Three Passes Trek
Three passes trek is combining with 3 adventure high passes (they are Renjola- Chola and as well as Kongma la trek route) design for experienced trekkers. The three passes trekking is a great visiting all about three high passes of the Khumbu with extra time at Gokyo to explore the upper valley.
Furthermore, Kalapatthar is a mountain black stone is a little peak and famous hill station to observe Mount Everest and many other tallest mountains of Khumbu region. Along the trek to Everest base camp, you can see the tallest mountains, brilliant landscapes, the high mountain villages, and Buddhist monasteries.
Mount Everest high passes hiking route has a great opportunity to experience the local sherpa lifestyles and hospitality. Nepal three passes trek explores the breath-taking Thame – Nagpa la valley to Gokyo valley. On our trekking route, we cross three high passes in the Everest region Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,462 feet), Cho La Pass (5420m/17,723 ft) & Kongma La Pass (5,535/18,099 ft).
Along the routes, you can walk at your own pace, with plenty of stops for rest. three passes trek is possible with anti-clockwise also. And high pass trek in Everest is possible to do at any time (except December to February) throughout the year.
Mount Everest high – three passes trek
Mount Everest base camp and gokyo lakes trek are also recognizing as a high passes trek because of adventure chola pass. Many trekkers choose this high pass trek as a clockwise to get an outstanding experience and as well as the great view of Himalayan panorama.
3 passes trek solo
Trekkers choose to get a magic experience getting those high passes, feel into the thin air. As it is a high passes trek, we recommend it only for experienced trekkers. The 3 passes trek solo is also a perfect way to get an amazing experience of the tallest Himalayan panorama.
how hard is the 3 passes trek?
The high passes trek in Everest goes above 5000 meters above sea level. Kongmala pass is harder comparing to Chola pass and Renjola passes because of this higher elevation and narrow trail. As it is a hard, not comfortable trek route, we recommend only for experienced and professional trekkers.
Why people choose three passes trek?
three passes trek is perhaps most dramatic and picturesque scenery in the Nepalese Himalaya. You will have face to face the view of Mount Everest 8,8,48m / 28,933 ft. It is the most popular footsteps of great mountaineers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. three passes trek goes through forests, hills and quaint villages. Everest hiking pass through Sherpa settlements and Buddhist monasteries.
The trail offers comfortable accommodation run by local inhabitants. The trek includes all meals, road-head transport, services of English speaking local trekking guide and porters to carry the luggage. You will only need to carry a day-pack and you can walk at your own pace.
Three passes trek highlights and Himalayan Sights
Abundant flora and fauna, Sagarmatha national park Museum in Namche Bazaar, Buddhist monasteries, Renjo la pass, five pristine lakes in Gokyo valley, Chola pass and kongmala pass, Mountain black stone of Kalapathar (5,545m), Amazing view of view of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Majestic Thamserku and many other mountains and Khumbu Glacier.
Three passes trek grades
Everest three passes trek is suitable for experienced trekkers who are looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. But it does not require you to be super fit or have any previous trekking experience. If you are healthy and can walk about 5 hours daily, you can do this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. Along the routes, you can walk at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
The best three passes trek covers
Lukla – Namche Bazzar – Syangeboche Hill – Renjo la – Chola glacier – Kongma la – Tengboche monastery – Kalapatthar & ebc.
Best season to explore three passes trek
March, April, May, June, September, October and November.
Mount everest high – three passes trek itinerary outline
01 Day: Arrival in Kathmandu
02 Day: World heritage sites seeing. Trek preparation.
03 Day: Fly to Lukla (2886m/9,437 feet). Trek to Bengkar (2698m /8,822 feet.), 5 hours
04 Day: Trek to Namche Bazzar (3440m/11,249 feet.), 6 hours
05 Day: Trek to Thame village (3820 m/ 12,491 feet), 4 hrs
06 Day: Thame to Lungdeng (4500m/14,715 feet), 5 hrs
07 Day: Renjola Pass (5415m/17,707 feet). Descend to Gokyo Lake (4790m/15,663 feet), 6 hrs
08 Day: Discover gokyo and Nozongpa glacier and lakes
09 Day: Trek to Thagnak (4700m/15,369 feet), 4 hours
10 Day: Cross Cho-La and descend down to Dzongla (4800m /15,696 feet), 7 hrs
11 Day: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4930m /16,121 feet) 4:30 hrs
12 Day: Trek to Gorakshep (5,180m/16,938 feet) and Hike to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,132 feet), 7 hours
