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Everest 3 High Passes Trekking

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Country

Nepal

Duration

22 Days

Best Season

Mar - Apr / Oct-Nov

Group

Private

Max. Altitude

18,192 ft. / 5,545 M.

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge

Transportation

Flight / Private Vehicle

Fitness Level

Adventurous
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Overview

Everest High Passes Trek is thrilling, technical and one of the most adventurous routes in the Everest region. This trek is well-known for crossing three high mountain passes, offering breathtaking views and an immersive experience in the Khumbu region. The trek gets its name from the three high mountain passes it crosses: Kongma La Pass (5,535 meters), Cho La Pass (5,420 meters), and Renjo La Pass (5,360 meters). These passes provide not only stunning panoramic views but also a thrilling and demanding adventure for trekkers.

The Everest High Passes Trek is enriched by both festival and cultural aspect of the Everest region. Besides the mountains, Lakes, Glacier, Flora and Faunas, the place is also well-known for the indigenous Himalayan Sherpa tradition. The old monasteries and museums, prayer flags and wheels resembling the Buddhist spirituality, kind hospitality of the Sherpa communities add cheery to the top of whole journey. Walking up some steep trails, Kalapattar (5445m) offers you the spectacular close up view of Everest. The enchanting view of other highest ranges provides solace to the exhausted trekkers.

This trek offers some of the most awe-inspiring mountain vistas in the world, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many more. You'll also get to explore the Gokyo Lakes and the famous Everest Base Camp. Coming to cultural aspect, you'll have the opportunity to visit charming Sherpa villages, monasteries, and immerse yourself in the local culture. Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Gokyo are some of the cultural highlights.

Well this trek is not for the faint of heart. It involves steep ascents, descents, and some technical sections, making it suitable for experienced trekkers with good physical fitness. Adequate preparation, both in terms of gear and physical fitness, is essential.

In order to embark on this journey, you'll need to obtain the necessary permits, such as the Sagarmatha National Park Permit and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS card). The trek can vary in duration, but typically it takes around 16-20 days to complete the entire circuit. It's essential to acclimatize properly to avoid altitude-related issues.

The Everest Three High Pass Trek is a challenging but incredibly rewarding journey for trekkers seeking an authentic Himalayan experience. It combines the thrill of high mountain passes with the beauty of the Everest region and its rich culture.

Flight to Ramechhap

Navigating the mountain weather conditions in the Lukla region presents significant challenges, making daytime flights from Kathmandu a risky proposition due to unpredictable winds and as the shorter distance from Ramechhap Airport really helps. As a result, the Tribhuvan International Airlines Authority has chosen to reroute flights from Kathmandu to depart from Ramechhap Airport, a safer alternative in adverse weather conditions.

To provide further context, Lukla experiences a daily inflow of approximately 20 to 30 aircraft during the peak season. An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 trekkers visit the area annually, many of whom choose to access Lukla by air. The domestic airport in Kathmandu is relatively small and handling this high volume of traffic can be challenging. This rerouting decision helps manage the flow of trekkers and flights in a safer and more efficient manner.

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Itinerary

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Day
1
Arrive at Kathmandu.
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Altitude

1350 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel.
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle

You will be welcomed by our staff and transferred to your hotel. Small meeting about the trip in the evening.

Day
2
Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding.
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Duration

3/4 hrs walking.
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Altitude

2652 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle/ Flight

Early morning transfer to airport for Lukla flight. The flight into Lukla is a lifetime experience in itself. The airfield is at high elevation and the runway is mere 60 meter long! Trek to Phakding walking along green landscapes & view of Kusum Kangraru.

Day
3
Trek to Namche Bazaar.
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Duration

5/6 hrs walk.
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Altitude

3440 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We follow the Dudh Kosi, ascending through Himalayan pine and Doedar cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat and textiles. Besides being a superb place to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu, attracting Himalayan and lowland merchants. You will spend two days in Namche for acclimatization, visit local markets and spend time with your team. On the hike we capture our first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks.

Day
4
Acclimatization Day in Namche. Day hike to Khumjung.
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Duration

4 hours walk.
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Altitude

3440 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This day is reserved for acclimatization and a very slow ascend into the thin air. After breakfast you will start to ascend towards Khumjung. The trail ascends above Namche Bazar and passes through Syangboche (3720m) – this is where the local airport is located. From a hill top above the airport, you will get your first view of Tangboche Peak (6367m), Lhotse Peak (8414m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). On arrival at Khumjung (3780m), you could visit the Hillary School before stopping for lunch at one of the tea houses - the walk takes about 3 hours. After lunch you will continue ascending the foot path to Khunde (3840m), here you could visit the local hospital before the 2 hour ascend back to Namche Bazar. This day is physically demanding at times and you should be prepared as the weather is very unpredictable. Namche Bazaar is known as the gateway of the Everest Region, visit the local museum where you can see the traditional custom of the Sherpa peoples. You will spend a second night in Namche.

