• Everest High Passes Trek

Everest High Passes Trek

Trip Overview

Trip at a Glance

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Difficult
  •    Destination: Nepal
  •    Activities: Everest Trekking
  •    Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and tea houses during the trek
  •    Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and 3 meals during the trek
  •    Maximum altitude: 5545m
  •    Group size: 2-14
  •    Best Season: April - May & Sept - Nov

If you love a challenging trek in the high altitude of mountain wilderness, Everest High Passes Trek is the ideal option for you. The trek that takes you in the Everest region has three high and challenging mountain passes to cross along the trail. One of the most challenging treks in the Everest region, this trek can be your next adventure.

What is Everest High Passes Trek like?

Although this trekking adventure in the Everest region is one of the most difficult treks, quite many trekkers take the challenge and go to enjoy the adventure. As the name suggests, you need to trek over three quite challenging Himalayan passes during the adventure.

It is a long trek in the Everest region that takes you to trek over the Renjo La pass (5,360m), Cho La pass (5,420m), and Kongma La pass (5,550m). You will also explore beautiful Gokyo Lakes and valley and hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357m).

The trek takes you to the Everest Base Camp after crossing Cho La pass, the second one on the adventure. As part to the adventure of trekking over 5,000 meters, you will also hike to Kalapatthar (5,545m) from Gorakshep.

Although the adventure is a beautiful Himalayan excursion, you need to have an excellent fitness level to accomplish the trip. Your willingness to spend long time in the mountain wilderness away from the world connections is something that you need to have.

This trek, also popular as Three High Passes Trek, is certainly a difficult trek but a wonderful adventure to explore the mountains. The experience you get on the adventure is simply unforgettable and unparalleled.

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FAQ's

Everest Base Camp Trek is categorized as Moderate, Adventurous, and Challenging/Strenuous.

There are different types of packages for Everest Base Camp Trekking. Depending upon the trekking you choose, the duration varies from 12 days to 22 days.

It totally depends upon your fitness level. If you are able to walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can attempt the Everest Base Camp trekking. The duration of the trekking also matters.

The temperature varies as per the season of the year. It also depends upon the alterations in the elevations. It is from 5° C to 20° C normally in the morning during the months of April to September. While from the month of October to March, the temperature might fall below a minimum of - 10° C to a maximum of 15° C during the day time. It is usually cold in the night time.

The higher you go, the more change in the climate. There are abrupt changes in the weather at the Base Camp on Everest.

The best season to trek to Everest Base Camp is Spring during the months of March to May. The post-monsoon fall (September to November) is also considered to be the better season while Winter(December, January, February) is colder and rain might halt the trek during Summer or Monsoon (June to August) season.

The shortest and most convenient route is via Lukla. But there are various routes to reach Everest Base Camp. The route via Jiri is the oldest one. Another route is from Arun valley in Eastern Nepal, from the Makalu area passing through 2 high passes, from Rolwaling crossing the Tashi Labtsa high pass, etc.

The cost depends on what type of selected package. There are various types of packages to Everest Base Camp like 14 days-Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Luxury Trek, Short Everest Trek, Everest Base Camp Budget Trek, Everest Three High Passes Trek, etc. For example, all the facilities are arranged in the five-star level to a possible extent in Everest Luxury Trek while there are some limitations in Everest Base Camp Budget Trek. In Budget Trek, you have to hire a porter with an additional cost, arrange the accommodation and meals in Kathmandu by yourself, etc.

No, there isn’t any age bar or limit for trekking to Everest Base Camp. But it is always essential that the trekker be in good shape of fitness and possess an optimistic attitude.

A trekker has to walk a minimum of 5 to 8 hours daily.

As a Himalayan trekking adventure, you will trek through mountainous landscape. Walking up and down the hill during the trek is quite common characteristic of trekking in Nepal.

Yes, definitely. Elevation change is an important part of the trek. As there is a lot of walking up and down the hill, there is an elevation change every day. However, the range of change differs from day to day. It is mostly an uphill trek up to the destination and downhill on the way back. However, the trail winds up and down the mountains throughout the trek regardless of the elevation difference for the day.

Nepal offers trekking adventures throughout the year. However, the autumn and springs seasons are the best seasons to go trekking in Nepal. The months of September-November and March to May offer the best weather and atmosphere for trekking. Althgouh high altitude trekking is quite difficult and impossible in winter season, low altitude trekking can be done throughout the year.

Many people confuse trekking with climbing while these are completely different activities. Trekking is a walking activity in the mountains below snowline while climbing goes way above snowline to the top of a mountain. Trekking is much easier than climbing because you need to learn technical skills to climb a mountains. 

