Everest Three Passes Trek

The Everest Three Passes Trek is an exhilarating high-altitude adventure through Nepal's spectacular Khumbu region, traversing Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La passes, offering unparalleled views of the world's tallest peaks.

Trip Facts

duration Duration 19 days
trip-difficulty Trip Difficulty Extreme
trip-difficulty Highest Point 5545m
Average Group Size 6-10
trip-code Trip Code ETPTAH
trip-code Area Everest Region
trip-code Start Point Kathmandu
trip-start-point Trip End Point Kathmandu
trip-accomodation Accomodation As Mentioned
trip-meals Meals As Mentioned
transportation Transportation On Private Basis

Trip Highlights

  • 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.

Trip Overview

Want to explore the mighty Himalayas of Nepal and test your limits? Then this Everest three passes trek is for you. The Everest region of Nepal is mostly popular for the highest mountain on earth Mount Everest with an astounding height of 8849 m above sea level. Nepal is a Himalayan country with some jaw-dropping mountains. This trek will expose you to some of the most beautiful yet brutal Himalayas over 8000m such as Mt. Everest (8,848.84 m), Mt. Lotse (8,516 m), Mt. Makalu (8,481 m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188 m). As soon as you enter the highlands of Nepal you will enter a new world - the world beyond your imagination, where your expectation truly meets reality.

You will get to see the most spectacular view of the lofty mountains however, it is equally challenging. You will pass through cultural villages, majestic viewpoints, spine-chilling glaciers, and breathtaking passes in Nepal. Many trekkers get inspired by the view and the journey itself. As mentioned before this trek is challenging yet worth it, this trek gives you a lifetime experience of raw nature and a glimpse of different lifestyles and cultures hidden in the highland of Nepal. You will start your amazing journey towards the Everest region to explore the unknown but before that, you will see and witness the rustic and ancient historic sites in Kathmandu valley.

The challenging Everest three passes trek is for advanced trekkers as you will ascend and descend through high passes. Kala Patthar, Gokyo Ri, Everest view hotel, Renjo La pass, amazing Gokyo lakes, high alpine 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 numerous iconic peaks around the Khumbu region. The most highlighted points of the trek are Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Gokyo, Tengboche, Dingboche, Gorak Shep, and Thame village near the Tibet border.

Three Passes of Everest Region:

The three passes of Everest are high-altitude mountain passes in the Khumbu region of Nepal, offering an adventurous and challenging trekking experience. The trek takes you across Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La, providing breathtaking views of the Everest massif and surrounding peaks.

Kongma La Pass (5535m/18160 ft)

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 (18,160 ft)above sea level. It is also one of the less crowded hiking trails in the Everest region. Kongma La Pass is situated above Khumbu glacier opposite 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 a steep climb from the Chhukung village side. It is also the highest pass of the Everest Three pass trek and no settlements are found around this pass. Kongma La pass is the highest of the three passes that connects the Chhukhung valley with the Lobuche valley. 

Cho La Pass (5420m/17783 ft)

Cho La Pass situated at an elevation of 5,420 meters (17,783 ft) 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 most dangerous passes in 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. This pass connects the Everest Base Camp trail with the Gokyo Valley, Cho La Pass is a stunning pass with glaciated terrain and views of Cholatse, Ama Dablam, and Tawoche peaks.

Renjo La Pass (5435m/17832 ft)

Renjo La Pass is one of the highest passes in the Everest Region and is one of the highest trekking passes in Nepal. It is situated at an elevation of 5,435 meters (17,832 ft)  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, excellent views can be seen from the Renjo La Pass. The westernmost pass, Renjo La, links the Gokyo Valley with the Thame Valley. It offers awe-inspiring views of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu, as well as Gokyo Lakes and the Ngozumpa Glacier.

What is exactly the Everest three passes trek?

