3 High Passes Everest Trek

Facts of Trip

Destination: Everest Region, Nepal

Duration: 21 Days

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Trek Duration: 17Days

Group Size: Minimum 1 and Maximum 30

Best Season: March through May and October through November

Max. Altitude: 5545 meters

Transportation: Car and Plane

Activity: : Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking

ACCOMODATION: Hotel/Teahouse

Trip Route:: Kathmandu - Lukla - Namche Bazaar - Chhukung - Kongma La Pass - Kala patthar - Everest Base Camp - Lobuche - Cho La Pass - Gokyo – Renjo La Pass - Namche Bazaar - Lukla -Kathmandu

Trip Highlights

  • The most exciting 3 passes trek that includes Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La
  • Hiking to Everest Base Camp
  • Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the heart of Himalayas. 
  • Visiting ancient Buddhist monasteries, Sherpa villages, ancient trading routes
  • Hiking to Chhukung Ri
  • Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the heart of Himalayas
    Witness the remarkable views of super Gokyo valley, massive Ngozumpa glacier and incredible view of Khumbu Himalayas 
  • Fantastic views of 8,000m peaks like Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Nuptse and Mt. Everest throughout the Everest three passes trek
  • Magnificent view of crystal  Gokyo valley, massive Ngozumpa glacier and incredible view of Khumbu Himalayas. 

The route to Everest Base Camp is said to be one of the most grueling treks around, covering over 60km and climbing up to 28,000 ft, and none are more challenging than our 14-day trek. Test yourself by trekking with us through the high passes – Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La – which tower at over 5,000 metres each and aren’t featured on the standard Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek.

Approaching Everest from the West, you’ll climb Gokyo Ri and Kala Pattar, peaks which reach 5,500 metres and will test even the most experienced trekker. The summit of Chukhung Ri, under the Lhotse-Nuptse Wall may not be as renowned, but offers equally breathtaking views of Everest. Now well into the clouds, you can observe your unique view of snow-peaked mountains and untainted, blue sky.

As Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world, the other peaks which surround it are often forgotten. Our trek will ensure that you get the most from your time on the trail. You’ll see mountains such as Cho Oyu, which ranks number 6 in the world’s highest mountains, amongst other peaks and astounding views.

This once in a lifetime journey begins in Lukla, where you’ll fly to from Kathmandu. The flight itself is incredibly short and rarely takes more than 35 minutes; this gives you time to take in the glorious green, peaked terrain and promises to be an exhilarating flight that you won’t forget.

Once you reach Lukla, the trek begins. Firstly, you’ll visit Namche Bazaar; this unique hillside village is the perfect place to become acclimatised to the altitude, as it stands at just over 11,000 ft above sea level, making it higher than most people are used to without reaching the dizzying heights of the trek to come. The trek then heads towards Thame and then Nangpa Valley.

After this, you’ll encounter Renjo La – the first of the three high passes - which is particularly challenging. A good level of fitness when trekking to EBC is vital; it’ll ensure you can enjoy the trek and appreciate your humbling surroundings, all the while, relishing the physical test.

Moving on from Renjo La, you can get your breath back with a stroll down to the postcard-perfect Gokyo Lakes. Here you will rest, recharge your batteries and have time to either put your camera to use or simply take in the sapphire blue lakes, which are incredibly deep at 62.2 metres.

The first peak you’ll encounter is Gokyo Ri, which is 17,575 ft above sea level. You’ll then move on over the Ngozumpa Glacier and carry on until you reach the base of Cho La. This part of the trek is tricky, as it involves a steep, often-icy, scree to get to the top of the pass. However, you can rest assured that, on our treks, your safety is always paramount and no risks will be taken.

The trek then rejoins the main Everest trail and heads towards Kala Pattar - the base camp itself. You’ll then trek downwards to Lobjue, before making your way to Kongma La, the last of the high passes, followed by the summit of Chukhung, the final peak. Here, the views of the North Ridge, the surrounding area and Cho Oyu are unrivalled.

Coming round in a full circle, the trek brings you back to Lukla through many villages rich in culture and tradition, such as Thyangboche. Once back at Kathmandu, you’ll have a chance to discover the city properly, get a hotel to rest in or simply allow yourself to take in what you’ve just achieved.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft)expand Transfer to Hotel and Trip Preparation

Day 02 : Fly to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) - Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)expand Duration: 35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8 km) trek

Day 03 : Trek to Namche (3440m/11285ft)expand Walking Distance: 5-6 hours (10.7 km) trek

Day 04 : Acclimatization day in Namche

Day 05 : Trek toTengboche(3,860m/12,664ft)expand Walking Distance: 7-8 hours (10 km) trek

Day 06 : Tengboche - Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) -6 hours (10 km) trek

Day 07 : Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization

Day 08 : Trek to Chukkung (4730m/15,518ft)expand Walking Distance: 3-4 hours (4 km) trek

Day 09 : Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft) via Kongma La Pass (5,535m/18,159ft) expand Walking Distance: 8-9 hours (14 km) trek

Day 10 : Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft) – Hike EBC (5,364m/17,598ft)expand Walking Distance: 7-8 hours (13 km) trek

