You Should Try Everest High Passes Trek for Adventure Mountain Trip

  • Jun 8, 2022
  • Rajesh Thapaliya

You are an adventure trekker, right? You are in the right place where you find your desired destination for your next mountain adventure trip. The Everest high passes should meet your goal as a real adventure trek in Nepal.

Everest high pass is also known as Everest 3 passes trek which covers all 3 major high passes. You will have Kongma La pass, Cho La pass and Renjo la pass on this trek. This trek covers everything from the Everest region and applies one of the best adventure experiences of the Nepalese Himalaya.

Amadablam from on the way to Kongma La
Mt. Amadablam from on the way to Kongma La pass

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Everest high passes trail leads regular Everest base camp trekking trails until Dingboche village then splits right following through Imja valley to Chhukung. Though, you can do this trek from the opposite direction. But anti-clockwise will be easier and less climbing which you will find on the itinerary provided below.

Everest High Passes Itinerary

Everest high passes trek map
high passes trek map

Day 1: Fly into Lukla (2,840) and Trek to Phakding (2,610m)

You will have an early morning flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Flights are operating in the morning because visibility will be clear and less windy at this time usually. This short scenic flight joins Lukla flying about half an hour then you will trek to Phakding descending around 200m. Today, you only trek for about 3 hrs enjoying the views of mountains, green hills, waterfalls, Buddhist monuments and much more crossing some attractive suspension bridges and traditional Sherpa villages.

Day 2: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

The second-day trek will be a long day with some ascending parts. You will start your journey towards Namche Bazaar crossing Bankar, Monjo and Jorsalle. After issuing the Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entry ticket in Lukla on the first day, you will issue the next trekking permit in Monjo which is Sagarmatha national park entry permit.

You will walk around 3 and a half hours to reach Jorsalle where you will stop for lunch. Here, you will have a difficult part in which you will be going to face a steep part. You need to cross a hill-climbing taking around 3 hrs to reach Namche Bazaar. Namche is one of the most attractive towns located on the lap of a hill with colourful buildings and lots of shops.

Day 3: Acclimatization rest day in Namche

Today, you have the first day of an acclimatization rest day in Namche Bazaar. This is not fully a rest day though. You will hike up to Everest view hotel (3,880m) for your altitude practice. This day will be your beautiful day because you are not only doing an acclimatization hike, you will have great views of scenic mountains such as Mt. Amadablam, Thamserku, Khangteka, Lhotse, Nuptse and more including the world’s highest mountain Everest. You will pass the highest airport Syangboche along the hike.

You will hike back after visiting the Everest view hotel and enjoying the view from there. If you would like to explore more from here, you can visit Khumjung village and monastery where you can see the skull of Yeti.

Day 4: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3,860m)

Today, you will trek to Tengboche walking on a nice and clear trekking path which is managed by an old man collecting donations from the trekkers. You will reach Kyangjuma by walking for around 2 hrs then see a signboard showing the trail to Gokyo lake trek. You will ascend towards Phunki-Tenga where you will have lunch before ascending a hill to Tengboche. It will be another 2 hours hike at the end of the day to Tengboche from Phungki-Tenga. If you would like to do an opposite itinerary, you will trek to Thame today from Namche Bazaar rather than going towards Tengboche.

Tengboche is located on a hill station from where you can see panoramic mountain views, beautiful valleys and much more. Here, you can visit a historic old Buddhist monastery offered by monks every morning and evening.

Day 5: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m)

This is a beautiful trekking day because you will have stunning mountain views every moment. You will descend at the beginning from Tengboche until Diboche then walk on a flat part through a forest. After crossing this forested part, you will cross a suspension bridge and start ascending for about half an hour where you meet a flat path again. You will stop for lunch in Somare passing through Pangboche village.

You will cross the tree line from today and trek with open areas next few days. You reach Dingboche by walking around 5-6 hours from Tengboche. Dingboche is the highest proper Sherpa village in the Everest region.

