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Everest 3 High Passes Trek

DURATION19 Days ATTITUDE5,554m STARTS ATKathmandu ENDS ATKathmandu GRADEStrenuous GROUP SIZE1 min -14 max ACCOMODATIONHotel and lodges MEALSBreakfast / Lunch / Dineer TRANSPORT Flight and Private vehicles.

Trip Highlights

  • Hike accross three adventurous high passes Kongma La (5,535m), Cho La (5420m) and Renjo La (5340m) of Everest region
  • Hike to the remote and untouched valley of Everest region.
  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla.
  • Visit Everest Base camp and climb Kalapather (5,545m)
  • Remarkable views of Khumbu ice-fall
  • Explore the Himalayan Sherpa settlement.
  • Breathtaking views of the eight thousand above meters peak including Mount Everest.

Trip Overview

A strenuous journey that’s challenging…but then who ever said hiking through some of the most beautiful wilderness in the world would be easy? This is a trip that requires more grit than experience…

The 3 high passes of the Khumbu is a trailblazing trek into the familiar wilderness above the tree tops of the Everest region. These 3 truly gritty high passes known the world over as the Kongma La (5,535m), Cho La (5,420m) and Renjo La at (5,340m) of the better known Khumbu zone is what daredevil climbers will want to do once in a lifetime because of its sheer beauty and the formidable challenges it poses. The venture also covers well known trails that include EBC, the towering Kalapathar and the tranquil Gokyo valley with its emerald lakes. The cultural aspects of this trip are simply amazing as it gives you deep insights of mountain traditions and how mountain communities survive in these harsh zones, but yet reserve their warm smiles for visitors despite the biting cold. Our journey ventures into the virgin Nangpa la valley, a sublime Sherpa village where trekkers relish the power of nature and this also covers the vibrant village of Thame which is home to one of the biggest monasteries in the Khumbu & the Himalayan views from hereabouts is said to be some of the best in the world.

Our 19 days Everest 3 high passes trip begins with a curious historical and cultural tour through the ancient souks of the medieval Kathmandu valley and tour covers some world heritage sites of immense interest. This follows with a scenic flight to the Everest legend Hillary’s airport of Lukla, one of the highest in the world and most dramatic. We then begin our popular hike through Phakding up the raging ‘Dudh Koshi’ [river of milk] on our way to Namche and the world famous Sagarmatha national park. After summiting our fast pass at Kongma la, we then make a beeline for the famous Everest base camp. We hike past the dreadful Khumbu icefalls, the gateway to Everest from the western cwm. Cho la is the next challenge we overcome after which; we trek to the majestic vantage point of Kalapatthar and then it’s a blessed downward trail to the emerald lakes of Gokyo. Enjoying glorious views from the fifth lake near Gokyo ri, we set out for the formidable final pass of Renjo La. When this is done, we take an ancient route used for centuries by Tibetan traders via Nangpo La reach Thame and crash out in Marlung for the night. After setting our markers in the laps of Everest, we conclude our trip at Lukla to hop our flight back to Kathmandu and a warm soft bed at our hotel.

