The Everest Region has been Nepal’s most popular trekking destination since the first successful ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953. There are several other major trekking routes: the Everest Base Camp Trek, The Gokyo Valley Trek, and Everest View Trek. But this Everest Three Pass Trek is the ultimate trekking adventure in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Besides, this trek takes you to the Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar, Gokyo Valley, and Gokyo Ri. And also cross over the three high passes in the Everest region. The incredible landscape and panoramic views along the trail are unbelievable.
Moreover, you can have breathtaking views of mountains like Lhotse (8511m), Nuptse (7864m), Cho-Oyu (8201m), Makalu (8475m), Amadablam (6856m), Thamserku (6608m), Pumori (7145m) among others. Besides, this route introduces you to the remote Nangpa La Valley, the Sherpa village of Marlung, and the monastery village of Thame. Also, the trek provides the experience of crossing over the three high passes: Renjo La (5340 m), Cho La (5420 m), and Kongma La (5540 m) pass.
The Everest Three Pass Trek begins with the exploration of Kathmandu valley. Then, we take a scenic flight to Lukla and trek to Namche Bazaar. The trail goes through the Sagarmatha National Park, past diverse landscapes, and small settlements along the way. You will cross over the Kongma La pass. Then make your way towards Everest Base Camp. You will hike to Kalapatthar for breathtaking mountain views. Finally, cross over the Cho La Pass, and arrive at the beautiful Gokyo valley. After enjoying awe-inspiring views, we continue across the Renjo La Pass, following the ancient trade route via Nangpa La to get to Thame. From Thame, you will descend to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu.
- Experience the breathtaking scenic flights to and from Lukla.
- Enjoy the perfectly blended views of deep Dudhkoshi River Valley, lush vegetation, and the diverse flora and fauna of the Sagarmatha National Park.
- Enjoy a 360° view of the Himalayan Panorama.
- Cross over the three high passes of the Khumbu region.
- Admire the fantastic view of the valley, Ama Dablam, and Amphu Labcha peaks.
- Enjoy the breathtaking sunrise over the snow-capped mountains from Kalapatthar.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Kathmandu International airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the evening, you have the option to stroll around Asan, Indrachowk & the local tourist market. You will be served a welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trek preparation
Today we will have a half-day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. After breakfast, we will visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swambhunath Stupa. Both listed on the UNESCO world heritage sites. Kathmandu Durbar Square area holds the palaces of Kings who ruled over Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square reveals Nepalese art, craft, and architecture of an ancient period. The architecture is of the typical Malla dynasty, which ruled over Nepal from the 12th to 18th century. Then, we will visit the oldest Buddhist pilgrimage site and tourist destination, the Swambhunath Stupa. Swayambhu is popular among foreigners as Monkey Temple with a large monkey population. Later in the afternoon, discussion session regarding the planning and preparation of the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly to Lukla-Trek to Phakding(2610m/3 hrs)
Early in the morning, we shall transfer to the domestic airport to board a scenic mountain flight to Lukla (2840m), which will take about 30 minutes. The flight to Lukla will be one of a lifetime spectacular experiences. Upon arrival at Lukla, we start trekking until we reach Phakding passing through beautiful Chaurikharka village on the left-hand side, which will take about 3 hours. Further, the trail traverses Chheplung (2660m), Thado Koshigaon (2580m), where you can see a glimpse of Mt. Kusum Kangkaru (6367m), Nursing (2492m), and reach Phakding. The trail to Phakding lets you discover the green landscape with scenic views of villages and green farmlands along the way. Overnight in Phakding.
Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar(3440m/6hrs)
After breakfast, we shall start trekking through a beautiful pine forest. Today the trail goes along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River and the Hillary Suspension Bridge. After crossing the Phakding village, we will have our first view of Mt. Kongde Ri (6186m) on your right-hand side. The trail further takes us to Bengkar village, situated on the corner of the River, with Monjo to the left. Monjo is the border of the Sagarmatha National Park. At the check post, we make an entry and show the required paperwork to the authorities. And then, we continue our trek via Jorsalle village (2740m), Dovan (2830m), and up the steep trail to Chautara. Hike further, about an hour to reach Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazar is one of the trading posts for the Sherpa people. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 5: Acclimatization day
Today is the day to rest and adjust to the high-altitude climate. The principle is to hike to the higher elevation and overnight in lower levitation. In the morning, we will take the excellent opportunity to explore the Sherpa Culture Museum and the Everest Photo Gallery. We will also have spectacular mountain views, including Mt. Everest, Kongde, Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse. Then we will start hiking to Everest view hotel, passing through Syangboche airstrip (3700m). We climb further to reach Mt. Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde, and much more. We will visit Khumjung village, and interact with local people, observe the cultural tradition and living style of the Sherpa people. We also have the option to visit the Khumjung High School and interact with teachers and students. Then descend back to Namche Bazar. Overnight in Namche Bazar.
