Everest Base Camp -Three High Passes Trek 20 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Duration 20 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle and Domestic Flights
  • Activity Cultural Sightseeing Tour, Trekking and Hiking
  • Best Season March-May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Mini 1, Max 16 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 5,545m/18,193ft

Highlights

  • Explore the medieval cultural attractions in Kathmandu
  • Enjoy the thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • The fascinating steel bridges with colorful prayer flags
  • Namche Bazaar- the bustling town of indigenous Sherpa people
  • Khumjung, Pangboche, and Tengboche Monastery
  • Three technical high passes- Khongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Renjo La Pass
  • The impressive Himalayan viewpoint- Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar
  • Turquoise Gokyo Lake and hike to Gokyo Ri
  • Thame- a beautiful town in the Himalayas
  • Stunning views of Mount Everest (8848.86 meters), Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Pumori and Thamserku Peak

Everest Base Camp -Three High Passes Trek  Overview

Everest Base Camp –Three High Passes Trek- 20 Days offers a thrilling experience. The trek lets you an opportunity to explore the dynamic Himalayan vistas of the Everest region, glacial moraines, and glacial Lakes. If you are looking for an adventurous trekking package avoiding the crowded route, you can sign up for our best recommended Everest's three passes trek, which includes Kongma La Pass (5,535m), Cho La Pass (5,368m), and Renjo La Pass (5,360m). Besides, the trek also includes the world's best-renowned destinations like Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar along with the Gokyo Lake (4750 meters) and Gokyo Ri (5360 meters).

Everest Three Passes Trekking begins from Lukla after a 35 minutes Himalayan flight from Kathmandu and you fly back similarly after the trek concludes. It is important to choose the best trekking weather for Everest Three Passes Trekking, for which March to May and September to November are the perfect time with suitable walking weather. The trek is a challenging and physically demanding trip, and proper acclimatization in different places is supportive for good breathing and avoids high altitude sickness. The high passes remain snowy and full of crevasses if you start the trek late than the mid of November, so you must bring crampons for winter, which can be also hired in Nepal.

Also known as the best form of outdoor adventure, EBC- Three High Passes Journey stands ideally for trekking lovers around the globe. You cross three major high passes in the Sagarmatha National Park (aka Khumbu region), which goes over 5000 meters through the Himalayan chain. They include- Kongma La (5,535m), Cho La -pass (5,368m), and Renjo La pass (5,360m), encircling the charismatic Everest Himalayan core and the frozen Lakes. Including two renowned destinations- EBC Kalapatthar and Gokyo Lake, the trek offers a thrilling experience for the trekkers.

With good preparation of the required stuff for Three Passes with Everest Base Camp trekking, you fly to Lukla, which opens the gateway to the Khumbu region. The gradual route with some suspension bridges eventually takes you to the densely populated commercial town of Namche Bazaar. Then you have a choice to make either to select the clockwise or anti-clockwise route. If you are novice trekkers in the high passes trek and need acclimatization, the anti-clockwise route is recommended to you, which we follow in our itinerary.

The first high pass is via Kongma La Pass, which is the longest day to climb up and down during trekking. It is also the highest pass among these three passes. Heading through the alpine valleys like Lobuche and Gorakshep, the trek allows you to take a side trip to the Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar. The Cho La Pass stands as a technical pass with icy slopes and crevasses. You may require crampons to cross the pass, but it is an exclusively rewarding pass with the Everest Himalayan range along with Makalu and Cho Oyu.

The stunning Gokyo Valley and the Lake navigate the spectacular route with the blessings of nature foreshadowed by the pyramid peaks. Crossing the Renjo La Pass, you descend through the charismatic towns of the Khumbu region to Namche, where the encircled trail ends. The trail to Everest Three Passes –Everest Base Camp Trip is well defined and you get a lifetime experience if the weather allows.

Throughout the Everest Base Camp- Three High Passes Treks, you get yummy meals in mountain lodges with impressive hospitality. The cultural prosperity is awesome with the fluttering prayer flags, mani walls, and monasteries. If you are looking for an adventurous trekking package, this trip suits you the best.

