EBC Three Pass trek

  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate

Highlights

  • Hike across three adventurous high passes Kong Ma La (5,535m), Cho La (5420m) and Renjo La (5340m) of Everest region
  • Hike to the remote and untouched valley of Everest region.
  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla.
  • Visit Everest Base camp and climb Kalapather (5,545m)
  • Remarkable views of Khumbu ice-fall
  • Explore the Himalayan Sherpa settlement.
  • Breathtaking views of the eight thousand above meters peak including Mount Everest.

Overview

For most travelers a mere glimpse of Mt. Everest is adequate to give a feeling of content. Trekking in the Everest region is one of the most sought and desired treks across the world. Everest Cho La Pass Gokyo Trek is one of the lifetime adventures equipped with cultural exploration and natural beauties.

This Everest three pass trek is designed in such way that you will be able to trek along the three passes – Renjo La Pass (5388 m), Cho La Pass (5380 m), and Kongma La Pass (5535 m).  Along with this pass, you will also be trekking to the different places in the Khumbu region like Gokyo Ri, Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar, and Chukung Ri.  This is a strenuous trek where you will be climbing some technical passes and you will need a skilled guide to help you cross these passes.  This will be one of the memorable 20-day treks in the Everest region.

Everest High Passes Trek is an exhilarating adventure in the Himalayas of Nepal that includes trekking on popular Everest trails while also discovering unique gems of the Khumbu region. On our trekking adventure, we cross three high passes in the Everest region – Kongma La Pass (5,535/18,159ft), Cho La Pass (5420m/17,782ft) and Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,520ft) and set foot on the Everest base camp, climb Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri; and tour Gokyo Lakes. This route also introduces trekkers to the remote and untouched Nangpa La Valley, the Sherpa village of Marlung and the monastery village of Thame.

Everest High Passes Trek is an ideal choice for a true adventure seeker looking for a challenging trek in the Everest region of Nepal which also involves crossing high mountain passes. If we are looking to undertake a slightly less adventurous trek than this but which includes Gokyo lakes, Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp, then Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes – 18 Days would be best.

The 19 days trip to Everest 3 high passes trip begins after you fly to Lukla. You shall embark on the journey to reach Namche Bazar via Phakding. From Namche Bazar, passing through Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep, you will reach Everest Base Camp. Then, viewing the best of the Everest from Kalapatthar, you will descend down to and cross the Cho La Pass and then back to Namche Bazar. You will ascend to Kongma la first then make a beeline for the famous Everest base camp. Cho la is the next pass you will visit trekking through the majestic vantage point of Kalapatthar and then it’s a blessed downward trail to the emerald lakes of Gokyo. Enjoying glorious views from the fifth lake near Gokyo ri, you will set out for the formidable final pass of Renjo La. You will then take the traditional route Nangpo La to reach Thame and finally reach Marlung for the night. Your trip concludes at Lukla.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in the Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding 2,610m
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazar 3,440m
Day 04: At Namche Bazar
Day 05: Namche Bazar to Tengboche 3,867m
Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche 4,360m
Day 07: At Dingboche
Day 08: Dingboche to Chhukung (4750m), climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m)
Day 09: Cross to Kongma La pass (5535m), trek to Lobuche (4940m)
Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m), visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m)
Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545 m), then to Lobuche (4940 m)
Day 12: Lobuche to Dzongla (4830m)
Day 13: Trek to Gokyo (4800m) via Cho La pass (5368m)
Day 14: Rest day in Gokyo
Day 15: Gokyo to Marlung (4210m) via Renjo La Pass (5360m)
Day 16: Marlung to Namche Bazaar
Day 17: Namche Bazar to Lukla 2,860m
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu 1,400m
Day 19: Final Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in the Kathmandu

Once you arrive at Kathmandu international airport and our representative will transfer you to your respective hotel. Preparation for the trek.

Day 02: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding 2,610m

You will take the domestic flight to Lukla that will be 40 min. You will get chances to views memorable joined countryside and river valleys below. Hike for 3 to 4 hours to Phakding.

Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazar 3,440m

After your breakfast, you shall make through the forests full with blue pines to reach the Benkar Village. A gentle climb brings you to the Chumoa Village. You shall descend down to cross the Monjo Khola before arriving at the Monjo Village. Crossing the Dudh Koshi River at Jorsale Village, you shall make through the thin forest before the Bhote Koshi River. Then, an easy ascent shall bring you to Namche Bazar.

Day 04: At Namche Bazar

Today is the day to explore this mysterious and beautiful place and let your body acclimatize with the high altitude. A short walk shall take you to the Sherpa museum. You can visit the Everest view hotel and explore the Khumjung Village. The village is one of the largest Sherpa settlements. Stay overnight at Namche Bazar.

Day 05: Namche Bazar to Tengboche 3,867m

After descending down to the Dudh Koshi River, you shall ascent through the dense rhododendron forest, and cross the river to arrive at Phunki Thanga. From there, you shall ascend again through the rhododendron forest. An ascent after you cross a suspension bridge takes you to Tengboche. Tengboche boasts the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. Stay overnight at Tengboche.

Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche 4,360m

Witnessing the Mani Walls and Chortens, passing through the forest full with rhododendrons and other beautiful flowers, you shall descend to the Debuche Village. You shall cross the Imja Khola via a suspension bridge and ascend to the Pangboche Village. After the Imja Valley, you shall cross the Lobuche River and ascent to find fields with stone walls—the Dingboche Village.

Day 07: At Dingboche

You will visit Nangkartshang Gompa that lies at the northern side of Dingboche, from where you will see a spectacular view of Mt. Makalu. Later you will hike for four-hour to Chhukung. This is acclimatization exercise for your body. Stay overnight at Dingboche.

Day 08: Dingboche to Chhukung (4750m), climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m)

You will hike through stone-walled fields and Imja Khola valley before entering glacier moraines amidst towering Himalayas. The trail continues to Bibre which is a yak herdsman place. From here, directly across the valley is the fantastic Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labsa mountains. The trail later is intersected by icy streams and finally reaches Chhukung. The climb to Chhukung Ri involves some easy scrambling near the summit. Overnight stay at Chhukung.

Day 09: Cross to Kongma La pass (5535m), trek to Lobuche (4940m)

Starting the walk very early, you will ascend to the highest point of the entire trip at Kongma La Pass. The top of the pass is marked by cairns and Buddhist prayer flags. The final descent from the pass is the most difficult part of this journey. You will reach Lobuche after climbing the moraine on the far side, turning the trail at the north through Khumbu Glacier. Overnight at Lobuche.

Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m), visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m)

Start an early walk at around 7 am for 2 hours to reach Gorkshep.  Then you will continue your treks to Everest Base Camp which will take 4 more hours to walk. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Khumbu Icefall from the world-renowned Mt. Everest Base Camp. Overnight stay at Gorakshep.

Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545 m), then to Lobuche (4940 m)

Early in the morning, you shall make through a steep trail to Kalapatthar to witness the breathtaking view of the sunrise in the mountains. You will see familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, Everest and Nuptse tower above as you walk on. After several hours of ascending, you will be on the top of Kala Patthar. The close-up view of Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks from Kalapathar is amazing. Kalapatthar offers the panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Chagatse, Pumori, and other peaks. Then, you shall descend down from Gorakshep, and reach Lobuche in a couple of hours.

Day 12: Lobuche to Dzongla (4830m)

You will descend from Lobuche on a trail alongside the Khumbu Glacier. On the way, you can see and admire the view of the looming Awi Peak.  You will also pass through stupa and tombstones in the distance. After walking for a while you will start to ascend. You will see the Chola Tsho Lake nearby and some other lakes on the way. You will soon come across Chola Khola on a bridge before reaching Dzongla. Overnight in Dzongla.

Day 13: Trek to Gokyo (4800m) via Cho La pass (5368m)

You will start the trek that leads to Cho La lake. You can see Ama Dablam on the south and Cholatse on the west. Your climb will be tough here – with steep, tricky curvy trails made worse by boulders. The top of the pass is marked by prayer flags and Cairns. The scenery of majestic peaks on all directions is breathtaking. You will come to the edge of the Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal. Reaching the other side of the glacier, you see the second Gokyo Lake on the series of six lakes. A short distance away is the third Gokyo Lake. On the edge of this lake stands the Gokyo Village. Overnight stay.

Day 14: Rest day in Gokyo

You will climb Gokyo Ri on this day and enjoy views of the incredible mountain vista. You will take a tour of the fourth Gokyo Lake north of the Gokyo Village then to the 5th lake. The view from ‘Scoundrel's Viewpoint’, located at the edge of the 5th lake, is astonishing. You will admire the Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu mountains and the huge Ngozumba Glacier. Trek back to Gokyo and spend the night.

Day 15: Gokyo to Marlung (4210m) via Renjo La Pass (5360m)

You will start the day early for the long trek ahead. The trail will pass through to Dudh Pokhari and descend to Renjo La pass. You can view the great Himalayas and Rolwaling ranges. Along the way, you see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. Descend down narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Lumde where there is a support lodge. Walk almost for an hour from Lumde you will get to Marlung on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi River. Overnight at Marlung.

Day 16: Marlung to Namche Bazaar

The descent from Marulung to Thame follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. We cross the Bhote Koshi River and descend to Tauranga. The trail continues to descend and we cross two bridges before reaching Thame. Overlooking Thame is its famous Gompa situated on a hill to the west.  From here, we descend gradually on a trail that passes through a few small villages before reaching Namche Bazaar which is probably the biggest town in the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 17: Namche Bazar to Lukla 2,860m

You will further trek back to Namche Bazaar. Your final night will be at the Lukla where you will capture all the naturally beautiful views of Mt. Everest along with the other wonderful mountains.

Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu 1,400m

You will take a flight back to Kathmandu. You can view the Mt. Everest for the last time through the plane windowpane. After that, you might love to go shopping before your return. You might also stroll around the city to visit some of the attractions in the valley. Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 19: Final Departure

The trip comes at the end today. If you prefer to extend your trip let us know otherwise we will transfer you to Kathmandu airport. Normally 3 hours before your flight you are required to check in.

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