Trip Hightlights

  • Cross 3 high passes Renjo La (5,360m), Cho La (5,420m) and Kongma La (5,535m), some of the highest mountain passes around the world.
  • Hike to Kala Patthar (5,545m) – best viewpoint in the Everest region and Everest Base Camp (5,364m) – the base camp of the highest mountain in the world
  • Walk across the Ngozumpa Glacier – the longest glacier in the Himalayas and the Khumbu Glacier – the world’s highest glacier
  • Witness sunrise view over the Himalayan giants including Mt. Everest, in the Khumbu region
  • Explore Tengboche monastery-  the largest monastery in the Khumbu region, participate in the morning and evening prayers with the monks
  • Enjoy the circuit stitching the best of Everest base camp  and Gokyo trek in one go
  • Enjoy the settlement, lifestyle, culture and hospitality of the inhabitants, the Sherpa people
  • Explore Sagarmatha National Park, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and the Kathmandu Durbar Square (UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
  •  Enjoy town-like modern facilities in Namche
  • Go on exciting side trips and acclimatization hikes in 4 distinct valleys: Bhote Koshi, Gokyo, Khumbu and Imja Tse.

If you are looking for the ultimate trekking challenge in the Everest region of Nepal, the Everest Three High Passes trek is the one for you. Crossing the 3 high mountain passes (all over 5,000m) in one trip is a challenge in itself. In addition to this, an ascent to Kala Patthar and the Everest Base camp (both over 5,000m again) add more challenge to this trek in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Once you embark on this trail, looking back is harder than continuing further. However, each time you summit the pass, the view and the sense of achievement makes peace with entire hardships, encountered and fought through to the destinations. This circuit trek in the Everest region is possible both: east to west and west to east.  

Desire Adventures’ standard Everest Three High Passes Trek is a perfectly designed Everest 3 high passes trekking package that can be completed in 19 days; including the arrival, departure, one day acclimatization and one day city tour. City tour is a private, guided, half-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu; a day before flying to Lukla. From Lukla, the ultimate three passes trek begins, following the Everest base camp trail till Namche. From Namche, leaving the direct Everest Base Camp trai,l you will continue on a less-travelled track, encompassing 3 High passes (Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La) and the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, to complete the circuit at Namche. The trekking ends with a hike down to Lukla, from where you will fly back to Kathmandu. Throughout the trek, you will be guided by an English-speaking private guide, whose knowledge regarding the area and stories will make the journey more fascinating. Our arrangement of food and accommodation is made in the teahouses/guesthouses run by local people with a motive to help you directly connect with them and help them earn their living. Moreover, to perfectly end the trip, the office offers free spa and one hour full body massage to help you relax your muscles, after the trek. Desire Adventures will do its level best in planning a perfect vacation for you; however, if you have something in mind, kindly let us know. Your ideas and specifications will be fully incorporated to design your dream trip.

Moreover, the Everest 3 High Passes trek is not technically difficult, but is definitely considered as a very challenging trek in the Everest region of Nepal. This trekking trail climbs above 5000m, demanding proper acclimatization, excellent stamina and strong physical and mental determination. Also, the selection of right season aids in the successful completion of the trek. Therefore, we suggest you plan this trek during the two best seasons: autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May).

Moreover, if you have a group, the company offers special group discount; however, if you are a solo traveler, we recommend you join one of our existing groups. Furthermore, if you are looking for a less challenging trek in the same region, try our Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lake and Chola Pass – 18 days or the regular Everest Base Camp Trek – 14 days.

(“Climb High, Sleep Low” is the rule one needs to follow, in order to avoid altitude sickness. Therefore, apart from 2 days acclimatization, at Namche and Dingboche, to aid the acclimatization process, we hike a little higher than our overnight stop and get down for overnight rest”.)

What's included

  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off service in a private vehicle
  • 3 days tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu, 15 days guest house/teahouse/lodge
  • 18 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches and 17 Dinners
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants with traditional, ethnic music and dance
  • Airport transfer for domestic flight
  • one-hour full-body massage after the trek
  • Sagarmatha National Park entrance permit and TIMS (Trekkers security Card) permit
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets and departure tax
  • 4 hot showers (Attached bathroom) while on a trek
  • Fresh seasonable fruits after dinner (while on a trek)
  • Tea/Coffee (Served in a cup only)
  • Purified drinking water during the trek
  • Government licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
  • Porters (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
  • Insurance of Guide and Porter
  • All required local and government taxes
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (if required)
  • Desire Adventures duffel bag if required
  • Desire Adventures T- Shirt
  • Trekking route map
What's Excluded
  • Nepal arrival visa
  • Meals in the city except breakfast and other mentioned special dinner
  • 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
  • Extra baggage excess while flying to Lukla (only 15 kg included)
  • Extra porter if you required (it cost USD20 per day)
  • Monument entrance fees while on a tour in Kathmandu (aprox USD25 per person)
  • Your travel insurance that covers Helicopter evacuation
  • Any other extended trips and accommodation
  • Tipping to staff (as an appreciation)

Welcome to Nepal and Desire Adventures. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be met and greeted by one of the company representatives. You will then be driven to your hotel in Kathmandu, in a private vehicle. The same company representative will help you check in to the hotel. Spend some time at leisure and get ready for the meeting that will be conducted in our office in the afternoon. In the meeting you will be introduced to your tour guide and fellow travelers and briefed regarding the trip. After the meeting, together we will go for a welcome dinner (hosted by the company) at one of the best typical Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu. Enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine and the cultural show (ethnic dance and cultural music). After dinner, you will be guided back to your hotel.

