Everest Three Passes Trek - 19 Days

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Everest Three Passes Trek - 19 Days

  • Starting Cost
    US$ 1999
  • Duration:
    19 Days
  • Destinaiton:
    Everest
  • Seson:
    Spring and Autumn
  • Difficulty Level:
    Strenuous
  • Max Altitude:
    5545

Highlight

  • Scenic flight en route to Lukla.
  • Immerse yourself in the evergreen culture, tradition, and history of the Sherpa community.
  • Synchronize with nature as we enter the alluring Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Picturesque nature and abodes en route 
  • Cross the 3 beautiful high elevation passes i.e. Renjo La Pass, Cho La Pass and Kongma La Pass of Everest Region.
  • Visit Gokyo Lake and climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 meters)
  • Ngozumpa glacier
  • Get a glimpse of the Khumbu glacier and Khumbu icefall.
  • Capture the sunrise from Kala Patthar (5,545 meters) as the sun bursts upon numerous colossal peaks such as Everest ,Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.

Overview

Your 19-day Everest Three Passes Trek begins with a breathtaking 40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,860m). After crossing several suspension bridges over the fast-flowing white rivers, you will reach Namche Bazaar (3,440m) the next day. You will stay one more day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.

While in Namche Bazaar, visit shops, restaurants, and internet cafes. You can also visit nearby monasteries, the chief being Nmache Monastery and Khumjung Monastery. If you want to get views of Mt. Everest, you can hike to Everest View Hotel.

After a rest day at Namche, you will continue the Three High Passes Trek by heading to Thame (3,800m). This is where your path separates from the classic Everest Base Camp Trek as you follow the Dudh Koshi River to reach Thame. You can see a small hydroelectric plant just before arriving at Thame.

The next day, you will wake up at Thame and brace for a long trek towards Lungden (4,380m). The paths are quite challenging, and you must trek for about six hours to reach Lungden.

Then, you will leave Lungden behind and head for the Gokyo Lakes region. In between Lungden and Gokyo lies Renjo La Pass (5,435m), the first among the three major passes you will cross.

From Renjo La Pass, you can see amazing views of the Gokyo Lake system and many Himalayan Peaks - including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Ama Dablam. You will stay at Gokyo for the night and spend the following day acclimatizing.

As you acclimatize in Gokyo, we will take you to Gokyo Ri (5,483m), from where you can see four of the six highest mountains in the world - Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,485m), and Cho Oyu (8,201m). The scenes from the Gokyo Ri are probably the best in the Everest Region.

Next, you will continue the journey from Gokyo to Thanga (4,680m), crossing Ngozumpa Glacier. The next day's destination is Dzongla (4,830m), and Cho La Pass (5,420m) lies on the way. You will cross the Chola Pass, the second major pass in this trek. This pass connects the Gokyo and Everest regions.

By crossing Cho La Pass, you have entered the Everest region, and you will reach Everest Base Camp, but you will have to stop in two places - Lobuche (4,910m) and Gorak Shep (5,185m).

After reaching Gorak Shep, you will leave your belongings and head to the Everest Base Camp (5,364m). Stepping on Everest is a huge achievement, as reaching Everest requires conquering the harsh terrain, high altitude, and challenging climate.

After spending time on EBC, we will descend to Gorak Shep and spend the night there. The following morning, you will wake up at Gorak Shep and trek to Kala Patthar (5,545m), from where you can catch the heavenly sights of dawn-breaking Mt. Everest. You will soak in the incredible scenery from Kala Patthar, get back to Gorak Shep, and finally descend to Lobuche to spend the night.

The following morning, we will wake you up at Lobuche and trek to Chukhung (4,730m), and in between lies Kongma La Pass (5,545m) - the last of our three major passes. It is also the highest pass among the three passes and is challenging. However, remember that the more challenging a trek is, the more rewards you will reap.

On the fifteenth day of the Everest 3-pass trek, you will leave Chhukung and to Tengboche (3,867m) and pass Dingboche and Pangboche on the way. The path allows you to see some of the spectacular scenes of Ama Dablam, Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse. We will not forget to visit the famous Tengboche monastery as well.

