Everest three high pass

Trip Overview

The Everest Region has been Nepal’s most popular trekking destination since the first successful ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953. This incredible 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. The absolutely incredible landscape and panoramic views during the trek 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 with the icefall. Besides, this route introduces you to the remote Nangpa La Valley, the Sherpa village of Marlung, and the monastery village of Thame.

Moreover, This trek provides the ultimate experience of crossing the three high passes Renjo La (5340 m), Cho La (5420 m), and Kongma La (5540 m) pass. This amazing journey begins with a brief exploration of some of the World Heritage sites in Kathmandu. Then, take a 30 minutes scenic flight to Lukla. Followed by a trek from Lukla to Namche Bazaar. 

The trail goes through the Sagarmatha National Park.  Along, the Dudhkoshi River, past diverse landscapes, several small settlements along the way.  You will cross over the first of the three high passes, the Kongma La pass. And, then make your way towards Everest Base Camp. You will hike to Kalapatthar for breathtaking mountain views. Next is a tough climb through Cho La Pass.

Finally, crossing over the Cho La Pass, bring you to the beautiful Gokyo valley. After enjoying awe-inspiring views, the journey continues through the next great pass, the Renjo La Pass. You will follow the route ancient trade route via Nangpa La to get to Thame. From Thame, you will descend to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu.

Everest Three Pass Trek

Trek Highlights

⇒Enjoy breathtaking scenic flights to and from Lukla.
⇒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 the popular three high passes of the Khumbu region
⇒Admire the fantastic view of the valley, Ama Dablam, and Amphu Labcha peaks.
⇒Breathtaking view of the sunrise on those snow-capped mountains from the summit of Kalapatthar.

Trip Fact

  • TRIP ID: SST-273
  • TRIP NAME: Everest Three Pass Trek
  • DURATION: 21 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • Group Size 2-8 People
  • BEST SEASON: March, April, May, September, October, November,
  • MAX ALTITUDE 5643m(Kalapathar)
  • ACCOMMODATION 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu & in trekkers lodge/tea house while on trek
  • WALKING HOUR 6-7 hrs
  • TRIP ROUTE: Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding-Namche Bazaar-Tengboche-Dingboche-Chhukung-Lobuche-Gorakshep-Kalapatthar-Dzongla-Thangnak-Gokyo-Marlung-Namche-Lukla-Kathmandu

Itinenary Details

  • 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 of Kathmandu valley. You will be served by 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 are listed on the UNESCO world heritage sites. Kathmandu Durbar Square area holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the Kathmandu Kingdom. Kathmandu Durbar Square reveals Nepalese art, craft, and architecture of an ancient period. The architecture is typical of the 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 the 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) from, where you can see the 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. As today is the first day, we will not hike for long and stay at Phakding.
    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 the village of Monjo to the left. Monjo is the border to the Sagarmatha National Park. At the check post, we make an entry and show the required paperwork to the authorities. And then, continue our trek via Jorsalle village (2740m), Dovan (2830m), and up the steep trail to Chautara. Further, a journey of about an hour or so will bring us to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazar is one of the trading posts for the Sherpa people. It is also an ideal market for tourist to purchase traditional local made crafts. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

  • Day 5: Acclimatization day

    Today is the day for rest and to adjust to the high altitude climate. The principle is a 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 the opportunity to 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. Further, we will visit Khumjung village, and interact with local people, observe the cultural tradition and living style of 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 the majestic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Thamserku all along the way. The trail passes through Kayangjuma, Sansa, Phunki Thenga, then crosses the Bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing the river, the trail is steep uphill ascend about 500m, and we reach the hilltop village of Tengboche. Tengboche, at an altitude of 4000 m, is an extraordinary place. It houses the biggest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region. The structure of the monastery, for the first time, was built in 1923 AD. In 1934, it was destroyed by an earthquake and was rebuilt again. It was again destroyed by fire in 1989. And it was reconstructed with the help of volunteers and the provision of foreign aid. 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 trek 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 up for an entire day to reach Dingboche. The villages of Somare (4010m) and Orsho also lie on the way. And offers 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, 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 have a wonderful view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Lobuche, 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 hike goes through stone-walled fields and 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. Further, 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 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 Khumbu 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 the hike very early in the morning to catch the sunrise view from the top of the Kalapatthar(black rock). 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)

    We start very early today, the trail heads in a westerly direction from Dzongla. Today is the toughest day of our trek as we head to Cho-La Pass (5420m). On reaching the highest point of the valley, we begin our trek through Cho La Pass. The trail can be quite difficult and involves a steep scramble up rock boulders and then a walk across the gently ascending, snow-covered glacier on the pass. Upon reaching the top of the pass, we then head downhill, following a narrow river valley all the way 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 towards 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 trail 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 in front of the third lake (Dudh Pokhari) at 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 can choose to climb Gokyo Ri to get 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 in the east. Descend to Gokyo for lunch, 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 4th and 5th Gokyo 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. Along the way, we can enjoy awesome views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, and Taboche, before crossing the Renjo La Pass. This is also one of the most demanding parts of our trek. Once we reach the top, we will be greeted with spectacular 360-degree views of Mt. Cho-Oyu and other towering peaks. After a short break, we continue our trek to the frozen lakes below Renjo La Pass before heading downhill to the small village of Lungdeng – close to Nangpa-La Pass. The trail then takes us 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 and descend to Taranga. The trail continues to descend, and we cross two bridges before reaching Thame. Overlooking Thame is its 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 down, you will see completely different views. The trail to Lukla continuously goes up and down but, at this low altitude, this won’t be a problem anymore. Overnight in Lukla.

  • Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu

    Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, which will take around 30 minutes. If you are lucky, you will get the last glimpse of the amazing scenic mountain scenery in Khumbu. In case of bad weather, flight cancellations may occur. Therefore you will have a spare 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 amazing 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.

What's Included
  • 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 with one welcome/farewell dinner. All meals during the trek.
  • English speaking local trekking guide along with porter(one porter for every two member) during the trek.
  • Guide, porter and trekking staff insurance.
  • Round trip domestic flight to and from Lukla.
  • All necessary paper work and permit (ENPP/Regional Permit)
  • All Government taxes and service charges.
What's Not Included
  • Nepal entry visa.
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance(covering rescue and evacuation) recommended.
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, 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

Review

EDhan
EDhan

10th November, 2015

My Name is EDhan from California, America. I am a retired management consultant. Basically, this visit to Nepal exceeded my expectations. We came here through Tibet and Bhutan. Here in Nepal, I like the neighbourhood and friendly people. My wife every day used to go for morning walk and used to tell me the story about the local people, whatever she sees every day. Especially, the guide was most knowledgeable and made it possible and get a sense of not only historical and religious value of some of the places but also some of the other places how the people live over there day to day.

The company was able to manage all the services smoothly and made the memorable trip in Kathmandu. Do not be afraid of Earthquake; the government has done very good job, lots of cleaning up and reconstructions are going on. There are many places to go without facing any problems. Feel free to make a trip to Nepal nothing to afraid of and you will feel the completely different and unique. Thanks to Sixth Sixth and an entire team making an incredible trip in Nepal and I will come back next time.

Margo Boston
Margo Boston

14th October, 2015

Hi, My Name is Margo Boston, America. We were planning the trip to visit Nepal Bhutan and Tibet through our local agency. In the beginning, we asked so many questions about safety, especially after the earthquake but we realised that after visiting Nepal it is completely safe & worthful to visit.

We are very glad to see the beautiful country. Everything was perfect and great to see the Hinduism and Buddhism and combinations of religious and cultural aspects in the tiny little city. The trip plan, all the staff activity including cultural show was great.

Lori
Lori

7th October, 2015

Hi, My Name is Lori, and I came to do the trip with my daughter. After the earthquake had happened we were confused, what should we do, should we go or should we not go for Nepal Trip and finally we decided to come after the consultation, and we had a wonderful time there. The tour guide and driver and all the staff were done magnificent job. There is so much to see and worthful to visit. The hotel was excellent, the food was great, we enjoyed our time. The Buddhist and Hindu temple were fascinating. Our guide was brilliant and enhanced all experience and knowledge he passed all the knowledge to us and shared the ideas. I encourage you to visit Nepal it is one of the incredible places around the world.

Palm
Palm

12th August, 2015

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on. There are lots of places to see and open for the tourist. The people here are very friendly, all the staffs of Sixth Sense including tour guide and the management and coordination were perfect.

What I like this country is that the culture and diversity of landscape. Besides this Nepal is very vibrant country and colourful country. In the future, I would like to make more trips in Nepal with Sixth Sense spending more time in Kathmandu and it’s surrounding areas and countryside. For the tourist, I would recommend please do visit Nepal with Sixth Sense. Tour Guide and company which was responsible for everything to organise this trip, everything was taken care of all the arrangements were first class. We loved the Trip plan, the selected hotels, the knowledge of tour guide and the entire team was absolutely perfect and highly recommended for future travellers.

Irfan
Irfan

27th December, 2019

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on.