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Hiker Himalaya Treks & Expedition

Everest Three Pass Trek

Trip code ETPT-11
Package name Everest Three Pass Trek
Duration 21 Days
Max. elevation 5550 Meter
Transportation private vehicles and domestic flight
Accomodation Three-star hotel in Kathmandu; and teahouse lodges during the trek
Starts at kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu-lukla-namche-Dingboche-Chhukung-Kongmo-la-Gorakshep-Kalapatthar-Cho-la pass-Gokyo RI-Renjo-La-Lukla-Kathmandu
Cost USD 1,805 per person



Everest Three Passes Trek, an adventure traversing from one scenic area of high Khumbu to another within the Everest region. An extremely adventurous trek that one can experience crossing high Kongma-la, Cho-la, and Renjo-La, all above 5, 300 m passes. Crossing each pass rewards you with a stunning panorama of the surrounding world's highest peaks, in the harmony of pure mountain wilderness. Everest Three Passes Trek, with Hiker Himalaya, takes you from the mainstream busy trail to remote corners of Khumbu. Where few groups of trekkers and adventurers seldom venture around hidden pockets, far and away from villages and human settlements.

A great adventure Everest Three Passes to challenge, takes you from Everest base camp to scenic and beautiful Gokyo Valley. Besides marvelous scenery, the trek leads you to several traditional Sherpa villages adorned with charming religious prayer monuments. As a walk follows the glacial Dudh Kosi River for sometimes to reach Namche Bazaar, the main hub of Khumbu villagers. An ever-exciting place where houses are tucked in an amphitheater with big houses serving as a lodge and hotels. A great village to spend an extra day for acclimatization at the height of 3,440 m high. 

From Namche onward on the road towards our first destination to cross over Kongma-La, higher than Chola and Renjo-La pass. The walk leads to lush green woodland to an open wide small plateau in Tengboche and the impressive monastery. Where you can enjoy the panorama of snow-clad peaks with Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse with majestic looking Mt. Amadablam. Certainly, a lovely spot, for trekkers to enjoy a short walk up to this beautiful place at Tengboche. A tour of the monastery worth visiting is treasured with ancient idols of Lord Buddha festooned with colorful religious vivid paintings. At Tengboche, where a grand festival called Mani-Rimdu is celebrated once a year, certainly a charming place. Where religion, culture, and scenic views of mountains blend in perfect harmony, from here the walk continues to our next destinations.

As adventure leads to a wild country on leaving tree lines and lush vegetation behind to reach attractive Imjatse valley. Surrounded by high snow mountain range just beneath towering North Face of Amadablam with views of Island peak towards east. Spending an extra day in Dingboche in the comfort of a nice lodge facing grand views of snow peaks. From here adventure leads towards hidden corners of high Khumbu, on less ventured areas to cross the first Khongma-La Pass. The highest pass of the adventure at 5,535 m high, is hidden by Pokalde, Nuptse, and Mehra peaks.

After a tough struggle to reach on top, and then descend to cross Khumbu glacier to reach Lobuche. Where walk leads you on gradual up to Everest base camp, right beneath world highest Mt. Everest. On completing the first part of the adventure, a climb to the top of Kalapathar hill is worth the scenery. The rocky spot offers the closest views of Mt. Everest, with other adjoining high mountain ranges. This will be the highest point of the journey at 5,545 m high, from here on towards Gokyo valley. 

The second pass takes you to traverse from eastern Khumbu towards North-West around the most beautiful valley of Gokyo, after crossing Cho-la pass. Stepping into a magnificent country at Gokyo with scenic views that encircled the valley and its emerald-colored lakes. Enjoy the vast beautiful landscapes of Gokyo facing the world's 6th high Mt. Cho-Oyu, and then climb to Gokyo-Ri at 5,357 m. The hilltop of Gokyo-Ri offers a spectacular panorama of a mountain range, with the world's 4 highest peaks. Facing Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho-Oyu, and then heading over last Renjo-La pass to complete all Everest Three passes. The rest of the journey downhill to Namche Bazaar and then at Lukla, for the last overnight stop, before reaching Kathmandu. Where our marvelous adventure concludes after a glorious experience on Everest Three passes trekking.

Best Seasons for Everest Three Passes trek:
Everest Three Passes trek, best in springtime from March to May, and in autumn starts from September to November.

Springtime is lively with longer daylight hours for pleasant walks, as well as for scenic views when flowers are in seasonal bloom. Cold morning and nighttime, could snow sometimes. Next, the best season is autumn from mid-September to November to pre-winter in December.

Where days are clear with blue sky, but short sunlight hours, can be very freezing cold in the morning, late afternoon, and nighttime. Can get snowed sometimes but a beautiful day for walks and to marvel at grand views of mountains.  