The next day's trek will take you back to Namche Bazaar. The way is uneven and passes through dense forest, and if you are lucky, you can get glimpses of Himalayan pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats, or even snow leopards.

On the last day of the Everest Three High Passes Trek trails, you will head from Namche to Lukla. We return to Dudh Koshi Valley, cross Hillary Suspension Bridge, and trek for about seven hours to reach Lukla. You will be staying in Lukla for the night. Your Everest Three Passes Trek in the Everest region is almost over, and you are just a night away from returning to Kathmandu.

 

Itinerary (Plan)

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Max Altitude : 1400m
3 Star
Breakfast
  • Arrive in Kathmandu.
  • Our representative will be there to greet you and transfer you to your hotel.
  • The program will be briefly explained on the way to the hotel.
  • Rest of the day varies depending on your arrival time; some activities can be arranged if you arrive by midday or late afternoon.

Time : 40 mins flight from ktm, 5-6 hrs drive & 20 min flight from Manthali, & 3-4 hrs trek
Max Altitude : 5545 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Captivating aerial views of the Himalayas en route to Lukla.
  • Upon arrival, we meet our Sherpas and we go through entry permit verification for the Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Surprisingly, the EBC trek begins by descending to the Dudh Koshi river at Phakding.
  • Overnight at a guesthouse.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 5545 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • After breakfast, we start our trek to Namche Bazaar. 
  • Around halfway up the hill, a break in the trees provides us with the first glimpse of Everest. On clear days, the summit of the South-West Face becomes visible, peeking behind the extensive Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. 
  • As we journey on, we climb a steep path, savoring awe-inspiring vistas of the magnificent Himalayas, flowing glacial rivers, colorful prayer flags, and sacred Mani Stones. We then arrive in the delightful Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar by early evening.

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Max Altitude : 3780 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • We take the day off to allow our bodies to adjust to the rarefied atmosphere before ascending to higher altitudes. The secret to safe acclimatization is to “climb high and sleep low.”
  • We undergo acclimatization in Namche Bazaar by exploring nearby attractions. Our journey includes a visit to the Syangboche Airstrip (Nepal's highest airport), Sherpa Cultural Museum, and Hotel Everest View (the planet's highest hotel), a premier vantage point in the Everest region. Breathtaking panoramas of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other peaks unfold before us at this elevated location.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 3800 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • We trek west, enjoying views of Kongde Ri (6,187m) and waterfalls along the Dudh Koshi River.
  • We pass through blooming rhododendron forests, crossing rivers via suspension bridges for views of Thamserku (6,608m) and Kusum Kanguru (6,360m).
  • Ascend through more lush rhododendron forests to reach pasture lands in front of Thame, birthplace of Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who ascended Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953 AD. 
  • Climb to cliffside monastery for panoramic vistas; explore route to Nangpa La above village, a pass to Tibet frequently utilized by Sherpas and yaks during the monsoon.

Time : 6 to 7 hours
Max Altitude : 4380 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Spend the day walking through villages, soaking in the picturesque landscape, diverse vegetation, and majestic mountains
  • Marvel at the surreal vividness of light-painted rocks, lichens, yaks, and snow-capped peaks during sparkling mornings
  • Pass through Taranga, the last village in the valley, continuing the hike to Marulung village (4210m) and eventually reaching Lungden, our final destination for the day
  • We can use any free time to visit Nakpa Valley, a historical trade route to Tibet.

Time : 6 to 7 hours
Max Altitude : 4750 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • We go on an exciting journey through Renjo La Pass, the first pass on the route, departing from Lungden towards the Gokyo Lakes region
  • Observe various human activities such as yak herding depending on the season along the way
  • Reach Renjo La Pass and marvel at majestic views of Mount Everest (8848.86 m), Lhotse (8516 m), and Cho Oyu (8201 m)
  • Witness the beauty of Dudh Pokhari, the third major Gokyo Lake, and pass by Gokyo village nestled alongside the lake
  • Descend into Gokyo Valley, being cautious of icy trails along our route.

