Trekking the High Passes on Mount Everest (21 days)

Join UIMLA certified mountain guide Fernando for this 21-day once in a lifetime trek along the high passes of Mount Everest on the border of Nepal and Tibet!

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

21 days

Mountain Range

Himalaya

People per Guide

10 people

Trip Level

Hard

Offer Period

Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
  • Discover the awe-inspiring beauty and magnitude of Mount Everest & the Himalayas

  • Discover the amazing cultural lives of the Himalayan peoples

  • Reach altitudes of 5160m at Gorak peak and explore multiple Himalayan routes

  • Join a local, experienced and deeply passionate guide who knows the terrain

 

The highest and most famous mountain in the world, Mount Everest is truly the titan of all mountains. How about a 21-day trip where you’ll trek along the high passes of this goliath to unbelievable views!

Located about 170km east of Khatmandu on the border between Nepal and Tibet (China), this Himalayan region is beyond breathtaking.

There is simply no mountain range in the world to rival the Himalayas, 9 of the top ten tallest mountains of the world reside here!

We will meet in Khatmandu before the trek and return there afterwards, you will have ample time to explore this charming city with all its historical and cultural intrigue.

From Khatmandu we will take the exhilarating and beautiful flight over to Lukla, during which you will be dazzled by the Himalayan scenery as we wind between its endless peaks.

I have designed this trip so that you will have a gradual ascension period. We will trek from 2827m in Lukla to 5160m at Gorak Shep over a period of nine days and we will descend equally slowly from this height over several days. Check out the detailed itinerary below!

On this magical journey you will come across glacial lakes, blooming rhododendroms and pine forests. You’ll encounter Himalayan settlements and many indescribable lookout sites. You will be quite literally, almost on top of the world!

A trek at this altitude is no easy feat and you need to have previous high altitude training to join this trip. You need to be an experienced trekker and of a high level of fitness.

I will provide altitude saftey equipment including oxygen bottles, a portable hyperbaric chamber and a full first aid kit amongst others.

If you have ever dreamed of seeing the Himalayas and exploring these incredible mountains then here’s your chance. Come and trek the high passes of Everest and discover a world that not many people ever witness!

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
7000 EUR

Group of 2
3200 EUR

Group of 3
1800 EUR

Group of 4
1600 EUR

Group of 5
1500 EUR

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
 The listed price is per person for a group of 5 or more people. For smaller groups, please contact me for a price quote.
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Kathmandu (1360m)

    We will be waiting for you at Khatmandu International Airport with a sign and then we’ll take the 20 transfer to your hotel.

    In the afternoon we will have a brief meeting about the trek and finalise any last details.

    The evening will be free time.

  • Day 2Kathmandu (1360m)

    In the morning we will explore Khatmandu with an organised tour.

    We will visit the Bodhnath stupa, one of the most impressive Buddhist sanctuaries in the world.

    You will have the chance to observe the monks as they do their oration ritual around the stupa.

    We will also visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country that is situated on the shores of the sacred river Bagmati.

    Here we will witness the Sadhus (Sacred Hindus) meditating, bathing and their funeral pyres.

    The rest of the time in Khatmandu is free time to explore.

    In the evening you will be given all the information needed for the departure the next morning.

  • Day 3Phakding (2650m) - 3 hours trekking

    Early in the morning we will take the spectacular flight from Khatmandu to Lukla (2827m).

    Flying in parallel to the magnificent Himalayan mountain range, that borders Nepal and Tibet (China).

    The flight duration is about 40 minutes, highly exciting and we will land on a strip built bby Sir Edmund Hilary and Sherpas in the 1960s’.

    We will have some time to explore Lukla.

    Then we will begin our trek descending towards Dudh Kosi river.

    From here we will meet up with the main route to Namche Bazar situated just above Chaunrikharka (2713m).

    This is an easy route and after passing the small town of Ghat (2550m), it’s only a short hike to Phakding.

  • Day 4Namche Bazar (3446m) - 7 hours trekking

    From Phakding we will cross the river and head into the valley.

    We’ll come across many porters tansporting supplies to and from Namche Bazar.

    the route runs next to the river and we’ll be surrounded by beautiful blue pines and forests of Rhododendrons which are stunning in spring.

