Everest Base Camp 3 High Passes and Lakes Trek

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  • Duration: 20 Days
  • Max Altitude: 5,545m/18,192ft
  • Difficulty Level : Strenuous
  • Arrival City : Kathmandu
  • Departure City : Kathmandu
  • Meals: 19 Breakfast, 16 Lunch , 18 Dinner
  • Accommodation: 4 Star Hotel and Teahouse during Trek

Everest Base Camp 3 High Passes and Lakes Trek is strenuous yet very rewarding trek meant for adventure lovers who like to go for challenging treks. In this trip we cross 3 high passes in the Everest region – Kongma La Pass (5,535/18,159ft), Cho La Pass (5420m/17,782ft) and Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,520ft) and climb to  Everest Base Camp, Kalapathhar, Gokyo Ri, Chhukung and tour Gokyo Lakes. 

Trip Highlights

  • Visit 4 World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  •  Stunning views of highest peaks and Sherpa Villages and their culture 
  •  Scenic flight from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Climb Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar and 3 High Passes
  • Tour of Gokyo Lakes

Trip Cost Includes

  • 4 Star Hotel Accommodation for 3 Nights in Kathmandu
  •  Best available teahouses with attached washrooms during trek for 16 Nights
  •  Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu Round Trip Flight 
  •  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trek and Breakfast in Kathmandu
  •  Welcome and Farewell Dinner in a Traditional Nepalese Restaurant in Kathmandu
  •  Highly experienced trekking guide and 1 Porter for 2 trekkers
  •  Sagarmatha National Park Permit, TIMS Permit and Local Govt. Tax at Lukla
  •  All ground transportation/airport pick up drop will be in comfortable private vehicles
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • All government and Local Taxes
  • Guided Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour on Day 2
  • Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket and Eve Holidays Duffel Bag [to be returned after trek]
  • Eve Holidays T Shirt and Route Map

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Tips, drinks and Personal expenses (Laundry, battery recharge, bottle water, shower etc)
  • Meals in Kathmandu not mentioned in itinerary
  • Monument entry fee on day 2

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300 meters)

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: 4 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Kathmandu Durbar Square: is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. The two-hectare palace complex is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum, dedicated to the monarch who opened up Nepal to the outside world. At the southern end of Durbar Square is the Kumari Chowk. The gilded cage has the Kumari, a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. Kashtamandap is the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree.

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. 

Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is 6 km from Kathmandu city and just a few hundred meters from the end of the runway at Tribhuwan International Airport. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.

BoudhnathStupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible.

Overnight: 4 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 3 : Fly to Lukla (2,800 meters); Trek to Phakding (2,652 meters/8700feet) 3-4hrs

We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m), and set off on the first leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the DudhKosi. We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,652m), where we spend our first night.

Overnight: Lodge in Phakding

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : Trek to Namche (3,450 meters) 5-6 hrs

From Phakding, we cross through suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. You then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, you get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market, a meeting place for the traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 : Rest day in Namche (3,450 meters)

Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you can do a strenuous day walk to a higher altitude, coming back down to Namche for sleep.

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 : Trek to Tengboche (3,870 meters) 5-6 hrs

After breakfast we start our trek further to Tengboche. Tengboche is famous for its celebrated monastery, the largest in the Khumbu where lots of visitors come for traditional yoga and meditations. From Tengboche we can see nice views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse and Mount Ama dablam.

Overnight: Lodge in Tengboche

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 : Trek to Dingboche (4,360 meters) 5-6hrs

We descend through the forest to Devoche and a little further on we cross the rushing Imja River, whose valley we now follow. Climbing steadily the trail enters Pangboche, at 3,900m, the highest permanent settlement in this valley. Ascending the valley we have lunch at Shomore, after which we leave the trees behind and cross a wooden bridge at the confluence of the Khumbu and Imja River, A short steep climb brings us to Dingboche, at 4,530m, a summer settlement where great peaks surround us.

Overnight: Lodge in Dingboche

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 : Acclimatization at Dingboche (4,360 meters)

Rest days are for acclimatization of body to high altitude. So we take short walks around and enjoy the views.

Overnight: Lodge in Dingboche

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Dingboche to Chhukung (4750m/15,580 ft), climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m): 14km, 6 – 7 hour

Todays’ trail passes passes through stone-walled fields and Imja River valley before and reach glacier moraines amidst towering Himalayas. We continue our walk to the Bibre, a place of yak herdmen. The trail ahead is intersected by icy streams. Crossing the icy streams instersection half an hour walk takes us to Chhukung village, where we have lunch and some rest. Then continue our trek to Chhukung Ri, from where we get stunning views of Ama Dablam and Amphu Lapcha peaks.

