Everest Three Pass Trek – 20 Days

Overview

Everest Three Passes Trek is the ultimate and complete trekking experience in the Everest region. Truly a traverse of the entire Everest region trip fits best to the ambition of trekkers who intent on crossing the high altitude passes with hiking the smaller peaks without the commitment of any technical climbing skills. Everest three pass trek is purely a challenging trekking holiday.

Everest three pass trek
View from Kalapthar 5.550m.

Everest Three Passes Trek is a strenuous hike which climbs 3 peaks linking the four distinct valleys of Bhotekoshi, Gokyo, Khumbu and Imja in of the entire Everest region, the world most popular trekking destination. Crossing the rugged high passes of Kongma La (5535 m), Cho La (5380 m) and Renjo La (5388 m) with the climbing the three peaks of Gokyo Ri (5483 m), Kalapathar (5545m) and Chukung (5550 m) provides incomparable and unforgettable trekking experience in Nepal.

Gokyo Lake
Gokyo Lake 4,790m.

Everest Three Passes Trek in the Himalayas which will offer hundreds of memories and a huge feeling of achievement. Our recommendation: If you are having a problem in selecting the strenuous trekking in Everest region, then look no further book this three passes and peaks trip as it covers all the highlights which Everest region has to offer.

» Highlights of Everest Three Passes Trek

1. Trek a circuit around the entire Everest region
2. Amazing views of the highest mountains in the world
3. Cross three challenging 5,000 m passes: Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La
4. Leave the crowds of the Everest Base Camp trek behind

Three Pass Trek Chola pass
Close to Chola Pass Summit 5,330m.

Best time to hike Everest Base Camp.

September to till mid-December is the best time to trek in Nepal, September, October, November is the major trekking season in Nepal usually clear day with absolutely breathtaking views of the snowcapped peaks. Similarly March, April, May is another perfect time for the trek to Everest Base Camp. The month of March, April and May in the Everest Base Camp covered by full of tents by Everest climbers. April May is the busy season for ascending Mount Everest.

» Itinerary Review Everest Three Passes Trek

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and trip preparation (1,300m)
Day 02: Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding (30 min), 3-4h.
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m.)
Day 04: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
Day 05: Namche to Tyangboche (3,867m), 6-7h.
Day 06: Tyangboche to Dingboche (4,358m), 6-7h.
Day 07: Trek to Chukung (4730m), 2-3h.
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Chukung (4730m)
Day 09: Cross Kongma La (5535 meters) and trek to Lobuche (4910 meters), 8-9m.
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep 5160 & hike to Everest Base Camp (5320m), 7-8h.
Day 11: Climb Kala Patter (5545 meters) and trek to Dzong Lha (4830 meters), 6-7h.
Day 12: Cross Cho La (5330 meters) and trek to Dragnag (4700 meters, 8-9h.
Day 13: Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters), 2-3h.
Day 14: Acclimatization day at Gokyo
Day 15: Cross Renjo La (5360 meters) and trek to Lungdhen (4368 meters), 7-8h.
Day 16: Trek to Thame (3800m), 5-6h.
Day 17: Trek to Monjo (2853m.), 5-6h.
Day 18: Trek to Lukla (2810 meters), 5-6h.
Day 19: Lukla to Kathmandu by 40-minute flight.
Day 20: Departure after Breakfast.

♂ Note: All itineraries can be customized at your request.

▼ We’ve classified Everest Three Pass Trek packages into
♂ Full Board Packages,
♂ Half Board Packages

Full Board Packages Cost Chart:

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In US $ 2621 1895 1692 1620 1661 1624 1599

Full Board Packages include:
1. 2 nights Standard Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis
2. All transfers according to the above Itinerary.
3. Airfare Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu.
4. All-mountain basic accommodation with sharing a toilet in twin sharing basis.
5. All necessary paperwork and permits (National Park permit and TIMS).
6. Guide and porters salaries and insurance.
7. All government and local taxes.
8. 1 porter (Max. 20 kg) for 2 people.
9. Sleeping Bags if needed.
10. Community Trek’s Duffel Bags.
11. Seasonal Fresh Fruits.

