Everest Three High Passes Trek

Duration: 19 Days / 18 Nights
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Style: Trekking
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
  • Meals: BLD (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation: Hotel & Lodges
  • Group Size: 1-25
  • Max Altitude: 5,550m/18,209ft

Everest Three High Passes Trek is the best trip combining from easy to strenuous trekking that leads you to Everest region. It is most suitable for the daredevil trekkers who want to reach the closest to the world’s highest peak Mount Everest. Besides, they get to experience the all three high passes: Kongma La, Cho La and Renjo La of the Khumbu region. The stunning view of the snowcapped peaks of the Everest, Sherpa cultural villages, ancient monasteries, flora and fauns are the rewards of this trek.

Everest trekking with three high passes begins from Lukla, the gateway of Everest region trekking and gradually ascends to higher altitude. You have three days for acclimatization in the middle of the journey so that you won’t suffer from altitude sickness. You spend a day at Namche Bazaar by visiting Everest View Hotel, Sherpa Musuem and Sagarmatha National Park office. You can enjoy the close-up view of Mt. Everest and other peaks from Everest View Hotel, one of the highest altitude hotels. Sherpa Museum (also known as Hillary Museum) gives all information about Sherpa culture and tradition including photos of Hillary and Tenzing.

Dingboche acclimatization day gives you a chance to hike to Nagarjun Hill to have the magnificent view of the snowy peaks of the Khumbu region. From the top of the hill (5,100m), you have the amazing vistas of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Cholatse, Tawache and Mt. Ama Dablam. Similarly, you have yet another acclimatization day in Gokyo Valley which is famous for the group of six glacial lakes. Situated at the bottom of Mt. Cho Oyu, Gokyo Lakes Valley is a unique Sherpa village with the Tibetan Buddist culture intact. Gokyo Ri climbing rewards you with the 360-degree panoramic view of the four eight-thousanders: Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu.

Crossing three high passes of Everest region is the most adventurous beauty of this trek that one can ever find in lifetime. You cross Kongma La Pass which is the highest among three passes of the Khumbu region to reach Lobuche village. To reach Gokyo Lakes Valley, you cross another high pass, Cho La Pass which is more challenging in winter season. Finally, by crossing Renjo La Pass, you descend to Namche Bazaar, the main trade hub of the Khumbu region via Marlung. Kongma La Cho La Renjo La Pass trek is an adventurous journey into the Nepalese Himalayas around the world’s highest peak.

This trek is the combination of the cultural beauty and biodiversity including the snowcapped mountains of the Great Himalayas. Phakding Monastery and Tengboche Monastery built in ethnic Sherpa villages are the epitomes of Tibetan Buddhist culture in this region. If you plan Everest Three High Passes trekking in November, you can observe Mani Rimdu festival in the premises of Tengboche Monastery. It is a lifetime opportunity to get in touch with unique culture tradition and taste the typical food items prepared by Sherpa people. You get to have glimpses of rare species of flora and fauna in Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The views of the Khumbu Glacier, Khumbu Icefall and Gorak Shep Lake, once the largest lake of this region are the rewards. Once you reach the base camp of Mt. Everest, the highest peak of the world, you feel really highly accomplished! It is a lifetime memory that you have been to the highest possible place near the roof of the world. You can have all the snow-clad peaks of the Khumbu region except Mt. Everest itself; isn’t it sad? But don’t worry you have yet another more night to wait for having the close view of Mt. Everest. The following morning, you hike to Kala Patthar, the best natural viewpoint of the Great Himalayas bordering Nepal and Tibet. From Kala Patthar, you can rejoice the closest sight of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Cho Oyu with Mt. Pumori peeping from behind. Take as many photos as your battery lasts as the souvenirs for everlasting memories and evidence to prove you have been there!

Everest Three High Passes Trek is the alternative to classic Everest Base Camp trek or Everest Gokyo Lakes trek. Although a bit more challenging, this trek is a boon for those visitors having enough time to spend in Nepal. Orbit Alpine Adventure is your Nepal trekking partner who is always committed to give you the best satisfaction via quality services. We are always resilient in customizing Everest trek with Three High Passes to help you experience the cultural and natural wonders of Nepal. For more details, you can reach us either via phone calls, emails, WhatsApp or booking facilities provisioned in the official website.

