Everest Three High Passes Trek

Trip Fact

  1. Trip Code:
    ETPT
  2. Trip Price:
    from $1465 USD

Duration: 18 Days

Trip Grade: Challenginng

Best Season: Sep-Dec/March-April

Altitude Max: 5545m

Group Size: 1 - 10

Transportation: Private Vehicle and Flight

Accomodation: Standard Hotel in Kathmandu and Tea House during the trekking

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek

Activities: Trekking

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Trip Highlight

  • You will have an amazing moment while crossing three popular passes in the Everest region- Renjo La Pass (5464 meters), Cho La Pass (5420 meters), Kongma La Pass (5535 meters).
  • On this trek, you will get to explore the 5 icy lakes of the Gokyo valley.
  • You will have the adventurous yet, challenging time while crossing these passes.
  • Along with the adventure, you can get a close insight into the life of the Himalayan Sherpa people.
  • You will catch the finest views of Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar (5545 meters).
  • Trek a circuit around the entire Everest region
  • Amazing views of the highest mountains in the world

At a glance

Everest Three High Passes Trek is an exciting adventure trip in the Himalayas of Nepal that includes trekking on popular Everest trails. On our trekking adventure, we cross three high passes in the Everest region - Kongma La Pass (5,535/18,159ft), Cho La Pass (5420m/17,782ft) and Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,520ft) and the Mt. Everest base camp, climb Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri; and tour around Gokyo Lakes. Everest Three High Passes trekking also introduces trekkers to the remote and untouched Nangpa La Valley, the Sherpa village of Marlung and the monastery village of Thame.

Everest High Passes Trek is a perfect choice for an adventure seeker who is looking for a challenging trek in the Everest region of Nepal which also involves crossing high mountain passes.

Trekking through the worlds highest passes is the dream of adventurers. The heavenly experience of three high passes via Kongma La Pass (5535m/18,159ft), Cho La Pass (5420m/17782ft) and Reenjo La Pass hiking (5446m/17520ft) is an unparalleled experience in mountain vista and snow-faced mountain scenery. These high passes trekking routes offer the best views of mountains above 8000m and many others of lower heights like Ama Dablam, Pumori, Cholatse, Khumbutse, Khalanga, Nuptse and Lhotse mountains.
Once in a life time experience of Everest Three High Passes Trekking will leave you with gorgeous memoirs for lifetime. We, at Green Valley Nepal Treks are keen to join and assist you in every way possible, in this incredible journey to the Himalaya.

Everest Three High passes trek is challenging trip in Nepal. There are three main passes of Khumbu region along with numerous valleys. The tallest point of the Everest High Pass trek will be 5550m above sea level. There is more than just High Passes Trek, it also include of other trekking trails in the Everest region, such as; Gokyo Valley Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek, and Thame Valley Trek among others. The scenery of mountains of the Khumbu region is truly impressive.

The three high passes trekking route has an itinerary for those who want to experience the challenges and adventure of the mountain trails. The trail leads through Sherpa villages where unique customs and cultures can be closely observed while passing through the monuments, Buddhist Monasteries, Prayer wheels, and flags. At Sagarmatha National Park in the trail, which is a habitat of rare flora and fauna, the uniqueness of Himalayan survival can be understood. The spectacular wildlife one can encounter in their wild habitat include musk deer, blue sheep, Himalaya Thar, barking deer, blood Pheasant, Tibetan snow cock, crimson horned Pheasant, yak et cetera.

Green Valley Nepal Treks offering Everest Three High Passes Trekking with the best prices and services. The Everest Three High Passes Trekking package is best selling trekking trip in Nepal. Green Valley Nepal Treks designed Everest Three High Passes Trekking itinerary based on tea house and lodge accommodation arrangement. We have a team of expert professional Sherpa Trekking Guides and Porters to guide you all ways throughout the trip and handle everything while understanding your overall needs and interests during your trip.

Getting Everest Three High Passes Trek : The classic starting point of the Three Passes Trek is the magical airport of Lukla, a 30-minute spectacular flight from Kathmandu.

Best Season to do Everest Three High Passes Trek: Spring (March-May) and Autumn (October-November) are the best seasons to do this trek. The monsoon season (June - early September) has less predictable weather, but some trekkers still choose this time as it aligns better with their vacation schedule. Winter season (December - February) snow may block the passes, but often offers clear skies.

