Everest Three High Pass Trek is one of the best, Everest trekking packages, that is going to leave you astonished and speechless at the end. This 19-days long trek is going to take you on an amazing journey, through culturally and naturally beautiful Everest region. The speciality of this trek is, it takes you through all three high passes in the region; namely Renjo-La pass, Cho-La pass and Kongma-La pass.
Our journey for this Everest trekking packages starts from the capital city – Kathmandu. After staying a day there, we will be travelling to Tenzing -Hillary airport at Lukla. After landing there, we will start the trek to Phakding. The next day, we will be going to Namche Bazar and stay an extra day there, acclimatizing. Through Phortse, Dingboche, and Chhukung, we will get to the first pass – Kongma La pass. After that, we will pass through Lobuche, Gorakshep and Dzongla. Passing through these places, we will reach the second pass, Cho-La pass. Passing through Thagna, Gokyo and Gokyo Ri will take us to the final and third pass of the trek – Renjo-La pass. And, following the route through, Lungden, Thame and Namche, we will reach Lukla and finally to Kathmandu.
A major point of attraction during the Everest region trek includes Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, Gokyo Lakes, 3-passes and so on. The sunrise and sunset view from Kala Patthar, Nangartshang hill and Gokyo Ri, gives you a startling view of the sunrays, kissing the mountain tops. This is going to be a once in a lifetime experience.
On this Everest trekking packages, we will also pass through the moraines of various glaciers including Khumbu glacier and Nagzompa glacier. Also passing through different rivers, forests and landscapes will challenge us several times, but at the same time, be equally rewarding. Various villages, and monasteries we will pass through, will give us a beautiful cultural insight of the Sherpas – native people of the region.
In essence, you will be enjoying an epic journey through various landscapes and places you have never seen before, making you fall in love with nature, even more. Tall mountains, will leave you speechless and make you more, humble. The people will teach you how to treat your guests. And in the end, you will be left with an amazing experience and beautiful memories to cherish for a lifetime.
Best time for the Everest trekking packages is during the Spring (February to June), Autumn (September and November). Hiking is possible during the winter and monsoon season too, but the weather might not be favourable for everyone, due to the foggy and cloudy weather.
Arrival at Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,600 ft)
Lukla ( 2,840 m 9,318 feet) to Phakding (2,610 m / 8,563 feet)
Distance: 8.2 km / 5.1 miles
Duration: 30 min flight / 03-04 hrs walk
Phakding to Namche Bazaar ( 3,440 m / 11,286 ft)
Distance: 10.9 km / 6.8 miles
Duration: 06-07 hrs walk
Namche Bazaar Acclimatization walk to Everest view hotel ( 3,880 m / 12,730 ft)
Distance: 5.4 km / 3.4 miles
Duration: 03 hrs walk round trip
Namche Bazaar to Phortse (3680 m / 12,074 ft)
Distance: 5.7 km / 3.5 miles
Duration: 05-06 hrs
Phortse to Dingboche (4,410 m / 14, 469 ft)
Distance: 9.5 km / 6 miles
Duration: 06-07 hrs walk
Dingboche Acclimatization walk to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083m / 16,667 ft)
Distance: 5.1 km / 3.2 miles ( round trip)
Duration: 04-05 hrs walk
Dingboche to Chukkung (4730m / 15,518ft)
Distance: 4.5 km / 2.8 miles
Duration: 04-05 hrs walk
Chukkung to Lobuche (4,910m 16,109 ft) via Kongma La Pass (5,535m / 18,159ft)
Distance: 11km / 6.84 miles
Duration: 08-09 hrs walk
Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,125 m / 16,814 ft) and EBC 5,364 m/ 17,598 ft)
Distance: 4.5 km / 2.8 miles and 7.2 km / 4.5 miles
Duration: 03 hrs walk and 04 hrs walk round trip
Gorakh Shep to Kalapathar ( 5,540m / 18,176 ft) and Gorakh Shep to Dzongla (4830m / 15,846 ft)
Distance: 3.7 km / 2.3 miles ( round trip) and 10 km / 6.21 miles
Duration: 03 hrs walk ( round trip) and 04 hrs walk
Dzongla to Thaknak (4700m / 15,420ft) via Cho La pass (5,420m / 17,782 ft)
Distance: 8 km / 5 miles
Duration: 07-08 hrs
Thanknak to Gokyo (4750 m / 15,584 ft)
Distance: 4 km / 2.48 miles
Duration: 03-04 hrs walk
Gokyo Valley Side Hike to Gokyo Ri (5,357m / 17,575ft)
Distance: 3.8 km / 2.36 miles
Duration: 03-04 hrs walk
