Everest Three High Pass Trek

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Starts at: Lukla Ends at: Lukla
Trek Region: Everest Transport: Flight
Duration: 18 Days Trip Grade: Challenging
Max Altitude: 5,643 m / 18513 ft (Kala Patthar) Accomodation: Teahouse

Everest Three High Pass Trek Highlights

  • Cross three popular passes in the Everest region – Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La
  • Explore the glacial lakes of the Gokyo valley
  • Have an adventurous yet, challenging time while crossing these passes
  • Get a close insight into the life of the Himalayan Sherpa people
  • Catch the finest views of Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar (5545 meters)

The Everest Three Pass Trek consists of crossing three high altitude passes, namely, Renjo La Pass (5465 m), Cho La Pass (5420 m) and Khongma La Pass (5535 m).

Here are some long days (9 hours) and strenuous accents, so a high level of fitness is required. The trek combines crossing these passes with the other ‘must do’ areas of the Khumbu: Everest Base Camp, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, and the Gokyo Lakes.

Flying in and out of Lukla, two routes are possible, clockwise and anti-clockwise. But both routes provide you with the same terrain and same spectacular views.

This trek is definitely the definitive Everest region trek for the adventure-seeking trekker!

Here is just a taste of what to expect from this trek:

From the top of the Renjo La Pass (5,464m), the views of Everest reportedly beat even the panoramic Everest views from Kalapatthar. There are also spectacular views of Gokyo Lake.

Cho La Pass (5,420m) is formed between the snowcapped summits of Lobuche (6,135m) and Cholatse (6,443m). The steep climb is challenging and icy in parts but from the summit, there are spectacular views of Ama Dablam.

Kongma La Pass has been described as more of a ‘precarious struggle among skittering stones’. The route takes you across a glacier and glacier-fed river and the climb up to the pass at 5,535m is the highest on this trip.

You can regain their breath as they take in the views from the top of the pass where Lhotse and Makula make their presence felt and the view of the turquoise lakes below contrast the majesty of the mountains.

As mentioned, this trek takes in not just the three passes, but also a trip up Kalapatthar, which is the famous place to view Mount Everest (in fact it is often referred to as the Everest View Point), and a trek to Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp.

The names of which are very familiar to anyone who has an interest in the Everest region or knows something about the history of Mount Everest.

Two other highlights of this trek are Tengboche Monastery, the highest monastery in the Khumbu Region, and the Gokyo Lakes, the highest freshwater bodies in Nepal.

Everest Three Pass Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Kathmandu – 1300 m / 4265 ft

Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding

Phakding – 2651 m / 8697 ft – 3 to 4 hrs

Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar – 3438 m / 11279 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Day 4: Acclimatization day

Namche Bazaar – 3438 m / 11279 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Day 5: Namche to Tengboche

Tengboche – 3956 m / 12979 ft – 5 to 6 hrs

Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche

Dingboche – 4380 m / 14370 ft – 4 to 5 hrs

Day 7: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche

Dingboche – 4380 m / 14370 ft – 3 to 4 hrs

Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche via Khong Ma La Pass

Lobuche – 4938 m / 16200 ft – 10 hrs

Day 9: Lobuche to Gorakshep (Afternoon hike to Kalapatthar)

Gorakshep – 5368 m / 17611- 8 hrs

Day 10: Gorakshep to Dzongla (Morning hike to EBC)

Dzongla – 4,830m / 15,846 ft – 8 hrs

Day 11: Dzongla to Gokyo via Cho La Pass

Gokyo – 4,800 m / 15,748 ft – 8 to 9 hrs

Day 12: Acclimatization day

Gokyo – 4,800 m / 15,748 ft

Day 13: Gokyo Valley to Marlung via Renjo La Pass

Marlung – 4,210 m / 13,812 ft – 7 to 8 hrs

Day 14: Marlung to Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar – 3,438 m / 11,279 ft- 5 to 6 hrs

Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Lukla – 2860 m / 9383 ft – 7 – 8 hrs

Day 16: Lukla to Kathmandu (Flight)

Lukla – 1,400 m / 4,593 ft – 35 minute

Day 17: Departure

Departure

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

  • Accommodation: Hotel

We will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel where we will brief you on your upcoming trek.  Feel free to explore the surrounding area today or catch up on your sleep before your early morning flight.

Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding

  • Flight time: 35 to 40 minutes
  • Trek time: 3 to 4 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Wake up early for an amazing mountain-filled flight into one of the highest airports in the world! After meeting your local crew and being awed by the airstrip you just landed on, set off on a trail that takes you past a monastery, over a suspension bridge, and into the heartland of the Sherpa people.  

We stop for the first night at Phakding, about a 3 hour’s hike from Lukla.

Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

  • Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

After breakfast start trekking with both ascents and descents to reach the market town of Namche Bazaar.  The trail takes us to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, over some more suspension bridges, and through rhododendron forests.

Tonight we sleep in the biggest Sherpa town in the region – bustling with trekkers and climbers and locals going about their business.

Day 4: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar

  • Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Today is a day to let the body acclimatize as we have risen quickly to this altitude.  The best way to acclimatize is to be active.  Either be exploring Namche or better still, taking a walk in the neighborhood.  Head for the Everest View Hotel for your morning coffee!  You might come across people who have helicoptered in for breakfast with a view! And what a view it is – majestic Mt. Everest as the name suggests.  

You might want to continue on to Khumjung village, home to  Khunde Hospital and Khumjung School.  Both were built in the 1960s by Sir Edmund Hillary.  Here you also find Khumjung Monastery which dates back hundreds of years although was reconstructed after the 2015 earthquake.  Today, as in the past, it is the center of Sherpa’s religion and culture. Allegedly there is a Yeti scalp inside the monastery!

Finally, stock up on any snacks you might want to take with you – the last shopping opportunity of the trek! 

Day 5: Namche to Tengboche

  • Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Tengboche village is home to Tengboche monastery, which boasts some of the most spectacular views of Everest and Lhotse! The route heads out across the Dudh Koshi River and through thick forests which gradually thin out as you cross the tree line.  As this is a Buddhist monastery there are stupas and mani (prayer) walls along the way.  

There is an opportunity to attend prayers with the monks as well as take in the astounding views before retiring for the night in the village.

Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche

  • Trek time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

The trail is rugged and there are few trees on this windy trail between Tengboche and Dingboche villages.  With Ama Dablam towering above, the trail enters the Imja Valley where it descends to the Lobuche River before rising steeply up to Dingboche. 

This lovely village has fields surrounded by stone walls to protect the high-altitude crops from grazing animals and the wind.  And quite a few lodges!

Day 7: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche

  • Trek time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Another acclimatization day to aid with the rise in altitude and once again we suggest you keep active!  What better way to spend the time than by hiking to a viewpoint at Nagarjune Hill (5,100m) – a round trip of around 4 to 5 hours.  The views are, naturally, worth the effort!  Periche Valley lies below and above lies Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lobuche East and Lobuche West, among others.

Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche via Khong Ma La Pass

  • Trek time: 10 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

It’s a long day for sure, but a memorable and adventurous one too.  The trail starts steeply to climb out of the valley to Dugla, located at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier then onto Chukpo Lari.  Here we find memorials to climbers who have died on Everest – placed here in memory with a panorama of beloved mountains on the Nepal-Tibet border.  

Today we cross the challenging Kongma La Pass  (5, 545m) with views of many peaks such as Lobuche, Mehra, the south face of Nuptse, and many others which your guide will be happy to point out to you.  The high altitude crossing the pass is the reason we take acclimatization days beforehand. 

