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EVEREST HIGH PASSES TREK

EVEREST HIGH PASSES TREK

A truly world class trek; 3 high passes, EBC and Goyko.

In truth, the Everest High Passes trek is more of an expedition than a trek. After nearly 3 weeks in amongst the world’s highest and most majestic mountain range, it is hard to leave it behind.

Highlights

  • Includes EBC, Kala Patthar and the glorious Gokyo Lakes
  • 3 high Passes: Kongma La, Cho La and the Renjo La
  • Lodged based; no camping
  • Excellent acclimatisation; spare day in Kathmandu

Having taken the exhilarating flight up to Lukla, we take our time progressing through Namche, Dingbouche and up to Chukkung allowing the body to acclimatise. The first Pass is the Kongma La, 5530m and if you hadn’t before, you will now realise what surrounds you. After this comes EBC itself (5300m), Kala Patthar (5500m) before tackling the Cho La (5330m). The views from these Passes is beyond words as you look out over many of the worlds highest peaks. And this is before you trek down into the beautiful and tranquil valley that hosts the Gokyo Lakes; stunning place. The final high Pass is the Renjo La (5445m), which leads onto the old Tibetan trading route through the village of Thame. From here, it’s the homeward stretch through Namche and back into Lukla.

The challenge of this great trip is the length of trek, sustained high altitude and the fairly basic conditions under which you will find yourself. A well equipped, fit and well prepared trekker will relish what is a superb trek with truly world class high altitude mountain views in abundance.

At A Glance   

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £2600
Land Only, from £1850
Trip Duration 25 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 20 Days
Max Altitude 5530m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels/Tea Houses
All meals on trek, B'fasts hotels

A truly world class trek; 3 high passes, EBC and Goyko.

This is more of an expedition than a trek. After nearly 3 weeks in amongst the world’s highest and most majestic mountain range, it is hard to leave it behind.

Highlights

  • Includes EBC, Kala Patthar and the glorious Gokyo Lakes
  • 3 high Passes: Kongma La, Cho La and the Renjo La
  • Lodged based; no camping
  • Excellent acclimatisation; spare day in Kathmandu

We fly to Lukla and progress for over a week through Namche, Dingbouche and up to Chukkung allowing the body to acclimatise. The High Passes then begin. First it is the Kongma La (5530m), followed by EBC (5300m), Kala Patthar (5500m), the Cho La (5330m) and finally Renjo La (5445m). The views from these Passes is beyond words as you look out over many of the worlds highest peaks.

The challenge of this great trip is the length of trek, sustained high altitude and the fairly basic conditions under which you will find yourself. A well equipped, fit and well prepared trekker will relish what is a superb trek with truly world class high altitude mountain views in abundance.

At A Glance

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £2600
Land Only, from £1850
Trip Duration 25 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 20 Days
Max Altitude 5530m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels/Tea Houses
All meals on trek, B'fasts hotels

Extra Acclimatisation

No Compulsory Single Supplement

FREE 90l holdall

Domestic Flights
Included

Hotels/Tea Houses

ATOL Protected

Trip Information

Trip Information

Day 1/2. Depart UK, fly to Nepal, arrive Kathmandu

Day 3. Free Day, Kathmandu

Day 4/5. Fly to Lukla, Trek to Monjo (2835m) & Namche Bazaar (3500m)

Day 6. Acclimatisation day Namche Bazaar (3500m)

Day 7/8. Namche Bazaar – Tengbouche (3900m) – Dingbouche (4300m)

Day 9. Dingbouche – Acclimatisation Day

Day 10. Dingbouche – Chukkung (4900m)

Day 11. Chukkung – Rest Day

Day 12. Chukkung – Lobouche (4900m) via the Kongma La Pass (5535m)

Day 13. Lobouche – Gorak Shep (5100m)

Day 14. Gorak Shep – Everest Base Camp (5300m) – Gorak Shep (5100m)

Day 15. Gorak Shep – Dzongla (4800m)

Day 16. Dzongla – Tangnak (4700m) via the Cho La Pass (5310m)

Day 17. Tangnak – Gokyo (4790m)

Day 18. Gokyo – Rest day.

