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.
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.
Physical Condition & Requirement
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.
Best Time to Visit
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.
Arrival day in Kathmandu (1300m)v
Upon arrival at Nepal’s heart, the capital known as Kathmandu, via Tribhuwan International Airport, we will welcome you warmly and take you to the hotel where you will stay overnight. We will brief you shortly on your upcoming Trek with us after refreshment. We will also introduce you to your trekking guide and team guide. We will take you on a short visit of local area and one of the most popular local restaurants with delicious Nepalese food, cultural music and ethnic dance, if there is enough time assuming your flight is on time. This will give you a glimpse into the uniqueness of our country. If you arrive late in the evening or even night, there is always the next day.
Preparation day for Trip
Today we will prepare for our Trek. We will check all the necessary gears and introduction with your Guide. You will be taken to shop If you have forgotten any gear that will be requiring in the Trek
Kathmandu - Lukla [2840 m/9320] - Phakding [2,652m/8,700feet], 40 minutes flight, 3 - 4 hours trek
After breakfast, we will head to Tribhuvan International Airport’s domestic terminal. We will manage an early morning flight to Lukla as much as possible. Flying above green snow topped mountains we will reach Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla after 40 minutes of flight. Upon our arrival at Lukla airport, we will be greeted warmly by our crew members and after some brief discussion and preparation, we start our travel through the village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. This is a short hike to be prepared for high altitude travel. After reaching Phakding, one can explore local area and visit a nearby monastery. Overnight in Phakding.
Phakding - Namche Bazaar [3440 m/11,280 feet], 5 - 6 hours trek
After breakfast we will begin our walk via mighty pine forests along Dudh Koshi to Namche Bazaar. On the way we will come across the majestic Mt. Thamserku (6,608m). On clear weather day we may even view snowcapped the almighty Mt. Everest. Our trek will end at the gateway of Mt. Everest, Namche Bazzar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar: Rest day
This is a day set aside to prepare for high altitude travel as health experts suggest one should prepare well for uphill trek. We can roam around Namche bazzar and surrounding villages to experience local Sherpa people and their rich culture, or we can hike up the hill and view the mighty Everest unfolding its beauty. There is a museum nearby for those who prefer to stay active.
Namche Bazaar - Thame [3860 m/12,660 feet], 5 - 6 hours
We will start Everest trail which is high above the river Dudh Koshi. We will encounter several villages and tea shops, and climb to Thyangboche. There is a huge monastery which is recently rebuilt and one can visit it on evening walk as well. Overnight stay at Thyangboche.
This is a day set aside to prepare for high altitude travel and acclimatization. We will hike shortly to stay active. There will be a briefing on upcoming trek and we will prepare accordingly. Overnight in Thame.
Thame - Lungden [4360m/14,300 feet], 5 - 6 hours
On this day, we will trek towards Dingboche passing Pangboche on the way. We will view Ama Dablam, many smaill villages, rhododendron forest and come across many waterfalls. After we reach Dingoche, we will stay overnight there.
Lungden – Renjo La Pass & Gokyo [5360m/17585 feet], 6- 8 hours
After early breakfast, we will start at dawn to accomplish conquest of Renjo La. We have to reach Gokyo Village for overnight so we will start the day early. Our trail will lead us to Renjo La via doodh pokhari. It will take about 3 hours to reach Renjo La top and experience specular vista ahead of us. The Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche shining magically. The views from Renjo La will be similar like that from Gokyo Ri with third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the Ngozumpa Glacier. Further ahead of the pass, the trail slopes down a stone carved icy staircase and then lead us to the south bank of Angladumba Tsho. Descending the stairs will be difficulty due to ice. We will also view Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake along the way. Finally we will reach Gokyo village and stay overnight.
Gokyo to Thangnak [4680m/15,350 feet], 6-8 hours
We will have to reach Thangnak for overnight stay so we will start this day early. Thangnak is a rather more substantial hamlet with a small village. The trail will lead us to the Ngozumpa glacier edge after short walk, which is also the longest glacier in Nepal. After starting our day from the glacier, we will get view of the second of the Gokyo lakes on the series of six lakes. A short distance away is the third Gokyo Lake. Walking past the lakes we will reach Thangnak by evening. Overnight at Thangnak.
Thangnak to Zongla (Chola Pass Day)
Early morning we will be greeted by the mesmerizing sight of Cholatse looming over. Today’s trek will be one of the toughest walk. We will end our trek as we will transverse through a spur extending westward from Dzongla at the end of the day. As we will gain height, the view will get increasingly more captivating; the Chola Lake begins to appear and the Ama Dablam in its pyramidal incarnation presides over a range of mountains on the south as Cholatse soars on the west. The final climb to the ChoLa will be a little tricky as the trail curves round the bergschrund. Upon reaching the top, we will see prayer flags, strung across cairns, flapping in the strong wind making sounds as they flap. Scenery of majestic peaks in all directions will be breathtaking and spectacular. Descending down we will stay overnight at a suitable place.
Zongla to Lobuche [4940 m/16,207 feet], 6-8 hours
This morning, we will start at first light from Zongla. We will carry plenty of water and some snacks and a packed lunch as there will be no tea shops on the way. We will really enjoy the remoteness of the area and absolute nature!! Just After some walk there will be great views of Island peak valley and jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha. Ascending down, we will turn west and walk through the sloppy stony trial. We will enter a wide basin dotted with small frozen lakes. Upon reaching the top, we encounter with cairn wrapped in prayer flags, marks of the pass. Behind us is the landscape of icy lakes ahead down of which is the Khumbu Glacier. The final descent is the most difficult stage of the trek today. Upon climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche.
