Three High Pass to Everest Trek-23 Days Elevations is 5,535 M/18,159/ft,

Arrival On : Kathmandu Nepal
Trip Duration : 23 Days
Difficulty : Moderate
Departure From : Kathmandu Nepal

Trip Overview

Everest 3 Passes Trek Insights
In this trek, you will not only reach the Everest Base Camp but also cross the three highest passes in the Khumbu region – Kongma La Pass (5,535/18,159ft), Cho La Pass (5420m/17,782ft), and Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,520ft).The ultimate high altitude Everest trek in the world’s most spectacular mountain terrain.


Trekking in the Everest region is justifiably popular, but on this trek, we go off-the-beaten-track through remote valleys and over high passes with superlative scenery every step of the way. For the first few days, we follow the main Everest trail, but it is not long before we leave other trekkers behind as we head towards the Renjo La pass, 5,390m/17,684ft, via the tranquil beauty of the Bhote Khosi Valley. Once across the pass, we trek beside the turquoise Gokyo Lakes before crossing the snow-covered Cho La, 5,400m/17,700ft; our second high pass. This brings us close to the foot of Everest and we’ll enjoy stunning close-up views from the small peak of Kala Pattar. Our final challenge is to cross the Kongma La, 5,540m/18,176ft, where the scenery provides ample reward for our efforts with a breathtaking panorama of many of the highest peaks in the Himalayas.


This really is the ultimate high altitude Everest trekking route, in the world’s most spectacular mountain terrain. It’s undoubtedly tough – but the scenery provides more than ample rewards. This is one of the finest mountain journeys you are ever likely to undertake in your lifetime.


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Short Itinerary

Day 01-02:

Fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to Mulkot or Manthali.

Day 03:

Transfer to Ramechap Airport and fly to Lukla. Trek to Monjo.

Day 04-05:

Trek to Namche Bazaar. Rest day and acclimatisation.

Day 06-09:

Trek to Lungden via Thame. Alternate between trek days and rest days to aid acclimatisation.

Day 10:

Trek to Gokyo via the Renjo La, 5,340m/17,521ft.

Day 11:

Rest day in Gokyo or climb Gokyo Ri, 5,360m/17,585ft.

Day 12:

Trek to Dragnak.

Day 13-14:

Cross the Cho La, 5,420m/17,777ft. Trek to Lobuche.

Day 15:

Trek to Everest Base Camp, 5,300m/17,388ft, and onto Gorak Shep.

Day 16:

Ascend Kala Pattar, 5,545m/18,192ft, descend to Lobuche.

Day 17:

Cross the Kongma La, 5,545m/18,188ft, to Chukhung.

Day 18-20:

Trek to Lukla via Namche Bazaar.

Day 21-23 :

Fly to Ramechap, transfer to Kathmandu. At leisure. Fly to Home.


Day 01 Fly From Home to Kathmandu
Overnight: In flight

Depart from Home on your overnight flight to Kathmandu.



Day 02 Arrive Kathmandu. Group transfer to Mulkot - 3½-4 hours.
Overnight: Freedom Resort Manthali Or The Kwality Beach Resort Mulkot

On arrival in Kathmandu, 1400 M,/ 4620ft. and you will be met at the airport and transferred to Mulkot. The drive takes around 4 hours (traffic dependant) and you will wind your way through Nepalese countryside before reaching your hotel either at Mulkot on the banks of the Sunkoshi river, or at Manthali close to Ramechap.



Day 03 Fly from Ramechhap to Lukla, 2,860m/9,438ft. Trek to Phagding , 2,651m/8,697ft - 3-4 hours.
Overnight: Tea House


You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport in Ramechap for the flight to Lukla – a drive of about 45 minutes if you are staying in Mulkot. This is one of the most spectacular flights in the world. As you fly east, the snow line of the Himalayan range to the north, will be on your left, with the rugged foothills of Nepal immediately below and stretching away to the south on your right. Lukla is situated high above the river on a shelf at 2,800m and arriving there is a unique experience because the runway is on a slope and there is a difference of almost 60 metres between its lower and upper ends which all makes for an interesting landing.