If you think 20 days itinerary is quite too much for you for the Everest Base Camp- Three High Passes Trek, Adventure Club Trek operates the trip with a helicopter shuttle service, which saves your time.

Itinerary

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Welcome to Nepal. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will receive you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. After going through your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be driven to your respective hotel on Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle. After you take a rest for some time at the hotel suite, you will be called for an orientation session with your trekking guide over a welcome dinner Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,428ft

After breakfast, our city guide will take you to the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Swayambhunath stupa, the famous Buddhist monkey temple is located on the hill from where you can get a picture of Kathmandu valley from a bird’s view. Pashupathinath temple, one of the most important pilgrimages for Hindus, is located in the eastern part of the city. Likewise, Buddhanath is the largest spherical stupas in Asia. You will also visit the Kathmandu Durbar Squire, a centuries-old royal palace, now turned into national museums, temples, and other buildings, with the finest architecture, fine cuts, and wood carvings. In the afternoon, we get our equipment checked by our Trekking leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast.
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,428ft

We need to catch the early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. So, it's better to pack breakfast and drive to the domestic airport. Flying from Kathmandu to Lukla is about 40 minutes, but offers an amazing experience of exploring the towering Himalayan peaks. We meet our further trip crew and manage the stuff, we commence through the magnificent trail, dotted with the fields, chhortens, and scattered Sherpa houses. Walking above the Dudh Koshi River, we ultimately cross the suspension bridge and reach Phakding, where we stop the walk today

Note: Sometimes, due to the maintenance of the domestic airport of Kathmandu, the flight takes off to Lukla from the Manthali airport of Ramechhap. It's about a 4-hour road trip, which begins early in the morning (around 3 am). Driving early, you don't have to face traffic and catch the flight on time.

  • AccommodationGuesthoue/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2652m/8699ft

The second-day trekking from Phakding begins right after breakfast. We pass some of the picturesque settlements such as Bengkar and Monjo. We enter the Sagarmatha National Park after receiving the entry permit. We have lunch at Jorsalle and the straight uphill route begins hereafter. The fascinating view of Mount Everest can be explored along the way. Then a beautiful route paves the way to Namche Bazaar, where the commercials, adventure seekers, and explorers meet. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

  • AccommodationGuesthoue/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,438m/11,280ft

Having breakfast at the hotel, we set out on an exciting journey with a day pack around Namche Bazaar. It is amazing to explore the cultural mysteries of Namche, Khunde, Everest View Hotel, and Khumjung Monastery. It helps to adapt to the soaring altitude and makes breathing easy for the journey on the following days. Getting the beautiful Himalayan sight, we get an opportunity to roam around the land of the Himalayan leaders, who often devote their lives to the high Himalayas. The Yeti tales and the cultural vibes offer a remarkable trip today. Then we retrace to the hotel and take a rest. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

  • AccommodationGuesthoue/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,438m/11,280ft

We leave the bustling town of Namche Bazaar after having breakfast. First, we climb up to the hill ridge of Namche gradually being in a queue of the trekkers as the trail often remains crowded. Reaching the ridge, the trek further goes through the delightful trail, which is an easy-going route. We reach Kyangjuma after about 2.5 miles of walk and hike down through the rocky trail till Phunki Tenga, where we stop for lunch. Then we cross the bridge and head towards Tengboche, climbing the uphill route. Overnight in Tengboche.

  • AccommodationGuesthoue/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,870m/12,697ft

The cultural vibes of the monastery are incredibly adjoined by the inspiring peak- Mount Ama Dablam. We grab our breakfast and prepare to depart. The trail is often switchback, consisting of up and downhill routes. We pass through some of the impressive Sherpa Highlands such as Deboche and Milingo. Steadily, we reach Pangboche, which is a God-gifted destination with a world-renowned Pangboche Monastery, which is one of the oldest monasteries in the Everest region. Somare is our lunch stop today. The trail ahead to Dingboche follows the Imja Khola River and we reach this magnificent small town. Overnight in Dingboche.

