The Three Passes Trek to Everest Base Camp is the most completed trek in Nepal as it covers most of the Everest region on its circular route. The trek is more challenging than the classic Everest Base Camp Trek and its other variations as it involves traversing the three high passes that lend the trek its name Kongma-La pass, Cho La pass and Renjo La pass- each over 5,000 m. These passes together form an excellent trekking package having fun, excitement, adventure and challenge it’s a great opportunity to witness the Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar too, on doing Everest Three Passes Trek.
The Trek begins in the popular starting point of Lukla. From Lukla, we trek upward to the Namche Bazaar, following the valley of the Dudh Koshi River. Namche Bazaar is located within the Khumbu area at 3,440 metres, at its low point, populating the sides of a hill. We mostly see Sherpas in the Namche area. It is the main trading center and hub for the Khumbu region. The trail follows the valley of Imja Khola with spectacular views of Thamserku, Kangtega and Ama Dablam mountains, and dominating the skyline ahead are the giants, Lhotse and Everest. The most common night halt after Namche is at the top of a steep climb from the Imja Khola at Tengboche.
The Tengboche is one of the most famous monasteries. Then, conquer the Kongma La (5,535 m), en-route to Lobuche and Everest Base Camp. Return to Duglha and take the long route up the Cho La (5,368 m) and steep descent to Thangnak. We cross the Ngozumpa Glacier and head for Gokyo. The western section includes the steep ascent to the Renjo La (5,388 m). We descent to Marulung faces new dramatic landscapes. Below this village, the trail joins an old Tibetan salt trade route and continues to Thame and then back to Namche Bazaar-Lukla and finally flight back to Kathmandu. Alpine Trav Treks and Expeditions are always ready to manage your treks as per your interests and requirements.
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After arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by the representative of AlpineTrav Treks & Expedition. The AlpineTrav representative will arrange your transfer & brief about pre-trip discussion meeting on the way to your hotel.
Full day sightseeing in the famous places of Kathmandu including Bodhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square etc. Most of these places are listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. We will do arrangement of an experience tour guide and private vehicle for the tour.
In the early morning we take the spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m), flying parallel to giant Himalayan Mountains bordering Nepal and China (Tibet). The flight time is about 40 minutes and we land at an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. In the afternoon we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m) at Thalsharoa (2680m). The walking is easy and after passing through the many small village like, chheplung, Thadokoshi goon, Nurning ,chhuthaea, Dukdingma(2492m), it is a short walk to Phakding.
From Phakding we cross the river and head up the valley, following porters from the south that is ferrying supplies to Namche Bazaar. The trail keeps close to the river valley and is lined with beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest that is very spectacular in the spring months, when the flowers are in bloom. We cross the Dudh Kosi River at Benkar, where there are tantalizing glimpses of the snow-capped peaks of KusumKanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m), where we arrive in time for lunch. In the afternoon the walking is a little tougher and includes the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. From Monjo it is a short walk to the entrance of the national park, before we cross the Dudh Kosi River to Jorsale (2805m). The trek continues upstream on generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi Rivers, where we start the steep climb to Namche Bazaar. After crossing a large and stable suspension bridge high above the river, we slowly ascend at a steady pace. There are some fantastic photographic opportunities from the top, as the peaks of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche. Come into view for the first time.
The last Population had counted nationwide in AD. 2011, Namche has households: 480& population: 1,540.We remain at Namche Bazaar for a second night to allow for proper acclimatisation to the altitude. Namche is a prosperous village situated in a large protected hollow. It gained its importance during the period when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal. Today a limited amount of trade still exists at Namche and Tibetans are often seen in the village trading rugs and Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat. It is recommended that you take the opportunity to see both the sunrise and sunset views from the national park headquarters above the village. The stunning vista includes a superb panorama of the Khumbu peaks and great views of Everest. After breakfast, a variety of options exists. Perhaps a walk towards Thami (3810m) above the beautiful BhoteKhola River Valley or a visit to the national park headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. There is also a mountaineering display and information on the park’s flora and fauna. Your guides are one hand to offer advice and escort you on walks.
