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Everest High Pass Trek is one of the challenging and renowned trekking trails in Everest region of Nepal which take us to the Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar, Gokyo Valley and its tranquil Lakes, Gokyo Ri with amazing views of the landscape.  During the trek, we will be going to some of best adventure passes such as Khongma-La Pass (5535m) Chola-La pass (5368m) and Renjo La pass (5338m). Everest three High passes Trekking combined with ascents of Kala Patthar and Gokyo Peak (5350m), is perhaps the ultimate Everest experience in Khumbu Himalaya range. The scenery is speckled and impressive; the lodgings and tracks range from the time-worn paths of the Khumbu to the isolated and less frequented high passes of Everest. Everest High Pass Trekking takes place in high altitudes that often go through rapid weather changes.

 

We start our Everest high passes journey trek from Lukla after 35-minute mountain flight. The trekking follows the route via high passes and then to the Khumbu Himalayas. A steep climb up to the beautiful village of Namche Bazaar is full of striking views of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse face. The trek takes us through the lush vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park, with pine forests, rhododendron flowers and an abundance of wildlife which makes our journey remarkable. The decline continues through Thame, Lungden in a narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Renjo La pass. Capturing the picture from Renjo Pass Gokyo village with charming blue Lake, Huge Glacier, Chola Pass on the Lap of Everest that finally takes us to the cobalt-blue lakes at Gokyo, Mt Makalu at once shot including numerous other mountains.

 

High passes trek is a strenuous trek leading to Gokyo Lake and over the Cho La making a circuit of Tawache and Cholatse. The eventual challenge is the hike across Cho La Pass, which covers both the Gokyo Lake and the Everest Base Camp area (EBC). The Ngozumpa Glacier is the largest in the Nepal Himalayas which can be viewed during our trail.  During Cho La Pass trek there is some short and interesting ascent of Gokyo RI, Chukkung RI, Thangnak, and Dzonglha. The best viewpoint in the entire Everest Region can be viewed i.e. Gokyo RI. Lobuche is a vantage point for some spectacular views of Ama Dablam and breath-taking sceneries. Going up the trails all the way to Kala Patthar (5554m) is one of the most enjoyed moments by the travelers and is followed by the tough climb

 

Khongma La is beautiful pass from where we can enjoy a view of spectacular Mt.Thamserku, Mt Amadablam, Mt. Kongtega and other numerous mountains and glacial Lakes in front of yours eye. After reaching the summit of Kongma La, as we compose our way towards the Everest Base Camp through Khumbu glacier we wonder at the sight of Khumbu icefall tumbling from the Western side.  As this trek is for long period of time, it is favorable for that trekker who has enough holidays and would like to view the world’s highest peaks from comfortable elevation and enjoy the medley adventure. The Everest high pass trek provides the thrill of adventure and widens their experience towards the peak climbing expedition beyond trekking in Nepal. If you are a real adventurer looking for more of a challenging trek crossing some of the most famous high passes in the world, you definitely need to consider "Above the Himalayan Trekking (p) Ltd".

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.
Day 03: Flight from KTM to Lukla and trekking to Phakding (2652m): walking hours: 2-3 hours
Day 04: Phakding trekking to Namche Bazzar (3440m): walking hours: 5-6 hours
Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche (3440m)
Day 06: Namche Bazaar trekking to Thame (3750m) walking hours: 5-6 hours
Day 07: Thame to Lungden (4500m) walking hours: 5-6 hours
Day 08: Lungden – Renjola Pass (5415m) – Gokyo Lake walking hours: 7-8 hours
Day 09: Gokyo Lake explore around
Day 10: Trekking down to Thangnak (4700m) walking hours:  5 hours
Day 11: Thangnak - Cho La (5330m) crossing to Dzonglha (4830m)
Day 12: Dzongla to Lobuche (4910m)
Day 13: Lobuche - Gorakshep (5170m)- Everest Base camp (5364m) back to Gorak shep (5170m) walking hours: 6-8 hours
Day 14: Gorak Shep trekking Kala Patthar (5545m) and back to Lobuche (4940m) walking hours: 5-6 hours
Day 15: Lobuche to - Khongma La Pass (5535m) – Chukung (4900m) walking hours: 7-8 hours
Day 16: Chhukung to Tengboche  (3867m)  walking hours: 5-6 hours
Day 17: Tengboche to Namche (3440m) walking hours: 4-5 hours
Day 18: Namche Bazaar trekking back to Lukla (2850m) walking hours: 6 hours
Day 19: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 20: Kathmandu free day.
Day 21: Final Departure


Day 1:
  Greetings at Kathmandu Airport

We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast. 

