Everest 3 Passes Trek – Detailed itinerary
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our trek leaders welcomes you and transfers you to your hotel. You will have the afternoon for yourself. In the evening, you will be joining a welcome dinner which will be hosted by one of our team leaders where you will enjoy your meal. The leader will brief you about the Everest high passes trek and you will then be escorted back to the hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing or Trek preparation day.
Start your morning with a wholesome breakfast at the hotel. Upon your request, we will organize a half day sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. There are plenty of historical places to visit here including world heritage sites: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Buddhanath stupa, Monkey temple and much more. This is also an important day for packing your things and getting prepared for your lifetime journey to Everest high passes trek with Ram Kumar and his team accompanying you. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m), trek to Phakding (2640m) | 35 min flight | 4 hrs trek.
We have an early breakfast at the hotel and leave for Kathmandu airport (domestic terminal) for an early morning flight to Lukla (2860m), a gateway destination from where our trek will officially begin. After a scenic flight above the breathtaking green hills and white mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most thrilling flights in the world with probably the smallest runway in an airport. Upon arrival at Lukla, we collect our bag packs and meet our Sherpa helpers who then will accompany us in the trek to Phakding. To adapt to the weather and the surrounding, we only take a short hike today. However, if interested as a part of additional activities, we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight at guest house in Phakding.
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Leave the guest house after a hot and healthy breakfast. Today's hike is pleasant with some easy uphill and downhill trails, including multiple crossing over Dudh Koshi River and a magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m) from the Benkar village. We cross few more bridges and reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo where our trekking permits are checked, in order to keep a record of trekkers and local trekking staffs, as well. A descend and a gradual walk brings us to Jorsale, the last village until Namche Bazaar. The walk is peaceful alongside the riverbed as we reach the Hillary Suspension Bridge. We climb uphill towards Namche Bazaar. Our trek gradually takes a leap and we rest several times on the route to Namche Bazaar. Finally, we reach the colorful village of Namche Bazaar, the main gateway of Khumbu region. Overnight at hotel in Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar | Hike to Everest View Hotel.
Today is the first day of the three scheduled, "acclimatization" days. We highly recommend you to stay active and moving during the rest days instead of being idle. We spent the day taking a gentle day hike to Everest View Hotel from where you can enjoy the great views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Amadablam, etc. On the way back to the hotel, we will visit the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Khumbu region. We will then return back to Namche Bazaar which is the main center of the Everest (Khumbu) region. It has all the facilities that you might require including banks, ATMs, internet cafes, shops for outdoor gear, restaurants, bakery shops and a colorful market for souvenirs. Overnight at hotel in Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Breakfast at Namche. We set out towards Tengboche enjoying the superb view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and a close-up view of Mt. Thamserku. Our trek follows more or less smooth trail with few ups and downs which will not bother us as the magnificent view of the Himalayas keeps our company throughout the journey. Along the way, we can spot wildlife musk deer, a herd of Himalayan Thar and multicolored pheasants. The trail gradually winds down to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the dense pine forests. After we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed and delicious lunch at Phunki Thenga, we gear up for a slightly tougher climb through the pine forests before we reach to Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close-up views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt Nuptse and Mt Everest, and it has the biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region. We pay our visit to the Tengboche monastery the same day at around 3 to 4 pm to witness a popular ceremony illustrating the remarkable Buddhist culture. Overnight at guest house in Tengboche.
Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4250m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Early morning outstanding scenic beauty of Tengboche takes our breath away. The mountain panorama includes ranges of Mt. Kangtega, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Taboche, Mt. Kwangde, Mt. Tengboche, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Nuptse. After taking enough pictures, we begin our journey for the day through the trail that follows through Imja Khola upstream. Descending rapidly from the Tengboche meadow to the river bank, the track traverses along a deep forest of birch and rhododendron with magnificent views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as we reach Deboche, a charming place amidst the woods. Upon reaching this juncture, we pay our visit to Buddhist nunnery. After a few steps ahead, we come across few Chortens. As we reach Pangboche, we are amazed at the dramatic sights. We might further visit Upper Pangboche to get the best view of the mountains. The trail eventually climbs to Shomare. We notice a decrease in tree line after Pangboche and upon reaching Shomare the terrain changes dramatically to rolling arid stretch and an alpine terrain with patches of scrub and isolated pastures. When we reach Orsho, the pyramidal peak of Pumori emerges above the mountains. We finally reach a cold and windy settlement of Dingboche overlooked by Chortens and prayer flags. We finally stop for the day's rest. Overnight at guest house in Dingboche.
Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (7450m) | 3 to 5 hrs trek.
The walk is pleasant as we leave Dingboche through stone walled fields and alpine landscape. We take the route from Dingboche through Imja Khola valley to land raven by glacier moraines, amidst towering formidable mountains. We walk leisurely as our schedule for today is only 3 - 4 hours trek. While walking through the valley, we see Lhotse towers on our left and Ama Dablam on our right. After walking about 3 km, we reach yak herdman's place called Bibre. Straight ahead, beyond a terminal moraine wall, soars the Island Peak (Imja Tse), the most popular trekking peak in the region. The pyramidal Imja Tse looks awesome with its steep rock and an icy south face. The trail ahead is intersected by icy streams. We reach Chhukung in about half an hour from Bibre. There are glaciers and massive snowy mountains all around the place. We might choose to hike to the rocky knoll of ChhukungRi which offers stunning views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Island Peak, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Makalu and several others including Mt. Baruntse. Overnight at a guest house in Chhukung.
Day 09: Rest Day in Chhukung.
This is a strongly recommend acclimatization day at Chhukung before doing the Kongma La pass. However, we are not supposed to stay inactive. The view from Chhukung and further up the valley on the moraines towards Island Peak (6189 m) is tremendous. We take this opportunity to climb the ChhukungRi or climb to the base camp of Island Peak. The great south face of Lhotse towers above to the north, while AmphuLapcha la (5780 m pass) and the immense fluted ice walls that flank it, dominate the horizon to the south. To the southwest, the eastern face of Ama Dablam provides an unusual view of this picturesque peak. Overnight at guest house in Chhuking.
Day 10: Trek from Chhukung to Kongma La (5550m) and to Lobuche (4900m) | 6 to 7 hrs trek.
We begin the trek early morning from Chhukung as we have to conquest the highest pass of the trip today. We carry plenty of water, some snacks, and a packed lunch as there is no shops or lodges on the way. Enjoy the remoteness and absolute nature of the area. We can choose to go via any of the possible trails - either taking a climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung over the moraine of the Nuptse Glacier or we can walk back down the valley to Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. Few hours of walk leads us to great views of Island peak-valley and jagged ridge of AmphuLapcha. Ascending along the east side of Niyang Khola valley, we turn west and walk through the sloppy stony trail. We enter a wide basin dotted with small frozen lakes. The trail rises over loose scree leading towards the Kongma La. After about five hours we depart from Chhukung. Upon reaching the top, we encounter cairn wrapped in prayer flags which mark the pass. Behind us is the landscape of icy lakes ahead down of which is the Khumbu Glacier. The final descent is the most difficult stage of the trek today. Upon climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche. Overnight guesthouse in Lobuche.
Note: Trekking through Kongma La is optional. If we do not want to tackle the strenuous Kongma La pass today and want to go directly to Lobuche from Chhukung, we have the option to do so as well.
Day 11: Trek Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170m) to Everest Base Camp (5364m) to Gorak Shep | 8 to 9 hrs.
We begin our most adventurous day after having a warm set of breakfast here in Lobuche. The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through the pyramid sign post and just a few steps ahead on the trail we see the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to ThangmaRiju from where we perceive 360-degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the world's tallest mountain - Mt. Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers' memorials. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate the Everest climbers who bravely crossed the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall? Mountaineer's tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. Unfortunately, Everest is not visible from here. By now, we will have met the ultimate objective of our trip.
However, the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more admirable than the sunrise view, so it is suggested to visit Kala Patthar this very day during sunset. As the setting sun's rays strike the snowcapped mountains, the resulting scenery is indescribable. For those trekkers who wish to continue walking up towards Kala Patthar, our guides and Sherpas accompany in hiking to Kala Patthar for amazing sunset view this very day instead of waiting until the next day. Overnight at guest house in Gorak Shep.
