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Everest Three High Passes Trek

The Everest Three High Passes Trek, also known as the "Three High Passes Trek" or the "Three Passes Trek," is a demanding adventure that takes you through three high mountain passes in the Everest region of Nepal. Along the way, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of Mount Everest and other majestic peaks in the Himalayas.

The Everest Three High Passes Trek, also known as the Everest High Pass Trek, is a challenging and rewarding journey through Nepal's Khumbu region. It takes you through breathtaking mountain landscapes and provides an unforgettable trekking experience. The trek passes through three high passes: Renjo La (5,340 m), Cho La (5,420 m), and Kongma La (5,545 m). These passes in remote areas, such as the Bhote Koshi Valley, are less crowded than the popular Everest Base Camp route.

This trek provides a diverse and captivating experience centered on the breathtaking Gokyo Valley. The picturesque valley is home to the breathtaking Gokyo Lakes, including the well-known Milky Lake, set against a rugged mountain backdrop. The world's highest glacier, the Khumbu Glacier, adds to the breathtaking scenery. Visits to the Kalapathar and Gokyo-Ri viewpoints, which provide expansive views of Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest, complement the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Gokyo Lakes' turquoise water. These vantage points offer an up-close encounter with Everest's grandeur, making the trek an unforgettable exploration of the Himalayas' natural wonders.

Due to the high altitudes and difficult terrain, the Everest Three High Passes Trek requires excellent physical fitness and adequate acclimatization. It is specifically recommended for experienced trekkers with prior high-altitude trekking experience to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.

The Everest Three High Passes Trek is an unforgettable adventure that seamlessly combines physical endurance with breathtaking natural beauty. This trek, regarded as one of the world's premier mountain journeys, allows participants to explore remote and lesser-known areas of the Everest region. Trekkers are treated to an unforgettable experience amidst breathtaking Himalayan vistas, making it a remarkable exploration of physical and natural wonders.

Everest Three High Passes Trek
Everest Three High Passes Trek Highlights and Attractions
Region

Everest Region

Duration

21 days

Starting Price

USD 1,900.00

Group Size

7 Plus

Activities

Trekking

Transportation

Flight

Accommodation

Tea House, Lodge

Meal Plan

AP

Trip Grade

Moderate - Strenous

Max. Altitude

5,545m.

Best Season

Feb-Jun, Sep-Nov

Trip Hours/Day

4-7 Hours


Trip Itinerary

  • 01 Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m.).

    Upon arriving in Kathmandu, a warm welcome awaits you as our Ethic Himalaya representative will receive you and ensure a smooth transfer to your hotel. To begin your journey on a delightful note, we have arranged a special welcome dinner in the evening. To embrace the local culture, this memorable dinner will feature a variety of authentic Nepalese dishes and a comforting welcome drink.

    Transfer: 30-45 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Welcome Dinner
  • 02 Full day Guided Tour in Kathmandu valley with city Tour Guide.

    Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu with our experienced city tour guide. Our itinerary includes several remarkable sites:

    • SWOYAMBHUNATH, also known as the Monkey Temple, is perched atop a hill and can be reached by climbing a long set of steps. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Kathmandu.
    • BOUDHANATH STUPA is adorned with traditional Gompas adorned with vibrant prayer flags. It serves as a focal point for Sherpas and Tibetans who partake in the spiritual practice of circumambulating the stupa (koras).
    • PASHUPATINATH, a sacred Hindu temple, is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and features ghats where cremation ceremonies take place, offering a unique glimpse into Hindu rituals.
    • KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, one of the ancient capitals of the Kathmandu Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vibrant square showcases a harmonious fusion of Hindu and Buddhist temples, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

    With our knowledgeable guide, you will gain insights into the historical, religious, and architectural significance of these iconic landmarks. Prepare to be captivated by the unique charm and spiritual ambiance of Kathmandu.

    Sightseeing: 7-8 Hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast
  • 03 Fly to LUKLA (2850m). Trek to PHAKDING (2,650m)

    Early start (around 2–3 am) to get to Ramechhap Airport. Enjoy a breathtaking 15-minute flight over the Himalayan range before landing in Lukla. Take a moment to watch the loading and unloading of luggage. Meet our porters and begin the trek. The day's trek is easy, descending from Lukla to Phakding through charming hamlets like Chheplung, Thado, and Nurningle on a good path with scenic views of the valley, pines, and rhododendrons. Encounter the first dzos (cow and yak crossbreeds) and mules on the trails between Lukla and the villages. Passing by chortens and beautiful mani walls signifies entering the Buddhist world of the Sherpas. Finally, reach the lodge in Phakding at the village entrance.

    Note: Since 2020, all flights to and from Lukla have been operating from Ramechhap Airport, east of the Kathmandu Valley, as per the decision of Nepalese aviation authorities. This is done to ease congestion at Kathmandu International Airport, which has maxed out its air traffic capacity. The travel time is estimated to be 4 hours each way (150 km).

    Flight duration: 15 min from Ramechhap and 30 min Lukla | Transfer: 4-5 Hours to Ramechhap | Walking duration: 3-4 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +100 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -380 meters l Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 04 PHAKDING – NAMCHE BAZAAR (3,450m).

    Continuing our journey northward, we follow the meandering path alongside the enchanting Dudh Koshi River until we reach Jorsale, where our entry into the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park begins. From Jorsale, a brief stroll brings us to the convergence point of two rivers: the lmja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Koshi). A challenging ascent awaits us next as we embark on a steep climb that lasts approximately two hours, leading us to the vibrant hub of the Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar. This bustling Sherpa town is a prosperous trading center with a lively Saturday market. Today's total distance covered is approximately 10.5 km/6.5 miles, requiring approximately five hours of walking.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +820 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -40 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 05 Acclimatization day in NAMCHE

    Today is designated for acclimatization and rest, a crucial step in trekking, especially considering the rapid altitude gain ahead. Acclimatizing properly in Namche Bazaar is of utmost importance to ensure a safe and comfortable journey. As part of this acclimatization day, you can embark on a scenic hike to Syangboche and Khumjung Village. These picturesque locations not only offer breathtaking views but also provide an opportunity to explore the local culture and way of life. By taking this hike, you will give your body the necessary time to adapt to the increasing altitude while enjoying the beauty and tranquility of the surroundings. Remember to pace yourself, listen to your body, and make the most of this day of rest and acclimatization.

    Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +560 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -560 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 06 NAMCHE - THAME (3,820m)

    Today is designated as an acclimatization day, and therefore, we refrain from undertaking any strenuous trekking activities. Instead, we descend to the slightly lower altitude of Thame, a significant place as it is the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay, the first person to summit Mt. Everest. Our focus for the day is to engage in sightseeing, particularly at the monastery in Thame, where we can immerse ourselves in the rich cultural heritage and spiritual traditions of the region. It is also a time for rest, allowing our bodies to adapt to the changing altitude and replenish our energy. By taking this acclimatization day seriously and embracing the sights and tranquility of Thame, we ensure a safer and more enjoyable trek as we progress further.

    Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +650 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -250 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 07 THAME - LUNGDEN (4,300m)

    After having our breakfast, we commence our journey towards Lungden. The terrain between Thame and Marlung transitions into the alpine zone, characterized by sparse vegetation. As we traverse this less-frequented valley, we relish the serenity and relative solitude of the surroundings. Approximately an hour into the trek, we find ourselves walking alongside the village of Yellajung, situated on the opposite side of the Bhote Koshi River. While continuing on the trail, we are treated to magnificent views of Kongde Ri unfolding before us as we make our way forward. Another 45 minutes of walking on a gently ascending path brings us to Marlung. From there, we proceed for about an hour before ascending a small hill. After crossing a water stream, we embark on a 2 to 3-hour trek, ultimately leading us to Lungden.

    Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +630 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -0 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 08 Cross RENJO-LA Pass (5,340m). Trek to GOKYO LAKE (4,790m)

    The highly anticipated day begins with an early start, as we have a long and challenging journey ahead. Taking into account the slower pace required by the high altitude, we anticipate walking for about 5 hours to reach the pass. Along the way, we make a brief stop to soak in the breathtaking beauty of the Everest Range, capturing memorable photographs. Following this invigorating break, we embark on a notably difficult downhill descent, which takes about 3 hours, eventually leading us to the enchanting village of Gokyo. This part of the trek allows us to walk alongside the mesmerizing Dudh Kunda, also known as the Milk Lake, enhancing the already stunning landscape that surrounds us. Prepare to be captivated by the remarkable scenery as we continue our exhilarating journey towards Gokyo.

    Walking duration: 7-8 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +950 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -600 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 09 Hike to GOKYO RI (5,483m)

    After a challenging ascent that may require some exertion, you finally reach the summit, and all your efforts are rewarded with a truly awe-inspiring sight. The panoramic views from this vantage point make every moment of exertion worthwhile. From the summit, you are treated to a magnificent display of Mt. Everest (8,848m), showcasing its northern flank in all its majestic glory. As you gaze eastward, the imposing figure of Mt. Makalu (8,481m) comes into view, while towards the north, you can marvel at the majestic presence of Mt. Cho-Oyu (8,201m). The combination of these awe-inspiring peaks creates a mesmerizing spectacle that will leave you in awe. After taking in the breathtaking scenery and savoring a well-deserved break, you make your way back to Gokyo Ri, reflecting on the unforgettable experience and the stunning views you witnessed from the summit.

    Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +550 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -550 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 10 GOKYO LAKE - THAKNAK (4,750m)

    Today, we embark on the trail leading us to Thaknak, alternatively known as Dragnag. We begin by climbing out of the charming Gokyo village, ascending to a ridge that offers a captivating vantage point. From there, we follow the path that takes us through the mesmerizing Ngozumpa Glacier, ultimately leading to the mountain situated on the other side. As we continue our trek, we traverse along the edge of this mountain, gradually making our way towards Thaknak. The journey to Thaknak typically takes around 3 hours of walking. Throughout this trek, we are treated to magnificent vistas of the towering Cho-Oyu, the impressive Gokyo Ri, and other majestic peaks that grace the high Himalayas. As we travel towards Thaknak, allow the breathtaking beauty to enthrall you.

    Walking duration: 3-4 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +200 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -300 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 11 Cross CHO-LA Pass (5,330m). Trek to DZONGLA (4,830m)

    Today's trek takes us to the renowned Cho La Pass, which adds another highlight to our journey. Brace yourself for one of the most challenging days of the trip. While the pass itself is not technically difficult, it does involve a steep ascent and a traverse across a glacier on its eastern side. Caution is crucial, as the trail can be steep, and icy rocks can make it slippery for trekkers. Our path leads us through a ravine and along a rocky trail as we ascend continuously from Phedi. Along the way, we traverse the side of a frozen lake, eventually reaching the pinnacle of the pass, adorned with colorful prayer flags. It is important to navigate through some crevasses before we make our way to Dzongla, another beautiful location offering an encompassing view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche Peak, and the distant Pheriche village below. Take in the breathtaking vistas and appreciate the immense natural beauty as we continue our trek toward Dzongla.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +800 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -660 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 12 DZONGLA - GORAKSHEP (5,160m)

    After enjoying a hearty breakfast at Dzongla, we set off towards Gorakshep. Up until we reach Lobuche, the trek begins with a short stretch of easy downhill terrain. From there, we embark on a rocky trail that offers spectacular views of iconic peaks such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, and several others. One of the fascinating aspects of today's journey is that we will be walking alongside the moraine of the Khumbu Icefall, which presents a unique and awe-inspiring experience. This section of the trek will take approximately 4 hours to reach Gorakshep. As we make our way through this rugged terrain, we are treated to breathtaking vistas of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, immersing ourselves in the raw beauty of the region. Keep your camera ready to capture the stunning sights along the way as we continue our trek toward Gorakshep.

    Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +440 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -120 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 13 Hike to KALAPATHAR (5,600m)

    We set off early in the morning, eager to witness the awe-inspiring views from Kalapathar. As the first light of day illuminates the surroundings, we are greeted with a dramatic scene, with the majestic Mt. Everest taking center stage. The panoramic vista includes other renowned peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse to the east, and Mt. Everest, nestled between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. After a challenging ascent of approximately 2 hours, we finally reach Kalapathar. From this point, we climb the rocky outcrop near the summit using cairns and flapping prayer flags as markers. As we reach the top, we find a spot to sit on Kalapathar, allowing our eyes to wander across the unbelievable Himalayan panorama. The sight is simply breathtaking, with one mighty massif after another commanding our attention. After taking in this unforgettable experience, we make our way back to Gorakshep, where we will spend the night, relishing the memories of the extraordinary views we witnessed from Kalapathar.

    Walking duration: 3-4 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +440 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -440 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 14 Hike to EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,364m). Trek to LOBUCHE (4,940m)

    After enjoying a light lunch, we embark on an exciting journey to Everest Base Camp, a round trip that takes approximately 4 to 5 hours from Gorakshep. The trail initially crosses a sandy flat before ascending onto the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We make our way along the side of the glacier for about two hours, taking in the magnificent views as we gradually descend onto the rocky glacial moraine. The trail continues, winding its way up and down, passing through fascinating ice seracs, before finally reaching the iconic Everest Base Camp. Here, we are treated to incredible up-close views of the majestic Khumbu Icefall. After a brief stop to soak up the surroundings, we retrace our steps back to Gorakshep. Upon returning to Gorakshep, we continue our trek for approximately 2 hours, making our way to Lobuche. The journey continues as we traverse this captivating landscape, immersing ourselves in the wonders of the Himalayas.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +250 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -480 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 15 Cross KONGMA-LA Pass (5,535m). Trek to CHHUKUNG (4,730m)

