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The Everest Three Pass Trek 

As the ultimate Everest experience, the Three Pass trek includes all the highlights-both from a mountain view and a cultural perspective-into into a truly unforgettable journey. Additionally, this trek is one of Nepal’s most challenging tea house treks, as this is a challenging yet physically and spiritually satisfying journey that isn’t often discussed.

The Everest Region is one of Nepal’s top trekking destinations, and the Three Passes Trek, Nepal’s ultimate trekking adventure, crosses three passes over 5,000m, providing incredible scenery and photos. Additionally, this popular trekking trail is located in the Khumbu region of the eastern side of Nepal, with a magnificent natural setting and several trekking trails to explore. 

About the Region

In the three passes trek, you are linked to all corners of the Everest region, high mountain landscape, lush meadows, and high passes alpine plateau. The three passes trek is 148 kilometers / 92 miles long, and it requires around three weeks of hiking for the round trip. However, solo independent travelers and small groups who trek in small groups have found the three-pass trek a more popular and desirable trek.

Necessary Permits and Accommodations

TIMS permits and Sagarmatha National Park permits are required for treks in the Everest region. For those arranging their own trek, you’ll need to pick up their TIMS permit in Kathmandu and their Sagarmatha National Park permits in Monjo village (a checkpoint on the first day of their trek).

You will spend most of your time during the trek in small tea houses along the three-pass route as a trekker. They offer quite basic services and facilities, but the hospitality of the locals is exceptionally impressive.

Preparing For the Three Pass Trek

It is important to be aware that this trek starts at the height of 2,860 meters or 9,380 feet and reaches a maximum elevation of 5,545 meters or 18,192 feet. This high elevation can cause some individuals altitude sickness or difficulty breathing. Therefore, people with lung or other similar problems should refrain from participating in such an adventure or take necessary precautions.

Additionally, this trek requires you to walk regularly in a cold climate for many days. Thus, be sure to bring along the following materials with you.

  • Warm clothes, including jackets, sweaters, and thermal wears
  • Well-fitting gloves, socks, and shoes or boots
  • Trekking sticks
  • Snow Glasses and flashlight
  • Moisturizers and lip guard
  • Water bottles and thermos
  • Portable fire stoves

There is no requirement for all of these materials for the journey mentioned above, but they make the journey much easier. The three-pass trek is quite popular among frequent travelers; many hotels, trek shops, and homestays provide these materials.

Three Pass Trek Itinerary

For foreigners, this trek starts from Lukla and ends in Lukla, so they need first to obtain a Nepali visa and arrive in Kathmandu. Then, once in Kathmandu or any other city in Nepal, they need to book flights to Solukhumbu’s Lukla Airport.

Today you enter the Sagarmatha National Park World Heritage site with spectacular views of high mountains, including the majestic Mount Everest.

On the next day's morning, we walk to Everest View Hotel for an acclimatization hike. In the afternoon, we visit the Sherpa Museum, explore Namche Bazar's local market, and spend the night there.

The trail now separates from the popular Everest base camp route and leads northwest towards the gorgeous village of Thame, where you will be staying that night. While you are there, learn about some of the local traditions and their connection with this mountain.

Today we will be returning to higher altitudes, climbing up to Lungden. Make sure you have your camera with you because as you go higher and higher, you will be able to see more and more of the snow-capped peaks in the region.

As we approach the end of our climb to Renjo La, we will encounter the first of the Three Passes - Renjo La. The route is gentle at the outset but will soon become a strenuous ascent. We get to an altitude of 5,388 meters on this day. Thus, you can use the magnificent views you will get at the top to motivate you. After the pass, we will descend to Gokyo Lake Number Three and then trek to Gokyo Village for the night.

Your first summit today is Gokyo Ri, from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of Cho Oyu. We start the climb early and then take the rest of the day to acclimatize. If you have more energy left, you might want to hike up some of the surrounding moraine ridges.

Gokyo is the starting point for the journey across the Ngozumpa Glacier. After reaching the second lake, we descend onto the glacier. The route across the glacier is marked with cairns, and the route is generally well defined. Finally, we climb off the glacier and descend into Tragnag Valley.

In order to cross the Cho La Pass and descend to Dzongla today, we must get up early. After climbing a ridge and crossing an old moraine, we begin the rocky scramble up to the pass. On the way down, we cross a small glacier that is fairly straightforward. We can also see more excellent views of Ama Dablam and Cholatse once we reach the river.

Leaving Pheriche and Tengboche, the Lobuche trail follows the valley on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier, contouring above the Tshola Tsho lake to connect with the main Everest trail.

As we approach Everest Base Camp, we follow the Khumbu Glacier, which offers spectacular vistas of the surrounding mountains, especially at the crossing of a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at Gorak Shep before continuing our trek to Base Camp.

