Everest Three Passes Trek is more challenging than the popular Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Lakes Trek. Everest Three Pass Trek includes the most spectacular viewpoints Chhukhung Ri viewpoint, Kala Patthar viewpoint, and Gokyo Ri view Point. We will cross Three high passes Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Renjo Pass.
Everest Three High Passes Trek Highlights;
Everest Three Passes Trek is a thrilling adventurous trek to Everest Base Camp that crosses Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Renjo La Pass in the Khumbu region. This trek totally explores the whole higher valleys of Khumbu en route to Everest Base Camp and offers some stunning panoramas. Some of this panorama include Everest (8848 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters), Makalu (8463 meters), and Cho Oyu (8201 meters) in one single frame.
There are several strenuous days above 5000 meters but the views are totally worth all the exhaustion. Everest Three Passes Trek is a combo trek of Everest Base Camp Trek and Gokyo Lake Cho La Pass Trek. It only takes a day more and offers more of the serene Khumbu Valley. Everest Three Passes Trek also takes you to the less visited valleys of Chukung and Thame.
Everest Three Passes Trek crosses all three famous passes of Khumbu Valley Kongma La Pass ( 5535 meters), Cho La Pass (5330 meters), and Rengo La Pass (5360 meters), all offer some of the finest views of the whole valley. A good climb to Chukung Ri (5550 meters), Kala Pattar (5545 meters), and Gokyo Ri (5430 meters) offers more picturesque views on the trek.
Everest Three Pass Trek Route
The trek starts from Lukla and heads towards Chukung Valley via Dingboche, After crossing Kongmo La Pass (the first pass of the trek), the trek reaches Lobuche and heads towards Everest Base Camp. Retracing back to Lobuche, the quiet village of Dzhong Lha is the next stop. Dzhong La (only a couple of lodges) is the only village in between Cho La Pass and Lobuche.
Cho La Pass leads to Gokyo Valley and to Gokyo (the third lake among the five). From Gokyo, the Rengo La pass can be seen and after the pass, the trek enters Thame Valley. Now, the trek passes through the famous Thame village and treks down to Lukla via Namche Bazaar, thus ending the Everest Three Passes Trek.
Kathmandu Airport and the runways are shared by both domestic and international flights. Can be quite busy in the high tourism seasons, where Lukla flights will be in the peak time. To avoid the busy air traffic and landing on the runways can be a problem.
Completing the flights and making sure all travelers are in Lukla and Outing from Lukla on time. The Lukla Flight operates from Manthali (Ramechhap) Airport during the peak season. The months of October and November are in the autumn season and the months of March to May are in the Spring season Lukla flights operate from Manthali (Ramechhap Airport).
During this period (October and November in the autumn season and March to May in the Spring season) there is no flight available KTM – LUKLA and LUKLA – KTM.
During peak tourism season, October and November in the Autumn season and March to May in the Spring season Lukla flights operate only from Manthali (Ramechhap Airport).
Everest Three Passes Trek Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1335 meters).
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2810 meters) and trek to Phakding (2610 meters).
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters).
Day 04: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3860 meters).
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4220 meters).
Day 07: Trek to Chukung (4730 meters).
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Chukung.
Day 09: Cross Kongma La (5535 meters) and trek to Lobuche (4910 meters).
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5180 meters).
Day 11: Climb Kala Patter (5545 meters) and trek to Lobuche (4910 meters).
Day 12: Trek to Dzong Lha (4830 meters).
Day 13: Cross Cho La (5330 meters) and trek to Dragnag (4700 meters).
Day 14: Trek to Gokyo (4790 meters).
Day 15: Acclimatization day at Gokyo.
Day 16: Cross Renjo La (5360 meters) and trek to Lungdhen (4368 meters).
Day 17: Trek to Thame (3800 meters).
Day 18: Trek to Monjo (2835 meters).
Day 19: Trek to Lukla (2810 meters).
Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 21: Free day at Kathmandu.
Day 22: Departure.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided.