Gokyo to Marlung 4210m / Via Renjo La pass ( 5,360m / 17,586ft)
Distance: 11 km / 6.84 miles
Duration: 07-08 hrs
Marlung to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m / 11,286 ft)
Distance: 15 km / 9.32 miles
Duration: 05-06 hrs walk
Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,840 m / 9,318 ft)
Distance: 19.1 km / 11.9 miles
Duration: 06-07 hrs walk
Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,600 ft)
Duration: 30 min flight
On the very first of the journey, you will be arriving at the capital of Nepal – Kathmandu. Our representatives from Mountain Routes, will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. They will be explaining you the routes and schedules of the whole trek. After reaching your hotel, you can rest for a while, then explore the beautiful city of Kathmandu.
Our second day of the Everest trekking, begins with an early breakfast, followed by flight to Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla. After reaching Lukla, we will be received and be introduced to our whole team, including our guides and porters, who will be helping us throughout our journey.
From Lukla, we will start our trek to Phakding. The trek traverses through Chheplung village and Ghat village. It will follow a gentle climb up the mountainside of the Dudh Koshi river. Total time duration for our hike will take us about 3 hours and will be an easy one. On reaching Phakding, we will explore around a bit, and then rest for the day there.
Today’s journey consists of trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazar. The trek will take us about 6-7 hours of time. With an early breakfast, we will start our trek and head out. Shortly along the way, we will reach the confluence of two glacial rivers – Dudh Koshi river and Bhote Koshi river. Continuing our trek further, we will have an excellent view of Mt. Everest (8848 m) and Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), finally reaching Namche Bazar.
The trek passes through beautiful pine forests, traverses through many suspension bridges, and Sherpa villages. This will allow you to get lost in the scenic and cultural beauty of the Everest region. Being surrounded on 3 sides by mountains, Namche Bazar is the central hub of the Everest Region. For food, trekking items, and other essential items for people residing in the region and tourists.
Today, we will be resting and adapting to the climatic conditions of the region. This is done to prevent us from getting sick. So, in order to utilize this day, we will explore the town of Namche Bazar and visit nearby places. The town of Namche Bazar will provide us with a variety of cyber-cafes, restaurants and we can also get insight on the culture and tradition of the native Sherpas.
Visiting nearby places includes, Sherpa Culture museum, Sagarmatha National Park, Namche monastery and Tenzing Norgay memorial museum. These museums and monastery, helps us know more about the culture and traditions of the people there. Also, we can get useful and interesting insights into the wildlife in the region. Another major thing to enjoy this day, is the astounding view of sunrise over the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kongde and so on. After that, we will return to our hotels and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
On day 5 of our trek, we will be hiking from Namche Bazar to Phortse. The trek traverses through Mong La. From there, the trek foes downhill to Phortse Tenga. After crossing the Dudh Koshi river, it is a steep uphill climb to the Phortse village, which is an alternative path to the Everest Base Camp. Magnificent view of the Himalayas – Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde, will surely leave us speechless along the way. We will then rest the night at Phortse, which is also known as the most beautiful place in the whole Everest region trek.
On the 6th day of our Everest region trekking, we will be hiking from Phortse village to Dingboche. There is a small tea-house settlement at Dingboche. And, the trail from Phortse to Dingboche, leads parallelly with the Imja Khola river. It will then follow a gradual climb up to the village of Pengboche. Then, leading to the Pengboche monastery, which is one of the oldest in the region. We will then explore it for some time. In the afternoon, the trail is going to be a difficult one. Following the trail, we will reach Dingboche.
