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EBC three passes Budget trek – 16 days

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The Everest Three Passes Budget Trek offers breathtaking vistas of the Everest region’s whole mountain ranges including Mount Everest (8,848.86m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Amadablam (6,812m) and many more. We visit Cho La Pass, Kongma La Pass, and Renjo La Pass—three of the most important vistas in the Everest region—during these sixteen-day trek. Located at an elevation of around five thousand meters above sea level,

Trip Overview

 Highlights of EBC Three Passes Budget Trek:

  • We pass through three most breathtaking passes of Everest Region: Renjo La Pass (5,360 meters), Cho La Pass (5,420 meters), and Kongma La Pass (5,535 meters).
  • This hiking offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to observe Mount Everest (8,848.86) from the closest accessible location.
  • Visit Gokyo Vlley, one of the most serene valleys of Nepal at 5,357 meters.
  • Take in the serene view of Gokyo Lake.
  • Accommodations include tea houses and lodges, offering a glimpse into the Sherpa cultures of Nepali villages and fostering connections among fellow travelers. 
  • Considered moderately difficult, the trek rewards trekkers with stunning views of Mount Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Amadablam and many more.
  • The Everest Three Passes Budget trek stands out as a well-rounded adventure, combining challenging terrain, cultural richness, and awe-inspiring mountain vistas.
  • Trekkers will get the opportunity to taste amazing local Nepalese foods, with exceptional mountain views.
  • Taste the local homemade alcoholic beverages called Tongba, Chyang etc.

The Everest Three Passes Budget Trek offers breathtaking vistas of the Everest region’s whole mountain ranges including Mount Everest (8,848.86m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Amadablam (6,812m) and many more. We visit Cho La Pass, Kongma La Pass, and Renjo La Pass—three of the most important vistas in the Everest region—during these sixteen-day trek. Located at an elevation of around five thousand meters above sea level, all three of the passes are high altitude areas. We also take a look at the notorious Everest Base Camp, whose significance is widely recognized among adventure seekers worldwide. The Everest Three Passes walk is undoubtedly one of the hardest treks available, but if you enjoy challenging hikes and are itching to explore, we’re happy to have you here in the Himalayan region.

 

The journey culminates in a breathtaking fly over the mountains to Lukla. We travel to Namche Bazaar after spending the first night in Phakding. Once we’ve adjusted, we discover a number of isolated villages, including those of Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Thagnak, and Lungden, in addition to three significant passes and the notorious Gokyo Lake. Due to the trek’s arduous and demanding slope, regular exercise is required starting three to four months before the trip. Prepare yourself with the necessary hiking equipment and get set to tackle the difficult Everest Three Passes Budget trek.

 

Trekkers are offered comfortable lodging at tea houses and lodges along the trail, where they may interact with the hospitable Sherpas and other ethnic communities while savouring Nepali cuisine like dal bhat tarkari. The optimum trekking seasons for this are spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) for the EBC Three Passes Budget Trek. One of the great attractions of the walk is the enormous Nozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalayas. Gokyo Lake trek, which is thought to be a challenging trek, offers an alternative to the typical Everest Base Camp journey.

SHORT ITINERARY

Day 01 :

An early morning to Lukla from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding (2610mtrs/8563ft). Flight 30 minutes and walking 3 hours.

Day 02 :

Phakding to Namche Bazaar walking 5:30 hours.

Day 03 :

Rest and Acclimatization at Namche Bazzar (3440m/11286ft). Walking 5:30 hours.

Day 04 :

Kyanjuma to Debuche (3680m/12070ft) via Thyanbuche monastery. Walking 5 hours.

Day 05 :

Debuche to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft). Walking 5:30 hours,

Day 06 :

Day hiking up to Nagatsang Ri (5000m/16500ft) and back to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft). Walking 4:25 hours.

Day 07 :

Dinbuche to Lobuje (4910m/16104ft) via Kongmla pass (5525m/16729ft). Walking 7:30 hours.

Day 08 :

Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5363m/17590ft) and back to Gorekshep (5153m/156037ft). Walking 7:30 hours.

Day 09 :

Hiking up Kalapathar(5555m/18220ft) and trek to Zhongla (4,710m/15448ft ) Walking 6 hours.