Day 9:  Lobuche to Gorakshep (Afternoon hike to Kala Patthar)

  • Trek time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

The trail from Lobuche rises slowly and over a period of 3 hours to Gorakshep.  After checking into the lodge at Gorakshep and having lunch, we set off to hike to Kala Patthar, otherwise known as the Everest viewpoint. 

Although Everest Base Camp is a very popular destination – and one we will explore the following day – Kala Patthar gets you closer to Everest than you can ever be without actually climbing the great mountain!   Kala Patthar is a black rock (hence its name) with astounding views which are hard to comprehend until you are there.  

After this spectacular adventure, return to Gorakshep for the night.

Day 10:  Gorakshep to Dzongla (Morning hike to EBC)

  • Trek time: 8 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

On leaving Gorakshep in the early morning we hike along the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp. This iconic location is actually different from the one climbing expeditions use.  But we can see their colourful tents nearby –  but far enough away that trekkers do not disturb them in their arduous preparations.  

Returning to Gorakshep for breakfast we then set out for Dzongla where we stay overnight.

Day 11: Dzongla to Gokyo via Cho La Pass

  • Trek time: 8 to 9 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Another early start as we head towards the Cho La Pass with its glacier and stunning views.  The trail starts off easy enough before a steady ascent.  But the views of Ama Dablam, among other mountains, rivers, and glaciers are simply at their best.  The terrain of loose rocks makes the going slow until you reach the start of the glacier.  Crampons are really required here (buy or rent in Thamel, Kathmandu before you start your trek).  In the distance that turquoise lake comes back into view. 

Again the elevation increases as we climb up the pass.  At the top, under the fluttering prayer flags, take a bit of a rest and gather some great photos!

Coming down over the pass head for the village of Thagnak for lunch before crossing another glacier and onwards to Gokyo where we stay overnight. 

Day 12: Acclimatization day

  • Accommodation: Tea House

We take another acclimatization day here at Gokyo – an opportunity to explore this village and the surrounding area.  

Day 13: Gokyo Valley to Marlung via Renjo La Pass

  • Trek time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Heading off early we follow the peaks of Everest, Cholatse, Lhotse, and more down some stone steps and on through a narrow valley, passing Renjo Lake and walking alongside Dudh Pokhari (lake).

The trail over the Renjo La Pass takes in views of the third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo village along with Ngozumpa Glacier.  And of Mount Everest is there in all its glory!  The lakes of Relama Tsho and Renjo are seen on the way too as you make your way down to Marlung situated on the bank of the Bhote Koshi River.

Day 14: Marlung to Namche Bazaar

  • Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Today the end of the trek is in sight, so enjoy the stunning views while you can.  Descend into Thame village and cross the Bhote Koshi River before heading on downwards and crossing a couple of bridges to reach Thame.  The village has its own gompa (monastery) situated on a hill above it.  The trail continues to descend until you reach Namche Bazaar. 

Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

  • Trek time: 7 to 8 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Today we follow the Dudh Koshi River to Lukla where we overnighted waiting for the flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 16: Lukla to Kathmandu

  • Flight time: 35 to 40 minutes
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Once again the flight is one you will not forget!  Mountains and farmland lie all around until finally, we reach the city of Kathmandu.  We will escort you to your hotel and give you the tips you want on how to spend the rest of your day.

Day 17: Departure

We will ensure you reach the airport on time for your onward flight.  If you are not leaving the country, do ask us about other adventures we can arrange for you. 

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Includes

  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/departure)
  • Local transfers for your domestic flight x 2
  • Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu Flight
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and Local Entry Permits
  • Guide for 16 days
  • Porter for 15 days
  • 2 nights accommodation in a Kathmandu hotel (Norbulinka boutique hotel or similar)
  • 15 night accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff
  • 16 x set breakfast, 15 x set lunch and 15 x set dinner while on trek.
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  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personnel expenses of any kind and travel insurance

Everest Three High Pass Trek Map

Gokyo Lake Trek Map

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