Everest Three High Passes TrekEverest Three High Passes Trek

Everest Three High Passes Trek - 20 Days

  • DestinationNepal
  • Duration20 Days
  • Difficulty Level Challenging
  • Max. Altitude5555 meters
  • Starts/EndsLukla/Lukla
  • Group SizeTrekking
  • Best SeasonSpring and Autumn
  • Ultimate experience of crossing three high passes of the Everest Region.
  • Dazzling views of some highest mountains in the world.
  • The Sherpa community with their an interesting culture and lifestyle.
  • Beautiful Gokyo Lakes, glaciers, and ice-falls throughout the trek.
  • Explore Sagarmatha National park with varieties of flora and fauna.

Everest Three High Passes Trek gives you the ultimate experience of crossing some of the highest passes of Nepal. Renjo La Pass (5360m), Cho-La Pass (5420m), and Kongma-La Pass (5545m) are three high-altitude passes that deliver the most adventurous trek, one can experience. The rugged terrain, freezing climate, high altitude, and changing landscapes, a trekking paradise for adventure seekers. The trail of the Three Passes trek navigates through charming villages of the Sherpa community, mountain passes, the national park, and Everest Base Camp of course. Starting from Lukla airport, the trek goes through Renjo La Pass and reaches the beautiful valley of Gokyo. Moreover, it moves ahead to EBC, Kala Pathhar, and descends crossing Kong Ma La pass. Descending through different villages like Dingboche and Namche, the trek ends at Lukla.

But we can do this trek in an anti-clockwise direction too. Starting from the classic trek to Everest Base camp, you can cross the Kong Ma La Pass at first. Then after, the trail leads you through Cho La pass and takes you to Gokyo. Further, the trail extends to Renjo La pass and moves ahead to Lukla to finish the trek.

The major attractions of this trek are:

  • Renjo La pass, Kong Ma La pass, and Cho La pass.
  • Everest Base Camp and the views of Mt. Everest (8848.86m)
  • Gokyo Valley
  • Kala Patthar
  • Namche Bazaar

Why Everest Three High Passes trek is adventurous?

Trekking to the Everest region is itself an adventure of a lifetime. However, crossing the passes over 5000 meters is more than an adventure and experience of a lifetime. Moreover, apart from three high passes trekking to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathhar are added which makes this trek more exhilarating. The altitude, change in landscapes, variable climate, rugged trails, changes in vegetation, and breathtaking views of the highest mountains in the world are the reason for this adventurous trek. The physical and mental demand of this trek also makes this trek adventurous.

Everest Three High Passes Trek Difficulty

The Everest Three High Passes Trekking is extremely challenging yet rewarding with stupendous views of mountains and landscapes. Trekkers need to hike for 6-7 hours a day to reach a particular destination. However, you can take a regular break during the walk admiring the views of the mountains. You need to have previous trekking experience in higher altitudes. Preparing yourself before a month ago can be extremely handy. Working out for your stamina, strength, and endurance makes your trek more comfortable and enjoyable too. Moreover, being mentally strong is equally important. At some point, your body may start to get fatigued and feel altitude, that’s where you need to be tough mentally to continue your journey. The bottom line is, to stay fit physically and mentally with some hiking experience and experience lifetime adventure in the Everest region.

Best time to embark Everest 3 Passes Trek

The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. However, in Nepal, the best time to trek in the Himalayas is considered during the pre-monsoon and post-monsoon periods. The spring season falls under pre-monsoon and the autumn season falls under post-monsoon. During the spring season, the trail is ornamented by rhododendron flowers with wonderful views of mountains in crisp and clear weather. But, most trekking enthusiasts choose an autumn season to do the Everest three-pass trek. During the September-October weather opens up after monsoon with blue sky offering dazzling views of mountain peaks. Likewise, trekking during the winter can be extremely challenging as the high passes are covered with a bulk of snow. Moreover, summer is also somehow suitable for trekking but if your time allows you, Classic Trek Nepal can organize this trek even in summer.

