Everest Three Passes Trek - 21 days

Trip Overview

Duration: 21 days Country: Nepal
Max. Altitude: 5,545m/18,192ft. Walking Per Day: 6-7hrs
Accommodation: N/A grade Grade: Fair Strenuous
Best Season: Summer, Autumn and Spring Group Size: Minimum 1
Mode: Tea-House/Lodge Culture: Sherpa Culture

Prepare yourself for the experience of a lifetime on the Everest Three Passes Trek with Nepal Mountain Trekkers. This trek takes you across the three passes – KongmaLa, Renjo La, and Cho La, through the Sagarmatha National Park, in the northeast of Nepal. The landscape of the area features glaciers, valleys, and peaks, including Mount Everest. 

What is so special about Everest Three Passes Trek?

One of the joys of trekking the Three Passes is the opportunity to see the abundance of local wildlife – from musk deer to red pandas, and even magnificent snow leopards. This area is also home to a remarkable range of herbs and vegetation. 

The Everest Three Passes Trek is not only an outstanding challenge and an immersion in nature but it also offers you the chance to discover the local culture. This includes gaining an insight into the life of Sherpas, the remarkable people who provide the support system for trekking and mountaineering. Sherpas first came to the area hundreds of years ago, and in the early 20th century they were first hired to help as mountain guides for climbers and tourists. 

Overview of Three Passes Trek

The trek takes you through the three famous passes, which link the Chukung, Gokyo, Khumba, and Thame valleys. Kongma La has an altitude of 5,535 meters above sea level and offers breathtaking views of lakes and many peaks, including Mount Ama Dablam. The trek to Renjo La pass, which sits 5,388 meters above sea level, takes you through scenic villages, with yaks grazing close by. The route to Cho La pass, which reaches 5,366 meters, leads through the Everest base camp area and affords some of the best views in the region. 

Equipment required for this trek

At Nepal Mountain Trekkers we provide the equipment you need for the trek and mountaineering. All you need to do is pack suitable clothing for the trip. Your packing list should include an insulated jacket, trekking trousers and shirts, base layers, and breathable underwear. You should also pack rainwear (jackets and trousers), gloves and a hat – a beanie for warmth and a summer hat for sun protection when it’s too hot for a beanie. 

Other items to add to your luggage include:

• Water purification tablets or a UV water filter
• Isotonic powder: replaces electrolytes and enhances energy levels 
• Compact first aid kit
• Sunscreen and lip balm
• Hand sanitizer/wet wipes
• Ziplock bags: secure waterproof storage for your passport and money
• Camera: lightweight but good quality – for capturing the stunning scenery of the Himalayas
• Book or notepad: useful during downtime on the trek
• Toiletries, including toilet roll and blister plasters

Ideal time and Physical fitness

The ideal times of year to join us on the Everest Three Passes trek are April to May and from mid-September to November. This is when the weather is generally most suitable for trekking. During the winter season – from December to February – the skies are often at their clearest, but treks can be disrupted by snow blocking the passes. 

It is important to consider your level of fitness before committing to a trek in the Himalayas. The Three Passes Trek is a challenging event, graded as strenuous and requiring a good level of fitness and stamina. You don’t need to be super-fit, but you do need to be in good shape or you may struggle to complete the trek. These are high-altitude passes that will put your fitness levels to the test. 

The sensation of being on top of the world when you cross a high pass is an unforgettable experience. Find out more about the Everest Three Passes Trek by contacting Nepal Mountain Trekkers today.


Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft)
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Meals :Lunch/Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Location :

      » Tribhuvan International Airport

      » Thamel

    • Highlights :

      » Tribhuvan International Airport

      » Welcoming with Marigold Flower Garland

      » Group Photo

      » Introduction with group members and trekking crew

      » Evening Walk at Thamel

     

  • Day 2 Trek Preparation and Half Day Kathmandu Sightseeing
    • Duration :Half Day
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :

      » Thamel, Boudhanath

      » Pashupatinath

      » Kathmandu Durbar Square

    • Highlights :

      » Kathmandu Sightseeing

      » Equipment Checking

      » Briefing about the trek

      » Introduction with Guide

     

  • Day 3 Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft)
    • Duration :35mins Flight and 4hrs walk (9 Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle and Domestic Flight
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Ascend :148m/485ft
    • Location :

      » Thamel

      » Domestic Airports(Kathmandu-Lukla)