Check out our designated itinerary bellow for Everest 3 High Passes Trek or kindly send us an email and we’ll tailor make an itinerary based on your requirements.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu Airport(1360m) After your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in medieval and modernized Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transferred to the hotel. After check in and some refreshments, our senior Sherpa guide will come to meet you and give you a brief orientation about Three High Passes Trek. You can then go for a stroll down the street to get familiar with the neighbourhood, have supper and go to bed. This is your first overnight in the valley of temples and cows, probably the most in the world.
Day 2 : Flight to Lukla(2840m) and trek to Phakding(2,652m) - 4 Hrs Trek A thrilling scenic flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Kosi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding. We stay overnight at the height of 2652m. in lodge included three meals. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner).
Day 3 : Trek to Namche Bazar(3,440m) - 6 Hrs Trek After a good breakfast at Phakding, we set out for the mountain junction town of Namche; we cross and re-cross the river on high airy suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. We then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. Namche is the gateway to the Khumbu. This is where we crash out for the night with all meals included. We stay overnight at the height of 3440m. in lodge included three meals. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner).
Day 4 : Acclimatization Day Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatising to the new altitude before heading off towards Syangboche. To acclimatize, you visit Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. We then go to Khumjung where we visit a school established by Hillary. We begin our hike after enjoying lunch; by passing the route of Khimde. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. After going through our acclimatization drills, we head down to our lodge for some beers & a good sleep. Overnight Namche with all meals included.
Day 5 : Trek to Tengboche(3,860m) - 6 Hrs Trek After breakfast in Namche, we start our trek towards Tengboche enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows on the gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great Himalaya. Along the way we can spot wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kyangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sanasa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Kosi River, we reach Phunki Tenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Tenga we then have a little tough climb steep up through the pine forests while before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has a biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in Khumbu region. Overnight stay at lodge in Tengboche with all meals covered – breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 6 : Trek to Dingboche(4,360m) - 6 Hrs Trek With the Mountains as a backdrop, the monastery in Tengboche looks spectacular more in the morning. We click pictures of the monastery and the sceneries around and as usual start the day journey on a merry note. We choose the upper trail for better views to visit Pangboche village and its ancient Monastery. We pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. We enjoy lunch with fantastic close-up views of Ama-Dablam. In the afternoon, go north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Ama Dablam. From here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley ahead will begin to open up as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River, we descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche On arrival in Dingboche, we enjoy the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight at lodge in Dingboche with all meals covered.
Day 7 : Trek Chhukung(4,750m) - 4 Hrs Trek Today after breakfast, our walk takes off at a cool pace with only about 3-4 hours hike to Chhukung. The trek goes through Imja khola valley and sublime alpine landscapes, and some stone walled fields. On the trail we will also have spectacular mountain views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and Island Peak. Imja Tse has a splendid pyramid shape with its step rock and icy south face. Chhukung is a great place to explore the glacier and massive snow laden mountains all around the place. Overnight at an elevation of (4,750m) where the air gets thinner. We bunk out in a lodge with three meals included.
Day 8 : Rest Day This extra day for acclimatization is good for our bodies to cope with the heights before doing the passes that begin with Kongma La (5,535m). Today we will do a day trip to Nagarjun hillock. Nagarjun is a hill located on the glands of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. After breakfast we will head to Nagarjun. It may take about 5 hrs to reach Nagarjun. From Nagarjun we great views of Lobuche east, Lobuche west, Lobuche peak, Thamserku, Kangtega and Amadablam. We could even see Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain. We then descend back to Chhukung. Overnight at a cosy teahouse lodge which include three meals.
