Everest High Pass Trekking
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Everest High Pass Trekking trail is one of the challenging and exhilarating treks to Cho La Pass (5420m/17,782ft), Kongma La Pass (5,535/18,159ft) and Rengo Pass (5,340m/17,520ft). Trekking to Everest High Pass is an exciting and adventurous one. The trail of the Everest High Pass Trekking covers most of the Everest region with a wonderful opportunity to view Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu region. The same trail also connects with Kalapatthar, Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp. The magnificent view of Mt. Everest from Everest Base Camp (5364m.) and access to Cho-La Pass (5420m.) and Rengo Pass (5,340m/17,520ft) are the center of attractions for trekkers in this Everest High Pass Trekking.
Everest High Pass Trek is full of panoramic views of the elevated mountains capped with snow. The magnificent scenes of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Cho Oyo and hundreds of peaks and mountains are very majestic while trekking around the circuit of the Everest region. The trail of the Everest High Pass Trekking goes through Everest Base Camp and reaches to Kalapatthar including trek to Gokyo Ri crossing through Nguzumpa Glacier, Nepal’s largest glacier. It combines two trails of the region, Gokyo Ri Trek and Everest Base Camp Trek so it is also called Everest Circuit Trek.
Everest High Pass Trekking trail drives through some of the ancient settlements rendering the opportunities to traverse Tibetan culture and their lifestyle. Interaction with the lifestyle and culture of people will leave you some shrewdness about the mountainous people. The feeling of being in a peaceful environment with the sky-blue glacier lakes insight is a mystical moment. Experiencing high mountain culture and activities along with the scenic landscapes of mountains and green hill are pleasant elements of the trek. Settlements of Lukla, Namche, Thame and other Tibetan origin settlements throughout the way give a clear insight into Buddhist culture in this area. Trekking is pleasingly adventuresome while trekking to the high passes and retrieving back to Lukla. Everest Hiking Pass trekking brings you to the remote and elegant villages, narrow ranges, hidden Sherpa culture and tradition, beautiful glacial lakes and rivers, monasteries and chorten, and diverse flora and fauna.
Everest High Pass Trekking is a not difficult trek but it may have challenges in some days while walking in high elevation. Trekkers need to have good well-being and adaptation to trek in this region. Trekking in this region is life memorable adventure as it passes through the foothill of the world’s highest Mt. Everest. The best favorable time for Everest High Pass Trekking is from September – December, and March-May. However, due to located at high altitude place, the weather can go from good to bad at any moment and bad weather can be encountered at any time.
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
As you land at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel. After refreshment a brief description of the trek and introducing guide and other members who will be helping in the trek. Welcome dinner and getting to know each other, in the evening.
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 3 - 4 hrs.
After breakfast, on the following day, you will catch a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla a gateway destination from where our trek begins which consumes 35 minutes. From Lukla, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding (2,610 m). At one hour’s gradual descent, we will reach Cheplung village from where a beautiful view of Mt. Khumbila (18900 ft.) -a sacred mountain that has never been climbed. Overnight in Phakding at tea house.
Trekking from Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft.): 5 - 6 hrs.
After breakfast, trekking starts from Phakding to Namche (3,440m) taking 5 hours duration. All through the day, from Phakding leads to various Sherpa villages: Rimijung, Zamfute, Benkar, Chhamuwa, and Monjo; interspersing magnificent forests of Rhododendron, giant fir trees, and magnolia and multiple crossings over Dudh Koshi River. The entrance of Sagarmatha National Park is at Monjo, where trekking permits are checked. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading center of this region. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar in the hotel.
Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar: 3,440m/11,284ft
Today is a rest day so take time to relax and sleep and enjoy the beauty of Namche village. One hour hike to Everest View Hotel, for views of notable peaks like AmaDablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest. On the way back to Namche there lies the Khumjung Monastery (houses a yeti scalp!) and Hillary School. The local museum embodying exhibits displaying the area's native flora and fauna as well as the history of the Mount Everest region. It is the main center of the Everest region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery, etc. Overnight at lodge.
