Days: 21 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Introduction to Three High Passes Trek
This spectacular trek will more than satisfy the ambitious trekkers’ intent on crossing high passes without the commitment to any technical climbing. The trek offers an enduring experience of natural beauty, geological magnificence and profound cross-cultural discovery. The Sherpa residents of Khumbu, the great valley below Mount Everest, believe that all things - mountains, plants and animals are sacred. In addition, you can also visit the Buddhist Monasteries, explore hidden Yeti legends, meet the friendly Sherpa people and find rare Himalayan flora and fauna. This really is breathtaking mountain scenery and is well worth of the traditional Sherpa’s villages, magnificent view of the Himalayas, rhododendron forests, terraced fields, and summer pastures for yak grazing—before moving into the stark landscape of glaciers and ice. On the way, we get a chance to visit monasteries in the heart of Sherpa country, where you can observe the monks daily prayers. The Renjo La & Chola Pass is a unique opportunity to explore the heart of Sherpa community. We will pass through Namche Bazaar and Khumjung village, where we get to interact with the local Sherpa community, and finally ascend to the stunning Gokyo Valley, which offers us the magnificent views of glacial lakes laid on the high altitude mountain terrain of the great peaks Cho Oyu and Gyanchungkang standing on the borders of Tibet. In Cho La pass trek we ascend Gokyo Ri, one of the best vantage points for Mount Everest, Makalu and Lhotse. Further in the trek we will cross into the Khumbu Valley through the trail laid on the high altitude Cho La Pass, climbing to the summit of Kalapathar, which offers a spellbinding view of the great Everest. Chukhung Ri with Khongma la pass-Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar - Gokyo Lakes & Gokyo Ri -Cho La & Renjo La - & many more! A challenging, 'best of the Everest region' journey through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the Himalaya with guides who spend all their time in the Himalaya; our trek is a window into traditional Sherpa villages and 'gompas' (monasteries), their mountain Buddhist culture and their sacred peaks and valley. From Katmandu you will fly to Lukla and follow the classic Everest trail through Namche Bazaar, Tyangboche and Dingboche to the Kongma La pass surrounded by dramatic views of Ama Dablam, Makalu and the Lhotse, Nuptse face. From the Kongma La pass, you will descend to the Khumbu glacier and then ascend Kala Patar for breathtaking close-up views of Mount Everest and a sea of other Himalayan giants. You traverse the glaciated Cho La pass to Gokyo, where we explore the valley and climb Gokyo Ri to enjoy more excellent mountain views including another angle of Everest, and Cho Oyu on the Tibetan border to the north then bear west to scramble across the Renjo La, dramatically back-dropped by the Everest range, to enter the Bhote Kosi valley, where you walk along grazing pastures and a trading route used by yak trains from Tibet to Thame. It is a short day from Thame to Namche Bazaar, where you will re-trace your earlier steps to Lukla and then fly back to Kathmandu.
Highest elevation: 5545m
Trek style: Lodge/Tea House Trek
Major Attraction: : Old monasteries, Everest View hotel, Chhukung-Ri, Everest BC, Kalapathar view Point, Cho-La Pass, Gokyo Lake, Renjo-La, Khonhma-La, Gokyo-Ri, Khumbu glacier and Ngozumbha glacier etc.
Itinerary in details
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2840m & trek to Phakding 2610m/3-4 hours,
After 45 minutes fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and have a breakfast and then continue our short ascents and descents trail passing many Buddhist monuments during the trail and finally we reach in Phakding which takes about 3 hours. We have lunch there. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m/5-6 hours,
In the morning after breakfast we start from Lodge and we will reach in Monjo after 3 hours walk passing many suspension bridges with good view of Mt. Thamserku and you must entry our permit and have a lunch in Jorsalle. Then we start to climb steep up slowly passing high suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River till reaching Namche Bazar which takes about 2 and half hour. In the evening time we go to visit the monastery of Namche village. We have a superb view of Khongde Himal, Thamserku and Kangaru Himal. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 5: Acclimatization Day, Hike to Everest View hotel and down to Khumjung and Khunde village for visiting Monasteries:
In this day, we should hike to Everest view hotel for panoramic and spectacular view of mountains. It takes 2 hours to reach in there and after 1 hour enjoy with the superb view mountains then we climb down to Khumjung village for the visit monastery. It takes about 1 hour. We can see Skull of Yeti inside the Monastery. This is the biggest Sherpa village in Khumbu region. Again we continue our trek to Khunde village which takes about 1 hour. We have a lunch there and visit the old monastery and back to our campsite in Namche via Syangboche village. It takes about 1 and half hour. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 6: Trek from Namche to Thame 3800m/5-6 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we continue our trek to Thamo passing the many Chhortens and Stupa during the trail which takes about 3 hours. We will make lunch break here. There is a monastery and we can visit monastery. After lunch, the trail continues gradually up until reaching Thame village. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 7: Trek from Thame to Lumde 4370m/4-5 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we climb over the moraine and gentle stroll ascent following a route used for centuries by the traders who ferried salt and grains across the Nangpa-La into Tibet until reaching Marulung which takes about 4 hours. Then trail continue gently uphill to Lumde for another an hour. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 8: Trek from Lumde to Gokyo 4790m/7-8 hours, via Renjo-La 5360m,
A long day starts early in the morning. The trail ascends until reaching Renjo-La from where an eye-popping vista awaits. We will see the rooftops of Gokyo glinting distantly on the shore of the lake beneath the grey smear of the Ngozummpa Glacier, and the sawtooth peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Tawache which takes about 4 hours. Then we descend downhill till Gokyo. It takes about 3 hours. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 9: Rest day,
Today, we have a full day free for hiking or exploring the valley. After breakfast, we will go to Fifth Lake. The trail climbs the hill on the north shore and runs level along the moraine to the fifth lake passing another scenic fourth lake just above the Gokyo which takes about 5 hours round trip. We have a great and stunning view of the Cho-Oyu which is above 8000m. After explore the Lake, we return back to our Lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Gokyo to Gokyo-Ri 5360m to Thangnak 4700m/2-3 hours,
