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  • Trek Duration
    17 Days
  • Max Altitude
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate/Adventure/High Pass
  • Group Size
    Min : 02 Trekkers
  • Accommodation
    Hotel/Tea House
  • Start/Ending
    Lukla to Lukla

Trip Overview

“Crossing High Mountain Passes and Exploring Remote Valleys in the Heart of the Everest Region”

Everest Three Pass Trek is Our Journey to the Everest Crossways Trek begins with a cool historic sightseeing day in Kathmandu which offers a brief exploration of the temples, shrines, bazaars, and restaurants of Kathmandu. We then take an inspiring mountain flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla on the following day followed by a trek up through the classic route to the Sagarmatha National Park adjacent to the mighty Dudh Koshi River, & colorful landscapes, Gompas and monasteries in the land enclosed by the towering peaks. After reaching the summit of Kongma La, we compose our way to the Everest Base Camp as we marvel at the spectacle of Khumbu icefall cascading from the Western Camp.

Everest Three Pass Trek to the viewpoint of Kalapatthar is followed by the tough Climb through Cho La that finally takes us to the cobalt-blue lakes at Gokyo. After enjoying awe-inspiring views from the fifth lake and Gokyo Ri, we make our way to the next great pass, the Renjo La. After a night halt in Marlung, we follow a little of the route used for centuries by the Tibetan Traders via Nangpa La to get to Thame. Following the same classical route we drop down to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu, leaving behind our footprints but taking along with us life-long memories of one of the best trips in the world…in the shadows of Everest.

What is the three-pass trek in Everest?

The Three Passes Trek in Everest, also known as the Everest Three High Passes Trek, is a challenging and popular trekking route in the Everest region of Nepal. The trek involves crossing three high mountain passes – the Kongma La Pass (5,535m), Cho La Pass (5,420m), and Renjo La Pass (5,340m) – each offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, glaciers, and valleys.

The trek usually starts and ends in Lukla and follows the classic Everest Base Camp trekking route up to Namche Bazaar. From there, the trail heads eastwards towards the Gokyo Valley, which is known for its turquoise glacial lakes and stunning views of Mount Everest and surrounding peaks. The trek then crosses the first pass, Renjo La Pass, before descending into the Thame Valley, which is renowned for its traditional Sherpa culture and picturesque villages.

From the Thame Valley, the trail ascends towards the Kongma La Pass, which offers incredible views of the Khumbu Glacier and surrounding peaks. After crossing the pass, the trek leads to the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, which offers a panoramic view of Mount Everest and other towering peaks in the region.

The trek also includes visits to several traditional Sherpa villages, including Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, and Thame, where trekkers can experience the unique Sherpa culture, cuisine, and way of life.

The Three Passes Trek in Everest is a challenging and rewarding trek, suitable for experienced trekkers who are physically fit, mentally prepared, and have previous experience with high-altitude trekking. The trek requires proper acclimatization, preparation, and precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable trek

Best Time Trek to Everest Three Pass

The best time to trek to the Everest Three Passes is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November.

During these seasons, the weather in the Everest region is generally stable and dry, with clear skies and moderate temperatures. The visibility is also excellent during these months, providing stunning views of the surrounding mountains, glaciers, and valleys.

The spring season is considered the best time for trekking as the rhododendron forests are in full bloom, and the weather is mild and pleasant. The post-monsoon season is also a good time for trekking, as the monsoon rains have cleared the skies, and the landscape is lush and green.

During the winter months (December to February), the weather in the Everest region is cold, with snowfall and freezing temperatures. Trekking during this time is challenging, as the trails can be icy and difficult to navigate.

During the monsoon season (June to August), the region experiences heavy rainfall, which can lead to landslides and trail closures, making it challenging to trek. Therefore, it is not recommended to trek during this time.

In summary, the best time to trek to the Everest Three Passes is during the spring and autumn seasons, from March to May and September to November, respectively, when the weather is stable and dry, and visibility is excellent.

