Everest three passes trek makes the loop in the Khumbu region of Nepal. This trek takes more of just Everest base camp or Gokyo but the less seen part of Khumbu region. All three passes are above 5000 meters and one can feel himself/herself in the shadows of the top of the world. The three passes include Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La with the side trip to Gokyo Ri and Everest base camp. The three passes connect the three valleys of Khumbu region; Bhotekoshi, Gokyo and Imja Tse.
- Sunrise from Kalapatthar and Gokyo Ri.
- Breathtaking views of high Himalayan ranges.
- Diversification of landscapes from green vegetation to the dry Tibetan plateau.
- Gokyo Lakes (4,790m), third lake Gokyo and other four lakes above and below it.
- Renjo la pass (5,435m), the most beautiful pass with the view of Rolwaling mountains and Khumbu mountains.
All three valleys are unique on their own and give you a different experience. Trekking doesn’t require climbing skills or technical knowledge but it is a challenging trekking adventure in Nepal. Beginners with a normal fitness level are not recommended for this difficult trek. Meanwhile, few permits are required before going on a trek for the Everest Three Passes Trek. Similarly, the accommodation around these trekking routes provides the basic facilities. But these teahouses and lodges around the Khumbu region provide the various options for the meal.
The trek is full of adventure with a scenic mountain flight to Lukla, Sherpa culture, lifestyle and traditional village, Buddhist monasteries, stupas, and monuments, beautiful valleys, rivers, glaciers, green hills. The total distance of the Everest 3 passes trek is 166 kilometres but the distance may vary due to the additional sightseeing places. From our Everest Three passes Trek Itinerary you will also be exploring the Kalapatthar, Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri also.
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- Everest Base camp, to the base of the highest mountain in the world.
- Ngozumpa Glacier, The longest Himalayan Glacier system.
- Icy Cho la pass, the most technical pass among the three passes.
- Four peaks above 8000 Meters altitude.
- Sherpa culture, Ethnic tribes and their diverse cultures.
- World’s highest National Park, Sagarmatha National park.
Kalapathar, Gokyo Ri, Everest view hotel, Renjo La top, amazing Gokyo lakes, Vegetation and wildlife are the main attractions. Major mountains seen on this trek are Everest, Cho Oyu, Amadablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru, Kongde Ri, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and other hundreds of iconic peaks around Khumbu Himalaya. The most highlighted points of the trek are Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Gokyo, Tengboche, Dingboche, Gorak Shep and Thame village near the Tibet border.
Best Time for Everest Three Passes Trek
Spring season is one of the best times for the Everest three passes trek. March, April and May are marked as the Spring season in Nepal. During these months of the year, clear sky and weather make it easier to view the high mountains around the surroundings. Everest, Lobuche, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Thamserku etc are the main mountain ranges that can be seen during the trek. The chances of snowfall are very low during this season and it is also one of the popular seasons for peak climbing in Nepal.
October, November and Mid December are marked as the Autumn season in Nepal. This is also one of the best times for trekking and peak climbing in Nepal. High visibility of the mountain ranges and valleys can be seen. The temperature remains warm, the skies are clear and different colours of nature are seen during this time. Meanwhile, snowfall may occur during late December and make it difficult to trek.
Renjo La Pass (5435m)
Renjo La Pass is one of the highest passes of the Everest Region. It is situated at an elevation of 5,435 meters above sea level. Renjo La Pass is marked as an adventurous pass of Nepal. From our trek itinerary, you will be crossing this pass to escape from the Gokyo Valley. Glacier, mountain views and snowy trails are the main highlights of this pass. Crossing Renjo La Pass is one of the tiring days of the whole trek. Despite the difficulty of the trek, amazing views can be seen from the Renjo La Pass.
