Everest Three Passes Trek 18 days
EVEREST THREE PASSES TREK TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
- Reach the three high passes of Everest Region
- Trek through the spectacular landscapes, home of the Sherpa
- Enjoy breathtaking views of Ama Dablam, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, and other peaks of the Himalayas
- Stay in the hospitality of the Sherpa community at Namche Bazaar
- Explore Gokyo Valley and see the turquoise lakes of Gokyo
In this Everest Three Passes Trek organized by Peace Nepal, you will visit the three mountain passes of Everest Region. These three are Renjo-La, Cho-La, and Kongma-La. This is a trek for more adventurous individuals who have an experience of high-altitude trekking in Nepal. Khumbu Region in Nepal (also called Everest Region) is known for its dense concentration of mountains that are some of the highest in the world. If you are in search of a challenging and mountainous trek in Nepal, then this is the perfect program for you.
You can expect to see some peaks that are higher than eight-thousand meters, or eight-thousanders as they are often called. As you trek through the pristine landscapes of Sagarmatha National Park, you will cross streams, glacial rivers, lakes, valleys, and even waterfalls. Especially during spring, you will pass through the rhododendron forests in full bloom and the autumn, clear blue skies act as a wonderful backdrop for the shining peaks of the Himalayas. You will reach places like Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Tengboche, Lobuche, Kalapatthar, Everest Base Camp, and Gorakshep.
Starting with a quick flight from Kathmandu, you will arrive at Lukla and begin the trek through the alpine villages of Phakding and Namche. Namche is unmistakably the busiest of all places in this program. Next up is Everest Base Camp – a melting pot of all climbers who wish to scale Mt. Everest or who just want to see the Base Camp itself. Trek to the three high passes during a trek through quaint villages, icy valleys, and spectacular mountain ranges. The alpine forests will recede at higher altitudes and every significant village, you will see a unique and more beautiful view of the peaks ahead. Some of the wildlife you might encounter here are the musk deer, black bear, and the mountain goat. These are some of the experiences you can expect from a great trek in Khumbu.
You will need a very good level of fitness and a regular walking habit to go on the trip. Trekking in mountainous landscapes require stamina, so we recommend having prior experience of trekking in Nepal. You won’t be using any equipment to reach these passes, so no technical skill is needed apart from a will and physical strength to cross these passes. It’s indeed a challenging trek, but the rewards the extremely high. The mesmerizing views and the unique experiences you gain from this trek are here to last for a lifetime.
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel.
When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, our staff will pick you up from the arrival terminal. We will transfer you to your hotel. After some refreshment, you will be given a brief about the upcoming program. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Flight to Lukla (2,840m) and Trek to Phakding. Overnight in Phakding (2,652m). LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION
Immediately after you get up, go to the airport for a scenic and exciting 40-minute flight to Lukla. Have lunch at Lukla, meet the crew, and begin the trek to Phakding. You will cross Dudhkoshi Valley and trek through scenic villages. Crossing several streams and alpine woods, the beautiful trail lined with views of mountains will entice you until you arrive at Phakding for the overnight stay.
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar (3,446m), LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION
Leaving behind Phakding, we will follow the Dudhkoshi River with scenic views of Mt. Thamserku and Khumbila. We will trek further through Benkar, Monjo – the entrance into Sagarmatha National Park, and Jorsalle. Then ascend through pines forests and villages until you arrive at Namche Bazaar. This prosperous town is where you’ll stay for the night, enjoying great views of the peaks ahead.
Day of Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar (3,446m), LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION
It’s a day set aside for acclimatization when your body adapts to the rising altitude. You will take hikes to nearby locations such as Khunde, Khumjung, or the airstrip at Syangboche. Later in the day, you can see around the town. Later in the day, grab a drink and enjoy breathtaking views of Ama Dablam, Everest, and Lhotse. Stay tonight in the hotel.
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3,820m), Overnight in Thame, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION
Starting from Namche Bazaar, we will trek through beautiful forests of rhododendron and views of the impressive valley below. Cross a river and arrive at a place called Thamo. Take a short break here and continue the ascent through the wilderness. Here, you’re likely to spot some animals, especially the mountain goat called Thar. Trek further for an hour or so before you come to a mani rock and an array of prayer flags. Take some photographs and head on for another hour to reach the village of Thame where we’ll stay tonight.
Trek from Thame to Marulung (4,210m), Overnight in Marlung, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION
Starting from Thame, we will move ahead with beautiful scenery. Clear blue skies and majestic peaks are enough to inspire for the journey ahead. Trekking through the alpine landscape, you will see the sparse vegetation until we come to the village of Tangmote. Trekking ahead, we’ll enjoy the views of Kongde peak before beginning the ascent to the village of Marulung. Stay tonight in a lodge here.
