The three high passes trek on Everest covers the popular three passes of Everest during the adventure trekking. The three high passes trek is considered the most challenging trekking in the world. Although it’s an adventurous and difficult one, adventure lovers love this trekking to explore the beautiful panoramic vistas of the world’s highest mountain and the geography of the Himalayas.
In Everest Three Passes Trek you will visit the three mountain passes as Renjo-La, Cho-La, and Kongma-La. If you are in search of a challenging and mountainous trek in Nepal, then this is the perfect trekking package for you.
The three high passes trekking offers beautiful pictures of the harsh terrain with cold climate, and constant human struggle in high altitudes.
You will explore the several high mountains and passes and find the fact that Mount Everest alone is not rising at this elevation. It lies around the other peaks like Lhotse (8,516m), AmaDablam (6,812m), Makalu (8,516m), and more.
The Everest High Passes Trek begins with a stunning 45-minute mountain flight from Kathmandu airport to Lukla (2,840m) airport officially known as Tenzing Hillary Airport.
After landing at Lukla, your trekking starts to Phakding (2,610m). Phakding is a small modern Sherpa village where we’ll stay the night. On the next day crossing a number of suspension bridges that span the swiftly flowing white rivers, we’ll reach Namche Bazaar (3,440m).
Namche Bazaar is a perfect location to get used to and is filled with restaurants, shops as well as internet cafes. You will visit local monasteries including the Khumjung Monastery during your stay at Namche for acclimatization.
On the next day of Namche stay, the trek continues by traveling towards Thame (3,750m). Thame (3,750m) is where our route separates from the traditional Everest Base Camp Trek, which goes on until Tengboche and the trekking route to Gokyo valley. Our trekking route follows the classic Everest Base Camp Trekking route.
The trail descends down to Dudh Koshi River where few lodges are located and a series of beautiful prayer wheels that are powered by water. The suspension bridge crosses the Dudh Koshi River a steep climb through juniper and pine forest. Walk for about 2 hours and you will arrive at Tengboche. The world-renowned Gomba (Tengboche Monastery) is set against the backdrop that includes AmaDablam, Nuptse, Mt. Everest, and many other summits.
On the next day, the trail then descends to Dingboche an unassuming village with Chortens, Mani stone walls, as well as the nun’s monastery. With plenty of mountain views, the trekking trail follows upstream closer to Imja River fairly moderate up towards Imja valley to reach the Dingboche.
The walk is enjoyable when we depart Dingboche and walk through fields with stone walls and alpine scenery. After lunch, we may choose to climb the rocky knoll on ChhukungRi at 5,546m, which offers breathtaking panoramic views from Lhotse, Island Peak, AmaDablam, and Makalu, and many more, including Baruntse.
A second rest day scheduled to allow for better acclimatization to the Chhukung region is highly recommended prior to departing for the pass.
We will start at the sunrise from Chhukung since we are trying to conquer the highest mountain on the trek today. The trail climbs up over loose scree before reaching an elevation of Kongma La after about five hours. Our trail goes towards the north and passes through the Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche for the overnight stay.
The trail winds through a hard-sandy path, with the crest of the north ridge reaching Everest alongside Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse, etc. The trail continues on the side of Khumbu Glacier to Gorakshep. Check in to the Hotel for lunch and then go to the World’s highest base camp Everest Base Camp.
On the next morning, the trail ascends for 2/3 hours all the way to Kala Patthar (5,550 meters/18,207 feet) before dawn to view the first light of day from the top of all the earth (Mt. Everest) The summit is the highest point of the hike to view the panorama views and the amazing morning sunrise that stretches over Mt. Everest and range.
After completing Kala Patthar then trek through Gorakshep and then retrace your steps back to Lobuche. After lunch, the trail to Dzonglha splits off from the main path a distance away from Lobuche. The lake is with us for a long distance until we reach the basin-wide. The trail ascends up an uphill slope before dropping down to another large basin. After about an hour, we walk cross-wise from the basin, and following the crossing of a crosswalk, we will reach Dzonglha for an overnight stay.
The trekking route passes from Dzongla to victory over Chola. As we climb higher and the view from the back becomes immersing as Cho La – Lake begins to emerge and The AmaDablam as its form of a pyramid is able to oversee a mountain range to the south, while Cholatse is awe-inspiring on the west.
On the next day, we reach Gokyo valley and explore around there. The trekking route follows the Namche and Lukla routes to complete the trekking.
To complete the three high pass trekking, you will need a very good level of fitness and a regular walking habit. Trekking in mountainous landscapes requires stamina, so we recommend having prior experience trekking in Nepal.
You won’t be using any equipment to reach these passes, so no technical skill is needed apart from a will and physical strength to cross these passes. It’s indeed a challenging trek, but the rewards the extremely high. The mesmerizing views and the unique experiences you gain from this trek are here to last for a lifetime.
The best time for trekking on this route is in the spring and autumn season. Trekking in spring during the months of March, April, and May is an ideal time. You can also trek in the months of September, October, and November as the autumn season falls under this trekking.
Trekking in the Everest region is best in dry seasons. Rainy seasons and winter are not recommended for trekking on Everest.
When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, our staff will pick you up from the arrival terminal. We will transfer you to your hotel. After some refreshment, you will be given a brief about the upcoming program. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Immediately after you get up, go to the airport for a scenic and exciting 40-minute flight to Lukla. Have lunch at Lukla, meet the crew, and begin the trek to Phakding. You will cross Dudhkoshi Valley and trek through scenic villages. Crossing several streams and alpine woods, the beautiful trail lined with views of mountains will entice you until you arrive at Phakding for an overnight stay.
