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Everest: Three High Passes Trek

Experience the adventure of crossing three high passes in the Everest region of Nepal. The Everest three passes trek is much more challenging than the classic Everest Base Camp Trek and its other variations as it involves traversing the three high passes – Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La – each over 5,000m. Thus, the trek gets its name.

Everest Three Passes trek begins from the popular starting point of Lukla before heading north along the regular trek to Namche Bazaar. Here, the route starts from the east traversing the first of the Three Passes – Kongma La Pass (5,545 m) – to join up with the classic Everest Base Camp Trek route.

After the Kongma La Pass, we will have the opportunity to explore the intricacies of Everest Base Camp life as well as soak up some of the best views of Everest and the surrounding peaks when we climb the iconic viewpoint of Kala Patthar.

After making our way to Everest Base Camp, we cross the second pass called Cho La Pass (5,420m). After reaching the high point, the trail descends to the idyllic Gokyo Lakes and further on to the village of Gokyo.

From Gokyo, our trek veers west where we will encounter the final pass of the Everest Three Passes trek – Renjo La (5,370m). Heading down to the Dudh Koshi valley, retracing our way back from Phakding which will take us down to Lukla, where the trek ends.

This Everest three passes trek traversing through three different high passes in the Everest region, exploring mountains and splendid vistas of pristine ranges is termed as one of the most difficult treks in Nepal. Anyone intending to do Everest three passes must be in good shape with some trekking experience in high altitudes. People with a respiratory problem should be cautious and consult their doctor before heading for this trek as the trail elevates above 5500m increasing the chances of getting HAPE or HACE due to the thin air at high altitudes.

Everest Three Passes Trek involves walking along the rocky trails and of course, up close to the Himalayas. So, if you are looking for a challenging yet refreshing experience near the Himalayas then this trip is definitely for you. Experience the adventure of crossing three high passes in the Everest region of Nepal with the Everest three passes trek!

Trip Code

ETHPT52

Starts

Lukla

Finishes

Lukla

Duration

21 Days

Difficulty

Very Hard

Group-Size

2 - 14

Age

Minimum 16

Seasons

Mar-May,Sep-Nov

Elevation

5550 m/ 18208.7ft

Trip View

5033

Activities

Trekking

Travel Style

Comfortable

Trip popularity

Special Discount

7 %

TRIP FACTS

  • Major Highlights: Renjo La Pass (5388 m), Cho La Pass (5380 m), and the Kongma La pass (5535 m)
  • Highest altitude= 5545 m (Kalapathar)
  • Different flora and fauna
  • The major ethnic group is Sherpa
  • Everest is known as Sagarmatha in Nepal and Chomolungma in Tibet
  • High speed of internet at base camp

 

Why this Trip

Three high passes trek is an advanced Adventure that takes to passes that are not counted on the standard Everest trail, Renjo La (5,388 m/17,513 ft), Cho La (5,380 m/17,650 ft), and Kongma La (5,535 m/18,159 ft).

Trip Notes

  • •We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!

  • •What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.

Brief Itinerary

This is going to be the first day of Nepal's adventure. At the arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, one of our representatives will be waiting with a placard carrying your name on it. The airport representative will explain the program upon arrival and escort you to the hotel on a private vehicle; Overnight in Kathmandu.

Meal:

  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • Airport Pick Up Services
  • Guided Thamel Tour
  • Welcome Dinner
After breakfast, the Kathmandu tour begins. Kathmandu valley is an incredibly diverse city with a breathtaking Newari culture, centuries-old Hindu and Buddhist cultural sites alongside a plethora of ancient monuments. The capital of the country and home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Kathmandu, bridges modern facilities with centuries-old traditions and cultures with its tourist-friendly accommodations and the ancestral etiquette “Atithi Devo Bhava” meaning "Guest is equivalent to God". Throughout the day, most of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu will be observed. Overnight stay at the hotel;

Meal:

  • Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • City tour
Almost all treks to Everest begins from Lukla so, early in the morning, a drive to Tribhuvan International airport (in a private car) for a flight to Lukla will be arranged. It takes 30-35 minutes to reach Tenzing Hillary airport/ Lukla airport. After reaching Lukla, the porters and the team members joining us on the trek will be introduced. The ultimate Everest Three High Passes Trek begins with a hike up through the beautiful town of Lukla to the Pasang Lhamu Memorial Gate. From the gate, the trail leading us out of Lukla, drops down to the village of Phakding, traversing the community forest and small Sherpa villages like Thalsharoa, Chheplung, Thado Koshi Gaon, and Chhuthawa. Savor the beauty of well-decorated chortens, prayer rocks, prayer flags, and prayer wheels on our way alongside the mesmerizing view of Kusum Kangru and the Dudh Koshi River. It takes about 4 hours to walk downhill to reach Phakding. Check-in at the teahouse. In the remaining time, either rest or explore the nearby monasteries. Overnight stay in a teahouse at Phakding;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Guesthouse

Activities:

  • Airport drop
  • Flight to Lukla
After breakfast in Phakding, Everest three high passes trek continues. Crossing the bridge across the Dudh Koshi River, leaving Phakding our trail continues north, through the forest of pine, up and downhill past a few suspension bridges and small settlements: Toktok, Bengkar, Chhamuwa to Monjo. At Monjo, your guide will take care of the necessary formalities, before entering the Sagarmatha National Park. From the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park, continuing on a trail that steeply drops down to the bridge across the Dudh Koshi River. Crossing the bridge, and following the lower riverbank trail, we climb into the forest over gravel and boulders and continue to Larja bridge, past Larja Dobhan. Crossing the Larja Bridge, enjoying the first view of Mt. Everest, and hiking up the steep hill through the pine forest on a rocky trail to Mislung, the forest ends, and the trail levels out from Mislung. From Mislung, the even and plain trail leads us to Namche. After checking into the teahouse, the remaining time can either be spent resting or exploring the town of Namche. Overnight stay at Namche;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Guesthouse

Activities:

  • Entrance to Sagarmatha National Park
To prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), further up the trail, a day stop at Namche for acclimatization is a must. Staying active boosts the process of acclimatization rather than simply resting. Therefore, we will go for an acclimatization hike – a full-day circuit through Syangboche, Khunde, Khumjung, and back to Namche. Picking up the trail above Namche Monastery, climbing the ridge to Zarok on a steep trail and the route continues past Thame to the grass airstrip at Syangboche. Passing by the runway and advancing on a trail which rises up a sandy gully between juniper bushes to the top of the ridge, admiring the beautiful carved boulders, chortens, juniper and rhododendron, we hike down to Kani and a Boudhanath-style chorten, built around the end of Khunde. Enjoying the wonderful view of Khumbu la, Ama Dablam and Thamserku peaks we advance to Khunde Tsamkhang (a Buddhist temple), built above the village of Khunde. We reach Hillary Memorial Viewpoint to see the 360-degree views of Khunde, Namche, Ama Dablam, and Pachermo Peak. After exploring Khunde, through the potato fields we continue east to the largest village in the Khumbu region- Khumjung. Exploring around the village to see the Hillary School (a school established by Sir Edmund Hillary), the longest Mani wall in the Khumbu region, and Khumjung monastery which treasures a skull of a Yeti. Additionally, we can also visit Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park to observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life in the Everest region. Overnight stay at Namche;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Guesthouse

Activities:

  • Guided tour of Namche Bazzar
We begin the trek to Tengboche through an easy trail to Phunki Thanga. Ascending towards Tengboche village which is home to the largest monastery in the Everest region, we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. The monastery is located within the Sagarmatha National park. Enjoying panoramic views of the highest mountains on the earth including Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, and Nuptse, we reach Tengboche. If we reach there early, we will most probably be able to witness a religious Buddhist ceremony. Overnight stay in Tengboche;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Tea House

Activities:

After breakfast, we begin our day’s trek walking downhill passing through lush forests full of birch, conifers, and rhododendron trees. Accompanied by breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam, the trail descends down to Debuche, passing over the Imja river taking us to Pangboche. Walking the upper Pangboche trails, enjoying pristine views of the Himalayas and Pangboche monastery, we move towards the Imja Valley. Passing the Lobuche river and climbing up to Dingboche, we reach the beautiful windy village adorned by chortens and prayer flags. Overnight stay at Dingboche;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Tea House

