Everest Three Passes Trek

TYPOLOGIES

Adventure Trekking

DIFFICULTY

Medium

MIN. AGE

5 Years

Trip Introduction

The Everest Three Passes Trek offers a wonderful panorama of Himalayas of Nepal and is considered as the most adventurous and popular Everest trails. Every adventurer dreams for a perfect trek. The heavenly landscapes in the Khumbu region and the most admirable site in the entire Himalaya is praiseworthy from every aspects. This trekking route offers good time to explore the untouched Nangpa La valley, the Sherpa village of Marlung and the Monastery village of Thame unlike any other route. The ancient art, culture and glory in the atmosphere resemble enormous value of every community and lifestyle of the people is something that excites the travellers and makes the journey more meaningful.

After a scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla(2,800m/9,184ft), the journey begins. The trekkers are assisted by guides, porters and also several community people through the way.  Various group of people all the way along makes the journey more fascinating. This route aheads towards the beautiful Phakding village and then to Namche bazaar where a beautifully crafted Himalayan town which is nestled along the crescent shaped hill slopes makes the walk more intense. "Hall of fame" gallery of Sherpas who submitted Everest, Photos of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay (first climbers to reach at the peak)  of Sherpa Museum at Namche Bazaar and due many other significant things, this place is considered as the administrative centre and historical capital of the Khumbu region. The treks further ahead in a clockwise direction crossing the three high passes in the Everest region- Renjo La(5,370m), Cho La(5,420m) and Kongmala La(5,545m)  and set foot on Kalapatthar(5,545m/18,187ft), GokyoRi ((5,483m/17,984ft) and a trip to Gokyo Lake. Passing via the Renjo La, there comes a Gokyo valley, the most charming valley in high altitude level where the travellers move towards the GokyoRi(5,483m/17,984ft) that provides the breath taking view of mountains such as Cho Oyu (8,188m), Everest (8,848m), and the Mahalangur Himalayan Range.The stunning Gokyo valley is seen like a piece of heaven and the crystalline Gokyo lakes along with Ngozumpa Glacier appears to be magnificent. The special thing about this trek is panorama of the whole Khumbu region can be unfolded. 

Each small settlement in Khumbu region itself is the most captivating thing and the majestic beauty is unparallel with any other area. The tall snow-capped mountains appears amazing along with this, more than 118 species of birds, endangered animals like red panda, snow leopard, musk deer, the Himalayan tahr, the ghoral, the serow, and the Himalayan black bear has made this region rich in birds and animals. It gives visitors the opportunity to experience the warm welcome in different kind of culture, ancient Tibetan crafts, get to know the traditional housing, clothing and enjoy the social gathering. The Everest Three passes trek is the perfect example of exploration of mountains, cultural and tradition, crafts, habitat of birds and animals and the adventure of trekking at its fullest.

Trip Highlights

  • Everest Three Passes Trek is more adventurous and physical demanding trip than any other trekking routes of Everest region. After a short take-off and landing from Kathmandu to Lukla(2,800m/9,184ft altitude), the journey begins.  
  • The Three Passes trek is appraised as the utmost Everest experience as it ahead from north west to east in circular direction covering the three high passes namely – Renjo La(5,370m), Cho La(5,420m) and Kongmala La(5,545m) along with Kalapatthar (5,545 m) and  Everest Base Camp (5,380m).
  • Passing through Renjo La Pass (5,360m/17,581ft), Travellers get to enjoy at one of the highest settlements of Nepal, the beautiful Gokyo valley (4,750 m/15,580 ft) and GokyoRi (5,357 m) which the only place where we get to see astonishing view of the four highest Mountain in the world – Mt. Everest, (8,848m), Mt. ChoOyu (8,210m), Mt Lhotse (8,516m) and Mt Makalu (8,485m). Also the mesmerizing world's highest freshwater lake system, Gokyo lake makes everyone wonderstruck.
  • The traveller can explore one of the captivating sections of Himalaya such as Tengboche monastery, the oldest Sherpa celibate monastery, lifestyle of Sherpa and monks during the adventure. Here, the tradition, culture, arts, crafts and lifestyle is unlike any other places which exhilarate them to learn more about the community. 
  • Flora and fauna in this route is diverged than any other places. The forest in this area is a home for about 118 species of birds such as Himalayan monal, blood pheasant, red-billed cough, some rare mammal species including musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and red panda.

