The Everest Three Pass trek is considered to be one of the most difficult yet the most adventurous of all treks in Nepal. The trek takes us over three passes of the Everest region. The three passes are the Kongma La (5535 m), Cho La (5380 m) and Renjo La (5388 m). Most areas are equipped with lodges, but there are places where tent encampment is required. While some parts of the trek are fairly easy along good trails, some portions are challenging and potentially dangerous. There have been instances where people have had to quit their journey of the Everest three pass treks, due to rushed ascent and altitude sickness.

Keeping all of the above-mentioned facts in mind, it is also to be noted that the itinerary we have created, gives adequate time for proper acclimatization and is safe to follow. The Everest Three Pass trek offers wonderful photographic views of the mountains of the Everest Region and the mighty Everest itself. The passages through the High Passes are exhausting yet filled with pride and pleasure.

The Everest Three Pass trek is a chance to tread upon the footprints of the mountaineers of the mighty Everest. The rugged and remote paths, untouched by the realms of urbanization and industrialization take you as close to nature as is possible. Filled with adventure and thrill, this one in a million trekking trail is highly recommended for thrill seekers with an attitude of following their dreams to intermingle with the wild nature.

Itinerary

  • Day Arrival transfer

    Today marks the beginning of this exotic adventure into the wild nature of the Everest region in Nepal. The capital of this beautiful mountainous country of Nepal, Kathmandu is the only city with an international airport. Upon arriving in Kathmandu from your respective locations today our representative will transfer you to the hotel.

    You have the option to stroll around in the warm and welcoming streets of the throbbing capital. Another option is the relish the unique and the world famous Nepali cuisine. The adventure starts soon, and you should rest adequately and become strong for the adventure to follow.

    • No meals included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap, Fly to Lukla (2840m) & trek to Phakding (2610m)

    Today, we will drive to Ramechhap early morning. It will take us about 4 hours to reach Ramechhap from Kathmandu. After we set our foot in Ramechhap airport, it will approximately take 10-15 minutes of flight duration to reach Lukla. This short flight offers spectacular views of peaks like Mt. GauriShankar, Mt. Numbur and Mt. Melungtse. We will meet the Sherpa crew in Lukla who will welcome us and from there we will descend towards the Phakding (2610m) village.

    If the flight to Lukla is not delayed, we will have an opportunity to visit Lukla Monastery along with a visit to Thanka painting School. After lunch in Lukla, we will head towards a northwest descending path to Choplung (2700m). Following the Dud Koshi Valley, we head towards the village of Ghat and finally end our day in the village of Phakding.

    Adverse weather conditions and other factors can cause cancellation of the flight or delays. The itinerary will be adjusted favoring both the parties in such condition. Approximately 3 hours walk.

    Notes: Please note that if Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight of early morning cannot be operated then it is due to consistent and heavy air traffic of International & domestic airplanes. 

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Phakding to Namche (3440m)

    Today, we will board an early morning flight to Lukla. This flight has been regarded to be one fo the most beautiful and exhilarating flights in Nepal and probably in the world. The approximately 35 minutes of flight offers spectacular views of the mountain peaks like Gauri Shankar, Numbur as well as Melungtse. After meeting the Sherpa crew in Lukla, we will descend downloads to the Phakding (2610m) village.

    If the flight to Lukla is not delayed, there will also be the opportunity to visit the Lukla monastery as well as the Thanka painting School situated alongside it. After lunch in Lukla, we head towards a northwest descending path to Choplung (2700m). following the Dud Koshi Valley, we head towards the village of Ghat and finally end out day in the village of Phakding.

    Adverse weather conditions and other factors can cause cancellation of the flight or delays. The itinerary should be adjusted to suit our needs in such a condition. Approximately 3 hours walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Acclimatization day in Namche (3440)

    The Everest Three Pass trek is a difficult one. Hence, acclimatization is absolutely important to obtain success in the trek. As we have crossed the altitude of 3000 meters today, we will acclimatize with the altitude. This will eliminate the possibility of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Resting is the not the solution and it is best to hike to Khunde and Khumjung.

