Everest Three High Passes Trek 19 Days

$1660 USD
- 19 Days
- Challenging
2-10 Pax

Trekking, Sightseeing

March-May\ September -December

Private Car & Flight

Hotel & Lodge

Lodge Trek

5550m/18,204ft at Kalapatthar

Breakfast and all meals during the trek

Kathmandu-Lukla-Namche Bazzar-Renjo La- Gokyo lake-Chola-Everest Base Camp-Kalapatthar-Kongma La-Namche-Lukla-Kathmandu

Everest Three High Passes Trek Overview

This 3 passes trek in the Khumbu region of Nepal is an ultimate mountain journey exclusively designed for adventure trekkers seeking the highest level of thrill and challenge. This trail offers a wonderful opportunity for trekkers to experience the demanding high passes of Mt Everest region, namely Renjo La (5,360m), Cho-la (5,420m) and  Kongma La (5,535m) en route to the base camp of the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,021ft). Kongma La, discovered by Sherpas, is the highest among all three passes while Renjo La is the smallest.

Along with the magnificent view of four of the world’s eight highest peaks; Cho Oyu (8,201m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m) and Mt. Everest (8848m), Gokyo RI, Kala Pathher and the Everest base camp are also some of the major highlights of  Everest high pass trek.

Planing this trek with Beyond Himalaya also allows you to enjoy Kalapathar trek. Hike to Kalapathar (5545m) is considered the best view point of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori (west of Mt. Everest), Nuptse (south-west of Mt. Everest) along with other peaks of Khumbu region. It is firmly believed that these high passes of Everest present the definitive challenge to even the most veteran trekkers in the world.

This trekking isn’t just about mountain sceneries but is also about the most popular Sherpa people (their picturesque villages, rich culture, a variety of traditions, colorful festivals, pure religion, and exceptional lifestyle) residing in the lap of Himalayas. The trail also offers extinct species of plants, animals and birds.

Please Note:

Due to obstructive weather conditions (even during the best trekking seasons), sometimes there may be sudden changes regarding the domestic flight schedule to and from Lukla. The plane many be delayed for few hours or even few days. In order to cope with this situation, we would like to request all the trekkers to add a few extra days to your plan. If everything goes well, we can also make arrangements for you to enjoy other attractions like bungee jumping, jungle safari, rafting, shopping and so on.

Trekker’s safety is our utmost priority. Therefore, the team leader is given full authority to make changes in the itinerary in case of unexpected weather change, the unsuitable health condition of a group member or an unforeseen natural disaster. If needed, team leader might also cancel any part of the itinerary. In those circumstances, we request you to co-operate with our team leader and remain flexible. 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 02: City tour and trek preparation day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft)

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazzar (3440m/11,283ft)

Day 05: Explore day

Day 06: Trek to Thame (3,800m/12,467ft)

Day 07: Trek to Lumde (4,380m/14,370ft)

Day 08: Trek to Gokya via Renjo la (4,790m/15,715ft)

Day 09: Trek to Thaknak (4,700m/15,419ft)

Day 10: Trek to Zungla via Chola pass (4,620m/15,157ft)

Day 11: Trek to Gorekshep (5,140m/16,863ft)

Day 12: Visit Everest Base camp (5,364m/17,598ft)

Day 13: Hike to Kalapatthar and Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,108ft)

Day 14: Trek to Chukung (4,730m/15,510ft)

Day 15: Trek to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft)

Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazzar (3440m/11,283ft)

Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft)

Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 19: Departure day

 

Everest Three High Passes Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day. (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport , you will be greeted by Beyond Himalaya representative who will take you to your hotel. Later that day or the following day, a meeting is scheduled at our head office to brief you the details of your upcoming trek. Here, you will also be introduced to your trekking guides and Sherpas. If your flight arrives on time, a welcome dinner is also scheduled for you at one of the most popular local restaurant where you can enjoy Nepali food along with a glimpse of cultural music and ethnic dance. On request, dinner can also schedule to the following day.

