Everest 3 High Pass Trek

19 Days

Everest 3 High Pass Trek offers the best of Everest Base Camp Trek (5364m) but with more adventure and authenticity.

This Everest 3 High Pass Trek receives fewer trekkers compared to other world-class trekking routes like Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Panorama Trek, or any other trekking in Everest Region. However, the experience of trekking to Everest Base Camp through the 3 highest passes of the Everest Region, itself is extreme. Nowadays popularity has been increasing on Everest High Pass Trek has as well.

Since the first ascent of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953, Trekking in the Everest region has been the most popular destination for adventurers throughout the globe. This Everest 3 High Pass Trek is growing in popularity among trekkers. Everest High Pass Trek includes crossing three high passes in Everest Region, Renjo, La pass (5,3620m), Cho La pass (5,420m), and Kongma La pass (5,535). Also emerging in the beauty of Gokyo Ri Peak (5,360m), and Kalapatthar (5,545m).

The Everest 3 High Pass Trek is considered as one of the most challenging treks in the Everest Region. However the reward of the magnificent view of 4 eight thousand meters mountain, Mt. Cho Oyu (8,200m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), and Mighty Mount Everest (8,848m) itself. Not to mention several other mountains below 7 thousand meters. Nothing can beat the thrill of trekking in the Everest region, in the shadow of the highest mountain in the world.

Everest 3 High Pass Trek Route

Everest 3 High Pass Trek starts with 25 minutes flight to a small airstrip in Lukla. Lukla is a small Sherpa settlement full of Tea House Lodges and souvenir shops. This short flight to the small STAL of Lukla is considered one of the most adventurous flights. After a heavy lunch, we will head to Namche Bazaar via Phakding and Monjo. Sagarmatha National Park starts from Monjo, where National Park tickets will be checked. After a long and hard day of trekking, we will stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

In Namche, we will have one full day free to acclimatize our bodies in thin air. You may sit at your guest house enjoying the most beautiful view of Mt. Thamserku. We suggest you have hiking and exploring Namche Bazaar. We continue our trial to Tengboche. Tengboche houses the biggest and oldest Monastery in Everest Region, Dawa Choling Gompa also known as Tengboche Monastery. Tengboche also offers the best possible view of Mount Amadablam.

Continue ascending the trial leads to Chhukung via Dingboche village. We will have another day free to acclimatize. However, we will have the option to explore Imja valley in depth. From Chhukung we traverse to Lobuche crossing our 1st high pass, Kongma La Pass (5,535).

The following day we trek to Gorakshep (5,170m). After lunch, we hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364m). The next day at dawn we hike up to Kalla Patthar (5,643m) for the sunrise over the snow-capped mountains, some are above 8000 meters. Return to Gorakshep and start descending to Lobuche. Continuing our trek goes through another pass, Cho La Pass (5,420m) considered the hardest pass to trek among 3 passes. Passing the village of Thagnak and Dzongla we continue to Gokyo Valley. Next day early morning hike to Gokyo Ri (5,420m) for the best view of mountains in the entire Everest region.

From Gokyo we continue our journey to Thame, crossing another pass, Renjo La Pass (5,320m). Following the trial takes you to Namche Bazaar. Retrace your problem back to Lukla via Namche, Monjo, and Phakding villages.

Best time for Everest 3 High Pass Trek

Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October & November) is considered the best time for Everest 3 High Pass Trek. In Spring one can witness flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park. The clear sky provides us with the best possible mountain view. Also, the temperature is very favorable in these months.

Autumn brings the best climate for every kind of trekking and tourism activity in Nepal. The weather will be clear which gives us the most beautiful panorama of the mighty Himalayas. Autumn also comes with a month-long festival in Nepal. We make sure to involve you in all festivals which provides you with more insight into Nepalese culture.

What kind of meals to expect during Everest 3 High Pass Trek?

During Everest Base Camp Trek we can get a wide range of basic continental and Nepalese meals. Below 3000m (basically below Namche Bazaar), you can get plenty of wonderful multi-cuisine options. Above Namche Bazaar, the range of cuisine is limited. We recommend consuming vegetarian meals in the high-altitude lodges above Namche Bazaar.

