Everest Three Passes Trek - 17 days

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Duration
17 days
Max. Elevation
5555m
Group size
1-20
Level
MODERATE
Transportation
All ground transportation & Domestic Flight
Best Season
During spring season (March to May) and autumn season (September to November).
Accomodation
We will be staying at 3 *** Hotel in Kathmandu, and Normal Hotel during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis
Meals
Breakfast ,dinner in Kathmandu and all meal during the Everest Three pass trek
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu -Lukla -Everest Base Camp Trek -Gokyo Lake -Namache -Lukla -Kathmandu

Highlights

    • Over half an hour of Scenic & Adventurous Mountain Flight (Kathmandu – Lukla)
    • Sherpa culture & tradition
    • World’s highest situated National Park the Sagarmatha National Park
    • Leaving footprints at the foothill of the world’st tallest mountain Mt. Everest
    • Sunrise from Kalapathar (5545 m) and Sunset from Gokyo Ri
    • Mountain vistas of over 3 dozen mountains
    • Exploration of Highest altitude Freshwater Lake System at Gokyo
    • Covers almost every trails of Upper Khumbu region
Everest Three High Passes Trek
Everest Three High Passes Trek is the most thrilling and strenuous walking journey. It endows the trekking marathon experience. There are five arduous hiking activities during the trip. Kongma la pass, Kalapathar Hike, Chola Pass, Gokyo Ri Hike and Renjo La Pass are five challenging places to do trekking.
Yes, trekking on this trail is very challenging. However, you will get unforgettable experience of wilderness mountainous adventure at an abode of Mt. Everest. The journey tests your limit and teaches you the proper way of life. As you keep on crossing the high altitude passes and reach the top you will start to realize the very essence of life. In precise the journey of Everest Three High Passes Trek teaches us the life lesson.
Even if the trekking is arduous there is a plethora of highlights. Some of the highlights of the trekking are as follows.
If you add few more days in your Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary, the Everest Three High Passes Trek is possible. It is the best chance to explore the less trekked trails of Khumbu. Moreover, while crossing high altitude passes like Chola and Kongma La trekkers experience the mini mountaineering moments. Apart from the thrill of walking at high altitude diversified vegetation too is the major highlight. Trekking starts at temperate forest zone and reaches up to tundra belt and again return back to temperate. While roaming around these forests belts trekkers also encounter diversified wild animals.
Activity Breakdown: 
Kathmandu to Lukla Flight
Kathmandu to Lukla Flight is considered as one of the most adventurous mountain flights. In a twin otter plane travelers fly above hills and through narrow valleys. The airport where the plane lands at Lukla is considered as the most extreme airport.
Food and accommodation
While travelers are at mountain doing trekking the agency provides the full board meal system. Except in Kathmandu the accommodation is at teahouses or lodges. However, you can change your accommodation style up to Namche Bazaar. There are few luxury resorts at Lukla, Phakding and Namche Bazaar. Beyond Namche Bazaar, travelers have no other choice than to stay at teahouses.
Food depends upon the availability in the teahouse where travelers rest for overnight sleep. However, in Kathmandu travelers are given breakfast at hotel. The agency will also treat the clients with one welcome dinner and one farewell dinner.
Sherpa Villages
Everest Three High Passes is also called the Everest Circuit or Round Trek. Therefore, it traverses through lots of Sherpa villages. The most noticeable one is Thame. This village is known as the village of Everest climbers. After crossing the Renjo La Pass while returning back to Namche Bazaar travelers stop by at Thame.
It is always the best place to understand the mindset of Sherpa people and learn about their lifestyle at their own backyard. There are few monasteries with great significance as well like Tengboche Monastery. The biggest festival of Sherpa people the Mani Rimdu Festival is celebrated at this monastery.
Trail takes to numerous off the beaten hamlets too. Therefore, it is the rare chance to see the intrepid Sherpa in their own comfort zone.
Sagarmatha National Park
This national park is highest situated UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE listed park. It is home of unique wonders of Mother Nature (mountains, forests and wildlife). The park provides the chilling yet mesmerizing memories. From lofty Himalayas to green lush forests of National Park definitely inspire travelers. In fact every day is awe-inspiring while travelers are on Everest Three High Passes Trek.
Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathar
Everest Base Camp is iconic place in the earth. It is the foothill of the World’s Tallest Mountain Mt. Everest. To leave your footprints at such place is not an ordinary. It is special and extraordinary. Similarly the sunrise experience from the top of Kalapathar is equally mesmerizing.
The sight of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse looks as if it is in just a touching distance from the top of Kalapathar. The best view from the top is considered to be of Khumbu Ice Fall.
Kongma La (5528 m), Cho La (5420 m) and Renjo La ( 5360 m)
The first high altitude pass during Everest Three High Passes Trek is Kongma La. It is very technical as well as scenic. Moreover, the pass is the most arduous one in comparison to other two passes.
After crossing the Kongma La the trekkers visit Everest Base Camp and does the Kalapathar sunrise hike before heading to cross the Chola Pass.
Chola Pass is in between Lobuche of Everest Base Camp Trail and Gokyo Lake. Before trekkers cross the final high pass called Renjo La they will hike the magnificent Gokyo Ri. The panoramic view of mountains on the 360 degree view is worthwhile. It is indeed the photographer’s paradise as you can see the vista of blue turquoise lake and mountains in one single frame.
Renjo La is the last high altitude pass on this trekking. Beyond Renjo La trekkers encounter the Sherpa on their own village. The name of the village is Thame and it is one of the most popular villages which have numerous Everest Climbers as well as record holder.
Book the Everest Three High Passes Trek in Nepal with us. We ensure that your trekking is hassle free. Our years of experience will not let you fail to complete the course. Everest trekking always requires the meticulous planning. The agency is very much aware about our client’s investment on traveling. Therefore, with us every clients will get the impeccable amount of services and liberality.

