Everest Three Passes Trek


This is one of the most challenging and spectacular treks in the entire Khumbu region. After a week of
enjoyable trekking up to Chukkung (4600m) you will start this grand traverse of three of the highest
mountain passes in Nepal – Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La. Along the way you will have close-up
views of several of the highest peaks in the Himalayas, visit Everest Base Camp, enjoy the sublime
scenery at Gokyo Lakes, and visit fascinating Sherpa villages and monasteries.
This is a challenge for fit and experienced trekkers and will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

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All about the Everest Three Passes Trek.

Cross three of the highest passes in Nepal – Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La. Close-up views of Mt.
Everest, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Lotse, and Nuptse. Visit Tengboche monastery; climb Gokyo-ri and
Kala Pattar peaks; follow ancient routes of Tibetan traders; visit Sherpa villages and gompas.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Four nights hotel accommodations with breakfast in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur
  • Licensed and trained trekking guides
  • Porters for carrying goods and supplies
  • All accommodation during trek
  • All meals and hot beverages whilst trekking
  • Transportation to and from trail head
  • All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
  • National Park/Conservation Area entry permit
  • Equipment such as sleeping bag, tents, mattresses
  • Cooking equipment (if required)
  • Camp-site charges (if required)
  • Insurance, medication, and equipment for staff
  • Coordination of Quick Rescue service (costs covered by your insurance plan)
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International airfares
  • Travel/trekking insurance
  • Excess baggage charges more than 16kg and hand bag more than 5kg in domestic flights
  • Visa fees
  • Airport departure tax
  • Rescue charge
  • Drinks (cold and alcoholic)
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Permit and liaison officer fee (where applicable)
  • Lunches and dinners whilst not trekking
  1. Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu

    Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur.
    Depending upon your arrival time you may spend free time visiting nearby sanctuaries or resting.

  2. Day 02 Trek Preparations and cultural Day in Kathmandu Valley

    An early departure from Kathmandu travelling by road via the Prithvi highway After a few hours before
    Malekhu we turn north taking the single track road for Dhading Besi and beyond to Arughat- the last
    hour or so on a dusty section. Because of the roughness of this road we recommend a private 4WD
    rather than local bus.

  3. Day 03 Kathmandu to Phakding

    Early morning you will be picked up by your guide to go to the Kathmandu airport, from where we will
    take the airplane to Lukla, which will take us about 30 minutes of flight time. At Lukla we will be meet
    our porters and will head north from the airstrip to Chablung (2700m). Here we will cross the Tharo
    Kosi river on a local-style suspension bridge. Just past the bridge we can see the peak of Kusum Kangru
    (6367m), which is the most difficult of the so-called “trekking peaks”. Beyond the Tharo Kosi the trail
    climbs a bit towards Ghat (2590m), we will cross a ridge marked with painted mani stones and climb to
    Phakding where we will stay overnight (3 hrs).

  4. Day 04 Phakding to Namche Bazaar

    From Phakding we follow the valley of the Dudh Kosi river, staying on the west bank of the river. We
    climb steeply over a rocky ridge towards Benkar (2710m). From here the trail continues alongside the
    river. All along this part of the trail, villages are interspersed with magnificent forests of rhododendron,
    magnolia and giant firs. In both the early autumn and late spring, the flowers on this portion of the trek make it a beautiful walk. We cross the Kyashar Khola river and climb out of the valley to Monjo
    (2840m). Just beyond Monjo the trek enters the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, which was
    established in 1976 to protect a 1148 sq km area surrounding Mt Everest. Beyond the national park
    entrance station, the trail makes a steep rocky descent and crosses the Dhud Kosi river on a 120m-long
    suspension bridge towards Jorsale (2830m). After crossing this river a few times while climbing our
    way up the valley we will reach Namche Bazaar (3420m). Namche Bazaar is the main trading centre in
    this region and features numerous shops, hotels and restaurants (6 hrs).

