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
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.
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.
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|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:|
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