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Everest Three Pass Trek


Everest Base Camp & 3 Pass Trek
Trip Facts
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Trekkig Duration 18 Days
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Destination Everest Base Camp - Gokyo Lake & 3 pass
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Grade Challenging
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Maximum Altitude 5550
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Group Size 2-12


Everest three Pass Trek is one of the most challenging trails in the Everest region of the Himalayas taking trekkers to three of the highest passes here. The Base Camp of the top of the world Mount Everest (8848 m) is fantastic on its own. Adding the likes of Kongma La Pass (5535m), Cho La Pass (5368m), and, Renjo La Pass  (5360m), Gokyo Lakes (4750m), and Kalapathar (5545m)makes the experience complete for every level of traveler in Nepal.

Flaunting the views of the highest peaks in the Earth and a picturesque landscape imitating a piece of Shangri-La itself, the three-pass trek surpasses your adventure hunger in this country. Witnessing the Sherpa culture and the natural scenery of the high Nepalese Himalayas in a single trek is fascinating.

This 18 Days Everest 3 pass Trek Starting from Kathmandu, a short domestic flight will take you to the airstrip of dreams in Lukla. Following the primary trail of Everest, we will be on Dingboche in the first week of the walk. From here our path splits towards the first of the three passes in Kongma La (5535m).

Considered as the most challenging of the three you can push for an exciting trek doing this pass. Going over the pass we will join the main trail and head towards the inspiring Everest Base Camp. Next comes the beautiful Cho La pass (5368m) on our itinerary. On the other side of this difficult pass lies the magical Gokyo Valley. The pristine Lakes energizes us for the final Pass. Renjo la Pass (5360m) connects us to the original trail and back to Lukla. In this way, we will complete over three different treks of Everest in a single go here.

Highlights of Everest Three pass Trek

  • One of the most challenging trails in Everest which is perfect for trekking loving Individuals in the Himalayas.
  • It is the complete trekking experience of the Everest region covering every primary destination here.
  • Magnificent Views of Mount Everest, Mount Makalu, Mount Cho Oyu, Mount Lhotse, and other beautiful peaks of the Mahalangur Range.
  • Kongma la Pass (5535 m), Cho La Pass (5368 m), and Renjo La (5360m) all offer unique adventure and thrill to trekkers here.
  •  An ideal upgrade if you’ve done the EBC trail before as it has multiple sections to enjoy as an adventure-loving individual.
  • Witness the traditional Sherpa culture in the home of the Sherpas. Explore the lifestyle, art, and tradition here.
  • Picturesque and diverse landscape views and sceneries to enjoy in different segments of the three-pass trail.

Everest  3 Pass Trek Equipment Checklist

Everest Base Camp Three Pass Trek is a long and challenging trek with more than a week of trekking in high weather with rough terrain. Making sure you have the appropriate gear necessary for the trek completes the first stage of your preparation for it. Here is a checklist for you as a reference to successfully complete the Everest Three Passes Trek.

  1. Long-sleeve thermal wear
  2. Comfortable trekking shirts
  3. Down Jacket
  4. Beanie and woolen scarfs
  5. Headlight with spare batteries
  6. Sunglasses and Hat
  7. Trekking pants a pair and thermal leggings
  8. Trekking/hiking boots and socks
  9. Hiking pole and bag
  10. Sleeping bags and linen
  11. Basic medicinal pills and a small first-aid kit
  12. Map, Water bottle, & Purification tablets

You might also require additional equipment if you are doing this trek in the off-season period. These generally add raincoats, gaiters, crampons, and other small stuff. Most of the items here can either be bought or rented in the Thamel Market in Kathmandu.

EBC and  Three Pass Trek  Difficulties

The Everest Base Camp Three Pass Trek is a challenging trail that can be difficult for beginners. We suggest you attempt this trek with good preparation and a licensed guide during the trekking season for best results. Similarly, don’t hesitate to take porters with you if it is necessary. For intermediate/amateur level trekkers we do recommend you to do a guided trek to the three passes. There are multiple tricky sections that will be easier with a knowledgeable guide. We will also recommend you to do some short hikes before just to make your body fit better with walking.

