THREE HIGH PASSES TREK

(RENJO LA -5388M, CHO LA -5360M& KONMA LA -5535M)

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Few of the best challenging adventure hikes in the world which involves the high passes of Kongma La (5535M), Cho La (5360M) and Renjo La (5388M) and three best view points to observe whole Khumbu Himalayan ranges; ChhukungRi (5550M), Kalapathar (5600M) and GokyoRi (5463M)
  • Touch the base of these three peaks; Lobuche (6119M), Pokhalde (5806M) and Island peaks (6189M)
  • Altitude varies from 2840mat Lukla airport to 5600m (Kalapathar view point)from wherepanoramic views of Himalayan peaks of the Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori, and countless other spectacular Himalayan peaks.
  • Unique and historic monasteries including Namche, Thame, Tyangboche, Pangboche and Dingboche
  • Rich in wildlife (Himalayan Tahr, Musk Deer and colorful Pheasants) in beautiful fir, juniper and rhododendron forests inside Sagarmatha National Park. 
  • Rich in ancient art, Tibetan culture and Buddhist religion where trails have artistic chhortens lined with stone slabs mani walls carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers
  • Experience the Sherpa culture, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries & unparalleled beauty.
  • Follow the Everest ascent expedition teams, especially during the prime climbing seasons of spring and fall.
OUTLINES OF ITINERARY
DAY 01: ARRIVE TO KATHMANDU (1300M/4265FT) (A)
DAY 02: TREK PREPARATION DAY. OPTIONAL: SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDU (A,B) 
DAY 03: FLY TO LUKLA (2840M/9315FT), TREK TO JORSALLE (2805M/9200FT) 5-6 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 04: TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440M/11285FT)5-6 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 05: REST, ACCLIMATIZATION AND EXPLORATION DAY (A,B,L,D)
DAY 06: TREK TO THAME (3800M/12465FT) 5-6 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 07: TREK TO LUNGDEN (4380M/14365FT) 5-6 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 08: TREK TO GOKYO LAKE (4790M/15710FT) VIA CROSSING RENJO LA (5388M/17675FT) 8-9 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 09: TREK TO GOKYO RI (5463M/17920FT) & FORTH LAKE 6-7 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 10: TREK TO THAKNAK/DRAGNAG (4750M/15580FT) 3-4 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 11: TREK TO DZONGLA (4830M/15845FT) VIA CHO LA (5360M/17585FT) 8-9 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 12: TREK TO LOBUCHE (4910M/16105FT) 3-4 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 13: ASCEND KALA PATTAR (5,600M/18368FT) OR TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,364M/17595FT), BACK TO GORAKSHEP (5110M/16760FT) 8-9 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 14: ASCEND KALA PATTAR (5,600M/18368FT) OR TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,364M/17595FT), DESCEND TO LOBUCHE7-8 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 15: TREK TO CHHUKUNG (4730M/15515FT) VIA KONGMA LA (5535M/18155FT) 9-10 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 16: CLIMB CHHUKUNG RI (5550M/18205FT), TREK TO SHOMARE (4040M/13250FT) 6-7 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 17: TREK TO MONJO (2800M/9185FT) 6-7 HRS
DAY 18: TREK TO LUKLA (2840M/9315FT) 5-6 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 19: FLY TO KATHMANDU (A,B)
DAY 20: AT LEISURE IN KATHMANDU (A,B)
DAY 21: ONWARD DESTINATION (B)(Abbreviation: A-Accommodation, B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)

PRICE CHART:
Particulars 01 Person 02-04 People 04-06 People 07-10 People 11-14 People 15-16 People
Per Person Price US$1775 US$1471 US$1307 US$1217 US$1195 US$1150
Additional porter costs US$255 per porter. A porter is shared between two trekkers with 20KG backpack


PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Welcome at KTM Airport, airport pick up service & transfer to the hotel
  • KTM 4 nights 2 stars hotel room with breakfast in twin sharing basis
  • All necessary trekking paper works such as trekking permit (TIMS), national park entry permit conservation permit
  • Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park Permit fee
  • Trekking Permit (TIMS) fee
  • Everest region experienced government licensed and trained local English speaking guide
  • Local people operated room in lodges
  • Three times meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner with a cup of tea/coffee in each meals) during the trek
  • Treated drinking water to fill in your bottle
  • Camp/dine fire/warm up charge where available
  • Staff foods, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation & local taxes
  • All road transport by public/private vehicle as per itinerary
  • KTM-LUA-KTM round way internal flights
  • KTM &Lukla domestic airport tax
  • Applicable government taxes (13% VAT and 10% tourism service charges)
  • Hotel Domestic airport/bus park-hotel transfers service
  • Travel and rescue arrangement support
  • Trip crew medical supplies (first aid kit)
  • Trip success certificate (case of trip success)
  • Airport transfer to KTM Airport by vehicle after trip
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • Your all kinds of insurance
  • Nepal Visa fee –US$40 for 30 days
  • Single supplements except solo trip service
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Bar bills and laundry
  • Optional trips
  • Tips
  • All except explained in "PRICE INCLUDES" section above

DETAILS OF ITINERARY

Retrace the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, enjoy the hospitality of Sherpa village life and brush against the majesty of Mt. Everest in Solukhumbu region of Nepal. The trek to Everest Base Camp, in the heart of Sagarmatha National Park, has become a rite of passage for many world travelers. The obvious goal is a close-up view of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest (8848m), from where we may well be able to follow the progress of Everest ascent expedition teams, especially during the prime climbing seasons of spring and fall.

Three Passes Trek is few of the best challenging adventure hikes in the world which involves the high passes of Kongma La (5535M), Cho La (5360M) and Renjo La (5388M) and three best view points to observe whole Khumbu Himalayan ranges; ChhukungRi (5550M), Kalapathar (5600M) and GokyoRi (5463M). We’ll touch the base of these three peaks; Lobuche (6119M), Pokhalde (5806M) and Island peaks (6189M). Altitude varies from 2840m to 5600m at Kalapathar view point from where panoramic views of Himalayan peaks of the Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori, and countless other spectacular Himalayan peaks.Unique and historic monasteries including Namche, Thame, Tyangboche, Pangboche and Dingboche. Sagarmatha National Park is uniquely rich in wildlife such as Himalayan Tahr, Musk Deer, and different types of colorful Pheasant in the beautiful fir, juniper and rhododendron forests. Rich in ancient art, Tibetan culture and Buddhist religion where trails has artistic chhortens lined with stone slabs mani walls carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers.

 

DAY 01: ARRIVE TO KATHMANDU (1300M/4265FT)

Airport representative of Mountain Climbers Treks will meet, welcome you with flower beat and transfer to hotel. Leisure day to adjust the culture shock of medieval Kathmandu, with bustling bazaars interspersed with shrines and temples and interesting architecture. In the evening you can venture out to the restaurants in Thamel. Overnight at the hotel.

 

DAY 02: TREK PREPARATION DAY. OPTIONAL: SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDU

After breakfast, you’ll have free time to shop for the trekking. We recommend you to pack additional snacks (energy bar, dry nuts, crispy and crunchy cookies etc), toilet rolls as price goes three times higher up in the mountain. Later part of the day, we will check your trekking backpack and assist on final packing. Optional: our tour guide will take you to the cultural heritage sites such as Pashupatinath, Boudhnath and Swoyambhunath. All are World Cultural Heritage Site enlisted by UNESCO. Overnight at the hotel.

 

DAY 03: FLY TO LUKLA (2840M/9315FT), TREK TO JORSALLE (2805M/9200FT) 5-6 HRS

An early departure from the Kathmandu domestic airport will see us landing in Lukla a mere 35 minutes later. This is one of the most spectacular and one of the 10th extreme flights in the world AS the runway is on a slope and there is a difference of almost 60 metres between its lower and upper ends which all makes for an interesting landing!As you fly east, the snow line of the Himalayan range to the north, will be on your left, with the rugged foothills of Nepal immediately below and stretching away to the south on your right. Lukla is situated high above the river at 2,800m. A cup of hot tea will warm ourselves up before trek commence with moderate walk to the junction of the Jiri trail at Chablung and from here we shall follow the DudhKoshi River through the village of Ghat, and eventually to Phakding (2610m), three hours to the north. The path leads upstream along the valley, through areas of conifer trees and several more small villages. Another 2-3 hours walking will bring you to Chuma, Monjo and finally to Jorsalle, a picturesque village with several options of lodges, groceries and located below Thamserku Mountain (6,608m). We are trekking inside Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park the UNESCO listed Natural World Heritage Site.

