Everest Three Passes Trek
Everest Three Passes Trek itinerary is more challenging then popular, Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Lakes trek. Everest Three Pass Trek includes most spectacular view point Chhukhung Ri view point, Kala Patthar view point and Gokyo Ri view Point. We will cross Three high passes Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass and Renjo Pass.
Everest Three High Pass Trek Highlights;
Climb Most popular view point Chhukhung Ri, Kala Pattar and Gokyo Ri view points.
Trek over the challenging high Pass Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass and Renjo Pass.
Trek to Everest Base Camp world highest Peak’s base camp and touch the Khumbu Glacier.
View of most spectacular Glacier lakes Gokyo Lakes and Largest Ngozumpa Glacier.
Everest Three Passes Trek is a thrilling adventurous trek to Everest Base Camp that crosses Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass and Renjo La Pass in Khumbu region. This trek totally explores the whole higher valleys of Khumbu en route to Everest Base Camp and offers some stunning panoramas. Some of these panorama includes Everest (8848 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters), Makalu (8463 meters) and Cho Oyu (8201 meters) in one single frame. There are several strenuous days above 5000 meters but the views are totally worth all the exhaustion. Everest Three Passes Trek is a combo trek of Everest Base Camp Trek (12 days trekking) and Gokyo Lake Cho La Pass Trek (17 days trekking). However, it only takes a day more and offers more of the serene Khumbu valley. Everest Three Passes Trek also takes you to the less visited valleys of Chukung and Thame.
Everest Three Passes Trek (as it’s name suggests it) crosses all three famous passes of Khumbu valley. Kongma La Pass ( meters), Cho La Pass (5330 meters) and Rengo La Pass (meters), all offers some of the finest views of the whole valley. A good climb to Chukung Ri (5550 meters), Kala Pattar (5545 meters) and Gokyo Ri (5430 meters) offers more picturesque views on the trek.
Everest Three Passes Trek Route Map
Everest Three Pass Trek Route
The trek starts from Lukla and heads towards Chukung valley via Dingboche, After crossing Kongmo La Pass (first pass of the trek), the trek reaches Lobuche and heads towards Everest Base Camp. Retracing back to Lobuche, the quiet village of Dzhong Lha is the next stop. Dzhong La (only couple of lodges) is the only village in between Cho La Pass and Lobuche. Cho La Pass leads to Gokyo valley and to Gokyo (the third lake among the five). From Gokyo, Rengo La pass can be seen and after the pass, the trek enters in Thame valley. Now, the trek passes through the famous Thame village and climbs down to Lukla via Namche Bazaar, thus ending the Everest Three Passes Trek.
Everest Three Passes Trek Short itinerary;
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1335 meters).
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2810 meters) and trek to Phakding (2610 meters).
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters).
Day 04: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3860 meters).
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4220 meters).
Day 07: Trek to Chukung (4730 meters).
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Chukung.
Day 09: Cross Kongma La (5535 meters) and trek to Lobuche (4910 meters).
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5180 meters).
Day 11: Climb Kala Patter (5545 meters) and trek to Lobuche (4910 meters).
Day 12: Trek to Dzong Lha (4830 meters).
Day 13: Cross Cho La (5330 meters) and trek to Dragnag (4700 meters).
Day 14: Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters).
Day 15: Acclimatization day at Gokyo.
Day 16: Cross Renjo La (5360 meters) and trek to Lungdhen (4368 meters).
Day 17: Trek to Thame (3800 meters).
Day 18: Trek to Monjo (2835 meters).
Day 19: Trek to Lukla (2810 meters).
Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 21: Free day at Kathmandu.
Day 22: Departure.
- Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1335 meters) .
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel)
- Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2810 meters) and trek to Phakding (2610 meters) .
An early morning scenic flight to Lukla (35 minutes) is followed by a leisurely breakfast at Lukla. We meet up with our crew and after a brief introduction and a quick sorting of our daypack and the main bags, our adventure starts. The trail gradually drops into the Dudh Koshi Valley and passes through the lovely Sherpa villages of Chauri Kharka, Cheplung, then undulates through villages of Thado Koshi, Ghat, and finally arrives at Phakding. First views of Kusum Kanguru (6367 meters) can be viewed at Thado Koshi just before a small climb at Thado Koshi. During the day and in most of the other days on the trek, we follow the Dudh Koshi river and pass through couple of suspension bridges and several mani walls, mani stone, chorten, stupas and prayer flags with snow capped mountains in the background. (3 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters) .
