- Everest Base Camp
- Gokyo Ri Lake
- Namche Bazaar
- Kongma La Pass
- View from Renjo La Pass
Everest Three Pass Trek
- Duration : 20 Days
- Primary activity : Trekking and Hiking
- Secondary activity: Sherpa Culture
- Group size : Min. 1 Pax
- Max-Altitude : 5545 m / 18,192 ft
- Country: Nepal
- Transportation: Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
- Trip starts from: Kathmandu
- Ends in: Kathmandu
- Meals: Nepali and Continental
- Accomodation: Hotel and Tea House
- Trip Route: Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding-Namche Bazaar-Tengboche-Dingboche-Chhukung-Kongma La-Lobuche-Gorak Shep-Everest Base Camp-Gorak Shep-Kala Patthar-Dzongla -ChoLa-Thangnak-Gokyo-Gokyo Ri- Gokyo - Renjo La-Marlung-Namche Bazzar-Lukla-Kathmandu
Our Everest Three Pass Trek gives you an overall Everest trekking experience. You get to cross three high passes– KongmaLa, Cho La and Renjo La– along with opportunity to visit Everest base camp. Ascending towards Gokyo Ri and Kala Pathar gives us breath taking panoramic views of Everest and other surrounding peaks. This Everest Three Pass Trek is considered to be a challenging trek and is preferred by adventure lovers who want to have it all.
The Everest three pass trek adventure starts as we board a scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek towards Namche Bazaar, the home of Sherpas. After acclimatizing at Namche for two nights we follow the popular Everest trail through Tengboche, Dingboche and rest for another day at Chukkung before crossing the first high pass of Kongma La at an altitude of 5535m. Then we will be visiting Everest base camp via Lobuche and Gorakshep followed by hike up to Kalapathar for panoramic views of snow capped mountains including Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama dablam and other neighboring peaks. We continue the Everest three pass Trek via Dzong La before crossing the next pass of Cho La that finally takes us to the pristine glacial lakes of Gokyo. We then hike up to Gokyo Ri for great panoramic views and make our way towards the final pass of Renjo La. Spending a night at Marlung, we descend towards Namche Bazar, Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu.
The Everest Three Pass Trek can be joined by any adventure lover who possesses a good level of physical fitness and the ability to cross three high altitude passes. In order to avoid rainfall and for clear views the best periods to undertake this trek are from mid April to May and from mid September to mid November. Join our Everest Three Pass Trek with Nepal Mountain Trekkers to create some memorable moments that you will cherish in years to come.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m/4264 ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla [2840 m/9320] – Phakding [2,652m/8,700ft]: 40 minutes flight, 3 – 4 hrs trek (Trekking times only)
Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar [3440 m/11,280 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs trek
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Rest day
Day 06: Namche Bazaar – Tengboche [3860 m/12,660 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
Day 07: Tengboche – Dingboche [4360m/14,300 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
Day 08: Dingboche – Chhukung [4750m/15,580 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs
Day 09: Rest Day in Chhukung
Day 10: Chhukung – Kongma La [5535m/18,159ft] – Lobuche [4940m/16,210ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
Day 11: Lobuche – Gorak Shep [5170 m/16,961ft] – Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 ft] – Gorak Shep: 8 – 9 hrs
Day 12: Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar [5545 m/18,192 ft] – Dzongla [4830m/15,850 ft]: 6- 7 hrs
Day 13: Dzongla – ChoLa [5368m/17,611 ft] -Thangnak [4680m/15,350 ft] : 8-9 hrs
Day 14: Thangnak – Gokyo [4800m/15,580 ft]: 2-3 hrs
Day 15: Rest day in Gokyo – Gokyo Ri [5357m/17,575 ft]: 4-5 hrs
Day 16: Gokyo – Renjo La [5360m/17585 ft] – Marlung [4210m/13,810 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
Day 17: Marlung – Namche Bazzar: 5 – 6 hrs
Day 18: Namche Bazzar – Lukla: 6 – 8 hrs
Day 19: Lukla – Kathmandu: 40 min flight
Day 20: Farewell Day
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m/4264 ft):
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, you will be met by representative from Nepal Mountain Trekkers at Tribhuwan International Airport arrival terminals and he will transfer you to your respective hotel (Hotel Horizon). After check in at hotel, you can enjoy the free time relaxing at cozy room or stroll around tourist hub thamel area until end of the day.
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation:
We start our day with our early meal and visit to Nepal Mountain Trekkers office at Thamel. After being introduced with our team including tour guide, trekking leader and director of operations, we head for necessary trekking preparations, getting needed equipments with initiation of Kathmandu sightseeing around world heritage sites. Kathmandu Durbar square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa are UNESCO world heritage sites that we explore till sunset. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla [2840 m/9320] – Phakding [2,652m/8,700ft]: 40 minutes flight, 3 – 4 hrs trek (Trekking times only):
Our day begins with health breakfast at hotel in Kathmandu. Then you will be transferred to airport to catch our short domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the gateway to Everest. In just 45 minutes of flight, we get wonderful chance to view snow capped mountains and will be landing between the hills at Tenjing-Hillary airstrip in no time. After arriving at Lukla, we get introduced with our trekking crew and start our trekking activity towards Phakding. It will be quite an exciting first day of trekking at Everest region. Overnight stay at Phakding.
