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Everest Circuit Trek 3 Passes without EBC 16 Days

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Daily Tour 16 day Availability: 2018-01-01
Kathmandu 44600, Nepal Everest Region

Overview

Everest 3 Passes Trek without EBC is the ultimate Everest Circuit Trek meant for only the truly adventurous and Everest Circuit Trek trail takes us from Thame to Gokyo over Renjo La pass (5345m) and Gokyo to EBC over Cho La pass (5420m). The summit of Mt. Everest is the highest elevation above sea level on planet Earth, and its name has entered the language as a metaphor for the ultimate of anything. The Everest transverse trek travels to the remotest parts of the Khumbu and visits all the main valleys of the region. It is one of the best trekking routes in Nepal and is very challenging and famous trail with unforgettable memories of Himalayan experience. You can explore fascinating Sherpa villages and visit the Buddhist monasteries. The Everest high altitude transverse is an ultimate three weeks trekking experience for those who wish to visit Everest Base Camp.

The route is longer and more challenging as it crosses two high passes, the Renjo la (5345m) and the Cho La (5420m) and takes to the Everest view point of Kala Patthar (5545m).

Our Trip Begins with flight from kathmandu to Lukla

The trip begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the trailhead for Everest trek in the Khumbu Valley. From here, we trek to Namche Bazar, the Sherpa capital, before breaking off the main Everest trail and heading west to Thame and onwards towards the remote Nangpa Valley, close to the border with Tibet. Crossing through 5345m Renjo La is a tough day, but at the end of the day we are rewarded with breathtaking views of Everest, as well and mountains to the east and Cho Oyu to the west.

Through a leisurely walk downhill we reach the serene beauty of Gokyo Lakes, where we will have a rest day, before climbing the famous view point of Gokyo Ri (5360m/17586ft) from where the mountain panorama is stunning: from distant Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Kyashar and Kantega in the southeast to the prominent Taboche and Cholatse as you turn eastward, to Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse and Pumori.

Our route continues over the colossal Ngozumpa Glacier then climbs to the foot of the next high pass, the Cho La. The crossing of the Cho La involves walking up steep screen, which is frequently icy, to reach a small glacier at the top, before zig zagging down the other side. We regain the main Everest trek / trail the following day and continue up to Kala Patar and Everest Base Camp. From base camp, we complete our trekking circuit by returning to Lukla down the main Khumbu Valley passing by the many Sherpa villages of Khumbu Valley.


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION
Kathmandu International Airport(Google Map)

Trip Fact

Price: USD 1799
Activities: Trekking
Duration: 16 Days
Trek Style: Classic
Accommodation: 2 Nights in  Kathmandu, 13 Nights in Lodge/Guest during Trek
Meals: Full Board during Trek and Breakfasts, Welcome and Farewell meals in Kathmandu
Transportation: Private Vehicles/ Flights
Service Level: Comfort
Maximum Altitude: (5535m/18,159ft) Kongma La pass
Trek Grading: 4

Trip Highlights
  • Mountain
  • Himalayan Range
  • Culture History
  • Local People

COST INCLUDED & NOT INCLUDED
  • All airport/hotel pick up and drop in private car/van
  • 2 Nights Hotel  in Kathmandu including breakfast,
  • 13 Nights stay in Tea House during trek.It means, sharing Bathroom.
  • An experienced English speaking Trekking Guide and a Porter during trek.
  • Salary, food, insurance and lodging cost for guide and porter ( 2 Trekkers-1 Porter )
  • During the Trek, we will have Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee each time only.
  • Welcome and Farewell Meals and Breakfasts while in Kathmandu.
  • National Park Permit and TIMS for Everest.
  • Air fare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return flight to Kathmandu and domestic flight departure taxes.
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag that needs to be returned to office after trek completion.
  •  ACH Kitbag and T- shirt for you
  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • International airfare and departure tax.
  • Bar bills, laundry and other expenses of personal nature.
  • Travel insurance including evacuation.
  • 1 Lunch in Kathmandu
  • Tips for local staffs, guides and porters.
  • Desserts, Mineral Water, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Wi-Fi.
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m/4264 ft)

Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), our guide will pick you up and take you to the hotel. You can take rest and later visit the company office in Thamel, a popular tourist hub. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner where you will experience excellent Nepalese cuisine.

