- Visit World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
- Spectacular mountain flight to and from Lukla.
- Leave the crowds of the Everest Base Camp trek behind
- Traverse the three high passes, Renjo La, Cho La, and the Kongma La with the view of greater Himalayan peaks.
- Stunning panoramic views from 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.
- Gain insight into Sherpa culture in the Khumbu region.
The Everest Region is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. This Everest Three High Pass Trek will take you to some of the highest mountain passes in the world. This trek provides you the ultimate experience of crossing the three high passes Renjo La (5340 m), Cho La (5420 m), and Kongma La (5540 m), and three peaks of Gokyo Ri (5357 m), Kalapathar (5545m) and Chukung Ri (5546 m) along with a hike to the Everest Base Camp. The incredible landscape and panoramic views during the trek are unbelievable. The route includes some of the most popular trekking routes through the remote valleys, pristine forests, turquoise lakes, mountain views, and beautiful Sherpa villages along the way. Moreover, you can have breathtaking views of mountains like Everest(8848), Lhotse (8511m), Nuptse (7864m), Cho-Oyu (8201m), Makalu (8475m), Amadablam (6856m), Thamserku (6608m), Pumori (7145m) among others with the icefall. This Everest Three High Pass Trek is quite challenging compared to the Everest Base Camp Trek, therefore perfect for adventure seekers looking for a challenging trek in the Himalayas.
This journey begins with a short spectacular flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. We start our trek from Lukla, heading north towards Namche Bazaar along the classic EBC route. The trail passes through lush forest, suspension bridges, and ridges past several settlements. Namche Bazaar is the largest Sherpa settlement in this region and the gateway to Mt. Everest. We leave the main EBC trail and head towards west up the Dudh Koshi valley, past the Sherpa village of Thame and Marlung, and encounter the first of our three high passes Renjo La. After crossing the pass, we descend to Gokyo valley, cross over the Cho La Pass (2nd high pass), and hike to Kalapatthar. Hike to the Everest Base Camp, cross over the last of our high passes, Kongma La pass, and climb Chukung Ri. Chukung Ri offers a splendid view of Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu. Then descend to the Sherpa village of Khumjung, back to Lukla, and then fly to Kathmandu.
Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu.
Upon arrival at the airport, meet our representative/guide and transfer to the hotel. As there are no activities planned for today, you may either enjoy the evening at leisure or take a self-guided tour to familiarize yourself with the city. Evening dinner at a traditional Nepali Restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2. In Kathmandu(trek preparation).
Today in the first half of the day, we will visit some of the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Including the Swayambhunath temple, the oldest Buddhist monument in the valley, and Boudanath, the largest Stupa in Nepal. Next, we will drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square, situated at the heart of Kathmandu, full of ancient history, culture, and architecture. We will spend the latter part of the day planning and preparing for the trek.
Day 3. Fly to Lukla-Trek to Phakding (2610m/3hrs)
Early morning, we will take a 30-minute flight to Lukla Airport - also known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. The flight offers a stunning view of some of the highest peaks on earth. Upon arrival, we will gather our gears and begin our trek for about 3 hours to Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
Day 4. Phakding – Namche Bazaar(3440m/6hs)
We begin our journey through a beautiful pine forest. We follow the trail north along the Dudh Koshi River up the valley of Benkar. We then cross the Dudh Koshi River and continue to Monjo. 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 ascent of about 2 hrs to reach Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazar is one of the popular trading posts for the Sherpa people. It is also an ideal market for visitors to purchase traditional crafts and trekking gear if you have missed any in Kathmandu. Overnight in Namche.
Day 5. In Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar is the center of the Sherpa community and an important trading center in the Everest region. The purpose of staying at Namche Bazaar is to acclimatize. As you will be walking beyond 4000 meters in the next few days, it’s essential to prepare your body for high altitude and thin air. There are several options to do this. We can either hike to the Everest View Hotel past Syangboche airstrip or take a hike to Khumjung and Kunde village. Everest View Hotel provides a stunning view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Lhotse. These hikes help us to adjust and adapt to the altitude gain. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
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 to a juncture and 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. Thame is situated at a junction along the old primary trade route to and fro Tibet via the Nagpala Pass. Overnight in Thame.
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 valley trek. Overnight in Marlung.
Day 8. Marlung-Renjola Pass(5340m)-Gokyo
Today we will have our first encounter with one of the Three High Passes, the Renjo La pass. This pass is the easiest than the two others and the most scenic in terms of view. We will start early, as we have to walk to reach the pass, going slow because of the high altitude. After a brief stopover at the Renjo La Pass to enjoy the stunning beauty of the Everest Range, we then descend to Gokyo valley and trek to Gokyo village. Gokyo village by the end of the third lake at the base of Gokyo peak. Enjoy the spectacular views of Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse from Gokyo. Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 9. In Gokyo(4740m)
Early morning, we hike to Gokyo Ri(5357m). A small peak above Gokyo village to enjoy and experience the golden moment when the sun rises. The climb is a steep uphill ascend for about 2-3 hrs through a winding trail, yet the rewards are commendable. The summit provides fantastic views of four of the seven highest peaks of Nepal, Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. Return to Gokyo village for lunch. After lunch, we have the option to rest and relax or hike to the 4th and the 5th lake. Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 10. Gokyo-Thangnak Kharka(4750m/5-6 hrs).
