Everest Three High Passes Trek

This challenging Everest Three High Passes Trek meets the Everest Base Camp trek but is an ideal challenge for experienced trekkers or those who are looking for an extra challenge.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration - 22 Day
Trekking Duration - 18 Days
Trekking Mode - Tea House Trek
Trip Level - Demanding
Max. Altitude - 5545 Meters
Min. Group Size - 1+

This challenging Everest Three High Passes Trek meets the Everest Base Camp trek but is an ideal challenge for experienced trekkers or those who are looking for an extra challenge. It crosses the Khongma La (5535m), Cho La (5330m) and Renjo La (4790m), three high passes in the Khumbu region.It also allows trekkers to see a quieter side of the Khumbu Valley, away from the often-crowded trails of the EBC trek.

Highlights of the Everest Three High Passes Trek

  • Climb ChukungRi (5550m), Kala Patthar (5545m) and Gokyo-Ri (5430m) for views of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m) and Cho Oyu (8201m), four of the highest peaks in the world
  • Visit the beautiful turquoise glacial Gokyo Lakes
  • Stop in the lively Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar, as well as smaller Sherpa settlements
  • Trek through parts of the Khumbhu that are relatively untouched by mass tourism

The Route Followed

This route essentially combines two other treks that are worthwhile in their own right: the Everest Base Camp trek (12 days) and the Gokyo Lakes-Cho La Trek (17 days). It includes the best of both, so is ideal for trekkers who are up for a new challenge.

Like other treks in the Khumbu region, this begins with a flight to Lukla, about 30 minutes from Kathmandu. (Note that flights into/out of Lukla are often delayed due to poor visibility, so make sure you have buffer days in your itinerary).

Start trekking alongside the DudhKosithat runs from Everest, through shady forests and over the highest suspension bridge in Nepal, to Namche Bazaar (3440m). Namche is an excellent place to stop for an acclimatization day, as there is lots of interesting Sherpa culture to check out, plus good shops and cafes and some nice shorter hikes.

From Namche, instead of continuing on the EBC route, veer off up the Chukung Valley, via Dingboche, a Sherpa town above the tree line.

The first pass that is crossed is the Khongma La, after which you reach Lobuche and head towards Everest Base Camp. This small town is one of the last overnight stops on the EBC trek before reaching Base Camp itself.

The next stop is DzhongLha, a tiny place with only a couple of lodges, and the only village between Cho La and Lobuche. After crossing the Cho La, head up the Gokyo Valley and stay at Gokyo, situated on the third lake among the five major lakes that comprise the Gokyo Lakes area.

From Gokyo, head up and over the Renjo La and down into the Thame Valley. Pass through Thame, a small Sherpa village that used to be the only year-round settlement on the Tibet-Nepal-India trade route. From there, descend to Lukla via Namche Bazaar, on the main EBC trail again.

This trek is challenging, and should only be attempted by experienced trekkers with excellent fitness and who have already completed a number of high-altitude treks. Several days are spent above 5000m.

Accommodation

This is a teahouse trek, meaning you stay in lodges, where you also dine. Because the EBC trek is one of the most popular, there are numerous places to stay along this portion of the Everest Three High Passes trek, including luxury options. However, on other parts of the route, the selections are a bit more limited, though still adequate and comfortable.

Everest Three High Passes Trek Short Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1338 meters)
Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2810 meters) and trek to Phakding. (2610 meters)
Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar. (3440 meters)
Day 4: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 5: Trek to Thyangboche. (3860 meters)
Day 6: Trek to Dingboche. (4220 meters)
Day 7: Trek to Chhukung. (4730 meters)
Day 8: Acclimatization day at Chhukhung.
Day 9: Cross Khongma La (5535 meters) and trek to Lobuche. (4910 meters)
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep. (5180 meters)
Day 11: Climb Kala Patter (5545 meters) and trek to Lobuche. (4900 meters)
Day 12: Trek to Dzong Lha. (4830 meters)
Day 13: Cross Cho La (5330 meters) and trek to Dragnag. (4700 meters)
Day 14: Trek to Gokyo. (4790 meters)
Day 15: Acclimatization day at Gokyo.
Day 16: Cross Renjo La (5360 meters) and trek to Lungdhen. (4368 meters)
Day 17: Trek to Thame. (3800 meters)
Day 18: Trek to Monjo. (2835 meters)
Day 19: Trek to Lukla. (2810 meters)
Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 21: Free day at Kathmandu.
Day 22: Departure.

