10 Reasons To Choose Everest High Pass Trek
One of the renowned trekking trails in the Everest region of Nepal, the Everest High Pass Trek takes us to Everest base camp, Kalapatthar, Gokyo Valley and it’s tranquil Lakes, Gokyo Ri with fantastic views of the landscape. Everest high pass trek is an ideal choice for a true adventure seeker who seeks a challenging trekking experience. This trekking adventure involves crossing three high passes in the Everest region- Kongma La Pass (5,535 m), Cho La Pass (5420m) and Renjo La Pass (5,340 m) and set foot on the Everest Base camp, climb Kalapathhar including Gokyo Ri as well.
Everest High passes trek is a strenuous walk leading to Gokyo Lake and over the Cho La making a circuit of Tawache and Cholatse. The ultimate challenge is the hike across the Cho La Pass, which covers both the Gokyo Lake and the Everest Base Camp area (EBC). The Ngozumpa Glacier is the largest one in the Nepal Himalayas which can be viewed along our trail.
During Cho La Pass trek there is exciting ascent of Gokyo RI, Chukkung RI, Thangnak, and Dzongla. The best viewpoint in the Everest Region can be viewed, i.e., Gokyo RI. Lobuche is a vantage point for some striking views of Ama Dablam and breath-taking sceneries. Going up the trails to Kala Patthar (5554m) is one of the most enjoyed moments by the travelers and is followed by the tough climb.
Here are a few reasons to why one should choose Everest high pass trek
- Hike across three adventurous high passes Kongma La (5,535m), Cho La (5420m) and Renjo La (5340m) of Everest region
- Hike to the remote and untouched valley in the Everest region.
- Scenic flight to and from Lukla.
- Visit Everest Base camp and climb Kalapather (5,545m)
- Remarkable views of Khumbu ice-fall
- Explore the Himalayan Sherpa settlement.
- Breathtaking views of the eight thousand above meters peak including Mount Everest.
- Visit the beautiful Gokyo Lake from the Gokyo Peak
- Visit the Tengboche Monastery
Commencing the trek from Lukla, here is a route you can follow:
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 2: Fly to Lukla and walk to Phakding(2651m); 40 minutes flight and 3-4 hours trek
Lukla is 40 minutes flight from Kathmandu. After arriving at Lukla, we will trek for about 4 hours to reach Phakding along the meadows and snowy peaks of Kusum Kanguru (6367m) on the backdrop. Overnight stay at Phakding.
Day 3: Trek to Namche(3440m) from Phakding: 5-6 hours trek
Today early morning, we will walk through beautiful meadows, rhododendron forests, and magnolia forest to arrive at Namche. Namche Bazaar is the center of the Everest region which sees a lot of travelers all year round.
Walking alongside the Dudh Koshi River with mountains in the backdrop, we will get an insight into the serenity we are on to. The trail sees different waterfalls and narrow suspension bridges. Everest will be waiting to greet us with its elegance as we reach the beautiful village of Namche for our overnight stay.
Day 4: Acclimatization at Namche
Today we will explore the beauty of Namche. The culture and tradition here are fascinating as Sherpa's shower their love towards us. We can visit the Sherpa Museum at Namche where their traditional way of living can be observed.
Besides, we can explore the bustling yet beautiful market of Namche. Hiking a few hours from Namche, we can see a spectacular panoramic view of Mt. Everest(8848m), Lhotse(8414m), Cho Oyu(8188m) and many others.
Day 5: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3956m) (5-6 hours trek)
We begin today’s trek on an easy trail to the Phunki Thanga. From here we ascend towards Tengboche village which is home to Tengboche monastery, the largest monastery in the Everest region.
Located on the lap on Sagarmatha National Park, the monastery offers a panoramic view of the highest mountain on the earth including Mt. Everest. To be able to witness the religious Buddhist ceremony, we will try reaching Tengboche before dusk.
Day 6: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4380m): 5 hours trek
The trail moves downhill passing through a lush forest filled with birch, conifers and rhododendron trees. The picturesque trail dips down to Debuche with a Himalayan backdrop of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam.
After walking for about 3 hours and crossing the Imja River, we reach Pangboche. From Pangboche we move towards Imja Valley, Lobuche River and ultimately climb up to Dingboche for our overnight stay.