 

DAY 04: TREK TO NAMCHEBAZAAR (3440M/11285FT) 5-6 HRS

A principal benefit of walking as far as Jorsalle on the first day is to make the second difficult day easier! Shortly after leaving Jorsalle, we walk alongside the river to arrive at the confluence of the ImjaDrangka and the NangpoDrangpo, which combine to form the DudhKhosi. Crossing the river on a high bridge and we start the steep climb to Namche. Near the halfway point up the hill, we catch our first glimpse of the mighty Mount Everest and Lhotse, away to the northeast. Namche is the largest and most prosperous village in the Khumbu. Thamserku (6,608m) and Kwangde (6,224m) loom to the east and west and the sacred mountain Khumbila (5,707m) dominates the skyline to the north behind the village. The narrow streets at its centre are a mixture of traditional and modern, with Sherpa homes with cafes, handicraft shops and selling/renting trekking & climbing equipment, foodstuffs and vegetables, tennis shoes and Tibetan boots. A cup of hot tea and little rest will recover you from the little tired and headache from the climb and the rise in elevation. Overnight lodge

 

DAY 05: REST, ACCLIMATIZATION AND EXPLORATION DAY

In order to assist with acclimatization, we will spend another day in Namche. This rest day would be good for acclimatization as we would end up sleeping lower than we have climbed during the day –a mantra of good acclimatization to ‘climb high, sleep low’. Everest View Hotel is perfect spot to enjoy a cup of tea/hot lemon while looking out at Everest ranges, visiting the clinic in Khunde and Khumjung School to observe Hillary’s work (supported by the Himalayan Trust) on Khumbu region.  The picturesque Gompa in Khumjungis also well worth a visit which is famous for so-called yeti scalp. Climb the ridge above Khunde (4,238m) to view Mount Everest and AmaDablam. We could also visit the memorial to Sir Edmund Hillary’s wife and daughter who were tragically killed in an air accident. After lunch, trek down to Namche. Overnight lodge

 

DAY 06: TREK TO THAME (3800M/12465FT) 5-6 HRS

After breakfast, we trek west on the northern side of the valley from Namche Bazaar. This beautiful side valley leads up to the Thame and on to TashiLabtsa Pass (5755m). On the way has great views of KongdeRi, TengKangpoche (6500m), panayoTuppa (6696m) and PigpheragoShar (6718m).After arriving at Thame, we’ll have lunch and a nap before hiking up to thhe old monastery in Thame. We’ll be rewarded with a beautiful sunset on KusumKanguru peak and the whole peak will be painted in pink. Overnight at the lodge

 

DAY 07: TREK TO LUNGDEN (4380M/14365FT) 5-6 HRS

After breakfast, the path crosses an old moraine before to get a view of the valley leading north towards Lunghden. We pass a beautifully white large stupa just before ThamoTeng village. We trek parallel to the village of Yellajung on the other side of the BhoteKoshi River in alpine zone with less vegetation. After two hours, we approach to the Tarnaga village which has superb views of KongdeRi as we look down the trail. A further 45 minutes or so on a gradually rising trail brings us to Marlung, a lunch spot. It is another hour and half to reach to Lungden, the last small village before Renjo La. It’s interesting to meet collection of tired hikers who either arrived after crossing Renjo La from the Gokyo or return back from Nagpa La, the pass which brings you as closer as to the Tibet. You may have trouble sleeping tonight due to the condition of lodge, thin air and stress before crossing the pass. Overnight at the lodge.

DAY 08: TREK TO GOKYO LAKE (4790M/15710FT) VIA CROSSING RENJO LA (5388M/17675FT) 8-9 HRS

We start our trek as early as 05:00 in the morning with pack breakfast. As we hike further to the top of Renjo La, we get the outstanding views of the surrounding. The Everest itself, Lhotse, Cholatse and Tabocheshine in the sun. Views from Renjo La are much like that from GokyoRi with third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the gray smear of NgozumpaGlacier. We walk further to Gokyo through the glacier. An easy walking down brings us to Gokyo.

