We provide the Everest Three Passes Trek package at just US$ 1,750. If you are in a group, the discount is also available, and the group discount depends on the group size. For a single person, the cost is US$ 1,750; for a group of 2 to 4 people, US$ 1,720, and US$ 1,699 for 5 to 10 people. In case a group exceeds 11 trekkers, you will get a package at a discounted rate for each member in a group only for US$ 1,670. Our 22-day long trek provides you with immersive and unforgettable high-altitude adventure experiences. Apart from the general Everest Three Passes trek (Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La), we also offer the anticlockwise (Kongma La, Cho La, and finally Renjo La) Everest Three Passes trekking package.
The Everest Three Passes Trek is a unique, adventurous, and exhilarating trekking in the Everest Himalayan region. The trek is to take you to the Renjo La (5,360 meters/17,560 feet), Cho La (5,420 meters/17,782 feet), and Kogma La (5,550 meters/18,209 feet), the three high mountain passes. The altitude of Kongma La pass is the highest altitude reached during the trek. This trek usually takes around 18-21 days, depending on factors like the route, acclimatization days, and the trekker’s pace.
The trekking journey offers magnificent vistas of the Everest region peaks, like Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and many other surrounding mountains. You can also get the opportunity to explore the pristine Gokyo Lakes and mesmerizing views from Gokyo Ri. The trek generally starts and concludes in Lukla with acclimatization stops in Namche Bazaar, and heads towards Thame, Marulung, Gokyo, Thagnak, etc., to complete the journey.
Cost Includes – Everest Three Passes Trek
Out of the total package cost, there are several factors incorporating and impacting the expenses. The breakdown of overall trekking costs helps for the precise understanding of cost distribution to carry on an adventurous and successful trekking adventure. Following are the expense heads for costs incurred in the Everest Three Passes Trek.
We cover all the flight charges and ground transportation necessary for the completion of the Everest Three Passes Trekking journey. The initial transportation includes the airport pick-up and transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle, costing around US$ 15 to US$ 20. After that, the next transportation costs include Kathmandu sightseeing in a private automobile, costing from US$ 15 to US$ 20, with a city guide charging around US$ 10 to US$ 15.
The other costs are the airport drop-off expense for the domestic flight to Lukla and air ticket costs. The cost of the return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and the airport to hotel transfer by car costs about US$ 500 to US$ 550. This combination includes around US$ 220 for each way of airfare and approximately US$ 20 for a drive to the hotel. The final cost of transportation during the airport dropoff for departure is the same as for the airport pickup on the first day of your arrival. Altogether, the combined air and ground transportation costs for Everest Three Passes Trek typically range from US$ 600 TO US$ 650.
Accommodation is a must in a journey for proper rest, sleep, and shelter from external factors. A well-slept and rested body can start fresh on each day of a journey. Therefore, comfortable and cozy accommodation is important, especially during the harsh trekking in cold Himalayan environments. Our accommodation costs cover the hotel expenses in Kathmandu and the entire accommodation during the wholesome trekking journey.
While in Kathmandu, you will be staying in a three-star level standard hotel with breakfast services of which the cost can be around US$ 50- US$ 60 each day. The hotel accommodation is especially for four days/three nights, including arrival, sightseeing or preparation day, and trek completion to departure stay.
Likewise, the accommodations during the trekking journey will be teahouses, guesthouses, and lodges, as these are widely available along the trails. The teahouse accommodations are basic but comfy. They provide simple amenities with shared sleeping and bathrooms. Some lodges and guesthouses may provide standard services and modern facilities at higher prices. However, our cost of accomodation for the trekking journey is around US$ 15 to US$ 20 per person per night stay.
Food expenses fall under general costs for a trek. Food is needed daily, and food costs are day-to-day expenses. A balanced diet and proper consumption of fluids are essential to continue efficiently on the harsh journey. Although trekking in remote locations, the teahouses along the route offer nourishing foods prepared locally. Apart from local and traditional dishes, there are some popular international cuisines like pizza, sandwiches, burgers, spring rolls, etc., available in teahouses.
