Everest 3 Pass Trek
Everest 3 pass trek is a challenging trek for those who wishe to push their limits. Its an off the beaten trek in the Everest region as it requires a lot of vigor and time to complete this loop. The name 3 pass comes from the 3 highest passes Tsho La, Renjo La and Dzongla which you will have to traverse one after another in certain time frame.
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The trek starts from Lukla, alike most of the treks in the region. However, Everest 3 pass trek traverses through few villages which is very isolated and there just for the reason to serve the trekkers. No doubt that you will see Sherpa cultures in the primary section of the trail, but this trek is more about being in the isolation and climbing up to the viewpoints to challenge yourself. This ultimate Everest circuit trek climbs Kongma La, Tsho La, Renjo La, Kala Patthar, Everest base camp, Gokyo Ri and Chhukung Ri. All the mentioned places are at around 5000 meters, meaning this trek is only for true adventurers.
Everest 3 passes is an epic journey not traversed by many. This rare trekking trail stitches all the best of Everest region. It is inclusive of the Gokyo Lakes, the 1st base camp of the Everest, the villages of Namche, Tengboche and the culture of lower Khumbu as well as the severe life of the higher. Not only that, you will live and accommodate in some of the record holding Sherpas who have reached the summit of Everest and other tallest mountains several times.
Everest 3 pass trek is not a technically difficult trek but as the trek climbs and drops to several peaks and passes that is high in altitude, it requires a lot of precautions and knowledge. And it is best experienced when travelled with trekking pioneers like the Karma eco adventure. Book this off the beaten trek today and live the life of your.
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
- Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Preparation
- Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (200m descend – 50m descend)
- Day 04: Phakding – Namche bazaar (1000m ascent – 100m descend)
- Day 05: Rest Day
- Day 06: Namche -Thame
- Day 07: Thame - Marlung
- Day 08: Marlung - Lungden
- Day 09: Lungden - Gokyo Lakes via Renjo La pass
- Day 10: Gokyo Sightseeing
- Day 11: Gokyo - Thongnak via Gokyo Ri
- Day 12: Thongnak - Dzongla via Chola Pass
- Day 13: Dzongla - Lobuche
- Day 14: Labuche – Gorekshep – Kalapatthar/Ebc – Gorakshep (Ascent 650m, descent 385m)
- Day 15: Gorakshep – Lobuche (200m ascentt, descent 700+m)
- Day 16: Lobuche - Kongma La Pass - Chukkung
- Day 17: Chukung - Tengboche
- Day 18: Tengboche - Monjo
- Day 19: Monjo - Lukla
- Day 20: Lukla - Kathmandu (Flight)
- Day 21: Departure your destination.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Thank you for choosing Everest 3 pass trek as your next adventure destination. You will arrive on this day to Tribhuvan International airport, in Kathmandu. A representative from Karma eco adventure will transfer you at your hotel. You can take your time to stroll around and see the surrounding of your accommodation.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Preparation
On this day we get busy with couple of things; one making the last minute paperwork for your trekking and second, sightseeing some rare UNESCO world heritage sites. Meanwhile, our backend staff will make ready all the permits to take along on the trail. Simultaneously, our guide will help you get acquainted with the country by taking you to different heritage sites. In the evening, you will be briefed about your trek either in your hotel or over the dinner.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (200m descend – 50m descend)
The day starts early in order to catch an early morning flight to Lukla. The flights are completely dependent on weather conditions and earlier the flight the better it is. High chances that you will have your breakfast in Lukla and then begin your journey on the trails of Everest base camp. You will make your way through bustling town of Lukla sharing the trails with Yaks and mules. You will only trek for 3-4 hours as a warmup trek for days to come. Overnight in Phakding. Meal plan B,L,D.
Day 04: Phakding – Namche bazaar (1000m ascent – 100m descend)
You will embark on the same undulating trail that you had left on the previous day. Immediately outside Phakding keep your eyes open while the trail traverses through the forest of Rhododendron, pine and fir as it is home of some wild habitats. On this day, majority of the trail stays on the banks of raging Dudh Koshi river. On several occasions you will we cross rustic suspension bridge that leads in and out of beautiful Sherpa village and hamlets. From Monjo you will make an entry in the Sagarmatha National park and soon you will be greeted by snow clad Thamserku 6608m. The final ascent to Namche Bazaar through sheer, crisscross and traverses through pine scented trail. This section of the trek is the most difficult section of the day. Overnight in Namche. Meal plan B,L,D.
Day 05: Rest Day
This day is set aside for acclimatization. Although it is mentioned as a rest day it is recommended to remain active and ascend to higher ground and fall back in Namche. It is a very good day as well to explore the town its rich Sherpa culture and impeccable short hikes in the periphery. Namche is interesting village or town which has house built in cascading hills and looks like an amphitheatre from a distance. This is the most happening village throughout the Everest base camp trek or even in the region of Everest. On this day we hike to Syangboche airport; one of the high altitude, non commercial air strip. Depending on the weather conditions a short hike to higher ground and back will be done. Overnight in Namche. Meal plan B,L,D.
