Everest Three Passes Trek
Nepal Excursion Treks
- Pick-up and transfer from the airport
- Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Accommodation in a hotel of preferred category in a twin sharing room including breakfast in Kathmandu
- Private transport for airport transfers, sightseeing
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets
- One duffel bag each to transport luggage during the trek
- Teahouse accommodation and meals as mentioned in the itinerary during trek
- Trekking permits- Everest National Park and TIMS card ( Trekkers Information Management System)
- English speaking local guide, his insurance, equipment and remuneration
- One porter for two people, max. luggage weight 25 kg, his insurance, equipment and remuneration
- City guide and sightseeing entrance fees during the sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Nepal government tax and Nepal Excursion Treks service charge
- International flight tickets
- Nepal visa fees
- Meals and services other than mentioned in the itinerary
- Lunch and dinner apart from welcome and farewell dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
- Personal expenses such as drinks and bar bills, travel insurance, laundry, battery charging service etc.
- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses if any
- Any extra costs due to changes in the itinerary beyond the control of Nepal Excursion Treks such as natural disasters, flight cancellation, early or delayed arrival or departure etc.
- Other services not mentioned as included in the price
Everest Three Passes Trek
Excellent views of the mountains and beautiful scenery
If you are looking for an adventurous and beautiful trek in Nepal, the Everest Three Pass Trek can be a good choice with regard to the rewarding views of the mountains and beautiful scenery. Most of the trail continues to the Everest Base Camp and only few parts are covered with ice and snow, e.g. the high passes such as the Kongbala Pass (5335 m), Chola Pass (5368 m) and Renjola Pass (5360 m). Apart from the high passes, if the weather is not favourable, you can expect snow on some sections of this trek. Physically quite demanding, this trek offers a lot of beautiful views of landscapes.
We start trekking!
During this trip you will often be at greater altitudes in comparison to easier treks and you will have an opportunity to reach several viewpoints. Though this trail is meant for physically tough trekkers, you will find it most rewarding and full of adventures. The Everest Three Pass Trek leads the trekkers to the Everest Base Camp, Kalapattar and Gokyo Ri, being the most popular destinations for every trekker in the Everest Region. The Everest Three Pass Trek covers all the major attractions of the Everest Region. If you dream of high mountain passes and want to see great mountain views, this trek could be one of the best choices.
Trip at a glance:
|22 days||Hotel + teahouses||Oct-Dec & Mar-May|
|Difficult||5550 M.||Private transport & aircraft|
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A trekking plan
TREK ROUTE PLAN
Arrival in Kathmandu
(1350 m), pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel, welcome dinner and trip briefing in the evening (D)
The trip to Everest Three Passes Trek begin after your landing in Kathmandu airport. As soon as you finish the immigration formalities of Nepal Visa and claimed the luggage then you have to take the exit from the arrival hall where our representative is waiting to welcome you, holding the Nepal Excursion Treks airport display board to make your easier to identify who is the right one there to pick you up from the airport. Once you are greeted by our airport representative then we will drive to the hotel, depending on the landing of your flight and trip plan we go further as mentioned. In the evening we will meet for welcome dinner
Fly to Lukla
(2840 m, 25 minutes) and trek to Phakding (2610 m, 3-4 hrs) (B, L, D)
We will take the pack breakfast and drive early morning to the domestic airport. As the light to Lukla and back the best are morning flights because usually the clouds are appearing and sometime can be windy in afternoon. About half an hour scenic flight will takes us to Lukla which is one of the nice Sherpa town surrounded by high hills. We may take some time for tea/coffee or breakfast after we landed in Lukla. Today we have one of the short day in trek and our walk us more gradual up and downs through the small villages like Cheplung, Thadokoshi, Ghat. Along the way we will be also passing few monastery, mane wall and chortens which are the Buddhist religious monuments. The day to Phakding is one of the short and easy day of the trip
Trek to Namche Bazar
(3440 m, 6-7 hrs) (B, L, D)