    Firstly we will climb out steeply from Namche to the Everest View Hotel which is located strategically in an area with extremely magnetizing views of the Everest and Ama Dablam. Made by the Japanese it is a perfect area to have a short tea break.

    For further magical views of the peaks surrounding the Everest region, we will trek further into the  villages of Kunde and Khumjung. Situated under the rocky peak of Khumbi La, the sacred peak for Sherpas, Khunde is home to the Edmund Hillary Hospital. In Khumjung, we will visit a monastery, where for a small donation we will get to see the skull of a Yeti. To spend the night, we will return back to the Namche Bazaar.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Namche to Deboche (3820)

    From the heartland of the Sherpa’s, the Namche Bazaar we will descend downwards at the start of the trek today. Firstly we will cross Trashinga village and move on towards the settlement of Phunki Tenga (3250). After this, we will pass through a forested area to Tengboche (3867m). The trek is not a long one today and we will reach Tengboche by lunch time. As this trek is a long and hard one, it is important not to overdo with the altitude and carry out the trek slow and steadily. Considered as one one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region Tengboche offers exclusive views of the mountain peaks soaring high above us.

    After lunch, we will be visiting the famous Tengboche Monastery. The monastery was built on 1926 and was seriously damaged by a fire in the year 1989. The rebuilt monastery houses 30 young monks and offers mind-boggling, sunset views over the tall mountain peaks of the Everest Region. We will be visiting the Eco Center in the monastery too. It is home to several varieties of green tea. We have dinner in the lodge in Tengboche and end the night there. Approximately 6 hours of walking time is required.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Deboche to Dingboche (4110m)

    Today, the day starts off with descending down to Imja Khola through beautiful rhododendron forests and lush meadows. We will also pass through the Buddhist nunnery before reaching the Imja Khola.

    Along the north bank of the Imja Khola, we will move upwards and be greeted with the mighty Ama Dablam peak. After this, we will climb upwards to Pangboche (3860m). We will reach in time, to visit the Pangboche Monastery. After crossing the confluence of the ImjaKhola and the Khumbu River through a wooden bridge, we will cross the settlement of Somare. A steep climb up to Dingboche (4410m) will end the day. We will spend the night in summer settlement of Dingboche which is surrounded by the views of peaks like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and the Khumbu Glacier. The approximate walking time is 7 hours.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Acclimatization to Dingboche

    This day will be used for acclimatization, not by resting around the teahouse but by exploring the nearby locations. The path takes us along the valley side and into the Nangkatshang Gompa. The Gompa is now ruined, but this spot is the best for the exclusive views of the Makalu, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Tawoche. You can also climb the Nangkartshang peak which offers even more close up views of these mighty peaks. This place offers the best views of the east face of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse. Approximate 6 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Dingboche - Chukkung

    The day starts off today by following along the sides of Imja Khola Valley. We will follow the valley to reach the settlement of Bibre (5060m). Further along, we will be greeted with the permanent yak huts situated in Chukhung. An option, of walking into the viewpoint with the awesome views of the glistening east face of Ama Dablam as well as the Nuptse-Lhotse wall is recommended highly. The viewpoint, called the Chhukkung Ri showcases the fantastic snow and ice formations in the Amphu -Labtsa too. Approximately 6 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Chukkung to Lobuche (4980m); cross Kong Ma La (5530m)

    Today is the day we will be passing the first pass of the Everest Three Pass trek. The trek starts early morning today to the Kongma La Pass (5530m). We will start off on a level path along the valley. A short, steep ascent brings us into the area with the shadows of the Chhukung and the Pokalde Peak. From here, the scenery becomes more spectacular. The ridge of the Nuptse appears directly above us while we can observe the glaciers of Kongmatse ahead of us in its full glory.

