Everest Three Passes Trek - 18 Days

Everest Three Pass Trek
Trip Facts
  • Trip Duration18 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Maximum Altitude 5545m
  • Activity Trekking
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu / Kathmandu
  • Best Season February to May and September to Mid - December
Highlights
  • Scenic Mountain Views: The trek offers some of the most amazing views of the Himalayan ranges, including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and other surrounding peaks. You will be able to witness the beauty of the Khumbu region and the awe-inspiring landscapes.
  • Three High Passes: The trek takes you through three high mountain passes - Renjo La (5,360m), Cho La (5,420m), and Kongma La (5,535m), which offer a challenging but rewarding experience. You will cross glaciers and snowy paths and experience breathtaking views of the mountains from the top.
  • Sherpa Culture: The trek takes you through several Sherpa villages, where you can experience the unique culture and lifestyle of the Sherpa people. You can visit monasteries, interact with the locals, and learn about their traditions and customs.
  • Everest Base Camp: The trek includes a visit to the Everest Base Camp, where you can witness the majestic Everest up close and feel the excitement of being in one of the world's most iconic locations.
  • Kala Patthar: You will also climb to the top of Kala Patthar, which offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, at sunrise. It is one of the most beautiful experiences you can have on the trek.

Located in Khumbu region of Nepal, the Everest Three Pass Trek is a strenuous trekking trek that crosses three high mountain passes: Renjo La (5,360m), Cho La (5,420m), and Kongma La (5,535m). This trek provides breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas and a glimpse into the unique culture and way of life of the indigenous Sherpa people. The trek has earned its reputation as one of the world's most challenging and amzing trekking routes.

The trek begins from scenic flight to Lukla. Beside three high passes you will also visit to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and ascend to the summit of Kala Patthar (5,550m) to see the breathtaking panoramic views of Everest (8,848.86m), Lhotse (8,516m), and Nuptse (7,861m), and surrounding landscapes. A good level of physical fitness and acclimatization is required for the trek. The Everest Three Pass Trek is at its best in the months of February through May and September through Mid-December, when the weather is typically clear and stable.

Overall, the Everest Three Pass Trek is a challenging and rewarding experience that combines adventure, culture, and natural beauty. It is an excellent choice for trekkers who look up for the challenge and wants to experience the best of the Everest region.

ItineraryDay to Day Itinerary
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Upon your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), representative from Moon Himalaya Adventure will welcome you and transfer to hotel. In the evening you will have dinner with our guides where you will introduce with each other and talk about the trip.

  • Meals:Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Max Altitude:1310m

On the second day after having your breakfast, our guide will brief you about the Everest Three Pass Trek and the gears you need. In case you miss out on some gear you can buy or rent it. If you want then you can visit around the world heritage sites (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath) but you have to pay entry fees on your own.

  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Max Altitude:1310m

An early morning flight to Lukla marks the initial step of the Lobuche peak climb. Once you've arrived in Lukla, you'll begin your hike to Phakding. You'll be making your way along a stone-paved path to Phakding. You will be passing through villages of Chheplung (2660m) and Ghat (2592m) before reaching Phakding. Phakding is a beautiful village with plenty of hotels and stores.

 

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:2850m
  • Duration:30 minutes flight & trek 3-4 hrs

Today you will begin your hike along the bank of the Dudhkhosi River and pass through Monjo(2835m), Larja Dobhan (2830 m), and finally Namche Bazaar. Walking up and downhill will get you to Monjo. You'll need to show your permits at the Monjo checkpoint before entering Sagarmatha National Park. Monjo, a sherpa settlement, provides stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains. You will be crossing suspension bridges and taking in the breathtaking scenery en route to Namche. After today's walk, you'll finally arrive at Namche Bazaar. You will get a great view of the mountains from Namche Bazar, one of the most beautiful places in the Khumbu region.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3440m
  • Duration:6/7 hrs

The must needed acclimatization day in Namche even if you feel healthy and fit. You will hike up to the Everest view point on this day. Magnificent panoramic views of Mountains like Mount Everest (8,848.86m), Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7,861m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Kangtega (6,782m), Thamserku (6,623m), Kwangde (6,011m) and others can be seen from Everest view point.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3440m