Day 2:
A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley

The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture are highlighted on our guided tour. On return to your hotel you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets.

Day 3:
Flight from KTM to Lukla and trekking to Phakding (2652m):
walking hours: 2-3 hours
Early morning we flight from Kathmandu to Lukla via mountain flight of about 40 minutes scenic flight. With clear weather we get fantastic views of the mountains, including Everest as we enter deep gorge of the Dudh Kosi valley. You begin your trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Along the way you will have a view of Mt Nupla (5885m) Kusum Kangaru (6367m) and Mount Kwongde Range. We then take an easy walk for about two hours to Phakding village. However, if interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. 

Day 4:
Phakding trekking to Namche Bazzar (3440m): walking hours: 5-6 hours

From Phakding the trail follows the Dudh Koshi valley north, meandering through the pines, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo, the entrance gate of the Sagarmatha National Park. Beginning with a slight climb to Jhorsalle, the trail passes waterfalls and other culturally and naturally occurring items of interest. Villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of Rhododendron, Magnolia and fir. A steep climb up to the beautiful village of Namche bazaar (3440m) will afford you further spectacular views and a comfortable place to spend the second night of the trek. 

Day 5:
Acclimatization day in Namche

Accommodate your body to high altitude of Namche as you have gained much height previous day. Set in a natural amphitheatre looking across to the jagged ridge of Kongdi RI (6187m), Namche Bazzar is one of the most attractive settlements in the khumbu region. We will have a full day rest so that we won't face any problem ahead. You have full day leisure for wonderful panoramic view or stroll around the market You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, and Kwangde and so on.

Day 6:
Namche Bazaar trekking to Thame (3750m)
walking hours: 5-6 hours
The most exciting acclimatization trek Namche takes you along the Bhote koshi to Thame. The trail enters a pretty forest of pines and rhododendrons. Pass ancient mud plastered Stupa at Phurte, and follow path to Tesho. You'll roll into Thamo and Thamo Gompa. At the end of the spur, the trail drops steeply to the Khumbu hydroelectric project plant and then turn to the Thame for night stay. Thame is at the end of Khumbu Valley and iconic value of Thame is its terrain the people which are untouched by the effects of modern civilization.

Day 7:
Thame to Lungden (4500m) walking hours: 5-6 hours
Ascending the trail to Tarngga, it's gentle stroll from Thame.You'll cross marulung (4200m) on the east bank of Bhote koshi. The final descent to Lungden follows a narrow valley clogged with giant boulders. During the walking you can observe varieties of plants and animals with unique Sherpa culture.

Day 8:
Lungden – Renjola Pass (5415m) – Gokyo Lake (4750m)
walking hours: 7-8 hours
After crossing you will descend Renjo la pass where an eye popping vistas awaits. Crossing an iron bridge over a stream the trial levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo at 4690m, where we get chance to observe the Lama footprints on a stone. The second lake, Taboche Tsho mesmerizes us by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. Little we reach the third lake, called Dudh Pokhari, linked by a surging stream to the previous one. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain. Above the lake provides panoramic views of Cho Oyu,Gyachung Kang, Lhotse, Makalu, cholatse and Tawache.

Day 9:
Gokyo Lake explore around

Spend a day in Gokyo strolling around the lakes and hiking up to some of the mountain viewpoints nearby. Start your trek in morning and get to steep climb of about 30min to reach the top with its traditional prayer flags. View the Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. Definitely we would not miss the chance to observe the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). 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.