Important Note

We  try to depart on the scheduled itinerary, we cannot promise to guarantee fixed departure only in case of flight cancellation, delays. we request you to plan out extra few days in case the weather does not stay in our favor.  Since your safety is our uttermost priority, we also request you to follow your team leaders and your guides’ since they are trained and experienced in this particular area. We can arrange to occupy your day with adventures and exploration activities to utilize the day.
Weather condition in the Himalayas is also subject to change which can be an obstruction during your travels. Since obstacles are unpredictable, Nepal Adventure pilgrimage Treks & Expedition facilitates our customers to arrange helicopter service if needed (at extra cost). We can arrange helicopter service during the time of flight delays/ cancellation and during personal preferences.  Since helicopters can fly in arduous circumstances compared to airplanes.

Trip Itinerary

on arrival at airport we will welcome you and transfer to you hotel.Evening welcome dinner with Nepali cultural dance show.Overnight at Hotel.

Wake up morning then heading to Airport for the 35 minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla at 2804meters. After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sorts and loads our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Koshi River where we join the main trail toNamche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m) it is a short walk to Phakding. Overnight at Guesthouse.

We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar known as the Gateway to Everest is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchanges, internet cafes and bakeries. Namche is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Relaxing day in Namche Bazaar.We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air, as well as a short trek where a museum is celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. Today we hike up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Relaxing day in Namche Bazaar.We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air, as well as a short trek where a museum is celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. Today we hike up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Wake up early in the moning then having breakfast then trek to Dingboche.From Tengboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We take our time so we avoid getting affected by the altitude. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Today you can enjoy another day for acclimatization. We will have a trip to Chhukung valley via the Imja Khola valley to get a marvelous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse’s massive south wall, in the evening Overnight Chhukung at Guesthouse.

We start at first light from Chhukung, as we have to conquest highest pass of the trip today. We carry plenty of water and some snacks and a packed lunch as there is no Lodges on the way. We really enjoy the remoteness of the area and absolute nature. We can select to go via any of the possible trails- either taking a climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung over the moraine of the Nuptse Glacier or we might walk back down the valley to Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. Just after some walk there are great views of Island peak valley and jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha. Ascending along the east side of Niyang Khola valley, we turn west and walk through the sloppy stony trial. We enter a wide basin dotted with small frozen lakes. The trail rises over loose scree gaining the Kongma La after about five hours we leave Chhukung. Upon reaching the top, we seen cairn wrapped in prayer flags,-marks of the pass. Behind us is the landscape of icy lakes ahead down of which is the Khumbu Glacier. The final descent is the most difficult stage of the trek today, upon climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche.