Everest Three High Passes Treks
Everest-Base-Camp-Trek

Detail Itinenary

Arrival In Kathmandu Day 01
Arrive in Kathmandu. (1338 meters)
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel)
Fly to Lukla Day 02
Fly to Lukla (2810 meters) and trek to Phakding. (2610 meters)
An early morning scenic flight to Lukla (35 minutes) is followed by a leisurely breakfast at Lukla. We meet up with our crew and after a brief introduction and a quick sorting of our daypack and the main bags, our adventure starts. The trail gradually drops into the Dudh Koshi Valley and passes through the lovely Sherpa villages of Chauri Kharka, Cheplung, then undulates through villages of Thado Koshi, Ghat, and finally arrives at Phakding. First views of Kusum Kanguru (6367 meters) can be viewed at Thado Koshi just before a small climb at Thado Koshi. During the day and in most of the other days on the trek, we follow the Dudh Koshi river and pass through couple of suspension bridges and several mani walls, mani stone, chorten, stupas and prayer flags with snowcapped mountains in the background. (3 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Manjo 03
Trek to Namche Bazaar. (3440 meters)
During the day, we follow the Dudh Koshi River and cross the river several times on the suspension bridges. Views of Thamserku (6608 meters) and the holy mountain Khumbi Yui Lha (5761 meters) shows themselves for the first time as we trek through small villages of Tok Tok, Ghat, Benkar and Monjo. The trail keeps undulating for the whole morning and enters into the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. The path drops down to Jorsalle and steadily follows the river for a while until the start of steep climb with a dramatic suspension bridge (situated at more than 50 meters above the river) joining the two different valley. First glimpse of Everest (8848 meters) with the Lohtse face infront of it can be enjoyed on the midway of the climb through the pine forests, on the way to Namche Bazaar. This famous town in the lap of the Himalayas also offers the best views of the Kongde Range. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek Back to Namche Bazaar Day 04
Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
A walk to the twin village of Khunde (3840 meters) and Khumjung (3780 meters) through the Syangboche Airport (3720 meters) is considered as one of the interesting days of the trek. With the benefit of gain in altitude, this day trip also offers a chance to visit a hospital and school started by Sir Edmund Hillary himself. Breathtaking views of Mount Everest (8848 meters), Lohtse (8414 meters) and Ama Dablam (6856 meters) are also an added incentive for the day hike. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Thyangboche. Day 05
Trek to Thyangboche. (3860 meters)
The trek continues on a well maintained path in the morning with towering mountains on almost every direction. After passing a couple of teahouses at Kyangjuma, the path starts to drop down to the river passing small teashops at the villages of Sanasa, Lausasa and finally reaches Phunki Tenga at the bottom of the valley. Yet another suspension bridge helps us to cross the river at Phunki Tenga and then an identical climb to Namche waits. The climb through a thin Rhododenron forests finally ends at Thyanboche. Thyangboche is famous for the Thyangboche Monastery, the biggest and the most important monastery of the region. Thyangboche also offers stunning panoramic views of Everest with the Lohtse face, Ama Dablam (6856 meters), Khangtega (6685 meters) and the Kongde Range. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Dingboche. Day 06
Trek to Dingboche. (4220 meters)
The path drops down passing through some teahouses at Deboche and after a brief period on easy terrain, crosses the Dudh Koshi once again. A small ascend leads to Pangboche, the village with the oldest monastery of the region. The trek continues in the valley and passes small villages of Somare and Hortse. After Hortse, the path drops in and out of a valley and then a steady walk finally ends the day at Dingboche. At Dingboche, views of another snowcapped pinnacle adds to the already impressive list of mountains, as view of Island Peak (6189 meters), one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal, appears in the North. (5-6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Chhukung Day 07
Trek to Chhukung. (4730 meters)
An easy walk on a gradually ascending trail and a short day trek ends at Chukkung. This is the shortest day of the trek, as the body needs to acclimatize and a good rest to recharge itself. After an acclimatization day, most of the following days are in higher elevation above 5000 meters and are also comparatively the walking hours are longer as well. (2 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Chhukung Day 08
Acclimatization day at Chhukhung.
Chhukhung Ri (5550 meters) is view point near the Chukkung village. The viewpoint offers fantastic views of the mountains around the region and a close up view of Lohtse (8501 meters), being the major highlight. The viewpoint can be reached after a couple of hours of steep climb. This climb also helps the body to acclimatize and prepares for the days ahead.
Cross Khongma La and trek to Lobuche. Day 09
Cross Khongma La (5535 meters) and trek to Lobuche. (4910 meters)
