Everest 3 High Passes Trek: Cross 3 passes and summit 5 peaks to complete one of Nepal’s top treks
Everest 3 high passes trek facilitates the crossing of the 3 different high passes Renjo La (5,360 m), Cho Lo (5,380m) and Kongma La (
During this circular trek, we are constantly rewarded by amazing views of the highest mountains in the world, glacial lakes, and quiet valleys. With most of the walking above 3600m, this is not for the novice but will appeal to those who are fit and have previously trekked at altitude.
Everest 3 High Passes Trek is a adventure hiking in Nepal which covered 3 difference High Passes with Majestic Himalayas views consist of crossing the pass Renjo– La, Cho-La and Kongma La
click here Renjo La
Renjo La is one of the high passes located in Khumbu valley at an elevation of 5,360 m (17,585 ft). It follows the path leaving Gokyo to the west and is in the eastern front of Lungden.
The path to Renjo La is quite strenuous; snowfall during winter makes it difficult to attempt the pass. Renjo La and surrounding regions are culturally Tibetan. Enjoying close panorama of some of the highest mountains in the wold is the major attraction of the trek. Through Renjo La, you can reach the exquisite valley of Gokyo and make your way further west to Cho La Pass.
Cho La is a high pass located along Gokyo trail in Khumbu valley. It connects the village of Dzongla to the east and the village of Thagnak to the west.
One can cross Ngozumpa glacier on the way to Cho La. To the east, the trail joins the classic Everest Base Camp route.
Ascending Cho La can be physically demanding and may require crampons for slippery paths. One can get the best view of Lobuche peak from the top.
follow site Kongma La
Kongma La is another high pass located between Chukhung village and Lobuche. Trekkers can attempt Kongma La on a return route from the base camp.
It is the highest pass among 3 Everest passes. The panorama of surrounding mountains is quite amazing when seen from Kongma La.
Day 1 – Meet and greet in Kathmandu
Upon arriving at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu, we will pick you up and escort you to your accommodation, providing answers to any questions or help you may need when adjusting to Nepal.
Furthermore, if you need to buy any equipment for your trek, we can organize for this to happen on this day.
Finally, in the evening, we will have a briefing in the hotel about the contents of the trek and get you ready and hyped up about the start of your journey into the unknown the next day.
Day 2 : Kathmandu to Lukla and to Phakding ( All meals included)
After breakfast we catch an early flight to Lukla from Kathmandu.The flight is of a short duration and it takes about 30 minutes to reach the destination . Lukla is a small city nestled in the laps of the Himalayas and as soon as you land here you will feel that you have landed in some sort of a serene paradise . The air is clean , the noises are simpler and there is a different charm about Lukla which you will instantly notice. After a brief rest and snack we depart for Phakding which is about a 4 hour medium trek from Lukla . The path leads through numerous small villages , suspension bridges and you will constantly find yourself looking at massive green valleys ,and numerous streams which are formed from the melted snow up in the higher mountains. You will also see some prayer stones and numerous Buddhist prayer wheels which will keep you entertained while you trek. At the end of it you get a glimpse of the famous Khumbu region and get introduced to the great trekking trail that has attracted millions of trekkers from all over the globe. We reach Phakding in the afternoon and arrive at our lodge and prepare for lunch . It gets cold during the evening so it is advised to get your woolens out . We spend the evening conversing and preparing ourselves for the next day trek to Namche Bazaaar .
Day 3 : Phakding to Namche Bazaar ( All meals included)
Todays trek is a two part route , one till the two step bridge which consists of a moderate grade route and one above the two step bridge which is a more strenuous one . The route to Namche contains a number of suspension bridges that you have to cross and is notoriously famous for its long and constant steep inclines uphill. The path towards Namche Bazaar is very well populated so you will constantly come across fellow tourists and continued traffic of yaks , local villagers and guides and porters. After a good and hard trek of around 6 hours ( depending upon individual speed ) we reach Namche Bazaar. Namche is the business hub of the Khumbu region and is a transit point for many trekkers alike. It has numerous amenities specifically for trekkers including little stores selling a range of items from souvenirs to trekking gear to general groceries. The town also has a good number of coffee shops , restaurants and bars to check out as well.