Day 11 : Hike to Kala Patthar(5,550m/18,209ft) – Trek to Dzongla(4,830m/15,879ft)expand Walking Distance:6-7 hours (14 km) trek

Day 12 : Trek to Thaknak (4,680m/15,354ft) via Cho La Pass (5,420m/17,782ft)expand Walking Distance: 7-8 hours (7.5 km) trek

Day 13 : Trek to Gokyo (4,790m/15,715ft)expand Walking Distance: 3-4 hours (5km) trek

Day 14 : Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,360m/17,585ft)expand Walking Distance: 3-4 hours (3.5 km) trek

Day 15 : Trek to Lumde(4368m/14,331ft) via Renjo La Pass(5360m/17,585ft)expand Walking Distance:7-8 hours (12.9 km) trek

Day 16 : Trek to Thame .(3,810m/12,634ft)expand Walking Distance: 3-4 hours (7 km) trek

Day 17 : Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,286ft)expand Walking Distance: 3-5 hours (9 km) trek

Day 18 : Trek to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft)expand Walking Distance: 6-7 hours 19.3 km) trek

Day 19: : Fly back to Kathmandu or Manthali from Lukla

Day 20: : Leisure Day in Kathmandu

Day 21: : Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure

Cost Include

         
  • All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
  • Three nights twin sharing accommodation in deluxe Kathmandu Suite Home  or similar hotel in Kathmandu
  • Three daily meals breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek. We provide private bathrooms with hot showers in Phakding, Namche, and Lukla.
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for two people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla / Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medicine kit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring two passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Cost Exclude

  • Food other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • International flight tickets
  • Nepal visa
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Item of personal nature and trekking gears
  • Any kind of bottle drink and bar bill
  • Staff tips

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft)expand Transfer to Hotel and Trip Preparation Arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, where one of our team members will welcome you and take you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

