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Everest High Pass Trek

Key Points

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 22 Days
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Max Altitude: 5545 m
  • Fitness Level: Strenuous
  • Group -Size: 2-15 pax
Trip Overview

Everest High Passes trek – or known as Three Pass Trek as well equally – in the Everest region with Mountain Delights’ professional management and support is one of the best adventure journeys worth capturing in the Himalayas – if you are looking for life time adventure experience. In the trek, you are to cross three thrilling high Himalayan passes; Renjo La (5,345 m/ 17,536 ft), Cho La (5,420 m/ 17,782 ft), and Kongma La (5,535 m/ 18,159 ft) with magnificent view of the Himalayan peaks including four of the world’s highest peaks above eight thousand meters - Mt. Everest (8,848 m /29,029 ft), Mt. Makalu (8,485 m/ 27,838 ft), Cho Oyu (8,201 m/ 26,906 ft), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m/ 27,940 ft).

Other peaks you can sight during the trekking includes: Nuptse (7,861 m/ 25,791 ft), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m/ 22,349 ft), Mt. Pumori (7,161 m/23,494 ft), Mt. Thamserku (6,608 m/ 21,680 ft), Kantenga (6,782 m/ 22,251 ft), Cho-Latse (6,440 m/ 21,128 ft), Tawache or Taboche (6,542 m/ 21,463 ft), Kongde Peak (6,187 m/ 20,298 ft) and others.

The trek includes world’s most famous destination – Everest Base Camp and also, expedition to peaks such as Kalapathhar (5,545 m/ 18,192 ft) and Gokyo Ri (5,357 m/ 17,575 ft). You walk pass famous town such as Namche Bazzar, enjoy the beauty of Himalayan freshwater lake Gokyo Lake, walk across the world’s longest glacier – Ngozumpa. You visit a celebrated monastery of Tengboche, and get first-hand experience of Sherpa culture as well.

The trekking begins and ends with thrilling flight to Lukla, famous for its landing and takeoff adventure.

