A Trek to the high passes with Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
Cross over many high mountains passes and trek on the glaciers.
Experience the warmth of the local Sherpa culture.
Visit some scenic Monasteries.
Get a spectacular panoramic view of the Himalayan Ranges.
See many high peaks with height of 8000 meters or more.
Region: Himalayan Ranges in Nepal Trek Type: Group Adventures Group Size: 1 to 16 People per Group. When is the best time to trek: April to December. Not a good time to trek: Jan to Mar. Trek Begins and Ends at: Kathmandu. Trekking Duration: 18 nights / 19 days. Difficulty level of the Trek: challenging. Maximum Altitude Gain: 5,644 meters. Daily Altitude Gain: 200 to 400 meters. Type of Accommodation: Hotel or tea houses on a twin sharing basis.
The glorious high passes trek with Everest Base Camp is must do in every trekking enthusiast’s mind. World over, trekkers aspire to be part of this spectacular and challenging trekking expedition. The passes are challenging hike and it instantly rewards you with the views that are literally from top of the world.
The high passes (3 passes) that we will cross are Renjo La Pass (5, 417 meters), Cho La Pass (5, 420 meters) and Kongma La Pass (5, 535 meters). In addition to these passes, we will be hiking to Gokyo RI (5, 357 meters), Chukung Ri (5, 550 meters) and Kala Patthar (5, 643 meters). This trek will also take you through the huge glaciers of Khumbu and Ngozumpa. We will see the famous and beautiful Gokyo Lakes that are part of the highest freshwater lake systems.
This challenging trekking expedition starts from Lukla. The trail goes past many villages till a place call Thame. Once we cross Thame the landscapes change. The surroundings suddenly become tree less and appear to be a cold desert. We trail leading to Gokyo will cross few villages and the Renjo La pass. We will hike the Gokyo RI, and hike to the 5th Gokyo lakes, when we are at Gokyo. Before we reach Gorakshep, we will cross Ngozumpa glacier and the Cho La Pass. On the day we reach Gorakshep, we will trek to Everest Base Camp and hike to the Kala Patthar mountain the next day. Thereafter, we will pass by the Khumbu glacier, Kongma La pass, hike the Chukung Ri and descend to Dingboche. We will return Lukla via Tengboche and Namche.
Day 1: Kathmandu.
Arrive at the historic city of Kathmandu and check into the hotel. Our support staff will meet you to give the details about next day’s plans as well as discuss the trekking plan. Remaining part of the day is at leisure and you can explore the city and its famous shopping street called Thamel.
Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2, 800 m / 9, 184 ft) and trek to Phakding (2,651 m / 8,700 ft).
Today we will check out early and head to the airport for a flight to Lukla. This is a unique flying experience on a small Dornier aircraft, which are used in these mountain ranges. The total flying time, will be of 40 minutes with some great taking views of snow capped mountains and the Himalayan Ranges. Landing on this tiny airport is a thrilling experience. Our guides and porters will be waiting from you at the Airport. We will have a quick breakfast and start our trek for Phakding. It is a small downhill trek that passes through some scenic villages, monasteries and Buddhist Stupas. We will be crossing the very first hanging bridge during of our trek and it surely is a thrilling experience to cross one of these.
Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438 m / 11,280 ft).
We will start trekking after breakfast and it will take us about 6 to 7 hours to reach Namche Bazaar. The trekking trail from Phakding will go along side of the Dudh Koshi river and will pass through several Sherpa Villages till we cross a place called Monjo. After Monjo we will get a village called Jorsale, which is the last village before we reach Namche. We will have our lunch at Jorsale, as there will not be anything available after this point. We will get about 5 hanging bridges before we reach Namche. As we trek for a while, we will see a gigantic view of Mt. Thamserku. We will enter the Sagarmatha National Park after Monjo and the same park covers the entire Everest and Khumbu Glacier zone. This protected zone and just before Namche there is a check post which will verify our permits before they let us in. En route, we will cross the large hanging bridge that is very popular and a lot of people take photos at this point. The trek begins to get tougher as it sets on an incline trail after this bridge and till we reach Namche. The trail between Jorsale and Namche Check Post will be a little tough and we recompensed that you walk at your own pace. if the weather permits, you may be able to get your first glimpse of Mt. Everest from the Namche Check Post. We will take several steps from Namche Post to reach Namche Bazaar.
Day 4: Rest day at Namche Bazaar.
Today’s day is reserved for acclimatization in this high altitude region. We will stay at Namche and explore the place. Namche has many attractions such as the Museum with a beautiful flat ground, The Tenzing Norgay Statue, Hike to the non operational Syangboche Airport, Visit to Sir. Edmund Hillary School, Khumjung Village and many more.
Day 5: Namche to Thame (3800 m / 12, 467 ft).
This will be a moderate trek to reach Thame, where Tenzing Norgey had spent his childhood. The trail from Namche goes along side of the Bhutekoshi River and goes past many villages. On this trail, on your right you will get wodeful view of the Kongde Mountain. Just before Thame, we will cross the river on an iron bridge. The mighty Bhutekoshi River flows with extreme speed and will be lovely sight from this bridge.
