Everest 3 High Passes Trek Anticlockwise

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Everest 3 High Passes Trek Anticlockwise
At a Glance
  • Duration20 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous ++
  • Places to Visit Everest Region
  • Max Altitude 5,545m/18,192ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Lukla
  • Ends Lukla
  • Activity Teahouse Trekking
  • Best Season Spring/Autumn

 Everest 3 High Passes Trek Anticlockwise Trip Highlights

The Everest 3 High Passes Trek Anticlockwise is a thrilling adventure for those seeking both natural beauty and a physical challenge in the heart of the Himalayas. It's an unforgettable experience for trekkers and mountaineers alike.

  • As the name suggests, this trek takes you over three high mountain passes – Kongma La Pass (5,535 meters), Cho La Pass (5,420 meters), and Renjo La Pass (5,360 meters). These passes offer stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas.
  • The trek offers breathtaking views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and more.
  • Apart from the high passes, you can explore side treks to vantage points like Chhukung Ri, Kala Patthar, and Gokyo Ri for even more impressive views.
  • Witness the diverse landscapes, from lush forests and Sherpa villages to alpine meadows and glacial terrain.
  • Opportunity to visit remote Sherpa villages like Chhukung, Gokyo, Lobuche, Thame, etc. You can experience the local culture and hospitality of the Sherpa people.
  • Visit the iconic Everest Base Camp, where mountaineers set off on their journey to the summit of Mount Everest.
  • If you are trekking in Spring it's a great opportunity to witness the climbers' preparations and enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery.
  • Enjoy the pristine Gokyo Lakes, a series of turquoise lakes nestled in the high Himalayas. The reflection of the surrounding peaks in the clear waters is a sight to behold.
  • Keep an eye out for the unique wildlife of the region, including Himalayan tahr, musk deer, and a variety of bird species.
  • Experience a mix of teahouse accommodations from luxury to basic.

Everest 3 High Passes Trek Anticlockwise Trip Overview

Everest 3 High Passes Trek anticlockwise is indeed a wonderful way to explore the tranquil ambiance of the Everest region and feel the ultimate trekking experience. This challenging high pass trek cruises through the daring 3 high passes namely – Kongma La (5535m / 18,159ft), Cho La (5,420m / 17,782ft), and Renjo La (5360m / 17,585ft) which are all over 5000 m.

However, any Everest High Pass treks involve a tremendous amount of undulating walking which is certainly very challenging but very rewarding.

Nonetheless, it is one of the best ways to escape the regular maddening busy Everest trail. This trip is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding treks among others in the Everest Trekking Category. This 20-day 3-High Pass Trek certainly takes Travelers away from the much-occupied trail to the more serene and untouched Everest valleys.

All these were the untouched hidden valleys that the team of Eric Shipton including Edmund Hillary explored since 1951 before summiting Everest in 1953 under the leadership of John Hunt. If you are ready to go the extra mile to your Everest adventures then Everest 3 High passes Trek anticlockwise would be your best choice.

In a true sense, Everest 3 High Passes Trek has the potential to offer a better prospect for this region. Furthermore, this 20-day high pass trek generates a beautiful circuit escaping the regular commercial Everest trail taking you to the serene and untouched canyons. Furthermore, all these beautiful passes are garlanded with gorgeous soaring peaks and the most sensational happenings.

Everest 3 High Passes Trek Anticlockwise usually takes you to the serene and very untouched valleys of Everest. It is indeed very challenging to undergo such action when you are mostly at an elevation of over 5,000 m. Nonetheless, it’s praiseworthy as at the end of the trek you will have a rewarding achievement. This achievement is certainly second to none.

Kongma La Pass (5535m / 18,159ft)

Our first high Himalayan pass is Kongma La Pass (however, La itself means pass) which basically starts from Chhukhung. Chhukhung is a gateway and the last settlement to the Island peak that is located at the foot of the 4th highest mountain in the world Mt. Lhotse. However, Kongma La is typically one of the most difficult Passes in comparison to Cho La and Renjo La.

We start early today after breakfast just to get away from the harsh wind and sun. There is no settlement in between so we highly recommend carrying enough water supply. The trail cruises to the North-West from Chhukhung. The trail is a steep ascent at many points and the top of Kongma La is hidden so you hardly see the Pass until you get very close to the top.

The highlight is going over the Khumbu Glacier to get to our destination Lobuche. After Kongma La Pass we steeply descend through a slippery moraine trail down to the Khumbu glacier. Crossing this legendary glacier is something very intriguing.

Cho La Pass (5,420m / 17,782ft)

After Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, we will start retracing our trail back to Lobuche. From Lobuche, we skip the regular Everest trekking trail and enter a different valley which is very pristine. We stay overnight in the beautiful Himalayan settlement of Dzongla. The next morning go over the mountain glacial pass, the Cho La. For this second high pass as well we start earliest in the morning. We start with an initial gradual easy trail and shortly climb all the way till we get to the glacier.

Cho La Pass usually has ice or soft snow on the top which makes it one of the most glamorous mountain passages and a very popular one in the Everest region. After the summit, we steeply descend and walk the boulder trail to the serene Himalayan meadow that eventually leads us to Dragnag. The next day very gently we cross the Ngozumba Glacier - the longest glacier in the Himalayas. Eventually, we get to the next wondrous town of Gokyo by the magical Gokyo Lake.

Renjo La Pass (5360m / 17,585ft)

Our final mission is to go over the highly acclaimed pass, The Renjo La. Renjo La is said to deliver one of the best views of Everest than any other high trekking point. It is certainly a vantage point that has appeased millions with its deliverance of extraordinary dramatic views. Unlike Kongma La, Renjo La is a little bit longer in distance but not as technical. Despite its longer distance walk, it is very rewarding as besides the best view it gives you the taste of real wilderness.