Day 10:
Trekking down to Thangnak (4700m) walking hours: 5 hours
Trek down to Thangnak, enjoying superb view of Gokyo Lake. We will cross Gokyo glacier, about 4 hour working down to Thangnak for the night stay.

Day 11:
Thangnak - Cho La (5330m) crossing to Dzonglha (4830m) walking hours: 8 hours
The trek to the Cho La pass can be a rather difficult route. But on the way you will be able to experience the best part of your hiking; difficult but very worthy. In good weather you can cross the Cho La with no special equipments but warm clothing and an ice axe might provide added peace to mind. The path skirts around the ridge, staying mostly level. Stop overnight at the village of Dzongla.

Day 12:
Dzongla to Lobuche (4910m) walking hours: 3-4 hours
The first step is gentle stroll between snowy peaks that seem almost close enough to touch. The trail runs east past a series of ominous looking black boulders beneath the looking peak of Cholatse. You can turn around to see the Ama Dablam (6856m).  About 4 and half hour slowly working takes you Lobuche (4910m). On the way you can see Dughla Lake. Stark and rugged beauty creates almost moonscape campsite at Lobuche a wind swept collection of huts tucked in a narrow meadow between the glacier and the Lobuche peak. Tawoche and Nuptse are particularly spectacularly from Lobuche towering.

Day 13:
Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170m), trekking to Everest Base camp (5364m) back to Gorak shep (5170m) walking hours: 6-8 hours
The first section of the trail from Lobuche follows the narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain walls, past turn off to the Italian pyramid. Take time to detour to the edge of moraine to look over the Khumbu glacier. Along windy and rocky path with the wonderful view of Mt. Pumori, Nuptse and other magnificent peaks, we reach Gorakshep. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley.
After lunch our adventure continues towards Everest Base Camp. The trail passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams. The Base Camp area provides an opportunity to experience the freezing and harsh conditions that mountaineers brave to summit this famous mountain. We explore base camp and its surroundings glacier and return back to Gorakshep.

Day 14:
Gorak Shep trekking Kala Patthar (5545m) and back to Lobuche (4940m) walking hours: 5-6 hours
It is around 7-8 hrs trail today. Mornings are usually sparkling and clear and this is the best time to climb the Kalapathar for one of the world's definitive mountain views. We will be rewarded the 360 degree dramatic panorama views of Mt Everest and surroundings mountains like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku along with many other peaks. You will have an easy walk for about 2hrs to reach Lobuche.

Day 15:
Lobuche to - Khongma La Pass (5535m) – Chukung (4900m) walking hours: 7-8 hours
From Lobuche it is easy ascending. You'll enter a wide basin, dotted with small frozen lakes. The trail drops to Khongma la Pass. A crain mummy-wrapped in prayer flags marks the pass. It's a grinding descending to the east side of Niyang khola valley. There are great views across the valley to Island peak and jagged ridge of amphu lapcha (5845m). It is all the way night at Chukung. We will meet climbers preparing for Island Peak climbing.

Day 16:
Chhukung to Tengboche (3867m)  walking hours: 5-6 hours
We descend the valley of the Imja Khola, trek through the village of Dingboche with its stone walled potatoe fields, down alpine pastures through the kharkas of Tsura, Orsho and Shomare to the village of Pangboche, the highest year round settlement in the valley. From the view point at the top of the hill, there are awe-inspiring views of distinctive peaks like Amadablam (6856m), standing proud of the massif containing Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8501m) and inspiring views of Himalayan giants. We visit the Buddhist Monastery at Tengboche, the largest in Khumbu region.

Day 17:
Tengboche to Namche (3440m) walking hours: 4-5 hours

After crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River trek onwards to the Kyanjuma the junction of the trinity ways to Gokyo Valley, Khumjung village and Namche Bazzar. Dense wildlife of some species of Pheasants, Himalayan Griffons, Musk deer and wild goat can be found abundance inside the rhododendron forest. Evening explore small surrounding area with magnificent scenery.