    After this, we continue along to reach a small lake. From here, the path is a steep one to the top of the pass. We are surrounded by peaks and glaciers in all directions from the top of the Kongma La Pass. From here, the descent down to the Khumbu Glacier is a steep and difficult one. We must cross it to reach Lobuche (4930) at the end of the day. Lobuche is home to a few yak pastures and is a summer settlement. We will drink in the views of the perfect sunset over the towering Nuptse, before finally calling it a day. Approximately 9-10 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (4260m) to Gorakshep (5184m)

    This is another long day requiring an early start. Following the Khumbu glacier towards Gorakshep, we ascend gently in the beginning of the day. The ascent becomes steeper after about an hour. We descend now, to reach Gorakshep (5184m). After checking into the lodge, we will move on to kiss the very ground on which the mighty Everest stands.

    A split trail is observed now, one leading to the Kala Patthar Peak and another to the Everest Base Camp.  We will firstly climb into the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and then descends down to the rocky glacial moraine. Through fascinating ice seracs, the path winds up and down to finally reach the Everest Base Camp (4260m). If lucky, we might get the chance to meet several people, moving up towards the Everest Expedition and many who might be returning back lucky. On the Base Camp of the Everest, we will be rewarded with views of the Nuptse above us and Pumori rearing up behind us. The fantastic close-up views of the Khumbu Ice Fall are equally mind boggling. After witnessing these views, we bid farewell to the massive Everest and return back to Gorakshep. This day is a long one with approximately 10-12 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Gorakshep to Kalapattar (5545m) to Gorakshep to Lobuche (4910m)

    Today, we will be ascending another important peak in the Everest region, called the Kalapattar (5545m). KalaPattar essentially means black rock and the peak lives up to its name. For classic views of the Everest, we start off with a steep ascent from Gorakshep, finally reaching the top of the famous peak. From here, we will observe the painstakingly beautiful views of the mountain peaks like Nuptse, Lhotse, AmaDablam, Thamserku, Pumori, Tawache and finally the beautiful Everest. After witnessing the spectacles, we will return back to Gorakshep and then down to Lobuche to stay the night. Approximately 7-8 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Lobuche to Dzongla (4830m)

    Today, we will be moving closer to the second pass of the Everest Three Pass Trek. Starting off with the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier, we head towards the Cho La Pass. The twin peaks of Tawoche and Chalotse glitter in the sunlight as we pass the Dzong La Pass. The pass cuts across the jagged spur on the base of the Lobuje Peak. A gentle but narrow and slippery path takes us along the high flanks of Lobuje to the CholaTso Lake which is a glacial lake. A long descent takes us into the fascinating settlement nestled at the foot of the Cholatse Mountain called Dzongla (4830m). We will spend the night here. For those who are feeling a bit more energetic, there is an optional climb up to the Awi Peak (5245m), for more magnificent views of the mountains of the Everest region. Approximately 5 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Dzongla to Thagnak (4700m); cross -Cho La Pass (5300m)

    Like other days, this day too will grant you the picturesque views of magnificent peaks. As we leave the watershed of the Everest, we enter the watershed of Cho Oyu. Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain peak in the world. A difficult crossing through steep rock boulders followed by a gentle ascending glacier offers us the views of the glacier ahead. It can certainly be said that the ascent up to the Cho La Pass (5300m) is a difficult one, but nevertheless rewarding. With glaciers and mountain surrounding us from all around, we breathe in the mystique of the Cho Oyu watershed and move forward to the Gokyo Valley below.

