Everest Three Passes Trek - 21 Days

Duration: 20 Days   |   Based on 1 Review
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
  • Style: Trekking and Tour
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Trekkers Hut
  • Group Size: 1 to 20
  • Max Altitude: 5,545m

Three Passes Trek: An Overview

The Everest Three High Passes Trek is an epic journey that takes trekkers across the three highest passes in the Khumbu region – Kongma La Pass (5,535/18,159ft), Cho La Pass (5420m/17,782ft), and Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,520ft). This trek not only allows trekkers to summit Everest Base Camp but also to traverse these spectacular passes and take in the stunning Himalayan views.

The trek begins with a flight to Lukla, a gateway to the Everest region, and then continues to Namche Bazaar, the main trading center in the region. After spending From Lukla, we hike through Sherpa villages, lush agricultural fields, and scenic landscapes along the Dudh Koshi River. As we officially enter Sagarmatha National Park just above Monjo, we slowly make our way to the village of Namche Bazaar. Here and beyond, we gain a deeper understanding of the Sherpa culture, learning about their way of life and traditions.

We then arrive at the majestic Tengboche Monastery, where we can recharge our energies and soothe our souls. Throughout the trek, we take our time to slowly acclimatize and take full advantage of the landscape.

Additionally, Sagarmatha National Park is also another amazing destination for a thrilling adventure. Located in the Khumbu Region of Nepal, the park is home to some of the highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks. The park is a paradise for nature lovers, with its varied flora and fauna, including endangered species such as snow leopards, red pandas, musk deer, and Himalayan tahr. It is also home to over 118 species of birds, including the Himalayan Monal, Nepal’s national bird.
 
The park is divided into three high passes, namely Lukla, Dingboche, and Tengboche, providing access to several trails and sights. Trekkers can take in the beautiful scenery as they make their way through the passes, with views of Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, and other snow-capped Himalayan peaks.

Furthermore, The Three High Passes of Everest is an amazing experience that should be on every adventurer’s bucket list. From the Cho La Pass, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the highest mountain on Earth, Mount Everest. From the Kongma La Pass, you can marvel at the stunning views of the surrounding landscape. And from the Renjo La Pass, you can experience incredible views of the surrounding mountains. When you take the journey to the Three High Passes of Everest, you will undoubtedly be left in awe of the beauty of the Himalayan region.

This is a trek that is sure to leave you speechless, with memories that will last a lifetime. So, if you're looking for an unforgettable trekking experience, be sure to check out the Everest Three Pass Trek.

Elevation & Map of Three Passes Trek

Our journey starts with a flight from Lukla to Namche and continues our trek on foot into the Everest region. We will take in the sights of rolling green hills and snow-capped mountains as we hike through traditional Sherpa villages. At Namche, we can take a rest and take in the incredible views of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. 

Next, we head for Tyangboche to view the incredibly well-preserved Tengboche monastery and catch the spectacular views of the panoramic mountains from a nearby hill. Dingboche follows and with it comes splendid views of majestic snow-capped peaks, deep gorges, and alpine forests. 

The last high pass of our journey awaits us at Chhukung. We will hike through rugged terrain filled with pristine glacial lakes and ascend the steep Chhukung Ri to get the majestic views of Mt. Ama Dablam and Lhotse.

The highest elevation you can attain is the Kala Patthar elevation, at an impressive 5,545 m. It offers some of the most breathtaking views of majestic mountains, Khumbu Glacier, Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, and the other Himalayan peaks.

Our last destination on this high-elevation adventure will be Gokyo Ri (5420m) where incomparable panoramic views of all the major peaks of the Everest region will await us, including Cholatse, Kangtega, Nurse, and Ama Dablam. We will stay in Gokyo for a night and take an early morning trek to the spectacular Renjo La Pass (5338m) through rolling hills and pine forests.

We will then trek from Lungden to Thame, taking around 5 hours in total. After this we will be headed back to Lukla, to catch our return flight to Kathmandu.

Itenary, Foods & Accommodations

Our carefully crafted itinerary guarantees a once-in-a-lifetime experience while exploring the highest mountain on Earth. From the beginning at Namche Bazaar to the Everest Base Camp, you will be immersed in an unforgettable journey. To make sure you are prepared, please take your time to review our itinerary, which includes all the necessary items for a safe and comfortable trek. 

Our team includes an experienced English-speaking guide, an assistant guide, and Sherpa porters to carry luggage, as well as their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging. Moreover, you will get to witness the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas, learn about the culture of the Sherpa people and visit famous landmarks.

Once you reach the end of the 22 Days Itinerary of Three Passes Trek, you will be mesmerized by the sheer beauty of the majestic Himalayan range. This unique journey provides the perfect balance of adventure, culture, and nature. If you are looking for the best Himalayan trekking experience, this is a trek you have to add to your bucket list. 