Day
5
Trek to Tengboche.
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Duration

5/6 hrs walk.
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Altitude

3860 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The flat and easy trail leads towards the view of Mt. Everest, then descends deep into the Dudh Kosi Valley at Pungki Thanka; from here it ascends the right flank of the Dudh Kosi valley to Tengboche Monastery (3860m). It is the spiritual center of the Khumbu; the climb is long, but more than adequately compensated by views of Mt. Amadablam and on a clear day, views of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks.

Day
6
Trek to Dingboche.
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Duration

4/5 hrs walk.
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Altitude

4410 M.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Descend through a beautiful forest then cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche (3900m); This day is probably the most interesting trekking day because you will not lose altitude like on other days and you will enjoy views of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse & other peaks; the route continues through pastures to Dingboche, known as the 'summer valley'.

Day
7
Second acclimatization day. Day hike to Nagerjun (5100m)
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Duration

4/5 hours walk.
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Altitude

5100 m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This would be your second acclimatization day that requires about 6 hours of trekking to an altitude of 5100m. After breakfast you ascend Nagerjun (5100m), a hill located on the flanks of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. The main aim is to climb high and sleep low. The foot path becomes steep at times, resulting in a physically challenging day – ascending the hill could take up to 5 hours at altitude. From this altitude there are good views of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). On a clear day you could even see Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain, including great views of the Pheriche Valley. After a short rest, you start to descend back to Dingboche – the walk at altitude takes about 2 hours. After lunch you should take a well-deserved rest, afternoon temperatures could drop rapidly as the sun sets over the mountain tops. You will spend a second night in Dingboche.

Day
8
Dingboche to Chukkung (4,730m) explore around.
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Duration

5/6 hours walk.
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Altitude

4,730m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This is important acclimatization/rest day with the option of hiking high up to Chhukung Ri (5,546m) for 360 degree mountains scenery or visit Island peak base camp. We spend the day relaxing or exploring with tremendous mountain scenery of Lhotse (8,501m), Makalu (8,463m), Nuptse (7879m), and Imja Tse/ Island peak (6189 m), Barunche (7,220m), Amadablam (6,814m),Thamserku (6,608m), Kawangde etc. more two dozen snow capped mountains from the ridge above the Chhukung valley. We have to prepare for first high pass, the Kongma La Pass at 5,535meters.

Day
9
Chhuking via Kongma La (5,546m) to Lobuche.
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Duration

7/8 hours walk.
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Altitude

4,930m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After very morning breakfast with pack lunch, the rocky small trail ascend up to Kongma La (5,535m). You will probably find this pass bit harder than previous days trekking. We head down directly west out of Chukhung on a small, rocky trail and contour around many hillsides, usually not very steep, until we reach the Pokalden Base Camp and after a few other hills, steeper, we will reach another Base Camp for Pokalden and a clear blue lake which sits just below the pass. The trail still leads us half hour on good looks impossibly built into the cliff-side, and after few hours later we have reached the Kongma La, our highest pass at 5,546 meters. Then the trail descends steeply and get in Lobuche crossing Khumbu glacier.

Day
10
Lobuche to Gorakshep.
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Duration

3 hours walk.
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Altitude

5100 m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We get an early start to avoid the "crowds" that can converge on Kala Pattar at some times of the year, and to get the clearest views. We trek alongside the Khumbu Glacier as the path winds over the rocky moraine towards the settlement of Gorak Shep. We are high, among the glaciers of the world's highest peaks, at the junction of two large glaciers and nestled in an amphitheatre of peaks. Pumori (7145 m), Lingtren (6697 m), Nuptse (7745 m) and of course Everest (8848 m).

Day
11
Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,140m) - 3 hours & Everest Base Camp.
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Duration

4/5 hours walk.
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Altitude

5,364m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast the trek starts. The trail that goes to Gorakshep is rocky and windy but it offers the good view of Mt. Pumori and there are beautiful views of the Everest Base camp and glacier with scenic view. After lunch, we are ready for our adventure to the targeted destination and we continue our trek towards the Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Ice-fall, the path from here can be misleading, follow the lead Sherpa, every year the trail changes due to the movements of the glacier, the walk is quite strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air, the walk passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the base camp. If you are during the high expedition season the area is so crowded that almost feels like a city. It takes 2-3 hrs to get to base camp and after a grand time here go back over the journey to Gorekshep.

