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Everest Three Passes Trek

USD $ 1,630
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Trip Code

TMG-ET100

Trip Grade

Strenuous

For those seeking a more physically demanding adventure, our "Strenuous" trips are the way to go. These experiences are crafted for experienced trekkers and adventurers with good fitness levels. Expect challenging trekking terrain, long hiking days, significant elevation gain, and journeys into remote areas. Some wilderness skills may be required to thrive in these environments.

Max. Elevation

5,550mm

Group Size

1-12 People

Region

Accommodation
& Meal Info

Comfort

Comfort (3-star): Mid-range accommodations with extra comforts. Ideal for trekkers at lodges/teahouses. Includes daily breakfast in Kathmandu. (AP= Accommodation with all three meals at trekking destination).

Highlights

  • Stunning views of Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks throughout the trek
  • Crossing three high mountain passes – Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La – each offering a unique experience and spectacular scenery
  • Exploring the traditional Sherpa villages and learning about their culture and way of life
  • Visiting Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to diverse flora and fauna, including the elusive snow leopard.

Everest Three Passes Trek Overview

Embark on the journey of a lifetime with the Everest Three Passes Trek, the ultimate trekking adventure in Nepal’s breathtaking Everest region. This challenging yet rewarding expedition is not just a trek, but an experience that offers a unique blend of adventure, culture, and awe-inspiring natural beauty.

The Everest Three Passes Trek is an incredible journey that takes you through three majestic high passes. Each pass – Kongma La at an elevation of 5,535 meters (18,159 feet), Cho La at an elevation of 5,420 meters (17,782 feet), and Renjo La at an elevation of 5,388 meters (17,677 feet) – offers its own unique beauty and challenges. From these high-altitude passes, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including the mighty Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and many others. The trek also provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local Sherpa culture and lifestyle as you visit remote villages and monasteries along the way. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure with the Everest Three Passes Trek!

The journey begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region. From Lukla, you trek through picturesque villages and lush forests of rhododendron and pine trees, reaching the famous town of Namche Bazaar. This bustling hub is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers, offering a glimpse into the local Sherpa way of life.

From Namche Bazaar, the trail leads to Tengboche, home to one of the most important monasteries in the Everest region. The monastery’s impressive architecture and serene surroundings make it an ideal place for meditation and reflection amidst the stunning mountain views.

As the trek continues, you will pass through villages like Dingboche and Lobuche, all while gaining altitude and acclimatizing to the high altitude environment. The real challenge of the trek begins as you make your way over the three passes, each offering a unique experience and views that will leave you speechless.

The Kongma La Pass is known for its steep ascent and descent, with panoramic views of the Khumbu Glacier. The Cho La Pass is a narrow, rocky path that takes you past frozen lakes and glaciers, providing an adrenaline rush like no other. Finally, the Renjo La Pass offers a breathtaking panorama of Gokyo Lakes and surrounding peaks.

Apart from the high passes, the trek also takes you to popular destinations like the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, where you can get up close with the world’s highest mountain. The journey also offers a chance to visit remote villages like Gokyo and Pangboche, where you can learn about the traditional Sherpa way of life and witness stunning Himalayan landscapes.

As you reach the end of your trek in Lukla, the sense of accomplishment and fulfillment will be overwhelming. You have not only conquered some of the toughest terrain and challenges but also experienced a journey like no other. The Everest Three Passes Trek is truly an adventure of a lifetime that will leave you with unforgettable memories and an appreciation for the beauty and power of nature.

The Ultimate Challenge

The Everest Three Passes Trek is no ordinary trek. It’s known as the toughest and longest trek in Nepal, taking 20 days to complete. This trek takes you across three of the highest passes in the Khumbu region: Kongma La (5,550m), Cho La (5,420m), and Renjo La (5,345m). These high-altitude trails offer a thrilling challenge for even the most experienced trekkers, promising an exhilarating sense of accomplishment at every pass.

Breathtaking Natural Beauty

The landscapes you’ll encounter on the Everest Three Passes Trek are nothing short of extraordinary. From the verdant valleys of Sagarmatha National Park to the towering peaks of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu, every step offers a new, breathtaking vista. A highlight is the Khumbu Glacier, one of the longest glaciers in the world, offering stunning views of the surrounding peaks.

Rich Cultural Experiences

The Everest Three Passes Trek is more than just a physical journey; it’s also a cultural exploration. As you trek through Sherpa villages, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in local traditions, visit ancient monasteries, and experience the warm hospitality of the Sherpa people. This cultural immersion adds a rich, meaningful dimension to the trek that goes beyond the physical challenges and scenic beauty.

Planning Your Trek

Proper planning is essential for the Everest Three Passes Trek. Given its length and difficulty, good physical fitness is a must. It’s also important to bring the right gear, including warm clothing, a good sleeping bag, and sturdy trekking boots. Hiring a local guide is highly recommended, as they can help navigate the challenging trails and provide valuable insights into the region’s culture and environment.

The best time to take on the Everest Three Passes Trek is during the pre-monsoon (February to May) and post-monsoon (September to November) seasons. These periods offer the most stable weather conditions and clear views. However, be prepared for potential changes in weather, a common occurrence in the mountains.

Finally, consider the cost of the trek. While it varies depending on factors like the duration of the trek and the level of comfort you prefer, keep in mind that this is an investment in an unforgettable experience.

How hard is the 3 passes trek?

