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For the true adventure seeker, The Legendary Three Passes Trek is a challenging tea-house trek to the Everest Region. The itinerary is for those experienced trekkers who intent to cross the highest mountain passes over 5000m in the world. One can take a hike to the small peaks and explore the Himalayan wonders. It is a lifetime experience amid the magnificent mountains and Sherpa villages.
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Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
3 Hours Before Flight Time
The Legendary Three Passes Trek starts with a flight of 35 minutes over the Himalayas. We trek from Lukla to Namche and make loop trail around the Everest Region. The circuit trek passes through ancient Buddhist monasteries and local Sherpa villages. The highest passes over 5000m open up with astounding mountain views.
While entering the border of Nepal, you see the Terai Plain and everlasting green hills. The Himalayas at the horizon smile over your arrival in Nepal. After Custom clearance, proceed toward the arrival terminal (gate). Our company’s representative receives you and transfers to the hotel as assigned.
The exploration of Kathmandu valley starts after taking breakfast. You will visit some of the ancient UNESCO heritage which is an important destination. Our tour guide will take you to Pashupatinath Temple and its surroundings to explore. This temple is the holiest destination on Earth for Hindu. The temple’s architecture is a masterpiece to behold. After this, you will visit Boudhanath Stupa which is the largest stupa in Nepal. After exploration, visit Swoyambhunath Stupa, the monkey temple of Nepal. These two stupas are the pious destination for Buddhists. The vibes you get from these places are unworldly and divine. As time goes by, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the oldest squares in the valley. From here, we can walk up to the Thamel market if we have some shopping left to do for trekking.
Early morning, we drive to the domestic airport. We take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It takes 35 minutes to reach Lukla. During the flight, you will see thousands of hills covered with clouds and veined with rivers. The Mountain View will excite our new venture to the Everest region.
As soon as we land at Lukla Airport, the fresh smells of the Himalayas hype our emotions. We explore the local market while our support staff will load the luggage and gears. The trail to Phakding is almost downhill. We descend and reach to Cheplung Village from where the view of Mt. Khumbila is way too incredible to behold. The trail further descends to Phakding which lies at the Dudh Koshi River valley. Phakding lies north of Lukla and this is our first stopover in the trek.
At Phakding after having breakfast, we continue the trek to Namche. We cross the Dudh Koshi River. time and again through the suspension bridge. The prayer flags and khada (Buddhist shawl) decorate the bridge. We pass through the pine forest and approach Monjo. It is an entrance to Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. The trail climbs steeply as we enter the national park. The view keeps on opening with amazing vistas as we approach Namche Bazaar. It is the biggest Sherpa settlement in Nepal. This place is full of hotels, lodges, guesthouses, cafes, restaurants, internet cafes, and other means of facilities. On a clear day, we can see a glimpse of Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse too.
A day at Namche Bazaar can be well spent either hiking or exploring Namche. If you plan to hike, we can go to Syangboche Airstrip. From here, we can see the Namche Valley along with the Himalayan vistas from a different angle. Later, we can trek to the Everest View Hotel – the highest placed hotel in the world. It offers a panoramic view of Mt Everest and other series of mountains.
Back at the Namche, we can go to Sherpa Museum and Everest Photo gallery to explore. Enjoy with the liveliness of Namche Bazaar visiting the colourful markets. Savor the local and other delicacies at Namche and prepare for next day.
Today we split our trek route from the Everest Circuit Trekking and follow a relatively less explored trail. We trek to Thame – a classic village on the side of beautiful mountains. On a clear day, we have an amazing view of mountains standing aloft & beautiful. On the way, we see beautiful wall paintings, mani walls, prayer flags, stupas, and some small Sherpa villages.
We leave behind the beautiful village Thame and continue our journey to Lungden. We cross over the beautiful rivulets and get mesmerized with amazing landscape. We could hardly see any vegetation on the way. We reach to Marlung, another stopover for trekkers. We trek further and reach Lungden.
