Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1340m), transfer to Hotel, overnight Hotel (B).
Arrive in Kathmandu, meet our staff and transfer to a hotel in Kathmandu, join a group meeting if you are joining with a group and tour briefing, final payment, check equipment, overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Phakding (2640m) - flight to Lukla (2840m) and 3/4 hours trekking to Phakding (B/L/D).
Early morning flight from Tribhuvan International Airport (Domestic) Kathmandu to Tenzing Hillary Airport, Lukla. Upon arrival at the airport, your guide will brief you on the day trek, as well as introduce you to your porters/Sherpas. While your Sherpas sort out and load your trekking equipment, you have time to explore Lukla. After finishing breakfast, proceed from Lukla to Khumbu, head north, past a Chorten with praying wheels and join the main tail at Choplung (2696m) in less than one hour. They proceed from their head north crossing the Thado Khola (2554m) with the awesome trekking peak Kusum Khanguru (6483m) at its head. To reach Phakding (2640m), 2.15 hours from Chuplung or almost 3.30 hours from Lukla, overnight at Hotel.
Day 3: Namche (3540m) - 5 hours trekking to Namche Bazar (B/L/D).
To cross the west bank (right) of the Dudh koshi river, Continue through blue pine and rhododendron forests, pass a settlement of Metal worker (Tok Tok), village of Banker (2905m) with a small lodge, see view of Mt. Thamserku (6856m) 1 hour. In the short while, cross to the east (left) bank and climb up through Chumowa, cross the Khansar Khola to reach Mondzo (2835m). Enter Sagarmatha national park here, check your permit. Descend in a cleft to the west (right) bank of Dudh Kosi on a suspension bridge to reach Jorsule (2774m) 30 minutes. This is the last village before Namche Bazar. We take Lunch here & proceed to cross Dudh Kosi (Bhote Kosi) again to the left side & again to cross the main Dudh Kosi, climb up till to Namche Bazaar (3440m), proceed in pine forest. First view of Mt. Everest between Lhotse & Nuptse reaches 2 and half hours from Jorsule, overnight at the Hotel.
Day 4: Namche Bazaar - Rest day for Acclimatization (B/L/D).
Today is a rest day, however, we should do some activities such as to climb Syangboche airport, visit Sherpa home in khumjung/Khunde village including Adman Hillary school or view from Everest view Hotel, 2 hours. Namche bazaar has many officials or offices, including army base camp and bank. Namche used to be a trading center, where grain from the south was exchanged for salt from Tibet and it remains now a trading center. Every Saturday is market day. It is the headquarters of Sagarmatha National park (SNP) & Sagarmatha pollution controlled Project (SPCP). Here is the Sherpa Museum & monasteries too, overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Tengboche (3767m) - 4.30 hours trekking. (B/L/D).
The tail rises to the east of Sagarmatha National Park Museum (3520m), instead, contour high above the Dudh Kosi passes Kyangsuma. Steeply down to reach Phorse Tanga, may we have lunch; this is the last sport before Tyanboche. After a hot lunch climb 2.20 hours to reach Tengboche (3767m, after your arrival check the hotel and visit the monastery. Everyday 3-4 PM and 6-7 am is worship time in Monastery. Overnight at the Guest house.
Day 6: Dingboche (4410m) – 5-6 hours trekking (B/L/D).
Today, we start early around 7 to 8 o’clock. Half an hour down to Debuche, where there is a monastery and small settlements inside the alpine forest. After a 45 minutes’ walk to cross the bridge, continue climbing to reach lower Pangboche. The trekking routes follow the lower path of Pangboche. It is worth to visit Monastery if you have time, its takes 45 minutes extra. An hour walk to reach a small settlement called Somare, may have lunch in Somare then gradually walk up. After one hour's walk from Somare, there are two ways, one heading to Pheriche and the other is Dingboche. Right hand side direction is way to Dingboche 4410m, 1 hour from the junction. After arrival, have a short drink with rest and climb 200 meters over the Nagarjun hill because every day we “ascent high and sleep in low”. Overnight guest house/Lodge.
