EVEREST THREE PASS TREK 20 DAYS

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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Overview

The three passes and peaks trip is the ultimate and complete trekking experience in 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. The three pass trek is purely a challenging trekking holiday.

 

The three pass 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.

 

Your adventure to three pass trek in Nepal begins with an exciting flight to STOL airport at Lukla. We spend two nights at Namche for proper acclimatization before heading to the less trodden trail towards Thyangboche. The Renjo la crossing is tough but you get rewarded with stunning views of parades of Himalayan giants including Mt. Everest with pristine Gokyo lakes in a single frame.

 

We climb the Gokyo Ri, the first of the three peaks on our list to climb. We hike on the largest Ngonumpa glacier before crossing the Chola Pass. We join the popular Khumbu valley trekking route to hike the Kalapathar peak and to explore the Everest base camp. We trek to Chukung from Louche crossing the Kongmala Pass the last pass in our trip another tough but a rewarding day. From Chukung we climb our third peak: Chukung Ri a great hiking to the top with stunning views of Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and Cho Oyu.

 

Three passes and peaks trip 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.

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

    Customize your trip

    ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUEST. CHECK OUT “EXTENSION” FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS.

Cost and Services

Cost includes
01. Pick up and drop from international airport.
02. Kathmandu accommodation (2 nights in star-level tourist standard hotel  with twin sharing basis room)
03. All land transfer as per given itinerary
04. All Meal during the Trek as per given itinerary.
05. Sagarmatha National Park Conservation entry permit fees and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
06. Teahouse (twin sharing basis room)
07. Experienced English speaking guide/leader, necessary experience local helpers
08. Both way Kathmandu-Lukla Airlines Tickets.
09. Wages, food, accommodation, equipment, insurance and other facilities to staffs
10. Guide Air fare for Lukla -Kathmandu return trip

 

Cost excludes:
01: Visa Fee.
02: Travel insurance / Medical evacuation in case of emergency (Compulsory)
03: Meal in Kathmandu.
04. Personal trekking Equipment.
05. Tips for trekking staff and driver.
06. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
07: Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.

Tour Details

#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. Base layer 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, diarrhea 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.

Organization

Because of bad weather we could face problems with domestic flights to/from Lukla (Delayed or even canceled). It is very rare, but it could happen even in 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). If everything runs smoothly, you can enjoy other activities like sightseeing, white water rafting, wildlife activities, shopping, during the extra days.

Responsible

Responsible tourism is something which our company takes very seriously. This is why we recommend you to read the following lines and learn about responsible tourism before your trip.

 

Environment:

1. It is advisable to eat as the locals do: eat the rice, the lentils, the fresh fruit and vegetables.
2. Tourists tend to bring with them plastic water bottles, packets of crisps and chocolate bars for energy, so without thinking, they are adding to the rubbish problem. It’s fine to eat foods like that, but take your rubbish with you back to Kathmandu and throw in the bin there because up in the Himalaya, they bury it in the ground, or they burn it and that’s no good.
3. Respect any animals and wildlife you might encounter. Do not feed any animals unless you are specifically given permission, avoid picking flowers no matter how beautiful they may be, do not touch or move fossils, and importantly, don’t stroke dogs – they can be aggressive towards strangers and stray dogs in Nepal may carry rabies.

 

Culture:

1. Before you buy souvenirs. Beautiful shahtoosh shawls are woven in the Himalayas from the wool of the Tibetan Antelope, or chiru. The chiru is now endangered as a result of hunting for its precious wool – avoid buying anything made from it.

2. Food & Taboos – once you’ve touched something to your lips, it’s considered polluted for everyone else. If you take a sip of your own, or someone else’s water bottle, try not to let it touch your lips and don’t eat from someone else’s plate or offer anyone food you’ve taken a bite of.

3. Right or Left? Mmm… Right! The left hand is reserved for washing after defecating. You can use it to hold a drink or cutlery while you eat, but don’t wipe your mouth, or pass food with it.

4. Right hand & Manners. To show respect, offer money, food or gifts with both hands, or with the right hand while the left touches the wrist.

5. Keep Calm. The Nepalese are a very calm and contemplative people. You may find yourself in social situations that are completely out of your western comfort zone, but it is important to remember that the locals exercise discretion in expressing their feelings, anger, and affection towards each other. If you don’t understand something, ask quietly and be patient.