An early morning scenic flight to Lukla (35 minutes) is followed by a leisurely breakfast at Lukla. We meet up with our crew and after a brief introduction and a quick sorting of our daypack and the main bags, our adventure starts. The trail gradually drops into the Dudh Koshi Valley and passes through the lovely Sherpa villages of Chauri Kharka, Cheplung, then undulates through villages of Thado Koshi, Ghat, and finally arrives at Phakding. First views of Kusum Kanguru (6367 meters) can be viewed at Thado Koshi just before a small climb at Thado Koshi. During the day and in most of the other days on the trek, we follow the Dudh Koshi river and pass through couple of suspension bridges and several mani walls, mani stone, chorten, stupas and prayer flags with snow capped mountains in the background. (3 hours)
During the day, we follow the Dudh Koshi River and cross the river several times on the suspension bridges. Views of Thamserku (6623 meters) and the holy mountain Khumbila or Khumbu Yül-Lha (5761 meters) shows themselves for the first time as we trek through small villages of Tok Tok, Ghat, Benkar and Monjo. The trail keeps undulating for the whole morning and enters into the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. The path drops down to Jorsalle and steadily follows the river for a while until the start of steep climb with a dramatic suspension bridge (situated at more than 50 meters above the river) joining the two different valley. First glimpse of Everest (8848 meters) with the Lohtse face infront of it can be enjoyed on the midway of the climb through the pine forests, on the way to Namche Bazaar. This famous town in the lap of the Himalayas also offers the best views of the Kongde Range. (6 hours)
A walk to the twin village of Khunde (3840 meters) and Khumjung (3780 meters) through the Syangboche Airport (3720 meters) is considered as one of the interesting days of the trek. With the benefit of gain in altitude, this day trip also offers a chance to visit a hospital and school started by Sir Edmund Hillary himself. Breathtaking views of Mount Everest (8848 meters), Lohtse (8516 meters) and Ama Dablam (6812 meters) are also an added incentive for the day hike. (6 hours)
The trek continues on a well maintained path in the morning with towering mountains on almost every direction. After passing a couple of teahouses at Kyangjuma, the path starts to drop down to the river passing small teashops at the villages of Sanasa, Lausasa and finally reaches Phunki Tenga at the bottom of the valley. Yet another suspension bridge helps us to cross the river at Phunki Tenga and then an identical climb to Namche waits. The climb through a thin Rhododenron forests finally ends at Thyanboche. Tengboche is famous for the Tengboche Monastery, the biggest and the most important monastery of the region. Tengboche also offers stunning panoramic views of Everest with the Lohtse face, Ama Dablam (6812 meters), Kangtega (6782 meters) and the Kongde Range. (6 hours)
The path drops down passing through some teahouses at Deboche and after a brief period on easy terrain, crosses the Dudh Koshi once again. A small ascend leads to Pangboche, the village with the oldest monastery of the region. The trek continues in the valley and passes small villages of Somare and Hortse. After Hortse, the path drops in and out of a valley and then a steady walk finally ends the day at Dingboche. At Dingboche, views of another snowcapped pinnacle adds to the already impressive list of mountains, as view of Island Peak (6189 meters), one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal, appears in the North. (5-6 hours)
An easy walk on a gradually ascending trail and a short day trek ends at Chukung. This is the shortest day of the trek, as the body needs to acclimatize and a good rest to recharge itself. After an acclimatization day, most of the following days are in higher elevation above 5000 meters and are also comparatively the walking hours are longer as well. (2 hours)
Chukung Ri (5550 meters) is view point near the Chukung village. The viewpoint offers fantastic views of the mountains around the region and a close up view of Lohtse (8516 meters), being the major highlight. The viewpoint can be reached after a couple of hours of steep climb. This climb also helps the body to acclimatize and prepares for the days ahead.
An early morning start is a must on days crossing a high pass. The day starts with a brief gradual descend and then a long steep ascent until top of the of the pass follows. A brief stop at the top to enjoy all the surrounding mountains of the valleys left behind is followed by a steep drop, which only ends at Lobuche. (7-8 hours)
An early start leads us into the undulating trail and into the Khumbu Glacier for a while. After getting out of the glacier, the path leads to Gorakhshep (5180 meters). After a brief stop and lunch, the trail again enters the Khumbu Glacier and undulates all the way up to Everest Base Camp. At Base Camp, one can enjoy the close up views of Nuptse (7861 meters), Pumori (7161 meters), Lingtren (6713 meters), Khumbutse (6636 meters), Changtse (7543 meters) and Lho La (6026 meters). We return to Gorakhshep through the same route on the glacier. (6-7 hours)
A steep climb to Kala Pattar (2 hours) is rewarded with the proper view of the southwest face of Everest. Kala Pattar is also the highest point of the trek. After returning to Gorakhshep, we return to Lobuche via same route. (3 hours)
After a comfortable walk in the morning, the trail leaves the traditional Everest trail and leads to a gradual ascent. The path drops briefly into a valley and is followed by a final climb that ends at Dzong Lha. (4 hours)
Another early start to the day with a brief easy walk in the valley is followed by a long steep climb to the top of the pass. After the top, a steep drop follows and changes into a climb for a brief moment. Again, the trail keeps descending and only ends at Dragnag. Dragnag is located under a huge rock face, across the Ngozumpa Glacier. (7-8 hours)
After crossing Ngozumpa Glacier (the longest glacier of Nepal), the trail joins the Gokyo Lake Valley near the first lake. A short and easy day ends at the third lake (commonly known as Gokyo Lake), with Cho Oyo towering in the background. (3 hours)
An early morning climb to Gokyo Ri view point (5360 meters)(3 hours approximately) offers stunning views of Cho Oyo (8201 meters), Makalu (8463 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters) and Everest (884 8meters); four of the top ten highest point on the planet. Apart from these many more mountains of the Khumbu region can be enjoyed from Gokyo Ri, making it a popular viewpoint in the region. For acclimatization, a walk further into the valley on an easier terrain leads to the fourth and fifth lakes of the valley. These lakes are considered sacred and holy to the people of the Khumbu region.
