Everest Three Passes Trek - 16 Nights - 17 Days plus 2 Days in Kathmandu

Trekking, Hiking, Sightseeing, Mountaineering, Expedition, High Altitude Walk, Glacier Walk, Cultural Insight, Food and Cuisine, Festival Celebration, Explore National Park, and many more
Country
Region
Activity
Group size
Minimum 1
Duration
16 Nights - 17 Days plus 2 Days in Kathmandu Days
Mode
Tea-House/Lodge
Max-Altitude
5,545m/18,192ft
Daily Walking
6-7hrs
Grade
4
Culture
Sherpa Culture
Best season
Summer, Autumn and Spring
Best season
Summer, Autumn and Spring

Prepare yourself for the experience of a lifetime on the Everest Three Passes trek with Nepal Mountain Trekkers. This trek takes you across the three passes – KongmaLa, Renjo La, and Cho La, through the Sagarmatha National Park, in the north east of Nepal. The landscape of the area features glaciers, valleys and peaks, including Mount Everest. 
 

1. Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft)

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Lunch/Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle

  • Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Thamel

Highlights:

  • Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Evening Walk at Thamel

2. Trek Preparation and Half Day Kathmandu Sightseeing

  • Duration:Half Day
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Thamel, Boudhanath
  • Pashupatinath
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square

Highlights:

  • Kathmandu Sightseeing
  • Equipment Checking
  • Briefing about the trek
  • Introduction with Guide

3. Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft)

  • Duration:35mins Flight and 4hrs walk (9 Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle and Domestic Flight
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Lodge
  • Ascend:148m/485ft

  • Thamel
  • Domestic Airports(Kathmandu-Lukla)
  • Chheplung
  • Ghat
  • Phakding

Highlights:

  • Lukla Airport
  • Mountain View from Flight
  • Adventure and Excitement
  • Suspension Bridges
  • Prayer Flags
  • Tibetan Script on Stones
  • Sceneries
  • Atmosphere
  • Buddhist Culture

4. Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft)

  • Duration:7-8hrs walk (11-13 Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Lodge
  • Ascend:640m/2,100ft

  • Phakding
  • Bengkar
  • Monjo
  • Jorsale
  • Namche Bazaar

Highlights:

  • UNESCO World Heritage
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entrance Checkpost
  • High Suspension Bridges
  • Himalayas View
  • Prayer Flags
  • Walking Route of Khumbu Region
  • Sherpa Culture

5. Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day

  • Duration:3-4hrs Walk(5Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Lodge
  • Ascend:430m/1,410ft
  • Descend:430m/1,410ft

  • Namche Bazaar
  • Syangbuchhe(World’s Highest Airport)
  • Everest View Hotel
  • Namche Bazaar

Highlights:

  • Best Viewpoint for Everest
  • Sherpa Museum
  • Hatt Bazar
  • Shopping
  • Day Hike to Everest View Hotel - Best Viewpoint for Everest
  • Sherpa Museum
  • Hatt Bazar
  • Shopping
  • Day Hike to Everest View Hotel
  • Pine Forests
  • World’s Highest Airport
  • Sky Dive(optional)
  • Close View of Mountains like Khatang
  • Thamserku and so on
     

6. Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft)

  • Duration:5-6hrs walk (10Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Descend:190m/623ft
  • Ascend:620m/2,034ft

  • Namche Bazaar
  • Sanasa
  • Phunki Tenga
  • Tengboche

Highlights:

  • Rhododendron Forest
  • View of Ama Dablam
  • Beautiful Landscape
  • Pine Forest
  • Tengboche Monastery
  • Meditation
  • Peace Prayer
  • Everest View
     

7. Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300ft)

  • Duration:7hrs walk (12Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Descend:130m/426ft
  • Ascend:660m/2,165ft

  • Tengboche
  • Deboche(Deuche)
  • Pangboche
  • Syomare
  • Orsho
  • Dingboche

Highlights:

  • High altitude walk
  • Mt. Ama Dablam View
  • Sherpa Culture and Lifestyle of Local
  • Mountain Sceneries
  • Walk up to tree level
  • Musk Deer
  • Himalayan Monal
  • Blue Sheep
  • Danfe/Lophophorus
  • Gateway of Ama Dablam Base Camp

8. Dingboche to Chhukhung (4,750m/15,580 ft)

  • Duration:3-4hrs walk (6-7Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Lodge
  • Ascend:320m/1,050ft

  • Dingboche
  • Bibre
  • Chhukhung

Highlights:

  • Ama Dablam Pyramid View
  • Snow Bowl View
  • Rest and Relax
  • Prepare for next day hike

9. Acclimatization Day in Chhukung (4,750 m/15,580 ft)

  • Duration:6-7hrs walk (11-13Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Lodge
  • Ascend:820m/2,690ft
  • Descend:820m/2,690ft

  • Chhukung
  • Chhukung Ri
  • Imja Tsho
  • Chhukung

Highlights:

  • Sunrise View from Chhukung Ri(5,550m)
  • Day Hike to Imja Lake
  • Glacier Walk
  • Mountain Sceneries
  • Panoramic View of Mountains

10. Chhukhung to Lobuche (4,940m/16,210ft) via Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft)

  • Duration:8-9hrs walk (15-16Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Lodge
  • Ascend:440m/1,443ft

  • Chhukhung
  • Bibre
  • Lhangbo
  • Kongma La Pass, Lobuche

 

Highlights:

  • High altitude walk
  • Glacier Walk
  • Mt. Pumari View
  • Ama Dablam
  • Lhotse View
  • Nuptse View
  • Many other peaks
  • Complex Pass
  • Adventure and Excitement
  • Yaks
  • Khumbu Moraine Glacier Walk
  • Ponds and Glacier Lakes

11. Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft) - Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft) - Gorak Shep

  • Duration:8-9hrs walk (15-16Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Lodge
  • Ascend:440m/1,443ft

  • Lobuche
  • Lobuche Pass
  • Gorak Shep
  • EBC
  • Gorak Shep

Highlights:

  • High altitude walk
  • World’s highest lodge
  • Glacier Walk
  • Mt. Pumari View
  • Lhotse View
  • Nuptse View
  • Many other peaks
  • Everest Base Camp
  • Top of the World
  • Yaks
  • Pyramid
  • Tibetan Cock
  • Achievement of a lifetime
  • Adventure and Excitement
  • Feeling of Success
  • Moving Glacier
  • Prayer Flags
     

12. Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft)- Dzonglha (4,830 m/15,850ft)

  • Duration:7-8hrs walk (10Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Lodge
  • Ascend:410m/1,346ft
  • Descend:720m/ 2,362ft

  • Gorak Shep
  • Kala Patthar
  • Gorak Shep
  • Lobuche
  • Dzonglha

Highlights:

  • One of the nearest viewpoint of Everest
  • Kala Patthar
  • Maximum Elevation Point
  • Sunrise View
  • Glacier View
  • Massive Mountain View
  • Yaks
  • Adventure
  • Tibetan Cock
  • Prayer Flags
  • Khumbu Glacier View
  • Everest Base Camp View

13. Dzonglha to Thangnak/Dragnag (4,680m/15,350 ft) via Cho La (5368m/17,611 ft)

  • Duration:8-9hrs walk (13-14Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Lodge
  • Ascend:750m/2,362ft
  • Descend:635m/2,084ft

  • Dzonglha
  • Cho La Pass
  • Cho La Phedi
  • Thangnak/Dragnag

Highlights:

  • Beautiful Landscape
  • Ice-Glacier Walk
  • Rocky Landscape
  • Prayer Flags
  • Massive Mountain View
  • Nearest View Point of Chola Tse
  • Steep Walk Downwards

14. Thangnak to Gokyo (4,800m/15,580 ft)

  • Duration:2-3hrs walk(5Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Lodge
  • Ascend:90m/296ft

  • Thangnak/Dragnag
  • Ngozumba Glacier
  • Gokyo

Highlights:

  • Ngoinmba Glacier – One of the longest glacier
  • Geography
  • Landscapes
  • Adventure and Excitement
  • ViewPoint of Cho Oyo

15. Explore Day in Gokyo |Day Hike

  • Duration:5-6hrs walk(6-7Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Lodge
  • Ascend:570m/1,870ft
  • Descend:570m/1,870ft

  • Gokyo
  • Gokyo Ri
  • Gokyo
  • Ngoinmba Glacier
  • Gokyo

Highlights:

  • Sunrise View from Gokyo Ri(5357m/17,575 ft)
  • Ngoinmba Glacier View – One of the longest glacier
  • Massive Glacier View
  • Lake View
  • The ViewPoint of 4 Mountains above 8,000m from Sea Level in the same range
  • Lake View
  • Adventure and Excitement
  • Best Spot for Amazing Photography
  • Prayer Flags

16. Gokyo to Langden Kharka(4,300m/14,000ft) via Renjo La (5,360m/17,585 ft)

  • Duration:7-8hrs walk(9-11Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Lodge
  • Ascend:550m/1,805ft
  • Descend:1,040m/3,412ft

  • Gokyo
  • Renjo La Pass
  • Langden Kharka

Highlights:

  • Massive Mountain View
  • Stunning View of Everest
  • View of 4 Mountains above 8,000m from Sea Level in the same range
  • Lake View
  • Prayer Flags
  • Adventure and Excitement
  • Blissful Nature

17. Langden to Namche Bazar

  • Duration:6hrs walk(10-11Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Lodge
  • Descend:860m/2,822ft

  • Langden
  • Marlung
  • Thame
  • Thamo
  • Namche Bazar

Highlights:

  • Monasteries
  • Beautiful Landscape
  • Prayer Flags
  • Touch the tree-level

18. Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft)

  • Duration: 7-8hrs walk (16-18Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Lodge
  • Descend:600m/1,968ft
  • Ascend:210m/688ft

  • Namche Bazaar
  • Jorsale
  • Monjo
  • Phakding
  • Ghat
  • Chhoplong
  • Lukla

Highlights:

  • Rhododendron Forest
  • Various High Suspension Bridges
  • Tashi Lapcha Mountain View
  • Kawande Mountain View
  • Beautiful Landscape
  • Pine Forest
  • Last Everest View
  • Prayer Flags

19. Lukla - Kathmandu

  • Duration:35mins flight , 30mins Drive(5Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Transportation:Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Domestic Airport(Lukla-Kathmandu)
  • Thamel

Highlights:

  • Stunning View of Mountains from Flight
  • Geography
  • Landscapes
  • Adventure and Excitement
  • Kathmandu Valley View

20. Relax shopping and whatever you wish to do along with the farewell dinner in the evening (excluding alcoholic and soft drinks)

  • Accommodation:Hotel

21. Final Departure

COST INCLUDES

  • Airport pickup and drop service
  • 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Horizon Kathmandu)
  • All lodging and foods during the trek (B, L, D included)
  • Transportation costs: Domestic flight in (Kathmandu – Lukla- Kathmandu)
  • Professionally trained and highly experienced English speaking trekking guide, assistant trekking guide and porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 30kg) along with their salary, lodging, foods and insurance
  • Trekking permits: TIMS card and Sagarmatha National Park fees
  • T-shirt, Duffel Bag and Trekking Map with Company Logo
  • Rescue Arrangement Service
  • First aid medical box
  • Trekking gears like Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket made available on rent
  • 13% VAT and 10% service charge
  • Farewell Dinner

COST EXCLUDE

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
  • Food in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses(internet, laundry, battery charge, donation, etc)
  • All soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for guide and porters

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“Namaste” is the common form of greeting in Nepal which is often spoken as Namaskar. It is a traditional Hindu greeting and it is used both for salutation and valediction. Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest.

While you are on Everest Three Passes Trek, you can get access to electricity or solar energy for charging your electronic devices at lodges and tea-houses but you can only get access to the two-pin adapter so you should bring conversion plug or another converter if your device is not suitable with two-pin plug. And while you stay overnight in tent-camps, it is recommended to have your own power supply if possible. 

