Three remote high passes in one expedition

Three Passes Nepal Trek

This magical trek enables you to see much more in the way of breathtaking mountain vistas than is usual on a trek in this region.

This journey is complemented by visits to Sherpa villages, homes and monasteries to offer you an insight into the quiet but culturally vibrant Sherpa lifestyle.

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Difficulty Level Low ?
Fitness Level Low ?
Duration 26 days
Elevation 5,554M / 18,222FT
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Arriving in Namche Bazaar - Nawang Chhongba Sherpa

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Acclimatisation hike above Namche - Nawang Chhongba Sherpa

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High on Gokyo Ri - Nawang Chhongba Sherpa

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Sunset on Gokyo Ri - Nawang Chhongba Sherpa

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Crossing the Renjo La - Nawang Chhongba Sherpa

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Resting on Renjo La - Nawang Chhongba Sherpa

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Tents scattered across the glacier at Everest Base Camp - Bronwen Waters

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Crossing the Kongma La - Kami Tenzing Sherpa

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Crossing the Cho La - Kami Tenzing Sherpa

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Prayer flags criss-cross the valley - Kami Tenzing Sherpa

From Sep 16 to Oct 11, 2018
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$4,700 USD $
From Nov 10 to Dec 05, 2018
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$4,700 USD $
From Apr 30 to May 25, 2019
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$4,700 USD $
From Sep 15 to Oct 10, 2019
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$4,700 USD $
From Nov 10 to Dec 05, 2019
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$4,700 USD $
  • Overview

    Kongma La 18,159ft / 5,535m
    Cho La 17,782ft / 5,420m
    Renjo La 17,930ft / 5,465m

    • Incredible Himalayan trekking adventure
    • Three remote high passes in one expedition
    • Visit Everest Base Camp


    This trek takes us through three different valley systems linked by high passes in Nepal’s Khumbu region on the doorstep to Mount Everest. First we explore the monasteries and culture in Kathmandu then fly into Lukla in the Khumbu Valley to begin the trek.

    We are accommodated each night in good lodges with hearty meals to sustain the daily journey. We stay two nights in Namche Bazaar, the emphatic centre of the Sherpa culture. We cross the lofty Kongma La (pass) then trek to Everest Base Camp for close-up views of the world’s highest mountain. We subsequently cross the Cho La into the beautiful Gokyo Valley with deep blue lakes and mountainous backdrops. Our final pass crossing takes us over the Renjo La and into the upper reaches of the Bhote Koshi Valley where yak herders inhabit small stone huts in this rarely visited valley. The trail then takes us back through Namche and on to Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu.

  • Why AC?

    Because we want you to remember this trek for being so much more than just a hike, we at Adventure Consultants have taken enormous pleasure in planning a fusion of all the best components that we know make this a truly memorable experience.

    We are renowned for our quality of service and the strategy applied to our treks. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination.

    We have a philosophy of investing in every trip to offer our trekkers the best possible experience.

    We employ strong and specialised trek leaders and Sherpa staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams and the best back-up and support available. This includes nutritious and ample quantities of food, comfortable base camp facilities, reliable communications systems and the necessary medical back up. Our staff are the most affable western or Sherpa guides working in conjunction with our excellent cooking teams, to promise you an experience of a lifetime!

    Many of our team members come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make our trips safe and successful.

  • Dates & Prices

    Dates 2018

    Trip 2: September 16 - October 11
    Trip 3: November 10 - December 5

    Dates 2019

    Trip 1: April 30 - May 25
    Trip 2: September 15 - October 10
    Trip 3: November 10 - December 5

    Pricing Schedule 2018/2019

    The cost of the trek ex Kathmandu is US$4,700.

  • Payment Conditions

    Inclusions

    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Nepalese government royalty fees
    • All trek organisational requirements
    • All trekking permits
    • Airport Transfers in Kathmandu
    • Air transport and accommodation in lodges, ex Kathmandu
    • All group equipment for trek and emergency medical supplies
    • All trek staff, including western and Sherpa guides, porter support
    • Transport of 15kg of personal equipment
    • All meals after departing Kathmandu and before arriving back in Kathmandu


    Exclusions

    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Air travel to and from Nepal
    • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
    • Purchases of bottled water while on the trek, gifts, alcohol (we supply boiled water for drinking)
    • Other charges at lodges/tea houses such as showers, internet access or battery re-charging
    • Entry visas for Nepal (we recommend the 30 day tourist visa for Nepal on arrival into Kathmandu)
    • Personal clothing and equipment including sleeping bag for Lodge use
    • Personal travel / trip cancellation insurance
    • Excess baggage charges for the flights to / from Lukla
    • Any rescue costs or costs of early departure from the expedition
    • Gratuities

    Account Information

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    1 Willis Street
    Wellington
    New Zealand

    for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited

    Account # 1000-594771-0000
    Account Type: US Dollars
    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22

    Note: All bank transfer charges are for the remitter's account.

    We can also accept your deposit and balance payments by credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Amex) plus a 3% credit card transaction fee.

    We will send you receipts for all payments.

    All prices are subject to change.

    Deposit

    A deposit of US$500 is payable to secure a place on the expedition trek.

