23 days
Duration
Demanding
Trip Level
1
Group Size
5545 m
Max-altitude

Everest Three Pass Trek is one of the most adventurous trekking in the Khumbu region. It incorporates three high passes, such as the Renjo – La Pass (5435m), Cho – La Pass (5420m), and the Kongma – La Pass (5535m). A must-do for thrill-seekers, Everest 3 Pass Trek, incorporates views of pristine snow-capped peaks such as Everest (8848m), Makalu (8463m), Cho – Oyu (8201m) and the Ama Dablam (6812m).

The Everest 3 Passes Trek does not only provide an amalgamation of natural beauty but also allows observing the lifestyle and mixing up with the warm and welcoming ethnic populations. However, it requires a good physique as well as proper acclimatization. Keep in mind; the Three Pass Trek is one of the most demanding tea-house treks in Nepal.

Everest Three Pass Trek: Quick facts

  • Trek around the entire valley in the Everest region.
  • Discover the four different valleys along with these high passes.
  • Make Pass over 5000 meters of Renjo-La, Cho-La, and Khongma-La, which is challenging but an adventurous moment.
  • Discover the five glacial lakes in the Gokyo Valley.
  • Leave the Everest Base Camp Trek behind while crossing the Khongma – La.
  • Superb views of the major world’s highest mountain while crossing these passes.
  • Together with your adventure, you will have a close view of the lifestyles of the Himalayan Sherpa people.
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Everest Three Passes Trek: Brief itinerary

Days  Duration  Altitude in Meters  Walking Distance
1. Fly to Lukla and then trek to Phakding 2652 3h00
2. Trek to Namche Bazaar 3440 6h00
3. Acclimatization day!
4. Trek to Thame 3800 5h30
5. Trek to Marlung 4210 5h00
6. Trek to Renjo Lake 4860 5h00
7. Trek to Gokyo Lakes via Renjo – La Pass (5435 m) 4791 7h30
8. Gokyo lake – Gokyo Peak (5360m) – Thangnak 4678 3h00
9. Trek to Dzonglha via Cho-la Pass (5370 m) 4840 7h00
10. Trek to Lobuche 4900 5h00
11. Trek to Gorakshep then visit EBC 5160 7h00
12. Hike to Kalapathar then back to Lobuche 4900 7h00
13. Lobuche – Chhukung via Khongma Pass 4440 8h00
14. Rest & discover Chhukung Ri
15. Chhukung – Pangboche 3900 5h00
16. Trek to Namche 3460 6h00
17. Trek to Lukla 2800 7h00
18. Fly back to Kathmandu

Everest Three High Pass Trek Route

All the other treks in the Khumbu region since the Everest Three Passes Trek goes all the way starting from a flight to the beautiful Lukla. The trail then moves towards Namche Bazaar, a land of the Sherpa. Then it continues into Thame, Lungden, and finally reaches the Renjo Pass at an altitude of 5435 meters. The Renjo la Pass is a perfect viewpoint, whereas a 360-degree view of all the mountains in the Everest region. Another climbs up to Gokyo Ri to observe the spectacular views of the pristine snow-capped peaks. Also, visible the glaciers all around and the Gokyo valley in full view. The trail further extends to the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes, which linking Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp.

So, it accompanies with mind-boggling views of the Everest as well as mountains like Ama Dablam, Pumori, Cholatse, and Khumbutse. Likewise, you will observe the peaks such as Khangtega, Lobuche east and west, and many more impressive peaks. The third Pass, Kongma – La, is at an altitude of 5535m comes next in the trail, which is an equally rewarding viewpoint. Hence, The Three Passes Trek ends in Namche Bazar, which can reach by being a further hike from Chhukung.

Variations

The Everest Three Passes trek is generally best to complete counter-clockwise. It’s also possible to go clockwise, but not recommended because of the rapid altitude gain while crossing the Renjo. Instead, you can also add an extra day from Gokyo to explore the scenic Gokyo Lakes further up into the glacial valley. Here is the Everest Three Pass Trek map on google, which helps you navigate the daily schedule of the trek.

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Day 1: Arrival day (1,300 m)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will greet and welcome by our agency’s representative in front of Arrival gate with Display board of Himalayan Exploration Treks then transfer to your Hotel.
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Day 2: Free day and trek preparation.

During the free day in Kathmandu, you may have a chance to visit the heritage site of Kathmandu valley, followed by a pre-trip departure meeting regarding upcoming trekking peak climbing where you meet trek guide and others team members. They will brief you about the team formation, equipment, and nature of peak climbing and other necessary information
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Day 3: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652 m) 3h00 walk.

