Everest Three High Passes Trek

Trip Duration 19 Days
Destination Nepal
Trip Grade Strenuous
Activity Trekking
Transportation By Air
Accomodation Hotel + Lodges
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Max. Altitude 5,545 M (18,192 ft)
Max. Group Size 10
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This Everest Three High Passes Trek is a strenuous trekking trail compared to the popular Everest Base Camp Trek with two high passes: the Renjo La (5345m) and another Cho La (5420m). These three passes can be perfect for those looking for some serious trekking but do not have much technical knowledge in climbing. Passing through the two rugged high passes this trek is less traveled due to its strenuous nature of trek that takes us slowly through the Sherpa villages and Yak pastures before reaching Gokyo Valley via Renjo. The view of Everest from here is priceless and worth all the hard walks. Finally taking you to the Everest Base Camp, this trek like its name is the Ultimate Everest Trek.
Everest Three High Passes Trek also takes you to Namche Bazaar which is popular with trekkers. Mostly used for altitude acclimatization where people stay for a night or two to acclimatize themselves to the thinning oxygen levels in the air, this is also a getaway to most of the treks to Base Camp and other Expedition in this area. The town has a number of lodgings and store catering to the needs of visitors as well as a number of internet cafes, making it on few places in the region where trekkers can access the internet.
High Passes trek will also take you to Khumjung which is another famous village in this area. Khumjung village is located in the Khumbu region of Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site. It lies at the elevation of 3970m above sea level and situated near Mt. Khumbila (5761m.) which is believed to be a sacred mountain and thus no attempts to climb this mountain is made. A monastery in Khumjung also boasts of having a Yeti scalp and is one of the attractions in this village. With communication such as the internet and mobiles available, this village is one of the main attractions in this region. The view from Renjo La is one of its kind where far down you see Gokyo Valley with Gokyo lake with some lodges around. The panoramic view of Mt. Everest from this area is something where you can get from nowhere else in this region. Cho La is another high pass in this trek that is location 5420m above sea level that connects to the village of Dzongla (4830m) to the east and the village of Thangnak (4700m) to the west.

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Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 01:Welcome to Nepal, Kathmandu. Altitude: (1,350m) 4,428ft Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and also a city of World Heritage site. Our team will be waiting at the airport to transfer to your hotel. Day Tours Nepal Tour officer will meet you and greet at the hotel for further plans and trek preparation.
  • Day 02:Kathmandu Heritage Sightseeing. Altitude: (1,350m) 4,428ft Day Tours Nepal Cultural tour expert will meet you at 9; 00 am in your hotel to explore the ancient’s kingdoms of Kathmandu. Sightseeing tour will be 5 hrs and after returning back to hotel Day Tours Nepal Trekking guide will meet you. Trekking guide will give you a briefing about trek plans and short introduction about the places you will be visiting. Evening welcome dinner with Day Tours Nepal Team.
  • Day 03:Kathmandu fly to Lukla (2,800m) 9184ft and Trek to Phakding Altitude: (2,652m) 8,698ft Distance: 8 km (3-4 hours) 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.
  • Day 04:Phakding Trek to Namche Bazaar Altitude: (3,440m) 11,283ft Walking Distance: 10-12 km (6 hours). 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.
  • Day 05:Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day Altitude: (3,440m) 11,283ft (3 hours) 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.
  • Day 06:Namche Bazaar Trek to Phortse Thanga Altitude:(3680m)12,073ft Distance: 6 Km (5-6 hours) We climb the trails steeply out of the valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases trekking beautiful in spring. The trail passes through yak Kharkas and the Khumjung hill. We visit Mohang, the birthplace of the re-incarnated Lama of Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet who is believed to have introduced Buddhism in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The views of KhumbiLa and Tawache peak are magnificent throughout the day.
  • Day 07:Phortse Thanga Trek to Machhermo Altitude:(4,470m) 14,665ft Distance: 10 Km (5-6 hours) The trail climbs uphill to Machhermo with a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descent to a river and again climbs steeply to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumoz glacier. On the trail alongside a rhododendron forest and pass through a waterfall before reaching Tongba Village.
  • Day 08:Machhermo Trek to Gokyo Altitude:(4,800m)15,748ft Distance: 7 Km (5-6 hours) 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.
  • Day 09:Gokyo Valley Acclimatization Day- Hike to Gokyo Ri (View Point) Altitude:(5,357m)17,570ft Distance: 2 Km (4 hours) 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.
  • Day 10:Gokyo Trek to Thagnak Altitude: (4,750m) 15,580ft Distance: 4 Km (4-5 hours) 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.
  • Day 11:Thagnak to Cho La pass (5,367m) 17,604ft to Dzongla (43,80m) 15,939ft Distance: 7 km (8 hours) 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.
  • Day 12:Dzongla Trek to Lobuche Altitude: (4,940m) 16,207ft Distance: 6 Km (3 hours) 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.
  • Day 13:Lobuche Trek GorakShep and Day Hike to Everest Base Camp Altitude: (5164m)16,942ft & (5364 m) 17598 Distance: 15 km (7-8 hours) 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.
  • Day 14:GorakShep Morning Hike to Kalapathar and Trek to Pheriche Altitude: (5,600m) 18,373ft & (4,320m) 14,173ft. Distance: 12-13 km (6-7 hours) This morning we will wake up early to hike up to our final top highest destination Kala Pathar for sunrise and 360 degrees up-close and formidable view of Mt. Everest. Kalapathar means “Black Rock” in Nepali language.The temperatures will be -10 to -14 C and chilly winds. We had seen many people get tears in their eyes after being on top over here after seeing the world’s tallest mountains. We will hike back to GorakShep the afternoon is taken to descend down to Pheriche village.
  • Day 15:Pheriche Trek to Khumjung Village Altitude: (3,790m) 12,434.38ft Walking Distance: 12 (6-7 hours) After our morning breakfast we hike to another town Khumjung, Khumjung is famous for Yeti Scalp. Also famous for Sir, Edmund Hillary memorial school, and the Monastery.
  • Day 16:Khumjung Village Trek to Monjo Altitude: (2,850m) 9,184ft Distance: 11-12 km (6 hours) From Khumjung to Namche is a different trail but when the trail meets Namche we will be hiking through the same route which we had started earlier.
  • Day 17:Monjo Trek to Lukla Altitude: (2,800m) 9184ft Distance: 9-10 km (5 hours) Today is the final day to wrap up our Everest 3 High Passes Trek, easy hike up to Lukla. Here we are saying bye to Sherpa’s and crew who helped us in our Everest Three High Passes Trekking Expedition. Day Tours Nepal strongly request to all our trek members to give tips to Sherpa’s because this is what they expect at the end after the successful trip. Evening enjoys the last moment with Sherpa’s and packs for tomorrow early morning flight back to Kathmandu.
  • Day 18:Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu Altitude: (1350m) 4,428ft 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.
  • Day 19:Final Departure 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 Includes

