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Difficulty : Strenuous

Reference Code: E3PT

Trip Start: Lukla

Trek Days: 16

Maximum Altitude: 5,555m

Age: 20-60

Season: Spring and Autumn

Accommodation: Lodge Basis

Service: Standard

Destination: Nepal

Trip End: Lukla

Trip Durations: 20

Physical Rating: Strenuous

Group Size: 2-12

This superb lodge-based trekking holiday makes a complete high-level circuit of the Khumbu and crosses 3 major passes to link the valleys of Thame, Gokyo, Khumbu and Imja Khola. From Namche Bazaar, we follow the course of the Bhote Khosi towards Tibet, before turning eastwards to cross the spectacular Renjo La (5340m). We then spend 2 nights in the Gokyo Valley with a free day to trek up-valley to the 'Fifth Lake' and the option to hike to  the top of Gokyo Ri. Crossing the Ngozumpa Glacier, we then hike up and over the Cho La (5420m) to reach Everest Basecamp and the dramatic viewpoint summit of Kala Patar (5550m).

Our walk out takes us by way of the Kongma La (5535m) before joining the Everest Trail and continuing to descend via the villages of Dingboche and Pangboche and the monastery of Tengboche. Running this circuit of the main passes of Khumbu in a clockwise direction means we can build up our acclimatisation on uncrowded trails and in the unspoiled valley of the Bhote Kosi, leaving Everest Basecamp as the climax of the trip and also means we spend a minimum amount of time on the popular Everest Trail. For experienced trekkers who want to visit Everest Basecamp but wish to avoid the crowds and experience authentic Sherpa culture, this holiday really does have it all.

This is most hard and popular trek in Everest region.

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Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel

Namaste! And welcome to Kathmandu, the colourful capital of Nepal where ornately carved balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting on arrival at the exit gate of Kathmandu airport. Our staff will welcome you and pick you to your accommodated hotel. Please seek our company palmplate to find our staff at the main exit gate of the airport. Rest of the day you can relax at the hotel or short evening walk around local market on your own as per your wish. Overnight Hotel.

Day 2 – Rest and Preparation Day

A well-deserved rest day at cosy of hotel after a long tiring flight. This day, one can move around nearby local market to purchase or hire trekking equipment that is necessary for the trekking like sleeping bags, walking sticks etc., exchange currency as requirement or simply walk around in the local market or Kathmandu Durbar squire nearby with small entrance fee as per your preference on your own. Evening at the hotel lobby there will be pre-trip briefing in which you will be introduced with your trekking guide and explained about your trip in short, instruction for safety etc. Overnight Hotel.

Day 3 - Flight from Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,593ft) to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft) Trek to Phakding (2650m / 8562ft). 40 min flight, 3 hours’ trek.

Our Everest 3 Passes Trek begins with a 40-minute domestic flight from Tribhuvan International Airport to Lukla. This scenic flight provides you with amazing views of Langtang and the Annapurna Himalayan range. At first, we will climb down from Lukla to the Thado Koshi River and cross a few suspension bridges before reaching Phakding. The trek will be short and enjoyable as we will also be acclimatizing. In Phakding, we will not miss our chance to visit Rimishung Monastery. Overnight Lodge.

In autumn season flight to Lukla will be from Ramechhap due to heavy air traffic. On this season it will be drive to Ramechhap from Kathmandu and Flight to Lukla. 

Drive to Ramechhap 4 hours

Flight from Ramechhap to Lukla 16 minutes.

Day 4 - Trek from Phakding (2,650m /8,562ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft). 6 hours’ trek.

We will begin early in the morning at Phakding and move north along the banks of Dudh Koshi River, passing many suspension bridges -including Hillary Suspension Bridge. Our path also takes us through Monjo Village, deep forests, and rocky trails to Sagarmatha National Park Check Post, where we will register our permits and climb up into the forest. From this forest, you will see Mt. Everest for the first time. However, we will continue the trek until we reach Namche Bazaar - the destination for the day. Overnight Lodge.

