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Everest Three High Passes Trek - 18 Days

Overview and Highlights

Key Information

Best Seasons

Spring / Autumn

Group Size

Min 2 to more...

Duration

18 Days program

Trek Difficulty

Moderate/Adventure

Maximum Altitude

5644 m

Accommodation

Local Teahouse

Meal

Available delicious food

Region

Everest

Country

Nepal

Activity

Trekking/ Sightseeing

Destination

Lukla to Three pass and Everest base camp

Trip Starts

Kathmandu

Trips Ends

Kathmandu

Highlights of Everest Three High PassesTrek

  • Ultimate Challenge: Conquer three high mountain passes - Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La - for a thrilling trekking experience.
  • Spectacular Scenery: Marvel at breathtaking views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu amidst the stunning Himalayan backdrop.
  • Remote Wilderness: Explore remote areas, like Chhukung village, for seclusion amidst rugged mountain landscapes.
  • Cultural Immersion: Experience Sherpa culture in traditional villages, gaining insights into their way of life.
  • Adventure and Exploration: Hike to Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Ri, and Nangkartshang Peak for additional challenges and stunning viewpoints.
  • Wildlife Encounters: Spot rare Himalayan wildlife, including snow leopards, musk deer, and various bird species.
  • High-Altitude Experience: Test your endurance navigating challenging terrain and changing weather conditions.
  • Photography Opportunities: Capture unforgettable moments, from rugged peaks to colorful prayer flags.
  • Personal Growth: Push your limits and create lasting memories on this unforgettable Everest region trek.

Everest Three High Passes 18 daysTrek Overview

Everest Three High Pass Trek is such a wonderful and adventure trek. Its amazing Everest Three High Pass trek presents an adventurous experience of passing three high passes of Everest region Kangma La (5500m), Cho- La(5320) and Renjo -La(5400). This high pass trek will bestow a chance to witness world’s eight highest peaks- Everest (8,848m), Makalu (8463m), Lhotse (8516) Cho Oyu (8201m), and and several other mountains. And also trekkers can be  see a range of floras from pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes, fir, juniper, birch and Rhododendron..

Trekkers will begin trekking from Lukla. Trekkes  will be see  walk by eye-catching pine woods and after Dudh Koshi River crossing and on the way Sherpa villages Benkar, Monjo, Chimoa, and Jorsale to reach Namche Bazaar(3440m). Visit around Tengboche Monasteries (3860m ) and capture the splendor of marvelous Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Khangtaiga, Nuptse, Lhotse, and other mountain.

Climb up  Kangmala Pass (5500m) Trekkers may either climb over the hill lying northwest of Chhukung Valley on top of the moraine of the Nuptse Glacier or optionally trekkers might be walk down to Bibre and stroll on the path above the Niyang River. The immense vistas of Island peak valley and Amphu Lapcha edge will captivate us on the way.

Undeniably, the scenery of frozen lakes and the Khumbu Glacier will captivate us from the top.Trekkers will be also trek to Everest Base Camp (5365m) and Mt Everest, the tallest mountain on the earth will be facing . Besides, trekkers will be hike ahead from Gorakshep to Kalapathhar (5550) Trekkers will be also trek to another high pass Cho – La pass (5320m).

Trekkers will be pass through a point and an old moraine on the one side, before commencing the wobbly path. And from the top the impressive views of Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku and Rolwaling Valley.

Trekkers will be also trekking to Renjo La pass(5400m) from Gokyo, trekkes get to view the astounding views of the four highest mountains Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche. if you want to join with Mountain Layers Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. is proud to organize Everest Three High Passes via Chhukum Trek.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival TIA in Kathmandu pickup by private transfer at hotel with B/B plan

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our airport representative will meet you outside the terminal hall and transfer you to the hotel. Check-in to the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. In the evening, join a welcome dinner organized by Mountain Layers Treks in typical Nepali Restaurant.

