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Everest Three Passes Trek

  • 21 Days
  • Difficulty : Easy-Moderate
  • Destination : Nepal
  • Max Altitude : 5545m
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Best Season : Spring & Autumn


  • Journey to the Base Camp of worlds Highest Mountain
  • Follow the Footprint of Legendary Mountaineers.
  • Learn the culture and Tradition of Sherpa and their Lifestyle
  • One of the Best route with cascades, Suspension Bridge, Small villages and Majestic Mountains.
  • Diverse Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Khumbu Glacier and Best Everest View Point (Kalapatthar)


Overview of Everest Three Passes Trek

Everest Three Pass Trek, also famous as the Everest High Passes Trek, takes us through a 20-day trekking tour to the Khumbu Region. We’ll experience the Everest Base Camp and the Gokyo Lakes from this trekking tour. Also, let us not forget about the Sherpa hospitality and their culture.

Start this Everest Three Pass Trek with an early morning 30-minute flight to the Tenzing and Hilary Airport, considered one of the most adventurous airports in the world. From Lukla, we make our way up to Phakding and Monjo, the entrance point of the UNESCO-listed world heritage site, Sagarmatha National Park. This park is said to hold over 1,000 floral and 208 bird species. From Monjo, we’ll go to the region’s tourist hub, Namche Bazaar. We’ll take a day off from climbing in this village to adapt to the high altitudes. On our day out, our trail takes us to the Syangboche airstrip and Hotel Everest View, off to Tengboche, the oldest monastery in the country, and then to Debuche and Dingboche.

We’ll again have a day’s rest, where we’ll set out to the viewpoint of Nagarjuna Hill to experience views of Makalu, Cho Oyu, Everest, and Ama Dablam. From Dingboche, it’s an easy trek to Chukhung but a tiring climb to Chukhung Ri. We’ll hike up the first pass of Kongma La Pass (5535 meters) to get to Lobuche. Then, we’ll experience the Everest Base Camp and the Kala Patthar (5545 meters). From Kala Patthar, we’ll get the best views of Everest. Back to Gorakshep and off to Dzongla. We’ll summit the Cho La Pass and arrive at Gokyo the next day. Enjoy the frozen Gokyo Lakes and the views from Scoundrel’s Viewpoint. From Gokyo, we’ll hike up the last pass of the trek, the Renjo La Pass (5345 meters), and then get to Lungden.

Trace the trails back to Namche and Lukla before flying back to Kathmandu and off to your next destination. This trail is one of the most arduous treks in the Khumbu region. This Everest High Pass Trek is designed for those with prior trekking experience. This trek can also be done by those who love mountaineering.

There is no doubt that the Everest Three Passes Trek is one of the most challenging and demanding treks in Nepal, and it is much more challenging than only the Everest Base Camp Trek and other popular Base Camp Treks. Hence, being physically fit and healthy to complete the trek without any problems is essential. You need to exercise every day for months before the date of the actual trek. Furthermore, this trek is only recommended for adults over 18 years to 40 years and for veterans who have previous trekking experience.

Why You Should Hike The Everest Three-Pass Trek?

The Everest Three Pass Trek is an adventure of a lifetime for trekkers who want to experience the thrill of Everest Base Camp and more. It is one of the most extended and most challenging treks in the Solukhumbu region, taking you to unexplored places deep in the surroundings of Mount Everest. You can explore the surrounding area of Mount Everest and how the land rises to form the tallest mountain in the world. This trek is essential for enjoying the adventure around the Khumbu region and teaches about the new cultures, traditions, and lifestyles of people completely different from the world.

The Sherpa in this region are some of the most welcoming people in the world and always respect other people’s cultures, but they are equally proud of their habitat and cultures. So the main reason for exploring The Everest Three Pass trek is mainly to explore new reasons and also to learn new lifestyles, meet new people, and, along the way, learn something new about ourselves.

What mountains can be seen from the Everest Three Pass Trek?

The Everest Three Pass Trek is named after Mount Everest, which you can observe from the Hotel Everest View in Namche Bazaar. You can also see other mountains like Mount Amadablam, Thamserku, Khumbila, and Khangtega, and the views are so mesmerising that your entire trek will already be worth it. During the Everest Three Pass Trek, you will also reach the three highest peaks of the Khumbu region, from which you will see a few more mountains like Cholatse, Lhotse, and Taboche. The Panoramic view from the top of the pass is one of the most beautiful scenic views of mountain ranges over 8000m.

Best Season for Everest Three Pass Trek

Generally, the trek experience depends on the season that you go on the Everest Three Pass Trek. It is important to note that the time for treks primarily depends on the four seasons: Spring, Rainy, Autumn, and Winter.

