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Treks & Expedition

Everest Three High Passes Trek

Duration
20 days
Max. Elevation
5545m
Group size
Min 1+
Level
DIFFICULT
Transportation
Flight
Best Season
Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV, Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
Accomodation
2-3 Star Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu. Lodge or Camping Accommodation during Trek
Meals
3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Starts at/ Ends at
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Trip Route
{ Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding - Namche Bazaar - Tyangboche - Dingboche - Chhukung - Chhuking Ri - Kongma La Pass - Lobuche - Gorakshep - Everest Base Camp - Gorakshep - Kala Patthar - Dzongla - Thagna - Gokyo - Renjo La - Lungden - Thame - Namche Bazaar - Lukla - Kathmandu }

Highlights

Overview

Everest is undoubtedly a paradise for trekkers and travellers alike. Among many trekking routes in Everest, Everest Three Passes Trek in particular is the longest and most adventurous trekking route there is. 
 
As the name suggests, Everest 3 Passes involves crossing of three highest Himalayan passes, namely Renjo La (5300m), Cho La (5420m) and Kongma La (5545m). The 3 Passes are rugged high passes that link the major valleys of the Everest Region. Crossing them and climbing the peaks of Kala Pathar (5545m) and Gokyo Ri (5360m) provides an unforgettable Himalayan experience.
 
All along the trekking trail you will be greeted with magnificent mountain views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyo, Amadablam and many more. The 3 passes will be a vantage point for capturing these mountains in its full glory. The impressive sight of the emerald Gokyo Lake (4870m), one of the highest wetland sites in the world, is something you will not miss on this trek. 
 
Whilst passing through numerous villages, you will have a quality time in the buzzing town of Namche for acclimatization and cultural exploration. Prepare to immerse yourself in the unique Sherpa culture and hospitality and appreciate local cuisines. Opportunities remain galore for you to visit ancient Buddhist monasteries in Tyangboche, Thame and other places.  
 
Everest Three passes trek is physically very demanding but the rewards are high. Although you have to cross the three high passes above 5000 m, you do not require any technical climbing skills. Anyone with sound fitness and good health can complete the trek.

Important Note

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

Trip Itinerary

On your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be greeted with flower garlands/Khadas. Our representative will then take you to your hotel. If time prevails, you will visit office for paperwork.

Stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Max. altitude

1400m

Accomodation

Hotel

Today, you will visit popular world heritage monuments in Kathmandu including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath, and Pashupatinath. Alternatively, you can choose Bhakatapur and Patan sightseeing.  By late afternoon you will drive back to your hotel.

Stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Max. altitude

1400m

Accomodation

Hotel

Meals

Breakfast

After early-morning breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive to the domestic airport terminal. Receive your boarding pass and fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) that takes about 35 minutes. The flight offers you up close views of the Himalayas and romantic landscapes of hills, farms and rivers.

On arrival to Lukla, you will begin 3 hours trek to Phakding (2640 m.). You start your trek from Lukla with a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Mt. Nupla (5885m) which can be seen in the distance is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a wonderful valley to your right; and Mt. Kusum Kang (6367m.) to the far end.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

2886m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) takes approximately five hours. Namche Bazaar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Bhote Koshi.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

3440m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

A day for rest at Namche Bazaar (3440m.) for acclimatization. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For acclimatization you walk up to Khumjung where you can visit a monastery. You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawoche, and Kwangde and so on. Or you can take an hour's walk up to Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for an outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m.) takes about five hours. As you climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view appears. You continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by the lamas which marks your entry into Tyangboche (3860m).

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

3867m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD
Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260m.) takes approximately five hours. Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

4260m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD
Trek from Dingboche (4350m.) to Chhukung (4730m.) and it takes about four hours. The trail gradually ascends up to the Chhukung. On the way, you can see summer huts made especially for keeping the livestock’s in summer time. Along this, you enjoy the beautiful mountain views in and around the valley.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

4350m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD
Trek from Chhukung to Chhukung Ri (5546m.) and then to Lobuche (4930m.) via Kongma La Pass (5535m) and it takes almost nine hours. From Chhukung Ri you can have a view of Mt. Nuptse (7896m.), Mt.Lhotse (8511m.), Baruntse peak (6800m.),Ama Dablam peak (6856m.),Thamserku peak (6608m.), Konde Ri or peak (6187m.), Tawoche peak (6542m.), Cholotse peak (6441m.) and more. Now you begin your trek to Lobuche via Dongla which offers you panoramic view of the mountains along the way. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

