Everest Three Pass Trek

21 Days

  • Tengboche monastery

Trip Info

ACTIVITY
Trekking
DIFFICULTY
Challenging
MAX. ELEVATION
5615m
BEST SEASON
Feb-May & Aug-Nov
ACCOMMODATION
3 Star | Teahouse & Lodge
TRANSPORTATION
Flight | Car | Jeep | Hiace

Overview

Everest Three Pass trekking is the most challenging kind of trek and the ultimate trek one can experience in the Everest region. This trek unveils the gems of the region by leading you to three snow-covered passes: Kongma La (5535m), Cho La (5420m), and Renjo La (5360m). One has to be physically as well as mentally prepared to go on this trek. Three-Pass trekking offers you the most fantastic experience with mesmerizing scenes and views one can have in their lifetime. Although the trek is challenging, it’s totally worth it.

Everest Three Pass Trek crosses three high passes, linking the four district valleys of Bhotekoshi, Gokyo, Khumbu, and Imja Tse. Crossing the rugged high passes of Renjo La (5388m), Cho La (5380m), and Kongma La (5535m), along with climbing the three peaks of Gokyo Ri (5483m), Kalapathar (5545m), and Chukung (5550m), along with the hike to Everest base camp, makes this trek the most incomparable and unforgettable trek one can have.

Everest Three Pass Trek Flora and Fauna

118 different bird species may be found in this national park, along with endangered creatures like the Himalayan black bear, red panda, snow leopard, musk deer, and mountain goats. At elevations above 5,750m, plants in this area stop growing, making the vegetation in this area dwarf-sized. Yak fields will also be visible to you, and if you’re lucky, yaks will be grazing there.

Everest Three Pass Trek Religion and Culture

The majority of the local people in this area practice Buddhism. Sherpas, Tamangs, and Rais are the main ethnic groups found in the Everest region. Dumji is one of the most significant celebrations in the Sherpa culture. Mani Rimdu is also the most important event in the Everest region. It is also among the most widely observed religious celebrations in Nepal’s mountainous region.

Sherpa Museum

The private museum in Chhorkung run by local photographer Lhakpa Sonam features an interesting collection of Sherpa cultural artifacts as well as photographs and press cuttings of every Sherpa who has climbed Everest. During our visit to the museum, we can learn more about the traditions and cultures of the Sherpas.

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Best time for Everest Three Pass Trek

All year round, trekking is possible all over the Everest region. But the autumn and spring months are the best times to trek the Everest 3 High Pass.

The autumn season (September to November)

Autumn is the season of celebration for trekkers all around the world. The months of September, October, and November typically have favorable weather for Everest Three Pass Trek. One of the best times of the year to go trekking in Nepal is in the fall. This time of year, the temperature is just right—neither too hot nor too cold. If you want to trek the Everest 3 High Pass in the fall, you can also experience some of the important festivals that are celebrated in Nepal at that time of year.

The spring season (March to May)

