Everest Three Passes Trek – 17 Days

Price

USD 1899

Trip Duration

17 Days

Trip Grade

Strenuous

Highest Altitude

5,545m.|18,192ft.

Accommodation

Tea Houses, Lodges

Transportation

By Flight

Group Size

1-10

Best Season

September- November and March-May

Everest Three Passes Trek – 17 Days Brief Insight

Everest Three Passes Trek – 17 Days is a top-level trek in Khumbu Nepal. Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world, standing at 8848 m high altitude from sea level.

Similarly, it is located in the Solukhumbu district of Nepal. Sagarmatha is its Nepali name which means head of the earth. As well as the trek is a great way to feel the unique taste of nature, culture, and tradition of the Everest Region.

Remote areas, beautiful landscapes, breathtaking humongous mountains, narrow ridges, and magnificent villages. As a result, it makes the trip a memorable experience for a lifetime. By choosing to go on this trek, you can explore your dream destination.

Likewise, Everest Three Passes Trek in Nepal offers the ultimate and complete trekking experience in the Everest region. Truly an energetic itinerary fits best the experienced trekker’s intent on crossing the high-altitude passes.

Climbing the three peaks of Gokyo Ri (5483 m), Kalapathar (5545m), and Chukung (5550 m). Need to cross the high passes of Renjo La (5388 m), Cho La (5380 m), and Kongma La (5535 m). An incomparable and unforgettable trekking experience can be gained in this 3-pass trek.

Though the trails are challenging they take you to the best destination in the world. Through the entire route, you can explore the best panoramic views, soaring mountain peaks, culture, the lifestyle of the people, and many more.

The highest Mountain peaks like Mt. Lotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Ama Dablam are visible on this trek. Thus, A lot of opportunities can be there to explore the Everest region. Besides monsoon season all other seasons are best for Everest Three Passes Trek. Clear skies, the best temperature, and better panoramic views attract tourists.

Kalapatthar is at the highest elevation of this trek which is at 18225 ft. Khumbu Glacier is the main attraction of this trekking trail. Therefore, This trek is best for adventure lovers.

Highlights of Everest Three Passes Trek – 17 Days

  • Enjoyable scenic flight of Lukla.
  • Mesmerizing views of the mountains can be experienced while crossing the three high passes above 5000 meters (Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass & Renjo La Pass).
  • Renowned Sherpa town Namche Bazaar.
  • Gokyo Ri’s stunning views.
  • Everest Hotel, one of the world’s highest hotels.
  • An ancient monastery of Tengboche.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Prayer wheels, colorful flags, Mani stones, and high suspension bridges.
  • A diverse range of flora and fauna
  • Various types of wildlife like musk deer, colorful pheasants, snow leopards, and Himalayan Thar can be spotted.
  • Explore Khumbu Glacier, the highest glacier on Earth (4900m)
  • Visit Everest base camp & ascend Kala Patthar (5545m) for a magnificent view of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse & more.

Detailed Itinerary

1. Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m) and trek to Phakding (2,610m)

Highest Altitude :

2860 meters

Trek Duration :

5/6 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

Early in the morning breakfast at the hotel and go to the airport

Transfer to domestic airport and fly to Lukla (35 minutes) dramatic landing on a hillside Lukla
Then the trail continues along the side of the Dudh Koshi valley before ascending to Ghat ((2530m /8350ft)
The trail climbs gently again for about an hour to the final destination Phakding.
Upon arrival Phakding transferred to the tea house and refreshments
After refreshments explore the local area
overnight at a tea house

2. Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

Highest Altitude :

3440 meters

Trek Duration :

6/7 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

Early in the morning breakfast at a tea house.
Then, the trail continues from Phakding to Namche Bazar.
Upon arrival, Namche Bazaar transferred to the tea house and refreshments. After refreshments explore the local area.
overnight at a tea house

3. Rest day in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and trek to Hotel Everest View

Highest Altitude :

3880 meters

Meals :

B/L/D

According to your comfort breakfast at tea house

Today is an acclimatization day at this altitude to adopt high altitude before heading up to high elevation
If this is a Saturday; one can see the lively & colorful market of Namche Bazaar for shopping, exchanging, and sailing their goods.
Visit the Sherpa Museum as well a great place to learn Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering.
Then back to the hotel overnight at a tea house.

4. Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,887m)

Highest Altitude :

3887 meters

Trek Duration :

5/6 hours

Early in the morning breakfast at a tea house.

Then, the trail continues from Namche Bazar to Tengboche
Upon arrival Tengboche transferred to the tea house and refreshments
After refreshments explore the local area
overnight at a tea house

5. Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360m)

Highest Altitude :

4360 meters

Trek Duration :

5/6 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

Early in the morning breakfast at a tea house

Then trail continues from Tengboche to Dingboche
Upon arrival, Dingboche transferred to the tea house and refreshments.
After refreshments explore the local area
overnight at a tea house

6. Trek from Dengboche to Chhukung (4,730m)

Highest Altitude :

4750 meters

Trek Duration :

6/7 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

Early in the morning breakfast at a tea house

Then the trail continues from Dengboche to Chhukung
Upon arrival, Chhukung was transferred to the tea house and refreshments
After refreshments explore the local area
overnight at a tea house

7. Rest day in Chhukung for acclimatization

Highest Altitude :

4750 meters

Meals :

B/L/D

According to your comfort breakfast at tea house

Today is an acclimatization day at this altitude to adopt high altitude before heading up to high elevation
View from Chhukung and further up the valley on the moraines towards Island Peak (6189 m) as well as the view of difference peak of Khumbu region
We grasp this opportunity to climb to the Island Peak base camp (4970 m) along the Lhotse glacier, passing the bloated water of Imja Lake.
We can learn Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering
Then back and overnight at tea house

8. Trek from Chhukung to Lobuche crossing Kongma La Pass (5,535m)

Highest Altitude :

5535 meters

Trek Duration :

7/8 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

Early in the morning breakfast at a tea house

Then trail continues from Chhukung to Lobuche
Upon arrival, Lobuche was transfer to the tea house and refreshments
After refreshments explore the local area
overnight at a tea house

9. Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,360 m) and stay at Gorakhshep

Highest Altitude :

5364 meters

Trek Duration :

6/7 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

Early in the morning breakfast at a tea house

Then the trail continues from Lobuche to EBC
Upon arrival EBC transferred to the tea house and refreshments
After refreshments explore the local area
overnight at a tea house

10. Climb Kalapatthar (5,545m) and trek to Dzong La (4843 m)

Highest Altitude :

5545 meters

Trek Duration :

8/9 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

Early in the morning breakfast at a tea house

After breakfast climb up to Kalapatthar then trek to Dzong La
Upon arrival, Dzong La transferred to the tea house and refreshments
After refreshments explore the local area
overnight at a tea house

11. Trek Dzong La to Gokyo Lake by crossing Cho La Pass (5,380m)

Highest Altitude :

5380 meters

Trek Duration :

7/8 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

Early in the morning breakfast at a tea house

Then the trail continues from Dzong La to Gokyo Lake
Upon arrival at Gokyo Lake transfer to the tea house and refreshment
After refreshments explore the local area
overnight at a tea house

12. Climb to Gokyo Ri (5,420m) and back to Gokyo for acclimatization

Highest Altitude :

5420 meters

Trek Duration :

2/3 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

Early in the morning breakfast at a tea house

For the best view, climb Gokyo Ri the small peak above the lake.
It is a two-hour climb to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyanchung King, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, Tawache, and many more.
Visit other local areas according to your interest then back to hotel or tea house
overnight at a tea house

13. Trek from Gokyo to Lungden (4380 m) by crossing Renjo La Pass (5,388m)

Highest Altitude :

5388 meters

Trek Duration :

8/9 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

Early in the morning breakfast at a tea house

Then trail continues from Gokyo to Lungden
Upon arrival, Lungden was transfer to the tea house and refreshments
After refreshments explore the local area
overnight at a tea house

14. Trek from Lungden to Thame (3,800m)

Highest Altitude :

3800 meters

Trek Duration :

