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Everest Three High Passes Trek (19 Days)

Before making plans to take this trip you need to ask yourselves 3 questions -

  1.  Are you willing to spend over two weeks in the mountains?
  2. Do you have what it takes to be on the 3 highest passes in the world? and finally
  3. Are you up for the biggest adventure in the life?

If you have answered all the 3 questions above in a yes, you surely are ready to take Everest high passes trek. The trek initiates from Lukla, alike the Everest base camp trek but separates after Namche bazaar. Unlike the base camp, this route is less travelled and only by the real enthusiast. The teahouses along the trail as well is very basic and gives you a close experience to that of camping.

This trip requires a lot of acclimatization rest and is very strenuous at times. The three passes Renjo La (5400m), cho La (5420m) and Kongma La (5540 m) are at the most rarest part of the Everest region and close to Tibet. The beauty of Everest high passes trek is that it as well takes you to famed peak of Gokyo Ri, Kala patthar and also the Everest base camp. The peaks that you would climb to does not require a peak permit from the mountaineering association of Nepal.

Short Itinerary:

Day 1Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 2Kathmandu Valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 3Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) & Trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), 3-4 hrs walk
Day 4Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 5Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
Day 6Trek to Thame, (3800m), 3 to 4 hours
Day 7Trek to Marlung, (4137m), 4 to 5 hours
Day 8Trek to Lungdeng (4600m), 3 to 4 hours
Day 9Trek to Renjo- La (17,929ft / 5465m) to Gokyo Lake (4800m)
Day 10Relax Day at Gokyo Lake
Day 11Hike to Gokyo RI (5,330m/17,483ft), and trek to Thaknak (4750m/15580ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Day 12Trek to Cho-la Pass (5367m/17604ft) to Dzongla (4,850m/15908ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 13Trek to Gorakshep (5,160m/16,929ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 14Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft) and return to Lobuche for overnight. 6 to 7 hrs
Day 15Lobuche - Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) - Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 6-7 hrs
Day 16Trek to Tengboche (3,867m/12684ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 17Trek to Monjo (2680M/8791ft), 5-6 hrs walk
Day 18Trek to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), 6-7 hrs walk
Day 19Fly back to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Best Seasons:
Spring(April, June, July),
Number of Days:
19 Days
Day 1
Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Places Visited: Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport Dormitory Nepal

Activities: No Activities Briefing

Namaste and welcome to Nepal! With the hope that you had a smooth flight, we assist you at the airport to get to your hotel. There are no additional programmes set for the day but the welcome dinner in the evening and a session of introduction.

Day 2
Kathmandu Valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Places Visited: Thamel Dormitory Nepal

Activities: Briefing Shopping

This day will help you get along with the country. We carry a prolonged heritage on our back and a country’s heritage will help you best in knowing the culture and the customs. Meanwhile our backend staff will prepare for required permits and other last minute preparation to make your trip hassle free. At the end of the day you will be briefed about the trip by your guide and this will be an opportunity for you to exchange word with your companion for the rest of the trip.

Day 3
Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) & Trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), 3-4 hrs walk

Places Visited: Tribhuvan International Airport Phakding Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Lukla)

Activities: Briefing Hiking

The 200km flight to the northeast region of Nepal is a majestic experience but the best view is offered to the one’s seated on the left side of the aircraft. After landing on a 465 meter runway, we immediately retrieve our belongings and head towards the north to the village of Phakding. We walk through the community forest, chortens, prayer walls, mani and finally through rustic suspension bridge, until we reach Phakding.

Day 4
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Places Visited: Namche Phakding

Activities: Hiking

Today we begin early as usual to cover a distance of 1000m in ascent and in 5-6 hours, after we fuel ourselves with highland breakfast. We start on the trail along raging Dudh Koshi river and make our first sheer uphill walk to Toktok, where awaits the beautiful view of Thamserku. We walk through villages intermingling with beautiful forest of Rhododendron, fir, magnolia and Pine. The final ascent to Namche as well is challenging, whereas you may feel the first symptoms of altitude kicking in.

Day 5
Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar

Places Visited: Namche acclimatization Namche

Activities: Side Trips and Acclimatization Hiking

It is uttermost important for us to spend a day in Namche in order to acclimatize for higher ground. The day may be a rest day but it is important to be active even on a free day and being lethargic day around is the worst thing to do. We will do small side trips of 2-3 hours from and to Namche itself. Namche as well is the last stop in the Everest, if you wish to buy any forgotten things for your trek this may as well be a last chance. We spend this day as well on Namche.

