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    At a Glance

    • Destination
    • Durations
      22 days
    • Trip Difficulty
    • Activities
    • Accommodation
    • Meals
    • Mx.altitude
    • Group Size
      Min. 2 Pax
    • Best Time
      April - May & Sept - Nov

    Message Regarding flight to/from Lukla

    During the peak trekking season (March-May and September-November ), all the Lukla flights will be held via Manthali Airport in Ramechhap due to the traffic congestion at Tribhuvan International Airport.

    Trip Overview

    Are you looking for a challenging trek in the Everest region? We have a trekking package that is strenuous, adventurous, and thrilling- the Everest High Passes Trek. Whether it be a solo or a group trek, the journey on which you'll embark for this trek will be unforgettable. 

    For the Everest High Passes Trek, you'll be hiking in the northeastern part, known as the Khumbu or Everest regions. This region is home to the Sherpas, who are famous for their incredible mountaineering skills and high level of endurance in the mountain region. 

    The trek is made of 22 days which includes sightseeing tours in Kathmandu. Even though the trek is graded as complex, with enough acclimatization and guidance from our experienced trekking leaders, you'll be confident and complete the trek successfully. 

    Highlights of the Everest High Passes Trek

    • Explore the UNESCO sites in Kathmandu - Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple. 
    • Hop on a thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and admire the beautiful landscapes of Nepal.  
    • Walk around Namche Bazaar and stop by the Sherpa Museum to check out the artifacts. 
    • Admire flora and fauna in the Sagarmatha National Park. Also, look out for endangered species like Snow Leopard and Indian Tiger.  
    • Visit the largest Buddhist stupa- Tengboche Monastery, and spend time with the monks. 
    • Cross three high passes of the Khumbu region that are above 5,000 meters — Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Renjo La Pass.
    • Explore the famous Everest Base Camp. 
    • Hike to Kala Patthar and catch the sunrise and views of splendid mountain ranges like Mount Everest and the Khumbu Glacier. 
    • Indulge in the rich culture and cuisines of the Sherpa and Tibetan groups.
    • Enjoy the views of the highest peaks ( Mt Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse), the Khumbu glacier, and many other snow-capped mountains.

    Route Overview 

    The route overview for the Everest High Passes Trek is as follows, 

    Firstly, you'll arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, where our staff will greet and escort you to the hotel. After briefing about the next day's plans, you can have the rest of the evening by yourself and prepare for the amazing trek. 

    We'll start the trek with a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. The hike begins from Lukla to Phakding. From Phakding, you'll hike to Namche Bazaar (a total of 6 hours). You'll stay one extra day to acclimate your body. You'll hike to the Everest View Hotel and enjoy the 360 degrees of mountain peaks. 

    From Namche bazaar, the hike goes from Tengboche, Dingboche, and then Chhukung. At Chhukung, you'll take a rest day and hike up to Chhukung Ri to acclimatize your body at 5540m. 

    Next, the hike will begin from Chhukung to Lobuche via Kongma La Pass. Then, we'll hike to Everest Base Camp and return to Gorakshep. 

    Then, you'll enjoy the sunrise at Kala Patthar and trek to Dzongla. After Dzongla, you'll cross the Cho La Pass and walk towards Dragnak. From there, the trek begins at the Gokyo Lakes, where you'll also be hiking till Gokyo Ri. You'll hike towards Lunden the next day by crossing the Renjo La Pass. 

    After completing the passes, the descent begins from Thame to Namche Bazaar and finally finishes the trek at Lukla. You'll fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla and bid farewell to Nepal. 

    Best Time to Visit

    The part that most trekkers focus on is the weather conditions. This is true, a crucial part that affects most hikers and trekkers. We would like to give some suggestions to you about the ideal time for the Everest High Passes Trek. 

    The trek includes rocky, slippery, and snowy paths ( Cho La Pass). Considering this, the best times for this trek are the Spring ( April-May) and Autumn ( September- November). 

    In the Spring season, the weather conditions will be clear, and you can enjoy the views of the peaks perfectly. Also, while hiking, the day won't be too hot; it will be moderate, making the hike enjoyable. 

    Likewise, the other season suitable for the trek is the autumn season. You can relish the pleasant mild temperature during this time of the year. The air will be clear, and like in April-May, the mountain views will surely be spectacular. 

