Everest Three High Passes Trekking Detail Itinerary
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu:
In accordance with your flight schedule, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to extend a warm welcome to you in our beautiful country for the beautiful trip. After exchanging warm welcome greetings at the arrival section, we will lead you to our vehicle to transfer you to our trip hotel. It’s a day at complete leisure on your own to relax the jetlag. But we definitely help you with the information to go around in case you’d like to do so.
Day 2: Preparation and sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley:
We spend a full day in Kathmandu today which will be a necessary acclimatization day as well. Early in the morning after breakfast, we will meet for a trip briefing where we will talk about this amazing trip in details and will answer your questions if you have any. After the brief meeting is over, we are taking you for an amazing cultural sightseeing tour of heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. The sites we take you for the sightseeing will include Swoyambhunath - the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square – to see the temple of Living Goddess and other medieval architectural wonders, Pashupatinath – to immerse into Hindu death rites on the bank of a holy river, and Bouddhanath – a massive Buddhist shrine considered as the biggest in the world.
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding:
Early morning, we take lovely flight from Kathmandu to Lukla through mountains for about 40 minutes. After arriving, we have some tea/coffee then start trekking through good looking settlement to join soon the main path in Churi kharka. We continue our trek through the east bank of Dudh Koshi River. Beautiful views of MT Nupla (5885m), Kusum kangaru (6367), and mount Kwongde range can be seen from here. After 4 hour’s treks on a gradual downhill path, we reach one of the small villages of Phakding. Overnight stay at Tea house.
Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar:
After breakfast in Phakding, we continue our trek. We make a more exciting hike to Namche Bazar (3440 m). We will walk through an attractive pine forest. The way leads us along the Dudh Koshi through many deferral bridges to Monjo around 2 hours away. Here, we can see the beautiful scenery of the sparkling Mt Thamserku (6618 m). We reached to the check post and we entered to the Sagarmatha national park. Starting with a minor climb to Jhorsalle, the road passes waterfalls. Villages are sprinkled with the splendid forest of Rhododendron, Magnolia, and fir. We walk all the way up to Namche Bazar for a couple of hours which is also known as the capital of Khumbu region. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 5: Rest and Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar:
Today is our acclimatization day in Namche. Namche bazar is one of the most attractive settlements lying between the two points, the great peaks of Khumbu and has plenty of lodges, tea shops, and souvenir shops. We walk about one hour to have Everest view hotel above the Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse Then, we head ahead towards Khumjung village to visit school established by Hillary and back to Namche Bazar. Overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche:
After breakfast in Namche, we start our trek towards Tengboche enjoying the beautiful views of Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and closeup view of Thamserku. It takes 5-6 hours of long hiking from Namche to Tengboche. our trek follows on the steady trial with few ups and downs overseeing wonderful view of the great Himalaya. Along the way, we can see wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, and the sheep of Himalaya Thar. After we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we reach Punki Tenga. Then we have a slight hard climb to step up through the pine forests while before we reach Tengboche. It has the biggest Buddhist monastery all over in Khumbu region. overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 7: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche:
After breakfast in Tengboche, we go downhill through rhododendron forest to the splendid settlement Debouche where you can have a close view of Ama Dablam. We look over the rolling white waters then we cross the suspension bridge of Imja Khola. This route takes us to Pangboche. While walking the upper Pangboche path, we find a more original view of the Himalayas and Pangboche monastery. After, the way passes many farmers pastures with big yak populations before we reach Dingboche valley. Finally, arrive in Dingboche after 5 hours walk from Tengboche.
Day 8: Rest and Acclimatization day at Dingboche:
Our second acclimatization day, you will be taken to Nagarjun Hill (5050m/1529ft). From here, you can have a beautiful view of mountain Makalu which is the fifth highest mountain in the world. We will have splendid highlights at island peak (6189m), Amphulapche (5663m), Baruntse base camp (5400m) and the white ice lake of Imja Tsho. After watching the surrounding scenery, we will back to our camp in Dingboche. Overnight stay at guest house.
Day 9: Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung:
After breakfast, the trek goes through Imja Khola valley and some stone walled fields. On the way, we will also have beautiful views of Mt Lhotse, Mt Ama Dablam, and Island Peak. The path ahead is crossed by ice streams. We continue our walk for half an hour and reach Chhukung. Then, we start our trek toward Chhukung Ri. From the top, we have a stunning view of Ama Dablam and Amphu labcha peaks. We descend back to Chhukung. Overnight stay at guest house.
Day 10: Cross Kongma La pass and Trek to Lobuche:
Early morning, we continue our trek to reach the highest part of the entire journey which is Kongma La pass. We can take a trail over a hill which is to the northwest of Chhukung over the Nuptse Glacier moraines. The top of the pass is marked by cairns and Buddhist prayer flags. The final descent from the pass is the most difficult part of today’s journey. After climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche.
Day 11: Lobuche to Gorak Shep:
Along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, our trial moves ahead. Through the path, we see the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse and other mountains. Next, we admire panoramic views of the Himalayan vista. We climb up on a steep track up to the top of Changri Glacier. As we touch Gorak Shep, we are bounded by the Himalayas with beautiful nature. After resting for some time, we continue to Everest Base Camp. We cross along the rocky dunes, moraines, and streams before reaching the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain, Everest. From here we admire Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains. We trek back to Gorak Shep and spend the night.
Day 12: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar and Trek to Lobuche:
We get up early, really early, in the morning to hike up to Kalapatthar, the highest elevation on the trip, for a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and other Himalayan panoramas up close with a spectacular sunrise over those mighty peaks. This never-seen-before view and sunrise on earth are going to blow our mind away alluring us to stay there forever. We enjoy the stunning Himalayan vista and descend to Lobuche where we stay the night. Overnight stay in Lobuche.
Day 13: Trek from Lobuche to Dzongla:
We are going to cross the famous Cho La pass. An early morning uphill struggle towards the pass challenges us in the very beginning of the day. When we reach Cho La pass, a spectacular view of the mountain peaks greets us. After spending few memorable minutes at the pass, we descend to Thagnak to stay overnight. The descent is a bit tricky, so we trek down carefully not to slip off.
Day 14: Trek from Dzongla to Gokyo via Cho La Pass:
As we gain height, the Cho La Lake begins to appear and the Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south and Cholatse soars on the west. Climbing the incline is not easy; it is steep but made worse by boulders over some of which we will have to scramble. The final climb to the Cho La can be a little tricky as the trail curves around a crevasse. The top of the pass is marked by prayer flags and Cairns. The scenery of majestic peaks on all directions is breathtaking. Although long, the path leading down to Thangnak is not difficult. Our trail brings us to the edge of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the longest glacier in Nepal. Reaching the other side of the glacier, we see the second Gokyo Lake on the series of six lakes. A short distance away is the third Gokyo Lake. On the edge of this lake stands the Gokyo Village where we spend the night.
Day 15: Rest and Acclimatization day at Gokyo, Climb Gokyo Ri:
We climb Gokyo Ri today and enjoy views of the incredible mountain vista. We can also tour the fourth Gokyo Lake today which is only 3km north of the Gokyo Village. Next, continue trekking to the 5th lake. The view from ‘Scoundrel's Viewpoint’, located at the edge of the 5th lake, is astonishing. Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu mountains and the huge Ngozumba Glacier are ours to admire. We trek back to Gokyo and spend the night.
Day 16: Trek from Gokyo to Marlung via Renjo La Pass:
We start the day early in the morning to complete the long day’s trek ahead. Our trail moves alongside Dudh Pokhari (lake) for a while. We walk for around two hours before descending towards the Renjo La pass. On the way, we are rewarded with extravagant views of the Himalayan and Rolwaling ranges and others. Views from the Renjo La pass is much like that from Gokyo Ri with the third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the gray-smear of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We also get outstanding views of Mt. Everest from the top of the pass. Continuing on from the pass, our trail winds down a stone staircase and then moves over loose scree to reach the south bank of Angladumba Tsho Lake. The presence of ice on the trail while descending down can make our descent a bit hazardous. Along the way, we see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. We walk down a narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Lumde where there is a support lodge, but it is often closed. We walk almost for an hour from Lumde to get to Marlung on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi River. Overnight at Marlung.
Day 17: Trek from Marlung to Namche Bazaar:
The descent from Marulung to Thame follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. We cross the Bhote Koshi River and descend to Taranga. The trail continues to descend, and we cross two bridges before reaching Thame. Overlooking Thame is its famous Gompa situated on a hill to the west. From here, we descend gradually on a trail that passes through a few small villages before reaching Namche Bazaar which is probably the biggest town in the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 18: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla:
It’s the last day of trekking when we trek to Lukla today. We walk past Monjo village; cross suspension bridges and walk past Phakding and advance towards Lukla. Once we reach Lukla to bring our trekking part to an end, we duly thank our supporting team members. If it were not for their amazing effort, our journey would be very difficult. We celebrate the joy of making it to the base of the highest peak in the world.
Day 19: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu:
We take a morning flight from the Lukla airstrip leaving the mighty mountains behind us. Another exciting flight with adventure takes us back to the city civilization. Once in Kathmandu, we spend leisurely time back in the chaos of the city after so many days of serene mountain air and incredible adventure.
Day 20: Final Departure:
As the last day on this trip, we drive you to the airport as per your flight schedule back to home or onward destination. We definitely hope that you enjoyed the classic Everest High Pass Trek and hope to see you for another adventure soon.