Everest Three Pass Trek

Everest Three Pass Trek

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Everest Three Pass Trek - A complete journey to entire Khumbu Region

The best view comes after the hardest climb. Everest Three Pass Trek lets you explore  the 7 spectacular destinations over 5,000 m: Renjo La Pass, Cho La Pass, Kongma La Pass, Gokyo Ri, Kalapatthar, EBC and Chhukung Ri in a single trip - a lifetime trekking experience.

With varied landscapes, from magnificent mountain ranges to barren rocky landscapes, glaciers to waterfalls and rivers, Everest three pass trek is blessed with exquisite terrain and landscapes, all leading to breathtaking vistas and beauty like no other.

When you stand on the summit of high passes in the Everest region, you sense the vast expanse of the Himalayas that breathes to a different rhythm to the rest of the earth. Strangely jagged peaks, insane ice formations, several miles long glaciers, scary heights and fascinating local culture - all inexplicably make you smile. You are really here.

The 3 high pass trek in Everest region offers the ultimate trekking experience in Khumbu region. You will be crossing three high passes above 5,300m and making a circular trek around Khumbu region exploring EBC and Gokyo valley.  On this trek, you will be exploring each and every highlight that Everest region has to offer.

Everest Three Pass Trek starts after a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla - the major gateway to the upper Khumbu region. You will then follow classic EBC trail up to Namche, Tengboche and Chhukung and prepare to cross the daunting Kongma La Pass. After Kongmala, you will walk down Lobuche and push towards the fabled Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar.

As you embark on a journey to Chola Pass, you will have a great opportunity to enjoy the adventure, nature and intriguing culture. The summit of pass offers the grand view of Himalayas that crowds your northern horizon. Further, you will hike through the largest Ngozumpa glacier to get into the Gokyo valley. You will explore magical Gokyo lakes, climb popular Gokyo Ri view point and cross Renjo La Pass before finally returning back to Lukla.

Everest Three Pass Trek Difficulty

Everest Three Pass Trek is the most difficult trek in the Everest region and requires serious effort but is also the most rewarding. It is very important to be in perfect physical condition. As it concerns high altitude trek, you must be acclimated properly as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels and hydration.

All the passes are steep - every time you cross them your lungs will work really hard on certain places.

Another important things to consider is that each passes has to tackled in one go, as there are no lodges, tea shops or shelter in between the start and destination villages (eg. Chhukung to Lobuche).

Everest High Pass Trek is perfect for those who are seasoned trekkers, with a sense of “adventure” and are reasonably trekking fit - fit for hiking on rough and uneven terrain.

Outline Itinerary

DayDay Acitivity
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation day
Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 05: Namche Bazaar - Rest and Acclimatization
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche
Day 08: Dingboche: Acclimatization
Day 09: Trek to Chhukung
Day 10: Cross Kongma La Pass (5,535m/18,159ft) and trek to Lobuche
Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep, Explore the Everest Base Camp
Day 12: Trek to Kalapatthar (/18,192ft) and then back to Lobuche
Day 13: Trek to Dzongla
Day 14: Trek to Gokyo via Cho La Pass
Day 15: Rest day in Gokyo: Climb Gokyo Ri
Day 16: Trek to Marlung via Renjo La Pass
Day 17: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 18: Trek to Lukla
Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 20: Final Departure

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will receive you and transfer you to the pre-booked hotel. You can rest in a hotel for a while and later explore our company office in Thamel. In the evening, you will join a welcome dinner where you will experience delicious Nepalese cuisine. We will introduce you with your trek leader and he will brief you about the trip. 

AccomodationOver night at Kathmandu
Meals Dinner

After breakfast, you will start a sightseeing trip around the Kathmandu valley. These include the architectural masterpiece and UNESCO protected world heritage sites - Kathmandu Durbar Square (ancient royal seat of Nepal), Pashupatinath (sacred temple of Nepal), Swayambhunath (2,000 years old monkey temple) and Boudhanath (largest stupa of Nepal).

After completion of the trip, you will drive to our office and make all the necessary preparations for the next day’s trip.

AccomodationOvernight in Kathmandu
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner

After breakfast, you will drive to the domestic airport for a thrilling flight to Lukla - the lower reaches of Khumbu region. Here you will meet the local porter and start the discovery trekking into the Dudh Koshi Valley: towards Cheplung(2,700m) (2,700m) and Ghat (2,530m). An hour of gradual downhill walk will lead you to the warm village of Phakding.

AccomodationOvernight in Phakding
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration40 min flight, 8km, 3 - 4 hours

After breakfast, you will walk through the pine forest along the gushing Dudh Koshi River, cross the tributaries several times to reach the village of Benkar (2,710m), Chumoa (2,720m), Monjo (2,840m) and Jorsale (2,830m). Jorsale is the major gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park. Thamserku (6,618m) stands majestically to the east of the village. You will follow the confluence with the Bhote Koshi - the major river originated from the glacier. Then you will climb steeply through forest, cross the Tenzing - Hillary Bridge multiple times to reach the region’s administrative and trade center at Namche Bazaar. 