    During the winter season, the passes will be closed due to heavy snowfall. The pass will remain closed till Early March and trekkers are encouraged to set off for this trek from mid-March in the spring season.

    Difficulty Level 

    While rating the difficulty level of this three-week trek on a scale of 0-10, it ranges from 7-8. 

    There are three high passes that you need to cross, steep uphill and downhill terrains, and the altitude scaling all the passes and hiking points is above 5000m. 

    Hence, all these factors contribute to the strenuous level of the trek. A high physical fitness level is required to prepare for the high-pass trek. Beginners can also opt for this trek, but only with proper preparation. (Quick Tip: Beginners must include daily cardio exercises like jogging, walking, and running). 

    Another factor that makes the high pass trek challenging is the high altitude. While hiking up to areas above 4,000 m, there is a chance of being susceptible to high altitude sickness. Acute mountain sickness is dangerous and needs to be seriously addressed. 

    We take this matter very seriously and provide frequent training to our trekking staff. Your designated trekking guides will provide accurate information about the pace of your walk and how to acclimate to the high altitude. They'll also carry the necessary medications like Acetazolamide or Diamox, an oximeter, and another essential kit. 

    Therefore, please be assured of your safety. 

    Alternative Treks 

    If you want to explore the Khumbu region but want to look for other trekking packages with few exceptions, then consider looking at some alternatives below.

    The first trekking package we've got is the Everest Base Camp Chola and Renjo La Pass Trek. The trek lasts up to 21 days, and you'll visit the Chola and Renjo La Pass, leaving out just the Kongma La Pass. 

    We always ensure a safe trek and excellent service regardless of which package you choose. Our team will work exceptionally well to make your trip one you can cherish forever. 


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    Cost Includes

    • All ground transports in private vehicles, including airport transfers
    • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • Kathmandu city tours, including all entry fees, tour guide, and private vehicle
    • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
    • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek; we provide private bathrooms with hot showers at Phakding, Namche, and Lukla
    • Seasonal fruits during the trek
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for two people), and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
    • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
    • Duffle bag for trekking
    • Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
    • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
    • First aid medical kit
    • Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee
    • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring two passport-size photos for permit)
    • Government taxes & office service charge


    Cost Excludes

    • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
    • Travel Insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
    • Cold drinks Inc. coke, water, Fanta etc.
    • Snacks and other personal expenses
    • Hot shower during the trek except Phakding, Namche and Lukla
    • Personal trekking equipments
    • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

    Cost and Date

    December, 2023

      Travellers‘ reviews

      Review (s) Summary

      5.004 ratings
      • EBC via three passes with NHT

        Dear all,

        I would like to share my experience with the Nepal Hiking Team (NHT) from Kathmandu. It was simply excellent!

        Honestly, I'm the type of person who always travels alone, capable of planning, organizing, and arranging everything with just a good guidebook. I did this when I went to Nepal for the Annapurna circle trek 6 years ago. However, this time, I joined a group of three friends at the very last minute, about 10 days before our flight. By then, they had already been in communication with NHT.

        My friends faced challenges buying air tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla, so they asked NHT to arrange the entire trip for them, including these air tickets (someone had recommended NHT to them).

        From the outset, I was impressed by the flexibility of Mr. Ganga, who always responded to my emails promptly. I had numerous questions, and Mr. Ganga answered each one with patience. Nothing was an issue, not even the ticket to Lukla. We received a detailed itinerary that was also beautifully presented, making it impossible not to anticipate the journey. It was excellent that a down jacket and sleeping bag were included in the package 👍.

        At the airport, our guide, Dipendra Dhakal, awaited us and escorted us to our hotel. Throughout the trip, he was always there, explaining details, inquiring about our well-being, and ensuring we enjoyed every day of the trek. He instilled in us the belief that we could conquer this challenging trek in Nepal. Calmness, confidence, charisma, willingness, professionalism, a positive attitude, and a sense of humor - these qualities radiate from Dip. He's truly the right person for the job. Plus, you can engage in conversations on any topic with him during the trek 😉

        During our journey, we slightly modified our itinerary as we managed to progress a bit faster, and this wasn't a problem either.

        Thanks to NHT, Mr. Ganga, Mr. Dip, and our porters, I now have one of the most profound and beautiful experiences of my life.

