Everest Three High Passes Trek – 19 Days

  • Destination Everest Trekking Packages, Nepal
  • Activity Trekking in Nepal 2022
  • Accomodation Hotel, camping or lodge (tea house)
  • Duration 19 Days
  • Grade A strenuous journey that’s challenging. but then who ever said hiking through some of the most beautiful wilderness in the world would be easy? This is a trip that requires more grit than experience.
  • Start and End Point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Nature Of Trek TH
  • Transportation Flights

Everest three high passes trek is a high and wild adventure above the timberline. This is a difficult trail that leads to beautiful destinations.

Everest Three high passes trek is a challenging and above average, long trip. This is an odyssey for trekkers with experience of the Himalayas in a class of its own. Nonetheless, the trek is not similar to the regular Everest Base Camp trek but much of the trails are same. The trails cut across three high passes of Kongma La (5,535m), Cho La (5,420m), and Renjo La Passes at (5,417m).

Details for Everest Three High Passes Trek

This amazing Everest three high passes trek itinerary rewards you with stunning views of Mount Everest. Additionally, you can see some of the highest mountain ranges on the planet from these passes. In the same vein, Kalapathar is a superb point for you to enjoy the sunrise. That is to say, the mother of all peaks Mount Everest, at 8848.86m is almost touchable from hereabouts.

Everest Three High Passes trek by its namesake is so because the trip moves around the Everest region. And certainly, Everest three high passes trek covers the most important part of the Everest area. Our trek starts from Lukla and passes several higher villages. The trip gives you great opportunities to trek three passes above 5,000m. You get to explore the Everest Base Camp as well as Kalapathar. The beautiful sunrise is so attractive with its pink & maroon glows rising between the Everest giants. It’s a fascinating display by Mother Nature!

The Everest three high passes trek are a difficult challenge to the body, but the rewards are a lifetime memory. Above all, you sum up the courage to outdo a challenge that helps you discover yourself. But on a trip of this kind, you feel it more in the heart.

This trek provides you the most amazing views of the highest mountains on earth. On the other hand, the incredible culture of communities you meet on the way gives you a sense of purpose. These mountains teach us the true meaning of life. Another trip with similar challenges and some great Lakes scenery is the EBC with Gokyo via Chola Pass trek. Nepal Trekkers will escort you on this trailblazing journey. This is a gripping heart stopper that warms the soul!


