Everest Three Passes Trek Itinerary: An Ultimate Challenge

Hotel, Lodge and Tea house
Everest Region
180 km / 111.9 miles
Start / End Point
17 Nights 18 Days
Max. Altitude
Meals Included
Group Size
Nature of Trek
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season
March-May August-November
Trip Code
Activity Per Day
5-6 hrs
Flight / Jeep / Car

Everest Three Passes Trek Itinerary: An Ultimate Challenge Overview

The Everest Three Passes Trekking is one of the most popular trekking routes in the world. This is because it takes you through some of the most beautiful and iconic scenery on Earth - the Himalayan mountain range. The trekking route goes through three different trekking peaks, each offering its own unique challenge and rewards. The views from the top of each pass are truly breathtaking, and the sense of accomplishment you feel upon completing the trek is immense. If you're looking for an exciting adventure that will take you to some of the most stunning places on Earth, then the Everest Three Passes Trekking is definitely for you! Read on to learn more about this incredible trekking route, including what to expect, how much it will cost, and what kind of itinerary to follow.

Unprecedented Adventure

The three passes trek is arguably the ultimate experience in the Everest Region. It incorporates some extraordinary mountain views along with an extensive sneak peek into the Sherpa culture. Furthermore, the trail also encompasses the route of both Everest Base Camp Trek as well as Gokyo Lake Trek.

We begin from Kathmandu and fly to Lukla from the airport. Upon reaching we hike towards Phakding and then towards Namche. We could also opt to stay here and explore Sagarmatha National Park. Here, we start trekking along the Gokyo route and reach Marlung. After Marlung, we encounter our first pass, which is Renjo La Pass. The pass is situated at a height of 5360 meters. Hiking further, we reach the Gokyo valley. There, we will enjoy the views of the excellent Gokyo Lakes.

Then, after hiking through the settlement at Thaknak, we encounter our second pass, which is Cho La pass. We walk further through Dzongla to reach Lobuche. Then we trek northwards to reach Gorakshep and then to Everest Base Camp. After returning back to Gorakshep, we hike to Kaala Patthar to see the stunning view. We trace our steps further back to Lobuche. From there, we continue our hike eastward to reach the third pass, which is Kongma La pass. After crossing the pass, we walk through Chakung, Dingboche, and Tengboche before finally reaching Namche Bazaar. From there, we trace back our steps to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu.

Taking the Ultimate Challenge

Alternatively, you can also do this trek in the opposite direction i.e. counter-clockwise. However, our itinerary is focused on making the expedition more challenging with ultimate adventurers in mind.

Everest Three Passes Trek is for adventurous trekkers who are seeking something challenging. While definitely not for beginners, it is quite an exhilarating adventure for experienced trekkers. The best time to do this trek is during autumn and spring when it’s neither too hot nor too cold. We take care of your entire itinerary and make sure you have a good time without any health risks. Moreover, we provide experienced guides to accompany you all the way. However, we highly recommend trekking in groups or with a guide.

Culture in Everest Region

Sherpa people are the native ethnic group residing in the Everest region. You can see Buddhist tradition at every step of the trek. The carvings on the rock, spinning wheels, and prayer flags display a rich and vibrant culture that is alive. All these have their own importance.

The language and lifestyle here are so unique. Spirited culture displayed by Monasteries, Stupas can be experienced vividly on the journey to Everest High Pass Trek. The architecture here speaks of their tradition loudly.

The journey to the three-pass trek might be the start of your spiritual journey because this trek leaves you spellbound. Mountains that stand still and unbothered instigate a breathtaking experience within you. People here follow yak rearing as their occupation. You will be able to see yaks and porters carrying loads on the way. 

You will treat yourself to the unique Sherpa tradition, of their lifestyle, along with their music and dance in the evening. Also enlighten yourself with the displays in the Sherpa Cultural Museum about the culture’s art, tradition, knowledge, and various other aspects.

Popular Nepali food is Dhido, Daal, and Bhaat is what you will be eating mainly for your lunch and dinner. And those are enough for you to survive in the mountains. 

Everest Three Passes Trekking - What to Expect? 

The Everest Three Passes Trekking is a moderate to difficult level trekking route that should be done with the help of an experienced trekking guide. The route takes you through three different passes - Kongma La pass (5,420m/ 17,778 ft), Cho La pass (5,535 m/18,155ft), and Renjo La pass (5,417m/17,768ft). 

Each pass offers its own unique challenges, but all of them require a high degree of fitness and stamina. The views from the top of each pass are simply stunning, so it is well worth the effort! The best time to attempt the Everest Three Passes Trekking is between March and May or September and November. 


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Everest Three Passes Trek Itinerary: An Ultimate Challenge

  1. day 1

    Arrival at Airport and transfer to hotel

    Highest Altitude 1400 m / 4600 ft

    After arriving at Tribhuwan International Airport, our representative will greet you and welcome you. After briefing about the trek, we go to our hotels.

