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Everest Three Passes Trek

Everest Three Passes Trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Strenuous

  • Destination

    Destination: Everest region

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking/Hiking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Full-board on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Kongma La pass (5,535 m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

The Everest Three Passes Trek is a challenging adventure in the Everest region. The trek is the appropriate choice for those seeking a high-altitude trek in the Himalayas. It consists of crossing over three high mountain passes in the Everest region, namely Kongma La Pass (5,535/18,159ft), Cho La Pass (5420 m/17,782 ft), and Renjo La Pass (5,340 m/17,520 ft), including attending the Everest Base Camp.

Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region, is where the trek starts after a scenic flight from Kathmandu. The Everest three-pass trek itinerary then follows an amusing route, passing over traditional Sherpa villages, lush valleys, and dense forests. Along the trek trail, you will have a nice opportunity to interact with friendly Sherpa people, learn about their culture.

Trekking the three passes in the Everest region is a great adventure and accomplishment in itself. Trekkers have to pass the three ultimate passes in Khumbu, which presents an immense challenge and adventure. These passes offer some of the most stunning views of the Himalayan peaks not seen elsewhere in the Everest region. They include Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other towering peaks. Tackling all three passes requires a good level of physical fitness, enough acclimatization, and better pre-planning before the trek starts.

If you are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and thinking of an inevitable trekking experience in the high Himalayas, then the Everest Three Passes trek is the undeniable choice for your adventurous spirit.

Everest Three Pass Trek Highlights 

  • An exciting & challenging adventure for adventure-seeking trekkers.
  • Enjoy a quick scenic flight between Kathmandu and Lukla.
  • Explore the lifestyle of the Sherpas & explore Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest..
  • Marvel at the breathtaking views of Everest, Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Lhotse & more towering mountains.
  • Embark on a hike to Kala Patthar (5550 m), where you can witness the incredible Everest (8848m) up close!.
  • Cross the grand three mountain passes, Renjo La Pass (5360 m), Cho La Pass (5350 m) & Kongma La Pass (5535m)
  • Discover unparalleled joy in the peaceful surroundings & sparkling waters of Gokyo Lake at 4790m. 
  • Embark on an enchanting journey to the renowned Tengboche Monastery. 
  • Observe a variety of plant and animal species in Sagarmatha National Park.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m/40min) & trek to Phakding (2610/3-4hrs)
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/5-6 hrs)
Day 04: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar & Hike to Hotel Everest View (3880m/3-4 hrs)
Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m/5-6 hrs )
Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/5-6 hrs)
Day 07: Rest Day In Dingboche (4410m)
Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730/4-5 hrs)
Day 09: Trek from Chhukung to Lobuche via Kongma La Pass (5,535 m/8-9 hrs)
Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5140m) / Hike to to Everest Base Camp (5364 m) & back to Gorakshep (8-9 hrs)
Day 11: Hike from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5550m) to Lobuche (5535m/8-9 hrs)
Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Dzongla (4830/4-5 hrs)
Day 13: Trek from Dzongla to Gokyo (4800m) via Cho La Pass (5350m/8-9 hrs)
Day 14: Excursion day at Gokyo; ascent to the Gokyo Ri (5357m/3-4 hrs)
Day 15: Trek from Gokyo to Lunden via Renjo La Pass (5340m/7-8 hrs)
Day 16: Trek from Lunden to Thame (3800/4-5 hrs)
Day 17: Trek from Thame Namche Bazaar (3440m/4-5 hrs)
Day 18: Trek from Namche to Lukla (2,840/6-7 hrs)
Day 19: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (1400m/40min)
Day 20: Final departure

Arrive in Kathmandu and one of our representatives will receive you and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the time is free to explore the city where your hotel is located which is usually at Thamel – the popular tourist hub in Kathmandu where every needs and facilities for the tourist are located like hotels, pubs, restaurants, departmental stores, trek gear shops etc. Or you can simply rest at your hotel if you are jet lagged and get ready for an amazing Himalayan trek. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu. 

Hotel

Wake up early in the morning and drive to the domestic section of the airport in Kathmandu for a flight to Lukla. After checking the weather it’s flight from Kathmandu to Lukla at Tenzing Hillary Airport. You will have a packed breakfast from the hotel which can be eaten while waiting for the plane at Kathmandu airport. 


After a 40-45-minute flight from Kathmandu, you will finally land at Lukla and then begin your trek to Phakding –a small village in the Khumbu region. Lukla is also the place where your porters will be waiting for you. The trail goes through a green path crossing several villages like Chauri Kharka and Ghat then finally reaches Phakding for an overnight stay. Overnight at Lodge in Phakding.