Half Board Packages Cost Chart:

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In US $ 2011 1285 1080 1010 1050 1014 990

Half Board Packages include:
1. Airfare Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu.
2. All-mountain basic accommodation with sharing a toilet in twin sharing basis.
3. All necessary paperwork and permits (National Park permit and TIMS).
4. Guide and porters salaries and insurance.
5. All government and local taxes.
6. 1 porter (Max. 20 kg) for 2 people.
7. Sleeping Bags if needed.
8. Community Trek’s Duffel Bags.
9. Seasonal Fresh Fruits.

▼ Also, please budget for the following.

1. Travel insurance with helicopter evacuation included, and valid for travel above 6,000m. May cost anywhere between $40-70
2. Tips – for the entire local staff of porters at about $100
3. In case of flight cancellation due to poor weather, helicopter charges for travel between Kathmandu and Lukla. This cost may start from $300 to $500 depending on availability. In the event that our flight from Kathmandu to Lukla can’t take off due to bad weather in Lukla, you will be required to pay for this to ensure that we begin the tour as per plan. In the event the flight for the return journey is cancelled, this fare is optional and you may choose to wait out at Lukla for clear weather. Airlines make a full refund for a cancelled trip and this amount will be utilized towards partial payment of your helicopter ride.

4. Also account for battery charging expenses (about $2 per battery) during the trek. Hot showers (about $4) are available in most tea-houses and Wifi (about $4 per hour) in some.

5. Around $30 for foods per day in the trek who like to choose Half Board Service.

TOUR BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

Minimum Group size: 1 Person, Maximum Group size: 10++

BOOKING A TRIP: A booking is confirmed only after receiving a copy of the passport and certain deposits from clients. Once the company receives the booking deposit a client will receive confirmation invoice or email. From this stage, the booking agreement between the company and the customer will be applicable.

DEPOSIT REQUIREMENTS: Community Trek requests a minimum of 20% deposit of total trip cost before making the confirmation. Remaining amount should pay before commerce the trip.

PAYMENT METHODS: Trip Confirmation Deposit can be made by Bank Transfer, Money Transfer Services or Credit Card.

Here is Booking Terms & Condition in details please read out before final trip booking…

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Contact us at the email/numbers below to book the tour.

Email: communitytreks@gmail.com
Tel: 977 9808881190 (Ramesh)
URL: www.communitytrek.com

Full Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrival in Kathmandu

    Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal! Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport one of Community Trek representatives will be there to welcome you before taking you to your hotel in Kathmandu. And your guide briefs you regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.

    (Airport Pick up by private transport) (1,300 meters/4,245ft) (Hotel)
  • Day 02

    Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding

    The day starts with an early morning fly from Kathmandu to the tine airstrip of Lukla. The scenic flight duration is just above 40 minutes so don’t forget to take your cameras, although you’ll have a second chance of taking beautiful snaps on the way back to Katmandu. Upon landing, while the guides and porters will divide the baggage you can have a good look around, take pictures and get prepared for adventure. Depending upon the time we land at Lukla, we might have our lunch there. From Lukla, we will walk to Phakding village. The walk is fairly easy and we will stay overnight in Phakding. We can spend our evening strolling around the village.

    (40 minutes Lukla flight) (2,800m/9,186ft - 2,652m/8,700ft) (3-4 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 03

    Phakding to Namche

    Our day’s hike will start after having breakfast. We will start by walking along the banks of Dudh Koshi River and we will have to cross this river twice in the same day. We will then arrive at a small village called Monjo. Monjo is the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park. After entering the National Park, we will descend to Bhote Koshi River upon which we arrive at Jorsalle village. We will walk further from there heading off to Namche Bazaar, a prosperous trade hub in the lap of the Himalayas which is also the capital of the Khumbu region. We will stay overnight at a hotel in Namche Bazaar.