To reach the trekking peak of Kala Pattar - the iconic view of Everest - we have to get up early in the morning. Then, after snapping some pictures, we head back to Gorak Shep for a quick meal and descend to Lobuche.

We hike for eight to nine hours on this day. Today, we leave the classic base camp route, reaching Kongma La, the third and final pass on the trip. At 5,535m, this pass is the highest among the three. We descend to the Chukhung Valley from here after a tiring climb.

The most difficult of the three peaks on our trek is Chukhung Ri, which we will climb today. There is a little easy scrambling near the summit and the excellent views. We descend to Dingboche.

Now that we have returned to the main Everest trail, we descend to Pangboche and climb to Tengboche. After Tengboche, we make a steep descent before climbing back up to Kyangjuma. There, we will spend the night in a lodge.

After traversing Namche Bazaar, descending Namche Hill, and crossing the Dudh Koshi, we will trek back to the village of Phakding, where we will spend the night during our return from the trek.

On the final day of the three-pass trek, we follow the Dudh Koshi down to Lukla on our final day of hiking. This will be the perfect time for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters, where you can reflect on a memorable hiking experience.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trek(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in lodges and tea houses during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Trekking Guide and a porter (Shared by two clients) with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

Note

The itinerary mentioned above is the general plan arranged by Pokhara Info. However, the above itinerary is only a guideline; it might change due to availability of lodging and campsites, fluctuating weather conditions, unforeseen political, trail, and environmental, or any other factors beyond our control. After consulting with the group, your trek leader will decide the best way to reach a final decision if this occurs.

If the itinerary is unsuitable for you, please let us know, and we will customize it. We will be able to make changes to the itinerary if clients want to do so.

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A trek to the Everest Base Camp

One of the best activities to partake in to enjoy Nepal’s beautiful hills and mountains can be planning a trek with your friends or family. In addition, a trek to the base camp of the world’s tallest peak is just as wonderful as it sounds. As far as you might be concerned, Everest is more than just a mountain; similarly, the journey to the mountain’s base camp is more than just a mere trek.

Why should I Trek to the Everest Base Camp?

It’s no wonder why Nepal is one of the top traveling destinations for tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers alike. The enthralling beauty of Nepal lets travelers experience heavenly experiences without having to travel to heaven itself.

Nevertheless, if you are planning to travel to Nepal in the near future or are originally from there, you may be surprised to learn about all the places you can travel to get the best out-of-doors experience.

For regular people, a wonderful trek to the Gokyo Lake or Annapurna base camp or hike the Shivapuri national park might be a good escape from week to week workdays.

However, the Everest Base Camp trek allows a traveler of any experience level to experience a challenging yet physically and spiritually fulfilling journey that’s not easily available in our time. Not to mention, you’d be able to physically spectate the gorgeous hills, villages, and mountains along the way.

How do I prepare for the Everest base camp trek?

Before you embark on this journey, you need to consider that this trek starts at an elevation of 2,860 meters or 9,380 feet and ends at an elevation of 5,364 meters or 17,598 feats. This extreme elevation might cause altitude sickness or breathlessness.

Thus, people with lung problems or other similar problems should avoid or take all the necessary precautions before taking on such an adventure.

Additionally, this trek requires you to walk continuously in a cold climate for many days. Thus, be sure to bring along the following materials with you.

  • Warm clothes, including jackets, sweaters, and thermal wears
  • Well-fitting gloves, socks, and shoes or boots
  • Trekking sticks
  • Snow Glasses and flashlight
  • Moisturizers and lip guard
  • Water bottles and thermos
  • Portable fire stoves

Though all of these are quite necessary for the journey, as mentioned above, not all of them are a must. Everest base camp trek is quite famous among frequent travelers, so many hotels and homestays provide these materials for a higher price than the usual price. Similarly, you can opt to get your food at any place during your stay there as per your liking.

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

The Everest base camp starts from Lukla and ends at Lukla. Thus, for foreigners, you need to acquire a traveling visa from the Nepal government and get to Kathmandu initially. Now, if you’re in Kathmandu or any other city in Nepal, book a flight to the Lukla Airport in Lukla, Solukhumbu.

Now, after you reach Lukla, your trek starts. About a 12/14 day’s journey would be enough for an average healthy person to complete the trek. And during the end of the day, stay at multiple homestays available in the areas mentioned below as per your liking.

From Phakding, start the hike to the beautiful Namche Bazar, which is also known as the gateway to Everest. After reaching there, booking a hotel or a homestay for two days would be ideal. During those days, your body can adapt to the weather and altitude of the area.

During the second day in Namche Bazaar, a trip to the green village of Khumjung and Thame would be a great use of your time.