An early morning start is a must on days crossing a high pass. The day starts with a brief gradual descend and then a long steep ascent until top of the of the pass follows. A brief stop at the top to enjoy all the surrounding mountains of the valleys left behind is followed by a steep drop, which only ends at Lobuche. (7-8 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Gorakshep Day 10
Trek to Gorakshep. (5180 meters)
An early start leads us into the undulating trail and into the Khumbu Glacier for a while. After getting out of the glacier, the path leads to Gorakhshep (5180 meters). After a brief stop and lunch, the trail again enters the Khumbu Glacier and undulates all the way up to Everest Base Camp. At Base Camp, one can enjoy the close up views of Nuptse (7861 meters), Pumori (7165 meters), Lingtren (6749 meters), Khumbutse (6665 meters), Changtse (7653 meters) and Lho La (6026 meters). We return to Gorakhshep through the same route on the glacier. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Climb Kala Patter & trek to Lobuche. Day 11
Climb Kala Patter (5545 meters) and trek to Lobuche. (4900 meters)
A steep climb to Kala Pattar (2 hours) is rewarded with the proper view of the southwest face of Everest. Kala Pattar is also the highest point of the trek. After returning to Gorakhshep, we return to Lobuche via same route. (3 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Dzong Lha Day 12
Trek to Dzong Lha. (4830 meters)
After a comfortable walk in the morning, the trail leaves the traditional Everest trail and leads to a gradual ascent. The path drops briefly into a valley and is followed by a final climb that ends at Dzong Lha. (4 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Cross Cho La (5330 meters) and trek to Dragnag Day 13
Cross Cho La (5330 meters) and trek to Dragnag. (4700 meters)
Another early start to the day with a brief easy walk in the valley is followed by a long steep climb to the top of the pass. After the top, a steep drop follows and changes into a climb for a brief moment. Again, the trail keeps descending and only ends at Dragnag. Dragnag is located under a huge rock face, across the Ngozumpa Glacier. (7-8 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Gokyo Day 14
Trek to Gokyo. (4790 meters)
After crossing Ngozumpa Glacier (the longest glacier of Nepal), the trail joins the Gokyo Lake Valley near the first lake. A short and easy day ends at the third lake (commonly known as Gokyo Lake), with Cho Oyo towering in the background. (3 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 15
Acclimazation day at Gokyo.
An early morning climb to Gokyo Ri (3 hours) offers stunning views of Cho Oyo (8201 meters), Makalu (8485 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters) and Everest (8848meters); four of the top ten highest point on the planet. Apart from these, many more mountains of the Khumbu region can be enjoyed from Gokyo Ri, making it a popular viewpoint in the region. For acclimatization, a walk further into the valley on an easier terrain leads to the fourth and fifth lakes of the valley. These lakes are considered sacred and holy to the people of the Khumbu region. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Cross Renjo La and trek to Lungdhen Day 16
Cross Renjo La (5360 meters) and trek to Lungdhen. (4368 meters)
An easy trail by the lake starts the day early in the morning. Soon the trail turns into a steep ascent all the way up to the top of the pass. Similar views like the views from Gokyo Ri can also be enjoyed at the top. A steep drop from the top leads into a new valley and ends at Lungdhen. (7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Thame Day 17
Trek to Thame. (3800 meters)
The trail keeps descending and loses altitude at a consistent pace, and reaches the village of Marlung. After Marlung, the trail slowly moves towards the famous village of Thame on an easier terrain. (5 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Manjo Day 18
Trek to Monjo. (2835 meters)
A drop into the river starts the day and an undulating trail leads into Namche Bazaar, finally connecting the trek again with the same route taken at the start of the trek. On the way down from Namche, we take a last look at the Everest and merrily continue the trek down to river. The exit from the Sagarmatha National Park and a brief drop leads to the village of Monju and ends the days trek. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek Back to Lukla Day 19
Trek to Lukla. (2810 meters)
We trek back to Lukla via same route taken before and end the trek at Lukla. We also bid farewell to our support crew and formally end their trek for them as well. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Fly Back to kathmndu Day 20
Fly back to Kathmandu.
A 25 minute flight to Kathmandu and a whole day to explore the capital. A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
sight-seeing-kathmandu-valley Day 21
Free day at Kathmandu.
A leisure day in Kathmandu which can used for an early morning mountain flights to Everest or can extended into further more tours to Chitwan, Lumbini etc. Further adventure activities like rock climbing, hiking, biking around the Kathmandu valley with bungee jumping, rafting near the valleys can be done on this free day. (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights) (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
Final-Departure Day 22
Departure.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)

