Three high passes trek and Everest base camp trek is one of the most memorable and challenge able for anyone of adventure lover. The trek takes in three high passes. All of these are The Kongma La Pass (5,535m.), Cho La pass (5420m.) and Renjo La pass (5,340m.) and as the trek also leads to the Everest base camp it is certainly one of the best trekking in the Himalayas.
Kongma La is one of the most scenically stunning treks of the Everest region. It’s the high point of their high passes. Kongma La is (5535m) through up valley starting to the steep climb up on the south face of Lhotse side. From here the views are unbelievable. You will be able to enjoy Mt Makalu, Mt Lhotse, Mt Nuptse and Mt Everest. Through the pyramid-shaped Italian Research center and then the Khumbu Glacier is very important to explore for every adventure.
Cho La pass and Gokyo Valley is less frequented than the busy route Everest base camp. Besides that, there are excellent mountain perspectives along the way. The challenging Cho La pass is (5420m) which also gives many opportunities for exploration of vibrant land. Lands like Gokyo, valley, Gokyo Lake and From here most of the spectacular views including Mt.Cho Oyu(8201m), Mt Gyachung Kang(7952m), Mt.Everest (8848m) herself.
Renjo La Pass trek is (5340m) This trek is quite an easy walking and hiking trails in Everest region. Renjo La is in between Thame village on the way to Tibet border Nag-pa-la pass and Gokyo valley and fifth lakes. Moreover, Gokyo valley and Renjo la pass trek lead you joyful Sherpa village Thamo and thame with them beautiful culture where gives us the chance to observe the day to day life of the local people who live in this remote region.
Four nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be for the two nights before trek and two nights after trek.
All accommodation whilst on trek.
You are able to choose any food, any tea and coffee from menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Trekking permits and National Park fees if needed.
Internal Flights and transport in Kathmandu.
Trekking leader, guides accommodation and food.
Porter accommodation and wages while on trek.
Trekking Leader, guides and porters insurance.
An English speaking tour guide for Kathmandu sightseeing
Private transportation in Kathmandu including all airport arrivals and departures. This is also for the sightseeing tours.
All government taxes and service Charge.
Medical Supplies (first aid kit).
Flights to and from Nepal
Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu/Pokhara.
Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure.Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.
All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason).
Tip for Guides and Porters.
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m).
Welcome to the country of Top of The World! As you arrive in Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will receive you and transfer to the hotel and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!
Kathmandu Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1300m).
A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country.The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!
Kathmandu to Phakding (2653m) Trekking time 3 hours
After an early breakfast we will head straight to the airport where we will fly to Lukla. The flight is about 40 minutes but one that you will never forget as we fly over the foothills of the Himalayas.We will arrive and as porters are employed to carry the luggage we will have chance for a cup of tea before starting the trek. Lukla is 2800m above sea level and we will be trekking to Phakding which is 2653m. It is a short trek around 3 hours- through local villages and alongside a river.
Phakding to Namche (3440m) Trekking time 6 to 7 hours
Today we begin the trail up the valley alongside the river. A easy morning trekking and we will be in Monjo (2835m) in time for lunch. This afternoon is where the uphill really kicks in! the reward is worth it as it is the first time you will get a view of Mount Everest . Today we enter the Sagarmatha national park and then we cross the Dudh Kosi river and through to the village of Jorsale. After this the steep climb up to Namche begins and it is at a well timed rest stop where we will see Everest. We will be in Namche on time and a well deserved rest. There are many shops here and a chance to relax and any supplies needed. Namche is at 3440m and so is where the altitude can sometimes start to effect people.
Acclimatize at Namche (3440m)
We will stay in Namache for an acclimatisation day with a walk up to a village Khumjung which is interesting to see village life and also you get great views of the mountains.As we will be walking higher to around 3780m this will also help in the acclimatisation process.
Namche to Teengboche (3860m) Trekking time 5-6 hours
Today we make good progress both in distance and in height as we finish in Tengboche which is 3800m. We will go through villages and see Nepalese Sherpa life and you will have many glimpses and photo opportunities of both Everest and also Ama Dablam. We will arrive at Tengboche which is the religious heart of the Sherpa region. There is a monastery here which is the largest in Nepal. We will get a chance to visit here learn about the religion and the culture of the region.