      » Chheplung

      » Ghat

      » Phakding

    • Highlights :

      » Lukla Airport

      » Mountain View from Flight

      » Adventure and Excitement

      » Suspension Bridges

      » Prayer Flags

      » Tibetan Script on Stones

      » Sceneries

      » Atmosphere

      » Buddhist Culture

     

  • Day 4 Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft)
    • Duration :7-8hrs walk (11-13 Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Ascend :640m/2,100ft
    • Location :

      » Phakding

      » Bengkar

      » Monjo

      » Jorsale

      » Namche Bazaar

    • Highlights :

      » UNESCO World Heritage

      » Sagarmatha National Park Entrance Checkpost

      » High Suspension Bridges

      » Himalayas View

      » Prayer Flags

      » Walking Route of Khumbu Region

      » Sherpa Culture

     

  • Day 5 Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day
    • Duration :3-4hrs Walk(5Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Ascend :430m/1,410ft
    • Descend :430m/1,410ft
    • Location :

      » Namche Bazaar

      » Syangbuchhe(World’s Highest Airport)

      » Everest View Hotel

      » Namche Bazaar

    • Highlights :

      » Best Viewpoint for Everest

      » Sherpa Museum

      » Hatt Bazar

      » Shopping

      » Day Hike to Everest View Hotel - Best Viewpoint for Everest

      » Sherpa Museum

      » Hatt Bazar

      » Shopping

      » Pine Forests

      » World’s Highest Airport

      » Sky Dive(optional)

      » Close View of Mountains like Khatang

      » Thamserku and so on
       

     

  • Day 6 Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft)
    • Duration :5-6hrs walk (10Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Descend :190m/623ft
    • Ascend :620m/2,034ft
    • Location :

      » Namche Bazaar

      » Sanasa

      » Phunki Tenga

      » Tengboche

    • Highlights :

      » Rhododendron Forest

      » View of Ama Dablam

      » Beautiful Landscape

      » Pine Forest

      » Tengboche Monastery

      » Meditation

      » Peace Prayer

      » Everest View
       

     

  • Day 7 Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300ft)
    • Duration :7hrs walk (12Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Descend :130m/426ft
    • Ascend :660m/2,165ft
    • Location :

      » Tengboche

      » Deboche(Deuche)

      » Pangboche

      » Syomare

      » Orsho

      » Dingboche

    • Highlights :

      » High altitude walk

      » Mt. Ama Dablam View

      » Sherpa Culture and Lifestyle of Local

      » Mountain Sceneries

      » Walk up to tree level

      » Musk Deer

      » Himalayan Monal

      » Blue Sheep

      » Danfe/Lophophorus

      » Gateway of Ama Dablam Base Camp

     

  • Day 8 Dingboche to Chhukhung (4,750m/15,580 ft)
    • Duration :3-4hrs walk (6-7Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Ascend :320m/1,050ft
    • Location :

      » Dingboche

      » Bibre

      » Chhukhung

    • Highlights :

      » Ama Dablam Pyramid View

      » Snow Bowl View

      » Rest and Relax

      » Prepare for next day hike

     

  • Day 9 Acclimatization Day in Chhukung (4,750 m/15,580 ft)
    • Duration :6-7hrs walk (11-13Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Ascend :820m/2,690ft
    • Descend :820m/2,690ft
    • Location :

      » Chhukung

      » Chhukung Ri

      » Imja Tsho

      » Chhukung

    • Highlights :

      » Sunrise View from Chhukung Ri(5,550m)

      » Day Hike to Imja Lake

      » Glacier Walk

      » Mountain Sceneries

      » Panoramic View of Mountains

     

  • Day 10 Chhukhung to Lobuche (4,940m/16,210ft) via Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft)
    • Duration :8-9hrs walk (15-16Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Ascend :440m/1,443ft
    • Location :

      » Chhukhung

      » Bibre

      » Lhangbo

      » Kongma La Pass, Lobuche

       

    • Highlights :

      » High altitude walk

      » Glacier Walk

      » Mt. Pumari View

      » Ama Dablam

      » Lhotse View

      » Nuptse View

      » Many other peaks

      » Complex Pass

      » Adventure and Excitement

      » Yaks

      » Khumbu Moraine Glacier Walk

      » Ponds and Glacier Lakes

     

  • Day 11 Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft) - Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft) - Gorak Shep
    • Duration :8-9hrs walk (15-16Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Ascend :440m/1,443ft
    • Location :