Day 10 :

Zhongla to Thagna (4500m/14760ft) via the Chola-la cross (5420m/17777ft). Walking 7:30 hours.

Day 11 :

Trek to Gokyo valley (4790m/15711ft). Walking 4:30 hours,

Day 12 :

Hiking upto Gokyo Ri (5483m/17985ft) and trek down to Gokyo Valley. At noon, explore around Gokyo valley. (4790m/15711ft). Walking 4:30 hours.

Day 13 :

Gokyo to Lungden (4380m/13262ft) via Renjo la Pass (5345m/16184ft) and continue trek to Lundhen Walking 7 hours.

Day 14 :

Lungden to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11285ft). Walking 6:30 hours.

Day 15 :

Namche bazzar to Lukla (2850m/9348ft). Walking 6:30 hours.

Day 16 :

After breakfast an early morning flight back to Kathmandu (1345m/4412ft) from Lukla. Trip ends.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 An early morning to Lukla from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding (2610mtrs/8563ft). Flight 30 minutes and walking 3 hours.

After your breakfast, you will be picked up by our porter and be transferred to the airport. After we get on to 30 minutes of flight to one of the most exhilarating airports in the world i.e. Lukla airport. This flight provides with amazing views of the tallest peaks in the world.

 

After arriving in Lukla, we officially begin our trek by heading onwards to Phakding. It is an amazing sherpa village with warm and hospitable people. First day of trekking officially ends as we stay for the night at a local lodge in Phakding.

Day 02 Phakding to Namche Bazaar walking 5:30 hours.

We start our journey in the direction of Namche after breakfast in the morning. Also referred to as the “getaway to Everest,” this location offers you banking and internet access, among other amenities that you would not find in the places up ahead. Stay the night at a nearby lodge in Namche.

Day 03 Rest and Acclimatization at Namche Bazzar (3440m/11286ft). Walking 5:30 hours.

We will take a rest day as per protocol to allow our bodies to adjust to the higher altitude. Enjoy the views of the mountains by taking a quick trek to one of the closest viewpoints. In the evening, meander through Namche’s streets. Go to Namche for the night.

Day 04 Kyanjuma to Debuche (3680m/12070ft) via Thyanbuche monastery. Walking 5 hours.

Today, we head onwards to Debuche village, which is a remote and isolated village in Everest region with nice and hospitable Sherpas. Along the way you’ll also get to visit Tengboche Monastery, which is also known as one of the oldest monasteries in the world. Stay your night at Debuche at a local lodge

Day 05 Debuche to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft). Walking 5:30 hours,

Starting from Debuche in the early morning, we make our way to Dingboche, a tiny, isolated town near Mount Everest. Enjoy regional cuisine while taking in breathtaking mountain vistas. Rest well in your comfortable and warm accommodation in Dingboche’s local lodge.

Day 06 Day hiking up to Nagatsang Ri (5000m/16500ft) and back to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft). Walking 4:25 hours.

We are going to Dingboche for another day of rest. Given that the altitude is over 4,000 meters, adequate rest and acclimatization are required. We’ll spend the night in Dingboche and go for a quick climb around the closest views.

Day 07 Dinbuche to Lobuje (4910m/16104ft) via Kongmla pass (5525m/16729ft). Walking 7:30 hours.

It’s gets more exciting from here on. As we move toward Lobuche today, we come closer to the Base camp. But before Everest Base Camp, we pass one of the most extraordinary passe among three passes i.e. Kong Ma La Pass at 5,525m. Should the weather cooperate, you will witness once-in-a-lifetime sights. 

 

After a thrilling day of exploration, spend the night at Lobuche.

Day 08 Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5363m/17590ft) and back to Gorekshep (5153m/156037ft). Walking 7:30 hours.

At last, this is the day. Even though the hike will take a little longer, it will be well worth it. We make our way to the 5364-meter-high Everest Base Camp. You’ll accomplish something most intrepid people in all over the world would hope to accomplish at least once in their lifetime. Take photos, enjoy the scenery to the fullest, and record a story for the next generation. We’ll return to Gorakhshep and stay the night at a nearby lodge.

