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Everest Three Passes Trek without EBC

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5535 (Kongma La )
Activities

12 trekking

2 Rest days

1 Flight

Best Season

March-MAY, September-November, December-Febuary

Meals

14 Breakfast

13 Lunch

13 Dinner

Accommodation

13 Nights at Lodge

Transportation

Flight/Car/Jeep/Bus

PRICE STARTS FROM

USD 1400 1350

Per Person

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No of PAX Price / PP
More than 10 1250
5:9 1299
2-4 1350

Overview

The Everest Three Passes Trek without EBC is your ticket to an unforgettable journey, skipping the crowded EBC. This trek is great for people who love excitement and want to explore the Khumbu region. You'll start with stunning mountain views and cross three challenging high mountain passes.

You'll travel ancient trading routes, immersing yourself in the local people's rich culture, traditions, and lifestyle. You'll find beautiful lakes, impressive glaciers, icefalls, and remote parts of the Everest region as you go. During this incredible journey, you'll come across three majestic mountain passes: Renjo La Pass (5,465 meters), Cho La Pass (5,420 meters), and Khongma La Pass (5,535 meters).

Trip Highlights

  • You can experience the thrill of crossing three of the most famous passes in the Everest region: Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La.
  • Gain insight into the lives of Himalayan Sherpas.
  • You can visit Thame Monastery and stroll through the village to observe the yaks and horses.
  • You can immerse yourself in the beauty of the Gokyo Valley as you explore its stunning glacial lakes.
  • You can get the best views of Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar (5,545 meters).
  • You'll traverse above the Cholatse Pokhari Lake, with the majestic Lobuche Peaks and Awe Peak to the south.

Everest Three Passes Trek without EBC Details

Best Time for Trek in Nepal

Spring (March-May)

Spring is the ideal season for the Everest Three Passes Trek without EBC. The weather is consistent, warm enough, and provides good vistas. There is a lower probability of rain. Spring is also the best time for peak climbing because of the warmer temperatures and less snowfall. Ascending Renjo La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Khongma La Pass are less challenging than trekking in other seasons. At this time, the rhododendrons are in full bloom, creating a beautiful display of vibrant colors. The trails are also less crowded, creating a peaceful trekking experience.

Autumn (September-November)

Autumn is the most popular time for trekking in Nepal. This season offers clear, dry weather, allowing for stunning mountain views. The temperatures are also relatively mild, making it perfect for trekking. The days are very warm, and the nights are pretty cool. The average temperature during the day is approximately 20 degrees Celsius, while it may drop to 5 degrees Celsius at night at elevations ranging from 1000 to 3500 meters. However, the trekking trails will be pretty crowded at this time of the year.

Winter (December-Feburary)

Trekking the Everest Three Passes during winter can be risky due to icy and snow-covered trails. The weather outside is quite chilly, with plenty of snow at higher elevations, which can pose challenges for trekking. Traveling off-season has more disadvantages than advantages. The average temperature during the day rises to 17 degrees; at night, it falls below freezing. To be safe when trekking in cold weather at high altitudes, you must bring appropriate warm clothes.

Summer (June-August)

You should not trek the Everest Three Passes during summer/monsoon season. When it rains heavily, hiking on the trails can become challenging and unpleasant due to the frequent mud and slippery conditions. The heavy rain can cause landslides and flooding in certain areas, making the trails impassable. The heavy rainfalls in this season have insects like leeches and bugs while hiking in the forest.

Preparation for the 3 High Passes Trek

  • For the Everest Three Passes trek, you should focus on cardiovascular training as the terrain includes challenging uphill and downhill trekking, so building endurance is key.
  • Strength training is beneficial because it allows you to build muscle, enhance your balance and stability, and decrease your chance of injury.
  • Consider adding hill training to your routine. Trekking at high altitudes helps you practice hiking uphill and downhill.
  • To improve your endurance, you should slowly raise the length and intensity of your exercises.
  • Throughout the trek, you will be carrying a backpack with gear and supplies, so you should prepare by trying to hike with a heavy pack.
  • You should get used to high altitudes as the Everest Three Passes trek occurs at high altitudes.

How hard is the Everest Three Passes Trek without EBC?