Lobuche - Gorak Shep [5170 m/16,961feet] - Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 feet] - Gorak Shep, 8 - 9 hours
We will follow the Everest trail to Gorak Shep which is famous for its teahouses. Our trek is below Khumbu glacier which will lead us to Everest Base Camp. Along the way we will witness god gifeeted natural beauty of Himalayas mixed with traditional and ancient culture of Nepal. We will experience native Sherpa culture and get know how tough is village life.
A small ascent will take us to Thangma Riju from where we will experience 360 degree vista of glorious snowy mountains around us. After climbing steeply up to the top through Changri Glacier, we will have our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a famous grey-green knoll just beneath the Mt. Pumori. Kala Pathhar is a well-known name among trekkers and tourist. After we reach Gorak Shep, we will witness snow-capped behemoth mountains glowing and shining all around us including the roof of the world - Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha). After having lunch at Gorak Shep we will head forward towards Everest Base camp. We will really appreciate the Everest climbers who are brave to endure hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. We can view mountains like Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori from the base camp but Everest is not visible from here.
As sunset view is breathe taking and much more spectacular than sunrise, we encourage trekkers to descend down to Kala Patthar. For those trekkers who wish to continue to Kala Patthar, we will arrange guides and Sherpas as per necessity and remaining trekkers and sherpas can set up camps at Gorak Shep. Overnight at Gorak Shep.
Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar [5545 m/18,192 feet] - Lobuche [4940 m/16,207 feet], 8 - 9 hours
Early morning we will trek to Kala Patthar for sunrise view. We shall start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the moment of our lives, the magic of first light of day shining on Mount Everest summit. Kala Patthar is perfect viewpoint to witness other peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse to the east as Everest reveal itself. After several hours of an uphill ascent, we will reach Kala Patthar. After we will reach Kala Pathar, we will sit on the Kala Patthar and cherish the moment viewing Himalayan Panorama. On the way back to Kala Pathhar we will have breakfast. For those members who wishes to visit Everest Base camp as well, we will arrange accordingly and the trek will take 4 to 5 hours. After all the members return back we will have lunch and start descending to Lobuche for a good night sleep.
Lobuche – Kongma La [5535m/18,159feet] - Chukkung[4940m/16,210feet], 7 - 9 hours
This morning, we will start at first light from Lobuche as we have to conquest highest pass of the trip today. We will carry plenty of water and some snacks and a packed lunch as there will be no tea shops on the way. We will really enjoy the remoteness of the area and absolute nature!! We can select to go via any of the possible trails - either taking a climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung over the moraine of the Nuptse Glacier or we might walk back down the valley to Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. Just After some walk there will be great views of Island peak valley and jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha. Ascending along the east side of Niyang Khola valley, we will turn west and walk through the sloppy stony trial. We will enter a wide basin dotted with small frozen lakes. The trail will then rise over loose scree gaining the Kongma La After. Upon reaching the top, we encounter with cairn wrapped in prayer flags, marks of the pass. Behind us is the landscape of icy lakes ahead down of which is the Khumbu Glacier. The final descent is the most difficult stage of the trek today. Upon climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Chukkung. Overnight at Chukkung.
Chukkung to Debuche, 5-6 hours
We will start our trek after early breakfast. Our trail will lead us through various small glaciers which will require utter focus and dedication to pass. Although the technical skills are not mandatory, the trek is not a piece of cake. We will stay overnight at Debuche.
Debuche - Namche Bazzar [3440 m/11,280 feet], 5 - 6 hours
After breakfast we will start our trail that is also a traditional trading route made by Tibetan traders. Descending from Debuche we will cross Bhote Kosi and descend to Taranga from where the trail then goes through the valley of Langmuche Khola stream. We will have lunch at Thame. Thame is a small village with a few lodges. We will cross Phurte village where there is Laudo monastery which is operated by Kapan monastery of Bouddhanath in Kathmandu. We will reach Namche on evening and freshen up at local hotel. Overnight at Namche Bazzar.
Namche Bazzar – Lukla, 6 - 8 hours
We will trek back to Lukla on this day. Lukla is a small air strip with few hotels. The airstrip is the most challenging landing spot for pilots worldwide and requires years of experience before a pilot is allowed to land at the airport. The view from Lukla is not less than then from kala Pathhar or base camp. One can explore local villages and restaurants to enjoy and cherish time spent on this trek. Overnight stay at Lukla.
Note: We can also arrange overnight at Phakding if the members of the group prefer less walking on a single day.
Lukla – Kathmandu, 30 min flight
We will fly back to Kathmandu via early flight. Then next Free day will be used if there will be any cancellation in the flight due to bad weather or anything else. But,this rarely happens.
Free Day in Kathmandu
This day is set aside for unforeseen conditions. This day is also reserved for proper rest and shopping at Kathmandu. One can enjoy local Thamel market or rest on this day. Overnight at Kathmandu.
If your schedule is to departure from Kathmandu we would drop you to the airport as per your schedule or you can extend your holiday if you have time.
Included in the Cost
- All transfer from Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport
- 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu. (B&B) 3 star level Hotel
- Domestic Flight (Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu)
- Tea house, accommodation during the trek.
- All Meals ( Tea, Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
- Trekking Duffel Bag by company
- Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee
- TIMS Card (Trekking Permit)
- Experience Trekking guide
- Assistant "Sherpa " (For 4 Trekkers =1 Assistant Sherpa)
- Required Number of Potters (2 Trekkers:1 Potter)
- Insurance for Nepali Staff
- All Government and Local Taxes
- Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu Last Night