Three High Passes of Everest TrekkingThree High Passes of Everest Trekking

Three High Passes of Everest Trekking

  • Breathtaking adventure over the highest pass of Khumbu of Mount Everest with stunning views
  • Get to witness high Khumbu Himal with Mount Everest, Cho-Oyu, and Amadablam along with other mountain peaks
  • Explore Sherpa and traditional farm villages along with the famous highlands of Mount Everest
  • Take adventure walks beneath the Mount Everest within the scenic views of the giant mountains
  • Follow the raging Dudh Koshi River straight to its glacial source2 at Everest Base Camp
  • Start and end with an exciting flight of Kathmandu to Lukla, and back to Kathmandu. 

Get over the high passes of secnic Renjola and Khongma-la in the shade of world higest peak of mount Everest.

At Explorer Adventure, we offer Everest Three Pass Trekking, an adventurous journey within the scenic location of Khumbu within the shades of Mount Everest and other giant peaks. This is a great walk traversing over the Everest Three Pass with the breathtaking panoramic view on each high pass. 

In Everest Three Pass Trekking, you may have to face a high altitude of above 5,400 m. Therefore, you must be in good health and have good physical fitness along with experience in the Himalayas before joining in this trek. 

Our journey to the Everest Three Pass Trekking starts with a panoramic flight towards the air strip of Lukla town. This is a town where all treks and adventure towards the Everest Three Pass begins. 

As we walk past the traditional farm villages of Ghat-Phakding and Monjo, we can witness Sherpa culture and custom of the Buddhism religion. Then we can enter Sagarmatha National Park. This park has been listed in World Heritage Sites since 1991 to protect its nature and environment along with the culture of Khumbu area. Then our route leads us into the lovely forested areas before ascending high to Namche Bazar. 

At Namche Bazar, we take some time for acclimatization and a short scenic hike to its viewpoints. Then our route leads us towards the remote end of the Khumbu area at Thame. It is a quaint and sleepy village with an old monastery of great interest. 

Then we head towards our first pass of the adventure over at Renjo-La to reach the beautiful Gokyo valley. This valley is located at the base of Mount CHo-Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world. Here we spend a pleasant time before heading towards our second pass over Tsho / Cho-La to reach Everest Base Camp.

We spend a wonderful time with the views of the massive Khumbu IceFall and glaciers. Then we climb to the highest point of the adventure at Kala Patthar with an altitude above 5,545 m. This faces the panoramic views of Everest. 

Our adventure continues toward our last and final pass of the three passes over Kongma-La at 5,535 m. Then we take a slow climb over Khumbu glacier and a moraine to reach the top. Finally, we descend towards the beautiful valley of Imjatse at Dingboche. 

Our walk completes in Lukla for a scenic flight back to Kathmandu filled with unforgettable memories in Everest Three Pass Trekking.  

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On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport received by our staff and guide with warm welcome and greetings and then transfer to your hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city.

After checking into your rooms getting refreshed from Jet-Lag, a quiet environment after getting refreshed join at main hall or in lobby where our guide will provide briefing on treks-hotels with necessary information. Evening includes group dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with folk culture program with various dances of Nepal while having your authentic Nepalese dinner with local entertainment.

    Morning after hearty breakfast depart from the hotel where our city and tour guide leads you for exciting guided sightseeing around Kathmandu.

    Although Kathmandu a metropolitan city still retains its ancient culture and traditional way of life with many world heritage sites to visit of great interest, tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square (old Palace courtyard) old Syambhunath Stupa (famous land mark of Nepal and Kathmandu), Bouddhanath Stupa (Little Tibet) with holy Pashupatinath Temple of Hindu religion and then back to hotel with time for Three High Passes of Everest trekking preparations.

      Early morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for super short flight to land at Lukla, the gateway to many adventures around Khumbu region, where walk starts on gradual winding path past several Sherpa farm villages with views of Kongde and Kusum-Khanguru to reach overnight stop at Phakding, located by the glacial Dudh Kosi Rivers.

        Today walk leads to Namche Bazaar gaining altitude as walk progress, morning walk starts following the river and crossing several times to reach at Monjo village near Sagarmatha National Park entrance, from here walking on river valley and gorge covered within nice woodland of tall rhododendron-pines and fir trees.

        After crossing a high last bridge with few hours climb to Namche Bazaar with stunning views of Everest-Lhotse and Kongde peaks. Namche Bazaar at 4,440 m high an ideal place for rest day to acclimatize, the main town / village of Khumbu where colorful and exciting Saturday market takes place once a week.

