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Everest High Passes Trek

crossing world High Passes of Kongmo-la Cho-la & Renjo-la

Trip Highlights


  • an adventurous traverse of world highest passes of above 5,000 m.
  • in perfect wilderness between high mountains of Everest region.
  • A breath-taking panorama of world’s highest mountains with Mt. Everest,
  • explore Sherpa culture and famous Buddhist monasteries,
  • from green alpine woodlands to arid landscapes of ice and moraine.

Trip Summary

Trip Cost :1570
Trip Duration :22 days
Mode of Trekking : Lodge or Camping (on isolated area).
Trek Grade : Adventurous to challenging (in snow condition)
Highest Altitude : Kongma- La 5,535m & 5,545 m at Kalapathar.
Trekking Duration : 17 nights and 18 days (Lukla to Lukla).
Total trip : 21 nights & 22 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu).
Best season : April to June & September to November.

Trip Introduction

Everest High passes trek leads you to overwhelming experience and views as this adventure can be taken as a small scale mountaineering, where one has to be strong physically / mentally in sound health as this adventure leads walking on ice, snow, rocks, and moraine with ill-defined a paths.

View Nepal Treks experience and veteran guide leads you to accomplish crossing over Everest High Passes with a memorable experience of a lifetime adventure by crossing three different mountain passes. Starting with scenic flight to Lukla and to famous Namche Bazaar with a visit of beautiful Thyangboche Monastery, on this adventure with proper acclimatization before crossing over famous three high passes (Kongma-la, Cho-la and Renjo-la), includes walk to Everest base camp before heading another pass to marvelous Gokyo Lake after Cho-la pass and then over the last pass of Renjo before heading back to Lukla after a fantastic adventure of a lifetime experience with great team of View Nepal Treks.

Everest High Passes Trek Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with the sightseeing tour and trek preparation.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 04 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 05 hrs.

Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.

Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 05hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m - 05hrs.

Day 08: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion.

Day 09: Trek to Chhukung 4,750m - 04 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Kongma-la 5,535m and to Lobuche 4,928m - 08 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep 5,170 m and Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and return to Gorakshep - 06 hrs.

Day 12: Hike to Kalapatther 5,545 m/18 and walk to Dzongla 4,830m - 06 hours.

Day 13: Dzongla to Cho-la pass 5,367m/17604ft, walk down to Thanknak 4,750m - 07 hours.

Day 14: Trek to Gokyo 4,750 m/15, 580ft, climb to Gokyo Ri 5357m/ 17570ft - 06 hrs.

Day 15: At Gokyo rest to visit fifth lake - 05 hrs round trip.

Day 16: Gokyo to Renjo-la 5360m/17585ft, and descend to Marlung 4,210m - 07 hrs.

Day 17: Trek to Thame 3,880 m - 05 hrs.

Day 18: Trek to Monjo 2,860m via Namche Bazaar - 06 hrs.

Day 19: Trek to Lukla - 04 hrs.

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.

Day 21: In Kathmandu free day with a sightseeing tour.

Day 22: International departure homeward bound.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by View Nepal Treks staff with warm welcome and transfer to respective hotels with briefing regarding Everest high three passes trek, hotels, lodge on route with do and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trek preparation.

Morning depart hotel for sightseeing tour at places of interest visit old Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath “monkey temple” Kathmandu valley steeped with ancient historical places listed on World Heritage Sites. After an interesting tour afternoon preparation for the great adventure to Everest high three passes trekking.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 04 hrs.

Mornings, flight to Lukla with views of mountain range, after 30 mins of great flight reaching Lukla, with short break trek towards Phakding village for overnight stop through farm villages, a moderate walk with few short ups overlooking beautiful scenery along the route to Phakding located by Dudh Kosi river.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 05 hrs.

After a nice morning, walk continues crossing bridges over Dudh Kosi River passing several interesting villages of Toc-Toc, Bhenkar and Monjo arriving at Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate, from here on the river bed for few hours and after the last bridge a steep uphill to Namche Bazaar, at Namche with facilities of good restaurant, pubs, cyber café, post office, and banks.

Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.

A perfect place for rest day for proper acclimatization before heading higher area, morning a short hike to Everest View Hotel or walk up on top a hill of Namche for views of Everest, Amadablam and adjoining peaks, visit the museum.

Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 05hrs.

From Namche on gradual scenic path with downhill to Imjatse river at Phunge-Tenga for lunch, and then uphill through rhododendron, pines, firs tree forest with views of snowcapped peaks. On reaching Thyangboche visit famous Buddhist monastery with magnificent panorama of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtenga, Thamasarku, Kwande and majestic Amadablam.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m - 05hrs.

