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Three Passes of Everest
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Renjo-La, Cho-La & Kongma-La

Introduction: 

 

This outstanding trek takes you to the high lush valleys of the Khumbu region and lets you explore villages and monasteries, and experience the incredible hospitality of the Sherpa people. The adventure starts with a sweeping flight to Lukla, a popular destination which provides a captivating contrast to the high mountain scape as it approaches nearer. We slow trek to Phakding the first day, have night's camping spot there, and then the next day, we head towards the Sherpa capital Namche Bazaar.
 
There will be ample time to acclimatize before following the quiet trail to Thame, and Gokyo. The walk then continues from there leading to the off beaten trail seldom chosen by trekkers and entering to the complete wilderness. 
 
The Everest region is understandably one of the most popular and spectacular destinations for walkers as it offers some of the most fascinating and enjoyable trekking experiences. Beautiful views of the high snowcapped peaks, and ascend to the highest spot at Kalapatar for the breathtaking panoramic view of peaks and its glacier including Mt. Everest are some of the highlights of this thrilling trip.

This outstanding trek takes you to the high lush valleys of the Khumbu region and lets you explore villages and monasteries, and experience the incredible hospitality of the Sherpa people. The adventure starts with a sweeping flight to Lukla, a popular destination which provides a captivating contrast to the high mountain scape as it approaches nearer. We slow trek to Phakding the first day, have night's camping spot there, and then the next day, we head towards the Sherpa capital Namche Bazaar.

There will be ample time to acclimatize before following the quiet trail to Thame, and Gokyo. The walk then continues from there leading to the off beaten trail seldom chosen by trekkers and entering to the complete wilderness. 

The Everest region is understandably one of the most popular and spectacular destinations for walkers as it offers some of the most fascinating and enjoyable trekking experiences. Beautiful views of the high snowcapped peaks, and ascend to the highest spot at Kalapatar for the breathtaking panoramic view of peaks and its glacier including Mt. Everest are some of the highlights of this thrilling trip.

 

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,300m via respective airlines.
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu guided tour.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m. Approx. 5-6 hrs.
Day 05: At Namche for acclimatization.
Day 06: Trek to Thame village 3,880m Approx 4-5 hr walk.
Day 07: Trek to Mingbo 3,900m after visiting the monastery 3-4 hrs.
Day 08: Trek further to Marulung 4,200m 5-6 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Sumna 4,900m 5-6 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Chulung 4,380m 5-6 hrs.
Day 11: Trek towards Renjo Pokhari (pond) at approx 4,600m 4-5 hrs.
Day 12: Trek and cross Renjo-la at 5,345m and camp at Gokyo. 5-6 hrs.
Day 13: Morning at Gokyo for local hike and trek to Thagnag, 4,830m
Day 14: Cross Cho-la 5,400m and camp at Dzong-La 4,850m 5-6 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Loboche 4,930. 4-5 hrs.
Day 16: Trek towards Kongma-La 5,150m. 4-5 hrs.
Day 17: Trek and cross Kongma-La 5,535m and camp at Bibre 5-6 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Dingboche 4,350m. 2-3 hrs.
Day 19: Trek to Kyangjungma 3,600m. 6-7 hrs.
Day 20: Trek to Monjo 2,860m. 5-6 hrs.
Day 21: Trek to Lukla 4-5 hrs.
Day 22: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 23: In Kathmandu free day for independent activities.
Day 24: Depart Kathmandu by International Airlines.
Departure Dates 2014 Availability
22 Apr-15 May
Available
14 Oct-06 Nov
Available
11 Nov-04 Dec Available

 

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,300m via respective airlines.
  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to respective Hotels, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
   
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu. 1/2 Day guided tour.
  After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest (on request if its not included in the package).
   
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding.
  30 minutes flight to Lukla 2,800m 9-10km (2 1/2 -3hr walk) to Phakding at 2,652m. Early morning after breakfast you will be transferred from the Hotel to domestic Airport a short drive of 20-30 minutes, after the necessary security formalities (keep your pen-knife-lighter-matches and other sharp cutting items including scissors and other knife in the bigger baggage not in hand bags) board in the smaller twin otter or similar plane for the sweeping panoramic flight to Lukla. On arrival you will be received by our trekking guides. In Lukla you will have time to wander around, while the Sherpa crew sort and divide the load baggage on the Ghopkyo (mix breed of Yak & normal cow, as the Yak cannot survive below 3000m) some loads are carried by porters, lunch hour depending upon the time of arrival at Lukla either in Lukla or few walks farther down on route to Phakding. The walk is gradual and most of the way, with few ups from Tarhe Khola, where you can have a superb view of Kusum-Kangru 6,369m crossing a short suspension bridge, from here after a short climb brings us to the Ghat village, another 11/2hr of gradual walk brings you to Phakding village for the overnight stop near the bank of the Dudh-Kosi river.
   
