Everest Three Passes Trek

Hiking From Chhukung to Khogma La Pass
At a Glance
  • Duration19 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Technical Challenging
  • Maximum Altitude5555m
  • ActivityTrekking With 3 Passes In Everest Region
  • Group Size1-15
  • StartsKathmandu
  • EndsKathmandu
  • Best SeasonMarch,April,May And September,October,November
Everest Three Passes Trek Highlights
  • An adrenal rushing flight to Hilary Tenzing Airport at Lukla   
  • Challenging pass, Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La
  • Gokyo and its 5 Glacier lakes, including Ngozumpa Glacier
  • Everest Base camp
  • Amazing sunrise view from Kala Patthar
  • The highest glacier Khumbu Glacier and other Glacier route
  • Breathtaking view of the highest mountains, including Mount Everest, Amadablam, Pumori, Nuptse, Makalu and many more
  • Ancient monastery in Tengboche
  • Traves along the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Saharmatha National Park
  • Prayer wheels, colorful flags, Mani stones, high suspension bridges, and Sherpa Culture
  • The wide range of flora and fauna
  • Wildlife like musk deer, colorful pheasants, snow leopards, and Himalayan Thar

 

Challenging Pass In Everest Region The Three Passes Trek(Cho La Pass(5420m), Renjo La Pass(5465m), And Kongma La Pas(5535m).

The 18 Nights 19 Days Everest Three Passes Trek is an exhilarating and challenging adventure that takes trekkers through the breathtaking landscapes of the Everest Region in Nepal.  The Three Pass Trek is renowned for its stunning mountain vistas, remote trails, and the opportunity to conquer three high mountain passes - Cho La Pass(5420m), Renjo La Pass(5465m), And Kongma La Pas(5535m). Trekking in the Everest Three Passes Route offers a remarkable journey for avid hikers and nature enthusiasts seeking an extraordinary Himalayan experience.

The Everest 3 Passes Trek commences with an adrenal rushing flight to Lukla airport, one of the most dangerous flights in the world.  From here, trekkers embark on a mesmerizing journey that leads you through diverse terrain, including lush forests, picturesque valleys, glacial moraines, and high-altitude passes that revolve on and off the classic Everest Base Camp Trail and the border line of the Khumbu region. Along with the challenging Three Passes, the key highlights of the trek include encounters with the unique flora and fauna, exploration of Sherpa villages and monasteries, the pristine Glacier lakes of the Gokyo, and the majestic views of the towering peaks.

The first Pass is Renjo La, standing at 5360 meters (17,585 feet), which takes you through the less traveled path through the traditional Sherpa village of Thame, known for its rich cultural heritage and mountaineering history including Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Apa Sherpa. The trail makes it from the borderline of the Khumbu Region, offering awe-inspiring views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and other towering peaks and into the Gokyo Valley. 

The second Pass is Cho La, situated at 5420 meters (17,782 feet). Through the moraine of Ngozumpa Glacier, the top of the pass offers panoramas of Everest, Ngozumpa Glacier, and the majestic Gokyo Valley that rejoins the classic Everest Base Camp trail. 

With the iconic journey towards the Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar, the trail then heads towards the final and most challenging Pass, Kongma La, standing at an elevation of 5420 meters (17,783 feet), offering the majestic view of the Nuptse range Lhotse, Makalu, and Ama Dablam before descending to the picturesque Chukhung Valley.

The trail then ends as you walk back to Lukla along the Everest Base Camp Trek while you experience the solitude culture of the Sherpa and Buddhists gazing your way to spot the unique flour and fauna. 

Epic Everest Three High Passes Trek is difficult and requires a good level of physical fitness. So if you can challenge yourself, embark on the extraordinary journey to explore the stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage of the Everest Region. The Three Passes Trek combines the thrill of conquering high mountain passes with the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas' remote valleys and glacial lakes to towering peaks and Sherpa villages creating unforgettable lifelong memories.

Itinerary

Welcome to Kathmandu Nepal! 

Upon landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, clear all the necessary immigration formalities claim your baggage, and head outside the airport.

Our representative will be waiting outside the airport with a placard. You will be assisted by our team and transferred to the hotel. 

Kathmandu is the first stop for those traveling to Nepal by air. The city is the capital of the country and a political and cultural hub. Once a medieval town ruled by the Mallas and Lichivi, Kathmandu displays the fine architecture of the Newari ethnic group. The city host 7 UNESCO Heritage site. The buzzing traffic and folks of birds in the sky, the fluttering prayer flags, monasteries within the Hindu temple, and the busy yet charming people make Kathmandu a surreal place to be. 