  • AccommodationGuesthoue/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,360m/14,305ft

The journey begins after having breakfast at Dingboche, exploring the mani stone. We have a short trek today, consisting of just 7 km as we need to acclimatize to the alpine altitude. Chhukung is also a gateway to the Island peak climbing trip. We reach early and take a rest with lunch. Overnight in Chhukung.

  • AccommodationGuesthoue/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,730m

Before climbing the technical pass, we spend a day at Chhukung doing some acclimatization activities. Having a wonderful breakfast, we begin to climb the Chhukung Ri, which is located at 5550 meters altitude. The climb is of course demanding, but the rewarding views of Mt. Cho Oyu, Pumori, Lhotse Wall, Makalu, and Baruntse stunningly enchant us. The hiking is totally a preparation for a long and technical pass of the Kongma La on the following day. We climb down from Chhukung Ri, have lunch and take a rest. (If you want to spend a bit longer with a hike, we can pack up lunch today). We sleep early so that we can begin the trek early tomorrow.

  • AccommodationGuesthoue/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude5,546m/18,196ft

We begin today’s trek very early in the morning to reach the highest part of the entire trip which is Kongma La pass (5,535m/18,160ft). We can either take a trail over a hill which is to the northwest of Chhukung over the Nuptse Glacier moraines or we can 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: Trekking through Kongma La is optional. If we do not want to tackle the strenuous Kongma La pass today and want to go directly to Lobuche from Chhukung, we can do that too.

  • AccommodationGuesthoue/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4910m/16105ft

We have breakfast at Lobuche and commence the journey, which is pretty much technical due to the rugged trail and gaining altitude. The icy trail is expected, which can be slippery too. Along with the tallest peak, the snowy summits of Pumori and Nuptse Peak entice us. Crossing the Lobuche Pass, we reach Gorakshep, which is the last human settlement on this route. First, we check in at the hotel and have lunch. Well, the journey is still there for today, which is much more demanding. Although the trail is short (3.4 km), the trek becomes tough due to the lack of oxygen in the air. Reaching Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,599ft)heading through the switchback route, we enjoy the group photo session and explore the excellent summit of Mount Everest (8848.86m). After about half an hour, we retrace downhill to Gorakshep.

  • AccommodationGuesthoue/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude5180m/16990ft

We start our trek to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,193ft) early in the morning in order to catch remarkable views of the first light of the sun shining on Mt. Everest. However, we need to be prepared for trekking in the dark and cold temperatures (the temperature varies according to the season). Furthermore, there is always a chance for chilly winds which are quite common. As we continue our trek, familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, Everest, and Nuptse tower above us. After several hours of ascent, we will be on the top of Kala Patthar. The close-up view of Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks from Kalapathar is amazing. We enjoy the stunning Himalayan vista and descend to Lobuche where we stay the night.

  • AccommodationGuesthoue/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4910m/16105ft

Further adventure is there on our way. Having breakfast, we descend through the Lobuche Kharka. Heading ahead, we get the sight of tombstones that are the memorials of the Everest climbers, who have passed away their lives in climbing attempts. Leaving the main trail, above Thukla, we take the trail towards Cho La. The route is exciting and rewarding through the rocky boulders. The view of Cholatse North Face entices us and we reach Dzongla.

  • AccommodationGuesthoue/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,830m/15,847ft

Another thrilling and challenging day on the trek to cross over the 5,300 meters high pass in the Khumbu region. We begin the trek early in the morning through the rugged trail, steeply up. The glacial moraines add ultra-challenge on the trip. You need to be careful while crossing the steep and slippery section as the danger of crevasses cannot be underestimated. The Cho La Pass is a stunning viewpoint of Ama Dablam and Cholatse along with other Everest Himalayan chains. While descending, you need to trek steadily being careful about the slippery route and the possibility of rocks falling. Crossing the tough icy route, we reach Thangnak. Stretching our muscles, we may extend our hike up to Gokyo Lake.

