Everest Three High Passes Trek is arranged by Go For Nepal. This three-week-long trek offers a great adventure for trekkers and climbers alike.
Namche Bazaar, situated at a height of 3440m, is the gateway to the world’s highest mountain. Namche is the biggest ethnic village, mainly inhabited by the Sherpa people, who follow the Tibetan Buddhism religion. In fact, one is offered the opportunity to acclimatize in readiness for the heights you will achieve on the trek ahead of you.
Namche Bazaar once a trading post; is a unique market, where trekkers can source a wide variety of local items or necessities for their trek. On Friday evenings and Saturdays, specialized stalls are put up in the marketplace. Other attractions of Everest Three Passes Trek has to offer is the famous Namche Monastery, Namche library and a Museum dedicated to showcasing the Sherpa way of life.
Highlights of the Everest Three High Passes Trek
The trek also incorporates Gokyo Valley, Gorakshep, Kalapatthar, and Lukla. Ultimately, the Gokyo Valley is an amazingly beautiful place, the entire valley setting – including Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri peak will take your breath away. In fact, from the Gokyo Valley, impressive peaks like Cho Oyo, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu, all amongst the highest in the world, are visible. Then, trekkers climb the Gokyo Ri Peak (at a height of 5480m) and cross the Cho La Pass whilst en route to Gorakshep. Gorakshep is a village in the Sagarmatha National Park. Similarly, the local inhabitants of this region are the Sherpa people, who make their living by guiding and mountaineering. Additionally, Gorakshep is also the original base camp for Everest.
Accordingly, the hike to Kalapatthar begins at Gorakshep and Kalapatthar itself offers a fantastic viewing platform on which to enjoy the sight of Everest and other peaks such as Nupste II, Changtse and the North Face of Lhotse. In conclusion, Everest Three Passes Trek is an interesting place to visit.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, welcome at airport and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Flight Katmandu to Lukla 45m, then trek to Phakding (2600m) 3hours
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440m), the biggest ethnic Sherpa village, influenced by Tibetan Buddhist society and the gate of Everest region,
Day 04: Namche acclimatization, explore around Syangboche and Khumjung.
Day 05: Namche to Thame (3820m) village of Everest summiteers.
Day 06: Thame to Lungden
Day 07: Lungde-Renzo La Pass 5338m -Gokyo Lake.
Day 08: Gokyo Lake acclimatization.
Day 09: Gokyo Lake ascent Gokyo Ri (5480m) then trek to Thangna
Day 10: Thangna (Dragnag) (4700m) – Chola Pass (5430m) – Dzonglha (4830m)
Day 11: Zangla to Lobuche (4920m).
Day 12: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5100m).
Day 13: Gorakshep ascent Kalapathar (5545m) early in the morning then Lobuche.
Day 14: Lobuche-Kongma La Pass 5540m-Chhukung(4930)m .
Day 15: Chhukung to Pangboche
Day 16: Pangboche to Namche
Day 17: Namche to Lukla
Day 18: Flight Lukla to Katmandou 45m, transfer to hotel.
Day 19: International departure.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, welcome at airport and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu, you are warmly welcomed by our representatives and transferred to the hotel. You will rest for a while at the hotel and in the evening, we will treat you with a typical Nepali cuisine with cultural folk dance at Nepali restaurant. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu
Day 02: Flight Katmandu to Lukla (45 m), then trek to Phakding (2,600 m), 3 hrs.
Early morning, after having breakfast, we depart to Lukla by domestic flight. It will take around 45 minutes to reach Lukla airport. At Lukla from where our actual trek begins, we meet our other crew members and then, we begin our trek by following the bank of Dudh Koshi River until reaching Phakding. Overnight stay at the lodge in Phakding.
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440 m).
By walking through beautiful pine forest, we head toward Benkar valley from where Mt. Thamserku can be viewed properly. After that, we cross a suspension bridge over the Dudhkoshi River and go to Monjo. Now we entrance to Everest National Park. Crossing suspension bridge, we reach to Jorsale where we have lunch and take a steep ascent which takes us to the gateway of Mt. Everest i.e the biggest ethnic Sherpa village, influenced by Tibetan Buddhist society and the gate of Everest region.
Day 04: Namche Acclimatization, explore around Syangboche and Khumjung.