Where is the Three Passes trek in the Everest Region?

The Three Passes Trek is a challenging and popular trekking route located in the Everest region of Nepal. It is known for its stunning mountain views, remote valleys, high passes, and close proximity to some of the world’s highest peaks, including Mount Everest.

The trek typically starts and ends in the village of Lukla, which is accessible by a short flight from Kathmandu. From Lukla, trekkers embark on a circular route that crosses three high mountain passes: Kongma La Pass (5,535 meters), Cho La Pass (5,420 meters), and Renjo La Pass (5,360 meters).

The Three Passes Trek takes trekkers through picturesque Sherpa villages, lush valleys, and beautiful alpine landscapes. Along the way, you’ll pass through popular places like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Gokyo, and Everest Base Camp.

It’s worth noting that the Three Passes Trek is considered a challenging and strenuous trek that requires a good level of physical fitness and experience in high-altitude trekking. Proper acclimatization and preparation are essential. It’s advisable to undertake this trek with a guide or in a guided group for safety and support.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day to explore the city or rest.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla and walk to Phakding (2651m / 3 to 4hrs)

Early in the morning, we will take a scenic flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region. From here, we will start our trek and descend to the village of Phakding, located on the banks of the Dudh Koshi River.

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3438m / 5 to 6hrs)

We continue our trek along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing suspension bridges and passing through several small villages. After a challenging climb, we will reach Namche Bazaar, a bustling town in the heart of the Everest region.

Day 04: Rest day in Namche Bazaar

To acclimatize to the altitude, we will spend a day in Namche Bazaar. On this day, we also get a chance to explore the beautiful Sherpa villages. And on this day, we will hike up Everest Viewpoint and after hiking up Everest Viewpoint, and back to the hotel and take some rest.

Day 05: Trek to Phortse (3870m / 5 to 6hrs)

Leaving Namche Bazaar, we will continue our trek through the forests of rhododendron and pine trees, passing several small villages along the way. We will then reach Tengboche, where we will visit the famous Tengboche Monastery and enjoy the stunning views of Everest and the surrounding peaks.

Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4360m / 5 to 6hrs)

The trail initially descends through rhododendron forests and crosses the Dudh Koshi River through suspension bridges. After crossing the bridges, the trail ascends gradually to reach the settlement and high Himalayan peaks. You will pass through a few settlements and yak pasture. The trail from the riverbed to Dingboche is relatively easy, with only a few short climbs.

Day 07: Rest day in Dingboche

Dingboche is a charming town with a few shops, lodges, and restaurants. Take a stroll around and check out the local handicrafts and souvenirs. Take a stroll around and check out the local handicrafts and souvenirs. Take a short hike: There are some easy hiking trails around Dingboche that offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains. A popular option is to hike up to the nearby Nangkartshang Peak, which offers panoramic views of the Imja Valley and Ama Dablam.  

Day 08: Trek to Chhukhung (4730m / 3 to 4hrs)

Follow the main trail toward the northeast, which runs parallel to the Imja Khola River from Dingboche. You will cross several suspension bridges over the river and cross the bridge and continue along the trail on the other side. The trail gradually climbs up a hillside and passes through several yak pastures and small settlements and then continues to climb up a steep hillside until you reach Chhukhung.

Day 09: Rest day in Chhukhung

Taking a rest day in Chhukhung is highly recommended for trekkers. A rest day in Chhukhung allows trekkers to acclimatize to the high altitude and reduce the risk of altitude sickness. During this day, you can take short walks around the village or hike up to Chhukhung Ri (5,550m) for panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. You can also explore the village and interact with the locals to learn about their culture and way of life.

