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Everest Base Camp Three High Passes Trek

Outfitter Nepal - 18 days

  • Everest Base Camp Three High Passes Trek
  • 18 days / 17 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Itinerary
Included
Accommodation
Safety
Training
Packing List
Outfitter Nepal
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Overview

> Scenic flight to and from Lukla
> Visiting Tengboche Monastery
> Khumbi-La, Cho La and Renjo La Pass
> Includes Gokyo Lake and Valley

The Everest High Pass trek is an ambitious adventure that crosses three high mountain passes in the Khumbu Region and combines all the highlights of the Everest region. The trekking is designed for people who are fit and fine and looking for the ultimate experience in the Nepal Himalayas. The trek goes through remote valleys, villages, terraces, hills and passes along tough peaks and the feeling of getting away from it all is unmatched and all the time is surrounded by unforgettable mountains.

The Everest high passes trek has the best scenery imaginable of majestic peaks including Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nupste, Pumori, Thamserku, Kangde and many more. The rugged landscape of the High Passes is populated by the famous high mountain people named “the Sherpas” following their customary way of life; the Everest High Passes Trek will offer you a chance to witness the land of the Sherpa and visit Buddhist monasteries. Occasional sightings of rare wildlife include the musk deer, Himalayan thar, snow leopard, pheasants and snow cocks. Some people even claim that the legendary yeti is somewhere in the Khumbu. Let’s go find him!

Itinerary

What's the plan?

Day 01 – Flight Kathmandu – Lukla and trek to Phakding – 4 hours

Straight after breakfast we will drive you to Kathmandu airport and take an early morning 35 minutes scenic flight to the small mountain airport of Lukla. After reaching Lukla, our trekking guide will introduce you to the porters, then we start trekking following the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi river. It will be an easy and it will take us around 4 hours to get to Phakding.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 02 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) – 6 hours

We continue our trek along the Dudh Koshi river and we will be crossing it a few times and the National Park in Jorsale where we will stop for lunch. After a few hours of hiking Namche Bazaar will appear ahead of us as we are on a trail surrounded by pines. We pass the plateau where the Saturday bazaar is held and enter the village of Namche Bazar. It is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Dudh Koshi. The village is a central hub of the area and sundried food and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 03 – Acclimatisation in Namche – 5 hours

Today we rest in Namche. This is good for our acclimatisation as it prevents any unforeseen altitude sickness ahead on the trail as we go to higher altitudes on the trek. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook as the lights come on in the evening. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Gokyo Valley, For acclimatization, we walk up to Khumjung village through Everest view Hotel in Syangboche and see beautiful views of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Khumjung village is a brimming little town which is densely populated by the Sherpa community. At this village is an old monastery which we will visit as well.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 04 – Trek to Tyangboche – 5 hours

After breakfast we start our trek following the ridge trail and flat level mountain path that offers excellent panoramas of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangrib. After trekking for hours on flat zigzags we descend to the river and arrive at Phunki Tenga. We then ascend through a rhododendron forest to the famous Tengboche monastery. We check into our teahouse and you will have some time to visit around and to the Monastery as well if you are interested.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 05 – Trek to Dingboche – 4 hours

After breakfast we start our trek descending through a rhododendron forest to the Imja Khola and we will be crossing an exciting suspension bridge. We will be passing by a long Mani stone wall before we enter the village of Pangboche. Our route continues through summer pastures to Dingboche village.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 06 – Acclimatisation in Dingboche

Today in Dingboche we have another acclimatisation day and there are some breathtaking views of the north face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as we explore this beautiful valley that leads us up to Island Peak. The hike is short with a good chance to relax in the afternoon and we can do some side day trips to help our acclimatisation process.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 07 – Trek to Chhukung – 3 hours

After breakfast we start a pretty trek as we leave Dingboche through stone walled fields and alpine landscape. We hike the trail from Dingboche through Imja Khola valley to a land dotted by glacier moraines amidst towering mountains. We hike at our own pace as our schedule for today is only 3-4 hours trek. While hiking through the valley, Lhotse towers on our left and Ama Dablam on our right. After hiking for about 3 km, we reach a yak herdsman’s place called Bibre. Straight ahead of us, beyond a terminal moraine wall, soars the Island peak (Imja Tse), a popular trekking peak. The pyramidal Imja Tse looks awesome with its steep rock and-icy south face. The trail ahead is intersected by icy streams, we reach Chhukung in about half an hour after leaving Bibre, and there are glaciers and massive snowy mountains all around the place. It is a pleasant hike and we will also hike around the Chukum Valley which will get us physically ready for our first pass, the famous Kongma La.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 08 – Trek to Lobuche via Kongma La (5535m) – 9 hours

