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Everest Three Passes Trekking

Trip code
Package name Everest Three Passes Trekking
Duration 21
Max. elevation 5643 m
Level Difficult
Transportation All ground transportation and domestic flight as per itinerary 
Accomodation 3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Tea House / Lodge during the trek
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at
Trip route Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakdim - Namche - Tengboche - Dingboche - Chukung - EBC - Kalapathar - Chola Pass - Gokyo Lake - Gokyo Ri - Renjo La - Namche - Lukla - Kathmandu
Cost USD 1,775 per person



‘Exciting adventure traversing the scenic passes in the shade of Mt. Everest’
Everest Three Passes Trekking is an ever-exciting adventure covering all the high passes of Khumbu and the Everest region. Crossing from one scenic valley to another beautiful region from the east to the western side of scenic Khumbu areas.
Himalayan Forever Treks, presents the wonderful and dramatic adventure traversing the Everest Three Passes. Includes trek to the world’s highest 
 Mt. Everest Base Camp and climb on top of popular and scenic Kalapathar Hill.
The highest point of the journey, standing amidst a giant towering mountain range with Mt. Everest at a mere distance.
Everest Three Passes Trekking is an amazing high-altitude walk from moderate, adventurous to challenging climb on rocks and icy paths.
The adventure is for all types of trekkers who are keen and interested in walking on rugged and off-the-beaten tracks. As this trek offers strenuous effort and long day walks but rewards you with exceptional scenery. Where few people have the opportunity to explore the hidden pockets of Khumbu and Everest region.
Everest Three Passes Trekking from the main scenic trail to off-the-beaten tracks crossing over 5,000 m high passes. This adventure with both options either starting from the west of Namche Bazaar from Thame crossing Renjo-La to Gokyo Lake. But the best is taking the route from anti-clock direction trekking to scenic Imjatse valley and then over Kongma-La. Which provides enough exercise and acclimatization crossing the first high pass of the adventure, and visiting the Everest base camp.
Himalayan Forever Treks to make Everest Three Passes Trekking, enjoyable with great thrills, using the best routes from the east direction.
The adventure begins on the main route from Lukla to Namche Bazaar through several nice traditional villages. Where trekkers can witness the impressive cultures of the Sherpa, the main inhabitants of the high Khumbu and Everest regions.
The walk enters the famous Sagarmatha National Park, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which treasures exotic flora and fauna. Including the world’s highest peaks
Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, and other towering peaks Ama Dablam, Gyachung Khang, Nuptse, and Tharmasarku.
Journey heads high above to Namche Bazaar, the capital and major hub of Khumbu villagers, as well as foreign visitors. 
From Namche Bazaar walk continues after enjoying a rest day, heading high to beautiful Tengboche and its majestic monastery. Located amidst lovely woods of rhododendron and pine trees, surrounded by an array of peaks. The adventure continues towards higher mountainous terrain leaving the tall tree lines, and reaching Dingboche and Chukung settlements.
From here our true adventure starts heading above Imjatse valley to cross the first Kongma-La Pass. Seldom used by trekkers en route to Lobuche and Everest base camp, a strenuous climb and descent reach Lobuche. After traversing over the Khumbu glacier en route to Lobuche, from here on the main trail to Everest base camp. The walk leads over a moraine of rocks and ice to Gorakshep the last settlement ahead of Everest base camp. 
From Gorakshep walk leads to a famous, popular destination at Everest base camp, enjoy the dramatic arctic zone landscape scenery. Covered in remorseless fields of ice, moraine, and glacier with close views of the tumbling huge Khumbu Ice-Fall. 
After a rejoiceful moment climb the highest Kalapathar hilltop, for the closest views of Mt. Everest with adjoining giant peaks. Completing the first part of the adventure, the walk leads to cross the 2nd pass of the treks. Cross the high Cho-La pass to reach the picturesque valley of Gokyo, blessed with mountains and lakes.
Enjoy the spectacular scenery that surrounds the beautiful location of Gokyo valley, and then the adventure continues to Renjo-La. The last and final pass of the journey, trek across the Gokyo Lake heading south, for the big climb.
Enjoy the tough uphill climb to the top of Renjo-La Pass, which rewards you with a tremendous panorama of the mountain range. 
Overlooking Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, and Mt. Makalu, after a blissful scenic moment, descends towards the western end of Khumbu. Reaching Thame, a sleepy lovely village, few trekkers often visits, which is also en route to Nepal / Tibet-China border.      
Staying a pleasant overnight at Thame and visiting its 500 years old monastery of great religious and cultural interest. Slowly our adventure comes to an end on reaching Namche Bazaar and then down to Lukla. The next morning a sweeping panoramic flight brings you to Kathmandu; after an overwhelming adventure and experience on Everest Three Passes Trekking.

