Everest three passes trek

Everest Region

Trip Overview

The Everest Region will definitely astound you with its previously unseen and uncharted trekking paths. Despite being a famous trekking destination in the world, it has successfully preserved some trails that will leave you speechless.

Among these, the three high passes in the Everest region is one. It is an off-the-beaten-path. Difficult, but exciting. And, on top of that, you’d be confronted with some outlandish demands during your journey.

Yes, your trek would begin in Lukla and take you via three of the world’s most difficult high hiking passes. Though it falls under the genre of trekking, it is far more difficult than the so-called conventional Everest Base Camp trek.

The trek’s appeal is that it passes across Renjo La Pass (5,370 m), Cho La Pass (5,420 m), and finally Kongma La Pass (5,545 m), with spectacular views of small and huge Himalayan lakes.

Everest three passes trek outlines

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu Exploration

Day 3: Flight to Lukla (2,860 m) and hike up to Monjo (2,835 m)

Day 4: Monjo (2,835 m) to Namche bazaar(3,440 m)

Day 5: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar(3,440 m)

Day 6: Namche Bazaar(3,440 m) to Debouche(3,820 m)

Day 7: Debouche(3,820 m) to Dingboche(4,410 m)

Day 8: Acclimatization day at Dingbouche(4,410 m)

Day 9: Dingboche(4,410 m) to Chukung(4,750 m)

Day 10: Crossing Kongma la Pass(5,540 m)

Day 11: Lobuche (4,940 m)to Gorak Shep(5,140 m)

Day 12: Gorak Shep(5,140 m) to Kala Patthar(5,643 m) – Lobuche (4,940 m) – Dzongla(4850 m)

Day 13: Dzongla(4,830 m)– Dragnak (4,700 m)

Day 14: Dragnak (4,700 m) to Gokyo(4,750 m)

Day 15: Exploration day

Day 16: Trek to Lungden (4,380 m)

Day 17: Lungden(4,380 m) to Thame(3,750 m) and Namche Bazaar(3,440 m)

Day 18: Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)to Lukla (2,860 m)

Day 19: Lukla(2,860 m) to Kathmandu

Day 20: Departure


Flight to Lukla will take from Ramechhap (Manthali) until November 30, 2023.
There will be no direct flights from Kathmandu to Lukla until November 30, 2023.

From September 25 to November 30, 2023, Lukla flights will operate from Ramechhap (Manthali Airport), 133 kilometers east of Kathmandu. The drive from Kathmandu to Manthali will take around 4 hours. Thus, if you are planning to go to the Everest Region during September and November, you need to be prepared for one or two extra days.

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Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrival

On the very first day in Nepal. We will greet you at Nepal's only international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport, and transfer you to the most historic hotel in Nepal, Dwarika Hotel. During supper, you will have a brief discussion regarding your trekking itinerary and meet your trekking guide. Night stay at Dwarika Hotel.

Day 2Kathmandu sightseeing

Kathmandu, the city teeming with hustle and bustle, is a fantastic destination for sightseeing. This little town contains seven UNESCO World Heritage monuments. As a result, you may think that this city is out of the usual. After breakfast, we'll be headed to Basantapur Durbar Square. Basantapur Durbar Square was previously a royal palace utilized by Nepal's Malla and Shah dynasties. After seeing Basantapaur Durbar Square, we will have lunch and then proceed to Patan Durbar Square. Quite different from Basantapur Durbar Square. Then we'd return to the hotel and you'd eat your dinner. Dwarika Hotel is where you'll spend the night.

Day 3Flight to Lukla (2,860 m) and hike up to Monjo (2,835 m)

On the very first trip to Lukla, most passengers would agree that it was the most amusing flight they had ever experienced. The best views of the Himalayas are from below, as well as the landing at Lukla Airport. Once you've experienced it, you'll understand what I mean. So, the adventure begins here. We'd then have a hot breakfast in Lukla. Take some time to relax and feel the chill of the Himalayan air. We'd then climb up to Monjo. Stay in Monjo for the night.

Day 4Monjo (2,835 m) to Namche bazaar(3,440 m)

We'd start our journey from Monjo and make our way to Namche Bazaar, the Himalayan gateway town. Namche Bazaar, also known as Nemche Bazaar or Namche Baza, is a small and popular village in the Khumbu region that offers the greatest hotels as well as banking, shopping, and expedition equipment. Staying the night at Namche Bazaar-Lodge

Day 5Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar(3,440 m)

Even if you are feeling OK, never, ever underestimate the acclimatization day. Acclimatization will assist you in adapting to the climbing altitude and will provide you with a free day to hike around Namche Bazaar. Every Saturday, a temporary market known as Haatbazaar in Nepalese is built up to this height. If we arrive in Namche on Friday, you'll be able to see it. Furthermore, you can use your acclimatization day by hiking up to Chhorkung, which is located above Namche, or by walking to the small runway at Syangboche. Stay the night in Namche Bazaar-Lodge Namche Bazaar's other attractions include: The Kunde Hillary Hospital Sagarmatha Visitors Center and the Sherpa Culture Museum are both located on the mountain of Sagarmatha.

