Everest Three Passes Trek

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Trip Overview

“The urge to achieve the optimum result makes us try to go further than our very own potential.”

Everest Three Passes Trek offers complete and ultimate trekking experience in the region covering the Everest region and Gokyo region as well. More strenuous trek than the classical Everest base camp trek, this involves ascend and descend in more rough and rocky terrain and perfectly matches the intent of the trekkers who wish to experience the challenge of the region. Climb to the challenging passes above 5000m, such as Cho La Pass (5380m), Renjo La Pass (5388m) and Kongma La Pass (5535m) and smaller peaks such as Gokyo Ri makes this trekking trail a dream challenge to the daredevils. Besides these challenges, in Everest Three Passes Trek, trekkers also explore the marvelous landscape generally not explored; observe the unseen side of Sherpa lifestyle and culture besides all other elements found in the classical trekking expedition in the region.

This challenging Everest Three Passes Trek begins after a short and scenic flight to Lukla, the gateway to Everest region and trek to popular stoppage place for trekkers in the region, the village of Phakding. Suspension bridges clad with colorful prayer flags, chortens, prayer wheels and stones, dense and colorful forest, caravan of fellow trekkers and locals and the view of humongous mountains are common sight till we reach the colorful and vibrant Namche Bazaar. It is popular as the traditional market of inborn mountaineers, fascinating views of mountains and perfect fit for acclimatization before proceeding for further adventure in the region.  We branch off from the main trail to Everest Base Camp and head for Thame village and then to Nangpa valley under Everest Three Passes Trek. Accompanied by roaring Bhote Koshi River, we ascent up towards the Gokyo valley crossing over one of the passes , the Renjo La Pass (5388m) to reach the turquoise watered Gokyo Lakes and beautiful Gokyo village perched by one of the Gokyo lakes. Next will be the ascent to Gokyo Ri which provides breathtaking view of panoramic Himalayas including Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu and others besides majestic Ngozompa Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal. Everest Three Passes Trek further proceeds across the glacier and crosses another challenging Cho La Pass and head for iconic Kala Patthar and the ultimate destination of Everest Base Camp through Dzongla, Dughla Lobuche and other stoppages en route. After successful descent we shall descent to Lobuche again and through the route from Marlung to Nangpa La and then to Thame, we rejoin the classical Everest Base Camp trail. Accompanied by Dudh Koshi River and looked over by Himalayas we retrace our steps to Namche, Lukla and then to Kathmandu to complete the circuit of this trek.

Everest Three Passes Trek requires trekkers to have previous trekking experiences in similar climate. Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and spring (March-May) are the best season for the trek in this trekking route. You have the chance to witness rare wildlife, wander in the strenuous terrain, and observe lively Sherpa culture and ancient monuments in this trek. We are ever present to make your trek easier, comfortable and more memorable. If you enjoy the adventure, challenges and strenuous trekking in the Himalayas, go for Everest Three Passes Trek!

 

Itinerary Overview

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival and transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla by flight and trek to Phakding (2610m) 3 hours

Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hours

Day 04: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar Rest day

Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3870m) 4 hours

Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) 6 hours

Day 07: Acclimatization in Dingboche (4410m)        

Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Chhukum (4730m) 3 hours

Day 09: Trek from Chhukum to Lobuche [via Kongma La, 5535m]  (4940m) 6 hours

Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep [via EBC, 5380m] (5164m) 7-8 hours

Day 11: Trek from Gorakshep to Lobuche [via Kala Patthar, 5545m] (4940m) 5 hours

Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Dzonglha (4200m) 3 hours

Day 13: Trek from Dzonglha to Gokyo [via Cho La pass, 5420m] (4750m) 8 hours

Day 14: Gokyo [visit to GokyoRi, 5330m] (4750m) Rest Day

Day 15: Trek from Gokyo to Lungde [via Renjo La, 5340m] 6 hours

Day 16: Trek from Lungde to Thame  (3800m) 2-3 hours

Day 17: Trek fromThame to Namche Bazaar  (3440m) 3 hours

Day 18: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2610m) 4 hours

Day 19: Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2850m) 2-3 hours and fly to Ktm

Day 20: Final Departure

Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival and transfer to Hotel

Welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will come at the airport for your pick up. After you are greeted, you are transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu. We recommend you to take proper rest or some sleep if you are jet-lagged. In the afternoon, you can stroll around the city as well as visit our office. The day is also the last opportunity for you to buy any last minute trekking equipment. Short briefing about our trip will be in the evening. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla by flight and trek to Phakding (2610m) 3 hours

We wake up early morning and take a morning flight to Lukla, a popular town in Everest region. The flight is exhilarating one since it offers great aerial views as we fly amidst the grand Himalayas. After landing at Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, we have breakfast in the guest house there and begin our trek towards Phakding. It takes about 3 hours of trekking to reach Phakding. After the first hour of our descent, we will be at Cheplung village from where we can catch the glimpse of Mt. Khumbila, a holy mountain which has never been climbed. Continuing our descent, we reach Phakding where we stay at guesthouse for overnight.

Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we continue our trek from Phakding towards the Sherpa’s capital Namche Bazaar. The trekking trail is through a pine forest along Dudh Koshi River’s bank. As we reach Benkar village, we can enjoy splendid view of Mt. Thamserku. We also cross several suspension bridges including popular Hillary Suspension Bridge. Walking furthermore, we reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo where our permits are checked and we pass through Jorsale village to reach Namche. Stay overnight at guesthouse in Namche.

Day 04: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar Rest day

It is our first acclimatization day to prepare our body for higher altitudes. As it is better to stay active even during rest days, we are not resting most of the times. We hike around Namche Bazaar and interact with the locals there. Upon your request,  we can hike up to Everest View Hotel to enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas and on our way back, we can visit Khumjung Monastery which houses a scalp that purportedly comes from a yeti. Overnight stay will be at guesthouse in Namche.

Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3870m) 4 hours

The breakfast at the early morning fuels us for our trek towards Tengboche. From Namche, we walk on a trail to Phunki Tenga which is relatively easy. The walk ahead is a tough climb through pine forest until we reach Tengboche which houses the largest monastery of the Everest region, Tengboche Monastery. Located amidst the Sagarmatha National Park, the monastery is draped with a panoramic view of the snowcapped peaks including Everest, Tawache, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. The monastery opens at 3:00 pm. If we manage to reach there by 3 o’ clock, we can witness a Buddhist religious ceremony there.

Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) 6 hours

The trekking kicks off after breakfast. As we walk through the forested land, we admire magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Next we descend to Debuche and cross Imja River to reach Pangboche. We choose to walk on upper Pangboche trail for better views and Pangboche Monastery. The trail further leads us to Imja Valley and Lobuche River before we reach Dingboche, a beautiful Sherpa village. Stay overnight at local lodge in Dingboche.

Day 07: Acclimatization in Dingboche (4410m)

It is the second acclimatization day on our trip. Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers heading towards Everest. In the village, we see beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect crops from animals and wind. We spend a day hiking around Dingboche. We can hike to Nagarjun Hill which offers amazing views of Makalu, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and several others.

Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m) 3 hours

The trekking trail is through stone-walled fields and Imja Khola valley followed by glacier moraines amidst the Himalayas. Further, the trail leads us to Bibre which is a yak herdsman place. Continuing our trek, we pass trail intersected by icy streams and continue our walk for another half an hour to reach Chhukung. Stay overnight at local lodge in Chhukung.

Day 09: Trek from Chhukung to Lobuche [via Kongma La Pass, 5535m] (4940m) 6 hours

After breakfast, we continue our trek from Chhukung to reach Lobuche via Kongma La Pass, the highest of the three passes. The top of the pass is the highest point of the entire trip which is marked by Buddhist prayer flags and cairns. We can either walk on a trail over a hill which is to the northwest of Chhukung or we can trek back to Bibre and take a trail above the Niyang Khola. We descend from the pass which is the difficult part of today’s trek. Further, we climb the moraine on the far side and continue walk to reach Lobuche where we stay overnight at local lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep, visit Everest Base Camp, 5380m (5164m) 7-8 hours

The major highlight of this day is Everest Base Camp. We begin today’s trek after breakfast and follow the trail to Gorakshep which is relatively easy. From Lobuche, we walk through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and admire the beauty of Himalayas. Next, we ascend to reach Thangma Riju from where we can enjoy more Himalayan views. Then, we ascend the steep slope and we can catch the first glimpse of Kala Pathar from the top. The trail further leads us to Gorakshep where we find Himalayan peaks including mighty Everest looming all around us. Continuing our trek, we ascend and descend mostly on a glacier path and walk along the meandering path on rough terrain to reach Everest Base Camp (EBC). As we reach EBC, we get ourselves caught up in rapture. After committing ourselves to arduous trek to reach EBC, we admire and respect Everest climbers even more than before. In EBC, we are rewarded with incredible melt pattern, rounded ice towers and breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks including Nuptse, Pumori and Khumbuste. The summit of Mt. Everest is not seen from the base camp due to its structure. After enjoying great time in EBC, we trek to return back to Gorakshep for overnight stay at local lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Gorakshep to Lobuche [via Kala Patthar, 5545m] (4940m) 5 hours

We begin today’s trek early in the morning after breakfast and ascend Kala Patthar to catch mesmerizing views of sunrise on Everest. As we ascend, we can take a short break at various viewpoints to snap beautiful pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach to the top of Kala Patthar which is considered the best viewpoint for close-up view of Everest. The summit of Kala Patthar offers the closest possible view of Everest without requiring technical climbing skills. In addition to Everest, we can also view Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Changtse and Mt. Lhotse. After enjoying great Himalayan vista from Kala Patthar, we descend to Lobuche where we stay overnight at local lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Dzongla (4200m) 3 hours

From Lobuche, we continue our trek walking downhill on a trail alongside the Khumbu Glacier. Further, our trail splits into two and we walk the trail on our right which offers amazing view of Awi Peak. We also pass through a stupa and tombstones on our way. Next we ascend and we can view Chola Tsho Lake nearby. Then we cross the bridge over Chola Khola to reach Dzongla where we stay overnight at local lodge.

