Everest High 3 Pass Trek

Everest high 3 pass trek is a life altering trek. The trek comprises of 19 night trek which furthermore encompasses trekking through Everest base camp, Kala Patthar, the Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Ri, the Kongma La, the Cho La, the Chukkung valley and Thame. This is one of the longest treks in the khumbu region as it includes almost every vista of everest. The trek circumnavigates almost entire Khumbu region including an essence of a slightly different civilization and settlement than that in most of the Himalayan region. Although challenging at times, the high passes trek has an excellent initial acclimatizing itinerary.

Settling down for 36 hours after arrival in Kathmandu and before leaving for morning flight to Lukla is a time to get accustomed with Nepalese culture, people, itinerary of the treks and also finding out do’s and don’ts of the trek. The trek starts by flying to Tenzing-Hillary airport also known as Lukla airport in the small town of Lukla. Flying to Lukla from Kathmandu itself is an exhilarating experience as Lukla airport is known for its smallest and steepest airstrip in the world. The first week of trek is travelled through Dingbouche in a very slow pace in order to acclimatize with the escalating altitude of the Everest region. At the very initial stage of the trek can be felt the presence of Everest in the ambience through cold breeze and the mountains ranging from 6000 meters to 8000 in the setback. Whilst the majority of trekkers from Dinbouche onwards head north towards Everest Base Camp, this trek heads towards the Chukkung valley towards Island peak. Heading northeast towards Island peak’s base camp followed by high pass of Kongma La would ultimately land us to the Everest base camp and then furthermore to Kala patthar in precession. Although Everest would look like with the grip of our palm we would get more clearer and nearer view of the wonder from the summit of Kala Patthar (5,643m). Descending from the Everest Base Camp, the trek would cross another high pass of Cho La before plunging down towards the stunning Gokyo Lakes valley. From Gokyo Ri, you can get another excellent view of Everest’s summit but this time at dusk and with different natural effect on the peak. The final High Pass is at west Gokyo which then moves ahead onto the trade route used by the Tibetans transporting their merchandise from Tibet to Namche Bazaar.

Trip Facts

Trip Grade:
Trip Duration: 21 Days
Country: Nepal
Activities: Trekking
Trip Type:
Max Altitude: 5545 m.
Group Size: 2 - 15 pax
Season: March - May & Sept - Nov
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Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Namaste and welcome to Nepal! With the hope that you had a smooth flight, we assist you at the airport to get to your hotel. There are no additional programmes set for the day but the welcome dinner in the evening and a session of introduction.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
This day will help you get along with the country. We carry a prolonged heritage on our back and a country’s heritage will help you best in knowing the culture and the customs. Meanwhile our backend staff will prepare for required permits and other last minute preparation to make your trip hassle free. At the end of the day you will be briefed about the trip by your guide and this will be an opportunity for you to exchange word with your companion for the rest of the trip.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) & trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), 3-4 hrs walk

The 200km flight to the northeast region of Nepal is a majestic experience but the best view is offered to the one’s seated on the left side of the aircraft. After landing on a 465 meter runway, we immediately retrieve our belongings and head towards the north to the village of Phakding.  We make our way through the school build by Sir. Edmund Hillary in Kyangma, and further through the community forest, chortens, prayer walls, mani and finally through rustic suspension bridge, until we reach Phakding.

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Today we begin early as usual to cover a distance of 1000m in ascent and in 5-6 hours, after we fuel ourselves with highland breakfast. We start on the trail along raging Dudh Koshi river and make our first sheer uphill walk to Toktok, where awaits the beautiful view of Thamserku. We walk through villages intermingling with beautiful forest of Rhododendron, fir, magnolia and Pine. The final ascent to Namche as well is challenging, whereas you may feel the first symptoms of altitude kicking in.

Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
It is uttermost important for us to spend a day in Namche in order to acclimatize for higher ground. The day may be a rest day but it is important to be active even on a free day and being lethargic day around is the worst thing to do. We will do small side trips of 2-3 hours from and to Namche itself. Namche as well is the last stop in the Everest, if you wish to buy any forgotten things for your trek this may as well be a last chance. We spend this day as well on Namche.

