Everest High Passes Trek

Trip Code EHPT
Trip Duration 20
Max Altitude 5555m at Kalapatthar
Group Size 2 to 30
Best Time for Visit Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec

Trip Overview

Overview

The Everest High Passes Trek is also an exhilarating and challenging adventure that takes you through the breathtaking landscapes of the Everest region in Nepal. The trek begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a small mountain airstrip nestled in the heart of the Himalayas. From Lukla, you also embark on a trek through picturesque Sherpa villages, lush rhododendron forests, and serene Buddhist monasteries, immersing yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the region. As you ascend higher into the mountains, you'll pass through three iconic high passes: Renjo La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Kongma La Pass. These passes also offer awe-inspiring panoramic views of towering snow-capped peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu. Crossing these high passes requires endurance and determination, as you navigate steep and challenging terrains, but the sense of achievement upon reaching each pass is unparalleled.

Unveiling the Majestic Landscapes: Everest High Passes Trek and the Enchanting Gokyo Valley

Throughout the journey, you'll also encounter a diverse range of landscapes, from the stark beauty of the Khumbu Glacier to the turquoise waters of the Gokyo Lakes. The Gokyo Valley, with its pristine lakes and surrounding glaciers, provides a tranquil setting for acclimatization and exploration. Along the way, you'll also have the opportunity to visit Everest Base Camp, the starting point for climbers attempting to conquer the world's highest peak. Standing at the base of Mount Everest is an experience that few can fathom, and you'll gain a deep appreciation for the immense challenges and triumphs associated with mountaineering. The Everest High Passes Trek is physically demanding and requires a good level of fitness. The altitude can be challenging, so proper acclimatization and gradual ascent are crucial to ensuring your safety and enjoyment. It is recommended to embark on this trek with an experienced guide and support staff who can provide valuable insights, assistance, and help navigate the rugged terrain.

Conclusion and Summary

Overall, the Everest High Passes Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that combines natural beauty, cultural immersion, and personal achievement. It allows you to witness the grandeur of the Himalayas up close, test your physical and mental limits, and create memories that will last a lifetime. It's an expedition that will leave you with a profound sense of awe and respect for the power and majesty of the world's highest mountains.

 Trip Highlight

  • The most thrilling yet beautiful flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice-a-versa
  • One of the world’s highest airports at Syangboche
  • Sherpa culture and lifestyles
  • World-famous monasteries and museums
  • Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), and Mt. Makalu (8,463m)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site -Sagarmatha National Park
  • High altitude wildlife like musk deer, colorful peasants, snow leopard, and Himalayan tahr
  • Traverse through the highest glacier on Earth – Khumbu Glacier
  • Astounding panoramic view of the Himalayas from Kala Patthar
  • Highest glacier on Earth- Khumbu Glacier (4900 m)
  • Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lakes
  • Stone houses and meadows around Gokyo Valley
  • Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in the world
  • Protected floras and faunas at Sagarmatha National Park
  • Astounding panoramic view from Gokyo Ri
  • Two of the three most famous passes in the Everest region – Renjo La Pass and Cho La Pass

Itinerary

After our arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, a Friendship World Treks staff will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. We can take rest. However, there will be a welcome dinner in the evening where we get to experience excellent Nepalese cuisine.

Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel or Similar Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Dinner

After breakfast we begin our tour of four amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These include the architecturally rich Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the interesting ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Bauddha Nath Stupa which is one of the largest stupas in the world. After completing our tour late in the  afternoon, brief meeting about our trek and get to know our team leader (guide) and fellow travelers.

Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel or Similar Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast

All treks to Everest begin from Luka where we will be flying to early in the morning, right after breakfast. The flight will be an interesting one since we will be flying amidst the grand Himalayas in a Twin Otter airplane. We begin our short trek to Phakding immediately after landing. At one hour’s gradual descent, we will be at a Cheplung village from where we have a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila (18900ft), a sacred mountain which has never been climbed. From Cheplung, we continue descending to Phakding and spend the night.