Altitude sickness during the Everest Three Passes trek

Trekking above 5000 meters, that too 3 passes with no vegetation is tough. Likewise, the air becomes so thin and difficult to breathe as you gain elevation. Acute Mountain Sickness is the biggest challenge and risk to tackle in this trek. A simple sloppiness can become fatal when you are trekking in high altitude. Even experienced trekkers can feel altitude sickness while crossing all three high passes. So what measures should we follow to prevent the sickness? Here are the few preventions that can be handy to avoid AMS:

  • Acclimatize yourself properly during the acclimatization day.
  • Always have healthy meals like vegetable soups.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the trek.
  • Walk at your own pace taking regular breaks during the hike.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol stuff.
  • Inform your guide immediately if you feel the symptoms of AMS like dizziness, nausea, lack of breath, etc.

Everest Three High Passes Trek costs

Everest three high passes trek costs range from 1500 USD to 2000 USD based on the service and the itinerary you are looking for. However, there is another reason why the price range is slightly higher is, the route covers other trekking trails of the Everest region like the Everest Base Camp trek and Gokyo Valley Trek. This trek takes you through the whole Khumbu region of Nepal. To know more about cost details, please check our cost includes and excludes.


Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our staff will be there at the airport to pick you up in a private vehicle. He will transfer you to your Hotel. 

    Before starting your trek, you will visit some of the iconic cultural heritages of Nepal which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. The sightseeing starts in the morning after breakfast and takes you to Pashupatinath, Swoyambunath, Boudhnath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. A private vehicle with a professional guide will help you to complete this Kathmandu sightseeing. In the late afternoon, we will meet in our office and discuss our trek. You will be introduced to your guide for the whole trek and he will give you some suggestions that can help you complete the journey easily.

    • Max Altitude:1400 meters
    • Time:4-5 Hours
    • Meals:Breakfast

    The Everest three-pass trek starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu-Lukla. Taking a short break at Lukla, we move ahead to Phakding crossing several suspension bridges. Overnight stay at Phakding.

    Note: Because of busy air traffic, during peak trekking season, the flight to Lukla operated from Manthali Airport, Ramechap. So, we have to leave Kathmandu around 2 am to catch an early morning flight to Lukla from Manthali. From Kathmandu, you will drive around 4 hours to reach Ramechap, Manthali airport.

    • Max Altitude:2650 meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:3-4 Hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Having our first breakfast in the mountains, we start our day hiking north along the Dudh Koshi River. We will also cross the Hilary Suspension Bridge today. Likewise, reaching Monjo Village we will show our permit cards and enter Sagarmath National Park. As the trek goes along, slowly Mt. Everest comes into our sight. Trek continues until we reach Namche Bazaar for an overnight stay.

    • Max Altitude:3440 meters
    • Accommodation:Tea house
    • Time:6-7 Hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    We have a rest day today at Namche Bazaar but just exploring around Namche gives us proper acclimatization. You have options to hike to Everest View Hotel or Khumjung Monastery. Make sure you don’t stay idle the whole day. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

    • Max Altitude:3440 meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:3-4 Hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Our next destination will be Thame today. Following the trail of Bhote Koshi and rhododendron forests, we reach Phurte. Further ahead, you will reach Thamo Gimpa and descend to the Khumbu Hydroelectric plant. The walk continues to Thame.

    • Max Altitude:3750 meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:5-6 Hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    From Thame, we will trek to Lungden passing through Yak Pastures and enjoying the views of mountains and landscapes. En route, we will come across through Marlung village. The trek continues to Lungden, which used to be a salt trade trail of Khumbu and Tibet in the past. Overnight stay at Lungden.

    • Max Altitude:4500 meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:5-6 Hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Today we will cross one of the three high passes of Everest-Renjo La pass (5360m). The pass was rewarded with amazing views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Mt. Makalu. Moreover, the third lake-Dudh Pokhari among the 5 major lakes of Gokyo Valley can be seen too. Descending for a while, we enter Gokyo Valley. Overnight stay at Gokyo.

    • Max Altitude:4750 meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:7-8 Hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Rest day at Gokyo valley allows us to ascend Gokyo Ri. The views point provides us dazzling views of Everest region and two beautiful lakes-Thonak Tsho Lake and Ngozuma Lake. Further, you can witness beautiful views of Cho Oyu Base Camp and Ngozumpa Glacier on the north of fith Gokyo Lake. After exploring Gokyo Ri we return down to the valley and stay overnight.

