Everest Three Pass Trek
This glorious trek is the ultimate challenge that will more than satisfy the daring trekker’s intent in crossing high passes without the commitment of any technical ramifications. This trek combines the three high passes of the Everest Region. Everest High Pass Trekking begins early in the morning with a flight from Kathmandu to the mountain airstrip at Lukla, (probably the highest in the world) in the heart of the Everest region after an approx three hours walk, we reach Phakding, then we continue north up to Dudh Kosi valley and then to Namche Bazaar, where we spend a day for acclimatization. The next day, we continued our trekking to Everest high passes of Kongma-La pass, Cho-la pass and Renjo-la pass respectively.
Exploring the mountains alongside its valleys is a great way to know the remarkable depths of Nepal’s Himalayan landscapes, test your emotions & impulses for adventure. Feel the pungent smell of mountain trails above the timberline as you trudge the ground through the Everest High Passes. Nepal is a pure high country where eagles dare. The trek starts at the Hillary Airport in Lukla and the Tibetan trading centre of Namche bazaar. It continues up to the remote Chukhung valley, with an optional crossing of the Kongma La pass to reach Kala Pattar and Everest Base Camp in the snow-capped Khumbu Valley, with the Khumbu glacier alongside us. From here, we climb up and over the glaciated Cho La pass to reach the turquoise Gokyo lakes, Gokyo Ri (peak) and the surrounding 8000m mountains of the Gokyo valley. We conclude our heroic trek by crossing the awesome Renjo La to the traditional grazing region of the Thame valley, which leads up to the Nangpa La and Tibet.
Summary of Trek
Grade: Moderate to Difficult
Best season: February, March, April, May, October, November
Per day walking: 5-6 hours in average
Type of trek: Tea house
General Duration: 22 days
Maximum Altitude: 5545m Kalapatthar, 5310m Everest Base Camp
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m)
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 03: Kathmandu – Lukla (2860 m) – Phakding (2690 m):
Day 04: Trek to Namche (3,440 m)
Day 05: Acclimatization Day
Day 06: Trek to Thame (3844 m)
Day 07: Trek to Marlung (4137 m)
Day 08: Trek to Lungden (4600 m)
Day 09: Trek to Gokyo via Renjo La (4790 m)
Day 10: Hike to Gokyo Ri (5483 m) and back to Gokyo
Day 11: Trek to Thagnak (4500 m)
Day 12: Trek to Dzongla (4710 m) via Cho La pass (5300 m)
Day 13: Trek to Lobuche (4910 m)
Day 14: Trek to Gorakshep (5164 m) visit to Everest Base Camp (5364 m) and return to Gorakshep
Day 15: Trek to Lobuche (4,940 m) via Kalapatthar (5545 m)
Day 16: Trek to Chhukung (4,730 m) via Kongma La (5535 m)
Day 17: Trek to Tengboche (3860 m)
Day 18: Trek to Monjo (2850 m)
Day 19: Trek to Lukla (2840 m)
Day 20: Return flight to Kathmandu (40 min flight)
Day 21: Rest and shopping in Kathmandu
Day 22: Final Departure
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m)
Finding Nepal staff will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal. You will be transferred you to the hotel via the tourist Vehicle. Finding Nepal guide will brief you about the Hotel, Kathmandu city, Trekking in Nepal, do’s and don’ts while you stay in Nepal with related information that is required to travel Nepal.
Day 02: Kathmandu at Sightseeing
After having our breakfast, we will go for sightseeing.
Pashupatinath Temple is a famous Hindu temple, located at the bank of the Bagmati River. One of the most worshipped temples for the Hindu religion people around the world and the UNESCO world heritage site. The golden pagoda style temple is purely carved with silver doors and beautiful wood carving.
Boudhanath stupa is the largest Stupas in the world, and it is located on the east in Kathmandu place called Boudha named after the stupa. After coming back, you have some time to rest and prepare your gear and so on—overnight in the hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu–Lukla(2860m)–Phakding(2690m)
At the morning you will be transferred to domestic airport and board in the twin otter or similar plane for the flight to Lukla airport, on arrival you will meet our guides. At Lukla you will have a short time to visit around the village, while the Sherpa and crew sort and divide the load, lunch depending upon the time of arrival either in Lukla or few hours treks further on route to Phakding. The first-day trek all the way, with few ups offering views of Mt. Kusum-Kanguru 6,369m 2-3 hrs of gradual walk brings you to Phakding village for the overnight stop.
Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
From Phakding after crossing bridge over the River Dudh-Koshi the walk is pleasant with few short ascend and descend and crossing the same river again, with magnificent view of Thermasarkhu 6,608m, reaching at Monjo village, after Monjo, walk to the entrance gate of Everest National Park, after a short descend and gradual walk to Jorsalle village is reached, the last community till Namche Bazaar, with a pleasant walk on the river bed till to the last bridge over the Imjatse River, from here trek along the winding uphill path to Namche Bazaar, with grand views of Kwande peak, Kusum Kanguru and Mt. Everest with Nuptse, Lhotse and the closer look of Taboche peak is seen all the way up, another hour walk up reaches to Namche Bazaar, the colourful houses are situated in an amphitheatre landscapes.
Day 05: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization
A rest day with short walk for acclimatization to Sagarmatha National Park Headquarter, a panoramic view spot on top of Namche Bazaar with surrounding snow-capped mountains, valleys scenery visit the museum with all kinds of information history of Himalaya, Geography, Culture, Mountaineering and on flora and fauna of this region, afternoon free at leisure.
Day 06: Namche-Thame(3844m)
Today after breakfast, we will take a different path from the regular Everest base camp trek route while walking to Thame. The path is typical through the peaceful trail. Thame is one of the oldest settlements in the Khumbu region. This route was used as a trading trail with Tibet. We will also explore Thame Gompa. The Gompa is major attraction centre in the area and renowned for the festival known as Mani Rimdu. Overnight at Lodge/ Tea House.
Day 07: Thame-Marlung(4137m)
Today after breakfast, we will continue our trek and trails leads to an alpine territory and becomes more challenging. The lower in oxygen makes our walk adventurous. We go on a higher towards Marlung, today’s destination. During our trek, we have an opportunity to visit Kyaro Gumba and Taranga temple. Reach to Marlung and rest with beautiful view around. Overnight at a local lodge/ Tea house.
Day 08: Marlung–Lungden (4600m)
After breakfast at Marlung, we will continue our trek and trails lead to high altitude 4600 meters above sea level, and we reach to Lumde. Right after we start our trek, we get the beautiful view of Ngozumba glacier. The path leads to steep uphill with a magnificent view of Kongde peak. Overnight at local lodge/ tea house.
Day 09: Lumde-Renjo La(4790 m)–Gokyo
After breakfast at Lumde we will continue our trek and trails leads to the first high pass of the trek- Renjo La. We will enjoy the beautiful view of Renjo Lake and Relama Tso. From the top, we can explore the spectacular Kongde view, alpine landscape, Makalu, TengiRagi Tau, Rolwaling Range, and trek down to the picturesque Gokyo valley. The first pass offers us adventure experience of crossing the high pass. We enjoy our evening in the bank of Gokyo Lake. Overnight stay at local lodge/ tea house.
Day 10: Trek to Gokyo Ri(5483 m) and back to Gokyo
We trek to Gokyo Ri early in the morning through the steep rocky trails. Gokyo Ri offers incredible views of soaring mountains in the Everest region. Ngozumba glacier stretches on the length around the Khumbu glacier. From this place, the views of the beautiful Gokyo Lakes and valleys can be seen. It is also an acclimatizing trek so that we can have a nice journey through the high pass over the Cho La. Then we come back to the Gokyo valley. Overnight at local lodge/ tea house.
Day 11: Gokyo-Thagnak (4500m)
We wake up for wonderful sunrise views. Even the pristine DudhPokhari shines with the rays of the sun. After breakfast at Gokyo, we start to head further with a beautiful view of Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Kangtega, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, and various others. Then we reach our today’s destination at Thagnak. Overnight at local lodge/ tea house.
Day 12: Thagnak-Cho La pass (5300m)-Dzongla (4710m)
Today we will start to trek early in the morning before the sunrise to avoid bad weather. It is an inclined climb up through the rocky trails. Cho La Pass is at 5300 meters high from sea level and another good viewpoint for the Everest and its trails. We have to use the ropes, crampons and other climbing equipment to cross the pass if there is snow in the path. Then, we start a sharp descent very carefully. Descend comes to an end when we reach our campsite at Dzongla. Overnight at local lodge/ Tea house.
