This is the definitive trek for those very fit adventure seekers! Crossing Everest Three Pass Trek - Renjo La Pass (5,465m), Cho La Pass (5,420m) and Khongma La Pass (5,535m), with some long walking days of up to 9 hours, a high level of fitness is needed. And if that is not enough, climb up to Kala Patthar for more spectacular views of Mount Everest. On this trek you will not only see mountains but, also at the top of Renjo La pass, there are marvelous views of the Gokyo Lakes.
The Everest Three Pass Trek starts and ends at Lukla Airport, Phakding and Namche Bazaar – the classic gateways into the Everest trekking area. It also takes in Tengboche Monastery. But here is a look at what awaits you on the three passes: as well as views of the Gokyo Lakes, the view from Renjo La pass is Everest at its most spectacular. While from Cho La pass, after a challenging and steep climb, there are fantastic views of Ama Dablam.
In fact, this pass is formed between the summits of Lobuche (6,135m) and Cholatse (6,443m). And then there is Kongma La pass, which takes you over a glacier and glacier-fed river to climb it’s even more challenging route. But the views from this, the highest pass at 5,535m, of Lhotse and Makula and the sparkling lakes below, makes it all worthwhile. Everest three pass trek takes you to the most amazing places of Nepal
After all this strenuous and yet exhilarating exercise, it feels good to be back in the busy market town of Namche Bazaar with its superb coffee and choice of restaurants!
- Trip Duration: 17 days
- Level: Difficult
- Group size: 1-15
- Altitude: 5,350 m Everest Base Camp and 5,643 m Kalapathar
- Permit: National Park Entry permit and rural municipal entry permit
- Accommodation: tea houses/guesthouses/tented camp
- Best Time: March/April/October/November
Highlights of Everest Three Pass Trek
- Breathtaking views from all three high passes
- An amazing sense of achievement
- Standing on Kala Patthar admiring the panorama
- Being stunned at so many mountains on view
- Visiting Namche Bazaar and meeting Sherpa people
- Flying in and out of one of the most interesting high altitude airports in the world
- 5 glaciers lake of Gokyo valley
- Perfect view of Mt.Everest from Kalapatthar
Food and Accommodation
You will eat in the place where you stay in the mountains. Most of the food menus are available in the tea house and lodge of the Everest region. Also, you can have both veg and non-veg items while on the trek. The non-vegetarian menu may offer chicken, pork, and even a Yak stake. As you need protein while hiking, you should consult with your guide to make sure they are hygienic.
Lunch and Dinner
"Dal Bhat Pawer, 24 Hour" It is a famous saying in Nepal. Varieties of rice menus such as Dal Bhat set, Veg fried rice, Mix fried rice, Pasta, Macaroni, Spaghetti, Spring roll, Sandwich, Momo are excellent availability for lunch and dinner.
Chapati, Pancake, Tibetan bread, Porridge, varieties of soup, and eggs made omelets are well known for Breakfast.
Everest Three Passes Trekking Route Map
The weather condition is important while planning a trek in Nepal. Spring and Autumn is the best time for the Everest three pass trek. Starting from October till December is considered as the best weather for Autumn. March till May is a well-known spring season in Nepal.
Everest three pass Trek is rated as challenging Trek. Difficulty ratings measure from the various part such as hours of hike, distance, altitude gain, etc. However, the primary concern is altitude sickness and acclimatization. It is a high pass trek, the chance of being sick in Everest is more compared to others. The hike starts from 2652m at (Phakding) and gradually increases up to 5643m to Kalapathar in 17 days. Which means, the hikers will have to reach a high altitude.
When designing the itinerary, you should always keep extra days for acclimatization. Based on research, you should hike not more than 6-7 hours of hiking and 400-500m of altitude gain each day in below 3,000m. It should be buffer day in 3,000m and below 5,000m. And no more than 4,00m between 3,000 - 5,000m. If you keep this ration even for the first time, high altitude hikers will survive with no symptoms of sickness.
You might see a local guide drinking tap water, but is it safe for tourists? It all depends on your immune power. Locals are used to drinking tap water doesn't mean you have to the same. "Prevention is better than cure" I wouldn't suggest drinking tap water; instead, you can purify and drink. There are several water purification tablets available in the market. Bottled water also available for purchase. But definitely not good for the environment after use as they don't have proper recycling in the mountain.
You are required to have two different permits to complete Everest Trek. You need a Tims card which costs USD 10 per person if you are trekking in a group and USD 20 if you are independent trekkers. With Tims, you need Sagarmatha National park permit worth USD 30 plus 13% government tax.