Day 6: Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m)

One of the shortest day treks is today from Dingboche to Chhukung. People usually have an extra day for acclimatization in this place and do a day hike. But you don’t need to have an acclimatization rest day here and you can directly go to Chhukung. You will have lunch in Chhukung then you can hike towards Chhukung Ri for an acclimatization hike.

Day 7: Trek from Chhukunt to Lobuche (4,910m) Passing Kongma La (5,535m)

This is the biggest day of the entire trek. You will pass Kongma La which is the highest pass than the other 2 passes. You will start your day early morning with a flashlight to cross the pass. You will trek around 9-10 hours in total to reach Lobuche. The path leads uphill until the pass which may take you around 4-5 hours. After reaching the top, you will descend which might be more difficult than climbing if there would be snow. You will cross the Khumbu glacier right before reaching Lobuche. Here, you need to take a packing lunch with you because there is no lodge between Chhukung and Lobuche.

Day 8: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,180m) and hike to Everest base camp (5,360m)

Compared to the previous day, this will be an easy day for you physically but there will be still a bit difficult with the altitude to walk. This is a special day because you are going to visit the base camp.

You will start your day around 7 am this morning because today, you are hiking to the base camp. It will be a long day trek which might take around 8 hours in total. It takes 3 hours to reach Gorakshep where you will spend the night. Here, you will have a quick lunch and leave your trekking gear.

After your quick lunch, you will hike towards base camp wearing some windproof warm clothes and taking enough drinking water. Hike from Gorakshep to the base camp and return will take around 5 hours.

Day 9: Hike to Kala patthar (5,550m) and Trek to Dzongla (4,830m)

Today, you will have an early start. You will climb Kala Patthar which takes around 2 hours to get to the top. This hill offers a stunning panoramic view of the |Everest Himalaya all around you. This is not an easy hike though. It will be cold and windy so you need to have warm and windproof clothing.

You will start your trek after descending back from Kala Patthar towards Dzongla returning the same way until Lobuche. After walking about half an hour from Lobuche, you will have to take the right direction and walk around 2 hrs to get to Dzongla. You will reach this place by lunchtime and stay a whole day waiting for the next adventure.

Day 10: Trek from Dzongla to Gokyo (4,790m) via Cho La pass (5,360m)

This is another adventure day that you are going over the next high pass (Cho La). You will start your day in the early morning with a flashlight. As for crossing the high passes might have a big wind if you become late that’s why you need to start early for the high passes usually.

A mountain rocky and icy path brings you to the top of Cho La and descends to Thangnak. You will reach Thangnak for lunch. Some trekkers stay here if they get really tired or if they have plenty of time. After lunch in Thangnak, you will walk another 2 and a half hours to 3 hours passing one of the biggest glaciers in the Everest region. Once you reach Gokyo, you will see an amazing blue lake during autumn but it freezes in spring.

Day 11: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,360m) and overnight in Gokyo

This is your easy day which might help to kill your tiredness from the long way of Cho La pass. Here, you will start an early hike to the Gokyo Ri. Hiking this hill will take you around 2 hours which will be slightly more difficult climbing than Kala Patthar but a lot less cold temperature will be.

Gokyo Ri offers a phenomenal scenic mountain view with beautiful lakes and glaciers. Many trekkers are saying that the view from Gokyo Ri is far better than from Kala Patthar which you can feel when you reach the top of Gokyo Ri. You will have a full day's rest after descending back from this hill and waiting for another adventure day of crossing Renjo La pass.

Day 12: Trek from Gokyo to Lungden (4,380m) via Renjo La pass (5,360m)

This is another adventure day crossing over Renjo La pass. Renjo La pass is one of the easy high passes among 3 passes in the Everest region. It will take around 3 hours to get to the top from Gokyo so you don’t need to start very early as as the other 2 passes. But, the trail after the pass is a long descent until Lungden where you will spend your night.