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel:

We will welcome you at the Tribhuvan International Airport upon your arrival for the Everest Three Pass trek. Then, you will be transferred to your respective hotel based in Thamel which is the hub of Kathmandu. The guide/leader of the trek will brief you about the trek to the Khumbu Three Passes after refreshment. You will be served a warm welcome Nepali dinner and can also enjoy the folk cultural program.

Day 2 : Preparation and Sightseeing at Kathmandu:

You will begin preparing for the trek after breakfast. The guide will help you in setting the checklist for the backpack and the necessary tools to be taken. After having lunch, you can head for sightseeing around the World Heritage sites inside the Kathmandu Valley. If you are an admirer of ancient history and arts, then you can visit the Narayan Hiti Museum, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, or Kathmandu Durbar square. If you want to have a soul seeking and pilgrim visit, then you can go to the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath or Boudhanath.

Day 3 : Fly to Lukla (2830 m) and trek to Phakding (2640 m) - 04 hours:

After having breakfast, you will be taken on a domestic flight to Lukla. The 35-minute flight is a memorable and mesmerizing one since you will see the landscape change below you and the weather change as you head out. From Lukla, the trail then leads towards Pakding after a downhill walk. Phakding located alongside the Dudh Koshi River is a small Sherpa village with friendly people. Stay overnight at camp in Phakding.

Day 4 : Trek towards Namche Bazaar (3440 m) -05 hours:

After having breakfast, you can begin the trek towards Namche Bazaar. The path takes you through amazing alpine woodland of pines and rhododendron trees with views of snow-capped peaks. After crossing some bridges, you will pass Monjo which is the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park. You proceed uphill to reach Namche Bazaar which is visible from a far distance due to the settlement there. Namche has numerous shops and lodges with basic modern facilities like ATMs, Cyber Cafes, Restaurants, and more. Namche is the central hub to most of the treks in the Khumbu region along with the Everest Three pass trek.

Day 5 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar:

Due to a sudden change in altitude, you will take this day to acclimatize at Namche. This is vital to prevent falling victim to Altitude Sickness. You will see views of the mesmerizing mountains like Thamserku, Khumbu-la, Mt. Everest, and more after a short hike uphill. On this day you can also try the local cuisine and drinks and intermingle with the Sherpa community living there. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 6 : Trek to Tyangboche (3867 m) -05 hours:

After breakfast, you will head to the lovely Tyangboche which is a 5-hour walk from Namche. Along the way, you will see forests of rhododendron and pine trees and the fabulous views of Amadablam peeking from treelines.  Time and on, throughout the trail, you will see views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku, and Kwangde peaks. The trail then eventually descends to Imjatse River and then Tenga. Tenga is a small place with a few tea shops where you can take some rest. After walking through a line of alpine trees you will reach the beautiful Thyangboche Monastery which is home o the high priest, Rinpoche. You can take blessings from the head lama for a successful and blessed tour. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 7 : Trek to Dingboche (4260 m) -05 hours:

On this day, you will take the trail that leads to Dingboche. The trail will take you downhill through a line of rhododendron and pine forest to cross over an Imja Khola. Eventually, the path reaches the Pangboche village which is a permanent settlement before the Everest Base Camp. You will then enter an exposed area that opens up to a beautiful and up-close view of Amadablam at very close proximity. You will stay overnight at camp.

Day 8 : Acclimatize at Dingboche:

On this day you will rest at Dingboche to acclimatize with your body against the sudden altitude change. It is regarded as an excellent opportunity to visit the nearby monuments and areas around Dingboche. You can hike uphill to get panoramic views of some of the highest mountain ranges. You will come close to the Northern face of Amadablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Imjatse peaks. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 9 : Trekking to Chhukung (4750 m) -04 hours:

After having breakfast, you will hike from Dingboche and head towards Chhukung. On the east, there is a settlement from where you will reach the rim of the Imjatse valley. From this point, you will see total stunning views of Mt. Makalu in the east, which is the highlight of the trek. You can either choose to stay at Chukkung or can further hike up to Chukkung Ri for more mesmerizing and scenic views.

Day 10 : Towards Kongmo - la (5535 m) and then to Lobuche (4928 m) -08 hours

Early in the morning even before dawn, you will head towards Kongmo-la which is the first pass of the trek. This is considered a challenging day for many since the path is very icy and rocky. Although, you will get to see the views of Kongmo peak. The Kongmo-La pass at an elevation of 5535 m offers views of the Nuptse wall, Mihara, and Pokalda peaks. After a challenging climb, you will reach the Khumbu glacier. You will take a short steep climb to the terminal debris of the glacier and then reach Lobuche. At Lobuche, you will stay at a lodge for the night.