Trekking from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3867 m): 5-6 hours
After breakfast in Namche, follow the trail along the side of the valley high above the Dudh Koshi River. After 30 minutes’ walk from Namche Bazaar through the Sanasa and kenjomo can see Himalayan Thar, Ghoral, Deer and Danphe (National bird) and first views of the Khumbu region's giant peaks: Mount Everest, Nuptse, AmaDablam and close up view of Thamserku. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in Khumbu called Tengboche monastery (3,867m). Overnight at lodge in Tengboche.
Trekking from Tengboche - Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft.): 5 - 6 hrs.
The trek continues in the early morning after a subtle breakfast at Namche. From Namche, the trail ascends uphill for few hours through dense forest that has trees like birch, juniper, fir, rhododendron, etc. Through this forest arrive in a lovely place i.e. Deboche which is at 3,650 meters with a magnificent view of Mt. AmaDablam, Mt. Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse. The walk is mostly up-hill and continues to be so until you reach a large main- wall gate. Dingboche through Pangboche, this route offers to see more views and natural beauty. Dingboche is a lovely place and stone- walls protecting the agricultural fields i.e. barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight stay in the guest house.
Dingboche: acclimatization and rest
Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers. Exploring the beautiful village, there is a moment to have some breathtaking views of the North face of AmaDablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. To preserve barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals, the array of fields surrounded by stone walls. At the day time stroll around to Nagarjun Hill for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache, AmaDablam and others. Night's rest at our guesthouse in Dingboche.
Trekking from Dingboche to Chhukung (5,546m): 6 – 7 hours
After the breakfast, the trek passes through stone-walled fields, alpine landscape, and Imja Khola valley before entering glacier moraines amidst towering Himalayas. The trail guides to Bibre which is a yak shepherd place. Across the valley, there is a fantastic view of AmaDablam and the Amphu Labsa mountains. The trail ahead is intersected by icy streams. Then continue to walk for around half an hour and reach Chhukung from Bibre. It is the pleasant walk around Chhukung since there are glaciers and massive snowy mountains all around the place. Spend the night at Chhukung.
Cross to Kongma La pass (5535m/18,159ft) and trek to Lobuche (4940m/16,210ft): 6 - 7 hours
Breakfast in the early morning since has to reach the highest part of the entire trip which is Kongma La pass. There are two paths way either take a trail over a hill which is to the northwest of Chhukung over the Nuptse Glacier moraines or walks back to Bibre and treks on the trail above the Niyang Khola.
After a few moments’ walk there are great views of Island peak valley and jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha. Incline along the east side of Niyang Khola valley, turn west and walk through the sloppy stony trial.
On the top of the pass, marked by cairns and Buddhist prayer flags. The final descent from the pass is the most difficult part of the trek. After climbing the moraine, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which leads to Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche.
Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m/17,594 ft.): 6-7 hours
After having breakfast at the lodge, start trekking following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial ponds and icebergs down below of the Khumbu glacier. Straight ahead is Kalapatthar – the best vantage point to view the entire south face of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. Ahead on the trail glimpse of the north ridge of Everest along with Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse and other mountains can be seen. A small ascent takes to Thangma Riju from here can admire panoramic views of the Himalayan vista. We ascend on a steep trail up to reach Gorak Shep, which is surrounded by the Himalayas. Then again continue trek to Everest Base Camp.
The leads through rocky dunes, moraines, and streams to reach the base camp and to enjoy the superb panorama view of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains. Descend back to Gorak Shep and spend the night.
Trekking from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545 m/18,192 ft.) to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft.): 8 - 9 hours
The trek has to be started early morning to reach the top of the Kala Patthar to catch stunning views of the ray of the sunlight on Mt. Everest. However, the trek needs to be prepared in the dark and cold temperature (the temperature varies according to the season). It is common to have chilly wind above. An ascent trek continues for several hours, we will be on the top of the Kala Patthar which offers an amazing close-up view of Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks. After enjoying the stunning Himalayan vista and descend to Lobuche where staying the night.
