Everest Three Passes Trek - 19 Days

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At a Glance
  • Duration19 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 5645
  • Group Size 1 -20 Person
  • Start City Kathmandu City
  • End City Kathmandu City
  • Trip Type Private and Group Joining
  • Activity Trekking and Hiking
  • Best Season March - June and September - Jan
Trip Highlights
  • Traversing three Himalayan Passes: Renjo La. Cho La, and Kongma La
  • Gokyo Ri, Kala Patthar, and Chukkung Ri panoramic viewpoints
  • Tengboche Monastery and Khumjung Monastery
  • Experience Sherpa villages, including Namche Bazaar

Everest Three High Passes Trek is one of the most challenging, yet exciting treks in Nepal.  It is perfect for those who would like to explore the Khumbu region, but want a bit more adventure than the Everest Base Camp Trek.  In the Everest Three Passes Trek, not only do we make it to EBC and Kala Patthar, but we also cross three incredible mountain passes: Renjo La (5360m), Cho La (5368m) and Kongma La (5540m).  The trail traverses the passes via Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp, while continuously being surrounded by the astounding alpine sceneries of snowy peaks, glaciers, and lakes.  You will also be able to climb three majestic peaks: Gokyo Ri (5360m) Kala Patthar (5540m), and Chukkung Ri (5550m).  Adventurers who are seeking a challenge will love this trek.  It is a test of both fitness and technical trekking skills, which rewards you with a superb Himalayan experience. 

Beginning the Everest Three Passes Trek from Lukla, the trail passes through Sherpa villages and agricultural fields above the Dudh Koshi River. Once you cross the suspension bridge, you reach to Phakding and from Jorsalle, Sagarmatha National Park begins. We stay in Namche Bazaar, often referred to as the gateway to the Everest region, as well as a charming tourism and trading hub.  While in Namche Bazaar and other villages, we will explore the lifestyle of the Sherpa people – natives of the Everest region, known for their kind hospitality.

When we make it to Tengboche Monastery, the largest of the region, we are filled with energy that our environment and the people give us.   Over the course of the trek, we stroll by two huge glaciers: Ngozumpa Glacier and Khumbu Glacier. Afterwards, the trail leads to Kongma La (5540m), the first and highest pass of the trek. The trail is ultra-steep and slippery, so we’ll strap on the crampons if need be. With every step, the ascent gets more difficult, but the constant beauty reminds us what it’s all for.  The sharp descent leads us to Lobuche, well-prepared to reach Everest Base Camp the next day. Everest Base Camp is not the most scenic stop on the trek, but because of how legendary it is, we take the opportunity to check it out. Not to mention, the flag-tattered monuments make for a cool photo-op.

Next is Kala Patthar, arguably the best spot in all the land to see Mount Everest. The climb is not too dramatic, but the thin air takes its toll. Carving the contours of these grand mountains, we hike to the Chola Pass (5330m), regarded as the more technical among the three passes. On the way up, we trudge up the slippery glacier, which sometimes requires the use of crampons. The view from both sides of the pass is astonishing. The way down is a bit more treacherous, as we scramble down boulders and steep terrain. This strenuous day ends in Gokyo Village after walking across the Ngozumpa Glacier, which briefly tricks people into thinking they have teleported to the moon.

At Gokyo Ri, we get stellar views of the lakes, glaciers, icefalls, and stunning peaks - Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and others (that’s four of the six highest peaks in the world!). There are no words to describe the view at Gokyo Ri (5483m). It is truly one of the best mountain views in the world! Last, but not least is the Renjo La Pass (5360m), which offers a unique perspective of Gokyo Lakes and eye-popping Everest looming above and beyond.

From here, we descend to Thame and have some time to relax/meditate at the monastery. In Namche Bazaar celebrate with the comfort and convenience of this mountain super-village before flying out from Lukla.

Trekking is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather.  During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer.  The Everest Three Passes Trek requires fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. Breeze Adventure arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.

Itinerary

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Welcome to Nepal! A representative from Breeze Adventure will welcome you our hotel.  We will prepare you with information and gear for your trek. Overnight at hotel.

  • Accommodation: 2/3 Star Hotel

Early in the morning, we catch a flight to Lukla from the Kathmandu/ Ramechap domestic airport. The views from the plane build our anticipation and excitement for the trek. After landing, we are welcomed by our crew and the cool Himalayan breeze.  We pass beautiful Sherpa villages, their agricultural fields, and many mani stones and prayer wheels.  We see a spectacular view of Kusum Kanguru as we reach Phakding. Overnight in a guest house.