Flight: 40 min Hiking: 3-4 hrs Travel Distance: 8 km

Maximum Altitude: 2,800m/9,187ft

Accommodation: Hotel/Tea House (Hotel/Teahouse)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We begin our trek on uphill and downhill trails with multiple crossings over Dudh Koshi River and a magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (21,675ft) from the Benkar village. We cross more bridges and reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, where our trekking permits are checked. We walk furthermore and pass through Jorsale village before reaching Namche Bazaar. From here, we get beautiful views of the Himalayas including Everest, Lhotse, Tawache and others. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Hiking: 5-6 hrs Travel Distance: 11 km

Maximum Altitude: 3,438m/11,280ft

Accommodation: Hotel/Tea House (Hotel/Teahouse)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Namche Bazaar is a crucial rest day on many trekking itineraries in the Everest region, as it provides an opportunity for trekkers to acclimatize to the high altitude before continuing their journey further up.

Acclimatization involves giving your body time to adjust to the decreasing oxygen levels as you ascend to higher altitudes. It is essential to prevent altitude sickness, which can be life-threatening in severe cases. During the rest day in Namche Bazaar, you can explore the town and its surroundings. Namche Bazaar is the largest settlement in the Khumbu region, and it has a bustling market where you can find everything from trekking gear to souvenirs. One popular acclimatization hike is to climb up to the Everest View Hotel, which is located at an altitude of 3,880 meters. The hotel provides a stunning panoramic view of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks, and the hike up to the hotel will help your body adjust to the altitude.

It is important to take the acclimatization day seriously and not push yourself too hard. Stay hydrated, eat well, and get plenty of rest. If you start to experience symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headache, dizziness, or nausea, descend to a lower altitude immediately and seek medical attention if necessary.

Overall, the rest day in Namche Bazaar is an important part of any trek in the Everest region, and it is essential to make the most of it by taking the time to acclimatize properly. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Maximum Altitude: 3,438m/11,280ft

Accommodation: Hotel/Tea House (Hotel/Teahouse)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We begin today’s trek on an easy trail to Phunki Thanga. From here we ascend towards Tengboche village which is home to the largest monastery in the Everest region. The monastery is located within the Sagarmatha National Park and provides panoramic views of the highest mountains on earth including Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse and Lhotse. We try  to reach the monastery by 3:00 in the afternoon and may even be able to witness a religious Buddhist ceremony. Overnight in Tengboche.

Hiking: 5-6 hrs Travel Distance: 10 km

Maximum Altitude: 3,870m/12,697ft

Accommodation: Hotel/Tea House (Hotel/Teahouse)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We begin today’s trek by walking downhill and pass through lush forests filled with birch, conifers and rhododendron trees. We continue our trek with views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam to keep us company. The picturesque trail dips down to Debuche, crosses the Imja River and takes us to Pangboche. While walking the upper Pangboche trails, we get a more pristine view of the Himalayas and Pangboche Monastery. We move ahead towards the Imja Valley, Lobuche River and ultimately climb up to Dingboche. The village is a beautiful windy settlement overlooked by chortens and prayer flags. Overnight in Dingboche.

Hiking: 5-6 hrs Travel Distance: 9 km

Maximum Altitude: 4,360m/14,305ft

Accommodation: Hotel/Tea House (Hotel/Teahouse)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. The village is beautiful with an array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals. We spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. We take a day hike to Nagarjun Hill for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache, Ama Dablam and others.

Maximum Altitude: 4,360m/14,305ft

Accommodation: Hotel/Tea House (Hotel/Teahouse)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Our trail passes through stone-walled fields and 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 is the fantastic 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 fantastic view of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labcha peaks. We descend back to Chhukung to spend the night.

Climbing: 6-7 hrs Travel Distance: 14 km

Maximum Altitude: 5,546m/18,196ft

Accommodation: Hotel/Tea House (Hotel/Teahouse)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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. Overnight at 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.

Hiking: 6-7 hrs Travel Distance: 10 km

Maximum Altitude: 5,535m/18,160ft

Accommodation: Hotel/Tea House (Hotel/Teahouse)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Our trail moves along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Ahead on the trail we see the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse and other mountains. A small ascent takes us to Thangma Riju. From here we admire panoramic views of the Himalayan vista. We ascend on a steep trail up to the top of Changri Glacier.  As we reach Gorak Shep, we are surrounded by the Himalayas. After resting for a short while, we continue to Everest Base Camp. We pass through rocky dunes, moraines and streams before reaching the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain, Everest. From here we admire Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains. We trek back to Gorak Shep and spend the night.

Alternatively, we can visit Kala Patthar today instead of the next day as many believe that the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more stunning than the sunrise view.

