Everest Three Passes Trek is an Everest circuit trek covering Everest Base Camp. A short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla marks the start point. Ultimate Everest Circuit trail follows the regular path of Everest Base Camp up to Dingboche Village. From a perspective of difficulty level, it is a tough and challenging trip to Nepal. The itinerary includes the major passes above the 5000m of the region.
Along the trail, we visit different Sherpa settlements. The trek provides an opportunity to collect the knowledge of Sherpa, their lifestyle, and their culture. Furthermore, the combined view of treeline, Himalayan peaks, and Sherpa villages makes the trip excellent. It covers all major destinations and passes of the Everest Himalayas, so it is also known as the Everest Circuit Trek.
The journey starts and ends at Lukla. Lukla is a tiny touristic city of Solukhumbu with Tenzing-Hillary airport. The first camp is in Phakding or Manjo, which is at a lower altitude than Lukla at the bank of the Dudh Koshi river. The next day check-in at Namche Bazaar (3441m). Namche Bazzar is the main gateway to Everest and trading town in the region. Visiting Sherpa villages, hiking in high altitudes, and reveling in stunning views of some of the world’s highest mountains are highlights of the trek.
Everest Ultimate – Three Passes
Nagarsang Hill, Kong Ma La Pass, Kalapathar, Chola Pass, Gokyo Ri (5383m), and Renjo La Pass is superb viewpoints of the Himalayas, glaciers, and glacial lakes. First, adventure Kong Ma La Pass is thrilling, adventurous, and challenging. It is bridging between Chhukung Valley and Lobuche Valley. Everest Base Camp is one of the highlight destinations of this trek, which we reach after crossing Kong Ma La Pass. We climb up to Kalapatthar to get a gorgeous view of the mountains, including Mt. Everest. Of course, these mountains are a lot higher but appear at eye level. The next adventure after Everest Base Camp is Chola Pass, which takes us to Gokyo. Gokyo is a valley of lakes, and Gokyo Ri gives a panoramic view of the surroundings.
And final adventure Renjo La Pass is a thrilling pass, which summarizes the trek and starts to trek down to Thame and finally reach Lukla via Namche in three days of the Renjo La Pass, then flight back to Kathmandu.
- Day 1 Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport
Welcome to Nepal! We will receive you the airport and transport you to hotel.
- Day 2 Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around Kathmandu valley
The day beings with a meeting and introducing with your trek and tour leader. After breakfast, we organize a short meeting at the hotel lobby. The meeting finalizes the preparation of the trek. In the meeting, you need to bring three copies of passport copy size photos, and travel insurance copy. Soon, the day tour will starts and on the tour visit most highlighted places of Kathmandu.
PASHUPATINATH TEMPLEPashupatinath Temple is one of the most visited and sacred places of Hindu. According to Hindu mythology, Pashupatinath is one of four Dham. It is not only a religious place also the cremation place. The dead body is burning with firewood in the bank of holy river Bagmati.
BOUDDHA STUPABouddhanath Stupa is one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. While touring in Buddha you can meet the monks, learn Buddhism, gather the information about Thankas, and its significants.
BHAKTAPUR DURBAR SQUAREBhaktapur Durbar Square is a royal palace built in centuries ago when Nepal had 22 and 24 state kingdom. The palace is famous with the name of fifty-five windows durbar, Nyatapol Mandir the tallest temple in Nepal. The Lion Gate, Golden Gates, The statue of King BhupatindraMalla and the pottery where the potter makes are the main attractions of Bhaktapur.After finished the tour, the evening time is to review the luggage for the trek. If you interested you can walk around Thamel, choose the restaurant for dinner.
- Day 3 Fly to Lukla (2,840m). Trek to Manjo (2,630m)
Wake up early in the morning and head to the the airport for a flight to Lukla. We take a packed breakfast today. After a short scenic flight to Lukla, we begin the trek, after meeting our local trekking staff. We reach Manjo via Phakding today, located on the banks of Dhudhkoshi River.
