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EBC-Trek Three High Passes

Nepal Eco Adventure - 16 days

  • EBC-Trek Three High Passes
  • 16 days / 15 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Medium
Overview
Itinerary
Included
Accommodation
Safety
Training
Packing List
Nepal Eco Adventure
FAQ
How to book

Overview

> Visit of historical monastery of Tengboche
> Mesmerizing views of Khumbu Ice Fall
> Incredible sunrise view with Everest
> Unique culture of the Sherpa people

Join us for a once in a lifetime experience! Our guides and porters will assist you to make this amazing trek safe, happy and as informative as you want. Follow the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, while you get as close as possible to Mount Everest.

The scenery along this trail is stunning, with many towering mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and many others. We will cross the Cho-La Pass and relax at the beautiful Gokyo Lake. Himalayan people, their culture and tradition will amaze you during these 16 days in which you will also pass fascinating Sherpa villages and Tibetan monasteries.

Sagarmatha National Park, established in 1976, with the objective to protect the diverse floras and faunas of Himalayan, has been successful in achievement of its goals. You will be able to see different exotic species on your trek like Musk deer, Mountain Goat, Snow leopard, Pheasants, Lophophorus, Snow duck, Mountain hawk among others. It is believed that the giant mystical creature, Yeti is found in Khumbu Region! You’ll be able to see many bridges, monasteries, Chhotre laden with colorful Buddhist flags, and scribbles of prayers, which gives life to the rough terrain of the mountains.

We will hike through stunning Namche, Tengboche, Dingaboche and we will see other beautiful places. We will come across captivating valleys such as Khumbu Valley, Imja Valley, Dusa Valley. Khumjung-Khunde Valley, Gokyo Valley, and Thame Valley which will allow you to see the enchanting mountains from different angles. Mount Everest (8848m), fourth highest Lhotse (8516m), fifth highest Makalu (8485m), sixth highest Cho-Oyu (8210m) and other just as stunning mountains that will feast your eyes. Amazing right?

Itinerary

What’s the plan?

Day 01 – Flight Kathmandu – Lukla and trek to Phakding – 4 hours

We board our exciting flight to Lukla early in the morning. It takes 30 minutes to arrive at Lukla airport. There we will be introduced to our porter. Then, we will stop for breakfast after which we will commence trekking to Phakding, which is a fairly easy 3 hours hike through the Dudhkosi valley. We will head north from the airstrip to Chheplung (2700m). Here we will cross the Thado Koshi River on a local-style suspension bridge. Just past the bridge, we can see the peak Kusum and Kanggru (6367m), which are the most difficult trekking peaks to climb. Beyond the ThadoKoshi, the trail ascends a bit towards Ghat (2590m), then we will cross a ridge marked with painted Mani stones and climb to Phakding where we will stay for the night.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 02 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) – 6 hours

We start our second day of trekking through the Valley of Dudhkosi River. We cross the Dudhkosi River five times on the exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags on the way to Namche. After we cross the last bridge, there is a steep climb up to Namche where the trail gradually leads up to Jorsale. It is a 2.5 hour climb up to Namche with two viewpoints on the way. We can have a mesmerizing view of Mt Everest on a clear day. At Jorsale, we enter the Sagarmatha National park where we will need to verify our permits. After 5 or 6 hours of hard hiking, we reach the main trading centre of the area, Namche bazaar.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 03 – Acclimatisation in Namche – 5 hours

Acclimatization is very important before proceeding higher to avoid altitude sickness. We will be taken for a day’s hike through the villages of Khunde and Khumjung and come back to Namche through the Everest view hotel Khumjung. We can see the head of a Yeti in the monastery of the area. We can also visit the bakery at world’s highest altitude. We get to enjoy the panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and many other mountains on a fair day. Even the view from Everest View hotel is very impressive. We start with a steep one-hour climb to the Syangboche airstrip (3790m), from where we will slowly ascend towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone Buddhist monuments). From Khunde, we follow the trail eastwards to Khumjung, the largest village in Khumbu, at the foot of the sacred peak Khumbila. After enjoying lunch at Khumjung, we follow a gradual climb to Everest View Hotel where we will enjoy the splendid mountain views. Then we descend towards Namche (3540m).