Food Breakfast
Accomodation Hotel
Elevation 1350

Day 2 : Fly to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2660m) 5hrs overnight at lodge

Waking up early and enjoying the breakfast you will drive to Domestic airport, Kathmandu and from there you will catch the flight to Lukla, the gateway to Everest Region. Capturing high mountain peaks, dramatic scenes you will land on the airport. From here you will transfer to the lodge where you will meet your camp staffs and other porters along with crew members. From Lukla you will start to trek Phakding, starting the first trek. Stay overnight in Phakding.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 2660

Day 3 : Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 7hrs. overnight at lodge.

Today the trail goes through the pine forest and continues on the trail that moves north up the Benkar valley. We walk along the Dudh Koshi River and walk through Chumoa and Monjo village to the reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. Next crossing the suspension bridge several time and walking along the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers, we reach on a steep section that leads us to Namche Bazaar. Namche is the most prosperous town of entire Khumbu region.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 3440

Day 4 : Acclimatization and rest day in Namche Bazaar overnight at same ladge.

Today we explore Namche Bazaar which is the major town of Khumbu region. It houses government offices, Internet Cafes, Shops, restaurants, bakeries and embellished with colorful market. We can make a short hike to Sagarmatha National Park and explore the sunrise over the Himalayas – Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and more. If you wish, we can join a hike to Khumjung village. Here we will visit Hillary School and monastery which houses a scalp of yeti.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 3440

Day 5 : Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) 6hrs. overnight at lodge.

Our journey on the Everest Base Camp Trek continues as we leave Namche Bazaar early in the morning. As we embark on the trail, be sure not to miss the memorial stupa dedicated to Tenzing Norgay, the first person to ascend Everest alongside Edmund Hillary. Descending to the rushing waters of the Dudh Koshi, we then ascend through the lush rhododendron forest on our way to Tengboche.

Tengboche is renowned for its majestic Tengboche Monastery, set against the dramatic backdrop of Ama Dablam. This captivating monastery holds significant importance as a pilgrimage site for Buddhist Sherpas, especially during the Mani Rimdu festival. We'll spend the night in one of Tengboche's excellent teahouses, where you can anticipate a hearty meal and a peaceful night's rest.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 3860

Day 6 : Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4470m) 6hrs. overnight at lodge.

With mountains at its backdrop, the monastery at Tengboche looks more magnificent in the morning. At this moment, you can take pictures of the monastery with a beautiful Himalayan range of Mt. Kwangde and the scenery around and start your journey as usual. You choose the upper trail for better views on the way to Pangboche. You pass through several Buddhist Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. The place where you stop for lunch not only serves delicious food but also allows an unbelievable close-up view of Mt Ama Dablam. In the afternoon, you walk north to Pheriche or take the Eastward trail beneath the towering North face of Mt Ama Dablam. From here onwards, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imja Valley. The valley gradually unfolds as you approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. You descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche Village. On arrival at Dingboche, you will see a beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Relax your painful body inside the warm blanket with the melody of Dingboche. 

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4470

Day 7 : Acclimatization and rest day in Dingboche (4470 m) overnight at same lodge

Acclimatization day at Chhukum. Rest and explore the view point. Overnight at the same lodge. Today is second scheduled acclimatization for three high pas trek. Chhukung is strongly recommended before setting off for high pass expedition. However, we suggest you stay active and go for short hike around the village. We opt to climb the Island Peak Base Camp (4,970m) along the Lhotse Glacier, Passing the bloated water of Imja Lake. Here we get to witness the magnificent Lhotse to the north, Amphu Lapcha (5,845m) and the gigantic fluted ice walk that dominates the horizon to the south. To the southwest, you will see the eastern face of Ama Dablam.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4470

Day 8 : Trek from Dingboche to Chhukum valley (4750m) 3hrs.overnight at lodge.

