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Everest Three Passes Trek

  • Duration: 22
  • Destination: Nepal
Everest Three Passes Trek
  • Destination Nepal
  • Activity Trekking
  • Trip Grade Hard
  • Max. Elevation 5545m
  • Best Time March to May and Sept to Dec
  • Group Size 1 - 20


Undertake the adventure-filled journey of Everest Three Passes Trek in Nepal’s esteemed Everest Region. For those seeking an exhilarating alternative to the customary Trek to Everest Base Camp, look no further. This extraordinary trek presents an unparalleled opportunity to immerse oneself in the exquisite beauty of the Himalayas. It offers breathtaking scenery as it traverses crosses three mountain passes.:Renjo La Pass (5420 meters), Cho-La Pass (5420 meters), and Kongma-La Pass (5535 meters).

Highlights of Everest Three Passes Trek

  • Dare to conquer the three highest passes of the Everest Region: Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La passes.
  • Immerse in the distinct Sherpa walk of life and culture.
  • Gaze at the astounding Everest Vista up close.
  • Venture through some of the toughest terrain in the Himalayas.
  • Experience the other side of the Nepalese lifestyle.

 Himalayan Mountains in Everest Three Passes Trek

Prior to undertaking this Himalayan trekking adventure meticulous preparation is paramount. Adequate readiness is crucial to fully embrace the exceptional experience that awaits. You will be awestruck by the presence of four majestic peaks surpassing the 8000-meter mark. Among these lofty summits, the towering Cho Oyu commands attention, reaching an impressive height of 8201 meters. While the massive peak of Makalu stands resolute at 8481 meters. Moreover, this expedition unveils the secluded Nangpa La Valley. Also, it introduces two quintessential Sherpa villages, Thame and Marlung, adding cultural immersion to the journey.

Points of Interest

Ascending to the formidable altitude of Dingboche at 4410 meters above sea level is no small feat. However, the trek presents an even greater challenge in the form of conquering one of the world’s highest passes, the Kongma-La. It looms imposingly at an altitude of 5554 meters. The sights encountered along this arduous path will be forever etched in memory. Among the three passes, Kongma-La stands as the loftiest. This enriches the experience of trekking in the Everest region. From Dingboche, ascending through Khongma-La via High Camp brings us to the ultimate destination, as we reach Lobuche 4910 meters. Finally, we make our way to Gorekshep at 5140 meters, where two divergent trails await—one hike to Kalapathar viewpoint. The other trailheads to Everest Base Camp. Ascending Kala Pathar at 5644 meters grants an indelible panorama of the awe-inspiring Mount Everest.

From this point onward, the terrain descends, commencing our return journey toward Gorekshep. From there onward to Everest Base Camp at 5360 meters, passing through Gorak Shep at 5164 meters. The Everest base camp offers a vantage point to behold the Khumbu Glacier. It is the loftiest glacier on Earth, which climbers must traverse en route to Mount Everest.

Views during High Passes Trek

The captivating panoramic view showcases the majestic grandeur of towering mountains. The mighty Everest, standing at an awe-inspiring height of over 8848 meters, alongside Cho-Oyu, reaching an astonishing 8152 meters, renders this locale truly enchanting. The breathtaking Everest Three Passes Trek provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness nature’s most extraordinary wonders. Yet it demands unwavering dedication and physical prowess. Proficiency in walking ability and physical fitness are essential prerequisites for this remarkable feat.

Permits for Everest High Passes Trek

To undertake the Everest High Passes Trek, it is mandatory for trekkers to procure two permits. 1) The Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit 2) the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit. These permits can be conveniently obtained in Kathmandu or at the Lukla airport upon arrival.

Cost of Three High Passes Trek

The cost of trekking to Everest Three Pass is dependent on your preference for accommodation. Kathmandu has budget hotels to high-end star-rated hotels for your to choose from. For budget trekking, the cost may range from $ per person, while for luxury trekking, the pricing can go up to $. To go on a budget trek, there are certain expenses such as visas, permits, and transportation that cannot be avoided. The type of travel, accommodations, insurance, etc., however, vary.

While trekking in this region, we have included some fundamental pricing.

To enter the country, you need a Nepal Visa. It costs $30, $50, and $125 for 15 days, 30 days, and 60 days, respectively.

One of the largest costs is associated with transportation. There are two ways of getting there – either by taking the local means of road transport or by catching a flight. In the case of flight booking though try doing it earlier given that an urgent need might cost more than usual.
Selecting accommodations and meals in Everest Three Passes Trek will determine a large portion of your travel expenses.