We will take our breakfast about 7:00 am in the morning and prepare for the day to Namche Bazar which is quite demanding and the beautiful day with the first view of the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest. First part of the trail continues gradual ascending and descending on side of Dudh Koshi River and the second part from closer to Hillary Bridge to all the way till Namche Bazar is mostly steep ascending. We have to stop in Jorsalle at National Park office to take the trekking permit and after the permit is being taken than we will stop for lunch, Jorsalle is the last village before Namche Bazar and from Jorsalle it is about 3-4 hrs of walk to Namche Bazar. We have to make sure before we leave from Jorsalle that we have enough drinking water and some snacks along the way till we reach to our final destination of the day. Namche Bazar is one of the biggest and much commercialized Sherpa town on our trip. Probably you can find everything in Namche Bazar however the prices standard are very similar or even higher than European standard markets. The impressive view of Mt.Thamserku and Mt. Kongde will make your stay in Namche Bazar even more exciting
at Namche Bazar, excursion to Everest View Point, visit to the Khumjung village, monasteries, Everest National Park museum (B, L, D)
Today we will start our excursion visiting the First View Point of Namche Bazar from where we can see the panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhoste, Lhoste Shar, Amam Dablam, Thamserku, Tabuche Peak, Kongde and its range. We will spend some time for picture and take a short visit to National Park Museum to know more about the flora fauna and mountaineers and then we will take steep ascending trail heading towards Khumjung Village. We will enjoy these view from even higher once we reached to Everest View Hotel. Khumjung is typical Sherpa village and the home land of many Everest summiteer. We will visit the monastery of Khumjung and then descend down to Namche Bazar. There is a Sherpa Cultural Museum and Sonam Photo Galley and we can visit these places too while our descending way. The main purpose of our acclimatization walk is to prepare our body for adjusting with high altitude. It’s a nice excursion day in Namche Bazar filled with many cultural and nature attractions.
Trek to Tengboche
(3865 m, 5-6 hrs) (B, L, D)
Our trail today till Kanjuma village is gradual ascending with short part steep up. As higher as we go mountains are closer and closer and the views are just breathtaking. We may take a short break in Kanjuma and enjoy the view of Everest, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. Just few meters ahead from Kajuma there are two trails one is going towards Gokyo Valley and another on the right side is leading towards Everest Base Camp so we will take the right side trail that is gradual in the beginning and later steep descending till Phungi Thanga where we will stop for lunch. After Phunji Thanga out trail is gradual for about 45 minutes and onward till Tengboche two hours and fifteen minutes are steep ascending through Pine and Rhododendron forest. Tengboche is located in scenic place and has the biggest monastery we can see during our trip. After some time of rest we will visit to Tengboche Monastery and take a short side walk on the nearby hill to prepare our body with gaining altitude. The highest peak of the world, Mt. Everest and other snow capped peaks are admiring the worth our efforts being there.
Trek to Dingboche
(4410 m, 5-6 hrs) (B, L, D)
Today our day is slightly easier than the followings. On the start we will have about half an hour descending to Debuche and from there another half an hour gradual walk will take us to the Dudh Koshi river bridge, afterward till Pangboche we have steep ascending and from Pangboche to Dingboche we have gradual ascending and descending. Today we will be above the trees line in alpine zone. The scenery are just fascinating and once we reached to Dingboche we will have short excursion around the town. Mt. Ama Dablam is staying just opposite site of Dingboche and the views of Himalayas are closer and closer. We can also see Island Peak (6189 m) popular trekking peak from Dingboche. In a nice weather nice sun set over Lhoste and Lhoste Shar are quite impressive.
at Dingboche, hike to Nagarjun Danda (5300 m) (B, L, D)
We will spend our acclimatization day hike getting to and back to Nagarjun Danda. Our walk today will be quite demanding due to the increasing altitude and steep ascending trail however the scenery assure you all the time being the worth of your effort. The another mountain of 8000 meters - Mt. Makalu we can see while our walk including the Mt. Lhoste, Lhoste Shar, Peak 38, Amphu Lapcha peak, Ama Dablam, Khangtega, Thamserku, Kongde, Tabuche Peak, Cholaste Peak while out acclimatization walk to Nagarjun Danda. Dingboche is a nice alpine valley surrounded by stunning peaks.
