Grade

Difficult

Geography

Mountains/Hills/Forests/Glacier

Location

Solukhumbu

Max altitude

5545 meters

Religions

Buddhist

Ethnic People

Sherpa

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge/Camp

Transportation

Flight/Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus

Minimum Pax

2pax

$2,250 $1,775

Everest 3 Passes Trek

The trek explores the lesser-known sides of Everest, allowing you to witness the majesty of the Himalayas in the Everest ranges. As the name suggests the three passes trek will take you around three of Everest’s highest passes, namely: Renjo La (5360m), Cho La (5420m), and Kongma La (5535m). During this trek, you get the change to explore the ethnic culture, religion, and lifestyle of Sherpas. You will enjoy the view of Everest (8848 m), Lhotse (8414 m), Cho Oyu (8188m), Ama Dablam (6856 m), Nuptse (7861 m) and many other peaks.

 

Everest 3 passes Trek Highlights

  • View of spectacular mountains like Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8414m), Makalu (8475m), Cho Oyu (8188m) and Ama Dablam (6856m)
  • Visit the majestic Gokyo Lakes and travel the breathtaking road to Everest Base Camp
  • Cross three passes over 5000m, Renjo La (5360m), Cho La (5420m), and Kongma La (5535m)
  • Experience the graceful Sherpa culture and hospitality

 

Everest 3 Passes Trek Overview

After a quick exploration of the UNESCO world heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley and proper preparation. Your EBC 3 Passes trek start fly out to Lukla. After landing, your trekking starts and you head to the village of Phakding along the Dudh Koshi. The next day, you make your way to Namche Bazaar. Now your first Everest base camp 3 passes trek hence starts from Namche Bazaar.

After acclimatizing and exploring in Namche, you head to Thame. From Thame, you pass Lumde village to cross the first pass, Renjo La Pass (5360m). From Renjo La, you can witness the pristine Gokyo Lakes along with numerous mountains in the vicinity. You will explore the lakes on the next day and follow with a trek to Dragnag. From Dragnag, you head to the top of Cho La Pass (5420m), spending the night at Dzongla. Joining the popular Everest Base Camp trail, you make way to Lobuche.

From Lobuche, you head to Gorakshep and go the extra distance to explore the Everest Base Camp. You spend the night at Gorakshep and head to Kalapatthar for a better view of the Mount Everest (8848m). You heading back down to Lobuche and move to Chukung village. To reach Chukung, you cross the final pass on the trek, the Kongma La (5535m). You then head back down to Pangboche then to Namche. Your trek wraps up with the return flight to Kathmandu. That pretty much sums up your whole Everest 3 passes trek itinerary.

Nepal Treks has the perfect balance of expertise and experience and is the perfect partner for the trekking in the Everest region. Experienced guides will keep you company all throughout the trek and make sure your trek goes as smooth as possible.

  • Location
  • Days
    19
  • Nights
    18
  • Geography
    Mountains/Hills/Forests/Glacier
  • Location
    Solukhumbu
  • Max altitude
    5545 meters
  • Religions
    Buddhist
  • Ethnic People
    Sherpa
  • Accommodation
    Teahouse/Lodge/Camp
  • Transportation
    Flight/Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
  • Minimum Pax
    2pax
Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu | (1300m)
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.
Day 2
Preparation for the trek
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.
Day 3
Fly to Lukla (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2610m)
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.
Day 4
Trek to Namche | (3440m)
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.
Day 5
Acclimatization rest day
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.
Day 6
Trek to Thame | (3820m)
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.
Day 7
Trek to Lumde | (4368m)
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.
Day 8
Trek to Gokyo (4790m) via Renjo La Pass (5360m) | [1st Pass]
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.
Day 9
Exploration to Gokyo Ri Peak (5360m) and Trek to Thangnak
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 in the Himalayas.
Day 10
Trek to Dzongla (4830m) via Cho La Pass (5420m) | [2nd Pass]
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.
Day 11
Trek to Lobuche | (4910m)
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.
Day 12
Trek to Gorakshep (5140m) and explore Everest base camp (5545m)
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.
Day 13
Climb Kalapatthar and trek to Lobuche | (5550m)
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.
Day 14
Trek to Chukung (4730m) crossing Kongma La Pass (5535m) | [3rd pass]
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.
Day 15
Trek down to Pangboche | (3930m)
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.
Day 16
Trek back to Namche | (3440m)
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.
Day 17
Trek back to Lukla | (2800m)
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.
Day 18
Fly to Kathmandu | Farewell Dinner
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.
Day 19
Departure
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.


Included
  • 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)
  • Himalayan Glacier’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes
 
 
Not Included
  • 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)
 
     
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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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