After the summit, we descend to a different Tibetan valley of Lumde. The Renjo La takes you to a different region of Thame. Thame is entirely different and colorful from the regular Everest trekking trail. It is believed to be the first base settlement of the Sherpas who migrated to Nepal via Nangpa La Pass. After Thame ultimately we join the regular trekking trail at Namche Bazaar.

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Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,593 feet) Transfer to Hotel
  • Day 02:Drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) (474 m / 1,555 feet) and Overnight Stay
  • Day 03:Fly to Lukla (2,840 m/9,317 feet) and trek to Phakding (2,610 m/8,562 feet)
  • Day 04:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,450 m/11,318 feet) - The Capital City of Khumbu Region
  • Day 05:Acclimatization day at Namche /morning excursion.
  • Day 06:Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3,860m / 12,664 feet)
  • Day 7 - 08:Trek to Dingboche (4,350m / 14,271 feet) + ACCLIMATIZATION DAY - EXCURSION HIKE
  • Day 09:Trek to Chhukhung (4730m / 15,518 feet)
  • Day 10:Cross KONGMA LA PASS (5535 m / 18,159 feet) and Trek to Lobuche (4910 m / 16,108 feet)
  • Day 11:Trek to Gorak Shep (5,164 m /16,942 feet) and trek to EBC (5,360 m / 17,585 feet)
  • Day 12:Morning excursion to Kala Patthar (5545 m / 18,192 feet) trek to Dzongla (4830 m / 15,846 feet)
  • Day 13:Cross CHO LA PASS (5,420 m / 17,782 feet) and Trek to Dragnag (4700 m / 15,419 feet)
  • Day 14:Trek to Gokyo Lake (4790m / 15,715 feet)
  • Day 15:Cross RENJO LA PASS (5360m / 17,585 feet) AND Trek to Lumde (4368m / 14,338 feet)
  • Day 16:Trek Back to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 17:Trek to Lukla
  • Day 18:Mountain flight to Kathmandu OR MANTHALI AIRPORT
  • Day 19:Contingency Day in Kathmandu
  • Day 20:Departure Day - Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport

Everest 3 High Passes Trek Anticlockwise Detailed Itinerary

Once you arrive at the Kathmandu airport your Trekking Group Leader or the office representative will be there to greet you and transfer you to the hotel. Despite, the capital city of Nepal certainly being the busiest with hectic traffic it undoubtedly has a strong appeal with local splendor and vigorous activities around, where you can simply relax and take pleasure in the fun of driving through the unfamiliar roads.

Highlights:

  • Pick up from the international airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel.
  • Your Hotel is located at the heart of the Center City of Kathmandu in THAMEL 
  • Enjoy the Vibrant and Colorful gullies of Thamel, a tourist hub
  • Short preliminary briefing.
  • Arriving early gives you an opportunity to explore Kathmandu.
  • Welcome Dinner and getting know one another
  • Altitude: 1,400 m/4,593 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Welcome Dinner
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Transport: Airport Pickup

Driving to Manthali in Ramechhap district, Nepal can be an adventurous journey that offers a glimpse of rural life and the scenic beauty of the Nepalese countryside. The road from Kathmandu to Manthali in Ramechhap is a mix of paved and unpaved sections. While some parts are well-maintained, others can be bumpy and rough, especially during the monsoon season. The condition of the roads can vary, and landslides are not uncommon in hilly areas. The drive takes you through picturesque landscapes, with terraced fields, lush forests, and traditional villages dotting the route. It's an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of Nepal.

Highlights:

  • Breakfast at the Hotel.
  • Meet up at a time provided by your Team Leader.
  • Getting together for trek briefing.
  • Distribution of company's trek equipment.
  • Thrilling Drive to Ramechaap – 4 hours
  • Fabulous Lunch in one of the Highway Restaurants.
  • Overnight stay at Ramechaap – BASIC HOTEL FACILITY 

 

  • Altitude: 474 m / 1,555 feet
  • Accommodation: Basic Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 4 Hours DRIVE
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 132 km
  • Transport: PRIVATE VEHICLE

Depends on where you are flying from. If you are flying from Kathmandu it's a 35-minute flight to Lukla and if you are flying from Manthali airport it's only an 18/20 minute flight. Once in Lukla, we will spare some time to enjoy the fun of a thrilling landing and take off of the flights from this small airport. Shortly we will head out to Phakding. This 3/4 hour easy walk on the legendary trekking trail through the cultured Sherpa villages with its exceptional beauty and the view of stunning landscape, deep valley, and Dudh Koshi gorge is unique.

Highlights:

  • Flying in a twin-otter plane to a small Lukla airport at an elevation of 2840m
  • Beautiful walk through the series of stunning native settlement
  • The phenomenal sight of profound gorges, ancient farming terraces, and the scenic beauty at the backdrop is something special on the very first day.
  • Overnight stay at stunning Phakding, fabulous dinner and briefing by your leader along with a number of fascinating stories.
  • Altitude: 2,610 m/8,562 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 7 km

Today we will start early for Namche Bazaar, the capital and the Administrative Center of the Khumbu district. It’s more of a luxurious city in the middle of no way in the midst of remoteness and thin air. Despite long hours walk it’s far more than just trekking. Give time to adapt your body to thin air. It’s not a matter of proving your physical strength, it's more about taking pleasure with steady ascend.