Day 5 - Rest day to acclimatize at Namche Bazaar

Today will be an acclimatization day at Namche. We recommend you to explore Namche Bazaar. This town contains numerous Wi-Fi-linked cafes, restaurants, souvenirs, and gear shops. There are other options - visit the Sagarmatha National Park visitor centre, traditional Sherpa settlements, Hillary School, Khumjung monastery, Dengboche Airport, and Everest Hotel. Overnight Lodge.

Day 6 - Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Lungden (4,500m / 14,764ft). 7 hours ascend trek.

We leave Namche Bazaar and head to Lungden. This day you will be walking around the villages while enjoying the views of the landscape, vegetation, and mountains. During sparkling mornings light-painted rocks, lichens, yaks, and snow-capped peaks look surreally vivid. The last village in the valley is Taranga, but we continue the hike through Marulung (4200m) village and finally to Lungden, the destination for this day. In our spare time, we can visit Nakpa Valley that used to be the old trade route to Tibet. Additionally, we can hike to Cho Relmo Lake as well. Overnight Lodge.

Day 7 - Trek from Lungden (4,500m / 14,764ft) to Gokyo Lake (4,750m / 15,583ft) via Renjola Pass (5,446m / 17,867ft). 8 hours’ trek.

It will be one of the most exciting days for you as you will be walking through the first pass in the route - Renjola Pass. We leave Lungden behind to continue our journey forward to the Gokyo Lakes region, depending on the season, you will be able to observe different human activities like yak herding. 

Once you reach the Renjo La Pass, you will be able to see the majestic views of high peaks like Mt. Everest (8848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Makalu (8463m), and Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m). You will also see the third major Gokyo Lake (among five) - Dudh Pokhari, and the Gokyo village lies alongside this lake. The path then descends and lets you enter the Gokyo Valley, but you need to be careful because the trail might be icy. Overnight Lodge.

Day 8 - Rest day to acclimatize at Gokyo. Early morning at Gokyo Ri (5,400m / 17,814ft). 1.5 hours’ trek.

Acclimatization provides us time to climb the Gokyo Ri Viewpoint from where you can see the mesmerizing views of the Everest region - including Thonak Tsho Lake and the Ngozuma Tsho Lake. 

Three kilometers north of Gokyo lies Ngozumpa Tsho glacier (5,000m), and within five minutes’ walk lies Scoundrel's Viewpoint. From here, you get fantastic views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu.

On the north of the fifth Gokyo Lake, you can see astonishing views of the Cho Oyu Base Camp and the Ngozumpa Glacier - the longest glacier in the Himalayas. Overnight Lodge.

Day 9 - Trek from Gokyo (4,790m / 15,584ft) to Dragnag (4,800m / 15,750ft). 6 hours’ trek.

We will be back on our trek on this day, walking past the Ngozumpa Glacier, but the trail is rocky and passes through several ups and downs. We will be walking down the valley on the eastern glacial moraine as the scenery becomes stunning and inspiring for you to move forward. Eventually, we arrive at the collection of lodges known as Dragnag. This place lies in a serene setting optimally placed for Cho-La high pass crossing. Overnight Lodge.

Day 10 - Trek from Dragnag (4,800m / 15,750ft) to Dzongla (4,855m / 15,930ft) via Cho La Pass (5420m /17,783ft). 6-7 hours’ trek.

There are some more challenging treks to cover today as we will be trekking on rocky trails and the glacial moraines - eventually reaching Dzongla. However, the exciting part is - you will be crossing Cho La Pass (5420m / 17,783ft) that connects Dzongla and Thagnak. This pass provides spectacular views of Everest and the other Himalayas. After enjoying the views from there, you will be descending to Dzongla for the night. Overnight Lodge.

Day 11 - Trek from Dzongla (4,855m / 15,930ft) to Lobuche (4,910m / 16,175ft). 4 hours’ trek.

After spending the night at Dzongla, we will wake up the following day and continue our trek. Today's destination will be Lobuche. At Lobuche, we will rejoin the classical Everest Base Camp Trek. But first, we start the day by following the moraine and descending alongside Chola Lake. As we proceed, we will be seeing memorial statues of the climbers who passed away in this region. The hike to Lobuche should be very enjoyable. We will just follow the trails of Imja Khola Valley to reach Lobuche. Overnight Lodge.

