Three Passes Trek

Duration21 Days
Trip GradeStrenuous
Maximum Altitude5,545m
Group SizeMin. 2 Pax
Travel StyleTYrekking
Best TimeFeb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec

These 20 days Everest three-pass trek will take you to high passes of the Everest Region.

Three High Pass trek in the Everest Region consists of the best scenic landscapes that are incomparable to sights anywhere around the world. The trek is challenging as your target will be to reach destinations all over 5000 meters. These roads are less traveled. The 20 days Everest Three Pass trek is for bold adventurers seeking intense excitement in mountain wilds.

You will reach Renjo La (5,435 meters), Cho La (5,420 meters), Kongo La (5535meters), Gokyo Ri (5,357 meters), Kalapathhar (5545 meters), Everest Base Camp (5,380 meters), and Chukung Ri (5550 meters) on Everest three pass trek.

Renjo La is one of the popular high pass trekking in the Everest Region. On the way to Renjo La, you will reach viewpoints from where you can get a glimpse of the roof of the world, Everest. The trials of Renjo La are believed to be used by the Sherpas of the late fifteenth century. From the Renjo La pass, you will see giant Mt Everest and oligotrophic Gokyo lakes in a single frame.


  • The trek involves three high passes all above the altitude of 5,000 meters
  • Panoramic views of the Himalayas include the world’s highest Mt Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Nuptse.
  • Walk alongside the beautiful Gokyo lakes situated at an altitude of 47,000 meters to 5,000 meters.
  • Closely watch Nepal’s high Himalayan culture and lifestyle. Visit Pangboche Monastery, which is one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in the Khumbu region.
  • Capture the historical and cultural heritages, diverse scenic landscapes of vibrant Kathmandu valley, and the calm Himalayan region of Nepal.
  • One of the world's highest hotels - Everest Hotel
  • Gokyo Lakes
  • Ancient monastery in Tengboche
  • A scenic flight to Lukla
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • The highest glacier on Earth- Khumbu Glacier (4900m)
  • Amazing panoramic view from Kala Patthar (5,555m)

Further, you will be climbing Gokyo Ri (5483 meters), Kalapathar (5545 meters), and also exploring the Everest Base Camp.

A trip to Cho La pass let you enjoy the amazing view of Gokyo Ri valley and Gokyo lakes of the Everest region.

The hike from Lobuche to Chukung while passing the Kongma La (5535 meters) pass is less walked and is quite challenging.

Chukung Ri (5550 meters) is another spot from where you can behold the stunning beauty of Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu.

How long is Everest Three Passes Trek?

Three weeks-long Everest Three Pass Trek will give you a chance to watch Sherpa settlements, culture, and their way of life. Prepare to set aside your fear and swap it with inquisitiveness to gain more from the trip. The locals here are very friendly and hospitable and would be always ready to share their stories. Everest Three Pass Trek is an amazing experience for you to learn the way they are and how they have adapted to the high altitude.

Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

Your trip to the Everest Three High Pass Trekking package also includes a day tour to various historical heritages of Kathmandu valley on your second day in Nepal. Most of the sights are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Everest Three Passes Trek Route And Trail

The trek begins from Lukla. After crossing over Phakding and Monjo, you will be spending a good time of two nights at Namche. Rest is required as you need to properly acclimatize to go towards the higher altitude.

The three weeks long trek continues through Phakding, Monjo, Namche, Tengboche, and Dingboche to reach the high passes. While holding the curiosity to behold the beautiful destination, the natural wonders and local culture will make you feel truly blessed during the journey to Everest Three Pass Trek. You will encounter stunning Khumbu Valley, Imja Valley, Dusa Valley, Khumjung-Khunde Valley, Thame Valley, and Gokyo Valley which offer a splendid view of the four highest mountains of the world. You will get close glimpses of Mt Everest (8848 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters), which is the fourth highest mountain, and Makalu (8485 meters), which is the fifth-highest, and Cho-Oyu (8210 meters), which is the sixth highest mountain.

Sagarmatha National Park

While on the Everest Region Three High Pass trek, you will also reach Sagarmatha National Park. This area is a protected region for diverse plants and endangered animals and birds. Mountain Goat, Snow Leopard, and Lophophorus are a few of the animals found here. It is said that Yeti, a mystical creature is also found in the Khumbu region.

You will pass suspension bridges, see historical monasteries and feast your eyes on colorful Buddhist flags and get spiritual vibes amidst the Buddhist chants in the region resided by the Sherpas.

Who can join the Everest Three Passes Trek?

During the Everest Three Pass Trek, you will walk along with the icy trials of high passes. The rocky terrains and high altitudes are the main difficulties you will be facing. The trek requires a lot of effort and patience and prior experience of high altitude. Well, Everest Three Pass Trek, which demands you to walk in difficult terrain is not for beginners.

