Everest Three High Pass Trek
Everest Three High Pass Trek – 20 Days…of gritty hiking to glory
Everest Three High Pass Trek,“Our trip begins with an enthralling cultural and rich legacy of Nepal’s conspiratorial history as we tour the ancient Kathmandu valley…the next day we hop a brief sky tour flight to and from Lukla with spectacular views of a myriad of mountains before we touch down at Hillary’s airport, one of the highest in the world. We are then greeted by remarkable landscapes as we begin our hikes while exploring pretty Sherpa cultivated villages and monasteries that lap over into immaculate alpine woodlands of tall rhododendron-pines-magnolia-oaks and fir trees…till we culminate at the Gokyo Lakes and on top of Gokyo-Ri where we behold super panoramas of some of the world’s tallest peaks”…this is what our 3 ‘King Passes’ Trek offers on a grueling journey you will likely never ever forget in a lifetime…
Nepal Base Camp Treks offers a fantastic adventure ‘ Everest Three High Pass Trek ’ within the borders of the exotic Khumbu’, this is high alpine hiking where you need to be in good shape for the arduous journey as you blitz through 3 formidable passes that’s actually a journey that expeditionary groups use on the way to summiting Mt. Everest; a venture of immense appeal where you can experience what above the tree lines hiking presents as your eyes feast on box office views ever so close up on this trip of some of the most famous mountains on planet earth, displaying stark scenery in sublime wilderness which blend so well into the agreement of mammoth peaks encompassed by the naturalness of mother nature at its supreme best trekking in himalaya…
There are several ways to doing the ‘ Everest Three High Pass Trek ’ of Everest, which can be operated by the clock or against the clock, however, to give it an exceptional twist from others trekkers and to make it convenient and enjoyable we have planned our program on a clockwise strategy which starts with Renjo-la to Gokyo Lake areas and over Cho-la to touch Everest Base Camp and then concluding the last final traverse over Kongma-la as we culminate at the gorgeous Imja Tse Valley and then backtrack with a cool and pleasant walk as we head back to Lukla for a stunning mountain flight back to Kathmandu and a most welcome snug & soft bed waiting for us at our hotel…
Trip duration: 20 Days
Grade: A strenuous journey that’s challenging…but then who ever said hiking through some of the most beautiful wilderness in the world would be easy? This is a trip that requires more grit than experience…Activity: Sightseeing and trekking
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Trek type: TH [teahouse] with camping where necessary
Accommodation: Hotel, camping or lodge (tea house)
Meals: all meals provided on the trail
Maximum altitude: 5545m
Size of group: 1-12 people
Fitness level: Moderate
Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal
Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
Selected Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and tea houses during the trek
On 20 days Everest Three Pass Trek we experience the astounding iconic mountain views including Mount Everest and the glimpses of the life of the world famous Sherpa people (the climbers) after entering Sagarmatha National Park,a highest world heritage tour site of high altitude Himalayan Buddhist monasteries before accomplishing our unleash goal-reaching Everest Three Pass Trek of the world's tallest peak ,Everest. Trip to the popular Everest Base Camp also provides us the lifetime opportunity to embark on an epic journey that Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary set off to in 1953.
Our 16 days itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trek is designed for those trekkers who are in good physical shape with good health. Some time if you wish to take much challenge and trek off the beaten trail, then Everest Base Camp Trek to Gokyo Lake valley via alternative Chola Pass would be ideal. Another option for trekkers with limit experienced time would be 20 day Everest Base Camp
We will be staying at Hotel International Guest House in Kathmandu; and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis during the trek. Twin sharing or Single supplement will be served in Kathmandu.
Nepal Base Camp Treks will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, tea-houses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
- All menu selected meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome dinner with typical cuisine and Menu selected farewell dinners. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the same tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental and Indian cuisines are common choices in the menu.
- Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
- 20 days Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate for those travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours (10-15km) a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Everest trek by morning jogging and 1 hours exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp should be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is also important that we consult our doctor. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Himalayan Glacier before booking the trek.
