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The Three passes Trek in Everest’s Khumbu Region is a challenging journey for trekkers seeking the thrills of a Himalayan adventure. From East to West the high mountain passes are the Kongma La (5527 m/18,135 ft), Cho La (5420 m/17,783 ft) and Renjo LA (5375m, 17,634 ft). If you are in good shape and looking for something beyond the ordinary, then Everest’s Three Passes is ideal for you !
The Three Passes journey is an adventurous option in the Khumbu for people who are moderately fit and seeking an extra-ordinary challenge. The adventure includes all the mountain scenery that you can possibly take and more, with soaring mountains and alpine landscape surrounding you at every step. This strenuous trek is considered by some to be a best of Everest tour. It is designed to include panoramas of the famous peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and many more with an experience of mountain villages, too, and hospitable Sherpa culture.
The first pass Kongma La (5527 m/18,135 ft) is the highest, and connects Chukhung with the Khumbu Valley that leads to Everest Base Camp. The next pass, the Cho La (5420 m/17.783 ft) includes the crossing of a small glacier. Crampons and an ice axe would be helpful but are not usually necessary. However, use caution and get reports from lodge owners and other travelers before attempting this pass. From the Cho La, the route reaches the Gokyo Valley with its serene mountain lakes alongside Nepal’s largest glacier, Ngozomba Glacier – this glacier will be unforgettably traversed! Enjoy the otherworldly atmosphere at the collection of hotels at Gokyo, followed by a climb to the third pass, the Renjo La Pass (5375m, 17,634 ft), and a descent into the remote Thame Valley. The fascinating journey over the Renjo La takes you through remote Sherpa Villages before revisiting Namche Bazaar. Then make a return down the Dudh Kosi Valley to Lukla for a flight or hike beyond to the road.
Non-stop mountain views along the way of the way of the Three Passes Trek include Everest and a feast of peaks jutting into the heavens. Trekkers often include Everest Base Camp in the Three Passes Trek to satisfy the chance to get as close as possible to the world’s highest mountain without being a climber. The direct views of the legendary Khumbu icefall are unforgettable. The three passes journey also offers two of the best viewpoints on earth, Kala Pattar (4250 m, 13,945 ft) and Gokyo Ri (5340 m, 17,519 ft), both with unobstructed views of Everest and the surrounding Himalayas and glacier valleys below.
Other highlights of the Three Passes Trek include the lovely lakes of Gokyo and charming Thame village with a Buddhist monastery perched above the town. The Sherpa villages in the region will allow you to witness a customary way of life there. Wildlife in the stark highlands includes musk deer, Himalayan thar, snow leopard, snow cock, pheasant and people even lay claim that the fabled yeti resides somewhere in the Khumbu.
People can begin the trek from Jiri, Shivalaya or Bhandar, after a daylomg bus ride. The hike in to the Khumbu adds another week to ten days to the journey but will help the acclimatization process and get your legs and lungs in shape, too. In fact, the walk in from Jiri has nough ups (and downs) to equal a climb of Everest itself if added together! Nowadays, most people opt to fly into the region by way of the mountain airport at Lukla. During the high season and because of occasional poor wather, flights can be delayed causing bottlenecks and limiting the flow of trekkers in and out of the region.
The trek to the Khumbu follows the narrow Dudh Kosi river valley to Namche Bazaar, gateway of the Khumbu Region. The settlement is located in a natural amphitheater overlooking a valley with the astonishing spectacle of the surrounding mountains. It splits away from the Everst Base Camp journey and heads into the breathtaking Chuukhung valley before surmounting the Kongma La and working west to cross a small glacier to the Cho La and finally over the Renjo La. The whole journey offers non-stop jaw-dropping mountain scenery that will be a highlight of a lifetime.
Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla
For Everest region Trekking often twin Otter is the primary mode of transport form to Lukla. The flight is depend on the weather. Sometime flight (to and from Lukla) may be canceled due to the bad weather condition of Mountain or technical problems. In such case Global Holidays Adventure will charter a helicopter to ensure your international flight.
The cost of helicopter charter is not included in your entire tour cost. So you can directly pay to our Kathmandu Office. We accept cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit card (Master Card, Visa Card, National Card only) . You will be given a receipt upon payment so That you may claim the insurance. The begins for US$ 600 to US$ 3500 depending on the number of group.