  5. Day 05 Acclimatisation in Namche Bazaar

    Acclimatisation is important before proceeding higher. Today we will take a day hike through the
    villages of Khunde and Khumjung. We start with a steep one-hour climb to the Shyangboche airstrip
    (3790m), from where we will slowly ascend towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone
    Buddhist monuments). From Khunde we follow the trail eastwards to Khumjung, the largest village in
    Khumbu, at the foot of the sacred peak Khumbila. After enjoying lunch here we will follow a steep
    switchbacking trail descending to Chhorkung (3540m). From here it is a quick descent back to Namche
    Bazaar (5 hrs).

  6. Day 06 Namche to Tengboche/Deboche

    Our route of today to Tengboche weaves in and out of side valleys, making small ups and downs, to the
    teashops of Kenjoma, and joins the trail from Khumjung just before a collection of mani stones. The
    views of Everest and Ama Dablam are excellent from this part of the trek. We pass the small settlement
    of Sanasa from where the trail drops towards Phunki Thanga (3250m). From here the trail climbs
    steeply through forests and around mani stones as it follows the side of a hill to the saddle on which the
    monestary of Tengboche sits at 3870m. The view from here is rightly deemed to be one of the worlds
    most magnificent. Kwangde (6187m), Tawachee (6542m), Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse (8501m), Ama
    Dablan, Kantega and Thamserku provide an inspiring panorama of Himalayan giants. From Tengboche
    we end our day by descending for about 30 minutes through forests of birches, conifers and
    rhododendrons to the village of Deboche where we will spend the night at an idyllic Sherpa lodge . (5

  7. Day 07 Tengboche to Dingboche

    From here the level trail passes many mani walls in a deep rhododendron forest. After crossing the Imja
    Khola River the route climbs past some magnificently carved mani stones to Pyangboche (3860m). This
    is the highest year-round settlement in the valley, and the Pangboche gompa is the oldest in Khumbu
    and contains relics that are said to be the skull a yeti. Beyond Pangboche the route enters alpine
    meadows above the tree line, mostly consisting of scrub juniper and tundra. We will cross the Khumbu
    Khola river then head northwest toward the Chukkung Valley and arrive in Dingboche at the foot of the
    valley (4:30 hrs).

  8. Day 08 Dingboche-Chhukung

    The hike is relatively easy as we leave Dingboche through stone walled fields and alpine landscape. We
    take the trial from Dingboche through the Imja Khola valley on glacier moraines with towering mountains on both sides – Lhotse on our left and Ama Dablam on our right. After reaching a yak
    herdman`s hit called Bibre we will see Island peak (Imja Tse), a most popular trekking peak. The trail
    ahead is intersected by icy streams. We reach Chhukung in less than an hour from Bibre, and are
    surrounded here by glaciers and massive snowy mountains. We have the to hike up to Chhukung Ri
    which offers stunning views of Lhotse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu and Baruntse. Overnight in

  9. Day 09 Acclimatization Day in Chhukung

    An acclimatization day in Chhukung is necessary before doing the Kongma La pass.. The views are
    tremendous from Chhukung and further up the valley near Island Peak (6189 m). We can this climb the
    Chhukung Ri or to the base camp of Island Peak. The great south face of Lhotse towers above to the
    north, while Amphu Lapcha a (5780 m pass) and the immense fluted ice walls that flank it dominate the
    horizon to the south. To the southwest, the eastern face, of Ama Dablam provides an unique view of
    this picturesque peak. Overnight in Chhukung.

  10. Day 10 Chhukung-Kongma La-Lobuche

    We start early in the morning from Chhukung to have enough time to cross highest pass of the trip. We
    can select to go via any of the possible trails- either taking a climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung
    over the moraine of he Nuptse Glacier or we might walk back down the valley to Bibre and follow a
    high trail above the Niyang Khola. Along the way there are great views of Island peak valley and
    jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha. Ascending along the east side of Niyang Khola valley, we turn west
    and enter a wide basin dotted with small frozen lakes. The trail rises over loose scree reaching the
    Kongma La pass about five hours out of Chhukung. Behind us is the landscape of icy lakes while ahead
    is the Khumbu Glacier. The final descent is challenging, requiring crossing some ice at times along the
    Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.