Time : 4 to 5 hours
Max Altitude : 5357 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Commence the day with an early morning steep ascent to the summit of Gokyo Ri. 
  • We undertake breathtaking vistas of the expansive Gokyo valley and the immense Ngozumpa glacier.
  •  Enjoy an incredible panoramic view of the entire Khumbu Himalayas, featuring prominent peaks such as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho-Oyu and Makalu.

Time : 4 to 5 hours
Max Altitude : 4680 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Following breakfast, we set out for our next trekking destination, Thanga village, also recognized as the base of the Cho-La pass. Today's journey entails a leisurely stroll lasting approximately four and a half hours, culminating at Thangna, where we will spend the night.

Time : 6 to 7 hours
Max Altitude : 5420 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Begin the trek early to cross Cho La Pass before the winds pick up in the area. Prepare for the altitude as you ascend to the pass at 5,400 meters.
  • We trek steadily across Cho La Pass admiring the magnificent vistas surrounding us.
  • Descend from Cho La Pass, following the well trodden path that leads steeply downwards to Dzongla,  completing today’s trek.

Time : 3 to 4 hours
Max Altitude : 4940 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • This leg of the journey is like a refreshing breeze compared to some of our previous trails. Clocking in at just around 3 hours, it's a short trek day, giving us more time to soak in the breathtaking scenery.
  • Along the way, we might encounter some friendly locals or spot elusive wildlife amidst the rugged terrain. And don't forget to snap some selfies with the awe-inspiring backdrop of snow-capped peaks.

Time : 8 to 9 hours
Max Altitude : 5164 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • We start our day at Sunrise as we begin our trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp, going through the Gorak Shep village, enjoying the scenic view of Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefall as we traverse the trail, passing through rocky terrain and glacial moraines.
  • Our expedition leads us to the poignant Indian mountaineers' memorials. From here on, the trail becomes intricate, necessitating our reliance on our Sherpa's experienced guidance.
  • Our journey takes us through rugged terrains of rocky dunes, meandering moraines, and babbling streams. Our quest unfolds, revealing the Everest Base Camp with stunning views of Nuptse, Khumbutse, and Pumori.
  • We then trace the path back to Gorak Shep.  

Time : 4 to 5 hours
Max Altitude : 4940 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • In the morning we ascend towards Kala Patthar, a challenging climb but rewarding with breathtaking panoramic views. We spend some time at the summit of Kala Patthar capturing photos and absorbing the awe-inspiring scenery of Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, and Everest.
  • After enjoying quality time, we make our way down to Gorak Shep and resume our trek, following the route down to Lobuche.

Time : 7 to 8 hours
Max Altitude : 5545 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Begin the day with breakfast at the lodge before setting out through the Khumbu glacier towards the East
  • Encounter the challenging Kongma La Pass, known as the most difficult among the three, with an ascent that has frozen lakes and rigid terrain.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of mountains from the pass including Lhotse, Makalu, Baruntse, and Ama Dablam..
  • We ascend to the pass followed by a steep descent into the Chukhung valley, where our day's trek concludes.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 3867 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Descend through the Imja Khola valley, passing through Dingboche village.
  • On the way, we come across a wall inscribed with stones. Our trek follows a path along the valley wall with wide plains until we reach a split in the valley.
  • A gradual descent leads us to the village of lower Pangboche, placing us in the heart of the Khumbu region with stunning views of Ama Dablam.
  • Take a short detour to visit the ancient Pangboche Monastery. Explore its cultural and spiritual significance, surrounded by the Himalayan grandeur.
  • Upon reaching Tengboche, soak in the breathtaking scenery and visit the Tengboche monastery. Marvel at the prayer ceremonies performed by the Lamas.

Time : 5 to 6 hours
Max Altitude : 3440 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Begin today’s trek, through the scenic landscapes that characterize the route from Tengboche. Let the mountain air and breathtaking views invigorate your journey.
  • We cross a suspension bridge and enter the forest trail, hiking until we arrive in Namche Bazaar.
  • Reach Namche Bazaar in the late afternoon and take some time to explore the vibrant market, where we can find some local crafts and souvenirs.
  • Enjoy a well-deserved dinner at one of Namche Bazaar's cozy teahouses or restaurants.

