This incredible trek in the Everest region is not just a thrilling trip, but also a picturesque trek. Everest 3-High Passes Trek takes us to the Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar, Gokyo Valley, and its tranquil lakes, Gokyo Ri, for amazing views of the landscape. More importantly, this route introduces trekkers to the remote and untouched Nangpa La Valley, the Sherpa village of Marlung, and the monastery village of Thame. Moreover, trekkers tread on world-famous routes while crossing Three High Passes covering Cho La pass (5420m), Kongma La pass (5540m), and Renjo La Pass (5360m), including Everest Base Camp (5364) and Kalapatthar (5643m).
We begin our journey to the Everest High Passes Trek with a sightseeing day in Kathmandu, which offers a brief exploration of the temples, shrines, bazaars, and restaurants of Kathmandu. We take a breathtaking mountain flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla on the following day, followed by the trek up through the classic route to the Sagarmatha National Park playing with the mighty Dudhkoshi River, colorful landscapes, Gompas, and monasteries in the land enclosed by soaring peaks. After reaching the summit of Kongma La, as we compose our way to the Everest Base Camp, we marvel at the spectacle of Khumbu icefall cascading from the Western Cwm. Our trek to the viewpoint of Kalapatthar is followed by the tough climb through Cho La that finally takes us to the cobalt-blue lakes at Gokyo. After enjoying awe-inspiring views from the fifth lake and Gokyo Ri, we make our way to the next great pass, the Renjo La. Stopping for a night in Marlung, we follow a little of the route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders via Nangpa La to get to Thame. Following the historic route, we drop down to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu, leaving behind our footprints in the shadow of Everest.
- Cross three High Passes, Cho La Pass (5420m), Kongma La Pass (5540m), Renjo La Pass (5360m), apart from Everest Base Camp (5364) and Kalapatthar (5643).
- An extreme physical challenge in the remote Himalayan wilderness.
- Khumbu Glacier, home to Mount Everest Base Camp and the icefalls.
- The world’s largest Ngozumba Glacier near Gokyo.
- Sparkling Gokyo Valley, the Gokyo Lakes, and the Gokyo Ri offer a 360° view of the Himalayan Panorama.
- The perfectly blended views of deep Dudhkoshi (River of milk) River Valley with the lush vegetation, diverse flora, and fauna of the Sagarmatha National Park.
- Authentic Sherpa culture in the mountainous villages, warm hospitality of the families of inborn mountaineers.
- The highland monasteries, the sacred Mani walls engraved with Buddhist prayers, colorful prayer flags portraying spirituality, the memorials, Chortens, and every aspect that demonstrates Himalayan Tantric Buddhism.
- Climb Chhukung Ri (5,550m) for a fantastic view of the valley, Ama Dablam, and Amphu Labcha peaks.
- Climb the Kalapatthar (5545m) for an unforgettable and breathtaking view of the sunrise on those snow-capped mountains from the summit of Kalapatthar.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Kathmandu International airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the evening, you have the option to be escorted & stroll around Thamel and the north part of the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Asan, Indrachook & the local tourist market of Kathmandu valley. You will be served by welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trek preparation
Today you will be able to do a half-day excursion and half-day trek preparation. After breakfast, start our tour covering Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swambhunath Stupa, which are listed on the UNESCO world heritage sites. Kathmandu Durbar Square area holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the Kathmandu Kingdom. Kathmandu Durbar Square reveals Nepalese art, craft, and architecture of an ancient period. The architecture is typical of the Malla dynasty, which ruled over Nepal from the 12th to 18th century. Then we visit the world’s oldest Buddhist pilgrimage site and tourist destination Swambhunath Stupa. Swayambhu meaning "the self-existent" is popular among the foreigners as Monkey Temple with a large number of monkey population. After sightseeing, we will have a discussion session where we discuss our trek plan and preparation in the afternoon. If you need trekking gear to utilize this time to buy some gear & clothes at the local tourist market in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly to Lukla-Trek to Phakding(2610m/3 hrs)
Early in the morning transfer to the domestic airport to board a scenic mountain flight to Lukla (2840m), which will take about 30 minutes. The flight to Lukla will be one of the lifetime spectacular experiences. Upon arrival at Lukla start trekking until we reach Phakding passing through beautiful Chaurikharka village on the left-hand side, which will take about 3 hours. Further, the trail traverses Chheplung (2660m), Thado Koshigaon (2580m) from where you can see the glimpse of Mt. Kusum Khangkaru (6367m), Nursing (2492m) and reach Phakding. The trail to Phakding lets you discover the green landscape with a scenic view of local villages, green farmlands in the lower Everest region of Nepal and reach the beautiful hamlet of Phakding. Being the first day of trekking we do not walk a lot and stay at Phakding village. Overnight in Phakding.
Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar(3440m/6hrs)
After breakfast start trekking through a beautiful pine forest that leads us along the bank of Dudh Koshi River and Hillary Suspension Bridge to reach the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park and Monjo Village. After crossing the Phakding village don’t miss the opportunity of the first view of Mt. Kongde Ri (6186m) on your right-hand side. The further trail with some up and down, we reach the Bengkar village on the corner of the River and Monjo village on the left view of the River. Monjo village is the border of the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, one of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Nepal. At the check post, we stop, make entry and show the paperwork to the authorities and continue the trekking via Jorsalle village (2740m), Large Dovan (2830m), and cross one of the highest bridges in the Everest region over the Dudhkosi River. Then follow up a steep trail for about one hour and reach Chautara, the first viewpoint of Everest. Trekking further uphill about an hour, we reach the Namche Bazar, the capital of the Sherpa people. Namche Bazar is one of the trading points for the Sherpa people. It is also an ideal market for tourist to purchase traditional local made crafts. Overnight in Namche Bazaar
Day 5: Acclimatization day
Today is the day for rest and to adjust to the high altitude climate. The principle is a trek in high and overnight in lower levitation. In the morning we take the excellent opportunity to explore the Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery, from where you can also explore the spectacular mountain views including Mt. Everest, Kongde, Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse. Start hiking to Everest view hotel passing through Syangboche airstrip (3700m). We climb further to reach Mt. Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde, and much more. Further, we will visit Khumjung village, and interact with local people, observe the cultural tradition and living style of Sherpa people. We also have the option to visit the Khumjung High School and interact with teachers and students. Then descend back to Namche Bazar. Overnight in Namche Bazar.
Day 6: Namche Bazar to Tengboche(3860m/5hrs)
Trek from Namche Bazar to Tengboche, along the way it offers the majestic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. The trail passes through Kayangjuma, Sansa, Phunki Thenga then crosses the Bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing the river, the trail is steep uphill ascend about 500m, and we reach the hilltop called the Tengboche village. Tengboche at an altitude of 4000m is an extraordinary place, it has the biggest Buddhist monastery. Tengboche monastery is one of the biggest monasteries in the Everest region of Nepal. The structure of the monastery for the first time was built in 19 23 AD. In 1934, it was destroyed by an earthquake and rebuilt. It was destroyed by fire again in 1989 and reconstructed with the help of volunteers and the provision of foreign aid. Tengboche is a beautiful place for scenic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, Kusum Khangkaru, and Kongde Ri in the South. Overnight in Tengboche.
Day 7: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/5hrs)
Early in the morning if you are interested in visiting the Tengboche monastery for pray and observe the ceremony. Try to be there before 7:30 am, to see the monks praying, and you can also involve there to pray. After breakfast trek from Tengboche to Dingboche, also known as Summer Valley, which will take approximately 5 hours. At first, we trek via Debuche, cross the bridge over Imja Khola and trek along with the beautiful green fields, protected lands & the village of Pangboche (3900m). The trail is steep up for an entire day to reach Dingboche. The village of Somare (4010m) and Orsho are on the way and offer an excellent view of Mt. Ama Dablam. We descend to the river and follow up a steep trail to reach the Dingboche via the north face of the Pheriche village. Trekking about 3 hours from Pangboche we reach Dingboche village. Overnight in Dingboche.
Day 8: Acclimatization day
This day is reserved for acclimatization before we ascend further, we spend our rest day in Dingboche. Enjoy the leisurely breakfast with a spectacular sunrise view over the mountain admiring Ama Dablam to the South, Mt. Lhotse, and numerous other peaks. We hike to Chhukhung, which takes about 3-4 hours to explore the spectacular mountain. We can see three out of six highest mountain in the world from this viewpoint including Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Makalu (8485m), and Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m). You will also see the peak of Cho Latse (6440m) and Taboche (6542m) to the west. Then we descend to Dingboche & rest in the evening. Overnight in Dingboche.
Day 9: Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m/3-4 hrs)
From Dingboche, it is a short hike to Chhukung, the final settlement of the Khumbu region around Imja Tse (Island Peak) with its magnificent panorama of snowcapped mountains with Mt. Makalu in the east. After arriving at Chhukung we can rest or hike to Chhukung Ri for more amazing views of the mountains. It will also allow us time to prepare for our early morning departure to Kongma-la Pass. Overnight in Chhukung
Day 10: Chhukung to Lobuche(4940m) via Kongma La pass(5540m) 6-7 hrs.
We start early before dawn along an icy path and then a stony trail beneath Kongma-La Pass and its Kongma La Peak, also known as Mehra Peak. We then cross Kongma-La Pass at (5,535m) nestled between Mt Nuptse Wall, Mehra, and Pokalde peaks. After a strenuous climb towards Khumbu Glacier and moraine (rocky ground), we take a fairly steep trail up to the base of the Khumbu Glacier and arrive at Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche
Day 11: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5164 m) - Hike to Everest Base Camp (5364m/6-7 hrs)
Today we will trek towards Gorakshep (5140m), this will be one of the challenging days of the trek. We hike next to the Khumbu Glacier, along the trail, we get a glimpse of the crest of the north ridge of Everest, as well as Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse & Mt. Nuptse. It is about 3 to 4 hours walk with many ups and down to get to Gorakshep (5,140m). After having lunch and a short rest, we head towards the Everest Base Camp. The trail goes along the glacial moraine of the Khumbu glacier, spend some time at the base camp, and then return to Gorakshep for overnight. Overnight in Gorakshep.
