- Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
- One of the most dangerous airports in the world, Lukla Airport (Tenzin Hillary Airport)
- Panoramic and 360-degree views of high sky-touching mountains from three passes - Khongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La
- Explore around popular Sherpa town and the oldest trading hub on Everest, Namche Bazaar
- Syangboche airport with helicopter take-off and landing view
- The highest-placed hotel in the world, Hotel Everest View, at an altitude of 3880 meters
- One of the highest-altitude glaciers in the world, Khumbu Glacier
- Views from Gokyo Ri
- Sparkling Gokyo lakes and deep valley
- Monasteries in Namche, Tengboche, and Dingboche
- High suspension bridges, prayer wheels, Mani walls and stones, colorful flags, and Chortens
- Diverse floral and faunal beauties
- Close-eye view of Mount Everest from Kala Patthar / Everest base camp
Conquer the Everest Three High Passes: An Epic Trekking Adventure Overview
The Everest three high passes trek is one of the world's most arduous treks, taking you deep into the Everest region. You can see what's around Everest and how the terrain rises to form the world's highest mountain. The walk is strenuous and gives a better image of the rough terrain, chilly environment, and ongoing human struggle at high altitudes. The Everest three high passes trek is the ultimate Everest excursion for thrill-seekers and explorers. You will not only reach Everest Base Camp on this trek, but you will also walk via the Khumbu's three highest passes Kongma La Pass (5,535/18,159ft), Cho La Pass (5420m/17,782ft), and Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,520ft).
Besides these three passes, this trekking journey offers some amazing views of the mountain peaks such as Mount Everest (8,848 m / 29, 028 ft), Lhotse (8,516 m-24,940 ft), Nuptse (7,855 m-25,772 ft), and Lho - La or Khumbutse peak. Other mountains viewed during this three-pass trek are Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Pumori, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Kwangde, Kusum Khanguru, and Khumbi-la. Also, you will reach the territory to overview the world's fifth-highest mountains - Mt. Makalu (8,463 m / 27, 766 ft) and the world's sixth-highest mountain - Cho Oyu (8,021 meters). Similarly, Island Peak / Imja Tse (6,160 m / 20,328 ft), Lobuche Peak (6,119 m / 20,192 ft), Pokhalde (5,806 m / 19,159 ft), Cho-Oyu, are among many smaller nameless summits.
How do 17 days of Everest three high-pass trek operate?
17 days Everest three high-passes trek operates especially in the major seasons like autumn and spring (inclusive of months - March, April, May, September, October, and November) with fixed departure dates and groups. The group considers 1 person as the minimum and 12 as the optimal number. Similarly, this trip runs on both a private and group joining basis, meaning you can have your group or you can join a group of stranger travelers and complete the trekking journey. Amid trekking through three passes, you will walk for around 4 hours on average, which varies as per the trekkers' walking speed and weather adaptation capacity.
Sagarmatha National Park is 1148 square kilometers in area and the home to three high passes of the world. There are 118 bird species in this national park and uncommon mammals such as the musk deer, snow leopard, red panda, and Himalayan black bear. This region's vegetation is dwarf-sized, and plants stop growing over 5,750 meters. Enjoy the Everest three-pass trek of 17 days in Nepal and explore Nepal's most unique natural and cultural landscape.
Day 01: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding
Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Day 03: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
Day 05: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche
Day 06: Acclimatization at Dingboche
Day 07: Trek from Dingboche to Chhukung
Day 08: Cross Khongma La Pass and trek to Lobuche
Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp to Gorakshep
Day 10: Trek from Gorak Shep to Dzongla
Day 11: Trek from Dzongla to Cholapass to Gokyo Lake
Day 12: Rest and acclimatization at Gokyo Lake
Day 13: Trek from Gokyo to Renjola Pass to Lungden
Day 14: Trek from Lungden to Thame
Day 15: Trek from Thame to Phakding
Day 16: Trek from Phakding to Lukla
Day 17: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu in small aircraft
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding
We take a morning flight to Lukla from kathmandu. The flight will be around 25 to 30 min. During the flight, you can see the amazing aerial view from the top with clouds beside you. This flight will be a great experience, when you reach the Lukla airport, which is known as one of the most dangerous airports in the world. After reaching there you will start the trekking journey and move forward to Phakding (with 3-4 hours of trek) and stay overnight there.
