Three Passes Trek

Nepal

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Duration: 23 Days


Inclusions

Training Weekend Accommodation Park Fees Meals International Internal Expedition Leader Doctor Transfers

Deposit: $399.00

Total incl. Deposit: $5,856.00


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Overview

We are the only company in the world who have an expedition leader and doctor on all Three Passes expeditions, while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Established in 2007, we offer high-altitude trekking and mountaineering in some of the most breathtaking locations around the world.

Trekking The Three Passes

Our 23-day Three Passes Trek itinerary takes a much less travelled, circular route to Everest Base Camp. Although tough, with a number of long days, this trek showcases the very best the Khumbu region has to offer, and is a truly rewarding experience for those with a bit more time and a good level of fitness. As a level 6 expedition, it is much more demanding than our “standard” 18-day Everest Base Camp trip (Level 4).

From Namche Bazaar we head west along an incredibly scenic but more remote course in a clockwise direction, following the traditional trading route with Tibet along the Bhote Khosi river. We visit the small villages of Thame and Lungden, making time to take in the traditional Nepalese way of life as we acclimatise. Thame is home to many famous Sherpas including Kami Rita Sherpa, who set a new record for the most visits to the peak of Everest in May of 2023. Each night we stay in locally run tea houses, enjoying the warm welcome of our hosts and the inviting heat of the stove as we remove our boots after a long day’s trekking. We spend two nights in Gokyo village, known for its glorious turquoise-coloured lakes, and reach Everest Base Camp (5,364m) on Day 14 of the trek. The final leg of our journey takes us over Kongma La, the highest of the three passes, to reach Chukkung, before we start the descent back to Lukla.

Although it is a trek all the way, there are many challenges and this expedition should not be underestimated. We cross three high passes; Renjo La (5,360m), Cho La (5,420m), and Kongma La (5,535m), all of which offer panoramic views across the imposing Himalayas. Optional, but absolutely worthwhile, is the chance to summit three (non-technical) peaks; Gokyo Ri (5,360m), Kala Patthar (5,550m), and Chukkung Ri (5,550m). 

The Three Passes trek is ideal for those with a good level of fitness and plenty of perseverance! We climb above 5,000m on seven occasions, so previous experience at this altitude is preferable. Treks like Kilimanjaro or Everest Base Camp are ideal experiences prior to taking on this expedition.

Three Passes Expedition Costs & What’s Included

The total cost of trekking the Three Passes is highlighted above. You are required to pay a €399 deposit to secure your spot. You can pay the remaining balance by instalments or in full. All fees must be paid three months prior to departure.

Your fees include the following:

  • International flights from Dublin to Kathmandu return (Economy Class) Internal flights in Nepal
  • Experienced expedition leader
  • Experienced expedition doctor
  • Training Weekend
  • Earth’s Edge team of guides, cooks, and a full support team
  • All accommodation based on twin sharing in hotels in Kathmandu and in tea houses elsewhere
  • All meals and drinking water, except in Kathmandu and Ramechhap where accommodation is based on B&B
  • A celebratory dinner
  • All transport throughout the expedition
  • All group gear consisting of first aid kits, mountaineering equipment, cooking equipment etc.

Flying From The UK? 

You are more than welcome to join us from the UK. If so, you can select the ‘exclude flights’ option on the checkout. You can then book your own international flights to Kathmandu.

Read our Three Passes Trek Blogs

Are you looking for even more information on this expedition? We have lots of extra insight into our Three Passes Trek here.

Itinerary


Depart Dublin for Kathmandu. Overnight flight.

Depart Plane

Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to Ramechhap.

Arrive Relax Hotel

Morning flight to Lukla. Trek to the village of Phakding via Choblung and Ghat following the Dudh Kosi.

Plane Trek Breakfast Tea House

A stunning day on the trail with views of Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,511m), Nuptse (7,879m), Ama Dablam (6,856m) and Taweche (6,542m) if the weather is clear.

Trek Breakfast Lunch Dinner Tea House

A full day in Namche Bazaar with an acclimitisation hike. Visit to the National Park museum with the option of visiting the Sherpa museum too.

Trek Relax Breakfast Lunch Dinner Tea House

We trek to the small Sherpa village of Thame where some the world’s most famous mountaineers grew, including Apa Sherpa and Tenzing Norgay.

Trek Breakfast Lunch Dinner Tea House

We trek along the Bhote Khosi (“River From Tibet”) up towards Lungden.

Trek Breakfast Lunch Dinner Tea House

Another night in Lungden to ensure we are sufficiently acclimatised before our first high pass tomorrow.