The Everest Three Pass is strenuous and demanding to trek, and crampons are required for the slippery routes. Kongma La Pass is situated between the charming towns of Chukhung and Lobuche at an elevation of 5,535 meters. You have to hike to the highest pass in the Khumbu region. In the Khumbu region, Kongma La Pass is the highest pass along the three passes (Renjo La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Kongma La Pass).

During the winter, the route to these three highest passes is very difficult as there is high snow. Extreme cold at high altitudes is one of the most concerning parts of lengthy and altitude hiking. High altitudes may be challenging, and with sufficient rest and acclimatization, your body can reach such altitudes. You should know that all three passes are over 5,000 meters in elevation, so trekking at such altitude is quite challenging. This trekking trail can also be difficult as you must cross the mighty passes (Gokyo Ri) and even the Everest base Camp trek.

Things to Know

The things that you must know before trekking to Everest Three Passes are

  • You should choose the best time to go on the Everest Three Passes Trek.
  • You should be able to identify Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) during the trek.
  • You must include the additional day dedicated to acclimatization.
  • You should be well prepared and pack all the necessary gear and essentials.
  • You should maintain proper nutrition to sustain energy levels and support your physical well-being.
  • You must be mentally prepared for the trip.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation options on the trail include trekking lodges, teahouses, and hotels. They offer a range of basic to more luxurious accommodation, allowing you to choose according to your budget and preferences. The teahouses along the route provide different options in terms of quality and price, depending on the amenities they provide.

The tea house room features twin sharing beds and simple furniture such as a table and chair. The beds have pillows and sheets; many tea houses offer additional blankets for chilly nights. Hot showers are typically available throughout the trek. You'll find various campsites along the route if you want to camp.

Difficulty Level

The Everest Three Passes Trekking route will take you through challenging terrain and steep climbs. You will also have to cross a frightening landslide area. Climbing steep rocky hills with huge rocks will make trekking difficult. You will eventually reach your destination after navigating the tough terrain, steep hills, and a landslide area.

Throughout the trek, you'll encounter several glaciers, most of which are relatively easy to cross. However, some particularly difficult glaciers require crampons' assistance to navigate safely. As you travel, you'll navigate through the melting ice, which gradually becomes thinner. So, you should start before 10 am when the sun is not high and the ice is less likely to melt.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is the major challenge regarding the difficulty of the Everest Three Passes Trek. It often refers to the issue of walking too fast at high altitudes. Altitude sickness, called Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a common condition affecting you at high elevations. Some individuals experience altitude sickness despite being physically and mentally fit. The signs and symptoms of altitude sickness are headaches, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea, problems sleeping, and shortness of breath.

Prevention of Altitude Sickness

  • Following the principle of climbing high and sleeping low can prevent altitude sickness.
  • You should drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco while trekking.
  • You should carry some energy bars and snacks.
  • Focus on a well-balanced diet, including Dal Bhat's local and traditional cuisine.
  • You should immediately inform your professional guide if you identify any signs or symptoms of altitude sickness.

Types of Equipment

Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Headscarf
  • Wool hat
  • Beanie
  • Sunglasses

Hand

  • Gloves with a poly lining
  • Woolen gloves
  • Mittens

Upper Body

  • Full sleeves shirt
  • Thermal tops
  • Windproof and waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Sports bra

Lower Body

  • Thermal set
  • Hiking trouser
  • Waterproof shell pants
  • Thick and thin hiking pants
  • Wool trouser
  • Leggings

Feet

  • Thin wool socks
  • Thick woolen socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Running shoes
  • Crocs

Other Essentials

  • First aid kit
  • Toothpaste / Toothbrush
  • Shampoo / Soap
  • Toilet paper, nail clippers, and antibacterial hand wash
  • Travel towel
  • Headlamps
  • Hiking poles
  • Daypack or Backpack for Hiking
  •  Raincoats

Outline

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu – Lukla, trek to Phakding

Day 02: Trek Phakding – Namche Bazar

Day 03: Rest day

Day 04: Trek Namche – Thame

Day 05: Trek Thame – Lungdhen

Day 06: Trek Lungdhen - Renjo La Pass - Gokyo

Day 07: Rest day

Day 08: Trek Gokyo – Dragnag

Day 09: Trek Dragnag – Cho La Pass – Zhonglha

Day 10: Trek Zhonglha – Lobuche

Day 11: Trek Lobuche – Kongma la pass – Dingboche

Day 12: Trek Dingboche – Namche

Day 13: Trek Namche – Lukla

Day 14: Fly Lukla – Kathmandu

Travel Map
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Daily Itinerary

Whats Included?