Highlights:

  • Wake up in the serene environment of Phakding and Enjoy your morning Breakfast with a view.
  • 3 hours gentle walk through a series of pleasant villages to the last settlement of Jorsale for lunch
  • Today you will be crossing of 5 high suspension bridges is daring.
  • Going over the iconic High Suspension Bridge before the Namche climb is simply fascinating.
  • The scenic beauty and deep gorges of soaring cliffs at the backdrop are phenomenal.
  • Being at Namche, the dreamland is remarkable which is worth an effort.
  • Altitude: 3,450 m/11,318 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 9 km

REST DAY AND ACCLIMATIZATION HIKE

Acclimatization is essential to ensure safety, comfort, and enjoyment when exploring high-altitude environments. It allows your body to adapt to the challenges of reduced oxygen levels, making your adventure in the mountains a more memorable and rewarding experience.

  • 1 and ½ hours amazing walk for acclimatization.
  • Walk to Syangbuche, one of the enchanting places in the region with the world’s highest airstrip.
  • Visiting Everest View Lodge with an incredible view and hot beverage.
  • The close view of the magnificent mountain, extensive green hills, the
  • Tibetan Buddhist culture and witnessing the territory of the yaks are charismatic
  • The first view of the world’s highest mountain (Mt. Everest)
  • Altitude: 3,450 m/11,318 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4 Hours Total
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Leaving Namche Bazar we walk up to the final edge of the hill and walk the most organized trail with an outstanding view of Thamserku that dominates the valley. From the small village of Khyangjuma, we descend down to the village of Phunke Tenga 3250m where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, we ascend 600 m to the settlement of Tengboche monastery, one of the most active monasteries in the region. Tengboche monastery has always been a place of worship for the natives and the mountain climbers before scaling any peak in the Everest region.

Highlights:

  • Beautiful effortless walk to Phunk Tenga with a grandiose view of high mountains and deep valleys.
  • Challenging yet very rewarding hike to the ridge of Tyengbuche monastery which offers the most stunning mountain views. Unlike many other settlements, Tyengbuche is a special of its kind
  • Visit the monastery and lighting the butter lamp is an incredible experience
  • Witness the untold history and the activities of Tyengbuche
  • In the tranquil halls of Tengboche Monastery, the resonant chants of the monks transport you to a spiritual realm, where the majestic mountains outside harmonize with the serenity within, creating a profound and soul-stirring connection to the Himalayas.
  • Altitude: 3,860m / 12,664 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 9 km

Leaving Tengboche monastery we descend through a rhododendron forested trail to Debuche. After crossing the bridge we gradually ascend to the next beautiful settlement of Pangboche. Next effortless trail with an outstanding view of the enormous mountain and deep valley we get to Somare for lunch. Dingboche, situated at the foot of soaring Amadablam Mountain is another attraction.

Highlights:

  • A beautiful walk with the most beautiful view
  • Effortless walk to Pangboche and fabulous lunch at Somare village
  • Next painless walk to Dingboche where the valley opens wide with its magnificence.
  • View of countless other neighboring mountains that now opens clear.
  • View of new mountains like Island Peak, peak 38, Choplu, and another face of Amadablam.

REST DAY AND ACCLIMATIZATION HIKE:

  • Morning excursion for acclimatization after breakfast.
  • We will climb the section of Nangkartshang Peak to gain a few hundred meters to adapt to high altitude environment.
  • 360-degree mountain view including Island Peak and MAKALU (the world’s 5th highest mountain)
  • From the point of excursion, aerial view of Imja Valley and Dingboche village.
  • Free afternoon for self-exploration.
  • Altitude: 4,350m / 14,271 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 10 km

The trail from Dingboche to Chhukung rambles through a picturesque landscape. You'll pass through rhododendron forests, open pastures, and alongside the Imja River, all set against a backdrop of towering peaks, including Ama Dablam.

The trek is a relatively quiet and remote one, offering a more peaceful and unspoiled experience compared to the busier routes. The solitude and pristine beauty of the landscape are truly captivating.

Upon reaching Chhukung, you'll find a small, rustic Sherpa village surrounded by towering peaks. The village is a serene and secluded retreat, making it an ideal place for acclimatization before taking on high-altitude challenges.

Chhukung Ri:
A popular side trek from Chhukung is the ascent of Chhukung Ri, a vantage point that offers spectacular panoramic views of mountains like Lhotse, Nuptse, and Island Peak. The sunrise and sunset views from here are particularly awe-inspiring.

Ama Dablam Base Camp:
As you continue your journey, you have the option to make a side trip to Ama Dablam Base Camp. This allows you to get up close to the striking Ama Dablam mountain, an iconic peak in the Everest region.

  • Altitude: 4730m / 15,518 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 2/3 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 4.1 Km

Trekking to Lobuche via Kongma La Pass from Chhukung is an exhilarating high-altitude adventure.

Setting out from the charming village of Chhukung, the trail ascends to the challenging Kongma La Pass at an altitude of 5,535 meters, offering panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.

The pass is a formidable yet rewarding challenge, with steep climbs and rocky terrain, but the effort is well worth it for the breathtaking vistas it unveils. As you descend from the pass, you'll enter the remote Khumbu Valley and make your way to Lobuche, a popular stop on the way to Everest Base Camp.

The journey combines the thrill of conquering a high mountain pass with the serene beauty of the Khumbu region, offering trekkers a truly unforgettable experience in the heart of the Himalayas.

  • Altitude: 5535m / 18,159 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 10.6 km / 6.6 miles

Leaving Lobuche this 3 hours walk to Gorak Shep is out of the ordinary through the rocky moraine undulating trail. Gorak Shep, the spectacular village is surrounded by Pumari (7145 m), Lingtren (6697 m), Nuptse (7745 m), and of course Everest (8848 m).