Note: Crampons are recommended. You can buy/hire them in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationGuesthoue/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,800m/15,749ft

We have a relaxing day at the Gokyo valley, so we expect breakfast a bit late. Then we set out to explore the eye-catching landscape and the huge turquoise Gokyo Lake, which is the third Lake among five Lakes (43 meters deep, 1000m in length, and 855m in width). Another option is to hike Gokyo Ri, which is an excellent viewpoint of Mount Everest, Makalu, and the surrounding peaks. If you hike to Gokyo Ri, you need to bring a packed lunch. We need to be in the bed early as we still have a big task on the following day, which is crossing another high pass.

  • AccommodationGuesthoue/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude5,357m/17,576ft

The third high pass in the Khumbu region is on our way. Like previous passes (5,360m/17,586ft), we kick off our trekking early in the morning after having breakfast and packing lunch. The steep route, rocky section, and altitude make the trek challenging. Renjo La is located at 5360 meters altitude, which is the best viewpoint of the Everest Himalayan range, Makalu, Tengi and Ragi Tau, Rolwaling range, and Gyachhung Kang. A beautiful frozen Lake has located nearby the pass. Descending through the slippery descent, where porters often use the fixed ropes. We continue our journey passing the challenging section and reaching Lunde. We stop here for a short tea/coffee break and proceed to Marlung.

  • AccommodationGuesthoue/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4210m

Having a wonderful breakfast at Marlung, we prepare our bag pack and start the descending trip via Taranga. We also get abundant cultural attractions of monasteries like Kyaro Gumba and reach Thame. Thame is a picturesque settlement at 3800 meters altitude. Thame monastery is one of the most renowned monasteries in the Everest region. We have lunch here at Thame. Then, we cross the River, head further via Samde, Phurte, and all the way to the bustling town of Namche Bazaar. The circuit in the Khumbu region completes once we reach Namche.

  • AccommodationGuesthoue/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,438m/11,280ft

On the last day of the trekking, we embark on the downhill trek after breakfast. The downhill route is quite steep and crosses a couple of suspension bridges. We exit officially from the Sagarmatha National Park. Passing Monjo and Bengal, we cross the bridge at Phakding and follow an easy trail all the way to Lukla. An adventurous Himalayan excursion on the Everest Three passes trail concludes here. A celebration in the evening pleases the entire team.

  • AccommodationGuesthoue/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,800m/9,187ft

Taking an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu of 40 minutes, we receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. After releasing the tiredness, you have abundant options of massage, shopping, walking around, and enjoying the last day with a beautiful memory. Then we meet for the farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu

Note: In case of maintenance of the domestic airport of Kathmandu, first you fly from Lukla to Manthali airport and drive further to Kathmandu, which is about 4-5 hours drive. But, the duration can extend due to the traffic.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast and farewell Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,429ft

Our EBC -Three High Passes Trek ends here. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will accompany you and see you off at Tribhuvan International airport a few hours before the scheduled flight to your home.

Note: If you still have a few days after the trekking schedule, you might be interested to experience other adventurous activities like jungle safari, Rafting, Bungee jumping, and paragliding. You may contact the Adventure Club Trek for the arrangement.

  • MealsBreakfast

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Trip Map

Everest Base Camp -Three High Passes Trek 20 Days map

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • Standard twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per the Itinerary.
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek.
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Government licensed; English speaking guides trained in wilderness first aid
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu including temples’ / monuments’ entrance fees and private vehicle
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla including airport departure tax
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permits for trekking.
  • Assistant trekking guides walk with the group to support as necessary
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Staff costs include their salary, accommodation, food, domestic airfare, and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff and porters as per state law
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, and trekking map
  • Duffle bag for the trekking.
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement (helicopter evacuation is available if needed - at an additional cost)
  • All government and local taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days and US$125 for 90 days)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guides, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: FridayOctober 07, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayOctober 26, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1589
Start DateStart: TuesdayOctober 11, 2022End DateEnd: SundayOctober 30, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1589
Start DateStart: FridayOctober 14, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayNovember 02, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1589
Start DateStart: MondayOctober 17, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayNovember 05, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1589
Start DateStart: ThursdayOctober 20, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayNovember 08, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1589
Start DateStart: MondayOctober 24, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayNovember 12, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1589
Start DateStart: ThursdayOctober 27, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayNovember 15, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1589
Start DateStart: SundayOctober 30, 2022End DateEnd: FridayNovember 18, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1589

The Published dates are guaranteed departures. If the scheduled dates are not suitable for you, we will be happy to create our trips to suit your needs. Let us know what kind of trip you are looking for, and our travel experts will help customize your dream destination.

