Himalayan Three Passes and Mt. Everest Base Camp in 22 days
(Renjo Pass 5360 meter, Tso La Pass 5420 meter and Khongma Pass 5580
US $ 2420
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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.
Day 02. Kathmandu city tour and trek preparation
be taken on a short city tour around to some of the World Heritage sites
in Kathmandu. Kathmandu city is a kind of open museum of ancient architectures
with the master pieces of wood and stone works. In the afternoon, we
will do the final preparation for trekking. We will make sure to pack
every item needed up in high altitude. We will rent or buy the items
if anything is in short. I will be with you to assist
on every step. We will check and recheck our equipment sets.
03. Kathmandu-Lukla flight, trek to Phakding 2750 meter
Flight delays 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
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 04. Phakding – Namche (3445 meter)
Early start 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 05. Namche acclimatization day
Acclimatization 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
Day 06. 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
Day 07. 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 08. 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
09. 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 10. 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.
11. 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
Day 12. Trek to Thaknak 4730 meter,
Crossing Ngazumba Glacier
Thaknak is 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 13. Thaknak to Zongla 4800 meter, via Tso
La 5420 meter,
Another early 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
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 14. 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 15. Lobuche Acclimatization and
Forth coming 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
Day 16. 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 17. Goraksep- Everest Base Camp (5364 meter)- Goraksep
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
Day 18. Goraksep to Lobuche
We have done and seen almost
everything by now. Easy start, we will trek back down to 8000 Inn, Lobuche.
We will have a good rest in the afternoon to store some energy to go
over Khongma La 5580 meter on the following day.
Day 19. 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 20. 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.
Day 21. Dingboche to Phortse 3850
An early start is better.
We will follow the same trail to Pangboche. We will stop at upper Pangboche
for lunch break. Pangboche to Phortse takes longer time than we can
imagine that is due to its folded geographical formation. It is like
in and out into those little gorges. We will walk carefully avoiding
going to the edge of the trail. At some sections we can stop to look
at the mountain range of AmaDablam, Kongtega, Thamserku, all of them
standing face to face. We may have chances to see mountain goats and
Himalayan pheasants. Musk deer are seen nearby the Phortse village.
For the night stop we will
reach Phortse village that is situated at the elevation of 3850, the
same height to Tyangboche across the village. Phortse has fertile land
where they produce potatoes during the Monsoon season.
Day 22. Phortse to Namche,
The trail takes down to the
river; Phortse Tenga. Then, it climbs up straight to Mong La 3970 meter.
We will stop there for a cup of tea to enjoy the mountain views. After
the tea break we will move towards the village of Khumjung for lunch.
Khumjung is a hidden village that is not seen from distance. After lunch
we will take an uphill for about half an hour, then all the way down
to Namche via Syangboche airstrip.
Day 23. 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 24. Lukla to Kathmandu flight
Get ready early morning, go
to airport check in lounge and wait for the flight.
25. 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,
*Accommodation, 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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