Upon arrival at the hotel, meet your guide and discuss the details of your journey towards the Himalayas. 

Make sure that you have all the necessary gear available with you. If you have missed anything, worry note, there are several stores where you can buy according to your needs. 

    Depending on your flight schedule you will be transferred back to the airport to the Domestic terminal for your flight to Lukla. 

    Considered one of the most dangerous airports in the world, the flight to Lukla is itself a thrilling experience. Through the narrow gorge that almost looks as if the wings are about to touch giant hills, the 30-minute flight takes you to the gateway to Everest. 

    Upon arrival at Lulka, you will meet the rest of the crew members and begin your trek. 

    Today, you will be trekking to Phakding. Walk past the buzzing town of Lulka. After leaving Lukla, walk along the alpine forest downhill. You will cross the Dudh Koshi River over many suspension bridges. On your way, you will witness  Mount Karyolung (6511m), Mount Kusum Kanguru (6367m), Mount Nupla (5885m), and Mount Gongla (5813m). 
     While approaching Phakding, you will be welcomed by fluttering Tibetan prayer flags. 

    Situated at an altitude of 2,610 meters, Phakding is a charming village with many local monasteries overviewing the mesmerizing view of the Himalayas. 

    Upon arrival at Phakding check in to the lodge and spend your time relaxing.

      Breakfast at the lodge.

      Begin your trek along the Dudh Koshi River to reach Monjo. Along the way, walk past the suspension bridge, including the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge (the highest and longest bridge in the Everest region). 

      You have a check post of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. Show your permits clear all the necessary formalities and continue moving forward.   

      Ascend toward Jorsale and walk following the Dudh Koshi River and through the rhododendron and pine forest. The trail starts getting steeper, and you feel out of breath because of the altitude. Here you will catch your first glimpse of Mt. Everest above the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge and finally lead to Namche Bazaar, the largest town and the main tourist hub in Khumbu Region. 

        Today is a rest day to adjust to the low oxygen levels at the high altitude. 

        After breakfast, take a short acclimatization hike to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarters. This uphill hike offers a spectacular view of Namche Bazaar below and its surrounding snow-capped giants. Visit the museum if interested. The museum has all the information about the Himalayan history, geography, culture, mountaineering history, flora, and fauna of the region. 

        You can also explore the local market, and monasteries to accustom to the altitude and get a cultural experience of the Sherpa community. 

        Make sure to remain hydrated, drink plenty of water, and avoid taking alcohol and smoking. 

          Starting fourth, you will be trekking along the less steep path to the end of the Khumbu Valley. The path meanders alongside the Bhote Koshi, revealing breathtaking vistas as you pass through verdant pine forests adorned with vibrant rhododendron blooms. Along the way, you will see the mud-plastered stupa at Phurte, a testament to the region's rich spiritual heritage.

          Following the path, you reach the alluring hamlet of Thamo and encounter Thamo Gompa, a sacred monastery that stands as a beacon of faith amidst the rugged mountain terrain. The trail then heads steeply down towards the  Khumbu Hydroelectric Plant. The path then goes slowly up to the other side of the hills towards Thame.

          Thame is a small village surrounded by mountains all around. Thame is renowned for its association with legendary Sherpa mountaineers who have left an indelible mark on the annals of climbing history, including Apa Sherpa, a true titan of mountaineering, whose unparalleled achievement of conquering Everest an astounding 21 times has rightfully earned him a place in the world record books and childhood home of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, an intrepid pioneer who etched his name alongside Sir Edmund Hillary in the annals of human accomplishment as one of the first men to summit the majestic Mount Everest.

            From Thame, the path leads you through a tapestry of picturesque villages, allowing you to revel in the breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding landscape, verdant vegetation, and majestic mountains.

            Through the series of captivating settlements, you pass the Buddhist stupas and stones engraved with sacred rituals. Travase through the villages of Tarang walk towards Marulung, and finally to Lungden. 

            During your leisure time in Lungden, explore  Nakpa Valley, which holds historical significance as the former trade route to Tibet. The valley is imbued with ancient tails and cultural exchange, presenting a captivating glimpse into the region's past. Also, for those seeking further adventure, a hike to the exquisite Cho Relmo Lake awaits, offering a tranquil and reflective respite amidst the grandeur of nature's embrace.

