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Renjo La, Cho La & Kongma La passes

The Sagarmatha National Park has been a popular and one of the best destination for the climbers and trekkers since the first south expedition to Mt. Everest on 1950. Everest Three High Passes Trek is an adventure trek of Nepal which includes the crossing of the Renjo La pass (5360m), Cho-La pass (5420m), Kongma-La Pass (5535m) and other attraction for the trekkers such as Gokyo Ri (5,360m), Fifth Lake in Gokyo valley, Kalapathar (5,545m) and Everest Base Camp (5,320m) . The amazing landscape views during the trek is unbeatable. More importantly, you should have physically fit to complete these passes. The three passes trek offers unique views of  four giant mountains above 8,000m ; Mt.Cho Oyu (8,201m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m) and Mt. Everest (8,848m). This trekking  route introduces us to the remote valley named as Nangpa La, monastery village of Thame and the Sherpa village of Marlung.

The trek of  Three passes formally starts from Lukla as we land on the Tenzing Hillary Airport (2,860m) by mountain flight. From Lukla the trek is steep up through the standard route to the Sagarmatha National Park. After multiple crosses of the Dudh Koshi with magnificent view of Mt. Thamserkhu we reach the colorful village of Namche Bazzar, a bustling bazaar that’s a junction for trekkers and the main gateway of Khumbu region. Mighty Dudh Koshi River, Gompas, friendly Sherpa people, villages with varieties of cultures and traditions, colorful landscapes, etc. are all along the part of this trail.

Now, we steep up all the way to Dingboche 4410 m for Kongma-La Pass 5535 m via Tengboche 3860 m. Khongma-La pass gives a lifetime memories of panoramic views of the spectacular Himalayas. Kongma-La Pass is the highest pass among these three passes with an altitude of 5535 m. From Dingboche we again ascend up and after crossing Khongma-la via High Camp we reach to Lobuche 4910 m. From Lobuche we trek continue our trek to Gorekshep situated at the height of 5140 m. Gorekshep is a junction point to Kalapathar and Everest Basecamp. For the close and unbeatable view of Mt. Everest we take our way to Kalapathar. Later we descend through the same route to Gorekshep and from Gorekshep we take the ascend trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing the trek, we climb up toward The Everest Basecamp 5365 m from where we can see the hazardous route of Everest i.e. Khumbu Icefall by which brave climbers pass through. From EBC we descend to Lobuche and we will chase to  Cho-La pass 5420 m. This pass in the hardest pass among all thee. It starts from nearly from Locbuche kharka and ends at Thangnak. On the way to Thangnag Kharka  via Dzonglha 4830m we see The Awi peak 5245 m, Lobuche Peak, Nirekha Peak and many more. After exploring the imagine places of Everest Region, our trek continues to Gokyo.  Trek to the fourth and fifth lakes would be an extra attraction in Gokyo Valley from where the views are amazing. Then We climb the Gokyo ri, The Gokyo Ri 5330 m is considered as the best view point of the entire Himalayas in the Everest Region. Now, we ascend our way to High Camp through Renjo-La pass 5360 m. Renjo-La pass offers us a lifetime memory of panoramic scenery of Himalayan range. From High Camp we descend all the way to Thame via Lungdhen 4380 m and Murlung 4210 m. Then We trek down to Lukla via Namche Bazaar  making a circle to complete the 3 passes and trip in Himalayas complemented by the hundred of memories and huge sense of accomplishment.

 

 

Trip Facts

  • Activity: Trekking
  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Grade: Hard
  • Highest Alt: 5,550 m
  • Trek Type: Hotel / Lodge & Tea house Trek
  • Best Season: Autumn (Oct to Nov) and Spring (March to May)
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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmanduw, after completion of our custom formalities (Visa, etc), we pick up from airport and transfer to hotel.  Depending on time if we have enough time we will hang around Thamel and buy some necessary gears.In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner and short briefing.

Included meals : B

After breakfast, we will be escorted to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway destination from where our trek begins. After an adventurous 40 minute flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Upon arrival at Lukla, we meet our other crew members and 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 in Phakding. 

Included meals : BLD

Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. First, we catch wonderful prospect of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Upon this juncture, we stop at Chautara to admire the view. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading center of this region. We stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Included meals : BLD

This is the first of the two days set aside for "acclimatization". Health experts recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day's hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazzar is the main center of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Our guides take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. 

Included meals : BLD

Upon breakfast in Namche, we set out towards Tengboche, enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows more or less smooth trail with few ups and downs which will not bother us as the magnificent view of the Himalayas keeps our company all through the journey. Along the way, we can spot wildlife musk deer, a herd of Himalayan Thar and multicolored pheasants. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga, we gear up for a slightly tougher climb through the pine forests before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Nuptse, and Mt Everest, and it has the biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region. We pay our visit to the monastery the same day at around 3 pm to witness the ceremony in the principal and popular monastery of Everest region. Overnight stay at a lodge at Tengboche. 

Included meals : BLD

With mountains at its backdrop, the monastery at Tengboche looks more spectacular in the morning. At this juncture, we can take pictures of the monastery and the scenery around and as usual start the day journey. We choose the upper trail for better views on the way to Pangboche village. We pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. The place where we stop for lunch not only serves delicious food but also allows a fantastic close-up view of Mt Ama Dablam. In the afternoon, we walk north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Mt Ama Dablam. From here onwards, the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley gradually unfolds as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. We descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. On arrival at Dingboche, we will see beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight at Dingboche. 

