The Everest Three High Passes Trek is for the adventurous who crave something more challenging than the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek. The Everest Three High Passes Trek crosses three non-technical high altitude passes: Renjo La, 5360m, Cho La 5420m, and Kongma La, 5535m. The Everest Three High Passes Trek is packed with spectacular panoramic views of the worlds most awesome peaks: Everest , 8848m, Lhotse, 8516m, Makalu, 8481m and Cho Oyu, 8201m( four of the worlds eight highest peaks).
Besides the three high passes, this trek includes Khumbu favorites like Gokyo Ri, Kala Patthar, and Everest Base Camp.
The Everest Three High Passes Trek has long days of trekking at high altitudes, which are strenuous, even for the physically fit. Your senses will be saturated with the natural beauty of the Khumbu and you will be ready for the warm welcome of the local guest house where you experience the cultural beauty of the Sherpa people. Picturesque villages and monasteries give glimpses into the Khumbu culture.
Starting at Lukla, 2860m, on the Classic Everest Base Camp trail, we follow the Dudh Koshi River up to the bustling, modern Sherpa capital of Namche. We make the most of luxuries we will do without on the rest of the trek, and head off up the Bhote Kosi Valley via Thame. The long ascent to Renjo La is challenging, but the view from the top makes it well worth the effort. The scene from here will be one of your favorite memories of this trek.
We descend into the Gokyo Valley where we see the turquoise blue, sacred Gokyo Lakes alongside the Ngozumpa Glacier. From Gokyo we climb up to Gokyo Ri, 5357m, which is considered as the best view point in the entire Everest Region. Next, we cross over the creaking glacier, and start the ascent to Chola La. The trail covers grassland, then scree and finally loose stones and ice. Chola La pass, on the edge of a glacier, offers another fantastic view. Besides watching your step on the tricky descent over glacial icefall and boulders, you will look up and see Ama Dablam is facing you, beautifully framed by the Khumbu Valley. We rejoin the main trail to Everest Base Camp which follows along the Khumbu glacier. From nearby Kala Patthar, 5543m, we get the best close up view of Mt. Everest.
The trail to Kongma La, the final and highest of the three passes, branches off the Everest Base Camp trail at Lobuche. It crosses the Khumbu glacier to grassy slopes. The most challenging part of the ascent is on loose stone.The mountains seen best from Kongma La Pass are Makalu, Lhotse, 8516m, Nuptse, 7861m, Pumari, Lobuche and Ama Dablam.
The descent into the Chhukung Valley is steep. We make our way back down to Lukla via Dingboche and Tengboche.
The Everest Three High Passes Trek is a 25-day trek but the itinerary can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference and needs.
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Once you land in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), our airport representatives will kindly receive you and take you to your hotel, in a private car or a high-end tourist bus. After checking in, you can either explore this vibrant and exciting city on your own, or, take a cozy rest at your hotel.
Your sightseeing of this ancient city begins at around 8:30 am, after breakfast. A specialized tour guide and a comfy private vehicle will be available for your assistance. First we will visit the biggest Hindu temple of Nepal, Pashupati Nath, which predates to Lichhavi period. Then, to Boudha Nath, and Swayambhu Nath, shrines of lord Buddha, uniquely built in Stupa style architecture. The evening will be spent at Kathmandu Durbar Square, testimonial of middle age architecture. After tour complete we have trip meeting with rest of the group and guide planning for the next day.
On third day, we’ll board a flight to Lukla (2810m), from TIA. You will be able to rejoice the sight of splendid hills, rivers and mountains during the 30 minutes long flight. On reaching Lukla airport, you’ll be introduced to your porter, and served a wholesome breakfast. After that, we will head north to Phakding (2620m). It is an easy 3 hour hike through the Dudhkoshi valley. We will head north from the airstrip to Chheplung (2700m) and cross the crystal clear Thadokoshi on a locally built suspension bridge. Past the bridge, you can witness Kusam Kanggru (6367m), which is one of the toughest mountains to conquer. Away from the ThadoKoshi, the trail continues towards the Ghat (2590m) and we will cross a ridge marked with painted Mani stones. We will carry on our mount to reach the beautiful tribal village of Phakding where you will stay overnight.
On our second day of trek, we will head to Naamche bazaar, celebrated village of Khumbu region. On our way to Naamche, we will cross the winding Dudhkoshi River 5 times on thrilling suspension bridges, covered with colorful Buddhist prayer flags. Then,
we will continue our climb, which will bring you to Jorsale. From there, it’s a two and a half hour ascent to Naamche, with two major viewpoints on your way. If you’re lucky, on a clear day, you can relish the hypnotic view of Everest. At Jorsale, you will enter Sagarmatha National park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) where you’ll be required to verify your permits. After 5-6 hours of tough hiking, we’ll reach Naamche Bazaar, chief economic hub of the region, also, gateway to Everest.
Adaptation to harsh geography and high altitude is vital before further continuing the ascent to avoid altitude sickness and other unwelcomed illness. You’ll be taken for a one day hike through the beautiful villages of Khunde and Khumjung. After getting back at Everest view hotel, you can go to look at the giant skull of so called mystical creature “Yeti”, in a monastery in the region. You can also savor at a bakery at world’s highest altitude. On a fairly clear day, you can view breathtaking view of peaks such as Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam among others. The view of mountains from Everest View Hotel, is also commendable. After a nourishing breakfast at hotel, we will endeavor an hour long climb to the Syangboche airstrip (3790m), from where we will steadily ascend towards Khundu. On your way up, you can see century’s old Chorten (stone Buddhist monuments). From there, we will move eastwards to Khumjung, the largest settlement in whole Khumbu region, at the lap of holy peak of Khumbila. After savoring lunch at Khumjung, we will trail a slow climb to Everest View Hotel, from where you can again enjoy the view of Himalayans.The descend to Namche (3,540m) is approximately 4/5 hours walk.
