Everest High Passes Trek is designed for those travelers/trekkers who wish their trip to be different, challenging, adventurous than the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek. The Everest Three High Passes Trek is chockablock with extravagant panoramic views and vistas of the world’s most marvelous peaks: Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m) and Makalu (8463m).The Everest Three High Passes Trek crosses three non-technical high altitude passes: Renjo La (5345m), Cho La (5420m), and Kongma La (5535m). This trek also includes Gokyo Ri, Kala Patthar, and Everest Base Camp.
Everest High passes Trekking starts from Lukla (2828m) and we move towards the Namche Bazaar to approach the Everest Base Camp trail. The warm welcome of the local guest house, natural beauty of Khumbu and the cultural beauty of sherpa people with picturesque landscape and amazing monasteries make the traveler fresh and fantabulous during the trek. Although, the Everest Three High Passes Trek has long days of trekking at high altitudes which are strenuous, we make the trip very comfortable and luxurious. we head off up the Bhote Kosi Valley via Thame through the long ascent to Renjo La. The splendid view from here makes the perfectly meaningful of the trek.
We plunge into the Gokyo Valley where we can visualize the turquoise blue, sacred Gokyo Lakes alongside the Ngozumpa Glacier. From Gokyo we climb up to Gokyo Ri (5330m), which is the best view point in the Everest Region. Then, we cross over the creaking glacier, and start the ascent to Chola La. The trail covers grassland, then scree and finally loose stones and ice. Chola La pass, on the edge of a glacier, offers another fantastic view. Besides watching your step on the tricky descent over glacial icefall and boulders, you will look up and see Ama Dablam is facing you, beautifully framed by the Khumbu Valley. We rejoin the main trail to Everest Base Camp which follows along the Khumbu glacier. From nearby Kala Patthar (5550m), we get the best close up view of Mount Everest.
The trail to Kongma La is the final and the highest among these three passes which is one of the branches of the Everest Base Camp trail at Lobuche. It crosses the Khumbu glacier to grassy slopes. The most challenging part of the ascent is on loose stone.The mountains seen best from Kongma La Pass are Makalu, Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m), Pumari, Lobuche and Ama Dablam.The descent into the Chhukung Valley is steep. We make our way back down to Lukla via Dingboche and Tengboche.
Day 01Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel. B.BOur Airport Representative will come to pick up you and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour. Overnight at hotel. B.BBreakfast at The Same Hotel and our Tour guide come to take you Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath. After Sightseeing Tour Meeting and Preparation for Trekking. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m), 3 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse, B.L.DFlight to Lukla 30 minutes and walking 5:30 hoursFly to Lukla, the trail descends, gradually passing above the large village of Chaunrikharaka (2680m) and on through small villages, fields and forests following a wide well constructed path. After Kusum Drargka, a large stream, the trail crosses the Dudh Kosi river at Phakding. Overnight at guest house.
Day 04Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m), 6 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse, B.L.DFrom Phakding the trail follows the western bank of Dudh Kosi passing through forests of Blue Pine until it reaches the village of Benkar(2700m). From here the trail crosses to the eastern bank of the Dudh Kosi, and climbs gently to the village of Chumoa. Between here and the next village of Monjo (2800m) the trail drops steeply to cross Monjo Khola. From Monjo the trail crosses a small rock saddle and then descends abruptly to re-cross the Dudh Kosi at Jorsale (2804m). Beyond Jorsale the trail undulates up until the confluence with Bhote Kosi is reached. From here the Khumbu region begins. Above the bridge the trail zigzags up 300m of the steep spur between the two rivers through sparse forest. From the top of the spur, Mt. Everest can be seen rising above Nuptse-Lhotse wall. The next section of the trail climbs less steeply, traversing above the Bhote Kosi until Namche Bazaar is reached. Namcha Bazaar is a market town, where every Saturday morning traders from lower altitude sell goods to sherpas. Most of the trading is over by mid-day and the traders return to their villages. Overnight at guest house.
Day 05Acclimatization! Hike to Khumjung and return 5 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse, B.L.DKnown as the ‘Gateway to Everest’ we will spend today here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. A short trek to the museum celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people, as well as about flora & Fauna & its land, more importantly, from here you will get the proper glimpse of Everest and the surrounding mountains. And we hike up the Syanbuche airport, and Everest view hotel and sightseeing at the Khumjung village (3800m/12,466ft), which is the biggest settlement of Sherpa. Khumjung is one of the most beautiful villages in Everest area.