It might take you 7-8 hours to get Lungden from Gokyo. You will have an unreal view of mountains from the whole Everest region including Mt. Makalu from the top of Renjo La pass. You will reach Lungden for lunch and stay overnight.

Day 13: Trek from Lungden to Thame (3,800m)

This is your easy day trek during this high passes trek. Following a descending path and taking around 3-4 hours, you reach Thame. Thame is a beautiful hidden valley where you can visit an old and historic Buddhist monastery. This more than 500 years old monastery has a reincarnated monk. He is a young guy living with other monks. You can visit him and take the blessing.

Also, you will arrive at Thame for lunch and spend time some sightseeing around and taking enough rest which tiring from three big passes.

Day 14: Trek from Thame to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

This is also you’re a short day trek. After your breakfast, you start descending towards the Bhotekoshi river and cross a short suspension bridge. Right after crossing this bridge, you will have a short climb then to Namche Bazaar will be an easy walk.

It might take you 3-4 hours walk to reach Namche Bazar from Thame. You can enjoy visiting bakeries, and bars and enjoy watching some mountain documentaries in this place. Also, you can celebrate the completeness of three adventure high passes in the evening.

Day 15: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,840m)

This is your last day trek which will be a long day. It is a long day which will take around 7 hours but walking around this area is an easy walk because you are already on the lower land. You will descend crossing many suspension bridges over the Dudhkoshi river and reach Phakding. This is your lunch place where you spend your first night on the way up.

It takes another 3 hours slightly ascending the trail passing Ghat, Thadokoshi and Chheplung villages after Phakding. After checking into the guest house in Lukla, you can celebrate your last night's mountain stay with the success of an adventure trek in the evening.

Day 16: Fly out to Kathmandu (1,350m)

On the first day of your trek, you will have an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. You need to confirm your schedule one day earlier because if you don’t confirm, the airline office might get confused if you were sick in a higher area and might get an evacuation flight.

After flying for about half an hour, you will land back in the city with a great memory of the world’s famous mountain experience and be ready to get back home.

This is a suggested itinerary but we can make you desire one according to your time frame and interest. Please contact us for any queries regarding this trip.

High Passes Trek Highlights

Walking with a beautiful view
Beautiful views along the way

You surely will be looking for some good things that attract you to your chosen destination. The highlights of this trek will make your trip a lifetime adventure mountain experience that you get from the Everest high passes trip. Every single person might have different ways of enjoying and amazing different things.

Then, What makes your trip amazing? Let’s check below which should be on your highlighted checklist.

  • Adventurous scenic mountain flight to Lukla
  • Crossing 3 major challenging high passes of the Everest region
  • Picturesque landscape and green hills
  • Traditional Sherpa villages, local lifestyle, daily activities and culture
  • UNESCO World heritage site Sagarmatha national park
  • Buddhist monasteries and other monuments
  • Stunning viewpoints with eye captivating mountain views
  • Wildlife and vegetation
  • Beautiful rivers and waterfalls
  • Attractive valleys
  • High Himalayan glacial lakes
  • Crossing big glaciers makes you a feel like you are walking on the moon
  • Know about Sherpa people who are famous as the mountain climber

Try the Most Adventurous Everest High Passes

Kongma la pass
Kongma la pass

Compared to the other adventure and high passes treks, the Everest high pass is the most adventurous one in Nepal. This trek makes your adventure Himalayan journey because of physical and altitude challenges. Also, the trek has some unclear paths while crossing the glacier and walking on the snow.

Not many people do this trek so finding a trail also can be difficult somewhere. So, hiring a guide who knows the trial is highly suggested. The other high passes treks have only one pass each but you need to cross three passes during this trek. Of course, passing 3 big passes makes it a more adventurous trek than passing only a single pass.

High Passes Everest Trek Equipment List

Everest high passes trek packing list
Main bag for trekking equipment

Going for any mountain trip should have good quality trekking equipment. You need to have trekking gear for every single easy and regular trek even. But, you need to have some extra special trekking gear for the Everest high passe. Now, you know that you should have to carry the necessary equipment but what are they? then You can check the list below.

