Everest High Passes Trek - 21 Days

Overview

Everest High Passes Trek is a trek of a lifetime in which one gets to flaunt their hiking skills by doing three high altitude passes in the same trek. All of three high passes on this Everest high passes trek itinerary are in the vicinity of Mount Everest. Plus, in addition to the three passes, which you trek through and over, you walk to other destinations, the Khumbu region is known for, namely, Everest Base Camp, Kalapathar to get a look at Everest from another angle and get spectacular early morning views of the sun rises. In addition to climbing the stunted non-technical peak of Gokyo Ri.

Why do this Everest High Passes Trek?
For the apparent reason that Everest region not only gets its name from the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest, but from the fact, that the surrounding mountain peaks, had caused a barrier between the north and south and the passes at high altitude was the only means of passage for commerce and trade for the Sherpa who made this region their home. Getting to cross one, is something but getting to cross three passes, is the crowning glory, which comes close to having ascended the pinnacle of which the region you are in, is known for. The plus point is that you become a part of the culture, tradition and get to see many aspects of it which this region is unique in. Now being a diehard trekker, it is natural, that this is something, you might not have tried.

In our 20 days itinerary package that has the route of Everest high pass trek, all starts and ends at Kathmandu. Between, the actual hiking is done in the days, you cross over and through passes such as Kongma La Pass (5535m), Dzongla La Pass (4830m) and Renjo La Pass (5360m), higher than most mountain peaks in other continents on Earth. Also, you trek to the Everest base camp (5463m), other small towns and hamlets to interact with people and their culture and visit their monasteries if it happens to fall on the way in which are. You can view and be welcomed homely. They have some secrets hidden and depicted the painting and scripts. Turning the prayers wheels of different sizes, is believed to not only blesses one, but also gives one the fortitude of accomplishing ones destiny. Besides, having done, Everest high passes trekking, you are alleviated by the culture of the people displayed in the form of their fluttering flags, monasteries, Chorten, mani walls with etched in prayer and yaks built for this regional life grazing. Adding to all this Everest 3 high passes trek is done in an environment, which has pure unpolluted air with flora and fauna so in line with the region.

There would be many takeaways that you would get from this trip. Starting with the most important of them, is getting to see Mount Everest, the pinnacle of Earth, from such a close-up range. The next being trekking over three different passes, which were the only means of communication historically to places otherwise inaccessible and being higher in height than most mountains in Europe and the two American continents. And, then again, being able to observe a special brand of Buddhism, which has evolved with the passage of time and the manner in which it is followed, by the prayers flags of various colours fluttering high point, the Mani walls of varying sizes made from boulders, which have etched in prayers, Chorten gates seemingly welcoming you into their hamlets and monastery, to shelter all who takes to the spiritual educations, which is historically built in the past. Also not to forget, are the towns that seem to resemble living in the by-gone-eras, where lifestyle has developed so in keeping to the harshness of living in such terrain and the cattle called the yaks lazily grazing in the sparsely found fodder at high altitudes. Finally, it is your visit to the Base camp of Mount Everest, from which is the starting point of a mountaineers ascent to the 8848 meter high peak. The climb to the peak, it takes weeks of physical training and where you get to listen to those already there in camp, of their exploits. Then, there is the trek to the place called Kalapathar, that gives you a sight of Mount Everest not seen from other vantage points, plus unique in another way as when other terrains in the region, seems to be a mixture of rocky mud colour or white because of the snow, it seems to be massive black boulders as if dropped on Earth from another planet. But, the most tantalizing aspect of trekking in Everest, is being able to proudly say, that I have not only trekked in the shadows of Everest but have included three passes, namely Kongma La Pass (5535m), Dzongla La Pass (4830m) and Renjo La Pass (5360m) in it. Finally, all this being done not only at an elevation, that makes not much growth in it, but being able to do Everest high passes trek in an ecological pure environment away from the polluted environment we most live in. Also get to do some peak climbing when you get to Gokyo by climbing Gokyo Ri on your acclimating day, a non-technical-climbing peak. Last but not the least, being able to see Everest from the top, while coming into land and take off from Lukla Airport, the only means of getting in and out of the region.

