Himalayan Three Passes and Mt. Everest Base Camp in 24 days
(Renjo Pass 5360 meter, Tso La Pass 5420 meter and Khongma Pass 5580
01. Arrival in Kathmandu- transfer to Hotel
will receive you in Kathmandu Airport then escort to a 3 star level
hotel. Introductory talks with refreshment and dinner.
02. Kathmandu-Lukla flight, trek to Phakding 2750 meter
or cancellations often happen due to bad weather either in Lukla or
in Kathmandu. You will enjoy the magnificent views of the Himalayan
ranges from your seat in the plane. Flying over the high hills alongside
the Himalayan ranges and landing on the narrow airstrip at the elevation
of 2850 meter is an adventure itself. We will have breakfast in Lukla
then move to Phakding for lunch and stop for the day. We will stay at
Shangrila Guest House in Phakding.
It is just the time to experience
the land of Sherpa people and its natural-beauty of the villages, farming
terraces, Monasteries, stone prayer wheel and walls, zopkey caravans,
deep valleys, waterfalls, rivers and of course snow clad high mountains.
An astonishing natural beauty rejuvenates in your physical system, and
makes you fit for mountains.
Day 03. Phakding – Namche
is required for the day due to long distance and steep climb below Namche.
We will trek along the banks of Dudhkoshi river; crossing over the suspension
bridges for four times on the same river. This is the day you will enter
the Sagarmatha National park. All the documentation and entry fees will
be in your guide's responsibility. The fifth bridge we will cross is
over the Imja Khola. We will see Tao Tse peak from the bridge, in a
You have got to test your
ability below Namche while climbing steep terrain and gaining height
rapidly. Looking back provides fascinating views of Dudh Koshi valley.
But, many of the trekkers do not take a chance to look back because
they are gasping from taking height. We will trek with several stops
allowing our body to acclimatize in higher altitude. Don't push up yourself
harder. If you do push yourself the consequence will be headache and
other high altitude related sicknesses by the time you reach Namche.
In a clear day, you will have a chance to see Mt. Everest from Top Dada
below Namche. We will stay in Yak Hotel in Namche.
Day 04. Namche acclimatization day
day in Namche gives a few options to choose for the day; shorter or
longer. I recommend everyone to walk up above Syangboche airstrip. The
views from the ridge is outstanding, we will be surrounded by some of
high mountains of Khumbu region, including Mt. Everest. We can see some
of the ages old pine and juniper trees. Also, we can see the hidden
villages of Khunde and Khumjung.
Day 05. Namche to Thame (3850 meter)
The trek starts
an easy contouring through the trees, flat and going downhill at some
points. Then the trail passes through the village of Thamo. There is
a Khumbu Hydro-Electricity office on the left hand side of the trail.
The trail from Thamo takes uphill gradually, and then drops down to
the bridge on Bhote Koshi river. After the bridge there is a steep uphill
climb for about 45 minutes. Upon arrival in Thame, there are some Juniper
trees by the side of rock fence. We can see Thame Monastery up on the
cliff and Tengkhamo Tse peak on the opposite of the Monastery. We will
stay in the Sun Shine Lodge.
Day 06. Thame to Lungden (4350 meter)
We will follow
the bank of the Bhote Koshi river by gaining altitude, gradually. We
will stop at Marulung for a lunch break. Marulung (4210 meter) is situated
by the bank of Bhote Koshi river.
The trail ascends after crossing
the bridge over the river. From the bridge it takes about an hour and
a half to reach Lungden. We will stay at Kongde View lodge in Lungden.
Mountains seen from Lungden are; Kongde peak 6185, Mt. Numbur on Rolwaling
range, Tengkhamo Tse and some more peaks towards Tibet.
Day 07. Lungden acclimatization day,
This is an
acclimatization day, we will hike up to the ridge about 4700 meter,
above Lungden. There is no specific trail to go to the ridge. We will
follow the rocky gully. The view from the ridge is amazing, we will
be very close to the mountain peaks across the river valley. Walking
down the ridge provides great view of Bhote Koshi river valley down
to Thame and up towards Nangpa La.
08. Lungden to Gokyo 4790 meter via Renjo La 5360 meter
An early start
required to go over Renjo La. We must start walking before 5:30 am.
Carrying a pack lunch and enough drinking water for the pass is a must.
Just after the village of Lungden the trail takes up the steep slope
gaining altitude, rapidly. This steep terrain is tough to tackle; it
takes about one and a half hour. After that the trail reaches the flat
land, easier walk though it is too long way in high altitude.
