Everest Two High Passes Trek

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Everest Two High Passes Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration20 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous ++
  • Places to Visit Everest Region
  • Max Altitude 5,545m/18,192ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Lukla
  • Ends Lukla
  • Activity Teahouse Trekking
  • Best Season Spring/Autumn

Everest Two High Passes Trek Highlights

  • Flying to the exceptional Lukla airport and walking into the deep valley of traditional Sherpa village is very peaceful and sincerely spectacular.
  • Walk to Phakding, Namche Bazaar, the valley of Thame, and Lungden is one cherishing moment endowed with a spectacular panoramic mountains view.
  • The trail leads through pristine alpine meadows, tranquil lakes, and rugged terrain, offering a sense of true wilderness.
  • Experience the untouched beauty of the Himalayas with breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Going over the Renjo La Pass that has to offers one of the most spectacular views of the panoramic mountain range along with the Ariel view of the lakes is indescribable. In one word, overall it's inconceivable.
  • Gokyo with its turquoise blue lakes is exceptionally gorgeous and gives you an alternative to witness an entirely different face of the Everest region which is beyond belief.
  • The pristine grandeur of Cho Oyu Mountain, the world's sixth-highest peak, captivates with its snow-clad majesty and serene aura in the heart of the Himalayas.
  • Crossing the Gozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalayas has a novel magnificence that is always cherished by every single traveler who has dared to undertake it.
  • Going over the icy Cho La Pass is distinct on its own.
  • Being at Dzongla is utterly out of the world; it's more like being on a different planet with soaring peaks around and a small cozy town in the middle of nothing.
  • After the successful ascent of Everest Base Camp, 5360 m, and Kalapathar, 5545 m the trail now leads you to the different valleys offering you unique features in views and landscapes.
  • Eventually, we follow different valleys back to Lukla, with different landscape settings.

Everest Two High Passes Trip Overview

Everest Two High Passes Trek concludes: 

  • Renjo La Pass (5360 m/17,585 feet) and

  • Cho La Pass (5,420 m/17,782 feet)

This 16-day expedition through Renjo La Pass (5360 m/17,585 ft) and Cho La Pass (5,420 m/17,782 ft) is certainly a very secretive trek. It is because it takes you into the valley absolutely off-the-beaten-track and unscratched, unlike the commercial regular trekking routes. The Everest Two High Passes Trek cruises through the magnanimous lofty valleys and unique highland settings. Furthermore, they are very pure and tranquil away from the substantial flooding of tourism like in the major trails of Everest.

Going over these daring two different high-altitude passes is undeniably very challenging but very worthwhile and delivers an exceptional view. Furthermore, the conquest of being at the top of these majestic passes is very appealing. However, it gives you more of a chance to know, understand, believe, and trust yourself.

Everest Two High Passes Trek Trip Details:

The Everest Two High Passes Trek certainly delivers a thrilling and challenging trekking experience. Renjo La and Cho La are two high mountain passes that are situated along the famous Everest Base Camp Trek route. This trek offers stunning views of the majestic Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest, as well as an opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage of the Sherpa people.

Everest Two High Passes Trek is intended for those who fancy taking up challenging ventures besides being at the base of the world’s highest base camp. The trip takes you further into the diverse hidden valleys, unlike the regular commercial Everest base camp trek. It is indeed very wise to escape the regular maddening route and take up detours with exceptional awe-inspiring views.

From Lukla to Namche Bazaar and Thame:

The journey begins with a thrilling flight to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. From Lukla, trekkers make their way through picturesque Sherpa villages, lush forests, and suspension bridges, following the trail to Namche Bazaar, the bustling Sherpa town, and gateway to the Everest region. This section of the trek allows trekkers to acclimatize and soak in the local culture.

After acclimatizing in Namche Bazaar, we skip the regular trail and enter the Tibetan trading route of Thame. Thame has served as a chief junction for ages for the Tibetan traders who come all the way crossing over the daring Nangpa La Pass. The village offers you an exceptional view with the comprehension of local culture and the influence of Tibetan Buddhism.

Furthermore, Thame is a picturesque settlement that conveys tranquility and natural beauty. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and pristine alpine meadows, this charming village offers a serene retreat for adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. Thame is not only renowned for its breathtaking landscapes but also for its rich cultural heritage.

The village is home to the warm and welcoming Sherpa community, renowned for its mountaineering expertise and humble way of life. Visitors to Thame have the opportunity to comprehend the unique Sherpa culture and explore ancient monasteries.

Thame certainly captures the essence of the Himalayas and leaves a permanent mark on the hearts of all who visit.

Going Over Renjo La Pass (5360 m/17,585 ft):

Leaving Thame we ascend further into the alpine settlement of Lumde, the base of Renjo La Pass. From Lumde, the ascent to Renjo La Pass begins. Renjo La Pass, standing at an elevation of 5,360 meters (17,585 feet), offers breathtaking panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and other stunning peaks. The pass is often adorned with colorful prayer flags, adding a spiritual touch to the experience.

