Everest three passes trek is the most comprehensive and challenging trek in the Everest region. A very good healthy shape of body and trekking equipment is required for Everest 3 passes trek. This spectacular trek will more than satisfy the ambitious trekkers keen on crossing high passes without any technical climbing. Heading towards Everest we cross the Kongma La to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar.
After observing the classic climbing routes to the summit of Mt Everest we complete a spectacular traverse over the Cho La to the alpine pastures of Gokyo Lake. From Gokyo RI we gain further outstanding views of Everest before heading over the Renjo La to the wild upper Bhote Kosi. During our time in this remote region we have the opportunity to attempt a number of non-technical routes on peaks that are well within the capabilities of the fit and experienced trekker before returning to Kathmandu.
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Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
On arrival at Kathmandu airport, we receive you and transfer to hotel. We wait you at airport with you name so that we know each other. A pre-trek briefing will be given in the afternoon, meeting your guide and helper, discuss about trekking with your guide.
Day 2: Kathmandu (1330m) Tour
Kathmandu sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu’s valley world heritage sites Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa, Swoyambhunath stupa and Kathmandu durbar square.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Ghat (2530m, 2 hours) via Lukla (2800m).
Get 40m memorable flight to Lukla with marvelous views of the Eastern Himalaya and trek downhill towards the Dudh Kosi, a raging river that flows from the highest peaks. The broad and well-marked trail meanders around fields of potatoes and buck-wheat and passes through small villages, as we pass rows of tree to make our way to Ghat.
Day 4: Trek to Monjo (2850m, 4-5 hours).
Trek 4/5 hours cross and re-cross the thundering glacial Dudh Koshi River passing through pine forest, terraced fields and a variety of crops. We pass small groups of donkeys, yaks and dzopko carrying trading goods and trekking gear along the trail with the inscription Om Mani Padme Hum” on Mani stone means Hail to the jewel in the lotus, and is mantra chanted by Buddhists and Brahmans alike.
Day 5: Trek to Namche (3440m, 4-5 hours).
Trek passes through the gates of Everest and follows the river course to the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and the Bhote Koshi, and cross a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital of Nepal. It is a tough climb as the trail passes through forest of pine to a vantage point that provides our first view of Mt Everest.
Day 6: Rest day at Namche Bazaar
Utilize your rest day and trek to Sagarmartha National Park Headquarters offers a very interesting display of photographs and information on the park. Taweche (6542 m), Thamserku (6808 m), Kantega (6685 m), Ama Dablam (6856 m), Nuptse (7896 m) and Lhotse (8511 m) and Mt Everest (8848 m) can see from there. The Sherpa Cultural Centre has an interesting collection of mountaineering items and photographs. Those who are fit and acclimatizing well may take the optional walk to the Everest View Hotel (4-5hrs) where spectacular views of Everest and Ama Dablam may be seen. For those feeling well acclimatized there is also the option of a day walk to the pretty village of Khumjung.
Day 7: Trek to Deboche (3770m, 6-7 hours)
Trek via Thyangboche to Deboche is one of the most spectacular trekking. Trek ascents and descents through pine and rhododendron forest encounter with wildlife. The views of the Everest massif, as well as all the other major peaks of the area are astounding. After a rest and visit to the monastery we head downhill to Deboche.
Day 8: Trek to Dingboche (4360m, 6-7 hours)
Trek and cross the Imja Khola before an easy climb along a wide, open trail to the small village of Pangboche (3901m). The views today of Ama Dablam, one of the most stunning Himalayan peaks are spectacular. Continuing on, we cross the river again and trek up to Dingboche, situated just beneath the impressive Ama Dablam.
Day 9: Rest day in Dingboche
Spend the day exploring or relaxing and taking in the mountain scenery. Excellent views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Chhukung Peak and Imja Tse (6189 m) are seeing. Massive glaciers drape beneath cliffs that soar up to 3,500 metres in this dramatic valley. It is from here that we will prepare to make our first crossing of a high pass, the Kongma La (5300 m).
Day 10: Trek to Kongma La (4800m) base camp
We trek towards the pass, a gentle strong along the valley at first, followed by a steep ascent into the deep valley between Pokalde Peak and Chhukung. We set camp below the pass, ready for an early start the next day.