Outline Trekking Itinerary for Everest High Passes Trek
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Trek Preparation
Day 3: Kathmandu to Lukla (40 min flight) and Hike to Phakding (2652m) 2 to 3 hour walk
Day 4: Hike Phakding to Namche (3440m) 5 to 6 hour walk
Day 5: Acclimatization at Namche with short Trek to Hotel Everest (3900m) and Back
Day 6: Hike Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) 5 to 6 hour walk
Day 7: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) 5 to 6 hour walk
Day 8: Dingboche to Chhukhung (4750m) 2 to 3 hour walk
Day 9: Acclimatization at Chhukhung – Explore Chhukhung and its Vicinity
Day 10: Chhukhung to Lobuche (4940 m) via Kongma La Pass (5535m) 7 to 8 hour Walk
Day 11: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170m) via Everest Base Camp (5364m) 8 to 9 Hour walk
Day 12: Gorak Shep to Kalapathar (5545m) and onto Dzongla (4830m) 6 to 7 hour walk
Day 13: Dzongla to Thangnak (4680m) via Cho La Pass (5368m) 7 to 8 hour walk
Day 14: Thangnak to Gokyo (4750m) 3 to 4 hour walk
Day 15: Acclimatize at Gokyo with Short Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m) 3 to 4 hours walk
Day 16: Gokyo to Lunden (4300m) via Renjo La Pass (5360m) 6 to 7 hour walk
Day 17: Lunden to Thame (3800) 3 to 4 hours walk
Day 18: Thame to Namche Bazaar 3 to 4 hour walk
Day 19: Namche Bazaar to Lukla 7 to 8 hour walk
Day 20: 40 Minute Flight to Kathmandu
Day 21: Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy sightseeing tour to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Board spectacular Trans-Himalayan scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu
  • Witness culture, tradition & lifestyles of people living in the Himalayas (esp. Sherpa)
  • Trek in Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Natural Site)
  • Discover numerous Buddhist monasteries and other cultural monuments.
  • Witness varieties of floras and faunas of the Khumbu region
  • Explore the Sherpa Museum in Namche Bazaar (3440m), the busy Sherpa village
  • Visit the Tengboche Monastery (3860m), the biggest in Khumbu
  • Witness age-old Buddhist and Tibetan culture and traditions
  • Explore Everest Base Camp and a decent walk on the Khumbu Glacier.
  • View of world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest, at closer proximity.
  • Ascend Kala Patthar (5550m), a rocky hill for panoramic view of Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Cho oyu (8201m), Mt. Thamserku (6623m), Mt. Nuptse (7816m) etc.
  • Cross three high mountain-passes Kongma La (5535m), Cho La (5420m) & Renjo La (5340m)

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu

Breakfree Adventures sends a staff to pick you up from the airport and get you to your allotted three star hotel for the day. In case, you arrive early in the day, then you can use the remaining to either freshen up and relax, or if the strength allows it roam the streets near your hotel to see what you can spot new.

Day 2
Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Trek Preparation

Today, we begin our first full day in Nepal with sightseeing to some UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley. We first visit, Kathmandu Durbar Square, from where once the kings ruled Nepal. Then, it is onto Pashupatinath Temple, a temple built to honour Lord Shiva in the fourth century. After lunch, we head to the Monkey Temple as anointed by tourist actually known as Swayambunath, atop a hillock, made in the early centuries in honour of Lord Buddha. Later in the afternoon, we go to Boudhanath, a stupa, one of the biggest in Asia, said to have been built around the single hair of Lord Buddha.
In the evening a meeting will be held with a Breakfree Staff giving you details of the hike and other necessary information for a successful trek.

Day 3
Kathmandu to Lukla (40 min flight) and Hike to Phakding (2652m) 2 to 3 hour walk

So, it is today that you begin you trek, but first we take a 40 minute flight to Lukla the only entry point to the Everest Region, in which you get a bird’s eye view of the Mid-Himalayan mountains, with its lush green hills, valleys, fast flowing rivers and gorges, that give way to the Everest region and the higher snow-capped mountains. After a quick hearty breakfast at Lukla and getting your first sight of Mount Everest, you begin your 2 to 3 hour hike to Phakding (2652m) getting your first taste of the Everest Region. You stay at a lodge for the night.

