Trip Fact

Trip Duration 20 Days
Destination Nepal
Trip Grade Moderate
Transportation Private vehicle / By Air
Accomodation Teahouse
Price US $ 1650
Trip Style Tea house trek
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Max. Altitude 5,545m
Per Day Walking 4 - 6 Hours
Visitors/year Around 25,000
Best Season March to May and October, November
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Trip Highlights

  • You will lose at least 8-12 lbs
  • Trekkers who have enough courage to challenge great Himalays prefer Everest Three Passes Trekking
  • 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 for those trekkers who are a bit experienced and daring to challenge the giant Himalayas of Everest region. The three high passes include Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La. The view of panoramic of popular Himalayas and exotic Gokyo Valley truly mesmerizes you throughout your life.

Renjo La:- It 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 deal. The major attraction of the trek is panoramic view of some of the highest peaks of the world. From here you reach exotic Gokyo Valley which further paves the way to Cho La Pass.

Cho La:- It is located in Khumbu Valley at an elevation of 5,420 meters. While on the way to Cho La, one crosses Ngozumpa glacier. The trail meets classic Everest Base Camp route in the east. It is physically challenging task to ascend Cho La requiring crampons for slippery path.

Kongma La:- It 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. 

Outline Day to Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02:Preparation for trekking
  • Day 03:Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding
  • Day 04:Phakding to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 05:Namche Bazaar (Acclimatization Day)
  • Day 06:Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche
  • Day 07:Thyangboche to Dingboche
  • Day 08:Dingboche (Rest and Acclimatisation Day)
  • Day 09:Dingboche to Lobuche
  • Day 10:Lobuche - Gorakshep - Everest Base Camp
  • Day 11:Gorak Shep to Dzongla
  • Day 12:Dzongla to Chola Pass to Thangnak
  • Day 13:Thangnak to Gokyo Lake
  • Day 14:Rest day at Gokyo Lake
  • Day 15:Gokyo to Renjola Pass Lungden
  • Day 16:Lungden - Thame
  • Day 17:Thame to Manjo
  • Day 18:Manjo to Lukla
  • Day 19:Lukla to Kathmandu by air
  • Day 20:Back to your country

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu After arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be brought to your hotel in around twenty minutes. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight.
  • Day 02:Preparation for trekking On this day, you will be provided sufficient time for doing preparations for continuing our trek. You will meet trek leaders and other team members of the expedition.
  • Day 03:Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding 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.
  • Day 04:Phakding to Namche Bazaar 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 Taweche (6542m) are visible.
  • Day 05:Namche Bazaar (Acclimatization Day) 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.
  • Day 06:Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche 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.
  • Day 07:Thyangboche to Dingboche 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.
  • Day 08:Dingboche (Rest and Acclimatisation Day) 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 Taweche 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.
  • Day 09:Dingboche to Lobuche Today, from Dingboche, in the morning we come up the small point at the back the village above Pheriche Valley. At the top, Taweche and Cholatse (6440m) strikes us with its image which seems to slope frontward from across the valley in the west. To the north, Lobuche Peak (6119m) and the snowfields of Cho La is prominent. The walking is now by and large flat on wide-open fields, but make sure that you are well hydrated. Then, we cross the Khumbu Khola at Dughla (4620m) and take a light lunch at the foot of the huge terminal moraines of Khumbu Glacier. The fantastic view of Pumori (7145m) and, across the border in Tibet, Changtse (7550m), are seen at the top of the valley at the same time Everest disappears behind the gigantic walls of Nuptse and Lhotse.
  • Day 10:Lobuche - Gorakshep - Everest Base Camp 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.
  • Day 11:Gorak Shep to Dzongla 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.
  • Day 12:Dzongla to Chola Pass to Thangnak From Dzongla, to reach the peak of the pass in the best reasonable conditions, we will have to begin walking early in the morning. From camp we go up abruptly on a narrow path passing large rock chunks and on the left we can see the main glacier. Once 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 crevasses 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 slender rocky path down to the Nymagawa Valley. After lunch, we cross rocky chunks and come up the short expanse to a small saddle that leads simply to the huts and tea houses at Thangnak.
  • Day 13:Thangnak to Gokyo Lake From Gokyo Lake we go towards the Ngozumba Glacier where the sights are amazing and we can take pleasure from different views of the Gokyo Valley as Cho Oyu and adjacent mountains bordering Tibet also become visible to the right. The trail then reaches the second lake of Gokyo, where we can observe Brahminy ducks bathing in pairs and nourishing on algae. It takes another 45 minutes to reach the settlement of Gokyo where we spend the night.
  • Day 14:Rest day at Gokyo Lake 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 maybe take an optional walk up the Gokyo Valley to enjoy extra glorious scenery.
  • Day 15:Gokyo to Renjola Pass Lungden 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.
  • Day 16:Lungden - Thame 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.
  • Day 17:Thame to Manjo 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.
  • Day 18:Manjo to Lukla 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.
  • Day 19:Lukla to Kathmandu by air 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
  • Day 20:Back to your country Here ends our memorable journney to Nepal as you get in your flight for your destination country. Representative of NTA will drop you at airport.

Cost Includes

  • Costs related to all airport and hotel transfers. Domestic flights and airport departure taxes.
  • All nights in local lodges/teahouses during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Three times meals during the trek
  • Experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag and all necessary trekking gears (on hire) and trekking map. 
  • All permits and necessary paper work (National park permit, TIMS )
  • First aid kit. 
  • All taxes, be it local or government.

Cost Excludes

  • Visa fee for Nepal (bring accurate USD cash and 2 passport size photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • All conservation areas and cultural heritage sites entrance fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from trekking than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Usefull Info

Size of Trekking Group

For Three Pass Trek, there will be one leadr and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers). This arrangement is done for the smooth running of the campaign. It ensures that the trip will carry on as per plan even if anybody in a group gets sick. NTA can operate Everest Base Camp trek for a group of any size. But, a group of 12 are considered as optimum size. However, if you have a group of more than 12, NTA can arrange this too.

Accommodations

While on trek, we will spend nights at local tea houses. All accommodations for Three Pass Trek will be on twin sharing basis. However, on request, single rooms can also be made available but it costs additional $ 325 US. But some places in Everest region do not allow single accommodations.

Meals

During our Three Pass Trek 19 Days Trek, we will enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine like, Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, breads and drinks of different variety and snacks. 
Breakfast of a day will be served at the same tea house or lodge where we spent the night, as per its menu. Lunch will be served on the way to destination and dinner will be served at the tea house where you spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be served during our stay in Kathmandu.

Getting Visa for Nepal

You will get on arrival visa for Nepal. On arriving Nepal you will get tourist visa for 15 to five months. It depends upon your purpose of visit but regarding tour you will get the visa for 15 to three months. 
For trekking you need to submit photocopy of passport and two pp size photo of yours.

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