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Everest three passes trek

This trek combines a chance to visit Everest Base Camp with a chance to get off the beaten track and see some of the amazing backcountry of the Khumbu Region. It’s a challenging route crossing three high altitude passes but with views of 4 of 10 of the world’s tallest mountains its well worth the effort. Like the traditional Everest Base Camp Trek the route starts from Lukla and only diverges after Namche. Leaving Namche one treks up the canyon of the Bhote Koshi for several days before crossing the Renjo La pass at 5360m and heading into the Gokyo Valley. Great views are obtained from the top of Renjo La and Gokyo Ri of Cho Oyu 8,201m, Makalu 8,463m, Lhotse 8,516 m and Everest 8,850m. After crossing the first pass rest at Gokyo and take in the iconic views of mount Pharilapche 6017m as it raises above the milky blue lake of Dudh Pokhari. We leave Gokyo heading down the Ngozumpa Glacier which at 36km is one of the largest in the Himalayas. We head over Cho La 5400m with great views of Ana Dablum before making our way to Gorekshep and Everest Base Camp. Once again the route diverges from the main route and head over Kongma La 5535m. The pass provides fantastic views of Cholatse, Pokalde, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu and Ama Dablam. We cross the pass and descend into the valley of the Niyang Khola where we stop at Chukkung which is the jump off point for climbs to Island Peak. The rest of the route follows the traditional descent back to Lukla via Tengboche and Namche Bazaar.

24 Days
18+ Age
  • Destination

  • Departure

    Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure Time

    Any time
  • Return Time

    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code

    Trekking ecuipment
  • Included

    All taxes and official expenses
    Basic guesthouse accommodation
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Departure Taxes
    Domestic flights
    Hotel
    Local staff and porters
    Permits and TIMS permit
    Personal Guide
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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Transfer to Hotel. Welcome drink and short briefing about trek, relax.
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Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members.
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Day 3: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Monjo 2,835 m.

Early morning Twin Otter flight to Lukla (2,840m), the gateway to the Khumbu Valley. Trek to Monjo.
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Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,400 m.

Enter the Khumbu National Park and cross the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi. We climb steeply for about two hours up 'Namche Hill' to reach Namche Bazaar. This is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu Region.
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Day 5: Acclimatization day

We will spend two nights in Namche Bazaar to allow us to slowly acclimatise. During this period we trek to the Everest View Hotel (3,900m).
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Day 6: Trek to Thame 3,844 m.

We leave the main Everest trail and journey north-west towards Tibet and the village of Thame, where Tenzing Norgay grew up.
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Day 7: Acclimatization day

Acclimatization day in Thame (3,844m)
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Day 8: Trek to Lungden 4,380 m.

The high valley beyond Thame sees few trekkers and remains the simple domain of yaks, farming and Sherpas. We walk by some very old, authentic Himalayan villages that blend almost invisibly into the landscape to arrive at Lungden.
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Day 9: Trek to Renjo La Base Camp 4,900 m.

It is a steady walk on a mostly easy-going path to reach our campsite in a beautiful, deserted valley, just below the Nangpa La. This pass is an historical and important trade route between Tibet and Nepal.
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Day 10: Cross the Renjo La 5,388 m. to Gokyo Lakes 4,790 m.

The ascent of the first of our three passes is up a good but rocky path, which the locals frequently cross with yaks. Once on top the views towards Everest to the east are some of the best. Descend to Gokyo Lakes.
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Day 11: Acclimatization day

Rest day at Gokyo Lakes 4,790 m.
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Day 12: Climb Gokyo Ri 5,357 m. Trek to Dragnag 4,700 m.

We climb the first of the 3 Peaks in the itinerary for stunning views of Everest. We then descend to Gokyo for lunch and cross incredible 'moonscape' of the Ngozumpa Glacier to arrive at Dragnag.
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Day 13: Cross Cho La 5,380 m. to Dzongla 4,830 m.