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4940m) and hike up Kongma La (5535m / 9 to 10hrs)

The journey begins in Chhukung, a small village located in the Imja Valley. From Chhukung, you will follow a trail that leads to the Kongma La pass. The trail is steep and challenging, but the stunning views of the surrounding peaks make the climb well worth the effort. Once you reach the top of the pass, you will be rewarded with an incredible panorama of the Himalayas. From here, the trail descends to the Khumbu Glacier and continues to Lobuche. The trek takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Himalayas and provides breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep (5170m) and hike up EBC (5364m)

As you start from Lobuche, the trail gradually ascends towards the Khumbu glacier. From there, the path leads toward the village of Gorak Shep. The final section of the trek involves a short, steep climb to the village, which can be a bit challenging due to the high altitude and thin air. Once you reach Ghorak Shep, you can hike up to Everest Base Camp. The hike takes around 2-3 hours from Ghorak Shep, and it is a challenging walk due to the high altitude and rough terrain. However, the stunning views of the Khumbu Icefall and the surrounding mountains make it all worth it.

Day 12: Hike up Kala Patthar (5545m) and walk to Zhong La (4930m / 8hrs)

Today will be the longest day for Everest Chola Pass Trek. From Gorak Shep, we will hike up Kala Patthar which is about 2 to 3 hours. From the top of Kala Patthar, you can see the magnificent Himalayan range and close-up views of Mt Everest. After hiking up Kala Patthar, we will back to Gorak Shep and from Gorak Shep, we will trek toward Zhong La. From Gorak Shep, we will head south towards the Khumbu Glacier and cross the glacier on a series of rock steps and wooden bridges.

Day 13: Trek to Thannak (4830m) and cross Chola Pass (5367m / 8hrs)

From Zhong la, the trek descends to the Gokyo Valley, passing through several glacial lakes, including the beautiful turquoise-colored Gokyo Lake. The trail then ascends to the Ngozumpa Glacier, which is the largest glacier in the Himalayas. The trail continues along the glacier, offering spectacular views of the surrounding peaks, including Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. The trek then reaches Thannak. And on this trekking period, we will get a chance to cross Cho La Pass, which is situated at an altitude of 5367 meters from sea level before reaching Thannak.

Day 14: Trek to Gokyo (4800m / 4 to 5hrs)

The trek from Thannak to Gokyo is around 4 to 5 hours of walking. The trail goes uphill through the rhododendron forests and passes by the Dudh Koshi River. You will also come across several small Sherpa villages along the way. The trail then follows the Gokyo Lake, and after a short climb, you will reach the beautiful Gokyo village.

Day 15: Trek to Marlung (4210m) and cross Renjo La pass (5345m / 8 to 9hrs)

From Gokyo, we will trek toward Marlung. While trekking towards Marlung, we will cross Renjo La pass. After three passes, we will cross Renjo La Pass at last. The trek offers stunning views of the mountains and allows trekkers to experience the unique culture of the Sherpa people who live in the region. The climb is steep and challenging, but the views from the top are spectacular. You can see the mountains of the Everest region, including Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. After crossing the pass, you will descend to the village of Marlung.  The trail passes through beautiful landscapes and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Day 16: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m / 7 to 8hrs)

The treks go uphill through the lush green forests of rhododendron and oak. You’ll pass through several suspension bridges, prayer wheels, and Mani walls before reaching Namche Bazaar. You will start your trek by crossing the Bhote Koshi River and making your way through the dense forests of rhododendron and juniper. The trail goes through several Mani walls, prayer flags, and shortens, giving you a glimpse of the local culture and traditions. You’ll also see stunning views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Ama Dablam on the way.

Day 17: Trek to Lukla (2800m / 6 to 7hrs)

You’ll need to leave Namche Bazaar and head towards the town of Monjo. From Monjo, the trail continues to Phakding, a small village located about 2-3 hours from Namche Bazaar. You’ll cross more suspension bridges and pass through small settlements along the way. Once you reach Phakding, you’ll have the option to stop for lunch or continue on to Lukla. The trail gradually ascends and passes through several small villages. The trail becomes steeper and you’ll begin to climb up towards Lukla.

Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu Valley

To fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, you can take a domestic flight from Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. This flight takes around 30 minutes, and it’s a popular option for travelers who want to save time and avoid the long trek from Lukla to Kathmandu. From the Domestic airport, we will take you to Hotel. And in the evening, you can walk around Thamal Bazaar which is very beautiful at night time.

Day 19: Final Departure

This will be your last day in Nepal and on this day at the hotel lobby, there will be a guide who is with you in the trekking period. From the hotel, you will drive toward the international airport and see you take

Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up and Drop by private car/van/bus.
  • Hotel In Kathmandu: 2 Nights standard accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Both Way Domestic Air Ticket Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • You’re Meal in During the Trekking as Your standard meals (3 times a day Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with a cup of tea or Coffee).
  • All Trekking Permit (Sagarmatha National Park Permit) and Local Permit.
  • Accommodation in Trekking: All accommodations in lodge/tea houses during the treks.
  • Trekking Guide: An experienced, helpful, friendly, and English-speaking Trekking Guide. His well-paid salary, meals, accommodation insurance, etc.
  • Trekking Porter: porters (1 porter for 2 people). Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation.
  • After the Success Trip, Everest Trekking Routes will Provide Adventure Certificate.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid for by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes & service charges

Cost Excludes

  • International Air Fair and Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance and emergency rescue evacuation.
  • All bar bills, Bottles of drinks like coke, water, beer, Wi-Fi, Hot Shower, Electronic device recharge such as Mobile, Camera, etc.
  • Tips for guide, porters, and driver.

Trip Map


Cost & Date

Departure Date Duration Availability Cost Booking
09-11-2021 12 Days Available USD 1299 Per Person
01-11-2021 12 Days Available USD 1499 Per Person

Client Reviews



Breathtaking! - in every possible way Everest Base Camp

My once-in-a-lifetime experience with colleagues from Everest Trekking Routes Pvt. Ltd. started in the early season in 2023 in mid-February. After planning the trip without any problems and answering all the necessary questions via email or WhatsApp, I was met by Rabin (the boss of the trekking agency) at the airport in Kathmandu and then taken to the hotel, where I was finally able to meet my guide for the 12-day tour to Mount Everest Base Camp. Su Sil is an ideal hiking companion who, in addition to his profound knowledge of the region around Mount Everest, has a friendly and cheerful manner. The hotel, where I stayed the first night, left nothing to be desired and corresponded to an upper class hotel by Napalese standards.

The next morning, the flight left for Lukla at 7am as planned, Su Sil -my travel guide- had all the necessary documents for the flight ready and the adventure towards Mount Everest began…

My booking included an all-inclusive service, so you got 3 meals a day plus a fruit plate to cover your vitamin needs. The accommodation (tea houses) was chosen by the guide in a sensible and appropriate way along the way. In addition, Su Sil always had all the necessary documents for entering the national park at hand. From an altitude of 5000m above sea level, the altitude slowly began to affect me and I suffered extremely badly from altitude sickness, which manifested itself in headaches, loss of appetite and sleeplessness. However, Su Sil had all the necessary medication with him to reduce the effects of altitude sickness to a minimum. Su Sil could speak and understand English without any problems and could also respond to deep thought processes and follow other conversations without any problems. I also came into contact with other trekking groups, as the open-hearted nature of the trekking guides, often in the evenings by the fireplace in the tea house, led to conversations with people from all over the world, which were intensified by the positive mood of the guides among themselves.

At the end of the almost 2-week trek and after successfully climbing the first base camp of Mount Everest and Kala Patthar (5644m), I was again accommodated in the hotel from the first night for one last night. The hotel also has a spa and wellness area, which was logically used directly. The trekkers’ massage is highly recommended!

