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Everest Three Passes Trek

Days 20
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Everest Three Passes Trek Overview

  • Trip Code: CT-10013
  • Package: Everest Three Passes Trek
  • Duration: 20 Day(s)
  • Max Alt.: 5,545m/ 18,192ft
  • Trip Level:
    Requires prior training and some experience in trekking and mountaineering
  • Start At: Kathmandu
  • Ends At: Kathmandu
  • Transportation: Domestic Flight | Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation: Hotel | Guest House
  • Best Season: March- April- May- Aug- Sep- Oct- Nov.
  • Trip Route: Lukla- Namche Bazzar- Tengboche- Dingboche- Kongma La- Gorakshep -Everest Base camp -Kalapathar - Dzongla- Cho- La pass- Gokyo lake- Reanjo La- Namche Bazzar & Lukla

Trip Highlights

  • Experience a thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport, known for its unique and challenging runway.
  • Cross the iconic Hillary suspension bridge, named after Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the first individuals to summit Mount Everest.
  • Explore the vibrant town of Namche Bazaar, a bustling hub for trekkers and locals alike.
  • Visit the picturesque villages of Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche, each offering a unique cultural experience.
  • Discover the historic Tengboche Monastery, one of the largest and most significant Buddhist monasteries in the region.
  • Immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery of the Great Himalayan ranges, with awe-inspiring panoramic views.
  • Reach the legendary Everest Base Camp and embark on a memorable trek to Kala Patthar, the highest point of the adventure, offering unparalleled vistas of the majestic Mt. Everest.
  • Explore the enchanting Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Valley, surrounded by stunning mountain peaks and a serene atmosphere.
  • Witness the grandeur of the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal, as you pass through its icy landscape.
  • Conquer the challenging high passes of Kongma La, Chola, and Renjo La, each providing a thrilling and rewarding experience during the trek.

The Everest Three Pass Trek in the Khumbu region offers a magnificent experience, allowing you to get up close to the giant Himalayan peaks. This trek takes you through the renowned Everest region, crossing three high passes and providing breathtaking views of the world's four highest peaks above 8,000 meters: Mt. Everest (8848.86m), Mt. Lhotse(8740m), Mt. Cho Oyu(8201m), and Mt. Makalu(8485m).

The trek features an array of stunning mountain ranges, including the Ngozumpa Glacier, the longest glacier in the Nepalese Himalayas. You will embark on an exciting traverse, crossing the highest Kongma La pass at an altitude of 5,535 meters. The journey continues with climbs over the Chola Pass (5,368 m) and Renjo La Pass (5,340 m), offering incredible panoramas of towering snow-capped peaks.

While the trail includes challenging ice and rocky terrains, the thrill and excitement of the adventure are unparalleled. You will have the opportunity to visit the popular Everest Base Camp and explore lesser-ventured routes.

As you walk through the hidden corners of the Khumbu region, crossing the Everest Three Passes, you will reach the highest point of the adventure at Kala Patthar (5,545 m), which provides a close-up view of Mt. Everest.

The trek offers trekkers a remarkable feeling of accomplishment as they reach the top of each scenic high pass. The vistas of the majestic Himalayan ranges, along with the dramatic landscapes of glaciers and icy lakes, are awe-inspiring. The journey leads to the beautiful Gokyo Valley, renowned for its serene glacial lakes and views of Mt. Cho Oyu.

Gokyo Valley, with its third and main lake at an altitude of 4,800 meters, is surrounded by Nepal's longest Ngozumpa Glacier. Climbing Gokyo Ri at 5,357m allows trekkers to witness the world's four highest peaks, along with a series of snow-capped peaks, while looking down at the Gokyo Valley and Ngozumpa Glacier.

After experiencing the beauty of the Gokyo lakes and valley, the adventure continues to the final Renjo-La pass. Along the way, you will enjoy scenic landscapes, explore traditional Sherpa villages, and immerse yourself in the rich Buddhist culture that characterizes the region.

The Everest Three Pass Trek, also known as Everest High Pass Trek, offers a thrilling and unique adventure. It caters to both seasoned adventurers and beginners looking to explore the Himalayan terrain. The trek provides a sense of remoteness and solitude, as it takes you to hidden pockets rarely visited by trekkers and climbers.

At CoreTreks, we are dedicated to creating enjoyable and unforgettable journeys. Our trained and fully-licensed trekking guides and cheerful porters will support you throughout the trek, providing valuable information about the areas you visit.

