Everest Three Passes Trek

Trip Information
  • Duration21 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Altitude 5,535m
  • Best Time March to May and Sept to Nov

Everest Three Passes Trek is strenuous trekking but rewarding at the same time. The trek unfolds its beauty from lakes to the highest peak of the world including three passes— Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La Pass. While on the trek you pass this entire three pass and due to this it is known as Everest Three Passes Trek.
Before experiencing this trek we suggest you to have an adequate level of fitness. It is even better of you to try some other trek before going for Three passes.

Renjo La:- Situated on the east of Lungden and west of Gokyo, Renjo La lies at an altitude of 5,360m. The unpredictable weather condition make Renjo La passing challenging. But, the view of exotic Gokyo Valley from here is rewarding at the same time. 

Cho La:-  Crossing Ngozumpa glacier we reach Cho La. The site lies at an elevation of 5,420m.  The trail of Cho La meets Everest Base Camp route on its (Cho La) east. Due to slippery track crampons are essential at Cho La.

Kongma La:-  This Pass is situated at highest altitude among all these three passes. It is situated at 5,535m. Generally, Kongma La is attempted after returning from Base Camp.

Located in Everest Region, Everest Three Passes Trek exclusively consists of three different passes—Renjo La Pass, Cho La Pass and Kongma La Paa—henceforth deriving the name Everest Three Passes.

The beauty of this trek is that it leads you to world popular site Base Camp of Everest or Everest Base Camp along with Sherpa village—Khumjung—and Gokyo Lake—the undisturbed lake.

This trekking suggested to all those who want to get acquainted with the real face of Nepal as it reveals true countryside picture of this Himalayan nation. Everything that you witness while on this trek is fascinating, be it flora and fauna, Himalayan birds, wild lives living in high altitude and yes, unique Sherpa culture.

Some of the common wild animals spotted here are a snow leopard, Himalayan black deer, musk deer, blue sheep and yes, red panda—rare species that on the verge of extinction.
The trail will take you to Kalapatthar— Black Rock Mountain—from where you will get 360-degree view of entire Khumbu region. It is such a place where you are surrounded by mountains from all sides. The view of Mount Everest from here is truly mesmerizing.


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Namaste! Info Nepal Treks and Expedition heartily welcomes you to the city of temples – Kathmandu. We will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport. Our office representative will be there holding placard on which either client’s or company's name will be printed just opposite of the arrival and after your reception, we will drive to the hotel. After your arrival at the hotel, we fix the schedule for a short orientation meeting which gives you some general information about the trip and you will settle the rest of the due payment at the same time. For this, you have to be with 3 P.P. size photographs, a copy of passport and copy of travel insurance.

    This is the day visiting to UNESCO World Heritage sites including Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. Normally, the tour commences after your breakfast. You will have lunch during the visit and the tour ends at around 4 in the afternoon. Some of the sites were destroyed by the April Earthquake and now they are being renovated.

    Back at the hotel, we will introduce you to your guide and other supporting staff for your Everest Three Passes Trek You will also have time to hire or purchase essential things required for trekking. Overnight in a hotel.

      After breakfast, we drive to the airport to catch a flight to Lukla. The flight only takes about 30 minutes but provides some spectacular views of Nepal’s famous rugged landscape.

      Now the trekking begins. Your guide will lead the way. Walking to Phakding will take around four to five hours and straight away you will be introduced to Nepal’s famous rhododendron forests. If you are here at the flowering time, these forests are a sea of red colour. And you will also get great views of snow-capped peaks above you.

      Overnight in teahouse

        It is inspiring to walk today as we will be passing through woods. Following the route of Dudh Koshi River, we head ahead. Monjo is one of the on the way destinations. It (Monjo) is regarded as an entrance gate to Sagarmatha National Park. A couple of hour’s further walk will bring us at Namche Bazaar.

        Namche Bazaar is a busy business centre for locals and traders coming in from Tibet. Because of tourism, it is also a place of many hotels, restaurants, bakeries, and other luxuries to excite the weary trekker. This part of Nepal is home to the Sherpa’s.

        You will have plenty of time to explore this colourful place. The locals are mainly Buddhists so there are monasteries to visit here. Overnight in Namche Bazaar

          We climb Hotel Everest View Early in the morning to capture sunrise and mountain views. This claim takes around half an hour. We celebrate astonishing sunrise and mountain views including Mt. Everest. Also, we see beautiful Khumjung village and get back to Namche Bazaar. Today is a kind of leisure day with a purpose. It is essential that you prepare your body for the low-oxygen environment that exists at higher altitudes. Altitude sickness can not only impact on your trekking comfort, but it can also stop you from trekking any further. We want you to succeed on this trek so we include these ‘acclimatization days’ into the itinerary to prepare you for high altitude.