Going over Renjo La Pass, one of the most beautiful High Pass that offers you an extensive view of Everest is sensational. Descending from Renjo La, trekkers continue their journey towards Gokyo Valley, a picturesque valley nestled beside the pristine Gokyo Lakes.

The turquoise lakes and the surrounding Himalayan panorama create a surreal atmosphere that leaves trekkers in awe. It is unquestionably away from the world experience being at GOKYO with ample beautiful turquoise lakes and glorious views.

Gokyo Ri, a nearby viewpoint, offers an exceptional view of the mountains, including four of the world's six highest peaks. These 4 world's highest peaks are Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho-Oyu.

Conquering the Cho La Pass (5,420 m/17,782 ft):

After the overnight stay at stunning Gokyo town, we head out for our second High Mountain Pass. We walk over to Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas, and get to the small yet marvelous settlement of Thangnak/Dragnak.

Anybody would experience the real adventure of going over the glacial Cho La pass that joins the legendary traditional trail to Everest base camp. The trek up to Cho La Pass is physically demanding and requires careful navigation through rocky terrain and potentially icy sections.

However, the effort is rewarded with awe-inspiring views of Ama Dablam and other peaks that dominate the surrounding landscape.

Towards Everest Base Camp:

Descending from Cho La Pass, trekkers join the main Everest Base Camp trail and continue towards the legendary village of Lobuche. The trail then takes trekkers to Gorak Shep, the last settlement before reaching Everest Base Camp. The final push leads to the Everest Base Camp, where trekkers can witness the expedition teams preparing for their summit attempts and enjoy the magnificent view of the Khumbu Icefall.

Eventually getting to Everest base camp gives you a real sense of attainment with deep contentment. All of these make Everest Two High Passes Trek one of the most interestingly remarkable treks.

After visiting Everest Base Camp, the trek retraces its steps back to Lobuche and descends to Dingboche and Tengboche, renowned for their ancient monasteries and serene surroundings. From Tengboche, the trail descends further to Namche Bazaar and eventually returns to Lukla, where the adventure concludes with a scenic flight back to Kathmandu.

The Renjo La and Cho La Pass Trek is a physically demanding journey that requires proper acclimatization and prior trekking experience. It is recommended to undertake this trek during the peak seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather and trail conditions are favorable.

This trek provides a unique opportunity to witness the grandeur of the Himalayas, experience the warm hospitality of the Sherpa people, and create lasting memories in one of the world's most stunning landscapes.

Come and join Nepal Pyramids to experience the trip of your lifetime.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrive to Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,593 feet)
  • Day 02:Drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) (474 m / 1,555 feet) and Overnight Stay
  • Day 03:Fly to Lukla (2,840 m/9,317 feet) and trek to Phakding (2,610 m/8,562 feet)
  • Day 04:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,450 m/11,318 feet) - the Capital of Khumbu Region
  • Day 05:Acclimatization day at Namche /morning excursion.
  • Day 06:Trek to Thame Village (3,820 m/12,532 feet)
  • Day 07:Trek to Lumde or Lungden (4,368 m/14,338 feet)
  • Day 08:Acclimatization day at Lungden /morning excursion.
  • Day 09:Cross RENJO LA PASS (5,360 m/17,585 feet) and trek to Gokyo (4,790 m/15,715 feet)
  • Day 10:Rest day at Gokyo Lake (4,790 m/15,715 feet)
  • Day 11:Trek to Dragnak (4,700 m/15,419 feet) 4 hours
  • Day 12:Cross CHO LA PASS (5,420 m/17,782 feet) and trek to Dzongla (4,830 m/15,846 feet)
  • Day 13:Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m/16,108 feet)
  • Day 14:Trek to Gorak Shep (5,164 m /16,942 feet) and trek to Everest base camp.
  • Day 15:Morning excursion to Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 feet) or Pangboche (3,930 m/12,893 feet)
  • Day 16:Trek to Namche Bazaar @ 3,450 m/11,318 feet
  • Day 17:Trek to Lukla @ 2,840 m/9,317 feet
  • Day 19:Mountain Flight to Kathmandu or MANTHALI AIRPORT
  • Day 20:Contingency Day in Kathmandu
  • Day 20:Departure Day - Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport

Everest Two High Passes Trek Detailed Itinerary

Soon you land at Kathmandu airport your TREKKING GROUP LEADER or our office Representative will be there to receive you and transfer you to the hotel. Despite, Kathmandu being the capital city of Nepal it certainly is the busiest city with hectic traffic. However, it undoubtedly has a strong appeal with local splendor and vigorous activities around, where you can simply relax and take pleasure in the fun of driving through unfamiliar roads.