Day 18:
Namche Bazaar trekking back to Lukla (2850m) walking hours: 6 hours
The descent from Namche to the Dudh koshi can be the hardest stage of the entire trek. Although the path is all downhill, the unrelenting slope places massive impact on the knees. Once you cross the high suspension bridge, the path runs mostly level. We will work though rhododendron and pine forests with the view of distance snow covered peak before arriving Phakding. Enjoying the lush green scenery around and passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village arrival in Lukla. You'll have time to stroll around the local areas. In the evening you can enjoy a typical Nepalese dinner and cultural show.

Day 19:
Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
Saying final goodbye to our porters, we will have a flight back to ktm of an exciting one hour. (It also can be a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla which makes the Lukla flight delayed and cancel.) At the evening you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show exchanging greetings among friends and with all Nepalese people. You can buy some souvenirs.

Day 20:
Kathmandu free day.

Today is a free day in Kathmandu valley. You are free to have some shopping and enjoy the local streets and life of people. You can have a relax walk over the streets and view the normal living of Nepalese. Also you can buy some memories and gifts for back to your home. Full day leisure can be accompanied by some entertainment and sound time in hotel.

Day 21:
Final Departure
With lots of grateful to you, we will proudly drop you to the International airportto catch your flight back to your home.

Above the Himalaya Trekking have made every effort to keep our price as competitive as possible, by still providing an excelling service to our customer. We pay our porters and guide the legal wages agreed with the porters union, our trekking staffs are some of the best paid in Nepal which allow us to attract only the best guides and porters and we have same amount of Insurance for guide and porter which is more than Government fixed amount. All our price are nett and there are no hidden cost everything is clear on cost includes and excludes this is the main reason all our customer are happy from our service. For up to date cost for the trip please contact us.

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
    Round Trip flight ticket for Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu.
  • Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
  • Daily Meals chosen from the Menu   (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Sagarmatha National Park fees.
    Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents & Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner  in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential - Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Passport and Visas:

First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date.  You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.


Get the required visa for Nepal.

You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information


Bring Official Papers

Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.


Money & Credit card Info

We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost.  So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel


Travel Insurance:

Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.


Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal

We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time.  Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here.  For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.


Flight delay:

Flight by plane and helicopter are prone to cancellations. Sometimes, flight may delay for notorious weather in remote areas. Some other times, operational complication may occur which is more likely to happen in Everest region -Lukla flight, Annapurna region- Jomsom flight, Dolpa, Simikot , Jumla region etc. As these flights have some problem with fixed schedule, it is also recommended to carry extra money for food and accommodations. Trekking in the remote areas, especially during odd season, you’re advised to reserve extra days to prepare with some delays and avoid frustrating consequence. In case of delay in flight prior to trek departure or at the end of the trek, you need to meet your accommodation, food costs by yourself.


Who can trek?

No special degree of fitness is required and that there is no age barrier. However, in the areas over 3000m altitude, extra care should be taken. One can trek who have strong legs and the spirit for adventure to explore the exotic will enjoy the thrills of trekking in the hills of Nepal. Normally, for weary trekkers we have a list of short, easy and exotic treks and for the experienced trekkers we offer a longer trek with lots of excitement and adventure. We encourage all men and women, families, students and professionals around the world to enjoy the enchanting trekking in Nepal. You can join us as an individual team member or with your own group. We commit to arrange a best trekking that delight you in the Nepal Himalayas. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills to Nepal, pack your luggage and join us for an exhilarating and unforgettable journey. All the necessary things for your trekking will be arranged by us. What you can do is to enjoy the beautiful scenery and magnificent view of Nepal Himalayas.


Our Trekking Dates

Most of our treks start on the third day of your arrival. On the first day of your arrival, we will pick you from the airport and let you know your hotel. However, it depends on your arrival time. If your flight is early, we are likely to invite you to our office and make yourself comfort with ideas and brief information on your trek package. If you arrive at night, all the arrangements are likely to made the morning. Second day, it is our package to take you for sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. However, the trekkers who have limited time can start their trekking from the second day. We can arrange all the necessary trekking permits and other utensils in advance in case you have limited time. It is your third day that you will fly out of Kathmandu. However, if any further arrangement is still at wait, you can enjoy your trek the next day.


Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal

Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list


Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu

It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.  


Vaccination for Nepal

All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.


How to Book

While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info please visit how to book the trip

 

Q.Where is Mount Everest located?

Mount Everest is situated in Nepal in Solu Khumbu district. It is the Earth's highest mountain, with a peak at 8,848 meters above sea level. It is located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas. Everest is situated on the Tibetan Plateau known as Qing Zang Gaoyuan; the summit is directly between Tibet/China and Nepal.


Q.How tall is Mt. Everest?

The official altitude of the world's highest peak is 29,029 feet (8,848m). However, the National Geographic Society has determined the height to be 6 feet taller, 29,035 feet, but the Nepali government has not yet been made this new altitude official.


Q.How to enter the Everest Base trek?

We can start our Everest region treks with a scenic flight of about 35 min to Lukla airport. Namche Bazaar is the famous gateway village of Everest. You can also start from Jiri which is about 7-8 hrs from Kathmandu. Route of flight to Phaplu is also quite popular to avoid Jiri and Lukla.


Q.When is the best time to go to Everest Base Trek?

Mainly we have 2 seasons for Everest Base Camp trekking, the autumn (September, October & November) and spring (March, April & May)season are good when weather is pleasant, The monsoon rains have cleared the sky of dust and the views are often spectacular, clear sky, flowers are in blooming, good trail condition. The winter Dec, Jan and Feb is also good; Dec is Feb is better than Jan, only colder and some time foggy weather. The summer ( June, July, August is rainy season so visibility can be less and rain will be issue, considering Summer June is ok as in general rain will nearly from last week of June. The benefit to do the trek in off season is there are not many tourists, very easy to find the best rooms in the lodge.


Q.How fit do I have to be?

Trekking to Everest base camp is considered fairly strenuous trekking, some previous small hiking and trekking experience is the plus point for the trip however, people have no previous trekking or mountaineering experience also can do the trek easily. People who have good physical condition and able to work 5 to 6 hours daily in rocky trail can do the trek. We tailor made the trip itinerary depends on people fitness level.


Q.Do I really need to use a guide for any Everest region trek?

It depends on your skills and experience but I would almost always recommend some kind of help for the logistics. Long treks are a maze of details. Also, a great guide will make your overall experience more memorable.


Q.How difficult is the Everest Base trek?

Everest base camp trek is considered moderate to Strenuous trek and suitable for those who are moderately fit. The treks involve more walking up and down and climb to higher altitudes, where you will be rewarded with close-up views of big mountains. One should work often rough trails, rock and boulder at least 5-6 hours each day and crossing 4500m above high altitude passes, the treks will reach 5550 m at Kalapathar. People have general physical fitness can do the trekking, If have previous hiking and camping experience is more easy to do the trek, you can train yourself  for this trek, we have 76 years old man did the trek recently.


Q.How should I prepare for the trek?

The main things in the trek is one should able to walk 5-6 hours every day in rough rocky trail, so every day short walk up to 1 hour,1,2 month before the trek  is best suggestion, jogging, yoga will be also advisable.


Q.Can I trek as solo women, is it safe?

There is never problem trekking with solo women or join in the group, we have operated trek for many single female traversal our guide and porters are honest, trust worthy, reliable and carefully chosen for your trips, you will not face any problem trekking with your guide, you will meet many likeminded travelers during the trail.


Q.Can I drink the local water during Everest trek?

You can use the chlorine tablets and used the same water as locals do. bottled water also  available throughout the trek  but the prices are expensive, you can get a boiled or hot water also in the guest house, wise is get the water purification tablets and use the normal water.


Q.Can I charge my gadgets?

Yes, you can charge batteries along the trek (US$2-3 per hour) most of the  guest houses have electricity facilities. You may want to consider bringing a solar charger which is now widely available.


Q.Can I buy a Sim Card in Nepal and will it work on the trek?

You can buy the Ncell Sim very easily ( you need passport photo and passport copy) . It worked at most places during the trekking.


