Everest Three High Passes Trek is one of the most challenging but rewarding teahouse treks in Nepal. The Everest 3 High Passes Trek combines the ultimate experience of spectacular mountain views, high altitude trek, local Sherpa culture, and the complete journey in the high mountains of the Everest region.
Embark on an Unforgettable Adventure: The Everest Three High Passes Trek
Prepare yourself for an extraordinary journey through the heart of the Everest region with the renowned Everest Three High Passes Trek. This epic route takes you on a thrilling exploration as you conquer three high passes: Kongma La (5535m), Cho La (5420m), and Renjo La (5345m).
As you traverse the rugged terrain, you will be captivated by the breathtaking beauty of the Khumbu Valley, immersing yourself in the charm of iconic villages like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Dingboche.
Throughout your expedition, you will be rewarded with awe-inspiring vistas of the world’s highest peaks, including the majestic Everest, towering Lhotse, and the enchanting Ama Dablam. These panoramic views will leave an indelible mark on your memory.
Undoubtedly, the Everest Three High Passes Trek is a challenging adventure that demands physical fitness and proper acclimatization. However, for those seeking a genuine Himalayan escapade, it is an absolute must. Brace yourself for an encounter with the extraordinary, as you embark on this remarkable journey through the Everest region.
The difficulty level of this Everest Three Passes Trek is more challenging than other treks in the Everest region, such as Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes, but less complicated than Island Peak and Mera Peak climbing.
Optimal Seasons for Trekking the Three High Passes of Everest
For an unforgettable experience trekking the three high passes of Everest, the ideal months are March, April, May (Spring), and October to November (Autumn/Fall). During these seasons, you can expect the best mountain views and comfortable weather conditions, making your adventure even more remarkable.
In Spring (March, April, May), the trail comes alive with vibrant colors as rhododendrons and other flowers bloom along the route. The clear skies offer breathtaking vistas of the surrounding peaks, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas.
Autumn (October to November) is another exceptional time to undertake this adventure. The weather is generally stable, and the skies are crystal clear, providing unparalleled views of the majestic mountains. The pleasant temperatures and the absence of monsoon rains create optimal conditions for trekking through the high passes of Everest.
By choosing these months, you maximize your chances of encountering the best mountain panoramas and enjoying comfortable weather throughout your journey. Prepare yourself for an extraordinary experience as you traverse the three high passes, taking in the majestic beauty of Everest and its surrounding peaks in all their glory.
You will wake up early in the morning to catch a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. It is about 30 minutes of flight to Lukla (2610m). We begin our trek from Namche to Phakding through DudhKoshiRiver. This route is smooth and we cross by the little village of Ghat (2550m before arriving at Phakding. Overnight at Phakding.
This day starts with a gentle walk to Monjo (beautiful Sherpa village); now we enter Sagarmatha National Park where you will need to show our TIMS and issue national park permit) at the Monjo office. Now, the trek to Namche Bazar starts with a steep ascend from where you will be able to see Mount Everest and Lhotse for the first time. Reach at Namche Bazar, overnight at tea house.
It is important to stay and walk a little bit around Namche Bazaar to get acclimatized. Hike around Namche, stroll around the bazaar. Overnight at the hotel.
This day starts with a gentle climb up and descends to Dudh Koshi at an altitude of 3550m before trekking up to Tengboche. Tengboche (Thyangboche) lies at an altitude of 3870m above the sea level, you can enjoy the views of Mount Everest, Thamserku, Amadablam. You will also spot the Tibetan Monastery where you can enter and listen to the monks chanting their mantras.
You will trek through wooded jungles and cross through the ImjaKhola Valley. You will have even more stunning mountain views as you are approaching close to the high Himalayas. Trek through the Pangboche Monastery and climb up to Dingboche at an altitude of 4360m. From Dingboche, you will see spectacular views of Mount Amadablam and Island Peak. Overnight at guest house
This day, you will have a short trek to Chhukhung, you will be heading another part of the Khumbu region, Chhukung offers stunning views of Mount Makalu, Island Peak, Peak 30 and other snow-capped mountains. Overnight at guesthouse
This day, we will cross one of the first 3 high passes, Kongma La Pass. We trek above the Pheriche and Dingboche valleys, near the ridge of Pokhalde Peak before crossing the Kongma La Pass. It is quite a long and exhausting day but you will the most amazing views of the several peaks including the entire Khumbu Valley.
This is another strenuous day as you will trek about 8 hours in a day. You will trek through Khumbu Glacier; visit Everest Base Camp (EBC) and back to Gorakshep. From EBC, you will have spectacular views of Mt, Pumori, Khumbutse, Changtse, Khumbu Icefall but not Mount Everest.
Early in the morning, before the sun rises, hike up to Kalapatthar that offers stunning views of Mount Everest. You can have 360-degree views of the highest peaks in the world. After observing several highest mountains, back to Gorakhseph and continue to descend to Lobuche. The same day, continue to Dzong La. Overnight at Guesthouse
This day, we begin with a little walk up toward Cho La pass. The route crosses the glacier that is marked by cairns. When we arrive at Cho La Pass, the route descends to Thangnak then we continue passing by the lakes at Gokyo. Overnight at Gokyo
Early in the morning, hike Gokyori which takes about 2 hours for a breathtaking sunrise view of Mt. Everest and other surrounding mountains. You will have the best views of mountains from here.
This day, we skip the main path and cross Renjo La Pass via DudhPokhari (lake), after trekking for about 3 hours, we reach Renjo La, from where you will have an again amazing panorama view of the mountains. The Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche mountains can be seen glowing in the sun. Along the way, you will see RelamaTsho and Renjo Lakes, then we reach Lungden (4350m). Overnight at Guest house
You will trek down to Thamel today while going down you will cross the BhoteKoshiriver and descend to Taranga and trek to Thame village. Overnight at guesthouse
This day, you will trek beside the river and crossing the bridge you will walk up through the rhododendron forest and reach Namche Bazar. Overnight at guesthouse
Trek down to Lukla from Namche via the same route we trekked up. Overnight at Lukla
Your adventure ends here. Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. Allow few extra days for sightseeing the Kathmandu valley or drive to Chitwan for Jungle Safari and relax.
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