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Everest Three Passes Trek and Island Peak Climbing

Everest Three Passes Trek and Island Peak Climbing

Overview

Trip Fact

Trip Name:

Everest 3 Passes Trek and Island Peak Climb

Best Month:

Sep - Nov & Mar - May

Max Elevation:

6,163 Meters

Trip Duration:

20

Trip Grade:

Challenging

Meals:

BLD

Accommodation:

Hotel, lodges & Tent

Group Size:

2+

Destination:

Everest Region, Nepal

Everest 3 Pass Trek and Island Peak Climbing Highlights 

  • Sagarmatha National Park- worthy of Nature, Culture, and Mountain views 
  • Sherpa Village- unique culture and lifestyle
  • Namche Bazaar- gateway to Everest Base Camp
  • Three High Pass- Renjo-La (5465 m), Cho-La (5425 m) Kongma-La (5535 m)
  • Wonderful View Point- Gokyo Ri (5360 m) and Kalapathar (5545 m)
  • Massif Glacier- Ngozumpa Glacier and Khumbu Glacier
  • Beautiful Valley - Gokyo Valley and Chukkung Valley
  • Beautiful Lake – Gokyo Lakes and Imja Tso 

Trip Overview

Everest Three Passes Trek and Island Peak Climbing is an exhilarating and challenging adventure that takes you through three high mountain passes to Island Peak Climbing in the Everest region of Nepal. 

Combining the Everest Three Passes Trek with Island Peak Climbing is a popular and less-traveled challenging adventure that offers trekkers and climbers the opportunity to explore some of the most stunning landscapes and culture experience in the Everest region of Nepal. This combined trip allows you to experience both high mountain passes and a climb to a trekking peak.

The trip name is given for crossing the three passes namely Renjo-La (5465 m), Cho-La (5425 m), Kongma-La (5535 m), and after that Climb the Island Peak (6189 m). Also, this trek takes you to beautiful lakes in the Gokyo Valley, Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Ri (5360 m), and Kalapatthar (5545 m), which offers you panoramic close views of many mountains including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-you and many more. 

The Everest 3 Passes Trekking and Island Peak Climbing routes itinerary is carefully designed by our experienced guide for those who want to explore the challenges and adventures on the mountain trails in the Everest region. This trip requires trekkers, who have previous altitude trekking experience with physical fitness, good health and strong determination.

Major Highlights of the Trip

Renjo La Pass (5,465 meters): Renjo La Pass is a high mountain pass located in the Everest region of Nepal. It's often included in treks that traverse the Gokyo Valley and the Everest Base Camp route from Thame Valley. The pass offers the best spectacular panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu and others. The trek to Renjo La Pass is known for its remote and less crowded trails compared to the traditional Everest Base Camp trek.

Cho La Pass (5,425 meters): Cho La Pass is another challenging high mountain pass in the Everest region of Nepal. It's often crossed on the way to or from Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp. This pass provides trekkers with breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and glacial landscapes. The trekking route to Cho La Pass requires a good level of physical fitness, good health and basic climbing skills.

Kongma La Pass (5,535 meters): Kongma La Pass is yet another high-altitude pass situated in the Everest region. It's one of the three main passes trekkers can choose from when taking on the Three Passes Trek, along with Renjo La and Cho La. Kongma La Pass offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains including Mount Lhotse and Malaku and requires acclimatization due to its high altitude.

Island Peak (Imja Tse) (6163 meters): Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is a popular trekking peak located in the Everest region. It's often chosen by trekkers and climbers who want to experience a moderate technical climb. While Island Peak is considered less technically demanding than some of the higher peaks in the region, it still requires some climbing skills and the use of basic climbing equipment.

During the whole trip, you can observe the unique local culture, religion, and lifestyle of the Sherpa People. The whole route is in the Sagarmatha National Park, so this park is worthy of Nature, where you can see lots of wildlife including Musk Deer, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Thar, Barking Deer, and lots of birds. As well as you will be able to observe the Buddhist Monasteries, Chortan, Mani Wall with prayer wheels and prayer Flags.  

Trip Route:

The trail starts from Lukla Villages after a scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu and again ends at the same place after visiting the Khumbu Valley. After that, you'll start on your real adventure journey through many Sherpa villages, and then you'll reach Namche Bazaar. From Namche, the trekking trail diverts into the Thame Valley. This is in a clockwise direction to do an Everest Three High Passes trek and climb the Island peak. From Thame valley, you will head to Lungden for crossing the first high pass Renjo-la and reach the Gokyo valley via Renjo La Pass on the following day. From Gokyo, you will head to Dragnak after crossing the Ngozumpa glacier. The next day you will be crossing the second high pass Cho-La to reach the Zongla. From Zongla, you will walk uphill to Gorak Shep, have your lunch there, and hike to Everest Base Camp.

You will spend a couple of hours reaching the base and later descend to Gorakshep for an overnight stay. The next morning, you will hike to Kala Patthar for panoramic sunrise views and drop back to Lobuche the same day. The following day, you will be crossing the final pass Kongma-La and descend to Chhukkung. From Chukkung village you will continue to trek towards Island Peak Base Camp, where you'll get some pre-climbing training from the experienced climbing guide. After completing the training, you will sleep in the tent. The next day, you will continue your trek to the crampons point and use the climbing gears to summit Island Peak. 

