Trip Overview

Everest Three Passes Trek is certainly the most beautiful trek, though very challenging especially designed for those with more time and fancy going further to assess their own adventure potential. This Everest High Passes trek is more of a secretive trek as it takes you off-the-beaten-track through the magnanimous lofty valleys which are very untouched. It is very serene away from the substantial flooding of tourism like in the major trails of Everest. This 19 days Everest High Passes Expedition through three stunning yet diverse high passes i.e.  Renjo Pass (5360 m/17,585 ft), Chola pass (5,420 m/17,782 ft) and Kongmala pass (5535 m/18,159 ft) is an extraordinarily phenomenal experience. Going over these high altitude passes is undeniably very challenging but very worthwhile with its exceptional view. The views and the trekking experience that this trip has to deliver is a world away from reality. However, the conquest of being at the top of these High Passes is very appealing giving you more of a chance to know, understand, believe, and trust yourself. As you walk these valleys you would recall what must have been the experience for Eric Shipton and his team during their quest for Everest and Cho-Oyu in 1951 and 1952 when there was no privilege of luxury as we have now. 

Everest High Passes Trek is unquestionably an ideal pick for a true adventure seeker who is in a quest for a genuine venture and looking for a challenging trek to unleash their outdoor curiosity. Getting close to the majestic mountain with its persuasive charm and elegance is simply phenomenal. Though considered as a very strenuous and challenging trek, however, Himalayan Dynasty offers an itinerary that is designed to create enough grounds for proper acclimatization. Our Everest three passes trek itinerary is basically constructed to make the High Passes Trek more pleasant than being exhausting and energy draining. For convenience, we can click the link for DETAIL ITINERARY for more information in detail. 

Everest Three Passes:

Renjo-La (5,360 m/17,585 ft) :

Renjo-La is considered one of the most beautiful pass in the Everest Region that supplies travelers with the view that is magical. We start very early from Lumde to get to the summit of Renjo-La. An early start is basically to get to Gokyo on time or to skip the wind chill that usually starts after 9/10 am, or to get away with this enchanting 5 hours walk quicker. An early start is beneficial for slow-walking trekkers. The walk into the very untouched and less trodden valley above Lumde is indeed very charming. After 3 hours of regular ascent trail (not steep) we gradually get to the ridgeline that provides us with the Renjo view and the extraordinary vista of the landscape. Gradually we get to the boulder trail, after crossing of which we climb the vertical rugged gravely trail – cautiousness is to be taken for the rockfall. Once you reach the peak you would be stunned with the picture that it has to offer – its so dramatic and the setting is remarkable. The best view of Everest you would ever see, the picturesque view of Gokyo lake is incredibly scenic. Soon we decent down to the fabulous town of Gokyo for an overnight stay.    

Cho-La (5,420 m/17,782 ft):

The glacial Cho-La pass is certainly a one of a kind and beautiful on its own. Once again we start early from Thangnak. Unlike the commercial congested Everest regular trail, the walk to Cho-La through the serene valley is yet another highlight. We climb a beautiful gradual ascent for 2 hours and descend to the Cho-La base camp where some trekkers set up a camp as their high camp. Soon we start climbing a vertical trail to get to the summit of the pass. Cho-La is a pass with glacial ice on top, which appears much like icing on top of the cake. Depending on the time of the year you are trekking this pass may require a simple crampon or yak-track to get away with severe fall. However, the walk on the Cho-La is unbelievable; soon we descend the rocky trail to get to the hidden town of Dzongla. Dzongla offers one of the most incredible views. 

Kongma-La (5,535 m/18,159 ft)

Despite the fact that the Kongma-La pass is yet another most exquisite venture to undertake yet it is one of the less trodden passes. Trekkers hardly execute going over Kongma-La to get to Chhukhung or the other way round. The view and the adventure experience that this pass has to offer to the travelers is indeed unique and extraordinarily exceptional. You get very close to Lhotse, the 4th highest mountain in the world. Mount Lhotse stands very sturdy and tall that dominates the entire valley. However, there are places where cautiousness is to be taken owing to the narrow trail and cliff. After a long descend we enter into a different valley of Imja – the Imja valley leads you to the most popular 6000 m climbing peak, Island Peak.  

 

Highlights

  • Exceptional flight to Lukla Airport, one of the most thrilling flight experiences in the world - with spectacular mountain views.
  • Delightful walk into the valley of Dudh Koshi through Sherpa Villages.
  • Being at Namche Bazaar, the luxury town in the high mountain  - the administrative center and capital of the Khumbu region 
  • Walk into the enchanting valley of Thame and getting to Lumde is interestingly exceptional.
  • The untouched valley, less trodden, and the magnificent mountain view is mind-boggling. 
  • Conquering Renjo pass with the most spectacular views of the panoramic mountain range and the view of Gokyo Lake is beyond belief.
  • Gokyo with its turquoise blue lakes is exceptionally gorgeous that rests at the lap of Cho Oyu (8,188 meters / 26,864 ft).
  • The view of Cho Oyu (8,188 meters / 26,864 ft) - the 6th highest mountain in the world and its neighboring mountains. 
  • Crossing the NGozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas to get to Thangnak is exciting.
  • Going over the icy Chola Pass is indeed an experience found nowhere.
  • You enter absolutely a new Valley unlike Thame as you walk to Dzongla, Lobuche, and Gorakshep.
  • View of Cholatse, Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, etc - as if you are sheltered by these majestic soaring peaks.
  • Being at Everest Base Camp, 5360 m - a beautiful experience. 
  • Climbing Kalapathar, 5545 m for the sunrise view is indeed yet another great achievement.
  • Going over the remote and very untouched Kongmala pass is another thrilling experience.
  • Another unique feature in views and landscapes as you cruise into Imja Valley.
  • Back to Lukla and flying out of Lukla airport is another highlight.

