Advanced Everest Base Camp Trek with 3 High Passes
Duration: 21 days Expert Best Advanced Everest Trek
Why we love this tour
Visit the Everest Base Camp by taking a unique circuit trek through Sagarmatha national park. Get away from the crowds and explore the unparallel alpine beauty of the grandest mountain scenery on the world.
- Amazing views of Mount Everest and Sagarmatha national park
- Loop trek with no tracking back
- Scenic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back
- Views of iconic peaks such as Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse or Ama Dablam
- Cross 3 high passes: Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La
- Stunning views over Gokyo lakes
- Sherpa villages and Monasteries of Khumjung and Tengboche
- Beautiful Everest Base Camp with 5 364 m (17,600 ft)
- Visit the Kala Patthar Monastery in 5 545 m (18,200 ft)
- Visit the legendary Namche bazaar
Everest Base Camp trek became an icon for hikers around the world. With the legendary peaks such as Makalu, Nuptse or Ama Dablam on the way, and Mount Everest itself, it is a must do for any nature lover.
Unlike other treks in the region including the classic Everest BC rout for casual hikers, the advanced Everest Base Camp trek makes a loop with no tracking back. Being for experienced hikers only, it takes you to places away from the crowds, leading you through three high passes with unbeatable scenery: Renjo La pass, Cho La pass and the Kongma La pass.
With the highlights of Mount Everest, Kala Patthar, colourful sherpa villages or views over the stunning Gokyo lakes with several 8,000m peaks in front of your eyes, you will know that memories for this trip will last forever.
You don't need to be a hardcore climber to do the trek. Any fit person with good trekking experience can make the trip. Here is the trip itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival
This is going to be the first day of Nepal adventure. At the arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, one of our representatives will be waiting with a placard-carrying your name on it. The airport representative will explain the program upon arrival and escort you to the hotel on a private vehicle; Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing
After breakfast, Kathmandu tour begins. Kathmandu valley is an incredibly diverse city with a breathtaking Newari culture, centuries-old Hindu and Buddhists cultural sites alongside a plethora of ancient monuments. The capital of the country and home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Kathmandu, bridges modern facilities with centuries-old traditions and cultures with its tourist-friendly accommodations and the ancestral etiquette “Atithi Devo Bhava” meaning "Guest is equivalent to God". Throughout the day, most of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu will be observed. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3: Lukla/Phakding (2,656 m)
Almost all treks to Everest begins from Lukla so, early in the morning, a drive to Tribhuvan International airport (in a private car) for a flight to Lukla will be arranged. It takes 30-35 minutes to reach Tenzing Hillary airport/ Lukla airport. After reaching Lukla, the porters and the team members joining us on the trek will be introduced. The ultimate Everest Three High Passes Trek begins with a hike up through the beautiful town of Lukla to the Pasang Lhamu Memorial Gate. From the gate, the trail leading us out of Lukla, drops down to the village of Phakding, traversing the community forest and small Sherpa villages like Thalsharoa, Chheplung, Thado Koshi Gaon, and Chhuthawa. Savor the beauty of well-decorated chortens, prayer rocks, prayer flags and prayer wheels on our way alongside the mesmerizing view of Kusum Kangru and the Dudh Koshi River. It takes about 4 hours to walk downhill to reach Phakding. Check-in at the teahouse. In the remaining time, either rest or explore the nearby monasteries. Overnight stay in a teahouse at Phakding.
Day 4: Trek to Namche (3,450 m)
After breakfast in Phakding, Everest three high passes trek continues. Crossing the bridge across the Dudh Koshi River, leaving Phakding our trail continues north, through the forest of pine, up and downhill past a few suspension bridges and small settlement: Toktok, Bengkar, Chhamuwa to Monjo. At Monjo, your guide will take care of the necessary formalities, before entering the Sagarmatha National Park. From the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park, continuing on a trail which steeply drops down to the bridge across the Dudh Koshi River. Crossing the bridge, and following the lower river bank trail, we climb into the forest over gravel and boulders and continue to Larja bridge, past Larja Dobhan. Crossing the Larja Bridge, enjoying the first view of Mt. Everest and hiking up the steep hill through the pine forest on a rocky trail to Mislung, the forest ends and the trail levels out from Mislung. From Mislung, the even and plain trail leads us to Namche. After checking into the teahouse, the remaining time can either be spent resting or exploring the town of Namche. Overnight stay at Namche.