The Everest three passes trek is one of the most difficult levels of the trek in the Khumbu region of Nepal. All of these passes lie above 5,000 meters from sea level. Similarly, high altitude sickness may occur at such a high altitude. But with the proper precautions our experienced trekking guide suggests, 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 airport of Nepal, further continuing to trek to Lukla, Phakding. On another day you will trek to Namche Bazzar which is also known as the Sherpa hub as the entire settlement is of the local Sherpas. In Namche, you will also acclimatize before you go to the higher area to avoid any possible health issues related to high elevation. Then comes the blessing point of the entire Everest region commonly known as the Tengboche Monastery. It is the biggest Buddhist monastery in the Everest region which is also a great viewpoint. You will get to see glorious mountains such as Mt. Everest, Pumori, Ama Dablam, and other beautiful peaks. The trek slowly gets tough as you get to the higher altitude, the landscape slowly changes from alpine forest to mountain desert with little to no vegetation and a thin atmosphere (low oxygen level). You will resume your trek to Dingboche and Chhukung villages stopping at each village for rest.

On the 9th day, you will trek to Lobuhe via Kongma La pass (5,535m/18,160ft) which is the first pass of your trek. From here your trek gets intense as you will have you walk around 6-7 hours ascending and descending through highlands, and glaciers with elevations above 4000m. You will be accompanied by the lofty mountains that you will see from the base camp and another vantage viewpoint called Kala Patthar from where you can get a marvelous view of the spectacular peaks. From there you will trek to Dzongla then to Thannag (Dragnag) crossing the second pass of your trek, the Cho La pass (5,420m/17,783ft). The trek just becomes better as your trail leads to Gokyo where you will explore the Gokyo Ri (5,357m/17,576ft). Continue your trek to Lunde (Lungdhen) via Renjo la Pass (5,360m/17,586ft) which is the final pass of your ionic Everest three passes trek. From here your trek gets slightly easy as you will follow the descending path toward Thame. Thame is the place where the popular Sherpa festival is held every year in the spring season.

Your next stop is Namche Bazzar, from where you started your trek. You will stay overnight at Namche, where you can celebrate your successful trek as you can find bars, pubs, sports bars, and other interesting facilities as well. The next day you will trek to Lukla and stay overnight before you fly to Kathmandu and end your thrilling adventure. To celebrate your successful trek we will meet in Kathmandu for a Nepali Thakali dinner as a celebration and farewell. You will depart from Nepal on the 19th day with loads of memories, a soulful trek, and an everlasting firsthand trekking experience of the Everest Three Passes trek.

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 the spring season, you may even get to see the most popular Himalayan festival known as the Mani Rimdu festival which falls during the May month. During these months of the year, clear skies 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 peak 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 colors of nature are seen during this time. Meanwhile, snowfall may occur during late December and make it difficult to trek.

Everest Three Passes Trek Difficulty

The Everest Three Passes Trek is considered one of the most challenging treks in the Everest region due to several factors that contribute to its difficulty level. Here are some of the primary factors that make this trek challenging:

  1. High altitude: The trek involves crossing three high passes—Kongma La (5,535 meters / 18,159 feet), Cho La (5,420 meters / 17,782 feet), and Renjo La (5,360 meters / 17,585 feet)—along with ascending to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Ri or Kala Patthar. The high altitude increases the risk of altitude sickness, and trekkers must acclimate properly to avoid complications.

  2. Trek duration: The Everest Three Passes Trek usually takes 18-21 days to complete, depending on the specific route and side trips. This extended duration demands physical and mental endurance.

  3. Steep ascents and descents: The trek involves steep climbs and descents over rough and, at times, glaciated terrain, which can be physically demanding and technically challenging.

  4. Long daily treks: On average, trekkers cover a distance of 10-15 kilometers (6-9 miles) per day, with some days involving 6-9 hours of walking. This requires a high level of physical fitness and stamina.

  5. Remote trails and weather conditions: Parts of the trek are remote and less frequented, making route finding and navigation more difficult. Additionally, weather in the high mountains can be unpredictable, with sudden changes in temperature and conditions that can create challenges.

  6. Basic accommodations: Teahouses along the trek are basic, with limited facilities and amenities. Trekkers must be prepared to adapt to simple living conditions.

To tackle the Everest Three Passes Trek, trekkers should have prior high-altitude trekking experience, be in excellent physical shape, and be mentally prepared for the challenges. Proper acclimatization, adequate rest days, and careful planning are essential to completing this demanding and rewarding adventure.

If our trip itinerary doesn’t suit your holiday schedule or you wish to modify the itinerary or combine it with any travel plans, then please let us know and we’ll be happy to create a tailor-made itinerary, designed especially for you. Also, whether you are a student group/family group /corporate team please feel free to ask any questions. We offer you a variety of packages.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

Kathmandu Arrival. [1,400m/4,593 ft]

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. If you arrive after 5 PM we will meet the next day for breakfast and brief you on the details about the trek.

duration 30 Minutes
duration 10 Km
trip-accomodation Nepali Ghar
trip-meals N/A
transportation On Private Basis
Day 02

Kathmandu Sightseeing, Trek Preparation.