 What about altitude sickness on the Three Passes Trek?
As you ascend to higher altitudes on the Three Passes Trek, the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) increases due to the thinning air. Adequate acclimatization and a gradual pace are crucial to allow your body to adjust to the altitude safely.

Earth’s Edge meticulously designs all its itineraries, including the Three Passes Trek, with your safety and success in mind. This trek is carefully engineered to provide the best acclimatization profile possible throughout the expedition. The route, known for its uncrowded and scenic paths, not only offers the chance to witness extraordinary sights but also allows sufficient time for acclimatization at each stage of the journey. To facilitate this, the itinerary includes three full rest and acclimatization days strategically placed in Namche Bazaar (Day 5), Lungden (Day 8), and Gokyo (Day 10).

Moreover, Earth’s Edge ensures that a qualified doctor accompanies each expedition. Their presence enables swift identification and treatment of altitude sickness symptoms, should they arise. This proactive approach aims to facilitate a quick recovery, minimizing any adverse effects on your trekking experience. If you begin to feel unwell at any point during the trek, it's crucial to notify the expedition team immediately to ensure your safety and enjoyment of the journey.

Now, how difficult is the Three Passes Trek? Undoubtedly, it presents a challenging adventure that requires careful planning and physical preparation beforehand. However, for those willing to take on the challenge, the rewards are immeasurable. If you're interested in learning more about the Three Passes Trek, visit the expedition page or reach out to Earth’s Edge for further information – their team would be delighted to assist you.

Three Passes Trek Tips & Tricks
Preparing for the Everest Three Passes trek requires strategic planning. Begin by acclimatizing in Namche Bazaar to adapt to the altitude. Ensure your gear includes sturdy trekking boots, warm layers, and a reliable backpack. Hydration is key, so carry a refillable water bottle, and use trekking poles for stability during steep ascents and descents.

Everest High Passes Trek Experience
The Everest High Passes trek unfolds a mesmerizing panorama of the Khumbu region. Conquer the challenging Cho-La Pass, Renjo-La Pass, and Kongma-La Pass, each offering unparalleled views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. Traverse through pristine valleys, serene lakes, and traditional Sherpa villages, immersing yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of the Himalayas.

Getting There & Away
Commencing the trek involves flying into Lukla, a thrilling experience as you land on one of the world's most challenging airstrips. Lukla serves as the gateway to the Khumbu region. After completing the trek, a return flight from Lukla takes you back to Kathmandu, offering a stunning aerial perspective of the landscapes you conquered on foot.

Permits & Regulations
Securing the necessary permits is crucial for a seamless Everest Three Passes trek. Obtain the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit. Comply with local regulations to ensure a responsible and respectful trekking experience in this UNESCO-listed region.

Everest Three High Passes Trek Difficulty Level
Trekking through the Everest Three High Passes is a thrilling adventure that pushes the limits of even the most seasoned trekkers. With its challenging terrain and high-altitude passes, this trek offers a unique and unforgettable experience. Let's delve into the difficulty level of this remarkable journey.

The Everest Three High Passes trek is renowned for its adventurous route, encompassing three formidable passes—Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La—each towering over 5000 meters above sea level. This trekking expedition presents a higher level of difficulty compared to other popular treks in the region, such as the Everest Base Camp trek.