    Balance

    The balance is payable 60 days prior to your trip start date.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Once you have paid your deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 60 days prior to your trip commencement date. An expedition trek member may then cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

    • Cancellations outside of 60 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
    • For cancellations made within 59-30 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the full fee.
    • For cancellations within 29 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.


    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    Team members should take out private insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical, personal or other reasons. This is called trip cancellation insurance and can be obtained from your normal travel agent.

  • Trip Notes

    Three PassesThe Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Three Passes Nepal Trek.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    Three Passes Nepal Trek Trip Notes

    Team Membership

    For the Three Passes Nepal trek we will take a maximum of 12 trekkers, hence spaces are limited.

    Our Guides

    We employ strong and specialised Expedition leaders and Sherpa staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams, and the best back-up and support available.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Amelia Crofut-BrittinghamAmelia Crofut-Brittingham, Client Liaison

    Amelia has been with Adventure Consultants since October 2017 in the role of Client Liaison for European and Himalayan Operations. Having spent many years working in the ski industry, Amelia brings a wealth of experience to her role.

     

    AC Team 2016 Landscape

    Your Health

    Trek team members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the trek leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.

    Difficulty Rating

    Each of our trips is individually rated according to its physical and technical difficulty, displayed in the icons towards the top of each trip page. You can click on the accompanying question mark for additional descriptions and the full run-down of our grading system is available on our Difficulty Ratings page.

    Preparing for Your Trip

    Although the Three Passes Trek is reasonably straightforward, you must train prior to departure to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. While the trek is achievable you need to be prepared to hike for the full 21 days for around 4-5 hours on hilly terrain, with some hill climbs of around 600m elevation gain, with over 3000m elevation gain in total.

    Training should include regular walking on hills, in combination with swimming, light running or biking and gym work to develop strength. For more information read our AC Blog article 'Fit to Trek', visit our Fitness Training Programs page, or check out our Training Peaks Uphill Athlete 12 Week Everest Trekking Training Program.

    What You Carry

    We have the luxury of porter support during the trek. Each day you will carry your day pack containing; rain jacket, fleece, sun block, water, snacks, trekking poles, small personal first aid kit, camera and a few extra personal items. At higher elevations you add in a warm hat and gloves.

    The Altitude

    A robust acclimatisation program has been incorporated into our itinerary to allow the best opportunity for our body’s to adjust to the reduced atmospheric pressure when travelling high in the Himalayan Mountains. We have included rest days at the relevant elevations to allow our bodies to adjust to the thin air and we carry sufficient medication to deal with most altitude related problems. Experience has shown us that good hydration, rest days at significant elevations and good base fitness help avoid any significant problems during this expedition.

    Nonetheless, you will feel the effects of the high altitude. For people who have not previously been to altitude this can sometimes be a cause for concern but please do not worry about this as your guides are trained to assist you through your acclimatisation programme.

    Symptoms you may experience include; mild headaches which are similar to the sensation of wearing tight sunglasses for too long. These ‘pressure’ headaches, as they are known, are usually relieved by drinking more water, rest and pressure breathing (blowing out through pursed lips). Should symptoms persist, they can be relieved by Panadol, Ibuprofen, Excedrin, Tylenol or similar. Taking the time after arriving at a ‘new’ elevation is vital to allow your body to adjust. People who can’t sit still, drink excessive alcohol, or rush around, usually adjust at a slower rate than others.

    The feeling when you get to a new altitude has been compared to having a mild hangover. It is important to remember to walk slowly and do not try to keep up with any locals!

    We include ‘active’ rest days as part of our acclimatisation programme. By taking a gentle walk on rest days to a slightly higher elevation we exercise the principle of ‘climbing high, sleeping low’, which aids our acclimatisation greatly.

    Food

    Food will be of the highest standard possible, given the remoteness of the situation. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements. In the Khumbu Valley during the trek we will be staying and dining in Lodges and at Island Peak Base Camp we will be staying in tents and eating in the Adventure Consultants mess tent. Our base camp equipment and ample, nutritious meals are always the envy of other groups on the mountain!

    Accommodation

    Accommodation and dining during the trek will be in lodges where you will be in dormitories or twin rooms. Mattresses are provided but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag. Each lodge has a large lounge and dining area where trek members can congregate to share meals, socialise or simply relax by the fireplace. Some even have showers, internet, battery re-charging and laundry services available for a small fee.

    Clothing & Equipment

    Expedition trek members will be sent a list detailing all necessary clothing and equipment to be individually provided.

  • Itinerary

    Day

     

    1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    2

    Gear check, sightseeing in Kathmandu if time permits

    3

    Fly to Lukla (2,860m/9,383ft) and trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)

    4

    Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft)

    5

    Rest day and sightseeing

    6

    Trek to Phortse (3,950m/12,959ft)

    7

    Trek to Pheriche (4,270m/14,009ft)

    8

    Rest day

    9

    Trek to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft)

    10

    Climb Chhukung Ri (5,550m)

    11

    Trek over Kongma La (5,535m) to Lobuche (4,925m)

    12

    Trek to Gorak Shep (5,165m/18,209ft)

    13

    Trek to Kala Patar (5,554m/18,222ft) for world’s best view of Everest!

