Everest three high passes trek (21 days)

  • Gokyo Lake
  • Gokyo Lake
  • Everest Base Camp

The Everest three pass trek links Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake trek is quite a challenging and strenuous trek through breathtaking Himalayan scenery. See 4 of the world’s highest mountains – Everest 8,848m, Lhotse 8,516m Cho-yu 8201m, and Makalu 8,463m. Cross the Ngozumpa Glacier and head for Gokyo. Enjoy an adventurous experience as you cross the Kongma-La pass, Cho-La Pass and Renjo-La Pass which link some of the major valleys in the Everest Region. Witness unbeatable views of Mt. Everest from the stunning Gokyo Lake 5,350m and Kala Pathar 5,545m. After EBC descend down through dramatic landscapes. Join an old Tibetan salt trade route on your way back to Namche Bazaar; and on to Lukla for your flight to Kathmandu.


Trip Overview

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1320m).

Welcome to Nepal! Here our representative will meet you with a name card as you leave the airport. You will be welcomed by receiving a garland (floral wreath) around your neck, this means welcome to Nepal.  You will then be driven to your hotel by car.  Here you can have a rest and enjoy the day around Thamel; the tourist centre of Kathmandu.

Hotel in Kathmandu- B

Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley.

Your tour guide for the day will meet you at your hotel. Your first stop will be Nepal’s most important Hindu sight, Pashupatinath. This site sits on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and is used as a cremation ground. Our next stop will be Bodhnath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Asia. This is your chance to see some of the thousands of pilgrims who gather to walk around the dome each day. Climb up to one of the many rooftop cafes for lunch and be rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of the entire square. After lunch we turn to the medieval temples in Patan Durbar Square. Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley; it’s filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. Our last stop for the day is the Buddhist temple Swyambhunath, mobbed by monkeys and soaring above the city on a hilltop, the ‘Monkey Temple’ is a fascinating, chaotic jumble of Buddhist and Hindu iconography. This is a great place to end your day, so enjoy the view and maybe catch a sunset before heading back to your hotel for dinner. In the evening you will have a meeting with your trekking guide who will make sure you are prepared, explain how your trek will run and also answer any questions you may have.

Hotel in Kathmandu – B

Day 03 – Flight to Lukla/ Start Trek to Phakding (2650 m) about 3 hours.

Early morning your guide will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the Domestic airport.  Your flight this morning will be to Lukla (2827m), an exciting and scenic flight. The flight runs parallel to the Himalayan giants bordering Nepal and Tibet. Flight time is about 40 minutes and we land at an airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpa’s in the mid-1960s. After an exciting landing you will meet with your porters who will carry your equipment during the trek.  We explore the village before hitting the trail. The trek starts with a descent towards the Dudh Kosi River, passing through prayers stones and prayer flags, then joining the main trail towards Namche Bazaar. (Dudh means ‘milk’ as the waters of the river are a milky white colour from the glacial melt).The walk is easy and after passing through the small village of Chheplung (2650m) and Ghat (2550m), we soon reach our lodge at Phakding.  Your guide will be happy to accompany you for a short walk around the area, or just rest and reada book.

Tea House in Lukla – B, L, D

Day 04 –Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3450m) about 7hours

We start the day by Crossing the River to walk through blue pine and rhododendron forests, in the spring when the flowers are in bloom it is a magical sight.  Enjoy great views of the snow-capped peaks of KusumKanguru (6369m) and Thamserku (6623m). From here it is only a short walk to Monjo (2835m), where we arrive in time for lunch.  From here the walking gets a little tougher and includes a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. It is a short walk to the entrance of the national park, where our permits are checked before we descend quite steeply to again cross the Dudh Kosi to Jorsale (2805m). The trek continues upstream on generally flat terrain, to the confluence of the BhoteKosi and Dudh Kosi rivers.  After crossing a large stable suspension bridge high above the river we climb steeply to the village of Namche Bazaar. A slow and steady pace is recommended on this section of the climb and we are encouraged to make the most of the fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Taweche come into view for the first time. You may notice you are travelling a little more slowly as the effects of altitude start to become apparent. Take your time on this path which is used by the local peoples as a ‘foot highway’ on this important trading route. At Namche we stay in a lodge in the heart of the village.