Today’s walk is pleasant and we will be walking through walled fields and alpine landscape. The views becomes more dramatic as we climb above Imja Valley. On the way, we get the astonishing view of Lhotse and Ama Dablam. After completing 3km walk, we will reach Bibre (4,570m). After 30 minute walk from Bibre, we will finally reach Chhukung

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4750

Day 9 : Early in the morning hike up to Chhukum valley to Kongma La pass (5535m) 6hrs via Laboche (4910m) 4hrs overnoght at lodge

Today we will trek around 10 km, before come brightness in your window shake your blanket and take your rucksack start your trek with a headlamp, gradually hike up with your trekking team reach the highest part of the entire trip which is Kongma La pass. We can either take a trail over a hill which is to the northwest of Chhukung over the Mt. Nuptse Glacier moraines or treks on the trail above the Niyang Khola. When you get on the top of Kongmala you will see around there marked by cairns and Buddhist prayer flags. The final trek down from the pass is the hardest part of today’s trip. After hiking the moraine on the far side, Trek through Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4910

Day 10 : Trek from Laboche to Gorakshep (5185m) 5hrs. via Base Camp (5363m) 5hrs up and down overnight at lodge.

After breakfast, our trail moves along on the side moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Trek continue Ahead on the trail we see the summit of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse and more mountains. A small climb takes us to Thangma Riju. From here we have a high regard for panoramic views of the Himalayan view. We climb on a steep trail up to the top of Changri Glacier. Then we reach Gorakshep, After resting while and having lunch in guesthouse then we continue to Everest Base Camp. We pass through rocky hills, moraines, and streams before reaching the Everest base camp. From here we admire Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Khumbuste and Mt. Pumori mountains. We trek back to Gorak shep and spend the night.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 5185

Day 11 : Early in the morng hiking up to Kalapatthar (5644m) up and down 5hrs and trek from down and trek to Dzongla (4855m) overnight at lodge.

Today we start a pre-dawn hike to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) to witness the first day sunlight above the top of the world (Mt. Everest). It is the vantage point to witness Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren. Khumbutse, Changtse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam and more. After some moments, we retrace our step back to Lobuche. After lunch, we walk for a while and choose a path that connects us to Dzonglha. We then cross a stream and then walk on a wide gravelly river bed and ascend the ridge ahead. As the reach the top, we choose the southeast route with the great view of Ama Dablam and Kangtega-Thameserku while Tawache looms ahead. Pherichi village is visible down in the valley floor. Later the trail ascends up a spur and descends down steeply to another broad basin. After an hour of walk from the basin and crossing a wobbly bridge, we reach Dzonglha.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4855

Day 12 : Early in the morning Trek from Dzongla to Cho La pass(5420m).4hrs via Gokyo (4790m) 6hrs overnight at lodge.

Early morning, you will get the magnificent view of Cholatse looming over. Today will be one of the toughest day of the trip. We walk through a spur extending westward from Dzongla. The trail climb downs to a basin across which flows a stream melted from ice and snows. After an hour, we reach the trip of the basin readying for the triumph on Cho La. As we rise, the view gets more astonishing: the Cho La Lake appears and the Ama Dablam in its pyramidal incarnation presides over a range of mountains on the south as Cholatse stands on the west. The ascent is not easy and it gets worse by boulders over which you many even have to scramble. The final climb to Cho La is quite tricky as the trail curves round the bergschrund. As we reach the top, the prayer flags and strung across cairns will astonish you. Scenery on either directing is simply mesmerizing.hangnak and climb along the Ngozumpa Glacier (the longest glacier in Nepal). After short walk, we begin to get the view of second of the Gokyo Lakes on the series of six lakes. A short distance away is the third Gokyo Lake and on the edge of this lake is Gokyo village.