1. Kongma La Pass (5545 meters)
The journey begins with an ascent to Kongma La Pass, the tallest of the three passes. Standing at an elevation of 5545 meters, this pass presents a significant challenge to trekkers. After acclimatizing in Namche Bazaar, trekkers embark on the arduous climb towards Kongma La Pass. The steep inclines and high altitude demand physical endurance and mental resilience. However, the breathtaking views from Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp serve as a rewarding culmination of this leg of the trek.

2. Cho La Pass (5420 meters)
Following the ascent of Kongma La Pass, trekkers venture towards the second pass—Cho La Pass, standing at an elevation of 5420 meters. Renowned as the most challenging pass of the three, Cho La presents trekkers with steep and icy terrain. Crossing this pass requires careful navigation and perseverance. Upon crossing Cho La Pass, trekkers are rewarded with the opportunity to explore the serene landscapes of Gokyo and Gokyo Ri, along with its picturesque lakes.

3. Renjo La Pass (5370 meters)
The final leg of the Everest Three High Passes trek culminates with the ascent of Renjo La Pass, situated at an altitude of 5370 meters. While slightly lower in elevation compared to the previous passes, Renjo La presents its own set of challenges. Trekkers must navigate rocky terrain and icy slopes to reach the summit. Upon crossing Renjo La Pass, trekkers descend towards Lumde before eventually returning to Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation & Meals
Teahouses along the route provide basic yet comfortable accommodation. Expect cozy rooms with shared facilities, reflecting the simplicity of life in the Himalayas. Meals in the teahouses offer a variety of local and international dishes, ensuring trekkers are fueled for the demanding journey. Embrace the warmth of Nepalese hospitality as you unwind after each day's trek.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 m and transfer to hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu, Nepal International Airport our guide and staff will meet you with traditional welcome. After knowing the staff of Himalayan Forever Treks, a short drive to your hotels. Located in the heart of a city within an exciting Thamel area, an interesting place where most good hotels and restaurants situated. Reaching at the hotel, check your lovely rooms, after getting refreshed join in for group briefing. Provided by your guide or Group Leader, offers useful and important information of the trek, hotels and local lodge. 

Includes details of the local culture with do’s and don’ts, evening a group welcome dinner in a nice Nepali Restaurant.

Day 2 : Morning tour of Kathmandu heritage sites

Morning after breakfast, our city and cultural guide meets the group at the hotel for exciting tour. The drive leads in the heart of Kathmandu city, where interesting historical Durbar Square / Palace Courtyard located. The right spot to observe Nepalese cultures. Tour of ancient monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, next tour takes you to old Swyambhunath Stupa of more than 2,600 years history.  A Buddhist monument situated on a hillock west of Kathmandu city outskirt, the famous landmark of the country.

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as Hanuman Dhoka Square, stands as a testament to the city's royal history. Surrounded by ancient palaces, courtyards, and temples, this UNESCO World Heritage Site encapsulates centuries of Nepalese architecture. The square served as the royal palace for the Malla kings and later the Shah dynasty.

Upon entering, visitors are greeted by the magnificent Hanuman Dhoka Palace, a complex adorned with intricately carved wooden windows and doors. The Kumari Ghar, home to the living goddess Kumari, adds an air of mystique to the square. The Kumari, a prepubescent girl chosen as the living embodiment of the goddess Taleju, occasionally makes appearances at her window, captivating onlookers.

Exploring the narrow alleys surrounding the square reveals hidden courtyards, shrines, and vendors selling traditional artifacts. The combination of historical charm and vibrant street life makes Kathmandu Durbar Square an unforgettable destination.

Pashupati Nath:

A short journey eastward leads to the sacred grounds of Pashupati Nath, one of the holiest Hindu temples in the world. Nestled on the banks of the Bagmati River, Pashupati Nath is dedicated to Lord Shiva and draws pilgrims from across the globe.

The main temple, adorned with intricate wood carvings and golden spires, stands as the focal point of the complex. Only Hindus are allowed into the inner sanctum, but visitors can witness the rituals and ceremonies from the eastern bank of the river. The atmosphere is infused with spirituality as devotees perform rituals, sadhus (holy men) meditate, and the scent of incense wafts through the air.

