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Everest Three Passes Trek - 23 days

Gokyo Ri
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Mount Everest, 8,848m (29,028ft) above sea level reign as the highest mountain on Earth. For decades summiting Everest has been considered as one of the greatest mountaineering achievements. In the spring of each year, we embrace this intense challenge by taking a group of qualified climbers to climb Mt. Everest via the South East Ridge of Nepal. The first successfully climbed on Mt. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzin Norgay Sherpa accomplished this feat in May 29, 1953. Since then the South East and also via other various routes, the Mt. Everest has seen over thousand ascents. The South East is by far but the most successfully climbed route on the mountain.

The Everest area, known locally as Sagarmatha National Park, is home to some of the world's highest peaks as well as the famous Sherpas, migrants from eastern Tibet who crossed over the Himalaya and settled here sometime in the late 1400s or early 1500s. This trek is one that goes deep into the heart of the Himalaya. The mountain views are stunning, and the simplicity and hospitality of the Sherpa community is heartwarming. You will get to take in the awe-inspiring views of Mt. Everest, the tallest of them all, Mt Lhotse, Nuptse, Lobouche Peak, Amadablam, Kasum Kangru, Thamserku and Kwangde. You will also be visiting Sherpa villages and monasteries to gain insight into their culture and lifestyle from up close.

This is the ultimate Everest trekking experience, which leads you to ascend of 3 high passes over 5, 000m, these are the Ranjo La (5,340m), Cho La Pass (5,330m) and the Kongma La (5,535m). More over you will also ascend three walking peaks, these are Gokyo Ri (5,360m) offer you superb view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu & Mt Makalu, Kalapather (5,550m) offer you the closest view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse and many other peaks and Chukung Ri (5,550m), also offer you superb view of many mountains. The hike to Everest base camp makes this 3 pass trek the incomparable and unforgettable trekking experience in Nepal. This trip is purely a challenging trekking trip in the Himalayas . This Everest three passes and 3 walking peaks trip is a physically demanding trekking adventure which crosses 3 high passes linking the four distinct valleys of Bhotekoshi, Gokyo, Khumbu and Imja tse.
 
The Journey
 
The typical trekking day begins at around 7.00am, when a friendly face will wake you up and you will pack your pack for the day’s journey and your trek guide will provide a briefing on the day activities.
 
Morning includes trekking for a few hours with stops every hour or so to rest, drink, explore and take pictures. We stop at a teahouse for a hot lunch along the trail. The afternoon often involves a little walking to our lodge where we have afternoon tea, explore the surrounding area, read a book or have a snooze before dinner and hot drinks. Every trekking day we will walk a minimum of 4 hours and maximum of 6 hours a day. We will take several days to make our way up the lower valley, plenty of time for our bodies to acclimatize and to enjoy the fantastic Nepalese countryside.
 
Namche Bazar marks the beginning of the Khumbu region. We take time to acclimatize before continuing up to the Ranjo Pass and Gokyo valley, we will trek up this stunningly steep – walled valley beside a ranging torrent that becomes a babbling brook between the stunning Gokyo lakes.  We will climb Gokyo Ri which offers views of the whole valley, right up to Mt Cho Oyu.  The Cho La, approached from Dragnag below Gokyo, is a chance to walk on the glacier with relative safely. Although the approaches either side is quite steep, the glacier itself is quite flat and almost crevasse – free. It can usually be safety crossed without crampons and gives us access to the upper reaches of the Khumbu valley. In case of unseasonable snow or poor weather it’s a simple matter to walk down and around the intervening range via a well made, lower track to Pangbouche and Lobuje. From the Lobuje we trek up the valley alongside the Khumbe glacier and night at Gorekshep. Our short cut over the Cho La pass (5,330m) offer a real mountain experience before we head to Gorekshep, and the nearby Kala Patther (5,550m) and Everest Base Camp (5,365m). Now you will have the option of a sunset or a sunrise trek to the 18,188' summit of Kala Pattar for a panoramic view of some of the world's highest mountains including Everest at 29,035'. We'll make the 3-hour trek on to Everest Base Camp where, depending on the season, you'll see the mountaineering expeditions team preparing for their ascent to the highest peak in the world, beginning with the spectacular Khumbu Icefall.
 
Having explored the main valley of the Sagarmatha national park, crossed passes and glacier and taken in the summits of three great view points, we head back towards to the Chukung valley crossing over the Kongma La Pass (5,535m) and we ascend the final walking peak Chukung Ri (5,550m) and finally down the valley through Namche and Ghat to Lukla at a great rate – fit and strong and ready to take on the world! There will be time to see KTM and buy gifts before heading home with thrilling tales of peaks and glaciers, Sherpas, Gompas, Yaks and the grandeur of the Himalayas.
 