A trek from Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche takes approximately 6 to 8 hours. Plan your day accordingly and enjoy the beautiful view of forests full of rhododendron trees along the way.

The trek from Thyangboche to Dingboche consists of rivers, bridges, and long paths with a mind-blowing view of the Himalayas. Similar to Namche Bazaar, it'd be easier for your body to stay at Dingboche for two days to adapt to the area's conditions. Do enjoy the warm hospitality of the people of Dingboche while there.

During the second day in Dingboche, an excursion to the village of Chhukung and Nagarzhang would be a great use of your rest day. After this day, you can continue your trek.

The trail to Lobuche from Dingboche leads through alpine meadows and summer yak pastures near the terminus of the Khumbu Glacier. This path offers stunning views of Nuptse on clear days. Be sure to take in every moment of your hike.

On day eight, you need to reach Nuptse via a difficult climb Khumbu Glacier. Furthermore, get past the Changri Glacier towards Gorakshep. Finally, you'll reach Everest Base Camp on the eighth day of the trek. Then, feel a sense of fulfillment and enjoy the day at Everest Base Camp.

When you wake up, a morning trek to Kala Patthar will allow you to view the stunning sunrise, Everest, and its surrounding areas. Later on, Start your descent back to Lukla via Pheriche.

After spending the ninth night in Pheriche, take a rest at Kyangjuma at the end of day ten.

On our way back to Lukla, we trek down from Kyangjuma to the small village of Monjo. Stay at Monjo for the night.

If everything goes as planned, the twelfth day will be your final day in the Solukhumbu district. After you leave Monjo, you'll reach Lukla. Since it's time to leave, be sure to take in the atmosphere of Lukla and the journey as a whole. Sightseeing, shopping, and relaxing can be a great way to finish off such a great adventure.

 

After an exciting couple of weeks, go back to your daily life with a memory that’ll last your lifetime.

About Everest Base Camp Trek

  • As one of the most adventurous treks in Nepal, the Everest base camp trek requires a good fitness level and activeness.
  • A small group of around 5 to 15 people would be preferable for the trek.
  • The minimum age requirement for the trek is 12 years.
  • This trek is of Teahouse style with simple hotels, hostels, or homestays available. 

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trek(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in lodges and tea houses during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Trekking Guide and a porter (Shared by two clients) with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

Note

The itinerary mentioned above is the general plan arranged by Pokhara Info. The above itinerary is only a guideline; it might change due to availability of lodging and campsites, fluctuating weather conditions, unforeseen political, trail, and environmental, or any other factors beyond our control. After consulting with the group, your trek leader will decide the best way to reach a final decision if this occurs.

If the itinerary is unsuitable for you, please let us know, and we will customize it. We will be able to make changes to the itinerary if clients want to do so.

Finally, a trek to the Everest Base can be an amazing once-in-a-lifetime event for you. Due to its history, great views, and Sherpa culture, the trek certainly deserves its reputation. However, since the trek is so popular, the main trails are often quite crowded.

Even so, despite its popularity, Everest Base Camp deserves to be listed among the top treks in Nepal. If you decide to take on the journey, I wish you a pleasant trip through the forests, Sherpa villages, glacial moraines, and foothills on the way to the Everest Base Camp.

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Skydiving in Nepal

Nepal offers many adventurous sports that easily attract tourists to the country without a second thought. One of those activities is skydiving in Nepal. If it is not on your bucket list, you should consider visiting Nepal. Nepal’s skydiving differs from skydiving in other countries because the country offers a spectacular view of all Himalayan peaks. At the same time, the thrill of floating in the air like a bird is unparalleled.

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Skydiving in Nepal

While skydiving is an excitingly intense aerial sport, you can feel the rush of adrenaline as you jump off the helicopter. No one can compare to the thrill of free fall and a joyful parachute landing in a drop zone. Besides providing fun and adventure, sky diving has a number of health benefits as well.

About Skydiving 

Skydiving is a sport that stimulates the mind. Since the sport cleanses your mind, many people see it as meditation since it makes you focus on one thing at a time. In an effort to provide people with extremely thrilling experiences and a healthy lifestyle, the Nepal government has enlisted skydiving in Nepal as a major sport for adventure seekers. In 2022, there will be two major skydiving spots in Nepal.  

It is possible to skydive in two different ways, and they are:

Group or Tandem Skydiving:

It is the most popular way for beginners who want to experience the thrilling experience of skydiving for the first time. After harnessing a qualified skydiver, a novice skydiver jumps alongside them. A Tandem flight can be easily performed by clients with limited flying knowledge as soon as they jump. Because it is well-known that only healthy individuals should participate in adventure tours and travels, there is also a weight limit for people who wish to take this flight of 95 kg.