Note: Flights from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa may be rerouted to Manthali during the peak trekking seasons of March, April, May, September, October, and November due to increased air traffic congestion. Manthali is a 5-hour drive from Kathmandu and we need to start at 12.30am for the Kathmandu/Manthali drive to catch the flight to Lukla from Manthali. During December, January, February, June, July, or August, it's a direct flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast, the trek begins with the trail going through forests, traditional villages with ploughed fields, and yak pastures then reaches the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park from where Mt. Thamserku can be spotted.

 

After completing permit formalities and having lunch you will climb up to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the gateway to the Everest region and the biggest Sherpa town in the Khumbu region where many hotels, luxury resorts, restaurants, pubs, trek shops etc. are located. You name it, they have it at Namche and if you forget to shop for any trekking gear in Kathmandu, Namche is the last point to do so but the price may differ. Overnight at Lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is the rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and to cope with the rising elevation. You can go for a side excursion to Hotel Everest View (3880m) which is considered the hotel located at the highest point on earth. From its balcony, you can have the first glimpse of Mt. Everest and other world’s highest peaks sipping tea/coffee. Then it’s back to your hotel in Namche Bazaar. In the evening, you can explore Namche, talk with the locals, and meet many other trekkers and mountaineers from around the world. Overnight at Lodge in Namche Bazaar.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today’s trek involves many steep ascents and descents, and it’s also a good opportunity for nice photography. On the list are Stupas (Buddhist shrines), prayer flags, mani walls (walls with Buddhist prayers carved into them), and mountains, such as Ama Dablam, and Tengboche Monastery which all are worth a good picture.

 

The trail up to Tengboche from Lukla is a dusty switchback path but it is all worthwhile as you reach Tengboche which offers a spectacular panorama. Tengboche has the largest Buddhist monastery which is the largest and the most important monastery in Khumbu. Pay a visit to the monastery and with a small donation, you can light some butter lamps. Overnight at Lodge in Tengboche

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The trail is quite challenging today but with a very scenic route. The trail follows the Imja Khola ‘River’ climbing up to Dingboche and passing along windswept fields (mainly potato). Dingboche is the highest Sherpa village in Khumbu. The view of AmaDablam is spectacular from Dingboche which arrived during lunch time. After lunch at Dingboche, the rest of the afternoon is free to explore watch the surrounding Himalayas or dig into your books. etc. Overnight at Lodge in Dingboche.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Trekkers and climbers on their way to Imja Tse, Ama Dablam, or Mount Everest frequently stop at Dingboche. The picturesque settlement features a variety of fields surrounded by stone walls that shield potatoes, barley, and buckwheat from grazing animals and the chilly wind. To acclimate, we spend a day at Dingboche. For fantastic views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache, Ama Dablam, and other mountains, we climb for a full day to Nagarjun Hill.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today, the trail combines some descents and ascents. We leave Dingboche after breakfast and travel to Chhukung to enjoy lunch. You can stroll on the paths gradually and steadily because Chhukung is our final stop for the day.

 

Numerous historic farms and fences made of local stone can be seen along the walk. and proceed via the Imja Khola valley in Bibre, a region inhabited by yak herders. We arrive in Chhukung after a four to five hour hike, where we will have lunch and spend the night. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We will be climbing Kongma La Pass for approximately eight to nine hours today. For Kongma La pass, there are two routes: one returns to Bibre via the trail above the Niyang Khola and crosses the Nuptse Glacier moraines northwest of Chhukung.

 

We bring our own packed meals and water because there are no motels, stores, or tea houses in the area. Buddhist prayer flags of great beauty may be seen at the summit of Kongma La pass. We turn north to Lobuche after passing Khumbu Glacier.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is the day you will be attending Everest Base Camp, the foot of Mt. Everest. You will start first with 3 hours hike to the small village of Gorekshep passing over boulders and rough terrain.

 

Then hike to Everest Base Camp and upon arrival feel the majesty of the base camp, walk over the Khumbu Glacier from where Everest summiters start their journey to the top. Celebrate your achievement with your trek guide and other members at the base camp. From the base camp enjoy views of Khumbu Icefall, Khumbu Glacier, Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbutse, and a little bit of Everest. Afterwards, back to Gorekshep for the overnight stay. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

This will be one of the trek's hardest but most rewarding days. We spend the majority of this day ascending 5,555-meter Mount Kala Patthar.  Superb views of Everest may be seen from Mt. Kala Patthar.

 

Following a brief stay at Kala Patthar, we descend in the direction of Lobuche. The Himalayas and the Rocky Mountains encircle this tiny community. The majority of the lodges are of the older, more traditional style, but more modern lodges have emerged recently, some of which offer internet access and oxygen services.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We begin our descent from Lobuche, and after a few hours, the trail splits in two, with us choosing the right path to Dzongla. In the distance, stupas and tombstones are seen. Following that, we hike higher and can see Chola Tsho Lake in the distance. We trek on, first going over a bridge over Chola Khola and then arriving at Dzongla. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

In order to cross Cho La Pass before midday today and reevaluate the climb in the event of inclement weather, we must begin our trek before 4-5 am today. Due to the high altitude and steeply unstable rock, the trip may be a little challenging today.