- Day 4 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441m)
Following Dudh Koshi River and then a climb to reach Namche takes approximately 4 hours. We cross the river several times, encountering yaks and mules along the trail. Finally, the trail on the banks finishes and we start ascending on a steep gradient up, crossing the highest suspension bridge of Everest Region. The climb is steep, so we walk at a comfortable pace. Finally, we reach Namche, the biggest town in the region. Enjoy the lunch and stroll around Namche and visit a museum that belongs to Sherpa culture, and the history records of Mt. Everest expedition by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, the first ones to scale Everest.
- Day 5 Trek to Khumjung
Today you will hike up to Syangboche and The view of Namche, Khumjung village, and the massive summits in front are stupendous from Syangboche. And continue to Khumjung village. Explore the village, museum, where we see skull of Yeti.
- Day 6 Trek to Tengboche Hill Station (3880m)
After breakfast at the hotel, we heard north towards Tengboche, a superb hill for photography and Himalayan view. The monastery at Tengboche is one of the major highlights of Everest Base Camp standard trek. To reach Tengboche we need to walk for about 6 hours today, which includes a steep uphill bit on the second half of the day. In the evening, we walk around the Tengboche monastery and visit the monastery. Enjoy the beautiful evening with spectacular views at Tengboche Hill.
- Day 7 Trek to Dingboche (4350m)
After breakfast we trek down to Debuche and continue on to Pangboche, which is a major Sherpa settlement. Walking through the village, we get to see Mt. Ama Dablam towering us from the right, making a picture perfect setting for the village to be in. In fact, the mountain will be at a stone’s throw away from us as we walk. On undulating trails we cross a river and make a short climb up to Dingboche valley.
- Day 8 Hike up to Naragsang Hill (5,090m)and Trek back to Dingboche (4,350m)
Today is the second rest and acclimatization day of this trek. After morning breakfast, we will walk around Dingboche. We hike up to Naragsang Hill. After returning from the day hike, we rest at the guesthouse and prepare for next day. Enjoy a hearty dinner in Dingboche.
- Day 9 Trek to Chhukung (4710m)
From Dingboche to Chhukung is about two and half an hours walking in slightly uphill at the altitude of 4710m.
- Day 10 Trek to Lobuche via Kongma La, 5,535 m
Get Up early morning and starts the first adventure journey of this program. We need to pack lunch for that and have to order in the previous night, that is done by the guide. The trip begins from about 5:00 AM in the Winter and 4:30 AM in the Autumn and Spring with the headlamp. It depends on the walking pace, normally reach at the top in 3.5 hours. The beginning is not so much tough but in the end, need to push up that may be hard. After reaching the top the view heals up the pain and relaxes the tiredness. And finally, get to Lobuche via crossing the tough glacier.
- Day 11 Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) then back to Gorak Shep (5,170m)
Today we walk to the main destination of the trek – Everest Base Camp. The rocky walk by the Khumbu glacier is quite rough and precarious on some bits, so do be careful. The first village we reach is Gorakshep where we have our lunch and continue to Everest Base Camp. On the way to Base Camp it is important to bring some snacks and water. Explore the Base Camp and return to the guesthouse which is about 5 hours up and down.
- Day 12 Hike up to Kalapattar (5,555m) early in the morning and trek to Dzongla
This is also a challenging day. Early morning we hike up the Kalapathar to catch the sunrise. As we climb up the mountains come to an eye level. We get a panoramic view of the Khumbu mountains from the top, from where we can see Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lhotse and many others peaks. You make an easy descent to Gorakshep and have breakfast before trekking to Dzongla, a tiny hamlet at the base of Cholaste mountain.