AccomodationOvernight in Namche Bazaar
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration11km, 5 - 6 hours

This is the first scheduled acclimatization day during Everest Three Pass Trek. Altitude expert suggests halting at least 24 hours rest period. Stay active: climb high and sleep low is the great acclimatization advice. 

Namche Bazaar is the prosperous town offering the modern amenities and facilities - ATMs, Cyber Cafes, restaurants, and bakeries plus a colorful market each weekend (Friday and Saturday). The Sagarmatha National Park offers the displays of different local flora and fauna and Sherpa culture. 

The village of Khumjung (3,780n) offers a more clear view of Sherpa life - here you can visit the monastery which houses the scalp of Yeti and Hillary School. Also, you will visit the Everest View Hotel ( the highest hotel in the world) before retracing back to Namche Bazaar. 

AccomodationOvernight in Namche Bazaar
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner

After breakfast, you will walk to the top of Namche and contour on a hillside to Sansa (3,600m). Here the trail splits: NW route goes to Gokyo and NE goes to Everest. Keep your eye out for Himalayan Tahr, shy spotted deer and bird - the Danphe Pheasant. Then you will drop down water operated prayer wheels at Phunki (3,250m) and cross the Dudh Koshi River before climbing steeply for 2 hours to reach the village of Tengboche. 

Tengboche offers the remarkable views of Everest range, Ama Dablam and other companion peaks. The village also houses the largest monastery of the entire Khumbu region. 

AccomodationOvernight in Tengboche
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration10km, 5 - 6 hours

After breakfast, you will walk down to the scattered stone village of Debuche (3,820m) with a nunnery. Then you will cross the Imja Khola to the north and then gradually climb to the Pangboche village (3,860m) with excellent view of towering Ama Dablam (6,856m). You will follow the river to its juncture with Lobuche River and then rise gradually towards Dingboche - the last year-round settlement in the region. 

AccomodationOvernight in Dingboche
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration9km, 5 - 6 hours

Today is the second scheduled acclimatization day. Dingboche is a famous stop for trekkers and climbers who heads towards Mt. Everest expedition. Dingboche village is stunning with a collection of fields walled with stone bars to protect the crops from icy winds and grazing animals. Here you will spend a day for acclimatization. To acclimatize, you will climb to the nearby Nagarjun Hill to capture the great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Cholatse, Tawache, Ama Dablam and others.

AccomodationOvernight in Dingboche
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner

After breakfast, you will walk through stone-walled fields and Imja Khola village before reaching the glacier moraines. Then you will continue towards Bibre which is also a yak herdman place. From here, you can capture the great views of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labtsa peak. Further walking on an icy trail for an hour, you will finally reach the Chukkung village. After lunch, you will climb to Chhukung Ri which involves some easy scrambling near the ridge. The summit offers an excellent view of Ama Dablam and Amphu Lapcha Peak. After a moment, you will drop back to Chhukung to spend overnight.

AccomodationOvernight in Chhukung
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration14km, 6 - 7 hours

Today you will highest pass of the region. The trek starts early in the morning: you can either walk over a hill northwest of Chhukung or walk back to Bibre and trek above the Niyang Khola. The summit of the Pass is festooned with incredible Buddhist prayer flags and well marked with cairns. The final descending part of the trail is quite difficult. You will drop down to north through Khumbu glacier to Lobuche.

AccomodationOvernight in Lobuche
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration 10km, 6 - 7 hours

The windy and vegetation-less trail embarks for the last seasonal village of Gorak Shep of Pumori. After lunch, you will trek to cold & dry EBC through Khumbu glacier: stacked majestically on the Khumbu Glacier just opposite to the dreaded icefall - the most dreadful part of Everest ascent route. Here you can witness the northern ridge of Everest along with Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtren, Khumbutse, Nuptse and other peaks. After exploration, you will walk back to Gorak Shep for the night.

AccomodationOvernight in Gorak Shep
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration 13km, 6 - 7 hours

From Gorak Shep, you will make a pre-sunrise climb (2 - 3 hours) up to the Kalapatthar - the vintage point to witness sunrise over Everest (8,848m/29,028ft), Lhotse (8,156m), Nuptse (7,861m) and Changtse (7,550m), Pumori (7,145m), Lingtren (6,697m) and Khumbutse (6,623m) along with countless other peaks. Cho Oyu stands further to the west.

After exploration, you will drop back to Gorak Shep for breakfast. Then you will retrace your step back to Lobuche for lunch and overnight stay.

