- Scenic flight to and from Lukla.
- Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the heart of Himalayas.
- Everest Base Camp and walking on the Khumbu glacier.
- Encounter the turquoise water of Gokyo Lake.
- Hike up to Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri, the astounding viewpoints in the Everest Region.
- Witness the remarkable views of super Gokyo valley, massive Ngozumpa glacier and incredible view of Khumbu Himalayas.
- Visit Tengboche Monastery – one of largest Buddhist Monasteries.
- Wonderful staying Experience in remote region.
- Cross the 3 beautiful high elevation passes- Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass and Renjo La Pass of Everest Region.
At a glance
It is the trek of the ultimate Everest experience. This route takes in all the highlights both in terms of mountain views and local Sherpa culture and that culture put them into a complete journey through the Everest region. It is one of the most challenging teahouse treks in Nepal.
3 High Passes of Renjo, Chola, and Kongmala in the Himalaya
Your adventure to three passes trek in the Everest region begins with an exciting flight to STOL airport at Lukla. We spend two nights at Namche for proper acclimation. Later on, we hike to the less trodden trail towards the Thame and Lungden close to the Tibet border. No doubt the Renjo la crossing is tough but very much rewarded with stunning views. From the pass, you can get the parades of Himalayan giants including Mt. Everest with pristine Gokyo lakes at a single frame. Besides that, we climb the Gokyo Ri, the first of our three peaks on our list to climb. Furthermore, we hike on the largest Ngonumpa glacier before crossing the Chola Pass. Ultimately we join the popular Khumbu valley trekking route to hike the Kalapathar peak and to explore the Everest base camp.
Furthermore, we trek to Chukung from Lobuche crossing the Kongmala the less trodden and tough pass but very rewarding. From Chukung we climb our third peak: Chukung Ri. The climb to the top of Chukung Ri offers a stunning view of Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu. On our way down we trek via the Thyangboche monastery making a big circle to complete the three passes trek. Undoubtedly the entire journey is being accompanied by a hundred memories and a huge sense of achievement. Our experts’ recommendation: If you are having a problem selecting strenuous trekking in the Himalayas, then look no further. Simply book this three-pass trek as it covers all the highlights which Everest region has to offer.
Besides the 3 Passes Trek in Nepal if you wish to add the trekking peak climbing experience we suggest you do the Everest High Passes and Peaks trip. This trip offers the most popular trekking peak climbing of Island peak with high altitude venture in the Himalayas. Another alternative is to do the Everest Circuit Trek which is the combination of Everest base camp trek with Gokyo lake via the Chola pass.
Day 01: Arrival, Transfer to Hotel
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital and cultural hub of Nepal! We’ll be waiting with a warm greeting and easy transfer to your hotel. Plan on an evening briefing on last-minute specifics about your trek and an early lights-out: you have a big day ahead.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Today, we will take you on a sightseeing tour to iconic monuments in Kathmandu that are included in Unesco’s World Heritage List. Our first stop will be at the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the world's largest and holiest shrines to the Hindu god Shiva. We visit another World Heritage Site, Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the country. It is believed that the stupa is the tomb of an incarnation of Lord Buddha. On top of that, we can visit Swayambhu, which is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. The complex consists of a stupa and a variety of shrines and temples, some dating back to the Licchavi period. A Tibetan monastery, museum, and library are more recent additions. The stupa has Buddha's eyes and eyebrows painted on it.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2804 m) from Kathmandu or Manthali and then, Trek to Phakding (2,610 m)
For Manthali – Lukla flight: Wake up around 1:30 am, drive to Manthali by private vehicle for about 4 to 6 hours, and fly to Lukla (20 minutes); Applicable for the peak trekking month of March, April, May, October and November. For Kathmandu – Lukla flight: Wake up around 5 to 6 am and drive to the domestic airport in Kathmandu for about 30 minutes and fly to Lukla (35 minutes). Applicable for the remaining months, except peak trekking months. Helicopter Option: Instead of a regular plane flight, you have an option to take a shared helicopter flight (it’s not private chartered, so the cost is divided among the passengers) between Kathmandu and Lukla at USD 500 per person extra for one way in addition to the trip price. This cost is available only for those who do advance booking of the helicopter flight at least one week before the trip starts. The helicopter can take 5 passengers at once and the flights are scheduled from 6 AM to 1 PM. From the Kathmandu airport, you will reach Lukla within 40 to 60 minutes depending upon the weather. THelicopter Option: Rather than taking a standard flight, you have the choice of taking a shared helicopter ride between Lukla and Kathmandu (it's not a private chartered flight, so the cost is split among the passengers) for an additional USD 500 for one way in addition to the trip price. Only customers who reserve a helicopter flight in advance with at least a week to spare will be eligible for this price. The helicopter has scheduled flights from 6 AM to 1 PM and can accommodate 5 passengers at once. Depending on the weather, it will take you between 40 and 60 minutes to go from the Lukla airport to Kathmandu. This is a terrific choice because you won't have to worry about the 4 to 6 hour trip from Manthali to Kathmandu, which depends on traffic. Additionally, when the weather is unfavorable for flying planes, which require a vision of at least 5,000 meters, helicopters can fly in as little as 1,500 meters of visibility. This is a great option as you won’t have to worry about the Kathmandu to Manthali drive which starts around 1:30 AM. Plus the helicopters can fly in visibility as low as 1,500 meters when the weather isn’t favorable for the planes which need the visibility of 5,000 or more meters to fly. Typically, flights to Tenzing-Hillary Airport leave early in the morning. To avoid a rush on Day 3, we advise you to do all the sorting and packing the previous day. Once you arrive in Lukla, eat breakfast while our guide arranges for porters. One porter is allocated for every two clients. After descending toward the Dudh Kosi River, you can join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, which is just above Chaunikharka, to begin your walk (2,713 m). It is a short distance to Phakding after going via the little village of Ghat (2,550 m), and the walking is easy.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m)
There are many suspension bridges laden with prayer flag where Dudh Koshi River is following our way up to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the main trading center in khumbu region. The Gateway to Everest is another name for it. Along with respectable bars and cybercafés, there are many hotels and restaurants with good amenities.
