|Tour Duration||21 Days||Group Size|
|Starting Point||Kathmandu||Ending Point||Kathmandu|
Are you ready for an ultimate trekking experience in the Everest region of Nepal? Everest Three Passes Trek blesses you with various achievements of a lifetime. With this trek, you can be there on the top of the world and cross three high passes over 5000 meters. Above all, you will be rewarded with outstanding mountain views that too very close. The excitement of your journey can be enhanced by choosing the right travel companion. Eye on Himalaya Treks and Expedition P. Ltd is a local specialist who organizes well managed and flexible treks to different regions of Nepal.
This Three Passes Trek commences with an incredible flight over the sky to Lukla airport in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The trail slowly traverses through the Dudhkoshi river, dense forests of Sagarmatha National Park and Sherpa villages like Monjo and Jorsale to Namche Bazaar. From Namche, the trail heads to Tengboche, Dingboche and then to Chhukung. Leaving Chhukung, we prepare to cross the first pass on the Everest region i.e. Kongmo La pass at an elevation of 5535 meters. From the pass, we head to Lobuche and continue to Everest Base Camp via Gorekshep. We hike up to Kalapatthar to capture some fascinating views of mountains in the Everest region. After accomplishing the journey to Everest Base Camp, the trail drops down to Dzongla and head towards Chola pass at 5367 meters. Further, we open up to Gokyo valley to enjoy some spellbinding views of Gokyo lakes in the backdrop of sky dominating mountains. Finally, we cross Renjo La pass at an elevation of 5360 meters and drop down to Namche and then to Lukla.
This trek is actually for those adventurous trekkers who look forward to more challenging treks in the Everest region than the regular trekking option i.e. Everest Base Camp Trek or Everest Gokyo Lake Trek. This Three Passes Trek is challenging and demanding at the same time. Though tough, the trek is totally worth it. You will be rewarded with a trophy of being on the top of the world. The appealing views of Mt. Everest and other sky dominating mountains from Kalapattahar is incredible. So, is the glorious views of sun rays over the mountains. Crossing three high passes that rise over 5000 meters is not an easy task. It’s a true challenge that only a true thrill-seeker can endure. Likewise, the fascinating views of Gokyo lakes and glaciers in the shadow of beautiful Himalayas; Everest Three Passes is indeed a surreal experience.
The difficulty level of Everest Three Passes Trek
It is graded as one of the challenging treks in Nepal. Of course, crossing three high passes on an altitude of over 5000 meters is not a joke. One needs to be fit and healthy enough to walk through ups and down in high altitude regions for more than two weeks. Also, you will require high endurance capacity to resist the cold temperature, thinness of air, remoteness and whatever comes by during your journey. Your body should be ready for everything; to adjust with anything.
Best time for Everest Three Passes Trek
Like every other trek in Nepal, Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) is an ideal time for Everest Three Passes. As the trek goes to higher elevation regions, trekking in winter can be quite impossible as it is very cold out there and the route is covered with thick snow which makes walking very difficult. Even trekking in monsoon is hectic due to slippery paths, leeches, unclear sky, and clumsiness.
On this day you will land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in the wonderful city of Kathmandu. After the arrival, you will be then transferred to your respective hotel by our coordinates. In the evening you can roam around the night market at Thamel. At night, you will be offered local authentic cuisine and can also enjoy some folk music and dance.
This day has been separated as preparation day for the Everest Three Pass Trek. You will be briefed about the Everest three pass trek by your tour guide. After that you can prepare the necessary checklist and get your backpacks ready. Later, you will head to the courtyards of either Kathmandu, or Bhaktapur or Patan for some historical closeup of Nepal. If you are more into religion then you can visit Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhu, or Boudhanath. Close to Thamel is the Narayan Hiti Museum.
This is the day when you will be entering the Khumbu region through Lukla. The 45-minute flight to the mysterious and fascinating Lukla takes you across different topographies. Towards Lukla you will see the high standing mountains from a bird’s eye view. Upon reaching Lukla you will have some lunch and then head straight towards Pakding which takes a downhill path. You will be following the Dudh Koshi river while also introducing yourself to the warm Sherpa community.
On this day you will head to Namche Bazar which is the entrance to many treks in the Everest Region. You will pass through forests of pines and rhododendron. You will head to Monjo which is the entrance to Sagarmatha National Path. From Monjo a short distance ahead lies Namche where you will see many tea houses, shops. The shops here have most of the basic facilities that you would require. In addition, Namche also has ATMs and Cyber Café.
This day has been set aside to take rest at Namche and avoid Altitude sickness. You might want to head out to the nearby landscapes around Namche Bazaar. The amazing mountains like Thamserku, Khumbu-la, Mt. Everest will be visible perfectly on a clear day.
After the well-needed break earlier day, you will be heading towards Tyangboche. The walk which takes almost 5 hours will be one of the most enticing, since you will walk through the forests of rhododendron and pines. Amadablam is in close proximity to you as you walk through the woodland. Along the trail, you will descend to the Imjatse River and then to Tenga. At Tenga you can have some hot tea at a teahouse nearby. Then, you can take blessings from the head lama at the Tyangboche monastery.