Itinerary

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Soon you land in Kathmandu airport you will be received by your group leader and transfer you to the hotel. Despite, the capital city of Nepal certainly being the busiest with hectic traffic, it undoubtedly has a strong appeal with local splendor and vigorous activities around. You can simply relax and converse with your Leader in regards to your upcoming program. Take pleasure in the fun of driving through the unfamiliar roads.

In any case, if you arrive early prior to your trek itinerary, it provides you with ample time and opportunity to explore Kathmandu. Once you are settled, your leader organizes a trek briefing and distributes the necessary company’s trek equipment like- duffel bag, sleeping bag, down jackets, etc. Tonight you will be led to a Nepali restaurant for a welcome dinner with a Royal Nepali Traditional cuisine followed by a cultural show. It’s indeed a great time to know each other.


  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals Welcome Dinner

After Breakfast you will be visiting Boudhanath Stupa (Buddhist Shrine) and Pashupatinath Temple (Hindu Shrine), both are Enlisted in UNESCO's Cultural World heritage sites. You will be accompanied by a professional tour guide. Vehicle, Guide and Entry Fee to the sites are included. You will be thoroughly briefed in prior about all the aspects of the tour by your tour guide or trip leader. The tour will start around 9:00 (Can also be done in the afternoon if requested from all the clients) and it will take around 3 hrs. 


  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 3-4 Hrs

Today we wake up quite early in the morning to catch up on our earliest flight to Lukla. Flying to Lukla airport is an experience of a lifetime. This thrilling flight gives you one of the most extraordinary views of Nepal mountains, the hilly terrain, and deep gorges. Landing in a town of Lukla where you have an inclined airstrip is indeed gripping. Once we land in Lukla we take a break to settle ourselves and gradually start our venture into the Sagarmatha Buffer zone towards our first destination of Phakding.

Hike to Phakding is 3/4 hours of easy walk on the legendary trekking trail through the cultured Sherpa villages with its exceptional beauty and the view of stunning landscape, deep valley, and Dudh Koshi gorge. The phenomenal sight of profound gorges, ancient farming terraces, and the scenic beauty at the backdrop is something special on the very first day Overnight at Phakding in a typical local tea-house.


  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 3-4 Hrs

Being it a little longer walking day today once again we start early for Namche Bazaar, the capital and the Administrative Centre of the Khumbu district. Initial 3 hours is a gentle walk through a series of pleasant villages which gradually lead us to the last settlement of Jorsale for lunch. Lunch at a town near the Dudh-Koshi River is charming. Today before we start climbing the final vertical hill to Namche Bazaar we cross 5 high suspension bridges, one among which being one of the highest in the region. If the weather stays clear you would have the first view of Everest, the world’s highest mountain from a point before Namche.

Being at Namche, the dreamland is remarkable which is worth an effort. It’s more of a luxurious city in the middle of no way in the midst of remoteness and thin air. Despite long hours walk it’s far more than just trekking. Give time to adapt your body with thin air. It’s not a matter about proving your physical strength, its more about taking pleasure with steady ascend.


  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 7-8 Hours

To harness the notion of ‘walk high sleep low’ today we will go for an acclimatization hike to the beautiful hill of Syangboche. Soon after we are done with our breakfast, leaving Namche we climb the steep Syangboche hill for an hour and a half which delivers one of the most amazing views. Walk to Syangbuche, one of the enchanting place in the region with the world’s highest airstrip is simply remarkable. It is optional to visit Everest View Lodge that offers an incredible view and serves a variety of hot beverages. The close view of the Everest and its neighboring mountains and to be in the territory of the yaks is charismatic.

We stay for a while at the gained elevation and head back to Namche for lunch. The afternoon is free which gives you ample time to explore the town of Namche Bazaar. There is a museum at the final ridge of Namche near army barrack, depending on your time schedule and interest you may give afternoon visit as its worth it. 


  • Accommodation Local Tea-House
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 3-4 Hours

Today we will leave the crowded Everest route and follow the amazing Bhote-Koshi valley to the exceptionally sensational village of Thame. During ancient times Thame has served as the ancient salt trading route between Tibet and Nepal. in course of time, it became a very lively town, a JUNCTION for Nepali and Tibetan traders. Crossing the Nangpala Pass the Tibetan traders came along with their heard of yaks with ample household material and clothing, probably made in China, but very CHEAP which they traded in Thame and eventually they shifted further to Namche Bazar.

