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Country: Nepal
Region: Everest Region
Activities: Nepal Trekking -
Group size: 4 - 14 pax
Max Alttitude: 5650 m.
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Seasons: Mar - May, Sept - Nov

Khumbu 3 Col Trek (22 Days)

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A great traverse, not so frequented under Nepal Treks, to discover the Sherpa country by crossing all of the Khumbu valleys. Everest 3 High pass trek is one of challenging and strenuous treks in the Khumbu Everest region of Nepal. You are doing some of the best adventure passes such as Renjo La pass (5338m), Cho La Pass (5420m) and Kongma La Pass at (5535m).

 

The Khumbu 3 Col Trek is strenuous. You should be physically fit and have experience of trekking. The three high pass trek starts at Lukla (2828m/9278 feet) and follows the Dudh Koshi valley which climbs up to the Sherpa capital of Namche, a bustling bazaar that is a junction for trekkers, the local Sherpa and the expedition’s route to the mighty Mt. Everest. This Khumbu Three Col Trekking will more than satisfy the ambitious trekkers intent on crossing high passes without the commitment to any technical climbing. The Renjo La, Cho La, Kongma La Pass Trekking offers an enduring experience of natural beauty, geological magnificence and profound cross-cultural discovery. The Sherpa residents of Khumbu, the great valley below Mount Everest, believe that all things - mountains, plants and animals are sacred.

Itinerary

Day Program Accommodation Meal
01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1310m). Transfer to Hotel. Hotel -
02 Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m) and Trek to Phakding (2660m). Lodge B, L, D
03 Trek Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440m) Lodge B, L, D
04 Excursion to Khumjung (3780m) and Khunde (3840m) Lodge B, L, D
05 Trek Namche Bazaar to Thame (3820m) Lodge B, L, D
06 Trek Thame (3820m) to Marulung (4150m) Lodge B, L, D
07 Trek Marulung (4150m) to Lungden (4450m) Lodge B, L, D
08 Acclimatization day in Lungden (4450m). Lodge B, L, D
09 Trek to Gokyo (4750m) crossing Renjo Pass at 5365m (1 col) Lodge B, L, D
10 Trek Gokyo to Gokyo Ri and Dragnak (4700m) Lodge B, L, D
11 Trek to Dzongla (4840m) crossing Cho La pass at 5420m (2 Col). Lodge B, L, D
12 Trek Dzongla (4840m) to Lobuche (4910m) Lodge B, L, D
13 Trek to Gorekshep (5140m) via Kala Patthar (5650m) Lodge B, L, D
14 Trek to Lobuche (4910m) via Everest BC (5300m) Lodge B, L, D
15 Trek to Chukung (4700m) crossing Kongma La pass at 5535m (3 col). Lodge B, L, D
16 Trek to Chukung Ri (5550m) Lodge B, L, D
17 Trek to Pangboche (3980m) Lodge B, L, D
18 Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m) Lodge B, L, D
19 Descend to Lukla (2800m) Lodge B, L, D
20 Fly back to Kathmandu (1310m). Transfer to Hotel Hotel B
21 Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour (1310m). Hotel B, D
22 Final Departure. - B
*P.S. B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - Dinner
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A great traverse, not so frequented under Nepal Treks, to discover the Sherpa country by crossing all of the Khumbu valleys. Everest 3 High pass trek is one of challenging and strenuous treks in the Khumbu Everest region of Nepal. You are doing some of the best adventure passes such as Renjo La pass (5338m), Cho La Pass (5420m) and Kongma La Pass at (5535m).

 

The Khumbu 3 Col Trek is strenuous. You should be physically fit and have experience of trekking. The three high pass trek starts at Lukla (2828m/9278 feet) and follows the Dudh Koshi valley which climbs up to the Sherpa capital of Namche, a bustling bazaar that is a junction for trekkers, the local Sherpa and the expedition’s route to the mighty Mt. Everest. This Khumbu Three Col Trekking will more than satisfy the ambitious trekkers intent on crossing high passes without the commitment to any technical climbing. The Renjo La, Cho La, Kongma La Pass Trekking offers an enduring experience of natural beauty, geological magnificence and profound cross-cultural discovery. The Sherpa residents of Khumbu, the great valley below Mount Everest, believe that all things - mountains, plants and animals are sacred.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1310m). Transfer to Hotel.

    Your much awaited journey to kiss the sky begins with your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. After completing custom formalities and claiming your baggage head towards the arrival gate where you will be greeted by a representative from Adventure Connexion. You will be transferred to Hotel Manaslu or similar standard Hotel. Evening some briefing about Khumbu Three Col Trek with trekking guide.

