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Three High Passes Trek with Everest Base Camp

Three High Passes Trek with Everest Base Camp

Ultimate High Altitude Everest Base Camp Trek

23

Days

TREK

Trip highlights
  • Visit World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
    Spectacular mountain  flight to and fro  Lukla.
    Insights into Sherpa culture in Solokhumhu regions.
    Traversing Three passes -Kongma La, Cho La, Renjo la and summit view of greater Himalayan peaks.
    Iconic Kalapathhar and Goyko summit views.
    Traversing Kumbha and Ngozumpa glaciers
    Alpine lake in Goyko regions.
    Astounding views of Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lotshe, Ama Dablam, Cholastse  and other peaks.

High passes defines Himalayas – mainstay topographical features. Generally, it’s marked with unique topographical feature  such as  valleys, lowland etc . Largely, an ascent to high altitude passes can be challenging – a struggle yet sublimely beautiful with exotic landscapes on offer so is  its descent. Above all, its the above or summit of high passes that offers unworldly  and panoramic view of mountains peaks and surrounding ethereal landscapes.

At highest amphitheatre of Himalayas,  high passes are just a small part of larger canvass of physical expressions. This itinerary rolls out with visual of surreal dimensions and also some cultural experiences in Sherpa village in Solukhumbu region. World’s coveted mountain peaks are on merry display  such as Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lotse. As the itinerary  run its courses, it exposes to alpine flora, highland fauna, weatherbeaten secluded monastery at ridge, precarious suspension bridge, water falls,  insights into man’s resilience and struggle to make living at remote corner such as growing barley, potatoes at enclosed field, receding glaciers, alpine lakes, visual of Khumbu Ice fall from Kalapattar summit and home to Everest Summit Expedition – Everest Base Camp.

At the top, mountains treat everyone equally – be it beginner or season trekkers. All necessary precautionary measures should be in place.Evidently, this itinerary is specially curated with adequate rest days in prior, corresponding with trip’s progression, empowering  acclimatisation as much – a cornerstone of this trek in particular. Also ably supported by experienced guide to guide through this epic trek. On a closer look, this itinerary unfolds without back tracking to same place.

Outline Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrival in Kathamandu
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, meet Wind Horse representative and transfer to hotel. Rest, refresh or depending on time visit through short walk to Durbar Marg and to iconic Thamel traversing past Asan and Indra chowk market. Dinner at traditional Nepalese restaurant.Overnight in Hotel.

Day 2: Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley & Trek preparation/ last minute gear shopping.
Katmandu is steeply immersed in history. Some of its historical edifices are World Heritage sites. Begin with visit to Paspupatinath temple – holiest Hindu temple in Nepal. Later, climb small hilltop to Swambhunath (Monkey Temple). Followed by short drive to city of Arts – Pathan. Besides visiting highly adorned temples, surf through shops and local galleries. On the way back to hotel, stop to visit Boudha – Largest chorten of Buddha in Asia. At evening – briefing, check trekking gears , or visit gear shop to shop missed out gears. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 3: Fly to Lukla and begin 3hrs trek to Phakding (2650)
It takes 40 mins early morning flight to reach Lukla – small yet interesting village at the crest with small airport strip. It is also gateway to trekking in Mount Everest region.Trek begins with descend to the bank of Dudh Koshi. A short climb to Ghat village will lead to Phakding – where we will drop anchor for tonight. Whilst following the trail, Mt Kangru & Mt Gwondge are sighted.  Overnight in Tea house.

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5 – 6hrs
The trail  follows through the bank of Dudh Koshi upstream, along the way, it traverses broad spectrum of temperate foliage such as pine, fir, birch and rhododendron tree – Spring offer technicolor bloom of flowers. It continue till Monjo – border to Sagarmatha National Park. Past through the last village of Jorsalle, the trail climb through forest and across bridge till the confluence of Dudh Koshi & Bhote Koshi rivers. Also you will have company of Mt Everest, Lotshe on the horizon. After, the climb get steep as good as vertical climb to reach Namchi Bazar. Overnight in Namchi Bazar.