All in all, the 12-day trip was an absolutely incredible experience. After having been around the world a lot, my expectations were initially a bit low, but in the middle of the trip they were completely fulfilled by the friendliness of the people, the Nepalese culture and the incomparable beauty of the mountain ranges. I was also able to build up a very friendly relationship with my guide, in which we support each other, talk positively to each other and use every conceivable minute for the most diverse conversations.

Thank you for this experience and I will definitely be back!


Soren Dorfhoff


Island Peak, Everest Base Camp and Lobuche Peak Climbing (October 2022)

I have now used Everest Trekking Routes for two trips to Nepal. I can’t put my finger on anything that needs improvement. The initial communication part is spot on. They are quick to respond and I usually my questions answered on the first reply. Both times I have been greeted at the airport by a super polite guide. I’ve felt welcome and gotten all my needs tended to.
On my second trip, we could not fly to Lukla, because of bad weather. Instead of waiting for the weather to clear up, they arranged alternative transport to the mountains, to avoid wasting precious days in Kathmandu.

The whole city experience has been an absolute pleasure. Except for the hard work, summiting a mountain

Best recommendations to the guys from Everest Trekking Routes

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Hongkong, China

EBC + Island Peak Trek

A professional guide with passion brought us going to EBC, Kala Patthar and Island Peak Summit. He can manage all the matter letting us trek with no worry. There were three days no flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu due to bad weather, but we can still on schedule. Thanks for his help and made this trip memorable. He is Rabin Gurung.


Tift Lars


Mera Peak, Island Peak and Lobuche Peak Climbing

My brother and I had the pleasure of having Rabin as our guide on the trip to Mera Peak Expedition.
Everything was planned to perfection and we had a great time with Rabin, who is friendly, funny, and always helpful.
Last but not least, we reached the summit.

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Jasmin H


Gokyo Lakes with Gokyo Ri

The trekking was an extraordinary experience. Breathtaking views of Everest and the surrounding 8000s. Rabin Gurung always made sure we have a nice accommodation, enough for eating and drinking, warm and comfortable. He is a really caring guide. I would do another trip with him right away. He organised everything so that we could totally focus on the hiking.

Antonia Carol Suning

Sabah, Malaysia

Everest Base Camp & Lobuche Peak with Rabin

It was such a hard fight to join this trip. Because I had to work hard to find funding for this training. It is the first summit I attended team NOBAT ( No Boundary Adventurers Association Sabah ) to the Himalayas with AMG (Adventure Mountain Guide Rabin Gurung), I gained a great experience, which Mr. Rabin Gurung was very friendly and kind as a mountain guide who experience he made this trip so enjoyable, and build a better friendship.

I would like to thank him for giving the best service to us, this is the first time I walk for 21 days hahaha. In every step, he remained faithful to accompany and not leave us, even though there are 2 people in our group who did not succeed, and he sent us back to our high camp Lobuche to support the spirit reaching the summit of Lobuche Peak Climbing.

Nice trip and good services such as tents, food, and stories you tell about your family, it is good, and I enjoyed the trip because you protected me and my team so much.

Keep up the good work you AMG! I am happy to see and to know you! Good luck! * extra bonus able to speak Bahasa Melayu! hehe

Jasen Moore & Helen Kerrandjas

Toronto, Canada

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

While Rabin is a very knowledgeable and cabable guide it was his kindness, Warm smile, and Constant eagernessto help that made our trip truly memorable. Rabin quickly earned our trust and friendship and would be an exlcellent campanion on any trek ! we would very happily Recommend Rabin to any one who is making a trip in Nepal. He is is a wonderful person, and a good friend.

