Everest High Passes Trek - 15 Days

Trip Facts
DestinationNepal
ActivityEverest Treks
AccomodationHotel/Lodge/ Tea House during the trek
RegionEverest Region
Start / End pointKathmandu / Kathmandu
Duration15 Days
Max. Altitude5,555m at Kalapatthar
Meals IncludedAll Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
Group size2-30
Nature of TrekLodge to Lodge Trekking
Best SeasonFeb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
Trip CodeDWT50
Activity Per DayApproximately 4-6 hrs walking
TransportationDomestic flight (KTM-Lukla-KTM) and private vehicle (Transportation)
GradeChallenging

Everest High Passes Trek Insights

The 15-day trek to Everest Base Camp conquering two high passes - Ranjo La Pass and Cho La Pass - is full of high altitude thrills. If you want to get a greater perspective of the incredible landscapes that surround Everest Base Camp, this adventurous trek is for you.

Highlights of Everest High Passes Trek

  • The most thrilling yet beautiful flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice-a-versa
  • One of the world’s highest airports at Syangboche
  • Sherpa culture and lifestyles
  • World-famous monasteries and museums
  • Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), and Mt. Makalu (8,463m)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site -Sagarmatha National Park
  • High altitude wildlife like musk deer, colorful peasants, snow leopard, and Himalayan tahr
  • Traverse through the highest glacier on Earth - Khumbu Glacier
  • Astounding panoramic view of the Himalayas from Kala Patthar
  • Highest glacier on Earth- Khumbu Glacier (4900 m)
  • Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lakes
  • Stone houses and meadows around Gokyo Valley
  • Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in the world
  • Protected floras and faunas at Sagarmatha National Park
  • Astounding panoramic view from Gokyo Ri
  • Two of the three most famous passes in the Everest region - Renjo La Pass and Cho La Pass

Benefits of Everest High Passes Trek with Discovery World Trekking

  • Free pick up & drop off from/to airport to/from hotel 
  • Online trip briefing after booking confirmation
  • Easy booking and reservation system
  • Multi-channel communication (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Zoom)
  • 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
  • Easy payment system. 
  • Oximeter for monitoring the blood oxygen saturation level at high altitudes
  • Medical Kits 
  • Sleeping bags and Down jackets arrangements if you do not have your own.
  • Free excess luggage storage at the Discovery World Trekking store during the trek
  • Duffle bag for porters

 

Online Trip Briefing

The online briefing will clear all your doubts about the trek, including things to bring (equipment checklist) for the hike, the itinerary details, and what you can expect on the trails. As soon as you complete the booking, we will email you the available date and time for the trek briefing. Please note that we conduct trip briefing only once either online or in person. 

Lukla Flight Information

There might be slight alterations to the trek itinerary, mainly during peak trek seasons (March, April, May, October, and November), as the flight to Lukla will be from Ramechhap/Manthali instead of Kathmandu due to traffic congestion. At other times, the flight will be from Kathmandu. To catch a flight from Ramechhap, we must leave Kathmandu and head to Manthali around 12:30 a.m. on the scheduled departure date. The drive will take around five hours.

 

Everest Two Passes Trek Route

This is one of the famous routes in the Everest region, which includes two of the three most famous high passes. Everest High passes trek is for adventure seekers who wish to enjoy the picturesque Himalayas in a thrill-filled environment.

In addition to the snow-capped mountains, you will be witnessing the beautiful turquoise lakes, glaciers, moraines, and fantastic landscapes.

The scenery is diversified yet majestic. The trail deviates from one of the most traveled routes of Khumbu to the secluded and less visited high passes. We take this high-altitude trek slow and steady as we absorb the beauty of the humongous mountains at each step.

Your journey starts with a scenic flight to Lukla (2,850m), flying between the alluring Himalayas. From Lukla, we hike to Phakding (2,650m) while adjusting to the thinning air. On the second day, we will trek from Phakding to Namche through the Sagarmatha National Park.

You will be spending a day at Namche acclimatizing. On this day, you have several options, such as hiking to Khumjung, visiting Hillary School, and Syanboche Airport. At Namche Bazaar (3,440m). you can get many facilities that you can get in cities. You can shop for gear for the trek or enjoy a variety of cuisines and drinks.

From Namche, we divert from the classic Everest Base Camp trek paths and trek to Thame. After spending a night at Thame, you will trek to Lungden. Next, you will cross the Renjo La Pass (5,360m) and reach the Gokyo Lakes region.

You will be halting for a day at Gokyo Village for acclimatization. During the acclimatization day, you will hike to Gokyo Ri (5,350m) to catch fantastic views of Everest, Chalotse, and Taboche mountains. The Gokyo region is home to some of the most stunning oligotrophic lakes. We will surely visit these lakes to appreciate their beauty.

After spending a day at Gokyo, we leave for Thangnak. After Thangnak, we head to Dzongla. On the way lies the second pass, the Chol La Pass (5,420m). From Chol La Pass, you can savor the beauty of several high peaks - including Mount Pumori (7,161m), Mount Lingtren (6,749m), and Mount Nuptse (7,861m).