Highlights:

  • Pick up from the international airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel.
  • Your Hotel is located in the Center City of Thamel - a vibrant colorful town of Kathmandu, a tourist hub.
  • Short preliminary briefing.
  • Arriving early gives you an opportunity to explore Kathmandu.
  • Welcome dinner and getting to know each other.
  • Altitude: 1,400 m/4,593 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Welcome Dinner
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Transport: Airport Pickup

Driving to Manthali in Ramechhap district, Nepal can be an adventurous journey that offers a glimpse of rural life and the scenic beauty of the Nepalese countryside. The road from Kathmandu to Manthali in Ramechhap is a mix of paved and unpaved sections. While some parts are well-maintained, others can be bumpy and rough, especially during the monsoon season. The condition of the roads can vary, and landslides are not uncommon in hilly areas. The drive takes you through picturesque landscapes, with terraced fields, lush forests, and traditional villages dotting the route. It's an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of Nepal.

Highlights:

  • Breakfast at the Hotel.
  • Meet up at a time provided by your Team Leader.
  • Getting together for trek briefing.
  • Distribution of company's trek equipment.
  • Thrilling Drive to Ramechaap – 4 hours
  • Fabulous Lunch in one of the Highway Restaurants.
  • Overnight stay at Ramechaap – BASIC HOTEL FACILITY 
  • Altitude: 474 m / 1,555 feet
  • Accommodation: Basic Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 4 Hours DRIVE
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 132 km

We will take the earliest morning flight to Lukla. Shortly we will start our trek entering into the buffer zone of Sagarmatha National Park. Our adventure begins with our first-day hike to the village of Phakding. This 3/4 hour easy walk on the legendary trekking trail through the cultured Sherpa villages with its exceptional beauty and the view of stunning landscape, deep valley, and Dudh Koshi gorge is unique.

Highlights:

  • Thrilling flight in a twin-otter plane to a small Lukla airport at an elevation of 2840m
  • Beautiful walk through the series of stunning native settlement
  • The phenomenal sight of profound gorges, ancient farming terraces, and the scenic beauty at the backdrop is something special on the very first day.
  • Overnight stay at stunning Phakding, fabulous dinner and briefing by your leader along with a number of fascinating stories.
  • Altitude: 2,610 m/8,562 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 7 km

Today we will start early for Namche Bazaar, the capital and the Administrative Center of the Khumbu district. It’s more of a luxurious city in the middle of no way in the midst of remoteness and thin air. Despite long hours walk it’s far more than just trekking. Give time to adapt your body to thin air. It’s not a matter of proving your physical strength, it's more about taking pleasure with steady ascend.

Highlights:

  • Wake-up call as set by your leader
  • 3 hours gentle walk through a series of pleasant villages to the last settlement of Jorsale for lunch
  • Crossing of 5 high suspension bridges is daring.
  • The scenic beauty and deep gorges of soaring cliffs at the backdrop are phenomenal.
  • Being at Namche, the dream land is remarkable which is worth an effort.
  • Altitude: 3,450 m/11,318 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 9 km

Acclimatization is vital in the Everest region due to the extreme altitudes and thin air encountered during high-altitude trekking and climbing. This process of gradually adjusting to lower oxygen levels is essential for several reasons. It helps reduce the risk of altitude sickness, including potentially life-threatening conditions like acute mountain sickness (AMS), high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE), and high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE).

Acclimatization allows the body to produce more red blood cells, improving oxygen transport and utilization, which is crucial for physical performance at higher elevations.

REST DAY - ACCLIMATIZATION HIKE TO EVEREST VIEW LODGE:

  • 1 and ½ hours amazing walk for acclimatization.
  • Walk to Syangbuche, one of the enchanting places in the region with the world’s highest airstrip.
  • Visiting Everest View Lodge with incredible views and hot beverages.
  • The close view of the magnificent mountain, extensive green hills, the Tibetan Buddhist culture and the territory of the yaks is charismatic
  • The first view of the world’s highest mountain (Mt. Everest)
  • Altitude: (3,450 m/11,318 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we will leave the crowded Everest route and follow the amazing Bhote-Koshi valley to the exceptionally sensational village of Thame, the ancient salt trading route between Tibet and Nepal. A moderate 4 ½ hour walk will get us to the village of Thame which is said to be the home of inherent climbers from Tenzing Norgay Sherpa (the first Everest summiter) to Appa Sherpa (who holds the Guinness Book of World Records). This exquisite hidden valley is indeed very enchanting.

Thame is known for its ancient Gompa (monastery), which is an important pilgrimage site and holds centuries-old artifacts. The village also boasts breathtaking views of peaks like Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru, and Kongde Ri.

Highlights:

  • 5 hours of easy walk
  • Getting to Thame, the home village of Tenzin Norgay Sherpa.
  • Afternoon visit to ancient Thame Dechen Chokhorling Monastery.
  • Altitude: 3,820 m/12,532 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 8.5 km

A gradual ascent following the Bhotekoshi River through the ancient salt trade route will eventually take you to a very small settlement of ‘Lumde’ The Base of Renjo La. Since you are getting more into an alpine area, slow ascent is recommended. This unfamiliar and very untouched hidden valley is charismatic and you will have a rest day to explore more of it.