Hiking: 6-7 hrs Travel Distance: 13 km

Maximum Altitude: 5,364m/17,599ft

Accommodation: Hotel/Tea House (Hotel/Teahouse)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We start our trek to Kala Patthar early in the morning in order to catch remarkable views of the first light of the sun shining on Mt. Everest. However, we need to be prepared for trekking in the dark and cold temperature (the temperature varies according to the season). Furthermore, there is always a chance for chilly winds which are quite common. As we continue our trek, familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, Everest and Nuptse tower above us. After several hours of ascent, we will be on the top of Kala Patthar. The close-up view of Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks from Kalapathar is amazing. We enjoy the stunning Himalayan vista and descend to Lobuche where we stay the night.

Those participants who will visit Everest Base Camp today will have an early breakfast to start early as Everest base camp hike takes longer than the hike to Kala Patthar. After returning to Gorak Shep, both the groups will have lunch together.

Hiking: 8-9 hrs Travel Distance: 7 km

Maximum Altitude: 5,545m/18,193ft

Accommodation: Hotel/Tea House (Hotel/Teahouse)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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. On the way we can better admire the view of the looming Awi Peak.  We pass through a stupa and tombstones in the distance. After walking for a while we begin to ascend. During the ascent, we see Chola Tsho Lake nearby. We continue further and pass another lake which is lot smaller than the Chola Tsho Lake. We cross the Chola Khola on a bridge before reaching Dzongla. Overnight in Dzongla.

Hiking: 3-4 hrs Travel Distance: 6 km

Maximum Altitude: 4,830m/15,847ft

Accommodation: Hotel/Tea House (Hotel/Teahouse)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

As we gain height, the Cho La Lake begins to appear and the Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south and Cholatse soars on the west. Climbing the incline is not easy; it is steep, but made worse by boulders over some of which we will have to scramble. The final climb to the Cho La 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 on 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 see the second Gokyo Lake on the series of six lakes. A short distance away is the third Gokyo Lake. On the edge of this lake stands the Gokyo Village where we spend the night.

Hiking: 7-8 hrs Travel Distance: 6 km

Maximum Altitude: 4,800m/15,749ft

Accommodation: Hotel/Tea House (Hotel/Teahouse)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We climb Gokyo Ri today and enjoy views of the incredible mountain vista. We can also tour the fourth Gokyo Lake today which is only 3km north of the Gokyo Village. Next, continue trekking to the 5th lake. The view from ‘Scoundrel’s Viewpoint’, located at the edge of the 5th lake, is astonishing. Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu mountains and the huge Ngozumba Glacier are ours to admire. We trek back to Gokyo and spend the night.

Hiking: 3-4 hrs

Maximum Altitude: 5,357m/17,576ft

Accommodation: Hotel/Tea House (Hotel/Teahouse)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We start the day early in the morning to complete the long day’s trek ahead. Our trail moves alongside Dudh Pokhari (lake) for a while. We walk for around two hours before descending towards the Renjo La pass. On the way we are rewarded with extravagant views of the Himalayan and Rolwaling ranges and others. Views from the Renjo La pass are much like that from Gokyo Ri with the third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the gray smear of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We also get outstanding views of Mt. Everest from the top of the pass. 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 hazardous. Along the way we see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. We walk down a narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Lumde where there is a support lodge, but it is often closed. We walk almost for an hour from Lumde to get to Marlung on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi River. Overnight at Marlung.

Hiking: 7-8 hrs Travel Distance: 11 km

Maximum Altitude: 5,360m/17,586ft

Accommodation: Hotel/Tea House (Hotel/Teahouse)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The descent from Marulung to Thame follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. We cross the Bhote Koshi River and descend to Taranga. The trail continues to descend and we cross two bridges before reaching Thame. Overlooking Thame is its 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. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Hiking: 5-6 hrs Travel Distance: 15 km

Maximum Altitude: 3,438m/11,280ft

Accommodation: Hotel/Tea House (Hotel/Teahouse)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We begin our trek with a descent. As we continue our trek, we cross several bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries.  Now the trail has become more level and natural. On our trek we enjoy walking on open plains, through rhododendron and pine forests and enjoy distant views of the snow covered peaks. We walk through Sherpa villages noticing their impressive faith in Buddhism and the culture of prayer stones and prayer flags. After reaching Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Our long trek to the mountain and its high passes ends today. Overnight in Lukla.