- Best Time to Travel to Everest Base Camp Trek
- The best time to trek to the Everest Base Camp is spring (March to May) and autumn (October to first week of December). The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing panorama views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Your Itinerary in more detail…know the land before you tread on it:
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1360m)
You arrive in Kathmandu and our representative will be on standby with our office vehicle to transfer you to your hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be scheduled to discuss the trekking program and co-ordinate any last-minute arrangements. Your can refresh your self, go for a walk down the street to get familiar with your surroundings before preparing for a tasty dinner of a local Nepalese cuisine which you will truly enjoy accompanied by a cultural dance performed by the local belles. Your first overnight in the city of temples, probably the most in the world
Meals included: 1 welcome dinner
Day 2: Kathmandu Cultural Tour
Today we explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour. This will include a visit to the Boudhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. We also visit Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and home to the most famous Hindu temple in the country. Here we will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) and pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The cremation site here is used by the royal family and also for the simple man living next door. Your early afternoon will be free to relax in the hotel garden or visit Thamel for some curious shopping. You will be supplied with your trek departure information in the afternoon.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Day 3 Flight to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding(2,652m) - 4 Hrs Trek
A thrilling scenic flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Kosi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding.
Day 4 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) - 6 Hrs Trek
After a good breakfast at Phakding, we set out for the mountain junction town of namche; we cross and re-cross the river on high airy suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. We then take a steep hike to Namche. 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. Namche is the gateway to the Khumbu. This is where we crash out for the night with all meals included.
Day 5 Acclimatization Day
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, acclimatising to the new altitude before heading off towards Syangboche.
To acclimatize, you visit Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. We then go to Khumjung where we visit a school established by Hillary. We begin our hike after enjoying lunch; by passing the route of Khimde. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. After going through our acclimatization drills, we head down to our lodge for some beers & a good sleep. Overnight Namche with all meals included
Day 6 Trek to Tengboche (3,860m) - 6 Hrs Trek
After breakfast in Namche, we start our trek towards Tengboche enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku.
Our trek follows on the gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great Himalaya.
Along the way we can spot wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kyangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sanasa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Kosi River, we reach Phunki Tenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Tenga we then have a little tough climb steep up through the pine forests while before we reach Tengboche.
Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has a biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in Khumbu region. Overnight stay at lodge in Tengboche with all meals covered – breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 7 Trek to Dingboche (4,360m) - 6 Hrs Trek
With the Mountains as a backdrop, the monastery in Tengboche looks spectacular more in the morning. We click pictures of the monastery and the sceneries around and as usual start the day journey on a merry note. We choose the upper trail for better views to visit Pangboche village and its ancient Monastery. We pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. We enjoy lunch with fantastic close-up views of Ama-Dablam. In the afternoon, go north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Ama Dablam. From here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley ahead will begin to open up as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River, we descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche On arrival in Dingboche, we enjoy the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight in Dingboche with all meals covered
Day 8 Trek Chhukung (4,750m) - 4 Hrs Trek
Today after breakfast, our walk takes off at a cool pace with only about 3-4 hours hike to Chhukung. The trek goes through Imja khola valley and sublime alpine landscapes, and some stone walled fields. On the trail we will also have spectacular mountain views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and Island Peak. Imja Tse has a splendid pyramid shape with its step rock and icy south face. Chhukung is a great place to explore the glacier and massive snow laden mountains all around the place. Overnight at an elevation of (4,750m) where the air gets thinner. We bunk out in a lodge with three meals included.
Day 9 a day for Rest
This extra day for acclimatization is good for our bodies to cope with the heights before doing the passes that begin with Kongma La (5,535m). Today we will do a day trip to Nagarjun hillock. Nagarjun is a hill located on the glands of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. After breakfast we will head to Nagarjun. It may take about 5 hrs to reach Nagarjun. From Nagarjun we great views of Lobuche east, Lobuche west, Lobuche peak, Thamserku, Kangtega and Amadablam. We could even see Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain. We then descend back to Chhukung. Overnight at a cosy teahouse lodge which include three meals.
Day 10 Trek to Lobuche (4,940m) via Kongma La Pass (5,535m) - 7 Hrs Trek
We start at the break of day from Chhukung as we have to capture the highest pass of the trip today. We carry plenty of water and some snacks and a packed lunch as there is no tea shops on the way. We really enjoy the remoteness of the area and absolute nature!!
