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Everest Three Passes Trekking

Trip Fact

Trip Name: Everest Three Passes Trek

Activities: Sightseeing, Trekking and climb passes

Trip duration: 21 Days

Accommodation: Tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan/Tea house/Lodge during trek

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu/All meals during trek

Mode of Transfer: Plane/Bus

Maximum Altitude: 5545 m

Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Group size: 1-12 people

Suitable Time: March-May/Sept-December

Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu

Route Map:

Route Map:
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost Info
  • Check list
  • Altitude Map

Everest Three Passes trek is one of the most adventurous trekking destinations in Everest region. Everest Three passes trek takes you through three challenging passes Renjo La pass (5,360 m), Chola-La pass (5,420 m), Kongma-La Pass (5,535 m) in Everest region. This 21 days long trek requires physical fitness, good health and habits of trekking. The highlights of this trek are climbing the rocky outcrop, the highest access point Kalapatthar (5,545 m). From here we can see breathtaking views of the highest mountains of the world. 

During Everest Three Passes trek we visit the turquoise Gokyo lake, passing through three challenging passes, lush vegetation, terraced farmlands, beautiful villages, Chhortens and prayer flags, ancient and popular monasteries like Tengboche, Tibetan Sherpa culture, ancient Bonpo practice, Yak pasture lands and many more. Everest three passes trek is one of the challenging trekking destinations in Khumbu region. This adventurous trekking gives us the best opportunity to visit most of the places of Khumbu region. Everest three passes trail takes you to visit Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar, Chola La Pass, Kongma La Pass, climbs Gokyo Ri and Renjo la pass. This exotic trek will leads us to Tengboche monastery where Tenzing Norgay Sherpa once committed to become a monk. 

Everest three passes trek starts from Lukla as you take a scenic flight from Kathmandu (1,400 m) to Lukla(2,860 m). From Lukla you trek up along the Dudh Koshi River bank, passing through forests of rhododendron and pine up to Namchebazar. Namche Bazar (3,440 m) is the major tourist hub in Everest Region. From Namche you trek down up to Lungden to pass Renjo-La along the off beaten track. From there you can trek to the Gokyo valley and Gokyo Ri which can additional extra attraction. After crossing Renjo- La pass you will trek up to the Cho- La pass and reach Everest Base Camp (5,363 m.). Finally, you will climb the Kongma- La pass which is the highest pass among all three passes. After crossing the Pass you will trek down Dingboche and follow Classic EBC trail to reach Lukla. From Lukla you will take a flight to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu (1,400 m) Arrival Day

Day 02: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,640 m).~ 30 minutes flight, 3 hours trek

Day 04: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m).~ 5-6 hours 

Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namche

Day 06: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860 m).~ 4-5 hours

Day 07: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410 m).~ 5 hours

Day 08: Acclimatization day in Dingboche

Day 09: Trek Narsyang top to Chhukung (4,900 m).~ 8 hours

Day 10: Climb Khongma La Pass, trek to Lobuche (4,930 m).~ 7-8 hours

Day 11: Trek Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,180 m) to Everest Base Camp (5,363 m).~ 5 hours

Day 12: Climb Kalapathar (5,545 m), trek to Dzongla (4,830 m).~ 7-8 hours

Day 13: Climb Chola La Pass (5,330 m), trek to Thangna (4,700 m).~ 7-8 hours

Day 14: Trek Thangna to Gokyo (4750 m).~ 5-6 hours

Day 15: Climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 m).

Day 16: Climb Renjo La Pass (5,415 m), descend to Lungden (4,380 m).~ 6-7 hours

Day 17: Trek Lungdeg to Thame (3,800 m).~5-6 hours

Day 18: Trek Thame to Phakding (2,640 m).~ 5-6 hours

Day 19: Trek Phakding to Lukla (2,850 m).~ 2-3 hours

Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu.~ 30 minutes flight

Day 21: Departure Day

More Information

When you travel to the new place for your holiday, food is concerned  part of travel. While, traveling with Yarsa treks, you can experience the delightful cuisine of typical Nepali food, continental food,Chinese food and different international cuisines. You will be suggested by your guide for good food during your trip. During the trek do not order many dishes and waste food, they have to cater more trekkers before they run off the stock. It is very hard and takes a week or more for caravan and porters to bring the food in these places. You will take lunch in route side, breakfast and dinner will be arranged in the same lodge/Tea house.