    A collection of great lakes with turquoise waters and glistening glaciers adorns the Gokyo Valley. A steep descend, through zigzag paths is difficult to overcome, especially under high snow conditions. We take our time here and finally reach a leveled ground. We then hop across a field of boulders and climb a gentle slope to the top. From here, it is a downhill path through the narrow river valley to Thagnak (4700m). The Sherpa settlement of Thagnak is nestled beneath great rock boulders and is near the Ngozumpa Glacier. Approximately 7-8 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Thagnak to Gokyo (5360m)

    After the difficult trek in the past few days, the trek today is a fairly easy one. We cross the Ngozumpa glacier and ascend down towards the lateral moraine of the valley. Ngozumpa is the largest glacier in Nepal. The walk through the glacier brings us to Longpongo, the first lake among the glacial lakes that adorns the Gokyo Valley. After this,, s short walk brings us to the azure blue lake at Gokyo (4750m), past summerhouses and walled meadows. Siberian ducks gladly swim in the glacial lake. In the afternoon, we will have time to rest and breathe in the ambiance of the Gokyo Valley. For the energetic lot, there is both the option and the time to explore the beautiful valley. Approximately 5 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Hike to Gokyo Ri (5360 m)

    This day is allocated for exploring the magnificence and mystique of the famous Gokyo Valley. An early start to the day is required to get the best out of the scenery of the clear morning skies. We will cross a small stream and make our way up to the top of Gokyo Ri (5360m). The viewpoint, set above the lake is probably home to the most magnificent views of the mountain panorama of the Khumbu region. Four of the seven highest peaks of Nepal, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu are visible in its full glory from atop the Gokyo Ri. We can also stroll around in an attempt to visit some other glacial lakes along the Cho Oyu Base Camp. Approximately 6 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Gokyo to Lungden (4380m); cross Renjo La Pass (5345m)

    Today, the third pass along the Everest Three Pass trail will be crossed. This rewarding day will expose the view of the Everest mastiff along the east, the Rolwaling Himal along the west and other snowy peaks of the Everest region along the north side. A steep, barren and rocky climb takes us to the top of the Renjo La Pas (5345m). After witnessing the views of the massive Everest surrounded by Lhotse, Makalu and Nuptse and the views of the azure waters of the Gokyo Lake, we descend downwards through the Rermo Lake to the settlement of Lungden (4380m). If lucky, we might even get a chance to meet Tibetan traders. They descend down from the Nangpa La Pass from Tibet to Lungden with their yaks laden the goods to be sold. Approximately 7 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Lungden to Thame (3800m)

    Today is a shorter day but still filled with views of amazing landscapes. We will follow the trail through an old trading route of Nepal-Tibet. We leave behind the desolate mountain arena descend downwards to meet the trail from the Nangpa La, an entry point to Tibet. We will follow the Bhote Koshi Valley down to the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa called Thame (3800m). Tenzing is the first man to scale the Mount Everest for the first time with Sir Edmund Hillary. Approximately 4 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Thame to Monzo (2840m)

    Today we will follow an easy and gradual trail to the village to Namche Bazaar. The path first descends down to the river and gradually upwards to Namche. After lunch in Namche, we descend further downwards and reach the settlement of Monzo (2840m) through the settlement of Jorsalle. Approximately 7 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Monzo to Lukla

    Today, we will continue downwards from Monzo to Phakding. After here, we will follow an un-trekked route for some time before rejoining the main trail down the valley. Leaving behind the Sagarmatha National Park, we will descend downwards along the banks of DudhKoshi and make a final ascent up to the Lukla (2840m) plateau. We will reach by mid-afternoon so an optional excursion to a monastery situated above the river is recommended. Approximately 5 hours of walk.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Fly from Lukla to Ramechhap & drive to Kathmandu (1300m)

    The trekking crew will help you transfer your luggage to the Lukla airport in the early morning. After breakfast, you will be leaving behind the spectacles of the Everest Region and returning back to where it all started the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. The return flight is equally exciting as the incoming flight to Lukla. With memories of the trek fresh and with the views of the Everest that we touched far away from us, wee bid farewell to the exotic views of the snowcapped peaks behind us. The 35 minutes flight to Kathmandu can be followed by resting in the vicinity of the hotel or exploring the nightlife of the elite Nepalese of Kathmandu. 

