Three passes trek in Nepal
Nepal is a dream destination for trekkers all over the world. The country located in South Asia has many wonders inside its periphery. The country has many breathtaking trekking routes. The lover of nature and the mountains arrive here all time of the year to complete the various trekking trails. There are many trails some extremely popular, some equally adventurous but not in limelight. Whatever the case they all are unique in their way. One such beauty is three passes trek in Nepal.
Nepal has most of its trekking routes in its mountain region. Nepal is divided into three segments according to its geography. The lowermost is terai best for agriculture and settlements, hilly regions quality of both mountain and terai little bit, then comes the mountain region filled with tall mountains and hills. This region does not have agricultural potency as terai and does not have huge settlements like hilly and terai also.
The region is filled with the tallest mountains in the world in its topmost part and small settlements in its lower belts. The tall mountains, little settlements, huge forests, rare flora, and fauna make the mountain region the best place for trekking. All the upper sectors from east to west have unique trekking routes that are famous all over the world.
Three passes trek is another popular trekking route in Nepal. Renjo la pass, Cho La pass, and Kongma la pass collectively makes three passes trek. The three passes trek is also known as Everest high pass trek or Everest base camp trek. Some people might get confused about the different names used but they are all the same and are one. Three passes trek is one of the longest trekking trails of Nepal. The trekking extends to about three weeks and takes the trekker to one of the most amazing terrains.
Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu
Day 1 of the three passes trek begins after arriving at Kathmandu. After boarding the flight in their home countries, they will make Kathmandu their first destination. Exiting Tribhuvan International Airport, they will have officially entered the land of Nepal. After arrival to Kathmandu, the trekkers will be received from TIA and will be taken to the hotels.
There they will be given plenty of time to rest from their long journey. They can take as much time as they need to rest as long flights can make some very tired. Then at evening time, they will be given a detailed description of the whole trekking. Their questions will be answered and the set of rules to do during the trek and emergencies will be explained thoroughly. The night is spent in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Visiting Kathmandu Valley
On the second day in Kathmandu, the trekkers will explore Kathmandu. The trekkers will be taken to some of the most popular spots of Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu valley is filled with the most amazing tourism spots which the tourists will be delighted to visit. The trekkers have another job today besides visiting the tourism spots of Kathmandu. They are also here to buy the equipment that they will be needing during the three passes trek. They may be medicine, gears, devices, or other things they require. It is best to get it from Kathmandu as they may not be available in remote Himalayan places. Till evening all the preparations will be made of trekking.
Day 3: To Phakding
On the third day of three passes trek, the trekkers will begin at Kathmandu, but their destination of that day will be far in the mountain region. The trekkers first will go to Lukla through Tribhuvan International Airport. The flight to Lukla takes about 30 minutes from Kathmandu. Lukla airport is considered one of the most dangerous airports in the world due to its terrain and topography.
Trekkers will land at Lukla spend some time and start walking. After landing in Lukla, the trekkers need to get to Phakding. To get to Phakding the trekkers need to hike for about 3 to 4 hours. It is located 7.5km away from Lukla. The night of 3rd day of three passes trek is spent at Phakding.
Day 4: To Namche Bazar
Namche Bazar is one of the most popular places in the Himalayas. It is also one of the largest settlements at that altitude and deep in the mountain region. It is one of the most popular destinations for the tourists that arrive in this region to explore the mountains. Namche is another milestone of three passes trek. The settlement has huge buildings that age exceedingly rare in this area. Namche is also called the gate to Everest. Various beautiful mountain ranges can be seen from Namche Bazar. The trekkers need to hike for about 4 to 5 hours as Namche is 7.4km away from Phakding. The night is spent at Namche.
Day 5: To Thame
The destination of day 5 of Three pass trek is Thame. The trekkers wake at Namche and move towards Thame. The destination is 5 to 7 hours away from Namche with a distance of 9.5 km. Thame is a beautiful settlement that travelers pass through during the trekking of that region. The night is spent at Thame.
Day 6: To Marlung
The trekkers wake on the morning of day 6 to reach Marlung. Marlung is a small and beautiful settlement in that region, which the trekkers and mountaineers use as the resting place and spend the night. With hiking of four to five hours, the trekkers can reach Marlung. The trekkers can see Taranga temple and kyaroguba during their hike to the destination that day.
Day 7: To Laguden
The destination of this day of three passes trekking is Laguden. This day’s journey will be completed in 4 to 5 hours. The night is spent at Laguden. During the days of trekking, Kongde peak and Ngozumba glacier can be seen. They are the main sight of this day.
