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Everest – Three High Pass Trek

Trip Title: Everest – Three High Pass Trek

Trip Length: 18 Days

Trip Grade: B       [Grading Overview]

Country: Nepal

Area: Everest

National Park: Everest Sagarmatha       [Parks Overview]

Activity: Trekking

Activity Grade: 5       [Grading Overview]

Special Focus: Everest High Passes,Chola, Renjo, Kongma la

Months: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December,

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Description:

Everest – Three High Pass Trek takes you into the heart of the Khumbu, Gokyo (4,750m/15,584ft) and Everest Base Camp region. An ascent of Gokyo Ri (5357m/19,216ft) and Kala Pattar (5,545m/18,192ft),  gives you magnificent close-up views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and more. You will cross the little used Renjo pass (5,388m), Chola pass (5,420m/17,782ft) and Kongma La Pass (5,535m/18,159ft). Visiting Island Peak Base Camp and some small high glacial lakes is the icing on a rather good cake!

This trek is the ultimate Everest trekking route trip in Sagamatha National Park– it is spectacular with world class views, high, demanding and includes everything a trekker or hiker could possible wish for without entering the domain of technical mountaineering.  There is a chance that you may see Himalayan Thar, Musk deer, Himalayan Fox and Dole, snow cocks and the tracks of a snow leopard. For sure you will see pheasant and eagles.

You don’t need any special skills to do this trek – you need reasonable fitness (nothing super human!) and a passion to go for it…..

Itinerary:

Remember if you have a group of 2 or more we can arrange this trip for you on your prefered date during any of the available months listed.

Day 01
Fly Kathmandu – Lukla and trek to Phakding:

35 mins flight; 3-4 hours trek
Early morning flight by small twin otter to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft). After final preparations, the trekking starts passing Chaurikharka village, and makes a descent towards the Dudhkosi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft). The trail follows the banks of the Dudh Khosi River until the camp at Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) is reached. This first day is short for acclimatization reasons.

Day 02
Phakding – Namche Bazaar: 5-6 hours.

The trail crosses the Dudh Khoshi River via a long suspension bridge and the trail then leads us to Hilarys Suspension Bridge. We climb steeply from here to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft).

Day 03
Namche Bazaar: Acclimatise.

This is the first of the two crucial acclimatizationï days. You can spend the day hiking to Thame, or visiting Khunde or by relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar; the main centre in the Sherpa Khumbu region which has shops, restaurants, a bakery, hotels with hot showers and electric power. There is a colorful market each Saturday.

Day 04
Namche Bazaar – Thame (3800m): 5-6 hours.

Day 05
Lumde (4370m): 4-5 hours

Day 06
Renjo la ( 5360m) to Gokyo (4700 – 4900m): 8 hours

Day 07
Gokyo – Gokyo Ri : 3 hours

The views around Gokyo are tremendous. From the top of Gokyo Ri (5357m/19,216ft) you view beautiful isolated Himalayan scenes It is a two-hour climbing to the top of the peak, providing a panoramic view of Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Mt Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee. You will take this easy day for rest and acclimatization.

Day 08
Gokyo – Thangna: 3 hours.

The trail returns the same way for a short while and then crosses the Ngojumba glacier where we will reach Thangna with a few teahouses.

Day 09
Thangna – Chola pass – Dzongla: 6-7 hours.

We trek up through the morraine – the trail makes a steep ascent to the top of the snow covered Chola la (5,420m/17,782ft). From the top, you can enjoy excellent panoramic views of the surrounding mountains of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Mt. Everest. After the pass, the trail descends steeply towards the Dzongla (4,850m/15,912ft) passing through pine forests.

Day 10
Dzongla – Lobuche: 3-4 hours.

From Dzongla, the trail levels and then makes a gradual climb up to the small Sherpa settlement of Lobuche (4,930). This is a small village situated by the Duhd Khosi stream. The sunset on Nuptse is a memorable sight. Overnight in Lobuje.

Day 11
Lobuche – Gorak Shep – Kala Patar – Gorak Shep: 7-8 hours.

The trail continues to climb to Gorak Shep. It takes a couple of hours from there to walk up to Kala Pattar (Black Rock) 5,545m/18,192ft; this small peak offers the best views of Mt. Everest, Pumori and Ama Dablam without climbing. Overnight in Gorak Shep (5,160m/16,929ft).

Day 12
Gorak Shep – Lobuche: 3-4 hours.

We have a short day to help prepare for the following long day.

Day 13
Lobuche – Kongma La – Chhukung: 7-8 hours.

After breakfast we trek over the Khumbu Glacier to Kongma La Base Camp (5,000m/16,404ft) and continue continues ascending to Kongma pass (5,535m/18,159ft), then gently descending to the Imja Khola valley to Chhukung a small summer settlement. Overnight in Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft).

Day 14
Chhukung – Island Peak Base camp (5,100m)- Chhukung: 6 / 7 hours.

The path from Chhukung is fairly steep climbing south then turning east to follow the main line of the valley. It zigzags along or below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. A short trek along the stream then leads to what we call Big-rock. The route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. Anothe zigzag trek through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island peak.

Day 15
Chhukung to Tengboche: 6-7 hours.

The trail makes a gradual descent through scrub junipers and Mani stones as it follows the hillside. The trail passes many Mani walls in deep rhododendron forests. After crossing after the Imja khola the trail climbs many carved Mani stones to Pangboche. Pangboche Gompa is the oldest in Khumbu – well worth a visit. We walk down the valley where the trail is gentler through alpine meadows, followed by a gradual climb up to Tengboche (3,870m/12,697ft) where the biggest monastery lies in the whole of Khumbu.

Day 16
Tengboche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours.

We trek down from the rear of monastery and continue down until we reach Phunki Tenga. We trek up gradually through a forest. Once we are out of the forest we will be walking along a ridge from where we can seeon the left one of the deepest gorges of Nepal. In spring the rhododendrons will look superb making the valley even more beautiful. We arrive at Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft) for overnight stay.

Day 17
Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours.

We trek back to Lukla along the same trail. On arrival in Lukla we will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of your trek.

Day 18
Lukla- Kathmandu – early morning flight to Kathmandu.

Price:

Minimum Group of 02 – Euro 1350 Per Person

Plus Internal Flights

KTM – Lukla – KTM

Euro 242 Per Person

Price includes:

Tea Houses and some Camping accommodation in tents.
Food (except bar bill)
Guide and Porters and all their expenses – including insurance.
Trekking Permit, National Park Entry fee and TIMS (Trekking Information
Management System) Card.
Ground transportation (Domestic airport pick-up-drop)
Governmental taxes
International airport pick up and drop
AND
3 nights in a hotel in KTM -one night before leaving for the trek and two when
returning – 3 star with breakfast!

Prices Do not include:

Personal nature expenses like laundry, communication, shopping etc, personal insurance, visa, airport tax.

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