Everest Three Passes Trek - the ultimate 18 days trek to Everest region
We offer Everest three passes trek, probably one the best trekking in Everest Region, this trek covers all the highlights which this region has to offer.
Everest Three pass Trek offers amazing view points for breathtaking views of splendid Himalayan range of Everest region. The highlights of this trek is panoramic view from Gokyo Ri, breathtaking Gokyo lake, stunning passes and hike to Kalapather with a pleasant climb to Mt. Everest base camp.
Crossing the rugged high passes, Everest three pass trek is one of the most challenging and strenuous treks in Khumbu region of Nepal. The amazing passes are Renjo La (5338m), Chola-La (5368m), and Kangma-la. The stunning hike to the three passes link the four distinct valleys of Bhotekoshi, Gokyo, Khumbu and Imja tse of the entire Everest region, the most popular trekking destination in the world. While doing this trek we will have a great opportunity to explore the other great mountain highlights such as Gokyo Ri, Gokyo Lake, Kalapather and Everest base camp. Since this is a strenuous adventure trek, it is necessary to have physically fitness and experience of doing some trekking.
Everest three pass trek begins from Kathmandu with a scenic flight to a small mountain airport at Lukla. The trek begins with a pleasant hike to Namche via Phakding and Monjo. We have two nights at Namche bazaar for proper acclimatization before heading to the less trodden trail towards the Thame and Lungden close the Tibet boarder. Crossing the Renjo la pass is a tough but we get rewarded with breathtaking view of parades of Himalayan giants including Mt. Everest-8848m with pristine Gokyo lakes at single frame. We hike to Gokyo Ri for more panoramic views. Our trek continues on the largest Ngonumpa glacier before crossing the Chola la pass. We join the most popular Khumbu valley trekking route to climb Kalapather peak and to explore the Everest base camp. After EBC exploration our trek continues to Chukung valley from Lobuche crossing the amazing Kongma – la pass which is the last pass in our adventure journey. From Chukung, we trek down to Tengboche, the world famous place for its legendary monastery. We visit Tengboche monastery and trek down to Lukla via Namche Bazaar. Our tip: if you are having a problem in selecting the strenuous trekking in Khumbu region then stop searching and book this Everest three pass trek now with Alpine Eco Trek!
We provide an English speaking guide and necessary crew for your trek and arrange all the domestic flights and permits for Everest Three pass trek.
Everest trekking attractions:
Sherpas: Sherpa means "easterner" because they came from the Kham in eastern Tibet. One of the first persons to come to Khumbu came by way of the Rolwaling valley and Tashi Lhapcha pass. He opened this valley so other people could come to settle. Later many families came from Tibet over the Nangpa La (pass). He came to Khumbu from Kham Salmo-Gang (east of Tibet). His clan was called Thimi. When he came to Tibet, the people asked where he came from – “the cast part of Kham”. That is how the name Sher-pa, meaning east people, came to be.... See more.
For 600 years, people have migrated from Tibet to these mountain valleys in Nepal. There was a time of great unrest in Tibet when many Lamas, their families and followers left their homes looking for new places to live. They settled in the mountain valleys of northern Nepal. These places came to be called Yolmo (Helambu), Langtang, and Khumbu. Now they live in the Solu-Khumbu district, Sagarmatha zone of Nepal. They live in the highest places. In the Khumbu, they number about 9500 with a total of roughly 55,000 living in all of Nepal. The Sherpa language (a dialect of Tibetan), literature, history and Philosophy came from old Tibetan religious books.
Today approximately 55,000 Sherpas live in Nepal and around 9500 of them live in the Khumbu region on the south side of Everest. Since the 1950s, tourism has become the dominant source of employment and income in the area. Many Sherpas, as well as people from other ethnic groups, work as part of the climbing and tourism industry. While the Sherpa people retain their Buddhist religion and many of their traditional practices, this shift in the local economy and way of life has necessarily meant changes in the Sherpa culture. Among these, there has been a shift from regarding climbing the mountain as blasphemous, to regarding it as a source of economic opportunity and pride. Sherpas hold many impressive Everest records, including most times summitted for men and women, quickest ascent, without oxygen ascent, quickest descent, and most time spent on top and youngest climbers to reach the summit.
