Off the beaten track, a challenging trek to explore the majestic Everest Region of Nepal.
Max team size 12
Our Khumbu Valley 3 Pass Trek is a wonderful opportunity to explore some of the more remote parts of the spectacular Everest Region. We make a visit to Everest Base Camp along the way, but our main objective is to leave the crowds behind and explore some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
This adventure is challenging. We will trek over three high altitude passes (Renjo La 5390m, Cho La 5420m, Kongma La 5528m) and summit three significant mountains (Kala Pattar 5643m, Chukung Ri 5546m and Gokyo Ri 5357m). The route is physically tough but the rewards are huge.
The trek is all-inclusive apart from international flights, personal expenses and compulsory travel insurance. It is led by a British expedition guide with extensive experience of trekking at altitude and in the Himalaya. We will be guided by the highly knowledgeable Sherpani Lhakpa Doma Sherpa who will also manage the porters, equipment and local formalities.
The team is supported by a fully qualified doctor who is available to offer general medical support and advice about trekking at altitude.
The Khumbu Valley 3 Pass Trek is the best opportunity to explore the Everest Region. It has been described as one of the finest treks in the world, and for good reason. You will discover breath-taking vistas of the world's greatest mountains and immerse yourself in Nepalese and Sherpa culture. An unforgettable experience.
Day 1 - Day 4
Katmandhu to Namche Bazaar
We pick you up from the airport and arrange transfer to your hotel. Here you'll meet the rest of the team and the guides. Your adventure begins the following day with a flight up to Lukla and then a visit to the Sherpa capital Namchee Bazaar.
Day 5 - Day 9
Thame to Gokyo
The path up to Renjo La is tough but the spectacular views at the top and the incredible descent to Gokyo Lakes are well worth the effort. The following day we will climb our first peak Gokyo Ri.
Day 10 - Day 14
Cho La to Gorak Shep
The second of the three passes is Cho La. We will enjoy views of the spectacular mountains including Thamserku, Kangtega, Cho-Oyu, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse and of course, Everest. At Gorek Shep we will visit Everest Base Camp and climb our second peak Kalar Pathar for another brilliant photo opportunity of the highest mountain in the world.
Day 15 - Day 17
Kongma La to Pangboche
Before we descend back to Lukla we will cross the third pass Kongma La and climb our third peak Chukung Ri. As experienced Khumbu trekkers these objectives will be a piece of Nepalese cake! As we pass though Tengboche we can visit the wonderful monastery.
Day 18 - Day 22
Namche Bazaar to Katmandhu
We return via Namchee Bazaar and Lukla and enjoy a celebratory meal back at the hotel in Kathmandu. We'll drop you off at the airport or assist with onward travel.
** Whilst we will do our best to stick to the itinerary, adventure travel in remote mountain regions can be affected by local weather and the health of the team. We may have to make alterations based on events on the ground. The safety and well-being of all members of the team, including the guides and porters, is always our priority.
This route is one of the most challenging in the Everest Region but anyone who is reasonably fit will enjoy the challenge. The itinerary includes rest days and opportunities to catch up with the group if you prefer to skip one of the three peaks. We must however all climb the three passes to complete the route.
You should expect to dedicate some time for training before you come to Nepal. As long as you take regular exercise, enjoy team sports, or climb the odd hill you will be absolutely fine. We will happily give advice about the kinds of training you might enjoy in the months leading up to your trek.
Acute Mountain Sickness
Trekking at altitude can be more difficult than at sea level because the air pressure is lower. Altitude affects people in different ways for example you might feel shortness of breath, occasional dizziness or loss of appetite. Our route is specifically designed to give you time to acclimatize and for most people trekking under 6000 metres, the symptoms are mild and manageable. However, if symptoms get worse AMS can be very dangerous. Our Expedition and Sherpa Guides are trained to spot the symptoms of AMS. We may have to instruct a client to descend or take a different route if we feel their health is at risk. Some people choose to take medication to help with acclimatization, we recommend that all clients consult their doctor for advice. You can also find some great info on the NHS Fit For Travel website.
- Airport transfers
- 4 night’s B&B accommodation at 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- Everest trekking permit and TIMS Card (trekkers security card)
- All local fees and taxes
- Kathmandu - Lukla return flights, airport tax and transfers
- 21 nights/22 days 3 Pass Trek including full board accommodation
- Comfortable and clean twin rooms in Namche Bazaar and Lukla
- UK Expedition Guide
- Government licensed Sherpa Guide
- UK qualified doctor
- Porters (1 for every 2 trekkers)
- A duffle bag and t-shirt
- Return flights to Kathmandu and visa
- Meals in Kathmandu, other than specified above
- Beverages, mineral water, beer etc.
- Travel insurance (which must include helicopter evacuation and trip cancellation)