Difficulty of Everest Three High Passes Trek: The three passes trek is rated Challenging. It is a very serious adventure given its high pass crossings. It is more challenging than its regular treks to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes, but not challenging as trekking peaks such as Island Peak and Mera Peak.

Accommodation and Meals during the Everest Three High Passes Trek: Around Everest Region the teahouses (lodges) are of comparatively high quality and they serve good meals, especially in Namche Bazar which youll pass on the way up and down .

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 :Arriving In Kathmandu (1250m)

Day 2 :Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding(2600m) (7.8 KM, 3 to 4 hrs)

Day 3 :Phakding-Monju-Namche Bazaar(3441m) (10.4 KM, 6 to 7 hrs)

Day 4 :Acclimatization Day

Day 5 :NamcheBazaar- Tyangbuche(3800m) (8.6 KM, 4 to 5 hrs)

Day 6 :Tyangbuche-Dingbuche(4410m) (10.7 KM, 5 to 6 hrs)

Day 7 :Dingbuche- Chukung (4,730m) (4.5 KM, 2 to 3 hrs)

Day 8 :Chhukung - Kongmala pass - Lobuche(4900m) (8 to 9 hrs)

Day 9 :Lobuche - Gorekhshep (5100m) (5.2 KM, 3 hrs)

Day 10 :Gorekhshep - Kalapathar (5550m) - Zongla (3810m) (7 to 8 hrs)

Day 11 :Zongla - Chola pass - Thagnak (4750 m) 7 to 8 hrs)

Day 12 :Thagnak - Gokyo(4700m) (2.7 KM, 2 hrs)

Day 13 :Explore Around Gokyo

Day 14 :Gokyo - Renjola pass - Murlung (4300m) 6 to 7 hrs

Day 15 :Marlung -Thame - Namche Bazaar (3441m) (11.5 KM, 7 to 8 hrs)

Day 16 :Namche - Phakding - Lukla (2800m) (15.7 KM, 7 to 8 hrs)

Day 17 :Fly Back to Kathmandu (45 minutes)

Day 18 :Final Departure or onward for next program

Cost Include

  • Airports pick up drop service
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu on Standard Hotel with Breakfast
  • All permits such as National park, TIMS Permit
  • All nights lodge accommodations on mountain
  • 3 times meals day such as Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trekking
  • Trekking gear duffel bag for your trekking stuffs
  • Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket (refundable)
  • Medical Kit Bag on every trip
  • First Aid and Eco trained English Speaking professionals guide
  • Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu flight tickets
  • Staffs insurance, well paid salary, equipments, foods & Hotel
  • Worst case, arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service, if needed (paid by your Travel insurance).
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate( Very useful to check Altitude sickness symptom)
  • Farewell dinner in famous Nepali restaurant with Nepali culture dance program

Cost Exclude

  • International airfare & Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Porter If needed ( One porter between two trekkers is recommended ) 
  • Personal Insurance & personal expenses
  • Tips for Guide and Porter ( it is expected).

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 :Arriving In Kathmandu (1250m)Arrival in Kathmandu. Our airport representative will greet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by a private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office to know about the details of the arrangements.
Included meals: - Nil
Accommodation: Hotel Florid Nepal or similar category

Day 2 :Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding(2600m) (7.8 KM, 3 to 4 hrs) Next morning we fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. The 40 minutes flight from Tribhuvan Domestic Airport (Kathmandu) to Tenzing Hilary Airport (Lukla) offers marvelous views of mountain ranges as rays of light fall on them. We start a 3-4 hours trek to Phakding shortly after meeting our crew members in Lukla. Overnight stay in a Lodge.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House

Day 3 :Phakding-Monju-Namche Bazaar(3441m) (10.4 KM, 6 to 7 hrs) We continue along the trail soon after having our breakfast in Phakding. After crossing Dudh Koshi River we register our permit number and group details at National Park office in Monju, the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park. Then we ascend to Namche Bazaar crossing the Hillary Suspension Bridge. Overnight stay in a lodge.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House