13 Day: Cross over Khongma La(5535m/17,445 feet). Descend to Chhukung (4700m), 9 hrs
14 Day: Trek to Tyangeboche hill (3867 m/12,645 feet.), 6 hours
15 Day: Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/12,249 feet) , 7:30 hours
16 Day: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m/9,337 feet.), 8 hours
17 Day: Scenic Mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
18 Day: Final departure from Kathmandu.
The most amazing three passes trek detail itinerary
Our three passes trek or Everest high passes trek has a short, 16-day itinerary compared to most walks in this region leading up to the base camp. This particular route is designed for world Experoers who wish to hike to the high passes mountain but are restricted time-wise. For travelers who wish to reach the three passes trek in a more relaxed manner can try this itinerary however if this itinerary is not fit you than send us an inquiry for a tailor-made itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu valley
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within B/B plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.
Day 02: World heritage site of Kathmandu valley sightseeing.
After breakfast the day will start to our guided trip to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley; including visits to the pilgrimage sites of Hindus Pashupatinath temple, the world biggest Bouddhanath Stupa, visit Swoyambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with Hindu shrines, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess) in central Kathmandu. Evening pre-trip discussion and introduce with our fellow trekking staff for your adventure trip.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla. Trek to Bengkar (2698m /8,822 feet.), 5 hours
We take the early flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m/9,437 ft), upon arrival at Lukla, we would be refreshed in one of the hotels and then start our trek to Phakding (2640 m). We trek following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi. Nupla peak (5885m) is standing next to you on the opposite bank. Furthermore, we pass several Sherpa villages such as Ghat, Phakding, Tok Tok and finally we reach at Bengkar village.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,249 feet.), 6 hours
The trail climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. We continue along the trail with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village Monjo. We then come to the Sagarmatha National Park office where a park entrance fee is to pay. We follow a short walk along the riverbed of this valley where the major river meets each other. Crossing over the Hillary bridge, the trek begins steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. On the way, we would have excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.). Surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges, Namche Bazar (3440m) is a central hub of the area for food, trekking gears and other necessary goods.
Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame village (3820 m/ 12,491 feet), 4 hours
Today, we trek easy hiking to get Thame village. Thame is the end valley of Khumbu Valley and the iconic value of Thame is its terrain the people which are untouched by the effects of modern civilization. During the hiking, we will pass a large array of prayer flags, Chorten and the carved mani stones.
Day 06: Trek from Thame to Lungdeng (4500m/14,715 feet), 5 hours
Today, we will walk about 5:30 hrs to Lungden, mostly uphill, the trails pass by many old, walled Sherpa villages. During the walking, you can observe varieties of plants and animals with unique Sherpa culture. We can probably also share the trail with Tibetan Yak Canavans, a trading route to and from Namche to Tibet with the villagers. We will stay in an available guesthouse at Lungden.
Day 07: Crossover Renjola Pass (5415m/17,707 ft). Descend to Gokyo Lake (4790m/15,663 feet), 6 hrs
Trek to Renjola pass often follow steeply ups and down with sandy ridge. We cross the frozen stream and walking through dramatic rock, we will pass several yak kharkas and twin Renjo Lakes, the view from the top is incredible, you can have to study view of 7000 to 8000 meters peaks all around including Kalapathar, Tengboche Monastery, Chola glaciers and many more. Overnight stay at Gokyo.
Day 08: Gokyo valley hiking. Visit glacial Gokyo lakes
The excursion to the Gokyo peak usually starts early in the morning. The climb is quite steep first 30 minutes, it takes an hour to reach the top with its traditional prayer flags. From where you will have a magnificent view of highest peaks, from the west to east are Cho you (8,153m), Gyachung Kang (7,922m), Everest ( 8848m), Lhotse (8,501m) and further way Makalu, On the way to descent you can enjoy, superb view of Gokyo Lake.
Day 09: Trek from Gokyo to Thagnak (4700m/15,369 feet), 4 hours
We cross Gokyo lakes further to Dzongla glacier. Gokyo chola pass is relatively easier than opposite to the base camp direction of the trekking. Reaching a top, walk downhill to get Thangnak lodge. Thagnak station offers nice lodges with modern facilities.
Day 10: Crossover Cho-La and descend down to Dzongla (4800m /15,696 feet), 7 hours
The trek through Cho La Pass (5,330m) is a rather difficult route, requires some mountaineering experience and well equipped. We suggest bringing warm clothing and some extra food during the offseason trekking. However, in the main season, there are some guesthouses on the way. Actually, the pass is not difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier crossing. There are no technical problems and there is a trail in the rocks beside the icefall.