Tea House in Namche – B, L, D

Day 05 – Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar

Due to the high altitude, we stay in Namche Bazaar for a second night to help with acclimatisation.  This also enables you to fully explore the town and its surroundings. Namche is a prosperous village, situated in a large protected hollow.  The town grew in importance when Tibetan salt was traded for the lowland grains of Nepal.  Today trade still continues at Namche and Tibetans are sometimes seen in the village trading rugs, Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat. It is highly recommended that you see both the sunrise and sunset views from the national park headquarters above the village. The panorama can be stunning at both times of the day with a superb view of the Khumbu peaks, including great sightings of Everest. After breakfast there are various options, including a walk with a series of great peaks rearing to well over 6,000 meters just to the west. Alternatively you can visit the national park headquarters to see the interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. Your guides will be on hand to offer advice and to escort you on the walks. Another option is the steep climb out of the village bowl to the Everest View Hotel where beautiful views of Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse, Tawoche, Peak 38, and Thamsherku can be enjoyed.

Tea House in Namche – B, L, D

Day 06 – Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3860m) about 5 hours.

Today’s route toTengboche weaves in and out of side valleys. We head past the teashops of Kenjoma and then join the trail from Khumjung passing by collections of mani stones. The views of Everest and Ama Dablam are excellent from this part of the trek and we encourage you to take your time.  We pass by the small settlement of Sanasa, the trail drops towards PhunkiThanga (3250m). From here the trail climbs steeply through forests and by more mani stones.  Following the side of a hill, you will reach a saddle on which the monastery of Tengboche sits at 3870m. The view from here is said to be one of the world’s most breathtaking.Kwangde (6187m), Tawachee (6542m), Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse (8501m), Ama Dablan, Kantega and Thamserkuall provide an inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants. We will spend the night in Tengboche village.

Tea House in Tengboche – B, L, D

Day 07 – Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4345m) about 5 hours.

From Tengboche the day starts by descending through forests of birches, conifers and rhododendrons to the village of Dibuche.  Here the level trail passes by many mani walls in a deep rhododendron forest.  After crossing the Imja Khola River the route climbs past some magnificently carved mani stones to Pangboche (3901m). This village is the highest year-round settlement in the valley. The Pangboche gompa is the oldest in the Everest region; it once contained relics that were said to be the skull and hand of a yeti. Beyond Pangboche the route enters alpine meadows above the tree line, mostly consisting of scrub juniper and tundra. We cross the Imjatse River and arrive in Dingboche; the valley is made by Imjatse River that flows down from the Island peak. Enjoy the incredible views of the beautiful Mountain Ama Dablam,Kantega and other peaks.

Tea House in Dingboche – B, L, D

Day 08 – Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4900m) about 5 hours.

Today we hike up to the view point of Chhukung Ri and Island peak base camp. From here you can enjoy a close view of Island Peak, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest and other many more unnamed peaks close to us. It’s a flat and rough trail at the beginning and then gradually heads uphill to Chhukung at the height of 4900m.

Tea House in Chhukung – B, L, D

Day 09 – Trek from Chhukung to Kongma La BC (5000m) about 5 hours.

Today we start our walk slowly from Chhukung. The trail to Kongma La base camp is rough and steep, we have to take special care and take note of the directions given by the guide. The trail to Kongma La base camp is normallyquiet and tranquil as few trekkers pass through this area. The views from here are exotic as you will be viewing the highest mountains in the region, especially Nuptse, Everest, Makalu and Ama Dablam. The numerous peaks will distract your mind from the short but difficult day reaching the height of 5000 m.

Tea House in Kongma La B.C. – B, L, D

Day10 – Cross Kongma La Pass (5535 m) and trek to Lobuche (4930m) about 7 hours.

Today is one of the biggest days of the trek. We start early in the morning from Kongma La base camp (known as Mehra La).We head straight up on a grassy rough trail, you will become slower automatically due to the altitude affects. The pass is great for views of some of the world’s most famous mountains.  We’ll spend half an hour on the top of the pass to enjoy the mountain views and take many photographs.  We then descend down carefully in the loose, black pebbly trails before getting down to the grassy meadows.  We cross the Khumbhu glacier and then after a final climb we reach Lobuche.

