Everest Three Passes Trek(transverse)


Everest Three passes trek also known as Everest Transverse trekFor true adventurers who love challenges, yearn to do something different, and wish to view everything that the Khumbu offers then the Everest Three passes trek is an authentic platform. The world famous superb trekking provides us the opportunity to visit the Everest base camp, Kalapatthar, Gokyo Valley and its tranquil Lakes, the best view point of Gokyo Ri and more especially introduces a route to the remote and untouched Nangpa La Valley, the Sherpa village of Marlung, the monastery village of Thame as well through other major remote villages and valleys. Moreover, taking help of the classical route to make complete high-level circuit via world famous demanding passes Kongma La (5,535/18,159 ft.), Cho La (5420m/17,782 ft) and Renjo La (5,340m/17,520 ft).

We begin our Journey to the Everest three passes trek with a sightseeing day in Kathmandu which offers a brief exploration of the temples, shrines, bazaars and restaurants of Kathmandu. We take a stimulating mountain flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla on the following day followed by trek up through the classic route to the Sagarmatha National Park playing with mighty Dudh Koshi river, colorful landscapes, Gompas and monasteries in the land enclosed by the soaring peaks.  After reaching the summit of Kongma La, as we compose our way to the Everest Base Camp we marvel at the spectacle of Khumbu icefall cascading from the Western Cwm.  Our trek to the view point of Kalapatthar is followed by the tough Climb through Cho La that finally takes us to the cobalt-blue lakes at Gokyo.  After enjoying awe-inspiring views of the fifth lake and Gokyo Ri, we make our way to the next great pass, the Renjo La. Making a night in Marlung we follow a little of the route used for centuries by the Tibetan Traders via Nangpa La to get to Thame. Following the classical route we drop down to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu leaving behind our footprints in the shadow of the Everest.

Outline Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]
DAY 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
DAY 03: Kathmandu-Lukla [2840 m/9320]- Phakding [2,652m/8,700ft]: 40 minutes flight, 3-4 hrs trek(Trekking times only)
DAY 04: Phakding-Namche Bazaar [3440 m/11,280 ft]: 5-6 hrs trek 
DAY 05: Namche Bazaar: Rest day 
DAY 06: Namche Bazaar-Tengboche [3860 m/12,660 ft]: 5-6 hrs
DAY 07: Tengboche- Dingboche [4360m/14,300 ft]: 5-6 hrs
DAY 08: Dingboche-Chhukung [4750m/15,580 ft]: 3-4 hrs
DAY 09: Rest Day in Chhukung
DAY 10: Chhukung-Kongma La [5535m/18,159ft] -Lobuche [4940m/16,210ft]: 6-7 hrs
DAY 11: Lobuche-Gorak Shep [5170 m/16,961ft]- Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 ft] /Kala Patthar (5545 m/18,192 ft) - Gorak Shep: 8-9 hrs
DAY 12: Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar / Everest Base Camp - Lobuche [4940 m/16,207 ft]: 8-9 hrs
DAY 13: Lobuche-Dzongla [4830m/15,850 ft]: 3-4 hrs
DAY 14: Dzongla-ChoLa [5368m/17,611 ft]-Thangnak [4680m/15,350 ft]-Gokyo [4800m/15,580 ft]: 7-8 hrs 
DAY 15: Rest day in Gokyo-Gokyo Ri [5357m/17,575 ft]: 3-4 hours
DAY 16: Gokyo- Renjo La [5360m/17585 ft]-Marlung [4210m/13,810 ft]: 7-8 hrs
DAY 17: Marlung-Namche Bazaar: 5-6 hours
DAY 18: Namche Bazaar-Lukla: 6-8 hours
DAY 19: Lukla - Kathmandu: 40 min flight
DAY 20: Final Departure


Detailed Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m / 4264 feet)
Upon arrival at the Kathmandu Airport (TIA), you will be welcomed and greeted by our representative and then transfer to the hotel. After the check in, you can either take a rest; hang around in the city as it all depends upon your interests. In the evening, we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.
Hotel Encounter Nepal
Dinner

