Everest Three Passes Trekking – 19 Days
Everest three passes trekking 19 days is an adventurous trekking and complete package for those who are interested to experience high pass trekking in Everest region. Passing Renjo la pass (5,435 m), Chola pass (5,420 m) and Kong mala pass (5,535 m) natural majesty of world’s high altitude places along climbing three peaks Gokyo Ri (5,483 m), Kalapathar (5,545 m) and Chukung (5,550 m) and hiking to Everest base camp makes this three passes trek most adventurous and enduring trekking destination.
19 days trip begins with a mind-blowing flight to Lukla. Developing trek forward towards Namche Bazaar takes to Thame and Lungden close to Tibet border. We cross Renjo la pass with magnificent view of towering mountains including Mount Everest and Lake Gokyo. We climb Gokyo RI and hike through largest glacier of Himalayas before crossing Chola Pass along join Khumbu valley to hike Kalapathar peak and to explore Everest base camp trek. From Everest base camp, we develop our walk back to Chukung crossing high Kong ma la pass to climb our third peak Chukung RI with view of many tall mountains like Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam and Makalu. March to May and September to December can be the best time to plan Everest Three Pass trek. Buddhist monasteries, suspension bridges, praying flags, pleasing pine and rhododendron forest, Sherpa settlements and many others with rich culture and traditions are additional offers of this trekking journey.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300 m)
Today first day of our trip, we send our organization agents to pick you up at Tribhuwan International Airport. You will be warmly welcomed with greetings and shifted towards tourist standard inn. We additionally plan a gathering at our office for instructions and regards for a trek.
Day 2: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trekking preparation
Kathmandu valley itself is able to capture major attractive cultural and historical sites. Today we step forward for sightseeing some historical spots; Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Swyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple) which are on UNESCO World Heritage Site. After spending some hours to inspect these spots, we return back for finalizing our trekking equipment, which is required during our trek. The second day, we spend our night at the same hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Lukla (2,860 m) – Phakding (2,652 m)
Today is the first day to be ready for our walk. We will be shifted towards Tribhuwan International Airport by our private comfort vehicle to load up an early morning flight towards Lukla. (30 to 35 minutes) flight over high white Himalayas will finally land at Tenzing Hillary Airport, Lukla. After stepping Lukla, we meet with our crew members and start our quick bag packing and arrangements to develop our walk forward. Walking 4 hours through downhill and flat trial leaving Lukla reaches Phakding for stay overnight.
Day 4: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
Today we aim to step Namche Bazaar before leaving Phakding. Triggering our trek forward, we move towards Monjo (Sagarmatha National Park stop) crossing several settlements and few suspension bridges. On achieving Sagarmatha National Park, guide deals with fundamental National stop customs at the entrance while you can enjoy tea house and shops there. Starting trek through the vertical drop down the slope will offer a couple of suspension bridges and this trail leads uphill towards Namche Bazaar to spend the night there.
Day 5: Acclimatization day
As we are on the height above 3,400 m, acclimatization is very important before stepping additional elevation so we don’t develop our trek but stay active and we plan to visit nearby village Khumjung or hike up to Sherpa settlement on Thame. Leisure time can be utilized by visiting National park head office, Museum or monasteries throughout Namche Bazaar. We spend this night at the same lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Day 6: Thame (3,800 m)
Sixth-day early morning leaving traditional Everest base camp route, clockwise flat trail drops to Phurte crossing Gongla joined by various religious communities and chortens. Passing Thesebu River, we climb up towards Thamo and after exploring Thamo town there we ascend the trial along crossing the suspension bridge over Bhote Koshi River to reach Thame. For remaining hours, we explore Thame village and stay overnight there.
Day 7: Lumde (4,380 m)
Leaving Thame, our trial follows south bank of Bhote Koshi River along we climb up Marulung passing few suspension bridges, little settlements, short and long mini walls, religious communities, Monasteries, and Mane in the way. On crossing a bridge of Marulung, we follow north bank of Bhote Koshi River and start walking towards uphill to Lumde through the dry valley. We spend this night at the lodge in Lumde.