Useful Info

Meals

All meals — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — will be provided during the trek, and breakfast will only be provided in Kathmandu. We host welcome and farewell dinners for our guests. During the trek, we have breakfast and dinner at tea-houses or lodges where we spend nights while there will be lunch at tea-houses on the way. You have the option to choose from Nepali, continental, Tibetan, and Indian cuisines. As we take care of our guests, we ensure that you are getting healthy food. We prioritize locally produced organic food and also provide you with seasonable fruits.

Note: If you are a vegetarian, let us know in advance so that we could make proper arrangements for food as per your wish during the trek

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in a three-star standard hotel in Kathmandu and a guesthouse/teahouse during the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Adventure Club Trek will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also, note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower altitudes but, it might be complicated to find them at higher altitudes.

Drinking-Water

Adventure Club provides all the meals on the trek but doesn't provide water. The best option is to treat the local water either with chlorine/iodine tablets or use a steripen. The tea houses will give you good quality free water and, you can also get along the trail but, you will need to treat it. If you are using the tablets make sure they dissolve completely (about 30 mins). On most treks, you can buy mineral water along the trail. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation tea houses costs around USD 1 but at higher elevations can cost up to $4 so the cost can add up.

Acclimatization And High-Altitude Sickness

The acclimatization planned during the trip helps trekkers adapt to the environment with less oxygen. Our body needs time to adjust to the higher altitudes. Rushing to the higher elevation without acclimatization may result in acute mountain sickness (AMS) which could be fatal. The trekkers may suffer from AMS above 2,400m/7,875ft as the amount of oxygen becomes less and less with the increase in elevation.

We can categorize AMS into three categories with its symptoms. The trekker suffering from normal AMS feels giddy, gets headaches, Nausea, and is out of breath, and is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less amount of oxygen. Likewise, trekkers suffering from mild AMS show symptoms of dizziness, muscular pain, insomnia, headache, vomit, loss of appetite, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Mild AMS can be treated with anti-headache medicines.

A person suffering from serious AMS shows heightened symptoms including shortness of breath even while taking rest. The trekker with serious symptoms can barely walk and fluids may start building up in the lungs. The trekker having serious AMS has to be taken to the lower altitude immediately.

Advanced cases of AMS

If AMS is not treated in time, it can be life-threatening and lead to edema, a condition in which fluid is accumulated in the tissues of the body. Following are the two serious altitude sicknesses caused at high altitudes.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

In HACE, the brain gets swollen which can lead to coma and even death. Its symptoms are paralysis on one side of the body, bladder dysfunction, fatigue, bowel dysfunction, loss of coordination, and confusion. Descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible to prevent the worsening of the condition.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

Fluid is accumulated in the lungs which also increases the capillary pressure. Its symptoms include severe shortness of breath at rest, dry cough that later leads to producing pink frothy sputum, and fatigue. Important Note: Severe cases of AMS are pretty rare. All our guides at the Adventure Club Trek, are aware of the symptoms of AMS and can handle it with care. We prioritize acclimatization, talk about the use of Diamox beforehand and counsel all our trekkers on the risk and preventive factors before and during the trip. Your safety is our main concern.

First-Aid Kit

Our guides and porters are equipped with a basic first-aid kit during regular treks. For expeditions that take on the isolated and off the beaten trekking paths, a comprehensive first-aid kit is compulsory, the same goes for climbing expeditions as well.