The trek to Thangnak Kharka is across the Ngozumpa glaciers and through the glacial moraine. Along the way, we shall cross over the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal, and arrive at Thangnak Kharka. The last human settlement before crossing the Cho La Pass. A small acclimatization hike before lodging for the night. Overnight in Thangnak.
Day 11. Thangnak Kharka-Cho la Pass(5340m)-Dzongla(4830m/8hrs)
Today is a challenging day in terms of gradient and time limit as we have to cover a longer distance than usual. We start early(5-6 am) compared to other days on the trip. The pass itself is not difficult, but the trail is vertical and rocky. The hike begins with a gradual uphill walk and soon becomes rougher and steeper as we near the pass. After crossing the Cho La pass(2nd of the three high Passes), we then descend the other side to Dzongla. Overnight in Dzongla.
Day 12. Dzongla-Gorakshep(5170/5-6hrs)-EBC
The trail is easy and mostly downhill with some ascents in some parts until Lobuche(2hrs). Lobuche is a major stopover on the Everest Base Camp trek. At Lobuche, we join the classic EBC route and make our way towards Gorakshep. Gorakshep offers extraordinary views of the Khumbu glacier and the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. We continue further for about 3 hrs to Gorakshep for the night. Overnight in Gorakshep.
Day 13. Gorakshep-Kalapatthar(5545m)-Lobuche (8hrs)
Sunrise view from Kalapatthar is one of the highlights of this trek. On top of that, 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 the sunrise view. After capturing the unforgettable moment, we return to Gorakshep for breakfast. After breakfast, we hike alongside the Khumbu glacier moraine towards the Everest Base Camp. Spend some time at the base camp enjoying great views, and then return to Gorakshep for a late lunch. After lunch, we shall proceed further to Lobuche for the night. Overnight in Lobuche.
Day 14. Lobuche-Kongma la Pass(5554m)-Chukung(8-9hrs)
Today will be another long day on this trek. We will be crossing our third of the three high passes, the Kongma La pass. We leave the classic EBC route and head east through the Khumbu glacier towards the Kongma La pass, the third and the final pass on this trip. At 5540m, the Kongma La Pass is the highest of the three high passes. It is a steep ascent to the pass. The pass offers the most spectacular view of Mt. Lothse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Makalu, and others. Cross over the pass and descend to Chukung valley and eventually make our way to Chukung village for the night. Overnight in Chukung.
Day 15. Chukung Ri-Khumjung village(3790m)
Today we will climb Chukkung Ri. Chukung Ri is situated above the Chukung village and takes around 2-3 hrs for a round trip. This peak is the hardest of the three peaks on this trip. The view of the Khumbu valley from the summit is outstanding. After spending some time, we will descend and trek downhill through rhododendron-covered hills to the Sherpa village of Khumjung. Overnight in Khumjung village.
Day 16. Khumjung-Lukla(2860m/8-9hrs)
Today we aim to reach Lukla for the night. Although the hike is mostly downhill and easy, the last leg from Namche to the Dudh Koshi could be relatively tricky due to its gradient. Overnight in Lukla.
Day 17. Lukla to Kathmandu.
Wake up early to bid goodbye to the spectacular scenery of the Khumbu region before boarding your morning flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is to rest, relax or explore the local market. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 18. In Kathmandu.
We keep this day as a contingency day. In case the flight from Lukla gets canceled (usually the flight from Lukla to Kathmandu gets canceled due to unpredictable weather). If everything goes as planned, you can utilize this day as per your wish.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 19. Departure.
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
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
Lean MonthsJune, July, August
Not RecommendJanuary, December
Prices & Dates
- All transfers by private vehicle.
- Half-day sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local guide as per itinerary.
- Accommodation in 3-4* category or similar hotels in Kathmandu and local village lodges/tea houses during the trek.
- Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu.
- All meals during the trek with some evening tea.
- One arrival/farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
- 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.
- 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 forced upon by changing the itinerary due to your health, natural condition, political situation, or 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
Hem Raj Bastola is a permanent inhabitant of Pokhara-25. He has been working as a tour and trekking guide since 2010. Formerly he has worked as a guest service agent at the hotel Pokara Grande. He started his career as a Cave guide, ticket sales man at Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave in Pokhara. So must of his working experience is related to tourism and hospitality industry. Beside his guiding profession, he enjoys reading and writing poetry. His poets have been published in different forums and medias. When get free time loves to work in the field as well.
Bijaya Gawali permanent resident of Kausaltar, Bhaktapur, Nepal is one of the experienced City tour Guide in Kathmandu valley, Nepal. He has completed his bachelor degree from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu Nepal. He has got several pieces of training including City tour guide licence. He has started his career working in 4-star hotels in Kathmandu for 12 years. He has been working as a city tour guide in Kathmandu valley since He loves to meet new people, reading newspapers and listening music. When he has free time, he goes out with family and friends. Bijaya Gawali is not only the english speaking guide but also the french guide. His knowledge of French language gives him an edge in handling our French guest better. He has joined to this company since 2014, and he is well versed in both English and French language and taken care of our guest very well.