Three Passes Everest Trek

18 Days

Trip highlights

  • Cross over three popular high passes, i.e., Renjo La Pass(5360m), Cho La Pass(5367m) and Kongma La Pass(5530m)
  • Relish the epic beauty of five glacial lakes over the Gokyo valley
  • Sublime view of Mt. Everest (8848m) from Kala Patthar (5545m)
  • Insight into the culture and life of the Sherpa people


Three Passes Everest Trek is a remarkable journey across three high passes in the Khumbu Valley, namely, Renjo La Pass (5360m), Cho La Pass (5367m), and Kongma La Pass (5530m). The trails include walking through the high-altitude alpine forest containing the rare species of Himalayan flora and faunas and also traversing through traditional Sherpa villages. The trek features a mesmerizing view of the mountains like Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8643m), Nuptse (7861m), Pumo Ri (7161m), and Ama Dablam (6812m).


Like most trips in Nepal, the Everest 3 Pass Trek starts in Kathmandu. From here, you take a short flight to Lukla, also known as the gateway to Everest. The trek begins here and heads north towards the Namche Bazaar. From classic trek to Namche Bazaar, the trek gear west and heads up the Dudh Koshi Valley where you will come across one of the three passes- Renjo La Pass and you will reach to the summit point from which you will descend towards the idyllic Gokyo valley, exploring around the beautiful Gokyo lakes and further into the Gokyo village. After that, you head towards the east, making a way to Everest Base Camp crossing over the second pass- Cho La Pass (5420m). It offers one of the best views of the Everest range and other mountains like Ama Dablam, Lobuche, and Pumo Ri. Then, the trail joins the Khumbu Glacier as you trek to Everest Base Camp. From the base camp, you can soak in the views of the Khumbu Icefall, Nuptse, Pumo Ri, and many other mountains. Next, you return to Gorakshep and hike to the Kala Patthar viewpoint. The vantage point is an excellent location to savor the sight of Mt. Everest (8848m), along with the Himalayas like Khumbutse, Lobuche, Lingtren, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu. Continuing forward, you will reach the final of three passes – Kongma La Pass before you return to Lukla. The best season to trek to Everest Base Camp is pre-monsoon (February- May) and post-monsoon (September – December).


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Welcome to the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu! Our staff will greet you and escort you to the hotel. During dinner, they will brief about the specific details about the trek.

Today is the quick sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. In the early dawn, after breakfast, our staff will drive you around. The city is just getting to wake yet not chaotic you will drive through the street of Kathmandu and visit two popular world heritage sites, Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa. After that, you will come back to the hotel and rest and prepare for the next day.

With adventure in your head, you will have arrived in Lukla in the morning flight. The flight offers a surreal view of the mountains in the Langtang, Jugal, Rolwaling, and Everest ranges. From Lukla, you kick off the trek through Chauri Kharka village with our guide. You will descend towards Ghat and walk alongside the bank of Dudh Koshi River until you reach Phakding.

After breakfast, you will trek towards Namche Bazaar, the famous Sherpa village. Crossing over the Dudh Koshi River via a suspension bridge and walk into the lush pine forest you'll reach Monjo. Then, you come across the entrance gate of Sagarmatha National Park before descending towards the Dudh Koshi River. After that, you'll ascend towards Namche crossing over Hillary Suspension Bridge and glimpses of Mt. Everest. Overnight stay at the hotel.

After early breakfast, you will hike towards the Everest View Hotel. Here, you will find a panoramic view of mountains such as Mt. Everest (8848m), Thamserku (6623), and others. Similarly, you can also hike to Khumjung village, which offers remarkable insight into the Sherpa culture and tradition. You will continue the acclimatization trip towards Khunde village, where you will visit the ancient monastery. After spending delightful moments in Khunde, you will return to Namche and overnight stay in a hotel.

After breakfast, you will leave for the awe-inspiring journey towards Tengboche. The trails include the jaw-dropping views of the Himalayas- Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kongde. Continuing the journey towards the green forest trails, you will approach Tengboche. Here, you can visit the beautiful Tengboche Monastery, the grand monastery in the Khumbu region. Overnight stay at the hotel in Tengboche.

After breakfast, you prepare to gear towards the Dingboche. You will traverse through the exuberant rhododendron forest with ravishing vegetation along with the sweet chirpings of birds around to amaze you in the journey. Walking through the jaded landscapes, you will reach Dingboche. The views of Mt. Ama Dablam (6856m) will keep you company for the entire trail.

