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Everest three high pass trek

Everest Three High Pass Trek

Ultimate experience of high altitude trekking




Trip highlights

• Visit World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
• Spectacular mountain flight to and from Lukla.
• Gain insight into Sherpa culture in the Khumbu region.
• Traverse the three high passes, Renjo La, Cho La, and the Kongma La with the view of greater Himalayan peaks.
• Hike to Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp.
• Walk over the Khumbu and Ngozumpa glaciers
• Visit alpine lakes in the Gokyo region.
• Astounding views of some of the world’s highest peaks including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Cholatse, and other peaks.
• Observe the panoramic 360° degree view of the Himalayas from Gokyo Ri.

Everest Three High Pass Trek is an ideal choice for the adventure seeker looking for a challenging trek in the Himalayas. This trek provides the ultimate experience of crossing the three high passes Renjo La (5340 m), Cho La (5420 m), and Kongma La (5540 m) pass, climbing the three peaks Gokyo Ri (5357 m), Kalapathar (5545m) and Chukung Ri (5546 m) along with a hike to the Everest Base Camp.

Everest three high pass trek begins with an exciting flight to Lukla. From here it continues to Phakding and then to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to EBC Trek. At Namche Bazaar we will spend two nights acclimatizing before proceeding further. From Namche, we will hike towards the Sherpa village of Thame and Marlung and cross the 1st of our three high passes Renjo La, then to Gokyo village and climb Gokyo Ri. Cross the Cho La Pass (2nd high pass), and hike to Kalapatthar (the epitome of our adventure). Finally, hike to the Everest Base Camp, cross the last of the three passes Kongma La pass, and climb Chukung Ri that offers an amazing view of Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu. Then descend to the Sherpa village of Khumjung, back to Lukla, and fly to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu.
Upon arrival meet our representative and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time you can either relax at your hotel or take a short self-guided tour of the city. Evening dinner at a traditional Nepali Restaurant. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 2. In Kathmandu(trek preparation).
Today in the first half we will visit some of the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the city that includes Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. The later part of the day we shall keep as preparation and planning for the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3. Fly to Lukla-Trek to Phakding (2610m/3hrs)
Today, we shall take a short spectacular 30-minute flight to Lukla, which offers good views of the mountain peaks. On arrival gather our gears and head for Phakding (3hrs). The trail goes through scenic landscapes and local villages. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.

Day 4. Phakding – Namche Bazaar(3440m/6hs)
The trail passes through evergreen forests of pine and rhododendron north up the Benkar valley crossing the Dudh Koshi to Monjo village. This small settlement of Monjo serves as the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park, Sagarmatha National Park is home to several species of Himalayan flora and fauna. After crossing the suspension bridge, our trail winds up past the settlements of Jorsalle alongside the Dudh Koshi river. From here it is a steep uphill hike of about 2 hrs to reach Namche Bazaar, the biggest town in the Everest region. Overnight in trekker’s lodge.
Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 5. In Namche Bazaar
Today is reserved as acclimatization, as we ascend higher altitude, it is necessary to adapt our body to the surrounding environment. There are several options to do this. We can either hike to the Everest View Hotel past Syangboche airstrip which provides a stunning view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Lhotse. There is also the option to take a days’ hike to Khumjung or Thame village, these hikes help us to adjust and adapt to the altitude gain. Overnight in a trekkers lodge. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.