Day 4 Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar ( All meals included )
Acclimatization day is not a rest day as it is confused for by many first time trekkers.An acclimatization day’s purpose is to get your body comfortable with the lower oxygen levels in the air. The general practice is to hike up to a certain higher area and then return towards the lower altitude. In our case, we hike up to the Sherpa Culture Museum which is a straight but steep hike up the hill. The Sherpa Museum provides a beautiful insight towards the Sherpa Culture and is a must visit. We reach Namche back for lunch and spend the evening at leisure exploring the town and preparing for our journey to Thame the next day
Day 5 Namche to Thame ( All meals included )
Thame Valley historically has been part of the so-called “salt route” from Tibet. Tibetan traders would carry goods on their backs crossing the icy Nangpa La pass (5806 m / 19049 ft) to Nepal and walk a couple of days to Namche Bazaar to sell them on the market.
Thame is the largest village in the valley and it is better known as the home of Tenzing Norgay – the first Sherpa to climb Mount Everest together with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. Apa Sherpa – the man who holds the record for climbing Mount Everest the most times (21) was also born here.
The trail from Namche to Thame follows the Bhote Kosi river and passes through several quiet villages along the way. The walk is easy and usually, takes half a day ( 5-6 hours )to reach Thame. If we reach early we can also visit the famous Thame Gompa a 350 years old monastery. Overnight in a teahouse in Thame.
Day 06: Trek from Thame to Marlung (4210m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
If the sky is clear, we will see the beautiful peaks that guard the village to the west. We take our breakfast and head to the next destination towards Marlung. The terrain from Thame to Marlung is an alpine zone and there is very less vegetation. We enjoy the peace and relative solitude of this little-trekked valley. We next bend around the village of Tangmote. After about an hour, we walk parallel to the village of Yellajung on the other side of the Bhote Koshi. We pass by the Tarngga village enjoying superb views of Kongde Ri as we look down the trail. A further 45 minutes or so on a gradually rising trail brings us to Marlung. Overnight at tea house in Marulung.
Day 07: Trek from Marlung to Lungden (4380m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
It is a short walk today from Marlung to Lungden. After Marlung, we walk for about an hour and then climb a small rasing hill. Upon crossing the water stream we trek 2 to 3 hours to reach Lungden. Overnight at tea house in Lungden.
Day 08: Trek from Lungden to Renjo La pass (5360m) to Gokyo (4800m), 5 to 6 hours trek.
As we hike further to the top of Renjo La, we get the outstanding views of the surrounding. The Everest itself, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche can be seen shining in the sun. Views from Renjo La are much like that from Gokyo Ri with third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the gray smear of Ngozumpa Glacier. We walk further to Gokyo through the glacier. An easy walking down brings us to Gokyo. Overnight at guest house in Gokyo.
Day 09: Rest day at Gokyo, hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m), 4 hrs trip.
Today we rest and acclimatize at Gokyo while explore the fifth lake passing another forth lake. At this juncture, we enjoy the great views of Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu. If the weather is good, we grasp the opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri today instead of next day to enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint of Everest Region. Moreover, Gokyo is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Peak but also for the six lakes which it hosts. Definitely, we would not miss the chance to observe the fourth (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lakes (Ngozuma Tsho). If interested, we climb on a hill at the edge of the Lakes to get astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu. Hiking up to Gokyo Ri rewards breathtaking views of the sunrise over the Himalayas. Upon exploring the Gokyo Ri area, we get back to the camp for rest. We enjoy the feeling of being surrounded by panoramic mountains like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. Overnight at tea house in Gokyo.
Day 10: Gokyo Lake explore around
The excursion to the Gokyo peak usually starts early in the morning. The climb is quite steep first 30 minutes, it will take you an hour to reach the top with its traditional prayer flags. From where you will have a magnificent view of highest peaks, from the west to east are Cho you (8,153m), Gyachung Kang (7,922m), Everest ( 8848m), Lhotse (8,501m) and further way Makalu, On the way to descent you can enjoy, superb view of Gokyo Lake.
Day 11: Trek from Gokyo to Thaknak (4750m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Today, we are on the trail to Thaknak. Thaknak is also sometimes pronounced as Dragnag. We climb out of Gokyo village to a ridge. Then, we take the route through the Ngozumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side. Continuing further and traversing along the edge of that mountain, we descend down to Thaknak. On the trek, we enjoy the magnificent views of Cho Oyu, Gokyo Ri, and other high Himalayas. Overnight at guest house in Thaknak.
Day 12: Trek from Thaknak to Cho La to Dzongla (4830m), 7 to 8 hrs, trek.
Today, we trek to the Cho La Pass. Cho La pass is also another highlight of this trip. Today is going to be one of the toughest days. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add trouble to the trekkers making the trail slippery. Our trail climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail. So, we climb up continuously up from Phedi. We trek through the side of a frozen lake while we come to the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla, another beautiful place with a complete view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and the Pheriche village far below. Overnight at guest house in Dzongla.