    We’ll cross the river Dudh Kosi in Bnekar, where you’ll be able to make out the snowy peaks of Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m).

    From here it’s only a short walk to Monjo (2385m), where we begin the ascent.

    Then it’s a short walk to the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park.

    The path continues next to the river and we’ll cross it again where the river Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi meet.

    At this point we’ll start the climb to Namche Bazar, first by crossing the spectacular hanging bridge.

    This is a wonderful photo opportunity. Soon after the immense peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taboche appear on the horizon!

  • Day 5Namche Bazar (3446m) - Acclimitisation day

    We will be in Namche Bazar a second night to get a proper acclimatisation to the altitude.

    Today there is still a lot of trade in Namche and it is common to see Tibetans trading with carpets, Chinese-made products, meat and salt.

    I recommend that you take the opportunity to see both the sunrise and the views of the Sunset from the National Park headquarters above the village.

    The impressive view includes a magnificent panoramic view of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest.

    After breakfast, we will make an acclimatisation march.

  • Day 6Tengboche (3875m) 6 Hours of trekking

    From Namche Bazar, we will go up to the headquarters from the Park and follow a path that circles the Dudh Kosi River above.

    Above Namche, the route to Tengboche becomes visible with the monastery located below the top of Everest and surrounded by other peaks of the Himalayas.

    On the walk Today there is the possibility of seeing local wild animals, such as the Himalayan pheasant.

    After reaching the reforestation nursery in Trashinga, the road descends before crossing the Dudh Kosi river in Phunkitenga (3250m) where we will have lunch.

    Then we will climb along a path surrounded by pine trees, fir trees, black junipers and rhododendrons towards Tengboche.

    The monastery and the hostel are in a beautiful meadow surrounded by imposing Himalayan peaks that create a truly peaceful and tranquil environment.

    The most notable peaks seen from here are the Kantega, the Ama Dablam (perhaps the most beautiful peak of the region) and, of course, Mount Everest.

  • Day 7Pangboche (4040m) - 3 hours trekking

    According to legend, the Tengboche monastery was founded in the 17th century by Lama Dorje Sange, who came from the monastery of Tibet, Rongbuk.

    Tengboche was destroyed by an earthquake in 1933, rebuilt and damaged again by a fire in 1989.

    The construction of the current monastery was inaugurated in 1992.

    We will spend the first part of the morning in Tengboche to visit the monastery and the local museum.

    There is a small entrance fee for the museum.

    Later, we will descend through alpine forests to the town of Deboche, where there is a convent and then passing through Milingo we will cross a bridge over the Imho Khola.

    From here the path climbs slowly, with excellent views of the Ama Dablam, to the village of Pangboche where we will spend the night.

    In the afternoon we will visit the upper village of Pangboche

  • Day 8Dingboche (4.400m) - 4 Hours trekking

    Today we have a nice walk. Ascending slowly above the Imja Khola river and passing the tea houses in Orsho, before passing the river and the old glacial moraines on our way to our hostel in Dingboche.

    The landscape is spectacular and although Everest here disappears behind the crest of Lhotse-Nuptse.

    Today’s walk is more tiring due to the altitude, it is important to take note of my advice in relation to rest and fluid intake.

  • Day 9Dingboche (4.400m) Rest and acclimitisation day

    Dingboche is a beautiful mosaic of agricultural fields.

    Stone walls protect barley crops and potatoes from cold winds.

    It is mainly occupied in the monsoon months, when a large number of yaks are brought here to graze.

    Behind our lodge the rocky walls of the Taboche seem to rise up to the sky.

    I will advise on the alternatives for today, but an excursion through the valley towards Chukkung is an option.

    It’s really worth it, the views are fantastic in this valley: the formidable south face of Lhotse and Island Peak form a very beautiful show.

    We will return to sleep in Dingboche.

  • Day 10Lobuche (4930m) - 6.5 Hours trekking

    In the morning we will climb the small hill behind the village of Pheriche.

    From the chorten on the top we will see Lobuche (6119m) to the north and the snow fields of Cho La dominating the horizon.

    Late in the morning we will cross the Khumbu Khola in Dughla (4620m) and we will have a light lunch at the foot of the huge moraine terminal of the Khumbu Glacier.

    In the afternoon, there is a steep climb on a rocky trail to the top of the moraines.

