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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About 3 hours prior to your flight time, we transfer you to the airport of which you fly your to your destination.
- 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
- 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)
This is departure.
What is trekking?
Trekking is an adventure! For the uninitiated, this active pursuit involves lengthy, multi-day walks and climbs on village and park trails. The terrain is usually fairly steep, and we will likely encounter snow at higher altitudes (those above 5,500m/18,000ft).
Is trekking for me?
We like to think trekking is for everyone who is physically fit, patient, and loves the outdoors.
Why is a guide necessarily? I’ve trekked/hiked/camped before – can’t I guide myself?
You’ll be traveling through wilderness, remote countryside, and high elevations. Trekking with a guide is not only safer but it will make for a more enjoyable trek. Our guides are experts in Nepal Himalayan treks and have on average over 10 years trekking experience. While the trails in the Everest and Annapurna Regions are generally well defined in other parts of the Himalayas they can be confusing and very few locals speak English. No matter how confident you feel in your skills or knowledge, it is almost certain that we can help enhance your experience.
WHO CAN GO?
Are there any age limits for Nepal trekking?
We have had families with kids as young as 7 years do the Everest Base Camp Trek and our eldest trekkers have been in their late 70s. There’s no limit on our adventures, as long as participants are healthy and willing! We generally suggest that families schedule a few extra days for the trek.
How difficult is trekking?
It depends on the specific trek, and, to some extent, on the preferences of those trekking. We offer all sorts of treks, ranging from easy to difficult.
Is previous trekking experience really necessary?
In theory, no. Anyone with robust cardiovascular capability and good stamina should be able to cope with higher elevations and lower oxygen density. Trekking or hiking experience anywhere in the world is strongly recommended for maximum enjoyment of your Himalayan adventure, however.
What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain a policy?
Travel insurance is mandatory and obtaining for the days you are trekking is your responsibility. If you get to Nepal and don’t have insurance already we can help you purchase it for a reasonable price before you start the trek.
What’s the best time of year to book a trek in Nepal?
The best times for trekking the Nepal Himalayas are February to May, and then September to December. Unless you are trekking in rain shadow areas such as the Upper Mustang, trekking during monsoon season is going to be a very wet event. Winter isn’t the optimal trekking season either, as very cold temperatures and heavy snowfall may impede crossings of high passes (treks that maintain lower elevations are accessible year-round).
Are any permits required for trekking?
Again, it depends on your specific trek. Some trekking areas require a special permit for trekking, while as others require only permits to enter conservation or national parks. Most require a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card. We handle all permits for you, so you have one less thing to worry about!
ABOUT THE TREK
How long do treks last?
Most of our Himalayan treks range from 7 to 30 days.
How long do we spend walking each day?
Trekkers generally walk four to six hours a day. That’s between five and fifteen kilometers depending on trail conditions and the state of the weather.
ROOM AND BOARD
What kinds of accommodations will we utilize?
Unless you signed up for a camping trip specifically, most treks include lodge or guest house accommodation. A small minority of trekking areas may not have lodges available, and accommodation in these places will involve sleeping in tents.
What is teahouse trekking?
Teahouse trekking is a type of accommodation unique to mountain treks, in which lodging and meals are set up at local teahouses or lodges on a full-board basis.
What is camping trekking?
Camping trekking involves sleeping in tents. We provide you with full board on these treks, with meals being prepared by professional trekking cooks in a mobile camp equipped with a kitchen and adequate support staff.
Where will our drinking water come from?
Bottled water is available everywhere on established trekking routes, and most villages on the way will have locally-purified water as well. The teahouses or camping crew will supply boiled water for drinking.
Where do we eat our meals?
The most frequently-traveled Himalayan circuits feature lodges and guesthouses. Continental menus are generally available, along with soups and dishes of noodles or rice. Other routes will include more limited choices. On the most remote routes, only traditional dal bhat, curry, or instant noodle soups will be available.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
What physical criteria will ensure I’m fit enough to trek?
Good overall fitness, flexibility, and healthy will ensure you trek safely and comfortably. Those with acute or chronic health conditions impacting their stamina, range of motion, coordination, or balance may have difficulty completing the trek. If you are in doubt about your own physical readiness, consult a physician well in advance of booking your trip! General hiking experience and comfort with the idea of multi-day hiking will also ensure you are 100% ready to trek!
How will we deal with altitude acclimation?
