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Everest high pass, a view after Chola pass

Everest High Pass Trek

Everest High pass trek is one of the most challenging, thrilling and appreciated trekking trail in the Everest region of Nepal. The trek is designed to satisfy all those adventure junkies who are

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Trip Fact 

Trip Duration:21 Days

Tri Destination: Nepal

Group Size: 1-12

Accomodation: Hotel, Lodge & Tent

Maximum Altitude: Kalapathar (5545m)

Trip Difficulty: Streneous 

Transportation: Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu Flight 

Everest High pass trek is one of the most challenging, thrilling and appreciated trekking trail in the Everest region of Nepal. Everest High Pass trek is designed to satisfy all those adventure junkies who are keen on crossing high pass which are not associated to any technical climbing. the trek includes crossing of Knogma La pass(5535m), Cho La pass(5420m) and Renjo La pass(5446m) which is further linked with the five major valleys in the Everest region. Everest High Pass trek is combined with ascents of Kala Patthar(5545m) and Gokyo Peak(5350m) giving the ultimate adrenaline rushing Everest experience in the Khumbu region. Magical view of Everest along with many other peaks welcomes you in every nooks and corners of the trail.  The climb to Chukking Ri(5546m), Kala Patthar(5545m), Everest Base Camp(5364m) and Gokyo Peak(5350m) are the part of Everest high pass trek and serve as the fabulous view point.

Everest High Pass Trek starts with a scenic Himalayan airstrip from Kathmandu to Lukla.  From Lukla we will follow the classic Everest trail which lead us to Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche and ultimately to Kongma La pass which is surrounded by the surreal of Ama Dablam, Makalu, Lhotse and Nuptse. From Kongma La pass we will walk down to Khumbu glacier and then climb to Kala Patthar to witness the magical, miraculous and awe inspiring view of Everest along with other Himalayan grandeur. From here we traverse to the glaciated Cho La pass to Gokyo where we climb Gokyo Ri to enjoy the excellent Himalayan vista of Everest and Cho Oyu in the Tibetan border. Continuing further we descend to west across the Renjo La pass with Everest in the backdrop. After that we will enter the Bhote Koshi valley where we will be walking along the alpine meadows to Thame. From Thame we will trek to Namche and then to Lukla where we will catch our flight back to Kathmandu.

FLYING TO LUKLA – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

 

Flying to Lukla.

The most adventures journey of the world has an adventurous gateway. Almost all of the treks in Everest Region begin with an exciting flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing-Hillary airport Lukla. The flight is short, scenic, exciting and adventurous. On the other hand this short flight takes your breath out, flying out from the TIA it directly lands on a small airstrip over an isolated mountain valley tucked in between the mountains of Khumbu region also known as world’s most dangerous airport in just 40 minutes approx.

Since, there is no road transportation; the Flight to Lukla is the sole vehicle approach to Everest Region. The market here can be possible only by Flight or several days of walking. Thus, Lukla Airport is a hub for all the local people and trekkers in the Everest Region.

Tenzing-Hillary Airport Lukla

Tenzing-Hillary Airport Lukla or Lukla Airport stands at an altitude of 2845m above the sea level. The Route to Lukla airport from Kathmandu is short but it is often it is interrupted by unpredictable weather conditions which causes delay and flight cancellation. The flight to Lukla offers you with most amazing view of the mountains and picturesque landscapes of Everest Region passing over interconnected mountain ranges of Nepal.

 

History of Tenzing-Hillary Airport Lukla

The Tenzing Hillary Airport was called Lukla Airport until 2008. The airport was meant to be built in the flat farmlands but the villagers refused to give their lands and thus, the airport was built at its current position in 1964 under the supervision of Edmund Hillary. Hillary bought the land from local Sherpa’s for US$2,650 and involved them in building the facilities. Because Hillary was unhappy with the runway's soil resistance, and he made a solution was to buy local liquor for the Sherpa’s and asked them to perform a foot-stomping dance to flatten the land that served as the runway. The runway was not paved until 2001.  The airport was renamed as Tenzing-Hillary Airport in January 2008 in the honor of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary to mark their efforts in the construction of airport and celebrate their victory of being the first people to successfully climb Mt.Everest.

Is the flight to Lukla Safe?

Having had a reputation of being the most dangerous airport in this could be injustice to say the flight to Lukla is completely safe. The Lukla airport is said the world’s most dangerous airport because of its difficult topography and small airstrips. However, it is one of the busiest domestic airports of Nepal and flying there is pretty safe. The aviation officials and airlines of Nepal have become stricter on the acceptable flight conditions and regulations for aircraft making the journey to Lukla. The airlines and officials have been more concise regarding passenger safety and safely landing of the aircrafts.

