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Everest Three Passes Trek: An Ultimate Hiking Trail in the Everest and the Gokyo Valley of the Nepal Himalayas.

Everest Three Passes Trek
View of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Amadablam from the Everest view Point on the Everest Three Passes Trek

The Everest Three Passes Trek, nestled in the heart of the Nepal Himalayas, offers an incredible 18-day and 140-km-long hiking experience. A trek that goes beyond the well-trodden path to the Everest Base Camp and into the Gokyo Valley. A trek in Nepal that transcends expectations and explores the hidden wonders of the Khumbu and the Gokyo Valley.

The Everest Three Passes Trek, a gem of a trek in Nepal, offers a unique and enriching experience, along with the thrill of conquering the three high passes, more than 5000 m in altitude. And as you traverse the three passes, you will be awestruck by the Himalayan scenery that the Everest Three Passes Trek presents from these dizzying heights of 5000 m.

The Dual Delight of Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley

Starting from Lukla, the Everest Three Passes Trek goes through picturesque Sherpa villages, ancient monasteries, and breathtaking mountain vistas. The three high passes—Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Renjo La Pass—will test your physical endurance but at the same time provide the hiker with a sense of accomplishment like no other.

From the majestic peaks of Kalapathar, Gokyo Ri, and Nangkar Tshang to the iconic Everest Base Camp, each step that you take on the Everest Three Passes Trek will bring you closer to the highest mountains in the world.

Join us on this eighteen-day Everest Three Passes Trek, where you will not only witness the grandeur of the Everest Range and the beauty of the Gokyo Valley, but also experience the rich culture and warm hospitality of the local Sherpa people. The Everest Three Passes Trek is a truly unforgettable experience that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Highlights of the Everest Three Passes Trek

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View of the Everest Range from Kongmo-La-Pass on the Everest Three Passes Trek

The highlight of the Everest Three Passes Trek is not only crossing the three high passes: Chola Pass (5430 m), Kongma-La Pass (5535 m), and Renjola Pass (5345 m). But a trek to Everest Base Camp and climbing to the summits of Kalapathar, Gokyo Ri, and Nangkhar Tshang are also highlights of this trek. The three panoramic paradises that offer breathtaking views of the Everest Range, as well as a day hike to the five Gokyo lakes in the Gokyo valley, renowned for their unsurpassed beauty.

A Trek to Nangkar Tshang, Kalapathar, Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp 

During your rest day in Dingboche, don’t miss the opportunity to climb to the top of Nangkar Tshang (5616 m) for breathtaking views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Taboche, Amadablam, Makalu, and many other majestic peaks. Although Everest is not visible from this viewpoint.

While in Gorakshep, start your day with an early morning trek to Kalapathar (5545 m) to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of Everest and Everest Base Camp.

Additionally, take a hike along the Khumbu Glacier to reach Everest Base Camp, where you can stand at the edge of the Khumbu Icefall, a truly remarkable experience.

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Looking Beyond into Gokyo Valley from Chola Pass on the Everest Three Passes Trek

The Trekking Challenge

The Everest Three Passes Trek is not for the faint-hearted. This is a challenging trek that requires determination and physical endurance, especially when crossing the formidable three passes. But for those who dare to embark on this extraordinary trek in Nepal, the rewards are immeasurable.

Crossing three high passes at altitudes of around 5000 meters is no easy feat, but the views of the Everest Range from these three passes are incredible. Especially from the Kongmo-la-Pass and the Renzola Pass, where the emerald-colored lakes in the foreground provide a spectacular layout to the entire landscape.

The Everest Three Passes Trek will push you to your limits, both physically and mentally. The steep ascents, rocky terrains, and thin air will present you with significant challenges. However, with determination, one will be able to overcome these obstacles and taste the sweet victory of reaching the passes. The sense of achievement and the breathtaking views from the top are truly rewarding and will make every effort worthwhile.

