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Everest Three Passes Trek

Trip code
Package name Everest Three Passes Trek
Duration 19
Max. elevation 5550M m
Transportation <span style="" wfd-id="4406">All ground transportation &amp; domestic flight as per itinerary</span>
Accomodation 3* hotel in Kathmandu and tea house/lodge during the trek
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route
Cost USD 1,950 per person


Everest Three Passes Trek OVERVIEWS:

The Everest region is home to the amazing mountainous landscape and is known for a wide variety of mountaineering, trekking, and hiking destinations. Normally tourists tend to choose a lighter and easier way to explore this Himalayan region. However, those who are planning a challenging hiking trip must explore this adventure destination. Among which The Three Passes Trek is one of the best high-altitude trekking routes in the world. As the name suggests this hiking route comprises three major high mountain passes above the 5000-meter mark, namely Kong Ma La 5535m, Cho La 5420m, and Renjo La 5345m.

Except for these passes, there are several points which are higher than the 5000 Meter, among which Kalapathar (5550m), Everest Base Camp (5340m), and Gorakshep (5134m) are the main highlights. With this much difficulty, the trek is blessed with magnificent views of the tall snowcapped mountains of the region. Everest 8848m, Lhotse 8516, Makalu 8481m, Cho Oyu 8188m, Ama Dablam 6812m, Thamserku 6623 m are among the major peaks.

Besides, the glaciers and the glacial lakes make this trek even more tempting. The longest Himalayan glacier Ngozumba and the Khumbu glacier are the major glaciers in this region. There is also an abundance of water bodies in this region in the form of lakes, ponds, and streams. Gokyo Lake system is the major pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhists whereas several smaller lakes do exist elevating above 5000 m. Some of them are even frozen throughout the year. The melting of ice and glaciers serves as an origin point for major rivers like Dudh Koshi, Bhote Koshi, and Imja Khola.

As the Three Passes trek lies in the Sagarmatha National Park, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site, trees and plants are much of a rare encounter during this trek except for the regions below 4 thousand meters in elevation. Blue Sheep and some smaller rodents are most likely to be seen whereas Snow Leopards, Bears, and wolves are nowhere to be seen. But different kinds of birds including different types of pheasants can be seen during the trek. The weather is mostly chill and sunny with clouds moving frequently. During the winter the region is mostly covered in snow. These conditions make this region a trekking paradise.

Apart from the natural attraction, the cultural aspect is also an important feature of this trek. Home to the indigenous Sherpa people, glimpses of Himalayan Buddhism culture can be seen throughout the trek duration. Monasteries, Stupas, Chhortens, Mani Walls, Prayer Flags, and Prayer wheels are of a common sighting. Vivid cultural festivals celebrated during different times of year are open for tourists and travelers to witness.

Here in Vertex Holiday, we encourage people to achieve something previously thought unachievable. So if you are seeking a trip of a lifetime and don’t mind spending a couple of weeks in the mountains, we will be pleased to arrange your trip. For more detailed information about this once-in-a-lifetime hiking trip and other essential information consider connecting with us.

 Attractive viewpoint on Everest three passes trek:

Attractive view-points on Everest three passes trek is countless from the start to the end of trekking. However the best and attractive view-point is from top of Namche Bazaar near the Park museum and from Everest View Hotel.
Other places on route to Tengboche, as well from scenic Tengboche, next place is Dingboche and from its high hill. As well from Chukung, and on top Kalapathar Hill and Gokyo-Ri top including from the high pass of Renjo-La.

Preparation for Everest Three Passes Trekking:

On booking or planning before this high altitude adventure, one needs to be in good physical shape and in sound health. All around Nepal Himalayas, besides Everest Three Passed trekking, leads to steep climb and downhill, with few gradual sections. All trekkers needs to be fit and strong and healthy in good physical shape as well medically.
Before or after booking and as well departure for Nepal, one needs daily exercise for an hour. Like walking, jogging, aerobic or Jumba as well climbing up and down the steps. Checking with your family doctor regarding the fitness required for Everest base camp adventure.
The walk is normal, a long one takes it slow and steady, however good physical fitness will be an advantage to enjoy the walk and the scenery.

Proper clothing as per the season wise, where Vertex will provide clothing list to carry, one can buy in Kathmandu also. 

Food and accommodation: 

The best one can expect on this high altitude adventure on Everest Three High Passes. Food and Accommodation can be of standard to simple, depending upon designated high places for overnight and lunch stops.

