Everest High Three Passes Trek - 17 days

DESTINATION
Nepal
REGION
EVEREST REGION TREK
DURATION
17 Days
NATURE OF TREK
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
MAX ALTITUDE
5,555m at Kalapatthar
GROUP SIZE
2 - 14 People
START/END POINT
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
ACTIVITY
Everest Trek
SEASON
Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec.
MEAL
All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
ACCOMMODATION
Hotel/Lodge/ Tea House during the trek
TRANSPORTATION
Domestic flight (Ktm-Lukla-Ktm) and Pick up & Drop off by PrivateTransportation (Hotel-Airport-Hotel)

About the Trip

Everest High Passes Trek comprises three of the passes of Everest region: Kongma La (5,535/18,159 ft), Cho La (5420m/17,782ft) and Renjo La (5,340m/17,520ft) which are also the challenging highlights of this trek. Therefore, Everest High Passes Trek is also popularly known as the ‘Everest Circuit Trek’. Everest High Passes Trek is great way to feel the unique taste of nature and culture of Himalaya Region. Remote and beautiful landscapes, breathtaking humongous mountains, narrow ridges and magnificent villages make the trip a memorable experience for lifetime. Choosing you go for this trek, you get an opportunity to explore your dream destination: Everest Base Camp 5,380 m (17,600 ft) , Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft), Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Ri besides the three passes of Khumbu (Everest). A complete Everest circuit trek, rising from Lukla to Dingboche, then Chhukung, crossing the Kongma La (5,535m) to Lobuche, climbing to Everest base camp, Kala Patthar(5,545m), and Gokyo Ri (5350m) crossing the Cho La pass (5420m) to Gokyo, then straining over Renjo La (5,446m) to Thame and Namche Bazaar. The most rewarding ultimate adventurous epic journey is for intrepid trekkers for life changing experience.

  Highlights

  • A scenic flight to Lukla
  • Spellbinding view of mountains from the three high passes (Kongma La, Cho La & Renjo La)
  • Famous Sherpa town in the Everest region; Namche Bazaar
  • Highest airport and hotel in Syangboche
  • Stunning Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake
  • Ancient monastery in Tengboche
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Prayer wheels, colourful flags, Mani stones, high suspension bridges
  • The wide range of Flora and Fauna
  • Wildlife like musk deer, colorful pheasants, snow leopard and Himalayan Thar
  • Highest glacier on Earth- Khumbu Glacier (4900 m)
  • Amazing panoramic view from Kala Patthar (5,555m)

Benefits

  • Pick up & drop off from airport to hotel and vice versa in private Vehicle
  • Provide pulse oximeter for the blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude. It is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potential health risks.
  • Medical Kit.
  • The arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.
  • Duffle bag for porters

 Overview

The Everest High Pass Trek has daydreams around it, the majestic peaks like Everest (8,848m) Lhotse (8,516m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Makalu (8,516m) and many more to make feel how tiny are we in front of nature. Everest high pass trek offers you a chance to explore the famous Sherpa town; Namche Bazaar and visit the ancient Buddhist monasteries, Three pass trek is perfect wilderness, high pass point, cracking sound of ice and glaciers, the sound of cold wind. The Everest Three pass trek high altitude adventure route lies in Sagarmatha National Park. This National park is a habitat of local people as well, for protection of nature and its beauty credit goes to locals.

Sagarmatha National Park, an area of 1148 sq.km. The National Park has 118 species of birds, home of rare mammals like musk deer, snow leopard, red panda, and Himalayan black bear. The vegetation of this region is a dwarf-sized and plant stop growing at the level of 5750m. March-May and October-November are the best seasons to do the trek. But many trekkers still choose June- early September because of their vacation and December- February gets very cold, one can see clear skies. In this trekking route- you can view mountains and local culture.

Namche Bazar(3440 m) . We will visit the Khumjung Monastery and see the sculpture of Yeti and also to Sagarmatha National Park for endangered wildlife species. We continue to Tengboche then to Dingboche and through Kongma La pass(5,535m/18,159 ft)-(Kongma La Pass gives us a stunning view of peaks like Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and Mt. Kangtega) ,  following to Lobuche where the trails will have prayer flags hung on them. Soon after, we will be trekking up the rocky trails leading us to the twinkling Khumbu Glacier. Crossing Gorak Shep, we will be at the Everest Base Camp (5,365m) enjoying the achievement. Heading back to Gorak Shep, we will trek to Kala Patthar (5,550m) to get an astonishing view of Mt. Everest and other peaks. Furthermore, we will cross the Cho La Pass (5,386m) then entering the Gokyo Valley and to the Gokyo Lake and the Gokyo Ri (5,330m) to get an amazing view of the Everest region. The offbeat trails of the Renjo La Pass gives a lifetime memory of the panoramic views of the Himalayan range. After this memorable journey, we will head back trekking to Lukla, eventually flying back to Kathmandu.

