The Three Pass Trek presents three major passes that is Kongma La (5,535m), Cho La (5420m) and Renjo La (5,340m). It's the ultimate trekking crossing three major passes of world's highest region. This trek gives an opportunity to experience Everest with closer view of world's highest snow topped mountain.
The wonderful trek is intended for those trekkers who target on crossing Everest high passes without any technical climbing. The trek presents a superb experience exploring natural magnificence, physical glory and intense cross-cultural multiplicities. The Sherpa inhabitants of Khumbu, the big valley below Mount Everest, consider that all things - mountains, plants and animals are blessed.
The Three Pass Trek set in alpine exquisiteness and without doubt the gigantic mountain scenery. The pass trek is popular among adventure lovers and it gives an opportunity to witness Thame (3200m), Lungden (3800m) Renjola pass (5357m), Gokyo-Ri (5357m), Thangnak (4680m), Cho_La pass(5380m), Gorakshep (5170m) , Everest base camp (5400m) and to Gorakshep (5170m), Kongma-la pass (5535). During this trek you can take pleasure in seeing various floras from pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes, fir, juniper, and birch and rhododendron woods.
This pass trek is in fact a most magnificent and demanding trekking that gives you a chance to fulfill the dream of every amateur climbers and enthusiastic trekkers, who have been seeking the thrill of adventure. We start the high passes trek from Lukla and continue through Namche, Thame, Renjo La pass, Gokyo Lake, Gokyo ri, Cho La pass, Everest base camp, Kala Pathar and Kongma La pass to Chhukung where we spend a night after crossing Kongma la. The trek descends down to Dingboche, Tengboche, Namche and Lukla then flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Outside the airport terminal, the our representative will be waiting you to take you to the hotel in Kathmandu in around 20 minutes but make sure that you have checked your name at play card and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,562m /8,700ft) /3-4 hours trek.
You will be flying to Lukla (2780m /9175ft) entrance to Everest Base Camp. After landing on a hillside Lukla, you will be aided by porters and you can spot downhill to beautiful Sherpa settlement Choplung. The trail continues along the side of the Dudh Koshi valley before ascending to Ghat ((2530m /8350ft) Trail climbs gently again about an hour to final destination Phakding where we spend a night.
Day 03: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,280 ft): 5-6 hrs trek.
Trek heads off through an attractive pine forest, along Dudh Koshi River crossing many suspension bridges via Sherpa villages Benkar, Chimoa, Monjo and Jorsole. National Park permit check spot with the serene view of glistering Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). The path continues through the Dudh Koshi riverbed to the convergence of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers. Trail climbs steadily crossing high Tenzing- Hilary suspension bridge. On the way inspiring glimpse of Mt. Everest right up next Nuptse- Lhotse ridge. About 3 hours ascend through the wonderful pine forest finally reach a prosperous trading and administrative village Namche Bazar. We stay a night in hotel.
Day 04: Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft)
We, today have an acclimatization day of the trek. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and health experts advise to hold at least one extra night. There is a day tour where one can visit Sagarmatha (Everest) National park on the small hill where we can examine a range of things related to the first Everest climbers, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plants and animal life of the Everest region. After that we can take entertaining acclimatization side trip to large traditional Sherpa village Khumjung with the view of Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Mt, Everest and many more. In the evening, we return back to Namche Bazaar for overnight.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar - Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 5-6 hrs
The moderately flat route will take us today to view of amazing scenery of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku, Khangtaiga. The path continues and we can observe wild lives like musk deer (a herd of Himalayan Thar) colorful pheasant (Danphe, National bird). Then the path slopes down to Dudh Koshi River where series of picturesque water driven prayer wheels. Cross suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River a steep climb through pine and juniper forest, walk about 2 hours bring you to Tengboche. With the background of Ama Dablam, Nupte, Mt. Everest and many more peaks, the famous Gomba (Tengboche Monastery) is visible.
Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5-6 hrs
Today we descend to Debouche a small village with Chortens and Mani stone walls and nun monastery. We cross suspension bridge over Imja Khola (Imja Strasm) and gradually come up to Pangboche with the immense view of Ama Dablam and the track lines up to the upstream closer to Imja River quite temperate up toward Imja valley. The track now leads us to Dingboche the last Sherpa settlement with the stunning terraced field enveloped by stone wall to avoid barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals. We stay at hotel at night.