From Lukla onwards till Namche Bazaar, various options of lodges from simple budget, standard to luxury class lodge accommodation and best foods.
Depending upon the trip cost as provided by Vertex Treks & Expeditions.

From Tengboche onwards all room accommodation are nice and simple with large warm dining hall. During high seasons, single rooms will be a problem sometimes due to flow of many trekkers. One needs to book well in advance on paying extra for single room supplement in Kathmandu hotels and on treks. 
Most rooms available are have common toilets and bathrooms, due to tough high altitude terrain and cold temperatures. Where water flow in pipe line can get frozen, the best to use the common toilets and bathrooms.

As for food, nearly all lodges on overnight stop as well on lunch stops provides excellent food menu to enjoy delicious meals.

Lukla to Tengboche some lodge restaurants provides fresh bakeries also, where one can have delightful time.

Meals served in all lodges from continental, Indian, Chinese and Nepalese meals, snacks. Some lodges also provides Mexican, Italian, Japanese and Korean food also.

Best seasons:

The best time for wonderful adventure Everest Three Passes Trek is in spring and autumn seasons. Spring in Nepal and around Himalayas begins from March to May, and autumn from September to November.

Spring time with longer days having enough sunlight hours, from morning till late afternoon, however can be much windy. As well adding extra wind-chill factor around high altitude above Tengboche and onwards. Could get cloudy in the afternoon with chances of light snow-fall around higher terrain sometimes.
Morning and late afternoon till night remains cold, however the lower hills up to Tengboche will be bright. During spring time when wildflowers in bloom especially the rhododendron of various colors and species.

Autumn season is another best time for trekking around Himalayas, where days are mostly bright and clear. But shorter days due to sun-light hours, cold morning and late afternoon till night time, can expect snow-fall sometimes. 
Interested trekkers can dare during winter time from December to February, where days are crystal clear. But shorter days due to less sunlight hours during winter times with freezing temperatures in the morning and night time.
However, the good advantage due to low season of trekking with less visitors to encounter. Some lodges can be closed for winter season, as the Khumbu Sherpa migrates to lower warmer areas to escape the bitter winter cold.
Could get snowed in sometimes during the walk, normally around higher areas above 3,000 m high.

Travel & Medical Insurance:

It is very important that one must have travel and medical insurance for own safety, and precaution. Unfortunate accidents can happen anywhere and anytime, including sudden bad weather, even in the best time of the seasons.

The Himalayan weather can be unpredictable sometimes, can get snowed in even in good time of the seasons. Where our guide might have to re-route towards other destinations, as well in case road blocks due to landslide and avalanches. Sometimes the flight to Lukla from Kathmandu or vice versa can get delayed or leads to cancellation due to unfavorable weather condition. In this case Vertex Holidays might have to re-route the trek to other Himalayan destinations, or using helicopter service if required. This is where your travel insurance will to recover extra expenses. As well if one gets very sick due to high altitude or other cause. In serious medical condition one needs immediate evacuation by fastest means of transport like Helicopter Service to bring the victim to nearest good hospitals or at Kathmandu. In this situation your medical insurance will support with extra expenses occurred. We suggest that all trekkers joining for the adventure must obtain medical / travel insurance for necessary accidents and unfortunate events should cover transportation by all means of transportation including Helicopter service.


Depending upon one physical fitness and medical background, actually the trekking is not that hard and tough, except rise of altitude.

Taking slow and steady, taking much rest in between will overcome the challenges, the other challenge is walking at high altitude with short breathe. But once you stop and rest for a while with time to enjoy surrounding views, you feel all right. Taking slow stride all the way to overnight stops, and sleeping well and choosing the right types of food and drinking enough fluid will support you to challenge the high altitude walks around Everest and on crossing three high passes. Some days leads to longer hours walks from 6 to 8 hours or more, the average walking is 5-6 hours.


Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m), transfer to hotel and dinner with Nepali cultural program.

Namaste and welcome to Nepal. As you arrive Kathmandu, Vertex Holiday’s airport representative will assist you to the hotel. After getting refreshed, our guide will provide insights about the trek. In the evening, there will be a typical Nepali dinner with cultural program.

Overnight at hotel

Day 2 : Fly to Lukla (2804m) and trek to Phakding (2610): walk approx 3-4 hrs.

Early in the morning fly to Lukla enjoying the picturesque  Himalayas of Nepal including the highest peak in the world , Mount Everest. Landing at Lukla, You will meet the rest of the crew who will accompany us during the trekking. Then the trek starts smoothly through the easy trail and you can see the tiny settlements along with their potato fields. Crossing the steel bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phakding.