Day 11: Cross Kongma La (5500m) to Lobuche (4930m, 7-8 hours)
Face a challenge of a big trek day to Kongma La pass amid the crags of this outlying ridge from nearby Nuptse. From the pass we descend steeply to the Khumbu Glacier which we cross, trek up the moraines to Lobuche. The difficulty of trek should not be underestimated, particularly in snow conditions where the trek across the glacier at the conclusion of the day can be quite exhausting. We enjoy spectacular views of Pumori and Nuptse. The hill above the town affords fine sunset views of Nuptse.
Day 12: Trek to Gorak Shep (5288m) and Kala Pattar (5545m, 7 hours)
We trek over rocky moraine towards Gorak Shep. Pumori (7145 m), Lingtren (6697 m), Nuptse (7745 m) and of course Everest (8848 m) surround Gorakshep we spend our night there. The air is clear and the sun is strong but as the sun sets it becomes very cold. Sunsets here can be stunning. In the afternoon there is the option to trek to Kala Pattar or you may prefer to just sit back, relax and take in the mountain scenery. Kala pattar translates to black rock atop the hill the views are spectacular. Most eyes are locked on the mass of Everest, its rocky buttresses immediately before us.
Day 13: Trek to Everest Base Camp (4930m, 7/8 hours) and back to Lobuche.
Get an early start to walk on Everest Base Camp, and to get the clearest views. We trek alongside the Khumbu Glacier as the path winds over the rocky moraine. We descend back to Gorak Shep for lunch and start descending down to Lobuche.
Day 14: Trek to Dzongla (4843m, 5–6 hours)
Wake early morning and trek 5/6 hours to Dzongla to take advantage of the stable early morning weather pattern that prevails in the Himalayas. The views of the peaks are excellent all day and words fail to describe the beauty and the sense of achievement.
Day 15: Trek to Thagnak cross Cho La (5420m, 7/8 hours)
The crossing is hard work, involving a steep scramble up rock boulders and then a walk across the gently ascending, snow-covered glacier that caps the pass. However, the views of the route ahead, and of the glacier itself, are breathtaking. We descend steep boulder strewn slopes to Thangnak. For the first part of the assents there are discernible paths that zigzag down the mountainside – slippery in snow! The ground then levels out and the path all but disappears as we hop across a field of boulders. Finally we climb a gentle slope to the top, from where it’s all downhill (for today at least!), following a narrow river valley all the way to its base where we overnight at Thagnak, a small Sherpa settlement nestled beneath great rock walls, just a stone throw from the Ngozumba Glacier.
Day 16: Trek to Gokyo (4800m, 2 hours)
Cross the glacier and ascend the lateral moraine valley past beautiful lakes with Siberian ducks swimming across the mirror-calm surface to Gokyo. An easy trekking day and for those with the energy levels a sunset walk to the summit of Gokyo Ri (5400m).
Day 17: Climb up Gokyo RI (5483m, 5/6 hours)
Start 2/3 hours climbing up to Gokyo peak that offer the most comprehensive view of 8,000 m peaks in Everest region, many people consider it to be the best in Nepal. Cho Oyu (8153 m), Gyangchung Kang (7922 m), Lhotse (8501 m), Makalu (8475 m), Cholatse (6440 m), Taweche (6542 m), Kantega (6685 m), Thamserku (6808 m), Lobuche (6145 m) and Mt Everest (8848 m) can see from summit of Gokyo Ri. We trek down to Gokyo Lake to spend overnight.
Day 18: Cross Renjo La (5400m) and trek to Taranga (4000m, 6-7 hours)
The crossing of the Renjo La Pass will be exciting and challenging as we descend into remote northern valley where access is restricted, and the landscape is progressively that of the Tibetan Valleys beyond the border. There is a chance we will meet Tibetan Traders descending from the Nangpa La pass that leads through the Himalayas from Tibet with their caravans of woolly yaks laden with goods.
Day 19: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m, 5-6 hours)
Turning south we return to civilization and no doubt there will be earnest celebration of a challenging but satisfying expedition, the likes of which has been enjoyed by very few people.
Day 20: Trek to Lukla (2800m, 7-8 hrs)
Trek down the Dudh Kosi valley to Lukla for the flight back to Kathmandu. Last evening of the trek is a good time to have a small party for all the team, especially the porters who will return to their villages from here.
Day 21: Lukla to Kathmandu
Travel by twin otter aircraft to Kathmandu, the flight lasts approx one hour and takes us before many of the well known peaks of the Himalaya including Cho Oyu, Numbur, Gauri Shankar and Langtang. We are met on arrival and transferred to our hotel.
Day 22: Kathmandu Airport
After breakfast trek package ends unless further ones have been made. Those people departing by aircraft will be transferred to Kathmandu airport.