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 04 – Trek to Tengboche (3790m) – 5 hours

Our route for today to Tengboche weaves in and out of side valleys, making small ups and downs, to the picturesque tea shops of Kenjoma, and joins the trail from Khumjung just before a collection of Mani stones. The views of Everest and Ama Dablam are excellent from this part of the trek. We pass the small settlement of Sanasa from where the trail drops towards Phunkithanga (3250m). From here the trail climbs steeply through pine forests and around Mani stones as it follows the side of a hill to the saddle on which the monastery of Tengboche sits at 3870m. The view from here is rightly deemed to be one of the world’s most magnificent sceneries. Kwangde (6187m), Tawachee (6542m), Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse (8501m), Amadablam, Kantega and Thamserku provide an inspiring panorama as the Himalayan giants. We will spend the night in Tengboche.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 05 – Trek to Dingboche (4350m) – 4 hours

We descend through a beautiful forest then cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche. The route continues through summer pastures to Dingboche. We will spend the night at Dingboche. It is a very relaxing village with lots of mountain views. This is very easy hike which will take about 3 to 4 hours.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 06 – Trek to Chhukung (4730m)

After nourishing breakfast, we will continue our ascent, few hours walk to Chhukung (4760m), from where we can see the beautiful mountains up close and even better. We will spend the night here. Here, at Chhukung, we will rest or go for exploration. The point is to adapt to high altitude which will enable us to avoid Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS).

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 07 – Crossing Kongmala Pass (5535m) to Lobuche (4925m)

After a well-deserved rest at Chhukung, we will be on our way up to Lobuche early in the morning. First we have a healthy breakfast, of course. Here, on our way, we can see largest memorials in the Everest region, for the fallen heroes. By the time we reach Lobuche, it will be late afternoon. We can either relax for tomorrow’s hike or explore the beautiful surroundings.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 08 – Trek to Ghorekshep (5180m) – EBC (5360m) – Ghorekshep – 8 hours

This challenging trek day will take around 6-8 hours. From this point onwards altitude morning sickness may get bad. We therefore will have have to be extra careful. The trekking distance will be around 15km. After a wholesome breakfast, we will head to Base Camp, trekking through the rocky terrain alongside the Khumbu Glacier. Upon reaching EBC, you will have some time to enjoy the heavenly environment and take photographs. If you are trekking somewhere between March and May, you might get the chance to see all the commercial expeditions trying to reach the summit. After lunch, we will trek downhill to Gorakshep, and spend the night at a local guest house there.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 09 – Trek to Kalapathar for sunrise and trek to Dzonghla (4830m)

For many, this is the highlight of the whole trip. Ideally, the day starts with a cloudless sky. We will hike early morning to Kala Pathar, from where you will get undoubtedly the best sunrise view of Everest and the other giants. Live the moment and take plenty of photographs to take back home.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10 – Cross Chola pass (5420m) and descend to Tagnag (4700m)

After a good night, we will set on to cross the enchanting Chola Pass (5420m). The trek involves a gradual ascent up the valley passing through rhododendron forests. If we get lucky we might get glimpse of musk deer. The view of Ama Dablam and Tawache is remarkable from here. After, we trek down to Tagnag (4695m), a village situated just below a small cliff. We spend the night here.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11 – Trek to Gokyo, visit Fifth Lakes and hike to Gokyo (4790m)

Gokyo Valley is a small Buddhist village. The distance from Tagnag to Gokyo is only 4 kilometres. We have an early morning start. We cross the Ngozompa glacier on our way to Gokyo. We then will cross the wooden bridge covered with prayer flags over the Dudk Koshi and mark the first of Gokyo Lakes, inhabited by wonderful ducks. Before reaching Gokyo, there is a resting place covered with vibrant prayer flags. We will also visit and relish the sight of the magnetic Fifth Lakes and take pictures.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12 – Cross Renjo pass (5360m) and descend down to Lungden (4370m)

Early morning after breakfast, we will climb towards Gokyo Ri (5333m) to enjoy the mesmerizing view of the colossal Ngozumpa glacier, upper Gokyo Valley and giants such as Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Cho-Oyu, and Gychung Kang among others. We will now cross the steep Renjo La pass at 5,300m and descent to Lungden (4350m), where we will spend the night.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13 – Trek to Thame village (3820m) and visiting monastery