After breakfast, you will leave for Chhukung. In Dingboche, you will cherish the exploration day around the valleys of Chhukung and Imja, and the latter one is associates with the Island Peak, which is the largest passes of Amphu Laptsa and Makalu Barun National Park. Chukkung is also considered as a popular trek stop for trekkers. You may take an optional hike towards the valley that will offer glorious views.

After breakfast, you will leave for another day of ascent towards Kongma La Pass via the route from Chhukung to Lobuche. The Kongma La Pass is the most challenging of the three passes. Once you reach the top, you will see the breathtaking views of mountains like Cholatse, Pokalde, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, and Ama Dablam. After that, you descend and cross the Khumbu Glacier before reaching Lobuche.

After Lobuche, you will start you for a big day from Lobuche to Gorakshep. The initial trail to Gorakshep is easy, but the harder part starts after leaving Gorakshep for Everest Base Camp. Once you pass through the tough trails, you will arrive at Everest Base Camp approaching the astonishing Khumbu Glacier and Icefall on the slopes of Everest. You can take a moment to enjoy the epic views of majestic mountains. As the afternoon starts to fade, you will head back to Gorakshep for the rest and night stay.

Early in the morning, you will head for the ultimate trek towards the Kalapatthar viewpoint. Here, you can enjoy the stunning sunrise view over Mt. Everest. The first light of the day inflames the splendid view of Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Changtse, and Mt. Lhotse, among others. Stop for the grand snapshot to take the glorious moments, and via Lobuche, you will descent to Dzong La. Overnight stay at Dzong La.

You trek for the tough trail today passing over Cho La Pass. As you ascend over the pass, you will be rewarded with amazing views of the Everest and Cho Oyu range. Continuing down the Gokyo Valley, you come across the Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier in Nepal. Thereafter, walking alongside the beautiful lake in the valley surrounded by the views of great mountains, you will reach Gokyo.

After breakfast, you will have a chance to explore the Gokyo valley as you climb the Gokyo Ri (5360m). The top offers a panoramic view of the Mt. Everest (8848m) along with Cho Oyu (8188m) and other mountain ranges. Later, you can hike around Gokyo, which lies north to Gokyo Lake. Similarly, you can take a short trip around the Gokyo lake system contains six other lakes with Cho Oyu (8188m) in the backdrop. Further, you may visit all six lakes. Overnight stay at the hotel.

After breakfast, you will head towards Lungden, which is in Thame Valley. Crossing over another challenging pass known as Renjo La pass (5360m), you will reach Lungden. This pass connects the Thame and Gokyo valleys. After trekking through the tough trails, you will have reached the Lungden valley witnessing the spectacular views of Cho Oyu (8201m), Makalu (8643m), Lhotse (8516m) and Everest (8848m). Overnight stay at the hotel.

After breakfast, adoring the iconic views of mountains, you will trek toward Thame. The Thame Valley is quite isolated, with a small number of habitats and trekkers. You will get to observe quaint Sherpa villages with their unique traditions. The trail from Lungden to Thame is an easy walk, which is mostly downhill. You will observe the traditional houses of Sherpas along the trails.

After stopping in Thame, you will continue to trek towards the Phakding. Passing through a check post, you will head past Phurte and Gonglha to reach Namche. Here, you can rest for a while and continue to trek through the local villages of Sherpa inhabitants. Finally, the trail continues along the Dudh Koshi River to reach Phakding. Overnight stay at the hotel in Phakding.

You will leave for the last trek descending towards Lukla. With a feeling of great accomplishment, you will head to catch up on the flight to Kathmandu. Our staff will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel where you can relax. In the evening you will join in a cultural show with dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Most flights from Lukla are scheduled early in the morning to avoid strong winds so that you can enjoy an early morning flight with a beautiful view of the scenery around you. After landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, return to your hotel.

After breakfast, we will bid you a warm farewell and take your feedback on the entire trip. Our staff will drive you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight.

Cost Includes

  • All arrival and departure from the airport to the hotel and back on private cars, coach or buses as per the group size.
  • Accommodation in 3 - star class hotels on a bed and breakfast basis as well in twin sharing basis rooms.
  • Tour and sightseeing around Kathmandu as per the itinerary chosen with city guides includes all entrance fees at places of interest.
  • Domestic air flights Kathmandu –Lukla-Kathmandu.
  • Full board on trekking with breakfast-lunch-afternoon refreshment with dinner includes twin sharing rooms in a lodge on route treks and long tours.
  • Applicable Trekking Information Management Systems permits (TIMS) with Conservation or National Park permits.
  • All tours and treks accompanied by guides-staff and porters, all wages, meals, accommodation, and transportation facilities with Insurance against medical and accidents.
  • In some high-altitude treks, we provide sleeping bags and down jackets also with comprehensive medical kits carried by our guides and staff. Sleeping bags, and down jackets might include depending upon trip cost.
  • First Aid and Comprehensive Medical Kit carried by our guides on all treks and climb.

