20 days Everest Three Passes Trekking

Name Everest Three Pass Trekking/Khumbu Three Pass Trekking/Round Everest with Three Pass
Transportation options Private vehicle in Kathmandu Flight to Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
Maximum Altitude Kalapatthar(5600m)
Best Season March-May & September-mid November
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu , Breakfast Lunch and Dinner during Trekking
Accommodation Hotels in Kathmandu Tea Houses in Trekking
Trekking hours Approximately 5-6hr a day
Protected Area Sagarmatha National Park
Major Attractions Mount Everest(8848m), Mount Lhotse(8516m), Mount Cho- Oyu(8188m), Mount Nuptse(7861m), Mount Pumori(7161m), Mount Amadablam(6170m) and a lot of peaks more than 6000m and less than 7000m. Sherpa are the dominating ethnic community in region
Everest Three Passes

Everest Three Passes Trekking itinerary offers trekker a high grade of adventure in the Everest trekking region of Nepal. Everest Three Passes trekking receives its name after the three major passes of Everest region namely Renjo-La (5345m)Cho-La (5370m) and Kongma-La (5535m).

Everest Three passes trekking is like Everest Round trekking that gives the opportunity to explore more than 75% of the Everest region. Trekker can enjoy the beauty of Gokyo valley trek, close-up view of Mount Everest from Kalapatthar, thrill of trekking to three passes, achievement of reaching Everest Base camp in a single itinerary.

The trekking starts upon flying to Lukla. Trekker enjoys an easy walk in between forested temperate landscape till Namche Bazaar. For Everest three passes trekking, trekker heads to the westward of Namche following sub-alpine settlements. Places like Thame, Lungden, Mirlung are less commercial places where trekkers can notice how raw rural these areas are. The landscape sharply changes from Thame so the vegetation and surrounding.

Crossing first of three passes Renjo-La, trekker reaches the utterly beautiful valley of Gokyo. From Renjo-La the trekking mostly stretches thorough rocky, icy and demanding path. Crossing Cho-La pass is the most difficult section of Everest three passes trekking. The trekking path joins to Lobuche which continues to Everest base camp. After seizing a beautiful close-up view of Mount Everest and surrounding from Kalapathhar, the trek continues to final pass, Kongma-la.Walking through a section of Khumbu glacier.

Descending to Chhukung valley, once again Everest three passes trekking becomes comparatively easy. Spotting Musk deer, Himalayan Tahr, yellow-bill chough, blood pheasant, Himalayan Monal is common in subalpine forest and open meadows. Numerous trekkers to and from Everest Base camp makes the trekking path busy and crowded. Namche Bazaar seems even more crowded and happening place after such long trekking in one of the isolated zone of Everest.

Unlike, other trekking regions of Everest, a trekker can see uniquely raw culture of Sherpa people in Mirlung, Lungden. Obviously, following Buddhism highly influenced by Tibetan culture and tradition. People heavily relies on a few seasonal agriculture and animal husbandry.

Altogether,  in Everest Three passes trekking we have combined all three trekking passes with Everest Base Camp and Gokyo valley. The Everest Three passes trekking itinerary provides the ultimate thrill in the Everest trekking region without any doubt. However, this trekking itinerary demands strong physical and mental strength with trekkers.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 International Arrival in Kathmandu(1300m)
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu,Permit preparation day, briefing by official executive, handing assignment to guide
Day 3 Fly to Lukla(2845m) and Trek to Phakding(2650m)
Day 4 Trek From Phakding to Namche Bazaar(3440m)
Day 5 Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar(3440m)
Day 6 Trek from Namche to Thame(3820m)
Day 7 Acclimatization day in Thame(3820m)
Day 8 Thame to Lungden(4380m)
Day 9 Trek from Lungden to Gokyo(4780m) via Renjo-La(5345m)
Day 10 Trek to Gokyo Ri(5375m)in the Morning & Trek to Dragnag(4750m)
Day 11 Trek from Dragnag to Dzonghla(4440m)Via Cho-La pass(5370m)
Day 12 Trek from Dzonghla to Lobuche(4930m)
Day 13 Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep(5160m) Continue to EBC(5364m) back to Gorakshep
Day 14 Gorakshep to Kalapathhar (5600m) and trek back to Lobuche(4930m)
Day 15 Trek from Lobuche to Chhukung(4730m) via Kongma-La pass(5535m)
Day 16 Trek from Chhukung to Tengboche(3860m)
Day 17 Trek from Tengboche to Monjo(2440m)
Day 18 Trek from Monjo to Lukla(2845m)
Day 19 Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu(1300m)
Day 20 International Departure.