Kongma La Pass (5535m)
Kongma La Pass is the first high pass among the three high passes of the Everest region that you will be crossing. It is situated at an altitude of 5,535 meters above sea level. It is also one of the less crowded hiking trails of the Everest region. Kongma La Pass is situated above Khumbu glacier opposite to Lobuche peak. Some of the popular mountains such as Makalu, Thamserku, Lobuche, Nuppche, Ama Dablam and Iceland Peak can be seen along with other mountain ranges. The path to Kongma La is steep climbing from Chhukung village side. It is also the highest pass of the Everest Three pass trek and no settlements are found around this pass.
Cho La Pass (5420m)
Cho La Pass situated at an elevation of 5,420 meters is the most technical pass among these three passes of the Everest region. This pass is physically demanding and you will reach Gokyo Valley after crossing the pass. Meanwhile, the western part of the Cho La Pass is green grassland as well as the Ngozumpa glacier. The terrain is made of loose rocks, ice and large boulders. These factors make Cho La Pass one of the dangerous passes of the Everest region. You will take an early morning walk towards Cho La Pass to avoid the strong cold wind that blows around the pass after a few hours of sunrise.
Summary of Everest Three Passes Trek
Everest three passes trek is one of the difficult levels of the trek in the Khumbu region of Nepal. All of these passes lie above 5,000 meters above sea level. Similarly, high altitude sickness may occur at such a high altitude. But with proper precautions suggested by our experienced trekking guide, you may not face this problem. Before starting the trek you will have a sightseeing of the four UNESCO World heritage sites inside Kathmandu valley. These include Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
The trek starts with the exciting flight to Lukla, further continuing to Namche bazaar, a gateway to Everest. The trek then continues towards Thame village for the first Pass, Renjo-la. Crossing Renjo-la we will reach Gokyo where we will climb the masterpiece Gokyo Ri for stunning mountain views. The trek further continues to Cho la pass towards Lobuche village. From Lobuche, we will take a side trip to Everest Base camp and Kala Patthar via Gorakshep.
Gorakshep is the highest point above 5000m where you will sleep. The trek then continues towards Kongma la pass reaching Chhukung valley drained by Imja river. From Chhukung, the descending of the trek begins towards Dingboche and then Tengboche before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trek ends at Lukla from where you will take a scenic flight back to Kathmandu.
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Your Arrival Time (?): Our office representative will meet and greet you at Kathmandu Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.
At 06:00 PM: In the evening we will meet for a coffee and will brief you on the details of your trek program.
Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
At 10:00 AM: You will visit for a full day sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath. Besides sightseeing, you can do the required shopping for your trek.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is a medieval architectural building that lies in the central part of Kathmandu city. It is also a place that boasts a diverse range of cultural artefacts and wonderful architectural styles, some temples and a vivid display of Newari culture. The Swayambhunath and Boudhanath are Stupas that boasts Buddhist culture and lifestyle. Pashupatinath has a religious beauty that attracts Hindu followers and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding
At 05:30 AM: We will drive towards the airport for our Lukla flight. The drop to the airport will be according to the flight time. The 30 minutes adventurous flight will land at the Lukla airport and our adventure starts there. Our first-day trek start from Lukla towards Phakding.
The amazing sherpa and never fails to surprise. The trail then passes through, Chaurikharka, Ghat finally leading to the beautiful Phakding village at the bank of the Dudh Koshi river. You will be descending some elevation while trekking down towards Phakding from Lukla. The total trek time this day is about 5 hours and mostly a slanted downhill walk. The terrains of Phakding are beautiful and the Sherpa settlement in most of the areas is very attractive. The Khumbu vibe begins in this area and offers you some mountain vistas from hilly cliffs. Overnight at Phakding.
Trek to Namche Bazaar
At 08:00 AM: After breakfast, you will start your second-day trek towards the gateway of Everest, Namche Bazaar. For most people, this second day might be the hardest day as you will have to climb steeply before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail follows the upstream of Dudh Koshi river. The trek this day is fascinating as you will be heading towards the Namche Bazaar, which is popularly known as Sherpa Capital.
The trail passes through the Village of Monjo, Jorsalle, Benkar before reaching Namche Bazaar. From Monjo the world’s highest national park, Sagarmatha national park starts. The trek duration is 6-8 hours. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar
At 07:00 AM: Today is the rest day at Namche Bazar for the acclimatization. After breakfast, we will hike to the viewpoint that is located just above Namche Bazaar.
