Everest Two Passes Trek

Among various treks in the Everest Region where some take you to the base camp and back while some give you an all-rounder experience of the area. Everest Two Passes Trek is the latter. With Everest Two Passes Trek, you get to check off getting on the Base Camp of the highest mountain on planet Earth while also getting some extra bonus stops with great views.

The 16 days Everest Two Passes Trek takes you through the popular Everest Base Camp Trek routes. Then on the way back treats you to some beautiful thrilling routes of the two passes of the Region. The Cho La Pass at the altitude of 5420 meters and the Renjo La Pass at the altitude of 5345 meters are the main attractions of this trek.

The Everest Two Passes Trek Itinerary takes you through the main popular route and then takes you on an adventure on the lesser-known routes. The thrilling adventure on these passes and ridges give you the true sense of mountain climbing with the best views of the neighboring mountains and the beautiful valleys and landscapes of the region.

Unlike the other popular treks in the Everest Region, this 16 days two passes trek takes you on a wild ride of beautiful mesmerizing views of the mountains, lakes, valleys starting with the scenic flight to Lukla.

From Lukla the cultural exposure you get in Namche Bazaar is mystical. The trek then takes you through many monasteries and religious sites including Chortens along the way. Finally reaching the two passes Chola and Renjo La Pass with a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.

The Gokyo Ri and the village you get to visit is another ethereal experience you get. With the sunrise view from Kalapatthar, you get to visit the small tribal villages on the way back and end the journey with yet another scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Highlights

Scenic Lukla Flight

Like any other Everest Region Trek, the Lukla flight to and from Kathmandu is the first thing people look up to. A comfortable 30 minutes flight with the best views of the landscapes and the city and the mountains. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of it? The scenic Lukla flight from Kathmandu has always been the best highlight of the Everest Two Passes Trek.

Syangboche Airport

The second major tourist attraction we come across in the two passes trek is the small hike to Syangboche airstrip. Even though the airport is not up for commercial use and only used for rescues, the airport is popular among the tourists. The airport at Syangboche is a day trip trekkers take as a part of the acclimatization day as this has become a major viewpoint among the tourists. This airport bestows upon you the best views of the surrounding mountains and the valleys.

Khumbu Glacier and Ngozumpa Glacier

The Everest Two Passes Trek route takes you through amazing trails with the best views of the surrounding rivers, mountains, and valleys. However, there is one main attraction among these rivers and valleys that tourists love to see. The Khumbu Glacier and Ngozumpa glacier provides you with the best views of the highest glaciers.

Kalapatthar

Kalapatthar has become a famous viewpoint in the Everest Region. The viewpoint bestows upon you the best views of the highest mountains in the country and the world. The views of Everest along with its neighboring mountains like Lhotse, Makalu , Cho Oyu witnessed from this viewpoint are otherworldly.

Gokyo

Another major highlight of the 14 days Everest two passes trek is the route through the Gokyo lakes and Gokyo Ri. The famous Gokyo lakes with sacred importance to the locals is a beautiful sight to see as the Gokyo mountains flows into numerous Gokyo lakes. The remote route to Gokyo Ri and the lakes is an adventurous and magnificent sight to see.

Cho La and Renjo Pass

With the trek being named the two passes trek in the Everest region, we will surely visit the two passes. One of the two passes is the Cho La Pass at the altitude of 5420 meters which is popular among the Everest Region Trekkers. This pass is ventured by trekkers on their way to Everest base camp via Gokyo Ri. The pass along with the Renjo La Pass at the altitude of 5345 meters is explored during this trek. These passes give you the best views of the surrounding mountains and the valleys, glaciers, landscapes and the lakes.

Everest Two Passes Trek Cost

The cost of the trek usually depends on the number of days and the facilities you desire. Also based on the number of people who are going to the trek. The standard Everest Two Passes trek cost per person ranges from USD 1650 per person. However, if you are more than a single person going together, the trek cost is around USD 1350 per person. Small amounts change when you are in a group of more than 2 people.

