Everest Three High passes Trek - 22 Days

Everest treks
Everest Region
ebc trekking
Duration22 Days
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude5535 M
ActivitiesTrekking & Pass
Group Size2
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Best TimeSep to Nov and April to June

The Everest Three high Passes Trek is without a doubt one of the most thrilling and adventurous journeys you can take in the Everest region of Nepal. It's also known as the Everest Three High Passes Trek because its main feature is crossing three big mountain passes: Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La in the Khumbu area. Along the way, you'll be treated to incredible views of some of the world's highest peaks like Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Makalu.

This 22 days Everest three highness trek is like the ultimate Everest experience, taking you through some of the most stunning valleys in the region: Bhotekoshi, Gokyo, Khumbu, Dudh Koshi, and Imja. Plus, you'll have the chance to climb three peaks: Gokyo Ri, Kala Patthar, and Chukkung Ri, and even visit Everest Base Camp. It's like a complete package of adventure and beauty in the Nepalese Himalayas.

Besides the majestic mountains, you'll also encounter massive glaciers like Khumbu and Ngozumpa, and you'll see the famous Gokyo Lakes, which are incredibly pristine. And it's not just about the scenery – you'll also get to experience the rich culture and hospitality of the Sherpa people, adding another layer of richness to your journey. So, basically, the Three Passes Trek combines all the best bits of other treks in the Everest area into one amazing adventure.

The journey begins with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, and from there, you'll traverse numerous suspension bridges, lush green meadows, rhododendron forests, and babbling streams. Along the way, you'll pass through several Sherpa villages like Phakding, Monjo, Namche, Thame, and Lungden.

Once you reach Namche, the trail takes a detour into the remote Bhote Koshi Valley, starting with crossing Renjo La Pass. Then you'll enter the Gokyo Valley, where you'll be treated to breathtaking views of Everest and other peaks. Next, it's over the Cho La Pass into the Dudh Koshi Valley, then onward to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar.

Finally, you'll descend and cross Kongma La Pass into the Imja Khola Valley, passing through Chukung village before rejoining the classic Everest trail. As you make your way back through charming villages like Dingboche, Kyanjuma, and Phakding, you'll eventually arrive back in Lukla, where the trek concludes. From there, you'll take a mountain flight back to Kathmandu, completing your epic 22-day adventure.

Alternatively, you can do the Everest Three High Passes Trek in the opposite direction. Starting with the classic Everest Base Camp route, you'll first reach Dingboche and then head towards the first pass, Kongma La. From there, you'll continue on to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar before crossing Cho La Pass and heading into the Gokyo Valley. Finally, you'll make your way to Renjo La Pass before following the same route back to Lukla, where your journey ends.

Highlights of Three High Passes of Everest Trek

  • Scenic Views: The trek offers stunning views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. You'll witness majestic Himalayan landscapes, towering glaciers, and picturesque valleys throughout the journey.
  • Crossing High Passes: As the name suggests, the trek involves crossing three high mountain passes: Renjo La Pass (5,340m), Cho La Pass (5,420m), and Kongma La Pass (5,535m). These passes provide exhilarating challenges and reward trekkers with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.
  • Everest Base Camp: The trek includes a visit to Everest Base Camp (5,364m), where climbers begin their ascent to the summit of the world's highest peak. Standing at the foot of Everest is a surreal experience and a highlight of the trek.
  • Gokyo Lakes: En route, you'll pass by the mesmerizing Gokyo Lakes, a series of turquoise glacial lakes nestled amidst the mountains. The reflection of the surrounding peaks on the pristine waters is truly captivating.
  • Sherpa Culture: Throughout the trek, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich Sherpa culture of the region. You'll encounter traditional Sherpa villages, monasteries, and interact with the friendly locals, gaining insight into their way of life.
  • Wildlife Sightings: The Everest region is home to a variety of wildlife, including Himalayan tahrs, musk deer, snow leopards, and a plethora of bird species. Keep your eyes peeled for these elusive creatures as you trek through their natural habitat.
  • Challenging Yet Rewarding: The Everest Three Passes trek is physically demanding due to the high altitude and rugged terrain. However, the sense of accomplishment upon completing each pass and the awe-inspiring vistas make it a truly rewarding adventure for those seeking a challenge.
  • Variety of Landscapes: From lush rhododendron forests to barren high-altitude landscapes, the trek offers a diverse range of environments to traverse. Each day brings new scenery and terrain, keeping the journey exciting and unpredictable.
Itinerary
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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel in the city. After settling in, you can relax and recover from your journey or take a leisurely stroll around the vibrant streets of Kathmandu.