Day 6: Thame to Lumde (4,137 m / 13, 573 ft).
Another day of moderate trek to Reach Lumde. Like yesterday, this trail too goes along side of the Bhutekoshi River till Lumde. We will pass through the beautiful shepherd village of Taranga and the Marlung village. Marlun, has some options for accommodation in this trail. We will cross to the other side of the river and reach Lumde. It is a very beautiful small Sherpa village and has several tea houses.
Day 7: Lumde to Gokyo (4, 800 m / 15, 748 ft) via Renjola Pass (5, 465 m/17, 929 ft).
Unlike the last 2 day, it is going to be a tough day of trekking. We will cross the Renjo La Pass. The trail from Lumde is mostly an inclined one with very small portions being flat. The distance to Renjo La Pass is relatively long and the trail is uneven at several places.
We will cross 3 lakes on our way, the first tow lakes are small ones. The Lake called Angladumba Tso that comes just before Renjo La is the 3rd one and is really big. The toughest part of the trek begins as we cross this 3rd lake. We will have to take several stone stairs to reach the Renjo La Pass.
The view from the pass is simply breathtaking. The pass offers clear views of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu and several other high peaks. You can get a mesmerizing view of the 3rd Gokyo Lake and the Gokyo village.
After sometime, we will descend on a downhill trail from the pass and proceed to Gokyo. The trail goes along side the 3rd lake and the experience of walk alongside the lake is really nice as the views are simply amazing. The locals have names this lake as Dudh Pokhri that translates to Milk Lake. Overnight stay at a tea house in Gokyo
Day 8: Gokyo and visit the 5th Gokyo lakes.
We will first go to the 4th Gokyo Lake as it is very close to Gokyo. After that we will trek for about 1.5 hours and visit the 5th Lake. The views from the 5th Lake is the best view that you can get in the entire Everest Zone. We can get a clear view of Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Gyachung kang and The Ngozumpe Glacier, which is the longest glacier in the Himalayan Zone.
We will return Gokyo after spending some time at the 5th Lake. We will take a tea break at the Gokyo and then proceed further for 1st and 2nd Lake. The 2nd Lake is 10 minutes far from Gokyo and the 1st lake is about 30 minutes. The 1st lake is the tiniest among all lakes that a part of the Gokyo Fresh water Lake system.
Day 9: Thangnak (4,750 m / 15,580 ft) after hiking Gokyo Ri (5,357 m / 17,575 ft).
We will start early for the hike to Gokyo Ri. In morning, the views of high peaks are much clear from Gokyo Ri. The views of Gokyo Lakes are simply breathtaking from Gokyo Ri. The sky scarping Himalayan ranges, that are placed as single line will be much clearly visible from this point. We will return to Gokyo and trek further for 2 to 3 hours to reach Thangnak that is situated at the other side of Ngozumpa Glacier. The trail to Ngozumpa glacier will pass through the third Gokyo Lake and goes down on to the glacier, the trail goes and down on the glacier. Once we cross the glacier, the trail is mostly flat.
Day 10: Thangnak to Zongla (4, 830 m / 15,850 ft) via Chola Pass (5, 368 m / 17,611 ft).
This is the toughest day of our trekking expedition as we set ourselves to cross the mighty Chola Pass. It is one of the highest mountain passes in the Khubu Region. Threfore, it is best we start early and give ourselves enough time to trek at our pace. One we cross Thanganak, the trail begins to ascend and goes along side of stream. After a while, we will get flag pole and need to come down from this point. The view of the glacier on your left and the Chola Pass are mesmerizing from this point.
The trail then goes over rocks and becomes steep incline to Chola Pass, making it the toughest part in today’s trek. Please be little careful as this portion will have many lose scree that can cause you to slip. While it may appear an endless task to reach the Chola pass the scenic beauty it offers makes this effort a rewarding one. Some of the high peaks such as Lhotse and Baruntse are visible clearly from this pass. The pass is filled with prayer flags and is favorite spot of trekkers for photography. The view of the glacier that is below this pass is really spectacular. We will start descending the pass after spending some time at the pass. While descending, it is better be too careful as some places might be slippery. The trail is a complete downhill trek till Zongla.
Day 11: Zongla to Lobuche (4, 940 m / 16,207 ft).
It is going be a short and easier trek in comparison to the previous day. We will trek from only 2 to 3 hours and reach Lobuche. On our way we will get to see the Chola Tso Lake and Thokla Pass memorials. The train then goes past a river bed and merges with the bigger trekking trail that is coming from Pheriche. We will reach Lobuche and take rest in a tea house.
Day 12: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,164 m / 16,942 ft) and visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m /17,598 ft).