          Rest day for acclimatization before heading higher terrain, morning after breakfast with options for hike to Everest View Hotel or walk on top of Namche, where you can catch super landscapes scenery with Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam with series of high peaks, here enjoy visiting National Park Museum provides you with much information of Khumbu region, Sherpa history-culture-flora and fauna including detail on mountaineering.

            Enjoying pleasant time at Namche, morning walk leads to scenic and gradual walks overlooking Everest and other giant peaks, as our route leads downhill to Imjatse river at Phunki Tenga, a small place with few lodges an ideal spot for refreshing break or lunch stop.

            From here uphill climb into enchanting alpine forest to reach a beautiful surrounding at Thyangboche Monastery with grand panorama of mountains with Everest and Ama Dablam with time for tour into monastery and witness monks and priest on prayer. Thyangboche also holds colorful festival ‘Mani-Rimdu’ monks with mask dancing wading evil spirits which falls in the month of October as per Buddhist lunar calendar.

              Morning catching super views of high peaks with Everest, our route descends into forested areas reaching a metal bridge, from here a slow climb encountering mani (prayer) walls along the walks to Pangboche village, this is a last Sherpa permanent village on route to Everest base camp.

              Other places are temporary settlements with fine lodges to cater the needs of travelers and trekkers, as walk continues heading higher, from here walk leads on barren and arid country where tree lines drops for small bushes of juniper and dwarf rhododendron (azalea). Walking uphill into a river gorge and then finally opens up into a wide glacial valley on reaching Dingboche With many good lodges around facing views of Imjatse or Island peaks towards east.

                Another rest day for acclimatization on this high elevation a fine place for leisure hike and walks around where a climb up to a hill offers tremendous scenery of peaks with Mt. Makalu towards east horizon. Enjoying scenic excursion with afternoon free to catch up with your dairy and relax marveling the views of Ama Dablam North Face with other giant mountains.

                  After a pleasant time at Dingboche today a short day to Chhukung leads to you at 4,760 m high, as our route heads further east with gradual walks on huge field of Imjatse valley to reach a small settlement at Chhukung for overnight stops before our tough day to cross the first pass of the adventure.

                  Afternoon relax with views of Island Peak, Lhotse Shar, Lhotse, Nuptse and Amadablam or take a hike up to Chhukung-Ri at 5,100 m high for best views of surrounding landscapes and mountains.

                    Starting early morning for the adventure over Kongma-La pass, as walks leads past Chhukung to reach at Bibre in between Dingboche and Chhukung, From here heading into a gully close to Nuptse peak our route leads to seldom ventured areas by trekkers on the off beaten trail' walking over rocks and moraine with climb on top Kongma-la with its close peak with the same name also known as Mehra near Pokalde peaks.

                    After a good rest on top 5,535 m / 18,159 ft high, where walk leads downhill to Khumbu glacier and over moraine with last final climb to Lobuche for overnight stop in the comfort of several nice lodges with views of Nuptse and Lobuche peaks.

                      Today walk towards another highlight of the trip to Everest Base Camp, morning walk leads on an open valley a slow climb to reach above Khumbu glaciers, walking past moraine dunes reaching at Gorakshep, a place with few lodges on the junction of Everest base camp and Kalapatthar route.

                      Gorakshep an earlier Everest base camp since 1950’s to late 1970’s before the route further about 4-6 k.m. From Gorakshep few hours walk over moraine and glacier to reach our ultimate destination at base camp with sweeping views of giant peaks of Nuptse-Lo la, Nuptse with notorious huge Khumbu Ice Falls and glaciers. In high mountaineering season this place will be active with climbers and crews with many camps set on top of moraine and glaciers.

                      After a grand time then head back to Gorakshep for highest overnight stop of the adventure with fantastic memories of the day walks to Everest base camp.

                        Early morning climb on top Kalapatthar a rocky hill at an altitude above 5,545 m, highest spot of the adventure with fantastic panorama of mountains facing Mt. Everest at close distance. After a great moment with excellent views descend back to Gorakshep for breakfast and continue walk to Lobuche, from here downhill to Dzongla a scenic small settlement at the base of Tsho-la (Chop-la) pass.

                          Another exciting day to cross over the second high pass, with early morning climb towards Tsho-la pass or Chola, following a steep path and then crossing a glacier to reach the top of the pass at 5,367 m high, climb can be quite tough and challenging in snow conditions, Tsho-la pass provides views of Cholatse Glacier, after a nice morning with tough climb and rest, then descend to Thagnak also called Dragnak for overnight stop.