  • Duffel bag or rucksack (60 plus L)
  • Daypack (for your valuable, rain gear and you will use during the daytime)
  • A few pairs of trekking trousers (half and full)
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Good quality trekking boot (which is the right size and comfortable to wear)
  • Gaiters (use them while walking on snow and a muddy trail)
  • Crampon
  • A few pairs of trekking Shirts (half and full)
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down Jacket (Feather jacket)
  • Rain cover
  • Windproof trousers and jacket
  • Thermal Layers
  • Buff
  • Inner Gloves
  • Windproof Gloves
  • Sports shoes and sandals
  • A few pairs of trekking socks
  • Sleeping bag and liner
  • Earplugs
  • Headtorch
  • Trekking poles
  • Extra camera batteries
  • Enough Tissues and wipes
  • Lip balm and moisturizer cream
  • Sunblock

Besides these, you can pack some snacks and regular things that you use daily and check our equipment list here.

Accommodation During Everest High Passes

Lodge in Everest region
Lodge in the Everest region

There are plenty of guesthouses and lodges along the trek. You can sleep in the lodges while you will be on the Everest three passes trek. You will have a private room in each place where you will stop. It means you don’t need to carry a tent with you for the trek.

You will have a food menu in the lodge where you stay. You can choose available food items from the menu. You don’t need to be worried that you must stay with the local foods on the trek. But, you can try the local food items also if you will be interested to try them.

You can buy bottled water in every lodge and along the way while you will be walking. But, there are no lodges or tea shops in between all three passes. You need to carry enough drinking water with you for the high passes. You can consult with your guide about this. Also, you can drink the normal tap water but don’t forget to use purification tablets or sterilizers before you drink.

You might like this post on Everest high passes lodge trek.

Best Time to Go 

Weather in autumn in Everest
Clear weather during autumn

The best time to trek to the Nepalese Himalayas is in autumn and spring. September to November and March to May are recommended months for trekking in Nepal as well as to the Everest high pass.

The first two weeks from September still will have some rainy days so it might not be the best time. And the end of the can also bring raindrops. Trekking in spring is warmer compared to autumn. The beginning of spring might still have a huge amount of snow on the high passes so trying this trek after mid-March to mid-May is highly recommended.

Above mentioned time frame offers good visibility and temperatures. So, make a plan to trek during these timings to the Everest high passes.

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Other Adventure High Passes Trails in Nepal

By the time, you have found that the Everest high pass is one of the most adventurous treks in Nepal. If you think it can be difficult to cross three passes during one trek, you have some other adventure trekking packages which might fit you. Those trekking routes have only one high pass and are rich in natural beauty. Those adventure trekking routes have been given below.

Throng La High Pass (5'416m)

Throng la pass
Throng la pass

Adventure Annapurna circuit trek is in the Annapurna region which is located in the western region of Kathmandu. This trek is the most popular high pass trek among the other high pass treks in Nepal. Hundreds of people visit this trek every day during the high trekking season. When there was no road, there used to be more trekkers than nowadays.

Tilicho is one of the highest Himalayan lakes in the world which you can see through this trek if you add a few more days. Thorong La pass is the biggest pass in the world with its altitude ascending and descending in one single day.

Annapurna circuit trek is also known as Throng La pass and around Annapurna trek. You will enjoy this trek with changing scenery each day along the trek. This trek can be done as a full circuit trek or a half circuit trek. Starting from Bhulbhule and ending in Nayapul is a full circuit and starting from Bhulbhule and ending in Pokhara from Jomsom taking a flight is a half Annapurna circuit trek.

Larke La Pass (5,160m)

Larke la pass
Larke la pass

Adventure Manaslu circuit trek is an alternative trek to the Annapurna circuit trek. After a road construction in the Annapurna circuit trek, lots of trekkers attract to this trekking trail. Trekkers can finish this trek within a similar time frame to the Annapurna circuit trek by walking many days on the road.