Trek Relax Breakfast Lunch Dinner Tea House

A big day, as we cross the first of our three high passes - Renjo La Pass (5,360m), en route to Gokyo village.

Trek Breakfast Lunch Dinner Tea House

A rest day with optional hikes to keep us busy, including Nepal’s longest glacier, Ngozumba.

Trek Relax Breakfast Lunch Dinner Tea House

An early morning start and a steep three hour climb will bring us to the summit of Gokyo Ri (5,360m) for sunrise. Option to stay in Gokyo and rest until the afternoon. Descend to Dragnag.

Trek Relax Breakfast Lunch Dinner Tea House

A long and more challenging day towards our second high pass - Cho La (5,420m). A long and more challenging day on the trek. Descending to Dzongla.

Trek Breakfast Lunch Dinner Tea House

A short and relatively easy day today to Lobuche. Relax for the afternoon in Lobuche before another big day tomorrow.

Trek Relax Breakfast Lunch Dinner Tea House

We climb to Gorakshep for lunch before reaching Everest Base Camp, a highlight of the expedition. Descend to Gorakshep.

Trek Breakfast Lunch Dinner Tea House

Optional sunrise hike to summit the trekking peak of Kala Patthar (5,550m). Return to Gorakshep for breakfast before retracing our steps back to Lobuche.

Trek Breakfast Lunch Dinner Tea House

We tackle our last high pass, the challenging Kongma La (5,535m). Descend into the beautiful Imja Valley to Chhukung.

Trek Breakfast Lunch Dinner Tea House

The final big challenge, an optional trek to the summit of Chhukung Ri (5,550m).. After we descend to Chhukung, then to Pheriche. Overnight tea house.

Trek Breakfast Lunch Dinner

An easy descent to Tengboche, with close-up views of Ama Dablam.

Trek Breakfast Lunch Dinner Tea House

Descend all the way back to Namche Bazaar. You have some time for shopping in the afternoon.

Trek Relax Breakfast Lunch Dinner Tea House

Our last day of trekking takes us back to Lukla.

Trek Breakfast Lunch Dinner Tea House

We fly back to Ramechhap in the morning and transfer back to Kathmandu. Enjoy a celebratory meal in the evening. Overnight hotel.

Plane Breakfast Dinner Hotel

Free time to explore Kathmandu before departure.

Plane Relax Breakfast

Arrive back in Dublin. Expedition ends.

Arrive

Facts

The mountainous north of Nepal is home to eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest. It is also home to more than 240 peaks over 6,000m above sea level.

The people of the Khumbu region are called Sherpas, and have adapted to living at high altitude for generations. Sherpas are key sources of climbing expertise, advice, and help. Most Sherpas under the age of 50 tend to have a good level of English.

The traditional Sherpa village of Thame holds a particularly rich and great history. Most notably, it is home to many famous Sherpas including Kami Rita Sherpa, who set a new record for the most visits to the peak of Everest in May of 2023 with 28 ascents.

Thame also houses one of the oldest monasteries in the Khumbu region, which is known for its annual Mani Rimdu festival.

The Gokyo lakes are the world's highest freshwater lake system comprising of six main lakes, and are considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists.

Best time to trek to the Three Passes?

The best time to attempt your Three Passes Trek is in May or October. Early spring and winter may make the trail unpassable due to ice, and views are likely to be obscured by low clouds and fog.

What do you need to trek the Three Passes?

We have an extensive packing list detailing what you should bring with you while trekking the Three Passes. You can view this packing list here.

How to prepare for the Three Passes Trek

We have classified the Three Passes Trek as a level 6 expedition. For more information about our levels system, click here. This is a relatively long trek, with an average of six hours of walking per day. We expect participants to have a very good level of fitness, and good stamina is essential. For many people, it will be the hardest physical challenge of their lives. The group moves at a comfortable pace and nobody is ever left behind. Nevertheless, it is your responsibility to contact us if you have any concerns regarding your level of fitness, health or ability to complete the trek. We recommend that you read our detailed document on the Three Passes before signing up. You can read this document here.

 

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Earth's Edge is a certified B-Corp. In fact, we are the highest scoring B-Corp in Ireland. We are passionate about sustainable travel, bettering the lives of the people connected with the company and minimising our environmental impact.

Tree Planting

Tree Planting

We plant 8 native trees in Nepal for each person that travels with us in partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects. If you would like to plant more, please contact info@earths-edge.com. Each extra tree costs €0.75 cents. Learn more about our tree planting here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Deposit: $399.00

Total incl. Deposit: $5,856.00


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