5546m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5486m.) via Gorakshep (5180m.) and back to Gorakshep for overnight stay takes about seven hours. Trek up the valley following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial ponds and icebergs down below of the Khumbu glacier. Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley. Now the trail winds through a rocky path and the Khumbu glacier. The view of Nuptse, Lho-La and Khumbutse appears at the front of you.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Accomodation

5486

Meals

BLD
Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and trek to Dzongla (4620m.) takes about six hours. While trekking from Gorakshep the route descends gently up to Lobuche. Now, the narrow path stretches at a flat level along the riverbed for some distance and the route suddenly goes upward to Dzongla. It gives you excellent views of Lobuche, Lobuche west, Chola Tse and Tabuche.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

5545m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD
Trek from Dzongla to Thagna (4650m.) takes about five and half hours. The early part of the trek goes through flat stone path for an hour passing through an arid valley. Now, you head towards steeply ascent path as you reach Chola glacier. You walk for half an hour along the icy trails. After you reach Chola pass the route moves down through a stony path until you reach Phedi. Those who go for a camping trek camp around here and enjoy their lunch. The path goes up and down for some distance and you arrive at a ridge. From here you climb down up to Thagna. It is a small village with few lodges and tea shops. You can catch a glimpse of Machermo peak and some others. People here mostly grow potato, buck wheat, wheat and some green vegetables.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

4650m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD
Trek from Thagna to Gokyo (4750m.) which takes about four hours. To reach Gokyo your trails move along the glacier route until you reach the first lake. The trek is easier over flat path following Dudh Koshi stream up to Gokyo. It is a windy valley and situated near the third lake. At Gokyo you are stunned by the natural beauty of Dudh Pokhari Lake.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

4750m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Rest day at Gokyo and excursion in and around Gokyo valley. Gokyo is a trade centre where the Sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. This day you can make a side trip to the Fifth Lake via Fourth Lake.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

4750m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD
Trek from Gokyo to Lungden via Renjo La (5360m) takes about seven hours. From Renjo La, you can see close view of snow several capped mountains including Everest.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

5360m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD
Trek from Lungden to Thame (3800m.) takes about four hours. Thame is a place where you can visit many ancient monasteries. You will be able to experience the real Sherpa culture and at the most, from Thame you can take a glance at the beautiful mountain peaks.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

3800m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD
Trek Thame to Namche Bazaar (3440m.). The trail descends gently for early one hour to Sanasa (3550m.). Now you have a glimpse of first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous teashops, the trail descends steeply to a bridge over the river Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga (3250m.) Tyangboche is famous passing by several villages and numerous teashops; the trail ascends steeply to Sanasa where local Sherpa people sell the Tibetan goods. The way from Sanasa to Namche Bazaar has small ups and downs with view of forests, scenery and mountains.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

3440m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886m.) takes about six hours. The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for few short uphill climbs and then down to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you to Lukla for your overnight stay.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

2886m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu takes about 35 minutes. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Max. altitude

1400m

Accomodation

Hotel

Meals

Breakfast
As per your flight schedule, our airport representative will transfer you from your hotel to the airport for your final departure.

Max. altitude

1400m

Meals

Breakfast
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Includes

    Kathmandu:

    • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
    • 3 night hotel accommodation with breakfast at 3 star standards hotel
    • One day city sightseeing with an English speaking tour guide and private vehicle
    • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
    • Souvenirs

    Trekking:

    • One trekking guide (if there are 10 or more participants, we will provide 2 trekking guides)
    • One porter for every 2 trekking participants (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
    • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
    • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
    • Trekking equipments: Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags and trekking poles
    • Entry permit for Sagarmatha National Park
    • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
    • Local government entrance fee
    • Flight tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
    • Insurance and equipments for the guides and porters
    • First aid kit
    • Tax, VAT and our service charge
    • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)

Doesn't Include

    • Personal nature expenses (Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages)
    • Travel insurance
    • Tips for involved staffs
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu (even in case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking due to any personal reason than the scheduled itinerary)

Equipment List

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking.

General Items

Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)

Clothing Items

Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff  

Sun-worn Items

Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm

Gadgets

Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries), 

Liquid/Snacks

Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks

Medical Essentials

First Aid Kit

Optional

Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc

Additional items for camping trek

Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses

Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price.

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