Everest Base Camp - Three High Passes Trek

Duration: 20 Days   |  1 Reviews

Everest Base Camp -three high passes trek is a spellbinding excursion through the challenging high passes of the Everest region. It leaves you with lifetime memories of exploring the Himalayan excursion with the magnetizing giant mountains, Lakes, and glaciers along with the beautiful Sherpa valleys and their remarkable cultural pattern. The inspiring three passes trek in the Everest region includes some of the most action-packed high passes that are over 5000 meters from the sea level. So if you love daring adventure then this trip is definitely for you.

The Everest Base camp -High Passes Trek is one of those unusually challenging and famous trekking trails available in Khumbu region with some of the most stunning landscapes found in this particular area. this High passes Trek includes crossing of the Kongma La pass (5535m), Cho La pass (5330m), and Renjo La passes (5445m) linking the five major valleys in the Everest region. This is arguably the ultimate high-altitude trek, available in the world’s most fabulous Himalayan region found geographically anywhere else. The terrain is tough hereabouts – but the blunt display of gasping scenery provides more than the normal rewards. This trekking is combined with the ascents of Kalapatthar (5545m) and Gokyo RI (5357 m.), it is perhaps the ultimate Everest experience in Khumbu Himalaya range. For the daring backpacker; this is not just a trek but can be assumed to be one of the finest mountain odysseys you are ever likely to undertake in your lifetime.

After the exciting flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla, we begin by following the classic trail north to Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Dingboche.  From here we leave the crowds that are heading directly to Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp, taking instead the trail to Kongma-La, a pass. From this pass, we continue on to Lobuche, where we join the "classic" route to Gorak Shep and Kala Patthar. Heading back down to Lobuche, we again leave the "classic" route, heading instead east and on up to Cho-La Pass, and thence via Gokyo to the sublime summit of Gokyo-Ri before trekking over the third pass, Renjo-La.  Each of these passes, but particularly Gokyo-Ri, offers thrilling panoramic vistas, from which so many of the most famous Himalayan peaks can be seen in all their glory.  After conquering these exalted passes, we make our way down through Marling to Namche Bazaar, and thence to Lukla and the flight back to Kathmandu.

Trip Highlights:

  • Cultural tours of Kathmandu valley (Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath (Hindu shrine) and the giant Buddhist Stupa at Buddhanath)
  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla
  • Explore the culture, tradition, and lifestyles of Sherpa people.
  • Walking through Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Natural Site)
  • Excursion to Buddhist monasteries and other cultural monuments
  • Visiting Edmund Hillary School, Hospital, and Tengboche Monastery
  • Stunning views of Khumbu Icefall.
  • View of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku
  • Trek to Everest Three High Passes.
  • Climbing Kalapatthar at an elevation of 5,555m
  • Walking on Everest Base Camp and the Khumbu glacier
  • Arrival & departure transfer by a private tourist vehicle
  • 19 nights’ accommodation

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla, and trek to Phakding (2,651m): 8km,3 hours
  • Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 11km, 5-6 hours
  • Day 05: Acclimatization rest day at Namche Bazaar
  • Day 06: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche(3,870m): 10km, 5-6 hours
  • Day 07: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360m) : 9km, 5-6 hours
  • Day 08: Trek Dingboche to Chhukung(4,730m):7km, 3-4 hours
  • Day 09: Acclimatization: Climb Chhukung Ri and return to chhukung (5,546m) : 7Km, 3-4 hours
  • Day 10: Trek Chhukung -Cross Kongma La (5,535m) to Lobuche (4,950m):10km, 7-8 hours
  • Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,170m),visit Everest Base Camp (5,383m)- Gorak Shep:13km. 7-8 hrs
  • Day 12: Hike up to Kalapatthat (5,545m), and trek back to Lobuche (4950m) : 7km, 6 hours
  • Day 13: Trek Lobuche to Dzongla (4830m) : 6km, 3-4 hours
  • Day 14: Trek Dzongla -Cross Cho La -pass(5,368m) -Thangnak to Gokyo (4800m): 6km, 7-8 hours
  • Day 15: Rest day in Gokyo and excursion around Gokyo valley(5357m): 3- 4 hours
  • Day 16: Trek Gokyo - Renjo La pass (5,360m) to Marlung (4210m): 11km, 7-8 hours
  • Day 17: Trek Marlung to Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 15km, 5- 6 hours
  • Day 18: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m): 9km, 7 hours
  • Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,350m)
  • Day 20: Departure from Kathmandu
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

    Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner..Overnight at hotel.
    Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation

    Today, we go on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. We start the program after breakfast, first visiting the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. Though non-Hindus are not allowed inside the main premises of the temple we are allowed to visit the cremation site and surrounding areas. We then head to Boudhanath, considered one of the largest stupas in Asia due to the massive mandala that surrounds the main dome. The smell of Himalayan incense and locals doing kora(making clockwise rounds of the stupa) gives you a little insight on Buddhist culture. Our next stop is Swayambhunath also known as the Monkey Temple, located on top of a hill. The stupa is similar to Boudhanath, but here the stupa is surrounded by many temples and shrines. Some of the temples date back to the medieval Lichchhavi period. Our final stop is Kathmandu Durbar square which is a fine example of Newari architecture. The premises of the Durbar square house many temples and royal palaces, however, most of the temples and building were destroyed by the 2015 earthquake and are being renovated. Overnight in hotel.
    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla, and trek to Phakding (2,651m): 8km,3 hours

    Early morning transfer to the domestic airport for about 40 minutes scenic flight to the tiny airstrip at Lukla (2,800m), a getaway destination from where our trek starts. This is an amazing air routes in the world surrounded by high mountain peaks. After reaching at Lukla we will have time for tea while our guide sort out and divide the load baggage to be carried by porters. We begin our trek through the pretty well-off Sharpa village and crosses several tributary streams and we have some tantalizing views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,650m).We could get warmed up for some acclimatizing with a short hike to a nearby monastery or just stroll around to get a feel of the land. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 11km, 5-6 hours

    Your journey to Everest Base Camp starts looking more and more real from today. We start the day with a hearty locally prepared breakfast and begin our trek ascending to the Dudh Koshi Valley. Crossing many suspension bridges we enter Sagarmatha National Park through Monjo, the check post where you need to show your Permit and TIMS card. After we have had our lunch at Jorsale, the last village in the way before Namche, we head ahead to cross the valley’s longest bridge followed by another significant bridge, the Hillary Bridge.The bridge marks the start of a 3-hour long strenuous uphill climb to Namche. You can enjoy your first view of Everest from Namche; it is Everest region’s busiest marketplace. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 05: Acclimatization rest day at Namche Bazaar

    Air starts thinning above 3,000m, and the amount of oxygen in the air also decreases. So, to avoid Altitude mountain sickness, we take an acclimatization rest day in Namche Bazaar. You don’t have to sit idle though. Namche Bazaar is famous as the gateway to Everest. You can visit the marketplace; for trekking gears, souvenirs, yak meat to artefacts and more. You can also visit nearby villages and settlements. Also, throughout the day, you’ll get to see unobstructed views of Everest and surrounding mountains. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 06: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche(3,870m): 10km, 5-6 hours

    After a day of acclimatizing in Namche, today we get back on our schedule. After a locally prepared hearty breakfast at your lodge in Namche, we will start our hike to Tengboche. On the way, you will witness amazing views of Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru, and Ama Dablam. We will trek through hillside for the first hour, then descend to a river valley for lunch. After lunch, we will climb up again, through sub-tropical forest hills gradually to reach Tengboche for dinner and overnight stay. Tengboche hosts the biggest monastery in Everest region. Tengboche Monastery with monks humming sacred Buddhist prayers and backdrop of Ama Dablam is a real feast for your eyes. Dinner & Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 07: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360m) : 9km, 5-6 hours

    If the evening view of Mt. Ama Dablam at Tengboche impressed you, get ready for an even better treat because the morning view is absolutely a feast, it’s bigger and brighter. Enjoy the mesmerizing view over your breakfast. We will start our seventh day of Everest Base Camp and Three Passes Trek with a small descent. After a pleasant 30-minute walk through the tree line, we will cross a bridge over a local stream which marks the end of the tree line. Now, the trek to Dingboche continues on dry and deserted hills along the rock-strewn trail through Sherpa villages like Shomare and Pangboche. We make our stop in Dingboche for dinner and overnight stay.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 08: Trek Dingboche to Chhukung(4,730m):7km, 3-4 hours

    We climb up to Chhukung today, the 4 hours trek is relatively pleasant. We will pass through summer huts made for livestock and views of mountains along the way. Overnight stay and dinner in Chhukung valley.Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 09: Acclimatization: Climb Chhukung Ri and return to chhukung (5,546m) : 7Km, 3-4 hours

    Today, we will stay in Chhukung for acclimatization. You have the option to hike up to Chhukung Ri; the climb will take 3-4 hours approx. The peak is east from Dingboche, within the Imja Tse Valley. With excellent views of mountains like Nuptse (7,861m), Chhukung Ri Lhotse(8516m/27,940 feet), and Island Peak, your day today is well spent. We return to Chhukung. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 10: Trek Chhukung -Cross Kongma La (5,535m) to Lobuche (4,950m):10km, 7-8 hours

