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  • Everest Three Passes Trek and Island peak climb by Teo Magni and his friend Simone
  • Island peak climbing by Simone and Teo – 2 Italian climbers
  • Island Peak Climbing


Everest Three Passes Trek and Island Peak Climbing offers magnificent views of stunning Mahanlangur Himalayas including the great Mt. Everest. The trip makes life time memorable moment in the Himalaya. After exploring holy temples and stupas in Kathmandu, in the second day, you begin your trip to the Himalayas. It passes the few ethnic villages as well as alpine forests and glaciers. This trip takes you to the 3 greatest Himalaya passes – Renjo La Pass, Chola Pass and Kongma La Pass. After crossing these 3 passes, you head toward your ultimate aim and that is Island Peak Climbing.

Go For Nepal Treks and Expedition has made this itinerary for those who are willing to collect challenging trekking and climbing experience. Everest Three Passes Trek and Island Peak Climbing also helps you to prepare for higher summit of Himalayas.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu for optional tour and trek / climb preparation.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2,820 m and walk to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs walks.
Day 05: Rest day at Namche for acclimatization and local hike.
Day 06: Trek to Thame 3,880 m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Marlung 4,137 m – 04 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Lungdeng 4,600 m – 04 hours.
Day 09: Cross Renjo- La 5,465 m and trek to Gokyo 4,800 m – 07 hrs.
Day 10: Hike to Gokyo Ri and walk to Thaknak 4,750m – 04hrs.
Day 11: Cross Cho-la Pass 5,367m to Dzongla 4,830m – 07 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m – 05 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and return to Gorakshep 5,180 m – 06 hrs.
Day 14: Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m trek to Lobuche – 04 hrs.
Day 15: Cross Kongma La 5,535 m and trek to Chhukung 4,730 m – 08 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp 4,970m – 04 hrs.
Day 17: Trek Island Peak High Camp 5,400 m – 04 hrs.
Day 18: Climb to the Summit of Island Peak – 06 hrs.
Day 19: Reserve and contingency days in case of bad weather.
Day 20: Trek to Pangboche 3,985 m – 06 hrs.
Day 21:
Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m -06 hrs.
Day 22: Trek to Lukla – 04 hrs.
Day 23: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
Day 24: Free day in Kathmandu with optional sightseeing tour.
Day 25: Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.

Detail Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.

    On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information regarding Everest High Passes & Island Peak Climb and while you are under our care. The evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.

  2. Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu for optional tour and trek / climb preparation.

    Today, we have allowed a free day with optional sightseeing tour for interested people, as well for the trek and climb preparation with last hour shopping for a grand adventure to Everest High Passes and Island Peak climb.

  3. Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,820 m) and walk to Phakding (2,640 m), 4 hrs.

    Morning depart from the hotel for fabulous adventure to Everest High Passes & Island Peak Climb, taking a short scenic flight of 30 mins with sweeping panorama of high peaks including Mt. Everest, as the small aircraft lands at Lukla of above (2,820 m) high, from here walk towards Phakding on gradual downhill trail with short ups with views of Kwangde and Kusum-Khanguru peaks as the walk leads through Choplung and Ghat Sherpa villages to reach our overnight stop at Phakding. Phakding village, located above Dudh Koshi River here with time for a short hike around this lovely village to witness Sherpa cultures with an overnight halt in a nice cozy lodge.

  4. Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), 5 hrs walks.

    After a pleasant night stop with the sound of river, morning walk leads following the Dudh Kosi River upstream and crossing suspension bridges to reach at Monjo village with grand views of Kwangde and Tharmarserku peaks, from here into Sagarmatha National park (Sagarmatha Nepalese name for Mt. Everest, while Sherpa calls Chomolungma in both languages means 'Great Mother'). Walk proceed towards Jorsalle village and into river valley covered within rhododendron-pines-oaks and fir trees as the route leads uphill for few hours to reach famous Namche Bazaar, where colorful and busy Saturday market is held weekly.