Transportation to the trailhead
For Everest three pass Trek first, you need to drive to Ramechhap in a local bus or private jeep. The first 3-4 hours of your journey is on a paved road. After that, it is about 25 minutes to fly to Lukla from Ramechhap. At the end of your journey, the trek finish at the Everest Base Camp. To get back to Kathmandu, you have to fly back from Lukla to Ramechhap and drive on a local jeep or private one between Ramechhap to Kathmandu.
Communication and Wifi Facilities
There is wifi available in the Everest region. If you want to have your own cell phone data carriers, "Ncell" has better internet speed and coverage.
What to pack for Everest Three Pass Trek?
- First Aid Kit
- Trekking Poles
- Water Bottles
- Sleeping Bag
- Down Jacket
- Base Layer Tops and Bottoms
- Day Pack
- Duffel Bag
- Fleece Pants
- Fleece/Wool Gloves
- Fleece/Wool Hat
- Fleece/Wool Jacket or Sweater
- Headlamp with Fresh Batteries
- Hiking Boots
- Hiking Pants
- Hiking Socks
- Insulated Jacket
- Long Sleeve Shirts
- Rain Jacket
- Rain Pants
- Sport Sunglasses
- Sun Block and Lip Balm
- Sun Hat
- Regularly using Medicines
- Portable solar charger or backup charger
- Water purifier
- Reading and writing materials if you have book craze
- Ice glasses
- Eye Mask
- Travel Games
- Airline Tickets
- Copy of Passport (2 Copies)
- Nepal Visa
- Travel insurance
- Passport Photos (4)
- Valid Passport
- Required permits
Altitude sickness and its prevention
Altitude sickness is the effect of high elevation on the health of people which is caused by the low amount of oxygen in high altitudes. It mainly occurs after you reach above 2500 meters.
- Increase in elevation
- Low level of oxygen
- Use of alcohol
Symptoms are temporary but in some cases, it can be dangerous so you need to prevent yourself.
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Swelling of hands, feet, and face
- Nose bleeding
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid pulse
- Dry cough
- Altitude acclimatization
- Oxygen enrichment
- Keep yourself hydrated
- Do not use alcoholic substances
The Cost Includes
- An Experienced and informative guide during the trek including his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance
- A porter during the trek including his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance
- Sagarmatha national park entry permit
- Solukhumbu Rural municipal tax
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu both way flight ticket
- Domestic airport drop and pick up
- Three times meal in a day; Breakfast Lunch and dinner
- Accommodation in basic tea houses during the trek
- All the government vat and taxes
- -20' sleeping bag during the trek
- Basic first aid kits
- NEST branded water bottle with purification tablet
- A pulse oximeter to check your SPO2 and BPM in the high altitude
The Cost Excludes
- Food and accommodation in Kathmandu
- Personal expenses; WiFi, Hot shower, battery charging
- Tip and donation
Early in the morning at 3:30, we will take 3 to 4 hours drive to Ramechhap from Kathmandu and after, a short flight to Lukla. Lukla Airport is one of the most dangerous airports across the globe, which is the gateway to Everest Base Camp. The short trip to Lukla will take you to the land of the highest peak in the world “Mt Everest”. Reaching upon the vicinity known for The Land of Sherpa, you will be amazed by nature around you. There are bunches of hotels in Lukla offering flavorful breakfast and lunch. We will eat and rest for quite a while and head towards Phakding, a little delightful town for around 2 to 3 hours. Stay overnight in Phakding.
After having breakfast in the morning at Phakding, we will head towards Namche(3440m). Namche Bazar is frequently well known as the capital of Khumbu and a market of whole Everest region Trekking. We can discover hotels, lodges, resort, bar, snooker, bread kitchen, trekking stores and the retail establishment and fundamental items in Namche. It takes around 5 hours to reach Namche from Phakding with the steep path at the last part of the trek. However, it is said that hard work pays off, so after those precarious walk, you will arrive at the Everest View Point middle of the uphill towards Namche. From the perspective, the scene of Everest can be seen obviously. Decrease your pace, drink enough water and proceed gradually to Namche in light of the fact that toward the finish of the story "slow and steady always wins the race".