Morning downhill walk for few hours over Imjatse River, after the bridge walk on an open country where tree lines fades for few short juniper and dwarf rhododendron bushes, uphill for a while to reach at Pangboche village at 3,900 meters. Last permanent village before Dingboche and beyond, from here a slow climb to Somara for lunch and continue walk with climb to Dingboche village for overnight stop, located in Imjatse valley with panorama of mountains.

Day 08: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion.

Another rest day for proper acclimatization, a short hike to Nakarjung hills for best views of Mt. Makalu and other adjoining.

Day 09: Trek to Chhukung 4,750m - 04 hrs.

From Dingboche a short walk to Chhukung last settlement of Khumbu area around Imjatse valley with grand scenery of snowcapped mountains with Mt. Makalu towards east. At Chhukung afternoon free or hike to Chhukung Ri for more super views of the mountains and preparation for next early morning adventure towards Kongma-la pass.

Day 10: Trek to Kongmo-la 5,535m and to Lobuche 4,928m - 08 hrs.

After wonderful stop in Chhukung, a Big Day! Start early before dawn with a climb on icy path, walking on rocky trail beneath Kongma-la and its peak Kongma or Mehra, after a good rest, cross over Kongma-la pass at 5,535 m / 18,159 ft hidden between great Nuptse wall, Mehara and Pokalde peaks. After a tough climb towards Khumbu glacier and moraine one has to be careful here on the misleading after descending the walk leads on the path to a short steep climb up to the terminal debris of Khumbu Glacier to reach at Lobuche for overnight stop in the comfort of a cozy lodge after great full day walk.

Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep 5,170 m and Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and return to Gorakshep - 06 hrs.

Today reach another highlight of this adventure to Everest Base Camp, walk for few hours with short steep climb in between over glacier and moraine, reaching Gorakshep, beneath Mt. Pumori and Kalapathar. Walk continues towards Everest Base Camp, at base camp enjoy the view of notorious Kuhmbu Ice Fall and glaciers, from here back to Gorakshep for overnight halt.

Day 12: Hike to Kalapatther 5,545 m/18 and walk to Dzongla 4,830m - 06 hours.

Early hike to Kalapatthar hill top, a black rocky ridge at 5,545 meters high, offering panorama of surrounding giant peaks with Mt. Everest at close distance, then head back to Gorakshep, continue trek downhill to reach base of Cho-la pass at Dzongla for overnight stop.

Day 13: Dzongla to Cho-la pass 5,367m/17604ft, walk down to Thanknak 4,750m - 07 hours.

Second Big Day of the adventure, cross high Cho-la pass ( Tsho-la) leading to a steep up and then crossing the glacier on the eastern side. The top of the pass at 5,367m sometimes quite challenging to cross in snow conditions, the top offers views of mountains and of Cholatse Glacier then descend carefully to Thanknak for overnight stop after a hard and steady climb over the second pass of this adventure.

Day 14: Trek to Gokyo 4,750 m/15, 580ft, climb to Gokyo Ri 5357m/ 17570ft - 06 hrs.

After a great crossing over Cho-la pass, morning an easy walk following main Gokyo trail at the foot of the Ngozumba glacier. Slowly walk leads at Gokyo Lake also called Dudh Pokhari the bank of the shore is summer settlement of Gokyo at 4,790 meters.

Day 15: At Gokyo rest to visit fifth lake - 05 hrs round trip.

Morning an option for hike to Gokyo Ri at 5,357m another highlight of this adventure, Gokyo Ri offers breathtaking scenery panorama of world’s highest peak from Mt. Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Cholatse, Taweche and to the east Mt. Makalu. After a grand vista descend to Gokyo and marvel the surrounding awesome views. Another option excursion to Gokyo 5th Lake a 5 hours of round trips, needs pack lunch as the walk leads at the base of Cho-Oyu world 6th highest mountain straddles the border with Nepal / Tibet, with views of Mt. Everest, Changtse and towering ice wall of Cho-Oyu.

Day 16: Gokyo to Renjo-la 5360m/17585ft, and descend to Marlung 4,210m - 07 hrs.