Highlights:

  • Walk on the Glacier Moraine with an active glacier underneath.
  • Spectacular view of the Khumbu ice fall with soaring mountain
  • Trek to the fascinating Everest base camp after lunch
  • View of the base camp and the blue ice pinnacles of the ice-fall is astonishing
  • Challenging but very rewarding walk to the fro from the base camp
  • Altitude: 5,360m / 17,585 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 8/9 Hours in Total
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 12 km in Total

Now is the time for an epic climb to Kala Patthar, the point to value your dream and the sensational Himalayan vistas all around. The climb is challenging but the view from the top surpasses the wildest imagination. After making historic success to Everest Base Camp and Kalapattar, we will descend to Lobuche and walk a different enchanting valley towards Dzongla via Lobuch Base Camp.

Highlights:

  • Phenomenal sunrise view from Kala Patthar.
  • A very rewarding moment being at 5545 m with an exceptional panoramic mountain view.
  • A beautiful walk into a different enchanting valley that gives you serenity and fascination.
  • Overnight at Dzonglal, a very delightful settlement isolated deep into the peaceful valley away from the commercial hub.
  • Get Ready for our Next thrilling high mountain pass - Cho La
  • Altitude: 5545m / 18,192 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 10 .5 km

Trekking from Dzongla to Dragnag via Cho La Pass is a thrilling high-altitude expedition offering a unique blend of challenge and natural beauty.

Starting in the picturesque village of Dzongla, we ascend toward the formidable Cho La Pass, which stands at an elevation of 5,420 meters. The pass presents a demanding ascent with icy slopes and rocky terrain, but the awe-inspiring vistas it provides are worth the effort.

As you conquer Cho La, you'll be treated to breathtaking panoramas of surrounding peaks, including Ama Dablam and Cholatse. Descending from the pass, the path leads you to the tranquil and sparsely populated village of Dragnag, nestled beside the Ngozumpa Glacier and a series of pristine turquoise lakes.

The trek offers a blend of adventure and serenity, making it a memorable experience for those seeking both a physical challenge and the opportunity to immerse themselves in the unspoiled beauty of the Himalayas.

  • Altitude: 5,420m / 17,782 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 8/9 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 8 km

Trekking from Dragnag to Gokyo is a captivating journey. It is a unique and less-traveled route that rewards you with the pristine beauty of the Gokyo Lakes and an awe-inspiring perspective of the towering giants of the HimalayasStarting in the remote village of Dragnag, surrounded by the impressive Ngozumpa Glacier, we venture deeper into the high Himalayas. The trail leads alongside the turquoise Gokyo Lakes, a series of glacial lakes that offer stunning reflections of the towering peaks that encircle them.

The path gradually ascends through a surreal landscape of rocky terrain and pristine alpine meadows, with the backdrop of Cho Oyu, the world's sixth-highest mountain. As you continue your ascent, the picturesque village of Gokyo comes into view, nestled in a high-altitude valley and surrounded by some of the most iconic peaks in the Everest region.

Gokyo itself is a charming village, offering teahouses and lodges for trekkers to rest and acclimatize. Ascend Gokyo Ri @ 5,357 meters is OPTIONAL. In fact, you will be witnessing a better view tomorrow from Renjo La.

  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 3/4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 4 km

Trekking from Gokyo over Renjo Pass and down to Lumde is an adventurous journey that takes you through some of the most spectacular high-altitude terrain in the Everest region. Departing from the picturesque village of Gokyo, with its stunning Gokyo Lakes, the trek ascends to Renjo Pass at an altitude of 5,360 meters.

Renjo Pass is known for its sweeping panoramic views of the Himalayan giants, including Everest, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. It's a challenging climb, but the breathtaking vistas make it a truly rewarding experience. After crossing the pass, we descend into a secluded valley, where the path meanders through rugged landscapes and showcases the dramatic beauty of the Himalayan wilderness.

As you continue the descent, you'll reach the serene village of Lumde, a tranquil and lesser-known destination in the region. Nestled at a lower elevation, Lumde offers trekkers a peaceful respite after the strenuous climb over Renjo Pass. The village is surrounded by pristine alpine meadows and provides a unique cultural experience, as it's not frequented by as many tourists as some other villages in the Everest region.

We will relax in the rustic teahouses, interact with the local Sherpa community, and relish the serenity of this hidden gem in the heart of the Himalayas.

  • Altitude: 5360m / 17,585 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 9 km

The trek from Lumde to Namche Bazaar via Thame village is a captivating journey that provides a blend of natural beauty and cultural exploration. Departing from the peaceful village of Lumde, the trek first leads through pristine alpine meadows and small Sherpa settlements, offering us a serene and relatively untouched environment.

The trail soon ascends to the historic village of Thame, one of the oldest Sherpa villages in the Everest region. Thame is known for its ancient Gompa (monastery), which is an important pilgrimage site and holds centuries-old artifacts. The village also boasts breathtaking views of peaks like Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru, and Kongde Ri.

From Thame, the trail gradually descends into the Dudh Koshi River valley, where you'll eventually reach Namche Bazaar, the bustling hub of the Everest region.

It's time to relish and party.

  • Altitude: 3445 m
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 16 km

Retracing the trail from Namche Bazaar back to Lukla marks the concluding leg of our trek. It offers a chance to revisit the picturesque landscapes and vibrant culture of the region one last time.

Starting in Namche Bazaar, you'll descend along the familiar Dudh Koshi River valley, where the trail passes through rhododendron forests, suspension bridges, and the charming villages of Phakding and Monjo. 

The final stretch of the trail from Monjo to Lukla offers a mix of landscapes, from lush forests to terraced fields. Lukla, with its bustling markets and welcoming teahouses, serves as the gateway to the Everest region and is the place where your remarkable journey comes full circle.