Day 13: Trek from Dzongla to Gokyo [via Cho La pass, 5420m] (4750m) 8 hours

Today, we have to trek for about 8 hours which is the longest trekking duration of whole trip. So, we begin our trek early morning after breakfast. We climb the incline and we can view Cho La Lake as we gain height. As we climb, we can also view Ama Dablam to the west and Cholatse to the west. Our ascent is not easy as we have to climb steep way which is made worse by boulders over some of which has to be scrambled for us to proceed. As we ascend our final climb to the Cho La, we have to traverse the trail that curves round a crevasse. When we reach the top of Cho La Pass, we get rewarded with awe-inspiring views of Himalayan peaks on all directions. The top of the pass is an amazing viewpoint which is marked by prayer flags and cairns. We descend the pass towards Thangnak and the trail brings us to the edge of Himalaya’s longest Ngozumpa Glacier. When we reach the other side of the glacier, we can witness second and third Gokyo Lakes on the series of six lakes. A short walk takes us to village of Gokyo where we stay overnight at local lodge.

Day 14: Gokyo [visit to Gokyo Ri, 5330m] (4750m) Rest Day

It is the last acclimatization day of the trip. But, it is also great opportunity to spend time in beautiful Gokyo Valley and climb Gokyo Peak (Gokyo Ri) to enjoy incredible views of Himalayan vista. In addition to Gokyo peak, we can also trek to explore fourth and fifth Gokyo Lakes. There is a viewpoint called ‘Scoundrel’s Viewpoint’ at the edge of the fifth lake which offers magnificent view. We can admire amazing views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Gyachung Kang, Nuptse and Makalu peaks as well as Ngozumpa Glacier from the viewpoint. We trek back to Gokyo where we stay overnight at local lodge.

Day 15: Trek from Gokyo to Lungden [via Renjo La, 5340m] 6 hours

We head towards the final of the three passes, Renjo La which is west of Gokyo Lake. The path from the bottom to the top of the pass is steeply up crossing an often-frozen stream which takes about 4 hrs of climb. The view from the top of the pass is awe-inspiring. Marked by colorful prayer flags, the top of the pass offers a long and impressive panoramic view of 7000 and 8000 meter peaks all around. After enjoying a great time snapping plentiful pictures on the top of the pass, we take even steeper descent to reach Lungden. Overnight stay will be at local lodge in Lungden.

Day 16: Trek from Lungden to Thame (3800m) 2-3 hours

We trek from Lungden and the trail is relatively easy with gradual descent. Along our path, we cross icy stream, follow the Bhote Koshi past Marulung (4210m) and pass Taranga village and Langmuche Peak (6344m) to reach settlement of Thame. Thame has a beautiful village that offers amazing views of Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru, Katenga, etc. Thame also owes a famous Gompa situated on a hill to the west which has three big images of Guru Rinpoche, Buddha Sakyamuni and Chenresig (Avalokiteswara). Stay overnight at local lodge in Thame.

Day 17 Trek from Thame to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 3 hours

From Thame, we descend after crossing a bridge to reach Samde. We pass through a checkpost and one of the highest hydroelectric power stations to reach small village of Phurte which is a home to Laudo Monastery. We reach Namche finally after passing through some Gompas, Chortens, colorful prayer flags and Mani stone. Overnight stay will be at guesthouse in Namche.

Day 18: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2610m) 4 hours

From Namche Bazaar, we take our usual route back to Phakding. We descend downhill, cross several bridges and walk through a pine forest to reach Phakding. Stay overnight at local lodge in Phakding.

Day 19: Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2850m) 2-3 hours and fly to Kathmandu

We continue our trek to return back to Kathmandu. From Phakding, we pass through several villages to reach Lukla from where we board a flight to Kathmandu.

Day 20: Final Departure

Our trip ends here with your departure. Our representative will pick you up from hotel and drop you off at the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.

Includes

  • Airport transfer pick up and drop
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Domestic airfare (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) including the departure taxes
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • First aid Medical kit
  • All government and local taxes (including 13% VAT and 10 % service charge)
  • Transportation on private vehicle as agreed on the itinerary

Excludes

  • Your Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance and emergency evacuation expenses
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu and extra baggage charges in domestic and international flight
  • ­­­­­­­­­­­­Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • All personal expenses (including the gears and clothing taken on hire by the participant, phone calls, battery charge, shower, etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

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