The Everest Three Passes Trek is considered a challenging trek, with steep and demanding terrain. It requires good physical fitness and the ability to withstand high altitudes. The highest point of the trek, Kongma La Pass, reaches an altitude of 5,535 meters (18,159 feet), so proper acclimatization is crucial for a successful and safe journey.

It’s recommended to have prior trekking experience before attempting this trek.

The Everest Three Passes Trek: An Adventure Like No Other

The Everest Three Passes Trek is more than just a trek; it’s an adventure that challenges you, rewards you, and leaves you with memories that last a lifetime. So, are you ready to take on the challenge? Embark on the Everest Three Passes Trek and discover the ultimate trekking adventure in the heart of the Himalayas.

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Detail Itinerary of Everest Three Passes Trek

Embark on an extraordinary 20-day trekking adventure in the vibrant city of Kathmandu! Our Ultimate High Passes Trek offers premier accommodations, seamless transportation, essential domestic flights, and the unparalleled expertise of certified local trek leaders. With permits taken care of, get ready for an unforgettable journey through breathtaking landscapes. Don’t miss out on this remarkable experience!

Important Note for Your Itinerary:

To ensure a smooth and well-prepared start to your trek, we highly recommend arriving in Kathmandu at least one day before the departure date, preferably in the afternoon. This will give you ample time for essential guidance, equipment checks, comprehensive weather briefings, and the emotional support you need.

Additionally, we advise allocating an extra one or two days to your travel schedule. This buffer time will be beneficial in case of potential flight delays between Kathmandu and Lukla due to adverse weather conditions. Our top priority is your comfort and safety, and this flexibility ensures a stress-free and enjoyable journey.

Join us on this incredible 20-day adventure and experience the journey of a lifetime. Book your trip now!

01

DAY

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

Start Point: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Kathmandu Nepal Temple Nepal KathmanduAfter a long and tiring flight, you finally reach Kathmandu, the vibrant capital city of Nepal. As you step out of the airport, you are greeted by the bustling streets, vibrant colors, and rich culture that make this city truly enchanting. Kathmandu, nestled in the beautiful Kathmandu Valley, is surrounded by four majestic mountains – Shivapuri, Phulchowki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri.

Our friendly representative will be there to warmly welcome you and assist with your luggage before transferring you to your comfortable hotel. Take your time to settle in and relax after your journey, allowing yourself to adjust to the new time zone. In the evening, you have the perfect opportunity to explore the captivating streets of Thamel or simply unwind at your hotel.

  • Arrive in Kathmandu and enjoy a smooth transfer to your hotel.
  • Take a well-deserved rest and rejuvenate from your journey.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance of Thamel’s streets.
Destination:

Kathmandu

Accommodation:

Hotel

Meals Included:

N/A

Altitude:

1400m

02

DAY

Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation

Temple Nepal BoudhanathAfter a restful night’s sleep, it’s time to kickstart your journey in Nepal. Today, you’ll embark on an exciting exploration of Kathmandu, where you’ll immerse yourself in the city’s rich cultural heritage and captivating history. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. These sites hold not only great religious significance but also boast remarkable historical and architectural value.

Following the exploration, our experienced trekking guide will provide you with a comprehensive trek briefing session, ensuring you have all the necessary information for your upcoming adventure. Take some time to prepare for the trek, getting ready for the journey ahead.

Throughout the exploration, you’ll witness the harmonious blend of Hindu and Buddhist cultures in Kathmandu. The revered Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred Hindu temples globally, while the Boudhanath Stupa is a renowned pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, treats you to a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire Kathmandu Valley from its hilltop perch. Meanwhile, Kathmandu Durbar Square showcases a historical square adorned with ancient palaces, temples, and monuments.

After the exploration and trek preparation, spend the remainder of your day immersing yourself in the vibrant streets of Thamel, a popular tourist hub in Kathmandu.

  • Elevation: 1,400 m
  • Walking Hours: Full day
  • Distance: Various sites within Kathmandu Valley

Major Highlights:

    • Visit Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) and Boudhanath Stupa.
    • Explore the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square.
    • Gear check and trek briefing.
Destination:

Kathmandu

Accommodation:

Hotel

Meals Included:

Breakfast

Altitude:

1400m

03

DAY

Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding

Phakding Village Lukla AirportOn the third day of your trek, you’ll catch an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This scenic 40-minute flight provides breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains, giving you a taste of what awaits you on your trek.

Lukla, a small mountain town at an altitude of 2,840 meters, serves as the gateway to the Everest region. It’s a popular destination for trekkers and climbers, offering various trekking routes in the Khumbu region. From Lukla, your trek begins towards Phakding, a charming village located at an altitude of 2,610 meters.

The trek from Lukla to Phakding takes approximately 3-4 hours and follows a relatively easy route. Along the way, you’ll be treated to stunning landscapes of lush green forests, flowing rivers, and snow-capped mountains. You’ll also pass through several quaint villages, providing an opportunity to interact with locals and gain insights into their daily lives.

Once you reach Phakding, take a moment to relax and soak in the magnificent views of Mount Kusum Kanguru before calling it a day. The village offers cozy tea houses and lodges where you can rest and recharge for the next day’s adventure.