Hiking: 6-7 hrs Travel Distance: 19 km

Maximum Altitude: 2,800m/9,187ft

Accommodation: Hotel/Tea House (Hotel/Teahouse)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The flights to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for morning for safety purposes. After reaching the capital city, we have the rest of the day off to past the time as we please. We could take a rest in our hotel room or shop for souvenirs for our loved ones. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of your journey to the mountains. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Flight: 40 min

Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Our amazing journey in the Everest region including that to the base camp of Mt. Everest and crossing high passes comes to an end today. A company representative will pick you up from you hotel and drop you off at the airport 3 hours before our scheduled flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Departures & Availability

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Start Date Price Availability

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Price include

In the Above Cost It Includes:
1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. 4 Nights Accommodation in the 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast)
5. All accommodation during the trek.
6. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
7. Transportation to and from trail head.
8. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
9. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Equipment such as tents And Mattresses, Cooking Equipment, Camp site charges, Insurance, and
equipment for the staffs.
10. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
11. Trekking staffs wages etc.
12. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.

Price Excludes

Services and Cost Does not Included in Price:
1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
domestic flights.
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.

Gears And Equipment

Equipment list for Everest High Passes Trek

We recommend you bring the basic clothing and accessories to the trek. You can store the excess luggage at the Friendship World Treks store while trekking. Though we will assign porters to carry your main luggage, we expect you to bring a regular backpack with your valuables and important documents. Your luggage weight limit is 9 kg, and we assign one porter for every two trekkers. Hence, we advise you to find a fellow traveler and pack your things together in a duffle bag of over sixty liters.

Though your preferences might differ, we recommend you use this list while packing for the trek. You can buy equipment in Kathmandu at a reasonable price.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes
  • Hands
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trekking)

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Everest High Passes Trek Blog, Difficulty, Cost, Safety, & Best Time

Arrival (Free Airport Pickup)

Friendship World Treks provides free airport arrival and departure transfer on any flight for clients coming for Everest Two High Passes Trek. Regardless of the flight you take, our representative will be present at the Tribhuvan International Airport, holding a pamphlet with your name on it. They will present you with a marigold garland and then take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. This service ensures you do not feel alone in a foreign country.

 

Trek start

You will arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport before 3 pm, at least one day before the trek departure date. This will allow you enough time for last-minute preparations. On trek departure day, early morning, you will take a 40-minute domestic flight to Lukla. This package includes Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flights.

 

Accommodation

Everest High Passes Trek is a long trek with 14-night stays in the trek regions at the best possible lodge accommodations. You will stay for five nights in rooms with attached bathrooms at Lukla, Phakding, and Namche (3N). Nine nights stay in standard rooms at Thame, Lungden, Gokyo (2N), Dzongla, Lobuche (2N), Gorak Shep, and Pheriche. All rooms are twin sharing basis.

Please note that two nights of hotel stays in Kathmandu before and after the trek may be required, but not included in this package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels for all budgets and your interest.

You can use hot showers and Wi-Fi at lodges/teahouses by paying a small service fee.

 

Meals

The trek takes you to high elevations, where you need enough nutrient-rich food. We will serve you plenty of fresh, nutritious, and tasty food, but you will not have as many choices as you can get in cities. The higher you climb, the lesser the food choices. The food we provide is traditional, Asian, or popular Western. We recommend you at least try popular Nepali foods – Dal (lentils), Bhat (rice), Tarkari (curry), Momos (dumplings), and Chow Mein (noodles).

We will provide you with 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, and 14 dinners during the trek.

Though you will have plenty of non-veg items in trek regions, we do not recommend them for hygiene concerns. We also advise you to abstain from alcoholic, caffeinated, and hot chocolate drinks. Similarly, you should avoid dairy items.

All personal bills (alcoholic, hot (tea/coffee), and cold drinks) in tea houses/ lodges or cafes except standard meals(breakfast, lunch, dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.

 

Luggage

The luggage weight limit is 9 kg per trekker. We assign a porter for every two trekkers. However, a porter will not carry more than 18 kg of the combined luggage weight limit. We also expect you to bring a small backpack to carry your essentials safely. Please bring only the important things and do not overload yourself.

