Trip Details
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Bus / Aeroplane
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Group Size: 20
  • Max Elevation: 5535m
Highlights
  • Scenic Flight to Lukla
  • Lukla Airport and its serene surrounding
  • Magnificent walk via lush rhododendron and other alpine vegetations 
  • Sagarmatha National Park, the park located at the highest elevation of the world and also a UNESCO World Heritage site and its unique and endangered species of flora and fauna
  • Namche Bazar, its traditional Tibetan market, Sherpa Cultural Museum
  • Hotel Everest View and stunning view of Mt. Everest
  • The holy Tengboche monastery and its serene surrounding
  • Hospitable Sherpa people and their age-old civilization
  • Incredible sunrise and mountain views include Pumori, Makalu, Loa Tse, Nuptse, Amadablam, and Mt. Everest, the top of the world

Everest Three High Passes trek is well recognized as one of the most thrilling and adventurous trekking trails in the Everest or Khumbu region which always tends to please those keen adventure enthusiasts. This trekking lets you experience the most authentic flavor of the thrills of adventure triumphing over the three high passes in the Everest region. Most significantly, the Everest High Passes trek offers a stupendous experience of the exotic natural beauty, geographical magnificence, and profound cross-cultural exposure along with first-rated adventure and majestic mountain panorama.
This trek takes you to the most scenic region of Everest through the three most scenic high passes; Renjo la pass, Kongma La and Chola Pass, which are considered to be the rewarding high, passes to the adventure enthusiasts.
The trek not only offers the thrills of adventure in the high passes but also provides a great opportunity to visit Kala Pathar, Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Ri, Khumbu glacier, and Ngozumpa glacier.
Like most of the treks in the Everest region, Everest Three High passes trek commences after a short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, and the trail descends to Phakding and the trail ascends to the beautiful tourist hub, Namche Bazar. Along the way trail, the trekkers will witness magnificent glaciers, sacred monasteries, settlement of sherpas, and Himalayan wildlife and plants. Basically, the high passes offer probably the best opportunity to witness the mountain range closer.
.Since the Everest  Three High Passes trek is considered to be a quite challenging adventure as they have to conquer three high passes, adventure enthusiasts require a sound level of walking fitness, and stamina to resist unforeseen circumstances like weather extremes. But it doesn’t mean that you have to have the technicality to accomplish this trek successfully. This is the very trek that takes you to the circuit of the Everest region amongst breathtaking mountain views, serene lakes, and beautiful landscapes with thrilling adventure. In addition, The Everest  Three High Passes Trek caters to an extraordinary thrilling experience of lifetime adventure and ultimately they will be able to quench the thirst for a real adventure in Himalaya.

Itinerary

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Day 01:Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Transfer to Hotel

On your arrival day, there is our representative holding a placard with your name and our company name (Magic Expedition. And then, you will be transferred to the hotel. It is around 30 mins drive from the airport to the hotel. There may some hassles like offering a taxi or hotel or something like that. Do go with them. And sometimes, in international flight, your luggage may be missing. Be very careful. We hope it will not disturb your trip.

After your arrival at the hotel, you will get refreshed and we will have a short orientation meeting regarding the trip. We will introduce a guide or trip leader. For this, be with 4 pieces of recent pp sized photographs, copy of passport and copy of travel insurance-Overnight in Hotel-

  • Dinner
  • 2* Hotel
  • kathmandu
  • 1400m

After breakfast, we can enjoy a free day on our own or participate in a sightseeing program organized by “Magic Expedition and Tour”. The tour is concentrated to introduced some climax of world heritage site of Kathmandu Valley such as Swoyambhunath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Temple. After accomplish the sightseeing we meet pre discussion related with trekking itinerary – Overnight in Hotel

  • B/F / Lunch / Dinner
  • 2* Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

Early morning flight to Lukla, 40-minute scenic flight. We will provide you breakfast in Lukla. Our Guide will arrange the baggage which is carried by the porter while you are eating the breakfast. Before reaching Phakding from Lukla we pass through Sherpa Village. On this first day of your trek we just walking 3 to 4 hours. After you arrive in Phakding you could explore Phakding village-Overnight in Lodge-

  • B/F / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Phakding
  • 2652m

Continue our Three Pass Trek after breakfast in Phakding crossing five suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River.We will register your permit number and group details at the National Park office in Monjo, the entrance gate for Sagarmatha National Park. we will ascend the path to Namche Bazaar when we crossed the Hilary Suspension bridge. Namche Bazaar is the main market area for the touris of the Khumbu region where a lot of small shops can be found-Overnight in Lodge-

