Trekking through the world’s highest passes is the dream of adventurers. The heavenly experience of Three High Passes via Kongma La Pass (5535m/18,159ft), Cho La Pass (5420m/17782ft) and Reenjo La Pass hiking (5446m/17520ft) is an unparalleled experience in mountain vista and snow-faced mountain scenery. These High Passes Trekking routes offer the best views of mountains above 8000m high and many others of lower heights like Ama Dablam, Pumori, Cholatse, Khumbutse, Khalanga, Nuptse and Lhotse mountains.
The Three High Passes Trekking route has an itinerary for those who want to experience the challenges and adventure of the mountain trails. The trail leads through Sherpa villages where unique customs and cultures can be closely observed while passing through the monuments, Buddhist Monastries, Prayer wheels and flags. At Sagarmatha National Park in the trail, which is a habitat of rare flora and fauna, the uniqueness of Himalayan survival can be understood. The spectacular wildlife one can encounter in their wild habitat include musk deer, blue sheep, Himalaya thar, barking deer, blood Pheasant, Tibetan snow cock, crimson horned Pheasant, yak etc.
Day 01:Arriving In Kathmandu(1250m)
Day 03:Phakding-Monju-Namche Bazaar(3441m)
Day 04:Acclimatization Day
Day 05:NamcheBazaar- Tyangbuche(3800m)
Day 07:Dingbuche- Chukung
Day 08:Acclimatization Day
Day 09:Chhukung-Kongmala pass-Lobuche(4900m)
Day 12:Zongla-Chola pass-Thagnak
Day 14:Rest day
Day 15:Gokyo-Renjola pass- Marlung
Day 16:Marlung-Thame-Namche Bazaar(441m)
Day 18:Fly Back to kathmandu
Day 19:Final Departure or onward for next program
Day 01Arriving In Kathmandu(1250m)Arrival in Kathmandu. Our airport representative will greet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by a private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office to know about the details of the arrangements. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 02Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding(2600m)Next morning we fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. The 40 minutes flight from Tribhuvan Domestic Airport (Kathmandu) to Tenzing Hilary Airport (Lukla) offers marvelous views of mountain ranges as rays of light fall on them. We start a 3-4 hours trek to Phakding shortly after meeting our crew members in Lukla. Overnight stay in a Lodge.
Day 03Phakding-Monju-Namche Bazaar(3441m)We continue along the trail soon after having our breakfast in Phakding. After crossing DudhKoshiRiver we register our permit number and group details at National Park office in Monju, the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park. Then we ascend to Namche Bazaar crossing the Hillary Suspension Bridge. Overnight stay in a lodge.
Day 04Acclimatization DayThis is the day to rest in the centre of Khumbu region, the Namche Bazaar. It’s also a day to adjust our body to the high altitude. Though we stay in Namche, it is recommended that we stay active and moving. The place is well facilitated with banks, ATMs and Cyber Cafés and you can also visit the Sherpa museum or visit the local community.
Day 05NamcheBazaar- Tyangbuche(3800m)We start for Tyangbuche after breakfast in Namche. On our way, beautiful views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse,Mt AmaDablam and Thamserkuaccompany us while walking the smooth and sometimes zigzag trail.
Day 06Tyangbuche-Dingbuche(4410m)The morning view of the mountain panorama is outstanding and you can click the breath taking views of Kangtega range, Thamserku, Amadablam, Taboche, Kwangde, Tengboche, Lhotse and Nuptse. Our day begins along the trail through ImjaKhola then toTengbocewhere we descend to river bank, through the rhodedondron and birch forest. At Debochewe visit a Buddhist nunnery and cross few chortens to reachPangbochewhere we can have a splendid view the wonderful mountains. One can easily notice the thinning vegetation on walking from upper Panboche to the dry and alpine terrain of Shomare. The apical ridge of Mt. Pumori can be viewed from Orsho then finaly we reach the cold and windy village of Dingboche where we stay overnight.
Day 07Dingbuche- ChukungOn the seventh day we wake up to find ourselves amid stone walled alpine landscape of Dingboche. We continue our trek through ImjaKhola valley to glacier moraines in the middle of towering mountains. Our walk continues for next 3-4 hours through the valley viewing Lhotse mountain and AmaDablam on our sides until we reach yak Bibre, the herdman’s place. Walking further we can have wonderful view of rocky and icy appearance of ImjaTse peak at the terminal moraine. Half an hour walk from Bibre leads us to Chhukung where we can view the glaciers, and snowy mountains. Overnight in Chhukung.
Day 08Acclimatization DayOn this day we chose to take rest at the height of 4750m/15,580ft of Chhukung to suit our body at this height. We could choose to hike to the rocky ChhukungRi or climb the base camp of Island peak and enjoy the stunning view of Lhotse, Island Peak, AmaDablam, Makalu and several othe including Baruntse. If we do not choose to hike we make sure that we keep ourselves active and not stay idle and sit leisurely.
Day 09Chhukung-Kongmala pass-Lobuche(4900m)Getting acclimatized to this height we start to ascend early in the morning. On this day we enter the remote hinterlands of the mountains where we cannot find any teashops further so we carry plenty of water for ourselves. We have option of either taking a climb over the hill northwest of chhukung over Nuptse glacier; the other option is to walk down the valley of Bibre then to high trail above NiyangKhola. On walking further we can have stunning view of Island paek valley and the jagged ridge of AmphuLapcha. On ascending along east side of NiyangKhola valley through stony trail we reach wide basin dotted with frozen lakes. We leave Chhukung after 5 hours walk through the trail Kongma La. We reach the top to see the prayer flags fluttering to mark the pass at ridge. Now the descend begins which is difficult and challenging experience to todays trek. We then climb the moraine on the far side, then turn north through the trail of Khumbu glacier which finally leads to today’s final destination: Lobuche where we stay overnight.