Day 5: Acclimatization
To prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), further up the trail, a day stop at Namche for acclimatization is a must. Staying active boosts the process of acclimatization rather than simply resting. Therefore, we will go for an acclimatization hike – a full-day circuit through Syangboche, Khunde, Khumjung and back to Namche. Picking up the trail above Namche monastery, climbing the ridge to Zarok on a steep trail and the route continues past Thame to the grass airstrip at Syangboche. Passing by the runway and advancing on a trail which rises up a sandy gully between juniper bushes to the top of the ridge, admiring the beautiful carved boulders, chortens, juniper and rhododendron, we hike down to Kani and a Boudhanath-style chorten, built around the end of Khunde. Enjoying the wonderful view of Khumbu la, Ama Dablam and Thamserku peaks we advance to Khunde Tsamkhang (a Buddhist temple), built above the village of Khunde. We reach Hillary Memorial Viewpoint to see the 360-degree views of Khunde, Namche, Ama Dablam, and Pachermo Peak. After exploring Khunde, through the potato fields we continue east to the largest village in the Khumbu region- Khumjung. Exploring around the village to see the Hillary School (a school established by Sir Edmund Hillary), the longest Mani wall in the Khumbu region, and Khumjung monastery which treasures a skull of a Yeti. Additionally, we can also visit Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park to observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life in the Everest region. Overnight stay at Namche.
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche (3,870m)
We begin the trek to Tengboche through an easy trail to Phunki Thanga. Ascending towards Tengboche village which is home to the largest monastery in the Everest region, we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. The monastery is located within the Sagarmatha National park. Enjoying panoramic views of the highest mountains on the earth including Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, and Nuptse, we reach Tengboche. If we reach there early, we will most probably be able to witness a religious Buddhist ceremony. Overnight stay in Tengboche.
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche (4,410m)
After breakfast, we begin our day’s trek walking downhill passing through lush forests full of birch, conifers and rhododendron trees. Accompanied by breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam, the trail descends down to Debuche, passing over the Imja river taking us to Pangboche. Walking the upper Pangboche trails, enjoying pristine views of the Himalayas and Pangboche monastery, we move towards the Imja Valley. Passing the Lobuche river and climbing up to Dingboche, we reach the beautiful windy village adorned by chortens and prayer flags. Overnight stay at Dingboche.
Day 8: Acclimatization
This marks our second stop for acclimatization. Dingboche is a very popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam and Imja Tse. Walking around the beautiful village with stone walls protecting fields and crops like barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from cold wind and grazing, we spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. We take a day hike to Nagarjuna Hill where we can observe great views of Mt.Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache, Ama Dablam and others. Overnight stay at Dingboche.
Day 9: Dingboche to Chukung (4,750 m)
Passing through stone-wall fields and Imja Khola valley we enter glacier moraines amidst towering Himalayas. The Everest three passes trail passes through Bibre where yak herdsman live. Right across the Bibre valley are the stunning Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labcha mountains. Crossing an icy stream, we reach Chukung after about half an hour walk. After lunch at Chukung, we can trek towards Chhukung Ri. For beginners, Chhukung Ri is the best alternative as it is not as technically demanding as others. After a few easy scramblings, we will reach the summit from where we can see mesmerizing views of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labcha. We descend back to Chukung. Overnight stay at Chukung.
Day 10: Cross to Kongma La Pass (5,535 m)
This trek begins very early in the morning to reach the highest part of the entire trip, Kongma La Pass. It takes almost 8 hours to get to the top of Kongma La pass. There are two trails to Kongma la pass; one is to the northwest of chukung over Nuptse glacier moraines and another is going back to Bibre and trek on the trail above Niyang Khola. There aren’t any hotels, shops, and teahouses so we carry our own packaged foods and water. The top of the pass is marked with Buddhist prayer flags and Cairns. The most difficult part of this trek is the final descent. After climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail bends north through Khumbu glacier leading us to Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche.
Day 11: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m)
Moving along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier, we leave icy cold Lobuche and head towards Gorak Shep. On the way, we come across the magnificent view of the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse and other mountains. After almost two hours of walking, we reach Gorak Shep and rest for lunch before heading to Everest base camp. We pass through rocky dunes, streams, and moraines and reach the base camp to the highest mountain in the world; Everest. From here, we can observe the stunning view of Nuptse, Khumbutse, and Pumori mountains. We trek back to Gorak Shep. Overnight at Gorak Shep.
Day 12: Trek to Dzongla (4,830 m)/ Kalapatthar (5,545 m)
Early in the morning, we start our trek to Kala Patthar to catch the breathtaking view of sunrise on Mount Everest from Kala Patthar. After several hours of ascent, we reach the top of Kalapatthar from where, we can admire the glorious sunrise over Mount Everest up close. The day’s first light will illuminate the pristine views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Taboche, Cholatse, and Lubuche on the way down. From Kala Patthar, we leave for Dzongla. Overnight stay at Dzongla.
