EBC Three Pass Trek

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Duration

19 Days

DIFFICULTY

Difficult

GROUP SIZE

2-10

MAX. ALTUITUDE

5535 m

Overview


The (EBC) Everest Base Camp Three Pass Trek is a challenging and rewarding trek in the Himalayas of Nepal. It takes hikers through some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the world. The trek typically begins in the town of Lukla, where hikers take a short flight from Kathmandu. From there, the trek takes hikers through a series of traditional Sherpa villages and high mountain passes, including the Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Renjo La Pass.

Likewise, the trek typically takes around 15-20 days to complete, depending on the route and the pace of the hikers. Along the way, hikers will have the opportunity to see Mount Everest and other famous peaks, such as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. Along the way, hikers will also have the opportunity to experience the culture and way of life of the Sherpa people who call this region home.

One of the highlights of the trek is the opportunity to visit the Everest Base Camp, which is the starting point for climbing expeditions to the summit of the mountain. The base camp is located at an elevation of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet) and offers spectacular views of the surrounding peaks.

The trek is considered challenging due to the altitude and the rugged terrain. Hikers should be in good physical condition and have experience with trekking at high altitude. It is essential to be well acclimatized, as well as properly equipped with necessary gear. It is also recommended to have a guide, who is a local expert and can help to navigate the challenging trail, as well as provide valuable information about the local culture and way of life.

Highlights of EBC THREE PASS TREK

The Everest Base Camp Three Pass Trek offers a wealth of highlights for hikers, including:

Stunning mountain views: The trek takes hikers through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the world, with views of Mount Everest and other famous peaks such as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam.

High mountain passes: The trek includes crossing three high mountain passes: Kongma La Pass (5,535 meters / 18,159 feet), Cho La Pass (5,420 meters / 17,782 feet) and Renjo La Pass (5,388 meters / 17, 674 feet) which offer breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment.

Sherpa culture: The trek takes hikers through traditional Sherpa villages, giving them the opportunity to experience the culture and way of life of the Sherpa people who call this region home.

Visit to Everest Base Camp: One of the highlights of the trek is the opportunity to visit the Everest Base Camp, the starting point for climbing expeditions to the summit of the mountain. The base camp is located at an elevation of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet) and offers spectacular views of the surrounding peaks.

Gokyo Lake: Trekkers also have the opportunity to visit the Gokyo lakes which are situated in the Dudh Koshi valley and are considered as the highest freshwater lake system in the world and a spiritual site for the local Sherpa community.

Kalapatthar: Kalapatthar is a viewpoint which is considered as one of the best places to see the panoramic view of Mt. Everest and also other surrounding peaks.

Challenge and accomplishment: The trek is considered challenging due to the altitude and the rugged terrain, and completing it offers a sense of accomplishment and personal growth.

Overall, The EBC three pass trek is an unforgettable experience and a great opportunity to see Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks, to experience the unique Sherpa culture, and to challenge yourself physically and mentally.

Cost Includes


  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes


  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Itinerary


  • Once you land in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by a representative of your company. They will escort you to your hotel. Nothing is planned for your arrival day so, feel free to explore around the city.

    Altitude

    1300 mM

    Accommodation

    Hotels

    Meals

    D

    Duration

    3-4 Hours Hours

  • This long and challenging trek is best done with proper preparation. You will sit down with your guide and talk about the trek to come. You can also do some last-minute shopping if you feel like you might have missed out on something. You will be briefed on the trek. Moreover, you can always explore the UNESCO enlisted world heritage sites in the city including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Swayambhunath.

    Altitude

    1300 mM

    Accommodation

    Hotels

    Meals

    B

    Duration

    5-6 Hours Hours

  • The flight to Lukla is nothing short of spectacular. The airport is situated amongst sheer hills, and you get an appetizing view of the surrounding mountains, a taste of things to come. Once you land in Lukla, you head to Phakding village. The trek is downhill and takes you through a dusty rock-studded track in between pine trees, with the Sound of Dudh Koshi River adjacent to the trail.

    Altitude

    2610 mM

    Accommodation

    Tea Houses

    Meals

    B, L, D

    Duration

    5-6 Hours Hours

  • This part of the Khumbu region is fairly you’ll populated as you pass many villages on the way. As you go deeper into the Khumbu region, you are greeted by the Sagarmatha National park. Beyond this point, the path is decorated by Rhododendrons and Magnolias forest. The climb up to Namche Bazaar is steep, and after two hours of climbing up to Namche hill, you arrive at Namche Bazaar.