    14

    Trek to Everest Base Camp for lunch Descend to Lobuche

    15

    Trek to Dzongla (4,830m/15,846ft)

    16

    9hr trek over Cho La (5,420m/17,780ft) to Dragnag (4,700m/15,420ft)

    17

    Trek to Gokyo (4,790m/15,715ft)

    18

    Rest Day or climb Gokyo Ri (5,357m/17,575ft) for views of sunset on Everest!

    19

    Trek to Lungden, cross Renjo La (5,465m/17,930ft)

    20

    Trek to Thame (3,844m/12,612ft)

    21

    Trek to Namche Bazaar

    22

    Trek to Phakding

    23

    Trek to Lukla

    24

    Contingency day

    25

    Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

    26

    Trip ends

    The trek members meet in Kathmandu, capital of the Kingdom of Nepal. We are greeted at the airport by our Kathmandu representatives, who whisk you through the thriving city to your hotel.

    Once everybody has arrived we have a team meeting where introductions and the trip outline are completed. You will be briefed on the trip preparations and we can sort out any queries you have.

    Your guide will advise you on good shopping and the better restaurants to visit while you are in the city. There are plenty of shops and entertainment to suit all tastes. From excellent bookshops, to mountain bike hire, to CD shopping and bars; Kathmandu’s retail fraternity is waiting to meet you!

    We use a full day in Kathmandu sorting out any equipment problems you may have, but don’t worry if you have forgotten anything, there are plenty of good outdoor shops in the city.

    We fly from Kathmandu to the village of Lukla at 2,860m/9,383ft, the beginning of our trek.

    The trek takes 22 days after our departure from Lukla until we return to this same point. The walking is mostly over gentle terrain, but there are some decent hill climbs required to get over our ‘Three Passes’. The trekking days are moderately strenuous and involve walking between 4 and 6 hours duration with plenty of scenic places to stop along the way. We place a lot of emphasis on maintaining health to enhance our trekking experience.

    The trek has been specially planned to avoid the pitfalls of altitude illnesses and our experience in this field allows us to plan the best possible itinerary to avoid most of the associated issues. We have included rest days at the relevant elevations to allow our bodies to adjust to the thin air and we carry sufficient medication to deal with most altitude related problems. Experience has shown us that good hydration, rest days at significant elevations and good base fitness help avoid any significant problems during this trek.

    From Lukla the trail contours the valley walls of the lower Khumbu valley with fine views through the stands of Himalayan pines, up to the high mountains above. We spend a night in the cosy Sherpa village of Phakding that is perched above the mighty Dudh Koshi River. The Dudh Koshi is the drainage for all the glaciers and mountains in the region, including Everest, therefore it carries a large volume of water. The following day we trek to the base of the Namche hill and after a solid climb up the zigzagging path we arrive in the cultural hub of the region, Namche Bazar.

    Namche Bazaar is the centre of trade for the Sherpa people as it has been for hundreds of years. There are many sights to delight in Namche Bazaar and there is always a level of hubbub with all the traders offering bargains from their stalls, shops selling every imaginable piece of copied climbing equipment, as well as the legitimate articles. There are internet cafes, bakeries, bars and much more. It is as if one has transcended back to the days of old and there is an honest magic and charm to the busy streets. When you can catch your breath and lift your eyes up from the bustling throngs, you can enjoy a reality check by viewing the dramatic views across the valley to Mount Kwonde, a wonderful backdrop to the unique Sherpa architecture of the houses and lodges here. We may even visit Sir Edmund Hillary's first hospital in Nepal, which is situated above Namche in the village of Khunde. On the way back to the lodge one can enjoy a freshly brewed coffee and a hot croissant at the bakery in Khumjung.

    The Sherpa people are of Tibetan origin, having travelled over the high Tibetan passes including the Nangpa La, to settle in the Nepalese highlands. They developed trade between the two countries bringing gems, wool and salt from Tibet in exchange for the plentiful Nepalese products. The Sherpas brought their Buddhist religion with them, which they evolved to develop their own sect of the faith. They are very generous and spiritual people with a colourful lifestyle, and our trek allows us to spend time with them in their homeland.

    The next stage of our trek takes us further up towards the head of the Khumbu valley, from Khumjung we follow a gradual incline skirting around the hillside to the Mong La Pass (3,970m/13,025ft), then a steep descent through rhododendron forest, which is in full bloom in April, to the river at Phortse Tenga. From here it is a short walk to the small village of Phortse, where we will overnight. The following morning our trail takes a high traverse around towards Pangboche. This route to Pangboche is one of the less frequently travelled trails in the Khumbu and, as a result, it’s not uncommon to see Himalayan tahr and danphe, the Himalayan pheasant near the trail. We cross the almighty Imja Khola River on a bridge high above a cascading gorge where we are likely to have to stand aside as yak drivers herd their laden beasts along the valley trails and over the bridge. These quiet yet deft-footed animals are an essential component of the transportation system in the Khumbu valley and their passage is always foretold by echoes from melodious yak bells they wear around their necks.