Day
12
Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5,550m) 2 hours & Stroll back to Dzongla.
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Duration

5/6 hours walk.
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Altitude

4,830m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Early in morning climb up 2 hours to reach Kalapatthar for 360 degree view of the mountain peaks. When reaching the top, you will feel joyful as you achieve the moment that you been dreaming, since the planning of your journey. A small rocky peak “Kalapater” offer you beyond imagination as the Everest looks amazing, the panoramic view from this spot is something to cherish, and you feel it’s worth the hard climb up to here and to feel at the top of the world. you can also see the south Khumbu glacier that sweeps below you, and you can also see the Everest Base camp down below on the moraine of Khumbu glacier and many mountains scenery; Pumari (7,145m), Lingtren (6,695m), Khumbutse (6,623m), Changtse (7,550m), Nupse (7879m), Everest itself etc. After breakfast we trek down to same way until below Lobuche then head west towards the Cho La Pass, contouring around a headland towards the picturesque mountains scenery trail to the Dzongla (4,830m). Staying overnight enjoy the scenery of Himalaya.

Day
13
Dzongla via Chola La (5,320m) to Tangnank.
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Duration

6/7 hours walk.
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Altitude

4,700m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We leave Everest behind us but the view is still amazing on the trail dominated by Mt. Cho Oyu (8,153m) the sixth highest mountain in the world. The trail up to Cho La Pass is hard work, involving a steep scramble up rock boulders and then a walk across the gently ascending, snow-covered glacier on the pass. Even though, the views of the route ahead of the glacier itself are breathtaking. For the first part of the descent there are discernible paths that zigzag down the mountainside - slippery in snowy rocky trail. Then we descend through steep boulder scattered slopes to the Gokyo valley; turquoise lakes and great glaciers. Finally we climb a gentle slope to the top, from where it’s all downhill following a narrow river valley all the way to its base where we overnight at Tangnak (4,700m), a small Sherpa settlement beneath huge rock.

Day
14
Thangnak to Gokyo.
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Duration

2/3 hours walk.
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Altitude

4,790m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After late breakfast the trail leads us through the Nagzumpa glacier (biggest glacier of the Nepal Himalaya) and ascending trail catch the main route of Gokyo on the beautiful second lakes with Siberian ducks swimming across the mirror-calm surface. The rest of the day you can relax in hotel or climb up to Gokyo Peak (5,350m). You can enjoy the beautiful isolated Himalayan scenes by exploring around.

Day
15
Rest Day in Gokyo (4790m)/ Explore day in Gokyo Peak.
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Duration

2 hours walk.
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Altitude

5,350m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Early in the morning about 2 hours hike up to the Gokyo Ri (5,360m) for the breathtaking view of splashing sunrise at the top of the four highest mountains including Mt. Everest and many more snow-capped giants. This will be unforgettable life time memory. You will be overjoyed when you reach the summit with spectacular view of mountains surrounding us are Cho Oyu (8,153m), Gyangchung Kang (7,922m), Lhotse (8,501m), Makalu (8,463m), Cholatse (6440 m), Taweche (6,542m), Kantega (6,685m), Thamserku (6,808m), Lobuche (6,145m) and Mt Everest (8,848m). Hundreds of other unnamed peaks fill the scene, whilst below us the Ngozumba Glacier, the largest in Nepal, stretches through the valley. We have a great memories and stroll back an hour to Gokyo for breakfast then take a rest and relax all the day.

Day
16
Gokyo via Renjo La (5,446m) to Marulung.
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Duration

7/8 hours walk.
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Altitude

4,150m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today is big day over the Renjo La (5,340m) you leave your camp following an early breakfast and climb into a wide curie making for the ridge line ahead of you. This is our last challenging Pass, when you come over the pass you are greeted with an incredible panorama looking out over the turquoise lakes at Gokyo and across the Mt. Everest. You descend through rough glacial slabs and moraine campsite in a secluded location on the western shore of Gokyo. Probably, we need ropes to descend into remote Northern valley about 100mtrs during Nov-Feb. There is a chance we will meet Tibetan Traders descending from the Nangpa La pass that leads through the Himalayas from Tibet with their caravans of woolly yaks laden with goods. . You can have this trek in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy the beautiful isolated Himalayan scenes by exploring around.

Day
17
Marulung to Thame.
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Duration

4/5 hrs walk.
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Altitude

3,800m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We are heading down into Nangpa Valley. Until 2005 this valley was off limits to trekkers because it was a main access route to the pass linking Nepal and Tibet. From decades, many Tibetan traders have traveled this route, bringing a variety of Chinese goods on the backs of their yaks to sell in Namche Bazaar. The Thame monastery which is attached with the rock famous ancient monetary was built in fourteenth century. Trek back to the lodge.