    (3440 m/11253ft) (5-6 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 04

    Acclimatization day in Namche

    After having ascended an altitude of 3,440 m (11,253ft), we will use the day for acclimatization. It is very important to have our body prepared for further ascending. You will have the day at your disposal and you can choose to do whatever you wish. One option can be to walk up to the Everest View Point Hotel and enjoy the view it offers. You can also choose to have a walk around Namche Bazaar and observe the local proceedings and lifestyle. If it is Saturday, there will be the traditional “Saturday Market” which is a wonderful experience and a great market to explore. There is also Sherpa Museum in Namche which would be the place to visit if you are interested into Sherpa’s culture and history.

    (3440 m/11253ft) (Teahouse)
  • Day 05

    Namche to Tyangboche

    On the fifth day, after breakfast, we start our trek with a pleasant walk through the forest with a magnificent view of mountains. The great view of the mighty peaks of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde will be at our disposal all day long. Today’s trail ascends through the forest on its way to Tyangboche. The first thing that could draw your attention after reaching Tyangboche might be its beautifully big monastery. Tyangboche has a large campsite, tea houses and lodges overseeing Mt. Ama Dablam. We will finish the day by spending the night in a hotel in Tyangboche.

    (3,867m/12684ft) (5-6 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 06

    Tyangboche to Dingboche

    The day consists on a lot of descending trail which goes from Tyangboche to Dingboche. On the way, we will pass rhododendron forests, cross a valley and walk through the plains to reach Dingboche. It is a relatively easy day, in terms of walking.

    (4,358m/14,295 ft) (6-7 hours ) (Lodge)
  • Day 07

    Trek to Chukung

    An easy walk on a gradually ascending trail and a short day trek ends at Chukung. This is the shortest day of the trek, as the body needs to acclimatize and a good rest to recharge itself. After an acclimatization day, most of the following days are in higher elevation above 5000 meters and are also comparatively the walking hours are longer as well.

    (4730 meters) (2-3 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 08

    Acclimatization day at Chukung

    Chukung Ri (5550 meters) is view point near the Chukung village. The viewpoint offers fantastic views of the mountains around the region and a close up view of Lohtse (8516 meters), being the major highlight. The viewpoint can be reached after a couple of hours of steep climb. This climb also helps the body to acclimatize and prepares for the days ahead.

    (4730 meters) (Lodge)
  • Day 09

    Cross Kongma La (5535 meters) and trek to Lobuche (4910 meters)

    An early morning start is a must on days crossing a high pass. The day starts with a brief gradual descend and then a long steep ascent until top of the of the pass follows. A brief stop at the top to enjoy all the surrounding mountains of the valleys left behind is followed by a steep drop, which only ends at Lobuche.

    (Cross Kongma La (5535 meters) and trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) ) (8-9 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 10

    Trek to Gorak Shep & hike to Everest Base Camp

    For those of you who are doing the Everest Base Camp Trek for the first time, the day starts with a mixture of excitement and anxiety. Today you will be hiking up to the Everest Base Camp. This will be the most challenging day of the trek and at the same time the most fulfilling as well. The base camp is situated above 5,000m (16,000ft). We start off by hiking to Gorak Shep first. It is a small village sitting on the top a small frozen lake buried under sand. We will have our lunch there and hike further following the trails of the Khumbu Glacier. On the way you will catch the glimpse of an intimidating black rock the world knows by the name of Mt. Everest. The way will lead us to the Everest Base Camp. Have you ever heard or read that Mt. Everest cannot be seen from the Everest Base Camp? You will find the answer yourself. We will spend quality time exploring the base camp and surrounding areas before returning back to Gorak Shep and spend the night there.