  • B/F / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Namche Bazaar
  • 3440m

To adjust for high altitude we would suggest taking one day rest for acclimatization at Namche Bazaar. During this rest day, you have time to explore the shops in Namche Bazaar or hike to the Everest View Hotel for your first view of Mt. Everest and a dimension of major peaks in the region. If this is a Saturday, you can visit the colorful market of Namche where people shop, exchange and sell their goods. Also, you can visit the Sherpa Museum, where you will learn about the Sherpa culture and the history of mountaineering on Mt. Everest-Overnight in Lodge-

  • B/F / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Namche Bazaar
  • 3440m

After morning breakfast in Namche Bazaar continue our trekking route to Thame Village which is 3-4 hours walking duration to reach. Thame Village is the oldest village for Sherpa people which used to be led to be Tibetan Border. There is the charming Buddhist Monastery which is called Thame Gomba if you walk 150m above the Village – Overnight in Teahouses -

  • B/F / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Thame
  • 3800m

From Thame Village, the trekking path heads north to Thame Teng and on complete walking several small villages like Chanakpa, Taranga and Yak field reach to Marulung Village. The night is spent on a tea house in this village – Overnight in Teahouse -

  • B/F / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Marlung
  • 4137m

Trek through the isolated hillsides to reach Lungdeng where we will overnight at a basic mountain teahouse-Overnight in Lodge-

  • B/F / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Lungdeng
  • 4600m

Renjo La Passing might be difficult because of the altitude. Normally the weather is clear from March to May and from September to November when the prospects for favorable conditions are excellent. You can enjoy the magnificent view of Renjo La as well as other peaks as you reach the top of Renjo La. Mt. Everest 8848m, Mt Makalu 8463m, Mt Lhotse 8516m, and Mt Cho Oyo 8201m. Awareness is required during walking as the trail sharply descends to Gokyo-Overnight in Lodge-

  • B/F / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Gokyo Lake
  • 4800m

When you complete Renjo La Pass, you will enjoy a relaxing day at Gokyo. Rest or explore the lakes and enjoy the views of Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu. You can also see the northern part of Cho-Oyu base camp and the biggest glacier in the world, Ngozumba Glacier-Overnight in Lodge-

  • B/F / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Gokyo Lake
  • 4800m

Early morning hike up to Gokyo Ri for a spectacular view of the sunrise. Here you will be rewarded with outstanding views of Mt. Everest and surrounding Himalayan scenery. Back to Gokyo for breakfast. Then trek to Dragnag passing by the second lake and an unforgettable walk across the Ngozumba Glacier-Overnight in Lodge-

  • B/F / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Thaknak
  • 4750m

This day is another long trekking day to make the Cho La Pass. After completing the pass, we descend to Dzonglha with outstanding views of Cholatse Peak (6,335m)-Overnight in Lodge-

  • B/F / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Dzongla
  • 4850m

After breakfast, we begin our trek along the hill of the Khumbu Glacier with the views of Kalapathar And Mt Pumori. The rocky trail to Gorak Shep offers views of Pumori, Everest Base Camp, and glaciers with beautiful mountain views-Overnight in Lodge-

  • B/F / Lunch / Breakfast
  • Tea House
  • Gorakshep
  • 5160m

Continue our trek towards the Everest Base Camp after breakfast at Gorakshep. The hike is fairly strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air. The trekking trails keep on passes up rocky ridge and streams before you reach Everest Base Camp and get the Opportunities for the taking Photos. Return to Gorak Shep, then continue trekking to Lobuche-Overnight in Lodge-

  • B/F / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Lobuche
  • 5357m

In Lobuche, we complete our morning breakfast and begin the trek walk 2 hours to overpass the Khumbu Glacier and continue to ascend to cross Kongma La Pass (5535m) Crossing the snow cover mountain and climbing up Kongma La is a difficult trek but as you reach there the views of the surrounding peaks ie worth to see it. Descend into the Imja Khola valley hiking from Chhukung to Dingboche with views of Ama Dablam (6,856 m)-Overnight in Lodge-

  • B/F / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Chhukung
  • 5535m

Easy walk downhill to a lower elevation. From Dingboche trek back to Tengboche village where the famous Tengboche Monastery is Located. Overnight stay at a teahouse situated beneath the tall, magnificent peak, Ama Dablam-Overnight in Lodge-