  11. Day 11 Lobuche - Gorak Shep - Everest Base Camp / Kala Patthar - Gorak Shep

    The first section of todays trail follows the western side of the broad Khumbu valley and ascends gently
    through meadows besides the glacial moraine. The ascent becomes steeper and rougher as it crosses
    several side moraines. After rounding a bend in the trail, the conical peak of Pumori comes into view.
    On the lower slopes of this mountain a ridge extending to the south terminates in a small peak, known
    as Kala Pattar (5545m), meaning ‘black rock’. The trail then makes a short descent onto the sandy, flat
    expanse of Gorak Shep. From here we will continue to the current Everest base camp, which is about a
    4 hours return walk from Gorak Shep. We will return to this small settlement after our visit to the base
    camp (6 hrs).

  12. Day 12 Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar / Everest Base Camp - Lobuche

    We will start our day very early by climbing the Kala Pattar (5545m) for a spectacular dawn view of the
    classic Himalayan peaks. This is a steep ascent up the grassy slopes west of Gorak Shep. From Kala
    Pattar the entire Everest south face is visible as well as Lho La (the pass between Nepal and Tibet, also
    named the Western Cwm), Changtse (the northern peak of Everest) and most of the West-Ridge route.
    We return to Gorak Shep and continue to descend to Lobuche.

  13. Day 13 Lobuche-Dzongla

    Today we start the crossing of the Cho La pass to Gokyo. The route to Dzongla branches off from the
    main trail some distance from Lobuche. After crossing a stream we rerach wide gravelly river bed that
    flows southwestward, the trail runs across it and climbs the ridge ahead. From the grassy ridge ahead
    we can see Ama Dablam, Kangtega-Thamserku and Taboche. Pheriche village is also visible far
    belowus . As the ridge veers northward, the vast Chola Lake spreads out below. The lake stays with us
    over a long stretch until we descend to a wide basin. After crossing the basin and a shaky bridge, we
    reach Dzongla.

  14. Day 14 Dzongla – ChoLa - Thangnak - Gokyo

    Today is one of the most challenging of the trek. The walk begins as we transverse through a spur
    extending westward from Dzongla. The path descends to a basin across which meanders a murmuring
    stream crusted with ice at places. In about an hour, we reach the top of the basin readying for the
    triumph on ChoLa. As we gain height, the view back gets increasingly more captivating; the Chola
    Lake begins to appear and the Ama Dablam in its pyramidal incarnation presides over a range of
    mountains on the south as Cholatse soars on the west. Climbing the incline is not easy; it is steep, but
    made worse by boulders over some of which we will have to scramble. We need to be alert as rocks can
    be glazed by ice. The final climb to the ChoLa can be a little tricky as the trail curves round the
    bergschrund. Upon reaching the top, we see prayer flags, strung across cairns, flapping in the strong
    wind. Scenery of majestic peaks in all directions is breathtaking. Although long, the path leading down
    to Thangnak can be easily made out from the pass because it is just decent but can be hazardous if rocks
    are glazed by ice, a bit of cautiousness is needed. We reach Thangnak, a rather more substantial hamlet
    with a small village. Stepping out of the settlement, we are greeted by fabulous mountain views. The
    trail brings us to the Ngozumpa glacier edge after short walk, which is longest glacier in Nepal.
    Reaching the other side of the glacier, we get view of the second of the Gokyo lakes on the series of six
    lakes. A short distance away is the third Gokyo Lake. On the edge of this lake stands the Gokyo Village
    where we finally give rest to our tired body. Overnight in Gokyo.

