Everest 3 passes

Everest Three Passes Trek

Trip Fact

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  • duration-icon
    Duration 19 Days
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    Activities Trekking
  • tripgrade-icon
    Trip Grade Challenging
  • groupsize-icon
    Group Size 2-15
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    Start-End Point Kathmandu-Kathmandu
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    Max-Altitude 5,546m
  • besttime-icon
    Best Time Feb-June & Sep-Dec
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    Accomodation Hotel/Lodge/Tea House

Trip Overview

Nestled within the picturesque Everest region of Nepal, one can embark on the magnificent journey known as the Everest Three Passes Trek. This trail is a favored choice during the vibrant spring and crisp fall seasons, spanning a challenging 104 miles (or 167 kilometers) over an adventurous course of 21 exhilarating days through the snow-capped Mahalangur mountain range of Nepal.

The Everest Base Camp Three Passes expedition crafts a unique chapter in every traveler’s journal, promising to turn trepidation into an experience akin to heaven on earth.

The trek commences from the gateway of Lukla, leading through the pristine Khumbu valley towns of Namche, Khumjung, and Thame, charming alpine Sherpa communities. These routes are renowned for their formidable nature, demanding the traversal of lofty passes exceeding 5,000 meters.

The treacherous Cho-La, Kongma-La, and Renjo-La passes are the main attractions for thrill-seekers, unveiling mesmerizing vistas and off-the-beaten-path wonders. Among these gifts lies the opportunity to traverse the Khumbu’s sprawling glacial expanses.

The journey unfolds before your eyes, revealing icy glaciers, cascading waterfalls, arid deserts, and frozen snow pathways after treating you to the allure of snow-capped peaks and the formidable Gaurishankar Himalayan ranges. The frigid expanse of Gokyo Lakes, the majesty of Khumbu glaciers, and the indomitable presence of Mount Everest stand as the trek’s defining highlights.

As the glaciers melt from their towering 8,848-meter peak to a humbling 5,364 meters at Base Camp, the thrills of the landscape and its surroundings etch themselves indelibly in your memory. The Everest Three Passes Trek is a challenging adventure that kindles a fiery spirit within.

For trekkers seeking a grand adventure in Nepal, the Three Passes combined with the Everest Base Camp journey offer the ultimate solution.

The ideal time to embark on the Everest High Three Passes Trek is during the mid-autumn or mid-spring seasons when the high passes thaw and open up. Winter poses its own challenges, with substantial ice fields to cross instead of snow-covered terrain. Etched deep within the heart, memories of this enchanting countryside and the entire expedition remain eternally cherished. The High Passes Everest Trek stands as Nepal’s premier hiking route, offering an experience beyond compare, surpassing the standard Everest Base Camp journey.

Trip Highlight

  • Scenic Beauty: This trek takes you through some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes on Earth, including lush forests, high-altitude alpine meadows, glacial moraines, and pristine lakes.
  • Sherpa Culture: You'll have the chance to immerse yourself in the rich Sherpa culture by visiting traditional villages, monasteries, and interacting with the local people.
  • Everest Base Camp: The trek includes a visit to Everest Base Camp, a dream come true for many trekkers, where you'll stand in the shadow of the world's tallest peak.
  • Gokyo Ri: Another highlight is the ascent of Gokyo Ri, which offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Himalayan giants and the mesmerizing Gokyo Lakes.
  • Challenging Terrain: The high passes and steep ascents make this trek physically demanding and suitable for experienced trekkers who are acclimatized to high altitudes.

Itinerary

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Step into the enchanting realm of the Himalayan nation, Nepal. Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our dedicated representative will extend a warm welcome and facilitate your transfer to your chosen accommodation in the vibrant city of Kathmandu.

Following a brief period of rejuvenation, you will convene to embark on a delightful journey to one of Kathmandu’s timeless Nepalese restaurants, nestled in the heart of the city. Here, you will partake in a welcoming culinary experience while receiving an informative briefing about the upcoming adventure.

Our day of exploration commences right after a delightful breakfast, as we set out to uncover the allure of four magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our captivating itinerary unfolds with a visit to the enchanting “Monkey Temple” (Swayambunath), an iconic symbol of spirituality and a testament to cultural heritage.

We then proceed to admire the grandeur of Bauddha Nath Stupa, one of the world’s largest stupas, standing tall as a beacon of faith. Our journey continues to the hallowed grounds of Pashupati Nath, a revered Hindu temple steeped in history and devotion.

As the day unfolds, we find ourselves immersed in the architectural marvels of Durbar Square, a living testament to Nepal’s rich heritage. After this enriching odyssey, we conclude our adventure, and you are cordially invited to join us for a brief meeting at our office to discuss our upcoming excursions. Here, you’ll also have the opportunity to acquaint yourself with our team leader, who will guide us on the next leg of our journey.

