Himalayan Forever

Everest Three Passes Trekking

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Best Price
22 days
Max. Elevation
Group size
Min 2 (Single Supplement $325)
All ground transportation and domestic flight as per itinerary 
Best Season
Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April, May
3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and Tea House / Lodge during the trek
Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
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Ends at
Trip Route
Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakdim - Namche - Tengboche - Dingboche - Chukung - EBC - Kalapathar - Chola Pass - Gokyo Lake - Gokyo Ri - Renjo La - Namche - Lukla - Kathmandu


    • Enjoy the high altitude walks from one scenic valley to another beautiful areas.
    • Fantastic views from all three high passes of Kongma-La, Cho-La and Renjo-La.
    • A great adventure covering all picturesque areas of the high Khumbu valleys.
    • Exciting walk to the base of Mt. Everest and climb of highest point at Kalapathar.
    • From east of Khumbu, Imjatse to Gokyo valleys and toward west at Thame


‘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.

Important Note

Mode of Trekking: Lodges and Guest-Houses till Lukla to Lukla.
Trekking Grade: Moderate to Adventurous and Challenging in snow condition.
Area of Trekking: Far North Mid-East, around Khumbu-Everest region.
Highest points: Kalapathar Hill at 5,643 m / 18,514 feet and Everest Base Camp 5,364 m / 17, 598 feet. Kongma-La 5,535 m / 18, 160 m, Cho-La Pass 5, 420 m / 17, 782 feet with Renjo-La at 5,360 m / 17, 585 feet and Gokyo-Ri 5,357 m / 17, 575 feet high.
People and culture: Populated by Highlanders the Sherpa tribes follows strong Tibetan Buddhism and similar cultures.
Trekking duration: 17 Nights and 18 Days (from Lukla to Lukla).
Total Trip: 21 Nights / 22 Days from arrival to main departures.
Best Seasons: Nearly months of the year, except for monsoon wet months of mid-June to mid-September. The best seasons are spring and autumn / fall, the spring time begins from March to May and autumn from September to November.
Can get snowed sometimes all around the seasons as well in the best time of the year. The Himalayan weather can be unpredictable sometimes, which is one of the most challenging side of the adventure.
Interested people can enjoy the trek during winter times of Christmas and New Year Holidays, however much cold temperatures. But most days are bright and clear with sunshine, short daylight hours during autumn and winter times.

Trip Itinerary

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.

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. From here back to hotel for lunch, and the get ready for exciting scenic drive to Manthali town at Ramechap district for overnight halt. The next morning taking a short flight to Lukla.

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.

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.

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. 

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.  

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Reserved as contingency day, in case of flight delay or cancelation in Lukla due to unfavorable weather condition. Can happen sometimes, if all goes well as per the schedule of our itinerary days. Enjoy the leisure day, relaxing with fond memories of Everest base camp trek. Interested people can join for another tour to Patan and Bhaktapur, worth a visit not to be missed.

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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    • All arrival and departure transportation from the airport to hotel and vice versa.
    • 3*** (Three Star) Hotel in Kathmandu on Bed / Breakfast basis. 
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with all entrance fees.
    • Domestic Airfare: Kathmandu- Lukla-Kathmandu. 
    • All applicable trekking permits including Sagarmatha National Park fees.
    • Full board on trekking staying in best available lodge includes breakfast, lunch and dinner with afternoon refreshment tea / coffee.
    • Service of guide, porters includes daily wages, meals, accommodation, transportation allowance and medical insurance only for field staff / porter.
    • Welcome or farewell group dinner, with a briefing regarding the treks.
    • Comprehensive medical kit carried by our guide throughout the trek.
    • On sightseeing tours private vehicles as per size of a group with city guide.

Doesn't Include

    • Nepal Visa, Medical / Travel Insurance.
    • Meals in Kathmandu and expenses of personal nature like laundry etc.
    • Single room in Kathmandu and on treks where available at extra cost.
    • Emergency Evacuation if required by any means of transportation and Helicopter Service.
    • Personal trek gear, sleeping bags, duvet / down jackets, kit / duffel bags.     
    • Extra snacks and other refreshment, including drinking water at own expenses.
    • Early return from the trek due to personal reason or sickness, the client have to bear extra expenses oneself. (To be claimed from your insurance).
    • Personal Medical Kit, as per your doctor advice.

Frequently Asked Questions

The trek overall is not too tough or difficult, the trail is well defined having several nice lodges and settlements. The only hardest is walking fast on high altitude, where one should take it slowly having rest to enjoy the walk each day. The toughest is the climb to high Kalapathar Hill top just for few hours, as well climbing over all three passes. The downhill is equally tough but taking slow will overcome the difficulty. Can be quite arduous and tough if there is snow and ice on the trail crossing the passes. 

Yes, the famous and popular Kalapathar Hill, one of the best view-points around the Himalayan region. While visiting Everest base camp, climb to Kalapathar Hill includes in our trekking itinerary. Which is not to be missed, offers grand vista and closest views of Mt. Everest.

In all areas around Everest villages and smaller settlements have hydroelectricity or solar power. Trekkers can charge their electronic items, on paying a small fee for each gadgets as per hour basis, the price differs from one place to another.

Everest region of Khumbu area offers best lodge or hotel accommodation with comprehensive food menu to choose from. From Lukla onwards till Gorakshep with several options from budget, moderate to luxury standard.

But in small isolated places like Dzongla, Thagnak and Lungden the lodge accommodation are very simple and basic. But clean with homely environment and the foods menu with limited varieties. 

Trekkers can enjoy rooms with attached bath / toilets, but higher region the toilets and bathe are common. Foods are served in a large warm dining room, the foods served as per the menu from Continental, Chinese, Indian, Tibetan and Nepali. Some lodge restaurants also serves fresh homemade bakeries products.

The most famous and popular is Nepali Dal / Bhat (boiled or steam rice, served with various lentil soups, vegetable or meat mild curry, includes pickles of choice).

It is not that popular as other various scenic destinations around Khumbu.But the Everest Three passes is drawing more interested and adventurers’   trekkers, form last few decades. Trekkers seldom use these route due to its remote and isolated location. But best for trekkers who enjoys sheer complete wilderness.

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