Everest Three Passes Trek - 18 Days

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Everest Three Passes Trek
  • Maxium Altitude
  • Difficulty Level
  • Trekking Season
    March to May and September to November

The Everest Three Passes Trek is an exhilarating adventure that offers a comprehensive exploration of the Everest region, known for its stunning landscapes and challenging mountain passes. This trek is renowned for providing breathtaking views of Mount Everest (8848m) and other towering peaks, along with a chance to immerse in the rich Sherpa culture. The route takes you through alpine forests, glacial valleys, and high-altitude passes, making it a perfect blend of adventure and cultural experience. The total distance covered during the Everest Three Passes Trek is approximately 130 km.

The Trek typically spans about 17-20 days, starting with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Lukla, the trek begins through the Dudh Koshi Valley, passing through Namche Bazaar, the bustling Sherpa town. The trek then ascends to the tranquil Gokyo Lakes and over the challenging Renjo La Pass (5360m), offering panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu.

Continuing the adventure, the trail leads to the legendary Khumbu Glacier, where the journey to the base camp of the world’s highest peak begins. From there, trekkers cross the demanding Cho La Pass (5420m), and later the Kongma La Pass (5535m), each offering its unique vista and challenge.

The best times to undertake the Everest Three Passes Trek are from March to May and from September to November, when the weather is generally clear and dry, offering the best visibility.

The Trek is a challenging yet rewarding journey that combines high-altitude trekking with cultural exploration. Trekkers will experience the unique Sherpa culture, encounter diverse flora and fauna native to the Himalayan region, and cross three high mountain passes. This trek requires good physical fitness and acclimatization.

Why Everest Three Passes Trek?

The Everest Three Passes Trek offers unforgettable adventure, cultural immersion, and breathtaking scenery in the Everest region.

Tips for Everest Three Passes Trek

Trekking at high altitudes requires good cardiovascular fitness and proper acclimatization. The trek starts with a flight to Lukla and follows a well-marked trail through the Khumbu region. Weather conditions can be unpredictable at high altitudes, so it’s essential to be prepared with suitable gear. Travel insurance covering high-altitude trekking in remote Himalayan regions is strongly recommended.

Travel Insurance

Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking in remote Himalayan regions like Nepal. This should include coverage for emergency evacuation and medical expenses.

Permits Required

Permits required for this trek includes the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and the TIMS card (Trekker’s Information Management System).

Mountain Treks Nepal

Mountain Treks Nepal welcomes you to join us for a meticulously planned Everest Three Passes Trek. We offer various itineraries, including 18 Days Everest Three Passes Trek and other customizable options. You can Contact us at Mountain Treks Nepal. 

Trip Highlights

  • Panoramic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and other Himalayan peaks.
  • Cultural encounters with the Sherpa people and visits to traditional villages.
  • Opportunities to spot rare wildlife such as Himalayan thar and musk deer.
  • Crossing three challenging mountain passes Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La.
  • Trekking through remote Himalayan valleys and serene mountain lakes like Gokyo Lake.


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    Detailed Itinerary

    Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you’ll be greeted by a representative from Mountain Treks Nepal. They will be holding a signboard with your name outside the arrival terminal. After a warm welcome, they will assist with your transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.


    Early morning, you will fly to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region. The flight itself is an exhilarating adventure, providing stunning views of the Himalayas. Upon arrival in Lukla, you’ll meet the rest of your trekking crew and begin trekking towards Phakding. The trail descends towards the Dudh Koshi River, passing through lush pine forests and small Sherpa settlements. You’ll cross several suspension bridges adorned with prayer flags, offering beautiful views of Kusum Kanguru. Overnight in Phakding.

    Today’s trek leads you along the Dudh Koshi River while crossing it multiple times via suspension bridges. After entering Sagarmatha National Park, the trail ascends steeply with breathtaking views of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), and Nuptse (7861m) – weather permitting. Finally, you will reach Namche Bazaar, the main trading center of the Everest region and a historic trading hub on the ancient trade route between Tibet and Nepal. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

    Today is set aside for acclimatization. Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops, and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day acclimatizing to the high altitude before heading further up the valley. You can spend the day visiting the local museum, which is home to many exhibits depicting the area’s native flora and fauna, as well as the history of the Mount Everest region. You will also want to see a stunningly beautiful view of the Khumbu and Thamserku mountains.