An 8 - 9 hour day to cross the second of the three passes. We follow a river up a pleasant valley and then descend to a grassy spot for lunch. After lunch, the route gains rocky scree and we pick our way up to the top of the pass, where there is a small glacier. Sometimes crampons are required if it is icy gaining the top of the pass. From the snow we descend over more rock and then drop down to reach Dzongla.
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Day 14: Trek to Lobuce 4,910 m.

A short day steadily contouring the hillside to arrive at Lobuce, back on the main Everest trail. Overnight lodge.
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Day 15: Trek to Gorak Shrep 5,220 m. Climb Kala Pattar 5,545 m.

About three hours beyond Lobuce, we reach Gorak Shrep, the site of the 1953 expedition's base camp. From here we climb our second peak, Kala Pattar, about 2 hours above Gorak Shrep.
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Day 16: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,350 m.

Contouring along the valley side the trail leads onto the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. After three hours we reach base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. We will have lunch before saying farewell to the Everest climbers, whose home this will be for the next six weeks! Return to Gorak Shrep.
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Day 17: Trek to Lobuce

If we have not already climbed Kala Pattar, we can do so in the morning. It's a short descent back down the valley to Lobuce.
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Day 18: Cross Kongma La 5,535 m. to Chukkung 4,720 m.

Much underrated, the Kongma La is a challenging pass. The views from the Kongma La are really spectacular, especially towards Makalu in the east, of Ama Dablam's North Ridge and of Nuptse towering immediately over our head. The village of Chukkung is about 4 hours beyond the pass.
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Day 19: Climb Chukkung Ri 5,550 m. Trek to Dingboche 4,410 m.

The third of our peaks is the hardest and involves some easy scrambling near the summit. The views from the top down the Khumbu Valley are superb. we descend to Dingboche.
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Day 20: Trek to Kyangjuma 3,550 m.

We now descend the main Everest trail through Pangboche before climbing to the monastery at Thyangboche. From Thyangboche we make a steep descend before climbing back up to Kyangjuma.
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Day 21: Trek to Phakding 2,610 m.

We continue through Namche Bazaar, descend Namche Hill and cross the Dudh Koshi. We are now sauntering back along familiar paths to Phakding.
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Day 22: Trek to Lukla 2,840 m.

Trek to Lukla. Overnight in Lodge.
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Day 23: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

Rest day in Kathmandu. A chance to explore the bustling capital, with its beautiful temples and bustling markets.
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Day 24: Departure Day

Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Our representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight.

Tour Location

Everest Base Camp

This trek combines a chance to visit Everest Base Camp with a chance to get off the beaten track and see some of the amazing backcountry of the Khumbu Region. It's a challenging route crossing three high altitude passes but with views of 4 of 10 of the world's tallest mountains its well worth the effort. Like the traditional Everest Base Camp Trek the route starts from Lukla and only diverges after Namche. Leaving Namche one treks up the canyon of the Bhote Koshi for several days before crossing the Renjo La pass at 5360m and heading into the Gokyo Valley. Great views are obtained from the top of Renjo La and Gokyo Ri of Cho Oyu (8,201m), Makalu (8,463m), Lhotse (8,516 m) and Everest (8,850m). After crossing the first pass rest at Gokyo and take in the iconic views of mount Pharilapche (6017 m / 19741 ft) as it raises above the milky blue lake of Dudh Pokhari. We leave Gokyo heading down the Ngozumpa Glacier which at 36km is one of the largest in the Himalayas. We head over Cho La (5400m) with great views of Ana Dablum before making our way to Gorekshep and Everest Base Camp. Once again the route diverges from the main route and head over Kongma La (5535m). The pass provides fantastic views of Cholatse, Pokalde, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu and Ama Dablam. We cross the pass and descend into the valley of the Niyang Khola where we stop at Chukkung which is the jump off point for climbs to Island Peak. The rest of the route follows the traditional descent back to Lukla via Tengboche and Namche Bazaar.

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