Day 5: Rest day at Namche Bazaar
Rest or light activities day is of paramount importance  to acclimatise to changing or higher elevations. After rest, We can still make it count the leisure  day  by gaining insights into local tradition & culture by visiting locals’ homes and striking chord with them through interactions. Or Visit Sagarmatha National Park or a short hike to army camp for glorious view of Mt Everest. 

Day 6: Trek to Tengboche (3870m) via Khumjung – 5-6hrs
Descend into Khumjung village through short hike along the way visit Sir Edmumd Hillary’s project such as School and hospital (Optional). From hereon,  hike to Tenboche open up greater Himalayas peaks in grandeur. Access astounding views of Lothse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Mt Everest and close up view of  Thamserku. The trail crosses Dudh Koshi once again in Punkitega ( 3255 m), also thick temperate vegetation offer habitat for animal such as Phesant, Musk deer, Himalayan Thar etc. Climbing vertically but wide trail through temperate forest  arrive at Tengboche. Visit Tengboche monastery. Overnight in Tea House.

Day 7: Trek to Dingboche (4350m) -6hrs
Although hike in on high altitude but the gradient is relatively easy, descent through beautiful wooded forest and cross Imja Khola and further traverse Pongboche village. Continue through summer pasture of highlander to Dingboche. Close up view of  Ama Dablam accompany you in this hike at south east. Overnight in Tea House.

Day 8: Rest day in Dingboche (for Acclimatisation)
As the trip progresses, altitude get serious with serious gain so it becomes imperative to acclimatise  more. Rest and leisurely stroll in village. Get insight into local custom and tradition.

Day 9: Trek to Chukhung (4750m) -3-4hrs
Today, there will be gradual gain in altitude and hiking time of 3 – 4 hours to reach Chukhung valley however the the trail is nice and easy. Arguably, this is the most beautiful section of trip – a surreal view of Aba Dablam. Further up the valley toward moraine the view of Island peak is gorgeous. Overnight in Tea House.

Day 10: Acclimatization in Chukhung (Day excursion to Chhukung Ri 5546m -Optional)
Some more rest and acclimatisation day for further adaptation. Although optional, you may choose to go for short excursion to  Chhukung Ri – a rocky peak – similar to Kalapattar. This may aid for acclimatisation process as the trail is easy and altitude gain is not dramatic. It is above the Chhukung village and take around 2 hours to climb the hill on a good trail, marked by cairns. For the main summit, it follow on the ridge, crossing moraine. For round trip it may take 3 -5 hours. Overnight in Tea House.

Day 11: Cross Kongma La (5535m) to Lobuche (4940m) – 6-7hrs
Today is a challenging days as it entail crossing first pass Kongma La. Its a steep ascent to reach the summit but its worth all the efforts . We can approach to Pass from 2 sides, firstly trek through the hills to the northwest of Chhukung or another way is through the Bibre. From the Kongma La pass, it showcases the spectacular view of Lothse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Cholatste. Past Pass to reach Lobuche, we have to cross Khumbu glaciers, this is also challenging portion of trek, exercise caution to walk through it. Overnight at Tea House.

Day 12: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364 m) and return to Goraksep (5170m) – 7hrs
Today is D-day as we trek to Everest Base Camp but it takes around 7 hrs and more to achieve this. However the trail till Goraksep (  small hamlet) is relatively easy in term of gradient but at high altitude. From hereon it get difficult but the trail is straight, also it traverses through iconic Khumbu glaciers, rocks, moraines, glacial debris etc. Savour the cherished moments at Everest Base Camp and physical landscapes. Later, hike back to Goraksep as we will be mooring overnight here. Overnight at Tea House.

Day 13: Summit Kala Patthar (5545m) and return to Lobuche (4940m) 5-6hrs
Wake up early for excursion to Kalapattar -Rocky  Summit,  it offers strategic and direct point for astounding  views of Kumbha Ice Fall & Mt Everest. It takes around 2 hours of steep climb to summit for sunrise view.When first light of morning touches Mt everest, it create a golden and illuminating hue  that appears simply spectacular. Besides Everest, the whole array of greater Himalayas peaks such as Lotshe, Nuptshe, Changtshe bathe in spiritual golden hues. As Mary Anne Radmacher said ” I am not the same having seen the moon shine on other side of world”. Return to Goraksep for breakfast. After retrace your step to Lobuche through good trail. Overnight in Tea House.