 

DAY 09: TREK TO GOKYO RI (5463M/17985FT) & FORTH LAKE 6-7 HRS

Climb to GokyoRi to observe whole panoramic views of Khumbu (Everest) Himalayan range with sun rays. It’s an early start as we climb to the summit of Gokyo RI (5463m) to watch the sunrise over a stunning vista of the regions 8000m peaks including the mighty Everest. Later, we hike up few lakes higher from Gokyo. Overnight lodge.

 

DAY 10: TREK TO THAKNAK/DRAGNAG (4750M/15580FT) 3-4 HRS

The trail ascends from Gokyo for half an hour to enter down to the Ngozumba Glacier (possibly world’s longest glacier) which forms from Cho Oyu and come as down as to Fang and turns into river to meet in LobucheKhola, ImjaKhola and becomes a big DudhKoshi River. Walking through amazing ice formation, dirt, dusts and rocks is tiring but one of an amazing experience of the day. Overnight lodge.

 

DAY 11: TREK TO DZONGLA (4830M/15845FT) VIA CHO LA (5360M/17585FT) 8-9 HRS

We start our trek early morning as it’s big and lonw day to cross Chola Pass! The trail climbs to the hill (5110m) for about two hours before descending down to Chola Pass Phedi (5010M) from where you will see the caravan of trekkers struggling themselves climbing towards the pass far-far in distance. It will take another two hours to attempt the CHola Pass after the hill. After taking few pictures and wandering around the top, we descend town to Dzongla and arrive the town in next three hours. Overnight lodge

 

DAY 12: TREK TO LOBUCHE (4910M/16105FT) 3-4 HRS

After breakfast, we start our day by walking towards Lobuche. Chances of bouncing back all of these cold and fatigue from yesterday is high if you don’t get one while ascending to CHola Pass or descending down to Dzongla. Some three to four hours further walking, we catch busy Everest trail to reach Lobuche, our overnight spot. One of the reason, we make this day shorter because our next few days are really long and tiring.

 

DAY 13: ASCEND KALA PATTAR (5,600M/18368FT) OR TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,364M/17595FT), BACK TO GORAKSHEP (5110M/16760FT) 8-9 HRS

From Lobuche we’ll head north-east, along the side of the Khumbu Glacier through jumbled moraine and shattered rock. Small coveys of the delightful Tibetan Snow Cock can often be seen along the way or heard calling from the hillsides even there is almost no vegetation here. We make several energetic ups and downs across the moraine and descend to GorakShep. Gorakshep is our base to attempt Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp since both places don’t have lodges. If the skies clear, we ascend five hunderds meter to Kalapather from where we have 360-degree magnificent views across to Everest, looking down over the Base Camp area. A 4 hours return trek from Gorakshep to Kalapathar is not far, this stage is a tough ascent of approximately 3 hours until you finally reach the rocky summit of Kalapathar at 5600m –quite literally the high-point of the trek. From here, there are great views of the summit of Everest as well as other Himalayan giants –Pumori (7145m), the Tibetan peak Changtse (7501m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8516m) and countless other eneedles and snow fluted ridges. Everest Base Camp is clearly visible from the top of the Kalapathar. After sunset on the top of the Everest, we descend down to Gorakshep in one hour.

 

DAY 14: ASCEND KALA PATTAR (5,600M/18368FT) OR TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,364M/17595FT), DESCEND TO LOBUCHE 7-8 HRS

One more busy day to wake up early in the morning to catch sunrise view from Kalapathar if we couldn’t do sunset view from Kalapathar last evening. Otherwise, heading to Everest Base Camp for close-up views of Khumbu&Nuptse Icefall, Khumbu&Nuptse Glacier and most importantly, tick on your checklist that you made base of the top of the world. Make sure to have something for breakfast even if you don’t feel like it as you will need the energy! You are at high altitude so take some snacks to keep you going along the way and be sure to have your water bottle filled when you set off. From GorakShep it is a long, fairly arduous trek to base camp, initially following the top of the moraine and then descending onto the boulder-strewn glacier. In the climbing season you may follow mountaineering groups, or yaks carrying supplies, but at other times there are just a series of small cairns along the route. There are no views of apex of Everest from Base Camp, just close-up views of the terrifying Khumbu ice-fall since the Khumbu Icefall obstructs the summit of Everest. After taking some photos and spending some half an hour, we head back to Gorakshep for lunch and descend continue down to Lobuche. Overnight lodge.