  • Day 02 Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m) and Trek to Phakding (2660m).

    After breakfast Adventure Connexion will get transferred to the domestic terminal at TIA where you will depart for Lukla. When Adventure Connexion team land at Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, a hillside surrounded by high mountain peak, you will meet up with the rest of the trek team to start the journey.  We begin the trek through the prosperous village of Lukla, along the steep terrain, catching the first glimpse of Dudh Koshi River, across a metal suspension bridge until we reach Phakding. It will take us apprximately 3-4 hours. You will get a taste of the rich culture and religious belief of the people of this region as you discover mani walls, chortens, boulders carved with Tibetan mantra and bright painted prayer wheels. Overnight stay at Phakding (2660m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 03 Trek Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440m)

    As we depart from Phakding we will take a trail north alongside the Dudh Koshi River and through the sweet-smelling pine forest above the west bank of the river. A steep climb follows however you will be rewarded by the first glimpse of Thamserku (6,608m) which rises to the east of Namche Bazaar. Adventure Connexion team must cross Dudh Koshi River over a suspension bridge, trek past the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, trail through villages entwined with forest of rhododendron, magnolia and fir and follow a zigzagging ascent through the Pine forest to reach our destination: Namche Bazaar, the capital of Sherpas. Overnight stay at Namche Bazar (3440m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 04 Excursion to Khumjung (3780m) and Khunde (3840m)

    Namche Bazaar is one of the most attractive settlement and the main trading center in the Khumbu Region. Historically, it was an important staging point for trading expedition across the Nangpa La into Tibet. Because of the steep climb from Phakding, it is essential to stay at least one extra night to adjust to the altitude. Health experts recommend trekkers to stay active during the acclimatization period instead of being idle. Spend the day either exploring Namche Bazaar or visiting the neighboring village of Khumjung, Khunde or Thame. Namche Bazaar is populated with government offices, ATMs, museums, internet cafes, shops, restaurants and bakery cafe for your recreational and travel needs. Visit museums to see an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders; learn about the Sherpa culture and also the various plant and animal life found in the region. Overnight stay at Namche Bazar (3440m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 05 Trek Namche Bazaar to Thame (3820m)

    From Namche we walk through another nearby village, Thame, where we explore a Buddhist Nunnery. After Thamo the trail descends down to Bhote Koshi gorge where we cross a bridge and ascend to Thame. Here, we could pass by Yak caravans coming from Tibetan side. Tenzing Norgay Sherpa was brought up in Thame village. Overnight at Thame (3820m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 06 Trek Thame (3820m) to Marulung (4150m)

    You head north into the remote Nangpa Valley. Until 2005 this valley was off limits to trekkers because it was a main access route to the Nangpa La, a high pass linking Nepal with Tibet. For hundreds of years, many Tibetan traders have traveled this route, bringing a variety of Chinese goods on the backs of their yaks to sell in Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Marulung (4150m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 07 Trek Marulung (4150m) to Lungden (4450m)
  • Day 08 Acclimatization day in Lungden (4450m).

    A chance to walk and explore further up the valley. This will provide much needed acclimatisation for tomorrow’s trek over the Renjo La. Overnight at Lungden (4450m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 09 Trek to Gokyo (4750m) crossing Renjo Pass at 5365m (1 col)

    Today’s walk is challenging. Adventure Connexion team leave Lungden, and a fairly stiff climb for an hour or so brings you to a lake. You continue ascending for a couple of hours until you reach Black Lake and the col. Here you can see your objective, the Renjo La, and its prayer flags some 250m /800ft above. The trail is now very good - stone steps almost all the way to the pass. It zigzags across the hillside, and you will really feel the altitude here. It takes between five and six hours to reach the pass. The descent to Gokyo will take around three hours, and the first part is often snow covered and moderately steep. It is marked with cairns. Eventually the path becomes a good trail which leads to the Dudh Pokhari Lake and Gokyo. Overnight at Gokyo (4750m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 10 Trek Gokyo to Gokyo Ri and Dragnak (4700m)

