Everest Three High Passes Trek

Three Passes Trek
  • Duration 17 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 4830 m
  • Trip Start Kathmandu
  • Trip End Kathmandu
  • Nature of Trip Mountain


  • Breathtaking sunrise and sunsets overlooking the snow-capped mountains from Kala Patthar.
  • Passing through three high mountain passes of the region which lie above 5000 m in altitude.
  • Trek to Everest Base Camp where climbers wait for the moment to climb the mighty Everest.
  • Flight to one of the most scenic and adventurous airports, Lukla
  • Exploring Namche Bazaar and its surroundings.
  • Passing through Sagarmatha National Park. home to many rare and exotic wildlife.
  • Tengboche monastery and other Buddhist heritages.
  • A beautiful chance to learn and experience bout the local Sherpa cultures. traditions ad heritages.

Everest Three High Pass Trek 

Everest Three High Passes Trekking is a great adventure that leads you to experience high altitude traverse to enter from one scenic valley to another within the shade and harmony of high mountains with breathtaking scenery to enjoy. This trail offers the ultimate and complete trekking experience of the Khumbu region that connects three high passes linked with 4 distinct valleys of Bhotekoshi, Gokyo, Imja Tse, and Khumbu and also gives you a chance to trek to Everest Base Camp. This trek completes with the crossing of three passes Renjo La (5,388 m), Cho La (5,380 m), and Kongma La (5,535 m) along with including Everest Base Camp. What makes this trek unforgettable and incomparable is the climbing of three peaks of Gokyo Ri (5,483 m), Kala Patthar(5,545 m), and Chukung (5,550 m) without needing any climbing experience. 

The Three Passes Trek is situated in the Everest Region or commonly called the Khumbu region of Nepal. The journey to the most challenging and most rewarding trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla from where the actual trek begins. Alternate to taking a flight, you can take a bus up to Jiri and start to trek which is another experience itself. Starting from Jiri, you trek through the Solu Khumbu Valley up to Lukla before joining the main trail. This will add extra 6 days to your whole trek.

Everest Three High Passes Trekking is adventurous and challenging in snow conditions. This will be the toughest walk, where our expert guides will take care of our clients with great precaution. This trail is suitable for strong and expert trekkers and adventurers who have done immense high-altitude walks in Himalayan countries and know the areas when tough days are ahead, but any interested trekkers can also join in this awesome adventure, as our itinerary days are much more flexible with rooms for acclimatization and rest.

Everest Three High Passes Trekking offers superb views of Mt. Everest (8,848 m / 29, 028ft) Lhotse (8,516 m-24,940 ft), Nuptse (7,855 m-25,772 ft) and Lho - La or Khumbutse peak (6,036 m - 19,992ft) Mt. Lingtren (6,749 m / 22,142 ft) Chnagtse (7,583 m / 25,230 ft) Mt. Pumori (7,161 m / 25,772 ft)  Ama Dablam ( 6,812 m / 22,480 ft) Kangtenga (6,782 m / 22, 380 ft) Tharmarserku ( 6,623 m / 21, 855 ft) Kwangde (6,011 m / 19,837 ft) Kusum Kanguru (6,373 m / 21,030 ft) holy peak of Khumbu-la (5,761 m / 19,012 ft) and as far towards world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu (8,463 m / 27, 766 ft) with trekking peaks Island Peak / Imjatse (6,160 m / 20,328ft) Lobuche Peak (6,119 m / 20,192 ft) Pokhalde (5,806 m / 19,159 ft) and many other smaller unnamed peaks with world 6th highest Cho-Oyu 8,201 m high. 

The specialty of Three High Passes Trek with Everest Base Camp:

The trek to the Everest region is always special. Imagine being at the bottom of the world's highest Peak, the thrilling adventure, the terrain that varies from green lush forest to rugged, the massive mountain peaks, trekking through Sagarmatha National Park that houses much rare and endangered flora and fauna, the amazing adventure of landing at one of the world's dangerous airport, passing through ancient trade route at 5000 m above altitude. This trek provides an ultimate and lifetime adventure for those who are willing to accept the challenge.

