The Everest Base Camp Trek is itself a legendary trek around the world as it offers a world-class trekking trail, heading straight up to the mother of the earth - Everest, the world's highest mountain at 8,848.86 m. As compared to the classic Everest base camp trek, Three Passes Trek to Everest Base Camp is arguably the most complete trek as well as a more challenging trek in Nepal as it covers most of the Everest region on its circular route. It is considered to be more challenging because it involves traversing the three high passes that lend the trek its name – Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La – each over 5,000m. Everest Three Passes Trek is also the longest of all the available EBC trek as it takes up to 18-20 days to complete. However, the scenery on this trek is extremely rewarding and despite it being one of the toughest and most challenging trekking destinations, this is often a one-in-a-lifetime-experience which you’ll definitely remember for the rest of your life.
Your journey to Everest Base Camp starts on the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla where you’ll land at Tenzing-Hillary airport. There are not any roads between the 2 towns and therefore the only way in is by plane. Your trek begins from Lukla before heading north along the classic trek to Namche Bazaar. Here, the direction of the route takes a sudden change to the west as it splits from the main trek and heads up the Dudh Koshi valley, where you will come across the first of the Three Passes – Renjo La (5,370m). After reaching the high point, the trail descends to the idyllic Gokyo Lakes and further on to the village of Gokyo.
The route then turns east as you will make your way to Everest Base Camp by crossing the second pass named Cho La Pass (5,420m). After the second pass, you will be able to explore the intricacies of Everest Base Camp life as well as soaking up some of the amazing views of Everest and the surrounding peaks when you climb the iconic viewpoint of Kala Patthar. Then the final stage of the trek involves traversing the last of the Three Passes – Kongma La Pass (5,545m) – that joins up with the classic Everest Base Camp Trek route which will take you down to Lukla, where the trek ends.
The air at the upper elevations is cool and crisp, lush green forests stretch as far as the eye can see. You’re off on a journey to at least one of the foremost challenging destinations within the world. The gorgeous and serene pathways, the traditional villages and its friendly people, and the amazing view of the mountain makes this trip a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. You’ll have a guide with you each step of the way as you follow the pathways and trails to Everest Base Camp. Bring your camera and plenty of films because you’ll want to record this trip for all of your family and friends. There's much to ascertain along the way like jagged cliffs, sparkling clear pools of water, and a bridge.
You’ll be making your stops at Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Loboche and Gorak Shep on the way to Everest Base Camp. You’ll spend the night in a number of these villages and experience the hospitality of the people of Nepal. It's a 2-day trek to Namche Bazaar, which is the trading hub of the mountain. People come to the villages to shop for and trade their goods. The Sherpa way of life is a tradition that has survived for numerous years. The villages are remote and remain as they have been since the initial phase of the time.
The Khumbu glacier is one of the major highlights of the trek. If you’ve never experienced the lives of Sherpas and their culture, this is the opportunity to view them closely. The sweetness of the environment, the peaceful feeling of being in nature far away from chaos and distractions will acquaint you with a mesmerizing way of living. Each of the villages you’ll be visiting has its own culture and belief system. Tibetan Buddhism started here and you can experience it everywhere you look. You’ll see beautiful icons of the Buddhist faith and life within the Himalayas. As a part of the trek, you’ll also get an opportunity to go to a couple of monasteries and gompas in Nepal just like the historic Tengboche Monastery. Each and every stop along the route is an experience in culture and hospitality. The trek to Everest Base Camp is an adventure that you simply must experience once in your life.
Your journey begins with your arrival in the bustling capital city of Nepal,
Kathmandu. A representative from our team will arrive for your pickup at TIA
who will assist you together with your luggage and transportation to your hotel. There are no planned activities for the day, so you'll check your hotel and luxuriate in the afternoon and evening at your leisure. You may simply want to rest after your long flight, but the lively tourist markets and restaurants of the Thamel are an enticing draw for many visitors.