Island Peak is located in the Chukkung Valley in the Everest Region, which is a wonderful climbing peak near the Lhotse Glacier. After attempting the peak, you will reach the top of the peak and enjoy magnificent views of surrounding mountains including Mt. Makalu, Lhotse and many others snow-capped mountains. This Island Peak Climbing makes you absolutely excited.  

Then, you'll trek descending back to Chukkung village for overnight stay. And then, you will continue hiking back to Namche and the next day heading to Lukla to end the walking journey. From Lukla, you will fly back to Kathmandu.

At the end, High Pass Adventure trekking offers Everest Three Passes Trek and Island Peak Climbing with the reasonable price and best services. We have a team of professional local trekking and climbing Guides and Porters who make a memorable trip in your lifetime. This Everest 3 Passes Trek and Island peak climbing package is the best selling trip in Nepal because we have an itinerary, carefully designed by our professional guide with acclimatization day and Tea-house and tent accommodation arrangements. 

Preparation for Everest 3 High Passes and Island Peak Climbing 

Trekking to Everest 3 High Passes and Island Peak climbing is a breathtaking adventure trip; it requires careful preparation to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. This trekking route is crossing the high passes, so your physical fitness, mental health and determination are the important factors to consider before participating in this journey.

If you are planning this trip, we highly recommend having good physical fitness, good health and need preparation such as normal walking, day hiking, running, biking, jogging and swimming.  These practices are beneficial in preparing to easily complete the Everest three high passes trek and island peak climbing.

The altitude gain of 6163 meters from the 2800 meters, the journey through farmland, terraces, landscapes, narrow trail, forest, rocky path, high passes, moraine, glacier, and Sherpa communities, there are a number of ascents and descents. Thus, a good level of physical fitness is essential to maintain 5 to 8 hours of daily trekking. Mental flexibility is equally crucial, as self-doubt can often give rise to discomfort and anxiety. It is highly recommended to seek medical advice prior to embarking, particularly if respiratory concerns are relatable.

Everest Three Passes Trek and Island Peak Climbing Altitude Profile

Itinerary Expand All Close All

High Pass Adventure Pvt.Ltd. welcomes you to in Nepal, One of the company staff will be waiting outside the baggage hall of the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. You have to look for the person carrying on A4 size paper with your and company name. This person will take to you hotel in Kathmandu from the airport. Check into hotel, rest and fresh up and ready for the meeting to your programs in our trekking office.

Food
Welcome Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

You will enjoy your breakfast in the hotel and get ready for the Kathmandu valley tour with experience tour guide. Our tour is of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. You will be visiting Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, which are best and popular place 4 out of 7 UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu Valley. You will be visiting by comfortable privet vehicles before walk tour of these sites. There are interesting tour for full of fascinating insights in to Buddhism, Hinduism, ancient art and historical architecture, lifestyle, cultural of people of Kathmandu Valley. After this tour you will come to office and finalize your trekking clothing and gear.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Our trekking guide will be transferred to you the domestic terminal of the Tribhuvan International Airport by privet vehicles to depart for Lukla flight. You will board a flight and fly to Lukla with your trekking guide. You will be enjoying the scenic flight for about 35 minutes and land on Lukla airstrip (Tensing-Hillary Airport). You will meet your trekking porter and introduced. They are waiting to you in Lukla airport. Treks starts from Lukla after the Pasang Lhamo memorial Gate, through the Lukla town. Our trekking trail drops down to the Toktok Village through the Chheplung, Thadokosi,Ghat Phakding and some where forest as well. From the trail, you will see wonderful Mountain View of Kusum Kangru and kongde peak.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
2700

From Phakding, Everest Base Camp trek goes continue north. There are a few uphill and downhill climb, through the forest of pine and rhododendron, suspension bridges and local Sherpa village will follow and take to you Monjo. Monjo is the gate way of the Sagarmatha Natrtional Park to Everest Base Camp Trek. Our trekking guide will manage the entrance fee of the Sagarmatha Notational Park.

From the Manju Gate trail continue drops down to the bridge cross the Dudh Koshi River and you will get the Jorsalle village.  Your trekking trail continues follow the north and cross another bridge of same river and following the river bank trail until large Dovan. There is very high bridge on this river, we have to cross and we will climb into forest of pine tree on lot Zigzag trail until Namche Bazaar. Before get the Namche Bazaar we will see and enjoying first view of Mt Everest and other lot mountains.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
3440

Namche Bazaar is the beautiful town, elevation is 3440m. We have to stay two nights for acclimatization for further altitude. During the day time we have to hike up somewhere for acclimatization. There are two places for hike, one is the Thame village and another is Khumjung village. Your trekking guide decided to your plan for the hike up. After the breakfast you will visit either Thame Sherpa village or Khumjung Sherpa village. From the both side you will enjoying panoramic Mountain View, pine forest, mani wall, Gompa (Buddhist monasteries) and Sherpa village. And remain to your time can spend visiting the National Park Head office and Museum or relax in hotel.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
3440