Day 07: Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m/14,334ft), 3-4 hrs
We leave Dingboche passing through stone walled fields and alpine setting. The views are breathtaking as we trek to top of Imja valley. While walking through the valley, Lhotse overlooks from our left and Ama Dablam from our right. We reach at yak herdsman’s place called Bibre at 4570m after walking for three hours. Instantly at the forefront, beyond a terminal moraine wall, we can see the Island peak (Imja Tse, 6189m), a most popular trekking peak. The pyramidal Imja Tse looks splendid with its step rock and-icy south face. The trail in front is overlapped by icy streams. Finally, we reach Chhukung, after walking for about 30 min. After lunch, we might take a break to hike to the rocky hill of Chhukung Ri at 5546m, which offers dazzling views of Lhotse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu and several others including Baruntse.
Day 08: Rest day in Chhukung
This is the second rest day for well again acclimatization in Chhukung which is strongly suggested before setting off for the pass. The sight from Chhukung and up above the valley on the moraines towards Island Peak (6189 m) are remarkable. We take hold of this occasion to climb to the Island Peak base camp (4970 m) along the Lhotse glacier, passing the puffy water of Imja Lake. The great south face of Lhotse peaks above to the north, while Amphu Lapcha a (5845 m pass) and the gigantic fluted ice walls that take over the horizon to the south. To the southwest, the eastern face, of Ama Dablam provides an unusual view of this pictorial peak.
Day 09: Chhukung - Kongma La (5,535m/18,154) - Lobuche (4,940m/16,204ft): 6-7 hrs
We start at first light from Chhukung, as we have to conquest highest pass of the trip today. We carry plenty of water and some snacks and a packed lunch as there is no Lodges on the way. We really enjoy the remoteness of the area and absolute nature. We can select to go via any of the possible trails- either taking a climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung over the moraine of the Nuptse Glacier or we might walk back down the valley to Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. Just after some walk there are great views of Island peak valley and jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha. Ascending along the east side of Niyang Khola valley, we turn west and walk through the sloppy stony trial. We enter a wide basin dotted with small frozen lakes. The trail rises over loose scree gaining the Kongma La after about five hours we leave Chhukung. Upon reaching the top, we seen cairn wrapped in prayer flags,-marks of the pass. Behind us is the landscape of icy lakes ahead down of which is the Khumbu Glacier. The final descent is the most difficult stage of the trek today, upon climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.
Day 10: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,160 m/17,000ft) to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 7 - 8 hrs
The trail is windy and rocky with peak of north crest to Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse, etc. We move on alongside of Khumbu Glacier to Gorakshep. We have our lunch and in the afternoon, we set out to visit world’s highest base camp Everest Base Camp. The base Camp does not let us to witness Mt. Everest but far-fetched view of Khumbu icefall. We trek back to Gorakshep for overnight.
Day 11: Gorakshep - Kala Pattar (5,545 m/18,192 ft) to Lobuche (4,910 m/16,204 ft): 5-6 hrs
We mount up to Kala Pattar (5545 m/18192 ft) early in the morning to perceive the day cracking from the Mt. Everest, let’s say from the top of the world. This is landmark of the trek to look over panoramic view with the incredible sunrise over Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nupte, Mt. Ama Dablam and many more After getting done with Kala Patthar, we trek down to Gorakshep and go back over down to Lobuche and get prepared to next pass Cho La for the next day.
Day 12: Lobuche - Dzonglha (4,830m/15,850 ft): 3-4 hrs
Comparably, very short trek in today will lead us to Dzonglha which branches off from the main path some distance from Lobuche. After crossing a stream we come through a branch and later twisting round to the wide gruff river bed of the flow, the track runs crossways and climbs the edge ahead. From the greeny ridge in front, we can see towering heights of Ama Dablam and Kangtega-Thamserku while Tawache looms outstandingly ahead. Pheriche village is also noticeable down in the valley floor. As the ridge changes direction northward, the vast Cho La Lake spreads below Mt. Cholatse. The lake flows with us over a long extend until we move down to a wide basin. The trail climbs up descends steeply to another broad basin. After walking for half an hour we cross a unsteady bridge and we reach Dzonglha. We have a stay at Dzonglha for a night.
