Everest High Passes Trek, an epic trekking adventure in Everest region. The combination of three high and challenging Himalayan passes above 5,000 meters- Kongma La Pass (5,335m.), Chola La Pass (5,430m.) and Renjo La Pass at 5,345m is something to try in a lifetime. Suits for hardcore trekkers, the Everest Three Passes Trekking also includes trekking to Everest Base Camp and exploring the route of Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek.
Best Seasons for Everest High Passes Trek:
As Trekking in Everest Region is a seasonal adventure tour and trek activities, we’ve two best seasons for this Everest Trek and they are as follows:
Spring(March, April, May): The season in which rhododendron blooms with its decent color and beauty and due to which colorful hills are spotted throughout the journey wherever possible. One also gets an opportunity to collect the clear and picturesque view of the Everest Himalayan Range.
Autumn(September, October, November): The perfect season to trek in which dry air is dispersed all over the nation and due to which the sky seems to be crystal clear. The trekking trails are also neither too wet nor too slippery. One can enjoy the breathtaking transparent views of the Everest Himalayan Range including Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse and so on.
As it is one of the challenging treks in the Everest region with a quite long duration as compared to Everest Sunrise Trek, it is highly not recommended in the winter season(December, January, February). And similarly, due to wet and slippery trail, the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is absolutely not possible during rainy season(June, July, August) as well.
Everest Three Passes Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel
Upon your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu a Visit Heaven representative will be there for your warm welcome who will help you to transfer to your hotel. Evening time will be for welcome dinner with Visit Heaven Team in one of the popular Nepali restaurants at Thamel. O/N.
Day 02 :Kathmandu sightseeing and preparation day.
Take your breakfast and get ready for a guided full day sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley. The sightseeing program is focused on introducing some highlights of UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu such as Kathmandu Durbar square, Swoyambhunath ,also known as “Monkey Temple”, Pashupatinath –temple of Lord Shiva and Bouddhanath; a Buddhist place. After sightseeing evening will be for trek briefing and preparation of things per need.
Day 03: Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding (2652 m/4-5 hrs trek.)
Today is starting day of our Everest Base Camp Trek. After breakfast, we take an early flight to Lukla, from where our trek begins. The scenic flight to Lukla is about 40 minutes. In Lukla, we meet our remaining crews and will have a short safety talk. After then we gear up for a short trekking to reach today’s destination Phakding following Dudh Koshi the Dudh Koshi River ‘River of Milk’. A gentle walk to Phakding is about 3 hours. O/N
Day 04: Phakding-Namche Bazar (3440m/5-6 hrs trek)
Day to get the first glimpse of Mt. Everest. After breakfast, today we trek approx. 6 ½ hour to Namche Bazar. The route follows the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges. A learning day to walk at high altitude apparently takes us to Namche Bazar- the trading centre of Khumbu Region. Namche will be the last point to check equipment and hire additional gears for high altitude. O/N.
Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazar. Visit Everest view point and Namche Bazar.
This day is for acclimatising in Namche Bazar. We can visit Tourist Visit Center and can observe about Sherpa culture and number of plants and animals that can be found in Everest Region. We can spend this day in Namche Bazar with hiking to Thame or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazar.
Day 06: Thame (3800m/4-5 hrs)
From Namche, we left the classical Everest Base Camp Trekking route and turn left to trek Thame. Thame is one of the oldest Sherpa villages in Everest trekking region and also have Thame Gompa. Enjoy exploring the beautiful village. Overnight at Thame.
Day 07 : Marlung (4137m/5-6 hrs)
The trail from Thame heads north towards Thame Teng. From there we will pass several small settlements and will reach Marlung where we will stay overnight.
Day 08: Lungdeng (4600m/4-5 hrs trek)
After breakfast, we take ascend up a trail and walk through deserted hillside to reach Lungdeng. Lungdeng offers the amazing view of Ngazumpa glacier which is the biggest glacier in the world. Overnight at Lungdeng.
Day 09: Renjo- La Pass (5,465m) and trek to Gokyo Lake (4800m/6-7 hours’ trek)
One of the tough trekking days when we will cross one of the high pass Renjo La pass. From Lungdeng, we take ascent trail and slowly heads towards the pass. Gradually and carefully we will cross the pass, and upon we reach the top of the Renjo La we can enjoy the outstanding views. From the top, we will descend down to Gokyo valley via glaciers. Overnight at Gokyo.
Day 10 :Acclimatisation at Gokyo. Visit Ngazupa Glacier and the Gokyo Lakes.
We will enjoy a rest day at Gokyo it will offer us the awe-inspiring views of Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu and we can also see the Northern part of Cho-Oyu base camp and biggest glacier of the world Ngazumpa glacier. Enjoy exploring. Overnight.
Day 11: Thangnak.(4700m/5-6 hours’ trek)
We start trekking this day earlier than the previous day. Today we ascend up a small peak called Gokyo Ri, which just above wonderful Gokyo Village. As we step forward to Thangnak, the views come even closer and seem more fantastic. We can view four of the seven highest peaks in the Nepal Himalaya Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Stretching out for miles below us is the longest glacier in Nepal – the Ngozumpo glacier, which tumbles down from the slopes of Cho Oyu. One of the best all round views in Nepal, the climb is well worth the effort. We return to Gokyo for lunch. Midafternoon we retrace our steps to the second lake and climb to the crest of the moraine overlooking the Ngozumpo glacier. The route across the glacier is well marked with cairns and takes us to the eastern side of the Gokyo Valley. Overnight at Tangnak (4700m) the foot of the Cho La Pass.
