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Everest Three Pass Trek | Everest High Passes Trekking

Perfect combination of mountain scenery, high-altitude trekking, off-beat trail, elusive Sherpa Culture and challenging high passes, Everest three pass trek is an ultimate adventure in Khumbu region. This adventurous journey is designed for adventure enthusiast who wants to push their limits and challenge themselves in remote Everest region. Three pass trek in Everest presents definitive challenge, so it might be strenuous even for seasonal trekkers.

Everest High Passes trek, we walk across three lofty and challenging passes – i.e. Kangma La Pass (5,535m/18,159ft), Cho-La Pass (5,420m/17,782ft) and Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,520ft). We also step foot on the base camp of world’s highest peak, Everest (8,848m), climb the summit of Kalapatthar and Gokyo Ri and gaze around the Gokyo Lakes. Moreover, this trek presents the in-depth insight of Nangpa La Valley and Marlung – one of remote and virtually untouched Sherpa village of Khumbu region.

Everest three pass trekking is rated as “strenuous” which means a high level of fitness and strong determination is required for this trek. September – October and March – April – May are the best time of the year to embark for the journey to this challenging high passes.

In Short, Everest high passes trek is fascinating journey in the heart of Khumbu region filled with challenging high passes, colorful Sherpa settlements, Khumbu glaciers and towering peaks. It takes you to almost every popular and venerated part of Everest region. Everest (8,848m), Cho-Oyu (8,156m), Lhotse (8,501m), Ama Dablam (6,856m) and Makalu (8,470m) are eight thousanders visible during the trek.

Permits & Regulation for Everest Three Pass Trek

Everest high pass trek requires TIMS permit which cost USD 10. Trekkers also need to buy Sagarmatha National Park entry permit to enter the region which costs USD 30. TIMS card is available in Kathmandu and Sagarmatha National Park permit can be purchased in Monjo (a small village in Khumbu region).

Physical Requirements and Experience

High Pass trekking in Mount Everest is challenging; suitable for passionate walker who can walk for at least 5 – 6 hours a day with a light rucksack. At some point of the trek, you might have to walk for 8 – 9 hours a day, it happens while crossing high passes. High fitness with positive attitude is the key to complete 3 pass trek in Everest successfully. No previous trekking experience is required however it would be an asset.

We suggest you to accompany a professional guide for this trek; even if you are seasonal hikers.

Outline Itinerary

Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu / welcome dinner / stay at hotel in Thamel

Day 02: Cultural Tour / Preparation for the trek

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding (2850) to start the Everest 3 pass trek

Day 04: Trek to Namche (3440m)

Day 05: Acclimatization rest day

Day 06: Trek to Thame

Day 07: Trek to Lungden

Day 08: Exploration day at Lungden

Day 09: Trek to Gokyo

Day 10: Exploration to Gokyo Ri

Day 11: Trek to Thangna

Day 12: Trek to Zhongla via Chola pass

Day 13: Trek to Lobuche (4930m)

Day 14:  Trek to Gorak Shep and explore Everest base camp (5545m)

Day 15: Climb Kalapathar and trek to Lobuche

Day 16: Trek to Chukung crossing the Kongmala

Day 17: Climb the Chukung ri and explore the valley

Day 18: Trek down to Pangboche

Day 19: Trek back to Namche

Day 20: Trek back to Lukla to end the Everest 3 passes and 3 peaks trek

Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu after the Everest 3 passes and peaks trip

Day 22: Rest and exploration day in Kathmandu

Day 23: Three passes trek in Nepal end / airport transfers

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu / welcome dinner / stay at hotel in Thamel

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be received by a representative of Adventure Vision Treks who will transfer you to the hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take some rest. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner organized by Adventure Vision Treks.

Overnight in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 02: Cultural Tour / Preparation for the trek

After breakfast, we proceed for the visit to UNESCO designated world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu valley has one of the dense concentration of cultural heritage and religious sites. The city tour instigates after morning breakfast and you will explore the highly venerated world heritage sites that includes Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Durbar Square. All these sites are highly revered by the people of city.

Pashupatinath

Dedicated to lord Shiva, Pashupatinath temple is one of four most significant Hindu religious sites in the world. The temples was built in 5th century and later renovated by the Malla Kings. Pashupatinath is protected by UNESCO world heritage sites.

The main temple has pagoda style shape with glided roof, four sides clotted with silver and wood carving of the finest quality. There are many small temples and shrines dedicated to several deities of Hindu and Buddhist at the premises of Pashupatinath.   

The entrance to the main temple is strictly restricted to non-Hindus, however the vantage point located along the bank of Bagmati River offers the full-scape view of temple and ongoing rituals. The intriguing architecture and fascinating history of temple are worth exploring.