  • Elevation: Lukla (2,840 m), Phakding (2,610 m)
  • Walking Hours: 3 hours
  • Distance: approx. 8 km

Major Highlights:

  • Scenic flight to Lukla with panoramic mountain views
  • Trek along the Dudh Koshi River to Phakding
  • Cross suspension bridges along the way
Destination:

Phakding

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Altitude:

2610m

04

DAY

Trek to Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar Thamserku MountainAfter a restful night in Phakding, you’ll continue your trek towards Namche Bazaar. The trail from Phakding to Namche is both challenging and incredibly scenic, making it one of the most popular routes in the Khumbu region.

This route takes you through dense forests adorned with rhododendron and pine trees, and across suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi river. On clear days, you’ll even catch a glimpse of majestic Mount Everest. As you ascend, it’s important to acclimatize properly and take it slow, as the effects of high altitude may start to be felt.

Namche Bazaar, situated at an altitude of 3,440 meters, is the bustling trading center of the Khumbu region. Here, you’ll find a lively atmosphere with numerous shops, restaurants, and lodges to replenish and restock your supplies. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Sherpa Museum and immerse yourself in the local culture and history.

  • Elevation: Phakding (2,610 m), Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
  • Walking Hours: 6 hours
  • Distance: Approx. 8 km

Major Highlights:

    • Trek through enchanting forests with breathtaking views of the Himalayas.
    • Cross suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi river.
    • Acclimatize in Namche Bazaar and immerse yourself in the vibrant town atmosphere.
Destination:

Namche

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Altitude:

3440m

05

DAY

Namche Bazaar

Taboche Mount Reflection Mount. Amadablam from Everest View HotelAfter the challenging trek to Namche Bazaar, it’s crucial to take a day to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude. This ensures a safe and enjoyable journey ahead.

During this rest day, you have the opportunity to explore the vibrant town of Namche Bazaar and experience its unique blend of Sherpa culture and modern amenities. Don’t miss the chance to take a short hike to the Everest View Hotel, where you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks.

Interacting with fellow trekkers and learning from their experiences adds to the camaraderie and enriches your trekking adventure. The rest and acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar is a vital part of a successful trek. Remember to stay hydrated and follow your guide’s instructions for a comfortable acclimatization process.

In the evening, immerse yourself in the Sherpa culture by walking around Namchee or savoring the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants in Namche Bazaar.

  • Elevation: 3,440 m
  • Walking Hours: Rest day
  • Distance: Short acclimatization hikes

Major Highlights:

    • Acclimatization day to adjust to higher altitude.
    • Optional hikes to Everest View Hotel or Khumjung village.
    • Explore Namche Bazaar.
Destination:

Namche

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Altitude:

3440m

06

DAY

Trek to Tengboche

On the way to Tengboche Tengboche MonasteryAfter a well-deserved day of rest and acclimatization, embark on the next leg of your journey to Tengboche, a captivating village nestled in the heart of the Everest region. The trail from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche treats you to awe-inspiring vistas of the majestic Himalayas, guiding you through rhododendron forests and traditional Sherpa villages.

As you make your way to Tengboche, passing suspension bridge and pass through the charming villages of Phunki Thanga and Kyangjuma. Along the way, take a moment to visit the Tenzing Norgay Memorial Stupa, a tribute to the first Sherpa to summit Mount Everest alongside Sir Edmund Hillary.

Upon reaching Tengboche, immerse yourself in the grandeur of the Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. This sacred site holds tremendous cultural and religious significance for the Sherpa community. Witness traditional Buddhist ceremonies and gain insight into the spiritual practices of the locals.

  • Elevation: 3,860 m
  • Walking Hours: 5 hours
  • Distance: Approx. 10 km

Major Highlights:

    • Descend to the Dudh Koshi River.
    • Climb up to Tengboche Monastery.
    • Panoramic views of Everest, Ama Dablam, and more.
Destination:

Tengboche

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Meals Included:

Breakfast

Altitude:

3860m

07

DAY

Trek to Dingboche

Pangboche Trekkers Chorten in Dingboche VillageAfter a peaceful night in Tengboche, continue your trek to Dingboche, a small village nestled in the Imja Valley. The trail from Tengboche to Dingboche offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas, taking you through alpine forests and yak pastures.

As you make your way to Dingboche, pass by the villages of Pangboche and Somare, where you can take a break and engage with the friendly locals. Along the way, you may also encounter Himalayan wildlife, such as musk deer, pheasants, and mountain goats.

Upon reaching Dingboche, be captivated by the magnificent views of Mt. Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. From here, get a closer look at the Lhotse face, one of the steepest faces in the world. Spend the rest of your day exploring the village or relaxing and acclimatizing to the high altitude.

  • Elevation: 4,410 m
  • Walking Hours: 6 hours
  • Distance: Approx. 12 km

Major Highlights:

    • Breathtaking views of Mt. Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam.
    • Opportunities to engage with local villagers and experience their way of life.
    • Acclimatization to the high altitude, preparing for the upcoming challenges.
Destination:

Dingboche

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Altitude:

4410m

08

DAY

Dingboche

Nagarkstang Hill Dingboche VillageToday is a crucial day for acclimatization and rest as you prepare for the higher altitudes ahead. Dingboche is a popular stop where trekkers take a break from their journey and get accustomed to the thin air at 4,410 meters.

Spend your day exploring the village and its surroundings, with options to hike up to Chukhung or Nagarjun Hill for breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. You can also visit a nearby monastery and learn about the rich local culture and traditions from the monks.

