3 High Pass Trek is one of the most popular and challenging treks in the Everest region. Kongmola, Chola, and Renjola are the 3 high Passes trek in the Everest region. This is the most popular and crowded trekking route in Nepal. The trekking starts from Lukla where the domestic flight touches the ground after flying for about 28 min. This trekking route is a crowded trail in peak season. Three High Passes trek gives you a complete trekking experience in Nepal in the Everest region trekking. 3 High pass trekking is the complete full package for the trekkers. Our 20 days trekking itinerary gives you a full and complete wilderness trekking experience. The Everest High Pass trek combines the three high passes of the Everest Region. Everest High Pass.
The trek starts at the Hillary Airport in Lukla and the Tibetan trading center of Namche bazaar and continues up to the remote Chhukhung valley, with an optional crossing of the Kongma La pass to reach Kala Pattar and Everest Base Camp in the snow-capped Khumbu Valley, with the Khumbu glacier alongside us. From here, we climb up and over the glaciated Cho La pass to reach the turquoise Gokyo lakes, Gokyo Ri (peak), and the surrounding 8000m peaks of the Gokyo valley. We conclude our heroic trek by crossing the awesome Renjo La to the traditional grazing region of the Thame valley, which leads up to the Nangpa La and Tibet. which stretches for miles. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
Kongmo La, Chola, and Renjola are the most challenging wilderness trekking region in the Everest region. After enjoying grand views from Gokyo Ri, we make our way to the next great pass, the Renjo.
After an adventurous 45 minute flight above the breathtaking white mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, Solukhumbu. This is said to be one of the most beautiful air routes in the world. The stunning views and the dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks make this a very special experience. Upon arrival at Lukla, after some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. Overnight stay at hotel. Walking time: around 4 hours
From Phakding we trek to Namche Bazaar today. Once a small village, it since has grown in size to accommodate the influx of trekkers to the area. Nowadays it’s called the unofficial capital of the Sherpas, but definitely is a buzzling hub or trekkers. It was once an important trading centre on the route from Tibet to Nepal. However, nowadays it’s been largely taken over to catering to the needs of trekkers. For acclimatization, we suggest you to spend 2 nights in or around Namche. Walking time: 5 hours
We take a rest day at Namche Bazaar to acclimatize, which gives us the opportunity to explore some of the less developed and more traditional villages in the area. Easy options for passing the acclimatization day can be found by visiting the twin Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Khunde, which are about a 2 hour walk above Namche. While in Khunde, visit the hospital, which was established and funded by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust. Khumjung monastery is interesting as being the store place of one of the alleged Yeti scalps that are to be found in the region. Having lunch in Everest view hotel and enjoy with gorgeous view of Mt. Everest and Amadablam are all things that will make you enjoy the day free in Namche Bazaar.
Moving on from Namche Bazaar the trail follows the valley of the Imja Khola with some spectacular views of the mountains including Thamserku, Kangtega and Amadablam. Dominating the skyline ahead, Everest and Lhotse. The most common night stop after Namche is at the top of a steep climb from the Imja Khola, at Tengboche. This is the site of one of the most significant Buddhist Monastery in Solukhumbu Region and a visit is well recommended. Walking time: 4 hours
Today we trek up from Dingboche to Chhukung. It’s not a very long walk today as we will save our energy for the pass crossing tomorrow. Walking time: 2-3 hours
Today we are going to cross the first pass, a real highlight of the whole journey! Be prepared, it’s gonna be a tough and long day, but also one of the most beautiful ones! You’ll be rewarded with views on Gorak Shep, Khumbu Glacier on the lap of Everest to the left, and Island peak, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku, Taboche and surrounding Sherpa settlements to the right. We’ll arrive Lobuche and enjoy the rest. Walking time: 8-9 hours
After yesterday’s strenuous walk we take a rest today to acclimatize and get our bodies used to the altitude. Of course, there are many options to explore the surroundings of Lobuche.