    The trail then continues into the ancient village of Pangboche where we take lunch and visit the monastery in upper Pangboche, reportedly the very first monastery in the region built by Lamas after they moved into the region from Tibet some 900 years ago. Above Pangboche we say goodbye to the trees as we continue through to Pheriche and open mountainous country. Small stone walled fields protect potato crops that provide the staple diet for the regions people while yaks wander and graze at will on meagre forage. Small lodges and huts provide reference to the arid landscape giving scale to the backdrop of massive peaks behind. A rest day is had in this village to aid acclimatisation and gentle walks can be done to stretch the legs.

    After the welcome rest we now continue up the Imja valley to the town of Chhukung. A slow hike up 5,500m/18,209ft Chhukung Ri ('Ri' means hillock, although some of their 'hillocks' are over 7,000m/23,000ft!) enhances our acclimatisation whilst it also provides incredible views of the Himalayan giants in the valley. The wall of Lhotse rises some 3,000m/9,800ft above while across the valley the views of the steep ice faces on Ama Dablam's north side are equally as compelling.

    Next morning we leave early to embark on the first of the high passes, the Kongma La. Grassy slopes lead into green meadows before giving way to stony trails culminating in the pass that we cross into the upper Khumbu valley. It’s worth spending time here soaking up the views that are apt to leave one spellbound. An inclined descent brings us to the lower Khumbu glacier and on to the welcome lodge in Lobuche.

    Everest is hidden from us at Lobuche by the precipitous ridges and slopes of Mount Nuptse even though we are very close, but Pumori, Nuptse, Lobuche and Taweche provide a classic Himalayan backdrop.

    We follow the true right flank of the Khumbu on the same trails as used by the intrepid climbers that come to Everest every year, arriving into the last village in the Khumbu called Gorak Shep. Above Gorak Shep is the small peak of Kala Patar which has outstanding views of Everest from its summit. At sunrise or sunset the views of Everest can be even more magical and we hope to enjoy a photographic session with you there!

    Our last hike in this region takes us to Everest Base Camp for lunch. It is here that the Everest climbers rest and recuperate when not actually up on the mountain. There is always plenty of activity as the Sherpas and climbers prepare for their next phase of climbing on the mountain. After our lunch with the expedition members, we descend back to Lobuche and the relative low altitude.

    A short day takes us to Dzongla where we prep for our crossing of the Cho La pass. For the Cho La pass crossing day we'll start early. Taking our ascent rate steadily, we follow the main trail up rolling grassy slopes and then moraine to the glaciated Cho La pass where we are rewarded with expansive views such as the near vertical north aspects of Cholatse and Taweche, Ama Dablam, Makalu off in the distance and Lobuche East rearing up to our north. After we cross the pass we descend steeply as we enter the Gokyo valley and a whole new vista of peaks open up. We descend to Dragnag for the night on the flank of the Gokyo glacier.

    Next, we have a short day from Dragnag across the Gokyo Glacier to the village of Gokyo. Here you will see a succession of azure blue glacial lakes set beneath towering, rugged peaks sometimes dusted in snow. A day is set aside to make a side trip up Gokyo Ri. The one and a half hour hike up Gokyo Ri takes us above the village and Gokyo lakes and is well worth the effort for an unsurpassed panoramic Himalayan view. In clear weather there are good views across to the 8,000m peaks of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and close by, Cho Oyu. If possible, we may time our visit for the sunset.

    Our final pass, the crossing the Renjo La will be one of the more enjoyable days of the trip now that your body is conditioned to the altitude. From the pass there are excellent views of Everest and other 8,000m peaks to the east. As you descend into the valley on the far side of the pass you will be going back in time. The small village of Lungden was once frequently visited by travellers crossing over the Nangpa La from Tibet to peddle their goods at the Namche Bazar market held every Saturday. However today, with little traffic crossing the pass the villagers focus primarily on agriculture.

    We descend through Marlung and on to Taranga. Sherpas consider Taranga to be the homeland of the yeti and Taranga potatoes are reputed to be the best in the world. Soon we pass through Chanakpa and on to Thame. We lodge the night in Thame which is situated in a large valley with good views of the snowy peaks of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde to the south. About 150m/490ft above the town there is the Thame Gompa, a picturesque monastery set amongst the many homes of Lamas and lay people. This is the site for the spring celebration of the Mani Rimdo festival, held about the middle of May each year.

    We are now descending along the Bhote Koshi River, a tributary to the Dudh Koshi River we initially travelled up two weeks ago. We arrive into the thriving and vibrant Namche Bazar for some 'creature comforts' and a night in the relative luxury of the Khumbu lodge. In the morning we descend again to Phakding to overnight to continue the descent of the Khumbu Valley with its many tea houses and trekkers, enjoying some re-discovered luxuries like the fresh bakeries, internet cafés, laundries and hot showers. We finish back in Lukla for the flight back to Kathmandu and dinner out to celebrate our fine trip!

  • Add Ons

    Sadhu Kathmandu Camilla RutherfordCity Tour

    Experience the sights of Kathmandu with a qualified English speaking guide. See some ancient temples nestled within the city, places that have remained the same for centuries. But don't just see them; get a valuable insight from a knowledgeable local guide. You will be amazed. Kathmandu has more surprises than you can imagine. 





    caro DawrikasLuxury Hotel Upgrades

    Kathmandu has a wealth of accommodation options.  On our standard expedition departure we stay at a good, western standard, mid-range hotel but if you feel you would like to upgrade to luxury style, we can assist with booking alternative hotels.

