Everest 3 high pass with Island Peak
The Everest 3 High Pass Trek is also a challenging and exhilarating adventure that takes trekkers through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world.
The Everest 3 High Pass Trek is also a multi-day trekking expedition in the Khumbu region of Nepal, renowned for its jaw-dropping scenery and cultural significance. Starting in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, trekkers take a short flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region. From Lukla, the trek also begins with a gentle hike through picturesque Sherpa villages, lush forests, and gushing rivers, gradually ascending towards Namche Bazaar, a bustling trading hub perched at 3,440 meters.
Continuing onward, the trail also meanders through the charming villages of Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche, offering panoramic views of iconic peaks like Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse. As trekkers approach Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters), the terrain becomes more challenging, requiring endurance and acclimatization. Reaching the base camp, they also stand in awe of the towering Everest, the world’s highest peak, and bask in a sense of achievement.
Crossing High Passes: A Himalayan Odyssey
The real test of adventure also begins as trekkers cross three high passes: Kongma La Pass (5,535 meters), Cho La Pass (5,420 meters), and Renjo La Pass (5,360 meters). These exhilarating and technically demanding passes reward adventurers with unparalleled views of the Himalayas, including Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Gyachung Kang. Trekkers navigate through glacial moraines and icy paths, pushing their limits and embracing the spirit of the mountains.
Beyond the high passes, the trail also leads to the tranquil turquoise waters of Gokyo Lakes, nestled in the lap of snow-capped peaks. Trekkers climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 meters), a vantage point offering a mesmerizing panorama of Everest and neighboring peaks reflected in the glistening lakes below.
Descending from Gokyo, the journey heads back to Lukla through the traditional villages of Phortse and Khumjung, providing insights into Sherpa culture and hospitality. Trekkers bid farewell to the rugged terrain and take a scenic flight back to Kathmandu.
Conclusion and Summary
The Everest 3 High Pass Trek is a transformative experience that challenges physical and mental boundaries, rewards trekkers with surreal beauty, and leaves an indelible mark of awe and wonder. It is a journey that ignites a profound connection with nature, oneself, and the majestic Himalayas.
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu
Altitude: 1350m/4428ft On arrival at Kathmandu; we will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Later we meet and take you to our head office, brief you your upcoming Trek with us and introduce our trekking guide. Evening, we host welcome dinner at one of the finest local restaurant with music and ethnic dance. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing tour
Altitude: 1350m/4428ft Free day and Trek Preparation Day.
Evening back to the hotel and overnight stay.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding
35 minute Trans Himalayan flight Altitude: Lukla at 2800m/9184ft & Phakding (2652m/8698ft) Distance of walking: Approx of 8 Km/3 to 4 hours
As per flight time, our Guide will meet you in to your hotel and takes you to the domestic airport to fly in to Lukla. It is scenery flight about 35 minutes, once you get in to the Lukla, breakfast at the lodge and prepare luggage for the Porters then walking starts through the stone paved trails towards Bhaisekharka. It is few up downs to get in to Phakding passing through plenty of prayer Rocks (Mani in local language). After getting in to the lodge at Phakding, fresh up and short walk to the village or hike up to the Gompa to get acclimatize. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazar
Altitude: 3440m/11283ft Distance of walking: 10-12 Km/5-6 hours
After hot breakfast at your lodge, the trail leads towards the suspension bridge and easy uphill to the Monju from where Sagarmath National Park begins. After short National Park formalities, drop down to the river, cross another suspension bridge and continue walk to the high Hilary Bridge at the bottom of the hill. After the bridge the trail leads uphill to the Namche Bazzar. On the way you will have great view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Kusum Khangru and more with beautiful valley. Stay overnight at the Lodge
Day 05:Namche Bazaar-Acclimatize day
Altitude: 3440m Acclimatization Day
Today you explore the Museum, visit Khumjung village and Khongde village where you can enjoy the views of Mt. Everest and surroundings peaks with Sherpa culture. You can also visit Thame which is old Sherpa village as an option. Remaining of the day you can explore Namche Bazzar where you can use Internet, visit National Park head office, Muesuem and monastery as per your interest and time. Stay overnight at Namche.
Day 06: Trek to Thame
Altitude: 3800m Distance of walking- 3 to 4 hours
After breakfast at Namche, the trail leads to the old village called Thamo which is easy walk through the valley. Thamo is a small Sherpa village. After exploring the village, the trail leads continue to Thame. After lunch, rest a little while and explore the Sherpa village and its culture. There is small Hydro power where you can visit. Stay overnight at the Lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Lumde
Altitude: 4137m Distance of walking: 4 to 5 hours
After breakfast at the lodge, an easy walk to Marlung through the Bhote Koshi River where you can have short break. Then the trail leads uphill to Lumde through the dry valley. It is an interesting walking with enjoying the views of the snow peaked mountains and the valley. Today you won’t see Sherpa village because Thame is the last village of the valley. Once you get in to the village, hike a bit higher than the place where lodge is located to get acclimatize. Stay overnight at the Lodge.
