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Treks & Expedition

Everest Three High Passes Trek

Duration
21 days
Max. Elevation
5545m
Group size
Min 1+
Level
DIFFICULT
Transportation
Ktm - Lukla - Ktm by Flight
Best Season
Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV, Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
Accomodation
Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu. Lodge 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 - Thame - Lungden - Renjola Pass - Gokyo - Gokyo Ri - Thangna - Chola Pass - Dzongla - Gorakshep - Kala Patthar - Lobuche - Kongmala Pass - Chhukung - Tyangboche - Namche Bazaar - Lukla - Kathmandu }

Highlights

    • Crossing of three highest Himalayan passes, namely Renjo La (5360m)Cho La (5420m) and Kongma La (5535m)
    • Magnificent mountain views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyo, Amadablam and many more
    • Impressive sight of the emerald Gokyo Lake (4870m), one of the highest wetland sites in the world
    • Visit ancient Buddhist monasteries in Tyangboche, Thame and other places. 

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 (5360m), Cho La (5420m) and Kongma La (5535m). 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 an early-morning breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive you to the domestic airport terminal. You'll receive your boarding pass and fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m), which takes about 35 minutes. The flight offers close views of the Himalayas and picturesque landscapes of hills, farms, and rivers.

Upon arrival in Lukla, you'll begin a 3-hour trek to Phakding (2640m). Starting from Lukla, you'll gently climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Mt. Nupla (5885m), visible in the distance, stands atop the Kongde Ridge. Descending a mountainside path, you'll merge into the route to Everest, enjoying views of 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 is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and faces the Bhote Koshi to the South.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

3440m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

A day for rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. You can walk up to Khumjung to visit a monastery or hike up to Syangboche (3800m) for outstanding views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawoche, and Kwangde.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

3440m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3800m.) takes about four hours. The route turns west from Namche, and the trail is almost level as you head up the Bhote Koshi Valley, once a popular trading route into Tibet. After descending to the Bhote Koshi, the trail climbs steeply to Thame. From here, enjoy good views of the peaks of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde. To the north lies the Nangpa La, the pass leading to Tibet. Thame Gompa overlooks the valley and is the site for the spring celebrations of the Mani Rimdu festival. You can also visit Khumbu Bijuli Power on the banks of the Bhote Koshi. Another worthwhile visit is the Khare Monastery.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

3800m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Rest day at Thame. In addition to this, you can visit Thambuchet and Tashi Lapcha Base Camp, which divides Khumbu from Dolakha. You can also hike to Samdur peak, offering spectacular views of Mt. Everest.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

3800m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Thame to Lungden (3450m.) via Taranga takes about five hours. This day you walk around the villages, enjoying the views of the landscape, vegetation, and mountains.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

4350m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Rest day at Lungden. You can visit Nakpa Valley, which falls on the old trade route to Tibet. Another attraction is to hike to Darkyachhulung peak or visit Marlung, the sacred site of Warfield. You can also trek to Lake Cho Relmo.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

4350m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Lungden to Gokyo (4750m.) via Renjola Pass (5360m.) takes about six hours. On the way, observe local activities like yak herding. The views of the mountains and the chance to experience wildlife add excitement to your trekking.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

5360m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Rest day at Gokyo (4750m.) and excursion in and around Gokyo valley. Make a side trip to the Fifth Lake via Fourth Lake or trek from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Ri looms above the village, offering panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

4750m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek/climb from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5340m.) and trek back to Thangna (4650m.) via Gokyo village takes about four and a half hours. Enjoy the views from Gokyo Ri before descending to Thangna, situated at the shore of the Ngozumpa Glacier.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

5340m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Thangna to Dzongla (4843m.) via Chola pass (5420m.) takes about 5 and half hours. Ascend slightly along the valley towards Chola pass, enjoying panoramic views of various mountains. Descend steeply to Dzongla.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

5420m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Dzongla to Everest Base Camp (5486m.) via Gorakshep (5180m.) and back to Gorakshep takes about 7 hours. Descend and ascend gently, providing excellent views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse wall, and Everest.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

5180m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m) and trek to Lobuche (4250m) takes about 5 and a half hours. Enjoy the panoramic view of Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar before descending to Lobuche.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

5545m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Lobuche to Chhukung (4900m) via Kongmala Pass (5535m) takes about 7 hours. Stay overnight at lodge in Chhukung.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

5535m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Chhukung to Tyangboche (3867m.) takes approximately four hours. Tyangboche offers splendid views of Ama Dablam, lush green hills, and river views.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

3867m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m) takes about 4 hours. Descend steeply and slightly towards Phunki Tenga (3250m), crossing the Dudh Koshi. Enjoy panoramic views of the Khumbu peaks before reaching Namche Bazaar.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Max. altitude

3440m

Accomodation

Lodge

Meals

BLD

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.) takes about six hours. The last day of your trek leads from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Lukla. The trek is pleasant, except for a few short uphill climbs and then stepping 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

Hotel

Meals

Breakfast

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu takes approximately 35 minutes. Lukla - Kathmandu flights are only operated during the morning hours, usually from 6 AM till 11AM. Fierce wind blows across the mountains in the late afternoon and evening making it impossible for planes to operate. You will enjoy this scenic plane ride one more time before getting back to Kathmandu. 

Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Max. altitude

1400m

Accomodation

Hotel

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Fly out from Kathmandu.

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
    • 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
    • Souvenir

    Trekking:

    • One trekking guide 
    • One porter (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
    • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) 
    • Accommodation in lodges during the trek
    • Sleeping bag, down jacket, duffle bag, and trekking sticks if required
    • 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
    • Meals, accommodation, insurance and equipment for the guide and porter
    • 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 guide and porter
    • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (even in case of early arrival from trekking due to any personal or unforeseen reason other 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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