    Just a few hours drive from Kathmandu is the beautiful Himalayan region of Langtang National Park. We offer two week long pre-acclimatisation trips to either the Langtang or Gosain Kunda lakes area. An ideal opportunity to pre-acclimatise prior to your Himalayan expedition. Contact our office for more detail.

    C Rutherford 2595Langtang - 7 Day / 6 Night Trek                                               

    Day 1 - Drive to Shyabrubesi (1,550m)
    Day 2 - Trek to Lama Hotel (2,380m)
    Day 3 - Trek to Langtang Villages (3,430m)
    Day 4 - Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m)
    Day 5 - Trek to Kyanjin Ri (4,770m) and return to Lama Hotel
    Day 6 - Back to Shyabrubesi 

    Langtang Sophie WardGosain Kunda - 7 Day / 6 Night Trek                  

    Day 1 - Drive to Dhunche (1,950m)
    Day 2 - Trek to Thulo Shyabru (2,200m)
    Day 3 - Trek to Shing Gomba (3,584m)
    Day 4 - Trek to Gosain Kunda (4,381m)
    Day 5 - Trek back to Shing Gomba
    Day 6 - Trek back to Dhunche
    Day 7 - Return to Kathmandu

    Chitwan Rhino Kasara ResortChitwan

    Chitwan National Park is one of the major draw cards in Nepal outside of the Himalayas. This World Heritage listed wildlife reserve protects over 932km² of wilderness and is home to a raft of different wildlife. While there you will have the opportunity to see one-horned rhinoceroses, monkeys and deer. If you are really lucky you might even see a Royal Bengal Tiger. Since you are in Nepal, why not stay a little longer and experience this gem. For more information check out our Chitwan page

    Tiger Mountain Lodge Pokhara Camilla RutherfordPokhara and Tiger Mountain Lodge

    Perched 1,000 feet above the Pokhara Valley with a spectacular Himalayan backdrop, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge provides a perfect haven, the essence of tranquillity. This side trip is ideal for guests pre- and post-expedition, or for those wishing to take day walks exploring local communities, bird-watching, gentle exercise, or just to relax in a typical Nepalese rural setting. For more information check out our Pokhara page.

    We are also able to offer Privately Guided Treks where you have the services of a top AC western guide as well as your own Sherpa support team to work exclusively with you on the expedition to ensure your needs are best met. AC have been fortunate to work with many privately guided groups over the years with exceptional results.

    Have a camera man join your expedition and document the entire thing! Choose from a variety of options for different budgets. You could have a full colour book and short film, or a full documentary for television. Your trip is the trip of a lifetime; why not keep it to show your friends and family. Contact us or see our specialty Film and Photo Services page for more information.

  • Travel Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance insurance options for trekkers, although this is only just a start! Once you book on a trip with AC, your Client Liaison will help you by sending through advice on your options;

    • Travel insurance
    • Trip interruption
    • Trip cancellation

    COVERMORE INSURANCE

    CoverMore LogoIndulge your spirit of adventure, but protect yourself against all of those unforeseen events that can occur prior to or whilst on your trip with Adventure Consultants. Together with CoverMore Insurance, Adventure Consultants are now offering advice and assistance in purchasing CoverMore policies. With quality travel insurance cover, comes peace of mind and the freedom to venture around the world with confidence, in the knowledge that you will have the support and assistance of CoverMore, if you need it.

    Adventure Consultants highly recommends the Options Plan as this gives you the highest level of cover and benefits available. This includes cover for trip cancellation and amendment which protects your travel investment, medical and dental emergencies, lost luggage/personal belongings and travel delay, amongst other things.

    You can tailor your cover further by adding on winter sports, annual multi-trip cover, scooter riding and working holidays to name a few.

    Why CoverMore?

    • Purchasing CoverMore is a quick and easy process.
    • They provide cover where others won’t. e.g. terrorism scares, natural disasters, civil unrest and redundancy.
    • Protect your travel investment by choosing cancellation/interruption cover that meets your needs.
    • The option to increase your cover on valuable luggage items such as cameras and laptops.
    • Adventure Sports Cover for a variety of activities. Trekking is automatically covered, provided that reasonable care is taken, and you are not using ropes or other mountaineering equipment.
    • Free Global SIM card.
    • 24-hour emergency medical and travel assistance centre that is staffed by specialist doctors, nurses and case managers. This now includes the new Travel GP service, allowing you to talk in person to an Australia-based GP.


    Who and what trips is the policy suitable for?

    • Non-New Zealand residents travelling inbound to New Zealand – suitable for cover when travelling around New Zealand, but mountaineering or climbing is excluded.
    • New Zealander's travelling outbound on a trekking adventure e.g. Everest Base Camp Trek, Khumbu Trek, Kilimanjaro, Tour du Mont Blanc Trek and Mustang Horse Trek.