Day 08: Trek to Gokya via Ranjo la Pass
Altitude at Ranjo la Pass: 5465m/17,929ft Altitude at Gokyo Lake: 4800m/ 15748ft Distance of walking: 7-8 hours
After breakfast the trail leads uphill for an hour and half and then easy walk for a while. At the end, there is hard climb to get to the top of the Renjo La from where you will have an awesome view of Mt. Everest with Mt.Nuptse with surrounding peaks. You will also see Gokyo lake which breathtaking views. From the top of the Renjo La the trail drops down to the Third Lake (Gokya lake) and get in to the lodge. After time to get rest at the lodge at Gokyo, short climb to the ridge from where you will explore the Glacier which is amazing looking with its small glacier lakes. Stay overnight at Gokyo lodge.
Day 09: Exploration to Gokyo Ri
We start steady ascent of Gokyo Ri early in the morning.
Average 4 hours walk to the top Nepal’s best panoramic view point.
Day 10: Trek to Thaknak
Altitude: 4750m/15580ft Distance of walking: 3 hours
This is an easy day but we suggest you to start early because you will have to walk through the Glacier which is the longest glacier of Nepal called Ngozumpa glacier. By the time of crossing this glacier you will hear many sounds of the rock falling in to the small glacier lake. There are many rocks on the way which has ice underneath. During the sunny day ice melts pretty fast so we should cross this glacier before the sun gets strong. Once you get in to the Thaknak, better to climb up to the small hill for acclimatize. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Day 11: Trek to Zongla or Lobuche via Chola pass
Altitude: 5367m/17604ft Distance of walking: 6-7 hours
Today is the hardest day of the trip. Start your day just after the breakfast which is steep climbing for a while and the trail drops down to the bottom of the Chola. After that the trail leads you through the rock toward the top which is steep climbing. There are some Buddhist prayer flags on the top of the pass which has great views of the mountains. There is icy part for a while and again the trail drops down through the huge rock and an easy walk at the end to get to the Zungla or Lobuche. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Day 12: Trek to Gorekshep & Trek to EBC
Altitude: 5,160m/16,929ft Distance of walking: 5-6 hours
After hot breakfast at the lodge, an easy downhill for a while and few up and down to the Lobuche. Then the trail leads toward Gorekshep through the rocky trail. On the way you will have great views of the Mt. Everest,Mt. Nuptse,Mt. Pumori and more. You will be able to see Khumbu Glacier on the way. After few up downs, you will reach at Gorekshep which is located at the bottom of Kalapatthar. After Lunch This is a day which will fulfil your dreams to visit the base camp of the highest peak in the earth. It is 3 hour walk through the ridge of the Khumbu glacier. You will enjoy the surrounding views of the glacier and mountains. There are Buddhist prayer flags which are the symbol of the Base Camp. During the climbing season there will be many tends with colourful looking around. After exploring around, trek down to the lodge and remaining of the day chill out at the lodge. Stay overnight.
Day 13: Hike up to Kalapatthar and trek to Lobuche
Altitude: Kalapathar at 5545m Distance of walking: 6-7 hours
Today you will have to start your day without breakfast in the morning which is 2 hour hike up to the Kalapatthar, the greatest view point of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori , Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamerserku, Mera Peak and many more. After taking many photographs, trek down to the lodge at Gorekshep for breakfast and continue your walk down to Lobuche. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Day 14: Trek to Chukung via Kongma la pass
Altitude: 4,730m/15,518ft Distance of walking: 6-7 hours
After breakfast at the lodge, your day will start walking through Khumbu glacier towards east. After crossing the glacier and river the trail leads up to the pass which is the highest pass of this trip. There will be no tea shop and water resource so that you will have to carry few bottles of water to drink. After hard climb to the top, the trail drops steep down to the Chukung valley where your day ends. Stay overnight at the lodge
Day 15: Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp, pre-climb training
The trek to Island Peak Base Camp is on a fairly steep trail. First, we climb south then turn east to the main line of the valley. We then walk on a winding path below the southern flank of the moraine from the Lhotse Glacier. Next, we continue walking on a pleasant trail along a streamside. The route to the Amphu Lapcha lies to the southeast. A crisscross route through the Imja and Lhotse glacier moraines leads to a wide valley flanking the SW side of Island Peak. Overnight at Island Peak Base Camp.
Pre-climb training: Our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training for Island Peak climbing, we strongly believe that some training experience will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience. Usually we will be climbing on rock surface for up to around 5770 m. After that, we climb on ice and use ropes when necessary. However, the use of the rope and the length depends upon the season and the crevasses.
