Everest Three High Passes TrekEverest Three High Passes Trek

Everest Three High Passes Trek

  • Duration20 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 5,545 M (18,192 ft)
  • Group Size 1 to 13
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu

The Everest Three High Passes Trek is one of the most challenging treks in Nepal. This trek is not for the faint of heart, but for those seeking an adventure of a lifetime, the Everest 3 High Passes Trek is an unforgettable experience. Contact us today to book your trek and prepare to conquer the heights of the Himalayas. Embark on an unforgettable journey to the majestic Everest region of Nepal with our Everest Three High Passes Trek package. This challenging 20-day trek takes you through stunning landscapes, across three high passes, and to the iconic Everest Base Camp. Conquer Renjo La (5464 metres), Cho La (5420 metres), and Kongma La (5535 metres), experiencing the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas. Immerse yourself in the rich Sherpa culture by visiting their vibrant villages and learning about their traditions.

Our expert guides will ensure your safety and comfort throughout the trek, providing guidance and support as you navigate the challenging terrain. Acclimatization to the high altitude is crucial, and we'll make sure you're well-prepared to enjoy the experience.

Everest 3 High Passes Trek Highlights

  • The Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La passes are all difficult but rewarding to cross. The vistas from the passes' summits are breathtakingly breathtaking.
  • Gokyo Valley exploration: The Gokyo Valley is a stunning and tranquil valley that lies beneath Mount Everest. The valley is home to a number of lakes, notably Gokyo Ri, which provides breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks.
  • Ascent of Kala Pattar: Kala Pattar is a well-known vantage point for Mount Everest. Some of the nicest vistas in the world can be seen from Kala Pattar's summit.
  • Getting to know the Sherpa people: The Sherpa are a local ethnic group in the Everest region. They are well-known for their mountaineering prowess and are warm and welcoming people.
  • Glaciers, beautiful Lakes, rivers, waterfalls, monasteries, and the world's tallest Mt. Peaks

Embark on the Everest Three Pass Loop Trek: A Challenging Yet Achievable Adventure in the Himalayas!

The Everest Three Passes Loop Trek, with its approximate distance of 113 kilometres, stands as one of the most challenging yet achievable treks in Nepal, offering an unforgettable adventure for those seeking to conquer the heights of the Himalayas. The journey commences in Lukla, where you'll traverse through Sherpa villages and farming fields, ascending above the Dudh Koshi River. Soon, you'll reach Phakding, the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park. As you make your way towards Namche Bazaar, breathtaking panoramas of the Everest peaks and the surrounding high alpine landscapes unfold, leaving you in awe of the region's natural beauty. A hike around the Khumjung village provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Sherpa culture, renowned for its resilience and adaptability to this mountainous terrain.

The route continues through Thame, leading you to the first Himalayan pass, Renjo La (5,364 metres), which opens up to the captivating Gokyo Valley. To acclimatise to the high altitude, embark on a hike to Gokyo Ri, where you'll be rewarded with mesmerising views of lakes, glaciers, icefalls, and the majestic peaks of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and others. The trail then leads to Cho La Pass (5,420 metres), considered the most technical of the three passes. The steep and slippery terrain adds an element of excitement to the challenge, but proper trekking gear is essential. No climbing equipment is required.

After traversing Everest Base Camp, you'll continue trekking to Lobuche and finally conquer the highest pass, Khongma La (5,535 metres). The descent back to Lukla completes this remarkable journey. The cost of the Everest 3 Pass Loop Trek varies depending on group size, but our commitment is to provide the most competitive rates without compromising on quality or service. Each member will get the Three Pass trekking map and detailed itinerary from your guide during the trip-breefing time.

Embrace the challenge and embark on an adventure of a lifetime with the Everest Three Passes Loop Trek. Contact us for group booking prices today to book your unforgettable Himalayan experience.


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Kathmandu is Nepal's capital and a city of World Heritage sites. Our team will be waiting at the airport to transfer to your hotel. Day Tours Nepal Tour officer will meet you and greet you at the hotel for further plans and trek preparation.

    Day Tours Nepal Cultural tour expert will meet you at 9; 00 am in your hotel to explore the ancient’s kingdoms of Kathmandu. A sightseeing tour will be 5 hrs and after returning back to the hotel Day Tours Nepal Trekking guide will meet you. The trekking guide will give you a briefing about trek plans and a short introduction about the places you will visit. Evening welcome dinner with Day Tours Nepal Team.

