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25 days
Availability : Jan 18’ - Dec 20’
London Heathrow
Kathmandu
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 10

For the ultimate high-altitude Himalayan roller-coaster ride, head to the Everest region and try the challenging Everest Three Passes Trek. This fantastic opportunity is not for the light hearted but is definitely one to boast about once completed. You will overcome the region’s three most challenging and spectacular trekking passes, each over 5,000 metres high.

Tour Details

Tick the Everest Three Passes off your bucket list with this fantastic 25-day Everest Three Passes Trek holiday. Overcome one of the most challenging adventures and defeat the region’s three most spectacular trekking passes. The epic views of Makalu from the Kongma La, and the panorama glacial highway and turquoise lakes filling the Gokyo Valley are perhaps the most impressive vistas non-climbers will ever get.  The Everest Three Passes Trek is not one for the light-hearted.

Departure & Return Location

London Heathrow, Manchester

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • 24 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Everest Holidays Travel Bag
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

This is the ultimate Everest Three Passes Trek, rising from Lukla to Chhunkung, crossing the 5535m Kongma La to Lobuche and Everest Base Camp, continuing over the 5420m Cho La to Gokyo, then crossing the 5345m Renjo La to Thame and Namche Bazaar. This once in a lifetime Everest Three Passes trek is only for the truly adventurous. 

  • Return International Flights to Kathmandu
  • Return Internal Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • 2 Pre-Trek Days in Kathmandu
  • 20-day Trek across Everest Three Passes
Itinerary

Day 1Fly from UK to Kathmandu

Fly from the UK into Kathamandu where you will be met by our concierge and transferred directly to your 4-star hotel in the centre of Thamel, Kathmandu. Please note flights usually arrive in the late morning although schedules can change.

Day 2Discover Kathmandu and Thamel

Take a day to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of Kathmandu and Thamel. This breathtaking capital has boomed in recent years becoming a busy modern city with a rich medival heart. Explore the streets, restaurants and nightlife after relaxing in your hotel garden with a cup of Nepalise Tea in one hand and a tasty cake in the other.

Day 3Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla

Take a 30 minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and spend the remaining day exploring the area

Day 4 Trek begins from Lukla to Phakding (3 hours)

The first day of your Everest Three Passes Trek starts easy setting off from Lukla. Trekking for around 3 hours you will pass through the north end of Lukla into the village of Cheplung where you will get to witness evidence of earthquake damage. As you continue north from Cheplung you’ll catch sight of your first views of the Dudh Kosi roaring along the bottom of the valley before crossing a swaying metal suspension bridge that leads to the village of Thadokoshi. After a short rest and a quick explore of the area you will then head into the village of Pakding where you will stay for 1 night.

Day 5Phakding to Namche Bazaar (5.5 hours)

This 5 and a half hour trek shows you following the trail north across Dudh Kosi Valley , meandering through the pines about 100 metres above the west bank of the river. Crossing the Ghatte Khola bhy a small hydroelectric project, the trail climbs up over the ridge to the tiny village of Toktok. From here it’s a short climb to a fine view of Thamserku, the 6608m peak that rises to the east of Namche Bazaar. You will then follow the trail into Benkar where you can see stunning waterfalls and rock paintings on the cliffs above.

Heading north from Benkar you’ll pass through the villages of Chumoa and Monjo before heading through the Sagarmatha National Park and crossing a suspension bridge into the village of Jorsale. From here you’ll climb another drooping suspension bridge which floats above the Dudh Kosi before enduring a zigzagging ascent through dense pine forests where you will witness your first glimpse of Everest. Once you reach the stone steps of upper Namche Bazaar you can set down your pack for a night of rest.

Day 6Acclimatisation in Namche

You can spend day 6 resting your feet or exploring the area a little further, but it is important to ensure you give your body chance to climatize to the altitude. There are numerous short walks through the hills around Namche that are great at getting a feel for the area. One trip is a 6 hour walk from Namche to Thame while another is a 4-hour trek through the Sherpa villages of Khumbu.

Day 7Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (4 hours)

You will leave Namche Bazaar and make your way towards Tengboche. There are several routes to choose from but a particular favourite is to climb to Shyangboche and Khumjung.

Day 8Acclimatisation Day in Tengboche

Take another rest day in Tengboche and make sure to give the famous Tengboche Gompa a visit. This is the largest and most active monastery in the Kumbu and is currently being restored after taking some damage in the earthquake. You can also climb the prayer-flag-strewn hill above the Hotel Himalayan or take a hike to the nunnery at Debuche.

Day 9Tengboche to Pheriche (3.5 hours)

Leaving Tengboche you will make a 3-and-a-half-hour trek to Pheriche. On the way you will pass through some villages like Milinggo and Pangboche where you can see more evidence of the earthquake. You can visit the Pangboche Gompa on your way, the oldest monastery in Kumbu which was recently restored in 2010. Heading north from Pangboche, you will then follow the path into Shomare and then Orsho before finally making your way into Pheriche.