              Today, prepare to embark on one of the most exhilarating days of your journey as you venture towards the renowned Renjo La Pass, the first mountain pass along our route. 

              The trail starts with a rather steep climb, while the midsection towards the Renjo La pass takes you through a gradual incline, where you can see Renjo La straight up which is through a steep ascend. Along the way, the changing seasons may offer glimpses of traditional human activities, such as the mesmerizing sight of yak herding. 

              As you ascend to the summit of the Renjo La Pass, a breathtaking panorama unfolds before our eyes, showcasing the majestic grandeur of the highest peaks in the world like Mount Everest (8848m), Mount Lhotse (8516m), Mount Makalu (8463m), and Mount Cho Oyu (8201m) stand tall and evoking a profound sense of awe and reverence. Surrounded by the majestic backdrop, you see the third of the five pristine Gokyo Lakes, Dudh Pokhari below you. Nestled alongside this crystal-clear lake lies the charming Gokyo village. 

              Then the path descends through the rocky and icy terrain leading us into the captivating Gokyo Valley. 

                Today you will be acclimatizing within the pristine beauty of the Gokyo Valley.

                A great way to acclimatize and view the panoramic view is by hiking to Gokyo Ri. The uphill hike is an exhilarating climb that rewards you with mesmerizing vistas of the Everest region. You get to witness the enchanting Thonak Tsho Lake and the awe-inspiring Ngozuma Tsho Lake. 

                Just three kilometers north of Gokyo is the Ngozumpa Tsho glacier, situated at an impressive altitude of 5,000 meters. A mere five-minute walk from here brings you to Scoundrel's Viewpoint, where you witness the awe-inspiring presence of some of the world's highest peaks like Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu. 

                Heading towards the north of the fifth Gokyo Lake, you catch glimpses of the astonishing vistas of the Cho Oyu Base Camp and the Ngozumpa Glacier. Stretching across vast distances, the Ngozumpa Glacier proudly boasts the title of the longest glacier in the Himalayas, captivating us with its icy expanse and commanding presence.

                These extraordinary viewpoints offer us a glimpse into the raw and untamed beauty of the Everest region and a humbling experience to witness the natural wonders. 

                  After breakfast, resume your trek to Thangnak.

                  Navigating the rocky trail alongside the Ngozumpa Glacier, descend through the eastern glacial moraine. Walk into a breathtaking panorama and towards Dragnag. Then head slowly up to your left to Thangnak.

                  Thangnak is a small village with lodges nestled in a tranquil setting. Thangnak serves as an ideal resting point, strategically positioned for our upcoming adventure of crossing the esteemed Cho-La High Pass.

                    Another adventurous day today as you cross Cho La PassPass. 

                    As always, start your climb to the Pass early morning. The first half of the ascend takes you through dried vegetation in between two hill slopes. Once you reach the top of the hill, the trail leads towards a slightly flat terrain, while a rocky steep climb towards Cho La Pass awaits you. The top of the pass bestows you with Himalayan on both sides. This formidable pass rewards us with awe-inspiring vistas of Everest and the majestic Himalayan peaks. While the other two side shows where you came from and your ultimate destination. 

                    While the ascend is over, the challenge lies as you descend. Manoeuvre carefully as you walk steeply downwards to the end of the hill. Then the trail heads on flat but rocky terrain towards Dzongla. 

                      After breakfast, begin your trek tracing the moraine and descending alongside the picturesque Chola Lake. The trail then ultimately rejoins the iconic Everest Base Camp Trek. 

                      You will pass along a memorial statue, a solemn reminder of climbers who lost their lives in this revered region. The hike then takes you through a delightful experience as you follow the well-trodden trails of the Imja Khola Valley, steadily leading to Lobuche. 

                      Lobuche is a small village with stunning views of the surrounding valleys and peaks of Pumori, Nuptse, and Changtse.

                        After a fulfilling breakfast, begin your journey towards the most anticipated destination of Everest Base Camp, following your check-in at the lodge in Gorak Shep. 

                        Start by ascending the Khumbu Glaciers and follow the trekking trail that meanders through boulders and rugged terrain to reach Gorak Shep. Gorak Shep, aptly named the Graveyard of Crows, serves as your stopping point before reaching Everest Base Camp.

                        Leave your heavy bags at the lodge carrying only the most essential items and embark on the hike to Everest Base Camp. The trail will ascend to the mesmerizing Khumbu Glacier, offering a unique and awe-inspiring experience. Take a moment to relax and soak in the remarkable surroundings. 

