EVEREST THREE PASS | RANJO LA | CHO LA | KONGMO LA PASS

EVEREST THREE PASS

Group Size

2-15 person

meal

Breakfast, Lunch, DInner

accomodation

Tent, Lodge, Hotel

arrival on

Kathmandu

departure from

Kathmandu

trip level

hard

max. altitude

5,545 m

Best season

Autumn, Spring

trip highlights

  • A real “high adventure” to discover the whole of the Sherpa country.
  • The crossing of the three high passes, more than 5000 meters, from the high Khumbu.
  • The ascent of three summits, Gokyo Peak (5360 m), Kala Pattar (5630 m), and Chukung Ri (5550 m).
  • Gradual acclimatization at the start of the circuit for more safety.

trip introduction

Everest three high pass trek, if you are looking for challenging trekking in the Everest region. Everest three-pass trekking is a great and ideal choice for a true adventure. The Three passes (Kongma La Pass (5,535/18,159ft), Cho La Pass (5420m/17,782ft) and Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,520ft) and foot on the Everest base camp, climb Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri, and trip Gokyo Lakes)  is one of the most complete treks in Everest region. this trekking supports a very complete discovery of the authentic Everest region.

In the heart of Khumbu, here is the extensive journey of the fabulous Everest Massif. Trek trail is very well-defined and passing high passes more than 5000 m. we discover panoramic and incredible visions of four giants culminating at more than 8000 meters. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. Not to mention the multitude of satellite peaks culminating between 6000 and 7500 meters. Including, the emblematic and very aesthetic Ama Dablam. An exceptional route that will crescendo towards the most beautiful views of the Himalayan world

Trekking Permit for Everest three high pass

If you are going through a trekking agency in Nepal, they will manage and arrange Trekking Permit for the Everest region, you will need a Tims $10 and a national park permit $30. And if you are arranging yourself, you need to go to the TIMS permit office in Kathmandu and to Sagarmatha national park in Mnajo village checkpoint.

Everest three high pass trekking route and itinerary

we proceed through Thame and experience the first Himalayan pass –Renjo La (5360m). That lies towards the Gokyo Valley and we hiking further, to Gokyo Ri.  With scenic views of the glaciers lakes, glaciers, icefalls, and beautiful peaks such as Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and others. continue. we cross the Cho La Pass (5330m), then finally, trek down to Lobuche to cross the last highest pass- Khongma La (5535m).

The Three Passes Trek package is inclusive of Kathmandu – Lukla- Kathmandu flight. Along with comfortable accommodation during the trek and full board meals. Trekking can be starting at Lukla that scary mountain airport that you fly into or further down the mountains at Jiri, Shivalaya, Salleri, or Phaplu (we recommend starting at Jiri if you have enough time. It will also save you from having to buy plane tickets but invest in a beautiful place.

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. you are greeted at the airport by our team and then transferred to our hotel. Evening briefing from your guide.

approximately 15 hours of driving to the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals:  dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We reserve this day for sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and to prepare for trekking. After having a warm breakfast, we will leave the hotel in a private vehicle with an experienced tour guide. We will visit several UNESCO-listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and the famous sacred Hindu temple, the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, and Boudhanath stupa. These places are famous to have inherited ancient religious practices, architecture, and culture.

Tour: full-day tour
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: breakfast 
Accommodation: night in the hotel

Very early departure (between 2 am and 4 am) for Ramechapp airport. On your arrival, a breakfast near the airport will be organized before taking your flight to Lukla. On your arrival in Lukla, organization of the loads with the porters and the sherpas then start of the trek. Depending on availability in the lodges, stage in Phakding (2610 m) or Monjo (2835 m), in order to shorten the next long stage to Namche Bazar.

approximately Transfer:  4 to 5 h drive and 15 min flight to Lukla 
Final altitude: approximately 2,960 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We appreciate the softness and greenery of the Dudh Kosi Gorge. At this average altitude, vegetation is still abundant; pine forests cover the steep slopes. At the detours of the trail, we discover Sherpa settlement above the banks of the river or perched on small flats. After the village of Monjo, we enter the Sagarmatha National Park Created in 1976 and listed as a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO, the park extends over the entire watershed of Dudh Kosi, within which our route. By a wide path winding through the pine forest, we climb 500 meters above the confluence with the Bhote Kosi. Around 3100 meters, a small stop is needed to discover Everest in focus. Namche, the capital of the Sherpas country is staged in a large amphitheater overlooking the gorges, facing the peaks of the Lumding Himal.; nearly 2500 inhabitants live in magnificent houses. Markets, traditional shops, and Sherpa shops offer a lively atmosphere.  Overnight at the lodge for 2 nights.

approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,440 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Today we spend the day visiting Namche Bazar and its surroundings, which help us to perfect acclimatization. We reach a panoramic ridge at the foot of the Namche village. The twin walls of Thamserku and Kangtega, the elegant tower of the Ama Dablam the great southern wall of Lhotse, and finally the pyramid of Everest, stand behind the shadow of majestic Himalayan cypresses. We visit the traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde, where the Sherpas grow potatoes and cabbage, before descending into the bustling atmosphere of Namche Bazar.

approximately 3-4  hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,440 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We go away from the classic way of the trek of Everest to enter the valley of the Bhote Kosi, fed by the glacier waters of Nangpa La. Pass. The part is short to entirely in the balcony of facing the snow-capped peaks Kongde Ri and Lumding Himal (6700 m). In the distance stands the summit of Tengi Ragi Tau at 6938 m. We cross the villages of Phurte and Thamo then we stay near the chortens and large Buddhist frescoes painted on the rock. Thame is located on a quiet, secluded plateau at the entrance to the valley leading to the Tashi Lapsha Pass. stay for two nights.

approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,800 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

The beauty and peace of Thame village deserve to devote a day, which is more beneficial to our acclimatization before attacking the high altitude stages. Fields and houses are dominated by a wall over 1000 m high and 10 km long peak at 6700 m. To the south stands the sharp peak of Thamserku, Kang Tega (6685 m), and Kyachar. Here, we are going to visit a pretty monastery hanging on sunny cliffs, 200 m above the village. It was built in the early 20th century by monks from the Rongbuk monastery in Tibet (located at the foot of the north face of Everest). The latter was wiped out by the Chinese but that of Thame has continued and about thirty monks still live there.

approximately 3-4 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,800 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We continue our trekking in the wide and beautiful pastoral valley of Bhote Khosi, following the path that leads to Nangpa La, the border with Tibet. This traditional crossing route, a high glacial pass at 5730 m, is still used by traders leading their yak caravans and some Tibetan refugees. Several hamlets of summer pastures with dry-stone houses punctuate our progression to the lodge of Lungdhen, the most remote of the region. The peaks of Lunag Ri (6895 m) stand on the side of the Tibetan border. First night above 4000 m.

approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 4,380 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Today we will hike the path of Tibet to the east, towards the neck of Renjo La pass. In a very mineral setting, the trekking is interspersed with sandy plateaus. Behind us, the view opens on the border peaks. The north face of Tengi Ragi Tau 6938 m, is particularly impressive. A large lake, 5130 meters, announces the proximity of the pass that is reached by a staircase cut into the rock. At Renjo La, behind the garlands of prayer flags, the Himalayas reveal four of its highest peaks. In one glance, we hug Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. The descent in front of this show is a real pleasure. The slope softens as Gokyo Lake approaches, nestled against the Ngozumpa glacier moraine, the longest in the massif (southern slope) with its 17 km. We go around the lake, against the backdrop of the graceful peaks of Lobuche, Cholatse, and Taboche. We settle for two nights in a lodge in the Gokyo village, in the heart of one of the most beautiful mountain scenery that can be seen.

approximately 8 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 4,750 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

NB: The last portion of the path before the pass winds in steep scree. This passage can be tricky in case of snow.

We devote a full day to this magical place. Going up on the Gokyo Peak, directly above the lake, we find the exceptional panorama of the highest peaks of the earth. Everest emerges behind the crests we will cross in two days at Cho La Pass. The south face Cho Oyu, very close, drips seracs which collapse on the glacier of Ngozumpa. The latter, very powerful, fills the valley with its miles of ice. Return to Gokyo to enjoy free time, favorable to rest in front of the lake, to the contemplative walk on the moraine for the photo. 

approximately 3-4 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 4,750 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

The stage is short, leaving us still time to enjoy the morning lights. We can embellish the day by going up the moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier to discover another beautiful lake, extending the beautiful views of Cho Oyu. To reach our lodge in Dragnak, we descend to the marked passage of cairns which allows us to cross the glacier, covered with stones, wide of 1.5 km at this place.