While traveling in the Himalaya you may suffer for the various health problems, injuries and even the altitude sickness. Hence you have to prepare before upcoming destination is this mountain land. Make that the policy of the insurance company provides should cover the process of giving you the service of Helicopter rescue from the mountains in case of Altitude Sickness or other accidents during your trip.
Arrive at Kathmadnu (1300 m).
After arrival at international airport, Our company representative's will welcome you and transfer to the hotel nearby Thamel. Overnight at hotel with BLD basis.
Kathmandu valley Sightseeing & preparation for trekking. (1300 m).
Today, After morning breakfast the day will start to our guided trip to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley; the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, the world biggest Bouddhanath stupa and visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple.After exploring the surrounding areas we also visit Kathmandu Durbar square with unique architectures and kumari (living goddess). After sightseeing at evening time pre-trip discussion and introduce with our fellow trekking staff for your adventure trip. Overnight at hotel with BLD basis.
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800 m) 40-45 minutes, trek to Phakding (2,610 m) 3-4 hrs.
Today, Early in the morning fly for Lukla airport. From Lukla we'll pass Chaurikharka village and make a descent towards the Ghat (2,530 m). The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkoshi river. To assist acclimatization, this first day trek is for 3-4 hrs short distance. If you are still interested to do more activities they will have an opportunity to do side trip to monastery around in Phakding. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) 5/6 hrs.
From Phakding the trail follows the Dudh Koshi river and reaches Zamphuti. From there we can see excellent views of Thamserku peak. Then the trail climbs to Chomoa, the site of an agricultural project, an interesting place to have a look around and gain an insight into the farming way of life of these people. From chomoa, the trail again climbs to Monjo (2840 m) and enters the Mt. Everest National park. Walking some distance uphill you will be at Jorsale (2830 m) and after a long climb with views of Mt. Everest peeking over the ridge of Nuptse (7879 m). The trail reaches the street of Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar and visit Khumjung village (3,790 m).
Today, we take rest for the proper acclimatization with some excursion. We can hike to the Everest view hotel, the ideal place to overview some of the outstanding mountains such as Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse etc. You can walk around the Khumjung valley, Hillary school and Khunde hospital and then return back to Namche. In Namche Bazaar you can spend some time interacting with the fun-loving Sherpa and Rai peoples. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3,867 m), 5/6 hrs.
Today, we leave Namche bazaar and walk for some time along the ridge and then descend to Dudh Koshi river at Phunkithanka. Then after crossing the bridge we ascend in the steep path up to the Tengboche. After reaching Tengboche you will see the local Monastery. Tengboche have largest Monastery of Khumbu region. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Tyangboche to Dingboche (4,358 m) 5/6 hrs.
Today, From Tengboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongest thousands of Mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquiste views of Lhotse, Island peak and Ama-Dablam. We take our time so we avoid getting affected by the altitude. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Acclimatization day at Dingboche.
On this day you may have full day rest or there are some places where you can go for a day hike; up to Chhukung (4,730 m) for acclimatization (point of climbing famous Island peak) or climb up to Nagarjun peak about two hours offer view of Imjaste valley with Dingboche village and Mt. Makalu (8,463 m) Ama Dablam, Island peak etc. and back to Dingboche for overnight. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Dingboche to Chukkung (4,730 m) explore around.
Today, we can enjoy another day for acclimatization with only two hours of walk. We will have trip to Chhukung valley via the Imja Khola valley. We get a marvelous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse massive south wall.Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Chhuking via Kongma La (5,546 m) to Lobuche (4,930 m) 7/8 hrs.
This day is quit difficult as we cross Kongma La pass. At first we walk in the plain area in the valley and then ascend the steep path to the Kongma La pass amid the crags of this outlying ridge from nearby Nuptse. From the pass we descend steeply to the Khumbu Glacier. We cross the glacier and head to Lobuche. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Lobuche to Gorakshep (5100 meters) walk 3 hrs.
Today, we leave Lobuche early morning, trekking up a rocky yak trail on the right side of the Khumbu Glacier towards Gorak shep, a walk of about three hours. The walk isn't difficult, but there are a few hills to crest, more memorials along the way, and you should feel the altitude. The last stretch of the trail snakes up and down glacial scree, and just before Gorak shep we get a view of Everest. Gorak shep, with Kala pattar just to the left is a welcome sight; the Himalayan Lodge has expanded , the rooms are lovely, the toilets are inside and the dinning room is always lively and warm.Food is even good, quite a feat at5180 meters, many days walk from the market.Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Trek to Everest Base camp (5,364 m) 2/3 hrs then back to Gorak shep (5180 m).