 

Even in favorable weather conditions, rock falls and snow can pose a risk when traversing Cho La Pass. You will thus be able to enjoy the breathtaking panorama from the top of Cho La Pass before we descend to Gokyo (4,800 m).

 

The longest glacier in Nepal, the Ngozumpa, must be crossed, together with the Pangka and Khara glaciers.  We have a stunning view of Cho-Oyu Mountain and Kantaga. The Gokyo Lake is the third of a sequence of six lakes. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We have a strenuous trek early in the morning to the 5,483-meter summit of Gokyo Ri. For those who take on this journey, there are plenty of incentives. You can take in breathtaking views of the enormous Ngozumpa glacier, the huge Gokyo valley, and the entire Khumbu Himalayas, which includes the towering Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, and Gychung Kang. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We set out on our walk this morning. Today's hike is lengthy, although it follows the standard route. A breathtaking view of Mount Everest is available from the top of Renjo Pass. Then we make our way down to Lunden, which is our ultimate destination for today.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We have breakfast and then begin our trip. The trail will primarily drop to Thame today.

 

The snow peaks that we can see while hiking are breathtaking. The Thame Monastery is a charming monastery situated amidst the numerous residences of monks and laypeople, approximately 150 meters above the town.

 

It is perched atop a hill with a view of the valley below. This is the location of the Mani Rimdu festival, which takes place every year around the middle of May. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

With one of the oldest monasteries in the area, Thame is a typical Sherpa settlement that has managed to avoid the hordes of people climbing Everest. Notably, Apa Sherpa, who has reached the peak of Everest 21 times, was born and raised in this village!

 

The path itself winds in and out of the canyon's woodland, providing serene vistas of the surrounding mountains. We carry on with our journey today, walking from Thame down the hill.

 

Namche Bazar will be the final destination for the day's journey, and the walk will be brief and easy.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Finally we return back to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like ages ago. It will give you time to reflect on the trek also giving you time to explore the town.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Ambulating on the lap of super mountains for almost two weeks and cuddling some sweet and sour memories, we take a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. Upon arrival at KTM, check in to the hotel for an overnight stay. You can refresh and relax to do away with the fatigue.

Hotel
Breakfast/Dinner Included

You feel like Nepal is your second home, don’t you? Well, time to get back to your first home now. You came in as a visitor, but you are going back as a friend. Our representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours prior to the flight schedule. Goodbyes are not forever, goodbyes are not the end, they simply mean we will miss you, till we meet again! Have a safe flight back home and we look forward to being your adventure companion in Nepal again

Hotel

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu round airfare.
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags and duffel bags (to be returned after trip completion).
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide & Porter (1 porter for two people) including their food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • Permits for Everest National Park and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • Farewell dinner with a live Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • International airfares.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Excess baggage charges (luggage allowance for domestic airlines in Nepal is 15 kgs.).
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips to guide & porters (Tipping is expected).

Route Map

FAQ's

1. What is Everest Three Pass Trek?
Everest Three Pass Trek is an adventurous and challenging trekking route in the Everest region of Nepal. It involves crossing three high mountain passes: Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Renjo La Pass, each offering stunning views of the Himalayas.

2. Is Everest Three Pass Trek difficult?
Yes, the Everest Three Pass Trek is considered one of the most challenging treks in Nepal. It involves crossing high-altitude passes, navigating through rugged terrain, and experiencing changing weather conditions. Trekkers should have excellent physical fitness, prior high-altitude trekking experience, and the ability to acclimatize effectively.

3. When is the best time for Everest Three Pass Trek?
Everest Three Pass Trek best time is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The weather is stable with clear mountain views during these seasons. 

4. Are there teahouses or lodges along the Everest Three Pass Trek route?
Yes, the Everest Three Pass Trek route is well-serviced with teahouses, lodges, and guesthouses along the trail. These provide accommodation and meals for trekkers, making it possible to complete the trek without camping gear.

5. What is the maximum altitude reached during the Everest Three Pass Trek?
The highest point of the Everest Three Pass Trek is at Kongma La Pass, which is approximately 5,535 meters (18,159 feet) above sea level.

6. How do I get to the starting point of the Everest Three Pass Trek?
The trek usually starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, followed by a trek to the gateway town of Namche Bazaar, where the actual Three Pass Trek begins.

7. What type of physical fitness is required for the Everest Three Pass Trek?
Everest Three Pass Trek demands excellent physical fitness and stamina. Prior high-altitude trekking experience is highly beneficial. Training with cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and long hikes will help you prepare for the demands of the trek.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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