View of Mount Makalu mirroring in lake near Kongma La pass.jpg

TRIP DETAILS

THREE HIGH PASSES


Type: Trekking

21 Days

Group size: 1-10


Most challenging and demanding trek reside in Khumbu (Everest) region with breathtaking scenery of many giant Himalayas mountain including Everest (8,848m), Cho You (8,156m), Lhotse (8,501m), Makalu (8,470m) and the jewel of this region Ama Dablam (6,856m). Start from Lukla heading to Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, a gateway to the region where you will be greeting with friendly people and their warm hospitality and experience unique culture and traditions. The Everest Three High Passes if done by clock wise you will face the first Renjo La (5,338m) then enter Gokyo Valley which offer excellent view of the turquoise lake beside Ngozumba glacier and the mountain plus the best accessible view point from Gokyo Ri (5,360m). Crossing the glacier there is the second pass Cho La (5,368m) allow you to join other trekkers on the way toward Everest Base Camp located on foot of legendary Everest. Climbing Kalar Pathar (5,555m) bring you close to Everest and Lhotse and view of hundred other peaks. The last and highest passes is Kong Ma la (5,535m) bring excellent view and allow you to descend via Dingboche toward Namche Bazaar. This trek is suitable with people who is physically fit and has previous experience of trekking.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

➡ Spectacular mountain and lake scenery

➡ Exploring Sherpa village in high mountain valleys

➡ Challenging climbing of Gokyo Ri, Kala Pathar, Cho La, Renjo La, Kong Ma La

➡ Joining monks praying in Tengboche Monastery

➡ Set your foot on Everest base camp to learn more about climbers stories

ITINERARY


Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

Arrival at Tribuwan International Airport, we will pick you up from airport then transfer to hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu. Short dicussion on trekking then take a rest in hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 3: Kathmandu-Lukla (2,840m) by flight then trek toward Phakding (2,610m)

Flight over mountain to Lukla take 40 minutes. Here we will meet our trekking crews, have breakfast then pack and finish arrangements, we head north, descending to the Dudh Kosi river, pass a small settlement called Chopling after 1½ hrs and cross a tributary with a beautiful peak towards its head. We reach Phakding after 3 hours walk from Lukla.

Day 4: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

From Phakding, the trail continues up north to Monjo where we meet the entrance of Sagarmatha National park. Ascending through pine forest we reach Sherpa capital city of Namche Bazzar where we plan to stay 2 nights for acclimatization.

Day 5: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar

Pack breakfast from hotel to catch the first sunrise over mountain on the way to Everest View Hotel. There you can stop for tea and enjoy the mountain view of AmaDablam (6,856), Lhotse (8,516) and others. Decending to Khumjung village where sir Edmund Hillary (first climber submit Everest) contribute to build school named after him. On the way back to Namche Bazzar you will pass Syangboche village where the highest airport in the world located. Start at 4:00AM you can be able to be back to Namche Bazzar before lunch and prepare for new challenge ahead.

 Day 6:Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m/12,660 ft): 10km, 5 - 6 hours

 

Trail passing through Rhododendron forest, pine forest then down to Phunga Thanga beside the river where you will stop for lunch. After lunch the climb is up until reaching the Tengboche monastery where you will attend afternoon prayer with the monks.

Day 7: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 9km, 5 - 6 hours

Ascending slowly through the forest then passing through the stream, the view is broader where you start to see Ama Dablam appear in front of you then later Everest come after. Stay the night in Dingboche for acclimatization.

Day 8: Dingboche: acclimatization and rest

Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. The village is beautiful with an array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals. We spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. We take a day hike to Nagarjun Hill for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache, Ama Dablam and others.

Day 9: Dingboche to Chhukung (4750m/15,580 ft), climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m): 14km, 6 – 7 hours

Trail is small and on your foot the soil mix with small rocks, in this high-altitude region the only survival plants are the small wild flower and plants and some birds. Chukung can be reach in 2h walking from Dingboche.After lunch, we begin our trek towards Chhukung Ri. The climb to Chhukung Ri involves some easy scrambling near the summit. From the top, we can look directly across the valley for a fantastic view of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labcha peaks. We descend back to Chhukung to spend the night.  

 

Day 10: Cross to Kongma La pass (5535m/18,159ft), trek to Lobuche (4940m/16,210ft): 10km, 6 - 7 hours

 

 Today’s trekking we start  very early in the morning to reach the highest part of the entire trip which is Kongma La pass. We can either take a trail over a hill which is to the northwest of Chhukung over the Nuptse Glacier moraines or we can walk back to Bibre and trek on the trail above the Niyang Khola. The top of the pass is marked by cairns and Buddhist prayer flags. The final descent from the pass is the most difficult part of today’s journey. After climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche.

Note:(Trekking through Kongma La is optional. If we do not want to tackle the strenuous Kongma La pass today and want to go directly to Lobuche from Chhukung, we can do that too.)

 

 

Day 11: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m/17,594 ft): 13km, 6-7 hours

Lobuche to Gorakshep can be make within morning then check in to lodge and have lunch. After lunch leave your back bag at lodge then heading toward base camp. The trail were destroyed by the earthquake 2015 so it were rebuilt after that therefore walk carefully as the rocks are everywhere.