Foods 

During the Three Passes Trek, you'll have the chance to sample a variety of local foods. In Kathmandu, you can try traditional Nepali cuisines such as Momos, a type of steamed dumpling, and Dal Bhat, a combination of rice, lentils, and vegetables. You'll also have the opportunity to try Tibetan food like Tsampa, a type of roasted barley flour, and Thukpa, a hearty noodle soup. 

During the trek, you'll get to sample plenty of home-cooked meals prepared by the local people. You'll be able to try delicious dishes such as Sherpa stew and vegetable curries. You'll also get to try the local delicacies such as Yak cheese and Yak butter tea. 

Accommodation 

Accommodation during the Three Passes Trek is varied, depending on your budget and preference. In Kathmandu, you can stay in comfortable guesthouses and hotels. During the trek, you'll stay in local tea houses. These small mountain lodges provide basic but comfortable beds, hot showers, and delicious meals. 

For those who are looking for a more luxurious experience, there are a few high-end hotels in the Everest region. These provide amenities such as private rooms, 24-hour electricity, and hot water. 

No matter where you decide to stay, you'll be sure to have a memorable and comfortable stay during your Three Passes Trek. 

So, if you're looking for an adventure of a lifetime, the Three Passes Trek is the trek for you. With its stunning views, unique experiences, and friendly locals, you're sure to have an unforgettable experience. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready for an amazing journey!

Best Season For Everest Three High Passes

The best time to go to the region is between early spring (late March to May) and late autumn (mid-September to late November) in the Everest region.

Spring offers a warm climate and blooming gardens, while Autumn brings clear blue skies with magnificent views of the snow-covered peaks. The temperature is mild during this time, which is perfect for trekking.

During Spring, the snow generally melts away and the trails become clearer, making it easier to navigate. The weather is generally good and temperatures range from 10 degrees to 16 degrees Celsius. It is also a great time for wildlife spotting.

In Autumn, the temperatures range from 0 to 11 degrees Celsius, providing an ideal environment for trekking. The skies are usually clear and you can see the Everest region’s snow-covered peaks.

The trek includes crossing three high-altitude passes, Kongma La Pass (5535m), Cho La Pass (5368m), and Renjo La Pass (5388m). The trek will provide you with a unique experience as you traverse through beautiful landscapes, mountain vistas, and high passes.

When preparing for the trek, you should make sure that you are well-prepared in terms of physical conditioning, clothing, and equipment. Make sure you bring enough water, food, and warm clothing. It would be best if you also take necessary safety measures during the trek.

Highlights

  • Trek a circuit around the entire Everest region.
  • Amazing views of the highest mountains in the world.
  • Cross three challenging 5,000 m passes: Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La.
  • Leave the crowds of the Everest Base Camp trek behind.
  • Along with the adventure, you can get a close insight into the life of the Himalayan Sherpa people.
  • You will catch the finest views of Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar (5545 meters).

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal.

    Our representative will pick you up from the airport with putting garland on your neck which traditionally means you are welcome. Then you will be driven to the hotel. After refresh you will be briefed either hotel or at our office for your trip. At last if you will have time you can roam around at Thamel market. 

    • Max. Altitude: 1340m
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Food: Breakfast
    • Place: Kathmandu
  • Day 02 Fly to Lukla 45minues and trek to Phakding 45 minutes flight and about 3 hours trek.

    Early in the morning our guide with vehicle will pick you up for the airport to fly to Lukla. During the flight you will enjoy the mind blowing scenery of Everest and Rolwaling region. After reaching Lukla it will take some to arrange baggage then head to Phakding. On the way you will face natural diversity like Sherpa village, Jungle, Glacier River, Suspension bridge etc.

    • Max. Altitude: 2652m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Phakding
  • Day 03 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar about 6 hours.

    After our breakfast the trek begins following the bank of Dudhkoshi River till Jorsalle then crossing suspension bridge we head to Namche through the Jungle which is all the way up. Namche is a gateway of Everest and the biggest bazaar of the region.

    • Max. Altitude: 3440m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Namche Bazaar
  • Day 04 Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar

    Namche bazaar is known as capital of Khumbu region as well as gateway of Mt Everest. Perhaps Namche is a highest mountain city which is modernize and facilitated city like pub, bank, hospital, and bar all available. Today we do some side hiking trip by hiking to Everest view point Hotel (3880m) from where we can see spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Mt Lhotse, Nuptse, Mt Ama Dablam and many more.  

    • Max. Altitude: 3440m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Namche Bazaar
  • Day 05 Trek from Namche to Tyangboche about 6 hours.

    Today after breakfast we will begins our trek with extra energy. Due to scenario of snow capped mountain and alpine forest it makes automatic excitement/ After 3 hour walk we will have lunch at Fungi Thanga then head up to Tyangboche by crossing rhododendron forest. Tyangboche is very popular for it’s more than hundred years old monastery. 

    • Max. Altitude: 3867m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Tyangboche
  • Day 06 Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche about 6 hours.

    The trail goes down to Deboche then by crossing hanging bridge and up arrive Pangboche. From Pangboche gradually up two hours arrives Dingboche a big human settlement at the end.