A moderate 4 and ½ hours walk will get us to the village of Thame which is said to be the home of inherent climbers from Tenzing Norgay Sherpa (first Everest summiteer) to Appa Sherpa (who holds the Guinness book of world record). This exquisite hidden valley is indeed very enchanting. Lunch at this gorgeous settlement of Thame and we will go for an afternoon visit to ancient "Thame Dechen Chokhorling Monastery".


  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 4-5 Hours

Leaving the most beautiful village of Thame we gradually ascend the delightful trail with the most stunning view of the mountain Thamserku and panorama of Thame peaks. Following the Bhote-Koshi River through the ancient salt trade route will steadily take you to a very small settlement of Marulung. Depending on our time schedule we may have lunch at Marulung or walk further to Lungden, have lunch, and enjoy our free afternoon. Today being above the tree line, into the thin air and seeing very few people gives you the Thrill of being at altitude. We can admire the traditional architecture walking through the less-traveled villages. Eventually, we get to a very small settlement of ‘Lungden’ The Base of Renjo La. Since you are getting more into an alpine area, the slow ascent is recommended. This unfamiliar and very untouched hidden valley is charismatic where you will have a rest day to explore more of it.


  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 4-5 Hours

Though it is most popularly known as the ‘Rest Day’, however, it isn’t. to acclimate ourselves into thin air we need to follow the strategy of ‘walk high sleep low’ and for which we are to organize an acclimatization walk where you would gain a couple of hundred meters, take a break, and head down to lower elevation. Your group leader will organize a side trip depending on the weather circumstances for an acclimatization hike. 


  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 3-4 Hours

We wake up pretty early this morning for a challenging 5-hours climb to the top of Renjo La “A stunning pass from where one can see four 8000+ mountains i.e. Mt. Everest, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, and its neighboring peaks”. The Thrill of being in the wilderness and at altitude can be experienced in this electrifying 5 hours’ extreme hike into the very less trodden trail. Pack lunch will be provided (Normally eaten at the top of Renjo La) however, depends. Spectacular view of mountains along with the Ngozumpa glacier (longest glacier in the Himalayas) and Gokyo Lake from the top of Renjo La is phenomenal. Spending the most precious moment at the top of Renjo La with the magnanimous view we head 3 hours downhill to Gokyo.

Gokyo is yet another highlight of an attraction that is indeed away from the world. The town positioned at the foot of Cho-Oyu and to the side of turquoise Gokyo lake simply unbelievable – a place of ecstasy. 


  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 7-8 Hours

After the accomplishment, the view of sparkling sacred lakes along with the Great view of Cho-Oyu is more than enough to spend overnight at miraculous Gokyo.Being it an easy 3 hours’ trek through the Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in the Himalayas to Dragnag, we start very relaxedly. After breakfast, bidding adieu to the most charismatic turquoise Gokyo lake and Cho-Oyu we get into the active Ngozumpa glacier which is certainly very gripping. It’s a thrilling experience going across the Ngozumba glacier with the sounds of ice cracking, river flowing, and rocks rolling in the glacier. The view of small glacial lakes is fascinating. We however have a final but stunning view of Mt Cho Oyu from the glacier. However, we all need to be very cautious as there is ample rock fall zone in the glacier.

Dragnag or Thangnak, the base of our second pass Cho La is a small settlement situated in a very secluded but very lively area with a serene mountain environment.


  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 3 Hours

Another early wake up for a challenging 5-hour climb to the top of ‘Chola Pass or Chhungyuma La’, the exquisite glacial pass. Today you would walk into yet another very untouched alpine valley with the mysterious landscape setting. Scrambling skills will be required for the glacier moraine to get over and below the pass. The 360° close up view of the soaring snowcapped mountains all over you is something very heavenly. As we get to the summit of the Cho-La, the walk across the icy glacier is sensational. After the accomplishment and vanquishing our second pass, we have 3 hours’ technical descent through rock face trail to the yet another settlement of Dzongla. Great view of Amadablam, Cholatse and many more mountains on the way down. Dzongla unquestionably delivers one of the most phenomenal mountain views.


  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 7-8 Hours

It’s time to get back into the bustling zone of the regular Everest base camp trail. Today is an easy enchanting 3 hours walk with the most intriguing panoramic view which is overwhelming. As we walk the high Himalayan ridge trail we have every prospect to realize the wonder of Everest trekking. We have an amazing view of Nuptse, Pumori, Amadablam, Cholatse, and many others along the way. At one point we will as well witness the Thukla (Dughla) pass where you have ample memorials built in the memory of many who lost their lives while trying to defeat any of those sacred mountains. Gradually we get back to the main route to Everest base camp and eventually get to yet another small settlement of Lobuche. After lunch, we have a free afternoon so you have every opportunity to go around and explore or visit the Italian Pyramid which is 40 minutes away from Lobuche.


  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 3-4 Hours

Leaving Lobuche this 3 hours walk to Gorakshep is out of the ordinary through the rocky moraine undulating trail. Gorak Shep, the spectacular village is surrounded by Pumori (7145m), Lingtren (6697m), Nuptse (7745m), and of course Everest (8848m). The view of the Khumbu Ice Fall with the soaring mountains is spectacular. Soon we get to Gorakshep, quick lunch will be organized and we will head out to fascinating Everest base camp. As we get to EBC via active Khumbu glacier the view around and the blue ice pinnacles of the icefall is astonishing. Much like the high passes, EBC is challenging but very rewarding.