Boudhanath

Boudhanath Stupa is the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the sacred site for Tibetan Buddhist outside the Tibet. The stupa is located about 7km north of central Kathmandu; on the eastern outskirt of the valley. It is the major hub of Tibetan community and portrays rich symbol of Buddhism. Interestingly, it is designated as world heritage sites of Nepal.

Built in 14th century after the Mughal invasions, there are many interesting legends regarding the construction of the site. In 1959 thousands of Tibetans migrate here and thereafter it becomes one of the most significant centers of Tibetan Buddhism.

Swayambhunath

Located at the walking distance just 3km west of Thamel, Swayambhunath is hilltop stupa dating back to 2,000 years. Swayambhunath is also popularly known as “Monkey Temple” due to large number of rhesus primate living here. The entrance to this white domed shaped stupa 365 stone steps which need to be climbed to reach the shrine.

The numerous shrines and temple and 360 degree view of Kathmandu valley is the main attraction of Swayambhunath. It is the one of the important world heritage site in Nepal.

Durbar Square

Located about 2km south of Thamel, Durbar Square is an ancient royal palace of Nepal. This significant heritage sites houses numerous ancient art, architecture, sculpture and painting the ancient history of Nepal. Here you can also discover the holy abode of living goddess, Kumari.

Drive back to the hotel and make the necessary preparation for the next day trip.

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding (2850) to start the Everest 3 pass trek

Enjoy breakfast, and then enjoy breathtaking scenery on our short trans-Himalayan flight to Lukla. With the airport perched on the side of a mountain, you can see rolling clouds on the surging peaks of mountains seemly within your reach. In contrast to the hustle and bustle Kathmandu, Lukla, the gateway of all treks in the Everest region, is enveloped with the tranquility of the Himalayas – a patch of blue sky with snow-tipped mountains furnishing the ground, the air crisp and the wind slight. From there, we start our trekking journey. Today’s trek is relatively short and easy - we trek for about 3 hours to Phakding. During the gradual descending path to Phakding, you would be surrounded by towering mountains and rolling hills. Enjoy the view of Mount Khumbila and Kusum Kangraru and stay overnight at the teahouse at Phakding.

Day 04: Trek to Namche (3440m)

Today we continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River and cross the river several times through a suspension bridges laden with a prayer flags. We cross Chumao and Monjo village before reaching the entrance point of Sagarmatha National Park. Then after, we cross suspension bridge and walk across Jorsale village and walk alongside the River of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi. A steep climb through the forested trail leads us to Namche Bazaar. Namche is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange, internet cafes and bakeries.

Day 05: Acclimatization rest day

Today is set aside for acclimatization day on our trek. Mountain expert suggests to stay active throughout the day: we climb high and sleep low. We spend our day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust our body in thin atmosphere.

After breakfast, we hike to Syangboche Airstrip that is majestically located on a hill above the town. From here, we get to witness the spectacular view of Namche and tantalizing Himalayan ranges as well. Further, we hike to Everest view hotel. It is the highest located hotel in the world and serves the best view of Everest and other peaks right in front of the table. We trek back to Namche, visit Everest Photo Gallery and the Sherpa Cultural Museum.

Overnight in Namche

Day 06: Trek to Thame

After breakfast, we walk to the ancient village called Thamo which is easy walk through the valley. After exploring the village, we continue towards Thame. After lunch and resting for a while, we walk around the village to explore local culture and lifestyle. We also visit the small Hydro Power in the village.

Day 07: Trek to Lungden

After breakfast, we take an easy hike to Marlung through the river of Bhote Koshi where we take a short break. Then the trail rises to Lungden through the husky valley. It is an exciting hike with excellent the views of snow-peaked mountains and the valley. Once we get into the village, we hike a bit higher than the place where lodge is located to get acclimatize.

Day 08: Exploration day at Lungden

Day 09: Trek to Gokyo

After breakfast, we take an uphill climb for an hour and half and then enjoy an easy hike for a while. At the end, we make a challenging climb to summit the top of the Renjo La from where you get awesome view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse and surrounding peaks. The view of Gokyo Lake is breathtaking. From Renjo La Pass, we descend down to the Third Lake (Gokyo Lake) and get into the lodge. After short rest, we make a short climb to the ridge from where you will explore the stunning glaciers.

Day 10: Exploration to Gokyo Ri

The topmost consideration of Everest high pass trek is adjusting the body at the high altitude to avoid Altitude sickness. We climb to the summit of Gokyo Ri which takes 3 – 4 hours. From the summit of Gokyo Ri, we get the fascinating Himalayan vistas and tranquil Gokyo Lakes. We also hike to the fourth and fifth Gokyo Lake. The fourth lake is about 3km north of Gokyo. It is surrounded by high cliffs and Himalayan peaks soaring above it. We continue walking little further towards 5th lake. A climb to nearby the hill serves remarkable views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu. It is also known as Scoundrel’s Viewpoint. From the northern part of 5th lake, we can get the sight of Cho Oyu base camp and Ngazumpa Glacier, the biggest Himalayan glacier in the world. We hike back to Gokyo to spend overnight.