Day 19. Gokyo – Lunde (4300m) via Renjo La Pass (5340m)

Day 20. Lunde – Thame (3805m)

Day 21. Thame – Namche

Day 22. Namche Bazaar – Lukla

Day 23. Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 24. Kathmandu

Day 25. Depart Kathmandu

Day 1/2. Depart UK, fly to Nepal, arrive Kathmandu
For Land Only packages, your trip starts on arrival in Kathmandu (Day 2).

On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be collected and transferred to the hotel (25 mins), which is perfectly placed in the heart of the city. You are then free to settle in and explore your vibrant surroundings. Our friendly staff will be on hand to provide any advice or assistance.

Day 3. Free Day, Kathmandu
Meet your trekking Guide for a briefing on final preparations and timings for tomorrow. B

Day 4/5. Fly to Lukla, Trek to Monjo (2835m) & Namche Bazaar (3500m)
An early start for your domestic flight to Lukla. Enjoy a late breakfast in Lukla whilst watching the flights come and go from this unique mountain airstrip. The first day’s trek is to Monjo (2835m), generally following the river. The next day you trek through entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park before eventually climbing the first big hill up to Namche Bazaar. You will catch your first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance from a rest point (weather permitting). Namche Bazaar is by far the biggest village in the region with shops and even internet cafes. Expect to arrive at lunchtime – 4 hrs. BLD

Day 6. Acclimatisation day Namche Bazaar (3500m)
Your Guide will take you out to a variety of places in the local region primarily to gain some additional altitude to assist your body in its acclimatisation process (trek high, sleep low) and to see more of the stunning surroundings, possibly to the village of Thame. BLD

Day 7/8. Namche Bazaar – Tengbouche (3900m) – Dingbouche (4300m)
A beautiful days walk out of Namche, initially contouring for about 60 – 90 mins until you reach Kenjoma. Some groups stop here for coffee (you can see Tengbouche across the valley) or you can push on for another hour, steeply downhill and across the river to a favoured lunch stop at Phunki Tenga (3250m). The next 90 mins or so is steeply up until you majestically pop out in Tengbouche itself. Famed for its hilltop Monastery, this village has one of the best views of Everest. You may go on for another 20 mins or so to use alternative tea houses in Debouche.

Next day, it’s steady trek across the girder bridge (45 mins) and then it is a long steady climb through Pangbouche, Shamare (4010m) before hitting Dingbouche a few hours later. 6 hrs. BLD

Day 9. Dingbouche – Acclimatisation Day
An important stop for acclimatisation having crossed the 4000m barrier. Take the opportunity to go to the free presentation on altitude sickness. Your Guide will encourage you to take an acclimatisation walk, once again to gain some altitude to assist your body to acclimatise. BLD

Day 10. Dingbouche – Chukkung (4900m)
Chukkung is less than 3 hrs from here; you can actually see the village up the valley. It is an a very easy trek. Once again this step is used to acclimatise.In the afternoon, it is possible to climb up to the Chukung Ri (5550m); see how you are feeling. Alternatively, you could extend out to the Island Peak Base Camp; 3hrs out and 2 hrs back.Or, you can just rest. BLD

Day 11. Chukkung – Rest Day
This is your final acclimatisation day, after which you should be well and truly ready to cross 5000m Passes. BLD

Day 12. Chukkung – Lobouche (4900m) via the Kongma La Pass (5535m)
This is the first of the big Passes. Should you not feel up to it, then there is the lower alternative route via Dingbouche; the Guide will brief you fully on the alternatives when the time comes.Over the Pass. It takes about 4 hrs to reach this Pass, the highest on the trip. You will pass the Base Camp(s) of Pokalde, a 5800m peak just south of the Pass itself. On the decent, you will cross the glacier and into Lobouche. If you have time and feel up to it, a visit to the climber’s memorial ground is worth it. It is just south of Lobouche and a very moving place.Back via Dingbouche. In relative terms, a much easier route, contouring around the mountain that the Kongma sits on and goes through Dughla, a nice alpine style lunch stop. From here, it is a short but stiff climb up what is the front end of the Khumbu glacier, through the Climber’s Memorial and onto Lobouche. BLD