  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 7-8 Hours

Now is the time for the epic climb to Kalapathar, the point to value your dream and the sensational Himalayan vistas all around. The 2 and ½ hours climb is challenging but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. The sunrise view on the way is impressive. After making historic success to Everest Base Camp and Kalapattar, we will descend down to Lobuche where our final pass awaits.


  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 6-7 Hours

Today is our ultimate day for our final pass. We will leave the crowded route again and trek across the Khumbu glacier. 3 hours of the challenging climb will take us to our final and least traveled Kongma-La pass where a spectacular view awaits. The view of Mt Makalu (8463 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Amadablam (6856 m), Island Peak (6189m) along with the lake is Breathtaking. Pack Lunch will be provided as there is no settlement in between Lobuche and Chhukhung. Another 3 hours of the rugged downhill trail to Chhukhung, cautiousness is highly recommended while walking this cliff trails. You will have a great view of Mt Lhotse and Amadablam from your courtyard. The excitement and experience of people going to and coming from Island Peak can be observed in Chhukhung.

Time to start celebrating on your victory over conquering the 3 High Passes of Everest. 


  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 7-8 Hours

Today we will be walking a moderate trail through a different valley, unlike the one we just attained. With the great feeling of accomplishment, we will stroll our way down to a beautiful Sherpa settlement of Pangboche. Start breathing normally again since you are in a tree line area. Getting back to normal away from the thin air after a long time is wonderful. Pangboche is a very beautifully set town with farming terraces, Sherpa cultured houses, and awesome food. 

If you have Enough Energy Left please feel free to talk to your Group Leader about Climbing Chhukkung Ri (5550m) in the morning and descend to Pangboche after Lunch.


  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 3 Hours

Waling a different valley, we walk an effortless trail to Tengboche Monastery. Getting ourselves back to the tree line area where you would realize your breathing getting back to normal. It’s pretty wonderful looking back on our effort to the incredible three passes from the Tyengbuche ridge. Visiting the Tyengbuche monastery and lighting the butter lamp is an incredible experience and certainly very spiritual. Witness the untold history and the activities of Tyengbuche. After the monastery, walk to Namche on a fresh route makes anyone cheerful of their accomplishment.

Give yourself a break at Namche Bazaar either with drinks or buying souvenirs.


  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 5-6 Hours

We retrace our trail back to Lukla.

Being it a last night fun activity follows with dancing, eating, drinking, and tipping.


  • Accommodation Tea-House
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 7 Hrs
Sensational flight back to the capital city of Kathmandu. In case of early arrival, you will have additional time to explore the city of Kathmandu.

And If you have fly to Ramechhap, An additional 5 Hr Drive is needed.


  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Time 35 min/ 6 Hrs

Airport transportation will be provided as per your flight schedule and you will be accompanied by your Group Leader. 

  • Meals Breakfast
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Trip inclusion

  • All Essential Permits.
  • Airport pickups and drops facility on both Domestic and International flights.
  • Three-star twin bed sharing hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on Bed / Breakfast basis.
  • Welcome dinner.
  • All Government and Local tax.
  • DOMESTIC FLIGHT KATHMANDU/LUKLA AND LUKLA/KATHMANDU.
  • Fundamental trekking gears like a sleeping bag, down jacket fleece liner, etc.
  • Teahouse accommodation or tented camp as per the trek.
  • All Standard Meals During the Trek along with the choice of Hot Beverage.
  • Filtered or Boiled Water for Drinking.
  • An accomplished trekking Group Leader.
  • All Ground Staff – Their Allowances and Insurance.
  • Oxygen cylinders and an all-inclusive medical kit on all trips.
  • Take away the Himalayan Dynasty duffle bag, and trekking Map.
  • The fee levied on a Nepali visa.
  • Cold Drinks, Alcoholic Beverages, Bottled Water, Chocolate Bars etc.
  • All personal expenses including laundry, battery charges, shower, etc.
  • International flight fares.
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • A medical examination or emergency rescues.
  • Donations.
  • Staff Tipping.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival.
  • Travel or medical insurance.
  • Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.

Dates & Availability

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Start: 30 Mar, 2024End: 18 Apr, 2024US$ 2400Save US$ 0Available

Useful Information

Himalayan Dynasty welcomes you to Nepal, and we hope that your stay here will be a pleasant one. The following information has been compiled to give you an idea of what to expect as per the package you signed up for. However, your Group Leader will cover all the crucial details during his trek briefing. You may keep this for touring later after you are more settled.

IN KATHMANDU:

All of our treks in Nepal start with at least one day in Kathmandu. On arrival, you should proceed through Customs / Immigration. Once you have passed through Immigration please collect your baggage and proceed through the exit point where you will meet HIMALAYAN DYNASTY representative with the company’s’ CLIP / SIGN BOARD to welcome and transfer you to the designated hotel in Kathmandu.

The hotel accommodation in Kathmandu would be on a twin bed sharing room in a 3-star hotel on bed and breakfast basis. Trek briefing will be organized in Kathmandu hotel by your Group Leader making sure all of the trekkers have proper gears and are prepared for their long-awaited adventure holiday. Your leader will provide you with the necessary equipment like a sleeping bag, jackets, etc as per your requirements. Should you have any queries feel free to ask your group leader or the hotel reception who are always pleased to assist you. Single supplements would be provided as per the requirement on a trivial additional cost.