approximately 4-5 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 4,690 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

The climb to Cho La takes place in two old glacial valleys now bare, separated by a morainic cordon. The pass, a small passage wedged between the sharp peaks of Lobuche and Cholatse, is defended by 300 meters of the abrupt screen, fortunately, marked by a good path. We emerge from the shadows of the western slope to come out in full light in a spectacular universe of high mountains. A glacier fills the eastern slope of the pass, we cross it easily, cross a few polished slabs, before reaching the top of the valley of Chola Khola. The view opens on the fantastic pyramid of Ama Dablam which will remain in focus during all the descent to the pastures of Dzongla. The lodge is beautifully situated on a panoramic plateau overlooking the valley

approximately 8 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 4,830 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We reach today the high Khumbu valley, passing near the lake of Tshola and following a pretty path balcony which leads us to the hamlet of Lobuche. By a gentle climb on the edge of the glacier moraine that descends from Everest, we reach the Gorak Shep lodge where we will spend the night. The high mountain environment in which we live is more and more extraordinary. In the afternoon we climb the slopes of Kala Patar to enjoy the evening lights from the most beautiful viewpoint of Everest. The “Goddess Mother of Heaven” is set in a setting of white sentinels, Nuptse, Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, all hemmed with cornices and draped with ice flutes. The magic of the sunset makes us forget the bite of icy air.

approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 5,165 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Following a track on the Khumbu Glacier, we get even closer to Everest, to its base camp. It is located under the Icefall, gigantic chaos of crevasses and seracs that break at the exit of West Combe. The Icefall is the obligatory and dangerously exposed passage for candidates to the normal Everest and Lhotse routes. In the spring the expeditions are numerous, a real village of tents is erected in the middle of the desert of stones and ice. The rest of the year, the mountain plunges into solitude and silence. The scenery is both sublime and overwhelming, it’s the kind of place where nature exudes such power that it generates a strange mixture of stress and euphoria. We go back to Gorak Shep and go down to sleep at the Lobuche lodge.

approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 4,910 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Today we will climb the last pass of our trek, the Kongma La, perched on a ridge separating the Khumbu valley from that of Chhukung. Its position is particularly interesting because it offers a very close point of view on the immense barrier of Nuptse and Lhotse, 4000 m high. After crossing the Khumbu Glacier, a straight combe rises straight to the pass. To the east, the landscape opens on highlands half-covered with glaciers. The horizon is completely blocked by great peaks: Makalu, Baruntse, Chamlang. We descend on the banks of a lake where the Ama Dablam reflects, before joining an alp trail that leads us to the lodge Chhukung.

approximately 8 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 4,730 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

The stage for Dingboche is short, it leaves us the leisure of a free morning in the luminous valley of Chhukung: idleness, stroll along the Imjatse Khola … The bravest ones can consider the morning ascent of Chhukung Ri (5550 m) which offers a remarkable view of Nuptse and Lhotse. After lunch, we descend quietly under the walls of Ama Dablam, to find the valley of Khumbu in the village of Dingboche, the highest permanent habitat of the region of Everest. In front of the lodge stand two beautiful twin peaks, Taboche and Cholatse.

approximately 3-4 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 4,410 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

NB: For the summit of the Chhuking Ri at 5550 m (optional), walking requires more or less 7h round trip for 800 m elevation. The direct descent to Dingboche requires 2 hours for 320 m of altitude difference.

We are losing altitude and are finding more populated land. The descent takes place on the sunny side of the valley, facing Ama Dablam and Thamserku duo and Kantega. Mani and chortens come again punctuate the way. We cross two important villages, Pheriche and Panboche. In the latter, nestled among pines and junipers, a monastery is a home to a curiosity: the scalp of a Yeti … We continue our descent to the bottom of the valley, lined with pine and rhododendrons, the heaven of the Himalayan ungulate, the musk deer, before going back to the Tengboche monastery. Founded in 1919, it is perched on a spur, a perfect lookout on the Ama Dablam and the Great Wall of Nuptse and Lhotse.

approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,860 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

The winding trail plunges through the rhododendrons to the Dudh Kosi Gorge, before going up in front under the Khumjung Plateau where that sometimes gallops between large boulders scattered on the slopes. A pleasant crossing on the balcony leads us to the foot of Namche Bazar where we find the animation of the capital of the Sherpa country.

approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,440 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We soon taste the gentle warmth of the low valleys descending the wooded gorge of the Dudh Khosi, crossing the villages of Monjo and Phakding, before going back to Lukla where we thank the team of porters and celebrate our last evening in the heart of Khumbu.

approximately 6 hours of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 2,850 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Flight to Ramechapp airport then transfer to Kathmandu. The flight is subject to weather conditions, a delay in the day of rotation is possible. This is why we always plan a reserve day in Kathmandu before resuming the international flight. Transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu and a free afternoon.

approximately Transfer: 15 min flight and 4 to 5 h drive.
Final altitude: approximately 2,960 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you at the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.

approximately 20 minutes  of driving to the airport 
Final altitude: approximately 13,50m
Meals: breakfast 

inclusion

what's included

  • Pick up from the airport and Final drop to the airport by private vehicle
  • 3-night hotel stays in Kathmandu on B/B Plan
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Domastic flight and Transportation
  • camping and cooking equipment.
  • Group equipment (rope, snowbar, icescrew, etc)
  • Meals as indicated in the “Day to day” program.
  • Dinner on the last evening in Kathmandu (except for drinks).
  • Supervision by an English-speaking Nepalese guide throughout the trip.
  • food and accommodation for local team and insurance
  • The assistance of a local team during the trekking (sirdar, porters, cooks).
  • The permit for this region of Nepal.
  • All Government tax

what's not included

The price does not include

  • Cancellation/interruption of stay/loss of luggage insurance and assistance.
  • All that is not indicated in the section “The price includes”.

Your expenses on site

  • Visa fees on arrival.
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Nepalganj
  • Any additional luggage on domestic flights.
  • The drinks.

TIPS

Tips are an integral part of the country’s culture. This gesture of thanks, which varies according to the itinerary and the duration, has become an obligation. A prize pool is created, given at the end of the trip to the members of the team.

However, it is important that the tip remains a gratuity, as our teams are also very well paid. We invite you to distribute tips only if the service has met your expectations and to reduce this sum if the services were not sufficient, explaining why in order to consolidate our educational work.

 

 

Accomodation & meal

ACCOMMODATION

In a standard category hotel (base: double room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara, during the rest of the trip in a tent (3-person tents for 2 people) or in a lodge depending on the trip. The lodges in Nepal are very comfortable random. In general, conditions are quite good around the Annapurnas and the Everest region. On the other hand, in Mustang, in the Manaslu,  Tsum valley, and in the region of Kangchanjung or Makalu, they can be very rudimentary to the point of being a dormitory sometimes even a kitchen. lodges can look like a refuge or sometimes a bed and breakfast from home. Most of the time it is a family house with double, triple, or dormitory rooms. Toilets and showers are always separate. It is essential to check that the water is not heated with wood, as this contributes to deforestation. Most of the time, the water is heated with solar energy

MEAL

In the cities, many restaurants allow us to discover the typical local cuisine. Meat is scarce in the high mountain, the Nepalese are generally vegetarians. The basic ingredients are rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, vegetables. Snacks are included during the trek (cereal bars, dried fruits, etc.).

For camping trek accommodation: during the trek, breakfasts and evening meals are prepared by the kitchen team. They are taken under the mess tent. Depending on the profile of the stages (length of the day’s walk and/or presence of water), midday snacks will be served hot or cold in the form of picnics.

For tea house trek accommodation: meals are prepared by the cooks of the lodge and are taken in the dining room. Here is a typical one-day menu:

  • breakfast: eggs, toast or chapati, or Tibetan bread or pancakes, or pancakes, butter/jam, tea or coffee
  • lunch: the main course, tea or coffee.
  • dinner: soup, main course, fruit (fresh or canned), tea or coffee

NB: Hindus and Buddhists are most often vegetarians. We, therefore, eat very little meat or fish. The dishes are pasta, rice, potatoes, lentils, etc.

DRINKS: during the trek, tea is served with meals (two cups of tea per meal). Additional cups of tea and other beverages, including mineral water, are the responsibility of the participants. You can fill your gourds with water in the lodges, but it is essential to treat them with purifying tablets. Avoid buying plastic bottles.

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    22 days
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