In addition to our standard itinerary and guidelines, we offer customized and tailor-made itineraries for private groups, families, schools, colleges, and all types of trekkers and mountaineers.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Altitude
Day 01 Arrival to Kathmandu 1,350m/4,428ft
Day 02 Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and hike towards Phakding Lukla 2,800m/9184ft & 2,652m/8,698ft (Phakding)
Day 03 Phakding to Namche Bazzar 3,440m/11,283ft (Namche Bazzar)
Day 04 Acclimatization and rest at Namche Bazzar 3,720 m/ 12,201 ft. (Syangboche)
Day 05 Namche Bazzar to Tengboche 3,870m/12,684ft (Tengboche)
Day 06 Tengboche to Dingboche 4,400m/14,435ft (Dingboche)
Day 07 Acclimatization at Dingboche 50,83 m/ 16,265 ft. (Nangkartshang Peak)
Day 08 Dingboche to Chhukung 4,730m/ 15,518 ft
Day 09 Chhukung to Kongma La Pass to Lobuche Kongma La 5,535m/ 18,158ft ; 4,910m/16,104ft (Labuche)
Day 10 Lobuche to Gorakshep and a walk towards Everest Base Camp Gorakshep 5,180m/16,994ft and 5,364m/17,598ft ( EBC)
Day 11 Gorakshep to Kala Patthar to Dzongla Kala Patthar 5555m/18,192ft, & 4,840m/15,879ft Dzongla
Day 12 Dzongla to Cho La Pass to Thaknak Cho- La 5,420m/ 17,778ft, & 4,358m/ 14,295ft Thanknak
Day 13 Thaknak to Gokyo 4,750m/ 15,584ft (Gokyo )
Day 14 Gokyo to Gokyo Ri to Gokyo 5,357m/ 17,570 ft. (Goyko RI)
Day 15 Gokyo – Reanjo La- Lungden 5,355 m/ 17,580 ft.(Reanjo La), 4,375m/ 14,354ft. (Lungden)
Day 16 Lungden to Thame 3,800m/ 12,467ft (Thame)
Day 17 Thame to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m/ 11,284ft (Namche Bazzar)
Day 18 Namche Bazzar to Lukla 2,800m/9,184ft (Lukla)
Day 19 Lukla to Kathmandu 1,350m/4,428ft (Kathmandu)
Day 20 Departure from Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,350m/4,428ft

Everest Three Passes Trek Altitude Chart

Everest Three Passes Trek Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival to Kathmandu

Upon your arrival, our dedicated CoreTreks staff will warmly welcome you at the airport and provide a convenient transfer to your chosen hotel. We ensure that the accommodations provided are of three-star standard or above, tailored to your preferences and comfort.

To ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience, we will conduct a brief but informative briefing session either at our office or in the hotel lobby/meeting rooms. During this session, we will provide you with all the necessary details and information about your trip and address any questions or concerns you may have.

Afterward, you will have the opportunity to explore the lively streets of Thamel, immersing yourself in its vibrant atmosphere. Take your time to stroll around and soak in the local culture. This will conclude the activities for the day, allowing you to relax and prepare for the exciting journey ahead.

Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft
Day 02

Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and hike towards Phakding

Embark on a dramatic and thrilling short flight that is renowned as one of the most exhilarating experiences in the world. The scenic flight will mesmerize you as you soar through the skies for approximately 35 minutes. Your destination is Lukla, where your extraordinary trekking adventure begins.


After touching down at Lukla, the trail unfolds before you, leading you on a memorable journey. The first day of walking takes you to the picturesque Phakding village, a captivating 3-4 hour hike away. Along the way, you will be accompanied by the Dudh Koshi River, which originates from the Ngozumpa glaciers and serves as a vital tributary of Everest and Gokyo Lake.

The trek presents a moderate challenge as you traverse the trail, encountering gentle descents and a few short uphill sections. As you pass through various charming villages, you will be captivated by the surrounding landscapes. After a rewarding day of walking, you will reach Phakding, where you will find comfort in a cozy lodge. The tranquil ambiance of the lodge, combined with the soothing sound of the Dudh Kosi River, ensures a peaceful overnight stay in Phakding village.

Important Note: Lukla flights have been diverted to Ramechap instead of Kathmandu according to the recent notice from the Aviation Authority. The drive from Kathmandu to Ramechap is about 4 to 5 hours.  (140 k.m) via B.P. Highway. Depart for Ramechap early in the morning to catch the first flight to Lukla. Read more about Lukla's flight diversion here.

Maximum Altitude: Lukla 2,800m/9184ft & 2,652m/8,698ft (Phakding)
Flight Time: 35 min
Walk Approx.: 3 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 03

Phakding to Namche Bazzar

After enjoying a hearty breakfast in Phakding, your trek continues toward the vibrant mountain town of Namche Bazaar. Along the way, you will encounter several small settlements and villages that add charm to your journey.

One of the highlights of the trek is crossing a suspension bridge, a remarkable feat of engineering attributed to Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first mountaineers to conquer Mount Everest. This bridge holds historical significance and serves as a testament to their pioneering spirit.

As you traverse the trail, you will reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its rich biodiversity and breathtaking natural beauty. From here, the path ascends, leading you to Namche Bazaar.

Namche Bazaar is a bustling trading center and a hub of activity in the Khumbu and Everest region. This vibrant town offers a range of amenities, including well-established restaurants, lively pubs, and convenient internet cafes. Additionally, you will find excellent lodges, hotels, and resorts that provide comfortable accommodations for trekkers like yourself. Take the time to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and soak in the unique charm of Namche Bazaar.