Day 06: Namche -Thame
From Namche you are westbound and start climbing towards Namche monastery and its beautiful mani stones. The trail is broad and horizontal and big enough for yak trails to make their way easily. Immediately after you leave the valley of Namche you will enter a dense forest of old Rhododendron and tall pine tree. This forest is a natural grazing ground for Yak and a community forest for the locals for firewood. Keep your eyes open for musk deer and himalayan thar in the forest. However, the trek is mostly upward bound on this day. Overnight in Thame.
Day 07: Thame - Marlung
Many people opt to walk all the way to Lungden but since Lungden is way beyond the recommended elevation gain in a day, you would only trek until Marlung. The trail is comparatively gradual but very arid, with scattered stone houses and everything very still. The raging Bhote Koshi and occasionally grazing yaks are the only things that are moving on today’s trail. Immediately outside Thamo is a hamlet settled around the 350 year old Gompa. Beyond Thamo Teng the trail remains flat and descends slightly to a stream from where the ascend all the way to Marlung is difficult. Overnight in Marlung
Day 08: Marlung - Lungden
If you are well acclimatized you can even trek to Lungden all the way from Thame. However, it is not advised to do so because the fatigue will make crossing the Renjo La pass difficult. The trail from Marlung to Lungden is completely isolated and the only company you have along the trail is the Bhote Koshi river. Today’s trek is easy and short but you will not walk fast as it would cause headache and altitude sickness. The trek is kept short and sweet in order to save energy for the next day. The terrain gets more isolated and barren but with every spur towards our destination of the day the mountains get closer and bigger. Lungden has basic accommodation and only acts as a launching pad for the Renjo La pass. Overnight in Lungden
Day 09: Lungden - Gokyo Lakes via Renjo La pass
On this day you would do the 1st of the 3 passes in the Everest region and it is going to be very challenging. You will gain an altitude of 1000 meters and then descend around 700 meters to reach Gokyo valley. This is the only way to get into Gokyo valley from Lungden. Walking on the every changing trails and rugged terrain is very demanding but walking in parallel to one of the highest mountains will certainly provide you vigor to continue further. At the zenith of the pass the percentage of inhaled oxygen is only 50% which is why the trek is very slow paced. The final 400 meters of the pass is the most difficult section of the trek. You will see mountains Everest, Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Lhotse and several others. From the top, you can as well see the village of Gokyo settled by the third lake. Once on the top, we start descending towards our final destination. Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 10: Gokyo Sightseeing
There are overall 6 lakes in Gokyo valley. The 1st is known as the Longponga Tsho, the 2nd is known as Taujung Tsho, the 3rd lake is famed as Gokyo or the religiously important Dudh Pokhari, the 4th is named as Thonak Tsho, the 5th lake is Ngozumpa Tsho and the final and the highest lake is the Gyazumpa tsho. The main idea behind sightseeing in Gokyo is to acclimatize for the higher ground. And, in order to do that, you will today trek to the 4th and the 5th lake. As you will have already seen 2 lakes on your way to the third, you will now see two other lakes. These lakes make a perfect day trips and on top offer a very beautiful views of the mountains in the region. Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 11: Gokyo - Thongnak via Gokyo Ri
The first part of today’s trek is again a sightseeing trip and part of acclimatization. You will first scale the Gokyo Ri and then move on to Thongnak. However, the option of climbing Gokyo Ri depends on you and your condition. Nevertheless, this peak does not require a climbing permit and is a wonderful viewpoint for the mountains in the surrounding. Once you descend from Gokyo Ri, you will walk on the trail that is frequently changed from the Ngozumpa glacier. Slightly around 5 - 6 hours and you will reach to Thongnak, a rugged stone surrounding hamlet that exists only to serve the trekkers. Overnight in a stone lodge in Thongnak.
Day 12: Thongnak - Dzongla via Chola Pass
It takes almost all day to complete the pass. It is often debated of which side is more difficult but nevertheless, summiting the pass from any end is equally challenging. You would begin your day before dawn and will complete the trek by midday and in between remain as slow as possible. The summit of the pass is around 5300 meters and it is one of the highest passes in the Everest region. The summit of this pass is as well one of the highest points of Everest Gokyo trek. On the top awaits the most beautiful views of the mountains in the surrounding. The descend is equally challenging as most of the time you walk on trail that is mostly loose rocks. As you descend down with the view of broken face of the Chola Glacier in the back, you can raise your head to one of the most beautiful views of Ama Dablam framed perfectly at the end of the valley. You descend all the way to Dzongla. Overnight in Dzongla.