DAY 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
After breakfast, break the day with guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu. The first visit is made in Swayambhunath Stupa- oldest stupa situated on the hillock. Enjoy the bird eyes view of Kathmandu Valley and mountains. After then visit Kathmandu Durbar Square - Palace of Malla and then Shah King of Nepal. Visit Kumari Ghar (living goddess), Kasthamandap (made up of a single tree), Hanuman Dhoka (Gate to enter the palace) and many more temples. Finally, visit in Patan Durbar Square- the city of fine art and architecture. Visit Krishna Temple, Palace square, Mahabauddha, Mahabihar and many more temples and masterpiece monuments. Late afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Black Diamond briefs us regarding the trip as well as provides us an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Hotel Encounter Nepal
Breakfast

DAY 03: Kathmandu to Lukla flight and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 minutes flight, 3-4 hours trek
Early morning after breakfast transfer to Kathmandu airport domestic terminal to fly over Lukla, a gateway destination for trekking in Everest Region. After 40 minutes adventurous and scenic view flight, we reach in the Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla. Here we meet our other crew members and then we begin our first-day easy trek through forest, villages and along the Dudh Koshi River to Phakding.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft): 5-6 hrs trek
Today also we follow the Dudh Koshi River and cross suspension bridges many times, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. On the way, we can see the beautiful view of Mt Thamserku (6618m). Passing through the small village of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo we enter into the Sagarmatha National Park. We cross the last village of Jorsale before Namche and then gradual walk through the forest and bridges until we reach the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers (Larja Dobhan). After then about 2 hours steep climb we reach Chautara from where we get the first sight of Mt. Everest. From there another 1.5 hours easy walking bring us to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt. Everest and the main trading center.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 05: Namche Bazaar: Rest day
After 2 days walking we take a rest in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize the body. It is recommended to stay active during the rest day also which helps to acclimatize our body quickly. Walking little high altitude around 100 ft will help to acclimatize properly. Morning we do hike in Thame and later explore Namche Bazaar.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 06: Namche Bazaar-Tengboche [3860 m/12,660 ft]: 5-6 hrs
Today the trail is gradual ups and downs with the magnificent view of Himalayas and Musk Deer, Monal, Blue Sheep may come across on our way while walk through the jungle. We begin the day with gradual walk down up to Kayanguma, passing by Tenzing Norgye Memorial Stupa and viewing massive Ama Dablam, Lhotse Shar, Taboche, Thamserku more snowcapped peaks. After then little ahead we reach Sansa, the junction to Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp. We follow the right trail to Everest Base Camp through pine forests and come across the bridge over Dhudh Koshi River in Phungi Thanga. From there the trail is little steep through the forest of rhododendron and fir trees to Tengboche village, the home of biggest Buddhist Monastery of Everest region and the close up view of massive Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Everest is very impressive from here. Late afternoon we visit Tengboche Monastery to witness the Lama Puja.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 07: Tengboche- Dingboche [4360m/14,300 ft]: 5-6 hrs
We continue the journey through gradual down from rhododendron trees and again come across the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River. About an hour further walk will bring us to Pangboche which offers a dramatic view of Himalayas and village. Passing by several Chortens, Mani walls and Pangboche Gompa we continue the trek through the village of Syomare, Orsho and Samso Ogma. From there we follow the right path and after crossing the bridge over the confluence of Khumbu Khola and Imja River we climb steep path to Chyakunwa Kharka from where we can see the spectacular view of Taboche, Ama Dablam, Khangteka, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse and many more. After few minutes gradual climb we will be welcomed by chorten and prayer flags in Dingboche.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 08: Dingboche-Chhukung [4750m/15,580 ft]: 3-4 hrs
Today is short and pleasant walk. We leave Dingboche through stone wall and on the way we can see beautiful view of Mt. Lhotse on our left, Mt. Ama Dablam on our right and Island Peak just straight ahead. Following the Imja Khola we reach at Bibre, the junction to Kongma La and Chhukhung valley. We follow the right path along the Imja Khola and crossing the icy streams we reach Chhukung which is situated on the base of Lhotse Glacier and surrounded by massive snowy mountains. After lunch we can hike to the Chhukung Ri which offers marvelous view of Lhotse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Baruntse and many more snowcapped mountains; or we can just stay in guest house to recharge our tired body and mind.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 09: Rest Day in Chhukung
Today we stay in Chhukung to acclimatize our body properly before conquer Kongma La pass (5535m). As we know it is recommended to stay active during rest day also. So today we hike up either to Chhukung Ri or to the base camp of Island Peak to admire the great view of landscapes and mountains including sky towering Lhotse, unexpected view of Amadablam, Makalu, Island Peak, Baruntse and many more.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: Chhukung-Kongma La [5535m/18,159ft] -Lobuche [4940m/16,210ft]: 6-7 hrs