Last 3 high pass of this adventure a Big Day ! starting before dawn leaving Gokyo towards the last pass of this adventure, walk follows the path at the end of Gokyo Lake, the route to the pass offers marvelous views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche, and then crossing Renjo La pass at 5,465 m / 17,929 ft, one of the most difficult section of this adventure, on reaching the top with breathtaking panorama of Mt. Cho-Oyu and other high surrounding peaks, after enjoying the views. After a pleasant break walk follows leading to frozen ponds beneath Renjo La pass, and then a long descend reaching a small settlement at Lungdeng which is near to Nangpa-la pass towards Tibet. Walk continues to reach Marlung village for overnight stop above Bhote Koshi River up streams.

Day 17: Trek to Thame 3,880 m - 05 hrs.

An easy walk after a long tough day in achieving our goal completing all three great high passes of Khumbu, from Marlung our route leads visiting villages of Thyangmoche and Hungmo, and then walk through several scattered Sheppard’s huts and Yak grazing pasture as the path leads to Thame village an isolated village located on oute to Tashi Labtsa / Gaurishanker and to Tibet area.

Day 18: Trek to Monjo 2,860m via Namche Bazaar - 06 hrs.

After reaching outskirt of Thame village a short uphill and gradual walk to Thamo with hydro power of Namche and other Khumbu villages, a good walk leads back into green woodland of tall pines and rhododendron tree lines as the path approach to Namche Bazaar. From here retrace the journey back to Monjo near Sagarmatha National Park gate for overnight stop.

Day 19: Trek to Lukla - 04 hrs.

Morning walk reaching at Phakding from here retrace the journey back to Lukla with last climb, on reaching Lukla celebrate last night dinner with fellow trekkers and staff.

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.

From Lukla taking an early morning flight back to Kathmandu with views of mountains, at Kathmandu domestic airport our staff transfers you back to respective hotels with rest of the day free at leisure.

Day 21: In Kathmandu free day with sightseeing tour.

A spare day in Kathmandu in case of flight delay and cancellation due to unfavorable bad weather which might occur, as the Himalayan weather can be unpredictable sometimes if all goes well have a free day or sightseeing tour of Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur.

Day 22: International departure homeward bound.

Today, last day in amazing Nepal with great experience and fond memories of Everest High Three Pass trekking, as per your time for international flight, View Nepal staff transfer you to airport for your final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.

Cost Includes And Excludes

Cost Includes

  1. All arrival and departure transportation airport / hotel / airport.
  2. Three Star (Tourist Standard) hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on  bed / breakfast basis.
  3. Full day Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with a car and tour guide.
  4. A professional trekking guide with government licensed.
  5. Porter service (2 clients: 1 Porter)
  6. Full board meals in trekking (B-L-D)
  7.  Lodge accommodation during trekking
  8. Applicable TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) cNational
  9. National Park permit for Sagarmatha national park
  10. Service of trekking guide and porters daily wages-medical insurance, meals, and transportation allowance.
  11. Welcome dinner in Kathmandu at authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural programs.
  12. Down jackets-sleeping bags and comprehensive medical kits.
  13. Domestic airfare as per the itinerary Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu and trips briefing with full information and reconfirmation of your international air tickets also.
  14. Rescue help
Note: We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Visa-International airfare-personal travel / medical insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature and meals in Kathmandu, gratitude, hard / soft drinks throughout the trip.
  • Tips for staff/guide, porter
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation including Heli services and personal medical kit.
  • Early return from the trip due to a personal / medical problem in this case clients should bear his / her own expenses on return from the trek and in Kathmandu including expenses of accompanying guide / porters.

Faqs About This Trip

How hard is this trek to Everest high three passes?

This is one of the exciting and most adventurous treks one need careful planning with good exercise, previous experience on high altitude will be an advantage. However with sound health and medical including good physical training and workout can join this adventure trek starting with moderate walk but adventurous over high altitude of above 4,000 to 5,000 meters. We have set enough rest days to get acclimatize well before heading to high passes and to Everest base camp.

How cold and what to expect on this trek?

Depending upon the season of trekking, autumn and winter months can get cold above 2,000 meters especially morning and night time but the day is pleasant with sunny days most of the season. Other season beside monsoon / wet months is pleasant with occasional thunder showers during late afternoon.

How are the lodge and foods on route trekking?

As you will be trekking on mainstream trekking trails, the lodges are nice and cozy with attached bathrooms available till Namche, from then on lodge are simple and basic but clean with common bathrooms. Foods are as per the menu from Nepali set meals of Dal Bhat, Noodles (soup or fired) continental / Chinese to Mexican and Italian with Indian verities. It is better to stick with vegetarian food while on trek as it is not healthy due to hygiene. Higher above 4,000 m food menu are limited due to remoteness and high terrain climate conditions. Remember on this trek over Kongma-la and Renjo-la sometimes we need to camp.