Three Passes and Everest Base Camp

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This trek combines a chance to visit Everest Base Camp with a chance to get off the beaten track and see some of the amazing backcountry of the Khumbu Region. It's a challenging route crossing three high altitude passes but with views of 4 of 10 of the world's tallest mountains its well worth the effort. Like the traditional Everest Base Camp Trek the route starts from Lukla and only diverges after Namche. Leaving Namche one treks up the canyon of the Bhote Koshi for several days before crossing the Renjo La pass at 5360m and heading into the Gokyo Valley. Great views are obtained from the top of Renjo La and Gokyo Ri of Cho Oyu (8,201m), Makalu (8,463m), Lhotse (8,516 m) and Everest (8,850m). After crossing the first pass rest at Gokyo and take in the iconic views of mount Pharilapche (6017 m / 19741 ft) as it raises above the milky blue lake of Dudh Pokhari. We leave Gokyo heading down the Ngozumpa Glacier which at 36km is one of the largest in the Himalayas. We head over Cho La (5400m) with great views of Ana Dablum before making our way to Gorekshep and Everest Base Camp. Once again the route diverges from the main route and head over Kongma La (5535m). The pass provides fantastic views of Cholatse, Pokalde, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu and Ama Dablam. We cross the pass and descend into the valley of the Niyang Khola where we stop at Chukkung which is the jump off point for climbs to Island Peak. The rest of the route follows the traditional descent back to Lukla via Tengboche and Namche.

    What's Included?

  • 20 day adventure, 18 of which include 3 meals a day
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu, breakfast included
  • Round-trip flight between Kathmandu and Lutha, flight/tax/transfer included
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  • Accommodation while trekking
  • Airport transfers
  • Everest trekking permit and TIMS (traveler security) Card
  • Fully-licensed, English-speaking guide
  • Porter service
  • Local and government taxes
  • First aid kit
  • Trip completion certificate
  • Farewell dinner
  • 1 Himalayan wonders T-shirt
 
* Lukla Flight Delays (read more)
* Travel Insurance is required on all Treks (read more)
* No Extra Fees for Solo Travelers (read more)

Day 1 - Kathmandu: Arrival Day

Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital and cultural hub of Nepal! We’ll be waiting with a warm greeting and easy transfer to your hotel. Plan on an evening briefing on last-minute specifics about your trek and an early lights-out: you have a big day ahead.

Day 2 - Kathmandu to Lukla Flight and Phakding

Altitude: 2,800m/9184ft (Lukla) & 2,652m/8,698ft (Phakding)
Walking Distance: 8km (3-4 hours)
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Flight time: 35 min

After a short morning flight to Lukla, you'll be introduced to your guide and porter. Kick off your trek with an easy walk through Chaurikharka village and descent towards Dudhkoshi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft). The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkoshi River until Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), where we will be staying for the night to acclimatize. Enjoy your free time in Phakding, a popular stopping point.

Day 3 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft
Walking Distance: 10-12km (5-6 hours)

We'll have breakfast in Phakding before gearing up for the trek to Namche Bazaar, the biggest sherpa village in Nepal. Our trail takes us first over the Dudhkoshi River via a long suspension bridge, and then through a beautiful pine forest to Monjo, about two hours away. Soon thereafter, we will approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park for a brief permit check and then descend to Dudh Kosi River (spotting Mani stones along the way!) en route to Jorsale. Lunch will be served here, and then it's uphill to Namche. Our path along the riverbank is flanked by two crossings, one of which is the Hillary Suspension Bridge. It's a tough climb up the hill to our resting place, but you'll be rewarded in Namche Bazaar with your first glimpse of Everest in its majesty. 

Day 4 - Namche Bazaar: Rest and Acclimatization Day

Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft 

At this point, we take a well-deserved break! Today will be spent resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the lofty altitude. There's an optional 2 hour hike to Everest View Point, an uphill walk that will help speed acclimatization. Otherwise, spend the day exploring Namche Bazaar. Check out the Sherpa museum for an overview of the Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering. On Saturdays, the Hatt Bazaar is open for trading and an intimate look at the locals' marketplace. It is part of the larger Namche Bazaar, a shopping hub filled with all manner of trekking and mountaineering clothing and equipment.

Day 5 - Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Altitude: Tengboche 3870m/12684ft
Walking Time: 6-7 hrs

Breakfast in Namche Bazaar fuels us for another day of trekking towards Everest Base Camp today! Breathtaking views of the Himalayas - Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde - are some of the highlights not be missed. A short drop takes us to the riverside, then it's across the river upwards through the forest pass. Brace your legs for a continual uphill trek at this point, alternating between a gradual grade and some seriously steep ground! Our destination, Tengboche, is known as one of the most beautiful places in the Everest region. Its views, which include Ama Dablam, are legendary. We'll stop in on the Tengboche monastery, which is one of the largest in Khumbu. Nourish your spirit with a guided tour of the monastery grounds, followed by chanting and prayer with the resident Buddhist monks.