Highlights:

  • Remarkable walk to the untouched valley of Lumde.
  • Being above the tree line and seeing very few people gives you the Thrill of being at altitude.
  • We can admire the traditional architecture while walking through the less-traveled villages.
  • Altitude: 4,368 m/14,338 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 10.5 km

REST DAY - ACCLIMATIZATION HIKE:

Acclimatization hikes are a crucial part of high-altitude trekking. These hikes help adventurers adjust to the thinning air and reduced oxygen levels that come with increasing elevation. They serve as a valuable opportunity for the body to adapt gradually to the changing environment, reducing the risk of altitude-related illnesses like acute mountain sickness.

Acclimatization hikes not only promote physical conditioning but also offer a chance to explore the stunning landscapes of high-altitude regions, making them an essential component of any successful high-altitude expedition.

  • Approximately 3 hours walk for acclimatization, getting yourself prepared for the next big day.
  • Amazing view of different mountains
  • Seeing the Yaks grazing around you in the wilderness is awesome.
  • Free afternoon
  • Evening brief from your Trek Leader.
  • Altitude: 4,368 m/14,338 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will wake up pretty early this morning for a challenging 5-hour climb to the top of Renjo La “ A stunning pass from where one can see three 8000+ mountains including Mt. Everest and its neighboring peaks” Followed by 3 hours downhill to Gokyo. After the accomplishment, the view of sparkling sacred lakes along with the Great view of Cho-Oyu is more than enough to spend another day at miraculous Gokyo.

Highlights:

  • Wake up early for the most incredible Renjo La Pass.
  • The Thrill of being in the wilderness and at altitude can be experienced in the Hard 5 hours uphill and 3 hours of steep downhill with very few people around.
  • Spectacular view of mountains along with the Ngozumpa glacier (the longest glacier in the Himalayas).
  • The most stunning view of Gokyo Lake from the top of Renjo La.
  • Pack lunch ( Normally eaten at the top of Renjo La)
  • Being at Gokyo Lake is simply phenomenal 
  • Altitude: 5,360 m/17,585 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 8/10 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 9.5 km

A rest day at Gokyo Lake is a serene interlude in the heart of the Everest region, offering a chance to soak in the pristine beauty of the surroundings. The crystal-clear waters of the glacial lakes reflect the towering peaks that encircle them, creating a mesmerizing and ever-changing landscape.

The sound of the gentle breeze rustling through the alpine meadows and the melodious songs of birds add to the tranquility. You can simply sit by the lakeshores, savoring the serenity, while taking in the stunning views of Gokyo Ri, where the rising or setting sun casts a warm, golden glow over the icy giants of the Himalayas.

It's a time to reflect, rejuvenate, and fully appreciate the surreal beauty that only the high mountains can offer, making a rest day at Gokyo Lake an essential part of any Everest adventure.

  • Altitude: 4,790 m / 15,715 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Easy 3 hours walk through the Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas to Dragnak, the base of our second pass Cho La. Dragnak, a small settlement is very secluded but very lively.

Highlights:

  • It’s a thrilling experience to get across the Ngozumba glacier with the sounds of ice cracking, river flowing and rocks rolling in the glacier.
  • View of small glacial lakes around.
  • Good view of Mt Cho Oyu from the glacier.
  • Be cautious in the rock fall zone.
  • Free afternoon
  • Altitude: 4,700 m/15,419 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 3/4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 4 km

Another early wake up for a challenging 5-hour climb to the top of Cho La Pass, the exquisite glacial pass. Today you would walk into yet another very untouched alpine valley with the mysterious landscape setting. After the accomplishment we have 3 hours of technical descent through the rock face trail to Dzongla. Dzongla with an unbelievable view of Cholatse at the backdrop is sensational.

Highlights:

  • Early wake up for another incredible Cho La Pass.
  • Scrambling skills will be required for the glacier moraine to get over and below the pass.
  • Close-up mountain view all around.
  • The walk across the icy glacier is sensational.
  • Basic crampons are recommended for the pass.
  • Great view of Amadablam, Cholatse, and many more mountains on the way down.
  • Altitude: 5,420 m/17,782 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 8/9 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 8 km

It’s time to get back into the bustling zone of the regular Everest base camp trail. An easy enchanting 3 hours walk with the most intriguing panoramic view is overwhelming.

Highlights:

  • Amazing view of Nuptse, Pumori, Amadablam, Cholatse, and many others along the way.
  • Great view of Cholatse Lake.
  • Back into the main route to Everest base camp.
  • Your Sleeping elevation is higher than Mt. Blanc (the highest mountain in Europe)
  • Free afternoon.
  • Altitude: 4,910 m/16,108 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 3/4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 6.5 km

Leaving Lobuche this 3 hours walk to Gorak Shep is out of the ordinary through the rocky moraine undulating trail. Gorak Shep, the spectacular village is surrounded by Pumari (7,145 m), Lingtren (6,697 m), Nuptse (7,745 m), and of course Everest (8,848 m).