You can do plenty of things in Namche Bazaar. It is one of the main places of the Everest Region. Our guide will help you to visit the charming areas of Namche. Uphill walk to Everest National Park offers an amazing view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, and Amadablam peaks. Overnight stay at the lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Namche to Thame (3,820 m) village of Everest summiteers.
Today our route leads on quiet peaceful areas away from mainstream trekking trails, heading west of Namche bazaar towards Thamo village within beautiful woodland of rhododendron and pine trees, from Thamo onward tree lines disappears for few juniper and azalea bushes. The walk leads on arid terrain with views of Kwangde massive range of peaks and slowly entering into a sleepy and undisturbed village at Thame (home of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa the first summiteers on Everest, as well home of Apa Sherpa a record holder with 20 times on top of Mt. Everest). At Thame with time to visit its very old monastery located on a high ridge above the village with awesome views of snow-clad peaks. Overnight at lodge in Thame.
Day 06: Thame to Lungden, 5 hrs.
Spending a wonderful night at Thame village, the next day, early morning leads to the wilderness on off the beaten path where very fewer trekkers visit these wild and isolated areas. Overnight at lodge in Lungden.
Day 07: Lungden-Renjo La Pass (5,338 m), Gokyo Lake.
Today, we lead to cross our first pass of the trip - Renjo La Pass. In between the path, we encounter two glacial ponds with steep up to reach the top of Renjo. We enjoy the super fantastic view of Gokyo Lake, Mt. Cho Oyu, and other neighboring peaks and walk leads to Gokyo Lake. Overnight at lodge in Gokyo.
Day 08: Gokyo Lake Acclimatization.
In order to become used to with further higher elevation, we acclimatize at Gokyo, explore Gokyo lakes, and enjoy a magnificent view of Mt. Cho Oyu and surrounding peaks. Overnight stay at the lodge in Gokyo.
Day 09: Gokyo Lake ascent Gokyo Ri (5,480 m) then trek to Thangna.
Early morning, we hike to Gokyo Ri. After enjoying the spectacular sunrise view and snow-capped Mountain View from the top of Gokyo Ri, we walk downhill back to Gokyo and have breakfast. After that, we move toward Thangna. Overnight at the lodge at Thangna.
Day 10: Thangna (Dragnag) (4,700 m) to Chola Pass (5,430 m) to Dzonglha (4,830 m).
Starting our adventure early morning as the walk climb steeply over scree and rocks for few hours with rest in between to catch your breath and to enjoy the surrounding marvelous views, finally climbing up to the top of Cho-La often spelled as Tsho-La, festooned with Buddhist prayer flags offering views of Nirekha-Cholatse and Lobuche peaks. After a small stop enjoying the scenery descend towards another side of Cho-la pass towards Everest base camp with overnight in a small peaceful spot at Dzong-la after tough walk and climb of the day. Overnight at lodge in Dzongla.
Day 11: Zongla to Lobuche (4,920 m).
Morning overlooking superb views of high snow-capped peaks with Amadablam North Face, as our adventure begins heading uphill for an hour to a ridge and then on gradual up with stunning views as the walk leads above Thugla, where Khumbu glacier melts into a raging icy river. After a pleasant stop, another hour of high altitude walk brings you at Lobuche with 10-12 good lodges to stay facing Nuptse and Lobuche peaks. Overnight at lodge in Lobuche.
Day 12: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) via Gorakshep (5,100 m).
Today a big marvelous day with an adventure towards our main goal and highlight of the trip reaching at the foot of world number Mt. Everest at base camp, morning walk leads on a gradual uphill slope with a short steep climb near Glass Pyramid, optional sidewalk to visit at this glass pyramid a metrological station and a lab, established by Italy and Nepal government to track and read the Himalayan weather and the flow of the glacier. From here few hour of good walk over moraine and glacier brings you at Gorakshep located on route Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar hilltop, Gorakshep with 3-4 nice lodges for overnight stops, from here our walk leads further east over glacier and moraine then reaching at Everest base camp of above 5,364 m high with sweeping views of Khumbu Ice Fall and glacier. During peak expedition season this place is flooded with climbers-guides and porters with many tents pitched above the glacier. After feeling high with lifetime experience head back to Gorakshep for an overnight stop before heading back to another last pass of the adventure. Overnight at lodge/tea house in Gorakshep.
