The Everest Base Camp Three High Passes Trek is a challenging and rewarding trek in Nepal that takes you through the heart of the Khumbu region of the Himalayas. The trek combines the classic Everest Base Camp trek with three high mountain passes, the Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Renjo La Pass, making it an adventurous and unforgettable experience.
The trek starts in Lukla, where you will fly from Kathmandu. From Lukla, the trail gradually ascends to the Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar, which is the largest town in the Everest region. From Namche, the trail continues to Tengboche, which is home to the famous Tengboche Monastery. The trail then descends to Dingboche, where you will acclimate to the high altitude before continuing to the famous trekking destination of Gorakshep.
From Gorakshep, you will hike to the base camp of Mount Everest, which is located at an altitude of 5,364 meters. The trail then continues to Kalapatthar, a viewpoint located at an altitude of 5, 550 meters, which offers breathtaking views of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks.
The real adventure starts after Kalapatthar, as you cross the three high mountain passes. The first pass is the Kongma La Pass, which is located at an altitude of 5,535 meters. The pass offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu.
The next pass is the Cho La Pass, which is located at an altitude of 5,420 meters. The pass is known for its challenging terrain and offers panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. The final pass is the Renjo La Pass, which is located at an altitude of 5,345 meters. The pass offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and the Gokyo Valley.
The trek then descends to Lukla, where you will fly back to Kathmandu.
The Everest Base Camp Three High Passes Trek is a physically demanding trek, as it involves daily ascents and descents ranging from 500-1,000 meters, and crossing high mountain passes. The trek takes around 21-25 days and can be done from September to November and March to May, with the best time being from October to November.
Accommodation during the trek is available in teahouses, which offer basic facilities and meals. It is recommended to carry warm clothing, as temperatures can drop significantly at night, especially at higher elevations.
Overall, the Everest Base Camp Three High Passes Trek is an unforgettable experience for those who love adventure and are in good physical shape. The trek offers a chance to witness the magnificent Mount Everest, cross high mountain passes, and immerse in the beauty of the Himalayas, making it a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Facts of the Everest three high passes trek
Accommodation:- Hotel in cities /teahouse in Trek
Fitness level:- Strenuous
Best time to visit:- September to December / March to June
Elevation up to:- kalapathar(5643),Renjo La (5,388m), Cho La (5,380mm) and Kongma La (5,535m).
Trip start:- kathmandu
Trip end:- Kathmandu
Group:-min 2 pax /max 12 pax
Basic Itinerary for Everest three high passes trek Nepal
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu.
Day 02: trip briefing and preparing day
Day 03: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding.
Day 04: Trek to Namche.
Day 05: Acclimatize day.
Day 06: Trek to Thame.
Day 07: Trek to Lumde.
Day 08: Trek to Gokya via Ranjo la Pass.
Day 09: Trek to Thaknak.
Day 10: Trek to Zungla via Chola pass.
Day 11: Trek to Gorekshep.
Day 12: Hike up to the Base Camp.
Day 13: Hike up to Kalapatthar and trek to Lobuche.
Day 14: Trek to Chukung via Khumbula pass.
Day 15: Trek to Tengboche.
Day 16: Trek to Namche.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla.
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu.
Day 19: Departure day.
Details Itinerary for Everest three high passes trek Nepal
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (Altitude 1350m).
On arrival at Kathmandu; we will greet you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Evening, we host welcome dinner at one of the finest local restaurant with music and ethnic dance. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Trip briefing and Trek preparation (option: city tour).
Our tour leader will come for the pre-trip meeting in the morning which includes briefing and preparation for the trek, after you have a option for sightseeing around Kathmandu which is the city of temples and the world heritage sites.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2800m) and Trek to Phakding (Altitude 2652m) 35 minute Trans Himalayan flight,4 Hours walk.
As per flight time, our Guide will meet you in to your hotel and takes you to the domestic airport to fly in to Lukla. It is scenery flight about 35 minutes, once you get in to the Lukla, Take tea/coffee at the lodge and prepare luggage for the Porters then walking starts through the stone paved trails towards Bhaisekharka. It is few up downs to get in to Phakding passing through plenty of prayer Rocks (Mani in local language). After getting in to the lodge at Phakding, fresh up and short walk to the village or hike up to the Gompa to get acclimatize. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Day 04: Trek to Namche (Altitude 3440m), 6 Hours.
After hot breakfast at your lodge, the trail leads towards the suspension bridge and easy uphill to the Monju from where Sagarmath National Park begins. After short National Park formalities, drop down to the river, cross another suspension bridge and continue walk to the high Hilary Bridge at the bottom of the hill. After the bridge the trail leads uphill to the Namche Bazzar. On the way you will have great view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Kusum Khangru and more with beautiful valley. Stay overnight at the Lodge.
Day 05: Acclimatize Day (Altitude 3440m).
Today you explore the Khumjung village and Khongde village where you can enjoy the views of Mt. Everest and surroundings peaks with Sherpa culture. You can also visit Thame which is old Sherpa village as an option. Remaining of the day you can explore Namche Bazzar where you can use Internet, visit National Park head office, Museum and monastery as per your interest and time. Stay overnight at Namche.
Day 06: Trek to Thame (Altitude 3800m), 4 hours.
After breakfast at Namche, the trail leads to the old village called Thamo which is easy walk through the valley. Thamo is a small Sherpa village. After exploring the village, the trail leads continue to Thame. After lunch, rest a little while and explore the Sherpa village and its culture. There is small Hydro power where you can visit. Stay overnight at the Lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Lumde (Altitude 4137m), 5 hours.