Time : 6 to 7 hours
Max Altitude : 2860 m
Guesthouse
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • The thrilling odyssey of trekking to the Three passes and EBC concludes today as we make our way to Lukla, bidding farewell to Namche Bazaar after a delightful breakfast.
  • Traverse through the quaint village of Phakding, nestled along the Dudh Kosi River. Enjoy the scenic views and the rhythmic sound of the river as we stop for a lunch, savoring a meal amidst the serene surroundings of the Khumbu region.
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner in Lukla, celebrating the successful completion of your trek. Share stories and experiences with fellow trekkers, guides, and locals.

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Max Altitude : 1400 m
3 Star
Breakfast
  • Another chance to enjoy this great flight and savor the final glance of the majestic Himalayas.
  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel.
  • You will be served a farewell dinner in a fine restaurant.

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Breakfast

The grand finale of our adventure in the Everest region has arrived! Today marks the conclusion of our remarkable 17-day trek to Three Passes, Gokyo and Everest Base Camp.  Our airport representative will accompany you to the International Airport, ensuring a smooth departure for your journey back home.

 

As we bid you farewell, we hold the hope that your wanderlust brings you back to Nepal once more. Safe travels!

 

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Cost Include

  • All airport transfers (international and domestic) via private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation for 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the 11-night trek in the Everest Region.
  • Standard meals throughout the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu/Manthali and Lukla.
  • First-aid trained, government-licensed trekking guide .
  • Porters for luggage during the trek (1 porter for every 2 clients). Max weight limit for a porter- 18 kg (9 kg per trekker, weight limit). You can store non essential items in your hotel or at the DWT store.
  • Fee and Permits for Sagarmatha/Everest National Park and TIMS - Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please avail us with 2 passport size photos required for your permit).
  • Filtered water during included meals
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff.
  • 1 duffle or kit bag, trekking map and a trip completion certificate.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International flight fare and Airport Departure Tax.
  • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be obtained easily upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, with a fee of (USD 30 for a 15-day visa, USD 50 for a 30-day visa and USD 125 for a 90-day visa).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any further expenses that are not included in the "Include" section.
  • Charges for any excess baggage (Limit: 9 kg per person) during the trek.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or an early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled bottled water, hot beverages like tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot showers, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone calls, battery recharge fees, extra porters, etc).
  • Individual clothing and equipment.
  • Tips for staff, guides and porters.

Additional Information

Physical Fitness

  • Three Passes trek through the Khumbu region is physically demanding, involving long hours of walking at high altitudes. Prioritize cardiovascular fitness, strength, and endurance in your training routine.
  • Consult with a healthcare professional before starting any fitness program, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions.

 

Altitude Sickness 

  • Understand the symptoms of altitude sickness (acute mountain sickness - AMS) and be aware of the risks associated with ascending to high altitudes.
  • Acclimatization is crucial for your body to adjust to the increasing altitude.
  • Headache, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of altitude-related sickness. If you notice any of the signs, consult your guide and follow their directions.
  • When suffering from AMS, do not continue the trek; instead, stay at the same location or move to lower elevations.

 

Accommodations

  • Familiarize yourself with the teahouse accommodation system along the trail. These are basic lodges that provide meals and shelter.
  • The rooms are primarily twin-sharing with attached bathrooms up until Namche; as we keep ascending, it will be on a shared basis.

 

Connectivity

  • Be aware that internet connectivity is limited, and you may not have access to it in certain areas.
  • Mobile Networks are unreliable.

 

Environment Considerations

  • Respect local customs and the environment. Follow the principles of "Leave No Trace" and contribute to responsible tourism.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and purification tablets to reduce plastic waste.

 

Weather Condition

  • The best times to trek in the Everest Region are autumn (mid-September to November) and spring (March to early June). Temperature varies from 4°C (39°F) to -12°C (10.4°F) during March to early June and 8°C (46.4°F) average during the peak seasons of September to November.
  • Trek in the favorable seasons and keep away from the rainy season (July and August). In the cold months of January and February, the temperature can drop to -20°C (-4°F) and can be a little harsh in the mountains.
  • Traveling during bad weather conditions is the worst scenario possible, so always read the weather forecast or travel during peak seasons.