Day 09 Hiking up Kalapathar(5555m/18220ft) and trek to Zhongla (4,710m/15448ft ) Walking 6 hours.

Today we hike to Kalapathhar, the highest altitude we gain in this classic EBC Budget Trek. The largest glacier and waterfall in Nepal, the Khumbu glacier and Icefall, as well as the peaks of Pumori (7,161m), Lingtren, Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,861m), Amadablam (6,812m), Khantega, and Taboche are all visible from Kalapatthar (5,550m). Head to Zhongla and stay the night.

Day 10 Zhongla to Thagna (4500m/14760ft) via the Chola-la cross (5420m/17777ft). Walking 7:30 hours.

Today, we head onwards to Thangna village. A remote village in a very high altitude of 4500 meters. Along the way we pass Chola-La Pass, which is one of the most thrilling passes among the three located at the altitude of 5,420m.

Day 11 Trek to Gokyo valley (4790m/15711ft). Walking 4:30 hours,

Finally, today is the day we reach Gokyo Valley, a serene valley located at the altitude of 4,790m. Gokyo valley is surrounded by mountains and with Gokyo Lake in the middle. Take your time to click as many pictures as you like, while you stay at a local nearby lodge of the valley.

Day 12 Hiking upto Gokyo Ri (5483m/17985ft) and trek down to Gokyo Valley. At noon, explore around Gokyo valley. (4790m/15711ft). Walking 4:30 hours.

Today we hike up to Gokyo Ri, which is one of the highest altitude we reach during this trek. Situated at the attitude of 5,483 meters Gokyo Rii provides with breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Mount Amadablam, Mount Lhotse with many more surrounding mountains in the region. After exploring Gokyo Rii we trek down to the most serene Gokyo Valley and spend our night at a cozy local lodge.

Day 13 Gokyo to Lungden (4380m/13262ft) via Renjo la Pass (5345m/16184ft) and continue trek to Lundhen Walking 7 hours.

Today, we trek towards another isolated village in the region, Lungden Village. Before reaching Lungden we come across one of the most breathtaking passes in all of the Himalayan Regions, Renjo la Pass at 5,345m.

 

We hike down to Lungden and stay the night.

Day 14 Lungden to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11285ft). Walking 6:30 hours.

Following breakfast in the morning, we head downhill towards Namche, which is known as the gateway to Everest. Savor the amenities of warm water, internet, and nearby eateries. Local stores also offer mementos for you to buy and bring home. Arriving at Namche Bazaar and stay the night

Day 15 Namche bazzar to Lukla (2850m/9348ft). Walking 6:30 hours.

Today is our last day of trekking to Everest Base Camp before returning to Lukla. Because of its scenery, Lukla Airport is regarded as one of the most thrilling airports in the world. Stay overnight at Lukla.

Day 16 After breakfast an early morning flight back to Kathmandu (1345m/4412ft) from Lukla. Trip ends.

We will finally take a quick flight return to Kathmandu via Lukla airport after an 11-day journey. You will be driven in a local vehicle to your drop off point in Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is yours to pack or take leisurely strolls throughout Kathmandu. 