At. 10:00 AM: You will visit for a full day sightseeing inside Kathmandu valley. You will visit historical monuments that include Kathmandu Durbar Square which is a collection of medieval architectural buildings that lies in the central part of Kathmandu city. It is also a place that boasts a diverse range of cultural artifacts and wonderful architectural styles, some temples, and a vivid display of Newari culture.

Next, you will visit Swayambhunath also known as the Monkey temple located on top of a hill west of Kathmandu city. Continue your excursion by exploring the Boudhanath Stupa which boasts Buddhist culture along with beautiful architecture and Tibetan culture. Last but not least Pashupatinath, is a revered Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. You can get the blessing for the upcoming trek program. Besides sightseeing, you can do the required shopping for your trek in Thamel. Have dinner at the nearby restaurants while returning from sightseeing.

duration 5-6 Hours
trip-accomodation Nepali Ghar
trip-meals B
transportation On Private Basis
Day 03

Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding. [2,610m/8,563 ft]

At. 05:30 AM: You will drive towards the airport for your Lukla flight. The drop to the airport will be according to the flight time. The 30-minute thrilling flight to Lukla airport is a unique way to start your trek. Your first-day trek begins from Lukla towards Phakding, the distance between Lukla to Phaking is 8 km which you will cover in 4-5 hours.

The trail then passes through Chaurikharka, Ghat finally leading to the beautiful Phakding village at the bank of the Dudh Koshi river. 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.

Important Note: During the peak Everest trekking season, the flights to Lukla operate from Ramechhap, Manthali, if you are traveling in spring (April) and autumn (October/November) you are required to drive to Manthali from Kathmandu. You will drive early in the morning at around 1 AM. The distance between Kathmandu and Ramechap is around 132 km and you cover it in around 5-6 hours. You can upgrade your transfer by helicopter if you want to experience the thrill on the way to Lukla (Optional).

duration 4-5 Hours
duration 8.4 Km
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 04

Phakding to Namche Bazaar. [3,440m/11,287 ft]

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 as you will have to climb steeply before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail follows the upstream of Dudh Koshi river. The trek on this day is fascinating as you will be heading towards the Namche Bazaar, which is popularly known as Sherpa Capital.

The distance between Phakding to Namche Bazaar is around 10 km. The trail passes through the villages of Monjo, Jorsalle, and Benkar before reaching Namche Bazaar. From Monjo, the world’s highest national park, there are three checkpoints for Sagarmatha national park permit and Monjo is the first point. The trek duration is 6-8 hours. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 10 Km
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 05

Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar. [3,440m/11,287 ft]

At. 09:00 AM: Namche Bazaar is a popular stop on many trekkers' itineraries in the Everest region of Nepal. It is situated at an altitude of 3,440 meters (11,286 feet) and serves as a hub for the area, offering a variety of amenities, including shops, restaurants, and lodges. Acclimatization is an essential aspect of any high-altitude trek, and Namche Bazaar is an excellent place to acclimatize. Trekking at high altitudes can be challenging, and it's essential to give your body time to adjust to the decreased oxygen levels. Acclimatization helps you avoid altitude sickness, which can be life-threatening.

During the acclimatization process, it's essential to take it slow and not push yourself too hard. The goal is to spend time at higher altitudes to allow your body to adjust gradually to the lower oxygen levels. It's recommended to stay at Namche Bazaar for at least two nights to help your body adjust before continuing your trek.