Highlights:

  • Spectacular view of the Khumbu ice fall with soaring mountain
  • Trek to the fascinating Everest base camp after lunch
  • View of the base camp and the blue ice pinnacles of the ice-fall is astonishing
  • Challenging but very rewarding walk to the fro from the base camp
  • Altitude: 5,189 m/17,024 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 8/9 Hours in Total
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 12 km in Total

Now is the time for an epic climb to Kalapathar, the point to value your dream and the sensational Himalayan vistas all around. The climb is challenging but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. After making historic success to Everest Base Camp and Kalapattar, we will descend down to the settlement of Pheriche descending at least 1000 m below. We will further walk for an hour to the beautiful settlement of Pangboche.

Today we will walk entirely a new Valley which can be a little commercial and crowded as compared to the Renjo/Chola Valley.

Highlights:

  • Phenomenal sunrise view
  • A very rewarding moment being at 5545 m with an exceptional panoramic mountain view.
  • Further walk to Pheriche, which is way tranquil being away from all the hardship and the thin air.
  • We will further walk to the settlement of Pangboche for an overnight stay.
  • You will feel quite relieved getting back to the tree-line zone.

Pangboche, a charming Sherpa village offers you a glimpse into the rich culture and warm hospitality of the local community amidst the breathtaking Himalayan landscape.

  • Altitude: 5,545 m/18,192 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 14.6 km

Leaving Pangboche we walk this NEW VALLEY which can be overloaded with tourists but still very charming. It’s pretty wonderful looking back on our effort to Everest base camp from the Tengboche ridge.

We will Visit the Tengboche Monastery. Standing in the serene courtyard of Tengboche Monastery, surrounded by fragrant juniper incense, the soul-stirring chants of monks play through the mountain air, creating a profound spiritual experience. The backdrop of snow-capped peaks, including the iconic Ama Dablam, adds an awe-inspiring dimension to this sacred sanctuary in the heart of the Himalayas.

Tengboche Monastery, with its cultural significance and breathtaking vistas, serves as a powerful reminder of the harmonious blend of nature and spirituality in the Everest region.

Walk to Namche on a fresh route makes anyone cheerful about their accomplishment.

Highlights:

  • Effortless walk to Tengboche monastery, the most active monastery in the Everest region.
  • Visit the monastery and lighting the butter lamp is an incredible experience
  • Witness the untold history and the activities of Tengboche
  • Give yourself a break at Namche either with drinks or buying souvenirs.
  • Altitude: 3,450 m/11,318 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 12.5 km

Retracing the trail from Namche Bazaar back to Lukla marks the concluding leg of our trek. It offers a chance to revisit the picturesque landscapes and vibrant culture of the region one last time.

Starting in Namche Bazaar, you'll descend along the familiar Dudh Koshi River valley, where the trail passes through rhododendron forests, suspension bridges, and the charming villages of Phakding and Monjo. 

The final stretch of the trail from Monjo to Lukla offers a mix of landscapes, from lush forests to terraced fields. Lukla, with its bustling markets and welcoming teahouses, serves as the gateway to the Everest region and is the place where your remarkable journey comes full circle.

Here, we will celebrate your trekking achievements, and prepare for our flight back to Kathmandu. 

  • Altitude: 2,840 m/9,317 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 15 km

From Lukla airport, the final destination can be either Kathmandu or Manthali Airport, depending on the peak or off-season. Nonetheless, we will have a Sensational flight back. 

Flying out of Lukla Airport is a divine experience that captures the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas. As your small aircraft takes to the sky, you're immediately surrounded by a panoramic masterpiece of nature. Towering peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam, seem to reach out and touch the heavens. 

The rugged landscapes, deep gorges, and remote villages pass beneath you like a living tapestry of Nepal's highlands. The thrill of the takeoff is matched only by the breathtaking scenery that unfolds before your eyes, leaving a permanent imprint of the Himalayan splendor on your soul. 

Flying out of Lukla is not just a departure; it's a final gift, a reminder of the unparalleled beauty that this region has to offer.

However, in the peak season time, all Lukla Flights are Diverted to Manthali Airport at Ramechhap District which is 132 km away from Kathmandu. If we fly to Manthali Airport transportation in a PRIVATE VEHICLE will be provided to transfer you to Kathmandu Hotel. 

This Drive from Manthali to Kathmandu will take 4/5 Hours approximately. 

Highlights:

  • Morning flight to Kathmandu or Manthali.
  • Scenic Drive to Kathmandu, if flights are diverted to Manthali Airport.
  • Explore the Capital City of Kathmandu as per your requirements.
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 25 min FLIGHT
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: Mountain Flight

Contingency days are essential when trekking in the Everest region due to the unpredictable and often harsh mountain weather. The Himalayas are known for their rapidly changing climate, and adverse conditions like heavy snowfall, high winds, or cloud cover can disrupt trekking schedules.