Max Altitude: 1310 M Accommodation: Hotel

Today, after breakfast, you'll embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu's cultural and historical landmarks. You'll visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), and Boudhanath Stupa, immersing yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley.

Accommodation: Hotel

After an early breakfast, you'll take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a thrilling adventure in itself as you fly amidst the Himalayan peaks. Upon arrival in Lukla, you'll meet your trekking crew and begin your trek to Phakding. The trail descends through beautiful pine forests and along the Dudh Koshi River, passing through several villages along the way. Overnight stay at a tea house in Phakding.

Max Altitude: 2,651m Accommodation: Tea house

Today's trek takes you to Namche Bazaar, the bustling commercial hub of the Everest region. You'll cross several suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River and ascend gradually, enjoying panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. Namche Bazaar is a vibrant Sherpa town with markets, bakeries, and trekking gear shops. Overnight stay at a tea house in Namche Bazaar.

Max Altitude: 3,430 m Accommodation: Tea house

Acclimatization is crucial for adjusting to the high altitude, so today is set aside for rest and exploration around Namche Bazaar. You can hike to Everest View Hotel for stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam, or visit the Sherpa Museum to learn about the local culture and history. Overnight stay at a tea house in Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Tea house

Leaving Namche Bazaar behind, you'll trek to Thame Village, an ancient Sherpa settlement with a rich cultural heritage. The trail passes through rhododendron forests and offers views of Thamserku and Kangtega peaks. Upon reaching Thame, you can explore the village and visit the local monastery. Overnight stay at a tea house in Thame.

Max Altitude: 3,880 m Accommodation: Tea house

Today's trek takes you to Mingbo, a small village nestled amidst the mountains. Along the way, you'll visit the famous Thame Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the Khumbu region, known for its religious significance and stunning architecture. After exploring the monastery, continue your trek to Mingbo. Overnight stay at a tea house in Mingbo.

Max Altitude: 3,900 m Accommodation: Tea house

The trail today leads to Marulung, a picturesque village surrounded by towering peaks. You'll trek through rugged terrain, crossing streams and traversing high-altitude landscapes. Keep an eye out for yaks grazing in the meadows as you make your way to Marulung. Overnight stay at a tea house in Marulung.

Max Altitude: 4,200 m Accommodation: Tea house

Ascending further into the Himalayas, you'll trek to Sumna, a remote settlement with stunning mountain views. The trail offers glimpses of Cho Oyu and other peaks as you navigate rocky terrain and high mountain passes. Enjoy the pristine beauty of the surrounding landscape as you reach Sumna. Overnight stay at a tea house in Sumna.

Max Altitude: 4,900 m Accommodation: Tea house

Today's trek takes you to Chulung, a serene village nestled amidst the mountains. The trail winds through alpine meadows and rocky terrain, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks. Take your time to acclimatize to the high altitude as you continue your journey to Chulung. Overnight stay at a tea house in Chulung.

Max Altitude: 4,380 m Accommodation: Tea house

Leaving Chulung behind, you'll trek towards Renjo Pokhari, a beautiful alpine pond nestled below the towering peaks of the Everest region. The trail ascends gradually, offering panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu. Upon reaching Renjo Pokhari, take some time to soak in the tranquility of this pristine mountain setting. Overnight stay at a tea house near Renjo Pokhari.