Since we don’t consider drinking water straight from the tap to be safe, we request you to use boiled water or the mineral water provided in your rooms.

CULTURAL CONSIDERATION:

Since Nepal has only been open to the outside world since 1951 and despite in the midst of great social transformation, Nepal still thrives as a very spiritual and conventional country. Though Nepali people consider foreigners as special guest yet they are expected to respect and respond to the Nepalese customs, social norms, and beliefs sensitively. Nudity and presenting of an intimate relationship are totally unacceptable. Typically, they greet with a ‘Namaste’ "Nah-mah-stay", it’s a gesture of greeting which is performed by placing our hands together to our heart and slightly bow our head. Namaste literally means "I bow to the divine in you".

Respect holy places – preserve what you have come to see, never touch or remove religious objects. When entering any Nepalese home, temples, and monasteries, always remove your shoes. When taking photographs, respect privacy – ask for permission and use restraint. Many Hindu temples may not be open to non-Hindus. Always ask permission before entering.

While giving or taking anything Nepalese use two hands which is a symbol of respect rather than doing it with just one hand. However, offering things to the begging children is highly discouraged because it only encourages begging. If you would like to donate to any school or charity organization, your group leader will always be there to guide you to do it in an appropriate method.

MONEY EXCHANGE:

As for exchanging the foreign currency, you can either do it from the Banks or from any of the registered Money Exchange counters that we have in the Thamel area. However, we don’t persuade carrying too much cash due to the high probability of it being lost or stolen. Withdrawing money from the ATM is very preferable though the cash you receive from the ATM is always Nepali Rupees. ATMs can be the most convenient way to get at your money, again the downside is - they are not always a good value. There might be a certain amount of transaction fees you may have to face when using an ATM in Nepal.

Under the new provision, a person can withdraw only Rs. 20,000 (equivalent to $200) from the ATM in a single transaction. Similarly, the central bank has also slashed the maximum single-day withdrawal limit to only Rs. 40,000.

There are normally no exchange facilities on the trek so your trek leader will be giving you necessary guidelines as to how much approximately you are to carry.

PERSONAL EXPENSES:

The equivalent of US$ 15 per day per trekking forpersonal expenses like shower, battery charging, wifi, Ocassional drinks etc. is usually sufficient. However it also depends on your spending preferences or habit. We also recommend you to carry about USD 300 extra as emergency cash. The amount required in Kathmandu for meals, sightseeing and transport would normally be covered by about US$ 40 per day. Shopping will vary greatly from person to person.

TRANSPORTATION IN KATHMANDU:

Taxis:

All Taxis running in Kathmandu have signs on their roofs and all have black and white number plates. Taxis are abundant in Kathmandu and they have price meters. We request you to insist upon the driver using the meters or you may simply ask the hotel or your leader regarding the approximate taxi fare to get to the destination you are planning to visit. All Taxis running during the night have slightly higher rates than the day prices which is there by law.

Local Transportation:

There are public Buses, mini-buses, or micro vans that ply fixed routes at regular intervals. The public transportation service is fairly frequent and they are super cheap compared to the taxis. But due to their regular stops for the passengers they don’t make in a good time. They are fairly express though. So if you are in a tight schedule public transportation won’t be a good idea. Always ask the locals before you board any public vehicles as different vehicles run to different destinations.

Rickshaws:

Rickshaws are a fun way to get around Kathmandu. They are basically meant for short trips within the city areas. We recommend you to negotiate with the fares in advance. However, to rickshaw ride around the Thamel area would be an awesome experience – it’s not expensive though.

Two Wheelers:

Cycles and Motorbikes can always be hired for a day or as per your requirements. However, we don’t really recommend two-wheelers self-riding in Kathmandu as our traffic is somewhat different and chaotic compared to what you have in your country. It isn’t safe unless you are conditioned to driving in a similar traffic scenario. And without a doubt, Kathmandu is not a place to learn two-wheelers driving.

SIGHTSEEING:

Your free time in Kathmandu will normally be spent on exploration or Shopping or last-minute purchases and getting organized for the trek. However, if you are looking for additional sightseeing before or after your trek, feel free to contact us or your group leader for touring suggestions. We can very easily arrange a guided tour including transportation which will be an ideal way to see the city.

You also may like to consider an Everest Mountain Flight for one of these days in Kathmandu that offers you the magnificent mountain vistas and the aerial view of the deep canyons, contact our staff.

YOUR VALUABLE SAFETY: STORAGE:

While in Kathmandu please do not leave your room unlocked. If you are out on a short stroll or on any appointments, make sure to accommodate and secure your valuables – that can either be in your locked luggage or hotel safety deposit box.

Before we depart for our incredible adventure your leader will organize a safety store facility for your left luggage and the safety deposit box for your valuables that you wish to leave behind. However, please follow the hotel safety guideline over the loss of key to your deposit box. While trekking never leave your valuables unattained. It’s always safe to carry them on your daypack. Make sure to lock your Tea-House rooms while going out even if it’s for a short time period. In case of loss or theft please report it to the nearest police check post where you need to obtain a written report. In any such situation, your group leader would be the best person to talk to.