FAQs:

1. Where is Everest Three High Passes trekking?

Everest Three High Passes trekking lies around the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest in the Khumbu region located in eastern Nepal. To do this epic trekking to Everest region, you should take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Lukla is a small Sherpa village in the Khumbu region and also known as the gateway to Everest region trekking.

2. How difficult is Everest Three High Passes trek?

Everest Three High Passes trekking is considered as more challenging compared with Everest Base Camp trek or Everest Gokyo Lakes trek. It is the best trekking package in the Nepalese Himalayas for the avid trekkers who love adventurous journey. You have to cross the three high passes all above 5,000m showing you the best vistas of the Everest region. You need crampons and hand lines to cross these high passes especially in winter season when there is heavy snowfall.

3. Can I do Everest Three High Passes trekking?

Yes, you can definitely do Everest Three High Passes trekking as an organized trek or solo trek as well. However, you must be physically fit and mentally committed to measure the challenging Himalayan trekking route of Everest region. Although it is not mandatory, you had better have a previous trekking experience as an additional benefit. As you have to cross the three high passes of Everest region, we recommend you to hire a professional trekking guide and a porter. The trekking guide helps you to cross the technical passes in a successful way as he knows about the route and technique to cover the route. In case of unfavourable circumstances, the guide will prove helpful to avoid any mishaps.

4.What are the things I should carry during Everest Three High Passes trekking?

During Everest Three High Passes trekking, you should carry the following things:

  • Trekking Gears:

  • Trekking Pole

  • Down Jacket

  • Water Bottle

  • Trekking Boots

  • Flash Light or Headlamp and Batteries

  • Gloves

  • Duffle or Rucksack Bag

  • Down Sleeping Bag

  • Water and Windproof Jacket

  • Cotton Thick Socks and Woollen Socks

  • Sun Hat & Scarf

  • Goggles or Sunglasses & Sun Lotion

  • Thermal Long Underwear Sets

  • Wind Breaker Pants

  • Towels

  • Personal Toiletries and Medication

  • Full Sleeves T-shirts & Fleece Jacket

5. Will I suffer from altitude sickness on Everest Three High Passes trekking?

It is obvious that as soon as you reach the 3,000m+ elevation, there is always high possibility for altitude sickness. During this trek, you spend most of the days above 3,000 meters in the Himalayas. If you drink enough water and have hygienic food items avoiding non-veg items, you can protect yourself from Acute Mountain Sickness. Besides, you have enough days for acclimatization to best adjust in the higher altitude. Walking slowly but steadily is another method to avoid this health hazards. You can also pack some medicines like Diamox Oral to prevent and cure from this health-related problem. More importantly, the trekking guide of Orbit Alpine Adventure helps you to avoid it.

6. How is the accommodation facilities during Everest Three High Passes trekking?

Along with the growing popularity of Everest region trekking, a large number of hotels, lodges and teahouses are established. On all the stopovers, the hotels or teahouses provide good food and accommodation facilities. However, the higher you go, the teahouses provide basic food and accommodation facilities. In the best seasons, you may have quite difficult to find a teahouse for on arrival booking. So, you have to reserve them quite earlier before reaching the destination.

Day to Day Itinerary

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On your arrival day, the representative of Orbit Alpine Adventure receives you at the Kathmandu International Airport. Then, she/he transfers you to the hotel booked for your accommodation. In the evening, the trekking guide of our agency tells you about the Everest Three High Passes trek itinerary.

