Destination Holidays offers an incredible adventure Everest Three High Passes where you can experience adventure of a life time. Trekking beneath world highest Mt. Everest and 4th highest Mt. Lhotse and walking on glaciers traverse of adventurous high passes of Khumbu around Everest region.
Adventure to Everest Three passes leads to World highest Heritage Sites The Sagarmatha National Park (Sagarmatha for Mt. Everest in Nepali which means Great Mother), this national park was added as World Heritage Sites in 1979. Our adventure to Everest Three High Passes, starts with a short scenic flight to Lukla at 2,820 m high with panorama of mountains during 30 minutes airborne.
On reaching Lukla, the door to Everest and Khumbu area with amazing short airstrips, from here trek leads past traditional Sherpa village Phakding and into alpine forest lined with tall rhododendron, pines, firs and oak trees with views of snow capped peaks. This scenic walk enters Sagarmatha National Park along Dudh Kosi River, crossing several suspension bridges with a climb to famous Namche Bazaar the Sherpa capital and the main town of Khumbu and Everest region.
After wonderful rest day, heading higher to Tengboche Monastery located on a ridge with grand views of Mount Everest and majestic Amadablam, adventure continues on leaving the tree lines behind towards arid terrain heading high to Imjatse valley to cross the first pass Kongma-la high in complete wilderness to reach Lobuche and continue over the 2nd high Cho-la (Tsho) pass to reach a picturesque Gokyo valley and its emerald lake in the backdrop of world 6th highest Mount Cho-Oyu straddles the border with Nepal and Tibet.
From Gokyo with rest day and climb to the viewpoint of Gokyo Ri and then finally crossing the last pass of this awesome adventure over Renjo-la 5360m to reach a quaint villages of Marlung and Thame with amazing views of mountains and landscapes and heading back to Lukla through Namche Bazaar for the scenic flight to Kathmandu, after an overwhelming time in the high Sherpa on completing world highest Everest Three passes with great services and support of Destination Holidays and its team of cheerful friendly guides and staff.
On reaching at Kathmandu International Airport, DH staff receives you for the transfer to respective hotels around main areas of Kathmandu city. After getting refreshed our guide / leader briefs you regarding trek, hotels, do and don’ts along with evening group dinner.
In Kathmandu morning sightseeing tour, Kathmandu is steeped with historical and cultural monuments listed in World Heritage by UNESCO. We visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Buddhanath, Swyambhunath and Pashupatinath Temple. All tour accompanied by expert cultural tour guide, after a great time back to hotel, afternoon free at leisure and trek preparations.
Morning a spectacular short flight to Lukla with grand views of mountains with Mt. Everest, reaching at Lukla, meet our trekking staff and porters and startfirst day walk to Phakding for overnight stop.
Today walking into Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, and then heading higher with climb to Namche Bazaar, a large flourishing town or a large village with facilities of ATMs, Cyber cafes, stores, shops, restaurants, banks and fresh bakery with busy colorful interesting Saturday market.
A perfect place for rest day and acclimatization, short hike up to park interesting museum with loads of information of the area, this spot offers great views of Everest and Amadablam peaks.
After a good rest and acclimatization, morning starts on a nice path through conifer and rhododendron woodland, with views of Amadablam, Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamasarku and Kwangde peak, walk descends to Imjatse river at PhungeTenga, after a short climb into lovely forest to reach Tengboche Monastery. A scenic spot with views of Amadablam, Kangtenga, Thamserku, Kwangde and Mt. Everest, this place is also a holy spot as the head lama (Rinpoche) of the monastery resides here. In this monastery, mountaineers take blessing from the high lama priest for better success and safe expedition.
Morning walk leads to a long descend to Imjatse river,reaching the bridge where tree lines ends for smaller juniper and rhododendron bushes, after the bridge a slow climb to reach at Pangboche the last permanent village, beyond only settlement with lodges to serve trekkers. The trail leads slowly through exposed areas with excellent view of Amadablam at close distance, and then walking over short uphill to reach at Dingboche located in a wonderful valley of Imjatse.
From Dingboche a short walk to Chhukungtowards east at the end of Imjatse valley and the last settlement of Khumbu with breath-taking sceneries of surrounding high snow capped mountains with Mt. Makalu towards east. Rest of the afternoon free and preparation for next day long adventure to Lobuche over Kongma-la, one can hike to ChhukungRi for more super views of the mountains.
After wonderful overnight stop at Chhukung, starting early before dawn as the walk follows climbing a rubble path for an hour leadings to icy trail towards rocky sections beneath Kongma-la and the peak of Kongma or Mehra, with good rest cross the first pass of this adventure over Kongma-la at 5,535 m / 18,159 ft hidden between Nuptse wall, Mehara and Pokalde peaks, after a strenuous climb heading towards Khumbu glacier over moraine, after downhill walk leading on atrail toa shortsteep climb up to a terminal debris of Khumbu Glacier to reach at Lobuche for overnight stop in the comfort of a cozy lodge after great hard day trekking.