Although age is not a bar to go on a trekking adventure in Nepal, you certainly need to consider a few factors before going on a trek. The basic requirement for trekking in Nepal is good fitness level regardless of your age. Since the activity involves a lot of walking up and down the mountains, you need to be fit enough to indulge in the activity for multiple days.

We highly recommend taking a guide with you when you go on the trekking adventure. Even if the trail is well-trodden and has many trekkers trekking, you need to have a guide for many reasons. First of all, a guide is not only the person to show you the trail. A trekking guide has a huge responsibilty of completing the adventure ensuring the safety of trekkers in the strange mountains. Moreover, the guide will also make your trip more than an adventure. It becomes a lifetime experience. 

The mountains now have basic teahouse and lodge accommodations for trekkers. You can spend overnight in the warmth of guesthouses called teahouses during the trek unlike tented camps in the past.

The most common food during the trek is Dal Bhat. However, you can choose other food items from the menu. The food items differ from region to region. 

You need to prepare your stuff wisely for the trek. The backpack you get ready for the trek should have all essentials and avoid any unnecessary stuff in there. Check this equipment list for a better understanding of what to pack for the trek. 

As a high altitude trekking adventure, the trek always has a risk of getting altitude sickness. While it is not predictable who, where, and how they will get it, we all need to be well-aware and prepared for the unwanted. As we gain altitude during the trek, we should be more careful on our pace of walk, food, water, rest, and recovery. Being careful and taking it easy in the mountains can reduce the chance of getting altitude sickness.

Yes, permits are necessary for the trek. Since, you are going on our package, we take care of everything. You do not need to worry about arranging the permit for yourself.

When you are on our trek package, we provide porters to carry your backpack in the mountains. A porter carries the backpacks of two trekkers.You suggest you to keep your backpack around 10 kg. 

Yes, you will need some cash in the mountain. Although your major meals are included in our package, you may need money for drinks, shower, souvenir shopping, wifi, device charging, and tips to guide and porters at the end of the trip. 

We will brief you on how much to take on the first day of the trip when we meet in Kathmandu.

We focus on small group adventures to ensure that every one is well-taken care of and they enjoy the trek. We keep our group to the maximum limit of 16 people.

In that unfortunate case, we will make sure that you are well taken care of. If you cannot continue your journey further towards the destination and want to rest or return back, we will arrange a porter to be with you and take care of you while rest of the group members continue the trek.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Meeting upon arrival at Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,428 ft) International airport and transfer to hotel.

After you will arrive at the Kathmandu Airport, the representative from Step On Himalaya will take you to the designated hotel and then give a short detailing about the further trekking program. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: n/a

Day 02: Stay in Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,428 ft) for official procedure and gear check, overnight at hotel.

Stay in Kathmandu for the official procedure and gear check, overnight at hotel. During this day, the leisure time can be utilized by having a sightseeing program in Kathmandu. Step On Himalaya will arrange a private vehicle for the sightseeing tour. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and start trek to Phakding (2,651 m/8,700 ft), overnight at guest house.

The representative of Step On Himalaya will take you to the domestic airport to catch the flight to Lukla and then start of the trek to Phakding (2610meters). The early morning flight is one of the scariest flights but very exciting as one can view the mountain ranges. Overnight at guest house.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,438 m/11,280 ft), overnight at guest house

From Lukla, you will walk through the pine and cedar forests. The trekkers will follow the trail of Dudh Koshi. Namche Bazaar is the hub for the trade of Nepalese and Tibetans. Overnight at guest house.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Rest day in Namche bazaar (3,438 m/11,280 ft) for acclimatization (a short walk to Syangboche – 3800 meters), overnight at guest house.

Acclimatization is necessary to plan the further program. Roaming around Namche Bazaar and shopping can be done on this day. A short hike can be done to the Syangboche that lies at the altitude of 3800 meters. Overnight at guest house.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Trek to Thame (3845 m/12615fit), overnight at guest house.

Thame is a beautiful hamlet. There is a Thame monastery where the trekkers usually pay a visit and spend some time boosting up their spiritual feelings. Overnight at guest house.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Trek to Marlung (4135 meters), overnight at guest house.

The trekkers will reach Marlung through the Renjo-La pass. The views of the snowy Himalayan ranges from the Renjo La pass is eye-catching. Overnight at guest house.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Trek to Lungden (4600 meters), overnight at guest house.

After passing Marlung, the trekkers will then reach to Lungden. A certain area of Lungden is restricted for the trekking. Overnight at guest house.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Trek to Renjo La Base Camp (4890 meters), overnight at guest house.