    Today, if clear, Adventure Connexion group will enjoy tremendous views from nearby Gokyo Ri. Unlike Kala Pattar from Lobuche where you have a long walk in to make the climb, the foot of Gokyo Ri lies just five minutes away from the lodges at Gokyo, across the stream that feeds the lake. A two to three-hour 'huff and puff' on a zig-zagging trail leads to the summit from where the views are well worth all the effort involved. There are good views of Everest (8,848m/29,028ft) which shows its summit and northern flank and Makalu (8,475m/27,798ft) is seen further to the east. To the north is Cho Oyu (8,153m/26,741ft) and all around snows, ice, glacial moraines and other giants can be seen. Below is the village of Gokyo, the picturesque Gokyo lakes and the debris littered surface of the huge Ngozumba Glacier and you'll descend to Gokyo for lunch. In the afternoon you may take a well-earned rest or take a walk further north beside the glacier towards the Gokyo Valley’s fourth and fifth lakes. From Gokyo you descend the valley a short way and then having passed a lower lake you head east to climb the moraine of the Ngozumba Glacier. The crossing of the glacier is quite arduous; the path winds up and down and around through boulders and rubble and the trail changes from year to year as the glacier moves. You then continue to Dragnak. Overnight at Dragnak (4700m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 11 Trek to Dzongla (4840m) crossing Cho La pass at 5420m (2 Col).

    From Draknak you make a long ascent and cross a grassy saddle to descend a short way to Chyugima before starting the climb proper to the Cho La Pass. The ascent is over steep scree, rocks and large boulders which can be very slippery and the going can be difficult in places depending on the conditions. The way becomes even steeper to reach the pass itself. The views when Adventure Connexion Team reach the snow field at the top are stunning. Again care must be taken for the descent. The descent down the snowfield begins less steeply but then, following cairns which mark the way the route becomes more difficult as you walk and scramble over large rocks and boulders. The final valley descent is more gradual and easier going to arrive at your stopping place. Overnight at Dzongla (4840m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 12 Trek Dzongla (4840m) to Lobuche (4910m)

    An easier day today as Adventure Connexion team descend past the small lake of Cholatse Tso beneath Cholatse peak and then contour round to the jumble of rocks at the base of the Khumbu glacier which is reached at the tiny hamlet of Duglha. There is then a short sharp climb up the terminal moraine of the glacier to reach the top where there are memorial cairns to those who have died on Everest. There is a real feel of being high in the mountains and the landscape is wild and rocky. Following a stream (often frozen) at one side of the moraine you soon reach the houses of Lobuche.  Overnight at Lobuche (4910m)

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 13 Trek to Gorekshep (5140m) via Kala Patthar (5650m)

    This is the day for more big views! An early start is essential so you arrive before the cloud comes down. You are at high altitude so take some snacks to keep you going and be sure to have your water bottle filled. You head north-east, along the side of the Khumbu Glacier through jumbled moraine and shattered rock. There is almost no vegetation here. Even so, small coveys of the delightful Tibetan Snow Cock can often be seen along the way or heard calling from the hillsides. You make several energetic ups and downs across the moraine and descend to Gorak Shep where it is worth having a reviving cup of tea and a snack before tackling the climb. Although not far this will seem a tough climb so take it steady. You will finally arrive at the rocky peak of Kala Pattar, at 5,545m/18,188ft - the climax of your trek! From here there are great views of the summit of Everest and its base camp, as well as other Himalayan giants - Pumori (7,145m /23,436ft), the Tibetan peak Changtse (4,501m /24,764ft), Nuptse, Lhotse and countless other needles and snow-fluted ridges. After enjoying the views you descend to Gorak Shep. Overnight at Gorekshep (5140m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 14 Trek to Lobuche (4910m) via Everest BC (5300m)

    Hike to the Everest base camp where you can see the mountaineers readying to conquer the summit of Mt. Everest. Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/ 17,594 ft.) is situated on top of the Khumbu Glacier. After some moment of speculation we continue descending and retracing our trail back to Lobuche. Overnight stay at lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche (4910m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 15 Trek to Chukung (4700m) crossing Kongma La pass at 5535m (3 col).

    A demanding but rewarding day. You begin walking uphill on a faint trail. After 15 minutes or so, you cross the Khumbu Glacier. You come to a rise, and from here you can see your destination- The Khongma La - although the view is somewhat restricted. Some boulder-hopping brings you to an obvious path up towards the pass. If you have a look behind, you can see the Pyramid – the Italian Research Centre, at just over 5,000m. Higher up you can see Lobuche. Stunning views of Cholatse 6,440m, Pokalde 5,794m, Nuptse 7,864m, Lhotse 8,501m, Makalu and Ama Dablam 6,814m can be enjoyed on the ascent. For the last half hour or so up to the pass, you traverse under a large rock wall, and you have an excellent, close up view of Pokalde on your right. The pass is adorned with prayer flags, and the panoramic views of snow-capped summits are spectacular. The descent is steep to begin with but once you reach the large lake after about 20 minutes from the pass, it becomes easier. You have good views of Makalu and Ama Dablam on the descent. As you progress, you can see Island Peak and the valley of Chukhung below. Overnight at Chukung (4700m).