Today we will hike to Thame. Situated at 3800m, we will also visit the historic Thame monastery and experience spiritual Buddhist practices. We can also witness the lovely culture of Sherpa people at Thame. We will spend the night here and enjoy the much needed rest for our downhill trek tomorrow.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 14 – Trek to Namche (3445m)

We will continue our trek down to the Sherpa villages of Khumjung, leaving the mountains behind us. We will hike down to the village of Namche bazaar, epitome of Sherpa culture. We will stay the night at a guest house in Namche.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 15 Trek to Lukla (2830m) – 7 hours

It is around a 7 hour downhill trek from Namche to Lukla. On this day, our time at exotic Sagarmatha National Park will come to an end. The following day, we will board our plane back to the capital. You will bid goodbye to this trek with a memorable hike down to Lukla.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 16 – Return flight Kathmandu

We catch an early morning flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu.. Don’t forget to find a seat on the right side of the plain so you can see the insatiable mountains again. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be escorted back to your hotel.

Food: Breakfast

Included

Included:

√ Pick up and transfer to and from airport
Your trekking company will be able to pick you up from your hotel and return you after the trekking. If you need a transfer to and from the airport of Kathmandu, then this can also be organized.

√ Staying in Lodge or Guest House during the trek
During the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. These are simple in nature, but fully equipped. Do not expect a luxury.

√ Return flights Kathmandu – Lukla
The trekking begins and ends with an exciting flight. The cost of flights to and from Lukla is included in the price and will be booked by your trekking company.

√ English speaking guide and a porter
One porter per two trekkers. This way you don’t have to carry your complete equipment yourself. The guide speaks English.

√ Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for guide and porter
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.

√ Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared during the trek. The meals are basic, but will give you enough energy for your appetite. Fruit is also available after each meal.

√ Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea are also organized by the trekking company. Every morning fresh coffee and tea are made. There are scheduled breaks to enjoy this.

√ Permit and TIMS
The total amount includes costs for the permit. This also applies to the TIMS Card, to the Trekkers Information Management System.

√ Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags
In order to pull in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. These are provided by your trekking company.

√ Cap, T-Shirt & Roadmap
We also have a cap, t-shirt, and a roadmap for you. Not only are they ideal for trekking, but they are also beautiful souvenirs.

√ Altitude Sickness & First Aid Kit
The guides carry an altitude sickness kit to monitor your pulse rate, oxygen saturation and heart rate twice a day (very useful for monitoring the symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS) at altitude).

√ Helicopter Service in Emergencies
Check whether this is reimbursed by your travel insurance and otherwise take out a supplementary travel insurance package for this.

Excluded:

× Visa for Nepal
Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.

× Flights to and from Nepal
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.

× Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning to go trekking in Nepal.

× Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi
Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower, hot running water, bottles of mineral water and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas. The water we encounter along the way is drinkable and is heated or boiled by us.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. The teahouses are basic of nature. Some of them have a squatter toilet, while others provide a western style alternative . Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water. Some teahouses have access to the internet, but always at extra charge.

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize.

While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built in. In some cases it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is therefore best to plan a number of extra days in Nepal for possible unforeseen circumstances. Read all about altitude sickness here.

Training

Training

Do you make it to your destinations as planned? Often this depends on the unpredictable weather in the mountains. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.

Do you like walking, have you done trekking at altitude more often and do you sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas.

Is this the first time that you are trekking at altitude? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s walk twice a week. Click here for a complete training schedule to prepare you for your adventure.

Packing List

Packing List

Trekking in Nepal requires decent gear. Especially the basics like an 80-90l backpack and quality trekking socks. Read an extensive blog here about what to bring with you.

Documents
– Passport
– Travel insurance
– Boarding passes for flights
– 2 passport photos
– Driving License
– Dollars in cash
– Credit card (make sure you have $500 available on your card
in case evacuation by helicopter is required)

Sleep
– Sleeping bag
– Extra sleeping bag lining

Footwear
– Mountain shoes: 3 or 4 season lightweight
– Slippers or sandals for the city
– Aircraft shoes (optional)

Clothing
– Make sure you have non-cotton clothing for during the trek
– 2 t-shirts with underlayer (e.g. running t-shirts)
– Fleece / softshell jacket
– Waterproof jacket
– Down jacket for warmth
– Travel and citywear
– Underwear
– Trousers for underlayer (optional)
– Waterproof pants
– Trekking pants
– Trekking shorts (optional)
– 2 thick trekking socks
– Lightweight and breathable trekking socks
– Gloves and woolen hat

