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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I add the Three High Passes to my Everest Base Camp itinerary?

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.

Which are the Three High Passes?

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.

Is the Everest Base Camp Three High Passes extra difficult?

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.

What is the best trekking season for the Everest Base Camp Three High Passes Trek?

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.

What about the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa?

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.

What permits do I need for trekking to Everest Base Camp?

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.

How safe is it to go trekking to go do the Everest Base Camp Three High Passes Trek?

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.

What type of accommodation can I expect on the way to EBC and while crossing the Three High Passses?

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.

I read about Teahouses on the way to Everest Base Camp and the Three High Passes. What are they?

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.

How do you select a reliable trekking operator for the Everest Base Camp Three High Passes?

The great thing about the internet is that you can find anything anywhere. The same goes for hiking and trekking providers. However, since there is so much on offer, it can be overwhelming to find a trekking operator of your liking. That is why does the selection for you. We only join hands with the best hiking and trekking providers we can trust. You can rest assured that the trekking operators on are reliable.


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