Today we have to cross highest pass of the trip, the Kongma La. We enjoy the isolated environment and beautiful nature. After early breakfast, carrying plenty of water, snacks and packed lunch we begin our adventurous day. There are two possible trails to climb Kongma La. One is through the Nuptse Glacier by climbing the hill northwest of Chhukung and another one is walking back to Bibre and climb right trail above the Niyang Khola. Further climbing up along the Niyang Khola valley we pass by rocky trail and the small frozen lakes. From there the steep climb lead us to the top of Kongma La from where we can enjoy the view of frozen lakes and great Himalayas Cholatse, Pokalde, Mera Peak, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu and Ama Dablam. Last descend from the pass is steep and difficult. Finally crossing the Khumbu Glacier we reach at Lobuche.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: Lobuche to Gorak Shep [5140 m/16,860ft] to Kalapatthar [5550m/18204ft] to Gorak Shep Or Lobuche to Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 ft] to Gorak Shep: 8-9 hrs
Today we have two options. First one is, we reach Gorak Shep and in late afternoon hike to Kalapatthar for impressive sunset view over Himalayas including Mt. Everest. Second one is, we reach Everest Base Camp and then trek back to Gorak Shep for overnight. We can split the group for option 1 and option 2.
After early breakfast we start trek through the moraine of Khumbu glacier. Passing through Italian Research Center and Lobuche Pass (5110m) we reach to Chongri Glacier. On the way to Chongri Glacier we get the first sight of the summit of north ridge of Mt. Everest along with 360 degree view of snowcapped mountains including Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse and many more. Walking up through boulder path of Changri glacier we reach Gorak Shep.
Option 1:- Evening we hike to Kalapatthar. Kalapatthar is the popular view point hill. It takes 45 minutes to reach from Gorak Shep. From there we can see very impressive, massive and sky towering Himalayas including Kantenga, Pumo Ri, Thamserku, Changtse Ama Dablam, Kantenga, Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest and many more.
Option 2:- Leaving the Kalapathar (view point) on left and passing by Indian army mountaineers' memorials we continue towards Everest Base Camp which takes us around 3 hours to reach. We celebrate the achievement of our trip goal by capturing massive Nuptse, Khumbuste and Punori from Everest Base Camp in our camera. But from here Mt. Everest is not visible. After spending memorable moment we trek back to Gorak Shep.
Note: Sunset view from Kalapatthar is more impressive than the sunrise view over snow capped mountain including Mt. Everest. So who wish to hike Kalapatthar today, our guide and porters will accompany you.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar [5550m/18204ft] / Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 ft] to Lobuche [4940m/16,210ft]: 7-8 hrs
Those participants, who had choose option 1 yesterday (Kalapatthar), will visit Everest base camp today. And who had choose option 2 yesterday (Everest Base Camp); they will hike to Kalapatthar today for sunrise view over snowcapped mountains including Mt. Everest and then wait for other participants to return back in Gorak Shep. 
After having lunch together in Gorak Shep we trek back to Lobuche
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: Lobuche-Dzonglha [4830m/15,850 ft]: 3-4 hrs
Today is short walk day and we get spare time to re-energize for coming days adventures. After breakfast we leave Lobuche and commence gradual walk through the terminal moraines of Khumbu Glacier and then take a southwest trail form junction. After crossing stream we are greeted by beautiful views onward. We can see the towering Ama Dablam , Kangtega, Thamserku in southward while Taboche stands close and straight forward. Distance view of Dughla and Periche appeared downward. Further as we bend to northward the Chola Tsho come into view and remain till we descend to a wide basin. Then crossing small bridge over stream we ascend few minutes to reach Dzonglha.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14: Dzongla-ChoLa [5368m/17,611 ft]-Thangnak [4680m/15,350 ft]-Gokyo [4800m/15,580 ft]: 7-8 hrs
Today is one of the toughest days of our trek since the trail is steep, slippery, there is a chance of rock fall and have to cross glacier path. So we need to walk steadily and carefully. After early breakfast we start to climb challenging Cho La Pass. Initially we descend to murmuring stream passing by small village of Leisyasa (4860m). Further we carefully climb steep rocky way which is slippery and pass through hazardous crevasses. As we gain the height, the backward view of Pyramid shaped Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Lobuche East are more captivated. Further little bend path will take us to the top of Cho La Pass from where we can see the splendid peaks all around including Kyajo Ri, Tengkangpoche, Numbur, Kangchung etc. Descend from Cho La Pass is not easy as we think. The trail is slippery and there is chance of rock fall. So we need to be alert and descend steadily to Thangnak passing through frozen lake, enjoying attractive view of Ama Dablam and Cholatse. Little walk ahead will take us to the junction. We turn right way and crossing Ngozumba Glacier we reach second of the Gokyo Lakes (Taboche Tsho) on the series of six lakes. We observe and admire the fascinated shining turquoise blue lake. Little ahead we reach the third Gokyo lakes, Dudh Pokharai and step on the shore to Gokyo village.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15: Rest day in Gokyo- hike Gokyo Ri [5357m/17,575 ft] and/or fifth lake: 8-9 hrs