Difficulty grade:

This trail is considered extreme as trekkers have to walk through the rugged terrain at high altitudes for a minimum of 7-8 hours/day. Trekking in the Himalayas is always challenging, but this trail has surpassed all the other trails in terms of difficulty and extremity. Everest Threepasses trek is suitable for experienced and passionate hikers who can walk at least 7 – 8 hours on rugged mountain terrain. Someday, you might even have to walk for 8 – 9 hours. Waking at an extreme altitude is challenging; however, with excellent health, a positive attitude, and strong determination, you can achieve the trek successfully. We suggest you involve in physical activities like jogging, running, leg exercise, and swimming a few months before the trip. Previous hiking experience would be a great asset without mandatory technical skills are not required.

Meals and accommodations:

This is a high-altitude tea-house trek. So accommodations will be on tea-house or local lodges. Facilities of electricity, internet, and western-style toilet are available in lower regions of the trek. Accommodations in the upper region use solar power for electricity so you may have to pay a small amount for charging your devices and Internet(if available). Meals will be mostly local dishes including lentils, rice, curry, pickles, etc.


Fly to and from Lukla by Plane and option by drive as per your requirement.

Best season for Everest Three Pass Trek:

Spring (September-November) and autumn (March-May) are the best time of the year for the Everest Three Passes Trek. The weather during this season is excellent, and so are the views. However, these two being the peak season, the trail is crowded with trekkers and tea houses are busy. If you want a little less crowd and are willing to invest a little more in winter gear, then early winter ( December to early January ) will be best. We highly recommend any trekkers avoid the monsoon and mid-winter season to trek Three Passes Trek. During Monsoon, the trails are wet and dangerous and the views are not guaranteed due to clouds. While in Winter, most of the teahouse is closed and some parts of the main trails are closed too so you might need to take a dangerous detour.

Guides and Porters:

The team of Adventure Altitude Treks and Expedition Co. is one of the most experienced, reliable, hospitable, and respected in Nepal. The agency and team members are all affiliated with the Trekking Agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), the Nepal Mountaineering Association(NMA), the Nepal Tourism Board, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal, the Sustainable Tourism Network, and Himalayan Rescue Association. We will provide a professional and experienced English-speaking guide with sound knowledge of place and trek. With an experience of more than 10 years in this field, we can guarantee your satisfaction.

If you need a porter, we will provide you with 1 porter/2 guests. The porter will be carrying 25 kg maximum (12 -13 kg per person). You will need to carry your day pack yourselves to keep your personal belongings like wallet, mobile and accessories, cameras and accessories, water bottle, dry snacks, torch/headlights, and other personal belongings. For us, the safety of our clients and members comes first. And it is our collective responsibility to ensure the safety and security of porters, guides, and guests. You can help to bring safety to our team members by taking only those things which are necessary. We will always be thankful for your acknowledgment.

Everest Three High Pass Trek Permit and Rules

For Everest Three High Pass Trek, you will need TIMS (10 US$) and Sagarmatha National Park (30 US$) entrance permit. The local Government charge of 2000 NPR should be paid while entering Pasang Lhamu V.D.C.

The Local Government strictly follows a clean environment policy which requires travelers to use a bin or to carry it with them until an appropriate place is found.

Local restaurant rules and regulations are to be followed.

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  • Accommodation3* hotels
  • Mealsbreakfast
  • Altitude/Time1,400 m

On reaching Kathmandu via respective airlines, walk to airport terminal exit where our guide and staff receives you with a warm greeting and then transfer into car or coach (depending upon group size) for short drive into the heart of Kathmandu city.

  • Accommodationlocal teahouse
  • Mealsbreakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Altitude/Time2,640 m

Morning transfer to the domestic airport as per your flight time for a short panoramic flight to Lukla, getting into a smaller aircraft (Twin Otter or Dornier) with 30 minutes on air with great views of Himalayan peaks includes Mt. Everest. On reaching at Lukla on its unique airstrip known as Tenzing - Hillary airport, from here a slow start with few hours of walks downhill passing many Sherpa farm villages and well-tended crops and vegetable fields and terraces with views of Kwangde and Kusum Kanguru peaks. After 3-4 hours on the first day walks reaching our overnight stop in a nice lodge at Phakding, transfer into your rooms with the sound of the glacial Dudh Kosi River nearby.  