Day 13: Dzongla-Lobuche (4910m)
Today We will walk down all the way to Lobuche to meet the Everest Base Camp Trekking route the trekkers along the route. A small settlement, Lobuche offers beautiful views of Himalayan peaks of Thamserku, Kangtega, Tawoche motivates us to proceed ahead. Overnight at local lodge/Tea House.
Day 14: Lobuche-Gorakshep (5164 m) – Everest Base Camp (5364 m)
We will trek to Gorak Shep from Lobuche. The trail moves up and down on the mountains. Once we reach Gorak Shep, we take lunch at the tea house where we are staying tonight and move towards Everest Base Camp in the afternoon. We walk to the base of the highest mountain in the world the Everest. We walk to the base camp of the Everest which is different than the old where Hillary and Tenzing had camped before starting on their adventurous journey towards the summit of the highest peak in the world Mt Everest. After spending some quality time at the Everest base camp, we start our way back to Gorakshep. Overnight at Local Lodge/ Tea House.
Day 15: Gorakshep–Kalapatthar (5545 m)–Lobuche (4,940m)
We will start an early morning hike up to the glittering views of Kalapatthar, which provides beautiful panoramic views of the mountain peaks in front of us. We get to enjoy a beautiful sunrise over the Himalayas. Later, we descend to Gorak Shep have our breakfast and proceed on the trek way back down to Lobuche. Overnight at Local Lodge/ Tea house.
Day 16: Lobuche –Kongma La(5535 m) –Chhukung(4,730 m)
After breakfast at Lobuche, we will continue our trek and trails leads us to Chhukung through a high Himalayan pass of Kongma La, which is at 5535 meters in elevation from sea level. This path to Chhukung is the suitable one because it takes us through a high pass which gives us enough time for good acclimatization to the summit the island peak. The path today goes along with the Khumbu glacier which leads to the Kongma La pass passing through the elevation of 5000 meters above sea level. After crossing the Kongma La pass, we start our descent towards Imja Khola valley and further to Chhukung. Overnight at a local lodge/ Tea house.
Day 17: Chhukung –Tengboche (3860m)
Today we will trek to Tengboche. We will start the trek early from Chhukung village, leaving behind the great Island peak behind us after our breakfast. The tiredness of the wonderful adventure gives us the fuel to walk happily to Tengboche. We walked past beautiful Pangboche village where we had some nice time exploring the monastery while heading towards the base camp. We reached Tengboche village after about 6 hours of trekking journey for another incredible view. Overnight at Tengboche village.
Day 18: Tengboche – Monjo (2850 m)
We walk down to Namche Bazaar after having our breakfast. Descending via the pine forest towards the Namche Bazar, we will enjoy the one last view of the Everest. We will walk past Namche Bazar and move further lower to Monjo. Overnight at Local Lodge/ tea house.
Day 19: Monjo –Lukla (2840m)
Today we will complete a round trip to Lukla. Travelling the trail down towards the Dudh Koshi River and walking alongside it, we eventually reach Lukla trekking past Phakding and other beautiful places. Overnight at local lodge.
Day 20: Lukla –Kathmandu (1300 m)
The flight time to Kathmandu in the morning sometimes the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reasons, as per the flight time takes about 30 minutes to reach Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow-capped peaks is seen during the flight. At Kathmandu air terminal, Finding Nepal Treks staff receives and transfer you back to respective hotels.
Day 21: Free Day at Kathmandu
This is the free day at Kathmandu for personal activities to buy something or to go around Kathmandu. This is the second last day in Nepal, so Finding Nepal helps you to explore Kathmandu valley on your request.
Day 22: Departure Day
As per your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the international airport of Kathmandu 3 hours prior to the flight time, and your tour ends here.
- Airport pickup and drop off
- TIMS Card & permit fees
- Private transport & English speaking guide for sight seeing
- Local permit fees
- 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan
- Trekking guide & porter(normally 1 porter for 2 persons)
- Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu airfare
- Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner during the trekking time(3 meals a day)
- All accommodation in the mentioned hotel and tea houses
- Nepal Visa fees
- International airfare
- Sightseeing entrance fees
- Tips for driver, guide & porter [It is expected]
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
- Meals in Kathmandu
- Necessary trekking equipment and things as per checklist
- Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation
- Any transportation cost outside of the regular itinerary
- Personal expenses such as insurance, medical charges, laundry, shopping, liquor, hot shower and WiFi etc
- Cost arising by flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides and reasons beyond our control