We start our trekking quite early in the morning after an early breakfast. Today, as we will have quite a long and tiring day, we head directly west out of Chhukung, hike a small, rocky trail and contour around many hillsides, usually not very steeply, until we reach Pokalden Base Camp. We start at first light. As we have to conquer the highest pass of the trip today, we carry plenty of water, some snacks and a packed lunch as there are no teahouses on the way. We will really enjoy the remoteness of the area and the wonderful display of nature up here. We can choose to go via any of the possible trails – either taking a climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung over the moraine of the Nuptse Glacier or we might hike back down the valley to Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. After some hiking there are great views of Island peak valley and the jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha. Ascending along the east side of Niyang Khola valley, we turn west and hike over a loppy stony trail. We enter a wide basin dotted with small frozen lakes. After a few other hills and more steep climbs; we will reach another Base Camp for Pokalden and a clear blue lake which sits just below the pass. We climb the last half an hour on a trail which is good but looks daring. It is built on the side of a cliff. We are now approaching Lobuche.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 09 – Trek to Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp – 7 hours

After breakfast, we start our trek to Base Camp. Following a rocky moraine path, we see an icy glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill trek brings us to Gorakshep, where we will stop for lunch and we leave all our stuff. We then start our Himalayan journey to Everest Base Camp. Congratulations! Your dream has come true now and you have successfully reached the base camp of Everest. After spending some time here we return to Gorak Shep for our overnight stay.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10 – Trek to Zongla via Kala Patthar – 7 hours

Early morning after a cup of coffee, we will climb to Kala Patthar (5545m) to enjoy the view of sunrise in the Himalayas including the mighty Everest. From Kala Patthar we will have a panoramic view of Everest and many other peaks like Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbetse, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and many more. We then return to Gorak Shep and enjoy a hot breakfast before we continue our trek to Zongla where we halt for the night.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11 – Trek to Thannak via Cho La – 9 hours

We start our trek in the early morning as we are going to cross the Cho La pass (5370m), a steep and somewhat difficult ascent of a rocky ridge a few hours walk from Dzongla. We start by crossing a small glacial stream and then start climbing the pass. From the top, we are treated to views of Ama Dablam, Kantega, Thamserku, Taboche, Cholatse and Baruntse, and to Nangpai Gosain, Pasang Lhamo, Numbur and on the Gokyo side of Cho La. Once we have reached the top of the glaciated pass, we trek across the snow, with Lobuche West looming above us. We decorate the summit with some Buddhist prayer flags to send prayers out across the Himalayas. We then return via a rocky, hilly trail across the valley and a descent to Thannak.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12 – Trek to Gokyo – 4 hours

We start our day by crossing the Ngozumpa Glacier on a sandy, shifting trail, the frozen lakes creaking below and beside us as we turn our way to the other side. Once back on the main trail to Gokyo, we have an hour’s hike past the second lake before we reach the lodge at Gokyo. In the Gokyo valley, the character of trekking changes abruptly. The opaque powder-blue lakes are often on the verge of freezing over and sometimes perform a Himalayan symphony of expanding and retracting ice. We have entered the grassy ablation valley running beside the Ngozumpa Glacier, and have our first sight of Gokyo, a seasonal village and grazing area built beside the third and biggest lake. Gokyo has become something of a Himalayan resort without the crowd at least in terms of the comfortable lodges with sunrooms, unbeatable views, excellent food and warm stoves. It is a great base to explore from, and we as tomorrow we take the time to acclimatise, we will have plenty of time for exploration.

Accommodation: Lodge
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13 – Acclimatisation at Gokyo

Today is for resting and for exploring the Gokyo Valley. Acclimatizing will minimize our chances of suffering from altitude sickness. If you are up to it, you can use this acclimatization day as an opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri to enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint of Everest Region.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 14 – Trek to Lunde via Renjo La Pass – 7 hours

Another pass: Renjo La. This is a truly amazing pass that becomes more popular by the day. After about 3 hours, we get to Renjo La where a dazzling view awaits us. The Everest itself, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche can be seen gleaming in the sunshine. Views from Renjo La are much like those from Gokyo Ri with third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the grey smear of Ngozumpa Glacier. As we continue, the trail winds down a stone staircase and then scrambles over loose scree before we reach the south bank of a small lake, Angladumba Tsho. The presence of ice on the trail can make our descent a bit challenging. Along the way we see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. However, we walk down through a narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Lunde.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 15 – Trek to Thame – 4 hours