FLYING TO LUKLA:

The 20 minutes’ flight to Lukla from Ramechhap Airport is one of the most thrilling experiences that delivers you the most incredible mountain flight with a view. Landing in the inclined airstrip of Lukla is something of great significance. It is always very tricky to predict the weather in the mountain. Furthermore, anyone flying high to these high altitude airports must be aware of the fact that the delays and cancellation are common episodes. Besides, anyone by any chance is flying to Lukla from Kathmandu airport they are to be aware of the fact that our international airport having one single airstrip for both international and domestic so the probability of delays is high. Thus, anyone flying to Lukla must be prepared to take the uncertainty with patience. However, it’s not a daily story. And it’s always very wise to have a contingency day in Kathmandu to cushion any cancellation situation. Though listed as a Dangerous Airport in the world the pleasure of flying to Lukla is an experience of a lifetime that is not to be missed. In fact, what’s the point of living a life of fear?

WEIGHT LIMITATION

15 Kilograms / 33 Pounds is the weight limitation in the Domestic airlines flying to Lukla and at the same time, all companies are to abide by the porter weight restrictions rules that prevail in our country. 15 Kg / 33 Lbs is your overall baggage weight that includes your daypack and your luggage. However, it doesn’t sincerely require to be an exact figure of 15 kg, 1 or 2 Kg extras per person wouldn’t make a much difference. Few things that wouldn’t count would be the items that you are taking with you in your flight like water, camera, wallet, etc. Besides, the porter luggage weight limitation is 30 kg / 66 pounds and one porter will be dealing with 2 duffel bags. So it’s always best to minimize your weight limitations. However, regarding what you need to bring carry with you is given in detail at our Trip Information page.

HEALTH:

Health is certainly significant when you are traveling to any parts of the world. To enter Nepal, there are no mandatory vaccinations. However, we suggest you to consult a doctor before you leave your country for any necessary vaccination they so choose its obligatory. We recommend you not to drink water straight from the tap. You can always drink boiled and cooled water provided by your staff or you may buy boiled and filtered water from any teahouses on the way at minimal costs.

While on your trek your leader provides you with the necessary guidelines on food to get away with food poisoning or any stomach related ailments due to new diets. However, we follow strict hygiene guidelines so all the foods in the Everest Region tea-houses are hygienically prepared under your Group leaders survey. As you all know that ‘Travellers’ Diarrhoea’ is the body’s natural reaction to new diets and new water with different mineral content. So stick to something healthy till you get acclimatized to all the new diets. Make sure you avoid too much oily food and especially meat that comes all the way from the lowland.

In case of any health issues, you can always talk to your group leader who is medically trained and counsel you with necessary precautions or medication to treat any mountain ailments that he has been trained for. You do not need to carry an extensive medical kit as your Trekking Group Leader carries a comprehensive first aid kit for the group and staff. However, we do advise you to carry your personal prescribed medicine.

PHYSICAL PREPARATION

The level of fitness is required for Everest Base Camp Trekking as it is exclusively physical. Here we are not asking for something hard-core as we don’t consider trekking to be a contest to demonstrate your level of fitness. We believe trekking to be your ultimate holiday rather than a competition to prove how fit and strong we are. We keep a convenient pace so that your holiday is challenging but not very exhausting. You can set up your own pace and time to enjoy the most fascinating surroundings rather-than being bothered about keeping up.

Our mantra while doing any of Everest Trekking is associated with THREE ‘S’ is “Slowly, Steadily, but Surely”. Trekking is indeed a holiday being with nature, the local environment and in the wilderness, yet few weeks of physical homework is required to support you while enjoying your freedom. The best physical preparation is to walk and be conditioned with your physical strength carrying your day-pack and wearing the boots you plan to wear on the trek. 3 – 4 weeks of basic physical preparation prior to your arrival to Kathmandu will be much as necessary. Alongside, Jogging, swimming, gym workouts would add further assistance in your health fitness.

A TYPICAL TREKKING DAY:

Everest Base Camp trekking days are designed so that the walking is both challenging and enjoyable. The companionship of other trekkers of a similar frame of mind, plus the barely contained excitement and positive attitude of the Nepalese staff create a great company and many happy moments.

Each day has its different attraction which is mostly controlled by a number of factors from the availability of suitable teahouse or campsite, trail conditions, and general walking pace of the group. Exact time schedule may not be always followed, as it would in fact destroy the free and easy stroll along the trails that you have come to enjoy and experience the difference. So the following schedule is just a guideline.

The day begins early at around 6.00 to 6.30 am with a cup of tea. Before breakfast, pack your gears into a duffle bag by keeping some essential items like camera, rain jackets, water bottles, sunscreen, toilet roll, appropriate warm clothes, sunglasses, etc. in your day pack since you will not have access to your duffel bag until you arrive to our next destination. Your duffel bag will be loaded into one of the porters' loads along with the other members of the group gear and will head off along the trail while you have your breakfast.

NOTE: Please don’t pack any fragile items in the duffel bag unless you inform about it to your guide or local staff.