Day 12: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545 m/18,192 ft), then to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 7km, 8 - 9 hours

Climbing Kalar Pathar (means "black rock" in Nepalese) from 4:00 AM in the morning is rewarding with magnificent experience, make sure you have 100% battery charged and enough free disk space on your camera. On top of the hill the panorama view to Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse are the best. Back to Gorakshep for breakfast and prepare for descending Lobuche.

 

Day 13: Lobuche to Dzongla (4830m/15,850 ft): 6km, 3 - 4 hours

Dzongla to Lobuche offer good view of Lobuche peak and Lobuche west if the weather is clear.Our trail splits into two and we choose the trail on our right. On the way we can better admire the view of the looming Awi Peak.  We pass through a stupa and tombstones in the distance. After walking for a while we begin to ascend. During the ascent, we see Chola Tsho Lake nearby. We continue further and pass another lake which is lot smaller than the Chola Tsho Lake.

 

Day 14: Trek to Gokyo (4800m/15,580 ft) via Cho La pass (5368m/17,611 ft): 6km, 7 - 8 hours

Might be the longest and toughest day of the journey so it is required to wake up early at 5:00 in the morning. Trail is steep and slippery which slown down your speed, please walk with care. On the top of the pass you will come face to face with stunning views of Himalayas

Day 15: Rest day in Gokyo: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357m/17,575 ft), tour 4th and 5th Gokyo lakes: 3 - 4 hours

 

Another recommended sunrise spot is Gokyo Ri where you have to fight with altitude and early morning walking. 3-4 hours hiking up end with excellent panorama view of the turquoise lake below and Ngozumba Glaciers, world highest peaks include Everest (8,848), Lhotse, Makalu (8,463) and others giant mountains. Descending back to Gokyo then have your free day exploring the lake.

 

Day 16: Gokyo to Lumde 4368m/14330ft(via Renjo La Pass (5360m/17585 ft)

 

Might be the toughest day of the trip climbing Renjo La, start from Gokyo ascending toward the pass. As you climb and look back the stunning Gokyo lake and giant mountain scenery is so amazing. After the pass descending to where Lumde you will stay the night.

Day 17:Lumde to Namche Bazaar: 15km, 5 - 6 hours

Today we have to follow bank of the Bhotekosi River which is easy downhill. We need to pass some local village, farming land, Monastery, river gorge; Suspension bridge, Yak pasture & impressive Mountain View. Finally we get back to different landscape & view like trees and forest andtraditional sherpa village along with the famous Thame Monastery. we will take lunch in thame after lunch walking to namche bazaar. 

Day 18: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 19km, 6 - 7 hours

Going down through pine forest then cross the famous bridge with flags flying under the wind. The trail then slightly down to Monjo, Phakding then up to Lukla.

Day 19: Flight Lukla - Kathmandu

Take early morning flight back to Kathmandu, have a free shopping time before summarize the trip with farewell dinner with Nepalese traditional food in restaurant.

Day 20 : Departure from Kathmandu

Kathmandu free shopping time then ready for the flight back home

 

ACTIVITY LEVEL


Hard

On trekking we will be hiking 3–10 hours per day with trail often ascents/descents on steep mountainous terrain at elevations ranging from 2,500m to a maximum of 5,555m. Some days with challenging high passes and some rest days with optional hikes to properly acclimatize.

Maximum Elevation

Kalar Pathar (Black Rock) at elevation 5,555m

 

BEST SEASON


Autumn and Spring

Autumn (Sep-Nov) bring outstanding views. Spring (Mar-May) with flowers blooming and climbers on their busiest activities.

Lower season

Winter (Dec-Feb) less busy. Monsoon (Jun-Aug) have rain but plants and flowers are at their growing peak.

 

 

 

FEATURE MOMENT


When meeting Yak stay on the mountain side. Photo by Giang Hoang.

When meeting Yak stay on the mountain side. Photo by Giang Hoang.

Solitary. Photo by Giang Hoang.

Solitary. Photo by Giang Hoang.

Nepalese Flat. Photo by Giang Hoang.

Nepalese Flat. Photo by Giang Hoang.

Stunning Gokyo lake beside Ngozumba Glacier and Himalayas mountain range.

Stunning Gokyo lake beside Ngozumba Glacier and Himalayas mountain range.

TREKKING ESSENTIALS

 

TRIP INCLUDING


Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations.

Accommodations

Twin deluxe room in Kathmandu with breakfast, lodge/tea house on trekking

Meals

3 times meals a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner), 2 times tea (breakfast, dinner) in trekking, 1 farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Travel Logistics

Porters will transport our gears. Participants should be in good health.

Transportation
Plane, private vehicle.

Permission

TIMS and Sagarmatha National Park

 

TRIP EXCLUDING


Personal tips and additional expenses

International Airfare

VISA

Nepal On-Arrival Visa fee (US$ 25/40/90 per person for 15/30/90 days)

Entrance fees

Entrance fees to temples and sites in Kathmandu

Insurance

Travel Insurance and medical evacuation in case of emergency

 

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