Cultural Immersion Along the Trail

Beyond the majestic mountains, the Everest Three Passes Trek is also known for its vibrant Sherpa culture. Along the way, this trek provides the hiker with an opportunity to interact with the local communities, learn about their unique traditions, and visit ancient monasteries. Experiencing the way of life of the local people and witnessing their unwavering spirit adds a whole new dimension to the Three Passes Trek.

Getting Around

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Everest from Gokyo Ri on the Everest Three Passes Trek

The Everest Three Passes trek commences with a short 30-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Starting from Lukla, the Everest Three Passes trek goes through picturesque Sherpa villages, ancient monasteries, and breathtaking mountain vistas, following the well-known Everest Base Camp Trail to Namche Bazaar, the lively capital of the Khumbu region.

Continuing on, the journey takes you to Dingboche. From Dingboche, the Everest Three Passes trek diverges from the regular route and leads you towards Chukung. As you ascend, you will conquer the challenging Kongma La Pass before descending to Lobuche Glacier and reaching Lobuche itself.

After a visit to Everest Base Camp, the return trek takes you to Dzongla. From here, a thrilling crossing of the Chola Pass marks the transition from the Khumbu Region to the captivating Gokyo Valley.

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View of the Everest Range & The Gokyo Valley down below on the Everest Three Passes Trek from Renzola Pass

Crossing the Three High Passes 

Experience the ultimate hiking experience with the Everest Three Passes Trek, where you get to hike to the three high passes in the Everest Region at more than 5000 m in altitude. The Chola Pass (5430 m), Kongma-La-Pass (5535 m), and Renzola-Pass (5345m).

Among these three passes in the Everest Region, Chola Pass stands out as the most challenging and thrilling. The trail leading to Chola Pass and onwards to Gokyo Valley winds through hard ice, moraines, and the Nzogumpa Glacier, demanding both physical strength and mental agility. To tackle the occasional hard snow, having crampons handy can provide some extra security against slipping.

On the other hand, the remaining two passes offer a series of steep, invigorating climbs while at the same time rewarding you with awe-inspiring Himalayan panoramas once you clamber to the passes.

Renjola Pass, in particular, treats you to breathtaking views of the Gokyo Lake below, as well as the spectacular Cho-Oyu to Lobuche, the majestic Mount Everest to Cholatse, and many other peaks—an experience comparable to the stunning vistas from Gokyo Ri.

The view from Kongmo-la Pass is not to be underestimated; the view of the Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Baruntse, Amphuyangtse, Amadablam, Thamserku, and many other peaks with the turquoise-colored Kongmo-la Lake in the foreground surpasses the view from Kalathathar.

Gokyo Valley

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View from Gokyo Ri of the Gokyo Lake and the Gokyo Valley on the Everest Three Passes Trek

Gokyo is a small village at the foot of Gokyo Ri, located on the eastern shore of the third Gokyo Lake, also known as the Dudh Pokhari. At an elevation of 4,750 m, this is the highest settlement in Nepal and in the world, too. There are altogether six main freshwater lakes in the Gokyo valley, and they are also the highest freshwater lakes in the world.

Gyazumpa Cho (1st. Lake) is 72 acres in size, followed by Tanjung Cho (2nd. Lake) with an area of 41.9 acres, and Ngozumpa Cho (5th. Lake) with an area of 35.6 acres. Out of these six lakes, Dudh Pokhri (the third lake) is the main lake, and Thonak Cho (the fourth lake) is the largest.

On a rest day in Gokyo, you have the incredible opportunity to visit the five mesmerizing Gokyo Lakes. Embark on a delightful day hike to these lakes without having to ascend to high altitudes. Traverse the flat valley floor towards the fourth lake, Tonak Cho (4840 m), or choose the more challenging trail through the moraine, which rewards you with breathtaking vistas.

Continue your trek to the fifth lake, Nzogumpa Cho (4980 m), and while you’re there, don’t miss the chance to climb up to a small hill adorned with prayer flags, known as the Binders Bump, Hill 153, or the scoundrel’s viewpoint. From this vantage point, you’ll be treated to awe-inspiring views of the world’s highest mountains. To the north, you’ll marvel at Cho Oyu, Gyachung Khang, and the Nzogumpa Glacier. To the east, feast your eyes on unobstructed panoramas of the North Face of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Makalu.