Summer and Autumn Season

The best season to travel for the trek is Spring, which falls from mid-March to mid-May. During this season, there is no possibility of rainfall, so the weather is evident, as you can see clear blue skies, mountains, and glaciers. During early March, the temperature settles to 18C during the day, but at night, it can decrease to -12 degrees; hence, keeping yourself warm in the evening is essential.

Another excellent season for the Three Pass Trek is autumn, which falls from September to November. Autumn starts after the monsoon or rainy season ends, so you must be careful as there is some chance of rainfall, which can create problems during the trek.

The temperature rises to 30 degrees during the day, which is comfortable for the trekkers and locals, but can decrease to 4 degrees at night.

Monsoon and Winter Season

Hence, the best season for the Everest Three Pass Trek is to avoid the rainy and winter seasons. These seasons are very unpredictable due to rain and blizzards, which can hamper your trek.
Furthermore, during the rainy season, there is a high chance of floods, landslides, and avalanches, and in the winter season, you must be wary of blizzards and snowstorms, which can
not only block your trekking routes but can also affect day-to-day life.

Significant Points of Attraction in Everest Three Passes Trek

Everest Three Passes Trek is a unique destination for trekkers craving adventure and challenge; however, many points of attraction make the trek worth competing. Here, we will delve into some of the best attractions during this trek.

Tenzing Hillary Airport

Tenzing Hillary Airport is an old but particular airport in Lukla that acts as the Everest region’s gateway. It is an airport and a domestic airport for local people of Lukla and foreigners. The airport lies in the Koshi Province, Solukhumbu district, in Khumbu Pasangihamu municipality of Nepal. In 2010, when The History Channel released the episode of The World Dangerous Airport in the World, Lukla Airport became no one and has been ever since for twenty years, another reason for its popularity.

The difference between Everest Three Passes Trek and Everest Base Camp Trek is that trekkers will never witness the three highest passes during the base camp trek.
The highest Three Passes in the Everest Region are Kongama La Pass, elevating at 5,535m; Cho La Pass, 5420m; and Renjo La Pass, 5340m. You can enjoy the beautiful view of some of the world’s tallest mountains and gain more than once in a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Tengboche Monastery

Tengboche Monastery is located in the Tengboche village of Khumjung in the Khumbu region of the Solukkhumbu district. It is the Tibetian Buddhist monastery and the world’s tallest monastery, at 3867m. Tourists worldwide were intrigued by the beauty and peacefulness of the monastery and the stunning views you can see from the top of the monastery’s peak. This monastery was rebuilt twice: after the earthquake in 1934 and the fire in 1989. It signifies the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the Sherpa people living in the Khumbu region. Hence, they have paid good attention to his conservation and its awareness.


Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu 1350m

Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel, freshen up and meet the company representative to get briefings about the upcoming trek. You can either prepare for the journey or explore a few places inside the Kathmandu Valley during your free time.

Day 2Trip Preparation and Kathmandu Sightseeing

Today we prepare for the trek and check the last-minute checklist for trekking gears and if needed shopping around Thamel. After lunch visit Kathmandu UNESCO world heritage sites, Kathmandu Durbar Squire, Pashupatinath Temple, and Bouddhanath Stupa. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3Flight to Lukla, Trek to Phakding(8,563ft, 2,610m)

Early in the morning, the company rep will transfer you to the airport from where a short flight will take us to Lukla. Meet the rest of the crew and head out to Phakding. The village of Phakding is located on the banks of the Dudh Koshi River.

Day 4Trek from Phakding to Namche (11,290ft, 3,440m)

From Phakding, our trail climbs up through the pine forests to get to Toktok and Benkar. Cross the river and hike uphill to get to Monjo. Monjo is the entry point of Sagarmatha National Park. After checking the required permits, we’ll head up to Jorsalle village which then opens our way to the Namche Bazaar through pine and deodar forests. Overnight in a local tea house in Namche.

Day 5Acclimatization Day

On this full day’s rest in Namche, we’ll set out to Syanboche to see Hotel Everest View, the former highest hotel in the world, and the Syangboche airstrip constructed especially for the hotel. The hotel offers extraordinary views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru, Tawache, Khumbila, and Ama Dablam. If you don’t want to trek to Syangboche, we can reroute to Khumjung to explore the Sherpa Museum and the school made by Sir Edmund Hilary’s Himalayan Trust. If you don’t want to do that as well, we can always roam around the Bazaar and visit The German Bakery, Irish Bar, and other shops here.

