Everest Three Passes Trek

chola pass
Trip Duration

20 Days

Trip Grade


Highest Altitude

Kala Patthar (5,545 m)





Group Size


Best Season

Autumn & Spring

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the main attractions in the city of Kathmandu.
  • Immerse in the cultural and religious aspects of Nepal.
  • Incredible full round trip in the Everest region.
  • Climb the three most difficult high passes: Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La.
  • Stunning mountain vistas from the Everest Base Camp.
  • See the abundance of flora and fauna, geographical variety, and natural beauty.
  • Explore the lakes and Gokyo valley’s breathtaking scenery before ascending to Gokyo Ri.
  • Take in the welcoming atmosphere of the Sherpa village and the snow-covered mountains.


The Everest Three Passes Trek is an exciting adventure that attracts a lot of interest from tourists visiting Nepal. It offers visitors an opportunity to explore beautiful scenery, visit small towns and villages, enjoy sunrise and sunset as well as trek through some of the most difficult areas in the world.

In areas you will be able to enjoy some stunning views of the Himalayan mountains and in other places you will be surrounded by dense forests as well as beautiful lakes, rivers and meadows. This trek is arguably the best route up Mount Everest. You can have all these journey experiences to cherish for the rest of your life while traversing three high passes.

The Everest Three Passes Trek is a trek that covers three major passes in the Himalayas. The terrain will alter along the journey, and you will be amazed to see the variations. You’ll be greeted by the Sherpa community’s simple alpine culture and way of life during your tour. The trip begins in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and takes off from there on a flight to Lukla. The trek then continues to Phakding.

As the trek advances, the trail leads to Namche Bazar. It is sometimes referred to as the Sherpa Capital because of its financial centers, administrative structures, hotels, and ATMs in the Khumbu region.

It is essential to spend the day in Namche before heading to Tengboche. After that, the trail continues to Dingboche, requiring further acclimatization. The path ascends onto the Chhukung Ri as it leads to Lobuche, passing through the Kongma La pass. Gorakshep is the halt after that. Kala Patthar, Lobuche, Dzongla, Gokyo via the Cho La pass, Gokyo Ri (lakes), Marlung via the Renjo La pass, Namche Bazaar, Lukla, and finally back to Kathmandu are all stops along the way.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Preparation (or Spare Day)
  • Day 03: Flight to Lukla then Trek to Phakding
  • Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 05: Acclimatization Day
  • Day 06: Trek from Namche to Tengboche
  • Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche
  • Day 08: Acclimatization Day
  • Day 09: Trek to Chhukung then climb Chhukung Ri( 5546 m)
  • Day 10: Cross Kongma La pass, trekking upto Lobuche (5535 m)
  • Day 11: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep, Everest Base Camp
  • Day 12: Trek to Kalapatthar from Gorakshep then down to Lobuche
  • Day 13: Trek from Lobuche to Dzongla
  • Day 14: Trek to Gokyo through Cho La Pass
  • Day 15: Rest Day
  • Day 16: Trek to Marlung Via Renjo La Pass
  • Day 17: Trek from Marlung To Namche (3440m)
  • Day 18: Trek from Namche Bazar to Lukla
  • Day 19: Lukla to Kathmandu Flight
  • Day 20: Final Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

The airport agent will be there to greet you. Then, after transferring you, you can rest and clean up at the hotel.

You can descend and wander the streets after taking a little break. You can enjoy some street food and purchase regionally manufactured goods by visiting the neighborhood stores close to the hotel.

After a lovely welcome supper pleasure, you will be informed about the trek in the hotel itself that evening.
Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Preparation (or Spare Day)

Today is designated as the day for the organized tour of Kathmandu. You will be picked up and driven to the Pashupatinath temple after breakfast by our guide. Hindu worshipers regard this location as having immense religious significance. Here, we worship Lord Shiva.

The next location is Swayambhunath, one of the oldest stupas in Tibet. The most exquisite temples, monasteries, shrines, and libraries are Swayambhunath’s key charms. You may get a beautiful view of Kathmandu from the location.

As the last part of today’s tour, you’ll be taken to Patan Durbar Square. The Durbar Square is adorned by a wealth of historic buildings and monuments, is a must-see. The site’s Newari architecture, which displays great handicraft talent, is one of its main highlights.
Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Flight to Lukla then Trek to Phakding

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, we’ll drive you to Tribhuwan International Airport’s domestic terminal so you may catch your flight to Lukla. The breathtakingly beautiful flight to Lukla will have views of verdant valleys, snow-capped peaks, and lush vegetation.

