Everest Three Pass Trek
Trekking in the Everest region can be the most challenging in Nepal because of the high altitude. The best time to trek in this region is from October to November and from March to May, when the weather is usually clear and at its best. The region looks colorful with different species of plants that bloom after the rainy season in June.This region is also the habitat for many animals; snow leopard, musk deer, Himalayan black bear and wild yak are among the major animals found in the region. This region also has numerous species of birds and reptiles. There is no doubt that this trek will be an exciting and adventurous journey for you. The towering snowcapped mountains and the spectacular scenes will make the hard walks worthwhile. This trek takes at least 19 days but some extra rest days can be incorporated if desired.
You will cross three high passes; Renjola pass (5435m), Chola pass (5420m) and Kongma-la Pass (5535m). This trek offers panoramas of the world's highest mountains and the trail passes through Sherpa villages so trekkers will experience the authentic life style of mountain people. Like other treks in the Everest region, this trek starts from Lukla after a 35 minute mountain flight from Kathmandu.
DAY 1: Arrival in Kathmandu Altitude: 1, 350m.
After the arrival of you're at Tribhuwan International Airport, our customer receiving member will greet with attractive preparations and will drive you up to the booked hotel from the means of your comfort. If your arrival is accurate as planned then, we will also take you to well-hygienic restaurant along with opportunity to take a short glimpse over the taste of foods, entertaining dances, etc. of different ethnic castes of Nepal and if the arrival is late then we may do this in next day. Next day morning, you will be taken to the head office and you will be told about your trekking routes, activities, destinations and their time periods briefly. Then, we will introduce you to your trekking guide.
DAY 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation: 1350m.
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks include the World Heritage Sites: the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Himalayan Glacier Trekking briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure
Day 3: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding: 35minute Lukla: 2800m & Phakding: 2610m 4 to 5 hours
According to the scheduled flight time, the guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport. The flight provides awesome views of different mountains. After you reach to Lukla, we will have a local or your desired dinner in the lodge. Today's trek starts through the stone paved trails towards Bhaisekharka. After getting in to the lodge at Phakding, you can fresh up or either hike to the Gompa.
Day 4: Trek to Namche: 3440m 5-6 hours
After an early breakfast, we will start our trek to Namche. The trail leads towards the suspension bridge and easy uphill to the Monju from where Sagarmatha National Park begins. After short National Park formalities, we will drop down to the river, cross another suspension bridge and continue walk to the high Hilary Bridge at the foundation of the hill. On the way you will have great view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Kusum Khangru and more with beautiful valley. We will stay overnight at a local Lodge.
Day 5: Namche Bazaar: 3440m Acclimatization Day
Today is an acclimatization day. As your body might have never experienced such a high altitude, your body must need some time to cope with the environment. But, you will get everything you need to spend a day at the Namche Bazaar. You can visit an old Sherpa village named Thamo to view their culture and tradition from a closer viewpoint. Remaining of the day you can explore Namche Bazzar where you can use Internet, visit National Park head office, Muesuem and monastery as per your interest and time.
Day 6: Trek to Thame: 3440m 3 to 4 hours
After breakfast at Namche, the trail leads to the old village called Thamo which is easy walk through the valley. After exploring the village, the trail leads continue to Thame. After lunch, we will rest a little while and explore the Sherpa village and its culture. There is small Hydro power where you can visit .
Day 7: Trek to Lumde: 4137m 4 to 5 hours
After an early breakfast, we will continue our trek to Lumde. The trail leads uphill to Lumde through the dry valley. It is an interesting walk with the enjoying views of the snow peaked mountains and the valley. Today you won't see Sherpa village because Thame is the last village of the valley.
Day 8: Trek to Gokyo via Ranjo la: 5465m 7-8 hours
Today, we will trek to Gokyo via Ranjo la after breakfast. The trail leads uphill for an hour and half and then easy walks for a while. At the end, there is hard climb to get to the top of the Renjo La from where you will have a splendid view of Mt. Everest with Mt.Nuptse and surrounding peaks. You will also see Gokyo Lake with breathtaking views. From the top of the Renjo La, the trail drops down to the Third Lake (Gokya Lake) and get in to the lodge.
Day 9: Trek to Thaknak: 4750m 3 hours
Today, we will have a short trek but despites, we will start earlier because we will have to walk through the longest glacier of the country called Ngozumpa glacier. There are many rocks on the way which has ice underneath. During the sunny day ice melts pretty fast so we should cross this glacier before the sun gets strong. Once you get in to the Thaknak, it would be better to climb up to the small hill for acclimatization.
Day 10: Trek to Zungla via Chola pass: 5367m 6-7 hours
Today can be said as the hardest day of the trek because it consists of steep climbing too. We will start our trek just after the breakfast. Then, the trail drops down to the bottom of the Chola. After that the trail leads you through the rock toward the top which is steep climbing. There are some Buddhist prayer flags on the top of the pass which has great views of the mountains.
Day 11: Trek to Gorekshep: 5,100m 5-6 hours
After having our breakfast, we will continue our trek as Gorakshep as our destination of the day through the rocky trail. On the way you will have great views of the Mt. Everest,Mt. Nuptse,Mt. Pumori and more. You will be able to see Khumbu Glacier on the way. After few up and downs, we will reach Gorakshep.
Day 12: Hike up to the Base Camp: 5,364m 6-7 hours
Today, we will hike up to the Everest Base Camp. This is a day which will fulfil your dreams to visit the base camp of the highest peak in the earth. The day trek might take about 6-7 hours with respect to the weather. You will be able to enjoy the surrounding views of the glacier and mountains. During the climbing season there will be many tents which make colorful looking around.
Day 13: Hike up to Kalapatthar: 5550m and trek to Lobuche: 4445m 6-7 hours
Today, we will start our day trek before breakfast. The trek might take about 2 hours up to kalapatthar(5550m),which is considered to be the greatest view point of the Everest region from which you can get splendid views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori , Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamerserku, Mera Peak and many more. After taking many photographs, we will trek down to the lodge at Gorekshep for breakfast and continue your walk down to Lobuche.
Day 14: Trek to Chukung : 4,730m via Kongma la pass :5535m 6-7 hours
Today, after having an early breakfast, we will start our day walking through the Khumbhu glacier towards east. After crossing the glacier and river the trail leads up to the pass which is the highest pass of this trip. After hard climb to the top, the trail drops steep down to the Chukung valley where our day ends.
Day 15: Trek to Tengboche: 3,860m 5-6 hours
Today is an easy day which is downhill through the valley. The trail continues leads down to the Dingboche then after the walking valley gets change through few Sherpa villages. After Pangboche village the trail drops down to the river and cross the bridge. Then, the trail leads up to the Tengboche where the oldest Monastery situated on the top of the hill.
Day 16: Trek to Namche: 3440m4-5 hours
Today your day starts walking steep downhill through the Rhododendron woodland. Once we get at the bottom of the hill, we will cross the bridge and steep climbing through the pine and Juniper forest to the Khumjung. After exploring the village at Khumjung, we will have Lunch and continue our walk to the Namche Bazzar.
Day 17: Trek to Lukla: 2,800m 6 to 7 hours
Today is, in fact, the last day of our trek. After fulfilling some formalities at the check-post of the National park at Monju, we will continue out walk to the Phakding for lunch. After that our last day of the trek continue to the Lukla
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu: 1350m35minute
Today, we will have an early flight to Kathmandu. We might probably have a morning flight. Once you are at the airport at Kathmandu, guide will assist to get in to your hotel by private vehicle.
After reaching the capital, you can visit the heritage sites of the valley, go for shopping for your relatives or just have some rest for your body.
Day 19: Departure your home cuntry
Our office representatives will escort you to the airport for your connecting flight home. It's been wonderful meeting you & knowing you all of these weeks. We are sure you've had the vacation of a lifetime & we hope you will pass on your experiences to the generations to come. We will remember you & also hope you will remember us in the days ahead. Take care!!! You can place any of your complaints, recommendations or suggestions regarding any matter
UPER BODY LAYERS
Walking t-shirt -2 merino wool, capilene or synthetic fabric over cotton t-shirt which is quick dry.
Sleeping t-shirt -1 it is can be cotton
Thermal base layers top -1mid weight long sleeved t-shirt of merino wool or polyester ,capilene or polartec power dry
Insulating layers -1mid wight fleece that can be worm over other layers
Fleece vest optional -advisable for those who feel cold
Rain jacket -1 essential
Down jacket -1 essential its very cold up high or depend how high are you going.
LOWER BODY LAYERS
Underwear - enough for trek (notice you can wash along them along the way)
Hiking trousers -2 quick dry and light wight trousers no cotton but zip offs are good.
Sleeping trousers 1 light wight yoga style evening sleeping but no jeans.
Trekking shorts -1 if no zips off trousers . below the knee for ladies.
Rain pants -1 advisable
Thermal long johns 1 for evening or sleeping.
Duffle bag pack 1 to store excess luggage in at hotel. but SHTT provides duffel bags for the duration of trek these are easier for the potters to cary.
Day pack with rain cover -1for cary your personal items during the treks eg camera and chocolate water.
Sleeping bags -1 3season (4season oct-feb).
Compression stuff sack -1 for sleeping bags.
Trekking boots -1 must be well worm and comfortable with ankle support.
Socks -3 good and worm enough
Flip flops or camp shoes-1 light wight for evening use.
Water bottles -2 one or two liters nalgene or sig style or a bladder as you like.
Water purification drops -1 it is cheep and easy to buy in kathmandu (piyous).