    Leaving Namche Bazaar, the trail climbs steeply through forests of rhododendron, juniper, and fir to reach Tengboche. Along the way, you’ll have breathtaking views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. Tengboche is famous for its monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. If you arrive in the afternoon, you can visit the monastery and enjoy the mesmerizing sunset views over Everest and Ama Dablam. Overnight in Tengboche.

    The trail descends through rhododendron forests to Debuche, crossing the Imja Khola. From here, the trail climbs past mani walls and chortens to Pangboche village, the highest permanent settlement in the valley. You’ll continue ascending past summer yak pastures to Dingboche, a summer grazing village. The views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Island Peak from Dingboche are spectacular. Overnight in Dingboche.

    Today is another acclimatization day to help your body adjust to the altitude. You have the option to take a hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5083m) for stunning views of Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and the entire Chhukung Valley. Alternatively, you can explore Dingboche village and interact with the local Sherpa people, learning about their culture and way of life in the high Himalayas. Overnight in Dingboche.

    Leaving Dingboche, the trail follows the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier with breathtaking views of Ama Dablam towering overhead. After crossing a wooden bridge, you’ll arrive in Chhukung, a small summer settlement at the foot of Lhotse’s south face. This area is popular with climbers preparing for climbs up Island Peak. Overnight in Chhukung.

    Today is a challenging day as you cross the Kongma La pass, the highest pass on the trek. The ascent is steep and challenging, but the views from the top are breathtaking with views of Makalu, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, and other surrounding peaks. After the pass, descend to Lobuche, a small village with stunning views of Nuptse. Overnight in Lobuche.

    Today is a long and fulfilling day as you trek to Gorakshep, the last settlement before Everest Base Camp. Drop your bags at the lodge and continue your trek to Everest Base Camp. The trek to the base camp is not too challenging. You’ll traverse the Khumbu Glacier and pass through the legendary Everest Base Camp, where mountaineers gather during the climbing season. After soaking in the breathtaking views of the Khumbu Icefall and surrounding peaks, you’ll trek back to Gorakshep for the night. Overnight in Gorakshep.

    Early morning, you’ll hike to Kalapatthar, the highest point of the trek, for a panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and the surrounding peaks. This vantage point offers stunning sunrise views over the Himalayas, making it a highlight of the trek. Afterward, descend to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue descending to Dzongla, a small village nestled in the heart of the Himalayas. Overnight in Dzongla.

    Today’s trek takes you through one of the most challenging sections of the Everest Three Passes Trek, Cho La Pass. The ascent to the pass is steep and can be icy, depending on the season. However, the panoramic views of the surrounding peaks from the top are well worth the effort. After crossing the pass, descend to Thangnak, a small settlement located at the foot of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Overnight in Thangnak.

    Today is a shorter trekking day, allowing you to rest and recover from the previous challenging days. The trail follows the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal, to reach Gokyo. Afternoon exploration around Gokyo includes a visit to the beautiful Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Ri for panoramic views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu. Overnight in Gokyo.

    Today, you’ll cross the final pass of the trek, Renjo La Pass. The ascent to the pass is steep, but the views from the top are breathtaking, with panoramas of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. After descending from the pass, you’ll trek to Marlung, a small village off the main trail, offering a quieter atmosphere. Overnight in Marlung.

    Today’s trek takes you back to Namche Bazaar via Thame village, a traditional Sherpa village. The trail offers views of Thamserku, Kantega, and Ama Dablam. Upon reaching Namche Bazaar, you can celebrate the completion of your trek with a hot shower and a hearty meal. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

    Today is your last day of trekking. The trail descends steeply through forests of rhododendron and pine to reach Lukla. You’ll cross several suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River and pass through several Sherpa villages. In Lukla, you can relax and reflect on your amazing journey through the Himalayas. Overnight in Lukla.

    Early morning, you’ll catch your flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing, shopping for souvenirs, or exploring more of Kathmandu’s cultural heritage. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your trekking team. Overnight in Kathmandu.