  • A bandage in case of sprains.
  • Plasters/ Band-aids and antiseptic ointments for simple cuts
  • Iodine or water filter (optional) instead of buying bottled mineral water
  • Moleskin/Second skin in case of blisters.
  • Aspirin/Paracetamol -painkiller.
  • Oral rehydration salts-Nava Jeevan or Jeevan Jal (orange-flavored ORS)
  • The broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
  • Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic).
  • Diarrheal stopper (Imodium - optional).
  • Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness).
  • Gel hand cleaner/sanitizer.

Note: We can add medical supplies as per the special needs of the trekkers to the first-aid kit given above.

Equipment And Packing List

This is the list of guidelines to help you pack what is needed to bring in on the trip. The packing list may vary depending on the season you set off on the journey. Please take note that a trekker's luggage should not exceed the limit of 11kg as there will be one porter to carry the luggage of two trekkers. Apart from the luggage, each trekker will have to carry a day-pack including valuables or what is important. It will be better if you pack only the items that are necessary for you.

  • The Adventure Club Trek will lend each trekker a set of down Jackets, sleeping bags, and duffle bags.
  • Our main guide, trained in wilderness first aid, will carry a comprehensive medical kit.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets.
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepali visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and purchasing your own drinks and gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc

 HEAD

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

UPPER BODY

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

LOWER BODY

  •  Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

FEET

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

HANDS

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

TOILETRIES

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash

SLEEPING

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

MEDICAL

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylpolyamine
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  •  Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
  • Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

Experience Required

Everest Base Camp -Three High Passes Trek is a challenging trip and suitable for passionate trekkers who can walk at least 6-7 hours a day with a light rucksack. On some days, we might even need to walk for 8-9 hours. Trekking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than trekking at the lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with good physical fitness, have a positive attitude, and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek. Exercising and jogging three days a week is a good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset, but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Adventure Club Trek before booking the trek. We also recommend that you consult your doctor(s) before the trip.

Best Time to Travel

Autumn (Sept -Nov) and Spring (March-May) are the best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Trekking in Summer or Monsoon (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but a summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

Visa And Entry Procedures

Everyone needs a visa to enter Nepal except Indian nationals. Citizens of the SAARC nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan do not require visas for a period of 30 days. Fortunately, getting a Nepal visa is an easy process. Tourist visas are issued on arrival at the international airport and official overland entry points. However, travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia are not issued visa on arrival. After you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks that will assist your visa processing. Taking the completed form and paying the visa fee, you need to stay in the long immigration queue for your visa on arrival.

Visitors can now apply for online visa within15 days of their arrival date in Nepal. For this, you will need your Nepal hotel address and a digital passport-sized photo that needs to be uploaded to the online application. After submitting the form online, you need to print out the confirmation page which has to be furnished at the immigration section in Kathmandu airport along with your passport and the required visa fee. You can apply for your online Nepal visa here.

Tourists can also apply for a Nepali visa at the local Nepali Embassy or Consulate located in their respective countries. Or, they can even mail their visa application to the visa office near their location, but well ahead of time to allow sufficient processing time. Nepal visa information for all categories of travelers and their correspondence cost can be very handy, so for more information and contact details of the Nepali Embassies and Consulate around the world, you may CLICK HERE.

Whichever way you enter Nepal, you will be given a 15/30/90 day visa as per your requirement. The general Nepal tourist visa fee on arrival for multiple entries is:

15 days – US$30, 30 days – US$50, and 90days – US$125

Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum of 150 days in a year and these extensions are granted only at the department of immigration offices at Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visa, visit our visa information page.

Our Trekking Guides/Leaders 

Here at Adventure Club, our staff is like family. We only use locals to support their communities and we train our staff rigorously to be the best they can be – for you! 

  •  Full first aid training
  • Guide Training (trekking)
  • English and other common languages (as requested) 
  • Village and land Conservation 
  • Mountaineering (for specialty expedition or climbing treks)

All our guides are carefully trained for leadership as good leadership is vital for your trek to be enjoyable, safe, and successful. Most of our guides grew up in Sherpa country or other mountainous parts of Nepal. Their pride in their region shows itself in the way they lead treks and interface with you. 