Lip balm -1 with SPF factors.
Sunglass -1 essential good uv protection.
Suncream we recommend SPF 30 greater.
Bandana -1 this useful for a variety of purposes.
Baseball head (cap) it is useful for sun during the hiking.
Worm woolen head -1 it is very useful evening and morning when we hike above the 3500m.
Flash light or head torch -1head light is best as it leaves your hand free and extra batteries.
Personal first aid kit -1 include any prescribed medication (should be your all personal medication).
Travel towel -1 light wight and compact.
Wash kit -1 travel itms for the trek.
Instant hand sanitizer -enough for trek and alcohol based for keeping your hand clean.
Camera with charge and enough batteries for your treks
Book or journal as you like.
Pack of cadrs for evening fun.
Trekking snacks enough for trekking and good selection available in kathmandu.
Toilet roll and rubbish bag it is very important we don’t leave rubbish in mountain.
Trekking poles optional advisable for anyone with knee issues.
Gloves worm enough.
Nack wormer \Buff.
A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR AND ATTITUDE IT IS ESSENTIAL -DONT COME WITHOUT IT NAMASTE .
All of above the equipment you can get cheaply in kathmandu.If you have any queries please feel free to ask.
We returned recently from a trip to Nepal. We had Sarki Sherpa as a porter guide on our trek from Jiri-Gokyo-Lukla. We hired him and a porter through an agency. I have no idea if he works alone also, or only through agencies. This was our first time trekking in Nepal, although we have had guides on Kilimanjaro and on the Inca Trail. Even though he was hired as a porter guide, in my opinion he acted as a guide, answering questions, giving lots of information, asking us if we had any questions for him, taking care of any business issues (signing us in at check points while we went ahead, he always caught up to us very quickly). He seemed to have lots of knowledge and does have a trekking guide permit (which he showed us). He had his friend as our porter and the friend also works as a guide. We hired a porter guide and a porter because my husband wanted to take his heavy camera equipment along with him and so we had too much stuff for 1 porter. We were a nice team doing everything together. I'm not sure if porters usually go along on "rest day" walks, but ours did.
Anyways Sarki is strong, fit, knowledgeable, always in a good mood, super helpful, not just with us, but I saw him helping out lots of local people on the way, very friendly to everyone and generous. When my husband and then I were weakened by intestinal issues, he easily carried our day pack in additional to his, claiming that he can carry 45 kg. easily. When a yak got stuck on the main bridge on the way back from NB, he helped out the yak and carried a heavy bag across the bridge for the yak driver (this is just two examples of his helpfulness, he often helped with the stoves in the dining rooms, and helped out the lodge owners with various tasks, helped people loading up yaks, etc.) When the agency didn't have a plane ticket from Lukla for our porter, he bought the porter a ticket, even though he wasn't sure he would be paid back (apparently he was paid back, according to him, and the agency). The day after our trek we went to his aunt's place in Kathmandu where he lives when he's there and had a nice afternoon and amazing momos!
His English vocabulary is very good as well as his grammar, but he needs to work a bit on his pronunciation, which I told him, and I think the agency we hired him through is planning to help him pay for English lessons. Sometimes it took awhile, but we always ended up understanding what he was saying in the end, and as the trek went on, it got easier. Based on texts and a couple emails, his written English is not very good, but knowing the context it's understandable, and way better than my Nepali, Sherpa, Tibetan and other dialects that he speaks.
Anyone interested can contact me via this forum, or email Sarki directly a soul himalaya treks (he told me it was ok if I left his email address on this site).
This is a first class company, the arrangements were perfect and the staff were knowledgeable, friendly and very efficient. Overall our group of 7 could not have been in better hands, a thoroughly enjoyable 3 weeks in the greatest of places, Nepal has all the scenery, culture and history you could wish for.Michael C Derby, United Kingdom
Three passes trek to Mt Everest
Three passes trek to Mt Everest
A fantastic trip along the three passes route to Everest base camp with Soul Himalayas in March 2018. We enjoyed the fabulous mountain scenery in the Himalayas, and learning all about the Buddhist culture and way of life. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly, always helpful and patient, and we felt very well looked after. I couldn't recommend this company more highly for their professionalism, their sense of humour, their flexibility, and their dedication to our safety and well being. I shall be back !!Susan J, UK
The Magnificent Seven do the Three Passes.
An amazing trip in a beautiful country. The staff were very experienced, kind and patient with us. They explained the way of life and the traditions of the Buddhist/Sherpa way of life which was fascinating. Nothing was too much trouble. They were jolly and cheerful when we were puffing and panting at altitude. The trip was completed with a wonderful cultural evening in Kathmandu. Would highly recommend this trip. Best wishes and thanks to Pemba, Sarki, Cemi, Chimmy and the rest of the crew.galliston69 Derby, United Kingdom