Everest Three Passes Trek with Best Recommended Company
Three Passes Trek Nepal is probably the ultimate high-altitude hiking journey in the Himalayas. It is an adventurous and equally scenic lifetime trip. The trail of three passes trek is in the Everest Region of Nepal. Three passes trek in Nepal takes you to cross over the three high passes in the world named Kongma La Pass (5535 meters/18159 feet), Cho La Pass (5368 meters/ 17612 feet), and Renjo La Pass (5360 meters/17585 feet).
Three Passes Trek in Nepal is technically not much difficult crossing the passes. But all this trail climbs over 5000 meters so it requires proper acclimatization to reduce the effects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Here the suggested hiking program is designed with consideration of this major issue.
Another remarkable feature of this journey is to be also at the Everest Base Camp, the foothill of the world’s tallest mountain, and hiking up Kalapathar as well as Gokyo Ri. Both of them are smaller peaks from where the awesome close-up view of Mount Everest and other towering peaks of the planet can be experienced.
The trekking route of the Everest Three Pass Journey is almost like the circuit of the Everest region. It covers all major highlights of Everest Himalayan territory from stunning views of gigantic mountains to awesome Himalayan glaciers and from serene glacial lakes to distinct alpine lifestyles and vegetation. So, without doubtful Three Passes Trek in Nepal, we also can say it by Everest Circuit Trek.
Three Passes Trek in Nepal starts from Lukla after 40 minutes mountain flight from Kathmandu following the classic route of Phakding, Namche Bazaar then towards Dingboche. From here it branches off Chhukung valley. Afterward, it rises with a climb to Kongma La Pass to Lobuche and Everest Base Camp.
Trekking continues over Cho La Pass to Gokyo Lake, then crosses the Renjo La Pass down to Thame. Subsequently following the classical trail it drops down to Lukla where this adventure trekking ends. From Lukla, it’s a flight back to Kathmandu to end the overall trip.
Which direction to follow counterclockwise or clockwise route of the Everest Three Passes Trek?
This is the common question of most trekkers. Three Passes Trek can be done clockwise as well as counterclockwise from Namche Bazaar. The given itinerary is counterclockwise which most of the trekkers follow. The main reason why trekkers follow counterclockwise is the route (from Namche to Thame is the clockwise route) takes you to the first high pass (Renjo La which is above 5000 meters) in just a few days. This could be risky in terms of altitude sickness. In the counterclockwise, you follow the EBC trail all the way to Dingboche, and then from there, take the path that goes to the first pass, Khongma-la. This route might be a good alternative for better acclimatization and avoiding altitude sickness. The next reason is the duration of counterclockwise trekking is shorter by 1 to 2 days than clockwise. The third reason is sometimes because of the snow the passes become unpassable. Even though such a scenario, in the counter wise itinerary, you do not miss visiting Everest Base Camp. These are the reasons why we recommend a counterclockwise itinerary of Three Passes Trek.
Why Excellent Himalaya Trek Company for Three Passes Trek
Excellent Himalaya Trek and Expedition is familiar as the top-rated company among many agencies for Three Passes Trek because of its below salient features:
Run by Local Experts: As a local travel operator, we know well about the route of Three Passes Trek and its surroundings. We know the best way of trekking at the route of Three Passes and get you also the same way.
Great Success Rate & Trustworthy: We are a trustworthy Trekking Company for Three Passes Trek in the sense that we are operating all Three Passes Trek based on reality, integrity, and honesty.
Focus on your needs: We highly value all trekkers and are responsive to their needs and preferences. Our Three Passes Trek package is customizable according to their interests and plan.
Good Value for money: We provide the value of what you are buying of our services at least equal to the amount you are paying. Our price is always competitive that does not have any middle or hidden fees.
Real Cared Services: Our one travel consultant or our local trekking guide keeps in touch with our clients every time. We make sure their protection is guaranteed so that they will have peace of mind while trekking to Three Passes with us.