Drinking Water:
During the trek you can get the bottled water but it is hard to dispose plastic and it will be the big problem for environment. We will provide purified mineral water during trek. In tea house you can get bottled water and mineral water in additional cost. It will be better to drink mineral water rather than bottled water.

We provide you best touristic hotel in Kathmandu with best location. During the trek tea house is main accommodation for trekkers. A tea house is combination of lodge and restaurant. In the tea house lodges are fairly basic, some tea houses you can get separate room but in the high altitude rooms are spared with two beds with blanket and little additional furniture.  There will be large dining room where you can get the warm by Bukhara stove. In the tea house there will be the solar electricity but these days most of the tea houses have electricity for charging camera, mobile phones and other small appliances.

Things to take:
This is very active trip, we can’t stay in same place. You can take very light and necessary things. You will get porter who will carry maximum 30 kg which  means 2 trekkers=1 porter. Porters are allowed to carry maximum 30 kg of your stuff. Porters will carry your necessary stuff in a duffel bag.

Altitude Map & Route Map:
Yarsa Treks will provide you complete route map and altitude map. At the end of the trip we will provide you Yarsa Treks T-shirt for the memory of trekking with us.

Health & Fitness:
These treks are some of moderate and some of strenuous, passionate trekkers should have ability to walk for 4-7 hours a day. Trekking to the high altitude is more challenging than the low altitude. To complete the trip we should have good health, average physical fitness, passion, confidence, determination and positive attitude. If you have past hiking experience or exercising habits it will be  better for your trek. If you have pre-existing health problem such as lung, heart and other diseases it is better to consult with your doctor or inform Yarsa Treks before booking the trip.

Suitable Time to Trek:
For Trekking to the high altitude we should concern about the weather condition. Autumn (Sept-Nov) and Spring (March-May) are the best seasons for trekking in Himalayas. Trekking in summer and Monsoon (June-Aug) is affected by rain. You can also trek in winter but temperatures could be  harsher for most trekkers.

Trip Dates/Cost:
Check available start date in our site and for cost please contact us.

Important notes:
If you’re confused to pack up your necessary things just see in the check list tab. Bring light and necessary things. You will need medium size bag to carry your daily usable stuff. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the trek.

Note: We can customize trip as possible as client’s time frame. We are delighted to take you to Himalayan region according to the itinerary.

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1,400 m).
Upon your arrival we assist you from international airport to hotel. After getting rest and refreshed visit local markets in Thamel and rest overnight.

Day 02: Visit over Kathmandu valley.
Today we provide you a day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. Explore around some of the best scenic and world heritage sites around Kathmandu. We provide you experienced guide to visit the world heritage sites like Swayambhunath, Hindus most religious place Pashupatinath,  Boudhanath, Kathmandu Darbar square, Patan Darbar square, Bhaktapur Darbar square and other sightseeing places. Prepare for tomorrow and rest overnight.

Day 03: Early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,850 m).
We fly from Kathmandu to Lukla most exciting and adventurous airstrip of the world.  We start our trekking through the Dudh koshi valley and edge of Dudh koshi river. After crossing the suspension bridge  we will be in Cheplung village from there we can observe glimpses of Mt khumbila (5,761 m) which is also known as scared mountain and "God of khumbu” which is never been climbed. After crossing the small village Cheplung Our trail will leads us to Phakding (2,652 m)and rest overnight.