From Renjo-La pass, you can enjoy the amazing spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges. There is an incredible lake named Angladumba Tsho. Also, there are Relama Tsho and Renjo lakes on the way. Overnight at guest house.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Trek to Gokyo (4775 meters) after crossing Renjo La Pass (5388 meters), overnight at guest house.

Hike to Gokyo lakes is very exciting. The views of the Gokyo villages and the Gokyo lakes are spectacular. It is tiring but simply rewarding when you see the striking sceneries. Overnight at guest house.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Rest till the afternoon at Gokyo and climb to Gokyo RI (hillock) - 5420 meters for sunset view on Mt. Everest), overnight at guest house.

After resting at Gokyo till the midday will offer you an eye-catching view of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mr. Makalu, etc from the Gokyo Ri. The sunset views of the Himalayan ranges are simply awesome. Overnight at guest house.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Trek to Thangnak (4695 meters), overnight at guest house.

You can spend the day roaming around the villages and enjoy the calm environment. Thangnak is a small beautiful village. The local people are always helpful and friendly. Overnight at guest house.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Trek to Dzong La (4840 meters) after crossing Cho La Pass (5380 meters), overnight at guest house.

After crossing the Cho La pass, one of the three highest passes of Everest region, you will trek to Dzong La. Overnight at guest house.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Trek to Lobuche (4925 meters), overnight at guest house.

After walking for about 5 – 6 years, you will reach Lobuche. On the way, you can entertain yourselves with the surrounding greeneries and amazing gigantic mountains. Overnight at guest house.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5300 meters) and back to Gorakhshep (5165 meters), overnight at guest house.

Hike to Gorakhshep followed by a climb to Everest Base Camp is tiring but exciting. Any kind of problems of hindrances en route, please feel free to share with your trekking guide. He is the representative of Step On Himalaya and your guardian, friend, guide – in the mountains. Overnight at guest house.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Climb to Kala Patthar (5545 meters – the best view of Mt. Everest) and descend to Lobuche (4925 meters), overnight at guest house.

Kala Patthar, at the height of 5545 meters, is well-known as the Vintage point for the majestic views of the Mt. Everest and other snowy peaks. After spending some time, you will then descend to Lobuche. Overnight at guest house.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Trek to Chhukung (4775 meters) after crossing Kongma La Pass (5535 meters) – between Khumbu and Imja Valleys, overnight at guest house.

You will trek to Chhukung after crossing Kongma La Pass that is situated between Khumbu and Imja Valleys. You can go for the hike to Chhukung Ri during this day. Overnight at guest house.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Trek to Dingboche (4410 meters), overnight at guest house.

Dingboche lies at the altitude of 4410meters. It is also famous as “the Summer Valley” of the Everest Region. The surroundings at Dingboche is peaceful as other places of Everest Region. Overnight at guest house.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters), overnight at guest house.

The trekkers arrive at Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the center for the business. One can roam around, do shopping or just rest on the day. Overnight at guest house.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Trek to Lukla (2800 meters), overnight at guesthouse.

From Namche Bazaar, the trekkers will head back to Lukla for the overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Accommodation: Tea House/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Fly back to Kathmandu, overnight at hotel

A 30-minutes enthralling flight will be taken to reach Kathmandu from Lukla. The trekking guide of Step On Himalaya will bid you farewell here. After arriving at Kathmandu, another representative of Step On Himalaya will take you to the hotel. Overnight at hotel

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 22: Transfer to airport, departure onward destination.

Transfer to airport, departure onward destination. The guide will take you to the airport at least 3 hours prior to the scheduled time of the flight. Step On Himalaya team wishes you a safe journey back home and awaits you for serving again.

Accommodation: n/a

Meal: Hotel

Cost Details

What is included?

  • Local Sim card is given by the representative upon arrival at the airport (if more than 3 members in a group)
  • Airport pick up and drop facility in a private vehicle
  • All surface transportation by Private Car/Jeep/Hiace including Sightseeing and domestic airport transfer
  • Three nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on BB plan.
  • Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking.
  • Guide and Porters Charges including salary, insurances, food and accommodation, equipment and gears
  • Domestic Air Fare from (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu) both ways.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee & TIMS card
  • All applicable taxes for local and government services
  • Step On Himalaya T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Duffle bag for the trekking

What is not included?

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Airfare
  • Personal Expenses (Tips, phone calls, laundry, bar bills, extra porter, hot water, hot shower, tea/coffee, and any beverages, etc.)
  • Medical and Travel Insurance
  • Emergency Evacuation or Rescue Service charges
  • All drinks and beverages
  • Tips and perks to the trekking staffs including driver
  • Anything not mentioned in “INCLUDED” section
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$1,895

$2,045
* All Inclusive Price.
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