About the Trip Date of Everest Pass Trek
The best time for Everest Three Passes Trekking is from mid-September to the end of November and from mid-March to mid-June. During the mentioned months the weather becomes pleasant with clear skies and temperatures at higher places are more bearable. In winter and during the monsoon months flights are frequently canceled because of poor visibility at the Lukla airstrip. The most serious obstacle of trekking in winter is cold weather and high passes are filled with snow. Consequently, it’s very difficult to find out the trail.
The trip date of Everest Three Passes Trekking will be on any date on which you feel comfortable. We organize this trekking as your private trip.
ITINERARY OF THREE PASSES TREK EVEREST
|Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. After your arrival at the airport, you will be met and welcomed by our Tour officer. Then he will transfer you to the hotel by our car. Orientation of the trip in the hotel. O/n Hotel in Kathmandu.|
|Day 02: Morning flight to Lukla (2804m/9199ft). Trekking from Lukla to Phakding (Alt. 2610m/8563ft). Walking 4 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.|
|Day 03: Trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (Alt. 3441m/11289ft). Walking 6 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.|
|Day 04: Day for Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar. Day trip to Shyangboche and Khumjung Village (Alt. 3780m/12402ft) and trek back to Namche Bazaar. Walking 5 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.|
|Day 05: Trekking from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (Alt. 3860m/12664ft). Walking 6 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.|
|Day 06: Trekking from Tengboche to Dingboche (Alt. 4350m/14272ft). Walking 6 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.|
|Day 7: Trekking from Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m/15518ft). Walking 4 hours. O/n at Tea House.|
|Day 8: Acclimatization day at Chhukung. You may climb Chhukung Ri and back to Chhukung. Walking 4 hours. O/n at Tea House.|
|Day 9: Trekking from Chhukung to Lobuche (Alt.4910m/4910ft) crossing Kongma La Pass (5535m/18159ft). Walking 8 to 9 hours. O/n at Tea House.|
|Day 10: Trekking from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (Alt. 5365m/17602ft) then back to Gorak Shep. Walking 7 to 8 hours. O/n at Tea House.|
|Day 11: Early in the morning hike up to Kalapatthar (Alt. 5555m/18225ft) then trek down to Dzongla (4830m/15850ft). Walking 7 to 8 hours. O/n at Tea House.|
|Day 12: Trek from Dzongla to Thangnak (4850m/15912ft) crossing Cho La Pass (5330 m/17487ft). Walking 7 to 8 hours. O/n at Tea House.|
|Day 13: Trek from Thangnak to Gokyo Lake (4750m/15584ft). Walking 4 hours. O/n at Tea House.|
|Day 14: Hike up Gokyo Ri (5357m/17575 ft) & rest day in Gokyo. Walking 3/4 hrs. O/n at Tea House.|
|Day 15: Trekking from Gokyo to Marlung (4210m/13810ft) crossing Renjo La Pass (5360m/17585ft). Walking 8 to 9 hrs. O/n at Tea House.|
|Day 16: Trekking from Marlung to Namche Bazaar (Alt. 3441m/11289ft). Walking 6 to 7 hours. O/n at Tea House.|
|Day 17: Trekking from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (Alt.2804m/9199ft). Walking 7 to 8 hours. O/n at Tea House.|
|Day 18: Flight back from Lukla. In the evening complimentary farewell dinner at an authentic Nepalese Restaurant in Kathmandu with cultural dances of different communities of Nepal. O/n Hotel in Kathmandu.|
|Day 19: Departure to home country. Our tour officer will drop you at the airport and see you off. End of Service.|
COST OF THREE PASSES TREK EVEREST
|Silver Package Price||Gold Package Price|
|USD 1390 Per Person||USD 1495 Per Person|
The Services inclusive in the above Packages:
|Services Name:||Silver Price||Gold Price|
|Airport pick-up on arrival day||By Car/ Van||By Car/ Van|
|2-night Hotel in Kathmandu (1 night before Lukla, 1 night after Lukla)||Tourist Standard Hotel||Tourist Standard Hotel|
|Meal in Kathmandu||Breakfast||Breakfast|
|12-night Accommodation during Trekking||Mountain Lodge/ Tea House||Mountain Lodge/ Tea House|
|Meal during Trekking||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
|Experience Trekking Guide||Yes||Yes|
|Lukla Flight Both Way||(Flight Ticket)- Yes||(Flight Ticket)- Yes|
|Trekking Permit Fee||Yes||Yes|
|Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee||Yes||Yes|
|First Aid Medicine and Oximeter||Yes||Yes|
|Trekking Map for Group||Yes||Yes|
|Meal, Salary, Accommodation, Insurance of Trekking Staff||Yes||Yes|
|Dinner with Cultural Show on the last night of the Trip in Kathmandu||Yes||Yes|
|Local and Government Taxes||Yes||Yes|
|Airport drop on departure day||By Car/ Van||By Car/ Van|
The Services exclusive in both Packages:
1. Nepal visa fee (USD 30 for 15 days/ USD 50 for 30 days period). You can get a Nepal visa on your arrival time at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