Included meals:Dinner 

 Day 02: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): 40 minutes flight; 3 – 4 hours trek

All treks to Everest begin from Lukla where you will take an early flight after breakfast. The flight will be an interesting since we will be flying amidst the grand Himalayas in a Twin Otter airplane. Then we begin our short trek to Phakding immediately after landing. At one hour’s gradual descent, we will be at a Cheplung village from where you will have a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila (18900ft), a sacred mountain which has never been climbed. From Cheplung, continue descending to Phakding and spend the night.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner 

 Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 5 – 6 hours trek

Begin the day with uphill and downhill trek trails with multiple crossings over Dudh Koshi River and a magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (21,675ft) from the Benkar village. Then cross more bridges and reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, where our trekking permits are checked. We walk furthermore and pass through Jorsale village before reaching Namche Bazaar. From here, you get beautiful views of the Himalayas including Everest, Lhotse, Tawache and others. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner 

Day 04: Namche Bazaar: Rest and acclimatization

This is the first of the three scheduled rest days which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude. Since experts believe that it is better to stay active even during rest days for better trekking experience, you are going to spend the day enjoying small hikes in and around Namche Bazaar. Hike up to Everest View Hotel to enjoy admirable views of the Himalayan vista. On our way back to Namche we also tour the Khumjung Monastery (houses a yeti scalp!) and Hillary School. Our guide can also take you to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where you can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life in the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner 

 Day 05:  Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m/12,660 ft): 5 – 6 hours trek

Today’s trek begin on an easy trail to Phunki Thanga. From here ascend towards Tengboche village which is home to the largest monastery in the Everest region. The monastery is located within the Sagarmatha National Park and provides panoramic views of the highest mountains on earth including Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse and Lhotse. We will try  to reach the monastery by 3pm and may even be able to witness a religious Buddhist ceremony. Overnight in Tengboche.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner 

 Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft) 5 – 6 hours trek

Today’s trek started with walking downhill and pass through lush forests filled with birch, conifers and rhododendron trees. Then continue the trek with views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam to keep us company. The picturesque trail dips down to Debuche, crosses the Imja River and takes us to Pangboche. While walking the upper Pangboche trails, we get a more pristine view of the Himalayas and Pangboche Monastery. Move ahead towards the Imja Valley, Lobuche River and ultimately climb up to Dingboche. The village is a beautiful windy settlement overlooked by chortens and prayer flags. Overnight in Dingboche.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner 

 Day 07: Dingboche to Chhukung (4750m/15,580 ft), climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m): 6 – 7 hours trek

Today’s trail passes through stone-walled fields and Imja Khola valley before entering glacier moraines amidst towering Himalayas. The trail continues to Bibre which is a yak herdsman place. From here, directly across the valley is the fantastic Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labsa mountains. The trail ahead is intersected by icy streams. We continue walk for around half an hour and reach Chhukung. After lunch, continue trek towards Chhukung Ri. The climb to Chhukung Ri involves some easy scrambling near the summit. From the top, we can look directly across the valley for a fantastic view of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labcha peaks. We descend back to Chhukung to spend the night.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner 

Day 8: Cross to Kongma La pass (5535m/18,159ft), trek to Lobuche (4940m/16,210ft): 6 – 7 hours trek 

Today’s trek will start early in the morning to reach the highest part of the entire trip which is Kongma La pass. You can either take a trail over a hill which is to the northwest of Chhukung over the Nuptse Glacier moraines OR walk back to Bibre and trek on the trail above the Niyang Khola. The top of the pass is marked by cairns and Buddhist prayer flags. The final descent from the pass is the most difficult part of today’s journey. After climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche.

Note:Trek through Kongma La is optional. If you do not want to tackle the strenuous Kongma La pass today and want to go directly to Lobuche from Chhukung, we can do that. 