      This morning you have to wake up early, breakfast will be packed in your hotel. Grab your packed breakfast and drive to Domestic airport to fly to Lukla. Flight time is about 35min from Kathmandu.  After reaching Lukla we will meet our other team member who will be helping your bags to carry for the entire trek to Everest Base Camp and back to Lukla. This is our first day and we don’t need to rush and give lot of effort to hike to Phakding. Warm up easy hike passing through Chaurikharka and descent towards to Dudhkoshi, we will be following Dudhkoshi River towards to Phakding.

        Before breakfast pack your gear and stuff so it will be easier for our Sherpas to move on with your bags. Our guide will help to serve the breakfast and a short briefing about the day. Today is quite tough after crossing Monjo village. The last few hr is almost gaining height and walking uphill. We will stop for lunch at Jorsalley or Monjo guide will decide. Check in tea house and enjoy the Namche Bazaar market.

          There are plenty of things to do around Namche Bazaar, we wake up to another spectacular morning and view from our room and sun rose of the breathtaking mountains. Let us make you clear something up that is a big misunderstanding about the Acclimatization day. Acclimatization day is not a rest day, it is something completely different so don’t think that after the huge climb of getting into Namche Bazaar you’ll spend today lazing around the lodges or shopping in local stores. Our team will take you to explore the real charm of Namche Bazaar. So after breakfast, we will start the gentle hike up to Everest view hotel (3780M) 12,401.57ft where we can see the views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on.

                We follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly, to the riverbank before climbing onto the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier on a steep trail. We climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. We get a chance to observe llama footprints on a stone. We soon arrive at the second lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La our route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. Taboche Tsho, we become mesmerized by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is breathtaking with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters.

                  After breakfast, we will climb Gokyo Ri, a popular viewpoint to enjoy stunning views of the mountain vista. From the viewpoint, which is located at the edge of the 5thlake, we get astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu mountains. We will also get a chance to see the biggest glacier of the world- the Ngozumba Glacier. This breathtaking location will be the perfect chance for Photography.

                    Today we will be hiking short through the longest glacier of Nepal called Ngozumpa glacier. The afternoon we will explore nearby the hills on Thagnak and yoga continue. But today it will be almost easy and rest for hiking, which will prepare us for long hiking days and elevation gain to come. There is the icy part for a while and again the trail drops down through the huge rock and an easy walk at the end to get to the Zongla.

                      So here we are on the longest and toughest day of the whole trip. “We are not scaring you but its exciting part of our trip”. The Cho La pass is not itself difficult, but it is steep and involves a glacier and we need to be careful. The trail from Phedi climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail. While trekking through the side of a frozen lake, we reach the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. There is the icy part for a while and again trail drops down through the huge rock and easy walk at the end of Dzongla. From Dzongla we can see great views of Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche Mountains. 

                        This morning let’s not think of the previous day's longest and tiring hike and start a very easy hike to Lobuche. Very short and plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. After enjoy the view of Lobuche peak and hike around the view point.

                          The trail leads toward Gorakshep through the rocky and rugged. While walking on the way you will see the amazing views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori and other. After reaching in Gorak Shep, we will drop our bags and a short tea break and we take the trail to Everest Base Camp. Hike towards to Base camp is strenuous due to the thin air, follow your Guide diligently. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine, and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers, we will see lot’s during the springtime. We will take the opportunity of visiting such an iconic location. After exploring Everest base camp we get back to Gorak Shep.

                                      Here we are saying bye bye to the Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary airport after our breakfast. A scenic flight to Kathmandu, the guide will check in your hotel. Afternoon free time for last moment shopping or massage in Thamel. Evening Farewell dinner with Day Tours Nepal team and it's provided by the company.

                                        Breakfast at the hotel and transferred to the international airport on your flight schedule and if some have extra days in Nepal they will continue with other activities. If any help is needed for further plans feel free to contact Day Tours Nepal team.