Day 12: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar(5643 m) - Dzongla(4830m/6-7 hrs)
We begin the hike very early in the morning to catch the sunrise view from the top of the Kalapatthar(black rock). A well-known landmark that offers the most exhilarating panoramic view of surrounding peaks including ), Lingtren (6,695m), Khumbutse (6,623m), Changtse (7,550m), Nupse (7879m), with a close-up view of Mt. Everest. After spending some time on the Kalapatthar Summit, we descend to Gorakshep and continue our hike towards Dzongla (4,830m) via Lobuche. Overnight in Dzongla.
Day 13: Dzongla to Thangnak via Cho La pass (5340m/6-7 hrs)
Rising early we trek to Thangnak, the trail heads in a westerly direction from Dzongla. Today is the toughest day of our trek as we head to Cho-La Pass (5420m). On reaching the highest point of the valley we begin our trek through Cho La Pass, the trail can be quite difficult involving a steep scramble up rock boulders and then a walk across the gently ascending, the snow-covered glacier on the pass. Upon reaching the top of the pass we then head downhill following a narrow river valley all the way to its base to Thangnak. Overnight in Thangnak.
Day 14: Thangnak(4700m) to Gokyo (4790m/3-4hrs)
After a relaxed breakfast, we continue our trek towards the small village of Gokyo. Along the trail, we will have some fantastic mountain views. After leaving Longponga (4720m) we continue uphill on a trail that leads to Gokyo with a magnificent view of Tanjung Tsho Lake (4710m). After a short walk along the edge of the Ngozumpa Glacier, we arrive at the small settlement in front of the third lake (Dudh Pokhari) at Gokyo. The rest of the day is to rest and relax and enjoy the beautiful Himalayan scenery. Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 15: Rest day in Gokyo
This morning we can choose to climb Gokyo Ri to get a panoramic vista of some of the world’s highest peaks, including Mt. Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Cholatse, Tawache, and Mt. Makalu in the east. Descend down to Gokyo for lunch, the rest of the afternoon is to rest and relax or hike to the nearby viewpoint to view the 5th lake. Overnight in trekkers lodge.
An option is available to hike to 4th and 5th Gokyo lakes(3 - 4 hrs).
Day 16: Gokyo to Marlung (4249m) via Renjo La Pass (5360m/7-8 hrs)
Today we head off towards the last of our three high passes following the trail at the end of Gokyo Lake, along the way we can enjoy awesome views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, and Taboche, before crossing the Renjo La Pass. This is also one of the most demanding parts of our trek, once we reach the top we will be greeted with spectacular 360-degree views of Mt. Cho-Oyu and other towering peaks. After a short break, we continue our trek to the frozen lakes below Renjo La Pass before heading downhill to the small village of Lungdeng – close to Nangpa-La Pass. The trail then takes us to Marlung village where we stay for the night. Overnight in Marlung.
Day 17: Marlung to Namche Bazaar(6 hrs)
The descent from Marulung to Thame follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. We cross the Bhote Koshi River and descend to Taranga. The trail continues to descend and we cross two
bridges before reaching Thame. Overlooking Thame is its famous Gompa situated on a hill to the west. From here, we descend gradually on a trail that passes through a few small villages before reaching Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 18: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2840m/19km/6 - 7 hrs)
The trail descends steeply downward crossing the suspension bridges over the wild Dudh Koshi river. Even though you are traveling the same route down, you will see completely different views. The trail to Lukla goes up and down but at this low altitude, this won’t be a problem anymore.
Overnight in Lukla.
Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, which will take around 30 minutes. if you are lucky you will get the last glimpse of the amazing scenic mountain scenery in Khumbu. In case of bad weather, flight cancellations may occur. Therefore you will have a spare day in Kathmandu tomorrow. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport transfer to the hotel and enjoy the comfort of your hotel in the afternoon or do some more sightseeing in the city. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu
Free day in Nepal’s capital. There are some amazing temples and sights that you can visit: Pashupathinath Temple, the great stupa of Bodhnath, the old royal city of Patan, and many more. If you wish to do sightseeing with a guide and driver we can arrange this for you (extra cost can be paid on the spot). Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 21: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
- All transfers by private vehicle.
- Half day sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local guide as per itinerary.
- Accommodation in above listed or similar hotels in Kathmandu and local village lodges/tea house during the trek.
- Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu with one welcome/farewell dinner. All meals during the trek.
- English speaking local trekking guide along with porter(one porter for every two member) during the trek.
- Guide, porter and trekking staff insurance.
- Round trip domestic flight to and from Lukla.
- All necessary paper work and permit (TIMS/ Everest National Park permit)
- All Government taxes and service charges.
- Nepal entry visa.
- International flight to and from Kathmandu.
- Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
- Personal Travel Medical Insurance(covering rescue and evacuation) recommended.
- Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
- Hot showers during the trek.
- Any extra cost incurred due to changing the itinerary, like early return from the trek.
- All other personal expenses not listed in the included section
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27th December, 2019
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