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Kongma La High Pass Trek

14 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Khumbu’s landscape, glaciers, and icefall views
  • See the awesome Himalayas and breathtaking views
  • (Kongma La), Everest region famous high pass
  • The popular mountain Mehera Peak of Everest region

Kongma La High Pass Trekking is the challenging off the beaten trekking trail in the Everest region. Kongma La Pass (5540m) is situated just above Dingboche and southwest of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the pass. Kongma La pass trek offers a fantastic view of the towering mountains of the Everest region like Mt. Everest (8848m.) the highest mountain in the world, Nuptse, Lhotse, and many more.

From the Kongma la pass, you see the eye catching view of Mt. Thamserku, Mt Amadablam, Mt. Kangtega, and numerous peaks and glacial Lakes in front of your eye within few kilometers distance. In this trek, you can get an opportunity to enjoy the natural and cultural beauty of Everest, Khumbu region. During the trek, you visit many Sherpa villages which gives you the opportunity to get insight into their culture. In this trekking, you can also hike up to Kala Pattar from where you can see the unparalleled view of Mount Everest.

You start your journey to Kongma La Pass with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Kongma La Pass trekking trail is an adventurous trail that requires previous experience of trekking or crossing a high pass. Among the three high passes of the Everest region Kongma la pass is one of the most picturesque spectacular areas.

Similarly, you pass through the blooming rhododendron forest, river valleys, and villages enjoying the natural scenery, Mountain View, and culture of the people. From the pass, you will be overwhelmed with the dramatic view of the Ama Dablam, Makalu, and the Lhotse, Nuptse face. The best seasons to trek in this Kongma La pass are spring (Mid-March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November).

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu Airport (1350m) and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2800m) from Katmandu and trek to Phakding (2600m) 3-4 hrs.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) from Phakding 6-7 hrs.
Day 04: Acclimatization in Namche (3440m) and explore.
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860m) from Namche 5-6 hrs.
Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4350m) 5-6 hrs.
Day 07: Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4700m) 2-3 hrs.
Day 08: Cross Kongma La Pass (5500m) – Khumbu Glacier Lobuche (4940m) 7-8 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365m) then back to Gorak Shep (5180m) 6-7 hrs.
Day 10: Hike up to Kala Pattar (5545m) early in the morning and trek down to Pheriche (4120m) 5-6 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Namche (3440m) from Pheriche 6-7 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Lukla (2840m) from Namche bazar 6-7 hrs.
Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu and visit to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Day 14: International departure.

Price for The Trip:

We could not include the cost of each package on the company’s website. The only question most of our customers have is why AlpineTrav Treks did not include the price in the package. Because, in order to provide you with a reasonable price and try to address your every need, we want to provide you with some information. Which will help your trip budget.

Please read below for more information.

  • The trip cost always depends upon group size, hotel accommodation of category and client’s desire budget.
  • The above itinerary is a standard guideline that AlpineTrav Treks provides you with advice and tips. And this itinerary can be modified according to your time and needs.
  • After our trip is confirmed, the price will be adjusted in our contract, if the customer wants to add some services, we will charge for those additional services and if he wants to reduce some services, we will reduce the fee accordingly.
  • Itinerary is published in full board operation services for clear understanding of the customer. Among many options such as hotel facilities in Kathmandu and Pokhara, the client can make own choice.
  • Cost - also depends on the number of porters and mode of transport. Let us know through email, whatsApp or message.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact AlpineTrav Treks for any information regarding your selected package. We'll work together to customize your trip to meet your exact requirement so that you have a memorable trip.
  • We're a local travel agency. When you book with us you get best possible price, which is middle-man free.
  • We don't add hidden extra cost. Airport to Airport services and all trips include travel permit, lodging and fooding. There are no surprises with hidden costs.

Details Itinerary

After landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by a representative of AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions who will drop you off at our hotel. Then check-in at the hotel, fresh up and relax. Kathmandu at night.

We take an early morning flight to Lukla to start the Everest trek. We meet the rest of our team at Lukla and start trekking from there. We slowly reach Cheplung village from where we get a glimpse of the never climbed holy mountain Khumbila. From here we gradually descend to Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.

Our trail passes through a pine forest and we follow a road heading north into the Benkar Valley. We cross the Dudhkoshi River through Chumoa and Monjo village to reach the entrance of Everest National Park. After crossing the suspension bridge, we walk through Jorsalle village through Dudhkoshi and Bhotekoshi rivers. We climb the steep road to Namche Bazar which is the largest town in the Everest region. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.

We can visit Namche Bazaar which is the primary town in the Everest or Khumbu region and has government offices, ATMs, internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and colorful markets. Trek to Everest National Park and enjoy the sunrise of the Himalayas including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde. If we are interested in a day hike, we can reach Khumjung village. Today we also visit the Hillary School and the monastery where the Yeti skull is! Overnight at Namche Bazaar.