                                          Cost Details
                                          • Full Board (breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) in Trekking
                                          • Kathmandu-Lulkla-Kathmandu flight tickets
                                          • Accommodation during the trek (local lodge)
                                          • Government-registered local expert guide,
                                          • Porters to carry trekking bags.
                                          • Sagarmatha National Park fees, Khumbu VDC entrance, and TIMS card
                                          • In cities, accommodation includes breakfast.
                                          • Guided tour of the city.
                                          • Welcome and farewell, dinner.
                                          • Insurance for all staff and porters.
                                          • Transportation as per itinerary
                                          • First Aid Kit for Everest 3 High Passes Trek
                                          • Everest High passes Trekking Map
                                          • Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff, including porters
                                          • Nepal visa: multiple Entrée 30 days, USD 40 visa on arrival at the airport.
                                          • Lunch and dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
                                          • Personal gear and clothing (available on hire)
                                          • Tips for guide and porters
                                          • Table drinks, snacks, personal insurance, and medical evacuation in case of emergency
                                          • Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslides, strikes, political unrest, etc.
                                          • International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges, etc..
                                          • Entrance fees during sightseeing in the city

                                          Dates & Prices

                                          Everest 3 High Passes: Fix Departure Dates and Helpful Tips

                                          • Book your trek in advance.

                                          The Everest Three High Passes excursion is a popular and difficult trip, and it is necessary to schedule your excursion ahead of time so that we can book an experienced guide for this trek. If you are traveling during the peak season (March to May or September to November), it is best to book your Lukla airplane tickets and hotel reservations in advance.

                                          • Get a medical checkup.

                                          Before you go on this kind of challenging trek, it is important to get a medical checkup to make sure you are in good health. You should also be aware of the risks of altitude sickness and take steps to prevent it. Consult with your personal doctors about how and when to take Diamox if needed.

                                          • Pack the necessary equipment.

                                          Trekking boots, trekking poles, warm clothing, sun protection, rain gear, a first aid kit, toiletries, a water bottle, snacks, a sleeping bag, a tent, and a backpack are all required for the trek. However, you can get a basic notion from the Nepal Trek Gear list.

                                          • Be prepared for altitude sickness.

                                          Altitude sickness is a real risk on the Everest Three High Passes Trek. The symptoms of altitude sickness include headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and fatigue. Yoga, breathing, swimming, cycling, and running will help, and you should start preparing before 3 to 6 months, depending on your personal physical activities.

                                          • Be adaptable.

                                          Because the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable, it is critical to be flexible with your plan. Be ready to alter your plans if required.
                                          Have a good time! The Everest Three High Passes Trek is an unforgettable adventure. Enjoy the landscape, meet new people, and put yourself through physical and mental challenges.

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                                          Major Festivals and celebrations in Khumbu (Everest Region)

                                          • Mani Rimdu Festival Dates

                                          The Tibetan lunar calendar is used to determine the Mani Rimdu festival's date. The Mani Rimdu is performed in Tengboche during the ninth Tibetan month, which usually coincides with the full moon in October or November. The 15th, 16th, and 17th of November 2024 have been set aside as the Mani Rimdu Festival dates.

                                          mani rimdu festival dates and trek

                                          What is the weather like at Gokyo and Everest Base Camp in 2024?

                                          November, December, January, and February are the coldest months, but it's also when the sky will be at its clearest. During this time, there will be snow, so you need to be well-prepared with proper trekking gear.

                                          February, March, and April are the months that mark the end of the dry season. It is also the best time of year for trekking.

                                          May to June mark the summer season in Nepal, and it can get really hot and humid trekking in the mountains. The mountain view will also be average at best because of the haze.

                                          Expect wet weather between June and mid-September as the monsoon season announces its arrival in Nepal with continuous rains and storms. It's also the off-peak season for trekkers heading out to Everest Base Camp. During this wet season, you can expect Kathmandu-Lulkla-Kathmandu flight cancellations or delays.

                                          Technical? Not at all; it's just a pure hike, but obviously, it will be hard to walk on the higher elevation.

                                          While it is still possible to trek Everest Base Camp during this time, you have to be mentally prepared for challenges in travel, so do plan an additional 2-3 days to fly from Kathmandu to Lukla or from Lukla to Kathmandu (in case of flight cancellations).

                                          Who will be my guide for the Three High Pass Trek?

                                          Your guide will be experienced in the local places, people, and region. We cannot confirm the guide's name for last-minute bookings, but we assure you that your sherpa guide and porters will be experienced on the trail. All guides speak English, but if you would like a guide in your own language, we can arrange that for an additional fee. A certified government-licensed guide will lead the trek and will have first aid training and cultural, social, and environmental awareness.