Day 4 :Acclimatization DayThis is the day to rest in the centre of Khumbu region, the Namche Bazaar. It’s also a day to adjust our body to the high altitude. Though we stay in Namche, it is recommended that we stay active and moving. The place is well facilitated with banks, ATMs and Cyber Cafés and you can also visit the Sherpa museum or visit the local community.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House

Day 5 :NamcheBazaar- Tyangbuche(3800m) (8.6 KM, 4 to 5 hrs) We start for Tyangbuche after breakfast in Namche. On our way, beautiful views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt Ama Dablam and Thamserku accompany us while walking the smooth and sometimes zigzag trail.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House

Day 6 :Tyangbuche-Dingbuche(4410m) (10.7 KM, 5 to 6 hrs) The morning view of the mountain panorama is outstanding and you can click the breath taking views of Kangtega range, Thamserku, Amadablam, Taboche, Kwangde, Tengboche, Lhotse and Nuptse. Our day begins along the trail through Imja Khola then to Tengboche where we descend to river bank, through the rhodedondron and birch forests. At Deboche we visit a Buddhist nunnery and cross few chortens to reach Pangboche where we can have a splendid view the wonderful mountains. One can easily notice the thinning vegetation on walking from upper Panboche to the dry and alpine terrain of Shomare. The apical ridge of Mt. Pumori can be viewed from Orsho then finally we reach the cold and windy village of Dingboche where we stay overnight.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House

Day 7 :Dingbuche- Chukung (4,730m) (4.5 KM, 2 to 3 hrs) On the seventh day we wake up to find ourselves amid stone walled alpine landscape of Dingboche. We continue our trek through Imja Khola valley to glacier moraines in the middle of towering mountains. Our walk continues for next 3-4 hours through the valley viewing Lhotse Mountain and Ama Dablam on our sides until we reach yak Bibre, the herdman’s place. Walking further we can have wonderful view of rocky and icy appearance of Imja Tse peak at the terminal moraine. Half an hour walk from Bibre leads us to Chhukung where we can view the glaciers, and snowy mountains. Overnight in Chhukung.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House

Day 8 :Chhukung - Kongmala pass - Lobuche(4900m) (8 to 9 hrs) Getting acclimatized to this height we start to ascend early in the morning. On this day we enter the remote hinterlands of the mountains where we cannot find any teashops further so we carry plenty of water for ourselves. We have option of either taking a climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung over Nuptse glacier; the other option is to walk down the valley of Bibre then to high trail above Niyang Khola. On walking further we can have stunning view of Island peak valley and the jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha. On ascending along east side of Niyang Khola valley through stony trail we reach wide basin dotted with frozen lakes. We leave Chhukung after 5 hours walk through the trail Kongma La. We reach the top to see the prayer flags fluttering to mark the pass at ridge. Now the descent begins which is difficult and challenging experience of today’s trek. We then climb the moraine on the far side, then turn north through the trail of Khumbu glacier which finally leads to today’s final destination: Lobuche where we stay overnight.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House

Day 9 :Lobuche - Gorekhshep (5100m) (5.2 KM, 3 hrs) Ahead of Gorakshep the trail leads through the lateral moraine of Khumbu Glacier. Passing through the pyramid signpost we find ourselves we can view the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse etc. We can view the 360-degree vista of snow covered mountains after ascent to Thangma Riju. On climbing the top of Changri glacier we catch the sight of Kalapatthar, a green knoll beneath Mt. Pumori. When we reach Gorakshep we can view the snow-capped mountains all around including the crown of the world, the Everest.
We then take a trail to Everest base camp through once Gorak Shep Lake and reach Indian army mountaineers’ memorials on continuing. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp we realize the hazardous route of Khumbu icefall. We can’t view the Everest as we stand at the base of peak but the close up scene of Nuptse, Khumbutse are no less enchanting experience which stand tall above the bright colored tents of the Mountaineers. This is the ultimate point of our trip. We then walk back to Gorak Shep where we lodge overnight.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House

Day 10 :Gorekhshep - Kalapathar (5550m) - Zongla (3810m) (7 to 8 hrs) This is the climax of our trip which starts with the walk to catch dramatic view of shining Everest from Kalapatthar.As we descent to Kalapatthar we can catch breath while snapping the pictures of peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbuttse, Changtse appear to the East, the Everest revealing between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. After several hours we reach Kalapathhar where we sit to quench the ultimate thirst of eyes to see the unparalleled Himalayan panorama. We leave our footsteps take away the memories and snapped pictures for the lifetime experience.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House

Day 11 :Zongla - Chola pass - Thagnak (4750 m) 7 to 8 hrs) On 12th morning we will wake up to see the mesmerizing view of Cholatse. The early part of this one of the toughest trip begins as we transverse through Dzongla across spur forest which then descends to a basin. As we climb the height again we see the picturesque view of Chola lake and Mt Ama Dablam. The steep climb is made worse by boulders which then leads us to the curvy trails of Bergschrund. At the top, we can enjoy the sight of majestic peaks all around standing by the side of fluttering prayer flags. The descent to Thagnak is relatively easier unless the rocks are glazed by iced making the path slippery and hazardous. We stay in Thagnak for the night.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House

Day 12 :Thagnak - Gokyo(4700m) (2.7 KM, 2 hrs) Early morning the next day we step out of the small village and keep following the trail through Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal. As we reach the other side of the glacier, we can catch the sight of second Gokyo lakes, which is one of the six series. On the edge of the third lake which is at short distance from the second; we see Gokyo village. Stay and rest in Gokyo for 1 day and 2 nights.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House

Day 13 :Explore Around Gokyo Towards the end of second week of our trek we stay to rest in Gokyo valley. The acclimatization day is an excellent opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri which is one of the best place to catch view of Everest region, the six lakes. The fourth lake is 3 Km north to Gokyo with its high cliffs and peaks rising above it. The trail continues to the fifth turquoise blue shimmering lake which is the biggest. We can even climb the hills at the edge of lake to catch the breathtaking scene of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu. Beyond fifth lake there is Cho Oyu base camp, the breathtaking scenery is worth a watch. It is up to interest, curiosity, time and energy we have left with whether we go as far as sixth lake. We will back to Gokyo for overnight.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House

Day 14 :Gokyo - Renjola pass - Murlung (4300m) 6 to 7 hrs Today we start to walk to Renjola pass early in the morning. We leave the main trail of Gokyo valley to take Renjola trail by Dudh Pokhari. After 3 hours walk the vista of the Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche can be enjoyed. The trail continues down the stairs to reach Angladumba Tsho. On further walking we see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake then we walk through these narrow valley teemed with giant boulders to Lumde. After an hour walk we reach Marlung, the place where we stay tonight.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House

Day 15 :Marlung -Thame - Namche Bazaar (3441m) (11.5 KM, 7 to 8 hrs) The next day we follow the traditional route that had been followed for centuries by the tibetean traders which is a descent from Marlung to Thame. Crossing Bhote Koshi, descending to Taranga we reach Langmuche Khola. We can view astonishing view of the mountains such as Thamserku, Katenga, Kusum Kangguru etc from the lodges besides seeing the famous Buddhist shrine (Gompa) at Thame. We cross the bridge reach Samde, the place which offers breathtaking beauty of mountain views. Down the steep path we reach Thamo village where there is a monastery called Khari Goma which is the nunnery. We reach the world’s highest power station built on Austrailian Aid, after which we reach a small village called Phurte where there is Laudo Monastry. Finally we reach to Namche through some gompas, prayer flags, chortens and Mani stones. Overnight in Namche.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House

Day 16 :Namche - Phakding - Lukla (2800m) (15.7 KM, 7 to 8 hrs) This is the final day of the three day high pass trek. On this day we start from Namche and reach Lukla but the challenges are huge walking down the steep with shaky legs until we reach the airport area. Crossing the bridge over Dudhkoshi.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House

Day 17 :Fly Back to Kathmandu (45 minutes) An early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. The taking off is a dramatic scene just as the landing. The rest of the day can be used for sightseeing or relaxation and celebration.
Included meals: - Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Florid Nepal or similar category

Day 18 :Final Departure or onward for next program Departure from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle. You can also extend your trip by opting for another program.
Included meals: - Breakfast
Accommodation: Nil

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Based on the request from The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, most of the flights from Kathmandu (KTM) to Lukla (LUA) has been shifted to the nearby Ramechhap (RCH) Airport in order to manage extreme air traffic congestion at TIA. We have to drive to Ramechhap (RCH) airport from Kathmandu to fly Lukla on day 2nd; it will take about 3 to 4 hours.

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