  • B/F / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Tengboche
  • 3867m

After finish breakfast from Tengboche Village we begin the trek to Phunkethanga Village and from there the trekking path leads to the rhododendron forest and by crossing the wooden bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, we climb to Sanasa. From Sanasa we descend to Namche Bazaar, then trek further down the valley to Monjo-Overnight in Lodge-

  • B/F / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Monjo
  • 2680m

We commence our trekking back to Lukla from Monjo village after breakfast enjoying green scenery and picturesque Sherpa villages. After arriving in Lukla you will have time to celebrate the completion of your trek-Overnight in Lodge-

  • B/F / Lunch / Dinner
  • Lukla
  • Lukla
  • 2800m

After an early morning flight to Kathmandu, our guide will transfer you to your hotel. You will have time to relax after the long journey, catch your breath, and rest at your hotel before completing your Himalayan adventure with us-Overnight in Hotel-

  • B/F / Lunch / Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

After breakfast, rest and relax or take time to catch up on last minute gift shopping for your family and friends. We will transfer you to Kathmandu International Airport for your departure to your next destination.

  • B/F
  • Non
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

What to Expect

  • Pickup and Drop from the Airport.
  • Three nights accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours, inclusive tour guide, and private vehicle
  • During Trekking Three Times Food Break, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation during the whole trekking Itinerary.
  • 1 English Speaking Guide And 1 Porter during the whole trek
  • Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back to Kathmandu.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee
  • TIMS Cards- Trekkers Information Management System
  • During Stay in Kathmandu Lunch, Dinner, and entrance fee during sightseeing.
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Visa For Entering Nepal which can be available on arrival in Airport
  • Requested to carry Four copies of Passport size photo for visa and for trekking permit.)
  • Drinks Like hot, cold and alcoholic during trekking
  • Hot and cold showers during the trek
  • Personal shopping and laundry
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for Guide and Porter

Useful Info

Necessary Trekking Equipment

To fully enjoy your trek, having the right trekking equipment is essential for both safety and comfort. The trekking equipment necessary depends on the type of trek, the time of year, weather conditions, landscape, and the maximum altitude of the trek.

A properly packed trekking backpack is light and also includes multipurpose clothing items. It is important for you not to forget the essential equipment for your safety and comfort on your trek. Please make sure that you bring sufficiently warm clothes, especially during the winter season (Dec – Feb). Not having the required trekking equipment and clothing will not only significantly decrease the pleasure of trekking, but could also worsen case scenarios that could be life-threatening. It will also be a burden to you if you pack unnecessary equipment. For your ease, the following is the equipment that you have to bring with you. 

Footwear

  • Trekking Boot: one Pair
  • Socks: 4, Light socks : 3, Sandle: 1

Clothing

  • Down  or Fiber-filled water and windproof jacket and trouser: 1
  • Fleece Jacket / Pullover: 1
  • Warm cotton trousers: 2
  • Shirt and T-shirts: 4
  • Lightweight cotton long trousers :3
  • Long underwear: 2,  Short underwear: 4
  • Sun hat / Scarft/ Woolen hat :1
  • Lightweight gloves: 1, Raincoat:1
  • Heavyweight glove or mitten with a waterproof: 1

Medicinal

  • Basic first-aid box
  • Diamox tablets to reduce altitude sickness
  • Insect/anti-itch Ointment
  • Non-prescription medicine such as pain reliever, fever reducer, antibiotics, and ointments
  • Prescription medicine traveler's diarrhea, Avmoine 
  • Female Sanitary pads
  • Hand Sanitizer and wet wipes
  • Medicine for Cough and Heartburn (It mainly happens when you go to higher altitudes)
  •  Band-aid
  • Ibuprofen and also paracetamol in case of fever 

Other Equipment

  • Day Pack at Least 25 kg
  • Water Bottle 1
  • Sun Cream 1
  • Sun Glass 1
  • Towel
  • Flashlight with spare bulbs, batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
  • Laundry soap
  • Swiss Knife
  • Sewing Kit, Camera, Film, Cards, and Personal Medical Kit.