Overnight at lodge.

Day 3 : Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m): walk approx 5 - 6 hrs.

After  breakfast, we begin our hike, which leads higher elevation. Crossing bridges, we reach to the entry gate of Sagarmatha National Park at Jorsalle. Now the trail will be steepeer. We walk continually till we reach the horse-shoe shaped Namche Bazaar, which is one of the busiest settlements in the Everest region.

Overnight at lodge/tea house.

Day 4 : Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar -day hiking to Khumjung valley over Everest view point hotel.

Today is an acclimatization and exploration day. So, we will explore this amazing village Namche Bazaar along with its neighboring parts of Khumjung and Everest view hotel. There are almost all the facilities and markets of all the goods. Basic facilities are available as health post/hospital, school, trade centers, and others. Hillary school is located there. The exploration hiking is also wonderful to understand the Sherpa culture and traditions, spirituality and hospitality. Back to lodge and rest.

Overnight at lodge/tea house.

Day 5 : Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche Monastery (3,860m): walk approx 5 - 6 hrs.

Beginning the trek from Namche Bazaar, we head towards the Tengboche monastery, following the River and walking through the oak, rhododendron and birch forest. You have a chance to see wild animals as wild goats, blue sheep, and others. The dazzling Himalayan views accompany us throughout the trail. We have lunch at Phunki Tenga, which lies beside the River. Gradually, we will hike uphill to Tengboche and explore the area.

Overnight at lodge/tea house.

Day 6 : Trek from Tengboche Monastery to Dingboche (4,350m): walk approx 5 - 6 hrs.

Mornings are normally chilling in the mountainous region. Having a warm breakfast, we begin our trek from Tengboche. The morning bells can be heard. Lamas and monks perform their rituals in the morning. The monastery is a sister  monastery of Rongbuk Monastery in TIbet . Situated at the 3,867 metres , this monastery is  the biggest in the Khumbu region. On the lunch stop of Pangboche, we can again visit the oldest monastery of Everest. It takes a couple of hours to reach Dingboche from here. The views of Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kwangde, Thamserku and others are brilliant. Reach to Dingboche and rest.

Overnight at lodge/tea house.

Day 7 : Dingboche (4,350m) rest

Acclimatization day excursion and climb up Narsyang top (4967 m) walking (4 hrs up and 2 hrs down) stay overnight at the same lodge in Dingboche.

Day 8 : Dingboche to Chhukung valley (4,720m): walk approx 5 hrs.

We set out for the hiking to Chhukung valley. It is the last village the climbers stay who go climbing the Island peak. The trail is fine and the surrounding is dotted with potatoes and barley fields.

Overnight at lodge/tea house.

Day 9 : Chhukung - Kongma La (5,535m/18,154ft) - Lobuche (4,940m/16,204ft): 9-10 hrs

We start at first light from Chhukung, as we have to conquest the highest pass of the trip today. We carry plenty of water and some snacks and a packed lunch as there are no Lodges on the way. Enjoying the remoteness of the route  the majestic view of Island peak-valley and jagged ridge of Amphu Lapcha will give you chills. Behind us is the landscape of icy lakes ahead down of which is the Khumbu Glacier. The final descent is the most difficult stage of the trek, as we'll have to cross the Khumbu glacier  where the trail keeps changing before reaching Lobuche.

Overnight at lodge/tea house.

Day 10 : Lobuche - Gorak Shep (5,170m) to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) and back to Gorak Shep: walk approx 8-9 hrs.

Today we head for Gorakshep which is the highest place where we will sleep.We'll reach Gorakshep for lunch and keep our luggages in Lodge . Carrying a day pack, we hike to the Everest base camp through the rocky trail that is prevailed with moraines. At the climbing seasons, Everest base camp remains full of tents, where climbers stay and do climbing practices. Taking sufficient snaps, we descend to Gorakshep and rest. 

Overnight at lodge/tea house.

Day 11 : Hike up to Kalapatthar (5,555m) early in the morning and trek down to Dzonglha (4,830m) 8-10 hrs

Getting up early, we'll  hike up to Kalapatthar which is a viewpoint for the breathtaking sunrise view over the snowy peaks . Also the awesome panoramas of Makalu, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse and Cho Oyu can be seen. Then we trek down to Gorakshep, have breakfast/lunch and trek down to Dzonglha. Keeping the magnificent Ama Dablam behind , we'll hike beyond the blue Cho La Lake  which is one major attraction for the day. It’s a long walk, but an exciting  excursion. 

Overnight at lodge/tea house.