Day 12: Hike from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545 m) to Lobuche (4900m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the very first light of the day shining down on Mt. Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning dark and cold temperature (-10 to -15 C) departure, beforehand. Furthermore, there is always a good possibility for chilly winds. We witness similar peaks such as Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbutse and Mt. Changtse tower to the east, as Everest begins to reveal itself between the west shoulder crest and Mt. Nuptse. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding viewpoints to snap pictures. After several hours of trek, we finally reach to Kala Patthar. From this juncture, we scramble to climb the rocky ridge near to the summit which is marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar where our eyes soak in the unbelievable view of Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we can whose memories last for a lifetime. We then, trek back to Gorak Shep. We have our breakfast and descend down to Lobuche. Overnight at guest house in Lobuche.
Day 13: Trek from Lobuche to Dzongla (4800m) | 4 to 5 hrs trek.
This day's trek is very short compared to previous or next day's walk. The path to Dzongla branches off from the main trail at a few distance from Lobuche. After crossing a stream, we pass through a junction and later curving round to the wide gravelly river bed of the stream. As it flows southwestward, the trail runs across it and climbs the ridge ahead. From the grassy ridge ahead, as the trail runs across to southeast, we can see a soaring height of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Kangtega and Mt. Thamserku while Mt. Taboche looms prominently ahead. Pheriche village is visible down in the distance. We will also have visibility of mound in ChukpiLhara and its memorials and the lodges of Dugla. As the ridge veers northward, the vast Chola Lake spreads below Mt. Cholatse. The lake stays with us over a long stretch until we descend to a wide basin. The trail climbs up a spur and descends steeply to another broad basin. After an hour walk, we transverse from the basin and shortly after crossing a wobbly bridge, we reach Dzongla. We spend the night in one of the local lodges at Dzongla (only very basic lodges are available at Dzongla).
Day 14: Trek from Dzongla to ChoLa (5368m) | Thangnak (4680m) | Gokyo (4800m) | 7 to 8 hrs trek.
We leave the lodge early in the morning. We will then be greeted by the hypnotic sight of Mt. Cholatse looming over. The day is going to be one of the toughest days of our trip. The walk begins as we transverse through a spur extending westward from Dzongla. The path descends to a basin across which meanders a murmuring stream crusted with ice. In about an hour, we reach the top of the basin getting ready for the triumph on Cho La. As we get up to a certain height, the view back gets increasingly more captivating; the Chola Lake begins to appear and the Ama Dablam in its pyramidal incarnation presides over a range of mountains on the south as Cholatse soars preside on the west. Climbing the incline is not easy; it is steep, but made worse by boulders over some of which we will have to scramble. We need to be alert as rocks can be glazed by ice. The final climb to the Cho La can be a little tricky as the trail curves around the bergschrund. Upon reaching the top, we see prayer flags strung across Cairns, flapping in the strong wind. The scenery of majestic peaks in all directions is simply breathtaking. Although long, the path leading down to Thangnak can be easily made out from the pass because it is just decent but can be hazardous if rocks are glazed by ice. Here, a bit of cautiousness is needed. We reach Thangnak, a rather more substantial hamlet with a small village. Stepping out of the settlement, we are greeted by marvelous mountain views. The trail brings us to the Ngozumpa glacier edge after a short walk, which happens to be the longest glacier in Nepal. Reaching the other side of the glacier, we get a magnificent view of the second of the Gokyo lakes 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 where we finally give rest to our exhausted body. Overnight at a lodge in Gokyo village.
Day 15: Rest day in Gokyo | Hike to Gokyo Ri (5350m) | 4 hrs hike.
Rest day in Gokyo Valley is a brilliant opportunity. This acclimatization day is taken as an opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri to enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint of Everest Region. Gokyo is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Peak but is also well known for the six lakes that it hosts. We would definitely not want to miss the chance to observe the fourth lake (ThonakTsho) and fifth lake (NgozumaTsho) when we have come this far. About 3 km north of Gokyo is the fourth lake with its high cliffs and peaks rising above it. The trail is followed by the fifth lake where we get to witness the mesmerizing shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water. If interested, trekkers can climb on a hill at the edge of the lakes to get an astounding view of Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Makalu. We come across a beautiful place on the way which is called the Scoundrel's Viewpoint. Beyond the fifth lake is the Cho Oyu Base Camp. The scenery here is breathtaking with Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Gyachung Kang appearing just a stone's throw away. The Northern part of the fifth lake provides fabulous views of Cho-Oyu Base Camp and biggest glacier of the world- the Ngazumpa Glacier. Carried away by the enchanting experience, we may even try to reach the sixth lake but it entirely depends on our own interest and time. Back to Gokyo village. Overnight at guest house in Gokyo.