Overnight: Lodge in Chhukung

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Cross to Kongma La pass (5535m/18,159ft), trek to Lobuche (4940m/16,210ft): 10km, 6 - 7 hours

Today we start early because this is the day when we cross through first high pass Kongma La Pass [one also has the option of skipping this pass if they want to avoid strenuous Konngma La Pass. Trekkers can walk directly to Lobuche from Chhukung]. The top of the Kongma La pass is marked by cairns and Buddhist prayer flags. The descent from Kongma La Pass is the toughest part of todays hike. We climb a moraine and turn north through Khumbu glacier to Lobuche.

Overnight: Lodge in Lobuche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 13km, 6-7 hours

About three hours beyond Lobuche we reach GorakShep (5,220m/17,126ft), the site of the 1953 expedition’s base camp. Contouring along the valley side, the trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble. After about 3 hours we will eventually reach base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. For those visiting base camp in the spring, it is a chance to meet teams making an ascent of the mountain. Base Camp is actually spread over quite a wide area and we will spend some time wandering through it and getting a sense of what it must be like to be camped here for two whole months, whilst attempting the mountain.

Overnight: Lodge in Gorakshep

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 7km, 8 - 9 hours

Today we will make an ascent of Kala Pattar (5,545m/18,188ft) and organise ourselves for the trip to base camp the following day. It is highly recommended to make an afternoon and evening ascent of Kala Pattar for hopefully a sunset view of Everest. The climb takes between 2 and 3 hours and can be hard work, but the effort is rewarded by the classic view of Everest and the Khumbu Icefall, as well as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Pumori immediately above. We retrace our steps to Lobuche.

Overnight: Lodge in Lobuche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Lobuche to Dzongla (4830m/15,850 ft): 6km, 3 - 4 hours

Today we walk downhill alongside the Khumbu Glacier. We take the righ path and get the views of Awi Peak.  Passing through a stupa and tombstones in the distance we begin to ascend and see Chola Tsho Lake nearby. We continue further and pass another lake which is lot smaller than the Chola Tsho Lake. We cross the Chola Khola on a bridge and reach Dzongla village. 

Overnight: Lodge in Dzongla

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Trek to Gokyo (4800m/15,580 ft) via Cho La pass (5368m/17,611 ft): 6km, 7 - 8 hours

Today, the higher we go, we get the astonishing views of Cho La Lake and Ama Dablam and Cholatse soars on the west. Climbing the incline is not easy and the boulders on the way make it more difficult. Finally we walk round a crevasse You can see the top of pass marked with prayer flags and cairns and you will be amazed by the scenery surrounding you from all sides. The long easier trail takes you to Thangnak village and to the edge of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the longest glacier in Nepal. From the other side of the glacier you see the second Gokyo Lake on the series of six lakes. Short walk from here is the third Gokyo Lake on the edge of which is the Gokyo village.

Overnight: Lodge in Gokyo Village

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Rest day in Gokyo: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357m/17,575 ft), tour 4th and 5th Gokyo lakes: 3 - 4 hours

Today we climb Gokyo Ri for stunning mountain views. We also can walk to the 4 th and 5th Gokyo Lakes. 4th Gokyo Lake is just 3 kilometers north of Gokyo village and continue further to 5th Gokyo Lake, which has a view point called Scoundrels Viewpoint from where we get  amazing views of  Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu mountains and the huge Ngozumba Glacier. We walk back to Gokyo village for the overnight stay. 

Overnight: Lodge in Gokyo Village

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Gokyo to Marlung (4210m/13,810 ft) via Renjo La Pass (5360m/17585 ft): 11km, 7 - 8 hours

Today is a long day. Walking alongside Dudh Pokhari Lake for a while and then walk for 2 hours and descend to Renjo La Pass from where we get outstanding views. We walk down the stone staircase and reach south bank of Angladumba Tsho Lake.  Along the way we see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. We walk for an hour down a narrow valley with giant boulders, from Lumde to Marlung Village on the east bank of Bhote Koshi River.