It is recommended to stay active during rest day also which helps to acclimatize our body quickly. Walking little high altitude around 100 ft will help to acclimatize properly. Today early morning we hike the Gokyo Ri (considered as a best viewpoint of Everest Region) to witness sunrise view over majestic Himalayas. Form the summit, the panoramic views of Cho Oyu,Pumo Ri, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, Taboche, Kangtega, K 43, Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru, with the Ngozumpa Glacier and tiny Gokyo village will be unforgettable life time memory. We take time to admire the rare view of the planet by capturing the wordless scenery. We hike back to Gokyo and take breakfast. Further we can continue our side trip towards sixth lake beyond Gokyo Ri hill. We hike down from the Gokyo Ri and continue towards north along the moraine of Ngozumba Glacier with only a small gain in altitude. Just about 3 km walk we reach at fourth lake, Thonak Tsho (4870 m), a steely grey pool surrounded by enormous cliffs and peaks. We continue to fifth lake, Ngozumba Tsho(4990m), set beneath the giant Cho Oyu. We can hike small hill on the east edge which locally known as Scoundrel’s Viewpoint (5000m) from where shiny close wall of Cho Oyu, upper expanse of Ngozumpa Glacier, unobstructed views of the north face of Everest as well as Nuptse, Lhotse and Makalu can be seen. It is impractical to reach the sixth lake, Gyazumba Tsho (5419m) and back in one day. Finally we trek back from fifth lake to Gokyo village.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16: Gokyo- Renjo La [5360m/17585 ft]-Marlung [4210m/13,810 ft]: 8-9 hrs
Today is long and difficult trek day as we have to cross one of the highest and renowned scenic Renjo Pass. After early breakfast we start trek walking northward and follow the trail along the Dudh Pokhari to Chola Pass. As we gain the height, the stunning view of Everest Himalayan Range and Makalu in backward and Rowling Range ahead can be seen. After around 3 hours climbing crossing many streams we reach at the top of Renjo La from where we can see panoramic view of Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Taboche, Gokyo Lake and village besides the Ngozumpa Glacier. We descend steeply from the pass, through slippery and narrow trail passing by beautiful Angladumba Tsho, Relama Tsho, Renjo Lake and reach Lumde. Again we descend to Gomo, the junction place and following southward trail along Bhote Koshi River, passing several streams finally we reach Marulung.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17: Marlung-Namche Bazzar: 5-6 hours
Today we down all the way and have to cross numerous streams and many many gompas before we reach at Namche. We start our walk crossing the bridge over Bhote Koshi River and down to Taranga from where we can see Kongde Ri downward. Crossing Langmuche Khola, (originated from glacial lake that burst in 1985 and caused destructive flood) passing by Kyaro Gompa we reach at Thame. We visit more than three hundred years old Thame Gompa where Mani Rimdu festival is celebrated in May. We steeply down and crossing the bridge we reach at Samde village which offers breathtaking views. After crossing the bridge over Canyon of Thesebu River we reach at Phurte village where we can visit Laudo monastery which is run by Kopan monastery of Bouddhanath in Kathmandu and is popular among the westerners for Buddhist study and meditation center. Further walking through jungle of pine forest and we get beautiful view of Khumbi Yul Lha (5761m) on left, Kongde Ri (6186m) on right and Kusum Khangkaru (6367m) on straight forward as we get nearer to Namche Bazzar. Further passing through some Gompas, Chortons, mani stone finally we reach to main town of Everest Region, the Namche Bazzar.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18: Namche Bazaar to Lukla [2,800m/9,186ft]: 6-7 hrs trek
Today is our last trekking day and we trek back the same route but we feel completely different view. Trail is steep, so we need to walk slowly supporting own body with shaky legs. We trek back exploring attractions on the way, experiencing Sherpa culture in beautiful villages and enjoying distance view of Himalayas. Freezing cold turns to moderately warm and our body get relief today. After breakfast we begins gradual walk for few minutes and then steep down to the Larja Bridge which is the confluence point of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River. From there the gradual walk along Dudh Koshi River will bring us to the exit point from National Park, the Jorsale village. Again following the Dudh Koshi River, pass by the small village of Monjo, Chumoa, Benkar and walking through rhododendron forest, we reach Phakding. Few hours more gradual walk will bring us at Lukla. In Lukla we do relax and stretch the tired body. Late afternoon we can stroll around the Lukla. Evening we enjoy the last dinner with crew members.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19: Lukla – Kathmandu
After early breakfast we fly back to Kathmandu memorizing those excited and beautiful days. In Kathmandu you can take a rest throughout the day in hotel or you can explore other attractions of Kathmandu. For the memorizing the Nepal trip you can buy some souvenirs for yourself or for friends and family in Thamel Area. Late evening we celebrate the success of our trip and enjoy dinner together.
Hotel Encounter Nepal
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 20: Departure
After breakfast you are free till departure time. If you have more time you can do shopping or sightseeing around Kathmandu. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Black Diamond drops you to the airport.
Breakfast

