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Everest Three Passes Trek

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Good to Know
  • Duration 17 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Trip Destination Everest Region
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Max. Altitude 5545m
  • Trip Type Tea House Trek
  • Transport By Private Vehicle, By Air
  • Accommodation Tea House

Highlights

  • Free Cancellation
  • No Credit Card Fees on Booking Amount
  • Instant and Secured Online Booking System
  • Full Packages Trip with 3 Times Meal Plan at Best Guaranteed Price
  • You will lose at least 8-12 lbs
  • Trekkers who have enough courage to challenge great Himalays prefer Everest Three Passes Trek
  • The panoramic view of highest peak of the world, Mount Everest, from Renjo La Pass gives you ecstatic feeling
  • The view of Gokyo Valley is hard to express in words which leaves deep impression of silence in you
  • You see more than 10 mountians including world’s highest, Mt. Everest from here

Everest Three Passes Trek is the best high passes trek for those trekkers who are a bit experienced and daring to challenge the giant Himalayas of the Everest region. Everest Three (3) high passes trekking includes Renjo La, Gokyo valley with a lake, Cho La pass, and Kongma La.

The view of panoramic of the popular Himalayas and exotic Gokyo Valley truly mesmerizes you throughout the year but for a certain period. Everest Three Passes Trek gives more beautiful and heavenly sights. Its beauty with some thrills will make a specific place in your life that you will never be able to pretermit.

Major Attraction of Everest Three Passes Trek

The major attraction of Everest Three Passes Trek is the panoramic view of some of the highest peaks of the world. From here you reach exotic Gokyo valley with a lake which further paves the way to Cho La Pass. Chola is located in Khumbu Valley at an elevation of 5,420 meters. While on the way to Cho La, one crosses the Ngozumpa glacier. The trail meets the classic Everest Base Camp route in the east.

Renjo La Pass

Renjo la is one of the passes of Everest base camp three passes trek which is at the height of 5360m. It offers a journey in a remote area yet, is beautifully blessed by nature. It gives an amazing view of Mount Everest, Mount Nuptse, Mount Lhotse, and Mount Makalu making the trek more beautiful and adventurous. The path is recently built for the pass and can be used by yaks too. The major attraction of Renjo la pass is the Khumbu region giving the interactions with the Sherpa cultures.

Cho la pass

Cho la pass is yet another pass in the Everest Three Passes Trek. It is one of the highest passes in the Everest region. It provides the glance of beautiful mountains having heights of more than 8000m. It gives an adventurous experience with the challenging paths and tough Cho la border. The scenarios are amazing with high mountains, glacial lakes, and Sherpa culture. On the way to Cho La pass, we visit different monasteries and beautiful waterfalls. Crossing the path filled with snow with different ups and downs would give an amazing experience in Cho la pass.

Kongma la Pass

Kongma la is the highest pass of Everest Three Passes Trek being at an altitude of 5528m. It gives an unbelievable panoramic view of the mountains. It is generally less crowded and less visited by people and is the most challenging of all. Kongma la pass takes to Chhukung village giving the most stunning and detailed views of several mountains. The stimulating paths and wonderful views make the pass more daring and exciting.

Difficulties of Everest Three Pass Trek

It is a physically challenging task to ascend Chola requiring crampons for the slippery path. Kongma La pass is at an altitude of 5,535 m (18,160 ft) located between Chukhung and Lobuche village. While returning from base camp trekkers can attempt Kongma La. Among three passes (Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La) Kongma La is the highest pass. Renjo La pass is located in Khumbu Valley at an altitude of 5,360 m (17,585 ft). Renjo La is in the eastern front of Lungden leaving Gokyo to the west. The path to it is very difficult and passing it during winter is very hard to deal with.

Best Time to Travel Everest Three Passes Trek

The best time duration for the Everest Three Pass trek is Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November) when the climate is warm and sunny.

Food During Everest Passes Trek

Regarding the food, all kinds of meals will be provided to you on time during the trek. The major and somehow best foods provided are toast or chapati, eggs, potatoes, porridge, fried Mars Bars, and tea or coffee for breakfast; and rice, lentil soup, curried potatoes with vegetables, greens, and papad for lunch. Light foods will be provided for dinner which will help maintain the balance of food and will not affect the health condition. Western meals like a burger, pizza, oily foods, tobacco, and alcohol should be avoided as far as possible.