We can select to go via any of the possible trails- either taking a climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung over the moraine of he Nuptse Glacier or we might walk back down the valley to Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. Just after some walk there are great views of Island peak valley and jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha. Ascending along the east side of Niyang Khola valley, we turn west and walk through the sloppy stony trial. We enter a wide basin dotted with small frozen lakes. The trail rises over loose scree gaining the Kongma La after about five hours we leave Chhukung. Upon reaching the top, we seen cairn wrapped in prayer flags,-marks of the pass. Behind us is the landscape of icy lakes ahead down of which is the Khumbu Glacier. The final descent is the toughest stage of the trek today, upon climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which culminates at Lobuche. We do an overnight in Lobuche with all meals covered.
Day11 Trek to Everest Base camp (5,364) – Gorakshep (5,170m) - 9 Hrs Trek
Today after a steamy breakfast at our lodge, we climb through meadows and moraine stones steps to reach Gorakshep, by either climbing to kalapathar or continue heading to Everest base camp. We suggest that you make a beeline for Everest base camp. By the way, from Everest base camp we do not see Mount Everest. However, from kalapathar, we get to see the entire south face of Mt. Everest and well known peaks nearby; this also includes great sights of the skyline of the Tibet plateau. Overnight at the height of (5,364) in our lodge with all three meals included
Day12 Trek to Lobuche (4,940m) via Kalapathar (5,545m) - 9 Hrs Trek
Today early in the morning we begin our trek to get remarkable views of the sunshine gleaming on the face of Everest from Kalapathar. We are surrounded by darkness and cold temperatures of approximately 10 to15 degrees Celsius in the morning. It is a testing hike to Kalapather because of the high altitude and shivering cold. On reaching the peak of Kalapather, we will have unbelievable views of the mountains that you will see only once in your lifetime. We snap as many beautiful pictures from the top of Kalapathar to take home with us the memory of king Everest. We return back to the Lobuche for an overnight.
Day13 Trek to Dzongla (4,830m) - 4 Hrs Trek
Trek today is very short compared to previous or next days walk. The path to Dzongla branches off from the main trail some distance from Lobuche. After crossing a stream we come through a fork and later curving round to the wide gravelly river bed of the stream as it flows southwestward, the trail runs across it and climbs the ridge ahead. From the grassy ridge ahead, as the trail runs across to southeast from where we can see soaring heights of Ama Dablam and Kangtega-Thamserku while Taboche looms prominently ahead. Pheriche village is also visible down in the distance. Visible also is the mound in Chukpi Lhara and its memorials and the lodges of Dugla. As the ridge veers northward, the vast Chola Lake spreads below Mt. Cholatse. The lake stays with us over a long stretch until we descend to a wide basin. The trail climbs up a spur and descends steeply to another broad basin. After an hour walk transverse from the basin and shortly after crossing a wobbly bridge, we reach Dzongla. Overnight in Dzongla
Day14 Trek to Gokyo (4,800m) via Chola pass (5,368m) - 8 Hrs Trek
After an early morning b/fast, we get out of our lodge & wonderfully welcomed by the gripping sight of Cholatse looming over us in mighty display. Today is going to be one of the toughest days of our trip. The walk begins as we transverse through a spur extending westward from Dzongla. The path descends to a basin across which meanders a murmuring stream crusted with ice at places. In about an hour, we reach the top of the basin readying for the triumph on Cho - La. As we gain height, the view back gets increasingly more captivating; the Chola Lake begins to appear and the Ama Dablam in its pyramidal incarnation presides over a range of mountains on the south as Cholatse soars on the west. Climbing the incline is not easy; it is steep, but made worse by boulders over some of which we will have to scramble. We need to be alert as rocks can be glazed by ice. The final climb to the Cho - La can be a little tricky as the trail curves round the bergschrund. Upon reaching the top, we see prayer flags, strung across cairns, flapping in the strong wind. Scenery of majestic peaks in all directions is breathtaking. Although long, the path leading down to Tragnak can be easily made out from the pass because it is just decent but can be hazardous if rocks are glazed by ice, a bit of cautiousness is needed. We reach Tragnak, a rather more considerable hamlet with a small village. Stepping out of the settlement, we are greeted by fabulous mountain views. The trail brings us to the Ngozumpa glacier edge after a short walk, which is the longest glacier in Nepal. Reaching the other side of the glacier, we get grandstand sights of the second of the Gokyo lakes among a series of six lakes. A short distance away is the third Gokyo Lake. On the edge of this lake stands the Village of Gokyo where we finally give rest to our weary body and aching knees. Overnight in Gokyo with all meals covered.