  • Max Altitude: 2610m
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Time: 3 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Walking Distance: 8km

After breakfast, we begin to head to Namche Bazaar.  We cross several suspension bridges, enjoying views of Thamserku.  Following the Dudh Koshi River bank, we pass other small Sherpa villages, reaching Monjo and officially entering Sagarmatha National Park.  We stop at Jorsalle village for lunch and continue along the riverbank through pine forests.  We cross the highest suspension bridge of the Everest region, and trek upwards.  We catch 
our first glimpse of Mt. Everest and continue to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in a guest house.

  • Max Altitude: 3440m
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Time: 6-7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Walking Distance: 11km

Wake up with a pleasant view of Mt. Kongde Ri as we have our breakfast.  Today is our acclimatization day.  In higher altitudes, there is less oxygen in the air.  We must take time to let our bodies adjust to the difference.  To help acclimatize, we take a short day hike up to Sagarmatha National Park Museum and Khumjung Village.  The supposed Yeti scalp at the monastery and the Everest Viewpoint are memorable moments of the hike. Also, from the museum, we can see a perfect view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many more pristine peaks.  On the way down, we can stop at the world’s highest 5-star hotel and enjoy a cup of tea.  Afterwards, we explored Namche Bazaar.  Namche is a major trade center in the Khumbu region and is densely populated by the Sherpa people.  The city is bustling with trekkers who have finished or are preparing for the Everest Base Camp Trek.  Bakeries, cafes, equipment stores, jewelry shops, and restaurants line the streets of Namche Bazaar. Overnight in the guest house.

  • Max Altitude: 3880m
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Time: 3 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Walking Distance: 5km

After breakfast in Namche Bazaar, we head to Tengboche.  We warm up quickly on our steep ascent towards Tengboche.  After about 25 minutes, we pass the museum once again and take in the views.  We hike on the gentle flat trail to Kyanjuma, which is being built by Pasang Sherpa, and stop for lunch at Phungi Thanga.  Now we reach a junction, and continuing on the EBC path, we hike up the steep trail.  The rhododendron and pine forests, distract us during the strenuous hike.  After a couple of hours, we arrive at Tengboche, which gives us awe-inspiring Himalayan mountain views.  At the Tengboche monastery, there is a daily ritual at 6am and 3pm, which we can observe.  The sunset over Mt. Everest from this little village is something you will never forget.  Overnight at guest house.

  • Max Altitude: 3860m
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Time: 5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Walking Distance: 9.5km

After breakfast, we continue along the gorgeous trail through the day at a leisurely pace. We do not walk for too long, though the altitude takes its toll, so it’s best to take it easy. Overnight at guest house.

  • Max Altitude: 4410m
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Time: 6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Wake up face to face with the beautiful mountain Ama Dablam and have breakfast.  With our day packs, we head up to Nagarjuna viewpoint.  As we climb, the village in the distance looks beautiful, and we also have an awesome view of the Mt. Khangtega, Mt. Thamsherkhu and many more. Though the viewpoint looks close, it normally takes about three hours one-way. At the top, we have the most incredible views.  On the left, we see Cholatse Peak and Lake, and on the right, we see small blue glacier lakes at the bottom of Mt. Ama Dablam, as well as amazing views of Mt. Makalu, Island Peak, Chopolu (Holy mountain), Baruntse and Mera Peak.  The six-hour roundtrip hike is well worth it.  After the day hike, we have lunch and hang out around Dingboche.  Overnight at guest house.

  • Max Altitude: 5120m
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Time: 4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Walking Distance: 5km

After breakfast, we hit the trail.  We gently rise over the next 5 kilometers to Chhukung.  Our excitement is building to climb the first of the three passes tomorrow. High above the tree line, we wander through the desolate alpine territory. Today’s is not so far, but it takes a while due to the high altitude. Chhukung is nestled high in this area, in the bosom of tall peaks and rocky landscapes. Overnight in a guest house.

  • Max Altitude: 4700m
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Time: 3 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Walking Distance: 5km

We set out early in the morning to reach the highest of the passes, the Kongma La Pass. We can either take a trail over a hill which is to the northwest of Chhukung over the Nuptse Glacier moraines or we can walk back to Bibre and trek on the trail above the Niyang Khola. The top of the pass is marked by cairns and Buddhist prayer flags. Snap some photos and take in the views. The final descent from the pass is according to many, more difficult than the ascent. After climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche. Overnight in a guest house.