When lovely flowers are in bloom and fresh leaves begin to appear, spring is one of the best seasons of the year. The entire surroundings turn green, providing you with fresh air and pleasing your eyes. Nepal’s natural beauty is at its peak in the spring. The mountain views will be more precise. The Everest Region’s temperature and weather are also ideally suited. In late May, you could anticipate a few light raindrops. But don’t worry, you can explore the magnificent scenery the following morning.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
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  • When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), a member of our waiting assistance staff will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel that was specified in the email.
Day 2: Trek Preparation Day Kathmandu
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  • Today is the day for preparing for the trek and obtaining permits, but it is also a good day to acclimate before beginning such a challenging expedition. 
  • Our experienced guide will check your trekking equipment and provide any guidance as needed and overall briefing about your trip. 
  • Meanwhile, we'll provide a brief overview of the trekking itinerary and the specifics for the following day (such as when you need to check out of your hotel, breakfast, transport, etc.). 
  • After spending a few hours preparing, you can spend the remainder of the day seeing several world heritage sites on your own.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding
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  • Early in the morning, you will take a taxi or cab for 15 to 20 minutes to the domestic airport, where you will then take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla in accordance with the flight schedule. 
  • We'll arrive at Lukla (Alt. 2800m) following an exciting scenic flight (25 to 30 minutes). 
  • We'll begin our trek above Chaurikharka Village toward Phakding (Alt. 2850m), and then descend via Chheplung Village to the Ghat (Alt. 2530m). 
  • The trail follows the Dudhkoshi River's bank past Sherpa settlements that practice Nigmapa Buddhism, which is beautifully painted on the boulder by a sacred Buddhist mantra. 
  • From Lukla, it will take us two to three hours to reach Phakding (Alt. 2640m).
  • You can explore the village for the rest of the day and spend the night at the tea house.
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar
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  • After concluding the line of teahouses, we'll cross the first bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. 
  • The trail then follows the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River, arriving in Tok Tok after passing a stunning waterfall. From here, you can see Mount Thamserku Peak, which is 6,608 meters above sea level. 
  • Following the trail upward, we’ll arrive at Chhamuwa Village, where people are working in the surrounding settlement's farmland. 
  • The trail next climbs to Monjo Village (Alt. 2,835 m), from where it is a short distance to the Sagarmatha National Park gate (1,148 sq km; founded in 1976), where we must check in our permits. As this is the last teahouse before Namche, it would be best to eat lunch here before continuing on to Namche Bazaar. 
  • The trail then descends to the river bank and enters Jorsale (Alt. 2,830m), again crossing the bridge. We will arrive at a confluence and the fifth bridge, a hanging bridge built extremely high above the water, after another 45 minutes of walking through the forest. 
  • Then, the trail that meanders through the forest of the national park occasionally offers breathtaking vistas of the mountains, including Mt. Everest. 
  • After a 2-hour stroll, you will arrive at Namche Bazaar street (Alt. 3440m). Spend the night amid the wonderful Sherpa heritage at Namche Bazaar.
Day 5: Acclimatization Day at Namche
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  • Before we travel to the high passes, today is a day of resting and acclimatization. We begin our day with a hike to a Panorama View Hotel, Everest View Hotel, which is located above the Namche Bazaar crest of the hill to the Syangboche Airport. This is one of the perfect spots to take in the magnificent mountain scenery, which includes Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kangtegha, Thamserku, and Kusum Khangru, Kwangde, Khumbi Yu La, etc. 
  • Then, after taking a trail that descends through an alpine forest to the lovely Sherpa settlement of Khumjung Village, where we visit the Hillary School, a historic monastery that houses a Yeti skull, and Khunde Hospital as tourist attractions, we return to Namche Bazaar, passing through a yak farm.
  • In addition to visiting Khumjung Village, you can also visit the mountaineering museum, the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC), and the Sagarmatha National Park office. Otherwise, you can just relax at the hotel and wander around town. 
  • Spend the night at a lodge/guesthouse in Namche.
Day 6: Trek from Namche to Tengboche
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  • After a successful acclimatization day in Namche, we’ll be trekking to Tengboche (Alt.3,867m). At the start of the day, we'll climb to the top of the village near the museum. From there, the trail ascends to Kenjoma, passing through a delightful woodland high above the Dudhkoshi River. (Tengboche is located at an elevation of 3,867 meters on top of the ridge. Tengboche is well-known for its sacred monastery and spectacular mountain views.)
  • The trail leads from Khumjung, Gokyo, and Tengboche to the Sansa with Rhododendron woodland, where we will continue trekking. The route then descends toward the nearby river bank, Phunki Thanga (Alt.3,250m). 
  • We'll eat lunch here before ascending to Tengboche because it's the last teahouse before Tengboche. Tengboche can be reached in roughly two hours along forest trails that often offer scenic mountain and landscape views. 
  • Other mountains like Kwangde, Tawachee, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega, Thamserku, etc. may be seen amazingly in addition to the top of the globe, "Mt. Everest." 
  • Spend the night at a teahouse or guesthouse in Tengboche.
Day 7: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche
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  • Before breakfast, you are welcome to attend a prayer ceremony at the monastery. 
  • The path then descends through a magnificent moss-covered forest of pine and rhododendron trees to Deboche (3,820m), where it continues its pleasant ascent to the small village of Milingo above the Imja Khola. 
  • The trail ascends after you pass the bridge, offering you a fantastic viewpoint from which you can see Ama Dablam before you enter Panboche Village. It takes around 25 minutes to walk from Pangboche to Somare (4,010m) and Orsho (4,190m) in the Imja Valley. This is the perfect location for lunch while taking in the stunning mountain scenery. 
  • After crossing the Lobuche River and continuing along the lower trail from Warsa, we reach the top of the hill where we see the entrance to the Dingboche Village marked by a bright Buddhist prayer flag flirting with a pile of stones (4,410m). 
  • We will check in at the teahouse for an overnight stay after a 15-minute pleasant walk.
Day 8: Acclimatization Day Explore around Dingboche
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  • This is the second rest day to help with acclimatization before heading to the high passes. 
  • After breakfast, we climb to Nangkartshang Peak (5,615 m), which is at the edge of Dingboche Village, offering breathtaking views of the world's highest mountains, including Mount Lhoste (8,516 m), Makalu (8,481 m), Amadablam, Thamserku, Taboche, and others, as well as the lovely Imja Valley and Dingboche Village. 
  • You will reach Nangkartshang Peak after two hours of steady ascent. After taking a few photos, we'll be returning to Dingboche (3820m) to spend the night.

