Everest Three Pass Trek
The Everest Three Passes Trek covers the trekking in the Everest region. It is one of the most challenging Everest Base camp treks. Thus one of the most exciting ways to try trekking in Nepal. Taking you through the four distinct valleys of the Khumbu region; Gokyo, Khumbu – Imja Tse – crossing the Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La passes. It is an all-encompassing adventure that pushes travelers to the limits of the region and their ability.
The 20-day Everest Three Passes trek takes you on a journey that begins with a flight to Lukla. From here you will cross the Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and the Gokyo Lakes. Later you will cross Renjo La Pass on your journey to reach Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar. En route, you will pass through glaciers, moraines, and Chortens, as well as Sagarmatha National Park. Hosting a wealth of flora and fauna, such as the Himalayan black bear, snow leopards, deer, and wild boar.
The Everest High Pass Trek treats our trekkers to some of the most captivating views of the region’s famous mountains. Such as Mount Everest (8848m), Mount Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Ama Dablam (6812m), and Makalu (8481m) along with the other Himalayas in the Khumbu region. The Everest region is not only rich in natural scenery but this trek will explore, both cultural and spiritual aspects too.
The trekkers will pass through different Sherpa villages along the way. Getting an opportunity to experience the daily lifestyle of the Sherpa people, their culture, language, and tradition. A trip to Namche Bazaar, one of the most significant local settlements in the area. You will also visit numerous monasteries along your journey and be welcomed to share in the traditions of the Buddhist community.
My Everest Trip is one of the leading Everest trekking companies based in Kathmandu, offering a wide range of EBC treks. We provide you with qualified and experienced guides throughout your adventure, to ensure that it is fun, memorable, and above all safe. We recommend that you enjoy this trek between the months of March and May or September to mid-December to make the most of the optimum weather these seasons offer for trekking.
For any further details, such as the trek cost or difficulty, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team. Or, if you would like to read about what it is like to join us on this adventure, feel free to check out our three passes trek blog and review it below.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300 m/4,264 ft], O/N at 3-star Hotel (A, D)
Upon your arrival, you will be picked up at Tribhuvan International Airport. Then you will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu, where you are free to spend the day exploring the capital city. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation. O/N at 3 Star Hotel (A, D)
Today we explore some of the UNESCO world heritage sites that include Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu and Patan Durbar Squares. Later in the evening, you will have the chance to meet your fellow trekkers and guide, and be prepped for your trek the next day. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding [2,651 m/8,700 ft]: 40 min flight, 3-4 hr trek. O/N at Tea Hotel (A, B, L, D)
In the morning we take a beautiful flight to Lukla. Upon reaching Lukla, we head towards Phakding for our first-day trek. We pass through the Sherpa village of Cheplung and move alongside the Dudh Koshi valley before arriving at Phakding. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar [3,438 m/11,280 ft]: 5-6 hr, O/N at Tea Hotel (A, B, L, D)
We start the day by trekking through Sagarmatha National Park. From there we will make our way up to Namche Bazaar; crossing over several suspension bridges and passing scenic villages along the way. Overnight at a Guest House in Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Rest and acclimatization, O/N at Tea Hotel (A, B, L, D)
Today we take a short hike to Hotel Everest View (3,926 m) from where we can enjoy a mesmerizing view of the Himalayas, including Everest (8848 m) and Ama Dablam (6812 m). On our way back, we will visit Khumjung village, Khunde twin historical village, and Hillary School. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche [3,860 m/12,660 ft]: 5-6hr, O/N at Tea Hotel (A, B, L, D)