Day
18
Trek to Namche Bazar.
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Duration

3/4 hours walk
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Altitude

3,430m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast the treks leads us down the river then goes gradual down and kind of flat turn south down valley towards Namche Bazaar through rhododendron and juniper forest with isolated Sherpa village. The rest of day we enjoying with tremendous mountains scenery in Namche Bazaar.

Day
19
Namche Bazaar to Lukla.
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Duration

6 hours.
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Altitude

2,800m
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After a long walk we'll have long last day trek back to Lukla today, we descend the long way before crossing the bridge and further walk to Monju and stop in Phakding for lunch. We will further descend enjoying the lush green scenery around and passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village until Lukla. You'll have time to wander around the areas and guide will re-confirm your flight ticket and enjoy the last celebrated dinner with your crew.

Day
20
Fly back to Kathmandu.
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Duration

45 minutes.
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Altitude

1350m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: BB
transport_icon Transport: Flight / Private vehicle

Normally, the flight for Kathmandu is morning due to the wind in afternoon; sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our control. Anyway we will fly back to Kathmandu and your guide will transfer to hotel then you may have time to relax after long journey and take back your breath and rest at your hotel rest of day.

Day
21
Farewell day in Kathmandu. Buffering day for Lukla Kathmandu Flight.
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Altitude

1350m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast

In this pleasant day you may have full day at leisure either relax at hotel or explore the around Thamel. Today is day of ending your journey, so we would like offer you farewell dinner in Nepali typical Restaurant and hand over you Trip Certificate, Trekking Permit and TIMS Card for memory of Nepal trip.

Day
22
Final Departure to your Destination
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Global Holidays Adventure's representative will drop you to the Airport terminal to bid you a final farewell.

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Inclusions

  • All necessary domestic & international airport transport as per the itinerary.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • Flight fare from Kathmandu – Lukla- Kathmandu. (Only 15 KG luggage per person is allowed)
  • Full board tea house trekking cost with breakfast, lunch, dinner and a cup of tea or coffee with meal.
  • Available standard lodges, guesthouses accommodation during the trek (Twin sharing).
  • One professional English speaking trekking guide.
  • Necessary assistance guide for entire trek.
  • The required number of porters to carry the luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • KTM-LUKLA-KTM flight cost for guides. 
  • Food, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Everest National park permit and trekker’s TIMS (Trekking Information management System) card fees.
  • Good quality sleeping baggage during the trekking. (Refundable after finish trekking)
  • First aid kit.
  • Complementary farewell cultural Nepali dinner on last day of trip. 
  • All government taxes.
Excludes
  • International airfare, Nepal entry visa fees. 
  • Lunch, dinner and others expenses in Kathmandu.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, boiled water during the trekking.
  • Temple and monasteries entry permits fees.
  • Extra services than the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance and any kind of emergency rescue. 
  • Helicopter charter fees in case of flight delay or postponed or cancellation due to bad weather. 
  • Others not mentioned in the above inclusive heading.
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What is the Physical requirement for Everest High Passes Trek?
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Everest Base Camp is suitable for all kind of people who are moderately fit, not any previous adventures experience is required. Some physical fitness activities such as running, swimming and walking are recommended before your Everest Base Camp Trekking. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical flaws must seek medical advice before considering the trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.

What is the first sign of altitude sickness?
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Usually, the first sign will show up after being 12-18 hours after being on the trail. The symptoms are usually loss of appetite, fatigue, problem of sleeping and shortness of breath.

Will there be cellphone coverage on the trail?
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Well most of the place there is network coverage in most of the place but in some place there will be no network at all. The mobile company like NTC and NCELL provide the coverage.

What the sources of drinking water during the climb?
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Drinking water will be provided in the teahouses during the journey up to the base camp, either from taps, boiling water, or bottled water. We also recommend using steriepen or other water purification solutions.

How long do trekkers hike every day?
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On usual trekking days, you will be walking for 5 - 6 hours a day. But someday your hike could last up to 8 - 9 hours since it is advised to go as slow as possible, using the right amount of energy for the long duration.

How is the toilet facilities in the Higher Himalayan region?
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Normally there are common toilet facilities in teahouses and lodges, which are usually neat and clean. Nowadays, some small number of teahouses and lodges offer attached restroom. We will provide you the best option as far as possible in this regard.

What about the shower facility?
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Normally there are hot water shower services in various teahouses and lodges. In the absence of such facility, the teahouse/lodges will provide you hot water bucket. The payment for the shower has to be made by yourself and the cost varies with the places.

What is the best season for this trekking?
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The best season for this trek happens to be in October to mid-December and mid-February to mid-June. This trip is not preferred during the monsoon season from June to August.

Is the Everest Region expensive?
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Any goods you want has to be carried in on the back of a porter or animals like donkey, which is why things are bit expensive than the usual rates. The higher you climb the expensive it is. Lastly it depends on your spending habit as well.

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