From Dzongla, we head to Lobuche, rejoining the classic Everest Base Camp Trek.  After Lobuche, we continue to Gorakshep. On reaching Gorakshep, we leave our belongings there and ascend to Everest Base Camp. While on the Everest Base Camp, you might be overwhelmed with a flood of feelings, remembering your effort to see Everest up close.

After enjoying the views from Everest Base Camp to the heart's content, we return to Gorakshep. You will spend the night at Gorakshep and wake up early the following morning to hike to Kala Patthar (5,555m). From Kala Patthar, you can enjoy the dawn breaking on Everest and other huge mountains - Mount Ama Dablam (6,812m), Mount Lhotse (8,516m), Mount Nuptse (7,861m), Mount Cho-Oyu (8,201m), and Mount Pumori (7,161m). You will also see the exquisite Khumbu Glacier.

From Kala Patthar, the descent begins, and we return to Pheriche for the night. Next, we will trek from Pheriche to Namche and finally to Lukla, where you will bid goodbye to the trails and return to Kathmandu.

We recommend all our valuable clients arrive in Kathmandu by 3 pm a day before the trek departure. It will allow you time for last-minute preparations. If, in case, you missed the online trip briefing, it will also provide us time to conduct an in-person briefing. We also recommend allocating one or two days extra for the trek. There are chances that flights to and from Lukla might be delayed or canceled due to bad weather.

Everest High Two Passes Trek Itinerary

  1. day1

    Flight from Kathmandu/Manthali to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft) Trek to Phakding (2650m / 8562ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Flight Hours 40/20 minutes
    Trek Distance 6.2km / 3.8miles
    Highest Altitude 2,850m / 9,350ft
    Trek Duration 3 hours

    Your trek begins from Lukla in the Khumbu region. During the peak trekking periods (March, April, May, September, October, and November), flights from Kathmandu to Lukla may be rerouted through Manthali Airport. To catch the early morning Lukla flight, we'll pick you up at your hotel around 12:30 am, initiating a 5-hour drive to Manthali Airport. The subsequent 20-minute flight from Manthali will take you to Lukla.

    From December to August (excluding March, April, May, September, October, and November), the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla takes a direct route. After breakfast, we'll take you to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for a 40-minute flight to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla.

    If you prefer a direct route from Kathmandu to Lukla, even in busy trek seasons, you can book a helicopter, avoiding the Kathmandu-Manthali-Lukla route. The cost is approximately 550 USD per person, provided five individuals share the helicopter costs.

    After reaching Lukla, we start the trek past Chaurikharka village to Phakding, where we halt for our first night in the Khumbu region. The crisp and comforting trek day also helps in acclimatization. In your spare time, you are free to explore places in and around Phakding.

    Phakding is the starting point for most Everest treks, and it is full of shops, hotels, pools, and restaurants. Moreover, there are a few famous local monasteries here. Among them, we recommend you to visit Rimishung Monastery.

    • Overnight stay at Khumbu Travel Lodge (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  2. day2

    Trek from Phakding (2,650m / 8,562ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 7.4km / 4.6miles
    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6 hours

    A full day of trek starts from this day. We continue along the northern bank of the Dudh Koshi River, enjoying majestic views. The suspension bridges, embellished beautifully with prayer flags, add excitement to the hike.

    After a few hours of the walk, we reach Monjo village, from where the Sagarmatha National Park begins. A challenging climb inside the dense Sagarmatha National Park forest will provide you with the first glimpses of Mt. Everest. Continuing forward through the woods and stone-paved path, you will finally reach Namche Bazaar. We will stay at Namche for the night.

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  3. day3

    Rest day to acclimatize at Namche Bazaar

    We will spend one day acclimatizing at Namche Bazaar to adjust to the thinning air. However, we will not just be sitting idle today. You can wander through the alleys of Namche while adjusting to the altitude. There are several things that you can do on this day.

    You can hike to Sagarmatha National Park and include a hike to Khumjung (3,790m). On the way to Khumjung, you can visit Hillary School and other old monasteries. People believe that Khumjung Monastery houses a yeti-scalp. You can also hike to Khunde. If you love Everest, you can get to Everest View Hotel to catch the stunning views of Everest. A must-not-miss place is the Syangboche Airport (3,780m), one of the highest airports in the world. 

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  4. day4

    Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Thame (3750m / 12,303ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 6.8km / 4.2miles
    Highest Altitude 3750m / 12,303ft
    Trek Duration 6 hrs

    Today's trek will be short and comforting. After a good day acclimatizing, we hike to Thame, home to many famous Sherpa mountaineers- including Apa Sherpa. We walk past Thamo Gumba before reaching Thame.