 

Day 9: Trek from Dingboche to Chukung
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  • The walk from Dingboche to Chhukung (5550m) only takes two to two and a half hours, but it feels longer due to the lower oxygen levels at such an altitude. Your body will adjust to the high elevation better after this brief walk. 
  • You can unwind at the tea house, climb to Chhukung Ri (5,541m) for a panoramic mountain view, or visit the Island Peak base camp.
  • Chukung Ri offers breathtaking views of the mountains, including Lhotse (8,501m), Makalu (8,463m), Nuptse (7879m), Imja Tse/Island peak (6,189m), Barunche (7,220m), Amadablam (6,814m), Thamserku (6,608m), Kawangde, etc. 
  • The following day, when we pass the Kongma La, we will also see Imza Lake and Glacier.
  • We must be well-prepared for our first high pass, the Kongma La Pass at 5,535 meters, by filling up all of our water bottles, buying some energy bars, a head torch, and warm clothing this evening.
  • Overnight at Chukung in a lodge or guesthouse.
Day 10: Trek to Lubuche via Khongma La Pass
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  • After a very early breakfast and a packed lunch, the short, rough trek leads you up to Kongma La (5,535m).
  • Up until we reach the Pokalden Base Camp (5,357m), we contour around numerous hillsides that are typically not too steep as we descend directly west out of Chukhung on a narrow, rocky trail.
  • After another few steeper hills, we will arrive at another Pokalden Base Camp  and a crystal-clear lake that is located right below the pass.
  • After a few hours, we'll arrive at the Kongma La, which stands at 5,546 meters and is our highest pass.
  • The climb up to the pass, which offers a stunning view of the Alps and Glacier Lake, takes around 3 to 4 hours.
  • Following a steep descent, it takes another three to four hours to pass the Khumbu Glacier and arrive at Lobuche (4910m).
  • Spend the night here.
Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep and visit Everest Base Camp
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  • Today, the trail continues a sometimes easy, sometimes difficult ascent nearer to the Khumbu Glacier.
  • We'll be heading to Mount Everest Base Camp to witness the Khumbu Icefall after eating lunch and taking a quick rest. From Base Camp, we will walk for two to three hours along the Glacier Ridge and sometimes walk on the glacier.
  • Since the trail can sometimes be misleading, we advise following our professional guide because the glacier movement causes it to change every year.
  • Due to the thin air at such a high altitude, the journey to the Everest Base Camp is quite difficult. It crosses stony dunes, moraines, and streams before arriving at the Everest Base Camp.
  • After a wonderful day here, it takes 2-3 hours to return to Gorakshep (5167m) tea house, where we spend the night in a lodge.
Day 12: Climb Kala Patthar and trek to Dzongla via Lobuche
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  • We start the climb very early in the morning with a cup of a hot tea or some soup in order to see the sunrise from the top of the Kala Patthar (5,550m). The trail climbs steeply along the north ridge of Gorek Shep for 20 minutes as it leads to a plateau where, on December 4, 2009, a cabinet meeting of the Nepalese government was convened to discuss global climate change. 
  • To reach Kala Patthar (5,550m), where a banquet of peaks awaits you for a 360-degree vista, it takes 1 to 2 hours of difficult ascent. You are rewarded with the best moment of your life after a strenuous climb up the small rocky peak known as "Kala Pattar." 
  • Right in front of you, on the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefall, you can see Mt. Pumari (7,145m), and you can see Mount Everest Base Camp below. 
  • The vista from Kalapatthar is breathtaking and covers the highest mountains in the world, including Mt. Everest (8,848m), Lingtren (6,695m), and Khumbutse (6,623m), Changtse (7,550m), Nuptse (7879m), etc. 
  • After spending some time on the Kalapatthar Summit, we will hike for 4 to 5 hours to the Gorakshep and then down to the Dzongla (4,830m) via Lobuche. 
  • After enjoying the beautiful Mother Nature scenery, we’ll be staying in a hotel for the night.
Day 13: Trek to Tangnak via Cho La Pass
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  • Despite having left Everest behind, the vistas today are breathtaking as well. The sixth-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Cho Oyu (Alt. 8,153m), is visible from here.