Q.Bank and ATM services are available or not?

Yes, you will have facilities like bank and ATM service in Namche Bazaar and Lukla. In both the mentioned places there are banks and ATM service. But it's better to carry cash as it's uncertain to function.


Q.Am I too old to do this trek?

We don’t think so you are too old, recently we have arranged the trek for 76 years ole man he did it very easily with taking 2 days more time. There are many trekkers who are older 60s walking much better than your trekkers. And remember the oldest lady to climb Everest was 73 when she did it. And the oldest men to climbed Everest were 76 years old from Nepal.


Q.What type of shoes should I buy?

Good comfortable trekking shoes is the most important for the trek, for shorter trek tennis shoes or snickers is ok while longer treks requites the good boots have good ankle support, plenty of tow room for long descents, a bit like timberlands, they are a bit heavier, but most importantly you want to get those that wrap the angle, this prevents you from twisting your ankles on uneven grounds. Good lightweight trekking boots or light all leather boots are perfect. Proper fit is a must for boots and must be lightly worn before use it for trekking.
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Q.Will I see Everest from Base Camp?

No the base camp is too near to give you a view. However you can see the top of the Everest from Namche and when you are walking to the base camp. The best views are from Kala Patthar. The sun rises over the Everest so the best light over the peak is in the evening. But in the evenings many a times clouds will rule.


Q.What if I get sick while on trek?

It depends on nature of sickness. Normally if you get sick you will descend to lower altitude with help of support staff. But if the case is critical we will arrange emergency helicopter evacuation service. Our guide will take immediate action according to the situation. Altitude sickness can affect everyone while trekking including young and healthy people and is a genuine concern in Khumbu.  If you feel dizzy, suffer palpitations or severe headaches, return immediately to a lower altitude. Do not take altitude sickness lightly. It can be fatal! 

These are the questions we are often asked and we hope that you will find the answers useful. We are often asked the above questions and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or just want to have a chat about the trek.

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Everest High Passes Trekking

My party attempted the 3-pass trek in 17 days this October. After much shopping around we ended up choosing Above the Himalaya because of online reviews and consistent thorough contact with Puru. We couldn't be happier with our end result. Our guide Phurba was the best, absolutely worth requesting. He was knowledgeable, driven, met the needs of a diverse group of people, and was incredibly warm and kind and open throughout our trek. Our porters were outstanding. The teahouses were well-chosen - comfortable always and sometimes nicer than our hotel in Kathmandu. In the end when it snowed on one of our pass days, we ended up shifting the remainder of the trek and Phurba was incredibly flexible and jovial about the change in plans. I would go on another trek with this company, with this guide, in a second. Maybe Annapurna...

Everest High Passes Trek
2013-03-24
Rated 5 / 5 stars

Everest High Passes Trekking

If professional, personalized service with a local flavor is a high priority, Puru Timalsena’s Above The Himalaya is the trekking company for you. Our trip started a year before we set foot in Nepal, searching for a good, reputable trekking company to handle all of the logistics of our trek. Our group of 5 friends had decided to tackle the challenging Everest High Pass Trek which, rather than following the main trail from Lukla up to Everest Base Camp (EBC) and back, follows a circuitous route off the beaten track to reach EBC. In the process, trekkers climb through three high passes (the Renjo la, Cho la and the Khongma la) with each topping out well over 17,000ft. Needless to say, finding a trustworthy company was a high priority for us.

After reading guidebooks and searching through countless websites, we had narrowed our search down to a handful of companies. E-mail exchanges and phone conversations were next … and after skyping with Puru, our decision was made. Above The Himalaya offered favorable rates, experienced guides and porters, and the luxury of a private trek (which ensured the flexibility to change our trek as needed). We were not disappointed. Puru and his staff capably handled all of the logistics, from our arrival in Kathmandu to our departure 21 days later. Our guide, Phurwa Sherpa, was tremendous … always cheerful, always helpful, he and our porters made the trip the experience of a lifetime. When a snowstorm closed the Cho la the day before we were supposed to cross, Phurwa smoothly altered our itinerary without missing a beat and we still made EBC and Kala Pattar. He was an exceptional guide and, I think I can safely speak for all of five of us, a good friend.

