Everest Three Pass Trek
DISCOVER YOUR NEXT EXPERIENCES, AND PLACES.
The Everest Three High Passes Trek is one of the most challenging treks in the Khumbu Valley. Thus, it attracts many trekkers with a thirst for adventure. The three high passes you need to conquer on the trek are Kongma La Pass (5,535 m), Cho La Pass (5,420m), and Renjo La Pass (5,360m) respectively. Moreover, you also get to visit the Gokyo Valley, which is filled with the beautiful Gokyo lake. Throughout the trek, you get to enjoy the warm Sherpa culture and lifestyle.
The trek takes 20 days to complete, and it starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Then, you start to trek towards Namche Bazaar via Phakding. Along the way, you also enter the Sagarmatha National Park. From Namche, you also explore the Khumjung Village and Hotel Everest View (HEV). You head east towards Dingboche passing Tengboche on the way. After crossing Kongma La Pass, you head to Everest Base Camp and then visit Kala Patthar (5,545m) the highest point on this trek. Then you trek to the Gokyo region after crossing the second pass, Cho La Pass. There you spend one full day exploring the Gokyo lakes and Gokyo Ri. Lastly, you conquer the final pass, Renjo La (5360m), and trek south to reach Lukla.
Since it is one of the tough challenges of the Everest region, you need to have a great physical condition. So, it is best if you have previous trekking experiences. The best time for this trek is during the months of March-May and September-November.
Trinetra Holidays provides all the necessary facilities at affordable prices. You also have the freedom to change your trip itinerary as per your wish. Also, we provide you with our best and professional guides.
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport
Your arrival in Kathmandu will be marked by landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). A company representative of Trinetra Holidays will receive you and transfer you to your hotel. Evening you can meet the participants and the trek members. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2860m) and trek to Phakding (2610m) 3-4 hours. (B/L/D)
On this day, you will be transferred to the airport for a short scenic flight to Lukla. It is a less than 30 minutes flight with astonishing views of mountains, forests, and river valleys. After landing in Lukla, we begin our trek for 3-4 hours to Phakding. The trail leads to Phakding enjoying the natural scenario along the way.
Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3446m) 6-7 hours. (B/L/D)
On this day, we trek to Namche Bazaar from Phakding Village through Dudh Koshi riverside. The trail is pleasant with the views of forests of pine, fir, and Rhododendron trees. We reach Monjo which is the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. The views of giant mountains are impressive while walking through the trail.
Day 4: Acclimatization Day Visit Khumjung Village, Hotel Everest View (3880m). (B/L/D)
It is acclimatization day in Namche so you have enough time to explore the lifestyle of locals. Short hiking can be the utilization of time. High altitude can be harmful if we ignore resting. It is necessary to adjust your body with high elevation. Visit Sagarmatha National Park and hiking to Hotel Everest View. On our way back to Namche Bazaar.
We also tour the Khumjung. Monastery and Hillary School. Our guide can also take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture, and learn about the various plant and animal life in the Everest region. You can view the world’s amazing panoramic scenes of the earth from the highest hotel in the world and get a chance to observe uniquely different Sherpa Culture.
Day 5: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) 5 -6 hours. (B/L/D)
We begin today’s trek on an easy trail to Phunki Thanga. From here we ascend towards Tengboche village which is home to the largest monastery in the Everest region. The monastery is located within the Sagarmatha National Park and provides panoramic views of the highest mountains on earth including Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, and Lhotse.
We try to reach the monastery in the afternoon and may even be able to witness a religious Buddhist ceremony.
Day 6: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4360m) 5 -6 hours. (B/L/D)
We begin today’s trek by walking downhill and pass through lush forests filled with birch, conifers, and rhododendron forest. We continue our trek with Amazing views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam to keep us more energetic. The picturesque trail dips down to Debuche, crosses the Imja River, and takes us to Pangboche. While walking the upper Pangboche trails, we get a more pristine view of the Himalayas and Pangboche Monastery.