NOTE: Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight may get delay for few hours or may even cancel for few days due to frequently changeable and unfavorable weather condition of Himalayas. Such condition may arise even in the best season. So we kindly request you to keep some spare days in hand to cope with such condition. If flight is cancelled at the start of trip, either you do wait till you have spare days or do another adventure trip to other regions. If flight is cancelled after the trip, either you have to wait for following day’s flight or you have to take helicopter rescue to fly back Kathmandu. The helicopter charges around USD 5,000 and it can lift 4-5 people per flight. If everything goes as plan during trek, in your spare time you can enjoy sightseeing, jungle safari, rafting, bungee and many more luxurious and adventurous activities.

Fixed Departure Date:

2015
Jan- 5, 11, 18, 20, 25
Feb- 1, 8, 10, 16, 22, 24
Mar- 2, 8, 15, 17, 22, 29
Apr- 5, 12, 14, 20, 26, 28
May- 3, 10, 12, 17, 24, 25, 31
Jun- 7, 9, 14
Sep- 1, 7, 13, 20, 22, 27
Oct- 4, 11, 13, 18, 25, 26
Nov- 2, 8, 15, 22, 23, 29
Dec- 6, 13, 15, 20, 28

For other dates please do contact us or email us.

Price Includes:

  • All transfers, sightseeing, airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu airfare
  • Domestic airport tax
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Hotel Encounter Nepal- www.encounternepal.com or Hotel Norbu Linka- www.hotelnorbulinka.com) or similar 3-star hotel as per availability.
  • 16 nights accommodation in standard guest house/lodges during trekking
  • Welcome dinner in Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show
  • Farewell dinner
  • All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • An experienced guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) during the trek
  • Salary, insurance, equipments, transportation, food and lodge for the guide and porter
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are needed to be returned after the trek)
  • All necessary paperwork and permits
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes.

Price Excludes:

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • City tour guide
  • Entrance fees in the monuments during city tour
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • All kind of drinks
  • Extra night accommodation than the scheduled itinerary
  • Tips for guides, porters and driver

The Trekking Group
For Everest Three Passes Trek(transverse), you will have experienced trekking leader/guide, assistant trekking guide (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers) and Sherpa porters for carrying the luggage (1 porter for 2 trekkers). This arrangement ensures that if anybody in the group is sick, still we can lead the trip as planned. We can run the Everest Three Passes Trek(transverse) even for 1 person and the maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Health & Experience Required
Everest Three Passes Trek(transverse) is a moderate level trek suitable for nature loving trekkers who carry the ability to walk 5-7 hours a day with a light backpack in high altitude. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in lower altitude, so it is advisable as well as supportive for this trek to do light exercise, jogging in nearby hill few weeks prior the trip. For this trek, we don’t need any technical skills and prior experience of trekking. However, the most essential assets to accomplish this trek successfully are physical fitness, self confidence and strong determination.
Please do visit your medical doctor, consult him before heading to such altitude trekking destination. Those who have heart, lung, respiratory or blood pressure problem should talk with their medical doctor and take his reference and report us before planning this trip with us. We deserve not to take those on our trip who are having such medical conditions.