Service includes on trip cost;

  • Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
  • Full days sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with City Guide and necessary land transport.
  • 4 Nights’ accommodation (2 persons per room) in Kathmandu in a 3* standard Hotel with breakfast. (2 nights before and 2 nights after the trek.
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu airfare including airport taxes.
  • Accommodation and all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while on a trek in normal teahouses.
  • Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
  • porter to carry your luggage on treks (Per person 12 KG) (1 porter for 2 Clients)
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Service charge and Government taxes.

Service excludes on trip cost:

  • International airfare to Nepal and from Nepal
  • Nepal entry Visa Fee. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival in Kathmandu airport $40 for 30 days and $100 for 90 days valid visa.
  • Entrances fee during the sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
  • Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses like beverages (Drinking water, Shower, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.
  • All not mentioned in inclusion section.

 

Gear List

Visit Himalaya Treks has always been keen on safety on the journey. We have prepared Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Nepal. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG. You must bring the following items:
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Thermal shirts/underwear
  • Nightwear thermals
  • Fleece/sweatpants
  •  Day-wear shirt/rain pants
  •  Trekking pants
  • Wind pants
  • Warm hat/balaclava
  • Neck gaiter
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Torch / Flashlight
  • Quick drier Towel
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen 35++
  • Water purification
  • A set of Earplugs
  • Trekking Poles
  • Hiking Boots
  • Socks
  • First aid kit
  • Antiseptics
  • Camera and video camera
Medical
  • Betadine / Dettol.
  • Hand-plaster
  • Bandage
  •  Eye drop.
  • Eardrop
  •  Sinex.
  • Gauge
  • Cotton
  • Move / Spray
  • Design
  • Diamox
  •  D-Cold
  • Vicks
  • Paracetamol
  • Medicine for diarrhea
  • Medicine for a toothache

 

Notes: ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUESTS ACCORDING TO YOUR CONVENIENCE.

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