Day 11: Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4930m /16,121 feet), 4:30 hrs
About four and half hour slowly working to Lobuche on the way you can see Dughla Lake.
Day 12: Trek to Gorakshep (5,180m/16,938 feet) and hike to Kalapatthar / EBC, 7 hours
The trek descend follows the grassy ablation valley with great views of Pumori then crosses tributary glaciers to reach the dry lake bed of Gorakshep. After having lunch, we then climb the 5545m Kala Patthar for an incredible view of Khumbu icefall and the great Himalayan panorama in one range within 360 deg angle. You can also visit the Everest base camp as an option. Return to Gorak Shep for stay overnight at guest house.
Day 13: Cross over Khongma La(5535m/17,445 feet). Descend to Chhukung (4700m), 9 hours
Today we trek along the Khumbu glacier and cross it, it is longest day to arrive in destination after crossing the Khongmala Pass and arrive in Chhukung village.
Day 14: Trek from Chhukung to Tengboche Monetary, 7 hours
From Chhukung we descend the valley of the Imja Khola, trek through the village of Dingboche with its stone-walled potatoes fields, down alpine pastures through the kharkas of Tsura, Orsho, and Shomare to the village of Pangboche, the highest settlement in the valley. The Pangboche Gompa (monastery) is the oldest in the Khumbu and once used to boast the skull and hand of a Yeti.
Day 15: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/12,249 feet), 6 hours
Finally, trek descends from Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m ) passing several villages. Sanasa and Lagusasa are the most famous one. You will catch the way descends from Gokyo valley. We trek furthermore twenty minutes to find a lodge for lunch and a short pause. After Lunch at Sanasa, we hike up to Khumjung village where one can visit traditional villages landscapes. You might also visit Hillary Hospital located in Khunde. And in the meantime, we follow the trail to Monastery which offers Yeti Scalp. Finally, we come to Namche Bazaar in the late afternoon.
Day 16: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m/9,337 feet.), 8 hours
We trek to Lukla with the same trail like we use on ascend. It is the last day of our trekking. Upon arrival at Lukla, we would get refreshed and take rest.
Day 17: Scenic mountain flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
We board our early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, we would be received by our representatives and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, go for shopping or request us to discover Kathmandu as a guided trip at an additional cost.
Day 18: Final departure day
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.
How much does three passes trek cost?
three passes trek price will vary according to group size. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add a 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and Tourist standard accommodation with the attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places, so let us know. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.
three passes trek cost include:
- Kathmandu international airport picks up on your arrival in TIA by private vehicles.
- 2 nights Twin sharing Tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu valley within breakfast plan.
- Government license holder – Professional license holder Mountain Trekking Guide
- Domestic flight tickets Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round trip with applicable domestic airport taxes
- All land transfer by Private vehicle according to programs.
- 3 meals each day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trekking days
- Guest House accommodation during the trekking
- Required number of porters during the trek.(one porter = two guest basis) because our porter can carry maximum 25 kg of your bag pack.
- All land transfer by Private vehicle according to programs.
- Well paid salary, food, accommodation and insurances of Nepalese staffs.
- Sagarmatha National Park entries permits and TIMS permits and as well as their fees.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
three passes trek cost exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize private trek to three passes trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Freequestly Asked Questions
Question: Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flight’s details then you should do a request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need experience for three passes trekking?
Answer: Actually for three passes trek is suitable for experienced trekkers who are able to walk around 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight day pack. For this trekking – yes, you need to have experience in high altitude – somehow about 3500 meters above sea level.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on three passes trek?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. the rooms along the routes are clean with a cozy bed with nice mattresses and blankets. However we recommend you to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can I expect in three passes trek?
Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season).
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.
Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with lodge three passes trek?
Answer: Guest house trekking all the lodges they have a shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.
Question: How do I get drinking water on express three passes trek?
Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotels and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in the campsite/along the way in the camping trekking.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the guest house basis trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!
Question: Is there any communication facilities on three passes trek?
Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Question: Can I use credit cards in mount Everest high passes trekking?
Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city tours/city areas.
Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Kathmandu.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on express three passes trek?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, our every porter carry a maximum of 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.
Question: Do I need walking polls for lodge three passes trek?
Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.
Question: Is three passes trek is similar to Everest 3 pass trekking?
Answer: Yes ! of course.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.
Three passes trek note:
The above itineraries are subject to change due to condition beyond our control. This is a Guide line showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.
“What makes three passes trek special ?”
Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in the quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained and licensed local guides who knows the destination much better than others.