- Day 13 Dzongla to Gokyo via Chola Pass (5360m)
Again, early morning get up and ready for the next adventure of Chola Pass. It is an iconic pass of Everest. Today also we need to carry packed lunch because we not get any teashops until we get to Thangna. It is a quite long day and nearly 500m we need to walk above the ice-path. Crampons are ideally good for walking on the icy path. Once you reach the top, you will be rewarded with astonishing views of the Himalayas. After Chola Pass we need to cross the largest glacier, Nagzuma to get Gokyo.
- Day 14 Trek to Gokyo Ri (5,383m) and back to Gokyo
An early morning hike up to Gokyo Ri (5383m) takes us to an amazing viewpoint to see the mountains. After, about 2.5-3 hrs hiking you will be on the top of Gokyo Ri, one of the highlights of the trip. From here, you can see a panoramic view of mountains including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Nuptse, Gyachung Khang, Numbur, Thamserku, Cholatse, and Tawoche in addition to Ngozumpa Glacier and Gokyo Valley and the lake by the side.
- Day 15 Trek to Lungde via Renjo La, 5,340 m
It’s the final day for the early morning wake-up, walk-in torchlight, and have packed lunch. Renjo La Pass and its path are comparatively easy than others; Kong Mo La and Chola Pass. From the beginning to the Renjo La the trail is steep up and long. Once you get on the top then you will forget everything, none of the passes or viewpoints can beat Renjo La. It gives a beautiful view. From here we can Mt. Makalu as well. After spending an amount of time we trek down to Lungde.
- Day 16 Trek down to Namche Bazaar
Our journey to Namche from Lungde starts after breakfast. Today we descent to Namche via different towns; Marlung, Thame, Thomo. Finally we reach Namche Bazaar.
- Day 17 Trek down to Lukla
After finishing the trek, we make our way to Lukla which will be our final stop in Solukhumbu region. For lunch, we stop at Phakding, a village that lies on the banks of Dudhkoshi River
- Day 18 Morning Fly back to Kathmandu
This morning you will flight out from Lukla to Kathmandu, and upon arrival your guide transfers you to the hotel. A good rest after a long trek will be crucial. In the evening, you have leisure time to stroll around Thamel and do any souvenir shopping if you like.
- Day 19 Trip Conclude, final departure.
The trip concludes today. Your guide will drop you off at the international airport for your departure back home.
Standard Itinerary and Private TripIt is the notice about Standard Itinerary and Private Trip. The provided itinerary is standard, and if you want to customize it, you can do it. OR you can go through our Plan Your Holidays page.
Travel Insurance and CoversWe strongly recommend you to have travel insurance that covers the adventure activities such as trekking/hiking above 15,000feets. And must include flights delayed/canceled by bad weather, accidents, evacuations, etc.
Keep in MindSometimes, the unusual weather change, natural disasters, flight delays and cancellations, government rules, local political situation, health conditions of trekkers may change your itinerary. At that point, our leading guide will decide and try to minimize the impacts and run the trip smoothly, but we are not liable for any additional costs if needed.
Always options for UpgradePlease you can upgrade your accommodation and transportation service than regular. We can provide you with 5Star hotel accommodation and the best available private car/ jeep services. And also domestic flights including the Helicopter Charter.
Lukla Flights:All we know is that the Lukla flight is sensitive in the case of weather. Instantly it may be delayed and canceled as well. A tiny Himalayan airport has difficulty facing heavy traffic that is why sometimes the flight may be delayed. So, we suggest, if you are trekking in Everest, please make sure at least you have two days additional in the program.In the case of a weather cancellation, the best alternative to get Lukla is to charter a helicopter because the copter can fly in lower visibility of 1,500 meters. However, Twin Otter and Dornier aircraft need a minimum visibility of 5,000 meters.
What about the Helicopter cost? Is it getting instant or needs to be in the queue?A helicopter charges US $ 2500 per flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. And the US $ 500 per person on the sharing basis. Except for the emergency, during the high season and extreme weather of Lukla, you may not get a helicopter instantly or need to be in the queue. Also, if you have requested the Helicopter less than 24hrs, you may need to wait because of the limited number of helicopters, and they’re using various activities in the mountains.