2. Airfare for your international flight.
3. Your travel insurance which includes evacuation.
4. Alcoholic beverages, hot and cold drinks, bottled water, boiled water, and dessert.
5. All kinds of personal expenses like phone calls, internet use, laundry, hot shower during trekking, battery charge, excess baggage charge in flight, etc.
6. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu “except farewell dinner in Kathmandu”.
7. In case of emergency, the cost of helicopter rescue/ evacuation.
8. Tips for Trekking Staff.
9. Any expenses arising due to unforeseen situations like personal sickness, natural calamities, political strikes, flight cancellation, etc.
10. Cost of any extra services if you use which not mentioned in the package price.
I. Porter will be provided only in Gold Price. As usual, a porter is provided based on 1 porter for 2 trekkers. 1 porter carries the baggage of two trekkers with a maximum total weight limit of 25 kg.
II. The above cost is on a Per Person basis for a minimum group size of two persons.
III. If you are single and want to Solo Trek. We also organize Everest Base Camp Trek for solo trekkers. For the solo trekker, we have a separate special price. Please contact us for the price of Solo Trekking.
IV. Costs are not refundable and transferable if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek earlier than scheduled.
Please contact us by email at [email protected] or WhatsApp at +977 9851203181 for any further information about Three Passes Trek Everest, or if any questions. Once we receive your message, we get back to you within 24 hours.
PACKING LIST FOR THREE PASSES TREK EVEREST
This is a basic checklist of the essential items that you should not forget to bring with you during your Three Passes Trek Everest:
• A sturdy pair of trekking boots with good ankle support
• Rucksack or daypack (50 to 65 liters) with waterproof cover
• Trekking pants and waterproof trousers
• T-shirts or shirts
• Down jacket*
• Wind/ waterproof light jacket
• Fleece jumper or jacket
• Inner Thermal (top and trousers)
• 4 to 6 pairs of Socks and underwear
• Sunglasses, sun hat, woolen cap, or balaclava
• Inner and outer gloves
• Headlamp, power bank, and extra batteries
• Sun protection cream, lip balm, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer
• Towel, flip-flop or rubber sandal, toiletries
• One-litre water bottle and water purification tablets
• 4 season Sleeping bag (good to -20 degrees C or 28 degrees F); *
• Hiking poles, if you need
• Your daily medicine if any, small personal first aid kit, aspirin, plasters (band-aids), anti-diarrhea pills, anti-headache pills, cough or cold medicine, anti-altitude sickness pills (Diamox or Acetazolamide), etc.
• A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables
*Down jacket and sleeping bag you can rent/hire from Trekking gear shops in Kathmandu
Our tour officer will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu. He/She will be displaying play card with your name written in it outside the airport terminal. He will meet, greet and welcome you with auspicious garland and escort you to your respective hotel by our private tourist vehicle. At the hotel, he will assist you to check-in and do a pre-trip meeting with you. You will be briefed about your overall program, introduced your guide and clear your questions/queries if any. During the meeting please clear the due balance and handover a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. Overnight at the hotel.
