|Group Size:||1- 10 Person|
|Max Altitude:||5528.00 meters|
|Activities||Trekking and Hiking|
| Places Covered
Kathmandu, Dormitory Nepal, Tribhuvan International Airport, Phakding, Namche, Namche acclimatization, Tengboche, Tengboche Monastery, Labuche, Gorak shep, Gokyo, Gokyo Acclimatization, Thame, Lungdeng, Renjo La, Cho La, Thamel, Thangnak (Dragnak), Dzongla, Monjo, Kongma La , Everest Base Camp, Gokyo RI, Marlung, Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Lukla),
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Before making plans to take this trip you need to ask yourselves 3 questions -
If you have answered all the 3 questions above in a yes, you surely are ready to take Everest high passes trek. The trek initiates from Lukla, alike the Everest base camp trek but separates after Namche bazaar. Unlike the base camp, this route is less travelled and only by the real enthusiast. The teahouses along the trail as well is very basic and gives you a close experience to that of camping.
This trip requires a lot of acclimatization rest and is very strenuous at times. The three passes Renjo La (5400m), cho La (5420m) and Kongma La (5540 m) are at the most rarest part of the Everest region and close to Tibet. The beauty of Everest high passes trek is that it as well takes you to famed peak of Gokyo Ri, Kala patthar and also the Everest base camp. The peaks that you would climb to does not require a peak permit from the mountaineering association of Nepal.
|Day 1||Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)|
|Day 2||Kathmandu Valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)|
|Day 3||Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) & Trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), 3-4 hrs walk|
|Day 4||Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft), 5-6 hrs walk|
|Day 5||Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar|
|Day 6||Trek to Thame, (3800m), 3 to 4 hours|
|Day 7||Trek to Marlung, (4137m), 4 to 5 hours|
|Day 8||Trek to Lungdeng (4600m), 3 to 4 hours|
|Day 9||Trek to Renjo- La (17,929ft / 5465m) to Gokyo Lake (4800m)|
|Day 10||Relax Day at Gokyo Lake|
|Day 11||Hike to Gokyo RI (5,330m/17,483ft), and trek to Thaknak (4750m/15580ft), 6-7 hrs walk|
|Day 12||Trek to Cho-la Pass (5367m/17604ft) to Dzongla (4,850m/15908ft), 5-6 hrs walk|
|Day 13||Trek to Gorakshep (5,160m/16,929ft), 5-6 hrs walk|
|Day 14||Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft) and return to Lobuche for overnight. 6 to 7 hrs|
|Day 15||Lobuche - Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) - Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 6-7 hrs|
|Day 16||Trek to Tengboche (3,867m/12684ft), 4-5 hrs walk|
|Day 17||Trek to Monjo (2680M/8791ft), 5-6 hrs walk|
|Day 18||Trek to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), 6-7 hrs walk|
|Day 19||Fly back to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)|
Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Namaste and welcome to Nepal! With the hope that you had a smooth flight, we assist you at the airport to get to your hotel. There are no additional programmes set for the day but the welcome dinner in the evening and a session of introduction.
Kathmandu Valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
This day will help you get along with the country. We carry a prolonged heritage on our back and a country’s heritage will help you best in knowing the culture and the customs. Meanwhile our backend staff will prepare for required permits and other last minute preparation to make your trip hassle free. At the end of the day you will be briefed about the trip by your guide and this will be an opportunity for you to exchange word with your companion for the rest of the trip.
Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) & Trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), 3-4 hrs walk
The 200km flight to the northeast region of Nepal is a majestic experience but the best view is offered to the one’s seated on the left side of the aircraft. After landing on a 465 meter runway, we immediately retrieve our belongings and head towards the north to the village of Phakding. We walk through the community forest, chortens, prayer walls, mani and finally through rustic suspension bridge, until we reach Phakding.