    Energized and refreshed from the acclimatization day earlier, we take on 6-7 hours of trek today. We leave Chhukung after the breakfast and slowly climb up to Kongma La Pass, our first pass in the three passes trek. Once we cross the pass, we will climb down the steep path to the Khumbu Glacier. Crossing the glacier, we climb up the moraines to finally reach the Italian high altitude research pyramid.The most challenging part of the today’s trek is the final descent. We climb down north through the Khumbu Glacier to reach Lobuche for the night. The strenuous downhill hike pays off with jaw-dropping views of Nuptse and Mt. Pumori, and finally we arrive in Lobuche. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,170m),visit Everest Base Camp (5,383m)- Gorak Shep:13km. 7-8 hrs

    Today, we will hike for almost 9 hours, the most in this trek. We reach Everest Base Camp today. Starting our day with a hearty and much-needed breakfast, we hike along the rocky route alongside the Khumbu Glacier to reach Everest Base Camp, but not before stopping at Gorakshep for lunch. We’ll resume our journey to EBC after lunch. The hike to EBC is a straightforward 2 and a half hours walk through a glacial path. Once we reach the base camp, we’ll observe the Khumbu icefall and inspect smaller glaciers. After spending enough time observing surrounding peaks and icefalls, and taking videos and photos at the Everest Base Camp, we’ll head back to Gorakshep. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 12: Hike up to Kalapatthat (5,545m), and trek back to Lobuche (4950m) : 7km, 6 hours

    Another most crucial day in the 20 days long trek, we hike up to Kalapatthar today. Afer hiking for a few hours and passing local settlements, we will reach Kalapatthar which is right above Gorakshep. The trek could be a little tricky as it gets windy and cold on the way and at the summit of Kalapatthar. Kalapatthar or ‘black rock’ offers you the best views of Mt. Everest along with a full 360 degree panoramic view of Khumbu Himalaya-up close views of Mt. Pumori, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam among other surrounding mountains. After enjoying a delightful time at Kalapatthar, we’ll head back down to Lobuche for the night.Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 13: Trek Lobuche to Dzongla (4830m) : 6km, 3-4 hours

    We start our day with a hearty set of locally prepared breakfast in Lobuche. Today’s trek begins with a slight ascent. The trail then descends a steep path for an hour before reaching Dzongla, a scenic location with yak pastures on the base of Cho La Pass. Dzongla is surrounded by striking peaks like Ama Dablam, Cholatse, and Tawache. We will explore around Dzongla before finally settling down for the night. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 14: Trek Dzongla -Cross Cho La -pass(5,368m) -Thangnak to Gokyo (4800m): 6km, 7-8 hours

    Like usual, we start our day with a good breakfast, a must when you are to trek for 8 hours in a day. Today, we cross our second pass, Cho La-Pass, it is known as a gateway to the combined trek of Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp.We hike through a steep rocky incline alongside a glacier, pass the first of five holy lakes before finally reaching the pinnacle of Cho La Pass. The route to Cho La Pass is comfortable, pleasant and incredibly scenic; however, bad weather can make the trek challenging at times. After the pass, the trail descends all the way to Thagnak; it is an unspoiled small Sherpa settlement. The path then turns steep, and we climb up for a few hours to reach Gokyo. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 15: Rest day in Gokyo and excursion around Gokyo valley(5357m): 3- 4 hours

    You’ve been pushing your limits for over ten days in the Himalaya; today, you get your much deserved day for rest. However, if the weather is right, you can climb Gokyo Ri, you can enjoy panoramic views of numerous high mountains from this viewpoint. You can also hike to the fourth holy lake, Thonak Tsho and Ngozuma Tsho, the fifth holy lake. Upon climbing to the edge of these lakes, one can enjoy breathtaking views of Lhotse, Everest, Nuptse, Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang and Makalu. We head back Gokyo after the exploration.Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 16: Trek Gokyo - Renjo La pass (5,360m) to Marlung (4210m): 11km, 7-8 hours