On arrival you can have a cup of tea while the trek staff collect your baggage. From the airstrip you will head north-west, through the village of Lukla and descend to the Dudh Khosi River at Phakding, 2,652m. The path leads upstream along the valley, through areas of conifer trees and several more small villages. Another 2-3 hours walking will bring you to Chumoa, 2,743m, a small and picturesque village of about 25 houses located below Thamserku Mountain,and close to the entrance to the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. Just after leaving Chomoa you cross the Monjo Khola and shortly arrive in the spread out village of Monjo for your overnight stop.



Day 04 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m/5-6 hours
Overnight: Tea House



Today’s path is full of interesting sights. Not least of these will be your first view of Everest as you get higher up the trail. From the lodge it is 15 minutes to the Everest National Park boundary and already the scenery is vastly impressive, with deep gorges, bare vertical rock faces, pine forests on some steep slopes and wispy waterfalls. Having completed the paperwork, it then takes 15 minutes following the right bank of the river to where it starts to climb to the Hillary Bridge, named after Sir Edmund of Everest fame. This is a tremendously impressive suspension bridge, spanning a deep chasm. The path then zigzags up through the forest where trees pack themselves in between giant boulders and cliffs. If you are lucky, you may well see small herds of thar, a small deer-like animal. Eventually you pull into Namche Bazaar, its Sherpa houses built one above the other on the steep sides of a sloping mountain bowl. The narrow streets at its centre are a mixture of cyber cafés, souvenir shops and places where you can rent or buy anything under the sun.

Day 05 Rest day – acclimatization. Namche Bazar
Overnight: Tea House

Climb high, sleep low’ is the mantra for good acclimatisation. To help acclimatisation it is a good idea to walk up the hill to the Park Headquarters from where there are the first really good views of Everest and Ama Dablam – a wonderful panorama. If you are feeling energetic you might also make the worthwhile excursion to the Everest View Hotel, situated above the village of Khumjung. Although rather an ugly building and out of keeping with its surroundings, there are very good views from its terrace and you can have a cup of tea, or a glass of hot lemon there while you revel in the mountain views.



Day 06 Trek from Namche to Thame, 3,820m/12,533ft - 5-6 hours.
Overnight: Tea House

Climbing steeply out of the village you then head north-west, up the Nangpo Drangpo valley (Bhote Khosi). You walk through fine rhododendron forest with views across the valley, Kwangde, 6,343m/20,806ft, and the waterfalls cascading off its flanks. You cross a tributary valley (Kyajo Kola) and look back down the valley for views of Thamserku, 6,648m/21,806ft, and Kusum Kangru, 6,370m/20,896ft. You then arrive at the village of Thamo and could visit its tiny gompa.


From Thamo, the trail continues gradually uphill through scrubland. You may well spot Himalayan Thar (a type of mountain goat) on the hillside, although their numbers have dwindled recently due to attacks by snow leopards. As you progress further up the trail, you see the path which leads to the Tesi Lapche pass, which leads to the Rolwaling Valley and you can see Thame Gompa. After about an hour and a half’s walking, you reach a huge rock wall painted with the Buddhist figures of Green Tara and Guru Rimpoche. The bridge over the Bhote Koshi, adorned with prayer flags, is crossed and then it is half an hour’s gradual ascent to the village of Thame. Thame is an attractive village comprising a collection of lodges, houses and a gompa above it.



Day 07 Acclimatisation walk from Thame.
Overnight: Tea House

Today you could walk up towards the Singdu-Ri, 4,571m/15,000 ft, from where you will get magnificent views of the Everest range including Makalu and Cho Oyu, depending, of course, on the weather conditions. The trip there and back to Thame will take about 4-6 hours and will give you good acclimatization.