After Break-fast from Namche the trekking splits the popular Everest Base Camp route and goes north-west through the pine forest and small Sherpa village of Phorte, Thamo and Samde before reached the Thame, Where you will staying the night.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
3800

Trekking trail leads north side from Thame to Lungdhen through few Sherpa Village and you will cross Bhote Kosi River before reached camp. That day you will get some wonderful views of snow-capped peak.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
4380

That day early breakfast to cross your first of the three passes-Renjo La.  The trekking trail starts ascent until top of the Renjo La. You will feel hard day for hiking near the before pass due to bit hard up. From Renjo La you will see Magnificent mountain Views include Mt. Everest (8848 m) Mt. Makalu (8456 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516 m) and Cho-You (8201 m). After pass you will descend to Gokyo Lake and Valley for the night.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
5360

Before breakfast (for sunrise View) or after breakfast you will climb Gokyo Ri for panoramic views of many mountains (same as Renjo top). After summit Gokyo Ri, you will back down hotel for Breakfast or Lunch and continue trek to Dragnag through Ngozumpa Glacier (largest glacier in Nepal).

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
4700

That day also early breakfast to cross yours second of the three passes- Cho La pass.  The trekking trail starts up to reached top will require hard day for hiking.  You will stop on the top of Cho La for mountain views and trekking continues descend to Dzongla for the night.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
5368

That day is quite easy downhill and gentle up to reach Lobuche (main stop place to the Everest Base Camp Trek). From there you will follow main busy trekking trail with many trekkers to make your way to Gorakshep. You will capture the panoramic mountain views.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
5180

Early morning start hike up to summit the trekking peak (Kalapathar) for magnificent sunrise view of the many snow-capped mountain include Everest. Or you will short hike following the ridge of the Khumbu Glacier to reach popular base camp of tallest mountain. After capture the some pictures, you will head back to Gorakshep for meal before descending to Lobuche for the night.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
4900

Trek from current location to Chukkung, a picturesque village at 4730m. Cross Kongma La pass at 5535m. 8-9 hrs walking. Rocky, steep, and snowy terrain. Enjoy panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. Descend to Chukkung. Stay at a cozy tea house. Relax, savor Nepalese cuisine, and bond with fellow trekkers. Sense of accomplishment and anticipation for upcoming days.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
5535

Early morning breakfast to attempt the third pass of the three high passes- Kongma La. Trekking trail starts head to east through Khumbu Glacier to summit the Khongma La top. You will enjoy the views from the tom and continue descend to Chukkung valley for the night.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
5535

That day late breakfast and you will learn training about climbing from climbing guide. Trekking continue goes to Island Peak Base Camp after lunch with easy day hiking. That day is a gradual ascent but try to take easy and rest your body for the peak climb next day.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tent Camp
Elevation
5100

Very early morning start to summit day (walking up around 1 am) is need so that peak can be summit on noon. Because of there is less wind in the morning than afternoon. After summit the peak, you will continue descend Chukkung through base camp for the night.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
6189

You will have breakfast there and you will follow back  to continues trail to Namche through of regular Everest Base Camp route on Somare, Pangboche, Tengbuche (popular Buddhist monasteries), Phungi Tanga and Kyanjuma.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
3440

You will have breakfast in Namche and you will continue downhill to large bridge from Namche. After cross large bridge of the Dudh Kosi River and you will following trail the bank of this river until TokTok, where you did spend first night to this trek. You will stop TokTok for the lunch. After lunch you will walk up/ down and ascend before reached the  Lukla.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House (Basic)
Elevation
2800

After last Breakfast in Lukla of your trek in Everest region, you will catch morning flight to Kathmandu from the Lukla airport.in Kathmandu. Your trekking guide manage privet vehicle transfer you to your hotel.

This is your last day of your trip in Nepal. One of our High Pass Adventure staff will take to you Kathmandu international Airport for your flight departure time. If you are looking to your extra trip in Nepal, High Pass Adventure help to you for your next trip and adventure activities in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India.

What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure have working best guide and porter. We are providing an excellence service to our customer. All our costs are net and very clear on cost include-excludes. We have paid best salary to Trekking, Tour guide and porter which is more than government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied from our service. For the more details please feel free to contact us.

  • Airport Pick up & drops 4 times domestic / International
  • All Ground-transportation above program
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Flight Fair Kathmandu –Lukla- Kathmandu (Guest and Guide)
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) and one cup of tea with per meal
  • Accommodation on Tea-house and tent during the trekking
  • Seasonable fresh fruit after dinner 
  • 3 night's Hotel in Kathmandu on Bed & Breakfast plan 
  • An experience English Speaking Guide
  • Necessary Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest), the porter will Carry 20 KG/ 25 KG
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations
  • Sagarmatha National park Fees
  •  (TIMS) Trekker’s information Management System (Khumbu Pasanglyamu Gaupalika entrance fee)
  • First Aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • General equipment for Porter during the adventure trip
  • Guide and porter salary and insurance during the trek 
  • All organizational requirements
  • Duffel Bags refundable to protect your Luggage
  • Tour Certificate, Company T-shirt as a Souvenir
  • Farewell Dinner with Typical Nepali Restaurant

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal visa fee and your International flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu Hotel
  • Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu other than itinerary
  • Travel insurance and Mountain rescue service
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, hot  shower etc.)
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects
  • Tips for trekking staff

FAQs

Three passes are main highlights of the Everest Three High Passes Trek. These are Renjo La Pass (5,465 meters), Cho La Pass (5,425 meters) and Kongma La Pass (5,535 meters).

Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse, is normally classified as a trekking peak in conditions of climbing difficulty. The climbing grade for Island Peak is often considered to be technically straightforward but physically challenging. It falls under the "PD" (Peu Difficile) category on the Alpine climbing scale.

The highest point on the Everest Three High Passes Trek is the Kongma La Pass. The Kongma La Pass is situated at an elevation of approximately 5,535 meters (18159 feet) above sea level. This pass connects the Everest Base Camp with Chhukung Valley trail and offers surprising panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

The elevation gain for the Everest Three High Passes Trek is depending on the specific route taken and the starting and ending points chosen. However, as a general estimate, the total elevation gain for the trek is around 500 to 1000 meters a day.

The trek's elevation gain, combined with the challenging terrain, makes it important for trekkers to be well-prepared in conditions of physical fitness, acclimatization, and proper gear. Altitude sickness is an anxiety at these higher elevations, so gradual ascent and sufficient rest days are supports of a successful and safe trek.


 

There are two best seasons for trekking and climbing in Nepal. These are the autumn season (September to December) and spring season (March to May). So, the best time to trek Everest Three High Pass and climb Island Peak is during the spring and autumn. These both seasons offer unbelievable chances to experience the natural beauty, cultural richness, excellent mountain views and enjoyable weather. It is also a higher chance to cross the three high passes and summit the Island Peak Climb without any problem. 

The duration of the Everest Three High Passes Trek and Island Peak Climbing trip depends on your reference such as itinerary, trekking place, trekking route, physical fitness and extra days for acclimatization and weather conditions. Anyway, the most famous route from Kathmandu to Kathmandu takes 16 days to 17 days to complete the trip and needs 2 days extra for your arrival and departure from/to your home.
 

The difficulty level of the Everest Three High Passes Trek and Island Peak Climbing is depending on some factors including your fitness, climbing knowledge and time of year you attempt the peak. Anyway, the long trip is considered a moderately challenging and also technical climb for novice climbers with proper preparation, training, and support. However, with proper climbing gear, instruction and training at Island Peak Base Camp by our experienced, professional and well-qualified climbing guide help to develop your climbing skill. Then, you can successfully complete the Everest Three High Passes Trek as well as also successfully summit the Island Peak without any stress. 

Everest Three High Passes Trek does not require technical climbing skills, so you don’t need special training for this trek. Island Peak climb is considered a non-technical peak but training is highly recommended and requires a previous altitude trekking experience for Island Peak Climbing.

We highly recommend having good physical fitness, good health and need preparation to easily complete the trip such as Normal walking, day hiking, running, biking, jogging and swimming.  These practices are beneficial in preparing for the Everest 3 passes trekking and Island climbing. 
 


The walking distance depends on your fitness level, the terrain, elevations and destination. Normally the walking hours range is 5 to 9 hours to cross the three high passes till to the Island Base Camp and back to Lukla but you have to walk 10 to 12 hours on the summit day of the Island Peak climbing. 

The cost of the Everest Three High Passes Trek with Island Peak Climbing trip depends on group size and your preference. The 16 nights 17 days trip from arrival and departure date to trekking and climbing package cost can range from USD $ 1800 to 3000 per person. 

No, you cannot use your card payment during trekking because there are no ATM facilities. So, we highly recommend you to withdraw some cash before departing for the journey from the city. 

The Everest 3 Passes Trek and Island Peak Climbing are very safe during the spring and autumn season with our experienced trekking and climbing guide. We (high pass adventure teams) guarantee clients safety and security by preparing necessary trekking gears, climbing gears and first aid kits to face any condition of risk. It is considered not safe during the summer and winter season because you have to face slippery and humid trails due to rainfall and snowfall.  High Pass Adventure trekking crews will be always with you to assist all emergencies during the Everest Three high Passes Trek and Island Peak Climbing.

It is not a busy trail due to demanding adventure. But it is starting to be busy by internal and foreign travelers during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons because the route is located in the Everest Region.  In the summer and winter seasons it is not a busy trail due to not good weather for the views, hikes and climbs. 

The weather condition of Everest region is dependent on different seasons. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best weather conditions with milder temperatures. Summer (June to August) and winter (December to February) seasons are not recommended because the weather is not good for trekking and climbing.  

Indeed, travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for Nepal trekking and climbing, ensuring your safety and peace of mind. It is crucial to ensure that your insurance policy adequately covers the highest elevation of your trip, including emergency evacuation provisions. For a comprehensive list of recommended travel insurance companies, please refer to the provided recommendations. 
  


