Complete Details of Everest Three Passes Trek

22 Dec 2020 Musical Trek

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Everest three passes trek is the scenic and adventure trekking trail in the Khumbu region of Nepal. It lets you experience real high altitude adventure by crossing three high passes. Everest high passes the trek route led into the different glacier valleys of Khumbu. The trail ascending exceptional viewpoints than rewarding breathtaking sceneries of mountain and glacier.A trail crossing three high passes Renjo La (5,360 m), Cho La (5,420 m) & Kongma La (5,535 m). Also summit Awi Peak (5,227 m), Kala Patthar (5,645 m), Chhukung Ri (5,560 m), Sundar/Sunder Peak (5,360 m), Gokyo Ri (5,360 m), and Ngozumpa Tse (5,553 m). En route of the trek explore the turquoise lakes like Imja Lake, Cholatse Lake, Gokyo Lake, and Kongma Lake.
high passes trek is recommended for the good physical level folk. Who are looking to do a truly bold adventure on the unstable path onto the glacier valley and rugged mountain. Where trekkers need to walk approximately 10-12 Km a day while ascending and about 18-20 Km a day on going down. 

Everest High/Three Passes Trek Itinerary

Everest high passes trek itinerary can be built in different ways based on your preference. It is one of the longest trek routes in the Everest region that can be done in 3 or 4 weeks. Trek length depends on the walking distance a day and choosing side day trips. There are various ways to begins the Everest three/high passes trek. Either fly To Lukla airport or take a day’s drive from Kathmandu to Khari Khola, the nearest bus station.

Wherever the journey begins there is a single route till Namche Bazar. Then the option to choose a clock or anti-clockwise to go over the three passes. A hike starting from Khari Khola/Phaplu/Pikey Peak is simply best than fly Lukla airstrip. It takes a few extra days to join the main trail but definitely worth a visit. Wiser to keep some leisure day between instead of keep hiking because acclimatization is required.
Most popular and recommend itinerary of Everest high/three passes trek
Everest High/Three Passes Trek by Drive
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Khari Khola (2,020 m)
Day 02: Trek from Khari Khola to Paiya (2,820 m)
Day 03: Trek from Paiya to Phakding (2,620 m)
Then follow the below itinerary from day 02
Everest High/Three Passes Trek With Lukla flight
Day 01: Fly to Lukla then trek to Phakding (2,620 m)
Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440 m)
Day 03: Rest day in Namche Bazaar and day trip to Hotel Everest View
Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazar to Thame (3,860 m)
Day 05: Day trip to Sunder/Sundar Peak (5,350 m)
Day 06: Trek from Thame to Lunden village (4.650 m)
Day 07: Trek from Lunden trek to Gokyo Lake (4,770 m) via Renjo la pass (5,360 m)
Day 08: Side trek to Ngozumpa Tse (5,553 m) and explore Gokyo valley
Day 09: Climb to Gokyo Ri and trek to Dragnak/Thagnak village (4,700 m)
Day 10: Trek from Dragnak village to Zonglha via Cho La Pass (5,420 m)
Day 11: Trek from Zonglha to Lobuche (4,920 m) Via Awi Peak (5,227 m)
Day 12: From Lobuche trek to Gorakshep (5,180 m) and side trek to Everest base camp
Day 13: Side trek to Kala Patthar viewpoint (5,645 m) and trek to Lobuche
Day 14: From Lobuche crossing Kongma La Pass (5,535 m) to Chhukung village (4,780 m)
Day 15: Climb to Chhukung Ri (5,560 m) and explore Imja valley
Day 16: Trek from Chhukung to Tengboche monastery (3,838 m)
Day 17: Trek from Tengboche monastery to Monju (2,940 m)
Day 18: Trek from Monju to Lukla (2,860 m)
Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu (1,345 m)

Getting and exit on Everest High Passes Trek

There are several different starting points on the Everest High Passes trek. The trek duration depends on the starting and ending point of the trek.

Plane
Lukla is the main entrance of Everest three passes trek, most trekkers fly-in, and fly-out. Small 16 seat airplanes operate a daily flight from Kathmandu and Manthali. As the runway is nearly 12% steep and 527 m long any time can be inconvenient and then the flight can be delay cancel. It is a 45-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (Tenzing-Hillary airport). About a 22-minute flight from Manthali (Ramechhap) to Lukla. If prefer to starts a trek from a lower elevation, Phaplu airport also an option. Tara and Summit air operating three flights a week from Kathmandu to Phaplu.
Whenever regular flights are delayed or canceled most travelers catching Helicopter, private, and shared helicopter departure from Kathmandu airport to Lukla. The chopper carries 4/5 people (depend on weight) and the cost depends on the demand and the price rise-up during the peak trekking season. 

By Road
Before the regular flight operates to Phaplu and Lukla, hiker walked all the way from Jiri or Phaplu. The classic route is existence, and yearly some trekkers begin the trek from either Phaplu or Khari Khola or Kinja. Below Lukla is less touristic and offers diverse experiences including shaky downhill and strenuous uphill climbing. Pave drive road linked to Phaplu and Jiri from Kathmandu, then muddy road extends to Khari Khola. Roughly 10/14 hours’ drive from Kathmandu to Phaplu/Khari Khola/Kinja. Full day drive would be lengthy and tiring on the switch-back and dusty road but it offers diverse landscapes of mother nature.   

