Everest High Pass Trek - 16 Days

Everest Two High Passes Trek in Khumbu Region 16 Days
Everest High Pass Trek
What to see & doSpecific information about Everest High Pass Trek - 16 Days
  • Duration16 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 5545m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Trip Style Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Group Size 10
  • Transportation Private Vehicles and Flights
  • Best Season March, April, May and Sept, Oct, Nov

The Everest High Pass Trek is the most adventurous and challenging trek in the Khumbu region, specially designed for those who are seeking more than just a classic trek. Also known as the Everest Two High Pass Trek, the venture is popular as an amazing journey in Nepal's Himalayas that includes trekking on prominent Everest trails as well as exploring the Khumbu region's distinctive gems. The Everet Two High Passes Trek takes you to the remote part of the region, where you get to explore hidden villages, fine valleys, high passes, narrow gullies, and beautiful moraines.

As the name suggests, you will cross the 2 high and challenging passes of the Khumbu region, Cho La Pass, and Kongma La Pass. Crossing these passes takes a lot of work. However, the views you get to witness from the top of them are sensational. The high pass trekking is a perfect way to explore the Khumbu region and its unspoiled beauties.

The rugged landscape of the high passes is populated by the famous high mountain people named "the Sherpas," following a customary way of life. The trek offers a chance to witness the land of the Sherpa and visit Buddhist monasteries, along with occasional sightings of rare wildlife like musk deer, Himalayan Tahr, snow leopards, pheasants, and snow cocks. And the most legendary Yeti is believed to have lived in this region as well.

In addition, this trek brings you to two of the most popular viewpoints of the Everest region, Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar, at 5545m above sea level, is the highest point on the trek. You can obtain a 360-degree view of the mountains from the summit of this viewpoint, which includes Mt. Everest, Pumori, Lingtren, Nuptse, and Changtse. The Gokyo Valley and the Gokyo Lakes add another perspective of natural beauty to this Himalayan trek.

Outfitter Nepal has extensive expertise in conducting treks in Nepal's Himalayas. Our 16 days Everest Two Pass Trek itinerary package allows you to go on the most thrilling adventure of your life. Join us on one of our Everest High Pass Trek departure dates, or get in touch with us to tailor an Everest trek to your specific needs.

Enjoy this exhilarating, breathtaking journey knowing that our qualified, experienced guides and porters will be ready to assist you at every turn. At Outfitter Nepal, we go to great lengths to ensure your trekking aspirations come true. We look forward to assisting you in creating lifelong memories on your holiday.

What to expect from the Everest High Pass Trek of 16 days?

The Two High Pass Trek in the Everest Region allows you to experience the spectacular beauty of the world's highest mountain, Mt. Everest, and several other gems like Gokyo Valley and Two high mountain passes. The tour begins with a scenic Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. The Everest region route begins in upper Phakding and follows the Dudh Koshi valley, turning in the direction of Sherpa's "bustling Namche Bazaar," surrounded by beautiful Himalayan views.

The beauty of the village surroundings, such as the exquisite Rhododendron, Magnolia, and enormous fir forest, will astound you while trekking. If you're fortunate enough, you might encounter some endangered wildlife. This journey will take you through the exhilarating Gokyo Valley, which is located adjacent to the Khumbu, as well as the Everest Base Camp.

During the trek, you get to witness the grand vistas of the mountain peaks all around you. The grandeur you get to observe from the Two high passes seems something out of a fairytale. In addition to Mt. Everest, you'll also see other peaks such as Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kwangde, Kangtaiga, and Gyachyung Kang.

Is the Everest Two High Passes Trek right for me?

Let's be honest! The Everest region trekking that includes the Two high passes is not for everyone! You must be physically fit, strong stamina, and endurance to go on this trek. From tempting landscape views to the panoramic Himalayas, the rich culture and tradition of the locals, adventure, challenges, bright rushing days, and calm starry nights, the trek is an enriching venture. And it's not an easy task to achieve those rewards. It needs vigorous hiking for 3 long weeks in the rugged Himalayan terrains at high altitudes. 

Trekking high passes in the Everest region is suited for serious adventurers searching for an arduous trek in Nepal's Everest region. In its 16 days length, this journey takes you to indigenous Sherpa cultures, a primitive lifestyle, breathtaking mountains, and high passes. At some places, you will find yourself surrounded by other fellow trekkers and locals talking, smiling, and exploring, whereas, at some point, there will be only you and the Himalayas alone, staring at each other.

How to prepare for the Everest High Pass Trek?

A prior high-altitude trekking experience is extremely helpful in accomplishing this trek successfully. Why? Because you'll be spending almost 2 weeks in the cold Himalayas, walking 5-7 hours every day, sometimes in the dark before sunrise and sometimes in the scorching daylight. It doesn't matter if you're a marathon runner; the dedication it takes to hike in the remote Himalayas with frequent ups and downs cannot be compared to any other adventure sport. The decreased oxygen level in the thin Himalayan air becomes the most challenging thing when you're trekking at high altitudes. Hence a shorter high-altitude trek, even up to 4,000 meters, would give you an idea of what it's like.