Permits and Regulations  of Everest Three Passes Trek

For Everest Three Pass Trek, you will need a TIMS permit and a Sagarmatha National Park permit. If you are going via trekking companies, those permits will be arranged by those companies. But if you are planning to go on your own, you will need to take your TIMS permit from Kathmandu, and a Sagarmatha National park permits from Monjo. Monjo is a village checkpoint that you will pass on the first day of your trek.

Free Cancellation Policy

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Itinerary
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    Taking the incredible picturesque flight early in the morning from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m), for 40 minutes, one can experience nearer to enormous mountains adjoining Nepal and China (Tibet). After taking off, our Sherpa crews carry our trekking equipment. In the afternoon, we start our walk by moving downwards to the Dudh Kosi River and catch the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walking is unproblematic and after passing through the small village of Ghat(2550m) it is a short walk to Phakding.

      From Phakding we cross the river and ascent the valley. The track is nearer to the river valley and is in a series with attractive blue pine and rhododendron forest that is very fabulous when flowers blossom in the spring months. After crossing the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar we can glimpse on enticing snow-capped peaks of Kusum Kanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m),. In the hours of daylight the walking is a little problematic and includes the vertical inclination to Namche Bazaar. From Monjo it is a short march to the doorway of the national park, prior to crossing the Dudh Kosi River to Jorsale (2805m). The trek goes on upstream on generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank to the meeting point of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi Rivers. After passing a large and stable suspension bridge far above the river, we gradually mount at a steady pace. There are some incredible picturesque prospects as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Tabuche (6542m) are visible.

        We wander around Namche Bazaar for a next night for becoming accustomed to the height. Namche is an affluent village situated in a large protected hollow. From the national park headquarters above the village, one can take the opportunity to witness both the sunrise and sunset views. The dazzling panorama includes splendid scenery of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest. After breakfast, we can either walk towards Thami (3810m) above the stunning Bhote Khola River Valley or choose for going to the national park headquarters to observe the out of the ordinary displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. There is also a mountaineering display and information on the park’s flora and fauna.

          From Namche Bazaar, we walk towards the park headquarters and go on up to high above the Dudh Kosi River. Higher than Namche the path to Thyangboche turns out to be visible with the monastery located below the summit of Everest and encircled by other Himalayan peaks. Also, one can spot local flora and fauna including the beautiful Danfe pheasant, often seen among the birch and silver fir forest between Shanasa and Trashinga, and Himalayan tahr, on the high ground above the trail. After arriving at the reforestation nursery at Trashinga, the track slopes down steeply until we come across the Dudh Kosi River at Phunkitenga (3250m). After lunch, in the afternoon we go up, initially steeply, through pine, fir, black juniper and rhododendron forests towards Thyangboche. The monastery and our lodge are sited in a fine-looking grazing land surrounded by immense Himalayan peaks in a beyond doubt serene and tranquil environment. The most prominent peaks seen from here are Kantega, Ama Dablam and, for sure, Mt. Everest.

            From Thyangboche we gradually go up high above the Imja Khola and get further on of the tea houses at Orsho before crossing the river and old glacial moraines on our track to our hotel in the community of Dingboche. The landscape is impressive while Everest here is hidden behind the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge; the giant peaks that rise above the eastern ending of the valley.

              Indeed, Dingboche is a striking assortment of small fields surrounded by stone walls shielding the crops of barley and potatoes from the chilly winds. It is occupied mainly through the monsoon months, when big numbers of yaks are made to graze in the valley meadow. At the back of the lodge, the enormous rock looks of Tabuche look as if we are moving towards the heaven. Chukkung is another sensible option. The sights are unbelievable in this valley; the soaring south face of Lhotse to the north, Island Peak in the core of the valley and the fluted ice walls of nameless peaks is lined up in the southern end of the valley.