Itenerary

Your arrival in Kathmandu will mark your first day in Nepal. You will be greeted and welcomed by our representative at the international airport and safely transferred to your respective hotel. You will be given time to rest and upon your wished time, we will show you a local market of Thamel where you can change your money, do shop, withdraw money, eat your meal. You will then be taken to our office for trip briefing. Delay on your arrival time will result the adjustment of your program to the next suitable day.
You enjoy your breakfast and start our informative tour of Kathmandu. You will visit two sights, both famous through holy and religious approach, Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa. Pashupatinath Temple: One of the most visited temples in Nepal, Pashupatinath is a listed UNESCO cultural heritage site. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva of Hindu religion and located besides Bagmati river – the holy river for Hindus where cremation of dead body takes place. It is mostly packed by pilgrims from around the world during a festival of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February-March. Boudhanath Stupa: Standing tall with four pairs of eye directed at four different direction, the structure is one of the biggest of its kind in Nepal. It is inspired by Mahayana philosophy. You end your day with relaxation and preparation for trek. Night will be spent at hotel in Kathmandu.
We drive you to domestic airport for the flight of 30 mins flying over Nepal’s mid-hills and mountains parallel to the Himalayan ranges to Lukla. The flight will be an amazing adventurous experience in which the landing and take-off is world famous activity. Landing on an airstrip of a beautiful town Lukla – gateway to the Everest trek, you will stop for a short while to fix your luggage, meet with all crew members, and have a cup of tea/coffee to start the day. You then walk for three and half hrs approximately on a gently sloped landscape towards Phakding and spend your night at a local lodge in the bank of pristine Dudh Koshi river.
After breakfast you are now ready for the exciting yet challenging walk which is informative as well since you enter into the Sagarmatha National Park. The first part of the walk is beautiful along the deep Dudh Koshi river valley made by high hills both sides and decorated with forest. You cross multiple hanging bridge today, and just below the ridge of Namche you cross the highest hanging bridge – hold your breath if you suffer from the fear of height and bridges. After you cross the bridge, walk steep two to three hours uphill in the pine and deodar cedar forest to reach Namche Bazaar . While in the middle of the uphill, you may sight the Mt. Everest for the first time. Namche Bazaar used to be a trading post for Tibetan and Nepali merchants who cross over the high Himalayan pass called Nang Pa La pass (5,806 m/ 19,050 ft). Early trans-Himalayan trading place, Namche still holds its prominence for local market place. You spend two nights in this town.
On this day, you hike around Namche Bazar and get yourselves habituated with the altitude differences you will be facing. In order to be more than sure about your health in coming days we highly recommend to climb further up to Everest view Hotel – provides a beautiful view of mountain range including Mt. Everest. On your way up, you pass small airstrip of Syangboche (3,780 m/12,402 ft) – the highest altitude airstrip in Nepal which is not permitted for commercial flights nowadays. The hilltop above Syangboche provides first view of magical Himalayan range including Taboche Peak, Lhotse, Peak- 38, Ama Dablam , Thamserku, Kongde peak, Kongde peak and others so close. While at Khumjung (3,780 m/12,401 ft), you can visit the Hillary School – high school built by sir Edmund Hillary who reached the summit of Mt. Everest at first in 1953. Lunch in one of the tea houses in Khumjung. You can visit Khunde where Hospital under Hillary trust is serving to local Sherpas.
Your day will be directed towards relatively different destination than regular base camp trek to Thame – small village off to Namche and childhood home of Tenzing Norgay Sherap who scaled Mt. Everest for the first time in 1953 with Edmund Hillary. Trail for the day will be peaceful and pass through an ancient settlement. The route is the same route through which trans-Himalayan trade between Nepal and Tibet used to occur. Our exploration includes Thame Gompa renowned in cultural index for an unique festival of Mani Rimdu. We will spend the night at local lodge.
The increasing height to alpine region will make the day challenging, nevertheless very eventful. We will pass through Kyaro Gumba and Taranga temple on our way up to Marlung. We rest for the day at this place and spend our night at the local lodge.
Our walking duration for this day is short but the altitude we gain throughout will be high. On this day we will be greeted by beautiful view of Kongde peak. The steep climb comes to an end at Lungden. We spend overnight at local lodge and prepare for our first big day of the trek.
This day marks your first pass among three in the Everest region. During your walk you pass through Renjo lake and RelamaTso (lake) along with even admirable vista of the Himalayan ranges. From the Renjo La pass you can view the Mt. Everest and other numbers of the peaks including the Rolwaling ranges. You trek down to Gokyo valley which is quite tedious work in loose scree and stone boulders. You will reach the third lake in the Gokyo valley in which six Himalayan lakes are lined up. We spend our night at the local lodge enjoying the view of Gokyo lake.
At pre-dawn to catch sunrise over the Himalayas, we hike our way up to Gokyo Ri, a steep hill located right beside Lake Gokyo. From the top, you can sight magnificent view of Ngozumba glacier and the most mesmerizing mountains view including three eight thousanders peaks Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Cho Oyu. From this top, Mt Everest is visible in bigger size than from Kalapatthar. We then descend down to Gokyo and spend our second night at this beautiful place in a local lodge.
After breakfast lazily, you start the day since it is not that far to reach Thangnak. We cross the Ngozumba glacier – the longest glacier of Nepal. The crossing over glacier is pretty adventurous experience. You need to be very careful with the changing trail on the glacier, and always dangerous with rocks, boulders, and crevasses. Once we reach Thagnak, enjoy your lunch, and spend the night at the local lodge.
Your another big day with Himalayan pass starts with pre-dawn/early morning walk towards Cho-La pass. The weather to be considered to start this day. Hike to the Base Camp of Cho La pass is fairly easy with gradual uphill in the gentle slope. From Base Camp, you need to climb the steepest route on this trekking and complete the Cho La Pass. The trekking is physically demanding as you have to then descend down the rocky trail to Dzongla which is pretty long. Rest for the day at Dzongla in a local lodge.
It is short day and deserve to be short for the rest after yesterday’s arduous walk. We walk observing all the sights and mountains and lakes visible and redeem our energy which was lost the day before. Our walk to the yak pasture of Lobuche is filled with views of panoramas. The views of mountains will never get tiring, once we reach Lobuche we rest for the day and spend our night at the local lodge.
After breakfast your another big day begins. You set for the Everest Base Camp ! The first section is easy in the beautiful backdrop of the mountains parallel to Khumbu Glacier which is visible from near to Gorakshep – small town where you are sleeping for tonight – on the right side. Once you reach Gorakshep, take good lunch and get set for the Base Camp. The trail is winding in the glacial moraines and on the rock boulders. It takes about 3 hrs of hiking to reach the base camp from where you take a closer look of Khumbu glacier. View of Mt. Everest from Base Camp is not much clear though. If you reach here in March -May, you will see hundreds of colorful tents used by climbers. You will then return back to Gorakhshep after spending some time at the Base Camp. Stay at the lodge in Gorakhshep for the night.
You start the thrilling day at pre-dawn by climbing to Kalapatthar which is about 2.30 to 3 hrs climb. You will catch the mesmerizing sunrise over the Himalayan peaks if your pace and health help you. Kalapatthar offers 3600 view of the mountains including the tallest Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche East and Pumori. Enjoy your climb which is worth doing. After this climb down to your lodge. After breakfast be ready for a short walk to Lobuche. Enjoy your afternoon in Lobuche, and be ready for the final pass – Kong ma La.
One of the highest passes among three, and the most thrilling one is here to make your day. We start our day walking across Khumbu glacier towards Kongma La pass. The trail up to the pass and down equally made from loose scree and boulders. Enjoy the scenic mountain view from top of the pass, and start your long way down to the Chukung in Imja river valley. Spend the night at the local lodge.
From Chhukung we trek all the way to Tengboche – small hamlet town where famous Tengboche monastery dedicated to Tibetan Buddhism is located. The monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in the region and popular for the Mani Rimdu fascinating festival – celebrated in the form of mask dance – celebrated in the month of October-November (date is fixed each year according to lunar calendar). As you descend down from Chukkung past Dingobhe, alpine landscape fades away and enter in to green zone equipped with beautiful forest section after Pangboche. After long and adventurous yet beautiful walk, you arrive your destination of Tengboche. Overnight stay in the lodge.
Enjoy the morning breakfast in this stunning place. The view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse wall, Tawache, Mt. Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kantenga, Kongde peak is mesmerizing from this town. After breakfast walk down to the river bed in Phungi Tenga, and climb uphill to Kyanjuma and to Namche finally for lunch. Enjoy our lunch in Namche. You can stroll around for some shopping, if you want to buy back some gifts to your friends/family members from the Everest Region. Later in the afternoon, climb down to the river bed of Bhote Koshi, cross the thrilling bridge and then walk to Monjo. Overnight local lodge.
After breakfast, walk same way back along the Dudh Koshi River. Reach Lukla walking past Phakding and several other beautiful dotted settlements both sides of the river. In Lukla, we thank and bid farewell to our amazing crew members who helped us for successful trip. Overnight local lodge.
We take another beautiful and thrilling morning flight back to Kathmandu saying a heartfelt goodbye to the majestic mountains. You land at Kathmandu airport to feel the bustling city atmosphere after a week in the Himalayas with freshness and greenery. You are transferred to the hotel and leave you to enjoy the day on your own and relax. Overnight in a hotel.
After breakfast at your Hotel, we take you to the mysterious Kathmandu city tour. This historical, cultural and spiritual city unveils the social and historical mysteries to visitors. You will walk through the narrow lanes of the ancient Kathmandu – the center of power – that includes markets of Ason, Glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupas inside the family courtyard. Visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square – the administrative quarter of Malla Kings (fourteenth to eighteenth century), and Shah Kings who ruled Nepal from 1768 until 2008. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of the living goddess “Kumari”. After the tour, return back to your Hotel. If you are staying in Thamel, you can hang around this bustling tourist market and enjoy shopping. Overnight in Hotel.
As per your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the international airport of Kathmandu three hours prior to the flight time and your tour ends here.