      • Overnight stay at 3 star Hotel at Kathmandu
  2. day 2

    Kathmandu Sightseeing (Optional)

    Highest Altitude 1400 m / 4600 ft

    After having breakfast, we start our guided tour of Kathmandu sightseeing. We will visit many of the World Heritage Sites, including Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, and Durbar Squares. These places are of vital historical and cultural significance. The temples are sacred sites for Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Similarly, the durbar square areas represent the various kings and rulers throughout Nepal’s rich history. We will have lunch during the day along with dinner in the evening before returning to our hotel.

    • Overnight stay at 3 star Hotel at Kathmandu

      • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  3. day 3

    Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding

    Flight Hours 40 minutes
    Highest Altitude 2650m / 8562ft
    Trek Duration 3 hours

    We take an early morning flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. We fly across some lush mountain views and verdant hills. After the 40-minute flight, we finally reach Lukla. Our trek begins from here. We only walk for about 3 hours to Phakding.

      • Overnight stay at Lodge
      • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  4. day 4

    Phakding to Namche Bazaar

    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6 hrs

    We will hike to the commercial side of Khumbu, which is Namche Bazaar. We mostly walk alongside the Dudh Koshi River and walk along the rhododendron forest. Moreover, we walk across several suspension bridges. After 6 to 7 hours of walking, we reach Namche Bazaar.

      • Overnight stay at Guest House
      • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day 5

    Namche to Marlung

    Highest Altitude 4249 m / 13940 ft
    Trek Duration 7-8 hrs

    We ascend from Namche passing through villages at Taranga and Thame. Thame is famous for its stunning mountain views and a Gumba. We also pass through the monastery of Khari Goma. After about 7-8 hours, we reach Marlung.

      • Overnight stay at Guest House
      • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  6. day 6

    Marlung to Gokyo (4800 m) via Renjo La Pass

    Highest Altitude 5,446 m/17,867 ft
    Trek Duration 8 hrs

    As we have a long day of the trek ahead, we start early. We pass through Lumde and Renjo Lake on the way. After ascending from the Angladumba Tsho Lake, we reach the Renjo La Pass. We walk for a total of about 8 hours to finally reach Gokyo.

      • Overnight at Inn
      • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
  7. day 7

    Acclimatization at Gokyo

    Highest Altitude 5,400 m/ 17,814ft
    Trek Duration 1 & ½ hrs

    We will take a rest day in Gokyo valley for acclimatization. We climb the Gokyo Ri as well as visit the Gokyo lakes. We will enjoy the view of several mountains like Cho-Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Everest, among others.

      • Overnight at Inn
      • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
  8. day 8

    Gokyo to Dzongla (4830 m) via Cho La Pass (5420 m)

    Highest Altitude 5420 m/17,783 ft
    Trek Duration 8-9 hrs

    We cross our second high pass today. We ascend from the Ngozumpa glacier and pass through Thangnak. After about 7-8 hours of hike, we cross the Cho La Pass and reach Dzongla.

      • Overnight at Hotel at Dzongla 
      • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
  9. day 9

    Dzongla to Lobuche

    Highest Altitude 4,910m/16,175ft
    Trek Duration 4-5 hrs

    We cross a bridge over Chola Khola and pass the Chola Tsho Lake. After walking for about 4 hours and passing through the Khumbu Glacier, we reach Lobuche.

    • Overnight at Hotel 

      • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
  10. day 10

    Lobuche to Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp to Gorak Shep

    Highest Altitude 5,364m/17,598ft
    Trek Duration 7-8 hrs

    We hike along the moraine of Khumbu Glacier. We ascend to reach Thangma Riju. We then continue up to Gorak Shep. Gorak Shep offers some excellent views of the Himalayas. We pass through rocky pathways and streams as we reach the Everest Base Camp. We hike back to Gorak Shep, where we spend the night.

    • Overnight at Lodge at Gorakshep

      • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
  11. day 11

    Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5550 m) to Lobuche

    Highest Altitude 5,555m / 18,208ft
    Trek Duration 3-4 hrs

    We hike to Kala Patthar early in the morning, to witness the remarkable views of the mountains, along with Everest. We then walk back to Gorakshep and continue our trek. After 8 hours of hiking, we finally reach Lobuche.

      • Overnight at Inn (Attached bath room)
      • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
  12. day 12

    Lobuche to Chhukung via Kongma La

    Highest Altitude 5,535m / 18,159ft
    Trek Duration 8 hrs

    We hike from Lobuche alongside the moraine of Khumbu Glacier and ascend to the Kongma La Pass. The top of the pass contains several Buddhist prayer flags. We then descend down and pass through Niyang Khola and reach Chhukung after about 7 hours.