Day 14: Trek to Dzonglha ( 4830m) – 3-4hrs
In comparison today is relatively easy – 6.7 km and 3 -4  hours time taken. In a way it aids in acclimatisation further to prepare for challenging days ahead. Also this marks, leaving of classical Everest Base Camp trail and join with remote Three High Passes trek route. There will be less trekkers along the way. Leaving Labuche, at mid point, Periche village appears dwarfed by Ama Dablam at distance. However we take right – opposite of village ‘s way and ascend alongside Chola Lake and following moraines to Dzongla. Overnight in Tea House.

Day 15: Trek across Cho La pass (5420m) to Gokyo (4800m). 7-8hrs
Today is tough day in office in term of high gradient and time frame to cover distance. Initially, its  gradual and easy but after sometime, its a steep climb to reach the pass through snowfield, scree. Seek guide’s discretion to manoeuvre this portion. Views are stunning from pass on a clear day. Descent is also plagued with scree, snow field, boulder so it is imperative to follow guide’s instruction. Descent lead to Thangna – at the base of Cho La pass. Further hike across Ngozumpa Glacier – longest glacier in Himalayas, this glacier is unstable and in constant state of flux so its susceptible to rock fall, exercise caution and seek guide’s instruction and to Gokyo village. Overnight in Tea house.

Day 16 : In Gokyo ( Excursion to Gokyo Ri & also visit 4th & 5th Lake)
The base of Gokyo Ri lies close to your lodge, across a stream. However the summit of Gokyo Ri envelope a steep climb of 2 – 3 hours through sinuous  trail but what makes it rewarding all the efforts are the beautiful views that unfold of Mt Everest, Summit & northern side of Makalu, to north Cho Oyo, glacial moraine and Gokyo village below. Return to Goyko village for Lunch. After, you may choose to rest or you visit 4th and 5th lakes. A little further from 5th lake there is view point (Scoundrel View point ) it offers views of mountains and glaciers from different angle.

Day 17: Trek across Renjo La (5340m) to Lungden (4350m) – 7hrs
Today’s  highlight is Renjo La pass – the third and last in series of three high passes. Renjo La separate Gokyo valley and Thame valley. Passing through the Dudh Pokhari lake, the trail is good initially but after, it get moderately steep and filled with snow. Along this climb, it is marked with cairns. Pass is adorned with colourful prayer flag. Whilst descent, the trail is paved with stone steps but with twists and turns at hillside and will reach Black Lake. Further descent take you to Lungden. Overnight in Tea House.

Day 18: Trek to Thame (3800m) 2-3hrs
Today we will be crossing a couple of villages.Leaving Lungden, the trail is marked with descent, pebble strewn and rough trail to Marlung village. A further 1 hour hike take you to  Tharngha village – it comprises of cluster of stone houses. The view of Kongde Ri below is outstanding. Continue walk on gentle trail with some descent parallel  to Bhote Koshi  river downstream on hillside and further walk parallel to Yellajung village to  Tangmote village. From here its just 20 mins or more hike to Thame. Overnight in Tea House      

Day 19: Trek to Monjo (2850m) 6hrs
Today is the penultimate day of trek, it get easier and will encounter more village and civilisation. It begins with descent, crossing Bhote Koshi river. Further, along the way, traversing  big rocks with wall painting of Guru Rimpche, Green Tara and  also village such as Thamo, bypassing Namchi Bazar or stopping for lunch. Steep descent to the confluence of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi and to the village of Jorshalie  and to the village of Monjo bordering with  Sagarmatha National  Park. Mt Everest and Lotshe will be your constant companion to most part.Overnight in Tea house