Note: This is a standard itinerary proposed for general trekkers which can be modified until then, that do not violate our business ethics and norms. We will always seek verification from our field experts before approving your itinerary.

Detailed Day to Day Itinerary

We will drive you straight to your hotel in private vehicle as soon as you land at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu. We will give you short briefing on our final agreed program. And if you are the first time traveler in Nepal we will give information about restaurant, ATM, money exchanges and other useful information until we meet for next day.

There are various major cultural historical and religious places around Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur for sightseeing. Pashupatinath, Bauddhanath, Swayambhunath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square,Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar square are our top lists. Most of them are listed on UNESCO world heritage sites. Later in the evening we will arrange dinner with your trekking guide.Equally important you can know each other and talk about your trekking itineraries.

Flying to Lukla is always a thrill. The 45 mins flight from Kathmandu highly depends upon vulnerable weather. You need a lot of patience to fly to Lukla since most of the time the flights are delayed. As you fly you can see beautiful Himalayan ranges on Northern part from aircraft window. You can take a short tea break in Lukla until your guide finds porters to carry your luggage. You are already in upper temperate region so you can see some peaks as soon as you land in Lukla. Easy walk for 3hr to reach Phakding.

After crossing suspension bridge we trek by the bank of Dudhkoshi river .The beautiful pine forest dominates the most of the vegetation. The trail is fairly easy with gentle up and down with numerous suspension bridges. Passing by Monjo and entering Jorsalle valley the trek continues by the bank of river fairly straight with small up and down.We reach a suspension bridge from where we climb steep up for about 2 and half hour to reach the biggest permanent sub alpine village of region the Namche Bazaar. You can see a glimpse of Everest for the first time as you trek to Namche.

Acclimatization is necessary to adjust your body and mind with the change of altitude, environment ,humidity and temperature for the success of trekking. You will make a day hike to the ridge of Namche where you can see magnificent views of numerous peaks and high mountains from the top. Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde peak are some notable peaks and mountains. Spending an hour at the top and you will trek to another nearby beautiful village Khumjung. Most of the young men of Khumjung are engaged in tourism while women spend their days in household and seasonal agriculture. You can see lots of contribution made my sir Edmund Hillary on this village .You can see awesome Namche village from top ridge while you trek back down to Namche. A day hike to Thame is another absolute fascinating option to acclimatize yourself.

The path is usually not as busy as other trekking part of Everest region. Few trekkers trek to Thame from Namche Bazaar as an acclimatization day trip or to conquer Renjo-La pass. We head westward from Namche Bazaar following the Bhotekoshi valley. The trekking route is exceptional with numerous chortens and mani walls while Kongde Peak just above you and Thamserku along with Ama Dablam at horizon. The trail fairly descends to widened Bhote Koshi river to reach another settlement of Thamo with well known nice gompa. The landscape is jointly eaten by old glacier and eroded by river as the valley opens up further.It will take about an hour of steep walk from the canyon river bed to reach Thame.

This is second day of acclimatization and is highly necessary to adjust your body and mind with the change of altitude, environment ,humidity and temperature for the success of this highly tough trekking.Today after visiting the monastery of Thame we have set this challenging day to climb Sumdur peak (4830m) to amplify the acclimatization. This peak is not popular for many trekkers due to difficulty but we highly recommend you to climb and explore this peak as much possible for unforgettable landscape of Everest region.

