Of all the treks in Nepal, the Everest Three High Passes Trek is ranked among the most challenging. It is an epic adventure of ascending and descending some of the highest mountain passes in the world. The passes include Renjo La (5360m), Cho La (5368m) and Kongma La (5330m).Though we will have a visit to the Everest Base Camp, none of the passes previously mentioned are found on the Everest Base Camp Trek, so we will have some highly cherished solitude during much of the trek. In addition to undertaking the three high passes, you will also climb three peaks: GokyoRi (5360m) Kala Pattar (5540m), and ChukkungRi (5550m). This package is for seasoned trekkers, adventure-seekers, and beginners who have strong determination and burning desire to explore the best of the Khumbu region.
After an exhilarating flight to the Tenzing& Hillary Airport, the Everest Three Pass Trek begins. We carry on, passing through Sherpa villages and weaving between farming fields above the DudhKoshi River. In Jorsalle, we enter Sagarmatha National Park and get our permits checked. We spend an extra day in Namche Bazaar, the most popular spot in the acclimatize, shop, and swap stories with other trekkers who are making their way down the mountain. Next stop is Khumjung village, where we learn more about the Sherpa culture and, at the monastery, get to see the alleged scalp of a Yeti.
After Thame, a village known for its centuries-old monastery, wearelead to the first Himalayan pass of the trek – Renjo La (5360m). Upon descending, we land in the dazzling Gokyo Valley. To acclimatize, we hike up Gokyo Ri and are blown away by the views of lakes, glaciers, icefalls and white peaks – Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and others. Next up, the Cho La Pass (5330m), known as the most technical among the three passes. The trail is steep and slippery, which makes it a little more challenging, but also a little more fun. You may need to use the climbing equipment, like crampons (which we will provide). After Everest Base Camp (5364m), and Kala Patthar (5550m), you trek down to Lobuche and finally cross the highest pass - Khongma La (5535m). We make our descent back to Lukla and say farewell to the majestic Khumbu region.
It is possible to do the Everest Three Pass Trek any time of the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) will give you the best weather. In the Spring, rhododendrons are blooming and the colours are more vibrant, while during Autumn, the skies tend to be clearer. The Everest Three Pass Trek requires fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. Shikhar Adventure arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.
A representative from Shikhar Adventure will welcome you our hotel. We will prepare you with information and gear for your trek.
After you take breakfast, we’ll brief you on our upcoming adventure and then take you on a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu, including several UNESCO World Heritage sites. You can spend the rest of the day preparing for your upcoming trek.
Early in the morning, we catch a flight to Lukla from the Kathmandu domestic airport. We enjoy the incredible mountain views during the short flight. After landing, we begin our trek full of excitement. After passing picturesque Sherpa villages, their fields of crops, and many monuments toward Tibetan Buddhism, we see a spectacular view of KusumKanguru just as we arrive in Phakding. Overnight in a guest house.
After breakfast, we head to Namche Bazaar. The path leads us across several suspension bridges, while enjoying spectacular views of Thamserku. Following the DudhKoshi River bank, we reach Monjo and officially enter Sagarmatha National Park. We continue along the river bank and eventually ciimb in altitude. We cross the highest suspension bridge of the Everest region, and again trek higher. We catch our first peek of Mt. Everest and continue to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in a guest house.
Today is our acclimatization day. We must take time to let our bodies adjust to the difference in altitude, as the air is thinner here. We take a short day hike up to Sagarmatha National Park Museum and Khumjung Village. From the museum, we can see a perfect view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, AmaDablam, and many more Himalayan peaks. Afterwards, we explore Namche Bazaar, a major trade center in the Khumbu region, densely populated by Sherpa people as well as trekkers who have finished or are preparing for the various Everest region treks. There is much to explore in the streets of Namche Bazaar. Overnight in guest house.
After taking breakfast, we head out on today’s journey. Soon after departing, we pass the museum again and enjoy the views. After PhungiThanga, we reach a junction, where we hike up the steep trail (continuing the EBC path). The rhododendron and pine forests surrounding us are beautiful. After a couple more hours, we arrive at Tengboche. The sunset behind Mt. Everest from this little village is something you will never forget. Overnight at guest house.
