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Everest High Passes

If your dreams don’t scare you they’re not big enough!

Fit & Ready Adventure Travel invites you to embark on the experience of a lifetime by joining us for an adventure along one of the world’s most prized trekking routes – the Everest High Passes.

We will guide you across 
the rugged passes of Cho La and 
Renjo La where you will meet local Nepalese people and experience the traditional culture.

After savouring the astonishing panoramic views of Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu and Ama Dablam, you will climb the peaks of Kala Patar and Gokyo Ri to experience the breathtaking mountain vistas first-hand.

* With this trek, we offer two options: Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp trek, or the Everest Base Camp Trek

Trek Overview
  • Departure dates: Contact us to express interest in this amazing adventure
  • Season: Autumn – clear, mild days and cold nights
  • Grade: Trekking difficult
  • Trek altitudes: Min 2659m, Max 5545m, Average 3900m
  • Escorted by Leonie Berger, guided by Subal Lopchan

With our 24 week tailored fitness program you will embark on the adventure of a life time comforted by the fact that you are mentally and physically prepared to take on the challenges of this 24 day trek through the Everest High Passes.

Trek Details

Departure Dates: Contact us to express interest in this amazing adventure
Days: 24 days from Kathmandu
Group Size: 5-10 people
Price: Contact us for more information

* With this trek, there we offer two trek options: Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp trek, or the Everest Base Camp Trek

What’s included

Pre-trek

A 24 week tailored fitness program including:

  • An information briefing on booking
  • A health and
 fitness assessment
  • 24 x weekly group fitness classes
  • 8 x weekend bushwalks
  • Personal shopping for the right clothing and equipment at Snowys (receive 25% off full priced items)
  • A pre-trek departure briefing.

During the trek

The trek is fully escorted by Leonie Berger and guided by Subal Lopchan, a highly experienced local English-speaking tour leader, and includes:

  • Sightseeing (entrance fees where applicable) in Kathmandu including Bodhnath 
Stupa, Pashupatinath and the holy Bagmati River
  • 24-day trek exploring five valleys in the Everest region, with ascents of Kala Patar and Gokyo Ri, crossings of Cho La Pass and Renjo La Pass, and a visit to Everest Base Camp
  • Acclimatisation days in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche, with guides on hand to escort walks
  • Trek Pack valued at over US$500, including a kitbag, high quality sleeping 
bag designed for sub-zero temperatures, sleeping mat and inner sheet and a 
high-altitude jacket

  • Additional local English-speaking guides at some sites
  • Airport transfers

  • Portable altitude chamber
  • Instep crampons, ice axes, harnesses and ropes (if required)
  • Boiled 
drinking water throughout the trek
  • Porterage on the trek
  • Accommodation: 3 nights comfortable hotel accommodation and 20 nights trekking lodge in twin-share rooms with foam mattresses and pillows
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts in Kathmandu. Welcome dinner (excluding drinks)
  • Private bus from Kathmandu to Bhandar (near Jiri)
  • Local flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
What’s not included

International flights, visas, insurance, meals not listed, any optional tours and activities during free time, camera fees, excess baggage charges, showers on trek (if available), tips and gratuities, and items of a personal nature.

Training

To get the most out of your adventure, it’s important that you have a level of fitness prior to departure that is commensurate with the grading of the trek.

A good level of fitness and stamina is required for the Everest High Passes trek, as well as the ability to work in a team. Trekking will be difficult, including rocky terrain, scrambling across scree slopes, on moraine or snow, and walking about 5-8 hours per day in changeable weather conditions.

With our 12 week tailored fitness program you will embark on this adventure of a life time comforted by the fact that you are mentally and physically prepared to take on the challenges of this 24 day trek across the Everest High Passes.

Further information about training

Weather Conditions

Expect clear, mild days and cold nights. At higher altitudes the nights drop below freezing; however, the mountain views are astonishingly clear.

Equipment

Contact us to find out more about the clothing and equipment you will need for the Everest High Passes Trek.

Enquiries

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Itinerary

* With this trek, there we offer two trek options: Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp trek, or the Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu (1360m)

On arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel to check in and prepare for your life-changing experience.

Day 2 Kathmandu (1360m)

Rest and relax before attending a trek briefing and group welcome dinner.

Day 3: Kathmandu (1360m) 

Visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist shrines in the world, and Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River.

Spend the remainder of the day exploring Thamel or shopping for last minute items. 

In the late afternoon you will be issued with your trek pack and be provided with information for the next morning’s departure. 

Your evening is free to enjoy an evening meal at one of the local restaurants.

Day 4 Jiri / Shivalaya (1770m) 6 - 7 hours

Depart for a lengthy early morning drive to Jiri / Shivalaya where your adventure begins.