    For more information or assistance, please contact your Client Liaison at Adventure Consultants. Policies can also be purchased directly at CoverMore.

  • FAQ

    • Trek Documentation

      The following is to serve as a helpful guideline on our Himalayan Treks. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

      info@adventure.co.nz
      US: +1 866 757 8722 (Freephone from North America)
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

      Please note you will be emailed a set of Reference Notes upon registration. This extensive booklet includes detailed information to assist in the planning of your trip, from travel and medical advice to equipment lists and photography tips.

    • Choosing a Provider

      How long has Adventure Consultants been in operation?
      Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since. You can read more on the history of Adventure Consultants here.

      A few outfitters claim to have the same level of experience and prestige as Adventure Consultants. In this league, what makes you the first choice for your trekkers?
      We are renowned for the quality of service and strategy applied to our treks. Our reputation is attributed to the meticulous planning and logistics coordination done by our head office. Once on the ground in Nepal, you can expect to be well looked after by our guides so that you can relax and enjoy trekking through this amazing country.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      What sort of hotels do we stay at in the city?
      We stay at the Hotel Radisson in Kathmandu. Only 15 minutes walk from the tourist centre of Thamel, the Radisson is situated in a quiet location and boasts a fitness centre, sauna and steam room, three restaurants, a bar, café and a rooftop swimming pool! A perfect place to begin and end your trip.

      What showers and laundry facilities will be available on the trek?
      For our lodge-based treks, hot showers are available in selected lodges for a small fee. We advise people to bring wet-wipes for impromptu washes in between available showers. Some lodges also provide a laundry service for a small fee.

      Please note that on the camping-based Dhaulagiri Trek there are no showers or laundry facilities available, although a bowl of hot water will be available for washing most days. Most days also start with a 'hot face towel' delivered to your tent or dining table. 

      What food will be available?
      You’ll get breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, as well as ample hot and cold drinks. We can cater for vegetarian as well as many other special diets as long as we are informed prior to the trip. All of our treks provide excellent local and Western food! If you have any special treats that you like, we encourage you to bring some along.

      What is the food like?
      When staying in odges, expect local food such as dal bhat as well as Western-style dishes such as pizza or yak steak. We usually bring a few treats from New Zealand such as Kiwi cheese and salami and serve fresh coffee with breakfast.

      On the Dhaulagiri Trek, our cook team will prepare a range of tasty dishes in the camps. Please indicate any dietary requirements that you may have on your application form and we are happy to accommodate those with specific diets.

      What are the lodges like? Can I have my own room?
      We book tidy, clean, modern lodges - the best that are available in each village. They are well-known locations to us and we have a good relationship with the lodge owners. We can book private rooms for you, at an added cost. Our standard trips are based on shared rooms, usually twin-share and sometimes triple-share.

      On the tent-based Dhaulagiri trek, you will be sleeping in a high-quality mountain tent, shared with one other trekker. You will be greeted each morning with a cup of bed tea, served by our smiling cook staff. Evening meals will be served in our comfortable dining tent. A single supplement is available – please contact our office to enquire.

    • Travel

      What is the best way to get to Nepal?
      Regular flights operate into Kathmandu via Bangkok, Doha, Hong Kong, Singapore and Delhi.

      Do I need to arrive the day before the trip starts? And when should I book my flight to leave?
      No, our trip programmes all have an arrival day and a departure day built into them. You are welcome, and encouraged, to arrive a bit earlier to explore Kathmandu if you have the time. Before your trek, you will receive a “final details” letter. This will let you know the time and place to meet your guide(s). An AC representative will meet you at the airport and the first of many team briefings will take place on the evening of Day One. Please do not book to depart before the scheduled final trip itinerary day.

      My travel agent says I can just get an ‘e’ ticket (electronic ticket) and will not need to be actually issued a physical ticket.
      'E' tickets are the standard practice these days and are now acceptable in Kathmandu. Do ensure you print your itinerary and have your booking number with you, as this allows our local agents to assist with changing your return flight plans, if need be, while you are in the mountains.

      When should I book my ticket?
      Generally, we ask you to wait until 60 days prior to your trip start date to ensure your trip has met the minimum numbers and will operate. If you see a good deal and want to book your flights, then please ensure that you can make changes to your tickets or you run the risk of losing them if we do have to cancel the trip. In such situations, we are usually able to help you book on to an alternate departure, either with us or another operator.

      Can I get a cheap ticket online?
      The problem with these tickets is that you usually end up having to pay quite a lot more if you have to make any changes to your ticket. Some of the places we go to aren't straightforward and we highly recommend using a travel agent for such travel, as there are many intricacies that they can help you with. In the long run, they save you money! We use professional travel agents for all our staff and guides' travel bookings.

      Where do we meet? Will I be picked up?
      You should fly into Kathmandu International Airport (KTM) and an Adventure Consultants guide or representative will be there to pick you up off your flight. If you are arriving before the scheduled trip start date, we can often make arrangements for a pickup although taking a taxi is generally the easiest form of transport before your trip starts.