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Inclusions:

  • Required numbers of time Airport pick up and drop off as per your flight schedule (international and domestic) and all required transfers in Kathmandu.
  • 2 Night accommodation in the touristic town of Kathmandu in BB Plan (one can choose a budget, standard and deluxe)
  • Kathmandu–Lukla–Kathmandu both way flight ticket
  • Standard tea house (lodge) accommodation during the entire trekking as per mentioned in the itinerary
  • Three meals per day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the entire trek as per mentioned in the itinerary followed by 3 times tea/coffee per day. One can choose the meal from the menu there.
  • A duffel bag, Trekking Map and trekking pole Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket, Nepali SIM card (Rental basis, if needed)
  • Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park Fee
  • TIMS (Trekker’s Information Manual System) permit
  • An experienced government certified local Trekking Guide
  • Required numbers of highly experienced trekking porters (2:1 ratio)
  • Staff’s food, salary, insurance, accommodation, meals, transportation, etc
  • General First Aid Kit
  • A certificate of appreciation (experience certificate) after completing the Trek
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu with cultural program.
  • All government taxes and applicable paperwork

Exclusions:

  • International Airfare
  • Personal Travel Insurance (essential for high altitude trekking)
  • Lunch in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (bar, laundry, personal shopping, internet usage during the trek, hot shower during the trek, battery charge during the trek, etc.)
  • Alcoholic beverage
  • TIPS for Staff

Tour Map

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft altitude) and transfer to Hotel.

Adventure Mountain Nepal Trekking and Climbing’s airport arrival and departure representative will meet you at the airport as per your arrival schedule. He/she welcomes and drives you to the hotel. Check-in hotel and take a rest or relaxation time at Hotel. Then you can have a free excursion to know the surroundings and visit our office to get brief information of Everest High Three Passes Trek, we also conduct an introduction program with the trekking leader and official team.

DAY 2 - Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft altitude) & trek to Phakding (2,650m/8692ft altitude) (half an hr fly & 4 hrs walk)

Early in the morning drive to Domestic terminal of Tribhuwan airport. Take a flight for about 30 minutes to Tenzing Hillary airport Lukla- is the beautiful valley which is surrounded by High Mountain and hills from all direction. Make sure the backpacks and all stuffs fully arranged to get started the trek towards Phakding. The easy and scenic trail follows soft descends to the bank of Dudh Koshi River, follow the river bank of the river before we reach at Ghat. After there, we continuously walk gentle ascend to Phakding. We visit several Gompas, Monasteries and beautiful stone carving (written Buddhist scripts) all the way to Phakding.

DAY 3 - Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft altitude) (5-6 hrs walk)

Early breakfast at the teahouse. Follow ascent trail through a pine forest. We have to cross several suspension bridges over Dudh Koshi River, gradually walk via Benkar, Chumoa and Monjo to reach at check post of Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park where we have to record our National Park entry permit. With a walk of zigzag ascends and descends, mostly uphill takes us towards the capital of Sherpa people at Namche Bazaar. We can have a beautiful view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru Peak and other wonderful peaks.

DAY 4 - Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around the places

As we are already at above 3,000 meters from sea level at Namche Bazaar, it is a perfect way to acclimatize by resting and exploring around at Namche Bazaar before ascending towards more altitudes. As per health experts suggests, keep moving and stay active to adopt with the weather. Today we ascend towards Syangboche View Point to have excellent views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru and other snow-capped peaks. Again, we continue the walk with continuous scenery towards Everest View Hotel; it is a good place to have refreshment drink with the views in our surroundings. After there we go to explore an important Buddhist monastery of the region at Khumjung Monastery, then back to Namche Bazzar. At the evening, we can explore around the Bazaar, can use ATMs, use internet cyber, cafes and restaurants to be close with locals as well as learn unique culture, tradition and lifestyles of Sherpa’s.