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Free day in Kathmandu

    Today, we will be offered the chance to carry put optional sightseeing in the architecturally beautiful Kathmandu.

    Pashupatinath Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is known for being one of the most sacred temples for Hindus. The pagoda styled houses, sacred linga, and the devotees bathing in the holy Bagmati River are sights worth exploring. The temple’s history dates back to 400 AD and the temple still stands as tall as the faith of the Hindus for this temple.

    Another sightseeing location is Boudhanath, which is also known as the Little Tibet. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one among the largest Stupas in South Asia. With the thirty six-meter long figure standing above, you will surely get mesmerized with the serenity offered by the place.

    Bhaktapur Durbar Square another UNESCO World Heritage site situated in the city of Bhaktapur. The Durbar Square, with all of its retained architectural beauty and hand woven designs are all worth exploring. After this, you will be transferred back to the hotel in Kathmandu. Buy souvenirs for loved ones back home, or just relax in the ambience of the beautiful Kathmandu City.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Depart Transfer

    Today, with hearts delighted over the experience of the past two weeks and our bodies ready for another adventure in Nepal, we depart back to our homelands. It is to be noted that the airport reporting time is 3 hours before the international flight’s time.

    • Breakfast included

Trip Info

  • Accommodation & meals

    • Pre and post trek three star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.  

    • 04 nights at three star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis

    • 18 nights’ accommodation in the local teahouses on twin sharing basis during the trek

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided during the trek period.

    • Only breakfast will be provided in Kathmandu.

  • Transportation

    All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle.

  • Visa & documentation

    A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.

    Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.

    Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.

    Visa Facility   Duration    Fee

    Multiple entry   15 days      US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency

    Multiple entry   30 days      US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency

    Multiple entry   90 days      US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in Nepal.

     

    Clothing

    • Heavy down jackets  (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Lightweight down jackets
    • Hiking boots (well broken in)
    • Woolen socks (a few pairs of different thickness)
    • Slippers
    • Walking sneakers
    • Lightweight trekking pants/trousers
    • Lightweight thermal legging
    • Trekking shorts
    • T-shirts (long sleeve & short sleeve)
    • Under garments
    • Waterproof jacket and trouser/raincoat
    • Sun hat
    • Woolen/fleece hat 
    • Scarf
    • Warm gloves
    • Sweaters
    • Ear warmer

     

    Trekking Gears & Accessories

    • Backpack 
    • Hiking poles
    • Sleeping bag (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Sleep liner
    • Sunglasses
    • Water bottles 
    • Head lamp with extra batteries
    • Camera and extra batteries and lenses
    • Waist bag
    • Daypack and cover
    • Dry packs (essential for keeping your valuables dry)
    • Water purification (pump, tablets or steripen)
    • Maps (can be brought in Kathmandu)
    • Reading materials

     

    Personal supplies

    • Sun screen
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toiletries
    • Wet wipes & tissues
    • Feminine hygeine products
    • Anti-itching cream/powder
    • Medications (don't forget to carry adequate supply of your prescription medicines)
    • Deodrants 
    • Moisturizers 
    • Energy bars
  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Ramechhap-Lukla-Ramechhap Airfare including airport taxes
    • Kathmandu-Ramechhap-Kathmandu transfer on a private vehicle
    • One English speaking trek guide & assistant guides with ratio of 4:1 (1 asst. guide for every 4 trekkers)
    • One porter or pack animal for every two clients
    • Everest National Park fee & TIMS card fee
    • Gamo bag & First Aid Kit
    • A free kit bag
    • All Govt. taxes including service charges

    Exclusions

    • Emergency evacuation fee
    • International airfare
    • Personal Insurance
    • Personal expenses (Alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc)
    • Visa fee
    • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
    • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Insurance Policy

    We personally don’t recommend or advertise any particular insurance organization but we can help you figure out what kind of insurance company you should make a deal with. We kindly advise our guests that travel insurance is mandatory before any other travel and trek agreements.

