Everest high Three Pass Trek |17 days

Trip Highlights

Ξ The three-pass trek is the ultimate Everest experience. 

Ξ Stunning view of the planet’s tallest mountain 

Ξ Pass by the three demanding passes of Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La. 

Ξ Experience the culture and way of living of the Buddhist Sherpa and their temples. 

Ξ Explore a lot of tea houses and guest houses of the local people.

Trip Overview

Everest High Three Pass Trek is a really nice adventure trekking location in the Everest region. The Sagarmatha National Park has been one of the most famous locations for mountain climbers and trekkers since the first ascent by Sir Edmund Hilary & Norgay Tensing in 1953. The Everest high Three Pass Trek will take the trekkers to high elevations and involves the passing through Renjo La Pass (5360m), Cho-La Pass (5420m), Kongma-La Pass, (5535) also Mt. Gokyo Ri (5,360m), and Mt. Kalapathar (5,454m) and Everest Base Camp (5,364m). The beautiful landscape and attractive views at the time of the trek are amazing. 

Personal fitness is important because of the high elevations. It is essential that trekkers do some preparation before trying Everest High Three Pass Trek. This is a different chance to be humbled by four towering 8,000m plus peaks; Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), and Mt. Everest (8,848m). This trek initiates the trekkers to the remote valley of Nang La, the Sherpa villages of Tham and Marlung. It is demanding ascent to Dingboche (4410m), and Kongma-La Pass (5535m). Via Tengboche (3860m) and Kongma-La Pass (5550m). The views from these locations will last a lifetime! Kongma-La Pass is the highest of these three passes. From Dingboche, the trekkers climb higher and after passing Khongma-La via High Camp the trekkers reach Lobuche (4910m) and then move to Gorekshep (5140m). Gorekshep is the crossroad where the route directs to Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp. 

For some of the most beautiful views of Everest, the trekkers trek to the renowned vantage point at Kala Pathar (5644m) – generally referred to as ‘black rock’. It is downhill from here as they trek back to Gorekshep and then down to Everest Base Camp (5360m) via Gorek Shep (5164m) At EBC they can view the Khumbu Glacier, the planet’s highest and one that trekkers have to cross by on their way to Everest. From EBC the trekkers descend to Lobuche and then on to Cho-LA pass (5420m), the most challenging of the three passes, beginning close to Lobuche Kharka through to Thangnak. During the trek to Thangnak Kharka via Dzonglha (4830m) they view Awi Peak (5245m), Lobuche Peak, Nirekha Peak, and others.

 After viewing the stunning landscapes of these peaks in the vicinity of Everest they continue on to Gokyo, taking them by the Gokyo Valley and its lot of lakes, after which they then ascend to Gokyo Ri (5420m) disregarded as the best viewpoint in the whole mountain ranges in the Everest Region. After passing by Gokyo Ri the trekkers head to High Camp Via the Renjo-La pass 5360m. As with Gokyo Ri, the Renjo Ranges. After High Camp, they will move back down to Thame via Lungdhen (4380m) and Murlung (4210m). Moving further downhill the trekkers will trek to Lukla via Namche Bazaar accomplishing the round-trip by the 3 passes. 

Physical Fitness and Difficulty Level 

The Everest high Three Pass Trek is highly rated as a difficult trek compared to the outstanding Everest Base Camp Trek so this trek is appropriate for those who have had preceding experiences of trekking, this does not indicate the trekkers are required to be an athlete or marathon runner. Hence, the fitter the trekkers are, the more they will enjoy it. 

This might sound demanding to first-time trekkers, who are concerned that they won’t keep up; all they require is walking, jogging, cycling, and trekking close to the valley prior to starting. If one does trekking each year in the mountain ranges they will be in good health after walking to lose weight. 

Altitude Sickness 

Trekking in the higher altitudes is physically challenging compared to trekking in the lower altitudes. Going up at a higher altitude quickly or very fast causes elevation illness, it normally occurs when the human body fails to adapt to the minimizing amount of oxygen accessible to the high altitude as they ascend higher above 2500m.

Prevention of Altitude Sickness 

  • Allowing the body to have enough time to adjust. 
  • Do not travel by yourself or solo, take a guide or travel with a group of people. 
  • So no to alcohol, sleeping pills, and smoking. 
  • At least 3 to 4 liters of clean water each day. 
  • Do not make a rapid ascend. 
  • Avoid getting cold. 

FAQs

Q1: What is the Everest High Three Pass Trek?

