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Everest Three Pass Trek – 20 days

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Tour Facts

  • Duration: 20 Days
  • Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: Kala Patthar (5,545 m)
  • Best Time: Autumn & Spring
  • Region: Everest Region
  • Trip Grade: Challenging
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Group Size: 1 to 16

Tour Overview

Out of all the adventurous treks in the Everest region, the Everest Three Passes Trek is one of the most exciting treks along with the Everest Base Camp Trek. It introduces you to the Khumbu Valley’s higher Everest region. Step onto Everest Base Camp, ascend to Kalapatthar and Gokyo Ri, and take in the breathtaking mountain scenery from above. Additionally, you get to cross three passes: Renjo La (5,370m), Cho La (5,420m), and Kong Ma La (5,545m), respectively. 

Attractions of this journey include the Himalayas, small towns, dawn and sunset views, and the overall geography of Nepal’s mountainous region. The optimum times to do it are in the spring (March to May) and the fall (October-November). In addition to being magnificent, the paths are demanding with many obstacles. Most people find it difficult to travel across three passes.

Throughout the voyage, the terrain will change, and you will be astounded to see the changes. On this walk, you’ll be welcomed by the Sherpa community’s traditional mountain lifestyle and culture.

Best Time to Trek

In mountainous areas, trekking could be difficult. It gets tougher in the winter and more difficult in the summer because of the rain.

The best seasons to travel may therefore be spring and fall. These times of year have stable weather that is neither too hot nor too cold. Therefore, the path closure won’t cause hikers or climbers any problems. The lovely skies greatly enhance the views of various silver-glittering mountain summits along the trail.

Tour Highlights

  • Pay a visit to the captivating heritage sites of Kathmandu.
  • Spectacular aerial perspective on a flight between Kathmandu and Lukla.
  • Explore the renowned tourist hub in the Everest region - Namche Bazaar.
  • Behold the cultural and religious Buddhist monuments during the trek.
  • Incredible full-circuit trip in the Everest region
  • Traverse across the three high passes - Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La.
  • Stunning vistas of the massive mountains throughout the trek.
  • Learn about the culture and tradition of the Sherpa community.
  • Trek along the diverse terrains and lush wilderness.
  • Awe Inspiring view of charming Gokyo Valley.


Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 1 is all about your arrival in Kathmandu. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you can check into your hotel, freshen up and unwind. The rest of the day is a free day for you to rest and relax. You can also explore Kathmandu city or shop if you want. Lastly, enjoy the hospitality and spend the night here.

Day 2 Kathmandu to Lukla / Trek to Phakding (2650m, 3 hours)

The trip starts today. We will begin with a long drive from Kathmandu to Manthali. On the road trip, you will experience the beauty of nature, and it will be an exciting drive. After that, we will take a flight to Lukla. The Lukla flight is also one of the most exciting adventures, as you will pass over astounding landscapes and sightings of the pristine Himalayas.  

Now, the actual trekking starts from Lukla. You will be trekking from Lukla to Phakding on day 2, which should take about 3 hours. After a rewarding yet tiresome day, you will relax and enjoy a good night’s sleep here at Phakding. 

Day 3Phakding To Namche Bazar 3440m (5 to7 Hours)

A new adventure awaits upon waking up the next day. We will start the journey early in the morning from Phakding, traveling north across the banks of the renowned Dudh Koshi River, crossing numerous suspension bridges, including the famous Hillary suspension bridge. 

Along the rocky trail, we will pass through lush green forests and delightful Monjo village leading to Sagarmatha National Park check post. This is where we register our Everest permits and elevate further in the forests. We continue our journey to the eminent Namche Bazar. Our journey on this day will take about 5 to 7 hours, at 3440 m.

Day 4Namche Bazar Acclimatization Day (will do hiking up to Everest view hotel)

Day 4 will be an acclimatization day at Namche Bazar. You will explore the renowned Namche Bazaar. This place entails several shops, restaurants, and cafes with Wifi. You can also shop around for some souvenirs. And you will also see some gear shops around Namche as well.  

You will also hike up to Everest View Hotel. It offers an exceptionally close view of mighty Everest and the surrounding snow-capped mountains.  

