Moderate to Strenuous
Hotel/Trekking guest houses
2 - 15 People
The Everest trek facilitates crossing three high passes which are not on the standard Everest trail, Renjo La (5,388m/17,513ft), Cho La (5,380m/17,650ft) and Kongma La (5,535m/18,159), and also offering the opportunity to explore the Everest region at its best. The high passes trek tends to be more challenging and longer than the average Everest Base Camp Trek.
It crosses through high-altitude alpine forests, providing rare encounters of Himalayan flora and fauna. The hospitality offered by the inhabitants of the region, Sherpa, is commendable.
Catching a glimpse of few of the Eight-thousanders located in the region, namely; Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Maklau, Nuptse, Pumori, and Amadablam, can be overwhelming.
21 days of continuous trekking up the mountain can be very challenging and exhausting. One can have spare days en route to ensure plenty of time to acclimatize, moreover, the assistance provided by the guides and Sherpa will make your trip more comfortable. They are trained in treating minor sickness on the trek.
The trek does not require any climbing experience, therefore, one with minimal trekking experience can choose this trek.
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists you in transferring to your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening we'll meet and brief you about your trip and take you for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurants in the heart of Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
After breakfast the day will start with our guided trip to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley; the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, the world biggest Boudhanath stupa and visit Swyambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple. After exploring the surrounding areas visit historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with temple, unique architecture and Kumari (living goddess). Evening pre-trip discussion and introduce our fellow trekking staff for your adventure trip. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel
Early morning we fly from Kathmandu to the tiny airstrip at Lukla for about 40 minutes scenic flight; you will have time to stroll around, while the guide sort and divide the load baggage to be carried by porters. After we start our walk from Lukla passing through several Sherpa villages and few suspension bridges and reach Phakding, a dense settlement of Sherpa peoples for overnight. As this is your first day of the trek at Everest, we hike only for 3 to 4 hours and take time for adopting walking. Evening relax or explore remaining time strolling around this Sherpa village. Overnight at Phakding
After breakfast we will continue up the bank of the Dudh Kosi, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo the entrance gate of the Sagarmatha National Park. When we enter the National park boundary we descend, a gradual walk brings us to the suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi river to Jorsalle village, the last village till Namche Bazaar. After walking for sometime on the riverside, we will reach Hilary suspension bridge and walk ascent to the top of big hill Namche for a few hours which is our stop for this day. Namche is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu Region. Overnight at Namche
We do require an acclimatization day at this altitude to adopt high altitude before heading up to high elevation so today will be our first acclimatization day in this trek. You will have full day leisure or visit Everest View Point hotel for wonderful panoramic view or take a short hike to Thame village or stroll around the market as per your wish. If this is a Saturday; one can see the lively & colorful market of Namche as Saturday used to be a typical day for people shopping, exchanging and sailing their goods. Also you can visit Sherpa Museum as well as a great place to learn Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering and stroll back to the hotel for overnight.
Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5 - 6 hrs Upon breakfast in Namche, we set out towards Tengboche, enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows more or less smooth trail with few ups and downs which will not bother us as the magnificent view of the Himalayas keeps our company all through the journey. Along the way, we can spot wildlife musk deer, a herd of Himalayan Thar and multicolored pheasants. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga, we gear up for a slightly tougher climb through the pine forests before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Nuptse, and Mt Everest, and it has the biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region. We pay our visit to the monastery the same day at around 3 pm to witness the ceremony in the principal and popular monastery of Everest region. Overnight stay at a lodge at Tengboche. (B,L,D)
With mountains at its backdrop, the monastery at Tengboche looks more spectacular in the morning. At this juncture, we can take pictures of the monastery and the scenery around and as usual start the day journey. We choose the upper trail for better views on the way to Pangboche village. We pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. The place where we stop for lunch not only serves delicious food but also allows a fantastic close-up view of Mt Ama Dablam. In the afternoon, we walk north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Mt Ama Dablam. From here onwards, the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley gradually unfolds as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. We descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. On arrival at Dingboche, we will see beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight at Dingboche. (B,L,D)
From Lobuche we take a slightly different route down to Dingboche. Then we slightly ascend into the Chukkung Valley.Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
You leave the classic base camp route today as you head to more higher altitude and go through the Khumbu Glacier to reach the third and final pass of the trip – KongmaLa Pass. At 4,700 m the pass is the highest of the three and lacks any shops or tea houses along the way.