Next we make a descend down to Thangnak which is quite an easy task of the trip. But we must be careful of icy rocks

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4790

Day 13 : Rest day and early in the morning Ascend Gokyo Ri (5360m) 4hrs up and down overnight at same lodge

Today we climb Gokyo Ri and enjoy with incredible mountain vista. Today we can also tour the fourth Gokyo Lake which is only 3km north of the Gokyo Lake. Next, continue trekking to the 5th lake. The view from ‘scoundrel point of view’, located at the edge of the 5th lake, is astonishing. Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu mountains and the huge Ngozumba Glacier are ours to admire. We trek back to Gokyo and spend the night.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4790

Day 14 : Trek from Gokyo to Renjo La Pass (5360m) 4hrs via Lungdel (4600m) overnight at lodge

We start your trek early in the morning to complete the long trekking 7/8 hrs (depend on your walking speed) ahead. Our trail moves alongside Dudh Pokhari (lake) for a while. We walk for around two hours 2 and half hours to get the Renjo La pass. On the way, we are pleased with extravagant views of the Himalayan and Rolwaling ranges and more. Views from the Renjo La pass are much like that from Gokyo Ri with the third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the gray smear of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We also get wonderful views of Mt. Everest from the top of the Renjo La Pass. Our trail winds down a stone staircase and then moves over a loose screed to reach the south bank of Angladumba Tsho Lake. The prescience of ice on the trail while down can make our descent a bit hazardous. Along the way, we see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. We walk down a narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Lumde where there is a support lodge, but it is often closed. We walk almost for an hour from Lumde to get to Marlung on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi River. Overnight at Marlung.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4300

Day 15 : Trek from Lungdel to Namche Bazaar (3440m.) 7hrs overnight at lodge.

The descent trails with beautiful sunshine from Lungdel to Thame follows a fixed route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. We cross the Bhote Koshi River and descend to Taranga. The trail continues to descend and we cross two bridges before reaching Thame. Overlooking Thame is its famous Gompa situated on a hill to the west. From here, we descend gradually on a trail that passes through a few small villages before reaching Namche Bazaar which is probably the biggest town in the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 3440

Day 16 : Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2840m). 8hrs overnight at lodge.

While you are traveling the same route downhill, you feel finally different. You just snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests and in the space snow covered peaks. You will be exposed through the Sherpa villages noticing inspiring faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayer flags while you walk through the Sherpa villages. Upon arrival at Lukla village, stretch those sore legs and recall the experience of the last couple of weeks. Your familiarity the conclusion of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with a smile on their faces! Lots of memories wriggle around your mind and heart. You will feel that you have touched the feet of the Highest Mountain Peak of the world, Mount Everest and it is leaning down to grace you for your happy and prosperous life. Slowly your eyebrows get heavy due to tiredness and you will be lost in the lap of Lukla village waiting the day to say goodbye Lukla village.

Food BLD
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 3440

Day 17 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu 45 minutes overnight at hotel with B/B plan

The bright morning slowly moved your blanket to wake you up. Your both eyes will be open but you don't desire to leave the bed because the memory of your journey still pulls you towards Kalapatthar. So you have to pack your baggage and rush towards the airport to catch the engine sky bird for flying back to Kathmandu from where you start your journey of Everest Base Camp Trek. The Dornier drops you following the morning clouds in Trivubhan International Airport of Kathmandu. Our representative from Nepal Unique Treks will be waiting for you to welcome you with your smiling and cheerful faces. They will pick up you and drop to your hotel. After that, you can rest and relax throughout the day at the hotel.

Food Breakfast
Accomodation Hotel
Elevation 1350

Day 18 : Departure your own destination drove from hotel to TIA by private transfer

After beautiful sunshine morning will sadly wake up you, your trip in Nepal comes to an end today; our spokesperson will escort you to the airport approx 3 hours before your flight scheduled. On your way to home, you have plenty of time to plan for your next adventure tour in the amazing Himalayan country. There will be a heart touching relationship between you and our company during this trip.

Food Breakfast
Accomodation Hotel
Elevation 1350

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drops
  • Standard accommodation in Kathmandu (on the arrival day and after the Trekking).
  • Your meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking.
  • All necessary paper works and Sagarmatha national park entry permits.
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) .
  • Domestic flight ticket (LUK-KTM-LUK)
  • All accommodations in lodges during the treks.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
  • Porter, salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and insurance for the
  • All Transportation .
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service as you paid by your travel insurance company.