Day 02Fly to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) - Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)expand Duration: 35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8 km) trek After a quick breakfast, you fly to Lukla. This flight is going to be the most thrilling and memorable flight of your life. On landing at Lukla, you meet with the porters and begin trekking towards Phakding. From Lukla, the trail ascends through dense forests along Dudh Koshi River to Phakding Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 03Trek to Namche (3440m/11285ft)expand Walking Distance: 5-6 hours (10.7 km) trek There are many suspension bridges laden with prayer flag where Dudh Koshi River is following our way up to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the main trading center in khumbu region. It is also known as Gateway to Everest. There are many good facility hotels and restaurant along with proper pubs and cyber cafés. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 04Acclimatization day in Namche We will spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We will also hike up the Syangboche Airport and the Everest View Hotel, one of the highest-placed hotels in the world. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas including Mt Everest. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 05Trek toTengboche(3,860m/12,664ft)expand Walking Distance: 7-8 hours (10 km) trek Continue trekking towards Tengboche along with enjoying superb views of Mt. Kantega, Kusum Kanguru, and Mt. Thamserku. The trail further, descends to a river and lead you to Phunki Tenga. From here, you ascend through lush forests of rhododendron and reach Tengboche Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 06 Tengboche - Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) -6 hours (10 km) trek After having breakfast begin trekking descending through lovely forests of rhododendron. The trail takes you to Imja Khola and crosses a suspension bridge. From here, you walk passing by a long mani wall and reach Pangboche. Further, you trek through summer pastures and reach Dingboche. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 07 Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization Prepare your body for your challenging 5000m ascents by spending a day at Dingboche. Take a hike to Nagarjun Hill that lies next to the village. The climb to this hill does not involve any technical maneuvers. It is a straightforward hike with excellent views of Himalayan peaks and glaciers. You get close up views of Island peak, Imja Glacier, Cholatse and Kantega plus panoramic views of the three highest mountains in the world - Makalu(5th highest) and Lhotse(4th highest). After taking in the views and clicking pictures head down back to the village. Overnight in Dingboche. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 08Trek to Chukkung (4730m/15,518ft)expand Walking Distance: 3-4 hours (4 km) trek Leaving Dingboche behind, you trek through the stone wall field and ascend along Imja Khola Valley. You can see wonderful landscapes while ascending. You reach Bibre and crossing a cold stream, you reach ChhukungOvernight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 09Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft) via Kongma La Pass (5,535m/18,159ft) expand Walking Distance: 8-9 hours (14 km) trek The trek begins early in the morning. You ascend on a narrow rock trail and reach Pokalden Base Camp. You can select to go via any of the possible trails - either climbing over a hill northwest of Chhukung over the moraine of the Nuptse Glacier or descend to the valley to Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. Ascending along the east side of Niyang Khola valley, you turn west and walk through the sloppy stony trial. From here, passes through small frozen lakes and reach Kongma La Pass. The trail then descends to Lobuche for a night's stay.Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10 Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft) – Hike EBC (5,364m/17,598ft)expand Walking Distance: 7-8 hours (13 km) trek Today the trail is of average level up to Gorak Shep. Before heading off to Everest Base Camp, we take lunch and rest at Gorak Shep which takes around 2 hours. If the weather is good, we will be able to see beautiful Himalaya’s all-round. Then we head towards Everest Base Camp. Everest Base Camp is the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment and also highest altitude that most will reach without a climbing permit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. The earthquake which occurred on 25th April 2015 caused some damage on the route of the Everest Base Camp. We return back to Gorak Shep for the night. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11Hike to Kala Patthar(5,550m/18,209ft) – Trek to Dzongla(4,830m/15,879ft)expand Walking Distance:6-7 hours (14 km) trek Early in the morning, you ascend to Kala Patthar, which is a very famous vantage point in the Everest region. From here, you can see glorious sunrise and 360-degree views of the Himalayan Mountains. Spend some time at the viewpoint and descend to Zongla for night stay Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 12Trek to Thaknak (4,680m/15,354ft) via Cho La Pass (5,420m/17,782ft)expand Walking Distance: 7-8 hours (7.5 km) trek Leaving Zongla behind, you gradually ascend to Cho La Pass. The trail will be rocky and steep. Upon reaching the top, you can see wonderful views of many snow-capped mountains like Taboche, Cholatse, Baruntse, Thamserku, etc. From here, you will descend to Thangnak Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 13Trek to Gokyo (4,790m/15,715ft)expand Walking Distance: 3-4 hours (5km) trek Crossing Ngozumpa Glacier on sandy shifting trail and cross the second lake. From here, you will trek and reach the beautiful Gokyo village. Gokyo has become something of a Himalayan resort without the crowd – at least in terms of the comfortable lodges with sun rooms, unbeatable views, excellent food, and warm stoves.Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 14Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,360m/17,585ft)expand Walking Distance: 3-4 hours (3.5 km) trek Early in the morning, we have a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5,483 m. There are ample rewards for those who attempt this trip. You get stunning views of the super Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, including the giants; Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 15 Trek to Lumde(4368m/14,331ft) via Renjo La Pass(5360m/17,585ft)expand Walking Distance:7-8 hours (12.9 km) trek The trail gradually ascends to Renjo La Pass. Upon reaching the pass, you get to see an excellent landscape view. Further, the trail winds down a stone staircase and then scramble over loose scree to reach the south bank of a small lake, Angladumba Tsho. From here, walk through narrow valley clogged with giant boulders and reach Lunde.Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 16 Trek to Thame .(3,810m/12,634ft)expand Walking Distance: 3-4 hours (7 km) trek We start our trek after breakfast. Today, the trail will mostly descend down to to Thame. While on the trail we can see amazing snow peaks. About 150 meters above Thame, there is a Thame Monastery, a picturesque monastery set among the many homes of monks and lay people. It resides on the side of a hill overlooking the valley. This is the site for the spring celebration of the Mani Rimdu festival, held about the middle of May each year. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 17Trek to Namche (3,440m/11,286ft)expand Walking Distance: 3-5 hours (9 km) trek Thame is a traditional Sherpa village that has escaped the crowds trekking to Everest and has one of the oldest monasteries in the region. The village is notably the hometown of Apa Sherpa who has made it to the summit of Everest 21 times! The walk itself is peaceful with excellent views of the mountains as it winds in and out of the forest on the side of the canyon. This day, we continue our journey walking down the hill from Thame. The trek will be easy and short and the final destination for the day and the trip will be at Namche Bazar. Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 18Trek to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft)expand Walking Distance: 6-7 hours 19.3 km) trek After a quick breakfast, descend through Sagarmatha National Park and reach Phakding. From here, the trail ascends to Lukla along the Dudh Koshi River.Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 19:Fly back to Kathmandu or Manthali from Lukla Today, you take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. The flight will be short and scenic. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you move to the hotel Rest of the day is free for you to explore around and relax.overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. Meal includes Breakfast only

Day 20:Leisure Day in Kathmandu It will be always an smart idea to plan for one extra day in our itinerary so that incase of domestic flight delay/cancellation due to bad weather. Due to unpredictable Himalayan weather, flights to Lukla specially gets delayed or canceled. However, if everything went according to the itinerary, one day can be well utilized by embarking for sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. We will be staying overnight at your choice of hotel in Kathmandu. Meal includes only breakfast.

Day 21:Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure Today, you will fly back to your home. One of our airport representatives will take you to the airport as per your flight time and bid you our last goodbye. Breakfast included.

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Please bring:

  • Down Sleeping Bag
  • Down Jacket
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Jumper or fleecy jacket
  • T - shirts
  • Trekking shoes or boots
  • Polypropylene/wool socks
  • Light cotton socks for under wool sock
  • Rucksack
  • Sun hat
  • Woolen hat
  • Gloves
  • Sun block for lips
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Long underwea
  • Insulated pants
  • Nylon windbreaker
  • Nylon wind pants
  • Water bottle
  • Sewing kit
  • Medical & first aid kit
  • Flash light
  • Batteries and Bulbs
  • Swiss army knife
  • Towel and toiletries

Can we do this trek in July / August? Yes, you can. However, July - September is monsoon period in Nepal and the airport in Lukla might be closed due to bad weather. Thus, you should allocate more than 20 days for this trek incase of bad weather.

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