The inception of every epic Everest trek commences in Lukla, a quaint mountain town. After a hearty morning breakfast, we start on an exhilarating adventure by taking to the skies in a flight, soaring over the breathtaking Himalayan peaks. The panoramic views during this flight are nothing short of awe-inspiring, setting the tone for the remarkable journey ahead.

Upon touchdown in Lukla, our trekking expedition commences in earnest. Our initial destination is the picturesque village of Phakding, and the journey to get there is a memorable one. Within an hour of setting out, we find ourselves descending steadily, arriving at the serene settlement of Cheplung. Here, against the backdrop of the towering Mt. Khumbila, standing at an impressive 18,900 feet, we glimpse a sacred mountain that has remained unconquered by climbers.

Continuing our descent from Cheplung, we venture onward to Phakding, where we shall spend the night. This charming village nestled amidst the Himalayan terrain promises a tranquil and restful evening, a precursor to the remarkable adventures that lie ahead on our Everest trek.

Our trek unfolds as we traverse a diverse terrain of ascending and descending trails, punctuated by numerous crossings of the meandering Dudh Koshi River. Along this picturesque journey, we are treated to a spellbinding panorama of the mighty Mt. Thamserku, standing tall at an imposing elevation of 21,675 feet, as we pass through the charming Benkar settlement.

As our trek progresses, we encounter a series of sturdy bridges, each crossing marking a step closer to our destination. Our next significant waypoint is the Sagarmatha National Park entry point in Monjo, where our essential trekking permits undergo scrutiny and validation.

Continuing our path, we venture through the inviting settlement of Jorsale, our strides carrying us ever closer to the vibrant village of Namche. It is here that we are rewarded with magnificent vistas of the Himalayan giants, including the awe-inspiring Everest, the formidable Lhotse, the majestic Tawache, and a host of other peaks that grace the skyline with their majestic presence. These breathtaking views serve as a reminder of the grandeur that awaits us on this extraordinary journey through the Everest region.

Today marks the first of three planned rest days to help our bodies get used to the high altitude. It’s a chance to take it easy, but not too easy, as it’s recommended to stay active even on rest days to make our trekking experience better. We’ll spend the day going on short walks in and around Namche Village.

One highlight of the day is our trip to the Everest View Hotel, where we’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains. On our way back to Namche, we’ll visit the Hillary School and Khumjung Monastery, which is famous for keeping a yeti scalp.

If you’re interested, our guide can also take us to the Tourist Visitor Center, located near the Sagarmatha National Park’s headquarters. Here, we can see all sorts of interesting things related to the first climbers of Everest, learn about Sherpa culture, and explore the various plants and animals that call the Everest region home. It’s a great opportunity to learn and discover more about this incredible place.

Our journey continues today as we embark on a hike towards Phungi Thanga, following a relatively straightforward trail. Along this path, we will soon arrive at the Tengboche village, which houses the largest monastery in the entire Everest region. This ascent grants us the opportunity to take in stunning panoramic views of some of the world’s most towering mountains, including Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, and Lhotse. These majestic peaks dominate the horizon and are nestled within the boundaries of the Sagarmatha National Park.

Our aim is to reach the monastery by three in the afternoon, where we may even have the privilege of witnessing a Buddhist ritual. This spiritual experience within the sacred surroundings of the monastery adds a profound dimension to our trekking adventure in the Himalayas.

Our adventure unfolds today with an initial descent through lush woodlands adorned with birch, conifer, and vibrant rhododendron trees. Along the way, our faithful companions, Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam, grace our journey with their majestic presence. Our path leads us towards the enchanting village of Pangboche, and we owe this progress to the remarkable trail that guides us.

As we meander our way down to Debuche, we cross the spirited Imja River, which ushers us closer to our destination. Upon reaching the higher elevations of Pangboche, we are treated to an even clearer and more pristine view of the Himalayan peaks. Our gaze sweeps across the Imja Valley, traces the meandering Lobuche River, and finally embarks on the ascent towards Dingboche.

Dingboche is a picturesque village, perched in a windswept landscape, adorned with colorful prayer flags and a serene chorten. This charming community welcomes us, offering a haven nestled amidst the mighty Himalayas, where our trekking adventure continues to unfold.

Our trek leads us through a picturesque landscape before immersing us in the awe-inspiring Himalayan setting, replete with glacier moraines. Initially, our path meanders through serene meadows adorned with stone walls, accompanied by the presence of the Imjatse Khola valley. As we continue, we reach Bibre, an area frequented by yak herders.