Pashupati Nath is not only a religious site but also a reflection of Nepal's rich architectural heritage. The surrounding area, with its ancient statues, shrines, and ghats, provides a serene backdrop to this spiritual haven.


Heading northeast from Pashupati Nath, the journey culminates at the iconic Boudha Stupa, a symbol of Buddhism and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The colossal white dome, adorned with the watchful eyes of the Buddha, dominates the landscape, creating a serene and contemplative ambiance.

The Boudha Stupa is encircled by a bustling market, where locals and tourists alike peruse a plethora of shops offering Tibetan artifacts, prayer flags, and traditional handicrafts. The rhythmic prayer chants, the spinning of prayer wheels, and the fluttering of colorful flags create a mesmerizing atmosphere.

The stupa itself is a marvel of symmetry and symbolism. Pilgrims circumambulate the structure, spinning prayer wheels and offering prayers, while monks in nearby monasteries engage in their daily rituals. As the sun sets, the stupa is illuminated, casting a tranquil glow that adds to the spiritual aura. From here back to hotel for lunch.

Day 3 : Drive to Manthali, Fly to Lukla 2, 850 m and trek to Phakding 2,645 m - 04 hrs.

Morning transfer to Manthali town small airport for panoramic flight to Lukla, board in a small aircraft. The flight heads east with stunning views of Himalayan peaks facing Mt. Everest, as the plane makes a smooth exciting landing at Lukla Tenzing & Hillary Airport.

A moderate town, where walk starts heading down to Dudh Koshi River valley through several Sherpa villages. Festooned with prayer flags, Buddhist monument and prayer wall then reaching our first overnight stop at Phakding village.

Day 4 : Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m / 11, 350 feet - 06 hrs.

A long today’s walk to Namche Bazaar, morning after breakfast the trail follows on moderate path. Walking short down and ups crossing a long bridge to reach a nice village of Monjo. The enter Sagarmatha National Park; (Sagarmatha a name for Everest in Nepal, while the native Sherpa calls as Chomolungma of Tibetan origin language). 

From the park entrance cross another bridge over the same river Dudh Koshi to Jorsalle, the last settlement before Namche Bazaar.

Stopping for lunch, afternoon walk on river bed amidst lovely forest, then starts the climb on crossing a high bridge. A steep winding for few hours reaches Namche Bazaar for two overnight halt in the comfort of nice lodge.

Day 5 : At Namche for acclimatization and a short scenic hike.

An ideal spot Namche Bazaar for rest day to support acclimatization and short hike to view-points. Morning having breakfast facing views of Kwangde and Thamersarkhu peaks, while at Namche there are several side hikes.

Suggested scenic places for hikes around Namche and beyond:Visit the park museum on top of Namche Bazaar, offers interesting information of the Khumbu Sherpa’s cultures. Along with panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamersarkhu and Kantega with Kwangde peaks. 

Hike to Everest View Hotel at above 3,880 m high a refreshing spot for views of Mt. Everest, while having warm cup of hot drinks. For energetic people can enjoy longer hike to Khumjung and Khunde villages, located on a glacial valley.

Rest of the day enjoy leisure afternoon browsing the streets of Namche Bazaar full of shops, stores, restaurants and fresh bakeries. 

Day 6 : Trek to Tengboche 3,867 m - 05 hrs.

From Namche Bazaar, morning walk short up and then on winding nice trail facing views of towering snow-capped peaks. Then down to Imjatse River for lunch in a small settlement Phunki-Tenga, amidst beautiful rhododendron and pine forest.

Afternoon two hours climb to beautiful Tengboche and the monastery, a picturesque ridge and a small plateau. Enjoy grand panorama of Everest and surrounding giant snow peaks with time to visit the monastery interior of great religious and cultural interest. Overnight at Tengboche or little further down to Deboche in a quiet surrounding in the midst of woods.  

Day 7 : Trek to Dingboche 4,340 m - 05 hrs.