After having breakfast early in the morning, we continue our trek to Gorak Shep. This village is not inhabited all year round and is the original Base Camp for Everest excursions. After having wonderful walk about 3 hours in a windy and rocky path, we arrive in Gorak Shep. After check in at your lodge and lunch, we are finally going to explore the Everest Base Camp! Of course our trip also includes taking a look at the Khumbu Icefall. After exploring base camp and its surroundings glacier, we return back to Gorak Shep. Wonderful view of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse and other magnificent peaks, we complete our adventure for today. Walking time: 8 hours
Early in the morning, we start hike up to Kala Patthar for the most wonderful sunrise views of Mt. Everest. After a little climbing, we arrive at the famous view point, the top of Kala Patthar. Now we have the best view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Pumori and Ama Dablam along with the entire mountain views of Khumbu Himalayan range. Spending some time here to take stunning photographs and enjoy the moment, we hike back down to Gorak Shep. After breakfast, we will have an easy walk down to Lobuche for another overnight stay in the mountains. Walking time: around 5 hours
We are slowly getting closer to the Cho-La Pass. Our way to Dzongla is relatively short today. The perfect opportunity to relax and safe some energy for tomorrow – it’s gonna be strenuous but surely rewarding! Walking time: 3-4 hours
After having an early breakfast at the lodge, we start our trekking as we are going to cross the Cho La pass (5370m) today! The high pass over the Cho La is a steep and somewhat difficult ascent of a rocky ridge for a few hours. We start by crossing a small glacial stream and then start climbing up the pass. From the top, we are treated to views of Ama Dablam, Kantai Ga, Thamserku, Taboche, Cholatse and Baruntse, Pasang Lhamo, and Numbur and on the Gokyo side. Once up on top of the glaciated pass, we trek across the snow. Iit’s a scramble back down the pass, a rocky, hilly trail across the valley, and a descent to Thangnag Kharka. Walking time: 7 hours
You made the Cho-La Pass, isn’t that an incredible feeling? On our way to the next pass, we come across Gokyo, where we will take a rest for 2 days. After yesterday’s challenging day, the short walk today is perfect to relax in the afternoon. Walking time: around 3 hours
Let’s get up early and conquer Gokyo Ri! From this amazing viewpoint you will see outstanding Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Makalu, among others. We will hike to Fifth Lake from where the view of peaks is even better. We will then descent to Gokyo and spend the another night in Gokyo.
Today we gently walk uphill over the lush grassy lands. Then, the trek becomes quite complex as it is very steep. However the view from the top is rewarding: We can view the stunning panorama of Rolwaling, Tengi Ragi Tau Mountains and small Remo Pokhari Lake to the west and Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Gyachung Kang and Gokyo lakes to the east. Along the Dudh Pokhari lakes, we trek downhill through the beautiful meadow towards the Bhote Koshi Valley to continue besides the river. Luckily, we will come across yak caravans coming from Tibet heading towards Lungden. We will spend the night at Lungden. Walking time: approx 6-7 hrs
From here we start our way back down, slowly towards Kathmandu. Our first stop on the journey back is Thame – a beautiful monastery and traditional Sherpa village. Walking time: 4-5 hours
Back to familiarity – today we continue walking down until we finally reach Namche Bazaar again. Can you believe it’s only been 12 days since we left this place to explore the mountain passes? We have seen so much since then and collected a lot of everlasting memories. Walking time: 4-5 hours
We descend from Namche Bazaar and will have lunch in Monjo, from where we finally leave Sagarmatha National Park behind us. If the weather is clear, take plenty of photos of your final views of the great peaks we’ve enjoyed so much along the way. After trekking down from Monjo, we reach to Phakding. After a cup of tea,we take an easy and beautiful walk through the blue pine and Rhododendron forests with the views of Kusum Kanguru and Mt. Kwangde, and finally reach Lukla. If time allow, it is advisable to take a look at the small village of Lukla. You can explore the city visiting the local “School of Thangka Painting” and see the beautiful religious paintings as well. Overnight stay at hotel. Walking time: 7 hours
The flight to Kathmandu from Lukla takes 45 minutes. In Kathmandu the day is yours. Enjoy strolling or ambling round the tourist hub. Or you can go for sightseeing with your guide. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Final Departure to your home. One of our representatives from Sange Sherpa Adventure Guide/Staff will drive you off to Tribhuwan International Airport, from where you will board your plan for another destination or your home country. Nepal has many other natural and cultural beauties waiting to be explored. We will be always ready to help you travel around this amazing country. We will be pleased to make the necessary arrangements so that you can explore other parts.
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