There are beautiful lakes
before the pass. The trail takes too steep after the upper lake at about
5100 meter. The last bit of the climb is too difficult because of high
altitude and steepness. Reaching the pass at 5360 meter above sea level
pays off for all the effort given earlier. In a good weather, view is
like a WOW! Let’s pray for a good weather by the time we reach
there. We can see the 3rd lake of Gokyo valley, Ngazumba glacier, several
mountain peaks including Mt. Everest 8848 meter, Mt. Lho Tse 8516 meter
and Mt. Makalu 8485 meter.
Day 09. Climb to Gokyo peak 5360 meter for the
We will have
longer sleep and late breakfast to recover some energy that was consumed
on crossing Renjo La. We will climb up the Gokyo Ri to witness the Sunset
view on mountain ranges. Hope, we will have a good weather on that afternoon.
We will stay at Cho O U view lodge at the bank of 3rd lake of Gokyo
valley. Gokyo peak is the only spot that provides the view of four mountains
taller than 8000 meter; Mt. Cho O U 8201 meter, Mt. Everest 8848 meter,
Mt. Lhotse 8516 meter and Mt. Makalu 8485 meter.
10. Upper Lakes of Gokyo valley
We will start
to hike by 5:30am. The day goes with gentle uphill and flat most of
the time. But, it is too long in high altitude. It is a full day hike.
The 4th lake of the valley is situated at the elevation of 4890 meter
and the 5th lake is situated at 5100 meter. The most interesting thing
is that the 6th lake is divided into several smaller portions, situated
at 5150 meter above sea level. A few tough trekkers can make up to the
6th lake. It is quite an impossible mission for some ordinary trekkers.
The 3rd, 4th and the 5th lakes are the most beautiful and impressive
lakes in the valley. In a good weather, we can see the full view of
Mt. Everest from the 5th lake. Again, we’ve got to pray for a
good weather on that afternoon.
Day 11. Trek to Thaknak 4730 meter,
Crossing Ngazumba Glacier
just there, across the Ngazumba glacier. But the distance in the high
altitude is very deceptive- just there but takes a long time to reach.
It will take about three hours to cross the glacier and reach Thaknak.
Glacier is full of enormous natural energy, always restless. We can
see and hear many different movements under or above the ground. Rolling
rocks and underground bangs are common things while crossing the glacier.
It is what we call glacial sights and sounds.
We will have a good rest in the afternoon.
Day 12. Thaknak to Zongla 4800 meter, via Tso
La 5420 meter,
morning start required, we will hit the trail by 5:00am. We will follow
the small river all the way up in the valley. It is not too steep, but
the altitude. Reaching the ridge by the huge boulder at 5100 meter,
we can see the clear view of Tso La pass 5420 meter. From the ridge,
trail drops down for a while and then starts the actual non-technical
tough climbing to the pass. It is too dangerous to try going over Tso
La after a heavy snowfall.
There is permanent ice on the pass. We can cross over with a pair of
good boots, but careful steps required. Sometimes, I’ve seen some
trekkers using crampons to stay safer. The physical existence on the
pass keeps changing season by season. Size of the crevasses and step
ups and downs don’t stay the same. Some seasons we find it easier
and some seasons we find it more difficult.
After the ice flat the trail descend about 650 meter down to Zongla.
The descending requires more careful steps due to rocky terrain with
In good weather we can see
many mountain peaks including Mt. Amadablam 6868 meter. The appearance
of Mt. Amadablam is totally different from this angle.
Day 13. Zongla to Lobuche 8000 Inn,
The trail stays
contouring around the ridge with unnoticeable ups and downs. The mountains
we can see are; Tso La Tse 6335 meter, Tao Tse 6501 meter, Thamserku
6637 meter, Kangteiga 6782 meter, Kongde 6185 meter, Amadablam 6868
meter, Changri nup 6027 meter, Pumo Ri 7165 meter, Lingtren 6749, Khumbu
Tse 6685, Changtse 7543 meter (in Tibet) and Nup Tse 7890 meter.
We will reach Lobuche 4930
meter above sea level. We will stop there for a lunch. After lunch we
will have to walk for about 45 minutes to reach the Italian camp 8000
Inn 5010 meter above sea level. That will be the night stop. This is
the place for High Altitude Weather Research Center, EVK2CNR Nepal sector.
You can have a tour in the Laboratory of the research center. Not to
forget, we can have a high altitude hot shower experience at this place
if it is a sunny day. Some waiting time is expected.
Day 14. Lobuche Acclimatization and
days are more challenging so we have to be well acclimatized. We will
have longer sleep and late breakfast. We will walk up to the ridge above
the Researcg Center to have look at the wide view of Khumbu glacier.
We can see the destination of the following days; Kalapattar, Goraksep
and Mt. Everest base camp.
Day 15. Lobuche to Gorakshep (5160
meter) Kalapattar (5623 meter)
We will move
towards Goraksep 5160 meter. We will stay higher walking off the trail
for about an hour, then meet the main trail at the edge of Khumbu Glacier.