The trip designed for those …………
  • Trekkers looking for an extra challenge trip in the Himalayas are most welcome to participate.
  • Looking for the course in the Himalayas
  • Previously trekked in the Himalayas and looking for the next climb to the technical peaks of above 7000m

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Our experienced Sherpa guide ensures you enjoy the high quality adventure trip
  • Familiar with Sherpa culture & tradition through our friendly staff & local peoples
  • Climb 3 walking peaks Gokyo Ri (5,360m), Kala Patther (5,550m) and Chukung Ri (5,550m)
  • Trek over a view point 3 high passes Ranjo La Pass (5,360m), Cho La Pass (5,330m) and Kongma La Pass (5,535m)
  • Trek through the Khumbu valley & Gokyo valleys
  • Take a flight to Lukla & view numerous Himalayan Giants on the way
  • Explore the ancient & the fascination city of Kathmandu

DETAILS ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrival in KTM (1400m), Transfer to Hotel and Briefing

After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will have to go through custom formalities. You will be greeted by our representative who will be anxiously waiting for you with a placard displaying your name in his hand. You will be transferred to the 3-Star category hotel in a private vehicle. Once you get refreshed, you will get briefing regarding the itinerary and you will also be introduced with your crewmembers and other trekkers who are going to join you on the trip. Enjoy welcome dinner in the evening where you can taste authentic Nepali dinner. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 2

Tour, necessary preparation & packing

In the morning after breakfast, we will organize half day sightseeing tour during which you will be taken on memorable UNESCO Heritage Tour. Tour begins with visit to Nepal’s holiest Pashupatinath Temple Complex and takes us through Nepal’s largest Bouddhanath Stupa and 2500 years old Swoyambhunath Stupa. We will return to hotel in the afternoon and time for shopping of any missing items, packing and getting ready for the trip.

Day 3

Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,610m) 30min flight, 3hrs trek

We will drive to domestic terminal of Tribhuvan Airport early in the morning and catch a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. We will follow one of the most scenic air routes in the world with panoramic views of glistening mountains to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. Lukla allows access to Everest Khumbu region. We will assemble the crew and take breakfast before start of Everest Mani Rimdu Festival Trek. Following the stone path through Ghat village, we will reach Phakding village. Visit local monastery. Stay overnight in Phakding.

Day 4

Trek to Namche (3,440m) 5-6hrs

Leaving Phakding, we will walk along Dudhkoshi River and enter the dense pine forest. We will cross suspension bridges and walk through dispersed houses of Zapute, Benkar and Chumoa to reach Monjo. Monjo allows an entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We need to go through required national park formalities before we can enter the park. The park is rich in Himalayan herbs, plants, mammals and birds. We will descend to Hillary Bridge existing at the base of hill. After crossing the bridge, we will follow the escalating path towards Namche Bazaar. The path rewards us with views of Thamserku Mountain, Everest, Lhotse and other mountains and peaks. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 5

Day Hikes Acclimatize to Khumjung/Khunde (3,840m)

Namche Bazaar acts as the major trade centre to conduct trade in between locals and neighbouring Tibetans. Namche is also popular as the capital of Sherpa land. It is wise to take rest at Namche on this day. For proper acclimatization with the changing altitude, we can arrange day hike to small Khumjung and Khunde villages. Visit the local monastery and observe the local lifestyle. Head office of National Park, Museum and monasteries are interesting places near Namche. We can get most of the modern facilities including hospital and post office at Namche. Stay overnight in Namche.

Day 6

Trek to Thame (3,800m) 4-5hrs

Moving through the western Khumbu region, we will follow the scenic path that allows views of Himalayan wildlife. Thame is located at bit higher altitude than from Namche. It is a brief walk from Namche to Thame. Enjoy walking along yak caravans to and from Thame. This pretty village is popular among mountain climbers. We will visit Thame School in the afternoon. Explore around Thame and stay overnight.

Day 7

Trek to Lungden (4400m) 5hrs

Samdur Peak and Thambuchet are places of interest in Thame. After early morning tea, we will leave Thame and pass through the dispersed villages to Taranga. From Taranga, the trail continues through series of ups and downs exhibiting the wonderful secenario of surrounding peaks and mountains including Mount Everest, Cho Oyu and other. Stay overnight at Lungden. 

Day 8

Rest & Hiking day, Lungden (4,400m)

This is a rest day which helps to break the stress of trek. Placing rest day in an itinerary is also essential from the acclimatization point of view. We can explore around Lungden on this day. Nakpa Valley exists in the ancient trade route used by locals to trade with neighbouring Tibetans. We can also take short trip to Darkyachhulung peak. Holy site of Warfield exists in Marlung. Lake Cho Relmo is also place of interest in Lungden. Stay overnight in a lodge.