AccomodationOvernight in Lobuche
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration7km, 8 - 9 hours

The trail to Dzongla split from Duglha on the main Lobuche - Dingboche route just before the snout of Khumbu Glacier. Walk to the west through looming Awi Peak before emerging on a wide shallow valley beneath the Taboche and Cholatse. Further, you will walk on a gentle slope and walk past the Cho La Tsho Lake to the Dzongla village.

AccomodationOvernight in Dzongla
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration6km, 3 - 4 hours

Today you will start early to avoid mid-morning cloud. The climb to Cho La Pass is not easy, it is steep and you may even have to scramble through boulders on some sections of the trail. The final ascend to the Cho La is quite tricky as the trail winds around a crevasse. The flag bedkoned pass offers the astounding view of peaks on either directions.

The long descending trail into the Gokyo valley is well-marked erratically by stone cairns and is across loose scree on hidden ice. You trail takes you to the edge of the Ngozumpa glacier - the longest glacier in Nepal and as you reach the other side of the glacier, you will the second Gokyo Lake on the series of six lakes. A short distance away is the third lake. On the edge of third lake lies Gokyo Village.

AccomodationOvernight in Gokyo Village
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration6km, 7 - 8 hours

Today, you will climb Gokyo Ri and enjoy the majestic views of great mountain vistas. You can also visit the fourth Gokyo Lake which is about 3km north of the village. A short walk from here will take you to the 5th lake. A short climb to Scoundrel’s viewpoint offers great views of Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu peak.

Retrace your step back to Gokyo village for overnight stay.

AccomodationOvernight in Gokyo village
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration 6km, 7 - 8 hours

Today, you will start early to cross the last pass of the trek. You will walk alongside the Dudh Pokhari lake for awhile and walk for about two hours before ascending towards Renjo La Pass. It takes about 3 - 4 hours to reach the On the way, you will get the amazing views of the Everest and Rolwaling ranges and other peaks. The views from the Renjo La Pass is much more similar to that from Gokyo Ri with the 3rd Gokyo Lake and Gokyo village beneath the Ngozumpa Glacier. Further walking from the pass, you will drop down via stone staircase and then walk over a loose scree to reach the south bank of Angladumba Tsho Lake. Be cautious, if there is ice and snow on a trail. On the way, you can witness the Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. Further, you will drop down to the narrow valley dotted with big rocks to Lumde. About an hour of gentle walk from Lumde will take you to Marlung located on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi River.

AccomodationOvernight in Marlung
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration11km, 7 - 8 hours

On the initial part of the trail, you will follow the classic route used for centuries by Tibetan traders. Then you will cross the Bhote Koshi River and drop down to Taranga. Continuing further down, you will cross two bridges before reaching the warm village of Thame. Here you can explore the famous gompa located on a top of the hill. From Thame, you will drop gradually passing a few small hamlets before reaching the Namche Bazaar - the biggest town in the Everest region.

AccomodationOvernight in Namche Bazaar
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration15km, 5 - 6 hours

From Namche, you will make long final descend to Lukla through farming village of Jorsale, Monjo and Phakding. Crossing the suspension bridge at Thado Koshi, you will make a final (45min) climb to Lukla through Ghat and Cheplung village. Here your local porter will take a leave.

AccomodationOvernight in Lukla
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration19km, 6 - 7 hours

After early morning breakfast, you will take a return flight to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, our airport representative will transfer you back to the hotel. Enjoy free day. Evening: Join farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of the trip.

AccomodationOvernight in Kathmandu
MealsBreakfast Lunch Dinner
Activity Duration40min flight

Your 20 days Everest Three Pass Trek comes to an end today. Our airport representative will transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport right on the scheduled time.


Note: The weather in the mountain is highly unpredictable. Cloud and turbulent weather in the mountains are common and it may lead to domestic flight delays and cancellation. We suggest you to come with some buffer days so that we can compensate for such unforeseen circumstances.


Cost Include

  • All the airport/hotel transfer via private tourist vehicle - car/van/bus - depends on the size of group
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a deluxe/three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast 
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinner 
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu valley via private vehicle 
  • All the meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-sharing basis and occasionally dormitory-style rooms 
  • An experienced gov. Licensed trek guide, assistant guide (4trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and local Porter (2 trekkers: 1 porter) 
  • All the food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, transport and medicine for all trekking staff
  • (Kathmandu to Lukla) and (Lukla to Kathmandu) flight flare 
  • Sagarmatha National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking 
  • All the governmental, local and offices taxes and charges 

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu (expect welcome and farewell dinner)
  • Personal nature expenses i.e. alcoholic beverages, laundry, hot shower, phone bills, wifi
  • International flights 
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel Insurance and emergency evac. 
  • Personal trekking equipment 
  • Tips for trekking staff and drive 

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