While in Namche Bazaar, you can take short hikes to higher elevations during the day and return to the town to sleep at night. For example, you could hike up to the Everest View Hotel, located at an altitude of 3,962 meters (12,999 feet), to take in stunning views of Everest and other peaks in the region. Remember to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated, as dehydration can exacerbate altitude sickness symptoms. Additionally, it's essential to avoid alcohol and smoking and to eat nutritious, high-calorie meals to fuel your body during the acclimatization process.

duration 5-6 Hours
duration 8 Km
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 06

Namche Bazaar to Tengboche. [3,860m/12,664 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: After breakfast, you 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 a flat surface gradually going steeply down to cross the river at Phunki Tenga and finally starting the steep climb to the Tengboche village. (The distance between Namche to Tengboche is around 10 km which you can cover in around 6-7 hours)

At. 03:00 PM: Tengboche monastery visit, which is also called the blessing point of the Everest region as trekkers visit the monastery for a successful trek. The monastery is one of the oldest and biggest Buddhist monuments in the Khumbu region. It acts as an abode of spirituality and Buddhism practices. Here you can explore the authenticity of the Buddhist culture, the lifestyle of monks, and the spectacular Himalayas in distant sight and enjoy the breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, and other surrounding peaks. Overnight at Tengboche village.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 9 Km
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 07

Trek to Dingboche. [4,410m/14,470 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: After breakfast, you will start from the Tengboche Monastery, take a trail through the rhododendron forest to Deboche, and further to Imja Khola. Then you will climb to Pangboche village (3,930m), a Sherpa village with the oldest monastery in the region. Dingboche is a popular stop in the Khumbu region for 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. (The distance between around 10 km which you can cover in around 6-7 hours)

You will move further towards another village Somare and reach the beautiful Dingboche village (4410m). Overnight stay in Dingboche village.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 10 Km
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 08

Dingboche to Chhukung Village. [4,730m, 15,519 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: After breakfast, you will start your trek towards Chukkung village. You will follow the upstream of Imja Khola. From Dingboche, you will be leaving the main trail that leads to the Everest base camp. You will cover around 5 km today which will take around 4-5 hours through the stone-walled fields and alpine landscape. The view along the trail is spectacular and there are some mountain panoramas of the Khumbu region to explore.

After reaching Chhukung you will go for an exploration of the area which will help you to acclimatize for your past day. Overnight at a local lodge.

duration 3-4 Hours
duration 4.5 Km
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 09

Chhukung to Lobuche via Kongma La Pass. [5,535m/18,160 ft]

At. 05:00 AM: Today you will be crossing the first pass of your three-pass trek, the Kongma La Pass (5535m/18160 ft). The trail for the pass is strenuous and challenging. This is the highest pass on 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 the joy of a lifetime. (You will walk early in the morning to avoid the strong wind in the pass in the noon) You will cross the pass and reach Lobuche within 7- 8 hours covering around 15 km.

Experience the majestic views of Lhotse Shar, Imja Tshe, Amadablam, and other numerous peaks seen throughout the trail. A beautiful lake is seen from the pass before you head down toward the Lobuche village. Overnight at the teahouse.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 10 Km
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 10

Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp. [5,364m/17,599 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: Today is another important day of your trek as you will be at the base camp of Everest. The walk towards Everest is along the Khumbu Glacier. You will reach the small village of Gorak Shep, where you will have your lunch. Gorak Shep is a popular place in the Everest Base Camp trek and it has some incredible natural attractions to offer. (The distance between Lobuche to Gorak Shep is around 5 km/1 hour 15 mins) you will rest your bags at the teahouse at Gorak Shep and walk towards Everest base camp which is 4 km/1 hour away.

After having your lunch the trail will lead you 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 as the base camp is right below Mt. Everest you don’t get to see the entire Everest. Reaching Everest Base Camp and not seeing Everest can be upsetting but the beauty of Everest is spectacular from Kala Pathar and surrounding areas.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 11 Km
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 11

Hike to Kala Patthar, Gorek Shep to Dzongla. [4,800m/15,748 ft]

At. 05:00 AM: Early morning you will climb to Kala Patthar (5,645m) for a sunrise view. The distance between Gorak Shep to Kapa Patthar is just 2 km and takes approximately 1.5 hours due to the higher elevation climb. 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 (8,516m), the Tibetan peak Changtse, Nuptse (7,861m), Amadablam and countless other smaller peaks.

Gorak Shep to Dzongla is a segment of the Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek, as well as a part of the extended EBC trek known as the Three Passes Trek, in the Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal. This route takes trekkers from Gorak Shep, the last stop before reaching Everest Base Camp, to Dzongla, a small settlement on the way to the Cho La Pass.