    Ways of triggering your insurance:

    • There are actually two ways that your insurance fund can be triggered and brought into action. The first type is where you will have to use your own money if any injuries occurs or any medical attention is needed. Then the insurance company will pay you later when you return home and show them the documentation of insurance as proof.
    • Another type is where if any medical attention is needed and your insurance needs to be triggered the insurance company will cover all the cost up front and you won’t have to spend a single penny that is not meant for such incident.

    Personally we recommend you to pick an insurance company who are willing to pay you while you need medical attention in Nepal during the time of evacuation and other medical emergencies and not after you return from Nepal.

     

    Main conditions to look for in an insurance policy:

    General insurance only offers medical evacuation up to 4000m but we will attain maximum height of more than this, so we advise our clients to search for a company that provides medical insurance and evacuation plans up to 6000m. If you are planning to climb any peak along with trekking please make sure your policy also pays for “Climbing” as an option.

    You will need to find a policy where your insurance is activated only for the days that you are trekking. If you suffer from altitude sickness and have to be evacuated in an instant you will have to trigger your insurance. These insurance can cost up to $5000. Although these kinds of evacuations are very rare we still need to be prepared for it. So to make any insurance claim you firstly need to get a medical report from a hospital of Nepal as proof before triggering your insurance claim. You will be charged about $150 as a medical fee by the hospital to get your medical reports and documentations before claiming your travel insurance. Some insurance also cover for minor interference and obstacles like flight cancellations to Lukla or even from Kathmandu to your home.

    As mentioned before, please look for an insurance policy that pays you during the time of emergency while trekking and not after you get back to your country.

    What you need to know:

    We inform you that any kind of medical fees that your insurance does not cover will be your responsibility. So we want you to have a very good and thorough look at the insurance policy before applying for it. We do not take any kind of responsibilities for insurance related payments and fiscal managements but we will help you get required documentations and reports for the insurance.

     

    Examples of insurance companies:

    Bigcattravelinsurance.com, WorldNomads, travelguard.com, Squaremouth.com

     

    Important highlights to remember:

    1. Makalu travels do not hold any kind of insurance related financial management work but we will help you acquire important documentations needed for processing your insurance policies.
    2. Choose an insurance policy where you don’t have to pay your own money while trekking in Nepal while in need of medical attention. In other words look for a policy where your insurance company will cover all the money related process if you need any kind of medical attention.
    3. Choose policy with evacuation plan up to 6000m and with an option “climbing” if you are climbing any peak as well as trekking.
    4. Some companies like WorldNomads have a policy where clients have to pay their own money while trekking if they need any kind of medical attention and you will be payed once you return home. So please make sure you have a very good understanding of what type of insurance policy you are agreeing to.

     

  • Flights delays in Kathmandu & Lukla

    Our normal route for flying to Lukla is always a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and for returning its Lukla to Kathmandu. But during the time of repairment, renovation and uncontrolled air traffic in airport in Kathmandu we take flight from Ramechhap airport after we take a drive of 4 hours from Kathmandu to Ramechhap. While returning from Lukla to Kathmandu if it’s not possible to directly fly to Kathmandu, we will fly from Lukla to Ramechhap airport and then take a ride from Ramechhap to Kathmandu. For this ride we will take responsibility and no extra payment should be done by our guests.

    During unforeseen bad weathers there are no other option except to wait for weather to get better. If we can fly in the same day we will do accordingly. If not then the flight will have to rebooked for the next day. You can also fly in a chartered helicopter if needed but you will have to pay for this on your own which will cost $400 extra approximately (price varies according to availability & group size). We will refund the flight ticket fare if you decide to take helicopter.