The morning starts by trekking further north alongside the bank of Bhotekoshi river.The valley widens much more as we head north surrounded by snow capped peaks. Crossing the river we trek about an hour to reach Mirlung village. The path is easy and gentle as we continue to Lungden but the landscape gets much barren and isolated. No real vegetations are seen around except few yaks grazing on dry meadows.Lodges on Lungden does not really offer any luxury except a night to spend with basic survival tools .The ancient salt trade route is seen known to be Nangpa-La pass that connects Tibet and Nepal boarder.

The day starts with early breakfast,the morning is really freezing cold.The first section of pass is easy with gentle climb .We see small alpine bushes and meadows while passing by Renjo lake surrounded by snow capped peaks. The path turns right and need a steep climb of about 400m. The path was slippery, icy and hard few years ago but the man made stairs has made the path much more easier to cross .The landscape we see from the top is simply awesome. Mount Everest, Cholatse, Nuptse dominates the whole valley. You can see Gokyo on horizon by the side of Ngozumpa glacier, another amusement of Everest geographical landscape. The descend is not so hard but tiredness may make each steps heavier and slower to reach Gokyo.

As the daybreak we climb to Gokyo Ri in zigzag path, that demands a lot of energy and stamina to climb up . You will get exhausted with few steps but the panoramic view that gradually appears at your back motivates you to continue. After 2 hr of climbing you are at the top from where you can see vistas of Everest region with Cho-Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Twache on horizon with stretched and infinite Ngozumpa glacier. A small ridge separates the Ngozumpa glacier and Gokyo village an amazing landscape worth to stare at. The trekking distance is short for today about 2 hr walk to reach Dragnag but still high altitude and low level of oxygen makes the day time consuming. The path remains icy for most of the time.Moreover, during late autumn may be you need to abandon the trekking due to harsh weather. We cross the section of vast Ngozumpa glacier to reach Dragnag at the foothill of Cho-La pass.

The most difficult and demanding part of the trekking is just awaiting you. The steep climb on icy and rocky path need some experiences on mountain. The weather keeps changing so it is always better to keep eye on each other and remain as group and follow the instructions. The narrow trail leads to the top of the pass which has decorative prayer flags and voila you made it. The beautiful view of Ama Dablam , Cholatse, Tawache and Lobuche east makes all hard walk worthy. The path now mostly descends to reach another temporary alpine settlement Dzonghla.

The trekking starts to get easier as the trail descends down. You can see wide Pheriche valley down and beautiful view of Tawache, Lobuche,and Pokalde surrounding .You can see Pumori, Nuptse and Ama Dablam in horizon. The lively vegetation reappears mainly green meadows as you trek down to Thugla ridges. You will trek on the gentle winding and rocky path to reach hidden settlement of Lobuche.

The long awaited day has arrived .The first part of trekking is gentle up the valley of Lobuche on icy meadow and the path becomes more rocky and hostile as we trek further to Gorakshep. The Pumori peak looks more beautiful than ever before. Gorakshep is the last temporary human settlement in this region.It lies on open and flat land on the foot of Kalapatthar. After short break on Gorakshep our trekking continues for Everest Base Camp. The path is rocky and is eaten up by massive glaciers. You can see huge icebergs and small natural water ponds on the path to Everest Base Camp. The prayer flags are seen on the piled up stones. And Congratulation to you, you conquer the Everest Base Camp. We retrace same path to Gorakshep.

Early in the morning we climb to Kalapatthar a windy hill that lies on the top of Gorakshep and on the south ridge of mount Pumori. From Kalapatthar you can see close up view of Mount Everest surrounded by Changtse and Nuptse. We can even spot northern flank and summit of Lhotse .The massive glacier are seen below down the foot of mountains. After picture session we trek back down to Gorakshep. Take breakfast and easy descend to reach Lobuche retracing same path. We spend rest of the afternoon at Lobuche preparing and resting our self for Kongma-La (5535m) pass.