We will head to Thame where will first follow the trail of the east ridge of Namche and then descend through the forest to reach Phorte where we can get to see the mud-plastered stupa. The trail then leads us to Thamo Monastery. After that, we will reach Thame by coming across through Khumbu Hydroelectric plant. Thame is home to legendary mountaineers such as Tenzing Norgay Sherpa (later on migrated to Darjeeling), Appa Sherpa, and many other Sherpa climbers whose contribution to Nepal Himalaya is incredible.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3800m
  • Duration:5/6 hrs

Today we will walk through the villages, taking in the sights of the surrounding landscape and mountain ranges. After passing the villages of Taranga and Marulung (4,200 m), our final stop of the day will be in Lungden. In Lungden you can visit the Nakpa Valley which is a great place to explore because it was formerly a major trading route to Tibet.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:4380m
  • Duration:5/6 hrs

Today is going to be really memorable day because we'll be crossing the first pass of the trek, Renjola Pass. The climb to Renjo La begins rather easily but becomes strenuous as we approach the top of Renjo La Pass. However, our effort will be worth the climb as the Renjo La Pass offers spectacular views of Everest (8848.86m), Lhotse (8516 m), Makalu (8463 m), and Cho Oyu (8201 m), among others. After that, we will next make our way down from the pass to the stunning green waters of the Gokyo Lakes and then hike on to the quaint village of Gokyo where we will stay for a night.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:5360m
  • Duration:7/8 hrs

We will start our trek to Thangnak which is also called Dranag through glaciers and rocky terrain. We will make our way through Gokyo Ri to see the best view of Gokyo Lake and surrounding mountains. We will pass through Ngozumpa Glacier on our way to Thangnak. As we trek, we take in the stunning scenery of the surrounding mountains, glaciers, and beautiful valleys, including the majestic Cho Oyu and Gokyo Ri. We travel on till we reach Thangnak. The location at this peaceful inn is ideal for making the ascent to the top of the Cho-La Pass.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:5400m
  • Duration:4/5 hrs

Today crossing the Cho La Pass (5420m), the second pass of our trek, and making the long descent to Dzongla requires an early start to prevent any unanticipated events that may arise during the middle of the day. To reach the pass, we will first climb up the valley and across a hill and an old lateral moraine. Views of the Rolwaling Valley to the west and Ama Dablam to the southeast are spectacular from the top. From here, you'll need to descend across a little glacier. As we make our way back down, we are rewarded with even better views of Ama Dablam and Cholatse.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:5420m
  • Duration:6/7 hours

As we make our way to Gorakhshep today, we'll be treated to breathtaking views of Mt. Pumori and the surrounding area. We will be able to reach Lobuche by following the paths through the Imja Khola Valley where we will have our lunch. After Lunch, we will walk ahead till we reach Gorakhshep. The next day you will be going to two important places in the Khumbu region, Kala Patthar to see the beautiful sunrise over the Himalayas and next, Everest Base Camp the base of world's highest peak Mt. Everest. Get a good sleep to enjoy your next day.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:5185m
  • Duration:5/6 hrs

In the early morning, you will hike up to Kala Patthar to see the beautiful sunrise view. You will be amazed to see the rays of the sun touching the mountains of the Himalayas. The best panoramic view of the Himalayas is observed from this viewpoint. Then we will get back to Gorakshep for breakfast. After having breakfast, we will now head to Everest Base Camp (5364m). You will observe the elegant Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefall. In addition, you will be amazed by the beautiful snowcapped mountain around the base camp. After that, we will be back in Gorakshep for lunch. We will then head to Lobuche after lunch where we will stay for the night.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:4910m
  • Duration:6/7 hrs

Our final, and highest, pass of the treks is today: Khongma La Pass (5535m). As we trek onward, we will traverse through Khumbu glacier. The stunning view of Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Makalu, Baruntse, Cholatse, and Ama Dablam are all visible from the pass. We will make our way down from the Khongma La pass to the Nigyang Khola Valley's eastern side. After a rocky descent through the Niyang Khola valley, you'll be treated to breathtaking panoramas of Amphu Lapcha pass and Island Peak on your way to Chhukung.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:5535m
  • Duration:6/7 hrs

From Chukkung, we will be making our way down to Tengboche. The first stop is Dingboche, followed by Pangboche. The Pangboche Monastery is among the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region. After that, we will make our way down along the bank of the Dhudh Kosi River, which flows from the Khumbu glaciers and the island peak. We then continue on to Tengboche, where, in the evening, you can attend a Pooja ritual at the monastery. Incredible views of Amadablam, Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse can be seen from the Tengboche.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:5/6 hrs