  • The trail ascends to Cho La Pass (Alt. 5367m), which requires a difficult scramble across rock boulders and then a stroll across the pass's slowly ascending, snow-covered glacier.
  • Following this, we descend through the rocky, steep slopes with scattered boulders to the Gokyo Valley, with its turquoise lakes and massive glaciers.
  • We’ll finally ascend a slight incline to the top, from where it's all downhill as you follow a little river valley to Tangnak (Alt. 4,700m), a Sherpa community hidden beneath a huge rock, where we’ll spend the night.
Day 14: Trek to Gokyo
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  • After a late breakfast, the trek takes us through the Nagjumpa Glacier (the largest glacier in the Nepal Himalayas) and ascends to the main Gokyo route. Beautiful lakes may be seen here, and Siberian ducks can be seen swimming over the still, mirror-like surface. 
  • You may reach the settlement at Gokyo's third lake (Dudh Pokhari) in 2-3 hours from Thangnak. 
  • You can relax at the hotel for the remainder of the day or ascend to Gokyo Peak (Alt. 5,350m) to explore the area. 
  • This trek is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore the area and take in the stunning, remote Himalayan scenery. 
  • We’ll stay here overnight at Gokyo (Alt.4750m).
Day 15: Explore around Gokyo
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  • This is a day of relaxing and exploring the beautiful Gokyo Valley.
  • To reach Gokyo Ri (Alt. 5,360m), we must ascend a difficult trail for roughly two hours in the early morning.
  • From the top of the Gokyo Ri, you can get a spectacular view of the mountain's peak turning golden during the sunrise.
  • From the summit, one can see the four tallest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest (Alt. 8,848 meters), Cho-Oyu (Alt. 8,153 meters), Lhotse (Alt. 8,516 meters), and Makalu (Alt. 8,463 meters), among many more.
  • One of the largest glaciers in the world, the Ngozumpa Glacier, as well as the Gokyo Valley with its turquoise-colored lake, teahouse near the glacier edge, and enormous snow-capped mountains, can all be seen from the Cho-Yu base camp. 
  • You'll enjoy these memories and the view from the summit of Gokyo Ri forever.
  • After carrying nice memory with us, we'll walk back an hour to Gokyo for the remainder of the day to relax or see the fifth lakes and nearby Cho-Yu base camp.
  • We'll be spending the night at the Tea House.
Day 16: Trek to Lungde via Renjo La Pass
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  • Today is a big day as we'll be trekking over the Renjo La. (Alt. 5,360m).
  • After a relaxing breakfast, you leave your camp and climb into a wide curve in order to reach the ridge line in front of you.
  • This is the final difficult crossing we will encounter, and when we cross it, we are treated to an amazing view of the blue lakes at Gokyo and Mount Everest.
  • On the western shore of Gokyo, you descend over rough glacial slabs and moraine to reach your campsite.
  • Between November and February, we will most likely require ropes to enter the isolated northern valley, which is 100 meters below.
  • You may also meet Tibetan traders carrying caravans of woolly yaks loaded down with goods as they walk via the Nangpa La pass, which connects Tibet to the Himalayas.
  • Stay at the Tea House in Lungde (Alt.4720m) for the night.
Day 17: Trek to Thame
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  • We will descend into the Nangpa Valley on this day.
  • This valley was off-limits to trekkers until 2005, since it served as the main entrance to the pass that connected Nepal and Tibet.
  • Many Tibetan traders have been using this route for many decades, transporting a wide range of Chinese items on the backs of their yaks for sale at Namche Bazaar.
  • Built-in the fourteenth century, the monastery at Thame that is attached to the rock is a renowned ancient monastery.
  • The majority of mountain heroes call Thame their home.
  • Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first person to summit Everest, was also born there in the valley, and he conquered the top of the world with Edmund Hillary, a New Zealander, on May 29, 1953.
  • We might have a fantastic opportunity to discuss his experience climbing Everest twenty-one times with Mr. Appa Sherpa, an Everest Hero.
  • We'll spend the night at a tea house/lodge in Thame 3800m.
