There are various options of trekking in the Everest region. Some of them are Everest Base Camp trek, Gokyo Valley trek, Everest Panorama Trek etc. But the most thrilling and adventurous of all the treks there is the Everest High Passes trekking.
Everest High Passes trek takes you to 3 mountain passes of the Everest region. These are Renjo La Pass (5340 m), Chola Pass (5420 m) and Kongma La Pass (5535 m). All of these mountain passes are wonderful vantage points for viewing the Himalayas of the Everest region.
Trekking to these mountain passes also takes you to the three beautiful valleys in this region. They are Gokyo Valley, Thame Valley, and Chhukung Valley. All of these valleys are draped with majestic mountains of this region.
Another wonderful attraction of the Everest High Passes trekking is that you get to go to places like Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. So the High Passes trekking offers you many more places in the Everest region than the Everest Base Camp trek.
The three passes trek is also the most difficult trek in the Everest region This trek takes you to amazing vantage points. So you will need very good preparation and training to complete this trek.
The three high passes trek in the Everest region is also cost-effective. Most of the places that you will go to are the ones you go to in the EBC trek. Further, the trip is only around 4 days longer than the Everest Base Camp trek. So the expenses of the additional days are also not high.
During your trip, you will have mesmerizing views of the sunrise and sunset as well. You will be heading out to Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri. These are two of the most renowned places in the Everest region for viewing sunrise and sunset. You will also trek to the beautiful Gokyo Lakes.
Major Attractions of Everest High Passes Trekking:
Kongma La pass is the second highest point along your trek. It is located at an altitude of 5528 meters. You will get to see beautiful mountain panorama from this pass like Lhotse (8516 m), Lhotse Shar (8,383 m ), Makalu (8463 m), Baruntse (7,220 m), Ama Dablam (6814 m) and many others.
Everest Base Camp
One of the most beautiful things about the Everest High Passes trek is that you don’t have to miss out on going to the Everest Base Camp. After you cross the Kongma-La Pass during your trek, you will head out to Everest Base Camp the next day to view Khumbu glacier and icefall and other mountains visible from the Base Camp.
Kala Patthar, whose literal translation is “Black Rock” is another place of astounding beauty in the Everest region. In order to get to this place, you hike early in the morning from Gorak Shep. You will get sunrise views from this region that are magical. This is one of the most popular region for the close view of the various mountains in the Everest region.
Chola Pass is located at an altitude of 5420 meters. It is a summit pass that connects two villages in the Khumbu region- Dzongla and Thagnak. The trek to Cho-La pass is quite slippery. You might have to use crampons to get to this mountain pass.
There are six lakes in Gokyo. All of these lakes are collectively known as Gokyo Lakes. These lakes are located at an altitude of 4700m - 5000 m. The views of the Himalayas from these lakes are beautiful. These lakes also hold great religious significance for Hindus as well as Buddhists.
Gokyo Ri is the peak in the Everest region that stands 5357 meters tall. It is located to the west of the biggest glacier of the Himalayas- Ngozumpa glacier. Alongside Kala Patthar, it offers some of the best sunrise and sunset views in this area.