Introduction: Everest Three Pass Trek
Welcome to Nepal. Everest Three Pass Trekking is one of the utmost journeys to experience the high altitude adventure. This covers all scenic areas of high Khumbu within Everest region facing spectacular scenery of giant peaks on daily walks. This is an awesome yet demanding adventure where trekkers need to be in good physical shape with sound health. However, this is worth the walk as it offers visitors with an exciting moment on daily treks.
An adventure on Everest High Passes trek, will take trekkers to a glorified and awesome panoramic view of mountains. Embarking on this trek, trekkers will come across high peaks, glaciers, moraines and snow. Our expert guide will ensure the safety of visitors during each crossing. They will care for health and provide support during each crossing. They will take care of their health and provide support for every step, making the trek a remarkable success.
Everest Three Pass Trek road map takes visitors in the high altitude through Kongma la pass (5,545 m/18,159 ft), Cho la Pass (5,420 m/17,782 ft), and Renjo La pass(5,345 meters/17,585 ft) representing the three pass trail. These thrilling route broadcasts incredible landscape and panoramic views of Mt Everest, Mt Makalu, Mt Lhotse, Mt Cho Oyu, Lobuche, Mera peak, Pokalde peak and many more. The three pass map is a difficult trekking trail however it can be done with ease in association with Holiday Planner Nepal. Proper preparation, gears and equipment are necessary for this trek. Experienced guide who is well known in the region is top priority for Holiday Planner Nepal.
The Kongma La one of the three passes which lies in the trekking route between Dingboche and Lobuche. Cho la pass lies between Dzongla and Gokyo while the Renjo La pass is between Gokyo and Lumde. These three passes combined is also known as high pass. Everest High Trekking is an intimidating trek and only recommended to experienced trekkers. This is not a first time trekking route. However it is worth the effort as visitors get a thrilling experience with adrenaline rush flowing all along the route.
How does the Everest three pass trek start and end?
There are two alternative options to begin and end the three pass. The first option is to go clockwise starting from Renjo la (5,360m/17,585 ft), moving past Cho la (5,420m/17,782 ft) and finishing with Kongma La pass (5,535m/18,159 ft). The other option is to trek anti-clockwise, which means starting from Kongma-La pass and ending at Renjo-la. That being said, for either of the options the starting point and ending point is Namche bazaar which is also known as the gate of Everest.
The roadmap to Everest three pass begins with a 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu or Manthali to Lukla. This exciting airborne adventure enables passengers to get some glimpse of mountain region of Nepal. After reaching Lukla the trekking originally starts towards Phakding. Permits in the region can also be bought after landing to Lukla check post in case of emergencies. The trek to Phakding takes about four hours with narrow and slippery trek all along the section. The trail is the only route to get from village to village and is packed with travellers in peak season. Donkeys and Yaks begin to appear on this part of the route with Glacier Rivers flowing below the suspension bridges. Next destination after leaving Phakding is Namche Bazaar which is supposed to be a significant elevation gain. The hike however is quite easy with villages along the way. Trekkers can have insight of agriculture and domestic animals whose number goes decreasing upon ascending to upper elevation.
The trek then proceeds to Tengboche Monastery from Namche. The trek is around 10 km or 6 miles with relatively flat and easy along the hill line. Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Everest can be seen from this section of the route. Tengboche is famous for Tengboche Monastery which is also known as the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region.
After visiting Tengboche trek towards Dingboche (4,410m). Hiking at this elevation is relatively challenging due to higher elevation gain. The trail in the section also has beautiful mountain views at every corner. The distinct stop at this section is Somare (4,040) which is a renowned lunch stop. After trekking past Somare the terrains become less vegetated but offer a clear view of Ama Dablam. Dingboche is a small village with colorful roof and stone fences. There is also a famous rock which is often used for photography.
