Three passes and three peaks in three weeks, this tour is the ultimate trekking adventure in the Everest region. Tune your senses to the trail and ascend beyond the snowline, taking a legendary route past many of the world’s highest mountains. This region is rich with glaciers, icefalls, lunar-like valleys, remote monasteries, base camp, and a landscape unscarred by human development. This is a challenging trek but it will be worth the reward. You’ll explore where few others venture and carve...
Kathmandu – Arrival and Meeting the Guide
Upon your arrival in Nepal, the mountains await you but first, you’ll spend time in Kathmandu, Nepal’s energetic capital city. Dust swirls around the narrow streets, the fallout from the earthquake in 2015. Tarmac and temples are cracked yet there is always optimism here, perhaps symbolized by the bright colors of local women going to pray. Once you touch down, you’ll be transferred to a hotel in the Thamel area. After time to relax you meet the guide and go through the route in more depth, specifically the latest conditions on the trail and the equipment you’ll need for the journey. The Thamel area is full of trekking stores should you need anything for the journey ahead and the guide can assist you with trip preparation tomorrow. The evening will be free and you’ll find many dozens of restaurants within a short walk of the hotel.
Kathmandu – Cultural Highlights and Trip Preparation
Phakding – Scenic Himalayan Flight and Onto the Trail
Namche Bazaar – Passing Mani Stones and Tibetan Villages
Namche Bazaar – Altitude Acclimatization and Endless Views
Thame – Across a Remote Landscape
Dinjung – Following an Icy River
Lumde – More Altitude Acclimatization and Remote Valleys
Gokyo – Crossing the First Pass
Dragnag – Stupendous Views When Summiting Gokyo Ri
Dzongla – From Lunar Landscapes to Icy Valleys
Lobuche – Onto the Everest Base Camp Trail
Gorak Shep – An Iconic Photo Spot Beneath the World’s Highest Mountain
Lobuche – Sunrise Summit and an Easy Afternoon
Chukhung – The Exhilarating Third Pass
Dingboche – A Third Epic Summit and Starting the Descent
Day 17 - 19
Lukla – Descending the Everest Trail
Kathmandu – Flying Back to the Capital and Spa Relaxation
Kathmandu – Departure
- Feel the true majesty of the Himalayas as you cross three passes taller than 16,000 feet
- Soak up surreal views from three mountain summits, Gokyo Ri, Kala Patthar, and Chukhung Ri
- Immerse yourself in the alpine landscape and appreciate the stunning solitude that exists around Sagarmatha - “the forehead of the sky”
- Come face to face with Everest and tick off iconic stops on the Everest Base Camp trail
- Go off the beaten track as the route takes in far more of the Everest region, notably remote alpine valleys and ice falls
- Trek with experienced guides native to the Everest area as their knowledge keeps you safe on a challenging trail
- Return with an immense sense of achievement after tackling Nepal’s most challenging trek
Trekking in the land of the world’s highest mountains is never going to be easy. This is a true wilderness, where there will be little but you, the guide, and the trail. Yet some treks are more challenging than others. The Three Passes route is difficult, and it is recommended to those with a real passion for alpine trekking but the rewards will be ineffable. Over three weeks you cross three stunning passes that connect four very different Himalayan valleys. You summit three different peaks, each with their own 360-degree panorama, and you explore landscapes that only rarely see human eyes.
The Nepalese know Everest by the name Sagarmatha, “the forehead of the sky.” Many other giants surround Everest, which are just as beautiful with far less fame. While you do visit Everest Base Camp on this route, it is just part of the journey rather than a specific destination. Himalayan trekking isn’t about conquering, it’s about connecting. Lose yourself in the trekking rhythm, embrace this time to be alone with your thoughts, and savor the wilderness for what it can offer, for you will be walking across a landscape that is as surreal as it is sublime.
Begin Kathmandu to prepare for your journey before you fly to Lukla and start walking. Then, you’ll slowly and steadily ascend to Lumde before you cross the Renjo La Pass. From here the highlights come thick and fast as you scale Gokyo Ri, cross Cho La, walk up to Everest Base Camp, and summit Kala Patthar. By spending longer on the trail you have the luxury of walking slower and getting better acclimatized to the altitude. So by the time you cross Kongma La Pass toward the end of the trip, the altitude won’t affect you like it does other trekkers. Ascend Chukhung Ri then spend some time descending, and you’ll feel a tinge of sadness but a tremendous sense of accomplishment when you take those last steps out of the mountains. Three weeks sounds like a long time but it will afford you enough time to tune both your body and mind into this special place.
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$5,455 per person (excluding international flights)
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