From this vantage point, we are treated to breathtaking vistas of the majestic Ama Dablam and the formidable Amphu Labsa mountains, standing prominently across the valley. Along the trail, we encounter brisk mountain streams, which we must cross as we press onward. After approximately 30 minutes of walking, we arrive at our destination, Chukung.

Post-lunch, we embark on our journey towards Chukung Ri. This leg of the trek involves a bit of straightforward scrambling as we ascend towards the summit. Upon reaching the pinnacle of Chukung Ri, a mesmerizing panorama unfolds before our eyes, offering stunning views of the Ama Dablam and Amphu Lapchha peaks directly across the valley. To spend the night, we retrace our steps and return to Chukung, cherishing the memories of this exhilarating adventure.

To reach Kongma La pass, which is the highest point of our entire journey, we kickstart our walk early in the morning. We’ve got two options to choose from: we can either backtrack to Bibre and follow the path above the Niyang Khola, which is to the northwest of Chhukung, or we can opt for a trail that goes over a hill and crosses the moraines of the Nuptse Glacier.

At the top of the pass, you’ll find Buddhist prayer flags and cairns marking the way. The trickiest part of today’s adventure comes when we descend from the pass. We head northward, passing through the massive Khumbu Glacier, after climbing down from the opposite side of the moraine. This path eventually leads us to Lobuche, where we’ll spend the night.

If you’re not up for the challenging Kongma La pass today, don’t worry. You have the option to skip it and go directly from Chhukung to Lobuche, providing a slightly easier route for the day’s journey.

Our path leads us along the Khumbu Glacier’s rocky hillside. As we walk, we can spot some big mountains like Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse, and others, along with the top part of Everest’s north ridge. We climb a little higher to get to Thangma Riju.

From there, we get to see a wide view of the Himalayan mountains. We walk on a tricky trail until we reach the top of Changri Glacier. As we get closer to Gorak Shep, we are surrounded by the grandeur of the Himalayas. After a short rest, we continue our journey to the Everest Base Camp.

Before we reach the base camp of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, we cross stony hills, rocky areas, and streams. From here, we can see Nuptse, Khumbutse, Changtse, and Pumori mountains.

We hike back to Gorak Shep at night. Some people prefer to visit Kala Patthar now instead of tomorrow because they think the sunset view from Kala Patthar is more beautiful than the sunrise view.

We start our adventure early in the morning to climb Kala Patthar and watch the stunning sunrise over Mount Everest. But be prepared for walking in the dark and cold (the temperature changes with the season).

Also, be ready for the chilly winds that often blow. As we keep walking, we’ll see the familiar peaks of Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, Everest, and Nuptse towering above us.

After a few hours of climbing, we’ll reach the top of Kala Patthar. From there, you can get a close and personal view of Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks. Once we’ve enjoyed the incredible Himalayan views, we’ll continue our journey to Lobuche, where we’ll spend the night.

Even though the trip to Everest Base Camp is longer than the hike to Kala Patthar, those who plan to visit it today should have an early breakfast. After returning to Gorak Shep, the groups will have lunch together and then walk back to Lobuche.

We start our walk downhill from Lobuche, following the path next to the Khumbu Glacier. When the trail splits into two, we choose the right side. This way, we can get a better look at the tall Awi Peak as we walk. We pass by a stupa and some faraway grave markers.

After a while, we begin to climb up. As we go higher, we come across a big lake called Chola Tsho Lake. Continuing on, we reach another lake that’s a bit smaller than Chola Tsho Lake. Before we reach Dzongla, we cross a bridge over the Chola Khola river.

As we go up, we see the Ama Dablam mountain in charge of a group of mountains on the south. To the west, Cholatse stands tall, and we start to see the Cho La Lake. The path is steep, and it gets even harder because of the rocks. We might need to climb over some of them.

The trail goes around a big crack in the ice as we climb up to the Cho La, which can be a bit tough. At the top of the pass, there are prayer flags and piles of rocks. It’s amazing to see the tall mountains all around us. The way to Thangnak is long, but it’s not too hard.

We reach the edge of the Ngozumpa glacier on our trek. It’s the longest glacier in Nepal. On the other side of the glacier, there are six lakes, and the second one is Gokyo Lake. The third Gokyo Lake is not too far away. We’ll spend the night in Gokyo Village, which is next to this lake.

Today, we’re going up Gokyo Ri to see an incredible view of the mountains. It’s not too far from Gokyo Village, just about three kilometers. We can also check out the fourth Gokyo Lake today. Then, we’ll keep hiking to the Fifth Lake.

At the edge of the Fifth Lake, there’s a place called “Scoundrel’s Viewpoint,” and it has an amazing view. From there, we can see the Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu mountains, plus the really big Ngozumba Glacier. After that, we’ll head back to Gokyo for the night.