An easier option would be a two-three hour walk to Thengbo, on the way to the Tashi Lapcha pass, from where you can get good views of the lower Himalaya. This is a valley walk with gradual climbs. In the afternoon, the group will have the chance to visit Thame monastery.

Day 08 Trek from Thame to Lungden, 4,350m /14,272ft - 4 hours.
Overnight: Tea House

Leaving the main trail today, you will enjoy the peace and relative solitude of this little trekked valley. You begin today’s walk uphill for about 15 minutes. Rounding a bend you will see the attractive, moderately sized village of Tangmote. You descend to the village and pass a huge chorten as you continue along a very well-trodden, wide path. The trail is strewn with mani walls and a small chorten as you progress through the village. After about an hour, you walk parallel to the village of Yellajung on the other side of the Bhote Koshi.


The trail continues on a gentle, ascending path on the hillside above Bhote Koshi. After approximately two hours walking, you come to the village of Tharngga at 4,000m/13,100ft. You will start to feel the altitude here. Tharngga comprises a sprawling collection of stone houses, and you have superb views of Kongde Ri as you look down the trail. A further 45 minutes or so on a gradually rising trail brings you to Marlung, 4,200m/13,779ft, where you will probably stop for lunch. A rough, ascending, pebble-strewn path marked sporadically with red arrows, brings you in an hour to Lungden – 4,350m /14,271ft.



Day 09 Rest day Lungden
Overnight: Tea House

Today there will be an opportunity to walk and explore further up the valley. This will provide much needed acclimatisation for tomorrow’s trek over the Renjo La.



Day 10 Trek From Lungden over the Renjo La, pass , 5,340m/17,521ft – then gokyo 4,790M/ 15,716 ft 8 hours.
Overnight: Tea House

This walk is challenging. You leave Lungden and a fairly stiff climb for an hour or so takes you to a lake. You continue ascending for a couple of hours until you reach Black Lake and the col. Here you can see your objective, the Renjo La, and its prayer flags some 250m/800ft above.

The trail is now very good – stone steps almost all the way to the pass. It zigzags across the hillside and you will really feel the altitude here. It takes between five and six hours to reach the pass. The descent to Gokyo will take around three hours and the first part is often snow covered and moderately steep. It is marked with cairns. Eventually the path becomes a good trail which leads to the Dudh Pokhari Lake and Gokyo



Day 11 Rest day in Gokyo/Gokyo Ri.
Overnight: Tea House

Today, if clear, you will enjoy tremendous views from nearby Gokyo Ri. Unlike Kalar Pattar from Lobuche where you have a long walk in to make the climb, the foot of Gokyo Ri lies just five minutes away from the lodges at Gokyo, across the stream that feeds the lake. A two to three-hour ‘huff and puff’ on a zig-zagging trail leads to the summit from where the views are well worth all the effort involved. There are good views of Everest, 8,848m/29,028ft, which shows its summit and northern flank and Makalu, 8,475m/27,798ft, is seen further to the east. To the north is Cho Oyu, 8,153m/26,741ft, and all around snow, ice, glacial moraines and other giants can be seen. Below is the village of Gokyo, the picturesque Gokyo lakes and the debris littered surface of the huge Ngozumba Glacier. You’ll descend to Gokyo for lunch. In the afternoon you may take a well-earned rest, or take a walk further north beside the glacier towards the Gokyo Valley’s fourth and fifth lakes.



Day 12 Trek from Gokyo to Dragnak, 4,750m /15,420ft - 2 hours.
Overnight: Tea House

From Gokyo you descend the valley a short way and then having passed a lower lake you head east to climb the moraine of the Ngozumba Glacier. The crossing of the glacier is quite arduous; the path winds up and down and around through boulders and rubble and the trail changes from year to year as the glacier moves. You then continue to Dragnak.