  • Pick-up and drop-off service at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu is by private car/van/bus, depending on the group size.
  • Sagarmatha National Park fee and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entrance fee.
  • One English-speaking government certificate holder trekking guide and trekkers 2:1 porter.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu by flight tickets with departure tax.
  • All meals (14 Breakfast, 14 Lunch, and 13 Dinner) with 13 Nights at Lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Guide and porters, equipment, meals, salary, accommodation, insurance, etc.
  • First Aids Kit.
  • Local fresh fruit like pomegranates and apples, etc.
  • Duffel Bag.
  • Fingertip Pulse Oximeter (we use every day to check your oxygen level and pulse in your body to avoid high risk).
  • Himalaya Trip T-shirt.
  • All official expenses and 13% Government VAT.

Whats not Included?

  • International airfare and visa fees ((15 Days US$25 and 30 Days US$40).
  • Hotel and meals in Kathmandu.
  • Your trekking gear.
  • All the drinks include tea, coffee, coke, beer, and mineral water.
  • Your travel insurance should include emergency rescue.
  • Tips for your guide and porters, etc.

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Frequently Asked Questions

It costs around USD 1830 for one person. This includes a guide, porter, domestic airline fee, meals, lodging, permits, and other amenities.


Important Note

Available of the trip

We organise small group private trip. If you are 2 or more people in your group, you may book any dates.

Travel Insurance

The travel insurance is need in case of any emergency. It is recommend to have.  If you are doing short  and low elevation trek, you can do normal insurance. But if you are doing high altitude or adventure trek, you should have emergency rescue.

Last Minute booking

Normally, trekkers plan the trip before 3-9 months.  Some trekkers decide the trip in last minutes. It is also possible to book your trek at last minutes. For the Last minutes booking, you need to make a full payment.

Tipping

Tipping is highly expected. Our staffs try their best during the trip. After the trip, Tipping is expected. It is not fixed amount or percentage. We recommend the tipping according to their services.

Safety

When you are travelling, the safety is most important. For the safety of our clients, we trained our guide and porters. They are all register trekking / Tour  / Climbing guide and experience porters.

Extra personal expenses

For the extra expenses, it is good to bring USD / Euro / Pound Sterling or ther currency. You may change to Nepali Rupees (NPR) at Tribhuwan International Airport or near your Hotel in Kathmandu. You will use only Nepali rupees during the trip.

Nepal visa

Accept few countries , you will get on arrival Nepal’s Visa at the Tribhuwan International Airport or Nepal board. I recommend to fill up Nepal Visa online form and bring it with you. It will be faster and easy for you and visa fee is recommended to bring cash US dollar. You can’t pay by using credit card.

Trip extension or Itinerary Disclaimer

We organize small group private trip. The trip extension is possible but you have to figure out when you booking the trip.

Group joing and Fixed departure

Most of the time, we have small group private trip. Group joining or fixed departure will be available only at the clients request. 

Luggage store

You are not taking all the lugguage on the trek. You will take only necessary gears on the trek and rest of the gears, you will store at your Hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara or in our office in Kathmandu. All the Hotels have free luggage store services. It is more convenient to store at your Hotel.

Responsible travel

  • Ask permission to photograph people.
  • Do not remove or purchase antiques, it is illegal.
  • Avoid wearing revealing clothes and avoid outward displays of physical affection.
  • Do not anything to disturb environment or wild animals.

Domestic flight

Normally, domestic flight is not on time. If you have international flight with domestic connection flight. It is always better to keep some gaps.

Trek Booking

For the Booking, we need passport copy, passport size photo by email or What's App  and 20% deposit.

Why Himalaya Trip ?

  • Fast response
  • Small group private trek
  • Safety is top priority
  • Recommended on TripAdvisor
  • Tailor made itinerary
  • Seasonal package
  • 200 plus  trekkers take service every year
  • 30-40% repeated customer

 

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