Day 7: Trek to Chhukum (4730m), 3.30 hours after lunch climb to Chhukum Ri 5550m (3/4 hours), Overnight Lodge (B/L/D).
Today, the short trek to reach Chhukum (4730m) took 3.30 hours. But you will recommend our clients to climb Chhukum Ri which is 5550m high. The trail follows the Imja Tse (Island Peak) gorge gradually climbing to Chhukum. Chhukum has few hotels and guest houses for tourists. After lunch, cross the tributaries and start steeply climbing to Chhukum Ri 5550m (3/4 hrs) which is the first highest climbing in three passes trekking, return to hotel 2 hours overnight at Lodge in Chhukum.
Day 8: Kongmala pass (5535m) and trek to Lobuje (4900m) 9 hours, Overnight Lodge (B/L/D).
Early this morning, I started to climb Kongma La pass (5535m) and trek to Lobuje (4900m) 9 hours. We start at 4/5 am from hot breakfast, first an hour of a small trekking trail over the hillside. We caught the trail from Dingboche over the 4800m. After that we gradually and steeply climb up to reach the flat area where you can see the Heli ground and the eye charting Lake. You are carrying many mountains. If you turn back you can see the Island Peak, Makalu, Baruntse, Ama Dablam etc. The last 15-20 minutes are a very difficult climb to reach the summit of Kongma La pass. Be careful when going up because if you sleep you will be in blue Lake. After passing the trail all the way steeply down to catch the Khumbu glacier. Cross the Khumbu glacier which is very carefully walking coz moving rock and if the weather is bad or snow difficult to find the path, reach Lobuje 4910m 3-4 hours from top. We had a late lunch in Lobuje. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 9: Trek to Gorep-shep 3 hours after Lunch continues trek to EBC (5370m), 2/3 hours and back to Gorep-shep (5170m), Overnight Lodge.
Early in the morning leaving Lobuje, after lunch in Gorak-shep within 3 hours we will head up to Everest Base camp (5365 meters), and return to Gorak-shep at elevation of 5170 meters at noon for overnight stay. We walk over the moving stone with a jump so it is hard, be careful to walk. Crossing the Italian high altitude research center, it continues to follow the bottom of the hill. Climb half an hour and the trail over the glacier so up and down to Gorep-shep 5170m, check the hotel, have lunch and start walking to base camp. The trail to base camp is over the glacier, moving rock, if you are trekking in the winter season it is hard to find the path. Everest's new base camp is 45 minutes before the old base camp. Old base Camp was over the Khumbu icefall so all trekkers reached the new base camp and returned. It is also noticeable that from base camp you could not see the Everest view. Overnight in Gorep-shep at lodge/guest house.
Day 10: Early morning climb to Kalapathar (5545m) 2/3 hours after breakfast trek to Dzongla (4830m), Overnight Lodge (B/L/D).
After reaching Base camp of Everest our aim today is to trek Kalapattar (5545 meters). We start early in the morning before sunrise to reach the viewpoint that offers some of the best views of Mount Everest as well as other panoramas of the surrounding mountains. Kalapattar means “Black rock”, the most excellent view point in the world. It takes 2 hours to reach the top and returning to Gorep-shep takes one hours or maybe less. Returning to Hotel, after a late breakfast, descend to Lobuje, have lunch and 3 hours continue trekking to Dzungla (4830m), crossing the bottom of Lobuje ranges, overnight in a basic tea house/lodge.
Day 11: Trek all the way to Cho-la pass continues in Thangna (4700m), 8/9 hours (up and down), Overnight Lodge (B/L/D).