We move ahead towards the Imja Valley, Lobuche River, and ultimately climb up to Dingboche. The village is a beautiful windy settlement overlooked by chortles and prayer Buddhist flags everywhere on the monastery.
Day 7: Acclimatization and rest day at Dingboche (4360m). (B/L/D)
Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam. The village is beautiful with an array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals.
We spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. We take a day hike to Nagarjun Hill for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache, Ama Dablam and others.
Day 8: Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4750m), climb Chhukung Ri (5546m) 6-7 hours. (B/L/D)
Our trail passes through stone-walled fields and Imja Khola valley before entering glacier moraines amidst towering Himalayas. The trail continues to Bibre which is a yak herdsman place. From here, directly across the valley is the fantastic Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labsa mountains. The trail ahead is intersected by icy streams. We continue our walk for around half an hour and reach Chhukung.
After lunch, we begin our trek towards Chhukung Ri. The climb to Chhukung Ri involves some easy scrambling near the summit. From the top, we can look directly across the valley for a fantastic view of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labcha peaks. We descend back to Chhukung to spend the night.
Day 9: Cross to Kongma La pass (5528m) trek to Lobuche (4940m) 6 -7 hours. (B/L/D)
We begin today’s trek very early in the morning to reach the highest part of the entire trip which is Kongma La pass. We can either take a trail over a hill which is to the northwest of Chhukung over the Nuptse Glacier moraines or we can walk back to Bibre and trek on the trail above the Niyang Khola. The top of the pass is marked by cairns and Buddhist prayer flags.
The final descent from the pass is the most difficult part of today’s journey. After climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche.
Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170m) visit EBC (5354m) 6-7 hours. (B/L/D)
Our trail moves along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Ahead on the trail we see the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse, and other mountains. A small ascent takes us to Thangma Riju. From here we admire panoramic views of the Himalayan vista. We ascend on a steep trail up to the top of Changri Glacier. As we reach Gorakshep, we are surrounded by the Himalayas.
After resting for a short while, we continue to Everest Base Camp. We pass through rocky dunes, moraines, and streams before reaching the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain, Everest. From here we admire Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori mountains. We trek back to Gorakshep and spend the night.
Day 11: Trek from Gorakshep to KalaPatthar then Lobuche (4940m) 8 -9 hours. (B/L/D)
We start our trek to Kala Patthar early in the morning in order to catch remarkable views of the first light of the sun shining on Mt. Everest. However, we need to be prepared for trekking in the dark and cold temperatures (the temperature varies according to the season). Furthermore, there is always a chance for chilly winds which are quite common. As we continue our trek, familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, Everest, and Nuptse tower above us.
After several hours of ascent, we will be on the top of Kala Patthar. The close-up view of Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks from Kalapathar is amazing. We enjoy the stunning Himalayan vista and descend to Lobuche where we stay the night.
Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Dzongla (4830m) 3-4 hours. (B/L/D)
From Lobuche we trek downhill on a trail alongside the Khumbu Glacier. Our trail splits into two and we choose the trail on our right. On the way, we can better admire the view of the looming Awi Peak. We pass through a stupa and tombstones in the distance.
After walking for a while we begin to ascend. During the ascent, we see Chola Tsho Lake nearby. We continue further and pass another lake which is a lot smaller than the Chola Tsho Lake. We cross the Chola Khola on a bridge before reaching Dzongla.
Day 13: Trek from Dzongla to Thangnag Kharka (4270m) via Cho La pass (5368m) 6 -7 hours. (B/L/D)
As we gain height, the Cho La Lake begins to appear and the Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south, and Cholatse soars on the west. Climbing the incline is not easy; it is steep but made worse by boulders over some of which we will have to scramble.
The final climb to the Cho La can be a little tricky as the trail curves around a crevasse. The top of the pass is marked by prayer flags and cairns. The scenery of majestic peaks in all directions is breathtaking. Although long, the path leading down to Thangnak is not difficult.