An easy trail by the lake starts the day early in the morning. Soon the trail turns into a steep ascent all the way up to the top of the pass. Similar views like the views from Gokyo Ri can also be enjoyed at the top. A steep drop from the top leads into a new valley and ends at Lungdhen. (7 hours)
The trail keeps descending and loses altitude at a consistent pace, and reaches the village of Marlung. After Marlung, the trail slowly moves towards the famous village of Thame on an easier terrain. (5 hours)
A drop into the river starts the day and an undulating trail leads into Namche Bazaar, finally connecting the trek again with the same route taken at the start of the trek. On the way down from Namche, we take a last look at the Everest and merrily continue the trek down to river. The exit from the Sagarmatha National Park and a brief drop leads to the village of Monju and ends the days trek. (6 hours)
We trek back to Lukla via same route taken before and end the trek at Lukla. We also bid farewell to our support crew and formally end their trek for them as well. (6-7 hours)
A 30 minute flight to Kathmandu and a whole day to explore the capital. A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites.
After breakfast full day guided sightseeing in kathmandu valley with historical city guide. (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights)
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future.
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My daughter and I recently completed a 23 day “Everest Three Passes” trek in the Himalayas. In addition, I was in Kathmandu for 7 days. I was extremely pleased with Visit Himalaya Treks’ service and advice. Visit Himalaya Treks provided us with a Trekking Guide and Porter, arranged for our permits, provided transportation to and from Lukla and a City Guide – all for what I thought was a very reasonable price. They also referred us to an excellent hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Holy Himalaya).
We had some “bumps in the road” on this trip (delayed luggage, flight delays to Lukla) but Visit Himalaya Treks worked hard to smooth them out for us. The Trekking Guide and Porter were great. Very knowledgeable (the Guide knew the name and elevation of every mountain I asked about, often he knew the elevation in both meters and feet); happy to modify our itinerary as we desired; always willing to stop when we wanted to take a picture and/or to take a picture of us; allowed us to set the walking pace and never rushed us.
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Everest Three Passes Trek
We (my wife and me) have just done the 21 day Everest 3 High Pass trek,April 28th 2011 to May 19th 2011. The views were fantastic, clear skies and panoramic views of the Himalaya's. An especially perfect day when we crossed the Khongma –LaPass (5335m) which we enjoyed very much and we have to say thank you to Himal (owner of the Visit Himalaya Treks) and also our great guide Rajan and porter Tilachan who were both very supportive and professional throughout the whole trip. We appreciated their smiling faces and friendliness each day. Rajan seemed to have a very good relationship with all of the lodge owners and staff which made us comfortable. The trek was exactly what was described at a fair price. We are very happy to recommend to use Visit Himalaya Treks to all of you. Keith & Ellen Cooper. May - 2011
We always try to be flexible to design the trip itinerary for our client’s needs. However, if you are not convinced as our suggested itinerary then off-course you are always welcome to customize or change the trip itinerary.
Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food.
An average physical fitness should be maintained prior to booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you maximum time to acclimatize and pace-setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience. If you are having regular medication then tell us before the trip started which would be better for us to give you the physical feedback.
Our main concern is your safety. We never compromised on your safety during the Trekking and all our guides are properly trained and well equipped to take care of our client's safety even in remote areas as well.
There would be always back support in case of an emergency situation like severe high-altitude sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be sent to the nearest hospital, if possible, otherwise rescued by a helicopter and sent you to the hospital as soon as possible. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred for the use of such emergency services, please make sure that your travel insurance covers both- medical and emergency evacuation costs.
It is not a problem at all because in a mountain most of the tea houses/lodges serve vegetarian food as well and our guide will take care at the time of cooking and on a camping trek, our cook and staffs will care all about the food section.
Most of the lodges in the mountains are basic like a guest house or tea house style. In a few major settlements Lodges are upgraded, where are the possibilities we provide you with the best accommodation! Also, it depends upon the service packages.
Lately, most of the teahouses have electricity supply even with solar panels. So, charging your gadgets is not a problem at all. But charging your battery you should have to pay an additional fee (US$ 1 to 3 approx. per hour.), in order to get your gadgets to be charged.
Now a day’s most of the major village has a cell phone network connection. However, in a remote area where cell phone does not work, and even if there is not any other communication access then we send satellite phone along with our guide so you can easily be in touch with your family.
Yes, either you can store at the same hotel as you stayed or we can store your goods with us safely in our office free of cost.
The luggage must not exceed up to 20 kilograms. A trekking helper (porter) carries baggage of fewer than 20 kilograms. This bag can be received at the end of each day’s trek and you should carry the rest of the weight as a day bag with all your money and valuables inside it.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 25 to USD 900 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff.