Everest Two Passes Trek is the journey that takes you from the well-known Everest Base Camp trekking pathway to a lesser-known adventure in the region. It includes an elevation of Cho La Pass at 5420 meters and Renjo La Pass at 5345 meters. The trek starts from Lukla airport, or you can choose to hike from Jiri, too.
This blog will take you through the beauty of trekking in the Two Passes in the Everest region. Alongside this, we will also explore the suitable time, detailed itinerary, and any preparations that you need for the trekking.
The Everest Two Passes Trek is an exciting adventure that takes you through the popular Everest Base Camp Trek routes, and then on the way back treats you to thrilling routes of the two passes of the region. The Cho La Pass at an altitude of 5420 meters and the Renjo La Pass at an altitude of 5345 meters are the main attractions of this trek.
You will have the chance to see many different animals like Mountain Goats, Musk Deer, Pheasants, Lophophorus, Snow Ducks, Mountain Hawks, and even Snow Leopards if you're lucky! You will also enter the Sagarmatha National Park, which was established in the late 70s to conserve flora and fauna.
Once you trek towards Chola Pass after accomplishing the goal of Everest Base Camp, you will notice the difference between the two-pass trek and a normal trek to Everest Base Camp. The crowd of trekkers will be smaller, and you will enjoy the trek more. You will visit beautiful destinations like Gokyo, Dzongla, and Thame, and see a few monasteries on the trail.
The landscape of the passes is perfect, and the views from the top of both the passes and the grand view of the mountain range from the top of Gokyo Ri are no less than admiring the beauty of Gokyo Lake.
You will have the opportunity to see many giant mountains like Mt. Everest (8848m), the fourth-highest Lhotse (8516m), the fifth-highest Makalu (8485m), the sixth-highest Cho-Oyu (8210m), and other massive mountains. The number of mountains in between the wide range of towering mountains is unimaginable!
Best time for Everest 2 Passes Trekking
We will not lie to you but we are sad to say that you can properly succeed in this trekking only two times a year. You can go for this trekking in Spring which falls in March till May. Another beautiful time is Autumn from September to November. However, in November the cold time starts so the earlier the better.
You will never miss a spot if you make your vacation plan to Everest during these times. Just make sure to contact us when planning.
Preparation for Everest 2 Passes Trekking
The major question every trekker that we have been with asks us is “What do we need?” Well, here we will answer so that you don’t remain confused.
Running might be easy but not this trek. You better know this you need to carry around 10 to 12 pounds on your back and elevate. Sounds scary? We have the solution.
You should make your legs strong because every day you will be hiking for around 6 hours. Train like you can easily go up and down the hills on stairs or on normal trails.
The more the elevation less you will have oxygen to breathe. Train properly so that your muscles would not get fatigued during the elevation. However, you will be acclimatizing during your trip so that your body adapts to the weather.
You can start your training at least 3 months prior to the trip. But do not go too hard on yourself. If you have the right training and the right spirit then easily you can conquer the two passes.
- You need to be ensured that you have got the following stuff with you when discovering this trekking:
- The recommended items for you to wear are a Sun Cap, a Wool or Fleece Hat, Lightweight Synthetic Liner Gloves, and Waterproof Gloves.
- Please provide options for short-sleeved shirts or T-shirts, lightweight tops or thermal coats, synthetic or fleece jackets, and a down-insulated jacket.
- Please pack underwear, trekking pants, and woolen socks for the trip.
- The following items should be with you: hand sanitizers, hand wash, wet tissues, toothpaste/toothbrush, bath soap, shampoo, moisturizers, laundry soap, garbage bags, sunscreen with -50 SPF, lip guard with -20/-50 SPF, zip-lock bags, and baby wipes or wet towels.
- To go hiking or trekking, you'll need some essential gear. These include trekking poles, a head torch, sandals, lightweight hiking or trekking boots, a 45 to 55-liter rucksack, a duffel bag, water bottles, a refillable pee bottle, a lightweight towel, an umbrella or raincoat, spare batteries, waterproof sacks, a power bank (solar recommended), a journal and pen, a book or board game, as well as some bars and snacks.
- Here is a list of items that might be helpful in case of a medical emergency: Water Purification Tablets, Handy Plaster, Crack Bandage, Tincture, Iodine, Strepsils, Antibiotic, Paracetamol, Aspirin, Sinex, Anti-Diarrhea Capsule/Eldoper, Ibuprofens, Diamox, and Eye Drops.
- Documents to carry: Valid Passport, Valid Visa, 4 PP Size Photo, Insurance Paper (Medical & Rescue) & Contact Address, Family/Company Contact Number & Address, Credit Card
If you miss anything don’t worry. We will escort you to the best places to find the right gear.
Altitude sickness prevention
You might love the mountains but the mountains might not do the same to you.
As you have to elevate to over 5000 meters and have to cover at least a 6-hour hike elevation, altitude sickness might easily strike you. The best way to prevent yourself from mountain sickness is to keep yourself hydrated and take enough rest and sleep.
You should make yourself so much more comfortable spending most of your time of rest sleeping and getting enough water.
On your trip, if you have altitude sickness then take a rest and lower your altitude. You can take a rest and elevate again next time.
Reasons to Choose Himalayan Scenery Treks & Expedition for Two Passes
HST has completed over 1000 trekking expeditions around the nation. We have the best-experienced guides in the field. Along with that HST is going to help you in every step of your trip until and unless you happily complete your trip.
We have even been rated 5.0 stars on TripAdvisor which makes us your best choice as a trekking companion. We have several reasons to give you so that you won’t have to wander anywhere.