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Everest Three Pass Trek

Fact of the Trip:

Trip Activities: Trekking and Sightseeing

Difficulty: Strenuous

Max Elevation: 5,545m , Kala Patthar

Best Month: September-December/February-May

Group Size: 01 minimum – 10 Maximum

Duration: 20 days

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Perfect blend of mountain scenery, alpine trekking, off-beaten trail, exclusive Sherpa culture and challenging High Passes, Everest Three Pass Trek is the great exploration of Himalayan beauty and challenge, offered by Khumbu region. It is the ultimate mountain trek especially designed for adventure junkies, seeking for highest level of thrill and challenge in remote Everest region. Since, High Pass Trek in Everest provides definitive challenge, it might be arduous even to experienced trekkers.

On Everest Three High Pass trek, we cross three challenging high passes in the Everest region i.e. Kongma La Pass (5,535m/18,159ft), Cho-La Pass (5,420m/17,782ft) and Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,520ft). We also trek to the foot of world’s highest peak, climb Kalapatthar, Gokyo Ri and make tour to Gokyo Lakes. This exciting trekking route also introduces trekkers with the remote and un-explored Nangpa La Valley, Marlung- the Sherpa village and the monastery village of Thame.

In short, Everest Three Pass Trekking adventure is well-known for challenging passes, colorful Sherpa settlements, Khumbu glaicers, and milky peaks. Everest (8,848m), Cho-Oyu (8,156m), Lhotse (8,501m), Ama Dblam (6,856m) and Makalu (8,470m) are 8,000m+ peak seen during the trek.

Rated “Strenuous”, this trek in Everest region demands high level of physical fitness and strong determination. The best months of the year to trek three high passes in Nepal is September-October-November and Marhc-April-May.

How to Get to Everest Three Pass Trek

The starting point of Everest high pass trek is Lukla, 30-40 minute Trans-Himalayan flight from Kathmandu. We scramble up to Namche and spend two nights for proper acclimatization before heading to the less-explored trail to Chukkung. The crossing of Kongma La Pass is tough but the rewarding of snowy peaks are incredible. We trek to Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar via Lobuche and Gorak Shep before heading to Dzongla for Cho La Pass. The final ascend to the Cho La Pass is quite technical as the trail curves round a crevasse. Further we climb Renjo La Pass via Marlung which is quite tough. The reward of fascinating parades of Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest with turquoise lake compensates the trek.

If you have more vacation, there is alternative flight to Phaphu that adds about 4 days of trekking. Driving to Jiri from Kathmandu adds 7 days of trekking to three pass.

Permits & Regulations

Like other treks in Everest region, Everest three pass trek requires TIMS which costs USD 20. It is mandatory to obtain Sagarmatha National Park to enter the Khumbu region which costs USD 34. If you are trekking doing three pass trek solo, you need to get TIMS permit from Kathmandu and Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo check point.(a small village in Khumbu region).

Physical Requirements for Everest Three Pass Trek

Everest three pass trek is strenuous trek suitable for global trotters who have ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with light rucksack. Sometimes, you even need to walk for 8 to 9 hours a day, especially while crossing the pass.

A good fitness level and positive attitude with self-confidence and strong determination is important to complete the 3 pass trek in Everest safely and successfully.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m), Tribhuvan International Airport.

Day 02: Kathmandu – Lukla (2860m) – Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft) – 35 minutes flight/3-4 hours trek

Day 03: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280ft) – 5/6 hours trek

Day 04: Acclimatization halt at Namche Bazaar

Day 05: Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (3,860m/12,660ft) – 5/6 hours trek

Day 06: Tengboche – Dingboche (4,360m/14,300ft) – 5/6 hours trek

Day 07: Acclimatization and rest day at Dingboche

Day 08: Dingboche – Chhukung (4,750m/15,580ft) – Chukkung Ri (5,546m) – 6/7 hours trek

Day 09: Cross Kongma La Pass (5535m/18159ft) – Lobuche (4,940m/16,210ft) – 6/7 hours trek

Day 10: Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,170m/16,961ft) – Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft) – Gorak Shep – 6/7 hours trek

Day 11: Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) – Lobuche (4,940m/16,207ft) – 8/9 hours