Day 6
Trek to Thame, (3800m), 3 to 4 hours

Places Visited: Thame

Activities: Hiking

The trail is usually gradual this day but as we have to cover 600m in ascent and descend and within 3 – 4 hours, so we start early after breakfast. The trail immediately enters dense yet beautiful forest of Rhododendron and Pine, by this time Yaks grazing with big bells by their neck is a common sighting but watch out for musk deer on this day. You will witness some beautiful mountains in the Everest region, namely Khumbila (5761m), Konde Ri and Pharchamo (6187m).

Day 7
Trek to Marlung, (4137m), 4 to 5 hours

Places Visited: Marlung

Activities: Hiking Briefing

The ascent is pleasant but its in the thin air condition, as a result breathlessness follows. Today we will walk on the historical trail used by ancient traders who walked for centuries to trade goods and salt with Tibet. Except for crossing the Bhotekoshi couple of time, there is no significant things to watch for today.

Day 8
Trek to Lungdeng (4600m), 3 to 4 hours

Places Visited: Lungdeng

Activities: Hiking Briefing

We start early in the morning to cover an ascent of 400m in 3 to 4 hours. It may look like a small distance to cover in a day but it is very important to be careful about any ascent you make further ascent; it may result to a dire consequence. Lungden is a small village surrounded by boulders, just below the Renjo – La pass and serves like the rest area or base camp for the pass, before ascending further on the next day .

Day 9
Trek to Renjo- La (17,929ft / 5465m) to Gokyo Lake (4800m)

Places Visited: Renjo La Gokyo

Activities: Hiking Briefing

We need to start earlier than the other days to complete our day’s trek on time. The ascent to Renjo – la is very demanding and on the contrary is very rewarding as well. The clear blue skies and eye popping views of gigantic peaks Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, Taboche and many others awaits on the top. The initial trail past Renjo – La to Gokyo is almost vertical and strenuous and towards further down, the trail becomes gradual. The end of the day is tiring yet it is very pleasing to rest besides turquoise blue, crystal clear reservoirs of Gokyo lakes, with the views of one of the ultra 8000er Cho Oyu.

Day 10
Relax Day at Gokyo Lake

Places Visited: Gokyo Gokyo Acclimatization

Activities: Side Trips and Acclimatization Hiking Briefing

After Days of strenuous hike it is uttermost important for us to call it a day and embrace the striking, turquoise lakes. Although it is a rest day and we will not do rapid hikes or treks on the day but will surely stroll around and see all the lakes in the periphery. We have our breakfast, lunch and dinner in Gokyo itself and enjoy the awe – inspiring views of the saw toothed mountains.

Day 11
Hike to Gokyo RI (5,330m/17,483ft), and trek to Thaknak (4750m/15580ft), 6-7 hrs walk

Places Visited: Gokyo RI Thangnak (Dragnak)

Activities: Hiking Briefing

The trek starts early and after breakfast. The trail gradually but as we are ascending to one of the most rewarding viewpoints, the trail gets demanding. The view we get of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and many other mountains, including the Dudh pokhari is unrivalled. After Gokyo RI we descend and immediately ascent on a gradual trail of ever changing Ngozumpa Glacier, until we reach Thaknak. After a long hike we rest here to get ready for yet another interesting on one of the highest passes on earth.

Day 12
Trek to Cho-la Pass (5367m/17604ft) to Dzongla (4,850m/15908ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Places Visited: Cho La Dzongla

Activities: Briefing Hiking

The days hike is one of the most demanding days in the itinerary of Everest 3 pass trek. The day starts with sheer ascend on the slopes and lose boulders but the view of Ama Dablam right in front and the Ngozumpa on the back and Pharilapche and Kyajo RI is very astonishing. The trail to Dzongla from Cho La pass is equally challenging, you will walk down looking at the broken face of Cho La glacier. After almost two hours of downhill, you will enjoy easy stroll in between beautiful peaks which seems like in the grasp of our palms, with the striking view of Ama Dablam, far down the valley. We call it a day at Dzongla.

Day 13
Trek to Gorakshep (5,160m/16,929ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Places Visited: Gorak shep

Activities: Hiking Briefing

The trail heads down on a grassy hill side, with the view of lake Chola Tso and the rugged Cholatse and Arakam. Further down we cross small streams and flat trails and one final effortless ascend to Lobuche. We walk through the narrow moraine and up towards Gorakshep. As we had a long day of walk and it is very important for us to take appropriate rest and past Lobuche, one needs to acclimatize, we rest in Gorakshep and observe the ambiance.

Day 14
Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft) and return to Lobuche for overnight. 6 to 7 hrs

Places Visited: Everest Base Camp Labuche

Activities: Hiking Briefing

The walk to Everest base camp is tedious process because of the ever changing path of notorious Khumbu Icefall. Base camp is a beautiful hub for climbers who have been waiting for green signal to head further north. Base camp is a colorful village made out of tents, on the laps of some beautiful mountains with best cloud formations. The walk is not very demanding but is challenging due to the elevation factor. We take the same route back until Lobuche and rest in the same.