Whilst relishing views of Mt. Everest (8848 m), Nuptse (7861 m), Lhotse (8516 m), Ama Dablam (6812 m), Thamserku (6623 m) and Kangtega (6782 m), we make our way further up to Tengboche, through the flat and forested trail. Tengboche is a wonderful village and the home to the largest monastery in the Everest region, Tengboche Monastery. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche [4,360m/14,300 ft]: 5-6hr, O/N at Tea Hotel (A, B, L, D)
We continue our trek towards Dingboche, passing through dense forests of birch, oaks, conifers, and rhododendrons. Crossing the Imja River, we arrive at the village of Pangboche. Followed by Imja valley and ultimately a climb up to Dingboche. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 08: Dingboche to Chhukung [4,750m/15,580 ft]: 3 hr, O/N at Tea Hotel (A, B, L, D)
Leaving behind Dingboche, we continue to trek through stone-walled fields and alpine landscapes. The trail leads us to the Bible (4570 m) which is a yak herdsman place. Accompanied by Island Peak (Imja Tse, 6189m)and Ama Dablam (6812m), we continue our walk to reach Chhukung. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 09: Climb Chhukung Ri [5,546 m] and trek back to Chhukung: 4-5 hr, O/N at Tea Hotel (A, B, L, D)
Today, we take a short hike to Chhukung Ri, which involves easy climbing over rocky terrain. Upon reaching the top, we are rewarded with the most spectacular views of Lhotse (8516 m), Island Peak (6189 m), Ama Dablam (6812 m), and Makalu (8481 m). Then we will descend back to Chukkung for an overnight stay.
Day 10: Cross to Kongma La pass [5,535 m/18,159 ft], trek to Lobuche [4,940 m/16,210 ft]: 6-7hr, O/N at Tea Hotel (A, B, L, D)
Today, we cross the highest pass of the trip – the Kongma La pass. Here we have two route options; we can either hike over the hill northwest of Chukkung and over Nuptse Glacier moraine, or we can go back to Bible and take a trail above the Niyang Khola. Upon reaching the top, we can see the cairns and Buddhist prayer flags before we descend towards Lobuche through Khumbu Glacier. Overnight at Lobuche.
Day 11: Lobuche to Gorak Shep [5,170 m/16,961 ft], visit Everest Base Camp [5,364 m/17,594 ft]: 6-7 hr, O/N at Tea Hotel (A, B, L, D)
Following the rocky path along the crest of the north ridge to Everest, we continue our trek to Gorak Shep. Upon reaching Gorak Shep, we will go on to visit Everest Base Camp where we can enjoy a splendid view of Khumbu Icefall and the colorful campsite, Everest Expedition. We will then walk back to Gorak Shep. Overnight at Gorak Shep.
Day 12: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar [5,545 m/18,192 ft], then to Lobuche [4,940 m/16,207 ft]: 8-9 hr, O/N at Tea Hotel (A, B,L, D)
To catch the view of the first light of the sunrise above Mount Everest, we set out early in the morning to trek to Kala Patthar. After watching the sunrise, we descend back to Gorak Shep and relish in the beautiful Himalayan view as we trek towards Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche.
Day 13: Lobuche to Dzongla [4,830 m/15,850 ft]: 3-4 hrs, O/N at Tea Hotel (A, B, L, D)
Leaving behind Lobuche, we follow the trail alongside the Khumbu Glacier – passing through several Stupas and Tombstones on our way. While ascending towards Dzongla, we come across Chola Tsho Lake amongst many other small lakes. After crossing a bridge over Chola Khola, we finally arrive at Dzongla. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 14: Trek to Gokyo [4,800 m/15,580 ft] via Cho La Pass [5,368 m/17,611 ft]: 7-8 hrs, O/N at Tea Hotel (A, B, L, D)
Climbing up a steep trail, with boulders on our way, we reach Cho La Pass – which is marked by cairns and prayers flags. We can see a 360-degree view of mountain peaks from the top before descending to Gokyo through Ngozumpa glacier. We will also come across the 2nd and 3rd Gokyo Lakes, before reaching the Gokyo village. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 15: Rest day in Gokyo: Climb Gokyo Ri [5,357 m/17,575 ft], tour 4th and 5th Gokyo lakes: 3- 4 hr O/N at Tea Hotel (A, B, L, D)
We take a short hike to Gokyo Ri and tour t he4th and 5th Gokyo Lakes, which are 3km north of the Gokyo village. From the Scoundrel’s Viewpoint, located at the edge of the 5th lake, we can get an amazing view of Cho-Oyu (8201 m), Gyachung Kang (7952 m), Everest (8848 m), Lhotse (8516 m), and Makalu (8481 m) mountains. We return back to Gokyo village for an overnight stay.