Early morning you will be picked up at the hotel by our guide and escort you to board the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. During the 40 minutes, you enjoy stunning views of Himalayas. After landing at Tenzing-Hilary airport you meet your porter. He will carry your luggage. Then you start your trekking. Today you trek of three hours. It’s easy and gentle. The trail starts passing a Kani (ceremonial gatehouse). It descends steeply then runs level above Kyangma village, which has a large gompa (monastery) and school. After that, you enter Cheplung village. The trail descends through community forest with the sight of Dudh Koshi River. Crossing suspension bridge it’s a short climb around the ridge to Ghat. Leaving Ghat the trail passes a school and complex of mani walls, chortens and prayer wheels. Then the trail climbs to the hamlet of Chhuthawa. From Chhuthawa after a short walk, you reach to Phakding. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
After breakfast, you continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. Continuing up the Dudh Koshi valley you will reach a cluster of local Bhatti (porter rest houses) and a small hydroelectric project. The trail climbs up over the ridge and pines to the small village of Toktok. You will soon get your first view of Thamserku peak (6608m). The trail again climbs steeply around the ridge and reach Benkar. Here you find waterfalls. Leaving Benkar the trail crosses east bank of Dudh Koshi River over suspension bridge and heads to Chumoa. From Chumoa it’s another steep climb to the outskirts of Monjo village. Just above the Monjo, there is checkpoint for Sagarmatha National Park. Your trekking card is checked here. Afterward, the trail cuts across to the west bank of the Dudh Koshi River on another suspension bridge and runs to Jorsale. Above Jorsale you follow the river bank over gravel before climbing to the forest. You will see flowing together of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers. From here it continues ascent through dense pine forests and then eventually enters to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Today you stay at Namche Bazaar to avoid symptoms of Altitude Sickness (AMS). This doesn’t mean you have to stop walking. You hike up the Shyangboche. You cross grass airstrip at Shyangboche and walk towards the Everest View Hotel, the highest hotel in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. From here you can have a good view of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks. Then you continue walking to Khumjung, the largest Sherpa village in Everest region which sprawls below the peak of Khumbila (5761m). The houses here are large and ostentatious and many locals own tracts of land further north along the valley. You visit Khumjung Gompa. One of the treasures kept here is a Yeti Skull. From the flat area in front of the Gompa, there are views east to Amadablam, Thamserku, and Khumbila. After the visit of Khumjung village, you return directly to Namche Bazaar following the path behind the village school. Today you will have also option to visit Sagarmatha National Park Visitor center where you can see some well-preserved displays on Himalayan flora and fauna and the culture of Sherpa people. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
After breakfast, you follow the path by the giant mani in Chhorkung and trek north around the long ridge. At the end of the bluff is a viewpoint over a panorama of Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Everest. Then trail reaches Kyangjuma. After short walk, it takes to trail junction at Sanasa. You follow the trail to Tengboche runs gently downhill towards the river traversing Lawichasa, Tashinga, and Phunki Thenga. Then it crosses the river on the bridge. From here the trail climbs past some water powered prayer wheels and begins a sustained climb through a forest of rhododendrons. On the way, there are many porter rest stops. Eventually, you will reach to Kani and a pair of chortens and arrive at Tengboche. The major attraction of this place is Tengboche Gompa. Inside the monastery are incredibly elaborate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Your day starts with following the trail through conifers and rhododendrons forest. The trail sooner reaches Debuche. Then the path continues through rhododendron forests to Milinggo. From here the trail descends steeply to the suspension bridge over Imja Khola. Crossing the bridge it climbs. You find the good photo shooting place of beautiful Stupa mirroring towering Ama Dablam. Afterward, you will soon arrive at Pangboche. Leaving Pangboche the trail climbs above the tree line and enters the arid landscape of alpine meadows. It follows the path of Imja Khola (stream) and passes Shomare and Orsho. After Orsho the trail splits. You will follow the lower path along the west bank of Imja Khola that leads to Dingboche. From Dingboche, you can have good views of Island Peak, Peak 38 and Lhotse. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Today you trek to Chhukung at the head of Imja valley. Leaving Dingboche you follow the path through Imja Khola. As the trail climbs above the stream you see the ridge of Amphu Lapcha. It’s a steady climb over barren moraines to a series of stepping stones over the Nilyang Khola and a teashop at Bibre. From here beyond a terminal moraine wall, you see the Island Peak (Imja Tse), one of the most popular trekking peaks. After a short while walking a side trail turns off along the valley of Niyang Khola towards the Kongmala pass. About half an hour walking from Bibre you will reach Chhukung. There are glaciers and giant snowy mountains all around this place. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Today you stay another night in Chhukung. Tomorrow as you setting off for the Kongma La pass it is highly recommended to stay an extra night here. For the acclimatization process after breakfast, our guide take you climbing to Chhukung Ri (5546m) or to the base camp of Island peak. It’s great hiking up Chhukung Ri. From its summit, you get spectacular mountain views of Ama Dablam, Baruntse, and Makalu. The ascent of Island Peak base camp is along the Lhotse glacier passing the puffy water of Imja Khola. From the base camp south face of Lhotse, Amphu Lapcha Pass and eastern face of Ama Dablam can be seen. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Today you are going to cross Kongma La, the highest pass of the trip today. Since on the way, there are no Lodges, our guide brings a packed lunch from the lodge in Chukung. He suggests you carry a lot of water. Ahead there are two trails both going towards the same pass. You can climb the hill northwest of Nuptse Glacier or walk back down the valley to Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. The two trails meet on the hillside above Bibre after half an hour walk. From here the trail ascends along the east side of Niyang Khola..After passing a bluff it enters a wide basin dotted with small frozen lakes. Away from the largest lake the trail rises over loose scree and reaches Kongma La Pass. At the pass, you see prayer flags. Standing here look at icy lakes and frozen ridges. Besides you can also see Italian Pyramid beneath the rocky crag of Awi Peak (5245m). After that, you drop down the scree for two hours to the solid ground on the edge of the moraine. This descent is the most difficult stage of the trek. Then you across the glacier following the footprints and stone cairns and climb the moraine on the far side where a clear trail runs north to Lobuche. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Today your trek begins following narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain wall past the Italian Pyramid. The route of the path changes regularly as the edge of the moraine tumbles into the glacier. To find the trail look for cairns of stones left as markers and hoof prints and dung left by yak trains. After rounding the trail you will have your first views of Kalapathar (5545m). As you climb to take the time to detour to the edge of the moraine to look out over the Khumbu Glacier. Then the trail passes Changri Shar Glacier and reaches at Gorak Shep, flat sandy bowls at the foot of Kalapathar. You continue walking to Everest Base Camp following the path across the Khumbu Glacier. Everest Base Camp is at the bottom of the Khumbu Icefall at 5365m. Visiting Everest Base Camp you trek back to Gorakshep for night halt. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Wake up early in the morning then hike up to Kalapathar through grassy ridge above the Gorak Shep. It takes one and half hour to two hours to reach the summit which is marked by prayer flags. As you climb it the peak of Pumori looms dramatically ahead. By climbing 200 m you will find yourself in front of world’s definitive mountain views- 360-degree panorama of Himalayan giants from Pumori and Lobuche to Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest. From this elevation the true height of Everest becomes clear. The entire south face of Everest is visible. After taking photos this world class scenery you back down to Gorakshep. Then, you retrace your steps to Lobuche. From Lobuche you continue trek to Dzongla to follow Cho La Pass.Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Today is the tough day of your trekking. Leave Dzongla early in the morning. In the beginning, it is a gentle stroll between snowy peaks. Then the trail runs east passing ominous looking black rock beneath the Cholatse peak. After crossing several streams the trail rises passing to the right two claws shaped peaks. As you gain the ridge the broken face of the Cho La Glacier rises ahead. If there is not snow you can pick out the route across the icefall using the footprints of other trekkers. Eventually, about three hours of setting off you reach Cho La pass (5368m) marked by prayer flags at the edge of the glacier. From the pass, you can see peaks of Cholatse, Amadablam, the Ngozumpa glacier and Kyajo Ri. Then you follow the path down to Thangnak. Although it’s long, it can be easily made because it is just decent. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