A Day of Acclimatization in Marulung (4,210m), Overnight in Marlung, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION
We will be staying at Marulung today for the purpose of acclimatization. It’s suggested that beyond 4,000 meters, spend a day on acclimatization, for each additional 1000 meters. Take short trekking sessions around the village. Have breakfast and lunch at the lodge and trek nearby for astounding views of the peaks of Everest Region. Stay tonight at Marulung.
Trek from Marlung to Renjo La Pass (5,360m) and Overnight in Gokyo (4,790m), LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION
Starting after breakfast at Marulung, we will head towards Renjo-La Pass – the first high pass in this program. At first, we do a steady climb until we come to Renjo Lake. It’s a freshwater lake whose sources are the Himalayan ice. Continue the ascent and arrive at Renjo-La Pass at 5,360 meters. From here you can have magnificent views of the surroundings. Take as many photos as you like before beginning the gradual descent to the beautiful Gokyo Valley with its pristine glacial lakes. Hop into a lodge where you’ll stay tonight.
Visit Gokyo Ri (5,360m) and rest day in the afternoon, Overnight in Gokyo, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION
Begin the ascent from Gokyo well before the dawn. The idea here is to reach Gokyo Peak for sunrise views. The ascent is not as easy as you expect, but once you are at the top, you will see astounding views of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, and several other peaks. Down below you’ll see turquoise waters and dotted lakes. After this once-in-a-lifetime sunrise, you’ll return to the lodge below. Spend the rest of the day around Gokyo Valley.
Trek from Gokyo to Thangnak (4,650m), Overnight in Thangnak, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION
Today is an exciting day as you’ll be crossing through Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal. It’s an ever-moving glacier that has a reputation for beauty and adventure. At first glance, you might feel like it’s a surface of a strange icy planet as seen in countless works of fiction. However, as soon as you cross it, you’ll see warm and earthly homes, reminding you that you’re still on Earth, albeit far from modern civilization. Arriving at Thangnak, you’ll check into a lodge and stay overnight.
Trek from Thangnak to Chola pass (5,420m) and Overnight in Jongla, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION
We will start the trek early by following a river and trekking upwards through the valley. Once you’re at the top, you’ll see boulders and crevasses. Turn east and follow these moraines. The terrain might appear harsh but tread carefully, and in no time you’ll have crossed these icy fields to arrive at the pass of Cho-La. Here, enjoy the breathtaking views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and several other peaks. After a significant amount of break at this scenic pass, we’ll head down to the village of Jongla where we’ll stay tonight in a lodge.
Trek from Jongla to Lobuche (4,930m), Overnight in Lobuche, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION
It’s a relatively easy day of the trek with less than four hours of trek. Starting off, we’ll trek down to through beautiful alpine landscapes before we come to a valley down below. En route, we will see Jongla Glacier and a glacial lake. Take a break here and head north to join the main trail going to Everest Base Camp. Arriving at Lobuche, check into a lodge for the overnight stay.
Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,165m), and visit Everest Base Camp. Return to Gorak Shep for the night, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION
It’s a long day of the trek today with around eight hours of walking, but it is also the day when you’ll visit Everest Base Camp. Starting from Lobuche, we’ll walk through the unique and fairly level surface in this high-altitude mountainous terrain. After some time We’ll see Khumbu and Changri Glaciers on our left. Head along beside Changri Glacier and ascend the hills to Gorakshep. Take a break here and head to Everest Base Camp. Spend some time at this popular destination where you’ll see trekkers and climbers from around the world. Later, return to Gorakshep for the overnight stay.
Trek from Gorakshep to Lobuche (4,930m) after a morning at Kalapatthar, Overnight in Lobuche, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION
Before dawn, head to Kalapatthar for an amazing sunrise experience in the Himalayas. The mesmerizing and astounding sunrise is one-of-a-kind in the world. Take photos of Everest, Pumori, and other peaks before returning to Gorakshep. Have breakfast here and trek further to Lobuche for the night.
Trek from Lobuche to KongmaLa pass (5,535m) and Overnight in Chhukkung, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION
It’s a long day of trek from Lobuche all the way down to Chhukung. At first, cross the Khumbu Glacier and head up to the third pass on this program – Kongma-La Pass. Once you reach here, you will have majestic views that you can capture in your camera. After some time on the pass, head downwards to Chhukung for the overnight stay.
Trek from Chhukung to Pangboche (3,930m), Overnight in Pangboche, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION
Pack the bags and leave Chhukung. We recommend heavy breakfast for the pleasurable trek ahead. With close-up views of Everest, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku, you’ll descend through narrow trails until you enter an alpine forest. The vegetation becomes dense as we drop further in altitude. We’ll have lunch along the way and then trek further. Later in the day, we’ll come to Pangboche where we’ll stay for the overnight stay.