Solo Skydiving:

Skydiving solo is quite different from tandem flying, as here the diver has to fly all by himself if he has experience & training in freefall. A solo skydiver leaves the plane at a certain altitude without anyone’s assistance and freefalls at a speed of about 200 kilometers per hour. After opening his parachute, the skydiver descends to the landing zone. However, only experienced pilots and those with a license for this flight should take this flight.

Skydiving in Nepal

For a few decades, Nepal has given considerable importance to recreational activities like paragliding and skydiving as they are a major source of income in the tourism sector. In addition to the arrival of the visit Nepal 2020 campaign, skydiving hype grew even more. However, the pandemic had an effect as well. No exact statistics exist on how many people come to Nepal just to skydive, but the number of people flying in the air like a jet is rising. The increase in tourists has certainly improved Nepal’s economic condition. Currently, skydiving is only available in two places in Nepal: Everest and Pokhara Skydiving. 

Skydiving in Everest  

This is arguably the world’s most exciting aerial adventure, flying from 7010.4 ft and landing on the dreamy land of Syangboche (3761.232m) and Amadablam Basecamp (4572 m), just below Everest. Nepal is the best place to experience free fall around the world’s highest mountain.

During the skydiving in Nepal event at Everest, people jump in front of the highest mountain on Earth, Everest. For many thrill-seekers since 2008, skydiving on Everest of Nepal has been a dream come true. Out of 50 other sports in the world, skydiving has ranked as the 8th best Adventure sport. It was also referred to as “Things to do before you die” by CNN and Forbes.  

Furthermore, if you wish to indulge in Everest Skydiving, a company such as Earthbound Expedition Himalayan Adventure Travel and Tour, Yeti Trail Adventure, or Everest Skydive provides these services. We here at Pokhara Info can manage all the processes and reduce the hassle of booking the trip. So, sit back, relax and enjoy skydiving in front of the highest peak in the world.

Expenses

There are a number of drop zones around Everest for skydiving enthusiasts. Depending on the company you choose and the drop zone you choose, the dive can cost you differently. For two single jumps in a single drop zone, the average cost is approximately $25,000, while the tandem jump costs about $35,000. The Everest region has admittedly high prices for skydiving. However, you’ll get your money’s worth with the dive near Everest. On the other hand, the service included with the package is impressive.

Skydiving costs include food, lodging, travel system, gears, videos, and government permissions. Make sure you speak with your company and learn everything about the package before signing up for the plane.

Skydiving in Pokhara

Pokhara is the best alternative to skydiving from the top of a mountain for those who are not ready. During the dive, one of the most captivating sights is the view of the Annapurna range and the Fewa Lake below. Your skydiving trip to Nepal will be less terrifying and more joyful with qualified pilots with the aircraft’s skydiving scores.

Pokhara only began the thrilling sport in 2010 after two years of Everest skydiving. It has been doing well economically ever since Pokahara’s Skydiving started. Hundreds of people visit Pokhara and its neighboring villages each year for trips and tours, including this antic stunt. Furthermore, skydiving is available in the Pokhara area from a number of companies.

In comparison with Everest, Pokhara has a substantial number of skydiving companies. We here at Pokhara Info can book your flight for you via Travel and tour companies such as Nepal Skydive, Lonely Planet, Explore Himalaya, and Earthbound Expedition Himalayan Adventure Travel and Tour.

Expenses

You can get a similarly thrilling experience for far less money if you’re unwilling to spend thousands on Everest skydiving. Even though skydiving is not necessarily cheap, skydiving in Pokhara offers an affordable service compared to Everest. Nepalis can enjoy the dive in Pokhara for Rs 70,000, while foreigners should pay about $1000.

Additionally, the cost varies based on the type of flight you choose. It costs a couple of hundred dollars more for a tandem skydive than a solo dive. Hence, if you have enough experience, you can fly alone without spending any more money.

How to book a Skydiving flight in Nepal?

Several travel companies provide skydiving services throughout Nepal. During the booking process, you only need to consider your health (you cannot jump more than 95 kilograms) and the cost. Pokhara skydiving is a good place to start if you aren’t ready to jump above the highest peak in the world. You can easily book skydiving flights with the companies mentioned above in both Pokhara and Everest. 

However, for your convenience, we here at Pokhara Info can book your flight for you without you having to worry about all the hassles involved.

Best time for Skydiving in Nepal

Skydiving is a high-risk sport and the best time to skydive is during October and November. A skydiver can choose to rest anywhere between Syangboche Airport and Ama Dablam while skydiving at Everest.

Despite the devastating 2015 earthquake, Nepal has done well in the fields of tourism and skydiving. Finally, when you decide to experience the joy of skydiving, I hope you have the best experience.