High Passes Trek
The Everest Panorama Trek offers the ultimate and complete trekking experience in the Everest region. Truly an ‘off the beaten path’ route to our ultimate goal - Everest Base Camp. There are no technical climbing skills needed, only an adventurers’ spirit. This trek is a demanding adventure that crosses two high mountain passes linking the three distinct valleys of Bhotekoshi, Gokyo, and the Khumbu. Crossing the rugged high passes of Renjo La (17,677’) and Cho La (17,650’) with climbing peaks of Gokyo Ri (17,988’) and Kala Pattar (18,192’) along with the trek to Everest Base Camp makes this trek an incomparable and unforgettable trekking experience in Nepal.
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (4,429’)
On your arrival in Kathmandu; we will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the famous Hotel Yak & Yeti. After everyone on the team has arrived, we will meet out in the garden area of the hotel for the team meeting and trek briefing. Later that evening we will host a welcome dinner at one of the finest local restaurants just a short walk from the hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing tour
After enjoying the breakfast buffet in the morning, we provide a half-day sightseeing trip in the Kathmandu valley. With a knowledgeable, English speaking guide, we will visit the Swyambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple. Said to be one of the oldest Buddhist Stupas in the world, which is majestically set high on a hilltop overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. From there we will visit the largest Stupa in the world, Bouddhanath. With endless shopping, coffee houses, and restaurants, Bouddhanath is a wonderful place to walk among the locals and break for lunch. Afterward, we will return to the hotel where you will have time to do your own exploring or return to your room for rest.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (8,700’)
First thing in the morning we will make our way to the domestic terminal at the airport for our flight to Lukla.
This 35-minute flight is always an exhilarating and trip highlight for everyone traveling to the Everest region. On arrival at Lukla, we will meet the rest of our Sherpa and support staff for our trek. The trek to Phakding is one of the shorter days on the trek, and we actually go down in Elevation! It’s a great walk for your first day on the trail.
Day 04: Trek to Namche (11,286’)
After a hot breakfast, we head off on the trail along the beautiful Dudh Kosi river, crossing suspension bridges, and making our way to the wonderful little village of Monjo, the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site). After short National Park formalities, we drop down to the river and continue our walk to the high Hillary Bridge at the bottom of the Namche hill. After the bridge, the trail is steep and narrow and can be very busy with porters making their way to and from Namche Bazaar. It’s always a wonderful sight as we arrive in Namche. A beautiful village built into a natural amphitheater facing Mt. Kongde across the valley. It is here that we will spend an extra day for acclimatization.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar-Acclimatization Day
With Namche’s cobbled ‘streets’, stores, bars, bakeries, movie spots, coffee shops, and museums, Namche is the perfect setting for a rest day. Whether you want to update your Facebook status or relax with a good book, Namche is the place! For those feeling well and acclimated, we’ll take a morning hike up to the Everest View Hotel (12,000’) to stretch our legs, and get a sneak peek of the route ahead of us. With views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam, the Everest View Hotel provides a perfect spot for some tea, snacks, and unrivaled views!
Day 06: Trek to Thame (12,467’)
After breakfast in Namche, the trail leads us to the old Sherpa village of Thamo, a great place to grab some hot tea. After exploring the village, the trail continues to Thame and our lodge for the evening. After getting settled into our rooms and a hot lunch, you’ll have the rest of the day to explore the village and the Thame Buddhist monastery.
Day 07: Trek to Lumde (13,572’)
After breakfast at the lodge, we have an easy walk to Marlung along the Bhote Koshi River, where we will take a short break. Then the trail leads uphill to Lumde through the dry Thame Valley. With amazing views of the snow-peaked mountains and the valley ahead, you will enjoy your walk to our destination lodge in Lumde, a scenic remote location before our trek over the Renjo La Pass.
Day 08: Trek to Gokyo via Ranjo la Pass (17,929’) Altitude at Gokyo: (15748’)
The trail to Gokyo leads uphill for an hour and a half and then eases off for a bit. Below the Renjo La Pass, there is an ambitious non-technical climb to get to the top of the pass. It’s from this well-deserved vantage point you will have an awe-inspiring view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Cholatse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. You will also see Gokyo lake and the village of Gokyo below. From the top of the Renjo La Pass, the trail drops down to the village of Gokyo where we will settle into our lodge and rest for the night.
Day 09: Trek to Thangnag (15580’)
A bit of an easier day today, with an exciting crossing of the Ngozumpa glacier. Known as the longest glacier in Nepal, the Ngozumpa glacier affords us of breathtaking sights and sounds as we make our way across this constantly moving river of ice. Not far afterward we will reach our destination of Thangnag.
Day 10: Trek to Dhugla via Chola pass (17,608’)
With another ambitious day ahead, we start with a hot and filling breakfast before heading off on the trail. Steep climbing and narrow trails lead us to the beautiful pass of the Chola. You’ll know you’re there when you see the Buddhist prayer flags marking the top of the pass! With one of the best views of Mt. Everest in all the Khumbu, you will love the 360-degree landscape laid out before you. From Chola Pass, we will carefully make our way down the pass to the small village of Dhugla where we will stay for the evening.