We understand that not everyone can access the Himalayas for several treks. So, to prepare yourself for the trek from your home, you can engage in high-intensity cardiovascular exercises. Hit the gym several months before the beginning of the trek if you're not used to working out. In addition to a strong physique, you'll also need mental strength to pursue the trek, so be prepared both physically and mentally.

Best Features of the Everest High Pass Trek

  • Sightseeing tours of historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Scenic mountain flight to and from Lukla
  • Visiting Khumbu's oldest and largest Tengboche Monastery
  • Exploring Namche and Khumjung Village
  • Unforgettable views of Khumbu Ice Fall and Khumbu Glacier
  • View of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku, etc.
  • Pass over the Kongma La, Cho La
  • Stunning view from Gokyo Ri
  • Visit Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lakes

Major Attractions of the Everest High Pass Trek

Thrilling yet scenic Lukla flight

A short 35 minutes flight will take you to the starting point of the ultimate Everest Trek, Lukla. Flying to Lukla is amazing, and it takes a lot of courage to stay on that short trip. The flight will be breathtakingly beautiful and exciting. One of the greatest pleasures of trekking in the Everest region is the flight. What is it about this flight that makes it so thrilling?

It is, in fact, the landing strip of Lukla Airport. It has one of the world's shortest runways of 525 meters (1,729 feet) long and is one of the world's highest airports at 2,845 m (9,334 feet). The steepness of the runway, which dangles from the side of a mountain, makes Lukla Airport an interesting airport to land in.

Sagarmatha National Park

The Everest Two High Pass Trek takes you through a range of climate zones and vegetation. From Monjo on, you pass through Sagarmatha National Park, which is home to hundreds of different types of flora and fauna. The national park is also a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. The hike involves a lot of uphill and downhill walking, as well as crossing several creeks and dense forests.

Animals and birds in danger of extinction have long found refuge in Sagarmatha National Park. The national park is home to two endangered species, the Red Panda and the Snow Leopard. Visitors have always been drawn to Sagarmatha National Park because of its abundant birds. If you're fond of watching birds, do yourself a favor and pack a set of binoculars in your backpack. You won't regret it.

The most significant Sherpa residence, Namche Bazar

Namche Bazaar is a significant stop on the High Pass route. It's a great place to visit if you want to explore Nepal's Himalayan area and mountains. The first view of Everest can be seen along the paths from Monjo to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar, at 3,500 meters above sea level, is the beginning point for treks in the Everest region. It's a bustling market town with everything from trekking and climbing equipment to Tibetan trinkets.

The picturesque Namche serves as the Everest region's entrance. It also serves as a memorial to previous mountaineering trips and gives information on Sherpa culture and lifestyle. Yak cheese and butter are well-known in Namche. Namche was once a major trading center in the Khumbu region, located on the side of an arch-shaped mountain with panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks from all points in the valley. Trekkers usually remain here for several days to acclimate.

The oldest and biggest Tengboche Monastery in the Khumbu region

Throughout the Everest trek route, the Tengboche Monastery is the main attraction for trekkers, mountaineers, and everyone else. This old monastery, which is also a very important religious holy site in Khumbu, offers breathtaking views of Mt. Amadablam and the surrounding Himalayas. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche will bless all pilgrims and visitors who enter this hallowed site.

Lama Gulu erected the Tengboche monastery in 1961, but it was devastated by the 1934 earthquake. The monastery was later restored in the same year. However, the monastery was destroyed by fire in 1989 and had to be rebuilt. Regardless of these tragedies, the Tengboche monastery remains the Khumbu region's oldest and largest.

Everest's 2 high passes: Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass

The Everest High Pass Trek Itinerary takes you through Two high passes: Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, as well as Everest Base Camp. It is considered a difficult journey and is favored by adventure seekers who want to experience everything. The trail to these passes is tough, steep, and rocky. However, upon reaching the top of all these Two passes, you can see the fantastic landscape views. Every drop of sweat and each step upwards and downwards in the rugged terrain is justified by the mesmerizing sceneries one can observe from these mountain passes.

Exploring the Everest Base Camp

What can be more intriguing than reaching the base of the world's highest mountain, Mt. Everest, along with the high passes of the region? Reaching Everest Base Camp itself is a huge achievement. From here, you can see panoramic views of numerous Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Baruntse, and Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, etc. Similarly, beautiful views of the Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Ice Fall can be seen from Everest Base Camp.

Picturesque Gokyo Lake Valley

Located in the stunning Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Village presents a calm and peaceful environment.

Everest Two High Pass region is an exciting excursion to a remote settlement in the magnificent Gokyo Valley, where only a few trekkers get by. The views you'll get here are magnificent. Surreal beauty includes the high Himalayan mountains, massive glaciers, icefalls, chilly streams, and shimmering lakes. This tiny Himalayan settlement of Gokyo village is truly one of a kind.