(In case of late arrival or delayed flight, the meeting and the dinner will be postponed to the next day.)

Accommodation: Tourist-standard hotel, Kathmandu.

Meals: Dinner

This day starts with a breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu. Enjoy a few hours sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and the Kathmandu Durbar Square) in Kathmandu, with your private driver and guide. You will be driven to these destinations in a private vehicle and taking in the highlights with your guide, you will take a walking tour of these sites. After the tour, around the afternoon, we will sit for the final meeting (before the trek) to finalize your trekking gears and clothes. After the meeting your guide will escort you to your hotel. The evening is spent at leisure.  

Accommodation: Tourist-standard hotel, Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast

Early in the morning you will be transferred (in a private vehicle) to the domestic terminal of the Tribhuvan International Airport to fly to Lukla and begin your journey to the Mt. Everest Base Camp. It’s a 30-35-minute fight that presents great opportunity to enjoy the scenic view of the landscape beneath and experience the thrill, when the plane land on the Tenzing Hillary Airport (one of the most dangerous airports in the world to land at), in Lukla. In Lukla, you will be introduced to your private porter and other team members, awaiting your arrival at the airport. Enjoy your first breakfast in Khumbu, while the luggage is prepared for the porters. After breakfast, enjoying the view of the surrounding snow-capped peaks, you will first make your way up to the Pasang Lhamo Memorial Gate accessing the narrow streets of Lukla. Colorful prayer flags, shops and people add life to this place. From the gate, leaving Lukla, you will descend to Cheplung to continue to the metal suspension bridge over the Thado Koshi River, enjoying the community forest. The Dudh Koshi River and Kusum Kangru come into view, before climbing around the ridge to Ghat. Enjoy the view and continue to Ghat. From Ghat, after walking past the school, you will enter a complex, where you can enjoy Mani walls, chortens and boulders painted with Tibetan mantras as well as brightly colored prayer wheels. From the complex, you will now climb over an old landslide to the village of Chhuthawa. From this village, winding through the forest, beside the Dudh Koshi River, you will continue to the village of Phakding. In Phakding, you will check into the lodge. Your afternoon in Phakding is at leisure, which can be best utilized exploring the nearby monasteries and the settlement of Phakding, on your own. Return to the lodge for dinner and a night of rest.   

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Phakding

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast in Namche and you will continue your journey by crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. About 100 meters above the river, following the west bank of the river and snaking through the forest of pine, you will hike north to the village of Toktok. On the way you will also pass a small hydroelectric project. The walk from Toktok to Benkar is downhill through the forest of pine and a few small waterfalls. From Benkar, you will head north to another bridge, cross it and following the east bank of the river continue through the forest of rhododendron and magnolia to Chumoa. From Chumoa, a short hike will take you to the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. Your guide will take care of the necessary national park check in formalities. Meanwhile, you can either choose to enjoy the 3D map of the Khumbu Himalaya and displays on responsible trekking at the information center in Monjo, or enjoy a short break at one of the teahouses. From Monjo, you will descend to the suspension bridge, enjoying Kani and huge granite bluffs carved with Tibetan mantras, cross the bridge and continue to Jorsale. You will cross one more bridge above Jorsale and continue on a gravel and boulder river bank trail and hike to Larja Bridge through the forest. Before reaching Larja Bridge, you will see a confluence of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi River at Larja Dobhan. After crossing the bridge, a short hike will take you to the view point, from where you can enjoy the first view of mighty Mt. Everest. Leaving the viewpoint, a steep ascent on a zigzag trail through the forest of pine will take you to Mislung. From Mislung, you will continue to Namche on a level path. Once at Namche, you will check into your lodge. The evening is spent at leisure. If you have energy to walk, we suggest taking a leisurely walk around Namche and enjoy bakeries and internet cafes. Return to the lodge in Namche for dinner and a night of rest.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Namche Bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner   

Once at Namche, acclimatization is necessary to prevent AMS; before attempting further altitude. Acclimatization treks boost the process of acclimatization. Therefore, for acclimatization trek, you will go for a full-day circuit through Shyangboche, Khunde, Khumjung and back to Namche.

After breakfast in Namche, taking the trail above Namche Gompa, you will climb the ridge on a steep, zigzagging path to the village of Zarok. From here, you will continue to climb to the grass airstrip at Shyangboche, past the trail to Thame. You will now go past the runway and continue further on trail that goes up a sandy gully between juniper bushes to Khunde. You will continue to the top of the ridge, enjoy carved boulders, chortens, juniper and rhododendron and drop down to Kani and Boudhanath-style chorten built around the edge of Khunde. Admiring the views of Khumbila, Ama Dablam and Thamserku, you will visit Khunde Tsamkhang (a Buddhist temple) above the village of Khunde. Leaving the temple, you will now take the side trail, go over to the left of the ridge and continue to Hillary Memorial Viewpoint, from where you can enjoy the 360 degree views of Khunde, Namche, Ama Dablam and Pachermo Peak. You will also walk up the ridge to see memorial chortens to Edmund Hillary, his wife and daughter. After enjoying Khunde, you will continue east, through potato fields to Khumjung (the largest village in Khumbu, which sits below the peak of Khumbila. In Khumjung, you will visit Hillary School (south of Khumjung) a school established by Sir Edmund Hillary; see the longest Mani wall in the Khumbu region; visit gompa that treasures ‘Yeti’s Skull’. After exploring these attractions, taking the path behind the Hillary School to the north end of the runway at Shyangboche, you will walk back to Namche.  Your evening is spent at leisure. You will return to the lodge in Namche for dinner and accommodation.

 Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Namche Bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

This morning enjoy your breakfast in Namche, before leaving for Thame (an isolated village the sits among the field below the mountain wall of Kongde RI, west of Namche). Taking the trail above Namche Gompa, you will climb around the ridge through a quarry, enjoying big Mani boulders carved with Buddhist mantras, up till the turn-off to Shyangboche. From here, you will continue on a trail that passes through the forest of pine and rhododendron around the ridge, to an ancient mud plastered stupa at Phurte and continue further around the ridge to a boulder that exhibits the painted image of Guru Rinpoche at Samshing. You will now go past a large chorten and cross a stream at Tesho. From Tesho, continuing west you will climb to the ridge, through the forest of rhododendron and head towards Thamo. As you reach the Kani a and trail junction at the top end of Thamo, ignoring the trail that drops down to the Bhote Koshi River, you will walk past the Khari Gompa and enter that land dry and dusty land and continue west to Somde, where you can enjoy stone built houses, mani walls and chortens. From Somde, after a steep climb, the trail drops down to the bridge across the Bhote Koshi River by a cliff wall exhibiting enormous murals of Green Tara, Guru Rinpoche and Thangtong Gyalpo. You will cross the bridge and climb for about 20 minutes to finally reach the village of Thame, where you will check into the lodge before dinner. The afternoon is spent at leisure. We recommend a leisurely walk up the sandy ridge to Thame Gompa to enjoy the murals and the image of Chenresig, Guru Rinpoche and Shakyamuni and the views over the valley. After exploring the gompa, return to the lodge for dinner and accommodation.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Thame.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

Breakfast in Thame and leaving Thame, you will descend over the moraine to the chorten at the bottom of the village. From here, it’s a gentle stroll, up the valley to Thambuteng, Kyaro Gompa and the bridge across the Langmuche River.  Crossing the bridge, you will now hike to Tarang. From Tarang, you will walk down to the bridge across the Chhudungbo River, cross it and following the west bank of the Bhote Koshi River, ascend for about 50 minutes to Marlung. Before reaching Marlung, you will cross one more bridge across the Bhote Koshi River to get to the east bank of the river. From Marlung, about an hour of uphill walk on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi River will take you to Lumde. You will check in to the lodge at Lumde and spend rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Lumde.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner      

After enjoying breakfast in Lumde, you will now head for the first, out of the three high passes, of this trek. The trail branches off after Lumde: one continues to Nagpa La pass and the other turns right and goes up the eastern slope of the Thame Valley to Renjo La and Gokyo Valley. Taking the well-beaten Renjo La-trail, you will steeply ascend, following a narrow valley congested with giant boulders to the sandy valley of the Renjo River. Swinging round into the valley, you will now ascend on a wide and dusty path, along the north side of the valley, to the south bank of Angladumba Tsho; past the route to Relama Tsho.  From the bank of the lake, a steep ascent up the winding staircase of the huge stone slabs (often covered with ice), will finally take you to Renjo La (5,360m). On clear days you can enjoy the view of Everest Himalayan Range, Makalu, Tengi Ragi Tau, and Rolwaling Range & Gyachung Kang. You can also see the rooftop of Gokyo, and the lake beneath the Ngozumpa Glacier. Enjoying the mind blowing view from Renjo La, you will now head for Gokyo.  From the pass, you will descend and following the giant s-shaped trail you will walk to the base of the ridge, where the path splits and climbs into the large mountain bowl. You will continue until these paths meet again and steeply climb down on a switchback, to the trail that is slightly above the northern shore of the Gokyo Lake and continue to the village of Gokyo, nestled beside Gokyo Tsho. In Gokyo, you will check into the lodge. The rest of the day is spent at leisure. If you are not tired, hiking up to the ridge to enjoy the view of the Ngozumba Glacier is recommended. You will return to the lodge for dinner and accommodation.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Gokyo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast in Gokyo, you will continue by hiking up the glacial moraine, behind the village of Gokyo. Enjoy the view of the Gokyo village and the reflection of mountains on the surface of the Gokyo Tsho. Leaving the view behind, you will now make your way down the inner side of the moraine on ever changing rock and scree and continue across the Ngozumpa Glacier to the opposite moraine; stumbling over rocks and hiking up and down the scree slopes. A beautiful frozen lake awaits your arrival as you reach the lateral moraine at the other end of the glacier. Following the trail above the lake, you will climb up the scree slope of moraine; continue to the solid ground and walking past a thin stretch of flat land between the glacial moraine and the wall of mountains, you will continue to Thaknak. You will check into the lodge at Thaknak.  Your afternoon is spent at leisure. Hiking to the nearby hill boosts the process of acclimatization, thus recommended.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Thaknak.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The target is to cross the Cho La Pass before noon; therefore, you will start this day earlier than usual. Enjoy your early morning breakfast and carry a packed lunch. Leaving Thaknak, you will gently hike up a small valley for about two hours on a barren terrain, to the top of the ridge. From the ridge, across a small moraine, you will see a saddle between the two peaks, which is the first view of the Cho La Pass. Leaving the ridge behind, you will now walk down into the valley of receded glacier. Now, making your way through the tough landscape of rocks and boulders, you will hike up to the base of the cliff. From the cliff, you will continue (following the small stone cairns) to climb up the seemingly endless rock and scree slope on a gently zigzagging trail to Cho La Pass. Conquering the toughest climb of this trek, you will finally reach Cho La Pass, which is marked by tangle of fluttering prayer flags. Enjoy the mind blogging view of Cholatse and Ama Dablam to the southeast and Ngozumba Glacier, Pharilapche and Kyajo RI to the west. From the pass, the journey continues with a steep descent down the rocky slope to the glacier. Following the slippery path along the glacier, you will continue towards the terminal moraine, where the snow and ice come to an end and you will continue on a rocky trail to the cliff that presents the wonderful views down into the valley below. You will continue down to the flat valley floor and following a stream, hike further down the valley, over the crest to Dzongla. At Dzongla, you will check into the lodge for well earned dinner and overnight rest.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Dzongla.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After your breakfast in Dzongla, you will trek downhill to the stream. Crossing the stream you will gradually gain the elevation and enjoying the lake (Chola Tso) and the peaks Cholatse and Taboche to your right, continue north, where the trail your are following meets the main trail to the Everest Base Camp. From the junction, a challenging northward hike over the loose moraine will take you to Lobuche. From Lobuche, you will continue further north, on a narrow trail between the mountain wall and glacial moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. You will go past the trail junction to Italian Pyramid, before continuing on a few short vertical climbs to the terminal moraine of the Changri Glacier. Making your way across the terminal moraine of the glacier, you will walk up to Gorak Shep. Gorak Shep greets you with a beautiful view of Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse and Changtse. You will check into the lodge at Gorak Shep. The remaining time is spent at leisure.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Gorak Shep.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, enjoy your breakfast in Gorak Shep and get ready to walk to the Base Camp of the Mt. Everest. From Gorak Shep, you will hike to the Khumbu Glacier and traverse along the moraine following the Khumbu Glacier. As you near the base camp the Khumbu Icefall comes into view. Prayer flags mark the arrival of the base camp of Mt. Everest.  (Mt. Everest is no visible from the base camp). You will spend some time enjoying the view and taking photos around base camp. You will now retrace your steps to Gorak Shep. The rest of the time is spent at leisure.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Gorak Shep.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner      

