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(PRIVATE) Nepal: Mt. Everest Region 3 High Passes Trek - 21 days

GEC Trip Type: PRIVATE TOUR (for 2+ people booking together)

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TRIP DESCRIPTION:

Follow in the footsteps of the great explorers of Mt. Everest and visit the most famous of trekking regions in the world on this 21-day, 3 high pass locally guided trek through the Mt Everest region!

Walk among the giants of the Himalaya, trek along the amazing and dramatically beautiful Khumbu Icefalls Valley, witness the dramatic and breathtaking views from the hilltop of Kala Patthar, and view the majesty of Mt. Everest up close.

This modified, extended and ultimately more challenging version of our classic Mt Everest base camp trek also includes excursions over the high passes of Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass and Renjo La Pass.

When you return to Kathmandu, why not indulge yourself with one of Kathmandu's famous and inexpensive post-trek-massages... a 'must do' treat regularly experienced by many of the travelers who trek among these amazing mountains.

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Places Visited:

Mt. Everest 3 High Pass trek, Namche Bazaar, Kala Patthar, Lukla, Kathmandu, Nepal, Mt. Everest trek, Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, Gokyo, Gokyo Ri, Renjo La Pass


Trip Itinerary:
B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner


Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (4,264 ft) (D)
Day 2: Optional Guided tour of Kathmandu (B)
Day 3: Fly to Lukla (9,186 ft) - Trek to Phakding (8,662 ft-4 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (11,286 ft-6 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 5: Acclimation Day in Namche Bazaar (11,286 ft) (B, L, D)
Day 6: To Tengboche (12,662 ft-6 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 7: To Dingboche (14,270 ft-6 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 8: Acclimation Day to Nangkartshang Peak (16,683 ft-7 hours). Dingboche (B, L, D)
Day 9: To Chukhung and Chukhung Ri (17,717 ft-8 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 10: Kongma La Pass (17,923 ft) to Lobuche (17,016 ft-10 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 11: Kala Patthar (18,190 ft) - Lobuche (17,016 ft-9 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 12: Lobuche to Dzongla (15,879 ft-4 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 13: Cho La Pass (17,782 ft) to Dragnak (15,387 ft-9 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 14: Dragnak to Gokyo (17,585 ft-4 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 15: Hiking to Gokyo Ri & Around Gokyo Lake (17,585 ft-4 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 16: Renjo La Pass (17,782 ft) to Lungden (14,763 ft-8 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 17: To Thame (12,303 ft-5 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 18: To Monzo (9,315 ft-5 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 19: To Lukla (9,186 ft-5 hours) (B, L, D)
Day 20: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (B)
Day 21: Trip Ends (B)


Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1:
Arrive Kathmandu (4,260 feet) (D)

Arrive at the Kathmandu. If you purchased airport transfers through us, you will be met by one of our representatives at the airport and transferred in a private vehicle to the hotel located in the heart of the exotic and energetic neighborhood of Thamel.

In late afternoon, there will be a trip orientation with the local Sherpa Guide to review the itinerary and to answer any last-minute questions (details provided in the Pre-Departure Dossier we will email to you a few weeks before departure).

Following the Orientation Meeting, enjoy an included Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where we enjoy a Nepalese cultural program.

The remainder of the day is yours to relax and enjoy the gardens of the hotel or take a walk through the vibrant streets of Thamel. Don't forget, if you are looking for inexpensive trekking gear, you will definitely find what you are looking for among the hundreds of trekking shops spread throughout the Thamel neighborhood.

IMPORTANT: Please ensure that your flight arrives before 2:00pm on Day 1 so that you can be at the afternoon orientation and trip review with your Guide. If your flight of choice is scheduled to come in later than 2:00pm, then you should plan to arrive a day early (an extra night hotel is available for purchase during check out).


Day 2:
Optional Kathmandu City Tour (4,200 feet) (B)

Today is a free day OR if you purchased the optional city tour, you will begin your guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Kathmandu. Your English-speaking local guide will introduce you to the magic of this amazing city and its peaceful Buddhist and Hindu cultures. The tour will include many interesting attractions including the old Royal Palaces in Durbar Square, the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath.

The afternoon is a great time to pick up any last minute personal equipment you may need. Kathmandu is a great place to buy supplies for your trek, such as extremely inexpensive, yet quality warm weather clothing, sleeping bags, snacks, etc. Get a good night of sleep tonight, as tomorrow starts your trek to the Mt. Everest region!