Before heading to the Himalayas you must be familiar with quite a few things. Guidance and research for the trek are mandatory for everyone. You will be dealing with a strange experience but finally, with some groundwork, you can deal with it. You should be cautious with your bag pack. Carrying needless equipment will make your journey difficult. We will grasp up on some final shopping if there is free time. You will get the opportunity to explore Boudhanath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Swayambhunath Stupa. They have been scheduled in the UNESCO world heritage sites. These sites display the full range of historic and artistic achievements. Kathmandu Valley is world-famous for such beauty. Overnight stay will be at this city.
The true beginning of your Everest Base Camp Trek will begin on the third day of your trip when you’ll board a scenic flight to Lukla after your early morning breakfast. This brief flight offers you stunning panoramas of the Himalayan range, supplying you with a tantalizing taste of the mountains.
From Lukla, you’ll be starting your hike within the direction of Phakding. The small, bucolic settlement of Phakding is situated on the banks of the Dudh Koshi, a high-altitude river that runs all the way from Everest and is named for its milky, opaque water. You’ll enjoy comfortable overnight accommodation at one of Phakding’s guesthouses.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
Leaving Phakding behind, today you’ll trek north on a path leading to Monjo.
This village is the gateway to Sagarmatha National park, a formally protected area that takes its name from Mt. Everest (called Sagarmatha in Nepali). The park is home to a wide variety of Himalayan flora and fauna, and you're bound to enjoy trekking through sweetly scented evergreen forests consisting of blue pine, deodar, and rhododendron. After crossing a final suspension bridge at the junction of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers, you’ll hike uphill for about two hours before reaching what’s known as the unofficial capital of the Khumbu region: Namche Bazaar. You’ll stay overnight
in one of the town’s many popular guesthouses.
Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
This day is booked for acclimatization. As you ascend to higher altitudes, it’s
important to let your body adapt to the smaller amount of obtainable oxygen in the atmosphere. Fortunately, there’s a lot to see and do in the colorful commercial hub of Namche Bazaar. From where you’ll get to enjoy your first unobstructed view of Everest itself. Many neighboring peaks including Thamserku, Kongde RI, and the distinctive summit of Ama Dabla are also visible from town. You can get to learn Sherpa traditions by paying a visit to the Sherpa Culture Museum. Then you’ll take a short hike to the Syangboche Airport just above the town. From here, you can capture stunning photographs of Namche Bazaar—not to mention the wall of Himalayan peaks surrounding the town. Finally, make sure to visit the Hotel Everest View which is regarded as the highest hotel in the world and offers great views of its namesake mountain from each window. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche Bazaar. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
Today’s hike begins by leaving behind Namche Bazaar. Your path winds uphill through fragrant rhododendron woodlands and passes alongside quiet Himalayan villages. Many trekkers regard this route because of the most scenic section of the entire Everest Base Camp Trek. You’re really in the mountains now: Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse are just a few of those breathtaking peaks that tower over the trail. Your destination for today lies where the two rivers converge at the spiritual center of the Khumbu: Tengboche. This village is best known as the location of the important Tengboche Monastery. This is the largest gompa you’ll visit during your trek, and it’s a sublime sight to behold: flanked by pines and azaleas that are set against the backdrop of Ama Dablam, it’s hard to imagine a more striking setting. You’ll spend the night at a guesthouse in Tengboche. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