We had a fantastic experience and I would recommend Above The Himalaya to anyone considering trekking in Nepal

 


Everest High Passes Trek
2013-09-25
Rated 5 / 5 stars

“Our second trek with Above The Himalaya - a first rate company.”

We used Puru's company in 2013 & had no hesitation in using it again this year for our EBC via the 3 High Passes Trek. As usual everything was organised in an efficient & friendly way. Puru's communications via email was excellent.

We requested our previous guide Purna & this was organised for us. Purna got his brother Tika to porter for us & it proved to be a great team. Between them they supported my wife & I to get through this tough trek. They were also great company & we had many a game of cards in the lodges.

If you are looking for a well organised & efficient Nepalese company to look after you whilst in Nepal then I would highly recommend Above The Himalaya.
Everest High Passes Trek
2016-12-26
Rated 5 / 5 stars

Everest High Passes Trekking

We chose Above the Himalaya after reading online reviews and speaking with representatives from multiple companies. Puru answered all of our questions in the process of selecting a guide company and we felt very comfortable with him from the beginning. We were not disappointed on our trek. From the time of our arrival in Nepal to our departure Puru and his staff took care of all of the logistics so we could simply enjoy the trek. Our guide, Phurwa, was excellent. He always answered our endless questions about the culture and mountains with a smile and is a true professional. He made sure we had good tea house accommodations at every stop and seemed to know everyone in the Khumbu. Our scheduled trek was a 21 day high pass route but snow the night before our trek over the Cho la pass required an adjustment to our route. Phurwa handled this with ease and came up with an alternate route that was suitable to the group. We ended up only doing one pass, the Renjo la, but we did make base camp and Kala Patthar. Our porters were excellent as well and we enjoyed talking with them in the afternoons after our days trekking. A wonderful experience with and excellent company.

 

 

Everest High Passes Trek
2013-09-25
Rated 5 / 5 stars

Trip Facts & Figures:

Duration: 21 Days

Max. Altitude: Kala Patthar (5545m)

Trek Grade: Difficult

Best Travel Time: February - June, September - November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.

Trip Snippets: 21 days, 4 night’s hotels, 16 nights Lodges, Breakfast in the city and All meals on trek are included

Departure Dates: We are able to offer this trek on any dates during the months Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November and December for a group of 1 to 12 people.

Equipment Rental: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however in Kathmandu there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment

Your trek Back pack/duffle bag: Your baggage on trek will be carried by our porters, the maximum weight per trekkers is 15kg including your sleeping bag and down jacket, Other items not required on trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu

Transportation:  Car/Van for Kathmandu, Lukla flight ticket

Activity: City tour, Trekking

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Everest High Pass Trekking

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Gear List

Personal necessary

The following basic equipments checklists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.

01. Back pack (60 ltr -70 ltr) - with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and back pack cover (line the bag with polythene).
02. Waterproof Trekking shoes with spare laces – recommended high ankle with good grips,
03. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
04. 2 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants
05: T-shirts - 3
06. Fleece jacket or pullover or Sweater also recommended
07. 1 Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
08. 1 Down Jacket or Gore Tex Jacket heavy one
09. Thermal Inners.
10. Socks, Cotton 2/3 pairs, Woolen 2/3 pairs
11. 2 pair Lightweight gloves, in winter recommended, Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
12. Sun hat/Woolen cap, or scarf
13. Sun protection cream.
14. Underwear (6)
15. Hiking shorts (2)
16. Lip Balm/ cold cream.
17. Walking Stick – recommend having it minimum 1

 
Other necessary equipments

1. Sleeping bag rated to (-20 degree Celsius), if traveling in winter sleeping bag liner also recommended
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
3. Personal Medical Kit
4. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
5. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
6. Water bottles (2) 1 Liter each.
7. Toiletries
8. Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.

For more ideas what should bring please visit the Equipment list Or get back to us on puru@abovethehimalaya.com