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m approx. 5-6 hrs.
  From Phakding after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi the walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill and re-crossing the same river again, with magnificent view of Thamserku 6,608m, then reaching a small village of Monjo after the last 20 minutes climb from the stream, after Monjo, comes to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, from here a short descend to the Jorsalle village, the last village till Namche Bazaar is reached, the walk is pleasant on the river bed till the last bridge over the Imjatse river is reached, from here the walk is along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with magnificent view of Kwangde peak, Kusum Kangru Mt. Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse and the closer view of Tawache peak can be seen all the way up, from here another 1-2 hour walk up brings to the famed Namche Bazaar.
   
Day 05: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar.
  Suggested activities a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with breathtaking view of the surrounding snow capped giants and the valleys way down, with an interesting museum with all kinds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, geographic, culture, mountaineering history and existing information on flora and fauna of this region, afternoon at leisure.
   
Day 06: Trek to Thame 3,885m  4-5 hrs.
  From Namche walk leads towards west with a short climb to the ridge overlooking grand views of Namche and surrounding snow peaks, from here the path leads to the serene forest and passing through scattered farm villages including Thamo where there's a hydro-electric plant for the Khumbu region, from here few hours of good walk brings you at Thame for the overnight stop with time to visit its old monastery.
   
Day 07:

Trek to Mingbo 3,900m after visiting the monastery 3-4 hrs.

  After a wonderful time at Thame the trek leads to absolute wilderness near to wards Tibet border of Nangpa-La, where most of the Tibetans enter Nepal to trade. The walk leads on the high slope for the overnight stop at Mingbo a small herder's village.
   
Day 08: Trek further to Marulung 4,200m 5-6 hrs.
  From Mingbo the walk follows further up on the high barren hills overlooking great views of the surrounding snow capped peaks looking further down towards Thame, after a vigorous walk of 5 hours to camp at Marulung or further depending upon the availability of water and good campsite.
   
Day 09: Trek to Sumna 4,900m 5-6 hrs.
  After a great time at Marulung, the walk leads to further up on the grassy meadow with grand views of the distant mountains and valleys and hills and then reaching at Sumna a small yak herders temporary settlement for the overnight stop.
   
Day 10: Trek to Chulung 4,380m 5-6 hrs.
  Today's walk leads on towards near Renjo with breathtaking scenery of the surrounding high snow capped mountains and barren hills, reaching to a small summer pasture at Chulung for the overnight camp.
   
Day 11: Trek towards Renjo Pokhari (pond) at approx 4,600m 4-5 hrs.
  The trek leads uphill for few hours on the grassy meadow with striking views of the landscapes and mountains with overnight stop near by the small glacial of Renjo.
   
Day 12: Trek and cross Renjo-la at 5,345m and camp at Gokyo. 3-4 hrs.
  The walk today takes nearly four hours to reach the top of Renjo overlooking great view of Mt. Cho-Oyu world's 6th highest mountain which straddles the border with Tibet and Nepal on reaching the top the first pass of this great trek traversing over 5,345 meter ridge top, the route of the pass is made much better over the past 4-5 years making it possible for everyone to cross including the ponies and Yaks, the pass leads to a descend near by the Gokyo lake for the overnight camp and for lunch depending upon the time permitted while crossing the pass.
   
Day 13: Morning at Gokyo for local hike and trek to Thagnag.
  Today, after breakfast a hike to Gokyo Ri is one of the highlight of the trip, the view around Gokyo itself is marvelous, for the very best panorama take a hike to Gokyo Ri, a small peak above the lake, Gokyo Ri at 5,357m. offers breathe taking views providing a panorama of Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Taweche and far as to Mt. Makalu in the east. A two hours climb brings you to this wonderful spot, afternoon walk to Thagnag After a wonderful time at Gokyo, a short walk of few hours leads to Thagnak on the base of Chugyuma or Cho-la pass, just above the village of Na situated at the foot of the Ngozumba glacier.
   
Day 14: From Thangnag to Dzongla 4,830m via Cho-la 5,430m. 4-5 hrs.
  From here the walk climbs steadily towards Cho-la pass for few hours, then descending towards the small hidden valley at Dzong-la for the overnight stop.
   