After breakfast at the lodge, an easy walk to Marlung through the Bhote Koshi River where you can have short break. Then the trail leads uphill to Lumde through the dry valley. It is an interesting walking with enjoying the views of the snow peaked mountains and the valley. Today you won’t see Sherpa village because Thame is the last village of the valley. Once you get in to the village, hike a bit higher than the place where lodge is located to get acclimatize. Stay overnight at the Lodge.
Day 08: Trek to Gokya(Altitude 4800m) via Ranjo la Pass (Altitude 5465m), 8 Hours.
After breakfast the trail leads uphill for an hour and half and then easy walk for a while. At the end, there is hard climb to get to the top of the Renjo La from where you will have an awesome view of Mt. Everest with Mt.Nuptse with surrounding peaks. You will also see Gokyo lake which breathtaking views. From the top of the Renjo La the trail drops down to the Third Lake (Gokya lake) and get in to the lodge. After time to get rest at the lodge at Gokyo, short climb to the ridge from where you will explore the Glacier which is amazing looking with its small glacier lakes. Stay overnight at Gokyo lodge.
Day 09:Trek to Thakna(Altitude 4750m),4 hours.
This is an easy day but we suggest you to start early because you will have to walk through the Glacier which is the longest glacier of Nepal called Ngozumpa glacier. By the time of crossing this glacier you will hear many sounds of the rock falling in to the small glacier lake. There are many rocks on the way which has ice underneath. During the sunny day ice melts pretty fast so we should cross this glacier before the sun gets strong. Once you get in to the Thaknak, better to climb up to the small hill for acclimatize. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Day 10: Trek to Zungla via Chola pass (Altitude 5367m),7 Hours.
Today is the hardest day of the trip. Start your day just after the breakfast which is steep climbing for a while and the trail drops down to the bottom of the Chola. After that the trail leads you through the rock toward the top which is steep climbing. There are some Buddhist prayer flags on the top of the pass which has great views of the mountains. There is icy part for a while and again the trail drops down through the huge rock and an easy walk at the end to get to the Zungla. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep (Altitude 5,160m), 6 hours.
After hot breakfast at the lodge, an easy downhill for a while and few up and down to the Lobuche. Then the trail leads toward Gorekshep through the rocky trail. On the way you will have great views of the Mt. Everest,Mt. Nuptse,Mt. Pumori and more. You will be able to see Khumbu Glacier on the way. After few up downs, you will reach at Gorekshep which is located at the bottom of Kalapatthar. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Day 12: Hike up to the Base Camp (Altitude 5,357m),7 Hours
This is a day which will fulfill your dreams to visit the base camp of the highest peak in the earth. It is 3 hour walk through the ridge of the Khumbu glacier. You will enjoy the surrounding views of the glacier and mountains. There are Buddhist prayer flags which are the symbol of the Base Camp. During the climbing season there will be many tends with colourful looking around. After exploring around, trek down to the lodge and remaining of the day chill out at the lodge. Stay overnight.
Day 13: Hike up to Kalapatthar(Altitude 5545m) and trek to Lobuche,6/7 Hours
Today you will have to start your day without breakfast in the morning which is 2 hour hike up to the Kalapatthar, the greatest view point of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori , Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamerserku, Mera Peak and many more. After taking many photographs, trek down to the lodge at Gorekshep for breakfast and continue your walk down to Lobuche. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Day 14: Trek to Chukung via Kongma la pass(Altitude 4,730m), 6/7 Hours.
After breakfast at the lodge, your day will start walking through Khumbu glacier towards east. After crossing the glacier and river the trail leads up to the pass which is the highest pass of this trip. There will be no tea shop and water resource so that you will have to carry few bottles of water to drink. After hard climb to the top, the trail drops steep down to the Chukung valley where your day ends. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Day 15: Trek to Tengboche (Altitude 3,867m), 6 Hours.
Today is an easy day which is downhill through the valley. The trail continues leads down to the Dingboche then after the walking valley gets change through few Sherpa villages. After Pangboche village the trail drops down to the river and cross the bridge. After that the trail leads up to the Tengboche where the oldest Monastery situated on the top of the hill. Evening visit Monastery, see the Buddhist chanting ceremony and overnight at the lodge.
Day 16: Trek to Namche (Altitude 3440m), 5 Hours.
Today your day starts walking steep downhill through the Rhododendron forest. Once you get at the bottom of the hill, cross the bridge and steep climbing through the pine and Juniper forest to the Khumjung. After explore the village at Khumjung,Lunch and continue walk to the Namche Bazzar for overnight.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla , 6/7 Hours.
After breakfast at the lodge, the trail drops downhill through the pine forest till to the bridge and continue walk to the Monju. Again some formalities had to be done at the check post of the National park at Monju then continue walk to the Phakding for the lunch. After that your last day of the trek continue to the Lukla. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu, 35 minute Trans Himalayan flight.
Normally flights are always in the morning due to the weather. So guide will do all airport formalities by the time you can have a breakfast at the lodge. Your luggage will get in to the airport already with the help of our sherpas and porters. Once guide get news about your flight arrival at Lukla airport, will call you to watch how the small aircraft get lands in to the small airstrip. After quick photograph, get in to the airport and straight away get in to the plane to fly out to Kathmandu. Once you are at the airport at Kathmandu, guide will assist to get in to your hotel by private vehicle.
Day 19: Departure day.
After breakfast in to your hotel, we will drop you at the airport to take your onward flight as per time. If you have late flight, you will have time to do last minute shopping if you deserve. Otherwise we will have to say you good bye.
Please make sure to plan and budget for these items not included in the package to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trekking experience in the Everest region.
What to Remember:
Equipment for Everest Three High Passes Trek:
Having the right equipment ensures your safety, comfort, and enjoyment during the Everest Three High Passes Trek. Be well-prepared for varying weather conditions and challenging terrains.
|Duration: 20 days|
|Average price: US$ 2500 only *per person|