    (Gorak Shep 5,160m, Base Camp: 5,320m.) (7-8 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 11

    Climb Kala Patter (5545 meters) and trek to Dzong Lha (4830 meters)

    We will start especially early and your guide will arrange everything for the early departure. The reason behind leaving that early is to reach Kala Patthar before sunrise. Kala Patthar provides the most wonderful sight for a sunrise contemplation over Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks such as Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Pumori. You would definitely not want to miss that. It will take a couple of hours to reach Kala Patthar from Gorak Shep. We will take our time, enjoying what Kala Patthar has to offer before heading down to Dzong Lha (4830 meters).

    (4830 meters) (6-7 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 12

    Cross Cho La (5330 meters) and trek to Dragnag (4700 meters)

    Another early start to the day with a brief easy walk in the valley is followed by a long steep climb to the top of the pass. After the top, a steep drop follows and changes into a climb for a brief moment. Again, the trail keeps descending and only ends at Dragnag. Dragnag is located under a huge rock face, across the Ngozumpa Glacier.

    (Cross Cho La (5330 meters) and trek to Dragnag (4700 meters)) (8-9 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 13

    Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters)

    After crossing Ngozumpa Glacier (the longest glacier of Nepal), the trail joins the Gokyo Lake Valley near the first lake. A short and easy day ends at the third lake (commonly known as Gokyo Lake), with Cho Oyo towering in the background.

    (4790 meters) (2-3 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 14

    Acclimatization day at Gokyo

    An early morning climb to Gokyo Ri (3 hours approximately) offers stunning views of Cho Oyo (8201 meters), Makalu (8463 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters) and Everest (884 8meters); four of the top ten highest point on the planet. Apart from these many more mountains of the Khumbu region can be enjoyed from Gokyo Ri, making it a popular viewpoint in the region. For acclimatization, a walk further into the valley on an easier terrain leads to the fourth and fifth lakes of the valley. These lakes are considered sacred and holy to the people of the Khumbu region.

    (5,357m., 17,575 ft. ) (4 hours ) (Lodge)
  • Day 15

    Cross Renjo La (5360 meters) and trek to Lungdhen (4368 meters)

    An easy trail by the lake starts the day early in the morning. Soon the trail turns into a steep ascent all the way up to the top of the pass. Similar views like the views from Gokyo Ri can also be enjoyed at the top. A steep drop from the top leads into a new valley and ends at Lungdhen.

    (Cross Renjo La (5360 meters) and Lungdhen (4368 meters)) (7-8 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 16

    Trek to Thame

    The trail keeps descending and loses altitude at a consistent pace, and reaches the village of Marlung. After Marlung, the trail slowly moves towards the famous village of Thame on an easier terrain.

    (3800 meters) (5-6 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 17

    Trek to Monjo

    A drop into the river starts the day and an undulating trail leads into Namche Bazaar, finally connecting the trek again with the same route taken at the start of the trek. On the way down from Namche, we take a last look at the Everest and merrily continue the trek down to river. The exit from the Sagarmatha National Park and a brief drop leads to the village of Monju and ends the days trek.

    (2853m.) (5-6 hours ) (Lodge)
  • Day 18

    Trek to Lukla

    We trek back to Lukla via same route taken before and end the trek at Lukla. We also bid farewell to our support crew and formally end their trek for them as well.

    (2810 meters) (5-6 Hours ) (Tea House )
  • Day 19

    Lukla to Kathmandu

    We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel.

    (Fly of 40 minutes) (Breakfast and Dinner ) (1,300 meters/4,245ft) (40 Minutes ) (Hotel)
  • Day 20

    Departure from Kathmandu

    Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Community Trek will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

    (Airport drop by private transport)
  • Note

    ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUEST.

Gear list

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.