Lukla flight from Manthli Airport, Ramechhap [Halted for Now]Due to the air traffic in Kathmandu during the peak months (March, April, May, September, October, and November), CAAN has promulgated the notice that the flight has been shifted to Manthali from Kathmandu to Lukla. If there are changes will update you ASAP.
What Includes & Excludes
- From and to airport transfer to hotel on a private tourist vehicle
- Three Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu in a standard hotel
- Fullday guided sightseeing in Kathmandu.
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu domestic airfare
- Apex Asia Holiday provides English speaking local guide
- Accommodation, foods, insurance, salary, equipment, and medicine for field staffs.
- Trekking/tour permits, entrance fees.
- Farewell dinner one night before the client’s final departure in a typical Nepali Restaurant with culture dance. Your guide will accompany you.
- All government taxes and official expenses.
- International airfare to and from Nepal.
- Visa fees and travel insurance.
- All drinks including bottled/boiled water along the trekking route
- Lunch and dinner in the city.
- Tips for trekking staff (Tipping is expected).
- Personal trekking gears/equipment.
- Anything not mentioned in the price includes.
HOW ARE WE DIFFERENT?
We operate this trip with aiming:
- To improve the lifestyle of local people
- To protect the environment
- To respect and promote the culture of the local community
- To create the Volunteering Opportunities
- To donate 5% of each trip cost to the COSD Nepal organization
We hire the local people as trekking staff, which creates the opportunity to learn and share the cultures, get exposure to local traditions. You can enjoy the local product feasts in the teahouses and lodges that directly help their business.
- Namaste [Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest] is the respectful greetings in Nepal.
- Walk-in clockwise direction around temples, monuments, MANE Stone, MANE-wall is the culture of Hinduism and Buddhism.
- Enter temples and with removing shoes and also leather.
- Ask permission to take any portrait of locals.
- Use right while giving and receiving food, eating, wiping mouth, etc.
- Please dress in loose-fitting clothes while entering temples and monasteries.
A small group of travelers led by the local trek leader, we try to minimize the impacts on natural resources and the environment during the trips. We emphasize reducing waste. Encourage travelers to use a refillable water bottle instead of a single-use bottle.
We are also a supporter of the Community Organization for Sustainable Development Nepal (COSD Nepal). And, we collect 5% of the total payment of each trek to contribute to the organization.
We have a volunteer trip operating in a local school in Gorkha. Through this trip, you can directly support the children also the teachers’ educational status.
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Here you will get a basic idea of the equipment and items of clothing that you need to carry on the trip. Apex Asia Holidays provide you with a gratis duffel bag in Kathmandu to pack your trekking luggage.
- Non- trekking items can store at the Hotel lockers in Kathmandu.
- If you are trekking in Everest Region: Kathmandu- Lukla Flight only allows the 15KG including hand-carry bag.
- You must have to carry a down jacket from above 4000 meters to keep warms. You can hire a down jacket and sleeping bag for USD 30 with us.
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
- A cap to protect your ear and neck from sunlight
- Warm wool or synthetic hat
- Neck Warmer
- UV protective glaciers sunglasses - better to have side shield.
- A pair liner woolen gloves for mild days and heavy for morning and evening
- Three cotton t-shirts
- Three synthetic t-shirt
- Two long sleeve polyesters, light colored shirts for sunny days.
- A soft shell jacket, water resistant, with insulation, underarm ventilation zippers. The full front zipper is preferable for ventilation.
- For women two synthetic sports bras, no cotton.
- Two pairs of nylon hiking shorts.
- Underwear, stay away from cotton.
- Two pairs lightweight long underwear.
- Two pair trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees.