Today is a long and challenging day of our trekking so we started before sunrise at 4/5 AM to reach the pass by 9-10 AM otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect our journey. First an hour follows the peace and quiet valley then we start to climb gradually up. There are huge and hanging rocks on the path, you need to be careful when climbing up, trekking poles will be recommended. After we finished climbing the rock part, we reached the snow valley. There are always running snow. We cross over at an altitude of 5300 meters and we could be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. Near the top have Ice Lake. It started a few years ago. So you need cake when passing the lake. The trail is on the right hand side on the mountain side. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent views, and then we descend to the Thangna at noon. We will bring some packed lunches. We will recommend to your clients to bring some chocolate, cookies and enough water. There is not any tea shop or hut between Thangna. After an hour is a very dangerous path steeply down. Sometimes I recommend using an ice-axe. It is also noticeable there are running stones so you need to care when going down. After 1-2 hours walking from top there are very nice routes gradually up and down to reach Thangna (4610m). Overnight at the Guesthouse/Tea house.
Day 12: Trek to Gokyo (4790m) 3 hours, Overnight Lodge (B/L/D).
Today, we planned a short trek because we had a long day yesterday. After breakfast, I started walking over Ngozumpa Glacier. There are not preferred trails and the trail may change every year because of running glaciers. Asian Hiking Team’s guide leads you to follow the path and some places have signs of stone pyramids too. You are inside the valley of high mountains so both sides have huge mountains including Cho Oyu, Kangchung Peak, Cholatees, Tabuche, Kyanjo Ri etc. After crossing the glacier, you can see the Gokyo village near the Lake. The entire hotel is on the side of Lake. Opposite of you, Gokyo Ri. There are four Lakes in the Gokyo valley (4790m). Check the hotel overnight.
Day 13: Gokyo Ri – Gokyo, overnight Lodge, Overnight Lodge (B/L/D).
Today is like a rest day. We will see the condition of all our group members and decide what and when to climb Gokyo Ri. To climb Gokyo Ri 5360 meters high takes 3 hours to reach the summit. From Summit you can see; Mt. Everest, Lhotse , Nuptse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Makalu very well. It is also an interesting place to visit fourth lake and take 4-6 hours to walk. There is one of the best views in the Everest region. You can talk with your guide and decide what everyone likes. Rest and relax safe energy for Renjola pass, overnight at a hotel in Gokyo.
Day 14: Climb to Renjola Pass (5340m) and down to Marulung (4210m) 8 hours, Overnight Lodge (B/L/D).
Very early morning starts to cross Renjola Pass. First part of the trek follows the lake over the west bank. After gradually climbing and steeply climbing to the summit of Renjola Pass. From Gokyo it takes 4 -5 hours to reach the top. The time is depending on the group members’ situation. From the summit of Renjola pass, the unbelievable Mountain View includes Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu which are mountains above 8000m high. Few minutes enjoying the view and taking pictures. After passing we are going to another valley, steeply down. Renjola pass is a very nice trail, there are yaks or horses that also cross in spring time. The entire paths are steps. After 1.45 minutes down then comes the flat land. Very beautiful valley, continues follow the flat down land 2 hours and reach to Lumde (4368), we have lunch in Lumde and walk 1 hour to reach bottom of Bhote Koshi River, cross the suspension bridge, check the lodge in Marlung (4210m), Overnight in Lodge.
Day 15: Trek to Thame (3820m) 4 hours, Overnight Lodge (B/L/D).
Today is also a very short day, 3 hours walking, all the itinerary when we pass high passes next day makes a short day because you are so tired and see the members' situation so the itinerary mentions a short day. Well, today I am gradually going down and passing many memorable statues and Mane walls to reach Thame valley. Thame is a famous place for burning world record Sherpa. The monastery, potato farm, and Sherpa lifestyle are very attractive for tourists. Explore the village and cave monastery, overnight in Thame at the hotel.
Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m) 3 hours, Overnight Lodge (B/L/D).
Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m) 3 hours, follow the beautiful trekking trail. From Thame cross the Bhote koshi River and walk the rhododendron forest crossing many tributary and hydro projects. There are so many Buddha Gomba on the way. You are always round on the clock side. As well as the Mane wheel also round on the clock side. Reach Namche Bazar, relax and rest in a hotel, shop or visit the German Bakery etc. overnight in Namche at Hotel.