    • Max Altitude:4750 Meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:3-4 Hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Today we will be crossing Ngozumpa Glacier first with several ascending and descending. You need to be careful while walking as the trek is rocky and tricky too. The trek continues down to the valley from where the views become more beautiful. It gives you even more encouragement to move ahead. Upon arriving in Thagnak we stay overnight here after a short trek today.

    • Max Altitude:4700 meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:5-6 Hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    We will have some tough trails to cover today as we will be walking on rocky trails and glacial moraines. But, the thrilling part is we will cross another pass today i.e. Cho La Pass (5420m). The pass connects Thagnak and Dzongla. During the trek through the pass, you will be rewarded with views of Mt. Everest and other peaks. Crossing Cho La pass, we will descend to Dzongla and stay overnight.

    • Max Altitude:4855 meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:6-7 Hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    After finishing breakfast, we will continue our walk to Lobuche today. At the beginning part, the trail goes through the moraine and descends alongside Chola Lake. Along the journey, we can see memorial statues of climbers who lost their lives in this region. Following the path of Imja Khola, we reach Lobuche. It is a famous Everest Base Camp Trekking trail. Overnight stay at Lobuche.

    • Max Altitude:4910 meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:4-5 Hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    One of the exciting parts of our trekking journey comes today, as we hike to the famous Everest Base Camp. The day begins hiking through the lateral moraine of Khumbu Glaciers which leads us to Gorakshep. Leaving our baggage at Gorakshep, we trek to Everest Base Camp.

    Trekking to Everest Base Camp is itself one of a lifetime experience but doing it through 3 high passes trek is an achievement of your dedication and determination. You can enjoy some of the beautiful views from Base Camp and take some amazing photos for your memories. After that, we will descend to Gorakshep to stay overnight.

    • Max Altitude:5185 meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:7-8 Hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Another day brings another opportunity to witness the close-up views of Mt. Everest. Waking up early in the morning, we will hike to Kala Pathhar and enjoy the sunrise views of Mt. Everest. The viewpoint delivers 360-degree views of mountains. We will descend to Gorakshep enjoy breakfast and trek back to Lobuche.

    • Max Altitude:4910 meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:6-7 Hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Today we will cross our final pass among three high passes trek of the Everest Region. Also, Kong Ma la Pass is challenging among all the high passes trek. The pass allows you to witness majestic views of Lhotse, Lhotse Sar, Makalu, and Ama Dablam. Descending from the pass we head to the eastern side of Nigyang Khola and move ahead to Chukkung Village. Overnight stay at Chukkung.

    • Max Altitude:4730 meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:7-8 Hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    The trek continues descending to Imja Khola and walking via Dingboche village. The village is popular for its farmlands and alpine pastures. Further ahead, we reach Pangboche and continue to Tengboche village. Tengboche offers dazzling views of Ama Dablam, Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse. Moreover, you can visit Tengboche Monastery and experience the Buddhist tradition. Overnight stay at Tengboche.

    • Max Altitude:3855 meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:5-6 Hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Today we will trek down to Namche bazaar through dense forests and if we are lucky we can see pheasant, musk deer, and mountain goats. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

    • Max Altitude:3440 meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:4-5 Hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    The final day of our trek will take us back to Lukla from where we started at the beginning. We climb down on a steep trail and cross suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. Likewise, crossing several local villages we arrive at Lukla. Overnight stay at Lukla.

    • Max Altitude:2610 meters
    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:5 Hours
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    If the weather is clear and everything goes as planned, we fly back to Kathmandu early in the morning. After reaching Kathmandu, you will have the whole day to relax and rest. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

    Note: If the flight goes to Manthali then, you will drive in a public vehicle back to Kathmandu which takes around 4 hours.

    • Max Altitude:1400 meters
    • Accommodation:Hotel
    • Time:45 minutes flight
    • Meals:Breakfast

    Your trip to Nepal ends today and one of our staff from CTN will drop you to the airport in a private vehicle. We wish you the best of luck for your destination ahead. 

      Note: Because of the busy Air traffic in peak trekking season, mostly (March-May) and (September-November), the flight to Lukla might operate from Manthali Airport. To reach Manthali airport, it takes around 4-5 Hours in a vehicle. Classic Trek Nepal arranges the itinerary according to the situation of the Flight from Kathmandu or Manthali. We hope our clients kindly cooperate if there are any last-minute changes in flights from Kathmandu or Manthali. 