Trekking Permits and Documents 

Permits

  • Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit - USD 20 (For Everyone)
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit - USD 15 (SAARC), USD 30 (Foreign Nationals)

Documents

  • Two passport-sized photos
  • A copy of international flight ticket
  • A copy of travel insurance 

 

Elevations

The elevation factor poses a significant challenge throughout the trek, beginning at Lukla airport with an altitude exceeding 2,800m. Since most individuals aren't accustomed to such heights, the journey incorporates acclimatization days. The ascent to the Three Passes and Everest Base Camp is deliberately slow to allow for acclimatization and prioritize safety over speed.

 

Typically, daily elevation gains will fall within the 400-800m range. After days with substantial gains and higher altitudes, there's a pattern of including acclimatization days. These days serve a dual purpose, providing time for sightseeing and exploring the surrounding areas.

 

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Equipments

For the Three Passes Trek, you'll need a variety of equipment, clothing, and materials to ensure your comfort, safety, and success on the journey. Here's a comprehensive list:
 

Please note: We provide a Sleeping Bag containing sleeping bag liners which are graded to be used up to Camp 2 of Everest. We additionally provide a 75 liters Duffle Bag and Trekking Poles to use for the trek.

 

Clothing

  1. Moisture-wicking base layers (Top and Bottom)
  2. Insulating layers (Fleece or Down Jacket)
  3. Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket and pants
  4. Trekking pants and shorts
  5. Long-sleeve shirts and T-shirts
  6. Thermal gloves and waterproof gloves
  7. Beanies and Sun Hat
  8. Hiking socks and liner socks
  9. Gaiters (Neck/Leg)
  10. Scarfs and Balaclavas 

Footwear

  1. Well fItted Hiking Boots with Ankle support
  2. Ice Cleats (For Winter Months) 
  3. Casual Shoes and Sandals 

Equipment 

  1. Backpack (40-50 liters) with rain cover.
  2. Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures
  3. Trekking poles
  4.  Headlamp with extra batteries
  5. Sunglasses with UV protection
  6. Water bottles or hydration system
  7. Hydration bladder
  8. Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)

Creams and Medications 

  1. Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 and above.
  2. Moisturizer 
  3. Lip Balm
  4. Healing Ointment
  5. Mosquito Repellent Cream 
  6. Cough Syrup 
  7. Medication for your Allergies 
  8. Blister Kit

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Waterproof cover for your backpack
  2. Energy Bars and Trial Mix
  3. Quick-dry towel
  4. Personal identification and necessary permits
  5. Money (cash) in small denominations
  6. Passport-size photos for permits
  7. Power bank or extra batteries
  8. Wet Wipes
  9. Pee bottle / Pee funnel for women
  10. Pillow Case

 

Remember, this list may vary based on personal preferences and the time of year you undertake the trek. Ensure that your gear is of good quality and suits the specific conditions of the Everest region.

 

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Freqeuntly Asked Questionnaire

The Three Passes trek is a trekking journey through the three most dominant passes of the Khumbu region i.e. Renjo La Pass, Cho La Pass and Kongma La Pass.

The best time to trek the Three Passes is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season (March to early June) and post-monsoon (autumn) season (Mid September to November) when the weather is relatively stable, and the skies are clear.

You will need two main permits: the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entry Permit. Additionally, if you are flying to Lukla, you will need a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card.

You will need two main permits: the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entry Permit. Additionally, if you are flying to Lukla, you will need a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card.

The trek is challenging, and a good level of physical fitness is required. Regular cardiovascular exercises and strength training are recommended to prepare for the altitude and the demanding terrain.

Altitude sickness is a condition that occurs at higher elevations due to a decrease in the amount of oxygen. To prevent altitude sickness, it's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually. If symptoms persist, descending to a lower altitude is crucial.

Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, a good backpack, a sleeping bag, and a first aid kit. It's essential to pack light but be prepared for changing weather conditions.

The temperature rating of the ISO-certified sleeping bag we lend is -10°C (50°F) comfort level.

We recommend having cash of around USD 15-20; it should suffice for any additional costs you may need for a day.

Mountain Tiger Nepal has cancellation and refund policies. Please visit our terms and conditions page for more information.

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