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Day 1
Day 01: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding

Max Altitude: 2860 m

Total Distance: 137 km

Trek Duration: 3-4 hours

Flight Time: 30 minutes

Our 16 days Everest Two Passes Trek starts with our flight to Lukla. From Tribhuvan International Airport, we will take the scenic flight to Lukla. The flight will be around 30 minutes long. This means 30 minutes of amazing landscapes and beautiful views of the mountains and the valley from the flight.

After reaching Lukla, we will start out our trek from Lukla to Phakding. Heading north from Lukla to the Dudh Kosi valley, we will reach Phakding after around 3 hours of walk. The trail takes you through the beautiful views of the numerous rivers like the DudhKoshi and Thadokoshi. The trek from Lukla to Phakding consists of suspension bridges and ridges with beautiful views of the mountains and the valleys. Tonight we will stay in Phakding at a tribal village.

Day 2
Day 02: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Max Altitude: 3440 m

Total Distance: 7.4 m

Trek Duration:5-6 hrs

As the second day of our trek draws in, we will leave for Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Everest Region. With the marketplace providing various unique items along with display of unique mountain region sherpa culture, the marketplace in Namche Bazaar is swamped with tourists.

Getting to Namche Bazaar from Phakding takes around 5-6 hours of hiking. The hike is kind of a difficult one as you have to cross the Dudh Koshi River almost 5 times or more through the suspension bridges. The hike may take a long time with various thrilling climbs and moments. But the views from the various points of the trek is to die for. You will enter Sagarmatha National Park after a few hours. The entry permits required for entering this area will be prepared by your travel agency.

Finally after 5-6 hours of tough hiking you will reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Everest Region. Tonight you will sleep at a quality lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Day 3
Day 03: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazar

Max Altitude: 3440 m

Total Distance: 500 m

Trek Duration: 3 hours

Today marks the third and most important day of the trek. Today is the acclimatization day. This means today we shall not continue our trek further and rest our bodies. This helps our bodies adapt to the high altitude it is being exposed to. Without proper acclimatization, you can get severe cases of Altitude sickness in high altitude treks like the Everest Two Passes Trek.

Today, while acclimatizing, you can enjoy yourselves by exploring the Namche Bazaar area. After a little exploration and enjoying the marketplace and the people and their culture, we shall make a short trip to one of the famous viewpoints. A short hour long hike will take you to Syangboche airstrip. The airport is not open for commercial business but only used for rescues now. But the airstrip provides you with the best views of the mountains in the Everest Region like Everest, Ama Dhalam, Lhptotse, etc.

Also, you can also make a short climb to the Everest View Hotel to enjoy better views of the mountains. The breathtaking Himalayan mountains view from the Everest View Hotel attracts many tourists and trekkers to this view point.

The trails bless you with many ancient chortens and exploration into the lifestyle of the locals. Tonight we shall return back to Namche Bazaar and enjoy our rest as we spend the night there.

Day 4
Day 04: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Max Altitude: 3860 m

Total Distance: 5.9 km

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

With a filled stomach, we shall set off to Tengboche today. The route fromNamche Bazaar to Tengboche is mostly rough and narrow and steep as the path elongates. You will have to cross many suspension bridges to get to Tengboche. The trail has many Chortens and monasteries along the way with numerous waterfalls and beautiful forests of Rhododendron.

After about 6-7 hours of hiking through the narrow trails, you will reach Tengboche where you will see one of the oldest monasteries, Tengboche Monastery. The monastery beams with Buddhist religious energy as the wind blows on the prayer flags in the region. You can get your blessings as well as explore the cultural and religious site. Tonight we will spend the night at Tengboche at a tea house nearby.