Included meals : BLD

Early in the morning as we leave Dingboche through stone walled field, the walk is lovely and refreshing. After crossing the Niyang River we take our way up hill through Bire kharka and Lhangbo 4740 m for Kongma-La Pass. While walking through the valley, Lhotse towers  will be on our left and Ama Dablam on our right. This pass is the height pass among all three but  comparatively not much difficult. Basically, we set a high camp at an altitude of 5100 m (approx.) to make our trail easier. We will have plenty of water and food as there are no tea houses on the way.

Included meals : BLD

This morning we start our trek from High Camp and this is the final day to conquest the highest pass of the trail. While descending to Lobuche behind us there will be the landscape of icy lakes ahead down of which is the Khumbu Glacier. Upon climbing the moraine on the far side, the path turns north through Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche.

Included meals : BLD

The ttrek to GorakShep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through the pyramid signpost. Ahead on the trail we see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to ThangmaRiju from where we perceive 360 degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach GorakShep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world - Mt. Everest.

Included meals : BLD

We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar and witness the first light of day caress the peaks of the mountains, particularly, Mt. Everest. However, we need to be prepared for an early morning departure, amid predawn darkness and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C). Further, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we can pause to catch breath at several outstanding view points from where we can snap great pictures. After several hours of ascent, we reach Kala Patthar and will again descend down to Gorek Shep. Included meals : BLD

We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. From EBC we can see the hazardous route of Everest i.e. Khumbu Icefall by which brave climbers pass through. From EBC we descend to Lobuche and we will chase to  Cho-La pass 5420 m. The war from EBC to Lobuche is also known as Lobuche pass. No doubt that trek to EBC is a lifetime achievement to the trekkers.

Included meals : BLD

On this day our trail will be to Dzonglha, this trek is comparatively shorter than the previous or next days. The path is divided in two section from the main bit distance from Lobuche. As the trail across to the South East from we can see rising height of Mt. Amadabla, Cholo and Kangtega-Thamserkhu. Also, in the distance we can see the Pheriche Village. The turning ridge toward North, the Chola Lake spreads below Mt. Cholatse and it stays with until we steep down to a wide basin. From the basin we climb up and and descend to the another basin. Diagonal walk for an hours and a wobbly bridge cross will stops our steps at Dzonglha.

Included meals : BLD

Early in the morning as we start our trek to Thangnak, the fantastic view of Cholatse mountain greets us. The  trek starts as we steep up to westward from Dzonglha. Today is the day we conquest Cho-La pass and the trip will be toughest than before. As we reach on the top of the basin we prepare to cross the Cho-La. The the of Cho-a lake and the Mt. Amadablam could be seen during the trail which reduces our tiredness. Now climbing is not so easy and we also to be alert as rocks can be glazed by ice. The final climb is little technical as the trail curves round. After reaching on the tip the path lead us down hill to Thangnak which can be easily done.

Included meals:BLD

Today early morning after having breakfast we step p to the Gokyo. The way collects the unbeatable mountain views.From Longponga 4720 meter we continue ascending trail to Gokyo with the view of Taujung Tsho Lake situated at the height of 4710 m. After a short walk on the edge of Ngozumpa glacier (longest glacier of Nepal) we reach to its another side enjoy the view of Gokyo Lake. Other two lake can be seen from Gokyo.

Included meals:BLD

Today we climb to Gokyo Ri, there we enjoy the scene of Everest Region including the peak Everest and Nakalu. Gokyo Ri is considered as the one of the best viewing place of Himalayas. After reaching to Gokyo Ri we descend down all the way to High Camp via Gokyo. Now we change the route and and turn to Renjo La trail by Dudh Pokhari. The way from Gokyo to High camp is bit slippery descend and somewhere rope has been fixed for the porters. The Angladumba Tsho Lake on the right side of our path greets to us. We stay in tent at high camp.

Included meals:BLD

In this day we continue our trail through the Renjo La pass. The trial is bit hazardous and goes downward to Marulung via Lungdhen. The magnificent views of two lakes Relama Tsho and Renjio Tsho enhances our excitement. As we walk down through the narrow valley clogged with big rocks walls we reach to Lungdhen. From there we walk for an hour to get to Marulung where we stay till morning.

Included meals : BLD

Early in morning we start our trek to Namche, descending all the way from Murlung to Thame by following the traditional route of Tibetan traders from centuries and after crossing the Bhote Koshi River the trail goes through the Valley of Landmuche River. Landmuche drains down from Dig Tsho Lake to Thame. Thame is well known point for the fantastic view of Thamserku, Katenga, Kusum, Kanggaru and many more. Now we cross a bridge of Bhote Koshi and descent down to Samde. Continuing the trek we again walk down hill  Namche via Thamo and Syangboche.

Included meals : BLD

Early morning after breakfast, we will descend down to Lukla. Coming down is much easier than climbing up since we had enough acclamation. Tonight we will do last party with out staff. In Lukla we will drink and eat together with staff. If you want to give to give them tips today is the day. Make them happy.

Included meals:BLD

Today, we fly back to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. The early morning flight drops us in Kathmandu. We can rest and relax throughout the day at hotel. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey.

Included meals : BD

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (BouddhaNath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. At the noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion

Sherpa Khangri Outdoor representative will drop you to airport according to your flight schedule. 

Included meals : Breakfast

  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Hotel and tea house during trekking.
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee.
  • Experienced Trekking guide and porter services with their food and accommodation.
  • Staff Insurance and Salary.
  • All domestic flights (Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu).
  • Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek.
  • All necessary paper work; trekking permits and others.
  • Comprehensive First aid medical kit.
  • Travel and rescue arrangements.
  • Company services and all required government taxes/royalties.
  • Manage Heli rescue if needed.
  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
  • Internet Access during the trek.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended.
  • Personal trekking staff if requested.
  • Tips for guides and porters.