As usual the day starts with early morning breakfast .The trek begins eastward following the direction of huge Khumbu glacier. Although this is the highest pass among other two passes still it is not much demanding and hard. After crossing the section of Khumbu glacier the trek continues uphill a zigzag path to reach the top of Kongma-La (5535m) decorated with piled-up stone and prayer flags. Lhotse sar, Makalu, Baruntse, Ama Dablam are some major Mountains seen along with other numerous peaks.The vegetation starts to reappear mainly meadows as you descend to Chhukung.

Chhukung is small settlement of Sherpa people where climbers spend the night to climb Imjat-se (Island Peak) the popular trekking peak. The valley just lies on the foothill of Lhotse and Nuptse glacier. The trekking descends down to much more friendly and easy landscape. The sub alpine vegetation gradually appears nurturing Himalayan Thar and Musk deer with numerous Himalayan pheasants. We will spend our night by the side of Tengboche Monastry.

Form Tengboche we descend down to Phortse Thanga and again climb in between sub alpine forest to reach Namche Bazaar.From Namche Bazaar the trail is steep down between the pine forest. After crossing the suspension bridge we trek small ups and downs to reach Monjo. The trekking mostly has green upper temperate region forests of pine, juniper and rhododendron broken by some lower alpine trees.

The path is generally easy from Monjo to Lukla. .You need to climb in between green upper temperate region forests of pine juniper and rhododendron broken by some lower alpine trees just before the trekking path becomes flat to reach Lukla. You can enjoy the last trekking dinner with guide and porter as a tribute to their hard work for making your trekking successful.

A final good bye to Everest trekking region. We take a short flight from Lukla to reach Kathmandu. After refreshment and relaxing in your hotel you can walk around the town to buy some souvenirs for your relatives and friends.

Our office representative will be in your hotel 3 hour prior your flight time to drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport.

what's included?

  • All Airport Transfers.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with Bed and Breakfast.
  • Tea House Accommodation during Trekking.
  • 3 Meals in Trekking Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.
  • Air and Road transportation as per the agreement made.
  • All the necessary trekking staffs and porters for the trekking including 1 English speaking guide.
  • All the paper works and documents required for the trekking including all the permits.
  • Sleeping Bag.
  • Salary, wages, food, accommodation and transportation of all the Nepalese staffs during trekking.
  • Insurance of all the Nepalese staffs during trekking.
  • First Aid Kit Bag(specially for Nepali staffs).
  • All local taxes and fares.

What's not included?

  • International Flight Fare.
  • Visa fees.
  • Travel Insurance (mandatory) of all the clients that needs to cover medical and Helicopter evacuation.
  • Expenses of Personal nature (Laundry bill/Telephone bill/Equipment Charging Bill/Bar bill etc).
  • Expenses incurred due to the unexpected situation (Strike/Natural calamities).
  • Tip to trekking staffs.
  • All Expenses not mentioned on Cost Includes section.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Everest Three Passes Trekking

1. What is Everest Three passes trekking?
The addition of three different popular high pass namely Renjo-La(5345m),Cho-La(5370m) and Kongma-La(5535m) makes the Everest Three pass trekking itinerary that covers more than 75% of Everest trekking region.

2. How can I go to Everest Three passes trekking?
You take an early morning short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and start your trekking on the same day.

3. What is the landscape features of Everest three passes trekking in general?
You are already on Forested temperate landscape as soon as you land on Lukla. Then trekking frequently ends on alpine and snowline of Everest as you head to three passes and Everest Base Camp.