          You can visit Sagarmatha National Park today. The park shelters different species of animals and, if lucky enough, you will get a chance to see snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, Himalayan Thars (native mountain goat), musk deer and blue sheep among others. It is reported that more than 170 species of birds are found here including Himalayan pheasant known as Danphe. Danphe is the national bird of Nepal. Overnight at Namche Bazaar

            The flat and easy trail leads towards the view of Mount Everest and then descends into the Dudh Kosi Valley at Pungki Thanka. From here it ascends to Tengboche Monastery (3860m), the spiritual centre of the Khumbu region. This monastery is the largest in the Khumbu Region and enshrines a Yeti skull as well as a statue of Lord Buddha.

            The climb up to Tengboche is long but you get rewarding views of the distinctive Mount Ama Dablam and on a clear day view of Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full Overnight in Tengboche

              It is a wonderful walk today. We trek through lush green vegetation filled by rhododendron and the majestic views of mountains will take your breath away. Dingboche is a Sherpa village in the Khumbu region of north-eastern we will visit the Dingboche Monastery today Overnight at Dingboche.

                The trek, today, is absolutely pleasant as we leave Dingboche, via stone walled fields Himalayan landscape. The views on the trails are fabulous as we move further to Imja valley. You will be enjoying the trekking through the valley and at the same time, mountain peaks like Lhotse towers on our left and Ama Dablam on our right will be welcoming you.

                After we trek for 3 km, we get at yak herdsman’s place called Bibre at which is located at 4570m. Straight ahead, beyond a terminal moraine wall, alluringly rises the Island Peak (Imja Tse, 6189m), a most popular trekking peak. The pyramidal Imja Tse looks awe-inspiring with its step rock and-icy south face. The trail ahead is intersected by icy streams. About 30 min. walk from Bibre at last, we arrive Chhukung. After Lunch, We might take an opportunity to hike to the rocky knoll of Chhukung Ri at 5546m, which offers startling views of Lhotse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu and several others including Baruntse Overnight stay in Chhukung at Lodge

                  This rest day for acclimatization in Chhukung is strongly recommended before starting off for the pass. We further suggest you not to remain inactive for the whole day, rather prepare some prior tips for the pass. You will have the opportunity to climb up Island Peak base camp (4970 m) along the Lhotse glacier, passing the bloated water of Imja Lake. The view of Island Peak from Chukkung valley is stunning.   Amphu Lapcha a (5845 m pass) and Ama Dablam offer you an unbelievable view. Overnight in Chhukung.

                    This is the day you are going to conquer the highest passing of the trip. So we recommend you to do good preparation for carrying enough snacks and plenty of water in case you are hungry and thirsty. You gonna enjoy the most wilderness of this trekking.

                    You can have the option to go through any of the possible trails- either climbing over the hill northwest of Chhukung over the moraine of the Nuptse Glacier or walking back down the valley to Bibre and track a high path above the Niyang Khola. After you do some walk there are grand views of Island peak-valley and rough ridge of Amphu Lapcha. Climbing along the east side of Niyang Khola valley, you twist west and walk through the steep rocky trail. We get into a spacious basin scattered with small frozen lakes. The trail ascends over loose screen ahead of the Kongma La after about five hours we leave Chhukung. Upon reaching the top, we have seen cairn wrapped in prayer flags,-marks of the pass. Behind us is the landscape of icy lakes ahead down of which is the Khumbu Glacier. The ultimate drop is the most challenging and complicated stage of the trek today, upon scaling the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which leads you to Lobuche.