      What if I am arriving early or departing late?
      Adventure Consultants can make reservations for you and can often make recommendations for attractions you can enjoy while waiting for your trip to begin. Please let our office know your specific plans as we love to pass on Kathmandu sightseeing tips.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Once we have received your application we will email out your Team Reference Notes which include an assortment of information including detailed equipment lists. Any questions you have after reading through this will be directed to our Equipment Coordinator, who can assist you in preparing for the trip as well as recommending and sourcing a range of clothing and equipment suitable for the trek via our gear retail service.

      Do I really need all the equipment on the equipment list?
      Yes, these lists have been carefully prepared. Please bring everything on the list!

      How warm do we need our sleeping bags to be? Will there be extra blankets available if required?
      This will be clearly stated in your recommended gear list. It will depend on where you are going but in general you will need a sleeping bag warm enough for conditions as cold as -10°C. Blankets are generally not available so pay careful attention to the bag we recommend. We suggest buying a sleeping bag big enough to allow you to wear extra clothes in if it is especially cold. Sleeping in a warm hat can greatly improve a bag's warmth.

      How much weight do we carry on the trek?
      You will carry your day pack with warm clothes, water, snacks, sun block, camera and whatever else you need for the day. Generally, it will be light at 5 to 10kgs (10-20 pounds).

    • Acclimatisation & Oxygen

      Will there be any oxygen carried on the trek? Is this included in our trek fee?
      Most of our treks take oxygen as a medical backup. We also take PACs (Personal Altitude Chamber) with us. A trekker with mountain sickness is placed inside the PAC chamber and it is inflated around them. It increases the air pressure and any altitude related illness is usually immediately fixed. The trekker then feels better and can usually walk down to lower elevations to recover.

      What altitude medication will be available on the expedition? Do we need to take tablets before/during the trek?
      All our guides carry extensive medical kits including various medications for altitude illness. If you have a previous history of altitude illness, then discuss this with your physician and let us know. Otherwise, there is no need to take preventative medication before or during your trek.

      You need to bring any medications you regularly use (don’t forget to tell us about them), plus extras. Also, please bring a small first aid kit including a blister kit and mild headache medication for the normal altitude headaches.

    • Guides, Sherpas & Team Members

      How many guides Sherpas will be assigned to our group?
      A ratio of trekkers to Western guides is stated on each trip’s web page in the downloadable ‘Trip Notes’. Sherpa guides are assigned depending on the size of the group and type of trek or expedition.

      Who goes on your trips?
      Our climbers and trekkers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, countries and skill levels, ranging from those seeking skill development to those seeking purely adventure. We provide courses, expeditions, treks and guided ascents for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts.

      I would like to arrange a private trip, is this possible?
      We are happy to arrange a private group trip and we have run many successful private trips and expeditions including summits of 8,000m peaks such as Gasherbrum 2 and Kanchenjunga, all of the Seven Summits and remote destinations such as Antarctica. Some clients enjoy the added privacy and schedule flexibility that a private expedition allows, so you can hike and climb at your own pace and enjoy the mountains on your own terms. There is no specific group size, but obviously larger groups are more cost-effective. Please contact the office for more information or visit our Private Customised Expeditions page.

    • Health & Fitness

      What kind of physical condition should I be in for a trek?
      We cannot recommend enough being fit prior to the trek as this will make all the difference to your acclimatisation and, ultimately, your enjoyment. For most treks, you should be comfortable walking up to 6 hours with a light pack.

      Please note that for the Mustang trek, the trekking is of only moderate difficulty as we can ride the horses on most of the trail apart from steep descents and the occasional exposed section. Participants must be of reasonable health and capable of walking/riding for about 4-6 hours a day. 

      Please also note that are some longer days on the Dhaulagiri Trek as we ascend Dhampus Peak.

      Training should include regular walking on hills, in combination with swimming, light running or biking, and gym work to develop strength. Check out our Fitness Training Programmes page for more information.

      How do I know this is the right trip for me?
      We offer trips to suit all levels of ability and ambition, from your first mountain experience to extreme ascents and everything in between. To help you navigate the choices available, our trips are graded by both the level of physical exertion and the level of skill required, allowing you to find your perfect expedition match. These ratings are displayed in the icons at the top of each expedition page, with a further explanation available by clicking on the accompanying question mark. A full run-down of the categories can be found on our Difficulty Ratings page and our team is more than happy to discuss your experience to find the right trip for you.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      Will there be any access to a satellite phone? If yes then what would be the charges for usage?
      Yes, most of our expedition guides take satellite phones and you are welcome to use these at US$3 per minute. Most often, your guide will post daily dispatches on the AC website in which your friends and family can follow your progress.

      I want to contact my friend or relative, who is on one of your trips, how can I reach them?
      Many of our treks and climbs send daily internet dispatches, and we receive updates from our guides while they are in the field. The best place to reach a loved one is through our office.

      Will there be any power source for charging batteries, etc. available throughout the trek?
      For lodge-bassed treks, many of the lodges have power available with typical Asian plugs (two nail like horizontal prongs) and offer to recharge for a fee. 

      On the Mustang Trek, charging facilities may be more limited and you may wish to consider bringing your own personal solar charging system.