Morning walk is a way long to Everest base camp. Taking a slow move reaching a path close to Glass Pyramid house, a metrological station funded and run by Nepalese and Italian scientists, spot a small steep climb reaching at Khumbu glacier. As the walk leads through over moraine of rocks and small icy streams to reach at Gorakshep withviews of Mt. Pumori, Lingtrin, Khumbutse and Mt. Everest. After a break, walk continues to Everest Base Camp along the moraine and ice. Reaching the destination at Everest Base Camp we forget the exciting but tiring walk. All the pain vanishes with the tumbling Khumbu ice falls close to the base camp, around high season for expeditions. Feeling great we return back to Gorakshep for another adventure climb to Kalapathar next early morning.
Getting up early morning, trek and climb on a steep uphill to Kalapatthar for stunning panorama view of Mt. Everest with array of surroundings peaks can’t be jotted down on words. This will be the highest point of this great adventure at 5,545m. Completing a thrilling and breathe taking scenery, downhill walk to Gorakshep and continue walk leads on the main trekking trail for few hours and then our route diverts west on reaching at Dzongla located on the base of Cho-la pass for overnight stop.
At Dzongla Teahouses / Lodge with grand views of Cholatse and Taboche peaks.
Starting early morning with a steep climb as one has to be careful with icy sections sometimes, and the climbing for few hours to reach the top ridge of the Cho-la pass festooned with Buddhist prayer flags and rock monuments. Enjoy the surrounding views and heading down slowly and carefully towards Thaknak for overnight stop.
After a great adventure crossing over Cho-la pass, morning walk follows main Gokyo trail beneath Ngozumba glacier.From here few hours walk to Gokyo Lake also calledDudh Pokhari, Gokyo at 4,790 meters with many good lodges with backdrop of world 6th highest Mt. Cho-Oyu.
At Gokyo a rest day after crossing two great passes, take a hike to GokyoRiat 5,357m another highlight of theadventure. Gokyo Ri offers breathtaking panorama of Mt. Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Cholatse, Taweche and to the east Mt. Makalu.
Last Big Day! of this adventure, starting early heading towards last pass, as the walk follows at the end of Gokyo Lake, route to the pass offers marvelous views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche, and then cross overRenjo La pass at 5,465 m / 17,929 ft, from the top fascinating views of mountains then downhill to Marlung village pastfew frozen ponds with long descend reachingLungdeng near Nangpa-la pass on route Tibet border. Walk continues to Marlung village for overnight stop above Bhote Koshi River.
A great morning after completing three great passes of Everestwith breathtaking sceneries and feeling high and stronger, today a short downhill to a sleepy village of Thame on the least visited area.
Thame has few good lodges with an old monastery above the village which is one of the important monasteries of Khumbu Sherpa.
From Thame a gradual and pleasant walk following the well maintain trails and reaching back into tree lines with a stop at Thamo, where hydro electricity supplies to most of Khumbu villages and then a good walk brings you back at Namche Bazaar for overnight stop.
Today, last of this awesome adventure trekking at Lukla, walk continues on the gradual winding path to reach Lukla, after a final climb of 40 minutes, in Lukla reaching for lunch and overnight stop, a free afternoon to organize gratitude and farewell dinner with trekking guides and porters.
From Lukla daily flight operates early morning to Kathmandu, sometimes the flight time can get delayed due to unfavorable bad weather, as per the flight time board in a small plane for short scenic flight back to Kathmandu, on reaching at Katmandu domestic terminal transfer back to respective hotels.
Today, last day in Nepal with great memories and amazing experience adventure to Everest Three Passes, DH staff transfers you to Kathmandu international airport for your final departure homeward bound or to next port of call.
The Himalayan climate sometimes can be unfavorable with overcast bad weather, where flight to Lukla and back to Kathmandu can effected with delay or cancellation.
Destination Holidays will keep you inform of the situations in case of bad weather and what can be done to adjust the itinerary days and with your international flight back home.
In this situation please bear with us and be positive if the bad weather persists for many days (which is very rare) flying to Lukla, DH will reroute and arrange another similar type of trip to Annapurna or any hill / mountain destination with Luxury lodge facilities where available.
If the bad weather persists on flying to Kathmandu from Lukla, be calm we and our guide will do whatever means to evacuate our clients back to Kathmandu using helicopter, or one might have to walk for days to areas where the bad weather for flights is not affected.
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It all depends on the client’s requirement. However, we patronize 3-5 star standard Hotels, in Kathmandu for our clients as these hotels are conveniently located in the center of the popular Thamel district. Outside Kathmandu, clients are made to stay in teahouse and camp as required.
Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature, then taking this trip during winter (Dec., Jan and Feb.) could also be an option. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests. Trekking in the summer or monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the summer trek could be a paradise for a keen botanist and naturalist.
Destination Holidays trekking involves for 4 to 7 hours of walking every day, depending on trails and altitude as per the trip selected, with some rest and acclimatization periods. The daily routine begins at around 6 a.m. with bed tea and washing water brought to your tent and rooms. Please get packed promptly so that the Sherpa guides can start taking down the tents and your baggage, while you are having breakfast. Take your day pack with you to breakfast. The morning walk will be about 3 hours and there is no need to hurry. The lunch stop lasts about 1 to 2 hours and is a good time to do your laundry and write your diary etc. Then walk for another 2 to 3 hours to our evening stop. Tea and biscuits awaits you and a few hours later dinner and evening reading, cards, drinking, etc.
All our treks and tours are led by expert guides and local leaders for other language can be arranged on request beside English speaking guide.