The package costs cover food expenses during the whole trekking period, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The main meal in the teahouse is typical Nepali dal bhat (rice, lentil soup, and pickles). Likewise, noodles, mushroom soups, thukpa, momo, etc., fulfill the necessity of quick warmth in cold mountain environments. The breakfast includes items like boiled or scrambled eggs, bread and milk, honey/jam bread, yak steaks, papad, etc., The cost varies for each food, generally costing around US$ 10 to US$ 15 for each day of dining.
Guides and Porters Costs
Guides and porters are important to enhance the trekking experience. They are there to ease and enrich the journey. Guides are well-trained and informed about the trekking region, and they help with immersive and informative travel. Local Sherpa guides provide insights into the Everest region’s natural, cultural, and geographical aspects. We will hire a government-licensed professional guide for the trek navigation. Our guides are familiar with the Everest region terrains and ensure safe traverse through challenging segments of the trek. Everest Three Passes Trek costs for guides range around US$ 20 to US$ 25 per day, which covers their entire expenses from food and accommodation to salary.
As for the porters, they are the ones who carry your baggage. Taking care of heavy backpack loads, porters allow you for free and burdenless trekking. For this valuable assistance, a enthusiastic porter for every 2 people is assigned. A single porter carries a maximum weight of 20kg. The cost for each individual porter per day is US$ 15 to US$ 20. This payment includes food, daily wages, transport, clothing, etc. costs.
Permit costs are the essential expenses of the trek as they are mandatorily required for trekking activities. The Everest Three Passes costs for permits are separated into two main permit heads required to trek in the region. Firstly, the Sagarmatha National Park Permit is required to enter the protected region and follow the trekking trails through there. The cost of a Sagarmatha National Park entry is NPR 3,000 per person, which is equivalent to US$ 22.54. This amount helps for the preservation of biodiversity (flora and fauna) of the National Park and regulates the trekking activities in the area.
Secondly, a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card is required for the Three Passes Treks, including all the treks in the Himalayas. This mandatory trekking permit is for your own safety by means of authorities keeping records, tracking, and retrieving details to help you in emergencies. The cost of a TIMS card is NPR 2,000, which is equivalent to US$ 15.
First Aid Costs and Emergency Help
While traveling for longer days in high-altitude mountain environments, there is a possibility of several illnesses and injuries like altitude sickness and unforeseen accidents. So, you need to have the travel insurance to remunerate and cover the expenses. Likewise, basic first aid knowledge and general medications help to immediately respond in case of injuries and minor health complications. The Great Adventure Treks and Expedition will provide a First Aid Kit for around US$ 15 to US$ 20.
The travel insurance takes care of all the expenses for emergencies with necessary medicines. We will proceed with the emergency help the cost of which will be paid out of your travel insurance. It is advisable for you to get insurance with emergency evacuation coverage. Meanwhile, the package cost covers the insurance for your guides and porters. The trekking insurance costs are somewhere between US$100 and US$150, depending on trek length, elevation reached, coverage included, etc.
Note: All the necessary government tax and service charges are included in the provided trekking package.
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Everest Three Passes Trek Cost Excludes
These are the expense heads that are not included in the Everest Three Passes Trek Package and of which the cost has to be covered on your own. Some of these costs have to be borne by you compulsorily, and others depend on your choices. Following are the excluded costs beyond the total package costs of US$ 1,750.
Sightseeing Day Entry Costs
You will spend half of the day sightseeing at different historical and cultural sites of Kathmandu city. While visiting the places, you have to pay entry charges to explore the intricate and unique architecture. These payments are not included in a package, which you have to make out of your own money.
Exploration of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites adds excitement and enriches your overall experiences. The total costs you can spend to visit and explore the Kathmandu monuments, including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambunath, etc, can be around US$ 12 to US$ 15.
Hotel Meals and Drinks Costs for Trekking
During your hotel stay in Kathmandu, only accommodation and breakfast will be paid. For lunch and dinner, you need to cover the costs by yourself. The typical dining cost in a standard hotel in Kathmandu ranges around USD 40-50 during the entire stay. Similarly, only the costs for meals are covered during the trekking journey, and the costs of drinks are excluded. You have to be self-reliant for any kind of hot and cold drinks like tea, coffee, canned juice, milk, water, soups, alcohol, etc.
