering glacier moraines amidst towering Himalayas. The trail continues to Bibre which is a yak herdsman place. From here, directly across the valley are the Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labsa mountains. The trail ahead is intersected by icy streams. We continue our walk for around half an hour and reach Chhukung. After lunch, we begin our trek towards Chhukung Ri. The climb to Chhukung Ri involves some easy scrambling near the summit. From the top, we can look directly across the valley for a nice view of the Ama Dablam and Amphu Labcha peaks. We descend back to Chhukung to spend the night overthere.

Day 09: Cross to Kongma La pass (5535m), trek to Lobuche

We begin today’s trek very early in the morning to reach the highest part of the entire trip which is Kongma La pass. We can either take a trail over a hill which is to the northwest of Chhukung over the Nuptse Glacier moraines or we can walk back to Bibre and trek on the trail above the Niyang Khola. The top of the pass is marked by cairns and Buddhist prayer flags. The final descent from the pass is the most difficult part of today’s journey. After climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche. We will spend the night in Lobuche.

Note: Trekking through Kongma La is optional. If we do not want to tackle the strenuous Kongma La pass today and want to go directly to Lobuche from Chhukung, we can do that too.

Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m), visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m)

Today is longest trekking day but we will try to achieve our goal: Everest Base Camp. Walking over moraine and a slippery trail; it might be difficult for some of you, but an incredible 360° Mountain View will help to develop strength. Once we reach Everest Base Camp there will be enough opportunities to take pictures of Mount Everest. There is no place to stay at Everest Base Camp, so we will return to Gorak Shep and spend the night over there. 

Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545 m), then to Lobuche (4940 m)

Today we will watch the sunrise from Kala Patthar (5,545m), an amazing sunrise viewpoint. From Kala Patthar, a number of high peaks will be visible this is an amazing opportunity for more great photo’s. From Kala Pattthar we will walk back to Gorak Shep. From there we will continue our trek and descend to Lobuche, where we will stay overnight.

Day 12: Lobuche to Dzongla (4830m)

From Lobuche we trek downhill on a trail alongside the Khumbu Glacier. Our trail splits into two and we choose the trail on our right. After walking for a while we begin to ascend. During the ascent, we see the Chola Tsho Lake nearby. We continue further and pass another lake which is lot smaller than the Chola Tsho Lake. We cross Chola Khola over a bridge before reaching Dzongla, where we will spend our night.

Day 13: Trek to Gokyo (4800m) via Cho La Pass (5368m)

As we gain height, the Cho La Lake begins to appear and you will be able to see the Ama Dablam over a range of mountains. Climbing here is not easy; it is steep, but made worse by boulders over some we will have to scramble. The final climb to Cho La Pass can be a little tricky as the trail curves round a crevasse. The top of the pass is marked by prayer flags and cairns. Scenery of majestic peaks in all directions is breathtaking. Although long, the path leading down to Thangnak is not difficult. Our trail brings us to the edge of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the longest glacier in Nepal. Reaching the other side of the glacier, we will see the Gokyo Lake. On the edge of this lake stands the Gokyo Village where we will spend the night.

Day 14: Rest day in Gokyo: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357m), tour 4th and 5th Gokyo lakes: 3 - 4 hours

We climb Gokyo Ri today and enjoy views of the incredible mountains. We could also tour the fourth Gokyo Lake today, which is only 3km north of the Gokyo Village and afterwards continue trekking to the 5th lake. The view from ‘Scoundrel's Viewpoint’, located at the edge of the 5th lake, is amazing. Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu mountains and the huge Ngozumba Glacier will be there to admire. We will trek back to Gokyo and spend the night over there.

Day 15: Gokyo to Marlung (4210m) via Renjo La Pass (5360m)

We start the day early in the morning to complete the long day’s trek ahead. Our trail moves alongside Dudh Pokhari lake. We walk for around two hours before descending towards the Renjo La Pass. Renjo La Pass will also offer us an outstanding view of Mount Everest. Continuing on from the pass, our trail winds down a stone staircase and then moves over a loose scree to reach the south bank of Angladumba Tsho Lake. The prescence of ice on the trail while descending down can make our descent a bit tricky. Along the way we will see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. We walk down a narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Lumde. We walk almost for an hour from Lumde to get to Marlung on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi River. We will stay overnight at Marlung.

Day 16: Marlung to Namche Bazaar: 15km, 5 - 6 hours

The descent from Marlung to Thame follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. We will cross the Bhote Koshi River and descend to Taranga. The trail continues to descend and we will cross two bridges before reaching Thame. Overlooking Thame is a famous Gompa situated on a hill to the west. From here, we descend gradually on a trail that passes through a few small villages before reaching Namche Bazaar which is probably the biggest town in the Everest region. We will spend our night in Namche Bazaar. 

Day 17: Namche to Lukla (2840m.)

Today we return to Lukla where the trek began. In Lukla, you will have some time to enjoy and to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. We will spend the night at a guest house in Lukla.

Day 18: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Today we will fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu we will shift to our hotel where we have some time to relax. You can do some last minute shopping in Thamel. In the evening there will be a goodbye dinner. We will stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 19: Final departure transfer

About 3 hours prior to your flight time, we transfer you to the airport of which you fly your to your destination.

Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops offs in a private vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse / guest house accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

 

Cost Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu, apart from farewell dinner
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

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