17 days Jiri-Lukla Everest Three Passes Trek
The Everest Three Passes Trek is longer and more challenging than our eighteen-day Everest Base Camp Trek (via Cho La Pass) because it crosses three high altitude passes; Renjo La Pass (5,360m), Cho La Pass (5,420m) and Kongma La Pass (5,535).
Cho La is the most trekked of the three Everest passes, while Renjo La offers the best views. The three high passes, especially when combined with walking in from Jiri, makes for a fantastic trek, for those who want a more challenging experience. As it is more demanding than our standard Everest trekking itineraries, we recommend this trek to experienced hikers who have previously trekked in high altitudes.
Hiking east to west (Jiri-Lukla) during this trek makes sure that you get acclimatized properly, and you’ll cross the 4000 meter mark only after trekking at lower altitudes for 10-11 days. After you reach Chhukung you’ll be trekking above 4700 meters for a week or more. Trekking anti clockwise also acclimatizes you well enough before you cross the Renjo La Pass. In addition to crossing the standard three passes during this trek, you can also add several side trips and peaks to it, including the ascent of Island peak.
The Three Passes Trek is a classic trek to the Everest Base Camp, across major Everest valleys, including Chhukung, Khumbu, Gokyo, Thame and Namche. The culture and scenery in these valleys is amazing and the mountains here, without doubt, are the grandest in the world.
- Day 1
Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel.
After your arrival in Kathmandu our representatives at the airport will transfer you to your hotel and help you in checking in.
- Day 2
Flight to Lukla (2,840m) and Trek to Phakding. O/N in Phakding (2,652m).
The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is 40 minutes of pure mountain experience until we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport. Our trek begins in Lukla as we descend towards the Dudh Kodhi River before following the trail leading to Namche Bazaar.
- Day 3
Phakding to Namche Bazaar. O/N in Namche Bazaar (3,446m).
The trek to Namche Bazar is a steep climb through forests of rhododendron around the Sagarmatha National Park. After crossing several suspension bridges and four hours of walking we reach the Sherpa market of Namche Bazaar.
- Day 4
Rest day in Namche Bazaar. O/N in Namche Bazaar (3,446m).
Two days of rest in Namche Bazaar helps us in acclimatisation and prepares us for our journey ahead. Namche, the trading capital of the Khumbu region was once the trading grounds of Tibetan Salt. Even today we can see Tibetans selling rugs, clothing, salt and dried meat in the region. Namche is believed to be one of the best places on earth to see the sun rise and set between the snow clad Himalayas.
- Day 5
Trek to Thame (3,820m), O/N in Thame
On leaving Namche Bazaar we head to the Thame valley. The little village of Thame is where we rest for the night.
- Day 6
Trek to Marulung (4,210m), O/N Marlung
Today we visit the remote Nangpa Valley, a place which was previously restricted to trekkers.
- Day 7
Leisure day in Marulung (4,210m)
- Day 8
Trek to Renjo Pass (5,360m) and overnight stay in Gokyo (4,790m)
Today is a big day as we make our way to the great high pass at 5,360m. After spending an hour taking in the beauty around us we descend downhill to reach Gokyo.
- Day 9
Rest day in Gokyo
The Gokyo Ri is a small hill rising from the North of a glacier and requires a 3 hour ascend. Once atop the Gokyo Ri, we can see more of Everest magnificently framed by the Makalu, Nuptse and Changtse.
- Day 10
Trek to Thangnak (4,650m)
After spending some time around Gokyo Ri in the morning, we head back to Thangnak after a hearty breakfast. We cross the Ngozumpa glacier on our way.
- Day 11
Trek to Chola pass (5,368m) and overnight in Jongla
Today we trek to Chola Pass (5,420m) which is a comparatively difficult climb due to steep slopes and glacial traverses. We stay for the night in Jongla.
- Day 12
Trek to Lobuche (4,930m)
Lobuche is a pleasant walk from Jongla and offers superb views of the Everest, Kala Pathar and Pumori peaks.
- Day 13
Trek to Gorak Shep (5,165m), Optional Kala Pathar (5,545m) ascent 2 hours
Gorak Shep, is the Base Camp of the historical 1953’ Everest Expedition and the site where Peace Nepal Treks had successfully organised the 2009’ Everest Cricket Match. We also have the option of climbing the famous Kala Pathar peak (5,545m) in the evening.
- Day 14
Trek to Kongma La pass (5,535m) and Chukkung
Today, we walk to Kong Ma La the last high pass for this trek and stay in Chhukkung for the night.
- Day 15
Trek back to Pangboche (3,930m)
Once again we follow the Everest trail until we reach Pengboche where we camp over night.
- Day 16
Trek back to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
The trail now descends to Namche Bazaar which offers superb views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peaks. We stay overnight at Namche, a perfect place to celebrate the success of our two week trek.
- Day 17
Trek back to Lukla (2,800m), O/N in Lukla
On our way back, we cross suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River, make our way through steep descends and walk past numerous tea houses before finally arriving at Lukla.
- Day 18
Again, 40 minutes of pure mountain experience on our flight to Kathmandu marks the end of our journey.
Note: Above holiday itinerary can be customized as our guest specific requirements and can make shorter and longer. We design your holidays accordingly.
- Return transfers from International and Domestic airport to your hotel.
- One night stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast include
- All government taxes and Everest National Park entry fees.
- TIMS CARD (Trekking Information Management System).
- Required number of experienced English speaking guides and support staff (we pay for their daily wages, insurances, trekking equipments, food and accommodation).
- 17 days porter wages and his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipments
- 18 days guide wages and his insurances/meals/accommodation/equpipments
- Local taxes in Everest
- 17 nights best Lodge accommodation during the trek on tea house services.
- Rescue arrangement in emergency situation & worst weather condition
- necessary ground transportation depending upon your request (via tourist bus or private vehicle).
- Flight tickets: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathamndu for guide.
- Guest flight ticket: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu.
- Trekking poles, sleeping bag, down jacket/duffle bag (we provide these if necessary).
- All necessary Domestic airport taxes.
- Trekking maps.
- Rubbish disposal.
- PNT service charge and government taxes.
Medical support: An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.
Accommodation and meals: During tea house treks our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permit and transportation. It can be USD $25 per person each day for food (Lunch/dinner/breakfast)
Water: Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks. You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.
- All meals in Kathmandu and on trek.
- extra nights hotel stay in Kathmandu.
- Tips to guides and support staff.
- Additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies, such as ground transportation & Heli recue/medical/hospitalization.medical etc).
- Your International flight ticket airfare
- energetic chocolate/energy drinks/alcohol/mineral water/cigarettes/packing food snacks etc
- Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc).
- Personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as Launtry/WIFI on trek/phone call/batteries charges
- Personal trekking equipment.
- Nepal entry visa fees which can get up on your arrival in Kathmandu airport
- Services not mentioned herein
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 travelling 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.
EQUIPMENTSCheck-list of personal equipment:
- Good standard trekking boots
- Camping shoes/thongs
- Down Jacket
- Trekking trousers
- Shorts (both casual and for treks)
- Swim wear
- Sun Hat
- Woollen Hat
- Nylon Windbreaker
- Strong Rucksack
- Sleeping Bag
- Water Bottle
- Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
- Toilet paper
- Sun block
- 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 are 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)