 The Everest High Three Pass Trek is a challenging and exhilarating trekking adventure in the Everest region of Nepal. It involves crossing three high mountain passes: Kongma La Pass (5,535 meters), Cho La Pass (5,420 meters), and Renjo La Pass (5,360 meters). This trek offers breathtaking views of the Everest and Makalu ranges, as well as encounters with the unique culture of the Sherpa people.

Q2: How long is the Everest High Three Pass Trek?

 The typical duration of the Everest High Three Pass Trek is approximately 17 to 20 days, including acclimatization days and allowing for variations in trekking pace and side trips. The trek is designed to ensure trekkers have sufficient time to acclimatize and fully enjoy the experience.

Q3: What is the best time to undertake this trek?

 The best time for the Everest High Three Pass Trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November. These months offer the most stable weather conditions, clear skies, and comfortable temperatures for trekking. Avoid the monsoon season (June to August) and the harsh winter months (December to February).

Q4: Do I need permits for this trek?

 Yes, several permits are required for the Everest High Three Pass Trek. These typically include the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit, Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit (for some routes), and a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card. These permits are essential for trekking in the Everest region and can be obtained through authorized agencies in Kathmandu or the local area.

Q5: Is this trek suitable for all trekkers?

The Everest High Three Pass Trek is a challenging trek that involves high altitudes and strenuous climbs. It is best suited for experienced trekkers who have prior high-altitude trekking experience and are in good physical condition. Trekkers should be prepared for long days of walking and changing weather conditions. Adequate physical fitness and acclimatization are crucial for a safe and enjoyable trek.

Q6: Is it necessary to hire a guide and porter for this trek?

 While it is not mandatory to hire a guide and porter for the Everest High Three Pass Trek, it is highly recommended, especially for those without prior high-altitude trekking experience. A knowledgeable guide can ensure your safety, provide valuable information about the region, and assist with navigation. Porters can help carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to trek more comfortably and enjoy the journey.

Q7: Are there acclimatization days included in the itinerary?

 Yes, the Everest High Three Pass Trek typically includes acclimatization days at key locations such as Namche Bazaar and Dingboche. These rest days are essential for adjusting to the high altitudes and reducing the risk of altitude-related illnesses. Trekkers can use these days to explore the local culture, undertake short hikes, or simply rest and acclimatize.

Q8: What is the accommodation like during the trek?

 Accommodation during the Everest High Three Pass Trek consists of teahouses or lodges along the trail. These provide basic facilities, including clean rooms with twin beds or dormitory-style sleeping arrangements, communal dining areas, and meals. Accommodations are cozy and offer a chance to interact with fellow trekkers in a communal atmosphere.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Your incredible journey begins as you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. You’ll be warmly welcomed by our team and transferred to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu. Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, is a vibrant and culturally rich city nestled in a valley surrounded by the majestic Himalayan mountains. At an elevation of 1,300 meters (4,265 feet), Kathmandu serves as the starting point for your adventure into the Everest region.

Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding

Today, you’ll embark on an exhilarating flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a small airstrip perched on a mountainside. The flight itself is an adventure, offering stunning aerial views of the Himalayas before touching down in Lukla. From Lukla, you’ll commence your trek towards Phakding, a charming village situated at 2,651 meters (8,697 feet) above sea level. This initial trek introduces you to the beauty of the Khumbu region and takes approximately 3 to 4 hours.

Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Your trek continues as you ascend to the vibrant and bustling Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar. Nestled at an altitude of 3,438 meters (11,279 feet), Namche Bazaar is a hub for trekkers and serves as an essential acclimatization stop. The trail to Namche spans 5 to 6 hours and leads you through lush forests, across suspension bridges, and along picturesque valleys.

Day 4: Acclimatization Day

Understanding the importance of acclimatization in high-altitude trekking, you’ll spend an extra day in Namche Bazaar. This provides an opportunity for your body to adapt gradually to the thinning air and higher elevations. You can explore the town, visit local markets, and take short hikes to nearby viewpoints, all while enjoying stunning views of the surrounding peaks.

Day 5: Namche to Tengboche

Leaving Namche Bazaar behind, you’ll continue your journey towards Tengboche. At an elevation of 3,956 meters (12,979 feet), Tengboche is home to one of the highest Buddhist monasteries globally and offers breathtaking views of the Everest and Ama Dablam. The trek takes approximately 5 to 6 hours, with opportunities to soak in the serene Himalayan landscape.

Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche

Today, you’ll trek to Dingboche, a picturesque village nestled at 4,380 meters (14,370 feet) above sea level. The trail gradually ascends, and you’ll be rewarded with awe-inspiring vistas of the surrounding mountains. This leg of the trek takes around 4 to 5 hours.