                Our trek passes through stoned fields and Imja Khola valley before entering the surrounding of Himalayas. It continues to Bibre, known as yak herdsman place. Our trial continues through interesting icy streams with fantastic view of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labsa mountains. After around 3 hours and 30 minutes of walk, we reach Chhukung. Stay overnight at Chhukung. 

                   Early in the morning after having a light breakfast, we begin our trek to reach the most important part of our entire trek i.e. Khongma la pass. There are two ways to reach our destination, Lobuche. We can either take the path over a hill which is to the northwest of Chhukung over Nuptse glacier moraines or, we can walk back to Bibre and trek on the path above Niyang Khola. The pass is covered by cairns and Buddhist prayer flag. The final slant from this pass is the most difficult part in our entire trek. After ascending the moraine, the trial turns north by Khumbu Glacier which takes our trial to Lobuche. Stay overnight at Lobuche.

                    Fairly short Gorakshep trek, gives an occasion for a comforting breakfast before starting the day’s walk. From Lobuche we trek to the broad valley that is parallel to Khumbu Glacier. A steady way up permits us to build the slow, steady pace necessary when walking at high height. When we arrive at the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier, we make a sequence of small up and down walking over a unsteady track lined with cairns that shows the way ultimately to the unexpected glacial sands of Gorak Shep (5160m). And then, we consequently, head off towards the Everest Base Camp. Everest Base camp lies at the altitude of 5,380m (17,600ft) giving the panoramic view of Himalayas and thriving rifts. Here, rest is taken for acclimatization to reduce or fully rectify the risks and severity of altitude sickness and other hazardous diseases.

                      We trek to Kala Patar (5545m) early in the morning to observe awe-inspiring crack of dawn views from this amazing vantage point. From the hotel the way up is pretty steep, so start very leisurely and try to go up at a slower speed. Kala Patar is the rocky peak below Pumori. It is a hard-hitting walk because of the elevation, but the observation from the top is beyond our imagination. We set off for Lobuche, where we stop for lunch after returning back to lodge and have our breakfast. We then, tag along the Lobuche Khola downstream where, after a while, we take a path to the right heading off towards Dzongla.

                        From Dzongla, we will have to begin walking early in the morning after having light breakfast. From camp we go up promptly on a narrow path passing large rock chunks and on the left we can see the main glacier. Once we pass the track of snowfield, the situation becomes easy, we soon get to the top of the pass (5420m), where the views are amazing and include Baruntse (7220m) and Ama Dablam, as well as a sea of lesser peaks. As there are fissures which seem to be dangerous, we do not stroll around the snowfield. The decline from the pass is vertical and care should be taken as we follow the graceful rocky path down to the Nymagawa Valley. After few hours of walk we reach Thangnak and have lunch there and after lunch we cross rocky chunks and reach Gokyo Lake. It takes another 45 minutes to reach the settlement of Gokyo where we spend the night.

                          Today, we have a rest day. Those who desire for the morning views at Gokyo RI will have to wake up early for an ascent of Gokyo Peak (5360m), whereas others can have a belatedly breakfast and may be take an optional walk up the Gokyo Valley to enjoy extra glorious scenery. Gokyo RI is the highest mountain in Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas located on the west side of the Ngozumpa glacier (largest in Nepal and in the whole Himalayas). From the very point, we can have the mesmerizing view of four 8000 m peaks i.e. Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt.Makalu, and Mt. Cho Oyu; and also the view of small village with stone houses blows the mind of visitors. After having this magnificent panoramic view of Himalayas, we trek back to Gokyo Lake and stay overnight there.

                            As we have a long day to walk today we have an early beginning. The path goes round to the north of Gokyo Lake and then goes up. Turning to our backside, we can view exceptional views of Gokyo and the mountains in the background. We keep on moving and also see boulder hop towards Renjo Pass (5420m). We now, reach the peak of the pass, which is noticeable by prayer flags, from where we can have a look into Nangpa Valleyand and on our backside we have views of Everest and Makalu. From the pass sliding down is difficult as we have to walk on loose rocks. After a while, we arrive at a glacial lake from where the valley opens up. We carry on to head down the valley through open pastures for a moment before bearing right to reach the small community of Arya.