From Thangnak the trail brings you to the edge of the Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas. This part of the trail changes every season as the ice shifts and melts. Stone cairns and footprints mark the way. After reaching the other side of the glacier you see the second lake of Gokyo valley. From here it is a short distance to Gokyo village. This village is on the edge of Gokyo Lake where you stay for night halt. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Early in the morning, you go for up hike up Gokyo Ri. You follow the path crosses the stream at the north end of the village then climbs for two hours to prayer flags at the top of the hill. From the summit, you have astonishing panoramic views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse and Taboche with the Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas. From here you see the Gokyo village is a tiny dot on the side of the moraine and the Gokyo lake is a giant green pond. After enjoy this great view you slowly down to your mountain lodge and take a rest. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Today you need to start your trekking early in the morning (at dawn). You follow the path that climbs gently above the north shore of the Gokyo lake and then zigzags precariously up a finger of gray scree. It crosses the ridge to the right of the pyramid shaped peak. The final stage to the pass is almost vertical climb on a perilous looking path. About four hours leaving Gokyo you will reach the Renjo La pass. From here you will see Gokyo village glinting distantly on the shore of the lake beneath Ngozumpa glacier. He can also see the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, and Taboche. Crossing the pass the trail descends down a stone staircase to the Angladumba Tsho, the small serene lake. Afterward, it drops down to Lungden. From Lungden you continue additional 40 minutes walking to reach Marlung which is located on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi River. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
From Marlung the trail descends to Thame. This is a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. Below Marlung the crosses the Bhote Kosi and descend to Taranga. Leaving this place the trail drops into the valley of Langmuche Khola. This stream drains down from Dig Tsho, the glacial lake that burst its banks in 1985 that caused devastating floods along the Dudh Kosi Valley to moraine to Thame. It’s a gentle stroll down the valley to Thame. This village is set among alpine meadows beneath the mountain wall of Kongde Ri. It’s worth to visit Thame Gompa which established some 325 years ago contains three big images of Chenresig (Avalokitesvara), Guru Rimpoche, Buddha Sakyamuni. Here also the colorful Mani Rimdu festival is celebrated in May. Then you climb down after crossing a bridge and arrive at Samde. After enjoying breathtaking views you follow the path that steeply descends to Thamo village The Khari Gompa, monastery, is located here. Ahead you pass through check post and arrive at world’s highest hydroelectric power station built on Austrian help. Then after you reach to Phurte, a small village which has Laudo monastery is run by Kopan Monastery of Kathmandu for Buddhist study and meditation center. After that, you pass through some Gompas, colorful prayer flags, mani stones and chortens to reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
From Namche Bazaar, you follow the steeply downward path. Once you cross the high suspension bridge the trail runs mostly level to Josale and then climbs to Monjo where your trekking card will be checked out. Then it’s an easy run through Benkar and Phakding to Lukla. After arriving at Lukla it ends your overall trek. Most trekkers make a celebration of finishing their trekking with their guide and crew members at Lukla. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Early in the morning, you move to Tenzing-Hillary airport. Then catch once again that scenic mountain flight from Lukla. Then you will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. You have free time rest of the day. You can have a hot shower, spa for relaxing your body in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
The trip concludes today. Our tour officer will drop you at Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
All foreign nationals except Indian Nationals are required to arrange a visa in order to enter Nepal. A Nepalese Visa can be obtained either prior to your arrival at a Nepalese embassy abroad or on arrival time in Kathmandu at the airport. But nationals from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia cannot secure the Nepalese Visa upon arrival. The Visa can be also taken at entry points at Nepalese borders. For Nepalese Visa it requires your passport with at least six months validity, recent digital photo (size: 1.5″ x 1.5″) and the following fees either in USD dollars cash or the equivalent local currency:
|Multiple entry||15 days||US$ 30 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entry||30 days||US$ 50 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entry||90 days||US$ 125 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
We would offer you the meeting and greeting service in Kathmandu International Airport on your arrival time. For this, you need to pass us your International flight details at least 2 days before your arrival date in Kathmandu. After you get down from the aircraft you just pass on the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see our tour officer standing with your name card. He will greet and welcome you with auspicious garland and escort you to the hotel.