Day 13: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche 4900m), 4 to 5 hrs trek.
Today, we head for Lobuche. We climb down from Dzongla. Upon crossing a bridge, we transverse through grassy trail, enjoying the view of Lobuche Peak we stretch up eventually through a ridge. The mountains of Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku and Taboche are seen looming prominently. Curving round through the wide gravelly river bed, we reach Lobuche. Overnight at guest house in Lobuche.
Day 14: Trek Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170m) to EBC (5364m) and back to Gorak Shep, 9 hrs trek.
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail we see the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive 360-degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world – Mt. Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer’s tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. Everest actually is not visible from here. Back to Gorak Shep for Overnight stay.
Day 15: Hike to Kala Patthar (5545m) then to Lobuche (4900m), 6 to 8 hrs trek.
We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Further, there is always the potential of chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kala Patthar, we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to snap pictures. After several hours of ascent, we will be Kala Patthar. From this juncture, we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar where our eyes rook taking in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we can and take them in view with our mind’s eye to last a lifetime. Trek back to Gorak Shep, have a breakfast and trek down to Lobuche. Overnight at tea house in Lobuche.
Day 16: Trek from Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m) to Chhukung (4,730m), 6 to 7 hrs trek.
From Lobuche, we pass through Khumbu Glacier. Climbing up we reach Kongma La. There is a Pyramid shaped Italian Research Centre at just over 5,000m. We enjoy the views of the wide basin dotted with frozen lakes. Again we enjoy the marvelous views of Cholatse, Pokalde, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu and Ama Dablam. Then we turn and walk through the stony trail. While descending down the Niyang Khola valley, we enjoy the great views of Amphu Lapcha Pass and Island Peak. Trekking further we get to Chukkung. Overnight at guest house in Chukkung.
Day 17: Trek from Chhukung to Tengboche (3860m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Chhukung is also the starting point for the Island Peak Climbing. Now we are getting closer to the Himalayan civilization of the Khumbu Region. The Imja Khola joins the Dudh Koshi River a little above the Pangboche Village. There is a famous monastery at Pangboche believed to have been the oldest in the Khumbu region. From Pangboche, we descend down the alpine desert and back into greenery of pine forests. The path leads to a steep uphill climb into Tengboche. We pay our visit to the famous Tengboche Monastery. Overnight at guest house in Tengboche.
Day 18: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazzar, 5 to 6 hrs trek.
From Tenboche, we make a steep descent and the trail leads us back along the Dudh Kosi River. We keep a lookout for wild life such as mountain goats also known as Himalayan Thar, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while passing through the forest by the trail. After passing a Chorten, we reach the army camp at of Namche Bazaar where we want to take a long last look back to Lhotse, the tip of Everest and Tengboche. The final steep climb traverses the hill side taking us to Namche Bazaar. We take a nice hot shower and have very relaxed sleep in our cozy room in Namche Bazaar.
Day 19: Trek from Namche Bazzar to Lukla, 6 to 7 hrs trek.
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. By today we start to get warmed up by the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today as we pass through this charming mountain air. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views. We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages’ noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. Upon arrival in Lukla, check in to a comfortable hotel for a cozy stay. Overnight at hotel or guest house.
Day 20: flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes.
After breakfast, we take a scenic flight to Kathmandu, enjoy the last minute views of the high Himalayan ranges including top of the world. The early morning flight to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel, rest of the time will be rest and relax. In the evening, join a fare well dinner and celebrate your great trek to Everest three passes with one of our team leaders and your trekking crew. Overnight at hotel.
Day 21 Final Departure ( Breakfast included )
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. A representative from Snowyoda will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
|INCLUDED|| Airport transfers from the airport to your hotels .
2 nights accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis ( Breakfast included )
17 nights accommodation in teahouses while on the trek on twin sharing basis
3 times meals including 2 times tea/coffee every day while on the trek.
All necessary paperwork and permits required for the trek.
Domestic return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla
Qualified, Experienced and Certified Guide for the trek. ( If there are 6 or more than 6 people in a group, 1 assistance guide will also be provided. )
Porters to carry the luggage ( 1 porter for 2 people, 10 kg weight per person . If there is a single traveler then a porter cum guide will be provided. )
First Aid Kit .
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation.
All government and local taxes.
Snowyoda has done everything possible within the budget of the trip to ensure that our trips give you a rewarding and relatively safe experience. However, you must acknowledge that adventure travel, treks, trek-climbs and expeditions all involve some degree of risk. The same elements that contribute to the adventure of trekking or climbing can also contribute to the loss or damage to gear, injury or illness to self, or in the extreme and unlikely case, can sometimes result in fatality.