Day 6 - Tengboche to Dingboche

Altitude: Dingboche 4400m/14435ft
Walking Time: 6-7 hrs

Our trek today kicks off with a walk through the rhododendron forest to Deboche followed by a bridge over the raging Imja Khol River. We'll pass the valley wall and then traverse the plains to Pangboche village, the biggest settlement of Sherpas in the region. Enjoy a great opportunity to observe a typical Sherpa village and have lunch with the locals! The intrepid can brave a brief hike to the Pangboche monastery, one of the oldest in the area. Our afternoon trek will be a difficult one, as the landscape gives way to dry, deserted mountains and we hike towards Dingboche.

Day 7 - Dingboche: Rest and Aclimitazation Day

Altitude: 4,400m/14,435ft

This is your chance to rest up before the last leg of our adventure! Savor a full day of exploring Dingboche and the surrounding valleys of Chhukung and Imja, the latter of which links with Island Peak, the high passes of Amphu Laptsa, and Makalu Barun National Park. Taking an optional trek to the valleys will pay off in rewarding views, but taking it easy is the most important thing today. You'll need your rest for the penultimate day of ascent tomorrow.

Day 8 - Dingboche to Chhukung

Altitude: Chhukung 4730m/15518ft
Walking Time: 3-4 hrs

Today is a short days trek up the valley to the small village of Chukhung which lies near the base of Island Peak which is a popular trekking peak for first time climbers. You can do a short day hike from your tea house after lunch up the beautiful valley.

Day 9 - Chhukung to Kongma La - Lobuche

Altitude: Kongma La 5535m/18159ft
Walking Time: 7-8 hrs

The Kongma La pass is the first real challenge of the Three Passes and it's a steep climb up to the top from Chukhung. Once on top you will have fantastic views of Cholatse, Pokalde, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu and Ama Dablam. On the decent you will cross the Khumbu Glacier before you reach Lobuche where you will spend the night.

Day 10 - Lobuche to EBC - Gorakshep

Altitude: Gorakshep 5160m/16994ft, EBC 5364m/17598ft
Walking Time: 6-8 hrs

This is it! Our big day kicks off with an initial, relatively easy trek from Lobuche to Gorekshep. The subsequent, straight trail to Everest Base Camp is harder, involving rocky dunes and moraine, formed accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris. On the way to our destination, we'll approach the famed Khumbu Glacier and icefall, located on the slopes of Everest. At the Base Camp, our goal, you'll have the chance (during the spring climbing season) to meet climbers attempting to scale the mountain’s summit. Break out your cameras for unbelievable views of breathtaking beauty. As the afternoon sun starts to wane, we'll head back to Gorekshep for some much-needed rest and relaxation after a grueling and busy day.

Day 11 - Gorakshep to Kalapathar - Dzongla

Altitude: Kalapathar 5545m/18192ft, Dzonga 4840m/15879ft
Walking Time: 6-7 hrs

We'll wake before dawn today to trek towards Kalapathar (which means "black rock") for a fiery, glorious sunrise over Mt. Everest. The day's first light will illuminate your spectacular view of Nuptse Nup, Changtse and Lhotse.This may be, of the whole journey, your most opportune moment to snap amazing pictures of Everest and its neighboring peaks. Afterwards, it's back to Gorekshep for breakfast and onwards to Dzongla.

Day 12 - Dzongla to Cho La - Thaknak

Altitude: Cho La 5364m/17598ft, Thaknak 4358m/14298ft
Walking Time: 7-8 hrs

This could be the most challenging day of the trek as you go over the pass. Fortunately, having already visited Everest Base Camp you should be getting used to trekking at the high altitude and feeling stronger. If the weather is bad crossing the pass can be difficult. Crampons are not normally used but microspikes can be helpful if the weather is at all bad. It's a tough climb to the top but the amazing views more than make up for it.

Day 13 - Thaknak to Gokyo

Altitude: Gokyo 4750m/15584ft
Walking Time: 4-5 hrs

We continue down into the Gokyo Valley and cross the Ngozumpa glacier the longer glacier in this part of the Himalayas and an impressive sight. We should reach Gokyo by lunch. After lunch you should have time to walk up to one of the lakes in the valley and get some great views of the surrounding peaks.