Day 13: Dzonglha to ChoLa (5420m/17,778 ft) to Thangnak (4,680m/15,350 ft) to Gokyo (4,800m/15,580 ft): 7-8 hrs
One of the toughest days of our trip, this begins as we slope through a spur extending westward from Dzongla. The path slides down to a basin across which strolls a whispering stream coated with ice. We reach the top of the basin in an hour readying for the accomplishment on ChoLa. The higher we reach the view back gets ever more enchanting. The Cho La Lake comes into sight and the Ama Dablam in its pyramidal personification heads over a range of mountains on the south as Cholatse soars on the west. Mountaineering the incline is not easy; it is steep, but made worse by boulders over some of which we will have to scramble. The last climb to the ChoLa can be a little risky as the trail curves round. Upon getting to the top, we see prayer flags, hung across cairns, flapping in the strong wind. Landscape of majestic peaks in all directions is hallucinating. A bit of cautiousness is needed now when passing through Thangzak if rocks are glazed by ice. We reach Thangnak, a rather large small village. And when stepping back from the settlement, we are greeted by tremendous mountain views. The path brings us to the Ngozumpa glacier edge after short walk, which is longest glacier in Nepal. Arriving at the other side of the glacier, we get to sight the second Gokyo Lake on the series of six lakes. On the edge of this lake stands the Gokyo Village where we as a final point give rest to our tired body for overnight..
Day 14: Rest and explore Gokyo Ri
To spot the most excellent view, we go up to Gokyo Ri (5350 m), the small peak above the lake. The peak of 5350m is also called Kala Pathar. We need not to be confused with the Kala Pathar above Gorakshep, though the view is similar.After the two hours climb we can see a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyanchung King, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, Tawache and many more. Besides, there are numerous small peaks in this in this region that proffers vantage points for the surrounding peaks and views of the Nangpa La, the old trade route into Tibet.
Day 15: Gokyo to Renjo La (5345m/17532 ft) to Marlung (4,210m/13,810 ft}: 7-8 hrs
To spot out our track up to Marlung (4210m) after visiting of Renjo La (5345m), we require marching earlier. The path climbs gently up the edge of Gokyo Ri and then meanders hazardously up a finger of gray scree above the northwest corner of the lake. We precede early down from the Gokyo Valley; we depart from the main trail and turn to Renjo La trail by Dudh Pokhari. We reach to the Renjo La after about three hours where a incredible panorama lie ahead. The Everest itself, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche can be seen glittering in the sun. Charismatic image of ice on the trail while descending down can make our way down a bit risky. Alongside the way, we see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. We walk more or less for an hour from Lumden (4350m) to get to Marlung on the east bank of the Bhote Kosi. Overnight in Marlung.
Day 16: Marlung to Namche Bazzar: 5-6 hours
Walking down from Maruung to Thame, we use a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. Moving downward from the Marulung we cross the Bhote Kosi and the route again drops to Taranga. The track then goes through the valley of Langmuche Khola. We trek down after crossing a bridge after then finally reach Samde. The place offer magnificent views. The lane steeply descends down to Thamo village which has a monastery called Khari Goma. Then, we reach small village of Phurte where there is Laudo monastery We eventually reach Namche again through some Gompas, colorful prayer flags, Mani walls and Chortens for the overnight.
Day 17: Namche Bazzar to Lukla (2,780m/9,175ft): 6-7 hrs
After having our Breakfast, go back over the main track down to Dhudh Koshi retracing to Phakding. Following the track we reach to Lukla scaling different Sherpa villages crossing a suspension bridge above Thado Kosh. For about 45 minutes, we climb to accomplish the entire trek and we reconfirm flight ticket and see off to local porters.
Day 18: Lukla – Kathmandu by Air (1,300m /4,264ft) 35 minutes airstrip.
After travelling for 35 minutes, we fly Back to Kathmandu, in the morning and move back to the hotel.