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Everest Three Pass Trekking

Trip Facts

  • Duration:21 Days
  • Price:On Request
  • Max Elevation:5,550m
  • Trek Grade:Hard
  • Best Seasons:March to May & Sep to Dec
  • Trekking Area: Everest
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Trip Highlights: Trek through Sherpa land to base of Mount Everest ,Namche Bazaar, Tyangboche Monastery, view from Kalapattar
  • Journey Start /End: Kathmandu Nepal
  • Culture:Sherpa Culture
  • Group Size:Min. 2 or Above
Three Pass Everest Base camp trekking is famous trekking route in Everest region. Everest’s Three Pass Trekking is an ideal deal for truly adventure lovers. This is the one of the highest-altitude trekking route in the world. The Three Passes refers Kongma La (5527 m/ 18135 ft), Cho La (5420 m/ 17783 ft) and Ranjo La (5375 m/ 17634 ft) mountains with world’s most spectacular mountain panoramic land. From Namche Bazaar to the Gokyo Valley and on to Mount Everest Base Camp Three Pass Trekking route thrills the mountain lovers. The route offers you mesmerizing Himalayan scenery . Not only that you may explore the tradition of Tibetan Sherpa culture and the Monasteries along with the wilderness of its flora and fauna in Sagarmatha National Park.

Itinerary of Everest Three Pass Trekking

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345m/4412ft)
Arrival in Kathmandu where our office representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Trip arrangement and sightseeing around Kathmandu.
This day we will give you detailed information about trek program and coordinate any last­ minute arrangements. Later we will go sightseeing with a tour guide to visit the highlights of Kathmandu namely ­ Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath and Patan Durbar Square. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m) Trek to Phakding (2652m). Overnight at tea house.
Your early flight to Lukla today will take approximately 30 minutes. Here you will trek to Phakding for about 3 hours. You will catch a glimpse of some great mountains such as Nupla (5885m) above Kongde Ridge, Kusum Kang (6367m appears on the right a little later. All along you will be following the northern (left) bank of the Dudh Kosi River. Equally important is to take these first few days slowly to enable your body to acclimatize and also enjoy passing scenery and ethnic culture.

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 4 ­ 5 hrs. Overnight at tea house.
Today begins on level ground, relative to the environment in which you are. You will cross the river from above a high suspension bridge and begin to climb up to Monjo (2800m). Then we start our entry from Sagamartha National Park Entrance which is in place to protect and preserve this beautiful environment. There is a good rest stop on the way up where you will see people gathered, admiring the first real chance to see Everest in the distance. Also on the way up today you will be rewarded with views of Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde­Ri and Tawache Peak before eventually arriving at Namche after about 5 hours.

Day05: Rest day in and around Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Today is first of three scheduled acclimatization days. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during rest days instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame, visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day it will help us properly acclimatize. Our guides will take you to the Tourist Visitor Center near headquarter of Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest conquerors and Sherpa culture. Also you can learn about various plants and animal life available in this region. Of course Namche Bazzar is a commercial hub of Everest (Khumbu) region. Accordingly there are government offices, ATM, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, coffee shops and bakery available here. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. (B,L,D)

Day 06: Namche Bazzar to Thame [3800m/12470ft]: 4 ­ 5 hrs. Overnight at tea house.
There are various trails leading out of Namche. But your guide will lead you to through the you most appropriate route so that you enjoy excellent view of Ama Dablam and Everest amongst others along the way. From Sanasa trail descends to Phunki Thanga from where you have a 2 hour climb to Tengboche steeply at first but soon levels out. You will come to a stone gate which marks the entrance to Tengboche, the religious centre of the Khumbu region. Overall today will take approximately 5 hours.

Day 07: Thame to Marulung (4210m/13810ft): 5 ­ 6 hrs. Overnight at tea house.
If the sky is clear, we will see the beautiful peaks that gaurd the village to the west. We take our breakfast and head for the next camp towards Marlung. The terrain from Thame to Marlung is alpine zone and there is very less vegetation. We enjoy the peace and relative solitude of this little trekked valley. We next bend around the village of Tangmote. After about an hour, we walk parallel to the village of Yellajung on the other side of the Bhote Koshi. We pass by the Tarngga village enjoying superb views of Kongde Ri as we look down the trail. A further 45 minutes or so on a gradually rising trail brings us to Marlung. (B,L,D)

Day 08: Marlung to Lungden (4380m/14370): 3 -4 hrs. Overnight at tea house.
It is a short walk today from Marlung to Lungden. After Marlung, we walk for about an hour and then climb a small rasing hill. Upon crossing the water stream we trek 2 to 3 hours to reach Lungdeng. (B,L,D)

Day 09: Lungden – Renjopass [5360m/17580ft]-Gokyo [4800 m/15,744 ft]: 8 – 9 hrs. Overnight at tea house.
As we hike further to the top of Renjo La, we get the outstanding views of the surrounding. The Everest itself, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche can be seen shining in the sun. Views from Renjo La are much like that from Gokyo Ri with third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the gray smear of Ngozumpa Glacier. We walk further to Gokyo through the glacier. An easy walking down brings us to Gokyo. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Gokyo – Hike to Gokyo Ri [5357 m/17,570 ft] 4 – 5 hrs. Overnight at tea house.
Today we rest and acclimatize at Gokyo while explore the fifth lake passing another forth lake. At this juncture, we enjoy the great views of Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu. If the weather is good, we grasp the opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri today instead of next day to enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint of Everest Region. Moreover, Gokyo is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Peak but also for the six lakes which it hosts. Definitely we would not miss the chance to observe the fourth (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lakes (Ngozuma Tsho). If interested, we climb on a hill at the edge of the Lakes to get astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. Hiking up to Gokyo Ri rewards breathtaking views of sunrise over the Himalayas. Upon exploring the Gokyo Ri area, we get back to the camp for rest. We enjoy the feeling of being surrounded by panoramic mountains like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori.(B,L,D)