Day 13. Lobouche – Gorak Shep (5100m)
Gorak Shep is just 3 hrs from Lobouche and is the highest tea house on this trip (5100m). An easy day compared to yesterday despite crossing an undulating moraine for an hour or so BUT you should take the opportunity late afternoon/early evening to climb up to one of the highest points on this trek – Kala Patthar (5500m).It’s a tough 90 min ascent but you will get an excellent view of the summit of Everest and the sun will be on it too. BLD

Day 14. Gorak Shep – Everest Base Camp (5300m) – Gorak Shep (5100m)
It is an early morning start for the 3 hr trek to Base Camp. The route is very undulating, initially to the side of the glacier and then onto it for the final hour. The route varies from year to year as the glacier moves.The Base Camp itself is potentially enormous; it has to house some 250 – 300 people during the main climbing season. In recent years, the furthest that trekkers are allowed appears to be about 30 mins short of the where the tents are.Despite this, there is an excellent close up view of the Khumbu ice field. Climbers have to negotiate this dangerous section every time they go up for acclimatisation or to summit. Savour the atmosphere and the location; the whole day is approx 6 – 7 hrs, BLD

Day 15. Gorak Shep – Dzongla (4800m)
A delightful day back down the Khumbu valley, looking towards the views. After the recent ascents, it will feel like you’re flying down! You have tremendous views all the way down to Pferishe. You will pass the Cho La Lake, not seen by the classic EBC trekkers. This lodge is just a few hours away from the Cho La Pass. BLD

Day 16. Dzongla – Tangnak (4700m) via the Cho La Pass (5310m)
An early start for what is a potentially difficult day. The route is difficult in places not assisted by the potential for high winds. The area around the Pass is glaciated so a pair of trekking poles is a good idea on this section. Fantastic views, well worth the day’s trek. BLD

Day 17. Tangnak – Gokyo (4790m)
A great day. A fantastic trek across the Ngozumpa Glacier on a path that forever shifts from season to season. The lakes are in full view and it’s a mere hour to Gokyo once across the other side. The Gokyo valley has a different feel to it; far less people of course. It is easy to relax here. Whether it is today or tomorrow, an excursion up to the Gokyo Ri (5360m) is an absolute must. The views of the Himalaya in general are superb. If you have been to the top of Kala Patthar, then opt for a sunset view of Everest rather than sunrise. Much better. BLD

Day 18. Gokyo – Rest day.
There are plenty of options for those who wish to enjoy the local scenery and don’t forget Gokyo Ri if you didn’t go yesterday. Otherwise, just relax in the sunrooms that just bake in the sun! BLD

Day 19. Gokyo – Lunde (4300m) via Renjo La Pass (5340m)
It’s about 5 hrs or so today to climb up and over a Pass that takes you out of the Gokyo Valley and down into the valley that hosts Thame. Take a good look at the Himalaya vista from the Pass as it will be the final spectacular view of the multiple 7000 and 8000m peaks you will get on this trek. Be warned that the descent is steeper than the ascent and trekking poles are an advantage on this section. Lungden will be your home for this evening. BLD

Day 20. Lunde – Thame (3805m)
It is just a 3hrs trek to Thame but one that will take you back in time. You will be joined by the Tibetan traders bringing in their market produce and selling it either in Namche or on the trail itself. The buildings too will be different (very traditional) from what you have seen. BLD

Day 21. Thame – Namche
Easy trek back to bustling Namche. There is lots to do en route today including a side trip to Lawudo Gompa. Lots of history here. BLD

