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Everest High Passes (23 Days)

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Trip Overview


The ultimate Everest trek must be the Everest High Passes. Beginning from the popular Khumbu Valley, the Sherpa's home, we acclimatize before following the trail taken to Dingboche by many of the great Everest climbers. We're going to start our first summit here, Nangkartshang Peak. We ascend Chukkung Ri higher up the valley for spectacular views of some of the world's largest peaks.Our first pass is the Kongma La, with amazing close-up views of Nuptse, which takes us to Lobuche, from where we have the opportunity to climb Kala Pattar to the classic view of Everest's south face. We cross the Cho La Pass from here and reach the quieter Valley of Gokyo. Here we are surrounded by spectacular glacial lakes and Gokyo Ri's climb offers stunning panoramic views. Our last pass is the Renzo La which takes us back to Lukla back into the Thame Valley and the last leg of this circular trek. This is certainly not recommended to novices with most of the walking above 3600 m, but it will cater to those who are fit and have been trekking at altitude before.

Itinerary
Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.

Places Visited: Kathmandu

Activities:

Drive approx 25 minutes depending on the traffic. After the check in formalities at the hotel lobby there will be short briefing of the following day's program by your Tour Leader. After the briefing you have a choice to go for group dinner to a Nepalese restaurant and experience the culture through our food and dance.

Day 2

Free day in Kathmandu (1350m)

Places Visited: Kathmandu

Activities:

There will be a full trek briefing today. After briefing its free for individual exploration and you may like to visit some of the most important temples in the valley – Pashupatinath is one of the most important Hindu temples in Nepal, Boudhanath the largest Buddhist stupa and Swayambhunath from where you get a good view of the whole of Kathmandu. Kathmandu is a busy city full of contrasts and extremes. Temples, religious shrines and a way of life centuries old all mingle with the hustle and bustle of 21st century.

Day 3

Fly to Lukla (2850m), trek to Phakding (or Monzo)

Places Visited: Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Lukla)

Activities:

We take the spectacular flight to Lukla, where we meet our guides. We set off downhill from Lukla to the village of Phakding (2656m) or Monjo (2815m).
Approximately 4-5 hours walking.

Day 4

Namche Bazaar (3445m)

Places Visited: Namche

Activities:

We climb steadily on a winding path on the banks of the Dudh Kosi River, through villages and forests dwarfed by gigantic rock walls until a final steep climb that brings us to Namche Bazaar. Namche is in a unique position surrounded by mountain ranges with colourful houses scattered in an amphitheatre of rock. Approximately 5-6 hours walking.

Day 5

Namche Bazaar (3445m)

Places Visited: Namche

Activities:

This morning we get up early to walk to the top of Namche for stunning sunrise views of the summit of Everest (8,848m) peeping out from behind the rock curtain of Nuptse. Today we spend the day around Namche acclimatizing to the rarified air. We will trek to the villages of Khumjung and Khunde. At Kunde is the hospital built by Sir Edmund Hillary and in Khumjung we can visit the Hillary School and the ancient monastery which houses the only remaining skull of a Yeti. Approximately 5-6 hours walking.

Day 6

Tengboche (3867m)

Places Visited: Tengboche

Activities:

Trek to Tengboche.

Day 7

Dingboche (4350m)

Places Visited: Dingboche

Activities:

A dramatic walk on a narrow traversing path to the quiet village of Pangboche (3900m), one of the highest inhabited villages on earth. A gradual climb leads us past Shomore, where we stop for lunch and then further climbing takes us above the tree line to the to the remote Sherpa village of Dingboche (4350m) at the entrance to the Khumbu valley. A slow and steady pace as we gain altitude will reap benefits. Approximately 5 hours walking.

Day 8

Dingboche; trek to Nangkartshang Peak

Places Visited: Dingboche

Activities:

We stay here for another night for acclimatization and today head towards Nangkartshang Peak (5100m) for amazing views of an array of peaks including Makalu and Ama Dablam. The trail is very steep and we go as far as we can today. We return to Dingboche for a late lunch and have the afternoon to explore the village. Approximately 5 hourswalking.

Day 9

Chukkung Ri (5417m)

Places Visited: Chukkung

Activities:

We follow an easy trail up the valley following the Imja Khola towards the village of
Chukkung, with Island Peak looming directly ahead. From here we climb to Chukkung Ri (5417m) for stunning panorama dominated by Makalu. Approximately 5 hours walking.

Day 10

Lobuje (4950m)

Places Visited:

Activities:

If the weather is good and we’re feeling fit, we will head for Lobuje via the Kongma
La (5535m). It’s a very long day so we leave early taking packed lunch from the lodge or plenty of snacks. The route climbs all morning and follows grassy slopes towards the pass past a series of beautiful lakes. A final steep rocky section brings us to the top where we are rewarded by some of the best views of the trek. Nuptse rises right above us and we can see Makalu in the distance and a whole host of other 7000m peaks. The descent is very steep and rocky at first so we need to be careful on the descent. A long descent brings us to the edge of the Khumbu glacier and the final sting in the tail today is a walk across the glacier. The trail goes up and down across this amazing mass of ice and rock to the small collection of lodges at Lobuje. This is a long and challenging day, and only to be attempted by those who are feeling strong and have acclimatised well. If in doubt it will be better to join the porters on the shorter route to Lobuche via Dingboche and Duglha. Approximately 10hrs.