    The tranquil trek provides exceptional views of the Himalayas. As we walk past the ancient Sherpa villages, we get a chance to savor the beauty of the place. Thame is home to one of the oldest monasteries in the Everest region, known as Thame Dechen Chokhorling Monastery. We can explore Thame enjoying the panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains.

    • Overnight stay at the best possible lodge/hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day5

    Trek from Thame (3,750m / 12,303ft) to Lungden (4,500m / 14,764ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8.2km / 5miles
    Highest Altitude 4,500m / 14,764ft
    Trek Duration 6 hrs

    We head north to Lungden, passing through dry lands, rocky peaks, stone houses, and walls. The trail moves along the Bhote Koshi River. You might get to spot occasional yaks grazing on the meadows. The path to Lungden is gentle and comfortable. We move ahead through Marlung - a larger village in Thame Valley - to Lungden. We halt at Lungden a day before attempting the strenuous ascend to Renjo La Pass. 

    • Overnight stay at the best possible lodge/hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  6. day6

    Trek from Lungden (4,500m / 14,764ft) to Gokyo Lake (4,750m / 15,583ft) via Renjola Pass (5,446m / 17,867ft))

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9km / 5.6miles
    Highest Altitude 5,446m / 17,867ft
    Trek Duration 8 hrs

    We climb a steep sandy ridge to reach the top of the Renjo La Pass (5,446m). The trail is moderately challenging as we cover a huge elevation. Once we reach the top, the view will compensate for the effort. You will get a fabulous view of peaks above 7000m - including Everest, Lhotse, Chalotse, and Taboche. Surrounded by the sparkling mountains and the fresh breeze of the mountain air, you will almost forget your climb. Walking for about 2 to 3 hours, you reach a small yet beautiful place, Gokyo Village, where we will spend our night.

    • Overnight stay at Thanka Inn
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  7. day7

    Rest day to acclimatize at Gokyo. Early morning summit of Gokyo Ri (5,400m / 17,814ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 1.5km / 0.9miles
    Highest Altitude 5,400m / 17,814ft
    Trek Duration 1 & ½ hrs

    It is time to acclimatize for one more day. We explore the village of Gokyo as we acclimatize. Gokyo village is full of surprises and mysteries. We hike to Gokyo Ri (5,430m) to see excellent panoramic views of various mountains - including Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. The scenery is unquestionably stunning. After lunch, we will take you to beautiful turquoise Gokyo lakes and glaciers. We are sure that you will remember the Gokyo region throughout your life. 

    • Overnight stay at Thanka Inn
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  8. day8

    Trek from Gokyo (4,790m / 15,584ft) to Thangnak (4,700m /15,400ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 3.7km / 2.3miles
    Highest Altitude 4,790m / 15,584ft
    Trek Duration 5 hrs

    After a spectacular day walking around the Gokyo valley and witnessing the turquoise lakes surrounded by a blanket of snow-capped mountains, we move ahead to Thangnak. We walk past a few glaciers and through steep rock trails. Due to the land structure, vegetation is absent. The distinct difference in the landscape will probably surprise you. When you reach Thangnak, you will notice that Thangnak has only a few teahouses, but it serves as a perfect place to spend the night before facing the mighty Cho La Pass.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Khumbi-la
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  9. day9

    Trek from Thangnak (4,700m / 15,400ft) to Dzongla (4,855m / 15,930ft) via Cho La Pass (5420m / 17,783ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 16km / 9.9miles
    Highest Altitude 5420m / 17,783ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

    This day will prove to be one of the most intense days of the entire trek. We hike up a small valley where we witness the beauty of a rocky trail surrounded by spectacular mountains. After walking for a few hours, you get the view of Cho La Pass across a small moraine. Soon you will realize the intense steepness of the trail. The steep path is short, but the elevation makes it difficult to traverse. As you cross the Cho La Pass, you need to take proper care as this pass often gets snowy and icy. After walking for about an hour, you will reach Dzongla, where we will be staying for the night.

    • Overnight stay at Maison Sherpa Hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  10. day10

    Trek from Dzongla (4,855m / 15,930ft) to Lobuche (4,910m / 16,175ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8.3km / 5.2miles
    Highest Altitude 4,910m / 16,175ft
    Trek Duration 4 hrs

    The journey from Dzongla to Lobuche offers you more stunning views. With no more glacier crossing and steep uphills, the path should be more pleasant. First, we follow the moraine and then hike down to Chola Lake, bidding farewell to Dongla. 

    We continue to follow the wave-like trails to Lobuche. As you move ahead, on one side, you can get glimpses of Everest Base Camp, and on the other side, you will see the Khumbu Glacier with the rubble of ice floating. The path gets appealing as we get close to the foothills of Mount Everest. You can also visit some famous bakeries at Lobuche. Lobuche also provides panoramic views of several snow peaks - including Mount Pumori (7,161m), Mount Lingtren (6,749m), and Mount Nuptse (7,861m). However, Everest hides behind Mount Lhotse.