Cost Excludes

  • Personal equipment for trekking
  • Nepal entry visa fee you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu.
  • International airfare and Airport departure tax.
  • Food while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate and desert.
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • Tips for the Guide, Porter and others staffs

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FAQs

The three high passes are Kongma La Pass (5,535m), Cho La Pass (5,420m), and Renjo La Pass (5,360m).

While previous trekking experience is beneficial, it's not mandatory. However, trekkers should be physically fit and prepared for high-altitude trekking.

The best time for the Everest Three High Passes via Chhukum Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is stable and the skies are clear.

Yes, trekkers need permits to enter the Sagarmatha National Park and the Gokyo-Renjo La Conservation Area. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Lukla before starting the trek.

Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern due to the high elevations of the passes. It's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually to minimize the risk of altitude-related problems.

Accommodations along the route include teahouses and lodges offering basic amenities such as beds, meals, and hot showers. Accommodations may vary in comfort and facilities.

While it's possible to trek independently, hiring a guide is recommended for navigation, safety, and cultural insights. Porters can also be hired to carry heavy loads, allowing trekkers to enjoy the journey without the burden of heavy packs.

Essential items to pack include warm clothing, sturdy hiking boots, a sleeping bag, trekking poles, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a first aid kit. It's also advisable to carry water purification tablets or a water filtration system.

Yes, there are emergency evacuation options available, including helicopter rescues, in case of medical emergencies or severe altitude sickness. Trekking with a reputable trekking agency ensures access to proper emergency assistance if needed.

Yes, the itinerary can be customized according to individual preferences, interests, and time constraints. Trekking agencies can tailor the itinerary to include specific side trips or additional acclimatization days as needed.

Additional Information

01. Physical Fitness: Trekking the Everest Three High Passes requires a good level of physical fitness and endurance due to long days of hiking, challenging terrain, and high altitudes. It's advisable to engage in regular cardio and strength training exercises before the trek to prepare your body for the demands of the trail.

02. Altitude Sickness Prevention: Proper acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness during the trek. Trekking at a slow and steady pace, staying hydrated, and allowing time for rest and acclimatization days are essential strategies to minimize the risk of altitude-related illnesses.

03. Technical Skills: While the Everest Three High Passes trek does not involve technical climbing, trekkers should have basic hiking skills and be comfortable walking on uneven terrain and steep slopes. Familiarity with the use of trekking poles and proper hiking footwear is beneficial.

04. Weather Conditions: Weather in the Everest region can be unpredictable, with conditions changing rapidly, especially at high altitudes. Trekkers should be prepared for a range of weather conditions, including cold temperatures, snowfall, strong winds, and sudden storms. Dressing in layers and carrying waterproof gear is recommended.

05. Travel Insurance: It's essential to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking activities, including emergency medical evacuation and treatment for altitude-related illnesses. Verify that your insurance policy includes coverage for high-altitude trekking and helicopter rescues if necessary.

06. Environmental Considerations: Practice responsible trekking by minimizing your environmental impact and respecting the fragile mountain ecosystem. Avoid littering, dispose of waste properly, and follow Leave No Trace principles throughout the trek. Support eco-friendly lodges and businesses that prioritize sustainability and conservation efforts.

07. Communication and Connectivity: While mobile phone coverage may be limited in remote areas of the Everest region, trekking agencies often provide satellite phones or communication devices for emergency use. Carry a fully charged mobile phone and portable charger as a backup, but be prepared for intermittent connectivity.

08. Group Size and Support: Trekking in a small group or with a reputable trekking agency provides additional support and safety during the Everest Three High Passes trek. Experienced guides and support staff can offer assistance, guidance, and logistical support throughout the journey, enhancing the overall trekking experience.

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