                        Note: trekking groups are not allowed to go to Base Camp, where the expedition camps are set.

                        After savoring the sights and atmosphere of Everest Base Camp, head back to Gorak Shep, where you will spend the night.

                          Today wake up early before sunrise and hike to KalaPathar to witness the sunrise view over Kalapathar. 

                          Kala means Black, and Pathar means rock. The hike to the point is challenging, with steep climbs at high altitudes. But the view is sensational; Khumbu Glacier is below you, and the highest peak, Mount Everest (8,848m), is above you. Take some time to admire the view and hike back to Ghorepsep for breakfast.

                          Later retrace your way to Lobuche. 

                            Today marks the culmination of crossing all three formidable passes, with the final and most challenging one Kongma La Pass. 

                            Leaving behind the classic trail, walk towards the glacier, and straight ahead, you see the Kongma La Pass. The trail leads you through a rocky and steep ascend all the way towards Kongma La Pass. Once you reach the pass, the entire Nuptse range, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Makalu, Baruntse, and the iconic Ama Dablam present themselves. You can see an amazing glacier lake below you, from where you head to Nigyang Khola Valley. 
                            With steep and sometimes gradual ascends, you reach the charming village of Chukhung, where the Sherpas utilize the surrounding area as a grazing ground for their yaks. 

                            While no permanent habitation exists here, Chukhung has gained popularity among trekkers as a haven for acclimatization, attracting adventurers seeking to challenge their limits and soak in the captivating beauty of the Himalayas.

                              After breakfast, continue your journey as you rejoin the classic Everest Base Camp trail. 

                              Descend through the Imja Khola valley, and trek towards Dingboche, known for its picturesque stone walls, potato fields, and alpine pastures. The journey continues to Kharkas, traditional highland sheds dotting the landscape at Tsura, Orsho, and Shomare. 

                              Following the trail, you arrive at Pangboche Village, a place that serves as a year-round settlement in the valley, and finally to Tengboche. 

                              Tangboche nestles an iconic monastery, the Tengboche Gompa, the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage and soak in the spiritual ambiance as you 
                              unfold the majestic presence of iconic peaks such as Amadablam, Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse. 

                                As you embark on the trail towards Namche Bazaar, you find yourself immersed in forests that serve as the habitat for an array of highland wildlife, including pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats, and the elusive snow leopards. Then ascent along steep slopes adorned with chortens and fluttering prayer flags, adding a spiritual touch to the natural surroundings. Along the way, catch captivating glimpses of Everest's peak and the lesser-known backside of Lhotse, offering a unique perspective on these iconic Himalayan giants and then to Namche Bazaar. 

                                Upon arrival at Namche, enjoy your evening exploring the lively village. Enjoy your time in cafes and pubs,  celebrating your successful trek. 

                                  Followed by breakfast with one final look over the giant Himalayas, begin your last day of the trek. 

                                  Hike all the way to Lukla. The trail again is mostly downhill, through green vegetation along passing bridges. Once you arrive at Lukla, explore the village on your own. It’s the last day where you will be with your entire crew members, so do spend some time sharing your moments one last time. 

                                    Breakfast at the lodge and depending on your flight schedule, fly back to Kathmandu.

                                    Upon arrival, you will be transferred back to the hotel in Kathmandu, where the remaining day will be at leisure. 

                                    Evening we organize a farewell Dinner In a cultural Show Restaurant with the Company Representative and we provide you with the trek completion Certificate.

                                      Leisurely breakfast at the hotel. You will have some free time until your final departure. Depending on the flight, our representative will pick you up 3 hrs. prior to the flight, to the airport. 

                                        NOTE: All information in this itinerary is accurate to the best of our knowledge, considering the current situation of the itinerary. But please note that the changes might occur at any time despite our best efforts to improve our program or due to logistical regions such as traffic jams, flight schedules, weather conditions, governmental policies, or any external reasons.  