Day 04: Today we trek from Phakding all the way to the gate way town of Everest region Namche Bazaar (3,440 m).
We trek for 5-6hours following beautiful landscape and Himalaya’s scenery. Before we start our trekking there will be short brief about route, climate, cultural variation and safety.  On the way you will experience the beautiful view of rhododendron flower, rhododendron bush, hilarious mountain view, hanging bridge of Dudh koshi (milk river), and so on. End of the Phakding village there is a hanging bridge Dudh koshi (milk river) after 2hours walk we will reach Monjo. We pass through Sagarmatha (Everest) national park to reach Jorsole this will be our last resting point before climb up to Namche bazra. Rest overnight.

Day 05: Acclimatization day in Namchebazar (3,440 m).
This day we should active instead of passive.  In Namchebazaar there is a different places to explore, you can go cultural trip to traditional Sherpa village khumjung with a view of Themserku(6,623 m) , AMA dablammt (6,812 m), Mt Everest(8,848 M) and many more. Visit Everest View Hotel or (Khumjung / Khunde). you can visit National Park Museum then back to Namche. Rest overnight.

Day 06: Today we trek from Namche Bazaar all the way to Tengboche (3,860 m) walking for 5-6 hours.
After short brief about route and safety we start our trail to Tengboche which is largest monastery of Everest region . We will try to reach Tengoche monastery in afternoon, from Tengboche monastery we can see panoramic view of world highest peak, Ama doblam, Mt everest, Lhotse, Themserk and Nuptse. rest overnight.

Day 07: Today we trek for 6-7hours from Tangboche all the way to Dingboche (4,410 m).
Before we start trekking there will be short brief about further way, altitude and safety. Next, after leaving Tangboche village back, there is suspension hanging bridge over Imjha river after crossing the bridge ,we can see Lhotse(8,516 m), Mt Everest (8,848 m), Ama doblam (6,812 m) which are beautiful mountains of Everest region. From Pangboche monastery (placed yeti's scalp) treks  moves towards Imjha valley, Lobuche river and begins to climb towards Dingboche. In Dingboche we can see  wall of stone to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals. Rest overnight.

Day 08: Acclimatization day in Dingboche (4,410 m).
Today we excursion and climb up Narsyang top (4,967 m) walking for 4-5hours. In this acclimatization day we trek Narsyang top to see beautiful view of world’s top Himalayas and back to Dingboche and Rest overnight.

Day 09: Today we trek for 4-5 hours from Narsyang top to Chhukung (4,730 m).
Today we trek for 4-5hours from Narsyang top to Chhukung (4730m).  After short brief we start our trail by watching fabulous view of Ama doblan , Chalotse, Tawache, and the ridge of Lhotse-Nupte trek towards Chhukung. Next passing through Imjha valley, entering glacier moraine and beautiful towering view of Himalayas, our trails continue to Babri (yak herdman place). Trails will be interesting by icy streams. After this half an hour walk we will be in Chhukung which is surrounded by glacier. Rest overnight.

Day 10: Early morning climb Khongma La pass (5,535 m) and trek to Lobuche (4,970 m) walking for (8-9 hrs).
After short brief about route and safety we start our trail to highest part of our trip Khongma la pass(5,535 m). Next, we trek over hill which located in North West part of Chhukung over the Nupte glacier moraine, on the top of the pass is marked by a colorful Buddhist prayer flag and descend from this hill is adventure and challenging part of this trip. After that our trails turns to north through khumbu glacier to Lobuche(4,970 m) and Rest overnight at Lobuche in tea house.

Day 11: Today we trek for 2-3 hours from Lobuche all the way Gorak Shep (5,165 m) to Everest base camp.
Before we start trekking there will be short brief about further way and altitude. Today our trails continue through windy and rocky path to Gorak shep .we continue our journey to Everest base camp along Mahalangur ,Khumbutse , Pumori many more Himalayas. Next, small ascend steeps lead us to Riju from here we can see the beautiful view of Himalayan vista. After ascending steep trail over Changri glacier we will be in Gorak shep . After some rest we continue our trail to everst base camp ,passing through rocky dunes and moraines we will be in world's top base camp (EBC) from here we can see beautiful view of Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori mountains. Next, back to Gorek shep, overnight at tea house.