  • Max Altitude: 5535m
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Time: 6-7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Walking Distance: 14km

We wake up full of energy today, excited to make it to Everest Base Camp.  We have breakfast earlier than in previous days and head up to Gorakshep via Khumbu Glacier.  The trail to Gorakshep is mostly uphill and rocky. Sometimes we can see avalanches on Nuptse mountain (from a safe distance) and hear cracking sounds from the Khumbu Glacier while we are heading up to Gorakshep.  After having lunch and dropping our bags off at Gorakshep, we headed to Everest Base Camp with our day pack.  The trail is a steep, rocky incline.  Everest Base Camp is located on the Khumbu Glacier, where we can see the deadly Khumbu Icefall, Mt. Khumbutse, and Pumori, though we cannot see Mt. Everest.  In March and April, Everest Base Camp is full of colorful tents because of the different summit expedition groups.  It is quite a sight to see some of the best mountaineers preparing to take on the world’s highest mountain.

  • Max Altitude: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Time: 6-7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Walking Distance: 15km

After waking up early in the morning, we begin our climb to Kala Patthar.  The breathtaking view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and many others right in front of us is incredible.  After enjoying the view and taking some photos at Kala Patthar, we came back to Gorakshep and had our breakfast.  After the breakfast, we head to Dzongla. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • Max Altitude: 4830m
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Time: 6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Walking Distance: 13km

We get an early start today to traverse the Chola Pass. Mornings almost always provide the best weather for crossing high altitude passes.  Later in the day, the wind picks up and also, melting ice can cause danger.  After about 5 hours of climbing up the rocky incline, we reach the pass. A sharp downhill brings us to Thaknak, our lunch spot.  Two and a half hours from here, we reach Gokyo Village, one of the most beautiful places in the Everest region. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Max Altitude: 4790m
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Time: 7-8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Walking Distance: 15km

Again, we get an early start. However, you’ll feel well rested from getting lots of sleep last night.  The goal is to reach Gokyo Ri before the sun rises, which provides a spectacular viewpoint to see the glowing peaks.  It’s a steep 600 meter climb, where we see four 8,000 meter peaks before our eyes – Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. We head back to Gokyo village for breakfast and spend the rest of the day exploring the area. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Max Altitude: 4790m
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Time: 4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Walking Distance: 6km

We start the day early in the morning, moving alongside Dudh Pokhari. We walk for about two hours before ascending towards the Renjo La pass. The views at Renjo La are similar to that of Gokyo Ri, though we have a different vantage point. We see Gokyo village, Ngozumpa Glacier, and the emerald green lakes. We also get outstanding views of Mt. Everest from the top of the pass. Continuing from the pass, the path winds down a stone staircase and then moves over some loose rocks to reach the south bank of the Angladumba Tsho Lake. Keep steady as well walk down this sometimes-slippery field of ice. Along the way, we find Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. We walk down a narrow valley filled with giant boulders to Lungden. Overnight in a guest house.

  • Max Altitude: 4500m
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Time: 7 - 8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Walking Distance: 16km

After walking for about an hour from Lungden, we reach Marlung, located on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi River. The descent from Marlung to Thame follows a route that has been used by Tibetan traders for centuries. We cross the Bhote Koshi River and descend to Taranga. The trail continues descending and we cross two bridges before reaching Thame. Overlooking Thame is its famous Gompa on a hill to the west.  From here, we descend gradually, passing through a few small villages before reaching Namche Bazaar. Overnight in a guest house.

  • Max Altitude: 3540m
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Time: 6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Walking Distance: 15km

After having breakfast with gorgeous mountain views, we start heading down to Lukla.  We head down for half an hour while enjoying the last view of Mt. Everest and say bye to the mountains. We will cross six suspension bridges and pass several Sherpa villages today before arriving in Lukla.  After crossing the highest bridge, we will walk another 3 hours to Phakding and stop for lunch.  We arrive in Lukla after 2.5 hours of walking the beautiful trail through the Sherpa settlements. Time to enjoy the last night of the Himalayas in Lukla!

  • Max Altitude: 2800m
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Time: 7 - 8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Walking Distance: 19km

Have breakfast and then walk to Tenzing-Hillary airport and fly back to  Ramechap/Kathmandu in the morning. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city. Overnight in hotel.

