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Everest Three Pass Trek – 19 Days


Trip Facts

  • Destination: Khumbu Region
  • Duration: 19
  • Trip Grade: Extreme
  • Best Time: Mar-May/Sep-Nov
  • Max Elevation: 5550m
  • Group Size: 2-12

Everest Three Pass Trek – 19 Days

Everest Three Pass Trek is one of the toughest trekking trails in the world. Many adventure lovers dream of completing the trail but due to the harsh trail conditions and being physically strenuous, so many fail. Hence, the Everest Three-Pass Trek is not for the faint of hearts. The trail will first take you to Lukla, the gateway to EVEREST, the world’s highest mountain. Khumbu region is known for its beautiful views of mountains the rich Sherpa culture and its deadly high-altitude passes.

As we pass through passes, mainly the three highest ones Renjo La (5360m), Cho La (5420m), and Kongma La (5535m) we will be tested for our physical endurance but then again will be rewarded by the most striking views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku and many more. Trekking peaks like Gokyo Ri, Chukkung Ri, and the world-renowned Kalapatthar the view will get transcendent. Along the way, we will also explore the culture and lifestyle of the people residing in the area and encounter much Himalayan wildlife.

– The ultimate challenge of completing three high passes over 5000m
– Majestic views of the Khumbu’s Himalayas from peaks like Gokyo Ri, Chukkung Ri, and Kalapatthar
– Exploration of the High-altitude lifestyle and wildlife


Day 01 Kathmandu Arrival (1200m)

Namaste! Welcome to the Land of Himalayas. Once the plane lands at Tribhuvan International Airport, you can get your visa on arrival from the Visa desk. After collecting luggage, a representative of Himalayan Eco-cultures will attend to you with a placard of your name right outside the arrival gate. Then we will proceed towards our hotel, where our travel planner will meet and brief us about the upcoming trekking events. Get Checked-in and get fresh as we will be going out for a delicious Nepali dinner in the evening, where we can also enjoy some cultural shows.

Dinner and accommodation in the 3-star hotel included

Day 02 Fly to Lukla (2860m), Trek to Phakding (2610m), WALK: 4 hours

Wake up early, as we will be taking an early flight to Lukla, the gateway of Everest. After a thrilling 30 minutes flight extravagant with marvelous Himalayan panorama and green valleys, We will meet the rest of our crew in Lukla. Our groovy trail will go through an alpine forest, undulating rivers, and an enticing waterfall before reaching the beautiful Sherpa village of Phakding.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner accommodation in the mountain lodge included

Day 03 Trek to Namche (3440m), WALK: 6 hours

After breakfast, we will resume our trek. Today we will cross the small village of Toktok, enjoying the beautiful waterfall. Then we will reach the Everest National Park entrance gate in Jorselle, where our permits and IDs will get checked and documented. The trail will be relatively easy before getting to the Edmund Hillary Bridge, from where it will escalate to a tougher ascend through dense forest. The climb will end in the Namche, an unofficial Sherpa Capital of the Khumbu region.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner accommodation in the mountain lodge included

Day 04 Acclimatization day in Namche (3440m), WALK: 3 hours

As we are close to 3500m, our body will need to recuperate with the demising presence of oxygen in the atmosphere. So, following the international acclimatization guide, today we will ascend towards the viewpoint (3962m) from where we will get a spectacular glimpse of the Himalayas such as Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and the mighty Mount Everest. After spending plenty of time looking at those gorgeous mountains, we will climb down to Namche, where we will spend the night.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner accommodation in the mountain lodge included

Day 05 Trek to Tengboche (3870m), WALK: 5 hours

Walking on the foothill of the Everest viewpoint, we will march through the wide paved trail towards Sanasa village. Beautiful Ama Dablam will accompany us to the side, growing more beautiful and enchanting with our every step. The course will lead us further toward Tashinga, from where we will go across the Dudh Koshi River and begin to ascend towards Tengboche. The village of Tengboche is famous for its marvelous monastery and opportunity for the sightseeing of many Himalayan birds and wildlife. We will spend the night here and explore the area as much as possible.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner accommodation in the mountain lodge included

Day 06 Trek to Dingboche (4410m), 6 hours

Through Rhododendron forest, we will ascend towards the drier and rocky terrain. The tree lines will slowly end, and memorial boulders will begin to appear on the further Pangboche. The uphill journey will continue till we reach Dingboche.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner accommodation in the mountain lodge included

Day 07 Acclimatization day in Dingboche (4410m), WALK: 3 hours

As we are above 4400 meters, we will take our second acclimatization rest in Dingboche. Again we will hike to Nangkar Tshang Peak for the scenic views of Tabuchi, Cholastse, Chukkung Ri, and Makalu (5th highest mountain). After descending, we will explore Dingboche and the small cafes and bakeries it offers, listening to the local people’s stories and memories.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner accommodation in the mountain lodge included

Day 08 Trek to Chhukung (4730m), WALK: 6 hours

Following the rocky trail, we will ascend gradually. Enjoying the scenic view of Ama Dablam and Cholatse, we will walk across the array of huts that shepherds use during Summer.  Crossing them we will reach the Chhukung village where we will set the camo for the day.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner accommodation in the mountain lodge included

Day 09 Trek to Lobuche (4910m) via Kongma La Pass (5535m), WALK: 7 hours

After an early breakfast, we will continue our trek through the unhabituated trail that leads us towards Bibre and then to Niyang River Valley. The track then will get rough with an icy path alongside lakes. A short and steep ascent will mark the Kongma La Pass, the highest pass of our trek. Views of Ama Dablam and Makalu become more enticing but leaving them behind, we will walk towards the Khumbu glacier and our camp for the day, Lobuche.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner accommodation in the mountain lodge included