  5. Day 05: Rest day at Namche for acclimatization and local hike.

    An important rest day for proper acclimatization before heading higher elevation, at Namche one can take a short walk to Everest View Hotel of few hours walk uphill or visit the park museum located on top of Namche Bazaar offers grand views of Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Amadablam and other series of snowcapped peaks. Visit its interesting museum full of information regarding Sherpa people, culture with flora/fauna and as well of mountaineering history, rest of the afternoon free at leisure with views of mountains.

  6. Day 06: Trek to Thame (3,880 m), 5 hrs.

    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.

  7. Day 07: Trek to Marlung (4,137 m), 4 hrs.

    From Thame village with peaceful overnight stop, morning leads to complete wilderness on off the beaten tracks, where trekkers seldom visit this wild and isolated areas, as our adventure continues heading north of Thame following the trail to Tibet for some time, and then following the route to Marlung village near Bhote Kosi River upstream, as the walks leads past Thyangmoche and Hungmo, small settlement where tree lines disappears for barren and arid landscapes with grand views of mountains where walk leads past grazing fields of Yaks to reach at Marlung a small village for overnight stop.

  8. Day 08: Trek to Lungdeng (4,600 m), 5 hrs.

    After a quiet and wonderful stop, our adventure carries on heading higher with panorama of peaks and landscapes as the route gets close to Tibet border, where Tibetans often visits Khumbu area to trade with Nepali goods, after hours of tough walk on dry areas then reaching our overnight stop at Lungdeng a small place with few teahouses or lodge offering super views.

  9. Day 09: Cross Renjo- La (5,465 m) and trek to Gokyo (4,800 m), 7 hrs.

    Today, our adventure leads to our first great pass of the trek where morning walk leads towards Renjo Pokhari two small two glacial ponds, after a rest as the route climbs over crossing the our first pass of the adventure with steep up to a cairn to reach on top Renjo-la at (5,465 m) high, festooned with Buddhist prayer flags offering super views of Gokyo Lake, Mt. Cho Oyu and other closer peaks, from this lovely scenic spot enjoying the wonderful views, walk leads downhill to Gokyo valley and into a comfort of nice and cozy lodge for overnight close to its emerald colored lake.

  10. Day 10: Hike to Gokyo Ri and walk to Thaknak (4,750 m), 4 hrs.

    Morning hike to Gokyo Ri and catch the stunning sunrise views over chain of world highest mountains, as the route climbs steeply offering grand views finally after two hours of hard walk reaching the top of Gokyo Ri at (5,357 m) high commanding glorious panorama from Mt. Everest-Lhotse-Makalu with Mt. Cho-Oyu includes series of peaks and of Gokyo lake with Ngozumba Glacier down below. After marvelous time and worth the tough climb, descend back to Gokyo for breakfast and lunch Afternoon a short walk to Thaknak for an overnight stop, this is a small settlement with just a few simple lodges beneath Tsho (Cho-La) pass.

  11. Day 11: Cross Cho-la Pass (5,367 m) to Dzongla (4,830 m), 7 hrs.

    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.

  12. Day 12: Trek to Lobuche (4,930 m), 5 hrs.

    Morning overlooking superb views of high snowcapped 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.

  13. Day 13: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) and return to Gorakshep (5,180 m), 6 hrs.

    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.

  14. Day 14: Hike to Kalapathar (5,545 m) trek to Lobuche, 4 hrs.

    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.

  15. Day 15: Cross Kongma La (5,535 m) and trek to Chhukung (4,730 m), 8 hrs.

    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 Mehara 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 Bibre 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.

  16. Day 16: Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (4,970 m), 4 hrs.

    After a wonderful stop in cozy lodge at Chhukung, today onward for few days in tents camping for few nights till the climb is done, morning walk leads to our main highlight and goal to Island Peak base camp located in a scenic spot at Parshya Gab, here setting our camps with afternoon free to practice climbing with our expert guide.

  17. Day 17: Trek Island Peak High Camp (5,400 m), 4 hrs.

    Our real adventure begins heading higher to pitch high camp at above (5,400 m) high which will make the climb to summit of Island peak much easier and accessible, morning leaving from base camp to high camp of Island Peak also called Imjaste peak due to its location, as the climb leads above moraine then towards open gully leading between two well defined ridges to reach at high camp beneath a small hanging glacier at (5,280 m) high, here with time in the afternoon for final preparations for the big climb next early morning.