Next destination after Dingboche is Chhukung (4730m) which is about 2.8 miles hike. We can see Island Peak from Chukkung. Past from Chukkung we can cross the Kongma La Pass. The Kongma La Pass is the hardest pass among the three. The elevation gain is almost 700 meters. The trail is uphill with east facing slope. This section includes a close up view of Pokalde peak, and all the peaks of Nuptse. Upon reaching Kongma La so many peaks are visible including Lobuche peak, Manaslu and Iron peak.
After crossing the first pass the trail is up to Lobuche. Lobuche is the last stop before reaching Everest Base Camp. Lobuche is up close from here with few settlements with only adequate facilities. Thukla can be a prominent stop for lunch.
Heading past Lobuche the trial continue towards Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep. The path is relatively easy however the altitude can become a problem. Khumbu glacier with view of Pomari at the right is sights too see. For reaching Everest Base Camp the trail is along Khumbu glacier with ice fields, waters and dangerous cravesses.` After exploration and taking pictures as the iconic rock of Everest Base Camp (5,364m) we descend towards Gorakhshep. Gorakhshep(5190m) is a notably rest place before or after Everest Base Camp. Gorakhshep is also the entry point for Kalapatthar, the highest point of this trek. Trekkers now make their way towards Kalapatthar and Dzonglha from Gorakhsep. The view from Dzongla is really magnificient with Cho la and Cholatse peak at front and Ama Dablam at the back. After wards move to the second pass known as the Cho la Pass. This pass is between Dzonglha to Gokyo. The hike is a mild start with a view of Cho la glacier. Be sure to wear crampons and be aware of the possible rock falling and danger of Crevasses. After crossing Cho la Pass descend towards Thagnag.
Following Thagnag the trek moves towards Gokyo and Gokyo Ri. The Gokyo lakes (four in number), is the world’s highest fresh water system. Take a hike towards this incredible and serene location and head towards Renjo La pass to reach Lungden. The trail is uphill zigzag which is quite challenging. Then cross across the Renjo La pass which is the last of the Everest three pass trekking. At the top trekkers get to see Pumori, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, Taboche and the turquoise lake of Gokyo. Then the final phase of the journey takes travellers from Lungden to Namche Bazaar. On this section travellers cross through few streams which might be frozen depending upon the season. Afterwards it is an easy walk down the valleys with pleasant valley. While retracing the steps trekkers can see tiny villages and yaks grazing along the rivers. After arriving at Namche move down towards Lukla for a return back flight to Kathmandu which marks the end of the journey.
What is the best time or season for Everest three high pass trek?
The High Pass Everest Trek is a challenging trekking experience in the Solukhumbu region. The pass is through three high mountain passes which are Kongma la pass, Cho la pass and Renjo La Pass. This trek can be done in various time or season but each period has its own difficulty. The best recommended season for the three pass trek is spring and autumn.
Spring is considered one of the most popular times for embarking in the Everest region. The spring season in Nepal fall between months of March to May. The weather in the region is relatively stable with average temperature 15°C (-9°F) which makes the trekking experience relatively easier. The rhododendron forest and other uphill vegetation feel lively. This addition of the vibrant colors adds extra beauty to the might Everest region. The trails are more suitable with fewer crowds as compared to peak season which is autumn. The longer days in spring adds more to the daylight hours enabling explorers with longer travel distance.
Autumn is another excellent time to undertake the high pass trek in Everest. The autumn season in Nepal fall between months of September to November. The weather in the region is clear and stable with mild temperatures (-5°C to 10°C/-20°F to -12°F) which offer a comfortable trekking season. The mountains, landscapes and architectures along the route sparkle and blend with the natural surroundings. Traditional Sherpa villages, White colored Monasteries surrounded by prayer wheels and fluttering prayer flags make the Everest three pass route a spiritual and mystical destination.
The visibility is excellent with unobstructed view of mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and many more which offers a worth photo.Despite spring and autumn the Holiday Planner Nepal roadmap to Everest Three pass can be commenced in winter. However it is really difficult and risky The temperature will not be a friend, due to bone chilling nights and freezing morning. There can be heavy snowfall and avalanches and foggy visibility. All these conditions are life threatening and for the most unsuitable. We at Holiday tours Nepal do not recommend Everest Three pass route at this particular season. However, for hardcore adrenaline individuals who want to challenge the extreme situation it can be arranged.