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Details Address : 191 Millwood Rd, Upper Toronto, ON M4S 1J6 Canada

Jaistin Tamin

Sabah Malaysia

Everest Base Camp, Island Peak, Lobuche Peak & Chulu West Peak

Sewaktu saya ditugaskan oleh persatuan NOBAT untuk mendapatkan khidmat ‘trekking guide’ bagi ekspedisi NOBAT Himalaya 2013, saya telah menghubungi beberapa ‘trekking agent’ di Kathmandu melalui emel. Saya tertarik dengan laman web Rabin Gurung dan ‘testimonial’ dari beberapa individu yang penat mendapatkan khidmatnya. Rabin memberikan tawaran kos yang paling berpatutan. Dari raut wajahnya saja saya yakin dia adalah orang yang jujur dan’friendly’. Satu kelebihan lain ialah dia boleh berbahasa Malaysia.

Apabila bertemu dengan Rabin buat pertama kalinya di Kathmandu, memang sah bahawa kami telah membuat pilihan yang tepat. Sepanjang trekking, Rabin sangat professional dalam khidmatnya. Beliau flexible dan mudah diajak berunding. Kami tidak lagi menganggapnya sebagai pemandu jalan tetapi sebagai sahabat..kepada sesiapa yang ingin trekking di Himalaya, sila dapatkan khidmat Rabin. Saya percaya anda bakal membuat pilihan yang tepat.

Amy Cheung

Hongkong, China

Island Peak Climbing Via Everest Base Camp

I’m so grateful that I finally finished the trekking, and this must be credit to our professional guide, Rabin! He is so nice! He cared us so much, greeted us with his big warming smile during the whole journey! Before this trekking, the highest place I had ever been was only 934 meters, I was so worried about high altitude problem. But In fact, my adaptability was pretty good, cuz Rabin’s trekking plan was so suitable for me that I finally reached EBC and Kala Pattar under the snow and strong winds! When we backed to Island Peak Base Camp after summit, he brought hot drinks and biscuits and waited for us on the way, that was so sweet and we were really really exhausted and hungry at that time, he just like an angle showed up to us!

It’s a great trekking journey and I really thanks Rabin’s guiding and accompany with us! We shared the precious moments on this journey!

Jan Erik & Camilla Hedborg


Helambu Circuit Trekking in Nepal

This is the second time that we go to Nepal, and both times Rabin has been our guide while trekking. First time we did a 4 day trek in the Annapurna region and the second time a 6 day trek in the Helambu region. We enjoyed both our treks very much and are so happy to have been able to trek with Rabin on both occasions, who is not only a knowledgeable and experienced guide, but also a very nice person and good company. Both of us a re happy to recommend you contacting Rabin if you are planning a trip to Nepal – whether you are going for a short hike or longer trip that needs more planning.

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Jeff Tucker & Wanida Tucker


Manaslu Circuit & Tsum Valley with Rabin Gurung

Recently my wife and I visited Nepal for the eighteenth time and enjoyed a wonderful trek, one of the best treks ever, and this was largely due to our guide, Rabin Gurung (Trekking Guide in Nepal), with whom we also trekked around Manaslu in 2010.

If you come to Nepal with the idea of doing ‘your own trek’ with a small party, I highly recommend hiring Rabin. Not only does he have many years of experience but he is very honest and humble, so much so that one woman at a very basic lodge on our recent trek, impressed by his honesty, told my wife that “this man is a very good man, honest man, all other guide-man say lie to customers, say them that price is higher than the real price, so they can get more money.”

Rabin is always in good humor and friendly and gets along well with the local people and the porters too. Furthermore, his varied experience from his earlier years as a porter and cook helped to make him a better guide. I can’t remember how many times during our treks, when we stopped at a new or very basic lodge, or even at a tea house for lunch, when the owner’s cooking skills were at most primitive, Rabin tactfully volunteered to move into the kitchen and some amazingly delicious food would come out, made from the most simple ingredients.

