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Three Passes Trek

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One of the most challenging treks in Everest region is; Everest Three Pass Treks takes us through the realm of Renjola, Chola and Kongmala high passes all of which are located in Everest Khumbu region. Everest three pass region lies in Khumbu region of northeastern Nepal.
A journey through three passes in Everest is strenuous but rewarding. Three pass trekking trail offers striking views of snow clad mountains and peaks including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Pumori, Nuptse and Thamserku mountains. Three pass trekking trail also progresses through frozen glacier lakes at different regions.
Everest Three Pass Trek Route progresses through various highland villages that are inhabited by Sherpa ethnics who are known for their bravery. We will get to know the ancient culture, traditions and lifestyle that are unique to Sherpa’s in Highland of Everest.
Everest three pass treks is thus the perfect harmony of cultural trek and natural sightseeing trek route.
Everest high pass trek is not recommended to all. Early trekking experience is required for joining 3pass trek in Everest. You need to be physically fit and have high stamina as Everest three pass trek will drain you out of energy. Besides, chances of high altitude sickness exist in Everest three pass treks.
Ace Holiday treks currently offers 22days Everest three pass trek package. We will take 35 minutes of Kathmandu to Lukla flight and reach Tenzing Hilary Airport at Lukla. The trail progresses through culturally rich highland villages of Tengboche and Dingboche. We will move through the narrow path stretching through the whitewashed houses and cross the monasteries and Chortens to Gorakshep Lake. We will climb Kongmala pass and reach Everest Base Camp which is located at the base of Mount Everest. We will ascend Chola Pass and travel through Gokyo valley to Ngozumpa Glacier which is the largest glacier system in Khumbu Region.

Itinerary Outline

Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day03: Flight to Lukla Trek to Phakding
Day04: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day05: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar
Day06: Trek to Tengboche
Day07: Trek to Dingboche
Day08: Acclimatization Day at Dingboche
Day09: Trek to Chhukung
Day10: Trek to Gorakshep via Kongma La Pass
Day11: Explore Everest Base Camp Back to Gorakshep
Day12: Trek to Dzongla
Day13: Trek to Thangnak via Cho La Pass
Day14: Trek to Gokyo
Day15: Exploration Day at Gokyo
Day16: Trek to Lungden via Renjo La Pass
Day17: Trek to Thame
Day18: Trek to Manjo
Day19: Trek to Lukla
Day20: Fly to Kathmandu
Day21: Free Day in Kathmandu
Day22: Departure

Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu
You will find our representative ready to greet you as soon as you disembark from the flight. You will be transferred to the hotel where brief orientation about the Three Pass trek is provided before you enjoy the delicious welcome dinner.

Day02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Early in the morning, we will take the light breakfast and head out for half day guided city tour during which we will explore UNESCO enlisted sites of Kathmandu namely Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Returning back, we will prepare for Three Pass Trek that begins on the next day.

Day03: Flight to Lukla Trek to Phakding
We will take an early morning Kathmandu Lukla flight from domestic airport in Kathmandu. It takes 35 minutes of flight over mountains, terraces, river and forest to reach Tenzing Hilary Airport at Lukla. Disembarking at the airport, we will take 3hours of trek through rocky terrain lined with prayer rocks to Bhaisekharka which leads us further to Phakding where we will stay overnight.

Day04: Trek to Namche Bazaar
The trail progresses through the dense thickets of pine woods. We will pursue the trail to the suspension bridge over Dudh Kosi River. Crossing the river, we will move in and out of small but culturally rich Sherpa villages of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo and Jorsale to reach Namche Bazaar which is the trade center and also the gateway to Everest Khumbu Region.

Day05: Rest day at Namche Bazaar
There will be sharp increase in altitude after Namche Bazaar. Taking rest will reduce the possibility of high altitude sickness. We will explore the market area of Namche Bazaar and also visit nearby Khunde village.

Day06: Trek to Tengboche
Leaving Namche Bazaar early in the morning, we will traverse the forest of rhododendron and juniper and take the descending trail to Kayangjuma. We will walk along small Sherpa settlement at Sansa to forest from where we will head to Dudh Koshi River. We will cross Dudh Koshi River over suspension bridge and reach Phuki Thengna from where we will take the ascending trail to Tengboche Village.

Day07: Trek to Dingboche
We will wake up early in the morning and head to the top of ridge that allows striking views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Everest Mountains. Returning back, we will pay visit to Tengboche Monastery which is the largest Buddhist Monastery in Khumbu Region. We will pass through the settlement at Pheriche and lower down to Lobuche River from where we will follow the steep path uphill to Dingboche.

Day08: Acclimatization Day at Dingboche
Since this is a challenging trek, there needs to be many free days so that we will not get drain out of energy. We will explore to the nearby ridge and enjoy the striking views of soaring Makalu, Lhotse and Cho Oyu Mountains. The ridge also offers views of Imja valley and Lobuche and Cholatse peaks.

Day09: Trek to Chhukung
Trek begins through crop fields. We will climb to Imja Khola Valley which offers views of Lhotse and Ama Dablam mountains. Our trail continues through Bibre to the scattered settlement of yak herders. Walking further, we will reach Chhukung that offers striking view of Imja Tse which is also known as Island Peak.

Day10: Trek to Gorakshep via Kongma La Pass
Crossing Bibre, we will climb all the way to Niyang Khola Valley. We will head east and cross the gorge with frozen lakes to reach Kongma La Pass. Enjoying the views of mountains in Nepal and Tibet from Kongnma La Pass, we will lower down to Khumbu Glacier. We will head north and trek to Lobuche which leads us further to Gorakshep.

Day11: Explore Everest Base Camp Back to Gorakshep
We will explore the Gorakshep Lake which is the lake of freezing water. Walking past the Indian Army Mountaineers’ Memorials, we will reach Everest Base Camp that offers striking views of Nuptse, Khumbutse and Pumori Mountains. We will return back from Everest Base Camp to Gorakshep where we will stay overnight.

Day12: Trek to Dzongla
From Gorakshep, we will return back to Lobuche. Walking further, we will reach the river bank. We will cross the river and take the ascending trail to the top of ridge. The ridge offers striking views of Ama Dablam and Thamserku Mountains. Continuing further, we will reach Cholatse Lake. The trail goes through few ups and downs to reach a bridge. We will cross the bridge to reach Dzongla.

Day13: Trek to Thangnak via Cho La Pass
We will get the striking view of Cholatse Mountain from the hilltop of Dzongla and head west before descending to the gorge. We will climb the gorge and reach the vantage point which offers views of Ama Dablam and Cholatse Mountains. We will climb Cho La Pass the summit of which offers panoramic views of several mountains and peaks in Nepal. We will follow the rocky path to Thangnak.

Day14: Trek to Gokyo
We will follow the rocky path that offers striking views of mountains and valleys. We will reach Ngozumpa Glacier which is the longest glacier system in Nepal. We will cross the Ngozumpa glacier and reach third Gokyo lake which is located on the verge of Gokyo Village.

Day15: Exploration Day at Gokyo
This is spare day which makes us sure that the trek goes as per schedule even if it is marred by some unforeseen circumstances. We will visit the fourth and fifth lakes on this day. There are total 6 lakes in Gokyo Valley. We can also climb the Gokyo Ri Peak.

Day16: Trek to Lungden via Renjo La Pass
We will head west from the Gokyo Valley and walk to base of Renjo La pass. Renjo La is the high pass located at 5411m. We will enjoy the gratifying views of mountains and peaks in Nepal and Tibet. We will enjoy the view of Kyajo Ri from the western section of Renjo La and reach Lungden where we will stay overnight.

Day17: Trek to Thame
Walk along the rocky path will lead us to river. We will reach Sherpa village of Thame. We will explore Thame village and get acquainted with local culture, traditions and ways of living. We will also visit the monastery in Thame village.

Day18: Trek to Manjo
From Thame Village, we will return back to Namche Bazaar. We will cross Dudh Koshi River and move through Sagarmatha National Park to Manjo Village. The entrance of Sagarmatha National park exists at Monjo village.

Day19: Trek to Lukla
5hours of trek through forest of blooming rhododendron and few Sherpa settlements will take us to Dudh Koshi River. We will climb to Chheplung and walk further to Lukla where we will stay overnight.

Day20: Fly to Kathmandu
We will take 35minutes of scenic Lukla Kathmandu flight. We will return back to hotel in Kathmandu and celebrate successful Everest three pass trek.

Day21: Free Day in Kathmandu
This is a free day. You can either take rest or enjoy shopping in Thamel where you can buy curio goods and artifacts that can be given as token of love to your near and dear ones.

Day22: Departure:
You will be assisted in your last moment preparation afterwards which our representative will take you to International Airport from where you will move to your next destination.
Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Flight ticket for guide Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • Flight ticket for Clients Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • Four nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu  hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.
Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

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Trip Facts

Duration: 22 Days
Accomodation: Tea house or Guest House
Seasons : All Season
Type: Moderate
Activities : Trekking and walking
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

Three Passes Trek Trip Highlights

  • Most challenging treks in Everest region.
  • Everest three pass trek route progresses through various highland villages that are inhabited by Sherpa ethnics who are known for their bravery. We will get to know the ancient culture, traditions and lifestyle that are unique to Sherpas in Highland of Everest.

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