Day 9 : Trek to Lobuche(4,940m) via Kongma La Pass(5,535m) - 7 Hrs Trek We start at the break of day from Chhukung as we have to capture the highest pass of the trip today. We carry plenty of water and some snacks and a packed lunch as there is no tea shops on the way. We really enjoy the remoteness of the area and absolute nature!! We can select to go via any of the possible trails- either taking a climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung over the moraine of he Nuptse Glacier or we might walk back down the valley to Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. Just after some walk there are great views of Island peak valley and jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha. Ascending along the east side of Niyang Khola valley, we turn west and walk through the sloppy stony trial. We enter a wide basin dotted with small frozen lakes. The trail rises over loose screed gaining the Kongma La after about five hours we leave Chhukung. Upon reaching the top, we seen cairn wrapped in prayer flags,-marks of the pass. Behind us is the landscape of icy lakes ahead down of which is the Khumbu Glacier. The final descent is the toughest stage of the trek today, upon climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which culminates at Lobuche. We do an overnight in Lobuche with all meals covered.
Day10 : Trek to Everest Base camp(5,364) - Gorakshep(5,170m) - 9 Hrs Trek Today after a steamy breakfast at our lodge, we climb through meadows and moraine stones steps to reach Gorakshep, by either climbing to Kalapathar or continue heading to Everest base camp. We suggest that you make a beeline for Everest base camp. By the way, from Everest base camp we do not see Mount Everest. However, from Kalapathar, we get to see the entire south face of Mt. Everest and well known peaks nearby; this also includes great sights of the skyline of the Tibet plateau. Overnight at the height of (5,364) in our lodge with all three meals included.
Day11 : Trek to Lobuche(4,940m) via Kalapather(5,545m) - 9 Hrs Trek Today early in the morning we begin our trek to get remarkable views of the sunshine gleaming on the face of Everest from Kalapathar. We are surrounded by darkness and cold temperatures of approximately 10 to15 degrees Celsius in the morning. It is a testing hike to Kalapather because of the high altitude and shivering cold. On reaching the peak of Kalapather, we will have unbelievable views of the mountains that you will see only once in your lifetime. We snap as many beautiful pictures from the top of Kalapathar to take home with us the memory of king Everest. We return back to the Lobuche for an overnight inclusive full board meals.
Day12 : Trek to Dzongla(4,830m) - 4 Hrs Trek After breakfast, we will be heading towards Dzongla. The trek is about 3 to 4 hours. The route goes beside the river bed off stream. The trail heads in southeastern side which provides us a lovely view of towering heights of Ama Dablam and Kangtega-Thamserku. Similarly, Taboche looms is just a few steps ahead. The ancient village, Pheriche village is also clearly visible during our trek. We will go through mound in Chukpi Lhara which will bid a good bye with fresh memories. Chola Lake spreaded below Mt Cholaste is a view to observe on our route. The lakes will give us a fresh view until we descend a basin. Then we have to climb up a spur and the then have to descend a steeply way down to another broad basin. Then after an hour walk we reach Dzongla. Meanwhile we will have to cross a bridge in this an hour walk. We will stay overnight in Dzongla at local guest houses inclusive full board meals.
Day13 : Trek to Gokyo(4,800m) via Chola pass(5,368m) - 8 Hrs Trek Dzongla-gokyo is our next trek route which is about 7-8 hours walk. After our breakfast we will start our trek from Dzongla. Just after we step out of the hotel we can have the splendid view of Cholatse. We have to head towards western side of Dzongla. The trip today is little harder than earlier. The path descends; we will go beside the stream coated with ices on some places. About after an hour we will reach to the top of basin. From there we can have the enchanting view of the Chola Lake and the Ama Dablam which appears over a range of mountains in the south and Cholaste soars on the west. The journey from here seems to be little difficult as climbing the incline which is steepy made more difficult by boulders and may we have to scramble. We may have to bear a little risk as the rocks can be glazed by ice. After we reach at the top we can see prayer flags, strung across cairns, flapping in the strong wind. The exciting view will take your breathe out. The path from here is little easy as we just have to descend but it can be found dangerous if rocks are gazed by the ice. So we need to be careful. Then we reach to Thangnak, and as we pass the village we will be welcomed by shiny Mountain View. After a short walk, we will be at the edge of Ngozumpa glacier. Then after from the other side of the glacier we can have the view of beautiful Gokyo Lake. On the edge of the Gokyo Lake, gokyo village is situated. It is our final destination where we stay for a night inclusive full board meals.
Day14 : Rest Day On the day, we will take rest on the Gokyo village and have the view of enchanting sites of Gokyo village. If the day is favorable then we can climb Gokyo Ri and enjoy the view of clear Everest Region. The Gokyo region not only provides you the view of Gokyo peak but also adds an opportunity viewing series of six lakes. You can also see Thonak Thso Lake(forth lake) and Ngozuma Thso lake(fifth lake). The forth lake of this series has high cliff and peaks raising above the lake just about 3 kms north. We can have the view of the turquoise colored water of the lake. Moreover we can climb on the hill and get amazing view of Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Makalu. Cho-Oyu base camp situated beyond fifth lake, from where we can have the closer view of Mt. Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang. Cho-Oyu base camp and the biggest glacier of the world- the Ngazumpa Glacier is the view to observe from the northern part of the fifth lake. If possible we may even head to the sixth lake too. Then we return to Gokyo village and spend overnight at lodge inclusive full board meals.