Max Altitude: 4,600 m Accommodation: Tea house

Today is a challenging yet rewarding day as you cross Renjo-la Pass, one of the high mountain passes of the Everest region. The ascent to the pass is steep and rocky, but the stunning views from the top make it all worthwhile. After crossing the pass, descend to the village of Gokyo, situated beside the beautiful Gokyo Lakes. Overnight stay at a tea house in Gokyo.

Max Altitude: 5,345 m Accommodation: Tea house

Today is set aside for rest and exploration in Gokyo. You can hike to Gokyo Ri, a nearby viewpoint offering panoramic views of Everest, Cho Oyu, and other surrounding peaks. Alternatively, you can explore the shores of the pristine Gokyo Lakes or visit the nearby Ngozumpa Glacier. Overnight stay at a tea house in Gokyo.

Accommodation: Tea house

Today's trek involves crossing Cho-la Pass, another high mountain pass on the Three Passes route. The pass is steep and challenging, requiring careful negotiation of rocky terrain and snowfields. Upon reaching the top, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Descend to Dzong-la for overnight stay at a tea house.

Max Altitude: 5,400m Accommodation: Tea house

Leaving Dzong-la behind, you'll trek to Lobuche, a small settlement located at the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The trail ascends gradually, offering panoramic views of Pumori and other surrounding peaks. As you approach Lobuche, you'll notice the rugged beauty of the Khumbu region. Overnight stay at a tea house in Lobuche.

Max Altitude: 4,940 m Accommodation: Tea house

Today's trek takes you towards Kongma-la Pass, the final high mountain pass of the Three Passes route. The trail ascends steadily, offering spectacular views of the surrounding peaks. Take your time to acclimatize to the high altitude as you approach the pass. Overnight stay at a tea house near Kongma-la Pass.

Max Altitude: 5,150 m Accommodation: Tea house

Today is a challenging day as you cross Kongma-la Pass, the highest point of the Three Passes route. The ascent to the pass is steep and rocky, requiring careful footing and perseverance. Once you reach the top, take a moment to admire the breathtaking views before descending to Bibre. Overnight stay at a tea house in Bibre.

Max Altitude: 5,535 m Accommodation: Tea house

Leaving Bibre behind, you'll trek to Dingboche, a picturesque village nestled amidst the mountains. The trail descends gradually, offering stunning views of Ama Dablam and other surrounding peaks. As you approach Dingboche, you'll notice the terraced fields and stone houses characteristic of the region. Overnight stay at a tea house in Dingboche.

Max Altitude: 4,360 m Accommodation: Tea house

Today's trek retraces your steps back to Namche Bazaar, the vibrant Sherpa town where your journey began. The trail descends through rhododendron forests and along the Dudh Koshi River, offering glimpses of Everest and other peaks along the way. Enjoy one last evening in Namche Bazaar, reminiscing about your adventures in the Himalayas. Overnight stay at a tea house in Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Tea house

The final leg of your journey takes you back to Lukla, where it all began. The trail descends steeply, offering one last opportunity to soak in the beauty of the Everest region. Upon reaching Lukla, you can celebrate the successful completion of your trek with your fellow trekkers and crew. Overnight stay at a tea house in Lukla.

Accommodation: Tea house

Today, you'll catch an early morning flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu, a scenic journey amidst the Himalayan peaks. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you'll be transferred to your hotel, where you can relax and unwind after your trek. Spend the rest of the day exploring Kathmandu at your leisure or indulging in some souvenir shopping. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey. As you bid farewell to Nepal, take with you cherished memories of your adventure in the Everest region and the warm hospitality of the Nepalese people.