The smallest part of trek in beginning will be a flat trail till the Lobuche pass. After we cross Lobuche pass, the trail becomes uneven till we reach Gorakshep. You will get to some gigantic views of Mt. Nuptse and Pumori. One we reach Gorakshep, we will keep our bags at the hotel land proceed for Everest Base Camp. The trail will be very much like the one we just got before Gorakshep. Mt. Everest is not fully visible from the base camp and only a portion can be seen from the Base Camp. We will get down to the Khumbu Glacier to reach the Base Camp. The base camp is at the glacier and has several flags are there. You will always find many trekkers forming a queue to get picture around the flags and signboards. We will then return to Gorakshep after spending some time at the base camp.
Day 13: Lobuche after Kala Patthar Hike (5,645 m / 18,519 ft).
We will start really early for our hike to Kala Patthar. It will take about 3 hours to reach atop Kala Patthar. You will get a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges and a full vertical view of Mt. Everest. If the weather is clear, we can get a mesmerizing view sun rise falling on the Mt. Everest. The early morning temperature varies depending on the season. After spending some time here, we will descend on a complete downhill trail to Lobuche.
Day 14: Lobuche to Chukung village (4, 750 m / 15,580 ft) via Kongma La pass (5,535 m / 18, 159 ft).
Today we will start early. We will be crossing the last mountain pass (Kongma La) of this trekking expedition. It is also the toughest pass to cross. The Kongma La pass is visible from Lobuche and may not seem that difficult to hike, but once you get to hiking this, you will understand the difficulty. To begin with, we will hike the Khumbu Glacier wall to cross the glacier. The trail will go through several ups and downs while we are crossing the Khumbu Glacier. Once we cross the glacier, we will get a complete up-hill trek to reach atop the Kongma La. While hiking, we will get really awesome views of Chola Pass. The last stretch to reach Kongma La is a very difficult. It is advised that you be really careful on this trail as there are possibilities of slipping over the scree. Once atop the pass, you are surely going to be surprised with the views. You will get a massive view of Mt Lhotse, Makalu, Island Peak, Ama Dablam and many more. Right under the pass there is a Lake and looks really beautiful from the pass. You are advised to apply caution while descending from the Kongma La as the decline is steep for a shorter portion. Once we get down of Kongma La, we will get a complete downhill trek up-to Chukung village.
Day 15: Dingboche (4,360 m / 14,300 ft) after Chukung Ri (5,546 m / 18, 120 ft) hike.
We will be hiking to Chukung Ri today. Chukung Ri offers some nice views of Amadabalap, Lohtse and many other high peaks. The wall of Lhotse looks magnificent from Chukung Ri. After spending some time at Chukung Ri, we will return to Chukung village and proceed for Dingboche. It will take about 1.5 hours to reach Dingboche.
Day 16: Dingboche to Namche Bazaar.
Today’s trek will be moderate to easy. We will go past many Himalayan villages like Shomare, Pangboche and Deboche. Also we will cross village of Tengboche which is really beautiful and houses on of biggest and beautiful Monastery in this region. After Tengboche it will be fully downhill trek till Phungi Thanga. Only one portion between the village of Phungi Thanga and Namche Bazaar is little tough.
Day 17: Namche Bazaar to Lukla.
It is our last of trekking, the entire trail is an easy one, baring the portion just before Lukla is little tough as we will have to climb several steps to reach Lukla.
Day 18: Kathmandu.
We will fly back to Kathmandu in one of those small aircrafts that we had taken while coming to Lukla. In general the flights are in the morning and we can be in Kathmandu by 10 AM.
Day 19: Departure.
Kindly checkout by 12 noon and we will drop you at the airport. We will also handover your trek completion certificate today.
What does it include?
Airport pick up and drop for international terminal.
Domestic airport transfers.
Accommodation in Kathmandu (2 nights).
Accommodation during the trekking period (16 nights).
Domestic return flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu).
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS).
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
All government and local taxes. Please Note: For single trekker we provide porter cum guide.
What it does not include?
Travel expenses to reach and return from Kathmandu.
Food and drinking water throughout the trip.
Soft-drinks / Beverages / Alcohols / Snacks / Chocolates Etc.
Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, flight cancellation, health or any other reason.
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.
Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.
Nepalese visa fee.
Tips for guide(s), porter(s).
Items to bring with you
UV Protected Sun Glasses.
Best Quality Hiking Shoes (Preferably Water Proof).
Water disinfection Drops / Tablets.
Knapsack / Backpack / Rucksack.
Good jacket to protect from cold.
Thermals – Top and Bottom.
Poncho (for rain).
Knee Cap 1 Pair.
1 quick drying towel.
Sun blocks (SPF 50 and above) and Lip Salve with Sun blocks.
Wet-Tissue Papers/ Baby wipes.
Headlamp, Torch with spare batteries.
Gaiters for hiking in winter.
Basic First Aid Kit.
3 light weight trekking pants.
4-5 light weight trekking T-Shirt.
6 pairs trekking socks.
Dry Fruits and Chocolates.
INR. 45, 000*
(For Indian National Only)
(# for Non Indian and Non Nepali Citizens)
*Service Tax will be applicable