Day 5
Day 05: Tengboche to Dingboche

Max Altitude: 4410 m

Total Distance: 9.1 km

Trek Duration: 4 hours

Today, we will have a short trek to Dingboche from Tengboche. The trek will only be 4 hours long and the trail is similar to the ones before. The altitude rises from this point on making the air thinner from this point on. The trail passes through a few Sherpa villages and the Imja Valley. We will reach Dingboche in 4 hours and stay the night at a teahouse in Dingboche.

Day 6
Day 06: Day trip and acclimatization at Dingboche

Max Altitude: 4410 m

Total Distance: 4.1 km

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

We have reached yet another acclimatization point of our Everest Two Passes Trek. as the air gets thinner at Dingboche, this makes a great acclimatization point for the trekkers so their body will adapt to the altitude before the Everest base Camp hike.

Today at Dingboche, we will take a short day trek to Chukung. The small village of Chukung gives you the best views of the himalayan Range. The picturesque view of the mountains on the way to Chukung is mesmerizing to see. The short trek is a day trip and we will return back to Dingboche for the night.

Day 7
Day 07: Dingboche to Lobuche

Max Altitude: 4940 m

Total Distance: 6.6 km

Trek Duration: 5 hours

Today marks the seventh day of our Everest two passes trek. The trek from Dingboche to Lobuche starts with a gentle climb then escalates into the steep narrow trails. You will pass through many small chortens on your way to Lobuche. As you get closer to the mountains like Mt. Nuptse and Pumori, the temperature gets slightly colder. The 5 hour long trek finally takes you to Lobuche where there is comparatively less accommodation and only basic food facilities. Tonight, we will spend the night at one of the teahouses.

Day 8
Day 08: Lobuche to Gorakshep; Hike to Everest base camp; Back to Gorakshep

Max Altitude: 5545 m

Total Distance: 12.1 km

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

On the eighth day of our Everest Two Passes Trek Itinerary, you will trek to Gorakshep from the remote town of Lobuche. The trek takes about two hours and the route provides you with the beautiful views of the neighboring mountains.

The path slowly gets harder and steeper. However, after around an hour the trails are much even and easier to trek. We will reach Gorakshep settlement in 2 hours of the hike and have lunch while admiring the beautiful Khumbu Glacier.

Now, we set off to reach the Everest Base Camp. as the altitude increases the air gets thinner and the views get better. Khumbu glacier and Khumbu Icefall are clearly seen from the base camp. We will spend a while in the Everest Base Camp and then leave for Gorakshep. The base camp does not have any food or accommodations so we will go back to the Gorakshep settlement for food and accommodation.

Day 9
Day 09: Early morning climb up to Kalapather for sunrise then trek to Dzonglha

Max Altitude: 5643 m

Total Distance: 3.5 km

Trek Duration: 4 hours

With a hearty breakfast in the teahouse at Gorakshep, we will now set to the main attraction of the trek, Kalapatthar. Hope you are excited and prepared for the views of the mountains from this magical viewpoint.

After an hour and a half hike from the settlement, we will reach Kalapatthar. The viewpoint of the Everest Base Camp is famous for the glorious views of the mountains mainly during sunrise. With clear weather and the sunrise hitting the mountains with its first rays, the mountains glow from Kalapatthar.

After enjoying the sunrise view from Kalapatthar, we will now leave for Dzonglha. The path to Dzonglha takes you through Lobuche as the downhill trek takes around 4 hours. In around 4 hours we will reach Dzonglha and spend the night at.

Day 10
Day 10: Cross the Chola pass then trek down to Tagnag

Max Altitude: 5420 m

Total Distance: 8.6 km

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

From Dzonglha, we will leave for the Cho La Pass after having a warm breakfast. The trail from Dzonglha to Cho La Pass is a beautiful trip with great views of the glaciers and mountains along the way. Crossing the pass at the altitude of 5420 meters is a difficult task but if you are properly prepared and the weather favors you, it will be a piece of cake, after crossing the Cho La Pass, we will trek down to Tagnag.