Maximum Altitude: 3,440m/11,283ft (Namche Bazzar)
Walk Approx.: 6 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 04

Acclimatization and rest at Namche Bazzar

Namche Bazaar, situated at a perfect altitude, serves as an ideal place for acclimatization during your trek. After enjoying a fulfilling breakfast, a short hike up to Syangboche at 3,720 meters is scheduled. From this vantage point, you will be treated to a panoramic view of the majestic Himalayan ranges.

The iconic peaks that grace the horizon include the mighty Mount Everest, standing tall at 8,848.86 meters, followed by Mt. Lhotse at 8,749 meters, Nuptse at 7,861 meters, Ama Dablam at 6,856 meters, and Kongde with Tharmasarku peaks. This awe-inspiring sight is bound to leave you in awe of the grandeur of nature.

As you continue your journey from Namche and Syangboche, you will come across the Everest View Hotel. Located at an impressive altitude of 3,880 meters, this esteemed establishment holds the distinction of being one of the highest luxury hotels in the world. Here, you can relish refreshing drinks while gazing at the magnificent backdrop of Mount Everest and its neighboring lofty peaks. It is truly a remarkable experience that combines comfort and natural beauty in a unique way.

Maximum Altitude: 3,720 m/ 12,201 ft. (Syangboche)
Walk Approx.: 3 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 05

Namche Bazzar to Tengboche

Continuing the journey towards Tengboche, you will follow scenic trails that wind their way high above the glacial river of Dudh Koshi. Throughout the trek, you will be treated to mesmerizing views of the majestic Himalayas. As you gradually make your way forward, the afternoon will see you embarking on a few hours' climb to the renowned Tengboche Monastery.

Perched at an elevated position, the monastery offers a grand spot from which to admire the breathtaking views of Mount Everest and a magnificent array of peaks. Upon reaching Tengboche, you will check into a comfortable lodge and have some time to explore the surroundings. One of the main highlights is the majestic monastery itself. Inside the main prayer hall, you will find a towering 20-foot statue of Lord Buddha. The monastery is adorned with incredibly ornate wall hangings, and you can observe the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas and monks.

In the evening, a prayer ceremony takes place, creating a serene and spiritual ambiance. As a trekker, you will have the privilege of observing these prayers and rituals, allowing you to immerse yourself in the rich cultural and religious heritage of the region. It is a truly unique and memorable experience that adds a special touch to your journey.

Maximum Altitude: 3,870m/12,684ft (Tengboche)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 06

Tengboche to Dingboche

In the morning, you will be greeted by the glorious panorama of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse, accompanied by the majestic presence of Ama Dablam and a range of other peaks. As you begin your walk, you will descend towards the Imja Khola, crossing a bridge and gradually climbing to Pangboche. This village serves as the last permanent settlement on the route to Everest Base Camp and is also a gateway to the Ama Dablam Base Camp. Along the way, you will have close-up views of the stunning Ama Dablam peak.

After enjoying lunch in Somare, which offers scenic views of Ama Dablam, you will continue your trek through exposed and treeless terrain towards Dingboche. Nestled in the picturesque Imjatse valley, Dingboche provides a remarkable setting beneath the towering North Face of Ama Dablam, with views of Lhotse, Nuptse, and Island Peak in the eastern part of the valley.

Dingboche is a sizable settlement that caters to the needs of trekkers, offering a variety of shops and comfortable lodges. After a rewarding day of walking, you will check into a cozy room in one of the lodges, where you can relax and enjoy warm drinks while gazing at the awe-inspiring snow-clad peaks surrounding you. It's a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the tranquility and beauty of the Himalayas.

Maximum Altitude: 4,400m/14,435ft (Dingboche)
Walk Approx.: 6 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 07

Acclimatization at Dingboche

Dingboche is indeed a fantastic location for acclimatization. Following breakfast, you will embark on a hike to the high hilltop of Nangkartshang. This hike serves as both a means of exercise and an opportunity to acclimatize to the altitude. As you reach the top, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of prominent peaks such as Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Lhotse Shar, Island Peak, and even the majestic Mt. Makalu.

After enjoying the hike and taking in the stunning vistas, you will descend back to the lodge. The afternoon is then yours to spend at leisure, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the magnificent surrounding scenery of towering snow peaks. You can relax, soak in the natural beauty, and appreciate the grandeur of the Himalayas. It's a perfect time to reflect on the journey so far and prepare for the upcoming adventures.

Maximum Altitude: 50,83 m/ 16,265 ft. (Nangkartshang Peak)
Walk Approx.: 3 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 08

Dingboche to Chhukung

Leaving Dingboche behind, you will embark on a picturesque hike to Chukung, a small settlement nestled amidst stunning surroundings. The trail takes you across vast fields, offering expansive views of the surrounding mountains. The hike follows a gradual path with a few short uphill sections, ultimately leading you to Chukung where you will stop for lunch and spend the night.


