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Nangpa La Pass Trek

Nangpa La Pass Trek

Everest Region
gokyo lake view from nangpa la
Everest view from Nangpa la
Nangpa la

Trip Facts

Duration : 17 Days Max-Altitude : 5,700M Program Type : tea house Best Season : April- May, Jun, and Sep-Oct-Nov Per Day Walking : $1600 Trek Grade : Grade 3:

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should expect to trek above 5416m/17872ft.


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No. of Persons Price per Person
1 Pax $1700
2 Paxes $1600
2-4 Paxes $1580
4-6 Paxes $1570
6-8 Paxes $1560
8-10 Paxes $1550
10-15 Paxes $1500
15+Paxes $1500

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Nangpa La Pass Trek 17 days itinerary

Nangpa La Pass Trek offers an extraordinary journey into the heart of the majestic Himalayas, providing adventure enthusiasts with a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and thrilling trekking experiences. Situated at the border of Nepal and Tibet, this trek takes you through picturesque landscapes, ancient monasteries, and challenging terrains, promising an unforgettable adventure that transcends boundaries. In this comprehensive guide, we delve into the details of the Nangpa La Pass Trek, covering everything from the trail’s highlights to practical tips for a successful and rewarding expedition.

The Trail Unveiled:

Nangpa La Pass is a high-altitude mountain pass located on the border between Tibet and Nepal in the Himalayas. The pass sits at an elevation of approximately 5,716 meters (18,753 feet) and serves as a traditional trade route between Tibet and the Khumbu region of Nepal. It is situated near the border of the Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal. The history of Nangpa La Pass is intertwined with the historical trade and cultural exchanges between Tibet and Nepal. The pass has been used for centuries by Tibetan and Nepalese traders and nomads for transporting goods, primarily salt from Tibet to Nepal and other products in the opposite direction.

The Nangpa La Pass trek commences in the quaint town of Namche Bazaar, a bustling hub in the Khumbu region. From here, trekkers gradually ascend through lush forests, quaint Sherpa villages, and alpine meadows, soaking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, including the iconic Everest.

The trail meanders through Thame village and crosses the challenging Renjo La Pass before descending toward the high-altitude Gokyo Lake. As trekkers navigate the rugged terrain, the scenery evolves from lush green forests to desolate landscapes, revealing the raw and breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas.

Highlights of Nangpa La Pass Trek:

  1. Spectacular Views: One of the main attractions of the Nangpa La Pass Trek is the panoramic views of some of the world’s highest peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. The trek provides ample opportunities for trekkers to witness awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets against the backdrop of these majestic mountains.
  2. Rich Cultural Experience: The trail passes through traditional Sherpa villages, allowing trekkers to immerse themselves in the unique culture and hospitality of the local communities. Visit ancient monasteries, interact with the friendly Sherpa people, and gain insights into their age-old traditions and practices.
  3. Nangpa La Pass: The highlight of the trek is, undoubtedly, crossing the Nangpa La Pass itself. This challenging high-altitude pass offers trekkers a sense of accomplishment as they navigate through snow-covered landscapes and reach the prayer-flag-adorned summit. The panoramic views from the pass are unparalleled, making the journey worthwhile.
  4. Breathtaking Landscapes: The trek takes you through diverse landscapes, from rhododendron forests and terraced fields to high-altitude deserts and glacial moraines. Each day unfolds a new chapter in the visual spectacle, keeping trekkers engaged and enthralled throughout the journey.
  5. Everest Base Camp Extension: For those seeking an added adventure, an extension to the Everest Base Camp can be seamlessly integrated into the Nangpa La Pass Trek. Witness the iconic Everest Base Camp and the Khumbu Icefall, making this trek a holistic experience for mountain lovers.

Practical Tips for a Successful Trek:

  1. Physical Preparation: Nangpa La Pass Trek involves challenging altitudes and terrains. Trekkers should engage in regular physical exercises and endurance training to prepare for the demanding trekking conditions.
  2. Acclimatization: Proper acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. The trek itinerary is designed to allow gradual acclimatization, with rest days strategically placed at higher elevations. Listen to your body, stay hydrated, and follow the guidance of experienced guides.
  3. Packing Essentials: Pack wisely, considering the fluctuating weather conditions. Essentials include layered clothing, a good pair of trekking boots, a reliable backpack, a sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures, and other necessary gear. Consult with your trekking agency for a detailed packing list.
  4. Permits and Documentation: Obtain the required permits for the trek, including the Sagarmatha National Park Permit and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Fee) card. Ensure your travel insurance covers high-altitude trekking and emergency evacuations.
  5. Experienced Guides and Local Support: Engage the services of experienced guides and support staff who are familiar with the region. Local guides provide valuable insights into the culture and ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.
  6. Respect Local Culture: The Himalayan region is culturally rich, and it’s important to respect local customs and traditions. Seek permission before photographing people, and be mindful of local practices when visiting monasteries and villages.