 

Absolutely, trekking and climbing insurance for guides and porters is a crucial necessity during any trek in Nepal. At High Pass Adventure, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our staff, and therefore, all our team members are covered by life insurance specifically tailored for trekking in Nepal. Moreover, we take care of all the essential expenses, including daily wages, meals, accommodation, insurance, and necessary equipment costs, ensuring that you have a hassle-free experience, and all these are already included in your total trekking cost.

The places in the mountains region are always cold at night no matter which season or what time. The temperatures vary depending on the season and altitude but will be perfect temperature for trekking and climbing during the day time.  

So, it is recommended to bring suitable warm clothing, including thermal layers, a down jacket, a hat, gloves, sleeping bag, and good quality trekking boots to stay warm and comfortable during the Everest Three High Passes and Island Peak Climbing trip.
  

Yes, we provide you refundable trekking gear such as walking poles, sleeping bags and down jackets. Also we provide rope, ice-axe and camping tent for the climbing. Rest of the equipment you have to manage yourself for the Everest Three High Passes Trek and Island Peak Climbing. 

Yes, you can buy or hire all the trekking and climbing gears in Kathmandu. There are many shops and offers the best price for trekking and climbing gear to sell or rent. We can assist to show the best shopping center to buy or rent the trekking and climbing gear in Thamel.  

There are tea houses and lodges available for accommodation with basic twin sharing rooms till Chukkung and two nights camping tent for the Island Peak Climbing Trip. The room may have a basic bed with mattress, bed-sheet, blanket and pillow. We recommend to trekkers that you should bring a sleeping bag for warmth and comfort especially at higher altitude. Toilet and bathroom (shower) are the limit in the teahouses, so we have to share with other groups.

The teahouses usually offer a variety of local and international dishes but options will be limited compared with cities.  You may get local dishes such as chapati, rice (Dal Bhat), potato item, tsampa porridge, Tibetan bread, Sherpa stew, Momo (dumplings), Tenduk, noodles, thukpa and a few other foods.  They also offer the western food such as Pizza, roast, pasta and burger during the Everest 3 passes Trek and Island Peak Climbing trip.  

The internet service is available at all tea houses along the way to Everest 3 Passes Trek and Island Peak Base Camp but you have to pay extra fees. We advise you to not expect internet access for communication during the trek because the internet does not work well and fast.  There are also mobile phone network services along the route but not a strong network connection to the whole area to use the data. Our guide helps you to communicate with your family, friends or colleagues. 

Yes, you can charge all your electronics devices in a lodge but you also have to pay an extra cost.  Sometimes it is difficult to get a charging place and electric power during the busy trekking season, especially in higher places.  So we recommend you to bring your own power bank to charge your mobile and camera for the trekking in Nepal Himalayas. 

Yes, you should bring advisable and basic medicines for the trip to Nepal including Everest three passes trek and Island Peak Climbing because the remote of the trekking routes where there is not a medical facility. 

If you have any allergies, it is important to ask with a healthcare or medicine specialist to consult about your detailed needs. They can advise you to take basic medicine depending on your health and trekking altitude. 
 

High Altitude Sickness is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness. It is a common anxiety during the trekking to higher altitude. It is not possible to completely remove the risk of altitude sickness but you can follow these below rules for prevention. There is less chance to get altitude sickness during the Everest Three High Passes Trek and Island Peak Climbing because you will have enough acclimatization day to reach the Base Camp of island Peak by crossing the 3 high passes. 
 Follow these rules for prevention: 
 -Drink plenty of water
 -Climb slowly
 -Take it easy
 -Do not drink alcohol
 -Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates
 -Sleep lower elevation 
 -Take a medication (Diamox or Acetazolamide) according to doctor 
 

Yes, all trekkers need trekking and climbing permits to do Island Peak Climbing where applicable. We manage all necessary permits to make your trip hassle-free. 
 

Indeed, it is essential to carry your own water bottle for drinking water during the Everest Three High Passes Trek. Purchasing bottled water becomes more expensive as you ascend to higher altitudes. The cost of a single bottle can range from 100 to 500 Nepali rupees at elevated places. To save costs and minimize plastic waste, we highly recommend using water purification tablets or drops. These portable and effective solutions will enable you to treat water from local sources, ensuring safe and clean drinking water throughout the trek. Our team will provide guidance on the proper usage of water purification methods, ensuring your hydration needs are met responsibly and economically during the journey. Especially we recommended you to bring thermos for the Everest Three High Passes Trek and Island Peak Climbing.
 

Tipping your guide and porter is customary and highly appreciated as they play a crucial role in ensuring the successful completion of the Everest Three High Passes Trek and Island Peak Climbing. They are like heroes, assisting and supporting you throughout the journey. Expressing gratitude through tipping is a compulsory gesture to acknowledge their exceptional service and dedication to making your trek an unforgettable experience. Your kindness will not only be well-received but also encourage and motivate them in their future endeavors with other trekkers. We recommend tipping your guide and porter as a token of appreciation for their invaluable assistance and contribution to your trekking adventure.
 