Day 13: Trek to Thagnag (4,700 m)
From Dzongla, we leave for Thagnag through the most adventurous journey enjoying the thrill of walking over 5000m Himalayan pass. We trek over Cho La Pass (5,330m) and continue to walk to Thagnag. The trail is steep up to Cho La’s summit; this is also often snow-covered. A steep descent is made towards Thagnag along a moraine and rock trail through a boulder field down to the small hamlet (Thagnag). Overnight stay at Thagnag.
Day 14: Trek to Gokyo (4,790 m)
Walking alongside the wonderful mountain views, stepping back from the settlement. The path to Gokyo brings us to the Ngozumpa glacier edge after a short walk, which is the longest glacier in Nepal. From the other side of the glacier, we get to see the second Gokyo Lake on the series of six lakes. On the edge of this lake stands the Gokyo Village. Overnight stay at Gokyo.
Day 15: Gokyo exploration day
We will explore Gokyo lake and go up to Gokyo Ri (5350 m), the small crest above the lake. The peak of 5350m is also called Kala Patthar (do not be confused with the Kala Pathar above Gorakshep), though the view is similar. After the two hours climb, we can see the fantastic view of Cho Oyu, Gyanchung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, Tawache and many more. In addition, four of the fourteen eight-thousanders on earth, dominating the myriad of ‘smaller’ peaks provides a vantage point to observe the views of the Nangpa La, the old trade route into Tibet. We then trek back to Gokyo village. Overnight stay at Gokyo village.
Day 16: Trek to Lungden (4,560 m)
Trekking over to complete the final and the last pass we trek to Renjo La (5345m). The path climbs soothingly up the edge of Gokyo Ri and steeply inclined above the northwest corner of the lake. We precede early down from the Gokyo Valley and depart from the main trail and turn to Renjo La trail by Dudh Pokhari. We reach to the Renjo La after about three hours where an incredible panorama lies ahead. The Everest itself, Lhotse, Cholatse, and Taboche can be seen glittering in the sun. Alongside the descent to Lungden, we see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. Overnight at Lungden.
Day 17 Trek to Thame (3,820 m)
Trekking along an old Tibetan Himalayan trade route we head towards Thame. The hiking on this day is much easier compared to the previous day’s trekking. Following the Bhote Koshi, we end at the village of Thame, the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa( first Mount Everest summiteer alongside Edmund Hillary). Overnight at Thame.
Day 18: Trek to Monjo (2,848 m)
We trek down the descending trail at first and then continue to walk on the relatively flat route alongside the spectacular scenery, fast flowing rivers. Crossing three suspension bridges and climbing our way uphill to Namche Bazar we stop at Namche for lunch and then continue our trek to the other end of the town, Monjo which takes about 2 hours from Namche. Slowly we trek through beautiful mixed forests with some rhododendron and pine trees, passing the rocks carved “Om Mani Padme Hum” ( fundamental Buddhist mantra) to Monjo. Overnight at Monjo.
Day 19: Trek to Lukla (2,700 m)
After our breakfast, we return back over the main track down to Dudh Koshi retracing our way back to Phakding. Following the track, we reach Lukla scaling different Sherpa villages crossing a suspension bridge above Thado Koshi. This will be our last night in the mountains until next time. Overnight stay at teahouse in Lukla.
Day 20: Kathmandu
After about 35 minutes of flight time, we land in Kathmandu and we’ll drive back to the hotel. Rest of the day is for relaxing or sightseeing around Kathmandu city. (The flights from Lukla to Kathmandu depend on the weather conditions so we suggest you to prepare accordingly).
Day 21: Departure
Depending on the flight time, Swotah will arrange the transfer to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time. Our representative will meet at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.
Need to know before you go
Please note that extra buffer day is needed between Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu in case of bad weather or unforeseen circumstances or changes, therefore we request you to have extra day in Kathmandu before your international departure.Medical and helicopter emergency rescue should be covered by your insurance and it should be shown to the operator before the trip departure. The insurance should cover the altitude up to 5500m.
This trek is for advanced hikers, however, it has no technical climbing difficulty. For the leisurely hike, we recommend the classical Everest base camp trek.
Unlike other treks in the region, it forms a loop, so that you don't need to track back and you will often be away from the classical route frequented by more visitors.
We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit.
Accommodation ratings/price applies only for the hotel/s in the cities, not in trekking regions. The level of accomodation is 3 stars.
To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of the total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before the trip departure. 20 % for bookings made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, 25% for bookings made between 99-60 days before the trip departure, 50% for bookings made between 59-30 days before the trip departure, 100% for bookings made 29 days prior to trip departure. The same conditions apply to the cancelation policy. Final payment can be made upon arrival in Nepal. It can be made by bank transfer, cash (preferably USD/EURO), or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Amex). In the case of a wire transfer, the bank charges should be paid by the clients themselves. There is a 4% surcharge on all payments made by cards.
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