We will finish packing once we arrive in Lukla and then meet with our Himalayan guide. We will have a little break before heading to Phakding. The challenging trail leads us past breathtaking views of the area’s mountains and little towns. Finally, before we arrive in Phakding, we shall see the splendor of Mount Khumbila.

Due to the trail’s descent across the Dudh Koshi river, the hike is rather quick and straightforward.
Overnight in Phakding.

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

We begin our climb to Namche Bazaar, the sherpa capital, after breakfast. The trail ascends and descends through a stunning, lush rhododendron woodland. Throughout the day, we will traverse a number of bridges and the Dudh Koshi river.

As we pass through Jorsale hamlet, we will be treated to beautiful vistas of peaks, flowers, and lush woodlands. The nearby settlement of Benkar provides a clear view of the impressive Mt. Thamserku.
Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 05: Acclimatization Day

On day five, acclimatization is required. We will rest in Namche because trekkers must adapt to the shifting topography and weather.

It is preferable to remain active than to sit still, according to professionals. The entire day will be filled with little hikes around Namche Bazaar. We will then ascend to the Everest Panorama Hotel to take in the expansive view of the Himalayas.

We will stop in the Khumjung hamlet on the way back to Namche, visit the monastery, and interact with the Sherpa people. Visitors are always made to feel welcome. Their culture, language, and clothes are noticeably different from those of Kathmandu residents. Additionally, we’ll go to the Hillary School.

There are fascinating details about the Sherpa community and the area, as well as memories of mountain climbers, in the visitor center next to Sagarmatha National Park’s headquarters.

Namche is well-known for being the main commercial hub of the Khumbu region and for its yak cheese and butter.
Overnight in Namche.

Day 06: Trek from Namche to Tengboche

The hike today is rather simple till we reach Phungi Thenga. After there, it can get trickier than before because of the difficult Himalayan trail. We shall start our journey to Phungi Thenga after breakfast. Then we’ll climb the path to Tengboche to finish our journey.

The most well-known Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region is open for exploration. The Tibetans regard this location as having immense religious significance. The Sagarmatha National Park, home to the stunningly gorgeous peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest, is where the monastery in Tengboche is situated.

Your soul will be revived by the Buddhist chants in the monastery’s breathtaking sunset view.
Overnight in Tengboche.

Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche

Following breakfast at Tengboche, we will descend through woods of pine, conifers, and rhododendron. We’ll get views of Mt. Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Everest the entire time while trekking.

Before reaching Pangboche, we will cross the stunning Imja river and valley. Every time we feel worn out and want to stop, the beautiful view of rural communities and the cool air wind give us energy.
We climb to Dingboche as the trail continues. The area’s chortens and prayer flags add to the overall Himalayan trekking experience.
Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 08: Acclimatization Day

Short hikes are required around the fields of paddy, buckwheat, potatoes, barley, etc. on the Dingboche acclimatization day. The crops are shielded by the stone walls from both predators and the chilly Himalayan air.

Dingboche is a well-known trekking destination in the Himalayan region. If the day is clear and not cloudy, Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotshe, Tawache, and Amadoblam smile with the frosts. Additionally, we have the option of ascending Nagarjun Hill to see these summits.
Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 09: Trek to Chhukung then climb Chhukung Ri( 5546 m)

Before accessing the glacier moraine area of the Everest region, we will go via the stone-walled fields and Imja Khola Valley.

As we proceed along the trek, we will see cold streams and breathtaking mountain peaks while breathing in Himalayan air. We arrive at Chhukung, a tiny Sherpa village, at last.

We will ascend the Chhukung Ri after a brief period of rest at Chhukung, taking in the breath-taking views of Aam Dablam, Makalu, Island peak, Lhotse, etc. We will then start our descent, enjoying the same vistas of the icy mountains that surround the steep and treacherous trail.
Overnight at Chhukung.

Day 10: Cross Kongma La pass, trekking upto Lobuche (5535 m)

The hardest portion of this trek is todays’s hike. There aren’t any lodgings, restaurants, or rest stops in between. When you reach the toughest and highest pass on this walk, you will be in awe.