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Today we begin early as usual to cover a distance of 1000m in ascent and in 5-6 hours, after we fuel ourselves with highland breakfast. We start on the trail along raging Dudh Koshi river and make our first sheer uphill walk to Toktok, where awaits the beautiful view of Thamserku. We walk through villages intermingling with beautiful forest of Rhododendron, fir, magnolia and Pine. The final ascent to Namche as well is challenging, whereas you may feel the first symptoms of altitude kicking in.
Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
It is uttermost important for us to spend a day in Namche in order to acclimatize for higher ground. The day may be a rest day but it is important to be active even on a free day and being lethargic day around is the worst thing to do. We will do small side trips of 2-3 hours from and to Namche itself. Namche as well is the last stop in the Everest, if you wish to buy any forgotten things for your trek this may as well be a last chance. We spend this day as well on Namche.
Trek to Thame, (3800m), 3 to 4 hours
Places Visited: Thame
The trail is usually gradual this day but as we have to cover 600m in ascent and descend and within 3 – 4 hours, so we start early after breakfast. The trail immediately enters dense yet beautiful forest of Rhododendron and Pine, by this time Yaks grazing with big bells by their neck is a common sighting but watch out for musk deer on this day. You will witness some beautiful mountains in the Everest region, namely Khumbila (5761m), Konde Ri and Pharchamo (6187m).
Trek to Marlung, (4137m), 4 to 5 hours
Places Visited: Marlung
The ascent is pleasant but its in the thin air condition, as a result breathlessness follows. Today we will walk on the historical trail used by ancient traders who walked for centuries to trade goods and salt with Tibet. Except for crossing the Bhotekoshi couple of time, there is no significant things to watch for today.
Trek to Lungdeng (4600m), 3 to 4 hours
Places Visited: Lungdeng
We start early in the morning to cover an ascent of 400m in 3 to 4 hours. It may look like a small distance to cover in a day but it is very important to be careful about any ascent you make further ascent; it may result to a dire consequence. Lungden is a small village surrounded by boulders, just below the Renjo – La pass and serves like the rest area or base camp for the pass, before ascending further on the next day .
Trek to Renjo- La (17,929ft / 5465m) to Gokyo Lake (4800m)
We need to start earlier than the other days to complete our day’s trek on time. The ascent to Renjo – la is very demanding and on the contrary is very rewarding as well. The clear blue skies and eye popping views of gigantic peaks Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Taboche and many others awaits on the top. The initial trail past Renjo – La to Gokyo is almost vertical and strenuous and towards further down, the trail becomes gradual. The end of the day is tiring yet it is very pleasing to rest besides turquoise blue, crystal clear reservoirs of Gokyo lakes, with the views of one of the ultra 8000er Cho Oyu.
Relax Day at Gokyo Lake
After Days of strenuous hike it is uttermost important for us to call it a day and embrace the striking, turquoise lakes. Although it is a rest day and we will not do rapid hikes or treks on the day but will surely stroll around and see all the lakes in the periphery. We have our breakfast, lunch and dinner in Gokyo itself and enjoy the awe – inspiring views of the saw toothed mountains.
Hike to Gokyo RI (5,330m/17,483ft), and trek to Thaknak (4750m/15580ft), 6-7 hrs walk
The trek starts early and after breakfast. The trail gradually but as we are ascending to one of the most rewarding viewpoints, the trail gets demanding. The view we get of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and many other mountains, including the Dudh pokhari is unrivalled. After Gokyo RI we descend and immediately ascent on a gradual trail of ever changing Ngozumpa Glacier, until we reach Thaknak. After a long hike we rest here to get ready for yet another interesting on one of the highest passes on earth.
Trek to Cho-la Pass (5367m/17604ft) to Dzongla (4,850m/15908ft), 5-6 hrs walk
The days hike is one of the most demanding days in the itinerary of Everest 3 pass trek. The day starts with sheer ascend on the slopes and lose boulders but the view of Ama Dablam right in front and the Ngozumpa on the back and Pharilapche and Kyajo RI is very astonishing. The trail to Dzongla from Cho La pass is equally challenging, you will walk down looking at the broken face of Cho La glacier. After almost two hours of downhill, you will enjoy easy stroll in between beautiful peaks which seems like in the grasp of our palms, with the striking view of Ama Dablam, far down the valley. We call it a day at Dzongla.