Day 5 Bhandar (2190m) 5 - 6 hours

Descend to the impressive Chamje Khola canyon before commencing your steep ascent to the Sangbadanda pass and onwards to Deurali before descending to your overnight stop of Bhandar.

Day 6 Sete (2575m) 6 - 7hours

Descending through deep rhododendron forests, across streams and passing the small settlements of Dokharpa and Baranda, you climb through winding forests down to the Surma Khola and onwards to the Likhu Khola Valley. 

Climb the ridge up to the small settlement of Kenja, followed by another steep ascent to Chimbu and onwards to Sete for an overnight stay. 

Day 7 Junbesi (2670m) 6 - 7 hours

Climb uphill through forests of pine, magnolia, maple, birch and rhododendrons to Lamjura La, the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar. Lamjura La offers panoramic views of the surrounding lush, green mountains. 

Descend the pass to Tragdobuk and Junbesi, where you spend the afternoon exploring the local village. 

Day 8 Nunthala (2220m) 6 hours

Cross the stream beyond Junbesi and climb up the forest slope as mesmerising views of the Himalayan Mountains appear before your eyes, including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Thamseruku, and Mera Peak. This is your first view of Everest on the trek. 

Continue the trail to Salung and descend to Ringmo Khola. Ascend to Ringmo, cross the Trakshindo La pass and descend to Trashingdo. After another descent through conifer and rhododendron forests and terraced fields, arrive at Nunthala for your overnight stay. 

Day 9 Bupsa (2360m) 5 – 6 hours

Descend to the Dudh Koshi River where you follow the river heading upwards to Khumbu before crossing a bridge and climbing to Jubing. Continue to Churkha, and climb the trail eastward to reach Kharikhola. Descend to cross a suspension bridge before another steep climb takes you to Bupsa. 

Day 10 Surke (2290m) 5 – 6 hours

The trail from Bupsa rises through a forested stretch passing Kharte. From Kharte, an uphill climb leads you to Khari La Pass, where you enjoy magnificent views of the Gyachung Kang and Khumbila mountains. 

Day 11 Phakding (2652m) 4 – 5 hours

Climb toward Chaurikharka, through Chhiplung and down to Phakding. 

Day 12 Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6 hours

From Phakding, follow the Dudh Koshi River along which there are spectacular views of Mt Thamserku. From there it is only a short walk to Monjo, the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. After lunch you make the steep ascent to Tope Danda where there are some amazing views of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. Continue climbing to Namche Bazaar, where you stay for two nights.

Day 13 Namche Bazaar (3440m) 

Acclimatisation Day.

This stunning vista includes a superb panorama of the Khumbu peaks and views of Everest. The afternoon is free to wander through Namche where you can enjoy the bakeries, surf the net or do a little souvenir shopping.

Day 14 Tyangboche (3875m) 5 - 6 hours

Keep an eye out for local wildlife as you walk from Namche Bazaar, including the beautiful Danfe pheasant, Himalayan Thar and musk deer.

Above Namche the route to Thyangboche becomes visible. Ascend through pine, fir, black juniper and rhododendron forests to arrive at Thyangboche. The views of Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse, Khantega and Thamserku are breathtaking. In the late afternoon visit the local monastery to join the Monks for their daily prayers.

Be sure to capture the sunset, as this is one of the best spots for it.

Day 15 Dingboche (4360m) 5 - 6 hours

Descending through the alpine forest, keep a watchful eye out for local wildlife before reaching Debuche. After crossing Imja Khola the trail gradually climbs to the village of Pangboche. Continue your ascent above the Imja Khola River and past the teahouses at Shomare and Orsho before crossing the river to arrive at the lodge in Dingboche. 

The scenery is spectacular and although Everest disappears behind the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge here you get stunning views of Ama Dablam and Island Peak. Today you will be completely above the tree line and the temperatures can drop quickly. 

Day 16 Dingboche (4360m) 

Acclimatisation Day.

Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of small fields enclosed by stonewalls that protects crops of barley and potatoes from the cold winds. It is occupied mainly through the monsoon months when large numbers of yaks are brought here to graze in the valley pastures. Acclimitise by exploring Dingboche, climbing Nakarsang, walking through the Chukung Valley where there are fantastic views of Makalu (the fifth highest mountain), or getting some well-earned rest.

Day 17 Lobuje (4930m) 4.5 hours

Ascend the small ridge behind the village above Pheriche Valley. From the chorten at the top, Taweche and Cholatse make for a striking scene; they seem to lean forwards from across the valley in the west. To the north, Lobuje Peak and the snowfields of Cho La dominate the skyline. 