Day 6: Namche Bazar to Tengboche(3860m/5hrs)
The trek from Namche Bazar to Tengboche offers majestic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Thamserku all along the way. The trail passes through Kayangjuma, Sansa, and Phunki Thenga then crosses the Bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing the river, the path is steep uphill and ascends about 500m, and we reach the hilltop village of Tengboche. Tengboche set at an altitude of 4000 m, is an extraordinary place. It houses the biggest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region. Tengboche is a beautiful place for scenic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, Kusum Khangkaru, and Kongde Ri in the South. Overnight in Tengboche.
Day 7: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/5hrs)
This morning, f you are interested, you can visit the monastery during the morning prayers. After breakfast, we will trek from Tengboche to Dingboche, also known as Summer Valley, which will take approximately 5 hours. At first, we hike via Debuche, cross the bridge over Imja Khola and trek along with the beautiful green fields, protected lands & the village of Pangboche (3900m). The trail is steep uphill until Dingboche, past the settlements of Somare and Orsho, with an excellent view of Mt. Ama Dablam. We then descend to the river. And follow up a steep trail to reach the Dingboche via the north face of the Pheriche village. Overnight in Dingboche.
Day 8: Acclimatization day
This day is reserved for acclimatization before we ascend further. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast with a spectacular sunrise view over the mountains. Later, we hike up the Nagarjuna(Nangkartshang)hill. The hike is uphill and rather strenuous, but the effort is worth the journey. From the top, we can see the view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Lobuche, and Taboche, along with the panoramic view of the entire Imja Khola valley. Overnight in Dingboche.
Day 9: Dingboche to Chhukung (4730m/3-4 hrs)
The hike is pleasant as we leave Dingboche. The walk goes through stone-walled fields and an alpine landscape. The views are stupendous as we head towards Chhukung. Lhotse towers on our left and Ama Dablam on our right. After walking for about two or more hours, we arrive at Bibre. About an hour or so from Bibre, we finally arrive at Chhukung. After Lunch, we can rest or hike to Chhukung Ri for more amazing views of the mountains. It will also allow us time to prepare for our early morning departure to Kongma-la Pass. Overnight in Chhukung.
Day 10: Chhukung to Lobuche(4940m) via Kongma La pass(5540m) 6-7 hrs.
We start early before dawn along an icy path and then a stony trail beneath Kongma-La Pass and its Kongma La Peak, also known as Mehra Peak. We then cross Kongma-La Pass at (5,535m) nestled between Mt Nuptse Wall, Mehra, and Pokalde peaks. After a strenuous climb towards the Khumbu glacier and moraine (rocky ground). We take a fairly steep trail up to the base of the Khumbu Glacier and arrive at Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.
Day 11: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5164 m) - Hike to Everest Base Camp (5364m/6-7 hrs)
Today, we will trek towards Gorakshep (5140m). This will be one of the most challenging days of the trek. We hike next to the Khumbu Glacier along the trail. We can get a glimpse of the crest of the north ridge of Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse & Mt. Nuptse. It is about a 3 to 4 hours walk with many ups and down to get to Gorakshep (5,140m). After lunch and a short rest, we head towards the Everest Base Camp. The trail goes along the glacial moraine of the KhumbuToday, we will trek towards Gorakshep (5140m). Today will be one of the most challenging days of the trek. We hike next to the Khumbu Glacier along the trail with the view of the crest of the north ridge of Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse & Mt. Nuptse. It is about a 3 to 4 hours walk with many ups and down to get to Gorakshep (5,140m). After lunch and a short rest, we head towards the Everest Base Camp. The trail goes along the glacial moraine of the Khumbu glacier. After spending some time at the base camp, we return to Gorakshep overnight. Overnight in Gorakshep glacier. After spending some time at the base camp, we then return to Gorakshep overnight. Overnight in Gorakshep.
