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Everest Three (3) High Passes Trek - 20 Days

Trip Facts

Trip Start/Ends
Kathmandu, Nepal
Trip Difficulty
Challenging Trek in Everest
Trip Style
Lodge to Lodge Trek
Meals
BB plan in Ktm, Full Board at Trek
Accomodation
Deluxe Hotel & Mt. Lodges
Max. Elevation
Kalapathar @ 5545m
Group Size
Min. 2- Max. 15+1 Pax

Overview

Everest Three (3) High Passes Trek is the most challenging and strenuous trek of the Everest Region. This adventurous trek combines the three high passes of the Everest Region, namely Renjo-la (5340m), Cho La Pass (5420m)  & Kongma-La Pass (5535m). Including three high passes, this itinerary takes you to the famous Everest Base Camp (5364m), Kalapathar (5545m) viewpoint & Gokyo Ri (5440m) so this trek is truly an ultimate Himalayan trekking experience.  

Each pass offers magnificent views of snow-capped mountains including Mt. Everest (8848 m), alpine glaciers, glacier lakes,  ice ridge, and Himalayan landscapes so it is an incredible trip.

On this trek, we will be trekking through Sherpa villages, meeting friendly Sherpa peoples, experiencing their warmest hospitality and vivid culture, traditions. 

This trek is off the beaten trek in Everest. This trek takes you to the remote and hidden valleys, which are less traveled so less crowds at trail. This trek is a complete alpine circuit of the rugged Khumbu region mountains.

How Difficult is Everest 3 High Passes Trek?
Everest 3 high passes trek is definitely not easy, but doable. This trek is not a technical trek, but crossing high passes and glacier walk could be slippery and difficult so having micro-spikes, and trekking poles could help you to walk safely in these places. 

This Everest 3 Passes Trek is an inspiring but physically demanding trek so trekkers in excellent health and high level of physical fitness are the one qualified to plan this trek. You will be walking over 4800m for seven days, and crossing three high passes above 5300m are relatively tough trails so it is highly recommended to have previous mountain trekking experience to plan this trek.

Every day, you will be walking for 6-7 hours a day, and while walking over the 3 high passes will be for 8-9 hours so you should be prepared physically and mentally for this trip. 

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Highlight Places Of Everest 3 High Passes Trek 

Kala Patthar (5545m): Kala Patthar is one of the highlights of this trek. Kala Patthar is a great view point considered as the best place to view the most magnificent sunrise and sunset views of Mt. Everest- the top of the world. Kala Pattar has the most closed up view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumari, Khumbu Glacier. 

Glacier Walking (Khumbu Glacier & Ngozumpa Glacier): On this trek, we will actually be walking on two biggest glaciers in the Himalayas. Ngozumpa Glacier starts from the base of Mt. Cho Oyu- sixth highest mountain in the world. It is 36 kms long, the longest glacier in the Nepal Himalayas. We will be crossing this glacier from Gokyo to Cho La Pass walking day. Khumbu Glacier starts from Mt. Everest and the Lhotse- Nuptse ridge. Everest Base Camp is at Khumbu Glacier itself. Khumbu IceFall is also a part of the Khumbu Glacier. It is the largest glacier of Nepal. Cho La Glacier is a small glacier at the top of Cho La that separates Everest Base Camp Valley & Gokyo Valley. We will be walking in this glacier for about40 min on Cho-La pass day. 

Renjo-La Pass (5360m): Renjo-La Pass stands between the Thame- Lungden Valley and Gokyo Valley in Everest, Khumbu region. It is one of the 3 high passes of the Everest Three Passes Trek. Renjo-La offers majestic views of Khumbu landscapes, Himalayan valleys and snow capped mountains. Among 3 high passes, this pass is the only one that does not require a glacier crossing thus it is considered to be the easiest pass of the 3 high passes of the Everest Region Treks. 

Cho La Pass (5420m): Chola Pass connects two most popular valleys of Everest Region, namely Gokyo Valley in the north-west and Everest Base Camp Valley in the north-east. We have to walk about 40-50 min at Chola Glacier ridge at this pass, so it is physically demanding, could be slippery, thus may require mini crampons (micro spikes) while crossing this glacier pass. Chola Pass stands in the middle at 3 high passes of Everest. Chola has incredible views of the mighty Everest Himalayan range. 

Everest Base Camp (5364m): Everest Base Camp is actually a part of Khumbu Glacier. Sitting at the foot base at the southern part of the Mt. Everest (8848 m), the highest mountain in the world, is a famous trekking destination of Everest Region Treks.  Major treks go to the Everest Region to reach this historical place. Everest Base Camp is a rocky part of Khumbu Glacier, rudimentary campsites where Mt. Everest Expeditions groups set up their temporary support camps for their summit attempts to Mt. Everest. Everest Base Camp has incredible views of glacier surroundings, Khumbu icefall, Ice ridges, and 360 degree views of Khumbu Himalayas. 

Gokyo Ri (5360m): Gokyo Ri is a hilltop just above Gokyo Valley known for its incredible panorama of the four Eight-thousanders mountains, namely Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu & Cho Oyu. Gokyo Ri has the best view of Ngozumpa glacier, Gokyo Lakes valleys and incredible himalayan landscapes of the Everest Region. 