In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to undertake a hike and climb to the top of Chukung-Ri Hill. This excursion takes approximately 3-4 hours round trip and rewards you with magnificent panoramic views. From the vantage point of Chukung-Ri Hill, you will be treated to awe-inspiring vistas of Ama Dablam, and Amphu Lapcha peaks, as well as close-up views of Makalu, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, and Island Peak.

The remainder of the day will be dedicated to preparing for the upcoming trek and adventure over the Kongma-La Pass towards Lobuche. Take this time to ensure you have all the necessary equipment and supplies for the challenging journey ahead. Rest, recharge, and get ready to embrace the thrill of crossing the Kongma-La Pass and continuing your trek to Lobuche.

Maximum Altitude: 4,730m/ 15,518 ft
Walk Approx.: 4 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 09

Chhukung to Kongma La Pass to Lobuche

On this day, you will embark on a long and challenging journey from Chukung to Lobuche, with a total trekking duration of approximately 8 hours. The highlight of the day will be crossing the highest pass of the adventure, Kongma La. Starting early in the morning, you will follow the main trail that leads above the Imjatse Valley.

After a few hours of gradual walking, the climb to Kongma La pass begins, taking you over rocky moraine dunes nestled between Pokalde and Nuptse walls. As you ascend, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Upon reaching the top of Kongma-La, adorned with colorful prayer flags and stone cairns, you will enjoy a well-deserved packed lunch while taking in the awe-inspiring scenery.

In the afternoon, or before, you will descend towards the Khumbu glacier, following a path that may be a bit misleading. It is important to closely follow your guide to ensure a safe walk, avoiding crevasses and glacial ponds along the way. Eventually, you will climb over a moraine dune and make your way down to Lobuche, where you will spend the night in a comfortable and cozy lodge. Lobuche serves as a perfect resting point after a challenging day of crossing the first pass of the adventure. Take this opportunity to rest, rejuvenate, and reflect on the incredible journey so far.

Maximum Altitude: Kongma La 5,535m/ 18,158ft ; 4,910m/16,104ft (Labuche)
Walk Approx.: 7 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 10

Lobuche to Gorakshep and a walk towards Everest Base Camp

After enjoying a hearty breakfast in Lobuche, you will continue your trek towards Gorakshep at a steady pace along a gradual path. The walk will take approximately 3 hours, and you will be rewarded with stunning views along the way. As you climb slightly above the Khumbu glacier, you will reach Gorakshep, your overnight stop for the day. Here, you can lighten your load by leaving behind any extra items that are not required for the further journey.

After a small refreshment or a light lunch, you will embark on the highly anticipated visit to Everest Base Camp. The trail from Gorakshep will lead you over rocks and icy glaciers, taking you to the base camp of Mount Everest. Standing beneath the world's highest peaks, including Mt. Everest and Lhotse, you will be surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Khumbu Icefall. This moment marks one of the main highlights of the trek. After spending some time at Everest Base Camp, you will make your way back to Gorakshep for your overnight stay, concluding another long and fulfilling day of trekking.

Maximum Altitude: Gorakshep 5,180m/16,994ft and 5,364m/17,598ft ( EBC)
Walk Approx.: 6 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 11

Gorakshep to Kala Patthar to Dzongla

The journey from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar is renowned for being one of the most challenging climbs, taking a few hours to complete. This ascent will lead you to the highest point of the entire adventure, reaching an elevation of 5,555 meters. Every arduous step you take to reach the summit will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the magnificent peaks, including the awe-inspiring Mt. Everest, which will be in close proximity.

To fully appreciate the beauty of the sunrise, the hike to Kala Patthar is typically undertaken in the early hours of dawn. Witnessing the sunrise from this vantage point is one of the prime attractions of the entire trek. The sight of the first rays of the sun illuminating the towering Himalayan peaks and the vibrant display of colors shifting from silver to gold is truly a mesmerizing experience. After savoring these awe-inspiring moments, you will descend back to Gorakshep before continuing your trek past Lobuche and eventually reaching Dzongla. This small settlement is nestled beneath the towering Cho-la Pass and offers several comfortable lodges to cater to the needs of trekkers.

Maximum Altitude: Kala Patthar 5555m/18,192ft, & 4,840m/15,879ft Dzongla
Walk Approx.: 6 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 12

Dzongla to Cho La Pass to Thaknak

The trek from Dzongla to Cho La Pass can be one of the most challenging days of the entire adventure, particularly depending on the snow conditions. It begins early in the morning with a long and strenuous steep climb. Following the lead of your guide, you must exercise caution on the slippery and icy path as you make your way toward the summit of Cho La Pass. Despite the tough climb, your efforts will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding majestic peaks that stand in close proximity. From the pass, you'll have a stunning vista of peaks such as Cholatse, Nirekha, and Lobuche. Take some time to rest and savor a packed lunch before commencing the descent towards Thagnak, which is situated at the base of Cho La Pass and on the way to the beautiful Gokyo Valley. After a steady and lengthy downhill stretch, you can find solace and comfort in the cozy warmth of a welcoming lodge in Thagnak.