As for experienced trekkers, you can compare the Everest BC three-pass trek with some peak climbing trips in the Alps, Saint Elias, or Alaska ranges. If you don’t want guides, make sure you have thoroughly prepared for high-altitude trekking in Nepal. Similarly, if possible we will suggest you tag along with other solo trekkers doing the trail.

Options to do the trek reverse (Anticlockwise)

Yes. You can do the EBC three-pass trek from both ways as it is a small circuit starting and ending at Lukla. However, the anticlockwise trail is comparatively difficult to the general one. The pass-days at Renjo La and Cho La pass going uphill are especially challenging. Similarly, you can find fellow trekkers doing it normally. Prepare more and make sure it is what you want and give the trekking team some planning time as well, to complete this trek from the anticlockwise direction.

Altitude Sickness During the EBC Three Passes Trek 

Altitude Sickness is common for trekkers over the 3500 meters mark. You will be well over that altitude during most walking segments of the three pass trek. However, you can expect mild symptoms of altitude sickness that include:-

  • Headache and Nausea
  • Dizziness and Vomiting
  • Lack of appetite and tiredness
  • Breathlessness

General tips to prevent Altitude sickness

  • Drink plenty of water (4l+ per day)
  • Rest and walk gradually
  • Get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol
  • Try eating a balanced diet.
  • Take pills for sickness if necessary.

Everest 3 Pass  Trek Travel  Insurance

Travel and medical insurance can save you financially and with confusion during the trek.  We recommend trekkers doing this journey of over three weeks over high-elevation locations to get proper insurance too. It is better if the policy covers emergency evacuation, postponements, or cancellations during the flight. Similarly, it is also smart to make sure it includes any possible medical expenses you might have in Nepal. Also, we recommend you have a travel and medical insurance before traveling to any destination.

Finally, Everest Three Pass is majestic and a dream destination for trekkers around the world. Trekkers taking on the Everest three-high pass trek can also cover one of the best challenging trails anywhere on the planet. Experience every shade of Everest and the Himalayas in its entirety with this trek.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Early morning flight to Lukla (2810m), trek to Phakding (2600 m) 3 hours

We will receive you from the hotel for a domestic flight to Lukla. Your trekking team will board a scenic domestic flight to the Tenzing Hillary airport at 2800m. The views are impressive in the morning period. After landing we will start today’s walk towards Phakding. The walk is short but it will be a perfect introduction to the Khumbu region.

Day 2

Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m) 6 hours

After breakfast, we will begin our proper trek entering the lower Khumbu region. After having our permits checked at the Monjo post we will be traveling inside the Sagarmatha National Park. Passing by other trekkers, locals, Mules, and Yaks over high suspension bridges and forests we will reach Namche Bazar in the late afternoon. Freshen up and experience Sherpa culture strolling around in the evening.

Day 3

Acclimatization day, Khumjung exploration

Namche Bazar is the biggest Sherpa settlement of the Khumbu region and a major stop for trekkers traveling to Everest. We will take our acclimatization break day here. Climbers, Base Camp trekkers as well as Gokyo Lake travelers also stop at Namche for a day. After breakfast, we will hike towards the Khumjung Village. After witnessing the traditional lifestyle and the historic Khumjung Monastery, we will return to Namche and rest for the day.

Day 4

Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860m) 5 hour

The view from Namche is perfect during breakfast and will energize us to start the hike to Tengboche. After breakfast, follow the trail above Namche and continue on it. Our Lunch today will be in the small and scenic village of Phunki Tenga. Your trail then rises significantly till we’ve reached Tengboche. After arriving here, visit the iconic Tengboche Monastery. Witness the prayers of the monks in the evening and rest for the day in a teahouse here.

Day 5

Trek to Dingboche (4410m) 6 hours

You have a standard trek to Dingboche from Tengboche today. With a clear sunrise view of the surrounding snow-covered peaks, we will continue the trek towards Debuche. We’ll take a short break here and visit the nunnery before beginning the steep ascending trail towards Pangboche. Besides the Imja Khola, enjoy a close view of Ama Dablam mountain as you get near Dingboche. Rest for the day in a teahouse after reaching there.