Day 8: Gokyo RI via Renjo la (4,097 m)
Today, our trail takes us to principle goal of the trek Renjo La (5,360 m). The walk is quite difficult and the way is very tricky. Walking upward about one and half hour, we reach the base of Renjo la pass and walk comes to be comparatively easy. From here we develop our step forward to cross out the first tough pass of our trip along move continuously towards Gokyo Lake. We walk up to the rigid to enjoy the amazing view of largest Glaciers of Himalayas and stay overnight there after stepping Gokyo.
Day 9: Thangnag (4,700 m)
Quitting lake behind, we start our trek early morning because the sunny days melt the ice and make the trial more slippery and difficult to walk so we need to cross Ngozumba glacier (largest glacier of Himalayas) before sun grows stronger. After passing huge glacier following its bank we slightly descend towards Dragnag along after stepping our aimed destination we sight nearby hills and spent our overnight there.
Day 10: Dughla via Chola pass (4,620 m)
Today we step second aimed destination point of your trek, Chola Pass (5,420 m). Walking through vertical trail along a little stream crossing Chola Phedi, the trail drops us down to the base of Chola pass along walking with little struggle and tricky steps through lofty rough trail takes us to the highest point of Chola pass. Flattering praying flags, wonderful view of Gokyo valley are really breathtaking offers from the top along after some moment, we descend following the icy and rocky trail which takes us to Dzongla and further descends to Dughla for overnight.
Day 11: Gokarshep (5,140 m)
Spitting Dughla, we begin our easy downhill walk until we meet traditional Everest base camp route and crossing Thokla pass, we keep on ascending towards Lobuche. Following the west bank of Khumbu glacier, we start walking upward till Lobuche pass. After crossing this pass, we meet junction point of two glaciers and converges to Khumbu Glacier along we walk through across this glacier to meet our aimed destination Gokershep for overnight.
Day 12: Everest Base Camp (5,364 m)
Today we head towards Everest base camp leaving the trail to Kalapathar. Catching the rigid of Khumbu glacier, we hike towards base camp and after stepping there we will be offered by the best greed of colorful Buddhist prayer flags and 360° view from the height with many high snowy mountains. We spent some hours exploring the views and areas there and walk back down towards Gokarshep. Leisure time will be wasted by exploring Gokarshep and we spent our twelfth night there in Gokarshep.
Day 13: Kalapathar – Lobuche (4,910 m)
Though our aimed destination is Lobuche, early morning we walk up for two hours towards Kalapathar viewpoint before sunrise to catch the stunning color changing view of Kalapathar by first sunrays of the day along that we enjoy many eye-catching views of tall mountains before heading down towards Gokarshep and continuously we walk from Gokarshep to reach Lobuche for overnight stay.
Day 14: Chukung (4,730 m)
Today leaving Lobuche crossing the icy trail through Khumbu glacier, we develop our walk towards highest pass (Kong ma la pass – 5,535 m). Being trial slippery and icy, it is tough to climb Kong ma la pass along there are crises of water resources too. After enjoying the view from the top, we step down to the junction of Everest three pass trail and Island peak trek trial along from there we head towards Island peak trail crossing Nuptse glacier to step Chukung. We spend this night at the lodge in Chukung.
Day 15: Tengboche (3,860m)
Today leaving Island peak trial behind, we walk downhill to meet Everest three pass trekking trail again. Continuing the trail through Imja Khola, we cross many suspension bridges, flat trials, small Sherpa settlements and pleasing forests to step Dengboche and after short walk quitting Dengboche, we reach Tengboche for stay overnight.
Day 16: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
A steep descend from Tengboche passing through pleasing pine and rhododendron forest will take us to bottom of the hill to cross a suspension bridge which offers Phunke Tenga. From here, we develop our trek upward through Juniper forest to reach Khumjung and we explore the village before continuing trek from here. Certain walk from this village gives Namche Bazaar to spent night.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2,860 m)
This is our last day of the walk to Lukla. Starting our trek downhill towards the junction point of Dudh Koshi River and Bhote Koshi River along crossing the bridge, Monjo is steeped. As before, after handling the formulations and considerations on the checkpoint, we move forward by passing numerous of a suspension bridge and pleasing forests to step Phakding. From Phakding 3 to 4 hours walk offers Lukla.