It is easy trekking down to Thame. Thame has a sprawling village that counts a few teahouses and lodges and is watched by stunning mountains like Thamserku, Kantenga, Kusum Kangguru and others. Overlooking Thame is a famous Gompa situated amidst some fields on a hill to the west. Established some 325 years ago, the Gompa has three big images of Chenresig (Avalokiteswara), Guru Rimpoche and Buddha Sakyamuni. The colorful Mani Rimdu festival featuring colorful mask dances is held in this Gompa in May. Find out what time of the year for trekking in Nepal would suit you best.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 16 – Trek to Namche Bazaar – 4 hours

We continue our trekking following the flat route and descending to our first resting place Thamo. We then head for Namche Bazaar. We descend after crossing a bridge that eventually leads us to Samde. The place offers breathtaking views. The path descends steeply to Thamo village which hosts a monastery called Khari Gompa which is a nunnery being home to some nuns and monks. After passing through a check post, we come to the world’s highest hydroelectric power station. This was built with help from Austria

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 17  Trek to Lukla (4700m)

After having breakfast at our teahouse in Namche, we start our trek. Today is the last day of our Everest trekking. Expect a pleasant, mostly descending route with a few short uphills. We will cross the Bhote-Koshi River crossing three times and the last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring you back to Lukla.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 18  Flight Lukla – Kathmandu

After an early breakfast, we will catch a flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival we can transfer you to your hotel and say our goodbyes.

Food: Breakfast

Included

Included:

√ Pick up and transfer to and from airport
Your trekking company is able to pick you up from your hotel and return you after the trekking. If you need a transfer to and from the airport of Kathmandu, then this can also be organized.

√ Return flights Kathmandu – Lukla
The trekking begins and ends with an exciting flight. The cost of flights to and from Lukla is included in the price and will be booked by your trekking company.

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Staying in Teahouses during the trek
During the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. These are simple in nature, but fully equipped. Do not expect a luxury.

√  English speaking guide and a porter
One porter per two walkers. This way you don’t have to carry your complete equipment yourself. The guide speaks English.

√  Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for guide and porter
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.

√  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared during the trek. The meals are basic, but will give you enough energy for your appetite. Fruit is also available after each meal.

√  Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea are also organized by the trekking company. Every morning fresh coffee and tea are made. There are scheduled breaks to enjoy this.

√  Permit and TIMS
The total amount includes costs for the permit. This also applies to the TIMS Card, to the Trekkers Information Management System.

√  Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags
In order to trek in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. These are provided by your trekking company.

√ Altitude Sickness & First Aid Kit
The guides carry an altitude sickness kit to monitor your pulse rate, oxygen saturation, and heart rate twice a day (very useful for monitoring the symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS) at altitude).

√  Helicopter Service in Emergencies
Check whether this is reimbursed by your travel insurance and otherwise take out a supplementary travel insurance package for this.

Excluded:

× Visa for Nepal
Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.

× Flights to and from Nepal
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.

× Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning to go trekking in Nepal.

× Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi
Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower, hot running water, bottles of mineral water and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas. The water we encounter along the way is drinkable and is heated or boiled by us.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. The teahouses are basic of nature. Some of them have a squatter toilet, while others provide a western style alternative . Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water. Some teahouses have access to the internet, but always at an extra charge. Please read our blog about the teahouses in Nepal. 

 

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Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize.

While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built in. In some cases, it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is, therefore, best to plan a number of extra days in Nepal for possible unforeseen circumstances. Read all about altitude sickness here.

Training

Training

Do you make it to your destinations as planned? Often this depends on the unpredictable weather in the mountains. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.

Do you like walking, have you done trekking at altitude more often and do you sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas.

Is this the first time that you are trekking at altitude? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s walk twice a week. Read this blog post and get fit for trekking in Nepal.

Packing List

Packing List

Trekking in Nepal requires decent gear. Especially the basics like an 80-90l backpack and quality trekking socks. Read an extensive blog here about what to bring with you.