After breakfast, we are usually on the trail around 7.30 to 8.00 am, and following a morning walk, we stop for lunch at around 11 to 12 o'clock. About 1 ½ hour lunch break allows you to enjoy the surroundings, so relax, catch up on your diary or reading. We reach camp or teahouse by 3 – 4 p.m., as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. Having afternoon tea, side trips, games or other activities (optional) are generally organized by the trekking group leader/guide or you can opt to relax, read, write a diary, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with staff or local people or fellow trekkers. Dinner is normally served around 7.30 pm. Every evening your trekking Group Leader/guide will brief you about the next day program. Chatting and fun activities with your staff generally fill the evenings. Most trekkers remember these evenings as one of the highlights of their trip.

TREK ACCOMMODATION:

Accommodation at Everest Base Camp Trekking is essentially in the tea-house that will be basic on twin bed sharing room with common toilets. Rooms with attached toilets and the single supplement will be provided depending on the availability as not all destinations in the Everest region offer a single supplement due to the limitation of tea-houses over the restrictions and obligations of National park rules and regulations.

FOOD ON THE TRAIL:

Kathmandu breakfast is included beside the welcome dinner in a traditional royal Nepali restaurant. All Standard Meals i.e. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included in your Everst Base Camp Trekking Package along with the choice of hot beverage.We offer you an open menu so you will have a choice of your meal. Like many companies we don't limit the meals at one course however we kindly request you not to waste any food.  In our entire trip, we will eat all the meals in the local Tea-houses including our lunch and our staff will make sure that your food is prepared with hygiene. You will be amazed to find the variation of food menu in such remote regions of Nepal. Furthermore, all Tea-Houses in the Everest region give their best to provide you food that is nutritious, plentiful, and tasty. We can also cater for specific dietary needs if you advise in advance besides our delicious mixture of Nepalese, Indian, Chinese, and continental food.

EVEREST TREKKING TRAIL:

Everest Three Passes Trekking involves a great number of ups and down walking. Furthermore, it includes remarkable walking into a series of rocky steps, hill-cut trails, boulders and moraine trails. However, trekking in Everest doesn’t actually require a technical experience other than being slow and taking pleasure. But despite all these, the beautiful panoramic views of the towering Himalayas and stunning Sherpa cultured villages with the influence of Tibetan Buddhism eventually gives you an amazing impression of the magic of Nepal and you will appreciate why trekking is the ultimate holiday. We believe that your adventure trek is a holiday of a lifetime and we try our best to pay attention to day to day detail so you enjoy as much as possible. Our field staff will assist you while trekking by carrying your daypack or helping over more difficult sections as required.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL:

Though the epic trip to Everest Three Passes Trek is phenomenal offering anyone a great trekking experience with panoramic mountain views yet it is challenging.In total Everest Three Passes Trek is approximately three weeks long out which we spend more than 2/3 of the time over 4000 m and we frequently go higher than 5000m. It is a Strenuous-Challenging trek due to its duration, Altitude variation and thin air yet it is achievable for anyone with sound fitness. Anybody of any age group can join as our itineraries are intended to make the trip more pleasing than exhausting nonetheless, we recommend pre-physical training and your doctors’ consent in regards personal ailments, weak ankle/knee, blood pressure, heart problem, etc. 

We usually walk 5/6 hours every day excluding Lunch break. We normally start early so that we could reach our destination at the given time which in return contributes to more space to explore and enjoy the serenity of the place. To make every day more memorable and relaxed we set up a convenient pace for everyone giving you ample time to enjoy and acclimate.We start from treeline through a very established trail gradually walking into the alpine terrain on a beaten track and eventually walking into thin air on a moraine or boulder trail – which means certain walking experience into the wild is necessary.

WEATHER / BEST TIME TO TREK:

The temperate climate in Nepal is affected by monsoon, which sweeps up from the Bay of Bengal every summer making mid-June to mid-September wet and humid. During the monsoon time, the Nepal Himalayan region is not ideal for trekking with an exception of a few remote valleys in high terrain. We operate delightful trips into the forbidden kingdom and the restricted province of Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo in Monsoon season. The following three distinct seasons, all of which are suitable for the Everest Base Camp Trekking having their own advantages.

Autumn (Mid-September to November): is usually considered as the best and most popular time for the trekking in Nepal. During this season generally the clear sky and mild to warm days / cool nights enhance your stay in all these fascinating mountains, as the countryside gets lush and green. Gradually it gets cooler later in this season, as the winter approaches.
Winter (December to February): Though not an appropriate time to trek to Everest, winter is however considered as an ideal time to visit Nepal by large number of experienced trekkers despite the colder conditions. It usually provides a clear sky delivering magnificent views despite the low temperature. Though days are cooler and nights are extremely cold however, it offers the tremendous advantage of being less crowded trails. However, January and February aren’t ideal for trekking to Everest Base camp due to the high chill factor and the probability of most lodges being closed as all water supplies will be frozen.
Spring (March to Early June): By March the cold and dry season begins to give way to milder, moister spring conditions. Mornings are usually clear giving enough time to comprehend and photograph these entire magic fold mountains; occasionally cloud build-up brings afternoon rainstorms with the gradual increase of daytime temperature. This season has clear weather at the higher altitude with the spectacular displays of rhododendrons and other flowers.