Day 12 : Dzonglha - Cho La pass 5420m) - Thangnak (4,680m) : 7-8 hrs

After breakfast early in the morning, we walk through the steep climbing route. Today is going to be one of the toughest day of our trip. The hike goes through westward of  Dzongla, ascending through the trail in between massive rocks .   Cho La pass remains snowy for most of the year . From the top,  view  of Ama Dablam, Cholatse and others mountains are rewarding .

Overnight at lodge/tea house.

Day 13 : Thangnak (4,680m) - Gokyo (4,800m): 4_5 hrs

After having the Breakfast , we will descend on a rocky downhill with the support metallic ropes. Before reaching our destination  Gokyo , we will have to cross the longest Himalayan Glacier in the world. On reaching Gokyo , the reflection of  glittering  night sky can be seen on the Gokyo glacial  lake  which is one major touristic destination in the world. Situated at the elevation of 4800 meters , Gokyo lake is a place where trekkers and tourists would imagine to spend the rest of their life in.

Overnight at lodge/tea house.

Day 14 : Gokyo Valley: Climb Gokyo Ri (5357m) 5 - 6 hours.

Today is an exploration day. After having breakfast, we hike to the famous Gokyo Ri , which is the best view point of this region . The panoramic view of Everest, Cho-Oyu, Gyachung, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makulu  and many other smaller peaks can be seen from the top of Gokyo Ri . The longest himalayan glacier in world , Ngozumba glacier can be seen from there. Exploring the natural wonders, we trek down to the Gokyo valley and rest.

Overnight at lodge/tea house.

Day 15 : Gokyo - Renjo La (5345m) - Lungden (4,380m) Marulung (4210m): 8-9 hrs

The hike ascends gently up the flank of Gokyo Ri and then zigzags to northwest corner of the Gokyo lake. We start early for trek  from the Gokyo Valley,  turning to Renjo La trail beside Gokyo lake aka  Dudh Pokhari. After about 3 hours, we reach to the Renjo La pass which is a spectacular mountain viewpoint. The Everest , Lhotse, Cholatse,  Taboche and many smaller peaks can be seen shining in the sun. View from Renjo La Pass  includes the  Gokyo Village beneath the gray smear of Ngozumpa Glacier. After some mesmerizing view of the Himalayan landscape we descend down and then hike beside smaller glacial lakes to reach Lungden.  We walk almost for an hour from Lungden (4350m) to get to Marlung on the east bank of the Bhote Koshi river.

Overnight at lodge/tea house.

Day 16 : Lungden - Namche Bazzar (3,440 m): 8-9 hours

Down from the Marulung we cross the Bhote Kosi and descend to Taranga. The hiking trail then goes through the valley of Langmuche Khola. This stream drains down from Dig Tsho, the glacial lake that bursted its banks in 1985, causing devastating floods along the Dudh Kosi Valley to moraine to Thame. Thame has a sprawling village with a few lodges and stunning mountains like Thamserku, Katenga, Kusum Kangguru, etc. Overlooking Thame is its famous Gompa situated some the fields, on a hill to the west. Established some 325 years ago, the Gompa has three big images of Chenresig (Avalokiteswara), Guru Ringboche, Buddha Sakyamuni. Colorful Mani Rimdu festival featuring colorful mask dances is held in this Gompa in May. We climb down after crossing a bridge after then eventually reach Samde. The place offers breathtaking views. The path steeply descends down to Thamo village which hosts a monastery called Khari Goma which is a nunnery being home to some nuns and monks. We eventually reach Namche again through some Gompas, colorful prayer flags, Mani walls, and Chortens.

Overnight at lodge/tea house.

Day 17 : Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2804m): walk approx 6-7 hrs.

This is the last trekking day. We  begin our trekking through the steep trail from Namche Bazaar. Checking out from the national park counter, we reach Monjo and head further crossing the suspension bridges. Passing Phakding, the normal route begins. We gradually reach our concluding point at Lukla. We celebrate our successful trek with all the team members with drinks and warm dinner.

Overnight at lodge/tea house.

Day 18 : Fly back to Kathmandu after the Three Passes trek/Rest day.

It’s time to bid farewell to this Himalayan town and fly back to Kathmandu. The Himalayan peaks that became familiar to us can be explored for the last time if the weather is clear. Landing in Kathmandu, you"ll be assisted   to the hotel . The rest of the day is for your leisure activities including shopping and exploring the city.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 19 : Transfer to the international airport for your final flight departure.

Having a good memorable trekking experience  with Vertex Holiday, our representative drops you at the airport for your  departure.


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