The target is to enjoy the sunrise over Mt. Everest from the summit of Kala Patthar. It takes 2 hours to reach the summit of Kala Patthar from Gorak Shep. Therefore, you will start this day earlier than usual (around 2 hours before sunrise). The ascent of Kala Patthar is on a series of steep switchbacks, which levels off to some extent as it goes across to the eastern side of the mountain. However, from this point the trail again becomes steep until you walk up to the summit ridge that greets you with wind-lashed prayer flags and the 360 degree panorama starting Pumori and Lobuche west to Nuptse, Lhotse and the mighty Mt. Everest. Enjoy the mind blogging view of the sunrise over these mountains and spend some time taking pictures and making memories. Apart from the views of these Himalayan giants, you can also enjoy the view of the Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier, Khumbu Ice Fall and the tiny Gorak Shep. You will now retrace your path to Gorak Shep for breakfast. After breakfast, leaving Gorakshep, you will hike down to Lobuche, retracing the trail used to hike up to Gorak Shep, for overnight stay.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Lobuche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner     

After enjoying a full breakfast in the morning and carrying a packed lunch, taking a turn off to Kongma La Pass you will make a gentle ascent towards the Khumbu glacier moraine, southeast of Lobuche. You will cross the Khumbu glacier, on an up and down glacier highway (following the stone cairns), to go over to the opposite moraine; enjoying the views of Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse and Cholatse and Taboche on the other side.  Leaving the moraine behind, you will now continue on a steeply ascending scree and icy boulder trail, to the last and the highest (Kongma La 5,535m) of the three high passes. A cairn wrapped in prayer flag mark the pass, from where, along with the panorama of the Himalayan giants: Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Makalu, Baruntse, Ama Dablam, you will witness the grandest view of the icy lake and frozen ridges under the path. Spend some time enjoying the view and get ready for a long descend to Chhukung. The trail from Kongma La vertically descends switching back and forth over loose scree to the beautiful lake below the pass, entering a wide basin, dotted with small frozen lakes. Leaving the basin behind, you will steeply descend west down the slope littered with boulders. Climbing along the east side of the Niyang Khola Valley, beneath the looming wall of black rock, you will continue to Langbo. From Langbo, you will continue east, over the outflow of Nuptse Glacier to Chhukung; enjoying the great view of the Island Peak and Amphu Lapcha. In Chhukung, you will check into the lodge and spend the remaining day at leisure.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Chhukung.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

Enjoy your breakfast in Chhukung. After breakfast, leaving Chhukung, you will continue south-west, past Bibre, to meet the regular Everest Three Passes trekking trail at Chubejung Kharka. Following the trail along the Imja Khola, you will now continue to Dingboche. From Dingboche, drop down the valley to Orsho and following the west bank of the Imja Khola, continue to Somare. If you have time and energy, we suggest visiting a monastery in upper Pangboche. For this you need to follow the path that forks and leads uphill, about 20 minutes below Somare. However, if you are in the hurry to reach Tengboche, we suggest you continue downhill to Deboche past Pangboche and through the forest hike up to Tengboche. Tengboche greets you with a beautiful panorama of the peaks: Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku and the very beautiful Tengboche Monastery Complex. In Tengboche, you will check into the lodge and go for a guided tour of the monastery complex and the Eco Center. After exploring the area, you will get back to the lodge for dinner and a night of rest.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Tengboche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

In the morning, you can join the monks for Morning Prayer at the Tengboche Monastery. Then enjoying your breakfast, leaving Tengboche, a steep descend through the forest of tall mature rhododendron past some water-driven prayer wheel will bring you to Phunki Tenga. From Phunki Tenga, you will ascend to Leushyasa on a steep stone steps. From Leushyasa, a gradual ascend enjoying the soaring view of Ama Dablam will take you to Sanasa. From Sanasa, you can either follow the level trail along the ridge to Chhorkung or climb steeply up the ridge above Sanasa to Khumjung and continue to Namche. In Namche, you will check into the lodge. The remaining time is spent at leisure. You can enjoy the bakeries and internet cafes or simply rest in the lodge.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Namche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner   