Usually, this day is named as the rest day by numerous individuals of the trekking organization. Be that as it may, it ought to be called as acclimatization day as one will trek the whole Khumjung and Khunde town on this day. Strolling for around 4 to 5 hours, today we will make a total visit or complete circuit of Namche. The adventure of Namche includes Sherpa Museum, Khumjung Airport, Everest View Hotel, Khumjung Village, Khunde Village, Hillary School and Government Development Yak Farm, etc. The walk will be delicate until you arrive at the head of Namche on the grounds that after there is steep up and the elevation is about 400m before dropping back. It will help a ton for acclimatization for the further higher rise on the coming days.
Tengboche Monastery is probably the oldest as well as the biggest monastery in Everest Region which is the focal point of fascination for the majority of Everest Base Camp Trekkers. It was constructed as it was pulverized by flame. Because of reconstruction, it looks new and bright. Likewise, the monastery held the praying ceremony every morning. Also, Mt. Everest is visible all the time from the whole part of Tengboche, alongside Mt. AmaDablam, Mt. Lhotse thus numerous different peaks. The individuals who are on Everest View Trek this is the last goal from them as they will retrace back entire way up to Lukla. But as a base camp trekker, we will further make a beeline for and if possible attend prayers in the monastery in the evening too.
Probably Dingboche is last village on trail to Everest Base Camp as there is no such local settlement in Pheriche, Lobuche, Chukung and so on. It is old historical village very near to Mt. Ama Dablam Base Camp and support camp for both Island Peak as well as Lobuche Peak Climbing. Since Dingboche is in higher elevation we had allocate one extra acclimatization day here as well.
Chukung is the Supports Camp for Island Peak Expedition. It is a small village with lodging generally offering accommodation, guide, porter as well as equipment renting for Island Peak climbing. Aside from that it additionally gives space to acclimatization, as it is higher in elevation than Dingboche. Island Peak Base Camp is another four-hour stroll from Chukung. So for a wonderful view just as better acclimatization, it is smarter to climb up to Nagarjun Hill. Nagarjun Hill is the whole distance soak up to the top. It gives perhaps the best perspective on Mt. AmaDablam and Mt. Makalu with the view of floating mass of snow i.e Island Peak. View of Mt. Everest is completely hindered by Lhotse Massif; nonetheless, the spot is astounding with the picturesque views of Himalayan Ranges.
Lobuche is the remote area, as housing is fundamental in this vicinity. House looks extremely basic from outside in spite of the fact that dinning and other inside is comparatively similar to the other on Everest Base Camp Trekking Trail. With one noteworthy tough from Thukla Hotel to Thukla Pass rest of trail are flat and gentle up. Notwithstanding, the altitude makes it hard to walk even in the flat way. The trail isn't so long so perhaps toward the evening we will wander around to the sides of Khumbu Glacier, that offer a fantastic perspective on icy masses in Everest Region.
The trail from Lobuche to Gorakshep is one of the most straightforward and short distance to cross as it takes 2 to 2.5 hours with all the way flat to Louche Pass. The little yet soak up way is available from where there is minor up and downs ahead till Gorakshep. Last however not the least our next trail is centre to exploration Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar Trekking. After checking in at hotels and eating, we will begin trekking to Everest Base Camp, leaving our knapsack in the hotel. Despite the fact that the trek is gentle flat, the elevation makes it difficult. At last, a few strolls to the ice sheet are expected to arrive at base camp. It is around 4-hours stroll from Gorakshep to arrive at our goal Everest Base Camp. Getting a charge out of some time in Everest, we will go to Gorakshep.
Early dawn over the highest point of the world from Kalapatthar is one of the fundamental features of Everest Base Camp Trek. So to outline this minute we will begin our climb up to Kalapatthar promptly toward the beginning of the day. It will take around 2 to 2.5 hour to arrive at the summit of Kalapatthar. Contingent on the general time of sunrise we will set ourselves up. After the phenomenal perspective of sunrise over the top of the Mount Everest, we will plummet to Gorakshep for breakfast and descend further to Lobuche from where we will divert toward right hand side heading Dzongla. Dzongla is small area with few hotels before crossing Cho La Pass.
Today we will head towards Cho La pass before descending to Gokyo Valley. It is the second pass of Everest three pass trek. In compare to Khongma La Pass, it is straightforward with the clear trail as well as full with less chance of rockfall and steep section. After descending from the top of Chola Pass, we will encounter tall, erect Buddhist Flag near a high camp for where it is all the way steep down through the valley of Gokyo, straightforward and full trail for descending.
