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Everest Three High Passes Trek is an ultimate trek, that will take you through the famous three passes of the Everest Region, namely the Renjo La pass, the Cho La pass, and the Kongma La pass. It is a trek with unparalleled alpine beauty and without a doubt the grandest mountain scenery in the world.
The highlights of the trek include the Sherpa village of Khumjung, the pristine Gokyo lake, the breathtaking scenery from all these passes, and the visit to the Island base camp. Unlike other treks in the Everest region, this trek makes a loop, hence no tracing back of the route. The main feature of this trek is, you’ll get to trek close to some of the tallest mountains in the world.
For this 19 days trek in the Everest Region, you’ll be accompanied by an experienced guide who knows about the region completely. Filled with lots of experiences and scenic views at every step, this trail is also a place to learn about the Sherpa culture and the Himalayan Lifestyle.
Landing in Kathmandu is quite an experience. The views of the Mountain ranges from the window seat of the airplane are totally amazing.
Following your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, You’ll be welcomed to Nepal by a representative of Hiking Himalayas at TIA’s arrival terminal. We’ll transfer you to the hotel in a private car.
Overnight Stay in Kathmandu.
A flight to Lukla and landing on a steep mountain runway bring us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla(2850m). After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding(2656m).
Overnight stay in Phakding.
After breakfast, we hit the trail and head towards Namche Bazaar. The trail leads to the river on high-suspension bridges several times over the Dudh Koshi river. We’ll enter Sagarmatha National Park after crossing Monjo(2845m). We’ll ascend aggressively with the trail to Namche(3450m) enjoying some breathtaking views. 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.
Overnight Stay in Namche.
Today, we’ll spend our day in Namche Bazaar, for getting used to the changing altitude. We’ll explore the Namche Bazaar and near destinations. 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, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche.
We’ll hike to Hotel Everest View(3962m), from here, you’ll be able to enjoy the views of Mt.Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, and Ama Dablam. We’ll visit Khunde Hospital(3840m) set up by Sir Edmund Hillary. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum above the town.
Overnight Stay in Namche.
Today, After Breakfast, we’ll head for Thame which will take about 4-5 hours. We’ll trek through fields, forests, and sherpa villages of Thamo(3480m) – A village with old stone houses, Gumba, and Samde village, finally making our way to the Thame(3800m) Village. We’ll visit an old monastery in the village of Thame, Dechen Chokhorling Monastery.
Overnight Stay in Thame.
Thame is a village safeguarded by the Himalayas. We’ll leave this village in the morning, after breakfast, and head towards Lungdeng. We’ll trek through the village of Tangmote, we’ll follow the Bhotekoshi, and leave behind the Tarngga village(4018m) and reach Marulung(4210m). From Marlung, we’ll trek for a while and ascend a small hill then cross a small stream to reach Lungdeng(4380m). We’ll trek through yak grazing lands, accompanied by some wonderful views of mountains.
Overnight Stay in Lungdeng.
Today, we’ll trek through 1st high pass of the trip. After morning breakfast, we’ll start our trekking by heading towards the RenjoLaPass(5360m). This pass gives us amazing vistas of Everest, Lhotse, Taboche, Cholatse along with the Gokyo village, Gokyo Lakes and Ngozumpa Glacier. Now, we’ll descend with the trail to Gokyo(4,750m) through the trail.
Overnight Stay in Gokyo.
The excursion to the Gokyo Peak usually starts early in the morning. The climb is quite steep for the first 30 minutes; it will take an hour to reach the top with its traditional prayer flags. From where you will have a magnificent view of the highest peaks, from west to east are Cho Oyu(8153m), Gyachung Kang(7922m), Everest(8848.86m), Lhotse(8501m), and further way Makalu, On the way, while descending, you can enjoy a superb view of Gokyo Lake.
Overnight Stay in Gokyo.
After exploring the Gokyo village, we’ll trek toward Thangnak village which will take about 4 hours. The trail is filled with serene mountain views. The Thangnak Village(4700m)is placed in the perfect place for trekkers trekking to Cho La Pass. Tonight we prepare ourselves for the Cho La Pass trek.
Overnight Stay in Thangnak.
The trek through Cho La Pass(5330m), while this is a rather difficult route, requires some mountaineering experience and a well-equipped team. We suggest bringing warm clothing and some extra food. The pass is not difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier crossing. There will not be any technical problems and there is a trail in the rocks beside the icefall. After trekking for about 7 hours we’ll reach our final destination of the day, Dzongla(4830m).
Overnight Stay in Dzongla.
Leaving behind Dzongla, we’ll move toward Gorekchep. We’ll trek through glacier moraine and follow the Khumbu glacier. Here, you’ll see the statues of mountaineers who passed away while mountaineering. Now, we’ll trek along with Imja Khola and pass the village of Lobuche(4950m)before reaching Gorakshep(5164m).
Overnight Stay in Gorakshep.