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Included
  • Airport Transfers: Pick up and drop off from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation: Accommodation in Kathmandu at a hotel on a twin-sharing basis.
  • Guided Sightseeing: Half-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu's cultural and historical landmarks with an experienced guide.
  • Domestic Flights: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Trekking Permits: TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) permit and Sagarmatha National Park entry permit.
  • Trekking Crew: Professional trekking guide and porters to carry luggage (1 porter for every 2 trekkers).
  • Accommodation during Trek: Tea house accommodation during the trek on a twin-sharing basis.
  • Meals: Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Transportation: Ground transportation as per the itinerary.
  • Trekking Equipment: Duffle bag for luggage and sleeping bag (if required) during the trek.
  • First Aid Kit: Basic first aid kit carried by the trekking guide.
Excluded
  • International Flights: Flights to and from Nepal are not included in the package.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance covering medical emergencies, evacuation, and trip cancellation is not included. It's highly recommended to purchase comprehensive travel insurance before embarking on the trek.
  • Visa Fees: Visa fees for entry into Nepal are not included in the package.
  • Personal Expenses: Expenses of a personal nature such as additional meals, snacks, beverages, laundry, telephone, and internet usage are not included.
  • Tips: Tips for guides, porters, and other trekking staff are not included but are customary and appreciated as a gesture of gratitude.
  • Additional Accommodation: Accommodation in Kathmandu before or after the trek is not included but can be arranged upon request.
  • Emergency Evacuation: Costs incurred due to emergency evacuation or rescue operations are not included and are the responsibility of the traveler.
  • Optional Activities: Any optional activities or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary are not included.
  • Excess Baggage: Extra charges for excess baggage during domestic flights are not included.
  • Any Items Not Mentioned: Any other items not specifically mentioned in the inclusions are not included and will be the responsibility of the traveler.
Essential Information

Three High Passes Everest Trekking Equipment

For the Three Passes of Everest Trek, it's crucial to be well-prepared with the right trekking equipment to ensure safety and comfort in the challenging Himalayan terrain. Here's a comprehensive list of trekking equipment you'll need:

Clothing:

  • Moisture-wicking base layers (tops and bottoms)
  • Insulating mid-layers (fleece jacket, down jacket)
  • Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket and pants
  • Trekking pants/convertible pants
  • Thermal underwear
  • Lightweight, quick-drying trekking shirts
  • Warm hat (beanie) and sun hat with a brim
  • Neck gaiter or scarf
  • Lightweight gloves and insulated gloves/mittens
  • Hiking socks (wool or synthetic blend)
  • Gaiters (optional for snow or scree protection)

Footwear:

  • Sturdy, broken-in trekking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes/sandals for evenings and rest days
  • Gaiters (optional for snow or scree protection)

Trekking Gear:

  • Backpack (30-40 liters) with rain cover
  • Trekking poles for stability and reducing strain on knees
  • Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures (0°F/-18°C rating)
  • Sleeping pad or mattress for insulation and comfort
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Sunglasses with UV protection and side shields
  • Water bottles or hydration bladder (2-3 liters capacity)
  • Water purification tablets or filtration system
  • Trekking towel and toiletries
  • Personal first aid kit with necessary medications and blister treatment
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30+), lip balm, and moisturizer
  • Insect repellent and anti-itch cream
  • Lightweight, quick-dry travel towel

Miscellaneous:

  • Lightweight daypack for carrying essentials during day hikes
  • Multi-tool or knife
  • Whistle, compass, and map (or GPS device)
  • Lightweight stuff sacks or compression bags for organizing gear
  • Trash bags for waste disposal
  • Camera or smartphone for capturing memories
  • Notebook and pen for journaling or sketching
  • Power bank for recharging electronic devices
  • Personal identification and travel documents (passport, permits, insurance)
  • Cash (Nepalese Rupees) for purchasing snacks, drinks, and souvenirs along the trekking route

Optional Items:

  • Trekking umbrella for sun or rain protection
  • Portable solar charger for charging electronic devices
  • Portable oxygen cylinder or altitude sickness medication (consult with a doctor)
  • Portable camping stove and lightweight cookware for preparing meals (if camping)
  • Trekking guidebook or trail map for reference and route planning
  • It's essential to pack light while ensuring you have all the necessary gear to stay safe and comfortable throughout the trek. Be mindful of the weight distribution in your backpack and prioritize essential items based on the specific requirements of the Three Passes of Everest Trek.