  • Meals: Wellcome Dinner
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft

After breakfast at the hotel, a private van transfers you to the Kathmandu Airport to catch a flight to Lukla. During the flight, you can enjoy the aerial view of the snowy peaks, glacial lakes, icefalls and wonderful landscapes of the Everest region. From Lukla, the gateway of Everest region trekking, you begin the journey towards Phakding

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Phakding
  • Altitude: 2,610m/8,563ft
  • Time: 4 Hours

Walking along the lush rhododendron and pine forests and crossing the Hillary Suspension Bridge, you reach Namche Bazaar. This is the top trade centre of the entire Khumbu region having all types of modern amenities like banks, ATM booths, etc. Overnight stay at a hotel tasting the cuisines of your choice and appetite. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Namche Bazaa
  • Altitude: 3,440m/10,958ft
  • Time: 6 Hours

To get adjusted in the higher Himalayan altitude, this is acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar by exploring some important sites. You have multiple choices to do here like hiking to Everest View Hotel, Sherpa Museum (Hillary Museum) and Sagarmatha National Park office.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Namche Bazaa
  • Altitude: 3,440m/10,958ft

Following the trail that passes through the lush rhododendron and pine forests, you ascend through some Sherpa cultural villages. Reaching Tengboche village, you take a stroll around Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery in the entire Khumbu region. If you travel around November, you can enjoy Mani Rimdu festival, the greatest festival of the Khumbu people observed in the monastery premises.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Tengboche
  • Altitude: 3,860m/12,664ft
  • Time: 5 Hours

Today’s trekking trail goes past some lush rhododendron and juniper forests enjoying the appealing view of the snow-clad peaks. On the way, you can have a short study of the Pangboche Monastery, the oldest monastery in this region. Walking along the Lobuche River in the Imja Valley, you finally reach Dingboche for the night station. The attractions of this windy village are the prayer flags and chortens reflecting the purest form of Tibetan Buddhism. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Dingboche
  • Altitude: 4,410m/14,469ft
  • Time: 5 Hours

No need to wake up early as you don’t have to reach a further destination towards higher elevation this day. You happen to meet many trekkers on the way to Island Peak, Ama Dablam and Everest region trekking here. The wall made of different sized stones encircling the village and the Himalayan Rescue Hospital are the major attractions. You can hike to Nagarjun Hill to have the vistas of peaks like Makalu, Lhotse, Cholatse, Tawache, Ama Dablam and etc.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Dingboche
  • Altitude: 4,410m/14,469ft

After taking breakfast, you begin the journey towards Chhukkung Village which is famous for Chhukkung Ri climbing. The trail moves ahead through the stone-walled fields on the Imja Khola banks offering the amazing view of Ama Dablam and Ambu Laptsa peaks.


  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Chhukkung
  • Altitude: 4,750m/15,580ft
  • Time: 3 Hours

Today, you are going to have the most adventurous trekking of the entire Everest High Passes trek. Walking along the moraine of the Nuptse Glacier located on the northwest of Chhukkung, you reach Kongma La Pass. This is the highest pass in the epic Everest region meeting your desire to go across the Himalayan high pass. The top of the pass which is decorated with the Buddhist prayer flags rewards you with the best possible panorama of the Everest region. Then, you cross the debris of the Khumbu Glacier to reach Lobuche for the night station. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Lobuche
  • Altitude: 5,535m/18,159ft
  • Time: 7 Hours

Walking along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier offering the amazing Himalayan views, you ascend towards Gorak Shep. After keeping your backpack at Gorak Shep, you start towards Everest Base Camp along the Gorak Shep Lake. From the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain, you see the mesmerizing view of the snowy peaks of the region. However, you can’t see Mt. Everest which hides behind Mt. Lhotse so as to show you the following morning. After making the Everest Dream come true, you come down towards Gorak Shep for the night station.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Gorak Shep
  • Altitude: 5,364m/17,598ft
  • Time: 8 Hours

Early in the morning, you hike up to Kala Patthar for the sunrise view of the Great Himalayas. The best natural viewpoint of the entire Everest region, Kala Patthar rewards you with the closest view of Mount Everest. You can take the photos by keeping the eight-thousanders and neighbouring peaks from here for a lifelong memory. If the weather is favourable, you can stay as long as you want at Kala Patthar and trek back to Gorak Shep. After having breakfast at the hotel, you descend towards Lobuche to follow the trail along the Imja Khola banks. Finally, you reach Dzongla for the night stay. From here, you can have a magnificent view of Lobuche Peaks, Cholatse and Tobuche peaks.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Dzongla
  • Altitude: 4,830m/15,850ft
  • Time: 7 Hours