    After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the lodge, your day begins with an exhilarating walk through the magnificent Khumbu Glacier, heading towards the east. As you cross the glacier and the river, the trail gradually ascends, leading you to the highest pass of this journey, the Kongma La Pass. It's important to note that there won't be any tea shops or water resources along this challenging section, so it is advisable to carry an ample supply of water for the journey. The climb to the pass will require effort, but the rewarding views and sense of achievement make it worthwhile. Once you reach the summit of Kongma La Pass, the trail steeply descends, taking you to the enchanting Chhukung Valley, where your day's adventure concludes. You will spend the night at a cozy lodge, resting and replenishing your energy for the next leg of the journey.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +675 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -850 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 16 CHHUKUNG - TENGBOCHE (3,865m)

    As we continue our journey, we find ourselves approaching the Himalayan civilization of the Khumbu Region. Chhukung serves as the starting point for the exhilarating Island Peak Climbing Adventure. We draw nearer to the convergence of the Imja Khola and the Dudh Koshi River, just a short distance above Pangboche Village. From Pangboche, our trail descends through the alpine desert, transitioning back into lush greenery characterized by beautiful pine forests. We then encounter a steep uphill climb that leads us to Tengboche. This vibrant village is home to the renowned Tengboche Monastery, which holds a special place in the hearts of trekkers and locals alike. We take the opportunity to visit this iconic monastery, immersing ourselves in its serene atmosphere and experiencing the rich spiritual heritage of the region. The journey from Pangboche to Tengboche presents a blend of natural beauty, cultural exploration, and spiritual significance, providing a well-rounded experience of the Khumbu region.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +200 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,100 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 17 TENGBOCHE - MONJO (2,835m)

    Starting from Tengboche, our trek takes us to the charming village of Khumjung. Along the way, we enjoy the scenic trails amidst the majestic Himalayas. Khumjung greets us with its Sherpa culture and beautiful mountain views. We then descend to Syangboche, where we're treated to panoramic views of Everest and Ama Dablam. The path gently guides us to Namche Bazaar, a lively Sherpa hub in the heart of Khumbu. Here, we can explore local markets, connect with other trekkers, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere. Our journey ends with a descent to Monjo, passing through lush forests and crossing the Dudh Koshi River. This trek from Tengboche to Khumjung to Syangboche to Namche and Monjo provides a captivating mix of cultural experiences, stunning landscapes, and the rhythmic life of the Himalayas.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +90 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -980 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 18 MONJO - LUKLA

    Starting in Monjo, we follow beautiful trails through charming villages and lush landscapes. Descending, we reach the peaceful settlement of Phakding along the Dudh Koshi River. The trail offers glimpses of the mountains, providing a serene trekking experience. We eventually reach Lukla, a lively town and a gateway to the Everest region. Known for its vibrant atmosphere, Lukla is the starting point for many treks, including the famous Everest Base Camp trek. This trek from Monjo to Phakding and Lukla combines natural beauty with cultural experiences, offering a delightful journey in the heart of the Himalayas.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +350 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -350 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 19 By a Domestic airline: LUKLA – KATHMANDU and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu.

    On the outbound journey, there will be a flight from Lukla Airport directly to Kathmandu or Ramechhap Airport with a transfer to Kathmandu. You'll have a free day in the city if the flight is directly to Kathmandu. If the flight is to Ramechhap, there will be a transfer, and you'll arrive in Kathmandu in the early afternoon.

    Note: Since flights are subject to weather conditions, a delay in the rotation day is possible. If the flight is postponed to the next day, you will spend an additional night at the lodge in Lukla.

    Flight Duration: 15 min to Ramechhap    | Transfer:>/strong> 4-5 Hours back to Kathmandu   | Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch
  • 20 Free day in Kathmandu for self-visit and shopping

    Today, we have a free day to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu on our own. You may want to spend the day indulging in some souvenir shopping, wandering around the colorful streets and bazaars, or enjoying the local cuisine. You could also visit some of the popular tourist attractions in the city, such as Bhaktapur or Patan, which showcase Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. Alternatively, you could engage in other activities like hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate in one of the city's many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to soak up the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.

    Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast
  • 21 Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for departure

    Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for our departure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will gather our belongings and make our way to the airport. We will ensure that we reach the airport well in time to complete all the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we bid adieu to this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and take a moment to appreciate the warm hospitality and kindness of the Nepalese people. This marks the end of our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal.

    Meal: Breakfast
Included in package cost
  • Airport pick up and drop off on a private vehicle.
  • Full-day sightseeing in Kathmandu with English-speaking Tour Guide
  • Hotel: 4 nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at twin sharing a room on BB plan.
  • Completely lodge trekking, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and room during the trekking periods.
  • Trekking Permit: Sagarmatha National Park and TIMS Card entrance fees.
  • All the monuments and entrance fees in Kathmandu.
  • Domestic tickets: Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Trekking Staffs: English Speaking Trekking Guide, Assistant Guide, and Porter (2:1 Porter)
  • First aid and medical kits
  • All government taxes and official charges.
  • Accidental and medical Insurance of Nepalese staff.
Not included in package
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International air ticket.
  • Nepal visa fees.
  • Rescue/ emergence and insurance cost.
  • Beverage and hard drinks and alcohol.
  • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
  • Personal equipment and personal expenses.
  • In case of natural calamities, i.e. political unrest, flight cancellation due to weather, landslides, etc., the extra charge should be borne by itself.

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Everest Three Passes Trek is a demanding adventure in the awe-inspiring Everest region of Nepal. This trek entails traversing three formidable high passes, Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La while exploring the breathtaking and secluded valleys that grace this remarkable area.

Absolutely, being physically fit is essential for the Everest Three Passes Trek. This trek is known for its challenging nature, involving long and strenuous hikes over high-altitude passes. To fully enjoy and complete the trek, you should have a good level of cardiovascular fitness, strength, and endurance.

The Everest Three Passes Trek includes steep ascents and descents, rocky terrain, and long days of walking. You may also encounter adverse weather conditions, which can add to the physical demands of the trek. Being in good physical shape will help you endure the challenging sections, adapt better to the altitude, and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.

Before the trek, it is advisable to engage in regular exercise and training, focusing on cardiovascular workouts such as hiking, running, or cycling. Strength training exercises that target the legs, core, and upper body will also be beneficial. Additionally, practicing hiking with a backpack and gradually increasing the weight will help prepare you for carrying your gear during the trek.

Remember to consult a healthcare professional before undertaking any high-altitude trekking adventure, as they can provide personalized advice and ensure you are medically fit for the journey.

The duration of the Everest Three Passes trek can vary depending on several factors, including your itinerary, trekking pace, and acclimatization needs. On average, the trek takes around 17-20 days to complete. However, it's important to note that this is just an estimate and the actual duration may differ for each individual or group. The trek covers a distance of approximately 100 to 130 kilometers (62 to 81 miles) in total, including the crossings of the three high passes: Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La. These passes are situated at altitudes above 5,000 meters (16,404 feet) and require careful acclimatization.

Keep in mind that the duration of the trek can also be influenced by rest days, side trips to iconic viewpoints like Gokyo Ri or Kala Patthar, and the overall pace set by the trekking group. It's important to allow enough time for acclimatization and to enjoy the stunning surroundings of the Everest region.