Stunning Gokyo Lakes

The Gokyo Lakes, located in the Sagarmatha National Park and close to the Everest Base Camp, is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy a peaceful and exciting atmosphere. At an altitude of 4,700m to 5,000m above sea level, these lakes are the world's highest freshwater lakes. The Gokyo Lakes comprise six lakes, the largest of which is Thonak Lake. The lakes receive fresh water from the Ngozumpa glacier, which is also the largest glacier in the Himalayas. The turquoise blue color of the lake, surrounded by snow-covered mountains under the blue sky, is mesmerizing to see.

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

After a quick breakfast, you fly to Lukla. This flight is going to be the most thrilling and memorable flight of your life. On landing at Lukla, you meet with the porters and begin trekking towards Phakding. From Lukla, the trail ascends through dense forests along Dudh Koshi River to Phakding.

  • Max. Altitude: 2610m/8563ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 1260m/4133ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
  • Walking Distance: 8km/5mi

After having a warm breakfast, continue trekking along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing it several times. The trail further follows Sagarmatha National Park, which is home to hundreds of flora and fauna. The trail from national park ascends steeply and that can be tough, however, steeping your feet in beautiful Namche Bazar will make you forget the pain you had earlier.

  • Max. Altitude: 3440m/11286ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 830m/2723ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 10km/6.2mi

This is a rest at Namche Bazar. You will spend the day exploring around. You can go on a short hike to Everest View Hotel or Khumjung village. Both places are good for observing excellent views of snow-capped mountains. Trek back to Namche Bazar, and make sure to visit Everest Photo Gallery and Sherpa Culture Museum.

  • Max. Altitude: 3440m/11286ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 440m/1443ft
  • Elevation Loss: 440m/1443ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 1.5-2 hours
  • Walking Distance: 3.5km/2.2mi

Continue trekking towards Tengboche along with enjoying superb views of Mt. Kantega, Kusum Kanguru, and Mt. Thamserku. The trail further, descends to a river and lead you to Phunki Tenga. From here, you ascend through lush forests of rhododendron and reach Tengboche.

  • Max. Altitude: 3860m/12664ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 420m/1378ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Walking Distance: 9km/5.6mi

After having breakfast begin trekking descending through lovely forests of rhododendron. The trail takes you to Imja Khola and crosses a suspension bridge. From here, you walk passing by a long mani wall and reach Pangboche. Further, you trek through summer pastures and reach Dingboche.

  • Max. Altitude: 4410m/14468ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 550m/1804ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Walking Distance: 11km/6.8mi

This is an acclimatization day in Dingboche. Explore the village and its nearby area. You can see amazing views of the north face of Ama Dablam along with Lhotse and Nuptse ridge. Go on a short hike to Nagarjan Peak or Chhukung Valley to acclimatize.

  • Max. Altitude: 4410m/14468ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 675m/2214ft
  • Elevation Loss: 675m/2214ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 2-3 hours
  • Walking Distance: 4Km/2.8mi

Leaving Dingboche behind, you trek through the stone wall field and ascend along Imja Khola Valley. You can see wonderful landscapes while ascending. You reach Bibre and crossing a cold stream, you reach Chhukung.

  • Max. Altitude: 4730m/15518ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 320m/1049ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
  • Walking Distance: 8km/5mi

The trek begins early in the morning. You ascend on a narrow rock trail and reach Pokalden Base Camp. You can select to go via any of the possible trails - either climbing over a hill northwest of Chhukung over the moraine of the Nuptse Glacier or descend to the valley to Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. Ascending along the east side of Niyang Khola valley, you turn west and walk through the sloppy stony trial. From here, passes through small frozen lakes and reach Kongma La Pass. The trail then descends to Lobuche for a night's stay.

  • Max. Altitude: 5535m/18159ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 805m/2641ft
  • Elevation Loss: 625m/2050ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Walking Distance: 11km/6.8mi

Today, you are going to hike up to Everest Base Camp. Trekking on a rocky moraine, you descend to Gorakshep. On the way, you can see views of icy glacial pond and icebergs. After a short lunch break at Gorakshep, you continue towards the Everest Base Camp. Spend some time and trek back to Gorak Shep for a night stay.

  • Max. Altitude: 5364m/17598ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 424m/1394ft
  • Elevation Loss: 224m/735ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 8-9 hours
  • Walking Distance: 15km/9.3mi

Early in the morning, you ascend to Kala Patthar, which is a very famous vantage point in the Everest region. From here, you can see glorious sunrise and 360-degree views of the Himalayan Mountains. Spend some time at the viewpoint and descend to Zongla for night stay.

  • Max. Altitude: 5550m/18208ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 368m/1266ft
  • Elevation Loss: 720m/3261ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Walking Distance: 14km/8.7mi

Leaving Zongla behind, you gradually ascend to Cho La Pass. The trail will be rocky and steep. Upon reaching the top, you can see wonderful views of many snow-capped mountains like Taboche, Cholatse, Baruntse, Thamserku, etc. From here, you will descend to Thangnak.

