Everest Three Passes Trek

Everest Three Passes Trek

Everest three passes trek: Crossing the rugged high passes, Everest 3 passes trek is one of the challenging and strenuous treks in Khumbu region of Nepal. The amazing passes are Renjo La (5338m), Chola-La (5368m), and Kangma-la. The stunning hike to the three passes link the four distinct valleys of Bhotekoshi, Gokyo, Khumbu and Imja tse of the entire Everest region, the world most popular and fascinating trekking destination. While doing this trek we will have a great opportunity to explore the other great mountain highlights such as Gokyo Ri, Gokyo Lake, Kalapather and Everest base camp.  Since this is a strenuous adventure trek, it is necessary to have physically fitness and experience of doing some trekking.

Everest 3 passes trek begins from Kathmandu with a scenic flight to a small mountain airport at Lukla. The trek begins with a pleasant hike to Namche via Phakding and Monjo. We have two nights at Namche bazaar for proper acclimatization before heading to the less trodden trail towards the Thame and Lungden close the Tibet boarder. Crossing the Renjo la pass is a tough but we get rewarded with breathtaking view of parades of Himalayan giants including Mt. Everest with pristine Gokyo lakes at single frame. We hike to Gokyo Ri for more panoramic views. Our trek continues on the largest Ngonumpa glacier before crossing the Chola la pass.

We join the most popular Khumbu valley trekking route to climb Kalapather peak and to explore the Everest base camp. After EBC exploration our trek continues to Chukung valley from Lobuche crossing the amazing Kongma – la pass which is the last pass in our adventure journey. From Chukung, we trek down to Tengboche, the world famous place for its legendary monastery. We visit Tengboche monastery and trek down to Lukla via Namche Bazaar. Our tip: if you are having a problem in selecting the strenuous trekking in Khumbu region then stop searching and book this three passes trek as it covers all the highlights which this region has to offer!


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Detailed Itinerary

Trip Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Welcome to Kathmandu -                           
Day 2 Flight to Lukla (2860m) trek to Phakding (2640m), 35 min flight, 4 hrs trek.
Day 3 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 4  Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 5 Trek from Namche Bazzar to Thame (3850m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 6 Trek from Thame to Marulung (4210m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 7 Trek from Marlung to Lungden (4380m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 8 Trek from Lungden to  Renjo La pass (5360m) to Gokyo (4800m), 5 to 6 hours trek.
Day 9 Rest day at Gokyo, hike to Gokyo Ri (5357m), 4 hrs trip.
Day 10 Trek from Gokyo to Thaknak (4750m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 11 Trek from Thaknak to Cho La to Dzongla (4830m), 7 to 8 hrs, trek.
Day 12 Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche 4900m), 4 to 5 hrs trek.
Day 13 Trek Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170m) to EBC (5364m) and back to Gorak Shep, 9 hrs trek.
Day 14 Hike to Kala Patthar (5545m) then to Lobuche (4900m), 6 to 8 hrs trek.
Day 15 Trek from Lobuche to Kongma La (5,535m) to Chhukung (4,730m), 6 to 7 hrs trek.
Day 16 Trek from Chhukung to Tengboche (3860m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 17 Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazzar, 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 18 Trek from Namche Bazzar to Lukla, 6 to 7 hrs trek.
Day 19 flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, 35 minutes.

Note: You have the choice of modifying/changing this itinerary, services, accommodation and duration of this trip to suit your needs, requirements and budget. The choice is yours. Let us help you tailor your perfect holiday. As an option, you can check 10 days Everest Base Camp trek as well.

Departure Dates & Cost


Cost Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Lukla return trips.
  • Everest National park fee with trekking permit
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card)
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Guest house or mountain lodges) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Any bottled drink such as coke, Fanta, beer, wine, mineral waters, etc
  • Internet/wifi, hot shower, phone calls and laundry services
  • Your travel insurance and tips for guide and porters. 

Trip FAQ

Trip FAQ

As with all treks in the Everest region, it is advisable to avoid the winter months as well as the peak summer months during the monsoon season. The shoulder months of February-May and September-October provide the most stable and dry weather conditions for trekking.

The Three Passes Trek is considerably harder than the Everest Base Camp Trek so we recommend you have a good fitness level before embarking. Ascending the high passes involves long days of strenuous trekking that would not be encountered on the classic base camp trek and other variations. 6/7 hours of trekking per day is to be expected and altitudes of up to 5,500m are reached on the trek. That being said, the trek is still very popular among people wanting a bit more of a challenge.

Despite crossing some very high passes, the trek has been designed to follow the principle of trek high, sleep low. That means that you will not be spending extended periods of time at altitudes above 5,000m. The itinerary also has acclimatisation days as well as nights spent at lower altitudes to help the acclimatisation progress. If you follow the guide you should not have a problem.

Over the years, Everest Base Camp Trek has gained more popularity and many trekkers from different parts of the world throng to Nepal every year in order to complete their wish to reach the base camp of the world’s highest mountain. With popularity, it has brought with it more tea houses on the trail which provides a varied array of dishes to the trekkers. Most tea houses offer a set of breakfast which usually consists of toasts, eggs, potatoes and tea or coffee. Sherpa stew is found nearly in every menu along with dumplings and noodles. The most popular perhaps is the traditional DAL BHAT. Lentil soup, rice, spinach and seasonal vegetables along with ‘aachar’ or pickle as they call it in the west is the meal to go for while trekking. The Nepali Dal Bhat is rich in carbs, this helps in providing the necessary energy required to walk for 6 to 7 hours every day for 14 to 15 on the trail. We even have a slogan in Nepal which goes like this- ‘DAL BHAT POWER, 24 HOURS’.

For most of the trekkers from different countries the water found on the trail may not be suitable because foreigners are used to drinking bottled water. Most of the tea houses will provide bottled, boiled and filtered water. If you decide to drink the water provided from the tea houses, we would further advise you to use iodine and other purifying agents to treat the water before drinking. Bottled mineral water is also easily available on the trail. Most of the local bottled mineral water is manufactured in the mountains and sold only in the mountains. On the trail, there are many streams and waterfalls from where one could get drinking water but one needs to purify them before drinking.

It is not a problem at all because in a mountain tea house / lodges serve vegetarian food as well and our guide well take care at the time and on a camping trek our cook will care well for the vegetarian food.

Now a day’s most of the major village cell phone is work however such a remote place cell phone does not work but land line phone is available. You can use land line Local phone to call to your relatives.

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