If you’re up for it, consider a short hike to Nangkartshang Peak at 5,100 meters. Not only will it reward you with incredible views, but it will also aid in acclimatization. Remember to stay hydrated and take breaks as needed.

In the evening, unwind in one of the welcoming lodges in Dingboche and savor a warm meal while soaking in the serene mountain atmosphere. Engage with the friendly locals and gain insights into their way of life in this remote Himalayan village.

  • Elevation: 4,410 m
  • Walking Hours: Rest day
  • Distance: Short acclimatization hikes

Major Highlights:

    • Acclimatization day with optional hikes.
    • Enjoy the views of Ama Dablam and the surrounding peaks.
Destination:

Dingboche

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Altitude:

5100m

09

DAY

Trek to Chhukhung

Chhukung-RiAfter a day of rest and acclimatization in Dingboche, you’ll continue your trek to Chhukhung. The trail will take you through the Imja Valley, offering stunning views of Ama Dablam and other peaks. Along the way, you’ll come across small settlements and yak herding camps.

Upon reaching Chhukhung, you’ll have the option to climb Chhukhung Ri, a 5,550-meter peak that provides breathtaking views of Ama Dablam, Makalu, and Lhotse. It’s a challenging hike suitable for experienced trekkers with proper gear.

After the hike, spend the evening exploring the village and savoring local delicacies. Chhukhung is a small village that offers a unique glimpse into the traditions and lifestyle of the Sherpa people in the region. Interact with the local mountaineers and learn about their experiences climbing some of the world’s highest peaks.

  • Elevation: 4,730 m
  • Walking hours: 3-4 hours
  • Distance: Approx. 7 km

Major Highlights:

    • Trek through the Imja Valley with stunning views.
    • Optional climb of Chhukhung Ri for experienced trekkers.
    • Explore the village and interact with local Sherpa people.
Destination:

Chhukung

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Altitude:

5550m

10

DAY

Cross to Kong-Ma La Pass, and trek to Lobuche

On the way to Kong Ma LaLobuche On this day, you’ll conquer the challenging Kongma La Pass at an altitude of 5,535 meters. This pass is one of the three high passes in the Everest region and offers awe-inspiring views of Nuptse, Lhotse, and other majestic peaks. The trail to the pass is steep and rocky, so take your time and acclimatize properly. Once you reach the summit, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.

After a short rest, descend towards Lobuche, passing through beautiful alpine landscapes. Although relatively easier than the previous days, the high altitude can still pose challenges. Along the way, you’ll pass by the memorial site of climbers who lost their lives on Mount Everest. This serves as a somber reminder of the risks involved in high-altitude mountaineering and pays tribute to these courageous individuals.

Upon reaching Lobuche, prepare to be mesmerized by the stunning views of Ama Dablam, Pumori, and other magnificent peaks. The village itself is small and peaceful, offering a few teahouses and lodges for accommodation. Take this opportunity to relax and reflect on your incredible journey so far, while immersing yourself in the breathtaking mountain scenery. You can also interact with the local Sherpa people and gain insights into their way of life in this rugged environment.

The trek to Lobuche is not only physically challenging but also emotionally moving. As you navigate the Himalayas, you’ll develop a deeper appreciation for the power and beauty of nature. The vastness of the mountains and the resilience of the local people will leave an indelible impression on you.

After a hearty dinner, it’s crucial to rest and prepare for another challenging day ahead. Tomorrow, you’ll head towards Gorak Shep, continuing your journey before reaching Everest Base Camp.

  • Elevation: Kongma La Pass (5,535 m), Lobuche (4,910 m)
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Distance: Approx. 11 km

Major Highlights:

    • Conquering the challenging ascent to Kongma La Pass.
    • Descending to Lobuche with awe-inspiring views.
Destination:

Lobuche

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Altitude:

4910m

11

DAY

Trek to Gorak Shep, visit Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp Trek Pumori MountainToday, embark on a remarkable journey to one of the world’s most iconic destinations – Everest Base Camp. From Lobuche, make your way to Gorak Shep, the last settlement before reaching the base camp. The trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep is relatively short but challenging, due to the high altitude.

Upon reaching Gorak Shep, take some time to rest and acclimate before heading towards Everest Base Camp. After a brief respite at Gorak Shep, continue your journey to Everest Base Camp. The trek from Gorak Shep to the base camp takes around 3 hours and presents challenges with its high altitude and rugged terrain. However, the reward of reaching the base camp of Mount Everest makes every step worthwhile.

At Everest Base Camp, be greeted by majestic views of the Khumbu glacier and the surrounding Himalayan peaks. This is your closest encounter with Mount Everest, evoking both a sense of accomplishment and awe. Spend time exploring the base camp, capturing memorable photos, and immersing yourself in the breathtaking scenery before returning to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay.

  • Elevation: Gorak Shep (5,140 m), Everest Base Camp (5,364 m)
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Distance: Approx. 15 km

Major Highlights:

    • Trek to Gorak Shep.
    • Visit the iconic Everest Base Camp.
    • Panoramic views of Khumbu Icefall and surrounding peaks.
Destination:

Gorakshep

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Altitude:

5140m

12

DAY

Hikeup to Kala Patthar, then to Lobuche

Sunrise at Mt. Everest Everest Base Camp Everest Base Camp TrekGet ready for an incredible adventure on day 12! We’ll start with an early morning hike to the summit of Kala Patthar, the ultimate vantage point for breathtaking views of Mount Everest. The trek may be challenging, taking up to 2 hours, but the reward is truly unforgettable. Once you reach Kala Patthar, take a moment to catch your breath and soak in the stunning vistas of Mount Everest, Nuptse, and the majestic Himalayan peaks.