Trek back from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), Overnight in Namche Bazar, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION
Today we’ll be descending further to lower elevations today. Passing through villages and shops, we’ll come to a river. Cross it, and we’ll arrive at the point of our lunch. We’ll also be crossing the village of Tengboche with its iconic monastery. As we descend further, colorful houses and hamlets begin to appear. Later, we’ll arrive at Namche where we can enjoy a hot bath, mutton-soup, and a comfortable bed.
Trek back from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m), Overnight in Lukla, LODGE STAY ACCOMMODATION
As we come to the end of our trekking activity today, we will be reaching Lukla today. It’s an average descent with beautiful scenery around. Have plenty of stops including one for lunch and later in the day arrive at Lukla where we’ll check into a hotel or a lodge for the overnight stay.
Flight back: Lukla – Kathmandu and transfer to your own arrangement hotel stay in Kathmandu
Catch a flight from Lukla in the morning. The beautiful flight is around 40 minutes, bringing you to the busy capital. Later, after refreshments, you can spend the day as you like, or just decide to stay in the hotel. In the evening, do take a stroll around Thamel and have your dinner. Check into the hotel for the night.
Note: Above holiday itinerary can be customized as our guest specific requirements and can make shorter and longer. We design your holidays accordingly.
- Transportation: return transfers from International airport to your hotel
- Hotel stay: one-night hotel accommodation stay in Kathmandu
- Entry fees: all government taxes and Everest National park entry fees
- TIMS CARD: (Trekking Information Management System) & local tax
- Guide & porter: One experienced English speaking guides & necessary supporter to carry your luggage (two guest = 1 porter (we pay their daily wages, insurances, trekking equipment, food, and accommodation)
- Wages: 18 days guide wages including his insurances/meals and accommodation/insurances/equipment
- Wages: 17 days porter (to carry your luggage) wages including his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipment
- 17 nights mountain lodge accommodation (best available) with twin sharing basis on tea house services trek
- Guest flight: ticket Kathmandu to Lukla and fly back Lukla to Kathmandu
- Guide flight: ticket Kathmandu to Lukla and fly back Lukla to Kathmandu
- Trekking equipment: trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag/down jacket (we provide these if necessary), to return after the trek completed
- Water purification tablets: unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water
- Supplementary snacks: energy bars and cookies at base camp
- Fruits: Seasonal fresh fruits where is possible
- Local SIM CARD (NCELL), to return after the trek completed
- Rescue arrangements: in the emergency situation & worst weather condition
- Diamox: Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc)
- Map: Everest region trekking map
- Rubbish disposal
- government taxes & PNT official service charge
Water: Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks (paying your own). You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.
Medical support: An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.
- Meals: All meals (lunch/dinner/breakfast) in Kathmandu & on the trek
- Snacks: chocolate/aerated drinks/mineral water/alcoholic drinks/nutria bars
- Hotel stays: extra night hotel stay in Kathmandu
- Tipping: end of the trek tips to guides and support staff
- Rescue services: additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate medical & travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies), including helicopter evacuation & hospitalization (medical test, medicine) if required
- extra expenses: personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as bottle water/coca-cola/WIFI on trek/hot shower/electric device recharge
- city visit: sightseeing in Pokhara and Kathmandu entrance fees/transportation/hire guide
- Flight ticket: Your International flight ticket airfare & Nepal entry visa fees which travel visa can get up on your arrival in Kathmandu airport, On Arrival Visa Fee 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD, 90 Days – 125 USD
- Services not mentioned herein Personal trekking equipment
Food on tea house trek: During tea house treks our guests pay for their own food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge. It can be about USD $25 each day per person. You can choose your own meal as a menu every tea houses.
Travel Insurance: –
Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness, and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while traveling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.
Nepal has four climatic seasons
- Spring: March-May
- Summer: June – August
- Autumn: September – November
- Winter: December – February
While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek.
Check-list of personal equipment:
- Good standard trekking boots
- Camping shoes/thongs
- Down Jacket
- Trekking trousers
- Shorts (both casual and for treks)
- Sun Hat
- Woolen Hat
- Nylon Windbreaker
- Strong Rucksack
- Sleeping Bag
- Water Bottle
- Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
- Toilet paper
- Travel Towel
- Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
- Camera & lenses
- Memory cards
- GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
- Book/music player/pack of cards
- A plastic bag for waste
- Energy/snack bars
The following equipment is needed during the Climbing period: –
(Warm Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Warm Trousers, Koflach Shoes, Trekking Shoes and Sandals, Perfectly fitting Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axe, Jumar, Ice Screw, Rock, Picton, Snow Bar, 2 locking Carabiners, Gloves, Sun Glasses, Head Light, Helmet, Rope, Stove, Harness, Figure -8, Gore-Tex Jackets)