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Reviews

EXCELLENT rating
Based on 26 reviews
Unique path trekking company has excellent staff on ground to make the trekking experience very enjoyable and memorable. The guide and porters go out of their way to make each and every member of the team feel safe and secured. Mr Babu the founder owner of the company is very responsive and is able to assist every member of the team with their individual needs. I would recommend engaging Unique Path for Himalaya trekking.
Sandeep Dasgupta
Sandeep Dasgupta
2023-09-30
I like trekking with Unique Path, the guides of this company many times made my way comfortable and safe. I traveled with them to Lobuche, Mera, Island and other places solo and in the groups with my friends. Unique Path is a reliable partner and I plan to trek with them again in Langtang region this autumn.
Andrey Oktyabrev
Andrey Oktyabrev
2023-05-29
I have used Unique Path three times and each time the team were all helpful, friendly and informative. Every aspect of our trip to Nepal was taken care of - Pick up at the airport to take us to our hotel. Next day the excitement of getting our trekking details and depending on the trip setting out with our guide and porter. My husband and I prefer to hike on our own, so we did no group options. Our itinerary was always followed exactly. When I go hiking in Nepal this company is my first point of contact. They are a great team and are totally recommended by me and my husband.
Sylvia Schillings
Sylvia Schillings
2023-05-29
Unique Path is a great choice for anyone who wants to explore the Himalayas. My wife and I made several treks with Unique Path to Manaslu, Kangchenjunga, Tilicho Lake, and Mustang. It goes without saying, that the scenery in Nepal is stunning. Lots of opportunity to learn about the culture and religion and traditions of Nepal. The people we met along the way were engaging and wonderful. Unique Path's staff was fantastic throughout all the trips. They were very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. They arranged everything from transportation to accommodation to food. They also provided all the necessary equipment and guidance and handled all the permit applications. I highly recommend Unique Path trekking to anyone who loves adventure and nature. These were once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I will never forget. I am available as a reference. David
DaveBessie Parsnick
DaveBessie Parsnick
2023-05-22
I have yet to conclude this trip due to the Pandemic but Babu's response and tour guide plan has been exemplary - I cannot wait to make the trip!
Rachel Glaysher
Rachel Glaysher
2023-05-19
Myself and 2 buddies hired Unique Path Trekking to coordinate an EBC trek back in 2014. We couldn't have been more happy with the results...Everything went flawlessly and we had the adventure of a lifetime. Babu and his staff / guides / porters were top-notch and I highly recommend them to anyone who may be reading this.
Marc Ferrari
Marc Ferrari
2023-05-18
As with all treks, there will be unforeseen circumstances and you’re always beholden to nature. So you want a guide and an agency that is not only experienced enough but also sensitive and quick to changes on ground. I am very grateful for the deep experience that our guide, Dambar had. He made us feel safe and constantly had everything under control despite the weather and some early sickness some of us had. Coupled with his sharp wit and deep knowledge, this became such an enjoyable climb that was filled with priceless stories that I can’t wait to tell the kids about. The porters too were a lively bunch that ultimately became friends and we shared lots of fun moments on the mountain together. Babu ensured that our arrivals, arrangements and any administrative hassles were smooth and out of our minds so we could focus on the climb ahead. Thank you Unique Path trekking & expedition. Highly recommended for anyone who wants a great time while knowing you’re in safe hands!
Josiah Ng
Josiah Ng
2023-05-16
We were very fortunate to have Unique Path Trekking for our EBC with 3 Himalaya passes expedition, we were so happy/satisfied with Unique Path trekking. Babu ( owner of Unique Path Trekking) is so kind, knowledgeable and mellow personality so does their staff ( all guides and porters ). We had great time during this expedition in terms of lodging/food. We had large group ( ~ 18 ppl ) and believe or not no one had any single complain of food. Their guides and porters are so knowledgeable, smart, humorous made our entire expedition lots of fun. They take care of us with positive attitudes with smiley face in entire trip. I definitely recommend Unique Path Trekking for any expedition in Himalaya ( we're looking forward to go with them in Annapurna expedition in near future ). You will very glad/happy if you choose Unique Path and Trekking.
Umesh Patel
Umesh Patel
2023-05-16
Babu and his group are exceptional We have done 2 trips organized by Babu We went to Everest base camp and recently to chitwan, Pokara and part of Annapurna cercuit Their guides are very good We will definitely use Babu and his guides again
Guru Motgi
Guru Motgi
2023-05-06
I just returned from a wonderful hike to Everest base camp with helicopter return. I was traveling solo am so grateful to Manager Babu and guide Suresh for looking after me. It is a trip I will remember the rest of my life. We started with a half day tour of Kathmandu and then flew to lukla on the next day to begin the trek. All the arrangements were made ahead of time and the folks unique path team constantly got on the phone to make sure the logistics went smoothly. Suresh kept a moderate pace and a great sense of humor. We made good time throughout the hikes and always got to the lodges on time and in daylight with energy left for the next day. The weather also cooperated this March and we had beautiful sunny skies and gorgeous Mountain View’s throughout the trek. I really could not ask for anything more and would very much recommend unique path
Janice Cheng
Janice Cheng
2023-05-06
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