Day 11: Gokyo to Thaknak [4750 m/15,580 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs. Overnight at tea house.
Today, we are on the trail to Thaknak. Thaknak is also sometimes pronounced as Dragnag. We climb out of Gokyo village to a ridge. Then, we take the route through the Ngozumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side. Continuing further and traversing along the edge of that mountain, we descend down to Thaknak. On the trek, we enjoy the magnifiscent views of Cho Oyu, Gokyo Ri, and other high Himalayas. (B,L,D)

Day 12: Thaknak-Cho La-Dzongla [4830m/15840ft]: 7 – 8 hrs. Overnight at tea house.
Today, we trek to the Cho La Pass. ChoLa pass is also another show up of this trip. Today is going to be one of the toughest days. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble to the trekkers making the trail slippery. Our trail climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail. So, we climb up continuously up from Phedi. We trek through the side of a frozen lake while we come to the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla, another beautiful place with a complete view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and the Pheriche village far below. (B,L,D)

Day 13: Dzongla to Lobuche [4940 m/16,207 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs. Overnight at tea house.
Today, we trek for Lobuche. We climb down from Dzongla. Upon crossing a bridge, we transverse through grassy trail. Enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak we stretch up eventually through a ridge. The mountains of Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku Taboche are seen looming prominently. Curving round through the wide gravelly river bed, we reach Lobuche. (B,L,D)

Day 14: Lobuche to Gorak Shep [5170 m/16,961ft] – Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 ft] – Gorak Shep: 8 – 9 hrs. Overnight at tea house.
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail we see Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive 360 degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world – Mt. Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer’s tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the Spring).

Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. Everest actually is not visible from here. By now we have met the ultimate objective of our trip. However, the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more admirable than the sunrise view, so it is suggested to visit Kala Patthar today during sunset. As the setting sun’s rays strike the snow capped mountains the resulting scenery is indescribable. For those trekkers who wish to continue to Kala Patthar, our guides and Sherpas coordinate in hiking to Kala Patthar for amazing sunset view today rather than waiting until the next day. Overnight in Gorak Shep

Day 15: Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar [5545 m/18,192 ft] – Lobuche [4940 m/16,207 ft]: 7 – 8hrs. Overnight at tea house.
We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar with the sun rise on Mt. Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 ) departure beforehand. Further, there is always the potential of chilly winds which are quite common. Beautiful peaks Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. . After several hours of ascent, we will be Kala Patthar. From this juncture, we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar where our eyes rook taking in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we can and take the view with our mind’s eye to last lifetime. On the way back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast and wait other participants to return back. Those participants who plan to visit Everest Base Camp today will have early breakfast to start early as Everest base camp hike takes longer time (4 – 5 hrs) than the Kala Patthar hike. Upon return back to Gorak Shep, we will have lunch together. Then in the afternoon we descend down to Lobuche for a good night’s rest.

Day 16: Lobuche – Kongma La [5,535m/18,159ft] – Chhukung [4,730m/15,518ft]: 6 – 7 hrs Overnight at tea house
From Lobuche, we pass through Khumbu Glacier. Climbing up we reach Kongma La. we will pass the Pyramid shaped Italian Research Centre at just over 5,000m. We enjoy the views of the wide basin dotted with frozen lakes. Again we see the views of Cholatse, Pokalde, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu and Ama Dablam. Then we turn and walk through the stony trail. While descending down the Niyang Khola valley, we enjoy the great views of Amphu Lapcha Pass and Island Peak. Trekking further we get to Chukkung.

Day 17:Chhukung to Tengboche[3860 m/12,660 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs. Overnight at tea house
Now we are getting closer to the Khumbu Region. There is a famous monastery at Pangboche believed to have been the oldest in the Khumbu region. From Pangboche, we descend down the alpine desert and back into greenery of pine forests. The path leads to a steep uphill climb into Tengboche. We pay our visit to the famous Tengboche Monastery.

Day 18: Tengboche to Namche Bazzar: 5 – 6 hrs. Overnight at tea house
From Tenboche, we make a steep descent and the trail leads us back along the Dudh Kosi River. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest by the trail. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar where we want to take a long last look back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche. The final steep climb traverses the hill side taking us to Namche Bazaar. We take a nice hot shower and have very relaxed sleep in our room in Namche.

Day 19: Namche Bazzar to Lukla: 6 – 8 hrs. Overnight at tea house
The trail descends steeply downward with crossing the suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural.Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages’ noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. Upon arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smile on faces. Overnight at Lukla.

Day 20: Lukla to Kathmandu: 30 min flight
We fly back to Kathmandu in the early morning flight drops us at Kathmandu.

Day 21: Final Departure.

Package Includes

  • Domestic Airport picks up & drop by private vehicle.
  • Three star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tour with entrance fees by private vehicle.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek.
  • Government licensed English speaking Guide and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter Between 2 Person basis), their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine.
  • Round Trip flight fare Kathmandu – Lukla­­ – Kathmandu & domestic airport taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla.
  • Sagarmatha National Park fees.
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fees.
  • Duffel bag, jacket and sleeping bag to use during the trek.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All our government taxes and official expenses.

Package Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner during Kathmandu Stay.
  • Clients’ travel insurance (compulsory).
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks and mineral water etc.
  • Personal trekking gear.
  • Tips for trekking staffs and driver etc.
  • All expenses which are not mention in price include section.