      » Lobuche

      » Lobuche Pass

      » Gorak Shep

      » EBC

      » Gorak Shep

    • Highlights :

      » High altitude walk

      » World’s highest lodge

      » Glacier Walk

      » Mt. Pumari View

      » Lhotse View

      » Nuptse View

      » Many other peaks

      » Everest Base Camp

      » Top of the World

      » Yaks

      » Pyramid

      » Tibetan Cock

      » Achievement of a lifetime

      » Adventure and Excitement

      » Feeling of Success

      » Moving Glacier

      » Prayer Flags
       

     

  • Day 12 Gorak Shep - Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft)- Dzonglha (4,830 m/15,850ft)
    • Duration :7-8hrs walk (10Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Ascend :410m/1,346ft
    • Descend :720m/ 2,362ft
    • Location :

      » Gorak Shep

      » Kala Patthar

      » Gorak Shep

      » Lobuche

      » Dzonglha

    • Highlights :

      » One of the nearest viewpoint of Everest

      » Kala Patthar

      » Maximum Elevation Point

      » Sunrise View

      » Glacier View

      » Massive Mountain View

      » Yaks

      » Adventure

      » Tibetan Cock

      » Prayer Flags

      » Khumbu Glacier View

      » Everest Base Camp View

     

  • Day 13 Dzonglha to Thangnak/Dragnag (4,680m/15,350 ft) via Cho La (5368m/17,611 ft)
    • Duration :8-9hrs walk (13-14Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Ascend :750m/2,362ft
    • Descend :635m/2,084ft
    • Location :

      » Dzonglha

      » Cho La Pass

      » Cho La Phedi

      » Thangnak/Dragnag

    • Highlights :

      » Beautiful Landscape

      » Ice-Glacier Walk

      » Rocky Landscape

      » Prayer Flags

      » Massive Mountain View

      » Nearest View Point of Chola Tse

      » Steep Walk Downwards

     

  • Day 14 Thangnak to Gokyo (4,800m/15,580 ft)
    • Duration :2-3hrs walk(5Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Ascend :90m/296ft
    • Location :

      » Thangnak/Dragnag

      » Ngozumba Glacier

      » Gokyo

    • Highlights :

      » Ngoinmba Glacier – One of the longest glacier

      » Geography

      » Landscapes

      » Adventure and Excitement

      » ViewPoint of Cho Oyo

     

  • Day 15 Explore Day in Gokyo |Day Hike
    • Duration :5-6hrs walk(6-7Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Ascend :570m/1,870ft
    • Descend :570m/1,870ft
    • Location :

      » Gokyo

      » Gokyo Ri

      » Gokyo

      » Ngoinmba Glacier

      » Gokyo

    • Highlights :

      » Sunrise View from Gokyo Ri(5357m/17,575 ft)

      » Ngoinmba Glacier View – One of the longest glacier

      » Massive Glacier View

      » Lake View

      » The ViewPoint of 4 Mountains above 8,000m from Sea Level in the same range

      » Lake View

      » Adventure and Excitement

      » Best Spot for Amazing Photography

      » Prayer Flags

     

  • Day 16 Gokyo to Langden Kharka(4,300m/14,000ft) via Renjo La (5,360m/17,585 ft)
    • Duration :7-8hrs walk(9-11Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Ascend :550m/1,805ft
    • Descend :1,040m/3,412ft
    • Location :

      » Gokyo

      » Renjo La Pass

      » Langden Kharka

    • Highlights :

      » Massive Mountain View

      » Stunning View of Everest

      » View of 4 Mountains above 8,000m from Sea Level in the same range

      » Lake View

      » Prayer Flags

      » Adventure and Excitement

      » Blissful Nature

     

  • Day 17 Langden to Namche Bazar
    • Duration :6hrs walk(10-11Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Descend :860m/2,822ft
    • Location :

      » Langden

      » Marlung

      » Thame

      » Thamo

      » Namche Bazar

    • Highlights :

      » Monasteries

      » Beautiful Landscape

      » Prayer Flags

      » Touch the tree-level

     

  • Day 18 Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft)
    • Duration : 7-8hrs walk (16-18Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Descend :600m/1,968ft
    • Ascend :210m/688ft
    • Location :

      » Namche Bazaar

      » Jorsale

      » Monjo

      » Phakding

      » Ghat

      » Chhoplong

      » Lukla

    • Highlights :