Day 8: Through Renjo La, Gokyo lake to Gokyo village
On the 8th day of three pass trekking, the trekkers get to the first of the three passes Renjo la located at the altitude of 5360m. Mount Makalu, Kongde, Renjo lake, Relama tso are the major sites that are seen of this day along with other beautiful peaks. After the pass, the trekkers move towards Gokyo village. Trekkers can also get an amazing view of the Gokyo lake located near Gokyo village. Gokyo lake is located 5000m above sea level and is one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world. The night after all the amazing visit is spent at Gokyo village.
Day 9: To Gokyo Ri
Gokyo Ri is not the site that goes forward on the route of the three passes trek. The trekkers if want to go to Gokyo Ri can visit there or if they need the rest, they can be at Gokyo village for the day. Those who want to visit it can go there and need to return to Gokyo village to spend the night.
Gokyo Ri is located at Ngozumpa glacier, which is the largest glacier in the Himalayan range. Gokyo Ri is an amazing spot for the view of the surrounding, from here the trekkers can see Gokyo valley, Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo village, and other beautiful peaks. Gokyo Ri should not be avoided by the people going on three passes trek.
Day 10: To Thagnak
After waking up at Gokyo village the trekkers need to go to Thagnak. It is located at 4500m from sea level and is 4 to 5 hours walk away from Gokyo. The night of the 10th day of three passes trek is spent at Thagnak.
Day 11: From Thagnak through Cho La pass to Dzongla
The destination of the 11th day of three passes trek in Dzongla. To reach Dongla the trekkers need to walk 5 to 7 hours. However, while covering this distance the trekkers need to go through Cho la pass which is the second landmark of the three passes trek. Cho La pass is located at an altitude of 5300m from sea level. Cho La pass is a beautiful spot to be and one of the main highlights of the three passes trek.
However, it is also one of the dangerous spots of the trek. It is considered best to complete the Cho La pass before mid-day and as early as possible. The late time of the days may be filled with more chances of harsh weather. After completing Cho La pass, the trekkers move towards Dzongla village.
Day 12: To Lobuche
The destination on the 12th day of the three passes trek is Lobuche village. It is a beautiful settlement in the mountains from which beautiful peaks can be seen. The name of the village may be based on the mountain that lies near the Khumbu glacier. Both, the village, and mountain have the same name Lobuche. After trekking for few hours in the day the trekkers will reach the Lobuche village from Dzongla.
Day 13: From Lobuche through Kongma La pass to Chukkung
On day 13 the trekkers will pass through the final pass of the three passes trek. Kongma la pass is located at the altitude of 5535m from sea level. The trekkers are on the routes for two weeks now, so they need to take care of themselves and their teammates as the route can be extremely hard for beginners. The view of the Kongma La pass is magnificent as it is filled with beautiful peaks and mesmerizing views. The walk on this day is high compared to other days as the trekkers need to hike for 7 to 8 hours to get to Chukkung from Lobuche through the Kongma La pass. The night is spent at Chukkung.
Day 14: To Tengboche
From Chukkung the journey moves towards the end days as the highlight of the trek i.e., the three passes will have been completed by here. However, the journey is far from over and many excitements await the trekkers. The trekkers need to hike for 6 to 8 hours to reach Tengboche, so the walking should be started early in the day. Beautiful views can be seen along the way to Tengboche.
Day 15: To Monjo village
The trekkers need to walk 6 to 8 hours to reach Monjo village. To reach Monjo village the trekkers need to hike for 6 to 8 hours. It is a small and beautiful village in the Khumbu region, which the trekkers use to spend the night while doing treks around the Everest region. The village is also extremely near to the entrance point of the Sagarmatha national park. The night is spent at Monjo village.
Day 16: To Lukla
On day 16 of the three passes trek, we reach a familiar destination. The goal of day 16 is to reach Lukla. The trekkers need to walk for 4 to 5 hours maximum to reach Lukla. Reaching Lukla ends the walking part of the three passes trek. It may be so but the journey is far from over. After reaching Lukla the trekkers will rest and spend the night there.
Day 17: Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 17 of the three passes trek, the trekkers get up in the morning to reach Kathmandu from Lukla. The trekkers will get to Kathmandu within 30 minutes after getting on the flight. getting on Kathmandu officially ends our three passes trek in the mountains. The trekkers can get the rest they need in Kathmandu. They can rest in their hotels for few days, or get to the luxury places of Kathmandu to enjoy the city life after being weeks in the mountains, or even have the natural healing therapies to get rid of the tiredness of the long journey.
Day 18: Leaving Kathmandu
After resting few days, the visitors now must leave Nepal. Their journey may have ended for now, but they had an amazing adventure and experience at three passes trek whose memory will never go away. They will go to Tribhuvan International airport to go to their destination. Also, if they have a tight schedule, they can immediately leave by skipping few days of rest at Kathmandu.