Day 12 - Trek from Lobuche (4,930m / 16,175ft) to Everest Base Camp and back (5,364m / 17,598ft) to Gorak Shep (5,185m / 17,010ft). 7-8 hours’ trek.

Finally, on your eleventh day, you will reach Everest Base Camp. The trek begins by trekking through the lateral moraine of Khumbu Glacier until we arrive at Gorak Shep. 

We will leave our belongings at Gorak Shep and climb up north to Everest Base Camp. The camp itself forms the base for mountaineers ascending or descending the Everest mountain. 

Reaching Everest Base Camp (EBC) is not easy, and by reaching EBC, you have shown how determined you are. In a way, it is a victory over yourself -a triumph of determination, a positive attitude, and perseverance. We will stay on EBC for some time soaking in the magnificent views that only a few on earth ever will. After clicking several pictures, we will descend to Gorak Shep, where we will stay for the night. Overnight Lodge.

Day 13 - Hike to Kala Patthar Viewpoint (5,555m / 18,208ft), trek to Lobuche (4,910m / 16,175ft). 3 hours’ trek.

You were at Everest Base Camp the previous day, but despite reaching EBC, you couldn't really see Mt. Everest. So this day provides you the chance to see Mt. Everest up-close and in all glory.

To catch the dawn breaking at Everest, we wake up early in the morning and hike to Kala Patthar (5,555m) - the famous Everest View Point. We will stay at Kala Patthar for some time, enjoy the sunrise over Mt. Everest and then descend to Gorak Shep for breakfast. After having breakfast, we will hike back to Lobuche, the destination for this day. Overnight Lodge.

Day 14 - Trek from Lobuche (4,930m / 16,175ft) to Chhukung (4,730m / 15,580ft) via Kongma La Pass (5,535m / 18,159ft). 7-8 hours’ trek.

Today, you will be crossing the final among the three passes that lie on your trail. This pass is considered the most difficult among these three passes. The trek starts from Lobuche. The ascend to Kongma La Pass is easy with the path dotted with frozen lakes, and a mummy-wrapped crane marks this pass. From the pass, you can see Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Makalu, Baruntse, and Ana Dablam.

We descend from the Kongma La pass to the eastern side of Nigyang Khola Valley and into the Chukhung Village. Sherpas use this area as a yak pasture, but there is no permanent habitation. Recently, this region has gained popularity as a trekking peak, and the trekkers often use Chhukhung for acclimatization purposes. Overnight Lodge.

Day 15 - Trek from Chhukung (4,730m / 15,580ft) to Tengboche (3,855m / 12,850ft). 5 hours’ trek.

We descend the Imja Khola valley, trek through the village of Dingboche, famous for its stone-walled potatoes fields, alpine pastures, and continue forward. On the way, you will also see Kharkas (highland sheds) at Tsura, Orsho, and Shomare. 

As we continue our hike, we will reach Pangboche Village - the place for year-round settlement in the valley, and then to Tengboche. From the Tengboche viewpoint, you can see awe-inspiring views of distinctive peaks like Amadablam (6856m), Everest (8848 m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8501m). We will also be visiting Tengboche Gompa - the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region. Overnight Lodge.

Day 16 - Trek from Tengboche (3,855m / 12,850ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft). 5 hours’ trek.

The trail to Namche Bazaar takes us through forests inhabited by highland wildlife like pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats, or even snow leopards. We will be climbing on the steep slopes around which lie chortens and prayer flags. From the path, you can enjoy the view of the tip of Everest and the backside of Lhotse. Overnight Lodge.

Day 17 - Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft). 6-7 hours’ trek.

Our final day of trekking will lead us back to Lukla. After breakfast, we will be hiking down a steep trail that descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge. However, we continue walking through several local villages in the Dudh Koshi River Valley until we reach Lukla. We hope you enjoyed the whole trek thoroughly. Overnight Lodge.

Day 18 - Fly back to Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,593ft) from Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft). 40 min flight.

If everything goes according to the schedule, we will be flying back to Kathmandu in the early morning. Your 40-minute flight back to Kathmandu will indeed be a relaxing one, and you most probably will be looking back at the time spent during the trek. Overnight Hotel.