During the day, we follow the Dudh Koshi River and cross the river several times on the suspension bridges. Views of Thamserku (6623 meters) and the holy mountain Khumbila or Khumbu Yül-Lha (5761 meters) shows themselves for the first time as we trek through small villages of Tok Tok, Ghat, Benkar and Monjo. The trail keeps undulating for the whole morning and enters into the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. The path drops down to Jorsalle and steadily follows the river for a while until the start of steep climb with a dramatic suspension bridge (situated at more than 50 meters above the river) joining the two different valley. First glimpse of Everest (8848 meters) with the Lohtse face infront of it can be enjoyed on the midway of the climb through the pine forests, on the way to Namche Bazaar. This famous town in the lap of the Himalayas also offers the best views of the Kongde Range. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 04: Acclimazation day at Namche Bazaar .
A walk to the twin village of Khunde (3840 meters) and Khumjung (3780 meters) through the Syangboche Airport (3720 meters) is considered as one of the interesting days of the trek. With the benefit of gain in altitude, this day trip also offers a chance to visit a hospital and school started by Sir Edmund Hillary himself. Breathtaking views of Mount Everest (8848 meters), Lohtse (8516 meters) and Ama Dablam (6812 meters) are also an added incentive for the day hike. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3860 meters) .
The trek continues on a well maintained path in the morning with towering mountains on almost every direction. After passing a couple of teahouses at Kyangjuma, the path starts to drop down to the river passing small teashops at the villages of Sanasa, Lausasa and finally reaches Phunki Tenga at the bottom of the valley. Yet another suspension bridge helps us to cross the river at Phunki Tenga and then an identical climb to Namche waits. The climb through a thin Rhododenron forests finally ends at Thyanboche. Tengboche is famous for the Tengboche Monastery, the biggest and the most important monastery of the region. Tengboche also offers stunning panoramic views of Everest with the Lohtse face, Ama Dablam (6812 meters), Kangtega (6782 meters) and the Kongde Range. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4220 meters) .
The path drops down passing through some teahouses at Deboche and after a brief period on easy terrain, crosses the Dudh Koshi once again. A small ascend leads to Pangboche, the village with the oldest monastery of the region. The trek continues in the valley and passes small villages of Somare and Hortse. After Hortse, the path drops in and out of a valley and then a steady walk finally ends the day at Dingboche. At Dingboche, views of another snowcapped pinnacle adds to the already impressive list of mountains, as view of Island Peak (6189 meters), one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal, appears in the North. (5-6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 07: Trek to Chukung (4730 meters) .
An easy walk on a gradually ascending trail and a short day trek ends at Chukung. This is the shortest day of the trek, as the body needs to acclimatize and a good rest to recharge itself. After an acclimatization day, most of the following days are in higher elevation above 5000 meters and are also comparatively the walking hours are longer as well. (2 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 08: Acclimatization day at Chukung .
Chukung Ri (5550 meters) is view point near the Chukung village. The viewpoint offers fantastic views of the mountains around the region and a close up view of Lohtse (8516 meters), being the major highlight. The viewpoint can be reached after a couple of hours of steep climb. This climb also helps the body to acclimatize and prepares for the days ahead.
- Day 09: Cross Kongma La (5535 meters) and trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) .
An early morning start is a must on days crossing a high pass. The day starts with a brief gradual descend and then a long steep ascent until top of the of the pass follows. A brief stop at the top to enjoy all the surrounding mountains of the valleys left behind is followed by a steep drop, which only ends at Lobuche. (7-8 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5180 meters) .
An early start leads us into the undulating trail and into the Khumbu Glacier for a while. After getting out of the glacier, the path leads to Gorakhshep (5180 meters). After a brief stop and lunch, the trail again enters the Khumbu Glacier and undulates all the way up to Everest Base Camp. At Base Camp, one can enjoy the close up views of Nuptse (7861 meters), Pumori (7161 meters), Lingtren (6713 meters), Khumbutse (6636 meters), Changtse (7543 meters) and Lho La (6026 meters). We return to Gorakhshep through the same route on the glacier. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 11: Climb Kala Patter (5545 meters) and trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) .