Travel Insurance
It would be best to you to make a travel insurance before the trips that will be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to cancellation, medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don't arrange or sell insurance. 

Accommodations
All accommodations for Everest Three Passes Trek(transverse) are on twin sharing basis included in the trip cost and are chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard of service and food, location, etc. There are two types of accommodations during our trip. You will spend two nights in 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and 08 nights in standard teahouse/lodge during trekking. Basically, there are unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses in mountain. We provide attached rooms as much as possible, however, teahouses/lodges of some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are a solo traveler, you will share a room with someone else of a same sex of your group. If you prefer a single room, you can get single rooms on request by paying a single supplement.

Why Us?
Black Diamond is primarily dedicated to satisfying our travelers from around the globe. We give our best in this field because we are committed to providing you with the best services possible from our side. 

Meals
During the Trek, you can enjoy typical Nepali cuisine, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) from pizza and chips to apple pie. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, variety of drinks, and snacks. Breakfast of a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge menu where you spent your night. Lunch will be served on the way to the destination, dinner and breakfast in the teahouse where you will spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.

Equipments & Packing List
It is best if you pack the following for your trek:
Head:
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body:
- Under Garments
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet:
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Upper Body:
- T-shirts
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket *

Hands:
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Accessories:
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag 
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside the trek bag
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Trekking Poles 
- Water bottles
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
- Ear Plug (who know some people on a group are snoring)

Toiletries:
- 1 medium sized quick drying towel
- Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Deodorants
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Feminine hygiene products
- Small mirror

Personal Hygiene:
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Antibacterial hands wash

Extras/Luxuries:
- Binoculars
- Reading book
- Trail Map/Guidebook
- Journal & Pen
- Walkman
- Pencils and small notebooks
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
- Swimming customs (for Kathmandu & Trek)

Acclimatization
AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) may cause from the altitude of 2,500m and altitude above 8,000 m is considered as “death zone”. The amount of oxygen decreases as altitude increase. Strike of AMS merely depends on a person to person and it may cause even death. The initial symptoms of AMS are mild headache, loss of appetite, stomach disorder and later it increase as short breath, dizziness, fever, nausea and vomiting, and feeling very weak. Only the prevention from AMS is to ascending slowly and only the cure is to descend quickly. Black Diamond Expedition designed the itinerary of Everest Three Passes Trek(transverse) allowing the plenty of time to acclimatize.

Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements
To make your Everest Three Passes Trek(transverse) successful, enjoyable and memorable the most important thing you need to realize is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek leader and the crew members with the ability to operate your duration in the mountain smoothly. Black Diamond only employs the experienced, trained and professional staffs who have fact and up-to-date knowledge about culture, history, flora, fauna and geography of Nepal. Trek leaders of Black Diamond are also trained on biodiversity and environmental issues, potential medical issues during their trek, English language, etc:
•    Intensive Wilderness First Aid
•    Trekking Guide Training
•    Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
•    English Language
•    Conservation and Biodiversity
•    Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

Porter Care
To say the truth, Nepal’s trekking and expedition industry is boost because of tireless effort of local Sherpa porters of Himalaya. Their physical effort to carry supplies, equipments, baggage and overall support make the trip to remote areas possible. But the history of their exploitation and abuse was so regrettable. To combat this we are strictly committed to porter rights. We provide them as much facilities and care as our trekkers would get. We have made full insurance of them against all the possible bad incidents, health and even helicopter rescue insurance. And for the porter's sake we require that all trekkers keep their luggage bag weight under 15kgs/33 pounds. 

Environmental Concerns
The Everest Region is stunningly beautiful but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. We employ a 'zero impact' policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. We enforce a number of do's and don'ts, and our experienced staffs can advise you on how to minimize your impact.

Best Season
Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Everest Three Passes Trek(transverse). The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing. Also in the winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) Everest Three Passes Trek(transverse) can be done but we need to be fully prepared to fight against cold.
Weather in Himalayan region is unpredictable and change frequently. Your planned itinerary may need to be changed because of bad weather condition considering your safety. 

Additional Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us.

 

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