Traveller Useful Information

How to reach Everest Region

If you are curious about how to get Everest Region, Here is good news to all with different ways to reach Everest Region from “Kathmandu” capital city of Nepal. Everest Region Trekking is located in the north-eastern part of Nepal and protected by Sagarmatha National Park. Most of the parts cover from snow due to its high altitude and Himalayan regions. There are many options to get in Everest Region such as direct flight to Lukla from Kathmandu international airport or Jiri and Phaplu because there is not direct road connection. Most famous way is direct flight to Lukla and Jiri or Phaplu are alternatives destinations get into the Everest Region Trekking. If you take a bus to Jiri then takes 4/5 days trek to enter the region and from Phaplu takes 2/3 days. 

About Lukla Flight 

Lukla is the small town and starting point of all trekking to Everest region in Nepal. There is not a connected road from Kathmandu in to the Lukla. So, trekkers to Lukla have to either fly in or trek from Phaplu or Jiri. There is small airstrip named Tenzing Hillary Airport Lukla. There are regular flights of Tara Air, Summit Air, Sita Air from Kathmandu. 

About the weight of luggage: there is a limit luggage weight in a plane. So, you have to make sure 15 kg weight included your hand carry bag otherwise you have to pay extra. We suggest to you, better to make less weight than 15 kg. Some time overload in a plane, you can fly without your baggage and bag comes in nest flight. 

Please be the responsive that taking a smaller aircraft for flight to the mountains region, where located Everest Base camp Trek.  Sometime could be bad and critical weather might delay your journey to and from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu. Himalayan and Hilly Region weather can be changeable sometimes. But, we will try to make the best itinerary days as it is possible. In case of flight delay and cancellation situation arises, there you need to extra few days before and after the trekking days from the itinerary. 

If you have not extra time before and after trekking itinerary, you need to take helicopter to fly near Lukla. (Couple of hours blew then Lukla) or shift the trekking route to other region. 

Food and Accommodation in Everest Region

Everest region is popular trekking destination in Nepal. There are many trekking routes and Everest Base Camp Trek is best one of them but others routes also popular for adventure lovers. Everest Region trekking trail is well managed and managed by the Sagarmatha National Park.

There are lots of accommodations and restaurants along the trekking trail because every year increasing new house and add the room for trekkers. So, you can have easy to finding comfortable accommodation in the Everest region. Almost all tea-houses are tried to give you best service for all traveler. Normally, lodges have private rooms (2 beds in one room) for customers with sharing indoor bathroom but if you need luxury lodge, they have luxury facilities and some places have limit lodges.  Every different place has different quality of the lodges so, you can choose best on your budget.

Every lodge have food menu and foods items are almost same. We strongly recommended typical Nepali dish “Dal-Bhat” (boiled rice, vegetable, lentil soup) but if you like, you can choose others food from food menu.  Most of the lodges produced fresh Vegetables on their garden and serve to costumer. Basically, the cooks are trained but food taste might be bit different than western. Meat is not fresh in the mountain area so you have tried to be vegetarian during the Everest Region trekking. 

You can buy all types of drink in every lodge but the prices goes high as you go higher. You can drink normal water with using a purification tablets. Avoid the alcoholic drinks when you go higher.  

Best Season for Everest Region Trekking

There are two main trekking season for trekking in Nepal. Autumn trekking season (September to December) and spring trekking season (March to May) are the best trekking seasons. Even though, beginning of September to end of May are the very good times for the Everest region Trekking and all Himalayan treks in Nepal. The weather is perfect sunny and warm with wonderful mountains views clean air and not rain and snow compare with other trekking season. 

If you want and wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature and culture, you can do this trip during the winter (January and February) also could be an option.  The temperature during winter could be little bit cold for most trekkers but the visibility is not bad.  In the summer season (June to August) is raining but best time for nature lovers. That is why; you can choose your best season for Trekking in Nepal, depends on your Vacations.

Everest Region Trekking Difficulty

The difficulty level of the Everest Region is moderate and challenging. There is not a road access and it is difficult to reach beautiful area. The walking distances are 5 to 8 hours a day and there are many obstacles during the Everest region Trekking. Also there are various trekking routes some are easy level, some are moderate and some are challenging. Normally, Everest region trekking starts from Lukla (2820 m) and highest altitude is Kalapathar (5545 m).

This destination is difficulty for those who have not previous trekking experience and it is requires physical and mental strong and fitness to complete this trekking. Everest Base Camp Trek, Gokyo Valley Trek and Everest View Trekking routes are Moderate Level but Everest Three High Passes Trek, Climbing to Gokyo Ri, Kalathar and Nagarkhang are Very difficult level. 

If you will do this trek on the peak season, you have to book a place for accommodation because there are not enough accommodations. If you want to do this trek on winter, you need to prepare warm clothes because weather can be extreme cold and bad. During the monsoon season, these region trekking trails are not easy because the trails can get slippery and tough.

Overall, Tea-House, resting place, acclimatization day, slow walk, and short easy steps will be helping to you for your difficulty trekking to Everest region 

Communication in the Everest Region

Everest Region is popular trekking destination In Nepal. There is good mobile network service around Everest base camp trekking area but not a Gokyo Valley and Chukkung Valley. The internet service available whole Everest Region but tea-houses and lodges provide internet with some extra charge. If you have not Nepali SIM card for communication with your family and not use the internet service, our guide help to you for pass the massage because always our guide have cellular phone and he contact to Kathmandu trekking office about to know the trek and your health condition.