Day 3:
Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (9,318 feet) - Trek to Phakding (8,662 feet - 4 hours) (B, L, D)

Early in the morning your Sherpa Guide will meet the group at the hotel and you’ll head out together to the Kathmandu airport for a quick, yet exciting flight through the southern foothills of the Himalaya to the small mountain airport in Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. After gathering your gear and meeting your local Sherpas who will carry all but your day pack, you will begin your trek up the well-maintained trail (the sole connection between the mountain villages) towards your first overnight stop in the village of Phakding where you begin your stay in local guesthouses until your return to Kathmandu.


Day 4:
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (11,286 feet - 6 hours) (B, L, D)

Getting another early start you will trek along a glacier fed river, crossing impressive suspension bridges (including the Hillary Bridge build by Sir Edmund Hillary as a gift to local people), through rhododendron, magnolia and giant fir forests, eventually reaching the bustling town of Namche Bazaar, the largest and most important Sherpa town in the region. Namche Bazaar also boasts a vibrant market.


Day 5:
Acclimation Day in Namche Bazaar (11,286 feet - 4 hours) (B, L, D)

Today is the first acclimation day on your trek. These are very important days that are used to help your body acclimatize to the increased altitude and thinning air of the Himalaya. To acclimate properly, you will hike 3 to 4 hours total to the top of the hill above Namche with your Sherpa Guide and then return that afternoon to sleep at the lower altitude.


Day 6:
Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (12,662 feet - 6 hours) (B, L, D)

With the first of your acclimation days completed, you continue up the main trail towards the Mt. Everest range. Following along the fabled Khumbu Valley you will drop into the valley, cross the river and eventually arrive at the village of Tengboche in the afternoon. In Tengboche the views of the surrounding mountains are nothing short of spectacular. It is here that you finally realize that you are truly in the heart of the Himalaya. While in Tengboche you will have the unique opportunity to visit the Tengboche Monastery, the spiritual center of the Khumbu region. If you’re lucky, you may catch the Buddhist Monks in the midst of their amazing prayer ceremony.


Day 7:
Tengboche to Dingboche (14,270 feet - 6 hours) (B, L, D)

From Tengboche your treks continues to follow the main trail. From this point on, most your trek will be above the tree line, affording you unsurpassed views. In the afternoon, you will arrive at the village of Dingboche, your next stop on the trek.


Day 8:
Acclimation Day to Nangkartshang Peak (16,683 feet - 7 hours). Dingboche (B, L, D)

Today is the second of your acclimation days. For acclimation, we’ll take a hike up to Nangkartshang peak to about 16,683 feet (5,100m). Following narrow yak trails to the top, the peak is the best point to see the Khumbu mountain range without any climbing equipment. The day will provide for excellent views and photo opportunities and a perfect acclimatization day before beginning the first of your 3 high pass crossings and your summit of Kala Pattar. Tonight you return for an overnight in Dingboche again.


Day 9:
To Chukhung and Chukhung Ri (17,717 feet - 8 hours) (B, L, D)

From Dingboche it’s a short 3 hour hike up to the village of Chukung. After lunch, we walk up to Chukung Ri which is another famous summit for great views of Mt. Lhotse, Nuptse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. Today also serves as another excellent acclimation day. It’s not a technical hike, but definitely challenging due to the altitude and can take 5 hours round trip. After summiting, you return to Chukhung village for an overnight in a guesthouse.


Day 10:
Kongma La Pass (17,923 feet) to Lobuche (17,016 ft - 10 hours) (B, L, D)

Today is one of the longest days for trekking as you cross the first high pass; Kongma La (17,016 feet - 5,463m). After a very early breakfast, walk uphill to the Yak huts and Kongma La Pass Lake just before the pass. From here you’ll have great views of the Nuptse Glacier, Mt Nuptse and the Pokalde Mountian range. From the lake it’s up to and over the Kongma La pass via a very step and hard walk. When you reach pass, you will see down into the Khumbu Valley and also see the Lobuche guest house. At the pass, Lobuche Peak will seem so close. The walk down to the Khumbu Glacier is very steep and rocky. Reaching the bottom, you’ll cross the Khumbu glacier to reach Lobuche. It’s a long but rewarding hike.


Day 11:
Kala Patthar (18,190 feet) - Lobuche (17,016 feet - 9 hours) (B, L, D)

Bright and early you will begin your trek to summit the nearby hilltop peak of Kala Patthar. Possibly the most spectacular view you can ever witness without technical climbing skills, the panoramic views of Mt Everest, from base camp to the summit, as well as her neighboring peaks, including Lhotse and Nuptse, are nothing short of absolutely breathtaking from Kala Patthar. It will be worth every hard-earned breath and step you take on this amazing trek of a lifetime.

First you trek to Gorak Shep about 4 hours. After tea and a small rest, it’s 2 to 3 hours round trip up and down a steep trail. You descend down Kala Patthar to the village of Gorak Shep, then take 2-3 hours to return to Lobuche where you will again spend the night.