Maximum Altitude: Cho- La 5,420m/ 17,778ft, & 4,358m/ 14,295ft Thanknak
Walk Approx.: 6 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 13

Thaknak to Gokyo

After enjoying breakfast, the trek toward Gokyo Valley commences. The trail follows a gentle path within the picturesque Gokyo Valley. As you walk, you will pass beneath the Ngozumpa Glacier, which holds the distinction of being the longest glacier in the Nepal Himalayas. Compared to previous days, the trek to Gokyo is relatively shorter, and you can expect to reach your destination by noon, just in time for lunch.

Along the way, you will encounter the first and second lakes before reaching the third and main lakes of Gokyo. This is where you will find a cluster of good lodges situated just above the lake, offering excellent views of the magnificent world's sixth-highest peak, Mt. Cho-Oyu, which lies to the north. After enjoying a satisfying lunch, you will settle in for an overnight stay in Gokyo, with ample time to marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding scenery.

Maximum Altitude: 4,750m/ 15,584ft (Gokyo )
Walk Approx.: 3 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 14

Gokyo to Gokyo Ri to Gokyo

In the early morning, you will embark on a hike to the summit of Gokyo-Ri, which stands proudly at an altitude of 5,357 meters. The summit offers breathtaking panoramic views of the world's four highest peaks, including the majestic Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Mt. Cho-Oyu. As you soak in the awe-inspiring vistas, you will also be treated to a mesmerizing view of the Gokyo Valley, the serene lakes below, and the vast expanse of the Ngozumpa Glacier.

Gokyo Lake

After an enjoyable and exhilarating time at the summit, you will make your way back down to Gokyo. The rest of the day will be free for you to relax and indulge in a short hike in the surrounding area. Additionally, you can use this time to prepare for the final high pass that awaits you: the Renjo-La Pass, which is situated to the south of Gokyo. Take this opportunity to gather your energy and make any necessary preparations for the challenging journey ahead.

Maximum Altitude: 5,357m/ 17,570 ft. (Goyko RI)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 15

Gokyo – Reanjo La- Lungden

Embark on the thrilling ascent over the final high pass, Renjo-La, as you make your way toward Thame. Leaving Gokyo in the early morning after a hearty breakfast, you will head south, following the path that leads to the end of Gokyo Lake. The trail will gradually become steeper as you begin your ascent toward the top of Renjo-La.

Reaching the pass, you will be greeted by awe-inspiring panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and the magnificent Mt. Cho-Oyu. Take a moment to savor this last glimpse of the towering peaks and the surrounding range, including Kwangde. The morning vistas will leave an indelible impression on your memory.

After taking in the breathtaking scenery, you will start your descent towards Lungden, a remote and isolated small settlement that lies on the route to Thame and the Nepal-Tibet border. Once you have successfully crossed Renjo-La, you can relax and unwind in the comfort of a cozy lodge in Lungden, knowing that you have conquered all three passes of this incredible journey.

Maximum Altitude: 5,355 m/ 17,580 ft.(Reanjo La), 4,375m/ 14,354ft. (Lungden)
Walk Approx.: 7 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 16

Lungden to Thame

The journey continues with an easy downhill walk across barren terrain, drawing closer to the Nangpa-La pass, which marks the border between Nepal and Tibet. This pass is frequently crossed by Tibetans engaged in trade with goods destined for Namche Bazaar. As you make your way, you'll descend steadily, passing by the smaller settlement of Marlung and eventually crossing a bridge to reach Thame village, located at the western end of the Khumbu valley.

Upon arriving in Thame, you'll be greeted by the comforting ambiance of a delightful lodge that offers stunning views of the majestic Kwangde and Pachermo peaks. For those interested, a visit to Thame's oldest monastery is highly recommended. This ancient monastery, with a history spanning over 500 years, sits atop a high ridge and serves as an intriguing Buddhist site that showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Khumbu region.

Maximum Altitude: 3,800m/ 12,467ft (Thame)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 17

Thame to Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazar

The trek from Thame to Namche Bazaar is relatively shorter and involves an easy walk. As you set off in the morning, you'll begin with a short descent, followed by a crossing of the Bhote Koshi River, which is a tributary of the Dudh Koshi River. Afterward, there will be a brief, steep ascent before transitioning to a gradual trail. Along the way, you'll pass through the charming village of Thamo. From there, the path leads into lush green forests, and as you continue downhill, you'll eventually reach Namche Bazaar, where you'll spend the night.

Maximum Altitude: 3,440 m/ 11,284ft (Namche Bazzar)
Walk Approx.: 6 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 18

Namche Bazzar to Lukla

The journey from Namche Bazaar to Lukla is a long day of walking, but it becomes easier as you descend to lower altitudes. You'll follow the same trail, with a short climb to Jorsalle, and then reach the exit gate of Sagarmatha National Park. Continuing through Monjo, you'll cross a long bridge to Benkar and eventually reach Phakding, where you can stop for lunch if desired.