To tackle the long day of travel ahead, we start our journey early in the morning. For a while, our path runs alongside Dudh Pokhari, a beautiful lake. After about two hours of hiking, we begin our descent towards the Renjo La pass. Along the way, we are treated to stunning views of the Rolwaling and Himalayan peaks, among others.

From the Renjo La pass, the third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village come into view, just below the Ngozumpa Glacier. These views are quite similar to what we saw from Gokyo Ri. We can also catch a glimpse of majestic Mt. Everest from the top of the pass.

As we continue our journey beyond the pass, we descend down a path with stone steps and loose scree, which can be a bit tricky due to icy sections. Along the route, we pass by Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake.

Our path takes us through a winding valley filled with large rocks to reach Lumde, where there’s a lodge, although it’s often closed. From Lumde, we hike for a little over an hour to reach Marlung, which is located on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi River. We’ll spend the night in Marlung.

For many, many years, Tibetan traders have used this old path from Marulung to Thame. We go down to Taranga after crossing the Bhote Koshi River. As we get closer to Thame, the path keeps going downhill, and we cross two bridges.

Thame’s famous Gompa, a special place of worship, sits up on a hill to the west and looks out over the town.

From here, we start our descent to Namche Bazaar, which is probably the largest town in the Everest region. We walk through a few small villages as we gradually make our way down.

We begin our journey by going downhill. As we walk, we cross several bridges over the fast-flowing DudhKoshi River and its small rivers. The path becomes flatter and less developed now. We enjoy walking on open fields, through forests filled with pine and rhododendron trees, and seeing faraway snowy mountain tops as we hike.

When we pass through Sherpa villages, we notice how devoted they are to Buddhism and their tradition of prayer flags and stones. When we reach Lukla, we feel tired but accomplished, thinking about everything we experienced in the last two weeks. Today, our challenging journey to the high mountain passes comes to an end. We’ll spend the night in Lukla.

For safety, we usually book our flights to Kathmandu in the morning. After we arrive in the capital city, we have the rest of the day to do whatever we like.

We can relax in our hotel room or go shopping for gifts for our family and friends. In the evening, there will be a special meal to celebrate the successful end of our mountain adventure.

Today is the last day of our amazing journey in the Everest region, where we visited Mount Everest’s base camp and high passes.

Three hours before our flight, a Get Nepal Treks representative will come to your hotel and take you to the airport.

Includes/Excludes

  • Cost of necessary trekking permits, including the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card.
  • Airport transfers to and from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (usually at a three-star hotel) before and after the trek. Accommodations during the trek in teahouses or lodges.
  • Meals during the trek, such as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meals are usually provided at teahouses along the route.
  • A licensed trekking guide and porter to carry a portion of your gear. The guide provides information, ensures your safety, and helps with logistics.
  • Essential equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, and trekking poles.
  • Domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla (the starting point of the trek) and back are usually included.
  • Basic first aid supplies and emergency evacuation arrangements.
  • Taxes and fees associated with accommodations and meals are covered in the package price.
  • The cost of international flights to and from Nepal.
  • Travel insurance, including emergency medical and evacuation coverage.
  • Expenses for items like personal snacks, beverages (other than water), souvenirs, and additional meals in Kathmandu.
  • Additional Gear: you need to rent or purchase additional equipment like trekking boots, warm clothing, and a daypack.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and teahouse staff.
  • Any optional activities, such as helicopter tours or side treks.
  • The cost of obtaining a visa for Nepal.
  • Personal Medications.

Reviews

Hany M (Australia)

Unforgettable experience!

I cannot express my gratitude adequately for the exceptional 14-day Everest Base Camp trek organized by Get Nepal Treks and Tours. Our guide, who was both knowledgeable and enjoyable to be around, meticulously explained every aspect of the journey and took great care of us throughout. The guide, along with their lovely assistant, added an extra layer of specialness to our experience. I extend my heartfelt thanks to Get Nepal Treks and the entire team for their remarkable support. The unforgettable farewell party served as the perfect conclusion to this incredible journey. I eagerly anticipate my next adventure with them in Nepal!

Prash (India)

Amazing experience!!!

Great Views and Amazing experience. Trek was strenuous, Guides made it easier. They provided us with great guidance, clean water and amazing food. They helped us organize the trip and provided great support. Get Nepal Treksand Tour is the best!!!

Theresa R (USA)

Great company to book with

We had an incredible experience on this trek during the off-season. It was important for us to select a Nepali company for our adventure, and they took care of all the logistics, making the entire journey exceptionally smooth. Our guide and porter were not only incredibly skilled but also provided us with unwavering support throughout the entire trek. If you have the option, we highly recommend requesting their services when booking your trek. We are already looking forward to returning for another adventure!

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