Day 12: Early morning climb Kalapatthar (5,545 m).
After having breakfast we trek kalapatthar  to Dzongla (4,830m) walking for (4 hrs.). We can see great sun rise view from Kalapatthar as well as hilarious towering view of Mt Everest, Mt lhotse, Mt Puromi, Mt Lingtren, Mt Khumbutse, Mt Ama doblam, Mt Changtse, Mt Nupte and other many more. After visiting kalapatthar trail moves to Dzongla and Rest overnight.

Day 13: Today early in the morning we go for a climb of Chola La Pass (5,330 m) and then to Thangna (4,700 m).
Today we trek for 7-8hours. This trail is also the one of the toughest part of the trip; descend to basin across meanders a murmuring steam crusted with ice at place. After walking about an hour we will be in top of the basin ready to triumph on Chola, when Chola lakes begins to appear and the Ama doblam in its incarnation preside at the range of mountain. At the south we can see Cholaste towering view. Next, Chola climbing can be quite tricky, trails curves round the bergschrund. At the top of Chole there is a colorful prayer flag, strung across caiths, flapping in the strong wind. You can see all beautiful breathtaking view of Himalayas around you. Next, long path leading down to Thangana can be little easily made out but you should careful, rock can glazed by ice. Then we reach to thangna (4,700 m). Enjoy evening cultural dinner and rest overnight.

Day 14: Today we trek for 3-4 hours all the way from Thangna to Gokyo (4,760 m).
We start our trekking through Nagozampa glacier ,which is largest glacier in Nepal. After reaching other side of the glacier we can get view of the second Gokyo lake among six lakes. After short walk there is a third Gokyo lake and the edge of the lake is a Gokyo village. Overnight at Gokyo village in tea house.

Day 15: Today morning climb to Gokyo RI (5,480 m) and back to Gokyo.
Today we trek for 4-5 hours. If weather is clear we will climb to Gokyo RI from top of Gokyo RI, we admire Himalayan vista and tranquil Gokyo lake. We also hike fourth and fifth Gokyo lake, forth lake is located 3 km away from Gokyo. Here we can see high black rock Himalayan peak rising above it. After few walk we will be in fifth lake, climbing up by near hill we can see hilarious view of Cho-oyu, Lhotse, Makalu and Everest. From the Scounderel's view point we can see Nagazumpa glacier which is largest glacier in Nepal and Cho-oyu base camp and we trek back to Gokyo. Rest overnight.

Day 16: Today early morning climb to Renjo La pass (5,340 m) walking for 4hrs and then descend to Lungden (4,380 m).
Today we trek (7-8 hrs.) all the way to Lungden. Our trail climb up the flank of Gokyo Ri. We proceed early down from the Gokyo valley. After that we leave the main trails and turn to Rengo la trail by Dudh pokhari . After 3 hours walk there is a Renjo la, where dazzling view awaits (Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse, and Taboche).These mountain can be seen shining in the sun. View from Renjo likely to Gokyo Ri. Down from stone staircases and then scramble to reach the south bank of Angladumba Tsho lake. Along the way we can see Relama Tsho and Renjo lake. Next we down through narrow valley to Lungden. Explore around and rest overnight.

Day 17: Today we trek for 4 hours from Lungden all the way to Thame (3,800 m).
 After breakfast we start our trail from Lungden to Thame. This is the oldest route used by Tibetan salt traders. After crossing Bhote koshi and descend to Taranga . After passing  two bridge we will be in Thame where famous gompa is located. Thame is one of the oldest monastery of khumbu region. it is the home of many mountaineers, Apa Sherpa(who holds world record of submitting Everest 21 times. It was also the childhood home town of Tenzing Norgay (first men to climb mt Everest with Edmund Hillary). Rest overnight.

Day 18: Today we trek for 6-7 hours from Thame all the way to Phakding (2,620 m).
After leaving back historical place Thame our trail moves through Namche bazar to phakding. After crossing several bridges of Dudh koshi river, walking through pine forest and Dudh koshi valley, crossing several Sherpa villages noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stone and prayer flag we reach to phakding and Rest overnight.