      » Rhododendron Forest

      » Various High Suspension Bridges

      » Tashi Lapcha Mountain View

      » Kawande Mountain View

      » Beautiful Landscape

      » Pine Forest

      » Last Everest View

      » Prayer Flags

     

  • Day 19 Lukla - Kathmandu
    • Duration :35mins flight , 30mins Drive(5Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    • Transportation :Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :

      » Domestic Airport(Lukla-Kathmandu)

      » Thamel

    • Highlights :

      » Stunning View of Mountains from Flight

      » Geography

      » Landscapes

      » Adventure and Excitement

      » Kathmandu Valley View

     

  • Day 20 Relax shopping and whatever you wish to do along with the farewell dinner in the evening (excluding alcoholic and soft drinks)
    • Accomodation :Hotel

     

  • Day 21 Final Departure
    • Meals :Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Location :

      » Thamel

      » Tribhuvan International Airport

    • Highlights :

      » Souvenir Shopping

      » Airport Drop with Khata/Khatag as a Symbol of Wishing Safe Journey

      » Group Photo

     

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Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick-up and drop service
  • 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Green Horizon)
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • All foods during the trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; any items on the menu as much as you wish to consume.
    • We provide hygienic and safe meals to re-energize you.
    • We request you not to waste your meals for it is difficult to transport food in the rural area.
    • You are not allowed to share your meals with anyone else from another group.
  • Transportation costs: Domestic flight in (Kathmandu – Lukla- Kathmandu) and all required land transportation.
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide and Assistant Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade of working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kinds of critical situations that might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staff.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belong to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • Trekking permits: TIMS card and Sagarmatha National Park fees
  • T-shirt, Duffel Bag, and Trekking Map with Company Logo
  • Rescue Arrangement Service
  • First aid medical box
  • Trekking gears like Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket made available on rent
  • 13% VAT and 10% service charge
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Airport Pick-up and drop service
  • 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Green Horizon)
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • Breakfast during the trek
  • Transportation costs: Domestic flight in (Kathmandu – Lukla- Kathmandu) and all required land transportation.
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide and Assistant Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade of working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kinds of critical situations that might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staff.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belong to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • Trekking permits: TIMS card and Sagarmatha National Park fees
  • T-shirt, Duffel Bag, and Trekking Map with Company Logo
  • Rescue Arrangement Service
  • First aid medical box
  • Trekking gears like Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket made available on rent
  • 13% VAT and 10% service charge

Cost Excludes

  • 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 the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses(internet, laundry, battery charge, donation, etc)
  • All soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
  • Food in Kathmandu
  • All meals during the trek except for breakfast
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses(internet, laundry, battery charge, donation, etc)
  • All soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for guide and porters

Route Map

map of Everest Three Passes Trek

Equipment Checklist

Equipment lists for 21 days Everest Three Passes Trek

HEAD

Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses
Head Torch
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms

UPPER BODY

Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Fleece jacket
Waterproof jacket
Down jacket

LOWER BODY

Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Waterproof pants
Inner thermals

FEET

Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Shower sandals

HANDS

Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Creams
Sanitizer

ACCESSORIES

Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
Duffel bag
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits 

Personal Regular Medicines
Knee Caps
Bandages
Ointments
Blister Tape

MISCELLANEOUS

Medicines: We recommend you to bring your regular medicines; we will provide first aid kit from our side.
Light-weighted Towel
Swiss Knife
Passport and extra passport photos
Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer

Review

Unforgettable Trip

Eric S
Eric S
Source:Trip Advisor

 

I made the everest base camp trekking with the Chola Pass. It was all very well organized: flights, lodges, porter and schedule. My guide Tika Dakhal was amazing. He knows the region and the treks. Above all turned to be a good friend. We made a specially customized itinerary, which made the trip special. I'm very grateful. Highly recommended!

My 5th experiance in Nepal

Hakan P
Hakan P
Source:Trip Advisor

After seeing some excellent reviews on Trip Advisor, we booked our 18 days Sagarmatha Trekking package with Nepal Mountain Trekkers. The team of company came to T.I.A for us received us on the evening and took us on the hotel horizen thamel and from the 2nd day we start our packing for adventure trekking with my 9 friends for 18 days, From the begging i had noticed this tour goona be one of the most adventure tour since, at the end too i felt my heart was not wrong. Thanks Nepal Mountain Trekkers team, our guide and porters. A tour company for respect. Hope to see you again on 2017/18.

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