After your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in medieval and modernized Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transferred to the hotel. After check in and some refreshments, our senior Sherpa guide will come to meet you and give you a brief orientation about Three High Passes Trek. You can then go for a stroll down the street to get familiar with the neighbourhood, have supper and go to bed. This is your first overnight in the valley of temples and cows, probably the most in the world. Breakfast
A thrilling scenic flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Kosi Valley on a well- marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding with all meals
After a good breakfast at Phakding, we set out for the mountain junction town of namche; we cross and re-cross the river on high airy suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. We then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. Namche is the gateway to the Khumbu. This is where we crash out for the night with all meals included.
Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatising to the new altitude before heading off towards Syangboche. To acclimatize, you visit Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or take a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. We then go to Khumjung where we visit a school established by Hillary. We begin our hike after enjoying lunch; by passing the route of Khimde. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. After going through our acclimatization drills, we head down to our lodge for some beers &; a good sleep. Overnight Namche with all meals included
After breakfast in Namche, we start our trek towards Tengboche enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows on the gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great Himalaya. Along the way we can spot wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kyangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sanasa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Kosi River, we reach Phunki Tenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Tenga we then have a little tough climb steep up through the pine forests while before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has a biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in Khumbu region. Overnight stay at lodge in Tengboche with all meals covered – breakfast, lunch and dinner
With the Mountains as a backdrop, the monastery in Tengboche looks spectacular more in the morning. We click pictures of the monastery and the sceneries around and as usual start the day journey on a merry note. We choose the upper trail for better views to visit Pangboche village and its ancient Monastery. We pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. We enjoy lunch with fantastic close-up views of Ama-Dablam. In the afternoon, go north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Ama Dablam. From here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley ahead will begin to open up as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River, we descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche On arrival in Dingboche, we enjoy the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight in Dingboche with all meals covered
Today after breakfast, our walk takes off at a cool pace with only about 3-4 hours hike to Chhukung. The trek goes through Imja khola valley and sublime alpine landscapes, and some stone walled fields. On the trail we will also have spectacular mountain views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and Island Peak. Imja Tse has a splendid pyramid shape with its step rock and icy south face. Chhukung is a great place to explore the glacier and massive snow laden mountains all around the place. Overnight at an elevation of (4,750m) where the air gets thinner. We bunk out in a lodge with three meals included.
This extra day for acclimatization is good for our bodies to cope with the heights before doing the passes that begin with Kongma La (5,535m). Today we will do a day trip to Nagarjun hillock. Nagarjun is a hill located on the glands of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche. After breakfast we will head to Nagarjun. It may take about 5 hrs to reach Nagarjun. From Nagarjun we great views of Lobuche east, Lobuche west, Lobuche peak, Thamserku, Kangtega and Amadablam. We could even see Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain. We then descend back to Chhukung. Overnight at a cosy teahouse lodge which include three meals.
We start at the break of day from Chhukung as we have to capture the highest pass of the trip today. We carry plenty of water and some snacks and a packed lunch as there is no tea shops on the way. We really enjoy the remoteness of the area and absolute nature!! We can select to go via any of the possible trails- either taking a climb over the hill northwest of Chhukung over the moraine of he Nuptse Glacier or we might walk back down the valley to Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. Just after some walk there are great views of Island peak valley and jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha. Ascending along the east side of Niyang Khola valley, we turn west and walk through the sloppy stony trial. We enter a wide basin dotted with small frozen lakes. The trail rises over loose scree gaining the Kongma La after about five hours we leave Chhukung. Upon reaching the top, we seen cairn wrapped in prayer flags,-marks of the pass. Behind us is the landscape of icy lakes ahead down of which is the Khumbu Glacier. The final descent is the toughest stage of the trek today, upon climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail turns north through Khumbu Glacier which culminates at Lobuche. We do an overnight in Lobuche with all meals covered.
Today after a steamy hot breakfast at our lodge, we climb through meadows and moraine stones steps to reach Gorakshep, by either climbing to kalapathar or continue heading to Everest base camp. We suggest that you make a beeline for Everest base camp. By the way, from Everest base camp we do not see Mount Everest. However, from kalapathar, we get to see the entire south face of Mt. Everest and well known peaks nearby; this also includes great sights of the skyline of the Tibet plateau. Overnight at the height of (5,364) in our lodge with all three meals included
Today early in the morning we begin our trek to get remarkable views of the sunshine gleaming on the face of Everest from Kalapathar. We are surrounded by darkness and cold temperatures of approximately 10 to15 degrees Celsius in the morning. It is a testing hike to Kalapather because of the high altitude and shivering cold. On reaching the peak of Kalapather, we will have unbelievable views of the mountains that you will see only once in your lifetime. We snap as many beautiful pictures from the top of Kalapathar to take home with us the memory of king Everest. We return back to the Lobuche for an overnight with all meals
Trek today is very short compared to previous or next day’s walk. The path to Dzongla branches off from the main trail some distance from Lobuche. After crossing a stream we come through a fork and later curving round to the wide gravelly river bed of the stream as it flows south-westward, the trail runs across it and climbs the ridge ahead. From the grassy ridge ahead, as the trail runs across to southeast from where we can see soaring heights of Ama Dablam and Kangtega-Thamserku while Taboche looms prominently ahead. Pheriche village is also visible down in the distance. Visible also is the mound in Chukpi Lhara and its memorials and the lodges of Dugla. As the ridge veers northward, the vast Chola Lake spreads below Mt. Cholatse. The lake stays with us over a long stretch until we descend to a wide basin. The trail climbs up a spur and descends steeply to another broad basin. After an hour walk transverse from the basin and shortly after crossing a wobbly bridge, we reach Dzongla. Overnight in Dzongla with all meals covered
After an early morning breakfast, we get out of our lodge & wonderfully welcomed by the gripping sight of Cholatse looming over us in mighty display. Today is going to be one of the toughest days of our trip. The walk begins as we transverse through a spur extending westward from Dzongla. The path descends to a basin across which meanders a murmuring stream crusted with ice at places. In about an hour, we reach the top of the basin readying for the triumph on Cho - La. As we gain height, the view back gets increasingly more captivating; the Chola Lake begins to appear and the Ama Dablam in its pyramidal incarnation presides over a range of mountains on the south as Cholatse soars on the west. Climbing the incline is not easy; it is steep, but made worse by boulders over some of which we will have to scramble. We need to be alert as rocks can be glazed by ice. The final climb to the Cho - La can be a little tricky as the trail curves round the bergschrund. Upon reaching the top, we see prayer flags, strung across cairns, flapping in the strong wind. Scenery of majestic peaks in all directions is breathtaking. Although long, the path leading down to Tragnak can be easily made out from the pass because it is just decent but can be hazardous if rocks are glazed by ice, a bit of cautiousness is needed. We reach Tragnak, a rather more considerable hamlet with a small village. Stepping out of the settlement, we are greeted by fabulous mountain views. The trail brings us to the Ngozumpa glacier edge after a short walk, which is the longest glacier in Nepal. Reaching the other side of the glacier, we get grandstand sights of the second of the Gokyo lakes among a series of six lakes. A short distance away is the third Gokyo Lake. On the edge of this lake stands the Village of Gokyo where we finally give rest to our weary body and aching knees. Overnight in Gokyo with all meals covered.
Today we will take rest at Gokyo village and relish views of charming sites of Gokyo village. If the day is fine then we can climb Gokyo Ri and enjoy views of lovely Everest Region. The Gokyo region not only provides you views of Gokyo peak but also gives you wonderful chances to contemplate at the series of six emerald lakes. You can also see Thonak Tsho Lake (forth lake) and Ngozuma Thso lake (fifth lake). The forth lake of this series has high cliff and peaks rising above the lake just about 3 km north. We can savour the views of the turquoise colored water of the lake. Moreover, we can climb on the hill and get amazing views of Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Makalu. Cho-Oyu base camp is situated beyond the fifth lake, from where we can get closer views of Mt. Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang. Cho-Oyu base camp and the biggest glacier of the world - the Ngazumpa Glacier is a view we can catch from the northern part of the fifth lake. If possible we may even head to the sixth lake too. We then return to Gokyo village and spend overnight at our lodge with all meals included
We got to start at the break of dawn as we have to outline our trail up to Marlung after the capture of Renjo La. As we don’t have an option to Marlung for overnight today, we need to start early. Down from the Gokyo Valley, we leave the main trail and turn to Renjo La trail by Dudh Pokhari. After about 3 hours, we gain the Renjo La where an amazing vista awaits. The Everest itself, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche can be seen gleaming in the sun. Views from Renjo La are much like that from Gokyo Ri with third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the gray smear of Ngozumpa Glacier. Continuing on from the pass, the trail winds down a stone staircase and then scramble over loose scree to reach the south bank of a small lake, Angladumba Tsho. The presence of ice on the trail while descending down can make our descent a bit hazardous. Along the way we see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. However, we walk down through narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Lumde where there is a support Lodge but it can be closed often. We walk almost for an hour from Lumde to get to Marlung on the east bank of the Bhote Kosi. And this is where we spend the night. All meals are included
We continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, we get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to Namche for the night. If our visit coincides in the month of May, then we can experience the fantastic colourful Mani Rimdu festival which highlights colourful mask dances as this festival is held only in May and is a treat to watch on these high mountains. We go wild in Namche bazaar & chill out with some beers before going to bed. All meals are covered
On the following morning we enjoy a sumptuous breakfast, and then continue our trek to Lukla along the Dudh Koshi River. The trail goes steeply downwards with rocky terrain. Even though we hike the same routes, it’s a completely different then the walk we did on our way up. We pass through rhododendron, pine and oaks forest and several snow covered peaks. Overnight at our hotel with all meals included.
Most flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are scheduled early morning to avoid the strong winds. It’s a scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu for about forty five minutes. We touch down at Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel. But please note, sometimes the flight can be delayed or cancelled in the mountain regions of this type due to inclement weather and other unpredictable reasons beyond our control. Our guests are expected to be patient. However, we’re pretty sure everything will work out just fine. If it does, then come the evening after touchdown in Kathmandu, we head down to an upscale restaurant for a sumptuous farewell Nepali dinner on the house. This is a celebration we participate in for the achievement of an arduous trek we completed safely. Your guides will also be present at the dinner. While enjoying your meal, you will be entertained to a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local belles. We expect you to enjoy this last night in Kathmandu right to the hilt till we meet at some point in time again. Breakfast & dinner
After breakfast and our last day in Kathmandu, our vehicle and escorts will be on standby to drop you to the international airport three hours before our scheduled flight back home. We pray for your Safe journey and will reflect on the wonderful times we spent together. Bon Voyage!!! We hope to see you again someday. Breakfast