What is Included?

    • Airport Pick up and Drop.
    • 3 star standard (Nepal’s standard) hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu.
    • Tea house (Lodge) accommodation
    • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) three times a day
    • Tea Coffee (3 times a day).
    • A professional trekking guide, Porter (Helper) and assistant guide for group size above 5 trekkers
    • Air ticket (Kathmandu- Lukla –Kathmandu)
    • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipment, all transport for Trekking Staff
    • Kathmandu Cultural and Historical sightseeing with a Tour guide, Private transportation, and entrance fee.
    • Trekking Permit (TIMS).
    • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit.
    • Down Jacket, a sleeping bag, Fleece liner and a duffel bag.
    • All government taxes

What is Excluded?

    • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kind of unforeseen expenses.
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Tips for Guide Porter & Driver (Tips are not compulsory but expected)

    Anything that is not mentioned in Inclusion

Equipment Checklist

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking tours. There are various selections and brands that you can choose as per your interest. All required trekking equipments can be bought or even hired easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.

General

  1. Down sleeping bag (you can borrow with us if required).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag (you can borrow with us if required).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (you can borrow with us if required).
  5. Fleece liner (you can borrow with us if required).
  6. Walking poles (Walking poles are optional but recommended, and you can borrow with us if required).
  7. Water bottle with purification tablets.
  8. Hand wash liquids.
  9. Lip guard.
  10. Sun-block cream.
  11. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  1. Cap and ears covering hat. 
  2. Glacier glasses
  3. Head torch.
  4. Ear-muffs and neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth (optional)

Hand

  1. Hand gloves (One light pair and One warmer pair)

Body

  1. T-shirts – few.
  2. Light and weight thermal tops and warm thermal top.
  3. Light jacket and vest.
  4. Wind and rain jacket.
  5. Shirts and warm shirts.

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Long and short hiking pants.
  2. Lightweight and warm long underwear.
  3. Rain and windproof trousers and warm trekking trousers.

Feet

  1. Thin and thick socks.
  2. Trekking boots, light shoes, and sandal.
  3. Trekking Gaiters.       

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Our guide will carry first aid kit bag during the trek.  We still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as you feel it necessary).

  1. Headache and fever medicine.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Burnt cream.
  4. Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach and diarrhea.
  5. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide). Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  6. Antibiotics.
  7. Blister treatments such as moleskin, hand plants and-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.

Miscellaneous

  1. Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies).
  2. Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money and passport.
  3. Pocket knife.
  4. Bandanas.
  5. Favorite snack foods and energy bars
  6. Paperback books, cards, mp3 player. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items lightweights
  7. Binoculars.
  8. Camera.

All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

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