Contingency days provide a buffer, allowing trekkers to account for such weather-related delays or Flight Cancellations and ensure a safer and more enjoyable experience. They offer the flexibility to adjust the itinerary, rest, or acclimatize as needed, reducing the risk of altitude sickness and unexpected challenges.

In a region where safety is paramount, these extra days provide a crucial safety net, ensuring that trekkers can navigate the high-altitude terrain with greater peace of mind.

  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast

Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be provided. in Nepal, your airport reporting time is usually 3 hours prior to your flight. Your leader will be there to assist you to the international airport.

  • Enjoy your farewell Breakfast in the Himalayan Region of Nepal.
  • Accommodation: Fly Back Home
  • Meals: Breakfast

Everest Two High Passes Trek Detail Itinerary:

Please keep in mind that the provided Everest Two High Passes Trek Detail itinerary serves as a general guideline only. While we make every effort to follow this plan, trekking in the Himalayas can be influenced by varied factors like weather, trail conditions, and the health and acclimatization of the group. Our experienced guides prioritize your safety and will make necessary adjustments as needed. This might involve changes in the daily schedule or rest days for better acclimatization. Your trekking experience is our top priority, and we're committed to providing you with the best adventure while ensuring your well-being. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.

FLIGHT DELAY/CANCELLATION IN KATHMANDU AND LUKLA:

The unpredictability of Flights flying to and from Lukla Airport, the gateway to Mount Everest, and the world’s most electrifying airport is pretty evident from its history of delays and cancellations. Diverse factors lead to the situation of cancellation including the weather, technical issues, poor visibility, etc. In such conditions, Nepal Pyramids will charter a helicopter to make certain that you don’t miss your trip or your international flight. But again under these circumstances, the possibility of flying a helicopter depends on the Nepal Civil Aviation flying rules.

Travelers are to pay the cost of the chartered helicopter which is payable through cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit cards (Visa and Master Cards only). Travelers will be provided with a receipt upon payment so that they may claim the amount from their travel insurance. The cost per person is governed by the number of people taking this facility.

However, it is always very wise to have an extra day in your hand in case of bad weather, delays, or flight cancellations. Though in such cases, we always come up with a possible alternative depending on the situation, however, an extra day always cushions for any such uncertainty that truly redeems you from all the international flight hassles.

What's Included
  • PERMITS: All essential permits required from the Government and local authorities to legally trek in the region are procured.
  • PICKUP AND DROPS: Roundtrip airport pickup and drop-off facilities for both domestic and international flights are included in the trek package.
  • ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU: Three nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at a three-star twin-sharing hotel on a bed and breakfast-basis.
  • WELCOME DINNER: A traditional Nepali-style welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • SIGHTSEEING: A half-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu's two most sacred UNESCO World Heritage sites with entrance fees paid.
  • TAXES: All applicable local and national government taxes are covered.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Roundtrip PRIVATE VEHICLE transportation between Kathmandu and the Manthali Airport for the flight to Lukla.
  • DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: Domestic flights TO and FROM LUKLA.
  • EQUIPMENT: Essential trekking gear such as sleeping bags, fleece liners, PrimaLoft jackets, rain ponchos, yak tracks, trekking poles, etc are provided.
  • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
  • DRINKING WATER: Properly filtered and boiled water for drinking is provided each morning and evening. Trekkers are advised to carry reusable water bottles/bladder bags that can hold at least 3 liters.
  • GLORIOUS FOOD: All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with hot beverages are provided throughout the trek duration.
  • TREK LEADER AND ASSISTANT GUIDE: An experienced trek leader holding legitimate licensing leads the group, along with assistant guides based on group size. Groups of 3 or more are typically assigned at least 1 assistant guide.
  • PORTERS: The porter to trekker ratio is 1:2 - meaning 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. However, for groups larger than 4 trekkers, an additional porter is provided specifically to assist with hot water supply during the trek.
  • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: Insurance coverage, wages, and allowances for all trek staff are included.
  • SAFETY CONCERNS: Emergency equipment including oxygen cylinders and a comprehensive medical kit is available at all times during the trek.
  • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Trekkers receive a duffel bag, t-shirt, multi-functional headwear, baseball hat, trekking map, and completion certificate to take home.
What's Excluded
  • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
  • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
  • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
  • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
  • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
  • SANCTIONS:  Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
  • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
  • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
  • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.

Everest Two High Passes Trek FAQs

  • Choosing Nepal Pyramids Trekking Company for your trekking and adventure needs in Nepal can be a great decision for several reasons. We are a locally owned and operated company with deep knowledge of the region. We have a team of experienced guides and staff who are well-versed in the culture, terrain, and trekking routes of Nepal.

