This is the ultimate trek of the Everest region. Starting from the famous Khumbu Valley, home of the Sherpas, we acclimatise before following the trail taken by many of the great Everest climbers and tackle some of the most incredible passes and summits one can trek in the Himalayas. During this circular trek we are constantly rewarded by amazing views of the highest mountains in the world, glacial lakes and quiet valleys. With most of the walking above 3600m this is not for the novice, but will appeal to those who are fit and have previously trekked at altitude.
The High Passes of Everest is a tough trek. It is level 7 trek with 17 days walking. The maximum altitude we reach is 5554m and the average is 3900m. It is recommended for those who have previously walked at high altitude, are physically fit and have plenty of stamina. The rewards include the best views possible of the world’s highest mountains. Acclimatization time is built in to maximize the chances of everyone completing the circuit.
This trek is mostly at high altitude in remote areas. Most of the trails are good, but some scrambling and walking on rock, scree, ice and snow should be expected. There are also some steep ascents and descents and long days when crossing the passes. The nights will be cold, often well below freezing. The Cho La crosses a glacier so this will always be on ice and snow. It should be noted that in very bad conditions, for example when there has been heavy snowfall, it might not be possible to cross a pass, in which case a lower route will be taken. Our guides have first aid training, and also carry a Portable Altitude Chamber to treat altitude sickness, if required. This means added peace of mind for those choosing this hugely rewarding trek to see the Roof of the World.
Most of the walking is at relatively high altitude. We have included a number of acclimatization days to maximize the chances of achieving success in climbing Gokyo Ri, Kala Pattar and reaching Base Camp. Although daytime temperatures can be very pleasant, many of the nights will be close to or below freezing, and at Gokyo and around the Base Camp area it can be well below freezing especially on the winter departures. Most of the walking is on well-established trails, but there may be snow and ice at the highest part of the trek on any departure. The challenging crossing of the Cho La involves a very steep ascent and descent on rocky trails which can be icy. At the top there is always ice and snow as you are crossing a glacier.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Trek Preparation at Kathmandu
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla [2840 m/9320] – Phakding [2,652m/8,700feet], 40 minutes flight, 3 – 4 hours trek
Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar [3440 m/11,280 feet], 5 – 6 hours trek
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Rest day
Day 06: Namche Bazaar – Thame [3860 m/12,660 feet], 5 – 6 hours
Day 07: Rest day
Day 08: Thame – Lungden [4360m/14,300 feet], 5 – 6 hours
Day 09: Lungden – Renjo La Pass & Gokyo [5360m/17585 feet], 6- 8 hours
Day 10: Gokyo to Thangnak [4680m/15,350 feet], 6-8 hours
Day 11: Thangnak to Zongla (Chola Pass Day)
Day 12: Zongla to Lobuche [4940 m/16,207 feet], 6-8 hours
Day 13: Lobuche – Gorak Shep [5170 m] – Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 feet] – Gorak Shep, 8 – 9 hours
Day 14: Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar [5545 m/18,192 feet] – Lobuche [4940 m/16,207 feet], 8 – 9 hours
Day 15: Lobuche – Kongma La [5535m/18,159feet] – Chukkung[4940m/16,210feet], 7 – 9 hours
Day 16: Chukkung to Debuche, 5-6 hours
Day 17: Debuche – Namche Bazaar [3440 m/11,280 feet], 5 – 6 hours
Day 18: Namche Bazaar – Lukla, 6 – 8 hours
Day 19: Lukla – Kathmandu, 30 min flight
Day 20: Free Day in Kathmandu
Day 21: Final Departure
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As you are picked from Tribhuwan International Airpot, Kathmandu you will be accommodated in a three-star level Hotel with Bed and Breakfast. We accommodate on the basis of twin shared room. A single room can be also accommodated upon your request. Your room will be facilitated with attached restrooms in the Kathmandu. During the Trekking premises, in some places, they only have a shared washroom and restroom. As you reach higher elevation single rooms may be difficult to manage.
During our Trek Authentic Nepali food is available and more common. You will also get international Cuisine such as Continental, Italian, Indian, etc. Breakfast-Dinner will be served as per lodge menu where we stay overnight. Lunch will be served on the trail of Next destination. During Trek, all meals will be provided whereas, only breakfast is served in Kathmandu. Sherpa Himalaya will serve you special last day dinner.
This Trek is a moderate level Trek. You will be walking for 6-7 hour a day on average. We will face the steep hill, cross steep, hilly terrain etc. We will be heading mostly uphill where we will face an average of 4000m altitude change. You will be given acclimatization day in between the trail so that you will not face altitude sickness. If you have strong determination and hope in yourself then this Trek will not be that difficult.
If you have done any Trek before it will be your skill but you don’t require pre-experience or any training for this Trek. If you have any health problems it would be better if you consult with a doctor before your visit and give the details to Sherpa Himalaya so that we could customize your trip as per your body requirement.
Weather in Nepal is quite a favorable. For trekking we have two peak season; Spring & Autumn. Autumn season starts from September to November whereas Spring season starts from March to May. Beside this two season, you can visit Nepal in other months too but it is quite cold in January and rainy in the month of July & August.
Your health safety and last destination with high-quality service is our Main priority. Your guide has the authority to bring change in itinerary, stop or cancel any part of your itinerary if it is very necessary due to safety concern. However, these kinds of problem rarely arise. Our effort will be to follow our given itinerary. Weather condition, health problem or any natural disaster and flight cancellation due to bad weather in the mountain may bring change in itinerary.