                              We have a late start and move down all the way, following the Bhote Kosi River downstream. We walk down Nangpa Valley, passing through small settlements to finally reach the village of Marlung, where we stop for lunch. From Marlung the trail continues to descend and undulate passing through the village of Taranga to reach Thami.

                                We head off from Thame and move down to cross the Bhote Khola on a well-built suspension bridge. There are some exciting Buddhist rock painting in the area and, from here and on the rock face above and below, Himalayan tahrs are often seen. Our direction continues through the village of Thamo and back to Namche Bazaar where we take a greeting break for lunch. In the afternoon we move down steeply to the large suspension bridge over the Dudhkoshi River. We walk through Jorsale and back to Monjo, where we take lunch. In the afternoon it is a short walk passing through Benkar through blue pine and rhododendron forest, with great views of Kusum Kangaru and we return back to our lodge in Phakding.

                                  This is the last day of trekking, where we make the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla after a short walk on the valley.

                                    We wake up early in the morning to be all set for the arrival of our airplane for the flight back to Kathmandu. On onset in Kathmandu we are transferred back to our hotel. You wiill enjoy farewell dinner with the staff members of NTA

                                    Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

                                    What's Included

                                    • Free Airport picks upon your arrival and a Drop at the end of your trip
                                    • Sagarmatha Conversation Area Project Permits
                                    • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management Systems)
                                    • Local Government Entry Permit of Rs. 2000 (Started Since 2018)
                                    • Transportation by Flights (Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu) and other necessary ground transportation by private car as per itinerary
                                    • Trekking Map
                                    • Complete free trekking information before going to trek
                                    • Tasty and hygienic organic welfare dinner at the end of the tour in Kathmandu
                                    • Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
                                    • All nights in local teahouses/lodges during trekking
                                    • An Experienced English Speaking License Holder Trekking Guide (Local Guide)
                                    • Trekking Porter (Strong Local Sherpa) for carrying your luggage (1 Porter Sharing 2 Guest)
                                    • Medical first aid kit box ( which is carried by your team) 
                                    • Foods, Accommodations and local tax for Guide
                                    • Down jacket, sleeping bag and all necessary trekking gears are available in a hire

                                    OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)

                                    • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour $ 60 Only. For more information Click here

                                    What's Excluded

                                    • International Flight Tickets to Nepal & Return
                                    • Nepal Entry Visa Fees
                                    • Any kind of drinks (tea, coffee, water, hot water, etc) and of bar bills (alcoholic beverages)
                                    • Hot shower, WIFI, any electronic battery charges during only in trekking  
                                    • Tips and gratitude to your guides, porters, and drivers
                                    • Extra night accommodation or meals in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure and early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
                                    • Your travel insurance (Travel insurance is compulsory to take an adventure trip and it must be covered both medical & emergency evacuation with the worth of USD100, 000.00 minimum.

                                    Single Supplementary

                                    • Single Person Booking, charge of $ 250 is compulsory applicable to run this trip.
                                    Departure Dates

                                    The Fixed Departure dates are listed for the special quoted price specified on the Small Group Joining trip. But we are flexible to receive any dates booking in Private Group Departure or Single Traveler basis for the years 2022, 2023, and 2024 on your suitable dates which can certainly be added by us to our fixed departure list.

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                                    Start DateStart: SundayOct 09, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayOct 25, 2022PricePriceUS $1650StatusStatusGuaranteed
                                    Start DateStart: FridayOct 28, 2022End DateEnd: SundayNov 13, 2022PricePriceUS $1650StatusStatusGuaranteed
                                    Start DateStart: MondayOct 31, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayNov 16, 2022PricePriceUS $1650StatusStatusGuaranteed

                                    Size of the Trekking Group

                                    The best-recommended size for Everest three passes trek is a group of 12 people. However, NTA is capable of arranging the trek even if there are more than 12 people in your group. With your group, there will be 1 leader and a Sherpa porter (one porter for 2 trekkers). The arrangement ensures to continue the trek even if any of the group members gets sick.

                                    Accommodations During Everest Three Passes Trek

                                    The nights of the trek would be spent in the local teahouses. The accommodations will be in sharing basis with any one or two other trekkers. The arrangement could be done for the single person in a room as per request but it would charge extra $325 US. However, the arrangement is not possible in every place of this region.

