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Everest High Passes

Trip Length

Trip Code

21 days PHEP
Min Altitude Max Altitude
2650m 5545m

Minimum Passengers

6 people

Maximum Passengers

14 people
Minimum Age

Countries Visited


Start City

End City

Kathmandu Kathmandu
Everest High Passes

Cho La and Renjo La are rugged high passes that link the major valleys of the Everest region. Crossing them and climbing the peaks of Kala Patar and Gokyo provides for an unforgettable Himalayan experience. From Lukla we follow the classic Everest Trail to Dingboche, with dramatic views of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse face. We then ascend to Gorak Shep to visit Everest Base Camp and also climb Kala Patar for breathtaking close-up views of Mount Everest, before traversing the glaciated Cho La (Pass) to Gokyo. Here we explore the valley and climb Gokyo Ri for more astonishing mountain vistas, including another angle of Everest and the huge south face of Cho Oyo, before scrambling across Renjo La (Pass) to enter Bhote Kosi Valley. The trail then descends through yak-grazing pastures to Thami, where we begin our return journey to Kathmandu, accompanied by a thousand memories and a huge sense of achievement.

Why we love it:

Everest High Passes

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu (1360m)

Accommodation: Shangri La Hotel or similar, Kathmandu


Day 2: Kathmandu (1360m)

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Shangri La Hotel or similar, Kathmandu


Day 3: Phakding (2652m)

Meals included: 1 breakfast


Day 4: Namche Bazaar (3446m)


Day 5: Namche Bazaar (3446m)


Day 6: Thyangboche (3875m)


Day 7: Pangboche (4040m)


Day 8: Dingboche (4360m)


Day 9: Dingboche (4360m)


Day 10: Lobuje (4930m)


Day 11: Gorak Shep (5160m) - Everest Base Camp


Day 12: Kala Patar - Dzongla (4850m)


Day 13: Thangnak (4600m)


Day 14: Gokyo (4720m)


Day 15: Gokyo (4720m)


Day 16: Arya (4650m)


Day 17: Thami (4289m)


Day 18: Phakding (2652m)


Day 19: Lukla (2827m)


Day 20: Kathmandu (1360m)

Accommodation: Shangri La Hotel or similar, Kathmandu


Day 21: Kathmandu (1360m)

Meals included: 1 breakfast


Your Trip

What to know

Physical preparation is essential. You will be trekking on hilly terrain, with plenty of ascents and descents, often on steep and narrow trails, walking anywhere between 2-8 hours per day, on average about 5 hours a day. Altitude may exceed 5545 metres.




What's Included


Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

What to know


To enjoy this trek you should be in very good physical condition. You should be:

- Physically capable of climbing and descending in excess of 800 metres a day on sometimes-difficult tracks, on moraine or on snow.

- Mentally capable of dealing with the stresses of a high altitude environment, the possibility of walking in poor weather conditions, the need to be responsive to changeable conditions, and the need to work as a team with other group members.


Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent. All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad, the International airport, or on arrival at the India / Nepal border. Getting a visa at the airport can sometimes take time due to long queues. There have been instances when passengers were asked to show return flight tickets. You will also need to provide two passport photos and the following approximate fees in US dollars cash only: - Multi entry visa valid for 15 days - US$25 - Multi entry visa valid for 30 days - US$40 - Multi entry visa valid for 90 days - US$100 Please note if you are staying in Nepal for less than 24 hours while in transit a transit visa can be issued on presentation of your international flight ticket, there is a nominal charge of US$5 and one photo is required. Your visa application form may require you to state the dates on which you enter and exit that country. Please note we suggest you list your date of entry a few days before, and date of exit a few days after, your intended dates in case you encounter any delays or problems en route. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website: to be very useful.


You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel ( page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading


For good general guides to Nepal, India, Tibet and Bhutan, the Lonely Planet guide-books are very helpful. (They even have phrase-books which are very handy.) There are numerous books written about the Himalaya. Check your local library, new and old book-shops, and also the Internet can provide useful information on books to read. Kathmandu has many excellent bookshops where many of the books below can be found.

Travellers Tales and Guides Nepal Lonely Planet Guide: - (Hugh Finlay, Richard Everist, Tony Wheeler)

Tiger for Breakfast-Peissel-1966 Schoolhouse in the Sky-Hillary-1968

When Men and Mountains Meet-Keay-1977


Many People Come, Looking, Looking Rowell-1980

Natural History Birds of Nepal-Fleming-1976

Forests of Nepal-Stainton-1972

Stones of Silence-Schaller-1980

Heart of the Jungle-Gurung Himalayan Flowers and Trees-Meirow/Shreshta-1978

Mountaineering Into Thin Air-Krakauer-1997

Everest the Hard Way-Bonnington-1976

White Limbo-Hall-1985 Annapurna-Herzog-1952

Ascent of Everest-Hunt-1953

The Climb-Anatoli Boukreev Left for Dead-Beck Weathers

Important Information

Local Emergency Contacts In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency Peregrine’s Nepal office please contact +977 9862 853 740 during business hours or after hours on +977 9818 287 669

Clothing It is imperative that you bring along the appropriate clothing. Once your booking is finalised, you'll be provided with 'Pre-Departure information' with a clothing and equipment checklist.


Walking times: This itinerary is intended as a guide only. Local conditions and weather may necessitate variations to the program and can affect the availability of views and panoramas described. Be aware that all times stated are approximate and may vary with individual and group fitness, weather and track conditions.

You will be trekking at times at high altitude in spectacular, remote and rugged terrain. This trek, while not ascending a Himalayan peak, will venture above the snow line, where fixed hand-lines, instep crampons and ice axes may be needed for extra security, depending on conditions. It is essential that you are physically and mentally well prepared and that your personal equipment is of the highest standard. You must be prepared for the possibility of bad weather and difficult conditions.

CLOTHING: Please refer to our 'What to Bring' list. It is imperative that you bring along the appropriate clothing. For December. January and February departures it is absolutely essential you must bring extra warm clothing, as it will be bitterly cold.

Tipping and Tipping Kitty
Although the culture of tipping may not be part of your own culture, it is nonetheless part of the culture in this area of the world and it is often the way some people supplement their earnings. Tipping has also become an accepted part of the tourism culture in the region. On our trips your tour leader can advise you on this matter; however, as a guideline we would recommend a tip of 5-10% in restaurants and US$1 to US$2 per person, per day for a local guide. The bellboys at hotels will appreciate a small tip for carrying your bags. Taxi and rickshaw drivers do not expect a tip. If you are unhappy with a service, of course, you are under no obligation to leave a tip. However, if the service has been satisfactory, a tip is always appreciated....with a smile! To protect you from the sometimes seemingly endless soliciting of tips, we suggest you discuss with your tour leader about setting up a tipping kitty whereby everybody contributes an equal amount (this amount can vary from trip to trip, but a good approximate is US$4 per person per day). Your tour leader can then distributes tips along the way (except restaurant tips) to local guides and hotel porters, etc. and keeps a record of all moneys spent. Please note that this kitty is not designed to provide a tip for your tour leader.

Tipping Your Tour Leader
It is also customary to tip your tour leader at the end of the trip, if you are happy with his/her service. A minimum tip of US$3 per day from each member of the group is the standard amount expected.

Training for your trek
Please see our trekking manual to prepare for your trek.

High Altitudes

High altitudes may be experienced during this trip. Please refer to our Altitude Sickness document for more info.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

13 August 2014

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