Leaving behind Phakding, we will follow the Dudhkoshi River with scenic views of Mt. Thamserku and Khumbila. We will trek further through Benkar, Monjo – the entrance into Sagarmatha National Park, and Jorsalle. Then ascend through pines forests and villages until you arrive at Namche Bazaar. This prosperous town is where you’ll stay for the night, enjoying great views of the peaks ahead.
It’s a day set aside for acclimatization when your body adapts to the rising altitude. You will take hikes to nearby locations such as Khunde, Khumjung, or the airstrip at Syangboche. Later in the day, you can see around the town. Later in the day, grab a drink and enjoy breathtaking views of Ama Dablam, Everest, and Lhotse. Stay tonight in the hotel.
After breakfast, we walk through many mani walls and stay beautiful village of Tengboche. The largest Buddhist monastery in Khumbu (Tengboche Monastery also known as Dawa Choling Gompa is situated in Tengboche village 3,860m.
We can see the beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountains, including the well-known peaks of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku
we follow the Imja Khola through Pangboche until we reach Dingboche.
Today is a day of leisure day and walk around the places for good acclimatize about 2/ 3 hours walking around. We stay for the night in Dingboche.
Today we ascend to Lobuche passing through the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier. We camp at Lobuche for the night.
Chukhung Ri is a rocky peak rising above the village of Chukhung to 5,550 m
It’s a long day of trek from Chhukung all the way down to Lobuche. At first, cross the Khumbu Glacier and head up to the third pass on this program – Kongma-La Pass 5,535m. Once you reach here, you will have majestic views that you can capture on your camera. After some time on the pass, head downwards to Lobuche 4,910m for the overnight stay.
It’s a long day of the trek today with around eight hours of walking, but it is also the day when you’ll visit Everest Base Camp. Starting from Lobuche, we’ll walk through the unique and fairly level surface of this high-altitude mountainous terrain. After some time We’ll see Khumbu and Changri Glaciers on our left. Head along beside Changri Glacier and ascend the hills to Gorakshep. Take a break here and head to Everest Base Camp. Spend some time at this popular destination where you’ll see trekkers and climbers from around the world. Later, return to Gorakshep for the overnight stay.
Early morning, we walk towards the Everest base camp (5,364m) and return to Gorakshep. From Gorak Shep, we return to Lobuche, overnight stay in Lobuche
Dzongla is a pleasant walk from Lobuche and offers superb views of the Everest, Kala Pathar, and Pumori peaks.
Today we trek to Chola Pass 5,420m which is a comparatively difficult climb due to steep slopes and glacial traverses. We stay for the night in Thangnak kharka.
After successful Chola Pass, we walk to Gokyo and night stay in Gokyo.
Gokyo is a small village at the foot of the magnificent Gokyo Ri 5,360m, a 3-hour ascent from its base. The view from the top of this small snow-covered hill is breathtaking and captures a stunning Everest between the Changtse and Nuptse.
Starting after breakfast at Gokyo, we will head towards Renjo-La Pass – the last high pass in this program. we do a steady climb until we come to Renjo Lake. It’s a freshwater lake whose sources are the Himalayan ice. Continue the ascent and arrive at Renjo-La Pass at 5,360 meters. From here you can have magnificent views of the surroundings. Take as many photos as you like before beginning the gradual descent to the beautiful Gokyo Valley with its pristine glacial lakes. Hop into a lodge where you’ll stay tonight.
Starting from Namche Bazaar, we will trek through beautiful forests of rhododendron and views of the impressive valley below. Cross a river and arrive at a place called Thame. Take a short break here and continue the ascent through the wilderness. Here, you’re likely to spot some animals, especially the mountain goat called Thar. Trek further for an hour or so before you come to a mani rock and an array of prayer flags. Take some photographs and head on for another hour to reach the village of Namche Bazar where we’ll stay tonight.
On our way back, we cross suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River, make our way through steep descends, and walk past numerous tea houses before finally arriving at Lukla.
Again, 40 minutes of pure mountain experience on our flight to Kathmandu marks the end of our journey.
Today, you have time till your departure from Kathmandu and can visit the historical city of Kathmandu and tourist places in Thamel
Note: Above holiday itinerary can be customized as our guest specific requirements and can make shorter and longer. We design your holidays accordingly.
Water: Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks (paying your own). You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.
Medical support: An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.
Food on tea house trek: During tea house treks our guests pay for their own food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge. It can be about USD $25 each day per person. You can choose your own meal as a menu for every tea house.
Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness, and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while traveling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergency.
Below is a checklist of equipment that we advise people have with them when visiting Nepal. This is a guideline only and will depend on the type of trip you are undertaking.
While we always suggest bringing your most important equipment from home, it is possible to buy or rent equipment in Kathmandu where almost all products and major brands are available, often at cheaper rates than you might find at home.
This equipment listed is prepared by our long experiences in trekking. During the treks, our porters can carry approximately 20kg in total while we recommend that any trekker carries their own day-pack that weighs between 8-12kgs which would include a camera, snacks, and drinking water for easy access.
Joining group departures are fixed dates and guaranteed to depart the trek with a minimum of two people to a maximum of 10 people in the group. The benefit of joining the group is sharing the cost at a lower price & share different experiences with other travelers during your holidays.
Yes, we have set plans to join the group in the upcoming months and fixed dates. If you are alone or have more people & still want to join the group, you can ask our expert once. He will write a quick response as possible if the dates are available as your timing frame and suggest the best as your wish and as a budget. To make sure that to issue the domestic flight Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu on time, you should arrive in Kathmandu at least one day earlier and can start on the next day early morning fly Kathmandu to Lukla.
If you’d prefer to share this Peace Nepal holiday trip with your own group of friends, we’ve got good news, it’s also available as a Private Adventure!, Our Private Adventure specialists are on hand to give you a quote or talk through some different options.
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Aug 16, 2022
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