Hence, travelling is important things in life so we make sure you about safe and healthy during the trekking in Nepal. Nowadays, you can get the local SIM card in Kathmandu airport after arrival to use the 3g and 4g internet service because most of the trekking routes in Nepal have Mobile Network service. 

Tipping information

The Guide, porter, driver and all workers who are working in tourism filed, they except some tips during your Tour Trekking and others activities in Nepal. Tipping is judgment of workers from travelers and workers offers the tips end of the trek. Travelers tips 10% of their payable amount but you can give to them depend on their services. 

Hence, it is important to High Pass Adventure working team who take care to you all the time during the visiting in Nepal, motivated with outstanding service and offer inspiring trip in a lifetime experience.  

Trip extension

If you have extra time after complete the trek, you can do different activities or different short trek in Nepal. We have many short tour packages and adventure activities such as Chitwan National park and Bardiya National Park for Jungle safari tours. You can visit Pokhara city, Nagarkot Hiking, Dhampus hiking or day Rafting tripin Trisuli River. 

Adventure activities are like paragliding, canoeing, Ultra light flight, Bungee Jump and Mountain Biking. These all package are extra activities as optional tours and not included in your package cost. If you will do these activities after the trip with us, we arrange at a reasonable cost and we give to you good discount. 

Trekking and Climbing Gear Information

Trekking gear and equipment are most important for the trekking. Either you have to bring those things or you can buy here in Kathmandu. Also you can hire in Kathmandu Trekking gear shops.

Trekking Gears

  • Reading / writing material
  • Health requirements arranged
  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Money: cash/credit card
  • Down Sleeping bag and jacket provided by High Pass Adventure (if needed) 
  • Light weight Towel
  • Day pack (25-30 liter) to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Walking shoes and sport shoes  1/1 pair
  • Normal and warm gloves 1/1 pair
  • Sun glasses and sun block cream 1/1 pieces 
  • Down Sleeping Bag and down warm jacket 1/1 pieces
  • Normal Socks 2/3 pair
  • Fleece Jacket and Trouser 1/1 pieces
  • Head lamp 1 pic
  • Gore-Tex Jacket and Trouser 1/1 pieces
  • Water bottle  2 pieces
  • Trekking stick (pole) 1 pair
  • T-shirt 4/5 pieces
  • Bandanna of scarf 
  • Sleeper (sandal) one pair 
  • Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants

Climbing Gears

  • Walking shoes and Climbing boot 1/1
  • Normal and Climbing gloves 1/1
  • Crampons 1
  • Sun glasses and sun block cream 1
  • Ice axes 1
  • Harness 1
  • Jummer 1
  • Carebiners and Screw Gate 1/1
  • Sleeping Bag and down filled Mattress 1/1
  • Normal and Climbing Shocks 3/2
  • Fleece Jacket and Trouser 1/1
  • Down Jacket and Trouser 1/1
  • Helmet 1
  • 8 Finger/ Descender 1
  • Head lamp 1
  • Gore-tex Jacket and Trouser 1/1
  • Water bottle and Thermos bottle 1/1
  • Climbing bag

Getting There: Nepal

Between China's Tibet Autonomous Region and India, Nepal is a landlocked Himalayan nation. It has eight of the top ten mountains in the world, including Mount Everest. There are numerous points from China and India where one can enter Nepal by land. Tourist visas for Nepal are available on arrival at all Indian and Chinese borders if you are traveling there by land. There are numerous foreign airlines providing nonstop connecting flights to Nepal if you're arriving by air. Nepal Airlines, Turkish Air, Thai Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Air, Jet Airways, Air India, Biman Bangladesh, Lufthansa, Oman Air, Travel Dubai, Air Arabia, and Air China are a few of the well-known airlines that fly to Nepal. From China or India, one can also go overland. Please check your flight and get in touch with us before arriving in Nepal. At the airport in Nepal, you can easily obtain a on arrival visa.

Visa and passport information

Except for Indian passport holders, all foreign visitors to Nepal need a visa; however, you must have a passport with a six-month validity date in order to apply for a tourist visa. At the Tribhuvan International Airport and the Chinese-Indian border in Tibet, visas are available on arrival. To apply for a visa to enter Nepal, you must have a color photograph in PP size. Please click this link for more details about Visa Information. 

Money exchange rate and prices

If you're seeking for the best foreign exchange rates and locations in Nepal, you may easily exchange the majority of your foreign currency at a local bank or authorized money exchange facility in a well-known tourist destination. The Nepal Rastra Bank controls all exchange rates (Center Bank of Nepal). You can exchange small amounts of money at the hotel if you want to. Because our banks will not take dirty or old notes, kindly bring clean and fresh notes.

In order to avoid the time-consuming processes associated with cards and traveler's checks, Nepalese people typically prefer cash in hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and other locations. You can use an ATM to get cash (in Nepali Rupees) if you have a credit or debit card. In the main tourist city, there are a number of ATM counters with 24-hour service. If you use a card, the maximum withdrawal amount is between 30,000 and 35,000 rupees at once, plus a processing fee of 500 rupees. 