We’ll recheck your trek luggage to ensure you have packed the right stuff during the in-person trek briefing.

 

Typical day

Every day comes with a unique trek experience, walking, enjoying the scenery, taking photos, and tasting new delicacies. An experienced, friendly, and qualified guide/Sherpa will share information about the places you will be visiting. The porters will carry your main luggage. However, we expect you to bring a small backpack with your valuables.

The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk from around 7 to 8 am, depending on the duration and trail condition. After trekking for three to four hours, you will have lunch around midday on the route to the next destination. After lunch, we will rest for about an hour and then continue.

The afternoon walk is generally shorter, about two to three hours. Once you reach your overnight lodge/teahouse, you can snack on the extra dietary food. Then you are free to explore nearby places.

You will be having dinner from around 6 to 7 pm. Before going to bed, you can spend some quality time in friendly conversations with the rest of your team. The expedition leader/guide will brief you about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, you can enjoy onboard games like Monopoly, and cards, watch available mountaineering documentaries, or read books. Most foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of the Nepalese language from our crew before heading to bed for a well-deserved sleep.

 

Electricity and water

Throughout the lodges in the Everest region, you can use electricity for your camera, mobile, or other electronic items. However, you might need to pay a small fee for it.

You can either buy packed mineral water from local lodges and en-route shops or carry a small water bottle and buy boiled/filtered water from teahouses. Please remember that you might not be permitted to carry plastic bottled water in certain trek regions. If you want, we can provide water purification pills for you.

You should not drink water from the rivers, taps, and wells in trek regions because the water might not be potable.

Communication

On the Everest Two High Passes Trek, you can use internet service at the lodges/teahouses you will be staying in. You can contact your family and friends from there. But once we reach high altitudes, we will use phones to communicate. Friendship World Treks’s head office remains in contact with all its trek teams at least once via the trek lead to ensure treks are progressing as planned.

You can buy a local sim in Kathmandu, but, based on the network, the mobile signals may not be strong enough.

 

Tipping

Nepali culture accepts tipping. However, tipping is at the trekker’s discretion, and it should reflect the service quality. We advise you to tip the guides and porters at the end of the trek and do so collectively.

 

Trek End

On the last day of your trek package, we will take you to Lukla Airport early morning. You will return to Kathmandu on a flight, lasting for around forty minutes. Your flight will be a relaxing one as there will be no more distances to trek. After arriving in Kathmandu, you can spend your time however you like. Later in the evening, we will organize a farewell dinner for your team.

 

Feedback

After completing the Everest Two High Passes Trek, we will organize a farewell dinner at Kathmandu. After the dinner, we will present you with a trek achievement certificate. It is also a great time to give us your feedback so that we can fine-tune our services.

 

Useful info

We recommend our clients add a few days extra to their trip. There is a chance that the flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu may get behind schedule due to air traffic or bad weather. In such cases, we reschedule the flight to the next available flight. We do not want you to miss your international flight back home due to these delays. In case of delays, you can choose to take a helicopter flight, but it costs you USD 500 to 1,000.

The itinerary listed above is a general guideline and might need modifications due to factors outside our control like – unstable weather, unavailability of lodges, etc. However, the need for itinerary modifications is very slim.

In the event of an itinerary adjustment, your trek leader will ultimately decide on the best rerouting after consulting with the group members and keeping in mind the interest of the party as a whole. You cannot hold us responsible for these delays or the consequences due to these delays.

Trip extension

After completing High Passes Trek, if you stay a couple of days extra in Nepal, we can organize fun activities for you. You can explore sites in and around Kathmandu Valley, go for a Chitwan jungle safari, paraglide, raft, or canoe.

 

Departure

On the day you return to your home country, we will pick you up from your hotel and then take you to Tribhuvan International Airport. We hope you had a good time in Nepal and return for more exciting treks.

Trek season

The weather is the crucial factor you need to consider when deciding to trek to the Everest region. People complete Everest Two High Passes Trek throughout the year, but certain seasons are more favorable considering the ease and views you can enjoy.

During the spring and autumn, the sky is crystal clear from dusk till dawn, the rainy weather stops, and thick sun-blocking clouds fade away. The magic of clear azure skies provides the most spectacular vistas, and the cool weather comforts your body.