Day 06: Trek to Thame, (3800m), 3 to 4 hours
The trail is usually gradual this day but as we have to cover 600m in ascent and descend and within 3 – 4 hours, so we start early after breakfast. The trail immediately enters dense yet beautiful forest of Rhododendron and Pine, by this time Yaks grazing with big bells by their neck is a common sighting but watch out for musk deer on this day. You will witness some beautiful mountains in the Everest region, namely Khumbila (5761m), Konde Ri and Pharchamo (6187m).

Day 07: Trek to Marlung, (4137m), 4 to 5 hours
The ascent is pleasant but its in the thin air condition, as a result breathlessness follows. Today we will walk on the historical trail used by ancient traders who walked for centuries to trade goods and salt with Tibet. Except for crossing the Bhotekoshi couple of time, there is no significant things to watch for today.

Day 08: Trek to Lungdeng (4600m), 3 to 4 hours

We start early in the morning to cover an ascent of 400m in 3 to 4 hours. It may look like a small distance to cover in a day but it is very important to be careful about any ascent you make further ascent; it may result to a dire consequence. Lungden is a small village surrounded by boulders, just below the Renjo – La pass and serves like the rest area or base camp for the pass, before ascending further on the next day .

Day 09: Trek to Renjo- La (17,929ft / 5465m) to Gokyo Lake (4800m)
We need to start earlier than the other days to complete our day’s trek on time. The ascent to Renjo – la is very demanding and on the contrary is very rewarding as well. The clear blue skies and eye popping views of gigantic peaks Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Taboche and many others awaits on the top. The initial trail past Renjo – La to Gokyo is almost vertical and strenuous and towards further down, the trail becomes gradual. The end of the day is tiring yet it is very pleasing to rest besides turquoise blue, crystal clear reservoirs of Gokyo lakes, with the views of one of the ultra 8000er Cho Oyu.

Day 10: Relax Day at Gokyo Lake
After Days of strenuous hike it is uttermost important for us to call it a day and embrace the striking, turquoise lakes. Although it is a rest day and we will not do rapid hikes or treks on the day but will surely stroll around and see all the lakes in the periphery. We have our breakfast, lunch and dinner in Gokyo itself and enjoy the awe – inspiring views of the saw toothed mountains.

Day 11: Hike to Gokyo RI (5,330m/17,483ft), and trek to Thaknak (4750m/15580ft), 6-7 hrs walk
The trek starts early and after breakfast. The trail gradually but as we are ascending to one of the most rewarding viewpoints, the trail gets demanding. The view we get of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and many other mountains, including the Dudh pokhari is unrivalled. After Gokyo RI we descend and immediately ascent on a gradual trail of ever changing Ngozumpa Glacier, until we reach Thaknak. After a long hike we rest here to get ready for yet another interesting on one of the highest passes on earth.

Day 12: Trek to Cho-la Pass (5367m/17604ft) to Dzongla (4,850m/15908ft), 5-6 hrs walk
The days hike is one of the most demanding days in the itinerary of Everest 3 pass trek. The day starts with sheer ascend on the slopes and lose boulders but the view of Ama Dablam right in front and the Ngozumpa on the back and Pharilapche and Kyajo RI is very astonishing. The trail to Dzongla from Cho La pass is equally challenging, you will walk down looking at the broken face of Cho La glacier. After almost two hours of downhill, you will enjoy easy stroll in between beautiful peaks which seems like in the grasp of our palms, with the striking view of Ama Dablam, far down the valley. We call it a day at Dzongla.

Day 13: Trek to Gorakshep (5,160m/16,929ft), 5-6 hrs walk
The trail heads down on a grassy hill side, with the view of lake Chola Tso and the rugged Cholatse and Arakam. Further down we cross small streams and flat trails and one final effortless ascend to Lobuche.  We walk through the narrow moraine and up towards Gorakshep. As we had a long day of walk and it is very important for us to take appropriate rest and past Lobuche, one needs to acclimatize, we rest in Gorakshep and observe the ambiance.