    Safety is our top priority and we are known for our commitment to safety standards. We provide well-maintained equipment and have experienced guides who are trained in first aid and emergency procedures.

    Nepal Pyramids offer a range of trekking packages and we can tailor them to suit your preferences and fitness level. Whether you're a seasoned trekker or a beginner, we can create an itinerary that suits your needs.

    Nepal Pyramids is committed to sustainable and responsible tourism. We strongly focus on minimizing the environmental impact of all our treks and supporting local communities.

    While providing quality services, we also offer competitive pricing, making trekking in Nepal more accessible to a wide range of travelers.

    Our reviews and testimonials from previous clients can give you insights into our reputation and the experiences of those who have trekked with them.

  • The Everest High Passes Trek is a strenuous + trekking route in the region of Everest. It involves crossing any high mountain passes in the region. This high passes trek would either lead you to Everest Base Camp or Gokyo Valley or Both.

    This Trek may involve:

    • Going over 3 high passes Kongma La Pass (5,535m), Cho La Pass (5,420m), and Renjo La Pass (5,360m).
    • Or two passes Renjo La / Cho La or Cho La/ Renjo La OR Cho La/Kongma La or Kongma La/ Chola
    • Sometimes it may just include one high mountain Pass either Renjo La either Cho La or Kongma La
  • The length of the Trek depends on your choice of High Pass Trek if you are doing 3 High Passes, 2  High Passes, or just 1 High Pass. However, the duration of the Everest High Passes Trek can vary, but typically it takes around 16 to 21 days in total from your Arrival to Departure. This includes days in Kathmandu, Trekking, and acclimatization days.

  • The best time to do the Everest High Passes Trek is typically during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. 

    Spring (Pre-Monsoon) Season (March to May):

    • Spring is considered the best time for trekking to Everest due to the pleasant weather and clear skies.
    • The temperatures are moderate, and the rhododendron flowers are in bloom, adding vibrant colors to the landscape.
    • However, the trekking trails can be crowded due to the Everest Expedition season.
    • But Renjo and Gokyo Valley can be a little quieter, making it a great time to enjoy the serenity of the region.

    Autumn (Post-Monsoon) Season (September to November):

    • Autumn is another excellent time to trek to Everest, and it's the most popular trekking season in the region.
    • The weather is stable with clear skies, providing stunning views of the mountains.
    • The temperatures are comfortable, and the trails are less muddy than during the monsoon season.
    • It's a peak trekking season, so expect more trekkers on the trails and in teahouses.

    While spring and autumn are the most favorable times to trek in the Everest region, the region can be visited during other seasons as well. However, the monsoon season (June to August) and winter (December to February) are less ideal due to heavy rainfall, poor visibility, and extreme cold, respectively.

  • Yes, the Everest High Passes Trek is undeniably challenging. It's intended for experienced trekkers seeking a demanding adventure. The high altitudes, including passes like Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La, present a genuine risk of altitude sickness, necessitating meticulous acclimatization.

    Technical skills, such as using crampons and ropes, may be required in steep and icy sections. The trek traverses remote, rugged terrain with limited facilities, making it vital for trekkers to be self-reliant and prepared for the unexpected. Long hiking days and strenuous climbs add to the difficulty, but for those up to the challenge, the rewards include breathtaking views and a profound sense of accomplishment.

  • Yes, you will need permits to undertake the Everest High Passes Trek.

    The required permits include

    • The Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and
    • The Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality permit. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or through a registered trekking agency or in the Everest region itself.
  • Accommodation during the Everest High Passes Trek primarily consists of teahouses and basic lodges. In Few places, these accommodations are often rustic but provide essential amenities like a bed, blankets, and hot meals.

    However, in Everest Region Travelers have the luxury of cozy Teahouse Lodges with great amenities. While some teahouses offer private rooms with attached bathrooms. Facilities may be a little basic in a few places like the base camps of any passes.

    It's advisable to be prepared for basic comforts and varying levels of cleanliness, as the focus of our trek is more on the adventure and the stunning natural surroundings than luxurious lodging.

  • The risk of altitude sickness on the Everest High Passes Trek is notably high due to the extreme elevations involved. The trek crosses challenging passes, like Kongma La, Cho La, or Renjo La all exceeding 5,000 meters. Proper acclimatization is vital to mitigate this risk.

    Trekkers should allow time for their bodies to adjust to the altitude by ascending gradually and spending a couple of days in places over 3,500 m. It's essential to be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches, nausea, and shortness of breath, and to descend to lower altitudes if these symptoms become severe.

    While the trek offers breathtaking views and adventurous experiences, trekkers should be cautious and informed about altitude-related risks and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety.

    PLEASE FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES SET BY YOUR GROUP LEADER WHO IS HIGHLY TRAINED IN ALTITUDE AILMENTS. 