Day 7: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche

Another acclimatization day awaits in Dingboche to ensure your body adapts effectively to the increasing altitude. You can choose to explore the local area, undertake short hikes, or simply relax and take in the tranquil mountain atmosphere.

Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche via Khong Ma La Pass

Prepare for a challenging day as you set out from Dingboche, cross the formidable Khong Ma La Pass at an elevation of 5,535 meters (18,159 feet), and arrive at Lobuche, situated at 4,938 meters (16,200 feet). This demanding trek takes approximately 10 hours and rewards you with spectacular views along the way.

Day 9: Lobuche to Gorakshep (Afternoon hike to Kalapatthar)

Your trek continues as you make your way to Gorakshep, located at 5,368 meters (17,611 feet) above sea level. In the afternoon, you’ll embark on an unforgettable hike to Kalapatthar. At 5,545 meters (18,192 feet), Kalapatthar provides an incredible vantage point for witnessing the sunset over Mount Everest and its neighboring peaks. The total duration of today’s activities is around 8 hours.

Day 10: Gorakshep to Dzongla (Morning hike to EBC)

In the morning, you’ll set out for the iconic Everest Base Camp (EBC) before proceeding to Dzongla, situated at an elevation of 4,830 meters (15,846 feet). The trek takes approximately 8 hours and offers an up-close look at the base camp, where mountaineers prepare for their Everest summit attempts.

Day 11: Dzongla to Gokyo via Cho La Pass

Today is another demanding day as you tackle the challenging Cho La Pass, perched at an altitude of 5,420 meters (17,782 feet), before descending to the enchanting Gokyo Valley. Gokyo is located at 4,800 meters (15,748 feet) and is known for its beautiful glacial lakes. This portion of the trek spans 8 to 9 hours and is filled with stunning alpine scenery.

Day 12: Acclimatization Day in Gokyo

To ensure proper acclimatization, you’ll spend a day in the serene Gokyo Valley. You can explore the stunning Gokyo Lakes, undertake short hikes, or simply relax and take in the pristine mountain environment.

Day 13: Gokyo Valley to Marlung via Renjo La Pass

Your trek today involves crossing the formidable Renjo La Pass, situated at an altitude of 5,360 meters (17,585 feet). After conquering the pass, you’ll descend to Marlung, located at 4,210 meters (13,812 feet) above sea level. This exhilarating trek takes around 7 to 8 hours, and the views from the pass are nothing short of spectacular.

Day 14: Marlung to Namche Bazaar

Retracing your steps, you’ll trek back to Namche Bazaar, where you can enjoy the familiar surroundings and local hospitality. This trek spans 5 to 6 hours and allows you to reminisce about your journey through the Khumbu region.

Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Your trekking circuit nears its completion as you descend from Namche Bazaar to Lukla. This scenic trek takes approximately 7 to 8 hours and provides a chance to bid farewell to the high Himalayas.

Day 16: Lukla to Kathmandu (Flight)

You’ll board a short and exhilarating flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu, offering a final glimpse of the majestic mountains you’ve traversed. As you land in Kathmandu, you’ll transition from the rugged terrain of the Himalayas to the bustling streets of the capital city. Kathmandu sits at an altitude of 1,400 meters (4,593 feet), offering a stark contrast to the high-altitude landscapes you’ve become accustomed to.

Day 17: Departure

On your departure day, you’ll bid a fond farewell to Nepal, a land of remarkable landscapes and cultural diversity. You’ll be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey, carrying with you unforgettable memories of your Himalayan adventure and the Everest High Three Pass Trek.

Equipment List

FOR HIKING 

1:  Backpack (size depends on whether or not you have porters)1 pcs and handbag 1 pcs 

2:  Hiking Boots (break them in beforehand) 1 pair

3: Camp Shoes (your reward after a long day) 1 pair

4: Wool Socks (bring a few pairs of varying thickness)

5: Lightweight Trekking Pants ( 2-3 pcs )

6: Trekking shorts ( 2-3 pcs )

7:T-Shirts (lightweight wool is great) more than 3-4 pcs

8: Underwear ( more than 5 pcs )

Cold Weather 

 1:Long Underwear/Wool Thermals

2: Sweeter

3:Fleece

4:Waterproof Jacket and Pants

5:Heavyweight Pants for high elevations (also good for camp)

6:Heavy Down Jacket (can be rented in Kathmandu)

7:Winter Hat

8:Winter Gloves

Accessories 

1:Water Purification (pump, tablets, or SteriPen; bring from home)

2:Water Bottles (at least 3 liters total capacity)

3:Baseball Cap (the sun is strong at all elevations)

4:Hiking Poles (lessen the impact on your joints)

5:Sunglasses (essential when you cross the snow line)

6:Head Lamp ( extra batteries )

7:Reading Materials (Kindle may be best)

8:Journal and Pens

9:Camera ( extra batteries )

10:Daypack (for your rain jacket, snacks, camera, etc.)