You will walk on the trails which pass through glaciers, rocky stones, and snow-covered paths. The technical climbing course is not required. However, it’s good to carry crampons with you.

You will have four acclimatization days at Namche, Pangboche, Dingboche, and Gokyo which will allow you enough time to adjust to the climate. A local guide who has several experiences of the Everest Three Pass Trekking route will be escorting you.

The facilities at the tea houses will be basic when you reach a higher altitude.

All the energy you put in will reward you with the best views of elevated giant mountains and wild landscapes.

If you are enthusiastic to go on a trek that will compel you to overwork and push your limits at every point, Everest Three Pass Trek will be a wonderful opportunity. And it will prove to be a lifetime experience.

Trip PlanExpand all

A representative from Regulus Treks and Expedition will be there to welcome you to Nepal at Tribhuvan International airport. He or she will escort you to your hotel where you can freshen upl. Take rest for a while and you can visit our office to get details on the trek. Regulus office is in Thamel, a popular tourist hub. Also, there will be a welcome dinner arranged for you where you can enjoy a delicious Nepali meal. So, you can choose to meet directly in the evening as well. .


Max. Altitude: 1400mMeals: DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

The day is all about visiting different UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Kathmandu. You will visit Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa. Heritage Sites. Boudhanath is the biggest stupa in the world. After the day out, today we will go Regulus office to have a quick brief on the trek and also get introduced with other fellow trekkers and guides.


Max. Altitude: 1400mMeals: DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

You shall get up early morning to proceed towards Lukla. It will be an interesting flight to Lukla as you will be flying near and around tall peaks in a Twin Otter plane. The trek begins immediately after you land in Lukla. The destination for today is Phakding. From Lukla, the immediate target is to reach Cheplung village from where we can get a glimpse of Mt Khumbila (1890 feet). Cheplung  you will walk towards Phakding where you will accommodate for today.


Max. Altitude: 2651mMeals: Breakfast + Lunch +DinnerAccommodation: Lodge

The trek begins the early morning after breakfast. You will walk alongside the Dudh Koshi River. Accompanied by the magnificent views of Mt Thamserku (21.675 feet), you will cross more bridges and reach the gate of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. Here your trekking permits will be checked. Further walking takes you to Jorsale village. This is the final village before Namche. You could take rest, take tea or drinks and proceed towards Namche. From Namche Bazaar you will get beautiful views of the Himalayas including Lhotse, Everest, Tawache and other mountains. You will stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Max. Altitude: 3438mMeals: Breakfast + Lunch +DinnerAccommodation: Lodge

This day is scheduled for acclimatization. You can take rest and also it is better to take short hikes during the day so that you keep up your stamina for the next day. Short hiking around Namche will take you to viewpoints from where you can see amazing mountains around. Also, while coming back to the accommodation, you will visit Khumjung Monastery and Hillary school. You will also be taken to Tourist visit center near the headquarter of Sagarmatha National Park where you will get information related to Everest climbers, history of Sherpas and also flora and fauna found in the region. You could also buy last-minute essential before proceeding as Namche Bazaar has a good market where all trekking staff are available. Today you will stay at Namche Bazaar.


Max. Altitude: 3438Meals: Breakfast + Lunch +DinnerAccommodation: Lodge

The trek starts with a convenient trail to Phunki Thanga. The following destination is Tengboche village which has the largest monastery in the region. The monastery is within the National Park. Walking up to the monastery will reward you from amazing views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, and Lhotse. We try to reach the monastery by 3:00 in the afternoon. At this time we will also be able to watch a religious Buddhist Ceremony. Today, the accommodation is in Tengboche.


Max. Altitude: 3860mMeals: Breakfast + Lunch +DinnerAccommodation: Lodge

The initial trek takes you to beautiful and lush forests filled with birch, conifers and rhododendron trees. Going along with the beautiful views of Mt Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam, you will continue walking towards Debuche. In Debuche, you will cross the Imja River and move towards Pangboche. From Pangboche Monastery you will see mountains more clearly. You walk forward towards Imja valley, pass the Lobuche river to reach Dingboche. The Imja River flows directly east of the village. Today, you will stay at Dingboche.

Max. Altitude: 4,360 mMeals: Breakfast + Lunch +DinnerAccommodation: Lodge

A popular stop or trekkers, Dingboche is on the way to Mt Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. Views in this village include an array of fields protected by stone walls. The stone walls protect the barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals. Today to you will be staying at Dingboche for acclimatization. You shall do a day hike to Nagarjun hill. Walking up to the hill will reward you with amazing views of Lhotse, Charlotte, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Tawache and others.