5/6 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

Early in the morning breakfast at a tea house

Then trail continues from Lungden to Thame
Upon arrival Thame transferred to the tea house and refreshments
After refreshments explore the local area
overnight at a tea house

15. Trek from Thame to Namche Bazaar

Highest Altitude :

2860 meters

Trek Duration :

4/5 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

Early in the morning breakfast at a tea house
Then the trail continues from Thame to Namche Bazaar
Upon arrival, Namche Bazaar transfer to the tea house and refreshment
After refreshments explore the local area
overnight at a tea house

16. Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Highest Altitude :

2860 meters

Trek Duration :

4/5 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

Early in the morning breakfast at a tea house

Then, the trail continues from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Upon arrival Lukla was transfer to the tea house and refreshments
After refreshments explore the local area
overnight at a tea house

17. Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla

Trek Duration :

1/2 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

Early in the morning breakfast at tea house
Then go to Lukla airport according to your flight schedule
Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla
Upon arrive Kathmandu transfer to hotel and refreshment
overnight at hotel

What is included in Everest Three Passes Trek – 17 Days

  • Trekker’s information management system. (TIMS Card)
  • You’re meals during the Trekking as Your standard meals (3 times a day Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
  • All Trekking Permit and Local Permit.
  • Accommodation in Trekking: All accommodations in lodge/tea houses during the treks.
  • Trekking Guide: An experienced, helpful, friendly, and English-speaking Trekking Guide. His well-paid salary, meals, accommodation insurance, etc.
  • Trekking Porter: porters (1 porter for 2 people). Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation.
  • After the successful trip, Provide an Adventure Certificate.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes.
  • Service charge.

What is Excluded

  • Meals and Extra Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Charge for Restricted Area:
  • All Hot and Cold drinks
  • Single Trekker & Solo Trekker (Porters Extra Charge)
  • Special Table Menu/Bakery Cafe
  • The additional size of Pots Hot Drinks
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Hot shower
  • On the trekking Wi-Fi
  • Personal expenses of any type
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
  • Tipping for Guide and Porter

Trip Map

Everest Three Passes Trek Cost

The cost of undertaking the Everest Three Passes Trek can vary depending on various factors, including the duration of the trek, type of accommodation, time of year, and the trekking agency or guide selected. Typically, the cost of this adventure ranges from $1,500 to $3,000 or more per person, covering expenses such as permits, flights to and from Lukla, accommodation, meals, and the services of a guide and porter.

However, it’s important to note that other expenses, such as travel insurance, equipment rentals, personal expenses, and tips for the guide and porter, may not be included in the total cost. It’s recommended to do thorough research to ensure that you are getting the best value for money and to book with a reputable and experienced agency for a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

Permits & Regulations

Permits:

  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit is mandatory for all trekkers entering the Everest region.
  • The cost of the permit is currently 3,000 Nepalese Rupees per person.
  • The Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card is also required for all trekkers.
  • The cost of the TIMS card is 2,000 Nepalese Rupees for individual trekkers and 1,000 Nepalese Rupees for group trekkers.

Regulations:

  • Solo trekking is not allowed; a licensed guide or porter must accompany trekkers.
  • Trekkers must follow designated trekking routes and stay in designated teahouses.
  • Littering is strictly prohibited; trekkers must dispose of their trash properly.
  • Trekkers must respect local culture and customs, and ask for permission before taking photographs of people or religious sites.
  • The use of drones is prohibited without prior permission from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal.

Everest Three Passes Trek Difficulty

The Everest Three Passes Trek is a demanding and challenging trek that requires a good level of physical fitness and stamina. The trek entails long hours of walking over rocky and uneven terrain, steep inclines and declines, and traversing high mountain passes at elevations above 5,000 meters.

The altitude can be a significant hurdle, and trekkers may experience symptoms of altitude sickness such as headaches, nausea, and breathlessness. Adequate acclimatization, hydration, and maintaining a steady and slow pace can help alleviate the effects of altitude sickness. Trekkers should also be ready for extreme weather conditions, such as snow, wind, and cold temperatures, particularly at higher elevations.

Despite the difficulties, the trek provides breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas, authentic cultural experiences, and a sense of accomplishment upon completion.