Day 15: Trek to Loboche 4,928m Approx. 5 hours.
  From Dzongla the trail diverts towards north east, the path is gentle on the hard meadow looking down below Pheriche village; today's walk offers beautiful view of the Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde 5,741m, Kongma-tse 5,820m and the great wall of Nuptse. Then reaching to the junction where the path from Pheriche meets above Thugla ridge. From here you can have great view of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, the spot here is good place for a few minutes break after the great scenic walk, close to this spot you can also see a number of memorial of the unfortunate climbers, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region, From here an hour gradual up brings you to Loboche, situated in the corner well hidden and sheltered from the wind. Loboche has about 5-6 Teahouses.
   
Day 16: Trek towards Kongma-La 5,150m. 4-5 hrs.
  After a great walk completing high scenic two passes, the path leads for another absolute wilderness away from the main trekking area, the trek follows the upper moraine and the towards the Khumbu glacier, on the zig-zag path walking carefully in case of fallen rocks slide, then climbing steeply towards the other side of the glacier near by the Nuptse Wall, walking slowly for the overnight Camp near by the Mehara Peak (Khongmatse) and Pokalde peak by the base of Kogma-la at 5,200m.
   
Day 17: Trek and cross Kongma-la 5,535m and camp at Bibre 5-6 hrs.
  From this closed area the walk leads towards the top of the pass of Kongma-la at 5,535 the highest pass of this trip, the walk leads higher up and then descending towards the glacial pond and the walk leads on the rocks and moraine path most of the way till Bibre is reached for the overnight camp where the path from Dingboche and Chukung meets.
   
Day 18: Trek to Dingboche 4,350m. 2-3 hrs.
  After a hard day, today's walk a leisure trek of few hours towards Dingboche with awesome views of the surrounding high snow capped peaks, on reaching Dingboche for lunch and for the overnight stop, with afternoon free for local hike and relaxation.
   
Day 19: Trek to Kyangjungma 3,600m. 6-7 hrs.
  The walk from here leads on the main path where one can come across many trekkers, yaks and other beast of burden, the scenic walk leads past the village of Pangboche, after a break here, a short walk brings you to the bridge from the bridge it is nearly downhill all the way with few ups in between to Pangboche, from here descend towards the bridge with a pleasant walk through the pine, rhododendron forest to Deoboche, after Deoboche 40 minutes uphill climb reaches you at Thyangboche for the overnight stop. Thyangboche offers excellent scenery of the surrounding peaks including Mt.Everest and of the majestic peal of Ama Dablam, visit the famed Thyangboche monastery as per the time rules for the visit.
From here a slow descend with a slight climb to the ridge and a gradual walk brings you at Kyangjungma for the overnight stop offering grand views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kangtenga with chances of seeing some wild life.
   
Day 20: Trek to Monjo 2,835m. Approx. 4-5 hours walk.
  From here the walk leads on the main busy path, to Namche Bazaar, after Namche retrace the journey on the same track to Monjo for the overnight stop, located  just near after the Sagarmatha National Park entrance.
   
Day 21:

Trek to Lukla. 5 hrs walk.

  Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at your own chosen pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around.
Apart from few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take approximately 45 minutes from a place called Chop lung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.
   
Day 22:

Fly Lukla-Kathmandu.

  The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason, depending upon our flight time make way to the terminal for security check, this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 30 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from window of the plane. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, our office staff receives and escort you back to the Hotel.
   
Day 23:

Free day at leisure.

  A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.
   
Day 24: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
  Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket and your passport handy. Our Office staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
   
Note: Renjo, Tsho-la and Kongma-la passes are possible all the year round, however in heavy snow condition, one's has to be extremely careful including the porters. On normal snow condition, ropes are fixed maximum 100 meters or minimum 50 meters. The loose scree or stone fall portion is just for 10 or 15 minutes, nothing serious but although one's got to be careful.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
 3.  Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Internal flight Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu with applicable airport taxes.
 5.  Trekking & camping arrangement backed by Sherpa crew on full board basis.
 6.  Applicable Trekking Permit & National Park Fees.
 7.  Insurance for Nepalese crew.
 
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
 6.  Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
 7.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 8.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 9.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom. We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.


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Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Three passes of Everest
  • Trip Duration : 24 Days
  • Trip Grade : Adventurous/Challenging
  • Trip Date : -
  • Activity : Trek and Walks
  • Highest Altitude : 5,400m at Cho-La, Kongma-la 5,535 m
  • Month : Apr-May, Oct-Nov

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