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Kathmandu offers a wide range of unique historical, natural and cultural sites. You will be guided to some of these sites. We will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square – one of the most important historical structure that offers eye appealing architectural wonders, the Pashupatinath temple - a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva (the lord that holds the power of destruction), Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple) and the Boudhanath Stupa – dedicated to Lord Buddha. You also have an option to skip one of these sites and visit another World Heritage site, ‘Patan Durbar Square’ along with Mahabouddha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple that simply offers some of the historical masterpieces to the connoisseurs of art. After spending 3-4 hours observing these beautiful sites, we will meet one more time to finalize your clothing and trekking gears (sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking boots). Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft)

All flights to Lukla are scheduled early in the morningWe will bring you to the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport, where you board a twin otter to Lukla (2,800m). It will approximately take 30-35 min to reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla which is commonly known as a gateway destination. If the weather is clear, you will also get to enjoy the aerial view of the terrain.

On reaching Lukla Airport, we conduct a short introduction session with other crew members after which the breakfast at the lodge.  Once everything is set, we will commence the ultimate walk following the stone pathway downhill that leads you out of Lukla towards Phakding after 4 hours walk.

The trail offers an experience of downhill and flat trail, prayer rocks (‘Mani’ in colloquial language), and  the view of the colorful Lukla village. Upon reaching Phakding, you can freshen up and then our guides will take to for a short walk to the village or even hike up to the nearby Gompas (monasteries) which helps in necessary acclimatization. After dinner, our team leader will brief you on the following day’s trek. Overnight at a lodge in Phakding.

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazzar. (3440m/11,283ft)

After breakfast, we set out from our lodge in Phakding and move towards Monju, known as the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park. In between Phakding and Sagarmatha National Park you will get to experience the thrill offered by many suspension bridges, and the small settlements like Zapute, Toktok, Benkar, Chumoa and Monju. Here, you can also enjoy small tea houses and shops while your leader takes care of the necessary national park formalities. On entering the national park the trail drops steeply down to the river, cross another suspension bridge and continue walk to the high Hillary Bridge at the bottom of the hill. After the bridge the trail leads you uphill to the Namche Bazaar offering you the first great view of Mt. Everest, hidden behind Lhotse-Nuptse along with the view of Mt. Kusum Khangru. Overnight at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Day 5: Explore day

Namche Bazaar, a gateway to the high Himalayas, is the main trading center and a tourist hub in the Khumbu region. This place is very popular for altitude acclimatization. Though this is a rest day it is highly recommended to keep moving and stay active for proper adaptation. Therefore, we organize a short hike to Thame, which is an old Sherpa village or visiting Khumjung/Khunde/Khongde is also considered a very good option to enhance acclimatization. Moreover, Namche Bazaar offers many ways to spend a day. You will have you enough time to visit the National Park Head office, Museum, and other monasteries. You can also have your own quality time at cafes, shops, bakeries or restaurants. This place also features other essential services like post office, hospital, government health post, 24 hour electricity and water supply and high speed internet access. You can also contact your family before heading towards the base of Everest Base Camp. Overnight at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Day 6: Trek to Thame (3,800m/12,467ft)

After breakfast at Namche Bazaar, an easy walk on a flat trail through colorful prayer flags, several Tibetan Buddhist shrines (Chortens), Mani stone and Namche Gompa first leads us towards a small, old Sherpa village named Thamo. We explore this village and then walk towards another traditional Sherpa village named Thame which is situated at an altitude of 3,800m. We have our lunch and spend the rest of the day exploring this village, monasteries (Thame Gompa) and the local area. On the top of the village, you can also see houses of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. Overnight at a lodge in Thame.

Day 7: Trek to Lungde (4,380m/14,370ft)

After breakfast, an easy walk takes you to Marlung through Bhote Koshi River where we stop for some time to observe the spectacular view of the largest glacier in the Himalayas (Ngozumba glacier) and Kongde RI, located 4kms west of Namche Bazaar. From here 3-4 hours of vertical climb through the dry valley finally take you to Lungde. The trail, particularly offer a beautiful view of snow capped mountains and the valley. Once you get to Lungde, it is also recommended to hike above the lodge to acclimatize. Overnight at a lodge in Lungde.

