Everest Region

Everest Three Passes Trek - 19 Days

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NPR 75,999

Flexible Cancellation Policy & Fair Prices

INCLUSIONS Both way Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla Trekking Guide from Lukla Accommodation in twin sharing basis Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 2 liter hot water/day Permits Crampons ADD ONS Porter from Lukla: NPR 1,800 per day

INR 71,999

Flexible Cancellation Policy & Fair Prices

INCLUSIONS Both way Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla Trekking Guide from Kathmandu Accommodation in twin sharing basis Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 2 liter hot water/day Permits Crampons First Aid Kit ADD ONS Porter from Lukla: NPR 1,800 per day

USD 1,499

Flexible Cancellation Policy & Fair Prices

INCLUSIONS Both way Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla Trekking Guide from Kathmandu Room with private bathroom (where available) Breakfast Permits Porter from Lukla First Aid Kit Crampons

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit Imja Glacial Lake, Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Lakes, and the rustic Thame valley in one trek.
  • Earn some serious bragging rights for having crossed the Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La passes all in one single trek.
  • Pass through some varied landscapes, from forested river valleys, to high altitude moonscape of scree and ice.
  • Get a chance to see Himalaya Tahr, Danphe, Blood Pheasant, Musk Deer, and maybe even the elusive Snow Leopard. ;)
  • Test your physical and emotional limits and come back more alive than ever before!

QUICK FACTS

  • Difficulty Level
    Hard
  • Total Length
    131 km
  • Highest Altitude
    5,643 meters
  • Elevation Profile
  • Start location
    Lukla (2,850m)
  • Finish location
    Lukla (2,850m)
  • Permits
    Sagarmatha NP Permit, Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit (only for non-Nepalis)
  • Best Season
    October-December And April-May

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

DESCRIPTION

The Everest Three Passes Trek is the ultimate trek for those seeking the hardest way to trek the Everest Region. But with the right physical preparation and psychological determination, it can actually be a highly meditative experience in which you actually get away from the crowds and fully immerse yourself in the mountains.

You also get to see the entirety of Everest Region in one single trek from all angles, from the bustling route leading to Everest Base Camp, to the quaintly charming Gokyo Valley, to the downright rustic Thame valley.

However, please note that all three passes come with risks. As such this is not a trek in which you take risks. If something happens when you are up there, there is very little that can save you. As such, do not attempt the passes if you aren’t feeling a hundred percent, or if the weather isn’t the best, and most importantly do not go alone. Read more on Safety Issues.

DAY 1 ~ Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (25 min). ~ Walk for around 3 hours through villages, forests, and some long ass bridges to reach Phakding for lunch. ~ Walk for another 3 hours to settle for the night at Monjo.

DAY 2 ~ Get your Sagarmatha National Park permits at Jorsalle. ~ Walk uphill for around two to three hours to reach Namche Bazaar for lunch. ~ Stroll around Namche and enjoy the sunset from the National Park View Point.

DAY 3 ~ After breakfast at Namche, walk to Hotel Everest View to enjoy amazingly stunning mountain views. ~ Play the grand piano at 3,880 meters. ~ Return to Namche through the twin Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Khunde (2 hours).

DAY 4 ~ Walk past some beautiful mountain views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtega to reach Phungi Tenga for lunch. (3.5 hours) ~ Walk out for Himalaya Tahr and Himalaya Monals on the first section. ~ Climb up to the famous Tengboche Monastery. (2.5 hours) ~ Settle for the night at the quiet monastic village of Deboche. (20 minutes)

DAY 5 ~ Walk past the village of Pangboche, past the treeline, to have lunch at Syomare. (3 hours) ~ As you settle in for the night at Dingboche (2.5 hours), make sure to take an oximeter reading and see hoy you are feeling. Read more about AMS.

DAY 6 ~ Acclimatization Day at Dingboche. ~ Hike to Nangkartshang Peak and return to Dingboche. (5 hours)

DAY 7 ~ A short walk to Chukung where we checkin and have lunch. (2.5 hours) ~ Post lunch a walk to Imja Glacial Lake. (3.5 hours round trip)

DAY 8 ~ This is an acclimatization day at Chukung and we go to Chukung Ri today. (4 hours round trip) ~ As it is a pass day tomorrow, it is a good time to take stock of the weather and your health.

DAY 9 ~ After an early start we reach the Kongma La Pass to have our packed lunch. (3 hours) ~ After a steep downhill we cross the Khumbu glacier to settle in Lobuche for the night. (3-4 hours)

DAY 10 ~ Hike to Gorakshep for lunch. (2.5 hours) ~ Afternoon hike to Everest Base Camp and back in Gorakshep. (3 hours)

DAY 11 ~ Early morning walk to Kala Patthar View point to see Mount Everest up close. (4 hours) ~ Lunch at Gorakshep. ~ Walk down to Lobuche. (2.5 hours)

DAY 12 ~ Very short and relaxed day to Dzongla (2 hours), past the beautiful Cho La Lake. ~ We let our body relax as we let it unwind for the Cho La Pass tomorrow.

DAY 13 ~ We start early today and reach Cho La Pass to have our packed lunch. (3 hours) ~ And then we walk down to reach Thagnak by early afternoon. (3 hours) ~ From here we cross the Ngozumba Glacier to reach Gokyo. (1.5 hours)

DAY 14 ~ Rest day at Gokyo. ~ Option to go to Fifth lake or Gokyo Ri or both.

DAY 15 ~ After an early start, we cross Renjo La, the last of the three passes. ~ Past small lakes and some treacherous terrain to reach Lungden. (7 hours from Gokyo) ~ We walk past Lungden to settle in for the night at Marlung. (1 hour)

DAY 16 ~ Trek to Thame for lunch (3.5 hours). ~ Walk to Namche (3 hours) ~ Celebrate the ultimate Kora that we just completed. :)

DAY 17 ~ Short and leisurely day and we can and will start a little late. ~ Lunch at Monjo. (2 hours) ~ Walk to Phakding. (2 hours)

DAY 18 ~ Another leisurely day and we will reach Lukla for lunch. (3 hours) ~ Another round of celebration in Lukla of course.

DAY 19 ~ Fly back to Kathmandu. (25 minutes)

Please note that we will be more than happy to assist you to tweak this tour to your liking. Please note that while it is possible to do this trek in less days, we feel this is a trek in which a very relaxed and safe approach is the best way.

In case you have any questions, feel free to Call / WhatsApp / Email Ashish at +977-9841370673.

INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS Includes ~ Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla ~ Trekking Guide ~ Accommodation on twin sharing basis ~ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Only breakfast is included for non-Nepalis and non-Indians) ~ Oxygen Support available at extra cost ~ Permits Learn more. ~ Porter (only for non-Nepalis and non-Indians)

Excludes ~ Tips for guides and porters (15% of wages is considered fair) ~ Battery Charging. (NPR 100-500 per hour from Deboche onwards) ~ Extra Hot Water. (NPR 100-300 per liter from Deboche onwards) ~ Hot Shower. (NPR 300-500) ~ Everest Link WiFi Cards. (NPR 600 for 600MB) ~ Drinks, Travel Insurance, and anything else not mentioned in Inclusions.


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FAQS

Traveling to the mountains poses some inherent risks. As such, the best strategy is to prepare for the worst and then hope for the best.

PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS

The first thing to keep in mind is to see if you have pre-existing conditions that could cause complications at high altitudes. Specifically, suppose you have sickle cell disease, pulmonary hypertension, obesity hypoventilation syndrome, or congenital heart problems. In that case, we highly recommend you consult with a qualified physician before planning a trip to the mountains. Read more.

ALTITUDE-ILLNESS

Given the low amount of oxygen at high altitudes, a sensible ascent is essential to give your body the time to acclimate to the thin air. Failure to do so can lead to your lungs or brain filling up with water leading to death in some cases. The key is not to climb more than 500 meters in one day once you pass the 2,500 meters mark. Read more.

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS

Given the extreme weather in the high mountains, proper gear and regimen must have a safe and comfortable tour. The three most important things that you have to prepare for are cold, snow, and radiation. As such, invest in the right sunglasses, sunscreen, boots, and clothing. Read more.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We highly recommend everyone get travel insurance covering high altitude evacuation before leaving on a trek to the high mountains. Global Rescue and World Nomads are both highly recommended. For Nepali travelers, please note that insurance that covers helicopter rescue is not available as of now. As such, please be careful while planning your tour and only work with companies that can provide timely evacuation service if needed.

RESCUE AND EMERGENCY

As health facilities are limited in the mountains, a helicopter's evacuation is usually the only option during an emergency. As such, the right insurance provider is essential. If you are not buying insurance for some reason, please ensure that there is someone in Kathmandu who can coordinate payments for a helicopter rescue. Here are some other contacts that might come in handy during an emergency. If you still have questions, please feel free to call / whatsapp us at +977-9803759639 or email Ashish at busybee@honeyguideapps.com

HOW DO I MAKE A PAYMENT?

To confirm your tour, you will have to make complete payment either through one of your integrated payment gateways or transfer the funds to the following bank accounts:

For Nepali citizens:
Account Name:: HoneyGuide Pvt. Ltd. Beneficiary Bank: Himalayan Bank, Patan Branch Account Number: 00606903770018
For Indian Citizens:
For USD transfers
Account Name: HoneyGuide Apps, Inc. Bank Name: Silicon Valley Bank Account Number: 3302225311 Swift Code: SVBKUS6S ABA Routing Number: 121140399

BOOKING A TOUR

Deposit Required for Reservation: 50 percent of total tour cost Deadline for Full Payment: 2 weeks before the tour begins

CHANGING A TOUR

Two weeks before tour date: No extra charge 1 to 2 weeks before tour date: 10% additional charge Two days to 1 week between tour date: 20% additional charge Within two days of tour date: Above 30% (variable)

CANCELLING A TOUR

Two weeks before tour date: No charge (transaction charges may apply) One to two weeks before tour date: 20% Cancellation Charge Two days to one week between tour date: 50% Cancellation Charge Within two days of tour date: No Refund.

DELAYS AND CHANGES DURING THE TOUR

In case of flight delays/cancellations due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances, HoneyGuide will change the dates at no additional costs. However, any extra cost incurred, including but not limited to accommodation and food, will be the responsibility of the traveler.
In case of changes due to the trekker's health issues, HoneyGuide will make all the changes without any additional cost. However, any extra charge because of the changes will be the responsibility of the traveler.

While Nepal's mountains see six seasons, the best period to go to the mountains is from March-May and September-December. However, every season has its quirk, just like people. So keep reading to find your match.
For those going to Everest Region, do check out the Best time to go to Everest post.

January/February (Winter)

January/February is a good time for trekkers willing to brave the cold and snow for empty trails, fantastic mountain views, and wildlife sightings.

March/April (Spring)

This is a period that offers a little bit of everything: a little bit of mountain view, a little bit of warm weather, a little bit of flowers, a little bit of crowd, and a whole lot of fun.

May/June (Summer)

This is the best time for those into nature. The flowers are quite something this time of the year, and the bird activity is fantastic. The monsoon hasn't started, and as such, mornings are still clear with beautiful mountain views.

July/August (Monsoon)

Only for hardcore trekkers who are willing to put up with the elements for an authentic cultural experience and high altitude flowers. Also, flight disruptions are very likely, and chances of mountain views are close to zero.

September/October (Fall)

This period is everyone's darling, and the trails are as crowded as they can be. The mountain views are something to write home about, and the temperature is just perfect.

November/December (Pre-Winter)

Another popular period among trekkers and the driest two months in the calendar. Indeed it has gotten a bit nippy during the mornings and evenings, but it is still manageable. Count on a lot of sunshine and crystal clear mountain views.

The difficult thing with gear is to make sure you have enough without carrying too much. Whether you are walking or taking the helicopter, the most important thing is to layer up. As such inner thermals, shirts, fleece, a down jacket, and trousers are essential. A warm hat and a buff are beneficial. As for shoes, feel free to make your pick depending on the weather and altitude. Given the amount of UV up there, good sunscreen and sunglasses are also essential. Read more.

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    Going to the mountains
    is going home.’
    - John Muir
    Great things are done when
    men and mountains meet.’
    - William Blake
    There is no such thing as bad weather,
    only inappropriate clothing.’
    - Sir Ranulph Fiennes
    Going to the mountains
    is going home.’
    - John Muir
    Great things are done when
    men and mountains meet.’
    - William Blake
    There is no such thing as bad weather,
    only inappropriate clothing.’
    - Sir Ranulph Fiennes