Day 05: Acclimatization Day
We will spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We will also hike up the Syangboche Airport and the Everest View Hotel, one of the highest-placed hotels in the world. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas including Mt Everest.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m)
The vistas of Khumbi La and Taboche are breathtaking all day long. Because the trail is exposed to a chilly wind, we should wear warm clothing. There are two paths that split into lower and upper trails in the midst of the walk. We turn left to continue our adventure. Only a few buildings and lodges may be found in Phorste Thanga. We finally arrive at our today's target, Tengboche, after several hours of walking. Sherpas live there, and tourism is their primary source of income. Ama Dablan is located behind Tengboche Monastery, one of the most significant and significant Buddhist monasteries.
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m)
We begin our trip toward Dingboche after breakfast. The 9.1 km (miles) of today's hike are on an easy trail that descends on a reasonably broad path lined with lovely rhododendron trees. It gets us to Pangboche after a few hours of walking and a bridge crossing over the Imja River. We can see open spaces along the entire walk where hikers can glimpse more breathtaking scenery. We enjoy a breathtaking view of the Himalayas and Pangboche Monastery while hiking the trail above Pangboche. We continue on in the direction of the Imja valley till we arrive in Dingboche.
Day 08: Acclimatization and Rest Day
For hikers and climbers en route to Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, or Imja Tse, Dingboche is a well-liked rest stop. It is a Sherpa community. It has about 200 residents as of the 2011 census. Additionally, there is a helipad with an internet café (using satellite technology) and one of the tallest billiards rooms in the world. From Dingboche, a climb of about an hour leads to Nagarjung Hill, which offers spectacular views of numerous Himalayan peaks.
Day 09: Dingboche to Chhukung (4750m), Climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m)
Today, trail is mostly upwards and downwards. Along the trail, you can see several traditional farms and fences built from local stones. Then we pass through Imja Khola valley, Bibre (which is a yak herdsman place). After half an hour walk, we reach to Chhukung where we will have lunch and we move towards Chhukung Ri Peak which may take around 4-5 hours. For beginner’s, climbing Chhukung Ri is the best alternative because it’s not as much technically challenging as others. From the top we can see fantastic view of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labcha peaks. Then we return to Chhukung village for overnight
Day 10: Cross Kongma La pass (5535m), Trek to Lobuche (4940m)
Today we climb about 8 hours to reach the top of Kongma La pass. There are two trails for Kongma La pass; one is to the northwest of Chhukung over the Nuptse Glacier moraines and other one is back to Bibre and trek on the trail above the Niyang Khola. As there aren’t any hotels, shops and tea houses, we carry our own packed foods and water. In the top of Kongma La pass we can see beautiful Buddhist prayer flags. By turning north of Khumbu Glacier, we reach Lobuche.
Day 11: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m), Visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m)
The trail is currently fairly level all the way to Gorak Shep. We stop for lunch and a short break at Gorak Shep, which takes around two hours, before continuing on to Everest Base Camp. In excellent weather, we will be able to glimpse the stunning Himalayas from all sides. Next, we make our way to Everest Base Camp. The greatest elevation that most people will reach without a climbing permit is Everest Base Camp, which is the closest you can get to Mount Everest without using mountaineering gear. The Khumbu Icefall can be seen in all its glory from Base Camp. On the Everest Base Camp path, the earthquake that happened on April 25, 2015, left minor damage. For the night, we go back to Gorak Shep.