  15. Day 15 Rest day in Gokyo-Gokyo Ri

    Rest day in Gokyo Valley is an exceptional opportunity. This acclimatization day is grasped as an
    opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri to enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint of Everest Region. Or, as we
    know Gokyo is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Peak but also for the six lakes which it
    hosts, definitely we would not miss the chance to observe the fourth lake (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lake
    (Ngozuma Tsho). About 3 km north of Gokyo is the fourth lake with its high cliffs and peaks rising
    above it. The trail continues to fifth lake and we get mesmerized by the shimmering turquoise blue
    sheet of water. If interested, we climb on a hill at the edge of the Lakes to get astounding views of ChoOyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. We can see a lot more from here – the spot
    is called Scoundrel’s Viewpoint. Beyond the fifth Lakes is the Cho Oyu Base Camp. Scenery here is
    breathtaking with Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang seeming just a stone’s throw away. Northern part of the
    fifth lake provides fabulous views of Cho-Oyu Base Camp and biggest glacier of the world- the
    Ngazumpa glacier. Moved by the charm, we may even try to go sixth lake too but depends upon our
    own interest and time. Back to Gokyo village. Overnight at Gokyo.

  16. Day 16 Gokyo- Renjo La - Marlung

    We need to start at dawn today as we have to trace our trail up to Marlung today after conquest of Renjo
    La. As there is no alternative to Marlung for overnight today, we need to start early. Down from the
    Gokyo Valley, we leave the main trail and turn to Renjo La trail by Dudh Pokhari. After about 3 hours,
    we gain the Renjo La where a dazzling vista awaits. The Everest itself, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche
    can be seen shining in the sun. Views from Renjo La are much like that from Gokyo Ri with third
    Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the gray smear of Ngozumpa Glacier. Continuing on from the
    pass, the trail winds down a stone staircase and then scramble over loose scree to reach the south bank
    of a small lake, Angladumba Tsho. Presence of ice on the trial while descending down can make our
    descend a bit hazardous. Along the way we see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. However, we walk down
    through narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Lumde where there is a support Lodge but it can
    be closed often. We walk almost for an hour from Lumde to get to Marlung on the east bank of the
    Bhote Kosi. Overnight in Marlung.

  17. Day 17 Marlung - Namche Bazzar

    The descent from Marulung to Thame follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan
    traders. Down from the Marulung we cross the Bhote Kosi and descend to Taranga. The trail then goes
    through the valley of Langmuche Khola. This stream drains down from Dig Tsho, the glacial lake that
    burst its banks in 1985, causing devastating floods along the Dudh Kosi Valley to moraine to Thame.
    Thame has a sprawling village with a few lodges and stunning mountains like Thamserku, Katenga,
    Kusum Kangguru, etc. Overlooking Thame is its famous Gompa situated some the fields, on a hill to
    the west. Established some 325 years ago, the Gompa has three big images of Chenresig
    (Avalokiteswara), Guru Rimpoche, Buddha Sakyamuni. Colorful Mani Rimdu festival featuring
    colorful mask dances is held in this Gompa in May. We climb down after crossing a bridge after then
    eventually reach Samde. The place offer breathtaking views. The path steeply descends down to Thamo
    village which hosts a monastery called Khari Goma which is a nunnery being home to some nuns and
    monks. After passing through a check post, we come to the world`s highest hydroelectric power station
    built on Austrian help. The project provides electricity to most parts of upper Khumbu. We reach small
    village of Phurte where there is Laudo monastery which is run by Kopan monastery of Bouddhanath in
    Kathmandu and is popular among the westerners for Buddhist study and meditation center. We
    eventually reach Namche again through some Gompas, colorful player flags, Mani stones, and Chortens
    for the night rest.

  18. Day 18 Namche Bazzar - Lukla

    It is a long walk from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, but it’s almost all downhill and we should all be in
    good shape by now. From Namche, we will descend steeply back to the DudhKoshi river and continue
    our way past the national park checkpoint at Monjo. The trail then continues back towards Lukla along
    the same route that we trekked two weeks ago. In Lukla we will reconfirm our flight tickets for the next
    day and spend the night (5 hrs).

  19. Day 19 Lukla - Kathmandu

    The 35 minutes flight from Lukla will bring us back to Kathmandu and a transfer to your hotel or next
    destination in Kathmandu. There should be plenty of time during the remainder of the day for rest,
    shopping, dining, or sightseeing.

  20. Day 20 Final Departure

    Transfer to airport for international departure flight or continue to your next destination in Nepal.
    Note: The trek program is – because of weather or unforeseen events – subject to change.