Today will be a memorable day. We will move above the tree line, and feel like we are truly in the mountains. First though, we pass through diverse forests, enjoying the views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and AmaDablam. After crossing the Imja River, we reach Pangboche. Continuing, we walk through the Imja Valley before finally ascending to Dingboche, a gorgeous village with potato, barley, and buckwheat fields. Overnight in guest house.
After breakfast, we head up to Chhukung valley. As we climb, the village in the distance looks beautiful, and we also have an awesome view of several of the world’s highest peaks. Reaching Chhukung valley, we are in awe and how beautiful it is. It is so perfectly nestled in the Himalayas, surrounded on all sides by snowy mountains. Overnight at guest house.
The distance from Dingboche to Lobuche is short, but in the high altitude the walk takes slightly longer. As we ascend the Khongma La Pass, we get a jaw-dropping panorama of white peaks and turquoise alpine lake below us. It’s a strenuous day, but well worth it! The sunset view of Mt. Nuptse from Lobuche in the evening is marvelous. Overnight at guest house.
Full of excitement, we wake up a little earlier to get the best views from Everest Base Camp. The trail to Gorakshep is mostly uphill and rocky. After having lunch, we stop atGorakshep to drop our bags off, and we head to Everest Base Camp with our day packs. The trail is steep and rocky. Everest Base Camp is located on the Khumbu Glacier, with views of Khumbu Icefall, Mt. Khumbutse and Pumori, though views of Mt. Everest are saved for the following day. After we take some snaps and celebrate, we head back down to Gorakshep. Overnight at guest house.
We have an early morning to hike Kala Patthar. We’ve got a memorable day ahead of us! The breath-taking views of Mt. Everest, AmaDablam, and many others are right before our eyes. We take our time, snapping some photos at Kala Patthar, we come back to Gorakshep and have a nice big breakfast. After, we descend to Zongla. Overnight at guesthouse.
After breakfast, we walk on the flagstone path, passing through the desolate valley. Then, we ascend on the steep path to Cho-La Pass on the icy path of the Cho La Glacier. After we reach Cho-La Pass we descend on another side through the stony trail until we reach Phedi. From there we head down to Thangna, a small village with few lodges and tea shops. Overnight in guest house.
We walk along the glacial route until we reach first Gokyo lake. The trek from here is quite easy,a flat path following DudhKoshi River up to Gokyo village, which is in a windy valley and situated near the third lake. From Gokyo, we make a trip up to GokyoRi, where we get a better view of the turquoise lakes, as well as many famous peaks.
Today is another exhilarating day in our journey. We start our trek by ascending to Renjo-La Passwith the crew on a rocky and snow covered trail. It is steep uphill up toRenjo-La, fromwhere we can a stunning Himalayan panorama thatincludes Mt. Everest and theGokyo valley. After enjoying our moments up there, we descend for a few hours to Lungden village, a small settlement with a few basic tea houses. Overnight here.
The trail from Lungden to Namche is mostly downhill. We will walk through Marulung village (4210m) before reaching Thame (3820m), where there is a monastery that is several hundred years old. We can stop in this beautiful Sherpa village for a tea or lunch break. InThame, we’ll have some good views of theRolwaling Himalayan peaks. Continuing our trek further we will reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight here.
After having breakfast, we start head down to Lukla. We enjoy the last views of Mt. Everest, already looking forward to seeing it again. We cross six suspension bridges and pass several Sherpa villages before arriving in Lukla. After crossing the highest of the bridges, we walk for another 3 hours to Phakding and stop for lunch. We arrive in Lukla after about 2.5 hours of walking after Phakding. Time to enjoy the last night of the Himalaya in Lukla!
We have breakfast and then walk to Tenzing and Hillary airport and fly back to Kathmandu in the morning, enjoying the scenery during the flight. We’ll have a celebratory dinner in Kathmandu in the evening. Otherwise, the rest of the day is yours. Overnight in hotel.
Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport. Thank you for choosing Shikhar Adventure as your trekking guide! We look forward to your next adventure with us.
Shikhar Adventure is not responsible for any problems due to weather, damages of property, etc. However, we will help you manage your inconveniences to the best of our abilities. Flights to and from Lukla can be delayed due to weather conditions and delays may last up to several days. It is best to book flights to and from Kathmandu with a several day margin to avoid missing a flight back to your home country. If flights go smoothly, we will help arrange activities for you during your margin days. If you have a tight schedule and the flights out of Lukla are delayed, it is possible to take a helicopter flight back to Kathmandu for an additional cost.