The Everest Three High Passes Trek is for the adventurous who crave something more challenging in comparison with the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek. The Everest Three High Passes Trek crosses three non-technical high altitude passes: Renjo La (5345m), Cho La (5420m), and Kongma La, (5535m). The Everest Three High Passes Trek is packed with spectacular panoramic views of the world’s most overwhelming peaks: Everest, (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m) and Cho Oyu (8201m) these four are amongst the world’s eight highest peaks. Besides the three high passes, this trek includes Khumbu favorites like Gokyo Ri, Kala Patthar, and Everest Base Camp.
The Everest Three High Passes Trek consists mainly of long days of trekking at high altitudes, which are exhausting, even for the physically fit. Your senses will be flooded with the natural beauty of the Khumbu and you will also be ready for the warm welcome of the local guest house where you experience the cultural beauty of the Sherpa people. The Charming villages and monasteries provides you with glimpses into the Khumbu culture.
Starting at Lukla, 2828m, on the Classic Everest Base Camp trail, we follow the Dudh Koshi River up to the bustling, Namche which is also the modern Sherpa capital. We make the most of the luxuries provided in Namche and head off up the Bhote Kosi Valley via Thame. The long ascent to Renjo La is challenging, however the view from the top makes it worth the effort you put. The scene from here will be one of your favorite memories of this trek.
We descend into the Gokyo Valley where we see the turquoise blue, sacred Gokyo Lakes at the side of the Ngozumpa Glacier. From Gokyo we climb up to Gokyo Ri, 5330m, which is considered as the finest view point in the entire Everest Region. Next, we cross over the creaking glacier, and start the ascent to Chola La. The trail covers grassland, finally loose stones and ice. Chola La pass, on the edge of a glacier, offers another fantastic view. Besides watching your step on the tricky descent over glacial icefall and boulders, you will look in front of you Ama Dablam and notice how Ama Dablam is facing you, beautifully framed by the Khumbu Valley. We rejoin the main trail to Everest Base Camp which follows along the Khumbu glacier. From nearby Kala Patthar, 5550m, we get the best close up view of Mt. Everest.
The trail to Kongma La, the final and highest of the three passes, branches off the Everest Base Camp trail at Lobuche. It crosses the Khumbu glacier to grassy slopes. The most challenging part of the climb is on loose stone.The mountains seen best from Kongma La Pass are Makalu, Lhotse, 8516m, Nuptse, 7861m, Pumari, Lobuche and Ama Dablam.
The descent into the Chhukung Valley is steep. We make our way back down to Lukla via Dingboche and Tengboche.
The Everest Three High Passes Trek is a 22-day trek but the itinerary can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference and needs. The best season for Three High Passes Trek is from March to May and from September to November.
Many companies will guide you through Kongma La, the highest pass, first. We, at Go Himalayan Adventures, prefer the itinerary to start with Renjo La first and Kongma La last. Trekking to Renjo La first gives your body more time to acclimatize, reducing the risk of climbing too high too fast.
|1||Arrival in Kathmandu 1300m|
|2||Preparation Day in Kathmandu|
|3||Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, 2610m|
|4||Trek to Namche Bazaar, 3441m|
|6||Trek to Tengbuche, 3860m|
|7||Trek to Dingbuche, 4400m|
|8||Trek to Chhkung, 4710m|
|9||Hiking in Chhukung Valley|
|10||Trek to Lobuche, 4915m|
|11||Trek to Everest Base Camp, return to Gorak Shep 5180m|
|12||Ascend Kala Pattar (5,545m) for classic views of Everest. Descend to Lobuche|
|13||Trek to Dzongla, 4830m|
|14||Trek to Tangnak, 4700m|
|15||Trek to Gokyo, 4790m|
|16||Hiking Gokyo, 4790m|
|17||Trek to Lungden, 4380m|
|18||Trek to Namche|
|19||Trek to Lukla|
|20||Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu|
|21||Free day Kathmandu|
Best Seasons for Everest Three High Passes Trek
The best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek are from September to November and from March to May. These months are known for sunny and warm weather and outstanding views.
Everest Three High Passes is a Tea House/Lodge Trek
Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Go Himalayan Adventures takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights before and after heading into the remote regions.
During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!
Meals on the Everest Three High Passes Trek
Three meals a day are included during your Everest Three High PassesTrek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.
Drinking Water on Everest Three High Passes Trek
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.
Local Customs You Should Know About for Everest Trekking
Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Go Himalayan Adventures request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.
Travel Insurance for Everest Three High Passes Trek
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Go Himalayan Adventures can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.
If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.
If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight. Go Himalayan Adventures will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.
There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.
It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.
In an emergency, or upon request by our clients, a heli-rescue can be organized. The helicopter costs around USD 3500, and can lift 4-5 persons per flight.
If flight cancellations at the end of your trek delay your return to Kathmandu, you will be responsible for all your expenses during the wait in Lukla.