Walk flat ascend through Kyangjuma. From there we descend till Phunki Tenga. we ascend steeply at first and then contour high above the valley, enjoying excellent views of Thamserku and AmaDablam (6856m) from the top. About an hour’s walk from PhaunkiTenga, We are now trekking beyond the tree line. We are now at higher altitudes and it is important to take notice of our trek leader’s advice and recommendations regarding rest and fluid intake.
At frist, 15 minutes descend to the deboche. Genteelly, ascend flat along the ImajaKhola river band. After cross the suspension bridge need to ascend to the pangboche. Our route follows the trail high above the ImjaKhola, passing the tea houses at Orsho, before again crossing the ImjaKhola and old glacial moraines to our lodge in the settlement of Dingboche. Here we find a beautiful patchwork of small fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley and potatoes from the cold winds. The scenery is once again spectacular and although Everest has disappeared behind the Lhotse-Nuptse Ridge, the huge peaks that tower above the eastern end of the valley are ample compensation. We are now almost completely above the tree-line. In clear conditions, look out for spectacular sunsets here and on AmaDablam, the south face of Lhotse to the north, and also Island Peak in the centre of the valley.
The trail follow the valley side, rocky path till the chhukhung.
After breakfast at the lodge, After hard climb to the top. Your day will start walking through Chukung valley. There will be no tea shop and water resource so that you will have to carry few bottles of water to drink.Which is the highest pass of this trip. After cross the pass, glacier and river’s trail will leads to Khumbu glacier towards. The trail gently ascend to the where your day ends.
(Trekking: approximately 3 hours to Gorakshep, 5 hours round trip to Everest Base Camp) As the trek to GorakShep is relatively short, we have the opportunity for a leisurely breakfast before beginning the day’s walk From Lobuche. We follow the broad valley that runs parallel to Khumbu Glacier. A gradual ascent enables us to build the slow, steady rhythm required when walking at high altitude. When we reach the moraines of ChangriShar Glacier, we make a series of small ascents and descents over a rocky trail lined with cairns that leads eventually to the surprising glacial sands of GorakShep (5140m) – reached after about three hours of walking. After a quick bite we gear up accordingly to head off towards the Everest Base Camp. The trek to the base camp can be achieved in around three hours and if trekking in the popular climbing period of March to May, we will almost certainly encounter yaks and porters supplying food and equipment to expeditions here. From Everest Base Camp we do not get views of Mount Everest, but we are able to see the notorious Everest Ice Fall that flows from the Western side, which is regarded as technically the hardest and most dangerous section of the mountain. The return journey from the Base Camp to GorakShep takes the same amount of time. We have an early dinner so that we are able to get up early the next day for awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan giants from Kala Patar.
We wake up early the next day for the trek to Kala Patar (5545m) to experience sensational sunrise views from this amazing vantage point. From the lodge the ascent is quite steep, so start very slowly and try to ascend at a steady rhythmic pace. Kala Patar is the rocky hilltop below Pumori. It is a tough walk because of the altitude, but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. It will probably take a one hour and a half to reach the summit from GorakShep. Although lower viewpoints can provide views that are almost as good.Pumori(7165m), Nuptse(7861m), Lhotse(8414m), Lhotse Shar(8393m), AmaDablam(6856m), and Mt. Everest(8848m) the highest mountain in the world, surround us. About three kilometres away and some 200 metres below, the area of the Everest Base Camp can be seen in a bowl at the bottom of the Khumbu Ice Fall. For many trekkers, reaching Kala Patar is a very emotional experience and it is worthwhile spending as long as you wish in order to savors this special moment. The descent back down to GorakShep is easy and once back at the lodge we have a quick drink and head off to the rooms to pack our kit bags whilst breakfast is being prepared. After breakfast we set off to Lobuche then Dzonglha.
