The Everest High Passes trek is the ultimate way to explore the Everest region, taking in 3 high passes (Renjo La, Cho La, Kongma La), all over 5,300m. The route explores some of the more quiet and remote valleys in Sagamartha National Park, while still including the highlights of the main Everest Base Camp trek.
Our trek starts by following the normal route to Namche Bazaar, the bustling market town in the heart of the Sherpa homeland. From here we leave the EBC trail and head to the quiet village of Thame before crossing Renjo La pass (5,400m), which gives panoramic mountain views, including 4 of the highest mountains in the world. We then drop down to Gokyo Lake and the village of Gokyo.
Gokyo Tso (Lake), also called Dudh Pokhari, is the main lake with an area of 42.9 ha (106 acres), and the village of Gokyo lies on its eastern shore. The lake is a stunning turquoise color, fed by glaciers from the surrounding mountains. The highlight of the trek is the ascent of Gokyo Ri. From the summit we gain superb views of Everest as well as other 8000m peaks such as Lhotse, Makalu and Cho-Oyu.
Crossing chola pass (5,380m) is a fun adventure which gives you an opportunity to scramble to high altitude for incredible views of Ama Dablam - often referred to as ‘the most beautiful mountain’, and other snow capped peaks around the Khumbu valley. This pass involves crossing a small glacier (permanent snow and ice) which can be tricky in certain conditions.
The route then heads North to Everest Base Camp, via Lobuche and Gorak Shep. Kala Patthar (5,550m) is the highest point on the trek, situated on the rocky peak above Everest Base Camp. From here we get unparallelled views of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and the famous Khumbu Icefall. In spring, you will also see the sprawling multi-colored tents that make up Everest Base Camp, and possibly even see climbers making their way up to the mountain.
After a visit to Everest Base Camp itself, we head back to Lobuche before crossing the third and highest pass, Kongma La (5,530m). This involves crossing the Khumbu Glacier itself, before ascending steeply to the pass for unique views of Nuptse, Lhotse and Makalu.
If all that was not enough for you, there will be a chance to climb Chukung Ri (5,546m) to watch the sunrise of Makalu. From here you also get incredible views of Ama Dablam, as well as other impressive peaks that cannot be seen from the main Everest trail.
This trek is strenuous and involves multiple long days at high altitude. Participants should be fit with good cardio and endurance. Prior trekking experience is a big asset, especially at altitudes over 5,000m. Some sections are steep and loose, requiring confident footing and balance.
There are many opportunities to see wildlife in Sagarmatha, such as the Himalayan Tahr, Ghoral, Musk deer, Pikka (mouse hare), weasel and occasionally Jackal. Other rarely seen animals are Himalayan black bear, wolf, lynx and snow leopard. Birds commonly seen are Impeyan pheasant, blood pheasant, snow cock, snow pigeon, red billed and yellow billed chough, Himalayan griffon vulture and lammergeiers.
The Everest High Passes trek starts with a scenic mountain flight to Lukla and ends with the same flight back to Kathmandu.
In an attempt to give back to the country we love so much, we've partnered with Himalayan Life, a not-for-profit organization who work to protect, nurture and educate children in the Himalayas. Please consider adding a donation in the options below when making your booking. Outdoor explore will also be donating by volunteering to help Himalayan Life on the ground in Nepal!
Please note: prices shown below are for public trips, meaning other guests may be on the same trip. This trip will only run once 4 or more guests are booked for the selected date.
To book a private trip for 1 or more people, please contact us
|1||Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel|
|2||Relax and Kathmandu sightseeing tour|
|3||Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding (2,610m)|
|4||Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,400m)|
|5||Acclimatization day hike up to Everest view point|
|6||Trek to Thame (3,750m)|
|7||Acclimatization day in Thame, hike up to Sunder Peak|
|8||Trek to Lungden (4,380m)|
|9||Cross Renjo La (5,388m), trek to Goyko (4,790m)|
|10||Climb Gokyo Ri (5,360m) for sunrise. Trek to Dragnag (4,700m)|
|11||Cross over Cho La pass (5,415m). Trek to Dzongla (4,830m)|
|12||Trek to Gorak Shep (5,164m)|
|13||Day hike to Everest Base Camp (5,365m)|
|14||Climb Kalapatthar (5,555m) for sunrise. Trek to Lobuche (4,940m)|
|15||Cross over Kongma La (5,530m). Trek to Chukung (4,730m)|
|16||Climb Chukung Ri (5,546m, optional). Trek to Pangboche (3,985m)|
|17||Trek to Namche Bazaar|
|18||Trek to Lukla|
|19||Fly back to Kathmandu. Free afternoon|
|20||Contingency day in Kathmandu (in case of delayed flight)|
|21||Depart Kathmandu for home|
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee that we will stick to this plan. Weather conditions and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. The trip leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
The trip cost includes 4 star category hotels in Kathmandu on B&B (Bed & Breakfast) basis. Team members will be accommodated on a twin share basis in en-suite rooms. Single rooms are available if you prefer, for which a supplement is payable. A member of the Outdoor Explore team will be more than happy to show you around Kathmandu and suggest good restaurants, shopping areas, tourist sites etc.
Important note: Power cuts are a regular occurrence in Nepal, especially throughout Kathmandu. Although the hotels usually have generators, there may be times when these won’t work.
Most of the lodges in this area will have hot showers available at the charge of US $5-10 per shower which is not included in your trip cost. Some of the showers are solar heated and hot water may not be available.
Note: Irrigation in the Khumbu Valley feeds into rivers and streams. It is advisable (if possible) to bring a biodegradable soap which will be more sensitive to the environment.
Group Size: Small - medium group
Groups of 4 - 12 clients per trip. For smaller or larger groups, or for private trips, please contact Outdoor Explore.
Trip Timing: March - May or October - November
Spring and Autumn are the best time to trek in Nepal. The winter is very cold, and the summer monsoons bring lots of rain. The Spring trekking season is generally longer and has warmer days, with a wider variety of colourful wild flowers. The Autumn trekking season usually has better weather and clearer skies, however it is colder.
Location: Sagamartha National Park, Nepal
The Himalayas are the highest mountain range on Earth, spanning the borders between China and Pakistan, Nepal, India etc. The tallest mountain, mt Everest (8848m) is located on the border between Tibet (China) and Nepal in Sagarmatha National Park, situated North-east of Kathmandu.
Sagarmatha is rugged with deep gorges, glaciers and steep ice and rock faces. Locally known as the 'Khumbu', it is the home of the famous Sherpa people. The Sherpas make a living by farming barley and potatoes, and graze their yaks in high altitude pastures. Young Sherpas have also made their name in mountaineering and the trekking industry has of late become the community's economic mainstay. In 1979 the park was declared a World Heritage Site.
Famous for its spectacular mountain peaks and the loyalty and friendliness of its inhabitants (the Sherpas), the Everest region (Khumbu) is one of the most popular destinations for trekking in Nepal and offers a wide variety of adventurous routes.
Note: As this is a high altitude trek in a remote area, the itinerary/schedule may be subject to be change due to weather, however there are always safer alternative routes in the area to complete the trip. Flights to/from Lukla are sometimes delayed due to bad weather in the mountains, however we have planned extra contingency days into the itinerary to cater for lost time.
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