  • Max. Altitude: 4665m/1530ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 165m/541ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
  • Walking Distance: 9km/5.6mi

Crossing Ngozumpa Glacier on sandy shifting trail and cross the second lake. From here, you will trek and reach the beautiful Gokyo village. Gokyo has become something of a Himalayan resort without the crowd – at least in terms of the comfortable lodges with sun rooms, unbeatable views, excellent food, and warm stoves.

  • Max. Altitude: 4750m/15580ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 85m/278ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
  • Walking Distance: 7km/4.3mi

Today, you wake up early in the morning and hike to Gokyo Ri. Located just above the Gokyo village, you walk on a steep trail to reach Gokyo Ri. upon reaching here, you can see excellent views of Himalayas. Later, in the day, you trek to Machhermo for night stay.

  • Max. Altitude: 5345m/17532ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 620m/2033ft
  • Elevation Loss: 580m/1902ft,
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 11.5km/7.1mi

After having breakfast, you descend to Dole. Further, the trail drops down to Phortse Tenga through lovely rhododendron forest. From here, you will ascend on step trail and descend to Kyanjoma. A short walk from here will take you to Namche Bazar.

  • Max. Altitude: 3440m/11286ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 1030m/3379ft.
  • Elevation Loss: 500m/1640ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Walking Distance: 10.5km/6.5mi

After a quick breakfast, descend through Sagarmatha National Park and reach Phakding. From here, the trail ascends to Lukla along the Dudh Koshi River.

  • Max. Altitude: 2840m/9318ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 600m/1969ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 18km/11mi

Today, you take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. The flight will be short and scenic. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you move to the hotel Rest of the day is free for you to explore around and relax.

  • Max. Altitude: 1350m
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Elevation Loss: 1536m
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Trip MapDay to day route map and altitude graph
Everest High Pass Trek - 16 Days map
Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
What's Included
  • Domestic Airport transfers.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on trek.
  • Accommodations during the trek
  • A guide and porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers; the porter has a 20-22kg weight limit)
  • Paperwork such as National park entry and TIMS permits.
  • Flight fare Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu (inclusive of airport tax)
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffle bag – if NECESSARY (return after the trek)
  • Seasonal fruits after dinner as a dessert.
  • Well-equipped first aid kit, oximeter, and oxygen.
  • All the government Tax, Vat, and service charges.
  • Farewell dinner on the last night in Kathmandu.
  • Trip Achievement Awards for your lifetime memories.
  • In case of emergency: A helicopter service will be arranged and paid through your travel insurance
What's not Included
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu).
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu).
  • Your personal expenses, drink water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills.
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge.
  • Tips for the guide and porters.
  • If you required Accommodation in Kathmandu, kindly contact us.
  • If you required International airport pick up and drop, let us know.
  • Anything not mentioned in included section.
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  • Single persons are welcome to join the trek and single people have single room in Kathmandu and have to share room in the mountain lodge on trek cause of the less number of lodge and rooms available on remote mountain lodges.
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Everest High Passes Trek itinerary

The trek begins with a short thrilling flight to Lukla. From here, you will trek following the Dudh Koshi River and Sagarmatha National Park to reach Namche Bazar. From here, the trail ascends to Chhukung via Tengboche and Dingboche. Trekking on a rugged steep path, you will ascend to the first pass, Kongma La Pass. Descend from the pass towards Lobuche, and head to Everest Base Camp via Gorak Shep. From here onwards, the trail moves to Gokyo valley crossing the second pass, Cho La Pass. And, then comes the third and final pass. Passing by Lunde and Thame, you reach Namche Bazaar and head back to Lukla.

Everest High Pass Trek Cost

A group of 10 persons can embark on the 16 days trek for US$ 1450. This is the standard package price from Outfitter Nepal. We can also manage the package budget if you have a party of more than 10 people. If you're a solo trekker or a small group of travellers, the cost of the Two High Passes trek can range from US$ 1595 to US$ 1900, depending on your budget. Please keep in mind that if you want to change the accommodation or food services included in the overall standard pricing package, the trek cost will increase.

Even during trekking in the Everest region, we can upgrade your accommodation options for you to a deluxe hotel room or tourist standard accommodation with attached toilets for the deluxe and luxury plans. The cost of luxurious accommodation in the Everest Region can reach US$150 per night, while lodges at higher elevations are more basic and have fewer amenities which may not go as high.

Therefore, the cost of a trekking package in the Everest region can vary depending on whether you want to personalize your accommodations or make modifications to the itinerary! To learn more about the services offered with the standard Trek cost for the three passes trek, read the cost including and cost excluding parts.

Best time to go trekking in the Everest Two Pass Trek

The motto reads, "Nepal for all seasons." Trekking in Nepal is always a good idea because you can trek any time of year. Spring and autumn are, however, the best seasons for trekking in the Everest Region while also including the three passes! The weather has become more consistent and pleasant, making the travel more enjoyable. The weather is more stable and moderate in these months. Spring is from March, April and May, whereas autumn is from October to November.

If you trek during the monsoon season, it becomes tougher. The path becomes muddy and hazardous during the monsoon season due to heavy rainfall. You must take care when moving. Thus, if you are a newbie, it is better to avoid trekking during the Monsoon. If you're a seasoned hiker, you'll relish every challenge regardless of the season.