Trek to Chukung Valley
(4730 m, 3 hrs) (B, L, D)
Today we will have nice and lovely walk on side of Dudh Koshi River. Chukung Valley is one of the pretty valley surrounded by mountains. On the way to Chukung Valley we can see the memorial of popular polish climber Kukuzhka. Once we reached to Chukung we will take the side walk towards Island Peak Base Camp and back or to Chukung Ri – another scenic view point for getting the nice views of Himalayas and to prepare our body with the high altitude. There is also Imje Se Glacier Lake on the way to Island Peak Base Camp and if you like to see the glacier lake we can visit there too. While heading towards Chukung we see the Ama Dablam Mountain in different shape which looks just gorgeous.
Crossing the Kongmala Pass
(5335 m) to Lobuche (4910 m, 7-8 hrs) (B, L, D)
Today we do not have any tea houses along the way until we reach to Lobuche so we have to be prepared with minimum of three liters of drinking water, pack lunch and snacks. Our trail today are very steep comparing to last following days and some part we have to walk though ice and glaciers. Only in a good weather we can take this trail to Lobuche and in case the weather isn’t favorable than we might have to change the plan of getting lobuche from the regular trekking trail via Dingboche and Thukla. The Kongma La Pass is really adventure pass of Nepal however for achieving it weather need to be in favor and physically need to be in good shape. It will takes us about four hours to get to the top of Kongma La Pass and from there another 3-4 hours of steep descending however some parts of descending trail has few ups too. We can see the huge Khumbu glacier moraine and massive snowcapped peaks.
Trek to Gorakhshep
(5160 m, 3-4 hrs) after lunch side trip to Everest Base Camp (5360 m, 4-5 hrs) (B, L, D)
We will take early breakfast and start our day to Everest Base Camp. Our trail to Gorakshep is mostly ascending however some short part has descending too. We have to walk over the glaciers most of the time and though there aren’t any long steep ascending or descending altitude can make us feel quite tired which is normal. As soon as we get to Gorakshep we will take lunch and take the side trip to the Everest Base Camp which need another 4-5 hrs to go and back. On the way there are not any tea houses so we have to be prepared with drinking water and some snacks. The trail is gradual ascending and descending from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp. We will see Khumbu glacier and Mt. Nuptse very close from Everest Base Camp.
Hike to Kalapattar
(5550 m, 4-5 hrs) and descend to Dzongla (4830 m, 5-6 hrs) (B, L, D)
Kalapattar is consider as the most scenic view point of Everest region for all trekkers. About 3-4 hours of steep ascending will takes us to the summit of Kalapattar that offer us magnificent view that cannot be described in words. After spending some time there we than start our day to Dzongla which is mostly descending with nice scenery as well.
Crossing the Chola Pass
(5368 m) to Dragnag (4700 m, 6-7 hrs) (B, L, D)
Chola Pass is slightly easier comparing to Kongma La pass. We will take early morning breakfast and continue our walk through steep ascending trail till the top of Chola. During our ascending again we have the possibility of great view of mountains and landscapes. From the top the trail is very steep descending till Thangnang. Before Thangnang there aren’t any tea houses so we have to be prepared with enough drinking water and some snacks.
