EVEREST THREE PASSES
Trip Name Everest Three Passes
Max Altitude 5545
Grade difficult
Activity Trekking and Hiking
Trip Duration 17
Minimum Group Size 2+
Destination Nepal
Starting Point Kathmandu
Ending Point Kathmandu

Overview

This is one of Nepal’s most famous treks, set amongst breathtaking mountain scenery. Crossing three spectacular high passes between 5,330m and 5,545m makes this trek both challenging and rewarding. The Everest region is certainly the world’s finest high mountain zone. Magnificent landscapes, imposing and prestigious peaks, tapering ridges and colourful villages contribute to this trek being an unforgettable experience. The route takes you through the high Khumbu Mountains – Sherpa country – before arriving at the foot of Everest. The Kala Pathar (5,545m) ascent is one of the highlights of this trek and boasts an absolutely stunning summit panorama: Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and the dark Everest pyramid, the world’s highest mountain (8,848m). The views from Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri (peak) also offer extraordinary views. From these positions we have a totally different perspective, we see an ‘even larger’ Everest. This trek offers so many stunning views and great experiences, undoubtedly you will be left with memories to cherish for the rest of your life.

Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 01: Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 3to 4 hours trek (Trekking times only)
We depart from the domestic terminal of Kathmpart airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), the gateway destination where our trek begins. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above the breathtaking snow-capped mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. On arrival we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatizing, we only have a short hike today. Additional activities are available and we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery.
Overnight in Phakding.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 02: Phakding to Namche Bazaar [3440 m/11,280 ft]: 5 to 6 hrs trek
Our trek today starts after breakfast. The walk is pleasant with few short ascents and descents with multiple crossings over Dudh Koshi River and magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m/21,675ft) from the Benkar village. We cross more bridges and reach entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, where our trekking permits are checked. A descent and a gradual walk brings us to Jorsale, the last village until Namche Bazaar. The walk is enjoyable along the river bed until we reach Hillary Suspension Bridge. From here we climb up hill towards Namche Bazaar, where we are treated to magnificent sights of Kwangde Peak, its sister peaks, Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache and many other fabulous mountains. We stop at Chautara to admire the view before finally, reaching the colorful village of Namche Bazaar, the main gateway of Khumbu region.
Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 03: Namche Bazaar: Rest day
This is the first of the three scheduled acclimatization days. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest days. We either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will assist us to properly acclimatize. We can make a short trip to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can see an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plants and animals of the Everest region.
Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 04: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche [3860 m/12,660 ft]: 5 to 6 hrs
After breakfast in Namche, we set out towards Tengboche, enjoying a superb view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows more or less a smooth trail with few ups and downs as the magnificent view of the Himalayas keeps us company through the journey. Along the way, we may be lucky enough to see native wildlife such as musk deer, Himalayan Thar and multicolored pheasants. The trail goes gradually down to Kayangjuma and the path eventually reaches Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga, we gear up for a slightly tougher climb through the pine forests before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a beautiful village with great views of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Nuptse, and Mt Everest, and it has the biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region. We pay a visit to the monastery at around 3 pm to witness the ceremony in this popular monastery of Everest region.
Overnight at Tengboche.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 05: Tengboche to Dingboche [4360m/14,300 ft]: 5 to 6 hrs
In the early morning the fabled scenic beauty of Tengboche takes our breath away. The mountain panorama includes ranges of Kangtega, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Taboche, Kwangde, Tengboche, Lhotse and Nuptse. After snapping pictures, we start the day journey through the trail that follows the Imja Khola upstream. Descending rapidly from the Tengboche meadow to the river bank, the track traverses a deep forest of birch and rhododendron with magnificent views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse-Nuptse ridge, as we reach Deboche, a charming place amongst the woods. Once we reach Deboche, we pay visit to a Buddhist nunnery. Upon reaching Pangboche we are amazed at the dramatic views and we can take the trail via Upper Pangboche for the best view of the mountains. As the trail climbs, we will notice a decrease in the tree line after Pangboche and upon reaching Shomare the terrain changes dramatically to rolling arid stretch and an alpine terrain with patches of scrub and isolated pastures. As we reach Orsho the pyramidal peak of Pumori emerges above the mountains ahead. We finally reach the cold and windy settlement of Dingboche overlooked by Chortens and prayer flags.