You must convert your money in Kathmandu or Pokhara before the hike because the majority of trekking routes do not offer a facility for international currency exchange. Additionally, inquire about the amount of money required for a Himalayan trek from your trekking operator or guide.

Safety and security

When traveling in Nepal, safety and security are crucial issues to consider both on the way to in and out. We are here for you at all times, and we promise to provide the greatest service to all of our cherished clients. Our guides have extensive training in the field of trekking and broad understanding of first aid items. Because it rises more than 4000 m above sea level, it is essential for hiking in Nepal. Because health is crucial, if a trekker becomes ill from the high altitude, our knowledgeable guide discusses the necessary medications and decides to continue the trek while organizing the emergency rescue.

You must be cautious when hiking trails pass one other because they are not wide enough to do so. During the busiest trekking season, there are lots of porters, yaks, mules, and Jokpe along the trail. You must stay on the safe side if you encounter them on a bridge or in a confined space because otherwise they may force you over the edge.

Safe drinking water

For a healthy body while traveling and staying hydrated, clean water is essential. It will be the most effective method of completing the Himalayan journey. If not, getting sick and having diarrhea is simple. Almost everywhere during the Nepalese tea house trip, but not during the camping trek, sells bottled water. Unfortunately, bottled water is very pricey. 

Please bring good water bottles (for boiling water) and water purification tablets or water filter bottles since plastic bottles are detrimental for the environment. Reusable water bottles are a good idea because they help keep the mountain clean. If you are concerned about finding a typical water tap to fill up your bottles in the trekking region of Nepal, they are very simple to locate. It can be found in rivers, streams, and lodges.

Travel insurance and insurance policy

Nepal hiking tours: The difficulty levels of the Himalayas range from easy to tough. As a result of the Himalayan climate changing, there is a risk of high altitude and potential mishap. 

Trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas demands practical trekking abilities at high altitudes (above 4,000 meters), so travel insurance is essential. If an accident occurs during a trip and requires medical attention or evacuation, the cost of returning to a city and receiving treatment may be significant. Therefore, you must ensure that your insurance covers the price of an air ambulance, medical care, and any risks associated with travel, such as delayed flights and lost, stolen, damaged, or missing baggage. Your complete itinerary while visiting Nepal should be covered by your insurance policy. Make sure your insurance policy covers hikes higher than 5,500 meters. If not, you will be responsible for all unforeseen costs associated with your trek through Nepal. 

All trekkers must send a copy of their certificate from their comprehensive travel insurance policy to High Pass Adventure as part of the booking process for trekking and climbing in Nepal.

High altitude sickness information

Mountain sickness is another name for high altitude sickness. You must be aware of high altitude sickness symptoms since they arise rapidly if you hike or ascend to a higher elevation. Here are some details if you're curious as to why it occurs. The air pressure is the main cause of altitude sickness. Your body needs time to adapt to the shift in air pressure when you travel to higher elevations since the air pressure decreases and there is less oxygen present. According to doctors, If you are at sea level, it begins at 8,000 feet (2400 meters).

1) Types of High Altitude Sickness

There are three types of altitude sickness:

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): It is very common and symptoms feel like a tiredness, dizzy, headache, thirsty, muscle aches, nausea 

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE): It is effect in the lungs, which can be very dangerous and hard to do life threatening

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): It is effective in the brain and most difficult to treat and you need to go to hospital attention the right way. 

2) Cause of High Altitude Sickness

Following are the causes of high altitude sickness:

Generally living near sea level and travel to a high elevation 

Had the sickness before

Climbing quickly

Not being acclimatized to the altitude

Drinking alcohol when you ascend 

Medical problems of heart, nervous or lungs 

3) Symptoms of High Altitude Sickness

These symptoms will appear depending on your speed to climb and how hard you push. Symptoms range from normal to serious. They can affect the nervous system, lungs, muscles, and heart.

Here are symptoms of High Altitude Sickness:

Difficulty sleeping

Dizziness 

Fatigue

Headache

Loss of appetite

Nausea or vomiting

Rapid Pulse (Heart Rate)

Short breath with action

Blue color of skin or gray soft skin 

Chest tightness or blocking

Confusion

Dry cough or coughing with blood

Cannot walk in a straight line 

4) Prevention for High Altitude Sickness

Important keys to preventing of High Altitude Sickness are:

Climb the mountain gradually. 

Stop every 2,000 feet (600 meters) of climb above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) and one or two nights sleep there.

Sleep at a lower altitude when possible.

Make sure that you have the ability to quickly descend if needed.

Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness.

If you plan on climbing quickly, or climbing to a high altitude, ask your provider about medicines that may help.

If you are at risk for a low red blood cell count (anemia), ask your provider if your planned trip is safe. Also ask if an iron supplement is right for you. Anemia lowers the amount of oxygen in your blood. This makes you more likely to have mountain sickness.

5) While climbing, you should follow these rules:

Drink plenty of water

Climb slowly.

Take it easy

Do not drink alcohol.

Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates.

Sleep lower elevation 

Take a medication (diomax) according to doctor 

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