Day 8: Trek to Gokya via Renjo la (4,790m/15,715ft)

Today, we get to one of the 3 major destinations of this trek- Renjo La pass. After breakfast, we start to hike uphill for over an hour followed by an easy walk that crosses Renjo River, Renjo Lake and Relama Tso. The trail further leads you through icy paths which takes you to the top of one of your destinations in this trek - the Renjo La pass. This pass offers a grand view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Gokyo Lake and Rermo Pokhari lake along with other snow covered peaks.

After spending some time here, the trail drops down towards our next destination of the day, Gokyo which consist of a quaint  Gokyo valley, Gokyo RI and Gokyo Lakes. We get to the lodge rest for some time and then climb the short ridge to explore Ngozumpa glacier along with its glacial lakes. Overnight at a lodge in Gokyo.

Day 9: Trek to Thangnag (4,700m/15,419ft)

Today is considered as an easy day. It is best to start early because today we cross the Ngozumpa glacier and the ice in the glacier starts to melt fast, making the way more slippery as the sun gets stronger during the day. The trail descends towards Thangnag, where we stay overnight. We also climb a small hill at Thangnag for the purpose of acclimatization. Overnight at a lodge in Thangnag.

Day 10: Trek to Dughla via Chola pass (4,620m/15,157ft)

Today, we will walk to Cho La pass. It is both adventurous and challenging as the trail first takes a steep ascent which then descends to the bottom of Cho La pass. The trail from the bottom of Cho La pass to the top is rocky, icy and slippery. Crossing this hurdle we finally reach the top that greats us with an incredible view of Cholatse and Mt. Ama Dablam along with Gokyo valley. After spending some time here,  we leave the pass and make our way to Dughla crossing steep, rocky and icy path as well as a few crevasses. Overnight at a lodge in Dughla.

Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,863ft)

After breakfast, we scale up the sheer terminal of the Khumbu Glacier where you can see the memorials of those Sherpas who lost their lives on the glacier. You will also be greeted with a magnificent view of peaks like Pumori, Mahalangur Himal, Lingtren and Khumbutse. On crossing the Khumbu Glacier we gently hike up to Lobuche and continue to walk through rocky and windy trail leading towards Gorak Shep located at the bottom of Kalapatthar. Overnight at a lodge in Gorak Shep.

Day 12: Visit Everest Base camp (5,364m/17,598ft)

After breakfast, we hike up to the Everest Base Camp. We pass the pyramid sign from where you get an opportunity to see the top of the north ridge of Mt. Everest along with Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Pumori, and Mt. Nuptse. A small way up from here leads you to a place that allows you to experience 360 degree landscape of the hoary mountains. We further climb up to the top all the way through the torrent Changri Glacier in order to get a quick glimpse of Kala Pattar (Black Rock). Struggling your way up through this rock and glacial trail eventually leads you to the Everest Base Camp. You can spend some time taking pictures and appreciating the beauty offered by Mt. Everest and her sibling peaks. We then return to Gorekshep and spend our night at a lodge.

Day 13: Hike to Kalapatthar and Trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,108ft)

The major goal of today is to watch the view of sunrise in the Himalayas. We start around 4 am. A couple of hours walk towards Kala Pattar will take you to the most popular viewing point of Kala Pattar (5,545m) that offers breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori and Ama Dablam. The mountain glows golden as soon as the very first ray of the sun strike the peaks. This view of the glowing mountains is nothing less than a feast to behold. We spend some time taking the picture of the magnificent views of the soaring mountain. After that we hike back to Gorak Shep, have breakfast and trace our way back to Lobuche where we spend our night at a lodge.