The distance between Gorak Shep and Dzongla is approximately 10-12 kilometers (6-7.5 miles). The trek from Gorak Shep to Dzongla usually takes 5-7 hours, depending on your pace and weather conditions. It is a moderately difficult trek, with a mix of ascents and descents, and some steep sections. From Gorak Shep, you will backtrack to Lobuche and then head westward, following the valley of the Lobuche Khola river. You will continue to descend until you reach the small settlement of Dzongla. The trail offers stunning views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, and other surrounding peaks. There are a few basic teahouses in Dzongla where you can rest and stay overnight. These teahouses provide basic facilities such as food, hot drinks, and shared rooms with basic bedding. Be prepared for limited amenities, and make sure to carry extra layers of clothing for warmth during cold nights.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 15 Km
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 12

Dzongla to Thannag (Dragnag) via Cho La. [5,420m/17,783 ft]

At. 05:00 AM: Today you will ascend the second pass of the trail and will start early with a gentle climb at first hours towards the Cho La Pass (5,420m). The trail crosses the glacier which is marked by cairns. This is the most technical pass of your 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 the whole other passes. (The distance between Dzongla and Thannag is around 8 km which you will cover in around 6-7 hours.)

Once you reach Cho La Pass, the trail goes downward to Thannag. From Thannag the views of Cho Oyu mountain and other Tibetan mountains are seen. Overnight at Thannag Teahouse.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 8 Km
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 13

Dragnag to Gokyo, Exploration of Gokyo Ri. [5,357m/17,576 ft]

At. 07:30 AM: After breakfast, start your 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 see the community of Gokyo. Walking along the lake, you can view the splendid summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang. (The distance between Thannag to Gokyo is 4 km)

You will have lunch at Gokyo before starting to climb Gokyo Ri (5,360m) which lies above the village.  The steep climb of about 3-4 hours to the top is quite strenuous, yet rewarded with one of the best views of Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse. After spending some time at the top, you will return to Gokyo. Overnight stay in Gokyo.

duration 3-4 Hours
duration 8 Km
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 14

Gokyo to Lunde (Lungdhen) via Renjo La. [5,360m/17,487 ft]

At. 05:00 AM: Today you will ascend the last pass of the trail. Renjo La (5,360m) 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 distance between Gokyo to Lunde (Lungdhen) is 11 km/7-8 hours)

The views of Ngozumpa glacier (which is one of the longest glaciers in the world), upper Gokyo valley, and the implausible peaks such as Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Cho-Oyu, and Gychung Kang are amazing from the past. After the pass, they start to descend to Lunde village. Overnight stay in a local lodge.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 12 Km
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 15

Lungdhen to Thame. [3,800m/12,467 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: Today after breakfast, you will further descend to Thame village (The distance from Lunde (Lungdhen) to Thame is around 10 km which you can cover in around 4-5 hours). You will mostly descend from Lunde to Thame. As you get closer to Thame you will notice Thame monastery where you get a scenic view of the monastery nestled among many houses of monks and locals. This is the place where the most important Sherpa festival called Rimdu festival is celebrated each year in spring about the middle of May. Thame village holds the highest number of Everest summits, one in every house. In the afternoon you will visit the Thame monastery and observe the Buddhist and Sherpa culture.

duration 5-6 Hours
duration 10 Km
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 16

Thame to Namche Bazaar. [3,800m/12,468 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: After breakfast, you will further move downwards towards the Namche bazaar. The distance between Thame to Namche is 9 km which you will cover in around 4-5 hours easily. Namche Bazaar is a popular stopover that offers a wide range of attractions in the Khumbu area. It is a hub for the area, offering a variety of amenities, including shops, restaurants, and lodges. You can celebrate your successful trek here at Namche for the last time.

duration 4-6 Hours
duration 9 Km
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 17

Namche Bazaar to Lukla. [2,840m/9,317 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: Today is the last day of your three-pass trek and will further move downwards to reach your last destination of the trek, Lukla. The distance between Namche to Lukla is 18 km which you will cover in 7-8 hours. You will descend to the lowland of the Everest region. Overnight at Lukla.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 18 Km
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 18

Lukla to Kathmandu. [1,400m/4,593ft]

At. 07:00 AM: Breakfast at the hotel in Lukla and you will take a flight back to Kathmandu. You will then be transferred to the hotel.