Day 18: Trek to Manjo
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  • You will encounter other trekkers at Thame who are coming from traversing most adventures past Tashi Laptsa from Rolwaling, as some trekkers started this trek in the opposite direction.
  • After breakfast, the trek takes us through juniper and rhododendron forests, passing remote Sherpa settlements like Thamte, Mende, Thamo, and Phurte, before gradually descending and turning south down the valley toward Namche Bazaar.
  • We descend again and retrace the same trail to the Manjo, which takes approximately an hour and a half.
  • We will enjoy Manjo's fantastic atmosphere for the remainder of the day.
Day 19: Trek to Lukla
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  • We'll have a lengthy final trek back to Lukla today after a long stroll.
  • We descend while traversing multiple bridges along the Dudh Koshi River Bank.
  • From Monju, it takes us an hour and a half to reach Phakding Village, where we previously spent the night.
  • The trek will make us remember how we passed through a lovely green landscape, the sound of a river ranging, Buddhist mantras painted on rocks, a precious mane while by the water, chortens, and colorful Buddhist prayer flags all around us.
  • The hospitality of the Sherpa people, their culture, and their way of life are wonderful memories of the journey.
  • Up till Lukla, one can observe the local Sherpa communities and the mountainous landscape.
  • You are free to explore the market for the remainder of the time, and our guide will confirm your flight details for the following morning.
  • On Thursdays, there is a fantastic opportunity to visit the weekly local markets in Lukla, where things are sold for cash or through the barter system.
  • Enjoy dinner with the guide and porters and celebrate the completion of the trek before returning to the hotel for the night.
Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu
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  • Due to weather concerns (windy or low visibility due to cloudiness) in the afternoon, flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are typically operated in the morning. 
  • Due to unfavorable weather at Luka and other factors beyond our control, the flight schedule may occasionally be altered by an hour or even be canceled. 
  • Because of this, we always request that you add an extra day to the list of possibilities, which will assist you to fit it into your future schedule. 
  • Regardless, we will return to Kathmandu at the appointed hour and proceed to the hotel. 
  • After a long and adventurous trek, you may have time to relax for the rest of the day. 
  • We're spending the night at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 21: Fly to your home country
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  • The trek comes to an end today, so you might be out shopping for a final time for a family souvenir.
  • You will receive your trekking permits, TIMS cards, and trip application cards from us as memories of your trek to Nepal.
  • Depending on your flight schedule, our assistant will drive you to the airport from your hotel.
  • You are usually advised to check in at the airport two to three hours prior to your flight time.
  • Fly to your next destination while carrying a once-in-a-lifetime memory.

Includes

  •  Accommodation in a tea house or lodge during the trek.
  • All the airport transfers.
  • Air Fare to Travel from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Three nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB Basis.
  • All the meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek.
  • One experienced English-speaking guide.
  • One porter for every two trekkers. 
  • Sleeping bag with a liner.
  • All the necessary Trekking Permits and National Park permits require for three-pass trekking.
  • All forms of government taxes.

Includes

  • All the personal nature expenses, travel insurance, beverage, phone calls, internet, bar bills, laundry, water, travel insurance, and heater during the trek.
  • Extra Tips for the Guide, Porter
  • Helicopter rescue.
  • Rescue operation in case of emergency and Personal Trekking equipment.
  • All the expenses which arise due to a change of itinerary because of political trouble, strike, or lockdown landslide, .
  • All the Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.

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