Activities:

This marks our second stop for acclimatization. Dingboche is a very popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Imja Tse. Walking around the beautiful village with stone walls protecting fields and crops like barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from cold wind and grazing, we spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. We take a day hike to Nagarjuna Hill where we can observe great views of Mt.Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache, Ama Dablam, and others. Overnight stay at Dingboche.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Tea House

Activities:

  • Guided tour of Dingboche Village
Passing through stone-wall fields and Imja Khola valley we enter glacier moraines amidst towering Himalayas. The Everest three passes trail passes through Bibre where yak herdsmen live. Right across the Bibre valley are the stunning Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labcha mountains. Crossing an icy stream, we reach Chukung after about half an hour's walk. After lunch at Chukung, we can trek towards Chhukung Ri. For beginners, Chhukung Ri is the best alternative as it is not as technically demanding as others. After a few easy scramblings, we will reach the summit from where we can see mesmerizing views of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labcha. We descend back to Chukung. Overnight stay at Chukung;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Tea House

Activities:

This trek begins very early in the morning to reach the highest part of the entire trip, Kongma La Pass. It takes almost 8 hours to get to the top of Kongma La pass. There are two trails to Kongma la pass; one is to the northwest of chukung over Nuptse glacier moraines and another is going back to Bibre and trek on the trail above Niyang Khola. There aren’t any hotels, shops, and teahouses so we carry our own packaged foods and water. The top of the pass is marked with Buddhist prayer flags and Cairns. The most difficult part of this trek is the final descent. After climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail bends north through the Khumbu glacier leading us to Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Tea House

Activities:

Moving along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier, we leave icy cold Lobuche and head towards Gorak Shep. On the way, we come across the magnificent view of the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse, and other mountains. After almost two hours of walking, we reach Gorak Shep and rest for lunch before heading to Everest base camp. We pass through rocky dunes, streams, and moraines and reach the base camp to the highest mountain in the world; Everest. From here, we can observe the stunning view of the Nuptse, Khumbutse, and Pumori mountains. We trek back to Gorak Shep. Overnight at Gorak Shep.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Tea House

Activities:

Early in the morning, we start our trek to Kala Patthar to catch the breathtaking view of sunrise on Mount Everest from Kala Patthar. After several hours of ascent, we reach the top of Kalapatthar from where we can admire the glorious sunrise over Mount Everest up close. The day’s first light will illuminate the pristine views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Taboche, Cholatse, and Lobuche on the way down. From Kala Patthar, we leave for Dzongla. Overnight stay at Dzongla;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Tea House

Activities:

From Dzongla, we leave for Thagnag through the most adventurous journey enjoying the thrill of walking over 5000 m Himalayan pass. We trek over Cho La Pass (5,330 m) and continue to walk to Thagnag. The trail is steep up to Cho La’s summit; this is also often snow-covered. A steep descent is made towards Thagnag along a moraine and rock trail through a boulder field down to the small hamlet (Thagnag). Overnight stay at Thagnag;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Tea House

Activities:

Walking alongside the wonderful mountain views, stepping back from the settlement. The path to Gokyo brings us to the Ngozumpa glacier edge after a short walk, which is the longest glacier in Nepal. From the other side of the glacier, we get to see the second Gokyo Lake on a series of six lakes. On the edge of this lake stands the Gokyo Village. Overnight stay at Gokyo;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Tea House

Activities:

We will explore Gokyo lake and go up to Gokyo Ri (5350 m), the small crest above the lake. The peak of 5350 m is also called Kala Patthar (do not be confused with the Kala Pathar above Gorakshep), though the view is similar. After the two hours climb, we can see the fantastic view of Cho Oyu, Gyanchung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cholatse, Tawache, and many more. In addition, four of the fourteen eight-thousanders on earth, dominating the myriad of ‘smaller’ peaks provide a vantage point to observe the views of the Nangpa La, the old trade route into Tibet. We then trek back to Gokyo village. Overnight stay at Gokyo village;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Tea House

Activities:

Trekking over to complete the final and the last pass we trek to Renjo La (5345m). The path climbs soothingly up the edge of Gokyo Ri and steeply inclined above the northwest corner of the lake. We precede early down from the Gokyo Valley and depart from the main trail and turn to Renjo La trail by Dudh Pokhari. We reach to the Renjo La after about three hours where an incredible panorama lies ahead. The Everest itself, Lhotse, Cholatse, and Taboche can be seen glittering in the sun. Alongside the descent to Lungden, we see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. Overnight at Lungden;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Tea House

Activities:

Trekking along an old Tibetan Himalayan trade route we head towards Thame. The hiking on this day is much easier compared to the previous day’s trekking. Following the Bhote Koshi, we end at the village of Thame, the birthplace of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa( first Mount Everest summiteer alongside Edmund Hillary). Overnight at Thame;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • lunch
  • dinner

Accommodation:

  • Tea House

Activities:

We trek down the descending trail at first and then continue to walk on the relatively flat route alongside the spectacular scenery, fast-flowing rivers. Crossing three suspension bridges and climbing our way uphill to Namche Bazar we stop at Namche for lunch and then continue our trek to the other end of the town, Monjo which takes about 2 hours from Namche. Slowly we trek through beautiful mixed forests with some rhododendron and pine trees, passing the rocks carved “Om Mani Padme Hum” ( fundamental Buddhist mantra) to Monjo. Overnight at Monjo;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Tea House

Activities:

After our breakfast, we return back over the main track down to Dudh Koshi retracing our way back to Phakding. Following the track, we reach Lukla scaling different Sherpa villages crossing a suspension bridge above Thado Koshi. This will be our last night in the mountains until next time. Overnight stay at teahouse in Lukla;

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Tea House

Activities:

After about 35 minutes of flight time, we land in Kathmandu and we’ll drive back to the hotel. The rest of the day is for relaxing or sightseeing around Kathmandu city. (The flights from Lukla to Kathmandu depend on the weather conditions so we suggest you prepare accordingly.)

Meal:

  • Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • Flight to Kathmandu
Depending on the flight time, Swotah will arrange the transfer to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time. Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Accommodation:

Activities:

  • Souvenir
  • Airport drop

FAQS

Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
We believe in operating small intimate groups to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle-free and enjoy the customized trip according to their will so we try to keep the group as small as a group of 14 but it can be increased with the special request of the clients.
Yes, Nepal can boast as the one of the safest country in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful towards foreigners especially towards women. Everest: three high passes is one of the most visited areas by the tourist who want to travel all three passes ( Renjo La (5,388 m/17,513 ft), Cho La (5,380 m/17,650 ft) and Kongma La (5,535 m/18,159) together. So the service providers are professional and local people are respectful with welcoming hospitality towards the trekkers.
We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in mountains. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
Everest: Three High passes is world famous trekking region among the trekkers hence this region provides wide range of delicious western meals like Pasta, noodles, pizzas, bread, soup etc. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek. As you trek higher you should avoid meat for health purpose as it is not good to eat meat in higher altitude and also the meat is not very fresh.
There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
We use private car/jeep/van depending on the size of the group for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and transfer to Lukla on domestic flight.
February, March, April, May, October, November, December are the best time to do this trek.
Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are covered by insurance for about 5,500 meters. In case of emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical condition ask your tour leader to contact us ASAP so that we can manage helicopter for the rescue. You then will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
Trekking is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitudes is unpredictable so carry a lightweight waterproof jacket along with a thick down jacket, pants, and thermal inner wear t to escape severe cold. Needless to say, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest in good quality shoes or rent them from us at a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote villages try to wear modest clothes to quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation.
We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change your plan during the trek, consult the guide.
We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination in advance and book the rooms for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
All our Guides are trekking experts holding licenses from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
While trekking in higher lands, you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
While trekking in the Everest region, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly.
If you need an extra day to complete the trekking, you will need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide's schedule, flight details, hotel bookings, and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there are emergency cases. But it is true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio, and tetanus. Make sure you are in the best shape to complete the trekking without any complications.
Usually, we have to walk about 7-9 hours a day. But it should not be taken as a certain thing. Because a number of hours of walk really depend on client's speed. So it is really relative.
To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of the total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before the trip departure date. If the booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that the non-refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines. The remaining bags will be carried by porters to make it easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.

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