Everest Three Passes trek is renowned for its challenging nature, primarily due to trekking at high altitudes and conquering three formidable passes. It is crucial for trekkers to possess a high level of fitness and prior trekking experience to undertake this adventure. This trek entails navigating through elevated terrains and conquering steep ascents and descents, often on rugged paths. The altitude of the region reaches significant heights, with sections exceeding 5,000 meters (16,404 feet). Proper acclimatization is essential to mitigate the risks associated with altitude sickness.

To fully enjoy and successfully complete the Everest Three Passes trek, it is highly recommended to have a solid fitness foundation. Previous trekking experience will prove invaluable in understanding the demands of multi-day treks and building the necessary stamina. Being familiar with high-altitude conditions and equipped with knowledge of mountain environments will further enhance your preparedness. Prior physical preparation is essential before embarking on this trek. Engaging in regular cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and endurance workouts will help fortify your physical capabilities. Consulting with a healthcare professional and undergoing a comprehensive medical examination are prudent steps to ensure your health is suitable for the trek.

In addition, partnering with an experienced guide or selecting a reputable trekking agency is strongly advised. Their expertise will offer invaluable guidance, support, and a wealth of knowledge about the region, ensuring a safer and more rewarding experience throughout the Everest Three Passes trek.

The best time of year to undertake the Everest Three Passes trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. These seasons offer favorable weather conditions, clear skies, and stable temperatures, providing an optimal trekking experience.

  • Spring Season (March to May): This is one of the preferred seasons for the Everest Three Passes trek. The weather is generally mild, with moderate temperatures during the day and cool temperatures at higher altitudes. The mountains are adorned with beautiful rhododendron blooms, adding vibrant colors to the landscapes.
  • Autumn Season (September to November): Another excellent time for the trek, autumn brings stable weather and clear visibility. Days are pleasant with mild temperatures, and nights are colder at higher elevations. The trails are generally dry, offering good footing, and the mountain views are spectacular.
  • During both of these seasons, the chances of encountering rain, snowfall, or extreme weather events are relatively lower compared to other times of the year. This makes the trek more enjoyable and safer. These seasons also tend to attract a larger number of trekkers, so expect more crowded trails and busier teahouses.

    While the pre-monsoon and post-monsoon seasons are recommended, it's essential to check weather forecasts and be prepared for potential variations in mountain weather conditions. Being flexible with your travel plans and having some buffer days in case of unexpected weather changes is advisable.

    Avoiding the monsoon season (June to August) is highly recommended, as heavy rainfall and cloudy conditions can make the trails slippery, obstruct views, and increase the risk of landslides. Similarly, the winter months (December to February) bring extremely cold temperatures and limited infrastructure, making it challenging for most trekkers. Ultimately, selecting the best time for your Everest Three Passes trek depends on your preferences, availability, and the level of comfort you seek in terms of weather and trail conditions.

Trekking in the protected areas of Nepal now requires a licensed trekking guide and a trekking agency-issued TIMS Card, as per the Revised TIMS Provision effective from March 31, 2023. This rule applies to specific Protected Areas in Nepal, and it is mandatory for trekkers to be accompanied by a guide. This regulation is in place for safety purposes and to enhance the overall trekking experience.

Absolutely, hiring a guide for the Everest Three Passes trek is highly recommended. While it is possible to trek independently, having a knowledgeable and experienced guide can significantly enhance your overall experience and ensure your safety throughout the journey. Here are some key reasons why hiring a guide is beneficial:

  • Navigation and Safety: The Everest region can be challenging to navigate, with numerous trails and variations. A guide is familiar with the routes, knows the correct paths, and can navigate through tricky sections, especially when crossing the high passes. They can help prevent you from getting lost, ensuring you stay on the right track and reach your destinations safely.
  • Local Knowledge and Cultural Insights: Guides are typically locals or have extensive knowledge of the region. They can provide valuable insights into the local culture, customs, and traditions, enriching your understanding of the area. They can also act as interpreters, facilitating communication with local communities and teahouse owners.
  • Altitude and Acclimatization: Altitude sickness is a concern in the Everest region. A knowledgeable guide can help monitor your health, recognize early symptoms of altitude sickness, and make appropriate decisions regarding acclimatization. They can suggest necessary rest days and guide you on proper hydration and pacing to minimize the risk of altitude-related problems.
  • Logistics and Communication: Guides are well-versed in the logistics of the trek. They can assist with arranging accommodations, meals, and necessary permits along the way, saving you time and effort. In case of any emergencies or unforeseen circumstances, a guide can quickly communicate with local authorities and arrange necessary assistance.
  • Support and Motivation: Trekking in the Everest region can be physically and mentally demanding. A guide provides valuable support, encouragement, and motivation throughout the trek, helping you overcome challenges and keeping your spirits high.
  • Overall, hiring a guide for the Everest Three Passes trek offers numerous advantages, particularly in terms of safety, navigation, cultural insights, and logistics. It allows you to focus on enjoying the trek while leaving the complexities to an experienced professional.

To do the Everest Three Passes trek, you will need a Sagarmatha National Park to permit and a Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality permit. These can be obtained in Kathmandu or at the park entrance in Monjo.

Everest Three Passes trek offers a variety of accommodation options to cater to different preferences and budgets. Along the trek, you can find basic teahouses that provide simple rooms with shared facilities such as bathrooms and communal dining areas. These teahouses are usually more common in remote and higher-altitude areas.

For those seeking more comfort, there are also lodges available along the route. These lodges offer relatively better amenities, including private rooms with attached bathrooms and sometimes even hot showers. The quality and facilities of lodges may vary, with some offering additional services such as Wi-Fi, charging points, and cozy common areas for relaxation.

It's important to note that the availability and standards of accommodation can vary between different villages and altitudes. In general, as you ascend to higher altitudes, the accommodation options may become more basic due to the challenging terrain and limited resources. It's advisable to plan and book accommodation in advance, especially during peak trekking seasons, to ensure availability and secure the desired level of comfort.

For the Everest Three Passes Trek, it is essential to have the right gear to ensure your comfort, safety, and enjoyment throughout the journey. Here is a list of essential gear you should consider packing:

Clothing:

  • Base Layers: Moisture-wicking and quick-drying long-sleeved tops and bottoms to provide insulation and regulate body temperature.
  • Insulating Layers: Fleece jackets or down jackets to provide warmth in cold conditions.
  • Waterproof Jacket: A waterproof and breathable jacket to protect against rain, wind, and snow.
  • Trekking Pants: Lightweight, quick-drying pants with zip-off options for versatility.
  • Hiking Shorts: Comfortable shorts for warmer days or lower altitudes.
  • Thermal Underwear: Extra layer of thermal tops and bottoms for colder conditions.
  • Trekking Socks: Moisture-wicking, comfortable, and thick socks to keep your feet dry and prevent blisters.
  • Headwear: Sun hat, beanie or warm hat, and a buff or neck gaiter for protection against the sun, wind, and cold.
  • Footwear:
    • Trekking Boots: Sturdy and waterproof boots with ankle support for comfortable and safe trekking. Trekking Sandals: Optional for wearing around the lodges during rest days or for lower-altitude walks.
    • Backpack:
      • Daypack: A comfortable and durable backpack with a capacity of around 20-30 liters for carrying your essential items during the trek.
      • Sleeping Gear:
        • Sleeping Bag: A warm and lightweight sleeping bag suitable for temperatures down to freezing or lower, depending on the season.
        • Trekking Equipment:
          • Trekking Poles: Adjustable and lightweight trekking poles to provide stability and support during the trek.
          • Headlamp: A headlamp with extra batteries for visibility during early morning starts or in case of power outages.
          • Water Bottle: Reusable water bottles or a hydration bladder to stay hydrated throughout the trek.
          • Accessories:
            • Sunglasses: UV-protective sunglasses to shield your eyes from the strong sunlight at high altitudes. Sunscreen: High SPF sunscreen protects your skin from intense sun rays.
            • First Aid Kit: A basic medical kit including bandages, antiseptic cream, painkillers, and any necessary personal medications.
            • Toiletries: Travel-sized toiletries including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and a small towel.
            • Electronics: Camera, extra batteries, power bank, and charging cables.
            • It's important to note that the gear requirements may vary depending on the season and your personal preferences. It's advisable to check with your trekking company or travel agency for a detailed gear list specific to the Everest Three Passes Trek, as they may have additional recommendations or requirements. Additionally, it's recommended to pack light and bring only the essentials to avoid carrying excessive weight during the trek.

Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended and often required for the Everest Three Passes Trek. It is essential to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking at high altitudes, including medical emergencies and evacuation. Here are some key aspects to consider when choosing travel insurance for the Everest Three Passes Trek:

  • Medical Coverage: Ensure that your travel insurance provides coverage for high-altitude trekking and any potential medical emergencies that may arise during the trek. This includes coverage for altitude sickness, accidents, injuries, and emergency medical evacuation by helicopter if necessary.
  • Trip Cancellation and Interruption: Look for insurance that offers coverage in case of trip cancellation or interruption due to unforeseen circumstances, such as illness, injury, or natural disasters.
  • Evacuation Coverage: Verify that your insurance covers emergency helicopter evacuation from high altitudes, as this can be necessary in case of severe altitude sickness or other medical emergencies.
  • Baggage and Gear Coverage: Consider insurance that provides coverage for lost, stolen, or damaged baggage and trekking gear, as well as any additional equipment you may be carrying.
  • Personal Liability: Check if the insurance includes personal liability coverage in case of accidental damage or injury to others during the trek.
  • It is important to carefully review the terms and conditions of the travel insurance policy to ensure it meets your specific needs and provides adequate coverage for the Everest Three Passes Trek. Be sure to disclose any pre-existing medical conditions to the insurance provider and understand any exclusions or limitations in the policy. Remember to carry a copy of your travel insurance policy and emergency contact information with you during the trek.

Altitude sickness can be a concern during the Everest Three Passes Trek, as the route takes you through high-altitude areas in the Everest region of Nepal. The trek involves crossing three high mountain passes: Renjo La Pass (5,360 meters), Cho La Pass (5,420 meters), and Kongma La Pass (5,535 meters).

Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), is caused by the body's inability to adjust to the reduced oxygen levels at high altitudes. It can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness level. The risk of altitude sickness increases as you ascend to higher altitudes too quickly without giving your body enough time to acclimatize. During the Everest Three Passes Trek, you will be gaining altitude rapidly as you cross the passes. It's important to take proper precautions to minimize the risk of altitude sickness. Here are some tips to help reduce the chances of altitude sickness during the trek:

  • Gradual ascent: Give your body enough time to acclimatize by gradually ascending to higher altitudes. Take rest days in between to allow your body to adjust.
  • Hydration: Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water, to stay hydrated. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as they can contribute to dehydration.
  • Slow pace: Trek at a slow and steady pace, especially as you gain altitude. This helps your body adapt to the lower oxygen levels.
  • Proper nutrition: Eat a balanced diet with enough calories to fuel your body during the trek. It's important to maintain your energy levels.
  • Acclimatization days: Plan acclimatization days into your itinerary. These are rest days where you stay at the same altitude to help your body adjust.
  • Medication: Consult with a healthcare professional before the trek and consider carrying medication for altitude sickness, such as acetazolamide (Diamox). This medication can help prevent and treat the symptoms of altitude sickness.
  • Recognize symptoms: Be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness, which can include headache, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping. If you experience severe symptoms, descend to a lower altitude immediately.
  • Remember that altitude sickness can be unpredictable, and it's important to listen to your body. If you or any member of your group is experiencing severe symptoms, it's crucial to descend to a lower altitude and seek medical help. Prior preparation, acclimatization, and being aware of the risks associated with high-altitude trekking can significantly reduce the chances of altitude sickness.

Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd is dedicated to providing exceptional services, ensuring an unforgettable journey for you. We are committed to honesty and diligence, striving to make your experience smooth and enjoyable. All services will be delivered as agreed upon during booking, following our policies and those set by the Tourism Authority. However, please be aware of the inherent risks involved, and you must take responsibility for your actions and participation. The adventure may entail extreme conditions, unpredictable weather, and itinerary changes beyond our control. Proper acclimatization to high altitudes is crucial. Our trips often take place in remote areas, where access to emergency services and medical facilities is limited. In case of serious injury requiring hospitalization, evacuation may take several days, affecting your recovery. While helicopters are commonly used for evacuation, they may not always be available due to weather conditions. We cannot be held responsible for any changes or cancellations due to factors such as government restrictions, natural disasters, political unrest, flight cancellations, delays, sickness, accidents, or vehicle breakdowns. Any additional costs incurred are the client's responsibility. Therefore, we strongly advise obtaining travel insurance covering cancellation, curtailment, personal liability, and loss of luggage and personal effects. Proof of travel insurance is required on the first day of your trip, and without it, participation will not be possible.

Certified by the Government of Nepal and proficient in English, our Trekking Guide from Ethic Himalaya is designated to accompany you from the moment of your arrival in Kathmandu until your departure. Entrusted with the pivotal role of ensuring the triumph of your expedition, he holds the authority to steer its course. We encourage you to actively engage with him by seeking clarification through inquiries and, most importantly, by adhering to his expert counsel.

  • Sirdar (Sardar): The Sirdar is in charge of the whole team. Starting as a porter and moving up to roles like kitchen assistant or even cook, the team holds a deep respect for Sirdar's leadership.
  • Assistant Guide or Sherpa: The Assistant Guide or Sherpa assists and guides clients, regardless of their ethnic background. Their numbers vary based on the group's size, with a ratio of 4:1 Assistant Guides to clients.
  • Porters: In Nepal's mountainous terrain, the tradition of human porterage has endured over time. Some porters working with agencies request heavier loads for higher pay, exceeding 20 kg. We ensure extra payment for every kilogram beyond 20 kg. To avoid excessive strain, particularly loads over 25/30 kg, we kindly ask you to consider the weight of your belongings. We provide a 2:1 porter-to-client allocation.