When travelling within Nepal we believe there are risks that you should be aware of:
- We travel in locally hired transport and as Nepal is still a developing country, cars and buses may be old and the roads are rough. The risk of accidents is lowered however as vehicles generally travel at relatively slow speeds.
- Domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla are in small 16-19 seats twin-engine propeller aircraft piloted by local pilots. The planes are well-maintained but flying to the airstrip is visual. For this reason, pilots will not take off unless there is good clear weather, which could result in delays but we believe safety is more important. We will be travelling to the Sargamatha National Park when the skies are clear and the weather is warm and dry. From January to March, the Nepalese winter can make the airstrip icy. From May to August the monsoon makes the skies very cloudy and the airstrip wet.
- While trekking and climbing, you should carry adequate water, sun protection and clothing appropriate to the conditions. We provide equipment lists and will answer any questions about gear that you may have prior to the trek and on the trail. We also inspect your equipment prior to leaving for the trek. Good quality equipment such as down jackets and alpine climbing equipment can be hired. You will be traversing rugged terrain: high mountain passes, snow and ice, wind exposed and rough trails, and crossing streams and rivers by rough bridges or slippery rocks. There is a low risk of falling, rock fall, landslides and collapsing bridges.
- Those attempting to summit Island Peak or Mera Peak should be aware this is not a trek but a mountaineering trail. Previous experience with crampon use, ice axes, basic rope works is essential. Our Sherpa guides can make these equipment available to you for hire however it is important you attend specific mountaineering training courses in Australia prior to going.Like all forms of mountaineering, there are risks of avalanche, rock fall, crevasses, serac and icefall collapses as well as hypothermia and extreme weather conditions. These risks are lower for Island Peak as the majority of the time we will be climbing along the mountain ridge with a professional Sherpa guide.
- Close contact with any wild and domestic animal including the yaks and horses that carry our bags on some treks should be minimised for your safety. Nepal has leopards and other animals, however, the risk of an incident is extremely low.
- Water should be purified or treated before drinking. This includes ALL tap water in cities, towns and villages, and all stream water. Cleaning your hands before eating and after toilet functions is important in preventing gastroenteritis.
- You will travel, trek and/or climb to extreme altitudes. Altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness: AMS) is a common risk which can be harmful or even life-threatening if ignored. It can affect anyone, even the young and physically fit. Altitude sickness occurs when your body gains altitude too quickly and does not have enough time to acclimatise/adjust to the lower amounts of oxygen and changes in air pressure. Most altitude sickness is mild and self-limiting and fortunately, most people eventually acclimatise to high altitudes. Initial symptoms of mild altitude sickness include headaches, lethargy, insomnia, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. Our guides will do their best to help everyone with acclimatisation by planning a slow ascent over a period of days and to ensure everyone drinks plenty of water. Medications such as Diamox tablets do help with symptoms but ultimately, altitude sickness is treated by a rapid descent to a lower altitude.
- Western-standard hospital care is often not available although there are some professional clinics in Kathmandu. While trekking and travelling you may be several hours to several weeks from any medical facility. Helicopter rescue is available in Nepal and it is important that you are insured for this.
- Our guides will use their expertise and do everything in their power to maximise safety for the group, however, trek participants are responsible for their own safety and must show consideration for the safety of other members at all times.
- This list only serves as a guide and more information on travelling to Nepal.
Fitness: If you like hiking, are in good shape and enjoy the flavour of adventure, then you’ll enjoy Snowyoda’s treks. We recommend training for all of our trips and the more you put in beforehand, the more you’ll gain and enjoy the experience. Our experienced team can recommend training and preparation tips for you when you book.
A Typical Day Hiking: A typical day in the Himalayas starts early, so after a hearty breakfast, it would be normal to be on the trail by about 7:30 am to take advantage of the early morning views and drier weather. At around 11 am we would stop for lunch, and start walking again from 12 pm until 3-3:30 pm or until we reach the tea house. Generally, you could expect to be hiking from five to eight hours per day, with plenty of time in the afternoon to rest and take in the surroundings. You will be accompanied by an Active Adventures Himalayas trip leader and a support crew so you can hike at your own pace. Trekking in Nepal is all about taking your time.
Accommodation: The Everest Base Camp Trek ‘EBC’ is an active, high-altitude trek that follows the famous Everest Base Camp route in the remote Nepal Himalayas. We’ll stay in a comfortable hotel in Kathmandu, and in local tea houses (small guesthouse) selected for their comfort, cleanliness and style while on the trek. All the tea houses are located in spectacular surroundings with stunning views.