Day 4
Hike Phakding to Namche (3440m) 5 to 6 hour walk

Today, it is the trek to Namche Bazaar which should take us nearly 6 hours to reach. It is a steady ascend nearly all the way and with the Everest growing in the background with every step on. We will be greeted with fluttering flags, mani walls, choten gates and herds of yaks on the route. Once, we reach Namche, we will be put up at a lodge for the night.

Day 5
Acclimatization at Namche with short Trek to Hotel Everest (3900m) and Ba

Now, being at a alleviation that not most are used to and that we will be going to, it becomes a necessity, that our blood vital for carrying oxygen, get used to the level available at these heights. So basically a day of staying at the level, we are in does the trick. We just take short hike to Everest Hotel which is at a vantage point for viewing Mount Everest with a cinematic view. Here we take lunch with a beer in hand and take in Everest. Later, we ascend to Namche Bazaar for our stay at the lodge and night’s rest.

Day 6
Hike Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) 5 to 6 hour walk

Today, it is your hike to Tengboche, stand at a height of 3860 metres and it should take you about 6 hours to reach. The hike is relatively flat with a slight ascend and a bit of a steep ascend when reaching Tengboche. You know that you reach when you get a better view of Amabalam (6,812m) and your first surreal look of Everest from the Monastery also known as Dawa Choling Gompa. We stay for the night at a lodge.

Day 7
Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) 5 to 6 hour walk

Today, after a refreshing breakfast, start our trek to Dingboche, which stands at a height of 4410 metres and should take us about 6 hours of comfortable hiking. As we move forward, the massive Everest seems to come closer with every footstep. On reaching our destination, we stop for the night at a lodge.

Day 8
Dingboche to Chhukhung (4750m) 2 to 3 hour walk

Today, we head for Chhukhung which stand at a height of 4750 metres and takes about 3 hours to reach on covering a distance 4.5 kilometres. We take the Three Passes Trail, and about an hour into our hike, we take another trail at Syalkyo slightly northeast to Chhukhung. The three passes trail, we will get to again after three days. It is a slight ascend which gradually increases after Syalkyo. At Chhukhung, we stay the night at a lodge.

Day 9
Acclimatization at Chhukhung - Explore Chhukhung and its Vicinity

It is important that we acclimatize before we hit the higher elevation of the Passes for our haemoglobins to get normalized to the oxygen levels. So it is rest day basically at Chhukhung where you get to explore its vicinity. We stay the night at the lodge.

Day 10
Chhukhung to Lobuche (4940 m) via Kongma La Pass (5535m) 7 to 8 hour Walk

Now having rested and being acclimatized, it is time to hit our first Pass. An early breakfast, we head east from Chhukhung to join the Three Passes Trail at Lhango (4570m). After a couple of hours walk up the ascending trail, we reach Dingogma (5442 m) and a slight distance away to the north is high camp. It is here that we know that we have come nearly to Kongma La Pass. Ascending up at which point we come to the first of the three passes we are to cross. Then we begin descend over a slightly rocky trail to high camp on the other side. The Three Passes Trail head in the direct of Lobuche and when we finally reach, we stay the night at a lodge.

Day 11
Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170m) via Everest Base Camp (5364m) 8 to 9 Hour walk

Today, we start early with the first light as we will be going to Everest Base Camp via Gorak Shepa, which we will return to later. Now it is an ascend all the via through, pass points of note such as Pyramid (4790m), Lobuche Pass (5110m) and Lake Camp. After seeing how things are at EBC and where aspiring mountaineers train, live and prepare for the ascend to the pinnacle of Earth, we return to Gorak Shep which we crossed on the way for our night’s stay.

Day 12
Gorak Shep to Kalapathar (5545m) and onto Dzongla (4830m) 6 to 7 hour walk

With early start at dusk to catch the sunrise over Everest we take a quick hike to Kalapathar to the west of Gorak Shep. It is here that we get a look of Mount Everest from a different angle a better vantage point. We satiated with the glory of Everest, we head back to Gorak Shep and take the South Trail back to Lobuche and continue onto Dzongla. We stay at Dzongla for the night.

Day 13
Dzongla to Thangnak (4680m) via Cho La Pass (5368m) 7 to 8 hour walk

Today, we cross the second of the three pass on our hike. Getting up early, we take the slow ascending trek towards Cho La Pass, which we should reach in a couple of hours. Once we cross it, we begin to descend slightly towards Thangnak. We hold up for the night at a lodge.

Day 14
Thangnak to Gokyo (4750m) 3 to 4 hour walk

Today, we head to Gokyo, which is a moderately ascending hike to it, taking about 3 to 4 hours to cover. We stay the night at a lodge.

Day 15
Acclimatize at Gokyo with Short Hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m) 3 to 4 hours walk

Today we again get to acclimatize at Gokyo with a short 3 to 4 hour hike and climb to Gokyo Ri (5357m), which in the local language means short hill/mountain. On trekking and climbing to the top gives one a vantage point to the surroundings. We later return to Gokyo and stay the night at a lodge.

Day 16
Gokyo to Lunden (4300m) via Renjo La Pass (5360m) 6 to 7 hour walk

Today getting early, we head to encounter the third of the passes on route to Renjo La Pass at a level of 5360m above sea level. The ascent is a sharp but moderate hike till we reach the top most part of the Pass, then it is a soft comfortable but cautious descend to Lunden at 4300m above sea level.

Day 17
Lunden to Thame (3800) 3 to 4 hours walk

Today we head to Thame which stand at 3800 metres above sea level which is nearly 500 metres lower than what we are presently at. With a slow but comfortable descent, we should reach Thame in about 4 hours. We stay the night at a lodge in Thame.

Day 18
Thame to Namche Bazaar 3 to 4 hour walk

Today, we head to Namche Bazaar, the place we start the trail on our Everest High Passes Trek. The hike should take us about four hours at the most as it mostly descends to it. Here. We put for the a lodge.

Day 19
Namche Bazaar to Lukla 7 to 8 hour walk

Today we take the trail which we came into to Namche all the way back to Lukla. It should us about 7 to 8 hours at the most as it is mostly ascending all the way. At Lukla, we spend the night at a lodge.

Day 20
40 Minute Flight to Kathmandu

Now that hiking part of our Everest High Pass Trek has been completed, we take the first plane back to Kathmandu. On the flight, we get the last look of Mount Everest and the places we have been to. On landing, we are taken to our three star allotted hotel. Getting freshened up, we can spend the remaining time on hand roaming the streets of the city, buying gifts and presents as might please us. In the evening, you will be taken to an authentic Nepalese restaurant with the staff of the company.

Day 21
Transfer to airport for your onward destination

Now that your tour is over, you will be taken to the International Airport three hours ahead of schedule by a representative of Breakfree Adventures for check in formalities.
At Breakfree Adventures, we only hope that your trip was successful as we had planned it, in which we take your security and comfort with the dash of adventure in it, seriously.

Cost Includes/Excludes

What is Included

  • Airport pick up/drop by a private vehicle.
  • Three night’s accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tour at 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites with private vehicle and guide.
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round trip flight fare.
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • All accommodations during the trek at lodges/Teahouse.
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced Government licensed English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) on the trek.
  • Trekking staff costs like their transportation, food, accommodation, wages, and insurance.
  • Sagarmatha National park permit fee.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit (carried by your trek guide).
  • Trek gears like duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole. (To be returned after the trek)
  • Our souvenir to you - Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant after the trek completion.
  • All government and local taxes, VAT

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Nepal visa fee (bring accurate USD cash, US$30 per person for 15 days, and two passport photos))
  • International airfare and travel insurance
  • Any kinds of drinks or personal expenses (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottled water, soft drinks, beer, phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters.
When is the best time for Everest High Passes trekking?

The best time for Everest High Passes trekking are from late February to early May and from late September to early December. Everest High Passes trekking can be done in November-December or June-August also. But, November and December is the winter and June till August is the monsoon season. So, some compromises need to be considered during these off-seasons.

What is the Everest High Passes trek difficulty level?

Everest High Passes trekking is strenuous and challenging trek where you need a good physical fitness and mental preparedness to overcome Everest High Passes trek difficulty level. Those with no previous trek experience can be slightly difficult but if you have the best physical fitness and good preparation then the trek can be accomplished with no previous trek experience as well.

What is the level of fitness for this trek?

Everest High Passes trek is considered a relatively strenuous trek. The attempt is to cross all the three high mountain passes including reach the base camp and not summiting the peak itself, so any technical experiences aren’t required. What you need is to be in good physical shape and able to walk for four to six hours per day over mountainous terrain with a light backpack.

Is travel insurance for Everest High Passes trek required?

Absolutely! You are recommended to get travel insurance that covers even at higher altitudes i.e. up to 6000m. The insurance policy usually doesn’t cover over 3,000 meters of altitude. So, make sure these things while purchasing travel insurance for Everest High Passes and read their policies.

Do I get altitude sickness on Everest High Passes trek?

At higher altitudes, anyone might experience altitude sickness regardless of how you fit you are or age-difference. Those who haven’t lived at high altitudes may also suffer from altitude sickness (also called as AMS or altitude motion sickness). The best thing to do is walk slow and proper hydration altitude sickness on Everest High Passes trek can be prevented

How is Everest High Passes trek accommodation?

Family-run lodges often called ‘Teahouses’ are in the Everest region. Especially the higher you go accommodation is limited, so the room may differ from a private single/double room to a bed in a dormitory. Everest High Passes trek accommodation is a very basic accommodation and usually be shared shower and toilet facilities. All lodges have a communal dining hall. Though basic, these teahouses are clean and welcoming, friendly and warm resting place after a tiring day’s trek.

What are food prices on the Everest High Passes trek?

Lodges on the trail offer wide choices for foods and drinks. These contain typical Nepali meals to the continental dishes. Nepali dish ‘Dal Bhat’ with season vegetable and pickle. Or, go for pizza, momo, noodles, macaroni, sizzler, sandwich, burger, etc. Different types of coffee, fruit juice, and alcoholic drinks are also available. If you have booked a package tour then the company handles all costs. But if booked on service only then food prices on the Everest High Passes trek cost to US$25-30 per person per day for lunch/dinner, where breakfast will be included. But on high altitude treks, avoiding alcoholic drinks is a good idea.

Is drinking water available during the trek?

Bottled water can be bought or you can take along a bottle and fill the bottle with tap water with purifying tablets. These can be bought in Kathmandu before the trek. Most brands of purification tablets take just 30 minutes before you can drink. Drinking a minimum of 3 to 4 liters of water per day is recommended.

What foods should I bring with me?

Bringing snacks and protein bars is good. Daily meal includes Dal Bhat – Nepali meal which is already high in carbohydrate. If you bring your own food, lodges may charge you an additional cost.

Will the company arrange a trekking permit for Everest High Passes trek?

Yes, and trekking permit for Everest High Passes trek includes two permits. One is for ‘Sagarmatha National Park’ which is US$30 per person. The other is ‘Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality’ Entry Permit US$20 per person. Both of the permits are already included while booking the tour so you don’t have to worry about it.

Can I take showers during the trek?

Showers are available at Lodges. Especially the higher up you go there will usually be shared bathrooms in most lodges. Hot water shower needs to be paid per person. As you go higher, the colder it gets and you may have to think for the second time for a shower. Wait just a few days until your descent. Wet wipes can be used to clean your body but in trek it might come expensive. So it is good to buy them in Kathmandu.

Where should I buy trekking gear?

You can bring trekking gear from your home country. They can also be bought in Kathmandu at many trekking shops around there. But, most of the trekking gears you get here are not up to standard though are comparatively cheaper. So, it’s up to you to decide. The last option to buy them is at Namche Bazaar if you forget any trekking gears.

Is charging my camera, mobile possible?

All the electronics can be charged in lodges with an extra cost of US$2-6 per hour. Further up you go, the price for charging increases.

If I get sick during the trek, what will happen?

Sickness depends upon its nature. For mild sickness usually descending to a lower altitude with the help and support of the guide or porter is done. For serious illness, emergency helicopter evacuation service is arranged. Our guide will be in constant contact with us and takes immediate action as per the situation. This is where travel insurance comes covering for a medical evacuation service and other medical expenses. Our guides carry first aid kit with basic medication like simple painkillers, altitude sickness tablets, bandages, balm for muscle aches and medication to treat diarrhea and vomiting. They are experienced trek guides and will take care of you if anything happens to you. Besides, there are health posts in Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Pheriche where you can get medical services.

Can this trek doing alone okay?

Trekking solo trekking to the Everest region is actually possible. But since this is a long high altitude trek that involves crossing over three high mountain passes, so taking along an experienced guide is highly recommended.

How safe is the trekking trail?

The trail to the Everest High passes is relatively safe but since three high passes are involved so cautions need to be taken. During winter, the passes will be covered with snow, so gaiters, crampons, walking sticks are required. Other then that there is least to no news of trekkers being theft or any unpleasant behaviors by the locals.

Is support of a trek guide required?

Booking the trek with us, we shall provide our experienced trek guide and necessary porters

Do I need a porter?

If you are fit and can carry your own baggage which comes to 15 kg maximum and walking the high mountain terrains then hiring a porter isn’t necessary. Otherwise, hiring a porter is a good idea where you only have to carry your day-pack. The maximum load is 15 kgs each porter.

Is Everest base camp luxury trekking available?

Everest base camp trekking trail does have luxury lodges with high-end facilities. But these luxury lodges are available only at several places like Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Monjo, Thame, Kongde, Pangboche, Mende, Tashinga. Beyond Namche you have to go for the basic lodges. These luxury lodges have the finest services and the best food. The cost may be high but with the services you get will make you forget the amount you’ve paid for such Everest base camp luxury trekking.

How often do Lukla flight cancellations occur?

Lukla airport is located at the mountainous terrain where frequent weather changes occur every hour. Even a hint of bad weather arise flight delays in Lukla. When the weather goes worst especially during winter and monsoon, Lukla flight cancellations occurs even for days. Mental preparedness is required to face such unforeseen situations and keeping some buffer days after the trek is highly recommended.

What if I get tired to walk during the trek?

The goal of this trek is to walk to the base camp including crossing over three high mountain passes but for those who do not wish to return back on foot, there’s an option of flying back by helicopter. This way, you won’t have to trek back the same way but instead fly direct back to Kathmandu on a helicopter. If you get tired or feel monotonous to walk, you can choose this option and talk to your guide to arrange appropriate point for the helicopter to pick you up then fly straight to Kathmandu.

What are tips for Everest High passes trek?

Tipping is not mandatory but let’s not forget that it has become a custom to show gratitude towards your guide and porters who made it all possible for you to finish the trek and be at the base of the world’s highest peak. You can give them a certain amount as tips for Everest High passes trek as per your desire at the end of the trek.

Will I get wifi on Everest High passes trek?

Wifi on Everest High passes trek is available at most of the lodges on the EBC trail.

Are climbing gears, ice-axe required for this trek?

Everest High passes route is difficult due to the altitude and the uneven terrains but there’s no technically difficult parts are involved special climbing gears like ice axe, harness, and crampons are required. So, all of these aren’t required. But whilst trekking during the month of winter packing along gaiters, crampons are recommended since the pass will have snow with slippery paths.

Can Everest base camp can be reached without trekking?

If you wish to quit the long trek or those who are physically unfit to accomplish this long walk, there is an option of Everest Base Camp helicopter tour. This package allows you to fly over the Khumbu region and land at the Kala Patthar to witness the finest views of the chain of Himalayas including Mt. Everest from a closer proximity.

Taking children on this trek is possible?

Taking along children for this trek is an unwise decision for Everest High passes trek since it’s more strenuous and challenging high Himalayan trek.

Is there another way to base camp without taking Lukla flight?

There’s the option without taking the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. To avoid this flight, one can take a jeep or bus ride from Kathmandu to Salleri and start the trek from there. But of course, this will add extra days of the trek which will take you to Lukla then proceed further to Namche Bazaar and ultimately the base camp.

Does the trekking staff have a first-aid kit?

Our trek guide carries a comprehensive first aid kit with basic medication for altitude sickness, cold, diarrhea, headache, etc. All of our guides are trained on mountain wilderness medication.