You move on foot with a light backpack, containing your personal belongings necessary for the day (water bottle, camera, protective clothing...). The rest of the equipment is carried by the porters to the next accommodation. We ask everyone not to exceed 13 kg for the bag that will be carried by the porters. You will be able to leave your belongings at the hotel in Kathmandu and pick them up when you return from trekking.

NB: On your arrival at the hotel in Kathmandu, you will be provided with a suitable travel bag, in thick canvas. You will transfer your belongings there and can leave your bag or suitcase at the hotel. Although relatively waterproof, it is preferable to compartmentalize your belongings in plastic bags or waterproof sub-bags.

Nepal is a mountainous country, the tradition of human carrying dates back to the dawn of time, and still continues today. The porters earn little, but the income from this activity is still more lucrative than other manual tasks. Without trekkers, the mountain populations would live even more poorly, and the porters would lose their means of subsistence.

The standard load must not exceed 25 kg per male/female carrier (outside the scope of expeditions). At the request of male carriers, their load can be increased within the limit of a maximum ceiling of 45 kilos. For each kilo over 25 kg, the carrier is awarded additional compensation.

We ask you, moreover, to make an effort to limit the weight of your bag entrusted to the porters:

  • At most 13 kg for a trek in a lodge or in a tent
  • At most 16 kg (including 3 kg for technical equipment) for a trek with summit ascent.

In addition, Ethic Himalaya takes care to take out insurance for the porters. Specific equipment is allocated to them for passages of the collar in altitude (even if often the carriers refuse to put the shoes for lack of habit...).

We strictly prohibit our local teams from hiring porters under the age of 16. This instruction is not always well understood by the Nepalese themselves. Reporting, on your return, abuses observed on the spot is insufficient. As a responsible traveler, it is also your responsibility to help us enforce this right by reporting any breaches to your guide and demanding that this part of the contract be honored from the start of the trek.

In Nepal, the traditional national dish is "Dal Bhat," which is lentil rice, served with white rice, lentil soup (dal), and accompanied by spicy vegetables and meat. We offer food services, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with occasional tea breaks. The meals are intentionally simple to cater to your preferences and ensure satisfaction. Before leaving Kathmandu, consider bringing 'trail munchies' for extra snacks during your journey. Nepal has a diverse range of foods, and our goal is to provide an authentic culinary experience while considering local limitations. Your guide will work with the kitchen teams or local cooks to create menus that allow you to explore various dishes at different prices. We recommend trying Dal Bhat to savor the traditional Nepali flavor and make the most of your culinary journey.

  • Breakfast: Begin your day with the customary "morning tea" complemented by Tibetan bread, toast, chapati, pancakes, and various egg preparations. Occasionally, muesli or porridge may be served.
  • Lunch: Depending on the trail's progress, enjoy a cold (picnic-style) or hot meal. The main course includes options like stir-fried rice with vegetables, pasta, potatoes, curry, and assorted vegetables. Tea or coffee is also available.
  • Afternoon Snack: Upon reaching your daily destination around 4-5 pm, a snack comprising cookies and tea awaits.
  • Dinner: Served typically in the early evening (around 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.), dinner features a soup or starter, a warm dish (dal bhat, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, etc.), and a dessert. Tea or coffee accompanies the meal.
  • Beverages: During each meal, two cups of tea or coffee per person are provided. Additional cups and other beverages are at your discretion. Drinking water during trekking days and extra meals is an additional cost.
  • Special Circumstances: For particularly arduous treks or when crossing challenging passes, breakfasts may be streamlined due to early departures. In such cases, energy-rich supplements become crucial. You're encouraged to bring energy bars, dried fruits, nuts, or chocolate from your home country or obtain them in Kathmandu.
  • Dietary Considerations: Should you have specific dietary preferences, restrictions, or allergies, please inform us during the trip booking process. Our field teams will strive to accommodate your needs, though certain local limitations might affect the range of alternative menus. For high-energy expenditure journeys, planning extra supplies (such as energy bars, dried fruits, and chocolates) is advisable to ensure adequate caloric intake.

During the trek, tea and coffee are provided with meals. Soft and alcoholic beverages, including mineral water, are not included and are the responsibility of the participants. You can refill your water containers at the lodges, but it's important to treat the water with purifying tablets to ensure it's safe to drink. To reduce plastic waste, avoid buying bottled water and opt for treated water available in the villages. This way, we can limit the issue of plastic bottles and promote responsible environmental practices during the trek.

Transportation within Kathmandu Valley is facilitated by private vehicles, tailored according to the group size. During trekking periods, we provide the services of Porters to carry your baggage for the day. It is important to note that one porter will be assigned to assist two members.

  • Transfers: Airport pick up and drop by Private vehicle.
  • Helicopter flights: Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu (flights subject to climatic and operational hazards).

We kindly request your attention to the mandatory use of seat belts in all vehicles utilized during the trip, both in the front and rear seats, where they are available and in accordance with the regulations enforced in the visited country. By participating in the trip, you agree to adhere to this safety requirement. Please be aware that Ethic Himalaya cannot be held responsible for any bodily injuries or material damages incurred if this safety provision is not complied with by you.

In Kathmandu, you will sleep in three-star hotels offering comfortable double rooms with good amenities at a reasonable price. These hotels provide basic facilities such as en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning or fans, TV, and Wi-Fi access. Additionally, they may have in-house restaurants serving a mix of local and international cuisine, along with possible amenities like rooftop terraces, business centers, or small fitness areas.

Everest region offers an unforgettable adventure with a diverse range of accommodation options to suit every traveler's preferences. Teahouses and lodges provide a warm and welcoming retreat with comfortable shared rooms and communal dining areas, fostering camaraderie among adventurers. For more luxury, some villages offer well-appointed guesthouses with private rooms and modern amenities, while boutique luxury lodges provide hot showers, Wi-Fi, and stunning mountain views. For a more immersive experience, camping facilities allow you to enjoy the untouched beauty of the Himalayas under the stars. Whichever option you choose, lodging in the Everest region enriches your Himalayan journey, ensuring an unforgettable adventure in this extraordinary part of the world.

Clients are required to inform the Company in writing about any medical conditions, physical challenges, or other mental and physical conditions that could affect their fitness to travel or any pre-existing medical conditions at the time of booking. Failure to notify the Company of such conditions, leading to cancellation, will result in the Client incurring 100% cancellation fees.

Trekking in Nepal involves long hours of walking daily, ranging from 3-10 hours and sometimes even up to 8-12 hours in high passes. To prepare for this physically demanding journey, Ethic Himalaya Treks recommends engaging in approximately 12 km of daily walking or jogging exercise for at least three months before embarking on the Nepal Trekking. This preparation is essential to endure the challenges of high-altitude conditions and remote areas for extended periods.