Day 11
Day 11: Tagnag to Gokyo; Visit Fifth Lake; Back to Gokyo

Max Altitude: 4790 m

Trek Duration: 5 hours

The trek from Tagnag to Gokyo is a short trek. On the way to Gokyo, the trail is beautifully surrounded by the views of the mountains and the lakes. After about 2-3 hours of trekking, we will reach the Gokyo Valley. We will rest there for lunch and then explore the valley. The valley of gokyo is a beautiful valley with great views. Also we will take a short hike to visit the Fifth lake that flows from the Gokyo mountain. The view of the Himalayas from the Gokyo Valley is so mesmerizing it will leave you speechless. We will return to the valley for a night stay.

Day 12
Day 12: Climb to Gokyo Ri; Cross Renjo pass: Trek to Lungden

Max Altitude: 5333 m

Total Distance: 8 km

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

After filling yourselves up with some breakfast at the Gokyo Valley, today we will climb to the Gokyo RI at the altitude of 5333 meters. The Gokyo Ri provides you with the best views of the Ngozumpa glaciers along with the Gokyo Valley and the neighboring mountains like the Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu and others.

After climbing the Gokyo Ri, we will now head towards the Renjo La Pass. The pass at the altitude of 5300 meters is a steep descent. Crossing the Renjo La Pass, you get to see the mountains at their glorious stage. Crossing this pass means we have accomplished the main goal of our Everest Two Passes Trek. The Everest Two Passes Trek itinerary takes you downhill from here on. Next, you will reach the Lungden valley with tea houses for accommodation and spend the night here after dinner.

Day 13
Day 13: Lungden to Thame village and visit Thame Monastery

Max Altitude: 4375 m

Trek Duration: 4 hours

The road ahead of us now is downhill. Today we will make our descend to the Thame Village. After around 4 hours of trekking, we will reach the Thame Village. We will have lunch and explore the village for the day. We will visit one of the main attractions of the village i.e., the Thame Monastery. It is a buddhist monastery run by Sherpas. The religious exposure in the industry along with the cultural experience you get in the sherpa village of Thame is very impressive and unique. Today we will stay the night at the village at a teahouse or guest house.

Day 14
Day 14: Thame to Namche

Max Altitude: 3300 m

Total Distance: 8.5 km

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

We are very close to the end of our adventurous trek. Today we will leave for Namche, The infamous Namche Bazaar popular as an epitome of the Sherpa culture. The route is a total downhill but nice and stable road. We will reach Namche after 4-5 hours of trekking. The trekking trails will open up new beautiful scenic moments for you to remember. After reaching Namche Bazaar, you can enjoy the marketplace and various other activities that are for you to do as your heart wishes.

Day 15
Day 15: Namche to Lukla

Max Altitude: 3440 m

Total Distance: 13.5 km

Trek Duration: 7-8 hours

Today we will make a long downhill trek from Namche to Lukla. This is the last day of our actual trekking experience. The 7-8 hours long walk from Namche to Lukla is a memorable and adventurous day in the whole trek. With the last day of experiencing the lifestyle of the locals along with the great views of the mountains surrounding you, you will make many memories through the long hard walk to Lukla. We will stay in Lukla for the night and rest ourselves for the final day of the trek.

Day 16
Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu

Max Altitude: 2860 m

Total Distance: 137 km

Flight Time: 30 minutes

Today marks the official end of the Everest Two Passes Trek. your day will start with a warm breakfast at the teahouse in Lukla., from there you will board on a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. The scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu will take you around 30 minutes. This means 30 minutes of plain bliss and comfort. You get to enjoy the beautiful scenic sights of the valley and the mountains and the rivers, from the short flight which will relieve you of all the fatigue from the trek.

Hope you keep these memories safe and sound for the next trip you take with us. With this, our journey together ends. This is a standard itinerary and you can improvise it if you want to later on. With a flexible itinerary and professionals taking care of you, your trek will be a blast with nothing but good memories and new experiences. So, we hope you choose Radiant Treks to be a part of this blissful journey with us.