Yes, you can certainly get access to WiFi in lodges and also mobile data during Everest Three Passes Trek for Internet and to communicate with your friends and family.

The trekking trails of Everest Three Passes Trek is mostly less crowded but during the trekking seasons, the trails get somehow busy with tourists. But since they are all trekkers, it would be fun joining along your trek and it won’t affect your trekking experience at all because of the pace of each trekker/groups.

Well, the tip for guide and other trekking staffs like porters and drivers is not mandatory but since they contribute their time apart from family to make you enjoy the best of your trip ensuring your safety and satisfaction, we recommend you to contribute some amount of tip for them. In Nepal, it is practised that 10% of the total amount you pay for your trek and tour is contributed as a tip.

You can bring any of the currencies authorized by the Government of Nepal. Nepal Mountain Trekkers provide you with the facility of exchanging foreign currency at the market rate without any commissions and extra charge.

ATMs and credit cards are accessible only on the major cities of Nepal, so during your Everest High Passes Trek, you can use ATMs and credit cards only while you are on Kathmandu, Lukla and Namche Bazaar.

There is a possibility of getting altitude sickness during Everest Three Passes Trek but with proper acclimatization and health care as well as the guidance from trekking staffs, you shouldn’t face the trouble of altitude sickness.

After receiving permission from the concerned authority, you can take Drone at Sagarmatha National Park but there are certain rules and regulations to be followed. For more information regarding Drone Permission, please Click Here to follow the link. In most of the cases, the cost is about 1000 USD but it varies according to the weight and other verification of the Drone as well as the number of days.

The herbs and vegetations preserved at Sagarmatha National Park are silver firs, birch, rhododendron and juniper trees whereas the wildlife inhabitant at Sagarmatha National Park are Musk deer, Himalayan Tahr, Ghoral, Serow, Wolf, and even the Himalayan Black Bear and if you are very lucky you can also spot Snow Leopard, Red Panda, two varieties of Dazzling Pheasants – the Crimson-horned and the Impeyan Pheasant(national bird of Nepal), marmots, pikas, and marten as well.

The Everest Region lies at the border of Nepal and Tibet and is highly influenced by the lifestyle and culture of Tibetan people. There are mostly Sherpa people, who are often considered as “the born Mountaineers” and almost everyone in this region practices Buddhism which is the reason you can see Monasteries, Chortens, Prayer flags, Prayer wheels, Mani walls and Mani Stones abundantly along the trails.

Since you should be entering Sagarmatha National Park, and because the region comes under a protected area, you would be requiring TIMS card, Local Rural Metropolitan City Tax and Sagarmatha National Park fees for Everest View Trek.

Of course, since Everest Three Passes Trek is one of the most accessible treks and very popular among the trekkers, one can go for solo trekking without any worries. Because the people in there are very friendly and co-operative and you can also meet other trekkers along the way so that there won’t be any risk for solo trekkers or solo female trekkers to go for Everest Three Passes Trek. Furthermore, our trekking staffs (guides) are highly experienced and dedicated to their job, so our company will be fully responsible for that note.

Yes, of course, with Nepal Mountain Trekkers you can customize/personalize the trek itinerary and services to be provided according to your requirements.

You might already know that the weather of Lukla is unpredictable, it’s really uncertain. So before we proceed towards Lukla from Kathmandu, if we came to know the weather is unfavourable, you will be provided with the buffer time of 1 day to wait for the improvement in the weather.
In case, if we already flew towards Lukla and complete the trek but due to weather if you cannot fly back to Kathmandu in the scheduled day then you must have 1 or 2 more days to be spent in there. However, you can fly back via helicopter in case of urgency or emergency which is a bit expensive than regular flight (around USD 400 / 500 according to the situation per person in the group).

Yes, it is possible to get hot showers during Everest Three Passes Trek on the lodges you would be staying overnight or during acclimatization.  

Well, it is not compulsory to be insured but as we already know “Prevention is better than cure”. If you are insured then you can have a relaxed trip without worries and enjoy with a free mind.

