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Three Passes with Island Peak Climbing

Three Passes with Island Peak Climbing

Group size: 

min 2 Max 12



Trip Grade:

You are likely to walk for 6-7 hours each day over steep hilly terrain on usually rough trails but no real extremes of weather. Moderate trails entail reaching up to 5500 m with daily ascends of around 400-700 m. You will also be facing high altitude air with a low level of oxygen on some days and are therefore required to have a positive attitude and be physically fit. Previous hiking or camping experience is preferable.



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Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Twin Shared Basis


Imja Tse or Island peak climbing (6189 m) is one of the moderate level popular expedition. We will be crossing the most popular passes of the Everest region - Cho La pass (5420 m), Kongma La pass (5535 m) and Renjo La Pass (5360 m).

These three passes are adventurous and challenging trek passes that also takes you to the tranquil beautiful lake in the Gokyo valley where you get the spectacular views of the entire Himalayan peaks. From the summit - you get to clearly observe different peaks of the Everest region like Lhotse (8516 m), Nuptse (7861 m), Makalu (8485 m) and even the almighty Everest (8848 m).

This 22 days journey begins from sightseeing some heritages site of Kathmandu to the direct scenic flight to Lukla. From Lukla, we trek to Phakding and head to Namche Bazaar (most communities residing here are Sherpa). Next, we head to Thame following the Bhote Koshi river where on the trial - we get the spectacular view of Kongde Ri (6187 m), KhumbiYul La (5765 m) and Kusum Kanguru (6373 m).

And then we will be heading to Lumde and as continuing our trek - we will be crossing three passes first being the Renjo La Pass. Next would be the Cho La Pass and then further we continuing trekking to Gorakshep and reach Kalapathar. Next, we will be crossing our final pass - the Kongma La Pass and then we head to Island Peak Climbing Base Camp and do some preparation for the summit. Then we head to summit the peak. From here, we retrace back to Island Peak Base Camp and then to Pangboche, to Namche and finally to Lukla from where we fly back to Kathmandu.

As this Island Peak Climbing including with the three Everest high passes trek can be attempted in spring (March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November) due to perfect and clear weather.Island Peak Expedition can be done in some other months but the winter due to the harshness of cold and snow. Novice expeditors can also attempt this expedition but is preferable for those adventurers having previous experience of trekking.

For more information about this Everest Three Passes with Island Peak Climbing, please feel free to contact or email us.

Our detailed itinerary for the trek is listed below: 


Day 1
Arrival Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

As your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, our representative will pick up you and bring to your respective hotel. In the evening you will be invited to amazing, delicious Nepali food, you will know about the taste of the Nepali culture and tradition.
Included meals: Dinner

Day 2
Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft): trip preparation

Kathmandu is known as the town of the Temple, more than 130 important monuments with several pilgrimage sites of both of Hindus and Buddhists is lies all around the Kathmandu valley. So today we will visit Kathmandu valley like places which are also in UNESCO World Heritage site like Pashupati Chettra, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swyambhunath Boudhanath and so on. Then we will visit the office off Ganesh Himal Hiking Team our leader and other people. We also prepare for our trip.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3
Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft): 40 min flight, 3-4 hours trek

We will take a flight early in the morning to Lukla, the gateway of the Everest base camp trek, from Kathmandu. It will be 45 minutes to reach Lukla which is full of scenic views of the diagrammatic landscape. We will have our breakfast at Lukla and we will meet our crew members. Then, after some preparation, we will start our trek adventure trails heading to Phakding. On the way, we will pass some villages like Chheplung, Thado Khoshi, Ghat with amazing scenes of peaks.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours

After having our breakfast we will continue our trek adventure on a trail heading to Namche Bazaar, the biggest town in the Khumbu region. Our trails are little hard then of last day. After passing the bridge and some villages we will able to see the magnificent vision of Mt Thamserku, Kusum peaks, Kangaru Peaks and others. We will see the Dudh Koshi River (milk river) and scenery. After reaching Monju, a nice place to visit, our trekking permits are checked, after we cross the bridge and reach Jorsalle and take our Lunch. After having our lunch we will have to climb uphill reaching to Namche Bazaar. We will see the Hilary bridge double Suspension bridge. On the way, we also see the viewpoint at Top danda. In case of good weather, we may see the Everest for the first time.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5
Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization

Himalayan lifestyle is most different than other places. For perfect trekking today we will stay at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. We will make a short hike for Everest viewpoint, for the panoramic vision of Mt Thamserku Kusum kantega Lhotse Nuptse Ama Dablam and others. We will trek down to Namche Bazaar and spend our rest day with exploring the little town and visiting the Sherpa museum. Namche Bazaar is also big tourist market for shopping the cultural antique pieces.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6
Namche Bazaar to Thame (3736m/12255 ft): 5 - 6 hours

We head the west along the valley of the Bhote Koshi River. We have the fantastic views of the Himalayas such as Kongde Ri at 6187m, Khumbi Yul La at 5765m, Kusum Kanguru at 6373m. we pass the village where Nursery was established by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust and we continue along the balcony path. With the descend to the river, we cross the bridge and make the steps toward the day destination, Thame, an important juncture along the old primary trade route for Tibetan trader via Nangpa La Pass.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7
Thame to Lumde (4368 m/14328 ft): 3- 4 hours

Early in the morning we take our breakfast and visit the near Thame Gumba, 350 years old Monastery in the cliffs above the village of Thame. And we continue to trek to Lumde, with the trails climb gently over the moraine continuing to descend to Lumde. We follow the route that used for centuries by Tibetan trader who ferried salt and grains to Tibet from Nangpa La Pass.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8
Lumde acclimatization day

We again stay at Lumde for the second time as acclimatization and rest after the long walking before. We have to take time to acclimatize the high altitude and also make some nearby walk to make the body as balance. We explore the surrounding area and make the hike to nearby.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 9
Lumde to Gokyo via Renjo La Pass (5360m/17585 ft): 7 - 8 hours

Today we cross our first Pass en route to Gokyo Valley. It’s a tough climb for the day but the vision of the fantastic Himalayan make easier to trek with difficulties. We can see the prayer flag over the Pass as the signal. The view from the top of Renjo La Pass is that spectacular that make the worth of our efforts to the climbing the pass. We have the amazing views of the Gokyo Lakes, Ngozummpa Glacier, Everest, Lhotse, and other Himalayan peaks. Then we again descend down to the valley of the Gokyo.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10
Acclimatization Day in Gokyo Valley: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,330 m/17,483 ft)

Today is the third day to acclimatization at Gokyo Valley. Today we explore the entire Gokyo valley and its lakes nearby. Also, we hike to the Gokyo Ri if the weather is in good condition, whether not postpone until the next day. Climbing to the Gokyo Ri is obviously strenuous as its steep slope. We have to climb for more than 3 hours to summit the top, best views of the Everest region with the amazing mountain vistas. Then we descend down back and explore the valley like. Gokyo valley is located on the edge of the Third Lake of Gokyo overlooked by Cholatse and Ngozummpa Glacier as spectacular. If weather makes difficulties to climb the Gokyo Ri, we will visit the Fourth and Fifth lakes. And also climb the hill so called the Scoundrels viewpoint for the astounding views of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11
Gokyo to Thaknak (4750 m/15,580 ft): 5-6 hours

If we couldn’t Summit the Gokyo Ri last day, today we early reach the top and trek down through the Ngazumpa Glacier, Nepal’s largest glacier, to the other side. With the trails along the edge of that mountain, we meander into the Thahnak. It is a short hike for the day to adjust the altitude for hiking another Pass the next day.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12
Thaknak to Cho La pass (5367 m/17,604 ft) to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 8-10 hours

Today we will make one of the toughest day treks of the trip. With the steep and involving the glacier traverse on the east side make difficult Chola Pass More hard. We have to make the careful climbing to the vertical trails and the glazed rocks by the ice making more slippery. Our trails are from the base/Phedi, climbs through the ravine and rock. We reach the top with the symbol of the prayer flag through the side of the frozen lakes, Cho La Pass. The pyramid Ama Dablam peak presides over the range of the mountains on the south even as the Cho Latse soaring to the west, east Lobuche and Baruntse rise sharply to our right. We have to pass through the Crevasses before we reach to the Dzongla, another beautiful place with fantastic views of the Mt. Cho Latse, Ama Dablam east, Lobuche peak, and the Pheriche village. We descend down from Dzongla and walk through the grassy trails while enjoying the views of Lobuche peak. Our trails will curve through the wide river bed before reaching to Lobuche.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13
Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m/17,594 ft): 6-7 hours