We will walk today along the Dudh Koshi River. The route offers views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and, Thamserku and Ama Dablam Mountains. Our journey continues through the colorful forest of blooming rhododendron to Sanasa. The region is rich in wildlife including musk deer and colorful pheasants. In Sanasa lies the junction point. One of the path leads us to the Gokyo valley while the other branches off to Everest Base Camp. We will take sharp climb to Tengboche monastery which is the largest Gompa in the Khumbu region. The journey rewards us with close-up views of many surrounding mountains.

Today we hike through a few Chortens, mani walls and some small villages after which, we haul up for some grub and while enjoying our meals we savor some upfront views of Amadablam towering just above us; We trek via Pangboche, the highest of the true lasting settlements in the valley and reach the regular settlement, the final steepest climb of the day on our way to Dingboche. Agriculture is the chief occupation of locals in Dingboche. We can see fields enclosed by stonewall in Dingboche. Like; Buckwheat, potatoes and barley are the major crops.

After breakfast, we head east towards the Chukhung Valley through the stone walled areas of the Imja River Valley. While walking along the rocky path, one can see the breathtaking view of Lhotse Himal and Ama Dablam. Finally, after 2 hours trek from Dingboche to Chukhung, you will reach your destination. At Chukung, we check into our lodge room and prepare for our Khongma Pass where we will spend the night at Chukung.

Today crossing the Kongma La Pass is a difficult day. At first we walk in the flat area of the valley and then from nearby Nuptse to the steep path of Kongma La Pass between these outcrops. From the pass we descend to the Khumbu Glacier. We cross the glacier and go to Lobuche.

Reaching Everest Base Camp requires a real early start. It takes several hours to cross the snowy peaks and the craters of the Khumbu Glacier. After a short lunch and rest, we trek to Everest Base Camp via the once huge Gorak Shep. We truly appreciate the Everest climbers who trek the perilous route through the Khumbu Icefall only after reaching Everest Base Camp. Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains can be seen from the base camp. On the return leg, we return to Gorkshep taking in the magnificent view of the Khumbu Icefall.

Today is the most important part of our journey. We start early in the morning to see the dramatic views from Kalapathar, seeing the first light of day glimmering on Mount Everest. However, we should prepare in advance for the early morning, dark and cold temperature (-5 to -15°C) departure. Also, there is always the possibility of cold winds which are very common. Although the familiar peaks like Lingtran, Khumbuste, Changtse Tower in the east appear between the summit of the west shoulder and Nuptse. During the climb of Kalapatthar we can catch our breath at many great views to click pictures. After a few hours of climbing, we reach Kalapathar. From here, we shake off to climb a rocky outcrop near the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. When we reach the top, we sit on black stone cliffs and our eyes take in incredible Himalayan views, rolling from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as possible with our cameras so they last a lifetime. After this we slowly descend back to Pheriche. For a good night's rest that we really deserve.

Today we descend, we retrace our previous route to Pangboche and Tengboche. We will make a gentle descent to Phortse Tenga, a teahouse settlement. We will descend the mountain through a forest of pine and rhododendron. We will cross the wooden bridge over Dudhkoshi river and head towards Sanasa village. From here the trail climbs up the valley and then a gradual walk to Namche Bazaar where you stay overnight.

Last day of our trek through Dudhkoshi River to Lukla. After coming down from Namche, it is just a walk along Dudhkhosi river. And we'll grab a lunch in midway and climb the final climb to Lukla' airstrip. The rest of the day is free and you can relax under the warm sun and reflect on the emotional experiences we had while hiking through these massive mountains that helped us rediscover ourselves in a possibly least expected way. This is our last day in these magnificent mountains.

We will wake up early in the morning, enjoy breakfast and get ready for the arrival of our plane for our flight back to Kathmandu. Upon our touchdown at Kathmandu airport, representatives from our office will meet and transfer you to your hotel. And visit to UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. You will be assisted in your last-minute preparation. Our staff representative will help you pack your luggage, drop you off at the international airport. And we wish you a safe flight. Likewise we hope to see you soon again!