Today, on the 7th day of our trek, we will be resting and adjusting at Dingboche. We will be utilizing this day by hiking to the stunning, Nangartshang hill. Due to the high altitude of Nangartshang hill, it is recommended that no less than 6 days be spent acclimatizing, in the Everest region, before climbing it.
The on-top view from the Nangartshang hill is sure to leave us mesmerized. It gives way to the magnificent view of Mt. Makalu (8463 m) and Mt. Ama Dablam. We will enjoy the amazing sunset from the hilltop, then return to the village, where we will be spending the night.
Today, our hike consists of walking with a slow pace, enjoying the scenic beauty of the region. It will only take us about 3-4 hours of walking to reach Chhukung village. The trail will take us through Imja Khola valley and sublime alpine landscapes, and some stone-walled fields. Amazing view of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and Island Peak will continue to amaze us, all along the way. We will reach Chhukung village in no time, and explore the amazing glacier and snow-laden mountains all around the place. We will spend the night there in Chhukung.
The 9th day of our trek consists of trekking from Chhukung to Lobuche crossing the Kongma La pass. Today is going to be a bit stretching day, as we will be hiking for about 6-7 hours of time. We will start early today, carry plenty of water, our snacks for the day, and some packed lunch, as there are no tea shops along the way. There are actually two ways to reach Lobuche from Chhukung.
We can either take a climb over the northwest hill of Chhukung over the moraine of Nuptse glacier or we can walk back down the valley of Bibre and follow a high trail above the Niyang Khola. The top of the pass is marked by cairns and Buddhist prayer flags. And, the final descent of the pass is going to be a difficult one. After climbing the moraine on the far side, the trail then turns north through Khumbu Glacier which takes us to Lobuche.
Today, on the 9th day of our trek, we will be reaching the Everest Base Camp. We will be heading out with an early breakfast at Lobuche. We will first trek to Gorakshep and then to EBC. This is going to be, one of the most exciting part of our whole journey.
At Gorakshep, there is a small settlement where we will have our lunch and rest for a bit. It is the last tea-house settlement in this trekking trail. After that, we will head out to Everest Base Camp. The whole trek, is going to be a bit stretchy as we will have to pass through the moraine of Khumbu glacier.
But at the same time, this will be equally rewarding, providing the trekkers with magnificent view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse and others. We will enjoy the view from EBC, and then trek back to Gorakshep, staying the night at Gorakshep.
After staying a night at Gorakshep, today we will be heading to Dzongla after viewing the sunrise from Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar is known as the best point for viewing the stunning sunrise and sunset, as the sunrays kiss the top of the mountain. The hike will take about 3 hours and the best view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more, can be enjoyed with awe. This view is sure to leave many dumbfounded.
After the epic sunrise from Kala Patthar, we will go back to Gorakshep for having lunch. Then, we will set out to reach Dzongla. Firstly, we will reach Lobuche, from where the path to Pheriche and Dzongla separate. We will take the later one, which is an uphill climb and takes around 2 hours to reach Dzongla. We will be spending the night in Dzongla.
With an early breakfast, we will start our trek to Thagna, through Cho La pass (5,420 m). It is the second, among the three passes we will cross in this journey. We need to head out early today because there is a long trek ahead of us and the afternoon weather is unpredictable.
Having already trekked to the Everest Base Camp, today’s long trek is not going to be that difficult. Crossing the Cho La pass can be a difficult task, especially if the weather is not on our side. The climb is going to be a tough one but the beautiful view from there will make up for all our struggle. We will then reach Thagna, where we will be spending the night.
Today, we will be heading out to Gokyo village which lies just on the edge of Gokyo Lakes. For reaching the Gokyo village, we will have to cross the Ngozumpa glacier. From there, we will reach the magnificent Gokyo Lakes, which is sure to leave many of us speechless. After passing through the first Gokyo lake, we will pass through the second one, which is just as beautiful. And, just a small distance from the third Gokyo Lake, lies the small settlement of Gokyo village where we will be spending the night.
To properly adjust to the climatic conditions of the region, we will be resting today at Gokyo Valley. And, we will spend this day exploring the remaining lakes and hiking the magnificent Gokyo Ri peak. The sunrise and sunset view from Gokyo Ri, is epic.