Optional

  • Notebook and Pen
  • Toilet articles
  • Toilet Roll

For additional information, you can check our article  Trekking Gears Checklist

The environment in the Everest region

The mountain of the Khumbu is so Large that they create their own local climate. As you climb through the hills, mixed deciduous forest and scattered rice terraces give way to pine forest, then rhododendrons, then scrub junipers, before finally, the only vegetation is low alpine shrubs and grasses. As you walk, scan the skies and the undergrowth for golden eagle and the spectacular Himalayan monal ( Damphe or impeyan pheasant ) with its regal, shimmering green-blue, and purple plumage.

In the forested area around Namche Bazaar, Thame, Phortse, and Tengboche keep your eye peeled for Himalayan tahr and musk deer often spotted beside trails early in the morning. You may also hear the strange, hoarse call of the muntjak or barking deer. The predators of the Himalayas are rarely seen but they are out there – the Khumbu is home to both leopards and snow leopards.

When to trek:

It is theoretically possible to trek in the Khumbu year-round, but flights are frequently canceled in winter and during the monsoon because of the poor visibility at the Lukla airport. The best weather is in autumn when the skies are clear and temperatures at higher altitudes are more bearable. However, the competition for seat on planes and bed space in lodges can be intense. Spring is a calmer time to visit though clouds and rain become more frequent in the build-up to the monsoon. The most serious obstacle to trekking in winter is the cold. Days can be perfectly comfortable, but the mercury plummets as soon as the sun sinks behind the mountain. At some time during the season from October to march, there is certain to be a storm or two that will blanket the countryside with snow.

Permits and Regulation:

You must take two kinds of permits for regular trekking in the Everest region. One permit is for the Loyalty of  Sagarmatha National Park. We must take it from the Tourism Board of Nepal for the sector of regular trekking in the Everest region. Another permit is TIMS ( Travel Information Management System). That is to record all the trekker profiles by the tourism board of Nepal.

Gateways:

There are two ways for trekking in the Everest region. One way is directly fly from Kathmandu to The Lukla and start your trek from Lukla. So when you fly from Lukla you can complete the Everest Base camp within 14 Days. And another way is to Take a bus from Kathmandu to Bandar and start trekking from the Jiri / Bandar. If you follow this route you can complete Everest Base Camp in 18 to 19 Days.

Supplies and Equipment :

If you have forgotten anything like cell batteries, sun-creams, film, memory cards, sleeping bags, down jacket, Trekking shoes, sunglasses, to bring you can buy or rent in Kathmandu and in Namche Bazaar. It will be costly depending on the quality you will buy or rent.

Tea house trekking:

Tea house trekking takes you to the mountain where you stay every overnight at a guest house. Food and accommodations are provided according to your choice at the guest house.

Festivals In Solu Khumbu:

Along with the connection of Tibetan Buddhism and the Lunar Calendar of the Tibetan, there are four major festivals in Solu Khumbu.

Tibetan New Year or Gyalpo Losar:

This festival is usually held in late February or early March which is celebrated with the masked dance performances at the end of the 12th month of the Tibetan Calendar.

Buddha Jayanti :

The festival falls normally in May on the full moon of the fourth Tibetan month. This Buddha Jayanti is also known as Saga Dawa and it celebrates the birthday of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha with parades stupas and Gompas and the lighting of butter lamps at sacred sites.

Mani Rimdu :

This is a famous Sherpa festival which is celebrated normally in October and November at the monasteries of Tengboche, at Thame in May, and at Chiwang or near Phaplu in November or December. During the festival, monks don elaborate masks and costumes and perform ritualistic chaam dances that symbolize the triumph of Buddhism over Bon. The ancient animistic religion of Tibet. At this festival sherpas from all over the Khumbu flock to attend the spectacle and the final evening turns into the Sherpa equivalent of an all-night rave.

Dumje :

This festival was largely celebrated at Namche Bazaar, Pangboche, Khumjung, and Thame for the birth of Guru Rinpoche who introduced Buddhism to Tibet.

Altitude sickness:

The more you ascend to a higher altitude, the more oxygen will be less. Normally, no traveler will be suffered from altitude sickness below 4ooo m. high. But this is not the case always. Those who lack good stamina, physical fitness, those who drink a lot and smoke will likely suffer altitude sickness.
Mild and common symptoms include headaches (also a symptom of dehydration), low appetite, and restless sleep. More moderate symptoms include vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhea. Many compare altitude sickness to the sensations of having a hangover. Severe symptoms include blue lips and fingernails, severe difficulty breathing, poor coordination, fatigue, and drowsiness. To avoid altitude sickness, we recommend you to descend down to the lower altitude, hydrate sufficiently and maintain nutrition. In case you have these above mentioned symptoms, inform our guide since he will be far more experienced than you.