After having breakfast we will start our trekking journey to Namche Bazaar from Phakding.You'll cross the Dudh-Kosi River and reach the village of Monjo in a few hours, with some ups and downs. After completing the requirements at the Sagarmatha National Park's office entrance, you can trek to Jorsalle village. After another four hours of strolling, you'll arrive at the iconic Namche Bazaar. From Jorsalle to Namche, the trail provides breathtaking views of the Himalayan range, including Kwande Peak, Kusum Kanguru, and Mt. Everest. Mountain summits including Nuptse, Lhotse, and Taweche peak can also be visible from some vantage points.
This day is set aside for acclimatization, during which you can prepare for the forthcoming trek or purchase any essential supplies. Aside from that, you may stroll around Namche's picturesque villages, meet the Sherpas and learn about their rich culture, or go up to the Hotel Everest View for a close-up view of the great Everest mountain.
While at Namche village or after the trip, trekkers can visit the local museum, which shows the area's native flora and wildlife as well as the history of the Mount Everest region. A climb to Khumjung village (5-6 hours) is also a possibility. You can also go to the Edmund Hillary School and the Khumjung Monastery, which is famed for hosting the Buddha. You can also go to the Edmund Hillary School and the Khumjung Monastery, which is famous for storing the Yeti's head!
Note: This region also has Government Offices, Internet Cafés, Restaurants, Bakery Cafés, an ATM lounge, and the most exciting and colorful Market every Friday and Saturday evening. Spend the night in a hotel with all the necessities.
Today you will be trekking towards Tengboche after breakfast at Namche Bazaar. During the journey, you will be surrounded by breathtaking mountains such as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and more, and you may even see wildlife such as musk deer, pheasant, Himalayan Tahr, and more.
Kayangjuma, Sansa, and Punki Thenga are among the settlements you'll pass through as you cross the Dudh Koshi River and journey through pine and rhododendron forests. You can eat lunch at Punki Thenga and then travel to Tengboche to explore Tengboche monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region. Furthermore, the monastery does not open until 3 p.m., so we arrive at that time. If we're lucky, we might even be able to see a religious ceremony. Spend night at hotel in Tengboche.
After a good night's sleep, you'll wake up to stunning sunrise views framed by snow-capped mountains, which is an unforgettable experience. After breakfast, continue walking to Dingboche via Pangboche and Imja Valley, passing through lush birch, fir, and rhododendron forests. From here, you must cross the Imja River, then the Lobuche River, before continuing on a harsher uphill trail to Dingboche. You can now appreciate the wonderful assortment of barely, buckwheat, and potato fields once you are in Dingboche. Dingboche for the night.
Today is the 2nd acclimatization day for this trekking journey. You can rest in the hotel or go for short trip around the area to get a better glimpse of the mountain ranges and to become used to trekking. From Dingboche, you can obtain a greater perspective of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Lhotse, and Mt Cho Oyu. This is one of the most effective methods to unwind. Another night at a hotel or lodge in Dingboche.
After breakfast, take a nice trek to Chhukung, which is further east of Imjatse Valley, with spectacular views of Island Peak, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse, as well as other nearby peaks. The hike is gentle, with a few short ups and downs, before arriving in summer pasture country at Chhukung, where there are a few decent lodges for overnight stays. It is located near the eastern end of Imjatse Valley, with close views of Island Peak-Nuptse-Lhotse and Lhotse Shar, as well as Makalu. Rest in Chhukung with a climb to Chhukung Ri, which is almost 5,000 meters high and offers spectacular views, and spend the rest of the afternoon preparing for the next day's early morning adventure to Lobuche, which will include crossing the first high pass over Kongma-La.