DAY 5 - Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3,739m/12,395ft altitude) (5-6 hrs walk)

After having a day of rest and acclimatization at Namche, we feel physically and mentally fit to continue the walk towards Thame, at the beginning we turn west to start an ascend of Bhote Koshi Valley. While continuing the old trade route into Tibet, we cross through impressively fluttering prayer flags, several Mani walls, the wonderful stone carving, et cetera. Once we reach up to Bhote Koshi Valley, we shortly continue the steep climb all the way to Thame Village. At evening, we can go to explore Thame monastery, located above from the village where Sherpa people’s famous festival “Mani Rimdu” performs annually in the sprung time.

DAY 6 - Trek from Thame to Lungdhen (4,380m/14,266ft altitude) (5-6 hrs walk)

After having breakfast, we start the trek initially following rather easy trail that continues through banks of the Bhote Koshi. After crossing the river and walk for around an hour we reach at a charming village of Marlung, again continue the trek that goes to Lungden. It is a beautiful place with great scenery of Himalayas and few numbers of tea house lodges.

DAY 7 - Trek from Lungden to Gokyo via Renjo La Pass (5,360m/17,581ft altitude) (6-7 hrs walk)

It is an important day of our entire Gokyo EBC Trek with Cho La & Renjo La pass that we will cross our first pass Renjo La at 5,435MASL. After having very early morning breakfast, we ascend towards Sandy Kharka. Walk through the edge of glaciers and climb through stone steps before reaching at the Pass. View from the pass is really stunning. Shortly, the trail follows downhill through a rocky and icy spur to the Gokyo Valley.

DAY 8 - Morning ascend to GokyoRi (5,483m/17,984ft altitude) and back to Gokyo. Full day excursion around the Gokyo Valley.

Before having breakfast early morning (around 4 AM) we start ascend of Gokyo Ri which takes three hours gradual ascend from the village. Gokyo Ri, also known as Gokyo peak is most probably the best viewpoint of Khumbu and Everest region, once we reach at the top of the rock of Gokyo Ri we will be rewarded by 360-degree views of world’s towering mountain ranges including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and many more snow-capped peaks. After spending an hour of time at there, we safely retrace our steeps back to Gokyo. Remaining times of the day we explore around the biggest glacial or Nepal–Ngozumpa glacier as well as make a tour to other lakes excursion.

DAY 9 - Trek from Gokyo to Dragnag (4,650m/15,252ft altitude) (3-4 hrs walk)

This day has a shorter trek than usual days From Gokyo, you start out with a gentle hike along with beautiful blue lakes – the Gokyo Tsho (4734 m) and the Taboche Tsho (4728 m) then, again explore the smaller Langpungu Tsho lake. This is where the trail to the Cho La forks to the west, and you scale the lateral moraine of the vast Ngozumba glacier. Move towards the rock-filled glacial stream, which dimensions might vary according to the seasons. Finally, you will reach Dragnag and relax overnight.

DAY 10 - Trek from Dragnag to Dzongla (4,843m/15,885ft) via Chola pass (5,368m/17,607ft altitude) (6-7 hrs walk)

After having an early morning breakfast (around 4 AM), we leave from tea house at Daragang since we have to cross the adventurous pass before sun light melts the snow. We gradually follow ascend along the valley towards Cho La Pass. Cho La Pass is usually covered by blue ice over the rocks from where we have a really close- up views of Himalayas. After having a short and memorable time at the top, our trail immediately follows gradual descends all the way to another charming Sherpa village of Dzongla.

DAY 11 -Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4,928m/16,164ft altitude) (4-5 hrs walk)

After taking breakfast at Dzongla, we start the walk, this day also we are not going to walk too long to give accompany of recent hard physical workout for Cho La Pass. Our scenic trail goes with numerous numbers of time ups and down with continuous views of Mt. Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam et cetera. Lobuche is always busy during the time of season because it is a main stop of Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar trail.