Day15 a day for some well earned rest
Today we will take rest at Gokyo village and relish views of charming sites of Gokyo village. If the day is fine then we can climb Gokyo Ri and enjoy views of lovely Everest Region. The Gokyo region not only provides you views of Gokyo peak but also gives you wonderful chances to contemplate at the series of six emerald lakes. You can also see Thonak Tsho Lake (forth lake) and Ngozuma Thso lake (fifth lake). The forth lake of this series has high cliff and peaks rising above the lake just about 3 km north. We can savour the views of the turquoise colored water of the lake. Moreover, we can climb on the hill and get amazing views of Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Makalu. Cho-Oyu base camp is situated beyond the fifth lake, from where we can get closer views of Mt. Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang. Cho-Oyu base camp and the biggest glacier of the world - the Ngazumpa Glacier is a view we can catch from the northern part of the fifth lake. If possible we may even head to the sixth lake too. We then return to Gokyo village and spend overnight at our lodge with all meals included
Day16 Trek to Marlung (4,210m) via Renjo La (5,360m) - 8 Hrs Trek
We got to start at the break of dawn as we have to outline our trail up to Marlung after the capture of Renjo La. As we don’t have an option to Marlung for overnight today, we need to start early. Down from the Gokyo Valley, we leave the main trail and turn to Renjo La trail by Dudh Pokhari. After about 3 hours, we gain the Renjo La where an amazing vista awaits. The Everest itself, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche can be seen gleaming in the sun. Views from Renjo La are much like that from Gokyo Ri with third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the gray smear of Ngozumpa Glacier. Continuing on from the pass, the trail winds down a stone staircase and then scramble over loose scree to reach the south bank of a small lake, Angladumba Tsho. The presence of ice on the trail while descending down can make our descent a bit hazardous. Along the way we see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. However, we walk down through narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Lumde where there is a support Lodge but it can be closed often. We walk almost for an hour from Lumde to get to Marlung on the east bank of the Bhote Kosi. And this is where we spend the night. All meals are included
Day17 Trek to Namche Bazar (3600m) - 6 Hrs Trek
We continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi.
At Phunki Tenga, we get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche for the night. If our visit coincides in the month of May, then we can experience the fantastic colorful Mani Rimdu festival which highlights colorful mask dances as this festival is held only in May and is a treat to watch on these high mountains. We go wild in Namche bazaar & chill out with some beers before going to bed. All meals are covered
Day18 Trek to Lukla - 8 Hrs Trek
On the Following morning we enjoy a sumptuous breakfast, and then continue our trek to Lukla along the Dudh Koshi River. The trail goes steeply downwards with rocky terrain. Even though we hike the same routes, it’s a completely different then the walk we did on our way up. We pass through the rhododendron, pine and oaks forest and several snow covered peaks. Overnight at our hotel with all meals included.
Day19 Fly Back to Kathmandu
Most flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are schedule early morning to avoid the strong winds. It’s a scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu for about forty five minutes. We touch down at Kathmandu and transferred to our hotel. But please note, sometimes the flight can be delayed or cancelled in the mountain regions of this type due to inclement weather and other unpredictable reasons beyond our control. Our guests are expected to be patient
Day20 Kathmandu Departure for home sweet home
Today is free to relax until your departure or to commence any additional trips or activities you may have booked. If you are departing, you’ll be transferred to the international airport in time for your return flight home. Meeting you has been a pleasure & at Nepal Base Camp Treks we will value the relationship we built up over the weeks & look forward to meeting you some day again in the future. Adios amigos & take care!!!
Meals included: 1 breakfast