Everest 3-Pass Challenge

Challenge yourself by crossing the three toughest passes in the region over 5000m to Everest Base Camp. 16 days.

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Everest 3-Pass Challenge

Challenge yourself by crossing the three toughest passes in the region over 5000m to Everest Base Camp. 16 days.

This trail is the most demanding and rewarding trek to Everest Base Camp. The trek takes you to three passes - the Goyko Ri (5357m), Cho La (5420m) and Kongma-La (5535m) - all with jaw-dropping views of the Everest region and its surrounding peaks. However, this massive achievement does not come easily: this trek takes you on steep climbs, over rocky terrain, through harsh environments; all to push you further than you’ve gone before. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Your challenging adventure includes:

  • 17 days of trekking through the Everest region with 2 days of acclimatisation and exploration
  • 17 nights of accommodation in teahouses
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Flights to/from Lukla
  • Local, professional English-speaking guides
  • Assistant leader on 4:1 basis
  • Porter on 2:1 basis
  • All meals during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Permits and entrance fees
  • Transfers to/from Kathmandu city
  • Airport transfers

Perfect for:
Experienced hikers who want to challenge themselves on a tough trail, with spectacular views over the Everest Region.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), your host will pick you up via private vehicle and drop you at your hotel. After checking in, you will have a 5:00pm pre-departure meeting with the guides to run through the final plans and arrangements for the trek.

You’ll finish your first day with a team dinner to get to know everyone before you fly to Lukla tomorrow!

Day 2: Flight to Lukla, trek to Phakding

This is your first day of trekking in Nepal after a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport in the Everest region.

Upon arrival at Lukla, you will meet the other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, start the trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until you reach Phakding, a village along the Dudh Kosi River where you will spend the night. You should have time to visit some of the nearby monasteries.

4 hours of hiking

Day 3: Phakding to Namche

Your day will begin walking through the beautiful pine forests and along the track to the Dudh Koshi River. One of the (many) suspension bridges is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge which has a wonderful viewpoint of the gleaming Mt. Thamserku (6618 m).

You will continue through the last village of Jorsale before a challenging uphill climb to Namche Bazaar. Here, you will get your first glimpse of Everest…

5 hours of hiking

Day 4: Acclimatisation and Exploration in Namche (3440m)

Today will be a rest day in order to acclimatise to the altitude. But don’t think this will be boring! Instead, you’ll hike to a nearby viewpoint to enjoy one of the spectacular views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, and others.

On the way back, you’ll walk around the Khumjung valley and have the opportunity to visit the Hillary School and Khunde Hospital, before heading back to camp for the night.

Day 5: Namche to Thame

You will pass along the popular Tibet trade route trail today, which is mostly occupied by Tibetan nomad traders. It will be a gradual ascent following the whitewater of the Bhote Kosi and the juniper forests until you reach your overnight in Thame.

5 hours of hiking

Day 6: Explore and Acclimatisation in Thame

If you’re oozing energy and craving more spectacular views, you’ll have the opportunity to hike to the Thame Monastery (3928m) which takes about an hour to reach. Otherwise, spend the day relaxing in Thame as you acclimatise to the higher altitudes.

Day 7: Thame to Lumdeng

The trails are quite easy as you gain altitude, giving you a chance to get used to the thinner air. As the trail moves above the tree line and away from the greenery, the land becomes dry and barren and you’ll be able to see the snowcapped peaks on the horizon.

When you arrive at the Lumdeng lodges, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of Rolwaling and Kwangde.

5 hours of hiking

Day 8: Lumdeng - Renjo-La Pass - Gokyo

The day starts in anticipation of the first major challenge of your trip. Renjo-La (5360m) is the high pass that connects the Thame and Gokyo valleys and offers some of the best views in the Everest area. The trek to the base of the pass takes about 3 hours, including an hour climbing up the steps and an even steeper climb just before the top.

The panoramic views upon arriving stretch West to the mountains of Rolwaling Himal and the Tibetan border, and East to the entire Everest range; you will be able to see Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Baruntse among others, with the Gokyo Lakes just looking up from the valley below.

6 hours of hiking

Day 9: Gokyo - Gokyo Ri - Gokyo

You will have an early morning start as you hike to Gokyo Ri (5360m). Here, you will be able to enjoy 360-views of the Everest region, including Everest and Makalu.

If you’re able to drag yourself away from these views, you’ll spend the rest of the morning hiking back to Gokyo (4790m) to explore the lake and Nagjumba Glacier. The views from Gokyo are in prime position to see Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Gyachung Kang and the big one; Everest.

7 hours of hiking

Day 10: Gokyo - Thanga

It will be another challenging day of hiking as you cross the Cho La to the Khumba. You will spend the night in Thangna, a small hamlet of basic houses, where you will prepare yourself to cross the Cho-La Pass.