Day 11: Trek to Thangnak

The trail to Thangnak is an easy hike but we start early because you will have to walk through the glacier, the longest glacier of Nepal called Ngozumpa glacier. On the way, we will hear many sounds of the rock falling into the small glacier lake. You can see many rocks on the way which has ice underneath. During the sunny days, the ice melts pretty fast so we should cross this glacier before the sun gets strong. Once you reach to Thanak, we better climb up to the small hill for acclimatize.

Day 12: Trek to Zhongla via Chola pass

Today is the challenging day of the trip. Start your journey after the breakfast through the steep climb for a while and then descends down at the base of the Chola. Take a steep climb through the rocky trail to the top of the pass. The summit of pass features the grand view of mountain vistas. There are icy part for a while and then the trail dips down through the huge rock to get to the Zhongla.

Day 13: Trek to Lobuche (4930m)

After breakfast, we make an easy downhill hike for a while and then negotiate few uphill and downhill sections to reach Lobuche. After refreshment, explore about Everest glacier and overnight at the lodge.

Day 14:  Trek to Gorak Shep and explore Everest base camp (5545m)

Today we walk towards Gorakshep through the icy and rocky trail. En route, you get opportunity to witness magnificent Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori and more. We also get the fascinating sight of Khumbu glacier on the way. After reaching Gorak Shep, you can walk to Everest Base Camp back to the hotel.

Day 15: Climb Kalapathar and trek to Lobuche

Today you will start your day without breakfast early in the morning. We make pre-dawn hike up to the Kalapatthar ridge, the greatest view point of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamerserku, Mera Peak and many more. After taking photos, we trek down to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue walking down to Lobuche.

Day 16: Trek to Chukung crossing the Kongmala

After breakfast, you will commence walking through the Khumbu glacier and cling eastward. After crossing the glacier and river, the trail heads towards the pass which is the highest pass in the trip. There are no teahouse and water resource so you have to carry few bottles of water to drink. After strenuous climb, the trip descends down to the Chukkung valley where the days ends.

Day 17: Climb the Chukung ri and explore the valley

After breakfast, we ascend to Chhukung Ri which involves some easy scrambling near the summit. From the summit, we get the fantastic view of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labcha Peak. We then descend back to Chhukung to spend overnight.

Day 18: Trek down to Pangboche

After breakfast, we trek to Pangboche through the dense forest of rhododendron and pine.

Day 19: Trek back to Namche

Today we follow the trail that leads us to Tengboche. During the November – December full moon the colorful Mani Rimdu festival is held here with much singing and dancing. From Tengboche, continue through the lush forest of rhododendron and pine to Namche Bazaar.

Day 20: Trek back to Lukla to end the Everest 3 passes and 3 peaks trek

Enjoy breakfast and get prepared for the challenging descending journey of today. The way from Namche back to Lukla is rather steep and rocky. Trekking alongside the Dudh Koshi River for 7 hours, we will cross suspension bridges, walk through some pine and rhododendron forests and pass by some monasteries. After reaching Lukla, let’s sit back, relax and have a toast on completing the whole trek. Stay overnight at guesthouse in Lukla.

Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu after the Everest 3 passes and peaks trip

A 35 minute flight from Lukla airport to Kathmandu concludes our adventurous journey in Khumbu region. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel where you shall stay overnight.

Day 22: Rest and exploration day in Kathmandu

After breakfast, we continue our city sightseeing journey with professional city guide in a private vehicle. Today we visit Patan Durbar Square (ancient palace with lush architecture), Bhaktapur (the city of ancient wonders) and Changunarayan (ancient temple in Nepal). Our city guide will take you for both souvenir shopping and sightseeing. Attend farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of the trip.

Day 23: Three passes trek in Nepal end / airport transfers

Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today. Our airport representative will transfer you to the Tribuvan International Airport for your final departure.

Cost Info

Cost includes

  • Airport Pickup & Drop,

  • All city star accommodations with breakfast

  • Tea house accommodation and full meals during trek days

  • Round trip flight KTM-Lukla-KTM

  • Private Transportation if necessary

  • All entrance fees, Trekking permits, Trekking Information Management System Fee

  • All Transportation

  • English speaking Trekking Guide

  • Required no. of Porters

  • Certificates,

  • Comprehensive medical kit

  • Government and local taxes &

  • Preparatory Session before and after arrival.

Cost Exclude

  • Visa cost

  • International airfare

  • Excluded meals and accommodation.

  • Drinks and beverage cost.

  • Insurance cost.

  • Trekking equipment.

  • Additional potter or equipment cost.

  • Personal expenses, tips and shopping cost

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