Day 16: Island Peak Base Camp to Summit, and back to base camp or Chhukung
We wake up early today at around 12 to 1 am and have our breakfast before beginning our climb. It is important we reach the summit before noon because in the afternoon the strong winds in the highlands might become a barrier for a successful summit. The trail moves up beyond the base camp for several hundred meters before striking off the steep hillside. Initially sandy, the path soon turns to grass before becoming boulder strewn. As we climb up the hill, we will see that the slope narrows and the trail enters a steep rock channel. We climb the rock gully. This is not difficult, but there are several short rock steps to climb before we emerge on the right side of the gully. The route then follows a ridgeline, which leads to an exhilarating and exposed traverse onto the snout of the summit glacier. The guides will fix a rope when required. A steep snow slope leads us onto the summit ridge. Both fixed rope and man rope will be used during the climb for safety. We use fixed rope after successfully climbing on rock. The length of the rope will usually be 350 m. However, the length depends on the time of the season and the crevasses. There are two newly formed crevasses which are approximately 3 and 4 meters long. We will be using ladders to cross them. After enjoying the summit views and taking pictures, we descend all the way to Island Peak Base Camp where some of our crew are waiting for us. We celebrate on our successful Island Peak climb. Duration: 10-12 Hours
Day 17: Contingency Day
This day is an extra day to make up any possible delays or obstacles on the summit push. If we do not need this contingency day, we will trek to Pangboche today.
Day 18: Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche
Today’s walk will be a much easier as we descend to the lower altitudes. Following the same route back through the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages Orsho and Shomare. We can also take a different trail to visit the Gompa in Upper Pangboche, which is believed to be the oldest in the Khumbu region or take the regular trail to reach Pangboche. Pangboche is a scenic village surrounded by Everest to its north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south and the Imja Tse river flowing through the wide fertile valley.
Day 19: Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
From Pangboche we retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. If interested, we can also visit nuns at the Tengboche monastery. After lunch at Tengboche, we continue through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, our trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests before reaching Sansa. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest. After passing a chorten, we reach the army camp at Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 20: Trek to Lukla
Altitude: 2,800m/9,184ft Distance of walking: 18-20 Km/6 to 7 hours
After breakfast at the lodge, the trail drops downhill through the pine forest till to the bridge and continue walk to the Monju. Again some formalities had to be done at the check post of the National park at Monju then continue walk to the Phakding for the lunch. After that your last day of the trek continue to the Lukla. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu
Altitude: 1350m/4428ft 35minute Trans Himalayan flight
Normally flights are always in the morning due to the weather. So guide will do all airport formalities by the time you can have a breakfast at the lodge. Your luggage will get in to the airport already with the help of our sherpas and porters. Once guide get news about your flight arrival at Lukla airport, will call you to watch how the small aircraft get lands in to the small airstrip. After quick photograph, get in to the airport and straight away get in to the plane to fly out to Kathmandu. Once you are at the airport at Kathmandu, guide will assist to get in to your hotel by private vehicle.
Day 22: Departure day
Altitude: 1350m/4428ft Free day for shopping and departure After breakfast in to your hotel, we will drop you at the airport to take your onward flight as per time. If you have late flight, you will have time to do last minute shopping if you deserve. Otherwise we will have to say you good bye.
Include / Exclude
- Fully guided climb with experienced climbing guides on 1:3 ratio (Guide to client ratio)
- Meals and Accommodation at Tea Houses/Lodges during trekking period
- Meals and High-quality mountain tents during climbing period
- Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 4 nights with breakfast
- All peaks permits with garbage deposits.
- National Park Fees
- KTM-LUKLA-KTM Airfare
- Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts
- Comprehensive first aid kit with supplementary oxygen system
- Personal/Group climbing gears
- Porterage of equipment required during trekking and climbing
- Waterproof Duffel bag, Sleeping bag and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
- Peak climbing certificate issued by Nepal Mountaineering Association
- Staff summit bonus, insurances and allowances
- International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
- Meals at Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
- Personal expenses and tips
Price per person
The highlight of the trek is undoubtedly the ascent of Island Peak (6,189m). As you approach the peak, you’ll be greeted by awe-inspiring ice walls and seracs, making for an unforgettable sight. Summiting Island Peak requires technical climbing skills, including the use of ropes, crampons, and ice axes. Standing on the summit, you’ll be rewarded with an unmatched sense of accomplishment and jaw-dropping views of the Everest massif.
Throughout the journey, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich Sherpa culture, as you interact with the friendly locals and visit ancient monasteries. You’ll also witness the unique flora and fauna of the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is home to rare species like the elusive snow leopard and the colorful Himalayan pheasant.
The Everest 3 High Passes trek with Island Peak is a test of physical endurance, mental fortitude, and mountaineering skills. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that pushes you to your limits while rewarding you with unparalleled natural beauty and a deep sense of accomplishment. So, if you’re up for the challenge, prepare yourself for an unforgettable adventure in the heart of the Himalayas.