Everest Three Passes Trek explores the high lush valleys of the Khumbu region allowing you opportunity to walk through villages and monasteries, and experience the hospitality of the indigenous Sherpa people. This special journey starts with a short flight to Lukla airstrip. Enjoy the Himalayan vistas from the comfort of your aircraft seat. The trek starts right after you land at Lukla, passing through beautiful Sherpa villages like Phakding and Namche Bazaar. This thrilling treks offers you the opportunity to cross three high passes in the Everest Region — Renjo La (5345 m), Cho La (5400 m) and Kong Ma La (5535 m) — and visit Gokyo lakes.
The Everest region is one of the most popular and spectacular destinations for walkers across the world. There are various ways to explore this beautiful region. The Everest Three Passes Trek is one of the best ways. The trek is physically demanding, but rewarding too as you get magnificent view of Himalaya peaks, high altitude lakes, beautiful Sherpa villages, among others.
Welcome to Nepal. Meet our representative at the airport who will transfer you to your hotel. Remaining time is free for independent activities. In the evening, meet your guide and participate in trek briefing. Your guide will also check your gears and advise you if you need to buy/rent any. O/N: Hotel
Today, our tour guide will take you for full-day sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley as we complete your permit formalities. We begin the day with a visit to Swoyambhunath Stupa — a landmark Buddhist temple in Kathmandu and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Popular among tourists as Monkey Temple, the main attraction is a white-washed dome and a glittering golden spire. Then we move on to Kathmandu Durbar Square — another UNESCO World Heritage sites. Here you can see temples and monuments dating back to 17th century. It used to be the seat of Malla rulers and the now deposed Shah kings. After lunch, we move to Bouddhanath Stupa —
the biggest stupa complex in South Asia and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also a white- washed dome capped by a glittering golden spire. The ambience here is quite amazing as you can see incense sticks burning and pilgrims circumambulating the stupa chanting sacred mantras. It is believed to have been built in the 5th century. Then we move on to our hotel. O/N: Hotel.
Our trek begins today! Our representative will transfer you to domestic terminal for your flight to Lukla. The flight offers you breathtaking mountain views. The flight is adventurous as you will be landing on one of the most dangerous airports in the world. But don’t worry, you are in safe hands as Nepali pilots have been flying there since 1960 s. Finally, you are in Everest land. Meet your crew, watch them pack your loads, and begin your trek. A walk of about three hours through pristine mountainside will take you to our destination in Phakding. In the evening, explore the village which sits on the banks of the roaring Dudhkoshi River. O/N: Lodge.
We begin the walk after having breakfast at our lodge. A walk of around two hours will take us to Monjo, where we show our permit at the office of Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. Monjo is a beautiful Sherpa village. After admiring the village briefly, we continue our walk to a place called Jorsalle — a confluence of two rivers. After crossing the river on a suspension ridge, we make a gradual climb toward Namche Bazaar through pine forest. One can have breathtaking views of Kusum Kangru, Kwangdei, Mount Everest and Nuptse from the trail. We reach Namche Bazaar just in time for lunch. Namche Bazaar is the largest Sherpa village in the region and is
referred to by many as the Sherpa capital. O/N: Lodge
Today, we will have a free day in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. We will utilize the day by hiking to Syangboche ridge (3880 m), and further to Everest View Hotel. The hotel offers 360 degree view of snow-capped mountains, including the majestic Mount Everest, all around us. We return to our lodge for lunch. O/N: Lodge.
We first climb up to a monastery above Namche. From here, and hit the trail that travel along the ridge of Namche and follows the Bhote Khosi River through beautiful Sherpa settlements like Phunte, Thamo, Thomde and Somde. The trail goes through oak, birch and juniper forests. We can see several mani walls on the way. The trail is quieter compared to the busy Everest Base Camp trek. After a walk of 3-4 horus since leaving Namche, we will reach a susepnsion bridge and make a climb across the river to the village of Thame. We can have breathaking views of mountains like Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde Ri from here. O/N: Lodge.
We take another rest day in Thame for acclimatization. We will hike on a high trail above Thame Khola, leading to Tasi Lapcha Pass. We go up to the summer pastureland at 4250 meters and return to Thame. We will also visit a monastery located high above Thame. O/N: Lodge.
We continue climbing northward along the Bhote Koshi River. The river translates into ‘river from Tibet’. The trail passes through a small settlement of Tangmote before climbing gradually above the river. A walk of around two and half hours from Thame will take us to Tharngga village. A gentle ascent of another one hour or so will take us to our destination in Marlung. O/N: Lodge.
We take another rest day here as we prepare for our first pass. We will spend the day hiking up the Bhotekoshi Valley upto a settlement of Arye (4400m) with some teahouses. Further walk from here will take us to a glacier that comes from from Nangpa La. The view on this day is superb and it feels great to walk in the unspoiled valley. O/N: Lodge.
Today, we will cross our first pass. We make an early start today. We leave the Bhotekoshi valley and walk toward twin lakes below the Renjo La Pass. We take the approach to Renjo La after passing the lakes. The trail to the pass is good, as we find stone steps almost to the top. Along morning walk will take us to the pass which can be identified by fluttering prayer flags. View from the top is fascinating as different peaks open before us. We make a descent after spending some time at the top. The trail is good as we descend to the Gokyo lake complex. The Gokyo village is located on the eastern shores of the third lake. O/N: Lodge
This is a rest day for those who are tired after the Renjo La crossing. Those who wish to explore the surroundings further will have the option to hike up to the fifth lake of the Gokyo lake complex. The place offers ‘Scoundrel’s View’ of Everest. Google the term for photographs 🙂 O/N: Lodge.