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal will let you achieve this adventure of crossing the three high passes of Nepal safely and with much excitement. Exploring the lifestyle of the local Sherpa people and enjoying the view of the Everest region is as thrilling as it sounds!

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal would like to recommend all our valuable clients that they should arrive Kathmandu a day earlier at afternoon before the day we departed and start our Everest High Pass Trek next day, To make sure that you’ll attend our Official Briefing as an important Pre-meeting. The Reason we do so is we want to make sure that you get proper mental guidance and necessary information just to have a recheck of equipment and goods for the journey to make sure you haven't forgotten anything and if forgotten, then make sure that you are provided with those things ASAP on that very day. This pre-meeting will give a Clear idea about the necessary types of equipment and the challenges you may face in the trek, information about the climates and weather condition and emotional support by the officials which will be a kind of motivational seminar for you to be prepared and excited about the trek. Similarly, it is best to have at least 1 or 2 days extra cause the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla or from Lukla to Kathmandu might be cancelled or delayed due to bad weather and that might make you miss your international flight back to home.



  Day To Day Itinerary

Days 1 -Flight from Kathmandu (1,400 m / 4,593 ft) to Lukla (2,850m/9,350 ft) 40 minutes, Trek to Phakding ( 2650 m/ 8562 ft ) - Walking Distance (6.2km/3.8 miles) - 3 hours

Our journey towards Everest High pass after landing at Lukla heading to Phakding is going to very exciting as it'll be our 1st day of the trek. After an early morning breakfast, we will head to the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport for our flight to Lukla. The flight is very scenic as we can see an amazing view of Langtang and the Annapurna Himalayan range. Upon arrival to the Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, we will meet up with our other crew members and begin our trek through the flourishing village of Lukla. We will trek 200m downhill to Thado Koshi River and cross a suspension bridge where the view of Mt. Kusum Kangru looks impressive. Soon after, we will cross a small Buddhist village; Ghat, leading us to Phakding. The trek today will be short and enjoyable as we’ll be acclimatizing to the weather. With spare time on our hands, we may visit the local monasteries (Rimishung Monastery in phakding) around and prepare ourselves for the long trek the next day. Doing all these things our 1st day of the Everest High Pass trek will be successful.

  • Overnight at Lodge
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )

Days 2 -Trek from Phakding ( 2,650 m/ 8,562 ft ) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,285 ft)- Walking Distance (7.4 km/4.6 miles) - 6 hours

We'll continue along the northern bank of the Dudh Koshi River with the majestic view around.Today will be a long day trek to Namche Bazaar. Beginning our trek early in the morning, we will head to the northern bank of Dudh Koshi River crossing many suspension bridges like the Hillary Suspension bridge. The trek further leads us to a small Sherpa village, known as Monjo. Trekking through forested trails and rocking paths we will reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park Check Post, where our permits will be registered. Yet another fun trek within forests, we will get the first view of Mt. Everest (8,848m). After a long trek, we will reach Namche Bazaar; the gateway to Everest and a famous Sherpa town. In this way, our 2nd day towards Everest High Pass will be Successful.

  • Overnight at Lodge
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )

Days 3 -Rest day to acclimatize at Namche Bazaar

Today will be acclimatization day for us. Trekkers are recommended to explore Namche Bazaar, this town is comprising of numerous cafes and restaurants with Wi-Fi, souvenir and gear shops etc (urban area of the mountainous region ). Additionally, we also have an optional hike to visit the Sagarmatha National Park visitor centre and a remarkable hike to Khumjung, to add some spices during the acclimatization we'll have to visit Hillary school and old monasteries on our way to Khumjung and hike up towards khunde. There is also a Sherpa settlement which is an hour away from Namche Bazaar to have a look at Shera's Culture, Lifestyle and traditions which carries decades of history. To have a buttery scope of the milk, We'll also see syangboche airport and hike up to Everest View Hotel to have a spectacular breathtaking view of Mt. Everest over there. At the end of the day, we head back to Namche Bazaar by visiting yak farms over there. After a relaxing acclimatization, we’ll brace ourselves for the trek next day towards Everest High Pass.

  • Overnight at Lodge
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )

Days 4 -Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,285 ft) to Thame (3750m /12,303ft) - walking distance (6.8 km/4.2 miles)- 6 hrs

Trekking to Thame will more of a fun and in nature trek, We’ll hike along the Bhote Koshi with a pretty forest of pines and rhododendrons, past ancient mud plastered Stupa at Phurte, and follow the path to Tesho. Turn round into Thamo and Thamo Gompa, at the end of the spur, the trail drops steeply to the Khumbu hydroelectric project plant and then turn to the Thame for night stay. Thame is at the end of Khumbu Valley and iconic value of Thame is its terrain the people which are untouched by the effects of modern civilization. It is the home to many famous Sherpa mountaineers, including Apa Sherpa, who holds the world record for summiting Everest 21 times. It was also a childhood home of Tenzing Norgay, who was (with Sir Edmund Hillary) one of the first men to climb Mt Everest.