Porters Care

On any team, courtesy and respect are fundamental for an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Our porters are an essential, integral part of each trekking team, and as such, they are well-treated and well-paid. At the conclusion of your trek, we believe you will find that they have fully earned your gratitude and respect. We do expect all trekkers to keep the weight of their baggage under 22kgs/40lbs. Adventure Club Trek maintains a full commitment to the rights of our porters, providing them with appropriate clothing, gear, and lodging. In case of serious accident or sickness, they receive the same care as anyone else employed on the trekking team, even including evacuation by helicopter at our expense if appropriate. We fully support the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group), which strives to maintain and improve our porter's working conditions.

Travel Insurance

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialist travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it. Adventure Club Trek has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Be sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism or you may have a difficult time settling a claim.

Electricity, WIFI, and  Battery  Recharge

During your trek on the Everest region, electricity is available to recharge your phones, laptop, iPads from micro-hydro power, and solar panels on a paying basis. As for Wi-Fi, there are no hotspots along the trekking trail after Namche. The only two places offering free Wi-Fi are Starbucks coffee in Lukla and Everest Bakery in Namche. At other places upwards, you need to pay for using internet services, which increases gradually with the altitude.

Communication On Trek 

On Everest Base Camp -Three High Passes Trek in Nepal, the internet service will be available at lodges with some extra service charge. You can also contact your family and friends from the guesthouses, but as we reach high altitudes, the communication will be through the phone for safety purposes. We communicate with all our valuable clients through the team leader at least once a day to make sure you are fine and enjoying the trip. The Adventure Club Trek office in Kathmandu will constantly touch for help you may need during the trek. Depending on the network you use, there could be a poor signal to network before the high altitude. Upon your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card for a better network. Many places have WIFI service available at an extra cost.

Group Size and Team Composition 

We always try to form a small group of like-minded people to give them a wonderful and perceptive travel experience. It provides opportunities to interact and share with each other in a fun-filled environment when out in the wilderness. Generally, our travel group comprises a maximum of 16 members. We need at least two participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, the number of group members do not apply. We always strive to form a team ensuring that the members are comfortable with one another.

Tipping 

Tipping is not mandatory in Nepal as most services include a service charge. However, if you want to express your gratitude, you are free to offer a tip to drivers, and hotel staff among others. People usually welcome such generosity. When it comes to tipping your porters or trekking leaders, use your discretion as per the quality of the services. Tip money does not form a part of our employees’ wages. However, you can use tipping as a way of showing appreciation for excellent service at the end of the trip.

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    Cinnamon20152015United KingdomDate: June 19, 2015

    Once in a lifetime trip made possible with these fantastic guides!

    This once-in-a-lifetime trip was made possible through the hard work that Birendra and his guides - So Nam, Kali, and Bhim put in into looking after us and arranging everything.
    I was the group organizer for my group and my job was made easy with these guys. Our health and safety was always put first and as such all 10 of us in the group made it to base camp and back without altitude sickness or requiring helicopter evacuation.
    Garlic is good to help prevent altitude sickness so So Nam ensured we had garlic soup most days to help minimize the risk of getting it!
    We could not fly over to Lukla for 2 days so lost time on our trek and being a basic trekking group we were running out of time to do the trek safely. However, Birendra explored every option possible to make sure we didn't miss out on doing this once-in-a-lifetime trek.
    By the end of the trip, we were all very attached to all our guides and porters.
    This was well organized and most importantly we all felt safe and could trust each of them. Would definitely recommend Adventure Club Trek to anyone!

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    travelwbenefitsAustraliaDate: February 24, 2014

    EBC and 3 passes

    We booked a 21-day trek with Birendra. We contacted a number of trek companies and we were impressed with the comprehensive and speedy responses. The entire process was done via the internet and we found Birendra to be both honest and reliable. We did not do a lot of comparison pricing however the trek represented great value for money and I have no concerns as to the amount we paid.
    The trek in February was at the end of winter, and one pass was impassable due to ice/snow.
    The trekking was wonderful and the porters were excellent. We had an issue with the guide, however, Birendra sorted out the issues and was always available and there when needed.
    Birendra went above and beyond what was expected and his personable and ever-helpful approach was much appreciated.

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