    Today is your departure day. Depending on your flight time, you may have some free time for last-minute shopping or sightseeing. A representative from Mountain Treks Nepal will transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey. We hope you had an unforgettable adventure in the Himalayas and look forward to welcoming you back to Nepal in the future!

    Trip Includes

    • 18 days Trip, 16 of which include 3 meals a day.
    • 2 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu, breakfast included.
    • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla.
    • Lodge accommodation during the trek.
    • Airport transfers (Domestic and international).
    • Everest trekking permit and TIMS (traveler security) Card.
    • An experienced English-speaking Trek leader (Trekking guide), assistant leader (8trekkers:1 assistant guide) and porters to curry luggage (2trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, all transportations, food and accommodation.
    • Porter service form lukla.
    • Local and government taxes.
    • Insurance for porter and guide.
    • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffel bag – if Necessary (Need to returned after the trek).
    • Farewell Dinner with Nepali culture show

    Trip Excludes

    • Personal Travel insurance.
    • International airfare.
    • Nepal entry visa.
    • Drinks (mineral water, Tea, coffee, whisky) or other snacks and any meals beside breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hot shower, battery. Changes, Wi-Fi charge etc.
    • Tips for Guide and porter (Tipping is Expected).
    • Personal expenses.
    • Personal trekking equipment.
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the “Trip Includes” Section.

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    3 Responses to Everest Three Passes Trek

    • Erick thomos

      Great Trip

      Overall, I highly recommend the Everest Three Passes Trek with Mountain Treks Nepal. Their excellent organization, expert guidance, and commitment to safety made this a truly exceptional adventure

    • Kajjal

      Exceptional Organization by Mountain Treks Nepal

      From the very beginning, Mountain Treks Nepal ensured a smooth and well-organized experience. Their communication was clear and timely, and they addressed all my questions and concerns efficiently. (You can add details about specific aspects of the organization that impressed you, like logistics, permits, or pre-trek briefing.)

      Mr. Deepak’s knowledge of the Everest region was exceptional. He not only guided us safely through the challenging terrain but also provided insightful commentary on the local culture, flora, and fauna. His friendly demeanor and encouraging spirit made the trek even more enjoyable.

      The Breathtaking Beauty of the Everest Three Passes Trek

      The Everest Three Passes Trek itself was an unforgettable journey. Witnessing the majestic peaks of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse firsthand was awe-inspiring. Crossing the high passes of Renjo La, Cho La, and Khongma La presented both physical challenges and breathtaking rewards.

      Thanks to Mountain Treks Nepal’s exceptional organization and Mr. Deepak’s expert guidance, the Everest Three Passes Trek was an experience of a lifetime. I highly recommend this trek and Mountain Treks Nepal to anyone seeking an unforgettable adventure in the Himalayas.

    • Mourice T

      Would Highly Recommend

      we ( me and my friend) recently completed the Everest Three Passes Trek with Mountain Treks Nepal and had an absolutely phenomenal experience. The trek was incredibly challenging yet rewarding, offering breathtaking Himalayan scenery, unique Sherpa culture, and a real sense of accomplishment.

      Highly Organized by Mountain Treks Nepal

      A big thank you to Mr. Bharat for his excellent organization of the trek. Everything was perfectly arranged, from transportation and permits to accommodation and meals. We never had to worry about a single logistical detail, allowing us to focus on enjoying the trek itself.

      Expert Guidance by Mr. Deepak

      Our guide, Mr. Deepak, was truly outstanding. His knowledge of the Everest region, the trails, and the local culture was exceptional. He ensured our safety throughout the trek, provided insightful commentary along the way, and kept the group motivated during the challenging sections.

      The Everest Three Passes Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and Mountain Treks Nepal made it an unforgettable one. Their excellent organization, combined with Mr. Deepak’s expert guidance, made the trek not only challenging but also enjoyable and safe.

      I would highly recommend Mountain Treks Nepal to anyone considering the Everest Three Passes Trek. They are a professional and reliable company with experienced guides who will ensure you have a safe and unforgettable experience in the Himalayas.

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