Trekking to Everest Three Passes does not require tremendous logistics in terms of accommodation as you will find plenty of clean and friendly lodges along the trail. Lodges typically offer a room with a wooden bed with a simple mattress or foam pad, a cotton pillow, and a blanket or quilt. They have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We will accommodate you and your group in local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required rooms for you (here rooms cannot be booked in advance).
In the case of Kathmandu, we offer you tourist standard hotel unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice.
In the trail of Everest Three Passes Trekking it’s commonly available for Authentic Nepali meal: Dal Bhat (rice with lentils soup and seasonable vegetables), noodles, pasta, chapatis, eggs, French fries, porridge, and muesli. The restaurant of lodges also serves Tibetan foods like momo, thukpa, chowmein, along with pizza, spring rolls, pancake and another continental as well as Indian foods.
Tea and hot lemon are traditionally the main drinks on the trail though coffee is found everywhere. Bottled soft drinks, bottled water, and even beer are common along the route but the price of each bottle rises each day when you move upward.
The trekking team who will go with you is the most significant thing that makes your Everest Three Pass Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable. We would provide you skilled, experienced, courteous, knowledgeable and helpful trekking guide and porters. The trekking guide leads you on the trail and brief you all the about this route and porters carry your luggage. Our all trekking guides are carefully selected in terms of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and their knowledge about local culture, ecosystem, geography, flora and fauna, and history. With aim of sustaining local communities, we only employ local people as trekking guide and porter. Our all trekking guides are certified by Nepal Government, Ministry of Tourism. We manage trekking team such a way that one trekking guide in each group and porters like one porter for two trekkers.
During the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porters or pack animals (usually yaks or cross-breeds). You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sunscreen, spare jacket, etc. – a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room in Kathmandu for free of charge.
Every morning, first of all, packing your bags and then have a hearty breakfast at the lodge restaurant. Then set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours you all stop for lunch in local restaurant. Then continue walking to your destination. After lunch, it’s the only couple of hours walking. You usually arrive at your destination in the time of afternoon tea. Check in at the lodge. The rest of the day is at leisure. At the free time, you may explore surrounding village, do a bit of washing or simply relax by reading books and writing a diary. On some days you will arrive at your destination by lunch time and entire afternoon will be free. Most people also spend free time by playing cards and other games reliving the day’s adventures. Then in the evening have a dinner and you will be briefed by your trekking guide about your next day’s walking and then go to your bed for well-earned sleep.
Everest Three Pass Trekking is strenuous trek suitable for passionate walkers who able to walk at least 7-9 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination, you can do this trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no compulsorily required for this trip. It is vital for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip.
At high elevations, the combination of reduced oxygen and lower atmospheric pressure can produce a variety of unpredictable effects on the body, known collectively as Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is also commonly known as Altitude Sickness. Everyone who treks over 3500 m experiences some mild symptoms of AMS like slowness, dizziness, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, racing pulse, disturbed sleep and swelling of the hands and feet but serious cases are very rare. The golden rule of prevention from Altitude Sickness is don’t walk too fast at altitude, drink plenty of liquids, eating well, getting plenty of sleep and avoiding alcohol. If in case you feel any mentioned symptoms the simple cure is move down (descend) and you shouldn’t ascend further until you start feeling better. To treat AMS there is also available medication Acetazolamide (better known under the brand name Diamox). The dosage is 250 mg every twelve hours. Diamox improves respiration at altitude and can therefore accelerate acclimatization. Some doctors recommend a preventive dose (125 mg twice a day) for people trekking at high elevations. At the time of trekking our trekking team always guides you to prevent from Altitude Sickness and they always have Dimox along with first aid kit.