Day 19 – Rest and Final Shopping Day

This is the final day in Nepal. A chance to do some shopping, explore at leisure or merely relax by the hotel. We enjoy a final night together, reliving the trek and our extraordinary achievements. Overnight Hotel.

Day 20 – Final Departure

We say 'Namaste' for memories that will last a lifetime. There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel. For your final departure, our staff will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu airport approximately 3 hours prior to your international flight time.


Lodge basis
All ground transportation as per itinerary
4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B plan.
½ day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with English Speaking Cultural guide
Both way domestic Air fare (KTM-LUK-KTM) with airport tax
TIMs (Trekking Information Management system)
Everest National Park Entry fee
Food for the member during the trek( 3 meals a day as per lodge open menu)
Lodge accommodation on twin sharing basis
Medical supplies(First aid Kit will be available)
All required Nepalese staffs (salary, food, clothing, accommodation)
All Nepalese staffs insurance as per Nepalese Government rules.
Company service charge, VAT and government taxes etc.


  • International flight with airport tax.
  • Nepalese Entry Visa fee
  • Food during stay in Kathmandu
  • All personal equipment and personal expenses
  • Photography Charges, Monument charges and Monument entry fees
  • Personal Medical and travel insurance(must cover helicopter rescue evacuation cost)
  • Personal Medicine
  • Telephone and internet charges
  • Laundry charges
  • Alcoholic beverage, bottled drinks and cold drinks during the trip
  • Rescue evacuation charges if required
  • All Tips...

Clothing and Equipments List
» Pack to pack out - bring enough waterproof bags to carry all non-biodegradable rubbish back down the mountain.
» Remove all unnecessary packaging before leaving home.
» Bring enough warm dry clothes so that you can wrap up rather than burn firewood in the evenings.
» If you are going to trek higher than 5000m or you know it will be cold, buy an aluminum water bottle which can also be used as a hot water bottle at night.
» The easiest way to keep hydrated while trekking is to buy a 1 x liter platypus-drinking bladder to carry in your day pack.
» Make sure to buy proper trekking socks. Don’t buy synthetic socks as these promote sweating and can give you blisters. Always carry a few blister pads in your first aid kit and keep them handy in your day pack.
» Walking poles are very useful while trekking and helpful when descending.
» Please remember that waste disposal and recycling facilitates are limited in Nepal. When buying batteries make sure they are rechargeable and/or high quality so they last longer, and take them home to recycle.

More Lists
There is no definitive list. What you bring will vary according to the area, time of year and the length of your trek. Below is a suggested check list which you should adapt to your own needs. Ask yourself: Will there be snow/how long /high is the trek/are we camping?

» Good quality trekking boots with ankle support
» Lightweight shell/raincoat with hood
» Detachable fleece liner or separate fleece
» Fleece trousers
» Shorts and / or convertibles trousers- quick drying
» Sunglasses
» Sun hat and warm hat(good quality)
» Gloves
» Spare T-shirt x 3
» Sweat towel x 2
» Spare socks x 3 ( walking sock and thin inner sock)
» Small day sack
» Sun cream
» Small water bottle aluminum doubles as a hot water bottle.
» Iodine or water purifying kit,
» Soluble vitamin tablets to taste water or powder fruit drink
» Talcum powder
» Walking sticks or Trekking poles(good quality)
» Camp shoes/trainers/flip flops to wear in evening.
» Spare underwear 3
» Toilet kit
» Tissues
» Pen knife
» Bum bag
» Head torch(good quality)
» Biodegradable washing liquid / soap
» Ear plugs
» Sleeping bag liner(good quality)
» Sleeping bag(good quality-30)
» Bin bag/ gasbag to keep kit dry
» Small towel
» Lip balm
» Available in KTM

Personal First Aid (Aids Kit)
» Antiseptic
» Bandages
» Blister plasters
» Decongestant
» AMS medication like Diamox
» Eye drops – it can get very dusty on trails
» Paracetamol and/or ibuprofen
» Rehydration sachets, Imodium and antibiotics for traveler’s diarrhea
» Scissors
» Sterile dressing
» Sticking plasters and tape
» Throat lozenges / sweets
» Tweezers
» A sewing needle etc.

This trekking equipment list has been prepared by Adventure Zambuling Treks (P) Ltd.

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