Today, you have another adventurous trek as you are going to cross Cho La Pass, one of the three high passes of Everest region. Walking along the snow-covered path, you reach the top of the pass which needs crampons and hand lines to cross especially in winter season. Following the stony path going uphill and downhill, you reach Thangna for the night rest relishing the astounding view of Machchhermo and other peaks.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Thangna
  • Altitude: 5,420m/17,782f
  • Time: 8 Hours

After breakfast, you start the journey towards the classical Gokyo Lakes Valley by walking past the snow-covered path. Gokyo Valley is the Sherpa cultural village located at the bottom of Mt. Cho Oyu, the 6th highest peak in the world. Overnight stay at a local teahouse by enjoying the organic food items cooked by the Sherpa people.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Gokyo Lakes
  • Altitude: 4,900m/16076ft
  • Time: 3 Hours

You have a couple of options to do during the acclimatization day at the turquoise lakes of the Gokyo Valley. Firstly, you can explore the six glacial lakes having natural network with other nineteen emerald lakes. Hike to the Fifth Gokyo Lake is the best viewpoint giving you the best view of the four eight-thousanders. Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho Oyu are the Great Mountains seen from this lake. If the time favours and you like, you can further hike to the Sixth Gokyo Lake.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Gokyo Lakes
  • Altitude: 4,900m/16076ft

Today you are going to cross the third high pass of Everest region, Renjo La Pass and reach Marlung for the night station. Moving along the Dudh Pokhari, you ascend towards the pass relishing the stunning view of the Himalayas, Rolwaling Ranges and other peaks. The top view of Renjo La Pass is exactly like that of Gokyo Ri that you see the third Gokyo Lake and the beautiful Gokyo Valley. You can also have the mesmerizing sight of Mt. Everest and the Ngozumpa Glacier, the world’s largest glacier in the Himalayas. Then, you follow the stone staircase along the bank of Angladumba Tso Lake and enjoying the beauty of Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake. On the way, you walk past Lumde Village, you reach Marlung which lies on the bank of the Bhote Koshi River.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Marlung
  • Altitude: 5,360m/ 17,585ft
  • Time: 8 Hours

After having breakfast, you walk along the traditional trade route between Tibet and Nepal used in the past. Crossing the Bhote Koshi River two times, you reach Thame village where the famous mountaineers like Apa Sherpa, Kami Rita Sherpa and Tenzing Norgay were born. Thame Monastery, the oldest monastery of the entire Khumbu region is the central attraction of this village to look into. Then, by walking past a few Sherpa settlement areas of Everest region, you reach the main trade center, Namche Bazaar. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Namche Bazaar
  • Altitude: 3,440m/11,286ft
  • Time: 6 Hours

Today, you trek down to Lukla, the gateway to Everest region trekking by walking along the lush rhododendron and pine forests. Relishing the astounding vistas of the snowcapped peaks and walking past a few ethnic villages decorated with prayer flags, you reach Lukla. It is here you end the most adventurous trekking of Everest three high passes that offer you the best experience of the Himalayas. You can celebrate this evening with your colleagues to make this trek more memorable throughout the lifetime.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Lukla
  • Altitude: 2,860m/9,383ft
  • Time: 7 Hours

After having breakfast, you catch a flight to Kathmandu from Lukla enjoying the aerial view of the natural and cultural landmarks of Everest region. Then, you will be transferred to the hotel where you can spend the time by taking the rest. You can also visit Thamel area to collect souvenirs and other stuffs to present to your people in the home country. In the evening, Orbit Alpine Adventure organizes a farewell dinner at a cultural restaurant as a part of hospitality.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft
  • Time: 35 Minutes

Today is the last day of Everest Three High Passes Trek. The representative of Orbit Alpine Adventure accompanies you up to the Kathmandu International Airport according to the flight schedule. We wish you a happy journey and hope to see next year.

  • Meals: Breakfast