      • Overnight stay at the best possible lodge/hotel
      • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  13. day 13

    Chhukung to Dingboche

    Highest Altitude 4410 m / 14470 ft
    Trek Duration 5-6 hrs

    We ascend from Chhukung and climb to Chhukung Ri. Then, we head back down to Chhukung and continue to Dingboche, which takes about 7 hours.

      • Overnight stay at Guest House
      • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  14. day 14

    Rest in Dingboche

    Highest Altitude 5100 m
    Trek Duration 3 hrs

    This day is for acclimatization. We will trek for a total of six hours from reaching Nagarjun Hill to coming back to Dingboche. We will climb to an altitude of 5100m where we will see some excellent views of the mountains. We then return back to Dingboche.

      • Overnight stay at Inn
      • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  15. day 15

    Dingboche to Tengboche

    Highest Altitude 3860 m/ 12486.88
    Trek Duration 5-6 hrs

    Tengboche has the largest monastery in the region. We will explore the monastery and continue our hike. The hike is mostly ascending as we enjoy the panoramic view of the mountains. We walk for about 5 to 6 hours to reach Tengboche.

      • Overnight stay at Inn
      • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  16. day 16

    Tengboche to Namche

    Highest Altitude 3,855m / 12,850ft
    Trek Duration 5 hrs

    The trail to Namche Bazar takes us through forests inhabited by highland wildlife like pheasants, musk deer and even snow leopards. We will be climbing on the steep slopes around which lie chortens and prayer flags. From the path, you can enjoy the view of the tip of Everest and the backside of Lhotse. 

      • Overnight stay at Guest House
      • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  17. day 17

    Namche Bazaar to Lukla

    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

    We trace our steps from Namche to Lukla, passing through rhododendron forests and Sherpa villages. As the flight from Lukla to Kathmandu only takes place in the morning, we spend the night in Lukla.

      • Overnight stay at Inn
      • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  18. day 18

    Lukla to Kathmandu

    Flight Hours 40 minutes
    Highest Altitude 1400 m / 4600 ft

    We board the plane early in the morning, which will bring us back to Kathmandu. However, we will enjoy the flight back as we look over the mountains and feel satisfied with completing the trek. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will head to your hotel. Additionally, you can explore different sites of Kathmandu valley during the day.

    North Nepal trek will be organizing a farewell dinner on this day. You will also be receiving the successful Everest trek certificate and sharing your experience as well. Our representative will take you to the airport for your final departure.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel

      • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)


    • All permits such as National park, TIMS Permit.
    • Tea House accomodation during the trekking. 
    • 3 times meals day such as Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trekking.
    • Trekking gear duffel bag for your trekking stuff.
    • Medical Kit Bag on every trip. Eco trained English Speaking professionals guide.
    • Kathmandu to Lukla/ Manthali  and Lukla to Kathmandu/Manthali  flight tickets.
    • Staffs insurance, well-paid salary, equipment, foods & Hotel.
    • Worst case, the arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service, if needed (paid by your Travel insurance).
    • Farewell dinner in a famous Nepali restaurant with Nepali culture dance program.


  • International airfare & Nepal visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Porter If needed (One porter between two trekkers is recommended).
  • Personal Insurance & personal expenses.
  • Tips for Guide and Porter (it is expected).

Everest Three Passes Trek Map

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Travel Insurance Policy

Everest High Passes Trek is a challenging trek. It involves crossing three high passes in the Everest region all of which are over 5000 meters.

This trip comes with high-altitude trekking risks such as potential altitude sickness. Hence, travel insurance is compulsory.

All trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy to North Nepal Trek. The policy must cover medical and emergency repartition above 3000 meters - including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes.

Everest Three Passes Trek 

Packages and Cost. 
Many different companies offer organized treks along the Everest Three Passes route. It is important to do your research before booking with any company, as not all of them are professional. Make sure to read reviews from previous clients and compare prices before making your decision. 

The cost of your Everest Three Passes Trekking adventure will vary depending on which company you book with and what kind of package you choose. Generally speaking, you can expect to pay between $1,500 and $3,000 for a basic package that includes all food and accommodation along the way. 

Everest Three Passes Trekking - Tips for Success 

Follow these tips for a successful Everest Three Passes Trekking experience: 
-Start training several months in advance so that you are physically prepared for the rigors of the trek 
-Book with a reputable company that has experience leading groups along this route 
-Make sure to pack all essential items such as warm clothing, trekking gear, comfortable walking shoes, a first aid kit, etc. 
-Listen to your guide's instructions at all times and be respectful of their expertise 
-Trek at your own pace and take breaks when needed 
-Enjoy the incredible views and savor this once-in-a-lifetime experience!            

By following these tips, you can be sure to have a successful and enjoyable experience on your Everest Three Passes Trekking adventure! This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the most beautiful places on Earth - so make sure to make the most of it!      


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