11:Heavy-duty duffle bag (preferred by porters)

12:Gators (many people wear them but they are not mandatory)

Personal Supplies

 1:Sunscreen

2:Hand Sanitizer

3:Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, floss, etc.)

4:Biodegradable Bar Soap

5:Face/Body Wipes

6:Biodegradable washing Liquid

7:Throat lozenges, Lip balm

8:Medications (Ibuprofen, others if necessary)

FAQs

Q1: What is the Everest High Three Pass Trek?

 The Everest High Three Pass Trek is a challenging and exhilarating trekking adventure in the Everest region of Nepal. It involves crossing three high mountain passes: Kongma La Pass (5,535 meters), Cho La Pass (5,420 meters), and Renjo La Pass (5,360 meters). This trek offers breathtaking views of the Everest and Makalu ranges, as well as encounters with the unique culture of the Sherpa people.

Q2: How long is the Everest High Three Pass Trek?

 The typical duration of the Everest High Three Pass Trek is approximately 17 to 20 days, including acclimatization days and allowing for variations in trekking pace and side trips. The trek is designed to ensure trekkers have sufficient time to acclimatize and fully enjoy the experience.

Q3: What is the best time to undertake this trek?

 The best time for the Everest High Three Pass Trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November. These months offer the most stable weather conditions, clear skies, and comfortable temperatures for trekking. Avoid the monsoon season (June to August) and the harsh winter months (December to February).

Q4: Do I need permits for this trek?

 Yes, several permits are required for the Everest High Three Pass Trek. These typically include the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit, Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit (for some routes), and a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card. These permits are essential for trekking in the Everest region and can be obtained through authorized agencies in Kathmandu or the local area.

Q5: Is this trek suitable for all trekkers?

The Everest High Three Pass Trek is a challenging trek that involves high altitudes and strenuous climbs. It is best suited for experienced trekkers who have prior high-altitude trekking experience and are in good physical condition. Trekkers should be prepared for long days of walking and changing weather conditions. Adequate physical fitness and acclimatization are crucial for a safe and enjoyable trek.

Q6: Is it necessary to hire a guide and porter for this trek?

 While it is not mandatory to hire a guide and porter for the Everest High Three Pass Trek, it is highly recommended, especially for those without prior high-altitude trekking experience. A knowledgeable guide can ensure your safety, provide valuable information about the region, and assist with navigation. Porters can help carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to trek more comfortably and enjoy the journey.

Q7: Are there acclimatization days included in the itinerary?

 Yes, the Everest High Three Pass Trek typically includes acclimatization days at key locations such as Namche Bazaar and Dingboche. These rest days are essential for adjusting to the high altitudes and reducing the risk of altitude-related illnesses. Trekkers can use these days to explore the local culture, undertake short hikes, or simply rest and acclimatize.

Q8: What is the accommodation like during the trek?

 Accommodation during the Everest High Three Pass Trek consists of teahouses or lodges along the trail. These provide basic facilities, including clean rooms with twin beds or dormitory-style sleeping arrangements, communal dining areas, and meals. Accommodations are cozy and offer a chance to interact with fellow trekkers in a communal atmosphere.

Cost Included

  1. Airport Pick up & drop off
  2. An English-speaking Guide
  3. Good potter to carry your bags during the trekking
  4. All Ground transportation
  5. Kathmandu and Trekking accommodations
  6. One Main course meal 3 times a day on the trek (You can choose from the menu)
  7. Himalaya Sunrise Treks and Expedition pvt ltd T-shirt
  8. Duffel Bag for the trek which needs to be returned after the trek 
  9. Trekking achievement certificate from the company
  10. A Comprehensive medical kit
  11. Trekking permits
  12. Tims card
  13. all Government Local Tax
  14. Farewell  Dinner before departure

Cost not Include

 

  • Meals whilst in Kathmandu are US$ 15 – US$ 20 per day.
  • Entry fee while sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal equipment
  • Nepal Visa fee (visa charge of USD 40 and 4 passport photographs for the visa and permit).
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • All kinds of drinks (hot, cold, and alcoholic).
  • Personal shopping and laundry shower etc.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the ‘Price Include’ section.

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  • Max Altitude: 5,643 m
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