What’s included?

  • Accommodation in Standard Hotels on Twin Sharing Basis
  • Equipment: Nepal Trekkers Booking Treks & Expedition’ kit bag (Duffel bag), and trekking
  • map, [down jacket and sleeping bag to be returned after trek completion)
  • Domestic Flights Kathmandu - Lukla – Kathmandu
  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader
  • (Guide)
  • Assistant Trekking Guide (5 trekkers@ 1 Asst. guide ratio) for personalized care
  • Porter service to carry your main luggage during the trek (2 trekkers@ 1 porter)
  • Staff cost including their food, accommodation, salary, flight, insurance & equipment etc.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee and Community Fee
  • First Aid kit, Pulse Oximeter and essential medicines (Paracetamol, Diamox etc.) carried by the
  • Trek Leader
  • All private ground transportation including airport transfers
  • All Meals while on the Mountain
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Small-Group Adventure [only your group]
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of trip
  • Best available clean and comfortable Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • No Booking Fee
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges

What's Not Included?

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flights
  • Excess baggage fee (15 kg Baggage allowance for Lukla flight, 10kg check-in baggage + 5 kg
  • hand baggage – for extra baggage it will cost around USD 1 per 1 Kg)
  • Personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, battery recharge, bottled or
  • boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers, extra porter etc.)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is generally expected on such arduous trips)
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control on some of the most rugged
  • territory on earth

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