We believe casualty and a serious sickness will not happen on the trip. If it happens we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since all the expenses incurred in evacuation liable to you please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.
We strongly advise you to take travel insurance before joining a tour which should cover medical expenses, emergency repatriation and helicopter evacuation at high altitude places and loss of your luggage. We would request you to bring your insurance documents when you come to Nepal.
The following list is a guideline to help you pack for your trekking. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg or 33 pounds. Remember that your luggage will be carried by our porter. However, you are required to carry a small day- pack with your valuables or anything important. We advise you pack only what is necessary.
Important Items : Airline tickets; Valid passport; 2 extra passport size photos; Photocopy of your passport; Insurance paper; Dollars, Pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying at restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks and to purchase your own drinks and gifts; Credit Card (Visa/ Mater Card) for withdrawing cash from cash machines if needs.
For Head: Sun Hat; Bandana or head scarf; Headlamp with extra batteries; Sun Glasses with UV protection.
For Upper Body: Shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves); Lightweight thermal tops; Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater; Wind Cheater jacket; Down Jacket
For Lower Body: 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms; 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers; 1 pair of waterproof shell pants and 1 pair of hiking trousers.
For Hands: 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves and 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
For Feet: 2 pairs of thin inner socks; 2 pairs of poly or wool socks; 1 pair of Hiking boots (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support); 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals.
Medical: Your daily taking medicine if any; small personal first aid kit; Aspirin, plasters (band-aids); Sunscreen; lip balms; Anti-diarrhea pills; Anti-headache pills; A cough and/or cold medicine; Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide; Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin.
Other Useful Items: 1 sleeping bag (good to -20 degrees C or 28 degrees F); Rucksack and Travel Bags; 1 large duffel bag *; A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables; Small padlocks for duffel- bags; 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional); Digital camera; 2 water bottles (1 liter each); disposable rubbish sacks; Toiletries: 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel; Toothbrush/paste; Multi-purpose soap; Deodorants; Nail clippers; Face and body moisturizer; Tissue /toilet roll; hiking poles, snack food (chocolate/ biscuits); umbrella; reading book or pack of cards (for leisure time during trekking).
The itinerary for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trip ending should always coincide with the original itinerary.
Kindly keep in mind that sometimes unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.
In Everest region as you climb through the hills mixed deciduous forests and scattered rice terraces give way to pine forests, then rhododendrons, then scrub junipers, before finally, the only vegetation is low alpine shrubs and grasses. As you walk, scan the skies and the undergrowth for golden eagles and the spectacular Himalayan Monal (danphe or impeyan pheasant) with its regal, shimmering green, blue and purple plumage. In forested areas around Namche Bazaar, Thame, Phortse, and Tengboche keep your eyes peeled for Himalayan Thar and musk deer often spotted beside trails early in the morning. You may also hear the strange hoarse call of the muntjac or barking deer. Everest is also home to both leopards and snow leopards and allegedly the fearsome yeti.
Naturally Everest Region is so beautiful but equally, it is fragile as well. Increasing population density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of this area. We at Silver Himalaya Adventures are extremely conscious about protecting its beautiful natural environment and preserving the fascinating local culture. We are doing our level best to minimize our impact as much as possible. Our all trekking guides and porters are well trained and motivated to following guidelines of responsible tourism and eco-friendly tourism. In trekking, they also advise you do’s and don’ts to minimize your impact on the local environment.
In addition to your Trekking trip, you can join in various side Trips in Nepal like a cultural tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Jungle Safari in National Park, White Water Rafting in Himalayan Rivers, Golfing, Adventure activities like Bungee Jumping, Altra Light Flight, Paragliding, Jeep flyer etc. You also can extend your trip to neighboring Himalayan Countries: Bhutan, Tibet, Sikkim (India) which seems more appealing to you. On your request, we will give you the detail of the side trips.