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar [3440 m/11,280 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs trek:
We have our early meal and start our journey with few ascends and descends crossing Dudhkoshi River through suspension bridge. Gradually moving ahead entering Sagarmatha National Park located at Monjoo, proceed towards Jorasale and continue day’s walk until we arrive at popular Sherpa village of Namche Bazar. Today, we have our quick stop at Chautara and the fabulous views of snow capped peaks already starts to appear. We stay overnight at Namche Bazar.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar: Rest day:
Today we have our first of acclimatization days. It is very important to have proper acclimatization to avoid possible risks of acute mountain sickness or altitude sickness. And during the acclimatization days, it is recommended to get involved in physical activities instead of just taking rest. We will therefore, go for a short hike around nearby Thame or simply take a look around Namche bazaar. Here, we also get an exclusive chance to meet likeminded travelers, Everest summiters and have a close look at lifestyle of local Sherpa inhabitants. We will stay overnight in Namche Bazar.
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche [3860 m/12,660 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs:
We start our day after having our breakfast and continue our journey to Tengboche with awesome views of Everest Himalayan ranges. We gradually make our way through beautiful Everest trekking trails, spot alpine flora and fauna, have our lunch at Phuki Thega and finally arrive at Tengboche at end of the day. The major attractions here would be visit to ancient Tengboche Buddhist monastery with rich cultural/traditional insights and capture close views of Everest, Amadablam and other neighboring peaks. Overnight stay in Tengboche.
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche [4360m/14,300 ft: 5 – 6 hrs:
We wake up early in the morning to enjoy fabulous sunrise over snow capped peaks of Everest Himalayan range. Further we push ourselves walking through Imja Khola, walk through beautiful rhododendron forests and arrive at Deboche. As we gain altitude, the views get more and more dramatic and exceptionally amazing. Following the popular Everest trails, embracing the clear views of Himalayas with flattering prayer flags and crossing several chortens along the way; we finally arrive at Dingboche for overnight stay.
Day 08: Dingboche to Chhukung [4750m/15,580 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs:
Today would be comparatively easy trekking day with three to four hours of gradual walk through valleys and glacier moraines. In a short while, a dramatic view of Island Peak is being offered. It just gives us the feeling like we are on the whole different world surrounded by snowy peaks from all directions. Soon after within an hour of walk from Bibrey, we arrive at Chhukung. Overnight stay at Chhukung.
Day 09: Acclimatization Day in Chhukung:
Chhukung is the place where we will be spending two nights in order to get properly acclimatize with high altitudes. It is very essential to do some physical activities in our acclimatization day, so we make the most out of it by heading towards top of Chukkung ri that offers never seen before south face of Lhotse, AmuLapcha pass and Amadablam surrounded by extraordinary fluted ice walls. At the end of the day, we return towards Chhukung for overnight stay.
Day 10: Chhukung to Kongma La [5535m/18,159ft] and then to Lobuche [4940m/16,210ft]: 6 – 7 hrs:
We wake up early in the morning before dawn and as the sun rises, we start our day’s journey with packed lunch and drinking water as there are no tea houses further till Lobuche. Taking up the challenge put infront of us, after nearly five to six hours we gain maximum altitude of 5535m above sea level at Kongma la pass, enjoy the rawness of Mother Nature, capture scintillating views of snow capped mountains, glaciers around us and finally arrive at Lobuche where we will be stopping for overnight stay.
Day 11: Lobuche to Gorak Shep [5170 m/16,961ft] then to Everest Base Camp [5364 m/17,594 ft] and return Gorak Shep: 8 – 9 hrs:
Leaving behind Lobuche, we make our way through moraines of Khumbu Glacier overlooking north ridge of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse and other neighboring snow capped Himalayas. After arriving at Gorakshep, we push ourselves forward towards the base camp of top of the world, Everest base camp at 5364m. Constant feeling of accomplishment, satisfaction and awesomeness strikes us upon arrival at Everest base camp, where we can see Everest summiters camping and getting ready for ultra Everest expedition. Further we return to Gorakshep for overnight stay.
Day 12: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar [5545 m/18,192 ft] and then to Dzongla [4830m/15,850 ft]: 6- 7 hrs:
We wake up early in the morning and start our day with a hike from Gorakshep to Kalapathhar encountering quite a challenging weather conditions. Upon reaching at top of Kalapathhar viewpoint, we get ready for capturing awesome panoramic views of Everest Himalayan range that seems like a magical experience when sun slowly turns snow capped peaks into golden color. We simply wander in the beauty for few moment, capture plenty of pictures and return towards Gorakshep. Further we leave behind Gorakshep and trek for three to four hours towards Dzongla.