After descending from Kala Patthar, our journey continues to Lobuche. The trail winds through rocky terrain, offering awe-inspiring views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kantega peaks. Along the way, we’ll also pass by historic memorials paying tribute to climbers who bravely ventured to conquer Mount Everest. Once we reach Lobuche, you’ll have the chance to rest and recharge for the next day’s adventures.

  • Elevation: Kala Patthar (5,545 m), Lobuche (4,910 m)
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Distance: Approx. 15 km

Major Highlights:

    • Ascend Kala Patthar for jaw-dropping views of Mount Everest.
    • Traverse rocky terrain and witness memorials honoring climbers who dared to conquer Mount Everest.
    • Relax and rejuvenate in Lobuche.
Destination:

Lobuche

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Altitude:

4910m

13

DAY

Trek to Dzonglha

Dzongla Village On the way to DzonglaAfter a restful night in Lobuche, you’ll continue your trek to Dzonglha. The trail winds through the stunning Khumbu Valley, surrounded by majestic peaks. Along the way, you’ll pass the serene lakes of Cholatse and Taboche. Upon reaching Dzonglha, prepare to be amazed by the breathtaking views of Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world.

Dzonglha, nestled at the base of Cholatse peak, is a charming village that offers panoramic 360-degree views of the surrounding peaks. It’s a popular destination for trekkers and climbers alike. Take some time to immerse yourself in the village’s traditional Sherpa culture or simply unwind with a cup of hot tea while soaking in the awe-inspiring scenery. In the evening, your trekking guide will provide a short briefing about the next day’s journey to Gokyo.

  • Elevation: Dzonglha (4,830 m)
  • Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
  • Distance: Approx. 9 km

Major Highlights:

  • Marvel at the majestic views of Cho Oyu.
  • Explore the quaint village of Dzonglha and experience its rich Sherpa culture.
  • Attend a briefing on the upcoming trek to Gokyo.
Destination:

Dzongla

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Altitude:

4830m

14

DAY

Trek to Gokyo via Cho La pass

Gokyo Lake, Nepal On the way to Gokyo LakeEmbark on an incredible journey to Gokyo, a trek that will test your limits but reward you with unforgettable experiences. Prepare to conquer the renowned Cho La Pass (5,368 m), navigating steep rocky paths and showcasing your mountaineering skills. As you ascend, be prepared to witness awe-inspiring vistas of magnificent peaks like Cholatse, Taboche, and Makalu. After conquering the pass, a descent will lead you to the breathtaking Gokyo Valley, renowned for its glacial lakes and astounding views of Mt. Everest. Nestled on the serene shores of the pristine Gokyo Lake, the village of Gokyo offers a tranquil atmosphere to unwind and rejuvenate after an exhilarating day of trekking.

Gokyo doesn’t just offer natural wonders, but also a captivating cultural experience. Immerse yourself in the rich history and traditions of the Sherpa people, deeply rooted in Buddhism. Explore the monasteries and gain insights into their way of life.

The sacred glacial lakes of Gokyo are a sight to behold, reflecting the majestic mountains that surround them. Photographers and nature enthusiasts will find themselves captivated by the pristine beauty of these lakes.

  • Elevation: Cho La Pass (5,368 m), Gokyo (4,800 m)
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Distance: 12 km

Major Highlights:

    • Thrilling crossing of Cho La Pass.
    • Arrival in the enchanting Gokyo Valley.
Destination:

Gokyo

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Altitude:

4800m

15

DAY

Rest day in Gokyo: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357m) Duration: 3 - 4 hours

Gokyo lake Gokyo Village and the LakeAfter conquering the challenging trek and crossing Cho La Pass, it’s time for a well-deserved break in Gokyo. Take this opportunity to relax and soak in the breathtaking views of the majestic peaks and glacial lakes. You can also mingle with the warm-hearted locals and explore the charming village.

For the adventurous souls, there’s an enticing option to climb Gokyo Ri, a renowned vantage point that offers sweeping panoramic vistas of the Himalayan range, including the mighty Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. It’s a demanding hike that takes approximately 3-4 hours, but the awe-inspiring views from the summit are absolutely worth it. Alternatively, you can visit the nearby Gokyo Lakes or take a leisurely stroll around the village.

  • Elevation: Gokyo Ri (5,357 m)
  • Trek Duration: Rest day with optional climb
  • Distance: Various short hikes

Key Highlights:

    • Relax and rejuvenate in Gokyo.
    • Optional climb to Gokyo Ri for breathtaking panoramic views.
Destination:

Gokyo

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Altitude:

5357m

16

DAY

Trek to Marulung via Renjo La Pass

Renjo-La Top and Gokyo Lake Renjo La PassOn day 16, embark on a challenging journey as you trek to Marulung through the magnificent Renjo La Pass. Brace yourself for a steep ascent to the pass, rewarded with awe-inspiring panoramic views. Feast your eyes upon the majestic Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, and other Khumbu region peaks.

After conquering the pass, descend towards Marulung, a serene village adorned with traditional Sherpa houses. Immerse yourself in the peaceful ambiance and take the opportunity to delve into the rich local culture and way of life.