Day 16: Gokyo to Marlung [4,210 m/13,810 ft] via Renjo La Pass [5,360 m/17,585 ft]: 7-8 hrs O/N at Tea Hotel (A, B, L, D)
Today we cross over our last pass of the trip – the Renjo La Pass. The climb to Renjo La is easy in comparison to the other two passes. We can see the view of Everest (8848m), Makalu (8481 m), and Lhotse(8516 m) along with the Sherpa settlement around the 3rd Gokyo Lake. After exploring, we descend to Marlung for an overnight stay.
Day 17: Marlung to Namche Bazaar: 5-6 hrs O/N at Tea Hotel (A, B, L, D)
After crossing the Bhote Koshi River, we pass through the valley of Langmuche Khola. We then cross two bridges before reaching Thame, where a famous Gompa is situated on a hill to the west. The trail then passes through several small villages before arriving at Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 18: Namche Bazaar to Lukla: 6-7 hrs O/N at Tea Hotel (A, B, L, D)
Walking through forests filled with pine, oaks, and rhododendron trees, we make our way past several Sherpa villages. We also come across Chortens, prayers flags, and monasteries on our way to Lukla. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 19: Lukla to Kathmandu: 40 min flight O/N at 3-Star Hotel (A, B, L, D)
We take an early morning flight to Kathmandu, enjoying scenic views throughout the flight. After reaching Kathmandu, you can take a rest or spend the day exploring the capital. A farewell dinner will be held to celebrate the completion of your journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 20: Final Departure (B)
Today you will be dropped off at Tribhuvan International Airport, by a friendly member of our team, 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.
Everest base camp Three Passes Trek route
Everest base camp trek through three passes route is one of the adventurous hiking trails that covers the wide mountainous range along with typical Sherpas culture. On this trek, You have to cross three passes i.e Renjo La Pass, Chola Pass, and Kongma La Pass, which are prime attractions of this trek. Read Full Everest Trek Guide.
Your trek starts in Lukla which is the entry point of treks in the Everest region. A 45 min flight from Kathmandu to Lukla drops you before the Mountain. After arriving at the Lukla you will be trekking towards Phakding and Namche Bazaar by crossing the scenic beauty of villages and several suspension bridges. We visit many historic places on the Namche such as Khumjung village, Khunde twin village, and Hillary School.
After Namche, you will have to trek towards i.e Renjo la pass (5420 meters), the first among three passes we cross. We get here by Thame, Marulung, and Lungden. You can reach Thame by following the Bhote Koshi River where you spend the night. To reach Lungden From Thame, we cross a somewhat more difficult and challenging trail. From Renjo La Pass you can see, The Gokyo Lake system and panoramic view of numerous Himalayan peaks including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Ama Dablam.
The next destination will be Gokyo Ri (5,483m) which is famous for viewing the highest mountains in the world – Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,485m), and Cho Oyu (8,188m). The further trek takes you to the Cho La Pass (5420m) bypassing the Ngozumpa Glacier which is the largest glacier in the Himalayas of Nepal. To reach Cho La Pass you have to cross several crevices
You can reach Kongma La Pass after passing Lobuche, joining the classic EBC trek route. During this trek, there will be many glaciers, mountains, and moraines to face. Following the spectacular views from the Kongma-La, the path descends to Dingboche, from where you may either go up to Chhukung – Island Peak or descend to Tengboche and continue your trip to Lukla.