Breakfast in Namche and your journey to Lukla begins. From Namche, you will continue on a level path till Mislung. From Mislung, you will steeply descend on a zigzagging path, through the forest of pine to the Larja Bridge. Crossing the bridge, you will further continue to Jorsalle and hike to Monjo. At Monjo, your team leader will take care of the necessary national park check out formality, after which, you will descend to Phakding, before hiking to Lukla. In Lukla, you will check into the lodge. The remaining time can be time can be spent celebrating your success with your team or simply resting at the lodge.

Accommodation: Lodge/Guesthouse/Teahouse, Lukla.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner   

Enjoy your breakfast and get ready to fly back to Kathmandu.  Once the plane arrives at the airport, bidding farewell to your friends in Khumbu and the Khumbu region, you will board the plane and fly back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the scenic view! A private vehicle will transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu from the airport. The remaining time is spent at leisure. You can either choose to rest at the hotel or enjoy free spa and one-hour free body massage to relax your tired muscles. Around the evening, you will go for a farewell dinner (cuisine will be served as per the restaurant menu), hosted by the company, in which, we will discuss the trip and take feedback regarding the service provided by the company. After dinner, your guide will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Tourist-standard hotel, Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Your Everest Three High Passes trek has come to an end. As per your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the Tribhuvan International Airport in a private vehicle to help you catch your outbound international flight back home or your next destination. We hope you enjoyed your vacation with Desire Adventures.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Everest Three High Passes Trek Useful Information

Dossier disclaimer:

All the information regarding the trip detail, in the website, is provided with sincere intention to deal fairly with our clients. However, this information does not form a part of the final contract between the client and the company. The itinerary will be redesigned to meet the clients’ requirements, need and budget; before the final booking. The changes made will completely be in favor of the customer; therefore, the information in the final document will look a little different than the ones in our website. The final copy of the itinerary will be sent via email; before booking the trip, which will be 100% correct. We highly recommend that you print the final copy of your Trip Details and review the information, a few days before the trip, for updates regarding any last minute changes (if any).

Itinerary Disclaimer:

Our team leaders will always follow the itinerary provided to you; however, in the case of unforeseen situations (concerning client’s safety): sudden change in weather, natural disasters, unsupportive health of a group member, local strikes and protests, etc., some modifications to the itinerary will be made by the team leader.

Although, the itinerary provided by the company ensures enough acclimatization, some of you might still feel the effects of altitude sickness. Under such circumstances, your team leader will alter the itinerary provided by the company and descend to lower altitude, rather than gaining more altitude and not continue up, until you are physically ready to ascend further.

The situations are rare; however, we request you remain flexible and cooperate with the team leader, in case of a necessity to make changes in the itinerary. Also, to complete the trek, despite all the unforeseen unfavorable circumstances, we highly recommend that you add a few extra days to your trip, to be on a safe side.

Important Notes:

  1. The Everest Three High Passes trekking is not possible without these permits: TIMS Card and Sagarmatha National Park entry permit. The company will make the arrangement of these permits, once you provide a scanned color copy of your passport and color copy of two passport size photographs.
  2. The Everest Three High Passes trekking is a lot of up and downhill walk. The oxygen level in the air decreases with the increase in altitude (you will be crossing three high passes, hike to Kala Patthar and the Everest base camp - all over 5000m), making it difficult for trekkers to adapt to the thinning air. Therefore, we suggest slow and steady climb, instead of rushing to the destination. Take rest, when tired and standing to rest is more recommended than sitting. Protect yourself from intense sun, wind and cold by dressing up in layers, using sunscreen with high SPF, sunglasses, hat and scarf. Also, we suggest you put on your layers, as soon as you reach the shaded areas (if you have taken them off).
  3. The trip cost does not include the cost of your extra expenses like drinks, shopping, tripping and any extra activities, not mentioned in the trip detail. Therefore, we suggest you carry enough extra money for these purposes. We also suggest you to set aside USD200 (or Nepalese currency equivalent to USD200) as an emergency fund. This fund will be utilized in case of any changes in the itinerary caused by unforeseen unfavorable situations (although rare).
  4. Neither the team leader, nor the company will be responsible for the safety involved, during any extra activity not mentioned in the itinerary.

 

Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to do the Everest Three High Passes trekking in Nepal. When selecting a travel insurance policy, we suggest you select a ‘Comprehensive Insurance’ package that covers trip cancellation and interruption, medical and evacuation, baggage and missed flight insurance, theft or political evacuation, and helicopter rescue and repatriation. We strongly recommend that you choose a policy that covers all additional activities (not mentioned in the trip detail), that you are planning to undertake, during your stay in Nepal. This trekking in Nepal takes you above the altitude of 5000m, many time during the trek; therefore, we highly recommend that you ensure your policy covers treks that go over 5000 meters.

Best season to plan this trek:

Autumn (October and November) is the best season to plan the Everest Three High Passes trek in Nepal. This season is very supportive in terms of weather, visibility, temperature and trail.

Spring (March and April) is the second best season to plan the Everest Three High Passes trek in Nepal. This season is also supportive in terms of weather, temperature, visibility and trail.

Apart from early December, winter (December to February) is very cold and freezing, especially during the night time. Heavy snow blocks the trail, water supplies freeze and most of the accommodation options in higher altitude close down. So, winter isn’t considered the best time to do this trek.