Overall, with the right gear, knowledge, and local guides from Holiday Planner Nepal, the journey is doable even in extreme cold. Additionally consult with Holiday Tours Nepal for further understanding the conditions and risks before attempting Everest Three High Pass trek in winter.
Physical fitness level for Everest High Pass Trek
Everest Three Pass Trek is a difficult trekking route. This is not a beginner’s trek and embarking on this journey requires 3-4 prior trekking experience. As the three pass trek involves walking on frozen glaciers, steep rocky trails and climbing experience individual should have good stamina and endurance.
However it necessarily doesn’t require hardcore trekking experience or exceptional physical ability. The variable destination and high altitude experience can make the journey very easy. If an individual has a habit of regular cardiovascular exercises like running, cycling and hiking then they can endure the trek. Similarly, previous high altitude trekking can help to cope with this trek as the trekking zone is often 5000 meters/16400 feet.Proper mental preparation, balance and flexibility needs to be maintained as the route is mostly steep climb through rough terrain. Be sure to keep knowledge of any unforeseen circumstances which can help to tackle problems during the trek.
Similarly, individuals with serious medical conditions such as heart and lung disease or chronic illnesses should also refrain from attempting this trek. It is advisable to omit this journey and attempt for easier trekking destination as the consequences can be severe.
Accommodation facilities at Everest Three pass trekking
Proper trekking experience depends upon several factors and one of the crucial is the accommodation. The type of accommodation experience along the route directly affects the physical fitness level and indirectly affects the mentality of the trekkers. Proper accommodation services and a good night sleep can boost the trekking for the following day. There are various options for choosing a place to stay from camping, teahouses and lodges to even luxury houses. However it is important to know that these accommodations are available in some sections of the route and the facilities might decrease as trekkers ascend to high altitude. Some common types of accommodation are:
- Teahouse or Lodges: These are the most common and convenient accommodation options for travellers. Teahouses are small guesthouses which offer basic comfortable rooms with beds and blankets. The bathroom in this accommodation place is mostly shared.
- Camping: It can be suitable accommodation option for trekkers as most of the places in the area are remote and underdeveloped. Trekkers, guides and porters carry tents, sleeping bags and other camping gear. This allows a freedom and thrilling experience in the nature under the sky however it requires a more logistic preparation which can be handled by Holiday Tours Nepal.
- Luxury Houses: Luxury houses are present only in some part of the route. Individuals can have cozy and prestigious amenities which can include comfortable rooms with attached bathroom, hot showers and heating system. However, these facilities come with extra cost.
- Guesthouse and Homestay: In particularly more developed areas or area with higher settlements we can find guesthouse and homestays. They are the accommodation where travellers can stay with the local families in their homes. This is a unique opportunity to immerse in the culture of local residents of Khumbu region.
Acclimatization and Communication
Acclimatization, Communication and Electricity are some important factors which needs careful consideration while taking the Everest Three Pass roadmap.
In high-altitude activities such as the Three Pass Trekking in the Everest Region, acclimatization is essential. Various high passes must be crossed during the hike, which can tire the body physically. It's critical to take acclimatization pauses and give your body time to adjust to the altitude to prevent altitude mountain sickness and other related health problems.
There are multiple rest days made suitable into the trek to aid in acclimatization. In order to give your body time to acclimate to the altitude, it is recommended to stay hydrated and avoid alcohol and tobacco. Trekking with gradual ascent in order to aid with acclimatization is the best choice. Some hikers also decide to take medicine; nonetheless, it is advisable to speak with a medical practitioner before taking any medication.
Holiday Tours Nepal provides each visitor with a Sim card to make communication easier while visiting the country. While Three Pass Trekking, communication can be difficult, particularly in isolated locations with spotty network connectivity. On the other hand, there are numerous ways to remain connected when hiking.