                            Today a short walk to Gokyo Lake walk leads close to Ngozumba glacier and then reaching at first lake, walking further towards second lake and then at third lake known as Gokyo Lake (also called Dudh Pokhari) considered as holy pond by both Hindu and Buddhist, Gokyo an early summer grazing place for Yaks and wild animals with grand views of Mt. Cho Oyo and Gyachung Kang, afternoon free to relax or take a short walks around the lake.

                              Morning a climb of few hours to reach our highest point of the adventure on top scenic Gokyo Ri at 5,357 m high offering tremendous panorama from Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse and of Mt. Makalu covering four world highest mountains at one glance with series of smaller peaks.

                              Enjoying the views head down to Gokyo for lunch with rest of the afternoon free to realx and preparations for the final last pass of the adventure.

                                Heading towards our last final high pass of the adventure over Renjo-la, morning starts following end of Gokyo Lake, with views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche peaks, and then it leads to a strenuous climb to reach on top Renjo La pass at above 5,465 m / 17,929 ft high, at the top with fabolous panorama of Mt. Cho-Oyu and other high peaks.

                                After a refreshing rest then descend to reach a frozen pond below Renjo La pass, and with more downhill to Lungdhen for overnight stop, situated on route Nangpa-la pass which leads to Tibet border.

                                  After a great successful climb and crossing over all three major high passes of Everest within high Khumbu area, morning walk on downhill path to Marlung village and then to Thame village for overnight stop.

                                  Thame a remote village located west at the end of Khumbu areas of Everest region, here few trekkers seldom visit Thame, only on taking route of Renjo-la or crossing Tashi-Labtsa which is a high pass that separates Rolwaling valley and Khumbu area. At Thame visit Thame monastery, one of the most important and oldest Gompa of more than 500 years old.

                                    Morning starts with short descend to Bhote Kosi River and then climb to a ridge, where a pleasant walk leads to Thamo village, from here into cool forested areas of pines-firs and rhododendron trees, then slowly walk leads atNamche Bazaar.

                                    From Namche continue afternoon walk downhill to Dudh Kosi River to reach Monjo village for overnight stop before Lukla.

                                      Morning with last day trek of this marvelous adventure leads on same scenic trail to Phakding on following Dudh Kosi River downstream, from here a pleasant walk with few short ups and down to Choplung village, where an hour climb brings you back at Lukla for lunch and overnight stop.

                                      In Lukla celebrate last night dinner among fellow trekkers, guides and porters after a fantastic time on Three High Passes of Everest trekking.

                                        Morning transfer to Luka air terminal known as Tenzing-Hillary airport, tribute to late legendry mountaineers the first two to conquer on top Mt. Everest. As per the flight time board in small aircraft (Dornier or Twin Otter) a scenic 35 minutes flight brings you to hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu.

                                        On reaching Kathmandu transfer to your respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.

                                          Last day in the country of high beautiful Himalayas as per your international flight transfer to Kathmandu international airport for homeward bound or to next port of call after a wonderful and mesmerizing adventure on Three High Passes of Everest trekking.

                                            Route Map

                                            Three High Passes of Everest Trekking map
                                            What's Included
                                            • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
                                            • Three nights standard Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with B.B 
                                            • all domestic flight Kathmandu Lukla Kathmandu 
                                            • Government license holder guide 
                                            • Helpful porter with proper equipments (1 porter for 2 people)
                                            • Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for guide and porters
                                            • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek on twin sharing basis 
                                            • Duffel bag for packing your things for the trek 
                                            • Local Entrance fee  for entering to the khumbu valley 
                                            • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit
                                            • Government taxes and official expenses 
                                            What's not Included
                                            • All food pay your self  during the trek  
                                            • Flight to Kathmandu, Nepal
                                            • Tips for porters ($90-120) and guides ($120-150)
                                            • Nepal Visa ($50)
                                            • Insurance (must include emergency evacuation by helicopter, check
                                            • Food and drinks ($20-30 per day)
                                            • In some places: hot water, wifi, battery charging - $2-5
                                            • Drinking water, price depends on altitude (linear regression)  
                                            Useful Information

                                            Insurance policy for Medical and Travel:

                                            Should cover medical insurance for illness and emergency evacuation by Helicopter or other means of transportations including other expenses on treatment at respective countries hospitals, as for travel insurance against bad unfavorable weather conditions, delay or cancellation of domestic flights on mountainous area where flight involves on the start of trek and at the end.