Teahouses offer a wide variety of drinks and hot water, of which the prices may differ. The prices for drinks or beverages increase with the altitude. Buying bottled water can be replaced by purification solutions to cut costs as taps are found along the trekking trails.
Although the teahouses do not offer labeled alcoholic drinks, they have one made locally called Chhyang and Rakshi. However, it is not advisable to consume hard drinks while trekking at high altitudes as it might result in severe health conditions and impact acclimatization. It is your responsibility to pay for the bar bills and entire drinks on the trekking journey. The cost may come to around UD$ 70 to USD 90 for the whole trip.
The cost also depends on your personal choices and preferences. If you desire a more luxurious and lavish travel, you may opt for the modern facilities and services. Seeking advanced amenities, you may wish to use high-level accommodation. In that case, the overall cost may increase, which the agency doesn’t bear.
The hot shower facility or a bucket full of hot water in the guest/teahouse costs extra. Likewise, the lower region guesthouses are found to have internet connections. However, additional cost is required to connect to these Wi-Fi facilities. You may need to charge carry-on devices like cameras, smartphones, power banks, etc., which is possible at an added cost. The use of these services and facilities in additional fees can increase the amount of expenses from US$ 50 to US$ 70.
Trekking Equipment Costs
The cost of the trekking equipment relies on their quality to be either expensive or cheap. It also depends on whether you choose to rent or purchase the gear. The combined costs of essential trekking gear like trekking poles, headlamps, backpack rain cover, clothing, footwear, and sleeping gear (sleeping bag and sleeping pad) range approximately from US$ 800 to US$ 1,000.
You can reduce the equipment costs with some strategic planning. Some are here
- The cost-effective way is to borrow or rent items that are not often used, like sleeping bags and backpacks.
- Consider used equipment that can be available at lower prices.
- Prioritize the essentials by purchasing high-quality gear for most essentials and make budget-friendly choices for less important ones.
- The cost of quality equipment can be reasonable during the time of stock clearance and discount offers.
- If you have a group of fellow trekkers, consider group purchase, which creates a chance for discounts, and sharing excess gear while receiving the scarce one is possible.
- Do research and make comparisons of prices between local stores and online platforms.
- You can have seasonal discounts on gear during the off-trek seasons.
- Prioritize the lightweight gear, which also saves the porter costs.
- Consider buying locally available gear that may offer the same quality as branded equipment at affordable prices.
Tips for Staff
The tips for staff generally include the gratuities for guides and porters. Tips are generally given as a recognition and appreciation of the hard work and assistance provided by the supporting members in a trekking journey. Though tipping is not compulsory, it may be expected by the guides and porters who provide valuable support and make your trek enjoyable.
As a customary practice, you can offer a certain amount as a tip, like US$ 15 to US$ 20 to porters and US$ 20 to US$ 25 for porters. This motivates the Sherpa guides and porters to provide immersive and joyful trekking experiences for all trekkers trekking in the Himalayas. Apart from guides and porters, if there are other staff from camping kitchen helpers or climbing guides, you can tip them in terms of making your trip easy, comfortable, and successful.
During the trek, a lot of personal nature of expenses can occur such as doing laundry, purchasing clothes or souvenirs, etc. Likewise, communication expenses are incurred if you plan to use mobile data or a satellite phone. The costs also increase for maintaining good personal hygiene. The costs for toiletries and hygiene items like wet wipes, drying towels, lip balm, sunscreen, deodorants, toothbrushes, and paste, dental floss, etc, are the excluded costs.
Several other miscellaneous and unforeseen expenses may incur, which you should be mindful of. Convert enough cash to Nepalese currency to spend for your personal expenses. You may have to separate US$ 200 to US$ 300 for personal expenses during the trek.
Note: The cost of a Nepal Visa and international flight ticket has to be fulfilled by yourself. Similarly, a rescue and evacuation cost needs to be borne out of your travel insurance.