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5th.Gokyo Lake with Cho-Oyu in the Background

Tips for the Everest Three Passes Trek

Here are some tips for the Everest Three Passes Trek:

1. Train beforehand: It is crucial to train and improve your stamina and fitness before embarking on this 19-day trek. Long walks, running, cycling, or any physical activity will help prepare you.

2. Acclimatize properly: To prevent altitude sickness, take regular breaks and spend extra nights at higher altitudes to allow your body to adjust.

3. Pack your bag accordingly: Use a 50-55-liter haversack to pack your clothes and essential items. Bring warm clothes, thermal innerwear, woolen caps, gloves, light trekking pants, quick-dry t-shirts, a sun hat, waterproof gear, comfortable trekking shoes, and other necessary items. Don’t forget a first aid kit, water bottle, water purifying tablets, sunscreen lotion, head torch, Vaseline, sunglasses, and snow spikes. Keep in mind to carry only essential items, as one porter will carry the baggage of two hikers (recommended weight is 12 kg per person).

4. Carry a day pack: Use a 30-liter day pack to carry personal items like your passport, money, mobile phone, camera, personal medical kit, dried fruits, energy bars, and a waterproof and fleece jacket.

5. Respect the local culture: The Everest Three Passes Trek is home to the Sherpa people, who have their own unique culture and traditions. Respect their beliefs and culture, and be mindful of the impact you have on their environment.

6. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water at higher altitudes to avoid altitude sickness. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.

7. Take your time: Enjoy the scenery and don’t rush through the trek. It’s not a race, so pace yourself accordingly.

8. Prepare for the weather: Be prepared for unpredictable weather conditions like rain, snow, and cold temperatures.

9. Be flexible: Weather and other conditions can change quickly, so be flexible with your plans and adjust your itinerary accordingly.

Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance is strongly recommended for the Three Passes Trek in Nepal, as it is a high-altitude trek. Your travel insurance plan should cover all medical and travel issues. Accidents may occur on the three passes trekking trail. In such cases, you may take advantage of the facilities of air ambulance, evacuation by helicopter, helicopter rescue, clinical attention, etc. In short, every hiker will need travel insurance for adventure travel or hiking in Nepal.

You will need to ask your insurance company for a policy that will cover high-altitude sickness, accidents, and sickness on the three passes trek in Nepal. The insurance policy should cover the evacuation by helicopter in case of an emergency.

Your insurance policy should also cover general issues like delays or even cancellations of all flights (mainly the Lukla Flight) due to bad weather conditions or natural disasters. In such cases, sometimes you will need to take a chartered helicopter flight out of Lukla, and these charter flights are not cheap. Therefore, your insurance policy should cover all these aspects.

The Best Insurance Company for the Three Passes Trek in Nepal:

  • Alpha Global Solutions

For Indian citizens, given below are the recommended insurance companies from India that have a good record for policy claims in Nepal:

  • Bharati Axa Travel Insurance
  • ICICI Lombard
  • HDFC Ergo Travel Insurance
  • Reliance Travel Insurance
  • Bajaj Allianz Travel Insurance

Food and Accommodations on the Trek

Dal, bhat, and vegetable curry are the staple diets that will be available in all the lodges and tea houses along the way. Besides, other items are also available in the lodges on order. You can order the food as per the menu. There are bakeries on the trail and in the lodges to savor fresh bakery products too.

Accommodation will be provided in lodges run by local families. These lodges have twin-share rooms with a common restroom and washroom. At an extra cost, hot water will also be available for bathing in the lodges.

Our trek price includes basic rooms in local lodges, which have simple 2-bed rooms with a common toilet and restroom. In most places, newly upgraded lodges have rooms with attached toilets and restrooms, but this will cost extra (about US$20–30 per room per night). Some lodges now offer even better rooms, but they can cost even more. If you want to stay in rooms with attached toilets and restrooms, you can pay extra on the spot if such rooms are available. Your guide will help you with this along the trek.