The thrilling walk begins as soon as we head northwest of Chhukung hamlet, in the direction of the peak. The trail ascends to the Nuptse Glacier moraine after passing through the mountain. The moraine is made more beautiful by the tiny ice lakes.

As we hike further, we will come across prayer flags and frozen lakes surrounding the Khumbu Glacier. The crucial moment has finally arrived. To get to Lobuche, we then follow the exact route through the Kongma La pass.

To get to Lobuche, we shall ascend the moraine and travel north. It will be a very draining day. However, you’ll become intoxicated by the freedom and enormous pleasure of trekking.
Overnight in Lobuche.

Day 11: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep, Everest Base Camp

It will be a wonderful hike from Everest Base Camp. Early in the morning is when the hike starts. The Khumbu Glacier may be seen from the Gorakshep route. The route then gradually climbs and falls. Even when we get to Gorakshep, things get difficult. When we reach there, we’ll take a little break because climbing up and down the large rock is exhausting.

You should exercise caution and stroll since the thin air can seriously affect you if you have altitude sickness. We’ll ascend the Khumbu Glacier on foot. After a brief stroll through the Everest Base Camp, we arrive at 5364 m in height. Then, we’ll gaze in awe at the Khumbu Icefall’s spectacular vista.

You are at the base of the tallest mountain in the world, which you will find hard to believe. It is reasonable to feel conflicted feelings right now. After all, the EBC journey is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You will be overcome by the camp’s and Mount Everest’s magnificence. The snow-covered peaks of Nuptse, Khumbutse, and Pumori will be on show for you.
After spending some time at EBC, we will proceed to Gorakshep.
Overnight in Gorakshep.

Day 12: Trek to Kalapatthar from Gorakshep then down to Lobuche

We don’t want to miss the magnificent, majestic moment when the first sunbeams hit the silver-glittering Mt. Everest. As a result, we will have breakfast early and make some preparations in case it gets too cold. Then, we’ll sprint to Kala Patthar, the trek’s highest point.

You will understand what it feels like to be on top of the world once you arrive in Kala Patthar. You will always remember the breathtaking vistas of Khumbutse, Changtse, and Everest. As we take in the images, we’ll proceed to Lobuche.
Overnight in Lobuche.

Day 13: Trek from Lobuche to Dzongla

We will go down the slope next to the Khumbu Glacier, following the correct path as we pass stupas and gravestones.

We pick the appropriate path when the trail splits. After some lowering, we start to climb, enjoying views of Chola Tso Lake and a few other little, icy lakes covered in snow.

Finally, we reach Dzongla after crossing the Chola River via the bridge. The settlement is small and has only a few teahouses.
Overnight in Dzongla.

Day 14: Trek to Gokyo through Cho La Pass

The Cho La Lake begins to appear as the trail grows taller, the Ama Dablam controls the range of mountains on the south, and Cholatse departs on the west.

The last ascent to the Cho La can be enticing because the path curves around a chasm. Even though the slope is steep, some of the stones need us to scramble over them. The main difference is that trekkers can connect to how the difficulties give them more vigor and stamina.

The journey to Thangnak is long but not difficult. Our route leads us to the Ngozumpa glacial mass, the largest mass of ice in Nepal. When we reach the other side of the ice sheet, we can see the second of the six lakes, Gokyo Lake. The third Gokyo Lake is just a short distance away. Gokyo Village is there by itself. The presence of prayer flags gives the area a religious feel.
Overnight in Gokyo.

Day 15: Rest Day

As we make our way up to Gokyo Ri, we take in perspectives on the breathtaking alpine scenery.

At Gokyo hamlet, today is the day for acclimatization, but we’ll go on an expedition to keep ourselves busy. The fourth Gokyo Lake is also accessible; it is located 3 km north of the Gokyo Village. We’ll keep going till we reach the sixth lake.

A particular feast for the eyes is the view from “Scoundrel’s Viewpoint,” which is situated at the border of the fifth lake. We can’t help but be in awe of the Everest, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makulu, and enormous Ngozumba Glacier mountains. We will next descend to the Gokyo village.
Overnight in Gokyo village.

Day 16: Trek to Marlung Via Renjo La Pass

Today will be a long day for us. Before descending into the Renjo La pass, we shall step away from the Dudh Koshi river and turn around. The hike can be a little challenging, and it includes the hike’s most difficult access point.