Day 13: Dzongla to ChoLa [5368m/17,611 ft] and then to Thangnak [4680m/15,350 ft] : 8-9 hrs:
Our day starts as we get set and go from tea house enjoying beautiful views of nearby Himalayas. We will be experiencing quite a bit of challenges today while crossing high altitude Cho La Pass and heading towards Thagnak. But as we ascend further towards alluring altitude above 5300m at Cho La Pass, dramatic views of snow capped peaks starts to appear which we have never seen before. Specially, upclose views of Cholatse and Amadablam are spectacular. While following these ascends and descends, we take proper care of ourselves to avoid any risks of being injured as there may be slippery ice glazed around the rocks. In this way, after a short while, we finally arrive at Thangnak where we will be staying overnight.
Day 14: Thangnak to Gokyo [4800m/15,580 ft]: 2-3 hrs:
We take a good rest at Thangnak and regain our energy to continue our Everest Three Pass adventure towards Gokyo passing through longest Ngozumpa glacier. Walking further for around couple of hours, we enter beautiful Gokyo Valley, explore amazing natural beauty of Gokyo lakes with spectacular alpine surroundings. We stay overnight at Gokyo.
Day 15: Rest day in Gokyo and climb Gokyo Ri [5357m/17,575 ft]: 4-5 hrs:
It will be our final acclimatization or rest day at Gokyo. And we climb Gokyo Ri today which is well known viewpoint for amazing views of Everest Himalayan range. Exploring Gokyo is also taken as an opportunity to observe crystal clear turquoise Gokyo lakes located above five thousand meters. If you love to explore more then, there is also possibility to go further at edges of Lakes and capture excellent views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and other neighboring peaks. Upon time availability and your interest, there are many other exquisite places to visit around Gokyo. And finally we return at our tea house at Gokyo.
Day 16: Gokyo to Renjo La [5360m/17585 ft] and then to Marlung [4210m/13,810 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs:
Among the three passes in our Everest Three Pass Trek, today we will be crossing final pass of Renjo La and we start of day early in the morning to achieve our goal. Leaving Gokyo valley behind, we catch up the trail leading towards Renjo la pass and after couple of hours trekking through alpine surroundings, we arrive at Renjo La Pass, immerse ourselves in the immense Himalayan beauty that we observe and continue our trip descending through icy stone staircase. We walk cautiously through and after an hour we arrive at Marlung for night halt.
Day 17: Marlung to Namche Bazar: 5 – 6 hrs:
The trail descending from Marlung is a well-known ancient trading route for Tibetan Traders. Following the same trail, we cross quite a few rivers, streams and arrive at culturally rich and beautiful small village of Thame. Here, at Thame, we get a chance to visit popular monastery and enjoy festivities held during May along with beautiful views of snowcapped peaks like Kusum Kangaroo and Thamserku. In the similar way, crossing several suspension bridges, visiting picturesque monasteries and capturing a true Himalayan essence, we finally reach Namche Bazar again. We take rest at one of the tea house and stay overnight at Namche.
Day 18: Namche Bazzar to Lukla: 6 – 8 hrs:
Following the downhill trail, today we return towards Lukla from Namche Bazar. Walking cautiously through beautiful rhododendron forests, rugged trails with lovely heart full of amazing memories, we have a different view and perspective towards the surroundings. While descending down towards Lukla, we recall fantastic memories that we had since last two weeks, and upon arrival at Lukla, we simply cherish those memories. Overnight stay at Lukla.
Day 19: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu: 40 min flight:
Most often, Lukla to Kathmandu flights operates in the morning to avoid disturbances of afternoon wind. However, in case of unfavorable weather conditions, flights also get delayed. After arriving at Kathmandu, we celebrate our trip success along with our complimentary spa treatment. At the end of the day, we also enjoy farewell treat at once of the cultural Nepali restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 20: Farewell Day:
Finally, your adventure trekking in Nepal comes to an end today. After your completion of packing, we transfer you to Tribhuwan International Airport to catch your scheduled flight towards onward destination.
- Airport pickup and drop service
- 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Horizon Kathmandu)
- All lodging and fooding during the trek (B,L,D included)
- Transportation costs: Domestic flight in (Kathmandu – Lukla- Kathmandu)
- Professionally trained and highly experienced English speaking trekking guide, assistant trekking guide and porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers with max load of 30kg) along with their salary, lodging, fooding and insurance
- Trekking permits: TIMS card and Sagarmatha National Park fees
- First aid medical box
- Trekking gears like sleeping bag and down jacket made available on rent
- 13% VAT and 10% service charge
- Farewell Dinner
- Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
- International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
- Food in Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in scheduled itinerary
- Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
- All personal expenses
- Tip for guides and porters
Complimentary items offered by Nepal Mountain Trekkers
- Nepal Mountain Trekker t-Shirt and duffel bag with comprehensive trekking map
- Spa treatment for mind and body in Kathmandu after completion of trek
- Farewell treat