Day 13 trek from Dragnak to, Cross Cho La, pass, 5,420 M/17,777ft, and descend to Dzongla, 4,843m/15,889ft - 8 hours.
Overnight: Tea House


From Draknak you make a long ascent and cross a grassy saddle to descend a short way to Chyugima before starting the climb proper to the pass. The ascent is over steep scree, rocks and large boulders which can be very slippery and the going can be difficult in places depending on the conditions. The way becomes even steeper to reach the pass itself. The views when you reach the snow field at the top are stunning. Again, care must be taken for the descent. The descent down the snowfield begins less

steeply, but then, following cairns which mark the way the route becomes more difficult as you walk and scramble over large rocks and boulders. The final valley descent is more gradual and easier going to arrive at your stopping place for the night at Dzongla.



Day 14 Descend Dzongla from, trek to Lobuche, 4,931m/16,175ft - 4-5 hours.
Overnight: Tea House

contour round to the jumble of rocks at the base of the Khumbu glacier which is reached at the tiny hamlet of Duglha. There is then a short sharp climb up the terminal moraine of the glacier to reach the top where there are memorial cairns to those who have died on Everest. There is a real feel of being high in the mountains and the landscape is wild and rocky. Following a stream (often frozen) at one side of the moraine you soon reach the houses of Lobuche.



Day 15 Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp, 5,300m/17,388ft, return to Gorak Shep, 5,165m/16,945ft - 6-7 hours.
Overnight: Tea House

Deep blue high altitude skies over Gorak Shep, the hamlet of colourful Sherpa teahouses and lodges at Mt. Everest Base Camp overlooked by the popular trekking peak of Kala Patthar as porters and guides work hard to ensure the smooth running of expeditions at the end of the Khumbu valley, Himalayas, Nepal. ProPhoto RGB profile for maximum color fidelity and gamut.

This is the big day for the trek to Base Camp. An early start is essential to get there before any cloud comes down and it will probably be very cold when you set off. Make sure to have something for breakfast even if you don’t feel like it as you will need the energy. You are at high altitude, so take some snacks to keep you going along the way and be sure to have your water bottle filled when you set off.


Leaving Lobuche you head north-east, along the side of the Khumbu Glacier through jumbled moraine and shattered rock. There is almost no vegetation here. Even so, small coveys of the delightful Tibetan Snow Cock can often be seen along the way or heard calling from the hillsides. You make several energetic ups and downs across the moraine and descend to Gorak Shep where it is worth having a reviving cup of tea and a snack.


From Gorak Shep it is still a long, fairly arduous trek to base camp, initially following the top of the moraine and then descending onto the boulder-strewn glacier. In the climbing season you may follow mountaineering groups, or yaks carrying supplies, but at other times there are just a series of small cairns along the route. After a couple of hours you reach the base camp area from where, although you do not have views of the actual summit of Everest, there are sensational close-up views of the terrifying Khumbu ice-fall and a surrounding scenery of ice seracs and tumbled rocks. At this altitude the return to Gorak Shep will feel like quite a long way and will use up your remaining reserves of energy.




Day 16 trek form Gorak shep early morning, Ascend Kala Pathar, 5,545m/18,193ft. Trek down to Lobuche - 4,931m/16,175ft, 7 hours.
Overnight: Tea House

At Gorak Shep you will be ideally placed for an ascent of Kala Pathar in the clear of the morning before cloud comes in to obscure the summit of Everest. Although not far this is a tough ascent of approximately 2-3 hours until you finally reach the rocky summit of Kala Pathar at 5,545m – quite literally the high-point of your trek. From the summit of Kala Pathar there are great views of the summit of Everest as well as other Himalayan giants – Pumori, 7,145m, the Tibetan peak Changtse, 4,501m, Nuptse, Lhotse and countless other needles and snow fluted ridges. You can also look down on the Khumbu glacier where base camp is located during the climbing season in late spring. You will then descend to Gorak Shep and take the trail back down to Lobuche.