Day 11 : Trek to Gorakshep (5160 m) and visit Everest base camp (5320 m) -05 hours:

On this day, you will begin the hike to Gorakshep. The walk although considered relatively secure, may cause slight difficulty in altitude sickness. Along the way, you will be welcomed with panoramic views of the mountain range of Pumori, Khumbutse, Lingerie, and Everest. On the way to Gorakshep, you will walk through an icy trail. It is the last place with lodge facilities before entering the Everest Base Camp. After reaching Gorkahshep, you will move on closer to the base camp. You will walk over moraine overlooking the Khumbu Icefall. From Everest Base Camp you see a staggering mountain range surrounding you. You can then head back to Gorak shep to rest for the day.

Day 12 : Hike to Kalapatthar (5545 m) and walk to Dzongla (4830 m) -06 hours:

After eating breakfast, you will hike towards Kalapatthar which is the viewpoint in the Khumbu region. It is the highest point of the entire trek. You will reach a black rocky ridge after a 2-hour climb uphill from where panoramic views of the highest peaks are seen. After the refreshment, you will head downhill to reach Cho La pass in Dzongla which is a Sherpa settlement. You can stay in the teahouses and lodges which offer fantastic views of Taboche and Cholatse peaks. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 13 : Dzongla to Cho-la pass (5367 m) walk down to Thanknak (4750 m) -07 hours

On this day, you will head towards Cho La Pass which is the second pass in the Everest Three Pass trek. Early in the morning before dawn, you will take an ascend and cross the glacier on the eastern side. Cho la pass is known to be one of the most challenging hikes upwards at an altitude of 5367 m. The views of the Cholatse glacier are exceptionally beautiful. You will take a sharp descend to Thanknak. Thaknak is at a close distance to Gokyo Lake. Stay overnight at Thanknak.

Day 14 : Trek to Gokyo (4750 m) climb to Gokyo RI (5357 m) -06 hours:

After having breakfast, you will head towards Gokyo which is only a few hours walks. You will take the trail passing through a small hamlet at the foot of Ngozumba glacier. The mesmerizing Emerald Gokyo lake offers the reflection of the mountains surrounding it. From Gokyo, you can move towards Gokyo RI for more amazing views of peaks like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Taweche, Cholatse, Mt. Cho Oyo, and more. After reaching Gokyo RI at 5357m, you will walk back to Gokyo and stay overnight.

Day 15 : At Gokyo rests and visiting fifth lake -05 hours:

On this day, you will take a rest at Gokyo not just for acclimatizing but also for excursing around the area. Also, after the long hours of continuous walking in the previous days, your body certainly needs rest. You can then head towards the base of Cho Oyo which is the 6th highest mountain in the world. You can observe a little difference in the Nepal Tibet border. From there, the views of the towering Changtse and Mt. Everest can be seen. You will take the same route to head back to Gokyo after walking towards the fifth lake.

Day 16 : Gokyo to Renjo-La (5360 m) and descend to Marlung (4210 m) -07 hours.

Considered as one of the most challenging days of the trek, on this day you will head towards Renjo –La which is the third pass in the Everest three pass. Even before Dawn, you will head towards Renjo La. Throughout the path; you will be offered mesmerizing views of Mt. Everest, Taboche, and Cholatse. En route to MArlung, you will pass the Renjo La pass. After the breathtaking views of Cho-Oyu, you will then visit the frozen pond beneath Renjo La pass. After reaching the settlement at Lungdeng near the Nangpa-La Pass and then head towards Marlung village which is near Bhote Koshi River.

Day 17 : Trek from Marlung to Namche (3440 m) -06 hours:

The trek will begin from Marlung to Namche which is a more natural trail. On the way, we will visit the Thyangboche and Hungmo villages. Along the way, you will walk through the scattered Sherpard’s huts and yaks are grazing along. After an uphill haul, you will reach the hydropower plant at Namche. Stay overnight at Namche.

Day 18 : Trek to Phakding (2652 m) - 05 hours:

After breakfast, you will walk towards Phakding. You will head towards Monjo which is the exit to Sagarmatha National Park. After heading downhill to Dudh Koshi, you will cross the longest bridge in the area and finally reach Phakding. Stay overnight at Phakding.

Day 19 : Trek to Lukla (2800 m) -04 hours:

On this day, you will head towards Lukla. You will follow the same trail towards Lukla. On the way, you can enjoy the magnificent scenery. Take a short climb and reach Lukla. You can take a rest and enjoy some local food and drinks.

Day 20 : Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels:

Today you will be bidding farewell to the Khumbu region. You will take a 35-minute flight towards Kathmandu from Lukla. The trip is one of the most memorable and scenic. After reaching Kathmandu, you can take a rest at your hotel. In the evening you can go souvenir shopping at Thamel and can even enjoy the local pubs and restaurants.

Day 21 : International departure:

This is the day when you will bid farewell to wonderful Nepal. You will be dropped off at the Tribhuvan International airport. On the way home, you will remember the wonderful time that you had throughout the Everest Three Pass Trek.


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