  • Elevation: Renjo La Pass (5,360 m), Marulung (4,210 m)
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 15 km

Major Highlights:

    • Traverse the Renjo La Pass and relish its unique vistas.
    • Descend to Marulung, venturing through diverse landscapes.
Destination:

Marlung

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Altitude:

5360m

17

DAY

Trek to Namche Bazaar

Thame Village ThameOn day 17, you’ll head back to Namche Bazaar, the vibrant heart of the Khumbu region. The trail will lead you through enchanting forests and past cascading waterfalls as you descend to lower altitudes.

Once you arrive in Namche Bazaar, take some time to explore the town’s charming shops, bakeries, and restaurants.

  • Elevation: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 14 km

Major Highlights:

    • Return to the lively town of Namche Bazaar.
    • Traverse through picturesque forests and encounter stunning waterfalls.
    • Discover the town’s delightful shops, bakeries, and restaurants.
Destination:

Namche

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Altitude:

3440m

18

DAY

Trek to Lukla

Phakding Village, Everest region Phakding VillageOn the final day of your trek, you’ll make your way back to Lukla. The trail will lead you through charming villages and past beautiful terraced fields, allowing you one last chance to soak in the breathtaking views of the Himalayas. As you reach Lukla, you can celebrate the successful completion of your trek with your guide and fellow trekkers. This small town serves as the gateway to the Everest region and is where you began your journey just a few days ago.

At Lukla, you’ll stay in a comfortable lodge and have time to reflect on your incredible adventure. You can also take this opportunity to explore the local markets and purchase some souvenirs or gifts for loved ones back home. The next morning, you’ll board a short flight back to Kathmandu, where our team will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

  • Elevation: Lukla (2,840 m)
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 18 km

Major Highlights:

    • Experience the charm of small villages and picturesque terraced fields.
    • Savor the awe-inspiring final vistas of the Himalayas.
    • Celebrate the completion of your trek with your guide and fellow trekkers.
Destination:

Lukla

Accommodation:

Teahouse

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Altitude:

2840m

19

DAY

Lukla to Kathmandu

Nepal Kathmandu Temple NepalOn the final day of your trek, you’ll hop on a short flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu. As you soar over the majestic Himalayas, take a moment to reflect on your incredible journey and all that you’ve achieved. From trekking through lush forests and charming villages to conquering high mountain passes, you’ve experienced the best of what Nepal has to offer.

  • Elevation: Lukla (2,840 m), Kathmandu
  • Flight Duration: 40 minutes

Major Highlights:

  • Scenic flight back to Kathmandu.
  • Ample free time to relax and explore Kathmandu.
Destination:

Kathmandu

Accommodation:

Hotel

Meals Included:

Breakfast

Altitude:

1400m

20

DAY

Trip Conclude

End Point: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

To ensure a smooth and hassle-free conclusion to your Nepal adventure, a dedicated company representative will escort you to the airport in a comfortable private vehicle. This personalized service is designed to make your departure from Kathmandu as convenient and stress-free as possible. As you bid farewell to Nepal, you can reflect on the unforgettable memories and experiences you’ve gathered during your journey in the Himalayas.

Destination:

Kathmandu

Meals Included:

Breakfast

Trip Route

Trip Includes

Includes

  • Hassle-free airport/hotel transfers.
  • Comfortable accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with twin sharing and breakfast included.
  • Cozy teahouses/lodges during the trekking period mostly in twin sharing.
  • Convenient round trip flight from Kathmandu/Manthali to Lukla, and Lukla/Manthali to Kathmandu.
  • Delicious full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) throughout the trek.
  • Skilled and certified local trekking guide, assistant guide (depending on the number of trekkers), – they are insured, well-fed, well-paid, and well-taken care of.
  • Complimentary duffel bag for carrying your luggage during the trek.
  • Entry permit to Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Trekker’s Information Management Systems (TIMS) card for trekking.
  • Trek card from Khumbu Phasang Lhamu Rural Municipality.
  • Comprehensive medical first-aid kit, ensuring your safety on the trails.
  • Memorable farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Trekking accomplishment certificate, a testament to your amazing journey.
  • Official documents, government taxes, and local fees – no hidden costs.

Excludes

  • International flight tickets.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Nepal entry visa (typically USD$30 for 15 days, USD$50 for 30 days). Read more…
  • Personal trekking equipment and additional expenses like water, laundry, phone, and bar bills.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or early return from your trip (for any reason) outside the scheduled itinerary. Expenses resulting from unavoidable events such as flight cancellation, strikes, and others.
  • Tipping.
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the “cost include” section.

Traveler Reviews

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5.0/5.0

Super trip covering Everest Base Camp but also several other high passes which are not on that heavily traveled route. Highly recommended if you want a more intimate experience. Read More

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Guy Tomsyck

United States

5.0/5.0

Super trip covering Everest Base Camp but also several other high passes which are not on that heavily traveled route. Highly recommended if you want a more intimate experience.