♂ You must bring the following items:
1. Hiking boots
2. Socks
3. Trekking trousers/pants
4. Waterproof overtrousers/rainpants
5. Baselayer shirts
6. Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
7. Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
8. Waterproof jacket
9. Sunhat
10. Warm hat
11. Sunglasses
12. Thermal gloves
13. Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
14. Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
15. Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
16. Water bottles 1 L.
17. Antibacterial handwash
18. Small towel
19. Daypack, 25/30Litres
20. Trekking poles
21. Sleeping bag 4 or 5 seasons * (rated down to – 20ºC)
22. Warm jacket (down)*

♂ Basic First Aid Kit including:
A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite) and Glucose tablets.

Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu.

 

FAQ's

♂ Health and Fitness Requirements

This trek requires that you walk on an average of six hours every day, excluding the rest days. You will be hiking uphill every day from the day you land in Lukla until the day you climb up to Kalapathar on Day 10 of the tour. The highest point of this tour is almost 18,000 feet above sea level. Naturally, this requires a certain degree of fitness. Everest Base Camp Trek is recommended only for people in good health and fitness with some experience of trekking behind them. There is no restriction of upper age on this tour; your fitness is what matters. Minors who wish to be part of this tour must be accompanied by an adult.

Most people in reasonably good health would be able to make this trek without any injuries or serious sickness/problems. Check with us if you have any questions about your ability to make this tour.

Due to the altitudes, we travel in, this tour may not be suitable for people with heart ailments, chronic problems related to lungs and those with high blood pressure related problems. If you have experienced serious altitude sickness in the past that required hospitalization, this tour is not recommended for you. This tour is also not suitable for people with thyroid-related problems. If you are in doubt, please check with your doctor before signing up on this tour.

♂ Weather.
We are doing this trek at the beginning of winter. The choice of the season has its advantages:
The peak hiking season is behind us, which means the trails are quieter and so are the villages where we will be staying.
The weather is clearer than any other season, making it great for photography. Expect wonderful light during sunsets and sunrise.
Temperatures dip to fairly low numbers during this season. Nighttime temperatures go below the freezing point, while there is still some chill in the air during the day. However, the tea-houses keep you comfortable during the night, and you will warm up as you keep walking during the day.

♂ Accommodation
Accommodation will be in a comfortable hotel Kathmandu.
Accommodation will be in tea-houses during the trek. Tea houses are guesthouses with permanent housing and bedding that can keep you comfortable. You will be provided with sleeping bags.

♂ What about Lukla Flight?
Because of bad weather, we could face problems with domestic flights to/from Lukla (Delayed or even cancelled). It is very rare, but it could happen even in the best trekking season. Thus, we always recommend you to add supplement night/s in Kathmandu after your trek if that is possible for you (just in case). Trekkers need to be prepared for all weather conditions. In the Himalayas weather can cancel or delay the scheduled flight(s) to/from Lukla airport. To be sure that you make your trek, or return from it, it may be necessary to make this flight by a chartered helicopter. Helicopters can operate in some weather that aircraft cannot. Should a helicopter be needed, it will be at the expense of the trekkers, and not something covered by Community Trek Please keep approximately USD 500 (one way) accessible in case this situation presents itself. This suggested amount is in addition to the emergency fund suggested below.

Hopefully, weather delays will not occur, or if they do it will be for a limited time. Should the delays stretch into days and neither helicopter nor flight are a viable option, a collective decision will be made by the group on how to proceed. This is especially true if the delays are prior to the trek, as the original trek may no longer be feasible. Your Guide will be there to help with this process.

Is there Drones allow? 
Please note that drones and the flying of drones are prohibited in Nepal. If you violate these regulations the police may take you into custody.

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Trip Facts

  •  Trip Duration:  20 Days
  •  Activities:  Trekking
  •  Country:  Nepal
  •  Group Size:  2-12 Pax
  •  Price:  1950 US $ PP.
  •  Trip Style:  Lodge
  •  Diffculty:  Hard
  •  Best Season:  Mar/May & Sept/Nov

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