How hard is the Everest High/Three Passes Trek?

Everest three passes trek widely recognized as one of the challenging trekking trails in the Everest region. That goes over many of the high passes above 5000 m and also the non-technical peaks are on the option. The weather is not predictable around this altitude, and anytime can be harsh not recommend travel alone. As the glacier melting, the moraine keeps moving, and not easy to follow other trekkers’ feet print and marked during the off-season. The Cho la pass is slippery as well as icy and since Kongma la pass is newly discover does not have a clear path.

Everest Three/High Passes Trek Permits Cost?

Permits are mandatory for Everest high/three passes trek. And two different trekking permits most get and it checking along the trek. Everest national park fees cost Rs-3000/U$D26 and local government fees Rs-2000/U$D18. Then another permits TIMS card is optional which cost Rs-2000/U$D18. All these permits can be bought on the route. There is an entry point for all these permits at Monju, the entrance of Sagarmatha national park.

Everest High/Three Passes Trek Cost?

Everest three passes trek can be organized tented camping and lodge trek. The camping trek cost is vastly different than the tea house trek. Also, luxurious accommodation is available in several Sherpa villages. Everest three passes trek cost depends on the facilities choosing along the route.  Nepal-based local trekking agency conducts Everest three/high passes trek package at USD1200. The trek price can be changed as services and trek duration extend.

Accommodation on Everest High Passes Trek

No need to worry about accommodation en route of the Everest three passes trek. Sufficiently private and shared room available with private bathroom. There are a lot of lodges along the road to Everest base camp. Vary prices room available from $4 to $200 per night at the different village. The private bathroom is available in several places and beyond that share bathroom. Though, during the peak trekking season, October/November and March/April room fully booked at Lobuche and Gorakshep. Most of the guesthouses have a light on the bedroom and toilet located end of the building. The thin light blanket, pillow, and bed sheet in the room.

Meals and drinking water on Everest three passes trek

Food will be not a problem on the trek but diverse taste than home. Varied food items are listed on the menu card like Chines, India, Nepalese, Mexican, Italian, and continental, etc. We advised skipping the meat because the meat is not fresh and hygienic except for the valid canned meat. The fruits are available till Namche Bazar indeed the cost high. The luxury hot drinks are in the option at Gokyo Lake, Namche Bazar, and Dingboche. The chocolate bar and dry fruits also available in several places but as it has to carry from nearest town it looks overpriced.
In regards to the drinking water, mineral water is available throughout the journey that costs about $4 ltr. And build water is slightly cheaper. You may also take water purification tablets and purify the stream water and drinking it. But still advised drinking proper bottle water at Gorakshep because of glacier water.

Best season for Everest High/Passes Trek

Since a trek is challenging and the adventurous right time is mandatory the best season makes a trek easier and comfortable. Maximum time traverse above 4000 m and possible to have snowfall any time from October to March. September to November is the best time of the year for the Everest high passes trek. This season is post-monsoon no haze and no fog above the valley and the superlative Himalayas view with blue sky. Then April/May and early June is another time of the year, the trail is colored by wildflower of Rhododendron, magnolia, etc. Still, the weather and temperature of the high altitude are not foreseeable that’s why should advance prepared against the cold and snow.

Electricity power supply in Everest Three Passes Trek

Everest High Passes Trek is an almighty adventurous hike, on the rugged mountain. And the route extends the far distance of a permanent human hamlet. Hydroelectricity is available throughout the permanent village up to 4000 m altitude. Beyond that solar panel power accessible with limited energy. And possible to charge the electronic device with extra sum. Still wiser to pack torch/headlight. The local mini-hydropower supply electricity at Thame, Namche Bazar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Phakding, and Namche.

Internet and Wi-Fi connection on Everest High Passes Trek

The internet is compulsory in human life no matter whether traveling or working. During the holiday the internet makes it easier to connect with family and friends. There are several ways to stay connect on the internet but the service is not as good as back at home. The Wi-Fi services available in each lodge up to Gorakshep and the prices are based on places. The telecom (Ncell & Ntc) 3G/4G also working several places as long as you have to insert a sim-card on phone.
The Everest link Wi-Fi hotspots are the most effective service on the Everest three passes trek. The credit and recharge can buy most of the village, service available at Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Ri etc.

Lukla Flight

Lukla airport is the getaway of Everest Region Trek and most of the trekkers take Lukla flight from Kathmandu or Manthali. Lukla airport runway established in 1964 and Edmond Hillary support. The airport paved in 2001 and it renames Tenzing Hillary airport in 2010. It is one of the short runway airstrips in Nepal with 527 m in length and 30 m in width.
Since the airport laying above the Dudh Koshi river on the foot of the mountain. The minor weather forecast disturbed the Lukla flight. As the airport laying between the mountain and river the weather always unpredictable. The flight often delays few hours and also cancels several days. Since the flight can be disturbed by weather astute to have buffer days before and after the trek.

 

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