 

DAY 15: TREK TO CHHUKUNG (4730M/15515FT) VIA KONGMA LA(5535M/18155FT) 9-10 HRS

From Lobuche, we pass through Khumbu Glacier. Climbing up we reach Kongma La. There is a pyramid shaped Italian Research Centre at just over 5,000m. We enjoy the views of the wide basin dotted with frozen lakes. Again we enjoy the marvellous views of Cholatse, Pokalde, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu and AmaDablam. We turn and walk through the rocky trail. While descending down the NiyangKhola valley, we enjoy the great views of AmphuLapcha Pass and Island Peak. The further trail leads us to Chhukung village. Chhukung is starting point of Island Peak climbing. Overnight at the lodge

 

DAY 16: CLIMB CHHUKUNG RI (5550M/18205FT), TREK TO SHOMARE (4040M/13250FT) 6-7 HRS

One more day to wake up early in the morning (as early as five), pack the breakfast for the ChhukungRi hike. The total return hike to ChhukungRi may takes five hours. Arriving Chhukung, we have lunch at the lodge before heading to the Shomare. Passing the Dingboche village, a very livable village which may be the highest village (4400m) where crops (barley, potato and wheat) can be grown. Further down, the ImjaKhola joins the DudhKoshi River as little above the Shomare village. Overnight at the lodge.

 

DAY 17: TREK TO MONJO (2800M/9185FT) 6-7 HRS

After an hour descend, we pass by a beautiful village of lower Pangboche village. Upper Pangboche village has a famous monastery, possibly an oldest in the Khumbu region. The trail descends down the alpine desert and back to the greenery pine tree forests. The path leads to a 30 minute steep uphill climb into Tengboche. We pay our visit to the famous and mostly visited Tengboche Monastery before making steep descent down to the DudhKoshi River and PhunkiTenga Village. From here, the trail leads to an hour and half climb, passing the Sanasa village where the trail coming from Gokyo Village joins here. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan Musk Deer and colorful pheasants while passing through dense forest of rhododendron, pine and juniper trees. After passing a chhorten, we reach the army camp at the Namche Bazaar where we may look back to the Himalayan range of the Everest, Lhotse, AmaDablam, ThamSerku and KusumKanguru before heading down to Namche Bazaar. In order to make our last trekking day shorter, we keep continue descending down to the Monjo village for another two hours. Overnight at the lodge.

 

DAY 18: TREK TO LUKLA (2840M/9315FT) 4-5 HRS

Most people head towards Lukla with a heavy heart. The trail to Lukla follows the upward route as faras Chablung, and then turns off above the village of Chaunrikharka towards Lukla. The trail, leading uphill to the left, climbs steadily past a few Bhattis (small restaurant and local liquor shop) and the school. After a final steep climb there is a collection of houses and Bhattis in TamangTole, a new settlement near to Lukla. As you approach the airstrip the houses and hotels rapidly proliferate. On arrival you can finally relax and enjoy a last night in Himalaya with plenty of celebratory beers at one of the several Irish/Scottish pubs in Lukla at the same place at where you had enjoyed cups of Starbucks and/or illycoffe. Overnight Lodge

 

DAY 19: FLY TO KATHMANDU

Another chance to enjoy this adrenaline flight. Flights into Lukla are sometimes delayed due to weather conditions either in fog-bound Kathmandu or Lukla; be reassured that our staff in Lukla and in Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimize the inconvenience caused if this happens. Your patience in the trying circumstances will be greatly appreciated. On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

 

DAY 20: AT LEISURE IN KATHMANDU. OPTIONAL: SIGHTSEEING TOUR

An opportunity to relax and reflect on your adventures and to complete any sightseeing (in additional cost) and last minute shopping. Overnight in hotel.

 

DAY 21: DEPARTURE HOME

After breakfast, we transfer you to the Kathmandu International Airport to fly back home