Overview for Everest Three Passes Trek In Nepal
- Trip Code: CT-10013
- Package: Everest Three Passes Trek In Nepal
- Duration: 20 Day(s)
- Max Alt.: 5,545m/ 18,192ft
- Trip Level:
AdvancedRequires prior training and some experience in trekking and mountaineering
- Group Size: Min. 2- Max. 12
- 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
- Thrilling flight to Lukla airport from Kathmandu
- Hillary suspension bridge, named after one of the first persons to climb the Mount Everest summit, Sir Edmund Hillary
- The town of Namche Bazzar
- Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche villages
- Tengboche Monastry, one of the largest and historic Buddhist Monastery
- Scenic views of the Great Himalayan ranges
- Everest Base Camp and trek to Kala Patthar
- Gokyo Lake, Gokyo Valley and the amazing mountains surrounding it
- Ngozumpa Glacier which is the biggest glacier in Nepal
- Kongma La Pass, Chola Pass, and Renjo La Pass
Experience the Great Himalayan Wonders up close with the adventure of crossing the Everest Region Pass of Nepal at once. The Everest Three Pass Trek offers an exciting opportunity to witness the four mighty Himalayan ranges of Nepal above 8,000 meters, Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8740m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), and Mt. Makalu (8485m) along with other mountains and glaciers in Nepal. The Everest Three Pass Trek lets you to cross through Kongma La pass (5535m), Chola pass (5368m), and Renjo La pass (5340m). The trail is full of icy and rocky terrain which might be a challenging task but it is indeed a trail filled with adventure and thrill. This journey will take you to Everest Base Camp and then to the less traveled route towards the three passes including Kala Patthar.
The Everest High Pass trail provides the travelers with amazing and scenic landscapes of many Himalayan ranges of Nepal such as Mt Everest, (8,848m), Mt Lhotse (8,749m), Nuptse (7,861m) Ama Dablam (6,856m), Labuche (6,119), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), and Mt. Makalu (8485m) along with beautiful lakes and countless glaciers. We also travel through the Gokyo valley which has amazing nestled valley with few lodges and a beautiful Gokyo Lake laying at an altitude of 5,000 meters. The biggest glacier of Nepal, the Ngozumpa glacier, can also be observed during this trek in Nepal. This place is truly a heavenly and one of the most exquisite places during the Everest Three Pass trek. Travelers can enjoy the unique taste of nature and culture of the Everest region as they walk along the remote mountains and wild landscapes following through the vibrant villages along the way.
The Everest Three Pass trek also known to many as Everest High Pass trek gives an incredible opportunity to trek along the three exciting and beautiful passes situated at a high elevation point in the Everest region. Because of its remoteness and solitude, the Everest three pass trek is suitable for true adventurers and thrill seekers. CoreTreks attempts in creating an enjoyable and unforgettable journey with the reassurance of our trained and fully-licensed trekking guides in Nepal and porters helping you all along the every step of your way. Keep in mind that your trip could be customizable as we want you to make the memories of a lifetime.
Trip Itinerary of Everest Three Passes Trek In Nepal
Arrival to Kathmandu
One of the staffs from Core Treks will pick you up from the airport and take you to a hotel. The hotels are three-star or above based on the preference of the client. We will have a short briefing session at our office regarding the trip and travel details. Please feel free to ask questions during this session. After a bit of walking around the streets of Thamel, we will wrap up for the day.
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and hike towards Phakding
This is one of the most dramatic and thrilling short flight experience in the world. The total flight duration of this scenic flight will be around 35 minutes. After landing at Lukla, the trail opens out to reach towards first stop after 3-4 hours of hike, Phakding village. During this hike we will be walking alongside the Dudh Koshi river whose water source is one of our prime destinations, the Gokyo Lake. The walk here is pretty easy and after passing through some small villages, we will reach to Phakding.
Important Note: Lukla flights have been diverted to Ramechhap instead of Kathmandu according to the recent notice from Aviation Authority. The drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap is about 4h to 5h (140km) via B.P.Highway. We will be preparing very early in the morning for the drive to Ramechhap in order to catch early flights. Read more about Lukla flights diversion here.
Phakding to Namche Bazzar
After breakfast at Phakding the trek begins towards a mountain town of Namche Bazzar. Several small settlements and villages are crossed in route towards Namche Bazzar. We will also be crossing the Hillary suspension bridge, named after one of the first persons to climb Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary. Namche Bazzar is the main trading center in the Everest region of Nepal. The town has good restaurants, pubs and internet cafes.