Day 6Namche Bazaar(3,440 m) to Debouche(3,820 m)

On day 6, we would leave Namche, following the hilly trail with the most panoramic view of the Himalayas. We would arrive in Tengboche, where we would also have lunch, after walking over rocky and difficult trails and visiting neighboring gompas and forests. Tengboche or Thyangboche (3,860 m) is a small settlement with a stunning view of the Himalayan peaks, including Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. It is also the site of Tengboche monastery, the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. Dawa Choling Gompa is another name for Tengboche monastery (Thyangboche monastery). We'd then keep heading toward Debouche. Stay the night in Debouche.

Day 7Debouche(3,820 m) to Dingboche(4,410 m)

Today, we would begin our journey from Debouche (3,820 m) to Dingboche (4,410 m), which would take roughly 5–6 hours. It'll be a hard day of hiking, but it'll be worth it because the hike begins with one of the best and most fascinating vistas of Ama Dablam. We'd get to Pangboche and then Dingboche after crossing Milingo and a little footbridge. You may also notice that the air is dryer from here. Stay the night at Dingboche.

Day 8Acclimatization day at Dingbouche(4,410 m)

Here! Another day of acclimatization is planned, including a short climb in nearby Nangkartshang, where there are meditation retreats. A trained guide would undoubtedly take you much higher than Nangkartshang, where you may see the heavenly clean views of Cholatse (6,440 m), Taboche (6,542 m), Chhukung (5,550 m), and Makalu (8,481 m). Stay the night at Dingboche.

Day 9Dingboche(4,410 m) to Chukung(4,750 m)

As soon as we leave Dingboche, we will see the stone-walled meadows and alpine environment. Despite the fact that we would be trekking from Dingboche to Land Raven via glacial moraines surrounded by towering, dangerous mountains, we would be taking it easy because our itinerary for today is only 3-4 hours. You can see the Lhotse towers on our left and Ama Dablam on our right as we go down the valley. If you continue on the trail, you'll come across Bibre, a yak herder settlement. Moving straight beyond a terminal moraine wall, the Island peak (Imja Tse), one of the most popular trekking summits, soars. We'd be in Chhukung in no time after leaving Bibre. There are glaciers and big snowy mountains all around us, so we'd spend the remainder of the day hiking to the rocky knoll of Chhukung Ri, which gives breathtaking views of Lhotse, Island Peak, Ama Dablam, Makalu, and several others, including Baruntse. Stay the night in Chhukung.

Day 10Crossing Kongma la Pass(5,540 m)

This will be one of the most difficult and longest days of our journey because we will be crossing our first pass, Khongma-la, which is at an altitude of 5,540 m and can be difficult to cross if there is a lot of snow on it; in fact, it may be impossible to cross if there is a lot of snow on it. So, after breakfast, we would leave very early in the morning, cross the small stream behind Chukung, climb up through the landslide area on a very steep path that would appear in front of you until you came to the ridge from which a small lake, and later a huge lake with the appearance of so many mountains, could be seen. You are not finished yet because the sting in the tail is that you must climb up to the moraine and then trek through the famed Khumbu glacier for another hour to reach Lobuje after all of your efforts. We could see Kalapather, an Everest base camp surrounded by mountains, from there. Stay the night at Lobuche. And, of course, don't miss the sunset from Nuptse.

Day 11Lobuche (4,940 m)to Gorak Shep(5,140 m)

We would be walking very little today. You can continue on to Everest base camp and return to Gorak Shep if you choose. As we approach Gorak Shep, we will see snow-capped mountains all around us, including the highest point on the planet, Mt. Everest. However, it cannot be seen from Everest Base Camp. Stay at Gorak Shep for the night

Day 12Gorak Shep(5,140 m) to Kala Patthar(5,643 m) – Lobuche (4,940 m) – Dzongla(4850 m)

Today is the culmination of our journey, so we'd set out early in the morning to witness the stunning vistas of Mount Everest from Kala Patthar's first light of day. To do so, we must first prepare for an early morning departure in the dark and cold. You could stop for photos at various points on the way to Kala Patthar. We will arrive at Kala Patthar after several hours of ascent. Take as many images as you can and keep them in your mind's eye for a lifetime. Then we'd return to Gorakshep. After breakfast, we headed out towards Lobuche, where we would stop for lunch before following the Lobuche Khola downstream for a while before taking a route to the right that would lead us to Dzongla. Stay the night in Dzongla.