Day 15
Lobuche - Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) - Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft): 6-7 hrs

Places Visited: Kongma La Labuche

Activities: Hiking Briefing

We start early and by the first sunlight in the morning to make it to the other side by the end of the day. It is important to refill water in hefty amount. The climb immediately gets sheer and strenuous from the very first moment and on the edge of a moraine until we reach to the top. On the top you will enter a flat surface with icy patches of lake and frozen ridges of Kongma La pass. From Kongma La to Chukkung is equally grinding downhill but the view of Island peak and ridge of Amphu Lapcha will sweep you off your feet. It is a must take break at Chukkung for two reason; one because of long day trek and 2nd for the reason that Chukkung is a beautiful village surrounded from ridges and glaciers from all sides.

Day 16
Trek to Tengboche (3,867m/12684ft), 4-5 hrs walk

Places Visited: Tengboche Tengboche Monastery

Activities: Hiking Briefing

From here we begin to descend and the trails are a little less demanding that a day before but the chilling winds on the ridges are bone piercing. With the beautiful views of Taboche, Cholatse, Amphu Lapcha and un recognizable north view of Ama Dablam, we stroll forward to our final destination, sometimes on the barren trails and for a while on the stone steps. We catch more breath than on the trails of higher ground and the view of the mountains behind is more beautiful than ever. We call it a night at the periphery of the famous and biggest Tengboche monastery, which has been restored to its original despite several tragedies.

Day 17
Trek to Monjo (2680M/8791ft), 5-6 hrs walk

Places Visited: Monjo

Activities: Hiking Briefing

The walk from Tengboche to Monjo is all in the woods of Rhododendron, pine and fir that blankets the hills. The forest encompassing the trail is dense and known to be the home of Himalayan thar, snow leopard and musk deer, it is very important to look for the opportunity to spot these wild animals despite the exhaustion. We make our way further to Namche, where you may want to take a look to cascade of houses and snap shots of it with the mountains in the backdrop. We further head down to couple of rustic bridges and through the warm breezes until we arrive Monjo and halt for the day.

Day 18
Trek to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), 6-7 hrs walk

Places Visited: Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Lukla)

Activities: Hiking Briefing

We head further to Lukla with plenty of oxygen to fill our lungs and only halt our trek in Lukla. We can enjoy the end of the trek and share experience with the ones returning as well as beginning their trek. Once our convoy reaches to Lukla, the trekking leader will reconfirm your flight for the next day.

Day 19
Fly back to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Places Visited: Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport Dormitory Nepal Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Lukla)

Activities: Briefing Flight

We board an early morning 200km flight back to Kathmandu, with the best views of the mountains on the right. One last time we wave off the mountains through the widows of the aircraft. Our trip of Everest three pass trek officially comes to end when we arrive at Kathmandu Airport and we transfer you to your hotel.

Price :
USD 1,799
Note :
15 % Discount for Group Size 5 and Above
What's Included:
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • All government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • Trekking Map
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight and airport taxes
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Two nights in a budget accommodation with breakfast
  • all accommodation in kathmandu
What's Not Included:
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, day backpacks, t-shirt, and trekking map
  • Excess baggage charges
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fee.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters
Please make sure that you are equipped with following equipments and resuorces before you proceed for this tour package.
  • Sun hat or scarf.
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts.
  • Lightweight cotton long pants.
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturiser
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • I-pod
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Modest swimsuits (for Kathmandu)

Reviews from our gratified travellers

Maddy Koifish Maddy Koifish

Better Himalayan Experience

I had never trekked before my trip with Uzol. Within the span of 24 hours I was completely outfitted and prepared for the trip withthe help of Uzol and his fellow staff (Govinda, Sameer, etc.). The experience was second to none and I was taken care of every step of the way. Safety comes at no cost, and Uzol's knowledge of the surrounding mountains as well as local cultures made each stop in the trek intereting, as I could never be sure who we would bump in to next. Exciting, fun, and led by only the best - you could not ask for a better Himalayan Experience. Visited November 2015

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USD 1,799

This trip requires a lot of acclimatization rest and is very strenuous at times. The three passes Renjo La (5400m), cho La (5420m) and Kongma La (5540 m) are at the most rarest part of the Everest region and close to Tibet.

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Trip Highlights

  • Walking over 3 highest passes in the world namely Renjo La, Kongma La and Cho La
  • Viewing Everest from various high viewpoints
  • Visiting the Everest base camp
  • Climbing the peaks of Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar
  • Visiting the Sherpa communities of major village in the Khumbu
  • Viewing the best sunshine and sunset over the mountains
  • Visiting the homes of world record holder trekkers and climbers
  • Hear to the local folklores

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