This is another big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu glacier and up to Everest Base camp at 5365 meters, the closest you can get Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. There will likely be a team there about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu icefall from base camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak shep fro the night. Overnight at Guesshouse with BLD basis.
Hike to Kala pattar (5545 m) and trek to Zongla (4,830 m) 5/6 hrs.
This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. In the morning we climb Mt. kala pattar, a small peak. From Kala pattar we can see the most magnificent mountain panorama of Everest, the highest point on the planet at 8,848 meters, towers directly ahead and other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. Then we forward for Zongla. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Dzongla via Chola La (5,320 m) to Tangnank (4,700 m) 6/7 hrs.
This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek of the trek. In the morning we climb Mt. Kala pattar, a small peak. From Kala pattar we can see the most magnificant mountain panorama of Everest, the highest point on the planet at 8,848 meters, tower directly ahead and other giants, Nuptse, Pumori Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. Then we forward for Zongla. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Thangnak to Gokyo (4,790 m) 2/3 hrs.
Today, we walk along the glacier route until we reach first lake of Gokyo. The trek is easier over flat path following Dudh Koshi river up to Gokyo. It is a windy valley and situated near the third lake. At Gokyo you are stunned by the natural beauty of Dudh Pokhari Lake. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Rest day in Gokyo (4790 m)/ Explore day in Gokyo peak (5,350 m) 2/3 hrs.
Today, we take rest and explore the Gokyo valley. Gokyo is a trade centre where the sherpa people run lodges to provide the best services to the trekkers. Gokyo is situated by the side of Ngozumba glacier, the biggest glacier of Nepal. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Gokyo via Renjo La (5,446 m) Lunde.
Today, At early in the morning we cross the Renjo La pass. From the pass we can see the views of Everest, Lhotse and surrounding mountains. We also see the beautiful scenery of the Gokyo lake and Gokyo village below the Ngozumba glacier. From the pass we descend down on a stone staircase to Lunde where we stay overnight. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Lunde to Thame (3,800 m) 4/5 hrs.
This day we trek down to Thame, a sprawling village. From thame we can see the stunning views of the mountains like Thameserku, Kantenga, Kusum Kangguru etc. here we can explore the village and visit monastery established around 300 years ago. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Thame to Namche (3,430 m) 3/4 hrs.
After morning breakfast we begin our walking in the flat trail and then descending to Thamo. In Thamo we can visit the Khari Gompa where you find Nuns and Monks. Then we head to Namche bazaar. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD basis.
Namche to Lukla (2800 m) 6/7 hrs.
Today, finally we return to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like a lifetime ago. Enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. Also giving you time to explore the town. Overnight at Guesthosue with BLD basis.
Fly back to Kathmandu (1300 m).
Today, Early morning enjoying your last glimpse of the mountians you have recently visited for one last time on the 35 minutes scenic flight. After arrival at Kathmandu airport you will transfer at hotel. Overnight at hotel with BB basis.
Leisure day in Kathmandu (1300 m).
Today, After morning breakfast you can do shopping or you can buy gift for your family, friends, relatives.It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla. Overnight at hotel with BB basis.
Transfer to Tribuwan international airport.
Today, our company representative will drop you to the Kathmandu airport for your final departure for your home country or onward destination.
[NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.]
The best time or season for this trek is October to mid-December and mid-February to mid-June. This trip is not preferred during the monsoon season from June to August except the treks to Himalayan rain shadow like Upper Mustang.
In case you suffer from altitude sickness or any other problems, we will offer you the doctor’s prescribed medicines according to the type of problem facing you. We will descend you and incase of extreme cases, you will get rescued by the helicopter. It is better to have an insurance covering the cost for helicopter evacuation.
Yes, it is absolutely possible to add some more days to the trip. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.
Yes, you will be needing permits for this trek. You need Sagarmatha National Park permit, TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) and a Local Government fee at Lukla.
This is a moderate level of trekking which moves through periphery in Sagarmatha National Park but some days can be challenging when you follow the trail leading to mesmerizing Gokyo Lake and doing the pass. The classic trail to reach base camp is not too challenging nor too easy.
Normally there are common toilet facilities in teahouses and lodges, which are usually neat and clean. Nowadays, some small number of teahouses and lodges offer attached restroom. We will provide you the best option as far as possible in this regard.
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