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner 

 Day 9: Lobuche to Dzongla (4830m/15,850 ft): 3 – 4 hours trek

From Lobuche trek downhill on a trail alongside the Khumbu Glacier. Our trail splits into two and we will take the trail on our right. On the way we can better admire the view of the looming Awi Peak. We pass through a stupa and tombstones in the distance. After walking for a while we begin to ascend. During the ascent, we see Chola Tsho Lake nearby. Continue further and pass another lake which is lot smaller than the Chola Tsho Lake and then cross the Chola Khola on a bridge before reaching Dzongla. Overnight in Dzongla.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner 

 Day 10: Trek to Gokyo (4800m/15,580 ft) via Cho La pass (5368m/17,611 ft): 7 – 8 hours trek

As we are at higher height, the Cho La Lake begins to appear and the Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south and Cholatse soars on the west. Climbing the incline is not easy; it is steep, but made worse by boulders over some of which we will have to scramble. The final climb to the Cho La can be a little tricky as the trail curves round a crevasse. The top of the pass is marked by prayer flags and cairns. Scenery of majestic peaks on all directions is breathtaking. Although long, the path leading down to Thangnak is not difficult.  Our trail brings us to the edge of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the longest glacier in Nepal. Reaching the other side of the glacier, we see the second Gokyo Lake on the series of six lakes. A short distance away is the third Gokyo Lake. On the edge of this lake stands the Gokyo Village where we spend the night.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner 

 Day 11: Rest day in Gokyo: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357m/17,575 ft), tour 4th and 5th Gokyo lakes: 3 – 4 hours trek 

Today will climb Gokyo Ri and enjoy views of the incredible mountain vista. We can also tour the fourth Gokyo Lake today which is 3km north of the Gokyo Village. Next continue trekking to the 5th lake. The view from ‘Scoundrel’s Viewpoint’, located at the edge of the 5th lake, is astonishing. Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu mountains and the huge Ngozumba Glacier are ours to admire and capture. Then trek back to Gokyo and spend the night.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 Day 12: Gokyo to Marlung (4210m/13,810 ft) via Renjo La Pass (5360m/17585 ft): 7 – 8 hours trek 

Today’s trek start early in the morning to complete the long day’s trek ahead. Our trail moves alongside Dudh Pokhari (lake) for a while. Walk for around two hours before descending towards the Renjo La pass. On the way we are rewarded with extravagant views of the Himalayan and Rolwaling ranges and others. Views from the Renjo La pass are much like that from Gokyo Ri with the third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the gray smear of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We also get outstanding views of Mt. Everest from the top of the pass. Continuing on from the pass, the trail winds down a stone staircase and then moves over a loose scree to reach the south bank of Angladumba Tsho Lake. The prescence of ice on the trail while descending down can make our descent a bit hazardous. Along the way we will see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. Walk down a narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Lumde where there is a support lodge, but it is often closed. We walk almost for an hour from Lumde to get to Marlung on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi River. Overnight at Marlung.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner 

 Day 13: Marlung to Namche Bazaar: 5 – 6 hours trek 

The descent from Marulung to Thame follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. We cross the Bhote Koshi River and descend to Taranga. The trail continues to descend and cross two bridges before reaching Thame. Overlooking Thame is its famous Gompa situated on a hill to the west.  From here, descend gradually on a trail that passes through a few small villages before reaching Namche Bazaar which is probably the biggest town in the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner 

 Day 14: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6 – 7 hours trek 

Today’s trek begin with a descent. As we continue our trek, we cross several bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries.  Now the trail has become more level and natural. Along the trek we enjoy walking on open plains, through rhododendron and pine forests and enjoy distant views of the snow covered peaks. Walk through Sherpa villages noticing their impressive faith in Buddhism and the culture of prayer stones and prayer flags. After reaching Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Our long trek to the mountain and its high passes ends today. Overnight in Lukla.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner 

Day 15: Lukla to Kathmandu: 40 minutes flight

The flights to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for morning for safety purposes. After reaching the capital city, you can choose to have a rest to past the time. We could take a rest in the hotel room OR shop for souvenirs for your loved ones. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of your journey to the mountains. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals:Breakfast Dinner 

 Day 16: Final Departure

Our amazing journey in the Everest region including that to the base camp of Mt. Everest and crossing high passes comes to an end today. A company representative will pick you up from you hotel and drop you off at the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight.  Meals: Breakfast.

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