Here, we will celebrate your trekking achievements, and prepare for our flight back to Kathmandu. The return journey not only allows trekkers to savor the beauty of the region once more but also provides a sense of closure, completing the loop and leaving you with lasting memories of the breathtaking Himalayas and the rich culture of the Sherpa people.

  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 15 km

From Lukla airport, the final destination can be either Kathmandu or Manthali Airport, depending on the peak or off-season. Nonetheless, we will have a Sensational flight back. 

Flying out of Lukla Airport is a divine experience that captures the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas. As your small aircraft takes to the sky, you're immediately surrounded by a panoramic masterpiece of nature. Towering peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam, seem to reach out and touch the heavens. 

The rugged landscapes, deep gorges, and remote villages pass beneath you like a living tapestry of Nepal's highlands. The thrill of the takeoff is matched only by the breathtaking scenery that unfolds before your eyes, leaving a permanent imprint of the Himalayan splendor on your soul. 

Flying out of Lukla is not just a departure; it's a final gift, a reminder of the unparalleled beauty that this region has to offer.

However, in the peak season time, all Lukla Flights are Diverted to Manthali Airport at Ramechhap District which is 132 km away from Kathmandu. If we fly to Manthali Airport transportation in a PRIVATE VEHICLE will be provided to transfer you to Kathmandu Hotel. 

This Drive from Manthali to Kathmandu will take 4/5 Hours approximately. 

Highlights:

  • Morning flight to Kathmandu or Manthali.
  • Scenic Drive to Kathmandu, if flights are diverted to Manthali Airport.
  • Explore the Capital City of Kathmandu as per your requirements.
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast

Contingency days are essential when trekking in the Everest region due to the unpredictable and often harsh mountain weather. The Himalayas are known for their rapidly changing climate, and adverse conditions like heavy snowfall, high winds, or cloud cover can disrupt trekking schedules.

Contingency days provide a buffer, allowing trekkers to account for such weather-related delays and ensure a safer and more enjoyable experience. They offer the flexibility to adjust the itinerary, rest, or acclimatize as needed, reducing the risk of altitude sickness and unexpected challenges. In a region where safety is paramount, these extra days provide a crucial safety net, ensuring that trekkers can navigate the high-altitude terrain with greater peace of mind.

  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast

Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be provided. in Nepal, your airport reporting time is usually 3 hours prior to your flight. Your leader will be there to assist you to the international airport.

  • Accommodation: Fly Back Home
  • Meals: Breakfast

The above itinerary is simply a guideline and is subject to alteration as per the circumstances. Your group leader is solely liable to bring about changes in the best interest of the group.

Flight Delay/Cancellation in Kathmandu and Lukla:

The unpredictability of Flights flying to and from Lukla Airport, the gateway to Mount Everest, and the world’s most electrifying airport is pretty evident from its history of delays and cancellations. Diverse factors lead to the situation of cancellation including the weather, technical issues, poor visibility, etc. In such conditions, Nepal Pyramids will charter a helicopter to make certain that you don’t miss your trip or your international flight. But again under these circumstances, the possibility of flying a helicopter depends on the Nepal Civil Aviation flying rules.

Travelers are to pay the cost of the chartered helicopter which is payable through cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit cards (Visa and Master Cards only). Travelers will be provided with a receipt upon payment so that they may claim the amount from their travel insurance. The cost per person is governed by the number of people taking this facility.

However, It is always very wise to have an extra day in your hand in case of bad weather, delays, or flight cancellation. Though in such cases, we always come up with a possible alternative depending on the situation, however, an extra day always cushions for any such uncertainty that truly redeems you from all the international flight hassles.

What's Included
  • PERMITS: All essential permits required from the Government and local authorities to legally trek in the region are procured.
  • PICKUP AND DROPS: Roundtrip airport pickup and drop-off facilities for both domestic and international flights are included in the trek package.
  • ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU: Three nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at a three-star twin-sharing hotel on a bed and breakfast-basis.
  • WELCOME DINNER: A traditional Nepali-style welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • SIGHTSEEING: A half-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu's two most sacred UNESCO World Heritage sites with entrance fees paid.
  • TAXES: All applicable local and national government taxes are covered.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Roundtrip PRIVATE VEHICLE transportation between Kathmandu and the Manthali Airport for the flight to Lukla.
  • DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: Domestic flights TO and FROM LUKLA.
  • EQUIPMENT: Essential trekking gear such as sleeping bags, fleece liners, PrimaLoft jackets, rain ponchos, yak tracks, trekking poles, etc are provided.
  • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
  • DRINKING WATER: Properly filtered and boiled water for drinking is provided each morning and evening. Trekkers are advised to carry reusable water bottles/bladder bags that can hold at least 3 liters.
  • GLORIOUS FOOD: All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with hot beverages are provided throughout the trek duration.
  • TREK LEADER AND ASSISTANT GUIDE: An experienced trek leader holding legitimate licensing leads the group, along with assistant guides based on group size. Groups of 3 or more are typically assigned at least 1 assistant guide.
  • PORTERS: The porter to trekker ratio is 1:2 - meaning 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. However, for groups larger than 4 trekkers, an additional porter is provided specifically to assist with hot water supply during the trek.
  • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: Insurance coverage, wages, and allowances for all trek staff are included.
  • SAFETY CONCERNS: Emergency equipment including oxygen cylinders and a comprehensive medical kit is available at all times during the trek.
  • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Trekkers receive a duffel bag, t-shirt, multi-functional headwear, baseball hat, trekking map, and completion certificate to take home.
What's Excluded
  • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
  • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
  • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
  • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
  • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
  • SANCTIONS:  Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
  • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
  • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
  • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.

