Everest High Passes Trek Faqs - Himalayan Glacier
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Everest High Passes Trek Faqs

Planning a trip in the Everest region of Nepal requires quite a lot of information beforehand to avoid last-minute confusions. On our Everest High Passes Trek FAQs, we have tried to include some of the most important questions in order to solve your problems somehow and stay prepared for any unexpected surprises on the trail.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Everest High Passes Trek is also known as the Three Passes Trek or Everest Base Camp via Three Passes Trek or High Land of Everest Valley Trek. It is in fact, one of the hardest treks that Himalayan Glacier offers to hardcore trekkers and adventure-seekers. The journey is known as a complete circle of the high land of the Everest Valley following the treacherous three passes of Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La before Everest Base Camp visit. The challenging trip is indeed a long walk in the remote land, high up in the mountain in the middle of nowhere. For this adventurous trek, you must be very fit and highly experienced in the Himalayas. We recommend trekkers and enthusiastic hikers to first do the Everest Base Camp Trek or Gokyo Lake Trek before attempting on this one. However, if you are a seasoned trekker or have already experienced the Kilimanjaro Climb or trekked in the Andes or in Patagonia, then you are unquestionably eligible for this one.

Everest High Passes Trek is best done in pre-monsoon season i.e. from March to May and post-monsoon season i.e. from late September to December. It is also possible to do this trek in February and early September but the trek is best preferred during the above months.

Absolutely yes! Under normal circumstances, our booked trips are guaranteed to run. You will still be doing your trek even if other trekkers cancel their trip. This is the reason why Himalayan Glacier is different from other agencies, who usually cancel their whole trip a month or even a week before the trip date. We are a tailor-made company and the number of participants does not stop our operation. If your trip has been canceled by your operator and you are in a last-minute stress, remember to find us to sort out your trip decisions. Please feel free to book your stress-free holidays with us. Unless there is a situation which is out of control such as a political riot, natural disaster, pandemic, epidemic or weather catastrophes, our trips are 100% guaranteed to run.

Himalayan Glacier offers a lifetime deposit policy which allows you the flexibility to transfer your deposit to anyone or any other trip. If you wish to cancel your booked trips, certain cancelation charges apply. Please visit our booking terms and conditions for detailed information.

You will be guided by our experienced trek leaders who have been to the base camp and back multiple times for years. All our guides are locals who communicate very well in English and acquire deep knowledge of the mountain, people, culture, health, hygiene, and most importantly your safety.

At the end of a long day’s hike, a relaxing, unwinding and a night of comfortable sleep are essential for the following day’s walk. You will be sleeping at some of the best lodges with two beds in each room including western toilet facilities. The beds will be clean and comfortable with an electric blanket (wherever available) and attached bathroom on most nights. Usually, the room’s temperature will be maintained at 10-12°C / 50-53°F.

You need to pack light yet sufficient for at least 3 weeks on the Everest High Passes Trek. Unless you pack wisely, it is certain that you will not be able to enjoy your journey in the Himalayas. Since this is a lodge-to-lodge trek, you will be sleeping in small lodges or teahouses during the entire trip. You need to be prepared with the right clothing and equipment as it may get really cold up there. For detailed information about what to carry with you during the trek, please visit our comprehensive packing list for Everest High Passes Trek.

You will enjoy 3 hearty meals each day. Generally, you will have your breakfast and dinner at the same lodge you will be staying. Lunch will be provided at tea houses or small restaurants along the trail.  The meals contain fresh fruits and organic ingredients sourced from Kathmandu or local villages throughout the trek. The meals include a balanced diet of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats designed by the nutritionist. The chefs are trained in hygienic food preparation. If needed, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher diets can be arranged with prior notice.

Sample Menu

Breakfast

  • Beverage: black tea, milk tea, ginger lemon honey tea, lemon tea, hot lemon with honey, black coffee, milk coffee, hot chocolate
  • Toast with jam or honey, toast omelet, pancake, Tibetan bread, porridge/ muesli
  • Eggs on your choices
  • American breakfast or Continental breakfast

Lunch

  • Rice item: veg fried rice, egg fried rice, mixed fried rice, dal-bhaat
  • Noodle item: vegetable fried noodle, mixed fried noodle
  • Potato item: chips, fried potato, hash brown potato, veg fried potato, boiled potato
  • Burger: veg burger, chicken burger, veg sandwich, chicken sandwich
  • Pasta: spaghetti tomato sauce, macaroni cheese sauce
  • Pizza: veg pizza, tomato cheese pizza, chicken pizza, mushroom pizza
  • Momo (Nepali style dumplings): veg momo, chicken momo
  • Meat item: chicken sizzler, chicken steak, yak steak
  • Beverage: black tea, milk tea, ginger lemon honey tea, lemon tea, hot lemon with honey, black coffee, milk coffee, hot chocolate

 
Dinner

  • Soups: vegetable soup, mushroom soup, chicken soup, chicken noodle soup, Rara noodle soup, French onion soup, pumpkin soup, potato soup

Main Meals

  • Rice item: veg fried rice, egg fried rice, mixed fried rice, dal-bhaat
  • Noodle item: vegetable fried noodle, mixed fried noodle
  • Potato item: chips, fried potato, hash brown potato, veg fried potato, boiled potato
  • Burger: veg burger, chicken burger, veg sandwich, chicken sandwich
  • Pasta: spaghetti tomato sauce, macaroni cheese sauce
  • Pizza: veg pizza, tomato cheese pizza, chicken pizza, mushroom pizza
  • Momo (Nepali Dumplings): veg momo, chicken momo
  • Meat item: chicken sizzler, chicken stake, yak stake
  • Dessert: apple pie, chocolate cake, carrot cake, apple fritter, canned fruit
  • Beverage: black tea, milk tea, ginger lemon honey tea, lemon tea, hot lemon with honey, black coffee, milk coffee, hot chocolate

In general, crampons are not required for this trek if you are trekking during the season. But if you want to do the trek during mid-winter or monsoon season then crampons may be required. You will really not know what conditions you will encounter on the trekking trail until you get there, so it is better having your crampons and not using it rather than needing it and not having it if required.

