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Everest Region or Khumbu Region offers some best and classic treks filled with adventure and thrill. Trekking to the three high passes in the Everest Region is one of the demanding and highly rewarding treks as it takes you through the passes over 5000m, offering you an exceptional view of the surrounding areas. In addition to crossing Kongma La Pass (5535 m), Cho La (5380 m), and Renjo La (5388 m), you will also have the opportunity to step up to Kalapatthar, the best viewpoint in the region offering 360 degrees panoramic views of all gigantic peaks. Join us on our trek to three high passes in the Everest Region for an unforgettable experience.
The journey starts with a short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Then, our trek starts with the walk through the Sherpa settlements up to Phakding along the Dudhkoshi River. We will consecutively explore Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Kongma La, Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp, Cho La, Gokyo lakes, Lungden, and Renjo La pass. The overall trek is a complete package of thrill, adventure, fun, extreme pain, and test of endurance.
Ultimately, the three high passes trek gives you an immensely beautiful experience of exploring the unique Sherpa culture, the century-old Tengboche monastery, hidden corners of Dingboche, the mesmerizing view from Kalapatthar, the intoxicating sceneries from Everest Base Camp, and electrifying traverse through the three high passes above 5000m.
Along with the fun comes risks as well. Therefore, one must be highly fit and must have the experience of trekking in higher altitudes. Besides physical fitness and wellbeing, one must also be mentally prepared for the remoteness and harsh climate that nature will put forward.
The best season to go on Three High Passes Trek is during March to May and September to November when the weather is favorable with a clear sky, the temperature is moderate and forests are green and dense. The views of the gigantic snow-covered peaks are clearly visible during these months that are stunning.
If you are wondering what you will need to carry for Three high passes Trekking, find out here.
Upon your arrival at the TIA, you will need to fulfill the procedures of Visa obtaining. While at the arrivals, one of our representatives will be waiting to welcome you. After meet and greet, you will be transferred to the hotel booked for you to rest. There you will freshen up and relax. You can go around the streets of Thamel for refreshments.
We allocate the second day for rest, shopping, official procedures, and trek preparation. We can also spend the rest of the day sightseeing around Kathmandu.
Early in the morning, after an amazing breakfast, we will take a thrilling flight to Lukla Airport. The flight gives you a bird’s eye view of the valleys, rivers, hills, and gradually mountain ranges. Even though the flight is only for half an hour, it does not fail to mesmerize you now and then. As we land at Lukla Airport, which is already exciting, we start our trek to Phakding, our destination for the day. After obtaining the permit for the region, we will slowly move through the settlements on a mixed trail of dirt, stone pathways, and some rocky sections at times. This is an easy start so make sure to enjoy all the greeneries, floras, and faunas as you walk. The trail takes you over several suspension bridges and along the Dudh Koshi river. Enjoy the rest of the day at Phakding after 4-5 hours of walk.
After Phakding, we move towards another beautiful destination, Namche Bazaar, which is the commercial point of the Khumbu region. Passing through the dense luscious forests of pine, juniper, Rhododendron, looking out for animals in the Sagarmatha National Park, walking up the stairs, and mostly walking uphills are the major activities of the day’s trek. This trek will be 5-6 hours long and tiring as we start gaining significant elevation. As we reach Namche, we rest at our hotel and enjoy our dinner. The next day, we will go around the village area and experience some local sherpa culture. We will also hike up to the Everest View Hotel for a mindblowing vista of the Grand Everest itself.
After acclimatizing at Namche, we set our feet on the trail towards Khumjung valley, also called the green valley because of its dense vegetation. We follow the rocky pathways, steep uphills, rugged terrain, and most importantly enjoy the glimpses of the mountains at a distance throughout.
After Khumjung, we then approach the most beautiful and tranquil part of this Trek, the Tengboche monastery. This trail is a mix of smooth up and downhill paths with a steep uphill climb through the forests before we reach Tengboche. If we get lucky, we may even be able to spot some musk deer, a herd of Himalayan Thar, and pheasants along our way.
Tengboche monastery is one of the most popular monasteries among Buddhists around the world. The views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam are visible towards the north while Thamserku and Kangtega stand towards the south with striking views. We will also join in some prayer ceremonies and rest for the day.
After 5-6 hours of trek, we will finally rest at a lodge in Tengboche.
After spending our night in Tengboche, we begin our trek for the day towards Dingboche where we will stay overnight. Following the path down from Tengboche towards Deboche through the forests of Rhododendrons, we cross a bridge over the raging Imja river. Then, we gradually climb uphill to reach the village of Lower Pangboche where we can witness the spectacular views of Ama Dablam. We then move across the valley to reach our destination Dingboche at the start of the Imja Tse valley after an approximate walk of 5-6 hours.