Day 14: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft) and return to Lobuche for overnight. 6 to 7 hrs
The walk to Everest base camp is tedious process because of the ever changing path of notorious Khumbu Icefall. Base camp is a beautiful hub for climbers who have been waiting for green signal to head further north. Base camp is a colorful village made out of tents, on the laps of some beautiful mountains with best cloud formations. The walk is not very demanding but is challenging due to the elevation factor. We take the same route back until Lobuche and rest in the same.

Day 15: Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 6-7 hrs

We start early and by the first sunlight in the morning to make it to the other side by the end of the day. It is important to refill water in hefty amount. The climb immediately gets sheer and strenuous from the very first moment and on the edge of a moraine until we reach to the top. On the top you will enter a flat surface with icy patches of lake and frozen ridges of Kongma La pass. From Kongma La to Chukkung is equally grinding downhill but the view of Island peak and ridge of Amphu Lapcha will sweep you off your feet. It is a must take break at Chukkung for two reason; one because of long day trek and 2nd for the reason that Chukkung is a beautiful village surrounded from ridges and glaciers from all sides.

Day 16: Trek to Tyangboche (3,867m/12684ft), 4-5 hrs walk

From here we begin to descend and the trails are a little less demanding that a day before but the chilling winds on the ridges are bone piercing. With the beautiful views of Taboche, Cholatse, Amphu Lapcha and un recognizable north view of Ama Dablam, we stroll forward to our final destination, sometimes on the barren trails and for a while on the stone steps. We catch more breath than on the trails of higher ground and the view of the mountains behind is more beautiful than ever. We call it a night at the periphery of the famous and biggest Tengboche monastery, which has been restored to its original despite several tragedies.

Day 17: Trek to Monjo ((2680M/8791ft), 5-6 hrs walk
The walk from Tengboche to Monjo is all in the woods of Rhododendron, pine and fir that blankets the hills. The forest encompassing the trail is dense and known to be the home of Himalayan thar, snow leopard and musk deer, it is very important to look for the opportunity to spot these wild animals despite the exhaustion. We make our way further to Namche, where you may want to take a look to cascade of houses and snap shots of it with the mountains in the backdrop. We further head down to couple of rustic bridges and through the warm breezes until we arrive Monjo and halt for the day.

Day 18: Trek to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), 6-7 hrs walk

We head further to Lukla with plenty of oxygen to fill our lungs and only halt our trek in Lukla. We can enjoy the end of the trek and share experience with the ones returning as well as beginning their trek.

Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
We board an early morning 200km flight back to Kathmandu, with the best views of the mountains on the right. One last time we wave off the mountains through the widows of the aircraft. We arrive at Kathmandu Airport in no time and get transferred to the hotel. We have almost an entire day, so we may spend the day by doing errands or exploring the local culture or food.

Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu.
This is free day in Kathmandu and you can spend it by rejoicing culinary from all around the world in the busy Thamel area. If there are any errands, this is a perfect day for you to get something for your loved ones. If you are still willing to add some sightseeing and interested in relics, we can arrange you with a perfect escape to medieval age.

Day 21: Final Departure

This is the end of your trekking in Nepal! We can help you create further itineraries for your trips in the country or you can hang out with us or you can add up sightseeing with us. If you are scheduled to fly back to your next stop, we will transfer you to the airport and wave you off in authentic Nepalese way. We hope you had the best time with us and we depart hoping to see each other in the future!

Cost Include:

    All airport/hotel transfers
    Three nights hotel in Kathmandu
    Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek
    A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
    Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and airport departure taxes
    An experienced English-speaking guide
    All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
    A comprehensive medical kit
    All government and local taxes

Cost Exclude:

    Nepal Visa fee
    International airfare to and from Kathmandu
    Travel and rescue insurance
    Personal expenses
    Tips for guides and porters

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