After having tasty breakfast in Tengboche, you’ll begin your morning trek by descending through forest-clad hillsides towards the tiny hamlet of Deboche. You’ll cross a couple of suspension bridges over the Imja Khola before heading towards the subsequent notable settlement on today’s route: Pangboche. This is a good place to rest and luxuriate in a snack while taking in the tremendous views of Ama Dablam. When you decide to continue, you’ll start climbing along a trail lined with prayer flags and bordered by mani walls. Mani walls are made up of many stone tablets, each of which is inscribed with a Buddhist mantra, and should always be passed on the left. Continuing past the village of Orsho, you’ll finally reach the tiny Sherpa village called Dingboche, recognized as the “summer valley” of the region. Dingboche experiences summer rains from the monsoon, contributing to its farming livelihood. Check-in at an internet cafe or enjoy a bite to eat from one among the local bakeries before delivering at your guesthouse, where you’ll spend the night. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
Now that you’ve reached altitudes greater than 4,000 meters, you’ll need more time to adjust to the rarified air. Today is therefore reserved for acclimatization—but that doesn’t mean you've got to take a seat still. Just south of Dingboche, you may go for a steep hike to the highest of Nagarjun Hill, from which you'll obtain gobsmacking views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Lobuche, and Taboche. Trekking to this rewarding vantage point offers you a stunning panoramic view of the entire Imja Khola valley. When you’ve had your fill of sightseeing. You’ll have your way back to Dingboche to explore its many guesthouses, restaurants, bakeries, and shops. Dingboche is additionally noted for hosting one among the world’s highest billiards parlors. For our money, there’s nothing more relaxing and valuable than kicking back with a cup of butter tea while enjoying the solitary splendor of Imja Tse, the 6,189m mountain better known as Island Peak, which rises above the town. You’ll be spending the night at your guesthouse in Dingboche. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
On the ninth day, we go to Chhukung instead of staying an extra day in Dingboche to avoid a long walk on the next day’s trek while crossing the Kongma-La pass. Today is a comparatively short, yet interesting walk uphill to finally get to Chukkung. The path moves along the Imja River valley with an amazing panoramic view of nearby mountains. Passing different villages as you move uphill in the forest, you will finally reach Chukkung.
After a 4 - 5 hour climb from Chukkung, you will reach Chukkung Ri which offers you stunning views back down the valley and of Imja Tse (Island Peak), Ama Dablam, Makalu, and Nuptse. Overnight stay in Chukkung. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included for the day.
Today, you will cross your first pass, Kongma La (5535m). This is the highest yet hardest among the three passes. After breakfast, you will prepare to reach Kongma La; the path to reach here is steep uphill with some difficulties. After a certain hour of walk, you will reach the top of the pass, from where you can enjoy the view of different mountains along with the valleys of the Khumbu region. After enjoying the views, you’ll descend to Lobuche. Overnight stay in Lobuche.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included for the day.
After numerous kilometers of trekking, you’ll finally get to see Everest Base Camp with your own eyes. From Lobuche, you’ll strike out on a trail resulting in Gorak Shep which is a sparsely populated little village where trekkers’ lodges and guesthouses are located on the edge of a frozen lakebed. Gorak Shep was once the site of the original Everest Base Camp, and it’s your last stop before pressing on to the bottom camp’s current location. Take a flash to enjoy the semi-tame birdlife here, including snowcocks and choughs, before resuming your hike. Leaving back Gorakshep, you’ll begin your trekking alongside the Khumbu glacier moraine and its associated Khumbu Icefall, which is regarded as one of the hazardous parts of the climb for those attempting to summit Everest. Now you’ve finally reached the best part of the day—your arrival at Everest Base Camp. Spend some time enjoying the incredible atmosphere then, You’ll return to Gorak Shep to spend the night in your guesthouse, basking in the exhilaration of having achieved the ultimate trekker’s dream. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner today are included.
Early in the morning, hike uphill to watch a soothing sunrise from the top of Kala Patthar (5550m). From here, experience some breathtaking sight of the valleys as well as the first rays of sun caressing Mt. Everest (8848m). The view of Mt. Pumori (7165m) and other snowy mountains and glaciers is astonishing from the top of Kala Patthar (5545m). After spending some time on the top, you’ll return to Gorak Shep then descend towards your stay for the day, Lobuche. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner today are included.