Day 10Acclimatisation Day in Pheriche

Take another rest day in Pheriche to aid the acclimatisation process. There is plenty to explore in this area as well as several interesting hikes to places like the Nangkartshang Hermitage, a collection of retreats built around the meditation cave of Sange Dorje.

Day 11Pheriche to Chhunkung (2 hours)

On the eleventh day, climb to Chhunkung and spend the night

Day 12Rest Day in Chhunkung

A second night at Chhunkung is strongly recommended before setting off for the pass. You can use the time to climb Chhunkung Ri or make day hikes to Island Peak Base Camp or the base of the Amphu Lapcha ridge.

Day 13Chhunkung to Lobuche over the Kongma La (6-7 hours)

To maximise your chances of clear weather on the Kongma La, you should start early from Chhunkung. The trail climbs the hill diagonally north-west of the Chhunkung resort over the outflows of the Nuptse Glacier. On the first stage of the trek, there are great views back across the valley to Island Peak and the jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha.

The trail curves around the hillside above Bibre and then climbs along the east side of Niyang Khola Valley before ascending Kongma Tse. Pass stunning frozen lakes, prayer flags and lunar landscapes until you reach Lobuche.

Day 14Lobuche to Gorak Shep to Base Camp (6-7 hours)

Follow the trail from Lobuche through the narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain wall, past the turn off to the Italian Pyramid and take a moment to look out over the Khumbu Glacier. You will take a couple of short but steep climbs and a 45 minute traverse of the terminal moraine of the Changri Shar Glacier before reaching the Gorak Shep.

Making your way from Gorak Shep, you will finally trek into the Everest Base Camp. This 3-hour climb is a scramble over an ever-changing path across the Khumbu Glacier starting at the north end of the sandpit at Gorak Shep. Make sure to keep your eye out for tiny pika (mouse-hares) on your journey that are often seen scurrying between boulders on the path. The base camp will be easy to spot with its brightly coloured domed tents and prayer flags wedges between rocks at the bottom of the Khumbu icefall. On your way back down to Gorak Shep, detour south to the lower ridge to look down over two glacial lakes that form the base camp for Pumori.

Day 15Gorak Shep to Kala Pattar to Lobuche (6 hours)

Get an early start and make your way to the second peak of Kala Pattar. Then descend back down towards Lobuche to rest in preparation for the scramble over the Cho La.

Day 16Lobuche to Dzonglha (3 hours)

Head down from Lobuche and take the path that skirts around the ridge offering fine views down the Ama Dablam, Pheriche, Taboche peak and Cholatse Tsho. The trail then briefly climbs, descends again and then makes the final short ascent to the village of Dzonglha.

Day 17Dzonglha to Gokyo over the Cho La Pass (6-7 hours)

Start early from Dzonglha if you want to beat the clouds to the pass. At any point during this walk you can turn around to see Ama Dablam framed perfectly by the valley. After around 3 hours of walking you will reach Cho La marked by a tangle of prayer flags at the edge of the glacier. From there, it’s an easy walk to Tagnag and Gokyo.

Day 18 & 19Take some time in Gokyo

After all that climbing you deserve a rest. Take a couple of days in Gokyo and visit Goyka Ri for its awesome views or hike up the valley past the Gokyo lakes for a sneaky peek of the world’s highest mountain from Scoundrel’s viewpoint.

Day 20Gokyo to Lumde over the Renjo La (6-7 hours)

Before you set off from Gokyo, stand on the lakeshore and trace the route to the pass. The path climbs gently along the flank of Gokyo Ri and then zigzags above the northwest corner of the lake. After about three hours of leaving Gokyo, you will gain the Renjo La where an eye-popping vista awaits.

Continuing on from the pass, the trail then winds down a staircase of huge stone slabs then drops steeply to the south bank of Angladumba. From here there is one final descent past the bow-tie-shaped Relama Tsho to Lumde.

Day 21Lumde to Thame (3 hours)

Your destination for this day is Thame. The first step is a 40 minute downhill walk to Marulung on the east bank of Bhote Kosi before descending another 40 minutes to Tarnga. From there, its a gentle stroll down the valley to reach Thambuteng village and then over the moraine to Thame.

Day 22Thame to Namche Bazaar (3 hours)

Take a half day walk towards Namche Bazaar and treat yourself to a slap up meal and a beer, you deserve it!

Day 23Namche Bazaar to Lukla (6 hours)

Your last day of the trek back to Lukla. You will start the journey heading downhill from Mache to the Dudh Kosi before crossing the high suspension bridge and following the path level to Jorsale. From here, it’s an easy run through Benkar and Phakding to Lukla.

Day 24Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Board a short flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu and celebrate your achievement with a few drinks at one of the bars in the city.

Day 25Fly from Kathmandu back to UK

Time to leave the kingdom of Nepal with a heavy heart and fly back to the UK

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