Cost Excludes

  • International air-fare, Personal medical / travel insurance and Nepal visa fees.
  • Expenses of individual nature drinks, laundry, telephone bills, gratitude and meals in city areas Kathmandu.
  • On treks, laundry, recharge of electronic items and hot-showers.
  • Personal Trekking-Climbing gear and equipment’s including down jackets-sleeping bags if not provided by the company as per the trip cost.
  • Single Supplement on hotel rooms as well on trek in lodge where clients should inform ahead on booking with extra charge on booking single private rooms where available.
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportations including immediate Helicopter services if required on accidents, sickness and personal problems.
  • Early return from the tour or treks will not be entertainment with refund, where client should borne all the expenses incurred including accompany guide-porters services.
  • Gratitude / Tipping at the end of treks and climbs.

FAQ’S (Frequently Asked Questions):

01: How long is Three Passes of Khumbu & Everest Base Camp Trek?

This wonderful adventure of more than two weeks trek walk and climbing above 5,500 m passes. The trek takes you to cross Renjo-la, Cho-La, and Kongma-La.
As well as visiting Everest Base camp with a climb top Kalapathar at 5,545 m high. In the end, flying out from Lukla to Ramechap and driving back to Kathmandu.

02: When is the best time for Three High Passes of Khumbu Trek?

The best time is spring from March to May, and autumn/fall begins from September to early November. These are the best times for pleasant walks and views but could get snowfall sometimes. Much colder morning and evening, nighttime, but with clear sunny most of the days.

03: What do we expect on these treks?

Walking ups and down with few flat sections, walk into lovely woods of rhododendron and pines. The trek leads to several nice villages adorned with ancient culture and heritage of Buddhism, visiting monasteries of great religious interest. Encountering friendly and cheerful villagers, cold morning and night time but with sunny clear days for excellent views of snow-capped peaks.
Crossing above 5,500 m passes from one beautiful valley to other scenic areas, truly an extreme adventure to experience. A complete wilderness trekking for hardy and tough trekkers and adventurers.

04: How high do we trek on this Trek?

The trek starts from Lukla at 2,820 m and then reaches above 5,535 m the highest pass of the adventure, as well as crossing Renjo and Cho-la all above 5,000 m.
A side trip to Kalapathar Hilltop at 5,545 m the highest point of the adventure with the closest views of Mt. Everest.

05: How are the foods, accommodation on this 4 passes Trek?

Accommodation in local lodges is simple but nice, clean and cozy but smaller rooms on leaving Namche Bazaar at Lobuche, Gorakshep, Lungden, and Thame villages. But at Lukla and Namche Bazaar, the hotels and lodges are of a high standard with attached bathrooms. Having large warm dining rooms serves a comprehensive food menu from Continental, Chinese, Indian, and Tibetan to Nepal meals. Some lodges also provide fresh bakery items also. The main preferred meal is Nepali Dal Bhat (boiled rice and lentil soup with seasonal vegetables and homemade hot sauce or mild pickle. For large group provides set meal to make it easier as well to save time and fuel energy.

06: Is there hot showers and electricity to charge our electronic items?

Every village has hydroelectricity and solar, where trekkers can charge their electronic items paying a fee per hour per item charged to the lodge owner.
Yes, nearly all villages provide hot or cold showers and bathe with hot water in a large bucket. Extra charge for using the hot shower and bathe.

07: Do we get internet services and Wi-Fi on these treks?

Nearly all main villages as far as Thame, Phakding, and Namche Bazaar as well higher to Lobuche and Gorakshep. But sometimes due to landscapes wise entering deep valleys and gorges where internet services could be obstructed.
But do not expect much while crossing Amphu Labtsa in the total wilderness where internet services are not available till Lukla town is reached.

08: When do we book for 3 passes trek of Khumbu?

To book with “Brown Bear Trails” a minimum of one month or earlier is the best. Sending your passport details, and advance payment with a photocopy of Travel / Medical Insurance. The rest of the trip balance is to be paid on arrival in Kathmandu before trek departures.

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