How difficult is Everest 3 High Pass Trek?

Everest 3 High Pass Trek is a challenging trek. It is due to the decreasing air pressure at increasing altitudes. From Kathmandu which is 1375 meters above sea level, we will fly to Lukla which is 2800 meters. This double ratio of increased altitude is enough to make you feel the symptoms of mild altitude sickness. We will be gaining an altitude of about 600-800 meters on most of our journey.

We do not recommend skipping acclimatization day, as it is a must to keep your body fit in the thinner air. Please do not ignore any symptoms of Altitude sickness or it can be fatal. Walk slowly and take much time to complete your trekking.

Highlights

  • Trek through the ultimate three passes in the Everest region., Renjo La, Cho La, and Khongma La Pass.
  • The magnificent view of the Entire eastern Himalayan ranges including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Makalu, and Thamserku to name a few.
  • Explore the legendary Sherpa villages.
  • Sunrise over Mount Everest from Kalapatthar.

Itinerary

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport. You will be welcomed by your trekking guide at the airport and transferred to Hotel. Final preparation for your treks with a complete pre-trip meeting. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Early morning drive to the domestic airport to board your onward flight to Lukla. Arrive at Lukla, you will be served a hot meal for the rest of the journey which is an easy trail to Phakding. You will meet your experienced porters at Lukla and continue to Phakding for an overnight stay.

(Note: Due to ongoing renovation work at the domestic airport in Kathmandu, it is likely your flight will be operated from Manthali Airport (130kms/ 4hrs drive from Kathmandu). You will have to drive at night to be seated on an early flight to Lukla which takes 20 mins approx.

After breakfast continues your trial at Namche Bazaar, enter Sagarmatha National, and continue to Namche bazaar. Namche Bazaar, also known as the gateway to Everest is the largest Sherpa settlement in the Khumbu region. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Today is a free day for acclimatization purposes. A short hike to Syangboche airstrip and Everest view hotel is worth a try. Or just simply relax at your guest house or explore the village.

On this day you will trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche village. This day will be a lot of ascending and descending with the forest where if lucky one can spot musk dear, Himalayan Thar, and pheasant. Continue the trial to a settlement of Phunki Thenga. From here you ascend continuously to reach Tengboche village. This village houses the largest Monastery in the Khumbu region, Tengboche Monastery. The view from Tengboche is a highlight of this tour with Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Everest, and Lhotse in the background. You will spend overnight at Tengboche.

After breakfast continues your trek to Dingboche village. Today we will be gaining altitude throughout the journey. Pass through mani walls and shortens and fields with stonewalls when you reach nearer to Dingboche. Overnight stay at Dingboche village.

Another day of acclimatization as we have gained a considerable amount of altitude. A hike to Nangkartsang Peak (5,083 m/16,676 ft) would be perfect for a breathtaking view of Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Cho Oyu, and Makalu.

Today is a relatively short and easy day reaching Chukhung. Rest of the day explore the surrounding. Hiking up to Chhukung Ri can be a good option to view the mountains including Mt Makalu. Overnight stay at Chhukung village.

The early morning begins our journey to Lobuche. Trek following the icy path leading to Kongma La Pass. Kongma La Pass is nestled between Nuptse wall, Mehra Peak and Kongma Peak. A strenuous climb toward Khumbu Glacier leads us to Lobuche. Overnight stay at Lobuche.

Today is an important day of the trek as we are finally reaching Everest Base Camp. After breakfast trek to the beautiful village of Gorakshep through the rocky moraine of Khumbu glacier. Leave your backpack here and continue the hike to Everest Base Camp. Cherish the moment at EBC, take photographs, and later return to Gorakshep for an overnight stay.

Get ready early morning for a hike to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) from where we are going to see the astonishing beauty of the sunrise over Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks. Return to Gorakshep for breakfast and trek to Dzongla where we will stay overnight. Dzongla is situated beneath the base of Cho La Pass.