During peak tourist seasons about 20 or 30 aircraft land in Lukla every day and almost all of the trekkers who visit the Everest Region annually fly into Lukla. Due to the difficulties of successfully landing at the airport, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal sets high standards, for which only experienced pilots, who completed at least 100 short-takeoff-and-landing (STOL) missions, have over one year of STOL experience in Nepal and completed ten missions into Lukla with a certified instructor pilot, are allowed to land at the airport.

Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd has been organizing Everest Trekking since its starting. Each year several trekking groups trek to Everest Region from our company and we highly focus on giving either first or second flight to our guests. The first or second flight to Lukla is more stable, safer and has better visibility. For this, we request our customer to send their deposits and information as early as possible.

Planning for Delays at Lukla

Lukla Airport is situated on a wonderful valley surrounded by high mountains. Landing and taking off from Lukla is considered to be difficult and technical. Therefore, Lukla is considered as the most dangerous airstrips in the world.

We request our customers to schedule some extra days at the end of the trip; this gives you flexibility with your trekking itinerary in case of any weather delays. It will be better if you have at least three extra days other than your trek schedule.

Twin Otter and Dornier planes are the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. However, if flight to and from Lukla are cancelled in case of bad weather conditions in Everest region, we can help you charter a helicopter upon your request to ensure you are on schedule for your trip and international flight connections. The helicopter charge is to be paid by the passengers themselves and can be reimbursed from their travel insurance later. The helicopter charges USD 2,500 to USD 3,000 per helicopter. The helicopter can carry up to 4 to 6 passengers at a time and the cost can be shared among the passengers. The company can help by providing necessary documents required to claim the amount from insurance company. 

The payment for helicopter must be paid at time of service by participant. US dollars cash or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards, and American Express) are accepted for helicopter transport. Any card payment requires a 4% bank fee, which goes directly to the bank.

The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m or greater, while the twin otter and Dornier planes can fly if the visibility is 5000m or greater, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. If the weather is extreme and the visibility is lesser than 1,500m helicopters cannot be operated. In such case we will reschedule your flight for next day depending on the availability. If this situation keeps on getting repeated for many days then we will provide you with the alternative trek options.

What About Luggage Delays at Lukla?

Luggage Delays in Lukla are very rare .However it is not impossible and your luggage can be shifted to another flight or delayed by the airline. We suggest you to keep all your valuables and important things that you might need on an urgent basis like medicines or any other things to keep in your hand carry. Although, luggage misplaced or delays by the airlines are out of our control we will try our best to get your gears on the trial.

What about Helicopters to Lukla?

The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m or greater, while the twin otter and Dornier planes can fly if the visibility is 5000m or greater, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. If the weather is extreme and the visibility is lesser than 1,500m helicopters cannot be operated.

We can help you charter a helicopter upon your request to ensure you are on schedule for your trip and international flight connections. The helicopter charge is to be paid by the passengers themselves and can be reimbursed from their travel insurance later.

 

 How Much Does the Lukla Helicopter Cost?

The helicopter charges USD 2,500 to USD 3,000 per helicopter. The helicopter can carry up to 4 to 6 passengers at a time and the cost can be shared among the passengers. The company can help by providing necessary documents required to claim the amount from insurance company. 

The payment for helicopter must be paid at time of service by participant. US dollars cash or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards, and American Express) are accepted for helicopter transport. Any card payment requires a 4% bank fee, which goes directly to the bank.

What are the options to get back to Kathmandu when the Lukla flights are canceled?


Since, flight delays are very common in Lukla the best idea is to have some extra days and wait for the flight. However, you can also look for the following options as well.

Trekking from Jiri

One option to get back to Kathmandu if the flight gets delayed is to trek back via Jiri. The trek via Jiri is the original route used by Sir Edmund Hillary in his Everest Expedition and it was the only gate way to this region until the Tenzing Hillary Airport was built. You can reach to Kathmandu after trekking about 5 days and a long bus ride.

Hike out to Salleri

After trekking about two days from Lukla you will reach Salleri from here you can to get a jeep to Kathmandu. After a long drive of about 10 to 12 hours you will reach to Kathmandu.

Helicopter to Paphlu

Phaplu isan airstrip lower in the valley close to Salleri. If helicopters are limited in availability they may only be available to shuttle guests to Phaplu. You can also get a jeep from Phaplu. It takes about 2-3 days to reach to Phaplu from Lukla.

Helicopter to Surkhe

It takes about an hour or half from Lukla to reach Surkhe. It is a small village below Lukla where helicopters sometimes land as the visibility is better.

Will Travel Insurance Cover Flight Delays to Lukla?
Make sure your travel insurance covers “trip interruption” that is a result of a rescheduled or canceled flight and will reimburse you for missed international connections or extra travel expenses. Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd can help you to provide the necessary documents for your insurance company to make a claim. It is better to see exactly what your policy covers before you arrive in Nepal.