No. Normally, oxygen is not required for the trek as our itinerary is designed in such a way so that it allows enough acclimatization. In addition, we provide Diamox, a medication that suppresses altitude sickness symptoms, from the beginning to prevent falling sick. However, in case of severe altitude sickness, we will descend to a lower altitude immediately.

It is a very well-known fact that the Everest High Passes Trek is one of the most challenging treks in Nepal. One can easily get altitude sickness during this trek. The tough trails over the rocks and treacherous glaciers at certain segments on the route definitely require that a person has previous trekking experience on high altitude and harsh conditions. If you are new to hiking and trekking, we suggest that you attempt other lesser challenging treks before you take on this adventurous trip. Himalayan Glacier is very sincere to guide you while you plan your trip as we value your vacation, your time, your money and your experience. We suggest you not to waste your precious holidays for nothing and always stay connected with professionals.

Undoubtedly Everest Base Camp has been a landmark in the adventure and trekking world and hikers always take pride in reaching up to this historic base camp. We recommend you to do the 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek if you don’t have any previous experience of trekking in the high altitudes. However, the Everest High Passes Trek is for you if you have already trekked in high altitude regions in the past. If you have any doubts, please contact our travel experts in USA, the UK, South Africa and Nepal right away. We will educate and guide you so that you transform from a good hiker to an excellent hiker, trekker and climber. WE ARE THE EXPERTS!

The two most probable causes that you cannot continue via the high passes are either due to your physical condition or because of the heavy snowfall and ice-trail or landslide and adverse weather conditions. Adventure in the high mountains comes with limited access while health and weather challenges are always to be considered. The time of the year you would want to do this trek also matters when considering the weather conditions. This is why Himalayan Glacier is always available with an alternate plan – the plan B, for safety reasons as well as equally enjoyable climbing and trekking adventures. We do not anticipate any adverse conditions but, in case weather gets bad and disrupts the trail, we offer you to continue the trip by traversing back to Thame or to Namche Bazaar via Gokyo in case you have already crossed the Renjo La Pass. From here, it is possible to catch up the regular route to reach Tengboche and continue up to Everest Base Camp. In such cases, we request trekkers to be flexible enough to either completely give up the trek or then increase your trekking duration by a few days if necessary and if your health conditions permit.

Yes, cell phone networks can be found on the trek. Most of the places get cell phone coverage either by NCell or NTC networks. However, at certain areas, there may be no coverage at all.

The weather in the Everest region varies differently in different seasons. The Himalayan region is never really hot, not even during summer. The maximum temperature during the day reaches up to 25°C / 77°F while during the night it reaches as low as -20°C / -4°F or even lower.

You will be traveling with like-minded travelers from all round the world. As such, there is no age limit for doing this trek, but we are highly concerned about your physical and mental fitness as well as your previous hiking experience. As far as possible, we try to include the same age-group persons in a group so that the hiking pace among trekkers match and it becomes easier to walk together.

There are few things to keep in mind if you plan on conquering Everest Base camp without any trouble relating to altitude sickness. Here are a few tips from our experienced guides and travel planners to avoid altitude sickness during Everest Base Camp trek.
• Slow ascend with proper rest and enough acclimatization
• Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated
• Eat enough and balanced food
• Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco during the entire trek
• Be head-strong and mentally prepared
• Train your body to cope with uphill hikes with enough cardio or gym workouts 3 months before the start of
the trek

Generally, the first symptoms begin to show 12-24 hours after arriving at high altitudes. Different levels of altitude sickness have different symptoms. Symptoms of mild, short-term altitude sickness are dizziness, fatigue, loss of appetite, sleep problems, loss of energy, and shortness of breath.

Yes, you absolutely need to take Diamox on this trek. Diamox is taken as prevention for altitude sickness but not to cure its symptoms. After the symptoms begin to show, the only option you will have is to descend to a lower altitude.

During your trek, electricity is available to recharge your phones, laptop, iPads from micro-hydropower and solar panels on a paying basis. As for Wi-Fi, there are no hotspots along the trekking trail after Namche. The only two places offering free Wi-Fi are Starbucks coffee in Lukla and Everest Bakery in Namche. At other places upwards, you need to pay for using internet services, which increases gradually with the altitude.

Himalayan Glacier has a competent team of trekking leaders and mountain crew who are highly skillful in combating the difficulties or any kind of emergencies that might come up during the trip. If you feel sick with the altitude, in the first place you must let your leader know about it so that he knows just what to do. With all the years of experience, he can sense the intensity of the seriousness and respond accordingly, either by bringing you down to a lower elevation or rescue you using a helicopter. If the helicopter is unable to fly due to any reasons, we will use our local staffs and contacts to coordinate an alternative rescue and treatment procedures, which could mean using horses or stretchers to carry the sick person off the mountain to the nearest health post or safe helicopter landing spot.

Caffeine might contribute to altitude sickness as it could lead to dehydration triggering altitude sickness. Caffeine, on the contrary, is known to stimulate your brain, kidneys, and breathing, all of which are helpful at high altitude. For people who are into caffeinated beverages for a long time period and abruptly stopping to consume them on the trek may trigger profound headaches in them.

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