Guy Tomsyck

United States

5.0/5.0

Having come to Nepal for the first time in my life after 48 years, I had no expectations whatsoever. All I had in mind is to have time for myself, with myself, experience the mountains around Everest, glaciers and some tough trek. Needless to say I got what I wish for and much, much more. From the local cuisine I had daily (not the western dishes they obviously are accustomed to preparing for tourists), the… Read More

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Alex

Spain

5.0/5.0

Having come to Nepal for the first time in my life after 48 years, I had no expectations whatsoever. All I had in mind is to have time for myself, with myself, experience the mountains around Everest, glaciers and some tough trek. Needless to say I got what I wish for and much, much more. From the local cuisine I had daily (not the western dishes they obviously are accustomed to preparing for tourists), the Long walks (up and down though mostly I remember the upward slopes), the amazing views of this remote part of the planet, mighty mountains covered in snow and the very (extremely) cold weather at night, even indoors. Yet in some way felt quite purifying for both body and soul. The people that took me in the out (Tek, porter and Sudip, the guide) were incredible, they made me feel at home, taking care of me at all times to make sure I stayed safe and happy (given this time of Covid the number of tourists were minimal and yet felt at all times taken care of and never alone, except when I so wanted). I would recommend it for the people who want to feel an adventure, who want to see the wild, who want to feel humbled by the sheer size of these mountains, fresh air and water, icy/snowy tracks, astonishing glaciers, who want to get lost a bit from life and come out stronger, both physically and mentally for whatever challenge may be waiting for them around the corner on their daily lives. In summary it is a trip more to the inside than to the outside but requiring a lot of physical strength and commitment to complete this trip. I just finished it yesterday and feel quite accomplished. I think I will return with my some and wife at some point in my life, as it is something it is (now in retrospect) better to be shared than showed in pictures which will never reflect the feelings of actually being part of it. Are you upo for it? Apparently I was ;-)

Alex

Spain

5.0/5.0

Having come to Nepal for the first time in my life after 48 years, I had no expectations whatsoever. All I had in mind is to have time for myself, with myself, experience the mountains around Everest, glaciers and some tough trek. Needless to say I got what I wish for and much, much more. From the local cuisine I had daily (not the western dishes they obviously are accustomed to preparing for tourists), the… Read More

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Alejandro

Spain

5.0/5.0

Having come to Nepal for the first time in my life after 48 years, I had no expectations whatsoever. All I had in mind is to have time for myself, with myself, experience the mountains around Everest, glaciers and some tough trek. Needless to say I got what I wish for and much, much more. From the local cuisine I had daily (not the western dishes they obviously are accustomed to preparing for tourists), the Long walks (up and down though mostly I remember the upward slopes), the amazing views of this remote part of the planet, mighty mountains covered in snow and the very (extremely) cold weather at night, even indoors. Yet in some way felt quite purifying for both body and soul. The people that took me in the out (Tek, porter and Sudip, the guide) were incredible, they made me feel at home, taking care of me at all times to make sure I stayed safe and happy (given this time of Covid the number of tourists were minimal and yet felt at all times taken care of and never alone, except when I so wanted). I would recommend it for the people who want to feel an adventure, who want to see the wild, who want to feel humbled by the sheer size of these mountains, fresh air and water, icy/snowy tracks, astonishing glaciers, who want to get lost a bit from life and come out stronger, both physically and mentally for whatever challenge may be waiting for them around the corner on their daily lives. In summary it is a trip more to the inside than to the outside but requiring a lot of physical strength and commitment to complete this trip. I just finished it yesterday and feel quite accomplished. I think I will return with my some and wife at some point in my life, as it is something it is (now in retrospect) better to be shared than showed in pictures which will never reflect the feelings of actually being part of it. Are you upo for it? Apparently I was ;-)

Alejandro

Spain

5.0/5.0

Overall excellent with much personal attention by the Company Owner. Good guide and porter. 3 Passes trek had fewer folks than the EBC trek which was what I wanted. Renjo La Pass was the highlight with the best view of Everest. Read More

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Guy

United States

5.0/5.0

Overall excellent with much personal attention by the Company Owner. Good guide and porter. 3 Passes trek had fewer folks than the EBC trek which was what I wanted. Renjo La Pass was the highlight with the best view of Everest.

Guy

United States

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Outdoor Gear Recommendations:

Clothing:

  1. Base Layers: Consider opting for merino wool or synthetic fabrics like polyester. These materials offer excellent moisture-wicking properties and keep you dry during your trek in the Himalayas of Nepal.
  2. Insulating Layer: Choose a fleece jacket or down vest to enhance warmth. These layers provide insulation and help regulate body temperature in the cold mountainous regions.
  3. Outer Layer: Make sure you have a waterproof and windproof jacket, preferably made with Gore-Tex material. This will protect you from rain, snow, and chilly winds while trekking in the Himalayas.
  4. Trekking Pants: Opt for pants that are breathable, quick-drying, and water-resistant. These pants will keep you comfortable and protected during long treks and unpredictable weather conditions.
  5. Down Jacket: When facing extremely cold temperatures, having a down jacket is essential. It provides exceptional warmth and insulation in the high-altitude regions of the Himalayas.
  6. Gloves: Insulated gloves with a waterproof outer shell are crucial for hand protection against cold temperatures. Make sure to choose gloves that provide both warmth and dexterity for a comfortable trekking experience.
  7. Sunglasses: Safeguard your eyes with sunglasses that provide UV protection. Protecting your eyes from the strong sunlight at higher altitudes is important for your overall well-being.
  8. Sunhat: Shield yourself from the sun’s rays with a sunhat. This will provide shade and protect your face and head from sunburn when trekking in the Himalayas.
  9. Warm Hat: Keep your head warm with a cozy hat specifically designed for cold weather conditions. Insulating hats help retain body heat and prevent heat loss from the head.
  10. Bandana: A bandana can serve multiple purposes while trekking in the Himalayas, such as shielding your face from dust or functioning as a sweatband. Consider including a buff for added versatility and protection during your trek.

