Accomplish the experience of crossing Everest three high passes of Everest Region, it will be a thrilling and challenging adventure in the Himalayas of Nepal that offers you the best perspectives of the mountains and icy peaks.
This trek is a combination of the main highlights of both Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes treks and is ideal for anyone who is up to a new challenge.
Stroll along the frigid trails, high passes and invigorate yourself with the difficulties that lie ahead. The rising elevation and the rough landscape are the two fundamental difficulties you need to conquer.
On You-in’s Everest Three Passes Trek, we cross -Kongma La Pass (5,535/18,159ft), Cho La Pass (5,420m/17,782ft) and Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,520ft) and set foot on the Mt.Everest base camp, we also climb Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri(peak); and visit Gokyo Lakes.
This course additionally allows trekkers to acquaint themselves with the remote and immaculate Nangpa La Valley, the Sherpa town of Marulung and the famous town of Thame.
Our journey to complete Everest Three Passes Trek will be 17 rewarding days which will start from Kathmandu. After an exciting flight to Lukla, we will be spending our first night at Namche Bazaar.
Early next morning we will start our main hike as we trek to Chukhung from Dingboche crossing the Kongma La pass, the tough but less-visited pass.
We will also move to the highest point of Chukhung Ri that offers the staggering view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu.
Your adventure finishes with hundreds of recollections and an immense feeling of accomplishment.
This trek should only be attempted by those with a high level of fitness and have previously done high altitude trekking before, as many of the days are above 5,000m.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, we will greet you at the airport and accompany you to the Hotel. There will be a welcome dinner in the evening where you will get to experience excellent Nepalese cuisine.
After an early morning flight to Lukla(2,800m/9,186ft) through the grand Himalayas in a Twin Otter aeroplane, once landed and your final preparations are complete, the trekking begins. From Lukla, after one hour’s gradual descent, you’ll pass Chaurikharka village from where we have a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila (18900ft, a sacred mountain which has never been climbed) and make a descent towards the Dudh Kosi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft). The trail follows the bank of the Dudh Kosi River until Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) is reached. - Overnight at Phakding
The trail crosses Dudh Koshi River over a long suspension bridge and a magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (21,675ft) is witnessed from Benkar village, and then the trail leads you along the river to Hilary’s Suspension Bridge. We then cross more bridges and reach the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, where our trekking permits are checked by security. Once entered we continue our walk and pass through Jorsale village before reaching Namche Bazaar. From Namche Bazaar, we get beautiful views of the Himalayas including Everest, Lhotse, Tawache amongst others. - Overnight at Namche bazaar
This is the first of the two scheduled rest days which will help us acclimatise to the high altitude. Experts believe that it is better to stay active even during rest days for a better trekking experience, and for this reason, we are going to spend the day enjoying small hikes in and around Namche Bazaar. You can spend it taking a day hike to Thame, visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself which is known as the gateway to Mt. Everest. Our guide can also take us to the Tourist Visitor Centre near the headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe a variety of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life in the Everest region.
The uniform and easy trail lead us towards the view of Mount Everest, descending deep into the Dudh Koshi Valley at Pungki Thanka and from this point, it ascends the right flank of the Dudh Koshi Valley to Tengboche village, which is home to the largest monastery in the Everest region and is the spiritual centre of the Khumbu. The monastery is located within the Sagarmatha National Park and provides panoramic views of the highest mountains on earth including Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse and Lhotse. We try to reach the monastery by 3:00 in the afternoon and may even be able to witness a religious Buddhist ceremony. - Overnight at Tengboche
We begin today’s trek by walking downhill and pass through lush forests filled with birch, conifers and rhododendron trees. We continue our trek with views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam to keep us company. The picturesque trail dips down to Deboche, crosses the Imja River and takes us to Pangboche. While walking the upper Pangboche trails, we get a more pristine view of the Himalayas and Pangboche Monastery. We move ahead towards the Imja Valley, Lobuche River and ultimately climb up to Dingboche. The village is a beautiful windy settlement overlooked by chortens (Buddhist shrine) and prayer flags and is also known as the ‘summer valley’. - Overnight at Dingboche.
Today our trail passes 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 is intersected ahead by icy streams. We continue our walk for around 30 minutes to reach Chukhung. After lunch, we begin our trek towards Chukhung Ri. The climb to Chukhung Ri involves some easy scrambling near the summit.
This is your first scheduled rest day which will help us acclimatise to the high altitude. Experts believe that it is better to stay active even during rest days for a better trekking experience, and for this reason, we will allow the tour guides to decide what activities to do today based on their assessments of the group.