- At least four pairs of liner socks, synthetic. And three pair heavyweight socks to be worn over liner socks.
- A pair of lightweight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail and also on lodges at the time of dinner.
- A pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Make sure the size and should have to be avoidable for blister.
- A pair light trekking shoes or sneakers to wear in and about camps or lodge.
- Small Day Pack
Medicine and First Aid
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
- Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
- Anti-infection ointments
- Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
- Sunscreen (SPF 40)
Miscellaneous but Important
- Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies)
- Airline tickets
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
- Water bottle/bladder
- Water purification Iodine tablets
In Nepal, there are two kinds of transport, public and private. We mostly recommend you to use the private than the public because the roads two ways that make traffic, and the private vehicle can avoid the traffic by choosing the proper time for less traffic.
In Nepal, you will get the extensive food menu. From the international food menu to local foods. Dal Bhat is the main course of Nepal. Your guide will help you to choose the suitable food, on the trek and tour.
- ALTITUDE SICKNESS
Trekking is the popular trekking ventures in Nepal, which is always in the High Himalaya and where we have the chance to get altitude sickness. So, it is highly recommended to learn more about the High Altitude Sickness before you start the trek. Hurry can be deadly in Nepal Himalaya. Walk slow, and give enough time to your body to fit in the high altitude. Drinking more water and stepping slowly with rest is the best protection against altitude sickness.
It is necessary to have travel insurance before you embark on any trip. The insurance policy should include the cost of medical expenses, any damage or loss of your luggage, and cancellation.
Nepal is one of the safe and more peaceful countries around the world. Even though you must have your Travel Insurance and the should cover the area which is on your itinerary.
- RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL
Traveling is the way of getting in touch with the local peoples. It is important to recognize what is acceptable in the society, such as dresses, behaviors, and language. There might be different than your own country. Most of the people can communicate in English in the cities and also some touristy towns but if you have learned a few words Nepali, like greetings “Namaste” that make a huge difference.
- HEALTH & SAFETY
Apex Asia Holidays always concern about the health and safety of the clients. Our guide carries a first aid kit with the directed medicine by the doctors. We also recommend you to discuss with your doctor about your visit at least a month ago. In case of severe or emergency, we transfer you to the nearest hospital. Safety is the first important for us as a responsible tour agency, so we do not take unnecessary risk.
Why travel with apex asia holidays
Since 2015, we have operated unique itineraries and happy trips that are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We focused on the fun factor and challenged you aptly to reach that great feeling of personal accomplishment while enjoying the company of like-minded travelers.
Make your journey fruitful by choosing to travel with a local company. We know each holiday is different. With the guidance of our travel experts and first-hand experience, we can customize every element of your holiday. We create travel packages that transcend our clients’ expectations. We invite you to discover what you’ve been missing. These are some of the difference that makes All-Travel unique.Explore More
Join a small group of like-minded travelers that, like you, are eager to safely and confidently experience all the things that make our world worth exploring.
While traveling in a small group of up to 15 people gives an opportunity of making lifelong friendships. We can appreciate more intimate, personal connections, share experiences, and cherish memories.
We employ all local guides and porters because of their local knowledge expertise. They can deliver first-hand information to our valuable clients. And trekking in High Himalayas, the local guides and porters can lead you even in the extreme weather and conditions. In addition, we aim to employ the local guides to enhance their skill and empowerment them. We are always concerned about the local community to improve and support them through tourism.
Health and Saftey
Your safety is our top priority. Our trained and experienced team is always concerned with providing fresh and hygienic food, keeping First Aid, 24/7 communication services, and more. Before commencing the trek or tour, we always make sure whether the clients have good enough equipment, clothes or not.
Responsible for Tourism
Responsible tourism is significantly important because it becomes the responsibility of each individual in the tourism industry. Our dependency is on the existing environment we talk about business or livelihood. We focused on our policy to organize outdoor packages that leave less carbon footprint as possible.