6. Think before you take pictures. It’s easy to get snap-happy when presented with Nepal’s incredible landscape and lifestyle. Remember, this may be your trip of a lifetime, but it’s their reality, so introduce yourself and ask permission. Whenever possible, it is a good idea to ask for a postal address and follow through by sending photographs back to local families.

7. A conservative country. Women should have their legs and shoulders covered and men should wear full-length trousers and tops with long sleeves. The forehead is regarded as the most sacred part of the body and it’s impolite to touch an adult Nepali’s head. Do not stretch your legs in public or point your feet at anyone as feet are considered the lowest and dirtiest part of the body.

8. Girls in Kathmandu and Pokhara do wear shorts or short skirts, but this is new to Nepal and you run the risk of being seen as sexually available if you do the same.

9. Spitting is normal in Nepal and you will see men, women, and children spitting on the street. The same goes for littering. Don’t pull a local up for these behaviors, but don’t join in either.

10. Avoid showing affection in public. Although some younger couples hold hands in public, this is relatively new and it is still frowned upon.

11. Ancient and sacred sites: there is a few protocol that is handy to know and easy to follow: don’t climb on ruins, avoid touching any religious object, and when you walk around monuments and temples, do so in a clockwise direction, that is – keep the monument on your right. It is generally not a problem to enter temples, but take your shoes off when you do and don’t take photos while you’re in there

12. When visiting temples, respect both the place and the people that pray there. Do not throw anything into the fire as it considered sacred and, if for some reason – time of day, particular prayer time – you are not permitted to enter, accept this graciously and ask your guide to ask when might be a better time to come back.

13. Some Hindu temples and their innermost sanctums are usually out of bounds for nonbelievers, who pose the threat of ritual pollution. If you are allowed in, be respectful, take your shoes off before entering and don’t take photos unless you’ve asked permission.

14. Though no one will ever ask, a small donation to the temple that you’re visiting will be much appreciated. Donations support the operations of the day. Place your donation on the altar, or if you want to make a specific donation look for a donation box.

15. If you’re granted an audience with a Lama at a Buddhist temple or monastery, it’s traditional to present him with a kata: a ceremonial white scarf (usually sold nearby).

16. If you are invited into a private home for a meal, you can bring fruit or sweets, but don’t expect thanks – it is considered offensive to make a fuss in these situations. Take your shoes off when entering, unless shown otherwise. When the food is served you may be expected to eat first, so you won’t be able to follow your host’s lead. Take less than you can eat – asking for seconds is the best compliment you can give. The meal is typically served at the end of a gathering and when the food is finished, everyone leaves.

17. Don’t give pens, money, or sweets to the local people you encounter on visits to villages and it can encourage begging and may be seen to establish a non-equal relationship between tourist and local with tourists being seen as simply ‘givers’ giving to ‘the poor’. Instead, buy local handicrafts directly from villagers and show an interest in their skills. Sweets may seem like an ideal gift for children, but access to dentists is extremely limited to rural dwellers and the last thing you want to give them is tooth decay!

18. Hassle by touts is on the rise in Nepal and it’s likely you’ll get accosted at the airport and in Kathmandu and offered drugs, treks, and sex. They’re not as aggressive as in India – ignore them and they’re likely to ignore you. If they don’t, ask politely if they’ll leave you alone – do not be rude, as they’ll take it personally.

19. Dealing with beggars is par for the course in Nepal. Adjust to the pathos quickly – few beggars are bona fide and helping those that are will only encourage those that aren’t. Do not give away medicines either; instead donate them to the destitute at Kathmandu’s Bir Hospital, or at the Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Kathmandu.

20. The litter problem in Nepal is growing and has increased with the wider availability of pre-packaged goods. Keep your waste to a minimum – avoid accepting plastic bags from shops and reuse the ones you have, buy additional food from local markets to avoid packaging, take an empty plastic bag with you on treks, so you can pick up any additional litter you might spot and take particularly harmful waste, such as batteries, back to Kathmandu with you.

21. Marijuana and other ‘recreational’ drugs are widely available in Nepal although totally illegal. If caught in possession, drugs carry huge fines and up to 20 years imprisonment.

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