Day 14: Trek from Thangnag Kharka to Gokyo (4800m) 3 -4 hours. (B/L/D)
After taking good rest at Thangnag Kharka we walk down up to the Gokyo valley. Our trail brings us to the edge of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the longest glacier in Nepal. Reaching the other side of the glacier, we see the second Gokyo Lake on the series of six lakes. A short distance away is the third Gokyo Lake. On the edge of this lake stands the Gokyo Village where we spend the night.
Day 15: Rest Day in Gokyo & Climb Gokyo Ri (5357m), tour 4th and 5th Gokyo lakes. (B/L/D)
(B/L/D) We climb Gokyo Ri today and enjoy views of the incredible mountain vista. We can also tour the fourth Gokyo Lake today which is only 3 km north of the Gokyo Village. Next, continue trekking to the 5th lake. The view from ‘Scoundrel's Viewpoint’, located at the edge of the 5th lake, is astonishing. Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu mountains and the huge Ngozumba Glacier are ours to admire. We trek back to Gokyo and spend the night.
Day 16: Trek from Gokyo to Marlung (4210m) via Renjo La Pass (5360m) 7 -8 hours. (B/L/D)
We start the day early in the morning to complete the long day’s trek ahead. Our trail moves alongside Dudh Pokhari (lake) for a while. We walk for around two hours before descending towards the Renjo La pass. On the way, we are rewarded with extravagant views of the Himalayan and Rolwaling ranges and others. Views from the Renjo La pass is much like that from Gokyo Ri with the third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the grey smear of the Ngozumpa Glacier.
We also get outstanding views of Mt. Everest from the top of the pass. Continuing on from the pass, our trail winds down a stone staircase and then moves over loose scree to reach the south bank of Angladumba Tsho Lake. The presence of ice on the trail while descending down can make our descent a bit hazardous.
Along the way, we see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. We walk down a narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Lumde where there is a support lodge, but it is often closed. We walk almost for an hour from Lumde to get to Marlung on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi River.
Day 17: Trek from Marlung to Namche Bazaar (3446m) 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)
The descent from Marulung to Thame follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. We cross the Bhote Koshi River and descend to Taranga. The trail continues to descend, and we cross two bridges before reaching Thame. Overlooking Thame is its famous Gompa situated on a hill to the west. From here, we descend gradually on a trail that passes through a few small villages before reaching Namche Bazaar which is probably the biggest town in the Everest region.
Day 18: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2860m) 6 -7 hours. (B/L/D)
We begin our trek with a descent. As we continue our trek, we cross several bridges over the fast-flowing Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries. Now the trail has become more level and natural. On our trek, we enjoy walking on open plains, through rhododendron and pine forests, and enjoy distant views of the snow-covered peaks.
We walk through Sherpa villages noticing their impressive faith in Buddhism and the culture of prayer stones and prayer flags. After reaching Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Our long trek to the mountain and its high passes ends today.
Day 19: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. (B/D)
The flights to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for the morning for safety purposes. After reaching Kathmandu. We could take a rest in our hotel room or shop for souvenirs for our Family and friends.
In the evening we will have a farewell dinner at an authentic Nepalese restaurant with a cultural performance.
Day 20: Departure to Airport. (B)
A representative from Trinetra Holidays will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
- Pick up from Airport and transfer to the hotel.
- Two Night 3* hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
- Lunch Dinner and Breakfast during Trekking.
- National Park permit/ Khumbu village committee fees.
- The domestic airport picks up and drops by vehicle.
- Flight Ticket (LUK-KTM-LUK) / domestic airport Tax.
- Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.
- All necessary paper works.
- All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
- An experienced, helpful, and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter for 2 clients).
- An arrangement of Travel rescue.
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- All government taxes.
- Last night’s farewell dinner at an authentic Nepalese restaurant with a cultural performance.
- Nepalese restaurant with a cultural performance.
- Nepal Visa fee you may obtain easily at Kathmandu airport.
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu. Porter.
- Extra night Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
- All meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
- All expenses in mountain over than scheduled because sometimes can be stuck in the mountain due to bad weather delay flight or any reason.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).