Overnight at Dingboche.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 06: Dingboche to Chhukung [4750m/15,580 ft]: 3 to 4 hrs
The walk is pleasant as we leave Dingboche through stone walled fields and alpine landscape. We take the trail from Dingboche through Imja Khola valley to the glacier moraines amidst towering formidable mountains. We walk leisurely as our schedule for today is only 3 to 4 hours trek. While walking through the valley, Lhotse towers on our left and Ama Dablam on our right. After walking about 3 km, we reach a yak herdman's place called Bibre. Straight ahead, beyond a terminal moraine wall, soars the Island peak (Imja Tse), a popular trekking peak. The pyramidal Imja Tse looks awesome with its step rock and-icy south face. The trail ahead is intersected by icy streams. We reach Chhukung in about half an hour from Bibre. There are glaciers and massive snowy mountains all around the place. We might choose to hike to the rocky knoll of Chhukung Ri which offers stunning views of Lhotse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu and several others including Baruntse.
Overnight at Chhukung.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 07: Rest Day in Chhukung
Trekking experts strongly recommend an acclimatization in Chhukung before doing the Kongma La pass. However, we should do our best to remain active. The view from Chhukung and further up the valleys on the moraines towards Island Peak (6189m) are tremendous. We grasp this opportunity to climb the Chhukung Ri or climb to the base camp of Island Peak. The great south face of Lhotse towers above to the north, while Amphu Lapcha (5780m pass) and the immense fluted ice walls that flank it dominate the horizon to the south. To the southwest, the eastern face of Ama Dablam provides an unusual view of this picturesque peak.
Overnight at Chhukung.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 08: Chhukung to Kongma La [5535m/18,159ft] to Lobuche [4940m/16,210ft]: 6 to 7 hrs
This morning we start at first light from Chhukung as we have to conquer the highest pass of the trip today. We carry plenty of water and some snacks and a packed lunch as there is no tea shops on the way. There are many different paths can select - either taking a climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung over the moraine of the Nuptse Glacier or we might walk back down the valley to Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. Along the walk there are great views of Island peak valley and jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha. Ascending along the east side of the Niyang Khola valley, we turn west and walk through the stony trial where we enter a wide basin dotted with small frozen lakes. The trail rises over loose scree crossing the Kongma La in about five hours. Upon reaching the top, we encounter rock cairns wrapped in prayer flags, marking the route of the pass. Behind us is the landscape of icy lakes and ahead is the Khumbu Glacier. The final descent is the most difficult stage of the trek today. Upon climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche. Note:Trekking through Kongma La is optional. If we do not want to tackle the strenous Kongma La pass today and want to go directly to Lobuche from Chhukung, we have the option as well.
Overnight at Lobuche.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 09: Lobuche to Gorak Shep [5170 m/16,961ft] to Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 ft] to Gorak Shep: 8 to 9 hrs
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through the pyramid sign post and ahead on the trail we see the crest of the north ridge of Everest, along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small ascent takes us to Thangma Riju where we are treated to a 360 degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world - Mt. Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the Spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. Everest is not actually visible from here.
However, the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more beautiful than the sunrise view, so it is suggested to visit Kala Patthar today during sunset. As the setting sun's rays strike the snow capped mountains the resulting scenery is indescribable. For those trekkers who wish to continue to Kala Patthar, our guides and Sherpas coordinate in hiking to Kala Patthar for amazing sunset view today rather than waiting until the next day.