With all the necessary preparations, we will take a flight to Lukla on a twin-otter or dornier. It takes about 30 minutes to land at Tenzing -Hillary airport. Our adventure begins as soon as we board the plane. The stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas including Mount Everest and many others can be seen from the plane. Tnazing-Hillary Airport (or simply called Lukla airport) is one of the most fascinating airports in the world. The trek starts after we land at Lukla. A 3-4 hours of descend will take us to Phakding where we will spend overnight. Phakding offers a great view of Dudh Koshi river and its winding gorge along with Kwangde and Kusum Kanguru peaks. You will get a chance learn about local culture, local food , wander around the terrace farms and interact with local Sherpas of the region. 

  • Accommodationlocal teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time3,440 m

Start with the gradual uphill trek following the river upstream and crossing few beautiful suspension bridges to reach Sagarmatha National Park entrance near Monjo village. Sagarmatha for Everest in Nepalese and Sherpa call it Chomolungma in both languages' means 'Great Mother'. From here, a pleasant walk on the river bed and then climb for a few hours into a forested trail with views of snow-capped peaks, as the walk reaches you at the exciting town and village at Namche Bazaar.

  • AccommodationLocal Teahouses
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time3,440 m

A rest and a free day at Namche Bazaar for proper and necessary acclimatization at  an altitude 3,440 m high before heading higher ground. Spend a day exploring the scenic beauty of Namche bazaar and hiking to various view points to acclimatize your body .

  • AccommodationLocal Teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time3,867 m

From Namche, the trail gradually descends to scenic winding path following the banks of beautiful Imjatse river  to reach at Phunge-Tenga for lunch. An afternoon with an uphill climb into tall rhododendron, pines, fir forest with grand views of snow-capped peaks lures any of the trekkers. After few hours of scenic and strenuous climb, you will reach Thyangboche Monastery area. From here, you can enjoy the stunning views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtenga, Tharmarserku, Kwangde with magnificent Mt. Amadablam. You will spend afternoon exploring  interesting monastery and observe monks and priest doing prayers.  

  • AccommodationLocal Teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time4,260 m

An early morning walk leads to pleasant downhill route for an hour to a bridge, where tree lines stop for short juniper and rhododendron bushes known as azalea facing, a dramatic change in landscapes. Heading higher up to the last permanent village at Pangboche, from here onwards are temporary settlements to cater to the needs of trekkers at Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep areas. As the trek progress reaching Somare and then on a windswept country to reach a bridge following the Imjatse River, with the last climb to enter into beautiful Imjatse valley surrounded with famous peaks Amadablam-Lhotse with views of Island peaks towards the east. The last leg of the day brings you to Dingboche, a summer settlement with barley and buckwheat field within its patch of stone walls to keep the animals off from grazing.

  • AccommodationLocal Teahouses
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time4,750 m

At Dingboche with leisure morning after breakfast walk towards Chhukung heading further east of Imjatse Valley with grand views of Island Peak, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse with other adjoining peaks. The walk is gradual with some short ups and down crossing few smaller icy streams to reach summer pastureland Chhukung with few good lodges for overnight stops. Located at the end of Imjatse Valley with close views of Island Peak-Nuptse-Lhotse and Lhotse Shar including view of Makalu towards the east. After a short rest , hike to Chhukung Ri (5000 m) to acclimatize your body and the back to accommodations. 

  • AccommodationLocal Teahouses
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time4,930 m

From Chhukung starting very early morning to cross the first pass of the adventure over Kongma-la, our route diverts towards north beneath the towering peak of Lhotse and Nuptse. 
The climb leads uphill over moraine to reach Kongma-la and the peak Kongma or Mehra, after a rest in between cross over Kongma-La pass at 5,535 m / 18,159 ft near Nuptse, Merara, and Pokalde peaks. After a hard climb descends to Khumbu glacier and with last steep climb to reach at Lobuche for an overnight stop.