Day 6. Namche – Thame(3750/4-5 hrs)
Today we leave the main EBC route and begin a short uphill trek with the Kongde Ri to the left and the Khumbu Yul La to the right. The trail then descends and at a juncture rises to the village of Phurte and Samde and continues halfway up and descends to the bridge over the Bhote Koshi river. Crossover to the other side and a steep climb of about an hour will bring us to the village of Thame. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 7. Thame-Marlung(4249m/5hrs)
We head toward our next destination Marlung, located at the foothills of Kajyo Ri to the south of Lundgren, Marlung is a riverside settlement and one of the largest villages in the Thame valley, and a popular tea stop in the Gokyo trek. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 8. Marlung-Renjola Pass(5360m)-Gokyo
Today we will have our first encounter with one of the Three High Passes, the Renjo La pass. This is one of the easiest passes in comparison with the other two passes and also the most scenic in terms of view. From the summit, we can view Mount Everest, Mount Makalu, Mount Lhotse, and the settlement around the third Gokyo Lake. After the pass, we will descend to the third of the Gokyo lakes and then trek onto the village of Gokyo for the night.  Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 9. In Gokyo(4790m)
Start early in the morning for Gokyo Ri(5357m). The climb is a steep uphill and takes about 2-3 hrs through winding trial, though the climb is tough yet the reward is commendable. The summit provides spellbinding views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Cho Oyo, Cho Lhatse, Nuptse, Taboche, Glacial moraine, and the Gokyo village below. Return to Gokyo village for lunch, the rest of the afternoon we may rest and relax or hike to the nearby viewpoint to view the 5th lake. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 10. Gokyo-Thangnak Kharka(4700m/5-6 hrs).
The trek to Thangnak Kharka is across glaciers and completely through glacial moraine, we shall cross the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal along the way and arrive at Thangnak Kharka overnight. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 11. Thangnak Kharka-Cho la Pass(5340m)-Dzongla(4830m/8hrs)
Today is one of the toughest days in terms of gradient and time limit as we have to cover a longer distance than usual. We have to start early(5-6 am) compared to other days on the trip. The pass itself is not difficult but the trail is vertical and the rocks are glazed by ice. The trail begins with a gradual uphill hike and becomes rougher and steeper as we near the pass. After crossing the Cho La pass, 2nd of the three high passes, we then descend to Dzongla, where we halt for the night.  Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 12. Dzongla-Gorakshep(5164/5-6hrs)-EBC
The trail is easy and mostly downhill with some ascents in some parts until Lobuche(2hrs). One of the major stopover for the Everest Base Camp trek. From Lobuche, we will continue further for about 3hrs to Gorakshep for overnight.  Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 13. Gorakshep-Kalapatthar(5545m)-Lobuche (8hrs)
Sunrise view from Kalapatthar is one of the highlights of this trek, besides it also offers an astonishing view of Mt. Nuptse, Lhotse, and the entire Everest range. We shall start very early before dawn to the summit of Kalapatthar for a sunrise view. After capturing the unforgettable moment we return to Gorakshep for breakfast. After breakfast hike alongside the Khumbu glacier moraine towards the Everest Base Camp,  spend some time at the base camp, and then return to Gorakshep for a late lunch. After lunch, we shall proceed further to Lobuche for overnight. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 14. Lobuche-Kongma la Pass(5554m)-Chukung(8-9hrs)
Today will be another long day on the trek, we will be crossing our third of the three high passes, the Kongma La pass. It is a steep ascent to reach the summit of the Kongma La pass. The pass provides the most spectacular view of Mt. Lothse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Makalu, etc,. After the pass, we descend into the Chukung valley and finally to the village of Chukung for an overnight stay. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 15. Chukung Ri-Khumjung village(3790m)
Today we will climb Chukkung Ri, it is situated above the Chukkung village and takes around 2-3 hrs for a round trip. The view of the Khumbu valley from the summit is outstanding. After spending sometimes we will descend and trek downhill through rhododendron covered hills to the Sherpa village of Khumjung. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 16. Khumjung-Lukla(2860m/8-9hrs)
Today we aim to reach Lukla overnight. Although the hike is mostly downhill the last leg from Namche to the Dudh Koshi could be relatively tricky due to its gradient. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 17. Lukla to Kathmandu.
Take the early morning flight to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is to rest and relax or browse the market shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 18. In Kathmandu.
This is meant as a contingency day in case the flight from Lukla gets cancelled(usually the flight from Lukla to Kathmandu gets cancelled due to unpredictable weather). Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 19. Departure.
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

  • Group Size2-8

  • MealsFull board whilst on trek. In Kathmandu - Only Breakfast included.

  • Trip Accommodation3 - 4* in Kathmandu. Tea house lodge in trek. With time, Tea house have grown in amenities especially busy Everest Base Camp's route. It gets spartan in amenities as we hike through remote Three High passes route.

  • RouteKathmandu-Phakding-Namche Bazaar-Thame-Marlung-Renjo La pass-Gokyo-Thangnak Kharka-Chola Pass-Dzongla-orakshep-Kalapatthar-Lobuche-Kongma La pass-Chukung-Khumjung-Lukla-Kathmandu

  • Trip Type Trekking

  • Trip SeasonsMarch -May (Spring) and Sept-Nov (Fall) are best time for this trek. Generally, during day, clear blue sky with warm and bright sun are regular feature.At night temperature plummet below freezing point especially at higher altitude.

  • Best MonthsMarch, April, May, September, October, November

  • Good MonthsFebruary

  • Lean MonthsJune, July, August

  • Not RecommendJanuary, December

Prices & Dates

Cost Information coming soon !!


• All transfers by private vehicle.
• One full day sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local guide as per itinerary.
• Accommodation in above listed or similar hotels in Kathmandu and local village lodges/tea house during the trek.
• Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu with one welcome/farewell dinner. All meals including 3 coffee/tea during the trek.
• English speaking local trekking guide along with porter(one porter for every two members) during the trek.
• Guide, porter, and trekking staff insurance.
• Round trip domestic flight to and from Lukla.
• All necessary paperwork and permit (TIMS/ Everest National Park permit)
• All Government taxes and service charges.

Not included

• Nepal entry visa.
• International flight to and from Kathmandu.
• Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
• Personal Travel Medical Insurance(covering rescue and evacuation) recommended.
• Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
• Hot showers during the trek.
• Any extra cost incurred due to changing the itinerary, like an early return from the trek.
• All other personal expenses not listed in the included section


3-4* hotels in Kathmandu and trekkers lodge/tea house while on the trek.

Hotels in Kathmandu

  • Radisson Hotel

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  • Hotel Shambala

    Hotel Shambala, a contemporary Tibetan themed boutique hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal offers unparalleled comfort and luxury with the best in Tibetan and Nepalese hospitality. Inspired by Tibetan art and architecture, all 65 rooms feature beautiful handma...

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Trip Guide/Leader

  • Hem Raj Bastola

    Hem Raj Bastola

  • Vijaya Gyawali

    Vijaya Gyawali