Day 6

Trek to Chhukung (4730m , 4 hours)

We have a short trek today. The climb towards Chhukung starts after breakfast. The views of Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam peaks are fantastic from today’s section. Similarly, the scenic Imja Valley is also iconic in its own rights. Taking short breaks in between we will reach Chhukhung in the afternoon. Chukkung is picturesque and you can enjoy a magnificent sunset from the village. Rest for the day at the teahouse here after your arrival.

Day 7

Acclimatization day, Imja valley exploration

Chhukhung lies in the beautiful Imja Valley. In recent years it has been a favorite for anyone taking an extra acclimatization day at Dingboche. You have options to hike to Island peak Base Camp or even Chhukung Ri peak for today’s break. The pristine view of the Imja lake is outstanding. Similarly, you can also enjoy an unobstructed view of Ama Dablam, Amphu Lapcha, Lhotse, and Island Peaks during the hike. Rest for the day and hit the bed early as tomorrow is the first of the three passes.

Day 8

Cross Kogma la Pass (5535m) to Lobuche (4910m) 9 hours

The trail from Chhukung to go over the Kogma La is one of the most challenging parts of the Everest base camp three pass trek. We will start early in the morning, well before sunrise, and get on the trail. Getting on the east side of the Niyang Khola we will have a steep path beside some frozen lakes. There are multiple snow-covered and rocky sections ahead that display the Kogma La pass in the distance. In about 5 hours from Chhukung, we will reach the top of the pass. The views of the surrounding landscape and mountains are fantastic from the Pass. Be prepared for the downhill over the tricky bits over the Khumbu Glacier to reach Lobuche. Overnight at a teahouse in Lobuche.

Day 9

Trek to Gorak Shep (5180m) and hike to Everest Base camp (5364m) 6 hours

From Lobuche, we will continue on the primary trail to Everest BC and stop at Gorak Shep. Leaving our bags at a teahouse in Gorak Shep, we will start the walk towards the base camp. The views of the Everest, Lhotse and Cholatse peaks are majestic as we head near the Base Camp. Giant rock with some prayer flags will indicate that you have reached Everest BC. Enjoy the moment and return back to Gorak Shep to rest for the day.

Day 10

Hike to Kalapathar (5545m), Trek back to Lobuche 7 hours

We will start our early morning hike to enjoy a sunrise view from the top of Kalapathar Ri. It is considered by travelers as one of the best places to take in the southern face of the Everest Massif. Enjoy a panoramic view of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, and Mount Nuptse among many others while you are here. Returning from Kalapathar, we will have lunch at Gorak Shep. We will then drop back to Lobuche to complete today’s walk. Overnight at a teahouse in Lobuche.

Day 11

Trek to Dzongla (4830m) 4 hours

We have another short day of the walk to prepare better for the second pass of the trek. From Lobuche enjoy a gradually rising and relaxed hike towards Dzongla. The views of Ama Dablam, Kantenga, Thamserku, and Twache peaks are sublime and so is the Pheriche Village and Cho La Lakes. Our trail gets wider and approaching Dzongla, we have a steep uphill as the last segment of today’s walk. Rest for the day in the small teahouse settlement and summer yak herding region of Dzongla.

Day 12

Trek the Cho La pass (5368m) to Thangnak 8 hours

Our second pass day also starts very early in the morning from Dzongla. We will begin the steep ascend towards Cho La pass. Be very aware and careful as this section of the trail is mostly covered by slippery ice and snow. The views of Ama Dablam peak, now closer than ever, will lead you beside the Cho La lake. Pushing further we can take a sigh of relief upon reaching the Pass marked by prayer flags. We will reach the top of the pass in about 5 hours. There is a possibility of rough winds in these regions, so we will only be here for a moment before continuing down to Thangnak. Beside a rocky ridge, we will arrive at Thagnak and rest for the day there.

