Everest Three Passes Trek
Everest Three Passes Trek
| Trek Grade:
| Trail Access:
|Flight (Ktm - Lukla - Ktm)
| Best Season:
|Oct to Nov, Mar to May
| Trekking Style:
| Group Size:
|Min 2 to Max 12Pax
The Everest Three Passes trek begins with an exciting flight to Lukla.
Along the way, we will witness the footsteps of legendary mountaineers,
Sherpa communities, colorful prayer flags, mani walls, and monasteries.
During the journey, we will climb the Kongma La Pass on our way to Everest
Base Camp, Kala Pattar, Cho La Pass, Gokyo Ri, and Renjo La.
Instead of following the conventional plan of returning to Namche via
the same trail, we will take a different route to Dzongla through Lobuche
and cross the Cho La pass, Gokyo, and Thame valley. We will climb Gokyo
Ri in the morning to witness the breathtaking views of the Everest range
and explore the glacier lakes in the afternoon. After crossing the last Renjo La,
which is one of the primary trading routes with Tibet, we will stroll back to Namche.
The Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri trek is an amazing opportunity to
experience the breathtaking beauty of Mount Everest up close.
This region is well-known for its spectacular views of Nepal's most
famous 8000-meter mountains. From Gokyo Ri (5483m.) above Gokyo Lake,
you can easily see Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. The sight
of the massive ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (2922m)
in the Khumbu region is one of the most memorable highlights of
the trek. This incredible journey provides ample opportunities to witness
sights that are beyond human comprehension.
Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, and the surrounding mountains are visible
Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La, as well as Gokyo Ri
Monasteries of Tengboche, Pangboche, Namche, Thame, and Khumjung
Beautiful Gokyo Lakes + the valley
Himalayan Wildlife and Birds
Sherpa lodges are wonderful and warm
Cultural Immersion in Tibetan Sherpa Traditions
Spring Rhododendron in Season
Extra days for acclimatization and exploration
Breathtaking sunrises and sunsets over Himalayan peaks
THE BEST of Everest Region Trekking + Nepal Himalaya!
Everest Three Passes Trek Itinerary
DAY 1 - Welcome to Kathmandu!
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital and cultural hub of Nepal! We'll be waiting with a warm greeting and easy transfer to your hotel. Plan on an evening briefing on last-minute specifics about your trek and an early lights-out: you have a big day ahead.
DAY 2 - Fly Kathmandu to Lukla and Phakding
Altitude: 2,800m/9184ft (Lukla) & 2,652m/8,698ft (Phakding) Walking Distance: 8km (3-4 hours) - All distances and time estimates are approximate. Flight time: 35 min
After a short morning flight to Lukla, you'll be introduced to your guide and porter. Kick off your trek with an easy walk through Chaurikharka village and descent towards Dudhkoshi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft). The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkoshi River until Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), where we will be staying for the night to acclimatize. Enjoy your free time in Phakding, a popular stopping point.
DAY 3 - Phakding to Namche
Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft: 5-6 hours trek
We'll have breakfast in Phakding before gearing up for the trek to Namche Bazaar, the biggest sherpa village in Nepal. Our trail takes us first over the Dudhkoshi River via a long suspension bridge, and then through a beautiful pine forest to Monjo, about two hours away. Soon thereafter, we will approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park for a brief permit check and then descend to Dudh Kosi River (spotting Mani stones along the way!) en route to Jorsale. Lunch will be served here, and then it's uphill to Namche. Our path along the riverbank is flanked by two crossings, one of which is the Hillary Suspension Bridge. It's a tough climb up the hill to our resting place, but you'll be rewarded in Namche Bazaar with your first glimpse of Everest in its majesty.
DAY 4 - Namche: Rest and Acclimatization Day
At this point, we take a well-deserved break! Today will be spent resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the lofty altitude. There's an optional 2 hour hike to Everest View Point, an uphill walk that will help speed acclimatization. Otherwise, spend the day exploring Namche Bazaar. Check out the Sherpa museum for an overview of the Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering. On Saturdays, the Hatt Bazaar is open for trading and an intimate look at the locals' marketplace. It is part of the larger Namche Bazaar, a shopping hub filled with all manner of trekking and mountaineering clothing and equipment.
