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One of the joys of trekking the Three Passes is the opportunity to see the abundance of local wildlife – from musk deer to red pandas, and even magnificent snow leopards. This area is also home to a remarkable range of herbs and vegetation.
The Everest Three Passes Trek is not only an outstanding challenge and an immersion in nature but it also offers you the chance to discover the local culture. This includes gaining an insight into the life of Sherpas, the remarkable people who provide the support system for trekking and mountaineering. Sherpas first came to the area hundreds of years ago, and in the early 20th century they were first hired to help as mountain guides for climbers and tourists.
The trek takes you through the three famous passes, which link the Chukung, Gokyo, Khumba, and Thame valleys. Kongma La has an altitude of 5,535 meters above sea level and offers breathtaking views of lakes and many peaks, including Mount Ama Dablam. The trek to Renjo La pass, which sits 5,388 meters above sea level, takes you through scenic villages, with yaks grazing close by. The route to Cho La pass, which reaches 5,366 meters, leads through the Everest base camp area and affords some of the best views in the region.
At Nepal Mountain Trekkers we provide the equipment you need for the trek and mountaineering. All you need to do is pack suitable clothing for the trip. Your packing list should include an insulated jacket, trekking trousers and shirts, base layers, and breathable underwear. You should also pack rainwear (jackets and trousers), gloves and a hat – a beanie for warmth and a summer hat for sun protection when it’s too hot for a beanie.
Other items to add to your luggage include:
• Water purification tablets or a UV water filter
• Isotonic powder: replaces electrolytes and enhances energy levels
• Compact first aid kit
• Sunscreen and lip balm
• Hand sanitizer/wet wipes
• Ziplock bags: secure waterproof storage for your passport and money
• Camera: lightweight but good quality – for capturing the stunning scenery of the Himalayas
• Book or notepad: useful during downtime on the trek
• Toiletries, including toilet roll and blister plasters
The ideal times of year to join us on the Everest Three Passes trek are April to May and from mid-September to November. This is when the weather is generally most suitable for trekking. During the winter season – from December to February – the skies are often at their clearest, but treks can be disrupted by snow blocking the passes.
It is important to consider your level of fitness before committing to a trek in the Himalayas. The Three Passes Trek is a challenging event, graded as strenuous and requiring a good level of fitness and stamina. You don’t need to be super-fit, but you do need to be in good shape or you may struggle to complete the trek. These are high-altitude passes that will put your fitness levels to the test.
The sensation of being on top of the world when you cross a high pass is an unforgettable experience. Find out more about the Everest Three Passes Trek by contacting Nepal Mountain Trekkers today.