Our next destination is Chhukung, a small village away from the regular crowded route of the Everest Region. From Dingboche, after breakfast, we start our trek alongside the river down the valley, passing through the settlements of Dingboche. Walking on trails of dirt, rocks, and sand, witnessing the stunning views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse in the background, we finally reach Chhukung to rest overnight. Chhukung houses only a few teahouses to serve the climbers and trekkers heading to Island peak, Chhukung Ri, and Kongma La Pass. We will spend the next day in Chhukung for acclimatization.
We will start early on this day as we will be crossing the highest pass of our journey. As there are no teahouses on the way, we will have some heavy breakfast and pack some fulfilling lunch and carry enough water to quench our thirst in the remote and isolated valley. We will then climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung over Kongma La Pass and head towards Lobuche where we will rest overnight.
This day is going to test our endurance as we will be trekking for 8 to 9 hours to admire the beauty of the base of the World's highest peak, the Everest Base Camp. First, we begin through the lateral moraines of the Khumbu Glacier and pass the pyramid sign post. Viewing the panoramic scenes of the north ridge of Everest, Mt Pumori, Mahalangur Himal, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Khumbutse, and many more, we then climb steeply up to the top through the moraine of Changri Glacier which gives a peek of Kala Patthar. Upon reaching Gorakh Shep, we will rest for lunch beholding the majestic snow-capped peaks. Then we proceed to the Everest Base Camp and after some time return to Gorak Shep to rest overnight.
We will be hiking up to the most beautiful viewpoint in the Everest Region, Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar is the highest point one can reach heading to the Everest Base Camp. Kala Patthar offers unparalleled views of the surrounding peaks including Mt Everest. Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, and many more that dazzle our eyes with shining beauty. But we must start early in the morning so that we reach the viewpoint to witness the glorious sunrise. After the photoshoot and relaxation, we will then retrace our steps to Gorakh Shep back to Lobuche.
This day will be a relaxing one as we trek for only 3-4 hours. We begin from Lobuche through the main trail, later curving round through the rocky riverbed of the stream. We walk along the trail and climb the grassy ridge ahead until we reach Dzongla from where we will view the eye-pleasing sceneries of giant peaks.
On this day, we will be crossing our next high pass, the Cho La pass at 5368 m. We start early, have our breakfast, and head towards Cho La pass. Later, we will descend down to Thangnak and trek to Gokyo, and rest overnight.
Gokyo is a wonderful gem in the Khumbu valley blessed with beauty. The Gokyo lakes are highly famous for their luring colors and beauty. We will take a day’s rest in Gokyo and use this chance to hike up to Gokyo Ri to overlook the mesmerizing surroundings.
On this day, we will conquer our last high pass of the trek. We start early from Gokyo village as we will cross Renjo La pass at 5360 m. Walking slowly and steadily, inhaling the fresh air from the snowy mountains, we turn to Renjo La pass from Dudh Pokhari and continue our trek for 7 to 8 hours with a lunch break in between. Then we will descend to Marlung to rest overnight.
We start descending down to Thame following a traditional route used by Tibetan traders to reach Namche for centuries. Then we cross the Bhote Koshi river and descend further to Taranga. The trail then goes through the valley of the Langmuche river until we reach Namche Bazaar.
We retrace our path back to Lukla from Namche following the route Jorsale-Monjo-Phakding-Lukla. We will slowly bid farewell to the beautiful Khumbu region and the sherpa capital Namche.
After resting at Lukla, we will catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu. You may spend your day strolling in the city area, shopping for souvenirs and many more. Dinner in the evening will be hosted by the Eight K team for all members.
Finally, after a wonderful adventurous journey to the three high passes, we will have to wish you a safe journey back home. One of our representatives will drop you off at the airport for your scheduled departure.
Climbers are advised to prepare and train their bodies and mind in a perfect way to adapt to the remoteness, high altitude, and distance from the families. It is also advised to carry lesser amounts of valuable belongings. Also, pack in some cotton clothes for your stay in Kathmandu while some warm ones for the Himalayas. Always keep a copy of your passport and photos with you.
Trekking and mountain climbing in the Everest Region are highly dependent on weather conditions. We try to schedule our trips at the most favorable time but in case of extreme scenarios, domestic flights to Lukla may be delayed or canceled. In cases as such, we would like to notify you that except for the total number of days in the itinerary section, expenses of other extra days shall be borne by the client himself/herself. However, 8K Expeditions will make necessary arrangements for the accommodation of porters and guides. If you wish to make alternative arrangements such as a helicopter flight to avoid flight delays, we can arrange it at a nominal extra charge.
Also, 8K Expeditions shall not be liable for any compensation for losses due to missed International Flights but we will surely help to make necessary arrangements to minimize your loss. To avoid missing flights, we suggest keeping some flexible time frames before trip departure and after trip departure.
Also be notified that as we will be traveling in remote areas with extreme climatic conditions and geography where trails can be distorted at times, we might need to adjust our itineraries as required. But we assure you that the quality of service shall not be compromised at any cost.
Thank you for joining us on our Expedition and Trekkings!!