 Why Travel to Lukla with Actual Adventure

With Several years of experience of organizing Everest Trekking we can assure the following things while travelling with us.

  1. We book the flights immediately after getting your deposits and passport copies. We prioritize on giving the early flights to our customers as far as possible. Since there is less chance of getting flight delay on the first or second flights to Lukla. We make sure the flights are booked before your arrival.
  2. As an established Travel Agency we have higher priority than independent trekkers or independent guides when it comes to rebooking if your flight is delayed or canceled.
  3. We provide pick-up and drop facilitates and take care of our customers need during their stay in Nepal with us. So you will not need to worry about anything while you are travelling with us. We work on providing a better travel experience to our valuable customers. 

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Stay Safe

  • Altitude Sickness: The main and common risk while trekking above about 2500m is Altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. The available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases with altitude. Available oxygen drops as the air density itself, the number of molecules (of both oxygen and nitrogen) per given volume, drops as altitude increases. So don’t ignore, if you have any symptoms then descending to a lower altitude is the only option.
  • Water: Have some means to purify water, iodine or a fine ceramic filter are the best options. The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available, the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem.

Electricity in Nepal

Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.

Nepal Climate information

Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.

Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.

Nepal Visas information

Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

Visa Facility         Duration       Fee
Multiple entry       15 days          US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       30 days          US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       90 days          US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Respect to Local Peoples

In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)” 

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival

As soon as you land on the Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will pick you and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Today we will indulge ourselves in the surreal of Kathmandu valley. We will pay our visit to Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple and Bhaktapur Durbar square. In the evening we will meet in our office and conduct briefing on our Kanchanjunga trek by trekking guide.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding

Early in the morning we will drive to airport and board a flight to Lukla. After landing in Lukla we will start a downhill walk and make our way through Chaurikharka village and we further descend to Ghat(2530m). Following the bank of Dudhkoshi River we finally arrive to Phakding for overnight stay.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3430m); 5-6hours

Following the banks of Dudh Koshi River the trail takes us to Tok Tok. From here one can view the excellent vista of Thamserku peak. Further continuing the trail climbs to Monjoo (2840m) and then enters to Sagarmatha National Park. Walking some distance uphill you will arrive to Jhorsalle (2830m) and after this we will cross a bridge and witnessing the magical panorama of Everest and Nuptse we will ultimately arrive to Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar

After having breakfast we will do some sightseeing around Namche and then hike to Everest View Hotel for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Khongde and Khumbi yu La. later we will make our way to Khumjung valley where you can see Hillary school, ancient monastery with Yeti skull and Khunde hospital. After this we will retrace our path back to Namche bazaar for overnight stay.

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche(3867m); 5-6hours

After having breakfast we will continue the trek through the forest to Kenjoma where the trail joins from Khumjung. After passing the village of Sanasa the trail descends to Phunki Tenga(3250m). Then again the trail climbs steeply through the forest to Tenboche monastery. From here we will witness the stimulating Himalayan panorama of Kwangde, Tawachee, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku.

Day 07: Trek to Pangboche (4040m)

 Early in the morning we will explore Tengboche Monastery. Later we start a downhill walk through the alpine forest to the Sherpa village of Deboche. After leaving Deboche we will cross Imja Khola, from where the trail gradually climbs up offering outstanding panorama of Ama Dablam to the village of Pangboche.

Day 08: Trek to Dingboche (4360m); 4-5hours

The trail gradually goes high above Imja Khola and passing tea houses at Orsho just before crossing the river and old glacial moraine we will arrive to our lodge in Dingboche. Dingboche offers the spectacular view of Lhotse- Nuptse ridge along with many Himalayan peaks.

Day 09: Rest in Dingboche

Today we rest and allimatize in Dingboche. Dingboche is a small village surrounded by stone walls protecting barley and potatoes from cold winds. Situated in the lap of Tawache, Dingboche has many places in vicinity which worth a visit. We will take a short excursion up to Chukkung valley which offers the fantastic Himalayan vista of south face of Lhotse and Island peak along with others. Stay overnight in the lodge in Dingboche.

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4930m); 6-7hours

From Dingboche the trail gradually goes uphill to Duglha offering stunning view of Tawachee and Cholatse. From Duglha the trail goes towards Khumbu glacier for an hour and then turns to the village of Lobuche. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 11: Trek to Gorkshep (5140) and Everest Base Camp(5364m) and retrace the path back to Gorakshep

After having breakfast the trail gradually goes uphill through the side of Khumbu glacier to Gorakshep. The path to Gorakshep is rocky and windy but offers the spectacular view of Mt Pumori and Everest Base Camp. Following the Khumbu glacier the trek continues. The path here can be confusing, so it is better to follow the Sherpa. Each year the trail changes due to the movement of glaciers. The walk is quite tiring as it goes through rocky dunes, moraine and streams till you reach the Base Camp. Due to high altitude and thin air you too may face some breathing problem. After having a grand time here we will retrace our path back to Gorakshep for overnight stay.