Documents
– Passport
– Travel insurance
– Boarding passes for flights
– 2 passport photos
– Driving License
– Dollars in cash
– Credit card (make sure you have $500 available on your card in case evacuation by helicopter is required)

Sleep
– Sleeping bag
– Extra sleeping bag lining

Footwear
– Mountain shoes: 3 or 4 season lightweight
– Slippers or sandals for the city
– Aircraft shoes (optional)

Clothing
– Make sure you have non-cotton clothing for during the trek
– 2 t-shirts with underlayer (e.g. running t-shirts)
– Fleece / softshell jacket
– Waterproof jacket
– Down jacket for warmth
– Travel and citywear
– Underwear
– Trousers for underlayer (optional)
– Waterproof pants
– Trekking pants
– Trekking shorts (optional)
– 2 thick trekking socks
– Lightweight and breathable trekking socks
– Gloves and woolen hat

Accessories
– One backpack: 35 liters
– A duffel bag or backpack with straps to go over your back (Max 8kg weight for the porters to carry)
– Drybag or waterproof cover for your backpack
– Water bottle/thermos: at least 2 litres.
– Sunglasses
– Sunscreen
– Personal medication
– Inhaler, blister plasters, etc.
– General toiletries, contact lenses, spectacles (if necessary)
– Towel
– Electronics
– Headlight, travel adapter, phone & charger
– Lip balm
– Book
– MP3/Music and headphones
– Hand disinfectant, biodegradable wet wipes

Outfitter Nepal

Outfitter Nepal

Outfitter Nepal is a local based trekking, tour, travel and outdoor company with over a decade of extensive experience in Nepal’s tourism industry. The company, fully owned and operated by Nepalese professionals has led tourist visitors on adventure holidays through some of the most rugged and remote mountainous regions of the Himalayan country of Nepal; Tibet, India and Bhutan.


Outfitter Nepal is affiliated to the NPL, NTB, TAAN, NMA and is also a member of the Himalayan Rescue Association. One their values is to strictly adhere to the norms of the International Porters Protection Group.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Season
If you have read our blog post about the best time for trekking in Nepal, you will know that every season in Nepal is suitable for trekking. However, in certain times of the year the one area of Nepal is more favorable than the other. Most people who go trekking in the Everest region and Gokyo Valley do so from March till the beginning of June and from September till the end of December. The Annapurna Region is best enjoyed in March to May and from October all the way to December. Just like Everest, you can trek in Annapurna all year round. The same seasons are most popular when talking the Manaslu Circuit and the Langtang Valley. The Upper Mustang is your choice during the Monsoon season when the rest of the country gets more rainfall. The Upper Dolpo is perfect most of the year, especially from March all the way to November.

Porters
Bookatrekking.com strives to only work with providers who treat porters in a fair manner. Without porters, there is no trekking in Nepal. They are the heart and soul of your adventure and they every day carry part of your gear. Bookatrekking.com always tries to find a balance between an affordable trekking adventure and the fair treatment of porters.

Tipping
Porters are partly dependent on tipping. The cheaper your trekking, the more likely it is that the salary for porters is low. In any case, this must be compensated with tipping. It is an unwritten law in the Himalayas. On your way you will notice that the amount of tipping is a hot topic. At the end of the trek there is an opportunity to give tips. The rule of thumb is to count 10 to 15% of the total amount of the trek. This can be divided into 60-40. The 60% of the amount goes to the guide and 40% is for the porter(s).

Currency and Payment Methods
We recommend you to bring US dollars or euros to pay for your visa, further travel and other costs. It is easiest to travel in Nepal with US dollars. Nepal has reasonable banking facilities with branches of a number of international local commercial banks. Credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. ATMs can be found everywhere in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are ATMs in larger cities during the hikes. However, it is a good idea to bring enough money from Kathmandu or Pokhara as in Nepal you never know if the ATMs will work.

Visa Nepal
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you can get a tourist visa. USD 25 for 15 days from the date of issue, USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for 90 days tourist visa. You need two passport photos. You can apply for an online visa here.

Vaccinations
No immunizations are required visiting Nepal, but it’s always worth checking which vaccinations are recommended and check you are up-to-date with all your boosters.

Although you can get vaccinations in Kathmandu, it’s generally better (and often cheaper) to get them before your trip. Either way, it’s always worth consulting with your local doctor or nurse for up-to-date travel and inoculation advice at least 6 weeks before your planned departure date.

The main recommended vaccinations for Nepal are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. Boosters are also recommended for Tetanus, Polio, Mumps, and Measles. Depending on your travel plans, you may also consider inoculations against Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, and Rabies. This is especially important if you have young children, plan to stay for an extended period of time, working in healthcare, or visiting rural areas and the lowlands of the Terai Region.

How To Book

How does it work?

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Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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