Trek to Gorakshep (5,160m/16,929ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Places Visited: Gorak shep
The trail heads down on a grassy hill side, with the view of lake Chola Tso and the rugged Cholatse and Arakam. Further down we cross small streams and flat trails and one final effortless ascend to Lobuche. We walk through the narrow moraine and up towards Gorakshep. As we had a long day of walk and it is very important for us to take appropriate rest and past Lobuche, one needs to acclimatize, we rest in Gorakshep and observe the ambiance.
Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft) and return to Lobuche for overnight. 6 to 7 hrs
The walk to Everest base camp is tedious process because of the ever changing path of notorious Khumbu Icefall. Base camp is a beautiful hub for climbers who have been waiting for green signal to head further north. Base camp is a colorful village made out of tents, on the laps of some beautiful mountains with best cloud formations. The walk is not very demanding but is challenging due to the elevation factor. We take the same route back until Lobuche and rest in the same.
Lobuche - Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) - Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 6-7 hrs
We start early and by the first sunlight in the morning to make it to the other side by the end of the day. It is important to refill water in hefty amount. The climb immediately gets sheer and strenuous from the very first moment and on the edge of a moraine until we reach to the top. On the top you will enter a flat surface with icy patches of lake and frozen ridges of Kongma La pass. From Kongma La to Chukkung is equally grinding downhill but the view of Island peak and ridge of Amphu Lapcha will sweep you off your feet. It is a must take break at Chukkung for two reason; one because of long day trek and 2nd for the reason that Chukkung is a beautiful village surrounded from ridges and glaciers from all sides.
Trek to Tengboche (3,867m/12684ft), 4-5 hrs walk
From here we begin to descend and the trails are a little less demanding that a day before but the chilling winds on the ridges are bone piercing. With the beautiful views of Taboche, Cholatse, Amphu Lapcha and un recognizable north view of Ama Dablam, we stroll forward to our final destination, sometimes on the barren trails and for a while on the stone steps. We catch more breath than on the trails of higher ground and the view of the mountains behind is more beautiful than ever. We call it a night at the periphery of the famous and biggest Tengboche monastery, which has been restored to its original despite several tragedies.
Trek to Monjo (2680M/8791ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Places Visited: Monjo
The walk from Tengboche to Monjo is all in the woods of Rhododendron, pine and fir that blankets the hills. The forest encompassing the trail is dense and known to be the home of Himalayan thar, snow leopard and musk deer, it is very important to look for the opportunity to spot these wild animals despite the exhaustion. We make our way further to Namche, where you may want to take a look to cascade of houses and snap shots of it with the mountains in the backdrop. We further head down to couple of rustic bridges and through the warm breezes until we arrive Monjo and halt for the day.
Trek to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Places Visited: Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Lukla)
We head further to Lukla with plenty of oxygen to fill our lungs and only halt our trek in Lukla. We can enjoy the end of the trek and share experience with the ones returning as well as beginning their trek. Once our convoy reaches to Lukla, the trekking leader will reconfirm your flight for the next day.
Fly back to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
We board an early morning 200km flight back to Kathmandu, with the best views of the mountains on the right. One last time we wave off the mountains through the widows of the aircraft. Our trip of Everest three pass trek officially comes to end when we arrive at Kathmandu Airport and we transfer you to your hotel.
I had never trekked before my trip with Uzol. Within the span of 24 hours I was completely outfitted and prepared for the trip withthe help of Uzol and his fellow staff (Govinda, Sameer, etc.). The experience was second to none and I was taken care of every step of the way. Safety comes at no cost, and Uzol's knowledge of the surrounding mountains as well as local cultures made each stop in the trek intereting, as I could never be sure who we would bump in to next. Exciting, fun, and led by only the best - you could not ask for a better Himalayan Experience. Visited November 2015View Complete Review