For enjoying the sunrise from Gokyo Ri, we will start climbing the peak, early in the morning. This peak provides a panoramic view of the mountains from all the sides. The sunrays, kissing the top of mountains including Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Gyachung, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Nuptse, is a really startling view to enjoy. We will then climb down, have our lunch at Gokyo, then explore the remaining 4th lake – Thonak Tsho and the 5th lake – Ngozuma Tsho – which are equally beautiful. We will return to our lodge, and spend the second night there.
As this is going to be a long day trek, we will be heading out early today. We will move alongside the Dudh Pokhari (lake) for a while. After 2-2.5 hours of time, we will then reach the Renjo La pass. We will be rewarded along the way, with the amazing view of the Himalayan and Rolwaling ranges.
The view from the Renjo La pass is a panoramic view of the majestic mountains, Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche. While descending from the Renjo La pass, the trail can be a bit risky due to the presence of ice. We then continue our walk through the narrow valley clogged with giant boulders to Lungden. There is a support lodge in Lungden, but it is often closed. From there, it is almost an hour of walk to get to Marlung where we will be staying the night.
The trail from Marlung to Namche Bazar is a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. Trekking from Marlung, we will come across the Bhote Koshi river. The direction again changes to Taranga. The trail still continues to descend, and after travelling for a while from Taranga, we will reach the Thame village. Thame village has a monastery called Khari Gompa. The trail continues to descend passing through many small villages, before reaching the central hub – Namche Bazar. We will then stay the night at Namche.
On the 17th day of our trek, we will reach Lukla from Namche Bazar. The trail follows a gradual descend, throughout. We will cross many suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi river along the way. The trek is very easy today, as it becomes more level. We will enjoy walking on the open plains, through rhododendron and pine forests. We will also cross many Sherpa villages on our way. We will then reach Lukla, where we will be saying goodbye to our team. We will have a hot shower and a decent meal, staying in the Everest region for the last night.
Today, we will be travelling back to Kathmandu via flight. It will take us about 35 minutes to reach Tribhuwan International Airport, at Kathmandu. We will be greeted and received, by our team at Mountain Routes, at the airport. We will be then taken to our respective hotels where we will have our lunch and rest for a while. After that, we will head out to explore, more of the beautiful city Kathmandu. We will also enjoy shopping today, as this is going to be the last day in Nepal. At night, we will explore the night life of Thamel. A good night’s sleep is now all that is left for the day.
Today, you will be heading back to your home country with all the amazing experience and beautiful memories you have gained in the last 19 days. We will have our representatives pick you up from your hotel and drop you at the airport. We will then share our goodbyes, and part our ways. You will then, head back to your home, with some part of you touched and a story to pass down through generations.
As best to its name, The three high pass trek is committed for crossing High mountain passes over 5300 m thrice following a stay of eight consecutive overnights at 4500 m. Kongma La pass, Chola pass and Renjo La pass are considered as three highest passes of Everest region. This trek is an ultimate challenge even for those who have good stamina to hike and trek .so, one must have the best trekking experience above 4500m altitude. Apart from endurance capacity, fitness and sound health, one should be intuitively motivated to overtake vigorous walk in mountain trails.
Initiating from Kongma La and ending at Renjo La gradually takes you along Everest Base Camp. Kalapatthar, Chola pass, Gokyo lakes, Gokyo Ri and Renjo La pass respectively are the most practised route according to the acclimatized level and comfortable route to the passes. As for acclimatization, Rest day in Dingboche (4410m) and heading to Kongma La (5480m) through Chhakung (4600m) can be considered an out and out route
Namche Bazar which is situated at the height of 3500m is a staging point for expeditions to Mt. Everest, It has turned into a beautiful market town, Thyangboche is a small village in Khumbu at 12,687 ft. which is in between the confluence of two rivers namely, Imja Khola and doodh pokhari. Tyangboche Monastery, Kongma La pass, Everest base camp, Chola pass, Ngozumpa Glacier, Gokyo lake, Gokyo Ri, Renjo pass and Thame village are major attraction spot of Three high pass trek.