Day 13: Dzongla - Lobuche
Trekking to Lobuche from Dzongla is a relief after walking down a very difficult route from the pass. It either remains horizontal or downhill on a proper trail. The trail hovers around the ridge at times which exposes you to a splendid views of Ama Dablam, Taboche and few peaks. Furthermore, the day is going to be short as reaching to Gorakshep on the same day is asking too much from your body. Since exhaustion may result in sickness, you will limit your walk to only Lobuche on this day
Day 14: Labuche – Gorekshep – Kalapatthar/Ebc – Gorakshep (Ascent 650m, descent 385m)
The trek is going to be slow and very tedious as you will be walking beyond 4000 meters. Most of the days initial trek traverses through the narrow gap between glacier moraine and the mountain. You will make a very small but difficult climb to more technically difficult moraine with the first sighting to Gorakshep. Gorakshep is a temporary hamlet just to serve trekkers trekking to base camp of the Everest. Moreover this place acts like the launching pad for the peak of Kala Patthar. We recommend you to visit Kalapatthar on this day as the sunset view is more beautiful. However, many people prefer Kalapatthar in the morning but it is not recommended due to the ruined view from sunrise behind the Everest. We either trek to Everest base camp or Kalapatthar and trek back to Gorakshep and spend the night. Meal plan B,L,D.
Day 15: Gorakshep – Lobuche (200m ascentt, descent 700+m)
If you scaled Kalapatthar on the previous day, you will most likely hike to the first base camp of Everest on this day before you start descending to Pheriche. The trek to base camp is comparatively easier than Kalapatthar. However, you will ascend 200m the the base camp which will consume around 3 hours. After spending brief moments in Everest base camp we trek down for another hour to Gorakshep and further down to Periche in Next 3-4 hours. Overnight in Pheriche. Meal plan B,L,D.
Day 16: Lobuche - Kongma La Pass - Chukkung
The Everest 3 pass trek loop is inclusive of 3 highest man walkable passes in the Everest region and Kongma La Pass is the last on our itinerary. The walk is arduous and with slow pace it takes around 8 hours to get across on the other end. The path on the other hand is ever changing and the trail is usually marked with cairns. Kongma La is the only pass that is left alone and not many trekkers or locals traverse through it. The views on the other hand is stunning, Makalu in Nepal and few other peaks in Tibet look stunning. Furthermore, you will be spellbound by the views of a turquoise colored freshwater lake. Walking on the final part on loose scree of rocks is as well very demanding. Overnight in Chhukung.
Day 17: Chukung - Tengboche
From the laps of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and several other Himalayas and from the rocky and snowy terrain of Chukung you gradually start descending towards Dingboche. The trail traverses through patches of sea buckthorns and traditional grazing grounds of Yak. If you wish to take one of the splendid shots of Yak grazing with the views of snow clad mountains in the backdrop, this is the very section of the trek that offers once in a lifetime shot. You will as well make your way through the south face of Lhotse where rests the memorial of trekkers who lost their lives in previous years. Following the Imja river down, you first reach Dingboche, followed by Pangboche and finally the serene Tengboche. Overnight in Tengboche.
Day 18: Tengboche - Monjo
Tengboche - Monjo
With multiple rest and amazing opportunity to capture the beautiful landscape of Khumbu region, the trek from Tengboche to Monjo will take around 6 - 7 hours. You would not be accommodating in the sprawling Namche bazaar but in the quiet and serene Monjo. The first reason in doing so is because most of this day is a downhill walk. Second, the downhill trek of the following trek is more arduous and painstaking and hence walking ahead of Namche offers better rest on the following day. Overnight in Monjo.
Day 19: Monjo - Lukla
Although we start early and it is all descend from Namche to lukla, it is claimed to be the hardest downhill in the entire Everest base camp route. Since we opted to rest in Monjo we will be a little relieved at the end of the day. Nevertheless, the remorseless incline makes it difficult on the knees but there is always an option to slow down the pace and stroll easy. Once you reach Benkar the trail is almost horizontal to Phakding and further down, Lukla and very easy for the knees. Overnight in Lukla. Meal plan B,L,D.
Day 20: Lukla - Kathmandu (Flight)
We board an early morning flight on the world’s most adventurous before the weather is wrecked. With the views of the beautiful peaks on our right we head towards Kathmandu.
Day 21: Departure your destination.
- Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.(depends on the group size).
- Welcome dinner at typical Nepaleese restaurant in Kathmandu.
- 2 nights Hotel accommodation at 3 star category in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast.
- All government and local taxes.
- A comprehensive medical kit.
- Highly an experienced Trekking Guide, Assistant Guide, and Porters for each pax.
- All accommodations on the trails and full board meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or any one item from the menu).
- Best available local lodges/Teahouse in mountain.
- Lunch & dinner in kathmandu hotel.
- Accidental and medical Insurance of Nepalese staffs.
- Both way domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu.
- Certificate of trek Completion.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, mineral water etc).
- Nepal visa which obtained at the airport on arrival (4 copies of passport size photo).
- Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
- Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
- In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides etc the extra charge should be borne by themselves.
- Tips for trekking staffs.
- Anything else that is not mentioned on what is included.