Day 10 Trek to Gorakshep (5164m) and Everest Base Camp Trek (5364m) WALK: 7 hours

Pump yourself with adrenaline as we will be reaching the final destination of our journey today. A slight ascent through the Khumbu glacier will lead us to Gorakshep, where we will re-energize ourselves with Lunch. Enjoying the close-up view of Pumori, and Khumbustse, among many more, we will climb towards the Everest Base Camp, marked by giant boulders, prayer flags, and memorials. Then we will descend back through the Khumbu glacier to rest for the day in Gorakshep as a very momentous morning awaits us.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner accommodation in the mountain lodge included

Day 11 Kalapatthar (5550m) Excursion and Trek to Dzongla (4830m), WALK: 8 hours

Early morning, we will hike toward the Kalapatthar, a viewpoint above EBC. The strenuous walk will award us the surreal experience of a panoramic view of the Himalayas: Ama Dablam, Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse, and many more, including the mighty Mount Everest. The sunrise view from above is absolutely to die for. Tears of joy might run in you, and that moment’s beautiful memories will haunt you forever. After breakfast in Gorakshep, we will cross the Khumbu river and walk northwest to reach Dzongla.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner accommodation in the mountain lodge included

Day 12 Trek to Gokyo (4790m) via Cho-La Pass (5420m), WALK: 8 hours

Starting our trek on a flat path, we will gradually climb a rocky hill. As expected in the high pass route, the trail can be slippery due to ice, plus the strong wind will make our exploration more challenging. The climb will grace us with another stunning panoramic view of the Khumbu region’s mountain ranges and bring us towards the steep climb down on the other end. Beware of the loose rocks. Careful Navigation would bring us to Thagnak. We will climb up a short distance to reach the beautiful valley of Gokyo.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner accommodation in the mountain lodge included

Day 13 Gokyo Ri (5360m) Excursion and Acclimatization at Gokyo (4790m), WALK: 4 hours

Early morning, we will climb Gokyo-Ri, a viewpoint near the valley. The hour and a half climb will give us a 360-degree view of Gokyo valley and Khumbu region mountains such as Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Everest, among many more. After enjoying the experience, we will climb down to explore the rich culture and history of the valley.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner accommodation in the mountain lodge included

Day 14 Trek to Marlung (4210m) via Renjo La Pass (5360m), WALK: 8 hours

The beautiful 3rd lake of Gokyo reflects the golden rays of sunrise spectacularly. We will head towards the gradual climb for a few hours along the river before a short steep ascent of the Renjo-La Pass. Prayer flags mark the arrival of the pass where the majestic views of the mountains bewitch us. Then the trail will further cruise downward, crossing the Renjo Lake. Through the narrow passage, we will arrive at Marlung.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner accommodation in the mountain lodge included

Day 15 Trek to Namche (3440m), WALK: 6 hours

Descending from Marlung, we will re-enter the green valleys with alpine forests. We will cross the village of Thame, known for its unique Sherpa culture and oldest monastery in the Khumbu area. The route will lead us back to the radiant village of Namche. Visit the cafes, buy souvenirs, and enjoy your time with the area’s ever-smiling, warm locals.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner accommodation in the mountain lodge included

Day 16 Trek to Lukla (2860m), WALK: 6 hours

We will descend back through the same route of Alpine forest, Edumand Hillary Bridge, Toktok, and Phakding to reach Lukla. You can celebrate the success of your trip with your crew member and explore the village you haven’t been able to during your initial trek.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner accommodation in the mountain lodge included

Day 17 Fly to Kathmandu

We will take the adventurous flight from Lukla to Kathmandu again and proceed to your hotel room. Either rest in the comfy bed or roam around the Thamel, enjoying the local delicacies, shopping experience, or hitting the spa.

Breakfast and accommodation in the 3-Star hotel included

Day 18 Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

“The city of thousand Temples,” Kathmandu, is a cultural hub of Nepal. Today, we will be exploring some UNESCO heritage sites:

  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
    Built in the 15th century, the ancient palace of Nepal’s monarch is an exemplary illustration of Nepalese art and culture. 
  • Pashupatinath Temple
    It is dedicated to Shiva, the god of destruction in Hindu mythology. Not only is the temple exemplary with its fine artwork, but the temple depicts the relationship between birth and death in Hinduism.
  • Swaymbhunath Stupa
    According to myth, the stupa was self-emerged, and according to Buddhism, its eye represents the wisdom and compassion of Buddha. In contrast, the third eye represents the message of heavenly bodies.

Breakfast and accommodation in the 3-Star hotel included

Day 19 Final Departure

Our representative will escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before departure. We hope you had a wonderful experience with us, and we will soon meet again on your next adventure.

Breakfast included

Trip Includes

  • All the arrival and departure transfers in a private AC vehicle.
  • Three nights stay in Kathmandu in a 3-star hotel with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets.
  • Service of an English-speaking licensed adventure guide (Trained in first-aid and emergency rescues).
  • Fifteen nights of twin-sharing stay in local tea houses (private bathroom wherever possible) with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • One porter for every 2 clients.
  • All the required permits for the trek.
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets for borrowing during the trek upon request.
  • Duffel bags and maps on a complimentary basis.
  • First-aid box (carried by the guide).
  • Private AC vehicle during the sightseeing.
  • Accompany of licensed English Speaking Tour guide during the sightseeing.
  • Monuments and entrance fees during the tour.
  • All the applicable government charges.

Trip Excludes

  • International flight tickets.
  • Nepal Visa.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses such as beverage bills, laundry, charging of electric devices, WI-Fi, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the above itinerary and inclusions.

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