You can trek in the Everest region in the winter, but most trekkers will not choose to do so due to the intense cold. The greatest time to photograph the Himalayas is in the winter. The trail is usually crowded, however as you will be doing the most difficult trek in the region, you will not see as many fellow trekkers. Likewise, the Everest region is completely encased in snow during the winter. This will make walking and passing the paths tough.

Accommodation During the Everest Two Pass Trek

We can also assist you in finding a high-end hotel and teahouse while staying within your budget. Luxury and premium hotels and lodges, as well as budget hotels and lodges, are available during the Everest trekking. The rooms offer amenities like as comfortable mattresses with cushions, electric blankets, hot and cold showers, free Wi-Fi, and more. The rooms are normally small yet comfortable, and they are usually shared by two people. A mattress, blanket, and pillow are among the items in the room. If you're travelling alone, we can arrange for separate accommodations.

What to eat during trekking in the Everest Two Pass ?

Your body will require enough carbohydrates and proteins because we'll be trekking at high altitudes around the world's tallest peak. The food we provide on this walk is simple and sanitary! We encourage people to eat local cuisine and delicacies since they are far more hygienic. It's not preferable to have frozen foods that take days to get to the trails.

We handpick the best hotels, resorts, and restaurants, ensuring that the food is fresh, healthy, and delicious. We recommend Dal Bhat, a Nepalese cuisine that provides enough carbohydrates and protein for your body. You'll get plenty of protein from the lentils, beans, and pulses soup. Syakpa, commonly known as Sherpa stew, is another favourite dish! Seasonal vegetables will also be served in the guest's house, providing your body with essential nutrients.

You can sample other menu items including Momo (dumplings), locally grown Barley, Buckwheat, Millet, and Corn Roti (Bread), noodles, sandwiches, bakery products, tea, coffee, and more if you give them a chance. Buckwheat, millet, and barley are high-fiber grains that are also nutritionally dense. Noodles, spaghetti, macaroni, pizza, lasagna, various curry dishes, and fried rice are just a few examples of cuisines that may be prepared with minimal effort.

We propose liquids such as green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup (which is a must) as well as fresh vegetable products at high heights. Even though non-vegetarian options, we will not recommend them because the meat in such facilities may not be as sanitary.

How difficult is it to cross the Everest Two High Passes?

This is one of the most difficult treks in the Khumbu region. You will cross three high passes of the region. The trail will include numerous ascends and descends through steep rugged paths. You will trek on glacier moraines and glacial paths. Therefore, good health and strong stamina are needed to go on the trekking journey.

The essentials to a successful trek, though, are average physical health and self-confidence. It's a good idea to start exercising and running a few weeks before the trip to improve your strength and ability for this adventure. Your prior trekking experience can be beneficial.

If you have a history of medical concerns, you must contact your doctor before embarking on this expedition. Before scheduling this trek, anyone with pre-existing medical issues such as heart, lungs, or any other major ailment should inform your tour operators.

How fit do you have to be for trekking for crossing the Everest Two High Pass?

Walking for three weeks is physically demanding. This challenging three passes trek will need you to walk for approximately 6 hours per day on average. There is no other choice; you can't give up in the middle since there are no other options. You have to be emotionally and physically prepared to perform this Everest area three high pass trek.

You'll need to prepare your body so that you don't become fatigued easily. You should prepare for this trek by doing smaller climbs or treks to get to know yourself better.

For this trek, it's also crucial to be mentally strong. You'll be travelling in an area where there are no facilities. Here, good meals and warm clothing are considered luxuries. To be able to adjust to the rural lifestyle, you will need to prepare and motivate yourself. Prepare for the worst-case scenario, but don't overthink it. The difficulties of the trek in the Everest region will increase if one is not mentally prepared.

Trekking is delightful if you enjoy the journey without feeling rushed. If you love nature, she will love you back. So take in the scenery, enjoy your ride, and keep yourself motivated.

What should you do to prepare yourself for the high pass Trek?

We urge that you practice and prepare carefully for the trek before packing your bags and heading to the Himalayas. We recommend that you participate in cardio-related activities and take brief walks around your city.

Every day on this journey, you will gain approximately 300 to 700 meters in height. You'll be walking from Lukla, at 2,840 meters, to Kala Patthar, at 5,643 meters. As a result, the risk of high altitude sickness is great on this trek. Make sure your body and mind can cope with the elevation change. If you've never hiked before, start with a less challenging lower-altitude journey before taking on this challenge.

Is Everest High Pass trek the right choice for you?

Keep in mind that the trekking itinerary is not a five-star vacation. This trek will take you over three high passes totaling over 5,000m. You'll also reach a maximum elevation point of 5,643m. As a result, this trek necessitates both physical and mental fitness. As a result, this trek is best suited to experienced trekkers with prior Himalayan trekking expertise. If this is your first experience trekking in the Himalayas, we recommend starting with less difficult treks in the Everest or Annapurna regions.