Day 20: Trek to Lukla (2840m) 5hrs
Last day of trek of three mighty Himalayan Passes & Everest Base Camp – quite a feat!!. Past Monjo, within short distance is Chumoa village, following trail for 2 hours arrive at Pakding. A short descent to Ghat village and into Bank of Dudh Koshi river. Hike along the bank for a while and then embark on last leg of climb to Lukla. Along this course, you will encounter wooded temperate forest, cross suspension bridge,  water fall and couple of Sherpa villages.  Overnight in Tea House.
Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu
Take a early morning flight to Kathamandu. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Free day – rest, relax or browse shop for your favourite souvenirs. Or simply contemplate, introspect at the way the trek panned out. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 22: Extra day in Kathmandu
This is meant as contingency day incase. For instance, Lukla is infamous for its volatile weather. Sometime flights get cancelled due to bad weather.This will aid to keep  the trip on schedule in case. If everything pans out as planned then we can use this day for more sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.  Evening – farewell dinner  in traditional restaurant.

Day 23: Departure
Transfer to airport for your outbound journey.

  • Group SizeAny group size

  • MealsFull board whilst on trek. In Kathmandu - Only Breakfast included.

  • Trip Accommodation3 - 4* in Kathmandu. Tea house lodge in trek. With time, Tea house have grown in amenities especially busy Everest Base Camp's route. It gets spartan in amenities as we hike through remote Three High passes route.

  • RouteArrive in Kathmandu
    Fly to Lukha and trek to Phakding
    Phakding to Namchi Bazar
    Namchi Bazar - Tengboche
    Tengboche - Dengboche
    Dengboche - Chhukung
    Chhukung to Laboche
    Labouche to excursion To EBC to Goraksep
    Goraksep - Labouche
    Labouche - Dzongla.
    Dzongla - Goyko
    Goyko - Lungden
    Lungden - Thame
    Thame - Monjo
    Monjo - Lukla

  • Trip TypeTrekking

  • Trip SeasonsMarch -May (Spring) and Sept-Nov (Fall) are best time for this trek. Generally, during day, clear blue sky with warm and bright sun are regular feature.At night temperature plummet below freezing point especially at higher altitude.

  • Best MonthsMarch, April, May, September, October, November

  • Good MonthsFebruary, June, July

  • Lean MonthsAugust

  • Not RecommendJanuary, December

Prices & Dates

Cost on request, depending on travel period & number of member for independent travel.


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Included

  • All airport &hotel transfer by Private vehicle
  • Accommodation as per itinerary & Guest House/Lodge in Trekking Duration and 3 to 4 star hotels in Kathmandu
  • BLD (breakfast, Lunch Dinner) include on Trekking Duration but in Kathmandu only breakfast will be provided
  • Professional English Speaking Guide (1 guide for 4 trekkers)
  • 1 Porter for 2 trekkers on Trek Duration (note: the limit of weight is maximum 15kg per trekkers)
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary with entrance fees
  • Necessary paper work and permits (TIMS/ Everest National Park permits)
  • Domestic Flight, Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
  • One welcome or farewell dinner with cultural performance in Kathmandu

Not included

  • Nepal Visa ($40 upon arrival at airport)
  • Meals other than listed (lunch and dinner are not included in Kathmandu and also in the case of early return from trekking than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Personal expenses (Tips, Laundry, Telephone, bar, beverages, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
  • Rescue & travel insurance effects (we strongly advise buy a travel insurance policy.
  • Trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal
  • International flights from and to Kathmandu
  • All other personal expenses not listed in the included section

Accommodations

Tea house/ Lodge in Trek.


Hotels in Kathmandu

  • Radisson Hotel

    We are committed to providing you with personalized, professional guest service and genuine hospitality. Our "Yes I Can!" service philosophy focuses on empowering employees to make sure that you are completely satisfied with your stay. ...

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  • Hotel Shambala

    Hotel Shambala, a contemporary Tibetan themed boutique hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal offers unparalleled comfort and luxury with the best in Tibetan and Nepalese hospitality. Inspired by Tibetan art and architecture, all 65 rooms feature beautiful handma...

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Trip Guide/Leader


  • Hem Raj Bastola

    Hem Raj Bastola

  • Vijaya Gyawali

    Vijaya Gyawali