A steep climb to Kala Pattar (2 hours) is rewarded with the proper view of the southwest face of Everest. Kala Pattar is also the highest point of the trek. After returning to Gorakhshep, we return to Lobuche via same route. (3 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 12: Trek to Dzong Lha (4830 meters) .
After a comfortable walk in the morning, the trail leaves the traditional Everest trail and leads to a gradual ascent. The path drops briefly into a valley and is followed by a final climb that ends at Dzong Lha. (4 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 13: Cross Cho La (5330 meters) and trek to Dragnag (4700 meters) .
Another early start to the day with a brief easy walk in the valley is followed by a long steep climb to the top of the pass. After the top, a steep drop follows and changes into a climb for a brief moment. Again, the trail keeps descending and only ends at Dragnag. Dragnag is located under a huge rock face, across the Ngozumpa Glacier. (7-8 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 14: Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters) .
After crossing Ngozumpa Glacier (the longest glacier of Nepal), the trail joins the Gokyo Lake Valley near the first lake. A short and easy day ends at the third lake (commonly known as Gokyo Lake), with Cho Oyo towering in the background. (3 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 15: Acclimatization day at Gokyo .
An early morning climb to Gokyo Ri (3 hours approximately) offers stunning views of Cho Oyo (8201 meters), Makalu (8463 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters) and Everest (884 8meters); four of the top ten highest point on the planet. Apart from these many more mountains of the Khumbu region can be enjoyed from Gokyo Ri, making it a popular viewpoint in the region. For acclimatization, a walk further into the valley on an easier terrain leads to the fourth and fifth lakes of the valley. These lakes are considered sacred and holy to the people of the Khumbu region. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 16: Cross Renjo La (5360 meters) and trek to Lungdhen (4368 meters) .
An easy trail by the lake starts the day early in the morning. Soon the trail turns into a steep ascent all the way up to the top of the pass. Similar views like the views from Gokyo Ri can also be enjoyed at the top. A steep drop from the top leads into a new valley and ends at Lungdhen. (7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 17: Trek to Thame (3800 meters) .
The trail keeps descending and loses altitude at a consistent pace, and reaches the village of Marlung. After Marlung, the trail slowly moves towards the famous village of Thame on an easier terrain. (5 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 18: Trek to Monjo (2835 meters) .
A drop into the river starts the day and an undulating trail leads into Namche Bazaar, finally connecting the trek again with the same route taken at the start of the trek. On the way down from Namche, we take a last look at the Everest and merrily continue the trek down to river. The exit from the Sagarmatha National Park and a brief drop leads to the village of Monju and ends the days trek. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 19: Trek to Lukla (2810 meters) .
We trek back to Lukla via same route taken before and end the trek at Lukla. We also bid farewell to our support crew and formally end their trek for them as well. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu .
A 25 minute flight to Kathmandu and a whole day to explore the capital. A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 21:Free day at Kathmandu .
A leisure day in Kathmandu which can used for an early morning mountain flights to Everest or can extended into further more tours to Chitwan, Lumbini etc. Further adventure activities like rock climbing, hiking, biking around the Kathmandu valley with bungee jumping, rafting near the valleys can be done on this free day. (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights) (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 22: Departure .
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)
- NOTE: ITINERARY CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUESTS ACCORDING TO YOUR CONVENIENCE .
Bad weather has been a recurring problem at Lukla in the last few years and caused a lot of trouble with flight cancellations. We would like to strongly suggest you to have some spare days at the end of the trek and also a travel insurance that partially or fully covers the sum of emergency evacuation to catch up the international flights. The problems of bad weather at Lukla and people missing their international flights have been well documented in the last few years.
- Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
- Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Boudhanath and Pasupatinath) with city guide and necessary transport.
- 3 nights accommodation (2 persons per room) in Kathmandu in a 3* standard Hotel with breakfast.
- Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu airfare including airport taxes.
- Accommodation and all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) while on trek in normal teahouses.
- Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
- A porter to carry your luggage on treks (Per person 15 kilogram luggage).
- National Park entry fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
- First Aid Kit.
- Service charge and government taxes.
- Nepal entry Visa Fee.
- Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
- Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 L.
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
Warm jacket (down)*
Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it.
Trip cost will vary depending on numbers of travelers, duration/days of trek, standard of hotel in Kathmandu before & after the trip. Please contact us to GET a Custom Quote.