After a pleasant overnight either in Tengboche or Deboche, facing glorious views of Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam. Walk begins heading downhill to cross a bridge from here tree lines declines for short Himalayan bush and shrubs. 

Walk uphill with gentle climb to Pangboche village, located on route to Ama Dablam base camp and to Everest base camp.

Pangboche is the last permanent village, the other places on route Everest base camp are temporary settlements with lodges for trekkers. After Pangboche a slow short up to a place called Somare for lunch break. Afternoon walk on gentle up within an exposed areas, a short down to a river. Crossing a small bridge a short steep climb to Dingboche, located in a beautiful Imjatse valley. At the bottom of Ama Dablam North Face with views of Island Peak and Lhotse, Nuptse.

Day 8 : Rest day in Dingboche for acclimatization and short excursion.

Another pleasant and important rest day for acclimatization as the altitude sharply rises. Dingboche a lovely place within scenic Imjatse valley encircled by an of snow peaks. Enjoy few hour hike to Nakarjung hill above Dingboche offers grand panorama of the valley floor with towering giant peaks. The views includes as far to Mt. Makalu and Lhotse Shar in the Far East with Island Peak. 

Day 9 : Trek to Chukung 4, 740 m-04 hrs.

From Dingboche a short morning walk to the end of Imjatse valley for the first adventurous climb over Kongma-La pass. A wonderful walk along the scenic valley trail with short climb to remote Chukung, the last settlement around eastern Khumbu. Enjoy the afternoon having rest and short walk to Chukung-Ri for grand views, or take a leisure rest. 

Day 10 : Trek to Lobuche 4,960 m crossing Khoma-La Pass 5,535 m - 08 hrs.

An early morning start, carrying packed lunch for the long day walk, the trail follows high above Imjatse valley. Slowly the route leads to a gorge in between Nuptse and Nakarjung rocky hills. The climb begins walking on rocky ledges heading higher on top of Khoma-La pass, the highest pass of the adventure.

From the top descent to massif Khumbu glacier, a short steep climb to Lobuche for overnight stop. Lobuche located on a corner of a wide valley having number of good lodges with grand views of Nuptse and Lobuche peaks.

Day 11 : Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and back to Gorakshep - 06 hrs.

Enjoy the morning walk from Lobuche, needs to carry pack lunch for the long day to Everest base camp. A slow gentle walk to start the fresh cool morning. The trail follows up and then walk on rocky moraine, above Khumbu glaciers. After few hour of steady hike reaching Gorakshep, a small settlement located on a valley below high Kalapathar hill. Facing close views of Mt. Pumori, enjoy a short refreshing break and then walk continues over rocks and boulders. Then finally reaching the highlight of the adventure at Everest base camp, enjoy the dramatic scenery of arctic landscapes.

The base camp, can be busy and active during the mountaineering expedition times of late spring. Enjoy the remorseless fields of ice, snow and glaciers with massif Khumbu Ice Fall. The views of Mt. Everest is not visible, blocked by Lhotse and Nuptse peaks, achieving our goal and highlights. Return walk to Gorakshep for overnight stop, after a long exciting day of the adventure. 

Day 12 : Climb Kalapathar 5,545 m / 18,514 feet trek to Dzongla 4, 750 m.

Morning start the climb as early as possible for the steep uphill to Kalapathar rocky hill top. After a strenuous climb reaching the highest point of the adventure, Kalapathar one of the famous, popular scenic ridge.

From Kalapathar, enjoy breathtaking panorama of gigantic peaks that surrounds top of Kalapathar, facing closest views of Mt. Everest. After completing all major highlights descend to Gorakshep for breakfast, and continue walk downhill, feeling in high spirits. The trail follows past Lobuche and then our route diverts to a hidden corner at Dzongla. A small place with few small nice lodge for overnight stop, located on route to Gokyo via Cho-La Pass.

Day 13 : Trek to Thagnak 4,760 m via Cho-La pass 5,420 m - 08 hrs.