Summer (June-August) is not considered the best season to plan this trek in Nepal. All – weather, temperature, trail are very unsupportive and the visibility is also affected by heavy rain and cloud.

Joining Instructions and Arrival Complication:

The Everest Three High Passes trek package by Desire Adventures also includes the cost of airport-hotel-airport transfers. Therefore, a company representative will be sent as per your flight arrival time to guide you to the hotel booked for you in Kathmandu (in a private vehicle). Thus, once outside the luggage hall, look for the company representative carrying paging board with your and company’s name printed on it. Once you find this person, carry your luggage and follow him/her to the airport shuttle waiting for you to transfer you from the airport to your hotel.  Make sure to avoid every person, who offers to help you carry your luggage or guide you to taxi stand, as they will be asking money as a service charge once you get to the taxi or your private transfer.

The package guarantees…

  1. A half day guided sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley
  2. An English-speaking professional, trained, experienced and licensed local guide.
  3. A full support team of local porters and assistants
  4. 24x7 off-site team for additional support
  5. A full-board, meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee) and accommodation, during the trek
  6. Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  7. Ground transportations: i) Airport shuttle service and ii) Private vehicle for city tour.
  8. Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets and departure tax.
  9. Free spa as well as one hour body massage, after the trek.
  10. Free Welcome and Farewell dinner

Group Leader Description

All the group leaders/team leaders/guides employed by Desire Adventures are licensed, experienced, and friendly and know the Khumbu Region extremely well. These team leaders are very much dedicated to providing friendly and professional service and are very passionate about sharing their knowledge. Your 19 days Everest Three High Passes trek will be led by one of these guides. Apart from guiding you to your destination, these guides will also provide information about the places you are travelling through, suggest things to see and do, recommend best local eating hubs, introduce you to the local people: their lifestyle, culture, tradition, history, society and their community. The guides will also help you make friends with local people. Most importantly, these guides ensure that you return home with the best and hassle-free travel experience.

Meals:

(18 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 17 Dinners on company)

This guarantees Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea/coffee during the trek, breakfast in Kathmandu and two complimentary dinners (Welcome and Farewell dinners) in Kathmandu. However, for the remaining meals, the team leader will suggest you some of the best and popular eateries in the area, allowing you the flexibility to decide as per your taste and budget.

Enjoy typical Nepali cuisine for welcome dinner. Breakfast in Kathmandu will be as per the hotel menu. Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), during the trek will be as per the teahouse menu (variety of options to choose from) and your-choice food (from the restaurant’s menu) will be served for farewell dinner. Since, food is the major part of this adventure; our guides will make sure that they are made to order using fresh local ingredients and are in good portions. Soft drinks and light snacks can be purchases at tea houses at your own cost.

Breakfast and dinner will be provided in or near your accommodation and lunch will be served at one of the best teahouse/restaurants along the way to the day’s destination.

Accommodation:

(3 nights in a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu and 15 nights in a guest house/teahouse/lodge in Khumbu)

In Kathmandu, your accommodation is arranged in tourist standard hotels, whereas, during the trek, guest house/teahouse/lodges are the available accommodation options. The rooms will be provided on a twin-share basis, where you will be paired up with another member of the same gender. Triple share can be arranged upon request; however, for single supplements, extra charges will be applicable.

In the Khumbu region, guest houses with restaurant are known as tea houses. The rooms are very basic with basic furniture and most of them only feature two beds, pillows and blankets, but are very cozy. The room amenities decrease with the increase in altitude. Also, the chances of getting attached baths decrease with the increase in altitude. Where hot shower options are unavailable, a few buckets of hot water (for bathing purpose) can be arranged at extra cost. Dining Hall and toilets/bathrooms/restrooms (squat or western type) are usually common.

Where hydroelectric power options are not available (especially at higher altitude), rooms are lit using solar power. Therefore, make sure you charge your mobile phones and camera batteries at lower altitude. At higher altitude, some tea houses might allow you to charge your appliances, but at extra cost.

Transportation

The Everest Three High Passes trek package cost covers the cost of the flight ticket (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu), airport shuttle and the charge of the vehicle used for city tour.

Communication Facilities:

Hotels in Kathmandu provide free internet service. During the trek, internet and telephone services are available at most the night stops. However, they are not free of cost, but can be used by paying extra dollars. Also, to be in a regular contact with your group, the team leader is provided with a cellular phone from the company, which can be used by any member of the group to send message to the off-site team in Kathmandu, in case of emergencies. Or, buy and use a local SIM card that is prepaid phone cards (requires 2 passport size photos and passport visa copy to purchase the SIM card), and use it during your stay in Nepal. You can make both international and national calls using this card.

Solo Travelers

If you are looking to do the Everest Three High Passes trekking in Nepal, solo trekking is not recommended. If you are interested to do this trek, but don’t have a company, then you can join our group. When you join our groups, you will share your accommodation and other facilities with another member of the group, which helps you to save money.  You will have a company and safety is assured.

Group Size:

Maximum 15, Average 5, Minimum 2

Tipping:

Leaving a tip for the service providers like guides, porters, drivers and waiters, although is not mandatory, it is appreciated. Tipping shows your satisfaction and gratitude toward the service provided and the service provider respectively. The amount is a personal preference.

Health, Fitness, Medications and Medical Facilities:

Health – Everest Three High Passes trek in Nepal is a challenging trek; therefore, in order to successfully complete this trek, you need to be in the best health condition. For this, we suggest you to get a physical examination at least 4-6 weeks prior to the trek and seek advice, medication and permission from your doctor. Make sure that you are screened for illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, anemia, ulcer disease, cardiovascular disease and lung related problems. Cardiovascular risk assessment should also be made, especially for anyone with strong family history or person over the age of 40. Get a good dental check up; identify medicines that you are allergic to. Make sure you are immunized and vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, varicella, Hemophilus influenza type b infection, Hepatitis A and B Typhoid, rabies, yellow fever, cholera, meningococcal disease and encephalitis. In the absence of doctor, seek advice from local General Practitioner or travel clinics.

Fitness -The Everest Three High Passes trekking trail demands excellent stamina, along with tough determination. At an average you will have to walk for 7-8 hours every day and it’s a lot of uphill and downhill climb. All of the 3 high passes, as well as the hike to base camp of Mt. Everest and Kala Patthar are very challenging. Therefore, trekkers need to be physically fit. Consult your GP regarding the necessary guide walk prior to this trek. A few weeks of cardio exercise: brisk walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, skipping etc. will help you get the fitness level to successfully complete the trek. Also, short hiking and camping experiences, before the Everest Three High Passes trek, are considered the plus points.

Medication - For the Everest Three High Passes trek, we recommend that you carry your regular personal medicines along with a First Aid kit. Also, add blister kit, sunscreen, bandages, insect repellent containing DEET, topical antibiotic cream, iodine tablets and /or water filter, Diamox or Acetazolamide, Acetaminophen or Tylenol for analgesia, Ibuprofen or Advil for analgesia and as an anti-inflammatory agent, Immodium or Lomotil for diarrhea, Afrin-a nasal decongestant, Pepcid or Zantac for heartburn, an antibiotic, especially a Quinolone such as Ciprofloxacin or Leavaquin, pain medicine such as Tylenol with codeine or Hydrocodone and, if you are prone to exercise-induced Asthma or Asthma associated with bronchitis or upper respiratory infections, add Asthma inhaler to the kit.

Medical Facilities - Khunde Hospital, north of Namche Bazaar and a health post run by Himalayan Rescue Association at Pheriche are the medical facilities in the Khumbu region. Khunde Hospital has decompression chamber and the health post at Pheriche is equipped with Gamow bags and bottled oxygen for emergencies. 

The most important of all, we request you to inform us regarding your present health condition, pre-existing medical condition, illness and your regular medications. We also request you to be honest regarding these issues, so that we can provide instant assistance in emergencies, during the trek.

Safety and Security:

During this trek, your safety and security is our greatest concern. Since your team leader will be with you the entire time, during the trek, he is given the responsibility to safely take you to your destination and bring your back. The team leader is also given the authority to amend or cancel the itinerary, if it concerns your safety and security.

For the safety of your belongings (passport, air tickets, traveler’s check, cash, and other valuable items) we request you bring a neck wallet or money belt. We strongly recommend not bringing valuable jewelry with you and even, if you happen to bring any, we request you store it in the safety deposit boxes available in the hotels in Kathmandu. Secure your luggage with a padlock.

Additional Rules:

  1. Do no contravene the laws and rules of the country.
  2. Do not carry any illegal drugs.
  3. Do not get involved with the sex workers

Local Dress:

Since the dress standards are comparatively conservative in Nepal, we recommend you pack comfortable yet modest clothing, respecting local culture. Pick loose, lightweight, long clothing, when packing your luggage, especially if you are planning your trek during summer. Also, avoid short dresses like shorts/skirts/singlet/tank tops, especially while visiting holy sites.

Emergency Contact Detail

Desire Adventures Pvt. Ltd.

From outside of Nepal: +977-1-4412014

From within Kathmandu: 4412014

From outside Kathmandu: 01-4412014

If you are using NTC, Ncell or any other mobile networks in Nepal: 01-4412014

Additional Information:

Visas

Foreign tourist (except Indians) visiting Nepal require a visa to enter Nepal. Chinese nationals can obtain free visa. Visas can either be obtained from the nearest Embassy/Consulate or Mission offices in your own country or upon your arrival in Kathmandu at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

To apply for a visa, you need 2 passport size photographs, receipt of online application, Visa fees in US dollars, your passport that is valid for at least 6 months, before the trip and a copy of passport of guardian, in case of minor below 10 years of age. Transit visa for foreign nationalities is only provided for 3 days. For the convenience of foreign nationals, visas are also provided from the borders listed below:

Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)

Tel: 977-1-4485173/4113045

Fax: 977-1-4113090

Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)

Tel: 977-23-562054

Fax: 977-23-563569

Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)

Tel/Fax: 977-51-5527447

Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border of Nepal)

Tel/Fax: 977-11-840196

Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Western Nepal)

Tel/Fax:  977-71-520629

Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Mid Western Nepal)

Tel/Fax: 977-81-412005

Mohana, Dhangadhi (Far Western Nepal)

Tel/Fax: 977-91-523246

Kanchanpur (Far Western Nepal)

Tel/Fax: 977-99-402004

Rashuwagadi

Tel: 977-10-6922722

Fax: 977-10-540133
Tourist Visa Fees:

Transit visa (3 days) Free of cost

Minimum USD 30 for up to 15 days

After 15 days USD 2/day (extension of the tourist visa, the fees chargeable for 15 days shall be levied,  if the period is less than 15 days in every extension) 

Extra USD 20 for MRE facility for valid visa period.

Late fee to be charged extra USD 3/day

In case of minor, below 10 years of age, the visa is free of cost

(For more information, please visit http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np  or contact the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu)

Tel: 977-1- 4429659/4429660/4438862/4438868.