Kongma- La Pass (5550m): Out of 3 high passes of Everest Trek, Kongma La pass is the highest at the altitude of 5550m, and connects Chhukung valley to Lobuche Valley, then to Everest Base Camp. Trail to Kongma La is hard to navigate as it requires walking in rocky and uneven terrain. It is demanding, but views are rewarding from the Kongma La. You get the best views of Imja Valley from Kongma La. Kongma La has spectacular views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and other majestic Everest Himalayas, including incredible Himalayan landscapes. 

Lukla Flight: This trek commences and ends at Lukla, flying in and out at Tenzing Hillary Airport, which is the most thrilling flight in the mountain airstrip in Everest Region.

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Everest 3 High Passes Trek Route
All the treks to Everest 3 High Passes start with a trans Himalayan flight to Lukla, then a trek to Namche Bazaar within two days. From Namche, we have two choice of trekking route to 3 High Passes from Clockwise director via Thame, Renjo La, Gokyo, Cho La, EBC & Kongma La, then to Namche Or Anti-clockwise via Tengboche, Dingboche, Kongma La, Lobuche, EBC, Cho La, Gokyo, Renjo La to Namche. Either route you trek, you will trek in the same route but vice versa. 

Most of the western companies take the Everest 3 High Passes Trek anti clockwise, but a lot of local companies take via clockwise route. Compared to the views, a clockwise route is recommended, but for better acclimatization, an anti clockwise route is preferred. 

Best Time to Trek to Everest 3 High Passes Trek
Like all the other treks in Everest Region, the best time to plan this Everest 3 High Passes are from March to May in Spring months & September to November in Autumn months. These months have excellent weather, clear visibility so you will have the best trekking experience during these months. Spring & Autumn months are known as two best seasons to trek in Everest Region, and all the Nepalese mountains trekking. Early June is also considered as the best month to Everest 3 Passes Trek, but it is windy at the passes due to the dry season in the mountains. December starts heavy snowfalls in the passes areas so it is hard to cross these passes then. December to February are winter months in the mountains so it would often be heavy snowfall in the mountain region above 3000m. High passes are closed due to heavy snowfall during winter months. 

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Weather Conditions at Everest 3 High Passes Trek
Weather in high mountain regions is often unpredictable. Weather changes very frequently in high passes areas at every hour of the single day. As the weather changes, it affects the temperature as well. Even at the best months recommended, it is rare but could rain, snowfall, cloudy, windy and get extremely cold as temperature drops down. At 3 high passes, on good weather days, the temperature expected is from negative 10 degree celsius to negative 20 degree celsius. In adverse weather conditions, temperature could drop down to negative 25 to 30 degree celsius so you should have the proper clothing and trek gear for safe trek to Everest 3 High Passes. In addition, please prepare yourself for unforeseen weather circumstances while trekking in these high passes. 

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Important Trip Note

Itinerary

Inclusion

  • Transportation: All ground transportation in Kathmandu by private vehicle- Including airport pick up at your arrival and departure transfer
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinner: Welcome Dinner at one of the finest Nepalese restaurants in town eating local food (Dal Bhat) & Farewell dinner at one of the finest restaurants in town
  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Ramada Encore (4 star)  by Wyndham Kathmandu Or Similar in Kathmandu on BB plan (Twin share)
  • Sightseeing & Tours: Day Guided tour of Kathmandu Valley with fluent english speaking tour guide, sightseeing entrance fees and ticket, tour transfer by private vehicle
  • Flights: Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu Flight, transfer and taxes (Or via Ramechhap) 
  • Trek Permit & Fees: Sagarmatha National Park Fees, Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit & Fees
  • Trek Meals: Full Board of meals during trek to Everest 3 High Passes Trek (Choice of fresh and hygienic meals- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, tea or coffee, seasonal fruits etc) 
  • Trek Accomoddation: Everest 3 High Passes Trek accommodation at Mt. Lodges & Guest Houses (Staying in Phakding, Namche & Lukla at attached bathroom/hot shower) 
  • Trek Guide & Porter: One Classic Vacations Nepal Trek Guide, Assistant guides in a group, One trek porter to carry trek luggages for every two trekkers in a group (Maximum weight that one porter carry at altitude trek is 22 kgs so each trekkers could give him 11 kgs luggages to carry)- All payment, trek equipment and insurance
  • Goverment Taxes: All Government & local taxes as per applicable 
  • Departure Transfer: Final departure transfer to airport 

Exclusion

  • Nepal Visa: Nepal Visa & Fees (US$- 50 for 30 Days)- On arrival Visa 
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance with coverage of medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and trip cancellation
  • Vacinnation: Covid-19 full vaccination and proof copy. Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria & Dengue etc. are highly recommended
  • Extra Expenses: Cost of extra meals apart from offered in the trip, personal nature expenses, cold and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips: Tips to local guides, assistant guides and porters
  • Extending Trip: Cost of any extending trips beyond this trip itinerary suggested

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