Day 13

Trek to Gokyo (4790m) 3 hours

We have another short day of walking to reach Gokyo Valley from Thagnak today. However, we can have plenty of rest and start the walk after lunch today. A pretty relaxed walk beside the Ngozumpa Glacier will soon let us view the Gokyo Lakes. We will stay beside the Gokyo Cho or Dudh Pokhari Lake after arriving in the valley today.

Day 14

Rest Day, Explore the Gokyo valley

Gokyo Valley is one of the most underrated destinations in the Everest region. Home to the Gokyo Lake complex, it has some amazing trails for trekkers to enjoy. On our acclimatization day today, we will attempt to reach the top of Gokyo Ri Peak. You can complete the hike in around 3.5 hours. From the top, you can admire the view of the Gokyo Valley, Gokyo Lakes, Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Cho Oyu, and Mount Makalu among others. Rest for the day in your teahouse after completing the hike.

Day 15

Last to the three passes Renjo La Pass (5360m) to Marlung 8 Hours

Last o the three passes Renjo La Pass (5360m) to Marlung 8 Hours
From Gokyo, we will continue on the trail towards the Last Himalayan Pass of the trek as Renjo La Pass. We will follow the trail on the edge of Gokyo Ri and leave the lakes behind. After joining the trail to the pass we will have a gradual uphill followed by some tricky segments to reach the Renjo La pass. In about 4 hours after leaving Gokyo, we will be at the top of Renjo La pass. The views of the Mountain peaks over the sea of clouds are mesmerizing from the pass. On the way down we can also enjoy clear views of the Relama Tsho and Renjo Lakes. Passing by Lumden on the way we will continue for another hour to reach Marlung. Overnight at a teahouse in Marlung.

Day 16

Marlung to Namche Bazzar- 6 hours

The trail from Marlung to Namche Bazar is one of the most traveled routes traditionally by the locals. We will cross the Bhotekoshi River and drop to Taranga. Our lunch stop will be at the picturesque village of Samde. From here we will pass by the villages of Thamo and Phurte to finally reach Namche Bazar. Go for some souvenir shopping in the evening after arriving here. Overnight at a teahouse in Namche Bazar.

Day 17

Trek back to Lukla 6 hours

For the last segment of the trek, we will head to Lukla from Namche Bazar. Retrace your steps and enjoy the hilly lifestyle of the Khumbu region while trekking today as well. Crossing several small and big sherpa villages on the way we will reach Namche in the afternoon. Overnight at a teahouse in Lukla.

Day 18

Morning fly back to Kathmandu

From Lukla, you will fly back to Kathmandu in the morning today. We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Explore more of Kathmandu and visit the nearby attractions in your spare time today. In the evening join the AGH team for a farewell dinner. Share your experiences and give us feedback for improvement in the future. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Cost Include / Exclude

What’s include

  • Domestic Airport/ Hotel/Airport transfer
  • Meals: 3 Meals A day During The Trek (19 Breakfast,17 Lunch and 17 Dinner)
  • All Trekking permit and necessary company paper work.
  • Domestic Flight Ticket ( Kathmandu to Lukla / Kathmandu/ domestic airport Tax., (The baggage limit is only 10 kg and hand carry 5 kg.)
  • Accommodation in Trekking; All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • Trekking Guide : An experienced, helpful and Government license Holder English Speaking Trekking Guide.
  • Trekking Porter Carry your luggage. A Strong Sherpa (One porter for every 2 Members) Limit weight is 25 Kg
  • Trekking equipment sleeping bag, Down Jacket, walking Poles, Crampons ( refundable after the trek)
  • Oxe -Meter- To Check your oxygen saturation and heart rating
  • Adventure Certificate and Trekking map.
  • Company Duffel bag and T-shirt
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • All government taxes.
  • Service charge.

What’s excluded

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu).
  • International air fair and personal Travel insurance.
  • personal expenses. Like Phone call, laundry service, extra porter, battery recharge etc.
  • Hot and All bottle of drinks,hot shower etc.
  • Tips for the guide, porter

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