For a successful and enjoyable trekking experience in Nepal, participants must possess strong willpower, the ability to tolerate harsh conditions, a high level of fitness, and good health. Participants are responsible for their medical and evacuation expenses. It's vital to consult a doctor for necessary vaccinations and other medical requirements before the trip. Additionally, Ethic Himalaya reserves the right to request a medical certificate before confirming the booking for the trek. Being well-prepared physically and medically is crucial to ensure a safe and fulfilling journey through the beautiful landscapes of Nepal.

Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all travelers and must be obtained at the time of booking. The insurance should provide coverage for personal accident, death, medical expenses, and emergency repatriation, with a recommended minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for each category. It should also include accidents, injuries, illnesses, and related medical expenses, even for pre-existing conditions, as well as emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and air ambulance services if applicable. Personal liability coverage is also recommended. The Company also suggests coverage for trip cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage, and personal effects. Travelers must carry proof of insurance and produce it if requested by the company employees or suppliers. Failure to provide proof of insurance upon request may result in the cancellation or suspension of participation in the trip or certain activities, even after the trip has commenced, without any right to a refund.

Ethic Himalaya Treks holds no liability for injuries, health conditions, emotional or other factors experienced by clients during the trip. Furthermore, our package cost does not encompass personal insurance coverage. Thus, we strongly recommend clients to procure comprehensive insurance packages, encompassing medical emergencies and helicopter evacuation.

Trekking equipment is vital for a successful trek. High-quality gear, including proper clothing like moisture-wicking layers, insulating jackets, and waterproof outerwear, ensures comfort and safety in varying weather conditions.

    Clothing:
  • Moisture-wicking base layers (tops and bottoms)
  • Insulating layers (fleece or down jacket)
  • Trekking pants and/or convertible pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants (shell)
  • Thermal socks and regular socks
  • Comfortable underwear
  • Sturdy and waterproof trekking boots or hiking shoes
  • Sandals or lightweight footwear for relaxing at lodges/camps
  • Headwear:
  • Sun hat or cap with a wide brim
  • Beanie or warm hat for cold weather
  • Buff or neck gaiter for protecting against wind and dust
  • Polarized sunglasses with UV protection
  • Handwear:
  • Lightweight gloves (for lower altitudes)
  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens (for higher altitudes)
  • Backpack and Daypack:
  • Reliable trekking backpack (60-80 liters) for porters to carry
  • Comfortable medium-sized daypack for your daily essentials
  • Sleeping Gear:
  • High-quality sleeping bag suitable for the trek's temperature range
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional for added warmth and hygiene)
  • Hydration and Water Purification:
  • Water bottles or hydration bladder (2 liters capacity)
  • Water purification tablets or a reliable water filter
  • Trekking Poles (optional but helpful for stability and reducing strain)
  • Personal Items:
  • Passport and necessary permits
  • Sufficient cash and cards (local currency and some USD)
  • Personal identification and travel insurance documents
  • Trekking permits and TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System) card
  • Camera with extra batteries/charger
  • Portable power bank for charging electronic devices
  • Personal toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medications and a basic first-aid kit
  • Electronics:
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Mobile phone with a local SIM card (for communication and GPS)
  • Portable charger for electronic devices
  • Trekking Map and Guidebook (if applicable)
  • Snacks and Energy Bars
  • Emergency Whistle and Multi-tool

Being well-prepared with the right equipment allows adventurers to focus on embracing nature's beauty and conquering challenging trails with confidence. Always prioritize quality and reliability when selecting your trekking gear. Pack efficiently, and consider the weather conditions and altitude of your trek to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Prioritize comfort and safety to make the most of your trekking adventure.

Trekking members are required to submit passport copies and passport photographs for trekking permits before their arrival in Nepal. These documents can be sent to us either by mail or through a post box. Ensuring timely submission of these documents allows us to process the necessary trekking permits in advance, streamlining the trekking arrangements and ensuring a smooth start to the adventure once in Nepal.

If you encounter any issues or complaints during your tour, trekking, or expedition, it is essential to communicate them immediately to the hotelier and our company on the spot. Giving us the opportunity to address the problem promptly is crucial, as we cannot accept liability for any issues that are reported after you return home. If the matter cannot be resolved on the spot, you must inform us in writing within 30 days of completing your trip. Failing to follow this procedure may impact your rights to make a claim against us. Timely communication is vital to ensure that we can take appropriate actions and rectify any problems you may face during your journey.

All clients must possess a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity beyond the return date. Nepalese visas can be acquired either from the Nepalese Consulate in your home country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. The visa fees are as follows:

  • USD 30.00 or the equivalent in foreign currency for a 15-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 50.00 or equivalent for a 30-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 125.00 or equivalent for a 100-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
Visa Extension Fee
  • Tourist visa extension is done for a minimum of 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days.
  • In the case of a delay of fewer than 150 days additional USD 5 per day a late fine.

For most nationalities, E-Visas are available through the Government website: https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np/on-arrival/IO01

This will be validated with your doctor, taking into account the recommendations of remount doctors, responsible for your safety during the trip. It will contain:

  • Treatment of altitude pulmonary edema (Nifedipine 20LP or Sildenafil50).
  • Treatment of altitude cerebral edema (Betamethasone).
  • Treatment of acute mountain sickness (Acetazolamide).
  • Blood thinner (aspirin).
  • Analgesic (Paracetamol).
  • Powerful analgesic (Tramadol).
  • Anti-diarrheal (Racecadotril).
  • Anti-spasmodic (Phloroglucinol).
  • Anti-emetic (Domperidone).
  • Anti-acid for heartburn.
  • Intestinal antibiotic (Metronidazole).
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic (Azithromycin).
  • Anti-inflammatories (tablets and ointment).
  • Antitussive (in tablets).
  • Lozenges for colds and sore throats.
  • Ophthalmic healing (Vitamin A Dulcis).
  • Tick tweezers, splinter, and blister needle, tweezers, 2/3 safety pins.
  • Disinfectant wipes, adhesive dressings (various sizes), double skin, 6 cm adhesive tape, Steri-strip.
  • Anti allergic treatment and cream against itching.
  • BIA fine and sunscreen.
  • Purifying tablets for water.
  • Appropriate antimalarial treatment, antiphrastic powder, and mosquito repellent.
  • Your personal medications

If you are traveling with children, minors are subject to the same obligations as adults (visa, passport, etc.): see above.

  • Formalities for leaving county territory

To leave the territory, all minors usually residing regardless of their nationality, if they are not accompanied by a holder of parental authority, must present the following three documents:

  • Identity document: Identity card or passport according to the requirements of the country of destination.
  • Authorization to leave the territory signed by one of the parents with parental authority.
  • Photocopy of the signatory parent's identity document.