Day 14: Trek to Chukung (4,730m/15,510ft)

This day takes you to the last and the highest destination of the entire trek – Kongma La pass. Hence, without wasting any time after breakfast, we follow the trail heads towards the east passing Khumbu glacier. On crossing the glacier and river the trail heads towards the pass situated at an altitude of 5,535m above the sea level. The cairn wrapped with colorful flags tell that you are on the top of this pass. From here the entire view is magnificent. After the hard climb to the top, the trail drops down to the valley full of glaciers- Chhukung valley. The night is spent at a lodge in Chhukung .

Day 15: Trek to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft)

After breakfast at the lodge, we walk downhill through the valley and head towards Dingboche. From here the trail drops downhill to Pangoboche village which further drops to the riverside where on crossing the bridge over Imja Khola the trail hikes up to Tengboche. In Tengboche, you can visit one of the most important monasteries in Nepal, where you can be a part of unique Buddhists ceremonies. Overnight at the lodge in Tengboche.

Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazzar (3440m/11,283ft)

From Tengboche, a steep descent takes you to the Dudh Koshi River, where we cross the first bridge over the Dudh Koshi River in Phunki Tenga.  We then pass the village of Tashinga, Sanasa and finally reach Kyangjuma. The trail from here to Namche Bazaar is a piece of cake for all those trekkers who manage to make their way up to the three phases of the Everest region, base camp and Kalapatthar. We spend the night in Namche Bazaar, where you can enjoy a hot shower. You also have an option to relax at nearby restaurants, cafés and bakeries. Overnight at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft)

After breakfast, we continue our walk downhill from Namche toward the second bridge across the Dudh Koshi River near the meeting point of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers. Then we walk towards Monjo where on fulfilling the formalities at the check point of the National Park at Monjo we continue our walk towards Phakding. We stop at Phakding for lunch and soon after the lunch we continue the trail that leads us to Lukla. Along this flat trail you can enjoy prayer stones, rhododendron and pine forest, prayer flags, Sherpa village as well as open plains. This is the last day of the trek. On reaching Lukla you can either spend your time with the rest of the crew members or look for some alone time to summon up the wonderful memories made during the past few days. The night will be spent at a lodge in Lukla.

Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Finally, it’s time to bid farewell to the Khumbu region of Nepal. The Sherpas will take your luggage to the airport and other airport formalities will be taken care of by the guides allowing you to enjoy your last breakfast in the Khumbu region. You then directly board the plane and fly back to Kathmandu. A private vehicle depending on your group size will be awaiting your arrival at the airport. Your guide will then transfer you to the hotel.

Day 19: Farewell day.

Today is the last day of your trip. One of our company representatives will assist you to get to the airport as per your flight departure. However, if you are looking to extend your trip, we can assist you with your further travel plans.

(Note: During the entire trek, we serve you a full board meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea & Coffee). Our guides usually wake you up around 7am (4-4:30am on special days). Breakfast will be served between 7 am to 8am. Ordered lunch from the teahouse menu will be served around 12 pm which can also be postponed if you plan to eat a little later than the scheduled hour. Dinner will be served between 8pm to 9 pm. Tea/coffee will be provided twice a day. Accommodation will be at local lodges. During the walk you can also ask your guide to stop in those areas where you wish to take pictures and enjoy the scenery. If you get tired, you can also request to slow down and rest for longer time. After dinner and before going to bed your team leader will brief you regarding the following day’s itinerary.

Everest Three High Passes Trek Cost :- US$1570

Include

-Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
-3 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
-One full day guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
-Welcome dinner and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance
-Trekking permits and Tims permits
-Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets
-All meals during the trek (Lunch/Dinner/Breakfast)
-Three times drinks a day (Tea/Coffee served in a cup)
-Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
-A porter (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
-Insurance of Guide and Porter
-All required local tax and Gov tax
-Down jackets and sleeping bags
-Trekking route Map
-Medical Kit Box
 

Exclude

-Nepal arrival visa
-Meals in the city except breakfast and above mentioned special dinner
-Monument entrance fees
-Your personal nature expenses eg. Mineral water, Beer, Coke and entire beverage etc
-Travel insurance that covers trip cancelation and Helicopter evacuation
-Tips and any other extending trips and accommodation.

