Bharal Adventure
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Everest Three High Passes Trek

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USD $ 1,895 per person

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Duration
20 days
Max. Elevation
5554m
Group Size
Min 2
Level
MODERATE
Transportation
Private Transportation
Best Season
March to May Sep to Dec
Accomodation
Hotels and Tea Houses
Meals
Breakfast in city & BLD during the trek
Starts at
TIA, Kathmandu
Ends at
TIA, Kathmandu
Trip Route

Highlights

Overview

The Everest Three High Passes Trek takes you along the Lapland of the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest. This package is one of the most thrilling yet charismatic treks offered by Bharal Adventure. It also gives you the exclusive opportunity to scale three high peaks. The three high peaks are Chhukung Ri, Kala Patthar, and Gokyo Ri. As you cross through three of the high passes in the region that are Kongma- La (5,535/18,159 ft), Cho-La (5,420m/17,782 ft) and Renjo-La (5,340m/17,520 ft). 

Everest Three High Passes Trek is one of the most incredible trekkings in Nepal,  Traverses through the diverse Himalayan flora and fauna, rough terrain and ethnic villages, all with the backdrop of mighty Himalayan peaks, this trek also gives you the exclusive possibility to explore the untouched valley of Nangpa-La, the Sherpa village of Marlung and the monastery village of Thame along with other numbers of ethnic villages and pastoral settlements we encounter on our trail. Among three passes the journey starts with the crossing of the Kong Ma La Pass then Chola Pass and eventually the third Renjo La Pass.

This 20-days trek is the Himalayan delight for the trekkers. Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. offers this Trek at the most competitive price with high-quality services. If you are an admirer of the mountain madness then this is the right trekking package to choose. Bharal Adventure assures you the best hospitality and quality services. The good relationship is precious than anything else we believe it. So, Let’s list the awesome journey in our lifetime list together.

Additional Info
The Trekking Group
For this trek there will be one leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size but we after years of experience we have found a maximum of twelve people to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to book this trip for a larger group then that can be arranged too.

Accommodations
You will be staying 3-star hotel in Kathmandu; and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 360. Bharal Adventure will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

Meals
All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided during the trek whereas breakfast will be served in Kathmandu. During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well as Tibetan, Indian and the more common continental cuisines. We have breakfast and dinner on guest houses where we spend the night and have lunch on the way. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners.

Leader(S) & Staff Arrangements
The most significant thing that makes our Everest Base Camp Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek leader and the crew members with ability of operating our days in the mountain smoothly. Our trek will be led by the best and most professional leaders. All of Bharal Adventure's trekking leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Bharal Adventure only employs local staff who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region(s). The trek and expedition leaders have undergone the following trainings:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)
Porter Care
Bharal Adventure is firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated and well paid. Further, Bharal Adventure provides the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members. We have previously used helicopters at company's expense to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter's sake, all trekkers keep their luggage bag weight under 15kgs/33 pounds. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.

Environmental Concerns
The Everest region is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do. Hence, the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Bharal Adventure employs a 'zero impact' policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live at the traveled places. We enforce a number of do's and don'ts. We also work alongside KEEP in order to maintain our environmental concerns.

Travel Insurance
It is a condition upon joining any of Bharal Adventure's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.

Acclimatization
Since we cover high mountain passes on our trek it is important that we plan the itinerary with utmost consideration of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air and our body needs time to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. Therefore, three days have been set aside for acclimatization. We will be resting in Namche Bazaar, Chhukung, and Gokyo, which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
Everest High Passes Trek is a difficult trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light rucksack. In some days we might even need to walk 8 to 9 hours. Walking in higher altitude is more physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness, positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for a few months prior to the trip is a good idea as it will enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience is preferred but no technical skill is required. It is important that we consult with our doctor before booking this trek. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform Bharal Adventure before booking the trek.

Best Time To Travel
Autumn (Sept to November) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Everest High Passes Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views.

Equipments & Packing List
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Bharal Adventure inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Trip Itinerary

The guests shall be greeted by a representative of Bharal Adventure who is responsible for taking them to their hotel upon their arrival. The dinner comprising of authentic Nepali food is the preliminary firsthand experience of the Nepali culture that the company offers you.