Max. Altitude: 4,360 mMeals: Breakfast + Lunch +DinnerAccommodation: Lodge

The initial trial crosses through stone-walled fields and Imja Khola valley. Then you will enter glacier moraines near the towering Himalayas. You will continue walking till  Bibre.  Across the valley are the beautiful Ama Dablam and the Amphu Labsa mountains. This trial is divided by the icy stream. After walking around one and a half hour you reach Chhukung. You will have your lunch there. After this, you will walk towards Chhukung Ri. Here you can walk up the steep terrain, which is not so difficult at this part. Reach the top, and get a close view of Ama Dablam and Amphu Labcha peaks. You will be going back to Chhukung for overnight stay

Max. Altitude: 4750mMeals: Breakfast + Lunch +DinnerAccommodation: Lodge

Today you will start early in the morning to reach a high altitude. This will be your highest point on the entire trip. Your target of the early morning trek is Kongma La pass. There are two option, either you can take a trial over hill, northwest of Chhukung over Nuptse Glacier moraines or walk back to Bibre We can either take a trail over a hill which is to the northwest of Chhukung over the Nuptse Glacier moraines or we can walk back to Bibre  and catch the trial above Niyang Khola. You will see Buddhist prayer flags on the top of the pass. The trial is challenging and the final trial is more challenging. After climbing the moraine, you will go north through Khumbu Glacier. Your overnight destination for today is Lobuche.

Note: Trekking through Kongma La is optional. If we do not want to tackle the strenuous Kongma La pass today and want to go directly to Lobuche from Chhukung, we can do that too.

Max. Altitude: 5535mMeals: Breakfast + Lunch +DinnerAccommodation: Lodge

The early trek takes along the adjacent moraine of Khumbu Glacier. When you walk further you will get to see the northern edge of Mt Everest. You will also get a closer glimpse of Pumori, Nuptse, Mahalangur, Khumbutse, Lingtern and other mountains. After reaching Thangma Riju after some ascent, we will get to see a panoramic view of elevated mountains from here. From here you shall go down towards a steep trail up to the top of Changri Glacier. After reaching Gorakshep, you will be surrounded by the Himalayas. Today, we will also go to Everest Base Camp passing through rocky dunes. From the Base Camp, you will get clear views of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains. You will spend today’s night at Gorakshep. .


Max. Altitude: 5170 mMeals: Breakfast + Lunch +DinnerAccommodation: Lodge

The trek start really early this day as our target is to see the sunrise from Kalapatthar. Yes, the goal is to see the sun rising from Mt. Everest. As you have to walk out in the dark and cold temperature, prepare yourself with warm clothes. Also, as the weather is unpredictable in the higher altitude, the chilly winds can always hit you, As the trek continues, the elevated mountains Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse come closer. Everest and Nuptse look high above. Several hours of uphill finally takes to the top of Kala Patthar. The view is amazing, you will get close up view of Mt Everest and other neighboring peaks. After spending some time at Kala Patthar, you will head to Lobuche. The trekkers who are going to Everest Base Camp today will start early as the Base Camp is far from Kala Patthar. Both groups will be having lunch together.

Max. Altitude: 5545Meals: Breakfast + Lunch +DinnerAccommodation: Lodge

Early morning we begin from Lobuche towards downhill. The trial followed runs alongside the Khumbu Glacier. There are two divided trials. You will be choosing the trial on the right. During this walk you will see amazing view of Awi peak and also get to see tombstones in the distance. Passing all these, you will ascend to reach Dzongla. In this trial, you will Chola Tsho Lake nearby. You will reach another lake after a while. Prior to reaching Dzongla, you cross the Chola Khola. Today’s night accommodation is at Dzongla.


Max. Altitude: 4830 mMeals: Breakfast + Lunch +DinnerAccommodation: Lodge

The more you climb, more the views are distinct. You will see the Cho La Lake appearing near. Ama Dablam appears just in front over a range of mountains on the south> Similarly, you will find the Cholatse on the west. The climbing here is challenging. Its made more challenging by rocks over some of which you need to climb. The last climb is difficult as the trail curves around a fissure. There are prayer flags and cairns on the top of the pass. 

Certainly, the scenery of the elevated peaks just nearby will be breathe taking experience. The path to climb down to Thangnak is not difficult. It’s a bit long and takes you to the edge of Ngozumpa glacier. Ngozumpa is the longest glacier of Nepal. After you reach another side of the glacier you will see the second Gokyo Lake and other six series of the lake. The further walk takes you to the third Gokyo lake, This night, you will be staying at Gokyo village, which is located at the edge of the lake.


Max. Altitude: 5357mMeals: Breakfast + Lunch +DinnerAccommodation: Lodge

Today you will wake up the view of incredible mountains just in front of your eyes. Early morning trek is uphill towards Gokyo Ri. As fourth Gokyo Lake is only three km away, you also walk further to this place. After this, you continue towards the fifth Gokyo lake. When you will reach the fifth lake, you will get to see astonishing sight of Everest, Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu, mountains and the huge Ngozumba Glacier. Today’s accommodation is at Gokyo.