Your destination for today is the village of Dzongla (also spelled Dzonglha, Zongla, or Zonglha), which is actually at a lower altitude than Lobuche. Following the EBC trail on the south of Lobuche, you’ll reach the top of Thokla Pass. The well-defined trail curves west, offering you with awesome views of Arakam Tse (21,073 ft / 6,423 m), Cholatse (20,784 ft / 6,335 m), and Taboche (20,889 ft / 6,367 m). Only after a couple of hours of ascend and slight descend, you’ll reach Dzongla. Overnight stay in Dzongla.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner today are included.
Today is another tough day as you will be climbing across the second pass, Cho La (5420m), to reach the beautiful Gokyo lakes. A steep uphill climb on an ice-covered trail will take you to the top of Cho La (5420m). From the top of the pass, you’ll be enjoying some amazing views of Cho Oyu (8188m), Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), Chola (6089m), and so on. Then, you’ll descend carefully on an equally slippery path until reaching Cho La Phedi. Then the trail walks through the dry land for a while to finally head through Ngozumpa Glacier to reach the third Gokyo Lake, Dudh Pokhari. Overnight stay in Gokyo. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner today are included.
Today is a rest day in Gokyo to avoid altitude sickness, so you will be hiking up to Gokyo Ri (5360m), a small mountain above Gokyo village, in the morning and enjoy the breathtaking views of the entire Gokyo valley and its many small lakes along with the views of amazing mountain peaks. If you wish, you can also hike up to the fourth lake, Thonak Tsho (4870m), where you can relish the lake’s tranquil beauty, after which you will retrace back to the third lake. Overnight stay in Gokyo. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner today are included.
Today is one of the toughest days of your adventure. Crossing Renjo La is quite difficult because of small rocks along the route. The trail from Gokyo starts with gentle climbing and comes with steep climbing before you reach the top of Renjo La. Renjo La pass offers some amazing views of Gokyo valley and an uncountable number of close Himalayan peaks.
Today you’ll start to walk to Renjo La pass early in the morning. You will leave the main trail of Gokyo valley to take the Renjola trail by DudhPokhari. After 3 hours walk, the stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, and Taboche can be enjoyed. The trail continues down the stairs to reach AngladumbaTsho. On further walking, you can see RelamaTsho and Renjo Lake then you will walk through the narrow valley teemed with giant boulders to Lumde. After an hour's walk, you’ll reach Marlung, the place where you’ll be staying tonight. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner today are included.
The next day you’ll be following the traditional route that had been followed for centuries by the Tibetan traders which is a descent from Marlung to Thame. Crossing BhoteKoshi, descending to Taranga, you’ll reach LangmucheKhola. Astonishing view of the mountains such as Thamserku, Katenga, KusumKangguru can be seen from the lodges besides seeing the famous Buddhist shrine (Gompa) at Thame. We cross the bridge to reach Samde, the place which offers breathtaking beauty of mountain view. Down the steep path, we reach Thamo village where there is a monastery called Khari Goma which is the nunnery. We reach the world’s highest power station built on Australian Aid, after which we reach a small village called Phurte where there is LaudoMonastry. Finally, we reach Namche through some gompas, prayer flags, courtesan Mani stones. Overnight in Namche.
Today you’ll be trekking all the way back to Namche Bazaar from Pheriche. While the distance of this route is about 15 kilometers, it will be significantly
easier since you’re descending. Consider stopping for a lunch break within the little town of Phungi Thanga or Kyangjuma before continuing to descend through pleasant woodlands. After walking further for two or three hours on the trail, you’ll find yourself back in Namche Bazaar. You’ll stay overnight at a guesthouse in Namche Bazaar. Today’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
On the 19th day, your successful trek comes to an end. Wake up early to bid a farewell to the spectacular scenery of the Khumbu before boarding your morning flight back to Kathmandu. Watching the Himalayas pass beneath your window, you’ll now be able to recognize many of the major peaks. The hustle and bustle of Kathmandu may come as something of a surprise after the solitude of the mountains. You’ll be transported to your hotel to spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Feel free to relax or explore the local markets and eateries. There are plenty of great restaurants and bars in Thamel where you can enjoy dinner before returning to your hotel to spend the night.