DAY 12 -Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,160m/16,925ft altitude) & continue to Everest Base Camp (5,380m/17,646ft altitude) then back to Gorakshep (6-7 hrs walk)

Early morning breakfast at the teahouse. Today’s trail leads to our core destination. We cross moraine of Khumbu glacier, pass through pyramid sign on the way from where you can observe Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Langtern, Mt. Khumbutse, and Mt. Nuptse. Then again we follow a small trail to Thangma Riju form where we perceive 360 degree vista of Snowy Mountain. Then climb steeply trail to reach at Gorakshep where we find Show Mountains in all direction including Mt. Everest & Pumori. Gorakshep is our today’s stop for dinner and overnight. Take off our backpacks and heavy stuffs at a tea house and start a journey towards Everest Base Camp. After having a great time at Everest Base Camp, we retrace our steeps back to Gorakshep for the overnight stay.

DAY 13 -Morning climb to Kalapatthar (5,545m/18,187ft altitude) and back to Gorakshep. Then trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,104ft) (5-6 hrs walk)

We start the trek early in the morning at around 4:00 A.M. to Kalapathar for a sunrise view over the Himalayas. We walk continuously uphill for around 2 hours to reach Kala Pathar. When the first ray of sun strike the mountain it turns into Golden color which seems pretty amazing. Take a picture of golden Mountain and soaring around Kala Patthar return back to Gorakshep for breakfast. Then we start gradual descend trail all the way to Lobuche.

DAY 14 -Trek from Lobuche to Chhukung (4,730m/15,514ft) via Kongma La Pass (5,535m/18,154ft altitude) (7-8 hrs walk)

Today, we are going to cross last but not the least pass of our Everest High Three Passes Trek, which is the highest pass among all three passes. We start the walk early in the morning by following the trail that heads eastwards along the side of Khumbu Glacier. Once we cross the small river that comes from Khumbu Glacier, we will shortly follow gradual ascend all the way to Kongma La Pass at 5,535 meters. View of high mountains and valley views are really stunning. After making the footprints at the top of the Pass, we start descend towards beautiful valley of Glaciers at Chhukung.

DAY 15 - Trek from Chhukung to Pangboche (3,985m/13,071ft altitude) (4-5 hrs walk)

After breakfast, leaving Chhukung valley, we walk through easy and scenic trail to Pangboche. Along the trail, we pass through numerous numbers of ice streams. When we reach at near to Dingboche, we walk along the stone-walled alpine landscapes. Once our trail merges into the main trail of Everest Base Camp at Dingboche, we continue not more than one hour to reach the small settlement of Pangboche.

DAY 16 - Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar. (5-6 hrswalk)

Leaving Pangboche, we follow soft descend to Tyangboche then again to descend and straight trail all the way to Namche Bazaar. Along the trail we pass through few villages, spectacular scenery of mountains, landscapes as well as flora and fauna.

DAY 17 - Trek from Namche Bazar to Lukla. (5-6 Hrs walk)

After breakfast, we gradually trek back to Lukla via Monjo and Phakding – the same place we used to begin the trek. The trail is always busy during the time of season with the movement of several trekkers and climbers. At evening, celebrate the occasion of adventure trekking trip by gathering together all hosts and guests.

DAY 18 - Early morning fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. Full day free for personal activities.

Early morning breakfast at the lodge. Walk to Lukla airport for schedule flight. Adventure Mountain Nepal Trekking and Climbing’s airport arrival and departure representative will meet you at the Kathmandu airport. Drive to the hotel. At the evening feel free for leisure and personal activities such as Shopping, markets explore, spa, massage, rest and relax can be an option.

DAY 19 - Spare day. Free for personal activities or sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

This is a day as a spare which can be spent with rest, relaxation and free walk around the market. Day trip in request: Sightseeing, Meditation, Rafting, Paragliding, Short Hiking, Mountain flight and other activities can be done according to you plan. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner together with an entire team of Adventure Mountain Nepal.

DAY 20 - Farewell, departure transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport.

Our airport arrival and departure representative will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport on your scheduled flight.