Day 12: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar(5643 m) - Dzongla(4830m/6-7 hrs)
We begin early in the morning to catch the sunrise view from the top of the Kalapatthar, a well-known landmark that offers the most exhilarating panoramic view of surrounding peaks, including Mt. including Lingtren (6,695m), Khumbutse (6,623m), Changtse (7,550m), Nuptse (7879m), with a close-up view of Mt. Everest. After spending some time on the Kalapatthar Summit, we descend to Gorakshep and continue our hike towards Dzongla (4,830m) via Lobuche. Overnight in Dzongla.
Day 13: Dzongla to Thangnak via Cho La pass (5340m/6-7 hrs)
Today the trail heads in a westerly direction from Dzongla. Today is a tough day of our trek as we head to Cho-La Pass (5420m). On reaching the highest point of the valley, we begin our hike through Cho La Pass. The trail can be difficult and involves a steep scramble up rock boulders and then a gentle walk across the snow-covered glacier on the pass. Upon reaching the top, we head downhill, following a narrow river valley to its base to Thangnak. Overnight in Thangnak.
Day 14: Thangnak(4700m) to Gokyo (4790m/3-4hrs)
After a relaxed breakfast, we continue our trek toward the small village of Gokyo. Along the trail, we will have some fantastic mountain views. After leaving Longponga (4720 m), we continue uphill on a path that leads to Gokyo with a magnificent view of Tanjung Tsho Lake (4710m). After a short walk along the edge of the Ngozumpa Glacier, we arrive at the small settlement of Gokyo. The rest of the day is to rest and relax and enjoy the beautiful Himalayan scenery. Overnight in Gokyo.
Day 15: Rest day in Gokyo
This morning we will climb to Gokyo Ri. Gokyo Ri offers a panoramic vista of some of the world’s highest peaks, including Mt. Cho Oyo, Gyachung Kang, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Cholatse, Tawache, and Mt. Makalu. Descend to Gokyo for lunch, and the rest of the afternoon is to rest and relax or hike to the nearby viewpoint to view the 5th lake. Overnight in trekkers lodge.
An option is also available to hike to the 4th and 5th lakes(4-5 hrs round trip).
Day 16: Gokyo to Marlung (4249m) via Renjo La Pass (5360m/7-8 hrs)
Today we head off towards the last of our three high passes, following the trail at the end of Gokyo Lake with magnificent views of mountains along the way. We can get 360-degree views of Mt. Cho-Oyu and other towering peaks. After a short break, we continue to hike to the frozen lakes below Renjo La Pass before heading downhill to the small village of Lungdeng – close to Nangpa-La Pass. Then the trail descends to Marlung village, where we stay for the night. Overnight in Marlung.
Day 17: Marlung to Namche Bazaar(6 hrs)
The descent from Marulung to Thame follows the traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. We cross the Bhote Koshi River to Taranga and continue downhill to Thame. Overlooking Thame is the famous Gompa situated on a hill to the west. From here, we descend gradually on a trail that passes through a few small villages before reaching Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 18: Namche Bazaar – Lukla (2840m/19km/6 - 7 hrs)
The trail descends steeply downward, crossing the suspension bridges over the wild Dudh Koshi river. Even though you are traveling the same route, you will see completely different views. The trail to Lukla continuously goes up and down. Overnight in Lukla.
Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu
Today we will take the early morning flight to Kathmandu. If you are lucky, you will get the last glimpse of the scenic view of the Khumbu region. In case of bad weather, flight cancellations may occur. Therefore you will have an extra day in Kathmandu tomorrow. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel to enjoy the comfort of your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu
Free day in Kathmandu today. There are some wonderful temples and sights that you can visit: Pashupathinath Temple, the great stupa of Bodhnath, the old royal city of Patan, and many more. If you wish to do sightseeing with a guide and driver, we can arrange this for you (extra cost applies). Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 21: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
- All transfers by private vehicle.
- Half day sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local guide as per itinerary.
- Accommodation in above listed or similar hotels in Kathmandu and local village lodges/tea house during the trek.
- Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu while all meals included during the trek.
- English speaking local trekking guide along with porter(one porter for every two member) during the trek.
- Round trip domestic flight to and from Lukla.
- All necessary paper work and permit (NP entry fee/Rural Permit/TIMS)
- All Government taxes and service charges.
- Nepal entry visa.
- International flight to and from Kathmandu.
- Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
- Personal Travel Medical Insurance.
- Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, etc.
- Hot showers during the trek.
- Any extra cost incurred due to changing the itinerary, like early return from the trek.
- All other personal expenses not listed in the included section