4 hours hiking

Day 11: Thanga - Cho-La Pass - Dzongla

It’s an early start today as you head up towards the Cho-La pass (5420m). Steep inclines and rocky paths await you, but your efforts are rewarded by the amazing views from this high altitude mountain pass.

Besides the moraine trail, you may even come across ice falls if there’s been enough snowfall in the region. While the trail up is quite steep and often snow-covered, the descent from the pass to Dzongla (4830m) is relatively straightforward.

5 hours of hiking

Day 12: Dzongla - Lobuche

As you continue to turn north-east, you will have fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. Your trail will lead you along the Khumba Valley to Lobuche, a settlement of stone houses which sit in the middle of the icy wilderness.

One more day until you reach the goal.

5 hours of hiking

Day 13: Lobuche - Everest Base Camp - Gorakshep

On the twelfth day, you will ascend to Everest Base Camp (5380m).

Here the Sirdar’s duty is to have safely navigate the Khumbu Glacier and leave you with only the awesome, humbling South Face beyond. With the last climb, you will reach Everest Base Camp and spend some time to reflect and enjoy it. Many a new profile picture has been composed here.

Once you’ve soaked it all in, you will continue back to Gorakshep (5364m) for the night before beginning the full descent tomorrow.

6 hours hiking

Day 14: Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar - Lobuche

The best vantage point for viewing Everest and the surrounding peaks is at sunrise and so it will be an early start to experience these breathtaking views.

You will ascend to Kala Patthar (5550m) for its breathtaking views of Everest and many other mountains, before continuing to the sandy flat expanse of Gorak Shep and onwards until Lobuche.

6 hours hiking

Day 15: Lobuche - Kongma-La Pass - Chhukhung

You will start the day walking along Khumbu Glacier, until reaching a river which leads up to the Kongma La Pass (5535m), the highest of the trip. This is a much less crowded trek as it is one of the more challenging in Nepal. After crossing the pass, you descend to Chhukhung valley.

6 hours of hiking

Day 16: Chhukhung - Tengboche

And so down to Tengboche (3860m).

Leaving behind the 360-views of High Himalayan ranges, you will slowly descend to Dingboche before climbing to the Tengboche monastery. This World Heritage site is where the original Gompa was built in 1916, before being destroyed by an earthquake in 1934. You will get the chance to visit the new monastery which educates about 30 young monks, before spending the night in the village.

4 hours of hiking

Day 17: Tengboche to Namche

After seeing the magnificent view from Tengboche, you will descend down to Phunke Tenga (3440m), and then on another few hours to Namche, where you will stay for a night of celebrations.

5 hours of hiking

Day 18: Namche to Lukla

Today is the final descent into Lukla (2860m). On the way, you will trek through the forest of rhododendrons and pine until reaching the Sherpa village. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to say a final goodbye and thanks to the local team staff before moving on to Lukla.

4 hours of hiking

Day 19: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

You will leave Khumbu region and fly back to Kathmandu, where you will be taken back to your hotel. After a day of relaxing and reflecting over the challenge you have just completed, your team will meet up for some beers and dinner in the evening to celebrate a successful completion of your trek.

Day 20: Last day in Kathmandu

Enjoy a well deserved lie in and filling breakfast in at your hotel. You can spend your last day exploring the city or take the transfer back to the airport, and back to reality.

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

Generally, most adventures to Nepal are based in remote areas where the accommodation will be basic. We have different star hotels available in the city area but during the trek we will be staying at tea houses. They have dorm rooms, shared toilets and common areas. There’s no heating, so you need a sleeping bag. Wifi is often available for a small cost, and many places offer hot showers.

In Kathmandu, you’ll stay at the centrally situated Kathmandu Resort Hotel. The en-suite rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite television and wifi. Should you wish to treat yourself to a more comfortable place in Kathmandu, just let your host know and they will upgrade you to stay at the renown Kathmandu Guest House. The hotel is located in the heart of Thamel, close to the shopping centres and the heritage sites. The en-suite rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite television, 24/7 room service, exotic garden and a balcony to look over the city.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu - Deluxe Room Payable Before Departure
Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu £55.00
Full Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Full Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu £65.00
Additional Night in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Additional Night in Kathmandu £25.00

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Mount Everest is one of the most famous and awe-inspiring mountains in the world, capturing the excitement of mountaineers and trekkers alike since the 1920s. Combining the breathtaking scenery and unique Sherpa culture with the overwhelming sense of achievement from following in the footsteps of famous climbers, the Everest trek is one of most unforgettable and sought after adventures.

Kathmandu is famed for its World Heritage sights which include the holiest Hindu temples and one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world. Despite the 2015 earthquake which brought devastation to parts of the city, the heart of Kathmandu is as intoxicating and exciting as ever.