Overnight in Gorak Shep.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar [5545 m/18,192 ft] to Lobuche [4940 m/16,207 ft]: 8 to 9 hrs
Today we start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest. However, we need to be prepared for the early morning departure beforehand. It is dark, the temperature is cold (-10 to -14 C) and there is always the potential for chilly winds. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kala Patthar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to take pictures. After several hours of ascent, we will be Kala Patthar. From this juncture, we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar where our eyes take in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. As you take pictures, be sure to give yourself time to fully appreciate and take in the view with our mind's eye to last lifetime. On arrival back at Gorak Shep, we have breakfast and wait other participants to return back.
Those participants who plan to visit Everest Base Camp today will have early breakfast and start early as the Everest base camp hike takes longer time (4 to 5 hrs) than the Kala Patthar hike. Upon return back to Gorak Shep, the group will have lunch together and the afternoon is taken to descend down to Lobuche for a good night's rest.
Overnight in Lobuche.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 11: Lobuche to Dzongla [4830m/15,850 ft]: 3 to 4 hrs
The trek today is very short compared to previous or next day's walk. The path to Dzongla branches off from the main trail some distance from Lobuche. After crossing a stream we come to a fork and later curving round to the wide gravelly river bed of the stream. As it progresses southwestward, the trail runs across and climbs the ridge ahead. From the grassy ridge, as the trail runs across to southeast from where we can see soaring heights of Ama Dablam and Kangtega-Thamserku while Taboche looms prominently ahead. Pheriche village is visible in the distance and we can also see Chukpi Lhara and its memorials along with the lodges of Dugla. As the ridge veers northward, the vast Chola Lake spreads below Mt. Cholatse. The lake stays with us for a long stretch until we descend to a wide basin where the trail climbs up a spur and descends steeply to another broad basin. After a one hour walk traversing from the basin and shortly after crossing a wobbly bridge, we reach Dzongla. We spend the night in one of the local lodges at Dzongla (only very basic lodges are available at Dzongla).
Overnight in Dzongla.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 12: Dzongla to ChoLa [5368m/17,611 ft] toThangnak [4680m/15,350 ft] to Gokyo [4800m/15,580 ft]: 7 to 8 hrs
Early morning as we leave our lodge, we will be greeted by the mesmerizing sight of Cholatse looming over. Today is going to be one of the toughest days of our trip. The walk begins as we transverse through a spur extending westward from Dzongla. The path descends to a basin across which meanders a murmuring stream crusted with ice at places. In about an hour, we reach the top of the basin readying for the triumph of ChoLa. As we gain height, the view behind us gets increasingly more captivating.  The Chola Lake begins to appear and the Ama Dablam in its pyramidal beauty presides over a range of mountains on the south as Cholatse soars to the west. Climbing the incline is not easy; it is steep, but made worse by boulders which we will have to scramble over. We need to remain alert as rocks can be glazed by ice and the final climb to the ChoLa can be a little tricky as the trail curves round the bergschrund. Upon reaching the top, we see prayer flags strung across cairns flapping in the strong wind mixed with the scenery of majestic peaks in all directions. It is a breathtaking viewpoint. Although long, the path leading down to Thangnak can be easily made out from the pass but can be hazardous if rocks are glazed by ice, so caution is needed. We reach Thangnak, a rather more substantial hamlet with a small village. Stepping out of the settlement, we are greeted by fabulous mountain views and the trail brings us to the Ngozumpa glacier edge, which is longest glacier in Nepal. Reaching the other side of the glacier, we get view of the second of the Gokyo lakes on the series of six lakes. A short distance away is the third Gokyo Lake, on the edge of this lake stands the Gokyo Village where we finally give rest.