DAY 5 - Namche to Tengboche
Altitude: 3860m/12,660 ft: 5- 6 hours trek
We begin today's trek on an easy trail to Phunki Thanga. From here we ascend towards Tengboche village which is home to the largest monastery in the Everest region. The monastery is located within the Sagarmatha National Park and provides panoramic views of the highest mountains on earth including Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse and Lhotse. We try to reach the monastery by 3:00 in the afternoon and may even be able to witness a religious Buddhist ceremony.
DAY 6 - Tengboche to Dingboche
Altitude 4,360 m/14,300 ft: 5 - 6 hours
We begin today's trek by walking downhill and pass through lush forests filled with birch, conifers and rhododendron trees. We continue our trek with views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam to keep us company. The picturesque trail dips down to Debuche, crosses the Imja River and takes us to Pangboche. While walking the upper Pangboche trails, we get a more pristine view of the Himalayas and Pangboche Monastery. We move ahead towards the Imja Valley, Lobuche River and ultimately climb up to Dingboche. The village is a beautiful windy settlement overlooked by chortens and prayer flags. Overnight in Dingboche.
DAY 7 - Dingboche: Rest and Acclimatization Day
Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. The village is beautiful with an array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals. We spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. We take a day hike to Nagarjun Hill for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache, Ama Dablam and others.
DAY 8 - Dingboche to Chhukung
Altitude: 4750m/15,580 ft, climb Chhukung Ri (5,546m): 6 – 7 hours
Our trail passes through stone-walled fields and Imja Khola valley before entering glacier moraines amidst towering Himalayas. The trail continues to Bibre which is a yak herdsman place. From here, directly across the valley is the fantastic Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labsa mountains. The trail ahead is intersected by icy streams. We continue our walk for around half an hour and reach Chhukung. After lunch, we begin our trek towards Chhukung Ri. The climb to Chhukung Ri involves some easy scrambling near the summit. From the top, we can look directly across the valley for a fantastic view of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labcha peaks. We descend back to Chhukung to spend the night.
DAY 9 - Chhukung to Kongma La Pass and Lobuche
Altitude: 5535m/18,159ft, trek to Lobuche (4940m/16,210ft): 6 - 7 hours
We begin today's trek very early in the morning to reach the highest part of the entire trip which is Kongma La pass. We can either take a trail over a hill which is to the northwest of Chhukung over the Nuptse Glacier moraines or we can walk back to Bibre and trek on the trail above the Niyang Khola. The top of the pass is marked by cairns and Buddhist prayer flags. The final descent from the pass is the most difficult part of today's journey. After climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche.
DAY 10 - Lobuche to Gorakshep and EBC
Altitude: 5180m/16,994ft (Gorekshep) & 5364m/17598 (EBC) Distance of walking: 15km (6-8 hours) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.
This is it! Our big day kicks off with an initial, relatively easy trek from Lobuche to Gorekshep. The subsequent, straight trail to Everest Base Camp is harder, involving rocky dunes and moraine, formed accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris. On the way to our destination, we'll approach the famed Khumbu Glacier and icefall, located on the slopes of Everest. At the Base Camp, our goal, you'll have the chance (during the spring climbing season) to meet climbers attempting to scale the mountain's summit. Break out your cameras for unbelievable views of breathtaking beauty. As the afternoon sun starts to wane, we'll head back to Gorekshep for some much-needed rest and relaxation after a grueling and busy day.
DAY 11 - Gorakshep to Kalapattar and Lobuche
Altitude: 5,545m/18,192ft (Kalapathar) & 4940m/16,210ft (Lobuche) Walking distance: 12-13km (5-6 hours) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.