After this point we have to walk carefully while crossing the Changri
glacier. We will see huge glacial holes that can swallow anything into
it. Glacier crossing is not an easy task we need great effort to go
through. We will reach Goraksep where we will spend the night in one
of the lodges. After lunch we will be heading towards Kalapattar 5623
meter. It takes a few hours to reach the summit of the peak. If you
cannot make it all the way, you can stop at what you can make; that
gives you satisfactory view of Mt. Everest at Sunset.
will see some of the Khongma
birds running up the hill with super stamina. The birds are highly
respected by Sherpa people, kindly treat them as local cultural asset.
It is believed that harming the birds brings bad luck at home. The birds
do expect some handouts of leftover food stuffs like nuts and broken
biscuits. I often give some biscuits to keep them around me.
Day 16. Goraksep-
Everest Base Camp (5364 meter)- Back to Lobuche
It will be
a round trip to Mt. Everest Base Camp 5364 meter and back to Goraksep.
We feel like, "It is just there". But the distance in the
high altitude is very deceptive- just there but takes longer to reach
there. This trip needs a full day with pack lunch and sufficient drinking
water. Nothing more to see than the glacial structure, Mt. Everest itself
is not seen from its base camp. You will be surrounded by the Himalayan
walls. This is the day you can say, "I have been to the Mt. Everest
After the base camp we will rush
down to Lobuche for a warmer stay.
Day 17 Lobuche rest
day before attampting over Khongma Pass
We will have
a good rest day to store some energy to go over Khongma La 5580 meter
on the following day.
Day 18. Lobuche to Chhukung via
Khongma La 5580 meter,
We will start
the day by 6:00am, carrying enough drinking water and pack lunch for
the pass. After about 45 minutes walk from 8000 Inn we will enter into
the Khumbu glacier. It takes about an hour and a half to cross the glacier.
From the lateral moraine on the other side of the glacier the trail
drops down to the summer grazing pasture. We will take some rest before
the start of the climb. At the beginning, the climb is not bad. But,
the trail gets tougher as we climb higher. The last quarter of the climb
is too steep requiring bigger strides. We must be very careful stepping
on loose rocks. From a point, we can see the pass nearby but will take
ages to reach there.
Once you reach the pass; you
will be proud of what you’ve done once in a life time. It’s
really a big WOW! You will see three lakes just less than a hundred
meters below the pass. The biggest lake has got deep blue color, the
medium size lake has got green color and the smallest one has got gray
color. You will be very close to Mt. Nuptse 7890 meter and Mt. Lhotse
8516 meter. Looking across the lake from the pass you will see the mountain
ranges including Mt. Makalu and Mt. Amadablam.
The first bit of going down
from the pass is quite difficult. We should step down carefully. Tackling
tough uphill is over for the rest of the expedition. It is all the way
downhill to Chhukung that is situated at the elevation 4730 meter on
the lap of Mt. Lhotse
Day 19. Chhukung to Dingboche 4420
It will be
an easy morning unless you want to get up earlier to stroll around Chhukung.
After long hard days we will take a shorter, slower and relaxed day.
The walk for the day will be for about 3 hours all the way downhill.
We will reach Dingboche Peaceful Lodge for a lunch time. If you wish
to, you can walk up to Himalayan Café for a nice cup of coffee.
20. Dingboche to Tyangboche 3850 meter
A very comfortable
day to Tyangboche with the view of Mt. Amadablam most of the time.
21. Tyangboche to Namche,
early start is better to get to Namche earlier for some coffe and cakes
in Sherpa Barista Cafe. We will try to get to Namche for Lunch.
Day 22. Namche to Lukla
It is a long
day, again. Two day’s hike on the way up will be covered in one
day. There should not be any trouble doing this since we are well acclimatized
and trained in high altitude. We will stop in Phakding Shangri-La Guest
House for a lunch then to Lukla for the night.
Day 23. Lukla to Kathmandu flight
Get ready early
morning, go to airport check in lounge and wait for the flight.
24. Fly out from Kathmandu
to your further destination. Transportation to the airport is provided
covered in the package
not covered in the package
pick up and drop off Transport,
*Bed and breakfast in Kathmandu (Twins bed, 3 Star level hotel)
*All three meals and accommodation provided during the trek,
*Guided city tour in Kathmandu (Transport provided),
*Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu Domestic flights,
*Permit fees for National Park and World Heritage sites,
*Documentation for Traveller's Information card (TIMS),
*Two beds sharing room in standard lodges during trek,
*Porter to carry your belongings and guide service
insurance and Helicopter rescue,
*International flights, Visa fees,
*Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
*Bottled beverages and bar bills,
*Cost of re-hydration fluid in high altitude,
*Hot showers & Battery charging cost on trek,
*Staff gratuities/tips off
*Personal equipment sets,
*Non scheduled meals and other expenses,
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