The day begins very early in order to reach the top of the pass in the best possible conditions. Lead the way gently descend to leisyasa(4860m).Keeping to the left of the main glacierafter this ascend to the top. There are a number of cairns lining the route to the snowfield and, while the trail is well-defined, it does involve a little scrambling. Once on the snowfield the angle eases off and we soon reach the top of the pass (5420m).where the views are spectacular and include Baruntse (7220m) and AmaDablam, as well as a sea of lesser peaks. Do not wander around the snowfield as there are crevasses and we may need to rope up for the pass crossing! The descent from the pass is steep and care should be taken as we follow the narrow rocky trail down to the Nymagawa Valley, After lunch we cross rocky scree and boulders and ascend the short distance to a small saddle that leads downhill all the way on an easy trail to the huts and tea houses at Thangnak then a head for Gokyo through Gyazumba Glacier.
We have an early start as we have a long day ahead of us. The trail skirts around north of Gokyo Lake and then climbs up though scree slope as we reach a highland pasture. Looking back, we enjoy excellent views of Gokyo and the mountains in the background. We continue to climb on screen and also boulder hop towards Renjo Pass (5420m). We finally reach the top of the pass, which is marked by prayer flags, from where we can have a look into NangpaValleyand, looking back, we have views of Everest and Makalu. From the pass descending is tricky as we have to walk on screeand loose rocks (ropes are fixed in icy conditions to facilitate the descent). After a while we reach a glacial lake from where the valley opens up. We continue to head down the valley through open pastures for some time before bearing right to reach the small settlement of Arya.
We have a late start and descend all the way, following the Bhote KosiRiver downstream. We walk down Nangpa Valley, passing through small settlements to finally reach the village of Marlung, where we stop for lunch. From Marlung the trail continues to descend and undulate passing through the village of Taranga to reach Thami.
After breakfast we leave Thamo and descend to cross the BhoteKhola on a sturdy suspension bridge. There are some impressive Buddhist rock paintings in the area and, from here and on the cliffs above and below, Himalayan tahrs are often seen. Our route continues through the village of Thamo and back to Namche Bazaar where we take a welcome break for lunch. In the afternoon we descend steeply down to the large suspension bridge over the DudhKosi River. We follow the trail through Jorsale and back to Monjo, where we take lunch. In the afternoon it is a short walk via Benkar through blue pine and rhododendron forest, with great views of KusumKangaru, back to our lodge in Phakding.
Day is last day of trekking, where it is only a short walk on the valley before making the final climb up to the airstrip at Lukla.
We rise early in the morning to be ready for the arrival of our aircraft for the flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu we are met and transferred back to the hotel.
- Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle as per group size.
- 3 night's hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- Domestic airfer (kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu).
- Transportation to and from the starting and ending point.
- Accommodation: Full Board (breakfast, lunch, Dinner), during the trek.
- Professional, licensed and English speaking mountain guide, and Assistant guide.
- Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS)
- National Park – Conservation. Area entry permits.
- Insurance, medication, and equipment for guide, Porter and staff.
- One porter carry for 2 guest's luggage, 20 kgs - 25kgs).
- AlpineTrav Treks sleeping bag,down jacket, Poles area trekking map.
- First aid medical kit.
- Coordination of Quick Rescue service (costs covered by your Insurance plan).
- Farewell dinner second last day of departure.
- Meals at Kathmandu.
- Your international airfare.
- Nepal visa.
- Personal expenses.
- Internet, battery charging.
- Bar and beverage bills.
- Your Travel Insurance.
- Gratitude tips.
• Will have an awesome moment while crossing three popular passes in the Everest region- Renjo La Pass (5464m), Cho La Pass (5420m), Kongma La Pass (5535m).
• Will get to explore the 5 glacial lakes of the Gokyo valley.
• Will have the adventurous yet, challenging time while crossing these passes.
• Will catch the finest views of Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar (5545m).
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