        Yes, it came at a cost, probably more than if I had traveled alone, but likely less than with other agencies. The value for money is undoubtedly favorable. Exceptional service, wonderful people, and no stress about reaching Lukla and returning. Plus, we got to keep the duffle bags, which was definitely worth it 🙂

        I highly recommend this team to other trekkers 👌😉.

        Czech Republic

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        Mrs. Marcela
        CZ   |   7th Oct 2023
      • High three passes Everest + Ebc

        My partner and I We weren't sure what to expect from this trip, how hard it would be, how the body would be at high altitudes having never been there before. From the moment we left the airport, our guide Raj was by our side until the end of this journey, accompanying us, supporting us and helping us to clear some doubts. In addition to being a guide, he was a companion-friend for chats and playing cards in the evening of dumbal and Romi (Nepalese games that he taught us).

        Our adventure begins in Lukla, and we meet our Porter Subash, another essential teammate without whom we would never have been able to complete everything on our own. He really was the superman of the situation and we thank him very much for what he did for us, he is always smiling and kind, and all 4 of us moved together as if we were a family.

        We reach our first 4000, the altitude makes itself felt, and Raj has always been ready and willing to help us and advise us on how to proceed and what to do. He had brought Diamox with him in case we wanted to try it, but fortunately, acclimatization took its course, and over the next few days, the body adapted better and better.

        The tour of the three passes was a complex trek, with many hours of walking and a lot of effort, many wake-up calls at dawn, and a lot of adaptability, as our guide Raj said, you have to be positive, courageous and determined with the goal in head to complete it. We live in the mountains and we are used to walking and climbing a lot of altitude. From our point of view, it is not a trek with difficult paths or tracks and a complex altitude difference, but with the high altitude, everything becomes more difficult.

        Precisely for this reason, I think the tour recommended by the company was the better choice than doing it in the other direction as the difference in height to tackle the passes is reduced. We recommend that you bring snacks with you throughout the trip and that you have cash in rupees to take any extra food, as the walks are long, the effort a lot and hunger the same :) however, the guide will be able to give you all the advice.

        I also suggest perhaps a water bottle filter the water to save money and avoid buying bottles in the lodges for the whole trek and a power bank since the top-ups at altitude are high and are valid for a single device. However, All the effort is repaid enormously by the landscapes seen that I will never forget. Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lothse, Choyu, Everest, and all their glacial valleys are there before your eyes altogether. It was an experience that I will carry with me forever, and to make it even more pleasant and perfect were the people who made it possible (the company was always available from the start and always answered my questions by email, changing the itinerary according to my requests) and who accompanied us. We thank Subash and Raj again for their commitment and for the attention shown to the whole Nepal Hiking Team and to us. Namaste and Dhanyabad.

        Erica and Giacomo

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        - Excellent
        Ms. Erica
        IT   |   6th Jun 2023
      • Everest High Passes Trek and EBC

        A trek of a lifetime!!! Thank you to Nepal Hiking Team for making it happen! We are so pleased how the team was accommodating and adjusting our itinerary based on our needs. We were able to complete ALL three passes (Kongm La, Chola and Renjo La), Chukhung Ri, Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp! Our guide Thakal and our porter Santa are amazing at what they do! We are so grateful to Ganga and the team for their help with everything during the trek from start to finish! We would definitely do other treks with NHT!
        THANK YOU!!!

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        - Excellent
        Ms. Natalia Rihs
        US   |   6th Nov 2022
      • Everest Base Camp and High Passes Trek

        I have one word to sum up my experience with Nepal Hiking Team: WOW! Just WOW!

        The front office at Nepal Hiking Team was excellent. Their timely updates and reasonable options they offered help me find the right trek. They were concerned that I have the best of the experiences from the very beginning.

        The moment I walked out of the airport, I knew I was in good hands the whole time. I was met by smiling Ganga- the founding manager himself! I was comfortably taken to the hotel. I spent the next day touring the city with NHT. When the trek started, I felt safer than ever.  I could see how my guide prioritized my safety at all times. So did my porter. They provided insight into the trek; stayed with us the whole time, shared funny stories, kept us upbeat, and ensured we were safe and happy.

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        - Excellent
        Mr. Dave
        US   |   28th May 2019