Day 11: Dhugla to Lobuche (16,108’)
After two big days and high mountain passes, we have an easier day with a short hike up to Lobuche. The walk begins with a steep walk up towards the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier. It’s here that we will take a break at one of the most beautiful spots in all the Khumbu…the climber’s memorials. An amazing vista that is mostly protected from the winds, you can see and pay homage to the many memorials of climber’s that lost their lives while climbing in the Himalaya. There’s no rush at this point getting to our destination of Lobuche, as it is just a short and relatively flat walk to reach our lodge.
Day 12: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (17,125’), climb Kala Pattar (18,100’)
The day starts with easy walking until we come to the Changri Shar Glacier. It’s here that we will take a break before the climb up and through the glacier. With a lot of ups, downs, and meandering through the glacier, we get sneak peeks of the mighty Khumbu glacier off to our right as we make our way to the last village on the trail, and our lodge in Gorak Shep. After getting settled into our rooms, we’ll have a nice lunch, and get our things ready for our ascent of Kala Patthar. With incredible views of Mt. Everest, Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changste, the ascent of Kala Patthar is sure to be a high light of your entire trip!
Day 13: Everest Base Camp, Trek to Pheriche (14,000’)
With an early breakfast and start to our day, this is the day we have worked so hard for! With a wonderful walk along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier, our trek to Base Camp takes approximately 2 ½ hours. We eventually drop down off the moraine into the glacier and make our way to the Prayer flags and banners that is Everest Base Camp. We can spend as much time as the group would like here, as we typically have the place to ourselves, or maybe share it with just a few other trekkers that share the same goal. Base Camp is a ghost town this time of year as it is not the Everest climbing season. After photos, exploration, and rest, we will make our way back to Gorak Shep for lunch, and then sling our packs back on and make our way all the way back down to the thicker air of Pheriche for the night.
Day 14: Trek to Tengboche (12,687’)
There is a lot of downhill walking today as we head yet further down to thicker air. While walking through the Sherpa villages of Shomare and Pangboche, we make our way all the way down to the Imja Khola river, where we will cross and visit the village of Deboche. From here it’s a fairly steep climb up to Tengboche, our stop for the night. After our arrival, you will have time to get settled into your room, visit the amazing Bakery, and visit the beautiful Buddhist monastery, one of the most important monasteries in all the Khumbu.
Day 15: Trek to Namche (11,286’)
We start our trek back down to Namche with a descent of the Tengboche hill. A steep, narrow, dusty trail most trekkers and porters are climbing, be sure to give the yaks and Zyopkios plenty of room as they climb past you. We’ll make our way all the way down to the Dudh Kosi River, cross the bridge and take a break in the warm sun in the small village of Phunki Tenga. From here it’s back to steep climbing until we reach the hillside traverse that will take us back to the bustling village of Namche.
**Reserve Day for Contingency
We feel the need to have a day built into the itinerary to account for any unforeseen circumstances that might arise during our trek. That may include bad weather, illnesses, strikes, etc. It is rare that this day is needed, but it does come in handy when needed. If the Reserve day is not needed, then it will be up to your guide when and where to put the day in the itinerary. In the past, Namche has proven to be a very good place to spend an extra day.
Day 17: Trek to Phakding (8700’)
As you remember going up the Namche Hill during the beginning of our trek, we have the luxury of going down it this morning. On our way back down to the riverside, if the clouds are on our side, we’ll take a short break for our last glimpses of Mt. Everest. We continue down to the National Park entrance, pass through the villages of Jorsale and Monjo, and our rest place for the evening in Phakding.
Day 18: Trek to Lukla (9,186’)
Last day on the trail, and it’s uphill? Yep! We lace up our trail shoes for the last time as we make our way back to Lukla, on this relatively short day. You’ll know you’re getting close as you start to hear the planes on their approach to the famous runway. Once we arrive in Lukla, it’ll be a day of celebration! With plenty of time left in the day for shopping, visiting the local ‘Starbucks’, or the many bakeries, you’ll have a huge sense of accomplishment. Later in the evening, we share a celebration dinner with the entire team to include our Sherpa and porter staff.
Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu
Hurry up and wait…this is our mantra for the flight out of Lukla. As we await our flight number, we will be able to relax at the lodge and watch the arriving planes from the comfort of the front deck. When we get the word that it’s our turn to make our way to the airport, we have only a 100’ to the airport entrance, where we will check-in and make our way through security. Like the landing in Lukla, the take-off is just as exciting! Only 35 minutes later we find ourselves back in the warm temperatures of Kathmandu and the beautiful Yak & Yeti hotel.
Day 20: Kathmandu (Free Day)
This day is a day of adventure, shopping, and preparation for your return home. We are happy to suggest things for you to do or places to see and explore, but this is an unguided day. If you need suggestions on gifts to buy, where to buy them, and even how to get the best prices, please let us know so that we can help. This evening we will have our celebration dinner with the team, and some of the trekking staff.
Day 21: Departure day
Regardless of your flight time, we will make sure you arrive safely at the international airport for your flight back home. Depending on the time of your flight, you may have a short day in Kathmandu, or you could have another whole day for more shopping, site seeing, massages, and relaxation, before the long flight home.