At higher altitudes – the kind we experience frequently on our treks- your cardiac and pulmonary systems are affected by lower oxygen density. Our bodies must adjust to the mountain elevation gradually, or we can become ill. Physical symptoms can range from general breathing difficulties all the way to acute mountain sickness (altitude sickness, soroche, or “the bends”). To avoid altitude-related maladies, we pace our treks appropriately and incorporate acclimatization days throughout the itinerary. There are points throughout many treks during which trekkers may choose to either tackle additional hikes/day trips or rest and relax as their bodies demand.
What do I need to know about sun protection?
It may seem counter-intuitive, but your skin is in more danger of sun damage on the mountains than while at the beach! The sun’s intensity increases dramatically as we rise in altitude, and fresh snow reflects exponentially more UV rays than does the sand. You will need to protect your skin with clothing and sunblock. A sunblock specifically for mountain conditions is recommended. If you wear prescription eyeglasses its recommend that you get your prescription fitted to sunglasses.
What happens if I get sick or injured while trekking?
We take all possible precautions to proactively ensure the safety and wellness of our trekkers, but rest assured that our guides are trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. Each guide is trained in first aid. In the case of altitude sickness, you will immediately be taken to a lower altitude. If necessary, your guide will utilize your travel insurance information to call a rescue helicopter, and you will be flown to Kathmandu or Pokhara for medical attention.
Are solo female travelers safe on Nepal treks?
We ensure the travel safety of all our trekking guests, both male and female. Nepal, on the whole, is both very safe and welcoming of foreign visitors. We have longstanding, strong relationships with the lodges we frequent, and know them to be safe and reliable. In addition our guides are consistently mindful of all guests’ whereabouts while trekking. We travel in small groups, all the better to easily maintain continual contact.
What happens if the flight from Lukla or Kathmandu is delayed?
The flights between Kathmandu and Lukla are generally reliable but if the weather is not good they can be canceled for the entire day. Our 14 day package includes one buffer day in case of delays but we suggest that you schedule a couple of extra additional days in case of delays at the end of your trek. If your flight is delayed in Kathmandu we will rebook your flight for the next day. We may also be able to provide an option for a privately chartered helicopter. If you choose to take the helicopter this can cost an additional $150 to $500 or more depending on availability and group size. Extra hotel nights ($30) and meals in Kathmandu are not included when flights are delayed although we will make arrangements for you. If your flight is delayed in Lukla we will provide the accommodation and meals in the cost.
What should I pack?
Your specific trek and the time of year during which you depart will greatly impact your packing list. A recommended outline of clothing and equipment is listed with each trek. In general, a down jacket, a warm fleece jacket, thermal underwear, trekking pants and shorts, and sturdy boots are recommended to wear, and a thermal sleeping bag, backpack, and camera are recommended for your kit. If you take any medication, this should obviously be a packing priority. Utilize common sense – you don’t want to end up short-handed on the mountain, but overpacking is undesirable. It’s worth noting that just about anything you need in the way of trekking clothing and/or equipment can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu when you first arrive.
What sort of footwear is recommended?
Comfortable, sturdy trekking shoes or boots are a must. Ideally your footwear will have Gore-Tex or similar lining, along with thick soles. This will ensure that your feet stay warm and dry, and that you are comfortable walking on rocky paths. Wool socks are recommended instead of cotton, and these too should be thick and warm.
How much can a porter carry?
Porters’ ability to carry baggage depends to some extent on the trekking route and altitude in question, but the average trekking porter carries between 15 and 25kg. A camping porter carries up to 40kg. One porter is typically assigned per every two travelers.
Should I tip my guide? How about my porter?
While not mandatory, tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks. Your guides and porters will tremendously appreciate a small gratuity at the end of your trek, as these little extras go a long way towards helping their families. Tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for the team’s hard work and devoted attention to your happiness.
How much money should I bring along?
Our treks are all-inclusive. We cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible. Travelers generally bring a small amount of pocket money to cover bottled water, snacks, or tea beyond your included meals, souvenirs, tips, or donations to monasteries along the route (if you are inclined to give one). Trekkers find that around $20 a day is reasonable for these extras.
What communication options exist while trekking?
It varies. Mobile coverage is list expanding around the world rapidly, and the Himalayas are no different… did you know that 3G coverage is available all over Mount Everest? There is no guarantee of uninterrupted coverage, however. Most trekking routes feature local VHF phones, but on the more remote trails, a satellite phone is the only option.
Do you have any extra charges for solo travelers?
We generally don’t charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request. If you are going solo and not joining one of our group treks you will be charged an extra $15 a day for a porter.
Can I get a refund if I don’t finish the trek?
It’s sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we cannot offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.