 

HEAD

Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses
Head Torch
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms

UPPER BODY

Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Fleece jacket
Waterproof jacket
Down jacket

LOWER BODY

Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Waterproof pants
Inner thermals

FEET

Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Shower sandals

HANDS

Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Creams
Sanitizer

ACCESSORIES

Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
Duffel bag
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits 

Personal Regular Medicines
Knee Caps
Bandages
Ointments
Blister Tape

Since the trail of this trekking is mostly rural, the drinking water available during this trek would be tap water, well water or hand pumps and should be purified prior to drinking them. Hence, you should buy bottle waters or should have a water purifying pills or any other equipment to ensure drinking safe water.

It is necessary to take a highly experienced and licensed guide to instruct you and help you explore the best of this trek as well as to take care of you during the trek. If you go trekking without a guide then you won't get to know the things you ought to explore as well as there might arise several problems on the trail. On the other hand, to enhance the comfort of trekking, you might need porters to carry your loads and climbing guides are required in order to instruct you and assist you during the climb.  

Nepal Mountain Trekkers is a travel agency formed with the involvement of highly experienced and professional trekkers with an experience of more than 2 decades in trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, we do have staffs from all the special parts of the country to provide you with the proper and adequate information and make you enjoy the best of your trip. In our years of experience, none of our clients had any complaint or dissatisfaction from our company and till now all our previous clients highly recommend our team to their friends and family which is the reason behind our dedication and diligence. Once you trek with our team, you will surely think of visiting Nepal time and again with Nepal Mountain Trekkers only.

During Everest Three Passes Trek, you would be staying overnight at tea-houses or lodges and you will be served with traditional Nepali dishes like Dal-Bhat. Whereas, you also need to stay in tent-camps in high passes eating the foods you choose to carry up to there. 

Everest Three Passes Trek is suitable to go for any time around the year but to escape the risk of blockades from snowfall, slippery trail due to rainfall and extreme cold, it is not recommended to go for Everest Three Passes Trek during winter and summer. Instead, autumn and spring would be the best seasons to go for this trek since with the clear weather and perfect sceneries; you can also enjoy the blossoms of Rhododendron flowers of various species along with other vegetations.

Of course, it is safe to go for Everest Three Passes Trek because the impacts of Earthquake don’t exist anymore in the trails of this trek after the recovery and reconstructions. Well, the locals are still having some trouble to rise again after the devastation but for the trek, it is safe and fine now.

In comparison to other trek packages at Everest Region, the Everest Three Passes Trek is comparatively a bit tough and technical since you will be crossing three high passes. You need to be physically fit and possess good health; apart from that,  previous trekking experience is an added merit for Everest Three Passes Trek.

Everest Three Pass Trek gives you an overall Everest Trekking experience. You get to cross three high passes – Kongma La, Cho La and Renjo La; along with an opportunity to visit Everest Base Camp.  Ascending towards Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar gives us breathtaking panoramic views of Everest and other surrounding peaks. It is considered to be a challenging trek and is preferred by adventure lovers who want to have it all.

Reviews
Eric S
Eric S
Source:Trip Advisor

 

I made the everest base camp trekking with the Chola Pass. It was all very well organized: flights, lodges, porter and schedule. My guide Tika Dakhal was amazing. He knows the region and the treks. Above all turned to be a good friend. We made a specially customized itinerary, which made the trip special. I'm very grateful. Highly recommended!

Hakan P
Hakan P
Source:Trip Advisor

After seeing some excellent reviews on Trip Advisor, we booked our 18 days Sagarmatha Trekking package with Nepal Mountain Trekkers. The team of company came to T.I.A for us received us on the evening and took us on the hotel horizen thamel and from the 2nd day we start our packing for adventure trekking with my 9 friends for 18 days, From the begging i had noticed this tour goona be one of the most adventure tour since, at the end too i felt my heart was not wrong. Thanks Nepal Mountain Trekkers team, our guide and porters. A tour company for respect. Hope to see you again on 2017/18.

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