Everest Three High Passes Trek Information

Travel Insurance
You must have a  travel insurance. A travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. If a client becomes ill, all hospital expenses, doctors' fees and repatriation costs are the client's responsibility. If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it.

Health and Fitness
We strongly recommend you to consult the doctor before planning your holidays. 
Foods and Accommodation
In Kathmandu we use tourist standard hotel to ensure a comfortable stay and relaxed environment before and after your adventure. All breakfasts are included at the hotel in Kathmandu. Rooms are generally twin share – depending on group size and room availability, triple share may be offered up on your request. A single supplement room is available at an additional cost. For breakfast you expect to have porridge, toast or chapattis, omelet and local bread. We will provide all meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea & coffee) from the teahouse menu during the trekking period. Whilst trekking on the Everest, the accommodation is in guesthouses or Lodges which are basic with shared facilities. Some lodges offers shower and mostly offers bucket hot water up on request. During the trip you can expect 2 hot showers.

Our effort while you are on a trek
We will try to keep to the proposed itinerary, however as this is adventure travel in a remote Himalayan region, the health of member, weather conditions can all contribute to changes the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary. If you are delayed longer than the itinerary date we can help reschedule your international flights but prepare to pay some extra charge if required.
 
Our legal documents
We are a government authorized and certified company. We have special authorization from the government of Nepal to operate trekking tours, expeditions, Tibetan tours, Bhutan tours and many other tourism related services. We are also proud to be an active member of different professional organizations:
Ministry of Finance, Department of Taxation PAN No. 304585539
Company Registration Office, Pvt. Ltd. No. 79438/067/068
Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Department of Tourism Industry License No. 1288/067
Central Bank of Nepal, Nepal Rasta Bank Foreign Exchange Department License No. 1159/1/068
Nepal Tourism Board
Trekking Agent Association of Nepal (TAAN)
Kathmandu Environment Education Project (KEEP)

Travel season
we have two best seasons in Nepal - spring and autumn.

Spring :-( March, April, May) - warmest time to trek. Rhododendron flowers in bloom excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. 
Autumn: -(Mid September, October and November) - excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility.
Winter : -(December, January and February) are also good, but it’s a lot colder. You have to be prepared for this.
Summer: -Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid June, July and August).We do not suggest you this time to visit Nepal. Nepal can be visited the whole year round.

Pack list: 

Equipments:
Head:
Sunglasses with UV protection
Sun Hat
Lip balm
Upper body:
T- Shirts (2)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/ or jacket (Included)
Hands:
Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves/ mittens with a waterproof outer shell
Lower body:
Underwear (4)
Hiking shorts (2)
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Feet:
Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/ or sandals)
Gaiters only for winter)
Accessories:
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F (Included)
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small padlock or combination lock
Basic First Aid Kit
Large plastic bags- for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Day pack (you will carry your own small daypack)
Water bottles (2)
Hiking poles/ walking sticks
Toiletries:
Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothbrush etc
Ear plugs
Small wash towel
Extras:
Camera with extra batteries and cards/ film
Binoculars
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Reading book
Trail Map/ Guide book
Journal & Pen
IPod & Travel games (i.e. cards, chess, and backgammon)

Passport & Visa Information
Nepal visa is easy to obtain. You may buy your Nepal visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Mission offices abroad or buy this upon on arrival to Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. You must have 2 passport size photographs, visa fees in US cash & valid passport at least for 6 months valid at the starting of the trip. Nationals of SAARC countries, India and China do not need visa when visiting Nepal. Transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain Nepalese visa from the following borders:


Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)
Tourist Visa Fees
3 days transit visa - Free of cost
Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
(For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu, and
Tel: 00977-1 4433935 / 4429660 / 4438862 / 4438868 Download visa form-: www.immi.gov.np