  • Overnight at Lodge
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )

Days 5 -Trek from Thame (3,750 m /12,303 ft) to Lungden (4,500m/14,764 ft) - walking Distance (8.2 km/5 miles) - 6 hrs

This day you walk around the villages. You can enjoy the views of the landscape, vegetation and mountains.It is one of those magical, sparkling mornings when the light painted every rock, lichen, yak and peak in surreally vivid relief. A flock of birds burst upward from an adjoining field like a scatter of buckshot against the blue-violet of the morning sky.
Hiking up to Tarngga, a gentle leisurely walk from Thame takes us to cross Marulung (4200m) on the east bank of Bhote Koshi. During the descent walk to Lungden in a narrow valley clogged with giant boulders offers to observe varieties of plants and animals with unique Sherpa culture.You can visit Nakpa Valley which falls on the old trade route of Tibet. Another attraction is to hike to Darkyachhulung peak. You can also visit Marlung the sacred site of War field. Yet another hike can be done to Lake Cho Relmo.

  • Overnight at Lodge
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )

Days 6 -Trek from Lungden (4,500 m/14,764 ft) to Gokyo Lake (4,750 m/15,583 ft) via Renjola Pass (5,446 m/17,867 ft)) - walking distance (9 km/5.6miles) -8 hrs

Today on the way we can observe local activities like yak herding for sure. The views of the mountains and the chance to experience wildlife add excitement to your trekking. From Renjo La where a sparkling vista awaits. Many peaks like Everest, Lhotse Taboche will be shining due to the sun rays upon them. Just as the Gokyo Ri, Renjo La gives us the beautiful views of the Everest region as well with the third Gokyo lake and the village. Crossing an iron bridge over a stream the trail levels out as it follows the valley past the first lake, known as Longpongo at 4690m, where we get chance to observe the Llama footprints on a stone. The second lake, Taboche Tsho mesmerizes us by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. Little we reach the third lake, called Dudh Pokhari, linked by a surging stream to the previous one. Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain. Above the lake provides panoramic views of Cho OyuGyachung Kang, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholats, and Tawache.

  • Overnight at Lodge
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )

Days 7 -Rest day to acclimatize at Gokyo. early morning summit of Gokyo Ri, (5,400 m/ 17,814 ft ) - walking Distance (1.5 km / o.9 miles) -1 & ½ hrs.

An acclimatization in this journey allows us to climb the Gokyo Ri and to enjoy the mesmerizing view of the Everest region. It is also popular for observing the Thonak Tsho Lake and the Ngozuma Tsho Lake. About 3 kilometers north of Gokyo, there are other lakes with its high cliffs and peaks growing above it. As we continue our hike, we will come across the fifth lake and the most amazing part of the trek is the mesmerizing and shimmering turquoise color of the lake. Also, we may climb a hill at the edge of the lakes to get more fantastic views of the peaks Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu etc. from the Scoundrels’ viewpoint. Further the fifth lake is the Cho Oyu Base Camp. The scenery with many peaks flashing in our eyes is definitely worth a while. In the northern part of the fifth lake, an astonishing view of the Cho Oyu base camp and the Ngozumpa Glacier; the biggest glacier of the world can be seen. We will be heading back to Gokyo.

  • Overnight at Lodge
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )

Days 8 -Trek from Gokyo (4,790m/15,584ft) to Thangnak (4,700m/15,400ft) - Walking Distance (3.7 km/ 2.3 miles)- 5 hrs.

We will walk pass the Ngozumpa Glacier as our trail becomes rocky with many uphills and downhills. Our journey to Thangnak gets exciting as ever as we will reach the yak grazing lands. We will be walking down the valley on the eastern glacial moraine, the scenery is unquestionably stunning. Eventually, we arrive at the collection of lodges known as Thangnak in a serene setting that is optimally placed for a crossing of the Cho-La high pass.

  • Overnight at Lodge
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )

Days 9 -Trek from Thangnak (4,700m/15,400ft) to Dzongla (4,855m/15,930 ft) via Cho La Pass (5420 m/17,783 ft) - Walking Distance (16 km/ 9.9 miles) - 6-7 hrs

One of the more challenging trek is today as we will be trekking on rocky trails and the glacial moraines to the top of the pass. After a couple of hours of trek, we will reach the top of Cho L Pass which will reward us with the superb views of Cho La Lake and Mt. Cholatse. As we head downhill, the trail is slippery due to icy trails and glaciers. The trek is very pleasant and we will see that many prayer flags have been hung on the path. Finally, we will reach a small but beautiful collection of lodges; Dzongla.