    • Overnight stay at Mother Earth House Hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  11. day11

    Trek from Lobuche (4,930m / 16,175ft) to Everest Base Camp (5,364m / 17,598ft) and back to Gorak Shep (5,185m / 17,010ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 15km / 9.32miles
    Highest Altitude 5,364m / 17,598ft
    Trek Duration 6-8 hours

    This is the day you will ascend to Everest Base Camp. We will begin our walk to the Everest Base Camp from Lobuche early morning. You will pass through many glaciers, including the famous Khumbu Glacier. Beyond this glacier, you can see Khumbu Icefall (5,486m). Soon, you will be leaving Army Mountaineers Memorial behind and finally reach Gorak Shep. We leave our belongings at Gorak Shep and ascend to Everest Base Camp.

    The final ascent to Everest Base Camp(5,364m) might be challenging due to the increasing altitude involving rocky dunes and moraine and accumulated glacial debris. As you find yourself surrounded by snow-capped mountains and Mount Everest standing right ahead, you might feel overwhelmed by its sparkling beauty. Reaching the Everest Base Camp is a dream come true for many. It is the closest you will get to Everest unless you want to climb it. After immersing ourselves fully in the beauty of the base camp, we walk back to Gorak Shep (5,185m), where we will be spending the night. 

    • Overnight stay at Buddha Lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  12. day12

    Hike to Kala Patthar (5,555m / 18,208ft)-viewpoint, trek to Gorak Shep to Pheriche (4,250m / 13,945ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9.6km / 6miles
    Highest Altitude 5,555m / 18,208ft
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    Our journey is not complete without a hike to Kala Patthar(5,555m). Mount Everest hides behind Mount Lhotse, so climb to Kala Patthar to enjoy stunning views of Everest. We start early morning from Gorak Shep to reach Kala Patthar to view the sunrise on Everest and other high peaks. The views from Kala Patthar are other-worldly, providing a 360-degree view of the Himalayan giants. It is also the highest altitude of your trek. 

    After enjoying the views from Kala Patthar, we return to Gorak Shep and then further descend to Pheriche (4,250m). The trail to Pheriche should be enjoyable, with forest and meadows by the side.

    • Overnight stay at Himalayan Hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  13. day13

    Trek from Pheriche (4,250m / 13,945ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 14.3km / 8.8miles
    Highest Altitude 4,250m / 13,945ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

    Through the rhododendron forest, we hike from Pheriche to the hilltop village of Tengboche. The trail is relatively relaxed, with a steady downhill followed by a gentle uphill. We cross the beautiful bridge over Imja Khola on the way. 

    As you head into the juniper forests, you might spot high-altitude animals. With the views of vibrantly colored prayer flags and elegant stupas, the tip of Mount Everest, and the backside of Mount Lhotse, you will enjoy the whole experience on the way back to Namche.

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  14. day14

    Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 13.5km / 8.3miles
    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

    Today will be your last day on the trail. First, we leave Namche for Phakding, through mostly downhill trails. You will be passing several small villages, narrow forests, and thrilling suspension bridges. You will pass a small village called Benkar before reaching Phakding. From Phakding, you will continue your trek to Toktok and then to Lukla, where you will be spending your last night in the trek region. You are free to enjoy the niceties Lukla offers. 

    • Overnight stay at Comfort Inn (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  15. day15

    Fly back to Kathmandu/Manthali from Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Flight Hours 40/20 Minutes

    After you return to Lukla after completing your EBC trek. It is time to return to Kathmandu. You will fly to Manthali or Kathmandu, depending on the trekking season. Chances are, if your trek is in March, April, May, September, October, or November, you'll fly to Manthali, and we will then drive you to Kathmandu. In the remaining months (December, January, February, June, July, and August), you will probably fly from Lukla to Kathmandu directly.

    If you want to fly from Lukla to Kathmandu directly (even in busy seasons), you can team up with four others to book a helicopter, incurring an additional cost of around 550 USD per person.

    We hope your journey back to Kathmandu will be a relaxing one. You might be overwhelmed with memories that you created during the trek. Your trek ends in Kathmandu, and you can spend the remaining time exploring the streets of Kathmandu.

    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)
What is included in Everest High Passes Trek Package?
  • Pick up & drop off from airport to hotel and vice versa in a private vehicle.
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu). Tickets and airport taxes
  • Total 14 nights. Five nights at Lukla, Phakding, and Namche (3N), room with private attached bathroom, Nine nights standard room at Thame, Lungden, Gokyo (2N), Dzongla, Lobuche (2N), Gorak shep, Pheriche (twin sharing)
  • All standard meals (15 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, and 14 Dinners) during the trek
  • Nepal Government licensed, experienced English Speaking Discovery World Trekking trek lead. For a group of 12 or more, we add an assistant guide. One porter for every two trekkers. Per trekker luggage weight limit is 9 kg.
  • Guide and porter costs, their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight, and other necessary equipment costs
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
  • Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees.
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Rescue operations arrangement in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - a company's T-shirt & cap
  • Discovery World Trekking trek appreciation after the successful trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trek
What is excluded?
  • International flight airfare
  • On-arrival Nepal entry visa fees at Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Excess luggage charges (per trekker luggage weight limit is 9kg)
  • All accommodations and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure or early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge, extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance, which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation in addition to medical treatment (compulsory)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs caused by circumstances outside our control - including landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modification for safety, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc
  • All the costs and expenses not listed in "What is included in Everest High Passes Trek Package?" are counted as excludes