Day 12:
Lobuche to Dzongla (15,879 feet - 4 hours) (B, L, D)

After a few days of long hikes, today we take it easy a bit. We make a late start in the morning and take a more leisurely trek about 3 to 4 hours at about the same elevation. We’ll need this rest for our next big trekking pass tomorrow; the famous Cho-La Pass. Along the way today you can see a beautiful glacier lake, Pheriche village, Towache Mountain, Lobuche West and Cholatse.


Day 13:
Cho La Pass (17,782 feet) to Dragnak (15,387 feet - 9 hours) (B, L, D)

Another long day brings us over our second big pass of the trek. With an early morning start after hot tea and breakfast, you’ll trek 4 to 5 hours up the steep trail to Cho-La Pass. Reaching the top of the pass, which is graced with lines of Buddhist prayer flags from previous trekkers, you’ll enjoy fantastic views of Lobuche, Nuptse and the Khumbu Himalayan range. Following the trail down, the first part is rocky and steep, but eases up a bit after that, making this one of the more difficult trekking days. The total trek is 8 to 9 hours, ending in Dragnak.


Day 14:
Dragnak to Gokyo (16,076 feet - 4 hours) (B, L, D)

Today you trek from Dragnak to Gokyo via Ngozumpo Glacier, Tso Oyu and a hike to Gokyo Lake. You’ll spend the night in Gokyo.


Day 15:
Hiking to Gokyo Ri & Around Gokyo Lake (17,585 feet - 4 hours) (B, L, D)

Today we hike up to Gokyo Ri, one of the most famous view points in the whole Everest Region. It’s about 2 hours of steep hiking until you reach the top, but it’s well worth it. From the top you have views of the glacial Gokyo Lakes, as well as views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Cholatse, Mt. Tso Oyu, Mt. Makalu and Ngozumpo Glacier in Gokyo Valley. In all, you’ll be able to see a panoramic view of more than 33 major mountains. The walk back down to Gokyo is steep and quite difficult. In the afternoon you can take a leisurely walk around the valley corner to see the glacier and the remnants of the avalanche.


Day 16:
Renjo La Pass (17,782 feet) to Lungden (14,763 feet - 8 hours) (B, L, D)

Today finds us crossing the last high pass of the trek and also marks the start of the descent back down towards Lukla. From Gokyo you’ll hike along the rocky trail up to Renjo La Pass where you will again see some dramatic views of the Himalaya. After crossing the pass we say goodbye the famous mountains as we enter the Thame and Namche Valley. This pass is less difficult than others, yet the trail is still steep and narrow.


Day 17:
To Thame (12,303 feet - 5 hours) (B, L, D)

Continuing our descent, today’s walk takes us about 4 to 5 hours down to the village of Thame, a village popular with Mt. Everest summiteers. If you are up to it and not very tired, you could visit the Thame Monastery perched high up at the top of Thame Village. The Monastery is a Buddhist school and is thus very active with many monks living there. It also features many ornate paintings and boasts panoramic views of Thame Village, the valley and several high mountains.


Day 18:
Thame to Monzo (9,315 feet - 5 hours) (B, L, D)

Continuing down the valley to lower altitudes, the air is easier to breath, your steps come a little more quickly, and trees start surrounding the trails once again. You’ll pass through Namche Bazaar again, connecting to the original trail you started walking up from Lukla.


Day 19:
Monzo to Lukla (9,186 feet - 5 hours) (B, L, D)

Leaving Monzo, the final day of your trek finds you back in Lukla where you will spend the night before catching a morning flight back to Kathmandu.


Day 20:
Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

An early morning flight brings you back to the vibrant city of Kathmandu. The afternoon and evening are yours to spend at your leisure to recover from the long, yet momentous trek and reminiscing about your amazing trek. Why not indulge yourself with one of Kathmandu's famous and inexpensive post-trek-massages, get some last minute shopping done, buy some gifts for those at home, and sample the many great restaurants that dot the Thamel neighborhood. Regardless of what you do, it's a sure thing that you definitely won't want to leave this wonderful city!


Day 21:
Trip Ends

The trip ends after breakfast. If you bought the airport transfers through us, we transport you back to the airport for your flight home. OR, stay on for one of our other incredible Nepal, Bhutan or Tibet trips.



Important Information



This is a locally guided Global Expeditions Club private trip for 2+ people booking together.

Join a Group Tour!: Want to experience your next adventure with other like-minded people in a small group setting? Then be sure to check out all of our Upcoming Group Tours! Perfect for the Solo Travelers. Ideal for friends. All are welcome! We also provide free roommate matching for solo travelers, helping you to avoid mandatory single supplements!