Acclimatization and rest at Namche Bazzar
Namche Bazar is the perfect place for acclimatization. A short hike towards Syangboche (3720m) is done after breakfast. The panoramic view of the great Himalayan ranges such as Mount Everest (8848m), Mt Lhotse (8749m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and Labuche (6119m) can be seen from here. Further from Namche lies the Everest View Hotel which is a hotel located at the highest altitude on earth.
Namche Bazzar to Tengboche
The journey towards Tengboche starts following the trails which marches along the glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi with mesmerizing views of the Himalayas. A famous monastery lies at Tengboche where a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, incredibly ornate wall hangings, and the musical instruments and robe of the Lamas can be seen. A prayer ceremony is done every day in the monastery and the group will be taken to observe the prayer either in the evening or morning depending on the trekking schedule.
Tengboche to Dingboche
The trail then will go through Imja Khola where trekkers can enjoy crossing excitng suspension bridge. Then climbing towards Pangboche, thousands of mani stones can be observed. The trek passes through traditional Sherpa villages and finally taking to the village of Dingboche from where magnificent views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam can be seen.
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Acclimatization at Dingboche
Dingboche is another great place for acclimatizing. After breakfast a hike to Nangkartshang Peak is amazing way to acclimatize the body. The place has an excellent view point and if the weather is clear, the view of Ama Dablam peak could be seen from its summits to its feet. Trekkers can spend the rest of the afternoon strolling around the villages or resting.
Dingboche to Chhukung
The trail will mostly go up and down and travelers can see many traditional farms and fences made out of stones along the way. After couple hours we will reach to Chhukung where we'll stop for lunch. Afterwards we climb towards the Chhukung Ri Peak which might take us 4-5 hours. The views form the peak are absolutely spectacular, especially that of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labcha peaks. We then head back to Chhukung for the night.
Chhukung to Kongma La Pass to Lobuche
We climb up from here for about 8 hours to reach the top of Kongma La pass. There are a couple trails for Kongma La pass where one is to the northwest of Chhukung over the Nuptse Glacier whereas the other is back to Bibre and trek on the trail above Niyang river. As there aren't any tea houses or shops on the way, we need to carry our own food and water. By heading towardd the north of Khumbu Glacier, we then reach to Lobuche.
Lobuche to Gorakshep and a walk towards Everest Base Camp
After breakfast a slow walk further on from Lobuche starts to avoid the altitude sickness. After about 3 hours of walk we will reach Gorakshep where the burdens and baggage are laid at the lodge. If the weather is clear then we can see the beautiful Himalayas all around. After having lunch we will walk towards the Everest Base Camp, the closest one can get to Mount Everest without mountaineering equipment. . After spending some time at the Everest Base Camp, we will head back to Gorakshep for the night.
Gorakshep to Kala Patthar to Dzongla
The journey from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar is considered to be one of the more difficult walks during the whole trek but it is however the most rewarding as well. Kala Patthar is a famous vantage point which is popular for providing panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges including the best view of Mount Everest. The hike towards Kala Patthar is done early at dawn since the sight of sunrise is one of the prime attractions of the whole trek. The view is truly something to behold as the sun rises from within the Mount Everest and changes the colors of the Himalayan ranges from silver to gold. After enjoying the mesmerizing views and getting all the photographs you need, we head towards Dzongla.
Dzongla to Cho La Pass to Thaknak
The trek from Dzongla to Cho la could be the most challenging day of the entire trek as we go over the pass. It will be challenging yet we're confident that our fellow travelers will be able to handle the challenge as we should be getting used to trekking at higher altitude. Crossing the pass might be very difficult in case of a bad weather so we start this travel early in the dawn to cross the pass before the heat gets to the ice. This part really is a thrilling ride but it's totally worth it after we climb to the top and see the amazing views of the landscapes!
Thaknak to Gokyo
The trek towards Gokyo valley begins after having breakfast. We walk down into the Gokyo valley and cross the Ngozumpa glacier which is one of the longest glacier in the Everest Himalayan region. The trek is comparatively shorter and we might reach to Gokyo by noon or by lunch hour. This place is truly breathtaking with a low intensity of people and calm nature.