Equipments

Packing List for Everest 3 High Passes Trek Anticlockwise:

Packing for the Everest 3 High Passes Trek Anticlockwise is essential to ensure your safety, comfort, and overall enjoyment during the journey. Keep in mind that the packing list may vary depending on the season and personal preferences, but here is a comprehensive list of items to consider:

WHAT WE (NEPAL PYRAMIDS) PROVIDE TO MAKE YOUR TRIP HASSLE-FREE:

  • Take Away Synthetic Duffel Bag (Water Proof) 
  • Down Sleeping Bag (-21 c)
  • Silk Liner
  • PrimaLoft fill Windproof Jackets
  • Rain Poncho
  • Yaktrax (Lightweight icer-traction device) - Where necessary. 
  • Trekking Poles 
  • 2 Toilet Rolls each
  • Complementary Tshirt,
  • Complementary Neck Gaiter (Buff), 
  • Complementary Baseball Hat and Map
  • Oxygen (in case of Emergency)
  • Comprehensive Medical Kit with medication and First Aid Supplies
clothing

Clothing and Footwear

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

Clothing:

  • Moisture-wicking base layers (long-sleeved tops and bottoms)
  • Insulating layers (fleece jacket, down jacket)
  • Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket
  • Waterproof and breathable pants
  • Trekking pants
  • T-shirts and lightweight shirts
  • Warm hat and sun hat

Head and Neck:

  • Balaclava or scarf for cold weather
  • Buff or neck gaiter for sun, wind, or cold
  • Fleece beanie or warm woolen Hat
  • Sun Hat or Baseball Cap.
  • Bandana

Hands and Lower Body

  • Lightweight gloves and warm gloves
  • Thermal underwear
  • Underwear and sports bras
  • Hiking socks and liner socks
  • Gaiters (optional for snow or rain)

Footwear: 

  • Sturdy and comfortable trekking boots
  • Camp shoes (e.g., sandals or sneakers)
gear

Gear and Accessories

Accessories: 

  • Backpack (30-40 liters for the day, larger for porters)
  • Rain Cover for Your Backpack
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Reusable Water Bottles (2+ Liters) like Nalgene 
  • Rehydration Bladder (Camel Bag or Platypus) 
  • Water purification tablets or a water filter
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Personal FIRST AID KIT
  • Duct Tape
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, etc.)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen 50 + SPF
  • lip balm
gadgets

Gadgets and Supplements

Gadgets:

  • Compass
  • Emergency Whistle
  • Map (physical or digital)
  • Altimeter Watch or Device.
  • GPS device or smartphone with GPS capabilities
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Fully charged mobile phone (with offline maps and emergency numbers saved)
  • Tripods
  • Portable charger or power bank
  • Appropriate Sleeping bag (if you are bringing your own)

Supplements:

  • Water filters or purification tablets
  • Protein Bars or Trail Mix.
  • Multivitamins
  • Altitude sickness medication like Acetazolamide (if you are going high)
  • Vitamin C and Zinc Soluble Supplement Tablets.
  • Electrolyte supplements for hydration
  • Basic medical supplies (bandages, antiseptic, pain relievers)
  • Prescription medications
  • Fire starter (lighter, matches, fire starter kit)
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Biodegradable wipes
optionals

Optional Items

Other Essentials. 

  • Personal identification
  • Photo Copies of Passport
  • Passport-sized photos
  • Copies of your Insurance
  • Airline Tickets
  • Cash (in Nepalese Rupees and US Dollars)
  • Travel wallet or pouch
  • Electronics (camera, power bank, charging cables)
  • Journal and pen

Optional Items: 

  • Binoculars
  • Books or playing cards
  • Earplugs (useful in teahouse accommodations)
  • Ear Pods
  • Energy snacks and Rehydration drinks
  • Hiker Pocket Knife 
  • Whistle and multi-tool
  • Trash Bag
  • Sewing kit
  • Travel Pillow
  • Dry Bag.

It's advisable to pack light and prioritize essential items.  The Everest 3 High Passes Trek Anticlockwise can be physically demanding and challenging due to high altitudes, so ensure that you are physically prepared and have the appropriate clothing and gear to stay safe and comfortable during the journey.

Essential Trip Information

Important Information

COMPLIMENTARY EQUIPMENT: During your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu, we provide you with a complimentary waterproof Duffel Bag, buff (neck gaiter), 2 Toilet Rolls, a Map, and a Baseball Cap. The duffel bag will serve as a means to pack all your necessary trekking supplies for your upcoming adventure.

YOUR DAYPACK: In addition to the duffel bag, it is essential that you have your own daypack with a waterproof cover. This daypack will be used to carry your daily necessities such as cash, important documents, water supplies or rehydration bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, and extra clothing.

EQUIPMENT WE PROVIDE: Besides the complimentary equipment, WITHOUT ANY EXTRA COST, we provide you with PrimaLoft wind stopper jackets, a Warm Down Sleeping Bag with liners, a Walking Stick if required, and Yak-Track (mini crampons where required). However, When trekking at altitudes above 4,000 m, it is crucial to have a lightweight down jacket and warm fleece Jackets or hoodies. 

ASSIGNING PORTERS: To ensure your comfort and convenience, we assign one porter between two trekkers. The porter will be responsible for carrying the duffel bag throughout the entire trek. It is important to note that the weight of your duffel bag should not exceed 10/11 kg as the weight limitation for porters is 25/30kg max and if you are flying to any high mountain airports in Nepal your overall weight limitation including your duffle + daypack is only 15kg / 33 pounds.