Day 5Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m, 6 hours walk)

Today, you will trek through the villages of Tengboche. The village is popular for its beautiful monasteries. Throughout the route, the rich forests of pine and rhododendron forests keep you enticed. The route also offers stunning Himalayan views of Ama Dablam and other snow-capped mountains. 

Day 6 Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m, 6 to 7 hour walk)

On day 6, we will travel from Tengboche to Dingboche covering 3860m, which will take about 6-7 hours. The journey will be worthwhile as this trail entails a lush green forest with diverse species, including some rare wildlife species like; Musk Deer, Mountain goats, snow leopards, pheasants, and so on.   

You will stumble upon the pleasant view of the vibrant chortens and prayer flags. Then, you will ascend further on the steep slopes enjoying the grand view of the majestic Mt. Everest cap and astounding views of Mt. Lhotse from the back.

Day 7 Dingboche acclimatization day (will do hiking up to 5000m or a bit more)

Today is another acclimatization day to adapt your body to high altitude. So, you will spend a day in Dingboche. You will also embark on a short hike up to 5000 m, where you get to enjoy the stunning Himalayan views.  

Day 8Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m, 3 to 4 hours walk)

Continuing the journey in the early morning, today you will trek to the village of Chukung. On the route, you will enjoy beautiful views of the Ama Dablam and Lhotse peaks before you arrive at Chukung. 

Day 9 Chukung to Khongmala pass (5535 m) and trek to Labuche (4910 m, 8 to 9 hrs walk)

From Chukung, we will continue our journey toward Khongmala Pass. Today, the trek is challenging as it includes steep ascents. However, you are rewarded by the jaw-dropping views of the surrounding mountains. Enjoying the scenic view, we will end today’s trek at Labuche.  

Day 10 Labuche to Gorakshep (5140 m, 3 hours)

On day 10, we begin our journey from Labuche to Gorakshep. The trekking trail passes through the Khumbu Glacier and you get to witness astonishing mountain views. At Gorakshep, you will take a rest before you continue your journey to the Everest Base Camp.  

Day 11Gorakshep to Everest base camp and hike to Kalapathar for sunset view and back to Gorakshep (total 7 to 8 hrs walk)

After breakfast, we will continue our journey to the Everest Base Camp. Once you reach here, the entire journey will be worthwhile as the view of the Himalayas is served at its best. We enjoy the view, click pictures, and enjoy lunch. Afterward, we will hike up to Kalapathar to observe the beautiful sunset view. 

 After enjoying the magnificent sunset view and Himalayan view, you will return to Gorakshep

Day 12Gorakshep to Zhongla (4830 m, 6 to 7 hours walk)

After collecting magical memories at the Everest Base Camp, we will move toward Zhongla. The 6 to 7 hours long trekking trails are steep and challenging. However, the stunning Himalayas views on the way make it worthwhile. 

Day 13Zhongla to over Chola (5420 m) and trek to Thangnak (Dragnag) (4700m, 7 to 8 hours)

Starting early in the day, we continue our trek towards the Chola Pass. The pass is at an altitude of 5420 m and presents excellent views of the surrounding mountains. From Chola Pass, we continue our trek and end the day at Thangnak. Here, you will get a chance to witness the longest glacier in the Himalayas, the Ngozumpa Glacier.

Day 14Thangnak (Dragnag) to Gokyo (4790 m, 3 hrs walk)

Today, the trekking trail takes us to the Gokyo Lakes, which is a series of mesmerizing glacial lakes in the Gokyo Valley.  

At an estimated 3 hours hike to Gokyo Ri, you will stumble upon the breathtaking views of the Everest region along with Thonak Tsho Lake and the Ngozuma Tsho Lake. You will witness the awe-inspiring views of Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu. You will also witness the pristine Gokyo Lake, 4800m above sea level, right next to the Gokyo Ri.

Day 15 Gokyo Lake to Renjola Pass (5360 m) and trek to Lungden (4600m, 8 to 9 hours)

Early in the morning, we will trek toward the Renjo La Pass. Upon reaching the Renjo La Pass, you will witness the majestic Himalayas, including Mt Everest, Mt Makalu, Mt. Manaslu, Mt Cho Oyu, and others. Be sure that you are careful on the icy trails.

After crossing the pass, the trekking trail takes us to Lungden, where we will stay overnight.