Gokyo to Gokyo Ri to Gokyo
An early morning hike up to the summit of Gokyo Ri situated at an altitude of 5,357m is the first activity of the day from where the views of the Himalayas are just spectacular. The beauty of the scenery is as good as the view from Kala Patthar if not even better. We can observe 4 of the 14 tallest mountain peaks of the world, namely, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu from a very close range. After enjoying the time at the summit we head back to the lodge for breakfast and you can strolling around Gokyo lake.
Gokyo – Reanjo La- Lungden
The trek starts in the morning after having breakfast. The trek for this day is long but it is not as difficult. The trail is fairly easy and amazing view of Mt. Everest can be seen from the top of the Renjo pass. After that, we start descending towards Lungden.
Lungden to Thame
The trek is mostly going downhill towards Thame. We can view some amazing snow peaks along this trail. There is also a monastery that resides on the side of a hill overlooking the valley called Thame Monastery, 150 meters above Thame, which is quite a scenic monastery and a home to many monks.
Thame to Namche Bazaar
This trek is relatively long however the trail is much easier as we start going downhill. The decrease in elevation also helps regaining more energy and stamina. We will be reaching to Namche Bazzar after a long walk that will be all for the day as we ponder upon the amazing journey we've traveled and enjoy the night in the town of Namche Bazzar.
Namche Bazzar to Lukla
The trail from Namche Bazzar to Lukla is the same trail we will be passing through while ascending towards Namche Bazzar. The trail will be much easier as it is going downhill and lesser altitude. As we reach to Lukla, put on our burdens and laugh about the incredible journey we've accomplished within these short period of time.
Lukla to Kathmandu
The flight usually is held during morning hours. The flight will be 35 minutes long to reach from Lukla to Kathmandu and hence the trekking comes to an end. We can see the majestic views of the mighty Himalayas up close for one last time as we head back to Kathmandu. After landing, travelers are taken back to the hotel where you shall stay overnight. Core treks will host a dinner this night where guests will be able to taste the traditional Nepali cuisine along with some cultural dance at the venue.
Departure from Kathmandu
The day has come and after bidding our goodbyes a representative from Core Treks will transport you to Tribhuvwan International Airport around 2 hours before your flight departure.
- Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
- Standard twin- sharing accommodation in a three starts hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (2 Nights).
- Twin sharing accommodation during 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.
- All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
- Travel and Rescue Insurance
- Tipping to 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"
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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.
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- Travel Insurance
- Trek Packing List
- Responsible Tourism
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CoreTreks is always striving for customer satisfaction and quality services. At the same time, we do not compromise on our responsibilities. We discourage any activities that harm the surroundings as well as the people. Nepal is a country of respect, hence we encourage travelers to greet people and show respect to the culture and traditions.
Symptoms of Altitude Sickness may start once you reach 1500-2000 meters and upwards. If you gain altitude rapidly without letting your body adapt to the thin oxygen at higher altitudes, you are most likely to suffer from Altitude Sickness. But if you plan for acclimatization days to your itinerary, you are good to go.
The itinerary includes acclimatization days to avoid Altitude Sickness. The sickness is common at high altitudes. Please note that sickness is a topic to be taken very seriously. Here are some few extra preventions:
- Avoid climbing rapidly, give your body some time to adjust
- Drink more water, not less than 5 liters a day
- Eat more, eat often, and eat healthily
- Listen to your body, do not ignore symptoms
- Do not skip acclimatization days
- Be prepared in case of an emergency
Safety and Security
A comprehensive Travel Insurance is mandatory while trekking with CoreTreks. However, there are a few measures that you can implement to ensure safety:
- Secure your belongings
- Do not flash cash or jewelry
- Have an emergency plan
- Do not trek alone
- Only choose authorized trekking agencies
CoreTreks will provide you with the essentials such as a Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, a duffle bag, a t-shirt, a trekking map, a self-sufficient medical first aid kit, and more. These are to be returned after completion of the trek.
Personal mountaineering gears are not included but we will provide you with a list of equipment necessary for your trek.
On average, walking time per day is 5-6 hours below 3,000m. For altitudes higher than 3,000m the average walking time is 3-5 hours per day. The walking hours may vary according to conditions but do not exceeds 6 hours mark per day.
Hiring a Porter/Guide
An experienced guide will be provided for a group of 1-5. A group consisting of 6-12 individuals will be provided with 2 professional guides. The package also includes a porter for every 2 individuals.
All our guides are licensed and well-experienced. They have been guiding with CoreTreks for almost a decade. Guides come in handy whenever you need some quick information, and to enhance overall trekking experience.
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.
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.