We'll wake before dawn today to trek towards Kalapathar (which means "black rock") for a fiery, glorious sunrise over Mt. Everest. The day's first light will illuminate your spectacular view of Nuptse Nup, Changtse and Lhotse.This may be, of the whole journey, your most opportune moment to snap amazing pictures of Everest and its neighboring peaks. Afterwards, it's back to Gorekshep for breakfast and down in the direction of Lobuche, our nighttime stop.
DAY 12 - Lobuche to Dzongla
Altitude: 4830m/15,850 ft: 6km, 3 - 4 hours
From Lobuche we trek downhill on a trail alongside the Khumbu Glacier. Our trail splits into two and we choose the trail on our right. On the way we can better admire the view of the looming Awi Peak. We pass through a stupa and tombstones in the distance. After walking for a while we begin to ascend. During the ascent, we see Chola Tsho Lake nearby. We continue further and pass another lake which is lot smaller than the Chola Tsho Lake. We cross the Chola Khola on a bridge before reaching Dzongla. Overnight in Dzongla.
DAY 13 - Dzongla to Gokyo Via Cho La Pass
Altitude: 4800m/15,580 ft, Cho La pass 5368m/17,611 ft: 7 - 8 hours
As we gain height, the Cho La Lake begins to appear and the Ama Dablam presides over a range of mountains on the south and Cholatse soars on the west. Climbing the incline is not easy; it is steep, but made worse by boulders over some of which we will have to scramble. The final climb to the Cho La can be a little tricky as the trail curves round a crevasse. The top of the pass is marked by prayer flags and cairns. Scenery of majestic peaks on all directions is breathtaking. Although long, the path leading down to Thangnak is not difficult. Our trail brings us to the edge of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the longest glacier in Nepal. Reaching the other side of the glacier, we see the second Gokyo Lake on the series of six lakes. A short distance away is the third Gokyo Lake. On the edge of this lake stands the Gokyo Village where we spend the night.
DAY 14 - Gokyo: Rest and Climb Gokyo Ri
Altitude: 5357m/17,575 ft: 4 - 5 hours
We climb Gokyo Ri today and enjoy views of the incredible mountain vista. We can also tour the fourth Gokyo Lake today which is only 3km north of the Gokyo Village. Next, continue trekking to the 5th lake. The view from 'Scoundrel's Viewpoint', located at the edge of the 5th lake, is astonishing. Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu mountains and the huge Ngozumba Glacier are ours to admire. We trek back to Gokyo and spend the night.
DAY 15 - Gokyo to Renjo La and Lungden
Altitude: 4210m/13,810 ft, Renjo La Pass 5360m/17585 ft:7 - 8 hours
We start the day early in the morning to complete the long day's trek ahead. Our trail moves alongside Dudh Pokhari (lake) for a while. We walk for around two hours before descending towards the Renjo La pass. On the way we are rewarded with extravagant views of the Himalayan and Rolwaling ranges and others. Views from the Renjo La pass are much like that from Gokyo Ri with the third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the gray smear of the Ngozumpa Glacier. We also get outstanding views of Mt. Everest from the top of the pass. Continuing on from the pass, our trail winds down a stone staircase and then moves over a loose scree to reach the south bank of Angladumba Tsho Lake. The prescence of ice on the trail while descending down can make our descent a bit hazardous. Along the way we see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. We walk down a narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Lumde where there is a support lodge, but it is often closed. We walk almost for an hour from Lumde to get to Marlung on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi River.
DAY 16 - Lungden to Namche
6-7 hours trek
The descent from Marulung to Thame follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. We cross the Bhote Koshi River and descend to Taranga. The trail continues to descend and we cross two bridges before reaching Thame. Overlooking Thame is its famous Gompa situated on a hill to the west. From here, we descend gradually on a trail that passes through a few small villages before reaching Namche Bazaar which is probably the biggest town in the Everest region.