Day 06Trek to Tengboche (3860m), 5 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse, B.L.DAn enjoyable walk down to the river at Phunki Thanhka to lunch next to water driven prayer wheels. A steep butshort climb takes us to Tengboche Monastery through forests of blue pine, fir and black juniper. Overnight at guest house.
Day 07Trek to Dingboche (4410m), 5 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse, B.L.DOur trek continues to climb as we head to the altitude of 4310m taking our time so not to be affected by the thinning air. Overnight at guest house .
Day 08Trek to Chhukung (4700m/15416 ft) Duration: 2 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse,B.L.D
Day 09Trek to Chhukung Ri (5540m/18171ft) and back to Chhukung, duration 6 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse, B.L.D
Day 10Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16104 ft) via Kongma La pass (5335m/17498 ft) Duration: 7hours, Overnight at guesthouse, B.L.DWe start at first light from Chhukung as we have to conquest highest pass of the trip today. We carry plenty of water and some snacks and a packed lunch as there is no tea shops on the way. We really enjoy the remoteness of the area and absolute nature!! We can select to go via any of the possible trails- either taking a climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung over the moraine of the Nuptse Glacier or we might walk back down the valley to Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. Just after some walk there are great views of Island peak valley and jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha. Ascending along the east side of Niyang Khola valley, we turn west and walk through the sloppy stony trial. We enter a wide basin dotted with small frozen lakes. The trail rises over loose scree gaining the Kongma La after about five hours we leave Chhukung. Upon reaching the top, we seen cairn wrapped in prayer flags,-marks of the pass. Behind us is the landscape of icy lakes ahead down of which is the Khumbu Glacier. The final descent is the most difficult stage of the trek today, upon climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche.
Day 11Trek to Everest Base Camp (5400m), and return to Gorekshep (5180m) 8 hrs. B.L.Dwalking 8:00 hours,Today we reach our goal by trekking to Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5363m. After appreciating our efforts and photographing the achievement we return to Gorak Shep. Overnight at guest house.
Day 12Hike to Kalapathar (5545m) and trek down to Dzongla (4200m). 7 hours. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.DFrom our base at Gorak Shep we continue to climb this time hiking up Kalapathar. Leaving as early as possible to take advantage of the morning light, the panoramic views of Everest and the surrounding mountains, as we reach our destination of the Kalapathar viewpoint. Following this we descend to Zongla. Overnight at guest house.
Day 13Trek to Thagna (4720m) via Chola Pass (5353m). 7 hours. Overnight at Guest House. B.L DWe begin the day early in the morning by climbing to Chola-la (5483m) crossing over and descending once more to Thagna (4500m). Overnight at guest house.
Day 14Trek to Gokyo Valley (4790m). 3 hours. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.DToday takes the trek to our final destination, Gokyo (4790m). We will make this camp our base for 2 nights. Overnight at guest house
Day 15Hike up to Gokyo Ri and back to Gokyo (5360m). 3 hours. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.DThis day early in the morning we have steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri (5483m/19083ft) ample rewards to one attempts this trip. There are stunning views of the supper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, such as giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m) can be seen. Those who explore the glacier and Gokyo peak are rewarded. This day we have for acclimatization and after noon back to the camp. Overnight at guest house.
Day 16Trek to Lunden (4300m) via crossing Renjo La pass (5340m) Duration: 7 hours, B.L.DThe crossing of the Renjo La Pass will be exciting and challenging as we descend into remote northern Valley where access is restricted, and the landscape is progressively that of the Tibetan Valleys beyond the border. There is a chance we will meet Tibetan Traders descending from the Nangpa La pass that leads through the Himalayas from Tibet with their caravans of woolly yaks laden with goods. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 17Trek to Thame (3800m) Duration: 4 hours ,B.L.DTrek to Thame (3800m/13464ft) Duration: 4 hours After taking breakfast, we trek down to Thame more amazing snow peaks. We may meet Tibetan trader encampments along the way for pictures of a rare lifestyle. About 150 meters above Thame, there is a Thame Monastery, a picturesque monastery set among the many homes of monks and lay people. It's perched on the side of a hill overlooking the valley. This is the site for the spring celebration of the Mani Rimdu festival, held about the middle of May each year..
Day 18Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m). walking 5:30 hours. O/N at guest house, F.L.D
Day 19Trek down to Lukla (2804m) walking 6:30 hours, O/N at guest house, F.L.D
Day 20Fly back to Kathmandu an early morning and at noon rest. Flying time 30 minutes. O/N at hotel.B.B
Day 21Transfer to international Airport for Your onward destination.
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