    We cross our final and third pass today. The trek starts as we derail from the main course and take the track via Dudh Pokhari to the Renjo La Pass; the walk to the pass takes 3 hours. One can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Mt. Everest (8848m/29,028 feet), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,906 feet), Mt. Pumori (7161m/23,494 feet), Mt. Lhotse (8516m/27,940 feet), Mt. Makalu( 8481m/27,824 feet), Mt. Thamserku (6723m/22,057 feet), and Mt. Ama Dablam (6856m/22,493 feet) from Renjo La Pass.The views are quite similar to what you can see from Gokyo Ri. You will also get to enjoy the views of Gokyo village and Lake. We will resume the trek after taking enough time to soak in the views. After hiking for 3 hours, we start descending all the way to Thame village; the climb down is quite extreme. We will see Renjo Lake and Relama Tsho on the way. We follow a narrow route to Lumde, and after an hour of walking from Lumde, we will reach Marlung, a lovely Sherpa village for the night. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 17: Trek Marlung to Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 15km, 5- 6 hours

    We will be continuously climbing down starting today. Our goal is to head back to Namche, and on the way, we will encounter various fascinating details like the Bhote Koshi River which we need to cross. Following the trail of lush green vegetation through the Langmuche Khola valley we final reach Phortse, a small Himalayan village famous for Laudo Monastery, a well-known Buddhist meditation center.Continuing on the route through lines of colorful Buddhist prayer flags and Gompas, we reach Namche Bazaar for the night.Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 18: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m): 9km, 7 hours

    Trekking back to Lukla from Namche takes about 6-7 hours. After some ascend and descend and crossing Dudhkoshi River over several suspension bridges, you reach Lukla. This is the point where the trekking officially ends. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,350m)

    This is an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes about 40 minutes, and you will transfer to the hotel. Getting refreshed, you will be invited for the farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant hosted by Adventure Club. Overnight at hotel.
    Included Meals: Farewell Dinner

  • Day 20: Departure from Kathmandu

    Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meeting you and serving you was a wonderful experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.
    Included Meals: Breakfast

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (3 nights).
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek. 
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Government licensed, English speaking guides trained in wilderness first aid
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla including airport departure tax
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Staff costs including their salary, food, accommodation, domestic airfare and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff and porters as per state law
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, first aid kit and trekking map
  • Duffle bag for trekking
  • First aid medicine kit
  • Travel and rescue arrangement (helicopter evacuation is available if needed - at an additional cost)
  • Trip completion certificate
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days).
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • International air fares / flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request).
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks).
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandator).

Clients Reviews

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    Australia Published: Sunday, February 23, 2014

    EBC and 3 passes

    Rating:

    We booked a 21 day trek with Birendra. We contacted a number of trek companies and we were impressed with the comprehensive and speedy responses. The entire process was done via the internet and we found Birendra to be both honest and reliable. We did not do a lot of comparison pricing however the trek represented great value for money and I have no concerns as to the amount we paid. The trek in February was at the end of winter, and one pass was impassable due to ice / snow.
    The trekking was wonderful and the porters were excellent. We had an issue with the guide, however Birendra sorted out the issues and was always available and there when needed. Birendra went above and beyond what was expected and his personable and ever helpful approach was much appreciated.


     

Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla

The unpredictability of the weather in mountain areas directly affects the flights to and from Lukla. The Twin Otter planes that are used for transport from and to Lukla are reasonably reliable in good weather conditions. But, the flights may be delayed or canceled due to technical problems and extreme weather conditions. To ensure you stay on your schedule in case the Twin Otter flight cancels or delays too far, we can charter you a helicopter. While the helicopter can fly at the visibility of 15,000m, the Twin Otters require 5,000m visibility, according to Nepal Civil Aviation rules.

You can pay for the helicopter in US cash, credit cards or traveler’ cheques directly to our Kathmandu office. We provide a receipt for the payment which you can present to claim the amount back from your travel insurance company. Helicopter charges range from a minimum of US$500 to a maximum of US$3500. Also, we recommend you land in Kathmandu a day before we start the trek. You have enough time to buy trekking gears and beat off the jet lag. Having a few days extra left after your trek is also an excellent way to ensure you don’t miss your international flight in case of difficulties during the trek which might lengthen your trip. It also gives you a way to beat the flight cancellation to or from Lukla in case of severe weather.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions.

Pre-Trip Meeting

Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.

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Fixed Departure Dates and Cost

The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.

Trip Status

  • Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
  • Guaranteed - Trip is Guaranteed to run
  • Limited - Only a few spaces available
Start Date End Date Availability Price
June 22, 2019 July 11, 2019 Available US$ 1689
June 25, 2019 July 14, 2019 Available US$ 1689
June 30, 2019 July 19, 2019 Available US$ 1689
PRICE FROM US$ 1689 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 1689

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code ACTE-5
  • Trip Duration 20 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Strenuous
  • Trip Style Tea House Trek
  • Accomodation Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek
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