You may just come up with questions in regards to Three Pass Trek vs. Everest Base Camp. It is mostly a confusing topic when you don’t know which one to choose. If this is the situation, I will try my best to comparison right next to each other. At the end of this article, you will be able to choose whether you want to Everest Three Passes Trek or Everest Base Camp.

My name is Raj, and I’m the team leader at NEST (Kathmandu base local company). I was a mountain guide for over a decade in the Himalayas. I’m here to share some of my expertise (knowledge) that I learned during my guiding career. The last count I remember was 37th time, I was in Everest Base Camp have explored many other sub trails around the Khumbu region. So, you can say I know my well enough in the mountains. Here are the findings and comparisons between Three Pass Trek vs Everest Base Camp Trek.


Three Pass Trek vs Everest Base Camp

Three Passes Trek Everest Base Camp Trek
The Three Passes Trek is a high altitude circuit trail that goes through three of the highest valleys in Nepal and, at times, intersects with the standard EBC route. Everest Base Camp trek is a single trail that gradually reaches to the base of Mount Everest.
Three Passes Trek is a circuit trail. Making a loop via three of the highest pass meaning almost every day is a new day. Unlike the EBC trail follows the same route way down once you reach base camp. Here is the map of Three Passe Trek.
It is remote and off-the-beaten-path. So you can enjoy the scenery without too many tourists! EBC is not only famous and overcrowded in Nepal but also one of the most popular trails in the world. Sixty thousand annual EBC trekkers follow the Everest base camp trek.
Three pass Trek is surrounded by four of the highest mountains in the world, including Mt. Everest and it’s base camp. Not to mention that the three high passes are all above 5,000m. Very few places on this earth have these combinations! While EBC Trek only offers the closer look of Mout Everest and other surrounding mountains like Amadablam, Thamsekrkhu, Nups, Lotse, etc.
The Three PassesTrek offers a lot more side-trips than any other trail. (Everything that it comes in EBC trail)You can spend more than three weeks and venture into different places. But in EBC, there are only certain places such as Kalaptthar, EBC, Everest View Hotel. You can’t extend more days for a side trip in EBC trail.
You will have experience of walking over the moving glacier. but in EBC no trail goes through the glacier
The weather frame for three pass trek is limited. Due to the high passes, you may be required to hike only during the clear season But EBC classical trail is open almost any time of the year.
Some parts of the three pass trek might be dangerous with chances of an avalanche. But Everest Base Camp has no chances of an avalanche or anything even during heavy snowfall season.
Three pass trek requires more time at least 20 days EBC trek could be done just within 12/13 days


Depending on available time, budget, and other factors, there is no wrong to choose any of that trail. Maybe because of more publicity, more people are on the Everest classical route, but If you are one of those who would want to experience the Khambhu region differently, than you may want to try with three passes trek.

As much as it sounds a very nice three passes are also challenging. My recommendation you should hike with a local guide as constantly changing weather and other factors comes to high alert. Here is the excellent reading If you are three pass trek solo hikers.

At the end of this article, if you are one of those looking for some guidance to arrange the basic needs, we are here for you. We are happy to organize this trek with one of our most trusted guides who has explored this route over 20 times. NEST Adventure has a well-established record when it comes to client satisfaction. Our team has earned 5/5 star ratings on TripAdvisor based on the review from our recent clients. So the chances are incredibly high; you will receive the same experience with us.

They said NEST is the BEST. If you believe NEST could be a travel arranging partner to plan your trip to Nepal, please do not hesitate to email one of our office representatives.

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Rajendra Khanal (Raj)

Born and raised in Gorkha, Nepal, I am proud to call the Manaslu region my home! I have been in the travel business for over a decade from being assistance guide, leader, to being a manager. And finally today I am the founder of NEST Adventure. So you could say I know my way well enough in the Himalayas, especially in some of the off-the-beaten-trails in Nepal like Manaslu, Kanchenjunga and Mustang!

I am passionate about travelling and I strongly believe that seeing the world shouldn't break the bank (at least not too much!). I have backpacked to over 15 countries in Asia, Central America, USA, Canada, one-third of Europe, the Caribbean Islands, and Latin America.

I studied in the UK and moved to the United States. During that period, I had the opportunity of working with multinational companies which taught me how to deliver quality customer service in the business. As a world travelling backpacker myself, and travel expert for the Nepalese Himalayas, I started writing about my own country. Which I would love to share with you. In case you required free information about Nepal or join a group with our existing departure, (particularly If you are a solo hiker for the restricted area) please do not hesitate to visit my office in Thamel. We are located in the centre of Kathmandu called Thamel. I am happy to share a cup of Nepali tea and free information.

Our team at NEST has earned 5/5 star ratings on TripAdvisor. Don't forget to visit our customer feedback page on TripAdvisor. If you believe our expert team can be helpful in planning your next trip to Nepal, then please do not hesitate to contact me at I am also available 24x7 on WhatsApp  +977- 9851052042. If you are interested to know more about my travel journey follow me on  FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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