Sherpa Religion and Culture:
In Solu-Khumbu the most common sect of Tibetan Buddhism is the Nyingmapa, the oldest tradition. Sherpa and Tibetan lamas taught this religion to the people and organized the communities. These Sherpa and Tibetan Ngakpa (lay lamas) brought teaching from Tibet to Khumbu that were from Books hidden by the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Rinpoche. Lamas called tertons are incarnations of Guru Rinpoche who rediscovered these hidden teachings. Ter means “spiritual treasure” in Tibetan. A lama named Rigdzin Godem found some of these books, the Chang-ter, hidden in northern Tibet. The other lama, Nyatak – Nyung, found the Lho-ter in southern Tibet. The terton, Terdak Lingpa found the books and wrote the texts used in the Sherpa’s Pujahs, religious rituals.
As more people came to Khumbu, traditions started that helped to unite the villagers and to project the valley. Daily life revolves around each village Gompa/Stupa (temple). Closely tied to Buddhist beliefs are their daily activates of farming, herding and trading. Since the 1950s they have worked for tourists and earned fame on climbing expeditions.
Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park:
Most of the part of Everest trekking is within the boundary of Sagarmatha( Everest) National Park. This national park is spread in an area of 1148 square kilometers in Himalayan ecological zone in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The park was established on July 19, 1976 and was inscribed as a Natural World Heritage Site in 1979. The Park includes the upper catchments areas of the Dudhkoshi and Bhotehoshi Rivers and is largely composed of rugged terrain and gorges of the high Himalayas, ranging from 2,860m at Lukla to the top of the world's highest Mountain - Everest at 8,848meters above the sea level. Other peaks above 6,000m are Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Nuptse, Amadablam and Pumori. In this national park barren land above 5,000 m (16,400 ft) comprises 69% of the park while 28% is grazing land and the remaining 3% is forested.
In Everest region you will find varieties of flora and fauna. In the lower forested zone, birch, juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo and rhododendron grow. Above this zone all vegetation are found to be dwarf or shrubs. As the altitude increases, plant life is restricted to lichens and mosses. Plants stop to grow at about 5,750 meters (18,860 ft), because this is the permanent snow line in the Himalayas.
The forests of Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park provide habitat to at least 118 species of birds, including Himalayan Monal, Blood pheasant, Red-billed chough, and yellow-billed chough. This Park is also home to a number of rare mammal species, including musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and red panda. Himalayan thars, langur monkeys, martens and Himalayan wolves are also found in the park.
Tengboche Monastery is a famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in the Tengboche village in Khumjung. This monastery is also known as Dawa Choling Gompa. Situated at 3,860 meters (12,687 ft), the monastery is also the largest Gompa in this region. The monastery was built in 1916 by Lama Gulu with strong links to its mother monastery known as the Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. However, in 1934, it was destroyed by an earthquake and was subsequently rebuilt. In 1989, it was destroyed for a second time by a fire and then rebuilt with the help of volunteers and international assistance. In the background of this monastery there is good view of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Lhotse and others. In Everest trekking area apart from Tengboche monastery, Thame, Khumjung and Pangboche are some other famous monasteries.
Everest three passes trek short itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley and trek preparation day.
Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2860m) trek to Phakding (2640m), 35 min flight, 4 hrs trek.
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 05: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazzar to Thame (3850m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 07: Trek from Thame to Marulung (4210m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 08: Trek from Marlung to Lungden (4380m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 09: Trek from Lungden to Renjo La pass (5360m) to Gokyo (4800m), 5 to 6 hours trek.
Day 10: Rest day at Gokyo, hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m), 4 hrs trip.
Day 11: Trek from Gokyo to Thaknak (4750m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 12: Trek from Thaknak to Cho La to Dzongla (4830m), 7 to 8 hrs, trek.
Day 13: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche 4900m), 4 to 5 hrs trek.
Day 14: Trek Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170m) to EBC (5364m) and back to Gorak Shep, 9 hrs trek.
Day 15: Hike to Kala Patthar (5545m) then to Lobuche (4900m), 6 to 8 hrs trek.
Day 16: Trek from Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m) to Chhukung (4,730m), 6 to 7 hrs trek.
Day 17: Trek from Chhukung to Tengboche (3860m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 18: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazzar, 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 19: Trek from Namche Bazzar to Lukla, 6 to 7 hrs trek.
Day 20: flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes.
Day 21: Final departure.
Trip cost: Please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.
Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.