Day 17 Trek from Lobuche to Kongma La, pass 5,528m/18,137ft -Trek to Chukhung, 4,743m/15,562ft- 8 hours
Overnight: Tea House

A demanding, but rewarding day. You begin walking uphill on a faint trail. After 15 minutes or so, you cross the Khumbu Glacier. You come to a rise and from here you can see your destination – the Kongma La – although the view is somewhat restricted. Some boulder-hopping brings you to an obvious path up towards the pass. If you have a look behind, you can see the Pyramid – the Italian Research Centre, at just over 5,000m. Higher up you can see Lobuche. Stunning views of Cholatse 6,440m, Pokalde 5,794m, Nuptse 7,864m, Lhotse 8,501m, Makalu and Ama Dablam 6,814m can be enjoyed on the ascent. For the last half hour or so up to the pass, you traverse under a large rock wall and you have an excellent close up view of Pokalde on your right. The pass is adorned with prayer flags and the panoramic views of snow-capped summits are spectacular.

The descent is steep to begin with, but once you reach the large lake after about 20 minutes from the pass, it becomes easier. You have good views of Makalu and Ama Dablam on the descent. As you progress, you can see Island Peak and the valley of Chukhung below.



Day 18 Trek from chukung 4,743M/15,562ft to Pangboche, 4,000m /13,123ft - 5 hours.
Overnight: Tea House

You descend gradually all day to Pangboche the highest all year-round settlement in the valley. This is a pleasant walk with beautiful views of Ama Dablam and Taboche.



Day 19 Trek to Namche, 3,445m/11,302ft - 7 hours.
Overnight: Tea House

Staying high on the west bank of the river, you contour round to the Sherpa village of Phortse, which lies on the lower southern flank of Tawache, directly across the valley from Thyangboche. There are superb views here of Thamserku and Kangtaiga. You will stop for lunch here and then descend steeply through a forest to the Dudh Khosi. From the very pretty crossing point, you climb to a Chorten at Mong La where there are wonderful views back across the valley to Phortse, Thyangboche and the surrounding mountains. From Mong La you descend to Teshinga where you continue on an undulating trail to Namche.



Day 20 Trek to Lukla, 2,880m/9,449ft - 6-7 hours.
Overnight: Tea House

Most people head towards Lukla with a heavy heart. There is something very special about the setting, the villages and the people of the high Khumbu hills and valleys and these memories will help you when making the deceptively long, final climb into Lukla.



Day 21 Fly to Ramechap. Drive to Kathmandu - 3½-4 hours.
Overnight: Kathmandu Guest House Or Similar, Kathmandu

You fly back to Ramechap by scheduled flight. Sometimes these flights are delayed by bad weather; Nepalese pilots say they don’t fly in cloud because their clouds have big rocks in them! In recent years though these delays are much less frequent than they used to be and people are not very often delayed. If you are delayed, we do ask that you are patient. Our local agents will be doing their best to get you a flight to Kathmandu.


On arrival at Ramechap you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Time to celebrate the successful completion of your trek, perhaps with an evening at the Rum Doodle Restaurant, a place frequented by trekkers and climbers alike, with pride of place given to a board with the signatures of many Everest summiteers – just the place to reflect on your achievements.



Day 22 At leisure in Kathmandu. Group transfer to the airport. Depart Nepal.

Today will be at leisure for some shopping, sightseeing or simply relaxing after your trek. If sightseeing, you might like to visit the important Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath on the banks of the Bagmati River or the magnificent stupas of Swayambhunath or Boudhanath. You could also take a taxi in the morning (hotel reception can help you organise this) to visit one of the two old towns of the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur or Patan.

Later in the afternoon there will be a transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to Home.

Please note that travelers on  departure will spend tonight in Kathmandu at the Kathmandu Guest House before flying back to the Home tomorrow.

Day 23 Arrive Home.

If travelling on departure you will have an early morning transfer to the airport before flying back to Home (arrives same day).


  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Three nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have standard Hotel accommodation please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fees.
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu(City) lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance and Sightseeing entrance fees in Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get a visa open on your arrival)
  • Any kind of drink. (tea, coffee, hard and soft drinks, Drinking water, etc)
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu (late departure or early arrival from the mountains.
  • Donation Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.

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