This trek can be done from 12 to 16 days starting from Sotikhola and ending in Dharapani or Bhulbule. You can contact us to make with your time frame then we will make an itinerary that fits you. Manaslu circuit trek is a special area trek so you need to issue a special trekking permit issued from the Nepal immigration office. Also, you need to have Manaslu conservation and Annapurna conservation permits for this trek.

This trek is also known as around Manaslu trek and Larke La pass trek. As in the Annapurna circuit trek, the Manaslu circuit trek also will have very fewer chances of having altitude sickness because you will start your trek from a lower elevated land and ascend gradually day by day.

Sele La, and Miring La Pass

Sele la pass
Sele la pass

Adventure Kanchenjunga circuit trek is the longest high pass trek in Nepal. This trek is in eastern Nepal near India. This 3-week long trek begins with an almost 24 hours drive from Kathmandu or flying to Biratnagar and then Tumlingtar. You also can fly to Bhadrapur from Kathmandu and take a bus or jeep to drive to Taplejung and trek from there.

Kanchenjunga circuit trek can be done through both directions by visiting either the south base camp first or visiting the north base camp first before passing Miring La and Sele La. There are fewer trekkers than on other adventure trekking routes because it needs a long vacation and a long drive to the starting point.

People grow cardamom in this region so you will see lots of cardamom along the way. Also lower in Jhapa and Ilam, you will see a tea garden while you will be driving to Taplejung. If you don’t have enough time for this circuit trek, you may do only the south base camp trek or the north base camp trek in Kanchenjunga.

Lauribina La Pass

Lauribina la pass
Lauribina la pass

Adventure Langtang Gosaikunda trek is the nearest adventure trek from Kathmandu valley. This trek is the easiest high pass trek compared to the above-mentioned treks. It could be even easier than the Everest base camp trek as altitude but passing Lauribina La can make a bit tiring for the trekkers.

This beautiful trek begins with a long drive through a hillside road to Syabrubesi on a bus or private transport. You will follow the Langtang valley which takes you to Kyanjin Gumba. After visiting Kyanjin Ri or Tserko-Ri for the views, you will turn back the same way for a couple of days then take the left path to go to the Gosaikunda side.

There are several tranquil Himalayan lakes near Gosaikunda which you love. One of the best places on this trek is Lauribinayak from where you can see stunning mountain views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang and the Tibetan massifs.

Langtang Gosaikunda lake trek is also known as Lauribina La pass trek or Langtang Gosaikunda lake trek. People also pronounce it as Langtang Gosainkunda trek for this trek. After crossing Lauribina La, you will trek a few days which connects to Kathmandu.

Conclusion

Everest high pass is going to be on your hit list if you are a real adventure lover. This is one of the most adventurous lodge treks in Nepal which offers an amazing view and will be you’re lifetime adventure experience.

Kew points of this trek are crossing 3 major high passes which make your trek more adventure. Stunning views from the top of the passes, stunning viewpoints and walking through different valleys with stunning views will make your unforgettable mountain memory.

Hopefully, you got some essential information that you were looking for about the high passes trek from above. If you would like more information that you did not find in this post, please kindly contact us. We will always be happy to provide you with the needed solution.

If you are planning an adventure trip such as Everest high pass or some other mountain, we are pretty sure it will help a lot where to go, what to do and what and what to see? There should be your friends who are planning an adventure Everest trip. So, you can recommend them following this post to pass on the information.

Rajesh Thapaliya

Rajesh Thapaliya

Namaste! I am Rajesh, a Nepal travel blogger who provides Nepal travel tips to travellers who are planning to visit Nepal and know about Nepal.

I am a tourism service provider in Nepal So far, I have been to the Nepalese Himalayan base camps as a tour leader and collected lots of information about the Nepalese Himalayas. You can find my experiences in my travel blogs, so it may make it a lot easier for you to travel to Nepal.

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