Our trails will continue to Gorak Shep which takes approximately three hours gradual climb. After reach to Gorak Shep, we will prepare for hiking to Everest base camp, with rocky narrow and windy trails. After visiting Everest Base Camp and sightseeing and panoramic views we will trek down to Gorak Shep. We can see the views of Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbutse and other from the Base Camp. However, we may also visit Kalapatther instead of Everest Base camp because of the better vision of sunset than the sunrise there.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 14
Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft] and back to Lobuche (4940m/16,207ft): 7-8 hours

Early in morning, we prepare for the morning departure, amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperature with the chilly wind.  On our trail familiar peaks like Lingtern, Khumbutse, and Changtse even Everest are beings to reveal. Upon reaching Kalapatther we will award by a 360-degree vision of Mt Everest. After some movements, we will trek down to Lobuche.

Those who chose to visit Kalapatther last day and visit Everest Base Camp today, will also come back and wait for us for a celebration of the summit to Kala Patthar.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 15
Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 6-7 hours

Today we will trek via Khumbu glacier to Kongma la Base Camp. Ascending to Kongma la is much difficult. In the Kongma la we will see cairn wrapped in prayer flags to mark the pass and we will descend gradually to Imjja Khola valley, followed by another descent to Chhukung, a small settlement, then we will check out our equipment in order to ultimate climb.

Note: If we do not want to reach the Kongma La Pass, we also have an option to follow another route via Dingboche to Chhukung instead.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 16
Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (5,200m/17,060ft), pre-climb training: 3-4 hours trek

After breakfast, we will make a short trek to the Island peak base camp on steep trails. We pass the village and climb steeply up to the south turn east to enter the main trail into Chhukung valley. On our trails, we reach to Big-Rock, point the route Amphu Lamcha pass stretches on the southeast, we tread to the north, crossing Imjja and Lhotse Glacier moraine which leads us to a wide valley flanking island peak. We set up our base camp there

We will make pre-climbing training for climbing the summit the next day. We will get trained by our guide on how to use ropes and other equipment.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 17
Island Peak Base Camp to Summit (6,189m/20,305ft), and back to base camp: 10-12 hours

Waking up early in the morning around 1 to 2 am and having breakfast and start climbing the summit before noon because of chilly wind at noon over the summit. Our trails beyond the base camp for several hundred meters before striking off the steep hillside. As we climb the hill we will see the narrow and steep rocky slope. We will climb rock gully and then the follow the ridgeline. The guide will fix the rope up for the glacier as it contains several crevasses. The steep snow lead us onto the summit ridge and after enjoying the summit views and taking pictures we descend down to the island base camp where our crew members wait for us to celebrate the successful climb.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 18
Island Peak Base Camp to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft) 5-6 hours

Today’s walk will be much easier than last day and as we descend to the lower altitude, following the same route back through the wide valley of Khumbu Khola, we pass through the beautiful Sherpa villages, Orsho and Shomare. We may also follow the different trails to visit the Gomba in Upper Pangboche, which is believed to be the oldest in the Khumbu region or take regular trails to reach Pangboche. Pangboche is the scenic village surround by Everest to the north, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, kantaiga to the east, the Kongde range to the south and Imja Tse River following through the wide fertile valley.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 19
Pangboche to Namche Bazaar: 4-5 hours




Today we will retrace our steps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Tengboche. As your interest, we may visit nuns at the Tengboche monastery. We take lunch at Tengboche and continue through the hillside blanketed by Rhododendron and juniper trees. We will the bridge over the Dudh Koshi river, we follow the Dudh Khoshi Gorge descend rapidly through the pine forest for reaching Sansa. We will keep a lookout for Himalayan wildlife such as Mountain goat, snow leopards, pheasants and others while passing through the forest and after passing a Chorten, we will reach Namche bazaar army camp.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 20
Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hours