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 16 Trek to Chukung Ri (5550m)
  • Day 17 Trek to Pangboche (3980m)
  • Day 18 Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m)

    Staying high on the west bank of the river, you contour round to the Sherpa village of Phortse, which lies on the lower southern flank of Tawache, directly across the valley from Thyangboche. There are superb views here of Thamserku and Kangtaiga. You will stop for lunch here and then descend steeply through a forest to the Dudh Khosi. From the very pretty crossing point, you climb to a chorten where there are wonderful views back across the valley to Phortse, Thyangboche and the surrounding mountains. Eventually you will turn south off the main trail to Khunde and Khumjung, contouring past the Everest View Hotel. The route then leads down the hill to Namche and more cinnamon roll. Overnight at Namche Bazar (3440m)

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 19 Descend to Lukla (2800m)

    Most people head towards Lukla with a heavy heart. There is something very special about the setting, the villages and the people of the high Khumbu hills and valleys and these memories will help you make the deceptively long, final climb into Lukla. Overnight at Lukla (2800m)

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 20 Fly back to Kathmandu (1310m). Transfer to Hotel

    We spend some time buying souvenirs and capturing some memory of the mountains. We catch a flight to Kathmandu from Lukla. After landing in Kathmandu you are transferred to Kathmandu standard hotel. You can also go shopping for souvenirs or relax in the hotel after the strenuous trek. Overnight at Kathmandu Hotel.

    Breakfast Included

  • Day 21 Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour (1310m).

    On the second last day be ready for Kathmandu culture tour. Kathmandu which once used to house three ancients kingdoms is rich in its cultural heritage. After breakfast you will have plenty to see of the Newari arts and culture. Your sightseeing for the day includes both heritage and pilgrimage destinations all of which are counted in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

     

    Swaymbhunath is a popular ancient Buddhist pilgrimage site, also known as the Monkey temple. Its structure is a white dome with a gold conical shape on top, which is painted with the watchful eyes of Buddha. A mythological story about origin of Swayambhu states that a lotus that radiated dazzling light sprung at the very spot where the dome is today. The lotus is said to have been planted by Buddha. After climbing 365 stairs that lead to the temple you can explore many legends and mythological stories about its existence.

     

    Pashupatinath Temple is the most popular pilgrimage site of the followers of Hinduism. The main temple is that of Lord Shiva. Though the temple is barred to a non-Hindu good view of the famous pagoda style structure of the temple complex, courtyard and the other shrines can be viewed from the opposite bank of the Bagmati River. Shiva’s manifestation as Pashupati - 'lord of animal' is considered one of the holiest sites of the Hindus and is a must visit once in a lifetime to gain salvation. You can also see Hindu cremation site Aryaghat at the bank of Bagmati River.

     

    Bouddhanath is the largest and the most important holy place for the Buddhists. It is also famous for its power to fulfill wishes and shower blessings. The base of the stupa is a square shaped terraced plinth representing joy, love, compassion and calmness. The white dome shaped structure on top is painted with yellow to represent lotus. Above which a square tower representing fire is painted with eyes of Buddha. On top of it is the gold conical shaped structure representing air followed by an umbrella on topmost part symbolizing space.

     

    Kathmandu (Hanuman Dhoka) Durbar Square is a public square containing ancient palaces, temples, statues and streets. There is an ancient wooden pavilion Kasthmandap made by wood gathered from a divine tree, Kalpa Vriksha, build centuries ago. It is this pavilion from which the city got its name Kathmandu. Taleju temple is the oldest and the tallest building in the area, door of which is opened only once in a year during the festival of Dashain. The buildings in the durbar square are important link to the history of Nepal. Hanuman Dhoka is the name given after idol of Hindu monkey god Hanuman which is placed near the entrance of the ancient palace. At Kathmandu you will get to marvel the traditional art and crafts of the Newars, in the form of intricate wood work, sculptors and architecture.

    After the sightseeing Adventure Connextion cultural guide will drop you in Kathmandu hotel. Evening farewell dinner in Kathmandu organise by Adventure Connexion Team. Overnight at Kathmandu Hotel

    Breakfast, Dinner Included

  • Day 22 Final Departure.

    The trip ends, Adventure Connexion Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

    Breakfast Included

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Price Includes:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus.
  • Standard accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu with Bed and Breakfast basis
  • All your standard Meals during the trek.
  • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu both way flight ticket.
  • Best available Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek.
  • Local licensed English speaking Guide.
  • The required number of local staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine for all trekking staffs.
  • Everest National Park permits.
  • Trekkers Information Management System Card (TIMS)
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • All our government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

 

Price Excludes:

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Immergency Rescue
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person)
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff- Tipping is expected.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
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