  • Overnight at Lodge
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )

Days 10 -Trek from Dzongla (4,855m/15,930 ft) to Lobuche (4,910m/16,175ft) - Walking Distance (8.36 km/5.2 miles)- 4 hrs.

The trail leads us to a short uphill near a ridge of a top shrine following the wide valley. We will then be crossing a glacial moraine and a small collection of lodges. The trek becomes higher and we start seeing a better view of the peaks as the elevation slowly increases. On the way, there are memorial statues of the climbers who passed away in this region and it is absolutely amazing. The hike to Lobuche is very enjoyable. We will be following the trails of Imja Khola Valley finally reaching Lobuche. Upon arrival, we will see that Lobuche has a large settlement with many hotels and shops.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 11 -Trek from Lobuche (4,930m/16,175 ft) to Everest Base Camp and back (5,364m/17,598ft) to gorak shep (5,185m/ 17,010 ft) -Walking Distance (15 km/9.32 miles) -6-8 hours

Excitement will definitely be built in us, as we will begin our early morning trek heading to the Everest Base Camp! We will be trekking through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier for about 2 and a half hours. After arriving at Gorak Shep, we will see the beautiful snow-capped mountains looming all around us. Further continuing our exciting journey to the base camp, we will see the Indian Army Mountaineers Memorials. After much effort of trekking, we will finally reach the Everest Base Camp. Knowing that he is the closest we will ever be to the highest mountain in the world, we will have a rush of pride in our body appreciating our efforts and dedication to reach here. We will spend some time here as we’ll click pictures and enjoy the view. We will also see visit the deepest glacier in the world; Khumbu Glacier. With much satisfaction, we will head back to Gorak Shep for the evening.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 12 -Hike to Kala Patthar(5,555 m/18,208 ft)- walking distance (1.2km, 0.7 miles) viewpoint, trek to Lobuche (4,910m/16,175ft -Walking Distance ( 5 km/ 3.10 miles) - 3 hours

Today is definitely the climax of the trip. We will be hiking to Kala Patthar at dawn very early morning to view the sunrise on Mt. Everest and other peaks. Kala Patthar is a famous viewpoint, gives us a splendid panoramic view of Mt. Everest and other peaks. There will be prayer flags hung along the way as we climb the rocky trails. we'll trek to Gorak Shep for breakfast and rest for a bit and before a pre-dawn climb to the famous Kala Patthar viewpoint at 5550 m(18,208 ft). From Kala Patthar, we can witness a marvellous sunrise on Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. After savouring the panorama, we trek return to Gorakshep for breakfast and to pick up our gear. We then descend back down the beautiful valley to Chhukung. In this way, our 12th day of island peak climbing will be successful.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 13 -Trek from Lobuche (4,930m/16,175 ft) to Chhukung (4,730m/15,580 ft) via Kongma La (5,535 m/18,159 ft) -Walking Distance (10.5 km/ 6.5 miles) -7-8 hrs

An easy ascending from Lobuche, with wide basin, dotted with small frozen lakes. The trail drops to Kongma la Pass. A crane mummy-wrapped in prayer flags marks the pass. It’s a grinding descending to the east side of Niyang Khola valley. Chukhung village, 4,730 metres (15,518 ft), is on a left fork of the Imja Khola. Administratively it is in the Solukhumbu District of the Sagarmatha Zone. This area was traditionally used as a yak pasture with no permanent habitation. As Imja Tse has gained popularity as a trekking peak and the Chukhung Valley is a good acclimatization side trip for Everest Base Camp trekkers There are great views across the valley to Island peak and jagged ridge of amphu lapcha (5845m). It is all the way night at Chukung. We will meet climbers preparing for Island Peak climbing.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 14 -Trek from Chhukung (4,730m/15,580 ft) to Tengboche (3,855m/12,850ft) - Walking Distance (12.9 km/8 miles) - 5 hrs

We descend the valley of the Imja Khola, trek through the village of Dingboche with its stone-walled potatoes fields, down alpine pastures through the chakras of Tsura, Orsho, and Shomare to the village of Pangboche, the highest year-round settlement in the valley. From the viewpoint at the top of the hill, there are awe-inspiring views of distinctive peaks like Amadablam (6856m), standing proud of the massif containing Everest (8848 m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8501m) and inspiring views of Himalayan giants. We visit the Buddhist Monastery at Tengboche, the largest in the Khumbu region.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 15 -Trek from Tengboche (3,855m/12,850ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,285 ft) - walking Distance (5.9 km/3.6 miles) 4-5 hrs.