    Here are the answers to some of the most frequent queries we get about flight delays and fare:

    • Helicopter ride queries

    If you decide to ride by helicopter omitting the chance of travelling in a flight then you will have do it in your own expense. We will manage a helicopter for you but financial roles are all up to you. The price of helicopter rides might vary according to it demands and the time you are booking for. We can give you an outline of the price but it is not an exact value. We can also book you a helicopter ride in advance if you pre inform us. 

    The other option for helicopter ride is that if limited helicopters are available they provide seats only for shuttle guests to Phalpu which is very near to Lukla. If you are in a hurry our very last option is a 14 hour jeep ride can bring you to Kathmandu from Phalpu which is off-road.

    • Flight queries

    If there is any kind of cancellation we will rebook tickets for the next day. Accommodation fees will be your responsibility. As your tickets were booked in advance, months before you arrived in Nepal. The next day when we book tickets after cancellation of our originally booked ticket we will have low priority seats. This applies to both ways either from Lukla to Kathmandu or Kathmandu to Lukla flight.

    Important Notice:

    • We will need to book flights to Lukla in advance so after you make payments for any travel package please send us your passport details in your earliest convenience.
    • The price of helicopter ride is not fixed, it will vary according to demand, weather and season that you are travelling. So, if pre booking is needed to be done for our clients we expect pre information for booking convenience.
    •  if any changes or modification in route, timing or other updates are made by the helicopter and airplane companies we will inform our guests and guides about it.
  • Altitude Sickness & Trekking Policies

    For these kinds of emergencies we suggest our guests to add extra days to their schedule. If there is any symptom of altitude sickness our first step is to descend down without wasting time. Our guides have professional certificates and trainings to handle these kinds of situations (WAFA certification). Basic first aid kit is always carried by our guides. Our guides also check your oxygen levels make sure you are hydrated throughout the trek. If you need a rescue operation or emergency health service our guides are completely ready and trained to take care of it by contacting responsible health offices.

    There are two ways things can pan out if you suffer from altitude sickness. You can either continue your trek after some rest or you will not continue your trek at all.

    If you want to continue the trek even after the altitude sickness you will firstly have to descend down to lower altitude and rest for few days until our next group comes along so that we can add you to that group and you can continue the trek with them. The few extra days that you take for resting, the financial cost will be your responsibility. We do not assure any financial help but we will provide you with manual assistance as a porter and an assistance guide will take care of you while you are resting here in the tea house. You will have to pay additional amount for extra days while trekking if you go off schedule and trekking routine. If there are no other traveling groups coming up your way and you still decide to trek then you will have to pay separately for your own guide and porter.

    If you have altitude sickness & unable to trek and need immediate evacuation service our guides will make the necessary arrangements.

  • Cancellation & Changes

    There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.

    Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.

     

    Cancellation fees rules:

    These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:

    1. If we are informed by our clients at least 43 days before the travel date then the full deposit amount will be refunded after deducting 4% bank surcharge on total deposit amount.
    2. If we are informed by our clients 6 weeks before the travel date then we can refund complete deposit by just deducting $195 per person.
    3. If cancellation is done between 4 and 6 weeks of travel date then we can refund your deposit after deducting $395 per person. This is because we will have to pay to the hotels, guides and other personals involved to make this trip possible to recover their financial plans.
    4. If we are not informed between 4 and 6 weeks of travel date there will be no refund as there are many other workers and organizations that needs to be paid by us for planning your trip. Losing you as a customer means losing their employment opportunity which will harm involved worker’s financial status.

    So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.

  • Payments & Deposits

    Makalu Travels offers easy & reliable online payment through credit/debit card, & Paypal. All online payments are processed through the our highly secured online payment partner Authorize.net Please kinldy be informed that all online payments are subject to additional 4% bank surcharge & processing fee. 

    If you would like to avoid the 4% transaction fee then you also have an option to deposit the money into Makalu Travels' bank account in Wells Fargo Bank, USA. The bank details will be provided on request. You will receive a notice from us after a successful deposit or any kind of financial transaction. We will make sure that your transfer amount has arrived to us before sending you any type of confirmation invoice or notification.