Day 12: Dzongla.(4830m.):Day to pass Cho La(5330m/ 6-7 hours trek)
With the early start, we climb up from Tangnak and approach a large boulder field. Beyond this ancient moraine, the climb to the pass is steep in places, involving some easy scrambling. The upper part of the route can be snow covered, particularly after November. The challenging pass offers some stunning views of including an unusual aspect of Ama Dablam. The descent from the pass involves the crossing of a small glacier (usually snow covered) which is fairly straightforward. We descend steeply to the grazing pastures below, the trail becoming more defined as we approach Dzongla (4830m), where we stay tonight in a very small basic lodge.
Day 13: Lobuche.(4910m./ 4-5 hours’ trek)
Day to leave Dzongla, we continue our descent on an easy trail. A short ascent brings us to the foot of Awi Peak, which we contour round on a wonderful high trail with great views of Chalotse and Tawoche across the valley. After then we descend to catch the main trail again just below Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche (4,930m) from where the sunset on Nuptse is absolutely stunning.
Day 14: Gorak Shep.(5180m./5-6 hours’ trek) to Everest Base Camp (5364m.) and back to Gorakshep.
We are now surrounded by giant Himalayan peaks; Everest, Nuptse, Lingtren, Khumbutse and Pumori tower above us. Today is very long and hard as we visit Everest Base Camp. The trail from Lobuche climbs steadily by the side of the Khumbu Glacier, and after crossing glacier rubble we arrive at Gorak Shep (5180m), a summer yak-herder settlement situated at the foot of Kala Pattar.
Day 15: Lobuche – Kongma La (5,535m) then to Dingboche (7 hrs trek)
This day we will first trek to Kongma La Base Camp via Khumbu Glacier then ascend up to Kongma Pass which is one of the tough trekking parts of the day. After successfully passing Kongma La we will then descend down to Dingboche via Ijma and Chukung valley. Overnight at Dingboche.
Day 16: Monju.(2780m./ 4-5 hours’ trek)
Setting destination Monjo, Today we descend down to phungithanga, follow the trail high above the dudhkoshi river. Along the way, we have the last view of mountain Ama Dablam,Khangeta, and Tengboche monastery. Crossing Namche bazaar the path descends steeply down to the Dudh Kosi river with crossing a high bridge through Jorsale takes us at overnight place Monju.
Day 17: Lukla.(2810m/ 4-5 hours’ trek)
Last day of our trek, the route passes through the same village before getting Lukla. Lukla the place to say goodbye to our porters. We will have a dinner with our crews in Lukla this day.
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu. (1334m.) and last-minute shopping.
Today we take a short early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, your guide will help you to transfer to your hotel. You will have a free time for shopping around Thamel. The evening will be for farewell dinner with Visit Heaven Trek team.
Day 19: Departure Day
Day to fly back home, say Namaste for memories that will last a lifetime. A Visit Heaven Trek representative will accompany you to get Airport for your departure. NAMASTE!!
- Airport pick up and drop off by a private vehicle
- 3 Nights hotel in Kathmandu at 3-star category hotel with breakfast in twin sharing basis
- Kathmandu Valley sightseeing (Private vehicle and a tour guide)
- Flight (Kathmandu-Lukla and Lukla-Kathmandu)
- Sagarmatha National Park fee and Pasang Lhamu Village entrance fees.
- An experienced English-speaking guide and his all expenses including his insurance
- Porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) including their all expenses including their insurance
- Food in full board during the trekking with 3 compliment teas and teahouse accommodation
- Complimentary sleeping bags and down jackets
- Trekking route map
- First aid kit
- All the governmental taxes and service charges
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
- Nepal visa fees
- Personal expenses (Wifi, bar bills, laundries, hot shower during the trekking, gadget charging fees- US$ 1- US$
- 5 per gadget, mobile recharge etc)
- Extra nights accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival from the trek due to unforeseen circumstances
- Extra luggage charges (Only 15 kgs- 10kgs+5kgs are included if more you need to pay US$ 2 per kilogram)
- Emergency evacuation (our company will help to arrange the evacuation if needed)
- Anything does not mention in the inclusion list
- 1 pair strong hiking boots/ sports shoes
- 1 medium rucksack/backpack
- 1 small day pack
- 1 sleeping bag (according to seasons)
- 1 inner sleeping sheet
- 1 down jacket/all weather Anorak
- 1 fleece/warm sweater
- 1 water and windproof jacket
- 2 pair lightweight trousers
- 1 pair shorts
- 2 long sleeves cotton or polypro
- 2 T-shirts /1 medium sized towel
- 1 water bottle-1 or 2 litre
- 1 torch/flashlight and spare batteries
- 2 pairs light socks
- 3 pairs heavy wool socks
- Underwear (including thermals)
- Cotton headscarf/bandana
- Warm hat/gloves (waterproof)
- Sunglasses and Sunhat
- Money Belt
- Water purification tablets/solution
- Sun block Cream(30-50)
- Personal toiletries
- Moleskin for blister
- Toilet paper
- Bio degradable soap/shampoo
- Any personal medication
- 3/4 plastic bags (for wrapping clothes)