Day 11

Gorak Shep (5180m), visit Everest Base Camp

Places Visited: Gorak shep

Activities:

An early start again as we have a long walk today. We follow the main trail over the rocky moraine beside the Khumbu Glacier and climb up and down for almost 3 hours to the few lodges at Gorak Shep. After a light lunch and rest, there is an option to continue on to Everest Base Camp (5300m), which will take another 3 hours. Take snacks, water and warm clothes as there are no lodges at Everest Base Camp. The trail climbs up and down at the side of the Khumbu glacier finally dropping onto the glacier itself for the last half an hour. From Base Camp we can see the Khumbu Icefall tumbling down from Everest and in spring we can see the colourful tents of the expeditions attempting the peak. A quick photo stops and we retrace our steps to our lodge at Gorak Shep arriving late afternoon. Approximately 7/8 hours walking.

Day 12

Lobuje (4930m)- Kala Patar (5545m)

Places Visited:

Activities:

Early morning often gives clear weather on Kala Patar (5545m), a steep 2.5/3 hour climb above Gorak Shep. A must for the classic view of Everest’s magnificent south face and the Khumbu Icefall. We return to Gorak Shep and descend to Lobuje. Approximately 5-6 hours walking.

Day 13

Dzongla (4843m)

Places Visited: Dzongla

Activities:

We head for Dzongla, which is an easy 4 hrs walk from Lobuje on a wonderful trail contouring the hillsides with magnificent views.

Day 14

Cross the Cho La to Thangnak (4700m)

Places Visited: Thangnak (Dragnak)

Activities:

A long day as we cross the glaciated Cho La Pass. We head up a quiet valley below the dramatic north face of Cholatse (6440m) towards Cho La (5368m). The route gets steeper with some rocky scrambling. After crossing the glacier at the top we descend, at first on a very steep rocky tail and then crossing a couple of ridges to drop down to our next lodge at Thangnak (4700m). Approximately 6-7 hours walking.

Day 15

Gokyo (4750m)

Places Visited: Gokyo

Activities:

We cross the massive Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest in Nepal, to reach Gokyo. Set in a spectacular location by the lake we can either relax this afternoon.Approximately 3 hours walking.

Day 16

Climb Gokyo Ri (5360m)

Places Visited: Gokyo RI

Activities:

This morning we climb Gokyo Ri for another spectacular 360° view including Everest,
Nupte, Lhotse and the mighty Cho Oyu. The climb is steep and will take 2.5/3 hours.
We return to Gokyo for lunch and the afternoon is free for more exploration.
Approximately 4 hours walking.

Day 17

Cross the Renzo La (5360m) to Lungden 4300m

Places Visited:

Activities:

From Gokyo we skirt the lake and head up on a rocky path then across slabs to reach Renjo La (5360m) in about 4 hours. It’s quite similar to the view from Gokyo Ri and on this, our final pass crossing, we can take time to enjoy the grand array of vast Himalayan giants all around us including magnificent views of Everest. All too soon it will be time to drop down, steeply at first, to our next lodge at Lungden. Approximately 8 hours walking.

Day 18

Thame (3820m)

Places Visited: Thame

Activities:

An easy walk down the valley to Thame where we spend the night. We have now joined the trading route between Nepal and Tibet . In the afternoon there will be time to visit Thame’s beautiful Gompa which is over 300 years old and to have a walk around the village to see the way of life which is more traditional here than in the popular trekking areas Approximately 4 hours walking.

Day 19

Monzo (2815m)

Places Visited:

Activities:

Heading back down the trail we’ll have a stop in Namche then retrace our steps back down the Dudh Kosi River to Monzo. Approximately 6 hours walking.

Day 20

Lukla (2850m)

Places Visited: Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Lukla)

Activities:

We continue down the valley but there is also a fair amount of climbing today to reach Lukla - however by now we are fit and acclimatised, and it’s so much easier than on the way up. It’s time to say goodbye to the porters who have enabled us to make this amazing journey Approximately 5 hours walking.

Day 21

Lukla to Kathmandu

Places Visited: Kathmandu

Activities:

We Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel and rest of the day is free.

Day 22

Kathmandu

Places Visited: Kathmandu

Activities:

Free day – perhaps visit Swayambhunath – ‘The Monkey Temple, or do some last minute shopping.

Day 23

Depart Kathmandu

Places Visited: Kathmandu

Activities:

After Breakfast, Final Departure. Transfer to Airport or continue with your own arrangements.

Cost Includes
  • First aid medical kit carried by the guide

  • All necessary airport Pick up and drop off.

  • 18 days walking with full porterage. Altitude maximum 5546m

  • average 3900m. Accommodation 4 nights hotels

  • for example when there has been heavy snowfall

  • 18 nights teahouses Food Breakfast in Kathmandu only. What to Expect The High Passes of Everest is a tough trek. It is grade D with 18 days walking. The maximum altitude we reach is 5546m and the average is 3900m. It is recommended for those who have pr

  • Leader/asst.guide and porter insurance/food/lodge charge.

  • Three nights Kathmandu hotel accommodation at Royal Singi Hotel or similar on bed twin (double room) sharing and breakfast basis.

  • Airfare for clients and staff to/ from Lukla on fix wing daily schedule flight including airport tax and flight insurance surcharge.

  • Everest National Park fee and TIMS Card /Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fee

  • RT Bags 1 per client

  • Oxygen back up for Emergency if needed.

Cost Excludes
  • All the lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and on trek days.

  • Personal medical insurance.

  • Personal trekking gear.

  • Alcoholic Beverages.

  • Personal Nature Expenses

  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.

  • International air ticket and airport tax

  • Visa Fees (Nepal)

Trip Highlights

Ultimate Everest Trek.

Visit the Khumbu Valley, home of the Sherpa's.

Magnificent view of some of the biggest mountains in the world.

Most walk is above 3600m.


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