From this viewpoint, the clear view of Everest, Lhotse, Luptse, Amadablam, Thamserku and Kongde Ri can be seen. After spending a little time at the viewpoint we will return back to Namche Bazaar. For an acclimatization hike, you can trek around Namche and explore Sherpa Museum and a few other mountain vantage points. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Trek to Tengboche
At 08:00 AM: After breakfast, we will move towards the village of the monastery. Tengboche has one of the biggest monasteries in the Khumbu region. The trail to Tengboche first starts with the flat surface gradually going into steep down to cross the river at Phunki Tenga and finally starting the steep climb to the Tengboche village.
At 03:00 PM: Tengboche monastery visit. The monastery is one of the oldest and biggest in the Khumbu region. It acts as an abode of spirituality and Buddhism practices. Here you can explore the authenticity of the Buddhist culture, lifestyle of monks and the spectacular Himalayas in distant sight. The trek today is 6-7 hours of walking. Overnight at Tengboche village.
Trek to Dingboche
At 08:00 AM: After breakfast, you will start from the Tengboche Monastery, take a trail through rhododendron forest to Deboche and further to Imja Khola. Then you will climb to Pangboche village (3930m), a Sherpa village with the oldest monastery in the region. Dingboche is a popular stop in the Khumbu region trekking. It is a sherpa village that offers a wide range of cultural and natural attractions in this area. It takes about 6 hours of trekking to reach Dingboche village.
You will move further towards another village Somare and reach the beautiful Dingboche village (4250m). Overnight stay in Dingboche village.
Trek to Chhukung Village
At 08:00 AM: After breakfast, you will start your trek towards the Chukkung village. We will follow the upstream of Imja Khola. From Dingboche, you will be leaving the main trail that leads to the Everest case camp. The trek duration of today’s trek is 3-4 hours through the stone-walled fields and alpine landscape. The view along the trail is spectacular and there are some mountain panoramas of Khumbu region to explore.
After reaching Chhukung you will go for the exploration of the area which will help us to acclimatize for our pass day. Overnight at local lodge.
Trek to Lobuche via Kongma La Pass
At 05:00 AM: Today you will be crossing the first pass of our three pass trek. The trail for the pass is strenuous and challenging. This is the highest pass among the three pass trek. You will be carrying enough water and snacks for the day as there are no tea shops or tea houses available on the trail. The crossing of the pass is difficult however the mountain panoramas are spectacular and other mountain vistas offer joy of a lifetime.
Experience the majestic views of Lhotse Shar, Imja Tshe, Amadablam and other numerous peaks are seen throughout the trail. A beautiful lake is seen from the pass before we head down towards the Lobuche village. Overnight at the teahouse.
Trek to Gorakshep and Everest Base Camp
At 08:00 AM: Today is another important day of our trek as we will be at the base camp of Everest. The walk towards Everest is along the Khumbu Glacier. We will reach the small village of Gorakshep, where we will have our lunch. Gorakshep is a popular place in the Everest Base Camp trek and it has some incredible natural attractions to offer.
After having our lunch the trail will lead us to the Mt. Everest base camp at an altitude of 5,364 meters. Everest base camp gives you an exceptional view of Khubutse, Mt. Pumori, Changtse and Khumbu icefall instead of Mt. Everest. Reaching Everest Base Camp and not seeing Everest can be upsetting but the beauty of Everest is spectacular from Kalapathar and surrounding areas.
Hike to Kala Patthar, Trek to Dzongla
At 05:00 AM: Early morning you will climb to Kala Patthar for a sunrise view. From the top, you will see a 360-degree view of some of the highest peaks in the world including Mt. Pumori (7,169m), Mt. Everest (8,848m) and Lhotse (8516m), the Tibetan peak Changtse, Nuptse (7861m), Amadablam and countless other smaller peaks.
You will have our breakfast coming back and after breakfast, you will descend down towards Lobuche following the Glacial valley and change the path to Dzongla. Overnight at Dzongla.