                    Overnight in Lobuche at Lodge

                      Today is a big day. After a short climb through meadows, we look down on the Khumbu Glacier. Straight ahead is Kala Patthar – the best vantage point to view the entire south face of Everest and the surrounding peaks. After a couple of hours, we reach Gorak Shep before continuing our journey to Everest Base camp. There is not much elevation gain but there is a lot of up and down because you are walking on the Khumbu Glacier. Combined with altitude, this hike can be tiring. After about three hours you will arrive at Base Camp where Everest expeditions gather to start and finish their Everest ascent during the climbing season. Enjoy the views of the Khumbu Icefall. After spending some time here we hike back to Gorakshep.Overnight in Gorakshep

                        We start early today to get a sunrise view from atop Kalapatthar. Kalapatthar is a peak near Gorak Shep offering spectacular views of Mount Everest and surrounding peaks. Climbing this peak is a very popular thing to do so doesn’t expect to be alone at the top. Then we pass through Lobuche before taking a trail eastward towards Dzongla Overnight at Dzongla

                          We start early again today because we have to get up and over Cho La Pass before bad weather rolls in. From the Pass, you will get spectacular views of Baruntse, Ama Dablam, and many other peaks. From here its downhill into Thangnak. Overnight in Thangnak

                            Today we cross the Ngozumba glacier, giving you mesmerizing views of Gokyo Valley. Then we trek on into Gokyo village. On one side is a beautiful clear lake and at the back of the village is the edge of Ngozumba glacier. Climb up there for stunning views up and down this glacier. There is a tradition in Goyko village of travellers taking a swim in the icey waters of the lake. Try it if you dare. Overnight in Gokyo village

                              Although it’s rest day we will spend time exploring the local area. The highlight of the day will be climbing Gokyo Ri and soaking up the unforgettable views of the surrounds. You will get a striking view of Mount Everest from here and if you time your arrival with the full moon, you are in for a special treat. Gokyo Ri is 5,357 meters high. Overnight in Gokyo village

                                Today is challenging as the trail will take us up and over Renjo La Pass to the north of the Gokyo Lakes but the views of the mountains and lakes at your back will take your breath away. Renjo La Pass is at an altitude of 5420 meters. Enjoy the views of Nangpa valley before crossing a glacial lake to get to Lungden. Overnight at Lungden

                                  It is a downhill trail today following Bhote Koshi River. We cross Nangpa Valley and arrive at Marlung. Nangpa Valley is the same place which we enjoyed watching earlier from Renjo La. Finally, we arrive at Thame. Overnight in Thame

                                    Today we follow Bhote Koshi (river) to Monjo. This area is popular for viewing Buddhist rock art. Buddhists have painted mantras here. After a couple of hours, we reach Thame before crossing a suspension bridge and onto Monjo. Overnight in Monjo

                                      After breakfast, we follow a descending trail via Dudh Koshi (river) towards Lukla. On the way we will pass through the beautiful Lukla valley to arrive in Lukla in plenty of time to explore this small Buddhist community. Overnight in Lukla

                                        After breakfast, we catch a flight back to Kathmandu. This flight in itself is a wonderful experience, giving you spectacular aerial views of Nepal’s mountainous landscape. You will arrive back in Kathmandu in plenty of time to shop for gifts and souvenirs in the traveler's district of Thamel. In the evening, you will enjoy farewell dinner and exchange your experience of the entire trip with us. Overnight at hotel.

                                          Today we say farewell. If you are flying out today, we will take you to the airport. Or you may choose to explore more of Nepal. If you do choose to do some more exploring here, talk to us. We can help you. Thank you for choosing Info Nepal Treks and Expedition to travel with and we look forward to seeing you again. Farewell!

                                            Route Map

                                            Everest Three Passes Trek Map

                                            Cost Details

                                            Cost Includes
                                            • Airport pick up and drop in a private vehicle.
                                            • City sightseeing with a private vehicle.
                                            • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu Flight Ticket
                                            • Three night accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
                                            • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
                                            • English speaking Government License holder Trekking Guide.
                                            • Trekking Permit, TIMS, and conservation Area Permit fee.
                                            • Trekking Porters (2 clients = 1 Porter).
                                            • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner with breakfast hot drinks during treks.
                                            • First Aid Kit and Trekking Duffel Bag for Porters.
                                            • All necessary land transport by tourist vehicles.
                                            • Nepali staff salary, food, accommodation, Insurance, and equipment charge.
                                            • Sleeping Bags and Down Jacket (to be returned after trek).
                                            • Government Taxes and paperwork.
                                            • Farewell Dinner.
                                            Cost Excludes
                                            • International airfare and Nepal Visa Fee.
                                            • Personal expenses:(Laundry,battery charge,phone calls,wifi,shower,extra porters etc.).
                                            • Beverage.
                                            • Temple/Monastery entrance fees.
                                            • Travel Insurance and rescue flights.
                                            • Late arrival and late departure extra night.
                                            • Tips to guide and porter.
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