An early morning start is vital today as we cross the High Pass. The trek starts with a gradual descent before a long steep ascent until the top of the pass. We enjoy a deserved rest at the top to enjoy the views of the mountains and valleys left behind. A steep drop is followed which ends at Lobuche - Overnight in Lobuche.
This day leads you finally to the Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft), walking through rocky and famous Khumbu glacier trails where climbers gather and prepare for summiting Mt.Everest. Due to the extremely high altitude and approx 50% less available oxygen, our time at Base Camp will be limited but with rewarding views of Nuptse, Pumori amongst others. Continuing back along the previous Khumbu glacier trek we’ll return to Gorak Shep. - Overnight in Gorak Shep
After an early morning start, a steep couple of hours walking is required up to the famous viewing point of Kala Pattar (Black Rock) at 5,545m/18,192ft. Kala Patthar is also the highest point on this itinerary. This small peak on Kala Patthar offers the best views of the Southwest face of Mt. Everest, Pumori and Ama Dablam you can get without actually climbing. Continuing the trek back towards Gorak Shep we’ll return to Lobuche. - Overnight at Lobuche
The trek today is a comfortable trek which takes us along a route which exits the traditional Everest trail before starting to ascend gradually once more. The trail flows down into a valley before a short ascent to reach Dzongla - Overnight at Dzong Lha
Another early start today as we have an easy start walking in the valley followed by a long climb to the top of Cho La pass before a steep descent and followed with a brief climb. The trail continues to descend until we reach Thagak (Dragnag). Dragnag is located on the Ngozumpa Glacier (the longest glacier of Nepal at 36km long) under a large rock face. After crossing the Ngozumpa glacier, our trail joins the Gokyo Lake valley near the first of the Gokyo Lakes, and our day ends at Goyko.
This is the last of your scheduled rest days and we spend another day in Gokyo to acclimatise to the high altitude. If the weather is good, we climb Gokyo Ri(peak) today. From the top of Gokyo Ri, we admire the Himalayan vista and the tranquil Gokyo Lakes. This view includes stunning views of Cho Oyo (8201 meters), Makalu (8485 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters) and Mt.Everest (8848meters); four of the top ten highest points on earth. We also hike to the fourth and the fifth Gokyo Lakes. The 4th lake is only about 3km north of Gokyo. It is marked by high cliffs and Himalayan peaks rising above it. We continue to walk a little further and reach the 5th lake. From the northern part of the 5th lake, we see the Cho Oyu base camp and Ngazumpa Glacier which is the largest glacier in the world. These lakes are known to be sacred and holy to the local people of the Khumbu region. We also have the option to climb up a nearby hill called Scoundrels viewpoint that will guarantee us more remarkable views. We continue back to Gokyo to spend the night. - Overnight in Gokyo
Today the trail starts easy once more before steeply ascending with a challenging and exciting trek to the top of the Renjo La pass, similar views to Gokyo Ri are enjoyed from the top. The Northern part of this valley is remote and access is restricted, the landscape here is similar to that of Tibetan valleys beyond the opposite side of the border. We may also meet some Tibetan traders who travel along these routes carrying goods on their caravans and woolly yaks as we descend from Nangpa La pass. A steep descent from the top leads us down through Lungdhen into Marulung. - Overnight at Marulung.
Our trail continues to lose altitude constantly as we descend further downhill, however, the magnificent views are still not finished. We cross Thame, a famous town with more views of the snow-capped mountains, and perched 150m above the town is the Thame Monastery, set on the side of a hill overlooking the valley amongst the many homes of the monks and laypeople. Around Mid-May each year this site holds the spring celebration of the Mani Rimdu festival. We continue downhill along the flatter routes into Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche
As we finish our last trek departing Namche, we get the opportunity to have one last look at Mt.Everest. Today the trail steeply descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then continues on an easy natural trail that will lead you back to Lukla. On arrival in Lukla, you will have time to relax, stretch your sore legs and celebrate the completion of your trek. - Overnight at Lukla
After an early morning flight to Kathmandu, you will be collected from the airport and taken back to your hotel. After reaching Kathmandu Hotel, you will have the remaining part of the day to rest by the pool, do some laundry or last shopping in the city. There will be a complimentary farewell dinner to enjoy with your trek leader and fellow trekkers to mark the end of our trip in Nepal - Overnight in Kathmandu
According to the flight schedule, we will transfer you to the airport three hours before and you will fly to your next destination.