                                            Travel and Medical Insurance also needs to cover when clients break the journey in the middle of the trip, due to sickness-personal domestic problem etc………

                                            Guide and Porters for  21 Days Three High Passes of Everest Trekking  

                                            On treks or climb where you will be accompanied by our expert guide who knows the area on route of the trek chosen, we have professional and veteran guides to led the trek where you can feel comfortable, as our guide are knowledgeable offers you various information of the country from history-geography, culture to flora and fauna.

                                            All guides have gone through basic medical training that includes high altitude symptoms or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) can help you with simple medical First Aid and for severe condition will support taking you to safe area or to nearest hospitals by any means of quick transportation.

                                            Our guides are well versed in Eco-Trekking and Responsible Tourism as well and are committed in keeping the environment on trekking route in pristine form as it was.

                                            Porters are picked can be regular porter of the company of hired in Kathmandu-Pokhara or in Lukla on start of the trekking, with always a strong and cheerful porters to carry your heavier luggage, baggage of 15 to 25 kg maximum weights to carry by each porters, we do not allow underage porters of below 16 years of age or above 50 years.

                                            Porters and guide are well looked after by the company with good wages, medical insurance, travel allowance including meals on treks and climb company also provides warm gear in winter as well for high and cold altitude trips.

                                            Information of AMS and Precaution Measures:

                                            High Altitude or Acute Mountain Sickness for short as AMS a symptom faced and can catch any people on high altitude adventure walks.

                                            Due to high pressure and low oxygen level as certain height where some people feel uneasiness with shortness of breathiness, light headache, nausea, dizziness, lack of good sleep and with less appetite.

                                            To avoid these whole symptoms where we always designed itinerary days accordingly with enough space, flexible days for acclimatization at high elevation, taking short walks up and sleeping and resting at low places.

                                            The other good way to avoid AMS taking slow and steady pace on walks, stopping frequently to catch your breath and adding lot of fluid or safe drinking water at least 2-3 liters a day to support against AMS.

                                            On high altitude take enough rest and with short slow hike above high hills to catch views as well to support acclimatization and sleeping and resting at low altitude will certainly helps you in avoiding AMS.

                                            Useful in situations when you cannot make high ascent, the best ways to prevent altitude sickness doing it slowly, stopping for overnights at certain altitude to adjust to the new height, and taking it easy for first one or two 2 days.

                                            In our list we always mention general medication to bring from home as well from your doctor advice also, your doctor might recommend you some basic medication list like medicine against diarrhea, headache, fever, cold-flu as well constipation including first aid for cuts-wounds and burns as well.

                                            What to Bring during 21 Days Three High Passes of Everest Trekking?

                                            **- can be bought in Kathmandu

                                            Clothing and footwear

                                            • trekking boots (should be warm, waterproof, breathable, cover and fix the ankle)
                                            •  sports sandals with a closed toe or sneakers.
                                            •  flip flops , Sun cap , Wool or fleece hat , 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin, 1 thick,}
                                            • Bandana or neckerchief ,  Fleece jackets (1 thin, 1 thick) .
                                            • Thermal underwear (merino wool!), preferably 2 sets (one for walking, the other for sleeping), buy at home.
                                            • Trekking socks - several pairs (there is a limited possibility of washing)
                                            •  Quick-drying sports T-shirts (e.g. Polartec PowerDry) - 2 pcs. or more.
                                            •  Down jacket , Windstopper , Windproof warm jacket with hood.
                                            • Trekking trousers ,  Warm synthetic pants like ski pants , Rain poncho.
                                            • Sun Screen Cream , Sunglasses ,  Trekking pole , Water bottle.

                                            Equipment for 21 Days Three High Passes of Everest Trekking

                                            * Duffel bags for trek will be perovided on Day 2 should be returned after the trek is over.

                                            * Backpack 20-30 liters with rain cover (optionally with drinking system)

                                            *Sleeping bag (comfort temperature around -5 C). On the upper lodges they usually provide woolen blankets. You can rent a sleeping bag in       Kathmandu, $1-2 per day.

                                            *A good quality headlight with new batteries and a spare set of batteries.

                                            * Sunglasses (category 3-4) + hard case , Trekking poles , Thermos 0.5-1 liter.

                                            *Sealed packaging for documents and money , Sitting mat (optionally), Power bank.

                                            * A roll of dense garbage bags 50 liters. You will pack your items in it when you put them in a duffel bag to protect them from moisture and dust.

                                            Personal usage

                                            > Towel (light and quick-drying)  - Washing accessories - Disinfection wipes

                                            > Antibacterial gel - Moisturizing hand cream - Sun cream with a high factor

                                            > Lip balm with sun protection - Reusable water bottle - Snacks, nuts, chocolate