Early in the morning after having our breakfast we will continue to walk downhill from Namche bazaar towards crossing the second bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, walk towards Monjo, where we fulfill the formalities at the check post of Everest National Park. Our trails descend us to Phakding and we continue to walk heading to Lukla where we can see the prayers flag Rhododendron and pine forest and prayer stones.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 21
Fly to Kathmandu

We will take an earlier flight to Kathmandu from Lukla. After reaching Kathmandu we will attend a farewell party and visit Thamel market for shopping before your return. Thamel is a popular tourist market for antique and architectural pieces.
Included meals: Breakfast Dinner

Day 22
Final departure

You will drop to Int’l Airport by our representative before 3 hours to your flight. Our representative will help you till you will check in. However, if you want to explore Nepal more we are always with you as helping hand.
Included meals: Breakfast

FAQ's and Notes

When to book this Trip ?

The flawless seasons for touring/trekking is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). One can travel in winter if you are well adapted to cold. We strongly recommend you not to trek on monsoon in June, July, and August because of heavy rains & extremely blazing heat in the afternoon.

How kind of food is served during the trek ?

We serve food rich in proteins, carbohydrates and highly nutritious hygienic nourishing food - vital while trekking.

During the trek - all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided inclusive in our package. The trek leader will be taking you to the clean hotels/restaurants for lunch on the way to your destination. In cities, either breakfast or dinner is included.

Vegan foods are also availabale.

How safe is stream water ?

Stream water is completely safe but we suggest you to carry water purification pills (chlorine tablets) or water filters to purify the water. If you prefer to drink packaged bottled mineral water, you will easily get in shops or tea houses on your own expense.

How about my luggage ?

Our porters will carry your major luggage while you carry a backpack with items very handy while trekking such as water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you feel is necessary.

Gears and clothes not necessary can be left in the hotel safe deposit box properly locked without any extra charge. Domestic airlines of Nepal does not allow more than 15 kilograms including your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg, an extra charge can cover that up.

The porter will be carrying up to 12 kg luggage of each trekker.

What is the group Size or crew members ?

We Ganesh Himal Hiking team arrange most of the treks with a minimum of 2 clients to a maximum of 8 in a group. The larger group we will be divided accordingly.

What about guides ?

We provide honest, well experienced first aid certified, altitude sickness trained trekking guides who will be handling all your issues on the trip. All our staffs are very cordial and sincere. While trekking in a bigger group i.e. more than 6 people - an additional guide will be accompanied and the group also can be split according to the number of people in the group.

Is there any personal expenses on the Trek ?

Well, not that much but depends upon how you manage your expenses. Our package includes the cost of accommodation and meals during your trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Besides that, you are liable to pay for additional meals, table drinks, snacks, hot showers (accessible in some places), alcoholic drinks, meals (around US $ 5-7), extra accommodation in Kathmandu, tips for driver, guide and porters, etc.

Tips to the guides, porter or any other members is not mandatory but feel free to tip them if you are satisfied with their service.

How about trekking gears or other equipment ?

Trekking gears are readily available in the stores of major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara at a very reasonable price. Down jacket & sleeping bags can also be hired with a minimal charge per day. Thus, you don’t have to buy it from your hometown.

But if already have it and have no issues bringing it, please feel free to bring it.

What would a usual day on a trek be like ?

Each and every day gives pleasant suprises and rewarding experience. Each day differs according to the itinerary or schedule, or the place you are trekking.

Normally, you are required to trek for 4-6 hours each day. We start our trek after breakfast and stop for the lunch. We trek for 3-4 hours after lunch to reach our destination. If we reach our destination in afternoon, you can spend rest of the hours relaxing, take shower or just wander around.

How about Airport Pickup and Drop Off ?

After booking, a representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will pick you up from the airport on your scheduled landing time. You can spot GHHT member outside the exit terminal. If you have booked the hotel by yourself, please let us know in advance, so that we can drop you at your respective hotel.

We also pick and drop you from domestic airport. On your departure day, we will also see you off.

Can I customize the Itinerary ?

Our itinerary has been carefully designed by our operation manager which is very pragmatic & includes the high altitude acclimatizing. These days includes your arrival day, departure and sightseeing Kathmandu. It also has an extra day which allows flexibility to adjust the delay or cancellation of flight due to sudden changes in the Himalayan weather.