Please note: There are limited flights between Kathmandu and Lukla and vice versa. The majority of the flights to Lukla are directed from Ramechap, which is five hours drive from the capital Kathmandu. This is done to reduce the load at Kathmandu Airport. Ramechap is 135 km from Kathmandu and takes 5 hours to drive in a private car.

Trek Facts:

  • The trek starts in Lukla.
  • Ending Point: Lukla.
  • Trek duration: 18 days.
  • Trek Grade: Moderate to strenuous.
  • Maximum altitude: Kalapatthar (5550 m).
  • Maximum Sleeping Altitude: Gorakshep (5164 m).
  • Minimum group size: 2 persons.
  • Trek style: Tea House/Lodge Trek.

Everest  Three Passes Trek Itinerary

  • Three Passes: 1). Chola Pass (5430 m). (2). Kongma La (5535 m) (3). Renjola Pass (5345 m).
  • Everest Base Camp 5364 m; Kalapatthar 5545 m; Gokyo Ri 5480 m; Nangkar Tshang-5616 m

Day 01: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2800 m).

30 minute flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Everest Three Passes Trek Starts. Trek to Phakding (2652 m/8 km/3 hrs). Overnight Lodge.

Day 02: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/12 Km-5 hrs). Overnight Lodge.

Day 03: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar for Acclimatization.

Side Trek to Khunde-Khumjung (3780 m/4 Km-2 hrs). Overnight Lodge.

Day 04: Trek to Thyangboche Monastery (3860 m/12 Km-6 hrs). Overnight Lodge.

Day 05: Trek to Dingboche (4410 m/9.1 km/5 hours). Overnight Lodge.

Day 06: Rest and acclimatization day at Dingboche (4410 m).

Optional hike around Dingboche. Hike up to the view point at Nangkar Tshang (5616 m) a splendid view point that offers close-up views of Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and a host of other peaks other than Everest, which is not visible from here. Overnight Lodge.

Day 07: Early Morning Trek to Chukung (4730 m/4 km/2 hours). Trek up to Chukung-Ri for views of Everest and other peaks. Return to Chukung. Overnight Lodge.

Day 08: Chukung to Kongma-La-Pass (5535 m) to Lobuche (4910 m/9 km/6 hours). Overnight Lodge.

Day 09: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5140 m/Km-2 Hours). Afternoon trek up the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp (5364 m/3.5 km). Return to Gorakshep (5140 m). Overnight Lodge. Total time: 7-8 hours.

The 3.5-kilometer trek from Gorakshep to Everest base camp is perhaps the most difficult part of the Everest Three Passes Trek because of the high altitude, rocky path, and rough terrain.

Day 10: Trek up to Kalapathar (5550m/3 Km/4 hours round trip) for panoramic views of Everest, Khumbu Glacier, and many other peaks. Return to Gorakshep. After breakfast, trek to Dzongla (4830 m/12 km/6 hours). Overnight Lodge.

Day 11: Trek Dzongla-Chola Pass (5330 m) to Dragnag (4790 m/9.5 km/6-7 hours). Overnight Lodge.

Day 12: Trek Dragnag to Gokyo (4790 m/5 km/3 hours). Overnight Lodge.

Day 13: Morning climb Gokyo-Ri (5360 m/6 Km-3 Hrs. round trip). Return to Gokyo. Visit 5th.Lake. Overnight Lodge.

Day 14: Trek Gokyo-Renjo-la Pass (5345 m) to Lumdeng (4380 m/13 km/6-7 hours). Overnight Lodge.

Day 15: Trek Lumdeng to Thame (3820 m/8 km/4 hours). Overnight Lodge.

Day 16: Trek Thame to Phakding (7 hours). Overnight Lodge.

Day 17: Trek Phakding to Lukla (4 hours). Overnight Lodge.

Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu. End of the Everest Three Passes Trek.