Breakfast is included.
The last morning on your trip to Nepal where you’ll be enjoying a pleasant breakfast while reflecting on all of the memories you’ve collected on the Everest Base Camp Trek over the past two weeks. Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be taken to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure. We hope you’ll return to Nepal in the near future to see everything else that it has to offer! Today’s breakfast is included.
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1. Best Time To Travel
Spring from March to May and autumn from mid-September to November are considered to be the best seasons to trek. The weather is dry and clear during these times making it ideal for trekking and enjoying majestic views of mountains. The days are mild while the nights are chilly. On the downside, however, these are peak seasons and the trails get crowded and busy.
You can also go for a monsoon or winter trek if you want to avoid the crowds when you can even enjoy some off-season discounts at teahouses which remain mostly empty during these times. But you should be aware of some discomforts (rain, snow, and extreme cold) if you take to the trail at these times.
2. Entry Permits & Requirements
To get the permits, you will need to provide the listed documents and information:
3. Altitude Sickness
Symptoms of Altitude Sickness may begin once you reach 1500-2000 meters and upwards. If you gain a sudden height rapidly without letting your body adapt to the thin oxygen at higher altitudes, you are most likely to suffer from Altitude Sickness. But if you plan for acclimatization days to your itinerary, you are good to go.
Acclimatization days are included in your trip to avoid Altitude Sickness. The sickness is common at high altitudes. Please remember that altitude sickness is a topic to be taken very seriously. Here are a few extra prevention tips:
4. Safety and security
You can have Travel Insurance while trekking which is the safest measure. However, there are some measures following which you can implement to ensure safety:
5. Trekking essentials
People, often you don’t need a lot of complicated gear and equipment. Here’s a basic checklist of the most essential items that you should not forget to take.
6. Walking hours
On average, walking hours per day is 5-6 hours below 3,000m. For altitudes higher than 3,000m, the average walking time is 3-5 hours per day. The walking hours may vary according to conditions but do not exceeds 6 hours mark per day.
7. Hiring a Guide
Do good research before hiring a guide. However, if you plan your trip via a travel agency, an experienced guide will be provided for a group of 1-5. A group consisting of 6-12 individuals will be provided with 2 professional guides. Moreover, the package might also include a porter for every 2 individuals.
The weather in Nepal varies by season. November to January usually have sunny days, clear skies and usually no rain. However, on Everest Base Camp, the temperatures will mostly be cold, specifically at night. February to May and September to October is the most favorable time to travel to EBC, with fairly dry and stable weather, although there could be the occasional shower. June to August is the monsoon in Nepal, however, once you pass 3,000 meters altitude there is very less chance of rain.
Your personal budget will totally depend on your spending habits and things that are included in your trip. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, it is suggested to bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes might cost you extra. You might also like to but some crafts/souvenirs along the trekking route for which you have to bring extra cash.
The decision to rent a porter is up to you and typically decided by your level of fitness and/or budget. However, one porter can be shared between two people and may carry up to 25 kg. Many trekkers prefer to hire a porter to possess a more comfortable trek.
Usually, your guide advises you to go to the toilet in the tea houses before leaving to prevent the need to go during the trial. However, you may come across a few houses along the trail that will let you use their toilet. But in case of an emergency, you will have to go in the wild if there are no houses nearby.
We will run our booked trips under normal situations. There is an opportunity to go for the trip even if other hikers cancel at the end moment. We will not cancel the entire trip even if there is a fewer number of people. Please note that we cannot carry on the trip if there is a political riot, natural disasters, pandemics, epidemic or catastrophes, etc.