Start your trek early morning with the beautiful view of Mt. Cholatse (6,440m). While crossing the Chola Pass, get an amazing view of Chola Lake and Mount Amadablam. Continue the trek to Thangkak where we will stay overnight.

Our trek today heads towards the small Sherpa settlement at the base of Mt. Gokyo. We trek along the edge of Ngozumpa Glacier which is also the longest glacier in Nepal. Dinner and overnight at guesthouse lodge.

Today is a free day in Gokyo. One can visit the fifth lake. A hike to Gokyo Ri (5,358m) is also recommended. Overnight stay at Gokyo.

Trek to Thame (3,880m/12,730ft) via Renjo La Pass (5,360m/17,585ft).

After breakfast trek down to Namche and retrace the trial back to Monjo where we will stay overnight.

Retrace your trial back to Lukla.

Fly back to Kathmandu. Be transferred to your hotel and relax. Nothing to do today, take your time. Evening you will be transferred to an Authentic Nepalese restaurant for typical Nepalese food and cultural show.

Your trip ends. After breakfast, you will be transferred to International Airport to board your flight to your next destination.

Cost Includes

  • Arrival/ departure transfers, sightseeing tour as mentioned above using private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Two nights' twin-sharing accommodation in Kathmandu using a 3-star category hotel with breakfast.
  • Sixteen nights' twin sharing failing dormitory accommodation in the best available guesthouse lodges while on trekking.
  • Three-time meals a day with tea/coffee on trekking.
  • A complimentary farewell dinner after your trek completes with a cultural show.
  • Experienced local English-speaking guide throughout the trek with his salary, equipment, meals, and insurance.
  • A required number of porters to carry your luggage with his salary, equipment, meals, and insurance. (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Necessary trekking permits, detailed pre-trip meeting, and comprehensive first-aid kit.

Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare and visa fees.
  • Lunch and dinner wishlist in Kathmandu.
  • Insurance covering emergency evacuation expenses (Compulsory)
  • Personal trekking gear, personal expenses, bar bills, telephone, wifi in lodges, hot water, hot shower, and beverages.
  • Any kind of extra expenses occur due to unforeseen situations like flight cancellation, natural calamities, or political disturbances)
  • Tips for trekking crew (not mandatory but highly appreciated)
What is new Covid-19 policy for travelling to Nepal?

Nepal is fully open without any restrictions. Nepal Government has issued a new advisory regarding travel restrictions on 01 March 2022 rescinding all previously issued restrictions. No need for quarantine to enter Nepal. The following criteria should have to be followed while traveling to Nepal:
1) Travelers must show documents regarding the last dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to Nepal’s arrival. If you are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated, you must bring a negative PCR/RT result, checked not more than 72 hours prior to your arrival.
2) The government of Nepal has removed the compulsion of PCR tests while traveling to Nepal, however, re-confirm with any other country you enter for transit.
3) You need a Covid-19 Crisis Management Coordination (CCMC) generated QR Code. You can either print the bar code or take a screenshot, and keep it safe while traveling to Nepal.

Can I get on arrival visa in Nepal?

On-arrival visa also called tourist visas facilitates multiple entries. One can get Tourist visas (On arrival visas) at TIA or any surface Entry/Exit Points established under the Department of Immigration.

Is this trip for me? How fit do I have to be for this trek?

This trek is suitable for every traveler with average health conditions. You need to be moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required for this trek. Lightweight training like swimming, jogging, cycling, etc comes very handy. It is recommended to hike at least 2 hours a day can really build stamina and increase the lung capacity which you are going to need while hiking at a higher altitude. Also, we suggest you consult with your physician before traveling if you have any medical conditions.

What extra documents do I need?

Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, three passport-sized photos, and a copy of your passport.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

Yes, a professional and experienced representative from High Altitude Nomads will be at the airport. He/she will greet you and transfer you to your hotel.

What kind of accommodation can I expect in this trip?