Everest Three High Passes Trek Distance

Based on the distance of Everest Three Passes Trek, is considered one of the longest treks in Nepal. Depending on the side trips you take, the trekking distance can range from 160 kilometers to 185 kilometers. Although 170-180 (miles) might sound impossible, you will be covering the overall distance. During the period of whole trekking days and our guides at Tidy Himalaya will be there 24/7. We will ensure your comfort, safety, and any emergencies that you might encounter.

Additionally, it’s just a 30-minute flight to cover the distance of 138 km from Kathmandu to Lukla.

Time Duration of Everest High Passes Trek

Recognized as one of the most strenuous and longest expeditions in the Everest Region. Unlike the comparatively shorter Everest Base Camp Trek, this one takes more time. Since acclimatization can occur easily, the ascent must be gradual.

The available trekking schedules are unique to agencies, but anywhere between 16 and 23 days are within the usual time frame. The standard duration for completing this trek is typically 21 days and the total journey time normally amounts to around 21 days. The duration of the Everest Three Passes Trek is dependent on your pace of walking and past experience with high-altitude trekking.

As you embark on this iconic adventure, you will immerse yourself in the rich Sherpa Culture and Hospitality. It is the technical route on Everest Region chasing legendary mountaineers. Also, experience the wonders of Thame and Marlung region. With adequate planning, synergy, and support our experienced guides at Tidy Himalaya assist you in strolling even on tough terrain.

Best time for Everest Three Passes Trek

For those looking to do some trekking without getting soaked in rain should consider doing it in Spring or Fall. The season spanning from March to May is identified as Spring while October to December is classified as Fall.

Enjoying a clear view of the mountains becomes easier during this season with its ideal weather conditions. Yet trekking is possible during monsoon and winter but it’s torturous with snow, landslides, and harsh cold.

How Difficult is Three Passes Trek?

Trekking Everest Three Passes and Forested is a challenging endeavor, akin to any dramatic journey in the Himalayas. The difficulty of the Everest Three Passes trek is relative from individual to individual. Each day on the trail demands an average of 7 hours and considerable stamina to conquer.

Trails are pleasant for a few days, and beyond that begins the most difficult part of the Everest Three Passes Trek. The trails meander through steep hills and passes, posing greater difficulty for travelers. The length and altitude of these routes often lead climbers to exhaustion.

Moreover, most high-altitude treks are plagued by dust and lose rocks, intensifying the physical strain of hiking. Traversing the forests is equally challenging, especially during the monsoon season when the path turns muddy. For those who lack prior trekking experience, navigating the route after Dingboche can prove extremely demanding. Caution must be exercised while trekking the trail between Chhukung and Dingboche, as the glaciers in this area tend to move. All in all, the difficulty level of the Everest High Passes Trek can be considered challenging for its high-altitude traverse.

Coping with high altitudes while maintaining a steady pace is a daunting task. Therefore, most trekkers adopt a slow start and gradually increase their speed after covering a considerable distance to prevent acute mountain sickness. The first signs of this ailment typically manifest as headaches and nausea, requiring timely treatment.

Equipment and Packing for The Trek

The Three Pass trek is a popular trekking route in Nepal. Therefore, lodges and restaurants provide basic facilities such as food and rest houses. Personal materials are the only things required. It Is suggested to pack only the most necessary accessories as it is a technical hike.

During hiking in the Everest region, some of the equipment to pack is,

Personal Hygiene:- Tooth Brush, Towels, Soaps, etc.

A separate water bottle is a must-have along with life straw (water purifier straw)  or purifying tablets. We will be walking in the forests where there will be no settlements or shops.

Shirts, flexible trousers, jumpers, gloves, inner clothes, and comfortable shoes are all part of the clothing options.

Others:- Camera, Power Banks, Chargers, Thermos, Tea/Coffee, and Torch

Pro Tip: Break into your boots forehand to avoid Blisters.

Travel Insurance

We recommend having travel insurance for your trek to Three Pass, although it is not mandatory. You would find three reasons to have insurance for the trek.

The path to the Himalayas is not easy and may result in injury. You may require an emergency helicopter rescue in rare cases due to the possibility of injury.

Due to the altitude of 5,555 meters, there is a possibility of experiencing mountain sickness during acclimatization.

Some travel insurance plan covers some important things like,

  • Passport Loss
  • Travel Delay
  • Expenses on Medical and Emergency
  • Loss of Baggage

Loss of personal accessories will not be covered by travel insurance.


You will be welcomed by our staff and transferred to your hotel. Our airport representative will explain the program upon arrival. Overnight at hotel

Trip briefing and introduce with your guide. Then touring the World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pasupatinath Temple. Overnight at the hotel, breakfast included.