Max. Altitude: 5357mMeals: Breakfast + Lunch +DinnerAccommodation: Lodge

The trek is quite long today. So, to meet our target, we begin early. The trail moves alongside Dudh Pokhari Lake in the beginning. Before descending towards Renjo La pass, you need to walk around two hours. Throughout the trek, you will be able to see Himalayan and Rolwaling ranges. You get magnificent views of Mt Everest from the top of the pass. You will move down towards the stone staircase. Then you will find loose gravel which takes you to Angladumba Tsho Lake. As the altitude is very high, you will also find ice on the trial. This can make your descend scary and risky. You will see Relama Tsho and Renjo Lake while walking here. Then you make a move towards a valley that is closed with giant rocks to Lumde. From Lumde, you need to walk almost an hour yo reach Marlung, which lies on the east bank of Bhote Koshi River. You will be staying at Marlung today.


Meals: Breakfast + Lunch +DinnerAccommodation: Lodge

While walking from Marulung to Thame you will follow an old route followed by the Tibetan traders. After crossing the Bhote Koshi River and you will descend to Taranga. You will reach Thame after crossing a few bridges. From Thame, you walk gradually on a trail that goes through small villages before reaching Namche Bazar. You will be staying overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Max. Altitude: 3,440 mMeals: Breakfast + Lunch +DinnerAccommodation: Lodge

After a short initial descent, you will cross several bridges Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries. The trail here consists of sceneries of open plains, through rhododendron, pine forests. On the distance, you will see the crystal mountain. Walking through Sherpa villages will give you spiritual vibes as they are people who have faith in the Buddhist religion. The Buddhist chant and colorful flags give life yo the rough terrain. The long trek to mountain and its high pass ends today. Overnight in Lukla.

Max. Altitude: 2860 mMeals: Breakfast + Lunch +DinnerAccommodation: Lodge

The flights are usually scheduled for the morning due to unpredictable weather in the latter part of the day. After you reach you may take rest and also go out to get some good food and Nepali hand made gifts or any souvenir. Regulus Trek and Expedition will be hosting a farewell dinner as a celebration of the completion of the highly challenging trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.


Meals: Breakfast + Lunch +DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

The amazing trek that comes to the highest mountain region ends here. Our company representative will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at the airport 3 hours before our scheduled flight.


Meals: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel
Cost Details
  • Airport transfers on both domestic and international flight
  • Standard Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin with breakfast.
  • OPEN and CHOICE full board meals while on Everest three passes trekking.
  • Properly boiled drinking water while on the trek
  • Responsible trekking having 01 porters to each trekker
  • Accommodation at teahouse or lodge on twin share a private room.
  • Welcome dinner with cultural program as listed in the itinerary.
  • Half-day guided city tour with world heritage entrance permit.
  • All Domestic flights and airport tax as listed in the itinerary.
  • Professional trekking group leader trained in Wilderness First Aid.
  • Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) / Gamow Bag or OXYGEN with a comprehensive First Aid Kit.
  • Assistant trek guides porters with their salary, wages, transportation, insurance, and required trek gears.
  • Three passes and peaks trek map.
  • Complementary trek duffle bag and Mountain Monarch T-shirts.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers.
  • TIMS trekking permit, Everest national park entry fees for the three passes and peaks trip
  • VAT, all government taxes and service charges.
  • International flights.
  • Nepal entry visa.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Entrance fees to monuments. (sightseen in Kathmandu )
  • Extra showers, Battery recharge costs, laundry, etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Food in Kathmandu ( also if an earlier return to Kathmandu from Mountains due to any reason than the scheduled Itinerary).
  • Unforeseen costs due to flight cancellation, weather conditions, etc.
  • Tips to guide and porter.
  • Cancellation fees, if any from your side.
  • Hot shower.
  • Boiled water.
  • Costs raised by conditions that are not under our control such as landslides, weather conditions, political unrest, illness, etc.
Dates & Availability
  •  In case of weather conditions leading to cancellations or delays in flights, this trip will operate on an alternate itinerary.
  • We advise you to prepare for a few extra days in Kathmandu at the end of your trip should your return flights from Lukla be delayed due to weather conditions.
Additional Info

Equipment List: 


  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection


  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm woolen hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens


  • 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


  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jackets or pullovers
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jackets


  • The sleeping bag rated zero degrees F
  • Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping Items dry inside the trekking bags
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries


  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Multipurpose soap
  • Nail cutter
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene:
  • Wet wipes
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hands wash

You can also bring with you extra items like binoculars and reading materials with you on the trek. Maps, journals, and notebooks can also be brought.

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