Trekking from Lobuche to Dzongla (4830m/15,850 ft.): 3 - 4 hours
After breakfast, trek downhill on a trail alongside the Khumbu Glacier. The trail splits into two: - one admires the view of the looming Awi Peak and another pass through a stupa and tombstones in the distance. Path choosing is a difficult task as one has to leave behind. After walking for a while begin to ascend and view Chola Tsho Lake nearby. After crossing the Chola Khola on a bridge, reach to Dzongla. Overnight in Dzongla.
Trekking to Gokyo (4800m/15,580 ft.) via Cho La pass (5368m/17,611 ft.): 7 - 8 hours
After having early breakfast at the lodge, start trekking early morning to go through crossing the Cho La pass (5370m). As we gain height, the Cho La Lake begins to appear. The ascending path is steep and made worse by boulders. The final climb to the Cho La can be a little tricky as the trail curves round a crevasse. Cho La Pass (5,420m) is formed between the snowcapped summits of Lobuche (6,135m) and Cholatse (6,443m). The top of the pass is marked by prayer flags and cairns on the memory of lost ones. The scenery of majestic peaks in all directions is breathtaking. Although long, the path leading down to Thangnak is not difficult. The trail leads the edge of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the longest in Nepal. From another side of the glacier, the second Gokyo Lake on the series of six lakes and in a short distance away, the third Gokyo Lake can be found. The Gokyo Village lies on the edge of Gokyo Lake. Night in the Gokyo Village.
Rest day at Gokyo
A day for a rest day in the Gokyo Valley is an exceptional opportunity for the physical wellbeing of our bodies. This acclimatization day is grasped as an opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri from where you will have a magnificent view of highest peaks, from the west to east are Cho you (8,153m), Gyachung Kang (7,922m), Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8,501m) and further way Makalu. Overnight stay at Gokyo village.
Trekking from Gokyo to Marlung (4210m/13,810 ft.) via Renjo La Pass (5360m/17585 ft.): 7 - 8 hours
The trek starts early in the morning to complete the long day’s trek ahead. The trail moves alongside Dudh Pokhari (lake) for a while. After a walk around two hours, descending towards the Renjo La pass. While passing through Renjo La pass, it offers with extravagant views of the Himalayan, Rolwaling ranges and others. From the top of the pass, the views of Mt. Everest reportedly beat even the panoramic Everest views from Kalapatthar and spectacular views of Gokyo Lake. Continuing the trail, it winds down a stone staircase and then moves over loose scree to reach the south bank of Angladumba Tsho Lake. The presence of ice on the trail while descending can make the descent a bit hazardous. Along the way, Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake can be seen. Pass down a narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Lumde. It almost an hour from Lumde to get to Marlung on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi River. Overnight at Marlung.
Marlung to Namche Bazaar: 5 - 6 hours
After taking breakfast, the trail descends from Marulung to Thame follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. Cross the bridge on the Bhote Koshi River and descend to Taranga. The trail continues to descend and cross two more bridges before reaching Thame. Thame is its famous Gompa -a picturesque monastery set among the many homes of monks and laypeople situated on a hill to the west. Gradually roll down on a trail that passes through a few small villages and finally Namche Bazaar which is probably the biggest town in the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Trekking from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft): 6 - 8 hrs.
After a delicate breakfast at Namche Bazaar, the trek begins. The trail drops down the steep path to Lukla crossing fast flowing Dudh Koshi River and Suspension bridge. Although hiking the same path, it feels completely new views of a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow-covered peaks. While passing through Sherpa villages' noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and the culture of prayer stones and prayers flag.
Flight to Kathmandu (1,310m) and Sightseeing in Kathmandu
In an early morning, a flight to Kathmandu taking 35 minutes from Lukla Airport. Arriving in TIA then again transferred to the hotel. After breakfast, a guided trip to world heritage sites within a Kathmandu valley and highlights of surrounding areas like pilgrimage sites of Hindu temple Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, pilgrimage center of Buddhist, Swayambhunath, a monkey temple, Patan and Kathmandu Durbar square.
In the evening, farewell dinner. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Final departure to your destination.
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