                                          Tipping for Guide and Porters

                                          There is no fixed tipping rate for guided tours or treks in Nepal. However, tipping is expected if the service merits it, and it is a nice way to show your appreciation. For guides, USD 15 per day, and per porter, USD 10.

                                          Everest Three High Passes Trek FAQs

                                          • The Everest Three High Passes, or the Everest Circuit Trek, is a truly unforgettable experience. Here are some of the highlights of the trek:

                                            • Crossing 3 high passes: The Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La passes offer stunning views of the Everest region.
                                            • Visiting Everest Base Camp: Everest Base Camp is a must-see for any trekker, as is the Kalapatthar Viewpoint.
                                            • Exploring the Sherpa villages: The Sherpa people are incredibly welcoming and hospitable. Khumbu (Everest region) is the home of mountaineers.
                                            • Gain the high altitude: The high altitude of the trek is both challenging and rewarding.
                                            • Exploring Beautiful Lakes: Gokyo Lake is one of the best highlights of this trip.
                                          • Absolutely not. If you haven't hiked or experienced trekking, then this is not a good choice for you. For business purposes, people may say yes! You can, but the Everest 3 High Passes Trek is one of the most difficult treks in Nepal. Instead of three high passes, you can join the Classic Everest Base Camp Trek.

                                          • Actually, no, but above 60's, we don't suggest including them in our group departure trek. We only do private treks for them and suggest a few extra days for the 60+ age group. There is no age limit for the Everest 3 High Passes Trek, but you must be in good physical shape and have a positive attitude.

                                          • The hotel accommodation in Kathmandu city will range from 3- to 5-star luxury hotels, depending on the trip price. The Everest 3 High Passes Trek price covers 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, there are some luxury lodges, such as Yeti Home and Everest View Hotels, which are expensive, and we arrange reservations on request. Generally, the teahouse accommodation will be neat and clean, with comfortable beds, a warm dining area, and great views throughout the trek. We will try our best to give you a single room with an attached bathroom, but keep in mind that during the peak season, shared rooms will be provided. Toilets will be inside the teahouses, so you don't need to go outside.

                                          • Toilets will be inside the teahouses, and almost all the teahouses have western-style toilets. Bring your own toilet paper and other required toiletries. In every place, you can take a shower at an extra cost, which will be a minimum of 3 to 5 USD, depending on the place. If you are looking for luxury services with attached bathrooms and hot showers, then mention you are looking for a luxury trek, and we will book in advance.

                                          • We don't need to carry food for this trek; food will be served in the teahouses. You can pick food from the menu. Typical meals are noodles, rice, pasta, or potato dishes, along with vegetables and egg, chicken, or meat dishes. Other items mostly served as breakfasts include Tibetan eggs, pancakes, bread, porridge, muesli, and toasts with peanut butter and honey.

                                            Veg and Vegan: We actually don't suggest meat after Namche and recommend vegetarian meals for hygienic and healthy reasons. We are aware of vegan as well as gluten-free meals So, our packages are suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.

                                            Drinking Water: We can easily buy drinking water everywhere at a low cost of USD 1 per liter. Plastic bottles are not allowed in the Everest Region, so you must carry your own water bottle to fill the water. We suggest you carry one water camel bag and an extra-large water bottle. You can buy filtered or boiled water in this area. To save money, you can use water purification drops and tablets, which you can either bring from your own country or buy in Kathmandu.

                                          • The Everest 3 Passes Trek is one of the most challenging treks in Nepal. The difficulty of the Everest Three Passes Trek depends on a number of factors, including your fitness level, experience, and acclimatization.

                                            This depends on the individual and their level of fitness and ability to adjust to high altitudes. At its highest point, it is 5,545 m (18,192 ft) above sea level. No matter how fit you are or how healthy you are, altitude can hit anyone. Trekking towards Mount Everest High Passes and Everest Base Camp does not require ropes or ice axes, and you don’t have to have any prior climbing or technical skills. However, it does require trekkers to hike for many hours every day; hence, endurance, strength of will, and a positive attitude are critical to helping you reach base camp like the superhero that you are!

                                          • For the Everest Three Passes Trek, it is important to be well prepared. You should be in good physical condition and have some experience trekking at high altitude. You should also make sure to acclimatize to the altitude before you start the trek.

                                            Helpful tips for preparing for the Everest Three High Passes Trek:

                                            Get in shape: Start training for the trek at least 6 months in advance. You should be able to comfortably hike for 6–10 hours a day; however, your bagpack will be carried by the porter. You just need to carry your water and valuable things. 