Early morning transfer to the airport for Lukla flight. The flight to Lukla is a lifetime experience in itself. The airfield is at high evaluation, and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about an exceptional 60 meters only. Trek to Phakding with an arresting, green landscape with the view of Kusum Kangraru. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

We follow the Dudh Koshi, ascending through Himalayan pine and cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat and textiles. Besides being a splendid destination to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu that attracts Himalayan and lowland merchants. You will spend two days at Namche for acclimatization, visit local markets and spend time with your team. On the hike, we capture our first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

This day is especially sectioned for acclimatization. We will hike to Syangboche Airport (3700m), supposed to be the highest airport in the world, then continue climbing to Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of the Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache etc. On the way back, we visit Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included

The uniform and easy trail leads us towards the view of Mount Everest, descending deep into the Dudh Koshi Valley at Pungki Thanka and from this point, it ascends the right flank of the Dudh Koshi valley to Tengboche Monastery (3860m). It is the spiritual center of the Khumbu. The climb is lengthy, but is more than adequately compensated by gorgeous views of Mount Amadablam and on a clear day, views of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Descend through a beautiful forest, cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche (3900m); perhaps today is the most interesting trekking because you will not lose altitude like on other days and you will enjoy views of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse & other peaks; the route continues through pastures to Dingboche, known as the ‘summer valley’. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Hiking to Chhukung Ri (5540m/18171ft) and return Chhukung, duration 6 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

We start at first light from Chhukung as we have to conquest highest pass of the trip today. We carry plenty of water and some snacks and a packed lunch as there is no tea shops on the way. We really enjoy the remoteness of the area and absolute nature!! We can select to go via any of the possible trails- either taking a climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung over the moraine of the Nuptse Glacier or we might walk back down the valley to Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. Just after some walk there are great views of Island peak valley and jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha. Ascending along the east side of Niyang Khola valley, we turn west and walk through the sloppy stony trial. We enter a wide basin dotted with small frozen lakes. The trail rises over loose scree gaining the Kongma La after about five hours we leave Chhukung. Upon reaching the top, we 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 final descent is the most difficult stage of the trek today, upon climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

After a short climb through meadows, look down at the Khumbu glacier. Straight ahead is Kalapattar – the best vantage point to view the entire south face of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. After a couple of hours we will get to Gorekshep, and continue our journey to the Everest base camp. There is not much elevation gain, but there are a lot of ups and downs and, combined with altitude, this can be an exhausting trek – but the journey is worth it. After approximately 3 hrs of hiking, you will arrive at the base camp and enjoy a magnificent view of the Khumbu glacier and icefall, where the Everest expeditions begin. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

The day starts with a hike up to Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft), the best viewpoint to witness Mt. Everest and the spectacular Himalayan range. Then trek back to Gorekshep for hot breakfast and then descend to Dzongla. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

We begin the day by climbing to Chola-la crossing over and descending once more to Thanga (4700m/15415ft). Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

We trek to Gokyo Lake crossing over Ngozumpa Glacier (the large glacier in the Himalayan 36 Kilometers in Length). Gokyo village stands by the third lake and Cho-Oyu Mountain as a backdrop sets an amazing spectacular sight at this juncture. After lunch, you may explore around the Lake, Dudh Pokhari. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

This day early in the morning we have steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri ample rewards to one attempts this trip. There are stunning views of the supper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, such as giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m) can be seen. Those who explore the glacier and Gokyo peak are rewarded. This day we have for acclimatization and after noon back to the camp. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

The crossing of the Renjo La Pass will be exciting and challenging as we descend into remote northern Valley where access is restricted, and the landscape is progressively that of the Tibetan Valleys beyond the border. There is a chance we will meet Tibetan Traders descending from the Nangpa La pass that leads through the Himalayas from Tibet with their caravans of woolly yaks laden with goods. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

After taking breakfast, we trek down to Thame more amazing snow peaks. We may meet Tibetan trader encampments along the way for pictures of a rare lifestyle. About 150 meters above Thame, there is a Thame Monastery, a picturesque monastery set among the many homes of monks and lay people. It’s perched on the side of a hill overlooking the valley. This is the site for the spring celebration of the Mani Rimdu festival, held about the middle of May each year. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

We continue our trekking following the flat and descending to first resting place Thamo after heading towards to Namche bazaar. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

The trek continues along the Dudh Kosi River to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla, where you will catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

30-minutes amazing scenic fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

Spend the day in Kathmandu, to rest or to explore, as per your inclination. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from the Tidy Himalaya will take you to the airport. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing.

Cost Includes

  • All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek; we provide private bathrooms with hot shower at Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Duffle bag for the trekking
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Cold drinks Inc. coke, water, Fanta etc.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek except Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Cost and Date

Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.
The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

Currently we have No Fix Departure for this trip