Tea House in Lobuche – B, L, D

Day 11 – Lobuche to Gorakshep (5200m)/ Excursion to EBC (5420 m) 6 hrs

After a leisurely breakfast we follow the broad valley running parallel to Khumbu Glacier. The trail ascends only gradually to the moraines of Changri Nup Glacier; from here we make a series of small ascents and descents over a rocky trail lined with cairns that leads eventually to GorakShep (5200m). After lunch we set off on our excursion to Everest Base Camp.  This will be a fun filled high altitude walk along the Khumbu glacier to this triumph and tragedy spot at the elevation of 5430m

Tea House in Gorakshep– B, L, D

Day 12 – Hike to Kalapathar (5550m) and trek to Dzongla(4830m) about 7 hours

We start early this morning to catch an Everest sunrise.  We climb up to the Kala Pathar (5550m) below the giant Mount Pumori. This is a steep ascent up the grassy slopes west of GorakShep. From Kala Pathar the entire Everest south face is visible as well as Lho La (the pass between Nepal and Tibet), Changtse (the northern peak of Everest),Nuptse, Lingtren and many other peaks.  After enjoying the sunrise, we return to GorakShep and continue the descent to Lobuche to get to Dzongla, we head straight down along the west ridge of Khumbhu glacier, then head up to the ridges towards the Lobuche peak.  Eventually we reach the flat meadows of Dzongla.  We spend the night here beforeheading to yet another famous and adventurous pass of the Everest Region.

Tea House in Dzongla – B, L, D

Day 13 – Dzongla to Chola Pass (5428m) to Thangnak (4750m) about 7hours

It’s an early start today with a morning walk up through grassy valleys before climbing up to the rough stone and rock trail. We keep on ascending towards the west of Dzongla until we reach the top of Chola pass (5428 m).  Most of the time the top of Chola pass is covered in snow, with the added prayer flags; this leaves us with a picturesque landscape superb for photographs.  After half an hour in this windyare, we start very carefully down the steep descent towards the base of Chugimala(another name of Chola pass).The trail then ascends up and down in the basin of Cholatse before we head down the final steep section through the gorge to Thangnak.

Tea House in Thangnak – B, L, D

Day14 – Thangnak to Gokyo (4650m) about 4 hours

It’s a 4 hour trek to the beautiful Gokyo lakes via the rough, dry and icy Ngozumba glacier.The day is short and relaxing in the Gokyo lakeside where you will find yourself surrounded by Mountains.

Tea House in Gokyo – B, L, D

Day 15 – Hike to Gokyo ri (5420m) and stay again Gokyo 4 hours

The views around Gokyo are tremendous. For the best views we will climb Gokyo Ri (5357m) today. From here we will have a panoramic view of Cho Oyu, Gyanchung Kang, Everest, Lothse, Makalu, Cholatse and Tawachee. After we enjoy the view we will return back to Gokyo village for the night.

Tea House in Gokyo – B, L, D

Day 16 – Gokyo to Renjo La Pass (5338m) to Lungden about (4368m) 6 hours

After breakfast, we start to head towards Renjo La Pass (5338m) on the south side of Lake Gokyo.  The trail heads up besides the edges of the Holy Lake. We keep on ascending slowly and steady once more to get the top. After the final steep ascent up a rocky trail, our hard work is rewarded with mountain views of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Tawoche and other nearby peaks.  After many photos up at the pass, we descend slowly and carefully down steps to Lungden. This beautiful alpine valley is a trade route for Tibetan yak caravans heading to Namche Bazaar. Rocky spires and glaciers loom beautifully above, often with wispy fast-moving clouds against a blue-blue sky.

Tea House in Lungden – B, L, D

Day 17 – Trek from Lungden to Thame (3820m) about 4 hours

After breakfast, we trek down to Thame for more amazing views of snow-capped Numbhur, TashiLeptcha, and Kwangde. We might encounter freshly immigrated Tibetan trader encampments along the way, giving you an amazing insight into the lifestyle of these people before the Tibetan Nomads turned in to brave Mountaineers.  We head up to the Thame Gompa, a picturesque monastery set amongst the many homes of lamas and local people. It’s perched on the side of a hill overlooking the valley. This is the site for the spring celebration of the Mani Rimdu festival, held about the middle of May each year.

Tea House in Thame – B, L, D

Day 18 – Trek from Thame to Monjo(2835m) about 6 hours

The trail descends from here to Namche Bazar before we head up to the magnificent Syangboche airstrip. The route is down all the way to Monjo after the final ascent to Sagarmatha National Park Entry Check point.