Official Everest High Passes Trek Map & Route

Equipment list for Everest High Passes Trek

We recommend you bring the basic clothing and accessories to the trek. You can store the excess luggage at the Discovery World Trekking store while trekking. Though we will assign porters to carry your main luggage, we expect you to bring a regular backpack with your valuables and important documents. Your luggage weight limit is 9 kg, and we assign one porter for every two trekkers. Hence, we advise you to find a fellow traveler and pack your things together in a duffle bag of over sixty liters.

Though your preferences might differ, we recommend you use this list while packing for the trek. You can buy equipment in Kathmandu at a reasonable price.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes
  • Hands
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trekking)

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Everest High Passes Trek Blog, Difficulty, Cost, Safety, & Best Time

Arrival (Free Airport Pickup)

Discovery World Trekking provides free airport arrival and departure transfer on any flight for clients coming for Everest Two High Passes Trek. Regardless of the flight you take, our representative will be present at the Tribhuvan International Airport, holding a pamphlet with your name on it. They will present you with a marigold garland and then take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. This service ensures you do not feel alone in a foreign country.

 

Trek start

You will arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport before 3 pm, at least one day before the trek departure date. This will allow you enough time for last-minute preparations. On trek departure day, early morning, you will take a 40-minute domestic flight to Lukla. This package includes Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flights.

 

Accommodation

Everest High Passes Trek is a long trek with 14-night stays in the trek regions at the best possible lodge accommodations. You will stay for five nights in rooms with attached bathrooms at Lukla, Phakding, and Namche (3N). Nine nights stay in standard rooms at Thame, Lungden, Gokyo (2N), Dzongla, Lobuche (2N), Gorak Shep, and Pheriche. All rooms are twin sharing basis.

Please note that two nights of hotel stays in Kathmandu before and after the trek may be required, but not included in this package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels for all budgets and your interest. 

You can use hot showers and Wi-Fi at lodges/teahouses by paying a small service fee.

 

Meals

The trek takes you to high elevations, where you need enough nutrient-rich food. We will serve you plenty of fresh, nutritious, and tasty food, but you will not have as many choices as you can get in cities. The higher you climb, the lesser the food choices. The food we provide is traditional, Asian, or popular Western. We recommend you at least try popular Nepali foods - Dal (lentils), Bhat (rice), Tarkari (curry), Momos (dumplings), and Chow Mein (noodles).

We will provide you with 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, and 14 dinners during the trek.

Though you will have plenty of non-veg items in trek regions, we do not recommend them for hygiene concerns. We also advise you to abstain from alcoholic, caffeinated, and hot chocolate drinks. Similarly, you should avoid dairy items. 

All personal bills (alcoholic, hot (tea/coffee), and cold drinks) in tea houses/ lodges or cafes except standard meals(breakfast, lunch, dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.

 

Luggage

The luggage weight limit is 9 kg per trekker. We assign a porter for every two trekkers. However, a porter will not carry more than 18 kg of the combined luggage weight limit. We also expect you to bring a small backpack to carry your essentials safely. Please bring only the important things and do not overload yourself.

We'll recheck your trek luggage to ensure you have packed the right stuff during the in-person trek briefing.

 

Typical day

Every day comes with a unique trek experience, walking, enjoying the scenery, taking photos, and tasting new delicacies. An experienced, friendly, and qualified guide/Sherpa will share information about the places you will be visiting. The porters will carry your main luggage. However, we expect you to bring a small backpack with your valuables. 

The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day's walk from around 7 to 8 am, depending on the duration and trail condition. After trekking for three to four hours, you will have lunch around midday on the route to the next destination. After lunch, we will rest for about an hour and then continue. 

The afternoon walk is generally shorter, about two to three hours. Once you reach your overnight lodge/teahouse, you can snack on the extra dietary food. Then you are free to explore nearby places.

You will be having dinner from around 6 to 7 pm. Before going to bed, you can spend some quality time in friendly conversations with the rest of your team. The expedition leader/guide will brief you about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, you can enjoy onboard games like Monopoly, and cards, watch available mountaineering documentaries, or read books. Most foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of the Nepalese language from our crew before heading to bed for a well-deserved sleep.

 

Electricity and water

Throughout the lodges in the Everest region, you can use electricity for your camera, mobile, or other electronic items. However, you might need to pay a small fee for it.

You can either buy packed mineral water from local lodges and en-route shops or carry a small water bottle and buy boiled/filtered water from teahouses. Please remember that you might not be permitted to carry plastic bottled water in certain trek regions. If you want, we can provide water purification pills for you.