Trek to Gokyo Lake
(4790 m, 3 hrs) after lunch excursion around lake and glacier (B, L, D)
Today is one of the short and easy day of the trek. Our trail is more gradual from Thangnang to Gokyo however we still have to walk over the glacier. Gokyo Valley is another most popular sites of Khumbu valley. We can see the longest glacier of the world called Ngozumba Glacier that has the coverage of 36 km which looks really impressive as well. After some time of rest we can take the side walk for short excursion or just rest
Hike to Gokyo Ri
(5360 m) to see the sunrise and panoramic view of mountains and hike to fifth lake (B, L, D)
Gokyo Ri and Fifth lake again are very nice scenic view points from where we can see the mazing beauty of Mt. Everest and its surroundings. We will hike up to Gokyo Ri in the morning which is really steep ascending too. After spending some time we will descend to Gokyo and take breakfast and if we are still not tired than we will plan our gradual ascending hike to fifth lake and back. Gokyo is considered as the sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhist religion people
Crossing the Renjola Pass
(5360 m) to Marulung (4210 m, 7-8 hrs) (B, L, D)
Renjo La Pass is comparatively easier than Cho La and Kongma La pass. The views are really amazing and we can still see Mt. Everest, Mt. Choyou, Mt. Makalu the three eight thousand meter mountains and the massive of snow-capped peaks. It is one of the important day as the next days will be just bring us closer to the end of the trek and have to be away from seeing such great views of Himalayas and stunning nature’s charm. While we are starting the day we have to be prepared enough drinking water for 5-6 hours until we reach to Lumden. Here we will stop for lunch and after another an hour descending will finally end our today destination Marulung.
Trek to Namche Bazar
(3440 m, 6-7 hrs) (B, L, D)
Today we have an easy day to Namche Bazar. We do not have any steep descending and ascending and the lower altitude will make us feel much easier while walking. In the Thamo village there is a newly build monastery and we can take a short visit in monastery and possibly we can see Himalaya Thar called mountain goat which are mostly visible around Thamo and Namche Bazar. The last view of Mt. Cho you is still visible from Thamo Village. The trail till Thamo is mostly gradual descending and afterward is gradual up to Namche Bazar
Trek to Lukla
(2840 m, 7-8 hrs) (B, L, D)
The last day of our trek mostly has steep and gradual descending. We will be descending from the same trail we took while heading up to Namche Bazar while our start of the trek. It’s a long day and we will be ending our trek in Lukla after the great excursion of Everest region. Once we reached to Lukla we have to reconfirm our next day flight to Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu,
free afternoon for rest or shopping (B)
Depending on the flight time we will take breakfast in Lukla and an hour before the flight we have to be in Lukla airport. The coming back flight is nice and again you have possibility to see Nepal Himalayas and landscape from aircraft. We will have free afternoon and you can just rest and relax which is needed after more than two weeks of trek in Himalaya
Guided sightseeing tour
in the UNESCO world heritage sites- Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambunath, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath (B)
Now your sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu will give you difference experience than what you have experienced in trek. Mostly you will see the historical palaces built in 16-17 century that are listed in UNESCO world heritage site. It is an opportunity to see the ancient carving and archaeology facts of Nepal. These places are surrounded by Hindus and Buddhist monuments. Our city guide will explain you more about the places and its historical importance once you are in the sightseeing spot. For the reference you check out in brief to our page Day Tours
Guided sightseeing tour
in the UNESCO world heritage sites- Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square (B)
The interesting and historical both cities Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square have ancient palaces built with antique carving and many Hindus temples are staying surrounding. During your sightseeing here you can also see the typical Newari culture. There is a pottery square in Bhaktapur and we can see how the household clay pots are prepared. Patan is more popular for producing antique handcraft products and metal statues. Both cities Bhaktapur and Patan are less crowded city than Kathmandu. For the brief information about the sightseeing places you can visit our page Day Tours
Leisure day in Kathmandu,
farewell dinner in the evening and interaction about trip feedback. (B, D)
Here you have free and easy day. You may just rest or go for shopping. Upon request we can provide you mountain flight over Himalayas or some side trips. In the evening we meet for farewell dinner and we will discuss about your feedback on the service we provide
transfer to International airport (B)
Departure day! The end of Everest Three Passes Trek trip. Our representative will drop you at international airport according to your flight time. Usually you have to leave from the hotel to airport about three hours prior than flight time