    Altitude

    3440 mM

    Accommodation

    Tea Houses

    Meals

    B, L, D

    Duration

    5-6 Hours Hours

  • Namche Bazaar is regarded as the ‘capital’ of the Khumbu region; a gateway to Everest region. It has many shops and lodges where it is possible to find almost anything required for trekking. An acclimatization day is scheduled to allow your body to adjust to high altitude. It is recommended to take hikes to nearby places like the Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Khunde. You can also visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and Syanboche Airstrip.

    Altitude

    3440 mM

    Accommodation

    Tea Houses

    Meals

    B, L, D

    Duration

    1 Day Hours

  • From Namche, you make your way uphill and northwest along the Bhote Koshi river valley towards Thame. Thame is the last permanent settlement in this trek. It’s an ancient trading route between Nepal and Tibet. Thame was also where legendary mountaineers such as Tenzing Norgay and Apa Sherpa grew up. The Thame monastery is also one of the oldest in the Khumbu region.

    Altitude

    3820 mM

    Accommodation

    Tea Houses

    Meals

    B, L, D

    Duration

    5-6 Hours Hours

  • Beyond Thame is a peaceful high valley, whose primary residents are the Farming Sherpas and their yaks. It is about a 4-5 hours steep trek through a moraine to Lumde. First, you arrive at Marulung crossing other small villages of Yilajung and Taranga. As you climb to the village of Marulung, you cross fast-flowing streams and fields walled off by stone.

    Altitude

    4368 mM

    Accommodation

    Tea Houses

    Meals

    B, L, D

    Duration

    5-6 Hours Hours

  • It is a steady walk on a mostly easy-going path to reach your campsite in a beautiful, deserted valley, just below the Renjo La. The climb to the top of the pass is long and arduous but equally rewarding. On top, the view of the Mt. Everest (8848m) to the east is one of the best in the region. In the nearby horizon, there are also Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8414m), and Makalu (8463m) while Cho Oyu (8188m) seems the closest. Later, you descend to the Gokyo village situated north to the Gokyo Lake.

    Altitude

    4790 mM

    Accommodation

    Tea Houses

    Meals

    B, L, D

    Duration

    6-7 Hours Hours

  • You begin the hike to Gokyo Ri just after the break of morning light, to soak up amazing sunrise views from Gokyo Ri. You get an excellent view of the Mt. Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8414m). The view also includes Pumo Ri (7165m), Ama Dablam (6856) and Cho Oyu (8188m). The beautiful turquoise lakes glisten below. After relishing in this beautiful sight, you head to Dragnag through Ngozumpa glacier, the largest glacier in483Himalayas.

    Altitude

    4950 mM

    Accommodation

    Tea Houses

    Meals

    B, L, D

    Duration

    5-6 Hours Hours

  • Today is going to be a long trek and has the possibility to be treacherous. You begin early in the morning to avoid any unforeseen changes in the weather. You carefully follow the river up to the pleasant valley. The trail becomes rockier as you continue along with the icy crossings. You descend down to Dzongla, after successfully crossing the pass.

    Altitude

    4830 mM

    Accommodation

    Tea Houses

    Meals

    B, L, D

    Duration

    5-6 Hours Hours

  • Leaving Dzongla, you will head to Cho La with the company of Mt. Cholatse (6335m). Passing Cho La, you trek along the Chola Tsho to head towards Lobuche. The trek today is a short trek around the hillsides, onto the famous Everest Trail. You have a tough trail ahead so it’s best to spend the day exploring nearby at a mild pace.

    Altitude

    4910 mM

    Accommodation

    Tea Houses

    Meals

    B, L, D

    Duration

    5-6 Hours Hours

  • Gorakshep is the last stop before Everest Base Camp (EBC). The trek from Lobuche will take you along the Khumbu Glacier. The climbing isn’t long, steep, or intense, but the lack of oxygen is noticeable. Gorakshep is a frozen lake bed, with a small settlement of lodges. From here, you complete the trail on to the famous EBC. The base camp offers glorious views of the Khumbu Glacier, Icefall and numerous mountains including Nuptse (7861m) and Pumo Ri (7165m). After some time in the camp, you get back to Gorakshep.

    Altitude

    5140 mM

    Accommodation

    Tea Houses

    Meals

    B, L, D

    Duration

    5-6 Hours Hours

  • You cannot see Everest itself from EBC. For that, you need to make your way to Kalapatthar. You start your walk on a fairly steep trail at a comfortable pace. As you are climbing, you can see Lingtren (6749m), Khumbutse (6636m), and Changtse (7543m). From Kalapatthar, you get a spectacular view of Everest and other peaks like Lhotse (8414m) and Nuptse (7861m). Afterward, you move back down to Gorakshep and then trek along the Khumbu Glacier to reach Lobuche.