You will be transferred to the airport in the early morning as per flight schedule. 40-minute thrilling flights to an airstrip at Lukla by plane offers a marvelous view of Central and Eastern Himalayas and as well as beautiful landscapes and hills. Lukla is a gateway to the Everest Region.
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Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar. (3440 m) 6h00 walk.

This is the second day of the journey. You will head to Namche after breakfast. The trail leads you to the northern valley of the Dudh Koshi River valley, passing by several beautiful villages with their vibrant culture, peaceful forests, and crossing over several bridges along the trail. Finally, you will get Namche.
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Day 5: Acclimatize day!

This is an exploration day in Namche. Hike till Syangboche, a small airport in the region and consider as the world’s highest one. Then hike up to 3800 m to see the Mt. Everest and other popular peaks. You will have proper acclimatization. In the afternoon, you may explore the village which is more equipped with modern amenities such as the internet, phone, massage and more.
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Day 6: Namche – Thame (3800m).

We catch the North West trail from Namche. Many of the Mani walls and praying wheels encounter in the trail to Thame where can explore the Sherpa culture.
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Day 7: Thame – Marulung (4210m) 5h00 walk.

The trail leads north from Thame to reach Marlung, where we should come across the several small Sherpa village and yak pastures.
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Day 8: Marlung – Renjo Lake (4860m) 5h00 walk.

The trail goes through the Yak pastures where no settlement and only encounter except some pastures. The lake is known as Rermo Pokhari and as well as the magnificent view of Rolwaling Himal and Nangpa- La Pass the trade trail between Tibet and Nepal for a specific period.
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Day 9: Renjo Lake – Gokyo Lake (4791m).

We walk toward Gokyo Lake by crossing the Renjo-La; the great day offers us the magnificent view of Rolwaling Himal, Cho-Oyu, Nuptse, Lhotse, and world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest and the beautiful lake and discovery of Gokyo valley in downward.
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Day 10: Gokyo lake – Gokyo Peak (5360m) -Thangnak (4678m). 3h00 walk.

Early morning, we climb up to Gokyo Ri, which provides us with proper acclimatization and breathtaking scenery of mountains, including the Mt. Everest. It’s one of the lifetime achievements and memories around the top of the peak.
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Day 11: Trek to Cho-la Pass (5370 m) – Dzonglha (4,830 m) 7h00 walk.

Today is more adventure day to make Cho-La pass at (5300m) begins pretty steeply to the first ridge and an easy walk up to another ridge. Then, trek short descend to get Base of Cho-la and steep climb up to pass; this part is hardest to walk if there is snow. We highly recommend using a crampon for this section. It is an easy downhill to Dzongla.
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Day 12: Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m) 5h00 walk.

You are entering the east valley with easy downhill to get Labuche passing by pas pastures, beautiful mountains scenery, and glacier.
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Day 13: Trek to Gorak Shep (5160 m) – Everest Base Camp (5364 m) – Gorak Shep: 7h00 walk.

The trail leads plane trail but the feeling shortness of breathing due to altitude with spectaculars views of mountain surroundings. As we take a short break for lunch, then continue to walk to Everest Base Camp along the rocky and glacial trail.The trail continues the climb to Gorak Shep, check in to a lodge, lunch, and start your hike to EBC. Then return the same trail to Gorakshep.
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Day 14: Gorak Shep – Kalapathar (5545m) -Lobuche (4910m). 7h00 walk.

Today is another climax of the trek; you will wake up in the early morning and climb up to Kalapathar (5545 m) to see the sunrise on the top of the world, Mt. Everest and other Himalayan range. Then descend to the same trail to Lobuche.
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Day 15: Lobuche – Chhukung (4730m). 7h30 walk

Today is a 3rd greatest day to make the pass of Khongma-La (5535m). The trail continuously goes through the moraine of Khumbu glacier to Khongma-La Base Camp. There could be feeling difficult because of the high altitude and daily walk in the glacier, ascending to the Khongma- La pass is the hardest day of the trek. Several mountains are approaching in around in the top of a pass. Then, they gradually descend toward Chhukung through the Imja Khola valley.
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Day 16: Chhukung – Pangboche (3930m) 6h00 walk.

All the climax of the trek is finished while arrived in Chhukung. Afterward, just heading to low elevation, but it has its characteristics. Today is an easy walk to descend Pangboche village. The village is the situated lap of Mt. Ama Dablam and Tawache peak. The trail leads spread to several Mani walls, stupas, and praying wheels along the trail and a monastery in the middle of the village.
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Day 17: Pangboche – Tengboche (3867m).