Trek to Thannag via Cho La Pass
At 05:00 AM: Today is the second pass day and you start early with a gentle climb at first hours towards the Cho La Pass (5420m). The trail crosses the glacier which is marked by cairns. This is the most technical pass of our entire three pass trek. Though the pass is difficult and requires some technical skills to cross, the views along the barren trail have an incredible experience to offer. The significant elevation crossing is always difficult but the scenery is mindblowing of the whole other passes.
Once we reach Cho La Pass, the trail goes downward to Thannak. From Thannag the views of Cho Oyu mountain and other Tibetan mountain are seen. Overnight at Thannag Teahouse.
Trek to Gokyo, Exploration of Gokyo Ri
At 07:30 AM : After breakfast, start oyur trek passing by the lakes at Gokyo which pours down to the western division of the Ngozumpa Glacier. You will go diagonally through the three outstanding lakes and traverse the third lake, Dudh Pokhari, and on the east bank, you can mark the community of Gokyo. Walking along the lake, you can view the splendid summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang.
You will have lunch at Gokyo before start to climb Gokyo Ri (5360m) which lies above the village. The steep climb of about 3-4 hours to the top is quite strenuous, yet rewards with one of the best views of Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Lhotse. Spending some time at top, you will return back to Gokyo. Overnight stay in Gokyo.
Trek to Lunde via Renjo La Pass
At 05:00 AM: Today is the last pass day. Renjo La (5360m) is the most beautiful pass among all three passes. The views of the Rolwaling Himalayas and Khumbu Himalayas are seen at 360 degrees. You will start early in the morning and reach the pass before the strong winds and clouds start to build up.
The views of Ngozumpa glacier, upper Gokyo valley and the implausible peaks such as Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Cho-Oyu, and Gychung Kang are amazing from the pass. After the pass, then start to descend down words the Lunde village. Overnight stay in local lodge.
Trek to Thame
At 08:00 AM : After breakfast, you will further descend down to Thame village. Thame village holds the highest number of Everest summits. afternoon we will visit the Thame monastery and observe the Buddhist and Sherpa culture.
Trek to Namche Bazaar
At 08:00 AM: After breakfast, you will further move downwards towards the Namche bazaar via Monga la (4000m). Overnight at Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazzar is a popular stopover that offers a wide range of attractions in the Khumbu area.
Trek to Lukla
At 08:00 AM : Today is the last day of your three pass trek and will further move downwards to reach our last destination of the trek Lukla. Overnight at Lukla.
Fly to Kathmandu
At 06:00 AM : On this day you are returning to Kathmandu by flight. You will get shopping time in Kathmandu and we will have a farewell Nepali dinner together.
You will be free until your flight time; we will drop you at Kathmandu airport 3 hour before your flight.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How difficult is this trek?
This is one of the most difficult and challenging trek in Nepal. Though physically fit and a mentally calm person can complete the trek.
- All arrival and departure at Kathmandu airport as mentioned.
- Flight transfer (Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu) as mentioned in the itinerary.
- 2 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per the trek itinerary.
- Daily breakfast throughout the trip.
- Lunch and Dinner from trek start day to trek end day as mentioned.
- All necessary paper works. (National Park Entry Permits and TIMS Card)
- English speaking licensed trek guide.
- Porter during the trek. (Can carry 20KG Baggage of 2 people)
- Best available Lodge or Tea house accommodation during the trek.
- One local SIM card (returnable) during your stay in Nepal.
- All government and local taxes.
- Guide and Porter’s salary, food and accommodation during the trek.
- Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your traveller’s insurance company.
- Sleeping bag, duffle bags and trekking route maps – if necessary.
- Farewell Nepali cultural dinner on your last night.
- Personal expenses.
- Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport size photos and 40 USD)
- International flight ticket.
- Travel health insurance. (Recommended)
- Tips for the guide, porter and driver.
- Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.
- All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
- Hot shower/batteries charge/heater during the trek.
- Any other expenses which are not mentioned in including section.