You can enjoy a beautiful sunrise view from Tengboche along with having your breakfast at the side. After having breakfast and packing our bags we will descend down to Monjo after spending some time at Namche.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:5/6 hrs

Today we will get an early start. As you make your way back to Lukla, you'll reminisce on what you've come so far since the first day of the trek. In the evening, you can celebrate your accomplishments with a little party at Lukla.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:4/5 hrs

Finally, on the last day of the trek, your final breakfast of the trek at Khumbu region. Catching the early flight, you will return to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our guides will transfer you to a hotel from the domestic airport.

  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:35 minutes flight

A representative from Moon Himalaya Adventure will drop you at the airport 3 hours prior to the scheduled flight time.

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    Cost DetailsWhat's Included
    • Airport pick up and drop
    • Three-night hotel in Kathmandu.
    • Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu for client.
    • Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
    • Accommodation during the trek.
    • Sagarmatha National Park entry fee.
    • Pasang Lhamu Gaupalika entry fee.
    • Trekkers’ Information Management system (TIMS) card.
    • Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu for guide.
    • English speaking government license holder Trekking guide.
      (For 1 to 4 clients there will be 1 guide and above 5 clients we provide assistant guide)
    • For 2 clients there will be 1 Porter.
      (The baggage of 1 client should be 10 to 12 kg only)
    • Food, accommodation, salary and Trekking insurance for Guide and Porter.
    • First aid kit.
    • All necessary government taxes.
    • Certificate of accomplishment of the trek.
    • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by client Travel insurance company.
    What's Excluded
    • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos.
    • Your Travel insurance (compulsory).
    • Food (lunch and dinner) while you are in Kathmandu.
    • Hotel in Kathmandu that goes beyond the scheduled program.
    • Your personal expenses and entrance fees while you do the tour in Kathmandu.
    • Entry fees in Monastries, temples, Museum.
    • Your personal expenses, shopping, donation to monasteries and school, wifi, laundry etc
    • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
    • Sweet things like chocolate bars.
    • Internet, Hot shower and battery charge during the trek.
    • International airfare and airport departure tax.
    • Tips for the guide and staffs.
    • Things that goes beyond cost inclusive.
    Useful InformationGood to Know
    • Weather: The weather is unpredictable in the Himalaya so we recommend you to be prepared and pack the gear for rain, snow and wind.
    • Medical History: Please let us know if you have any medical history that might bring complication in your Everest Three Pass trek such as knee or leg sprain, fractures, major surgeries or other serious health concern.
    • Medication: Please inform us about your medicine that you use daily so that our guide can timely remind you about your medicines.
    • Best time to trek: Every season have different thing to offer however the best time to trek the Everest Three Pass is from September to Mid - December and from February to May. During these months, the weather is generally dry and the skies are clear, offering stunning mountain views.
    • Altitude Sickness: Altitude sickness can be a concern on this trek due to the high elevation. Moon Himalaya Adventure prepares the itinerary with proper time to acclimatize however if you find any symptoms of AMS such as Difficulty sleeping, Dizziness or light-headedness, Fatigue, Headache, Loss of appetite, Nausea or vomiting, Shortness of breath with exertion then please inform you guide as soon as possible.
    FAQsEverest Three Passes Trek - 18 Days FAQs
    • The Everest Three Pass Trek is considered a strenuous and challenging trek. It involves long and demanding days of trekking, high altitude, and steep ascents and descents. It is recommended to have good physical fitness and proper acclimatization.

    • The best time to do the Everest Three Pass Trek is during the month of February to May and September to Mid - December. During these months, the weather is generally stable and clear, and the views of the mountains are spectacular.

    • Yes, you need to obtain three permits for the Everest Three Pass Trek - the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit, Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entry permit and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card. Moon Himalaya Adventure will manage all required permits for you.

    • You will be provided with basic accommodation on the Everest Three Pass Trek in tea houses and lodges. Though these are basic but are comfortable that offer basic facilities such as a bed, a common dining area, and hot showers.

    • Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern on the Everest Three Pass Trek due to the high elevation. You need to properly acclimatize and follow the guidance of the trekking guide to avoid any health risks.

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