Tea House in Monjo – B, L, D

Day 19 – Trek from Monzo to Lukla 5 about hours

There is no rush today as we retrace our steps back to Lukla. We head forward from Monjo after the breakfast and, although the final ascent up to Lukla is a surprise for most trekkers, we reach the airport in the early afternoon. Lukla is famous for its end of trek celebrations, although we should not overdo it, as the plane ride back to Kathmandu is not best enjoyed with a hangover.

Tea House in Lukla – B, L, D

Day 20 –Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft) 35 minutes flight

Normally flights are always in the morning due to the weather. So your guide will organize all the airport formalities by the time you have finished your breakfast at the lodge.  Your luggage will also be taken to the airport for you.  Once your guide gets news about your flight arrival at Lukla airport, you will get the chance to watch how these small aircraft land into this small airstrip.  After a quick photograph, head to the airport and catch your flight to Kathmandu.  On arrival at Kathmandu airport, your guide will take you to your hotel by private vehicle.  The rest of the day in Kathmandu is yours to rest or explore.  Join us tonight for a farewell dinner at a traditional Nepalese Restaurant with cultural program.

Overnight in Kathmandu – B, D

Day 21: Farewell from Nepal as you fly back home.

Our agency’s representative will greet you at your hotel and offer you a Khada (a kind of cloth which is worn on your neck). Wearing Khada means good luck and protection.  Afterwards they will drop you to the airport.

Note of above Itinerary:

 Day 01- Arrive Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

Day 02- Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation

Day 03- Fly to lukla then trek to Phakding(2650m/8692ft)

Day 04- Trek to Namche Bazaar (3450m/11316ft)

Day 05- Acclimatization day at Namche

Day 06- Trek to Tyangboche (3860m/12661ft)

Day 07- Trek to Dingboche (4345m/14252ft)

Day 08- Trek to Chhukung (4900m/16072ft)

Day 09- Trek to Kongma La BC (5000m/16400ft)

Day 10- Trek to Labuche(4903/16082ft) via Kongma La pass (5535m/18155ft)

Day 11- Trek to Gorakshep (5200m/17056ft), excursion EBC

Day 12- Trek to Dzongla (4830m/15842ft) after hike to Kalapathhar (5550m/18204ft)

Day 13- Trek toThangnak (4750m/15580ft) via Chola Pass (5428m/17804ft)

Day 14- Trek to Gokyo (4650m/15252ft)

Day 15- Rest day at Gokyo, hike to Gokyo ri

Day 16- Trek to Lungden (4368m/14327ft) via Renjola pass (5338m/17509ft)

Day 17- Trek to Thame (3820m/12530ft)

Day 18- Trek to Monjo (2835m/9299ft)

Day 19- Trek to Lukla (2840m/9315 ft)

Day 20- Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 21- Fly to Home country


Trip Start Dates

We will organise this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us today for a customised departure date.


Whats Included/Excluded

Cost Includes

  • Transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as per itinerary
  • Domestic flight ticket and airport tax.
  • Domestic flight ticket for the guide and airport tax.
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including the coffee and tea.
  • Accommodation in tea houses or in tents as per itinerary during the trek.
  • Accommodation including breakfast at 3 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pohkara per itinerary.
  • Highly experienced Government licensed guide and necessary porters during the trek.
  • Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
  • Government / Local taxes, Tourist service charge, guide / porter insurance and salary, general equipment, national park and conservation area fees.
  • Respective region ( Everest) trekking map. TIMS Card & Trek Permit
  • Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC).

Cost Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Major meals, lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Any type of personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone and laundry.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue) – you may easily obtain the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu.
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects.  We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.
  • Tips & Gratuities


Pricing Per Person

The more people joining your trip the cheaper it becomes, so why not grab a few friends and bring them along.

  • 1 Person -$1640
  • 2-4 People -$1560
  • 5+ People -$1520


Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please  contact us at [email protected] or If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: +977-9851175534
Trip Summary

Duration: 21 Days

Grade: Challenging

Maximum Altitude: 5,545m

Best Season: Feb- may, Sept-Nov

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu, Teahouse Lodging during Trek

Meals: As stated in itinerary

Transportation: Car, Plane

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