Day 14 - Gokyo to Gokyo Ri

Altitude: Gokyo Ri is 5357 m/17,570 ft

Today is a rest day in Gokyo and a chance to further acclimatize. Its also an opportunity to take a day hike and climb Gokyo Ri which offers one of the best views of Mount Everest in the entire region. The small village of Gokyo lies on the shores of Dudh Pokhari (the third lake) and views of the lake with a backdrop of mount Pharilapche (6017 m / 19741 ft) rising above it have almost become iconic. Gokyo is famous for its six lakes and the day affords the chance to visit these as well.

Day 15 - Gokyo to Renjo La - Lungden

Altitude: Reanjo La 5360m/17580ft, Lungden 4375m/14354ft
Walking Time: 7-8 hrs

This is another challenging day as you go over Renjo La the last of the Three Passes and descend to Lungden in the Thame Valley. Renjo La is the pass connecting the Thame and Gokyo Valleys. It's a tough days hiking but the views of Cho Oyu (8,201m), Makalu (8,463m), Lhotse (8,516 m) and Everest (8,850m) are well worth it.

Day 16: Lungden to Thame

Altitude: Thame 3800m/12467ft
Walking Time: 5-6 hrs

The Thame Valley does not see a lot of trekkers so it's a good escape and the small villages are more traditional. A lot of Climbing Sherpas have made their home in the traditional village of Thame. It's a fairly easy walk that is mostly downhill today.

Day 17 - Thame to Namche Bazaar

Altitude: Namche Bazaar 3440m/11286ft
Walking Time: 4-5 hrs

We'll pass through a check post today before arriving at the world's loftiest hydroelectric power station, which provides electricity for most of the upper Khumbu region. We'll pass gompas, prayer flags, mani walls, and chortens en route to Namche Bazaar, where we'll again stop for an overnight rest.

Day 18 - Namche to Phakding and Lukla

Altitude: 2,800m/9,184ft
Walking Distance: 16km (6-7 hours)

After breakfast, we trek toward the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then pass through several local villages. Our arrival in Lukla brings an evening in our last Tea House and, traditionally, a party with your trekking crew: you made it! Thanks to great teamwork and perseverance, you've accomplished a physical feat of which others only dream. This is your last night on the mountain, which can be bittersweet.

Day 19 - Lukla to Kathmandu

Altitude: 1350m/4428ft
Flight time: 35 min

In the morning, you'll hop a brief flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, where your journey both began and ends. You’ll transfer to your hotel upon landing for some much-needed solo rest and reflection after your trek conquering the Himalayas. We'll reunite in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants in town, where we'll be eager to hear your feedback on the trip.

Day 20 - Kathmandu: Departure Day

Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft

It's your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We'll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. At this time, we'll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones. END OF OUR SERVICES.

* All distances and time estimates are approximate.

Travel Insurance

Proof of travel insurance is mandatory before starting the trek. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure the policy you get covers up to 6000m. We usually suggest World Nomads which costs around $125. You only need to be covered on the policy for the days you will actually be trekking.

Flight Delays in Lukla/Kathmandu

The flight between Kathmandu and Lukla where the trek starts is generally reliable but if the weather is bad all flights will be canceled for the day. In the event the flight is cancelled we will attempt to get you on a chartered helicopter but you are responsible for the extra costs in this event which can range from $150 to $500 or more depending on the number of people on the flight.

We schedule one extra day into the trek already as a buffer day in case of delays but as flights can at times be delayed for several days we suggest you add a couple of extra days at the end of your trip in case of any delays. Extra days should always be scheduled at the end of the trip and not the start.

    Extra Costs and Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa ($40 USD).
  • Sleeping Bag Rental $12 and Down Jacket $12 if needed.
  • All the meals are included on the trek but we only include breakfast while you are in Kathmandu.
  • We suggest a tip for the guide and porter after the trek - Plan on a at least $80 (more will be appreciated).
  • We don't include drinking water on the trek which you can buy a number of places for between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp). A better solution is to buy water tablets in Kathmandu for around $2 and treat the water (your guide can help you find the good places to fill your water bottle).
  • The other things not included on the trek are like Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers. Wifi is available in some tea houses for $3 to $5 an hour. Hot Showers are also available in a few for around $4 and charging costs about $1.50 an hour.
  • Unforeseen cost due to flight cancellation, weather conditions etc. You are responsible for extra hotel nights ($30/night) and meals in Kathmandu for any extra days in Nepal due to flight delays.


Solo Travelers

We generally don’t charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request.

If you are a solo travelers and planning and not joining one of our group treks you will be charged an extra $10 a day for a porter.

Cancellation Policies

We understand things happen and plans change and will refund your deposit minus a $150 cancelation fee. Once we have booked your flight between Kathmandu and Lukla your deposit is non-refundable. If your travel dates change we can generally reschedule you at no extra charge, but please provide at least 7 days advance notice.
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