Overnight at Gokyo.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 13: Rest day in Gokyo to Gokyo Ri [5357m/17,575 ft]: 3 to 4 hrs
Rest day in Gokyo Valley is an exceptional opportunity. This acclimatization day is an opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri to enjoy the scenery from the best viewpoint of the Everest Region. Gokyo is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Peak but also for the six lakes which it hosts, we would not miss the chance to see the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake (Ngozuma Tsho). About 3 km north of Gokyo is the fourth lake with its high cliffs and peaks rising above it, the trail continues to the fifth lake where we're mesmerized by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water.We can climb a hill at the edge of the Lakes to get astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. We can see a lot more from here - the spot is called Scoundrel's Viewpoint. Beyond the fifth Lake is the Cho Oyu Base Camp. Scenery here is breathtaking with Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang seeming just a stone's throw away. The northern part of the fifth lake provides fabulous views of Cho-Oyu Base Camp and biggest glacier of the world - the Ngazumpa Glacier. Moved by the charm, we may even try to go sixth lake too but this depends on our interest and time. Back to Gokyo village.
Overnight at Gokyo.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 14: Gokyo to Renjo La [5360m/17585 ft] to Marlung [4210m/13,810 ft]: 7 to 8 hrs
Today we start at dawn as we have to trace our trail up to Marlung to conquer Renjo La. Down from the Gokyo Valley, we leave the main trail and turn to Renjo La trail by Dudh Pokhari. After about 3 hours, we ascend the Renjo La where a dazzling vista awaits where Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche can be seen shining in the sun. Views from Renjo La are much like that from Gokyo Ri with the third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the gray smear of Ngozumpa Glacier. Continuing on from the pass, the trail winds down a stone staircase and then scrambles over loose scree to reach the south bank of a small lake, Angladumba Tsho. The presence of ice on the trail while descending can make our descent a bit hazardous, so be sure to remain alert and cautious. Along the way we see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake, however, we walk down through a narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Lumde where there is a support Lodge but it can be closed often. We walk for almost an hour from Lumde to get to Marlung on the east bank of the Bhote Kosi.
Overnight at Marlung.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 15: Marlung to Namche Bazaar: 5 to 6 hrs
The descent from Marulung to Thame follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. Down from the Marulung we cross the Bhote Kosi and descend to Taranga and the trail then goes through the valley of Langmuche Khola. This stream drains from Dig Tsho, the glacial lake that burst its banks in 1985, causing devastating floods along the Dudh Kosi Valley to moraine to Thame. Thame has a sprawling village with a few lodges and stunning mountains like Thamserku, Katenga, Kusum Kangguru, etc. Overlooking Thame is its famous Gompa on a hill to the west. Established some 325 years ago, the Gompa has three big images of Chenresig (Avalokiteswara), Guru Rimpoche and Buddha Sakyamuni. The colorful Mani Rimdu festival featuring colorful mask dances is held in this Gompa in May. We climb down after crossing a bridge after then eventually reach Samde, which once again offers us breathtaking views. The path steeply descends down to Thamo village which hosts a monastery called Khari Goma, a nunnery which is home to a number of nuns and monks. After passing through a check post, we come to the world`s highest hydroelectric power station built with Austrian help. From here we reach the small village of Phurte where the Laudo monastery, run by the Kopan monastery of Bouddhanath in Kathmandu, is popular among the westerners for Buddhist study and as a meditation center. We eventually reach Namche again through some Gompas, colorful player flags, Mani stones, and Chortens for the nights rest.
Overnight in Namche.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 16: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6 to 8 hrs
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. Today we start to get warmed up by the light breeze and charming mountain air. Although we are travelling the same route down, we see completely different views. We have a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests and in the distance, snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages' with its impressive faith in Buddhism and culture with prayer stones and prayer flags while we walk through the villages. On arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with a smile!
Overnight at Lukla.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 17: Lukla to Kathmandu: 40 min flight
Today, we take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The weather late in the day can affect flight departure. On arrival in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel and we spend a leisurely afternoon, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and in the evening celebrate dinner together with Epic Adventure Nepal staff.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

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