Accessories
– One backpack: 35 liters
– A duffel bag or backpack with straps to go over your back (Max
8kg weight for the porters to carry)
– Drybag or waterproof cover for your backpack
– Water bottle/thermos: at least 2 litres.
– Sunglasses
– Sunscreen
– Personal medication – Inhaler, blister plasters, etc.
– General toiletries, contact lenses, spectacles (if necessary)
– Towel
– Electronics – Headlight, travel adapter, phone & charger
– Lip balm
– Book
– MP3/Music and headphones
– Hand disinfectant, biodegradable wet wipes

Nepal Eco Adventure

Nepal Eco Adventure

Nepal Eco Adventure has office in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal’s most touristic city. Nepal Eco Adventure makes everything possible for its customer satisfaction. Nepal Eco Adventure is a team of experts with the greatest possible amount of experience.

Nepal Eco Adventure serves its customers by offering various attractions in Nepal and thus also provides them with more information about Nepal and its culture. Our manager is also a trekking guide in Nepal, so the whole company exudes the culture of trekking.

We build on experience and invaluable local expertise in the Nepalese Himalayas. Our thorough knowledge of trekking, experienced hikers and tour guides, the ties with TAAN, Nepal Tourism Board, RastraBank Nepal and Company Registration Centre Nepal are the most important points that make your trip perfect, safe and enjoyable.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Season

If you have read our blog post about the best time for trekking in Nepal, you will know that every season in Nepal is suitable for trekking. However, in certain times of the year the one area of Nepal is more favorable than the other. Most people who go trekking in the Everest region and Gokyo Valley do so from March till the beginning of June and from September till the end of December. The Annapurna Region is best enjoyed in March to May and from October all the way to December. Just like Everest, you can trek in Annapurna all year round. The same seasons are most popular when talking the Manaslu Circuit and the Langtang Valley. The Upper Mustang is your choice during the Monsoon season when the rest of the country gets more rainfall. The Upper Dolpo is perfect most of the year, especially from March all the way to November.

Porters
Bookatrekking.com strives to only work with providers who treat porters in a fair manner. Without porters, there is no trekking in Nepal. They are the heart and soul of your adventure and they every day carry part of your gear. Bookatrekking.com always tries to find a balance between an affordable trekking adventure and the fair treatment of porters.

Tipping
Porters are partly dependent on tipping. The cheaper your trekking, the more likely it is that the salary for porters is low. In any case, this must be compensated with tipping. It is an unwritten law in the Himalayas. On your way you will notice that the amount of tipping is a hot topic. At the end of the trek there is an opportunity to give tips. The rule of thumb is to count 10 to 15% of the total amount of the trek. This can be divided into 60-40. The 60% of the amount goes to the guide and 40% is for the porter(s).

Currency and Payment Methods
We recommend you to bring US dollars or euros to pay for your visa, further travel and other costs. It is easiest to travel in Nepal with US dollars. Nepal has reasonable banking facilities with branches of a number of international local commercial banks. Credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. ATMs can be found everywhere in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are ATMs in larger cities during the hikes. However, it is a good idea to bring enough money from Kathmandu or Pokhara as in Nepal you never know if the ATMs will work.

Visa Nepal
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you can get a tourist visa. USD 25 for 15 days from the date of issue, USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for 90 days tourist visa. You need two passport photos. You can apply for an online visa here.

Vaccinations
No immunizations are required vsiting Nepal, but it’s always worth checking which vaccinations are recommended and check you are up-to-date with all your boosters.

Although you can get vaccinations in Kathmandu, it’s generally better (and often cheaper) to get them before your trip. Either way, it’s always worth consulting with your local doctor or nurse for up-to-date travel and inoculation advice at least 6 weeks before your planned departure date.

The main recommended vaccinations for Nepal are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. Boosters are also recommended for Tetanus, Polio, Mumps, and Measles.Depending on your travel plans, you may also consider inoculations against Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, and Rabies. This is especially important if you have young children, plan to stay for an extended period of time, working in health care, or visiting rural areas and the lowlands of the Terai Region.

How to book

How does it work?

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Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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