Day 12: Trek to Kalapathar (5545m) and descend down to Dzongla (4850); 8-9 hours

Early in the morning we will hike to Kalapathar to witness a 360degree panorama of regal mountain peaks. This rocky peak with the altitude of 5545m gives the joy and sense of self-satisfaction which is beyond imagination. From here the Everest looks amazing and the panoramic view of Khumbu glacier seen in the south sweeps you up. After having our breakfast in Gorakshep, following Lobuche River we will trek downstream toward the Dzong La .

Day 13: Trek to Thangnak (4600m); 6-7hours

We will start early in the morning as we will be crossing the Cho La pass (5420m). Crossing the pass is quite a difficult task as we go through steeply ascending narrow trail passing large boulders and huge rock slabs. The top of the pass offers the spectacular vista of Baruntse and Ama Dablam along with many other snow capped Himalayan peaks. From here the trail descends down to Nymagawa valley, where we will have our lunch. Leaving valley behind us we will cross a rocky scree and boulders and go uphill for a while and then downhill on a easy trail to the huts and tea houses at Thangnak.

Day 14: Trek to Gokyo (4720m); 2-3hours

Leaving Thagnak behind us we will continue the walk enjoying the magnificent Himalayan vista. We will start crossing Ngozumba glacier and ascend through lateral moraine valley passing beautiful lakes with Siberian ducks swimming across to the village of Gokyo. It is an easy day and if you are comfortable with the altitude we can hike up to Gokyo Ri for the spectacular 360 degree Himalayan panorama of Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Makalu along with many others.

Day 15: Rest at Gokyo (4720m)

Those who have choosen to witness the morning views at Gokyo Ri should make an ascent to Gokyo peak while others can enjoy an optional walk to Gokyo valley for the spectacular natural scenery.

Day 16: Trek to Arya (4650m); 7-8hours

The trail goes towards north of Gokyo Lake and takes us to the open alpine pasture. Enjoying the spectacular view of Gokyo and other mountain peaks we will continue the climb towards Renjo La Pass (5420m). Finally reaching the top of the pass which is marked by prayer flags offers the magnificent view of Nangpa valley. After having our lunch here the trail descends town through open pastures to the small settlement of Arya. Stay overnight in lodge

Day 17: Trek to Thami (4289m); 4-5hours

Following the Bhote Koshi River we will trek down to Nangpa valley passing small settlements to the village of Marlung where we will stop for lunch. From Marlung the trek trek goes downhill to Thami via Taranga village. Thami is quite a popular Sherpa village which has given birth to many famous Everest summiteers including Appa Sherpa.

Day 18: Trek to Phakding (2652m); 6-7hours

Leaving Thami behind us the trail descends to cross the Bhote Koshi River on a suspension bridge. The trek continue through the village of Thamo and then to Namche bazaar where we will stop to have lunch. In the afternoon we will descend to a large suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River and trek to Jhorsale and then back to Monjo. Continuing the trek through the forest of blue pine and rhododendron with amazing vista of Kusum Kangaru we will reach to our lodge in Phakding via Benkar.

Day 19: Trek to Lukla (2800m); 5-6hours

Enjoying the lush green scenery we will continue the downhill walk following the Dudh Koshi River to Lukla. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu

Early in the morning we will catch a scenic flight back to Kathmandu over the Himalayas. After having lunch we will have plenty of time for sightseeing and shopping.

Day 21: Free day in Kathmandu                                   

Today we can enjoy either shopping or sightseeing or simply have rest.

Day 21: Farewell

You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey

Everest high pass, a view after Chola pass

Everest Base Camp trek -Feb 2017

(5/5)
Everest Base Camp Trek
Even though the clouds were covering some part of Mt. Everest when I arrived Kara-patar,
the trek to go there was special for me.
Beautiful snowy peaks, sound of Yak bells in the wind, “Namaste!”, never changing but
tasty Dal-bhat, and maybe the coldness and headache on the higher ground should never
get out from my memory whole my life.
I used Actual Adventure as the travel agency to get air ticket for Lukla. And I really
appreciate their helpfulness!
I would like to come back some day!

 RYOHEI SHIMIZU
Address : 4-12-1 Sakurada, Kuki, Saitama Japan 

Everest high pass trek

(5/5)
Everest base camp trek 2017

EBC is an amazing experience and the guys from AA were very helpful and kind. They genuinely wanted to make sure we had a good and comfortable (given the available resources) time. They always keep you engaged and offer to help even if it's not within their responsiblity.


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