Day 16: Trek from Gokyo to Renjo La (5360m) | Marlung (4210m) | 7 to 8 hrs trek.
We start at dawn this day as we have to trace our trail up to Marlung after the conquest of Renjo La. As there is no alternative in Marlung to stopover for the night, we will start the trek early. Climbing down from the Gokyo Valley, we leave the main trail and turn to Renjo La trail passing through Dudh Pokhari. After about 3 hours, we get a sight of Renjo La where a dazzling vista awaits. The Everest itself along with Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cholatse and Mt. Taboche can be seen shining beautifully in the sun. The Renjo La is absolutely one of the most thrilling trekking areas in the Everest region and one of the challenging trails to undertake in this area. Views from Renjo La are somewhat like that from Gokyo Ri with third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the gray smear of Ngozumpa Glacier. As we continuing the trek from the pass, the trail winds down a stone staircase and then scrambles over loose scree to reach the south bank of a small lake, AngladumbaTsho. Presence of snow on the trail while descending down can make our walk slightly difficult and dangerous. Along the way, we see RelamaTsho and Renjo Lake.
The journey continues as we walk down through narrow valley clogged with giant boulders towards Lumde. Lumde has a support lodge but it can't be relied upon because it's often closed. We walk almost for an hour from Lumde to get to Marlung on the east bank of the Bhote Kosi. We spend the night at a guest house in Marlung.
Day 17: Trek from Marlung to Namche Bazzar | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
The descent from Marulung to Thame follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. Down from the Marulung, we cross the Bhote Koshi River and descend to Taranga. The trail then goes through the valley of Langmuche Khola. This stream drains down from Dig Tsho, the glacial lake that burst its banks in 1985, causing devastating floods along the Dudh Kosi Valley to moraine to Thame. Thame has a sprawling village with a few lodges and stunning mountains like Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Katenga, Mt. KusumKanguru, etc. Overlooking Thame, we see a famous Gompa situated somewhat between fields, on a hill to the west. Established some 325 years ago, Gompa has three big images of Chenresig (Avalokiteswara), Guru Rimpoche, Buddha Sakyamuni. Colorful Mani Rimdu festival featuring colorful mask dances is held in Gompa in May. We walk down crossing a bridge eventually reaching Samde. The place offers breathtaking views to the trekkers. The path steeply descends down to Thamo village which hosts a monastery called Khari Goma which is a nunnery being home to few nuns and monks. After passing through a check post, we come to the world`s highest hydroelectric power station built on Austrian's help. After that, we reach a small village of Phurte where there is Laudo monastery which is run by Kopan monastery of Bouddhanath in Kathmandu and is popular among the westerners for Buddhist study and meditation center. We eventually reach at Namche again passing through some Gompas, colorful prayer flags, Mani stones and Chortens. We then rest for the night. Overnight stay at a comfortable guest house in Namche.
Day 18: Trek from Namche Bazzar to Lukla | 6 to7 hrs.
After a heavy breakfast, the trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries, the trail becomes more flat, smooth and easy. We get to spot a combination of open plains, blooming rhododendrons and pine forests which cover the trail along with the view of snow covered peaks in a far distance making it a blissful walk. Upon arrival in Lukla, we check-in at a hotel for our relaxed and comfortable stay.
Day 19: a Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu | 35 min.
Flights to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for the morning because the strong wind can create difficulties to fly the aircraft in the afternoon. But sometimes the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other unfortunate reasons that are beyond our control. We take a scenic flight back to Kathmandu airport and transfer you back to your hotel and rest till evening. In the evening, one of our team leaders will take you at an authentic Nepali restaurant to celebrate your great mountain journey. Have a delicious meal with the live cultural show. Overnight at hotel.
Day 20: Final Departure.
After breakfast, we will transfer you to the international airport for you to catch your flight back home. Wish you have a safe and sound flight. We hope to see you again in the future.
Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors are beyond our control and can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. If a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.