You will have your day leisurely, you will have enough free time for shopping or roaming around Kathmandu Valley. However, if you want to go for authentic shopping for items such as handmade goods for souvenirs, and treat yourself to a relaxing spa after a week-long trek Thamel is the place for you. Enjoy the leisure time as you wish, and in the evening, join us for a traditional Nepali Dinner (Thakali Cuisine) with a live performance of folk songs as a farewell (If you want to visit other places, we can arrange it for you with extra add-ons)

duration 60 Minutes
duration 10 Km
trip-accomodation Nepali Ghar
trip-meals B,D
transportation On Private Basis
Day 19


You will have breakfast at the hotel and then have free time. Our office representative will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International airport 3 hours before your flight time. Carry loads of souvenirs, memories, and lifetime experiences back home, and Have a safe home return! We hope you enjoyed the trip! If you plan to extend your stay, we (Altitude Himalaya) are happy to make your visit memorable and enjoyable.

duration 30 Minutes
duration 10 Km
trip-meals B
transportation On Private Basis

Trip Guide

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long does the Everest Three Passes Trek take?

    The trek typically takes 18-21 days, depending on your pace, acclimatization, and the specific route you choose. This includes days for acclimatization and side trips to Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp.

  • What is the best time to do the Everest Three Passes Trek?

    The best time for the Everest Three Passes Trek is during the pre-monsoon season (March-May) and post-monsoon season (September-November). These months offer the most stable weather, clear skies, and optimal visibility of the surrounding mountains.

  • How difficult is the Everest Three Passes Trek?

    The trek is considered challenging due to its high-altitude passes, steep ascents and descents, and long trekking days. It is essential to have a good fitness level, previous trekking experience, and proper acclimatization to complete the trek successfully.

  • What is the highest altitude reached during the trek?

    The highest altitude reached during the Everest Three Passes Trek is Kongma La Pass at 5,535 meters (18,159 feet).

  • Do I need a guide or can I trek independently?

    While it is possible to trek independently, hiring a professional guide is highly recommended, especially for inexperienced trekkers. A guide will help you navigate the challenging terrain, ensure proper acclimatization, and provide valuable insights into local culture and traditions.

  • What type of accommodation can I expect during the trek?

    Accommodation along the trek is in basic teahouses and lodges. These provide shared rooms, basic bedding, and limited amenities. Private rooms may be available at lower elevations, but they become scarce as you ascend.

  • What kind of food will I find on the trek?

    Teahouses and lodges along the trek offer basic meals, including Nepali, Indian, and some western dishes. The most common meal is 'dal Bhat', which consists of rice, lentil soup, and vegetables. As you gain altitude, the variety of food options may decrease, and prices will likely increase.

  • Do I need a permit for the Everest Three Passes Trek?

    Yes, you will need to obtain a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card and a Sagarmatha National Park entry permit. These can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara before you start your trek.

  • How do I prepare for the Everest Three Passes Trek?

    To prepare for the trek, focus on cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and endurance activities. Hiking or trekking at altitude is also beneficial to help you acclimate to high-altitude conditions. Additionally, make sure to have proper trekking gear, clothing, and a detailed itinerary.

  • Is there a risk of altitude sickness?

    Yes, there is a risk of altitude sickness during the Everest Three Passes Trek due to the high elevations reached. To minimize the risk, ensure proper acclimatization, stay hydrated, and ascend slowly. Recognize the symptoms of altitude sickness and be prepared to descend if necessary.

Services Includes

  • All arrivals and departures at Kathmandu airport.

  • Flight transfer (Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu) is mentioned in the itinerary.

  • A 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.

  • Best available Lodge or Tea house accommodation during the trek.

  • Daily breakfast throughout the trip.

  • Lunch and Dinner from trek start day to trek end day. (as mentioned)

  • All necessary paperwork. (National Park Entry Permits, Khumbu rural municipality permit and TIMS Card)

  • An English-speaking, government licensed and experienced trek guide.

  • Porter during the trek. (A porter can carry 20 KG baggage of 2 people)

  • A well equipped first aid kit. 

  • 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 for by your traveler’s insurance company.

  • Sleeping bags, duffle bags, and trekking route maps – if necessary.

  • A farewell Nepali cultural dinner on your last night in Kathmandu.

Services Excludes

  • Personal expenses.

  • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.

  • Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport-size photos and 40 USD for a 30 days Nepal visa, you can fill the visa form online in advance)

  • International flight ticket.

  • Travel health insurance. (Highly 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 the including section.

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