  • AccommodationLocal Teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time5,180 m

Today the trail leads to our main highlight of the adventure at Everest Base Camp, walk carries on for few hours with a short steep climb over glacier and moraine, reaching at Gorakshep, beneath the lofty peak of Pumori and Kalapathar. 
The walk continues towards Everest Base Camp over moraine and ice to reach base camp, here enjoy the view of tumbling and notorious Khumbu Ice Fall and glaciers. After a marvellous and exciting time with the adventure of a lifetime experience retrace the journey back to Gorakshep for an overnight stop.

  • AccommodationLocal Teahouses
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time4,830 m

Morning a steep uphill hike to reach on top of Kalapathar at 5,545 meters, the highest point of the adventure with fabulous and unique views of mountains like Mt. Everest at its closest.After a great thrill with sweeping views descend back to Gorakshep and continue to walk above Thugla, to reach the base of Cho-la pass at Dzongla for an overnight stop.

  • AccommodationLocal Teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time4,750 m

A tough and exciting day, morning to cross our second pass of the adventure over Cho-la pass (Tshola), following a path which leads to a steep up and then crossing the glacier on the eastern side. Finally on reaching at the top of the pass with an altitude of above 5,367 m high with views of mountains and  Cholatse Glacier , descend carefully to Thangnak for an overnight stop after a hard climb over Cho-la pass. Thangnak is a small isolated settlement with few Lodges situated at 4,750m.

  • AccommodationLocal Teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time4,750 m

After a tough climb and descend from Cho-la pass, this morning an easy trail with a gradual walk as the route follows to Gokyo Lake beneath Ngozumba glacier to reach the first lake. From here a walk leads to a climb by the side of a glacier, passing another second lake and reaching at a third lake known as Dudh Pokhari or Gokyo Lake, which is a summer settlement offering fantastic views of Mt. Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang that reflects on emerald green waters of Gokyo Lake. Afternoon relaxes with a short walk around the lake. 

  • AccommodationLocal Teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time4,380 m

The last and final pass of our adventure, starting early morning towards Renjo-la, the walk follows the end of Gokyo Lake, with marvelous views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, and Taboche, and then over Renjo La pass at 5,360 m / 17,585 ft, one of the most difficult section of this adventure, on reaching the top with a breathtaking panorama of Mt. Cho-Oyu and other high surrounding peaks.
After a nice rest stop walk follows to frozen ponds beneath Renjo La pass, and then descend reaching a small settlement at Lungdhen for an overnight stop, located on route Nangpa-la pass trail to Tibet. From Lungdhen walk leads further downhill past a few cattle and Yak herder temporary shelters and the reach at a small place in Marlung village close to Thame for an overnight stop. Marlung and Thame village located at the western end of Khumbu of the Everest region, which is just 5-6 hours walk to Namche Bazaar. 

  • AccommodationLocal Teahouses
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time3,880 m

After feeling tired of finishing all three great high passes of Khumbu and Everest, a gradual walk downhill to Marlung village, and continue to walk to a sleepy and quiet village at Thame located west of Namche Bazaar.  At Thame with time to visit its old and interesting monastery believed to be of more than 500 years old.

  • AccommodationLocal Teahouse
  • MealsB/L/D
  • Altitude/Time2,860 m

After Thame losing much altitude makes you feel much stronger and fresh, as morning walk leads back to Namche Bazaar and then further descend back to National Park entrance at Monjo and Lukla for an overnight stay. 

  • Accommodation3* Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude/Time1,400 m

Morning as per our flight time transfer to Lukla air terminal and then board in the small plane for an exciting half hour flight to reach the hustle and bustle of city life in Kathmandu.
Rest of the day free and relax your body and muscles from the great adventure on Everest Three High passes Trekking.  

  • Accommodation-
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude/Time-

Last day in amazing Nepal the country of Himalaya wonders, depart from the hotel as per your international flight for homeward bound or to your next destination country, our staff transfer you bidding with a farewell.

Not satisfied with this regular itinerary?

Are you interested on planning custom trip? Feel free to contact us.