Day 6Trek to Debuche 3820m

After a day’s rest, we’ll start our trek again. A gentle climb uphill will take us to the village of Kyangjuma. Descend and cross the Dudh Koshi River before hiking uphill to get to Tengboche, home to one of the oldest monasteries in the country. An easy hike downhill will take us to the village of Debuche.

Day 7Trek to Dingboche 4410m

From Debuche, we’ll cross the river to get to Pangboche. Keep on hiking uphill to get to Shomare village. Cross another bridge to get to Periche. The village has a health post operated by the Himalayan Rescue Association. Keep on ascending until we get to Dingboche for an overnight stay.

Day 8Acclimatization Day

Another day’s acclimatization to adapt to the changing altitude! There is a viewpoint near Dingboche called Nagarjuna Hill. The hill offers great views of Makalu, Cho Oyu, Everest, Ama Dablam, and other peaks of the region. Back to Dingboche for an overnight stay.

Day 9Trek to Chukhung and Chukung Ri 4730m

Up until Dingboche, we were following the same route as the typical Everest Base Camp trek but from here, we will take a different route. From Dingboche, it’s an easy walk to Chukhung. From here, if you’d like we’ll summit the 4730 meters tall Chukhung Ri. An ascend along the steep rocky trail will take us to the top. Remember, we’ll come across a false summit before moving on to the real one. Back to Chukhung for an overnight stay.

Day 10Trek to Kongma La Pass 5535m and to Lobuche 4910m

After breakfast, we’ll start our journey to cross one of the three passes, the Kongma La Pass today. Get past a small creek before hiking uphill to get to the top of Kongma La Pass. Along the way to the top, we’ll come across two frozen lakes. From the top, it’s a steep way downhill along loose scree to Lobuche. Before we get to Lobuche, we’ll have to cross the Khumbu Glacier.

Day 11Trek to Everest Base Camp 5364m and Gorakshep 5140m

From Lobuche, a gentle walk will take us to Gorakshep where we’ll leave our backpacks and carry only the necessary stuff to hike further up to the Everest Base Camp. Walk towards the Khumbu Glacier through loose sand and start the hike uphill. We’ll be able to see the whole Khumbu Icefall along the way. Cherish the moment and enjoy the landscape and the views of Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Nuptse peaks. Get back to Gorakshep for an overnight stay.

Day 12Trek to Kala Patthar 5545m and to Dzongla 4830m

Wake up early in the morning and hike up to Kala Patthar for the best views of Everest. Enjoys the rewarding views from the top and after an hour or so, we’ll hike back down along loose scree to Gorakshep. From Gorakshep, it’s an easy up-and-down trek to Lobuche and then to Dzongla.

Day 13Trek to Cho La Pass 5330m and to Thangnak 4700m

Today, we’ll be summiting another pass, the Cho La Pass which stands at 5330 meters. Hike up along the Cho La Glacier on a zig-zag rocky trail to get to the Cho La Pass. From this pass, we’ll be able to get views of the Lobuche East, Lobuche West, Nuptse, Makalu, Mt. Everest, Cholatse, Ama Dablam, and Kyajo Ri. From here, it’s a steep climb downhill to Thangnak.

Day 14Trek to Gokyo 4790m

Hike up along the sides of the largest glacier in the Khumbu Region, Ngozumpa Glacier before descending through the rocky snowy moraine to make it to Gokyo.

Day 15Explore 5th Lake and Gokyo Ri 5360m

Summit the 5360 meters tall Gokyo Ri early in the morning. The top offers majestic views of the Cho Oyu, Makalu, Lhotse, and Everest. Get back down and after having breakfast, we’ll make our way to the fourth and the fifth lakes of Gokyo. In addition to the lakes, we’ll also hike to the Scoundrel’s Viewpoint. Back to Gokyo for an overnight stay.

Day 16Trek to Renjo La Pass 5345m and to Lungden 4560m

Today, we’ll summit the last pass, the Renjo La Pass at 5345 meters. Start early along the Gokyo Lakes to hike uphill towards the Renjo La Pass. Descend on loose scree before winding down on stone staircases that lead us to the Angladumba Tsho Lake. Keep on hiking downhill to Lungden. Along the way, we’ll come across Relama Tsho and Renjo La Lakes.

Day 17Trek to Thame 3820m

After breakfast, we’ll leave the narrow valley of Lungden and trek to the nearby Sherpa village of Thame. This village is home to the Thame Monastery, which is one of the oldest monasteries in the Khumbu Region. This monastery is better known for its yearly Mani Rimdu festival. Overnight at a local tea house in Thame.