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Kathmandu, a city famed for its historical sights and bustling city centre.Your host will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Aiport (KTM) at any time of the day to be transferred to your hotel.

Finish point?
Your host can either drop you off at your hotel in Kathmandu or transfer you back to the airport.

Getting there and away?
Kathmandu is accessible via the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Book whichever flight suits you best. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • International airport tax
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Visa Fee
  • Travel Insurance (incl. helicopter evacuation)
  • Tips for guides (optional)
  • Late check out in hotels

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 8.

Nepal has a huge variety of different foods. Your guide will help you experience the vast array of foods available but ultimately you can pick what you like at a variety of prices. We recommend trying the Dal Bhat - a spiced mixture of lentils and rice - as it is the traditional Nepali day-to-day dish (not to mention it’s extremely healthy and affordable)

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

You’ll hike from 4 to 7 hours a day, averaging around and gradually ascend from 2610m to 5550m. Most of the trails are in good condition, however, there are some parts which are more challenging.

Much of the trek is within the capabilities of people with good fitness. Still, it is important to note that trekking at altitudes above 4500m is more demanding on the body than walking at low elevations. You will hike several days in a row above 5000m, which will affect the performance of your body drastically. This trail is a true challenge, even for experienced hikers in the Himalayas, however, it is perfect for everyone who seeks a physically challenging hike.

When you trek in the mountains, there always the risk of getting altitude sickness, regardless of how old, young, fit or unfit you are. The symptoms can vary from one person to the next – from a headache to breathing heavily or numbness in your fingers – and if you find any of these symptoms, you must descend the mountain. Your guide will always be around to help and instruct you to avoid any danger.

From October to December and March to May the weather is general warm at 10 - 15°C but as you climb higher, the temperatures will drop significantly.

Your host recommends to pack the following:

  • 1 pair rucksack/backpacks
  • 2 pair lightweight trousers
  • Sunglasses
  • 1 small daypack (20-30l)
  • Trainers
  • Money belt
  • Sunhat / warm hat
  • Mosquito repellent
  • 1 Torch / flashlight
  • 1 Swiss army knife
  • 1 Swimming costume
  • 1 pair shorts
  • Underwear (including thermals)
  • Personal medication / first aid kit
  • 1 Washing kit
  • 1 pair of strong walked-in mountain boots
  • 1 four-season sleeping bag (comfortable to -15c)
  • 1 down jacket / All-weather anorak
  • 1 water bottles (1 ltr.)
  • 1 pair waterproof gaiters / over trousers
  • 1 Inner sleeping sheet
  • 1 Medium sized towel
  • 1 Fleece/warm sweater
  • 1 Sweatshirt/light sweater
  • 2 Long sleeve cotton or (polypropylene) shirts
  • Warm waterproof gloves
  • 3 Pair heavy wool sock, 2 pairs light socks
  • Cotton headscarf/bandana
  • Waterproof pack cover
  • Sunblock / lotions
  • Water purifying tablets (if you don’t want to buy bottled water)

Yes, of course. We work with some of the best leaders in the industry. Every single one of them is government licensed.

In order to ensure guides’ high standard of performance, the host provides them with top-notch in-house training that covers, Leave No Trace (LNT) principles, advanced wilderness first aid, hyperbaric chambers, oxygen system, mountain rescue and incident management.

Trekking in the Monsoon season - June to August - is generally not recommended unless you enjoy the rain, cloudy skies and very slippery trails. Outside of the monsoon months of June to September, you can do an Everest Base Camp trek at pretty much anytime. October is thought to be the premium month to trek when skies are clear, temperatures warm during the day and not too cold at night, but this means the trails are at their busiest.

In the spring, there is more colour on the route to Everest Base Camp with flowering rhododendrons and verdant terraced fields on the lower part of the trek. April and May are the most popular spring months on the trail to Everest but, if you are seeking more solitude March is a good option.

For those who really don’t mind the cold, a Winter Everest Base Camp trek is a fantastic option. However, the temperatures are considerably colder, and can be quite harsh. Though it will be colder, especially at night and at higher altitudes, this might be a small price to pay to escape the crowds.

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Yes, of course. Just send any enquiries to the host and they will create a bespoke itinerary that suits your needs. Alternatively, have a look at our shorter itineraries.

You will be provided with a local English-speaking guide, private vehicle and all of the entry fees to the sites and attractions.

The tour includes: - The Swayambhunath, a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site; - The Pashupatinath Temple, one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for the devotees of Shiva; - Kathmandu Durbar Square which lies in front of the royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom; - The historical Bhaktapur monument.

Finish point?
Your host can either drop you off at your hotel in Kathmandu or transfer you back to the airport.

Getting there and away?
Kathmandu is accessible via the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Book whichever flight suits you best. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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