Three years ago, in March of 2010, the Manaslu trek was not what it is now. Along the entire trek from Arughat (where we had to start walking), until we reached to Annapurna circuit route, there was at that time only a single lodge with what could be called a ‘menu’, and that was the one and only lodge in Sama village at that time. All other villages either had nothing but dal bhat and perhaps chapatis, or nothing to eat and no lodge at all. We had to camp some places, but when we could, we stayed in the simple lodges that existed and he often improved our diet by cooking foods that the proprietor did not know how to cook, sometimes even such a basic menu item as an omelet, to be rolled up inside a chapati for breakfast.

This year, again in March, we decided to return to the same area, with the desire to explore the newly opened valley of Tsum. This is a lovely, beautiful valley populated by some 4000 Tibetan people, who have lived for nearly a thousand years in that inaccessible ‘hidden valley’, connected by easy passes to Tibet but until not so many decades ago, without any reasonable connection to Nepal through the truly stupendous canyons of the lower section of the valley. Indeed, many inhabitants could not speak any Nepali, only Tibetan, which made it difficult at times. We had a double permit, which if you ever want to see Tsum Valley thoroughly, I highly recommend. Most people try to do a quick one-week detour to Tsum Valley as a kind of bonus side trip on the way around Manaslu. They never know what they have missed. Some of the most interesting villages and friendliest people, and some truly awesome scenery, can be visited in Tsum valley if you have time. One week is too little time to see more than a quick glimpse of the Valley.

I and my wife have been trekking in Nepal for years, myself since 1981, and our trek to Manaslu was the first time we had ever used a guide (because it was required on that trek), despite having visited some very remote areas such as crossing the Trashi Labtsa Pass from Khumbu into Rolwaling with friends in 1982. I had doubts about using a guide, I had seen how so many of them control their clients and take a commission from lodge owners to fill their pockets, I have seen many guides from Kathmandu who knew less about the local people and places than I did. I say this not to boast but as a word of caution: there are all too few honest, humble, helpful, and experienced guides out there, and many of those who are have moved into the higher levels of trekking management and no longer guide. But from the first days, on our 2010 Manaslu trek, we were impressed by the level of experience Rabin has, and also his sensitivity in allowing us to make our own itinerary day by day. He never was angry, never showed irritation, always explained patiently what was going on, and was always in a good mood. We were a group of five at that time, and by the end of the first week, we all agreed that if we returned to Nepal for another trek requiring a guide, we would try to get Rabin again.

This is what we did in March 2013 on our visit to Tsum Valley. Using more porters in order to have tents and extra food, we planned to visit the highest area of the upper end of Tsum Valley and ascend to one of the high passes overlooking Tibet. This year was plagued by poor weather and too much snow in March, however, and we were unable to do that, as were all the people who had set out to trek around Manaslu this March: the deep snow at higher elevations did not allow anyone in the first weeks of March to cross the Larkya La and go around Manaslu. But we had time, and because of the tents and food we had, we also had more options. The tents and food we used in a wonderful visit to the nunnery at Gumalungdang, up a steep side valley surrounded by the huge peaks of Ganesh Himal. We camped there for two nights, as there is no accommodation yet, and enjoyed incredible sunrise views of the nearby Ganesh Himal and also the distant great Peaks of HImalchuli, Ngadi Chuli, and Manaslu.

Tsum Valley is developing rapidly, as is the Manaslu circuit. However, particularly if you are new to Nepal trekking, don’t believe the hype that many agencies will tell you, that the Manaslu trek is the “new Annapurna circuit”. The Annapurna trek, over a period of three decades, developed a huge infrastructure for trekkers, with scores and scores of hotels, often equipped with deluxe menus and services, hot showers, laundry service, spring mattresses, etc. I think it will be some time yet before these things appear on the Manaslu trek, and if you find them in some places, don’t expect them at the next place. Tsum Valley is one step back in development yet.