    Altitude

    5550 mM

    Accommodation

    Tea Houses

    Meals

    B, L, D

    Duration

    6-7 Hours Hours

  • Kongma La Pass is the highest pass on your trip. You ascend from the steep west side along the glacier and descend down the east side into Chukung. It is about 4 hours beyond the pass. Kongma La offers a breathtaking view of Makalu (8463m) in the east, while Ama Dablam (6856m) and Nuptse (7861m) on either side of the pass. Chukung is a beautiful lodge village set in the Chukung valley on the banks of the Imja Khola.

    Altitude

    4730 mM

    Accommodation

    Tea Houses

    Meals

    B, L, D

    Duration

    5-6 Hours Hours

  • The trek today is windy as you transition from the Chukung valley to the Dingboche valley. You are still above the tree line as you traverse the dry terrain. Once you arrive at Pangboche, be sure to visit the Pangboche monastery. It is widely regarded as one of the oldest monasteries in the Khumbu region. You will start the below 4000m altitude here as you spend the night.

    Altitude

    3930 mM

    Accommodation

    Tea Houses

    Meals

    B, L, D

    Duration

    5-6 Hours Hours

  • You trek back to the bustling town of Namche. The trail is a descent most of the way, with the first part being a tough 300m descent to cross the Imja river. Next, you climb back up to Tengboche. The wonderful views of Ama Dablam linger on the background as you make your way back to Namche. Back at Namche, you can catch up at any last-minute shopping you may have to commemorate your trek.

    Altitude

    3440 mM

    Accommodation

    Tea Houses

    Meals

    B, L, D

    Duration

    5-6 Hours Hours

  • The trek to Lukla is a straightforward descent. You retrace back the steps you came, and the first Mani stones and Chortens you saw at the beginning of your trek are the last this time around. You leave the National park premises and after an ascent in the last part of the trek arrive at Lukla.

    Altitude

    2800 mM

    Accommodation

    Tea Houses

    Meals

    B, L, D

    Duration

    4-5 Hours Hours

  • As you fly off to Kathmandu with the last aerial view of the Khumbu region, the region reminds you of the majesty that it possesses. After a tough journey, you will land in Kathmandu where you can rest for the rest of the day. A farewell dinner will be held by the company.

    Altitude

    1300 mM

    Accommodation

    Tea Houses

    Meals

    B, L, D

    Duration

    2-3 Hours Hours

  • After a short and sweet farewell ceremony, you will be accompanied to the airport by a company representative. They will make sure you reach the airport in time for your flight home. You hope you provided the best service and hope your paths cross again.

    Altitude

    1300 mM

    Accommodation

    Not Included

    Meals

    B

    Duration

    3-4 Hours Hours

Frequently Asked Questions


The Everest Three Pass Trek is considered a challenging trek in the Himalayas of Nepal. The trek involves crossing three high passes: Kongma La (5,535 meters/18,159 feet), Cho La (5,420 meters/17,782 feet), and Renjo La (5,340 meters/17,519 feet).

The trek typically takes around 15-19 days to complete, depending on the specific itinerary and the pace of the trekkers. The trek involves long days of hiking, often at high altitudes, and the passes can be physically and mentally demanding.

The cost of the Everest Three Pass Trek can vary widely depending on a number of factors, such as the time of year, the specific itinerary, and the level of service included.

It’s also worth noting that some trekking agencies offer a package deal that includes things like permits and TIMS card, you could also get a deal with a company rather than hiring a guide independently

Keep in mind that the cost of the trek can be influenced by factors such as the time of year you are trekking (peak seasons will be more expensive than the off-seasons), whether you are hiring a local guide or a western guide, and whether you are choosing budget, mid-range, or luxury accommodation.

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Gear List


EQUIPMENT FOR TREKKING.

  • 1 pair strong hiking boots/ sports shoes
  • 1 medium rucksack/backpack
  • 1 small day pack
  • 1 sleeping bag (according to seasons)
  • 1 inner sleeping sheet
  • 1 down jacket/all-weather Anorak
  • 1 fleece/warm sweater
  • 1 water and windproof jacket
  • 2 pair lightweight trousers
  • 1 pair shorts
  • 2 long sleeves cotton or polypro
  • 2 T-shirts /1 medium sized towel
  • 1 water bottle-1 or 2 liter
  • 1 torch/flashlight and spare batteries
  • 2 pairs light socks
  • 3 pairs heavy wool socks
  • Underwear (including thermals)
  • Cotton headscarf/bandana
  • Warm hat/gloves (waterproof)
  • Sunglasses and Sunhat
  • Money Belt
  • Water purification tablets/solution
  • Sun block Cream(30-50)
  • Personal toiletries
  • Moleskin for blister
  • Toilet paper
  • Bio degradable soap/shampoo
  • Any personal medication
  • 3/4 plastic bags (for wrapping clothes)

Note: Due to the different seasons in Nepal, trekkers are requested to inquire before preparing equipment.

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