Everest 3 high pass trekking difficulty
Everest three high pass trek lead you to face different challenges. These passes are among the toughest and most physically demanding peaks in the Everest area. To cross the high passes, one needs to have very strong physical and mental health. Few months of cardio before the trip prepares you to walk 6 to 7 hours each day. Since the entire route is over 150kms, we walk for 10 to 15 km each day. And that too with a backpack (if you don’t hire and porter). And that’s not a joke.
Another biggest challenge of the Everest 3 high pass trek is its altitude. Right from Namche, you start to walk at 4,000 meters. And the highest passes are at 5,500 meters above sea level. You may experience breathing difficulties as you ascend to a greater altitude. The amount of oxygen becomes thinner at higher altitudes, As a result, Acute Mountain Sickness may be a possibility. Symptoms like headaches, nausea, diarrhea, shortness of breath, etc. are quite common when you are at a much higher altitude. It’s important that you are accompanied by an expert at MyEveresrTrip and have a very wisely planned Everest 3 high pass Trek itinerary.
If you are looking for an easier option, go for Everest Short Trek
During your trek, you have to face Kalapatthar which is itself a small mountain peak. As monsoon begins, due to heavy rainfall the surrounding may become more slippery and murky which limit your trek.
Trekking during winter is drastically challenging due to heavy snowfall which blocks the route. So we recommend you to not go there during winter. The difficulty level is minimum during the spring and in this season you will get the opportunity to please your eyes with the scenic beauty of blooming wildflowers.
Everest base camp trek vs three passes trek
Everest Base Camp, as well as Three Passes, are both famous for their breathtaking views, versatile landscapes, and distinctive geological characteristics. However, despite their hundreds of Pros, trekkers face several obstacles on their way to the finish line.
- Three passes trek vs Everest base camp trek- weather
As both of these treks are high altitude hikes and the weather is unpredictable due to severe changes in a short period of time. The three-pass trek has a restricted weather window most of the time so you may only be able to walk during the clear season but The classic EBC trek is open almost any time of the year. YOu can see Everest in the off-season can be done in Everest Helicopter tour.
Everest base camp trek vs three passes trek-cost
The average cost for both the trek depends upon the many factors. In comparison, the three passes trek cost more than the EBC trek. Around 1500$ to 2000$ for three passes trek and around 1300$ for EBC trek. MyEverestTrek Three Pass trek package is $1875 and of Everest Base Camp is $1320. If you trek in larger groups, then your cost to trek may be below. As you have to trek towards higher altitudes in the peak season (Spring and Autumn) fewer accommodation options are available which may cost more. Many discounts are available in the off-season.
Everest base camp vs three passes trek-difficulty
The difficulty level is high in tree passes trek as you have to face moving glaciers but not in EBC trek. Chances of an avalanche may affect your trek in three pass trek. You have to travel to remote areas with High mountains steep during your trek. The trekking route consists of a variety of zigzagged and snow-covered peaks and it may limit your trial to three passes treks.
Everest base camp vs three passes trek-crowd
As Everest base camp is the most visited place around the Everest area and is more crowded than three passes. Trekkers from around the world visit Everest base camp, thus making it crowded. Accommodation and food may be the problem in EBC due to more trekkers on the journey. If you need a peaceful space, then three passes route is surely the best option for you.
MyEverestTrip is a Nepalese Travel and Trekking Agency based in Kathmandu. We have been operating in different trekking regions for more than a decade, traveling with hundreds of trekkers and travelers all around the world.
With the pure intention to bring trekkers to Nepal’s safety and comfort, we have an entire team of travel planer, guides, and porters. We also have connections to hotels and restaurant lines all over Nepal for ensuring that our trekkers get the best possible facilities.
So, here is the reason why you should travel with MyEverestTrip.
Customize your itinerary:
We have designed a well-planned Itinerary for all travel destinations around Nepal. However, this Itinerary is customizable as per the need and requests of our trekkers. Just let us know when and how long you are staying so that we can arrange the rest.