The trail follows windy and rocky path with crest of north ridge to Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse, etc. Trail continues along side of Khumbu Glacier to Gorakshep. Check in to Hotel, Lunch and afternoon set out to visit world’s highest base camp Everest Base Camp. Base Camp has no view of Mt. Everest but fantastic view of Khumbu Icefall and colorful camp site of Everest expedition during expedition season

The trail climbs 2/3 hrs. up to Kala Patthar (5545 m/18192 ft) early in the morning to see first day sun light from top of the world (Mt. Everest) This is milestone of the trek to inspect panoramic view with the fantastic sunrise over Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nupte, Mt. Ama Dablam and many more After accomplish Kala Patthar, trek down to Gorakshep and retrace down to Lobuche. After Lunch, the path to Dzonglha branches off from the main trail some distance from Lobuche. After crossing a stream we come through a fork and later curving round to the wide gravelly river bed of the stream as it flows southwestward, the trail runs across it and climbs the ridge ahead. From the grassy ridge ahead, as the trail runs across to southeast from where we can see soaring heights of Ama Dablam and Kangtega-Thamserku while Tawache looms prominently ahead. Pheriche village is also visible down in the valley floor. As the ridge veers northward, the vast Cho La Lake spreads below Mt. Cholatse . The lake stays with us over a long stretch until we descend to a wide basin. The trail climbs up a spur and descends steeply to another broad basin. After an hour walk transverse from the basin and shortly after crossing a wobbly bridge, we reach Dzonglha.

we are greeted by the mesmerizing sight of Cholatse looming over. Today is going to be one of the toughest days of our trip. The walk begins as we transverse through a spur extending westward from Dzongla. The path descends to a basin across which meanders a murmuring stream crusted with ice at places. In about an hour, we reach the top of the basin readying for the triumph on ChoLa. As we gain height, the view back gets increasingly more captivating; the Cho La Lake begins to appear and the Ama Dablam in its pyramidal incarnation presides over a range of mountains on the south as Cholatse soars on the west. Climbing the incline is not easy; itwe are greeted by the mesmerizing sight of Cholatse looming over. Today is going to be one of the toughest days of our trip. The walk begins as we transverse through a spur extending westward from Dzongla. The path descends to a basin across which meanders a murmuring stream crusted with ice at places. In about an hour, we reach the top of the basin readying for the triumph on ChoLa. As we gain height, the view back gets increasingly more captivating; the Cho La Lake begins to appear and the Ama Dablam in its pyramidal incarnation presides over a range of mountains on the south as Cholatse soars on the west. Climbing the incline is not easy; it is steep, but made worse by boulders over some of which we will have to scramble. We need to be alert as rocks can be glazed by ice. The final climb to the ChoLa can be a little tricky as the trail curves round the bergschrund. Upon reaching the top, we see prayer flags, strung across cairns, flapping in the strong wind. Scenery of majestic peaks in all directions is breathtaking. Although long, the path leading down to Thangnak can be easily made out from the pass because it is just decent but can be hazardous if rocks are glazed by ice, a bit of cautiousness is needed. We reach Thangnak, a rather more substantial hamlet with a small village. Stepping out of the settlement, we are greeted by fabulous mountain views. The trail brings us to the Ngozumpa glacier edge after short walk, which is longest glacier in Nepal. Reaching the other side of the glacier, we get view of the second of the Gokyo lakes on the series of six lakes. A short distance away is the third Gokyo Lake. On the edge of this lake stands the Gokyo Village where we finally give rest to our tired body.

The views in the Gokyo region are tremendous. For the best view, climb Gokyo Ri (5350 m) the small peak above the lake. The peak of 5350m is sometime called Kala Pathar (not to be confused with the Kala Pathar above Gorakshep, though the view is similar) It is a two- hours climb to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyanchung King, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, Tawache and many more. Those with more time and energy can make a trip up the valley to another lake, marked with the name Ngazumpa on the maps, or even beyond to a fifth lake. There are several small peaks in this in this region that offer vantage points for the surrounding peaks and views of the Nangpa La, the old trade route into Tibet.

We need to start at dawn today as we have to trace our trail up to Marlung (4210m), after conquest of Renjo La (5345m). as there is no alternative to Marlung for overnight today. The path climbs gently up the flank of Gokyo Ri and then zigzags precariously up a finger of gray scree above the northwest corner of the lake. We proceed early down from the Gokyo Valley, We leave the main trail and turn to Renjo La trail by Dudh Pokhari. After about 3 hours, we gain the Renjo La where a dazzling vista awaits. The Everest itself, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche can be seen shining in the sun. Views from Renjo La are much like that from Gokyo Ri with third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the gray smear of Ngozumpa Glacier. Continuing on from the pass, the trail winds down a stone staircases and then scramble over loose scree to reach the south bank of a small lake, Angladumba Tsho. Presence of ice on the trail while descending down can make our descend a bit hazardous. Along the way we see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. However, we walk down through narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Lumde where there is a support Lodge but it can be closed often. We walk almost for an hour from Lumden (4350m) to get to Marlung on the east bank of the Bhote Kosi.