Well, there is no fixed rate for tipping in Nepal. When our field staff is picked up from the trek starting points, they will bid you goodbye on the last day of your trek completion day. Most staff will simply accept whatever you give and never count the money in front of you. Although your guide may be with you on the next day too, best to tip him along with others in the group. Most of the trekkers are still confused about the tipping amount. They fear either giving too little or too much. We have tried to put together a guideline about a reasonable amount of tipping suitable for most cases. The amount of tipping and the rates expected will also vary depending on the length of the trek and the challenges involved. To calculate the amounts generally applied, multiply the daily amount given to each position by the number of working days.

Daily amount per item:
  • English-speaking guide USD 3 to USD 5 per day/participant.
  • Porter USD 2 per day /participant.
  • Driver USD 1 to USD 2 per day/participant.

The tripping amount mentioned above is communally in the case of a group trip, not individually. If you are a solo traveler, the tipping amount can be slightly less by a few dollars per day.

Everest trekking region, which includes the famous Everest Base Camp trek, spans a wide range of altitudes, resulting in a diverse climate with distinct climatic zones. The climate in the Everest region can generally be classified into the following categories:

  • Subtropical Climate (Lower Elevations): At altitudes below 1,000 meters (3,280 feet), a subtropical climate prevails. Mild winters and hot summers with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F). The monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rainfall and lush green landscapes.
  • Temperate Climate (Mid-Elevations): Between 1,000 meters to 2,500 meters (3,280 feet to 8,200 feet), a temperate climate zone awaits. Moderate temperatures with cooler summers (10°C to 20°C or 50°F to 68°F) and colder winters. Spring and autumn are ideal trekking seasons with clear skies.
  • Subalpine Climate (High Elevations): From 2,500 meters to 4,000 meters (8,200 feet to 13,120 feet), the subalpine zone prevails. Temperatures decrease, and nights get chilly. Winters (December to February) are cold, often below freezing, and snow may be encountered.
  • Alpine Climate (Upper Elevations): Above 4,000 meters (13,120 feet), the region enters the alpine zone. Extremely cold temperatures, especially in winter. Trekkers need proper gear for coping with harsh alpine conditions.

Weather can be unpredictable, so preparation and staying informed about forecasts are vital for a safe trek in the Everest region. Consulting experienced guides and trekking agencies can provide valuable insights for an awe-inspiring journey to Everest Base Camp and other routes.

The itineraries or programs mentioned may be subject to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as weather hazards, landslides, political unrest, road blockages, avalanches, sudden sickness, and more. We are open to customizing the program based on clients' interests. In the event of trip cancellation due to unavoidable circumstances like war, natural disasters, political unrest, adverse climate, etc., Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition P. Ltd will be pleased to offer an alternative trip of similar standard. We will hold the reservation for your next trip, but not for longer than one year.

Before departure, if there is a major change in the itinerary affecting at least one day in five, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible. You may choose between accepting the change, getting a refund of the money paid for the land portion of the trip only, or accepting an alternative tour offered.

After departure, we reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to local circumstances or events beyond our control. In such emergency situations, any additional costs incurred for necessary itinerary alterations will be borne by you. Please be aware that we are not responsible for any incidental expenses resulting from changes in the itinerary, such as visa fees, vaccinations, or non-refundable flight costs.

To secure your booking for Nepal Trips, a non-refundable deposit of USD 500 per person per trip is required. Once this deposit is received, your booking will be confirmed. In case your booking is made within 30 days of the departure date, the full amount is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance can be paid before or upon your arrival in Nepal prior to the trip's departure. The non-refundable deposit should be sent to the Company or its designated Agent. If the deposit amount differs from what is specified in this clause, the company will inform you during the booking process. You can make the booking deposit through bank transfer or by using a Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). Detailed instructions for payment can be found on the provided booking form.

For trekking, tours, climbing, expeditions, or any other trips in Nepal, the final payment can be made upon your arrival in Nepal. Various payment methods are accepted, including bank transfer, travel checks, cash, or Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). However, please note that there is a 4% surcharge applicable to all card payments, including deposits, final balances, trip extensions, and other miscellaneous purchases. So, if you choose to pay by card, keep in mind the additional surcharge.

We maintain the right to adjust pricing rates, as displayed on our marketing materials and website, under certain circumstances or when influenced by external factors beyond our control, such as fluctuations in exchange rates or government actions. It's important to note that domestic flight fares may also change due to increases in fuel prices. We make every effort to present current and accurate prices for our treks and tours.

Once you have paid the deposit, your trip is confirmed, and the remaining fees are due 90 days before the trip's start date. If you decide to cancel your participation, the following cancellation charges will apply:

  • More than 45 days before departure: Deposit will be retained.
  • Between 45 to 31 days before arrival: 30% of the total tour price.
  • Between 30 to 14 days before arrival: 40% of the total tour price.
  • Between 14 to 09 days before arrival: 70% of the total tour price.
  • Between 08 to 02 days before arrival: 80% of the total tour price.
  • Less than 48 hours before arrival: 90% of the total tour price.

We reserve the right to cancel a trip up to 56 days before departure, considering Clause 14. We may also cancel a trip prior to departure if it becomes unfeasible to operate the planned itinerary due to factors like terrorism, natural disasters, political instability, or other external events. If we cancel your trip, you have the option to transfer the amounts paid to an alternate departure date or receive a full refund. In cases where the cancellation results from external events beyond our reasonable control, refunds will be adjusted for any unrecoverable costs. Please note that we are not liable for any incidental expenses you may have incurred in relation to your booking, such as visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess, or non-refundable flights. Different cancellation conditions may apply to specific trip styles, and your booking consultant will inform you of any variations if applicable.

If you intend to transfer from one trip to another or transfer your booking to a third party, you must inform us at least 30 days prior to the planned departure date. A fee of USD 200 per person per change will be applied, along with any additional charges imposed by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. If you notify us less than 45 days before the departure date, the cancellation refund policy will be applicable. Transfers to a third party are allowed only if the transferee meets all the requirements for the trip, and transfers to another departure are permissible within the current validity period.

Modifications to other arrangements associated with your trip will incur an administration fee of USD 200 per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. No amendments can be made to your booking within 10 days of departure.

The price listed on our website covers a group size of 6 to 15 individuals for the Everest Three Passes Trek. Upon request, this trip can be arranged as a private experience, starting with a minimum of two participants. For group bookings involving 15 or more people, there's a substantial discount available, which includes the opportunity for one person to join the trip for free. We understand that many clients have questions about their preferred dates. However, our pricing is influenced by the following factors:

  • Group Size: The cost of the trip varies based on the number of participants in the group.
  • Accommodation Tier and Budget: The selection of hotel accommodations and the budget preferences of clients play a role in determining the overall cost.
  • Customization: We're open to adjusting the trekking itinerary to suit your available time and specific requirements.
  • Extra Services: If you wish to incorporate additional services, we can discuss and mutually agree upon adjustments to the price.
  • Support Staff: The presence of Trekking Guides, Assistant Guides, and extra porters can impact the overall cost.

Feel free to reach out to us for further clarification or to tailor the trip to your preferences. We aim to provide a transparent and flexible pricing structure that aligns with your needs.

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