The trail continues with ups and downs, passing through Ghat and Thado Koshi. Finally, there will be an hour or less of climbing before reaching Lukla. This will be your last night in Lukla, where you can enjoy your final overnight stay and bid farewell to the porters who have been assisting you throughout the trek.

Maximum Altitude: 2,800m/9,184ft (Lukla)
Walk Approx.: 6 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 19

Lukla to Kathmandu

The flight from Lukla to Kathmandu or Ramechap typically departs in the morning. You'll have a short walk to Tenzing & Hillary Airport, where you'll check-in for your flight. Boarding a small aircraft, you'll embark on a sweeping 35-minute flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu's domestic airport, you will be transferred to your hotel, enjoying the scenic views during the flight.

In Kathmandu, CoreTreks will host a farewell dinner on your last night at a traditional Nepali restaurant. You'll have the opportunity to savor delicious Nepali cuisine while enjoying cultural dance performances at the venue.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. You can engage in individual activities or take the opportunity for some last-minute shopping to buy souvenirs before departing from Kathmandu.

Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/4,428ft (Kathmandu)
Flight Time: 35 mins
Meal Included: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner
Day 20

Departure from Kathmandu

The day has come to bid farewell to our guides and staff, as time for international flight Core Treks staff transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport at least 3 hours ahead before your international flight back homeward bound.

Maximum Altitude: Kathmandu 1,350m/4,428ft
Meal Included: Breakfast,
Not satisfied with this itinerary? CoreTreks offers a customized itinerary option that allows you to personalize your trek according to your preferences and requirements.

Everest Three Passes Trek Cost Mentions

Trip Includes

  • Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (2 Nights).
  • Twin-sharing accommodation during the trek. (17 Nights).
  •  Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla / Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes.
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Trekking permit (Please bring 2 passport-size photos).
  • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
  • Personal care & attention.
  • Local and government taxes.

Trip Excludes

  • All kinds of beverages including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, and hot shower during Trek
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tipping to the crew.
  • Personal mountaineering gears
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended 
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
  • Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"

Traveling to the mountains comes with inherent risks, and it's important to be prepared for the unexpected while hoping for the best outcome. Here are some crucial considerations to keep in mind:

Pre-Existing Conditions

Before planning a trip to high altitudes, it is essential to assess whether you have any pre-existing medical conditions that could pose complications. Conditions like sickle cell disease, pulmonary hypertension, obesity hypoventilation syndrome, or congenital heart problems require consultation with a qualified physician. Seeking medical advice will help ensure your safety and well-being during your mountain adventure.

Altitude Illness

The thin air and low oxygen levels at high altitudes require a sensible approach to ascent. It is crucial to allow your body enough time to acclimate gradually. Climbing more than 500 meters in elevation per day, once you pass the 2,500 meters mark, can increase the risk of altitude illness, which can be life-threatening. Take the necessary precautions and follow a gradual ascent plan to mitigate these risks.

Environmental Hazards

The extreme weather conditions in the mountains demand appropriate gear and preparation for a safe and comfortable journey. Cold temperatures, heavy snowfall, and increased radiation exposure are common challenges. Invest in high-quality sunglasses, sunscreen, boots, and suitable clothing to protect yourself from these environmental hazards. Being well-prepared will enhance your safety and enjoyment during your mountain experience.

Travel Insurance

It is highly recommended to obtain travel insurance that covers high-altitude evacuation before embarking on a trek to the mountains. Companies like Global Rescue and World Nomads offer comprehensive coverage and are highly recommended. However, it's important to note that insurance policies covering helicopter rescue may not be available for Nepali travelers at the moment. Therefore, careful planning and choosing reliable tour operators who can provide timely evacuation services, if needed, are crucial for your safety and peace of mind.

By considering these factors and taking necessary precautions, you can minimize risks and ensure a safe and memorable journey in the mountains.


January/February (Winter)
Embrace the cold and snow for serene trails, breathtaking mountain views, and wildlife encounters.

March/April (Spring)
Experience a delightful mix of mountain vistas, pleasant weather, blooming flowers, a vibrant atmosphere, and plenty of excitement.

May/June (Summer)
Immerse yourself in nature's beauty with stunning flowers and abundant birdlife. Enjoy clear mornings, mountain panoramas, and the pre-monsoon charm.

July/August (Monsoon)
For adventurous souls seeking an authentic cultural experience and high-altitude flowers. Be prepared for flight disruptions, minimal mountain views, and braving the elements.

September/October (Fall)
The beloved season for all, with bustling trails, awe-inspiring mountain views, and ideal temperatures. Revel in the beauty of nature during this peak period.

November/December (Pre-Winter)
A popular choice among trekkers, offering dry weather, crisp mornings, pleasant days, and crystal-clear mountain panoramas bathed in abundant sunshine.

Plan your mountain adventure in Nepal based on your preferences, and discover the magic each season has to offer.