The trail to Namche Bazaar takes us through forests where we may eye wildlife like pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats or even snow leopard. We will be climbing on the steep slope and winding through several bands. We will pass prayer flags hung along the way and chortens. As we are heading back, we can click pictures and enjoy the view of the tip of Everest and backside of Lhotse. After finally arriving at Namche Bazaar, we will head to our lodges and rest. In this way, our 11th day of Everest High pass trek will be successful.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 16 -Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,285 ft) to Lukla (2,850 m/9,350 ft) - walking distance (13.5 km/8.3 miles)- 6-7 hrs.

Our final day of trekking in this journey will be back to Lukla. We will make a return down the Dudh Kosi valley. From this direction, the views will be entirely different. Soon enough we will reach the big town of Lukla. After the breakfast, we will be hiking down a steep trail that descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then we continue walking over several local villages. We will walk most through Dudh Koshi River valley and surroundings. Upon reaching Lukla, freshen up at your hotel and relax. Evening, you could have a party with your trekking crew as it is your celebration of successful Everest High Pass Trek also the last night in the Everest Region.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 17 -Fly back to Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,593 ft) from Lukla (2,850m/9,350 ft) - 40 minutes.

If everything goes according to the schedule, we will be flying back to Kathmandu the early morning after breakfast. The 40 minutes’ flight back to Kathmandu will indeed be a relaxing one as we will be carrying an unforgettable and a successful journey to the Everest High Pass. Upon the arrival to Kathmandu, we will head to our hotels respectively and then it is entirely up to you what you wish to do. Upon your request, we can arrange a Kathmandu city tour of UNESCO World Heritage sitesDurbar Squares, Tourist places etc. with our well informed and experienced guide.

  • Included standard meals ( Breakfast).

  Includes:

  • Domestic Flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu). Tickets and airport departure taxes
  • Five nights at Lukla, Phakding and Namche(3N), room with private attached bathroom, 11 nights standard room at Thame,Lungden,Gokyo (2 N), Dzongla, Lobuche (2 N), gorak shep, ChhukungTengboche.(twin sharing room ) - 16 Nights
  • All Standard Meals (17 Lunches, 16 Dinners and 17 Breakfasts) during the trek.
  • Government License holder English Speaking Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal experienced and qualified trek leader,(12 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porter "9 kg per trekker max limit")
  • Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight and other necessary equipment.
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
  • Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees
  • Snacks (cookies) and Seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, Local taxes and official Expenses
  • Appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek

  Excludes:

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes

  Equipments Checklists:

Equipment lists for Everest Three High Passes Trek

It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The followings belongings are suggested that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing, we have listed some useful clothing during the trek. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 18kg (one porter will carry two people's luggage, 9 kg for each). Equipment can be bought in Kathmandu at a reasonable price.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sun glass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Light weight gloves
  • Heavy weight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Light weight cotton pants
  • T- Shirt (bring Light weight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Water proof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential Gear

  • Backpack or day pack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trekking)

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Bio degradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra Items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen  
  • Binoculars

 Trip Information

Covid - 19 update & safety precaution for Everest Three High Passes Trek - 17 Days

Everest High three passes, one of the most adventurous passes of the world, most thrilling yet challenging at the same time Everest High Passes are truly world renowned tourist destinations among mountaineers and rock climbers. 

But today’s big question is, is it safe to travel Nepal on post covid-219? Answer is yes, it’s safe to travel Everest trails on post covid-19 as you’ll find there are so many bright sides compared to other destinations of the world. The nearest city to Everest base camp is Namche Bazar where the population is less than 2000 at 3500 elevation where you’ll be doing social distancing naturally. Furthermore, in the route you won’t find many people as the long trails go for 17 days long. The route consists of notable places like Lukla, Namche bazar, Lobuche, Gorak sheep, Gokyo Lake, Kala patthar and so on where the combined population of Area is roughly 4 thousand. You’ll be completely wandering in solace of nature along with our crew ( Trek leaders and porters) who will help you along the way. We understand, it’s been a hard time for everyone so we have made sure you’ll be surrounded by motivational and inspiring aura throughout the journey.

As per covid-19 safety concerns, here are the following measures we’ve taken to make travel as safe as possible.

  • Our Guides are well trained with Intensive wilderness first Aid
  • Trek leaders and guides have years of trekking experience who can help you if there is any kind of uneasiness and assure happiness & satisfaction is guaranteed.
  • We'll have High quality masks & Gloves with sanitizers for everyday use throughout the journey for the KTAN team assisting you.
  • Encouragements and motivation will be everyday perks.
  • Food & Accommodation in mountains will be rechecked for extra hygiene.

The beginning of the journey towards Everest high three passes

You will arrive in Nepal, Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport as that is the only international airport. An overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu is required upon the arrival which is not included in package. Then the next day, in the early morning we will take a domestic flight to Lukla, approximately 40 minutes.

Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu Flights included in package!

Don't worry , we will pick you!
We provide free airport arrival and departure transfer on any flight for Everest Base Camp Trek package. You will be received from our representative crew from Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal regardless of the flight you take holding a pamphlet of your name and our company name with a warm-hearted welcome with either a khada or a marigold garland and you’ll be escorted to your hotel with all comfort possible.

Accommodation details during the trek

The Trek is a 17 days long trek with 16 nights at a mountain Best Possible lodge accommodation in Everest.Five nights at Lukla, Phakding and Namche(3N), room with private attached bathroom, 11 nights standard room at Thame,Lungden,Gokyo (2 N), Dzongla, Lobuche (2 N), gorak shep, ChhukungTengboche.(twin sharing ) - 16 Nights

Two nights Hotels in Kathmandu before and after the trek is required which is not included in the package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotel for all budgets and your interest. We prefer your choice.

Hot showers, Wi-Fi will be available at an extra cost in possible places.

The Meals

Our trek is all over high elevations near world’s highest peak which means your body needs enough carbohydrate, protein, nutrition as food is fuel for the body to hike on such humongous Himalayan trails. The meal in this trek is very convenient but not as in cities. 
There will be 17 Breakfasts, 17 Lunch and 16 Dinners will be provided in the trek. 
Some of the popular menu items are -

Seventeen breakfasts - ( Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, and Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati Local tsampa porridge, Hashed brown eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelets) Pancakes Muesli Breads Fruits and Vegetables Hot drinks like varieties of teas and coffees Hot chocolates etc)

Seventeen lunch - (Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari (Dalh Bhat power 24 hour) Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snakes (Papad, Prawn) Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc)

Sixteen dinners -( Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (,Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snacks (Papad, Prawn) Korean Raman Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc.)are available on the menu during the trek.

The best selected from the menu of the lodge which will be fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious. The menu is a combination of traditional local, Asian and western cuisine almost everywhere but as we go up close, the menu list will be shorted. We highly recommend liquids green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must) etc. at high altitude and also the fresh vegetable items for health benefit.

Tho plenty of non-veg item will be available we won’t recommend any of them because meat in such places is not hygienic and healthy during the trek. We highly encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume Alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, hot chocolates as experts suggest to avoid such items during such high elevation treks.

All Personal Bills (Alcoholic Drinks, Hot and Cold Drinks) in tea house/ Lodges or in cafe except Standard Meals(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from Package.

Best time to Trek

The weather is one of the most important factors to look at when deciding to trek to Everest High Pass cause no one is beyond nature. Tho live forecast of Everest region can be gain here , it’s yet very hard to predict being 100% sure. People trek 12 months of the year up to Everest base camp trek but certainly, there is ups and downs in every season, It is best suited to trek during the spring and the autumn as sky is crystal clear from dusk till dawn, the rainy weather stops and thick sun-blocking clouds also fades. The Magic of clear azure skies provides the most spectacular vistas. With added those breathtaking views, the temperature is also exquisite with sunlight being warm and the environment after delving of the sun is not as cold as other months.
Though during the winters and monsoon, it becomes a bit challenging to trek due to heavy snowfall, a cold temperature that’s what enthuses many trekkers.

January to February

This time is the coldest, especially from early January to early February. This when there is heavy snowfall in the mountain and can result to extreme cold temperature. Though the daytime may be warm and admirable with clear skies, the night time would be extremely cold but it’s perfectly fine to trek in these months as Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal make sure of every possible safety during the trek but if you are allergic to extreme cold, you shouldn’t be trekking at these month or else people trek 12 months of the year and leave their footprints around the world’s highest peaks.

Temperatures ranges from 15°C to -15°C.

March to April

This is the one of best time of the season to hike in the Everest High Pass. The weather is very favorable during this month. Stunning views of the Himalaya ranges and glaciers will be seen. March being beginning of the Spring season, The weather starts to warm up during these months. During these months, all flora and fauna dormant throughout the winter back to life feeding and breeding in the sun kissed temperatures. Temperatures may start increasing from the mid of March and with clear skies, snow mountains will be seen at their best. Many trekkers often succeed their expedition in this time.

Around 18 °C. At night, the average minimum temperatures drop down to around -12 °C.

May to June

This is also the perfect time for trekking right before the rainfall. Nepal starts its rainfall from the end of June till mid of August. The season of spring and summer makes the trek much more enjoyable.

Around 25°C. At daylight and it drops down to around -5°C.

July to August

The rainfall hits at its peak during this time, below 3500 meters. Due to heavy rainfall, Flights to Lukla may get canceled at beginning or end of the trek but trekkers are seen in those month too trekking towards Everest base camp, it’s challenging but not impossible, if you choose to trek in these months Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal will take care of your safety at its fullest as it does in every month but as the way is not that favorable its not highly recommended to trek in these months but The rainfall also provides spectacular views of the waterfall and avoid the crowds like other months.