You should not drink water from the rivers, taps, and wells in trek regions because the water might not be potable.


Communication

On the Everest Two High Passes Trek, you can use internet service at the lodges/teahouses you will be staying in. You can contact your family and friends from there. But once we reach high altitudes, we will use phones to communicate. Discovery World Trekking's head office remains in contact with all its trek teams at least once via the trek lead to ensure treks are progressing as planned. 

You can buy a local sim in Kathmandu, but, based on the network, the mobile signals may not be strong enough. 

 

Tipping

Nepali culture accepts tipping. However, tipping is at the trekker's discretion, and it should reflect the service quality. We advise you to tip the guides and porters at the end of the trek and do so collectively. 

 

Trek End

On the last day of your trek package, we will take you to Lukla Airport early morning. You will return to Kathmandu on a flight, lasting for around forty minutes. Your flight will be a relaxing one as there will be no more distances to trek. After arriving in Kathmandu, you can spend your time however you like. Later in the evening, we will organize a farewell dinner for your team.

 

Feedback

After completing the Everest Two High Passes Trek, we will organize a farewell dinner at Kathmandu. After the dinner, we will present you with a trek achievement certificate. It is also a great time to give us your feedback so that we can fine-tune our services. 

 

Useful info

We recommend our clients add a few days extra to their trip. There is a chance that the flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu may get behind schedule due to air traffic or bad weather. In such cases, we reschedule the flight to the next available flight. We do not want you to miss your international flight back home due to these delays. In case of delays, you can choose to take a helicopter flight, but it costs you USD 500 to 1,000.

The itinerary listed above is a general guideline and might need modifications due to factors outside our control like - unstable weather, unavailability of lodges, etc. However, the need for itinerary modifications is very slim. 

In the event of an itinerary adjustment, your trek leader will ultimately decide on the best rerouting after consulting with the group members and keeping in mind the interest of the party as a whole. You cannot hold us responsible for these delays or the consequences due to these delays.


Trip extension

After completing High Passes Trek, if you stay a couple of days extra in Nepal, we can organize fun activities for you. You can explore sites in and around Kathmandu Valley, go for a Chitwan jungle safari, paraglide, raft, or canoe. 

 

Departure

On the day you return to your home country, we will pick you up from your hotel and then take you to Tribhuvan International Airport. We hope you had a good time in Nepal and return for more exciting treks.

Trek season

The weather is the crucial factor you need to consider when deciding to trek to the Everest region. People complete Everest Two High Passes Trek throughout the year, but certain seasons are more favorable considering the ease and views you can enjoy. 

During the spring and autumn, the sky is crystal clear from dusk till dawn, the rainy weather stops, and thick sun-blocking clouds fade away. The magic of clear azure skies provides the most spectacular vistas, and the cool weather comforts your body. 

During winter, the heavy snowfall at high altitudes and frigid temperatures will make the treks challenging. Similarly, the summer season coincides with the monsoon in Nepal, which means the paths will be wet and slippery. However, some thrill-seekers want to complete Everest High Passes Trek during these months precisely because of these challenges. 

January to February: This time is the coldest, especially from early January to early February. There is heavy snowfall in the mountains, resulting in low temperatures. Though the daytime may be warm and admirable with clear skies, the nighttime gets extremely cold. Treks are difficult but not impossible. Discovery conducts safe High Passes Trek during these months as well. However, if you are allergic to extreme colds, you shouldn’t be trekking during these months.

Temperature: 15°C to -15°C. 


March to April:
It is one of the best seasons to hike in the Everest region. The weather is very favorable this month. You will get stunning views of the Himalayas ranges and glaciers. March, being the beginning of the spring season, the weather starts to warm up. All flora and fauna dormant throughout the winter bounce back to life in the sun-kissed temperatures. Temperatures start increasing from the mid of March, and with clear skies, snow mountains look their very best. Many trekkers trek Everest High Passes trek during these months.

Temperature: 18 °C to-12 °C 


May to June:
It is also an ideal time for trekking, just before the rainfall. The monsoon starts in Nepal at the end of June and lasts till the middle of August. The mix of spring and summer makes the trek much more enjoyable during these months. 

Temperature: 25°C to -5°C. 

July to August: The rainfall hits its peak at altitudes below 3500 meters. Due to heavy rainfall flights to Lukla before the trek start and flights from Lukla after the trek end may get canceled. 

However, confident trekkers do trek in the Everest region during this time. True, the hikes get challenging, but they are not impossible. Discovery World Trekking will organize safe High Passes treks for you. The spectacular views of waterfalls and uncrowded treks compensate for your effort. 

Temperature: 27°C to 5°C

September to October: Favorable weather brings in large numbers of trekkers to the Everest Passes Trek. The monsoon slowly ends, and a perfect trekking climate sets in. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the daytime and falls to 5 degrees at night. This season is when trekkers enjoy trekking the most, thanks to clear skies that provide amazing mountain views. We recommend Everest Passes Treks in these months for most trekkers. In addition to clear and cool weather, two main festivals - Dashain and Tihar - also fall during these months, adding a festive mood to the whole nation. 

Temperature: 20°C to 5°C


November to December:
As winter begins, snowfalls begin in the Himalayas region, and it eventually gets tough to trek. Nights get much colder. November treks are possible with clear skies and stable temperatures, providing great mountain views. From December, the temperature starts to get frigid, and heavy snowfalls begin.

Temperature: 15°C to -14°C

The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable and changes quickly.


Trek difficulty
 

As challenging as it is, the Everest Two High Passes Trek is equally rewarding. You will hike for 5 to 7 hours, depending on the trek distance and the number of breaks you take. The trail consists of steep ascents/descents along rocky and stone-paved paths.

An average fit person can complete this trek. However, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the hike. Former trek experience or regular exercise is an advantage, but it is not required. 

This trek, however, is not recommended for individuals with sensitive medical conditions like heart or lung diseases. If you suffer from such medical conditions, consult your doctor before booking this trek.



Trek safety 

Your health and safety are our foremost priority. We carry all standard equipment and gear. At high altitudes, we monitor your blood oxygen saturation levels. Altitude sickness is more common among trekkers who try to rush their way. If anyone is rigorously affected, the only remedy would be to descend immediately. In such a case, your trek guide will decide whether to continue the trek or begin descending. Altitude sickness is more common among trekkers who try to rush their way. Hence, you will be acclimatizing in - Namche Bazaar and Gokyo. Further, we will travel as a group.

 

Discovery team

During your Everest high passes trek, our trained and well-experienced guides/Sherpas will accompany you to make your journey pleasant and comfortable. All our guides are government-licensed with years of trekking experience.

Porters will carry your luggage, but your luggage weight limit is 9kg. We assign one porter for two trekkers, and they will not carry more than 18kg of luggage. However, if required, we can also allocate one porter per person.

Our crew members are locals born and raised in the high Himalayas. So, they are perfectly comfortable at high altitudes. 

All our staff members are valuable to us, not only do we pay them well, but we also take care of their insurance, clothing, food, and lodging during the trek. All our guides and porters receive medical care when ill or injured. We try our best to keep our staff happy because we believe that only a happy person can make others happy.  

Our trek teams consist of members who have

  • Completed intensive wilderness first aid training
  • Fluency in speaking English and another major language
  • Government-authorized trekking guide certificate
  • Conservation and biodiversity training
  • Rock climbing experience

 

Visa

All foreigners except Indians require a visa to enter Nepal. SAARC (Bangladesh, Maldives, Bhutan, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) and Chinese citizens receive a free visa.

Citizens from most countries will get an on-arrival visa. For an on-arrival visa application, you will need a passport with at least six months of validity, a passport-size photo, and a visa application fee. The current cost is USD 50 for 30 days, which you can pay in cash at Tribhuvan International Airport.

Citizens from certain countries - Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan - may not receive the visa on arrival. So if you are a citizen of these countries, you will need to contact your local Nepalese embassy.

For more details, please visit www.immigration.gov.np.

Trek booking 

Discovery world trekking is a Nepal government-authorized, licensed, and bonded trek and tour operator, providing its service for over a decade. We are members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). 

Therefore, you can book Discovery World Trekking trips with confidence. We require 10% of the trip cost as an advance to confirm the booking. You can pay by bank transfer, western union, or online through our website. You can pay the rest of the trip cost in cash, using a bank transfer or credit card after arriving in Kathmandu. In addition, we will also email you the payment details - including the modes of payment available.

Please email us your other documents - passport copy, passport-size photos, travel insurance policy, and arrival and departure flight details within a week of booking the trek. 

You can book this EBC trek here. 



Currency exchange 

Nepali Rupee (NPR) is the local currency. (1 USD = ~ NPR 130).

You can exchange most foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Legal money exchanges display their ongoing exchange rates visibly to the public.

Despite the security advantage of traveler's cheques, we recommend cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high bank commissions. 

You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel. Several of these ATMs are open 24 hours a day. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee using a foreign card.

If you use the money exchange facility at banks or financial institutions, they will charge a service fee of 4 percent or more. Trek regions do not have banks or money exchanges, so you need to exchange your currency in Kathmandu - based on your trek expenditure estimate. People in trek regions only honor Nepali currency.

Most established banks in Asia do not accept torn, faded, or old foreign currency. So make sure to bring clean and new notes.


Extra personal expenses

Discovery World Trekking covers most expenses during the trek. However, meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are up to our valuable clients themselves. Kathmandu has all kinds of hotels/lodges to cater to all budgets and preferences. 

In addition, you will need to bring personal spending money to cover the visa process fees, travel insurance policy purchase, snacks for the trek, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, tips for the trekking crew, souvenirs, etc. We recommend bringing cash (dollars) that you can change to rupees in Kathmandu. Please remember that trek regions only accept Nepali currency.

 

Travel Insurance

This trek is challenging as it comes with the risk of high altitude trekking- including potential altitude sickness and other high altitude risks.

So, travel insurance is compulsory for this trek. All trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking before starting the trip. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation- including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes (up to 5,550m).

We can recommend insurance companies to help you, but we do not sell insurance policies. Our recommendations are based on our previous clients' experience. 

We request our valuable clients to send their detailed insurance information within a week of trek booking. In emergencies, we will use the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us for quick and effective rescue operations and transfer for emergency medical help. 

Before buying travel insurance, call the insurance company and recheck if they have heli-rescue and evacuation up to 5,550m in addition to treatment coverage. Don't just believe what insurance companies say on their website.


Last-minute booking

Discovery World Trekking offers a special last-minute booking provision for the Everest High Passes Trek. Under this provision, you have to clear 100% of the trek payment 24 hours before the trek departure date.  However, please note that though we try to conduct treks at any time, in case of last-minute booking, you cannot hold us responsible for delays due to circumstances beyond our control, such as bad weather, lodging unavailability, etc.


Group & private trek

We organize the group as well as private treks. The bigger your group is, the more discount you will get. However, you will not be able to get any discounts for the groups we form. We can lead and handle all group sizes. Each group will consist of a group leader/guide, a porter for every two trekkers, and an assistant guide for a group size of 12 or more.


Responsible Travel

We strongly believe we need to protect the environment from the adverse effects of tourism. So, Discovery World Trekking works together with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to organize eco-friendly trips. We try our best to balance the expectation of travelers and locals in the trek regions. 

 

Notes

The Everest High Pass trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu but we can accommodate your requests and schedule. If the trek date does not suit you, let us know. We will reschedule the trek at your convenient date.

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Cameron

Written May 08 , 2023

The Everest High Passes Trek with Discovery World Trekking was an absolute adventure of a lifetime! From the start, Paul helped us in everything to make this trip successful.

 

From crossing high mountain passes to witnessing the majestic Everest up close, every moment was filled with awe and excitement. The team at Discovery World Trekking ensured our safety and comfort throughout the journey, and their experienced guides were great companions throughout the whole journey.

 

The itinerary was well-planned, allowing us to acclimatize properly and soak in the stunning landscapes. I highly recommend Discovery World Trekking for an unforgettable Everest High Passes experience.

Jessica

Written Mar 14 , 2023

Words cannot describe my whole experience with Discovery World Trekking. It was amazing from the first day to the last day. Paul and his team were the best choices I could have taken ever ask for. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

The thrill of conquering challenging passes and the reward of breathtaking views made every step worth it. The team at Discovery World Trekking provided exceptional support and guidance. If you're seeking a trek that combines adventure, stunning landscapes, and professional support, Discovery World Trekking is the way to go.

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Adriel

Feb 02 , 2024

I give Discovery World Trekking a full 5 stars. Trekking through the Everest High Passes with them was an experience I'll never forget. All I had to do was enjoy the journey and pack my bags. Paul and his team did all the work and we had an amazing time. Our guide and those strong porters really made our journey comfortable.

And let me tell you, the places we stayed and the food we ate were actually tasty. That was enough to give us a chance to recharge after each day's adventure. Thanks to Paul and Discovery World Trekking, I got to live out the magic of the Everest High Passes. I wholeheartedly recommend them if you're up for an adventure-packed trek!

Zachary

Dec 05 , 2023

Everest High Pass Trek with Discovery World Trekking was a journey that touched the depths of my soul. From the moment we set foot on the trail, a whirlwind of emotions swept through me – excitement, anticipation, and a profound sense of connection to the majestic landscape unfolding before us.

Our guide, with his genuine warmth, quickly became a cherished companion on our trek. His stories of the mountains and the people who call them home added layers of depth to our journey, stirring a mixture of awe and admiration for the Himalayan way of life.

But it wasn't just the breathtaking scenery that left me spellbound; it was the laughter we shared around the dinner table. I am an introverted person but this journey somehow made me enjoy the company of others. Thank you, DWT for changing my personality. If anyone wants to trek, DWT is 100% recommended.

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Max F

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Apr 11, 2023

The Discovery World Trekking team was exceptional, with experienced guides who provided expert guidance and ensured our well-being throughout the trek. The itinerary was thoughtfully planned, allowing ample time for acclimatization and exploration. If you're ready to embark on a journey that combines physical challenge, natural beauty, and cultural immersion, choose Discovery World Trekking and Paul will be there to help you.

Ian

GB

Dec 28, 2022

I highly recommend Discovery World Trekking if you are planning for trekking in Nepal. A wonderful set of guides and potters. The manager Paul was always a phone call away throughout the trip.

 

The expertise and professionalism of the Discovery World Trekking team were evident from the moment we started the journey. The guides shared captivating stories about the mountains and the Sherpa culture, enriching the experience even further.

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