This tour requires a total minimum of 2+ people to run. Please DO NOT purchase your airfare or any personal travel requirements until you receive a written confirmation of guaranteed departure.

Please see the "Download Trip Dossier" in the right hand column for an example packing list and other important information. Alternatively, you can Click Here. A full Pre-Departure Dossier will be sent a few weeks before departure!

Prices are based on double occupancy. A single room supplement applies on private trips to those staying in a room in a room on their own.

Visas are required for Nepal and can be purchased upon arrival in Kathmandu for citizens of most countries (about US $25 for a 15-day and $40 for a 30-day). Please check the nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate for your country of citizenship for current requirements. NOTE: it is the traveler's responsibility to obtain any and all visas for entry to Nepal.

It is recommended that you extend your arrival and departure by at least one day to avoid conflicts due to potential travel delays and to further explore the wonderful city of Kathmandu. Extra nights can be purchased during checkout when you book your trip.

IMPORTANT: Please ensure that your flight arrives before 2:00pm on Day 1 so that you can be at the afternoon Trip Orientation and review with your Guide. If your flight of choice is scheduled to come in later than 2:00pm, then you should plan to arrive a day early (an extra night hotel is available for purchase during check out).

This trek reaches altitudes of over 18,192 feet (5,545 meters). Please confer with your doctor prior to purchasing this trip to ensure that you are physically capable of completing this adventure safely, so that you fully understand the effects and required actions when trekking at altitude, and to check for vaccination requirements.

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 month following the last day of the tour.

Note: The purity, remoteness, and beauty of Nepal's Himalayan region is one of the primary reasons people choose to take this amazing adventure. However this authenticity and emerging status means the tourist infrastructure tends to be limited in the more remote areas. Although rare, detours and itinerary changes may be required due to weather and road conditions. Additionally, accommodations in the more remote areas can be basic and possibly lack heat, showers and/or western toilet facilities.

The local trekking guide reserves the right to alter the actual trekking route depending on trail conditions, weather, etc.

No refunds will be issued in cases were the trek cannot be completed due to illness, adverse weather conditions, flight delays or any other reasons such as political, natural disaster, etc. You are responsible for any additional expenses (such as extra night hotel in Lukla) due to weather or other delays/schedule changes.

All clients trekking in Nepal may be required to submit a photocopy of the personal page of their passport and 1 passport sized picture to local guide upon arrival (for national park entrance permit). You will also need to submit 2 passport size/style photos at immigration for your Nepal Visa (be sure to have in your carry on bag).

While in Nepal, why not add on a trip to nearby Tibet or Bhutan?

Trip ID: AS1225
PRICING
Departure Dates:

$479.00
Local Fee
$100.00
RT Group Flight Kathmandu/Lukla
$481.00
Optional Add-Ons
 
OPTIONAL: Kathmandu City Sightseeing UNESCO tour (Day 2)
$67.00
OPTIONAL: Airport/Hotel Transfers in Kathmandu
$35.00

Price Includes
  • 21 day trekking tour through the Mt. Everest region with Kala Patthar
  • Modified/Extended version of our classic 17-day Mt. Everest Base Camp trek including 3 high pass crossings of Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass and Renjo La Pass
  • Local Sherpa Guide
  • Sherpa Porters to carry your bag
  • All meals while trekking
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Airport transfers for domestic Lukla flights
  • 3 nights twin share in 3 star hotel in Kathmandu & 17 nights in Himalayan tea houses/guesthouses
Price Does Not Include
  • International airfare from your home country to Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Airport arrival/departure transfers
  • Round trip group flight between Kathmandu and Lukla Airport
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal visas (available on arrival - see Important Info section).
  • Local fee
  • Optional Kathmandu sightseeing tour in private car with English speaking guide
  • Travel medical and evacuation insurance
  • Personal equipment such as sleeping bag, down jackets, waterproof jacket, etc.
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Extra expenses due to unavoidable circumstances such as weather delays, etc.
Minimum Group Size
  • 2
Group Leader
  • Local English speaking Sherpa guide throughout
  • Sherpa porter during trek
Accomodation Included
  • 3 nights twin share in 3 star hotel in Kathmandu & 17 nights in Himalayan tea houses/guesthouses
Meals Included
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner while trekking
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu
Seasonal Info
  • The most popular seasons are March-May and September-early November. Late November - February winter season can be cold and the June-August summer season can be a bit wet. Regardless of when you trek in the Himalaya, it is always advisable to extend your stay in Nepal to account for potential delays due to weather and to enjoy the vibrant Thamel neighborhood in Kathmandu.
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