Day 18: Kathmandu (1,300 m)
This comes to be the moment for leaving the Himalayas. All the Airport formalities and porters are managed by the guide. Especially flight schedule is planned for morning hours so we catch our morning scenic flight over the Himalayas towards Kathmandu for 30 to 35 minutes. Our private vehicle will be awaiting your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport to transfer you towards the fine standard hotel. Today we host farewell dinner in appreciated Nepalese local restaurant, where you can enjoy cultural dance and music with great Nepali food.
Day 19: Departure day
Last day managing your time, you can go out for shopping to collect gifts for friends and family members. We help you with your necessary arrangements along our private vehicle will be there to transfers you to the airport focusing departure hour. Well-wishers and representatives will be there with greetings to wish your safe steps ahead.
- Warm Clothes, windproof jackets, thermal wear, warm socks, scarf and woolen cap.
- Proper hiking boots, running comfortable shoes and a pair of flip-flops.
- T-shirts and hiking shorts
- Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
- Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries.
- A small light weight and quick drying towel.
- Water bottle and water purification tables
- Water purification tables or a water filter
- Sleeping bag and silk liner
- Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 4,000 m elevations)
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Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal.
Weather in the mountains is pretty difficult to predict. Nights are generally cooler and days are warm. Months of winter (January and February) are bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. It snows during the month of January, February and December in Himalayan areas.
Best time to travel
Nepal offers diversified geographical regions and so as the climatic condition differs from the Himalayas to the plains. The climate varies as per the season. Nepal generally offers 4 seasons amongst which autumn and spring are the two most favorable ones for visiting Nepal. It is always wise to know about the weather and climatic condition of the place you visit. The best time to travel really depends on your destination, activities and season of travel. Our destination specialists will recommend certain travel times after learning more about your preferences. The favorable months for trekking and climbing are usually September – November, and February – April. The monsoon season is June – August.
Even though the physical fitness plays an important role in trekking you don’t have to be super athletes or a marathon runner to trek in Nepal. Many people of good fitness for their age can complete the trek. You can prepare yourself before hand by doing some yoga which will prepare you in your breathing as you will be going to the higher altitude. Running or hiking to hills, going for a long walk will also help you. And if you live in urban area running in the stairs of a tall building will also work better in keeping you fit for trekking. All though these preparations aren’t strictly compulsory, you can do well even when the preparations you do aren’t rigorous like that of some ultra-athletic person. Do these things in moderate pace for two months or even less. And you are set to complete any trekking to Nepal.
Doing the insurance while trekking is Nepal is not compulsory but will surely help you a lot if you do one, as it covers any comprehensive expenses possible to acquire due to medical issues or accidents. Your travel insurance must protect air ambulance, treatment charge, rescue and evacuation, product cancellation and refundable charges, flight delay and cancellations. We suggest you to bring you travel insurance certificate or send us scan copy and it must be issued from your home land. We do not arrange or sell insurance so you can find your local travel insurance for this.
Vaccination for Nepal
All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities) For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.
While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Marg, Kathmandu Nepal by email or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking. We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid upon arrival in Kathmandu.
- Do proper research about the company that you are planning to trek with and make sure they are legally registered travel agency.
- You should be well acquainted about the travel health and travel insurance before travelling.
- Have idea about the climate, geography, temperature and environment of Nepal before starting your trip.
- Using credit cards instead of cash is a wiser idea.
- Majority of the Nepalese people are nicer but there are few scammers you will come meet on your way and need to avoid them, for example ‘holy men’ who will try to plant a tika (a red paste denoting a blessing) on your forehead demanding a payment for it on streets.
- Be careful while buying the medicinal herbs as some may be illegal for you t take home and also be aware of duplicate products.
- Never get yourself involve in doing drugs, trafficking and sexual relations with children as there is a strict rules for these cases and might get yourself into a big problem.
- Take copies of your passport, visa, air ticket and trekking permits and keep them separately from the originals.
- Prepare yourself for altitude sickness and be familiar with its symptoms so that you can follow the guidelines for safe acclimatization.
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