Footwear:

  1. Hiking Boots: Consider investing in waterproof, durable boots that offer excellent ankle support.
  2. Hiking Socks: Opt for merino wool socks for warmth and breathability. Choose thick, moisture-wicking socks to keep your feet dry and warm during your trek. Consider packing an extra pair in case of unexpected rain or snow.
  3. Gaiters: Safeguard your lower legs and keep snow or rocks out of your boots with reliable gaiters. They also provide extra insulation and protection in extreme conditions.
  4. Sandals: Pack a pair of lightweight sandals for rest days or river crossings.
  5. Crampons: If trekking on icy terrain, crampons can provide essential traction and stability.

Accessories:

  1. Sleeping Bag: Make sure you have a down sleeping bag rated for -10 to -20 degrees Celsius.
  2. Backpack: Select a supportive 65-75 liter backpack with multiple compartments. Make sure it is comfortable and fits you well.
  3. First Aid Kit: It is important to always have a first aid kit with basic supplies for any emergencies that may arise during your trek.

Trekking Gear:

  1. Trekking Poles: Enhance balance and reduce knee stress with durable trekking poles.
  2. Headlamp: A must-have for early morning starts or late-night trips.
  3. Water Bottle and Purification Tablets: Staying hydrated is crucial while trekking, so make sure to bring a reusable water bottle and purification tablets. This will not only reduce waste but also ensure access to safe drinking water.

Miscellaneous Gear:

  1. Energy Bars: Carry energy bars for a quick energy boost.
  2. Hydration Pack: Consider using a hydration bladder for convenient drinking during hikes.
  3. Trekking Map: Although not essential, a detailed map can enhance your understanding of the trail and surroundings.
  4. Sunscreen: Protect your skin from harmful UV rays at high altitudes with a high SPF sunscreen.
  5. Lip Balm: Keep your lips moisturized and protected.
  6. Lightweight Towel: Bring a compact and quick-drying towel for personal hygiene and wiping off sweat.
  7. Toilet Paper and Trowel: Pack toilet paper and a trowel for proper waste disposal, ensuring you leave no trace behind.
  8. Camera or Mobile Phone: Capture your journey with a camera or your smartphone.
  9. Extra Batteries/Power Bank: Due to limited access to electricity, bring extra batteries or a power bank for electronic devices such as cameras or phones. Solar-powered chargers are a sustainable option to consider.

Pack Smart: When trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal, pack light and smart. Choose versatile clothes that can be layered for different temperatures and bring only essential items. Avoid unnecessary items to reduce the weight of your backpack and make your trek more comfortable.

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Frequently asked questions.

What is Everest Three Passes Trek?

Everest Three Passes Trek, also known as the Everest High Passes Trek, is a challenging trekking route in the Khumbu region of Nepal. It involves crossing three high mountain passes above 5,000 meters – Renjo La (5,360m), Cho La (5,368m), and Kongma La (5,535m) – while making your way to the base camp of Mount Everest.

How long does it take to complete?

The duration of the trek depends on your itinerary and physical fitness. On average, it takes around 18-20 days to complete the Everest Three Passes Trek, including acclimatization days and rest days.

What is the best time to go on this trek?

The best time to go on the Everest Three Passes Trek is during the months of March to May and September to November. During these months, the weather is usually stable with clear skies and moderate temperatures, making it easier for trekkers to navigate through the high mountain passes.

Do I need prior trekking experience?

Yes, it is recommended to have prior trekking experience before attempting the Everest Three Passes Trek. This trek requires a good level of physical fitness, endurance, and mental strength due to its high altitude and challenging terrain. It is also advised to train before the trek by doing regular cardio exercises and building stamina.

What permits do I need for this trek?

You will need to obtain two permits for the Everest Three Passes Trek – Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo.

Do I need to hire a guide or porter for this trek?

Hiring a guide or porter is mandatory for the higher elevation in Everest region, highly recommended for first-time trekkers and those with less experience. A guide can provide valuable information about the trail, ensure safety, and help with any emergencies. A porter can also be hired to carry your heavy backpack, making the trek easier on you.

Hiring local guides and porters also supports the local economy.

How can I prepare for the high altitude trek?

Proper acclimatization is crucial for a successful high altitude trek like the Everest Three Passes Trek. It is recommended to spend at least two nights in Namche Bazaar (3440m) for acclimatization before attempting higher altitudes. You can also incorporate some altitude training into your workout routine before the trek, such as stair climbing and hiking at higher elevations.

What are some alternative treks in the Everest region?

If you’re looking for alternatives to the popular Everest Three Passes Trek, you can consider treks like the Everest Base Camp Trek, Gokyo Valley Trek, and Everest Panorama Trek. These treks offer stunning views of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks while also providing a taste of local Sherpa culture and lifestyle.

What is the difficulty level of the trek?

The Everest Three Passes Trek is considered a challenging and strenuous trek, requiring good physical fitness and stamina. Altitude sickness can also be a concern, so it is important to acclimatize properly and listen to your body.

What kind of accommodations are available during this trek?

The trek offers a variety of accommodation options ranging from simple lodges and teahouses to luxury hotels. The lodges and teahouses provide basic facilities such as a bed, food, and hot water for an affordable price. For those looking for a more comfortable stay, there are also luxury lodges and hotels available.

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