Today, an incredible view awaits you in Kalapathar(5644m). Early morning, we’ll head towards Kalapathar to explore the beauty of sunrise in the Everest region. From Kalapathar, you’ll get to see the unimpeded view of Mt.Everest, Nuptse, Changtse, and other surrounding mountains. If you’re a photoholic person, this will be the best day for you. After spending some time in Kalapathar, we’ll head back to Gorakchep for Lunch and trek toward Lobuche(4940m).
Overnight Stay in Lobuche.
Today, we’ll trek through the third and last high pass of our trip, Kangma La Pass(5540m). We’ll cross the Khumbu glacier on our way to Kangma La Pass. From here, you’ll have some amazing views of Mt.Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, and the surrounding mountains. We’ll ascend through a challenging trail to reach the pass and a descending and ascending trail to reach Chukhung(4730m).
Overnight Stay in Chukhung.
On the 13th day, we’ll explore Chukhung Village and its surrounding. And, for acclimatizing for the upcoming days, we’ll hike towards the Island Base Camp. We’ll trek uphill on a rocky trail through Imja river and Lhotse Glacier. Reaching the Island Base Camp(5100 m)will take about 5 hours. After spending some time in the base camp we’ll trek back the same way to Chukhung village admiring the magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.
Overnight Stay in Chukhung.
After breakfast, we’ll head toward Tengboche(3860m) from Chhukung. We’ll trek the serene trail whilst enjoying the views of the mountains and reach Pangboche Village(3985m). We’ll visit the Pangboche monastery which is believed to be the oldest in the region and is famous for yeti scalp and hand. The village is also directly opposite Ama Dablam, and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the gompa, Mani walls, and scattered pine trees in the foreground. We now continue trekking through alpine terrain and pine forests which brings us to Tengboche. We’ll visit Tengboche monastery, have a lunch then we’ll hit the trail and descend with the steep trail which leads us to the Dudh Koshi River. We’ll trek through numerous tea shops, villages and a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga(3250m). After trekking for a while, we’ll reach the hillside near Namche, from where, we’ll take a last glance of Mt.Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. After a short walk, we’ll reach Namche Bazaar(3440m).
Overnight Stay in Namche Bazaar.
Today is the last trek of this trip. Today, after breakfast, we’ll descend downhill through the rocky terrain, Rhododendron, and pine forests, getting accompanied by the mountain views far away. We’ll cross and recross several suspension bridges before reaching the village of Lukla(2860m)- the gateway of the Everest Region.
Overnight Stay in Lukla.
A scenic and thrilling flight from Lukla will take us to Manthali(Ramechap). And, from Ramechap we’ll drive back to Kathmandu, enjoying the landscape of the hilly region of Nepal.
Overnight Stay in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, their two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural, and religious significance. There will be a half-day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath – the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Bhaktapur Durbar Square – the 15th-century palace of 55 windows, and Swoyambhunath. At the event, you will be briefed about your trip.
After we finish Sightseeing, You’ll be gifted with an evening farewell dinner in a traditional way and many other surprises, for they’ve had a quality time with you.
Overnight Stay in Kathmandu.
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as driving at National parks, doing some white-water rafting, a Tibet tour, or even mountain biking, etc – please don’t hesitate to let us know). We would be glad to help you. Thank you for doing this venture with us & it’s been wonderful knowing you over the weeks. Please do stay in touch in the months ahead. Bon Voyage & take care!!!
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The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for the Everest Three High Passes Trek in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel necessary for your comfort and convenience. However, we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
Sun hat or scarf
Light or warm fleece hat.
Light and expedition-weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or sweater
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Hiking shorts (4)
Lightweight cotton long pants
Lightweight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C
Headlamp and batteries
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Small wash towel
Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
Books (Highly Recommended)
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A high pass is a path that connects the two valleys. In Nepal, a high pass is denoted by the word 'La'.
The best season for trekking this trail is Autumn(September, October, and November), and Spring (March, April, and May). The temperature in these seasons can reach up to 17°C and the nights can reach up to -7°C.
This trek is a challenging trek. You'll have to trek through some challenging, rocky, and icy terrains. This trek goes through three high passes and you'll also need requires some mountaineering experience in Cho La Pass(5330m).
You'll have to trek through high altitudes for this trek with a maximum of 5540 meters and spend the night in a maximum of 5164 meters.
Although, this trail goes through and also we'll spend night in the higher altitude, we'll acclimatize before a day whenever we're going to a higher altitude. So, you won't face the problem of high altitude sickness. And, If you catch high altitude sickness, our experienced guides will descend you to lower altitude.
Crossing Cho La Pass is difficult, as it itself is located at a high altitude and is steep. We may also need some rope and an equipped team to cross the pass. This pass will be difficult for those without mountaineering experience.
On day 3 of our trek, while trekking from Phakding to Namche, we will get the first glimpse of Everest.
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Hari Nepal, our guide was so present and devoted, always happy, patient, and very knowledgeable. Nawaraj, Tek , Prem and Migma , our porters were always ready to pick up our bags and carry them. Strong and fast, they were never tired and kept us going with their cheers even in tougher times.. For the best trekking trip ever,
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