Day 12: Lobuche – Dzongla (4,830m/15,850ft) – 3/4 hours trek

Day 13: Dzongla – Gokyo (4,800m/15,580ft) via Cho La Pass (5,368m/17,611ft) – 7/8 hours trek

Day 14: Rest in Gokyo. Climb to Gokyo Ri (5,357m/17,575ft) – 3/4 hours trek

Day 15: Gokyo – Lumde (4,365m/13,810ft) via Renjo La Pass (5,360m/17,585ft) – 7/8 hours trek

Day 16: Lumde – Namche Bazaar – 5/6 hours trek

Day 17: Namche Bazaar – Lukla – 6/7 hours trek

Day 18: Lukla – Kathmandu – 35 minutes flight

Day 19: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley and preparation departure

Day 20: Final departure

Day01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300/4,264ft)

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). After completion of the airport procedure, our airport representatives will meet you and transfer you to hotel via private vehicle.

Day02: Kathmandu – Lukla (2860m) – Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft) – 35 minutes flight/3-4 hours trek

After early morning breakfast, transfer to domestic airport for an adventurous mountain flight to Lukla. Meet porter at Lukla airport and start trekking to Phakding. At 1 hour gradual descend, you will reach cheplung villages which showcase the first glimpse of Khumbila (18,900ft) which has never been climbed. From Cheplung, we continue descending to Phakding.

Overnight at Phakding.

Day03: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280ft) – 5/6 hours trek

Start with your trek with continues uphill and downhill trails with multiple crossing of Dudh-Koshi River and enjoy the view of magnificent Mt. Thamserku (21,675ft) from Benkar village. After crossing several more bridges, we enter into Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, where our trekking permits are checked. Further, uphill hike takes you to Jorsale village, the last village before Namche. At Namche, you will be rewarded with great view of mighty peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Tawache and others.

Overnight at Namche Bazaar.

Day04: Acclimatization halt at Namche Bazaar

This is the first scheduled acclimatization period for Three High Pass Trek in Everest. Mountain experts believes that it is wise to stay active even in rest days for better acclimatization of your body with altitude so we take a short hikes in and around Namche Bazaar. We make 2/3 hours hike to Khumjung valley where we visit Khumjung monastery, local people and Hilary school.

We trek back to Namche to stay overnight.

Day05: Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (3,860m/12,660ft) – 5/6 hours trek

Today, we make an easy hike to Phunki Thanga. From this point, we climb-up to Tengboche village, which is home to an important monastery of the Khumbu region. Tengboche serves the best view of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse and Lhotse.

Overnight at Tengboche.

Day06: Tengboche – Dingboche (4,360m/14,300ft) – 5/6 hours trek

Today, we start trekking walking downhill through the forest of fir, rhododendron and birch. This spectacular trail continues down to Debuche crossing the Imja River and takes you to Pangboche. The trail further moves towards Imja Valley, Lobuche River and ultimately climbs up to Dingboche.

Overnight at Dingboche.

Day07: Acclimatization and rest day at Dingboche

Rest and acclimatization day at Dingboche. Dingboche is beautiful village filled with an assortments of fields protected by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes for the cold wind and grazing animals. We make a day hike to Nagarjun Hill to enjoy the best view of Makalu, Lhotse, Cholatse, Tawache, Ama Dablam and others.

We hike back to Dingboche to stay overnight.

Day08: Dingboche – Chhukung (4,750m/15,580ft) – Chukkung Ri (5,546m) – 6/7 hours trek

This day trailhead move further through stone-walled fields and Imja Valley before entering into the glacier moraines amidst of towering peaks. We continue walking until we reach Chhukung crossing Bibre. We make a hike to Chukkung Ri which involves some easy scrambling near the summit. The top of Chukkung Ri features the best view of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labcha peaks.

We hike back to Chukkung to stay overnight.

Day09: Cross Kongma La Pass (5535m/18159ft) – Lobuche (4,940m/16,210ft) – 6/7 hours trek

Today, we trek through the highest pass of the entire trip, Kongma La Pass. The top of the pass is festooned by cairns and Buddhist prayer flags. The final descend from the pass is quite strenuous and after climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail moves towards Khumbu Glacier which leads us to Lobuche.

Overnight at Lobuche.