MOTIVATION AS ABSOLUTE NECESSITY: 

The most significant factor while doing Everest Base Camp trekking which is overlooked quite often is ‘MOTIVATION’. Mental preparation is inseparable from physical, it’s your mind and not your body that determines what you are capable of doing providing you with goal-oriented behavior. If you want to succeed and make your freedom of trekking the most pleasant of all then inspiration to know your potential and significantly believing in yourself is important. While doing EBC Trek, simply providing you with our best professionals isn’t enough to guarantee you a safe passage, in fact it’s you and your positive outlook that makes the whole thing go exactly the way you want.

CAPTURE MEMORIES / PHOTOGRAPHY:

The beautiful region of Everest offers you ample opportunity for photography which has so much to present you with its stunning and spectacular scenery and its respectful SHERPA people. Everest has never failed to lure the professionals and has actually served as a platform for emerging photographers. Taking away the pictures of innocent faces of Nepali people is an excellent opportunity but some are with religious belief against being photographed so it is always polite to ask for permission first. Nonetheless, batteries die very soon at higher altitudes while doing Everest Trekking due to cold temperature environment so it is always sensible to carry extras though you have a charging facility in almost every stop at a minimal fee.

ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS:

Himalayan Dynasty being an environmentally friendly trekking company, preservation, and conservation of the fragile environment is our topmost concern and we try our best to minimize all the negative impacts of our presence in the areas we visit. Mineral water is rampant in Everest region yet for environmental concern WE are opposed to the use of disposable plastic bottles on any of our trips to Nepal Himalayas. With no additional cost all through the Everest Base Camp trek our staff will supply you with appropriately boiled water every morning and evening for which at least 2 metal or plastic Nalgene bottles are recommended. In case you run out of the delivered water you can always buy boiled and filtered water from the tea houses along the way at minimal charges.

We at the most prefer to stay in the tea-house where they prepare the meals using Kerosene or alternative energy. Moreover, we discourage our valued guests to use hot showers if the water is heated on firewood in teahouses along the trail.

We organize Eco trekking Workshop every year, which trains our staff in regards to conserving the environment and give our best to commit ourselves to fully establish an environmentally friendly trekking company. We hope you appreciate the need for our guidelines – following them will help to protect and preserve this beautiful region for future visitors.

TRIP EXTENSIONS:

Trip extensions can always be worked out while booking your trip or after you are done with your trip. Along with the Everest Base Camp Trekking, depending on your schedule and requirements we can always arrange best trip extensions that would correspond to your need. However, exploring Kathmandu, Tour to the ancient city of Bhaktapur, Short hike to Nagarkot for the best sunrise and sunset view, trip to Chitwan National Park, trip to Pokhara, paragliding, rafting, etc. are the some of the most phenomenal extensions illustrations.

TIPPING GUIDANCE

Tipping is an entirely personal matter. - It is also an indication of your satisfaction with the service delivered by our local trekking crew. As they work really hard to make your holiday the most memorable one, tipping is more like a token of gratitude of saying THANK YOU to your local crew. As a guideline average tipping is around 10% of your trip cost per trekker. Many people also like to donate various items of equipment to the porters and trek staff who would very warmly receive these items. Your Group Leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution of your gratitude and the used items (possibly by raffle) amongst the trek crew. We recommend you to make separate tipping for your trekking Group Leader.

AIRPORT PORTER:

NOTE: We strongly suggest NOT TO TIP OR GIVE AWAY ANY OF YOUR BAGS to any of the AIRPORT PORTERS on your arrival in the Kathmandu Airport other than the Himalayan Dynasty Representative. Do check your bags while loading into the provided car/van for the hotel. We suggest you to separate US$ 1 OR 2 only to pay the bell boy in the Hotel.

FEEDBACKS / RECOMMENDATION / WORD OF MOUTH 

As a typical Local company, the Himalayan Dynasty is trying its best to stand out among ample international companies and local companies with Overseas Agents. After the completion of your trip, considering our service if you could kindly spare your precious little time to evaluate us through positive reviews – it will be very motivating for us to rise in the years to come. Your one excellent review will unquestionably mean a world to us and it does really count a lot making a huge difference. Your generous support, feedback, and recommending Himalayan Dynasty to your acquaintances will be very influencing and will surely inspire us to stand out with a difference.

Reviews

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    Michael Fuchs - August 07, 2023

    This photo shows me on the summit of Gokyo Ri, almost certainly the most sublime spot I've ever been. That trek, of the Three High Passes and Peaks of the Everest region of Nepal, was, by far, the coolest and most amazing thing I've ever done. And our guide, and great friend, Aakash, was *without any doubt*, the best part of the trek. Seamlessly and masterfully arranging absolutely everything – routes, lodging, meals, planning, excursions, showers, laundry, every meal, endless masala teas, careful and perfectly successful acclimatisation, mountain safety – he was also so much more than our guide. He was the third member of our (small two-person private) trek. His amazing humour and deep wisdom and beautiful attitude towards life will be a part of me forever. If you're thinking of trekking in Nepal – and you should absolutely start planning it right now, whilst you're alive and all – Aakash is absolutely your guy. This is the best recommendation I'll ever give. For anything. 🏔️🇳🇵🥰