Day 7: Acclimatization at Dingboche
For the sake of maintaining the tranquility, acclimatization is a must. The Dingboche village is a beautiful windy settlement overlooked by chortens and prayer flags. Enclosed by stone walls to protect the vegetation and grazing animals, the village is beautiful and enriched with legendary Sherpa tradition. We will spend the day taking a deeper look at the scenery offered by Dingboche and prepare for our trek tomorrow.
Day 8: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche via Khong Ma La Pass (4938 m): 10 hours trek
Continuing along the mountainous terrain, we will start our trek from Dingboche. Taking steep uphills for a few hours, we will reach Khonh Ma La Pass from where the views are always great. Moving forward we will reach Lobuche where we will be staying overnight.
Day 9: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5368 m): 7-8 hours trek
Today the trail moves along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Ahead on the trail we see the pinnacle of the north ridge of Everest along with Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse and other mountains. A small ascent leads us to Thangma Riju. From here we admire panoramic views reflecting the Himalayan vista. We ascend on a steep trail up to the top of Changri Glacier.
As we reach Gorak Shep, we are encircled by the Himalayas. After resting for a short while, we continue to Everest Base Camp. We pass through rocky dunes, moraines, and streams before reaching the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain, Everest. From here we admire Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains. We trek back to Gorak Shep for our overnight stay.
Day 10: Trek from Gorakshep to Lobuche (5643m): 6-7 hours trek (visit to Kalapathhar)
We will start trek to Kala Patthar early in the morning to catch the remarkable view of the first light of the sun shining on Mt Everest. However, since there is a chance for chilly winds we need to be well prepared for trekking in this dark and cold temperature.
After several hours of uphill trek, we will be on the tip of Kala Patthar. The majestic closeup view of Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks from Kala Patthar is amazing. We will enjoy this stunning Himalayan vista and descend back to Lobuche where we will spend the night.
Day 11: Walk from Lobuche to Dzongla (4830m) : 3 hours trek
From Lobuche, we trek downhill on a trail alongside the Khumbu Glacier. Passing through distant stupa and tombstone we will begin our ascend. Continuing further we will pass Chola Tsho Lake and reach the beautiful village of Dzongla.
Day 12: A trek from Dzongla to Gokyo (4800m) via Cho La Pass: 8-9 hours trek
Climbing indeed is not easy, but the steep climb makes it even worse. The final climb to Cho LA can be a little tricky as the trail curves round a crevasse. The scenery of the majestic peaks from all directions is breathtaking. We will then move towards visiting the series of six lakes; Gokyo lakes. As we trek towards the second and third lakes, we will reach the Gokyo village and stay overnight.
Day 13: Acclimatization at Gokyo
We will take a rest day today and try exploring the Gokyo village as much as possible. We will take a tour of the remaining Gokyo lakes and trek back to the village for our overnight stay.
Day 14: Trek from Gokyo Valley to Marlung (4210m) via Renjo La Pass: 7-8 hours trek
The trails move down a stone staircase through barren terraced land as we descend from the Gokyo village. On our way, we are rewarded with extravagant views of the Himalayas as we reach Marlung, a beautiful village on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi River.
Day 15: Trek from Marlung to Namche Bazaar (3438 m): 5-6 hours trek
A descent from Marlung to Namche follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. Descending gradually further on a trail and passing through small villages, we will reach Namche Bazaar which is probably the biggest town in the Everest Region.
Day 16: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2860 m) 7-8 hours
We will begin our trek with a descent by crossing several bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi river. Passing through rhododendron and pine forest with a beautiful background of snow-covered peaks we will reach Lukla.
Day 17: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1400m): 40 mins flight
As we come to an end to our high pass trek we will retrace our route back to Kathmandu.
Along the routes, you can walk at your own pace, with plenty of stops for rest. A high pass in Everest trek is possible with anti-clockwise also. High pass Everest trek can be done at any time throughout the year. A high level of fitness is required to endure the long days (up to10 hours) and strenuous ascents.
Although this challenging trek is the toughest among the treks to the Everest region, it is preferred by the maximum number of thrill loving trekkers. With the provision of both thrills of adventure and wide experience towards the peak climbing expedition, the Everest high pass trek will also provide you with an opportunity of experiencing high altitude mountain scenery, traditional lifestyle and several natural wonders of this heavenly country Nepal.