During winter, the heavy snowfall at high altitudes and frigid temperatures will make the treks challenging. Similarly, the summer season coincides with the monsoon in Nepal, which means the paths will be wet and slippery. However, some thrill-seekers want to complete Everest High Passes Trek during these months precisely because of these challenges.

January to February: This time is the coldest, especially from early January to early February. There is heavy snowfall in the mountains, resulting in low temperatures. Though the daytime may be warm and admirable with clear skies, the nighttime gets extremely cold. Treks are difficult but not impossible. Discovery conducts safe High Passes Trek during these months as well. However, if you are allergic to extreme colds, you shouldn’t be trekking during these months.

Temperature: 15°C to -15°C.

March to April: It is one of the best seasons to hike in the Everest region. The weather is very favorable this month. You will get stunning views of the Himalayas ranges and glaciers. March, being the beginning of the spring season, the weather starts to warm up. All flora and fauna dormant throughout the winter bounce back to life in the sun-kissed temperatures. Temperatures start increasing from the mid of March, and with clear skies, snow mountains look their very best. Many trekkers trek Everest High Passes trek during these months.

Temperature: 18 °C to-12 °C

May to June: It is also an ideal time for trekking, just before the rainfall. The monsoon starts in Nepal at the end of June and lasts till the middle of August. The mix of spring and summer makes the trek much more enjoyable during these months.

Temperature: 25°C to -5°C.

July to August: The rainfall hits its peak at altitudes below 3500 meters. Due to heavy rainfall flights to Lukla before the trek start and flights from Lukla after the trek end may get canceled.

However, confident trekkers do trek in the Everest region during this time. True, the hikes get challenging, but they are not impossible. Friendship World Treks will organize safe High Passes treks for you. The spectacular views of waterfalls and uncrowded treks compensate for your effort.

Temperature: 27°C to 5°C

September to October: Favorable weather brings in large numbers of trekkers to the Everest Passes Trek. The monsoon slowly ends, and a perfect trekking climate sets in. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the daytime and falls to 5 degrees at night. This season is when trekkers enjoy trekking the most, thanks to clear skies that provide amazing mountain views. We recommend Everest Passes Treks in these months for most trekkers. In addition to clear and cool weather, two main festivals – Dashain and Tihar – also fall during these months, adding a festive mood to the whole nation.

Temperature: 20°C to 5°C

November to December: As winter begins, snowfalls begin in the Himalayas region, and it eventually gets tough to trek. Nights get much colder. November treks are possible with clear skies and stable temperatures, providing great mountain views. From December, the temperature starts to get frigid, and heavy snowfalls begin.

Temperature: 15°C to -14°C

The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable and changes quickly.

Trek difficulty

As challenging as it is, the Everest Two High Passes Trek is equally rewarding. You will hike for 5 to 7 hours, depending on the trek distance and the number of breaks you take. The trail consists of steep ascents/descents along rocky and stone-paved paths.

An average fit person can complete this trek. However, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the hike. Former trek experience or regular exercise is an advantage, but it is not required.

This trek, however, is not recommended for individuals with sensitive medical conditions like heart or lung diseases. If you suffer from such medical conditions, consult your doctor before booking this trek.

Trek safety

Your health and safety are our foremost priority. We carry all standard equipment and gear. At high altitudes, we monitor your blood oxygen saturation levels. Altitude sickness is more common among trekkers who try to rush their way. If anyone is rigorously affected, the only remedy would be to descend immediately. In such a case, your trek guide will decide whether to continue the trek or begin descending. Altitude sickness is more common among trekkers who try to rush their way. Hence, you will be acclimatizing in – Namche Bazaar and Gokyo. Further, we will travel as a group.

 

FWT team

During your Everest high passes trek, our trained and well-experienced guides/Sherpas will accompany you to make your journey pleasant and comfortable. All our guides are government-licensed with years of trekking experience.

Porters will carry your luggage, but your luggage weight limit is 9kg. We assign one porter for two trekkers, and they will not carry more than 18kg of luggage. However, if required, we can also allocate one porter per person.

Our crew members are locals born and raised in the high Himalayas. So, they are perfectly comfortable at high altitudes.

All our staff members are valuable to us, not only do we pay them well, but we also take care of their insurance, clothing, food, and lodging during the trek. All our guides and porters receive medical care when ill or injured. We try our best to keep our staff happy because we believe that only a happy person can make others happy.

Everest High Passes Trek Route Map

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