The trek to the three passes is a 18 days trek that takes you into the Himalayas for 17 days. This expedition will require you to walk five to six hours every day on average. If you believe you have the stamina to take on this task, we're convinced you'll be able to do it.

Are there any alternative routes to the Two High Pass Trek?

There are various routes to choose from, but it is better to select one that gradually increases in elevation. Some clockwise routes from Namche to Thame take only five or six days to reach the first high pass. Unlike the counter-clockwise path, it takes at least 8-9 days to reach the Kongma La pass, the first high pass.

One of the biggest reasons affecting three passes Trek Difficulty is not choosing the right itinerary. It is assumed that these passes are above 5,000 meters in altitude. As a result, trekkers can use the alternate route from Namche, as indicated. The EBC trek leads to Dingboche. From there, you'll follow the path to Kongma-la, the first pass. This is an excellent approach for avoiding altitude sickness and acclimatization.

How long is the duration of the Everest Two High Pass Trek?

You will have to walk for 6 hours on average every day for nearly three weeks, if not longer. Landslide-affected places, steep trails, and frightening terrains make up the itinerary. Climbs are challenging, and glaciers add to the difficulties of the trek. It's dangerous to cross the glaciers. You'll have to step on the ice, and the warm weather may cause the ice to break if you do it later in the day.

The most difficult aspect of the trek is the numerous uphill, which are quite arduous in comparison to other uphill treks. You may also have to climb boulders and landslide-prone regions. The trekking route passes across a few glaciers, which are difficult to cross due to their slippery nature. You will be forced to walk on diminishing ice. There is a possibility of cracking the ice if you traverse this glacier after 10 a.m.

One thing to keep in mind is that during the three passes trek, you will have to cross the glacier before reaching or crossing the Cho La Pass. This glacier takes around 40 minutes to cross and will be terrifying and tough since you will be walking across melting ice that is becoming thinner and thinner. To avert this, you must cross this glacier before 10 a.m. because the ice tends to melt as the sun rises.

Do you need any guide to do the Two High Pass Trek?

Hiring an experienced guide is the best way to ensure your safety on the trek region. At Outfitter Nepal, we always encourage choosing qualified, licensed guides, and this list is no exception! A trained guide will be familiar with both the path and local weather patterns, as well as how to respond to them. In the event of an emergency, a skilled guide should also be conversant with first aid and the best procedures. We hope that this blog has given you some useful information that you can implement during your trekking in the Everest region.

A good guide can mean the difference between crossing the three passes and not crossing the three passes. And we can tell you that your trip to the Everest Region will be both comfortable and fun thanks to our experts at Outfitter Nepal!

We, at Outfitter Nepal, have a lot of experience leading treks in Nepal's Himalayas. Our Everest Region Trek packages will take you on the most exciting experience of your life.

What is the weather condition in the Everest Two Pass Trek?

Remember that the weather in the Himalayas, particularly in the upper stages of the trek, is typically unpredictable. In the upper elevations of the trek, you may be subjected to intense cold, rain, and, in the worst-case scenario, snow. Make sure you're prepared to deal with unexpected events. Furthermore, even if you're trekking during the summer, we recommend bringing extra clothing and weather protection to deal with such conditions.

During the peak season, the weather is mostly fine and very consistent. Even yet, the temperature lowers suddenly and unexpectedly at night. And temperatures below freezing can be extremely uncomfortable, so bring plenty of layers and warm inners gear when trekking in this area.

The weather can also cause a delay in the commencement of the trek. Taking a flight to Lukla is the only way to go to the Everest region in a short amount of time. Thus, the early flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is frequently cancelled owing to inclement weather. The weather must be favourable for a plane to safely land at the Lukla airport. Hence, this airport is regarded as one of the most dangerous in the world. So, if you're trekking in the Everest region, you should plan on taking a few extra days to cover your trek and make it go as smoothly as possible.

There's also a good chance that an avalanche will occur, so you should be especially cautious. Thus, you must be careful while trekking in the Everest Region.

Are there any ATM services in the Everest Region?

The three passes journey does not include an ATM because it takes you to a secluded location. Namche has the last ATM service in the Everest Region. After Namche, there are no ATM terminals. Since the trek begins in Namche, make sure you bring adequate cash for the journey.

What is the basic stuff I should not forget during trekking in the Everest Region?

  • Trekking Boots
  • Sandals/Crocs
  • Few pairs of undergarments
  • High quality down jacket and pant
  • Thermal wears
  • T-shirts and trousers
  • Trekking pole
  • A pair of gloves
  • Woolen hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water purification tablets
  • Energy bars

What should I do to prevent AMS?

Our 18 days of Everest trekking to the Three High Pass gives your body enough time to adjust to the altitude. Doing everything slowly, walking at a moderate steady speed like a snail, and drinking plenty of liquids is the best way to avoid any difficulties.

The most common symptom of altitude sickness is a minor headache, but other symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) include exhaustion, dizziness and loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, difficulty walking, and rattling breath. Medications should be carried out if necessary!

Are any permits needed for the Everest Region Trek?