Fax: 977-1- 4433934/4433935

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Pack List for 16 days Everest Base Camp Trek

The company provides one porter for every two traveler. Each porter is only allowed to carry at a maximum weight of 25-30 kilograms. Therefore, we suggest you pack as lightly as possible. Our porters carry all the trekking gears in a shared water-proof duffle, provided by the company. Your extra luggage can be left in a hotel in Kathmandu (free storage available). We recommend you carry a lightweight cotton or plastic bag to keep your trekking gears separate. Kindly follow the checklist below to pack the required stuff during the trip:

Checklist for all seasons:

  • Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, voucher, 3 passport sized photo (2 for visa application and 1 for trekking permit)
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Reading/writing materials
  • Travel games, like chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronic or paperwork
  • Binoculars, camera
  • Umbrella/Raincoat
  • First-aid kit (containing lip balm, Aspirin/paracetamol, Band Aids/plasters, bandage for sprains, iodine or water purifier, Moleskin for blisters, antiseptic for cuts, anti-bacterial throat lozenges, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for diarrhea, re-hydration powder, Norfloxacin or Ciprofloxin, antibiotic for Girdia, Diamox and any extra prescription drugs you are currently taking)
  • Protein bars, chocolates, dried fruits, candies and snack foods
  • Money- cash/VISA Card
  • Crampons
  • Trekking poles
  • Money bag
  • Swiss army knife (Optional)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Light weight Towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Toiletries (quick drying towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, multipurpose soap, deodorant, nail clippers, face and body moisturizer, feminine hygiene products, small mirror
  • Day pack (with waist straps)
  • Alarm clock and torch/flashlight/headlamp
  • Lighter (Optional)
  • Insect repellent (Optional)
  • Ear plugs and eye mask
  • Small padlock
  • Stuff sack for dirty clothes/shoes
  • Dry bags in several sizes
  • Duffle Bag (will be provided by the company)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)
  • Small wash towel
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Bandana or broad brimmed sunhat, sunglasses, scarf
  • Bag liners (Optional)
  • Sewing kit (Optional)
  • Wind and waterproof shell jacket & trousers (preferably breathable fabric)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Running shoes or sandals
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Underwear and Shorts
  • T Shirts 2 or 3
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Lightweight long trousers (no jeans)
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket
  • Trekking pants

Special Checklist for winter and high altitude

  • Layered clothing /Thermals  and Extra warm clothing during winter (December to March)
  • 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweight  wool jumper/sweater/fleece jacket
  • Down jacket or down vest
  • Fleece or wool trousers/pants
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens – wool or fleeced with a waterproof shell outer
  • A four season sleeping bag/sleep sheet (rated to -250C)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Gaiters (for winter and monsoon)
  • Crampons and trekking poles

        Special Checklist for summer

  • Lightweight wool jumper/sweater/fleece
  • Umbrella/water proof jacket with hood and waterproof trousers (May to September)
  • Sunscreen lotion with maximum SPF
  • Water bottle

 

 

Our Guides:

With growing tourism in Nepal, the growth of travel and expedition companies have mounted to its peak. The companies seek the best leaders and guides to compete in the market while giving the best service to the clients. Although there are a numbers of companies promising you the best trip of your life, many neglect giving the knowledge on safety measurements and sustainable tourism to their team. From luxury travels to pocket friendly trips, our team guides deliver you the best of Nepal keeping your schedule, preference and welfare in mind.

Extensive insights on history and culture of the country:

Nepal has abundance of cultural and natural beauty. The charming architecture and rich history of the temples and Stupas are listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our guides are well learned and experienced to give you insights on the country's hidden history and natural beauty. From world renowned sites to less traveled local areas, we make sure to provide you information on the benevolent locals, culture and lands that stretch out from the mighty Himalayas to the Terai Plains.

Round the clock service:

Our guides provide you exceptional service 24*7 throughout the trek. Weather it requires giving information, helping with communication or any other skills, our team makes sure you get the facilities regardless of timing. We have well trained English speaking guides working in the fields and value your timing and schedule and try to work as compatible as they can. In addition both our office staff and our field staff have exceptional knowledge on the products we offer. With any queries, you can email/ call/ message us as we try to respond as soon as possible. With extensive field study, our office staff constantly communicates with our trekking guides, tour guides and climbing Sherpa’s to update the information in the trekking region.

Licensed with minimum 5 years of experience:

Trekking has been commercialized in the last few years since Nepal was recognized as the most efficient country to trek. With growing commercialization comes competitive market. Nevertheless, our climbing Sherpas and team representatives along with the guides are required to have minimum of 5 years of experience with a certified license.

Importance to Sustainable Tourism:

We value the importance of sustainable economy and development. Thus, we hire local porters, guides and climbers to train them and give them a platform to work for themselves and their family. All our team members belong to local native groups and have been trained for trekking in the Himalayas and other regions of Nepal.

No exceptions with quality and equipments:

Our teams of guides are well trained with proper English speaking and communication skills via education and experience. We are also equipped with first-aid kits and trekking apparatus like oximeters, maps, first-aid kits and mobile phone for emergency.  Perhaps what separates us from others is the relationship our company has with the climbing Sherpa’s and trekking guides.

5:1 Client Guide Ratio

We maintain a 5:1 client guide ratio i.e. with every 5 clients we provide 1 guide. A team leader/guide with be appointed for a team of 5 trekkers in the group. Nevertheless, an assistant leader will also be provided with every addition of 5 pax. You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers who will be carrying 25-30 kilograms of weight. We wish for your travels to be worthy and adventurous with no difficulties or hurdles. 

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