Day 9

Trek to Gokyo (4,750m) via Renjo La Pass (5340m) 6hrs

This is going to be a long day of trekking. Almost 4 hours of trek will take us to the top of Renjola Pass. We need to move slowly while climbing Renjo La for acclimatization purpose. The top of Renjo La Pass rewards us with spectacular views of Everest range. We will capture this amazing moment in camera and take photographs and then lower down to Gokyo along the First Lake in Gokyo named as Dudh Kunda (Milky Lake). Enjoy the mountain views that are above 8000m height. Stay overnight in Gokyo.

Day 10

Climb Gokyo-Ri (5,360m) & Gokyo (4,750m) 5hrs

Gokyo Ri is also one of the three major viewpoints in Everest region. Base of Gokyo Ri exists five minutes away from Gokyo Lake. We can reach to the top of Gokyo Ri in almost three hours. Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8,463 m) and Cho Oyu (8,201 m) can be seen from the top of Gokyo Ri. It also allows views of Gokyo Valley and Khumbu Mountain Range. We will enjoy the views of surrounding mountains and descend to Gokyo where we will stay overnight.  Gokyo is located by the side of Nepal’s largest Ngozumpa glacier. 

Day 11

Trek to Dragnag (4,700m) 4-5hrs

Leaving Gokyo, we will follow the escalating path uphill through glacier. Another forty five minutes of downhill trek along the valley will take us to Dragnag which is the base camp of Cho La Pass. The path is scenic with spectacular views of surrounding mountains. There are only few teahouses available in Dragnag. Stay overnight at Dragnag. 

Day 12

Cross Cho La Pass (5,330m) & trek to Dzong-La (4,830m) 6-7hrs

This is the challenging day. We need to climb very steep section through the glacier traverse on the eastern side. Ice glazed rocks make this trail slippery. We will climb through a valley and a rocky trail, enjoying the views with each step. Walking along the frozen lake, we will reach to the summit of Cho La pass (5368m) which is adorned with prayer flags. Chola Pass summit allows panoramic views of Kyajo Ri Peak, Numbur Mountain, Kangchung Peak and other peaks and mountains. Ama Dablam Mountain can be seen to the south while Cholatse Peak can be seen to the west and Lobuche East and Baruntse exists to the right. We will lower down from Cho La Pass to Dzongla (4,830 m) and walk towards Dzong La. Basic facilities are available in Dzong La.  

Day 13

Trek to Lobuche (4910m) 4hrs

This is a short trek and the path is not so difficult. We will leave Dzongla and move through series of ups and downs to Lobuche. Enjoy the panoramic views of Ama Dablam Mountain, Nuptse Mountain, Lhotse Mountain, Everest Mountain, Pumori Peak, Lobuche Peak and other peaks and mountains. Lobuche is a pretty tiny village that offers amazing sunset view over Nuptse Mountain.  Stay overnight at Lobuche. 

Day 14

Trek to EBC (5,364m) & Gorakshep (5,150m) 6hrs

Leaving Lobuche, we will head towards Gorak Shep Lake. Once a big lake, the size of lake has shrunk lately. From Gorakshep Lake, we will advance towards Indian army mountaineers' memorials. The trail continues through rocky dunes and moraine to the Base Camp of Everest. The Base Camp rewards us with views of Nuptse Mountain, Khumbuste Mountain and Pumori Mountain. Retrace the route to Gorakshep. Stay overnight in Gorakshep.
 

Day 15

Hiking to Kalapathar (5,550m) & trek to Lobuche 6-7hrs

This is going to be long trek. We will wake up at around 3 am and prepare tea before heading through moraines and boulders to Kalapattar. Expect the challenges of low temperature and cold wind. Kalapattar is famous for its sunset view over Everest. Get the 360 degree view of Everest including panoramic views of Khumbutse, Changtse and other peaks and mountains. Take pictures and retrace the route back to Lobuche via Gorakshep for overnight stay.   

Day 16

Trek to Chukung (4730m), via Kongma La Pass (5,535m) 6hrs

From Lobuche, we will follow the scenic route with ample views of Amphu Lapcha Pass and Island Peak Valley. The sheer wilderness will intrigue you. We will cross Kongma La Pass (5,535) and lower down to Chukung. Chukung Ri is located in Chukung Valley. Stay overnight in Chukung.

Day 17

Optional Hike Chukung Ri (5,550m) or explore surrounding area

Optional day either hike to Chukung Ri (5,550m) or day rest exploring surrounding area. Chukung Valley is worth exploring. It offers south face of Lhotse to the north while Island Peak exists in the centre of the valley. The view from Chukung up the valley on the moraines near to Island Peak is incredible. Return to Chukung for overnight stay.