Day15 : Trek to Marlung(4,210m) via Renjo La(5,360m) - 8 Hrs Trek After having one day rest and some sightseeing in Gokyo, our next trek will be to Marlung via Renjo-La pass. We need to be little hurry to head towards Marlung as there is no place to stay at Renjo-La. After we leave Gokyo valley, we will turn to Renjo-La trial by Dudh Pokhari. After a walk of about 3 hours we can reach to Renjo-La where we can see highest peak in the world Mt.Everest (8,848m), Mt Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Cholaste (6,440m) and Mt. Tabuche (6,542m) smiling at us. We can have the similar view here in Renjo-La as we had from Gokyo Ri where third Gokyo lake and Gokyo village can be seen beneath Ngozumpa glacier. Continuing our journey, the trial steps down a stone staircase and then need to scramble to reach the south bank of a small dazzling lake named as Angladumba Tsho. There might be presence of ice on the way while moving down the trek. We can see Relama tsho and Renjo Lake during our walk. Then we walk down narrow valley to Lumde where we may find a hotel but it is often found closed. After we reach Lumde, we can reach Marlung almost after an hour on the east of the Bhote Koshi. We will stay overnight at Marlung inclusive full board meals.
Day16 : Trek to Namche Bazar(3600m) - 6 Hrs Trek After staying a night at Marlung, we will be descending to Namche Bazar. We will start our journey in the early morning from Marlung. We will be following the route used to be used by the Tibetan traders. We cross Bhote Koshi and step downwards Taranga. The path goes through the valley of Langmuche Khola. This khola (stream) drains from the glacial lake named Dig Tsho. This lake was once burst in 1985 causing floods affecting Dudh Khosi valley and Thame. Thame is a beautiful village. We can get dew hotels in this village. Moreover we can see some eye-catching view of some mountains namely Thamserku, Katenga, Kusum Kangguru, etc. There situates a famous gompa situated some fields farther on the west hill. This gompa is believed to be established some 325 years ago. This gompa features three big images of Chenresig (Avalokiteswara), Guru Rimpoche, Buddha Sakyamuni. if you visit on may then you can experience the fun of Colorful Mani Rimdu festival featuring colorful mask dances as this festival is held only on may. Moving forward we cross a bridge and reach to Samde. Again we descend downwards to Thamo village. We can see a monastery called Khari Goma which is a nunnery being home to some nuns and monks. Leaving this village behind we come to the world’s highest hydroelectric power station built on Austrian help. Then after we come to Purthe after a short walk where you can find is Laudo monastery which is run by Kopan monastery of Bouddhanath in Kathmandu and is popular among the westerners for Buddhist study and meditation center. Then after we ultimately reach Namche Bazar. We can see some Gompas on the way to Namche Bazar colorful prayer flags, and Mani stones. Overnight at Namche Bazar inclusive full board meals.
Day17 : Trek to Lukla - 8 Hrs Trek Following the morning breakfast, we continue our trek to Lukla along the Dudh Koshi River. The trail goes steeply downward with rocky terrain. Even though, we are walking the same route, we feel completely different then the before. We pass through the rhododendron, pine and oaks forest and several snow covered peaks. Overnight at loges included all the three meals. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.)
Day18 : Fly Back to Kathmandu Usually, flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is schedule in the early morning. We take a scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu about forty five minutes. And then transfer to your hotel for the refreshment. But sometime the flight can be delayed or cancel in the mountain regions due to bad weather and other unprecedented reasons that are beyond our control.
Day19 : Departure Day Today, we drop you to the international airport three hours before our schedule flight to catch to flight back to your home and pray for your Safe journey.

INCLUDES AND EXCLUDES

Includes

  • All the airport pick up and drop off
  • 2 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu city at Kathmandu Guest House or similar 3 star category hotel included Bed and Breakfast.
  • Nepali cousins farewell dinner from Glorious Himalaya Team.
  • Best lodges accommodations and all three meals (B.L.D.) during the 16 Days trek.
  • Domestic airfare and airport taxes
  • An experienced Himalayan trekking guides and supporting staffs for your luggage.
  • Sagarmatha National park entry fees, TIMS card and other essential paper works.
  • First aid medical kit box for emergency.
  • Company duffel bag for rain protection.
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek

Exclude

  • International airfare
  • Nepal visa which obtained at the airport on arrival {bring 4 copies passport size picture too}
  • Meals in Kathmandu Hotel except Farewell dinner at the end of the trip.
  • Extra cost on natural disaster
  • Extra nights in Lukla and Kathmandu then the itinerary, if the flight has been cancel due to the bad weather in Lukla.
  • Any other alcoholic beverages / mineral bottle water and soft drinks
  • Tips to the guides and porter.