Day 22. Namche Bazaar – Lukla
The first few hours will be easy out of Namche back down the long hill to the high suspension bridge. The group will stop at some point prior to moving on to have lunch at Phadking. From here it is deceptive; primarily ascending until you get back to Lukla. This final section is approx 3 hrs and you will be elated to reach your final destination having completed one fantastic circumnavigation of the Khumbu region; well done. BLD

Day 23. Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
An early start to have breakfast and be ready for your flight back down to Kathmandu. You should reach your hotel by midday; plenty of time to enjoy the facilities that Thamel has to offer. You can continue with any sightseeing, have a post trek massage (very inexpensive in Nepal), shop ‘till you drop or simply relax in one of the many cafes, restaurants and bars soaking up the atmosphere. B

Day 24. Kathmandu
A wonderful clear day to explore the city and enjoy some well deserved down time after your trek. It also acts as a contingency day in case of delays in flights from Lukla. B

Day 25. Depart Kathmandu
Land Only package services end after breakfast however complimentary group airport transfers are provided. B

Dates & Prices

Dates With Flights Without Flights
28 Mar - 21 Apr 2018 (Full) £2600 £1850
25 Apr - 19 May 2018 £2600 £1850
26 Sep - 20 Oct 2018 £2625 £1875
31 Oct - 24 Nov 2018 £2625 £1875

Deposit – £250
Group Size – 2 – 12.

Sole Occupation – see tab below.

What the Price Includes

  • International flights London – Kathmandu, return, economy
  • Return airport transfers in Kathmandu
  • Return domestic flights Kathmandu – Lukla, including transfers and airport departure taxes
  • 4 nights hotel Kathmandu, twin share, B&B basis*
  • 19 nights lodge accommodation, twin share
  • All meals on trek, B&B in hotels (see itinerary for full meal plan)
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • Local porter assistance on trek
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits
  • Free trek holdall and route map
  • Detailed information about the trip and the kit required
  • Support and advice from our UK team who have extensive personal experience of this trek.

What the Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa (see further details in this document)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Drinking water, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Personal spending including laundry, shower or battery charging

What the Price Includes

  • Return airport transfers in Kathmandu
  • Return domestic flights Kathmandu – Lukla, including transfers and airport departure taxes
  • 4 nights hotel Kathmandu, twin share, B&B basis*
  • 19 nights lodge accommodation, twin share
  • All meals on trek, B&B in hotels (see itinerary for full meal plan)
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • Local porter assistance on trek
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits
  • Free trek holdall and route map
  • Detailed information about the trip and the kit required
  • Support and advice from our UK team who have extensive personal experience of this trek.

What the Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa (see further details in this document)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Drinking water, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Personal spending including laundry, shower or battery charging

The sole occupation charge is only payable if you request the service. If requested – £120.

The fee covers sole occupation for:
4 hotel nights in Kathmandu

It does NOT cover sole occupation for accommodation on trek as this cannot be guaranteed. You may request it from the Guide who will manage this with the local accommodation on a night by night basis. The chances are, it will be available. A small fee will be payable.

If you a lone traveller, you will be not be charged any form of ‘single supplement’ by default but placed into a twin room (same sex). If there happens to be an odd one out, someone gets sole occupation at no cost.

If the above group dates do not suit, you can request alternative dates to suit you. Read more>>

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Passport – Must be valid for at least 6 months when you apply for your visa. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Nepal.

Visa – A tourist visa is required for Nepal. Included as part of your confirmation is a document explaining the options for obtaining your visa.

Flight Tickets – paper tickets are rare these days; all e-tickets. All you need to check in is your passport and PNR Reference No (which we provide you with). From that your boarding passes are provided. We either provide your boarding passes (by email) or you check in on line yourself (or at the airport).

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

You will be walking between 5 – 7 hours per day, occasionally longer if it is necessary. This is usually when crossing the High Passes. Distances in mountainous terrain is measured in hours, not distance.

Temperatures during the day (sun up) will vary between 15°C and 25°C and the night temperatures will drop to single figures, potentially just below zero. Be aware that crossing the High Passes will always be reliant of weather and when you are up there, it can change rapidly so ensure you are well equipped.