If you would like to extend more days or lessen some, we surely can do that as per your wish.

How do you deal with emergency situations ?

Our tour guide and trek leader will make sure that each and every one of you is well taken care of in emergency situations. If by chance anyone gets sick during the trek, we will take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. For serious conditions – we will use the rescue helicopter expenses being carried out by the insurance company. We suggest you get insured for up to 6000 meters.

Please go thoroughly what’s covered and not in the insurance policy.

Booking and Payment:

After confirming or booking the trip – all we need is the copy of the passport, insurance policy, and the international flight details (ticket). Then, a 20% advance deposit is required for any trip, trek or expedition which is not refundable - used for reservations of hotels and lodges according to the itinerary. The remaining balance is due when you arrive at Kathmandu and can be paid by any means convenient to you. We prefer payment via cash (to avoid any extra service charge) but bank transfer, credit cards, western union, and pay pal are also the accepted form of payments.

What if flight is delayed from ?

Only domestic mountain flight is only available from Kathmandu to Lukla and sometimes the flight might be delayed or canceled due to unforeseen adverse Himalaya weather condition.

This is the reason we have kept an extra day in the itinerary to cover up such situations. In case the flight is canceled for 2 or more days, we will charter a helicopter to make sure that you reach on the scheduled flight to your destination. The expense for this service will be carried out by the insurance company. The helicopter charter cost is in between the US $ 500 to $ 3500 depending upon the number of people in the flight.


Hotel & Lodges

Accommodation in Himalayan Countries While Tour/Trek

Accommodation for Everest Three Passes with Island Peak Climbing

Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide good food and comfortable accommodation. During your stay in Kathmandu, standard hotels (rated 2-3 stars) will be provided (for 4 nights). However, if you are willing to pay more, we can arrange some luxurious room from 4-5 star hotels. But once you set out for Everest Three Passes with Island Peak Climbing, normal lodges or Teahouse will be arranged where you get a normal bed and pillow.  

A few lodges have electric lights but others rely on candle lights or lanterns. Nevertheless, there will be a good provision of food. All the lodges are booked prior to your trekking but in some cases, they cannot be booked in advance. In such a case, you need to show willingness since it is an adventurous trekking and some facilities are limited to the high mountains.

Included in the Price

  • What's Included

    • Pickup and drop from hotel and airport
    • Accommodation in a 3 - star hotel  in Kathmandu, teahouses, and tents during trekking and climbing
    • All ground transportation as per the itinerary on private vehicles
    • All entrance and permit fees to visit the monuments and museums
    • Services of English speaking, trained and experienced staff including trekking guide(leader), climbing guide (leader), assistant guides and porters including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
    • All domestic flights (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu)
    • Welcome and farewell dinners
    • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals on the mountain
    • Porter services for trekking
    • All necessary paperwork; trekking permits and Island Peak climbing permit
    • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
    • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment
    • Medical kit
    • Company services and all required government taxes/royalties


Not Included in the Price

  • Not Included in the Cost

    • Nepalese visa fee ( please bring the exact US $ in cash and two passport photograph)
    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
    • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) other than the scheduled itinerary
    • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain other than the scheduled itinerary)
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc.)
    • Personal climbing equipment
    • Personal climbing guide if requested
    • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
    • Tips for guides and porters
    • Services not listed in the ‘What's Included’ section

Fixed Departures - 2018

Departure DateAvailable Space
 Jan 4th YES
 Jan 12th YES
 Feb 2nd YES
 Jan 19th YES
 Feb 14th YES
 Feb 20th YES
 March 8th YES
 March 14th YES
 March 19th YES
 March 28th YES
 April 2nd YES
 April 9th YES
 April 15th YES
 April 22nd YES
 3rd May YES
 17th May YES
 20th May YES
 27th May YES
 14th June YES
 23rd June YES
 6th July YES
 28th July YES
 4th August YES
 17th August YES
 2nd September YES
 8th September YES
 12th September YES
 17th September YES
 22nd September YES
 28th September YES
 4th October YES
 9th October YES
 14th October YES
 19th October YES
 29th October YES
 6th November YES
 11th November YES
 18th November YES
 5th December YES
 16th December YES

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