Day 19: Today we trek for 4-5 hours from Phakding all the way to Lukla (2,820 m).
After exploring natural beauty of Phakding, we start our trail to Lukla. After crossing bridge and Cheplung village we will be in Lukla village we take rest and get refresh. Tonight is your last night in Khumbu region with your local crew. Rest overnight at Lukla.

Day 20: Fly from Lukla (2,820 m) to Kathmandu(1,400 m).
Today early in the morning we fly an exotic scenic flight from Lukla all the way to Kathmandu. We spend our half of the day visiting different architectural temples and castle. At the evening there will be a typical Nepali dinner (Dal, Bhat) with various cultural show. Enjoy evening programs and rest overnight.

Day 21: final departure to your home.
Today we assist you to International airport for your departure. Yarsa treks will drop you to the airport before 3hours of your departure. There will be the farewell program.

Service included in cost

  • Airport pick up and drop off service by private car/jeep
  • Tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with BB plan
  • Lodge / teahouse accommodation service during trekking
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner (3 meals) per day during your trekking
  • Tea/Coffee in Breakfast (During trek)
  • Sightseeing by English speaking tour guide in Kathmandu
  • Entry fees for sightseeing places in Kathmandu
  • Flight tickets for Kathmandu - Lukla and Lukla-Kathmandu sector
  • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide
  • Necessary trekking porters to carry your luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • National park entry permit and TIMS card
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Service excluded in cost

  • Visa fee for Nepal entry
  • International flight tickets
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • Tea/Coffee accept breakfast
  • Your Travel and rescue insurance
  • Your Personal expenses such as telephone calls, laundry service, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Anything other not mention in cost include section

This list of equipment will help you to bag pack for your trip. You can check the list while packing your bags.  These lists may require vary or little according to the season and your trekking duration. The weight is limit for 15 kg (33 pounds), we suggest you to carry only the valuable things. Your luggage will be carry by porter but you require carrying bag pack with important and valuable things on your own.

Important Documents:

1. Valid Passport, 2 passport size photos
2. Airlines tickets
3. Separate photo copy of your passport
4. Visa form (easily access in Nepal airport)
5. Insurance paper
6. Cash/credit card/ATM/Machine card for withdraw, checks

Head Wear:

1. Sunhat or Scarf
2. Light balaclava or fleece hat
3. Sunglasses
4. Head torch

Upper Body Wear:

1. Cotton T-shirt or thermals
2. Fleece Jacket
3. Down Jacket

Lower Body Wear:

1. Light weight cotton pant
2. Water proof pant
3. Hiking trouser or woolen trousers

Hands Wear:

1. Gloves
2. Light weight fleece gloves

Feet Wear:

1. Thin inner socks
2. Thick warm wool socks
3. Comfortable hiking Boots

Accessories Equipment:

1. Sleeping bag 
2. Trekking Bag/Duffel Bag
3. Large plastic Bag (for keeping things dry inside trek Bag)
4. Trekking poles (optional)
5. Water Bottle or Camel Bag etc.


1. Water purification tablets or filter
2. Anti-altitude sickness pills
3. Anti headache pills
4. Stomach antibiotic
5. Skin-blaster repair kit
6. Cold pills
7. First aid tapes and plasters
8. According to health prescription

Personal Huygens:

1. Tissue/Wet wipes/Toilet roll
2. Anti Bacterial hand wash


1. Quick dry Towel
2. Toothbrush and paste
3. Multipurpose soap
4. Face and body moisturizer
5. Female Huygens product

Extra Items: 

1. Guide Book
2. Diary and pen
3. Swimsuit
4. Voltage converter
5. Plug adapter
6. Cigarette lighter and Match box
7. Campus and Gps (optional)
8. Small alarm clock
9. Digital camera with extra cards and batteries
10. Small folding Knife etc.

Altitude Map:

Altitude Map:

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  • Nepal Gov
  • NTB
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