Accommodation during Everest Three Passes Trek

During the Everest Three Passes Trek, trekkers will stay in teahouses or lodges, which offer basic amenities such as a bed, shared bathroom, and blankets. The quality of the accommodation may vary depending on the altitude and location. Lower altitude teahouses may have private rooms and hot showers, while higher altitude accommodations may be more basic and shared.

It’s important to book accommodations in advance, especially during peak trekking seasons when availability may be limited. Despite the basic facilities, the local hosts are warm and hospitable, and the breathtaking views of the Himalayas make staying in teahouses along the trek an unforgettable experience.

Best Season for Everest High Passes Trekking

The most suitable times to embark on the Everest Three Pass Trek are the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these seasons, the weather is generally mild and clear, offering picturesque views of the surrounding mountains.

In contrast, the summer brings heavy rainfall and leeches, while the winter has extremely cold temperatures and heavy snowfall, making the trek difficult and dangerous. It’s recommended to verify weather conditions and consult with local trekking agencies before planning your trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is Everest Three Passes Trek?
The length of the Everest Three Passes Trek depends on factors such as the route taken, starting and ending points, pace, and acclimatization needs. On average, the trek takes between 20 and 23 days, including rest days and sightseeing. The trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, followed by a trek to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Everest region. From there, trekkers can take different routes to cross the three passes, covering a distance of around 150 to 160 kilometers. The trek involves walking for 6 to 8 hours a day, with longer hours required for some days. Additionally, several rest days are needed for acclimatization, which is crucial for a safe and enjoyable trek. After reaching Kala Patthar, trekkers cross the Kongma La Pass and return to Lukla via the village of Chhukung and Namche Bazaar. Overall, the Everest Three Passes Trek is a long and challenging journey that requires physical fitness, acclimatization, and adequate rest.
Is the Heli tour possible on Everest Three Passes?
Yes, it is possible to include a helicopter tour during the Everest Three Pass Trek. These tours can offer a unique and breathtaking view of the Himalayan mountains, and can be a good option for those who have limited time or physical ability.Helicopter tour options vary, with some offering shorter scenic flights, while others may involve landing at Everest Base Camp or Kala Patthar. However, the cost of a helicopter tour is generally higher compared to traditional trekking options, and the availability of the tour is weather-dependent.In addition, while helicopter tours are certainly an exciting way to see the mountains, some may prefer to complete the entire trek on foot to fully immerse themselves in the experience. Ultimately, whether to include a helicopter tour in the Everest Three Pass Trek will depend on each individual's preference, budget, and physical capability.
Which would be the best month for Everest Three Passes Trek?
The best time to undertake the Everest Three Passes Trek is subjective and depends on various factors such as weather, crowds, personal preference, fitness level, and experience.The most popular seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). During these seasons, the weather is generally stable, and the skies are usually clear, providing excellent mountain views. The rhododendron forests are in full bloom during spring, and the trails are more colorful. Autumn season is cooler and drier, with less chance of precipitation, and the trails are less muddy.However, both seasons can be crowded, with the autumn season being more expensive for flights and accommodation. Winter (December to February) and summer (June to August) are generally less popular due to harsh weather conditions and more challenging trail conditions.Ultimately, choosing the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp depends on personal preferences and circumstances. Consulting with a reputable trekking company or a local guide can provide more information and guidance on the best time to undertake the trek.
Can we get excess of WIFI at Everest Three Passes Trek?
Due to the remote location and mountainous terrain of the Everest Three Passes Trek, the availability of WIFI is limited and can be unreliable. While some teahouses and lodges along the trail may offer WIFI, its speed and availability can vary greatly. It is also possible that the service may not be available due to power outages or technical difficulties.To ensure you are prepared for limited internet access, it is recommended to bring a portable charger and spare batteries to keep electronic devices charged. Downloading maps, music, and entertainment content before starting the trek can also provide offline entertainment and navigation options.In summary, it is important to be prepared for the possibility of limited WIFI access on the Everest Three Passes Trek and to plan accordingly. While the availability of WIFI may be limited, the stunning scenery and natural beauty of the region are well worth the trek.
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