The Everest Three Passes trek is a 20-day adventure through the stunning Everest region, offering breathtaking views and challenging mountain passes. Throughout the trek, you will have comfortable accommodations at the best lodges in the area. Here's an overview of the lodging arrangements:

During the trek:
- Lukla: Enjoy a comfortable stay in rooms with private attached bathrooms.
- Phakding and Namche Bazaar (3 nights): Rest and recharge in rooms with private attached bathrooms.
- Standard rooms: Stay at Thame, Lungden, Gokyo (2 nights), Dzongla, Lobuche (2 nights), Chhukung, Gorak Shep, Thangnak, and Pheriche in twin-sharing rooms.

Please note that the lodges on the trek offer basic amenities and are designed to provide a comfortable resting place for trekkers. While the accommodations may vary in terms of facilities and comfort levels, they are selected to ensure the best possible experience during your trek.

Pre- and post-trek stay:

You may require two nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu before and after the trek, which are not included in the package. Kathmandu offers a wide range of hotels catering to various budgets and preferences, allowing you to choose the one that suits your needs.

It is advisable to make your pre- and post-trek hotel reservations in advance to ensure availability and convenience.

By providing comfortable accommodations throughout the trek, the Everest Three Passes allows you to focus on enjoying the natural beauty and challenges of the Everest region while providing a good night's rest to rejuvenate for the next day's adventure.


On the Everest High Passes trek, each day brings exciting trekking adventures, breathtaking scenery, cultural exploration, and opportunities to capture memorable moments.

Throughout the trek, you will be accompanied by our experienced and friendly Sherpa guides who will provide valuable insights and share historical information about the places you visit. The porters will handle your luggage, so we recommend carrying a small bag for your valuables and important documents.

Here is a typical day's itinerary:

  1. Early Morning:
    Start your day with an early breakfast to fuel up for the day's trek. You will pack your bags and be ready to depart at around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the trek ahead.
  2. Morning Trek:
    Embark on the day's trek, following the fantastic trails that lead you through mesmerizing landscapes and traditional settlements. Enjoy the scenic beauty, capture photographs, and immerse yourself in the natural surroundings. The morning trek usually lasts for three to four hours.
  3. Lunch and Rest:
    Around midday, you will take a break to have lunch. This is an opportunity to refuel and rest for approximately an hour before continuing the trek.
  4. Afternoon Trek:
    Resume your trek in the afternoon, which is typically shorter, lasting around two to three hours. As you continue your journey, soak in the beauty of the surroundings and appreciate the unique experiences that the trek offers.
  5. Arrival at Overnight Lodge/Tea House/Tent:
    Upon reaching the designated overnight accommodation, take some time to relax and snack on extra dietary food. You can also explore the nearby areas, taking in the local culture and scenery.
  6. Dinner and Evening Activities:
    Enjoy a delicious dinner served between 6 PM to 7 PM. Afterward, engage in friendly conversations with your fellow team members, sharing stories and experiences. Your expedition leader or guide will brief you about the plan for the next day, ensuring you are prepared. Before turning in for the night, you can enjoy onboard games like Monopoly and cards or watch mountaineering documentaries. Many trekkers also take this time to learn common Nepali words, further immersing themselves in the local culture.

Each day on the Everest High Passes trek offers a unique blend of adventure, natural beauty, cultural exploration, and camaraderie, creating memories that will last a lifetime.


Description: Before embarking on the mesmerizing Three Passes Trek, it's essential to familiarize yourself with the necessary permits and regulations. Just like other treks in the Everest region, you'll need to obtain specific permits to ensure a smooth and legal journey.

The first permit required is the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) permit, which costs $20 USD. If you choose to trek through a reputable trekking agency, they will handle the permit arrangements on your behalf. However, if you're organizing the trek independently, you'll need to personally acquire your TIMS permit in Kathmandu.

In addition to the TIMS permit, you'll also need a Sagarmatha National Park permit, which costs $30 USD. This permit grants you access to the stunning Sagarmatha National Park, home to the Everest region's awe-inspiring landscapes. If you're trekking with a trekking agency, they will arrange this permit for you. However, if you're organizing the trek independently, you can obtain the Sagarmatha National Park permit in Monjo, a village checkpoint you'll encounter on the first day of your trek.

By adhering to these permit requirements and regulations, you can ensure a seamless and responsible trekking experience in the Everest region, while also supporting the conservation efforts of the Sagarmatha National Park.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


The Everest Three Passes trek is rated as one of the challenging treks as compared to the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes.

If you plan on taking this trip, CoreTreks recommend you to take some expert advice before heading out.However, having a lot of people accomplished the trek, it is possible with proper guidance.


With a trustworthy guide, some expert advice and a willpower to accomplish one of the challenging treks in the world, yes it is safe to trek to the Everest Three Passes in Nepal.


Trekking to the Everest Three Passes, you can expect to have completed the journey through a circuit around the entire Everest region.

The major highlights of your trek would be the amazing views of the majestic massif as well as crossing a challenging 5,000m passes: Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La.


The food is generally our traditional Nepali lunch which is Dal (Lentil Soup), Bhat (Boiled Rice), Tarkari (Veggies), and Achar (Pickle). For the accommodation there are comfortable hotels, lodges and camping facilities. However, due to excellent infrastructure for trekkers camping is optional.