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Everest Three High Passes Trek map
Cost Details
What's Included
  • Airport pick up and drop off by a private vehicle
  • 3 Nights hotel in Kathmandu a 3-star category hotel with breakfast on twin sharing basis
  • Kathmandu Valley sightseeing (Private vehicle and a tour guide)
  • Flight (Kathmandu-Lukla and Lukla-Kathmandu)
  • Sagarmatha National Park fee and Pasang Lhamu Village entrance fees.
  • An experienced English-speaking guide and his all expenses including his insurance
  • Porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) including all expenses including their insurance
  • Food on full board during the trekking with 3 compliment teas and teahouse accommodation
  • Complimentary sleeping bags and down jackets
  • Trekking route map
  • First aid kit
  • All the government taxes and service charges
What's Excluded
  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal visa fees
  • Personal expenses (Wifi, bar bills, laundries, hot shower during the trekking, gadget charging fees- US$ 1- US$
  • 5 per gadget, mobile recharge etc)
  • Extra nights accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival from the trek due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Extra luggage charges (Only 15 kgs- 10kgs+5kgs are included if more you need to pay US$ 2 per kilogram)
  • Emergency evacuation (our company will help to arrange the evacuation if needed)
  • Tipping
  • Anything does not mention in the inclusion list
Useful Info

Types of equipment and packaging required for Everest Three Passes Treks:

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.

  • Clothing and apparel: Hiking boots, Socks, Trekking trousers/pants, Waterproof over trousers/rain pants, Base layer shirts, Casual shirt, and/or T-shirts, Fleece jacket or warm jumper, waterproof jacket, Sun hat, warm hat, Sunglasses, Thermal gloves, Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens, trekking poles, small towel
  • Accessories: Head torch/Headlamp with spare bulb, batteries, cameras, solar-powered battery chargers, power banks, water bottle, sleeping bag, sunglasses.
  • Toiletries: Toilet rolls, hand sanitizer, soap, sunscreen lotion, lip balms, or lip moisturizer.
  • First-aid: Small, a personal first-aid kit containing Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids), skin-blister repair kit, Antidiarrhoeal pills, Anti-headache pills, cough and/or cold medicine, Anti-altitude sickness pills: Acetazolamide, Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. We don't recommend trekkers to use sleeping pills at high altitudes as they act as a respiratory depressant. Water purification tablets or water filters.
  • Important Documents: Passport, Travel Permits.

*Note: Walking poles, down jackets, sleeping bags, etc can be rented in Kathmandu, or we can provide you those items at your request.

Altitude Sickness :

Since this trek is a high-altitude trek, it is obvious that the oxygen concentration in the upper region is relatively low. Thus, the low oxygen levels in your blood may sometime make you feel nauseous, dizzy, etc. One may feel tired easily while trekking above 3000 m. Hardness in breathing, early tiredness, etc is normal during the high altitude trekking. However, if the symptom passes beyond tired muscles and lack of breathing, like the feeling of dizziness, severe headache, urge to vomit, nausea, etc, we recommend our fellow trekkers to stop where they are and immediately report the condition to their guide. If trekking solo, immediately descends the effect may get worse and even leads to death above the point. That is why we recommend taking a professional guide with you if you are trekking above 3500 m altitude. And here at Adventure Altitude Treks, we provide extremely professional guides who will help you avoid such sickness and enjoy the greatness of the vast Himalayas.

Signs and Symptoms of Altitude sickness

Altitude sickness is due to a rapid ascent to higher altitudes (4800 to 11,200 ft or more) due to the decreasing amount of oxygen (low PO2) that occurs at high altitudes. There are three main types of altitude sickness, acute (mild) altitude or mountain sickness (AMS), high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE), and high-altitude cerebral edema. The cause of altitude sickness is the decreasing amount of oxygen available as altitude increases.

Early Symptoms of altitude sickness include

  • severe headache
  • fatigue
  • insomnia
  • feeling of early tiredness
  • loss of breathing, etc

Later symptoms include

  • rapid shortness of breath
  • extreme fatigue
  • respiratory failure
  • cerebral edema
  • coma
  • death

Everest Three Passes Trek facts :

Headquarters: Namche Bazar

Language: Tibetian, Nepali, and English

Currency: Nepalese Rupees, US dollar, Euro, etc

Timezone: UTC +5:45

Country Code : +977

Drinking age: 18+

Drinking in public: Allowed

Drinking tap water: unsafe

Flushing toilet paper: not allowed

Credit cards: recommended to carry cash but the card is also acceptable in many places

Tips: depends upon you

SOS call: 100

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