Carrying my stuff when trekking:

We will employ our porters to carry up to 12kgs of weight for each trekker. This is included in the price of each trek. We provide 1 porter for 2 trekkers in accordance with the guidelines set out by the International Porter Protection Group. If you would like more weight to be carried, please let us know. In general, 12kg is more than sufficient. If you have unnecessary stuff that is not required during the trekking days in the mountain, you can leave it at the hotel till you come back. They will store it safely.
Normally each porter will carry 2 people's rucksacks and he will simply tie them together using rope (this does not harm any of the rucksacks). If you are trekking with a friend or loved one, and there is space in one rucksack for both your possessions, then please feel free to share the same rucksack but please ensure that it weighs less than 24kg.
It is helpful if you do not put things that you may need during the day in your large rucksack as you will not be walking with your porter at all times.

Can I drink the tap water:

We don’t recommend you to drink tap water in the mountains since it is not safe. To help prevent contamination of the environment, we discourage tourists from drinking from plastic bottles, especially when in the mountains. Non-plastic bottle options include:

  1. Drinking boiled water from teahouses.
  2. Drinking ginger and lemon tea reduces the need for water consumption.
  3. Purifying tap/river water using a chloride pump, iodine, or chloride tablets. The taste of the tablets is not appetizing, so it is recommendable to use a dissolvable vitamin tablet to add flavor.

How old does a trekker have to be to go trekking:

  • All trekkers under 18 must be accompanied by a friend/family member who is over 18 years of age.

  • Moderate to strenuous treks: minimum age is 14

  • Easy treks: minimum age is 12-11

Supplies and Equipment:

If you have forgotten anything like cell batteries, sun-creams, film, memory cards, sleeping bags, down jacket, Trekking shoes, sunglasses, to bring you can buy or rent in Kathmandu and in Namche Bazaar. It will be costly depending on the quality you will buy or rent.

How will I get rescued if I am critically ill during the trek?

Everest Three High Passes Trek is a trek where the elevation starts from 1350m to 5535m. Altitude sickness mainly occurs after you head above 2500m. You will not get altitude sickness symptoms below 2500m. Some of the altitude sickness symptoms are Nausea, Headache, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, and dizziness. Acclimatization is the main thing that helps to prevent altitude sickness. But you can still prevent altitude sickness by drinking more water, avoiding strenuous exercise for 24 hours, and by having a rest day every 600m-900m you go up. However, one out of 10 people may catch altitude sickness even with all the preventions. We can take DIAMOX if we suffer from altitude sickness. But if the condition does not get well even after taking the Diamox, the guide will immediately inform the travel company. If you will be ill at any point of the trek you will be slowly taken to the lower elevation. If you are ill, then you will be taken to the lower altitude and seek basic medical where our guide will help you, and then if it’s necessary or emergency you will be immediately sent to Kathmandu by emergency helicopter service. This is how you will get rescued if you will be critically ill during the trek.

 

The importance of insurance in Everest Three High Passes Trek

Travel insurance plays an essential role. The right travel insurance will protect you from the unique risks while traveling to Nepal or Climbing to Everest Three High Passes. Find the best policies that cover all the necessary events associated with Everest Three High Passes or other trekking areas. There will not be a relaxed trip without travel insurance. It is very necessary to be careful while choosing policies because some insurance companies do not include adventure trekking. Mostly many of the travel insurance covers only up to the elevation of 3000m but Everest Three High Passes trek will go beyond 3000m standing at the highest point which will be above 5500m. We suggest you choose Your travel insurance that covers up to 6000m which you will be covered for the entire trek and shouldn't be worried about evacuations or medical assistance costs. Before buying your insurance, your insurer should be aware of the Itinerary of Magic Expedition and Tours. If you are planning for trekking in the Himalayas, Your insurance should cover emergency air service Helicopter and should include all the medical expenses. The emergency helicopter service would be very costly so If you have your insurance done you wouldn’t be worried. Your travel insurance should cover the cancelation policy because if you have to cancel a paid trek due to weather conditions, They can cover this expense. You should double-check that it is included on the top of the standard hospitalization cover. Some of the Travel insurances that are recommended are:-

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