The Everest Three Passes Trek is longer and more challenging than our eighteen-day Everest Base Camp Trek (via Cho La Pass) because it crosses three high altitude passes; Renjo La Pass (5,360m), Cho La Pass (5,420m) and Kongma La Pass (5,535).
Cho La is the most trekked of the three Everest passes, while Renjo La offers the best views. The three high passes, especially when combined with walking in from Jiri, makes for a fantastic trek, for those who want a more challenging experience. As it is more demanding than our standard Everest trekking itineraries, we recommend this trek to experienced hikers who have previously trekked in high altitudes.
Hiking east to west (Jiri-Lukla) during this trek makes sure that you get acclimatized properly, and you’ll cross the 4000 meter mark only after trekking at lower altitudes for 10-11 days. After you reach Chhukung you’ll be trekking above 4700 meters for a week or more. Trekking anti clockwise also acclimatizes you well enough before you cross the Renjo La Pass. In addition to crossing the standard three passes during this trek, you can also add several side trips and peaks to it, including the ascent of Island peak.
The Three Passes Trek is a classic trek to the Everest Base Camp, across major Everest valleys, including Chhukung, Khumbu, Gokyo, Thame and Namche. The culture and scenery in these valleys is amazing and the mountains here, without doubt, are the grandest in the world.
After your arrival in Kathmandu our representatives at the airport will transfer you to your hotel and help you in checking in.
The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is 40 minutes of pure mountain experience until we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport. Our trek begins in Lukla as we descend towards the Dudh Kodhi River before following the trail leading to Namche Bazaar.
The trek to Namche Bazar is a steep climb through forests of rhododendron around the Sagarmatha National Park. After crossing several suspension bridges and four hours of walking we reach the Sherpa market of Namche Bazaar.
Two days of rest in Namche Bazaar helps us in acclimatisation and prepares us for our journey ahead. Namche, the trading capital of the Khumbu region was once the trading grounds of Tibetan Salt. Even today we can see Tibetans selling rugs, clothing, salt and dried meat in the region. Namche is believed to be one of the best places on earth to see the sun rise and set between the snow clad Himalayas.
On leaving Namche Bazaar we head to the Thame valley. The little village of Thame is where we rest for the night.
Today we visit the remote Nangpa Valley, a place which was previously restricted to trekkers.
Today is a big day as we make our way to the great high pass at 5,360m. After spending an hour taking in the beauty around us we descend downhill to reach Gokyo.
The Gokyo Ri is a small hill rising from the North of a glacier and requires a 3 hour ascend. Once atop the Gokyo Ri, we can see more of Everest magnificently framed by the Makalu, Nuptse and Changtse.
After spending some time around Gokyo Ri in the morning, we head back to Thangnak after a hearty breakfast. We cross the Ngozumpa glacier on our way.
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 Jongla.
Lobuche is a pleasant walk from Jongla and offers superb views of the Everest, Kala Pathar and Pumori peaks.
Gorak Shep, is the Base Camp of the historical 1953’ Everest Expedition and the site where Peace Nepal Treks had successfully organised the 2009’ Everest Cricket Match. We also have the option of climbing the famous Kala Pathar peak (5,545m) in the evening.
Today, we walk to Kong Ma La the last high pass for this trek and stay in Chhukkung for the night.
Once again we follow the Everest trail until we reach Pengboche where we camp over night.
The trail now descends to Namche Bazaar which offers superb views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peaks. We stay overnight at Namche, a perfect place to celebrate the success of our two week trek.
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.
Note: Above holiday itinerary can be customized as our guest specific requirements and can make shorter and longer. We design your holidays accordingly.
Medical support: An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.
Accommodation and meals: During tea house treks our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permit and transportation.
Water: Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks. You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.
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 travelling 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 emergencies.
Nepal has four climatic seasons
While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek.
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In 2005 I had the honor assisting to build a primary school in Pakuwal Tulo Parsel Nepal, together with a friend and on behalf of the Lions Club Schoorl. Tulo Parsel is the home ground of Nir Bahadur Lama, managing director of Peace Nepal Treks. During the building time I was in close contact with him, and still we are.…