      What's Included
      • Airport Pick up and drop from International airport in Private vehicle.
      • Kathmandu sightseeing tour with professional tour guide in private vehicle.
      • Domestic airport pick up and drop in private vehicle.
      • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight fare.
      • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee permit card
      • Khumbu Region Municipality Entry Fee permit card
      • Government authorized licensed trekking guide.
      • Guide expenses including his salary, meals, accommodations and insurance.
      • Porter and his expenses including salary, meals, accommodation and insurance.
      • Accommodation during the trek (16 nights)
      • Meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
      • Government and local taxes
      What's not Excluded
      • Nepal entry visa fee.
      • Extra Baggage costs at domestic flight (Limit 9kg per person)
      • Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
      • Personal expenses during the trek like drinks, snacks, hot shower, battery charges, etc.
      • Personal trekking gear and equipment.
      • Travel insurance
      • Emergency evacuation cost. (When needed CTN can arrange the evacuation proceedings)
      • Extra accommodation in Kathmandu, if incase early arrival from trek or late departure.
      • Tips to Guide and Porter.
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      Start DateStarts: TuesdayJul 30, 2024End DateEnds: SundayAug 18, 2024PricePriceUS$1799StatusStatusAvailable

      We have set a fixed Departure Date for Everest Three High Passes Trek. Please Contact us if you need customized date and itinerary to Trek to Everest Three High Passes. 

      Good to Know

      Trekking equipment and gear for Everest Three high passes trek

      Trekking gear and equipment also plays important role for your successful trek to Everest Three High pass. We suggest you to carry at least most essential gear you need during this trek. Here are the list of trekking gear you need:

      Upper Body:

      • Sunhat and warm woolen hat
      • Headlight with extra batteries as a backup.
      • Sunglasses and sunscreen
      • Winter gloves
      • Long sleeved t-shirts, rainwear, windproof jacket, hooded rain jacket, sweater, and fleece jacket.

      Lower Body:

      • Waterproof and wind proof trekking pants.
      • Thermal trousers.
      • Extra pair of underwear.
      • Cotton pants.
      • Hiking boots, thick woolen socks, and crampons (might be useful)


      • Towel, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Toilet paper, etc.

      Miscellaneous accessories:

      • First aid kit, camera, battery chargers, Trekking poles, sleeping bag, water purification tablet, and binoculars.

      Travel insurance:

      Everest Three high pass trek is quite tough trekking trail in the Everest region with element of risk like altitude sickness and other unpredictable accidents. Moreover, Travel insurance includes in a part of our terms and conditions before booking any treks in Nepal including 3 passes trek. Please provide us a copy of your travel insurance before departing for your trek. The insurance must cover emergency and medical expenses including Helicopter rescue evacuation up to 5500 meters.

      Weather throughout the year

      Weather is very key to complete your Everest Three High passes Trek successfully. Even though you can note down the weather forecast before the trek, you never know about the changes of weather in the Himalayas. So, we are giving you some ideas based on our experience of weather in the Everest region:


      January and February are still coldest season with heavy snowfall and freezing cold at night. The temperature remains from 15 degree Celsius to -15 Degree Celsius. However, in March weather opens up a little bit and trekking season starts from Mid of the March.


      From Mid-March to late of June is the peak trekking season in Nepal that is suitable for Everest High passes trek too. The temperature ranges from 18 degree Celsius to -12 degree Celsius during this month in the Everest three passes trek.


      Rainfall hits hard during the months of late June to August. There is high chances of flights getting cancelled or delays to Lukla from Kathmandu. The traffic of trekkers on the trail is minimal. It can be quite difficult to operate yourself to this trek during this season. But its not impossible, CTN organize this trek even in Monsoon season if clients want solitary trek. The temperature remains from 27 degree Celsius to 5 degree Celsius. However, from September the trekking season starts and cloudy skies opens up with blistering views of hills and mountains.


      October and November are the another busy trekking season. However, as November arrives it starts to get cold during the night. The days are mostly clear with blue skies and views are outstanding. Temperature remains between 18 degree Celsius to -10 degree Celsius.

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