Day 16Lungden to Namche Bazar (3440 m, 7 to 8 hours)

Starting in the early morning, we trek towards Namche Bazar. Once again the stunning mountain views keep you delighted throughout the trekking trails to arrive at Namche Bazar.

Day 17Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2810m, 7 to 8 hours)

Today is the last day of trekking on foot. Starting early in the morning, we will walk towards Lukla. The trail is mostly descending and you may find it much easier than in previous days. The trekking trails include beautiful mountain scenarios.

Day 18Lukla to Kathmandu by flight

On the morning flight, we will fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla, enjoying the appealing landscapes and the beauty of nature. The rest of the day is for relaxing and refreshing in a hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 19Free day in Kathmandu

Today is a free day in Kathmandu. You can explore Kathmandu city or shop if you want. You can buy gifts or souvenirs in the local street market for yourself and your loved ones back home.

Day 20Final Departure

If we stick to the schedule, day 20 will be the day of departure to the international airport in Kathmandu. You can relax and reflect upon the wonderful trekking experience on your way back, enjoying the scenic masterpiece.


Price Includes

  • Domistic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Kathmandu.Transportation: Pick-up and Departure International and Domestic airport.
  • Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast with accommodation during the trekking.
  • Government licensed and English speaking,A professional trekking guide and A porter for 2 pax=1 porter.(foods and salary with insurance). Flight tickets for guide.
  • Sagarmatha National park entry permit fees, Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees, TIMS card
  • Farewell dinner at the Hungry Eye Café, Dallu,Kathmandu.


Price Excludes

  • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu before and after the journey.
  • Personal expense: Shopping,snacks,boil bottle water, Mineral water, cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee.
  • personal equipement for trekking.
  • Travel insurance that covers emergency high altitude rescue and evacuation.
  • Tips for guide and porters.

Equipment List

  • 1 pair strong mountain /hiking boots
  • 1 Sleeping bag(comfortable to 10C)
  • 1 Medium/Large rucksack/backpack
  • 1 Down Jacket/all weather Anorak
  • 1 Light water & windproof jacket
  • 1 Pair waterproof gaiters/ overtrouser
  • 1 or 2 1-litre water bottles.
  • 1 Inner sleeping sheet
  • 1 Torch/Flashlight and spare bastteries
  • 2 Long sleeve cotton shirts
  • 1 Medium sized towel
  • 1 Washing kit:Inlude personal toiletries,Talcum power
  • Moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet paper
  • Bio degradable soap/shampoo
  • Any personal medication
  • 1 Pair shorts
  • 1 Fleece/warm sweater
  • 1 Pair sports shoes/sandals
  • 2 Pair lightweight trousers
  • 1 Sweatshirt/light sweater
  • 2 T-shirts
  • 1 Small day pack
  • 2 Pairs light socks
  • 3 Pairs heavy wool socks
  • 1 cotton Headscarf/bandanna
  • 1 Warm hat/Gloves(waterproof)
  • 1Sunglasses and sunhat
  • 1 Money belt
  • Underwear(including thermals)
  • 3/4 Plastic bags for wrapping clothes
  • Water purification tablets/solution(Preferably Iodine)
  • Sun-block(30-50 SPF)
  • Everest Base Camp Packing List Full Guide
Everest Three Pass Trek Route Map
Everest three pass trek


Is it safe to travel alone on Everest Three Passes Trek?

Indeed. It’s safe to travel alone on Everest Three Passes Trek if you follow the instructions from our website accurately. However, if you want a company or someone else to look after you while trekking, we recommend hiring a local guide or porter who can accompany you through the valley.

How long does it take?

It takes about 21 days to complete the trek. You can stop at any time along the way and spend time acclimating or resting before moving on.

Is a permit required for this trek?

The Everest Three Passes Trek does require a permit. To trek in the Everest region, you’ll need a Sagarmatha National Park permit and a Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card.

What clothing should I bring?

For this trek, we recommend bringing warm clothes as temperatures vary from freezing during the night to mild during day time. You also need rain gear because there are some sections where water may accumulate on the trail surface due to heavy rains during monsoon season.

Why should I do this trek?

If you want to see some of Nepal’s most incredible scenery, this is your chance. There are many other amazing treks around Asia, including trips like the Annapurna Circuit or Everest Base Camp Trek. However, this one stands out because it offers everything there is in the Everest region.