Sleeping bags, walking poles, duffle bag are required for this trek?

Your lodge where you get a room provides a blanket. But the blanket can’t be sufficient at all times. To be on the safe side bringing along sleeping bag is suggested which we shall provide and already included in the tour cost.

How much money is required each day?

You do not have to carry much cash if you have booked a full tour package from your travel company since your trek guide shall take care of your accommodation and daily meals. Besides that only a few extra costs incur like for bottled water, charging mobile phones/cameras, shower, extra tea/coffee and of course alcoholic drinks also tipping your guide and porters. So, carrying Nepalese Rupees equivalent to a few hundred USD is recommended.

Is there ATM on Everest High Passes trek?

ATM on Everest High Passes trek is available only at Namche and Lukla, but depending upon them is also not suggested since sometimes they don’t work. Exchanging into Nepali rupees before the trek in Kathmandu is the best option.

Can credit cards be used?

Only cash is accepted during the trek and converting your currency to Nepali rupees before the trek is the best idea.

Staying overnight at Everest base camp can be done?

The base camp of Mt. Everest Base Camp is a moraine during fall or dead season. Climbers come and make tented camps there only in the spring. It’s risky to spend overnight at Everest base camp in such a high altitude and cold location without a proper sleeping facility. So, you need to come back to Gorak Shep for the overnight stay.

What is the walking hour per day?

Usually it’s about 5-6 hours in most of the days. The walks must be slow and steady.

What is the group size? Can I do this trek privately?

The maximum number is 15 trekkers. Yes, you can also do this trek privately with your personal guide and porter.

Where should I store my luggage in Kathmandu before going to trek?

Your hotel where you stay in Kathmandu will store your luggage that you don’t want to take to trek without any charge. Later on, you can pick up your luggage after the trek.

From where can I call home, my families or friends?

Most of the villages along the trek route have landline telephones from where you can make international calls. Mobile phone services are also available and even at the Everest Base Camp but the reception quality varies depending upon the locations. Internet facilities can be found but is expensive.

How are the toilet facilities in lodges?

It’s the squat toilet facilities at the most lodges on the Everest High passes trial but nowadays lodges have also built western styled toilets with a number foreign trekkers increasing day by day. It’s suggested that you should take along your own toilet papers.

What is the gear list for Everest High passes trek?

Packing along warm clothes is suggested for gear list for Everest High passes trek. These includes down jacket, thermal longs and top, comfortable trekking trousers, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves. At most cases, your company already provide down jacket and sleeping bag. Besides, clothing can be purchased in Kathmandu at Thamel area as well where numerous trekking shops exists with both local and foreign brands

What will be the temperature Everest High passes trek?

Temperature on Everest High passes trek depends upon the season. Temperature is normal during April to September with below 05° C to 20° C morning and evening are cold while the day time is good with sunshine. It gets below minimum -10° C to maximum 15° C during the day Around October to March.

What is seen from Kalapathar?

One can witness the closest view of Mt. Everest including it’s adjacent peaks and other Khumbu region mountains from Kalapathar located at 5,545 meters. It can be reached with a few hours of hike from Gorekshep.

Trip Information

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Everest High Passes Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Everest Base Camp Trekking, only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Everest High Passes Trekking, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Everest High Passes Trekking, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 20 days Everest High Passes Trekking is moderate to strenuous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 20 days Everest High Passes Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the Everest High Passes Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Everest High Passes Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as weve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if youd like to make a group booking for more than sixteen people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Everest High Passes Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid – KEEP
  • (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Governments
  • Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
  • TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  • English Language – KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
    Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
  • Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking .Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

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Everest High Passes Trek

Trip Facts

  • Nepal
  • 20 Nights/21 Days
  • Feb - May and Oct - Nov
  • Private vehicles & Flights
  • 5545m
  • Strenous
  • Lukla
  • Lukla
  • Trekking
  • 5 - 7 hours each day
  • Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Mt. Everest, Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier, Kalapattar, Kongma La (5535m), Cho La (5420m) & Renjo La (5340m)
  • Hotel/Resort in Kathmandu, Lodge/Guest house during the trek

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