YOUR EXTRA LUGGAGE: For your convenience, you can store all your extra luggage, and suitcases at the hotel SAFETY STORE in Kathmandu. This way, you can travel light and have peace of mind knowing that your belongings are safe and secure.

TIPPING: Tipping is a gesture of appreciation, a heartfelt way to express gratitude for the incredible journey you've embarked upon and the dedication of the remarkable individuals who have been your guiding stars throughout your trek. The practice of tipping, at 10% of the trip cost, is a tradition that allows you to give back, acknowledging the extraordinary efforts of your guides, porters, and the entire team who make your adventure possible. It is a way to honor their dedication, hard work, and the stories they've shared around the campfire, deepening the bonds formed in the heart of the mountains.

AT THE ARIPORT: Upon arrival, we strongly advise against entrusting your bag to anyone other than our trusted office representatives. Unknown airport porters taking your luggage for a few seconds and claiming for TIPS is a very common incident at the airport. Our team is there to ensure that your belongings remain safe and that you can embark on your adventure with confidence. Your safety and peace of mind are our utmost priority.

We hope this information clarifies the important details regarding your trip. Should you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at mail@nepalpyramids.com. We want to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable trekking experience in Nepal.Packing List for Everest Base Camp Trekking:

Everest 3 High Passes Trek Anticlockwise FAQs

  • Choosing Nepal Pyramids Trekking Company for your trekking and adventure needs in Nepal can be a great decision for several reasons. We are a locally owned and operated company with deep knowledge of the region. We have a team of experienced guides and staff who are well-versed in the culture, terrain, and trekking routes of Nepal.

    Safety is our top priority and we are known for our commitment to safety standards. We provide well-maintained equipment and have experienced guides who are trained in first aid and emergency procedures.

    Nepal Pyramids offer a range of trekking packages and we can tailor them to suit your preferences and fitness level. Whether you're a seasoned trekker or a beginner, we can create an itinerary that suits your needs.

    Nepal Pyramids is committed to sustainable and responsible tourism. We strongly focus on minimizing the environmental impact of all our treks and supporting local communities.

    While providing quality services, we also offer competitive pricing, making trekking in Nepal more accessible to a wide range of travelers.

    Our reviews and testimonials from previous clients can give you insights into our reputation and the experiences of those who have trekked with them.

  • The Everest High Passes Trek is a strenuous + trekking route in the region of Everest. It involves crossing any high mountain passes in the region. This high passes trek would either lead you to Everest Base Camp or Gokyo Valley or Both.

    This Trek may involve:

    • Going over 3 high passes Kongma La Pass (5,535m), Cho La Pass (5,420m), and Renjo La Pass (5,360m).
    • Or two passes Renjo La / Cho La or Cho La/ Renjo La OR Cho La/Kongma La or Kongma La/ Chola
    • Sometimes it may just include one high mountain Pass either Renjo La either Cho La or Kongma La
  • The length of the Trek depends on your choice of High Pass Trek if you are doing 3 High Passes, 2  High Passes, or just 1 High Pass. However, the duration of the Everest High Passes Trek can vary, but typically it takes around 16 to 21 days in total from your Arrival to Departure. This includes days in Kathmandu, Trekking, and acclimatization days.

  • The best time to do the Everest High Passes Trek is typically during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. 

    Spring (Pre-Monsoon) Season (March to May):

    • Spring is considered the best time for trekking to Everest due to the pleasant weather and clear skies.
    • The temperatures are moderate, and the rhododendron flowers are in bloom, adding vibrant colors to the landscape.
    • However, the trekking trails can be crowded due to the Everest Expedition season.
    • But Renjo and Gokyo Valley can be a little quieter, making it a great time to enjoy the serenity of the region.

    Autumn (Post-Monsoon) Season (September to November):

    • Autumn is another excellent time to trek to Everest, and it's the most popular trekking season in the region.
    • The weather is stable with clear skies, providing stunning views of the mountains.
    • The temperatures are comfortable, and the trails are less muddy than during the monsoon season.
    • It's a peak trekking season, so expect more trekkers on the trails and in teahouses.

    While spring and autumn are the most favorable times to trek in the Everest region, the region can be visited during other seasons as well. However, the monsoon season (June to August) and winter (December to February) are less ideal due to heavy rainfall, poor visibility, and extreme cold, respectively.

  • Yes, the Everest High Passes Trek is undeniably challenging. It's intended for experienced trekkers seeking a demanding adventure. The high altitudes, including passes like Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La, present a genuine risk of altitude sickness, necessitating meticulous acclimatization.

    Technical skills, such as using crampons and ropes, may be required in steep and icy sections. The trek traverses remote, rugged terrain with limited facilities, making it vital for trekkers to be self-reliant and prepared for the unexpected. Long hiking days and strenuous climbs add to the difficulty, but for those up to the challenge, the rewards include breathtaking views and a profound sense of accomplishment.

  • Yes, you will need permits to undertake the Everest High Passes Trek.

    The required permits include

    • The Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and
    • The Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality permit. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or through a registered trekking agency or in the Everest region itself.
  • Accommodation during the Everest High Passes Trek primarily consists of teahouses and basic lodges. In Few places, these accommodations are often rustic but provide essential amenities like a bed, blankets, and hot meals.

    However, in Everest Region Travelers have the luxury of cozy Teahouse Lodges with great amenities. While some teahouses offer private rooms with attached bathrooms. Facilities may be a little basic in a few places like the base camps of any passes.

    It's advisable to be prepared for basic comforts and varying levels of cleanliness, as the focus of our trek is more on the adventure and the stunning natural surroundings than luxurious lodging.