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                                        B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner 

                                        What's Included
                                        • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
                                        • 02 Nights Twin sharing 3-Star accommodation in Kathmandu); Breakfast included. (A single room can be arranged upon payment of an extra price of USD 60 per night).
                                        • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
                                        • Standard Guest House accommodation while trekking time on a twin-sharing basis.
                                        • Airfare from Kathmandu – to Lukla - Kathmandu includes airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
                                        • Well, I English-speaking Government License Holder and Experienced Trek leader/Guide.
                                        • Porters to carry your bags(1 porter for 2 guests).
                                        • Food, Accommodation, salary, insurance, and equipment are for all staff.
                                        • Free Mount Glory Duffle, and T-shirt.
                                        • Everest National Park Permits and TIMS for trekking.
                                        • All government, hotel, and other applicable taxes.
                                        • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali Restaurant with a cultural dance show.
                                        • Trip Completion Certificate.
                                        • Official expenses.
                                        What's not Included
                                        • International Airfare and taxes.
                                        • Personal Travel Insurance.
                                        • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
                                        • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
                                        • All items of personal expenses.
                                        • Tipping for a guide, porters, and drivers(tipping is expected).
                                        • Any other expense which is not mentioned in the price Includes' section.

                                        Note: Please bring 4 passport-size photos, a copy of your passport, and travel insurance at Our First Meeting In Our Office.

                                        Dates & Availability

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                                        Starts: SundayApr 28, 2024
                                        Ends: ThursdayMay 16, 2024
                                        PriceUS$1690
                                        StatusAvailable

                                        Useful Information

                                        Accommodation and Facilities During 19 Days Everest Three Passes Trek:

                                        Despite the challenging geography and climate, The Khumbu Region in Nepal boasts the best trekking lodges in the country. You will get a comfortable bed with an attached bathroom,  delicious food with quite a variety of options, and a hot and cold shower. 

                                        It is important to understand that the trekking trails are not connected to roadways, making it necessary to transport goods by yaks and porters over several days. So as you gain altitude, the facilities are limited with occasional issues with wifi connectivity and electricity. Additional charges apply for hot drinking water, showers, and charging electric appliances.

                                        Namche stands out as the most charming and well-equipped. It offers a wide range of accommodations, including lodges with attached bathrooms and showers. In addition, Namche features bakeries, pubs, and reasonably exclusive restaurants, making it feel like a modern hidden gem in the midst of the mountains.


                                        Who can join the Everest Three Passes Trek:

                                        The Everest Three Passes Trek is one of the most challenging treks. The trek takes you to not one but three highest trekking points in the world.

                                        So trekkers need to prepare themselves, physically and mentally. The trekkers must prepare by exercising and doing other fitness activities like swimming, running, or cycling. Travellers with joint issues are advised to be cautious, and we strictly recommend consulting with doctors who have issues relating to respiration as you will be exposed to high altitude with low atmospheric pressure number of days. 

                                        The path gets even trickier once it snows, while the weather in the highland is unpredictable. 

                                        We strongly suggest taking insurance covering emergency evacuation and being physically and mentally prepared. 


                                        Guide & Potters for the Everest Three High Passes Trek: 

                                        It is compulsory to hire a guide during trekking in Nepal. 

                                        The trail presents challenges with high altitudes and unpredictable weather, making local expertise crucial for your safety. Guides navigate the terrain, help you avoid hazards, and offer assistance in emergencies. They possess valuable knowledge of the trails and stay updated on local conditions, enabling informed decision-making. Additionally, trekking guides serve as local friends, providing cultural insights that enrich your journey. 

                                        Furthermore, considering the physically and mentally demanding nature of the trek, hiring a porter ensures a more enjoyable experience by allowing you to move at your own pace and relieving the strain on your body.


                                        Safety and Security During Everest Three Passes  Trekking:

                                        With friendly locals with their warm hospitality and local officials guarding the trail, the Three Pass Trek is all safe.

                                        You have to make sure that you are both physically and mentally prepared. The Three Pass Trail takes you through some rough terrain, hence if you have an expert guide to assist you with a potter to carry your loads for you to trek easily, you are all safe. 

                                        Be hydrated, have enough carbs to acclimatize properly keep you going. Do not push yourselves too hard, and keep your guide updated about your health conditions. Travel insurance covering emergency rescue in high altitudes will add an extra layer of protection to your trip. 


                                        Side Note: 

                                        In recent years, the flight to Lukla sometimes departs from Manthali. During the peak trekking season, mostly during October and November, there is high air traffic, hence to control air traffic, flights are diverted to Manthali and take off from there instead. 

                                        In such case, you will be transferred to Manthali on an early morning drive, around 2 or 3 AM. Or you can drive a day early and have an overnight at a local lodge in Manthali. The drive is approx. 5 hrs,  covering 132 km to the east of Kathmandu. The flight from Manthali to Lukla is approx. 25 mins each way. 

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