Overnight: Lodge in Marlung Village

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Marlung to Namche Bazaar: 15km, 5 - 6 hours

Today we pass through traditional route used by Tibetan traders and cross Bhote Koshi River and descend to Taranga. We descend and cross two bridges t reach Thame Village. Towards west we see Thame Gompa on the hill. We walk on a descending trail through several villages and reach Namche.

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m/9,186ft): 19km, 6 - 7 hours

Your final day’s trekking follows the DudhKoshi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where you can sample some chang (home made wine), try Sherpa dancing and look back on a memorable trekking experience.

Overnight: Lodge in Lukla

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 : Fly back to Kathmandu /1,300 meters (40 minutes flight)

In the early morning you take off from Lukla airstrip for a spectacular mountain flight back to Kathmandu. After being met at the domestic airport terminal and transferred to your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore this wonderful city; shopping for souvenirs, trying out the various restaurants in Thamel or simply relaxing.

You spend the last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: 4 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast,  Farewell Dinner

Day 20 : Airport Transfer

Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time

Meals: Breakfast

NOTICE: 

The Government of Nepal has announced an issue for the flight operation to Lukla. Most of the flights to Lukla will commence from Ramechhap until further notice to avoid the heavy traffic congestion in Kathmandu airport. The airport in Ramechhap is located 130km from Kathmandu (approximately 5 hours drive). Flight to Lukla from Ramechhap airport is almost guaranteed unless the flight is canceled due to bad weather conditions. Such cancellations can occur even in the best time of the year, so please be well informed about the alternatives to Lukla flight cancellations.

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Accommodation during Everest Base Camp 3 High Passes and Lakes Trek

In Kathmandu, you will stay in 4 Star Hotels with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, Eve Holidays will arrange your stay in the best lodges with attached washrooms where ever available.  Accommodation are on a twin sharing basis. Single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional and depend upon availability. Although single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu/Pokhara and the trekking regions at lower elevation, it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations. Hotels in Kathmandu/Pokhara can be upgraded to 5 star in an additional cost.

 

Food during Everest Base Camp 3 High Passes and LakesTrek

In Kathmandu breakfast, welcome dinner and farewell dinner are provided. While on trekking, we provide breakfast, lunch and dinner. Usually, each day dinner and breakfast will be at  teahouses/lodges where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. We make it sure that the food is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always find hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.

Best Months for Everest Base Camp 3 High Passes and Lakes Trek

The spring time from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for Everest Base Camp 3 High Passes and Lakes Trek.

Experience Required for Everest Base Camp 3 High Passes and Lakes Trek

Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for few of hours a day can do this trek. However walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. In this trip you have to cross 3 High altitude passes on the way, so you need a good level of physical fitness. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your stamina. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs and blood diseases are required to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Eve Holidays about the medical condition before booking the trek.

Acclimatization during Everest Base Camp 3 High Passes and Lakes Trek

All of Eve Holidays trekking itineraries are planned keeping in mind the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition called AMS which is serious enough to kill if neglected. We are well aware that it is essential to allow you sufficient time for acclimatization to minimize the risk. However it is important to remember that some people are more vulnerable than others. So we suggest to avoid alcohol and drink enough water and get good night sleep during the trek.

Frequently Asked Questions

How difficult is Everest Base Camp 3 High Passes and Lakes Trek?

Everest Base Camp 3 High Passes and Lakes Trek is a walking tour and it does not involve any knowledge of technical skills. If you are physically fit and mentally prepared to trek, it works well. But the trek is physically demanding and you have to be very much physically fit and have to have an active lifestyle. You will have to start preparing yourself physically and mentally for the challenge way ahead. The earlier, the better.

When is the best time to trek?

March April May and Sept Oct Nov are the best time to trek

Can I change the travel date after it is booked?

Yes we give you the flexibility to change the travel date or amend the itinerary and that has to be in written and at least 25 days before departure date. The cost incurred due to the changes has to be borne by you.

Do I get refund if I cancel the trip?

Booking deposits are transferable to anyone you want for any time in future. For cancelling the trip, cancellation policy in our booking terms and conditions will apply.

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    Oliver Brown

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    We did the Everest Base Camp earlier. So this time we were into something challenging trek. We booked Everest 3 High Passes Trek with Eve Holidays in a friend’s recommendation. We were 2 friends doing this trek and it was like a private trip for us and thanks to Eve Holidays, they did not charge us extra for the trek. We very much enjoyed the trek with them. Our guide Bishnu was very interesting man and accommodation, meals, flights and all arrangements made by this company was good.

    September 13, 2018
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