Day 13: Gorakshep ascent Kalapathar (5,545 m) early in the morning then Lobuche.
Early morning optional walk up to the top of Kalapathar, the highest spot of the adventure at above (5,545 m) high offering breathtaking panorama of mountains with Mt. Everest at close distance, after a vigorous climb descend to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue trek on the same path to Lobuche, rest of the afternoon relax and catch the energy for next day tough walk over Kongma-La Pass. Overnight at lodge in Kalapathar.
Day 14: Lobuche-Kongma La Pass (5,540 m) to Chhukung (4,930 m).
Today, our final day of the last pass to cross, starting early morning, walk leads into Khumbu glacier where one has to be careful around this glacier zone of ice and moraines, walking on the rocky trail towards the base of Kongma-la and its peak Kongma, both names called as Mehra also. After a nice stop for rest within this wild areas between high peaks then cross our last pass of the adventure over Kongma-la pass at the height of 5,535 m located between Nuptse mountain wall with Mihara and Pokalde peaks, finally our route leads downhill towards Imjatse valley with amazing views of Island peak, Amadablam, and adjoining mountains, before Chhukung reaching a small place at Bible between Chukung and Dingboche from here an hour or more walk leads you into comfort of nice lodge at Chhukung a small settlement with few lodges. Overnight at lodge in Chhukung.
Day 15: Chhukung to Pangboche.
After a wonderful climb with perfect camping facilities enjoying the views, morning a long walk towards Chhukung and then at Dingboche, from here leaving the beautiful Imjatse valley with a downhill walk towards Pangboche village for an overnight stop. Overnight at lodge in Pangboche.
Day 16: Pangboche to Namche.
From here onward long descend to the bridge, after the bridge back into greens and tree lines as the route climbs up to Thyangboche Monastery, with a downhill walk to Phunki Tenga on crossing a wooden bridge climb uphill to Lobesa and Sanasa small villages with a gradual winding path to Kyanjinma. A beautiful spot with few lodges facing Everest-Amadablam and Thamserku peaks, here the chance of spotting some wildlife like Thar, Musk deer and the colorful Danphe (Impeyan pheasant and the national bird of Nepal). From this peaceful spot, the walk continues for another hour on the pleasant winding path to Namche Bazaar for an overnight stop after a great day walk. Overnight at lodge in Namche.
Day 17: Namche to Lukla.
After having breakfast, you move toward the Hillary suspension bridge and passes some local ethnic villages. In the evening, you will be at Lukla. Overnight in a lodge. Overnight at lodge in Lukla.
Day 18: Flight Lukla to Kathmandu 45 m, transfer to hotel.
Today is the second last day of your journey. In the morning, you will hop a domestic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. One of our representatives will be at the airport with a private vehicle, and you will be transferred to the hotel. You need solo rest after your trek in the Himalaya. In the evening, you will enjoy a get-together and cultural dinner with your guide and Go For Nepal team. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 19: International Departure.
One of their representatives will take you to the airport for your flight back home.
What's included !
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
- Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three or four star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
- All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
- Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (11 nights Trekking Guesthouse in twin sharing and occasionally dormitory style).
- Licensed English speaking guide.
- The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
- Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
- Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
- Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
- Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.
- Down Jacket and Sleeping bag during the trek (should be returned to us)
- All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
- Official expenses.
What's not included !
- Nepal visa fee 40 USD for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained at your country in Nepalese consulate office before arrival in Nepal or you can get Nepal visa after arrival at Kathmandu airport.
- International Airfare to and from Kathmandu.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (Due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (And also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
- Travel, Trekking and Helicopter Rescue insurance.
- Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, clothes etc.
- Personal expenses (Phone Calls, Laundry, bar bills during the trekking, Battery recharge of camera or mobile, extra porters if you wish to take, mineral water, Shower etc).
- Tips for Guides and Porters according to the custom of trekking in Nepal since long though this is no obligation if your trip is not satisfied with our staffs.
What is trekking ?
Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.
Is trekking good for me ?
In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.
Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?
You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.
How difficult is trekking and climbing ?
Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.
Is travel insurance necessary ?
Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.
What types of permit are required for trekking ?
It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.
How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?
During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.
What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?
Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.
Will I have to carry my own luggage ?
Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.
Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?
Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.
What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?
There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.
Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?
It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.