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
- 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)