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  • Everest Three Passes Trek Cost: US$1500 per Person
  • Everest Three Passes Trek Cost for Indian Nationals : Request for quote in Indian Rupee
  • Ramechap-Lukla-Ramechap Airfare : US$356 per person
  • Ramechap-Lukla-Ramechap Airfare for Indian Nationals: Indian Rupee.18,000/Person
  • Please note that airfare is extra as applicable and is subject to change without prior notice.
  • Kathmandu-Ramechap-Kathmandu Car Fare in Private Taxis: US$250 per Car.
  • Three people can comfortably travel in one car.

Everest Three Passes Trek Cost Includes:

  • Services of an English-speaking Trek Guide.
  • Porters to carry the baggage of the hikers.
  • Lodge accommodation (twin share rooms with a common washroom and restroom) with breakfast
  • Khumbu trek permit fees.
  • Sagarmatha Entry Fees.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fees.
  • Lodging and food for the guide

The cost does not include:

  • Hotel Stays in Kathmandu.
  • Lunches and dinners during the period of the trek.
  • Domestic flights cost extra as applicable (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu).
  • Sleeping bag (which can be hired in Kathmandu).
  • Personal clothing and equipment.
  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • Client insurance of any kind.
  • Cost of evacuation (if any) in case of emergency.
  • Bottled/alcoholic drinks.
  • Snacks/desserts.
  • Tea or coffee—other than at breakfast.
  • Airport taxes;
  • Expenses of personal nature

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Recommendation : Everest Three passes Trek is relatively strenuous and demands top physical form. A physical fitness check-up is a must. Even the experienced trekker should prepare for 2-3 months prior to the trek.

Note: The above-given itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors, such as weather, road conditions, the physical abilities of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant’s safety, comfort, and general well-being.

(All relevant Terms and Conditions apply.)

 

 

  • Everest Three Passes Trek Cost : US$1500  per Person
  • Everest Three Passes Trek Cost for Indian Nationals : Request for quote in Indian Rupee
  • Ramechap-Lukla-Ramechap Airfare : US$358 per person
  • Ramechap-Lukla-Ramechap Airfare for Indian Nationals: Indian Rupee.18,000/Person
  • Please note that airfare is extra as applicable and is subject to change without prior notice.
  • Kathmandu-Ramechap-Kathmandu Car Fare in a Private Taxi: US$250 per Car ( Extra as applicable)
  • Three people can comfortably travel in one car.

Everest Three Passes Trek Cost Includes :

  • Trek guide and porters to carry luggage.
  • Lodge accommodation (twin share rooms) with breakfast
  • Trek permit fees.
  • Trekking Fees.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fees.
  • Contribution to guide transport.
  • Guide/porter insurance costs.

The cost does not include:

  • Hotel Stays in Kathmandu.
  • Lunches and dinners during the Trekking Period.
  • Domestic flights cost extra as applicable (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathamndu).
  • Sleeping bag (which can be hired in Kathmandu).
  • Personal clothing and equipment.
  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • Client insurance of any kind.
  • Cost of evacuation (if any) in case of emergency.
  • Bottled/alcoholic drinks.
  • Snacks/desserts.
  • Tea or coffee—other than at breakfast.
  • Airport taxes;
  • Expenses of personal nature

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NEPAL TOURIST VISA

  • Nepal visas are readily available on arrival at the International Airport in Kathmandu and at all other entry points to Nepal.
  • Two passport photos will be required.
  • Single-entry visa: US$30 per visa (valid for 60 days).
  • Multiple-entry visa: US$80 per visa (valid for 150 days).
  • Nepal visas are also available at all Nepalese embassies and consulates.
  • No Visa is required for Indian Citizens to Travel in Nepal

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Our Everest three-pass trek price includes basic rooms in the lodges, which have simple 2-bed rooms with common toilets and showers. In some places like Lukla, Namche, and Kumjung, newly upgraded lodges have rooms with attached toilets and showers, but this will cost extra (about US$ 20–30 per room per night). Some lodges now offer even better rooms, but they can cost even more.

(All relevant Terms and Conditions apply.)

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