Services we offer in a package:

Cost Inclusion

  • AlpineTrav Treks provides pick-up and drop services from international and domestic airports on your arrivals and departures.
  • Representative of AlpineTrav Treks will be waiting for you on arrived in international and domestic airports with a your name's placard so that you can easily find our person. And you will be transfers to your demanded Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • According to the trekking package schedule, AlpineTrav Treks will arrange 2 nights demanded category (from tourist star to five-star) of hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.
  • Transportation we will provided during the trekking or major city for members as per the itinerary. (with staffs for during trekking's)
  • Alpine Trav Treks will arrange regular flight tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu for trekking members and guides.
  • AlpineTrav Treks will provide Experienced and government authorized (licensed holder) high altitude trekking guide during the trekking period.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions will provided 1 porter for every 2 trekkers with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions will provide you with a clean and cozy teahouse/lodge to stay in and eat during the trekking.
  • Most of the trekking trail, lunch is done on the way between the starting and ending the day of hiking while dinner and breakfast at the teahouse/lodge where you have overnight stay.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provides a clean, Nutritious, and fresh food (B, L, D) at the lovely teahouse/lodge throughout the trekking.
  • As Khongma La high Pass is at the Mount Everest National Park territory, AlpineTrav Treks provide you a permit for Mount Everest National Park.
  • The Trekkers' Information Management Systems permit issued by the trekking agency association of Nepal is required to enter the area of Everest National Park, so AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide you a TIMS permit too.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provides all wages, equipment, and insurance for elaborate trekking staff.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide first aid medical kits for the group and the staff, taking care of your trekking and health safety.
  • AlpineTrav Treks for members convenience always provide maps of related trekking.
  • AlpineTrav Treks will provide clean and warm down jacket and sleeping bag during the trekking, taking care of your comfort and health. (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
  • The above offer package price includes our service charges, government charges, and all taxes and vat.
  • We want to offer you to have dinner with us before you departed from Kathmandu. It will be an opportunity for you to see and learn about Nepali culture and tradition.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions offer you farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant or AlpineTrav Treks with families Kathmandu before departure.

Cost Exclusion

  • Kathmandu is capital city of Nepal, and since this place offers high quality and delicious food from different countries and groups, we were hoping you could taste the meals you like. For that reason, during your stay in Kathmandu, you will have to arrange lunch and dinner for yourself.
  • Suppose you want to take any packed food, snacks, drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, and carbonated soft drinks, any types of alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, and nutria-bars during the trek. In that case, you have to buy it yourself.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of Items of personal trekking equipment, laundry expenses, tips, Landlines, mobiles, satellite phones, and the internet service exclude in the package.
  • Trekking is an adventurous activity that always takes place in remote areas. So, safety is the primary factor for us. Therefore, you have to have your travel insurance covering the cost of emergency rescue, medical treatment, medical tests, and hospitalization before you arrive for the trip to Nepal.
  • The package cost offered above does not include your international flight ticket and Nepal's tourist visa, so that you have to pay for your international flight ticket and tourist visa yourself.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural disasters, landslides, political disturbances, changes in government regulations exclude.
  • The short sentence, "The services we provide in the above package cost inclusive," will cost extra if you want more than additional services you have to pay extra.
  • Those Employees who are involved in your trekking are hoping for tips, gifts, or something at the end of the trip, which is an opportunity to say how happy you are with our staff and what kind of service you have rendered.
  • Your guide and porters will expect the tips according to the international system in the trekking package for your information.

Price for The Trip:

We could not include the cost of each package in the company website. Most of our clients have the same query that i.e. why AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions had not include the price in the package. To provide your service in reasonable cost and attempt to address your each requirement, we desired to provide you with some information which directly affects the cost and also helps us to breakdown the cost. That’s why, we have clarified our customers that because of following reasons we have not included the cost in our website and package:

Please read below for more information.

  • Cost depends upon group size.
  • Costs may affect guide and numbers of porter.
  • The cost depends upon the category of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • The cost depends upon the mode of transport (private car, flight or tourist bus).
  • The itinerary can be changed according to your choice.
  • Above mentioned itinerary is airport to airport service.
  • The itinerary can be designed according to your time and budget.
  • Please contact us for dates, cost and duration – days.

Important Notice: (Domestic Flight From KTM-Lukla-KTM)
Due to avoid air traffic congestion at Kathmandu Airport and for smooth flights operation, the Lukla flights shall be operated from Ramechhap (Manthali) Airport effective from Spring (April 1, to May 31, 2024) and Autumn (October 1 to November 30, 2024)

In this matter, you need 1 buffer day to manage all transfer to and from Manthali Airport (or we adjust the program on Day 2 that you will do the guided sightseeing tour at Kathmandu) in the afternoon, transfer to Manthali. We would like to suggest you for driving to Manthali which is 4 hours driving away from Kathmandu and spend a night there at a hotel. On return, you can fly to Manthali Airport and same day drive back to Kathmandu.
Please check here for the more information: What You Should Know About Lukla Flights?

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Kongma La High Pass Trek

Trip Facts

  • 14 Days, 11 days trekking
  • 5-6 (Challenging)
  • 5,545m/17,594ft.
  • Autumn (September to November & (Spring) March to May
  • TIA (Kathmandu)
  • Kathmandu, Airport
  • Mode: Private Car, Flight or Tourist Bus
  • Hotels, Teahouse/Lodges
  • 1 - Maximum 12

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