  18. Day 18: Climb to the Summit of Island Peak, 6 hrs.

    The climbing of Island peak at above (6,160 m/20,328 ft) high grade is PD + taken from French and Swiss Alpine Climbing System, which is one of the most popular grading systems worldwide. On this final and Big Day! Start early morning before dawn as our guide lead you across a broad open gully, following snow-covered glacier, avoiding serac and crevasses climbing northwards over snow-covered scree in the margin between a glacier facing a top ridge. Climb continues crossing a gully with some stone and icefall dangers, a steep snow and ice ramp takes you above (100 m/300 ft) to the main summit, on reaching the top where your adventure of a lifetime experience with great dreams accomplished into a successful climb with amazing panorama of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,501 m), Mt. Amadablam (6,856 m), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), Chamlang and Baruntse peaks, after a great climb feeling high spirit descend on the same route towards base camp.

  19. Day 19: Reserve and contingency days in case of bad weather.

    We have spare day to adjust with the climb as contingency day just in case of bad weather, if all goes well according to our standard itinerary, this spare day can be used with slow and scenic walk back to Lukla having some short day on route, where you can enjoy the views and local culture during the trek.

  20. Day 20: Trek to Pangboche (3,985 m), 6 hrs.

    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.

  21. Day 21: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), 6 hrs.

    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 Tharmarserku peaks, here the chance of spotting some wild life 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 a pleasant winding path to Namche Bazaar for an overnight stop after a great day walk.

  22. Day 22: Trek to Lukla, 4 hrs.

    After a wonderful time on high Khumbu valley with climb of Island peak morning depart from Namche Bazaar as the walk leads to a long descends towards Dudh Kosi River as this scenic walk leads within lovely alpine forest and then reaching at Monjo, from here walk leads on the same route following gentle path past Phakding and Ghat villages with an climb to reach at Lukla, where you can enjoy the afternoon relaxing and celebrate with staff-guides-porters and fellow member on this last night around high Khumbu within Everest areas.

  23. Day 23: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.

    Early morning transfer to Lukla airport known as Tenzing & Hillary airport with its unique airstrip, sometimes the flight can delay due to bad weather, as the flight arrives from Kathmandu board on the smaller Twin-Otter or Dornier airplane where a scenic flight brings you at hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city life.

  24. Day 24: Free day in Kathmandu with optional sightseeing tour.

    We have reserved as contingency and a free day in case of flight delay and cancellation at Lukla due to unpredictable bad weather conditions, on this day you can book for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu as the valley, filled with most of the World Heritage Sites around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities.

  25. Day 25: Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.

    Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to the airport for your flight homeward bound or to the respective destination with wonderful adventure and experience on Everest High Passes & Island Peak climb.

What's included !

  • Airport pickups and drops
  • Accommodation in 3 star level hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Climbing peak permit & other necessary permits (Sagarmatha National Park Permit, TIMS and Climbing Permit),
  • A professional English speaking trained trekking guide and a climbing guide
  • Climbing bonus for Sherpa climbers,
  • Daily wages, insurance, cloth, food, shelter of staffs and porters,
  • Internal Flight Tickets (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu)
  • Tea House accommodation during the trek
  • Tent/camping accommodation during the climb
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during trek and climb,
  • Complete camping equipment & all common climbing equipment: snow-bar, ice-screw, ropes, snow shovel,
  • Transport of all food supply & equipment from the trip starting point to the ending point as per itinerary,
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping bag (should be returned after completion of the trip)
  • Trekking bag or duffel bag to keep your things
  • Good quality tents and kitchen equipment for camping
  • Farwell dinner
  • First Aid Medical Kit box
  • Trekking Map
  • Rescue arrangement only (must cover by your travel and rescue insurance)
  • All local and governmental taxes

What's not included !

  • International air fare
  • City sights entrance fees.
  • Bar bills & personal expenses.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Emergency rescue charges if necessary.
  • Extra shower, battery re-charge fee, snacks, etc.
  • Personal clothing & gears.
  • Tips to guide and porter.
  • Cost raised by cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness which are not under our control.


The Basics

  1. 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.

  2. Is trekking good for me ?

    In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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