This trek is physically challenging primarily due to the sustained stay at high altitude, the length of trek and amount of ascending; it can take its toll over time. The maximum altitude is approx 5500m with a max sleeping altitude 5100m (Gorak Shep). There are no less than 3 acclimatisation stages before the first Pass and even then, there is a way around it should it be necessary without compromising the whole route. As a minimum, we would recommend a good level of fitness.

After booking, you will be asked to complete an Emergency Details Form which will include your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

In the UK, if you can walk for 5 – 6 hrs per day, on consecutive days (comfortably), over undulating terrain (with normal rest stops), carrying a daysack weighing approx 6kg, then you should be perfectly capable of completing this trek.

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Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • B’fast is supplied in hotels, full board on trek.
  • Breakfasts are a choice of cereals, porridge, toast, eggs, etc.. plus a hot drink.
  • There is a tea/coffee/biscuits break mid morning.
  • Lunch is usually light such as sandwich or mixed rice.
  • Evening meal is two courses; starter + main meal or mail meal + desert. Hot drink.

Accommodation

  • Hotels – twin share basis, same sex.
  • On trek – twin share basis, same sex.
  • Declared couples (ie married) will be paired together.
  • If there is an odd number, someone gets lucky with sole occupation at no additional cost.
  • Sole occupation cost – £120 (hotel only, see below for on trek)
  • If sole occupation is preferred in the hills, that can be done en route and night by night basis (pay as you go) as it cannot be guaranteed.

International Flights – Our default flights are London Heathrow (LHR) – Kathmandu (KTM). We use a variety of high quality airlines using one stop (there are no direct flights to KTM from London). Included luggage allowance in the aircraft hold is a min of 20kg but more commonly 23 – 30kg.

London not convenient? – Other UK regional airport options are possible, such as Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice on 01529 488159.

Domestic Flights – Included as part of this trip is a one way domestic flight from Pokhara (POK) to Kathmandu (KTM) after your trek has been completed.
The flight takes approx 25- 30 mins in a light aircraft, twin engines prop and they have a capacity of about 30 – 40 pax.

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations for Nepal:

  • Usually advised for Nepal: Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid
  • Consider: Cholera; Hepatitis B; Japanese Encephalitis; Rabies
  • Yellow Fever – consult the website below
  • Information source – http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/nepal.aspx
  • Malaria – very much depends where you go in Nepal. Generally speaking if you going onto Nepal’s southern border with India (the Terai), then you may need anti-malarials. If you just going into the mountains, then the risk is very low. Consult the fitfortravel website above for a malaria map coverage.

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The others you are likely to have to pay for.

We recommend budgeting approx £400 for miscellaneous expenses during your trip. This includes meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, supplementary snacks and tips etc. but this amount does depend on your personal spending habits and your wish to buy souvenirs.

We recommend either carrying additional spare cash OR a debit/credit card as a back up. The latter (credit card) should always be carried for emergencies.

Nepal’s currency is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). The currency is not on the open market and therefore you will not be able to obtain any prior to arrival.

We recommend that you do change your cash into NPR as local purchases will be much cheaper. Most major currencies are acceptable for exchange in Nepal (cash) including Sterling, US Dollars and Euros. Traveller’s Cheques are not accepted in Nepal. Note that you will exchange a fair amount of your money soon after arrival and if you prefer not to carry all your money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATM’s in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card, although be aware that they can be unreliable.

There are money exchanges at the airport (both before and after immigration), however you will get far better rates in local exchanges in Thamel. There is no commission charge on exchanges and you will find rates to be similar in the area.

During the trek, you will be able to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and even beer on most days. You will also be able to charge mobile phones and other batteries in tea houses for a small fee as well as pay for showers. Be aware that tea houses may struggle to change larger denomination notes in the hills so collect smaller notes during your first few days in Kathmandu.

Further generic information on subjects such as travel insurance and high altitude trekking can be found on our Information webpage.

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