Today is one of the longest and toughest trek days. The journey starts with a steep ascent. There are some plateaus and rolling hills on the way. We catch our breath, enjoy the natural beauty, and continue the journey further.
Today’s trek is challenging and the trail is zigzag. Combined with exhaustion and excitement, we finally reach to the top (Renjo La). The view of Mt. Everest along with other mountains is grandeur from here. We descend and reach Gokyo.
Today we acclimatize our body to prevent from High Altitude Sickness. Early morning, we hike to Gokyo Ri to see the sunrise over the amazing Himalayan vistas. The panoramic view of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu can be seen on clear day. Below you will see the small hamlet, Gokyo valley along the tranquil Gokyo Lakes. We descend down the valley and trek to Fourth and Fifth Lakes of Gokyo. They are the beautiful lakes in the Gokyo valley.
Climbing Gokyo Ri would be today’s program if we were resting yesterday. The view from the top of the Gokyo Ri is worth experiencing. We trek to Thangnak which lies to the eastern side of the Gokyo valley. We walk through Ngozumpa Glacier and reach the other side of the mountain. We traverse along this mountain and reach the base of Cho La pass called Thangnak.
Today, we start our trek early before the sunrise to dodge the extreme wind flow afternoon. The journey starts with a steep climb through boulders and ravine. The trail is usually slippery because of ice and snow. So, be careful with your steps. Passing through a rocky trail isn’t easy as we expect to be. But the reward afterward is beautiful. As you approach the Cho La pass, you can see cairns and prayer flags. The view of Ama Dablam from here is quite unique and appealing. You can also see the Cholatse, Lobuche East and Baruntse taking peek from hundreds of peaks. We trek down to reach Dzongla.
The trail from Dzongla to Lobuche is quite easy and merry trail. We descend from Dzongla and walk grassy trail enjoying the view of Lobuche peak, Cholatse and Tawoche Mountains. From Lobuche, we trek further 2-3 hours along Khumbu Glacier and reach Gorakshep.
Today is a big day is ahead, we explore Everest Base Camp. From Gorakshep, we continue our journey to base camp. This is the closest we can get to Mt Everest with a trekking permit. The glimpse of Khumbu Icefall and other mountains is breathtaking. During spring, we will be able to meet some of the climbers preparing themselves to climb Mt Everest. After spending some time, we return to Gorakshep retracing the same path.
The trek to Kala Patthar is the toughest but the reward awaiting is bigger than you expect. Early dawn, we trek to Kalapatthar (5,550m) passing through rocks and boulders to see the sunrise. At first, the sun rays kiss the Nuptse, Changtse, and Lhotse. The whole mountain ranges turn silver to gold. This is the best panoramic view one can see throughout the trek. The tears might drop with excitement. Capture those moments and back to Gorakshep. From Gorakshep, we trek down to Lobuche.
We trek early in the morning. Get our backpack ready and start ascent journey to Kongma La, one of the highest passes during this trek. We enjoy the view from the top and get awed. We descend to Chhukung.
We descend along the Imja River to reach Pangboche. We cross the suspension bridge over the river and the onward journey gets steep. As we reach Pangboche, we explore the surrounding area. We enter to Pangboche Monastery as well.
Leaving behind the Pangboche, we descend downhill trail. We pass through Tengboche. If time permits, we explore the village as well. We further trek down to Namche Bazaar where our loop trek ends. We take rest and explore the village.
We descend to Phakding and take uphill trek to Lukla. We pass through steep ridge, pine and rhododendron forest. Then we cross suspension bridge to reach Lukla. We cherish our last day trek at Lukla with small party with our team members.
We take a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. It takes 35 minutes to reach Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel and check – in. Rest time and time for shopping and souvenirs.
Enjoy your final day at Kathmandu. Free till final departure. Transfer to airport 3 hours before the flight time.