After having breakfast, you will head to Dingboche. The downhill trail will take you through rhododendron and pine woodland. You will then have to cross the Imja Khola and will reach the Pangboche village. Dingboche is an exposed area that offers views of the amazing mountains in the Khumbu region. The views of Amadablam are the most distinct from this viewpoint.
Since the views from Dingboche are very beautiful and since you need to acclimatize your body against altitude sickness, you will stay one more day at Dingboche. Particularly there are a few mani walls and monasteries around this area. However, the highlight of Dingboche is definitely the views of Amadablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Imjatse peaks. Stay overnight at camp.
After the lovely day at Dingboche, you will move ahead towards Chhukung. After a while, you will reach the rim of the Imjatse valley from this point and get the mesmeric views of Imjatse Valley. Further hike up to the Chukkung Ri will offer you the views of Imjatse and Mt Makalu.
This day marks as one of the most challenging days of your trek since you will be crossing the first pass of the Everest Three Pass Trek. The path that leads to kongmo is expectantly icy and rocky but will offer views of Nuptse, Mehara and Poklada. At an elevation of 5535 m, Kongmo-la is the first of the three high standing passes of the trek, so be prepared to be tired. After the climb you will reach the Khumbu glacier and then head towards Lobuche after a short steep climb.
After a good nights sleep, you will hike to Gorakshep. Since there is a change in altitude, you need to be quite aware about the symptoms your body is showing. From Pumori, Khumbutse to Lingtrin, you will see all the mountains surrounding the area. After reaching Gorakshep you can have something to eat, leave your bags at the lodge and then hike towards Everest Base Camp. After falling on the laps of Everest, head back to your tea house/lodge at Gorakshep for the night.
Early in the morning after breakfast, you will hike towards Kalapatthar. Kalapatthar is one of the highlights of the entire Everest Three Pass Trek. Also, it said to be the most beautiful viewpoint of the entire Khumbu region. Trekkers in most of the treks in this region, follow the path to Kalapatthar. Kalapatthar is a black rocky ridge just a mere 2 hours climb from Lobuche. You will get to observe the 360-degree view of most of the highest mountains in the world. After enjoying the view you will head to Dzongla. The Sherpa settlement in Dzongla has a few tea houses. You will be sleeping in close proximity to Taboche and Cholatse peaks.
You will wake up in the morning even before dawn and head towards Cho-la pass which is the second pass that falls midway in the Everest Three Pass Trek. You will mostly have to take an ascend for the first part and then cross a glacier on the eastern side. As you head to Chola pass you will see the views of Cholatse glacier that Is beyond mesmerizing. After crossing the Cho-la pass at 5367m, you will descend to Thanknak.
On your next day adventure, you will head towards Gokyo which is close to Thanknak. The trail takes you through a small hamlet near the Ngozumba glacier. Gokyo has a small settlement surrounded by high standing mountains all around. After reaching Gokyo, you will hike towards Gokyo Ri at 5357m. Gokyo is a small emerald lake that is frozen most parts of the year. The views of Mt. Everest, Tawecha, Mt. Cho Oyu, Cholatse are worth the toil. After your climb to Gokyo Ri, head back to Gokyo for the night.
This day has been set aside for resting and acclimatizing your body against sudden altitude sickness here at Gokyo. At the very base of Cho Oyo you will find the 6th highest mountain in the world. There are obvious differences in the Nepal and Tibetan Border. The towering Mt Everest and Changtse are clearly visible from this spot. After enjoying the fifth lake, you can head back to Gokyo on the same route.
This is one of the most challenging days throughout the trek since you will be crossing the Renjo La pass which is the third and the final pass of the three pass trek. Early in the morning, you will take a steep and slippery route towards Renjo La. Throughout the way, the views of the mountains such as Taboche, Cholatse, and Mt. Everest are vivid. After reaching Renjo LA you can enjoy the magnanimous mountains surrounding you from all sides. You will visit the frozen pond beneath Renjo to reach the settlement of Lungdeng. Lungden is situated near the Nangpa-La pass. From there, we will head towards Marlung village following the Bhote Koshi River.
The path then leads from Marlung to Namche, right where we started off. We will visit the villages of Thyangboche and Hungmo on the way. Also, you will be walking through the Shepard huts along the way where you can spot yaks grazing. After the long walk, you can take rest at a tea house in Namche.
On this day you will take the same route and head towards Monjo to exit the Sagarmatha National Park. You will cross the longest bridge over Dudh Koshi and eventually reach Pakding for the overnight stay.
You will be moving further away from the Khumbu region as you trek to Lukla on this day. Upon reaching Lukla you can enjoy the authentic food and drinks of the Sherpa community. You can sing and dance to the folk music of this ethnic tribe to enjoy your last day in the Khumbu region.
You will be flying back to Kathmandu from the Lukla airport on this day. The bird’s eye view of the mountains and hills on the way to Kathmandu are absolutely mesmerizing, As you reach the airport,you will be sent to your respective hotels.You can enjoy some local delicacies and can buy souveniers to take back home.
This marks the end of your Everest Three Pass trek and your stay here in Nepal. You will then be transferred to the Tribhuvan International Airport. As you board on your way back home you will reminisce the wonderful time you had in the Khumbu region. You can also plan yet another adventure like this for your coming travel days.