Nepal - The three passes trek to Everest Base Camp
27th March - 15th April
About your trip
The three passes trek to Everest Base Camp is challenging and exciting. The trails are far more remote than the main trail which leads straight to Everest Base Camp. You will cross the Renjo La pass, Cho La Pass and the Kongma La Pass. These passes are not on the standard Everest trail, so you hike secluded from the masses. During this exclusive trek you can optional climb three peaks as well; Gokyo Ri (5483 meters), Kala Patar (5540 meters) and Chukung Ri (5550 meters). The passes and peaks offer breath-taking views of Everest and the entire Khumbu mountain range.
The adventure begins with the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Luka Airport it is a short walk to Phakding. A good start for you to acclimate to the high mountainous air. From here on you hike towards Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital. In Namche you will take a resting day for further acclimatizing. An optional day hike is possible to the Everest View hotel.
From Namche Bazaar you walk the trail into the remote Nangpa Valley towards Thame. The tough climb towards the Renjo La pass is long and steep, but very rewarding. The wide panoramic views are stunning. From this pass you can see Everest and Cho Oyu. The descent to the idyllic Gokyo Lakes is quite leisurely. At the Gokyo Lakes you can enjoy a resting day or climb to the high peak of Gokyo Ri (5483 meters) for another stunning view of the mountains.
After Gokyo you continue the trek over a glacier and climb towards the Cho La Pass. After this pass you will enter the main trail to Everest Base Camp.
From Gorakshep you will make a day hike to the base camp on the Khumbu Glacier. After this highlight you will immediately be treated with another one. It is an easy climb to Kala Patar peak. From this viewpoint the Khumbu mountains are very close. You can almost touch Pumori Mountain. After this viewpoint your descent to Lobuche before heading over the Kongma La pass to Chukung. Here you can optional climb another peak; Chukung Ri (5560 meters). This a pleasant hill above the village of Chukung with views of the Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu.
From Chukung you will return to Lukla, passing beautiful Sherpa villages and the impressive Thyangboche monastery.
A flight back to Kathmandu ends this three-pass adventure.
Arrive in Nepal - Welcome meal and packing for your adventure
Flight Kathmandu to Lukla (0,5 hrs.) and trek to Phakding (2640 m – 3 hrs.)
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m – 5 hrs.)
Resting day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. Optional day hike to the Everest View hotel
Trek to Thame (4200 m – 4 hrs.)
Trek to Lungdhen (4380 m – 6 hrs.)
Cross over Renjo La pass (5344 m) to Gokyo Lakes (4800 m – 9 hrs.)
Resting day or optional climb to Gokyo Ri (5483 m)
Trek to Thangnang (4750 m – 3 hrs.)
Cross over Cho La pass (5367 m) to Lobuche (4930 m – 7 hrs.)
Trek to Gorakshep (5170 m – 5 hrs.)
Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364 m), overnight in Gorakshep (5170 m – 6 hrs.)
Trek to Kala Patar (5554 m) and overnight in Lobuche (4930 m – 6 hrs.)
Cross over Kongma La pass (5535 m) to Chukung (4720 m – 7 hrs.)
Climb Chukung Ri (5550 m) and trek to Dingboche (4290 m – 6 hrs.)
Trek to Namche Bazaar via Thyangboche Monastery (3440 m – 6 hrs.)
Trek to Lukla (2800 m – 5 hrs.)
Flight Lukla to Kathmandu (flight 0,5 hr.) - Trekkers party
Buffer day for acclimation during trek, or flight delay (Sightseeing KTM)
Flight back to the UK
Trip includes excludes
Airport transfer for domestic flight
Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu.
National Park Entrance permit and TIMS (Trekkers Security Card) permit
Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets
All accommodation during trek (Lodge/ Guest House)
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
Purified drinking water (medicated proof and safe)
UK Mountain leader / Medic
Porters (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
Insurance of Guide and Porter
All required local and government taxes
Trekking route map
First aid Service
Oximeter - To determine your normal oxygen range
Nepal arrival visa (USD25 for 15 days and USD40 for 30 days in cash)
International Flights to Kathmandu
Meals in Kathmandu
Personal expenses like all kinds of drinks including mineral water, and alcoholic and soft beverages
Extra hot showers, Wi-Fi, battery charging while on a trek
Your travel insurance that covers Helicopter evacuation
Any other extended trips and accommodation
Tipping (As an appreciation) to staff