Easy walk up to Dibuche then climb up to Tengboche. There is the largest monastery in the Khumbu region, where many monks are meditation along the year from different parts of Nepal. The monastery is believed to construct in the 16th century.
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Day 18: Tengboche – Namche Bazaar (3446m).

The trail goes steeply descend up to the Punki Thana then climb back up to Sanasa, where the junction of the trail goes to Gokyo lake, Khumjung village, and Namche. Afterward, easy walk to Namche, whereas encountered several stupas in front, and beautiful scenery of mountains are in the background.
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Day 19: Namche Bazaar – Phakding (2640m).

The first part of the trail is steep descend to Dudh Koshi and cross the first suspension bridge. Then, easy walk up to Phakding by exiting the entry permit of Sagarmatha National Park in Manju.
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Day 20: Phakding – Lukla (2800m).

Easy walk to Lukla arrived in Lukla. It is possible to visit the market then rest and leisure day.
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Day 21: Lukla – Kathmandu.

Early morning, 40-minute thrilling flights to an airstrip at Lukla by plane offers a marvelous view of Central Himalayas and as well as beautiful landscape and hills.
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Day 22: Free day in Kathmandu.

The day can be occupied if the flight cannot be operating due to the bad weather.
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Day 23: Final departure.

Free time in Kathmandu and transfer to the airport two hours before the departure of your flight home.
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Kathmandu International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 3 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
Hotel and Airport transfer
Accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast
All accommodations and all meals during the treks
All necessary documentation and permits
All ground transportation (as per mention in itinerary)
Professional guide and porters
A First Aid Kits
Applicable Government Taxes
NOT INCLUDED
International Airfare
Nepal Visa fee (advice to take accurate amount)
Meals in Kathmandu (except breakfast)
Personal Expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
Travel Insurance
Guide and Porter gratuity

Prices quoted and payable only in (US$ dollars). All prices published on our website set as low as possible. The Prices may vary at any time due to currency fluctuation, fuel prices, and unforeseen economic circumstances. But, we guarantee our prices which already signed up for your tour. Please consult us for a custom quote.

No, you are not allowed to drink water from the direct tap or streams on the Everest Three Pass Trek. But you can also use a purifier or SteriPen. It is expensive to buy water (maybe ten times the cost of purchasing water in Kathmandu).
Be conscious. This trek will be over 3500 m in elevation. The possibilities of having an altitude illness usually begin at this altitude. But to prevent this, we have planned the itinerary to give you time to acclimatize as much as possible.
There’s nobody who’s going to suffer from altitude sickness. The younger and fitter people do not experience high altitude illnesses when they feel older and less fit. It’s not related to fitness or age. Speak to your private practitioner. Prescription medicines are available to help avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness. But go gently and listen to the body and be mindful of any changes and listen to your guide if he thinks that you have symptoms (which might not be apparent).
We will be able to collect your travel insurance policies and details before your trip. In case of emergency, we will be able to coordinate with your insurance company and helicopters company for emergency evacuation.
There is no doubt only be a First aid. We take a first-aid kit on every trip. We always advise you to make your own. Here’s a checklist of items you can bring, recommended. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal; however, we suggest that you keep this checklist if necessary.
Yes, we only provide insurance to our staff. We recommend that you purchase insurance in your home country. Note: Insurance should cover medical and emergency evacuation.
No. The trails are well-known. You will not need crampons if you are not traveling in the mid-winter. Instead of the crampons, bring non-technical, lightweight spikes, are less costly and suit any shoe size.
No, we do not need tents or mattresses. There are tea houses along the trek.
When you forget something, it may be complicated to find something here. Check here for a detailed packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you’re not a regular hiker, you can rent most of Nepal’s trekking equipment upon your arrival.
Anything you do not want for the trip can leave at our office or your hotel. We recommend that you make sure your bag is lockable.
Generally, we use local guides. Our guides have been numerous times on each trek to the relevant areas. All are qualified, competent, versatile, and certified licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.
If you use a porter, there are two advantages:
1. You can enjoy your trek entirely without carrying a heavy backpack.
2. Another is to increase the local communities’ income.
A porter can carry an average of 20 kg with his or her bag so that they can carry up to 16 kg of your equipment and gears. But we provide a backpack for them.
Yes, of course. We ensure that our staff is well insured.
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beautiful Gokyo Lake
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