Tengboche to Dingboche (4419m) Trekking time 5-6 hours
We arise from our beds early today as we have the opportunity to go the monastery to join the monks for their early morning prayers. After returning to the tea house for breakfast we continue our trek to Dingboche. The morning is spent through a forest area with opportunities to see Musk Deer and other local wildlife. We then continue a gradual climb up to Dingboche at 4410m where we spend the night.
Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m) Trekking time 4 -5 hours
It is a slow but fairly easy walk to the bank of imja khola today, we again have a great views of the valley and also Island Peak , Ama Dablam and Taboche. We will arrive at Chhukung (4730m) which is an old sherpa village and will give us a great opportunity to see the local and traditional culture. Chhukung is at the bottom of the south face of Lhotse.
Acclimatisation at Chhukhung (4730m)
Today we will have an acclimatisation day. We will explore the Imja valley by walking and to the Imjatse which is more widely known as Island Peak base camp side. It will give us a great opportunity to see the valley and also see glaciers and of course photo opportunities of the Himalayan greats.
Chhukhung to Lobuche (4930m) Trekking time 8-9 hours
We leave early and we will be starting with a steep climb up on the south face of Lhotse side. It is a walk on a stoney trail and by the Niyang Khola river. While we are climbing up we will have a great view of Island Peak, Amphu Lapcha pass and Ama Dablam. When we arrive at the top of Kongma La Pass (5535m) we will be able to enjoy the views of Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse and many more. We then continue our trekking and we walk through the pyramid shaped Italian Research centre and then the Khumbu Glacier and we arrive at Lobuche (4930m) where we will spend the night.
Labuche to Gorak shep (5160m) Trekking time 8-9 hours
We will trek after breakfast to Gorak Shep which was the first base camp for the climbing of Everest in the 1950's. It is at 5160m above sea level. After a rest and lunch at Gorak Shep we will trek onto the Everest Base Camp which is used now. After this we will descend back down to Gorak Shep for an early night.
Gorak shep to Labuche (4930m) Trekking time 6-7 hours
We will get up early at 5am and after a cup of tea we will climb to Kala Pattar which is the peak of our trek at 5545m. The early morning will provide memories of Everest and her neighbours which will stay with you forever. We will spend time on the top giving everyone the opportunity for photos and to soak up the experience. After this we will descend back to Gorak Shep for lunch and then after that we will walk back down to Lobuche where we will spend the night.
Labuche to Dzongla (4830m) Trekking time 4 – 5 hours
Today we head for Dzongla (4830m) it is an easy and gradual walk through the Lobuche glacier with amazing scenery around us especially Cholatse. After the crossing of one of the famous suspension bridges and a short climb we arrive at our destination.
Dzongla to Thaknak (4750m) Trekking time 5-6 hours
Today we trek to the Chola pass, (5365m) which is one of the highlights of the trip. It is however one of the hardest days. The pass itself is not difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side and we will need to pass through some crevasses before we reach the top. We have to careful as the trail is vertical and can be laced by ice and therefore can be slippery. After this we descend to our night stop of Thaknak (4750m)
Thaknak to Gokyo (4750m) Trekking time 5-6 hours
Today we are on the trail to Gokyo and we have to climb up the steep path, but we get to have some amazing mountain views. We trek along the route through the longest Ngozumpa glacier and from the ridge we will have marvellous views of Cho Oyu, Gokyo Ri and other many Himalayas mountains.
Gokyo Acclimatisation (4750m)
We have an acclimatisation day in Gokyo and we will walk to Gokyo Ri. It is about a three hour walk and there we will have stunning views of all the mountains 4 of which are over 8000m as we stand at 5357m.We will spend a second night at Gokyo.
Gokyo to Lungden (4880m) Trekking time 8-9 hours
As we hike further to the top of the Renjo La through the grey smear of Ngozumpa Glacier we will have great views once again. We will be able to see again the Gokyo Lakes and the village and also we will have view of Mount Everest, Lhotse , Cholatse and Taboche . We will then descend to Lungden which is our home for the night at 4880m.
Lungden to Marlung (4210m) Trekking time 3-4 hours.
It is a short walk after Lond Pass today all the way we will descend and we will be crossing the water stream. We will arrive at Marlung (4210m) and have a well earned rest.
Marlung to Thame (3800m) Trekking time 5-6 hours
The terrain today is very alpine and there is a lot less vegetation. We will be able to enjoy the peace and relative solitude of this little trekked valley. We will walk parallel to the village of Yellayung on the side of the Bhote Khosi river. We have amazing views of villages and Sherpa life as we continue our descent to the village of Thame (3800m)
Thame to Namche (3440m) Trekking time 4to 5 hours.