Day 17: Trek all the way back to Lukla (2840m) 6/7 hours (same way), Overnight Lodge (B/L/D).
Trek all the way back to Lukla (2840m) 6/7 hours (same way) as trek first and second days. We have lunch in Phakding. After reaching Lukla, explore the village and celebrate last night in the mountain, overnight in Lukla at the hotel.
Day 18: Lukla to Kathmandu by flight, transfer to Hotel, (B/L/D).
Early morning breakfast and go to Lukla airport before one hour of your flight time. The time may change and the flight depends on weather so your guide determines the time. 35 minutes flight from Lukla, transfer to a hotel in Kathmandu, rest and relax. In the evening join a well dinner with Nepali culture programs, overnight in Kathmandu at a hotel.
Day 19: Departure for next trip or own way journey (B).
The trip concludes today. Our Airport Representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
- Airport /Hotel/Airport pick up and drop.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu as itinerary (2-3 star hotel) with breakfast.
- All land transportation (Trekking starting and ending point) as per itinerary.
- Accommodation during the trekking as best available Hotel/Lodge as per itinerary (for camping trekking we provide tented camp and camping meals).
- Major Meals during the trekking; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B/L/D) by Lodge/Hotel menu.
- Domestic air ticket and Cargos fees to/from (if there is mentioned on itinerary).
- Trekkers’ Information Management System “TIMS Card” (Trekking permit) and Special trekking permit for Upper Mustang, Dolpa, Manaslu Tsum valley, Kanchenjunga, Simikot, Nar and Fu valley, etc.
- National Park fees/ Conservation permit.
- Monasteries and Temple entrance fees during the trekking.
- A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder professional equipped English Speaking guide.
- One Porter between each 2 members while on trek (Maximum weight for a porter is 25 Kg).
- Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of Asian Hiking Team staff.
- First Aid Kit.
- Travel & Rescue arrangement.
- All government taxes/ service charges.
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu (with culture show).
- International Airfare.
- Nepal Visa fee.
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu as per itinerary.
- Entrance fees in Durbar Square or Temple in Kathmandu.
- Soft/hard drinks, drinking water, Tea/ coffee during trekking.
- Hot shower, internet & electricity bills during trekking.
- Extra porter (on request).
- Personal trekking gears & clothing (some equipment is possible to rent in Kathmandu).
- Medical evacuation in case of emergency, expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslides, strikes, political unrest etc. in such cases extra will be charged as per actual.
- Tips or Donation (as you want).
We methodically enjoyed every part and every instant of our time spent in Nepal. With Everest fresh in our memories we are tempted to say that this trek was even more exciting than the others trail. Of course, our previous visit was an incredible experience, which caused us to fall in love with the beautiful country. But it was also perhaps because we knew how much more Nepal has to offer that drew us into going again, and we welcome how much more informative this trek was compared to before.
As has been said frequently, and has been highlight while looking at the photographs – the variety of terrain, scenery, and temperature was very special. We especially enjoyed Kul 's extensive awareness, and felt we learnt so much about the culture, religion, and the people that we weren't even aware of before. With regards to Asian Hiking Team, we can do nothing but rave about their wonderful support team, and how unforgettable their wonderful personalities make each and every trek. Please extend our deepest thanks to Suman as well. Given half a chance we won't hesitate to go to Nepal every year, but have decided to first see some other places as well. Thanks.
Jan Anders Eklund
Everest High passes trekking Nepal
All in all, Suman and his wonderful staff ensured that our trek was a fantastic and memorable experience. I've recommended this trek to all of my friends and look forward to coming back myself in the future.
Ailsa and others Team
Three passes Everest trekking
The view from the passes is magnificent. Three passes is the greatest trekking in Everest who loves adventure. He even provided us with great water (not included in the contract). I would recommend to Suman and his service from Asian Hiking Team to everyone.
Mauricy + Michal+ Anna+ Pitor + Monica + Margot
Poland + London