    At the top, we’ll  pass a memorial, built in memory of the sherpas and climbers who have died in the various expeditions to Everest in the last 50 years.

    From here the view is spectacular: Pumori (7160m), Lingtren (6697m), Khumbutse (6623m) and, on the border with Tibet, Changtse (7550m).

    Everest remains hidden behind the imposing walls of Nuptse and Lhotse.

    Next, we’ll continue to our lodge in Lobuche.

    Today is a longer day than others, but the fantastic scenery makes it all worthwhile.

  • Day 11Gorak Shep (5160m) - Everest Base Camp - 3 Hours to Gorak Shep, 5 hours round trip to EBC

    From Lobuche we’ll follow the wide valley that runs parallel to the Glacier del Khumbu.

    It’s important to follow my pace and recommendeations as we reach a considerable altitude.

    When we arrived at the moraine of Changri Nup Glacier, we’ll make a series of small climbs and descents on a rocky trail that eventually leads to Gorak Shep (5160m).

    After eating we’ll prepare to go to Everest Base Camp.

    The walk to the BC is about three hours.

    From the BC of Everest we do not have views of the summit of Mount Everest, but we do have an impressive view of the Icefall, which is technically considered the most difficult and dangerous section of this mountain.

    The way back from the base camp to Gorak Shep will take us also about three hours.

    It has been a day of strong emotions and we will go to bed thinking about our ascension of Kala Patar tomorrow …

  • Day 12Kala Patar - Dzonghla (4830m) - 8 Hour trekking

    The Kala Patar (5545m) has sensational views.

    Being at its peak is the dream of many, because the show it provides is unforgettable.

    From the lodge we will climb at a gentle but contant pace.

    The Kala Patar is the top of a rocky hill that is below the Pumori.

    It is a hard climb due to the altitude, but the view from the top surpasses ones imagination.

    We will probably have to spend about two hours until we reach the summit of Gorak Shep.

    Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam,Taboche, Kantega, Lhotse … and Everest, the highest mountain in the world, surround us.

    At about three kilometers and about 200 meters below, the Everest Base Camp can be seen perfectly.

    For many, to get to the top of the Kala Patar is a very exciting experience and it pays to appreciate your journey so that you can savor this special moment.

    The return descent to Gorak Shep is easier.

    After a stop at the Gorak Shep lodge we will leave for Lobuche, where we will stop for lunch.

    Next, we will take a detour that will take us to Dzonghla.

    When you get to our lodge we will prepare for tomorrow and the amazing Cho La Pass.

    It has been a great day that we will never forget, but the journey continue …

  • Day 13Cho La Pass - Dragnag (4700m) - 7 Hours trekking

    We will start this beautiful day early.

    From the lodge you go up a path that passes by large rocks looking for the Cho La Pass.

    We will climb progressively and until we reach a plateau where we find snow.

    Here we will keep to the left of the main glacier and follow my guidance to reach the impressive Cho La Pass (5420m), where the views are immense.

    They include, among others, Baruntse and Ama Dablam.

    The descent from the hill is steep at the top and must be done carefully, it is possible that we find some stretches with hard snow.

    Our day ends in Dragnag, where we can enjoy a well-deserved rest and a good dinner at our lodge.

  • Day 14Gokyo (4790m) - 3 Hours trekking

    We will head to the Ngozumba glacier where we’ll see small glacial lakes.

    The views are incredible, because we will enjoy different perspectives of the Gokyo Valley and Cho Oyu.

    We are very close to Tibet.

    We will eat in the town of Gokyo.

    We’ll have the afternoon free to relax and rest.

    There is an option to go up to Gokyo Ri in the afternoon to watch the sunset.

    It will take us approximately 2 hours and a half to reach the top.

    The summit of Gokyo Ri rewards us with a unbeatable view of four peaks of 8000 meters: Everest (8848m), Cho-Oyu (8201m), Lhotse (8511m) and Makalu (8481m).

    There are also many other imposing peaks that fill the horizon like the Gyachung Kang, the Cholatse or the Kangchung.

    After being at the summit for a while and taking some pictures to remember this day, we will go down to our lodge

  • Day 15Gokyo (4790m) - Day of rest and exploration

    Those who have chosen to go to the Gokyo Ri (5360m) will have to get up early.