Early in the morning we hike to Gokyo-Ri for the unobstructed sunrise view over the snowy peaks. The trail steep ascends until reaching Gokyo-Ri which takes about 2 and half hour. This is another super view point after Kala Pathar. We have an excellent view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Makalu, and Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, Pumori, Amadablam and other peaks. We have also unobstructed view of Sunrise and sunset. After that you steep climb down to Camp. It takes about 1 and half hour. We have breakfast. We leave the camp and continue our trek passing the Ngozumpa Glacier until reaching Thangnak. We have lunch and stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Thangnak to Dzongla 4830m/6-7 hours, via Cho-La Pass 5368m
Early in the morning, we start our trek and the trail gradually ascends and another steep rocky ascent brings you to Cho-La Pass which takes about 4 hours. Then the trail descends until reaching Dzongla. It takes about 2 and half hour. We have lunch and stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 12: Trek from Dzongla to Gorak Shep 5140m/6-7 hours,
Today, we start again our trek to Labuche which takes about 3 and half hour to reach. This is major joining point of classic trek to Everest Base Camp Trek. Then we have lunch, we have view of Himalayan range. We continue our trek in the left bank of Khumbu glacier and steep climb up till Changri glacier, and then short descend to reach Gorak shep. It takes about 2 and half hour. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 13: Exploring the Everest Base Camp.
After breakfast, we continue to our round trip to Everest Base Camp which takes about 2 hours to reach. We can enjoy with Everest icefall and glacier as well as great view of Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, Nuptse. Then we come back same way till Gorak shep which takes about 2 and half hour. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 14: Trek from Gorak shep to Lobuche 4910m/2-3 hours,
Early in the morning, we go to Kala Pathar before sunrise. The trail steeply ascends until reaching Kala Pathar view point which takes about 2 hours. Kala Pathar means Black rocks. Now we have an excellent view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Khumbutse, Pumori, Lingtren, Changtse (Chinese mountain), Amadablam, Thamserku, Lobuche peak and other peaks all around. There is also unobstructed view of sunrise and sunset. Then we descend to our campsite and it takes about 1 hour. We will have our breakfast. After breakfast we continue our trek passing the Changri glacier until reaching Lobuche which takes about 2 hour. We have lunch here stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 15: Trek from Lobuche to Chhukung 4730m/6-7 hours, via Khongma-La 5535m
We start our again high altitude trek in the rocky trail until Khongma-La Pass which takes about 3 hours. We have a great view of Amadablam, Thamserku, Island peak, Lhotse and other peaks.Then we continue our descending trail till Chhukung. We have lunch and stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 16: Trek from Chhukung to Panboche 3930m/4-5 hours,
Early in the morning, we hike to the rocky trail until reaching Chhukung-Ri 5550m which takes about 2 and half hours. We have a great view of Makalu, Island peak,Baruntse Himal, Amadablam, Lhotse and other peaks. Then we keep descending till Chhukung which takes about 1 and half hour. And continue through the passing Yak pasture land until reaching Dingboche. We have lunch here. Then the trail continues till Pangboche village which takes about 2 hours. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 17: Trek from Pangboche to Namche 3440m/5-6 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we continue our trek to Tengboche through the deep forests which takes about 2 hours. We can visit the monastery which is biggest monastery in Khumbu region. Then we keep steep descends till Dudh Kosi River and it takes about 1 and half hour. We have lunch break here. After lunch, then again we climb up until reaching Kyangjuma which takes about 1 and half hour. We continue our trek to Namche and it takes about 2 hours. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 18: Trek from Namche to Lukla 2840m/6-7 hours,
In the morning, we leave the Namche Bazar and trail descents through pine trees and cross the high suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. Then our trail continues River side and we arrive in Jorsalle and it takes about 2 and half hours. We continue again our trek until to reach Phakding with crossing several bridges about 1 and half hours walk. We have our lunch there. After lunch our trail continues until Lukla with passing up and down which takes about 2 hours. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 19: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu,
We fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu early in the morning which takes about 45 minutes. Then transfer to Hotel by car. Refresh and relax. Free day for shopping. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 20: Buffer Day due to bad weather and stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 21:Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Our Trek Package Cost Includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van / Bus.
* 4 nights accommodation with breakfast at 3*** hotel in Kathmandu.
* Sightseeing tour as per above mentioned itinerary and all entry fees.
* Kathmandu City Tours as per above program, inclusive of all entry fees, tour guide, car / van.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation in the mountains.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter between 2 people), their food, accommodation, salary, equipments and their insurance.
* Round Trip flight to & from Lukla & Domestic airport taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla.
* First Aid medical kit.
* Sagarmatha National Park Permit and other necessary permits.
* Government taxes.
* Office Service charge.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't Include:
* Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee. You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu.
* Items and expenses of a personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Trekking Equipments (down sleeping bag and down jackets are available to hire or buy in Kathmandu).
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Horse renting and additional porters used during the trek.
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at email@example.com
NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by clients themselves.
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