Day 18

Trek to Deboche (3,810m) 5hrs

Few tea houses are available in Chukung. We will enjoy the views of Lhotse, Imja and Amadablam Mountains and walk along river which takes us through the less vegetation area. Following the sloped path uphill, we will reach Dingboche. We can see fields enclosed by stone walls at Dingboche. Dingboche offers spectacular views of Amadablam, Lhotse and Nuptse peaks. Following the Imjatse Valley, we will reach Pangboche village. Passing along Mani walls, we will reach Pangboche Village from where we will descend to Deboche. Stay overnight at Deboche.   

Day 19

Trek to Namche (3,440m) 4hrs

Leaving Deboche after an early morning tea, we will proceed towards Tengboche Monastery where we can see Buddhist Lamas performing rituals. Tengboche Monastery is one of the famous monasteries in Khumbu region. From Monastery, our trail continues along Dudh Koshi Valley to the small village of Phuki Tenga. We will follow the ascending path to Namche. The path is scenic with views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and other mountains. Stay overnight in Namche.  
 

Day 20

Trek to Lukla (2,800m) 6hrs

From Namche, we will lower down to rhododendron forest and walk along Dudhkoshi River to Phakding. Walking past the walled road of Ghat, we will reach Lukla. Stay overnight in Lukla.

Day 21

Fly to KTM, transfer to hotel

We will catch an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. This is rest day. Spend the day as you like. You can go for shopping in Thamel where you can buy souvenir items. We can also arrange for guided sightseeing tour. Alternatively, you can arrange your photo albums and jot down memories in your journal. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 22

Free day in KTM, shopping etc

This is rest day and also a reserve day in case of bad weather for Lukla - KTM flight. Spend the day as you like. You can go for shopping in Thamel where you can buy souvenir items. Thanka painting, pashmina shawl and Nepali handicrafts are most popular gift items. Upon your interest, we can also arrange for guided sightseeing tour. Farewell dinner will be served in the evening.   

Day 23

Depart for home

We will transfer you to the Airport 3 hours before your flight scheduled for your onward destination. Safe journey. We hope to see you soon.

COST INCLUDES

  • Conservation/National park fees and all govt. taxes
  • All required trekking permits
  • 4 (four) nights 3 star hotel accommodation on twin sharing BB basis
  • Round trip (KTM – Lukla –KTM) domestic airfares with domestic airport taxes
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private vehicles
  • An Experience Sherpa Trek Guide
  • Support Sherpa assistant guides on 1:3 ratios
  • Required number of porters
  • Trek sleeping bag and Down Jacket (to be returned after the trek)
  • Trek duffle bag to each trek member as souvenir
  • All meals of high quality and hygienic (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • All hot drinks and beverages (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, treated drinking water etc.)
  • Trek First Aid Kit
  • Insurance of all local team members
  • Equipment for porters
  • Half-day world heritage sites tour with guide & private transport
  • Farewell celebration dinner

COST EXCLUDES

  • Medical/personal high-risk insurance, (must cover emergency evacuation cost)
  • International departure taxes
  • Personal trek gears
  • Major meals in Kathmandu
  • Cost of personal expenses i.e. telephone calls, laundry, Toiletry items etc.
  • Bottle water, boiled water, soft drinks, beers
  • Cost occurred due to delay and cancellation of flights, extension of trek and climbing period etc.
  • Tips to the local staff
Fitness
This kind of trek is challenging and tough. So if you have any previous experiences will be key factor to complete the trek successfully but not mandatory of previous trekking and mountaineering experiences and also doesn’t require any technical experience. Your tough level of fitness is really important for this trek, which is a must. Therefore we strongly suggest preparing yourself in good physical condition. You need to be trained at least for about 4 to 6 months to prepare yourself as strong candidate. You can go to fitness center every morning for about 1.5 hours, do hiking every weekend with increasing weights on your pack, participating in marathon helps you a lot to check level of fitness by yourself. Manage some time for cycling for couple of hours for 3 or 4 times a week. However at the high altitude, there might be little symptoms of altitude illness like mild headache, fatigue etc. but take it as normal and just drink plenty of water (4 – 5 liters) every day. On this trek, you need to be able to hike 6 – 10 hours over hilly terrain up to 6,000m of altitude with daypack. 
 
Experience Required
If you have any previous experiences of similar grade trek or our challenging grade trek would be helpful and key factor to successfully complete the trek. This trek will introduce you about high altitude trekking in the Himalayas and also about the local cultures, traditions and local people. Even if you are around the age of 60 years, you can be a candidate for this trek.     
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Trip Info

Trip Code: DHA/E3PT-23
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Best Month of the Year : April, May, October and November
Trekking Duration: 18 days
Hotel Accommodation : 3 star twin shared BB basis
Trek Type : Tea House
Maximum Elevation : 5,550M.
Average hours of walking per day : 4 - 6 hours
Destination: : Nepal

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