Day10: Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5,170m/16,961ft) – Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft) – Gorak Shep – 6/7 hours trek

Everest Three Pass Trail moves further along the moraine of Khumbu Glacier. We can explore the summit of the Everest along with the Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Nuptse and others. As we reach Gorak Shep, we find a small settlement surrounded by mountains. We further continue to Everest Base Camp and enjoy the greatest view.

We finally trek back to Gorak Shep and stay overnight.

Day11: Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) – Lobuche (4,940m/16,207ft) – 8/9 hours

We start trekking to Kala Patthar in order to catch the stunning sunrise view and fresh rays striking over Mt. Everest. Kala Patthar is the vantage point to Everest and also affords the great views of mighty peaks.

After exploration, we descend back to Lobuche, where we stay overnight.

Day12: Lobuche – Dzongla (4,830m/15,850ft) – 3/4 hours trek

From Lobuche, we continue trailhead down alongside the Khumbu Glaicer. We cross Chola Khola Bridge before entering into the area of Dzongla.

Overnight at Dzongla.

Day13: Dzongla – Gokyo (4,800m/15,580ft) via Cho La Pass (5,368m/17,611ft) – 7/8 hours trek

Today, we trek to Gokyo via Cho La Pass. The final climb to the Cho La Pass is little technical as the trail curves round a crevasse. The trail further moves to the Ngozumpa Galcier, the longest glacier in Nepal. Further moving alongside the glacier, we can explore the second of Gokyo Lake on the series of six lakes.

We move towards Gokyo village where you spend overnight.

Day14: Rest in Gokyo. Climb to Gokyo Ri (5,357m/17,575ft) – 3/4 hours trek

Today, we hike up to Gokyo Ri and enjoy the incredible views of mountain vistas. We can also take a tour to fourth Gokyo Lake, which is about 3 km north of the village.

Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu are few highlight of Gokyo Ri ridge.

We hike back to Gokyo village and stay overnight.

Day15: Gokyo – Marlung (4,210m/13,810ft) via Renjo La Pass (5,360m/17,585ft) – 7/8 hours trek

Today, we start our journey early in the morning to complete our long day trek ahead. Our trail moves alongside of Dudh Pokhari before finally getting into the Renjo La Pass. En-route, we will be rewarded with the astonishing view of Himalayas and Rolwaling ranges. Crossing the pass, our trail winds down to stone staircases and moves further to reach the bank of Angladumba Tsho Lake. We further hike down to narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Lumde and finally reach Marlung.

Overnight at Marlung.

Day16: Marlung – Namche Bazaar – 5/6 hours trek

Today, we descend from Marlung to Thame following the traditional route used by Tibetan traders for centuries. Further, we cross Botekoshi River and descend to Taranga. The trail continues to downhill section crossing Thame village and other few settlements before reaching Namche Bazaar.

Overnight at Namche Bazaar.

Day17: Namche Bazaar – Lukla – 6/7 hours trek

Today, we trace back to same route to Lukla to conclude our fascinating Everest Three Pass Trek. Crossing several suspension bridges of Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries, we finally reach Lukla, the ending point of the trek.

Overnight at Lukla.

Day18: Lukla – Kathmandu – 35 minutes flight

The flights to Kathmandu are usually scheduled in morning for safety. Enjoy free day at Kathmandu strolling around bustling city Thamel. Attend farewell dinner program organized by 4season trek at typical Nepali restaurant with cultural shows.

Overnight at hotel.

Day19: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley and preparation for departure

Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley including UNSECO designated world heritage sites. Sightseeing of world heritage sites include: Pashupatinath (Hindu Temple Complex), Boudhanath (world’s largest Buddhist stupa), Patan Darbar Square and Swayambhunath (2,000 years old monkey temple).

Drive back to hotel and preparation departure

Day20: Final departure

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for final departure

Cost Includes

  • All airport transfer
  • Accommodation at star hotel in Kathmandu on B & B basis
  • City sightseeing tour with guide and transport vehicle
  • Domestic air flight: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu
  • All airport taxes
  • All entrance fee, permit fee and paper works
  • An experienced English-speaking legal trekking guide and local porter
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • Comprehensive medical kit
  • Farewell dinner at Kathmandu

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner at Kathmandu
  • Personal nature expenses including tipping for guides, drivers and porters, phone calls, alcoholic beverage, extra menu, laundry etc.
  • Bottled drinks
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International flight

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