Day 18Trek to Namche Bazaar 3440m

Leave Thame to first get to the village of Khumjung with the Sherpa museum and school established by Sir Edmund Hilary’s Himalayan Trust. From there, it’s an easy trek back to Namche Bazaar.

Day 19Trek to Lukla 2800m

After breakfast, we’ll head back downhill to Jorsalle and then to Monjo to exit the Sagarmatha National Park. Keep on the trail to get past Phakding, Cheplung, and Chaurikharka to finally arrive in Lukla for an overnight stay.

Day 20Fly back to Kathmandu at 1350m

A 30-minute flight early in the morning sees us back in Kathmandu. Freshen up and explore the historical structures of the valley before settling for the day.

Day 21Final Departure

After 20 days of adventure, it’s finally time to go back home or to your next destination.

Price Includes

  • Pick-up & Drop from the airport on the day of your arrival & Departure
  • 3 Night Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Lukla Round Flight Ticket
  • The Government Register's English-Speaking Guide
  • If the group size exceeds 6 people, an assistance guide will be provided.
  • One porter for two clients
  • In trekking trails, accommodation is on a twin-sharing basis
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.
  • Trekking map
  • Trekking Permit & TIMS Card
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Staff salaries, insurance, meals, accommodations, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Arrangements for emergency rescue services (Please make sure you have medical insurance from your country)
  • The agency service charge and the government tax/VAT
  • The certificate of achievement towards the Trip

Price Excludes

  • The cost of international airfare
  • Visa fees for Nepal
  • All drinks During the Trip (Tea, Coffee, Cola, Beer, Mineral Water)
  • Personal Costs
  • Smoke
  • Insurance for travel
  • If more than the 3-night hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu meals
  • Hot shower during the trekking
  • Batteries and cameras that are chargeable during the trek
  • Natural or political disturbances beyond our control result in additional costs.
  • The Extra cost of any case early return from the trip.
  • Tips for Trekking Staff

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Difficulty Faced During Everest Three Passes Trek

The Everest Three Passes Trek is not a simple walk in the park, but it is one of the most demanding treks with significant difficulties and challenges. Let’s take a look.

Extreme Temperature and Weather

The weather and temperature in the Everest region are dynamic, which implies they can change and become uncertain at any time. Hence, it is always wise to carefully plan your trekking according to the best season. The trekkers must be wary of heavy rainfall, avalanches, floods, landslides, or blizzards that can block roads and damage properties or lives, so choosing the Spring or Autumn season is recommended. During the night, the temperature falls below 0 degrees; hence, it is essential to remain warm and constantly hydrated.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude Sickness is another common difficulty the trekkers face during the Everest Three Passes Trek. The sickness appears above the altitude of 3000m when the body starts feeling the oxygen level decreasing. Some symptoms include fever, nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath and dizziness.

To prevent Altitude sickness, you must always remain warm and hydrated. Hot drinks like ginger tea, lemon tea, and honey work as medicine for the body. Another way to prevent altitude sickness is by acclimatising. During the trek, we separated two days for acclimatisation so that the body could adjust to the changing temperature and altitude.

If you feel the symptoms of altitude sickness, you can get brief relief from medicine like Diamax, which can give you ample time to lower your altitude and improve over time.

Constant Trekking

The standard difficulty the trekkers face during the Everest Three Passes Trek is constant trekking for 8-9 hours daily apart from acclimatisation day for over two weeks. This trekking experience will help you reach your physical fitness, mentality, and endurance limits. Hence, being physically fit and healthy months before planning for your Everest Three Pass Trek is essential.

Hence, these are some of the common difficulties faced by the trekkers during the Everest Three Passes Trek.


Which permits should I need for Everest Three Passes Trek?

You need two special permits for the said trek: the Sagarmatha National Park permit, the entry permit, and the Khumbu Municipality permit, which is relatively easy to get if you have all the proper documents and appropriate backgrounds.

Can I trek Everest Three Passes Trek alone?

Due to government rules, you cannot trek The Three Passes Trek alone. You must have an authorised guide or potter with you during your trek.

How to get a Nepali visa for the trek?

You can quickly get a Nepali visa upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport. If you cannot get the arrival visa, you can get the visa from the Nepalese Embassy after providing the necessary documents.

What is the difference between a guide and a potter?

The difference between a guide and a potter is that a guide will only advise you on the following movements and help you with your entry permits, whereas a potter can carry your heavy bag and climb trails while helping cook lunch during camps.

How quickly can I complete the Everest Three Passes Trek?

The Everest Three Passes Trek is one of Nepal’s most extended and challenging treks. The minimum day to complete the trek can be 15 to 17 days.

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