Walking could be challenging and exhausting. Nevertheless, the spectacular views of the Rolwaling and Himalayan mountains are worthwhile. It is breathtaking to observe Mount Everest from the top of the pass since it is still.

From the pass, we go on foot down the stone stairway to the Angladumba Tsho lake. The ice trail requires you to take extra precautions. We will proceed across the street and down a short valley to Lumde, where there is a view of lovely lakes.

Marlung is located roughly 30 minutes from Lumde. The Bhote Koshi river’s east bank is known as Marlung.
Overnight in Marlung.

Day 17: Trek from Marlung To Namche (3440m)

From Marlung to Thame, we’ll take the historic trade route through Tibet. As we walk down the trail to Thame, we will encounter bridges and the Bhote Koshi river.

We will tour the prayer flag-draped monastery in Thame. After that, we’ll go through some stunning Sherpa villages with breathtaking peaks as our backdrop before arriving in Namche Bazaar. To get there, we’ll descend all the way.
Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 18: Trek from Namche Bazar to Lukla

We will descend through pine, conifer, and rhododendron-filled lush woods on the way from Namche Bazaar to Lukla. On the route, the wide plains greet us. The stones and prayer flags promote the presence of Buddhism in the area.

To get to Lukla, we must cross multiple bridges and the Dudh Koshi river. After reaching Lukla, we will understand that this trek was made possible by our commitment, faith, and tenacity. In Lukla, we are free to rest whenever we like.
Overnight in Lukla.

Day 19: Lukla to Kathmandu Flight

The morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu will take place. We will then return to Kathmandu while taking in the breathtaking mountain scenery. We’ll then freshen up and rest at the hotel in Kathmandu after that.To purchase souvenirs, you might pay a visit to various local boutiques and markets.
Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 20: Final Departure

On that day, we will take you to the airport in Kathmandu for your departure. Both the memory and the trekking experience will last a lifetime. We’re confident you’ll come back to visit. We’re wishing you luck. You can return for some lovely excursions and treks. We adore having you back.

What is included in Everest Three Passes Trek

  • Airport pick up & drop-off by private car/van
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Twin Sharing Standard Hotel
  • Domestic Flight ( where needed)
  • A local government licensed English-speaking Guide
  • Permits For Trek and Tour
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Confirm Booking
  • Local Taxes
  • First aid medical kits.

What is Excluded

  • Extra personal expenses
  • Tips to Porters
  • Extra facilities
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal trekking gears

Best Time

It might be challenging to trek in the mountain region. In the winter, it becomes harder to withhold, while in the summer, rain makes it challenging.

Therefore, spring and autumn may be the greatest times to travel. During these seasons, the weather is neither too warm nor chilly. So, trekkers and climbers won’t be inconvenienced by the trail closure. The vistas of several silver-glittering mountain peaks along the trail are also enhanced by the beautiful skies.

Gear and Equipment


  • Down Jacket
  • Windcheater
  • Cap
  • Gloves
  • Warn woolen socks
  • Quality trekking boots with gripping sole
  • Muffler/ scarf
  • Warm trouser


  • Trekking poles
  • Headlights
  • Sleeping bag
  • U-lock
  • Oxygen
  • Survival blankets
  • Insect repellent, etc.


  • Phone charger
  • Power bank
  • Torch
  • Headlight
  • Headphone/ earphone, etc.


  • Dry foods
  • Trekking map
  • Snacks
  • Mineral water
  • Prescribed medicines
  • Water bottle, etc.

Dates of Trip


Group Discount Prices

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the price for each trip exact?
The cost of the trek remains the same, including lodging, meals, and guide/porter expenses. However, foreign nationals will pay less for things like airline tickets and permits (than regular citizens). The pricing will be roughly $200 USD cheaper than the standard bundle price.
Is it safe to travel to Nepal after the major pandemic?
One of the risks to every traveler's mind was developed by Covid-19. The situation is modest, nevertheless, so you may travel to many countries swiftly. Safety measures should, however, come first.
What meals are served during the trek?
The menu, which differs based on the location, can be used to place food orders. Additionally, a range of regional and continental/Chinese dishes are available. The food may not taste exactly what you're used to because it is prepared by vital local chefs.
Can I charge my phone and camera batteries while hiking?
Yes, you can charge your batteries and mobile devices anywhere you go by paying an additional cost. Pricing may change depending on the region. Because charging batteries in the upper area is somewhat expensive, it is advised that you bring your power bank.

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