Embarking on the Nangpa La Pass Trek is not just a physical journey; it’s a soul-stirring adventure that takes you to the very roof of the world. The combination of awe-inspiring landscapes, cultural immersion, and the thrill of conquering high-altitude passes makes this trek a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Whether you are an experienced trekker or a passionate adventurer seeking new frontiers, the Nangpa La Pass Trek promises to be an indelible chapter in your Himalayan odyssey. Prepare for an extraordinary adventure that transcends geographical boundaries and leaves you with memories to last a lifetime.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800m) and Trek to Phakding (2,600m) Take a scenic flight to Lukla and commence the trek to Phakding. Approximately 3-4 hours of trekking.
  • Day 2: Trek from Phakding (2,600m) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) Traverse the picturesque trail to Namche Bazaar, the bustling gateway to the Khumbu region.  Approximately 5-6 hours of trekking.
  • Day 3: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar Spend a day acclimatizing in Namche Bazaar. Explore the vibrant local market and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding peaks.
  • Day 4: Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m) to Thame (3,820m) Embark on a scenic trek to Thame, a historic village along the route less traveled. Approximately 5-6 hours of trekking.
  • Day 5: Trek from Thame (3,820m) to Marulung (4,150m) Continue the trek, passing through Marulung and experiencing the unique cultural landscape. Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking.
  • Day 6: Trek to Lunag (5,070m) Ascend to Lunag, a high-altitude destination with breathtaking mountain vistas. Approximately 5-6 hours of trekking.
  • Day 7: Trek to Dzasampa (5,400m) Trek to Dzasampa, surrounded by pristine Himalayan landscapes. Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking.
  • Day 8: Trek to Nangpa Glacier (5,700m) Reach the awe-inspiring Nangpa Glacier, a highlight of the trek.
  • Experience the unique beauty of this high-altitude landscape. Approximately 5-6 hours of trekking.
  • Day 9: Excursion around Nangpa La Pass (5,716m) Embark on an exhilarating excursion around Nangpa La Pass, soaking in panoramic views. A day dedicated to exploring the pass and its surroundings.
  • Day 10: Trek to Lunag (5,070m) Descend to Lunag, retracing your steps and reflecting on the journey.
  • Approximately 5-6 hours of trekking.
  • Day 11: Trek to Aire (4,910m) Trek to Aire, a serene location surrounded by towering peaks.
  • Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking.
  • Day 12: Trek to Gokyo (4,790m) Crossing Renjo La Pass (5,360m) Cross the challenging Renjo La Pass and descend to the stunning Gokyo Valley. Witness the mesmerizing Gokyo Lakes. Approximately 7-8 hours of trekking.
  • Day 13: Trek to Dole (4,110m) Descend to Dole, passing through beautiful landscapes. Enjoy the tranquility of this lesser-explored region. Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking.
  • Day 14: Trek to Khumjung (3,780m) Trek to Khumjung, a culturally rich village with a school founded by Sir Edmund Hillary. Explore the local monasteries and immerse yourself in Sherpa culture. Approximately 5-6 hours of trekking.
  • Day 15: Trek to Monjo Descend to Monjo, passing through charming villages along the way. Reflect on the incredible experiences of the trek. Approximately 5-6 hours of trekking.
  • Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2,800m) Conclude the trek with a final day of walking to Lukla. Celebrate the accomplishment with the trekking team. Approximately 5-6 hours of trekking.
  • Day 17: Fly Back to Kathmandu (1,310m) - Free Afternoon

Cost Included

  • Domestic flight tickets covering the routes from Kathmandu to Lukla and back to Kathmandu are included in the trek package.
  • You will have a diverse culinary experience with a choice of Italian, Chinese, Nepali, Indian, and other European cuisines provided three times a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
  • Accommodations will be arranged in tea houses by the specified itinerary.
  • A kit bag will be provided for the secure storage of your belongings during the trek.
  • For a comfortable night's sleep in sub-zero temperatures, a sleeping bag rated for minus-25 degrees will be supplied.
  • The trek package covers the necessary permits, including the Everest National Park Entrance Permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit.
  • You will be accompanied by an experienced English-speaking trekking guide who holds a government license. Additionally, there will be Sherpa helpers (porters) at a ratio of 1 porter for every 2 participants.
  • All expenses related to the guide and porter, including meals, accommodation, salary, and insurance, are covered in the package.
  • The trek package also includes all essential paperwork, government fees, and local taxes.
  • Upon completing the trek, you will receive a certificate of appreciation from Nepal Wilderness Trekking.

Cost Excluded

  • international flight fares are not included in the package and should be arranged separately.
  • Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, the entry visa fees for Nepal will vary based on the duration of your stay: $25-30 for 15 days and $40-50 for 30 days.
  • Accommodations and meals in Kathmandu before and after the trek are not covered in the package.
  • Personal equipment suitable for high-altitude and cold temperatures is not provided and should be arranged individually.
  • Emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation costs are covered by your travel insurance.
  • Expenses related to beverages, soft and caffeinated drinks (such as coke and beer), drinking water/mineral water, dessert, hot showers, and laundry are not included in the package.
  • Gratuities for the guide and porter are not incorporated and should be provided separately.
  • Excluded from the package are any costs and expenses not explicitly listed under "cost includes."
  • Unforeseen circumstances or delays beyond the control of the management, such as landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, changes in government policies, strikes, etc., are not covered in the package and may incur additional expenses.


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