4. Why Everest three passes is less than popular itinerary?
The first reason is enormous number of days required to complete this trekking itinerary. Secondly, this trekking itinerary demands trekking experiences in Nepal. However, since this trekking itinerary covers more than 75% of whole Everest with beautiful landscape it is highly popular among the trekkers who frequently visit Nepal.

5. What kind of weather and temperature can I expect during trekking?
The weather and temperature is highly unpredictable on mountain but generally during March April May (spring) and September October November (autumn) you can expect clear and warm day while evening will be cloudy and cold. The temperature is freezing in morning and evening in upper trekking region while lower region is considerably cold.

6. What equipments do I need to trek to Everest Three pass Trek?
Good pair of trekking boots, thermal wear, fleece jacket, Down jacket, light weight wind cheater, trekking pants and shorts, long sleeve and short sleeves T-shirts, rug sack or duffle bag, personal day bag, gloves, enough pair of socks, sunglasses, headlight, woolen beanie caps, water bottle, personal toiletries , gadgets and books depending on number of days.

7. I am amateur trekker in Nepal, is this trekking suitable for me?
We genuinely do not recommend this trekking itinerary for amateur trekkers until they have some experience of trekking on other trekking regions of Nepal.

8. How flexible is Everest three passes trekking itinerary?
There is always possibility to add few extra trekking days on this particular standard itinerary with exchange of some emails but we will never compromise with the safety issue of clients neglecting the delicacy of this trekking region.

9. What if I finish Everest three passes trekking before schedule date?
We strongly advise you to follow the agreed final itinerary since we do not refund the trekking money, but somehow if you finish earlier we will always try our best to adjust the reservation of your accommodation and flight but cannot be guaranteed.

10. What permits and documents do I need to trek to Everest three passes trekking?
Sagarmatha National Park fee ( Np fee) and Pasang Lahmu VDC local tax is required to trek on this region.

11. What kind of food and Room can I expect during Everest three passes trekking?
Generally the food is fresh, tasty and can choose wide range of dishes from menu cooked by moderately professional cooks. You will get comfortable and clean common twin bed room throughout trekking but upper region of trekking specially Gokyo and Gorakshep is extremely busy with countable tea houses so sometime it is really difficult to get good rooms.

12. What about drinking water during trekking?
Plastic water bottle are available in tea houses but it is highly recommended to avoid plastic bottles and use boil water instead, as well you may buy high grade water purification tablets on your home country or in Nepal.

13. What can I expect from Nepali staff?
Guide speaks good English so there will be no any problem for communication while porter might or might not speak English but you can always speak with your guide to know more about the porter. Nepalese trekking guide are friendly and responsible with good sense of humor so you can open up for any conversation you like.

14. Do I need to buy Medical and evacuation Insurance?
Yes this is mandatory. You can purchase the insurance policy on your home country or we can assist you to buy the policy in Nepal.

15. Do I need special vaccination or Medical assessment before starting Everest three passes trekking?
Generally any kind of vaccination is not required. But,if you have long term health problem and under regular surveillance of your doctor it is recommended to consult your doctor. Though we provide basic medicines to our Nepalese staff but for you we advise to bring the general medicine from your own country.

16. Is there risk of Acute Mountain sickness (AMS)?
Yes there is high risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) if you choose random trekking itineraries and do not follow the standard itinerary whereas we always provide you the best and safe itineraries to avoid this deadly situation.

17. What should I do if I get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
We are always concerned with your safety. We suggest talking with your guide ASAP and descend to safe altitude. And if the situation doesn’t get any better we evacuate you immediately with helicopter.Hence, take you for further medical examination in designated hospitals and clinics.

18. What is the price of Everest three passes Trekking?
We have provided you various options on our website homepage to know approximate price regarding the trekking in Nepal; however there is always room to reach final agreement through private emails if there is any. And we assure you there will be no any extra cost once we reach the agreement.

You are always welcome to send us private messages for the information that you could not find in this section regarding Everest three passes Trekking. We will always provide the accurate information within 12 hours upon receiving your messages.


Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.