Length of trip: 19 days
Highest Alt: 3850m
Type of trek: Tea house/ Camping
Everest trekking including three passes Chola Pass, Khongmala Pass and Renjo la pass is one of the outstanding treks being organized in Everest region of north eastern Himalayas of Nepal. This trekking offers an alternative to the classical treks to Everest Base Camp. Everest High Passes trekking is best for experiencing both cultural as well as natural beauty of the upper parts of the Himalayas.
The brilliant view of Everest from its bottom to top can be one of the best scenarios of yours during the trek. The trekking includes three different passes which are known as the most challenging passes in the Himalayas namely Khongmala Pass (5535m/18159 ft), Renjo La Pass (5360m/17585ft), and Cho La Pass (5368m/17611ft). We pass through the Sherpa villages-Namche Bazaar and Khumjung to the Gokyo Valley and the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest in Nepal Himalaya. From Gokyo RI, one can have a glance of the peaks above 8000m such as Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Descending to Phortse, make a high traverse to the village of Pangboche and climb on towards Everest Base Camp. The return route leads through Dingboche and Tengboche before descending the Khumbu Valley to Lukla. The first Pass we experience is The Khongmala Pass 5535 m which is on the highest of all these three Passes. There are many options for additional exploration and high altitude walking with the crossing of Cho La; a 5638m high Pass into Khumbu. It is also termed as one of the most difficult passes. The last Pass to be experienced during the trek is Renjo La Pass at an altitude of 5360 m. During the trek you will get a fine chance of visiting the best of Gokyo valley. Gokyo is located in the small valley immediately west of the Everest (Khumbu) valley and is far less developed and crowed than its better-known neighbor to the east. In fact, the Gokyo Valley is the only traditional permanent settlement of this area.
This trekking provides you the opportunity to be familiar with the flora and fauna of the upper Himalayas. The Rhododendron, birch etc are present there to accompany you on the path during the trek. The rare Musk deer can also be sometimes seen in the trails. This region is also the habitat for the rare species of snow leopard and red panda.
Normally you begin the trek begins from Namche bazaar after you board a flight being conducted on daily basis for Lukla and trek up to Pakding. This trek includes the overall experience of the mighty Himalayas, unique Sherpa and Tibetan Culture, Magnificent flora and fauna and the amazing natural lakes. Overall; this trekking is one of the idlest ways to experience the natural as well as cultural diversity present in the Everest region.
All accommodations for Everest base camp- Gokyo trek are in local lodges on twin sharing basis included in the trip cost and are chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard of service and food, and standard of location. During the trip, we will provide three nights in hotel, Hotel Lemon Tree or similar category hotel in Kathmandu and during our trek we will spend 13 nights at standard tea house or at lodge or at hotel in which there are unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses
Normally you will walk about 5-6 hrs a day. You will have plenty of time to stop for refreshments. Our guide will be there to assist you every step of the way during your trek. Your meals will be provided in teahouses according to your choice. Your guide will take your order from the menu and check in the kitchen that everything is fresh and well cooked. For accommodation you will be provided with a double room. Your guide will also act as your interpreter and be able explain about our culture and traditions and any other queries you may have. Our guides are well versed in English and their main duty is to help you in any way at all times. Our porter will be well equipped and insured. We want to you to feel safe and taken care of so that your trek is as enjoyable as possible.
Tourist Visa for visiting Nepal for 30 days can be obtained from the Nepalese Embassy in your country or from the Immigration Counter at Nepal Entry Points (like Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu) on payment of US $ 40.00 (you will also need a passport size photograph).
Essentials you should bring: i/ Good and comfortable trekking boots that are well worn in.
ii/ Warm socks for evening as well as light trekking socks for walking.
iii/ Warm clothes for the morning and evening.
iv/ Toiletries and medical kit.
v/ Couple of T-shirts and light trousers/shorts for the day.
vi/ Sun hat and warm hat
vii/ Sandals for evening.
ix/ Flash light or head torch.
x/ Swimming costumes
xi/ Suntan lotion
xii/ Small towel
xiii/ Warm sleeping bag
Having decided on your trek, 30% of the total Trek fee should be sent in advance. Details will be provided as to how you can do that.
Final payment can be made on your arrival with US $travellers cheques, US$ cash or Visa/Mastercard credit card ( note: paying by credit card incurs a 4% bank charge in Nepal).
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 Sightseeing in Major land marks and prepare for trekking
Day 03 Kathmandu - Lukla 2805 m 40 min flight - Phakding 2,652m, 3 - 4 hours
Day 04 Phakding - Namche Bazaar 3440 m 5 - 6 hours
Day 05 Namche Bazaar: Rest day
Day 06 Namche Bazaar - Tengboche 3860 m 5 - 6 hours
Day 07 Tengboche - Dingboche 4360m 5 - 6 hours
Day 08 Dingboche - Chhukung 4750m 3 - 4 hours
Day 09 Rest Day in Chhukung
Day 10 Chhukung - Kongma La 5535m - Lobuche 4930m 6 - 7 hours
Day 11 Lobuche - Gorak Shep 5180 m - Everest Base Camp 5364 m - Gorak Shep: 8 - 9 hours
Day 12 Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar 5545 m - Lobuche 4940 m: 8 - 9 hours
Day 13 Lobuche - Dzongla 4830m: 3 - 4 hours
Day 14 Dzongla - ChoLa 5368m -Thangnak 4680m- Gokyo 4800m: 7 - 8 hours
Day 15 Rest day in Gokyo - Gokyo Ri 5357m: 3 - 4 hours
Day 16 Gokyo - Renjo La 5360m - Marlung 4210m: 7 - 8 hours
Day 17 Marlung - Namche Bazzar: 5 - 6 hours
Day 18 Namche Bazzar - Lukla: 6 - 8 hours
Day 19 Lukla- KTM by flight 40 min