One problem to watch out for is this: Manaslu Tsum Valley’s popularity and this can be said for Manaslu too, is growing much faster than services can be built–may be large because the road around Annapurna has grown so quickly and has put people off from that once glorious trek. We were there both times in March when there are fewer trekkers than in April or especially during the high season in October and November. In Tsum, as of March 2013, there was only one real lodge with rooms, and that was just a bit beyond Lokhpa at the foot of the valley. The other ‘lodges’ were basically beds in a side room of a local house, the largest such able to sleep ten people but others only four or five. Most villages had only one such place for trekkers to sleep, some villages had no place. When we reached Mu Gompa, in March all but one of the 80 monks were away from the valley for the winter, and furthermore, there was no food available at all. Only because we had our tents and stove and food for going higher up the valley (which we were unable to do because of snow), were we able to stay there e and eat our own food, instead of returning to Nile village the same day. The same goes for Gumbalunddang, where no food was available. if you are going o visit Tsum valley, and perhaps Manaslu too, during the busiest season, think seriously about hiring at least one EXTRA porter and having a tent, stove, and food, in case of accommodation is full! It might be worth it! Also, think of the porters: we saw many groups of two or three with a guide and a single porter carrying an enormous load, who was trailing far behind the others during the day. Many of them were unhappy with the arrangement.

In conclusion, this time with four people in our group, and with several porters and with Rabin as our guide again, we once more enjoyed what all agreed was one of the best treks we’ve ever done in the Himalayas, out of a total number of over thirty now, in Nepal and India. Rabin is an excellent choice for a guide. He is honest and will help you save money instead of trying to find ways to squeeze more for himself, he is fun and funny and friendly and all along the trails, he makes new friends with the people we meet along the way. He is experienced but doesn’t try to tell the customers what to do, he asks what they want to do, and then explains the options. If you are the type of trekker who is truly interested in Nepal, in the places, the culture, and religion and people and villages, and like to understand what is happening around you, hire Rabin as your guide, you won’t be disappointed. Indeed, like us (except for one, the same group that went around Manaslu with Rabin three years earlier), perhaps you will want to return to Nepal and go on another trek with Rabin Gurung!


Alex Lim


Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Rabin Gurung

This is my second trip with Rabin and I am already looking forward to a third trip with him soon. That shows how much I value his services, his extensive experiences with the treks, his honesty, and of course, the great supporting staff he have.

I feel safe and well taken care of with Rabin as my guide. He is a man with integrity and deal in a most honest way with us. This is unlike lots of horror stories you read about guides and tea-house owners collaborating to fleece hikers. We pay exactly what we consumed at the tea houses based on the published menu prices, no more and no less. With Rabin, there is no hidden cost.

With more than 20 years of trekking experience, he gave good advises on the route and safety measures to take. For example, he insisted that we started off early on a particular day so that we will reach a section with an ice sheet before the ice started to melt and traversing the ice-sheet becomes dangerous and difficult.

We have a large team of porters and assistant guides to take care of our team of 12 hikers and everyone on Rabin’s team have been extremely helpful and friendly. My teenage son enjoyed playing Uno and sliding down the ABC  Trek icy slope with a teenage porter, a fellow hiker who has walking difficulties was supported all the way by assistant guides and porters and our meals were all ordered in advance so the group don’t have to wait long for food to be served.


Sources from: TripAdvisor

Rechard Boston

California, U. S. A.

Annapurna Circuit Thorong La Pass Trek

After reading online reviews we contacted Rabin and several other “Trekking companies” inquiring about trekking the Annapurna Circuit. This was our first visit to Nepal so we were a little apprehensive about selecting a guide via web endorsements and email. After receiving several quotes and descriptions of the trek we focused on Adventure Guides. I had done some research on where to stay in Kathmandu and when I asked Rabin where he recommended he suggested The International Guest House. The very same place i was interested in. He met us at the airport and had a vehicle to take us to the hotel. Rabin and porter Suk were great to travel with. They took care of all the tedious details so that we could enjoy Nepal and the trek. It was a fabulous journey and we are planning to come back next year and trek with Rabin. Visited October 2016

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