- Mobile Network: There is coverage for mobile networks in certain areas of the hike. On the other hand, the network may be erratic and constrained. It is advised to always have a phone with a strong battery backup and a local SIM card on you.
- Satellite Phones: Several of the lodges and campsites along the trek provide satellite phones for rent. Although they can be pricey, they are more dependable and provide better coverage in isolated locations.
- Internet cafes: A few of the larger cities and villages along the path provide internet cafes. They provide phone services, including international calling and messaging, as well as internet access.
It's crucial to remember that in some places, communication options may be costly and scarce. It is advisable to communicate your itinerary to your trekking companions and loved ones and to keep them informed of your location. In an emergency, having a GPS gadget or personal locating beacon on you can also be helpful.
Electricity and Wi-Fi
For the most part, the trekking path allows you to use cellular service and the internet, with the exception of high mountain crossings. Teahouses along the path frequently have phone or camera charging stations available which they typically charge between $2 and $3. Be advised that certain teahouses may charge an additional fee for wireless internet services. If you like to capture as many memorable moments as you can while out for a stroll you can pay extra charge for camera charging. However, to avoid these potentially costly charges, travellers are advised to carry a small solar charger or a power bank. By doing this, you can benefit from ongoing connectivity without being concerned about cost.
Altitude Sickness during Everest Three Pass Trekking
Altitude sickness is a common problem for individuals who plan to hike theEverest Three pass Trekking Route. This is a common problem in high altitude region of Everest. This can be due to rapid ascent to higher elevations without enough acclimatization is a common cause of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). The symptoms can be headache, nausea, dizziness and shortness of breath. However in severe case altitude sickness can lead to pulmonary edema or cerebral edema which can cause a life threatening scenario.
So here are some tips provided by Holiday Planner Nepal to prevent altitude sickness during the Everest Three Pass Trekking.
- Acclimatization: It is an essential procedure to cope with reduced oxygen level at higher elevation. This means individuals will have to take frequent rest days before ascending into higher elevation. This will make the body familiar with the environment which ultimately helps to reduce altitude sickness probability. It is also recommended to gain not more than 300-500 meters elevation per day and take rest in between 3-4 days.
- Hydration: Stay hydrated to prevent dehydration, which can make altitude sickness worse. Steer clear of caffeine and alcohol as they might dehydrate the body.
- Medicine: Eat garlic soup or think about taking medicine to avoid altitude sickness. Before taking any medication, see your doctor, and be sure you are taking the recommended amount.
- Descend: Quickly descend to a lower altitude if you start to exhibit signs of altitude sickness. As soon as your symptoms have subsided, stop climbing.
- Identify Symptoms: If you encounter any of the signs of altitude sickness, let your guide or hiking partner know. Headache, nausea, vertigo, and dyspnea are possible symptoms.
- Fitness: To better handle the physical demands of the trek and lower your chance of altitude sickness, train appropriately prior to the hike. This will increase your endurance and level of fitness.
Is travel insurance necessary?
Anyone intending to hike the Everest Three Pass Trekking route is strongly advised to purchase travel insurance. This kind of insurance can cover a variety of dangers and unforeseen circumstances that may arise while on the hike. When buying travel insurance for the Everest Three Pass Trek, keep the following points in mind:
- Medical coverage: Verify that the policy covers medical costs, which can be expensive at high elevations, including emergency medical care and evacuation.
- Trip cancellation and interruption: Purchase coverage for trip cancellation and interruption to safeguard yourself if unforeseen circumstances, such as illness, injury, or natural disasters, force you to postpone or cancel your vacation.
- Lost or Stolen stuff: Seek out insurance that covers stuff like gear, equipment, and personal effects that are lost or stolen.
- Adventure sports coverage: Verify if the policy includes high-risk activities like trekking and mountaineering, as some do not.
- Emergency assistance: In the event of a medical or other emergency, look for coverage that offers round-the-clock emergency assistance.
- Pre-existing conditions: Verify if the policy covers your pre-existing medical issues or offers a waiver if you have any.