A guided tour around the historically and spiritually significant landmarks in Kathmandu will be scheduled after breakfast. These landmarks constitutes of Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath – the Monkey Temple, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the afternoon, pre-trip discussion session will be arranged enabling the interaction between trek leader, crew and the guests.

An early morning flight from Kathmandu rewarded by breathtaking views of green and white mountains takes the team to the gateway destination, Lukla from where the trek begins. After assembling other crew members in Lukla, the convoy shall commence their trek through the prosperous village of Lukla across Cheplung village from where few hours descend will take us to Phakding.

A pleasant walk through Dudh Koshi River rewarded with the magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m/21,675 ft) at Benkar village begins just after breakfast. Passing through the villages, trails and bridges takes the team to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. Descending from there to Jorsale village, team starts the climb to Namche Bazaar as they arrive at Hillary Suspension Bridge traversing through the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi. A break at Chautara is made to admire the spectacular views of the highest mountains in the region. An hour walk further and the team reaches the trading center of the region – Namche Bazaar.

This first day of the three days of acclimatization in this expedition is spent either with a day’s hike to Thame or Khunde. If not, exploration of Namche Bazaar, the major trading center of the region that has restaurants, ATMs, a bakery and colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday, could be arranged. Also a few hours’ side trip to Khumjung Valley could be arranged where the travelers could take delight in local culture existing amidst the glorious mountain views.

Enjoying the marvelous views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku, the trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche comes to an end. The team treks towards Pangboche and then descends to Kayangjuma. After passing through Sansa, the major trail junction to Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp, the team disembarks at Phunki Thenga for lunch and rest. It requires a short tough climb from here to Tengboche. Lunch is provided at Phunki Thenga.

The day begins with the flawless view of the monastery at Tengboche with the mountains at its backdrop. The team will take the upper trail to Pangboche village passing through a number of Chortens and Mani walls and small hamlets. The afternoon will be made blissful with a walk north to Pheriche or eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Mt. Ama Dablam. A moderate walk to Imja Valley, descending through the confluence of the Lobuche River followed by the steepest climb of the day takes the team to Dingboche.

Passing through the stone-walled fields and Imja Khola Valley, we enter the glacier moraines amidst the towering Himalayas from where the trail continues to Bibre, a yak herdsman place. From here, we enjoy the tremendous view of Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labsa mountains and move ahead along the trail intersected by icy steams continuing our walk for around half an hour before reaching Chhukung, surrounded by glaciers and Himalayas. From here, we can hike further to a rocky knoll of Chhukung Ri offering the dazzling views of Lhotse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu and other peaks.

We will be staying at Chhukung for the night before crossing Kongma-La Pass so as to take proper rest as well as acclimatize ourselves better. We will trek to Chhukung Ri today for acclimatization, which is located directly above the Chhukung village. From the top, we will view the enchanting sights of the Himalayas such as Ama Dablam and Amphu Labsa peaks before descending back to Chhukung for the night.

Beginning our trek early in the morning, we reach the highest part of the entire trip, Kongma-La Pass. There are two ways to that we can take, among which the first trail goes over a hill which is to the northwest of Chhukung over the Nuptse Glacier moraines while the second walks back to Bibre and follows the trail above the Niyang Khola. The top of the pass is marked by cairns and Buddhist prayer flags. The final descent from the pass is the most difficult part of the day’s journey. After climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier taking us to Lobuche. Another option is to trek through Kongma, however, we can go directly to Lobuche from Chhukung if we want to avoid the strenuous Kongma-Lass Pass.

On this day, the trek along the trail to Gorak Shep goes through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier convoyed with the revelation of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern and many more. A small ascend to Thangma Riju with further steep climb through the torrent of Changri Glacier takes us to Gorak Shep. A quick lunch is served at Gorak Shep after which the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once immense Gorak Shep Lake is taken. The team returns back to Gorak Shep for the night.

The several hours ascend to Kala Patthar sets off before the first day light breaks to see the mystifying sight of sunrise engulfing Mt. Everest into its embrace. Breakfast is served upon the return to Gorak Shep. The team visiting Everest Base Camp on this day will have early breakfast and start their hike. After the return of both teams, lunch shall be served at Gorak Shep and descend to Lobuche commences.