    • Max. Altitude: 4410m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Dingboche
  • Day 07 Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung about 3 hours.

    Today we hike up to the view point of Chhukung Ri. 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.

    • Max. Altitude: 4900m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Chhukung
  • Day 08 Rest at Chhukung

    Today we acclimatize at Chhukung by climbing near by Chhukung peak. If time permits we can go till Island peak base camp as well.

    • Max. Altitude: 4900m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Chhukung
  • Day 09 Chukung to Lobuche by crossing Kongma La pass (5535m) about 8 hours

    Today is one of the biggest days of the trek. We start early in the morning from Chhukung to 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.

    • Max. Altitude: 4930m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Lobuche
  • Day 10 Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep by visit EBC (5364m) about 7 hours.

    After breakfast at Lobuche we walk toward Gorakshep which is mostly flat trail and will take about 2-3 hours where we stay overnight. After a quick lunch at Gorakshep we do day hike to Everest base camp for what you are coming. We take our cameras, water and small backpack to experience Everest base camp. This will take 5-6 hours for both ways including roaming time. 

    • Max. Altitude: 5160m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Gorakshep
  • Day 11 Trek down from Gorakshep to Dzongla about 7 hours.

    This morning we do early hike to Kalapathar (5550m/18210ft) to catch stunning view with sunrise. It will be freezing cold while climbing Kalapathar for that have to be prepared with proper clothing. Kalapathar is one of the best sunrise view point with closest Mountain above 8000m. All Everest ranges can be seen from here. After sunrise view we back down to Gorakshep, have breakfast and all the way 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 before heading to yet another famous and adventurous pass of the Everest Region. 

    • Max. Altitude: 4830m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Dzongla
  • Day 12 Dzongla to Chola Pass (5428m) to Thangnak about 7 hours.

    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.

    • Max. Altitude: 4750m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Thagnak
  • Day 13 Thangnak to Gokyo about 5 hours

    It’s a 4-5 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.

    • Max. Altitude: 4650m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Gokyo
  • Day 14 Hike to Gokyo ri (5420m) and stay again Gokyo about 5 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.

    • Max. Altitude: 4650m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Gokyo Ri
  • Day 15 Gokyo to Renjo La Pass (5338m) to Lungden about 7 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, Twache 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.

    • Max. Altitude: 4368m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Lungden
  • Day 16 Trek from Lungden to Thame about 5 hours.

    After breakfast, we trek down to Thame for more amazing views of snow-capped Numbhur, Tashi Leptcha, 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.

    • Max. Altitude: 3820m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Thame
  • Day 17 Trek from Thame to Monjo 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.

    • Max. Altitude: 2835m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Monjo
  • Day 18 Trek down Monjo to Lukla about 4 hours

    Same way we trek down to Lukla while we going up for the trekking. Lukla where we take our flight back to Kathmandu for next day.

    • Max. Altitude: 2860m
    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Place: Lukla
  • Day 19 Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla 45 min.

    Today after breakfast we proceed to the airport for the flight back to Kathmandu. Once you arrive you will be driven to the hotel. Whole day you have time to rest shop and have good food.

    • Max. Altitude: 1340m
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Food: Breakfast
    • Place: Kathmandu
  • Day 20 Full day sight seen at the world heritage sites

    After breakfast around 9 am a tour guide with vehicle come to your hotel to do sight seen in Kathmandu valleys world heritage sites including Pashupatinath ( One of the biggest Hindu temple with cremation centre), Boudhanath (One of the biggest Stupa), Swayambhunath calls monkey temple as well and Patan Durbar square (An old palace with ancient art and architect).

    • Max. Altitude: 1340m
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Food: Breakfast
    • Place: Kathmandu
  • Day 21 Fly back to home

    Today we do farewell to you as you are flying back to home. We put you khada on your neck as a symbol of peace, protect and love from Nepal. See you again

    If you have extra days you can involve other activities as well.

    Inclusion

    All transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers.

    Three night’s accommodation with breakfast at 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu.

    Kathmandu city tours with a tour with a experienced tour guide and a vehicle.

    Three daily meals with tea/coffee (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.

    Best available tea houses lodge during the trek including private bathroom in Lukla. Phakding and Namche..

    A highly Experienced professional trekking guide and porters (1 porter for 2 pax) with their food, accommodation, salary and insurance.

    Flight fare Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu.

    Sleeping bag and duffel bag (to be returned).

    Trekking map for a group and trekking achievement certificate.

    First aid medical Kit.

    All required permit for the trekking.

    Government tax/vat and office service charge.

    International airfare.

    Personal insurance.

    Major foods ( Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu).

    Nepal entry visa fee 15 days 25$, 30 days 40$ and 90 days 100$.

    Soft drinks, hard drinks and water.

    Entry fees of Kathmandu world heritage sites.

    Personal trekking equipment and expenses.

    Hot shower, Battery charge, Wi-Fi during the trekking period.

    Tips and gratitude for the staffs.

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