The descent from Marulung to Thame follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. Down from the Marulung we cross the Bhote Kosi and descend to Taranga. The trail then goes through the valley of Langmuche Khola. This stream drains down from Dig Tsho, the glacial lake that burst its banks in 1985, causing devastating floods along the Dudh Kosi Valley to moraine to Thame. Thame has a sprawling village with a few lodges and stunning mountains like Thamserku, Katenga, Kusum Kangguru, etc. Overlooking Thame is its famous Gompa situated some the fields, on a hill to the west. Established some 325 years ago, the Gompa has three big images of Chenresig (Avalokiteswara), Guru Rimpoche, Buddha Sakyamuni. Colorful Mani Rimdu festival featuring colorful mask dances is held in this Gompa in May. We climb down after crossing a bridge after then eventually reach Samde. The place offer breathtaking views. The path steeply descends down to Thamo village which hosts a monastery called Khari Goma which is a nunnery being home to some nuns and monks. After passing through a check post, we come to the world`s highest hydroelectric power station built on Austrian help. The project provides electricity to most parts of upper Khumbu. We reach small village of Phurte where there is Laudo monastery which is run by Kopan monastery of Bouddhanath in Kathmandu and is popular among the westerners for Buddhist study and meditation center. We eventually reach Namche again through some Gompas, colorful prayer flags, Mani walls and Chortens.

Having breakfast then heading to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like a lifetime ago; enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part and also giving you time to explore the town. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Kathmandu, we will transfer you hotel. Relaxing and buy souvenir. Overnight at Kathmandu.

The journey within the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today!We will transfer you airport as per your flight time.

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Includes

    • Airport pick up and drop by a private vehicle
    • 2 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at (3* Hotel) with breakfast Welcome dinner or farewell dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance
    • Trekking permits, National Park entrance fee and TIMS (Trekkers Security Card) permits
    • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets and departure tax
    • Accommodations on a trek (Lodge/ Tea house)
    • 5 Hot showers (Attached bathroom) on a trek
    • All breakfast and 1 special dinners in Kathmandu
    • Three meals (Lunch/Dinner/Breakfast) a day during the trek
    • Purified drinking water (Medicated proof & safe)
    • Fresh fruits after every dinner (During the trek)
    • Licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
    • A porter (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
    • Insurance of Guide and Porters
    • All required local tax and Gov tax
    • Down jackets and sleeping bags (Rental basis)
    • Official Trekking T- Shirt, Official duffel bag &Trekking Route Map (As a souvenir) Nepal Adventure Pilgrimage certificate (after completion the trek)
    • xi-meter: To check , heart rating and oxygen saturation to Everest three pass trek and return
    • First Aid Service (Basic)

Doesn't Include

    • Nepal visa fee: Nepal entry visa : US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days
    • International Airfare
    • Entrance fee during the sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • Travel & Health Insurance – Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (Most recommended)
    • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Any alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, boiled & mineral water, beverages etc during the trek.
    • Tips for trekking & other employed staffs.
    • Hot shower, battery charges (available in trek with extra cost or free in some lodges).
    • Any other cost, which is not mentioned in cost includes items as above

Complimentary

    • Welcome and Farewell Dinner at Nepalese Style Cultural Restaurant
    • Shopping assistance around Thamel
    • Any kinds of secretarial and clerical works

Packing List

  • Rucksack or daypack (30 liters) with waterproof cover
  • Trekking pants and waterproof trousers
  • T-shirts or shirts
  • Down jacket
  • Wind/ waterproof light jacket
  • Fleece jumper or jacket
  • Inner Thermal (top and trouser)
  • Socks and underwear
  • Sunglasses, sun hat, woolen cap, or balaclava
  • Inner and outer gloves
  • Headlamp, power bank, and extra batteries
  • Sun protection cream, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer
  • Towel, flip-flop or rubber sandal, toiletries
  • Water bottle and water purification tablets
  • 4 season Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner

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