    Others can have a late breakfast and take a tour of the Gokyo valley to enjoy the magnificent location.

    Today we will take it easy and recover in the shade of Cho Oyu, to arrive fully reenergised for tomorrow.

    Tomorrow we face the hill of Renjo La.

  • Day 16Lundgen (4380m) - 8 Hours trekking

    We will start early since we have a long day ahead.

    The road starts skirting Lake Gokyo and then goes up.

    Looking back, we will have enjoyed excellent views of Gokyo.

    We’ll continue ascending rock and snow towards the Renjo La Pass (5345m).

    Finally, we’ll come to the hill, which is characterised by the prayer flags, from where we’ll have a beautiful view of the Nangpa valley.

    Looking back we’ll see Everest and the Makalu.

    We will stop at the pass to take our lunch and rest for a while.

    The first section of the descent requires concentration (fixed ropes in conditions of ice to facilitate the descent).

    After a while we’ll arrive at a glacial lake, from where the valley opens.

    We are already close to the main commercial route to Tibet from Nangpa La Pass.

    It is a long day, but will provide great memories. We will conclude the day in our Lundgen lodge.

  • Day 17Thame (3800m) - 4 Hours trekking

    Today we don’t have to get up early.

    Our path follows the Bhote Kosi river downstream.

    We’ll walk through the Nangpa Valley, passing through small towns, like the village of Marulung.

    From Marulung the road continues descending through the town of Taranga.

    Our destination today is Thame, which is a famous town in which many sherpas have been born who have climbed Everest, including Apa Sherpa, who has climbed Everest 21 times.

  • Day 18Phakding (2650m) - 6 Hours trekking

    After breakfast we’ll leave Thame and descend to cross the Bhote Kosi.

    There are some impressive Buddhist paintings on the rocks of the area.

    Our route continues through the village of Thamo, passing through Namche Bazar where we will take a well deserved rest for lunch.

    Next, we will follow the trail through Jorsale back to Monjo, it is a short walk through blue pine and Rhododendron. It provides excellent views of the Kusum Kangaru, until you reach our lodge in Phakding.

  • Day 19Lukla (2800) - 3.5 Hours trekking

    This is our last day of trekking.

    It is a comfortable path through the valley before the final climb to the track landing in Lukla.

    Next, we will take lunch at the hostel and we’ll have the afternoon free to walk, rest or maybe enjoy a hot shower!

    I will take care of managing airline tickets to fly the next day to Kathmandu.

    In the evening, we will enjoy a farewell dinner and celebration dance with our fellow Sherpas.

  • Day 20Kathmandu (1360m)

    Today we’ll get up early to be ready for the arrival of the planes to fly us back to Kathmandu.

    Upon arrival in Kathmandu we will be transferred to our hotel.

    The Rest of the day is free for souvenir shopping or sightseeing.

    Located in the south of the city, Patan deserves a visit with its Durbar square and numerous historical structures including statues of the past kings.

    Our last night in Kathmandu, gives us the opportunity to go out into the city and enjoy a final dinner (optional) with our friends and friends of the trekking.

  • Day 21Kathmandu (1360m)

    Our trip ends today after breakfast.

    It will have been an amazing experience.

    We bid farewell to Kathmandu and go to the airport (20 mins transfer).

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Advanced

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Khatmandu

More info

Sleeping bags and down jackets are available to those who need them.

 

About the Guide

 
 

I started climbing when I was a teenager and have been in love with the mountains ever since. As I walked down from the Mont Blanc summit, I decided that I wanted to be a mountain guide.

I live in Benasque, a wonderful mountain village in the Pyrenees. It is the Spanish Chamonix. You have many different mountain activities to do here, with challenges for all levels.

I am mountain leader with UIMLA certification by the Mountain School of Benasque. I am member of the AEGM (Association of Spanish Mountain Guides).

I started guiding in 2007 and have been in the Pyrenees, Alps, Andes, Himalayas, Caucasus, etc.

There is no such thing as zero risk in mountain activities but I can assure you that your safety will be my top priority. Hire a mountain professional with experience and qualifications.

Would you like to climb the summit you have always wanted? Do you want to climb that mountain with a qualified professional who will focus on your safety?

Relax, enjoy the climbing and make your dreams come true! I´ll take care of the rest.

 
 


 

 

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