Cost Inclusions

  • Three meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner a day during the trek.
  • Quality accommodations during the trek in tea houses or lodges.
  • All necessary documents like the Sagarmatha National park entry permit & Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) permit.
  • Round trip flight charges from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu with airport pickup and drops
  • English speaking professional Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance.
  • Strong helpful porter shared between two trekkers
  • Medical supplies like emergency first aid kit with altitude sickness and other necessary medicines
  • Emergency helicopter rescue arrangements with your travel insurance
  • Government taxes, service charge and official expenses.

Cost Exclusions

  • Airport pick up and drop for international flight.
  • Accommodation and food in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal visa fee which costs around $40 for 30 days visa.
  • Your Travel medical insurance charges which is highly recommended for the rescue operations
  • Your personal expenses
  • International airfare.
  • Any kind of Alcoholic and non alcoholic cold and hot drinks.
  • Hot shower and battery charging during the trekking in the teahouses will not be paid by the company.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver which should be around 10 % of their charge
  • Excess baggage for the Lukla flight.

Everest Two Passes Trek Best Time

Everest two passes trek best time is no different than the best time for other treks in the Everest region. The best time for trekking in the Everest Region is none other than the Autumn and Spring seasons.

Every Everest region trek requires proper weather and temperature for its smooth carry out . The best time for the Everest Two Passes trek is the Autumn season from the months of September to November when the skies are clear and the temperature is just the right. The vibrant color-changing leaves will brighten your paths and the clear skies will guide you to your destination.

Also the months of March to May bring about the Spring season which is considered the second-best time for Everest Region Treks. Springtime brings you a variety of flora and fauna and biodiversity. The exotic plants and the animals coming out of hibernation will make your journey much more interesting.

The winter season is also nice for the Everest region treks. However, with the Everest Two passes Trek including having to cross high passes in the region, the trek may be compromised in the winter. The winter season brings about snowfalls and the passes will get slippery in case of snowfalls. So it is better to stick to the autumn season or the spring season.

Apart from the winter, the summer or monsoon season is also not considered as the Everest Two Passes trek best time. The summer season faces a lot of heavy rainfalls which compromises the safety of the trekkers in the trails. The trails are steep which makes the road difficult even before the rainfall. With the rain, the roads get muddy and slippery. So, it’s better to stick to the peak seasons in case of the Everest Two Passes Trek.

Everest Two Passes Trek Difficulties

Altitude Sickness

One of the major difficulties you may face in high altitude treks like this one is altitude sickness. The altitude rise is very high on this trek. So altitude sickness may pose to be one of the Everest Two Passes Trek difficulties if proper precautions are not taken.

As per the itinerary, if you take proper acclimatization days and avoid eating meat and alcoholic drinks, you can avoid any kind of altitude sickness. Some people may get altitude sickness regardless of the precautions, so make sure to bring altitude sickness medicines to reduce the symptoms and carry on your trek successfully.

Weather and Temperature

Another difficulty maybe the weather and temperature of the Everest Region. If you do not choose the best time for Everest Two Passes trek you may face many difficulties in the trek. Choosing the best time for your trek is very important as with temperature and weather not in your favor, you won’t be able to complete the trek.

Winter season may cause freezing temperatures along with snowfall making the roads slippery. This compromised with your safety and the trek. Also in summer, rainfall makes the roads muddy and slippery which poses another difficulty. So make sure you carefully check the weather and choose the best time for your trek.

Routes

The routes of the Everest Two Passes Trek takes you through the two main passes and the Gokyo valley. This is a remote and rural route not used by many. This means it is not one of the developed routes. The routes present you with tough steep roads with narrow outlets. This may pose a difficulty in your trek if you are not used to the remote trails and the hikes. It helps to get some similar hikes done beforehand for practice.

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