There is an option to climb Gokyo Ri — a classic viewpoint for Everest and Cho Oyu as well as the lakes and the glacier toward Cho La. The climb is quite and it takes approximately three hours for the round trip. Those who want to do do Gokyo Ri will start early. We climb the crest of the moraine overlooking the Ngozumba Glacier. Today, we will traverse this glacier. The route across the glacier is well marked by cairns and takes around 45 minutes. We end our glacier walk and descend to the village of Dragnag. O/N: Lodge.
We will be crossing our second pass today. We start the day early, negotiating a large boulder field. The climb from here is steep in places and might need some scrambling. The pass offers beautiful views of mountain around, including a different face of Ama Dablam. After spending some time at the pass, we start coming down. The descent involves crossing of small glaciers to a small pastureland. From here, the trail is easy until Dzongla. O/N: Lodge.
Today, we meet the popular Everest Base Camp Trek. From Dzongla, we make a short descent to a river. After crossing the river, we traverse around Cola Tso lake. Views of Choltase and Taboche are impressive from here. Crossing a small spur, we enter the Khumbu Valley and meet the main trail to the Everest Base Camp. We can have views of Khumbu Glacier once we arrive at the village of Lobuche. Tomorrow we will be visiting the Everest Base Camp. O/N: Lodge.
We begin the day walking toward the Khumbu Glacier. The glacier, however, is still hidden from us by a moraine. After a short walk, we make a climb to cross rubble of a tributary glacier from where the great Khumbu Glacier opens before us. It stretches up toward the Base Camp. Beyond this tributary, lies the settlement of Gorakshep on the foot of Kalapatthar ridge. After having lunch and leaving our loads here, we make a steady climb to the Base Camp. We first walk on the moraine and finally on the Khumbu Glacier itself. The base camp looks disappointing as most of the mountains lie hidden. If you are trekking in summer, you will find a tent city of climbers here. Rest of the year, the place looks deserted. After spending some time at the Base Camp, we make a descent to the comfort of our lodge in Gorakshep. O/N: Lodge.
Today, we will hike to the top of Kalapatthar which provides possibly the best view of Mount Everest and the Khumbu Valley. The walk takes around two hours. Those are are too tired for the morning hike can take sleep till late in the morning. After spending sometime in Kalapatthar and admiring views all around, we descend to Gorakshep, have breakfast, and trek to Lobuche. O/N: Lodge.
We will be crossing our third and final pass today. We cross the Khumbu Glacier, which is covered with rubble and moraine debris, and reach the foot of the pass. The climb to the pass is steep. We follow a trail on a grassy hillside initially, and then on a good path which zig-zags until the top of a scree slope. From here, the summit comes into view. But it will take another hour or so walking on a trail filled with boulders and scree to reach the pass. Like other passes, we can see prayer flags fluttering all around us. The walk to the top from the glacier takes around four hours. The view from the top is breathtaking. We can see Everest as well as the fantastic Lhotse-Nuptse wall, Gauri Shankar, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Pumori. After a short descent, we pass a usually frozen lake and high pastures and start descending to the Imja Valley. A final steep descent will take us to Imja Khola which drains the Imja glacial lake and reach to the, settlement of Dingboche located beneath Ama Dablam. O/N: Lodge.
We will gradually leave the Everest region behind us now. After leaving Dingboche, we join the main Everest Base Camp trail and walk along the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche (3930m) which is home to one of the oldest monasteries in the Everest region. We then cross the river on a suspension bridge enter the forest of birch and Juniper before we reach Deboche. O/N: Lodge
We begin the trek after early breakfast at our lodge. We make a short climb through thick woods to Tengboche which sits on top of a ridge. The main attraction here is the beautiful Tengboche Monster and the spectacular view of the Everest/Lhotse massif and the dominant Ama Dablam. We have plenty of time to explore this beautiful monastery. There is also an information center from where we can get necessary information. We leave Tengboche and gradually descend to the village of Phunki. We cross the Dudh Koshi River on a footbridge and make a steep climb to Kangjuma. We continue our descent toward Namche Bazaar. The last leg of the descent is on stone steps before we reach this vibrant town which is officially the Sherpa capital O/N: Lodge.
Our last day of the trek! We resume the walk after having lunch at our lodge. We make a descent through pine forest to Jorsalle at the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers. A walk of three hours along the banks of Dud Koshi River will take us to Phakding via Monjo. After having lunch, a leisurely walk of around three hours will take us to Lukla. We celebrate the success of our trek in the evening with our support team. O/N: Lodge.
After breakfast, we walk to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, which is named after the first persons to climb Everest — Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary. Enjoy the thrilling takeoff and bid adieu to the mountains from the comfort of your aircraft seat. A flight of 35 minutes will take you to Kathmandu. Board a waiting car and drive to your hotel. Take the much needed rest or you can stroll in the neighborhood to buy souvenirs for your friends and family back home. In the evening, we will organize farewell dinner for you at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy the Nepali meal and the performance of typical Nepali songs and dance. O/N: Hotel
Your last day in Nepal! Our representative will transfer you to the airport for your return flight to home. Adieu, until we meet again.