      On the Dhaulagiri trek, mains voltage charging will not be available. Although we do carry a 12V power supply, this is primarily for recharging the satellite phone so we recommend you bring your own personal sized solar panel and battery pack if you have multiple devices. If your equipment has a cigarette lighter type car charger, bring that and you can plug it in to charge. We do NOT recommend bringing rechargeable digital cameras as they tend to run out when power is not available. Use cameras with replaceable batteries and we recommend lithium batteries. 

      We can cater for special power requirements at an extra cost or advise on the purchase of a suitable personal solar charging system - please enquire with our office.

    • Insurance

      What insurance do we need to get?
      Each trek member must have travel insurance covering medical evacuation and repatriation, with no exclusions pertaining to trekking. This should provide adequate cover in the event that any mishap occurs and an expensive evacuation is initiated. We do also highly recommend that you purchase a standard comprehensive policy to include cover trip cancellation (in the event of an injury or mishap prior to your trip start date), delayed flights, lost luggage, etc..

      Do I need evacuation insurance?
      Yes, it is very important. Many of our expeditions are in remote places with no roads and developing medical services. In the unlikely event that you get sick, you want to get to good medical care ASAP.

      Who do you recommend for insurance?
      Coverage varies based on your nationality and the trip that you are taking with us. Our recommended providers are found on our Travel and Rescue Insurance page. When you have booked on a trip with us, we will also send you more comprehensive information on various insurance options.

      What is trip cancellation insurance?
      We recommend that all our trekkers buy trip cancellation insurance upon sign up for their trip or at the very least, at the same time as their flights and balance payment are settled. It is very important to buy trip cancellation insurance (in addition to your evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance) as it is not unknown for people to have unforeseen circumstances that force them to cancel their trip for reasons such as family illness, injury to one’s self, etc..

    • Fees & Payments

      Can I pay by credit card?
      We can accept both the trip deposit and balance payment on credit card. Please note that there is a 3% fee for all card transactions. Please contact our office or visit our online payment system.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
      Please see the 'Payment Conditions' section above for the inclusions and exclusions for this particular trip. There is also a downloadable pdf document in the 'Trip Notes' section above. International airfares are not included in the trip price. We can however recommend excellent travel agents with whom we have worked should you require help with arranging your international airfare.

      Why are you sometimes more expensive than other operators?
      Many of our trips are very similar in price to our competitors. Some companies even wait for us to set our prices and use ours as a guideline!! Some of our main selling points, which sometimes do cost more, are internationally qualified Western guides, proven dependable local operators, small group sizes and safe client-to-guide ratios, quality equipment and high summit success rates, among other things. You do get what you pay for which is why we stand out from the rest. Many clients come to us after failing on one of our competitors ‘cheaper’ trips.

      How do I sign up for a trip?
      The best way to reserve your space on the trek is to contact our office or complete our online booking form (click 'Book Now' below). Your deposit can be submitted by bank transfer (please see 'Payment Details' in the 'Payment Conditions' section above) or via our secure online payment system.

      info@adventure.co.nz
      US: +1 866 757 8722 (Freephone from North America)
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

    • Photography

      I love the photographs in your brochure and on your website, are they for sale?
      Yes, our images are available for licensing or purchase. Please contact our office for more information.

      What is the best equipment for photography in Alpine environments?
      There is an extensive section in our reference notes, which are sent out on receipt of your trip registration form and deposit, explaining about photography in the mountains.

      Remember photos are wonderful records of your expedition but keep camera gear simple and light to best enjoy the trip you are on. Disposable and digital cameras are the lightest weight, but all cameras have maintenance issues that need to be carefully considered before bringing them to high elevations.

    • Safety

      What about the Maoists in Nepal?
      The Maoist problem which partly crippled the economy of Nepal for the past decade garnered major international interest. The Maoists have now formed part of the Nepalese government and there is a comprehensive peace agreement in place so we hope the troubles of the past are put behind the Nepalese people. Our sources in Nepal keep us up to date with the political situation and if there are significant changes we will be sure to advise you.

    • Employment

      I want to become a mountain guide, where do I start?
      Those with limited experience generally start by taking an alpine climbing course and then go out and climb for a few years. You generally should have at least 5 years of climbing and/or teaching/guiding experience. You need avalanche and medical training and then you can apply to do a NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA. Check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association web pages for a complete description.

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Three Passes Lydia Jenkin Nick Nawang Chhongba

We had a brilliant time, and really appreciated the overall pace of the Three Passes trek, which gave us lots of time to really appreciate the many different layers of beauty in the Khumbu.
Three Passes Trek, 2017

Lydia Jenkin
New Zealand
Martin Poegelt

AC offers a great service with nothing to worry about. You can fully focus on the trip because you know everything is taken care of. For my next adventures, I’ll have a look at what AC has to offer for sure!
Three Passes Trek, 2017

Martin Pögelt
Germany
14 5 Gokyo ri group

AC have to be congratulated on the high professionalism of the organisation that went into the Three Passes Trek that we experienced.
Three Passes Trek, 2017

Guy and Davida Mead
New Zealand
climbingmt blanc

AC provided a great experience, which I would not hesitate in recommending to friends. Based on my experience, AC's reputation as a premium guiding company is consistent with the high level of service they provide.
Mont Blanc Ascent 2016

John Riley
Australia