Everest High Passes Trek

Duration 16 Days Difficulty5,550m

Everest High Passes Trek, also called Everest Three Passes Trek,  is quite a challenging but absolutely incredible trekking expedition of Nepal. It involves trekking on the popular Everest or Khumbu region while crossing the three high passes in the area. All these passes are over 5000 meters, which makes the trek quite demanding. However, not merely an arduous trek, it’s a perfect blend of challenge and excitement.

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. 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 the 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 on 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 the adventurous trekkers who are seeking for 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 risk. Moreover, we provide experienced guides to accompany you all the way.

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  • Duration 16 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Pickup Point Kathmandu
  • Best time to visit Dec, Jan, Feb,
  • Max-Altitude 5,550m
  • Difficulty Tough
  • Group Size Min. 2Pax
  • Tour Type Private and group tour

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges


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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

We spend the day acclimatizing in Gokyo in Gokyo valley. 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.

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.

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.

We hike along the moraine of Khumbu Glacier. We ascend to reach Thangma Riju. We then continue up to Gorakshep. Gorakshep 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 Gorakshep, where we spend the night.

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

We hike from Lobuche alongside 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.

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.

The seventh day is also for acclimatization. We will trek for a total of six hours from reaching the 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.Day 14 Dingboche to Tengboche (3860 m)

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 mountains. We walk for about 5 to 6 hours to reach Tengboche.

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.

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.

We will drop you at the airport and bid you farewell.



  • All permits such as National park, TIMS Permit.
  • All nights lodge accommodations on the mountain.
  • 3 times meals day such as Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trekking.
  • Trekking gear duffel bag for your trekking stuff.
  •  Trekking pole (should be returned after trek).
  • Medical Kit Bag on every trip. Eco trained English Speaking professionals guide.
  • Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu 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).


  • Renjo-La pass (5360m), Fourth and fifth lakes, Ngozumpa Glacier, Gokyo Ri (5330m)
  • Chola-La pass (5420m), Kalapather (5550m,), Everest base camp (5364m,), Kongma- La pass (5535m)


All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of a visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just in case there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange an additional activity for your time in Nepal. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get the free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of China, as well as citizens of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), get the free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind. We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek. Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries


  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves


  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fiber
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirts ( bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants


  • Hiking Boots that been worn in
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Toiletries (toilet papers,  toothpaste, toothbrush, )


  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant/ floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen

The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters, and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, a tip is an accepted and honored way to say thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget, and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- the trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

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