Trekking downhill on a trail alongside the Khumbu Glacier, we find ourselves into the trail that splits into two among which we choose the one on our right. Passing through a stupa and tombstones in the distance, we walk for a while before beginning to ascend. During the ascent, we get the view of Chola Tsho Lake coming closer. From here, we continue further passing another lake smaller than the Chola Tsho Lake. We reach Dzongla as we cross the Chola Khola through a bridge.

As we ascend up, we begin to see the Cho La Lake in front of us presiding on the foreground of Ama Dablam and over mountain ranges on the south and Cholatse on the west. This steep climb is made worse by boulders over some of which we will have to scramble before climbing finally to the Cho La along its tricky curves around a crevasse. Marked by the prayer flags and cairns, the top of the pass also offers majestic views of the mighty peaks in all directions. We follow the long path leading down to Thangnak arriving close to the edge of Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal. As we reach to other side of the glacier, we get the view of Gokyo Lake on the series of six lakes from where a short distance away is the third Gokyo Lake. The Gokyo Village, where we will be spending our night, is at the edge of this lake.

A trek to Gokyo Ri will be arranged on this day with the exciting prospect of visiting the other three mesmerizing lakes of the Gokyo Valley. Thonak Tsho and Ngozuma Tsho are the fourth and fifth lakes beyond which the base camp of Mt. Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang being in close proximity. The view from ‘Scoundrel’s Viewpoint’ located at the edge of the fifty lake is simply charismatic. Further exploration to the sixth lake shall depend upon the interest of the team and the availability of time.

Starting early in the morning, we move alongside Dudh Pokhari for a while before descending down towards Renjo-La Pass enjoying the mesmerizing views of the Rolwaling ranges and other magnificent Himalayas. Going down from the pass towards the stone staircase moving over a loose screen to reach the south bank of Angladumba Tsho Lake, we go down following the rough and hazardous trail, however, blessed with Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake views. Walking down a narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Lumde , we move forth for yet another hour to get to Marlung that is resting on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi River.

Following the traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders, we cross the Bhote Koshi River and then descend to Taranga continuing down and crossing two bridges before reaching Thame where we will visit the famous Gompa situated on a hill to the west. From here, descending gradually on a trail passing through a few small villages, we reach Namche Bazaar where we will be staying for the night.

Despite the route being the same, the journey from Namche Bazaar to Lukla feels completely different blessed with the views of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests and snowcapped mountain peaks.

The forty minute early morning flight to Kathmandu enables the team to either plan more sightseeing in Kathmandu or spend the rest of the day relaxing and shopping for souvenirs in Thamel with or without assistance of representative from Bharal Adventure. To commemorate the end of the adventurous expedition in the land of mountains, a farewell dinner shall be organized where the guests will have one more chance to indulge in the delicacy of authentic Nepali meal before they plan their next tour to the country.

The mountain expedition marks its end today with the team bidding goodbye to each other and sharing their farewell and well wishes during and after breakfast. The guests shall be escorted to the airport by a representative of Bharal Adventure three hours before their scheduled flight.

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Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English,French,Chinese, German-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Bharal Adventure’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt,Cap and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Doesn't Include

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Equipment List

EQUIPMENT & PACKING LIST FOR Everest Three High Passes Trek  ( IMPORTANT NOTE )

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg including your Hand Bags. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. 

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

Head
  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body
  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands
  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

Lower Body
  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet
  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, broken in)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, low ankle high version

Sleeping
  • 1 sleeping bag
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag  
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical
  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
  • Practical Items
  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches if you do smoke 
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 1 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries
  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll

Frequently Asked Questions

The trek typically takes around 18 to 20 days, including acclimatization days and rest days.

The trek often begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Lukla, trekkers traverse through the Khumbu region, passing Namche Bazaar, Gokyo Lakes, and Everest Base Camp.

The major highlights include crossing the three high passes, reaching Gokyo Ri for panoramic views, visiting Everest Base Camp, and experiencing the Sherpa culture.

The trek is highly challenging and requires excellent physical fitness. The altitude and the crossing of high passes make it demanding, so prior trekking experience at high altitudes is crucial.

Yes, trekkers need the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card for the Everest Three High Passes trek.

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