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail we see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive 360 degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori is we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world - Mt. Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colours against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the Spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. Everest actually is not visible from here. By now we have met the ultimate objective of our trip. However, the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more admirable than the sunrise view, so it is suggested to visit Kala Patthar today during sunset. As the setting sun's rays strike the snow capped mountains the resulting scenery is indescribable. For those trekkers who wish to continue to Kala Patthar, our guides and Sherpa coordinate in hiking to Kala Patthar for amazing sunset view today rather than waiting until the next day. Overnight in Gorak Shep at a local lodge. (B,L,D)
Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar and witness the first light of day caress the peaks of the mountains, particularly, Mt. Everest. However, we need to be prepared for an early morning departure, amid predawn darkness and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C). Further, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we can pause to catch breath at several outstanding view points from where we can snap great pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From Kala Patthar, we scramble up to the top of a rocky outcrop marked by cairns and prayer flags. Mind-blowing Himalayan panorama unfolds before our eyes as they wander from one mighty massif to another. We can take as many pictures as we want with our camera but do not forget to imprint the vista into our mind's eye so that it lasts a lifetime. On being back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast and wait other participants to return. Those participants who wish to visit Everest Base Camp today will have early breakfast as the hike to base camp takes longer (4-5 hrs) than the Kala Patthar hike. Upon return to Gorak Shep, the group will have to lunch at Lobuche. After lunch continue to Dzongla, (B,L,D)
Today we need move early morning around 6 AM from Dzongla to avoid the strong winds on the pass and stones falling from the cliffs. The beginning is fairly easy but after around 30 minute enough the slope steepens and becomes increasingly more challenging. When getting close Chola Pass there are icy path but not very slope we need keep close the distance between members after reach at Chola Pass then will have some pack foods and gradually descend west side of Cho La Pass without crampons or micro spikes can be somewhat tricky, but lots of fun at the same time. After successfully cross the pass then can reach grassy land then straight go downhill route to Thagnak . Overnight in Thagnak. (B,L,D)
Thagnak to Gokyo is a very short day so we have time on this day if not so tired to do Gokyo Ri (weather permitting) or chose to putter around Gokyo talking to fellow trekkers, eating cakes and drinking tea after lunch at Gokyo. The route is short but entire path in active glacier so it could be harder than normal route stone falling and slippery path not permanent path in Ngozumba Glacier because the glacier is active. Overnight at Gokyo(B,L,D)
We spend another day in Gokyo, If the weather is good, we climb Gokyo Ri today if did not on day 11th. From the top of Gokyo Ri we admire the Himalayan vista and the tranquil Gokyo lakes. We also hike to the fourth and the fifth Gokyo lakes. The 4th lake is only about 3km north of Gokyo. It is marked by high cliffs and Himalayan peaks rising above it. We continue to walking a little further and reach the 5th lake. A climb up a nearby hill will guarantee us remarkable views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. We can see a lot more from here - the spot is called Scoundrel's Viewpoint. From the northern part of the 5th lake we see the Cho Oyu base camp and Ngazumpa Glacier which is the biggest glacier the world. We walk back to Gokyo to spend the night. (B,L, D)
Today is another tough and exciting day where we cross the third and final pass i.e Renjo La pass located at 5345m. We start our trek early after having breakfast and follow the trail towards the end of Gokyo Lake. With the marvelous views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, and Taboche we then cross Renjo la pass. This is one of the difficult passes of this trip. On reaching the top of the pass we can admire the breathtaking panorama of Mt. Cho Oyu and other surrounding peaks. Our walk follows the frozen ponds after crossing the pass beneath Renjo La. We descend towards the small settlement of Sherpa’s at Lungdeng and have lunch. Thereafter, our walk continues until we reach the beautiful village of Marlung located at 4210m. It takes 8 to 9 hours to reach Marulung from Gokyo. Overnight in Marlung.
Our day begins after having breakfast at Marlung. Our trail passes through the Bhote Koshi River towards the valley of Langmuche Khola. We descend exploring the beautiful Sherpa’s villages, ancient and old Buddhist monasteries. We explore the culture, rare lifestyles, and traditions of Sherpa and Tibetan peoples until we reach the Thame village. After having lunch at Thame, we will be visiting the renowned oldest Thame monasteries where the Buddhist monks used to pray daily. Many trekkers visit Thame in spring as the most famous festival Mani Rimdu is celebrated at that time. This is the main festival of the Sherpa’s and held in Mid-May each year. Thereafter, we trek down towards the Namche Bazaar for our night stay. Overnight at the tea house in Namche Bazaar.
Today is the last day of our Everest Three High Passes trek itinerary in the heartland of Himalayas. On this day, we descend through the Hillary suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and walk through Jorsale. Then our trek descends the beautiful village of Monjo. Our trek continues crossing a suspension bridge towards the gateway of Everest Region to Lukla. We will enjoy our last dinner with the crew members and porters and celebrate the successful completion of our journey in Lukla. Overnight stay at the tea house in Lukla.
Today fly back to Manthali after our long mountain journey. We fly early morning flight to Manthali as possible as ,drive to Kathmandu. We can rest and relax throughout the day at hotel. If we get interested to take some gifts home from Nepal for friends and relatives, we can visit to some nearby shops or venture out at Thamel for typical Nepalese goods. This short excursion either can be assisted by trekking guides or we can do it ourselves too. If we want to explore any other areas in Kathmandu, we have managed time for this today as well! At the evening we will be at a fantastic celebration dinner together for successfully completing our trek to Everest Base Camp hosted by Virgin Nepal Trek and Expedition! Overnight at Kathmandu.
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A VNTE representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way to home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. Included meals: Breakfast
Moderate to Strenuous
Hotel/Trekking guest houses
2 - 15 People