Morning walk starts before the break of dawn, a gradual walk for a start and then a steep climb. As the walk gets steeper on rocky sided slopes, for few hours then finally walk on top of Cho-La pass. The pass forms the boundary of eastern and western side of Khumbu valley. Situated close to giant peaks of Cholatse, after a refreshing stop, heads downhill to Thagnak at the base of Cho-La for overnight stop. A small settlement with few simple lodges located close beneath Ngozumpa glacier.

Day 14 : Trek to Gokyo Lake 4,800 m -04 hrs.

An easy walk this morning after a tough climb to Cho-la of previous day, start the walk following a gradual path. Encountering the 1st and 2nd lakes, then reaching the main 3rd lake at Gokyo, situated on a picturesque valley.

Enjoy the afternoon after lunch exploring the scenic surrounding with close views of Cho-Oyu, worlds 6th highest peaks. 

Day 15 : At Gokyo rest day options for hike to Gokyo-Ri.

Morning options for few hours hike to Gokyo-Ri ridge top. Offers grand vista of world’s four highest peaks, namely Everest, Lhotse, and Cho-Oyu with Mt. Makalu. Includes panorama of Gokyo valley with Ngozumpa the longest glacier in whole Himalaya range. However, the same view can be seen from Renjo-La next morning, rest of the day at leisure. Preparation for the last Renjo-La Pass crossing towards Thame village via Lungden.

Day 16 : Trek to Lungden 4, 340 m via Renjo-La 5,360 m -07 hrs.

From Gokyo after an enjoyable and pleasant rest at Gokyo, start the morning adventure to cross the last final pass. An exciting day, starting the walk heading far side of Gokyo Lake, and then climb on for few hours. The steep uphill continues till reaching on top Renjo-La, having refreshing stop.

Enjoy the glorious views of giant peaks that surrounds Renjo-La, and then head downhill to Lungden for overnight stop. A small isolated place with some simple lodges, situated close to Nangpa-La Pass on route Nepal and Tibet / China border.

Day 17 : Trek to Thame village 3,885 m -06 hrs.

After a pleasant overnight and feeling glad on completing all major highlights of the adventure. Morning walk leads to long downhill at the bottom close to Bhote Koshi River, which flows from Tibetan mountains.

Crossing a small bridge, after walking past Marlung a small farm village, and then to Thame. A nice sleepy village with an old monastery, stands on a high ridge above the Thame windswept village. On arrival at Thame transfer into a nice lodge, facing grand views of Kwangde series of peaks. Having time to visit the old interesting monastery at Thame facing grand views of surrounding high peaks.

Day 18 : Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m- 04 hrs.

Enjoying overnight stop in Thame quant village, facing grand views of snow-clad peaks of Pacchermo and Kwangde. Start the walk with short downhill to a river, after crossing a bridge a slow short climb. The walk gets better on pleasant gradual trail to Thamo village and then reaching Namche Bazaar for overnight halt. Rest of the day free at leisure to explore the interesting market areas of Namche Bazaar.

Day 19 : Trek to Lukla 2, 850 m - 07 hours.

Last day trek of the adventure, enjoy the walk with few short down and ups to Dudh Koshi River. Then reaching Monjo village, rest of the walk is easier to Phakding. From Phakding retracing the same route with last final climb to Lukla for lunch and overnight stop. Enjoy the dinner having party with fellow members and staff, with last night around high Khumbu and Everest region.

Day 20 : Fly to Manthali / Ramechap and drive to Kathmandu -05 hrs.

Having early breakfast, a short walk to Lukla’s Tenzing & Hillary airport as plane reach from Ramechap or Kathmandu. Board on the small aircraft for swift short flight back to land at Manthali small airstrip. A pleasant and exciting drive brings you back at Kathmandu, rest of the day at leisure and for individual activities and shopping souvenirs of Nepal. 

Day 21 : International departure for homeward bound.

Last day in Nepal and at Kathmandu, get ready for final departure as per your international flight time. Himalayan Forever Trek guide and staff transfer you to the airport. Bidding farewell to the guide and staff as you depart for homeward bound flight, after a wonderful experience and adventure on Everest Three Passes Trekking.


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