To book the Everest Three Passes trek in Nepal, CoreTreks offers you a number of booking options including:

  • Online booking
  • Wire transfer OR,
  • Cash on arrival.

We recommend you to go through our booking policy before you head to the payment. For any kind of assistance with regards to payment or packages, please consult our tour experts.

Additional Information


When it comes to gear, striking the right balance between having enough and avoiding excess weight is crucial. Whether you're trekking or taking a helicopter, layering is key. Here are the essential items to consider:


  • Inner thermals: Provide warmth and moisture-wicking properties.
  • Shirts: Lightweight, breathable, and quick-drying materials are ideal.
  • Fleece: Offers insulation in colder conditions.
  • Down jacket: Provides excellent warmth-to-weight ratio and is highly compressible.
  • Trousers: Choose durable, comfortable pants suitable for the weather and altitude.
  • Warm hat: Protects from cold temperatures.
  • Buff: Versatile headwear that can be used as a neck gaiter, hat, or face cover.


  • Choose appropriate shoes based on the terrain, weather, and altitude. Options include sturdy hiking boots or trekking shoes.

Sun Protection:

  • Good sunscreen: Apply a high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin from the intense UV radiation at higher altitudes.
  • Sunglasses: Invest in high-quality sunglasses that provide UV protection and reduce glare.

Remember to pack other essentials like gloves, a waterproof jacket, socks, a daypack, a water bottle, and a headlamp. Tailor your gear selection to the specific trek or adventure you'll be undertaking and consult with experienced trekkers or guides for additional recommendations.

By ensuring you have the right gear, you can stay comfortable, and protected, and fully enjoy your mountain adventure in Nepal.

To prepare for your trek in Nepal, it's essential to consider both the specific route and the time of year. Here is a Nepal trekking packing list to help you pack wisely. Here’s our Nepal Trekking packing list.


The Everest Three High Passes trek is a challenging and rewarding adventure that requires proper acclimatization to ensure your health and safety. We have incorporated acclimatization days into the itinerary at Namche Bazaar and Gokyo to help your body adjust to the high altitude gradually.

Your well-being is our top priority, and we will take care of you like a family member throughout the trek. Altitude sickness can be a serious concern, and if you experience severe symptoms, immediate treatment and descent may be necessary. Our experienced group leader will assess the situation and make the appropriate decisions regarding further trekking or descent.


The Everest Three High Passes Trek is rated as challenging but highly rewarding. Each day, you can expect to hike for around 5 to 7 hours, depending on the destination, with regular breaks to appreciate the stunning mountain views.

The trek involves long climbs, steep descents, and traversing rocky paths and forests. Therefore, it is essential to have a good level of fitness to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable journey. Prior trekking experience can be advantageous but is not a requirement.

However, we strongly advise against undertaking this trek if you have serious medical conditions such as heart or lung diseases. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and it is crucial to consider your health condition before embarking on the Everest Three High Passes trek.

By providing adequate acclimatization time and assessing your fitness level and health, we aim to create a trekking experience that is both challenging and safe, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Everest region.

Everest Three Passes Trek Reviews

Everest Three Passes Trek: Checked

From: United Kingdom | On: 10 Sep, 2019

Ever since I returned from this trip, I cannot stop reminiscing the incredible memories that me and my friends made while trekking the Everest Three Passes.

I would say the trekking is challenging but being an athlete, I had a plus point than others. It was fairly difficult to complete the trek but we did it and we are proud of it.

If the team at CoreTreks did not help, we would basically be lost in this whole booking and planning scenario. Thanks to the team for helping us to make our dream come true.

Almost perfect

From: Australia | On: 15 Mar, 2019

I and my friends had been planning this trip for a month now and I’m glad that I got a chance to experience to scope the Himalayas with my bare eyes.

Even though the trek was very difficult, the humorous stories of our guide Narendra Bhatta kept our mind busy and had a really enjoyable time.

Our booking was almost last minute but CoreTreks provided us with the best package without any hidden costs. It took a little more time than expected but definitely recommended.

2. Incredible tour guides

From: United States | On: 10 Oct, 2018

Our trip would not have been possible without the professional guides who were sent along with us from CoreTreks. These people are really amazing and well experienced. They definitely know what they are doing.

I would recommend anyone who is concerned on trekking the Three Pass in Nepal to book with CoreTreks. Their team is phenomenal. After more than two weeks in Nepal, I have fallen in love with Nepalese cuisine. Thank you Nepal, will see you again very soon.

Highly recommended for trekking

From: Poland | On: 10 Dec, 2017

It was a difficult one but we did it. Really feeling inspired by the culture and the way of life in Nepal. This trip fulfilled my plan for trekking in Nepal from almost a decade now.

Although the trekking was challenging, the trekking professionals were keen on helping us accomplish our trekking journey.

I want to thank all of the team members at CoreTreks for great hospitality and services. Highly recommended and looking to visit again in future.

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