The two villages of Thame and Thamo which we walk through today are very traditional Sherpa villages and we will get a great glimpse of how they live in the region. We will cross the Bhote Khosi river on the suspension bridge, and we will then have a good opportunity to see Musk Deer as the vegetation changes.We will get back to Namche where we will spend the night.
Namche to Lukla (2800m) Trekking time 6-7 hours
An early start to walk and The trail descend steeply for about one and a half hours. After that the path has small ups and down to phakding via Monjo. A relatively easy and short walk for your last steap trekking and we will be in Lukla hopefully 4 pm ensuring plenty of time for a wander through the village there is even a Starbucks!
Lukla to Kathmandu (1300m) Sighteeing
An early start to the airport and weather permitting a flight back to Kathmandu. We will arrive back to hotel mid morning and a welcome shower and clean clothes will be waiting for you. The rest of the day will be at your leisure with lunch, shopping in the Thamel and adjusting to civilisation!
Kathmandu sighteeing (1300m).
Today after a leisurely start we will continue the tour of Kathmandu by visiting the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. Boudhanath stupa is a world heritage site and a place which is an amazing place to see Buddhism and understand more about not only the religion but the Nepali culture. A group dinner will be had in the evening to celebrate the end of the trek.
Return to theHome . Extra days are available at your own cost but we will be happy to arrange this for you.
For all the Everest Treks you will be flying from Kathmandu to Lukla and then at the end of the trek, you will need to do the return flight. This flight is very weather dependent and can be delayed or cancelled at short notice if the weather is not suitable for this mountain flight. At Top of the World Treks, we will do our best to manage this situation and if your flight is cancelled we will do all we can to get you on the next available flight. It maybe is possible for a helicopter to be charted but this will be at an extra cost and up to the group at the time. We plan extra days into our itineraries in case this happens but you are also welcome to plan extra days if you wish.
We can arrange sightseeing and tours in Kathmandu if you wish on these extra days. If the weather continues to see cancellation then it must be decided on the group whether to continue to wait or transfer the trek to another range – such as Annapurna or Langtang. We will fully advise you if this becomes the case.
Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety. All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns. This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wishes are taken into account, however, the Treks leader decision is final.
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Equipment Check – List
What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about! We can advise you and help you and it does, of course, depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops selling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced. It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.
The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house treks. Use this list as a guideline. The basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below.
The following basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision.
-Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-Fleece jacket or pullover.
-fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)
-Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
-Lightweight thermal gloves.
-Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants.
-Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
-Sun hat or Scarf.
-Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.
-Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4).
-Sunglasses with UV protection.
-Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season
-Headlamp (eg Petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.
-Small padlock to lock trek bag.
-Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)
-Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.
-Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)
-Camping mattress, eg Thermarest pad.
-Small wash towel.
-Footwear, appropriate to the trip.
-Waterproof shell trousers/pants. (Preferably breathable fabric)
In addition to the items listed in our general checklist you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:
-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer.
-Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).
-Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.
-Trekking/ hiking boots with spare laces.
-Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
– Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.
-Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)
MOUNTAINEERING / CLIMBING CHECKLIST
In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:
-Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.
-Mountaineering Safety harness.
-Mountaineering Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal preference).
-120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking caravans.
-Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).
-Climbing helmet (optional).
-Jumper (Ascender & Descender).
-Rope and Snow bars.
Most if not all of this equipment will be needed for any trip that crosses steep, snow-covered ground, or which includes sections of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe, Crampons otherness/carabiners. During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your trek bag, in group bags until needed.
To minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use again, equipment rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them a lot cheaper than you find in Europe and the USA. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which gives you an idea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.
-All-purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)
-2 looking Carabiners, Climbing Sling.
-12 – point Crampons.
-Plastic Climbing boots.
FIRST AID MEDICINE
-Bandage for Sprains.
-Iodine or Water filter(optional)
-Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.
-Antiseptic ointment for cuts.
-Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
-Aspirin/ paracetamol- general painkiller.
-Oral rehydration salts.
-Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
-Anti – diarrhoea medication (antibiotic).
-Diarrhoea stopper (Imodium – optional).
-Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.
-Diamox (Altitude sickness – can be bought in Kathmandu.
-Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).
– For more details please see our staying healthy topic.