We will provide a nice 3-star centrally located hotel for your accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast included. While trekking, we use the best possible teahouse lodges providing basic accommodation and meals. We will provide single/ double rooms, occasionally dormitory rooms. We suggest bringing your own sleeping bag for trekking.

What kind of meals is available during our trek?

Nowadays food menus in teahouse lodges have developed and provided a wide range of eatery to hungry trekkers. The local items as Dal, Bhat (lentils, rice, curry, pickle), momos (Tibetan-style dumplings filled with veg, chicken, buff, or cheese), noodle soup, American-style breakfast with tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot beverages, and much more.

Is it a problem, if I am a vegeterian?

Mostly the teahouse serves vegetarian meals, which is also good for you while trekking in the mountain. We recommend consuming vegetarian foods to avoid food poisoning.

What about safety and security while trekking?

One has to take proper care of their belongings and ensure every personal possession is secure. It is important to secure your belongings, especially when you are sharing a room with another trekker.

What mode of transportation is used in this tour?

We use comfortable, private air-conditioned tourist vehicles for our entire tours. We have an exciting range of fleets for the transportation of our valued guests. We are just starting our initiative of sustainable tourism by using electric vehicles where able it is possible.
Domestic flight is used to travel from Kathmandu/Manthali to Lukla and back.

What is the usual group size for this tour ?

We believe in a small group tour. Every group consists of a minimum of 2 and not more than 10.

When is the best time to visit Nepal?

The best times to travel to Nepal for any kind of tour are Spring (March to June) and Autumn (September to November). The clear skies and sunny day with the best mountain view makes this time most favorable for all kind of tours, trekking, and expedition-related programs.

Is your staff insured?

Yes, all our trekking crew including guides, cooks, Sherpas, and porters are well insured.

Is Altitude Sickness a risk in Nepal?

According to Medical News Today – Altitude sickness occurs when a person travels to a high altitude without gradually acclimatizing. It is most prevalent at 8,000 feet or higher and results from a shortage of oxygen.

The risk of Altitude sickness in Nepal depends on where you are going. Most of the cultural and historical sites in Nepal lie between 800-1600 meters and the National park in the terai region is even lower. This means you are not going to get any Altitude sickness in this area.

The possibility of altitude sickness arises if you are trekking to mountains above 2000-2500 meters. Even though good preparations, enough acclimatizations, proper diet, and moving gently can be really effective.

What if I fall sick while trekking?

Your safety is our foremost priority. Our professional guides will be at your disposal 24/7 throughout your trip. Our every trekking staff are well trained in emergencies in mountains. Our staff will be well equipped with the necessary first-aid kit. In any emergencies, our guide will keep us updated and if needed we shall arrange an emergency evacuation as soon as possible.

Can I charge my gadgets in the trek?

You can get this facility at guesthouse lodges by paying an extra charge.

How long do we walk each day trekking?

Most of the trekking days in the Himalayas need 6-7 hours of walking. It includes a number of breaks and stopping for lunch somewhere along your trekking route. Our itinerary is designed to make your daily walk shorter as the altitude rises, helping your body to acclimatize.

On the major day of trekking or while crossing high-mountain passes, we might need to walk for 10-12 hours depending on our speed of walking.

Do I have to carry my own luggage on trekking?

Normally our cost includes a porter to carry your luggage. Porters typically carry 20-25 kg on teahouse trekking and 25-30 kg on a camping trek. We recommend you carry your most needed items, fragile items yourself. For shorter treks (2-3 days), you can take the most necessary items in your backpack (carry yourself) and just have a guide.

What is the ratio of guides and porters in each group?

Normally we use one guide for guests up to 5 pax. For more than 5, there will be an assistant guide at your disposal. For every two people, there will be 1 porter, and the ratio of trekkers and porters be 2 trekkers:1 porter.

How cold does it get during trekking?

The mountain weather is very hard to predict. Normally night time colder than the daytime. In winter except for the frosting night but the days are warm and beautiful. Average temperatures in Nepal drop 6°C for every 1,000 m you gain in altitude.

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Everest 3 High Pass Trek