Our journey diverts north beneath the majestic peaks of Lhotse and Nuptse, starting early in the morning in Chhukung to cross the first pass of the adventure over Kongma-la. The climb ascends via moraine to Kongma-la and the peak Kongma or Mehra, then crosses the Kongma-La pass at 5,535 m/18,159 ft near Nuptse, Mera, and Pokalde summits after a little respite. After a difficult ascent, descends to the Khumbu glacier, then climbs to Lobuche for an overnight halt. There are only a few lodges in Lobuche.
Today's walk leads to Everest Base Camp, the adventure's main highlight. The walk continues for a few hours, with a short steep climb in between over glacier and moraine, arriving at Gorakshep, beneath the lofty peaks of Pumori (7,145m) and Kalapathar (5,545m). The trek continues over moraine and ice to Everest Base Camp, where you may marvel at the spectacular and famous Khumbu Icefall and glaciers. Retrace your steps back to Gorakshep for an overnight stop after a fantastic and exciting time with an adventure of a lifetime at base camp Everest.
After a fantastic day yesterday. We will continue walking above Thugla today after breakfast to reach the base of Cho-la pass at Dzongla, where we will spend the night. The trek of the day will be of around 4 to 5 hours.
Today, we start early in the morning to cross Cho-la pass (Tshola), our second pass of the journey, taking a path that leads to a difficult ascent and then cross the glacier on the eastern side. Finally, after a difficult climb over Cho-la pass and vistas of mountains and the Cholatse Glacier, descend gently to Thangnakat (4,750m), a little isolated village in Everest. Then, we will be reaching Gokyo lake and staying overnight there after a hard climb over Cho-la pass.
After a difficult climb and descent from Cho-la peak, today is a rest & acclimatization day at gokyo lake. We will be resting and recharging ourselves. If you like you can take a walk to Gokyo Lake beneath the Ngozumba glacier. A hike from here leads to the slope of a glacier, past a second lake, and finally to Dudh Pokhari or Gokyo Lake, a summer village with spectacular views of Mt. Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in the emerald green waters of Gokyo Lake. A little walk around the lake in the afternoon will make you feel lively. Another night spent in Gokyo.
Starting early in the morning towards Renjo-la, the walk follows the end of Gokyo Lake, with magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, and Taboche, and then over Renjo La pass at 5,360 m / 17,585 ft, one of the most difficult sections of this adventure, with a breathtaking panorama of Mt. Cho-Oyu and other high surrounding peaks. After a wonderful break stop, go to the frozen ponds beneath Renjo La mountain, then descend to Lungdhen, a small town on the Nangpa-la pass trail to Tibet, for an overnight halt.
After feeling exhausted from completing the three major high crossings of Khumbu and Everest, begin a gentle descent to Marlung village, then proceed west of Namche Bazaar to Thame, a calm and quiet village. With time to spare in Thame, explore its old and intriguing monastery, which is thought to be around 500 years old. Overnight will be at a lodge in Thame.
After having a nice morning breakfast, we will head towards Phakding and leave the Thame behind. Getting into the beauty of nature we will soon reach the phakding and spend the night there. Walking time if the day will be of around 4 to 5 hours.
The final day of our incredible adventure is a relaxing trek to Lukla through lovely green surroundings. The only significant climb, other than a few minor ascents, will be right before arriving in Lukla, which will take around an hour from the old giant oak forest ways. You can begin planning for the final day's supper and party with Sherpa guides, porters, and trekkers as soon as you arrive in Lukla.
After the morning breakfast we will take the flight in small aircraft towards to Kathmandu. The flight will be around 25 to 30 minutes. You can lay back and enjoy the ride with the view.