Day 13Dzongla(4,830 m)– Dragnak (4,700 m)

Today, we would start our day early in order to reach the top of the pass in the finest conditions imaginable. We'd be ascending rapidly on a narrow track from camp, past gigantic boulders and massive rock slabs, and staying to the left of the main glacier. The path to the snowfield is marked by a number of cairns, and while the path is well-defined, it does require some scrambling. Once on the snowfield, the angle eases, and we soon arrive at the summit of the Cho-la Pass (5,420 m), where the views are breathtaking, including Baruntse (7,220 m) and Ama Dablam, as well as a sea of lesser peaks. There are crevasses in the snowfield, and we may need to tie up for the pass crossing! The descent from the pass is steep, and we must proceed with caution down the narrow, rocky trail to the Nymagawa Valley, where we will have a packed lunch. Then we'd cross rough scree and rocks before ascending a short distance to a small saddle that descends downhill all the way to Thangnak's huts and teahouses on an easy trail. Stay in Dragnak for the night.

Day 14Dragnak (4,700 m) to Gokyo(4,750 m)

On this day, we'd head to the Ngozumba Glacier, where we'd do some fieldstone hopping as we passed little glacier lakes. As we enjoyed various views of the Gokyo Valley, the sights will take your breath away. The trail next leads to Gokyo's second lake, which is followed by the Gokyo village. Stay in Gokyo for the night.

Day 15Gokyo Exploration Day

We would climb up to Gokyo Ri early in the morning (Gokyo Peak). We would climb to Gokyo Ri, despite the fact that it is a tough journey that takes 3 to 4 hours to reach the peak. And the trailing beauty of Gokyo hamlet on the edge of the third lake, which is overshadowed by Cholatse and the vast Nogzumpa Glacier, is simply breathtaking. You would undoubtedly feel surrounded by panoramic mountains and a plethora of mountains. Stay in Gokyo for the night.

Day 16Trek to Lungden (4,380 m)

We'd start our journey early today because we'd have a long day ahead of us. The trail skirts around the north side of Gokyo Lake before ascending via a scree slope to a highland grassland. We will be greeted with spectacular views of Gokyo and the mountains in the distance. We would eventually reach the summit of Renjo La Pass (5,420 m), which is marked by prayer flags, from which we could see Nangpa Valley and, looking back, Everest and Makalu. We'll stop at the pass for a well-deserved rest and a packed lunch. We would then proceed down the valley through open pastures for a while. Farming and catting are the major occupations of the people in this area. Stay the night at Lungden.

Day 17Lungden(4,380 m) to Thame(3,750 m) and Namche Bazaar(3,440 m)

After a hearty breakfast, we'd set off on our journey, descending all the way and following the Bhote Koshi River downstream. We would travel down the Nangpa Valley, passing numerous little communities, until we arrived at Marlung, where we would again halt for lunch. The trail continues to drop and undulate from Marlung. It passes through Taranga hamlet before reaching Thami Og and eventually Thami Teng, the birthplace of Tenzing Sherpa. Thame is a well-known settlement that is home to numerous Everest summiteers. Appa Sherpa is one of them and has climbed Everest about 22 times. We'd eat our lunch there and then slowly make our way down to Namche. Stay the night at Namche.

Day 18Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)to Lukla (2,860 m)

Finally, the route dips considerably today. And we'd be crossing the rapids of the Dudh Koshi via suspension bridges. Despite the fact that we would be taking the same path, we could have completely different perspectives. Take as many photos as you can of the broad plains, rhododendron and pine trees, and a snow-covered peak in the distance. Stay in Lukla for the night.

Day 19Lukla(2,860 m) to Kathmandu

On that day, we'd take the first available flight from Lukla to Kathmandu so that we might appreciate those sights of the Himalayas even as we made our way back. After arriving in Kathmandu, you will have the remainder of the day to do whatever you choose, such as shopping. If you don't feel like moving about, you could simply relax for the rest of the day. However, we would be having a farewell meal with all of the team members that evening. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 20Departure

It’s time to say goodbye to Nepal; today is the day of your departure. Following breakfast, our tour manager will check you out of the hotel and transport you to Tribhuvan International Airport.