  • Full Board (breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) in Trekking
  • Kathmandu – Lukla- Kathmandu flights 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 with breakfast.
  • Guided Tour in the city.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staffs.
  • Insurance for all staff & 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

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal visa – Multiple Entrée 30 days – USD 40
  • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Table drinks, snacks, personal insurance, medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest, etc…
  • International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges, etc..
  • Entrance fees during the sightseeing in the city.

Equipment List

Trekking Equipment

Obviously you will be in higher elevation while trekking in Nepal. The weather will be different in every region but also have to pack the proper trekking equipment. Day Tours Nepal is selling Nepal’s Top Best selling treks and all are Tea-house Trekking so you don’t need to think of Camping gears.

While buying clothing please pick warm clothing especially during the winter season (Dec-Feb) in Nepal. We also suggest you to get the proper light backpack and have enough space to pack your stuff. If you are confused to buy the Trekking gears than no worries you can buy the Trekking equipment in Nepal too.

We recommend you to get check the below list for Trekking in Nepal.


  • Warm jacket – down jacket, if possible.
  • Water and windproof jacket (alternatively bring a poncho or umbrella)
  • Long sleeved synthetic fleece (windproof material, if possible)
  • Thermal underwear
  • Hat, pair of gloves and scarf
  • Comfortable hiking trousers (loose fitting)
  • Shorts and trousers, or skirt
  • 2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks
  • 2 pairs of running socks or liner socks
  • Proper hiking boots
  • Running shoes and flip-flops
  • 2-3 t-shirts

During winter season, additional clothing’s may include:

  • The outer jacket should be warm, down jacket is highly recommended during winter season
  • Bring a pair of warm winter trousers, in addition to the hiking trousers
  • Bring at least one windproof layer of clothes, helping to reduce any chill factor influence.
  • Snow gaiters

Trekking Gear

  • Pair of polarizing sun-glasses (to be comfortable and to avoid potential snow-blindness)
  • Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
  • Map of the trekking area (Day Tours Nepal will proivde Trekking Map so you don't need to buy)
  • Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries
  • Sleeping bag and silk liner
  • 2 x water bottles
  • Miscellaneous
  • Toiletries
  • A small light weight and quick drying towel
  • Bar of soap
  • Sunscreen (SPF +20)
  • Earplugs
  • Insect repellants (for lower elevations)

First aid kid

  • Water purification tables or a water filter
  • Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 3,500+ m elevations)
  • Toilet paper
  • Optional items
  • Camera, battery etc
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Binoculars
  • Books/magazines
  • Trekking poles
  • GPS unit
  • Padlocks for guest house rooms and bags
  • Sewing/repair kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Candles (for lodges)
  • Dairy or notebook plus pencil/pen

Usefull Info

  • Due to the bad weather sometimes flight to Kathmandu Lukla or Lukla to Kathmandu may cancel.
  • Are travel dates flexible? then we suggest you put one extra buffer day in case of Lukla flight canceled. 
  • Be friendly with your guide and porters so they can also share more information about the places, cultures, and people with you.
  • Make sure you have Travel Insurance to Trek in Nepal.

How difficult is it to trek Everest Three High Passes Trek?

  • This depends on the individual and their level of fitness and ability to adjust to high altitudes. At its highest point, 5,380 M ( 17,600 ft) above sea level. No matter how fit you are or how healthy you are, altitude can hit anyone.
  • Trekking towards to Everest High Passes and Everest Base Camp does not require ropes, ice axes or crampons, 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, the strength of will and a positive attitude is key to help you reach base camp like the superhero that you are!

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

  • November, December, January, and February are the coldest months but its also when the sky will be at its clearest. During this time there will be snow you need to be well prepared with proper trekking gears.
  • 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 marks the summer season in Nepal and it can get really hot and humid trekking in the Mountains. Mountain view will also be average at best because of haze.
  • Expect wet weather between June to 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- Lukla-Kathmandu flights 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).

What is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp and Everest Three High Passes?

  • Between February to May and October to December is the best time for trekking to Everest Base Camp. If you’d like to experience amazing views, the plan your trip from Mid – October to November, because that’s when the weather becomes abnormally clear and dry.

Trip Map

Trip Cost USD $1855 P/P

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