- All arrival/departure transfers are scheduled according to the itinerary
- All accommodations (twin sharing basis) and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) throughout the trek
- All domestic flights and departure taxes are included in the itinerary
- A knowledgeable mountain guide and the necessary number of Sherpa porters
- All support crew pay, allowances, insurance, medical, and equipment
- All documentation and permits (National park permit, Trekkers' Information Management System) as required
- Every government tax
- All land transfers scheduled according to the itinerary
- A well-rounded medical kit
- Welcome/Farewell dinner with a cultural performance, as planned
- All government taxes, VATs, and fees
What's not included?
- Nepal entry visa fees
- Additional convenience and food that are not inclusive in the itinerary, when you are trekking in the mountain
- Extra night accommodation in the trekking route or in Kathmandu due to any unpredictable circumstances
- Ranges of refreshments (tea/espresso, coke, brews, water, and so forth)
- Extra baggage charges for domestic airport
- Individual costs like snacks, clothing, telephone, Wi-Fi, hot shower, etc at tea houses on a journey
- Tip for guide and porters
- Individual trekking gear for this trip
- Other costs that are not mentioned in the Cost Includes list
A typical day during Everest Three pass trek
Almost every day, you will go hiking on great paths, discover new areas, take in the scenery, snap photos, and visit local towns. Our knowledgeable and courteous Sherpa guides will accompany you on your trip. They will provide you with background information and historical data about the locations you will be seeing. Your stuff will be carried by porters. We recommend that you bring a small bag with you to keep your valuables and vital documents safe.
Breakfast is served first thing in the morning. Then, depending on the length of the journey and the nature of the trek, we would pack our things and depart for the day's trek about 7 AM to 8 AM. After three to four hours of trekking, you will have lunch, rest for approximately an hour, and then resume your trip. The afternoon stroll is enjoyable. The afternoon stroll is usually shorter, lasting between two and three hours. We munch on the additional dietary food after we arrive at our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, then explore the area. We will have our dinner in between 6 and 7 p.m. You can engage in polite chats with your teammates after dinner. Your excursion leader/guide will give you an overview of the next day's activities. After this briefing, you have time to play onboard games like monopoly or cards, or view available mountaineering films before heading to bed. The majority of foreigners prefer to learn a few basic Nepali terms.
Altitude sickness is common among trekkers attempting to reach Everest base camp and the three passes quickly. As a result, we'll be acclimating in two locations: Namche and Gokyo. We value your health and safety and will treat you as if you were a family member. Altitude sickness may necessitate prompt medical attention. If you are severely afflicted, the only option is to drop right away. Your group leader has the authority to determine whether to continue trekking forward or descend right away in these situations.
This is a hotel / lodge / tea-house journey at a high height. As a result, lodging will be limited to tea houses or local lodges. On the lower parts of the walk, electricity, internet, and western-style toilets are provided. Because solar power is used for energy in the higher region, you may have to pay a little fee to charge your gadgets and access the Internet (if accessible). Meals will primarily consist of native cuisine such as lentils, rice, curry, and pickles.
The following is a list of everything you'll need for the trek. Because your luggage allowance is limited to 9 kilograms, we recommend that you simply bring the basics. However, if you need to transport more than 9 kilos, we can hire porters.
- Cap, Sunhat or any kind of scarf
- Winter hat, beanies or warm scarf
- Headlight with extra batteries
- Trekking boots
- Thick warm socks and carry other extra pairs as well
- Lightweight hand gloves
- Winter warm gloves
- Face sunscreen
- UV protection sunglasses
- Face and body wipes
- Long sleeved t-shirts or shirt
- Hiking t-shirts
- Hooded rain jacket
- Fleece jacket
- Cotton pants
- Polypropylene underwear
- Down jacket
- Sweater or warmers
- Waterproof pant and jackets
- Daypack or backpack (Size depends on whether you take a porter or not)
- Bottle with insulation
- Purification of water
- Pole for hiking
- Bag for sleeping (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trekking)
- Medium size drying towel
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Deodorant floss
- Biodegradable bar soap
- Nail clippers
- Small mirror
- Money/ cash
- Cell phone
- Camera or go-pro
- First aid box
- Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
- Notebook and pen