After a healthy breakfast at Namche (3,500m) we will hike to Tengboche (3,870m). The estimated distance is 10kms. By now you will be familiar to strong wind and rough terrain. We can see the sight of porters packing the luggage from the yaks. The trail progressively becomes narrower and steep. You will come across numerous monasteries, suspension bridges, waterfalls and rhododendron forests on your way to Tengboche. On reaching Tengboche, you can visit Nepal’s one of the oldest monasteries. Here you can be part of unique and spiritual Buddhist rituals. We will spend the night at a local tea house.
Early morning, after breakfast we will move on to Dingboche (4410m). The air starts to become thin significantly from here. It’s approximately a 4 hour long trek to Dingboche. We head towards our ultimate goal, the Everest base camp. We cross the Imja valley and few Sherpa villages. We will spend the night here in Dingboche, and hike next day to Chhukung.
After nourishing breakfast, we will continue our ascent, few hours walk to Chhukung (4760m), from where we can see the beautiful mountains up close and even better. We will spend the night here. Here, at Chhukung, we will rest or go for exploration. The point is to adapt to high climate to avoid Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS).
After a well-deserved rest at Chhukung, we will set on our way up to Lobuche early in the morning, after a healthy breakfast, of course. Here, on our way, we can see largest memorials in the Everest region, for the fallen heroes. By the time we reach Lobuche, it will be late afternoon. We can either relax for tomorrow’s hike or explore the beautiful land.
This challenging trek will take around 6-8 hours. From here altitude morning sickness may get severe so we have to be extra careful. The trekking distance will be around 15kms. After wholesome breakfast, we will head to Base camp, trekking through the rocky terrain alongside the Khumbu Glacier. Upon reaching their, you will have some time to enjoy the heavenly environment and take photographs. If you are trekking somewhere between March and May, you might get the chance to see all the commercial expeditions trying to reach the summit. After lunch, we will trek downhill to Gorakshep, and spend the night at a local guest house there.
For many, this is the highlight of the whole trip. Optimistically, the day starts with a cloudless sky. We will hike early morning to KalaPathar, from where you will get undoubtedly the best sunrise view of Everest and its neighboring peaks. Live the moment and take plenty of photographs to take back home.
After a restful night, we will set on to cross the beguiling Chola Pass (5420m). The trek is gradual ascent up the valley passing thorough subtle rhododendron forests, and if we get lucky we might get glimpse of musk deer. The view of Ama Dablam and Tawache is remarkable from here. After that, we trek down to Tagnag (4695m), village situated just below a small cliff. We spend the night at this Himalayan village of Tagnag.
Gokyo Valley is a small Buddhist village. The distance from Tagnag to Gokyo is only 4kms. We will begin the trek early in the morning. We cross the Ngozompa glacier on our way to Gokyo. We will cross the wooden bridge covered with prayer flags over the Dudk Koshi and mark the first of Gokyo Lakes, inhabited by wonderful ducks. Before reaching Gokyo, there is a resting place covered with vibrant prayer flags. We will also visit and relish the sight of magnetic Fifth Lake and take pictures.
Early morning after breakfast, we will climb the Gokyo Ri (5,333m) to enjoy the bewitching view of colossal Ngozumpa glacier, upper Gokyo Valley and the implausible mounts such as Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Cho-Oyu, and Gychung Kang among others. We will now cross the steep Renjo La pass at 5,300m and descent toLungden (4,350m) where we will spend the night.
On fifteenth day, we will hike to Thame. Situated at 3800m, we will also visit the historic Thame monastery and experience spiritual Buddhist practices. We can also witness the lovely culture of Sherpa people at Thame. We will spend the night here and enjoy the much needed rest for our downhill trek tomorrow.
We will continue our trek down the Sherpa villages of Khumjung, leaving the mountains in the backdrop. We will walk down to the village of Namche bazaar, epitome of Sherpa culture. We will stay the night at a guest house in Namche.
It is around a 7 hours long walk downhill from Namche to Lukla. On this day, our time at exotic Sagarmatha National Park will come to an end. Following day, we will board a plane to capital. You will bid goodbye to this trek with a memorable walk down to Lukla.
Early morning air trip from Lukla to Kathmandu, back to your hotel. (Day 12) Early morning, we will catch a plane from Lukla to Kathmandu. Don’t forget to pick a seat on the right side, to see the insatiable mountains again. On reaching Kathmandu, you will be escorted back to your hotel.
After breakfast, we will visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, situated in the heart of old Newari Town of Bhaktapur. Court of medieval kings, the Mallas, Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the finest example of Nepalese architecture style, unique to the whole world. 55 windows palace, Nyatapole Temple, Dattatraya Temple are some of the example of Nepalese’s expertise in architecture. Here you can buy souvenirs, as there are bountiful of souvenir and handicraft shops.
The day has come to leave this remarkable country. Our representatives will transfer you to the airport from where you’ll board a flight to your next destination. Bid farewell to this country of Himalaya with plans to visit next time. Because, once is never enough!