Around 27°C at daylights to 5°C

September to October

This is also one of the perfect seasons for the EBC & Everest High three Passes Trek. This season is the peak of tourists due to the favorable weather. As the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect trekking climate sets itself. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees during the night time. This season is when trekkers enjoy trekking the most, with a clear sky, and an amazing view of the mountains. It is highly recommended as it’s the best time for the Everest Base Camp trek, usually from mid-September to end. Tourists in this season are also attracted by the main festival of Nepal; Dashain and Tihar.

Temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees

November to December

As winter slowly begins, snow falls begin in the Himalaya region and it eventually gets tough to trek. Nights get very colder . November is the busy season people all over the world come at these months as its the clearest month with sparkling days and amazing views of humongous mountains. The daytime temperatures are very stable and constant and due to this, the view of the clear blue sky and the mountain is phenomenal. From December, the temperature starts to get cold and begins to snow like diamonds in the sky. Temperature-

 Temperature goes up to 18 degrees in the day time and falls down to -10 degrees.

The weather in the Himalaya is so unpredictable and the temperature may change quickly from day to night..

Acclimatization

Altitude sickness is commonly faced by many trekkers who try to rush their way to the base camp. It is not a matter of ignorance and requires immediate treatment in such cases. To avoid such, in this trek, we will be acclimatizing in two places: Namche Bazaar and Gokyo. This trek is difficult as compared to the Everest Base Camp 12 or 14 days’ trek. At Namche Bazaar, trekkers can explore the famous Sherpa town and adjust to the thin air. We will also be having second-day acclimatization at Gokyo where we will We hike to Gokyo Ri(5,430m) to see the excellent panoramic view along with an astonishing glimpse of Mount Everest. The scenery is unquestionably stunning. We will witness the Himalayas along with beautiful turquoise lakes and glaciers , and they have extensive first aid training as well. Your health and safety are important to us, and we guarantee that it will be our very first priority. In case you have been rigorously affected, the only remedy would be to descend immediately. Also, your group leader has the definitive response to determine whether you can proceed the trek based on your health conditions.

Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical and Health

The Everest High Pass trek is a challenging yet rewarding trek. The hiking will be from 5 to 7 hours a day depending the on the destination, taking regular breaks where we admire the mountain views. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and the forests as well. To go on such treks, the fitter, the more comfortable and enjoyable the journey will be. If you have an experience or enjoy trekking, this may be an advantage for you. This trek is not recommended to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lungs disease.

Trekking group/single

We organize a group as well as a private trek. The price of group discount is applied with having your own paxes in your group and price will be the same whether group joining or private touring. We are able to lead and handle any size of the participants in a group. There will be a group leader Guide, a porter for every two trekkers and an assistant guide for a group of 12 or above trekking members.

A typical day on the trek

Every day will be rewarded with a unique experience of trekking, climbing enjoying the scenery, taking photos and exploring the local villages. During the expedition, we are accompanied by experienced, friendly and qualified expert Sherpa’s sharing information and historical facts about the places as we trek. We will also be accompanied by the porters who carry our luggage’s. However, we will be carrying our small regular day bag pack of necessary items.
The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After packing our bags and gorging on a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk. After trekking for three to four hours, lunch will be served around midday on the route to the next destination and we continue after about an hour of rest.

The afternoon walk is generally shorter; about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food. We will have free time to explore nearby places.
Dinner is served around 6 PM to 7 PM. After dinner and before going to bed, we indulge in friendly conversations and discuss the experience of that day. The expedition leader/guide will brief us about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, we enjoy on board games like monopoly, cards and watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most of the foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of Nepalese language from our crew or read books before heading off to bed for a well-deserved sleep.

Communication on trek

On the Everest high pass Trek, the use of internet service will be available at the lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends via the lodges, but once we reach high altitudes communication will be through the phone for safety proposes.
We'll communicate all our valuable clients through our leader to at least once in a day to make sure you're fine, safe, feel right and have everything up there. You'll always be connected to Kathmandu's KTAN office for any kind of help during the trek. Also, depending on the kind of network you use, there will be the signal but not very strong before the high altitude. On your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card (Most of the places have WiFi service available with an extra cost) for good access of connecting.

Normally Wi-Fi works every part of the trek in lodge/lodges which will be provided with an extra cost.

Extra personal expenses on trek

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal tries to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu is up to our clients themselves as all kind of hotels/lodges (both luxury & budget) can be booked easily online or even we can do it for on request. All our valuable clients will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover costs of meals and accommodations in Kathmandu, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, hot and cold drinks, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs etc. We recommend bringing cash (dollars) which can be changed to rupees here cause during the trek only Nepalese currency is accepted.