  • The risk of altitude sickness on the Everest High Passes Trek is notably high due to the extreme elevations involved. The trek crosses challenging passes, like Kongma La, Cho La, or Renjo La all exceeding 5,000 meters. Proper acclimatization is vital to mitigate this risk.

    Trekkers should allow time for their bodies to adjust to the altitude by ascending gradually and spending a couple of days in places over 3,500 m. It's essential to be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches, nausea, and shortness of breath, and to descend to lower altitudes if these symptoms become severe.

    While the trek offers breathtaking views and adventurous experiences, trekkers should be cautious and informed about altitude-related risks and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety.

    PLEASE FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES SET BY YOUR GROUP LEADER WHO IS HIGHLY TRAINED IN ALTITUDE AILMENTS. 

  • The Everest High Passes Trek demands a high level of physical fitness due to its challenging terrain and high altitudes. Trekkers should be prepared for long and strenuous days of hiking. 

    You should have excellent cardiovascular endurance as you'll be walking for extended periods each day at high altitudes. Regular aerobic exercise like hiking, running, or cycling in the months leading up to the trek is highly recommended.

    Spending time at high elevations prior to the trek can help your body acclimatize more effectively. You should be mentally prepared for long days, variable weather conditions, and challenging terrain.

    While not mandatory, prior trekking experience, especially at high altitudes, can boost your confidence and preparedness. It's advisable to consult a healthcare professional before the trek, especially if you have any underlying health conditions.

    IMPORTANTLY - STAY POSITIVE - AND LET GO OF ALTITUDE FEAR

  • While a guide is not strictly necessary for the Everest High Passes Trek, having one can greatly enhance the experience and safety of the journey.

    This challenging trek through the high-altitude terrain of the Everest region involves crossing multiple passes, navigating intricate trails, and dealing with unpredictable weather. A knowledgeable guide can provide valuable insights into the local culture, help with logistics, and, most importantly, ensure your safety by offering guidance in case of adverse conditions or emergencies.

    Whether you're an experienced trekker or a novice, having a guide can make the Everest High Passes Trek a more enjoyable and secure adventure.

  • There are no specific age restrictions for the Everest Three Passes Trek. However, due to the physical challenges and high altitudes involved, it is generally recommended for individuals above the age of 18 who are in good health and have prior trekking experience.

  • Some essential equipment and gear for the Everest Three Passes Trek include a good pair of trekking boots, warm clothing layers, a down jacket, a sleeping bag, trekking poles, a backpack, a hat, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, a water bottle, and a first aid kit. It is important to be well-prepared for varying weather conditions. However, Nepal Pyramids provides you with a Duffel Bag, Sleeping Bag, Warm Down Jacket, Rain Poncho, Yak Track (mini crampon), and Trekking poles. 

  • Yes, there are communication facilities available along the Everest trail, although they can be limited and may vary depending on the specific location and altitude. In most places including Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp, you have good coverage of both NTC (Nepal Tele-Communication) which is government-owned, and the NCELL which is private. This simply means you can use data where there is coverage to connect with your family and friends.

    However, not all places have these privileges so you need to rely on wireless Internet that is provided either by EVEREST LINK or AIRLINK. For this, you need to buy a recharge card with a passcode from any of these service providers and get connected. 

    For further details on using the internet recharge card, you need to ask the hotel reception from where you will be buying and they will give you all the necessary info on its usage and validity. 

  • Yes, you can charge your electronic devices such as cameras and phones at tea houses and lodges along the trail. However, electricity is limited in the higher-altitude regions, and charging facilities may be available for an ADDITIONAL FEE.

  • Yes, most tea houses and lodges along the Everest High Passes Trek offer a variety of vegetarian food options. You can expect to find meals like dal bhat (rice and lentils), vegetable curries, noodles, soups, and momos (dumplings). However, the options may be more limited at higher altitudes.

  • The Everest High Passes Trek is an extraordinary adventure that offers trekkers an opportunity to explore the iconic Everest region while crossing three high mountain passes. This challenging trek provides breathtaking panoramic views of some of the world's tallest peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu, among others.

    The journey takes you through picturesque Sherpa villages, ancient monasteries, and the vibrant culture of the Khumbu region. Along the way, you'll encounter the stunning Gokyo Lakes, the tranquil Chhukung Valley, and the bustling Namche Bazaar.

    The Everest High Passes Trek is a true test of endurance and a bucket-list experience for adventure seekers, combining the natural beauty of the Himalayas with the rich cultural heritage of the Sherpa people.

Why Choose Nepal Pyramids?

Nepal Pyramids is here to craft your Nepal dreams into reality. We assure you a trip extraordinarily out of the world with quality service and value for money. We propose comprehensive flexible packages with unbeatable price - without any hidden cost.

  • Team of Local Experts
    Team of Local Experts

    Our team of local experts is the driving force behind our success. With their passion, experience, and commitment, our team of local experts ensures that we all are not just participants but integral contributors to the growth and well-being of the community we serve.

  • Safety is our Prior Concern
    Safety is our Prior Concern

    Safety is our foremost concern at our Travel company. We prioritize the well-being of our adventurers above all else. We provide top-notch equipment and conduct rigorous safety checks to ensure every trek is as secure as it is adventurous.

  • Travel Sustainably
    Travel Sustainably

    Sustainability is at the heart of our mission. We ensure that the beauty and integrity of the destinations we explore are preserved. We believe in responsible tourism that contributes positively to the environment and the livelihoods of the local people.

  • Hassle Free
    Hassle Free

    Nepal Pyramids takes pride in making your journey hassle-free from start to finish. With our efficient services, expert Group Leading, and attention to detail, you can leave the hassles behind and focus on creating lasting memories during your travels.

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