                                    Meals During Everest Three Passes Trek

                                    The meals would be served in local teahouses available during the trek according to their menu. Dinner will be served in the tea house or lodge where we would spend the night and breakfast would be served in the tea house or lodge where we had spent the night before. The lunch would be served in the teahouse available on the way to the destination. The menu will mainly have the typical Nepalese food, except typical Nepalese food, you can also enjoy other international cuisines like Tibetan, Indian, Continental, Italian, etc. if available. During your stay in Kathmandu, you will be served with a welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfast.

                                    Altitude sickness

                                    It is the sickness caused due to low oxygen at a certain height. It generally occurs from the height of 2500m or above. In some cases, the sickness can occur below the height of 2500m as well. The sickness is showed by headaches, nausea or vomiting, fatigue, loss of sleep, etc. The sickness can further lead to other serious sicknesses such as HACE, HAPE, and AMS. The sickness can be prevented if preventive measures are applied and may also be life-threatening if not cured at the time.

                                    AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)

                                    Altitude sickness is often followed by AMS. Altitude sickness is a mild form of AMS. It is not a serious life-threatening sickness but has to be cured at the time. The symptoms are the problem in breathing, poor sleep, dizziness, fatigue, poor appetite, etc.

                                    HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema)

                                    The sickness directly affects the brain as the brain swells with fluid in this sickness. The sickness often is life-threatening and has to be cured at the time. The sickness is showed by disorientation, lethargy, loss of coordination, memory loss, psychotic behavior, nausea, vomiting, headache, etc.

                                    HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema)

                                    The sickness as an effect on lungs as the lungs swells in this condition due to the collection of fluid and is able to take the life of a person if not prevented. The symptoms of HAPE are a persistent cough, chest tightness, frothy sputum, suffocation during sleep, headache, blue skin coloration, rapid breathing, etc.

                                    Prevention for Everest Three Passes Trek

                                    The altitude sickness may lead to life-threatening sicknesses if not prevented at the time. Following actions could prevent the life-threatening sicknesses:

                                    • Gaining the height slowly over days
                                    • Avoiding alcohol and smoking
                                    • Drinking enough amount of water during the trek
                                    • Doing full medical checkup at least 6 months before the trip
                                    • Eating high calorie but light diet
                                    • Consulting a physician during periods for the trek
                                    • Carrying and wearing warm clothes to prevent from cold
                                    • Keeping the body as dry as possible
                                    Testimonials
                                    What Our Clients Say
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                                      Emmah MusenyahSweden,November 30, 2018

                                      Best and Experience Team for Everest Three Passes Trek

                                      The view from the three passes was prodigious. The view of many mountains and the glacial lakes were great. The overall hospitality of Nepal trek adventures was unbelievable. I would highly recommend the NTA team for the Everest three passes trek. The trek was adventurous and beautiful and the team was also friendly and helpful. Due to these reasons, I had the greatest experience of my life. The trek was difficult at times but due to NTA team all the difficulties were passed and we were finally able to complete the trek.

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                                      Maxwell Pitiis ChampmanUnited States,May 29, 2018

                                      Awesome Everest Three Passes

                                      After I decided to go for trekking in the Everest region, I began to search the best trekking in Everest and heard about the three passes trek. The three passes, giving different experiences in different height, gives a lot more exploration than any other treks. Yeah, it’s a bit challenging but trust me, the support of NTA makes it a lot easier. Very enthusiastic and enlightening guide and very good agency. I highly appreciate their unity and hospitality. Hope to go for more tours in Nepal with NTA again.

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                                    Why travel with Nepal Trek Adventure?

                                    Nepal Trek Adventure and Expedition is one of the best local travel companies based in Kathmandu with leading adventures.

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                                      Small Group Departure

                                      We run small and manageable group departure during the main season of the year. You can also make your trip private and maintain your own itinerary.

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                                      Locally Based Leaders

                                      Our locally based team encompasses highly qualified and experienced and friendly and obliging team leaders, who will assist you in making your journey in our country more ravishing.

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