A TIMS (USD 10) permit and a Sagarmatha National Park permit (USD 30) are required, as they are for other Everest region treks. At Outfitter Nepal, we will arrange all these permits for you. TIMS permit is taken in Kathmandu and your Sagarmatha National Park permits in Monjo (a village checkpoint you'll pass through on the first day of your trip) if you're organizing your trek yourself.

Why should you choose Outfitter Nepal?

  • We understand our client’s expectations and have never failed to surpass them. On our Trip Advisor and Review pages, you can see what our prior customers have to say about us.
  • We only hire local trekking guides and porters in the Himalayan regions of Everest and other locations.
  • At Outfitter Nepal, we put the safety and security of our customers first. We place a high value on customers' happiness. Hence, we go to great lengths to ensure that our guests enjoy a memorable time in Nepal's Himalayas.
  • Our Professional Local Trekking Guides are well-educated and multilingual, including English, which is widely spoken. The guides are government-licensed and highly trained, while the porters are physically fit owing to the high altitude. We take trekking in the Everest Region seriously while still making it entertaining!
  • We have guaranteed departure dates and we never cancel on you!
FAQsEverest High Pass Trek - 16 Days frequently asked questions
  • Cash is required for trekking in the Everest region in general. Is it feasible to travel without spending any money? Without a doubt, the answer is no. If you booked your trip through a travel company or agency, all essential costs are included in the package. You should, however, carry extra cash for items such as additional beverages not included in the bundle, chocolates, additional apparel, and so on. You should also avoid using ATMs or other types of banking cash transactions. The reason for this is that the region has a limited number of banks and ATMs. Bringing money from Kathmandu is also better than withdrawing money from the Everest region.

  • Before leaving home, you should consult your doctor and follow their recommendations, as many trekkers have done. Diamox may have certain negative effects, even if it is taken for prevention. Thus, make sure you go to the doctor! Diamox may have certain negative effects, even if it is taken for prevention.

  • Yes, most hotels/guest houses, camps/villages, and even some solar-powered sites have electricity to charge your camera and mobile batteries. However, there is a chance that there will not be enough electricity to charge your devices, so bring some backup batteries with you on your high pass trek.

  • Yes, Wi-Fi is available in most of the guest houses/lodges in most of the places/villages along the Everest trails (except in some remote locations), but it will cost you money. It is not guaranteed, and it may or may not work at all times, so don't rely on it.

  • Everest Link Wifi cards are the greatest option if you need to stay in touch with family, friends, or employers while on the trek. It's a single internet connection that works in all of the settlements, including Gorakshep and Gokyo, as well as most of the Three Pass Trek. You can choose between NCell and NTC if you only want to check your emails and don't want to use the internet at higher altitudes.

  • Lukla's weather can be fickle, especially during the monsoon season (June to September). As a result, you must set aside a few days in case your trip is delayed or, worst-case scenario, cancelled! You have two options: either wait until the next day for your flight, which is scheduled to depart at the end of the day, or engage a helicopter service! It's critical to remember that if the weather is particularly terrible, the helicopter may not even take off!

  • It would be unfair to say you couldn't. Some hotels offer free Wi-Fi on the lower sections of the route, such as Lukla, Phakding, Monjo, and Namche Bazaar, although most demand a fee. Restaurants in Lukla and Namche Bazaar, on the other hand, provide free Wi-Fi to lure clients. However, due to the high volume of users, we cannot guarantee the internet speed in the hotels.

  • It is undeniably difficult to trek to Everest High Pass, which is located above 5000 meters above sea level and takes 17 total trekking days out of the 22-day travel. "How fit should I be?" is a question we hear from all of our trekkers before they embark on their adventure. "How should we train for the three-pass trek?" Is there any kind of training required for the Everest region trek?

    To address these concerns, there is no fixed or scheduled training course for completing the high pass route, and it may vary for various tourists depending on where they live, whether they have access to regular climbing or trekking, and the elevation within their vicinity.

  • Yes, travel insurance is required for Everest region treks because they are high-altitude adventure treks with inherent dangers. Because the Helicopter is the only way of bringing you back to the city/Kathmandu in the event of an accident or illness, including acute mountain sickness, you must have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation.

  • During the Everest expedition, luxury and premium hotels and lodges, as well as budget hotels and lodges, are available. Comfortable mattresses with cushions, electric blankets, hot and cold showers, free Wi-Fi, and other facilities are available in the rooms. The rooms are often tiny yet cozy, and two guests frequently share them. It also includes a mattress, blanket, and pillow, among other things. We can provide separate rooms for you if you're traveling alone!

  • Outside the arrival terminal in Kathmandu Airport, both NCell and NTC have counters. SIM cards are also sold in Thamel's stores. If you forget to purchase one in Kathmandu, you can get one in Lukla or Namche Bazaar, albeit the cost may be higher.

  • It is better if you can manage your water source. To filter your water source, you can buy water purification tablets in Kathmandu before you head on your journey. You can also save money by getting free tap water, then using the water purification tablets and drinking the water. Bottled water or boiled water is accessible in every lodge/teahouse, and the cost of bottled water ranges from 100.00 to 250.00 NPR. It is recommended that you drink 4-6 litres of water each day to avoid dehydration!