The flights to and from Lukla operate from Ramechap airport for 4 months due to the high air traffic in Kathmandu.  (October - November and March - April)
 

  • Max Altitude: 1400m
  • Accommodation: 2/3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport.  Thank you for choosing Breeze Adventure as your trekking guide!  We look forward to your next adventure with us.

  • Meals: Breakfast

The three-pass Everest Trekking itinerary is designed by our years of well-experienced local mountain sherpa guides. It is a tested and successful itinerary for high-altitude experienced hikers. If you haven't previous high-altitude hiking experience and want to do this trek, we can design a special itinerary with less distance camp and more days acclimatization days for you as your desired, travel durations.

Cost Details
What's Included
  • Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport.
  • Three nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.
  • All transportation for the trek, including flights to and from Lukla.
  • Local guest house accommodation in mountain.
  • Government-authorized, experienced guide and porters
  • Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters
  • Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • All equipment (sleeping bag, warm layers, etc.)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Maps
  • Service charge and government taxes
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry fee
  • Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu
What's Not Included
  • International airfare
  • Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast)
  • Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.
  • Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
  • Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
Dates & Price
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Dec 20, 2023From:Kathmandu City
Jan 07, 2024To:Kathmandu City
PriceUS$1799
StatusAvailable

If you are not able to join us on this given departure date or if you are planning for your  Private trip to Everest Three Passes, we can organize your trip on your suitable dates.

Group Discount Prices
Number of peoplePrice per person
1 pax
US$1899
2 - 5 pax
US$1799
6 - 10 pax
US$1699
11 - 20 pax
US$1599

Essential Information

Accommodation

All our packages include accommodation at the cost. This accommodation is included in the set itinerary.  While in Kathmandu, we provide a 2-3 Star hotel for you.  During the trek, our guides will pick the best lodge for you to stay in based on their experience as well as room availability. All the accommodations will be on a twin-shared basis. In the mountain, the Shower and toilet will be on a shared basis. During high trekking season, you may have to share a room with a same-sex trekker from another group. 

Food

Nepal has a wide variety of food and it is easy to cater to your needs.  If you are a vegetarian/vegan, gluten or lactose-free, we are able to work around that if you let us know ahead of time.  During your time in the hotel in Kathmandu, your breakfast is included.  Lunch and dinner must be covered on your own.  On the trek, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided.  For teahouse treks, we can order typical Nepali food, continental, Italian, Tibetan, and Indian at teahouses.  While camping, we will prepare the meals for you.  After our trek, we will have a celebration/pre-departure traditional Nepali meal in Thamel. 

Guide & Porters

A government-licensed guide will lead the trek.  All our guides have tremendous experience on the trails and are passionate about the trekking industry.  Our guides and porters are dedicated to making your experience of trekking in Nepal a memorable one.  If there is any worry during your trek, our guides will address it.  Your safety is our number one priority.  For groups of more than six people, there will be two guides. For teahouse treks, there will be one porter for every two trekkers.  For camping treks, we will need more porters in order to carry the food, kitchen equipment, tents, etc.    

Acclimatization/Fitness/Experience

As many of our treks lead us high into the Himalayas, it is necessary to let our bodies sufficiently get used to the altitude.  Our treks have acclimatization days built into the itinerary.  It is best to take it slow to prevent altitude sickness.  The level of fitness necessary for our treks varies depending on the trek.  On average, expect to walk an average of 5-6 hours per day while on the trial.  Generally, the treks can be done with an average level of fitness.  More important than fitness or experience is one’s personal determination and positive attitude toward finishing and enjoying the trek. 

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend having travel insurance before going on a trek.  We do our best to take care of you, but something can happen that is out of our control.  In case of a medical emergency, leading to a helicopter evacuation, it is best to have insurance.  You are unable to obtain medical insurance in Nepal and must do so in your home country.  Be sure that your insurance covers accidents abroad and high in the mountains. 

Best Time to Travel

The peak seasons for traveling in Nepal are during the Spring (March to May) and the Autumn (September to November).  These times provide the best scenery and clearest skies, but of course, they are a little more crowded than the off-season.  It is possible to trek during the Winter (December to February), but you will face cold temperatures.  It is also possible to trek during the monsoon season (June to August), though the views will likely be covered by clouds and there is a high chance of rainfall.

Note:

Please be assured that Breeze Adventure manages our treks to the highest standards. Your safety and satisfaction are our priority. We will support you to the best of our abilities with any issues that may arise. We will work with you to ensure you get the most from your trek and visit Nepal

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