Day 10Lobuche-Gorekhshep(5100m)Ahead of Gorakshep the trail leads through the lateral moraine of Khumbu Glacier. Passing through the pyramid sign post we find ourselves we can view the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse etc. We can view the 360 degree vista of snow covered mountains after aascent toThangmaRiju. On climbing the top of Changri glacier we catht the sight of Kalapatthar, a green knoll beneath Mt. Pumori. When we reach Gorakshep we can view the snow capped mountains al around in cluding the crown of the world, the Everest. We then take trail to Everest base camp through once gorakShep Lake and reach Indian army mountaineers’ memorials on continuing. Upon reaching the Everst Base Camp we realize the hazardous route of Khumbu icefall. We can’t view the Everest as we stand at the base of peak but the close up scene of Nuptse, Khumbutse are no less enchanting experience which stand tall above the bright colored tents of the mountaineers. This is the ultimate point of our trip. We then walk back to Gorakshep where we lodge overnight.
Day 11Gorekhshep-Kalapathar(5550m)-Zongla(3810m)This is the climax of our trip which starts with the walk to catch dramatic view of shining Everest from Kalapatthar.As we descent to Kalapatthar we can catch breath while snapping the pictures of peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbuttse, Changtse appear to the East, the Everest revealing between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. After several hours we reach Kalapathhar where we sit to quench the ultimate thirst of eyes to see the unparalled Himalayan panorama. We leave our footsteps take away the memories and snapped pictures for the lifetime experience.
Day 12Zongla-Chola pass-ThagnakOn 12th morning we will wake up to see the mesmerizing view of Cholatse. The early part of this one of the toughest trip begins as we transverse through Dzongla across spur forest which then descends to a basin. As we climb the height again we see the picturesque view of Cholalake and Mt AmaDablam. The steep climb is made worse by boulders which then leads us to the curvy trails of Bergschrund. At the top, we can enjoy the sight of majestic peaks all around standing by the side of fluttering prayer flags. The descent to Thagnak is relatively easier unless the rocks are glazed by iced making the path slippery and hazardous. We stay in Thagnak for the night.
Day 13Thagnak-Gokyo(4700m)Early morning the next day we step out of the small village and keep following the trail through Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal. As we reach the other side of the glacier, we can catch the sight of second Gokyo lakes, which is one of the six series. On the edge of the third lake which is at short distance from the second; we see Gokyo village. Stay and rest in Gokyo for 1 day and 2 nights.
Day 14Rest dayTowards the end of second week of our trek we stay to rest in Gokyo valley. The acclimatization day is an excellent opportunity to climb GokyoRi which is one of the best place to catch view of Everest region, the six lakes. The fourth lake is 3 Km north to Gokyo with its high cliffs and peaks rising above it. The trail continues to the fifth turquoise blue shimmering lake which is the biggest. We can even climb the hills at the edge of lake to catch the breathtaking scene of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu. Beyond fifth lake there is Cho Oyu base camp, the breathtaking scenery is worth a watch.Its up to interest, curiosity, time and energy we have left with whether we go as far as sixth lake. We come back to Gokyo.
Day 15Gokyo-Renjola pass- MarlungToday we start to walk to Renjola pass early in the morning. We leave the main trail of Gokyovalley to take Renjola trail by DudhPokhari. After 3 hours walk the vista of the Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche can be enjoyed. The trail continues down the stairs to reach AngladumbaTsho. On further walking we see RelamaTsho and Renjo Lake then we walk through thee narrow valley teemed with giant boulders to Lumde. After an hour walk we reach Marlung, the place where we stay tonight.
Day 16Marlung-Thame-Namche Bazaar(441m)The next day we follow the traditional route that had been followed for centuries by the tibetean traders which is a descent from Marlung to Thame. Crossing BhoteKoshi, descending to Taranga we reach LangmucheKhola. We can view astonishing view of the mountains such as Thamserku, Katenga, KusumKangguruetc from the lodges besides seeing the famous Buddhist shrine (Gompa) at Thame. We cross the bridge reach Samde, the place which offers breathtaking beauty of mountain view. Down the steep path we reach Thamo village where there is a monastery called Khari Goma which is the nunnery. We reach the world’s highest power station built on Austrailian Aid, after which we reach a small village called Phurte where there is LaudoMonastry. Finally we reach to Namche through some gompas, prayer flags, chortensan Mani stones. Overnight in Namche.
Day 17Namche-Phakding-Lukla(2800m)This is the final day of the three day high pass trek. On this day we start from Namche and reach Lukla but the challenges are huge walking down the steep with shaky legs until we reach the airport area. Crossing the bridge over dudhkoshi
Day 18Fly Back to kathmanduAn early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. The taking off is a dramatic scene just as the landing. The rest of the day can be used for sightseeing or relaxation and celebration.
Day 19Final Departure or onward for next program Departure from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle. You can also extend your trip by opting for another program.
Finland Published: Thursday, November 17, 2016
The Everest Base camp trek
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