  • Always remember to book extra personal days. Staying for a few days towards the end of the voyage is preferred. Due to severe weather, flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are frequently delayed. In exceptional circumstances, there may be no flights for a whole day. Extra days are required for the trip to the Everest region to avoid missing your international flight home. Fortunately, you can extend your stay in Nepal if you don't miss any flights. You can visit additional tourist attractions and locations.

  • This trek incorporates the Everest Region's three high passes: Renjo La (5,388 m), Cho La (5,380 m), and the highest Kongma La (5,480 m) (5,535 m). When it comes to the benefits of this trail, it takes you down to the Dudhkoshi valley, which is adorned with beautiful turquoise glacial lakes, Gokyo Ri, the highland monasteries, the outlying Nangpa La Valley, Sherpa village, colorful trails through woody and lush rhododendron forests, and, most importantly, an unforgettable experience!

  • In addition to drinking water, remember to consume a well-balanced diet. The Everest region has some of the best food and accommodations in the world. Tea shops and hotels have a variety of menus from which you can choose intelligently. Maintain a safe distance from the meat. Meat is transported by donkeys and porters, resulting in stale and unhealthy meals. It's advisable to keep away from it during your time at upper camp. Instead, choose vegetarian food that is largely fresh and healthy. Don't forget to carry some energy-boosting chocolate bars with you, in addition to a balanced diet. Although it may not appear to be significant, many say that packing chocolate is valuable.

  • Yes, there’s plenty of availability of hot showers on the trail. However, the Everest region is particularly cold, and especially cold in the higher altitude sections. Thus, it is wise to not take a lot of showers during the trek. Instead, take showers only a few times at the low altitude zones such as in Namche, Dingboche and Lukla. You need to know that taking hot showers also costs you money.

  • A regular 22 days package for the high pass has at least 17 trekking days on the itinerary. And, there are few options for starting the trek, but the most convenient way is via a flight to Lukla. Although, some opt for taking a jeep journey to Jiri or Phaplu as well, which adds more trekking days to your itinerary. From Lukla, it takes around 17-18 days to complete your high passes and return to Lukla again. Though, you can also add more acclimatization days and increase the length of your stay.

  • The planes that operate to Lukla are small, with a total weight limit of 15 kilograms per person, including main luggage and hand luggage. You should be able to keep your luggage to a maximum of 10 kg. You can pay an extra price to carry a few extra pounds, but this isn't certain because extra luggage is only available when there's room.

  • Normally, a porter can carry the weights within 22-25kgs. If you are a party of two people, the porter can carry up to 12kg each. We also suggest that you carry a small backpack with you where you can keep your important belongings and things you do not want to take the hassle of keeping in the luggage again and again.

  • Yes, tipping is absolutely normal and often expected during trekking in Nepal. If you have hired a guide and a porter, it is often expected that you tip them. Make sure you tip at least 10-15% of the total amount you paid to your tour company!

  • It is entirely up to you whether to book your trek in advance over the internet or with a local business after you arrive in Nepal. In Kathmandu, numerous trekking firms provide Everest climbs, and booking with any of them is simple. However, we encourage that you plan the trip ahead of time so that you get to travel with confidence once you have booked and organized the trek before arriving in Nepal.

    When you plan and arrange the trek in advance, the firm takes care of everything from airport transfers to hotels in Kathmandu, flights to Lukla, permits, and route housing, as well as guides and porters.

    • We know what clients anticipate and have never failed to meet or exceed those expectations. You can read what our previous customers have to say about us on our Trip Advisor and Review pages.
    • For Nepal trekking and peak climbing in the Himalayan regions of Everest and other locations, we supply qualified native trekking guides and porters.
    • We place a high value on client safety and security. Thus, we go to considerable lengths to ensure that our guests enjoy a memorable time in Nepal's Himalayan regions.
    • Our Professional Local Trekking Guides are well-educated and multilingual, including English. The guides are government-licensed and well-trained, while the porters are physically fit owing to the high altitude. We take trekking in the Everest Region seriously while still making it enjoyable!
    • We have set departure dates and never cancel on our clients!
  • The trek in the high pass region is at least 3 weeks’ worth of journey in which you are traveling for at least 22 days. Thus, as expected, the budget will be high. Normally, the trekking budget ranges between US$ 1700 and US$ 2100 depending upon whether you are doing it solo or in a group. More so, you can also carry some extra cash with you apart from the cost of the trekking package, just in case!

Client ReviewsTravelers talk about Outfitter Nepal
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    JimmygrizUnited States,November 24, 2019
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    Everest High pass trek

    This Everest high pass trek was my first trek ever. I wanted a company I could trust to get me through all the logistics of such an ambitious trip and that is exactly what I got from Outfitter Nepal.

    From airport pickup to dealing with unexpected events during 18 days of trekking, they were very dependable and always took care of everything.

    I highly recommend them.

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