Our Expert guide:
Although all travel agency claims to have a good guide, many of them are not informed about the place you are traveling to. However, MyEverestTrip has its own licensed guide in Nepal. They have been working in this field for over three decades, collecting all the information about the place/ culture, and learning to keep the travelers safe. Also, our guide is good at the English language. Upon special request, we can even hire a guide who can speak Chinese and other European languages for trekking in Nepal.
Fair and reasonable Cost:
MyEverestTrip has been known for its very economic trek packages in Nepal. You can compare the price we offer with any other travel agency in Nepal and only book with us if you are satisfied with our cost. We try to include all needed expenses during the tour so that you will not be overwhelmed with hidden expenses after the packages are booked.
Your safety is our priority:
Obviously, the safety of our trekkers and our team is the utmost priority of MyEverestTrip. Our guide and porters who shall accompany you for the trip will have insurance of their own. We also encourage Travel insurance for our trekkers. Our treks and trip have been so designed that you only walk an appropriate distance. In any case of emergency, you will always have our back.
Responsible and Eco-Friendly
MyEverestTrip operates with the belief in responsible tourism. This includes
- We are transparent about the services covered on the trip. There shall be no hidden cost (informed in advance if there’s any)
- We cover all the places that have been promised before the trek (the trend of skipping places once you book the package has to be discouraged).
- All our guides and porter are above 18yrs. We highly discourage child labor in the tourism industry
- We do not leave any wastage behind on the trekking routes. We either dispose of the waste appropriately or carry them back with us and send it to the municipality
- We do not engage in any activities that affect the people in the trek places of Nepal we stay.
1. What is the best time for three passes trek
Most of the time in the year, three passes route has low precipitation and temperature along with high wind storms and snowfall. So you most have to consider time as a factor in trek with this route. Spring and autumn are best for traveling through the three passes route. In this season you can explore the magnificent views of the Everest area with diverse wildflowers. Trekking three passes during winter are almost impossible as the temperature drops up to -19°C. However, Kathmandu is always a great place to visit.
2. Can we do Everest three pass trek solo
In a lifetime almost everyone wants at least one thrilling experience with a solo trek. Considering many factors during three passes treks, trekking alone is difficult. Without a guide, you may get lost in the snowy area due to unpredictable weather. You have to pass different peaks with glaciers so any mistake in the trek may have big issues. We recommend solo trip is not best for three passes trek
3. Do we need trekking gear for Everest 3 pass trek
You might need trekking gear like axes, ropes, and crampons when there is snow in the high passes. If needed, the guide will provide you with these trekking gears before the trip In good weather, these trekking gears are not needed. No mountain climbing skills are required you book your Everest 3 Pass Trek with MyEveretTrek
- Airport/hotel pick up and drop off by private car
- At least two nights 3-star hotel in Kathmandu bed and Breakfast plan
- Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) in whole trekking
- Domestic flights (KTM-Lukla-KTM) with all surcharges airport taxes for guests and guide
- Trekking map
- An experienced Government license holder guide
- Trekking porter/Sherpa who will carry your bags during the trekking
- Insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, local tax for guide and porter
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
- All necessary paper works and national park entry permits
- Travel and rescue arrangement
- TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
- All government taxes and tourist service charge
What's not included
- Meals in Kathmandu before and after trekking, allowing US$ 15 – US$ 20 per day
- Your travel insurance ( Rescue )
- Nepal entry visa fee.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver
- Drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
- Personal shopping and laundry etc
- Personal trekking equipment.
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- A Scenic Flight From Kathmandu to Lukla.
- Namche Bazzar and Khumjung Valley.
- Tengboche monastery.
- Kongma La Pass (5535 meters).
- World’s highest Mt.Everest base camp.
- Kalapatthar- majestic viewpoint.
- Cho La Pass (5420 meters).
- Explore the 5 lakes of the Gokyo valley.
- Region- Renjo La Pass (5464 meters).
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