DAY 17 - Namche to Lukla
6-7 hours trek
We begin our trek with a descent. As we continue our trek, we cross several bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries. Now the trail has become more level and natural. On our trek we enjoy walking on open plains, through rhododendron and pine forests and enjoy distant views of the snow covered peaks. We walk through Sherpa villages noticing their impressive faith in Buddhism and the culture of prayer stones and prayer flags. After reaching Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. Our long trek to the mountain and its high passes ends today.
DAY 18 - Lukla to Kathmandu
40 minutes flight
The flights to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for morning for safety purposes. After reaching the capital city, we have the rest of the day off to past the time as we please. We could take a rest in our hotel room or shop for souvenirs for our loved ones. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of your journey to the mountains.
DAY 19 - Kathmandu: Departure Day
Our amazing journey in the Everest region including that to the base camp of Mt. Everest and crossing high passes comes to an end today. A company representative will pick you up from you hotel and drop you off at the airport 3 hours before our scheduled flight.
What is Included?
Domestic airport transfers on the first day and end of the trek
Teahouse accommodation with meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) while on the trek
All hot drinks such as Tea, Coffee or Hot Chocolate a day while trekking
Domestic flights (Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu as per itinerary)
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide
Necessary porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment(2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Respective region (Everest) trekking map
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, food and accommodation
All government and local taxes
What is Not Included?
Nepal entry Visa fees
Your travel insurance (compulsory)
International airfare and airport tax
Hotels in Kathmandu or Pokhara (if you need this service we are happy to help you booking
your hotels as per your requirements.)
Sightseeing tours (if you need this service we can help you as
per your requirements)
Tips for trekking staff
Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, beverage drinks, desserts, laundry etc.
Any other expenses which are not mentioned on the service included section.
During your time in Kathmandu, we could provide: Hotel booking, Sightseeing Tour, Flight booking
(Mountain flight, domestic and international), Transportation arrangements (Tourist bus,
private car and jeep), Helicopter Rescue and chartered flights, Helicopter tours, Mountain
Biking, Village walk, Culture show, Airport pick up, Bus park pick up, Bungy jumping,
Paragliding, Rafting, Jugle Safari according to your requirements. Sam can help to arrange
any of these Excursions for you!
Proof of travel insurance is mandatory before starting the trek. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure the policy you get covers up to 6000m. We usually suggest World Nomads which costs around $125. You only need to be covered on the policy for the days you will actually be trekking.
Extra Costs and Exclusions
Nepal multiple entry visa 30 days ($50 USD).
Sleeping Bag Rental $12 and Down Jacket $12 if needed.
All the meals are included on the trek but we only include breakfast while you are in Pokhara.
We suggest a tip for the guide and porter after the trek - Plan on a at least $80 (more will be appreciated).
We don't include drinking water on the trek which you can buy a number of places for between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp). A better solution is to buy water tablets in Kathmandu for around $2 and treat the water (your guide can help you find the good places to fill your water bottle).
The other things not included on the trek are like Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers. Wifi is available in some tea houses for $3 to $5 an hour. Hot Showers are also available in a few for around $4 and charging costs about $1.50 an hour.
Unforeseen cost due to flight cancellation, weather conditions etc. You are responsible for extra hotel nights ($30/night) and meals in Kathmandu for any extra days in Nepal due to flight delays.
We generally don't charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request.
If you are a solo travelers and planning and not joining one of our group treks
you will be charged an extra $20 a day for a porter.
We understand things happen and plans change and will refund your fund minus
a 25% cancelation fee. If your travel dates change we can
generally reschedule you at no extra charge, but please provide at least
7 days advance notice.
* Sun hat or scarf
* Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
* Head torch
* Cotton t-shirts or thermals
* Fleece jacket
* Waterproof jacket
* Down jacket
* Lightweight cotton pants (long)
* Waterproof pants
* Thin inner socks
* Thick, warm wool hiking socks
* Comfortable hiking boots
* Sleeping bag rated to 0°C
* Trekking bag/duffel bag
* Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
* Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
* Water bottle or camel bag