Day 12: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5555 m), Then to Lobuche (4940 m)
This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding day of the trek. Most of this day is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patthar at 5,555 m. From Mt. Kala Patthar one can see the superlative views of Everest. After spending some time in Kala Patthar we move downwards toward Lobuche. It is a small village surrounded by Rocky Mountains and Himalayas. There are mostly old ancient type of lodges but in recent years more facilitated lodges have been opened.
Day 13: Lobuche to Dzongla (4830m)
From Lobuche we start to walk downwards where after few hours, trail divides into two and we take right side for Dzongla. We can see stupa and tombstones in the distance. After that we trek upwards where we can see Chola Tsho Lake nearby. We continue to trek by crossing Chola Khola on a bridge before reaching Dzongla.
Day 14: Trek to Gokyo (4800m) Via Cho La Pass (5368m)
Today we have to start our trek before 4-5 am so we can cross Cho La pass before mid-day and re-assess the hike when the weather turns bad. Today the route maybe little difficult due to high altitude and steeply loose rock. Snow may cause some problem while crossing Cho La pass and rock fall can also be the problem although weather is good. As a result you can see magnificent view from the top of Cho La Pass then we will descend to our destination, Gokyo (4,790 m). We have to cross Khara, Pangka, and Ngozumpa glacier (which is the longest glacier in Nepal). We can see the beautiful view of Kantaga and big Mountain Cho-oyu. There are series of six lakes where third one is the Gokyo Lake. There is a small village near the Gokyo Lake where we will stay 2 nights as we will have sightseeing and hiking trip around Gokyo.
Day 15: Climb Gokyo Ri (5483m)
Early in the morning, we have a steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri at an elevation of 5,483 m. There are ample rewards for those who attempt this trip. You get stunning views of the super Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, including the giants; Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gychung Kang.
Day 16: Trek to Lunden (4300m) via crossing Renjo La Pass (5340m)
Today we start our trek in the morning. Our trek for today is long but on the normal trail. We can see amazing view of Mt. Everest from the top of the Renjo pass. Then we descend down to Lunden for our today’s final destination.
Day 17: Trek to Thame (3800m)
The hike begins after breakfast. The trail will primarily decline today to Thame. On the trail, we can view stunning snow-capped summits. Thame Monastery is a lovely monastery perched among the numerous dwellings of monks and laypeople about 150 meters above Thame. It is situated on a hillside with a valley view. The Mani Rimdu festival's spring celebration is held here every year around the middle of May.
Day 18: Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m)
One of the oldest monasteries in the area is located in Thame, a traditional Sherpa settlement that has managed to avoid the hordes of people climbing to Mount Everest. The community is famous for being the homeland of Apa Sherpa, who has successfully scaled Everest 21 times! As it winds in and out of the forest on the edge of the canyon, the walk is tranquil and offers stunning views of the mountains. We continue our journey today by going from Thame to the bottom of the hill. The journey will end at Namche Bazar, which will be the final stop for the day and the hike.
Day 19: Trek to Lukla (2,804 m)
Finally we return back to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like ages ago. It will give you time to reflect on the trek also giving you time to explore the town.
Day 20: Return Back to Kathmandu
Lukla to Manthli flight – 20 minutes and same day drive to Kathmandu by shared tourist vehicle for 4 to 6 hours (Applicable for the peak trekking month of March, April, May, October and November) Lukla to Kathmandu flight – 35 minutes and transfer to hotel by shared tourist vehicle which takes about 30 min (Applicable for the remaining months, except peak trekking months). Helicopter Option: Rather than taking a standard flight, you have the choice of taking a shared helicopter ride between Lukla and Kathmandu (it's not a private chartered flight, so the cost is split among the passengers) for an additional USD 500 for one way in addition to the trip price. Only customers who reserve a helicopter flight in advance with at least a week to spare will be eligible for this price. The helicopter has scheduled flights from 6 AM to 1 PM and can accommodate 5 passengers at once. Depending on the weather, it will take you between 40 and 60 minutes to go from the Lukla airport to Kathmandu. This is a terrific choice because you won't have to worry about the 4 to 6 hour trip from Manthali to Kathmandu, which depends on traffic. Additionally, when the weather is unfavorable for flying planes, which require a vision of at least 5,000 meters, helicopters can fly in as little as 1,500 meters of visibility. (Overnight Kathmandu)
Day 21: Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu
This is a day of rest for you after your strenuous hiking and climbing.In case there wasn't a flight the day before due to terrible weather, this is also a backup day to utilize for the flight back to Kathmandu.We host a farewell meal in the evening. Overnight Kathmandu
Day 22: Final Departure
It's your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We'll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. At this time, we'll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones. END OF OUR SERVICES
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