  • Rentals & Extra Costs

    Our package includes most of all the major expenses that you will have to bear while your time in Nepal. While you are in Kathmandu your breakfast is included but while trekking all your meals are included so you don’t have to pay. But there are certain circumstances where you will have to make extra payments personally. They are listed below:

    • Renting trekking equipment (if necessary, not mandatory)
    • Thick down jacket = $15
    • Sleeping bag = $20
    • Hot Showers only while trekking = $4 to $6
    • Nepal visa
    • Donations (not mandatory)
    • Extra hotel nights (depends on weather, flight cancellations and vacation extension)
    • Wi-Fi only while trekking = $3 to $5 an hour
    • Charging electrical devices only while trekking = $1 to $3 an hour
    • Foods and drinks other than included in the package
    • Personal shopping
    • Drinking water while trekking (about $3 per bottle)
    • Tips for the porters and guides which is 10% of the price of your trek (not mandatory but highly suggested)
    • Helicopter ride if case of sudden injuries or altitude sickness

    The thing to keep in mind is that the higher you go more expensive it gets. So you will have to pay for hot showers, Wi-Fi, charging devices as they rely on solar power because luxury of power lines and gas cylinders are difficult to find up in the mountains. You can also take helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla if flight cancellations occur. Flight cancellations are normal occurring as the weather can be unpredictable sometimes in the Himalayas.

    So for this we suggest you to carry about 300-400 USD extra for your safety. Although insurance money will cover certain aspects while travelling it never hurts to carry extra for your own well-being.

  • Hotel & Room Bookings

    The hotel we will accommodate you to is Hotel Le Himalaya pre and post trek in Kathmandu. We will book the hotel rooms for you as per your request with a good pricing than that of online booking. We will transfer all your luggage while being transferred from one accommodation center to another. In Kathmandu we will have a very standard hotel but while trekking we won’t have such luxury so we will have to spend our nights in tea houses. These tea houses are fairly of good standard, you can’t be too picky in the Himalayas! You can contact us if there is any specific query you have about the accommodation structure.

     

    In Kathmandu

    Rooms are very spacious and have private bathrooms and toilets. You will not have to compromise even a bit while your stay at Kathmandu. Hotel Le HImalaya is where you will be before and after the trek as we will have pre booked everything for our respected guests. In case of extending your vacation in Nepal we can help you book rooms for extra nights but we will need to be pre informed. If it is a peak season it will be difficult to manage room in same hotel but we will make an utmost effort to accommodate you in the hotel of same caliber.

     

    While trekking

    We have very less accommodation facilities and options while we are trekking. Bathrooms and toilets are common and shared. Usually there are at least two bed rooms in one room. But if any of our clients wants a private room it can be negotiated with the tea house owner. This management for private room can only be done if the rooms are empty in tea houses and the owners agree with it. It is impossible if you are trekking during peak seasons.

     

    Note: Our guests will not have to pay for the nights that they don’t spend in a hotel room in Kathmandu. We can always come to an agreement if there are certain flight delays or cancellations. During these kind of situations we will accommodate our guests fitting best to their requirements.

Date & Prices

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Apr 01, 2020 - Apr 24,2020 Available - Guaranteed Departure US$ 2,159 Book Now

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Are these trips physically demanding?

Everest regions are the primary approach route to the highest peak on earth, Mt. Everest. A land of extremes, Everest is home to varying landscapes, most of it being demanding regarding trekking. While the views of the loftiest peaks all around make trips exciting, it should be noted that one has to keep in mind the adverse effects of Altitude Mountain Sickness. Trips to the Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo are not recommended for children and old people. To tread the path between the rocky terrains, one must have some prior walking experience and good stamina. Read the physical rating of each trip in order to determine if the trip is meant for you.

 

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