Electricity, battery recharge and water on the trek

Throughout the lodges at Everest regions, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available with an extra cost in all lodges. Most of the lodges have hydroelectricity and some of them have used the solar panels. Water during the trek, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shop or filling boiled water at an extra cost. A water purification pill is will be provided to make water drinkable.

You shouldn't drink water from river, tap, well up there cause it might not be drinkable as it seems.

Travel Insurance

This trip grade is ranked the challenging difficult as it entails the risk of high altitude trekking, potential altitude sickness and other unforeseen events including sudden climate changes.

Travel insurance is a significant part of our booking condition for The Everest High Pass trek. All the members of trekking the must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude (up to 6000m) for trekking members.
We can recommend insurance companies to help you but we don’t directly get involved in the sale of insurance policy. Members can be refused to be included in the trekking based on insufficient, improper or absence of travel insurance policy.
Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for the trekking. In case of emergency situations, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. This will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help etc. Please ensure that the insurance company includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest elevation of the trekking.

Before you buy travel insurance (Don't just believe them what they say in their website) make sure you call them and recheck if they have Heli-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m according to your trekking height.

Passport and Visa

All foreigners except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport. Visa can be extended at the central immigration office www.immigratiion.gov.np The visa application will require at least a passport of 6 months’ validity, and a passport size photo. The current cost of visa fee is the US $40 for 30 days which have to be paid in cash on arrival on Tribhuwan International Airport. Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive a free visa. There are certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan)that may not receive the visa on arrival and so you will have to contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Money Exchange

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100-112 NPR).)
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.

The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.

Despite having security advantage of traveler's cheques, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card.

If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about 4% or more depending upon the bank.
During the trek, there are no banks and money exchange services so you should exchange your money in Kathmandu only, depending on how much personal expense you require as in Himalayan region people only accept Nepalese Currency.

Most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes


How much luggage can I take during Everest high pass trek?

The weight limit for your luggage is 9kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgsWe never overload our porters. but a should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what is essentials, You can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at the Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal store for free and it'll be completely safe.

We'll recheck everything (Luggage, equipment, etc) in our briefing before we start our journey in our Office.

Everest High Pass trek Safety

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal guarantees our valuable clients safety, security, and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipment, and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the trekker to decide if he/she will further continue as health is very important. In case of emergency, the rescue helicopter will always be ready to bring you back from the higher elevation. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and won't wander off alone.

Responsible Travel

We strongly believe that our environment has to be protected as tourism may bring negative effects on it. We highlight the positive aspects of tourism on the environment. Furthermore, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal works together with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips about the most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travelers and communities.

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal Team

During the trek to Everest High Passes, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well-experienced guides/sherpas to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable. All guides are well trained licensed with the prior experience they have spent years trekking / climbing the peak all over the world. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage. Two people will be assigned one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters, we respect everyone's work. A proportion of one porter for two members and one assistant guide with 8 members (9kg per person). If required we can also have one porter per person. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalaya remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitude without being affected. All our staff are very valuable to us, they are well paid and we take care of their insurance, clothing, food and lodging throughout the expedition. All our Guides and Porters receive Medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that they are happy as we believe that only happy Crew can make our clients happy as KTAN has three kinds of family, One is family by blood of everyone in KTAN and the other one is all the employee working to run this company and last but not the least is our valuable clients, The local expert trek leader to guide you is specialized under the following subject. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with the sleeping gear we also provided them with food and warm drinks.

  • Intensive wilderness first Aid
  • Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Rock climbing

Tipping

Most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal team who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience.

Booking and payment process

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bonded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company-registered number is 1982138/075/076. We are a member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal trip with confidence as we are reliable.10% of payment in advance and other necessary documentation like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight detailed can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from the booking date. The number of domestic flights for Lukla is limited but being very busy during the trekking seasons. Payment is to be made by bank transfer, western union and online payment directly from our website. The remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when your arrival in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward the necessary modes of payment details as per your convenient by mail.

Last minute booking
It is best to book in advance but for those who aren't able to for whatever reason Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal has a special provision for last minute booking.In the case of last minute booking with 100% percent trip payment within 24 hours is accepted. We do our best to operate a trek at any time but in case of last minute booking we cannot be responsible for delay due to changes beyond our control such as the weather, availability of lodging. Contact us for more information at 977- 9851031022 (Suman) or email us.

Trip Extension

After the completion of the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. With the free time, exploring, visiting a tour of Kathmandu, sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing are such activities that can be done.

Feedback

After completing the Everest High Passes Trek, there will be a farewell dinner held where Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal will give you digitally printed certificate of trek achievement . We would highly appreciate if you would give compliments, comment or complain about the service provided and the team performances as we always strive to be better.

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