  • The Everest High Passes Trek demands a high level of physical fitness due to its challenging terrain and high altitudes. Trekkers should be prepared for long and strenuous days of hiking. 

    You should have excellent cardiovascular endurance as you'll be walking for extended periods each day at high altitudes. Regular aerobic exercise like hiking, running, or cycling in the months leading up to the trek is highly recommended.

    Spending time at high elevations prior to the trek can help your body acclimatize more effectively. You should be mentally prepared for long days, variable weather conditions, and challenging terrain.

    While not mandatory, prior trekking experience, especially at high altitudes, can boost your confidence and preparedness. It's advisable to consult a healthcare professional before the trek, especially if you have any underlying health conditions.

    IMPORTANTLY - STAY POSITIVE - AND LET GO OF ALTITUDE FEAR

  • While a guide is not strictly necessary for the Everest High Passes Trek, having one can greatly enhance the experience and safety of the journey.

    This challenging trek through the high-altitude terrain of the Everest region involves crossing multiple passes, navigating intricate trails, and dealing with unpredictable weather. A knowledgeable guide can provide valuable insights into the local culture, help with logistics, and, most importantly, ensure your safety by offering guidance in case of adverse conditions or emergencies.

    Whether you're an experienced trekker or a novice, having a guide can make the Everest High Passes Trek a more enjoyable and secure adventure.

  • There are no specific age restrictions for the Everest Three Passes Trek. However, due to the physical challenges and high altitudes involved, it is generally recommended for individuals above the age of 18 who are in good health and have prior trekking experience.

  • Some essential equipment and gear for the Everest Three Passes Trek include a good pair of trekking boots, warm clothing layers, a down jacket, a sleeping bag, trekking poles, a backpack, a hat, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, a water bottle, and a first aid kit. It is important to be well-prepared for varying weather conditions. However, Nepal Pyramids provides you with a Duffel Bag, Sleeping Bag, Warm Down Jacket, Rain Poncho, Yak Track (mini crampon), and Trekking poles. 

  • Yes, there are communication facilities available along the Everest trail, although they can be limited and may vary depending on the specific location and altitude. In most places including Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp, you have good coverage of both NTC (Nepal Tele-Communication) which is government-owned, and the NCELL which is private. This simply means you can use data where there is coverage to connect with your family and friends.

    However, not all places have these privileges so you need to rely on wireless Internet that is provided either by EVEREST LINK or AIRLINK. For this, you need to buy a recharge card with a passcode from any of these service providers and get connected. 

    For further details on using the internet recharge card, you need to ask the hotel reception from where you will be buying and they will give you all the necessary info on its usage and validity. 

  • Yes, you can charge your electronic devices such as cameras and phones at tea houses and lodges along the trail. However, electricity is limited in the higher-altitude regions, and charging facilities may be available for an ADDITIONAL FEE.

  • Yes, most tea houses and lodges along the Everest High Passes Trek offer a variety of vegetarian food options. You can expect to find meals like dal bhat (rice and lentils), vegetable curries, noodles, soups, and momos (dumplings). However, the options may be more limited at higher altitudes.

  • The Everest High Passes Trek is an extraordinary adventure that offers trekkers an opportunity to explore the iconic Everest region while crossing three high mountain passes. This challenging trek provides breathtaking panoramic views of some of the world's tallest peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu, among others.

    The journey takes you through picturesque Sherpa villages, ancient monasteries, and the vibrant culture of the Khumbu region. Along the way, you'll encounter the stunning Gokyo Lakes, the tranquil Chhukung Valley, and the bustling Namche Bazaar.

    The Everest High Passes Trek is a true test of endurance and a bucket-list experience for adventure seekers, combining the natural beauty of the Himalayas with the rich cultural heritage of the Sherpa people.

Why Choose Nepal Pyramids?

Nepal Pyramids is here to craft your Nepal dreams into reality. We assure you a trip extraordinarily out of the world with quality service and value for money. We propose comprehensive flexible packages with unbeatable price - without any hidden cost.

  • Team of Local Experts
    Team of Local Experts

    Our team of local experts is the driving force behind our success. With their passion, experience, and commitment, our team of local experts ensures that we all are not just participants but integral contributors to the growth and well-being of the community we serve.

  • Safety is our Prior Concern
    Safety is our Prior Concern

    Safety is our foremost concern at our Travel company. We prioritize the well-being of our adventurers above all else. We provide top-notch equipment and conduct rigorous safety checks to ensure every trek is as secure as it is adventurous.

  • Travel Sustainably
    Travel Sustainably

    Sustainability is at the heart of our mission. We ensure that the beauty and integrity of the destinations we explore are preserved. We believe in responsible tourism that contributes positively to the environment and the livelihoods of the local people.

  • Hassle Free
    Hassle Free

    Nepal Pyramids takes pride in making your journey hassle-free from start to finish. With our efficient services, expert Group Leading, and attention to detail, you can leave the hassles behind and focus on creating lasting memories during your travels.

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