- Hiking boots: Good ankle support.
- Hiking shoe or sneaker: As an extra, or to use in Kathmandu.
- Sandals: Slip on sandals or flip-flops, they will give your feet a breather during the evening.
- Woolen socks: 3 pair of hiking heavy woolen socks (75-86% wool).
- Light socks: 3 pair of light woolen socks (at least 50% wool).
- Tri-climate jacket: It gets windy in the Himalayan range during evenings and sometimes it rains. Additionally, for early morning trekking, this jacket can be layered up with your down or fleece jacket.
- Down jacket: It’s light and warm. At least, 700-fill goose down insulation for lightweight warmth. It gets very cold at night and in the early morning.
- Fleece jacket: Your fleece can be layered with your tri-climate or down jackets.
- Hats: Warm one for the morning and baseball cap or sun hat for the afternoon.
- Gloves: Insulated gloves to keep your hands warm on the cold morning trek and liner gloves for cool temper in the evening
- Hiking pants: 2 pair of hiking pants, one convertible (it can get hot in the afternoon).
- Cargo Pants: 1 pair of jeans and 1 pair of cargo pants for while you are in Kathmandu, and either fleece or other heavy sweat pants to wear during the evening downtime.
- Long underwear tops: At least 3 – to wear as a base layer for warmth.
- Underwear: 7 pairs of underwear.
- Tee and Tank: 5 performance tees or tanks to layer with the long underwear tops.
- Long underwear bottoms: 2 mid-weight long underwear bottoms to layer with your hiking pants during cooler points of the trek; or to provide extra comfort under your fleece pants in the evenings.
- Day backpack: 25-35 L backpack (depending on one’s preferences). It should be large enough to comfortably carry your camera, water bottle, extra clothes and snacks while you are on your daily trekking route. Porters usually take off early in the morning and complete the trek with greater speed. You would not see them until later in the evening upon reaching your destination.
- Duffle bag XL: (140L-165 L) / (32 x19x19). You can purchase a duffel bag in Kathmandu for a real bargain.
- Small lock: Bring a small lock for your duffle bag.
- Sack /Plastic bags: 2 sacks or plastic bags in which to organize and store your dirty laundry.
- Trekking Poles: These will provide you with balance and support – your knees will really appreciate this on the downhill portions of your trek.( You can buy this in Kathmandu )
- Sleeping bags: -10° C /14° F for a teahouse (rustic lodging) and -20° C/-4° F or warmer for camping treks. Guesthouses on your trekking route will only provide you with blankets.
- Trekking Towels: 1 large, 1 medium and few wash clothes (quick dry is plus!).
- Cameras, batteries, and memory card: Trekking through the unmatchable beauty of the Everest region will make you a paparazzo! Bring extra batteries (charging cost $1-$2.5 along the trail). 32 GB of memory should be sufficient.
- Sunglasses: Make sure they have 100% UV protection.
- Head lamp: You will need this to light your way during the early morning portions of the trek.
- Binoculars: These are useful while trekking; mountains, flora and fauna are all brought closer to you.
- Tablet computer: For entertainment in the evening; there isn’t much to do after 4pm. It is also quite cold and windy in the higher altitudes. Many trekkers choose to stay in their rooms at night; this being especially true once you have trekked into the more desolated regions beyond Namche Bazaar. If you don’t have a tablet, you should bring along books, mp3 players or playing cards to pass the time. These will become your best friends if you ever get stranded at Lukla Airport!
Personal & Medicals
- Water bottle: Bring 2 bottles for your trek. Make sure they can hold both hot and cold liquids.
- Water purification tablets: These are optional; but if you want to buy them, it is recommended that you do this at your hometown trekking store. The tablets being sold in Kathmandu are questionable.
- Pain reliever: Almost all trekkers suffer from an occasional light headache; these will help you ease the pain.
- Sun block (35+SPF) and lip balm with sun protection are essential.
- Personal first aid kit: Having your own kit on the trek is a plus.
- Band-Aids: Untreated blisters could make your trek very difficult; fabrics are best.
- Baby wipes: Hot showers are limited. Wipes will come in very handy.
- Hand wipes: For hand washing in the morning – otherwise good luck with very cold water!
- Snacks and goodies: Trail mix, granola bars, energy bars, chocolate, nuts, candy bars, and powdered drink mix are all great to sweeten the trail and to give you a boost of much needed energy. Don’t stress on the high calories, you will burn it off in no time while trekking.
- Plastic zip lock bags: They are useful in so very many ways.