Everest Base Camp via the 3 Peaks and 3 Passes Trek with Lobuche Peak Climb Option
IMG's Himalayan programs are recognized worldwide as simply outstanding, with a reputation of highly professional staff, first-rate logistics and our resulting safety and success record in the mountains.
For Autumn 2021, we will continue the tradition of our popular Everest Trek with a unique itinerary designed for the adventurous trekker who wants to do the Classic EBC Trek via a more challenging loop route with very little backtracking. Along the way we climb three adventurous (non-technical) peaks and cross three spectacular and strenuous high passes!
This is classic high-altitude trekking. We start our trip with the famous flight to Lukla and trek to Namche Bazaar. Then, on to Tengboche, Pangboche, Pheriche, and a nice acclimatization hike onto the ridge to see the North Ridge of Ama Dablam. We continue up the Imja Khola Valley to Chukkung, from where we make a spectacular (non-technical) climb of 18,238ft Chukkung Ri. Then, we cross over into the Dudh Kosi Valley to Lobuche via the Khongma La (18,320ft pass) and cross the famous Khumbu Glacier (rubble covered, no ropes needed). From here we head up to Gorak Shep, climb the famous trekking peak, Kala Pattar, (18,192ft) and visit Everest Base Camp (about 17,500ft).
For climbers looking for more altitude climbing, we have the Lobuche Peak option. On the way down from Everest BC, Lobuche climbers turn right and head up to the Base Camp. From there, after some training and prep, they climb the gorgeous 6000m peak, with a world class Everest view from the summit! This is a great climb for people with Mt. Rainier skills, seeking to hit 20,000 feet.
After departing the upper Dudh Kosi Valley the trekkers will turn west over to the Cho La (17,485ft pass) which leads to the spectacular Gokyo Valley, with incredible views of the south face of Cho Oyu and the surrounding peaks. From here we explore the glacial lakes and climb to the summit of our third trekking peak, Gokyo Ri (17,570ft). Then, we ascend the Renjo La (17,515ft pass) which takes us to the famous Thame Valley and the old trade route from Tingri (Tibet) to Namche. After a visit to the famous Thame monastery, we descend back to Namche and Lukla, having completed the perfect Everest loop trek!
Hope you can join us!
International Program Director
Note on Dates
These dates begin the day you arrive in Kathmandu (October 18) and end on the day you are scheduled to return back to Kathmandu from the Khumbu (November 11). To be on the safe side, please schedule your international departure from Kathmandu on November 7th or late in the day on the 6th (in case there is a delay on the Lukla flight on the 11th).
Expedition Organization and Leadership
International Mountain Guides (IMG)
IMG is the oldest and most respected high-altitude climbing service in the world and its three principals, Eric Simonson, Phil Ershler, and George Dunn, have led and organized hundreds of expeditions worldwide since 1975. IMG's Himalayan mountaineering programs are organized and directed by Greg Vernovage. Their teams include a group of professionals and Sherpas who are the best in the business. Since 1990, we have conducted over 60 Himalayan 8000 meter expeditions and over 800 IMG team members have summited the world's classic 8,000-meter peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma.
IMG leads the way! Our goal is to minimize risk while helping as many members as possible reach their goal, and we invest in the logistics and manpower to make this possible. We will not sit back and let other teams do the work. Invariably, our IMG Sherpas are part of the rope fixing efforts and the first team to the summit, preparing the route for future summit bids. We value our reputation as one of the premiere international climbing companies. If you would like to join a world-class team on Everest, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your goals and qualifications for membership in the IMG Everest team!
Ang Jangbu and the IMG Sherpa Team
A veteran of dozens of expeditions and an Everest summiter, Ang Jangbu has worked on every IMG Himalayan program since 1991 and is a very popular leader. Ang Jangbu Sherpa and his staff put together one of the very best Sherpa teams for IMG. We are proud to have a group of Sherpas working for us who are among the best paid, best led, best equipped, and best trained in the business.
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