Late in the morning you cross the Khumbu Khola at Dughla and enjoy a light lunch at the foot of the huge terminal moraines of Khumbu Glacier, which flows off Everest. In the afternoon, there will be a solid and steep climb on a rocky trail to the top of the moraines. On the crest of the ridge, you will pass a line of memorial cairns, built in memory of Sherpas and other climbers who have died on the various Everest expeditions. From here the view is spectacular - Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse and, across the border in Tibet, Changtse can be seen at the head of the valley whilst Everest remains hidden behind the towering walls of Nuptse and Lhotse. You then follow the valley stream to the lodge at Lobuje.

Day 18 Gorakshep and Everest Base camp (5180m) 3 hours to Gorakshep, 5 hours return from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp

Today you make an early start following the broad valley that runs parallel to Khumbu Glacier. A gradual ascent enables you to build the slow, steady rhythm required when walking at high altitude. When you reach the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier, you make a series of small ascents and descents over a rocky trail lined with cairns that eventually lead to the surprising glacial sands of Gorakshep. After a quick bite to eat you gear up and head towards Everest Base Camp. From Everest Base Camp you are able to see the notorious Everest Ice Fall that flows from the Western Cwm. This is regarded as the hardest and most dangerous section of the mountain. 

Day19 Dzongla (4830m) 6.5 hours

Another early start as you head for Kala Pathar to experience the sensational sunrise views. From the lodge the ascent is quite steep, so you should start slowly and try to ascend in a steady, rhythmic pace up to Kala Pathar, a rocky hilltop below Pumori. It is a tough walk because of the altitude, but the 360-degree view from the top will surpass your wildest imagination, as you reach the summit greeted by views of GorakShep, Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Everest, the highest mountain in the world. 

Day 20 Thagnag (Dragnag) (4700m) 6 hours

Begin the day early in order to reach the top of the pass in the best possible conditions. 

From Dzongla you ascend steeply on a narrow trail passing large boulders and huge rock slabs. There are a number of cairns lining the route to the snowfield and, while the trail is well-defined, it does involve a little scrambling. Once on the snowfield the angle eases off and you soon reach the top of the Cho-la pass where the views are spectacular, including Baruntse and Ama Dablam. 

From Nymagawa Valley, cross rocky scree and boulders to ascend the short distance to a small saddle that leads downhill to the huts and tea houses at Thangnag, where you spend the night.

Day 21 Gokyo (4780m) 2 hours

Head towards Ngozumba Glacier for a touch of boulder hopping as you pass small glacial lakes. Enjoy the stunning view of Gokyo Valley as Cho Oyu and the adjacent mountains bordering Tibet loom to the right. Reach the settlement of Gokyo where you spend the night. 

Day 22 Gokyo (4780m) 4.5 hours

After breakfast walk up to Gokyo Ri to take in the panoramic mountain views, including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. 

Day 23 Lungden (4350m) 7 hours

Arise early for a long but worthwhile day. The trail skirts around the north of Gokyo Lake and climbs up though scree slope as you reach a highland pasture. Looking back, enjoy the stunning views of Gokyo and the mountains in the background. Continue to climb on scree, as well as boulder hop towards Renjo La Pass. As you reach the top of the pass, marked by prayer flags, gaze into the beautiful Nangpa Valley.

The descent is tricky as you walk on scree and loose rocks before reaching a glacial lake from where the valley opens up. Continue to head down the valley through open pastures before bearing left to reach the small settlement of Lungden. 

Day 24 Thame (3820m) 3 - 4 hours

Continue your descent following the Bhote Kosi River downstream. Pass through small settlements to reach the village of Marlung where you stop for a well-deserved rest. The trail continues to descend, passing through the village of Taranga to reach Thame, a famous village where many of the Everest summiteers live, including Appa Sherpa who has climbed Everest an incredible 21 times.

Day 25 Namche Bazaar (3440m) 3 - 4 hours

After breakfast continue your descent through the villages of Thamo and Phurte to Namche Bazaar for lunch and an overnight stay.

Day 26 Lukla (2820m) 6 - 7 hours

Descend from Monjo to Lukla. 

Day 27 Bhaktapur

Rise early for your flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to Bhaktapur to spend one night.

Day 28 Kathmandu (1360m)

Tuck into breakfast before being transferred to the Hotel Shangri-La. The afternoon is free for you to put up your feet and relax, or to spend any Nepalese Rupees you may have left. 

Day 29 Flight home

Prepare to head to the international airport for your return flight home.

Testimonial

 

"Leonie, thank you so much for organising such an amazing trip and adventure to Everest Base Camp & High Passes. Your encouragement and belief in me made it possible. I can’t believe I have done it!"  - Jane

 

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