Gokyo Lakes, series of the high alpine range is another fascination of Gokyo Valley, which is religiously significant too for Hindu Pilgrims. The trail from Thagnak to Gokyo experiences with ice sheets, as all route up to Gokyo, we will stroll through icy masses. After lunch, we will climb to the fourth lake, which is around forty-five minutes from the lodge another delightful and huge lake among Gokyo Lakes series.
Last pass out of Everest Three Pass Trek; Renjo La Pass is probably the easiest to experience. It is also the most picturesque in term of view as compared to the other two passes. From the summit of Renjo La Pass, we can see Mount Everest, Mount Makalu, Mount Lhotse and settlement around third Lake of Gokyo Lakes Series. The trail is wide open if there should arise an occurrence of need even Yak can cross Renjo La Pass which show the state of the path. After the last plunge, we will move our self on Marlung.
A village of Climber's Thame is acclaimed for its delightful housing and significant monasteries just as brimming proudly with record holder Everest Summiteer. We will join prayers in monasteries and explore school in Thame following day, as it will be a good rest day after accomplishing challenging Everest Three Pass Trek.
The gentle downhill trail from Thame we will walk all way up to Namche with one ideal circuit around Khumbu Valley crossing all Everest High Pass and exploring Base Camp Of Mount Everest. It is only a chilling evening in Namche with the accessibility of massage as well. Free afternoon buy some souvenir from the marketplace in Namche. Beer is cheap here in comparison with Gokyo Lakes, Gorakshep considers it.
Simple trek delightful Phakding, all the route down and level with some minor upslope we will exit from Sagarmatha National Park and spend an overnight on Phakding. The same Phakding now you can feel progressively customizable elevation because of adaptation on the high alpine area during Everest Three Pass Trek.
Last day, last severe toward Lukla, no rush no stress as it is short trekking days in the previous snapshot of Everest Three Pass Trek. The delicate push will effortlessly prompt Lukla, some pastry shop bistro and bar will greet with the word "The last night Party in Thin Air" might be sticking around with group part cause its last night with them as porters are remaining in Lukla caring for another Everest Three Pass Trek.
After enjoying and celebrating and praising the goodbye at EBC with porter, we will fly back to Kathmandu and return to the hotel in Thamel. Refreshing ourselves, we will give some unwind to our body. At night, we will have farewell dinner along with feedback with entire NEST ADVENTURE groups and the cultural show during dinner.
Frequently asked QuestionExpand/Close
Yes, it is true. Due to possible runway maintenance in Kathmandu airport onwards, it seems that there won’t be a direct flight from Kathmandu to Lukla so we should drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap.
Ramachhep lies in the east of Kathmandu. There are two different options to go to Rammechhap from Kathmandu either sharing transportation or private transport. It is about 75 km far from Kathmandu. Generally, it takes 4 hours to get Ramechhap.
Normally, you don’t need to stay overnight in Ramechhap but in the case of flight canceled due to the bad weather, at that time you should wait for the next day flight by staying overnight in Ramechhap.
It takes about 25 min from Ramechhap to Lukla flight
As per the airline's rules and regulation you can take 10 kilos of luggage and 5-kilos hand carries so that would be a total of 15 kilos baggage allowance. If you want to take more than 15 kilos, you have to pay an extra USD 1 per kilo.
It depends on the weather. Normally in the peak season like; March to May and Sept to Nov usually there is a regular flight on time but sometimes it might be delayed or canceled due to the bad weather. If the flight gets canceled, you will have two option; fly to Lukla via helicopter or stay overnight in Ramechhap and wait for next days.
It is not necessary to fly in a helicopter but if the flight canceled and you have only limited time then you can fly to Lukla via helicopter. Roughly it cost would be USD 450 to 500.
Regarding the food and accommodation, you don’t expect anything like the city area but every tea house will have a menu for the food and accommodation will be clean and comfortable. They don’t provide you with enough blankets so you should carry a sleeping bag with you.
During the trekking, almost tea houses have wifi in the Khumbu region. You can pay and use internet unlimited. They will charge you about $5 to 10 per person for the wifi.
There are no public toilets along the way. If you are nearby the village, in this case, you can go to the tea house otherwise you will go to the separate place nearby you.
Yes, you can charge your all the gadget in tea house but you have to pay roughly $5
Yes, you can take a hot shower at the tea house during the trek. 1st 3 days in Lukla Phakding and Namche you can have a room with an attached bathroom and electric shower but after the Namche, you can get a hot bucket shower.
Basic hiking gears are enough for the Everest trek. You can read the equipment checklist on our website.