                                            Acclimatize to the altitude: The Day Tours Nepal Everest 3 High Passes Trek itinerary allows you to spend some time at a lower altitude before you start the trek to allow your body to acclimatize to the high altitude. Don't join the Marathoon Trek, which does the "Short Everest High Passes Trek." 

                                            Pack Your Trek Gear Properly: Make sure to pack all the necessary gear for the trek, including warm clothes, rain gear, and trekking boots.

                                          • Yes, you need to bring your own daypack back for the High Passes Trek. You can simply arrive in Kathmandu with your suitcase because we will provide you with waterproof duffle bags for the trek (which you need to return after the trek). If you want to buy in Kathmandu, then you can also buy in Kathmandu.

                                          • Trekking is possible throughout the year, but spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) provide the best weather.  During the spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the autumn months, the skies are generally clearer.  The Everest Three Passes Trek requires fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. 

                                          • The 3 High Passes Trek is a lodge trek, so we don't need to carry tents and food. We will be staying in the local tea houses and lodges and they provide good meals. 

                                          • The trek begins in Lukla after taking a scenic flight from Kathmandu or from Ramechhap Airport. We will be spending two nights in Namche Bazaar before heading up to Renjo La Pass (5,370 m).

                                          • The porters will carry 20 to 25 kg, maximum, for two trekkers. If you are overweight from it, we will recommend you get another porter to carry, and it will cost an extra 30 USD per day.  The weight limit for the Lukla flight is 10 kg, with a handcarry of 5 kg. Excess baggage costs extra.

                                          • The three passes on this Everest High Pass Trek are Renjo La (5,360m), Cho La (5,420m), and Kongma La (5,535m). The Everest 3 Passes, or Everest Circuit Trek, is one of the most challenging treks in the Khumbu region. 

                                          • The total distance of the Everest 3 High Paases Trek is about 166 km (103 miles) from Lukla to Lukla. 

                                          • This is most important before heading to the mountains. You must have both medical and evacuation insurance for the Everest Three-Pass Trek. We suggest World Nomads Travel Insurance.

                                          • Average daily walking hours will be 5 to 7 hours depending on the destination, but while crossing the High Passes and to the Everest Base Camp that day, we need to walk 7 to 10 hours.

                                          • You will find ATMs everywhere in Kathmandu, but after flying to Lukla, ATM services are available only in Namche Bazaar and Lukla. Therefore, we suggest you carry cash with you to buy snacks, etc., during the trek. Roughly 20 USD per day for extra expenses for the day. If you want to drink beer and other drinks, then 20 USD per day will not be enough. 

                                          • Well, the answer is yes! You will find all kinds of trekking gear in Thamel, Kathmandu. Your hotel will be inside Thamel, so you can easily walk and buy branded and cheap trekking gear. If you need help picking up the trekking gear, your guide will help you out.

                                          • It's very common for flight delays and cancellations to Lukla, especially during the monsoon seasons. Even at the best time of the year, the flights will be cancelled due to the bad weather in Lukla. The best and quickest alternative is to take a helicopter ride to Lukla in case of flight cancellations, and it costs an extra 300 to 2500 USD. Sharing with other trekkers costs less, but the charter helicopter will cost more, but we will find the best way for you. Another last option is to drive to Kathmandu, which will take an extra 2 days from Lukla. Since our Everest Loop Trek itinerary plan is for 20 days, we have 2 nights in Kathmandu and 1 extra night in Kathmandu after the trek, which is quite a standard trekking itinerary.

                                          • Most of the tea houses and lodges have electricity, so you will be able to charge your mobile or camera batteries. Up to Namche, charging is free, but above Namche, it costs extra, from 1 USD to 3 USD.

                                          • Yes, most of the teahouses have WiFi, and it costs about 2 to 5 USD. NCELL and NTC services are pretty okay, but they don't cover everywhere. If you want to buy a SIM card, then buy it at the airport and bring two passport-size photos with you.

                                          • The very popular Everest Three High Passes is one of the most difficult treks in Everest Region, Nepal. This trek will cover three of the most stunning viewpoints and highest passes.

                                          • We will arrange to store in our office, "Day Tours Nepal," or you can store in the Kathmandu hotel, which will be safe. All the hotels we use will have safe storage facility.

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