You want more than just Everest Base Camp, so why not take a huge detour and climb the most beautiful passes in the meantime that the Everest area is rich in. The Kongma La, the Cho La and the Renjo La are waiting for you. Grab altimeters and reach the highest point at 5535 meters.
The Three High Passes combines the magic of the base camp of Mount Everest, the fantastic viewpoint Kala Patthar and at the same time allows you to experience the Everest area in peace. The detour means that you will meet fewer other hikers and that you will have the feeling that this part of the Himalayas is yours.
We walk past majestic peaks such as Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Thamserku, Kangde and much more. The rugged landscape of the High Passes is populated by the so-called Sherpa’s, who still live according to tradition. Visit Everest Base Camp and cross the world’s greatest passes.
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If you want to do more than the Everest Base Camp Trek, you should definitely consider spicing it up with the Three High Passes. If you do this, you automatically add some of Gokyo Valley to your itinerary. Some trekkers are so amazed by Everest Base Camp that this is the ultimate goal. Because of the appeal of Everest Base Camp, it can be very busy on the trails in Khumbu, Everest Region. One sidestep can make a massive difference in experience. Crossing the Kongma La, the Cho La and the Renjo La pass sets you apart from the ordinary adventurer in Everest Base Camp. More elevation, more fun! But rest assured, if you don’t have time for more, your Everest Base Camp Trek still is a great adventure.
The Three High Passes of which this trek is named after are Renjo la (5388 m), Cho La (5380 m) and Kongma La (5535 m). These passes have taken people from one place to the other for the last centuries. Crossing these passes you can travel between Khumbu, the Everest Region, and Gokyo Valley.
Hiking or trekking in the Everest Region can be a challenge. The trek to Everest Base Camp is for most people, but adding the Three High Passes to the itinerary can make things a bit more challenging. The altitude of Kongma La, the Chola, and Renjo La pass is higher than Everest Base Camp. It is important to take it as easy as you possibly can. Take rest whenever you can, so you won’t be suffering from altitude sickness. If you are wondering what it physically takes to go trekking in Nepal and what you can do to become the fittest version of yourself, check out this blog post.
The Everest Region, along with the rest of Nepal has 4 distinct seasons. Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. The months from February to May, pre-monsoon, and from October to December, post-monsoon, are the most popular for trekking to Everest Base Camp What must be said, is that every trekking season offers its own excitement and atmosphere for hikers. You can read more about the most favorable trekking and hiking seasons in Nepal in this blog post.
A 25-minute flight from Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) takes you to Tenzing-Hillary Airport (LUA), named after the famous pioneers Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. The airport is known to be one of the most dangerous airports in the world. That fact makes the flight particularly interesting. In the past flights were irregular and flight schedules were when the weather was rough, hard to count on. However, as more airlines are no offering flights on this exciting route, things have improved a lot compared to the days in the 90s and 00s.
Your flight tickets will be organized by your trekking company. To be sure about your itinerary, it is important to book as early as possible, as the flights are booked on a first-come-first-serve basis.
For trekking the Everest Base Camp Three High Passes, you need the following permits:
TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System): This permit is important for every trekker wishing to trek in Nepal. This costs NRS 2000 per person. This equals about 17 USD or 15 EUR.
Alternatively, your trekking company arranges you a location permit in Lukla which costs around 20 USD.
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit: For entering the Sagarmatha National Park, the park that is home to the Mount Everest Region, you need to obtain an entry permit. This permit costs 30 USD + government tax.
All permits are arranged by your trekking provider.
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 hikes and trekkings low. Our trekking 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 guided treks and hikes to Everest Base Camp and over the Three High Passes.
When you are planning to do the Everest Base Camp Three High Passes, you are likely to stay in a hotel in Kathmandu and you would be spending the nights in teahouses along the trek. Regardless of where you stay in Nepal, do not expect a luxury show. Accommodation is relatively basic but is perfect for those who are resting their legs from hiking and trekking. Down below you can read more about staying in teahouses.
Tea houses are small hotels known as Bhatti. Them being small hotels, you can expect a certain level of comfort. Yes, you can, but just know that comfort is a relative concept. They are comfortable to the extent that you have a place to sleep and that you can enjoy home-cooked meals. That’s right, tea houses are run by local families who have opened their houses to trekkers passing by.
Because trekking in Nepal has become so popular in recent years, more and more tea houses have opened their doors and the concept has improved over the years. The more popular your route, the better the quality of your tea house is. If you are headed to Everest Region or the Annapurna Conservation area you can expect to see tea houses being of good quality. Quality meaning that you can expect flush toilets, hot showers and in some cases wireless internet. The use of these amenities is at an extra charge. On popular routes, it is even likely that you will stay in a building that has been built with the sole purpose of serving as a tea house. Read more about staying in teahouses here.
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